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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.

 

Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies

Crispy chocolate peanut butter marshmallow brownies!  These brownies have a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping that will knock your socks off!

Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - fudgy brownies with gooey marshmallows and a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping!One of my favorite things about food blogging is the food blogging community.  I have made some awesome blogging friends, who like to talk about food photography and blog plugins just as much as I do.

One of my very best bloggy buddies is Carla at Chocolate Moosey.  And when I mentioned to her that I needed a killer brownie recipe for the upcoming family reunion brownie bake-off for eternal fame and glory, she suggested I try her Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies.

It was a brilliant suggestion.  They are amazing.

Which is why I’m sharing them with you today.  I made a couple small changes, to make them my own and all, but overall, this brilliant recipe is all Carla.

Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - fudgy brownies with gooey marshmallows and a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping!

The family brownie bake-off was a good time, by the way.  I still didn’t kick Maren’s butt, but I have high hopes for the next contest, which is all about cookies.

The big winner was actually Grandma.  No surprise there, the woman is a fantastic cook and baker, despite her inability to smell the amazing things she makes.  Her winning bar was very similar to this one, which is so addictive I literally had to quit making it.

I also attempted a second brownie, this one with a mint cheesecake swirl, but I never could get the thing to bake all the way through for some reason, and it was really too gooey to be enjoyed.  #foodbloggerproblems  We all have those days, right?

Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - fudgy brownies with gooey marshmallows and a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping!

What I love about this brownie is everything.  Honestly.  That crispy chocolate-peanut-butter topping is to die for.

One suggestion:  I have tried them warm and cold, and I recommend eating them cold.  The marshmallow is easier to eat, the topping has a nicer texture, and they cut cleanly into pretty little squares.  It’s a win-win.

Even if it didn’t win the family reunion bake-off.

 

Want more?  Check out these brownie recipes!

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 adapted from Chocolate Moosey

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Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies
 
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A fudgy chocolate brownie, topped with marshmallows and a crispy peanut butter topping.
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Recipe type: Brownies
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 oz. chocolate
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup flour
  • 25 large marshmallows
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¾ cup crisp rice cereal
Instructions
  1. Chop chocolate, and place in a bowl with butter. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth.
  2. Let cool slightly, then add eggs, sugar and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Add salt, soda, and flour, and mix well.
  4. Pour batter into a 9x9 pan, and bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven, place marshmallows evenly on top (I did a 5x5 grid) and return to oven. Bake an additional 7-8 minutes, until marshmallows are puffy and slightly browned.
  5. Let brownies cool completely.
  6. In a small bowl, place chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted. Add crisp rice cereal, and stir well. Pour over cooled brownies. Place in fridge and chill until topping is hardened.
  7. Cut into 9 large or 16 small squares.

 

 

Scotcheroos

These rice krispie scotcheroos are easy to make and delicious.  Peanut butter rice crispy treats with karo syrup, and chocolate frosting.

Scotcheroos from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Peanut butter krispie treats with chocolate butterscotch frosting.Two years ago, these Scotcheroos were responsible for a krispie treat death match for eternal fame and glory.

Sound exaggerated?  Yeah, it is.  The death match was actually a family krispie-treat bake-off (or, more acccurately, no-bake-off) with biased judges and not-so-anonymous entries at the bi-annual family reunion.  And while we may claim eternal fame and glory, what we actually won more closely resembled a spatula and wooden spoon.

The krispie treat contest spawned a new family tradition.  At this year’s reunion, the contest was all about brownies.

I’ll be posting about the brownie bake-off soon, but in the meantime, I want to revisit my all time favorite krispie treat, the one that started all the hubbub, the krispie treat that could (and at times has) double as a birthday cake… Scotcheroos.

Scotcheroos from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Peanut butter krispie treats with chocolate butterscotch frosting.

If you’re at all interested in reading about the trash talk, unfair judging, and Fruity Pebbles, mint and peanut butter krispie treats, you can read all about it here.

