Chocolate pairs well with a lot of other flavors, but one flavor that really compliments its rich, decadent flavor is Irish cream.
I love this pair of flavors year round, but I especially like to make desserts with this combination for St. Patrick’s Day. All you need to do is add some green shamrock sprinkles, and you’ve got yourself the perfect dessert for St. Patrick’s Day!
Can we all agree that making mini cupcakes means that you can eat more than one at once? I hope so because these Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream are so good that you’ll want more than one. Their rich and chocolate-y flavor pairs perfectly with their tart yet sweet raspberry buttercream.
They’re even extra pretty because of the bright color that the buttercream gets from the freeze dried raspberries so there’s no need for food coloring! You can see all the beautiful little specs of raspberry in their frosting. I used an Ateco 869 piping tip to pipe the frosting, but you can use any similar tip you’d like.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries are great, but what if you took that classic dessert and made it into a cookie? Yep! These Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cookies take the sweet taste of strawberries and combine it with rich chocolate, all in cookie form!
These cookies are soft and fluffy and dipping them in chocolate and adding sprinkles gives them a nice crunch. They get their bright pop of color from a few drops of pink food coloring and their strawberry flavor from finely ground and sifted freeze dried strawberries.
There are a lot of amazing flavors that pair perfectly with chocolate, but one of my favorites is orange. That’s how this Chocolate Orange Layer Cake and this Chocolate Orange Pudding were born. It’s also why I decided we needed a cookie version of this classic combo, leading to the creation of these Chocolate Orange Cookies!
These Chocolate Orange Cookies are fudgy and rich, but the hint of orange gives them a refreshing zesty flavor. Rolling them in sugar and more orange zest gives them a nice, subtle crunch, which works great with their soft centers.
New Year’s Eve is almost here, and I am all for celebrating the new year. This year I wanted to make a fun, interactive dessert that’s perfect for enjoying as a part of your New Year’s Eve festivities. Instead of just making New Year’s Eve cookies, why not make New Year’s Eve cookies that are filled with sprinkles and have a stained glass candy center?!
Yep, these New Year’s Eve Piñata Clock Cookies have three layers so you can hide sprinkles in them! When you bite into them or break them in half, the sprinkles spill out. Plus, the top layer’s stained glass center gives you a peak inside!
Chocolate and peppermint is one of my all time favorite Christmas flavor combos. Last year I made Chocolate Peppermint Pudding, but this year I wanted to switch things up a little and see what adding pretzels to that classic flavor combination would do and these Chocolate Covered Peppermint Pretzels were born!
Crunchy, salted pretzels are dipped in rich chocolate, drizzled with white chocolate, and then topped with crushed peppermint in a delicious bite sized snack. Trust me when I say that they will not last long. Their salty yet sweet flavor combo is just too good.
One of my absolute favorite Christmas traditions is putting up Christmas lights! Whether it’s on the tree or in different rooms, I love pulling out the strands, checking the bulbs, and stringing them into place. The best part is when you plug them in and see them shine brightly for the first time. That’s where I got the inspiration to create the tutorial for these Christmas Light Cakes!
These Christmas Light Cakes are so fun and festive looking. Plus, they’re pretty simple to make. You just need a 13×9 cake, buttercream, a little bit of food coloring, and your favorite sprinkles. You won’t believe how sparkly they look once you add the colorful sprinkles!
Whether you’ve got an extra slice of apple pie or the ingredients to make an apple hand pie, these Apple Pie Milkshakes are the perfect twist on the classic dessert! Yep, apple pie in milkshake form. And it tastes exactly like that! You can’t beat the combination of a sweet, buttery crust, apple cinnamon filling, and vanilla ice cream.
You can use a slice of apple pie if you’ve got one on hand, but I also have a really easy apple hand pie recipe for you that only needs one apple. It makes a total of three hand pies, two of which will be added to the milkshake, leaving one for you to snack on.
We’re well into fall, and I’ve been enjoying all of the usual fall flavored desserts, including the classic apple pie. It’s my favorite dessert to make for Thanksgiving, but sometimes you want to enjoy apple pie without making a full pie, and that’s when you turn to hand pies! They’re simple, easy to make, and fun to give as gift. I’ve got a printable template to help you create these delicious Leaf Shaped Apple Hand Pies for an extra festive dessert!
