Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dessert for Two Cookbook Review

Lemon Meringue Pie Cookie
One sentence: Drop everything right now and go buy this cookbook. Immediately. (Ok, so one sentence, and then one word). I have been so excited to get Christina Lane's first cookbook, Dessert for Two. I had pre-ordered it in late fall and it was waiting at my front door upon my recent return from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Trade Show.

I have no idea how I stumbled across Christina's blog. I think first from her Instagram account, she was living in Manhattan, KS so automatically that gave her street creed due to my love of K-State. She also posted these beautiful pictures of food and loves agriculture. Christina's whole philosophy is taking big batch recipes and scaling it down for two people. Her passion is sweets but she also masterfully does this with cocktails. Her Peach Jalapeño Margaritas were a big hit at our house last summer.

I've already read the cookbook front to back, and made two recipes: Brownie Cookies and Lemon Meringue Pie Cookies (which fits in with my new found love of meringues). I have also determined that if I am going to continue cooking my way through this cookbook I better stock up on eggs.

It wasn't until maybe six months ago or so that I realize what a big deal Christina was or was about to be. I always thought of her as that fun food blogger, that I followed, she would comment on my Instagram photos every once in awhile, and if we lived in the same town we would be friends (that sounded stalkerish). Now she has a cookbook, was a featured chef on the Today show, sold her cookbook on QVC and the Dessert for Two cookbook is a best-seller! I mean she is famous.

I think I did a pretty good job of making these cookies look cookbook perfect and they tasted awesome. 
Part of the reason why the Dessert for Two recipes are so perfect is because the serving sizes are perfect for a two person household. I love to cook and bake but typic cookie or cupcake recipes, really any baking recipe makes way too much for the Boy and I. So I end up freezing, giveaway or eating WAY more than I should.

Christina's cookie recipes usually make about a dozen or a few more, and you get four perfect cupcakes. Next on my list to try are Blueberry Mason Jar Lid Pie, Strawberry Cake, Angel Food cupcakes.

I had a little extra batter so I filled two cupcake liner a third full and make these brownie brights. 
So in conclusion this cookbook rocks. My Pioneer Women cookbook is going to have take a break from my cookbook stand because Dessert for Two has stolen the spotlight! Thanks for the great recipes, Christina, and congratulations. 


  1. Crystal!!! You are SO sweet! Thank you so much for your wonderfully kind review. I'm in tears over here! I'm so glad we 'met' and I hope we are always friends :)

    1. You are so welcome! I made the brownie cookies again tonight.

  2. Oh, my, it all looks so good! We are away from our kitchen for another ten weeks. Although it is nice for someone else to cook for us and we have a small kitchen where we are, we sure do miss our own kitchen at home.

  3. Adding this to my want list! :)

  4. Maybe you should get some chickens for the farm?!?! Matt has vetoed my desire for farm fresh eggs... What's The Boy's thoughts? I'll be looking for this cookbook! Another hot tip from Crystal!

    1. So funny story... I am actually afraid/hate chickens! So I think it will only be store bought eggs for me!

  5. This sounds like an easy cookbook and full of great recipes for couples. I do love eating a whole cake but my waist does not approve!


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