Monthly Archives: April 2013

Peanut Butter Bars (No Bake!)

No-bake easy peanut butter bars; These chocolate peanut butter bars are very popular and can be made very quickly.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars from JensFavoriteCookies.comPeriodically, I like to re-share some of my favorite recipes from past posts.  It’s a win-win situation, when you think about it.

Or win-win-win, for you fellow fans of The Office.  (If you haven’t seen it, there’s no way to describe it.  Just watch this one-minute video clip for yourself!)

You win, for being reminded of one of this site’s most popular (and most awesome) posts ever.
My kids win, for getting to eat one of their favorite treats again.
I win, for not having to worry if my next recipe will turn out decent.  I already know this one is solid.

It took the family no time at all to devour it.

I was actually worried they would devour it before I had a chance to photograph it, because I left the house for several hours, while the Hippie Chick and I attended a bridal shower.  You never know what will happen to those unattended treats.

Peanut Butter Bars from JensFavoriteCookies  -  Just 5 ingredients and NO BAKING!  You're going to love this one!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the simplest treats are the best.  The original version of this post has thousands of pins.  (That’s conclusive proof… right?!)

Plus, it has the trifecta: peanut butter, chocolate, and NO BAKING.  And only 5 ingredients.  That’s not a trifecta, what do you call that?  A quadrafecta?  Is that even a word?  At any rate, it’s weekend treat perfection.

May I now urge you to check out the original post?  That’s where the recipe will be.

Easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  Just 5 ingredients and NO baking!  It's an instant family favorite.

As long as we’re all here, I’ll throw in a couple things I have learned about this recipe.

First, keep it in the fridge.  Especially if it is the least bit warm in your house.  The texture is better when it’s cold, and you’re less likely to get chocolate all over your favorite shirt.  Not that I know anything about that.

Second, buy the boxed graham cracker crumbs.  Because what good does it do you to throw together a brilliant 5- minute dessert if you have to spend 10 minutes chopping up graham crackers and another 10 minutes cleaning the food processor?

Third, you can totally use cookie cutters to make these babies double cute.  Use the egg-shaped cutter for Easter, and the tree-shaped cutter for Christmas, and the star for the 4th of July.  It might reduce your urge to buy Reese’s candies at those holidays.

But I make no guarantees.

For the recipe and instructions, click through to the original post on No Bake Peanut Butter Bars.

 

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Bizcochitos for Cinco de Mayo

Collection of Cinco de Mayo recipes, including Bizcochitos, or Mexican Wedding Cookies.  These Cinco de Mayo cookies are made with anise seed and lemon zest.

mexican wedding cookiesWhen I first decided to make something fun for Cinco de Mayo this year, I went to my Mexican sister-in-law for advice.  She turned me away from my first thought and suggested I make Mexican flan.  Her family eats it all the time, and she’s quite good at making it.

But I hate flan.  Like, really hate it.

I went looking for a cookie, because, after all, this is a cookie blog.  I found these little Bizcochitos, which, according to my research, are very traditional.  I asked my sister-in-law about them.  She said, “What are those?  I’ve never heard of them.”

Hmmm.  Perhaps my research was not all that amazing.

Then again, Bizcochitos are the state cookie of New Mexico, and in my nearly two years living there, I never heard of them either.

Honestly, all this conflicting information makes my head hurt.  At this point, I don’t care if they’re authentic or not.  They’re at least kind-of Mexican, (and by that, I mean they have a Mexican-sounding name) and my family is going to be eating them for Cinco de Mayo.

Maybe that’s all we need to know.

Mexican Wedding Cookies

By the way, as long as we’re not super worried about being authentic here, I should mention that these are meant to be made with lard, but I opted for shortening.  Mostly because I never keep lard in the pantry.  Aaaand, they’re meant to be a diamond shape, but mine are round.  I’m just bastardizing my “traditional” cookies right and left.

You’ll probably find something much more “Mexican” by searching through my friends’ blogs.  Remember last St. Patrick’s Day, when my friends and I got together to bring you a mega-ton of delicious somewhat-Irish food?  We had so much fun doing that, we decided to get together again, and this time bring you a mega-ton of delicious, somewhat-Mexican food.

