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August 2014 Wrap-Up

August-squareI generally like the end of August.  The kids have started school and the weather is still warm for a few more weeks.

However, this being the last school year for my oldest son has me feeling a little melancholy, and the unseasonal grey and rainy weather hasn’t helped my mood at all.  It’s fortunate I have baking to bring me out of my funk.

This month, my personal favorite recipe was the Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies.  I can’t get enough of them.  It has given me ideas for more decadently topped brownies.  More on that next month, I hope.

A close second was the spiced zucchini muffins.  I told Robb, who has an irrational fear of green vegetables, that you can’t even taste the zucchini in zucchini bread, and he replied, “Then why is it in there?”  I told him it was a filler, and it gives a nice texture, and he said, “Nope.  You can taste it.”  He wouldn’t even try the zucchini muffins without a big glass of milk nearby, but I made a believer of him.  He took one bite, said, “That’s really good!”  (as if there were any other option, hehe) and promptly finished the rest of the muffin without touching the milk.

It was the perfect end to this awesome month.


mint-cake-6 Mint Cake

I made this cake for my daughters birthday, and it was
a big hit! The green color, dense rich texture, and mint
flavor made the perfect celebration cake.

PB-stuffed-chocolate-cookies-6 Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

My nephew was the grateful recipient of these delicious
chocolate cookies with peanut butter filling.  I was kind
of wishing I could keep them for myself!

scotcheroos-2014-3 Scotcheroos

My favorite RKT of all time!  The “secret ingredient” makes
these peanut butter krispie treats soft and delicious!
Chocolate and butterscotch are the perfect icing on this cake.

PB&J-cookies-3 Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies

My sister is back with these awesome back to school
cookies!  I love the idea of adding a little strawberry
jam to some rich peanut butter cookies.

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

I know summer is over, but I made this fun collection of
no-bake cookies anyway. I’m sure you’ll find a few
things you’ll love in this round-up.

pb-marshmallow-crispy-brownies-3 Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies

This might be my favorite brownie ever.  The gooey
marshmallow layer and crispy chocolate peanut butter
topping take regular brownies to the next level!

 peach-limeade-3  Sparkling Peach Limeade

It could be called a lime peachade, it’s that peachy!
It’s a refreshing way to enjoy peach season.

peach-cobbler-3 Single Serving Peach Cobbler

Turn single serving fruit cups into a delicious dessert
for one!  It’s easy to make a warm crisp topping and
have a quick and comforting dessert.

spiced-zucchini-muffins-9 Spiced Zucchini Crumb Muffins

Use up all that autumn zucchini in these delicious spiced
chocolate chip muffins.  The walnut crumb topping puts
them over the edge.


It was fun having Em guest post again this month.  Her Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies were a big hit.  Wait until you see what she has in store for next month!

You know how much we love popcorn here, right?  I shared a recipe for Honey Butter Popcorn on My Cooking Spot this month.  Honey butter is so delicious, and works great on popcorn.

Get ready for fall by sifting through this board of pumpkin recipes on Pinterest.  There’s also a great collection of Muffin & Scone recipes you should check out.

Coming up in September… turning 40, the beginning of pumpkin season, and chocolate, lovely chocolate!!



No-Bake Desserts

There are more than 50 no-bake dessert recipes in this collection!  Try these easy no bake desserts.

50+ No-Bake Dessert Recipes from JensFavoriteCookies.com - all kinds of cookies and bars that require NO baking!

A lot of people think no-bake cookies are just for the summer, but not I.  I love a good no-bake dessert any old time of year.

I find myself making a lot of classic no-bake cookies lately.  It’s a good way to get rid of whatever I have laying around, like the coconut and the almond milk I bought for these Whole-Grain Coconut Waffles, or the walnuts I used in these Granola Bites.  Plus, they’re ready in minutes and can take care of chocolate cravings in a flash.

My kind of dessert.

This is what made me decide to bring you a bunch of quick and easy desserts that require no baking whatsoever.  More than 50 of them, in fact.  Just feast your eyes on this collection, and you’ll be no-baking your little heart out!

cookie-dough-bars-4-685x1024Peanut Butter Cookie
Dough Bars
from Shugary Sweets
from View from the Great Island


pumpkin-spice-nanaimo-bars-4Pumpkin Spice
Nanaimo Bars
from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
No-Bake-Dark-Chocolate-Haystacks-with-Macadamia-Nuts-vertical-blogDark Chocolate Haystacks
with Macadamia Nuts
from Very Culinary


RaspberryBars1Raspberry Bars
Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free
from Petite Allergy Treats
Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Krispie-Cheesecake-Bars-11Peanut Butter
Cheesecake Bars
from Food Faith Fitness


Cereal Bars
from Chocolate Chocolate & More
PB-Bars-2013-tall2b1No-Bake Peanut
Butter Bars
From Jen’s Favorite Cookies


Butter Bars
from Life Tastes Good
samoa-cookie-dough-barsSamoa Cookie
Dough Bars
from Beyond Frosting


Funfeitt1Funfetti Cookie
Dough Bars
from Chelsea’s Cookie Dough Bars
Chocolate-Chip-Peanut-Butter-Cheesecake-Bars-Taste-and-Tell-1Chocolate Chip Peanut
Butter Cheesecake Bars
from Taste and Tell


from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Frito Bars
from Julie’s Eats & Treats


No-Bake-Fudgy-Peppermint-Cathedral-Cookies-1137Fudgy Peppermint
Cathedral Cookies
from Chocolate Moosey
Thin Mints
From Back for Seconds


Healthy-Almond-Joy-Protein-Bars4-wm (1)Almond Joy
Protein Bars
from Happy Food Healthy Life
Brown-Butter-Churro-Crispy-Treats-Recipe-2Brown Butter Churros
Crispy Treats
from Law Student’s Wife


Lemon-Vanilla-Energy-Balls-2Lemon Vanilla
Energy Bites
from The Healthy Maven
Loaded-Reeses-Puffs-Bars-4-1labeledPeanut Butter
Puffs Bars
from Dinners Dishes & Desserts


