Alejandra Ramos
www.alwaysorderdessert.com
Hometown:
New York, New York
Location:
New York, New York

About Me: Alejandra Ramos is a culinary and lifestyle writer, recipe developer, food blogger, and culinary educator. She is the creator of AlwaysOrderDessert.com, an internationally recognized home cooking and entertaining blog through which she shares her original from-scratch recipes, cooking tips, and ideas for creative and inspired entertaining.

A passionate believer that good meals begin with the selection of real foods and quality, unprocessed ingredients, Alejandra launched Alejandra Ramos Culinary & Lifestyle (www.alejandraramos.com), a culinary concierge providing a variety of culinary workshops, classes, and services meant to encourage mindful eating and the home cooking lifestyle through education and simple streamlined recipes, techniques, organizational tools.

Alejandra's recipes and expert advice have been featured in O Magazine, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan, Bust, Saveur, BonAppetit.com, Womens World Magazine, MarthaStewart.com, FineCooking.com, The Times of London, The Wall Street Journal, among many others. She lives in New York City with her husband, Eugene.

Recipes Posted by Alejandra Ramos:

This amazing dessert is packed with the delicious flavor of white chocolate from both white chocolate chips and White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter. Even those without a sweet tooth will gobble up this fantastic creation!

Challah is a great bread to make for first time yeast bread bakers, and the addition of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter makes this version even tastier! Braiding the dough may seem daunting, but it’s actually super fun and easy. Also, leftover slices of challah are perfect for making French toast!

Learn how to make a loaded homemade version of the quintessential on-the-go breakfast! These granola bars are packed to the brim with yummy ingredients like peanuts, dried cherries, and chocolate chips, and you can add in any of your own favorites as well. They’re also a great treat to pack for school lunches!

Happily feed your family or friends with this bean-less honey peanut butter infused chili, made with a smokey base of tomatoes and southwestern spices, and a mix of white and dark turkey meat.

These delicious blondies are the perfect dessert for any party! Nutty, buttery, and chocolatey, they’re sure to please even the pickiest of palates. Best of all, the whole recipe uses only one bowl and one pan, and takes just 35 minutes to make!

This is the ultimate peanutty cake! Peanut butter goes straight into both the batter and the frosting, and the whole cake gets topped with chopped peanuts. Texas Sheet Cakes are perfect for serving at parties or big events, and everyone will be glad you brought it!

These treats are an awesome dessert version of everyone’s favorite sandwich! With a double dose of peanut butter and a yummy jelly center, these cupcakes are perfect for summer gatherings. They’re super easy to make, and are ready to eat in less than an hour!

You’re only five minutes away from a delicious homemade buttercream frosting! This versatile topping is great on desserts of all types including your favorite cupcake recipe. It’s so tasty you’ll have to resist just eating it with a spoon!

This scrumptious banana bread gets a boost of sweetness and a hint of nutty flavor with the addition of our honey peanut butter. A generous sprinkle of coarsely chopped peanuts on top provides the moist bread an irresistible contrast of texture you’ll want to gobble up. This is one recipe you’ll want to save your overripe bananas for!

Our tofu is marinated in a delicious blend of sauces and spices to make a wholesome mouthwatering meal! Serve with steamed white or brown rice and you’re all set!

This gluten-free version of the classic is just as yummy and uses only five ingredients. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, with the signature crisscross fork marks, this cookie hits all the marks for a perfect old fashioned peanut butter cookie.

Why should carnivores have all the fun? Our veggie loaf is made with all kinds of yummy produce, including mushrooms, onion, and red pepper. Crunchy peanut butter and a carefully chosen blend of seasonings give this meal an excellent flavor profile that guests on any diet will enjoy!

Our traditional potato fries are baked instead of fried, and are still just as tasty! This goes great with our homemade spiced ketchup flavored with The Bee’s Knees honey peanut butter.

For these fries we swapped out the usual spud for its colorful cousin to bring in a sweeter flavor. We paired these baked fries with a mayonnaise dip that received a spicy kick from our The Heat Is On peanut butter!

