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Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

This fresh squeezed lemonade recipe is a breeze to make, and a perfect refresher for warm afternoons!

old-fashioned-lemonade Summer is definitely here, and it is HOT.

Over the 4th of July weekend, our family made a little trip to Idaho, to visit a family friend who has a really nice little farm with lots of old tractors.  It was a really lovely weekend, though it was really, really hot.

We went swimming in the creek to cool off, which actually worked really well. It was an idyllic setting, with a huge willow tree, weathered wooden bench, and a rope swing.

I felt like we were in the 1950’s. The only thing that was missing was the old-fashioned lemonade.

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I always thought that real lemonade would be so hard to make. I mean, squeezing lemons? Who does that? For years, I opted for the frozen concentrate, believing it the easier choice.

Little did I know, squeezing lemons is not any harder than breaking up that dang frozen concentrate. In fact, it’s probably easier. And it tastes far better, so these days, the choice is an easy one.

Fresh stuff, all the way, for this family!

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This recipe is easy to customize, too. Add some fresh berries, if you like, or a sprig of mint. Any way you make it, this lemonade is the perfect addition to any warm summer day.

 

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
 
Fresh-squeezed, old-fashioned lemonade.
Author:
Recipe type: Beverages
Serves: 6 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar to make simple syrup. Bring to a boil, and boil about 5 minutes. Set aside and let cool. (Refrigerate to chill completely)
  2. Squeeze juice from lemons to get one cup. Chill lemon juice.
  3. Once simple syrup and lemon juice are chilled, pour both into a pitcher with 4 cups very cold water. Stir to combine.
  4. Serve over ice.

Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

These simple peanut butter cookies take just 3-ingredients to make! Gluten-free, small-batch, fun to make with kids.

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My sister and I come from a peanut butter loving family, and it shows. (Remember when my sister came up with these peanut butter and jelly cookies?) Just use the search bar on this site, and search the phrase “peanut butter,” and you’ll see what I mean.

I’m totally not surprised she came up with something this awesome. It’s just like her. I’ll get out of the way now, and you can read what Em has to say!

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Honest question: at what point does eating peanut butter straight out of the jar stop being a snack and start being a meal?

I don’t know why, but whenever I’m home by myself and I feel like I want a snack, I open the fridge and stare in it for about three solid minutes before I decide to have a spoonful of peanut butter.  I guess it’s because when you have peanut butter, you’re never really alone.

It’s like…peanut butter just gets me.

The only thing I like more than peanut butter is avocados and the only thing I like more than avocados is being lazy and there is nothing I’m willing to do to prove it.  To that end, I have what seems to be this affliction where every time I feel ambitious enough to bake something elaborate, I’m always out of just ONE ingredient.

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Given my aforementioned laziness, you know I’m not going to the store for one stupid thing.  So I’ve taken to developing a habit of mitching and boaning for a few minutes, eating a spoonful of peanut butter, then sitting in front of the TV and foregoing any baking aspirations that may have cropped up in my subconscience.

Mr. Nation and I were simultaneously experiencing a hankerin’ for something sweet the other night (who says we don’t do things together?).

If I’m going to exert the energy to actually make something, then I’m going to go a step further and write a potential blog post about it.  Enter the universe trying to have its way with me by declaring my entire house devoid of flour.  If you’re contributing to a baking blog, a flour shortage is a mighty big challenge to overcome, but again…too lazy to go to the store.

I stood in the middle of my kitchen for a minute, looking down the mouth of an open jar of peanut butter and realized that I also have a few squares of dark chocolate in my fridge.  Knowing that nothing can go wrong with this combination helped me summon the confidence I needed to come up with a solution.

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That’s when I MacGyved these delicious little cookies.

They seriously take next to no time and about the same amount of effort.  I especially enjoyed haphazardly wrapping my chocolate squares into a piece of parchment paper and breaking them up with a meat mallet.

 

Simple Peanut Butter Cookies
 
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Easy 3-ingredient cookies topped with chocolate.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 1 dozen
Ingredients
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 5 teaspoons sugar
  • 4-5 squares dark chocolate (about 2 oz.), broken into pieces *(optional)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine peanut butter, egg, and sugar.
  2. Using two spoons or a cookie scoop, form small balls of dough and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Sprinkle chocolate pieces on top of each cookie. Bake at 350F for 12-15 min.

 

Easy Chocolate Chip Muffins

These easy chocolate chip muffins use quick oats for great texture, butter for great flavor and chocolate chips to make them over the top delicious!

easy-chocolate-chip-muffinsYou should see the amount of chocolate chips we go through at this house. And butter. It’s obscene.

But seriously? Chocolate chips are SO good.  I’ll put chocolate chips in just about anything. I mean, this blog has a chocolate chip dip, chocolate chip brownies, chocolate chip scones, truffles, cake, blondies, not to mention a bunch of kinds of chocolate chip cookies, and of course, these muffins.

My kids even ask for chocolate chips in their waffles.

Let’s face it. Everything is better with chocolate chips.  It’s worth having a few packages hanging out in the pantry… just in case!

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When it comes to muffins, I am super proud of this Banana Bread Muffin. I added some quick oats to give them some awesome texture. They are dense enough, but not too dense.