No-Bake-Chocolate-Fridge-Cake-with-Raspberries-and-Almonds-on-gourmandeinthekitchen.com_Chocolate Fudge Fridge Cake
with Raspberries & Almonds
from Gourmande in the Kitchen
Cookies-Cream-Meltaways-5bCookies & Cream
from Lemon Tree Dwelling


easy-no-bake-granola-bars-9 (1)No Bake Granola Bars
with Nutella Drizzle
from Yummy Healthy Easy
(Peanut Butter Krispies)
from Jen’s Favorite Cookies


No-Bake-Banana-Split-Oreo-Dessert-1-1Banana Split
Oreo Dessert
from Inside BruCrew Life
Vermont Maple No-Bake Cookies 4Vermont Maple
No-Bake Cookies
from Kitchen Is My Playground


Kahlua-Hazelnut-Chocolate-Truffles-vertical-blogKahlua Hazelnut
Dark Chocolate Truffles
from Very Culinary
BlueberryBars1Blueberry Bars
Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free
from Petite Allergy Treats


No-Bake Cookies
from Shugary Sweets
Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Cracker-Bars-from-ChocolateChocolateandmore-47aChocolate Peanut Butter
Cracker Bars
from Chocolate Chocolate & More


no-bake-peanut-butter-corn-flake-cookiesPeanut Butter
Corn Flake Cookies
from Cupcake Diaries
Double-Chocolate-Cherry-Pistachio-Energy-Bars-1Chocolate Cherry Pistachio
Energy Bars
from Cupcakes & Kale Chips


granola-bites-1bPeanut Butter
Granola Bites
from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
PB-clustersPeanut Butter
from Valeries Kitchen


chocolate-coconut-pumpkin-barsChocolate Coconut
Pumpkin Bars
from Running to the Kitchen
cookie-butter-haystacksCookie Butter
Haystack Cookies
from Frugal Foodie Mama


no-bake-samoa-bars-stackNo Bake
Samoas Bars
from Nosh & Nourish
pbsmrs4Peanut Butter
S’mores Bars
from Back for Seconds


no-bake-cinnamon-roll-protein-bars-2Cinnamon Roll
Protein Bars
from The Healthy Maven
Breakfast Cookies
from Chelsea’s Messy Apron


bacon nutella krispie treatsBacon Nutella
Krispie Treats
from Simply Sated
Coconut-Cookie-Butter-Sandwich-Cookies-783x1024Coconut Cookie Butter
Sandwich Cookies
from Simply Southern Baking


5-min-granola-bars-682x10245-minute Peanut Butter
Granola Bars
from Fannetastic Food
Easy-No-Bake-Granola-Bars-RecipeEasy No-Bake Chocolate
Chip Granola Bars
from Back for Seconds


peanut butter almond no bake cookiesPeanut Butter Almond
No-Bake Cookies
from Cook & Craft Me Crazy
No-Bake-Chocolate-Blueberry-Bars-2No-Bake Chocolate
Blueberry Bars
from The Healthy Maven


Key+Lime+Meltaways+6bKey Lime
from Lemon Tree Dwelling
Krispie Treats
from Savour Fare


samoas-rice-krispie-treats-1Samoas Rice
Krispie Treats
from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
reeses-peanut-butter-cup-oreo-bon-bons1Peanut Butter Cup
Oreo Bon Bons
From Persnickety Plates


No-Bake-Cheerio-Peanut-Butter-BarsCheerios Peanut
Butter Bars
from Julie’s Eats & Treats
Nutella-Smores-Granola-Bars-4-1Nutella S’mores
Granola Bars
from Inside BruCrew Life


PB-BarsChocolate Peanut Butter
Granola Bars
from Spoonful of Flavor
circus-animal-cookie-barsCircus Animal Cookie
Dough Truffle Bars
from Beyond Frosting


pb-cheesecake-bars No-Bake Peanut Butter
Cheesecake Bars
from Cookie Rookie
Puppy-Chow-Bars-3Puppy Chow
from Dinners Dishes & Desserts


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soft-sugar-cookies-13-38. Perfect Soft
Sugar Cookies
Nutella-swirled-PB-bars-610. Nutella Swirled
Peanut Butter Bars

June 2014 Wrap-Up


June 2014 Wrap-UpJune is glorious, isn’t it?

School is out and so is the sun.  Did I ever tell you how much I looooooovvve summer?!

I really had fun with some awesome recipes this month.  It seems you did, too, because almost all of this month’s recipes were popular and well-received.  If you missed any of them, I hope you’ll take this chance to catch up!

I think I would even have trouble picking a favorite this month, myself.  I loved it all.

Although…  the Frozen Hot Chocolate has been particularly popular, and since I taught the kids to make it, every bit of cocoa mix in my house has disappeared.  I’m going to feel silly buying cocoa mix in the middle of summer!

Check these out, and let me know which is your favorite!

Butterscotch-blondies-3 Butterscotch Blondies

The PERFECT blondie recipe, and my new personal go-to,
this one comes with butterscotch chips.

dipped-cheesecake-bites-5 Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Bites

Cheesecake is delicious all by its fabulous self, but dip it in
chocolate, and you really have my attention!

orange-blueberry-whoopie-pies-5 Orange Blueberry Whoopie Pies

These cookies are so summery, with fresh orange and fresh
blueberries!  Sometimes fruit cookies are the way to go.

frozen-hot-chocolate-5 Frozen Hot Chocolate

Don’t forget the whipped cream for this yummy frozen
treat!  Tastes just like cocoa, only COLD!

pb-snickers-pops-7 Peanut Butter Snickers Ice Cream Pops

For those on-the-go days, these ice cream pops with Snickers
are sure to make the entire family happy!

choc-chip-dip-3 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

I just can’t get enough of chocolate chips!  This dip is great
with small cookies or graham crackers.  Or nothing at all!

caramel-stuffed-chocolate-chunk-cookies-3 Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Cookies

One of my favorite chocolate chip recipes ever!  These extra
large cookies are stuffed with Rolo candies!

