Currently Browsing: Dessert

Chocolate Lava Cake with peanut butter truffles - perfectly cooked with an oozing center

Chocolate Lava Cakes with Peanut Butter Truffles

Let Your LOVE Flow this Valentine’s Day with this Yummy, Fudgy Treat! Dark Chocolate Cake – with an oozing filling of swirling chocolate & peanut butter. This Valentine’s Day treat your sweetie to a delicious, rich, dense and fudgy cake – perfect for sharing! A chocolate treat that has a warm, gooey, flowing chocolate-peanut butter center. Who […]

A wonderful dark chocolate cookie that are naturally gluten free – there is no flour in these!

Flourless Chocolate Crackle Cookies

I just love the contrast of the deep-dark chocolate and the snowy white crust of powdered sugar on these chocolate crackle cookies.

delicious gluten free blondies with Guittard baking chips

Karen’s Best Blondies – They’re Gluten Free

A “Blonde Brownie” with a rich caramel- butterscotch like flavor dotted with chocolate chips. Baked in a pan – you cut them into squares or rectangles. Simple to make and a family favorite of mine!

Karen's Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

[one-half-first][/one-half-first][one-half][/one-half] Look no further for the perfect recipe – for eating & gift giving! These are gluten free! Or ~ use regular flour too. Simple, not fussy and EASY Bakery quality cookies you’ll love See recipe: how to make a crosshatch design on top of the cookies with the tines of a fork

Lightened-Up Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Chocolate

Lightened-Up Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Chocolate Biscotti Crust and Honey Peanuts

A Creamy Cheesecake made with Cottage Cheese – no cream cheese here!
Decadent and creamy – Make my recipe: Chocolate Peanut Biscotti for the crust and pile on some Honey Peanuts on top ~ see that recipe too!

Chocolate Peanut Biscotti – They’re Gluten Free!

Chocolate Peanut Biscotti – They’re Gluten Free!

Decadent and Delicious! These bake up crispy with a deep-chocolate flavor. Feel free to use any nuts you like. Gluten Free.. you would never guess. These biscotti are only a tad sweet and can be ground for the crust of a cheesecake!

Karen's Easy Honey Peanuts

Karen’s Easy Honey Peanuts

Delicious Honey Peanuts coated last minute with a little sugar. Simple and fun to make. Caution: These are addictive!! The perfect nosh! Also use as a garnish for a dessert like my Lightened-Up Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Chocolate Biscotti Crust and Honey Peanuts

Amazing Apple Crumb Cakes with Cardamom and Ginger

Amazing Apple Crumb Cakes with Cardamom and Ginger

Apple season is here – and these cakes are divine! Enjoy for dessert, a snack or for the Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah A delicious cake with a bit of honey, these cakes are layered with sliced apples and a crumb topping The perfect fall dessert – I’m serving with Coconut Whipped Cream I’M OBSESSED […]

Fabulous Black Raspberry Pie!

Fabulous Black Raspberry Pie!

Summer Black Raspberries lie under a buttery & flaky lattice crust. Perfection with every bite. You will not believe the crust is Gluten Free! A pie to savor ~ I’ve added a handful of red raspberries for color contrast. This recipe makes 2 smaller 6 inch pies ~ double the recipe for a full sized pie. […]

Karen's Gluten Free Pastry Crust for Pie

Karen’s Gluten Free Pastry Crust for Pie

I like my crust golden, flakey, buttery and sweet! This recipe makes two 6 inch smaller pies. Double the recipe for a 9 inch regular sized pie. Karen’s Gluten Free Buttery & Flaky Pie Crust With a few hints – this Gluten Free Crust will rival ANY with regular flour. A light, crispy crust is […]

Karen’s Strawberry Shortcake Frozen Yogurt

Karen’s Strawberry Shortcake Frozen Yogurt

A COOL take on “strawberry shortcake.” Creamy and refreshing on a hot Summer’s day – with Brown Sugar Shortcake Pieces Folded in! It’s Gluten~free. A smooth, creamy mouthfeel – decadent like ice cream yet lighter. Brown Sugar Shortcakes – they’re gluten free. Use regular flour if you wish. Also see another yummy mix-in frozen yogurt: […]

Best Blueberry Frozen Yogurt with a Sugar Cookie Crumble

Best Blueberry Frozen Yogurt with a Sugar Cookie Crumble

Overview: It’s really quite simple to make Frozen Yogurt!First, cook blueberries with sugar, brown rice syrup and a bit of water.Simmer until the blueberries soften and the mixture become syrupy.Next ~ blend in the carafe of a blender – add buttermilk, then Greek yogurt and you are done!! Refrigerate until cold and churn.

