Monthly Archives: September 2014

Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Cinnamon Icing

Pumpkin cookies with icing;  Cover these egg-free pumpkin cookies with icing and watch them come to life!

Egg-free Pumpkin Bars with Cinnamon Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These will put you in the mood for fall!September is almost over, so I guess it’s time for me to hop on the pumpkin recipe bandwagon.

Which is not a problem.  I love pumpkin desserts.  The only problem has been that it has been unseasonably warm here, and it just doesn’t feel like fall yet.

This weekend, however, brought rain and lots of it.  A big storm even woke me out of a dead sleep, which is not something that commonly happens to me.  I can sleep through just about anything.

At any rate, the cool temps and overcast skies put me in the mood for pumpkin, and I dreamed up these pumpkin cookie bars and gave them cinnamon frosting, just for fun.

After I started thinking about them, I couldn’t wait to get started baking them!  I broke out the pumpkin right away.

Egg-free Pumpkin Bars with Cinnamon Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These will put you in the mood for fall!

One nice thing about pumpkin is it is naturally wet, which means you can use it to replace eggs in a baking recipe.  Lots of pumpkin recipes are sort of naturally egg-free.

Which is nice for the egg-allergy crowd.  Especially if they are also the pumpkin-loving crowd.

And who isn’t?

Egg-free Pumpkin Bars with Cinnamon Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These will put you in the mood for fall!Egg-free Pumpkin Bars with Cinnamon Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These will put you in the mood for fall!

I guess it’s time for me to embrace fall.  I always hate to see summer go, but fall really is lovely too.

My dog is loving this fall weather.  He sits outside in the sun, and just sits there, and sits there.  It’s even better if it’s a little windy and he can put his face into the wind.

He’s probably in the mood for pumpkin cookies too!

 

Want more?  Try these egg-free desserts!

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
condensed milk cookiesCondensed Milk
Cookies
Pecan SandiesPecan
Sandies

 

 

 

Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Cinnamon Icing
 
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An egg-free spiced pumpkin cookie bar with cinnamon frosting.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 15
Ingredients
BARS:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • 2 cups flour
FROSTING:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk or half & half
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add pumpkin and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and mix well. Add flour and mix until combined.
  3. Drop dough into a greased or lined 9x13 dish or quarter sheet pan. Press and smooth dough until it evenly covers the entire surface. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes, until slightly browned on the edges, and not doughy in the center. Remove from oven and let cool.
  4. For frosting, combine all ingredients in a bowl, using electric beaters to mix until smooth and creamy. Frost cooled bars.
  5. Cut into 15 large or 20 small bars.

 

Bacon Cheese Pecan Bites

Cheese bacon squares;  Pecans make these cheese bacon squares bites extra special!

Bacon Cheese Pecan Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com Those of you who follow this blog regularly, probably enjoy the occasional recipe from my sister.  This is one I really need to try for myself, it sounds really fantastic!

I’m turning it over to Em now.

 

**spills water all over the place trying to refill the ice cube tray and walk it to the freezer**

I’m in my 30’s.  How have I not mastered this skill yet?  Every time I try to refill the ice cube tray, spectacle ensues and it serves as a systematic reminder of why I hate summer.

I’m SO glad that summer is winding down, which I attribute in part to my remarkable husband.  How remarkable is he?  He doesn’t follow any sports.  He’s THAT remarkable.  So, I can await fall with a sincere excitement, knowing that my weekends won’t be spent listening to a referee’s whistle on the TV every 10 seconds or watching him dork out in front of an Excel spreadsheet for hours, agonizing over his fantasy football team.

Bacon Cheese Pecan Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com

 

Autumn is my favorite time of year.  All my favorite squashes come into season, I can start eating soup again without be terrorized for it, and I really love my fall/winter wardrobe.  It’s these warmer pieces in my closet that allow me to fully realize and express my passive-aggressive nature through an assortment of pockets, gloves, hats, scarves and other accessories that I can utilize to demonstrate how actively I’m ignoring the person in front of me.

As an added bonus, most people tend to be in better moods in the summertime, so when winter rolls around I can be sure I’m getting the biggest offense possible out of every insult I bring to the table.