These hand pies have a flaky, buttery crust, and a sweet, cinnamon-y filling. They’re super easy to make, but cutting them into leaves takes them to the next level.
Halloween is one of my all time favorite holidays, which is why I’m always so excited to make new recipes for it each year. I’ve got a list of 10 delicious desserts you can make this Halloween to help you get in the spirit!
Halloween is almost here, and I’ve got a sugar cookie tutorial for you that will take your cut-out sugar cookie making skills to a new level! These Spider Web Cut Out Sugar Cookies are intricate, unique, and perfect for any spooky occasion. I’ve got everything you need to make them, including the printable template! Now let’s put on some Halloween music and get to baking!
You’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to make these cookies because their detailed design takes several trips to the freezer before baking to help them maintain their sharp edges and shape, but they are well worth it! Each cookie has its own unique look depending on how your rotate it, which makes them extra fun.
Halloween season is here, and I’m all for making as many spooky desserts as possible, but this time I wanted to create a festive drink that combines my love of Halloween and milkshakes! These Halloween Chocolate Milkshakes are rich, creamy, and icy cold, which makes them perfect for any Halloween when it’s still as hot as summer.
The thing that takes these Halloween Chocolate Milkshakes to the next level is the rim of chocolate frosting that’s dipped in loads of Halloween sprinkles. It makes the milkshakes look extra festive and is absolutely delicious. It’s the perfect thing to scoop with your spoon in between sips!
Today marks the third anniversary of my first blog post on Marisa Bakes, and I knew I wanted to celebrate with a fun and colorful recipe perfect for any sort of celebration. And what better way to celebrate than with a mini funfetti cake all for yourself?!
Yep, you heard that right! A mini funfetti cake that’s all yours. A Mini Funfetti Cake for One! But if you’re feeling generous, you can share too!
Chocolate pudding is one of my favorite desserts because of how rich, creamy, and decadent it is. Add a dollop of whipped cream on top and it’s somehow even better!
That’s why I came up with the idea for this Chocolate Orange Pudding! Its velvety chocolate taste combined with its refreshing hint of orange is the perfect combination because the zesty flavor of the orange balances out the richness of the chocolate.
I first came up with the idea for these Giant Neapolitan Sugar Cookies because I thought that the infamous flavor combination should be, no, needed to be, transformed into a cookie. And not just any kind of cookie, but in a giant cookie where each bite gives you a different flavor combination. With one turn of the cookie you’re tasting chocolate and vanilla, with another, strawberry and chocolate, and so on and so forth!
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for something fun and delicious to make, but when it’s this hot outside, it can be hard to justify turning on the oven. That’s when I grab the blender and ice cream and start making milkshakes!
These Chocolate Chocolate Chip Milkshakes are rich, creamy, and icy cold, which makes them the best thing to help you cool down on a hot day. Plus, they bring together chocolate ice cream, chocolate syrup, and chocolate chips so they’re the perfect treat if you’re a chocolate lover.
Who else was raised on the classic PB & J sandwich? I’m talking about a sandwich with soft bread, peanut butter generously smeared on one side and jelly smeared on the other. Just the thought of the creamy peanut butter blending with the sweet jelly reminds me of elementary school days.
I decided to mix things up a bit and pair those two classic flavors with ice cream in a delicious, cold PB & J Milkshake! Jelly is piped into each glass for a fun design and peanut butter, jelly, milk, and ice cream are blended together for a creamy drink.
I like a lot of different desserts, but sometimes there’s just nothing that beats a classic cut-out sugar cookie topped with buttercream frosting and shiny sugar sprinkles. They taste delicious and always look so pretty.
I dreamt up the idea for these cut-out flower cookies as a fun way to celebrate spring. You can use any cut-out sugar cookie recipe you like, any buttercream recipe you like, and any sprinkles you like, but you don’t have to worry about having a cookie cutter. I made a template you can download to get the perfect shape! Ready to bake?
Pudding is one of my favorite desserts to make when it’s hot outside because it doesn’t require you to turn on the oven and after it chills in the fridge for just a few hours you have a cold, creamy, delicious treat to enjoy. I came up with the idea for this Lemon Pudding recipe because I wanted a light, airy pudding recipe with just a hint of tang that would be perfect for this time of year.