Can I just describe to you why this is arguably the best krispie treat ever?  {Arguably, because OMG, THESE! which knocked my socks off.}

The biggest reason, besides the obvious heavenly peanut butter and chocolate combination, is corn syrup.

Scotcheroos from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Peanut butter krispie treats with chocolate butterscotch frosting.Scotcheroos from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Peanut butter krispie treats with chocolate butterscotch frosting.

Yes, corn syrup.  Because the presence of corn syrup means the absence of marshmallows.  Nothing against marshmallows, it’s hard to go wrong with cooked sugar, but I have just never really loved plain, old-fashioned, marshmallow krispie treats.  The corn syrup version gives a much softer, chewier, and in my humble opinion, far superior krispie treat texture.

As long as we are discussing ingredients, can I just say?  I think it’s a little weird that these are called Scotcheroos, because the only butterscotch in them is a half bag of butterscotch chips mixed with chocolate chips for frosting.  Mostly, they are peanut butter.

Then again, I don’t care what they are called, as long as they taste this heavenly and bring some eternal fame and glory!

 

Want more?  Check out these krispie treat recipes!

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Krispie Treats

 

Scotcheroos
 
A peanut butter krispie treat with chocolate frosting.
Author:
Recipe type: No-bake desserts
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 7 cups rice krispies cereal
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips
  • 6 oz. butterscotch chips
Instructions
  1. Combine peanut butter, sugar, and corn syrup in a saucepan. Heat over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until well combined and sugar is mostly dissolved.
  2. Pour cereal into a large bowl. Pour warm peanut butter mixture over cereal, and stir until well combined.
  3. Press mixture into a 9x13 pan.
  4. Place chocolate and butterscotch chips in a bowl, and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and combined.
  5. Pour chocolate mixture over krispie treats, using a knife to spread evenly. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes, until chocolate is set. Cut into 12 large or 20 small bars.

 

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

An easy chocolate peanut butter recipe!  These chocolate cookies are stuffed with peanut butter filling.

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookiesMy son and my nephew, Tank, are both the same age, and both attend the same local high school.  My kids normally take their lunches to school, but Tank  has to choose.  Sometimes he packs his own lunch, and sometimes he takes money for food.

He normally chose to spend his money on a slice of pizza.  Only, he didn’t enjoy the pizza.  At. All.  One day, he took his pizza, sat next to The Fruitarian, and said, “Another day, another terrible pizza!”  We still can’t figure out why he kept buying it, if he hated it so much!

Later in the year, The Fruitarian purchased a slice of that pizza himself, and reported back to us.  “That pizza really is terrible!”  He had to force himself to eat half of it, so he wouldn’t be too hungry the rest of the school day.

 

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies

I’ll be holding Tank’s birthday cookies to a higher standard.  When I asked him what he wanted, Tank had the flavor combination all worked out.

He has seen his siblings get their own cookies for their birthdays, {remember these?  These?  And these?}  so I suspect he had been giving it some thought before he talked to me.

I was only too happy to give him exactly what he asked for.  And, truth be told, I was kind of excited to sample one myself!  Because chocolate and peanut butter are amazing.

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies

I chose to use a cake mix for the cookies, just to keep it simple.  When cookies involve extra steps, like frosting, cutting, or stuffing, it’s nice to make at least some of those steps easy.

If you prefer not to use a cake mix, a regular chocolate cookie recipe like this one would work just as well.  This is also an easy recipe to adapt for gluten free baking, using a gluten free cake mix, and gluten free powdered sugar to mix with the peanut butter.

My real goal with this cookie is to get Tank to say, “Another day, another terrific cookie!”  Think I’ll succeed?

 

Want more?  Here are more chocolate and peanut butter treats!

