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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.

popcorn recipe

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.

popcorn recipe

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.

 

Peppermint Popcorn Bark

Krispie treats plus popcorn, plus peppermint marshmallows, plus chocolate.  This recipe for chocolate peppermint popcorn krispie treat bark is no-bake, fast, easy, and tasty!

krispie treatsHaving blogging friends is the best.  They’re super friendly and helpful, and I have learned a mega-ton from my blogging friends.

One of the single most useful things I have done is join a Facebook group for food bloggers.  We talk about pretty much everything food-blogging-related.  I’ve made friends in this group, discovered amazing blogs with even more amazing recipes, and learned lots of technical stuff.  There’s no self-promotion allowed, so the discussions are always on topic.

I always know that if I’m up against a wall, I can go to this group for help.  If they don’t know the answer, they can usually help me figure out where else to look.

Since it is the first anniversary of this particular awesome-sauce facebook group, we’re celebrating with shoutouts.  Well, and food, of course.  So, this is the part where I give a big fat shoutout to Jessica at Oh Cake for organizing and administrating this group.  It’s probably one of the coolest things she has ever done.

Since I’m addicted to the Food Bloggers Network, and I’m addicted to popcorn, this recipe was a natural leap.  And I’m not joking about the popcorn part.  We literally eat popcorn at least twice a week.  It probably the largest source of fiber in my family’s diet.

TMI?  Maybe.

chocolate peppermint

I did learn something interesting making this treat, something I totally should have seen coming but totally didn’t.  Did you know that dry popcorn is really staticky?  I was worried that whole popcorn might be too chunky for this treat, so I decided to give it a rough chop with a knife.

Then tiny pieces of dry popcorn went everywhere and stuck to everything.  I couldn’t even scoop them into the garbage can, because they stuck to the cutting board, the knife, and my hand.

Perhaps, if the humidity level inside my house was higher than 2-and-a-half percent, the result would have been different.

In retrospect, I’m not sure the rough chop step was actually necessary, I’ll just leave that decision up to you.

krispie treats

At the risk of tooting my own horn even more than usual, let me tell you that this might be my most brilliant concoction ever.  I seriously could not stop eating it.  It was at least as bad as the Cream Cheese Mints I made a couple weeks ago.  The popcorn actually gave the treats a little bit of a marshmallow-like texture, which I know sounds weird, considering there are actual marshmallows in it, too.

I’ll be surprised if this lasts more than a day at your house.  It lasted only about half a day at mine!

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Easy Cheesecake {Guest Post}

This easy no bake cheesecake recipe is quick and easy to make, with only 4 ingredients! This is one of the best cheesecake recipes I have found.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - All you need is 10 minutes, 3 ingredients, and a graham cracker crust!Parenting is such a bear sometimes, isn’t it?  I mean, you just never know what kind of problem you’ll be dealing with until it slaps you in the face.

Then, just as soon as you start getting the hang of how to deal with some of these common issues, the kids up and grow, and bring you a whole new batch of issues.  And here I am, pining away for the diaper days.

I remember when my son was 4 years old, and one of our “big” issues was his proclivity for nudity, which always came in unexpected moments.  I would leave him for 5 minutes, and come back to find him naked.  I solved this problem by having a quick and quiet little chat about how great nudity is, and how it’s only appropriate in certain places, namely the bathroom and the bedroom.  With the door closed.

I then game him a little alone time in his bedroom, and he decided to stay naked for over THREE HOURS.

The payoff was well worth the investment.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - All you need is 10 minutes, 3 ingredients, and a graham cracker crust!

Having teenagers is far more complicated.  Now we’re getting them prepared for driving (yikes!) and dealing with teachers and grades, and working on financial responsibility, and self-discipline around video games, just to name a few.  Every day is a new challenge, and one I frequently feel unprepared for.

I hate feeling unprepared.  I much prefer to plan ahead.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - All you need is 10 minutes, 3 ingredients, and a graham cracker crust!

I learned a lesson from this cheesecake.  If I keep a few items on hand, I can always have a quick and easy dessert, no matter how unprepared I feel.  Having just a little foresight can save you a ton of worry and stress.

