Author Archive

Paleo Cookie Dough Brownie Bites

Cookie Dough Brownie Bites -- Not So Desperate HousewifeToday I bring you an updated version of one of my absolute favorite Paleo desserts. I made these Cookie Dough Brownies, like, a million years ago and have been wanting to post an update for some time.

Cookie Dough Brownie Bites ||| The Not So Desperate Housewife

This time around, they’re adorably bite-sized…perfect for the holiday party circuit or just cramming into your face at  2am.

Cookie Dough Brownie Bites | The Not So Desperate Housewife

Seriously, how CUTE are they??

Cookie Dough Brownie Bites || The Not So Desperate Housewife

Do yourself a favor and make an extra portion of cookie dough. Just because. Because cookie dough.

Cookie Dough Brownie Bites (Paleo) - Not So Desperate Housewife

The recipe is part of my latest guest post at Paleo Living Magazine! Check it out!


Related Post

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailby feather

Buttery Bourbon Glazed Flourless Chocolate Cake

*A dense and sinfully rich flourless chocolate cake with a bourbon-spiked drizzle*

Know how to not only avoid holiday weight gain, but actually drop a few pounds?

Decide it’s a good idea to start throwing back shots with your cousins at a large family dinner. Like magic, you’ll be rendered unable to keep anything down for the next 36 hours and subsequently void any and all damage done during the holiday season up to that point.

Once recovered, however, there will be some catching up to do.

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Bourbon Drizzle - Not So Desperate Housewife

Suffice it to say that that is no longer the case.

Flourless Chocolate Cake w Bourbon Drizzle 5- Not So Desperate Housewife

I don’t know what it is, but somehow the prospect of making a flourless cake seemed super daunting to me. I guess I’ve just had one too many at restaurants that went overboard with chocolate syrup art on the plates? Whatever. That was crazy. This was so easy to make and is infinitely preferable to plain old chocolate cake. Not that I EVER have a problem with chocolate cake. This is just so much more…it’s so rich it’ll give you vertigo. Less sweep-you-off-your-feet, more knock-you-off-your-feet-slam-your-face-in-the-ground. Less shy, wholesome girl next door, more leather clad motorcycle dude named Skyye with a neck tattoo.

Flourless Chocolate Cake w Bourbon Drizzle 6- Not So Desperate Housewife

This cake doesn’t even need frosting…and coming from me? That’s just heresy.

Flourless Chocolate Cake w Bourbon Drizzle -- Not So Desperate Housewife

Buttery Bourbon Glazed Flourless Chocolate Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Buttery Bourbon Glazed Flourless Chocolate Cake


  • 8 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 c sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 T bourbon
  • pinch cinnamon
  • Glaze
  • ¼ c butter
  • ½ c brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ c water
  • 1/3 c bourbon


  1. Heat a saucepan over medium low heat.
  2. Add the butter and chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
  3. Remove from heat, cool slightly, and transfer to a mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  5. Add the vanilla, cocoa, bourbon and cinnamon. Beat until smooth.
  6. Pour batter into a greased and parchment lined 9-inch springform pan.
  7. Bake at 375 for 25-30 mins.
  8. To make the glaze...
  9. Heat a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  10. Melt butter, then add sugar and water. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  11. Beat the egg in a separate bowl.
  12. Remove butter mixture from heat and cool slightly.
  13. Whisking constantly, add to the beaten egg.
  14. Finally, add the bourbon.
  15. Allow to cool and thicken a bit.
  16. Drizzle over cake.

Related Post

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailby feather

The Chocolate Chip Cookies That Taste Like Childhood

While prepping my shopping list for this year’s Christmas Cookie Bake-a-thon, I turned to my husband and asked him if he had any requests. He said he didn’t. So, I pressed the point because apparently I had nothing better to do than be overbearing.

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies - The Not So Desperate Housewife

“Don’t you have a favorite cookie?”

“Not really.”

“But you like cookies.”

“Well, yeah, of course I do.”

“So…I don’t know. What kinds of baked goodies do you remember from when you were a kid?”

“Um. I guess I don’t remember.”

