Monthly Archives: October 2013

October Recap

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October was pretty awesome this year.  I had lots of fun bringing you some great fall and Halloween themed treats.

The highlight of the month, for me, was the Halloween Party I held with my friends.  Each of us shared a Halloween food with you.  I hope you saw it, my friends came up with some really fantastic stuff!  It’s always fun getting together with them, and finding some fantastic new recipes.

Are we connected on Facebook?  I’ve been quite devoted all month to bringing you lots of recipes from myself and lots of other great bloggers on my Facebook page.  If you’re fond of finding beautiful recipe ideas on Facebook, (and really, who isn’t?) you should say hi to me over there.

Want an idea of what’s coming up in November?  Scroll to the bottom of this post to find out!

Here’s what happened in October:

Russian-tea-cakes-7 Russian Tea Cakes

These classic shortbread cookies are loaded with walnuts
or pecans and rolled in powdered sugar.  They make a
perfect Christmas cookie!

german-chocolate-skillet-cake-6 German Chocolate Skillet Cake

This simple but delicious chocolate cake is baked in a
cast iron skillet.  Top it with this great coconut pecan
frosting to complete the picture.

dk-choc-muddy-buddy-5 Dark Chocolate Coconut Muddy Buddies

If you want a Halloween treat that is slightly more adult,
you’ll love these muddy buddies.  The dark chocolate,
coconut, and pistachios might be enough to make kids
lose interest, so adults can indulge while relaxing!

12-easy-halloween-treats 12 Quick and Easy Halloween Treats

If you want a Halloween party, but you’re short on time,
this collection is for you!  All treats in here are super
quick and super easy!  You can have the cutest party on
the block in minutes!

spider-cookies-5 Spider Cookies

Turn basic chocolate chip cookies into fun spider cookies
for Halloween!  Kids will love making and eating this
seasonal treat!

Butterfinger-bark-6 Butterfinger Bark & Halloween Party

This easy homemade candy tastes very similar to
Butterfinger candy bars!  Cut it into fun Halloween shapes
for the holiday.  While you’re here check out the other
fantastic Halloween recipes!

hot-spiced-cider-2 Hot Spiced Cider

Turn apple juice or apple cider into a warm and relaxing
hot buttered spiced cider drink.  It is perfect for cool
weather and sick days!

ginger-cookies-with-molasses-2 Molasses Waffle Cookies with Chocolate Frosting

These molasses cookies are baked in a waffle iron!  They
can be made very quickly and easily without heating up
the oven!  Top with chocolate frosting for a fun seasonal
treat.

For several months now, I’ve been contributing to the site “My Cooking Spot” once a month.  In October, I shared these delicious OREO TRUFFLES, rolled in seasonal sprinkles.  These were quite popular at my house.  Not only did my kids eat them all within a few hours, (and literally left the empty dish in the fridge!  Thanks kids!) but they’ve been asking me every week to make them again.

What’s coming up in November?  Cookie Week!  Cookie Week is the second week of November, and will be a large event with lots and lots of great holiday cookies, with fun giveaways for prizes!  If you like to bake cookies for the holidays, you will not want to miss this event.

Also?  A new feature… Wordless Wednesday.  Periodically I will be sharing recipes that can be described with no words at all.  These posts will be pictures only, and they should be a fun and different way to share recipes.

I can’t wait to share all this great stuff with you in November!  Thanks for being part of my life and my blog in October, I certainly appreciate your support.  If you haven’t yet, please consider subscribing to e-mail updates, to be sure you see all the latest and greatest JFC stuff in your inbox!  (click the brown box below to subscribe.)

Molasses Waffle Cookies with Chocolate Frosting

Ginger cookies with molasses;  These easy ginger molasses cookies are made in a waffle iron and topped with chocolate frosting.

ginger-cookies-with-molassesIt’s fall, and I have a lot of cookie recipes planned to share with you.

A LOT.  So many, in fact, I was having trouble deciding which to share first.

I polled my Facebook fans… most of them voted for an eggnog cookie.  I polled my children… they voted for cookies I’ve already made.  I polled my friends… many of them suggested an apple pie cookie.

Oh, the decisions!