CCC-collage-1 100 Chocolate Chip Cookies

The definitive collection!  I’ve gathered 100 fantastic recipes
for chocolate chip cookies in one place.  You’ll love this!

lemon-raspberry-meringues-8b Raspberry Meringues

This is such a light and summery dessert.  Fresh lemon and
raspberry makes this dessert really delicious.

In other news, I broke one of my cardinal rules this month, and put raisins in cookies.  That’s right.  Raisins.  I contributed these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies to My Cooking Spot this month.  If you disagree with me about raisins, you might want to check this one out.

If you want to keep up on the latest stuff from this blog, you might want to follow me on Pinterest.  This board includes only recipes from this blog, so you can easily find them all in one place.

And DON’T FORGET!  There’s a giveaway going on for fresh berries from Driscoll’s!  You could win $100 in coupons for fresh berries, enough to last you all summer!  There are several ways to enter.  ENTER TO WIN HERE.  The contest will end soon, so hurry and get your entries in now.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 10th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everyone this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  with lots and lots of crumb topping!This coffee cake has been my nemesis.  Falling, melting, pitching a fit.  It’s the most uncooperative cake I’ve worked on in a while.

I finally decided that coffee cake has a mind of it’s own, and it would never be as pretty, as picture-perfect, as I hoped.

I consoled myself with the fact that everyone’s slice chunk of cake disappeared in no time, and at least one family member went back for seconds.  And thirds.  And gushed about how delish it is.

I’m having a chunk right now, as a matter of fact.  I’d tell you it helps me think, but honestly, the only thing I’m thinking about is crumb topping.  And lots of it.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  with lots and lots of crumb topping!

I’m really enjoying Brunch Week, by the way.  Lots of bloggers, lots of brunch recipes, lots of fantastic ideas, and just in time for Mothers Day.  Have you seen this list of fantastic stuff?

We’re also hosting a crazy big giveaway, with tons of prizes and tons of winners!  Enter the giveaway here!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  with lots and lots of crumb topping!Cinnamon Coffee Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  with lots and lots of crumb topping!


Brunch Beverages:

Brunch Eggs:

Brunch Mains:

Brunch Breads:

Brunch Fruit and Sides:

Brunch Desserts:


Want more? Check out these breakfast baked goods!

choc-chip-scones-7Chocolate Chip
chocolate muffinsChocolate
Buttermilk Muffins


Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Cook time
Total time
A heavy cinnamon coffee cake with generous crumb topping
Recipe type: Cakes
Serves: 9
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, sour cream, and vanilla, and mix well.
  2. Add soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon, and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined. Batter should be heavy.
  4. Pour into a 9x9 pan.
  5. To make crumb topping, mix butter, flour, and brown sugar. Use a fork to mix until crumbly. Pour topping over batter.
  6. Bake cake at 350F for 60-65 minutes. Let cool before slicing into 9-12 pieces.


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” »

24 Zucchini Recipes

24 Zucchini Recipes;  Wondering what to do with all that zucchini?  Look no further!  Try these recipes for breads, desserts, breakfasts, dinners, and snacks made with zucchini!


I missed Zucchini Day.  It just passed me right by.

My apologies, everyone!  I’m sure you were waiting with baited breath for the blogging celebration of this overabundant squash.

The truth is, I didn’t think of it initially because I don’t have squash in any variety in my garden this year.  But now, I have about a dozen baggies in my freezer, each with 2 cups of shredded zucchini, thanks to a friend.

If you haven’t already heard this story, and want to see the monster of a zucchini she brought me, you can do it all in this post about Zucchini Cookies.

Several of my friends have asked me for more zucchini recipes.

So, here I am.  I’ve put together an amazing collection of recipes that will be perfect for using your bounteous harvest.


Zucchini Breads:

carrot-zucchini-breadCarrot Zucchini Bread
Alida’s Kitchen
dbl-choc-zucchini-breadDouble Chocolate
Zucchini Bread from
Like Mother Like Daughter
8629415449_20a27e866cZucchini Bread with
Chocolate Streusel from
Beyond Frosting
zucchinipinebasketZucchini Pineapple
Mini Loaves from
Ricki Heller
nutella-zucchini-breadNutella Swirl Zucchini
Bread from The Girl
in the Little Red Kitchen
Double-Chocolate-Espresso-Zucchini-BreadChocolate Espresso Zucc-
hini Bread from Modern
Christian Homemaker




Zucchini Desserts:

Cinnamon-Frosted-Zucchini-Bars-BlogCinnamon Frosted
Zucchini Bars from
Julie’s Eats & Treats
chocolate-zucchini-cookies-5Chocolate Zucchini
Cookies from Jen’s
Favorite Cookies
choc-zucchini-cakeChocolate Zucchini
Cake from Chocolate
Chocolate and More
Chocolate-Zucchini-Beanie-Brownie-bChocolate Zucchini
Beanie Brownies from
PB and Peppers
choc-zucchini-cupcakesChocolate Zucchini
Cupcakes from
Alida’s Kitchen
Cinnamon-Swirl-Zucchini-Bundt-Cake-BLOGCinnamon Swirl Zucc-
hini Bundt Cake from
Julie’s Eats & Treats



Zucchini Breakfast:

zucchini-french-toastZucchini Bread French
Toast from
SONY DSCZucchini Fritters
Ricki Heller
SONY DSCZucchini Oatmeal
Ricki Heller
zucchini-wafflesChocolate Zucchini
Waffles from
Farm Fresh Feasts
cream-cheese-filled-carrot-zucchini-muffins-600-wmCream Cheese Carrot
Zucchini Muffins from
I Heart Eating
cherry-zucchini-muffinsCherry Zucchini
Crumb Muffins from



Zucchini Main Dishes and Snacks:

zucchini-lasagnaZucchini Lasagna
from Like
Mother Like Daughter
ham-pasta-with-zucchiniHam Pasta with
Zucchini from
Hungry Goddess
cheesy-zucchini-tart-recipe-11Cheesy Zucchini
Tart from
Roxana’s Home Baking
Green dip made with yogurt or sour cream, selective focus.Zucchini Hummus
The Culinary Life
Crispy-Baked-Ratatouille-Fries-7320Crispy Baked
Ratatouille Fries from
Chocolate Moosey
stuffing-bitesZucchini Stuffing
Bites from
Busy Vegetarian Mom




Twix Cheesecake Bars

One of the best cheesecake ideas I have seen, these use candy bars!  With a shortbread crust and Twix and Rolo candies, this is a fun twist on cheesecake bars recipes.