Instead of potato fries, give these hearty Baked Yucca Fries a taste! This delicious snack goes perfectly with a unique Peanut Butter Aioli which blends together peanut butter, garlic, and mayonnaise to form an incredible accompaniment!

Monkey bread is as delicious as it is fun to eat! This peanut buttery treat is perfect for holiday brunches, and kids will love pulling it apart to reveal the tasty peanuts inside. Mighty Maple peanut butter gives this bread a sweet nutty flavor the whole family will enjoy!

These yummy bars are made with ingredients that everyone loves! Combining graham crackers, peanut butter, coconut, and chocolate chips, our Magic Bars will be a hit with your friends, family, and anyone else who gets a taste!

Excellent for snacks and breakfasts, granola is tasty both on its own and combined with other foods like Greek yogurt. This maple and blueberry packed recipe is really easy to make and is great to eat on the go!

Our version of the family dinner classic adds Crunch Time peanut butter for an extra dose of protein and great texture! A suite of spices also helps this meatloaf stand out from the rest. This dish is super easy to prepare and the leftovers are just as delicious the next day!

This recipe has an entire chocolate cake and a full jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams as ingredients. What more needs to be said?

These baked Buffalo tenders make a great weeknight meal for you or with your family. This easy recipe uses chicken tenders instead of wings, and is dipped in a buttermilk peanut butter mixture before getting a coating of crunchy panko crumbs and baked. Serve with the spicy peanut buttery dipping sauce and a nice green salad to round up the meal!

As delicious as it is simple to make, this yogurt dip is the perfect accompaniment for all kinds of fresh fruit! This wholesome combo is great to have after school, at work, or as a light dessert or snack after dinner!

These shortbread cookies are perfect for the holidays! Packed with mini chocolate chips and buttery flavor, this peanut butter shortbread has an indulgent salty-sweet taste you’ll love! All of the ingredients are mixed in one bowl, so it’s a great recipe for making with kids. This hearty treat is sure to please your holiday guests and also makes a yummy gift.

These gluten-free cookies are incredibly easy to make and use only one pot, so they’re great to make with kids! The tart dried cherries provide a nice contrast to the chocolate-y flavor of the cookies. Since there’s no baking involved, these tasty treats are ready to enjoy in no time!

This week we have a tasty variation on a childhood favorite. Our French toast is generously filled with sliced bananas and Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter! This twist on the classic French toast recipe isn’t just great for breakfast, it’s perfect for dessert too! This recipe only takes 20 minutes to prepare, so why not make this fuss-free dish for a weekend breakfast or brunch and have more time to enjoy with family or friends?

Pecan pies are a delicious fall treat, and are perfect for a Thanksgiving day dessert. We’ve put a peanut buttery spin on the classic recipe, and also added the caramelized sweetness of maple syrup. This easy recipe only uses one bowl, and only takes five minutes of prep time! Prep time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour and 5 minutes Yield: 1 pie Ingredients 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1/2 cup maple syrup 3 large eggs 1 cup granulated white sugar 1/2 cup Mighty […]

It’s Halloween time again and anyone with a sweet tooth is gearing up for basketfuls and armloads of sweet treats. This week, we have a nougat candy bar recipe that’s topped with a decadent chocolate drizzle. These homemade candy bars are sure to please Halloween night revelers! They’re also great for including in little goodie bags for friends and coworkers.

Meatballs are a lot of people’s favorite food, and in this recipe, we put a peanut butter spin on the classic dish. The Smooth Operator peanut butter helps bind the meatballs together in addition to providing a nutty flavor to contrast with the savory meat. Perfect for tossing with pasta or simply eaten on their own, these meatballs are as tasty as they are easy to make.

Meatballs make great appetizers whether you use beef, or in this case, turkey. The addition of The Heat Is On peanut butter gives these meatballs an extra kick of spiciness. These bite-size meatballs are perfect for serving at parties and can be made in advance. This recipe is also gluten- and dairy-free, so it can accommodate guests with dietary restrictions.

