Sweet Thangs

Gingerbread Christmas Donuts

Gingerbread Christmas Donuts

An easy and unique holiday baking alternative to Christmas cookies

Tahini Sugar Cookies

Tahini Sugar Cookies

Uniquely-flavored cookies you can cut into any shape for the holiday season and beyond

Simple Spiced Pear Cobbler (with Video)

Simple Spiced Pear Cobbler (with Video)

A delicious seasonal dessert made with an easy scratch filling of crunchy pears and warm spices, and lightly sweet bisquick biscuit topping.

Bourbon Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Bourbon Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Two classics meet with a touch of bourbon for the perfect Thanksgiving pie.

Sweet Potato Cheesecake with Spiced Crust

Sweet Potato Cheesecake with Spiced Crust

An easy classic cheesecake filled with bits of roasted sweet potato and surrounded by a spiced graham cracker crust

Pumpkin Apple Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Apple Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

A deliciously moist spice cake with apples and pumpkin–topped with maple cream cheese frosting!

Easy Classic Apple Pie

Easy Classic Apple Pie

Pies seem like a must around this time of year. I’ve shared a few pies with y’all over the years (grapefruit & ginger, apple with brie, roasted strawberry) and thought it was time to add another one to the mix. This easy classic apple pie […]

Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

A light, chewy, and addictive remix of the classic cookie recipe that’s perfect for Fall.

Funfetti Birthday Cake Donuts

Funfetti Birthday Cake Donuts

Easy funfetti birthday cake donuts you’ll want to eat for breakfast even when it’s not your birthday. These are a party in your mouth.

Slow Cooker Cherry Apple Crisp

Slow Cooker Cherry Apple Crisp

Make this set-it-and-forget-it dessert with fresh cherries, chopped apples and a few other ingredients.

Easy Sweet Cherry Jam

Easy Sweet Cherry Jam

Easy sweet cherry jam on your stovetop with just two ingredients and no pectin! This recipe works with fresh or frozen cherries.

No-Churn Black Sesame & Cherry Ice Cream

No-Churn Black Sesame & Cherry Ice Cream

You can easily make this no-churn black sesame & cherry ice cream at home with no fancy equipment and only five ingredients!

Spiced Cherry Almond Cobbler

Spiced Cherry Almond Cobbler

Spiced cherry almond cobbler is a twist on an easy southern classic made with fresh cherries, sweet spices, and almonds.

Tipsy Pineapple Upside-Down Rum Cake

Tipsy Pineapple Upside-Down Rum Cake

An indulgent cross between a pineapple upside-down cake and a classic rum cake beautifully presented in a bundt shape.

Fruit Salad with Sweet Orange Mint Dressing

Fruit Salad with Sweet Orange Mint Dressing

This simple fresh fruit salad with sweet orange mint dressing is the perfect contribution to any gathering.

Simple Southern Praline Sauce

Simple Southern Praline Sauce

A simple southern praline sauce made in a flash with just 4 ingredients. It’s like eating a liquid praline and makes a great topping for anything sweet.

Vanilla Chai Donuts

Vanilla Chai Donuts

I’ll try to keep today’s post short and sweet because these donuts pretty much speak for themselves. Also, it’s been a supremely strange week, y’all. My Sunday was pretty relaxed and I attended a photography workshop with the Houston Blogger Union. I eased into a […]

Grapefruit & Ginger Pie

Grapefruit & Ginger Pie

Happy Pi Day, y’all! I love refrigerator pies for the warmer months, which are definitely becoming more and more abundant here in Texas. #globalwarmingisreal They’re less fussy and it’s so easy to incorporate flavors that you wouldn’t necessarily find in a more traditional pie. In […]

Best Box-Mix Brownies

Best Box-Mix Brownies

This is a recipe from my college days that I could pull together in a pinch for anything from a movie night with friends to a sorority event. Much like my pumpkin cupcakes, which are also semi-homemade, these brownies are so dang good that I […]

DIY Romantic Fruit Arrangements

DIY Romantic Fruit Arrangements

Each year my friends and family members hit me up to create homemade fruit arrangements for Valentine’s Day. I like to think it’s because I make them with so much love but the fact that these cost less than the ones they might order from a company […]

Aunt Georgia’s Peach Cobbler

Aunt Georgia’s Peach Cobbler

Aunt Georgia’s Peach Cobbler is an ooey-gooey Southern classic dessert passed down through four generations of black girl magic!