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies - Not So Desperate Housewife


Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies -- The Not So Desperate Housewife

Despite the many places I’ve lived, the many ways I’ve celebrated, and the many different moods of Christmases past, the one thing that has been constant and truly symbolic of the season has been the massive amounts of baked stuff that made its way into my life. Even in my little CHU in the middle of Iraq, I had a box of Christmas cookies.

Ultimate Taste-of-my-Childhood Chocolate Chip Cookies - The Not So Desperate Housewife

There’s always a variety, sure, but at home–for better or worse–we kept it simple. My mom made exactly two jumbo batches of cookies: sugar cookie cutouts and…the star of the day…her “Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies.”

Taste-of-my-Childhood Chocolate Chip Cookies - The Not So Desperate Housewife

These cookies are the ones I have come to associate with every happy family Christmas memory I have. Starts with the taste of cookie dough on sticky fingers, then the smell wafting out of the oven, and finally with the sugar coma that inevitably ensues.

Taste-of-my-Childhood Chocolate Chip Cookies - Not So Desperate Housewife

So worth it.

These are the only chocolate chip cookies I ever make. But no, there’s no secret family recipe or anything like that–it’s just the one from the Crisco can. We don’t like to overcomplicate things.

Taste-of-my-Childhood Chocolate Chip Cookies -- Not So Desperate Housewife

Mom swears that the real secret to her cookies is the fact that she uses Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips (the ones in the silver bag) every single time. I won’t argue that. Although it still drives me absolutely nuts that, despite being corrected a hundred times a year, she still calls them, “Gardin-elly.” Mothers…

Ultimate Taste-of-my-Childhood Chocolate Chip Cookies - Not So Desperate Housewife

So, here’s the part where I tell you how I completely sabotaged everything. Obviously, I am now gluten free…so I use gluten free flour in place of all purpose. Thankfully, for things like cookies that don’t need to, well, hold much shape, you can get away with most “all purpose” blends. I have yet to find one that doesn’t work for these, though my go-to is now a blend of rice flour, potato starch, and tapioca flour. Anything that’s generally light in flavor is probably all you need. Then, there’s the shortening part. I am a firm believer in using shortening for cookies, as I much prefer the texture over butter-based cookies. Because I like to pretend like I’m a health freak, though, I have come to use organic shortening (I like Spectrum brand butter flavored shortening). Tastes just like Crisco and “organic” means it’s good for you. Fact.

OK, so I guess I’ve just been subbing some ingredients, so maybe I didn’t trash it up completely. BUT. I did add one little thing. Just one thing that made these cookies just a hint more moist, decadent, and rich. Believe it or not, all it took was just 1/4 cup of cream cheese to add such a subtle but noticeable difference. Not so much that it changed the recipe, just enhanced it.

Taste-of-my-Childhood Chocolate Chip Cookies -- The Not So Desperate Housewife

Tastes like childhood.

Extra-Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Classic tender, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies.


  • 1/2 c butter flavored shortening
  • 1/4 c cream cheese, at room temp
  • 1 1/2 c light brown sugar
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, at room temp
  • 1 3/4 c all purpose flour or GF all purpose flour blend
  • 1 t salt
  • 3/4 t baking soda
  • 1 c chocolate chips


  1. Cream the shortening, cream cheese, and sugar together with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the milk, vanilla, and egg. Beat for another minute.
  3. Combine the flour, salt, and baking soda.
  4. Bit by bit, combine the dry and wet ingredients until well blended.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.



Related Post

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailby feather

Bacon Butties

I have an infatuation with British food. I don’t know what it is–maybe it’s the gigantic portions, or the sheer amount of grease and salt? I mean, I love small bites with layers upon layers of complex flavors and textures as much as the next gal, but here’s a national cuisine devoted to battered, breaded, and fried comfort food and an absurd amount of beer.

Enter the Bacon Butty. Also known as a bacon roll, bacon sarnie, and piece n’ bacon, this lovely little creation is, apparently, Britain’s favorite food. How could it not be? It’s bacon, it’s portable, and it’s sooooo much fun to say.

I’ve been on a bacon butty bender. *teehee*

Bacon Butty

Ok, so I really have mixed feelings about posting this. On the one hand, it’s a bacon sandwich. A roll with bacon and mayo. A “B” without the “L” or the “T”. There’s nothing exotic, no crazy sauces or preparation methods, nothing.

