Ashton Swank

Something Swanky

Author, photographer, and dessert enthusiast. Making the world better one chocolate chip cookie at a time.

After leaving her day job, and becoming a full-time mom to her baby daughter and first child, Ashton Swank turned her love for desserts into a creative career. She immersed herself into everything she needed to learn such as photography, food styling, food journalism, baking, and online business practices.

Over the years, she grew her brand and blog Something Swanky into a viable small business, and has partnered with household brands such as Betty Crocker, Land O’ Lakes, and has even created her own cookbook, Party Popcorn.

 

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Bread

Breakfast

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

My mom’s chocolate chip banana bread is full of chocolate chips and is SUPER soft and moist thanks to 4 whole bananas and a little…

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No Bake

The Best Homemade Whipped Cream

This is BY FAR the best homemade whipped cream I’ve ever tried. It’s so easy to make, and it’s a dream to spread, pipe, and…

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Brownies and Bars

Easter

Lemon

Spring

Summer

Ina Garten’s Lemon Bars

Ina Garten’s Lemon Bars are so good! Imagine a buttery, delicious crust underneath a creamy lemon filling and a crispy sugary top. Check out all…

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Cake

Valentine's Day

Cake Man Raven’s Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

From a Southern classic to NYC famous thanks to Cake Man Raven, this is a supremely moist and vibrant Red Velvet cake with a rich cream…

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Cake

The Best Doctored Up Cake Mix Cake

The Best Doctored Up Cake Mix Cake is the BEST CAKE OF ALL TIME EVER. Moist, fluffy, and topped with a supremely fudgy chocolate frosting.…

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Cake

Lemon

Ina’s Lemon Cake

Rich lemon cake that tastes incredible with my favorite cream cheese frosting and raspberries! It’s that time of year! And no. I’m not referring to…

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Becca

Recipe Collections

75 Best Desserts to Bring to a BBQ

This collection of recipes is meant to serve as a resource to help you find some awesome summertime BBQ recipes from many different bloggers! These…

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Gluten Free

Best Chocolate Glaze Ever

Follow this SUPER quick and easy recipe for a delicious chocolate glaze that is perfect for donuts, cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and more! This is my…

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Christmas

Cookies

Red Velvet

Valentine's Day

Easiest Ever Red Velvet French Macarons

These Red Velvet Macarons are absolutely fool-proof. I tested them using all the classic blunders, and they still turned out just fine! If you are…

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Becca

Recipe Collections

85 Single Serving Desserts

 Single Serving Healthier Chocolate Chip Muffin Single Serving Cake Batter Popcorn   5 Minute Chocolate Fudge S’mores Cake 1 Giant Snickerdoodle Cookie Cookies and Cream…

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Summer

Quick and Easy Peach Cobbler

Quick and easy peach cobbler. The perfect recipe to stretch out those summer days a little bit longer! I’ve never spent much time thinking about…

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Cake

Fall

No Bake

Pie

Pumpkin

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

A simple no-bake pumpkin cheesecake made with just FOUR easy ingredients nestled inside a buttery, graham cracker crust. CHECk out all of my Thanksgiving recipes…

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Football Season

Recipe Collections

50 Sweet Football Treats

Please allow a moment for images to load. An InLinkz Link-up   I have updated this post to include many new and delicious football-themed recipes!…

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Brownies and Bars

Fudgy Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Super thick and fudgy chocolate chunk brownies. Check out all of my brownie recipes here. Main Ingredients Needed for Fudgy Chocolate Chunk Brownies butter sugar…

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Breakfast

Easy and Fluffy Belgian Waffles

These are our family’s very favorite homemade belgian waffles. Crispy on the outside, soft and steamy on the inside. Recipe Video: Easy & Fluffy Belgian…

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Brands

Breakfast

Healthier Treats

New Years

No Bake

Grain Free (Whole 30) “Oatmeal”

Seriously delicious grain free (Whole 30) “oatmeal.” You’ll want to try this healthy bowl whether you’re avoiding grains or not! **Originally posted in December 2014…

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4th of July

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Cake

Summer

Grandma’s Pig Cake

Moist, fluffy, buttery yellow cake filled with juicy mandarin oranges topped with a cool, creamy pineapple and whipped cream frosting– Grandma’s Pig Cake is the…

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Cake

Christmas

Peppermint Poke Cake

Rich chocolate peppermint cake moistened with sweetened condensed milk, smothered in whipped cream, and topped with candy cane bits. This cake recipe has been a…

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Cake

Pie

Thanksgiving Pie

Snickerdoodle Pie

Warm and sweet snickerdoodle pie with an extra helping of cream cheese glaze on the top! Happy Wednesday! Are you surviving the week ok? Or…

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Recipe Collections

75 Jell-O and Pudding Desserts

More than 75+ delicious Jell-O and Pudding desserts including Blueberry Cheesecake Poke Cake, Root Beer Pudding Cookies, Jell-O Meringue Cookies, and Banana Split Fluff Salad.…

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Brands

Cookies

How to Frost Cookies like a Pro using Canned Frosting… with your kids!

