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December 2014 Wrap-Up

dec-2014-wrap-up-1And just like that, 2014 was over.  I can’t believe how fast December went.  The whole year is kind of a blur, to tell you the truth.

In my personal life, we have endured some painful financial setbacks this year, but this little blog has really helped make up the difference.  And, my oldest son is graduating from high school this year, and it feels almost like it’s not real.  Or maybe it’s too real.  One of those.  In either case, it feels weird to tell stories about cookies and cakes when the thing I’m thinking about every day is what my kids lives are going to be like in just a year or two from now, and what kind of mothering I should be doing today.

I think the cookies are a symbol for the kind of mom I want to be.  I want to be the kind of mom who bakes bread and wears and apron, and keeps the clothes freshly laundered and the beds neatly made.  But I’m not that kind of mom.  The best I can do is a home-packed lunch with homemade cookies.  Well, sometimes it has cookies.  Besides that, the kids do their own laundry and the beds are rarely if ever made.

My family relationships, however, is where my life is truly blessed.  My relationships with my kids and husband are, not unlike cookies, warm, comforting, sweet, and reciprocal.  Okay, well, that last part isn’t true.  The cookies have never loved me as much as I loved them!  But the family members have.  Which makes it a good day to be me.

December was a slow month for the blog (I like to blame it on the recent death of my oven, but the truth is I was over busy and overwhelmed) but I did manage to share a few fun recipes this month.  Here they all are, in case you missed them!

 

gingerbread-cupcakes (1 of 1) Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Frosting

This post was a holiday party, where my friends and I all shared fun recipes for Christmas!  I love these little gatherings.  There is always so much good food!

almond-joy-fudge (5 of 3) Almond Joy Fudge

I added coconut and almonds to my favorite 2-ingredient fudge to make this easy easy easy (and delicious!) 4-ingredient fudge.  It disappeared in record time!

peanut-butter-chocolate-chip (1 of 4) Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

My nephew asked for these cookies for his birthday.  The kid has great taste, right?  There is something about peanut butter cookies that is so comforting.  And chocolate chips can only make them better!

gingerbread-cocoa (2 of 3) Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

I’ve been wanting to make this hot cocoa for a while.  I’ve had this idea in my head about how great the cocoa would taste with some molasses and ginger, and it turned out just as I imagined!  It almost makes me anxious for next December, so I can drink it again!

pesto-almonds-3 Pesto Almonds

My sister contributes a post each month, and this month’s post is these almonds.  She used fresh basil to coat the almonds and give them a fantastic flavor.  I think they would be a hit at any holiday get together!

christmas-morning-punch (5 of 1) Christmas Morning Punch

Yes, I did drink this punch on Christmas morning.  And the day before.  And the day before that.  In fact, after Christmas was over and the punch was gone, I found myself tempted to go buy ingredients for another delicious batch!

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An annual tradition, a couple days ago I shared the best of the best from JFC this year.  Ten reader favorites and ten family favorites are all included in this post.  If you’re ever wondering where to start, these posts are a great starting point!

 

Coming up in January… Cookie of the Month!

I’m SO excited for this new feature!  I’ll be sharing a cookie each month, and encouraging you to make it.  Encouraging might be too light a word.  I’ll be all out bribing you to make it, with prizes for some lucky winners who send me photos of their cookies!  There will be lots of fun for everyone involved.  And the prizes will vary from month to month, so keep checking back each month!

Top Posts of 2014

top-ten-2014-1I have loved 2014.  All of it.

Okay, most of it.

I have had some amazing experiences this year.  I’ve worked with some awesome companies, made some amazingly helpful friends (couldn’t have done it without Carla and Diane!), learned copious amounts from these seriously superb blog coaches (I’m looking at you, Dan and Rachel!) and had tons of fun, fun, fun!

All in all, I can’t complain.

The blog grew by leaps and bounds this year as well, making me super proud to be part of your lives.  Working and watching the blog grow to include lots of fun recipes I can be proud of has honestly been one of the great joys of my life.  It’s like watching a child grow.  But with fewer diapers and a fair amount less heartbreak.

This is the time of year where I reflect back on what has happened during the past year.  So without further ado, let me share with you the top ten reader favorites (judged by number of pageviews) of 2014.  These will be followed by 10 more family favorites, two from each of us that we particularly enjoyed this year.

