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Chocolate Cherry Coke Cake in a Jar – Share a Coke

This jar cake recipe is fun to make with kids!  Share a Coke with this cake in a jar recipe.  #collectivebias

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Chocolate Cherry Cake in a Jar from JensFavoriteCookies.com -  easy to make individual servings with Coke!  #ShareItForward #shop #cbiasDo you remember that old ad for Coca-Cola?  The one about sharing a Coke and a smile?  {I totally just aged myself there.  That ad is from 1980.  Pretend you didn’t notice.}  That ad has stuck with me all these years, and Robb too.

Sometimes we just need a ten minute break from life.  Kind of like a smoke break, but without the smoking.  Usually one of us invites the other by saying, “Want to go have a Coke and a smile?”

Then we run to the gas station or the grocery store, grab some Cokes, and just talk.  Or, if we have Coke in the fridge, we sit in the yard or walk around the neighborhood.

This year, Coke has a new idea about sharing a Coke and a smile.  Have you seen it?  They are labeling 20-oz. bottles of Coke, Diet Coke, and Coke Zero with names, and calling it #ShareItForward.  Which, frankly, gives me all kinds of ideas.

Chocolate Cherry Cake in a Jar from JensFavoriteCookies.com -  easy to make individual servings with Coke!  #ShareItForward #shop #cbias

The one I want to share with you today is these little jar cakes.  They make the perfect little individual servings!

Since each cake only requires 2 tablespoons of Coke,  you and your friend can have a little Coke in your cake, and sip the rest while they bake.

If you can’t find a bottle with your name on it, there are some more generic bottles that say “Share with Friend” or “Share with Family.”  Since I was sharing both the Coke and the cakes with my family, I chose the family one.  Weirdly, they didn’t have any bottles that said “Fruitarian” on them.  The poor Fruitarian had to drink the generic Coke bottle!

You can also share a coke with a virtual bottle to share online.  The name choices are much wider here.

Coke #ShareItForward #shop #cbias Chocolate Cherry Cake in a Jar from JensFavoriteCookies.com -  easy to make individual servings with Coke!  #ShareItForward #shop #cbias

I decided to share Coke with my family.  We each put two tablespoons of Coke {yes, Diet Coke and Coke Zero also work fine!} in our jar cakes, and when they were done baking, we had a quiet little moment at the picnic table in the shade.

It’s been so crazy around here lately, that little Coke and a smile moment was exactly what we needed.

Coke  #ShareItForward #shop #cbiasChocolate Cherry Cake in a Jar from JensFavoriteCookies.com -  easy to make individual servings with Coke!  #ShareItForward #shop #cbias

Coke and Walmart held big events a few days ago to introduce these fun personalized bottles.  The event is over now, but the bottles are still available at Walmart and some other retailers.  Look for them through the summer.

Then share your Coke with a friend, and just try not to sing the Coke and a Smile song from that old ad!


Want more?  Check out these fun cakes!

rainbow-cake-in-jar-3Rainbow Cake
in a Jar
Sheet Cake and Cherry ToppingChocolate Sheet Cake
with Cherries
german-chocolate-skillet-cake-6German Chocolate
Skillet Cake


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Chocolate Cherry Coke Cake in a Jar
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Easy chocolate cakes made with Coca-Cola.
Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 8
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 can Coca-Cola (12 oz.)
  • frozen whipped topping
  1. Place ¼ cup cherry pie filling in each of 8 half-pint canning jars.
  2. Place ⅓ cup dry chocolate cake mix in each jar, on top of the pie filling.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons Coke to each jar. Use a knife to gently mix coke into cake mix.
  4. Place cans in a 9x13 baking dish with about ¼-inch of water in the bottom. Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes.
  5. Top each cake with frozen whipped topping.