I try to keep just THREE ingredients plus a graham cracker crust on hand, and I can literally mix this up and have it ready to eat in 15 minutes.

Because when you are using every bit of your energy and emotion to get your kids through high school Biology, a no-fuss dessert is a Godsend.

And speaking of parenting, I’m guest posting on Parent Palace today!  I’ve posted the recipe here and also on their site, so feel free to click over there and check out what they have going!

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Grapefruit Soda

These non alcoholic drinks are delicious and simply made.  Combine grapefruit, lemon, and lime for this refreshing citrus soda.

non alcoholic drinks

While the neighbor kid (a.k.a. “Duct Tape”) was at our house today, he was describing to The Fruitarian and me about his big plans to be a YouTube star.  He’s going to have his own channel and everything.

I couldn’t quite get a grasp of what all these videos are going to be about, but apparently several scripts have been written, and at least one involves Duct Tape shaving off his coveted mustache.

I think he is the only 12 year old in the subdivision with a mustache.  You can understand his reluctance to shave it.

The one thing that will tie all these YouTube videos together is sandwiches.  Yes, sandwiches.  Grilled Cheese, mostly.  The videos that aren’t specifically about sandwiches will have sandwiches as a sub-theme or at least a prop.

It’s as good a prop as any, if you ask me, and is definitely appropriate for videos made by teenagers.

non alcoholic drinks

I, however, am not a teenager (as Robb kindly reminded me, by looking through old photo albums and saying, “Look how young you were!,” as if I am not young now.), so I require more adult props.  And my props aren’t for YouTube videos, they’re for real life.

And this blog.

Which, let’s face it, is a lot like YouTube but without the videos.
citrus soda

Truth be told, this particular life-prop isn’t adult in the afternoon-cocktail-no-kids-allowed sense, but more in the kids-prefer-grape-soda-to-grapefruit-soda sense.  I don’t mind if my kids drink this, but they probably won’t.

Which is just as well, because I prefer to keep this to myself anyway.  It just reminds me of a lazy summer day, which is something I could really use right about now.

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Buckeyes

Make some buckeyes for the big game! The buckeye recipe calls for chocolate, peanut butter, and no baking.

buckeyesLast weekend, we finally watched Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is one of the most well done kid-friendly shows I’ve seen in a long time.  We loved it.  In this show, they replaced every potentially offensive word with the word “cuss.”  The kids think it’s hysterical, and we’re now using the word “cuss” a lot around the house.  As in:

What the cuss is a buckeye?

I should just clarify up front that I am not from Ohio.  I’ve never lived in Ohio, I’ve never been to Ohio, I’ve never even been anywhere near Ohio.

Okay, that might have been a little more clarity than necessary.

I’m from Utah, and in Utah, we don’t make Buckeyes.  Well, we might make Buckeyes, but we certainly wouldn’t call them that.  We’d probably call them chocolate peanut butter balls, because we’re super creative that way.  Or we’d make them in the shape of a Beehive to show a little state pride.  {Utah is the “Beehive State.”}

buckeye recipe

So I will admit to not really knowing what a Buckeye was, until recently.  And now that I know, I have to be the one to tell you about it.  I’m a touch obsessive that way.

buckeyes

You will tell all your friends you heard it from me, right?

The state tree of Ohio is the buckeye tree.  It has this nut, which looks like this photo (right).

The nut is poisonous, so please don’t eat it.  You can’t make any Ohio-State-Pride treats with such a nut.  So the Ohiuns make this little ball of peanut butter dipped in chocolate, which looks a lot like the real Buckeye, but tastes much better and doesn’t give you indigestion.

This is really a very easy process.  You just make your peanut-butter-balls and pop them in the freezer while you melt some chocolate.

Then you dip the frozen peanut butter in the warm chocolate, and let them chill for a few more minutes.

buckeyes

I ended up with more chocolate than I needed and so I went searching through the kitchen for things to dip in the excess chocolate.  I mean, you can’t let chocolate go to waste right?  So in addition to buckeyes, we have chocolate dipped pecan sandies, chocolate dipped strawberries, and chocolate almonds.