Drumroll……

 

Number 10:

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Coconut Fudge Cookie Bars

Wow, did my family love these!  I mean, we are big coconut fans from way back, so I knew these coconut fudge bars would be a hit.  We devoured them at the annual Superbowl party.

The layer of fudge inside the otherwise traditional chocolate chip cookie is a welcome, gooey addition, let me tell you.  They’re actually quite similar to these Pumpkin Fudge Cooke Bars, but slightly less gooey, and with a lot more coconut.

 Number 9:

vanilla-buttermilk-cookies-1 Vanilla Buttermilk Cookies

The Hippie Chick was thrilled that I made these babies.  That girl loves her vanilla.  And, since they use my favorite baking ingredient of all time, namely vanilla, I was thrilled too.

In fact, I love buttermilk so much, I have a whole page of recipes that use buttermilk.  I would hate for you to shy away from using buttermilk because you don’t know what to do with the leftover!

Number 8:

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This might be my favorite cookie of the whole year.  I mean, I luuuuuuuvvve brownies.  LOVE.  And I’m obviously a big fan of cookies.  And now I don’t have to choose.

I openly encouraged several of my friends to make this cookie, and I have made it myself several times since I blogged the recipe.  And I’ll be making this one again and again… anytime I have people to impress!

Number 7:

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I have some really good memories of eating these “blonde brownies” as a kid.  They are a really fun change from traditional chocolate brownies, which, coming from a person who has a super-human tolerance for chocolate, is saying a lot.

I love adding butterscotch chips to these, but they are also nice with cinnamon chips, peanut butter chips, or even chocolate chips.

 Number 6:

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

I made these cookies as something of an experiment.  I don’t make many allergy-friendly recipes, but this one was a rousing success.  How do I judge that, you might ask?

First, because of the sheer number of people who searched for, looked at, and returned to this post.  And second, and more importantly, because they tasted all creamy and soft and wonderful.  If I could, I would share a batch of these with each and every one of you.

(Want more egg free recipes?  Try this Chocolate Pudding!)

Number 5:

frozen-hot-chocolate-1 Frozen Hot Chocolate

People ask me all the time what Frozen Hot Chocolate is.  And I say, it’s exactly what it sounds like.  It’s not quite like a chocolate shake, no.  It’s more like hot chocolate.  Only frozen.  I don’t know how else to describe it.

Hot chocolate has a different flavor from a chocolate shake, if only slightly.  And it’s not made with ice cream, but with milk and ice.  And it’s awesome with whipped cream.  This has been a really popular post, probably because this recipe is so easy to make, and so fun!

(Prefer it hot?  Try this Gingerbread Cocoa or this Peppermint Hot Chocolate!)

Number 4:

Nutella-swirled-PB-bars-1 Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter Bars

These have been so fun to share with you!  The swirl of Nutella is pretty, which, let’s face it, is lots of fun, but the flavor of the chocolate and peanut butter together is quite frankly fantastic.

One thing you should know, though, is that I didn’t add any kind of baking soda or other leavening agent to these bars, which makes them kind of thick and fudgy and gooey.  Which is just fine with me.

Number 3:

No-Bake-Cookies-1 50 + No-Bake Cookies & Bars

I’m not sure how I should feel about the huge number of people who have come to this baking blog to look at this collection of recipe that require no baking at all.  But, to tell you the truth, I feel pretty good about it, because there are plenty of days when I’d prefer to make something that didn’t require the use of an oven, too.

Some of these recipes are mine, and some come from other fantastic blogs that you might want to check out.

(Like collections? Check out this collection of 100 Chocolate Chip Cookies!)

Number 2:

red-velvet-cake-batter-dip-1 Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip

This dip is my new favorite entertaining stand by.  You can use any flavor of cake mix you want, but for this one, I chose red velvet.  Since it uses a dry mix, you can throw this together in just a couple minutes, and pair it with graham crackers, animal crackers, or apple slices for a fun party snack.

As mentioned above, I’m a chocoholic from way back, so my favorite flavor is obviously chocolate!

(Find more dip recipes here.)

Number 1:

plain-oatmeal-cookies-2 Plain Oatmeal Cookies

I think this was my first recipe of the year, and maybe it was the most popular because it had the longest amount of time to gather some page views, but I like to think it was the most popular because it was the most fantastic.  I mean, as boring as it sounds, a simple plain oatmeal cookie is just a classic staple.  Everyone loves them.