On the other hand, I couldn’t NOT share this because it’s my single greatest edible discovery of the year. (Except I’ve since been told that the Brits also have a “Chip Butty”? Like…and sandwich made of nothing but roll and fries? GET OUT.)

Bacon. On a sandwich. Completely unadulterated. Apparently Wills and Kate even served them at their WEDDING. Fancy!

For the truly authentic experience, I suppose one would need to use proper English bacon, or Irish bacon, which is more a thin slice of pork loin. We Americans, unrefined and common as we are, generally only know streaky bacon–the really fatty bits that come off the pork belly. I won’t get technical, though. I know where my loyalties lie.

Beautiful in its simplicity: thick sliced bacon piled high on a brioche bun.

Yes, it’s dripping bacon grease. Yes, that is 100% necessary for full enjoyment of this sandwich. No, I am not ashamed.



Bacon Butties

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 sandwich

Beautiful in its simplicity: thick sliced bacon piled high on a brioche bun.


  • 3 or 4 thick slices of bacon (rashers or streaky, your choice)
  • 1 roll or bun
  • mayonnaise


  1. Fry up your bacon.
  2. Meanwhile, toast your bun.
  3. Spread a little mayonnaise on the bun and place the bacon on top.
  4. Close up the sandwich and devour.

Related Post

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailby feather

Tasty Apple Tartlets (Guest Post from Paleo Living Magazine!)

This is a guest post from Louise at, and I think you’ll love this recipe.  Louise also just released her new cookbook, which comes with some amazing recipes and a bunch of awesome bonuses – click here to check it out!

Here’s Louise…

When we were still living and working in NYC, my husband and I started throwing a lot of dinner parties.  It was amazingly fun.

And here’s the best part…

Tasty Apple Tartlets

We had the chance to show a lot of people that eating Paleo is not only healthy and nutritious, but also yummy and awesome!  I generally try to re-create one or two foods that I think they probably love already in a non-Paleo form.

And really, what’s more traditional and delicious than Apple Pie?

Did you know that Apple Pies originally had no sugar, and the pastry portion wasn’t meant to be eaten?  Also, apples aren’t originally native to North America, despite the fact that apple pie is supposedly so “American.”

You can make these tartlets any time of year, but in the US, this type of dessert is most popular around the fall and winter holidays.

We guarantee that if you make these and take them to the office or to a party, nobody will complain about them being Paleo (they likely won’t even notice).

Tasty Apple Tartlets
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 6
  • Crust
  • • 2 cups (240 g) almond flour
  • • 3/4 cup (84 g) coconut flour
  • • 4 eggs, whisked
  • • 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) ghee (or coconut oil), melted
  • • 4 Tablespoons (19 g) shredded coconut
  • • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) vanilla extract
  • Filling
  • • 6 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • • 1 Tablespoon (21 g) raw honey (optional)
  • • 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) coconut oil
  • • 2-3 Tablespoons (15-30 ml) vanilla extract
  • • 1 teaspoon (2 g) ground cardamom
  • • 1 teaspoon (3 g) ground cinnamon
  • • Freshly grated lemon zest for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
  2. Mix together all the crust ingredients in a mixing bowl using your hands until it becomes doughlike. Don’t worry that the dough won’t stretch or feels a bit crumbly.
  3. Get a small amount of the dough and place into each space in the muffin pan. Using your hands, spread the dough so that it forms a crust (it’ll be a bit thicker than traditional tart crusts).
  4. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and leave to cool when it’s done.
  5. Meanwhile, melt the coconut oil in a saucepan and add in all the other filling ingredients (apple slices, optional honey, vanilla extract, and spices).
  6. Let the apple slices cook for 20-30 minutes until it’s very soft.
  7. Pour the apple filling into a bowl to cool for 10 minutes.
  8. Spoon the apple filling into each tartlet crust so that it’s level with the top of the crust. Then take 5-6 individual slices of apple for each tartlet and layer them in a cascade on the top covering the filling. Place the last slice facing the other way (see photo).
  9. Grate some fresh lemon zest on top for garnish.



About Louise Hendon

Louise is the co-founder of and author of the Essential Paleo Cookbook.  Apart from cooking a little too often, she really loves hiking and playing with her Shih Tzu named Karma.

Related Post

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailby feather

1 2 3 96