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Chocolate Blackberry Cream Cookies

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It is just not that difficult to come up with a reason to purchase berries.  I’m never quite sure what to do with them, but it never takes me long to figure it out.

When I found this recipe, I was excited to have a good reason to purchase blackberries.  They sat in the fridge for a couple days before I got around to baking with them, and the kids kept asking me about them.  My son, the “fruitarian,” was going crazy with blackberry-desire!

The cookie itself is deceptively delicious.  Even if you don’t want to top your cookie with berries, consider making this cookie plain.  It is a super simple version of a chocolate crinkle, made with a devils food cake mix.  It can be mixed up very quickly, and comes out soft and fudgy and almost brownie-like.  YUM.  Since the dough was quite soft, I used my scoop to drop dough into a bowl of powdered sugar, and I was quite generous in coating it, so my fingers wouldn’t get too sticky.

chocolate-blackberry-cream-cookies-1Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem licking chocolate cookie dough off my fingers.  I just wanted to save myself for the blackberry cream frosting.

Sometimes I make this cookie without the powdered sugar, and that works great too. Either way, you’ll have a soft chocolatey cookie that makes a great base for the frosting.

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I have honestly not baked with berries much.  The recipe on Your Cup of Cake calls for a blackberry puree, without actually mentioning how to make the puree, so I guessed.  I know there are other ways to make a puree, but this worked just fine and it was really easy.

I dumped a bunch of berries in a bowl, and  I used a fork to smash them a bit, and then I let them sit and macerate for maybe 10 minutes while I rolled the cookies in sugar and put them in the oven.

I then came back and smashed them some more.  The truth is, I am just way to lazy to strain this.  Plus, I don’t have a good strainer.  The only strainer I own has been used to clean the fish bowl, so I don’t have much desire to use it on my berries.

True story.  I figured it would be fine if my frosting had berry chunks in it.  Fine and dandy.

By the way, you won’t need nearly the berries you see pictured above. A small handful is enough, since you only need 3 tablespoons of puree. If you do end up with extra puree, cook it with sugar and water for a really delicious blackberry syrup!

chocolate-blackberry-cream-cookies-2I measured about 3 tablespoons of the non-strained berry puree, and mixed into my softened cream cheese and butter, and added powdered sugar until it was a nice, thick, frosting consistency.  I gently frosted my soft chocolate cookies, and topped them with a leftover berry, to make them look extra pretty.

And actually, if you’re into making things pretty, use a piping bag to pipe the frosting on. I was mostly into stuffing these in my face as fast a possible, so I used a knife to give the frosting a quick smear.

I think these would really impress at a gathering, so I definitely recommend them for entertaining!  Plus, since the cookies are made with a cake mix, they are one of the simpler recipes on this humble blog.  The only real problem was cleaning up all that powdered sugar!

My friends have some amazing berry-themed cookies this month too!  Check these out…

Raspberry Tarts by Tastes of Lizzy T
Olive Sables by Kelli’s Kitchen
Blueberry Lemon Cookies from Bake or Break
Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal Cookies from Posed Perfection
Chocolate Blackberry Cream Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

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Chocolate Blackberry Cream Cookies

A recipe for a fudgy chocolate crinkle cookie topped with blackberry frosting.

Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 2 dozen

Ingredients

Cookies:

  • 1 box devils food cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • powdered sugar for rolling

Frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2-3 tablespoons blackberry puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • about 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Cookies:

  1. Mix together cake mix, eggs, oil, and vanilla, mixing just until combined.

  2. Roll dough into balls, coat with powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet.

  3. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool.

Frosting:

  1. Mix all frosting ingredients together. Adjust consistency by adding more powdered sugar to thicken, or more puree to thin.

  2. Generously frost cooled cookies. Top with a blackberry.

Fruit and Nut Granola

This simple granola recipe is full of nuts and dried fruits!  This is the best granola recipe for energy in the morning.

Fruit and Nut Granola from JensFavoriteCookies.com - A simple and delicious breakfast!The power went out at my house this morning.  And I was reminded why being without power is one of the most annoying things to experience ever.

Holy moly, I am dependent on my electricity.  I could use my computer, but without a modem, not my internet, so what’s the point of that?  And then there’s no tv, the laptop doesn’t last long without being plugged in, and I even had to keep and eye on my cell phone battery.

I did listen to some podcasts (like this one for bloggers) but the whole time I was thinking about how I didn’t have wifi, so I was streaming and paying for all that data.

And, obviously, there’s no baking in my fancy-schmancy new electric oven, so I couldn’t even work on this cake recipe I have planned.