Bacon Cheese Pecan Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com Bacon Cheese Pecan Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Perhaps the best thing about the fall though is the food.  Everything is laden with pumpkin, apple, and caramel and you can practically taste the nutmeg in the air.  Comfort foods abound and my remarkable husband and I can snuggle up under a blanket with a glass of bourbon to eat what I’m calling A.C.A.B. Pecan Bites, named after a culinary code that he and I seem to agree on:

when all else fails, *A*dd *C*heese *A*nd *B*acon.  And I did!

I made my bites with Gorgonzola cheese but I would suspect that they’d be amazing with bleu cheese or even just cheddar….oooh…or white cheddar.  Or gouda.

 Want more?  Try these savory treats!

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spiced nutsSpicy Sweet
Pecans

 

5.0 from 1 reviews
Cheddar Bacon Pecan Bites
 
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A savory cookie, with bacon, cheese, and pecans.
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Recipe type: Snacks
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup pecans
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
  • salted butter, as needed (about 4-6 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spread the nuts on baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 5-6 minutes. Let cool and chop coarsely.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, sauté the bacon until crispy, about 5 minutes; do not scorch. Drain the drippings into a heatproof measuring cup, and reserve the bacon separately, let cool.
  3. Add butter (as needed) to the cooled bacon drippings to make ½ Cup total.
  4. With an electric mixer, cream the cheese, thyme, and pepper together in a mixing bowl. Add the butter mixture and mix well. Add the flour a little at a time and mix well. Add the bacon and nuts and mix until just evenly combined. Refrigerate the dough for about 30-45 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 for at least 20 minutes before baking. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or leave them ungreased.
  6. Scoop up the dough by rounded teaspoonfuls and shape into 1-inch diameter balls. Place, spaced 2 inches apart on the baking sheet and flatten the balls with a fork (dip fork in flour as needed), making a criss cross pattern. Bake 14 to 16 minutes until lightly golden at the edges. Cool on the pan.
Notes
This recipe calls for gorgonzola cheese, but would probably be just as good with another kind of cheese, such as cheddar or bleu cheese.

 

Chocolate Cheesecake

Cake; Chocolate cheese cake that is a rich and creamy cake. Chocolate cheese cake recipe.

Chocolate Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Rich, decadent, and chocolatey!Some days I think I should turn this blog into a chocolate-only blog.  I mean, I love coconut and peanut butter, and caramel and nuts, and all the rest, but when it comes right down to it, chocolate is my first love.

I know, I know, it’s so cliche.  Roses are my favorite flower, and Christmas is my favorite holiday, and chocolate is my favorite sweet flavor.

Does that make me boring?  I hope not.  Because this cheesecake is anything but.

I really don’t make honest-to-goodness real baked cheesecake much.  They are time consuming and fussy, but oh, so amazingly rich and delicious.  I don’t even own a springform pan.  I had to borrow one from a friend.

Although, after making this cheesecake I think I’m going to need to get one right away.

Chocolate Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Rich, decadent, and chocolatey!

To make this cheesecake, I started with my great-grandfather’s recipe.  He used to love to experiment in the kitchen, and as he lived alone and next door to us for many years, we were often the grateful recipients of the results of those experiments.

He made all kinds of things.  He grew his own dill and cucumbers and made homemade dill pickles, a process that took about three days.  And I remember him giving me peanut butter and bacon on toast.  (He was kind of a bacon fiend.)  But the cheesecake was kind of his signature piece.

We knew him as Grandpa Chuck, but when he was cooking, he preferred Chowhound Charlie, making the official title of this recipe “Chowhound Charlie’s New York Cheesecake.”

Chocolate Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Rich, decadent, and chocolatey!Chocolate Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Rich, decadent, and chocolatey!

Don’t skimp on the ingredients here.  You’ll need three bricks of cream cheese and 4 bars of chocolate.

It’s so rich and creamy, a small slice is probably plenty.  In the recipe below, I listed the yield as 8 slices, but we cut it into 10 and it would be totally acceptable to even make it 12 small slices.

A small slice is enough to make you remember that chocolate really is the best!

 

Want more?  Try these decadent chocolate desserts!

