Eat Dessert First – Pre Birthday Key Lime Pie

Today is the morning of my birthday eve so what better reason to eat dessert first and celebrate than with a pre birthday dessert of one of my favorite pies/tarts, Key Lime!!! I love citrus, lemon, lime, orange and even grapefruit so today I celebrate with key lime.

So grab a bottle of bubbly and let’s make some pie! You can start by either preparing my favorite version of a cookie cracker crumb crust or you can use a premade graham cracker pie crust. Next up let’s whip some cream to top our little dessert first party off right and then begin to whip up this pie.  After all it is my birthday so let’s celebrate and eat dessert first.

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Key Lime Pie –

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 8 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 4 ounces Nellie & Joe’s Key West Lime Juice (you can find this in your local grocery store)
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

Place cream cheese in a mixing bowl and stir until smooth, do not beat. Pour condensed milk into bowl with cream cheese and mix until smooth with hand blender. Add egg yolks one at a time and mix well. Pour in Nellie & Joe’s Key West Lime Juice and continue blending until mixture is smooth. Pour the filling into the prepared cracker pie crust and bake at 350° for 15 minutes. After baking, let stand for 10 minutes then refrigerate to chill well.

Top with fresh whipped cream and garnish with lime zest to present.

Cookie Cracker Pie Crust –

½ bag of Nilla wafers

1 cup pecans

2 Tbs granulated sugar

¼ cup melted butter

Combine wafers, pecans and sugar together in a food processor and pulse. Slowly drizzle in melted butter until crust begins to clump together. Press crust to pie plate or tart pan and bake for 10 min at 350.

Allow crust to cool completely before filling.

Until next time, Be Sweet


The Dough Bar at William Sonoma – Weekend wrap up

This past weekend was absolutely wonderful and full of so many sweet moments, literally. Several months ago I was fortunate to have to opportunity to showcase at William Sonoma in Northpark mall.  On a side note, William Sonoma is one of my favorite stores and it was a bit hard to concentrate at times surrounded by so much beauty.  Back to Saturday’s showcase…this was my first major retail showcase and I was thrilled.  I thought about how I wanted to showcase the brand, how I wanted customers to have an opportunity to get to know The Dough Bar and the many facets of our cookies. Besides our beautiful custom decorated cookies we also make a variety of chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies along with our signature southern butter pecan bars. To best display the variety and allow people to sample I created the summer fun cookie box, which consist of one oatmeal raisin, one toffee chocolate chip cookie and 2 fun summer sugar cookies.

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It was such a blast to interact with customers talk baking tips and explain my love for what I do. While there is no brick and mortar shop yet this is a question I get asked often when out mixing and mingling with our customers. It is a goal I am working towards and with dedication and the support of all you sweet cookie fans we will get there soon.  It was great to interact and even meet some of our Instagram followers, one of the best part of the day.

Thanks again everyone for making this weekend’s event so very memorable and super sweet!  We will be back at William Sonoma again in October.


Until next time, Be Sweet!

Eat Dessert First – Easy Red, White and Blue Shortcakes

July 4th has come and gone but here the peek inside of my picnic basket as promised along with my go to recipe for tender biscuit shortcakes red, white and blue style. I chose shortcakes because they are easy, portable and make for quick assembly when on the go. Not to mention they are the perfect blank slate to feature the bounty of summer fresh fruit available.

Strawberry short cakes have always been a family favorite and we’ve always made them with lightly sweetened flakey biscuit shortcakes. This recipe for shortcakes is perfect because it’s simple and easy. You can simplify it even further if you want and substitute All-Purpose (AP) flour with self-rising flour to cut these biscuits down to three simple ingredients (flour, sugar, cream).  However, for me I like the rich and tender crumb created by the addition of the butter.

Once you’ve made the biscuits store them in an air tight container in preparation for your event or to enjoy later. Next, begin slicing half the pint of fresh strawberries, then sprinkle strawberries with a generous amount of sugar and allowing them to sit overnight in the refrigerator, this will create juice.  The next day when you are out at the beach or the BBQ grill and ready to eat dessert first pull out your tender shortcakes, top with some of the strawberries and juice and sprinkle in some fresh blueberries finishing off with a dollop fresh whip cream. Garnish with a few more fresh strawberries you reserved and another dollop of fresh whip cream.

Fresh whip cream is so very simple to make and only requires two ingredients, heavy whipping cream and granulated sugar. You’ll thank me later for tipping you to use fresh cream because the flavor is so much better than anything you can buy from the grocery store and cost much less to make.

So remember, next time you want to eat dessert first use this simple recipe for shortcakes and add any of your favorite seasonal fruit on hand to enjoy a fruitful summer of desserts first.

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Biscuit Shortcake recipe (adapted from King Arthur Flour)

2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) Perfect Pastry Blend or King Arthur Unbleached All -Purpose Flour*

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon baking powder

¼ cup sugar (reserve a little for sprinkling approx 1 Tbs)

1 cups + 2 Tbs heavy cream

2 – 4 tablespoons melted butter


Preheat the oven to 425°F; move a rack to the top third of the oven.

Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Stir in heavy cream and half of the melted butter to moisten the dough thoroughly. You want to be able to gather the dough together to form a ball, be sure to not over work your dough or else it will become tough. It should form together without dry bits falling off. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, and very gently pat it into an 8″ circle about 3/4″ thick. Use a sharp biscuit cutter (I use a 2 1/4″ cutter) to cut rounds but, you can also use a glass. Dip the rounds into melted butter, and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Sprinkle with granulated & coarse sugar for added sweetness for the biscuits for shortcake. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, till they’re golden brown.