Twix Cheesecake Bars from JensFavoriteCookies.comI think I spent like $25 on candy and junk at the grocery store, just to have an excuse to make these cheesecake bars.

It seems like cheesecake bars are like the cool kid on the block these days.  Everyone is making them.  Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars, Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars, Turtle Cheesecake Bars, Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars, Pumpkin Nutmeg Cheesecake Bars… you name it, you can make it into a cheesecake bar.

And weirdly, even though I really enjoy a good cheesecake, and I post practically nothing but dessert recipes on this site, the cheesecake recipes are few and far between here.  It was time this situation came to an end.

Pinterest and I became good friends.  I put “cheesecake bars” in the search bar and oohed and aahed for, well, probably hours.  There really are an amazing number of cheesecake bar recipes out there.

Twix Cheesecake Bars from JensFavoriteCookies.com

I ended up forming my very own creation.  For this amazing creation, I started with a shortbread crust.  I wanted the bar to bear a passing resemblance to a Twix bar, and Continue reading “Twix Cheesecake Bars” »

Independence Day Treats

4th of July recipes for you; This collection of dessert recipes is perfect for the 4th of July or any summer get together! Try these 4th of July recipes for yourself!

4th of July desertsI love a good holiday.  I love the comradery, the break from the daily grind, and most of all, the food.

Oh, the food!  Holiday food is the best, isn’t it?

Our family will be celebrating with camping, swimming, fireworks, and naturally, snacks.  Popcorn and cookies during fireworks, chips and candy with lunch, fruity beverages to quell the blazing heat.

I thought I would share some of my favorite Independence Day appropriate treats.  These will be either American themed, no-bake {because it’s hot!}, non-melting {because it’s hot!} or generally summery.  Hopefully there will be something here for everyone.

If not, consider finding more ideas by checking out what my friends have done.

Let’s dive in.

red-white-and-blue-trifle-4Berry Trifle lemon sugar cookies square3Lemon Sugar Cookies no bake dessertsNo-bake PB Bars

This Berry Trifle uses white cake, blueberries, and strawberry pudding, very Red, White & Blue
Nothing says summer like lemon, and these Lemon Sugar Cookies have a light flavor and won’t melt.
Need to feed a crowd fast?  Try the No-Bake, 5-ingredient, Peanut Butter No Bake Bars.

Kettle Corn is a perfect treat for snacking on during fireworks!
Root Beer is uniquely American, so these Root Beer Cookies are sure to please.
Use your fresh fruit to make this beautiful Fruit Pizza on a sugar cookie crust.

Coconut Oil Kettle Corn RecipeKettle Corn Root Beer CookiesRoot Beer Cookies fruit-pizza-3Fruit Pizza
oatmeal chocolate chipOatmeal CC Cookies grapefruit soda thumbGrapefruit Soda blueberry-buttermilk-muffins-5Blueberry Muffins

These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are the quintessential American cookie.
Grapefruit Soda is so refreshing on a warm summer day!
Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins are just classic, the sort of thing to remind you of home.

Whatever your plans this 4th of July, I hope you have fun and have amazing summer foods!

Fruit Pizza

Fresh fruit pizza; This fruit pizza recipe uses a sugar cookie crust, cream cheese, and of course, fresh fruit!  You’ll love this fruit pizza dessert!

fruit-pizzaWe eat a lot of popcorn at our house.  Sometimes I think our dog was born to be part of this family, because he also loves popcorn.


At least, that’s what I thought.  Then, the other day, I dropped some popcorn on the floor before I got it all buttered and salted.  The dog walked over, sniffed it, and walked away.  Turns out, popcorn is just a great delivery system for what he really loves… butter.

Stinkin’ dog.

I guess you have to give everyone what they want, especially on their birthday.  This month, our son The Fruitarian turned 15.  And despite the fact that the dog was really hoping for a cake made from peanut butter, bacon, cheese, and of course, butter, I went a different direction for the birthday boy.

I couldn’t think of anything more fitting for The Fruitarian than this fruit pizza.

Fruit Pizza | Jen's Favorite Cookies

By the way, whose big idea was it to have cake for every single birthday party ever?  Nothing against cake, but I can think of about a dozen things I’d rather have.

I’m just not one of those traditionalists that thinks we have to have cake all the time.  I don’t think there’s a single thing wrong with a birthday brownie, pie, cobbler, krispie treat, or fruit covered cookie.

A fruit covered cookie is basically all this is, anyway.


The base of this fruit pizza is a giant sugar cookie.  You could make your sugar cookie dough from scratch, using my favorite sugar cookie ever, or you could just cheat and use packaged sugar cookie dough.

I’m not going to tell you which one I used.

But it was the packaged stuff.

The only downside to a fruit pizza birthday cake is where to put the candles.  But I think we’ll get over it.

strawberry-pudding-6Strawberry Pudding subscribeSubscribe by e-mail fruit salsaPear Berry Salsa

Continue reading “Fruit Pizza” »

Strawberry Pudding

This strawberry pudding recipe uses fresh strawberries;  Strawberry recipes, make this delicious pudding at home!

Strawberry Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.comMe: I’m going to make strawberry pudding.
Robb: Does that even exist?
Me:  It will when I make it.

The next day…

Me: Try this strawberry pudding.
Robb:  This is really good!
Me: You should never doubt me.

I don’t know how many times I have to tell that man that if he would just agree with me, he would be right a lot more often.

Although, to be fair, I’ve never actually eaten strawberry pudding before.  Or even heard of strawberry pudding.  But strawberries are in season, so I figured it was worth a try.  It tasted good in my imagination.

