Julie Anne Hession


Julie Anne Hession


Julie Anne Hession doesn’t really make anything that is over-the-top fancy. Rather, she likes to take dishes that may be more of a celebrity chef ’s speed, use them as inspiration for flavors and bring them down to a “Hey, I can do that!” level. Sound appetizing? Read on!

Self-Taught Cook & Baker

Julie Anne is a self-taught cook and baker; priding herself on creations that are unique, yet approachable, she uses only the best ingredients in made-from-scratch heavenly dishes. Julie Anne has combined her love for food with her love for words to become a successful chef, food writer, competitive cook and food blogger.

Julie Anne’s All-Natural Granola

After graduating from Duke’s MBA program, Julie Anne used the tools she learned from business school and opened a gourmet bakery and specialty foods store, aptly named, Julie Anne’s in Las Vegas. Julie Anne’s offered simple, elegant food and gourmet gifts in a classic neighborhood-shop atmosphere. The store also sold her Sweet Citrus Granola, which was an unexpected instant hit with customers. Customers’ outpouring of praise inspired Julie Anne to package the granola and create more flavors. After selling the bakery, Julie Anne’s determination earned the Sweet Citrus Granola a place on the shelves of Las Vegas Whole Foods Markets. Maple Blueberry, Tropical Bliss, Decadent Raspberry Truffle and Berry Yummy PB&J flavors followed, receiving rave reviews for what became Julie Anne’s All-Natural Granola.

Competitive Baker

Julie Anne has been honored to have some of her sweet creations featured in 

  • O, the Oprah Magazine
  • People
  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Food Network Magazine

She has picked up the challenging hobby of competitive cooking, taking top national prizes in multiple battles, winning more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, bragging rights and most importantly, the seal of approval from Iron Chef Bobby Flay. Flay, one of Julie Anne’s ultimate cooking idols, awarded her top prize in Aetna’s first ever Healthy Food Fight cook-off! Julie Anne won the Food Network’s televised “Ultimate Recipe Showdown” competition, hosted by Guy Fieri. The $25,000 grand prize was undisputedly handed over to her upon tasting Julie Anne’s spectacular Double Chocolate Malt Shop Cupcakes with Cherry Vanilla Buttercream. In December of 2011, Julie Anne’s creativity helped propel her in Sterling Vineyards’ Ultimate Host competition where finalists found themselves creating a party from scratch on a budget. Hosted by Top Chef ’s Padma Lakshmi, Julie Anne took home the $40,000 prize and the opportunity to serve as Sterling’s spokesperson for her Après-ski themed event, which included touches such as homemade, custom sugar cookies, a “make your own s’mores” bar, and a photo opportunity for guests to share their experience with friends online.

Featured Writing

Julie Anne’s writing and recipes have been featured in:



  • Everyday with Rachael Ray

  • Food Network

  • Sunset

  • Family Circle

  • Nevada

  • Via

  • Hannaford Fresh

  • Desert Companion

  • Taste of Home

  • Country Woman

  • Relish Magazine


Her fun and informative food and baking blog, Peanut Butter and Julie, is constantly updated with new tips, delicious treats and links to other cooking inspirations.


The spring of 2013 holds even more exciting news for Julie Anne, with the release of her very first cookbook, 150 Best Hand Held Pie Recipes. She is hard at work coming up with innovative recipes to excite and encourage readers to break out of their comfort zones and create sweet and savory treats with her help.

Personal Life

When Julie Anne gets a little time out of the kitchen or away from her writing desk, she loves spending time with her husband Eric and their two dogs, Cameron and Fenway. And of course, she is always looking for new experiences to inspire fresh culinary ideas.