James Brownies

After such a long hiatus, you’d think that we’d come back with some gourmet recipe to impress y’all with. Instead we’re offering this recipe in honor of James, a dear friend that died far too young. James had a penchant for good food, indulgent desserts and most all alcohol… with a soft spot for good vodka. This combines two of those loves quite beautifully.

Prepare the box mix of brownies as directed and add a tablespoon of vodka. Once you’ve taken the brownies out of the oven, let them cool just a couple minutes and then prick them all over with a toothpick. Brush a thin layer of vodka over the top of the brownies and let cool completely.

Slice and enjoy with a shot of your favorite vodka!


Oreo-Stuffed Brownies

Yes, you read that right… if you’re even reading this. If you’re not still wiping the drool off your keyboard, here’s how easy these are to make:

Prepare brownie mix per the instructions on the back of the box
Pour just enough of the batter into the pan to cover the bottom
Shove as many oreos as you can, in a single layer, into the batter
Pour the rest of the batter over the oreos and smooth
Bake as instructed
Try to wait for the brownies to cool so you don’t burn yourself stuffing them in your mouth!

Killer Cheesecake

We got the inspiration for this cheesecake from the Killer Bars! Mmmm… so decadent!

Crust Ingredients:

Two packages of graham crackers
1 stick melted butter

Cheesecake Ingredient:

8 ounces 70% chocolate
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 large eggs


8 ounces butterscotch chips
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup salted macadamia nuts (for decorating)
1/4 cup chocolate chips (for decorating)


Killer Bars

While we were in Kauai we overdosed on these Killer Bars that we would buy at Banana Joe’s almost everyday. Once we got back we made them for a baby shower. They’re actually made by Country Moon Rising Bakery, but we found a recipe that we used as a starting point on planetgreen.com.


1 stick butter
1 package of graham cracker crumbs (equals about 2 cups)
1.5 cups organic chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
15 oz sweetened condensed milk


Lemon Cheesecake

We’ve been super obsessed with lemons recently, so Tami made up this fresh dessert! Top with strawberries and chocolate sauce for an uber-decedant treat! Cut back on the amount of lemon juice for a more subtle flavor!

Crust Ingredients:

2 (generous) cups graham cracker crumbs
1 stick melted butter
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Cheesecake Ingredients:

16 ounces cream cheese
2 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons lemon zest
6 tablespoons lemon juice


Meyer Lemon Bars

Originally drooled over these on foodporndaily.com and then every so slightly adapted the recipe from kitchenrunway.com to our needs. Which simply means a little more lemon zest & juice!

Crust Ingredients:

1 C of unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ C sugar
2 C flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon Meyer lemon zest

Filling Ingredients:

6 extra large eggs, at room temperature
3 cups sugar
2 tablespoons grated Meyer lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)
1 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
1 cup all-purpose flour

powder sugar for dusting


Andes Mint Brownies

These intense brownies came from our desire to fuse two love affairs: chocolate and mint!

The first iteration of these brownies started with a single bar of Lindt Dark Chocolate Mint chopped up super fine and mixed into the batter. While that version was pretty good, it just wasn’t minty enough. This time we not only found normal Andes, we found a conveniently pre-chopped up bag of Andes, which saved some prep time. So with mint mixed in and turned into a frosting, we’re finally satisfied with these brownies!

It’s probably the only time you’ll see a box mix on our blog; but Ghirardelli’s are so phenomenal there’s really no reason to waste time making brownies from scratch!


Box mix of Ghirardelli brownies
1 egg
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup canola oil, butter, coconut oil or your prefered oil
1 bag chopped Andes Mints (can generally be found in baking aisle with chocolate chips)
1 box of whole Andes Mints


Pumpkin Cheesecake & Gingersnap Crust

We were so excited to make this cheesecake that we forgot to take pictures when we started! Whoops! The original recipe came from Epicurious–we left some things out, tried the pecan topping but couldn’t get it right, so what follows is our version! The cheesecake also got ravaged at the party we took it to before we could snap any respectable pictures. So you’re going to have to take our word for it that it turned out beautifully!

Crust Ingredients

2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs
(we only had one cup of crispy store bought cookies, so we used our soft molasses cookies for the second cup)
1+ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted

Filling Ingredients

4  8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
1.5 cups sugar or sucanat
3+ tablespoons all purpose flour
1.5+ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1+ teaspoon ground ginger
4 large eggs
1  15-ounce can solid pack pumpkin
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Mixed Berry Cheesecake


1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
3 tablespoons sour cream
~we didn’t have any so we used some yogurt and heavy cream!
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares

Found on Epicurious, but we modified how the crust was prepped. These were a HUGE hit at the party we took them to!


1 cup flour (we used wheat pastry flour)
3/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, diced
1 cup pecan halves (about 4 ounces)
3/4 cup old-fashioned oats

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 cup sour cream (we didn’t have enough sour cream, but it still came out great!)
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


Key Lime Bars

plated and ready to eat!

Straight from Martha Stewart, these bars were a big hit! The fresh lime juice is what makes them so mouthwatering, but it’s also what makes this a very time consuming recipe. Budget about an hour from starting the crust to pulling the bars out of the oven. You’ll only need a few minutes to whip up the topping and slice the limes later. Worth the effort for a party or family function!

Crust Ingredients:

1.5 cups finely ground graham crackers
1/3 cup sugar
5 tablespoons melted butter(drizzle of honey)

Filling Ingredients:

3 large egg yolks
1.5 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup fresh key lime juice (anywhere from 16-24 limes)


1/2 cup heavy cream
2 limes finely sliced into crescents