Strawberry Pudding from Jen's Favorite Cookies

As usual, The Fruitarian {who is celebrating his 15th birthday this week} was hovering the moment I pulled the strawberries from the fridge.  I caught him staring at them during breakfast.  I thought he might drool on himself.

Fruitarian: Can I have a strawberry?  Can I have strawberry pudding? Can I have some of these cut strawberries?
Me: Wait until I’m done, then you can have it all.
Fruitarian: But…!  But…!  {grunts in frustration}

Do you remember how hard I had to work to keep him away from the bananas so I could make Banana Pudding?

Strawberry Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com

 When it was all said and done, the whole family was pleased with this dessert.  The berry flavor is present, but not overwhelming, and the pudding is extremely creamy and delicious.

It was a satisfying day for everyone.  For the Fruitarian because he got to eat Strawberry Pudding with extra berries on top.  For Robb because he got to try a new dessert that even a picky eater can love.  And for me, because I get to be right.

As usual.

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Blackberry Cobbler

Delicious blackberry cobbler;  This cobbler recipe uses nuts and oats for the crust, and blackberries and sugar for the filling.  Top your blackberry cobbler with a spoonful of whipped cream!

blackberry-cobblerWhen I first started blogging seriously, one of the hardest things to get used to was that I had no one to talk to.  None of my “real life” friends cared much about blogging, and none of the cool bloggers out there were my friends.  Then, as I began making blog friends, it felt weird that I didn’t know any of them in “real life” and so we have digital relationships and do things like share pictures of food we ate alone by ourselves.

It could be a sign of mental illness, I’ve been told.

At any rate, I was grateful for those digital friendships, those body-less faces in profile pictures that would talk to me all day about page layouts and posting schedules, and recipe attribution and plugins.  Oh!  The plugins!  {I’m a confessed addict.  I’m trying to quit.}

My very first blogging buddy was Carla at Chocolate Moosey.  Carla and I connected on Twitter, and she has become on of my best friends.  As time has worn on, and I’ve made a few more blogging friends, Carla and I remain close.  I can’t imagine going more than a day or two without connecting with her in one of about 15 ways.  {We bloggers tend to be social media addicts, too.}


Turns out, I’m not the only one who thinks Carla is awesome.  She has made lots of friends through social media and blogging.  Friends who can’t be there in person to wish her a Happy Birthday today.

Happy Birthday Carla!

And since Carla and I have never met, and in fact live 2000 miles apart, we have something of a non-traditional friendship, I guess.  So it’s fitting that I’m sharing a non-traditional birthday dessert, i.e. not cake.

Blackberry Cobbler | Jen's Favorite Cookies

You should know that it doesn’t bother me ONE BIT to have cobbler instead of cake.  In fact, I have had peach cobbler as my birthday cake many, many times, and it continues to be my favorite birthday cake.  My mom makes a mean peach cobbler, and my birthday is in the fall, right when peaches are in season.

However, this is May, and peaches just don’t exist today.  But blackberries do.  Lovely, luscious, gorgeous blackberries!  I bought the biggest Costco-sized box I could find, and made this cobbler twice.

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I suggest checking out some of the other things Carla’s friends made for her virtual birthday party.  You won’t regret it!

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Toasted Coconut Milkshake

Toasted Coconut is the key ingredient in this milkshake recipe; This is one of the best coconut dessert recipes I’ve tasted!

Toasted Coconut MilkshakeTrue story: My brother asked me to drive him to the airport, and I totally forgot about it.  In my defense, I was a little preoccupied with my own very serious issue, namely, that my car broke down.  I’ll spare you the details, but sufficeth to say, I spent a whole day without a car, and getting the car home involved a lot of smoke and embarrassment.

The whole day was a mess, to tell you the truth.  Between my afternoon responsibilities and the kids evening events, we had just 15 minutes to cook and eat dinner.

We had Cheerios.  Yeah, yeah, you’ve done it too, admit it.

Later that night, after the embarrassing car situation, and the worst-dinner-ever situation, and some kind of painful plain-talk with Robb about my life’s goals, I was feeling pretty nervous and uptight and overwhelmed.  And hungry.

Robb, always the sweetheart, loaded everyone in his car to take us out for a late meal.  Robb drives a small pickup truck, that really only holds two, so cramming all 5 of us in there was something of a joke.  We looked like a clown car.  It’s lucky my kids are skinny, and the doors have locks, that’s all I’ll say.  We laughed through our discomfort, all the way to the very nearby restaurant.


I have never been in this particular fast food establishment when I wasn’t the only person there.  I don’t really get it, either, because the food is good.  Nevertheless, it has a bit of a low-end reputation.  We ordered our food, and choose a large booth to balance out the feelings of togetherness we had during the drive there.

And that was the moment at which my brother sent me a text to be sure I was still okay to drive him to the airport.

I am SUCH a loser sometimes.  I told my brother he had to provide the car AND pick me up at the fast food joint.  We he got there, I made Robb promise to bring the rest of my sandwich home, and I walked out of the trashy restaurant in an oversized sweatshirt and wild hair, carrying a paper cup full of Diet Pepsi.

I made myself feel better by explaining to my brother that I had spared him the burden of having to envy me.

It’s one of the 7 deadly sins, yo.

At least I had a coconut milkshake and episodes of Arrested Development to end my day with.

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I may have told you of our family’s love of coconut a few {dozen} times.  {In fact, my last post was a coconut recipe, too.}  Not too long ago, we went to this fancy donut place in town, and Robb got a toasted coconut donut, which is one of the best things in the entire world.  To die for.

I wanted to capture that same flavor in this milkshake.  It’s crazy how much tastier coconut is when it is toasted.  Don’t skip the toasting, folks.  Trust me on this one.  I knew I hit a home run when I heard Robb shout from the other room, “Are you kidding me?!”  {That means it’s really good.}

By the way, I never did get to eat the rest of my sandwich.  Turns out The Fruitarian spilled his root beer all over everything, and my sandwich went in the trash.

Stupid Wednesday.