We aim to please.

Cinco de Mayo

Find these amazing recipes and blogs here:

1. Alfajores from Roxana’s Home Baking
2. Spicy Fish Tacos with Avocado Yogurt Sauce from Crumb Blog
3. Classic Flan from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
4. Dulce de Leche Milkshake with Coconut Milk Whipped Cream from Chocolate Moosey
5. Lime Margerita Bars from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
6. Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche from Magnolia Days
7. Tropical Fiesta Cocktail from Hungry Couple NYC
8. Paletas – Mexican Popsicles from Pineapple and Coconut
9. Bizcochitos Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
10. Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes from Gotta Get Baked
11. Vegan Taco Salad from What Smells So Good
12. Gluten Free Tres Leches Cake from Kelly Bakes
13. Spicy Queso Blanco from The Messy Baker
14. Gorditas with Picadillo from Juanita’s Cocina
15. Strawberry Margerita Slurpee from Chocolate Chocolate and More

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Strawberry White Chocolate Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats made with flavored marshmallows; This recipe for strawberry rice crispy treats is easy to make and only takes a few minutes.  Strawberry rice krispie treats recipe with white chocolate frosting.

rice krispie treat recipeMy kids’ ongoing ban from all things involving screens is starting to annoy their friends.

Rainy days are the worst.  Finding something to do when you can’t go outside and you can’t watch tv or play video games is pretty tough some days.  Today, they played board games, sat around chatting, and conducted a nerf war.  Pretty sure all of that took less than an hour.

And, being teenage boys that are constantly hungry, the kids decided to kill two birds with one stone.  They would spend time in the kitchen baking treats.  And then they would eat them.  I eagerly okayed the idea, with the stipulation that I get to photograph, in between the baking and eating steps.

I threw them a bag of strawberry flavored marshmallows and a box of Rice Krispies, and put them to work.

Having older kids is sooo great.

rice krispie treats

The whole idea of krispie treats made with strawberry marshmallows is not all that exciting to me, but for some reason, the idea of strawberry flavored marshmallows is.  I can’t explain it.

I think I just love the idea of variety.  Marshmallows in 15 different flavors is awesome.

It probably explains my love of office supplies.  {“Which of these 12 cute patterns of file folders should I purchase?”}

rice crispy treats

The kids kept checking in with me, to be sure they were getting all the steps right.  Each step ended with, “then can we eat them?”

Me: Press them into the pan.
Kids: Then can we eat them?
Me: No. Melt some white chocolate.
Kids: Then can we eat them?
Me: No. Spread it on carefully, then let it chill for about 10 minutes.
Kids: Then can we eat them?
Me: No. Then I will photograph them.
{Pause}
Me: Then you can eat them.
Kids: YES!

Every treat you see pictured was gone within 3 minutes.  I kid you not.

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Brown Butter Breakfast Puffs

These mini-muffins puffs can be made in a cake-pop maker.  This recipe for brown butter mini-muffins is easy, fast and delicious!  Bake these in a cake pop maker, then roll in brown butter, and cinnamon and sugar.

brown butter I’m so bad at cleaning the kitchen.  I just hate that job.

Yesterday, I spent a bunch of time scrubbing the sink and washing the pots that didn’t come clean in the dishwasher and putting away all the accumulated crap on the counter.  It feels so good to have a clean kitchen.

But… as soon as the kitchen is clean, and I do mean AS SOON AS, I feel an overwhelming urge to use everything in it.  I can dirty a spotless kitchen in no time flat.

My husband is obviously thrilled.

Today I came home from running all my errands, took one look at the sparkling clean sink, and decided it was time to bake.

mini muffins

Smitten Kitchen might be the best food blog on the planet.  I’ve made these gorgeous breakfast puffs several times, and it was the first thing that came to mind when I decided to bake some afternoon snacks.

There are few things in this life tastier than brown butter.