Here’s the thing.  I already made an Apple Pie Cookie.  Alright, the photos are pretty bad (practice makes perfect, right?) but the cookies are pretty good.  And I have ideas for eggnog cookies but I haven’t worked out the details yet.  And I don’t have any eggnog in the fridge today.  (If you’re having eggnog dessert cravings, I recommend these bars or these cookies.  Both excellent, if I do say so myself.)

Ultimately, the deciding factor was that my life got a little nuts.  I forget what it’s like when Robb leaves town.  My already crammed full schedule gets even worse, with no support from him.  It was lucky we had dinner this week, let alone cookies.

Molasses Waffle Iron Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Have you ever made cookies in the waffle iron?  Granted, you can only make 4 cookies at a time, but they cook quickly, and you don’t have to heat up your oven. Continue reading “Molasses Waffle Cookies with Chocolate Frosting” »

Hot Spiced Cider

Spiced hot cider recipes; this spiced hot cider recipe is quick and easy to make and delicious!

spiced-hot-cider-recipesWe don’t drink many hot beverages around here, even in the winter.  We aren’t coffee drinkers, and Robb usually complains about hot chocolate being too sweet, which just leaves us with the occasional cup of herbal tea, and this hot spiced cider.

Hot spiced cider has long been a family favorite.  We usually buy the packaged mixes, for convenience, but every once in a while, I like to make the real stuff.  The kind made from actual apples.

I usually only make it when Robb is sick.  Maybe one of these days I’ll convince him to make it when I’m sick!

It just feel so good to have something clear, warm, sweet, and a little spicy when you have a sore throat or a cough.  It’s not a cure, by any means, but it brings some welcome relief, let me tell you.

Hot Spiced Cider from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I like to throw the spices right into the pot with the cider.  Some people like to complain about that.

“There’s a lot of… stuff in the bottom of my cup.”
“That’s the stuff that makes it taste good.”
{looks skeptical}

Hot Spiced Cider from Jen's Favorite Cookies

If you’re not a big fan of “stuff” in the bottom of your cup, you can totally wrap up all your spices in a piece of cheesecloth, tie it up in a neat little package with a piece of string, and drop the whole thing in the pot.  When you’re ready to serve your cider, just retrieve the packet of spices and toss it.

Voila!  A hot drink the whole family can enjoy!

 More wintery beverages you might like:

Wassail Wassail eggnog mocktailBlack Cherry Eggnog CranLime1Cranberry Lime Sodas

 

Hot Spiced Cider
 
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A warm spiced apple drink.
Author:
Recipe type: Beverages
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 2 cups apple juice or apple cider
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp. cloves
  • ½ T. butter
Instructions
  1. Place apple juice in a pan with water, sugar, and spices.
  2. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until hot but not boiling.
  3. Remove from heat, add butter, and stir until melted. Serve hot.

 If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Hot Cider Nog from Hannah and Bryan
Hot Cider Floats from Seasonal Family
Apple Cider Ice Cream from Chocolate Moosey

*This post contains affiliate links.

Butterfinger Bark and Halloween Food Party

Easy Homemade Candy; this candy is similar to Butterfinger candy bars, and easy to make.

easy homemade candyI think I need to be up front about this and tell you that this brilliant genius easy-candy idea was not mine.  I wish it was, don’t get me wrong, but I really just cannot take credit.

I found this on Cookies and Cups, although I’m not sure Shelley can take credit either.  Whoever first thought to melt candy corn and mix it with peanut butter should get some kind of award.

The only part of this that was actually my idea was using the coffin-shaped cookie cutter.

Okay, so maybe I’m not in the running for genius of the year, but that is not going to stop me from sharing this fantastic recipe with you.  Because who knew you could make your own Butterfinger Candy Bars at home?!

Shelley is right that the texture is not quite as good as the real thing, but the flavor is, fo sho.  If you want a full tutorial with awesome pics and everything, just click through to the Cookies and Cups post.  But if you’re looking for more genius-of-the-year Halloween recipe ideas, you’re better off hanging out here.

Butterfinger Bark from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Because, y’all?!  My friends are back!!  And we’ve gathered up some amazing-awesome Halloween recipes just for you.  Because that’s the kind of friends we are.

Here’s the story.  Each one of my friends has made something fun today, and below is a photo and link to each and every one of them.  If I know you, you’re going to want to check out all of them.  Because that’s the kind of friend you are.  You might even be the friend who wants to share these ideas with your friends on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or whatever else you’re using.