(I used 1 cup chips and 2 T. shortening.  You may want to reduce to 3/4 cup chips and 1 1/2 T. shortening.)

Wait until after kickoff to bring these out.  Trust me.

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Brown Butter Cream Cheese Dip

This cream cheese dip with browned butter has a rich, caramel flavor.  It makes a great fruit dip, also great on graham crackers.  You’re going to want to hide the mixing bowl from your kids.

fruit dipI have a confession to make.  I love my kids and all, but I really like having my days to myself when they’re at school.  It’s all silent, here, with just me and the dog.  No one is begging me for food or asking to play video games or leaving their snowy shoes right in front of the door where every one has to step on them to get in the house.

*ahem*

On the other hand, there are some real bonuses to those no-school days.  Like not packing cold lunches and not getting up at the butt-crack of dawn.

I’m not a morning person.

Today was one of those rare half-days, when they get out at noon.  There’s only a couple of them each year, and frankly, they are a great compromise. I still have to get up at o’-dark-thirty, but I don’t have to pack lunches.

Of course, they still come home hungry.  But when is that not the case?cream cheese dip

My sister recently sent me a recipe for cookie dough dip, which is basically just a euphemism for “just go ahead and buy some larger pants now, because we all know where this is going.”  But as I perused the short-but-sweet-and-fatty ingredient list, I just couldn’t stop thinking about brown butter.

I blame Annie.  I drooled over these cookies for 15 minutes straight this morning.

And thus, brown butter dip was born.

cream cheese dip

I was so disappointed {why does my blog still not have a sarcasm font?} when I had my photo shoot all set up, and then grabbed my camera and found that the battery was dead.  Disappointed because it gave me a few precious moments alone with what was left in the bottom of the mixing bowl, and what was left in the bottom of the graham cracker box.

Lawd have mercy, this stuff is good.

Do you like how I took pictures of myself with my snazzy super-red nails dipping an apple in this, like I totally ate this on an apple an not on my finger?

The kids didn’t know what hit them when they walked in the door at 12:30, and left their shoes and coats on the floor.  I was all “You guys are home already finally!”  Then I introduced them to brown butter dip, and they dove in face first.

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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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Smoothie
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Smoothie

 

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

Follow Jen’s Favorite Cookies’s board Beverages on Pinterest.

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Krispie Treat Pops

Krispie treats are just classic, aren’t they?  I mean, everyone likes a plain old rice krispie treat.  Everyone but me, that is.  I really have to dress them up to make them interesting.

krispie treatWhen I was a kid, my mom made this Christmas advent calendar.  It was a felt Christmas tree with little pockets for treats.  My mom filled the pockets with rice krispie treats with little service coupons attached.  My siblings and I took turns choosing treats.  We always loved seeing what services my parents would give, usually things like “Dad will take you out for ice cream” or “Mom will make your bed.”

Of course, the treats were awesome on December 1st, but not so much on December 24th.  By then, they were hard as a brick bat (as my Mother-in-law would say) and you only had the coupon to look forward too.

Or throwing a krispie treat rock at your brother’s head.

Not that I would ever do that.  Just sayin’.

krispie treat

Maybe it was those dry and hard 3-week old squares that turned me off this classic dessert, or maybe it was the lack of chocolate involved.  {probably the chocolate!}  Either way, I’ll be spicing up my krispie treats.

Today, I decided to spice them up with sucker sticks.  And white chocolate.

rice krispie treat recipe

I got a sweet deal on sucker sticks in the after-Christmas sale.  Is it weird to get excited about that?  I only spent a dollar on a package of 100 sticks. And therefore, I HAD to use them as quickly as possible.

I halved the classic rice krispie treat recipe and pressed it into a loaf pan for this treat.  I pushed the sucker sticks in right away, and once the treats were set, I cut them into cute little squares, and dipped them into almond bark.  I just love how cute and festive these look!  I think they would be so fun for a birthday party or holiday celebration.

