Apple Rose Cakes perfect for Mother’s Day, a special birthday present or just because they look so pretty and are delicious too…


It’s crafty Friday and I thought today would be perfect to post this Throwback post from 2015 about the beautiful and delicious apple roses for Mother’s Day.  Here is the original post:


To make it extra cute, you need special helpers preferably in cowboy costumes….

You need:
2-3 apples – 1/2 lemon – marmalade/preserve of your choice (we tried apricot, peach and raspberry) – frozen (thawed) puff pastry sheet – corn starch or flour for rolling out dough – powder sugar for dusting

I like my kids to try things and be independent, but sometimes they need a little help like cutting an apple in half. After I cored the apples, my cowboy helped slicing the apples as finely as possible. Just like rose pedals, all the slices looked different and were different sizes. To get them evenly sliced, you could slice them yourself or use a Mandoline slicer.


We just used the perfect slices and put them in a bowl and ate the rest


We covered the apples with water and added the juice of half a lemon. We microwaved the apples for about 1-2 minutes to make them softer and pliable to roll later….
In a separate bowl, Giorgio and Luca mixed the marmalade with 2-3 teaspoons of water and stirred the mixture to make it smooth.


We unfolded and rolled out the dough on a starchy surface, which was the favorite part of Luca.

Giorgio also rolled out the dough and I cut it into 6 equal dough stripes. It is optional, but a lot of fun to poke extra holes in the dough or make some other design.


We covered the dough stripes with the marmalade and the apple slices making sure they overlapped to make the roses look real.


We folded the dough to make an apple pocket and rolled them carefully to make the shape of a rose. We were really careful to make sure the apples didn’t fall out and sealed the edges in the end. The roses were placed in muffin cups and were baked in the oven until the puff pasty turned golden brown. (we baked them at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour)

appleroses6The cooled roses were dusted with powdered sugar and were all gone the day after Mother’s Day.



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The best and creepiest Halloween Dessert Table ever…

I am very excited to share one of our coolest (and one of my favorite) creations ever. 

The Graveyard!


Every year my parents host an awesome Halloween bash and one year my sister and I offered to make the desserts.  We sat together and came up with a plan. We added more and more ideas and out came a super creepy graveyard with an eerie “ghost tree”, terrifying witches fingers and all kinds of other gruesome sweet treats.

We surprised my parents after pulling a night shift before the party and exceeded their expectations.

I can cook or bake the best at night when everybody else is sleeping, but this time I enjoyed especially because Eva and I baked and decorated together. It was smelling delicious as we finished dozens of cookies and cupcakes. From eyeballs and spiderweb cookies to marshmallow skeletons and bloody frosting, there was some for everybody…

We also made the candles and candle holders as well as the eerie Halloween tree and the graveyard fence. It was such a great project…. here are the instructions to make the candles:

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making homemade ziplock ice cream or frozen yoghurt

A week ago, we made ice cream in a ziplock bag. It was a lot of fun and is very easy.

You need:

1 large ziplock bag (gallon)    

1 small ziplock bag (pint)

2 tablespoons sugar 

1/2 cup half and half plus 1/2 cup heavy cream or 1 cup yoghurt  

1/2 teaspoon almond extract   

1/2 cup rock salt   

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lots of different toppings 

(we used m&ms, mini marshmallows,crumbled brownies, chocolate morsels, almonds and different kind of sprinkles) 

 After the ice cream, Luca suggest to make cupcakes (seriously!!!!???) We had a lot of leftover toppings, so I let him make his own cupcakes. I gave him a couple more ingredients like cherios, other themed sprinkles and toppings I had in the house, as well as a cupcake pan and cupcake liners and he started to mix and bake…. It was a nice way to entertain him a little longer…. Giorgio did not care for any more sugar and had left the table after his ice cream…

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It’s my birthday and I can eat cake, if I want to… :)

Since I wrote a birthday post about my sister, I decided to share something about me too. It’s a little strange to write it myself, but I love to share about one my favorite hobbies and I am excited to dig for pictures about some of my creations. Did you guess what it is?

For anybody that followed the blog from the beginning, it wasn’t too difficult. I wouldn’t say it is an obesession, but something I love to do… Yes, it is… Baking…. I would say this blog post should be renamed to: Desert Extravaganza…

Cookies, cakes, cupcakes, tarts, puddings, mousse, flan… I really like to bake and make everything that has to do with deserts… and eat it of course. I could live on sweets (and chocolate)

I also have plenty of baking cookbooks that focus only on the sweet things and I love to try new recipes. I even wanted to start a “cookie business” several years ago, but it turned out too difficult with the laws and regulations of Florida, like using a kitchen that is not for personal use… Also I am not as good as I think I am and I am often disappointed with the result, because  it looked better in my head. Nevertheless I continue to bake, challenge myself and try new ingredients, recipes and tools. My number one thing would be sugar cookies and after making them many times, I mastered them and have become a self-proclaimed cookie chef.  But check out yourself , here are some of my creations…

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Nutella Croissants inspired by Pinterest

I love Pinterest…. on so many levels….