I generally like to make some changes to a recipe, just to make it my own.  Or because I don’t have all the required ingredients and I’m too lazy to go to the store.  In this case, though, I deviated NOT.  Not one little bit.

brown butter

Except in this one way, which is that Smitten bakes hers in a mini muffin pan, and I did them in a cake pop maker.

It makes everything so bite-sized and lovely, doesn’t it?

And since they were all cute and round, I went ahead and rolled the entire thing in brown butter, and cinnamon-sugar, instead of just the muffin tops.  And, if you’re going to do that, you might need a little more butter, like 8 T., instead of the 6 T. in the original recipe.

Just be sure to clean up right away, so you’re ready when the urge strikes to bake something else!

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Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate cake recipe; This chocolate pound cake is dense and heavy and deliciously chocolatey! Try this recipe for a dense chocolate cake in a loaf pan.

pound cakeI’ve been trying to post some fruity recipes for spring. Recipes like these Strawberry Lemonade Sandwich Cookies. I’ve got nothing against lemons, or strawberries, but chocolate is my one true love.

I mean besides Robb. Robb is my one true love. Then Johnny Depp. Then chocolate.

Or maybe chocolate comes before Johnny Depp. It’s really hard to say.

At any rate, it was time for chocolate at my house, in a big way. Not light and fluffy tiny bits of chocolate, but heavy, dense, serious amounts of chocolate.

Even with all that, I still had to resist the urge to cover it with chocolate syrup and Oreo cookies.

*ahem*

Chocolate cake

And did I say dense? Because there’s a story about that. Or, not a story really, but more like an explanation.

Because I know you are looking at these photos thinking this is the heaviest and densest cake you’ve ever seen in your life, and you would be right. It was even too dense for me, which is really saying something.

I remade the cake, and tweaked the recipe a bit so it wouldn’t be so dense, {but still would be amazingly chocolatey} and the second batch was fantastic! But I didn’t photograph it. So the pics from the first (overly heavy) cake will have to suffice.

Sorry people. I’m lazy. Or busy. Or both.

pound cake

By the way, if you choose to mix your spring desserts and chocolate desserts {and hey, there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that!}, you can throw some whipped cream and sliced strawberries on this to create a Chocolate-Strawberry Shortcake.

Which frankly sounds better than regular old Strawberry Shortcake anyway.

Now that I have my chocolate fix, I feel a Johnny Depp movie coming on.

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Fruity Marshmallow Popcorn

A popcorn recipe with fruity marshmallows.  This popcorn and marshmallow recipe is very easy and fast to make, and a delicious change from regular popcorn.

marshmallow recipeI spotted lemon flavored marshmallows at the grocery store around Easter, and I’ve had them rolling around in my head ever since then.  I finally came up with a great idea (namely, this popcorn) and when I went back to the store to get them, they were conspicuously missing.

Dang those seasonal ingredients!

Note to self: Using self-control to not purchase items I may never use is overrated.

I settled for fruit flavored marshmallows.  You know the kind I mean?  They come in lots of cute pastel colors.  Honestly, I don’t believe I have ever purchased them before.  Maybe I’m boring, but I always get the plain variety.  Perhaps it’s because we don’t really eat marshmallows plain much around here.  I never gave my kids baggies of marshmallows to keep them happy in the car.  I always opted for goldfish crackers or Cheerios.  Marshmallows are for baking with.

Before you go telling me how similar this is to Rice Krispie Treats, let me just say that popcorn is WAY better than krispie treats.  WAY better.  In fact, I believe I talked all about my feelings towards krispie treats, in this post about krispie treats.

popcorn recipe

Just so I’m clear and up front, let me say that I have seen this recipe (or very similar variations) in about 352,000 different places on the internet.  So, while I certainly cannot claim this recipe as my own creation, I really cannot give attribution to any place in particular either.

Most of the recipes used plain marshmallows and brown sugar, for a caramel-ish flavor.  I used fruity marshmallows and regular sugar for a little lighter and brighter flavor.

I know, I know… you’re all jumping in line to celebrate my mediocrity originality.

popcorn recipe

Let’s be honest.  You don’t always need something new and original and full of never-been-done-before brilliance, do you?  Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.