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

peanut butter pretzelMy teenagers are into having “late nights” with their friends.  Which means their friends hang out until very late, but they don’t actually stay until morning.

Which is really fine with me.  Except for the part where p.m. turns into a.m. and I have to start physically forcing people out the door.

Besides that, it’s really very entertaining.  I mean, just tonight I walked in to the kitchen to find five teenage boys momentarily distracted from their card game by Taylor Swift.  Yes, they were literally singing, at the top of their lungs, the song “We Are Never Getting Back Together.”

I’m not joking.

I wish I had video of it.  I didn’t think about that until after the moment had passed.  Then I kicked myself and tried to convince them to start it over {to no avail}.

After that, they googled some youtube videos of the Gangnam Style dance.  I was hoping a good video opportunity would present itself there, but it just never materialized.  Oh well.

PB pretzel recipe

These nights made me wonder whatever happened to the old me?  I mean, the young me?  The me that used to stay up until 2 am every night and dance and sing a lot.  Nowadays, I’m all old and boring, and I’m asleep before 11 and I’m up at the crack of dawn.

The old gang tries to remember our youth by spending New Years Eve together every year.  The problem is, we don’t go out drinking and partying, we stay in and play board games with our kids, and watch the ball drop, and drink sparkling cider.  Then we drag our sorry selves home at 12:15.

This does not make me feel young.  Not at all.

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On the bright side, the snacks will be infinitesimally better than they used to be.  Because old me just opened a bag of chips, but new me will take time to make these pretzel bites.

And by “time,” I mean like 15 minutes.  Seriously, it’s barely worth noting, it’s that fast.  And it’s SO worth it, because, honestly? These are going to be gone within 3 minutes.

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Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats

Let me preface this story by telling you that Robb and I get along great.  We really do.

But, our differing personalities being what they are, sometimes the way we get along doesn’t look like getting along, exactly.

For example, Robb has this burning desire to take his humor one step to far.  No, desire is not a strong enough word.  It’s a need.  An addiction.  A mental illness, if you will.

Let’s say he starts out with a funny joke, we laugh, we talk about it some more, his joking turns slightly rude and offensive, and I stop laughing.

This, my friends, THIS is the moment when Robb cannot physically stop himself from pushing the joke one more step into the range of offensive.  He can’t do it.

I simultaneously love and hate him for it.

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Now, if Robb were here, he would probably mention to you my affinity for picking fights.  It’s not that I actually want to fight, it’s more like I want someone to get involved, get emotional, challenge me, push me.  Robb just never fights with me when I want him to.  It’s SO annoying.

But Robb is not here, so I guess I can tell you that just today, HE picked a fight with me, and he was really looking forward to the “so there!” moment, but I was super sweet and didn’t fight with him, and he got no satisfaction at all.

So there.

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Pomegranate Ice Cream Topping

Is it possible to die of fright?  If so, my son (The Fruitarian) nearly met his maker tonight when a big spider ran out from behind the toilet.  Not only does he hate spiders, but he kind of startles easily, too.  It was a double whammy.

How about dying of boredom?  That one I don’t believe is possible, because only boring people are bored, as I am apt to tell my children.  I’m never bored, because I always have so much to do.  I barely have time to read anymore.

I have, however, been dying of envy lately, when my parents made a trip to Europe to attend my sister’s destination wedding.  After the wedding, they went on a two-week Mediterranean cruise, mostly around Greece and Croatia.  I stayed home and enjoyed a thunder-snow-storm, among other amazing things.

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On the other hand, I think they were dying of homesickness before they got home.  Thanks to a combination of Frankenstorm and stand-by tickets, they were stuck in Europe an extra 5 days.  And not the warm part of Europe.

I asked my brother, who works for an airline, whether he could get them some actual tickets.  He said, Sure, for $3500.  Ouch.

Upon returning home, my Dad, one of the world’s great cheapskates, reported about the price of hamburgers in Zurich.  Around $13 US at McDonald’s, and more like $30 US in the hotel restaurant.  His solution was to purchase his lunch at Costco on his first day home, a hot dog and a drink for $1.50.  It makes him feel more like himself.

