Cooking, Baking & Cocktail Shaking

Introducing One Sweet Mess!

Introducing One Sweet Mess!

I have some very exciting news to share with you today: The Messy Baker is now officially One Sweet Mess! I’ve been toying with the idea of rebranding for the past year and finally made the leap after falling in love with my site’s tagline, One Sweet Mess! I’ve been working behind the scenes...

Thirsty Thursday: Honey Jack

Honey Jack Cocktail | A refreshing mixture of AppleJack liquor, fresh lemon juice, and honey

The honey jack cocktail is a refreshing mixture of AppleJack liquor, fresh lemon juice, and sweet honey. It’s the perfect cocktail to enjoy outdoors on a warm spring evening. Thursday. Otherwise known as the day I started a boozy blog series… AKA the best day ever! Welcome to Thirsty Thursday, a blog series dedicated...

Almond Joy Brownies {made healthier}

Almond Joy Brownies {made healthier}

Super fudgy brownies topped with toasted coconut and sliced almonds. These almond joy brownies are made healthier with coconut oil, dark chocolate, and whole wheat flour.  Welcome to guilt-free snacking, where extra-fudgy, extremely-chocolate-y brownies aren’t a figment of your imagination. I made brownies you can feel good about, so leave your guilt and shame...

Classic Negroni

Classic Negroni Cocktail | A mixture of gin, campari, and sweet vermouth.

Sweet. Bitter. Boozy.  I’m sure you’re all familiar with the popular television series Mad Men? I watch very little television, but I got hooked on Mad Men two years ago when I discovered the series on Netflix. I fell in love with the show instantly–the arrogant, overly proud, daytime booze-drinking male characters, and the...

Pina Colada Fool

Pina Colada Fool | This no-bake dessert is layered with whipped cream, sweet pineapple, and toasted coconut and almonds. It's ready to serve in 10 minutes.

Crushed pineapple gets nestled between sweet layers of fluffy whipped cream and toasted coconut. This no-bake dessert is ready to serve in 10 minutes. I pity the fool who doesn’t make and devour an entire batch of this pina colada fool recipe. <— Said in my best Mr. T voice. Happy April Fool’s Day!

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

Warm, fluffy dough studded with mini chocolate chips and topped with sweet, gooey frosting. Classic hot cross buns… Okay, so they’re not quite “classic,” but they’re most certainly delicious. Why have a classy bun when you can swank it up with some chocolate, am I right? The word bun always jostles an inner childlike...

Chocolate Peanut Butter Roasted Banana Milkshake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Roasted Banana Milkshake |

A milkshake of epic proportions. Today I’m celebrating the most epic flavor combo of them all: chocolate and peanut butter. The crowd goes wild every time I post a recipe that incorporates the two flavors–every. single. time. You guys can’t get enough of it. The chocolate/peanut butter combo has become so popular that there are...

Funfetti Waffles {Gluten + Dairy Free}

Funfetti Waffles {Gluten- and Dairy-Free} |

Nothing screams fun and festive like sprinkles. These funfetti waffles (gluten + dairy free) are sweet, fluffy, and absolutely sinful. They’re sure to become a breakfast favorite! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Sprinkles make everything better! Sweet, fluffy, crispy waffles loaded with colorful sprinkles–you need to jump on this wagon!...

Herb & Cheese Potato Soufflés

Herb & Cheese Potato Souffles |

Fluffy, herb-spiked, cheese-loaded potato soufflés. Easter and Passover are quickly approaching. Have you planned your holiday menu yet? Me? Well, um, not exactly. I’m very last minute when it comes to planning my Easter menu. I like to keep it simple and seasonal. I usually serve one main dish and a few side dishes. As we...