Meatballs are popping on menus across the country in all different shapes and sizes. In this vegetarian take, we replace meat with lentils and add in some Mediterranean spices. This tasty combination echoes the taste of falafel, and is delicious when served over butter lettuce with diced tomatoes!

Smooth Operator peanut butter serves as the base of the sauce for these cold sesame noodles, giving the dish that peanutty flavor so popular in Asian cuisine. Make this recipe for dinner and bring the leftovers for lunch!

This is a great recipe if you want to use up the veggies in your fridge or are just looking for a quick dinner to throw together. This vegetable and chicken stir fry has a subtle nutty and sweet flavor from the peanut butter sauce made with The Bee’s Knees. Serve with rice and you have a well-rounded hearty meal!

This recipe takes a regular muffin recipe and adds honey peanut butter to the batter. Once out of the oven, the warm muffins get a generous spread of sweet raspberry jam plus a sprinkling of chopped roasted salted peanuts – what a treat!

Great for breakfast, lunchboxes, or as an after-school snack!

This vegan burger uses flaxseed as an egg substitute to hold together the ingredients for these patties. It’s made with ground oats, chickpeas, bell peppers and peanut butter and is seasoned with flavorful Moroccan spices, harissa (a Morocca chili paste) and ras el hanout.

Serve these burgers falafel-style — in pita stuffed with cucumber slices and tahini sauce.

These peanut butter chicken satay in skewers are great party appetizers because they’re quick to make, present nicely on a platter, and don’t break the bank!

In this recipe the chicken is marinated in a sauce made with coconut milk, curry paste, peanut butter, and lime. Once grilled, enjoy it with extra peanut sauce on the side for more of that yummy peanut-y and coconut-y flavor.

Bring variety to your summer barbecue with this fun take on coleslaw! Grated green apple is tossed with cabbage and carrots, and the dressing is made with The Bee’s Knees peanut butter which adds a touch of sweetness.

Watch the video and you’ll also learn how to make dressing with your blender base and a mason jar!

The “meat” base of this burger is a medley of assorted mushrooms pureed together with onion and garlic. The mixture is then combined with oats, cheese, and herbs to make delicious, flavorful patties perfect for vegetarians.

In this recipe, crunchy peanut butter is specifically used which provides, along with the rolled oats, a texture to the burger that’s more fun to eat!

These veggie burgers get a dose of protein from both the black beans and The Heat Is On peanut butter pureed into the patty mixture. Mixed with mashed sweet potato and an assortment of spices, these southwestern-style burgers have lots of flavor and pair wonderfully with avocado, chipotle mayo, and even salsa!

These golden brown corn dogs get a peanut butter makeover with the addition of Mighty Maple peanut butter to the corn bread batter.

The fried crunchy breading, the sweet peanut butter flavor, and the saltiness of the dogs can make you feel like you’re eating a fun treat from a carnival concession. Dip them in a peanut butter mustard mixture for even more flavor.

If you’re a peanut butter lover, then this made from scratch barbecue sauce is for you! The honey flavor of The Bee’s Knees peanut butter plays well with the molasses and additional honey for that sweet barbecue flavor.

The sauce works great on the chicken whether you broil it in the oven or cook it on a barbecue grill. Try it out this 4th of July or for your next summer cookout.

This parfait is layered with two puddings made from scratch, chocolate and peanut butter, the most delectable flavor duo ever bestowed upon desserts.

Top with some crème fraiche and chopped peanuts for an impressive dessert that’s easy to make! The parfaits’ elegant presentation makes them a great dessert choice for parties or special dinners.

This recipe gets two doses of peanut butter: one in the biscuit and another in the whipped cream!

Piled high with layers of peanut buttery shortbread, sweet strawberries soaked in sugar and lemon, fresh whipped cream, and roasted peanuts this is one simply irresistible dessert.

Marinated with our spicy peanut butter, The Heat Is On, honey, lime, garlic, and orange juice, these succulent shrimp have a sweet and spicy flavor you can’t resist.