I told my Dad to get himself some ice cream at the grocery store, and I would contribute some ice cream topping.  He was thrilled to get a little jar of this yummy Pomegranate Syrup.  I was a little sad to let it out of my sight.

Who knew that mixing pomegranate arils with some sugar and water, and just a touch of my favorite thing EVER, almond extract, would yield such amazing {and dare I say, beautiful?!} results?  I mean, let’s just say you’re not a big fan of chocolate syrup or hot fudge on your ice cream…

..I don’t see any reason in the world why that would ever happen, but let’s just say.

If that were the case, you would be so happy to have pomegranate syrup for your ice cream.  Or your pancakes.  It’s not just me that believes dessert foods are breakfast foods, is it?

Pomegranate Ice Cream Topping
 
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A simple pomegranate syrup makes an excellent ice cream topping.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
Instructions
  1. Combine pomegranate arils, sugar, and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, until syrup thickens and has a dark purple color.
  2. Remove from heat and add almond extract.
  3. Serve warm or cold over ice cream.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Hot Fudge Sauce from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

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Yogurt & Pomegranate Dessert from JungleFrog Cooking

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Pumpkin No Bake Cookies

These easy no bake cookies are made with pumpkin. Non bake cookies are a quick and easy solution!

Pumpkin No-Bake Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.comWhen I say I’m getting a new oven, what I mean is, I’m taking the oven that’s been in my brother’s garage for 2 years.

I mean, some people like to go to the store, compare features, pick their favorite appliance, and purchase it new.  But not me.

Our dining set used to belong to my parents.  Our bed was a wedding gift.  Our dresser used to belong to my parents.  Our hide-a-bed couch used to belong to Robb’s parents.  Our piano used to belong to my grandparents.  Our car was 11 years old when we bought it.  Even our television was a gift.  I’m not so sure the kids were ours originally.

Strike that.  Yes I am.  I have fond memories of pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum recovery.

Fond.

I just want to be sure you are not deceived when you see me writing about my “new oven” on my Facebook page, or pinning tips about cleaning glasstop stoves.

Pumpkin No-Bake Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com

While I’m waiting to get my old oven out and my new oven in, I’m making stovetop cookies.  Easy, fast, delicious, no-bake, stovetop cookies.  With pumpkin for fall. Continue reading “Pumpkin No Bake Cookies” »

Chocolate No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes

Chocolate Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts.  These no bake cheesecakes are simple to make and come in individual servings.

Chocolate no-bake cheesecakesRobb keeps telling me how old he is.  Him: I feel really old right now.  Me: Stop it.

Case in point, we met, or rather glanced, our oldest son’s math teacher recently.  We went to his choir concert, and after the concert his teacher passed by and told him she really enjoyed the concert.  We took her for one of the students.

Robb and Me: Who was that girl?  The Lizard: That was my math teacher.  Robb: I feel really old right now.

Another moment happened recently when Robb decided to revisit the good-old-days and give the Hippie Chick a unicorn pegasus ride to bed.  When she was little, this was a nightly routine.  Robb would get on all fours, Hippie Chick would climb on his back and ceremoniously place a “corn” on his forehead.  Then he would run (crawl) around the house, knocking obstacles out of the way, killing bad guys, and getting his “corn” stuck in trees.  11-year-olds are not nearly as enthralled with the idea of riding a unicorn pegasus as 5-year-olds are.

Robb: It’s a good thing we had kids when we were young.  I’m too old for this.  Me:  You looked good, though.

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But nothing makes you feel old as realizing that you have become a fuddy-duddy.  Do you remember when you were a kid and your parents thought all the latest styles and all your amazing fun ideas were ridiculous?  I mean, my parents did NOT understand pegged pants.

My Dad: Your kids are going to make fun of you for this one day.  Me: MY kids would never do any such thing.

