Lemon Amaretto Tiramisu Dessert

Mother’s Day and warmer days are ahead my friends, which means it is time to start adding some new and tasty desserts to your recipe box! This Lemon Amaretto Tiramisu is a real game changer, in fact it is so delicious that I think you will be making it over and over again this summer! This Tiramisu is super light and fresh tasting, and the addition of the lemon curd is seriously amazing…it gives it that nice tart punch you crave on the hot summer days (think of a delicious glass of lemonade puckering your lips).

This Lemon Amaretto Tiramisu is super light and fresh tasting, and the addition of the lemon curd is seriously amazing! The cookies are dipped in a simple syrup created with Amaretto perfectly pairing with the sweetness of the mascarpone layer.

This Lemon Amaretto Tiramisu is super light and fresh tasting, and the addition of the lemon curd is seriously amazing! The cookies are dipped in a simple syrup created with Amaretto perfectly pairing with the sweetness of the mascarpone layer.

In a traditional Tiramisu the cookies are first soaked in espresso and coffee flavored liquor, which many people find overpowering and heavy. This one however is instead dipped in a simple syrup created with Amaretto (which is a lovely almond flavored liquor) and perfectly compliments the sweetness of the mascarpone layer. Heavenly right?!  There are a few steps for making the dessert, but it really comes together quickly once you have everything going, and trust me when I say the time it takes to make it is more than the time it will take for you to devour it! 

Lemon Amaretto Tiramisu Dessert

Lemon Amaretto Tiramisu Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 pkg Lemon Pie Filling (generally requires 2 egg yolks)
  • 1 tub (475 g) mascarpone cheese
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups whipping cream 35%
  • 3/4 cup Cool Whip
  • 1/3 cup amaretto liqueur
  • 18 ladyfinger cookies (2 pkg)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F . Beat the egg white in a small bowl and toss almonds until well coated. Stir in 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar until well combined. Spread onto either parchment lined baking sheet, or a silicone mat (see photos). Bake and stir after about 5 minutes, place back into the oven until light golden, about 5 mins. Set aside.
  2. Prepare lemon curd according to package, allow to cool slightly and add in the cool whip. Stir until well combined (should be a soft yellow). Place in the fridge until ready to assemble (can make a day in advance).
  3. In stand mixerl, beat together mascarpone, icing sugar and vanilla until smooth. Empty into bowl so you can prepare whipped cream.
  4. Beat 1-1/2 cups of the cream until stiff peaks form; fold into mascarpone mixture using a silicone spatula and put in fridge until ready to assemble.
  5. In small pot cook remaining granulated sugar (1/4 c) with 1/4 cup water over medium heat and stir constantly until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Stir in amaretto. Dip both sides of ladyfinger cookies in amaretto mixture and place in a single layer in a 13x9" baking dish.
  6. Spoon mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers, spreading to edges gently pressing down so mixture fills holes. Spread lemon mixture evenly over top. Prepare the rest of the whipped cream and spread over lemon mixture, top with almonds and serve.
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tips and tricks for lemon amaretto tiramisu 
  • Prepare the lemon curd and mascarpone mixture a day in advance so you just have to assemble the dish when you want it.
  • Going to multiple events in a weekend?? No problem! This recipe can easily make two 8″x8″ dishes instead (your layers won’t be as thick but will be JUST as tasty).
  • Put your sugar water mix in the fridge once it comes off the stove to cool it down faster!
  • Be sure to soak your cookies long enough (about 10 seconds a side) you want them to be soft with a slight bite to them (plus the more amaretto mix they soak up the better).

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Ok, well now that I have finished the post I think I need to go make it again!! Be sure to let me know what you think of it! And if you love lemon recipes as much as I do be sure to check out my Raspberry Lemon Meringue Tarts (another simple and deeeelicious dessert to make for any event!). Enjoy <3

This recipe was adapted from Canadian Living.

