Monthly Archives: March 2014

March Wrap-Up

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I can’t believe March is over already.  It kind of flew by for me.

You know what I love about March?  First of all, it’s Girl Scout Cookie season.  I’m a big fan of the Thin Mints and the Tagalongs, but the Samoas have grown on me over the years.  This year, I decided to make a rice krispie treat with the flavors in the Samoas (caramel, coconut, and chocolate) and we could not stop eating them.  They’re even better than the original cookie, if you ask me.

Second, it’s St. Patrick’s Day in March, which is really just a good excuse to wear my favorite green t-shirt.  I also made green cream cheese mints, and Virgin Mojitos.  The mojitos were SOO refreshing!  That lime and mint combination is the perfect way to welcome the upcoming spring season.

Third, it’s my nephew’s birthday, and he requested Brownie Cookies as his personal birthday treat.  These babies are spot-on delicious, and will make any chocoholic very, very happy.

Last but not least, let’s not forget chocolate peanut butter day.  It’s funny how many crazy food holidays are out there, and chocolate peanut butter day might be my favorite.  I don’t see any reason not to celebrate the most fantastic flavor combination known to man.  This year, more than 30 of us celebrated together, so if you’re in love with chocolate peanut butter treats, you’ll find some really fantastic ideas in this post!

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies without Eggs! from JensFavoriteCookies.com You won't even miss the eggs when you use this secret ingredient! Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Eggs

I was pleasantly surprised at how creamy, soft, and delicious these
cookies were.  We ate them so quickly, I might make them without
eggs all the time now!

samoas-rice-krispie-treats-6 Samoas Rice Krispie Treats

The photos don’t do this treat justice… it might be the most delicious
thing I have ever made!  The caramel and coconut filling makes this
treat completely irresistable!

Fruit cookies 50+ Fruit Cookies

This colleciton includes cookies that use actual fruit in some form.  If
you are a fruit lover, or just want to be ready for summer, you’re sure
to find something you love in this awesome collection.

dipped-cream-cheese-mints-7 Chocolate Dipped Cream Cheese Mints

These homemade mints were my contribution to My Cooking Spot this
month.  They are easy to make, but hard to resist!

virgin-mojito-3 Virgin Mojitos

My husband is generally not big on fancy drinks, but he loves this one!
It’s super refreshing, delicious, and non-alcoholic.  Your family will be
ready for summer with this one!

brownie-cookies-4 Brownie Cookies

I made these as a gift for my nephew’s birthday, then could barely
bring myself to part with them.  I’ve made them at least three times
since!  They are my new favorite chocolate obsession, and hands-down
one of the best recipes on this blog.

chocolate-stuffed-peanut-butter-cookies-6 Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

I celebrated chocolate peanut butter day with 30 other amazing
bloggers, and these cookies were the treat I chose to celebrate with.
The chocolate filling gives just the right punch to these rich peanut
butter cookies.

There are lots of ways you and I can stay connected, and I hope you’ll choose one or two of your favorites, so we can keep in touch!  Here are a few ideas:

I have a new Pinterest board, this one called Peanut Butter Favorites.  It’s already full of stuff I wish I had time to make.

Join my e-mail newsletter!  This one focuses on chocolate and decadent, over-the-top desserts.  I send out a very brief e-mail about twice a week with fantastic content that I have found for you.  It’s a great way for us to stay in touch.

What you can look forward to in April: Spring, Easter, and pastel themed treats, and at least one healthy snack.  Can’t wait to share it all with you!

Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s March 25, and it’s chocolate peanut butter day!  Today’s event is hosted by Carla of ChocolateMoosey and Miriam of OvertimeCook, and involves more than 30 fantastic bloggers! I have not been compensated for this post or giveaway.

Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - for #chocPBday !  Come check out all 31 amazing chocolate and peanut butter recipes!I recently polled my Facebook fans, and asked them about this issue that is very important in our day:

Do you prefer a chocolate cookie with a little bit of peanut butter?  Or a peanut butter cookie with a little bit of chocolate?

#firstworldproblems, you know.

Most of my fans chose a peanut butter cookie with a little bit of chocolate, which was fortunate, because I had already made this amazing peanut butter cookie and stuffed it with a little chocolate filling.

I showed Robb my photos of this creation, and his reply was, “Did I get one of those?”  Pretty sure I made these while he was out of town.  There was no hope for him.  They were gone within hours.

Don’t feel bad for him, though.  He ate at at least a dozen fantastic restaurants without me while he was out of town.

Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - for #chocPBday !  Come check out all 31 amazing chocolate and peanut butter recipes!