I did the same for these Chocolate Chip Muffins. A little bit of quick oats makes for an amazing texture. It makes them just a little fluffier.

I’ll tell you, I was super happy to start my day with these.

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My son, The Fruitarian, even made bets for these muffins. I told him if he won the bet, he could have a warm muffin right out of the oven, rather than waiting for me to photograph them.  That made him happy!

He lost the bet, of course. He apparently hasn’t learned the cardinal rule of betting, which is, never bet against me.  Ha!

He and I both had quite a few of these gorgeous muffins.  I predict they’ll disappear fast at your house too.

Especially if you eat them warm!

 

Also try these!

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes from Crazy for Crust
Perfect Chocolate Chip Waffles from Mommy Musings
Chocolate Chip Pancake Poppers from Deliciously Yum

Easy Chocolate Chip Muffins
 
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An easy chocolate chip muffin recipe with great texture!
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 15-18
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup quick oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, baking powder, and oats, and mix well.
  3. Add flour and milk alternately, mixing just until incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Prepare a muffin pan by greasing or lining the cups. Fill cups about ¾ full with batter. Bake at 425F for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to 350F and bake 15-18 minutes more.

 

No-Bake Cookies Recipe

This no bake cookies recipe is a classic your family will love! Easy enough that kids can make it, everyone will appreciate a no-bake cookie that is ready to eat in just minutes!

no-bake-cookies-recipeI recently started a new job, which has really wrecked my schedule. Being in the office all day is far different from being at home all day, and I find myself sort of missing the solitude of my quiet home-alone hours.

I also find myself missing the desire to make dinner. Or make anything, really. I would just prefer someone serve it to me on a silver platter.

I’ve been racking my brain for meals and desserts that are even faster, even cheaper, and even easier than what I’ve done in the past.

And, with summer right around the corner, I am returning to my no-bake roots. Because some days, NOT turning on the oven is my favorite thing.

It’s right behind NOT listening to the radio. Silence is often my favorite station.

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When I was a kid, we used to make this no-bake cookies recipe all the time. It was a staple. We practically had the recipe memorized, that’s how often we made it.

Can you blame us? We wanted a treat, and we wanted it quickly, and we didn’t want mom to yell at us about cleaning up a bunch of dishes.

Not to mention, we were usually making these during commercial breaks. *ahem*

My kids know nothing about doing things during commercial breaks. I don’t think they’ve watched a live television program ever in their lives. And don’t even get me started about telephone books, and rotary telephones, and encyclopedias, and hand-cranked pencil sharpeners.

They know nothing about any of these things.

But you know what they do know? They know all about no-bake cookies. What can I say? Some things are just timeless.

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Allow me to share a few notes on no-bakes I have learned over the years.

First, it is easy to adjust the texture of these cookies by adding more oats or coconut. (Chopped walnuts also work well.) But taking oats away is a different issue, so tread carefully. This batch turned out a touch dry, which frankly doesn’t bother me one bit, but I know some people prefer a chewy treat.

Second, I used to always drop these on wax paper, and inevitably I would find myself eating a cookie with a little wax paper glued to the bottom, that wouldn’t come off until the cookie warmed up a bit. So, if you’re not into eating wax paper, may I suggest using parchment paper? A silicone mat also works.

My favorite way is actually to take the non-stick spray to a mini muffin pan, and drop my spoonfuls in there. The cookies don’t come out with that classic mounded shape, but I’ve never heard one complaint about that.

Third, and perhaps most importantly, prepare for this to disappear in record time. I have literally never in my life seen a no-bake cookie last more than 24 hours. Or even close to 24 hours. If you’ve got a houseful to feed, be sure to make them small!

Then I suggest making your kids make the cookies, and tell them to bring you a couple on a silver platter while you take your shoes off and relax!

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No-Bake Cookies

A simple stovetop cookie recipe, requiring no baking.

Servings 2 dozen
Author Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan, melt butter. Add sugar, cocoa powder, and milk, and mix to combine. Bring to a boil, and boil 1-2 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Stir in oats and coconut, mixing until well combined.

  3. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone mat. Chill in the fridge for about an hour.

Recipe Notes

Yields will vary widely depending on how large you make your cookies. If I do small-ish spoonfuls, I can get about 2 dozen cookies.

 

Black and White Bark

This dark chocolate bark recipe includes white chocolate, too.  It’s sure to be one of your favorite chocolate bark recipes!

Black and White Bark from JensFavoriteCookies.com - dark and white chocolate, chips, and cookies make a super easy treat!I was doing so good today.  Drinking my smoothie for breakfast, eating my veggies for lunch.

And suddenly, I was craving chocolate.  CRAVING.  The kind of craving that takes over your life and commandeers all your thoughts.

I went in a frantic search through my pantry for chocolate, and found a couple items in the chocolate chip box.  Items like this chocolate bar and this white chocolate bar.  And a half a bag of white chocolate chips.  And a bag and a half of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

And since I had to run to the store for something else anyway, I grabbed a package of Oreos to complete my black and white theme.

(See related post: Chocolate Lovers Bark)

Black and White Bark from JensFavoriteCookies.com - dark and white chocolate, chips, and cookies make a super easy treat!