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brownie recipe from scratch

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5.0 from 3 reviews
Chocolate Cheesecake
 
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A rich chocolate cheesecake with chocolate cookie crumb crust and ganache topping.
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Recipe type: Cheesecake
Serves: 8
Ingredients
CRUST:
  • 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs (I used crushed Oreos, with the filling removed)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
CHEESECAKE:
  • 24 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
GANACHE TOPPING:
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
Instructions
  1. For crust, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press into a 9-inch springform pan, and chill in the fridge or freezer while you make the cheesecake filling.
  2. For cheesecake, beat soft cream cheese with eggs and sugar until creamy. Add sugar, vanilla, sour cream, and cornstarch, and mix well.
  3. Roughly chop the chocolate and place in a small bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted. Add melted chocolate to cheesecake mixture, and mix well, until chocolate is completely incorporated.
  4. Pour filling into chilled crust. Bake at 325F for 1 hour. Then, turn off oven and let the cheesecake sit in the oven for an additional 1 hour before removing. DO NOT OPEN OVEN DOOR or disturb cheesecake in any way during this time.
  5. For ganache topping: Roughly chop 4 oz. chocolate. Place chocolate and cream in a double boiler or heat proof bowl over boiling water. Heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is well combined and smooth, stirring constantly.
  6. Pour ganache over cheesecake. Let chill several hours in the fridge.
  7. Before serving, use a knife to loosen edges from the pan, undo the spring and remove the ring. Slice into 8-12 slices, and top with sweetened whipped cream, if desired.

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

This brown sugar cookies recipe makes regular chocolate chip cookies even softer, richer, and more interesting!  Use dark brown sugar to make this delicious brown sugar cookies recipe!

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com -  dark brown sugar makes these cookies soft, chewy and flavorful!I am in charge of the afternoon carpool for the high school kids this year.  This is almost always entertaining, since it is absolutely impossible to predict what teenagers will talk about.

One day, someone said, “Friends help you hide, but real friends help you hide bodies.”  Which turned into a discussion about dead bodies, and the sizes of body bags that exist, and whether you could fit two small people in one large body bag.

Another day, they were quoting “Finding Nemo,” of all things.  {Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!}

This week has been all about who is taking who to the school dance, and what color her dress is, what dance-day activities are planned, and the cost of corsages.

Personally, I think group date activities should be like these cookies… just the slightest bit different from the norm.

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com -  dark brown sugar makes these cookies soft, chewy and flavorful!

These cookies were inspired by one gorgeous bag of dark brown sugar.

When I was a kid, I didn’t even know dark brown sugar existed.  I’m so glad I’m not a kid anymore!

In case you were wondering, brown sugar is basically regular sugar with molasses in it.  And dark brown sugar has more molasses than regular old light brown sugar.  More molasses means more moisture.  And more moisture makes softer, chewier cookies.

Soft, chewy cookies with a rich molasses flavor.  Match made in heaven, if you ask me.

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com -  dark brown sugar makes these cookies soft, chewy and flavorful!

My kids were the envy of the neighborhood with these babies in their lunchboxes.  They’ve been fortunate enough to find Banana Pudding and Fruit Leather and saltines with Apricot Pineapple Jam in their lunches this week too.

I hope they don’t get the idea this will be happening every day!

 

Want more?  Here are more brown sugar treats!

brown sugar cookies

brown sugar recipe

molasses chocolate chip bars

 

5.0 from 2 reviews
Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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A rich, molasses flavored cookie with chocolate chips.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt and soda, and mix well. Add flour, and mix just until combined.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop small balls of dough, place on baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes.

 

Banana Pudding

This is the best banana pudding recipe!  This homemade banana pudding recipe is simple and delicious.

Banana Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Creamy, delicious, EASY, and homemade!The Fruitarian has been begging, begging I tell you, for another taste of this pudding.  Of the hundreds of recipes on this humble blog, this pudding, and the parfait I made with it, are his most memorable.

And, if you can believe it, I almost didn’t share it with him.

Here’s the story.  I gave the kids a lunch for school.  A ham sandwich, saltine crackers with plum jam, a yogurt, granola bar, and some homemade chocolate pudding.  I reminded them to bring their lunch boxes home and rinse out the containers that held the pudding and jam.  And how many children actually brought their lunch boxes home?

