Sweets

Zac Young's PieCaken Bake Shop  

Baker Zac Young finished in the final four on Bravo’s “Top Chef: Just Desserts.” He’s also the chef behind the PieCaken, the sweet treat stacking a pecan pie with a pumpkin pie with an upside down apple cake. Zac can be seen on the Cooking Channel, Food Network and on Netflix’s cooking competition, “Nailed It.” He also has a bake shop inside Rosedale Center. Zac stopped by the Twin Cities Live kitchen to show off his latest creation, a two-foot tall chocolate squirrel stuffed with candy.

Spring Raspberry Tart  

Stephanie Shimp from the Blue Plate Restaurants prepares a spring time treat.

Lemon Coconut Cream Cheese Cake  

Baking Instructor Nancy Berguson shared a tasty lemon coconut cream cheese cake recipe perfect for your spring party or Easter celebration!

Pretty Great Cheesecake  

Pretty Great Cheesecake was started by Kurt and Carrie Anderson in 2018. The Chaska couple decided to follow their passion and dive feet first into owning their own business.

Zucchini Cookies  

Monica Irwin is the creator of the Veggie Buds Club, she has made it her mission to help you find creative ways to introduce veggies to your kids in a fun and tasty way. She stopped by to make Zucchini Cookies.

Cooking with Tahini  

Head Chef and Restaurant Owner Eli Wollenzien stopped by to share some tasty recipes using the newly popular ingredient, tahini. 

Spring Themed Cupcakes  

Kid's Baking Championship winner Paige Goehner from Blaine, MN stopped by the TCL kitchen with her cupcake decorating tips.  

Lucky Charms Bars   Back To Top

The Head Chef of Corner Table in Minneapolis, Karyn Tomlinson, shared her recipe for Lucky Charms Bars.

Green Velvet Cupcakes   Back To Top

Katy Gerdes, owner of Angel Food Bakery in Minneapolis stopped by with a St. Patrick's Day themed green velvet cupcake recipe. 

Candytopia comes to MOA   Back To Top

In March, Mall of America will be home to the candy-coated adventure Candytopia! The 17,000 square foot attraction featured interactive art installations and there will be plenty of candy samples along the way!

Fat Tuesday Eats and Treats   Back To Top

Fat Tuesday means you have an excuse to indulge in King Cakes and Paczkis. Local Guy About Town, Mike Marcotte stopped by with a roundup of best eats and treats to help you celebrate Fat Tuesday.

T-Rex Cookies: Food Truck   Back To Top

Tina Rexing of T-Rex Cookies stopped by to chat about her new food truck that will be hitting the streets this May. 

Semla Swedish Dessert   Back To Top

Swedish Crown Bakery owner, Eva Sabet shares a tasty Swedish dessert that are easy to make at home and you’ll want to eat more than just one.

National Cherry Pie Day   Back To Top

Terry John Zila, creator of John Jean Juan, stopped by with his cherry pie recipe for National Cherry Pie Day. 

Healthy Takes on Traditional Desserts   Back To Top

Sara Gerbracht is a certified personal trainer. She began her health and wellness journey 14 years ago after the birth of her first child. She stopped by with her favorite healthy takes on traditional desserts.

All Things Chocolate   Back To Top

Valentine’s Day is known as the Day of Love and Friendship in Latin America, so it’s not just a romantic celebration but a friendship celebration as well and a way to show appreciation to loved ones. Chef and cookbook author, Amalia Moreno-Damgaard stopped by to share delicious chocolate recipes perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Boozy Cherry Truffles   Back To Top

Chef and cookbook author, Robin Asbell stopped by with a recipe idea that combines your love for chocolate and a fun boozy cocktail into one delicious dessert. It’s the perfect homemade gift you can surprise your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day.

Voo Doo Doll Cookies   Back To Top

Katy Gerdes, Owner of Angel Food Bakery stopped by with some scary yet cute Voo Doo Doll cookies. 

Valentines Day Cakes   Back To Top

Baking instructor, Nancy Burgeson, shows us how easy it is to make individual cakes that your valentine is sure to love.
MINI CAKES-using cake mixes and fun flavored liqueurs!

Vegan Chocolate Avocado Pudding   Back To Top

Coco and Lala bring to life tasty vegetarian and vegan recipes. They run a Facebook page called Keeping Up with Coco and Lala where every week they dive into recipes and reviews. They stopped by the TCL studio with a Vegan Chocolate Avocado Pudding recipe. 

Everything Citrus   Back To Top

You can brighten up your meals and make them more refreshing on a cold winter day by adding lemon, orange or grapefruit. sounds tasty. Laurie Crowell of Golden Fig stopped by with tasty citrus recipes.