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
peaches-cream-cookiesFresh Peaches &
Cream Cookies
lemon cookieStrawberry
Lemonade Cookies
Shortbread Cookies
MG_2245Fresh Cranberry
Lemon Cookies
glutenfreemangowhitechocolatemacadamianutcookies-7789Mango White Choc
Macadamia Cookies
Cherry Cookies
Chocolate Blackberry CookieChocolate
Blackberry Cookies
Shortbread Cookies
linzer-cookies-6Linzer Cookies
with Plum Jelly
apricot-cookiesSnow Coated
Apricot Cookies
Tropical-White-Chocolate-Chip-CookiesTropical White
Chocolate Cookies
Banana Cookies
Cheesecake Cookies
Apple-Cookie-Recipe-2Caramel Apple
Cherry-Pie-White-Chocolate-Chip-CookiesCherry Pie White
Chocolate Cookies
chocolate-Orange-Sandwich-Cookies-1Chocolate Orange
Sandwich Cookies
Orange-Cardamom-Coconut-Snickerdoodles-5Orange Cardamom
Strawberry-Cream-Sandwich-Cookies-5Strawberry Cream
Sandwich Cookies
blueberry-cream-cookiesBlueberries & Cream
orange_spice_cookiesOrange Spice
4-Bite Apple Pies_Inside 14-Bite Apple
Pie Cookies
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
lemon ricotta cookies Lemon Ricotta
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
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
banana-bread-cookies-5Banana Bread
Cheesecake Cookies
Apple-Cinnamon-Protein-Breakfast-Cookies-2Apple Cinnamon
Breakfast Cookie
vegan-fruit-nut-ginger-cookiesVegan Fruit & Nut
Ginger Cookies
coconut cookieCoconut
cranberry-white-choc-shortbreadCranberry White
Choc. Shortbread
MiniFruitPizzas3Mini Fruit
blueberry-muffin-cookies-on-overtime-cookBlueberry Muffin
breakfast-oatmeal-cookieCoconut Oatmeal
Breakfast Cookie
lemon meringuesLemon

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!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Welcome to Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

***Disclaimer: This giveaway is being provided by Magimix by Robot-Coupe. #ChristmasWeek bloggers have not received product or been compensated as a part of this giveaway.***

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies from Jen's Favorite CookiesI’m a little disturbed by how far we are into December.  I mean, I’m still working on getting my decorations up and I’ve barely even begun my shopping.

Not to mention being prepared for holiday parties and lunch with friends.

This could be a problem.

In case you haven’t figured this out, I’m not one of those people who is uber-prepared and has the tree up on Thanksgiving Day, and all the shopping done by Halloween.  Not at all.  I’m more of a deal-with-one-crisis-at-a-time kind of person.

Except when there’s cookies involved.  The thing is, sometimes a girl just needs a chocolate cookie, and it can’t wait until I’ve dug out the holiday music and put the Christmas centerpiece on the table.

Luckily, this recipe is so quick and easy, you don’t have to wait.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

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Chocolate Cherry Trifle

This trifle is made with brownies, cherries, and chocolate mousse.  The trifle recipe is quick and simple to put together.

trifleWhat is the story with Valentines Day being called “singles awareness day?”  This kind of bugs me.

I know you’re going to say, it’s easy for me, since I’m married and not in the position of being aware of my single-ness, and you’re right about that.  I’m not single.  But stick with me.  I have a good point here.

The pre-Valentines ads are driving me crazy, too.  They have these messages about not letting your wife or girlfriend be disappointed on Valentines Day because she didn’t get flowers or jewelry.

Let me just go on record here and tell you that I am not the sort of woman to have a fit about Valentines Day.

I told Robb that I didn’t think I had ever in my life received roses on Valentines Day.  I saw the worried pallor wash over his face.  Then I relieved him by telling him I don’t remember ever caring about it, either.trifle

I think it’s weird that I’m supposed to celebrate my love with my husband on some arbitrary day established by… who? The government?  It’s not right.  I’ll celebrate my marriage on the day of my choosing.  And he better get me a gift on that day! 😉

Meanwhile, I think Valentines Day is a really fun opportunity to celebrate love in the family, and focus on the kids.  It’s a great day for passing out candy to school friends, and learning how it feels to dance with a boy your own age at the school Valentines Dance.