Add this to your Chocolate Recipes board on Pinterest!

I love how quick and easy it is to make chocolate bark.  I mean, melt, spread, chill, cut.  Easy as pie.

And where did that saying come from anyway?  This is WAAAAAAY easier than pie.  No contest.

The best part of this process has got to be making all the pretty little swirls.  I love that part.  Mostly because I am no good at making anything pretty, but this stuff is eeeeeeeasy.

I almost said easy as pie again.  But forget that.  This is easy like Sunday morning.

Black and White Bark from JensFavoriteCookies.com - dark and white chocolate, chips, and cookies make a super easy treat!Black and White Bark from JensFavoriteCookies.com - dark and white chocolate, chips, and cookies make a super easy treat!

Come to think of it, my Sunday mornings are not exactly a breeze either.  I need some new sayings.

It’s like falling off a log.  Like taking candy from a baby.  You get the picture.

20 minutes from now, your chocolate cravings could be totally satisfied!

 

Want more?  Try these easy barks!

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Black and White Bark
 
A simple chocolate candy.
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Recipe type: Candy
Serves: about 20 pieces
Ingredients
  • 4 oz. good quality chocolate
  • 4 oz. good quality white chocolate
  • 4-5 Oreo cookies, cut into quarters
  • a small handful each of chocolate chips and white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Break chocolate into pieces and place in a microwave safe dish. Melt in the microwave, in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted and smooth.
  2. Spread chocolate on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Break white chocolate into pieces and place in a microwave safe dish. Melt in the microwave, in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted and smooth.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of melted white chocolate in dollops onto spread chocolate. Use a toothpick (or I used a skewer) to swirl the chocolate and white chocolate together into pretty patterns.
  5. Place Oreo pieces evenly on the swirled chocolate, and sprinkles any crumbs on top. Sprinkle chocolate chips and white chocolate chips on top.
  6. Chill in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, until set. Use a large knife to cut into pieces. Store in fridge or freezer.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

 

cookie-dough-truffles (5 of 1)I have a confession to make.  I kind of hate dipping things in chocolate.

I don’t hate eating things that have been dipped in chocolate, just to clarify.  But I do hate dipping them.  It’s always a mess and they never come out looking beautiful and professional.  It’s just very unsatisfying.

So for these cookie dough truffles, I experimented with rolling them in all kinds of things, and yes, dipping them too, to give you and I lots of options.  Variety is the spice of life, right?

The kids were all over these little dough-like balls.  They thought they were cheesecake balls, because I made them with cream cheese.  Cream cheese is one of my favorite things ever.  I’ve never made a recipe with cream cheese that I didn’t like.  Even things I don’t like taste better with cream cheese.  Like crab.  (I’m not much of a seafood lover.  But cream cheese crab dip is to die for.)

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In my attempt to give some non-dipping options to these little truffles, I came up with the following options.

1. Sprinkles.  Sprinkles are always good.  But… they don’t cover entirely, they fall off, and it takes a lot of sprinkles to cover an entire batch of cookie dough truffles.  But if you are a sprinkles lover, I say go for it.

2. Cocoa powder.  I’ve seen other kinds of truffles rolled in cocoa powder, so it definitely deserved a try.  It’s much easier than the sprinkles, but the taste of unsweetened cocoa is something less than desirable, to say the least.  This was my least favorite option.

3. Sugar.  The sugar was super duper easy to work with, but I didn’t really think it got the job done.  It didn’t have the coverage to really make them look like nice, perfectly round little truffle balls, even though the taste was obviously awesome.

4. Cocoa powder + sugar.  This was by far my favorite option.  I mixed some sugar and cocoa powder together to roll them in.  It gave a nice coverage that made them look coated in something, and tasted far better than the plain cocoa powder.

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And let’s not forget the obvious dipping option.  I used almond bark to dip mine.  It melts easy and chills into a nice hard crust.  I used 4 oz. and did about a quarter of my batch, so if this is what you’re using for all of them, you’ll need about 16 oz.

Any way you make them, you are going to end up with a safe (egg-free) cookie dough bite that is totally to die for!

Want more?  Try these easy candies!

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Recipe adapted from Shugary Sweets, via Food Fanatic

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles
 
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Cream cheese cookie dough truffles, rolled in cocoa or dipped in chocolate.
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Recipe type: Candy
Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (or mini chocolate chips)
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder + 3 tablespoons sugar, for rolling *(optional) OR
  • 16 oz. almond bark or candy melts, melted *(optional)
Instructions
  1. Place cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer to beat until smooth.
  2. Add brown sugar, vanilla, and salt, and mix until smooth. Add flour and mix until smooth.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Chill mixture for 30-60 minutes.
  5. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to form small balls of the dough. Roll dough in a mixture of sugar and cocoa powder, or dip in melted chocolate.
  6. Set balls on a lined baking sheet, and chill for 1-2 hours in the fridge, or 20-30 minutes in the freezer before serving.