My kids had this amazing idea to sleep on the trampoline with their friends… in late October.  We don’t live in Arizona, people.  We live in Utah.  Home of the Winter Olympics.  We explained to them how uncomfortable they would be, but they were not deterred.  We explained that the trampoline is possibly the coldest place in the entire yard to sleep, but they were unconvinced.

Kids: It’s fun, we like it!  Robb and Me: Fine, whatever.  We’ll leave the door open.

The boys made it until about 5:00 am, when the dew hit them.  The girls, to their credit, slept soundly until 9:00 am.

Robb: Why do they even want to do that?  Me: We’re getting really old.

Easy mini cheesecake

To help my quest to feel young again, I made a dessert that is easy and chocolatey and kid-sized.  It feels like a special treat your mom might have left in the fridge for you to discover.  Or maybe it’s the first thing you made in Home Ec in 7th grade.  Or maybe it’s a brilliant idea that you and your best friend had one late night when bored.

I found this amazing Sharffen-Berger chocolate bar called “Milk Nibby,” which is milk chocolate with roasted cacao nibs.  It took all the restraint my adult self could muster to use the entire bar in the dessert and not take a huge bite out of it.  My 12-year-old self would never have been able to withstand the temptation.  This is a 3 oz. bar, but feel free to use whatever brand you want.  I did kind of wish it was a touch more chocolatey, so if your bar is 4 oz, go ahead and use the whole thing.

And then put on your one-piece jammies, watch some cartoons, and dive into your amazing no-bake chocolate and cream cheese creation head first.
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Biscoff Granola Bars guest post

Biscoff barsIt’s the middle of the month, and I am already over budget on the groceries.  I can’t help myself.  Sometimes I see something fabulous like mini-bell peppers or blood orange Chobani greek yogurt, or heaven help me, Biscoff spread, and I just have to buy it.

Now school is starting, and I have to get to start packing sack lunches, and what is there to pack?  There’s no way the kids will be eating bell peppers, and Robb wants all the Chobani to himself, which means I now have to share my Biscoff spread.  I’m sort of jealous and selfish, and so this idea is not my favorite.

On the other hand, turning a fabulous ingredient like Biscoff spread into something new and delicious and homemade like Biscoff Granola Bars is kind of fun.  Plus, I’m sure the kids will love finding these cute bars in their lunches.

I’ll probably eat mine for breakfast.

Biscoff Granola

Have you met Connie yet?  She has this wonderful blog called Measured By The Heart, where she blogs about all kinds of things from home decor, to cute hair tips, to DIY projects, to recipes.  And, lucky me, I get to guest post on her blog this week!  Aaiiieee!!

Let me bribe you with a few more adjectives before I send you to the recipe.

No Bake.  Very quick.  Super easy.  Chocolate Chips. And, need I say this? BISCOFF. SPREAD.

Get the picture?  To make these fun and crazy simple granola bars for your self school kids, head over to Measured By The Heart today!  You won’t regret it.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Nutella Granola Bars from After Dinner Dance

Biscoff No Bake Cookies from Shugary Sweets

This post linked up at: Tidy Mom; Shabby Nest; Joy in my Kitchen; My Simple Home Life; While He Was Napping; Chic On a Shoestring; My Romantic Home; At the Picket Fence;

Paradise Punch Pie

ice cream pieIf you want to make an omelet, you have to break some eggs.  Or, as Robb says, if you’re not messing up once in a while, you’re not really trying.  I prefer this one:  There are obstacles to overcome on the pathway to genius.

I just made that one up.

The thing is, I prefer to think of myself as a genius.  Whether I actually merit that description is… umm… up for debate.

So when I basically faceplanted in my first attempt at a peach jar cake with peach buttercream, I was devastated.  Devastated because I was planning to serve this oh-so-cute and fantastically delicious dessert to my friends, who were going to be suitably impressed and lavish me with compliments.  Devastated because it was going to make a gorgeous blog post.  Devastated because I was about to go viral on Pinterest.

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Scotcheroos and the Rice Krispies Treat Death Match

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy TreatHave you ever wondered how a person might find themselves embroiled in a serious Rice Krispies Treat Death Match?  Well, let me tell you.