Since chocolate and peanut butter are such an amazing and well-loved flavor combination, and today is Chocolate Peanut Butter Day, some friends and I got together to share our absolute favorite peanut butter chocolate treats with you!

These are some talented bloggers, my friends.  I just know you are going to love everything on this list! Continue reading “Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies” »

Brownie Cookies

Fudge brownie cookies;  I love this fudge brownie cookies recipe!  It always turns out perfect and delicious.

Brownie Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - these fudgy cookies have all the flavor of a brownie, but in convenient cookie form!I love brownies.  I mean, lluuuuuuuurvve them.  They’re all chocolatey and fudgy and rich, and they’re better than cake any day.

I recently told my nephew that for his birthday, I would give him any kind of cookie he wanted, anything he could dream up.  And he dreamed up brownie cookies with white chocolate chips, sandwiched with marshmallow frosting.  He was very specific.

Be still, my heart, I might marry this boy if he wasn’t my 11-year-old nephew.

He made a fantastic choice.  These cookies, they require care.  They’re not some sort of pre-packaged nonsense, or 5-minute cake mix cookie or anything like that.  These require love.  You literally can’t make them without putting love in them.

I should add love to the ingredient list.

Brownie Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - these fudgy cookies have all the flavor of a brownie, but in convenient cookie form!

Let’s talk about the chocolate in these babies.  Because when I’m not baking with chocolate, or eating chocolate, I’m talking about chocolate. Continue reading “Brownie Cookies” »

Virgin Mojitos

Virgin mojito recipe; Learn how to make a virgin mojito with this easy recipe.

How to make Virgin Mojitos from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  this mint and lime drink is non-alcoholic and so refreshing!The Hippie Chick called me this morning, about an hour after school started, to tell me she didn’t feel very good.  This time she didn’t even bother trying to sound sick.

I felt a little guilty telling her to stick it out and try to make the best of it, but I think 9 out of the last 10 times I have checked her out of school I have regretted it.  Most of the time, she is really not that sick, and whatever does ail her is instantly better as soon as everyone else gets home from school.

Call me skeptical.

Nevertheless, I figured if she did have an upset stomach and a bad school day, a little light, refreshing, minty beverage might be a welcome relief.  This was as good an excuse as any to make this fun beverage I have been craving for a couple weeks now.  I picked up some fresh mint and ginger ale while I was out, and whipped these up right before she got home.

I knew the mint would do her good.  She has a long and painful history of… well,… hmm…  let’s just say we have developed several techniques for dealing with car sickness.  One of our favorites is keeping a bag of mints with us on long road trips.  The mint seems to calm her stomach, and I’m always a fan of anything that helps the kids breath.  (No one wants to smell the barf burps.)

How to make Virgin Mojitos from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  this mint and lime drink is non-alcoholic and so refreshing!

Being a non-drinker, I’m always on the lookout for a fun drink that doesn’t involve alcohol.  I like sharing them with my kids, too.  There are a couple ways to make virgin mojitos.  One technique involves making a mint-infused simple syrup.  It’s nice because it doesn’t involve a lot of leaves floating in your glass.   Continue reading “Virgin Mojitos” »

Chocolate Dipped Cream Cheese Mints

Cream cheese butter mints recipe;  You’ll love this cream cheese butter mints recipe, it’s an instant classic!

Chocolate Dipped Cream Cheese Mints from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  These homemade cream cheese mints are a cinch to make and will really impress your friends!When Robb leaves town for one of his week-long business trips, the eating habits of this family have a tendency to change.

For example, we are less apt to sit together and eat a decent meal.  This past week, I think we had zero family meals.  It was a big dinner fail for sure.

Of course, all three of my kids ended up being either busy or sick on their assigned night to cook dinner.  Figures.  Kids have the most convenient timing.

I didn’t have any trouble making some treats, though.  {I never do.}

This week, I figured it would be a good time to revisit the cream cheese mints.  There’s something about the mint flavor that is so refreshing, don’t you think?

And, I made them green, because it’s March.

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Once a month, I share one of my favorite recipes with My Cooking Spot.

In past months, I have shared recipes for Kentucky Derby Pie, Oreo Truffles, Chocolate Cake Batter Dip, and Giant Peanut Butter Swirled Chocolate Chip Cookies, just to name a few.

This month?  I’m sharing these Cream Cheese Mints.

Chocolate Dipped Cream Cheese Mints from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  These homemade cream cheese mints are a cinch to make and will really impress your friends!

To get the recipe for these incredible, delicious mint candies, head over to My Cooking Spot!  Besides this one, you’ll find all kinds of great recipes there.

