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Monday, May 10, 2021

Easy recipe: Chocolate filled puff pastry

This recipe is easy to prepare and takes just about 30 minutes to bake. You can serve it warm or room temperature, either way, it will provide a dessert bursting with texture and flavor.

If served warm, try serving it alongside your favorite ice cream!

I made this recipe for my family one weekend and it didn't even last through the night! When I woke up the next morning, I woke up to an empty plate with a few pastry crumbs stuck to the bottom.

Chocolate filled puff pastry recipe
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, defrosted
  • 4 ounces chocolate chips, milk or semi-sweet (I mix the two)
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nut pieces (already chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp salted butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Tear off a piece of non-stick foil, large enough to line a cookie sheet.
Place foil on the counter and unroll puff party onto foil.
Flatten with rolling pin.
Melt chocolate with butter in Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave for 1 minute.
Remove and stir.
Pour chocolate mixture onto rolled dough.
Smooth out with a spoon.
Sprinkle with nuts.
Roll dough.
Place seem side down on foil.
Slice dough with serrated knife, about 6 to 8 diagonal slices on top.
Place foil onto jelly roll pan or cookie sheet.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Slice and serve.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Review: Casupo Teas


I have 2 Instagram accounts, one for my writing ( Writer_Deanna ) and one for my bakery ( The Fiery Whisk Baking). Casupo Teas reached out to me on my writing account and asked if they could send me some teas to sample. Of course, I agreed, because I absolutely love hot tea!

I am so glad I did. I tried the fruit blend herbal tea and am hooked. They sent this adorable little tea infuser with the teas. Since the teas are loose, you have to have something in order to steep them in your hot water. 

I highly recommend Casupo Teas and highly encourage you to place an order and give them a try for yourself. 

Not only have I agreed to share my experience with their teas on my Instagram writer channel, I am sharing them on my bakery channel and this blog! The smooth taste and superb flavor has me a customer for life! 


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Monday, April 19, 2021

Easy baking: Applesauce cookies with cinnamon drizzle



These applesauce cookies can be made with homemade applesauce

 or with the store-bought variety. 

They are perfect for a weekend treat or any Holiday or gathering. 


Perfect cookies to bake up with your children... 

simple to prepare and minimal ingredients!

Easy Applesauce Cookies

1 box spice cake mix

1 cup raisins

½ cup oil

½ cup applesauce

1 egg

Cinnamon sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare 2 cookie sheets by lining them with non-stick foil.

In a large bowl, combine first 5 ingredients.

Mix until combined.

Drop teaspoon sized cookies onto prepared cookie sheets.

Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Bake for 12 to 15 minuets.


Want to add a touch of sweet drizzle?


Cinnamon Drizzle


1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon



Add sugar and cinnamon into a bowl

Add 1 tsp of water at a time until a thick drizzle consistency is formed.

With a spoon, drizzle over cooled cookies.


Tip: If drizzle is too loose, add more powdered sugar. 



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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Easy BBQ sauce recipe

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Make your own BBQ sauce to cut back on preservatives and to save a couple of dollars as well.
For a quick meal, marinate chicken breasts in the sauce and then bake or grill!

Easy BBQ Sauce
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 ½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp pepper
Combine all ingredients in a pot over low/medium heat.
Cook until well combined and hot.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Cookbooks: Your baking questions revealed



Cookbooks make fantastic gifts! They are perfect for the foodies in your life, whether they are seasoned cooks or beginners. You can't go wrong by giving a cookbook! 

My first cookbook is titled, The Ultimate Guide To Cheesecakes. It provides the "how-to" of baking these delicious treats that cost an arm and a leg at the store.

The second is titled, The Ultimate Guide To Cookies, and it provides the answers to your questions as to why cookies may fail or flop and how to fix them.

Both books are packed with recipes that have been tested and proven to be loved by many.

After writing the first Ultimate Guide cookbook, I had no idea that this would turn into a series! I am excited to share with you first that I have another book scheduled to be released in September of this year titled, The Ultimate Guide To Easy Desserts!!!!

The Ultimate Guide To Cheesecakes

Do you find yourself spending too much money buying store-bought cheesecakes? Have you tried baking a cheesecake and had it sink in the center? How about those fault lines that ran down the center of the last cheesecake you attempted to bake... The Ultimate Guide To Cheesecakes offers you a way out!

Learn all the best tips and tricks to make cheesecakes from the comfort of your kitchen. Make a cheesecake whenever you are craving one and save money too.

Deanna will share with you how to bake a cheesecake, tips, and tricks to bake up this creamy, delicious treat, and recipes to get you started.

For a few dollars, you can put all of her tips into practice and find your sweet tooth satisfied and your bank account full.


The Ultimate Guide To Cookies 

Do you find yourself spending too much money on store-bought cookies? Have you tried baking cookies to have them turn out as hard as hockey pucks or too soft and crumbly? The Ultimate Guide To Cookies offers you a way out of store-bought, chemical-laden cookies!

Learn all the best and easiest tips and tricks to make cookies from the comfort of your kitchen. Make a batch whenever you have a craving and save money too.

Deanna will share how to bake cookies, tips, and tricks to the perfect bite, and recipes to get you started.

Cookies make fantastic gifts for all occasions, or “just because.” For just a few dollars, you can put all of her tips and recipes into practice and find your sweet tooth satisfied and your bank account full.

Your family and friends will adore you even more and may start asking you to bring the cookies to all of your parties and gatherings!


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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Let's talk food

Hello, everyone!

I have been MIA for quite some time. I have been experimenting with new recipes and writing books. I did a lot of baking for Valentine's Day, but have taken a break since then.

I had a big Valentine's Day order that was placed from the town of Wake Forest. They put together kits for the kids like they did for Christmas and I baked chocolate chip cookie bar decorating kits for all the local kids. I am honored to be their go to baker!

I have had a huge change in my diet since we last chatted. I have been eating plant-based for 4 months and feel better than I have in years! I do not eat anything that is processed or comes from animals. 

I have tried tons of new recipes in accordance to my new lifestyle and have been enjoying it. 

I have a new recipe book coming out in September...another book in the Ultimate Guide series. This one will be titled, The Ultimate Guide To Easy Desserts. I will even include tips on how to make some of the recipes Vegan friendly! 

I have also published several new novels and novellas, all of which have recipes included at the end.... it's my brand!

If you are interested in learning about how to eat a plant-based diet, I highly recommend the book How Not To Die. It has changed my life!

So, lots going on, even though you haven't heard from me. 

My Author Blog

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Friday, December 18, 2020

Toblerone Christmas cookie recipe


I am the owner of a Sweet Treat Recipe Group on Facebook, and one of the members, Loni Riehl, posted this recipe and gave me permission to share it here!

After making it, I decided that it will be added to my Christmas cookie platter every year! It is THAT delicious!

Swiss Mountain Shortbread

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups butter, salted
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 14 ounces Toblerone bars
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar - for dusting

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Beat butter until very light.

Beat in sugar for about 5 minutes.

Add flour, cornstarch to mixture. 

Chop chocolate into chocolate chip sized pieces. Save about 60 larger chunks and set aside. Mix remaining chocolate into mixture. 

Scoop with small cookie or ice cream scoop onto prepared sheets. 

Press a larger chunk onto each cookie, pressing down a bit. 

Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. 

Cool and sift with powdered sugar.

Makes 50 to 60 cookies.  

*I made a couple of slight changes to her original recipe*

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