Talk about frustrating.

(See related post: Cinnamon Spice Granola)

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I ended up going to the dog park where Monster and I wandered around alone (no one goes to the dog park in the middle of the morning in January, apparently) and nearly froze to death.

Let me tell you, I was glad there was some granola in the pantry, so I could at least have something decent to eat for breakfast.  It was that or a bag of pretzels.

This simple granola recipe is one of my favorites.  It’s chock full of nuts and dried fruits, with a touch of sweetness from honey.  It’s a great way to get a little energy for your morning.

Fruit and Nut Granola from JensFavoriteCookies.com - A simple and delicious breakfast!Fruit and Nut Granola from JensFavoriteCookies.com - A simple and delicious breakfast!

If you’ve never made homemade granola, can I urge you to try it?  It’s SO crazy easy to make, easy to customize, has very few ingredients, and homemade granola tastes ah-maaaaaz-ing.

I customized this with some of my favorite nuts, namely almonds and pecans.  Though I may have used walnuts if I hadn’t been completely out of them.  And I used dates and craisins, but you could use raisins, or those gorgeous golden raisins, or dried apricots, or tart cherries, or whatever you like.  And, I obviously threw in some coconut, because… yummmmm… coconut!

I hope the next time your power goes out, there’s some granola in your pantry too.  It almost makes a morning without Netflix bearable!

 

Want more?  Try these granola recipes!

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Fruit and Nut Granola
 
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A simple granola recipe with nuts and dried fruits.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup sunflowers seeds (kernels)
  • ¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • dried cranberries
  • dates
Instructions
  1. Combine oats, coconut, pecans, almonds and sunflower seeds in a mixing bowl. Add oil and honey, and stir to coat.
  2. Spread evenly on a baking sheet, and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes until browned, stirring halfway through.
  3. Let cool. Add dried cranberries and dates to taste. (about ⅓ - ½ cup each)

 

Christmas Morning Punch

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

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

And then my oven died.

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

It’s beyond irritating.

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

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

(Related post:  Peach Limeade)

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

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

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

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

(Remember my other traditional holiday beverage?)

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

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

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

And it’s perfect with gifts!

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Christmas Morning Punch

An easy fruity punch.

Servings 6 cups

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

 

Roasted Banana Molasses Muffins

Muffin tin recipes; These healthy banana muffins use molasses and quick oats.  You’ll love this muffin tin recipes!

I was compensated by Golden Barrel for this post, but all opinions are my own.

Roasted Banana Molasses Muffins from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Molasses makes these muffins extra healthy, comforting and delicious! #adThere is this thing that happens to me as soon as the weather starts to cool in the fall.

The thing is, molasses.  I start to crave it.  I dream up ways to use it.  I catalog all the flavors that would taste wonderful with it.  (There are many.)

As you might imagine, I was thrilled when Golden Barrel sent me some molasses and asked me to create a recipe with it.  I thought very seriously about making an updated version of these Molasses Bars, but in the end the siren song of muffins did me in.

And the siren smell of bananas roasting in the oven tore my son, The Fruitarian, away from his beloved xBox and into the kitchen like a bear out of a long hibernation.

It’s a win-win situation.

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By the way, have you roasted bananas before?

If you want to bake with bananas, but you don’t have any that are ripe, roasting them is a great solution.  It also makes the bananas a little sweeter and more flavorful.

To roast bananas, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.  (This is just to save some elbow grease, since the bananas will leak and make a big mess of your pan.)  Place the bananas on the lined pan, and bake them at 350F for 30-40 minutes, until the skins are black and shiny.

You let them cool a few minutes, then remove the peels and scoop the deliciously roasted fruit into your mixing bowl.  YUM.

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People sometimes ask me questions about molasses, so I thought I would illuminate you with a few molasses facts.

First of all, if you’re wondering what molasses is, it’s basically a by-product of the sugar manufacturing process.  When granulated sugar is extracted from cane syrup, molasses is left over.  It’s obviously quite sweet on it’s own, and for a long time was used in place of sugar, because it was less expensive.

Molasses is used to make brown sugar, and yes, you can do this yourself if you’re in a pinch.  Just put a cup of white sugar and 2 tablespoons of molasses in a food processor or high powered blender, and pulse to combine.

I learned that blackstrap molasses is a stronger, more concentrated version of molasses.  It’s usually a bit strong for baking, but great for recipes that require a stronger flavor, like baked beans.

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One of the best things about molasses is all the minerals that can be found in it.  Molasses is really quite good for you!  So no excuse to not make these delicious and comforting muffins!