Sometimes?  More like, frequently.  Usually.  Often.  Almost always.

I really can’t wait until next Easter, to try this with the lemon marshmallows!

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Fruity Marshmallow Popcorn
 
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A marshmallow coated popcorn treat.
Recipe type: snack
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. fruit-flavored mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 10-12 cups plain poppped pocorn *(see notes)
Instructions
  1. Melt butter over medium high heat. Add marshmallows and sugar, and heat and stir until completed melted.
  2. Using a large bowl, pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn, and stir well until evenly coated.
  3. Let sit 10-15 minutes before eating.
Notes
I use an air popper to pop 1 cup kernels, which gives 10-12 cups popcorn, depending on the brand. You can also use microwave popcorn, as long as it is unflavored.

 

Strawberry Lemonade Cookies

Recipe for lemon cookies with strawberry frosting;  These strawberry lemonade cookies are easy to make with fresh strawberries!  Cake mix lemon cookies and easy fresh strawberry frosting.

lemon cookiesI’ve been noticing lately how many of my stories begin with the phrase, “So I went to Costco….”

So, I went to Costco and came home with a giant box of strawberries.  Gorgeous, sweet, juicy strawberries.  I wanted nothing more than to bake with them.

Only, baking with strawberries is a total disaster.  TOTAL.  They have such a high water content, they completely change the chemistry of anything you might want to make strawberry-flavored.

Don’t believe me?  Check for yourself.  Google “strawberry cookies” and notice that they are all made with strawberry cake mix, or freeze dried berries, or even strawberry milk mix.  Which actually doesn’t sound bad, but it doesn’t help me use up the 4 pounds of fresh berries in my fridge either.

I ate a few plain berries with this Key Lime Fruit Dip while I thought about it.

lemon cookies

My second idea was to make strawberry frosting.  I went all out and spent a half hour on a batch of Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream.  Either I am really bad at Swiss meringue buttercream, or it is fussier than I was led to believe.

Probably both.

True story: after my meringue frosting disaster, I dropped onto my bed in frustration, only to have my husband point out (quite animatedly and repeatedly, actually) that I had frosting all over my face.

No, I did not go into a homicidal rage.  But I did contemplate it.

strawberry lemonade

In the end, the frosting was far easier than I expected it to be.  However, I did learn one very important trick.

The trick is to create a puree ahead of time, that has been reduced.  This concentrates the strawberry flavor, and reduces the water content.  Let it cool, and you’ll have no trouble at all mixing it with butter and powdered sugar to make one tasty fresh berry buttercream.

Which is perfect, because the cookies were crazy easy, too.  Summery, easy, and delicious… it’s the trifecta of perfect cookies!

 

 

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Strawberry Lemonade Cookies
 
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A soft lemon cookie with fresh strawberry frosting.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 1.5 dozen
Ingredients
COOKIES:
  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
FROSTING:
  • 3 T. butter, softened
  • 3 T. strawberry puree *(see notes)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
Instructions
FOR COOKIES:
  1. Mix all ingredients until well combined. Drop small spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes.
FOR FROSTING:
  1. Combine all ingredients, and mix until smooth and soft.
  2. Frost the bottom side of one cooled cookie, and sandwich it with a second cookie of a similar size.
Notes
To make strawberry puree, dice several berries (about 5-6) and place in a saucepan with 1-2 tsp. water. Bring to a boil, and use a fork or potato masher to mash berries. Continue cooking until puree is reduced by about half. Let puree cool completely before using.

 

Pulled Pork Tortilla Cups

This easy appetizer is made with pulled pork.  Recipe and directions for a pulled pork appetizer in bite-size tortilla cups.

pulled pork My sister likes to brag up all her amazing recipes.

Well, she is a pretty good cook, but don’t tell her I said that.

Recently, she was bragging up this sweet pulled pork she created.  She sent me the recipe, and I tried it myself.  And honestly… ?  WOW.  Yum.  I love this stuff.