I dreamt up the recipe for these Chocolate Coconut Cookies when I was craving a fudgy cookie with just a hint of coconut. These cookies hit the spot with their fudgy center and their sugary, toasted coconut tops.
Dipping each cookie in sweetened coconut followed by sugar gives them a slightly crunchy texture because of the way the coconut toasts in the oven.
Whether you like to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day or both, heart cookies are always a fun treat to make. These cookies have that classic heart shape, but have an added sense of flair with a ruffled, ribbon-like border. I’ll show you how to use certain piping tips to create that ruffled effect.
If you’re like me, you make New Year’s Eve all about the dessert. Don’t worry, I make sure to eat plenty of fun appetizers and other delicious food, but the dessert is the part I’m really waiting for. This year, I decided to take a fun twist on a classic one, the brownie. And the delicious Raspberry Liqueur Brownie Trifle was born!
These individual trifles combine a fudge-like, raspberry liqueur flavored brownie with layers of fluffy whipped cream and fresh raspberries. They’re the perfect dessert to help you ring in the New Year!
Somehow Christmas is only five days away. I don’t know where the rest of December went, but I’m trying to pack in as many Christmas-y things in before the big day arrives. One of those fun things involves making these fun Christmas Tree Hand Pies. I even have a template you can use if you don’t have a Christmas tree cookie cutter. 🎄
Cranberry and orange are two classic Christmas flavors, and they make for a sweet, yet tangy filling. Add a little bit of icing to each hand pie and you’ve got yourself some fancy, decorated trees.
The season for chocolate and peppermint is officially upon us! Everywhere you look there are all kinds of fun desserts that feature the two ingredients. I’ve got another fun dessert that also features them, but in the form of delicious, creamy pudding.
This Chocolate Peppermint Pudding is rich and decadent, with just a hint of a minty flavor. Plus, it’s topped off with fluffy whipped cream and homemade peppermint bark to make it even better.
Chocolate and peanut butter, a combination so classic that it’s hard to beat. If you like chocolate and peanut butter together like me, you’ll be a fan of these Chocolate Peanut Butter Half and Half Cookies.
These cookies take all the best things about a chocolate cookie (the rich taste and crispy, yet chewy texture) and combine it with all of the best things about a peanut butter cookie (the salty, yet sweet taste and soft texture) to form the hybrid cookie of your dreams.
If you’re looking for something delicious, fun, and just a little spooky to make for Halloween, these Raspberry Bat Hand Pies will do just the trick. They have a buttery crust and sweet raspberry filling, and their frightening shape makes them perfect for any Halloween feast! I’ve even got a printable template you can use to make sure they come out perfectly 🦇
One of the best things about this recipe is that it is pretty simple and does not require a whole lot of ingredients. I recommend giving yourself plenty of time to make the hand pies, because you’ll need to chill them throughout the process to ensure they keep their shape. Don’t worry though, they’ll be worth it!
Halloween is almost upon us, and it’s time to start dreaming up which Halloween treats you’ll make this year. These Jack O’Lantern Stained Glass Cookies are easy to make and give sugar cookies a fun twist. Plus, with the help of some melted yellow and orange hard candy, they look just like the real thing! 🎃
What You’ll Need:
Sugar cookie dough
Pumpkin shaped cookie cutter
Small cookie cutters in common shapes or a small pairing knife
A handful of yellow and orange hard candies
A mortar and pestle or small plastic baggie and rolling pin
One of my favorite flavor combinations involves salted caramel, pretzels, and lots of chocolate. I decided to add some ice cream and a little bit of milk and came up with the idea for these Chocolate Covered Pretzel and Salted Caramel Milkshakes.
They’re salty because of the pretzels and salted caramel and sweet because of the ice cream and chocolate. They’re also super creamy and decadent, and a great way to cool down on a hot day.
Milkshakes are one of my favorite things to make when it’s hot outside, and I have been dreaming up all kinds of milkshake recipes lately. I love coconut, and one of my favorite things to pair with it is chocolate, which led to the creation of these Chocolate Coconut Milkshakes.
They’re super simple and easy to make. The base of the milkshake is chocolate ice cream, and the coconut flavor comes from both coconut milk and shredded coconut. I decided to use sweetened shredded coconut in the milkshake to compliment the chopped chocolate. That way you can use your spoon to scoop up delicious spoonfuls of coconut and chocolate together!
