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Vikings Desserts

The walk off 61-yard touchdown for the Vikings to advance to the NFC championship game is a moment we won't soon forget. The anticipation and excitement keeps building all across the state. Maddie Lu Carlos from Something Sweet by Maddie Lu shared her ideas on how to create some Vikings football inspired desserts.

Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes with Driscoll’s  

January 28th is more than just a regular Sunday.  It’s National Blueberry Pancake Day!  Driscoll’s own Chef Daniel, shares his recipes to help get you celebrating in blueberry style! 

Vikings Game Day Snacks  

If you're a Vikings fan then chances are you're making plans for the big game...and bringing something purple and gold plus a halftime snack to the viewing party...well, that would make you the perfect guest. The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten shares some recipes to help you prepare for the game.

Angel Food Marshmallows  

Hot chocolate is just not the same without those tasty and fluffy pillows of deliciousness, also known as marshmallows. The owner of Angel Food Bakery, Katy Gerdes is here to share her homemade marshmallow recipe that's fluffier and  perhaps even tastier than the marshmallows you can buy at the store.

TCL Bake Off  

We invited three bakers to come and present their baked goods in the hopes of taking home a blue ribbon!  Of course, we had to bring in the Blue Ribbon Baker herself, Marjorie Johnson, to be the judge.

Winter Treats  

It’s definitely cold outside with the windchills of negative 20+ degrees!  But that just inspires baking instructor, Nancy Burgeson!  She’s making some winter treats inspired by the snow and ice.

12 Days of Cookies: Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies with Pumpkin Filling  

It’s the final installment of this year’s 12 Days of Cookies series on Twin Cities Live and we’re going out with perfectly crispy hazelnut cookies held together with a creamy and spiced pumpkin filling. Elizabeth visits blogger and cookbook author Sarah Kieffer to make these tasty treats using Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter.

12 Days of Cookies: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars   Back To Top

It’s Day Eleven in the 12 Days of Cookies and this is the treat that our Twin Cities Live photographer started snacking on before we even hit record. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are just that good. The recipe comes from Twin Cities Live Kitchen Star and creator of the blog Dining With Alice who is known for taking classic comfort foods and adding a fun and unexpected flavor twist. These bars require no stand mixer and no oven!

Taste the Trend: Kentucky Butter Cake   Back To Top

Eleven million people have viewed this viral recipe video.  With that many people taking a peek, you’d think it’s probably a good recipe, right?  When recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller took a look, she thought she could do better!  She rated the original recipe only 3 out of 5 wooden spoons.  She made a few changes and came up with her own recipe that is so much better!

12 Days of Cookies: Chocolate Peppermint Bark Sandwich Cookies   Back To Top

It’s Day Ten in our annual 12 Days of Cookies series presented by Land O’Lakes on Twin Cities Live. For today’s recipe, Elizabeth visits the commercial kitchen space of the Salty Tart bakeries to make chocolate sandwich cookies held together with a super glossy, rich and fudgy filling. To make these treats perfect for the holidays, nationally recognized pastry chef Michelle Gayer creates festive cutouts and fills them with crushed peppermint candy.

12 Days of Cookies: Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies   Back To Top

In Day nine of the 12 Days of Cookies on Twin Cities Live, Elizabeth goes behind the counter of the adorable T-Rex Cookie & Café in Minneapolis with owner Tina Rexing to make holiday peppermint bark even better. They mix it into a cookie! Elizabeth and Tina use melted Land O Lakes® Butter to make a chewy chocolate cookie studded with creamy peppermint bark.

12 Days of Cookies: Orange Molasses Cookies with Cardamom Icing   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live Kitchen Star and creator of the blog Dining With Alice is known for taking classic comfort foods and adding a fun and unexpected flavor twist. Case in point: the molasses cookie pepped up with orange zest topped with vanilla icing spiced with cardamom. It’s our eighth recipe in this year’s 12 Days of Cookies presented by Land O’Lakes on Twin Cities Live!

12 Days of Cookies 2017: Pecan Snowballs   Back To Top

The holiday season just isn’t complete without a shortbread cookie. Today’s version starts with Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter, is packed with pecans and then rolled in powdered sugar “snow.” Pecan Snowballs are the seventh cookie in this year’s 12 Days of Cookies series. Elizabeth visits the commercial kitchen space of the Salty Tart Bakeries to bake with nationally recognized pastry chef Michelle Gayer.

Driscoll's Christmas Tree Berry Hand Pies and Blackberry Hot Toddies   Back To Top

The Twin Cities consumes 132% more raspberries than the national average! So it's a great time to use raspberries and blackberries to make some holiday treats! Chef Daniel from Driscoll's stopped by to share their recipes. 

12 Days of Cookies 2017: Pumpkin Pie Cookies   Back To Top

In this installment of 12 Days of Cookies on Twin Cities Live, Elizabeth goes behind the counter of the adorable T-Rex Cookie & Café in Minneapolis with owner Tina Rexing to do something we’ve never done before: throw a pie into a mixer of cookie dough. Elizabeth learns how to make Pumpkin Pie cookies that are packed with an actual pumpkin pie along with plenty of Land O Lakes® Salted Butter!