 

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
thin-mintsThin
Mints
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

 

Smores-cereal-Bars-from-ChocolateChocolateandmore-03aS’mores
Cereal Bars
from Chocolate Chocolate & More
PB-Bars-2013-tall2b1No-Bake Peanut
Butter Bars
From Jen’s Favorite Cookies

 

cookiebutterbars32Cookie
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

 

coconut-truffles-5Coconut
Truffles
from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Gooey-Frito-Bars-BlogGooey
Frito Bars
from Julie’s Eats & Treats

 

No-Bake-Fudgy-Peppermint-Cathedral-Cookies-1137Fudgy Peppermint
Cathedral Cookies
from Chocolate Moosey
how-to-make-thin-mints-from-scratch3-Ingredient
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
Meltaways
from Lemon Tree Dwelling

 

easy-no-bake-granola-bars-9 (1)No Bake Granola Bars
with Nutella Drizzle
from Yummy Healthy Easy
scotcheroos-2014-2bScotcheroos
(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

 

nutella-no-bake-cookiesNutella
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
Clusters
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
No-Bake-Breakfast-Cookies-that-are-good-for-youHealthy
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
Meltaways
from Lemon Tree Dwelling
smores-krispie-treatsS’mores
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
Bars
from Dinners Dishes & Desserts

 

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Coconut Truffles

Coconut truffles recipe;  This easy coconut truffles recipe is a great fit for Easter or spring celebrations.

Bunny Tails!  These super easy Coconut Truffles make a great Easter treat.  From JensFavoriteCookies.com Regular readers of this blog know how I feel about coconut.

It’s lovely.  It’s fantastic.  It’s delicious.  It’s one of my favorite flavors, right behind chocolate.  And peanut butter.  And mint.  I’m so indecisive.  I just love all of it.

When I spied these completely adorable Bunny Tails on Pizzazzerie recently, I knew I had to give them a try myself.  Partly because they’re adorable, but mostly because they are coconut.  Anything that involves copious amounts of coconut and powdered sugar is fine with me.

I asked my son and his buddy whether they loved the coconut truffles enough to serve them to their hypothetical girlfriends.  (At least, they better be hypothetical.)  They were concerned that girls wouldn’t like the idea of bunny tails, (too gruesome) so they opted to call them cotton balls.

I don’t know what cotton balls have to do with anything.  But, to each his own, I guess.

Either way, they were fine eating them, fine enough that they went back to the fridge several times in a 5-minute span.

Bunny Tails!  These super easy Coconut Truffles make a great Easter treat.  From JensFavoriteCookies.com

This recipe is proof positive that candy making doesn’t have to be the laborious and detailed process that I always thought it was.  I remember a neighbor showing some of us girls how to make homemade suckers, back when I was a teenager.  I thought the process was hard and scary, and I was just certain I would ruin a pan doing it, so I never did try it on my own. Continue reading “Coconut Truffles” »

Virgin Mojitos

Virgin mojito recipe; Learn how to make a virgin mojito with this easy recipe.

How to make Virgin Mojitos from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  this mint and lime drink is non-alcoholic and so refreshing!The Hippie Chick called me this morning, about an hour after school started, to tell me she didn’t feel very good.  This time she didn’t even bother trying to sound sick.

I felt a little guilty telling her to stick it out and try to make the best of it, but I think 9 out of the last 10 times I have checked her out of school I have regretted it.  Most of the time, she is really not that sick, and whatever does ail her is instantly better as soon as everyone else gets home from school.

Call me skeptical.

Nevertheless, I figured if she did have an upset stomach and a bad school day, a little light, refreshing, minty beverage might be a welcome relief.  This was as good an excuse as any to make this fun beverage I have been craving for a couple weeks now.  I picked up some fresh mint and ginger ale while I was out, and whipped these up right before she got home.

I knew the mint would do her good.  She has a long and painful history of… well,… hmm…  let’s just say we have developed several techniques for dealing with car sickness.  One of our favorites is keeping a bag of mints with us on long road trips.  The mint seems to calm her stomach, and I’m always a fan of anything that helps the kids breath.  (No one wants to smell the barf burps.)

How to make Virgin Mojitos from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  this mint and lime drink is non-alcoholic and so refreshing!

Being a non-drinker, I’m always on the lookout for a fun drink that doesn’t involve alcohol.  I like sharing them with my kids, too.  There are a couple ways to make virgin mojitos.  One technique involves making a mint-infused simple syrup.  It’s nice because it doesn’t involve a lot of leaves floating in your glass.   Continue reading “Virgin Mojitos” »

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

More minty candies you’ll love!

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Peppermint Fudge

Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars

Easy nanaimo bars;  This recipe for easy nanaimo bars uses pumpkin spice pudding for a fall flavor profile.

pumpkin-spice-nanaimo-barsTrue story: This was my first time making Nanaimo Bars.  And it was the first time my family had even heard of them.

Me: I think I’m going to make Nanaimo Bars.
Robb: What?
Me:  Nanaimo Bars.
Robb: {pause}  Mah-what?

I explained to him all about the no-bake layered goodness, the chocolate, the coconut, the cream filling.  He just looked at me suspiciously.  Robb has no imagination for food.