Microwave Mug Cake Recipes – Salted Caramel and Chocolate Brownie!

Oooo do I have a TREAT in store for you guys today! If you enjoy indulging in a slice of chocolate cake every once in awhile, but just don’t have the time or patience to make it, don’t you worry…your newest and QUICKEST recipe is here : Mug Cakes!! These tasty desserts seem to be growing in popularity, and for really good reason if you ask me! The Mug Cake Recipes that I have for you guys are awesome for a few reasons; they take under 5 minutes from start to finish (yep that includes cooking time), they use ingredients that you already have on hand, and they are just simply DELICIOUS ! Guys, don’t just take my word for it…look at them!

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This is the Chocolate Brownie Mug Cake (with a gooey peanut butter middle!). Find the recipe for both Mug Cakes below!

Microwave Mug Cake Recipes – Salted Caramel and Chocolate Brownie!

Microwave Mug Cake Recipes – Salted Caramel and Chocolate Brownie!

Ingredients

    Salted Caramel Chocolate Mug Cake
  • 1/4 c Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Kosher Salt (Sea Salt)
  • 2.5 tsp Caramel Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Chocolate Chips (semi-sweet or milk)
  • 1/4 c Milk (heat in microwave 12 seconds)
  • 2 tbsp Butter (melted, allow to cool)
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Mug Cake
  • See above and substitute caramel sauce for peanut butter, eliminate salt and increase sugar to 2.5 tbsp.

Instructions

  1. Heat milk and melt butter, set aside.
  2. In small bowl sift together flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, and sugar.
  3. For Caramel Cake: add in 1 tsp caramel sauce, milk and butter. Mix well until there are no clumps. Mix in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour half of mixture in mug, add additional 1 tsp caramel sauce and top with the rest of batter.
  5. Microwave on high for 1 minute, drizzle with remainder of caramel and sprinkle with salt.
  6. For Chocolate Brownie Cake: Steps 1 and 2 above, then add in milk and butter mixing until no clumps. Add in chocolate chips. Pour batter into mug. Gently form peanut butter into log using two spoons and push into the center of batter. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Top with icing sugar if desired!
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Did you even finish reading the recipe before you started to gather your ingredients (ha!) I don’t blame you, they are super easy to make and really will curb any sweet tooth you have! Another thing love about any Mug Cake recipes is that you can really customize it to your own tastes. As long as you have your basic ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, butter) you can really get creative and add in things that you love! Why not try a chocolate coconut mug cake? Or how about a peanut butter and jelly mug cake?! The possibilities are really endless!

looking for more sweet treats?!
  • Check out my Dessert page, you will find a nice mixture of easy and decadent treats to make for any craving!
  • Check out this delicious Monkey Bread from our friends at FizlDizl!
  • Want a new muffin recipe?! Try our Coconut Carrot Muffins!
Two Minute Mug Cake Recipes! Features a Salted Caramel Mug Cake AND a Chocolate Brownie Mug Cake with a Ooey Peanut Butter middle! Your new go-to dessert any night of the week!

Two Minute Mug Cake Recipes! Features a Salted Caramel Mug Cake AND a Chocolate Brownie Mug Cake with a Ooey Peanut Butter middle! Your new go-to dessert any night of the week!


Easy Nutella Brownies – Fudgey and Chewy!

I am gonna just start by saying that these Nutella Brownies are the BEST brownies you will ever make!!! And I do not say that lightly friends. As you know I am a major chocoholic and brownies may as well be listed as a food group for me.

Easy Nutella Brownies - The BEST brownie you will ever make! Perfectly chewy and full of Nutella flavor! Check out this recipe and more at TheOliveBlogger.com

Easy Nutella Brownies – The BEST brownie you will ever make! Perfectly chewy and full of Nutella flavor! Check out this recipe and more at TheOliveBlogger.com

As part of this months Blogger Recipe Swap that I participate in I was tasked with making something from Aileen Cooks (you guys gotta check her out!). I had so much trouble finding just ONE thing to make but as soon as I saw her Nutella Brownies I was done…heart stopped, drool running down my face, done. I mean can you blame me…look at them!!!

