Lemon Raspberry Almond Muffins

Lemon Raspberry Muffins

Summer seems to be quickly winding down and everyone is all back-to-school now. Well I don’t have kids, and I am several years out of college, so back-to-school for me just means sales on new clothes, lots of fun office supplies and traffic in the mornings (sad face). However, I am still hanging onto summer over here. I mentioned previously that raspberries were my all time favorite fruit, so it should come as no surprise that I will eat them year round.

I’ve given you a few muffins recipes on this blog now, but this one, I have to say, is my best one to date. These Lemon Raspberry Almond Muffins are the best compliment of flavors that I could put together. The almond flavors come from both an extract and sliced almonds in the streusel. There is fresh squeezed lemon juice in the muffin batter and fresh raspberries mixed in as well.  It was pretty clear from my Walkers Lemon Raspberry Shortbread bars that you guys like the lemon and raspberry combo, so I hope you like these!

Lemon Raspberry Muffins

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Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Raspberry cheesecake bars with streusel topping

I am so excited about this post because I am entering it into a recipe contest hosted by my two favorite bloggers: Confessions of a Cookbook Queen and Cookies and Cups. When I first found out about the contest, I was went a little crazy deciding what recipes I could recreate and had a dozen different ideas and then pondered over them for way too long. I am a little nervous because these two bloggers are so amazing and a source of inspiration to me.

Raspberry cheesecake bars with streusel topping

I chose to recreate Shelly’s Caramel Apple Cheesecake bars. Hands down, my favorite dessert is cheesecake, but I really don’t allow myself to have it very often, because let’s face it, I don’t need the extra calories. I also am a little bit intimidated to make a cheesecake at home. So I am starting here, with Shelly’s recipe and I made Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake bars. These cheesecake bars have a streusel topping as well, which I love. Continue reading

Gluten-free Raspberry Crisp

I am so thankful for my parents and their green thumbs, I know I don’t have it in me. So for now I will continue to be thankful for the boxes of fruit and veggies they send me in the summer! When I was little, we had loads of raspberries each summer from our garden. I have to say, raspberries are my favorite fruit, with strawberries in close second of coarse.

Today’s raspberry crisps are both gluten-free and easy to take on the go. My serving size for this recipe is for four people, but it can easily be doubled and baked in an 8×8 inch baking pan to serve a larger group. I favor the “crisp” part of the raspberry crisp, so I loaded both the top and bottom full. I made these in small jelly jars so I could pack them up and take to go. It’s perfect for a summer BBQ.

Gluten-free-raspberry-crisp

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Lemon Raspberry Shortbread Magic Bars

Seven layer bars

Did everyone have a good weekend? I did some serious catching up on my sleep and made more desserts than I intend to ever make again in one weekend. I have a busy next couple of months, which means less time for baking, but hopefully not less time for blogging!

So I have some exciting news to share. Over the next several months, I will be partnering with Walkers Shortbread as an official Walkers Blogging Ambassador and I couldn’t be more excited. I received a shipment of Walkers Shortbread Cookies and immediately opened the chocolate chip cookies; I didn’t share. Thankfully, I hadn’t eaten lunch that day and had plenty of room for cookies. Walkers generously sent me several boxes of cookies to try. My favorite, besides the chocolate chip, was the lemon and the vanilla shortbreads. So I knew I was going to make something special with these cookies.

Seven layer bars

Today, just for you, I made Raspberry Lemon Shortbread Magic Bars. You know magic bars, seven layer bars, the best type of bars on earth; they all live in the same category. The best part about making these bars, is that you can totally customize the bars to your own taste. You can substitute the nuts or chocolate or even your favorite  jam. Continue reading