Dessert Recipes

Dessert

What is the ending to a perfect meal?  In Europe, the last thing on the menu is usually a strong cup of coffee that keeps the night going just a little longer. In the USA, we generally like to drink our coffee first, or in the morning. 
There is nothing more American than apple pie, our national identity is tied to an amazing dessert. The one thing we all seem to love is a sweet treat after a filling dinner.  Ice cream, cookies, cakes and much more.  Every restaurant would like to tempt you with a tray of delectable delicacies to tickle the pallet. There is always some room for a little pie.  We even have desserts named for cities! Ever had some New York cheesecake?  If not, you haven’t lived. 
Kids are the biggest supporters of dessert.  One of the only ways to get a picky eater to finish their greens is to tempt with a popsicle or a hot fudge Sunday. One of the ways that many parents, especially in the US south, is by sharing a dessert with the family.  Things like Sonker and Beignets just to name a few. 
In the modern era, we have found that many delicious treats from around the world do not have to be super sweet or cloying and can feature amazing flavors of spice that entice and delight.


Easy

Difficulty

10m

Cook Time

5m

Prep Time


Salted Caramel Sauce

What do apples, popcorn and ice cream all have in common? They’re perfect with a little caramel sauce!



What do apples, popcorn and ice cream all have in common? They’re perfect with a little caramel sauce! Most of us have had the stuff from the squeeze bottle but nothing can quite match the home made stuff. When you add a little bit of salt it really highlights and brings out the flavor. We’ve made a simple recipe for making your own at home.



  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 3 pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt from FinaMill

  1. In sauce pan mix water sugar until thoroughly dissolved and bubbling on medium heat.
  2. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil, stop stirring completely. Let the mixture continue boiling until it turns an amber color, 4-12 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and slowly whisk in the heavy cream. Carefully watch the mixture as it might bubble quite a bit. Mix in the butter, vanilla, and salt (using FinaMill) one at a time.
  4. Pour the caramel sauce into a dish and allow to cool completely, then cover and store in the refrigerator. The sauce should thicken when cooled.

Medium

Difficulty

8m

Cook Time

15m

Prep Time


Spicy Ginger Cookies

There are few things better than a sweet treat during a hard day, or after a nice meal.



There are few things better than a sweet treat during a hard day, or after a nice meal. But many people don’t know that cookies can be spicy and offer a zing that can awaken the senses. When you combine these amazing cookies with a cup of coffee, or a nice cup of tea, you have a wonderful treat. This recipe is elevated by using the freshest spices you can get by using the FinaMill to create and unlock the flavors on demand.



  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied ginger
  • 1/4 cup coarse sugar, for rolling (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease your baking sheet, parchment paper is preferred
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, , baking soda, , cinnamon, and cocoa
  3. Use your finamill to add the fresh pepper, fresh ground ginger, salt, and fresh ground cardamom
  4. In a large bowl, beat together sugar and vegetable oil. Beat in egg, grated fresh ginger, and molasses until smooth. Fold in the flour mixture until well combined, then add in candied ginger.
  5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, roll in coarse sugar if desired and place on baking sheet. Bake 6 to 7 minutes until just set.
  6. Let cookies cool for 3-5 minutes on cookie sheet, then remove to a wire rack until cool.

Medium

Difficulty

30m

Cook Time

20m

Prep Time


Spiced Brownies

Moist and decadent brownies with a hint of heat to spice things up for Valentines Day!



Moist and decadent brownies with a hint of heat to spice things up for Valentines Day! These spiced brownies are halfway between being cake-like fudge-like in texture and have a nice, slightly crunch crust on top and around the edges.


For the Brownies
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
  • 12 ounces semisweet baking chocolate
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
For the Topping:
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon powered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Melt the butter and baking chocolate together in the microwave or over a double-boiler. Allow to cool. Whisk eggs, sugar and vanilla together. Then once the chocolate has cooled a little, whisk the egg mixture and chocolate together.
  2. Stir in the flour, coffee granules, salt, cinnamon and cayenne. Once the batter is well combined, add the chocolate chips. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour the batter into the dish and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  3. Test the brownies with a toothpick—if it comes out mostly clean, take them out of the oven. The brownies continue to cook a little as they're cooling, but you don’t want them to be overcooked. Allow the brownies to cool completely. Cut into 24 squares. Clean the knife with a paper towel in between cuts to insure the edges are smooth.
  4. Mix 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, and use FinaMill to grind 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper together. Using a sifter or small sieve, dust the brownies while they are still in the pan. Then carefully remove them with a spatula.

Medium

Difficulty

8 H

Cook Time

45m

Prep Time


Spicy Bourbon Ice Cream

A cold treat can bring us back to our childhood and all of the good times.



We’ve all had vanilla, chocolate or strawberry ice cream. A cold treat can bring us back to our childhood and all of the good times. Some places specialize in new and innovative flavors. The elevation of ice cream is now a respected art form. We put together a vanilla ice cream with a nice kick of spice, and a mellow finish of bourbon. Give it a try. It will blow your socks off.



  • 2 vanilla beans, scraped, with pods reserved
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1.5 cups heavy cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup ground rock sugar
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground star anise
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • A pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon

  1. Heat the milk, cream, vanilla (pods and seeds), alcohol
  2. Grind spices with FinaMill and combine everything in a large pot, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Whisk egg yolks and sugar, and fold into the warm dairy mixture. Cook until it thickened. Pour through a strainer, and chill in the refrigerator at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  4. Load into your ice cream machine and follow manufacturers instructions.