Click here to get the recipe

More minty candies you’ll love!

mint-sandwiches-4Mint
Sandwiches
chocolatePeppermint
Bark
fudge with candy canesChocolate
Peppermint Fudge

50 Fruit Cookies

Fruit Bar Cookies; This collection of more than 50 fruit drop cookies, fruit bar cookies, and fruit cut-out cookies is so great, you’re sure to find a few you love!

 

Spring came early this year.  I think it’s because the winter was so nasty.

Whatever the reason, this spring fever has me craving fruity cookies of all kinds.  So guess what I did?

I put together a collection of some of my favorite fruity cookies from around the web.  All these cookies have one big requirement to make it on this list: They have to contain actual fruit in some form.  (In other words, no strawberry cake mixes or lemon pudding mixes, it must be real fruit.)

50 Fruit Cookie recipes on JensFavoriteCookies  -  Every cookie in this collection contains real fruit in some form!  A great collection to get you ready for summer.

And what a collection!  I can’t wait to dive into all of these recipes!  I just know you’ll find one or two (dozen) recipes you’ll love.

Big thanks to my friends who contributed their best recipes for this collection.  Be sure to check out their blogs while you are there.

lemon-cookies-1Lemon Burst
Cookies
peaches-cream-cookiesFresh Peaches &
Cream Cookies
lemon cookieStrawberry
Lemonade Cookies
Apricot-Shortbread-3-576x458Apricot
Shortbread Cookies
MG_2245Fresh Cranberry
Lemon Cookies
glutenfreemangowhitechocolatemacadamianutcookies-7789Mango White Choc
Macadamia Cookies
Cherry-Oatmeal-CookiesOatmeal
Cherry Cookies
Chocolate Blackberry CookieChocolate
Blackberry Cookies
Lemon-Shortbread-Cookies-5-Barbara-BakesLemon
Shortbread Cookies
linzer-cookies-6Linzer Cookies
with Plum Jelly
apricot-cookiesSnow Coated
Apricot Cookies
cranberry-cookies-recipe-2Cranberry
Cookies
Tropical-White-Chocolate-Chip-CookiesTropical White
Chocolate Cookies
healthy-banana-cookiesHealthy
Banana Cookies
Strawberry-Cheesecake-Cookies-recipe-taste-and-tell-2Strawberry
Cheesecake Cookies
Apple-Cookie-Recipe-2Caramel Apple
Snickerdoodles
Cherry-Pie-White-Chocolate-Chip-CookiesCherry Pie White
Chocolate Cookies
chocolate-Orange-Sandwich-Cookies-1Chocolate Orange
Sandwich Cookies
Orange-Cardamom-Coconut-Snickerdoodles-5Orange Cardamom
Coco-doodles
Strawberry-Cream-Sandwich-Cookies-5Strawberry Cream
Sandwich Cookies
blueberry-cream-cookiesBlueberries & Cream
Cookies
orange_spice_cookiesOrange Spice
Cookies
4-Bite Apple Pies_Inside 14-Bite Apple
Pie Cookies
Raspberry-BarsRaspberry
Cookie Bars
Browned-Butter-White-Chocolate-Cranberry-Cashew-Oatmeal-Cookies-3-titleCranberry Cashew
Oatmeal Cookies
prune-cookiesButter Cookies
with Prune Filling
meyer-lemon-cookieMeyer Lemon
Shortbread Cookies
lemon sugar cookies square3Lemon
Sugar Cookies
double-chocolate-cherry-cookiesDouble Chocolate
Cherry Cookies
iced-apple-cookiesIced Apple
Drop Cookies
raspberries+n+cream+double+chocolate+chunk+cookies-2Raspberries & Cream
Chocolate Cookies
Linzer-Tarte-Thumbprint-Cookies2Linzer Torte
Thumbprints
lemon ricotta cookies Lemon Ricotta
Cookies
strawberry-spritzStrawberry
Spritz Cookies
SONY DSCBlueberry Chocolate
Chunk Cookies
raspberry-lemon-cheesecake-cookieRaspberry Lemon
Cheesecake Cookies
raspberry-yogurt-cookiesChocolate Raspberry
Yogurt Cookies
Lemon-Coconut-Cookies-1-600-wm-writingLemon Coconut
Cookies
Cherry-Vanilla-Pop-Tart-Cookies-1024x1024Cherry Vanilla
Pop-Tart Cookies
Orange-Cherry-Oatmeal-Pecan-Cookies-20.jpgOrange Cherry
Oatmeal Pecan Cookies
tart-cherry-fudge-thumbprintsTart Cherry Fudge
Thumbprints
banana-bread-cookies-5Banana Bread
Cookies
Strawberry-Cheesecake-Cookies-2_thumbStrawberry
Cheesecake Cookies
Apple-Cinnamon-Protein-Breakfast-Cookies-2Apple Cinnamon
Breakfast Cookie
vegan-fruit-nut-ginger-cookiesVegan Fruit & Nut
Ginger Cookies
coconut cookieCoconut
Crispies
cranberry-white-choc-shortbreadCranberry White
Choc. Shortbread
MiniFruitPizzas3Mini Fruit
Pizzas
blueberry-muffin-cookies-on-overtime-cookBlueberry Muffin
Cookies
breakfast-oatmeal-cookieCoconut Oatmeal
Breakfast Cookie
lemon meringuesLemon
Mini-Meringues