Honey Walnut Banana Bread ~ Gluten Free

Honey Walnut Banana Bread ~ Gluten Free

Gluten Free (I tell all my tricks) Moist and Delicious! I’m making it today using my mini loaf pans which offers a full, beautiful rise. Mash some bananas ~ leave some in chunks for the ultimate banana bread! I am always tweaking recipes – reducing sugar (mostly refined sugars which spike our blood sugar) if […]

Parve Ultimate Chocolate Dipped Coconut Honey Macaroons on a marble board

Pareve Ultimate Chocolate Dipped Coconut Honey Macaroons

My favorite Macaroon with a crispy exterior with a chewy and tender interior. The honey gives them a little more golden color while baking. A beloved dessert at Passover ~ also for anytime… A fabulous year-round Gluten Free Cookie.

The Ultimate Coconut Macaroons

The Ultimate Coconut Macaroons

Two Varieties: Chocolate Dipped and Dried Apricot & Cherry Pyramids. My favorite version has a crispy exterior with a chewy and tender interior. A beloved dessert at Passover ~ also for anytime… A fabulous year-round Gluten Free Cookie. Also see my: Parve Chocolate Dipped Honey Coconut Macaroons!  

Pistachio Lemon Bars for Passover with raspberries

Pistachio Lemon Bars for Passover

Bakery-style bars from my kitchen to yours Who can resist tangy, zesty lemon bars? These are that good… especially at Passover – they taste just like the real deal. Adding sweet and colorful pistachio nuts adds a little interest and sophistication. The base of the bars is a short crust made with matzo cake meal, […]

Delicious Date & Walnut Bars ~ Gluten Free

Delicious Date & Walnut Bars ~ Gluten Free

Easy and moist, these bars are simple to make and cut into 24 bars. Regular flour works great too! These irresistible bars are an updated version from vintage 1940 and 50’s recipes – when baking was simple. My Date & Walnut Bars are gluten free and vegan.

Light and crunchy with lots of zesty flavor! Here is your go-to recipe with healthful ingredients.

Lemon Biscotti with Dried Cherries and Almonds ~ Gluten Free

Light and crunchy with lots of zesty flavor! Here is your go-to recipe with healthful ingredients. Crisp and not-too-sweet – these biscotti are the ultimate snack, dessert and great for gift giving! It’s a good idea to flavor the dough itself – boring and bland is not an attractive combination in a biscotti! Made with […]

Mint Chip Chocolate Chip Ice Cream – It’s Vegan!

Mint Chip Chocolate Chip Ice Cream – It’s Vegan!

Creamy, Delicious and Refreshing!! A natural “Ice Cream” that’s irresistible!

Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

The Perfect Irresistible Valentine’s Day treat for your loved ones!  Make these delicious treats with healthful ingredients. These chocolate peanut butter cups are super-simple to make, with just a few ingredients. Use the best quality chocolate ~ I like an extra dark type, although, yes – you can use milk chocolate if you desire (has a much higher […]

Pecan Pie Bars (with a Secret Ingredient)

Pecan Pie Bars (with a Secret Ingredient)

The Ultimate Pick-Up Bar ~ Perfect for the Holidays! A press-in shortbread crust with a pour-on-top filling enriched with a crunchy pecan topping. Delish! It seems like all pecan pie/bar recipes call for corn syrup. So try Lyle’s instead – a pure, clean taste with all natural ingredients (no GMOs!) I also add a little pure […]

Maple Zucchini Walnut Bread – Gluten Free

Maple Zucchini Walnut Bread – Gluten Free

A delicious and moist Gluten Free Zucchini Quick Bread using Maple Syrup three ways ~ in the bread, glaze and glazed walnuts. Not too sweet with healthful ingredients. Easily made vegan. Use a good quality natural maple syrup (not pancake syrup!!) You know – the kind with one ingredient: maple syrup! I used a Grade […]

Vegan Black Cherry Ice Cream + Cashew Brittle

Vegan Black Cherry Ice Cream + Cashew Brittle

This vegan Black Cherry Ice Cream has a silky texture, is all-natural and surprisingly easy to prepare. (You’ll need an ice cream maker for this recipe, but it’s worth it.)