And if my daughter is reading this, it is NOT an okay day to say “I love you” to boys you’re not related to.  Just so we’re clear.

We’ll have a quiet dinner, give little Valentine gifts to the kids, and eat chocolate for dessert.

chocolate mousse

Robb was worried he wouldn’t get any of my latest dessert creation, (It’s been known to happen.  Kind of frequently, actually.) so I put this dessert in individual dishes.  You could totally put the whole thing in a big trifle bowl if you wanted though.  It’s super easy, delicious, and perfectly Valentiney for your night of family love-showing.

Lady Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge
And, as long as we’re showing love, I want to show some love to Sheryl over at Lady Behind the Curtain for organizing this seriously awesome monthly dessert challenge.  Many of us jumped at the chance to join her for a monthly two-ingredient party.  And this month is our first party!  You guys are super fortunate to have in front of you a collection of some fabulous Chocolate and Cherry recipes to help you through your February.

I hope you’ll look through some of the recipes below, click through, comment, pin, and show some love to these fabulous food bloggers!  And for even more great ideas, visit the Behind The Curtain Dessert Challenge Pinterest Board.

And just for me, show some love to the kiddos in your life this Valentines Day.
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Chocolate Cherry
Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Banana Parfait

Chocolate Banana

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Oatmeal Chocolate
Chip Cake

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15 Great Valentine Recipes

A collection of Valentine recipes to help you celebrate!  This roundup includes plenty of heart shaped, pink, red, chocolate Valentine Day recipes.valentine recipes

Nothing says “I care” like a pink, heart-shaped cookie.  Right?

Well, that or chocolate.

This year, I’m bringing you my favorite pink, red, chocolate, and heart-shaped cookies for your Valentine viewing  and drooling pleasure.  I’ve even categorized them, because I’m the Queen of recipe organization like that.

Or maybe I’m the Queen of Valentines like that.

I don’t really care, as long as people think I’m the Queen.

sugar cookies chocolate sugar cookies pink cookies sugar cookies Red Velvet Cookie Recipe

Sugar Cookies

Your basic Soft Sugar Cookie can easily be cut into heart shapes, and topped with pink frosting.
I used royal icing to make these delicious Chocolate Sugar Cookies super duper cute.
Cherry Sugar Cookies are not only heart-shaped, but also pink.  And yummy.
If you are having trouble deciding, these Chocolate Cherry Sugar Cookies might be for you.
You can’t go wrong with Red Velvet Sugar Cookies.

chocolate cookie recipe Triple Chocolate Oreo Cookies fudge ice cream Chocoholic Cake Chocolate no-bake cheesecakes

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Chocolate Cherry Sugar Cookies

These are not your momma’s sugar cookies.  Chocolate cookies with small inlaid cherry cookie hearts are so cute, and perfect Valentine cookies.

sugar cookiesIs it just me or are all movies the same?  I’ve been lamenting {in a very vocal and incessant way} about how predictable and boring I find almost every single movie.

What?!  Are you telling me you didn’t know that Iron Man and Captain America would set aside their differences and learn to work together {in an hour long fight scene} for the good of the country?

Or that Cat Woman would turn out to be just misunderstood?

Or that Katniss and Peeta would both return home?

Robb has been very sweet and trying hard to find some movies I would enjoy more.  He went to the public library and came home with a handful of videos, proudly announcing that there were no guns in any of them.valentine cookies

To be clear, presence/absense of guns is not the yardstick I’m using.  It’s more like presence/absence of plot or interesting characters.

For instance: Bella from Twilight is NOT an interesting character.  And Avengers does NOT have an interesting plot.  My theory is that men watch Avengers to get their superhero fix, and women watch it so they can stare at Thor.

You did it, too.  Admit it.