Just click each image below to read the posts and get the recipes.

Butterfinger Bark from Jen's Favorite Cookies Chocolate Pumpkin Cut-Out Cookies from Created By Diane Chocolate Crepes with Pumpkin Filling from Pineapple and Coconut Vampire Delight Martini Pumpkin Spice Kiss Cookie Cups from Chocolate Moosey Rice Krispie Candy Corn from That Skinny Chick Can Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Halloween Puppy Chow Homemade Sour Patch Kids from What Smells So Good Reese's PB&C Pretzel Crust Pie from Hungry Couple Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies from Crumb Blog Pumpkin Pie Fudge from Juanita's Cocina Chocolate Pumpkin Layer Cake from Gotta Get Baked

Let’s talk about Butterfingers again.  Am I boring you yet?

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Important Tip #1: Use fresh candy corn.  Just like with marshmallows in krispie treats, old and stale candy corn is not your friend.  Feed those to the kids and get a new bag for your Butterfingers.

Important Tip #2: Get the peanut butter ready ahead of time, as well as a big strong spoon and some elbow grease.  Once the candy corn comes out of the microwave, you’re going to need to get crackin’ on mixing in that peanut butter.  This stuff sets up fast, it’s hard to stir, and you’re going to need to work fast and hard.

Slightly less Important Tip #3:  You probably figured this out on your own, but the coffin cookie cutter is totally unnecessary.  Personally, I made a few Butterfinger coffins, and then I cut the rest into neat little rectangles with a big knife.  I like this idea too, because you can control the portion size (for my kids.  and myself.) and you don’t have any waste.

I hope you enjoy this bark, and all the genius Halloween recipes today!  Drop me a comment below if you did!

More Halloween recipes you might enjoy:

spider-cookies-5Spider Cookies 12-easy-halloween-treats12 Super Easy Treats gumdropsHomemade Gumdrops
5.0 from 2 reviews
Butterfinger Bark and Halloween Food Party
 
A simple homemade candy similar to Butterfinger candy bars.
Author:
Recipe type: Candy
Ingredients
  • 24 oz. chocolate chips (2 bags)
  • 20 oz. candy corn (about 4 cups)
  • 1¼ cups creamy peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Place half the chocolate chips in a microwave safe dish, and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted.
  2. Spread melted chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with foil.
  3. In a separate bowl, place candy corn. Microwave until melted, about 90-120 seconds. Very quickly stir, and stir in peanut butter. Mix well to combine.
  4. Spread candy corn mixture over chocolate layer carefully.
  5. Melt remaining chocolate as before, and spread over the top of the candy corn layer.
  6. Chill in fridge for about an hour, until set. Cut into pieces with a knife or cookie cutter. Store in refrigerator.

 easy homemade candy

Spider Cookies

These Cute Halloween cookies are easy to make!

Spider Cookies for Halloween from JensFavoriteCookies.comFortunately for me, my kids are easily entertained.

The Hippie Chick thinks anything related to bathroom activities, farting, or rear ends is hysterical.  HYSTERICAL.  She’s far worse than both her brothers… combined.

Just say the word “crack” and she will start giggling uncontrollably.

The other day, while Robb and I were talking in the kitchen, Hippie Chick was around the corner in the hall.  Robb was describing himself as a crotchety old man.  She was quietly, closed-mouth giggling to herself.

“You have to stop saying crotchety,” I told Robb.  “All she hears is ‘crotch.’ ”

I suppose some teens would not be amused by something as simple as a chocolate chip spider on a cookie, but I can count on my kids to find some enjoyment in this.

Although, to be fair, I’m pretty sure the boys enjoyed the cookies more than the spiders.

Spider Cookies for Halloween from JensFavoriteCookies.com

The cookies themselves are a basic chocolate chip cookie.  I included a recipe below, but feel free to use whatever chocolate chip cookie recipe you prefer.  In fact, I have a collection of 100 Chocolate Chip Cookies, so you’re sure to find one you like here!

You will need some good chocolate chips.  For this project, I used the Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips.  They are seriously my favorite.  They’re so yummy.  They’re also slightly larger and flatter than the chips of my childhood, which makes them perfect for this job.

Spider Cookies for Halloween from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Before you mix the chocolate chips into the dough, reserve about a half cup of them.