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Molasses Cookies with Caramel Cinnamon Glaze

Recipe for crisp molasses cookies with caramel cinnamon glaze; This molasses cookie is similar to a gingersnap, and the glaze is made with cinnamon chips and caramels.

molasses cookieA friend and I decided to join a diet challenge recently.  And then this happened… crunchy molasses cookies with creamy cinnamon caramel glaze.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to diet AND be a dessert blogger?  It practically impossible.

Me: How am I supposed to diet with THESE in the house?
Friend: What. Are. THOSE?!!

I knew she would approve, because she kind of has a thing for caramel lattes.  I’m partial to dark chocolate cocoa with those tiny little dehydrated marshmallows.  I just loved this cookie when it took the form of gingerbread last winter.  It was excellent with the dark chocolate cocoa I had for breakfast.

Which probably explains why I’m dieting now.

This time around, I left out all the spices except the cinnamon.  I wanted something less spicy, still crunchy and with that yummy rich molasses flavor.  The glaze just really took it over the top.

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And I’m well aware that spring isn’t really the traditional time for molasses cookies.  But I’m bucking the system, fighting the MAN, getting wild and crazy and eating molasses cookies any time I darn well want to.

I make no apologies.

I could start drinking eggnog any minute now.

And can we just talk about the creamy-dreamy evil genius that is cinnamon chips?  They make everything better.  Adding cinnamon chips to melted caramel is so deliciously tempting and diet-busting.

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I will admit that this glaze turned out a touch thinner and stickier than I anticipated.  The cookies that were glazed and then stored for a day got a little soft on the glazed parts.

I recommend glazing right before serving.

Any non-glazed cookies will store for quite a long time in an air-tight container, but the glazed cookies will definitely need wax paper to sit on, and a life span of not more than a day or two.

Which is only a problem if you’re on a diet!

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Almond Buttermilk Cake

This cake recipe uses buttermilk and almonds.  Similar to Swedish visiting cake, this almond cake recipe is quick, simple, and unfrosted.

almond cakeI was given a bag of sugar from the Zulka company to test and review.

Ever since I bought this baking book by Dorie Greenspan, I’ve been dreaming of the Swedish Visiting Cake.

Honestly, it’s a testament to how simply perfect it is, because generally I’m one for super-sweet, super-chocolatey, completely decadent, over-the-top desserts.  This cake is the exact opposite.  Simple, not too sweet, unassuming, unfrosted, and gorgeous.

The book says it’s called a visiting cake because you can see your neighbors coming up the road, and throw this cake together before they get to the front door.  It’s just about right, too.

This recipe isn’t exactly like Dorie’s, mainly because I really wanted to make a buttermilk cake.  Oh, buttermilk, the love of my culinary life.  So I merged Dorie’s visiting cake with a blueberry buttermilk cake I found here, to create this deliciously simple almond buttermilk cake.

It was raining when I made it, too, which somehow seemed rather apropos.  This thing was easy like Sunday morning.  (I may or may not be listening to Lionel Richie while writing this.)

Did I just date myself?

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Speaking of simple and uncluttered, I recently discovered this sugar called Zulka.  This stuff is unrefined and less processed than the regular stuff, not to mention it catches the light and looks really cool and sparkly.

The awesome people at Zulka sent me a bag to try, and somehow this cake seemed the perfect fit for the unrefined sugar.

My opinion?  Well, the stuff is easy to find (I found it at Walmart), the difference between Zulka and regular sugar is pretty small, and the price difference is very small too.  So, if you’re the health-conscious, worried-about-genetically-modified-foods type, you’ll love Zulka.  I am decidedly not worried about genetically modified foods, but I do like how pretty and sparkly this sugar is.

Is that shallow?  Probably.

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I guess it’s that time of day, now.  Time for me to fight the urge to eat cake for dinner.

And it’s time for you to enter this awesome giveaway.  You could win your own bag of sparkly unrefined Zulka sugar!

{Giveaway now closed.}

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20 Amazing No Bake Desserts

A collection of no bake desserts; 20 recipes for no bake cookies, cheesecakes, truffles, and candy.

no bakeWho doesn’t love a no-bake dessert? Nobody, that’s who.

I have these amazing ideas for complex desserts right now, but honestly, it’s just so nice outside, I would rather do anything than spend a long afternoon in the kitchen.

I’m sure I’m the only person who feels like this, ever.

That makes this the perfect time to pull together a collection of some of my favorite no-bake desserts from this blog. They range from simple candies, to spoon desserts, to cookies and pies. This is almost no end to what you can no-bake.

I’ve included 8 recipes below from this site. Clicking on a photo will take you to that recipe. Pinning or Sharing to Facebook will save the link forever in a place you can come back to. And commenting at the bottom of the post just gives me a warm fuzzy.

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I certainly don’t want you thinking I am the only one out there no-baking my life away. I chatted with my blogging buddies and found 12 more fantastic no-bake recipes, from ice cream, to fudge, truffles, even cannoli!

I hope you’ll click through, not just to discover the recipes for these delicious treats, but also to discover more great food blogs. Each photo will take you to a new amazing food blog full of great stuff.

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Let’s keep the no-bake love coming! If you have a favorite no-bake dessert, please comment or link below, or tell me all about it on Facebook. Let’s collect even more great stuff from all of you amazing bakers out there!

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Shortcut Cannoli with Chocolate Mousse Filling from Overtime Cook
Lemon Icebox Pie from Cravings of a Lunatic
Strawberry Parfait from Chocolate Moosey
Chocolate Macaroons from Oh She Glows
Honey Vanilla Marshmallows from Pineapple and Coconut
Malted Milk Fudge from Lemon Tree Dwelling
Grasshopper Pie in a Jar from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
No Bake Cookie Bars from Cookies and Cups
Apricot Pistachio Truffles from Tales of a Kitchen
Cookie Truffles with Peanut Butter Centers from Minimalist Baker
Samoas Bark from Endless Simmer

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Recipe for lemon cookies with lemon icing.  These Lemon Ricotta Cookies are deliciously fresh for spring!

ricotta cookies I took my rapidly growing kid the the store to try on some pants.  Every pair he owns is a good 3 inches too short.  With some experimentation and trying on, we discovered that his pants size is 26×32, and that he looks terrible in skinny jeans.