Holiday Gifts and Treats with Nordic Ware   Back To Top

Christine Cook from Nordic Ware paid a visit to our studios to show us how to decorate a bundt cake as a tasty alternative to gingerbread houses. Plus, we tried out their breakfast sandwich pan and sampled some chocolate truffles as well.

12 Days of Cookies 2017: Chocolate Oat Bars   Back To Top

We know this series is called 12 Days of Cookies, but we believe a holiday cookie platter isn’t complete without some delicious bars! Our Day 5 recipe is for Chocolate Oat Bars using Land O'Lakes® Unsalted Butter and Elizabeth says this might just be the best treat she's tasted this year. She goes into the kitchen with blogger and cookbook author, Sarah Kieffer, to learn how to make them.

12 Days of Cookies 2017: Black & White Dipped Sugar   Back To Top

Our annual 12 Days of Cookies series is on Day 4 and Elizabeth is back in the kitchen with the one home cook who’s been with us since the beginning. Elizabeth visits TCL Kitchen Star and creator of the blog Dining with Alice Alice Seuffert to bake holiday cookies for the ninth year in a row! This time, they’re using Land O Lakes® Salted Butter to make Black and White Dipped Sugar Cookies.

12 Days of Cookies 2017: Triple Ginger   Back To Top

Day 3 of this year’s 12 Days of Cookies series features three types of ginger for maximum holiday flavor. Elizabeth visits the commercial kitchen space where all of the Salty Tart treats are made to bake with nationally recognized pastry chef Michelle Gayer. In addition to the recipe below, Elizabeth and Michelle add at least a few cups of laughter as they use Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter to create Triple Ginger Cookies.

12 Days of Cookies 2017: Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip   Back To Top

In this installment of 12 Days of Cookies on Twin Cities Live, Elizabeth goes behind the counter of the adorable T-Rex Cookie & Café in Minneapolis with owner Tina Rexing to make perfectly sweet and salty cookies using Land O'Lakes® Unsalted Butter. They’re chocolate chip cookies loaded with caramel and topped with flaky sea salt. 

12 Days of Cookies 2017: Shortbread with Chocolate Drizzle   Back To Top

In this year’s kickoff of 12 Days of Cookies on Twin Cities Live, Elizabeth visits the kitchen of Sarah Kieffer to bake Shortbread with Chocolate Drizzle using Land O'Lakes® Unsalted Butter. 

Raspberry Desserts   Back To Top

This time of year you may overlook raspberries in the produce section but they see a second peak in the late fall making them delicious additions to some of your favorite holiday recipes. Cookbook author and Patisserie Chef, Zoe Francois shared how to create a delectable dessert and a yummy sauce for your Thanksgiving day feast.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle   Back To Top

Pumpkin pie is the tradition at Thanksgiving.  Sarah Kieffer, author of The Vanilla Bean Baking Book, keeps with the pumpkin tradition.  With a twist.

Pan-Banging Chocolate Chip Cookies   Back To Top

A crunchy outside and gooey inside is a goal for many bakers when perfecting the chocolate chip cookie. As it turns out, there's a unique approach when creating this chewy-crunchy ratio, it's called pan-banging! Author and baker Sarah Kieffer’s Instagram blew up when followers were re-posting their own version of this dessert. The recipe went viral and was featured in the New York Times.

Sheet Pan Must Make Meals   Back To Top

Meal prepping sounds time consuming but it's way less of a headache when you can toss all of your ingredients on one sheet pan. It's a speedy dinner and clean –up is a breeze. Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell shows us some must-make meals and a dessert on one pan.

Apple Recipes with Different Apple Varieties   Back To Top

Your local grocery store isn't doing the apple justice. The supermarket probably carries four or five varieties -- when worldwide there are more than 7500 kinds of the fruit grown. One Minnesota family orchard thinks some of those lesser known apples deserve some attention. Gretchen Perbix from Sweetland Orchard in Webster shared different varieties of apples and recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller shows us what to make with it.

Sweet and Savory Apple Recipes   Back To Top

Chances are you've probably made a couple of visits to your favorite apple orchard and you might have gotten swept up in the moment that you overbought. The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten shared some of her favorite sweet and savory apple recipes and what to do with those leftover apples.

Sweet Pumpkin Treats   Back To Top

Baking instructor Nancy Burgeson shared her recipes for tasty pumpkin treats beyond your typical pies. For a schedule of classes with Nancy, email her here

Halloween Cupcakes   Back To Top

Maddie Lu Carlos the owner of Something Sweet by Maddie Lu shows us how easy it is to wow your friends with decorated cupcakes for Halloween. 

Crocktober Challenge: Apple Cobbler vs“Chicken Lickin’ Good” Pork Chops   Back To Top

Slow cookers are all the rage nowadays but did you know that it has roots dating back to the early 1970’s? That’s when the “set and forget” phase started taking off! Our Crocktober challenge concludes with a dinner and dessert recipe!