One of my boards on Pinterest  is called Yummi, because there are plenty of delicious looking recipes I would like to try one day.

Today was the day for a Nutella recipe. Whenever Luca is hungry, he will ask for a Nutella sandwich. When I asked him, what he wanted for breakfast this morning, I got a big smile. Maybe we could make something with Nutella?  He imediately pushed a chair into the kitchen to help me right away (before I changed my mind). I usually don’t use store-bought dough, but because I pinned a couple of recipes that required it, I had Pillsbury crescent rolls in my fridge.  


We just unrolled the dough (keep two triangles together to form a square), rolled them out a tiny bit and scooped one teaspoon (or more, Luca was generous) at a time onto the upper half of the dough. Out of each square, we got three croissants.  Luca folded the lower part onto the Nutella and I pressed the dough down to make little cushions. (We also tried raspberry marmalade instead of Nutella and both versions taste really good) I cut the dough in the pieces and secured the rim (pressing a fork on the rim to glue the dough together). We baked the croissants at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes, sprinkled powdered sugar over the tops and ate them almost all. 

Now what are we doing for lunch???

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December 16th


I received this mini skillet from my husband a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t wait any longer for using it. This recipe is only for 1 skillet cookie. If you don’t have a skillet, you can still bake the cookies, but also would only get a few.


1 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

1/2 stick butter (1/4 cup), softened

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375 Degrees Fahrenheit.  Lightly coat the skillet with cooking oil and wipe off with paper towel.
Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
In the bowl of your stand mixer combine the butter and sugar until mixture becomes light and fluffy.  Add the egg and vanilla.  Carefully fold in the dry ingredients and last, but not least the chocolate chips until everything is combined. Place the dough in the prepared skillet,until the dough nearly touches the edges. Place the skillet on a baking sheet before placing in the oven, in case the cookie might bake over the top. Bake for 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the center is set. Remove skillet from the oven using an oven mitt, since the handle is very hot. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  It can also be served with ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce. But it tastes just as good by itself. It was gone, before I could even open the freezer.

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December 13th

This recipe was courtesy of my sister.  It is another great gluten-free cookie, which is super easy to make. By the way, this particular cookie would be for the sweet tooth.  We are always trying to come up with recipes that taste delicious, but don’t make my sister sick.



1 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter

1 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking powder

optional 1/2 cup of chocolate chip morsels



Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cream the peanut butter and sugar in a bowl. Since the dough is kind of sticky, this should be done the old fashion way with a spoon. Add the egg and the baking powder and mix until it is all well combined.

Roll the dough into little balls about the size of a quarter. You can roll the balls into white sugar, but in my opinion they are already sweet enough. If you want to make the recipe with chocolate, stick one piece in the middle of each ball.

Bake in the oven for about ten minutes.  Let the cookies rest for at least five minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

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December 11th


1 cup roasted peanuts

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup water

2 1/2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 12 ounces package chocolate morsels, melted



In a large saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup, butter and water and cook at a medium-high heat for 10 minutes or until sugar dissolved, stirring regularly.  A candy thermometer should read at least 250 to 265 degrees Fahrenheit. Add peanuts and vanilla extract. When the mixture starts to turn a light clear-brown remove from stove, add baking soda and stir. Mixture will foam up. Pour on greased cookie sheets, spreading to edges. Let stand 1 hour; break into pieces. Submerge pieces in melted chocolate and let them cool on parchment paper. (see December 7th and 10th for how to melt chocolate). For a thicker chocolate coating, cooled pieces can be dipped twice or even three times.


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December 9th

This was the first time I baked snickerdoodles and they came out great. I heard the name before, but didn’t really know what it was. I googled it and found this in Wikipedia:

“The Joy of Cooking claims that snickerdoodles are probably German in origin, and that the name is a corruption of the German word Schneckennudeln (lit. “snail noodles”), a kind of pastry.”

I am not sure about this, but there are also other suggestions for the origin. I grew up in Germany and I love all cakes, cookies and sweets. Not that this would make me the expert, but Schneckennudeln are more similar to cinnamon rolls without the cinnamon. They are usually made with a nut or poppy-seed filling and I would not classify them as a cookie at all. But really good too!

Back to the snickerdoodles. I love the name and that was the reason I baked them in the first place. In the future I will make them again for the taste.



1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened

1-1/2 cups sugar

2 large eggs

2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

4 tablespoons sugar

4 teaspoons cinnamon



Preheat oven to 400° F. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until mixture becomes fluffy. Add the eggs.

In the small bowl, sift together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and stir on low until combined.

Stir together the cinnamon and sugar. Shape dough into balls about the size of a golf ball and roll around in the cinnamon sugar until coated all the way around. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart.

Bake the cookies about 8 to 10 minutes, until the cookies are lightly browned but still soft. They should puff up then flatten out.

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December 8th



4 large egg whites

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

pinch of salt


Preheat oven to 225  degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla and salt until soft peaks form. Still beating, very gradually add sugar to egg mixture. Continue to beat until sugar has dissolved and stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Drop meringue mixture by rounded tablespoons onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake, switching baking sheets halfway through, until meringues are dry, about 2 hours.

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