Once you have mixed up the dough, and placed beautiful little cookie dough balls on your baking sheet, press one or two chocolate chips into the top of each cookie.  These need to sit on top, and not be mixed into the dough.

After the cookies are baked, and while they are still warm, use a toothpick to draw “legs” on your chocolate chip spiders.

Spider Cookies for Halloween from JensFavoriteCookies.comSpider Cookies for Halloween from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Some tips and tricks:

Tip #1:  Don’t try to drag the chocolate out into legs.  It just makes a mess.  Instead, pretend your toothpick is an old-fashioned fountain pen, (the kind Mr. Darcy uses!) and the chocolate is the ink.  Dip the toothpick in the chocolate and use it to draw the legs.

Tip #2:  The toothpick-fountain-pen doesn’t actually draw very well.  It works better if you make a series of small dots that connect into a line.

Tip #3:  A couple on each pan may not turn out perfect.  Plan accordingly.  {Read: These are not suitable for serving, and must be consumed immediately!}

When you’re all done, just look for some kids who are easily impressed to tell you how great they are!

More spooky Halloween treats:

chocolate cookie recipeSalted Dark Chocolate
Cookies
gumdropsHomemade
Gumdrops
printableFree Halloween
Printables

 

Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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A basic chocolate chip cookie.
Author:
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 4 dozen
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 bag chocolate chips (10 oz.)
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add soda, salt, and flour, and mix until combined.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 9-11 minutes.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops from Just a Taste
Halloween Cupcakes from Tidy Mom

cute halloween cookies

12 Easy Halloween Treats

Halloween Easy Treats;  For this Halloween, easy treats are the way to go!

12-easy-halloween-treatsLet’s just say you wanted to put together a fun Halloween party for your kids.  Or your friends.  Or your kids friends.  Or your friends kids.  Whatever.

And let’s just say you didn’t want to spend a day and a half baking fancy treats and making complicated crafty decorations.  You might like some fun Halloween ideas like those I’ve collected for you today.

Personally, I’m not in love with Halloween.  Maybe you remember?

I looked around the wide wide wide web, and asked my friends, and their friends, and found a few treats that fit my very narrow criteria.

1) They must be Halloween.  Not just fall, not just candy corn, but actual Halloween.
2) They must be easy.  Crazy-easy.  Your-five-year-old-could-make-it easy.
3) They must be fast.  If they take more than about 10 minutes of my personal hands-on time, they’re not going to be worth it for this party.  (*Disclaimer: a couple of these recipes might take more than 10 minutes total, but not much more.  Seriously.)

So here we go:

12 Easy Halloween Treats

Black Widow Spider Bites SquareBlack Widow
Spider Bites
halloween-ghosties-11Nutter Butter
Ghosts
Halloween-Pretzel-Sticks-2Chocolate Covered
Pretzel Sticks
Tootsie Pop Ghosts 1Tootsie Pop
Ghosts
spider-web-cookieGiant Spider Web
Cookie
Witch-Hats-2Witch Hat
Bread Sticks
Candy-Stuffed-Rice-Crispy-Treat-Pumpkins-0155-1024x682Candy Stuffed
Pumpkin Treats
3-IMG_1732Dipped Oreo
Cookies
Pumpkin-Fruit-Cups-with-Witch-HatsFruit Cup
Pumpkins
DSC_1529-mummyMummy Candy
Bars
Herbed bread sticks 9Herbed Bread
Bones
Halloween-Flour-Tortilla-Chips-002Halloween Shaped
Tortilla Chips

 

I love all these ideas, and I can totally see myself making all of them.

I should tell you that this is not the end of my Halloween plans for this year.  Coming up next week:  another Halloween party, where all my friends contribute their amazing holiday creations with you!

You won’t want to miss that one.

Have a great Halloween season!  And check out these other Halloween treat ideas!

More Halloween easy treats!

pumpkin-roll-bars-9Pumpkin Roll Bars pumpkin-fudge-cookie-bars-6Pumpkin Fudge Cookies pumpkin oat cookiesPumpkin No-Bake Cookie

Halloween easy treats

Dark Chocolate Coconut Muddy Buddies

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, PEOPLE Magazine & Hershey’s, but all my opinions are my own. #HersheysPeople #pmedia http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

dk-choc-muddy-buddy-5True story:  A ton of my friends tell me Halloween is their favorite holiday.  But me?  Not so much.