Then I explained all about the Canadian origins, and about the first place I ever heard of them.  Which, strangely enough, was in one of my favorite movies, A Mighty Wind.  (See a trailer for the show here)  Then I did my best North Dakota / Canadian border accent, which netted me one genuine compliment from Robb.  {It’s one of the few accents I can pull off.}

Robb: What are they called again?  Mah-mine-ah?

Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Let’s not forget that it is now November.  I have no idea where this year went, and I can’t decide whether I’m happy or sad to have it behind me.  But that is beside the point.  The point is, it’s fall, and I needed some fall flavors in these bars.

Enter Pumpkin Spice Pudding Mix.  If you can find it {you’ll probably only see it at Walmart} you should grab a couple boxes.  It’s nice to have some kind of special fall-flavored baked goods around this time of year.

Or, to be more precise, no-baked goods.  Whatever.

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Now that we’ve experienced Nanaimo Bar goodness, we’re going to have trouble forgetting it.  Perhaps I’ll tell the kids that if they can pronounce it, they can have a bar.  (cue evil laugh)

Mah-nee-nee?  Na-mine-ah? Mo-nah-nee-nah?

More pumpkin spice goodness for you to enjoy:

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Krispie Treats
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Cookie Bars
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Cookies

 

Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars
 
Traditional no-bake nanaimo bars with a pumpkin spice twist.
Author:
Recipe type: No-Bake Desserts
Serves: 9
Ingredients
CRUST:
  • ½ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1¼ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup finely chopped pecans
FILLING:
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 box pumpkin spice pudding mix (3.4 oz)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1¼ cups powdered sugar
TOPPING:
  • 4-5 oz. chocolate (or ¾ cup chocolate chips)
  • 1 T. butter
Instructions
  1. FOR CRUST: Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add cocoa and sugar, and quickly stir to combine.
  2. Add egg before mixture becomes too hot, and mix well. Continue cooking and stirring another minute or so to let mixture thicken. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in cracker crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9x9 pan, and let chill while you make the filling.
  4. FOR FILLING: Soften butter, and combine with pudding, milk and powdered sugar. Beat until smooth. Spread evenly over crust layer.
  5. FOR TOPPING: Melt chocolate and butter together in the microwave, in 30-second intervals, stirring between each. Quickly pour over other layers, and smooth with a knife.
  6. Let bars chill for at least 1 hour before cutting into 9 large or 16 small bars. Keep in refrigerator, and serve chilled.

Butterfinger Bark and Halloween Food Party

Easy Homemade Candy; this candy is similar to Butterfinger candy bars, and easy to make.

easy homemade candyI think I need to be up front about this and tell you that this brilliant genius easy-candy idea was not mine.  I wish it was, don’t get me wrong, but I really just cannot take credit.

I found this on Cookies and Cups, although I’m not sure Shelley can take credit either.  Whoever first thought to melt candy corn and mix it with peanut butter should get some kind of award.

The only part of this that was actually my idea was using the coffin-shaped cookie cutter.

Okay, so maybe I’m not in the running for genius of the year, but that is not going to stop me from sharing this fantastic recipe with you.  Because who knew you could make your own Butterfinger Candy Bars at home?!

Shelley is right that the texture is not quite as good as the real thing, but the flavor is, fo sho.  If you want a full tutorial with awesome pics and everything, just click through to the Cookies and Cups post.  But if you’re looking for more genius-of-the-year Halloween recipe ideas, you’re better off hanging out here.

Butterfinger Bark from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Because, y’all?!  My friends are back!!  And we’ve gathered up some amazing-awesome Halloween recipes just for you.  Because that’s the kind of friends we are.

Here’s the story.  Each one of my friends has made something fun today, and below is a photo and link to each and every one of them.  If I know you, you’re going to want to check out all of them.  Because that’s the kind of friend you are.  You might even be the friend who wants to share these ideas with your friends on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or whatever else you’re using.

Just click each image below to read the posts and get the recipes.

Butterfinger Bark from Jen's Favorite Cookies Chocolate Pumpkin Cut-Out Cookies from Created By Diane Chocolate Crepes with Pumpkin Filling from Pineapple and Coconut Vampire Delight Martini Pumpkin Spice Kiss Cookie Cups from Chocolate Moosey Rice Krispie Candy Corn from That Skinny Chick Can Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Halloween Puppy Chow Homemade Sour Patch Kids from What Smells So Good Reese's PB&C Pretzel Crust Pie from Hungry Couple Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies from Crumb Blog Pumpkin Pie Fudge from Juanita's Cocina Chocolate Pumpkin Layer Cake from Gotta Get Baked

Let’s talk about Butterfingers again.  Am I boring you yet?

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Important Tip #1: Use fresh candy corn.  Just like with marshmallows in krispie treats, old and stale candy corn is not your friend.  Feed those to the kids and get a new bag for your Butterfingers.

Important Tip #2: Get the peanut butter ready ahead of time, as well as a big strong spoon and some elbow grease.  Once the candy corn comes out of the microwave, you’re going to need to get crackin’ on mixing in that peanut butter.  This stuff sets up fast, it’s hard to stir, and you’re going to need to work fast and hard.