A little dash of cinnamon is all that is needed to enjoy these oatmeal cookies!

 

As with last year’s popular post post… I thought perhaps pageviews might not be the only way to measure what was the most fantastic stuff on the blog.  So I turned to the people who actually ate the treats, namely my family.  I let them each pick their two favorites.

 

The Fruitarian:

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that this child chose the banana pudding.  This kid loves, and I mean luuuuuuuvvvvvvves bananas.  He begged me for months to make this pudding again, so I guess we can thank him for the updated photos.

He also loved the Rainbow Cake in a Jar.  The recipe I included in the post just calls for any white cake, but I used this white cake.  The one with buttermilk.  Cuz, y’all know how I feel about buttermilk.

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Banana Pudding
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Rainbow Cake in a Jar

The Hippie Chick:

I was hoping someone would choose these brownies, because I thought they were crazy good.  I loved them chilled.  It’s probably good I have so many other treats to make, or this one would get made every month.  Hippie Chick agreed.  The peanut butter and marshmallow combination is out of this world.

She also loved the Virgin Mojitos, proving that she is, in fact, my daughter.  Robb and I both loved these mojitos, too, and made them several times.  They are so refreshing, and since they are virgin, they are kid friendly too!

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PB Crispy Marshmallow Brownies
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Virgin Mojitos

The Lizard:

The Lizard must love the frozen treats because his two favorites this year were both pops.  The Snickers PB Pops were just like ice cream on a stick.  But with pieces of Snickers bar.  It’s hard to go wrong with a combination like that.

He also loved the Tropical Punch Popsicles.  I wonder if it’s because his face is in the photos!  I do love the idea of adding fresh fruit to frozen popsicles to make them a little more healthy and fresh, and if I recall, The Lizard ate the bulk of the batch I made.

 

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PB Snickers Ice Cream Pops
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Tropical Punch Popsicles

Robb:

Both of these recipes represent the way Robb grew up, as they are both family recipes that are tried and true.  This chocolate cake was his birthday cake this year (and every year), and I really really don’t mind making it, because I kind of love it too.  It’s not too heavy, not too rich, and not too sweet.  Just how Robb likes it.

The Bread Pudding was another one he loved.  He and I disagree about the merits of bread pudding in general  (also rice pudding and custard) but enough people have expressed to me their love of bread pudding, that I thought I had better post it for everyone to enjoy.

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Grandma’s Chocolate Cake
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Bread Pudding

 

Yours Truly:

I’m totally surprised that my favorite recipe of the year was a rice krispie treat.  They’ve never really been my favorite.  But, it turns out, when you layer them with coconut and caramel, and drizzle them with chocolate, they are basically irresistable.  I wish the photos had done the recipe justice.  I may have to reshoot them.  It would give me an excuse to eat an entire pan of them again.  Or I could just make more Samoas Brownies.  They were equally irresistible.

The Zucchini muffins might be recipe I am the most proud of this year.  They turned out SO tasty, with their soft texture, spicy flavor, and did I mention the walnut crumb topping?  I made them several times while I had zucchini on my counter.  I ended up shredding some zucchini and freezing it, so I’ll probably be making them again one of these days.

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Samoas Rice Krispie Treats
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Spiced Zucchini Crumb Muffins

 

Before I leave this year behind me, I want to mention one thing about the year ahead.  I am starting a super fun new feature called Cookie of the Month!  Each month I will make a new cookie for you to try.  If you do try it, I’ll ask you to take a picture of it and send it to me, via email, Facebook, or Instagram.  At the end of the month, winners will be chosen from those who send photos, and prizes will be given!  The prizes will vary from month to month, so please check back each month for a new chance to win!

In the comments below, tell me what your favorite recipes of the year were!  I’d love to hear your feedback!

Have an amazing 2015!

Christmas Morning Punch

This drink makes a great Christmas carol punch!  Christmas recipes for easy punch are fun and delicious.

Christmas Morning Punch from JensFavoriteCookies.com - you'll love this quick and easy fruity punch for the holidays!I had planned to share some cookies with you today.  And not just any cookies… totally adorable seasonal Christmas cookies.

And then my oven died.

Fortunately, my stove still works, so we don’t have to eat microwaved food all week, but still.  It’s the week of Christmas and I don’t have a working oven.

It’s beyond irritating.