In fact, I kind of hate Halloween.  I hate spending money on candy and coming up with costumes for my kids, and dealing with candy wrappers all over the house.

I do like passing out candy, though.  And I like the decorations.  But that’s about it.

It seems like Halloween is always hectic.  Is that just me?  Between the school parties for the kids, and trying to get everyone into their costumes, and get some actual dinner in them, and the trick-or-treating, and visiting the grandparents, and passing out candy… there is just a lot to do.  It’s always a busy night.

I mean, let’s face it, sometimes a girl needs a break.

Let me be more specific:  Sometimes, on Halloween, a mom needs 10 minutes to herself, so she doesn’t lose her cool.  We all know what that looks like, and it ain’t pretty.  It might be the scariest part of Halloween, actually.

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Here’s what you do…   Continue reading “Dark Chocolate Coconut Muddy Buddies” »

German Chocolate Skillet Cake

German Chocolate Skillet Cake; This chocolate cake is made in a skillet and topped with coconut pecan frosting.  You’ll love this German Chocolate Skillet Cake!

German Chocolate Skillet CakeI remember, there was a time when I didn’t fully appreciate a good cast iron skillet.

I’m pretty sure that when Robb and I first got married, he brought a very small (maybe 6-inch?) cast iron skillet into the marriage.  Having no previous experience with cast iron, I never used it, and I’m pretty sure I got rid of it some time ago.

What was I thinking?  Do you have any idea what I would give to have that little skillet back now?

My awesome brother gave me a brand new 12-inch skillet as a gift recently.  I was so excited to get it seasoned and start using it.  I couldn’t decide what to make in it first!

I finally decided on this skillet cake.  I have always wanted to make skillet cakes, brownies, and cookies, but never had a skillet that could go in the oven.

Why didn’t I just go buy one?  I have no idea.  Sad, but true.

German Chocolate Skillet Cake

My one disappointment with this cake was the frosting.

I love, and I do mean luuuuuuvve this coconut-pecan frosting.  It’s basically one of the seven wonders of the world.  It’s right next to the Taj Mahal in beauty, no lie.

The problem was that this recipe didn’t quite make enough for my taste.  It’s probably plenty for the average person, but I have a major sweet tooth, and frankly, the “more frosting the merrier” is the motto of my dessert-loving life.

German Chocolate Skillet CakeGerman Chocolate Skillet Cake

So, if you are like me, go ahead and double this frosting recipe.  That way you can get it all the way to the edges, so you can be sure that every bite of cake comes with a generous bite of this caramel-y nutty piece of heaven.

More simple and delicious cakes you might enjoy:

almond buttermilk cake thumbAlmond Buttermilk
Cake
Chocoholic CakeIntense Dark
Chocolate Cake
Sheet Cake and Cherry ToppingChoc Sheet Cake with
Warm Cherry Topping

 

 

Lightly adapted from My Baking Addiction

3.0 from 2 reviews
German Chocolate Skillet Cake
 
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A chocolate cake cooked in a cast iron skillet and topped with coconut pecan frosting.
Author:
Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 8
Ingredients
CAKE:
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil or canola oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup flour
FROSTING:
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. For the cake: Coarsely chop chocolate and place in a microwave safe bowl with butter. Melt in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each.
  2. Once melted, add Sugar, oil and eggs to the chocolate mixture, and mix well. Add salt and soda and mix well. Add flour and mix until combined.
  3. Spread mixture evenly in a 12-inch cast iron skillet. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.
  4. For the frosting: combine milk, butter, and egg yolk in a sauce pan. Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick and starts to darken in color. (about 5 minutes)
  5. Stir in pecans and coconut. Spread over cake while still warm.

 If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

German Chocolate Cheesecake from Willow Bird Baking
German Chocolate Sandwich Cookies from Chocolate Moosey
German Chocolate Cake Donuts from Tina’s Chic Corner

September Recap

sept-wrapupSeptember was a good month for Jen’s Favorite Cookies, and I want to thank you all for that.

This site saw lots of new viewers, lots of new followers, and some really fun recipes.  I certainly do love sharing good food with you, with beautiful photography and fun stories.  In fact, I love interacting with you any way I can.  (If you haven’t yet, you should totally consider connecting with me on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram!)