A few months ago, an innocent remark by me about my favorite Rice Krispies treats, namely the Scotcheroos, was met by some serious resistance by my cousin, who lives several states away.  The conversation went something like this:

Me: Scotcheroos are the best.  They’re like eating heaven.
Maren: Blech.  You’re wrong.  Butterscotch is the worst.
Me: What’s wrong with you?  Butterscotch is pretty good, but I’m really talking about peanut butter RK treats, and there is NOTHING wrong with PB.
Maren: PB is great, but butterscotch is not.  I can out rice krispies treat you any day of the week.
Me:  Oh yeah?
Maren:  Yeah.  Let’s do this thing.  You. Me. Family reunion.
Me:  You’re on.  Winner gets bragging rights.
Maren: Winner gets ETERNAL FAME AND GLORY.

Last weekend, the much anticipated contest finally took place.

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The cousins all got in on the action, and there were several entries.  Each participant was allowed to enter no more than two different recipes.  Judges were the uncles, namely my dad, his three brothers and one brother-in-law.  Except that judge number five was like the French judge during the ice skating… he basically pressured everyone to vote for him.

Oh, and he named his krispie treats after himself.  (“The Rope” because our family name is Roper.)

I know you’re dying to know who won, so let me just cut to the chase.

First place: Allison, with Cinnamon Roll Krispies (basic RKT’s with cinnamon frosting)
Second place: Grandma, with Jammie Krispies (RKT’s sandwiched with jam and cream cheese)
Third place: Bryce, with “The Rope” (made with Fruity Pebbles, chocolate mint marshmallows, and peanut butter.  Yeah, you heard me right)
Honorable Mention: Me, with Scotcheroos

So I didn’t win.  But neither did Maren.  I guess Allison gets all the fame and glory.  THIS TIME.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats

There is another possible way to judge this thing, which is to note which pan empties first.  If we judge this way, the winner is:

The Rope.  I just don’t get it.  I mean, it would seriously never occur to me to mix Fruity Pebbles with chocolate mint marshmallows, or with peanut butter, let alone both of them.  It really was a bizarre combination, but honestly?  They were kind of good.  Just don’t tell Bryce I said that.

The pan with the Scotcheroos was the second to disappear, so I guess I had a decent showing there.  Maren’s mistake was combining bacon with dessert.  Her Baconstein Krispies are, I suspect, an acquired taste.  Or maybe I just say that because I’m sort of racist against bacon-flavored desserts.  Everyone agreed that her S’mores Krispies were pretty darn delicious though.  Well, everyone but her 3 year old, who ate the marshmallow tops off of several pieces, and left the actual krispie treats sitting on the ground in a cute little row.

My Thin Mint Krispies had a decent showing, but not good enough to win any prizes.

So here’s the thing.  Next time you inevitably find yourself in a Rice Krispies Treat Death Match, competing for Eternal Fame And Glory, you’re going to want to enter the Scotcheroos.  And pray the judges aren’t biased.

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A peanut butter rice krispies treat with chocolate-butterscotch frosting.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 7 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips
  • 6 oz. butterscotch chips
Instructions
  1. Combine peanut butter, sugar, and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is well combined and loose.
  2. Place cereal in a large mixing bowl. Pour hot peanut butter mixture over cereal, and stir to coat.
  3. Press into a 9x13 pan.
  4. Place chocolate and butterscotch chips in a microwave safe bowl, and melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted.
  5. Pour melted chips over cereal mixture, spreading to frost evenly.
  6. Cool completely before serving. (I like to let them chill in the refrigerator.)

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Peanut Butter Bars from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Reese’s Puffs Crispy Treats from Your Cup of Cake

Chubby Hubby Bars from Cookies and Cups

 

 

Date Nut No-Bake Cookies

No bake nut cookieI just heard my kid say the words, “We’ve got to get mom off the computer.”

{pause for effect}

This is the same kid who said, “Blogging is a nerdy woman thing to do.”