Zero.  Zero out of three.  Making me one supremely irritated Mama.

I ask you, how can a self respecting mother send more pudding with children who were irresponsible with their last helping?

But, in the end, I was a softie.  I couldn’t say no to the boy who had been begging for months for more banana pudding.

Banana Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Creamy, delicious, EASY, and homemade!

When he spotted me making the pudding, The Fruitarian asked me whether I had been hiding bananas from him.

“Yep,” I replied.  “I’ve been hiding them right here on the counter.  Out in the open.  In plain view.”

He probably saw the zucchini that sat next to them and thought, “Nothing to see here.”

Banana Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Creamy, delicious, EASY, and homemade!

I do love this pudding, though.  You can make it nice and creamy by mashing the bananas really well, or you can give it a little texture by leaving some chunks of banana in there.

We chose the chunky stuff.

With whipped cream.

And we’re hoping to revisit this one again soon.

 

Want more?  Try these pudding desserts!

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4.8 from 9 reviews
Banana Pudding
 
A creamy, homemade banana pudding.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2-3 very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • dash salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Place bananas, milk, and cream in a saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until hot, but not boiling. Mash bananas and mix into milk.
  2. In a separate small dish, mix together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. When milk mixture is almost boiling, add sugar mixture and mix well.
  3. In a small dish, lightly beat egg yolks. Place a small amount (about ½ cup) of the milk mixture into the eggs. Mix together, and return mixture to the saucepan.
  4. Bring pudding to a boil, and boil for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Place in individual ramekins or one large bowl, cover with plastic, and chill for an hour. Pudding can also be eaten warm. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

 

Peach Plum Crisp

This fruit crisps recipes uses my favorite stone fruits:  Peaches and plums make great fruit crisp recipes!

Peach & Plum Crisp from JensFavoriteCookies.com - This fruit crisp recipe is a great way to enjoy the later summer harvest!My grandmother called me the other day to tell me that she had a bumper crop of plums, and that I better set aside some time soon to come pick them.

Apparently no one else in the family had much need for them.  Which honestly surprised me.  This family is full of people who garden and cook and bottle their produce.

When I got to Grandma’s house a few days later, I was sad to see that two of the main branches on that plum tree had broken.  The weight of the large amounts of fruit had weakened them, and a recent wind storm did them in.  It’s going to take a while for that tree to recover.

This means, I better make as much plum jam as I can while I have the plums to do it.

And as long as I have the equivalent of two 5-gallon buckets full of fresh plums in my house, I suppose some plum desserts are in order, too.

I adapted my favorite peach crisp recipe to incorporate the plums, and this delightful late summer dessert was born.

Peach & Plum Crisp from JensFavoriteCookies.com - This fruit crisp recipe is a great way to enjoy the later summer harvest!

So, funny story… you know how peaches and plums both taste fantastic with almond extract?  (If you ask me, almost every food tastes awesome with almond extract.  I’m tempted to drink the stuff straight sometimes.)

My bottle of almond extract looks exactly like my bottle of peppermint extract.  And when I was making the filling for this lovely fruit crisp, I accidentally put peppermint instead of almond extract in it.  Oops.  I was kind of heartbroken to have to throw out my filling and start over.

In case you were wondering, peaches and plums do NOT taste fantastic with peppermint extract.

Peach & Plum Crisp from JensFavoriteCookies.com - This fruit crisp recipe is a great way to enjoy the later summer harvest!

I was thrilled to be able to share this treat with my friends.  We sat around the table, and traded ideas for using up the summer fruit harvest.  One friend has a plum tree of her own, and this year used it to make a bunch of fruit leather like this.

Which is what I’ll be doing, if I have enough left over after making all the jam.  And probably a couple more crisps!  Without peppermint, of course.

 

Want more?  Check out these stone fruit recipes!

