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Sparkling Blackberry Limeade

This limeade recipe includes blackberries.  A sparkling blackberry limeade recipe that is so refreshing for summer!

sparkling-blackberry-limeade (4 of 6)You know how much I love blackberries, right?  If there was any question, you can see a few more blackberry recipes here.

The idea of adding blackberry to my limeade just seemed perfect.

I prefer limeade over lemonade, personally.  I actually asked my readers about it.  You can weigh in, too, if you want.

I recently learned that my sister, at her new house, has blackberry bushes that are taking over the yard. Robb and I are super jealous.  He’s been wanting to plant blackberries, since they are our favorite berry by far.  Then we can freeze them and have them all year, in smoothies, and cobblers, and drinks like this one.

(See related post:  Sparkling Peach Limeade)


I’m one of these people that thinks you can always make things just a little bit better.  Robb, who hates veggies and won’t let a piece of lettuce anywhere near his face, gets mad at me for this stuff.  I’m always wanting to add onions or garlic or some kind of sauce to his food, and he is always begging me to remove things from the recipes.

He never complains when I add blackberries to the limeade though.  Go figure.


Since these are made as individual servings, you can make each glass with more or less berries, or leave them out altogether if you want.

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I don’t know why you would leave them out, though. Blackberries are one of the best reasons for living!


Want more?  Try these refreshing drinks!



Sparkling Blackberry Limeade
A simple limeade with fresh blackberries.
Recipe type: Beverages
  • 1 can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed in the refrigerator
  • 2 quarts lemon lime soda (or more)
  • fresh blackberries
  1. For each glass, place 2-3 berries in a small dish and smash them with a fork. (Be careful! This can be a little messy.) I used 2 berries for an 8 oz. glass, and 3 berries for a 12 oz. glass. Place the smashed berries in an empty glass.
  2. Put limeade concentrate in a pitcher, and fill to 2 quarts with lemon lime soda. Lightly stir if necessary.
  3. Pour limeade into glasses.
* For a less sweet drink, use diet soda.
** If you don't mind a slightly weaker flavor, fill 2 or 3 glasses, then fill up the pitcher with more lemon lime soda.


Cilantro Lime Jalapeno Lemonade

This homemade lemonade is flavored with cilantro and lime.  Use jalapeno to give your homemade lemonade recipe a kick!

Cilantro Lime Jalapeno Lemonade from JensFavoriteCookies {guest post} - give your lemonade a kick of heat!I like to tell people how multi-talented I am.  That’s mostly to convince myself I’m more talented than my sister.

She’s smart and funny, a fantastic cook, and basically great at everything she does.

This week, I asked her to pitch in and contribute one of her fantastic recipe ideas to my blog.

Take it away, Em!


Jen: “You should be a food blogger.  No joke.”

Me: “I don’t join cults.”

Cilantro Lime Jalapeno Lemonade from JensFavoriteCookies {guest post} - give your lemonade a kick of heat!

My sister suffers from a unique sense of insanity where not only is she a stay-at-home-mom but she indulges in self-help books (which aren’t really self-help if you need the book to tell you what to do, right?), and is senseless enough to put the time required into producing a food blog.  Oh, did I mention it’s a BAKING blog??  If this were my blog, it would be about the transcendent culinary expedition of cooking through all the brands and flavors of ramen noodles.  Regardless of her obviously questionable mental state, I somehow let her talk me into contributing in the debauchery that is spending time and money to expand my existing collection of stretch marks.

It probably says something about my character that I’ll clean up my language, share recipes that don’t have alcohol (Ugh.  She’s making me wholesome.) and do someone else’s work just to see my words published in some form.  Silver lining though, I can start getting paid for writing blog entries right away by writing them while I’m at work!

Cilantro Lime Jalapeno Lemonade from JensFavoriteCookies {guest post} - give your lemonade a kick of heat!Cilantro Lime Jalapeno Lemonade from JensFavoriteCookies {guest post} - give your lemonade a kick of heat!

So anyway, here I am, sipping the Kool-Aid and blogging about food, wondering if it’s a symptom or a disease.