He’s not related to me, I swear.  He didn’t spring from my belly, grow up in my house, and throw countless purple-face, sweating and screaming tantrums, only to disrespect me after FIFTEEN YEARS of patience, dedication, sacrifice, and wise parenting.  MY kid would never do that.

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Banana Pudding

Bananas and creamI think most of you know by now that my son is a fruit lover.  A “fruitarian,”  my mom calls him.  I’ve yet to find the fruit he dislikes, but among his absolute favorites are cantelope, kiwi, and bananas.

Wow, does that kid love bananas.

I remember a friend saying that she never understood why her mom bought bananas, because they always sat on the counter until they turned black, and then she threw them away.  This is what would happen if I lived alone, because the thought of eating a plain, raw banana kind of makes me gag.  But the fruitarian can’t keep his sticky fingers off of them.

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Nutella Cheesecake (No-Bake!)

A simple recipe for a Nutella cheesecake with Oreo crust.

Source:  I think I’m addicted to My Baking Addiction.

Yield: 4-6 servings, I made 5.

I seriously love summer.  It doesn’t make much sense, because I prefer not to be seen in a swimsuit, and I am way more comfortable wearing a sweater or jacket over my blouse, and shaving my legs is way down my list of priorities.

But, I love the sun.  I love the way it feels, I love the light, and I love the heat.

Well, I love air conditioning.  And, I love heat in small doses.

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Peanut Butter Bars (No Bake!)

An easy no-bake recipe for peanut butter bars with chocolate frosting.

Source:  Bakerlady

Some days were made for baking.  When it’s cool outside, and you have lots of un-interrupted time and lots of fresh produce in your fridge, there is nothing better than spending a few hours creating marvelous meals and desserts.  The kitchen gets all warm from the oven, and the house smells like brownies, or apple pie, or pot roast.

I believe in days like that.  I can’t remember the last time I experienced one, but I believe they exist.

More frequently, I find myself with a great desire to bake, but with an empty pantry and a full calendar.  Some day, my life will be calm.  Today, I struggle to put dinner on the table in the twenty minutes we are all together between karate classes and piano lessons and homework.  So today, I am making a treat that requires NO baking, only a FEW ingredients, and can be done QUICKLY.  It’s the perfect weekday treat for a busy family.

I’m going to warn you now, though… DON’T lick the bowl.  Just don’t.

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Did you know you can purchase graham cracker crumbs in a box?  Gone are the days of putting crackers in a ziploc bag and smashing them with a rolling pin.  Gone are the days of using the bulky food processor to turn crackers into crumbs.  Welcome the days of buying them already crushed!  It’s a major time saver.  Take your already crushed graham cracker crumbs and mix them with powdered sugar, butter, and peanut butter.  The spread the mixture into a 9×13 pan.

Here’s the thing… if you lick the bowl, I guarantee you will take a spoon to the 9×13, before you even get it frosted.  You’ll be tempted to eat the entire thing yourself, and hide the pan from your kids.

That’s not what happened to me, I’m just saying it could happen. *ahem*

You’ll frost these lovely bars with a combination of chocolate and peanut butter, which is a very lovely frosting indeed.  These will need some time to cool and set up, but 30-60 minutes in the fridge ought to be enough.  And that’s it.  Voila!  You’ll have a fabulous, no-bake, keep-them-coming-back, weekday dessert with only a few minutes of work.

I’ll guarantee you they won’t last into the weekend.

 

Want more?  Try these fun no-bake treats!

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Peanut Butter Bars (No Bake!)
 
Easy no-bake peanut butter bars with chocolate frosting.
Author:
Recipe type: Bars
Serves: 12 large
Ingredients
BARS:
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
FROSTING:
  • 1½ cups chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, melt butter and peanut butter together. Add cracker crumbs and sugar. Stir to combine.
  2. Spread mixture evenly into a 9x13 pan.
  3. Melt chocolate chips with peanut butter in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth.
  4. Pour chocolate mixture over bars, and frost evenly.
  5. Chill for 40-50 minutes, until chocolate is set.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Nutella No-Bake Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake from Sprinkle Bakes

Golden Grahams S’mores Bars from Pinch of Yum