The recipe can easily be cooked on a stovetop using a grill pan but they’re even more fun to do for a barbecue. Pull out the grill this Memorial Day weekend and try this recipe!

In this recipe the classic Italian dessert gets a nutty spin. Creamy peanut butter is whipped into the mascarpone and instead of using lady fingers slices of pound cake are soaked in the espresso and rum.

Garnished with chopped peanuts and shaved chocolate, this stunning dessert will surely please Mom this Mother’s Day!

This creamy buttermilk and mayonnaise ranch dressing gets a kick of spice from The Heat Is On peanut butter. Since the peanut butter is already loaded with different fiery spices you get all the flavor without adding a lot of ingredients. This flavorful dressing is perfect drizzled over a simple iceberg wedge salad with tomatoes.

This maple peanut butter dressing is made with the warm residual grease from frying bacon. Mighty Maple peanut butter is added straight to the pan creating a warm creamy texture with the bacon fat. Served over a bed of baby spinach and bacon with sliced apples and butter toffee peanuts the result is a delicious union of smoky, salty, and sweet flavors.

This peanut butter carrot ginger dressing gets a hint of sweetness from The Bee’s Knees peanut butter that balances well with the zest of the ginger. Served on a bed of mixed greens with crunchy sliced red onion and creamy avocado you get a salad with lots of texture and taste.

Make sure to leave an extra few pounds of Easter ham to make leftover Cuban sandwiches! This recipe uses all the traditional makings for a Cuban sandwich (mustard, pickles, Swiss cheese) plus our Maple Peanut Butter Glazed Ham recipe. Pressed in a pan with butter just until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted, the finished sandwiches can be dipped in the maple peanut butter glaze for an additional layer of savory-sweet deliciousness.

Bring a precooked spiral ham to the next level of delightfulness with this maple peanut butter glaze made with only a few ingredients including maple syrup, Mighty Maple peanut butter, and butter. The sweet glaze is poured over the ham after it has sat in the oven for an hour. The caramelized glaze pairs deliciously with the salty ham for a delicious balance of flavors.
Save the extra glaze as a condiment for leftover ham sandwiches!

Today, March 25, is International Waffle Day and we’re celebrating with not just another old waffle recipe. These whole wheat peanut butter banana waffles use crunchy peanut butter which gives them a wonderfully nutty texture.

It’s just like eating banana bread for breakfast but in waffle form – and you get to amp it up some more with toppings or syrup!

Gluten free baking doesn’t have to be hard! These oatmeal cookies are a breeze to make and don’t require any extra special gluten free ingredients you wouldn’t normally have on hand.

In this recipe the White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter lends a sweetness to the cookie and a sprinkle of sea salt on top before cooking balances out the flavor. With a crunchy outside and a soft inside these hearty cookies are the perfect treat for an afternoon snack or dessert.

A bite of these sticky buns is a mouthful of ooey, gooey, peanut buttery yumminess.

A buttery cinnamon-sugar topping with chopped peanuts rests on these glorious buns, which are filled with melted Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter. These sticky buns are worth waking up for especially on these cold winter mornings!

Homemade caramel popcorn couldn’t be any easier! This popcorn is covered in a caramel sauce made in just minutes on the stove top by stirring together honey, sugar, and peanut butter.

Mixed with some roasted salted peanuts you have a salty, sweet peanut buttery snack perfect for watching the big game!

Alejandra Ramos bakes chicken wings until crisp, then tosses it in a sticky, sweet & spicy peanut butter glaze made with honey and The Heat is On peanut butter.

With no deep frying these baked wings are easier and quicker to make but they still have that craveable, crispy texture. Make a batch or two and invite your friends over to watch some football!

Alejandra Ramos turns mixologist in our latest recipe videos and shows Caroline Wright how to concoct the most festive drinks for a nutty New Year’s celebration.

This recipe is for a bloody mary cocktail that uses The Heat is On peanut butter as the main spice base.