Find more facts about molasses on the Golden Barrel blog.

 

Want more?  Try these comforting molasses treats!

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Roasted Banana Molasses Muffins
 
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A oat and molasses muffin with roasted bananas.
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 18 muffins
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 bananas, very ripe or roasted *(see notes)
  • ⅓ cup molasses
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup quick oats
  • 1½ cups flour
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, bananas, and molasses and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and baking powder and mix well. Add oats and flour and mix just until combined.
  3. Fill the cups of a lined muffin tin about ¾ full. Bake muffins at 350F for 17-20 minutes.
Notes
* To roast bananas, place unpeeled fruit on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes until skins are black. Let cool slightly, then remove skins before using.

Banana Pudding

This is the best banana pudding recipe!  This homemade banana pudding recipe is simple and delicious.

Banana Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Creamy, delicious, EASY, and homemade!The Fruitarian has been begging, begging I tell you, for another taste of this pudding.  Of the hundreds of recipes on this humble blog, this pudding, and the parfait I made with it, are his most memorable.

And, if you can believe it, I almost didn’t share it with him.

Here’s the story.  I gave the kids a lunch for school.  A ham sandwich, saltine crackers with plum jam, a yogurt, granola bar, and some homemade chocolate pudding.  I reminded them to bring their lunch boxes home and rinse out the containers that held the pudding and jam.  And how many children actually brought their lunch boxes home?

Zero.  Zero out of three.  Making me one supremely irritated Mama.

I ask you, how can a self respecting mother send more pudding with children who were irresponsible with their last helping?

But, in the end, I was a softie.  I couldn’t say no to the boy who had been begging for months for more banana pudding.

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When he spotted me making the pudding, The Fruitarian asked me whether I had been hiding bananas from him.

“Yep,” I replied.  “I’ve been hiding them right here on the counter.  Out in the open.  In plain view.”

He probably saw the zucchini that sat next to them and thought, “Nothing to see here.”

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I do love this pudding, though.  You can make it nice and creamy by mashing the bananas really well, or you can give it a little texture by leaving some chunks of banana in there.

We chose the chunky stuff.

With whipped cream.

And we’re hoping to revisit this one again soon.

 

Want more?  Try these pudding desserts!

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Banana Pudding
 
A creamy, homemade banana pudding.
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2-3 very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • dash salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Place bananas, milk, and cream in a saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until hot, but not boiling. Mash bananas and mix into milk.
  2. In a separate small dish, mix together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. When milk mixture is almost boiling, add sugar mixture and mix well.
  3. In a small dish, lightly beat egg yolks. Place a small amount (about ½ cup) of the milk mixture into the eggs. Mix together, and return mixture to the saucepan.
  4. Bring pudding to a boil, and boil for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Place in individual ramekins or one large bowl, cover with plastic, and chill for an hour. Pudding can also be eaten warm. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

 

Peach Plum Crisp

This fruit crisps recipes uses my favorite stone fruits:  Peaches and plums make great fruit crisp recipes!

Peach & Plum Crisp from JensFavoriteCookies.com - This fruit crisp recipe is a great way to enjoy the later summer harvest!My grandmother called me the other day to tell me that she had a bumper crop of plums, and that I better set aside some time soon to come pick them.

Apparently no one else in the family had much need for them.  Which honestly surprised me.  This family is full of people who garden and cook and bottle their produce.

When I got to Grandma’s house a few days later, I was sad to see that two of the main branches on that plum tree had broken.  The weight of the large amounts of fruit had weakened them, and a recent wind storm did them in.  It’s going to take a while for that tree to recover.

This means, I better make as much plum jam as I can while I have the plums to do it.

And as long as I have the equivalent of two 5-gallon buckets full of fresh plums in my house, I suppose some plum desserts are in order, too.

I adapted my favorite peach crisp recipe to incorporate the plums, and this delightful late summer dessert was born.

Peach & Plum Crisp from JensFavoriteCookies.com - This fruit crisp recipe is a great way to enjoy the later summer harvest!

So, funny story… you know how peaches and plums both taste fantastic with almond extract?  (If you ask me, almost every food tastes awesome with almond extract.  I’m tempted to drink the stuff straight sometimes.)

My bottle of almond extract looks exactly like my bottle of peppermint extract.  And when I was making the filling for this lovely fruit crisp, I accidentally put peppermint instead of almond extract in it.  Oops.  I was kind of heartbroken to have to throw out my filling and start over.

In case you were wondering, peaches and plums do NOT taste fantastic with peppermint extract.