I’m not going to put the whole recipe in this post, but here’s the gist of it: Marinate a big pork roast in Coke and brown sugar.  Then slow cook it in Coke with garlic cloves.  Then shred the pork, throw out the Coke it’s been cooking in, and put the shredded pork back in the slow cooker with brown sugar, enchilada sauce, and green chiles.

YUM.  It’s lucky Robb was working over the weekend, or I wouldn’t have had anything left to share with you.

appetizer

By the way, these totally adorable tortilla cups were crazy easy to make.  Way easier than I expected, even.

You just cut circles, press them into a muffin tin, and bake.  I don’t know what I thought would be hard, I guess I figured making them look perfectly cute would require some sort of super power that I don’t possess.

Turns out it doesn’t.  Lucky me!

appetizer

I did test this out with both corn and flour tortillas, and I liked the flour tortillas better, for sure.  The corn version baked up a touch chewy, and they were a little hard to eat.

You don’t have to use the sweet pulled pork I made, you can use any old shredded or ground seasoned meat you want.  I will warn you to serve them right out of the oven, since the cool pretty quickly and they definitely taste better hot.

After this, I may have to start making my sister’s french onion soup, too.

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Almond Buttermilk Cake

This cake recipe uses buttermilk and almonds.  Similar to Swedish visiting cake, this almond cake recipe is quick, simple, and unfrosted.

almond cakeI was given a bag of sugar from the Zulka company to test and review.

Ever since I bought this baking book by Dorie Greenspan, I’ve been dreaming of the Swedish Visiting Cake.

Honestly, it’s a testament to how simply perfect it is, because generally I’m one for super-sweet, super-chocolatey, completely decadent, over-the-top desserts.  This cake is the exact opposite.  Simple, not too sweet, unassuming, unfrosted, and gorgeous.

The book says it’s called a visiting cake because you can see your neighbors coming up the road, and throw this cake together before they get to the front door.  It’s just about right, too.

This recipe isn’t exactly like Dorie’s, mainly because I really wanted to make a buttermilk cake.  Oh, buttermilk, the love of my culinary life.  So I merged Dorie’s visiting cake with a blueberry buttermilk cake I found here, to create this deliciously simple almond buttermilk cake.

It was raining when I made it, too, which somehow seemed rather apropos.  This thing was easy like Sunday morning.  (I may or may not be listening to Lionel Richie while writing this.)

Did I just date myself?

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Speaking of simple and uncluttered, I recently discovered this sugar called Zulka.  This stuff is unrefined and less processed than the regular stuff, not to mention it catches the light and looks really cool and sparkly.

The awesome people at Zulka sent me a bag to try, and somehow this cake seemed the perfect fit for the unrefined sugar.

My opinion?  Well, the stuff is easy to find (I found it at Walmart), the difference between Zulka and regular sugar is pretty small, and the price difference is very small too.  So, if you’re the health-conscious, worried-about-genetically-modified-foods type, you’ll love Zulka.  I am decidedly not worried about genetically modified foods, but I do like how pretty and sparkly this sugar is.

Is that shallow?  Probably.

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I guess it’s that time of day, now.  Time for me to fight the urge to eat cake for dinner.

And it’s time for you to enter this awesome giveaway.  You could win your own bag of sparkly unrefined Zulka sugar!

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Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Cookies

Graham Cracker Recipe; This delicious chocolate chip cookie uses graham cracker crumbs as a little sweet surprise.

graham cracker recipeOf all the social media out there, I might love Pinterest the best.  I follow a lot of other food bloggers, and consequently, my feed is full of gorgeous meals, drool-worthy desserts, and decadent cookies.

Are you following me yet?  Because you totally should be.  I keep an entire pinboard devoted solely to cookies.

I guess you know how I feel about cookies.

If you want to follow me, just click this link to view all my pinboards, including the one about cookies, the one about desserts, and yes… the one entirely about non-alcoholic beverages.

Not long ago, I pinned these gooey S’mores Cookies from Kevin and Amanda, and I just could’t stop thinking about them.  I wanted to create my own version, one without marshmallows.