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Peanut Butter Bars

 

 

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies
 
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A chocolate cake mix cookie stuffed with peanut butter filling.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (any chocolate cake is fine, I used Devil's Food.)
  • ½ cup shortening or butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine chocolate cake mix with shortening and eggs. Mix well.
  2. In a separate small bowl, combine peanut butter with powdered sugar. It should form a crumbly mixture.
  3. Scoop a spoonful of cookie dough into your hand, and flatten the middle. Drop a small amount of peanut butter mixture in the center, and wrap the chocolate dough around it, using more dough if needed, to seal up the peanut butter mixture completely. Repeat for each cookie.
  4. Place cookies on baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 9-11 minutes. Let cool 1-2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

 

Macadamia Crusted Chocolate Cookies

These easy chocolate cookies are rolled in macadamia nuts.  Macadamia lovers will love these easy chocolate cookies!

Macadamia Crusted Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com  My family is not into nuts.  Which means I had these babies all to myself.

Not really.  But I did have a couple.

My brother’s girlfriend’s daughter (does that sound complicated?  It doesn’t feel complicated.)  had a birthday, and I missed it.  That’s me.  Forgetting important events like someone’s birthday.

This girlfriend and her daughters are relatively new to the family, so their birthdays are not on my radar.  It’s a situation in need of a remedy, for sure.

I made a peace offering to Blue Skies with these cookies.  I asked her what her favorite flavors are, and she told me she doesn’t like nuts, except macadamia nuts.  If you were going to pick one nut to love, doesn’t it make sense to choose one that is as fantastic as macadamias?

Honestly, I think she was thinking of CindyLouWho’s recent White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies.

Macadamia Crusted Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Except Blue Skies wanted chocolate.  Girl after my own heart.

And this is where the inspiration for chocolate cookies rolled in macadamia nuts came from.  Dare I pat myself on the back for this one?  I should probably just give the credit to Blue Skies.  It was her delicious flavor combo idea.

I enjoyed her anticipation of her own batch of cookies.  She called them “make-up” cookies, because I was making up for her missed birthday.

Macadamia Crusted Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com  Macadamia Crusted Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Could you roll these cookies in another kind of nut?  I suppose you could.  I love all nuts, so the thought of cookies rolled in almonds or my beloved walnuts makes me pretty happy. But use macadamias if you can.

Because macadamias have a special place in the world.

Just like Blue Skies.

Want more?  Try these nutty favorites!

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Macadamia Crusted Chocolate Cookies
 
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Chocolate cookies rolled in chopped macadamia nuts.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 4 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅔ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4-5 oz. macadamia nuts, chopped
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and cocoa, and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined.
  4. Place chopped nuts in a small dish. Roll dough into balls and dip the tops in the chopped nuts. Place nut-side up on a baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 8-9 minutes.
Notes
I used a size 60 cookie scoop to form these cookies.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies

This muddy buddies recipe uses chocolate chip cookies!  Popcorn and pretzels also make this muddy buddies recipe a fun one.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - popcorn, pretzels, and cookie bark make this fun version of the classic snack!True story:  just this spring, we purchased air conditioning and a brand spanking new furnace.  Isn’t is exciting being an adult, and spending thousands of dollars on a furnace?!

Then, it quit working.  And did it quit working on a day when it’s 80 degrees and overcast?  Of course not.  It’s quits working on Friday evening, just before a whole weekend of 100 degree, full blazing sun weather.

Don’t worry… a faulty valve was to blame, and our awesome contractor had it fixed in no time, (and by “no time” of course, I mean that the poor guy spent a couple hours in full sun, mid-afternoon on the south side of my house when it was 100 degrees) so we’re cool now, but it was a rough weekend.

On top of that, when I went out for popsicles and frozen hot chocolate, the brand spankin’ new radiator in my car sprang a leak and left a lake of antifreeze in the drive up window at the sandwich shop.  It took me more than an hour to nurse my poor overheating car about 3 miles home.

Maybe you saw me feeling grateful for the nearby condo complex which decided to water their lawn in the middle of the day?  It was the only way we managed to stay cool after an hour of full sun and running the heater.  I seriously felt like I was doomed to a life of sweating.  (So this is hell, eh?)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - popcorn, pretzels, and cookie bark make this fun version of the classic snack!