My dough is all mixed up and ready to go, too.  I guess I’ll be doing some baking at Grandma’s house today.  You might get Christmas cookies on Christmas Day, for all the good that will do you.

In the meantime, I’m sharing this awesome Christmas Morning Punch.  And yes, I will be drinking this on Christmas morning.  And Christmas Eve morning.  And the day before that.  And the day before that.

(Related post:  Peach Limeade)

Christmas Morning Punch from JensFavoriteCookies.com - you'll love this quick and easy fruity punch for the holidays!

Add this to your Beverage board on Pinterest!

In fact, I’m drinking it as I write this.  I’m sort of addicted to the stuff, to tell you the truth.

I debated about calling it Christmas Morning Punch, because, quite frankly, it’s perfect for any day of the year.  I’ll be tempted to pull this stuff out in July.

I’m trying to make this a new holiday tradition, though, so I’ll have to come up with something different for the summer.

(Remember my other traditional holiday beverage?)

Christmas Morning Punch from JensFavoriteCookies.com - you'll love this quick and easy fruity punch for the holidays! Christmas Morning Punch from JensFavoriteCookies.com - you'll love this quick and easy fruity punch for the holidays!

The nice thing about this punch is how easy it is to mix up.  You could even mix everything but the ginger ale the night before, and just throw in some ginger ale right when you’re serving it.

It goes great with an overnight breakfast casserole or some muffins.

And it’s perfect with gifts!

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Christmas Morning Punch

An easy fruity punch.

Servings 6 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup ginger ale

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a pitcher. Serve cold.

 

Pesto Almonds

 

pesto-almonds-3Maybe you remember some of my sister’s previous posts on this blog?  Posts like this amazing Caramel Layer Cake, and these simple Plums with Ginger.  I’ve brought her back today to share more of her fun and tasty recipes today, this one involving almonds.

Over to you, Em!

 

What you don’t know about me is that I, by and large, prefer cooking to baking.  In fact, I started a cooking blog five years ago.  Until recently, I forgot I even had a blog, and that’s why I’m not a mother.

Truth be told, this audience that Jen has compiled is a group that I feel I don’t really relate to because I’m not a mother.  Instead, I’m the kind of ass that refers to all moms as “soccer moms” just to be offensive.  On Facebook, I comment on the pictures of my friends’ kids with “not your best”, and I sort of assume that the bulk of one’s time as a parent is tied up in repeatedly yelling things like “PUT YOUR SHOES ON!” and “I SAID NO!”.

(See related post: Sweet & Spicy Pecans)

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Pin this to your appetizers and party food board on Pinterest!

I work amongst many mothers, each one more perplexed than the last by my commitment to a life of childless bliss because (allegedly) I’m “missing out on so much”.  This is in stark contrast to my husband’s work where he is regularly applauded and envied for making the exact same choice.

He and I are on the same page where kids are concerned, that page being “ew, no thanks”.  In fact, my distaste for youngsters gave my husband’s blue-collar comrades reason to support his proposal to me in the first place…although that doesn’t seem to keep them from complaining about “how nice it must be to have two incomes and no kids”.

Yep.  It is nice.

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(See related post: Almond Buttermilk Cake)

I’d rather avoid crippling debt and live each day free of someone else’s bodily fluids being on my person.  Kids sort of embody a huge array of my personal pet peeves: they walk too slow, they talk constantly, they have terrible taste in movies, music, books, food (and everything else), and they take all the focus off of me (which I cannot abide).

Point here being that I’m supposed to know my audience but all I really know is how to annoy my audience, which is almost better if you ask me.  I mean, I’m nearly 32 years old and I still get excited when I find new things that irritate my mother, so imagine how excited it makes me to irritate a whole mess of mothers!

 

Want more?  Try these fun nutty snacks!

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Pesto Almonds
 
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Whole, baked almonds with a pesto coating.
Author:
Recipe type: Snacks
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ cup packed whole basil leaves
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 Cups whole, unsalted almonds
  • ¼ Cup finely grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 225° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a blender, combine egg whites, basil, salt, garlic power, and red pepper flakes. Process on low speed until mixture is pureed.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, toss the basil mixture with the almonds until almonds are well coated. Set aside for about 5-10 minutes (the almonds will soak up some of the excess moisture).
  4. Stir in the parmesan. Transfer the almonds to the baking sheet and spread evenly into a single layer, leaving any excess basil mixture in the bowl.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes (or longer if needed), stirring every 15 minutes, until the basil mixture is dried and the almonds are crunchy. Let cool and enjoy.

