sweet treats

Caramel and Bacon Brownies

I have to tell y’all a secret about bloggers and blogging. We have to work months ahead. It is one of the things I dislike because every year it seems bloggers are pushing things out earlier and earlier. That is why you have been seeing Christmas pins for well over a month now on Pinterest. Here is something about me. I just can’t. I know I need to organize and get my Christmas stuff going but when it is 75+ degrees out, it is hard coming up with 12 things for my Homemade Christmas posts, I’m just not ready to write about Christmas and the holidays.   I have been working on new recipes, though. I have an awesome new brownie recipe that my family loves, Caramel and Bacon Brownies.

Caramel and Bacon Brownies | My Hot Southern Mess


Ice Scream Floats

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It’s October and that means Halloween! We LOVE Halloween in our house and all of the spooky things that come with it. From costumes and decorations right down to food and drinks. My kids are getting older, so my family’s days trick or treating are slowing coming to an end but that doesn’t mean our Halloween fun has to end. I still try to make Halloween special and fun for my boys. Special snacks and treats are definitely the way to the hearts and stomachs. Sweet treats like Ice Cream Floats are perfect for Halloween parties and fun.

Ice Scream Floats | My Hot Southern Mess


Banana, Banana Pudding

Last summer my brother got married and while the reception food wasn’t your typical wedding reception food, it was a crowd pleaser. It was Smithfield’s Chicken and BBQ, a North Carolina classic. This meal also introduced my kids to a new food, banana pudding. Yes, banana pudding.

Banana, Banana Pudding | My Hot Southern Mess


Crater Cake aka Mom’s Coffee Cake

The other day my daughter was begging me to make coffee cake. In her sweetest voice she said please and told me I could even take pictures and put it on my blog. How can I say no to her when she asks so nicely and gives me a blogging idea, so of course I made her a coffee cake. Not just any coffee cake, my mom’s coffee cake, what my siblings and I called, crater cake.Crater Cake aka Mom's Coffee Cake | My HotSouthern Mess


Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin Peach Cobbler

It’s been a busy few weeks around these parts but I can now say school is out for summer! The craziness that abounds in my house has already started. Who am I kidding, it is crazy around here all the time.  This time all I said was that I was going to make a Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin Peach Cobbler.

Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin Peach Cobbler | My Hot Southern Mess


Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

It is that time of year again, Valentine’s day is coming up. For moms of elementary school age kids this means classroom parties. With one of mine still in elementary school this meant I needed to figure out what I was doing for my daughter and her class. I figured what could be more perfect for a Valentines day party than some Red Velvet Cupcakes, to be exact Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes | Country Girl Gourmet


Peanut Butter Syrup

The last couple of years my family and my husband’s brother’s family have taken a family vacation  to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. My kids love Gatlinburg. First we take our camper and we are camping, or glamping and then there is so much to do in Gatlinburg. We have yet to do everything one could possibly do there, I think that would take many trips. A discovery we made our last trip was the Pancake Pantry. There are tons of pancake restaurants in the Gatlinburg area but this is the place my family will be and many other families come back to year after year. My family loved their pancakes. I wish they had some gluten free ones that I could have tried but they didn’t. I was able to try their peanut butter syrup  that my kids ordered with their pancakes and oh my goodness it was good. I decided that I needed to figure out the recipe to make at home.
Peanut Butter Syrup | Country Girl Gourmet


Cracked Sugar Cookies

For my last day of my 12 days of Homemade Christmas I made Cracked Sugar Cookies and had some fun with them. My family loves the Grinch. My husband has, Your a mean one Mr Grinch, as his ring tone. He will break out and start singing it too at any given moment. Then there is my current mood, quite grinch-y. I have yet to get in the Christmas spirit. Some years it is easier than others and it seems the older I get, the more trouble I have.I don’t know if it is the over commercialization of the holidays and the fact we have Christmas stuff in the stores starting in August and there is the constant rush from holiday to holiday. Maybe it is because I have been sick and trying to train for my marathon and have been very busy with my volunteer responsibilities. Then again it could just be the normal stress of the season and being an adult and knowing someone has to pay for this. For whatever the reason I turned to my baking and had a little fun. I took my normal cracked sugar cookies and turned them into Grinch Cracked Sugar Cookies.

Cracked Sugar Cookies | Country Girl GourmetAll I did was add some Neon Green food coloring (Americolor) and place heart shaped candies in the middle of each cookie. The hearts didn’t quite make it, they melted a bit but not so much that my oldest couldn’t immediately figure out what type of cookies I had made. I’ll take that as a success.

Cracked Sugar Cookies | Country Girl Gourmet

As for my mood it is still grinch-y I still have a little time before Christmas for the spirit to hit me. Hopefully it will soon!

Check out my 12 Days of Homemade Christmas for other great ideas!

Cracked Sugar Cookies
  • 1¼ cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups gluten free all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.
  2. Cream together sugar and butter. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, and cream of tartar. Stir.
  4. Form dough into walnut size balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Don't flatten. Bake 10 to 11 minutes, until tops are cracked and just turning color.

From Allrecipes.com

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

Since I became Gluten Free 2 years ago I have missed eating classic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Rice cakes just don’t cut it and gluten free bread while excellent for grilled cheese are not the best bread for peanut butter and jelly. There is something about the childhood classic. This Christmas I decided to do something about that, I made peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies | Country Girl Gourmet

While they are not sandwiches they have the flavor I am wanting from a classic PB&J. I thought they would be perfect for Christmas! My family gobbled them up! I went out to pick up some things for Christmas and they were all gone when I got home! I guess than means I need to make more cookies!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies | Country Girl Gourmet

Check out my 12 Days of Homemade Christmas for other great ideas!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints
  • ½ cup butter or shortening
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1¼ cups gluten free all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • ½ cup seedless raspberry jam
  1. In a mixing bowl, beat butter, peanut butter, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla together in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add egg to butter mixture and beat on medium speed until blended. Stir in and combine dry ingredients.
  2. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Scoop dough into 2 tablespoon-sized balls and arrange on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Place raspberry jam in a bowl and stir until syrup consistency.
  6. With a spoon make an indentation in the center of each cookie. Fill each indentation with about 1 teaspoon jam.

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com


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