Peach & Plum Crisp from JensFavoriteCookies.com - This fruit crisp recipe is a great way to enjoy the later summer harvest!

I was thrilled to be able to share this treat with my friends.  We sat around the table, and traded ideas for using up the summer fruit harvest.  One friend has a plum tree of her own, and this year used it to make a bunch of fruit leather like this.

Which is what I’ll be doing, if I have enough left over after making all the jam.  And probably a couple more crisps!  Without peppermint, of course.

 

Want more?  Check out these stone fruit recipes!

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Peach Plum Crisp
 
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A warm peach and plum dessert with crisp topping.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
Ingredients
CRISP:
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ½ cup finely chopped walnuts
FILLING:
  • about 10-12 ripe plums
  • about 3-4 ripe peaches
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter
Instructions
  1. For the crust, combine all ingredients. Place on a baking sheet, and bake at 350F for about 15 minutes, until brown. Remove from oven, but leave oven on.
  2. Meanwhile, for the filling, dice 1 peach and about 4 plums and place in a saucepan. Add sugar, water, and cornstarch and bring to a boil. Use a potato masher to mash cooked fruit. Let boil about a minute, until thick. Remove from heat, add extract and butter.
  3. Slice the remaining peaches and plums and place in a large bowl. Pour filling over the top, and stir to coat.
  4. Break up the crisp with a fork. Place about half the crisp in the bottom of a 9x9 pan. Pour fruit filing over the top. Top with remaining crisp.
  5. Bake an additional 25-30 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream or half and half.

 

 

Tropical Punch Fruit Juice Popsicles

These easy fruit juice popsicles are quick to make with Kool-Aid from Walmart.  If you’re looking for popsicles recipes, look here for easy fruit popsicles! #collectivebias

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Tropical Punch Popsicles from JensFavoriteCookies.com - use real fruit, juice, and punch for a fruity tropical flavor!We’ve officially made it to that part of the summer… the blazing hot part.  The forecast is full of triple digit temperatures, and there’s no end in sight.

The kids were thrilled when I suggested we meet some friends and spend the afternoon at the pool.  We had a wonderful wet afternoon, right up until we went home and discovered how seriously sunburned we were.  I haven’t been in this much misery in ages.

It was fortunate for all of us that I had some of these popsicles in the freezer.  We were only too happy to use them to help us cool down!

I love making homemade popsicles.  Not only can you have a lot more control over what goes in them, you can also get much more creative with flavor combinations.  That’s my favorite part!

Since I recently snagged one of those 96-oz bottles of Kool-Aid from Walmart, I figured it would be the perfect foundation for these fruity pops.  I had to act fast, because even the big bottle of Kool-Aid doesn’t last long here!

Tropical Punch Popsicles from JensFavoriteCookies.com - use real fruit, juice, and punch for a fruity tropical flavor!

These 96-oz bottles of ready-to-drink Kool-Aid are brand new, and super convenient, if you ask me.

You know what it means for me?  No more empty packages of dry mix laying all over my counter.  No more kids screaming questions through the house about how much sugar to use.  No more kids standing with the fridge door open, hoping some new beverage options will magically appear in front of them.

It’s a win-win, really.

Tropical Punch Popsicles from JensFavoriteCookies.com - use real fruit, juice, and punch for a fruity tropical flavor!Tropical Punch Popsicles from JensFavoriteCookies.com - use real fruit, juice, and punch for a fruity tropical flavor!

To make these pops, I mixed Tropical Punch Kool-Aid with orange-pineapple frozen juice concentrate, ginger ale, and some fruit.

I will warn you that take several hours to really solidify, at least 6, but you’ll probably be happier letting them freeze overnight.

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Thanks to Kool-Aid and their new #KoolOff campaign, along with Walmart, I can let you know that these new 96-oz bottles are worth a try.

I can also tell you that if you happen to live near Columbia, South Carolina, you could meet Jim Dillard, pro fisherman, at one of the locations listed below!  He will be at these Walmart stores with games, prizes, t-shirts, and activities.  (Scroll to bottom for list of dates and locations.)

 

Want more?  Here are some more ways to cool off this summer!

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Tropical Punch Popsicles
 
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Delicious fruit punch popsicles with the flavors of orange and pineapple.
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Recipe type: Frozen Desserts
Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Tropical Punch Kool-Aid
  • 1 cup ginger ale
  • ½ of a 12-oz can frozen orange-pineapple juice concentrate
  • 1 can (8-oz) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 can (11-oz) mandarin oranges, drained
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Pour into popsicle molds.
  2. Freeze for 6-7 hours or overnight.