That being said, here’s a recap of what happened in September, and some of my other favorite things.

 

cheddar-bacon-scones-6 Cheddar Bacon Scones

These savory buttermilk scones contain cheddar, bacon,
and green onions.  I think these would be so great with a bowl of chili.
I also describe why I’m a better foreman than apprentice when
helping my husband with his building projects.

chocolate-zucchini-cookies-5 Chocolate Zucchini Cookies

These fluffy buttermilk cookies use shredded zucchini for texture.
It might be the only way I can get my family to eat their greens!
I made these after my neighbor brought me the biggest zucchini
I have ever seen!

zucchini-recipes 24 Zucchini Recipes

Since zucchini season is in full swing, I made this great collection
of zucchini recipes for you.  Many of these recipes are sweet,
but some are savory.

chocolate-pudding-7 Chocolate Pudding

This simple egg-free pudding is a favorite in Robb’s family.  I
interviewed Robb about what it’s like being married to a food
blogger, he dishes about the strangest thing I’ve done for this
blog, and you can read the truth about who does the dishes
around here.

pumpkin-fudge-cookie-bars-6 Pumpkin Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I used Pumpkin Spice Kisses to make a simple pumpkin fudge, and
I layered it between chocolate chip cookie dough.  The bars turned
out kind of gooey, but it didn’t stop my family from devouring them
in record speed.

orange-smoothie-3 Orange Carrot Smoothie

I love my green smoothies, but sometimes I crave a little
something different.  I used carrots and oranges to make
this simple and healthy smoothie.  These smoothies are almost
a necessity for my too-busy son and his swim-fatigued body.

brownie-mix-cookies-6 Brownie Mix Cookies

Use a brownie mix and some oil to put together these super easy
chocolate cookies. These are the sorts of recipes I make when I
wake up with cranium-splitting headaches.

pumpkin-roll-bars-9 Pumpkin Roll Bars

Every year, my sister-in-law and I make pumpkin rolls, and we hold
our breath and cross our fingers, and hope they won’t crack.  This
year, I made them into bars.  They taste just the same, but there’s
no rolling required!

Pretzel-Toffee-5 Pretzel Toffee

I rounded out the month with this simple and delicious pretzel toffee.
It was my most popular post of the month!  Toffee is much easier to
make than most people realize, and if you pour it over pretzels you
get that wonderful salt-sweet combination!

More September news:  I created two new Pinterest Boards you might be interested in, a PUMPKIN RECIPES board, and a MUFFINS & SCONES board.  I hope you’ll find me there.

I’ve also created a slideshow about how to use Pinterest.  I made this for those of you who already know and love Pinterest, but would like to learn to use it better, and find some more great content.

Find the Pinterest Slideshow on SlideShare.net

Thanks for all your help and support this month.  It’s been fun making these recipes for you!  Stay tuned… October will bring fun homemade candies, fall cookies, and Halloween desserts!

Russian Tea Cakes

Shortbread Cookie Recipe; These Russian Tea Cakes are a shortbread cookie with nuts, great for holidays!  Try this easy shortbread cookie recipe.

Russian Tea Cakes from JensFavoriteCookies.comCan we just talk about schedules for a minute?

My kids’ schedules rule my life.  I’ve basically told all my friends that if they want to hang out with me, it needs to be between the hours of 8 am and 2 pm, because after 2:00, my day belongs to my kids.

Today, for example, all three kids stayed after school for different reasons.  The Lizard needed to talk to his employer (conveniently located across the street from the high school), The Fruitarian stayed for swim practice, and The Hippie Chick joined Science Club.  All of them required rides home from yours truly at different times.

And that was just the beginning.  The Lizard had to ride his bike to work; The Hippie Chick may not have time to eat between play practice, volleyball, and karate; and The Fruitarian literally just interrupted me in the middle of writing this to ask me to take him to his extra karate class… the one he helps teach.

Not that I don’t have my own things to do… I teach piano lessons in the afternoons, and blogging isn’t exactly the walk in the park many people think it is, not to mention the sink full of dishes and the piles of dirty laundry, and the dust on every surface.

Russian Tea Cakes from JensFavoriteCookies.com

You know what else?  I just had two big handfuls of pretzels for dinner.

Seriously, some days I just need a Calgon break.  Most days.  Basically every day. Continue reading “Russian Tea Cakes” »