Alejandra Ramos turns mixologist in our latest recipe videos and shows Caroline Wright how to concoct the most festive drinks for a nutty New Year’s celebration.

This recipe is for a shaken vodka martini made with a peanut butter simple syrup base made using Smooth Operator.

Alejandra Ramos turns mixologist in our latest recipe videos and shows Caroline Wright how to concoct the most festive drinks for a nutty New Year’s celebration.

This recipe is for a winter dessert cocktail of peanut butter hot chocolate (made with Dark Chocolate Dreams) and spiked with bourbon. Garnished with marshmallows.

Look no further for the star of you holiday party appetizers!

Made with diced chicken, cream cheese, curry power, garlic powder, scallions, lemon, and a couple large dollops of peanut butter, the filling to these phyllo rolls are easy-to-find ingredients, and the whole dish is quick to make. Once the phyllo rolls are assembled and brushed with butter they’re baked in the oven to a crispy finish.

These rolls are paired with a honey and chili powder sauce and the result is a combustion of creaminess and crunch, and out of-this-world sweet and spicy flavors!

Fruitcake often times gets a bad rap during the holidays but Alejandra Ramos aims to change that notion with the addition of peanut butter because, after all, peanut butter just about makes everything better.

This fruitcake is loaded with crunchy peanut butter, roasted peanuts, cranberries, and since PB is nothing without its J, a heavy dollop of raspberry jam.

This is one fruitcake you won’t want to re-gift.

Cornbread is a classic Thanksgiving side dish but this one’s got a little bit of a twist!

This dish starts with a basic recipe for cornbread but before it’s popped in the oven part of the batter is whisked together with The Heat Is On peanut butter, then swirled back into the original batter for a spicy sweet effect!

This spicy peanut butter cornbread will really bring the wow to your Thanksgiving holiday spread!

Start planning your Thanksgiving menu now with this sure-to-please sweet potato side dish! This twice baked potato recipe combines a mashed sweet potato filling with a decadent Mighty Maple peanut butter, butter, and cream mixture. With hints of cayenne seasoning, maple flavoring, and a crème fraiche or sour cream topping, these sweet potatoes are a perfect blend of fall flavors — sweet, spicy, and tangy all at once!

This cake pays homage to the peanut butter-chocolate combo we all adore.

In her recipe, Alejandra Ramos uses full fat Greek yogurt for a soft, moist cake and adds a cup of coffee to to the batter which heightens the chocolate flavor of the cocoa. Topped with a crunchy peanut butter frosting and chopped nuts, one taste of this cake is a bite full of yummy.

Tarte Tatin was created in France during the 1800s at Hotel Tatin by accident when one of the Tatin sisters was trying to make a traditional apple pie for their guests. Distracted from a busy day, the apples were left cooking in the butter and sugar for far too long. Smelling the burning mixture, the sister tried to rescue the dish by putting the pastry base on top of the pan of apples and then finishing it off by putting the entire pan in the oven. This week in the kitchen, Alejandra Ramos and Caroline Wright play the Tatin sisters and recreate the dish with a peanut butter spin. A layer of peanut butter is spread on the pastry dough before it is flipped onto the pan to cover the caramelized mixture of tart Granny Smith apples, butter and sugar. Alejandra uses Mighty Maple peanut butter to complement the tarte’s autumnal cinnamon and apple flavors!

A Fluffernutter is a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow crème, usually served on white bread. In this recipe Alejandra Ramos shows Caroline Wright how to turn this childhood favorite into a dessert pie. Using a homemade graham cracker crust as the base, Alejandra fills it with a peanut butter and marshmallow crème filling mixed together with a homemade whipped cream creating a light, airy dessert. Garnished with marshmallows, chopped peanuts, and mini chocolate chips this pie looks like a classic, retro dessert!