Not that I have anything against marshmallows.  I just wanted to keep it simple, like a plain old chocolate chip cookie with a little graham cracker surprise.chocolate chip cookie

You would die if you saw me photographing these.  First of all, the best thing I have for a backdrop is the dog kennel.  I know that sounds really strange, but it’s handy and it works.  I set the kennel on the table and leaned these white boards against it.

Then my brilliant teenage son, The Lizard, thought it would be a great idea to put the dog inside the kennel.  Which was on the kitchen table.  Which had cookies on it.

The kids were hanging around my photo shoot like zombies that have just found brains, waiting for the moment I would give them the okay to dive face first into the cookies.  I had melted chocolate on my hands, and I was working really hard not to get the chocolate on my camera.

And then the doorbell rang.  And the dog went nuts.  The kids were running to the door, I was yelling, the dog was barking, it was chaos.

It’s lucky I had any cookies left to share with you!

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My version of these cookies has less flour, so the cookies are very flat and soft.  They would be totally fine with a little more flour.

And, although I didn’t use any, I think it would be totally appropriate to use 1/2 tsp. cinnamon in this cookie.  Or you could use the cinnamon graham crackers, which would be delicious too.

So many options!  Maybe I’ll try them with chocolate grahams sometime.  I should check Pinterest and see if that’s been done already!

 

 
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Sangria Mocktail

This non alcoholic Sangria mocktail is great for kids.  This non alcoholic sangria recipe uses grape juice and fresh fruit to make a refreshing beverage.

Non-Alcoholic Sangria Mocktail from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a great fruity drink to share with kids!Spring has finally come to Utah, and not a moment too soon.  It was one of the coldest winters in recent history, and the spring fever has been strong this year.  I think every person on my street was outside in their yards today.

And you know what spring means… it means fruit.  Lots of fruit.

Have you ever watched that Bobby Flay breakfast show?  It makes me want to live with Bobby Flay, let me tell you.  Because the man makes a mean hash, which is the best breakfast food of all time.  But also, he tends to make a lot of Sangria.

I’m not a drinker.  But if I were, I bet I would really be into Sangria.  There’s something about a fruity drink on a summer morning that appeals to me.  Thus, I have created a non-alcoholic version for you.

And me.

Non-Alcoholic Sangria Mocktail from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a great fruity drink to share with kids!

This one is super simple.  The toughest part is waiting for all the fruits to steep, and let the juice get all fruity-delicious.  It was the toughest part for the kids, too.

I expected The Fruitarian to be all over this one, but surprisingly, The Lizard (oldest son) was the one with the mad hovering skills today.  He watched me make it, helped me photograph it, gave his input while I edited the photos, asked for seconds, and then left, just when I got to the cleaning up part.

Teenagers.

Non-Alcoholic Sangria Mocktail from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a great fruity drink to share with kids!

I chose a cherry-grape juice for my fake-Sangria, but you can choose just about any juice you like.  You can choose almost any fruit you like, too, though I recommend having at least one juicy citrus in there.

That might just be personal preference.

Last tip: I let my slice of clementine float in my glass while I sipped, and it added an extra tangerine-like punch to my beverage, which was really delicious.  Plus, it looked really, really cute.

And let’s face it, that’s what it’s really all about.

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20 Amazing No Bake Desserts

A collection of no bake desserts; 20 recipes for no bake cookies, cheesecakes, truffles, and candy.

no bakeWho doesn’t love a no-bake dessert? Nobody, that’s who.

I have these amazing ideas for complex desserts right now, but honestly, it’s just so nice outside, I would rather do anything than spend a long afternoon in the kitchen.

I’m sure I’m the only person who feels like this, ever.

That makes this the perfect time to pull together a collection of some of my favorite no-bake desserts from this blog. They range from simple candies, to spoon desserts, to cookies and pies. This is almost no end to what you can no-bake.

I’ve included 8 recipes below from this site. Clicking on a photo will take you to that recipe. Pinning or Sharing to Facebook will save the link forever in a place you can come back to. And commenting at the bottom of the post just gives me a warm fuzzy.

