chocolate alfajores stacked on a plate

These chocolate alfajores — South American caramel cookies with dulce de leche-filled centers inside a cookie sandwich — are officially the mascot cookie of our household. The cookies have the taste and texture of a brownie and the caramel center is thick and creamy. So yeah, it’s safe to say this cookie recipe is not going anywhere anytime soon… except straight into our bellies.

When you know you’ve stumbled upon a good cookie idea, you just know, you know?

You know. I know you know.

That’s what happened to me, anyway, when the idea for chocolate alfajores — aka, brownie-like dulce de leche sandwich cookies — came to mind. And I just KNEW. You know?

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two golden oreo dirt cups on a cutting board with spoons next to them

Feel like a kid again with these fancy but fun Golden Oreo Dirt Cups! A from-scratch white chocolate pudding is combined with fresh whipped cream and topped with crushed vanilla sandwich cookies (and gummy worms, of course) for a sweet twist on the classic. Everyone will go crazy for these cups!

Um, hi, my name is Stephanie and I just made the most amazingly basic-but-totally-not-basic dessert recipe: Golden Oreo Dirt Cups. YES I DID.

This recipe came from one of those moments of inspiration that just smacks you in the face. You know what I mean? When you’re just sitting on the couch watching The Bachelor minding your own business when suddenly, BAM: the idea hits you? That’s exactly how it all happened for me.

My first thought was to make a fancy grown-up version of a dirt cup, maybe with dark chocolate or booze. Then my thoughts turned to white chocolate. Then I thought about white chocolate pudding, made from scratch. Then I thought about topping it with Golden Oreos. And then I drooled a bit (OK, a lot).

And well, friends, the rest is history. And here. we. are.

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slices of bananas foster upside-down cake on parchment paper

In this Bananas Foster Upside-Down Cake recipe, a moist, tender, rum-infused spice cake is topped with drippy caramel and sliced bananas to make the most delicious twist on the classic upside-down cake. One bite is all it takes to fall in love with this dessert mashup for life.

We’ve officially entered full-on cabin fever mode around these parts. The snow drifts cover the bottom third of our windows and the wind bends the pine trees outside just beyond our patio and all I can do is sit inside, clad in wool socks with a chunky blanket around my shoulders, and will it to be springtime already. I mean, the groundhog didn’t see his shadow this year, right? Spring has to be just around the corner. Unfortunately, the weather forecast says otherwise.

So instead of pouting about it, I bake. It keeps our home a little warmer, a little cozier, and we all seem to be a little less stir-crazy when dessert is around — especially if that dessert is this bananas foster upside-down cake.

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dark chocolate pistachio tart on a surface

This gluten free flourless dark chocolate pistachio tart is a truly decadent dessert for everyone to enjoy. Made with a nutty pistachio crust and a dense, bittersweet chocolate filling, this recipe is a rich treat that’s perfect for everything from a dinner party to a date night in.

OK, so did you, like perhaps the entirety of America, watch the Oscars last night? My husband and I watch it every year and make a date night in of it, completely with a cheese board and fancy cocktails. My daughter also got a sneak peek of the red carpet special this year and officially declared every single dress she saw a winner, so, the fashion police have nothing on her.

The whole fanfare of the Academy Awards is fun and all, but for me, the real winner of the night was dessert, in the form of this flourless dark chocolate pistachio tart. Yeah, I said it. The Oscar goes to this decadent dessert, and I’ll give it a standing ovation (right before I sit back down on my couch to enjoy it, of course).

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a stack of gluten free lemon bars dusted with powdered sugar

These gluten free lemon bars are next-level good, thanks in part to a brown butter shortbread crust. When life gives you lemons, don’t stress — make these lemon bars instead, and everything will be right again. This recipe is a sponsored collaboration with Bob’s Red Mill. Thank you for supporting the brands that I love and use regularly.

We are in the thick of it now. The diapers, the fights over who gets to wear the Elsa dress today, the need for a snack or water every 20 minutes. The bumps, the boo boos, the baths where half the water from the tub is left splashed all over the walls. Some days, I can embrace the chaos. Other days, I am in desperate need of a vacation from it — but since that is far out of reach, I grab one of these gluten free lemon bars instead. And, if even for a few moments, I am transported to somewhere as bright and sunny as the sweet lemon filling in these bars. Did I mention it’s also quiet there? That part is especially nice.

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These easy soft and chewy sugar cookies are anything but plain. Perfectly crisp on the outside, chewy in the centers with the sweet flavor of vanilla throughout and a crunchy sugar topping, I dare you to eat just one.

chewy sugar cookies on a cooling rack

Happy Valentine’s Day! Are you team yay or nay when it comes to this holiday? For me, I really just like using it as an excuse for a date night in, to be honest. That, and having dessert, like one or five of these chewy sugar cookies — not that I need any excuse to do that.

Friends, if you like cookies (which, if you do not we need to talk), you will LOVE these cookies. They might seem like plain sugar cookies, but that couldn’t be farther from reality. The fact is, well, can I let you in on a secret? These might just be my new favorite cookies of all time.

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