I start with a drink that is tried and true because it has all most of the elements I really enjoy: sweet, heat, and liquor.  Okay, I’m not complaining but normally when I drink lemonade, I replace the sugar with gin and the lemons with the rest of the gin.  Jen gave me lemons (and rules) so I’m making cilantro lime jalapeno lemonade.  If you want something refreshing but can’t handle the heat – replace the jalapenos with cucumbers (then move to Canada you pansy).

 Want more?  Check out these refreshing citrus drinks!

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Cilantro Lime Jalapeno Lemonade
A refreshing lemonade with a kick of heat.
Recipe type: Beverages
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup cilantro sprigs
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • slices of lime
  • slices of jalapeno
  1. Combine sugar and cilantro in a mortar and grind leaves with pestle. (If you’re lazy, you can throw them in a blender together, but I like really crushing out the little bit of liquid from the cilantro leaves.)
  2. Combine cilantro mixture, water, and lemon juice in a pitcher, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Add slices of lime and jalapeno to taste (I like a lot of both in mine). Let stand for 30 minutes before serving.


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” »

Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars

Key lime cookie recipe; If you like fresh citrus flavor, you’ll love this key lime sugar cookie recipe.

Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars from Jen's Favorite CookiesSomeday I’m going to come up with a fantastic Key Lime Pie recipe.


In the meantime, I really want that sweet lime flavor in some kind of dessert.

I have a couple sugar cookie recipes that I make regularly.  THIS ONE is the perfect one for rolling and cutting out shapes, but if you’re too impatient to wait for dough to chill, or you are freaked out by shortening, or you just want to make a drop cookie, THIS RECIPE is the one.

It uses a lot of butter, I’ll give you that.  But they mix up so delicious and creamy, you’ll forgive them for it.

Plus, this recipe is great for making in one big pan, and cutting into bars.

Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I used some lime juice to give these cookies their flavor, and punched them up with more lime juice in the frosting.

The real mystery is why no one in my home seems to be able to identify that flavor.  A few people tried them, and guessed the wrong flavor before I told them they were lime.  I kind of assumed the green frosting would be a big giveaway.

But you know what they say about assuming.

Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars from Jen's Favorite CookiesKey Lime Sugar Cookie Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

You can substitute any citrus juice you like.  I’ve had fantastic luck with both lemon and orange juices, and don’t be surprised if you see a grapefruit or tangerine version on here someday.

Citrusy desserts are just yummy; they have a fresh, clean flavor.  I guess that’s why I wanted to make these in January.  It kind of reminds me of the fresh start you get each new year.  And, much like fresh starts, key lime cookies were also much needed in my life today!

More citrus desserts for you!

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Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars
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A lime flavored sugar cookie bar topped with lime frosting.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 24
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup lime juice (if using key lime juice, reduce to 2-3 T.)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 12 T. butter
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • about 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 drop green food coloring
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg, vanilla, and lime juice and mix well.
  2. Add soda, baking powder, and salt and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix just until combined.
  4. Press dough evenly into a jelly roll pan and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned on top.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool.
  6. For Frosting: Combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth and creamy. (If needed, consistency can be adjusted by adding more juice to thin, or more powdered sugar to thicken)
  7. Spread frosting on cooled bars, cut into squares.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Funfetti Sugar Cookies from Averie Cooks
Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookie Bars from Cooking Classy
Snowman Snowflake Cookies from Created by Diane

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Lemon Ricotta Cookies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Adapted from Giada de Laurentiis

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

 If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

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

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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


  • 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


  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.


Coconut Lime Poke Cake

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

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

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

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

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

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

No kidding?  {Sarcasm becomes me.}

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

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

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

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

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

You’ll have to spread it thin, but it will taste mighty fine.  Especially on lime poke cake. Continue reading “Coconut Lime Poke Cake” »

Lime Thyme Mocktail

Lime and Thyme drinkMost of the time, I’m completely fine with my decision to be a non-drinker.  But, it does present it’s awkward moments.

Case in point, the time some new friends from out-of-town asked me for a restaurant recommendation.  They wanted someplace nice, where they could get a glass of wine with dinner, and I had to admit that I had no idea.  Because wine is not even on my things-worth-considering list when it comes to choosing a restaurant for me.


Or the time we went on a Catamaran excursion in St. Thomas and the ship’s captain excitedly brought us rum punch, and we replied, “Um, do you have any sodas?”