 

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

Give your homemade hot cocoa recipe a twist with the flavors of gingerbread!  This is one of my favorite homemade hot cocoa recipes!

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a delicious twist on hot chocolate!I’ve been dreaming of gingerbread cocoa for a while now.  It’s probably because of my addiction to molasses.

By the way, did you know that hot chocolate and hot cocoa are not the same thing?  All these years, I’ve been using the phrases interchangeably, and it turns out there is a difference, albeit a subtle one.

Turns out, hot chocolate uses actual chocolate in the recipe, while cocoa gets it’s chocolatey flavor from cocoa powder.  It’s sort of obvious when you think about it.  I guess I just never thought about it before.

I was probably focused on the whipped cream.

(See related post: Peppermint Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa)

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a delicious twist on hot chocolate!

(Add this to your Drink Recipes board on Pinterest!)

I’m going to just admit to you now that I kind of cheated and made this in the microwave.  I warmed up the milk and molasses, and then mixed them with the rest of the ingredients.

Why is that cheating, you might ask?  Because they just don’t mix as well.  If you take your time, and make this on the stove, stirring until all the sugar and cocoa are dissolved in, you won’t have so much un-dissolved chocolate in the bottom of your cup when you’re done.

And it will taste better.

That being said, sometimes the microwave is about all the “cooking” I can handle.

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a delicious twist on hot chocolate!

This recipe makes 2 servings, which is awesome for a quiet morning with someone you love, or a quiet evening at home alone, when you might feel like drinking two cups instead of just one.

Not that I did that.  *ahem*  However you enjoy it, just make sure you let it brighten your day a little, okay?

 

Want more?  Try these winter drinks!

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Gingerbread Hot Cocoa
 
Hot cocoa with molasses and spices.
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Recipe type: Beverages
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk (2% or whole)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash ginger
  • dash nutmeg
  • whipped cream to garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine milk with molasses and heat to desired drinking temperature. (I did this in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes, but it can also be done on a stove.)
  2. Mix with sugar, cocoa, and spices. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Garnish with whipped cream, serve warm.

 

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Baking peanut butter cookies is so fun!  These butter peanut cookies are dotted with chocolate chips.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.comSometimes it feels a little surreal, watching your family grow up and get old.  The big milestones have been coming and going, and it’s weird to have them behind me.

This year, The Lizard (our oldest son) is a senior and getting ready to graduate from high school.  Talk about making a girl feel old.

Even my adorable little nephew, Mateo Feo, is not so little and adorable anymore.  He is getting ready to enter high school, he’s taller than me, handsome, and is constantly reminding his dad that he wants his car.  It doesn’t stop me from pretending he is still 10 years old.

Not only is he a decent guitarist, a very good student, and fluently bilingual, but more importantly, he has really grown into the family love of peanut butter.  It’s a fine tradition in my family.  His father (my brother) is so addicted to peanut butter, all his coworkers give him peanut butter baked goods on his birthday.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com

And, what is peanut butter without chocolate?  Well, still fabulous, actually, but it’s hard not to throw some chocolate in there.

Mateo Feo asked for peanut butter chocolate chip cookies for his birthday, and I just couldn’t say no to him.  Because, all that peanut butter…  mmmm.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com

One thing these cookies and Mateo Feo have in common is that I enjoy having both of them near.  He lives within walking distance and visits regularly.  And I like having these cookies close by, too.

Because, all that peanut butter!!

Want more?  Try these peanut butter cookies!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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A peanut butter cookie with chocolate chips.
Author:
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1¾ cup flour
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Cream butter, peanut butter, and sugars. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt and soda and mix well. Add flour and mix just until combined.
  3. Add chocolate chips and mix to incorporate.
  4. Roll 1-inch balls, and place on baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 9-12 minutes.

 

Almond Joy Fudge

One of my favorite easy chocolate fudge recipes!  This almond joy fudge recipe only requires 4 ingredients and 10 minutes!

Almond Joy Fudge from JensFavoriteCookies.com - this easy fudge recipe requires only 4 ingredients and 10 minutes!I showed the Fruitarian the pictures of this easy chocolate fudge, and he immediately chimed in with, “Is that available?”

The Fruitarian, for those who don’t know, is my 16 year old son.  I also call him The Hungry One.  And The Chocoholic.  And The Sugar Addicted.  I knew he would be all over that fudge.