Don’t get me wrong, I like to dive into intricate recipes with detailed instructions and multiple components, but every once in a while, I just want to bake something really good that’s also really simple to put together. That’s where these Coconut Muffins come in.
I know January can be exciting because its the start of the new year, which means lots of resolutions, reflections, goals and planning, and that’s pretty cool, but one of my favorite things about the month is all of the leftover Christmas candy I get to slowly work my way through. One of my absolute favorite types of Christmas candy is a chocolate orange. If you’ve never had one before, it’s basically a ball of chocolate that breaks apart into slices when you whack it on the counter. What’s not to love about that?
There are a lot of classic holiday desserts out there, but one of my favorite things to make every year is gingerbread cookies. Even though they can be fun to decorate, I’m all for a really good plain gingerbread cookie. It’s crisp around the edges, yet chewy in the middle, and it makes the whole house smell like ginger and molasses.
Are you more of a chewy cookie person or a crispy cookie person? I think the perfect cookie has a combination of both. I love it when cookies are crispy on the outside, but soft and chewy on the inside. These Maple Cinnamon Cookies are exactly that. They’re crisp around the edges, but soft with just the right amount of chewiness in the center.
Maple syrup, cinnamon, and ginger are brought together to make a sweet, yet spice filled dough. I recommend using good quality Grade A Dark Color syrup because it has a stronger maple flavor. Don’t worry, if you’re looking for something else to make with the syrup, I’ve got you covered with this Buttermilk Waffle Cake with Maple Buttercream and these Maple Cream Scones.
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so I’m all for celebrating it throughout October. There’s the house decorating, the pumpkin carving, the movie watching, the costume creating, and the caramel apple making. I made these Caramel Apples last year because I think they’re a classic Halloween treat, but this year I decided to mix things up a little.
What if we took everything that makes a caramel apple, a juicy Granny Smith apple covered in delicious, chewy caramel, but made it into something you can sort of get away with eating for breakfast? Yes, these Caramel Apple Muffins now give you the excuse to eat globs of caramel first thing in the morning. You’re welcome.
Does anyone else already have a long list of things they’re planning on baking this fall? All I know is my list starts with apple pie and it currently has no end in sight. There are just so many cozy desserts that need to be baked. If you’ve got a list, these Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies would look pretty good on it, and if you don’t have one yet, let’s make one!
Yep, you heard right, Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies! They’re chewy and soft like oatmeal cookies, but have the classic fall flavor of pumpkin spice to help you celebrate all things fall. The pumpkin spice flavor is brought to you with the help of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg, and pumpkin puree adds the classic pumpkin flavor.
I’m not really sure how we’re already halfway through August, but I do know that making some daiquiris and a cake to go with them is a good way to cope with that.
My favorite drink to order is almost always a strawberry daiquiri. They’re sweet, refreshing, and have the perfect balance of strawberry, rum, and just a hint of lime. Plus, they almost always come in a fun glass with a little umbrella, and what’s better than that? So, in honor of the classic strawberry daiquiri, I decided to transform my favorite fruity cocktail into a cake.
I’m back with another milkshake recipe for you! I think we all deserve another milkshake with all of this heat, don’t you? If you love mint and chocolate as much as me, this is the milkshake for you. Delicious crème de menthe meets luscious vanilla ice cream and little bits of bittersweet chocolate for a cool and refreshing drink.
Just like with my Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Cake, I love using crème de menthe because it adds just enough of a mint flavor without being too strong. You can use mint extract instead to make it more kid friendly, but be sure to add about 1 tsp at a time until you reach the flavor you want as a little goes a long way.
One of my favorite summer desserts is a classic berry pie. I usually go for a combination of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, and I love snacking on a warm slice topped with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream. So why not take that exact thing, but transform it into a milkshake? Yep, a milkshake!!
All it takes is one slice of berry pie or two berry hand pies, some vanilla ice cream, some milk or almond milk, and a blender. Before you know it, you’ll have a delicious drink that tastes like berry pie fresh out of the oven, but in a cold and refreshing way, perfect for those hot summer days.
Does anyone else love the combination of salty and sweet as much as me? These cookies are the perfect way to satisfy all of your salty and sweet cravings at the same time. A delicious chocolate cookie is met with a luscious salted caramel sauce and topped with a pretzel for an added salty crunch. And that’s not even mentioning that the cookie has the added bonus of chocolate chips!