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Just looking at that giant plate of goodness makes me want more…sadly we brought them all to a dinner party with friends and they were DEVOURED which meant no leftovers for us! But hey that’s okay, just means I get to make another batch…just for me…for me and my hubby of course!

Easy Nutella Brownies

Easy Nutella Brownies

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups Nutella
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a square 8x8 baking dish and set aside.
  2. Combine Nutella, eggs, and vanilla in stand mixer until well combined.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the Nutella mixture until JUST combined.
  5. Add in the chocolate chips and gently mix in.
  6. Pour the brownie batter into the greased baking dish and bake 22-25 minutes.
  7. Let cool before serving.
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Be sure to check out the original recipe and many other yummy eats over at Aileen Cooks!

“Cookie Dough” Bars (with Candy)- Foodie Friday

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Friends this is it…THE ONE dessert you need for any event, gathering or late night sweet craving you get…a super yummy Cookie Dough Bar (yes you’ve read that right)! A safe-to-eat cookie dough filled with chocolate chunks and M&M’s and topped with peanut buttery chocolate…O-M-G! Now, if you are like me, when you make regular cookies you lick the bowl, spatula and beater…I mean we ALL do it right!? With this Cookie Dough Bar you are not running the risk of that icky tummy ache you get from the raw eggs in regular batter, and are rewarded with the most incredible treat that has ever hit your mouth. Add to that a nice little shot glass of milk and you are in for a real treat! 

Cookie Dough Bites

This recipe was adapted from the version I saw on Coupon Cravings and after a couple of small adjustments I am telling you that you will keep this recipe for years to come. I brought it to my brother-in-laws 40th birthday party the other week and the entire tray was devoured! I am not kidding you guys, there were 20 squares (plus more at home for when hubby and I got a craving a day or two later) and they were gulped down like they were a piece of candy. That is how you know you have a real winner! We cut ours into about 24 bars, but you can get up to 40 if you want a smaller bite-sized piece (recommended if you are serving to little ones as they are quite a sweet and decadent treat). I have already added this to my Christmas Baking List (check out last years 13 different cookies, bars and more) and will use the lovely red and green M&M’s you can find around the holidays to make them festive. They are going to be a huge hit on my cookie trays I give away…if they make it there! 

I mean guys seriously, looooook at these beauties: 

Cookie Dough Bites 2

Okay, okay, what am I waiting for right? You guys just want me to get to the recipe! The only thing I will mention ahead of time here is that you NEED to make these in advance…they are not like a traditional cookie that is baked and ready in 30 minutes. Also, you will need to make sure you have a few good pieces of equipment to get the best turnout (and not have them stick to the pan). You will need:

  • Parchment Paper (this is always good to have on hand for any baking you do, leaving your pans clean and your cookies will never stick)
  • 8×8 Baking Pan  (you can use a glass one or your traditional baking pan as you will be lining it with the parchment paper)
  • Offset Spatula (this is a MUST HAVE to make this square, you need it for the chocolate on top to ensure it spreads nicely over the base, and quickly!)
  • Stand Mixer (another must have, for any kind of baking really, but it works wonders with this one as you need a nice creamy texture for the batter. You do not want any lumps or granulated sugar left as it doesn’t get cooked away like a traditional cookie)

“Cookie Dough” Bars (with Candy)

“Cookie Dough” Bars (with Candy)

Ingredients

    Base
  • ½ c (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ¾ c packed light brown sugar
  • 2 c all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 c chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup m&m’s
  • Icing
  • ½ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • ½ cup milk chocolate chips