 

Meet Jim Dillard here:

Friday August 8th 5-7pm:
360 Harbison Blvd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter

Saturday August 9th  3-5pm:
1326 Bush River Rd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter

Saturday August 9th 6-8pm:
2401 Augusta Rd West Columbia, SC WM Supercenter

50 Fruit Cookies

Fruit Bar Cookies; This collection of more than 50 fruit drop cookies, fruit bar cookies, and fruit cut-out cookies is so great, you’re sure to find a few you love!

 

Spring came early this year.  I think it’s because the winter was so nasty.

Whatever the reason, this spring fever has me craving fruity cookies of all kinds.  So guess what I did?

I put together a collection of some of my favorite fruity cookies from around the web.  All these cookies have one big requirement to make it on this list: They have to contain actual fruit in some form.  (In other words, no strawberry cake mixes or lemon pudding mixes, it must be real fruit.)

50 Fruit Cookie recipes on JensFavoriteCookies  -  Every cookie in this collection contains real fruit in some form!  A great collection to get you ready for summer.

And what a collection!  I can’t wait to dive into all of these recipes!  I just know you’ll find one or two (dozen) recipes you’ll love.

Big thanks to my friends who contributed their best recipes for this collection.  Be sure to check out their blogs while you are there.

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Cookies
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Cream Cookies
lemon cookieStrawberry
Lemonade Cookies
Apricot-Shortbread-3-576x458Apricot
Shortbread Cookies
MG_2245Fresh Cranberry
Lemon Cookies
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Macadamia Cookies
Cherry-Oatmeal-CookiesOatmeal
Cherry Cookies
Chocolate Blackberry CookieChocolate
Blackberry Cookies
Lemon-Shortbread-Cookies-5-Barbara-BakesLemon
Shortbread Cookies
linzer-cookies-6Linzer Cookies
with Plum Jelly
apricot-cookiesSnow Coated
Apricot Cookies
cranberry-cookies-recipe-2Cranberry
Cookies
Tropical-White-Chocolate-Chip-CookiesTropical White
Chocolate Cookies
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Banana Cookies
Strawberry-Cheesecake-Cookies-recipe-taste-and-tell-2Strawberry
Cheesecake Cookies
Apple-Cookie-Recipe-2Caramel Apple
Snickerdoodles
Cherry-Pie-White-Chocolate-Chip-CookiesCherry Pie White
Chocolate Cookies
chocolate-Orange-Sandwich-Cookies-1Chocolate Orange
Sandwich Cookies
Orange-Cardamom-Coconut-Snickerdoodles-5Orange Cardamom
Coco-doodles
Strawberry-Cream-Sandwich-Cookies-5Strawberry Cream
Sandwich Cookies
blueberry-cream-cookiesBlueberries & Cream
Cookies
orange_spice_cookiesOrange Spice
Cookies
4-Bite Apple Pies_Inside 14-Bite Apple
Pie Cookies
Raspberry-BarsRaspberry
Cookie Bars
Browned-Butter-White-Chocolate-Cranberry-Cashew-Oatmeal-Cookies-3-titleCranberry Cashew
Oatmeal Cookies
prune-cookiesButter Cookies
with Prune Filling
meyer-lemon-cookieMeyer Lemon
Shortbread Cookies
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Sugar Cookies
double-chocolate-cherry-cookiesDouble Chocolate
Cherry Cookies
iced-apple-cookiesIced Apple
Drop Cookies
raspberries+n+cream+double+chocolate+chunk+cookies-2Raspberries & Cream
Chocolate Cookies
Linzer-Tarte-Thumbprint-Cookies2Linzer Torte
Thumbprints
lemon ricotta cookies Lemon Ricotta
Cookies
strawberry-spritzStrawberry
Spritz Cookies
SONY DSCBlueberry Chocolate
Chunk Cookies
raspberry-lemon-cheesecake-cookieRaspberry Lemon
Cheesecake Cookies
raspberry-yogurt-cookiesChocolate Raspberry
Yogurt Cookies
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Leave a comment below and tell me about your favorite fruit cookie!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

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

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

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

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

This could be a problem.

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

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

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

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

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

Chocolate Banana Bread

Moist chocolate banana bread; this is the best chocolate banana bread recipe I’ve found, and tastes fantastic with peanut butter!

Chocolate Banana Bread from Jen's Favorite CookiesI have this friend who is an avid cyclist.  And by “avid,” I mean “crazy.”  This woman regularly goes on marathon bike rides.  She is always telling us about her latest and greatest 50 mile ride up some mountain or another.