Chinese 5 Spice Snickerdoodle   Back To Top

Edwards Dessert Kitchen in the north loop neighborhood of Minneapolis is home to all things sweet.  Their chef, Christina Kaelberer, shares a recipe for one of their sweet treats.

Charlie Award Nominee Carrie Riggs from Alma   Back To Top

The Charlie Awards is like the Academy Awards for the Twin Cities' food industry. Carrie Riggs is the Executive Pastry Chef and Production Manager for Alma in Northeast Minneapolis. She is up for the Outstanding Pastry Chef award. She stopped by with one of her recipes showing us exactly why she is in the running.

Snowflake Sugar Cookies   Back To Top

Baking Instructor Nancy Berguson stopped by the TCL studio with a tasty sugar cookie recipe. 

Chocolate Drip Technique   Back To Top

Maddie Lu Carlos, owner of Something Sweet stopped by the TCL kitchen to teach us her chocolate drip technique. 

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Protein Balls   Back To Top

Angel Food Bakery owner Katy Gerdes stopped by the TCL kitchen with a tasty yet healthy protein ball recipe.

Holiday Appetizers   Back To Top

Set the tone for your Christmas party with festive holiday appetizers. Cookbook author, Amy Hanten stopped by to make delicious festive appetizers.

The Cookie Book   Back To Top

Rebecca Firth is a food writer, photographer and creator of the displacedhousewife.com. She just came out with a brand new cookbook, called “The Cookie Book.” She stopped by to make Burnt Sugar Ginger Cookies.

12 Days of Cookies Day 12: Christmas Sprinkle Cookies Back To Top

We saved the most festive looking cookies for last in this year’s edition of “12 Days of Cookies” on Twin Cities Live. For our grand finale, Elizabeth learns how to make gorgeous Christmas tree inspired meringues studded with sprinkles, glitter and even edible gold. She gets helpful tips on the technique from Katy Gerdes from Angel Food Bakery in Minneapolis.

12 Days of Cookies Day 11: Andes Chocolate Crackles   Back To Top

There’s nothing like peppermint and chocolate during the holidays and that’s the focus of today’s recipe in our “12 Days of Cookies” series. Today, Elizabeth visits the kitchen of baking instructor Nancy Burgeson to make Andes Chocolate Crackles.

12 Days of Cookies Day 10: Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Cookies   Back To Top

These are the cookies that has Elizabeth declaring, “Alice, these are the best treats you’ve ever made for me!” TCL Kitchen star and blogger Alice Seuffert creates her homemade version of her favorite candy bar: the Take Five. She says these Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Cookies are so good she has to hide them from her husband and we agree.

12 Days of Cookies Day 9: Ooey Gooey Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookie Back To Top

Elizabeth has strong feelings about a few strange things in life, one of them being that butterscotch doesn’t get the attention it deserves. That changes today when she visits Something Sweet by Maddie Lu in Coon Rapids to make Maddie’s family favorite Ooey Gooey Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies.

12 Days of Cookies Day 8: Coconut Browned Butter Cookies   Back To Top

It’s the most delicious time of year on Twin Cities Live when Elizabeth partners up with some of the Twin Cities’ best bakers to bring you 12 Days of Cookies. Today, Elizabeth visits Katy Gerdes at Angel Food Bakery in Minneapolis to make one of Katy’s absolute favorite treats: Coconut Browned Butter Cookies. Katy says these cookies sell out at her bakery and she’s sure your friends and family will love them too!

12 Days of Cookies Day 7: Cherry Poppyseed Thumbprints   Back To Top

In today’s installment of the “12 Days of Cookies,” Elizabeth visits the home of baking instructor Nancy Burgeson to put a twist on the classic jam-filled thumbprint cookie by incorporating cherries and poppy seeds.

12 Days of Cookies Day 6: Peppermint S'mores Cookies   Back To Top

We are halfway through our annual cookie extravaganza known as the “12 Days of Cookies!” Today, we’re going full festive with a no-bake treat that brings together the flavors of chocolate and peppermint. Elizabeth visits the kitchen of blogger and TCL Kitchen Star Alice Seuffert to make Peppermint S’mores Cookies.

12 Days of Cookies Day 5: Hot Chocolate Cookie   Back To Top

It’s Day 5 in our 12 Days of Cookies series and today’s recipe is for the chocolate lover. Elizabeth visits “Something Sweet by Maddie Lu” in Coon Rapids to make a Hot Chocolate Cookie topped with toasted jumbo marshmallow.

12 Days of Cookies Day 4: Ginger Lebkuchen Cookies   Back To Top

It’s 12 Days of Cookies time! For today’s recipe, Elizabeth visits Angel Food Bakery in Minneapolis to bake with owner Katy Gerdes. Katy shows Elizabeth a traditional German cookie called “Ginger Lebkuchen” with ingredients she’s never seen. The result is a spiced, chewy delicious treat that will wow your family at the holidays.

