Dark Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream

Rich, creamy, stuffed with cherries, and loaded with dark chocolate!

Dark Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream // Rich, creamy, stuffed with cherries, and loaded with dark chocolate! // www.mesacookingco.com

I kinda say this every time I make a new ice cream recipe, but I need to say it again: this might be my favorite ice cream recipe ever! And what more can you ask for during cherry season than the richest chocolate ice cream sprinkled throughout with cherries!? You need this ice cream in your tummy ASAP!

Take a look at these pictures and just drool – you’re seriously going to! Those scoops are just perfect. Can you see the consistency and texture of these beauties? Couldn’t be better! Thank you, egg yolks, for helping us make the most amazing custard! My recipe will walk you through step-by-step so no worries if you’ve never made ice cream before – you can do it!

Softly weeping and stomach growling because you don’t have an ice cream maker? No fear! Check out my post on how to make ice cream without an ice cream machine!

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Monster Cookies

A giant, amazing cookie stuffed with peanut butter, oats, chocolate, M&Ms, and Reese’s Pieces

Edit: I just developed a gluten-free version of these! Check the recipe notes for instructions on how to adapt! 

Monster Cookies // A giant, amazing cookie stuffed with peanut butter, oats, chocolate, M&Ms, and Reese's Pieces // www.mesacookingco.com

Have you ever heard of Monster Cookies? Last week, I made a giant batch of these and had several friends give them a try. I was amazed how many people had never heard of Monster Cookies! GUYS. These are AMAZING. Monster Cookies are one of the best cookies you could ever make and eat and I hope it can become a staple cookie in your house! Let me tell you all about them:

Monster Cookies are essentially peanut butter cookies stuffed with heaps of oats, chocolate chips, M&Ms, and Reese’s Pieces. And boy, these cookies are SO GOOD. I might even go so far as to say that these are my favorite cookies EVER. Yes, really.

Monster Cookies // A giant, amazing cookie stuffed with peanut butter, oats, chocolate, M&Ms, and Reese's Pieces // www.mesacookingco.com

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Gluten Free Apple Crisp

An apple crisp made with sweetly spiced gluten-free oat topping plus pecans

Gluten Free Apple Crisp // An apple crisp made with sweetly spiced gluten-free oat topping plus pecans // www.mesacookingco.com

My parents visited my husband and I in Denver last weekend for my college graduations (Woooo!!!). My mom’s gluten-free so I spent some time dreaming up delicious recipes to make for her. We had my Whole Wheat Penne with Lemon Chicken made gluten-free with rice pasta. We also had chicken tikka masala with tons of vegetables on the side, plus homemade naan for us gluten-eating folks. For some time I’ve been craving an apple crisp so I knew this was the weekend to try a gluten-free version. Plus, I knew it would pair amazingly with my Cinnamon Brown Butter Ice Cream.

You’ll use Golden Delicious apples for this recipe. They are the perfect apples for the crisp, not too tart, not too sweet. To make the filling, we’re going to cook these in a cast iron skillet for around 8-10 minutes, until soft but not fully cooked. We’re doing this so that they can finish baking in the oven with the crumble on top. It ensures a fully cooked crisp without a burnt top.

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Cinnamon Brown Butter Ice Cream

A rich ice cream that tastes like pie!!

Cinnamon Brown Butter Ice Cream // A rich ice cream that tastes like pie!! // www.mesacookingco.com

Have you heard about brown butter? I’ve been seeing it all over the place: in cookies, cakes, pastas, egg dishes, tarts – it’s everywhere! Apparently it has been used in recipes for a long time, but I have been seeing it lately a ton! Brown butter is simply butter that has been melted down and cooked until browned. The obsession over this quick trick has to do with the increased, rich flavor and the nutty aroma brown butter produces. After trying it out myself, I gotta say, the obsession is justified. It’s just butter (which is, well, one of my favorite ingredients) made 10 times better!

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How to Make Chocolate Curls

A step-by-step tutorial to the best garnish: chocolate curls!

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GUYS. This is my favorite post because this is the easiest recipe with the most impressive result! Those are always the best, right? I love, LOVE making chocolate curls because it makes your cake/parfait/cupcake/plate look amazing with so little effort! Before first trying these, I thought these little guys would be tough to make, but they’re actually so simple! You first saw these featured on my Flourless Quinoa Chocolate Cake and now you’ll see the whole process.

There are many different methods to making chocolate curls. I’ve tried several and this way is by far the easiest and the most reliable. Here’s what you’re going to do:

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

A perfect, simple, and quick picnic dessert

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars // A perfect picnic dessert // www.mesacookingco.com

Isn’t springtime the best? The weather is warm; the sky is beautiful, and the sun, OH THE SUN, is around all the time!! I wake up at 6am everyday and there is just nothing like waking up to see sun peeking through the blinds. I usually just about hop out of bed, but with that gorgeous sunshine – I’m practically dancing out of bed! And the sun hangs out so much later at night too. In the winter I’m falling asleep around 7pm because it’s so darn dark and depressing. Now the sun sticks around so much later and I feel so productive and energized! So crazy how much light affects us.

Last weekend my husband and I attended a fun church potluck at a nearby park. And, well, it wasn’t exactly the warmest day. It was windy and chilly, but nothing a few attempts on the monkey bars and the climbing wall couldn’t fix. We were assigned to bring a dessert and I searched for an easy dessert I could throw together. It was such a busy week and I needed something I could prepare ahead. And I hoped for a dessert that would take less than 30 minutes to make and suited a picnic. Of course my kitchen at that point was still overflowing with my multiple batches of meringues, but that just didn’t seem like picnic food, or is that just me?

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Berry-Filled Lemon Meringue Nests

A rustic, light, and beautiful dessert

Berry-Filled Lemon Meringue Nests // A rustic, light, and beautiful dessert // www.mesacookingco.com

I have never felt as much like a food blogger as I have in the last week. I attempted three different batches of meringues in just four days. The first recipe didn’t look as beautiful as I wanted so I tried the next night again. Still, I didn’t get the look I wanted (high altitude can be serious business, more on that later). Finally, I changed up the look on the third attempt (learning to have steady hands will have to wait!) and was finally satisfied. They are finally tall and happy!! So much love for these beautiful nests! But after all those batches, the bottom line is: we are drowning in meringues.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream with Chocolate Ribbons and Peanut Butter Chunks

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Chunks and Chocolate Ribbons // www.mesacookingco.com

No, I really could not come up with a name any shorter than that! 13 words – yikes! Though my husband did suggest another name that is nearly as descriptive: Candy Bar Ice Cream.

It is kinda like a candy bar: full of chocolate crunch, peanut butter, and, well, loads of sugar in the form of chocolate chip cookie dough. This ice cream is over-the-top, super creamy and rich, and full of the best mix-ins.

For this recipe you will start with a simple vanilla ice cream base. As the ice cream custard cools in the fridge, you will assemble our three mix-ins: chocolate chip cookie dough, peanut butter chunks, and the chocolate drizzle. These are all super simple to put together!

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