Fresh Peach Frozen Yogurt

Fresh Peach Frozen Yogurt

A refreshing treat on a warm Summer Day – Lightened up with less sugar.

Scooped Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb “Ice Cream”

Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb “Ice Cream”

I’m a rhubarb fanatic! Perfectly blended into a fabulous creamy dessert. It’s sweet-tart flavor and gorgeous pinky hue sets off the sweeter strawberries.

Karen’s Blueberry Oat Linzer Bars – Gluten Free

Karen’s Blueberry Oat Linzer Bars – Gluten Free

Just a great combination of complimentary ingredients – ground nuts, cinnamon, sweet jam… confectioner’s sugar and oats for texture.

Peanut Butter Energy Bites – with Chocolate Drizzle

Peanut Butter Energy Bites – with Chocolate Drizzle

The ultimate healthy pop-in-your-mouth treat filled with energizing ingredients. The perfect Valentine’s Day recipe for giving and enjoying! Simple to make ~ these bites are loaded with nutrients to keep you going during the day, or the perfect not-too-sweet, pop-in-your-mouth treat I love for dessert.

Gingerbread Men Cookies ~ Gluten Free!

Gingerbread Men Cookies ~ Gluten Free!

Filled with healthy ingredients and not too sweet – THE Cookie to make and give this holiday season.

Amazing Caramelized Apple Cake – Gluten Free and Dairy Free

Amazing Caramelized Apple Cake – Gluten Free and Dairy Free

A moist cake with warm spices topped with Caramelized Apple Slices and baked with Fine Almond Flour. I top it with a drizzle of Vanilla Bean Rum Glaze. A healthy new alternative recipe. This apple cake is filling is not too sweet and totally satisfying. The Liberty apple (what I picked at the farm!) is sweet […]

Amazing Vanilla Bean Ice Milk

Amazing Vanilla Bean Ice Milk

A lightened-up vision of a favorite dessert. You won’t believe the texture and flavor of the Ice Milk… and it’s not loaded with sugar! An easy recipe with few ingredients. Natural Coconut Cream adds some nice body. Naturally flavored with Vanilla Extract and Vanilla Bean Gel. More refreshing and lighter than Ice Cream!

Vanilla Ice Milk & Peach Melba Parfaits

Vanilla Ice Milk & Peach Melba Parfaits

A lightened-up vision of a favorite dessert. You won’t believe the texture and flavor of the Ice Milk!

Fresh Mint Chocolate Truffles - Vegan

Fresh Mint Chocolate Truffles – Vegan

These delectable, creamy truffles are truly all-natural with Fresh Mint from my garden. Coconut Milk swaps in for heavy cream for a lighter, vegan treat. Cacao nibs adds a little crunch. You’ll love the simple ingredients: Belgium Chocolate (73% Cacao, no extra sugar will be added), Coconut Milk, Fresh Mint, Cocao Nibs and Peppermint Extract. […]

A tart-sweet flavor, perfectly thickened.

Strawberry Rhubarb Topping

Rhubarb is one of those flavors that is deliciously addicting…. pairs wonderfully with Strawberries. A tart-sweet flavor, perfectly thickened.

Strawberry Rhubarb Cottage Cheese Cheesecake with an Oat & Almond Press In Crust – Gluten Free

Strawberry Rhubarb Cottage Cheese Cheesecake with an Oat & Almond Press In Crust – Gluten Free

You’ll fall in love with the lighter texture of this amazing cheesecake. A simple topping with luscious Spring Rhubarb and Strawberries add just the right tart-sweet flavor and gorgeous color! The one dessert you will make over and over again this Spring. Delight Mom… the perfect Mother’s Day Dessert! Rhubarb is one of those flavors […]

These Vegan cookies pack flavor and crunch… and yes – a little zesty!

