Strawberry Pretzel Salad

I’m not quite sure why this is called a salad as it is most definitely a dessert. This is my go-to for parties, holidays, or just a quiet dinner at home with friends. This bad boy also won me a Target gift card at a Christmas party back in December, so it’s got the friend stamp of approval. I made a version of this recipe and find that the colors and salty sweet flavors make it a must-have dessert year-round. Try switching out the Jello colors for different holidays (green for St. Patricks Day, red for Memorial Day, pink for Easter… the world is your box of flavored gelatin). A few tips:

1. Add a teaspoon of real vanilla to your cream cheese mixture.
2. Make sure not to over bake your crust or it will become like cement! (Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything)
3. Wait to assemble your layers until everything (crust, cream cheese filling and Jello) has come to room temperature.
4. I find it’s best when eaten cold so the layers hold their shape.

Enjoy! x

Tart Bakery

The one and only rule at this charming pastry boutique? Eat dessert first. I have to admit that I’m a little bit biased towards Tart Bakery for one very big reason: I used to work there. However, I honestly believe it has some of the sweetest treats you could hope to find in the city of Dallas.

As you’re driving down Lover’s Lane you could easily pass this place without ever knowing it’s there. The parking is limited and the building is unassuming, but inside you’ll find candy lining the walls, adorable gift displays and a case of pastries that will make your mouth water. On this particular visit I walked out with a couple of my favorites: a vanilla petit four and an assortment of French macaroons. However, being a bit of a Tart expert (oh yeah… you better believe I tasted EVERYTHING when I worked there… and yes, my waistline did suffer), here are some of my favorites that you simply must try when you go.

- Any of the cupcakes with sweet cream icing. I have literally seen people ask for this icing by the cup-full.
- The truffle cake. It’s a flourless chocolate cake with a molten center and is absolutely to die for. And, since it’s flourless, this is the perfect treat for those who are gluten free!
- The brownie. It more closely resembles fudge and comes dusted with powdered sugar.
- A whoopie pie. I still maintain that Tart was the first to bring this trend back to Dallas! Go for the red velvet.
- If you’re ordering one of their custom-made cakes, try the tres leches. One word: heaven.

Key Lime Pie, Please

This is my kind of dessert. While I do love my fair share of chocolaty treats, I would pick something tart and fruity any day. Key lime pie has always been a favorite of mine and this recipe looked too good to pass up. I wasn’t so keen on having to wait an hour for it to chill and set (patience has never been my strong point… especially when it comes to food), but it was well worth the wait. The result was a creamy and delightfully tart filling with a buttery, flaky crust that kept it light and the perfect dessert for spring.