I don’t know how one rear end can take that much time on a bicycle seat.

I complain about piano benches, but they’re nothing compared to bicycles.

Some time ago, she was gushing about the amazing snack they had after their 30 mile ride up the canyon.  It seems someone had made chocolate banana bread and slathered it with peanut butter and honey.

The thought of it almost made me want to ride a bike up the canyon, just to get a slice.

Almost.

Chocolate Banana Bread from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I recently found myself saddled with ripe bananas, when the project I had intended to use them for fell through.  The memory of this chocolate banana bread discussion came flooding back to me.

And if I’m being completely honest, the thought of how this bread would look on this cutting board is the real reason I ended up making it.

I know I’m being biased, I know I am… but The Lizard (our oldest son) made this board in his wood shop class, and when he brought it home, I gushed and gushed about it.  Maybe you saw where I immediately posted a photo of it on Instagram?  That’s the kind of mom I am.  The Lizard said, “You haven’t even had it 2 minutes!!”  Then he took immense pride in the number of likes and comments that photo got on Instagram and Facebook.  (Oh yes, I copied the photo to Facebook.  Did I mention how excited I was?)

Chocolate Banana Bread from Jen's Favorite CookiesI had intended to be the best mom in the entire world, and send peanut butter on chocolate banana bread sandwiches in sack lunches for the kids.  Buuuuuuutt…  it was Sunday afternoon and that bread just kept calling to me.  And calling.  And calling.

My resolve lasted approximately 45 seconds before I sliced into this baby and smeared it with peanut butter.  The entire loaf was gone within minutes.

Now that I have experienced this particular snack, my butt is going to need that 30 mile bike ride up the canyon.  Was that part of your master plan, Lish?  Because if it was… brilliant.  Just brilliant.

More banana recipes you’ll love:

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Chocolate banana bread with chocolate chips.
Author:
Recipe type: Quick Bread
Serves: 8 slices
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 T. cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add banana, and mix until banana is mostly mashed and mixed in. Add eggs and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and baking powder and mix well. Add cocoa powder and mix well.
  3. Add flour, and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 325F for 60-65 minutes. Let cool before slicing.

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Orange Carrot Smoothie

Orange Carrot Smoothie; this smoothie recipe uses only fruits and vegetables.  Try this easy Orange Carrot Smoothie recipe today!

orange-smoothieOur son, The Fruitarian, is fully enjoying his high school experience.  He joined swim team this year, which, in addition to copious amounts of martial arts training, church sports, a play, piano lessons, and the regular homework and chores routine, is pretty darn heavy.

And the season hasn’t really begun yet.

Every day, he drags himself home, drops on the sofa like a sack of potatoes, and complains about how hungry and tired he is.  It seems the huge lunches I’m packing him are just not enough.

He’s a growing boy, after all, and swimming really takes it out of a kid.

I’ve been using smoothies as a way to quickly get some extra fruits and veggies in his system, and give him a little energy boost.  I like smoothies, because you can hide all kinds of things in there.  Not just veggies, but also medicine, supplements, and anything else a kid is likely to fight you on.

Don’t get me wrong, he knows what’s in his glass, but he doesn’t fight me when it tastes like oranges.

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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.

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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.

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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.

LOVES.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Lemon Sugar Cookies

A soft sugar cookie with a light lemon flavor.

Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1` teaspoon vanilla
  • juice of 1 lemon *see notes
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon 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.

Recipe 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.

 

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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Pear Blackberry Salsa

This salsa recipe uses berries and pears; A recipe for fruit salsa with blackberries, pears, and fresh mint.

fruit salsaMy husband is incredibly honest.  He doesn’t pull any punches, and he speaks his mind, which means I know when I ask him his opinion, I will get the real thing.  It’s one of my favorite things about him.

It’s also one of my least favorite things about him.

Especially when the opinion he voices is that I’m a messy cook and terrible at keeping the kitchen clean.  Not that I didn’t know that already, but still.  He followed it up with some advice to go with what I’m good at… being carefree and fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants.

Out of respect for that advice, I have created one of the most unusual and unplanned (and, by the way, not that messy) recipes I have ever done.  Even the recipe card below is full of estimates and no measurements whatsoever.

And Robb was right, it suited me just fine.

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Originally, I had intended to make a salsa with nectarines and blackberries, cilantro and jalapenos, but what was I thinking?  It’s nowhere near nectarine season.  They were not to be found.  So I walked around the produce department with my little 6-oz package of blackberries, looking for potential salsa ingredients.

