10 Best Hannah Swensen Recipes To Try Today

There are so many popular and renowned female chefs across the world, but how many female chefs can you count that exist entirely within the realm of fiction?

10 Best Hannah Swensen Recipes To Try Today

Hannah Swensen is easily one of the most famous fictional chefs in the world, and this is thanks to her countless appearances in the books of Joanne Fluke, which see Hannah and her friends attempting to solve mysteries across the fictional town of Lake Eden, Minnesota, while Hannah also runs her own successful cookie shop!

These stories take full advantage of Joanne Fluke’s own culinary skills to create mystery capers that are both hilarious and engaging.

Perhaps the best thing about these books is that they are also full of incredibly unique and very delicious recipes that you can actually make yourself!

Whether you’re a long-time fan of the series or just someone that is interested to know more about the recipes found in the books, you’ve come to the right place.

Today, we are going to go through some of the very best recipes from the books that you can easily try today(see also: 15 Best Nigella Lawson Recipes To Try Today)!

1. Merry Berry Cookies

These particular cookies debuted in the book Candy For Christmas, a short holiday-themed caper in the world of Hannah Swensen.

This story has become a fan favorite precisely because of these cookies which make use of berry jam to create a small, sweet, and juicy center that is immensely pleasant and vibrant.

When the flavor of the berry jam at the very center of the cookies hits your tongue, it fills your mouth with delight that is perfectly accompanied by the creamy taste of the cookie itself.

These Christmas cookies are perfect to whip up to serve to family, as it is very easy to create a large batch that you can throw into your cookie jar!

2. Chocolate Chip Crunch

Chocolate chip cookies are known for being incredibly soft, indulgent, and gooey, which makes them incredibly pleasant to eat.

But if you wanted to elevate your chocolate chip cookies to even greater heights, by adding an extra texture to the mix, then this recipe could be the perfect one for you!

By mixing in a large helping of cornflakes, you can create a crunchy texture that helps to make every bite of the cookies practically pop in your mouth!

The cookies that result from this recipe are also incredibly sweet and vibrant, and super easy to indulge in. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself heading back for more!

3. Strawberry Shortcake

10 Best Hannah Swensen Recipes To Try Today

One of the most popular books in the series is The Strawberry Shortcake Murder, and one of the most enticing recipes from this entry is the titular shortcake itself.

We totally adored this strawberry shortcake, because it is easily one of the sweetest ones we have ever tasted.

The cheesecake itself becomes incredibly creamy, and easily takes on the sharp and fruity flavor of the strawberries, making it super delicious to eat through.

The crumbly base also helps to heighten the flavor wonder, as it has a slight saltiness to it that creates the perfect contrast to make it all taste so much better! Of all of the recipes in the series, this is easily one of the very best!

4. Raisin Drops

The best thing about these cookies is the great handmade look that they boast. The name of this cookie recipe makes a lot of sense when you take a closer look at the resulting cookies.

All you need to do is whip up the dough, throw in some fresh raisins, and then allow the dough to ‘Drop’ onto the baking tray, ready to go into the oven!

Raisin cookies can often be a less-appetizing prospect for some, but trust us when we say that these raisin cookies will easily appeal to even those that have slightly fussier tastes.

The cookies are incredibly sweet, and very doughy. They practically melt away in the mouth, and this texture contrasts with the slightly chewy nature of the raisins dotted in.

5. Cocoa Fudge Cake

10 Best Hannah Swensen Recipes To Try Today

Few baked treats quite reach the same indulgent heights as a classic fudge cake.

Fudge cake is renowned for having a much gooier texture than your average cake, and this can make it incredible to mix some cocoa into your fudge cake recipe to create a chocolate treat that is both gooey and rich!

Of all of the cocoa fudge cakes we have ever tried across the years, this has to be one of the very best. The recipe here is very simple, but it results in easily one of the best fudge cakes we have ever tasted.

What helps to make it so indulgent is that it uses unsweetened cocoa powder, which helps to make the cake taste more rich than sweet, making it a perfect but simple cake to serve alongside a scoop of ice cream!

6. Chocolate Easter Egg Cupcakes

10 Best Hannah Swensen Recipes To Try Today

What better way to celebrate the Easter holidays than with some delicious and sweet easter eggs?

Easter eggs come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but for this recipe, you’ll want to make use of some mini chocolate eggs that you can use to top off these delicious cupcakes.

The way that the frosting is piped around in a way that looks just like a bird’s nest is easily one of our favorite things about this recipe. The resulting cupcakes look so totally adorable, and they taste as good as they look.

The cake is very spongy and soft, which makes them very easy to eat, and the frosting that tops them is incredibly rich and indulgent.

7. Shrimp Louie Spread

Hannah Swensen is not just a total master of baking sweet treats, but is also totally gifted at creating various other foods, such as this simply delicious shrimp louie spread that goes excellently with a few crackers to dip into it!

The dip itself is very creamy but still has plenty of larger chunks of pepper and shrimp in there to make every bite have an interesting texture on your tongue.

This is a quick and easy dip to whip up that is also perfect for serving out to dinner guests to whet their appetite for the meal ahead!

8. Twin Chocolate Delights

What could possibly be better than a simple chocolate chip cookie? Try out a cookie made using chocolate dough, creating double the chocolate wonder!

These cookies actually appear numerous times throughout the Hannah Swensen series, and they are a fan favorite amongst long-time readers of the series.

The cookies themselves are some of the gooiest in the series, and this has helped to prop them up as one of the absolute favorites in the fictional and real worlds!

These cookies also make use of only a small few ingredients, which helps to make them incredibly easy to bake in no time at all. This means you can indulge yourself, comfortable in the knowledge that more cookies are only a small while away!

9. Apple Orchard Bars

10 Best Hannah Swensen Recipes To Try Today

If sweet but warming flavors are what you crave, then these apple orchard bars may be just the perfect thing for you to indulge in.

These bars are packed full of apple flavor, and even mix in a series of oats that help to add loads of crunchiness that helps to add the textural element that allows the fresh and fruity flavor to shine.

But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of baked indulgence to be found in this recipe, just like you’d expect from Hannah Swensen.

Towards the bottom of the bars is a doughy layer that melts away in your mouth, making it easier for the apple flavor to be released.

These refreshing snacks are a little healthier than some of the other options so far on this list, so if you are looking for something that is sweet and delicious, but won’t pack on the pounds, then this is the one for you!

10. Chocolate Hazelnut Bon-Bons

10 Best Hannah Swensen Recipes To Try Today

We figured we would close out this list with easily one of the most extravagant recipes in Hannah Swensen’s repertoire.

These chocolate and hazelnut bonbons are the ultimate in chocolate indulgence, and this recipe will show you how you can make them yourself.

This recipe takes a little more skill and practice than others, as you will be working with some slightly more complex ingredients, but with a little time and patience you can easily whip up some chocolatey treats that will easily please dinner guests, or friends and family.

These treats also keep really well when stored in your fridge, so they are great for those times when you want to indulge quickly!

To Wrap Up

The fictional world of Hannah Swensen is one of mystery and intrigue, but also plenty of culinary delights and baked goods for the senses.

Of all of the recipes recounted across this long-running series, these are easily some of the very best, and perhaps best of all, they are easy for you to whip up yourself, so why not try one for yourself today(see also: 6 Amazing Alice Waters Cookbooks To Try Today)?

10 Best Hannah Swensen Recipes To Try Today

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Hannah Swensen is one of the most beloved fictional chefs around, but which of the many recipes recounted in her books are the very best? Try these!


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