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Lime Cream Cheese Wontons

cream cheese wontonsIn the twelve years we have lived in our home, we have had some strange experiences with pesky animals.  The worst, for me, are the mice.  Because I’m a mouseophobe.  Or rodentophobe.  Wait, I’m not afraid of hamsters or squirrels.  Let’s stick with mouseophobe.  And ratophobe.

I. HATE. Mice.  I can’t word that strongly enough.

So one day, a couple years ago, when Robb was conveniently out of town, I heard this weird scratching noise in the basement hallway.  After dark.  I stood in the hall to check it out and the noise disappeared.  I walked away, and it started again.  I came back and it stopped.  It was like a horror film.

Exactly like a horror film.

Continue reading “Lime Cream Cheese Wontons” »

Orange Ice Cream Freeze

A recipe for a flavored ice cream and soda drink.

Source: eYe Likes Food

My husband thought it would be a good idea to rent a video and have snacks Friday night.  And by snacks, he meant buttered popcorn and ice cream sodas. (ice cream + chocolate syrup + club soda)  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against buttered popcorn and ice cream sodas, but I really wanted to spice them up somehow.  It’s a disease.  I have this dream that if I just add or change one element of a recipe to make it a little better, my husband will magically fall in love with the food and ask for it over and over.  And tell me how great I am.  I always think I can do it just a little bit better. It’s a dream I really need to let go of.

Continue reading “Orange Ice Cream Freeze” »

Chunky Guacamole and Fresh Corn Chips

A recipe for a fresh and chunky guacamole and corn chips.

Saturdays were made for snacking.  And so was guacamole.  I didn’t come to love guacamole until later in life.  I was influenced in this by my brother, who spent some time in South America and came home with a love affair with avocados.  He later married a woman who is from Mexico, which is somewhat fortunate for me, because it means I get to use their incredibly delicious and authentic Mexican guacamole recipe.  I’ve been eating it almost every day lately, after my doctor suggested I eat more avocados.

Best. Prescription. Ever.

Continue reading “Chunky Guacamole and Fresh Corn Chips” »

Lemon Crinkles

A recipe for soft and chewy lemon crinkle cookies made with coconut.

Lemon Crinkle cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Source:  Beyond Kimchee, a blog about Korean food.

Yield: About 3 dozen cookies

 It’s spring, which for us means it’s time to plant… at my mother-in-law’s house.  My husband had a busy Saturday planned, but scrapped it all to spend the day working in his mother’s yard, spreading mulch and planting the large garden she had recently purchased.  Time is of the essence with plants, you know.  He called to request my help.  I told him I would be right over, which was kind of a lie.  I baked cookies first.

Continue reading “Lemon Crinkles” »

Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies

A recipe for a chewy sugar cookie with lime juice and toasted coconut.

Source: The Girl Who Ate Everything

Yield: 3-4 dozen cookies

I love the smell of toasted coconut.  When I realized that I would be toasting coconut to put in this cookie dough, I got a little excited.  It was the first thing I did, actually.  I spread about 1/2 cup of shredded coconut across my quarter sheet pan (one of my favorite little kitchen items) and put it in the oven.  You can tell when it is ready because it smells fantastic.  It made being in the kitchen ever so enjoyable!

Continue reading “Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies” »

Marbled Lime Cheesecake Bars

A recipe for a beautiful cheesecake bar swirled with lime curd.

Source: A recipe by  Heather at Sprinkle Bakes, which was guest-posted on Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.

Yield: 12 large bars

Regular readers of this blog have heard me mention Pinterest several times recently.  I’ve been trolling some wonderful food blogs, and happily pinning my favorite recipes, saving them for later use.  I have a pin board just for cookies, another for other desserts, one for breakfast, and a fourth for other foods.  If you want a preview of coming attractions on this blog, just visit these boards!  I can almost guarantee my next recipe is there somewhere.  This week, however, Pinterest told me something interesting.

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Handmade Cranberry Lime Sodas

For the most part, I have kept this blog about cookies, and nothing else.  Today, however, I thought I would share a recipe or two that I have made for the holiday season.  I started making these homemade lime sodas a few months ago, and just love them.  For Christmas gifts, I decided to add some fresh cranberry to the lime and see how it tasted.  It turned out pretty delicious, and well… just pretty too.

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