Fancy pants sugar cookies. We’ve all seen them. You know the ones I’m talking about… with that flawless, smooth royal icing and those ridiculously gorgeous…

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Bread

Quick Bread Dough

This quick and easy bread dough is ready in way less than 20 minutes. It’s perfect for pizza crusts, cinnamon rolls, and even dinner crescent…

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Brownies and Bars

Cookies

Brownie Mix Cookies

Ok, so these cookies are way too fun. A boxed brownie mix + a few simple ingredients = the most killer brownie cookies of all…

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Cookies

Fall

Halloween

Baked “Deep Fried” Oreos

Even yummier than the kind you get at the fair! Plus, these Baked “Deep Fried” Oreos are SO easy to make. And clean up is…

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No Bake

Simple Pudding Mousse + Variations

This cool and creamy simple pudding mousse recipe has been a long time staple in my dessert repertoire. It’s a family favorite! If I’m short…

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Experiment: 3. Martha Stewart

The quest to find the greatest chocolate chip cookie recipe on the planet continues! Today’s recipe: Martha Stewart’s Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. The…

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4th of July

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Fall

Pie

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Pie

Paula Deen’s Apple Pie

Paula Deen’s classic Apple Pie with a buttery homemade lattice top crust and brown sugar apples. **Originally posted in November 2016 Greetings from we’re-moving-in-a-week-and-I’m-procrastinating-packing central!!…

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Free Social Media Icon Silhouettes and How to Use Them in Picmonkey.com

Creating social media icons for your site is SUPER important and SUPER easy! The more custom and cute, the better. And to make custom and…

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Becca

Recipe Collections

85+ Made From Scratch Desserts, Snacks and More

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies

DoubleTree Hotel Chocolate Chip Cookies

  Here’s the story behind these famous cookies: In the early ’80’s, many hotels gave treats (like fresh baked cookies) to their VIP guests. But…

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Becca

Brownies and Bars

Cookies

Ice Cream

No Bake

Recipe Collections

St. Patrick's Day

50+ of the BEST Chocolate Mint Desserts

Brownie Mint Cookies Mint Chip Ice Cream Brownie Squares Mint Chocolate Pudding Chocolate Mint Cake Cookies  Mint Cream Cheese Brownie Bites Fudge Mint Popcorn  Over-the-Top…

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Cake

No Bake

Easy Homemade Marshmallow Fondant

A week or so ago (is time blurring for anyone else these days??), my baby brother became an Eagle Scout. Having 4 brothers who have…

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Healthier Treats

Ice Cream

No Bake

Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino {dairy free}

This Copy Cat Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino may just be my new favorite summertime drink! Not only is it a low calorie treat, it’s also dairy free!…

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Breakfast

Homemade Instant Pancake Mix

This homemade pancake mix is easier to make than going to the store and buying a box! It keeps for months and makes fluffy, delicious,…

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Bread

Breakfast

Easy Cinnabon Monkey Bread

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been trying to make a change to the types of recipes I’ve been posting lately. I mean,…

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Becca

No Bake

Recipe Collections

75 Sweet Snack Mix Recipes

This collection of recipes is meant to serve as a resource to help you find some awesome sweet snack mix recipes from many different bloggers!…

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Dip

Football Season

No Bake

Cookies & Cream Cheese Ball Football

A sweet cookies & cream cheeseball that pairs perfectly with salty pretzels, apples, strawberries, and graham crackers! Another recipe from the archive today folks! And…

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Cake

Pudding Filled Chocolate Cake

Today I’m finally wrapping up my Father’s day series of dessert recipes… yes, Father’s day was 2 days ago. I know. I got a little…

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No Bake

Chocolate Ganache – 4 Ways

Anytime I include chocolate ganache in a recipe, I always get lots and lots of comments in the questions. I know it’s because I’m always…

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Cake

BTS or Poke Cake

This is the original BTS or Poke Cake Recipe (as I know it). There are a lot of different versions out there, but this is…

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Cake

Fall

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Oreo Cake

My favorite chocolate cake recipe filled with cream cheese frosting and an outside layer of chocolate buttercream with cute little Oreo Turkeys that make this…

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies: the Nestle Tollhouse Recipe

The most classic chocolate chip cookie recipe of all time! This Nestle Tollhouse Recipe is famous, and for good reason. With crispy edges and chewy…

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Bread

Breakfast

Valentine's Day

Bisquick Donuts

You’ve heard of canned biscuit donuts, right? (like these) Well, that’s basically what I did here. Except I actually made the biscuit dough myself using…

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4th of July

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Pie

Summer

Thanksgiving Pie

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

All the goodness of Salted Caramel Apple Pie in much easier bar form! My two favorite holidays of the year are Thanksgiving and the 4th…

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Cookies

Favorite Cake Mix Cookie

My favorite recipe for cake mix cookies. You can make so many different kinds of cookies with just one recipe! I have a deep and…

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Cake

Coconut Cake

My favorite doctored up cake mix combined with my favorite from-scratch coconut buttercream. I love that this cake is both beautiful and simple. Originally posted…

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Cake

Grandma’s Chocolate Trifle

My grandma’s recipe for a family favorite dessert made with layers of chocolate cake, pudding, Cool Whip, and Heath Toffee Bits. We gobble this up…

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Brownies and Bars

Classic Chocolate Chip Blondies

These chewy, fudgy chocolate chip blondies require no mixer and very little prep work. Their crackly golden tops and gooey centers are utter perfection! Ever…

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Breakfast

Strawberries

Small Batch Refrigerator (or Freezer) Jam

I have been super excited to share this recipe with you guys for weeks, because I have been gobbling it up! And every time I dig…

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Cookies

Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies From Scratch

You don’t need a mix to make these soft and buttery chocolate chip cookies that taste like a sprinkle-filled piece of cake! If you’re anything…

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