I can tell you one thing, I was not not NOT going to use the oven.  Or the stove.  I was even apprehensive about using the air popper to make popcorn.

So, we ate muddy buddies.  Hooray!

This particular version, in addition to the expected Chex cereal, also has popcorn and pretzels, and chocolate chip cookie bark.  If you’re not familiar with the cookie bark, I highly recommend you check that out here.  You can also use crunchy packaged cookies, but cookie bark is ever so much tastier.

I was fortunate to have some in my pantry.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - popcorn, pretzels, and cookie bark make this fun version of the classic snack!Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - popcorn, pretzels, and cookie bark make this fun version of the classic snack!

I actually had to take a cold shower to cool down after that little disaster of a trip to the store.

Between the cool water and the chocolatey treats, my mood recovered much more quickly than my car did!

 

Want more? Check out these fun snacks!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies
 
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Cereal, popcorn and pretzels coated with chocolate and peanut butter, and tossed with crunchy chocolate chip cookie pieces.
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Recipe type: Snacks
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Chex rice or corn cereal
  • 4 cups popped popcorn
  • 2 cups broken pretzels
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 cups chopped cookie bark or crunchy packaged chocolate chip cookies
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine Chex, popcorn, and pretzels.
  2. Place chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a small bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Add vanilla and stir.
  3. Pour chocolate mixture over Chex mixture, stirring until well coated.
  4. Add powdered sugar and toss to coat.
  5. Add chopped cookie bark or cookies.
Notes
Find a recipe for cookie bark here: http://jensfavoritecookies.com/2014/07/14/chocolate-chip-cookie-bark/

 

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

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

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!

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3.0 from 1 reviews
Chocolate Cherry Coke Cake in a Jar
 
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Easy chocolate cakes made with Coca-Cola.
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 can Coca-Cola (12 oz.)
  • frozen whipped topping
Instructions
  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.

 

Frozen Hot Chocolate

Have you ever tried your hot chocolate frozen?  Hot frozen chocolate is easy and very fast to make!

Frozen Hot Chocolate from JensFavoriteCookies.com - SO fast and easy, you could be drinking this 5 minutes from now!I recently discovered the amazing frozen hot chocolate at a local bakery.  And then I went a little nuts.  I probably spent all my pocket money for the whole month in one week, buying this stuff.

I’m exaggerating.  (No I’m not.  Yes I am.  No I’m not.)

It didn’t take me very many days to decide that I needed to learn to make this at home.  Like NOW.

Of course, when I make it at home, I still don’t save much money, since I have to make enough for my kids too, but I do save time.  I just have to keep myself stocked up with hot chocolate mix and canned whipped cream.

I actually regret teaching my kids this recipe, because now every other time I come in the kitchen, I find empty cocoa packets on the counter, a dirty blender in the sink, and empty whipped cream can, and most importantly, no frozen hot chocolate for me.

Teach me to be nice to my kids.

Frozen Hot Chocolate from JensFavoriteCookies.com - SO fast and easy, you could be drinking this 5 minutes from now!

By the way, are my kids the only ones who think there is an everlasting amount of whipped cream in that can?  They always act like canned whipped cream grows on trees, so to speak.

I generally have to threaten them with bodily harm to keep them from squirting whipped cream directly onto their tongues.

We’re sooooo classy.

Frozen Hot Chocolate from JensFavoriteCookies.com - SO fast and easy, you could be drinking this 5 minutes from now!

Frozen Hot Chocolate from JensFavoriteCookies.com - SO fast and easy, you could be drinking this 5 minutes from now!

Now that it’s the full-sun, three-digit-temperature summertime, these frozen hot chocolate drinks are going to really come in handy.  If you’re interested in more awesome summer drinks that are alcohol-free and great for kids and adults, check out my ebook, 10 Summer Mocktails.  (The price is right, I promise!)

Want more?  Try these fun summer drinks!