Slightly less Important Tip #3:  You probably figured this out on your own, but the coffin cookie cutter is totally unnecessary.  Personally, I made a few Butterfinger coffins, and then I cut the rest into neat little rectangles with a big knife.  I like this idea too, because you can control the portion size (for my kids.  and myself.) and you don’t have any waste.

I hope you enjoy this bark, and all the genius Halloween recipes today!  Drop me a comment below if you did!

More Halloween recipes you might enjoy:

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Butterfinger Bark and Halloween Food Party
 
A simple homemade candy similar to Butterfinger candy bars.
Author:
Recipe type: Candy
Ingredients
  • 24 oz. chocolate chips (2 bags)
  • 20 oz. candy corn (about 4 cups)
  • 1¼ cups creamy peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Place half the chocolate chips in a microwave safe dish, and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted.
  2. Spread melted chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with foil.
  3. In a separate bowl, place candy corn. Microwave until melted, about 90-120 seconds. Very quickly stir, and stir in peanut butter. Mix well to combine.
  4. Spread candy corn mixture over chocolate layer carefully.
  5. Melt remaining chocolate as before, and spread over the top of the candy corn layer.
  6. Chill in fridge for about an hour, until set. Cut into pieces with a knife or cookie cutter. Store in refrigerator.

 easy homemade candy

12 Easy Halloween Treats

Halloween Easy Treats;  For this Halloween, easy treats are the way to go!

12-easy-halloween-treatsLet’s just say you wanted to put together a fun Halloween party for your kids.  Or your friends.  Or your kids friends.  Or your friends kids.  Whatever.

And let’s just say you didn’t want to spend a day and a half baking fancy treats and making complicated crafty decorations.  You might like some fun Halloween ideas like those I’ve collected for you today.

Personally, I’m not in love with Halloween.  Maybe you remember?

I looked around the wide wide wide web, and asked my friends, and their friends, and found a few treats that fit my very narrow criteria.

1) They must be Halloween.  Not just fall, not just candy corn, but actual Halloween.
2) They must be easy.  Crazy-easy.  Your-five-year-old-could-make-it easy.
3) They must be fast.  If they take more than about 10 minutes of my personal hands-on time, they’re not going to be worth it for this party.  (*Disclaimer: a couple of these recipes might take more than 10 minutes total, but not much more.  Seriously.)

So here we go:

12 Easy Halloween Treats

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Spider Bites
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Pretzel Sticks
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Ghosts
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Bread Sticks
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I love all these ideas, and I can totally see myself making all of them.

I should tell you that this is not the end of my Halloween plans for this year.  Coming up next week:  another Halloween party, where all my friends contribute their amazing holiday creations with you!

You won’t want to miss that one.

Have a great Halloween season!  And check out these other Halloween treat ideas!

More Halloween easy treats!

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Pretzel Toffee

Toffee Pretzel Recipe; This recipe uses basic butter toffee poured over pretzels and topped with chocolate.  You’ll love this toffee pretzel recipe!

Pretzel-Toffee-recipeThe hypocrisy is strong around here some days.

Just yesterday, for example, Robb told the way-too-skinny and super active teenage boys that they needed to double their caloric intake if they want to be strong and healthy.

I fully supported this plan.

Then today, he told them they needed to get their jobs done before they could eat lunch.

I also fully supported this plan.

Eat, don’t eat… It’s confusing, I know.

Then I told everyone I would be making snacks, but ended up making candy instead.  What can I say? Life ain’t perfect.

Pretzel-Toffee

Toffee is one of my favorite candies.  Butter + Sugar… what’s not to love? Continue reading “Pretzel Toffee” »

Brownie Mix Cookies

Brownie Cookies from mix; These easy chocolate cookies are made with a boxed brownie mix.  These brownie cookies from mix are delicious and so easy!

brownie-mix-cookiesI never really did get nauseous when I was pregnant.  What I got was massive headaches.

I still get massive headaches.

I’ve learned over the years to avoid them by keeping a consistent sleep schedule, limiting my caffeine intake, and keeping myself hydrated, and I’ve learned a few tricks to help me manage the pain a little better, but these things are not a cure.  Not by a long shot.

This morning, for no good reason at all, I woke up with a doozey.  It was bad enough that I begged Robb to handle the morning routine without me so I could stay in bed.

When I finally emerged hours later, I was headache-free, but had a strong strong chocolate craving.

I nearly drove to the nearest fast food restaurant in the pouring rain for a chocolate milkshake, that’s how strong it was.  In fact the only thing that kept me from doing just that was the knowledge that there was a brownie mix in my pantry.

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Making cookies from a brownie mix on a heavy headache day is a double bonus.  Bonus number one, the obvious one, is the chocolate.

But bonus number two is equally as important.  Because you’re making cookies from a brownie mix, they are fast and easy to mix up, and you can do it all in one large bowl with a wooden spoon.

brownie-cookies

Last time the massive-headache-chocolate-craving-blues hit me hard, I made these gorgeous Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies.  Those got the job done, let me tell you.

I was kind of excited also to use a new product I found.  The people at Star Fine Foods offered to let me try their new Butter Flavored Olive Oil, and I tried it in these cookies.  I’ve never really been one to bake with olive oil, but the butter flavored oil gives a nice buttery flavor, with the soft consistency of oil.

