Heart Shaped Chocolate Strawberry Cake | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Nothing like coming to you with a little Valentine’s Day dessert inspiration the day before! I hope you’ll forgive me when I tell you it’s a chocolate strawberry cake that is halfway homemade but all seriously, truly, decadently delicious. It’s exactly the kind of dessert you want for the day — chocolate-y, a little extra special and made with love (but not so much that you’re in the kitchen all day long and leave no time to hang with your main squeeze/BFF/awesome self).

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Truffle Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Better late than never, right? These truffle stuffed chocolate chip cookie cups come to you just days before Christmas, but! Lucky for you, they take little effort/time to make. So you can keep up your holiday spirits, pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa, make these cookie cups in your Christmas PJs while watching “Christmas Vacation” — you get the idea. If you need a last-minute party treat, holiday dessert or cookie exchange recipe, these sweet cups are here for you.

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Chocolate Cardamom Cookies | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

One of the very first times I met Sarah, it was at a local blogger brunch at Melissa‘s house. Sarah brought danishes from her then forthcoming cookbook, The Vanilla Bean Baking Book. They looked perfect. They tasted perfect. It was at that moment that I knew, instantly, Sarah and I are kindred baking spirits and I couldn’t wait to get my oven mitts on her book.

Fast-forward nearly a year and a half later and here we are — the book is here in my hand, the oven is on and I am finding myself once again drooling over those amazing danishes on page 65. But also over the Lemon Bread on page 96. And the Blood Orange No-Churn Ice Cream on page 283. But of course, also, over these chocolate cardamom cookies, which can be found on page 246, on my kitchen counter and in my belly.

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Halloween Brownie Truffles | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Halloween is just around the corner and I’m so excited for it.

Mostly I’m excited because the little one is dressing up as a tiger (and/or a ballerina. We cannot decide.) and going trick or treating for the first time in her life. I can’t even imagine what her reaction will be when she gets a handful of candy from a stranger, and then another one, and another one. I think her head might explode. And then I’ll be sure to let her eat exactly three pieces of candy before bedtime and then sneak away with all the Reese’s peanut butter cups for myself like the good mother I am.

OK, OK, I’ll save those for her, too. Because I’ll have these Halloween brownie truffles waiting for me when we get home.

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Mini Cream Cheese Apple Crisps | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Things are getting cream cheesy and apple-y around here! And I LIKE IT. I hope you do, too.

Few things are more necessary to the full fall experience than baking apple crisp (especially with handpicked apples from the orchard) — but why just go the traditional route when we can have mini cream cheese apple crisps, a.k.a. apple crisps with a delicious cheesecake-like topping, in individual bowls (that you can win, BTW!), meaning you don’t have to share? I’ll take that scenario any day.

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Nut-Crusted Cranberry Tart | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

It’s nearly the weekend and I’m very excited about it. This weekend doesn’t necessarily hold any special plans, unless you count sleeping in (until, like, 7:30, let’s be real) and wearing PJs past noon and maybe eating this Nut-Crusted Cranberry Tart for breakfast as plans — in which case, I have many many plans for this weekend. I hope you have similar plans for yourself (that include sleeping in way past 7:30).

This beauty of a cranberry tart comes straight from Martha Stewart and is actually a sneak preview recipe from her upcoming season of “Martha Bakes” on PBS, which airs this weekend (another reason I’m excited for the weekend)! So click through and scroll on down for the exclusive recipe (and maybe also more ramblings from yours truly about the gloriousness that is wearing PJs past noon).

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