These macarons were inspired by my favorite “I just need a little chocolate” treat. Trader Joes dark chocolate almonds with turbinado sugar and sea salt. If you haven’t tried them, you need to! For the patisserie version of these treats, chocolate macaron shells are dip in dark chocolate and sprinkled with turbinado sugar and flaked sea salt. Then, filled with dark chocolate almond ganache and sliced almond pieces.
These brownie bites are a decadent rendition of my favorite summer dessert S'mores. Instead of a campfire to make these minis, you will just need your oven (and maybe a kitchen torch). A graham cracker crust is layered with extra dark chocolate brownies and are stuffed with a molten milk chocolate center and to make them even better they are topped with toasted marshmallow fluff.
Store bought mini cruller donuts are used as the base of this easy no-bake strawberry shortcake. Slice some berries and whipped up a light sweetened mascarpone and dessert is ready in 5 minutes. Like the Barefoot Contessa taught us if you don’t have homemade “store bought is fine”.