I settled on pears.  Delicate, delicious, Barlett pears.

I knew I couldn’t use a jalapeno with a pear, because I didn’t want the pepper to be too overpowering.  I went with the milder Anaheim pepper.  And, I thought cilantro would be weird with pears, so I used mint.

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I was a little worried about this whole flavor combination, but I shouldn’t have been.  It’s unusual, for sure, but delicious.  The mint is a surprise, and a great compliment to the pear.

I’m not sure if I’ve told you this, but blackberries are my all-time favorite berry.  If I have to eat nothing but fruit, give me peaches and blackberries, and I will be just fine.

I’ll probably find a way to make a mess of the kitchen with them, but I’ll be just fine.

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Fruity Marshmallow Popcorn

A popcorn recipe with fruity marshmallows.  This popcorn and marshmallow recipe is very easy and fast to make, and a delicious change from regular popcorn.

marshmallow recipeI spotted lemon flavored marshmallows at the grocery store around Easter, and I’ve had them rolling around in my head ever since then.  I finally came up with a great idea (namely, this popcorn) and when I went back to the store to get them, they were conspicuously missing.

Dang those seasonal ingredients!

Note to self: Using self-control to not purchase items I may never use is overrated.

I settled for fruit flavored marshmallows.  You know the kind I mean?  They come in lots of cute pastel colors.  Honestly, I don’t believe I have ever purchased them before.  Maybe I’m boring, but I always get the plain variety.  Perhaps it’s because we don’t really eat marshmallows plain much around here.  I never gave my kids baggies of marshmallows to keep them happy in the car.  I always opted for goldfish crackers or Cheerios.  Marshmallows are for baking with.

Before you go telling me how similar this is to Rice Krispie Treats, let me just say that popcorn is WAY better than krispie treats.  WAY better.  In fact, I believe I talked all about my feelings towards krispie treats, in this post about krispie treats.

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Just so I’m clear and up front, let me say that I have seen this recipe (or very similar variations) in about 352,000 different places on the internet.  So, while I certainly cannot claim this recipe as my own creation, I really cannot give attribution to any place in particular either.

Most of the recipes used plain marshmallows and brown sugar, for a caramel-ish flavor.  I used fruity marshmallows and regular sugar for a little lighter and brighter flavor.

I know, I know… you’re all jumping in line to celebrate my mediocrity originality.

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Let’s be honest.  You don’t always need something new and original and full of never-been-done-before brilliance, do you?  Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.

Sometimes?  More like, frequently.  Usually.  Often.  Almost always.

I really can’t wait until next Easter, to try this with the lemon marshmallows!

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Fruity Marshmallow Popcorn
 
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A marshmallow coated popcorn treat.
Recipe type: snack
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. fruit-flavored mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 10-12 cups plain poppped pocorn *(see notes)
Instructions
  1. Melt butter over medium high heat. Add marshmallows and sugar, and heat and stir until completed melted.
  2. Using a large bowl, pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn, and stir well until evenly coated.
  3. Let sit 10-15 minutes before eating.
Notes
I use an air popper to pop 1 cup kernels, which gives 10-12 cups popcorn, depending on the brand. You can also use microwave popcorn, as long as it is unflavored.

 

Sangria Mocktail

This non alcoholic Sangria mocktail is great for kids.  This non alcoholic sangria recipe uses grape juice and fresh fruit to make a refreshing beverage.

Non-Alcoholic Sangria Mocktail from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a great fruity drink to share with kids!Spring has finally come to Utah, and not a moment too soon.  It was one of the coldest winters in recent history, and the spring fever has been strong this year.  I think every person on my street was outside in their yards today.

And you know what spring means… it means fruit.  Lots of fruit.

Have you ever watched that Bobby Flay breakfast show?  It makes me want to live with Bobby Flay, let me tell you.  Because the man makes a mean hash, which is the best breakfast food of all time.  But also, he tends to make a lot of Sangria.

I’m not a drinker.  But if I were, I bet I would really be into Sangria.  There’s something about a fruity drink on a summer morning that appeals to me.  Thus, I have created a non-alcoholic version for you.

And me.

Non-Alcoholic Sangria Mocktail from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a great fruity drink to share with kids!

This one is super simple.  The toughest part is waiting for all the fruits to steep, and let the juice get all fruity-delicious.  It was the toughest part for the kids, too.

I expected The Fruitarian to be all over this one, but surprisingly, The Lizard (oldest son) was the one with the mad hovering skills today.  He watched me make it, helped me photograph it, gave his input while I edited the photos, asked for seconds, and then left, just when I got to the cleaning up part.