Strawberry Cake Donuts

Strawberry Cake Donuts

These strawberry cake donuts are delicious, easy to make, and have an addictive, delicate flavor. If you can make cupcakes, you can make these!

Berry Swirl Cake + 2 Year Bloggerversary

Berry Swirl Cake + 2 Year Bloggerversary

Easy vanilla cake swirled with lingonberry jam, 3 lessons learned as a blogger, and a discount code to Mary’s Secret Ingredient.

Naked Bourbon Carrot Cake

Naked Bourbon Carrot Cake

Have you ever been struck by an absolutely GENIUS idea then discovered that you weren’t the first [or even the tenth] person to think of it? That kind of happened to me with this cake. Carrot cake is one of my favorite kinds of cake […]

PB&J Thumbprint Cookies

PB&J Thumbprint Cookies

Cookies get so much love around Christmastime and I’m all for it so I couldn’t stop at sharing just one cookie recipe this season. These were inspired by childhood memories in the kitchen with my mom, making more cookies than Santa could ever eat. I wanted […]

Festive Fruit Centerpiece

Festive Fruit Centerpiece

Edible Arrangements has nothing on this girl here, y’all. I have been making and gifting fruit bouquets and centerpieces for a few years now and it is such a special way to dress up an event or make someone feel appreciated. People always love them! […]

Bourbon Glazed Gingerbread

Bourbon Glazed Gingerbread

This year, I wanted to do a slightly different take on a Christmas classic–something grown folks might appreciate a bit more than a typical house or cookie! These little loaves are baked up in disposable cardboard pans, which make them perfect for gifting. Just add some ribbon […]

My Candy Cane Cookies

My Candy Cane Cookies

These cookies are a Christmas family favorite, highly addictive, and easy to make.

Perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake

Perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake

It’s November, y’all! Some may say “Where did the year go?!” and, while I agree that it has flown by, this is my favorite time of year. I’m a summer baby and enjoy the warmth of the season but the end of the year is […]

Ultimate Autumn Apple Pie

Ultimate Autumn Apple Pie

Honeycrisp apples, pears, cranberries, maple syrup, and warm spices between a flaky buttery crust and crisp oat topping = the ultimate autumn apple pie.

Fall Favorites + Pumpkin Donuts Recipe

Fall Favorites + Pumpkin Donuts Recipe

This is a roundup of my favorite things about Fall, which is finally upon us–things I like to see, make, and do each year to get fully into the season. The last (but definitely not least) item on this list is my recipe for pumpkin donuts, […]

Easy Apple Tarts

Easy Apple Tarts

I don’t really get in to the swing of Fall desserts and foods until October because…Texas. Even though it’s still hot outside, there are acorns and leaves on the ground and just the slightest hint of a breeze in the air. I’m in an autumnal mood and […]

Lemon Zucchini Bread

Lemon Zucchini Bread

Classic zucchini bread with tangy lemon zest and luxurious lemon curd.

Brown Butter Vanilla Birthday Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

Brown Butter Vanilla Birthday Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

A delicious cake I celebrated my birthday with–full of deep,delicious flavors and perfect for any occasion.

Spiced Peanut Butter Cookies

Spiced Peanut Butter Cookies

Spiced peanut butter cookies are classics with a twist of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove. Also, a mini ode to my mother.

Fresh Fruit Compotes

Fresh Fruit Compotes

We’ve talked about compotes a little bit before in my best ever blueberry pancakes post but really only scratched the surface. We’re going all the way in today because compotes are so good, so simple, and can pretty much go on anything. Cakes, ice cream, […]

Paleo/Gluten-Free Cupcakes [Recipe Swap]

Paleo/Gluten-Free Cupcakes [Recipe Swap]

This recipe is from my soror, Kirstyn Scott. She hails from Harlem, New York and writes about all sorts of fabulous things (including food) over at North of the Park. She is kind of killing all the excuses my sweet tooth makes when I reach for […]

Poptails with Tekeen

Poptails with Tekeen

The subject of this post is intended for readers 21 years and older. I watched a Facebook video read an article recently about how millennials are the most nostalgic generation and the reasoning behind it. Though there are many things from my childhood in which I […]

Craving Bars

Craving Bars

Craving bars are grown-and-sexy rice crispy treats made with sea salt, dark chocolate, caramel, and peanut butter.