Strawberry Santas and Raspberry Vodka Martinis with Driscoll's   Back To Top

Chef Daniel from Driscoll's stopped by with some fun holiday recipes! For the kids, we made strawberry Santas and for the grown ups, we made raspberry vodka martinis! 

12 Days of Cookies Day 3: Bridgeman’s Butter Brittle Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies   Back To Top

Elizabeth has not stopped raving about this cookie ever since she tasted it – three ingredients and an out-of-this-world wow factor. Baking Instructor Nancy Burgeson was issued a special challenge this year: use Bridgeman’s Ice Cream as an ingredient in a cookie recipe. Nancy knocked it out of the park when she created Bridgeman’s Butter Brittle Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies using melted ice cream as an ingredient in the cookies and the frosting.

Holiday Bakeware from Nordic Ware   Back To Top

Christine Petersen from Nordic Ware stops by with their new Nutcracker Cakelet Pan! Plus they finished up some Danish ebelskivers too.

12 Days of Cookies Day 2: Cherry Pistachio Cookies   Back To Top

It’s Elizabeth’s favorite time of year! She’s spending time baking with some of our favorite Twin Cities Live guests, including TCL Kitchen Star and creator of Dining With Alice, Alice Seuffert.  Alice creates gorgeous and delicious Cherry Pistachio Cookies.

12 Days of Cookies: Pinwheel Cookies   Back To Top

It’s the most wonderful time of year! This year’s edition of 12 Days of Cookies is downright delicious and we’re kicking things off with a super festive, bright and beautiful Pinwheel Sugar Cookie from the owner of “Something Sweet by Maddie Lu” in Coon Rapids.

Eggnog Recipe   Back To Top

Katy Gerdes, owner of Angel Food Bakery, stopped by the TCL studio with a festive eggnog recipe. 

Blueberry Maple Syrup   Back To Top

Mary Jane Miller stopped by with a delicious recipes that Buddy approves. It’s a great way to celebrate Ordway's Elf The Musical.  Click here to purchase tickets to the Ordway's Elf: The Musical.

Sweet Retreat - TCL In Your Town   Back To Top

Stephanie Kissner, owner of Sweet Retreat, stopped by the studio to help us kick off our TCL In Your Town: Edina week. 

Buddy the Elf's Holiday Candy Corn Candy Recipe   Back To Top

Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig stopped by with a delicious recipes that Buddy approves. It’s a great way to celebrate Ordway's Elf The Musical. 

Click here to purchase tickets to the Ordway's Elf: The Musical. 

 

Yellow Part

  • 12 oz. White chocolate chips
  • 1/4 C heavy cream 
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 16 drops yellow food color

Line a 9x5 loaf pan with foil, leaving foil long on ends to use as handles when removing. Spray with nonstick spray

Place heat safe bowl over pan of water.

Add chips, cream, zest and juice. Bring water in pan to a simmer, stir chips until melted.

Stir in food color  (use more is you want it darker)  and pour into prepared pan. 

Place in fridge and chill 30 minutes. 

 

Orange part

  • 12 oz. White chocolate chips
  • 1/4 C heavy cream 
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp orange juice
  • 8 drops yellow food color
  • 10 drops red food color

Repeat above steps, pour orange layer on top of chilled yellow layer. Place back in fridge and let chill 30 minutes.

 

White part

  • 12 oz. White chocolate chips
  • 1/4 C heavy cream 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste 

Place all ingredients in heat safe bowl and stir over simmering water until smooth. Pour on top of orange layer and let sit overnight  (or at least 3 hours)

Remove from pan. Cut into slices. Then cut slices into wedges and serve.

Can keep in fridge up to one week.

 

Pumpkin Nutella Swirl Bread   Back To Top

Zoe Francois and Jeff Hertzberg collaborated once again for their seventh cookbook. "Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day" features recipies from around the world. They stopped by to show us how to make a Nutella Pumpkin Swirl Bread.

Mini Pumpkin Pies and Cranberry Pomegranate Gelatin   Back To Top

Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell shared some tasty recipes that are perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner. 

Buddy the Elf's Candy Cane Bowls   Back To Top

Cooking for Dad's Rob Barrett stopped by with a holiday candy cane bowl with chocolate ganache recipe to help celebrate the Ordway's Elf: The Musical. Click here to purchase tickets to the Ordway's Elf: The Musical. 

Blackberry Recipes with Driscoll's   Back To Top

Cranberries get all the love around Thanksgiving, but consider the blackberry! It's a sweet and flavorful treat! Our friends from Driscoll's stopped by with two tasty blackberry recipes, perfect for the holiday season!