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Peach Plum Crisp
 
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A warm peach and plum dessert with crisp topping.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
Ingredients
CRISP:
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ½ cup finely chopped walnuts
FILLING:
  • about 10-12 ripe plums
  • about 3-4 ripe peaches
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter
Instructions
  1. For the crust, combine all ingredients. Place on a baking sheet, and bake at 350F for about 15 minutes, until brown. Remove from oven, but leave oven on.
  2. Meanwhile, for the filling, dice 1 peach and about 4 plums and place in a saucepan. Add sugar, water, and cornstarch and bring to a boil. Use a potato masher to mash cooked fruit. Let boil about a minute, until thick. Remove from heat, add extract and butter.
  3. Slice the remaining peaches and plums and place in a large bowl. Pour filling over the top, and stir to coat.
  4. Break up the crisp with a fork. Place about half the crisp in the bottom of a 9x9 pan. Pour fruit filing over the top. Top with remaining crisp.
  5. Bake an additional 25-30 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream or half and half.

 

 

Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies

These chewy chocolate coconut cookies aim to please!  Rich and flavorful chewy dark chocolate cookies, full of coconut; they’ll be your new favorite!

Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These rich, black, dark chocolate cookies are chock full of coconut!I had an idea the other day for a chewy chocolate coconut cookie, and I could not get that thing out of my head.

Not that I tried.  Thinking about chocolate and cookies and coconut is pretty much what I do.

The real problem was that I was completely out of dark cocoa powder, and grocery budget.  And desire to go to the grocery store.

I feel like I am ALWAYS at the grocery store!!  #foodbloggerproblems  But for real, that stuff gets old.  I was willing to do it, though, for dark cocoa powder.

Especially since I new that dark cocoa powder would be transforming itself into cookies.  Chewy cookies.  Heavenly chewy dark chocolate cookies with coconut.  Just the thought of it brings a smile to the face.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These rich, black, dark chocolate cookies are chock full of coconut!

A secondary problem with the grocery store is the distractions.  Every time I go to the store, I think, “Ooh, I smell french bread!  Oh, and I need toothpaste.  And last time I was here, they were out of the Boyle’s Birch Beer.  I wonder if they have any today.  What am I making for dinner Sunday?  Maybe I should check the butcher block for deals.”

And it goes on and on like that.  Let’s just say focusing my efforts at the grocery store is NOT the thing I’m best at.

Yes, I make lists, but it doesn’t help.  I always purchase 10 things that weren’t on my list, and forget at least one or two that are.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These rich, black, dark chocolate cookies are chock full of coconut!Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These rich, black, dark chocolate cookies are chock full of coconut!

I made these Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies some time ago, and this recipe is quite similar.  I left the oats out of this one, though, since I was going to be filling them chock full of coconut.

Trust me, they are a great reward for a job well done at the grocery store.

Or a job fairly done.  Or a job half done.

 

Want more?  Check out these coconut recipes!

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Chip Cookie Bars
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Biscotti
sconesCoconut White Choc
Buttermilk Scones

 

Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies
 
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A rich and chewy dark chocolate cookie with coconut.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup dark cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder)
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 1½ cups shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined. Add coconut and mix just until combined.
  4. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.

 

 

No-Bake Lazy Squares

Easy candy recipes for kids; This easy chocolate candy recipes is tasty and a great treat to make with kids!

No-Bake Lazy Squares from JensFavoriteCookies - This chocolate candy is SO easy to make!I love seeing what new and fun recipes my sister comes up with, and this month’s recipe has been making me drool!  When I first looked at the photos, my son remarked about how delicious this candy looked.

And I agreed.  Over to you, Em!

 

If you’re the kind of baker who has a collection of no-bake recipes because you sort of hate baking, then boy have I got a recipe for you!

These no-bake chocolate squares are just the kind of non-baking that THIS baker can really get behind.  With recipes this easy, I could bake (or not bake) all week long and still find new recipes to not bake with.

Loosely speaking, today’s entry is a really delicious and incredibly simple “recipe” sort of like how I’m a really talented and motivated “baker”.

No-Bake Lazy Squares from JensFavoriteCookies - This chocolate candy is SO easy to make!

But seriously, if I’m going to spend all of about five seconds devouring these things, then how much time do I really want to spend making and them?  The work to reward ratio needs to maintain balance (all things in moderation) and since this recipe literally melts in your mouth, you might say I had a lot to live up to on this one.

Note aforementioned talent and incredible motivation.