I walked into Aeropostale, armed with this pants size, and the clerk responded, “Daaaang!!  The kid has legs!”  And then she told me to hit the website.

By the way, you can’t get this size on the website, either.  Not. Even. Close.

His brother is even skinnier, though with slightly shorter legs (very slightly), but that kid can rock the skinny jeans.  Which is lucky for him, because skinny jeans are actually not too hard to find for skinny kids.  Go figure.

And while big and tall stores certainly exist, skinny and tall stores do NOT.  Trust me on this one.

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People say, “You should fatten that kid up.”
And I say, “Oh, good idea, I never thought of that before.”

Okay, yes, maybe I have a tendency to be a little snarky.  But it is an issue staring me in the face basically daily.

They sure didn’t get these super skinny genes from moi.

I mean, you’d think having a cookie blog would be enough, right?  I bake cookies, desserts, and snacks every week.  The kids eat them like they’re going out of style.  And still the doctor says things like, “No restrictions on his diet, let him eat whatever he wants.”

Already got it covered, doc.  Those boys are walking garbage disposals.

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I like the idea of ricotta in a cookie.  Besides providing a little extra protein and fat in my skinny kids’ diets, it also gives a nice soft, almost spongey texture to the cookies.

The lemon is for me, because it’s spring, and around this time of year, I start getting overwhelming cravings for all things lemon.  It’s just so fresh and bright!

If you’re a lemon addict, too, you’ll love these cookies.  Or you could check out this stuff:

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Adapted from Giada de Laurentiis

Lemon Ricotta Cookies
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A spongey lemon ricotta cookie with lemon icing.
Recipe type: cookies
Serves: 4 dozen
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1¼ cup ricotta cheese
  • zest and juice of 1 lime *(see notes)
  • zest and juice of ½ lemon*
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • zest and juice of ½ lemon*
  • 1 T. milk or cream
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and ricotta and mix well.
  2. Add zest and juices, mix well. Add salt and baking powder, mix well.
  3. Add flour, and mix until combined.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet, leaving room for spreading, and bake at 375 for 11-15 minutes.
  5. For frosting, combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth. Use a very small amount of frosting on each cookie, spreading while cookies are still warm.
  6. Store in an airtight container between layers of wax paper.

 If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Lemon Ricotta Muffins from Healthy Food for Living
Iced Lemon Ricotta Donuts from La Casa De Sweets
Lemon-Blueberry Ricotta Scones from Tiffin Tales

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Brown Sugar Cake with Salted Caramel Dip

Brown sugar recipe; This brown sugar cake is covered in caramel sauce instead of frosting.  This brown sugar cake recipe is light and subtle and delicious.

brown sugar recipeConfession time.  Robb’s family loves to eat “cake and dip,” which is a white cake with chocolate sauce instead of frosting.  Initially, I was pretty grossed out by the idea, because the texture of soggy foods causes an instant gag reflex.

(Sidebar, my dad used to think warm milk with a piece of bread floating in it was a good dinner.  I’m not sure whether I hated the soggy bread or the warm milk more.  Can I get an “ewwww!!”)

However, I have learned, evolved, and grown to love cake and dip.  So, when I informed Robb of an upcoming dinner get-together, and asked what I should make for dessert, cake and dip was his idea.  Changing the chocolate dip to caramel dip was his idea, too.

Changing the white cake to brown sugar cake was my idea, though.  I’m taking full credit.

We’re a brilliant team, nay?

When the day of the dinner party came, though, it was chaos at my house.

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True Story: I went to get a load of laundry started, and discovered my laundry room floor was a lake.  Water everywhere.  I checked the walls and saw paint bubbling, and knew they were wet, too.  I immediately knew what the problem was, it was the hose, which is just outside the laundry room window.

That stupid hose bib has been nothing but trouble.  It keeps freezing and breaking, and we’ve been trying for years to work around some, shall we say, creative plumbing in that area?  The previous owners thought it would be an awesome idea to run their sprinklers through the hose.

My dad is a plumber.  I know better.

Trying to wrench the hose bib off, Robb broke the pipe… inside the wall.  Yep.

The upshot of all this is that the water was off for quite a while, while Robb and my dad made the necessary repairs.  And there’s a hole in my wall. *sigh*

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I figured I could still bake a cake without water, but have you ever tried cracking eggs without getting it on your hands?  It’s practically impossible.

It’s lucky there was a little water hanging around, it water bottles and such.

This salted caramel dip is seriously delicious.  It is kind of on the thin side, but it thickens as it cools.  You can warm it up for 30-60 seconds in the microwave to loosen it up again.

This brown sugar cake turned out quite delicious.  The flavor is light and subtle, not too overpowering.  The point of cake and dip is that you don’t need frosting.  However, if you want to use frosting instead of dip, I wouldn’t blame you.  I recommend trying this salted caramel frosting from Haniela or this one from Pineapple and Coconut.

And I recommend having water on hand when you make it.

Want more? Try these caramelized favorites!

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Brown Sugar Cake with Salted Caramel Dip
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A simple brown sugar cake with salted caramel sauce.
Recipe type: cake
Serves: 12
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tabespoon coarse sea salt or fleur de sel
  1. Cream shortening and sugars. Add eggs and sour cream and mix well.
  2. Add vanilla, salt, and baking powder, and mix well.
  3. Add milk alternately with flour, mixing until incorporated.
  4. Pour into a greased 9x13 cake pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  6. Melt butter in a heavy 2-3 qt. saucepan, over high heat.
  7. Add brown sugar, and stir. Add cream slowly, stirring.
  8. Bring to a boil, and boil 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly.
  9. Remove from heat and add salt. Serve warm.
  10. Store in refrigerator. If needed, microwave for 30-60 seconds to warm before serving.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Cookie Butter Brown Sugar Streusel Bars from Averie Cooks
Brown Sugar Shortbread from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
Almond Brown Sugar Pumpkin Bread from Running with Tweezers

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Funfetti Oreo Stacks

Funfetti Oreo Stacks; Funfetti cake layered with Oreo cookies, frosting, and sprinkles.  A great funfetti recipe for birthdays!

funfettiWhoever came up with the word “funfetti” was brilliant, because everyone knows sprinkles are more fun.