Chef Inspired S’mores   Back To Top

Maybe you think bonfire nights should be left to summer, but fall is where roasting marshmallows just feels right. The air is crisp and it's sweatshirt weather. But we're not talking about your store bought mallows. You can make your own, and adding frozen fruit to the recipe can make those s'mores chef inspired. Schwan’s chef, Christina Kaelberer stopped by to help us take it up a notch.

In the Spotlight: Nordic Ware Bundt Pan   Back To Top

Minnesota is getting some national attention for something the great people of this state developed nearly 70-years-ago. You know it well, the Bundt pan. Taylor Hick's new show, “State Plate”, heads to Minneapolis to find out what makes the Bundt pan and that delicious cake so great. The episode airs September 22nd on Inspiration Network, but Christine Cook from Nordic Ware stopped by to show us how to make our own classic chocolate Bundt cake.

Panna Cotta Dessert   Back To Top

Here’s a great recipe to impress your friends at your next dinner party! Panna Cotta is an Italian dessert and it translates to “cooked cream.” There are many ways to make it and it’s very easy. You can also stop by Swedish Crown Bakery in Anoka to buy some from their store!

Nordic Ware at the Fair   Back To Top

Nordic Ware is giving a demonstration on Sunday, August 27 at the Minnesota State Fair! They stopped by to show us some of their animal-inspired pans and to see if Steve and guest co-host Kat Perkins were up to the challenge of decorating baked goods.

National Creamsicle Day   Back To Top

It's the day to enjoy a refreshing summertime treat because who can resist a freezy orange and cream combo when it's National Creamsicle Day!! Katy Gerdes from Angel Food Bakery and Frio Frio explained how to make creamsicles at home.

Twin Cities Love Raspberries   Back To Top

Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area is the raspberry consumption capital of the country. Driscoll’s found that the Twin Cities market consumes 132 % more fresh raspberries per household than the national average.

Emoji Cupcakes   Back To Top

Emojis are everywhere. Chances are when you send a text message you’re including an emoji with it. Maddie Lu Carlos, the owner of Something Sweet by Maddie Lu in Coon Rapids knows so much about Emojis... she's even teaching a class on how to make them at her bakery.

Raspberry Sour Cream Pie   Back To Top

It’s National Raspberry Cream Pie day.  Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig is kicking it up a notch with her recipe using sour cream!

Ice Box Cakes   Back To Top

Back in the early 20th century, there wasn’t such a thing called a refrigerator or a freezer. Back then, people used ice boxes – where blocks of ice were kept – to keep their food safe and cold. Baking instructor, Nancy Burgeson, shows us some retro icebox cakes that you’ll want to bring back!

Patriotic Potluck Desserts   Back To Top

The 4th of July and backyard barbeques go hand in hand so you'll want to bring something red, white and blue for the dessert table.  The cooking mom, Amy Hanten is the author of two cookbooks, which have a variety of recipes including festive treats

Strawberry Salsa   Back To Top

Now is the time to start making recipes with strawberries since their they are in season. Here are some fantastic recipes you must make this summer. Owner of the Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell shows us how.

Using Modeling Chocolate for Cake Decorations   Back To Top

In celebration of the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie, Erin Campbell from Nadia Cakes stopped by to give Steve and Elizabeth a lesson on decorating a fun pirate-themed cake using modeling chocolate.

Mason Jar Desserts   Back To Top

If you're looking to impress friends at your next summer get-together then try making your next dessert in a Mason Jar. It's a great way to present a sweet treat and the best part is, is that it doesn't take a lot of prep work in the kitchen.  Amy Hanten stopped by make to make Memorial Day Mason Jar Desserts.

TCL In Your Town: Something Sweet with Maddie Lu   Back To Top

Maddie Lu from Something Sweet by Maddie Lu paid a visit to our studio to help us celebrate TCL In Your Town: Coon Rapids!

Dutch Babies   Back To Top

Leah McLean, anchor on 5 Eyewitness News, shares a recipe she learned from her mom, Patty. It's a recipe out of the cookbook, "A Taste of Oregon."

Blueberry Coffee Cake   Back To Top

Friends from 5 Eyewitness News introduce us to their moms – and cook up a favorite recipe of theirs. Anchor Megan Newquist shows us how to make her mom’s tasty breakfast treat.

Easter Dessert Ideas   Back To Top

Our next guest says you shouldn't feel any pressure to make something homemade. Cake decorator and baking instructor Nancy Burgeson has last minute dessert ideas and on how to jazz up boxed cake recipes if you're in a hurry to make something for Easter Sunday.

Best Desserts from Twin Cities Restaurants   Back To Top

Food and Dining Editor from Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Stephanie March, stops by with her favorite desserts you can order in the Twin Cities!

Taste the Trend: Mango Sorbet Back To Top

This three ingredient Mango Sorbet is blowing up on Facebook. We thought it would be the perfect recipe for Mary Jane Miller to get her hands on!  She tried out the recipe for herself and then kicked it up a notch.

Eton Mess Meringues   Back To Top

Katy Gerdes from Angel Food Bakery + Donut Bar stopped by to help us celebrate a warm February day with a spring-inspired recipe for Eton Mess Meringues!