Skinny Baked Brie Phyllo Cups with Craisins, Walnuts and Honey

This recipe was a hit at Thanksgiving last year. I’ve made again since for a get-together with friends and there are always none left. This easy appetizer only involves five ingredients and takes about 15 minutes total to make.

Baked Brie Phyllo Cups with Craisins Walnuts and Honey

Skinny Baked Brie Phyllo Cups with Craisins and Walnuts

Servings: 15

Serving Size: 1 mini tart
Calories: 60

Fat: 3 g • Carb: 6.5 g • Fiber: 0.3 g • Protein: 2 g • Sugar: 4 g • Sodium: 59 mg


3 oz light brie, skin removed cut into (15) 1/2-inch cubes
4 tbsp craisins
4 tbsp chopped walnuts or pecans
2 tbsp honey
15 Mini Phyllo Shells (Athens)


Preheat oven to 325°F.
Combine craisins, chopped nuts and honey in a bowl and mix well. Arrange mini shells on a baking sheet. Fill mini shells with cheese (each piece of cheese weighs about 0.2 oz). Top with sticky craisin/nut mixture and bake 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Serve immediately.

Baked Brie Phyllo Cups with Craisins and Walnuts


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No Bake Granola Bars {Recipe}

no bake granola bar up close image

Now that I’ve been using the Fooducate app for about a month now, I’ve learned a great deal about what I am putting in my body. I’m working on eating less processed foods, more veggies, and cutting down on desserts. I keep telling myself that a dessert is a treat, not something you should eat after dinner every single night (that just makes it a routine sugar binge).

Going on Pinterest was hard at first. There are always photos of cupcakes, pasta dishes, cookies, and other unhealthy recipes plastered over Pinterest, but I’m guilty of repinning those too. They look so damn good! However, I’m getting better at looking for snack ideas and low-carb recipes. I found a couple of granola bar recipes and even some no-bake ones.

I’ve always been a fan of the Nature Valley (C) and Quaker granola bars, but after looking them up on Fooducate, I learned the Quaker bars score between C – D grades and Nature Valley bars were given C’s. With the store-bought bars earning unimpressive grades, I figured I would give it a try to make my own bars. While the ones I made are not A-grade worthy, they are less processed, homemade, and the recipe can be adjusted to what you have on hand.

no bake granola bars homemade ingredients

Recipe adapted from Parade.




  • 2 cup quick-cooking oats (not instant)
  • 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cashews (or peanuts)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Spray an 8×8-inch square pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix oats and nuts. If you want to throw in chopped up pieces of dried apricots or prunes for a little more fiber, now is the time.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, stir together corn syrup and brown sugar until the mixture starts to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter, canola oil, and vanilla until it looks well-mixed and thick.
  4. Pour the mixture over the dry oats and nut mix and stir until combined. Now add the chocolate chips and mix together. If you mix the chocolate chips in any earlier, they will all melt. Lesson learned.
  5. Spoon the mixture into your greased pan and press down batter so that it spreads evenly. Let it cool. Once cool, cut into 10-12 bars. (According to Parade recipe, bars may be frozen, wrapped well, for up to three months)


TIP: These bars are especially yummy the next day with a cup of coffee.
no bake granola bars homemade


Meringue Kisses

When I was younger, my dad would take me to Mazzetti’s Bakery in Pacifica before church on Sundays (on non-Mazzetti Sundays, we’d go through the McDonald’s drive-thru and pick up Egg McMuffins with extra hash browns). Mazzetti’s makes fresh pastries on location and made these amazing meringue kisses that I craved. Light, airy and fluffy perfection. My favorite? The white kisses with the multi-colored sprinkles on top.

I have attempted several times over the years to recreate Mazzetti’s meringues with no such luck. They never look or taste quite the same. Thank goodness Pinterest came along because the variations are endless (though the ingredients are basically identical) and I might one day be able to recreate a version close to my old favorite. Maybe I should invest in a piping device so I can get the shape just right.

Meringue kisses different colors

Recipe via McCormick


I Prefer My Oreo Cookies Deep Fried!

Nom nom nom nom. Deep fried Oreo cookies are so easy to make and are one of my favorite desserts. I want these bad boys served at my wedding one day. I prefer my Oreos covered with powdered sugar and served with a scoop of ice cream, but beggars can’t be choosers.

Those delicious fried goodies covered in chocolate syrup below were from Rockabillies OM Express in Portland, Oregon. Yum!

deep fried oreos in portland oregon

Deep Fried {double stuffed} Oreos

deep fried double stuffed oreos

One of my favorite desserts EVER are deep fried Oreos. They can occasionally be found at fairs or carnivals, but if you get the craving, they’re very easy to make. But be warned — one is never enough.

Deep Fried Oreos: a horribly unhealthy but utterly delicious dessert. Top it with powdered sugar and serve while warm. Put it over ice cream and you’ll be in heaven.


Recipe for Deep Fried Oreos via Good Bakes

Easy Valentine’s Day heart-shaped cheesecake swirl brownies

bake easy cheesecake swirl brownies in heart shapes for valentine's dayValentine’s Day is tomorrow and if you really want to impress your sweetheart, make these super cute pink (or red) cheesecake swirl brownies in 45 minutes.

What do you need? One box of Pillsbury Cheesecake Swirl brownie mix, red food coloring and a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

Prepare the brownie mix and cheesecake as directed. In the cheesecake mix, add drops of red food coloring until you’ve reached the desired color. Swirl the colored cheesecake and bake as instructed. Let it cool before cutting your masterpiece with the cookie cutter. Ta da! Enjoy!