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5.0 from 3 reviews
Frozen Hot Chocolate
 
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Just like hot chocolate, only cold!
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Recipe type: Beverages
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 cups ice
  • 5 packets hot chocolate mix (about 0.71 oz each)
  • 1½ cups milk
  • whipped cream
Instructions
  1. Fill a blender to the 4 cup mark with ice. Add cocoa mix and milk. Use the "high" or "ice crush" setting to blend for about 30-40 seconds.
  2. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream. (Makes 2 large or 4 small servings)

Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites

These chocolate covered cheesecake bites are a fun and tasty treat!  Take this cheesecake bites recipe to the next level by dipping it in chocolate.

Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.comI always have mixed feelings about the end of the school year.  I love the routine of the school year, but the end of the year always feels like we are stumbling toward the finish line, gasping for air.

The Hippie Chick, with one week of school left, came home with about 5 days worth of math homework that she had apparently been saving up for a special occasion.  We had to cancel our family tv-watching night because at bedtime she was only about 2 pages into a 20 page math marathon.

And this girl hates math.  Which probably explains why she had been procrastinating so much.

Explaining math to her literally puts the whole family on edge.  Robb and I have to tag team the job, to avoid going postal on the family.  Not even the dog escaped punishment.

Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com

It was lucky for her I made a batch of chocolate dipped cheesecake squares to nibble on through the evening.  They kept us both sane.

They don’t bother her new braces either, so double bonus.

Dipping things in chocolate is all the rage.  It’s like the trend that never goes out of style, because it’s always awesome.  I dipped these mints in chocolate.  And these peanut butter Buckeyes.

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It’s kind of fun to keep these little snacks in the fridge.  When the family comes home, fruitlessly searches the kitchen, and inevitably opens the fridge, they give you some oohs-and-aahs when they see bite-sized chocolate candies.

Then they eat a couple, walk away, walk back, eat a couple more, and before you know it, your hard work has disappeared into someone’s stomach.

Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com

But the ups outweigh the downs.  Unlike math homework.

Now I’m kind of looking forward to the end of the school year.

 

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Simple cheesecake, cut into squares and dipped in chocolate.
Author:
Recipe type: Candy
Serves: 35-45 squares
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • about 1 pound chocolate
Instructions
  1. Melt butter, combine with graham cracker crumbs. Press into the bottom of a 9x9 pan.
  2. Combine cream cheese with sugar, egg, flour, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Carefully pour on top of graham cracker crust, and spread evenly.
  3. Bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes, until edges are brown. Let cool completely. (After cooling, I recommend freezing cheesecake for 30-60 minutes to make dipping easier.)
  4. Melt chocolate in the microwave, in 30 second intervals, stirring between each.
  5. Cut cheesecake into small squares, about 1.5 to 2 inches. Carefully dip cheesecake squares into melted chocolate, removing any excess. Place on a sheet pan lined with wax paper or parchment paper. Chill for about 15 minutes to set.
  6. Store in refrigerator, but these are best served at room temperature.

 

Double Chocolate Cookies

These soft chocolate cookies have a little spicy kick to them.  You will love the subtle, unique flavor in these soft chocolate cookies.

Double Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com -  They have a little spicy kick to them!It’s been raining and raining here in Utah.  Which drives me crazy.

Nothing against rain, I don’t mind rain, and I basically live in the desert, so we’re always happy for the moisture, but it makes the skies so grey.  After a couple days of grey skies, I’m basically ready to flee the state.  I would never make it, living in Seattle or Portland.  The grey skies would suck out my soul.

Fortunately for me, there is chocolate therapy.  It’s a real thing, right?

Sometimes I use these fudge Brownie Cookies to quell the chocolate cravings, but today I wanted something with a little kick to it.  I couldn’t get these Double Chocolate Cookies out of my head, mainly because of the one ingredient that makes them so different.  One surprising little spice makes these cookies unique and memorable.

And delicious.

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Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins

This healthy banana muffin recipe is moist, with lots of flavor and great texture.

Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #BrunchWeek

I’ve posted this recipe before.  I’m posting it again because it’s the all-time best banana muffin in the entire universe.  For real, it’s one of the recipes on this blog I am the most proud of.