Yield: 8 large (about 2 1/2″), tender biscuits.


Until next time, Be Sweet!


Happy Birthday America – Fourth of July weekend recap

The Dough Bar is Sweet on Oddfellows – Let’s do brunch!

Fourth of July weekend kicks off summer vacation in a big way, for some families they are packing their bags, loading up the car and headed off to parts all across this great nation. Others are packing a picnic basket and heading off to the beach, lake or park for a fun activity filled weekend. And then there are people like me, staying home, relaxing and taking in all the goodness locally offered in my own backyard.

I started out this long holiday weekend with a photo shoot with my favorite photographer Izehi of Izehi Photography with a shot in Oak Cliff, TX, Bishop Art’s District, one of my favorite areas. Bishop Arts is such a jewel due to the culture and preservation. There are hidden treasures such as authentic local establishments, trendy shops, bakeries and so much more.

After a long morning working and shooting it was time for brunch. I choose a bustling local spot known for their awesome brunch and lunch by the name of Oddfellows.  With so many delicious entrees to choose from I decided on the Oddfellows’ Benedict and because poached eggs aren’t a fav of mine I had my eggs soft scrambled and substituted the smoked salmon, which I highly recommend. When I tell you this meal was everything, it was everything!!  And to celebrate the photo shoot wrap as part of the new look for The Dough Bar we sipped on Mimosas which made the meal even more special. Stay tuned for more on the photo shoot in a future blog post. If you are ever in Bishop Arts district stop by Oddfellows it’s definitely worth the wait and no worries they serve breakfast/brunch until 3 PM everyday. This place is truly a sweet spot in a sweet little area of town.

Oddfellows brunch


Let Freedom Ring!!

Saturday was a perfect day for packing up the picnic basket and heading out to the park for a little rest and relaxation as we prepared to watch the fireworks this evening. My basket was full of patriotic goodness one of which being my easy to prepare red, white and blue shortcakes (I’ll post the recipe on Wednesday.) Also included, a nice bottle of sparkling wine and my yummy red velvet cupcakes; because what would a picnic be without bubbly and dessert, right? Some of you may not know but I also make cupcakes. One of my favorite and most requested cupcake flavors is my red velvet and it couldn’t be more perfect for 4th of July.  To give the red velvet a patriotic twist I topped them with our tie dye red, white and blue cream cheese frosting.  You’d be surprised how easy it is to add this fancy effect to your cupcakes at home too. Below is the quick 3 step process with photographs for you to follow.

Tie dye frosting in 3 simple steps:

  1. Take your piping bag and put 2 dots of each red and blue food gel in the bag
  2. Fill bag with your cream cheese frosting
  3. Pip on your tie dye swirl

See super easy and a huge wow factor for your guest. All of my friends at the park totally enjoyed their patriotic dessert as we watched the fireworks explode all across the Texas sky.

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Patriotic cupcakes



Sweetly yours



Branding with Cookies – Featuring Dream, Pray, Hustle

Today’s blog post is meant to give you a little insight into my world, my brand and how what I do can help you beyond your next party, soirée or social.

One of my favorite things to do with our custom decorated sugar cookies is to make them edible brand collateral material for clients. What better way to leave a lasting impression with someone than with a deliciously designed cookie; a cookie with your personal brand image made into edible art.

As an entrepreneur, you want the world to get to know you, to have a sense of who you are and what your business represents. Through branding you have the opportunity to capture your ideal clients attention and convey your message to the world.  Branding is what differentiates you from others and creates the opportunity for you to leave a foot print in the mind of the consumer through the story of your brand. By sending the right message hopefully you will have left the consumer/ideal client with a reason why they should make you a part of their lives.

The Dough Bar is a luxury cookie and treat company that specializes in custom decorated cookies. Our brand has been designed not to convey exactly what we do but why we do it. Our motto is “Because Life Should Always Be Sweet,” sweet to the soul and sweet to the palette which is way taste is our number one priority. When customers and potential customers see our gold logo with flourishes and the soft subtle pink and bold black strips our brand is sending a message, we are not your average bake shop. We are here to partner with you to help provide your next event or special occasion with just the right touch of sweetness to take it to the next level.  We have positioned ourselves to not only delight you personally but also to aide you and your business by conveying your uniquely crafted message through edible mediums.

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Say it with Cookies!

Recently, I had the oportunity to collaborate with wonderful team to craft a gorgeous display of sweet treats at a intimate business workshop for motivational speaker and business coach Kachelle Kelly. The cookies were created with her logo in mind and her signature tag line “Activate Your Hustle,” also included was the workshop name “Dream, Pray, Hustle” using custom logo cupcake toppers with edible images. This beautiful display was currated and designed by Posh and Private Events (@poshandprivate – Instagram)

I often get request for logo cookies and depending on your logo design determines if it is a hand drawn design or if I use an edible image. No matter the style each cookie is baked with love and designed and decorated for you to put your best brand face forward. So why not say it with cookies! Say thank you, Welcome, I Appreciate You, Congratulations or just Hi here I am world. Large or small I will help you determine what the best option is for you and your business.

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Until next time, Be Sweet!