No-Bake Lazy Squares from JensFavoriteCookies - This chocolate candy is SO easy to make!No-Bake Lazy Squares from JensFavoriteCookies - This chocolate candy is SO easy to make!

If I’m being completely honest, I really just didn’t want to turn on my oven.  Living in an upstairs apartment without air conditioning in the summertime stifles my desire to introduce any heat into my life.

Unlike Jen, who disgustingly loves summer, I hate this time of year for an enormous variety of reasons.  Topping that list is that my distaste for looking at people who dress for the body they want instead of the body they have.

Now that summer is winding down and I’ve spent months observing this gruesome display of self-unawareness, I think I’m finally ready to start my summer diet (which isn’t so much a diet as it is a two-part strategy to make everyone around me fatter on all the entries I submit to this blog).

Want more?  Check out these easy, low-ingredient treats!

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Peppermint Fudge
condensed milk cookiesCondensed
Milk Cookies
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Chiffon Pie

 

5.0 from 1 reviews
No-Bake Lazy Squares
 
Easy, three-ingredient candy, with no baking involved.
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Recipe type: Candy
Ingredients
  • 10 oz. bittersweet chocolate
  • 5 oz. white chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
Instructions
  1. In a pan on low heat, melt the bittersweet chocolate and peanut butter together until smooth.
  2. In a separate pan over low heat, melt the white chocolate.
  3. Pour Peanut Butter mixture into a 9 x 9 brownie pan lines with parchment paper. Pour white chocolate over the top and swirl together in the brownie pan.
  4. Refrigerate overnight, then cut into squares.

 

 

Grandma’s Chocolate Cake

Chocolate frosting and cake; This chocolate frosting cake is dense but not too rich, with a mild chocolate flavor.

Grandma's Chocolate Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - not too rich!  This cake and frosting both have a mild chocolate flavor.I can’t believe I’ve never blogged this cake recipe before.  We make it all the time.

Robb just celebrated his 40th birthday, and try as I might, I had trouble making it into a big deal.  The man is just hard to celebrate with.  It didn’t help that we were out of town and the birthday gift I ordered arrived late.

The one thing I got right was this cake.  It’s the one he always requests for his birthday, the one he grew up on, the one his Grandma always made.

Of course, she made it with fudge frosting, a creation that no one else in the family has ever managed to perfect.  This stuff cooks so fast, it turns from ooze to frosting to candy in about 15 seconds.  I opted for a simpler buttercream instead.

The reason Robb loves this cake, beyond the fond childhood memories, is that it is not too rich.  It actually has quite a mild chocolate flavor.  He is not a big fan of dessert foods in general, so this cake is just his speed.

Grandma's Chocolate Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - not too rich!  This cake and frosting both have a mild chocolate flavor.

I turned to the family cookbook for the recipe, and found, to my dismay, that the ingredient list was a touch incomplete.  “Mix with hot water,” it said.  How much hot water it neglected to say.

This cookbook is sort of famous for these types of instructions and omissions.  Grandma mostly cooked from habit, and so in order to have written recipes, the daughters stood next to her as she cooked, and measured stuff as she put it in.  It wasn’t really an exact science.

But, since we don’t have Grandma here anymore, her a-pinch-of-this-and-a-spoonful-of-that recipes will have to suffice.

Grandma's Chocolate Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - not too rich!  This cake and frosting both have a mild chocolate flavor.Grandma's Chocolate Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - not too rich!  This cake and frosting both have a mild chocolate flavor.

Robb is aging gracefully, by the way.  I think he looks better and has more confidence at 40 than he did at 20.  It’s a glorious thing, to watch the man you love come into himself.  It makes me proud to be his wife.

I always tell my kids, “I’m a good picker!,” meaning that I did an awesome job of choosing a man to be their father.

I like to give myself credit for how amazing he is.  It makes me feel better about myself.

Grandma's Chocolate Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - not too rich!  This cake and frosting both have a mild chocolate flavor.

I did something at Robb’s 40th birthday party that I have never done before.  I broke out the china for dinner.  I literally took the plastic wrapping and stickers off the china we have owned for 18 years, and we used it for the first time ever at this party.