It’s also one of the more rarely-made recipes at our house.  Don’t get me wrong, the muffins always disappear at a fantastic rate, but so do the bananas.  The Fruitarian eats all the bananas long before they ripen enough to bake with.

I don’t understand this, personally, because the thought of eating a plain banana gives me the chills.  And not in a good way.  All that soft, mushy, banana-flavored… banana in your mouth?  BLECH.  But eating banana muffins makes me supremely happy.  And it’s not because of the chocolate.

Okay, it’s not only because of the chocolate.

Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #BrunchWeek

The flavor of this muffin comes from the butter mixed with the ripe bananas.  And the chocolate.  Of course.

The texture comes from quick oats.  Not every muffin uses oats, but this one does, and does it well. 

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Have you entered the giveaway yet?  There’s a good one going on right now, one with lots of prizes and lots of winners.  Enter to win here!

And don’t forget, there are lots more Brunch Week recipes out there today.  You’ll love these!

 

Brunch Beverages:

Raspberry-Mango Batido from Foxes Love Lemons

Blackberry Mimosas from Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine

Brunch Egg Dishes:

Spinach Bell Pepper Frittata from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Corn Souffle from Hungry Couple

Croque Madame Muffins from Cooking in Stilettos

Fajita Vegetable Quesadillas with Eggs and Avocado Hollandaise from Sarcastic Cooking

Bacon, Cheddar, Zucchini Quiche from The Kitchen Prep

Brunch Breads and Grains:

Blueberry Cornmeal Waffles from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Busy Bee’s Granola from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Chocolate Dipped Banana Hazelnut Pancake Kebabs from Food Faith Fitness

Springtime Sweet Rolls from Eat Your Heart Out

10 Minute English Muffin Cream Cheese Danish from Neighborfood

Lemon Poppyseed Scones from Real Housemoms

Apple Croissants from Hip Foodie Mom

Vanilla Chai Quick Bread from Savvy Eats

Fig and Oatmeal Breakfast Bar from My Catholic Kitchen

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Brunch Fruits, Vegetables, Sides: 

Roasted Beet Salad with Pistachios and Blue Cheese from Healthy. Delicious.

Caramelized Onion, Apple and Gruyere Bites from Take a Bite out of Boca

Savory Truffles from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner

Brunch Desserts: 

Orange Marmalade Pound Cake from Love and Confections

Hazelnut-Blackberry Cottage Pudding from The Vintage Cook

Orange Surprise Inside Pound Cake from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Strawberry Hazelnut Crumble with Coconut Whipped Cream from The Little Ferraro Kitchen

Corn Fritter Shortcakes with Maple Whipped Cream from The Spiffy Cookie

 

Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins
 
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A flavorful banana muffin with oats and chocolate chunks.
Author:
Recipe type: Muffins
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ cup quick oats
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add bananas and eggs and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, baking powder and oats and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate.
  4. Fill muffin cups ⅔ full. Bake at 350F for 18-22 minutes. (For mini-muffins, bake 9-12 minutes.)

 

Double-Decker Pavlova with Chocolate

This pavlova with chocolate is delicate, but still satisfying.  Chocolate pavlovas are an impressive dessert!

Chocolate Pavlova from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  This chocolate meringue dessert is so impressive topped with chocolate curls!I love going to the symphony.  I haven’t been in ages, but I love it.  It’s probably my musical background that does it.  I find it so uplifting and relaxing.

When I find myself getting all caught up in the cell phone and Netflix and YouTube, I find it’s really nice to unplug and go back to the classics, you know?  Classics like symphonies and plays and operas and ballets.

This pavlova, by the way, is the perfect dessert to eat after watching the classics, because it’s sort of classical itself.  It’s named after a Russian ballerina.  And, just like her, it’s sort of delicate and yet fabulous.

Although, not like her, pavlovas originate in Australia.  Or is it New Zealand?