Instructions

    Base
  1. Line an 8×8 inch pan with your parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In stand mixer (or lg bowl), mix together softened butter and brown sugar until fluffy for (2-3 minutes)
  3. Add in vanilla until combined. Alternate adding flour and sweetened condensed milk until well combined (will become creamy and smooth).
  4. Mix in the chocolate chips and M&M’s.
  5. Press the cookie dough into the bottom of a parchment paper lined 8×8 pan and cover. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, overnight is fine.
  6. Flip the cookie dough out onto a cutting board or plate and carefully peel back the parchment paper. Place back in the fridge while you make the “icing”.
  7. Icing
  8. Combine the peanut butter and ½ cup chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on medium-high and be sure to stir every 30 seconds until melted. Pour and spread using your offset spatula over the top of the chilled dough. Chill until topping has hardened. Cut into pieces and serve!
  9. *we cut ours into about 24 squares but you can make them more “bite-sized” and get even more out of this recipe!
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Cookie Dough Bars with M&M's

Foodie Friday- Did Someone say MERINGUE?!

If any dessert SCREAMS Spring, I’d say it’s a simple meringue topped with a fresh fruit reduction and some yummy whipped cream!

Although is may sound like a scary dessert to attempt, it is actually pretty easy (as long as you have some patience for the cooking portion)! My hubby made these delicious Meringue Fruit Cups for our Easter dinner and they were a huge hit with everyone! They are so light and crisp and the fresh fruit reduction just adds the right amount of tart to the mix.

The fun part about this dessert is the many ways you can serve it. We chose a martini glass display, as you can see from the pictures, and did a layering technique with the meringues and fruit (and of course a little whipped cream). They are so elegant, yet so very simple to make and are sure to impress even your pickiest guest 🙂

Give em a try and let me know what you think! <3

Fruit-Cup-Meringues

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 12!!

Oh my, we are on our second last day of goodies! It has been so much fun sharing with you guys everyday, and I really hope you are getting some new ideas for your Christmas goodies! Has anyone had a disaster yet!? Hey it happens, and today’s post is a testament to that!

This super simple Christmas Fudge was created when one of my Whipped Shortbread batches stuck to the pan (I was hurriedly trying to get batch after batch on and may have missed a key step in treating my pan!). But, with any mistake that happens on our baking day, we set the crumbles to the side and left them for a spur of creativity that came hours later!

We used a basic fudge recipe, threw in the shortbread pieces and decorated with colourful sprinkles…the result? A delicious update on your everyday fudge, with a nice little crunch!

I will also be sharing some gift ideas for the make-up lover on your list today!

Enjoy <3

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 11!!

Wow, so hard to believe we have shared ten days of delicious goodies already! Are ya’ll enjoying it?!

Today we are updating a classic shortbread cookie with a White Chocolate Cranberry Drop cookie! Just typing this one out makes me hungry, I mean it has ALL the flavours I associate with Christmas in one delicious bite! It is a nice shortbread density with the freshness of the cranberries and sweetness of the white chocolate, and is another easy one to make (do you see the pattern here, EASY).

Also on the post today, gift ideas for the film buff on your list!

Oh and a little picture I thought ya’ll might enjoy…This was my list of things I needed for all 13 days (just so you can see the craziness in one shot!)

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Enjoy <3

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Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 3!!

Are you overloaded on sweets yet? I know, silly question right!? You can never have enough goodies this time of year! It seems as though everyday you get another invite to a dinner or cocktail party, at least you’ll be prepared with a tasty tray of sweets.

You have ten days left after today’s post, I hope you are finding some inspiration for your Christmas goodies 🙂

Today’s post is…Peanut Butter Squares! Crunchy goodness, filled with the delicious taste of peanut butter, and topped with a nice hard icing! These are perfect on any tray, and have such a wonderful burst of flavour, best enjoyed with a nice glass of milk! The best part? I guarantee that you have all the ingredients you need already waiting in your pantry…so what are you waiting for?!

Enjoy <3