Best of both worlds.  Thanks, Star.

(P.S. You can’t get this product everywhere, but I’m almost positive it’s available at WalMart.)

 

More brownie-like cookies you might enjoy:

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4.3 from 4 reviews
Brownie Mix Cookies
 
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A soft chocolate cookie made from a boxed brownie mix.
Author:
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons butter flavored olive oil (or use vegetable or canola oil)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 brownie mix (I used Duncan Hines 18 oz. box)
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Lightly beat eggs, and combine with oil and water.
  2. With a wooden spoon, mix in brownie mix and flour, stirring until well combined.
  3. Fold in white chocolate chips.
  4. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350F for 9-11 minutes.

 If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Fudgy Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies from Six Sisters Stuff
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Pizza Bites

This homemade pizza recipe comes in little bite-size pieces; A pizza recipe for bread filled with pepperoni and cheese.  Homemade pizza recipe.

homemade-pizza-recipeI’ve been trying to reduce my intake of carbs.  No white bread, I said.  No cheese, I said.

Aaaaand then I went and made this.

My BFF saw my picture on Instagram and asked me why I was making bread.  As if I had an answer.  “Torture!” she said.  “No doubt,” said I.

I’m kind of a sucker for cheesy bread, especially when it involves garlic.  Garlic might be my kryptonite.  Who can resist something like that?  When the cheese is all stringy and you can pull it for miles before it breaks?  It’s completely irresistible.  Admit it.

The other inexplicable thing about my making these pizza bites was my timing.  Normally we’re an eat-dinner-late kind of family, but Robb came home early, and needed to leave again, and I figured we had better get while the gettin’ was good.  So the pizza bites came out of the oven about the same time the veggies went onto the stove.  The kids thought the pizza bites were dinner.

They wish!

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I’ll tell you the truth… I’m not a big fan of making bread.  All the kneading and waiting for it to rise and hoping your yeast is still good is just too much for me. Continue reading “Pizza Bites” »

Cheesy Mustard Dip

Mustard Dip with cheddar cheese; Great snack idea! Pretzels and mustard cheese dip.  This recipe for mustard dip is slightly spicy, with lots of sharp cheddar cheese melted in.

cheesy-mustard-dipI remember this one time, my parents took a trip to Europe, and they brought me a jar of English mustard as a souvenir.

Oh, how well they know me.

The stuff was spicy, really spicy, the kind of spicy that clears out your sinuses and makes your eyes tear up.  It’s one of my favorite gifts ever, and, strange as it sounds, I will always remember that jar of mustard.

In the interest of full disclosure, I think I should tell you that the American yellow mustard is a thing which will never touch my lips.  What is in that stuff?  I’m pretty sure that particular shade of yellow is found nowhere in nature.  But brown mustard, spicy mustard, honey mustard, these are the things which I adore.

Especially with pretzels.  Yum.

By the way, this recipe is not going to bring a tear to the eye or clear your sinuses.  It is a touch spicy, but nothing like that English souvenir mustard from years ago.

mustard dip

I’m just going to address this now, because I know you’re going to ask.

Yes, I did put root beer in my mustard dip.  I know it sounds a little weird, but I liked the idea of something sweet with a little bite to it in the mustard dip, and I think it worked nicely.  If you are not into root beer, you could actual beer, something dark like a stout, or you could just skip it and use water.

Your choice.

pretzels and mustard

I love this dip served warm, all the melted cheese and spices make it so comforting and delicious.  I figured I needed a pretzel rod with it, something that could hold up to the strength of the mustard dip.

It makes a pretty small batch.  Small enough for me to eat almost the entire thing by myself.  Feel free to double if you’re serving more than 3 or 4 people.

I think I’ll just keep my batch to myself.

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Oreo Popcorn

Oreo Popcorn recipe;  This white chocolate popcorn has chunks of Oreo cookies in it.  Simple and delicious popcorn recipe.

popcorn-recipeEven with the 100-ish cookie recipes on this site, good old-fashioned packaged Oreos are still Robb’s favorite.

He has rules for his Oreos, too.  No double stuffed, no flavored, and certainly no Golden Oreos.  The only acceptable variety is the plain, regular, original kind.

I don’t really blame him, Oreos are fantastic, although we differ on the details.  I think the different flavors are all wonderful, (variety is the spice of life, and all that) although I kind of agree about the Golden Oreos.  I can’t bring myself to spend money on them.

No matter.  I can compromise with the best of them.  I bought a package of plain original Oreos, and used half the package on this yummy Oreo White Chocolate Popcorn, and left the other half of the package for Robb to eat plain.

It’s a win-win.

Oreo Popcorn from @JenSto2t Jen's Favorite Cookies

The Hippie Chick absolutely adores white chocolate, especially when it’s mixed with Oreos.  She actually prefers white chocolate to regular chocolate, leading me to believe she was switched at birth.

Although, to be fair, I had a hard time keeping my hands out of this popcorn, too.  I really have a weakness for white chocolate popcorn.

You know what else?  Those pretzels covered in white chocolate.  Lawd have mercy, that stuff is like crack.