 

Chocolate Pavlova from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  This chocolate meringue dessert is so impressive topped with chocolate curls!

A pavlova is basically a giant meringue.  Egg whites and sugar make a beautiful thing, my friends. Continue reading “Double-Decker Pavlova with Chocolate” »

Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

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

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

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

#firstworldproblems, you know.

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

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

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

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

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

Brownie Cookies

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

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

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

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

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

I should add love to the ingredient list.

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

Chocolate Dipped Cream Cheese Mints

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to get the recipe

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Peppermint Bark Brownies

Peppermint chocolate candy brownies recipe;  These brownies use peppermint bark candy to take them to the next level!  You love this peppermint chocolate candy brownies recipe!

Peppermint Bark Brownies from Jen's Favorite CookiesI like flavors being seasonal, for the most party.  I like to save lemons for spring and summer, pumpkin for fall, and gingerbread for winter. But… there is an exception, and that is peppermint.

Why should peppermint be just for winter?  Why is Peppermint Bark only sold in December?  It’s a tragedy, if you ask me.  You can get peppermint gum anytime, why not peppermint baked goods?

I stocked up on the peppermint bark when I found it at the store during the after-Christmas clearance sale.  Maybe some people are tired of it by January, but not me.  Not even close.

Peppermint and I have some things in common, namely, that we are both close personal friends with chocolate.  Very close.  In fact, I think it’s fair to say, we both love chocolate.  And we’re both tired of cherries and strawberries monopolizing the Valentines Day dessert scene.  It’s time peppermint had it’s day.

Peppermint Bark Brownies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I tweaked my basic One-Bowl Brownie recipe just a little, to keep these from being too gooey.

Continue reading “Peppermint Bark Brownies” »

Red Velvet Sandwich Heart Cookies

Red velvet cookies heart shaped;  These easy cookies are sandwiched with chocolate frosting.  A perfect Valentine treat!  Red Velvet Cookies heart shaped.

Red Velvet Heart Sandwich Cookies from Jen's Favorite CookiesRed Velvet is all the rage these days, but I want you to know that when I was a kid, my mom would make Red Velvet Cake for special occasions.  Red velvet cake was all I knew, I could never have conceived of red velvet cookies, pancakes, crepes, fudge, brownies, dips, or any of the hundreds of other amazing creations I have seen lately.

My mom even had a heart shaped cake pan, and sometimes we would have a beautiful, heart shaped red velvet cake with pink frosting on Valentines Day.

My mom is kind of the best that way.  She’s great at making holidays fun, and giving little gifts she knows you’ll enjoy.

I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll go all out on a big red velvet cake for my kids this year.  I’m pretty lazy, after all.  Maybe I’ll tell them that only kids with good grades get red velvet cake.

Or maybe I’ll tell them that only adults get red velvet cake.  That’s even better.

Red Velvet Heart Sandwich Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I already know this Valentines Day is going to be a good one, because I get to celebrate it with my blog buds!  We’re back!

This time around, everything is so cute; red, pink, chocolatey, or otherwise perfect for your Valentine.  With all this talent, you’re bound to find a recipe or two you can fall in love with!  You’ll want to check out each and every one, just in case.

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Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Recipe for chocolate cream cheese cake;  A layer of cheesecake atop a layer of dark chocolate cake is what makes this chocolate cream cheese cake recipe special.

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Bars from Jen's Favorite CookiesMy friend says all her actions fall into one of two categories: the math test or the good book.

The math test is stuff we have to do.  The good book is something we want to do.

The problem with food blogging is that sometimes the stuff I love and enjoy doing turns into something I have to do.  Stuff like social media, and writing, and of course, baking.

Today the sun came out, I woke up in a good mood, and it was time to bake something fun… just for fun.

Which doesn’t stop me from sharing it with you.  Because, honestly?  That’s my favorite part.

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

So here’s what I did.  I made a super delicious dark chocolate sheet cake.  It would have been enough by itself.  I didn’t used to like dark chocolate, but these days I can’t get enough.