However, he has a little problem where he doesn’t like nuts.  It makes me wonder if he was switched at birth.  I couldn’t let an opportunity like this pass me by.

“Of course you can have some fudge.  But there’s a problem.  It has almonds.”
“Well, it also has coconut.”
“But what will you do about the almonds?”
“I think I can suffer through them.”
“You know, I’m going to remember this.”

I think the bigger problem will be keeping his sticky fingers out of the freezer, since I intend to save the bulk of this fudge for Christmas. (See related post: Chocolate Peppermint Fudge)

Almond Joy Fudge from JensFavoriteCookies.com - this easy fudge recipe requires only 4 ingredients and 10 minutes!

(Add this to your Christmas recipe Pinterest board!)

I’m sure there are plenty of fun and fancy ways to add coconut and almonds to fudge.  (Layers, anyone?)

But seriously, I was having one of those what-can-I-throw-together-in-5-minutes kind of days.  Tell me I’m not alone.

It seems like it’s worse in December.  All that shopping and going to parties and gift-exchanging lunches with friends takes a lot of time, you know.  A girl can’t spend her whole life in the kitchen, can she?  (See related post:  Black and White Fudge)

Almond Joy Fudge from JensFavoriteCookies.com - this easy fudge recipe requires only 4 ingredients and 10 minutes!

In the end, I can promise you this takes less than 10 minutes to throw together, and maybe an hour in the fridge to set.  Maybe less.  You could be eating it by the time your favorite tv show is over.

Just be sure to put a few pieces in the freezer BEFORE your teenage son sees that there is fudge in the house!

 

Want more?  Check out these easy candy recipes!

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Almond Joy Fudge
 
A very simple chocolate fudge with almonds and coconut.
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Recipe type: Candy
Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz. chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. Place milk and chocolate chips in a double boiler. *(see notes) Stir until melted and smooth.
  2. Remove from heat, add coconut and almonds.
  3. Pour into a greased or lined 9x9 pan. Let cool. Cut into 36 squares.
Notes
If you don't have a double boiler, do what I do! Put a large heat-proof glass bowl over a small pot of boiling water. Keep a towel or hot pad handy.

 

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Frosting

This gingerbread cupcake recipe is perfect for the holidays.  Your family will love these gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #HoidayFoodParty Christmas!I will take any excuse to make gingerbread baked goods.

Like, it’s December.  Or it’s cold outside.  Or it’s Tuesday.

I just love that combination of spices and molasses and cake.  Cake frosted with a combination of spices and cream cheese and sugar.

Whoever came up with gingerbread in the first place was a genius.  Genius, I tell you.

You know what else was genius?  Spending this holiday party with my friends.

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #HoidayFoodParty Christmas!

You remember my friends, right?  We’ve been celebrating holidays together for a while now.  Perhaps you remember last year’s Christmas party?

We had so much fun at all our previous parties, we decided to do it again this Christmas.  We’ve all come up with some fun new holiday recipes, just for you.  See what I mean?

Christmas Recipes on JensFavoriteCookies.com - #HolidayFoodParty

1. Chocolate Peppermint Bark from Cravings of a Lunatic
2. Buche de Noel from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
3. Cranberry Moscow Mule from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
4. Chocolate Gingerbread Crumb Cake from Hungry Couple
5. Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Frosting from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
6. Apres Ski Boozy Tea from Pineapple and Coconut
7. Raspberry Almond Torte from Magnolia Days
8. Fruit and Nut Bars from What Smells So Good

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #HoidayFoodParty Christmas!

I’m adding this Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe to my collection of reasons why I love Gingerbread!!

 

Want more?  Try these gingerbread recipes!

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Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Frosting
 
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A spicy molasses cupcake with spiced cream cheese frosting.
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 15 cupcakes
Ingredients
CUPCAKES:
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
FROSTING:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. FOR CUPCAKES: Cream shortening and brown sugar. Add egg and molasses and mix well.
  2. Add spices, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, and mix well.
  3. Add milk and flour alternately, mixing just until combined.
  4. Fill lined muffin cups about halfway, and bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let cool before frosting.
  5. FOR FROSTING: Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add spices and mix to incorporate. Add powdered sugar, and mix until combined, thick and smooth. (You can add more or less powdered sugar to reach the consistency you want.)
  6. Use a piping bag to pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes.