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Onion Dill Oyster Crackers

Flavored oyster crackers are fun to make and tasty!  They’re a great snack for parties.

Onion Dill Oyster Crackers from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  Great for parties, quick and easy to make!Our son planned a weekend video gaming party with his cousin.  He instructed me that he would be needing snacks for this little soiree.

And not just any snack would do.  Popcorn?  No.  Licorice?  Maybe.

Actually, he wanted muddy buddies, but I nixed that idea.  Chocolate and powdered sugar + video game controllers?  Not so much.

The thing with gaming party snacks is, they come with rules.  Wrappers take too long to deal with.  Cookies take too long to eat.  You need something with no wrappers, something that can be eaten one small handful at a time, something that doesn’t get your hands messy.

And the answer is… flavored oyster crackers.

Onion Dill Oyster Crackers from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  Great for parties, quick and easy to make!

There are lots of ways to flavor plain crackers.  Whatever flavor you choose, they’re simple, quick, and really delicious.

This particular flavor combo was suggested to me by a friend.  A brilliant friend.  A friend who knows what’s good.

I was kind of surprised, actually.  You can taste both the onion and the dill in these crackers, but the combination of the two flavors was something else entirely.

Onion Dill Oyster Crackers from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  Great for parties, quick and easy to make!

You don’t have to limit yourself to oyster crackers here.  This same combination would work with pretzels or saltines, too.

But for this little gaming get-together, the oyster crackers worked perfectly.  Maybe next time, I’ll have the party and my kids will make the snacks!

More great party snacks you’ll love!

caramelized onion dip and potato chipsPotato Chips &
Caramelized Onion Dip
Mustard PretzelsMustard



Onion Dill Oyster Crackers
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Flavor your store-bought oyster crackers with dill and onion for a tasty snack!
Recipe type: Snacks
  • 1 pkg. oyster crackers (12 oz.)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1½ tablespoons dry onion soup mix
  • 1½ teaspoons dill weed
  1. In a small dish, combine oil, onion mix, and dill.
  2. Pour crackers into a large bowl, pour oil mix over the top, and toss to coat.
  3. Place crackers in a single layer on a large baking sheet, and bake at 250F for 15-20 minutes.


Mint Sandwiches and Holiday Food Party

Chocolate Mint Candy; These easy candies are made with layers of chocolate and mint.

Mint Sandwiches from Jen's Favorite CookiesThis December is shaping up to be  an… umm… exciting one.  For lack of a better word.

After spending Thanksgiving recovering from pneumonia, which is, by the way, one of the least pleasant experiences I have ever had, my kids also got sick, my husband left town on a business trip and then my fridge died.

Merry Christmas, right?

I spent my week shopping for refrigerators and not for groceries, and running all my fridge-purchase-decision-questions past Robb over the phone.


And thus, this week’s dessert is simple, easy, and requires no refrigeration.

Mint Sandwiches from Jen's Favorite Cookies

If you haven’t yet, it’s time you met my friends!

I love spending the holidays with my friends, and we love sharing our favorite holiday treats with you.  Check out all the amazing recipes we came up with for this party!

Just click on each photo to jump to the recipes.

Christmas Food Party on Jen's Favorite Cookies

Red Velvet Parfait from Cravings of a Lunatic Cranberry & Brie Bites from Crumb Blog Soft Gingerbread Cookies from Roxana's Home Baking Coconut Spice Cake from Magnolia Days Gingerbread Biscotti from Created By Diane Caramel Biscoff Blossoms from That Skinny Chick Can Bake Mint Sandwiches from Jen's Favorite Cookies White Chocolate Cranberry Layer Cake from Pineapple and Coconut Candy Cane Kiss Brownies from Chocolate Moosey Triple Chocolate Buche de Noel from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle from Hungry Couple NYC Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars from Chocolate, Chocolate, and More

My Grandfather used to give all the girls in the family a box of mint sandwiches for Christmas, so this recipe holds nice memories for me.  To make life easy, I used candy melts like those in the links below.  If you want a nicer quality candy, you could splurge on better quality chocolate.

Either way, these simple candies make such a wonderful and memorable holiday treat!

More simple minty treats you’ll love:

chocolatePeppermint Bark fudge with candy canesPeppermint Fudge chocolate mintMint Popcorn Bark


Mint Sandwiches and Holiday Food Party
Simple chocolate and mint sandwiches.
Recipe type: Candy
  • 24 oz. chocolate candy melts
  • 12 oz. green candy melts
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  1. Melt 12 oz. chocolate. You can do this on the stove on low or medium heat, or in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each.
  2. Pour melted chocolate onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Spread out evenly, and let cool.
  3. Once first layer is set, (about 10-20 minutes) melt green candy for the second layer. Once melted, quickly stir in peppermint extract. Pour over first layer, and spread evenly. Let cool and set.
  4. Melt remaining chocolate candy, and spread over green layer. Let set.
  5. Use a large knife to cut candy into squares.

 chocolate mint candy

Butterfinger Bark and Halloween Food Party

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

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

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

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

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

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

Butterfinger Bark from Jen's Favorite Cookies

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

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

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

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

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

easy homemade candyhomemade-butterfinger

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

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

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

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

More Halloween recipes you might enjoy:

spider-cookies-5Spider Cookies 12-easy-halloween-treats12 Super Easy Treats gumdropsHomemade Gumdrops
5.0 from 2 reviews
Butterfinger Bark and Halloween Food Party
A simple homemade candy similar to Butterfinger candy bars.
Recipe type: Candy
  • 24 oz. chocolate chips (2 bags)
  • 20 oz. candy corn (about 4 cups)
  • 1¼ cups creamy peanut butter
  1. Place half the chocolate chips in a microwave safe dish, and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted.
  2. Spread melted chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with foil.
  3. In a separate bowl, place candy corn. Microwave until melted, about 90-120 seconds. Very quickly stir, and stir in peanut butter. Mix well to combine.
  4. Spread candy corn mixture over chocolate layer carefully.
  5. Melt remaining chocolate as before, and spread over the top of the candy corn layer.
  6. Chill in fridge for about an hour, until set. Cut into pieces with a knife or cookie cutter. Store in refrigerator.

 easy homemade candy

Game Day Dip Round-up

Dip is the perfect game day snack!  This collection of great dips is perfect for any get together, superbowl party, or Sunday afternoon.

mango salsaI couldn’t care less about football.  I really couldn’t.

You know what I like?  Superbowl party food.  That’s what I think about in late January.

Since Robb is no sports fan either, our one family football fan, The Lizard, has to watch his games alone, or at Grandpa’s house.  Thank goodness for grandpas.

Grandpa invited us over for Superbowl watching, and I excitedly searched high and low for great game day snacks.  I don’t even know which teams are playing, and please don’t tell me, because I don’t care.

But here is a far more interesting fact: Most of the game day snacks I found came in one of two forms.  Either A) nachos or B) dips.

Fine. With. Me.

Today I’m bringing you the best of the best… this collection has some of the tastiest dips and spreads I have found.  You’re certain to find several you can’t cheer your favorite team without!

fruit dipBrown Butter Dip cauliflower dipBuffalo Cauliflower Dip caramel apple dipCaramel Apple Dip
basil dipCreamy Basil Dip zucchini salsaZucchini Salsa roasted red pepper dipWhite Bean Red Pepper Dip
jalapeno dipJalapeno Popper Dip mango salsaMango Salsa spinach artichoke dipSpinach Artichoke Dip

You can find the recipes to all these amazing dips by clicking on the pictures, or on the links below.

Brown Butter Cream Cheese Dip from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Buffalo Cauliflower Dip from Mother Thyme
Caramel Apple Butter Cheesecake Dip from Chocolate Moosey

Creamy Basil Dip from Overtime Cook
Zucchini Salsa from Closet Cooking
White Bean Roasted Red Pepper Dip from Smitten Kitchen

Jalapeno Popper Dip from Chocolate Moosey
Mango Salsa from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Spinach Artichoke Dip from Gimme Some Oven

I hope you can find a dip or two that you can use for your own game day event, I truly do.  If you don’t please let me know.  I’ll be in the kitchen…

… dipping something.

P.S. Big Fat Thanks to all the amazing bloggers who allowed me to link to their awesome dips today.  All these blogs are fantastic, and you should totally spend some time diving into to each of them.  I know I will! Continue reading “Game Day Dip Round-up” »

Chunky Taco Dip

taco dipI like making lists for my kids.  They hate it, because the lists are always lists of chores to be done, and never lists of ice cream places we’re visiting or lists of video games we’re planning to purchase.

After showing a dear friend my new list-making-system, she confessed that her husband loves lists.  She makes lists for him, and he happily goes about checking things off.  She also admitted that if he did the same for her, she would be… well,… let’s just say it would not end well.

Which got me thinking.  I asked Robb whether he would like me to make him a list, and his reply was an emphatic “No.”  I tried to remind him how much he loved the extensive and detailed lists I have made in the past when I have gone out of town and left him home alone with the children.  He claims he only likes those lists because I have so much stuff to do.  {Welcome to my world.}

I feel I have a new thing to tease Robb about, and let’s be honest, teasing Robb brings me so much joy.

chips & dip recipe

This same friend and her family came to our house for an evening of chatting and chatting and board games and more chatting, fueled by Mexican food and Dr. Pepper, and lots and lots of cookies.  And guess what?  It wasn’t me that made the cookies this time. Continue reading “Chunky Taco Dip” »

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.

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Butterscotch Popcorn

Butterscotch popcorn recipe;  You’ll love this easy and simple butterscotch popcorn recipe.

Butterscotch Popcorn from JensFavoriteCookies.comMy kids have the worst teeth.  You wouldn’t believe some of the things my dentist, orthodontist, and oral surgeon have told me.

Yeah, we have an oral surgeon.  No biggie.

Whenever we go to the dentist, the Lizard (kid #1) is the favorite.  He has no cavities, and no need of braces.  Of course, he doesn’t brush his teeth much, either, but that doesn’t seem to be causing him any problems.  He does have one weird little quirk.  The dentist’s exact words: “His teeth look like jelly beans.  Sideways jelly beans.”  Which really means nothing, except that sometimes it feels like he has a cavity, when he really doesn’t.

The Hippie Chick (kid #3) inherited an underbite.  She requires one round of braces for the underbite, and a second for teeth straightening after her molars all come in.

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Best Ever Chex Mix

My favorite chex mix; This chex mix recipe uses coconut, almonds, and other cereals to make the best tasting chex mix you’ll ever have!

chex mix recipe

Do you drink much Kool-Aid?  Me neither.  I’ve never been a huge fan of the stuff.   On the other hand, my kids get tired of drinking water, and I get tired of shelling out for milk and single-serving drinks.  I found a sweet sale + coupon price of $.07 per packet on the Kool-Aid, so I went nuts and bought 45 packages, 5 each of 9 different flavors.

I learned something interesting by doing this. Did you know that a 13-year-old is perfectly capable of making a pitcher full of Kool-Aid, but completely incapable of cleaning up the mess? I always know when offspring #2 has been making Kool-Aid, because I find the following items on the kitchen counter:

– Empty drink packet, torn into two pieces
– Container of sugar
– Measuring Cup
– Pitcher of Kool-Aid
– Empty cup with traces of Kool-Aid in it

And so, Kool-Aid has surprisingly become a tool for teaching my son responsibility.  Son: “Mom, can I make Kool-Aid?”  Me:  “Last time, that didn’t work out too well for me.”  He is now pointing out to me that he cleaned up his mess.  And I am responding by making him list every part of the mess that he believes he cleaned up.

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Party Popcorn

A simple recipe for a festive white chocolate popcorn snack that is perfect for entertaining.

Source: I’ve been making this popcorn treat for years, but recently found some good addition ideas at She Wears Many Hats.

Yield: about 8 cups

I have friends that I get together with once a month, and this week it was my turn to host.  Since my lunch of pasta salad with italian dressing and crescent roll knots with garlic butter was slightly less than impressive, I figured I could wow them with a table snack.  I love white chocolate popcorn, and I loved Amy’s ideas for souping it up and making it a little more… well, fun. Continue reading “Party Popcorn” »