Girl Versus Dough

maple cream cookies

maple cream cookies stacked on a cutting board

Let’s put on our cozy flannel, our wool socks and our fuzzy slippers; light a pumpkin candle; whip up a chai latte; and make these Maple Cream Cookies today! Buttery, maple-kissed shortbread cookies are sandwiched with a deliciously smooth maple buttercream for a simple-yet-scrumptious treat that embodies all the goodness of this season.

instant pot chocolate cheesecake

sliced instant pot chocolate cheesecake on a plate

If ever I was trapped on a desert island, I would 100% make room to bring my Instant Pot with me (logistics of electricity are suspended for the purposes of this story, OK?) — if for no other reason than to make this divine chocolate cheesecake whenever the craving strikes. With a thick Oreo cookie crust, a creamy chocolate filling and a decadent ganache topping, this Instant Pot cheesecake is the very definition of chocolate overload in the very best way — and you never have to turn on your oven to make it.

dutch caramel apple pie

overhead shot of slices of Dutch caramel apple pie

Helllloooooo, fall! And HELLO to this Dutch Caramel Apple Pie, aka the tastiest apple pie to come out of your kitchen this season. With a flaky buttery crust, a sweet-tart caramel apple filling and a thick crumb topping drizzled with caramel sauce, every bite of this delicious dessert brings on that quintessential cozy autumn feeling. (Bonus: It makes your house smell pretty fantastic, too.)

confetti cookies

confetti cookie on parchment paper with a bite taken out of it

These Confetti Cookies (aka super-soft funfetti sugar cookies) are just the cookies we need in 2020. They’re fun, bright, EASY and ready to eat in 30 minutes, tops. No need to chill the dough, no need to get fussy, no need for frills beyond a boatload of rainbow sprinkles. These cookies are the kind of cookies you can bake anytime, for any occasion, and everyone will love them. They’re a guaranteed win during a year when we could really use one, amiright?

gluten-free chocolate chip cookies

gluten free chocolate chip cookie with a bite taken out of it

Here it is, my friends — the best gluten-free chocolate chip cookies recipe I’ve ever tasted. Perfectly soft, chewy and cakey with slightly crisp edges and melty chocolate throughout, all topped with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt, you’d never know these were baked without gluten.

chocolate old-fashioned donuts

stacked chocolate old-fashioned donuts on a sheet of parchment paper

One good thing to come out of 2020: these Chocolate Old-Fashioned Donuts. Homemade donuts are the real deal, and when you make them with a chocolate- and sour cream-based batter, deep-fry them in your own kitchen and dip them in a simple glaze, you’ll never want to go back to store-bought again. Breakfast, snack, dessert — heck, dinner — there’s never a wrong time to indulge in this delicious treat!