One of the movies Robb checked out was The Secret Life of Bees.  This movie had far more interesting characters and plot than anything I’ve seen in the past 6 months.  I enjoyed it thoroughly.  When the movie ended, I was smiling, but Robb’s comment was, “I try to pick movies you will like, and this is what happens.”

By “this,” he means the story is essentially a sad one.

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What does all this have to do with cookies?  I don’t really know.  I guess you have to be a girl to understand the urge to create a cookie that is cute, involved, and holiday-themed, just so you can eat it while crying through a sad movie.

I will admit that these cookies were a little bit of work, because I had to mix up two different recipes, roll two different doughs, and cut two different sizes of hearts.  It wasn’t particularly difficult, just time consuming.

First, I used this Cherry Cookie recipe for the pink dough.  I don’t even like cherries, but I love this dough.  Then, I used this Chocolate Sugar Cookie recipe for the brown dough.  You should know that the cherry recipe makes about twice as much as the chocolate recipe, so you may want to double the chocolate dough or half the cherry dough to get the amounts right.

I also had to go back and forth a bit, cutting pink hearts, then cutting brown hearts, then putting them together on the sheet pan to get the process right.  The best method I found was to cut a large pink heart, then place it on the baking sheet.  Then I cut a small heart out of the center and removed it.  I found the cookie kept it’s shape better if I didn’t have to move it after removing the center heart.  I used the same cutters to cut brown hearts, and placed a small brown heart inside the space in the middle of the larger pink heart.  There wasn’t anything else required to get them to bake together as one seamless cookie.

I recommend eating them with a love story.
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Cherry Cookies with Vanilla Frosting Dip

These pink cookies are so fun to dip in vanilla frosting.  The cookies get their pink color from maraschino cherries, and the frosting is made a little thin, to be the perfect consistency for dipping.

pink cookiesConfession time.  Sometimes I fall flat on my face in the kitchen.  Not literally, although that would be really funny.

I mean sometimes my cookies are not all-that-and-a-bag-of-chips.  Recently, I had this brilliant {I thought} idea to make cookies with sunflower seeds.  I even broke one of my cardinal rules and put applesauce in them.

Then I was reminded why those rules are there in the first place.  I mean, applesauce in a cookie?  What was I thinking?!

I took these really beautiful photos, with sunflowers in the background.  It was a little heartbreaking to scrap them, to be honest.

I’ll put them on my facebook page anyway, because that’s the kind of vain person I am.pink cookies

My decision to scrap the cookie altogether came when my kids came home from school.  They emptied their lunchboxes of napkins and leftover baggies, and the only thing left uneaten… was the cookies.

I was obviously thrilled.  Robb told me to just throw the whole box of cookies away, because no one is going to eat that sorry excuse for a cookie in this house.

I hate when he’s right.

I went back to the drawing board with this idea that’s been floating around my head for a while, this idea for cute pink heart-shaped cherry cookies.

vanilla frosting vanilla frosting

The funny thing about this whole story is that I like sunflower seeds.  They’re delicious.  But they make a terrible cookie.  Maraschino cherries, on the other hand?  Gag.  I won’t even eat the one on top of my chocolate milkshake.  Maybe one of these days McDonald’s will get the hint and quit giving them to me.

But… maraschino cherries make really delicious cookies.  No joke.

You should know, and I promise I am not exaggerating about this, my kids ate almost the entire batch of cookies within the space of an hour.  Robb had to fight to get one for himself.

I know after you eat these, you are going to consider making them at other times of the year besides just Valentines Day.  Besides, the cherries are far better this way than on top of a milkshake.


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Cherry Cookies with Vanilla Frosting Dip

A cherry flavored sugar cookie with vanilla frosting.

Cook Time 9 minutes
Author Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies


For Cookies:

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 10-ounce jar maraschino cherries
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 cups flour + more for flour

For Frosting Dip:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • about 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Remove cherries from jar, reserving juice, and roughly chop them.