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I certainly don’t want you thinking I am the only one out there no-baking my life away. I chatted with my blogging buddies and found 12 more fantastic no-bake recipes, from ice cream, to fudge, truffles, even cannoli!

I hope you’ll click through, not just to discover the recipes for these delicious treats, but also to discover more great food blogs. Each photo will take you to a new amazing food blog full of great stuff.

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Let’s keep the no-bake love coming! If you have a favorite no-bake dessert, please comment or link below, or tell me all about it on Facebook. Let’s collect even more great stuff from all of you amazing bakers out there!

Biscoff Ice Cream Cupcakes from Juanita’s Cocina
Shortcut Cannoli with Chocolate Mousse Filling from Overtime Cook
Lemon Icebox Pie from Cravings of a Lunatic
Strawberry Parfait from Chocolate Moosey
Chocolate Macaroons from Oh She Glows
Honey Vanilla Marshmallows from Pineapple and Coconut
Malted Milk Fudge from Lemon Tree Dwelling
Grasshopper Pie in a Jar from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
No Bake Cookie Bars from Cookies and Cups
Apricot Pistachio Truffles from Tales of a Kitchen
Cookie Truffles with Peanut Butter Centers from Minimalist Baker
Samoas Bark from Endless Simmer

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Recipe for lemon cookies with lemon icing.  These Lemon Ricotta Cookies are deliciously fresh for spring!

ricotta cookies I took my rapidly growing kid the the store to try on some pants.  Every pair he owns is a good 3 inches too short.  With some experimentation and trying on, we discovered that his pants size is 26×32, and that he looks terrible in skinny jeans.

I walked into Aeropostale, armed with this pants size, and the clerk responded, “Daaaang!!  The kid has legs!”  And then she told me to hit the website.

By the way, you can’t get this size on the website, either.  Not. Even. Close.

His brother is even skinnier, though with slightly shorter legs (very slightly), but that kid can rock the skinny jeans.  Which is lucky for him, because skinny jeans are actually not too hard to find for skinny kids.  Go figure.

And while big and tall stores certainly exist, skinny and tall stores do NOT.  Trust me on this one.

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People say, “You should fatten that kid up.”
And I say, “Oh, good idea, I never thought of that before.”

Okay, yes, maybe I have a tendency to be a little snarky.  But it is an issue staring me in the face basically daily.

They sure didn’t get these super skinny genes from moi.

I mean, you’d think having a cookie blog would be enough, right?  I bake cookies, desserts, and snacks every week.  The kids eat them like they’re going out of style.  And still the doctor says things like, “No restrictions on his diet, let him eat whatever he wants.”

Already got it covered, doc.  Those boys are walking garbage disposals.

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I like the idea of ricotta in a cookie.  Besides providing a little extra protein and fat in my skinny kids’ diets, it also gives a nice soft, almost spongey texture to the cookies.

The lemon is for me, because it’s spring, and around this time of year, I start getting overwhelming cravings for all things lemon.  It’s just so fresh and bright!

If you’re a lemon addict, too, you’ll love these cookies.  Or you could check out this stuff:

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Adapted from Giada de Laurentiis

Lemon Ricotta Cookies
 
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A spongey lemon ricotta cookie with lemon icing.
Recipe type: cookies
Serves: 4 dozen
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1¼ cup ricotta cheese
  • zest and juice of 1 lime *(see notes)
  • zest and juice of ½ lemon*
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
FOR ICING:
  • zest and juice of ½ lemon*
  • 1 T. milk or cream
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and ricotta and mix well.
  2. Add zest and juices, mix well. Add salt and baking powder, mix well.
  3. Add flour, and mix until combined.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet, leaving room for spreading, and bake at 375 for 11-15 minutes.
  5. For frosting, combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth. Use a very small amount of frosting on each cookie, spreading while cookies are still warm.
  6. Store in an airtight container between layers of wax paper.

 If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Lemon Ricotta Muffins from Healthy Food for Living
Iced Lemon Ricotta Donuts from La Casa De Sweets
Lemon-Blueberry Ricotta Scones from Tiffin Tales

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