Since the neighbor and long time friend of the Hippie Chick was having a birthday, we wanted to celebrate with something, well… fun.  And, obviously it’s more fun if it has the word “fun” in it.

Or if it has Oreos.

And so I used both.

Truth be told, I’m not completely prepared for the upcoming birthday season at our house.  It begins in May and lasts until October.  It’s intense, it’s expensive, and it means my kids are getting old.

I keep thinking, if I plan early, if I prepare ahead of time with birthday cake recipes and party ideas, maybe the emotional blow my childrens’ birthdays are becoming to me will be easier to handle.

It probably won’t work.  But it’s all I’ve got.

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So, the Hippie Chick and I were having a conversation about this.

Me: Bean’s birthday is tomorrow.  Should we get her a gift?
Hippie Chick: Yes!
Me:  What should we get her?
HC: I don’t know.  I can’t think of anything good.
Me: Maybe we should bake her a treat?
HC: Yes!  Great idea!  Let’s make something vanilla.  Everyone likes vanilla.

I literally cannot break her of this belief.  Lord knows I’ve tried.

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The process is amazingly simple.  Get yourself a Funfetti box cake mix, and make it according to the package directions, except pour it into a sheet pan to bake, so you get this thin sheet cake with cute sprinkles.  Use a round cookie cutter to cut little circles from the cake, then layer them between Oreos with frosting.

Top with sprinkles.  Devour.  Repeat.

Happy Birthday, Miss Bean!

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Coconut Lime Poke Cake

Poke Cake is fun and delicious.  This Jello poke cake recipe is made with coconut cake and lime Jello.

coconut lime poke cake thumbI’ve been trying to dream up some green recipes, since it’s March and all, and the thing is, there just aren’t that many desserty flavors that are green.  I mean, you have pistachio, mint, lime, and that’s about it.

Avocados and spinach, while present on this blog, are not great for desserts.

Then I remembered the time I made Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies and decided I needed that flavor combination in my life again.

I went looking around the Pinter-webs for inspiration.  Which is when I realized that I have never actually made a poke cake.  In fact, I’ve obviously never even spoken about making a poke cake, because when I announced to the family that their dessert tonight would be poke cake, they all thought I said “pote cake.”

Robb: “What’s a pote cake?”
Me: “POKE.  Poke… Cake.  Because you poke it with a fork and pour jello over it.”
Robb: {look of bewilderment} “Hmm.  I’ve never heard of it.”

No kidding?  {Sarcasm becomes me.}

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I have this thing where I like things to have more than one flavor.  I mean, why have banana muffins when you can have Banana Chocolate Chunk Oat Muffins?  Why have buttermilk scones when you can have Coconut White Chocolate Buttermilk Scones?  You see what I mean.

Unless the flavor is chocolate.  Then chocolate with more chocolate is just plain fine with me.

So it really could not be a lime poke cake.  It HAD to be a Coconut Lime Poke Cake.  It was the only choice.

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I did one thing which was brand new for me.  I made whipped coconut cream frosting, which you probably guessed is dairy-free.  I don’t really care about being dairy-free that much, but I do love me some coconut.  What you have to do is buy a can of coconut milk, and when you get it home, immediately put it in the fridge and Do. Not. Touch. it for a day-ish.

Don’t shake it, don’t stir it, don’t turn it upside down.  Move it as little as possible.  Because, just like real cream and milk, coconut cream will separate from the syrup.  You can just gently scoop the cream off the top, whip it up with some powdered sugar, and you have a might fine icing, my friends.

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Chocolate Frosted Cookies

These chocolate cookies are a lot like brownies, rich, moist, and delicious.  This chocolate cookie recipe uses buttermilk in both the cookie and the frosting.

chocolate cookiesWhen I first started this blog, my mom tracked down an old family recipe for a cakey, frosted chocolate cookie that my great-grandmother used to make.  In fact, it was one of the first cookies I shared with you.

Lately, I have been dreaming of that cookie, remembering how wonderfully rich and flavorful it was.  I’ve been meaning to make it again.

Then last week, my great aunt passed away.  We knew it was coming, but it was still sad.  She was an amazing woman, warm and caring, with 8 children and approximately 452 grandchildren.

Seriously.  They’re my cousins, and I don’t know who half of them are, because there are far too many to keep track of.

If the whole family was in high school together… the school would be overcrowded.  You get the idea.

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The passing of beloved Aunt B was the final excuse I needed to bake chocolate cookies.  Well, I never need much of an excuse to make something chocolate.  Let me rephrase.  It was the final excuse I needed to make the family recipe.

Oh, hooray for family recipes that are chocolate!!

chocolate cookie recipe

I learned something new this time around, while chatting with my mom about the funeral and the cookies.  Mom said that Aunt B stopped making the cookies because they are a lot like brownies, and it’s easier to make brownies.

I might be the world’s biggest brownie fan, but honestly? I think I’d rather have these cookies.  They are deliciously cakey and moist and brownie-like, but please don’t let that stop you.

Besides, they are coated in the single tastiest chocolate frosting in the known universe.

I’m sure when I get to heaven, I’ll find both Aunt B and these cookies there.


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Chocolate Frosted Cookies
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A chewy, cakey chocolate cookie with chocolate frosting.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 2-3 dozen
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1⅔ cup flour
  • 4 T. butter, melted
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 T. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. buttermilk
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  1. Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg, melted chocolate, and vanilla, and mix well.
  2. Add buttermilk, salt, and soda and mix well.
  3. Add flour, and mix just until combined.
  4. Drop spoonfuls onto baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Remove carefully and allow to cool completely before frosting.
  5. For frosting, combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth. Use a small amount of frosting on each cookie.
  6. Store in an airtight container between layers of wax paper.