These are my top five favorite desserts for 2018.
How did I choose these desserts as my top five?
My method was pretty scientific (just kidding).
- Did I love it? Meaning, was it “jump-up-and-down-I-can’t-believe-I-made-this” good on first taste?
- Did my taste testers love it?
- Did you love it? Based on Pinterest, you did!
Counter clockwise from the bottom left on the photo above:
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake:
This cheesecake is pretty much the best cheesecake I’ve ever had. The crust is a sponge cake, the cheesecake is infused with peanut butter, and the cake is topped with grape jelly, roasted peanuts, and peanut butter chips.
One of my colleagues at work told me she was craving cheesecake (hint, hint), so this is what I brought. Needless to say, she loved it.
Chocolate Mint Pie:
This chocolate mint pie is also called Grasshopper Pie. If you like Andes Mints, you will love this pie. The chocolate and mint together are reminiscent of the grasshopper cocktail, with creme de menthe and creme de cocoa.
Levain Bakery Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Anything that has chocolate twice in its title has to be delicious. This is a gooey and soft cookie. It’s also huge, perfect for sharing… or not.
Apple Tartlets with Almond Crunch:
These are sophisticated, delicious, and surprisingly easy to make. The sweet pastry crust and the caramelized slivered almond topping are to die for.
Homemade Copycat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups:
I just posted these a few days ago. The recipe for the peanut butter filling includes peanut brittle. Peanut brittle! It’s so delicious. I also learned how to temper chocolate!
This recipe makes a lot of peanut butter cups, but trust me, you won’t have any problem with leftovers.