Lemon Poppy Linzer Cookies – Vegan & Gluten Free

Ever wanted to explore Vegan Baking? These cookies pack flavor and crunch… and yes – a little zesty! So, why not make your own? A few simple swaps will produce these delicious, crispy delightful cookies all can enjoy.

Three bite tarts with a Chocolate Heart Decoration with Crushed Pretzels and Cacao Nibs

Black Bottom Chocolate Tarts with a Caramel Pretzel Crust

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Treat: Three bite tarts with a Chocolate Heart Decoration with Crushed Pretzels and Cacao Nibs Add a dollop whipped coconut cream. Say “I Love You” with these homemade treats! Dairy Free and Gluten Free tips!

easy to make Chocolate Heart Cut-Out Decorations with Pretzels and Cacao Nibs

Chocolate Heart Cut-Out Decorations with Pretzels and Cacao Nibs

So easy to make – use a good quality, not too sweet chocolate.. the ultimate finishing touch!

Great caramel glaze for dipping my Baked Applesauce Donuts

Brown Butter Caramel Maple Glaze

Great for dipping my Baked Applesauce Donuts (see recipe) Browned Butter adds a nutty flavor to this glaze… Simple to prepare with natural caramel and maple syrup flavor

Baked Applesauce Donuts with Brown Butter Caramel Maple Glaze

Baked Applesauce Donuts with Brown Butter Caramel Maple Glaze

A super-satisfying treat you bake in donut tins. Decadent Glaze or Cinnamon-Sugar…your choice!

Finally... the perfect chocolate chip cookie that's deliciously gluten-free (you would never know they are!)

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies – Gluten-Free!

Finally… the perfect chocolate chip cookie that’s deliciously gluten-free (you would never know they are!) Chocolate Hazelnut Butter adds depth ~ add plenty of Bittersweet Chocolate Chunks Delicious crispy cookies with a melt-in-your-mouth texture  

Tastes like an apple crumb pie in a bar! Not too sweet with a touch of warm spices.

Applesauce Linzer Bars (Gluten-Free Variation as well)

Tastes like an apple crumb pie in a bar! Perfect for your Thanksgiving dessert buffet – not too sweet with a touch of warm spices. The mixture (dough) doubles as a topping. Oatmeal, almonds and walnuts in the crust/topping adds a healthy content and fiber.  

A simple, not too sweet applesauce that cooks in about 15 minutes.

Karen’s Homemade Applesauce – Perfect for Applesauce Linzer Bars

A simple, not too sweet applesauce that cooks in about 15 minutes. Better than store-bought! Use in recipes, or eat by the spoonful…

Perfect for snacking, and makes a Pie Crust more delicious than graham cracker crumbs!

Karen’s Granola for Snacking & Pie Crust

Perfect for snacking, and makes a Pie Crust more delicious than graham cracker crumbs!

An Unbelievable, Simple Pie with only 4 ingredients and a press-in Granola Crust. Dream-like light filling with plenty of fresh raspberry flavor.

Raspberry Marshmallow Pie with Granola Crust

An Unbelievable, Simple Pie with only 4 ingredients and a press-in Granola Crust. Dream-like light filling with plenty of fresh raspberry flavor. I went Raspberry Picking in August – see these gorgeous raspberries, some with the stems still attached!

Made with natural ingredients with a healthier profile. The dough is simply made on the stove top, dropped and baked. Lacy- Crispy goodness.

Cashew Caramel Lace Cookies

It’s time to celebrate the holidays with a cookie that’s hard to resist! Made with natural ingredients with a healthier profile. The dough is simply made on the stove top, dropped and baked. Lacy- Crispy goodness.

Make these special cookies for Valentine’s Day – your choice of two fillings. Red walnuts make them special.

Brownie Sandwich Thins ~ Heart Shaped Cut Out Cookies

Make these special cookies for Valentine’s Day – your choice of two fillings. Red walnuts make them special.

