Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe Round-up

It’s been a tough week, guys. Let’s console ourselves with dessert. Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I’ve compiled my most favorite dessert recipes.

1.) Salted Caramel Cheesecake

I made this cheesecake for Cody’s birthday, and it turned out great. Cody insists that it’s the best thing I’ve ever made, but he’s a cheesecake fanatic. I thought it was pretty delicious, but the crust did get a tad too dry. Although this doesn’t require a lot of skill to pull off, it does take time.

  • Flavor Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5 (with 5 being most difficult)

2.) Gloria’s Perfect Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls have definitely received the most glowing reviews of anything I’ve baked, and I agree, they are delicious. They take a very long time to make and require the use of a stand mixer, but they are definitely worth it. My favorite part about them is that you can freeze them individually in little baggies and then pop them in the microwave for a “just came out of the oven” flavor.

  • Flavor Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Difficulty Rating: 4 out of 5

3.) Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes

Cinnamon Toast Crunch cupcakes are my go-to dessert. They are definitely a crowd-pleaser! My most favorite part about them is that the base is a French vanilla cake mix, so they aren’t too difficult to create, but they have the look and flavor of gourmet cupcakes. My only warning is to be careful when mixing the icing. It’s very thick and I’ve broken two electric mixers while making this recipe.

  • Flavor Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5

4.) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

Holy cow. These cupcakes are almost too much. They’re made with a thick peanut butter icing that is so good you could eat it plain. If you love chocolate and peanut butter together, you will absolutely love these cupcakes. To make it even easier on yourself, you can skip the cupcake part and just turn these into regular brownies.

  • Flavor Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Difficulty Rating: 1 out of 5

5.) No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

I’m including this link but I’m not exactly recommending this specific recipe. My version of this recipe is very similar, but I think it turns out better. I don’t add milk or whipped cream to it. Instead, I just mix together the powdered sugar, cream cheese, and peanut butter and put it all in the crust (and I make sure to taste it and add more peanut butter or powdered sugar as needed). I also recommend simmering a cup of heavy whipping cream, then pouring that over a cup of chocolate chips to create a chocolate topping. Cover the entire pie in the chocolate and you end up with chocolate peanut butter heaven.

  • Flavor Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Difficulty Rating: 1 out of 5


What are your most favorite desserts? Link some recipes in the comments!


Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

As many people know, the nerd world lost its collective mind when it was announced that there would be an eighth installment of the Harry Potter series. I, too, was overjoyed at the thought that I would get to revisit the world of Harry Potter. Unfortunately, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was not a return to the sparkling world of witchcraft and wizardry. Instead, it was more like going to your high school reunion only to discover that your old crush had peaked about halfway through sophomore year.

I’ll admit, I read Cursed Child in one day; it wasn’t that I found the story boring or bad. In fact, it has a great premise: Harry Potter’s second son goes off to Hogwarts and is sorted into Slytherin. To top it off, he becomes best friends with Draco Malfoy’s son. It’s a great idea, as it offers a complete perspective shift of Hogwarts. Sadly, the story-line is primarily driven along by the poor relationship between Harry and his son, which is a story that has been told many times over. The joy that readers felt when reading the initial seven books was primarily related to the sense of wonderment surrounding the wizarding world. I remember being nine years old and feeling completely enveloped by the magic of it all; Harry’s early adventures were deeply entertaining. Sadly, Cursed Child does nothing to recapture that wonderment and joy.

Ultimately, the problem with Cursed Child is that it reads like fan fiction. J.K. Rowling did a wonderful job of world-building in the first seven books. The plot grew in ways that felt preordained and never contrived. This was not so with Cursed Child. It was clear that this was a story that was created much later than the original story, and there was nothing in the original seven books that pointed toward the happenings of Cursed Child. As someone who has loved the world of Harry Potter for over half my life, I was sorely disappointed by everything that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child lacked. It could have been much, much better.

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