Oreo Popcorn from @JenSto2t Jen's Favorite Cookies

Let me dive in here with some details.  First, for a recipe like this, I really prefer the almond bark or candy melts.  They melt nicely, and set up well with a few minutes in the fridge.  White chocolate chips get all wonky and gross when you melt them, so please don’t use that.  Regular old white chocolate like this stuff is fine, too, although in my experience the candy coating sets up a little better.

And about the popcorn… I used an air popper {I’m sort of racist against microwave popcorn.} but use whatever method you prefer.  You’ll probably be happiest with the plain white unflavored variety, but if you happen to have only buttered microwave popcorn in your pantry, don’t let that stop you.  I used 1/2 cup of unpopped kernels, and I’m guessing here, but I think that’s pretty close to two regular microwave bags.

I used about a sleeve and a half of the regular Oreos, but next time I’m totally trying this with Mint Oreos.

Robb can just suffer.

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Lemon Sugar Cookies

These chewy lemon cookies use fresh lemon juice; An easy lemon sugar cookie recipe for summer.  You’ll love this lemon cookie!

Lemon Sugar Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a very light lemon flavor makes these cookies a great choice any time!I bought myself a new maxi dress, so I guess I’m ready for summer.

I hope it helps, because this summer is just about more than I can handle already.  My 16 year old is taking summer drivers ed and holding down 2 jobs, which is a lot, considering he can’t drive himself to these jobs, and my summer was already full before it even began.

I’m going to have to get myself some habits to keep it together… like carrying one of those sticks of sunscreen and some lipgloss and sunglasses everywhere I go.

And planning ahead so I’m not writing my recipe posts the night before they are to be published.

*ahem*

The worst part about that is that my first batch of lemon sugar cookies was a bit below my standards. Ugly, too soft, hard to make, sub-par.  It’s a miracle I had time to photograph them!

Lemon Sugar Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a very light lemon flavor makes these cookies a great choice any time!

Why does lemon seem so summery?  Some fruits can feel at home in any season, but plain old lemon is a summer as it gets.

The lemon flavor in this cookie is subtle.  I personally think it’s perfect the way it is, but if you like a little extra lemoney kick, you can whip up some lemon glaze by mixing powdered sugar and lemon juice.  Just drizzle it over the top.

Lemon Sugar Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a very light lemon flavor makes these cookies a great choice any time!

I love that freshness that the lemon flavor gives.  These cookies are just perfect for a summer picnic, barbecue, or potlock.  There’s nothing about them that melts or that has an overpowering flavor.

By the way, these are great with other citrus flavors, too.  I have made these with fresh oranges and with fresh limes as well.  Maybe next time, I’ll try it with grapefruit!

Grapefruit cookies and grapefruit lip gloss, that sounds like a great summer day to me!

 

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4.4 from 18 reviews
Lemon Sugar Cookies
 
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A sugar cookie with a light lemon flavor.
Author:
Recipe type: cookies
Serves: 5 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • juice of 1 lemon (about 3-4 T.) (*see notes)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 cups flour
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add lemon juice, salt, soda, and baking powder and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined. Dough should be thick and crumbly.
  4. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Notes
This cookie has a VERY mild lemon flavor. Do NOT add extra lemon juice, or it will affect the texture of the cookie. For a stronger lemon flavor, add the zest of one lemon, or ½ teaspoon of lemon extract. You can also add a simple glaze made with lemon juice and powdered sugar.

 If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Lemon Lavender Shortbread from Pastry Affair
Glazed Lemon Cookies from Cooking Classy
Meltaway Lemon Cookies from The Novice Chef

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Coconut Biscotti

Recipe for biscotti;  This easy biscotti recipe is flavored with coconut and tastes great with coffee or cocoa.

BiscottiToday was the last day of school.  This means the end of getting up early to make lunches and drive carpools, and the end of screaming about homework and scheduling school activities.  For three months, anyway.

It also means an end to quiet mornings by myself and uninterrupted reading.

*sniff sniff*

I like to read the kind of stuff that makes me think.  I like to sit quietly and contemplate the nature of the universe.  It takes me away from the unending hectic activity that dominates the rest of my life.

And it only gets more hectic in the summer.

But don’t worry about me… I have a solution.  My kids are teenagers, which means they won’t be up before noon.  And since Robb tends to be a late sleeper, too, all I have to do is get up the tiniest bit early to have a good hour of reading Emerson and sipping breakfast drinks.

And eating biscotti.

Coconut Biscotti from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Truth be told, this was my first time ever making biscotti.  I’m not sure why I waited so long, because I love the stuff.

I probably have a few tricks to learn yet, because this batch did have one little problem, but not one that made it inedible or anything, so I figured I was still safe to share it with you.

Apologies in advance for the poor quality of this next photo, but I wanted a shot of the pre-baked loaves of dough, to give you an idea of their size.

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Once I baked, cooled, and sliced them, I realized they were a touch crumbly and would have a bit of a hard time really staying in one piece.  The ends kept breaking off.  It made them look silly, but it gave me lots of crunchy little ends to snack on, so I wasn’t too upset.

I love how these turned out in the end, crunchy but not too hard, and full of yummy coconut flavor.

I think Emerson and I are going to love them.

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