Even though these cookies have several elements to them, they’re pretty simple and come together rather quickly. You’ll start out by making the salted caramel. Don’t let the words “salted caramel” dissuade you. This caramel recipe only takes four ingredients, and as long as you have your ingredients ready to go and you keep a close eye on your caramel’s color, you’ll end up with a delicious sauce! Trust me, you’ve got this. Plus, the next best thing? Any leftover caramel sauce can be stored in the fridge for all of your snacking/dipping/drenching needs.
Somehow May is almost already half way over, which in my family means it’s time to think up a delicious dessert involving mint and chocolate. My older brother’s birthday is this month, and as an avid fan of the two, his number one request every year almost always involves that pairing. Seeing as how my favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip, I never say no to testing out new desserts involving the two flavors! 🍫🌿
That’s where I got the inspiration to dream up this Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Cake. Layers of a rich, dark chocolate cake are paired with a creamy mint chip Swiss meringue buttercream that’s pretty much like mint chocolate chip ice cream in frosting form. Pieces of chopped bittersweet chocolate are added to the buttercream for a little bit of a crunch, and crème de menthe is used to add a subtle, yet creamy mint flavor.
It’s hard not to love a buttery, soft, flaky scone. You know what I’m talking about…the kind that melts in your mouth when it’s still warm out of the oven. These scones are not only lusciously tender, but the maple syrup in them takes them to a whole new level.
Imagine the perfect balance of creaminess, sweetness, and just a little bit of crunch from the sparkling sugar that’s sprinkled on top. They’re delicate and flaky, but sturdy enough to top with jam and take with you as you run out the door in the morning.
This cake is my new favorite Saint Patrick’s Day tradition…a rich chocolate cake with a hint of Irish Cream and a delicious chocolate glaze. Not only is it super easy to make, but it results in a decadent dessert that will easily have you wanting another slice. ☘️
While I’m all for the excuse to make this cake year round, I think that it is best when it is served on the day of all things shamrock, corned beef, and green. Plus, it’s the perfect way to add a sophisticated touch to your Saint Patrick’s Day festivities.
Is there any meal greater than breakfast? Maybe it’s the endless number of options or the fact that it’s the first meal of the day, but breakfast food is one of my favorite kinds. So why not take a classic breakfast food, like the infamous buttermilk waffle, and transform it into a layer cake? I thought this would be a fun way to enjoy a breakfast food for dessert, and I’m sure that Leslie Knope would agree it’s the best excuse to eat cake for breakfast.
Whenever it starts to get chilly this time of year, I can’t wait to make the season’s first delicious cup of rich, creamy hot chocolate. The smell of it makes me think of decorating the house with Christmas lights, wrapping presents, and watching those classic Christmas movies year after year.
I grew up with instant hot cocoa, the kind that’s complete with a splash of milk and some mini marshmallows, but trust me, once you’ve had this hot chocolate, you’ll never want to go back to the instant kind. Instead of depending on cocoa powder for the chocolate taste, melting good quality chocolate gives the drink an overall richer and creamier feel, making it that much more irresistible.
Can you believe it’s already mid November? It seems like pumpkins were just being carved for Halloween, but we’re already seeing Christmas commercials and just the other day I saw someone putting Christmas lights up on their house! Thanksgiving is almost here so now is the time to make everything pumpkin if you haven’t already.
Why not let that list include a twist on a classic breakfast food? These pumpkin cinnamon rolls will brighten up any morning (or afternoon or night for that matter) and are somehow made even better when topped with the cream cheese icing straight out of the oven. 🎃
Put a pot on the stove and get ready to watch it boil, it’s time to make caramel apples! Halloween is almost here, and the perfect addition to that spooky night is a delicious tart apple covered in the chewiest, creamiest caramel, and topped with all of your favorite toppings.
Caramel apples have been around since the 1950’s, as they became popular after candy apples, and this quick and simple recipe makes it easy to have a batch whipped up in no time with only a few ingredients.
As of last week, fall is officially here, and I’m so ready for all of the pumpkins, scarf wearing, and pie making that comes with it.
Not to mention, one of the best excuses for baking (as if I need another) is that it’s chilly outside and what better way to warm up than with homemade scones or some delicious cookies? Just the sound of it makes me want to curl up with a good book or a classic movie while something bakes away in the oven.