But I can’t leave well enough alone.  Not me.

I found some cream cheese in the fridge just begging to be baked with, and I figured my chocolate cake would taste amazing with a little cheesecake on top.

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I was right, by the way.  Cheesecake and dark chocolate cake is a winning combination.  Winning.

It’ll make you feel like you’re reading a good book.

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Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
 
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A layer of dark chocolate cake topped with a layer of chocolate chip cheesecake.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
CAKE:
  • 10 T. butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup dark cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
CHEESECAKE:
  • 12 T. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ⅔ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt and soda. Mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder and boiling water. Add cocoa mixture to dough and mix well.
  4. Add milk and flour alternately. Mix until combined.
  5. Pour batter into a jelly roll pan, which has been greased or lined. Bake at 350F for about 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare cheesecake layer by mixing cream cheese, egg, and sugar until smooth. Mix in half of the chocolate chips.
  7. Pour cream cheese mixture over cake, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with remaining chips, then return to oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes.
  8. Let cool before cutting into bars.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

 Plum Glazed Black & White Cheesecakes from Baking Chic
Black White & Red Cheesecake from Ooh-Look
Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes from Baked by Rachel

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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

I hope you don’t get the wrong idea from all my complaining.  The truth is, I love Christmas.  I love all the holiday cheer, and twinkle lights, and music, and of course, the baked goods. Continue reading “Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies” »

Mint Sandwiches and Holiday Food Party

Chocolate Mint Candy; These easy candies are made with layers of chocolate and mint.

Mint Sandwiches from Jen's Favorite CookiesThis December is shaping up to be  an… umm… exciting one.  For lack of a better word.

After spending Thanksgiving recovering from pneumonia, which is, by the way, one of the least pleasant experiences I have ever had, my kids also got sick, my husband left town on a business trip and then my fridge died.

Merry Christmas, right?

I spent my week shopping for refrigerators and not for groceries, and running all my fridge-purchase-decision-questions past Robb over the phone.

Ugh.

And thus, this week’s dessert is simple, easy, and requires no refrigeration.

Mint Sandwiches from Jen's Favorite Cookies

If you haven’t yet, it’s time you met my friends!

I love spending the holidays with my friends, and we love sharing our favorite holiday treats with you.  Check out all the amazing recipes we came up with for this party!

Just click on each photo to jump to the recipes.

Christmas Food Party on Jen's Favorite Cookies

Red Velvet Parfait from Cravings of a Lunatic Cranberry & Brie Bites from Crumb Blog Soft Gingerbread Cookies from Roxana's Home Baking Coconut Spice Cake from Magnolia Days Gingerbread Biscotti from Created By Diane Caramel Biscoff Blossoms from That Skinny Chick Can Bake Mint Sandwiches from Jen's Favorite Cookies White Chocolate Cranberry Layer Cake from Pineapple and Coconut Candy Cane Kiss Brownies from Chocolate Moosey Triple Chocolate Buche de Noel from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle from Hungry Couple NYC Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars from Chocolate, Chocolate, and More

My Grandfather used to give all the girls in the family a box of mint sandwiches for Christmas, so this recipe holds nice memories for me.  To make life easy, I used candy melts like those in the links below.  If you want a nicer quality candy, you could splurge on better quality chocolate.

Either way, these simple candies make such a wonderful and memorable holiday treat!

More simple minty treats you’ll love:

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Simple chocolate and mint sandwiches.
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Recipe type: Candy
Ingredients
  • 24 oz. chocolate candy melts
  • 12 oz. green candy melts
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
Instructions
  1. Melt 12 oz. chocolate. You can do this on the stove on low or medium heat, or in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each.
  2. Pour melted chocolate onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Spread out evenly, and let cool.
  3. Once first layer is set, (about 10-20 minutes) melt green candy for the second layer. Once melted, quickly stir in peppermint extract. Pour over first layer, and spread evenly. Let cool and set.
  4. Melt remaining chocolate candy, and spread over green layer. Let set.
  5. Use a large knife to cut candy into squares.

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