  2. Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, cherries and cherry juice, and mix well.

    Add salt, soda, and baking powder, and mix well.

    Add flour and mix just until incorporated.

  3. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for 3-4 hours. Roll dough on floured surface, to ½" thickness, and cut small shapes.

  4. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 7-10 minutes. (7 min for smaller cookies, and 9-10 for average size cookies) Place on a cooling rack and let cool before serving.

  5. For frosting, melt butter, and combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth. Adjust consistency by adding more milk (to thin) or more powdered sugar (to thicken).

Frozen Cherry Lemonade

frozen cherryONE. OH. TWO.  That’s the temperature here today.  Now, I’ll grant you, the bone dry humidity level makes the heat a little easier to take, but still.  It’s HOT.

When he was a young teenager, Robb moved from northern Wyoming where temperatures of -20 are not unheard of in the winter, to western Arizona, to a city that was frequently the hot spot in the entire country, with temperatures of 120 or more.  His thoughts about this massive climate switch?  “People still stay indoors for 3 months of the year.  It’s just a different three months.”

Indoors, indeed.  I’m pretty sure parts of Arizona were uninhabitable by humans in the days before air conditioning.

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Cherry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cherry cookiesI’m not a big fan of bribing my children, as a general rule.  I much prefer beating them.  (Calm down, I don’t actually beat my children.)  I think kids should behave just because I ask them to, and not because I begged and bribed them.  It gives the kids the impression that they’re the ones in charge.

And we can’t have that, now, can we?

But, let’s just say it’s a Friday, and the kids are supposed to be doing their Friday chores.  And, let’s just say there were fresh hot cookies coming out of the oven, and the whole house smelled like cookies.  And, as long as we’re at it, let’s say it’s lunch time, and no one has eaten lunch yet.  Then I can use one of my favorite parenting stand-by moves:

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Chocolate Sheet Cake with Cherry Topping

Do you like camping?  Our family goes camping a fair amount in the summer.  We’re cheap, and we camp in a tent, which means that we have to think about meals very carefully.  And by “we,” of course, I mean “I.”  I mean, tents don’t come with stoves and ovens, and carrying pots and pans on a tent camping trip is Not. Fun.  And so, fire danger threat level permitting, we usually use a cast iron dutch oven and make one-pot meals.

What I really love about the dutch oven is the desserts.

Okay, let’s face it.  What I really love about any kind of cooking is the desserts.

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Cherry Muffins

Oat Muffins with CherriesI did something this week that I have never done before.  I bought a frozen cream pie.  It’s just one of those things that would never cross my mind to purchase.  But, among the many coupons I came home from BlogHer Food with were a couple for frozen Sara Lee products.  In other words, I got the frozen cream pie practically free.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the people at Sara Lee, and I think the company makes some good products, but expecting a frozen cream pie to taste anything like a homemade cream pie is like going to see the movie Jackass and being disappointed that it’s not Schindler’s List.  They’re just not the same thing.  The experience did, however, reinforce my love of eating fresh food, from scratch, with produce that’s in season.

Have you seen Russell Van Kryaaenburg’s gorgeous seasonal produce charts?  There is one for fruits, one for veggies, and one for herbs.  If you check out the fruit chart, you’ll notice that cherries are supposed to be in season only in May and June.  The thing is, I’ve been scouring my local grocery stores, and only this week (last week of June) did I finally find some fresh cherries.  I bought up a bag, and figured I had better make the most of them.

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Diet Cherry Cola Cupcakes and Mothers Day Extravaganza

Some friends and I decided to get together and share with you some fun Mother’s Day ideas.  Because Mother’s Day is awesome.  I found myself in something of a conundrum when my original post idea turned into an embarrassing kitchen disaster.  Like really embarrassing.  Like, so embarrassing, my son wanted to turn my dessert into a practical joke by feeding it to his brother.  Yeah, I felt super awesome when he said that out loud.

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