Teenagers.

Non-Alcoholic Sangria Mocktail from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a great fruity drink to share with kids!

I chose a cherry-grape juice for my fake-Sangria, but you can choose just about any juice you like.  You can choose almost any fruit you like, too, though I recommend having at least one juicy citrus in there.

That might just be personal preference.

Last tip: I let my slice of clementine float in my glass while I sipped, and it added an extra tangerine-like punch to my beverage, which was really delicious.  Plus, it looked really, really cute.

And let’s face it, that’s what it’s really all about.

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Key Lime Fruit Dip

Fruit Dip made with key lime yogurt and lime juice; recipe for Cream Cheese Dip with lime juice for fruit and crackers.

key lime dip thumbI know I should feel flattered when my family says, “Wow, this is good!” with surprise in their voices, after trying my latest dessert/snack concoction.

But I don’t.  I feel kind of offended that they would be surprised.

Like, by now you still don’t expect it to be amazing?  I know I’m pretty much just making this stuff up, but still.

This was one of those days.  I whipped up this Key Lime Dip pretty quickly, having never made anything like it before, and I dipped some vanilla wafers in it, and gently forced everyone in the house to try it.

They were pleasantly surprised.  Jerks.

The Fruitarian was, as expected, happiest of all.  There was fresh fruit and sweet fruity dip in the house, and he was allowed to eat it all.  It was like heaven for that kid.

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He then came up with these brilliant ideas:  “We should grow strawberries.  We should have fruit trees, like apples, and peaches, and cherries.  Can we have a banana tree?”

It’s not exactly banana weather here in Utah, but we did end up having quite a discussion about having a vegetable garden this year.  I think the Fruitarian will be the official family gardener this year.

Wish us all luck with that.

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This dip came together so fast and easy, even I couldn’t believe it.  It is really delicious, and would be perfect for just about any kind of fruit, cookies, graham crackers, etc.  It did turn out a little thin, but I thought if I added powdered sugar it would be too sweet, so if you don’t mind your dip a little drippy, the flavor is best this way.

Also, it makes a pretty big batch, so don’t be afraid to halve this one.  Or just keep leftovers in the fridge.

Of course, if you have a lot of fruit and fruit dip around, I could just lend you the Fruitarian for a day or so.  That skinny kid will take care of it for you!

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Key Lime Fruit Dip

A lime flavored fruit and cracker dip.

Author Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 6-ounce containers lime flavored yogurt
  • 8 ounces pineapple flavored whipped cream cheese
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • zest and juice of one lime

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth.

  2. Serve cold with fruit, crackers, or cookies.

Recipe Notes

I used Yoplait brand light key lime yogurt and Philadelphia brand pineapple whipped cream cheese.

 

Simple Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie healthy recipes are easily found these days, and there are plenty of schools of thought on the subject.  Since I now have a green breakfast smoothie for breakfast almost every day, I’ll share a few of my thoughts about it.

Simple Green Smoothie from JensFavoriteCookies.com I was SO stoked the day I bought my new Blendtec blender!  My parents thought I was nuts, buying such an expensive blender, but trust me… I’m not nuts!  This blender is the bomb-diggety.  It’s the boss.  It’s completely bodacious.

Here’s the thing: if you’re going to make green smoothies, you’re going to want to have a really high-end blender, like the Blendtec or VitaMix.  The other blenders just can’t handle the green stuff very well.

No, this is not a review of the Blendtec.  But it is awesome.

Point B: Green smoothies are the best breakfast ever.

Simple Green Smoothie from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Followers of this blog have no doubt heard me complain frequently about the picky eaters in my family.  My dear husband will not let spinach come anywhere near his lips.  Which is too bad, because I really love spinach.

BUT… my picky eaters all love this green smoothie.  It’s like a Christmas Miracle.

I’m kind of a purist about the green smoothie.  I mean, if you’re going to bother with it, you should do it right.  And the right way is to add nothing too it… nothing but fruit, greens, and water or ice if you want.  No protein powder, no flaxseed, no greek yogurt.  You’ll get the best absorption into your system without any add-ins.green smoothie recipes

Honestly, besides the yummy fruity flavor, I absolutely love the way this green smoothie makes me feel.  If I drink two great big glasses of it, it squashes the sugar cravings, and the hunger, and gives me a little energy boost.  It’s my absolute favorite breakfast for that reason.

And, it’s the only way I can get any greens in my family!

More beverages you might enjoy:

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More fun drinks can be found on this “Beverages” Pinterest board!

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