Need more cookie recipes?  Follow my Pinterest board, called “Cookie Recipes.”  There’s new fantastic stuff on that board every day!

Or, connect with me on Facebook, where I love to share cookie and other dessert recipes of all kinds.

Leave a comment below and tell me about your favorite fruit cookie!

Samoas Rice Krispie Treats

Rice krispie squares recipe;  These krispie treats are filled with caramel and coconut, and taste like a Samoas girl scout cookie.

Samoas Rice Krispie Treats from JensFavoriteCookies.com  Don’t you love when the timing is just perfect?

For example: Robb and I have been watching Breaking Bad on Netflix.  Because it is an awesomely well-written show.  And even though I am starting to kind of hate Walt, it’s not going to keep me from seeing how his story ends.

There are 5 seasons of this show.  When we watched the final season, there were only 6 episodes on Netflix.  Robb assumed this was because there were only 6 episodes period.  But I thought, there have to be more.

I thought it even more after we watched that 6th episode.  I was so annoyed that it didn’t wrap anything up, and ended with a cliffhanger.  “This cannot be the end!”  I screamed.  “It doesn’t make any sense!”  Robb just shrugged his shoulders at me.

But… literally the following morning the rest of that season showed up on Netflix.  Talk about kismet.

Samoas Rice Krispie Treats from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Now I’ll be staying up late every night to finish up the season.  I’m kind of obsessive that way.

Good thing I have these Samoas treats to keep me company.  Who am I kidding?  These didn’t last 6 hours in my house. Continue reading “Samoas Rice Krispie Treats” »

Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Eggs

Chocolate chip cookies without eggs; You’ll love the secret ingredient that makes these chocolate chip cookies without eggs so creamy and delicious!

Chocolate Chip Cookies without Eggs! from JensFavoriteCookies.com You won't even miss the eggs when you use this secret ingredient! It’s funny, no matter how many cookies I make, no matter how many fun flavors I introduce my kids to, when they feel like making cookies, they always make plain old chocolate chip.

I guess you just can’t beat a classic.

I figure, if I’m going to make chocolate chip cookies again, I need a good reason.  A twist.  Something new, some reason you would choose this cookie over, say, this one, or this one, or even this one.

And, I have it.  Because these are chocolate chip cookies without eggs.  Which means two things:

1- If you have an egg allergy, you can still have crazy awesome cookies.
2- Even if you don’t have an egg allergy, you might want these anyway, because the substitute ingredient makes these so soft, so rich, and so flavorful, you literally will not miss the eggs.

Egg-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com, You won't even miss the eggs when you use this secret ingredient!

My evidence is completely anecdotal, as usual.  I made these at midnight, while waiting for Robb to come home from a very late night at work.  He probably ate 6 of them before he went to bed.  Before I even photographed them, if you can believe it!

I probably ate 6 of them without noticing it the following morning.  Seriously, they’re all creamy and delicious.

The secret is the ingredient you use instead of the eggs.  The gorgeous, creamy, heavenly, gift-from-God ingredient.  Do we need a drumroll here?  {I think so.} It’s cream cheese.

Egg-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com You won't even miss the eggs when you use this secret ingredient instead! Egg-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com You won't even miss the eggs when you use this secret ingredient instead!

Once you’ve had chocolate chip cookies with cream cheese in them, you’ll never want to go back to the regular kind.  I swear.

I should thank the egg-allergy people for forcing us into such a wonderful invention as chocolate chip cookies without eggs.

Chocolate Chip Cookies without Eggs! from JensFavoriteCookies.com You won't even miss the eggs when you use this secret ingredient!
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Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Eggs

A delicious, soft, allergy-friendly cookie that is made without eggs.

Cook Time 9 minutes
Servings 3 dozen
Author Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Cream butter, cream cheese, sugars, and vanilla. Add salt, soda, and flour, and mix until combined. Mix in chocolate chips.

  2. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 9-11 minutes.

  3. Let cookies rest on the baking sheet 2-3 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.