When Alejandra Ramos went on a trip to Mexico she tasted the most amazing mole which she now recreates with a peanut butter twist. In this recipe she shows Caroline Wright how to make a mole sauce made with tomatoes, cocoa powder, espresso, cinnamon, cumin, and honey. The sauce gets its chili pepper kick from The Heat Is On peanut butter. Simmered in the mole sauce, the chicken thighs and drumsticks become tender and are full of flavor. Serve this dish with rice garnished with chopped salted peanuts – it enhances the dish’s nutty flavor.

This elegant dessert is a great dish for entertaining. The shortbread crust is like a big, giant cookie topped with a chocolate ganache made with chocolate, cream, and Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter and a layer of pomegranate arils. It’s the perfect dessert — a looker, and tastes amazing too!

There are a lot of chocolate brownie recipes with peanut butter but this blondie version of the brownie rarely gets the peanut butter hookup. These blondies get its rich caramel taste from the brown sugar, and the White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter and white chocolate in the batter complement the orange zest and marmalade wonderfully. The combination of nutty, chocolatey, and orangey flavors is just plain awesomeness!

Growing up in New Jersey, zeppole (Italian fried dough balls) from the local pizza parlor were a favorite afternoon treat. My friends and I would often stop in on our way home from school and split a greasy brown paper bag full of the freshly fried dumplings dipped in powdery white sugar (the latter would inevitably get all over our school uniforms, much to our mothers’ dismay!).

This recipe puts a chocolaty twist on the old favorite by replacing butter with Dark Chocolate Dreams. A dusting of cocoa sugar at the end will make them just as appealing to adults as they are to kids.

This sweet and spicy vegetarian wrap is an unexpectedly delicious option for lunch. Packed with antioxidant beta-carotenes from the sweet potatoes and plenty of protein from the crunchy peanut butter and tangy yogurt, it’s a great alternative to standard meatless fare. Choose sweet potatoes that are firm and do not have any cracks, bruises or soft spots and be sure to leave the skin on for added nutritional benefits.

When it comes to breakfast recipes, I always like for there to be some kind of redeeming quality to the dish. It makes me feel good to start the day off right. That all sounds terribly boring, but I strongly believe that wholesome and decadent do not have to be mutually exclusive. When good, real ingredients are involved, it gives you a bit more license to have fun. These peanut butter oatmeal pancakes hit every mark on my little personal breakfast wish list—protein from the Old Fashioned Smooth peanut butter (my absolute favorite!) keeps me full throughout the morning, while the whole grain oats and flour add plenty of nubby texture and flavor. Topped off with a couple pats of good sweet cream butter and a generous drizzle of real maple syrup, it’s an absolutely perfect start to the day.

I was a guest once on a show where I got to assist a famous chef while he prepared a dish of whole shrimp wrapped in shredded pastry. I was asked to taste one for the camera and it was so incredible that once the cameras stopped rolling, I grabbed the demo plate and brought it back to the dressing room where I was able to enjoy the leftovers. Eager to taste it again, I decided to put my own spin on the recipe. Filo-wrapped shrimp (also known as “firecracker shrimp”) are actually a pretty classic party appetizer, but these takes it a step further with a spicy peanut orange marinade that does double-duty as a dipping sauce. The tails here are completely removed to make for a neat, no-fuss presentation (and so your guests won’t have to hunt around the room for a trash can).

In Spanish, “Ropa Vieja” means “old clothes,” a reference to the tattered look of this shredded beef stew. The addition of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter to this classic recipe adds depth and a little bit of sweetness that works perfectly with the acidic tomatoes. This dish reheats beautifully and can be prepared several days in advance. Make a big pot of it during the weekend to enjoy all week.

It’s no secret that peanut butter and bread are a pretty perfect pair. That’s probably why this soft challah recipe, which has plenty of Mighty Maple peanut butter baked right into the dough, is so incredible! Sweet, buttery, and with a subtle peanut flavor it’s wonderful for sandwiches or simply toasted with a generous spread of salted butter. The leftovers also make a fantastic French toast; in fact, make sure you reserve at least a few slices for precisely this purpose. This nice twist to a favorite classic […]

Maple Peanut Butter Challah