Apple Pie with Brie

Apple Pie with Brie

Barring any technical difficulties, this post should go up on March 14th, which is Pi Day. Did I plan ahead to make that happen? Not at all. God was looking out for me, as usual, because I completely forgot about the day and just happened to […]

Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding

Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding

We are well on our way into 2016 and it’s at about this time that many people loosen their grips on those fitness-related resolutions. I’m not here to derail anybody’s goals but this bread pudding just might make you long for a cheat day. A lot […]

Praline Brie Dip

Praline Brie Dip

The ultimate in sweet meets savory: warm praline sauce poured over baked brie cheese.

Sweet Potato Praline Bread Pudding

Sweet Potato Praline Bread Pudding

In the world of Thanksgiving desserts there is a divide between those who eat pumpkin pie and those who eat sweet potato pie. I grew up in a sweet potato pie household and only ever saw the pumpkin version at school functions and on TV. I […]

Applesauce Quick Bread

Applesauce Quick Bread

Applesauce quick bread is an easy, lightly sweet Fall favorite that can be enjoyed year round.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes

No shade to Sandra Lee but I am not typically one for semi-homemade cooking and baking. I never say never, though. Sometimes, shortcuts come in handy and these cupcakes are an example. I used :gasp: boxed yellow cake mix, canned pumpkin, and just two other simple […]

Buttery Caramel Sauce

Buttery Caramel Sauce

Caramel makes just about anything better. Anything. I used this sauce as a glaze on my pumpkin cupcakes but it’s so good that it merits its own dedicated post. It’s a glaze, a sauce, a dip, or a spread just depending on how much liquid you […]

Brûlée Peaches with Blue Bell

Brûlée Peaches with Blue Bell

Blue Bell is back, y’all! Celebrate by pairing it with easy brûlée peaches. If you were raised [or spent any meaningful amount of time] in Texas, you know that Blue Bell ice-cream is king. If you were not, consider this a primer. The ranking is […]

Spiced Banana Nut Bread

Spiced Banana Nut Bread

Right now, the heat index here is 108 degrees. One-hundred and eight…degrees! On days like this, I dart from my car to the doors of my house or office with an unparalleled quickness. I also pray for those who have nowhere to dart and gain […]

Pineapple Pound Cake

Pineapple Pound Cake

Summer is officially upon us. If you live in most parts of Texas that means tropical temperatures and hurricane threats without the white, sandy beaches to make up for it. You probably think I’m crazy for even touching my oven in this kind of climate […]

Slow Cooker Applesauce

Slow Cooker Applesauce

I am nearing the end of my time in braces, and while I definitely partake in items from the “do not eat” list my orthodontist gave me oh so long ago, I also have a newfound appreciation for soft foods. One such is applesauce. Actually, […]

Sweet Tea Pound Cake

Sweet Tea Pound Cake

Did you know that pound cakes are called such because the recipe traditionally calls for a pound each of butter, sugar, flour, and eggs? If you didn’t, you’re welcome for that history lesson. If you did, let that be its own reward. 🙂 I haven’t […]

Easy Blackberry Spice Muffins

Easy Blackberry Spice Muffins

Muffins are not just for breakfast anymore, people. I know this because I ate the majority of these easy blackberry spice muffins over the course of Easter weekend at all times of the day (and night). The oddest hour was at about 1:00 AM while […]

Simple Strawberry Pie

Simple Strawberry Pie

Today is National Pi Day and in honor of this mathematically significant holiday, I…made a pie. This is the first pie I have made in quite a while so it was A good refresher. I was not as prepared as I had hoped to be […]

The Ultimate Red Velvet Cake

The Ultimate Red Velvet Cake

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought I would share some dishes befitting of a romantic dinner for two. I am starting with dessert because, well, it’s my favorite part. 🙂 This dessert combines two classic sweets that are often associated with the holiday. […]

Lemon Berry Quick Bread

Lemon Berry Quick Bread

Who invented quick breads? I really need to know so I can thank that person! Quick breads are versatile, easy to make, and come together more quick-ly and with less effort than traditional bread. Quick breads require none of the yeast, rising, or kneading that […]