Simple ingredients transform into a moist and heavenly orange-almond flourless cake. Reminiscent of a Sicilian recipe, Mediterranean ingredients, using Marcona Almonds and Clementine Oranges from Spain. Inspired by movie: “The Secret Lives of Walter Mitty.”

Clementine Cake with Marcona Almonds

Simple ingredients transform into a moist and heavenly orange-almond flourless cake. Reminiscent of a Sicilian recipe, Mediterranean ingredients, using Marcona Almonds and Clementine Oranges from Spain. Inspired by movie: “The Secret Lives of Walter Mitty.”

Use to frost my Clementine Cake with Marcona Almonds – a moist, naturally gluten-free dessert

Caramel Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Use to frost my Clementine Cake with Marcona Almonds – a moist, naturally gluten-free dessert

Karen’s Blueberry Jam

The nutty taste of the toasted sesame seeds (benne), a hint of sea salt, and the caramel sweet flavor from the coconut brown sugar sugar – a crunchy mélange of flavors in these easy to prepare treats… low in fat too!

Sesame Wafers – Thin, Crispy & Gluten-Free

The nutty taste of the toasted sesame seeds (benne), a hint of sea salt, and the caramel sweet flavor from the coconut brown sugar sugar – a crunchy mélange of flavors in these easy to prepare treats… low in fat too!

Learn how to make the most delicious homemade caramel from scratch. The ultimate Valentine’s Day treat!

Chocolate Turtles with Homemade Natural Caramel

Give your sweetie these delectable candies and learn how to make the most delicious homemade caramel from scratch. The ultimate Valentine’s Day treat!

Bakery quality scones! Barely sweet and irresistible – made from your pantry ingredients… with a secret ingredient: coconut milk.

Pumpkin Scones with Pecans, Cranberries and Coconut

Bakery quality scones! Barely sweet and irresistible – made from your pantry ingredients… with a secret ingredient: coconut milk.

A creamy and rich caramel custard, perfect with poached pears ~ especially for the holidays.

Caramel Zabaglione

A creamy and rich caramel custard, perfect with poached pears ~ especially for the holidays.

Spiced, beautiful pears swimming in a ruby syrup with a creamy zabaglione custard - perfect for the holidays

Poached Pears in Spiced Red Wine & Pomegranate Juice (with Caramel Zabaglione)

The perfect ending to a holiday meal (Thanksgiving!) Spiced, beautiful pears swimming in a ruby syrup with a creamy zabaglione custard.

This easy to prepare fall dessert is bursting with harvest flavors: fruit is blanketed with a crisp cinnamon, pecan and oat layer. Vegan, gluten-free and irresistible!

Vegan Apple Raspberry Crisp

This easy to prepare fall dessert is bursting with harvest flavors: fruit is blanketed with a crisp cinnamon, pecan and oat layer. Vegan, gluten-free and irresistible!

A light and tasty frozen yogurt with a creamy texture and a fresh, zesty flavor from key limes

Karen’s Key Lime Frozen Yogurt

A light and tasty frozen yogurt with a creamy texture and a fresh, zesty flavor.  Make yourself a heavenly frozen yogurt without colorings, artificial flavorings or corn syrup.  Simple ingredients… simply delicious!

Brown Sugar Shortcakes – Gluten Free

You’ll love these tasty shortcakes ~ they are quick and easy to make! Shortcakes being folded into Karen’s Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Finally a perfectly delicious soft gluten free sugar cookie that tastes just like the real thing!

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Finally a perfectly delicious soft gluten free sugar cookie that tastes just like the real thing! Enjoy these cookies with or without a sprinkling of sugar on top (see recipe.) Or – crumble them into 1/2″ pieces and fold into ice cream or frozen yogurt right out of the machine.

Rhubarb Tart ~ Shortbread Cookie Crust

As summer fruits are still ripening, taste the marvelous, special flavor of Rhubarb in this easy to make (promise!) fruit tart

Shortbread Cookie Crust

Close Cookmode
A Zest For Life
Sign up for our free weekly newsletter - delicious recipes and tips with a healthy twist.
Karen's obsession with food and style