In an attempt to not be TOO uppity, though, I paired the fine china with canning jars as drinking glasses, because we never did get any stemware for our wedding, and those jars are the closest thing I have to a matched set.

It’s all good, though.  Because the parties, the dishes, this cake and Robb all seem to get sweeter each year.  Happy birthday, my love.

 

Want more?  Here are some more recipes I made just for Robb!

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Grandma's Chocolate Cake
 
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A mild chocolate cake with mild chocolate buttercream.
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 12
Ingredients
CAKE:
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 2½ cups flour
FROSTING:
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoon milk (more or less for consistency)
Instructions
  1. Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. In a small bowl or cup, mix hot water with cocoa powder, soda and salt. Add chocolate mixture to shortening mixture, and mix well.
  3. Add milk and flour alternately, scraping down sides as needed, mixing until smooth and consistent.
  4. Pour equal amounts of batter into two greased 9-inch rounds (or one 9x13). Bake at 350F for 28-35 minutes. A toothpick inserted near the center should come out clean. Let cool.
  5. For frosting, combine all ingredients, using a mixer to beat mixture well, until smooth and fluffy. Frost cooled layers.

 

Oatmeal Cream Pies

Little Debbie oatmeal cream pies copycat recipe;  You’ll love this simple homemade oatmeal cream pie recipe with marshmallow filling.

Oatmeal Cream Pies from JensFavoriteCookies - you'll love this Little Debbie copycat recipe with marshmallow filling!A long time ago, (2011) when this blog was in its infancy, I used to only do recipe reviews, and I never made up my own recipes.

My, how times have changed.

I remember when I started creating my own recipes, how nervous I was about it.  “This is not like throwing a bunch of stuff in a pot and calling it a stew,” I told Robb.  “Baking is chemistry.  And I am really bad at chemistry.”

But I forged ahead.  One of my early successes was these Pumpkin Swirl Cookies.  They were mighty tasty, and I rode the high from that win for quite a while.

Today, I wanted to re-blog a recipe I reviewed way back when.  This recipe is fully not mine.  I borrowed it (and made only the most minor of changes) from Craving Chronicles.  Click through and see for yourself.  It totally belongs to Craving.

Oatmeal Cream Pies from JensFavoriteCookies - you'll love this Little Debbie copycat recipe with marshmallow filling!

I should probably tell you that I did consider making some changes to this recipe, just to make it my own.  I even looked at some other recipes to get some ideas.  I found one that used a cream cheese frosting, and another that used heavy cream, but I couldn’t imagine anything giving a better, more authentic flavor than this marshmallow filling, so I stuck with it.

It has a nice texture that works well with the soft cookie, without squishing out the sides.

No one needs a cookie with the filling squishing out.  They’re messy enough as it is.  Just ask my camera, which is now spotted with marshmallow filling fingerprints.

Oatmeal Cream Pies from JensFavoriteCookies - you'll love this Little Debbie copycat recipe with marshmallow filling!Oatmeal Cream Pies from JensFavoriteCookies - you'll love this Little Debbie copycat recipe with marshmallow filling!

I do think that September just feels right for these cookies.  Maybe it’s that back-to-school season that has me ready, I don’t know.

I’ll admit that I devoured a couple of these babies before the kids got home from school.  Once they are home, there’s no hope.  I had to stash a few to put in lunches the next day, and I had to loudly and strongly insist that they leave a couple for Robb.

Which just goes to prove, this cookie is perfect just the way it is.

 

Want more?  Try these oaty cookies!

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Oatmeal Cream Pies
 
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A soft oatmeal sandwich cookie with marshmallow filling.
Author:
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 20
Ingredients
COOKIE:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1½ cups quick oats
  • 1½ cups flour
FILLING:
  • 2 teaspoons very hot water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 7 oz. marshmallow creme
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add molasses, eggs, and vanilla, and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and cinnamon and mix well.
  3. Add quick oats, and mix until combined. Add flour and mix until combined.
  4. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.
  5. For filling, mix salt and hot water in a small dish, until salt dissolves. Let cool.
  6. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl until smooth and fluffy. Add salt water and mix well.
  7. Frost cooled cookies, and sandwich together.