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Strawberry Oreo Pudding Cookies

Strawberry Oreo Dessert; These strawberry pudding cookies with crushed Oreos are perfect for Valentines Day.  You’ll love this strawberry oreo dessert!

Strawberry Oreo Pudding Cookies from Jen's Favorite CookiesWhen I was a kid, my parents finished the basement, and I got to move into a downstairs bedroom.  Besides the independence of having my own room, my favorite part was choosing the colors we would use to decorate.

I chose grey and mauve.  What can I say, it was the 80’s.

I loved my pink and grey room.  I felt so cool in my little basement home, with the grey carpet and the pink curtains, and the pink and grey comforter on the bed.

These cookies remind me of those days.  The pink cookie with black Oreos has a very 80’s feel.  It’s okay though… the 80’s are in again.  Everything but the hair, that is.

Let’s hope that hair never comes back in style.  Some things are best forgotten.

Strawberry Oreo Pudding Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Pudding cookies are so awesome.  They’re all soft and chewy and flavorful.  And when you use strawberry pudding in the cookies, it makes them pink.

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Vanilla Cupcakes

This is the best Vanilla Cupcake recipe, which includes buttermilk and sour cream.  This white cake recipe is dense, moist, and delicious, with a simple buttermilk icing.

Vanilla Cupcakes from JensFavoriteCookies.com - the best vanilla cupcake you'll ever have!My Hippie Chick daughter will choose vanilla over chocolate every time.  Leading me to believe that she was switched at birth.

She will even say things like, “This is too chocolatey,” as if there were such a thing.

I blame my husband.  Robb will buy vanilla bean ice cream 9 times out of 10.  The other 1 time will be chocolate chip, or starlight mint, which are nice, but sometimes I want chocolate with nuts and caramel and peanut butter and marshmallows and chunks of brownies.  That’s what I’m talking about.

Despite my outwardly bad attitude about this, I have to say that I love a good white cake.  {The key word being “good.”}  It’s a staple in our household.

Most cakes are too soft and airy and crumbly for my taste.  I hate it when I’m eating cake, and I feel like I just got some crumbs in my lungs, because I inhaled while the cake was near my face.

Give me something dense and fudgy.  Something you know you’re eating.  That’s my kind of cake.

Vanilla Cupcakes from JensFavoriteCookies.com - the best vanilla cupcake you'll ever have!

I actually love this recipe, because it’s super easy.  You start with a boxed white cake mix, and then you improve on it by adding your own concoction of creamy milk fats.

Mmmm…  milk fat.

And can we just talk about the elephant in the room for a minute?  As in, why are these Vanilla Cupcakes pink?  Funny story.

Well, not that funny.  More like pathethically sad.

The thing is, I had this *brilliant* idea about making them into an  ombre cupcake.  Something elegantly beautiful, like this pink cake or this blue-green-ish cupcake.  And then, the red food coloring came out a little fast, and before I knew it, the top half of the cupcakes was a WAY darker shade of pink than the bottom half.

*sob* *sniff*

Vanilla Cupcakes from JensFavoriteCookies.com - the best vanilla cupcake you'll ever have!

The idea is totally sound though.  You might have more luck if you try it yourself.

Or just color the whole cupcake.

Or don’t color it at all.  This cake is yum-tasty, colored or not.

One more word, this one about the totally boring-looking frosting.  I made this beautiful cream cheese frosting to pipe into beautiful tall swirls on the beautiful pink cupcakes, but I ended up scrapping it in favor of this simple buttermilk icing.  When I tasted the really delicious cream cheese frosting with the really delicious buttermilk and sour cream white cake, I was sad that the combination wasn’t mind blowing.  In fact, it wasn’t a very good combination at all.

Don’t ask me why.  I have no idea.

But this simple buttermilk icing was really delicious on the cupcakes, without distracting from the simple vanilla flavor.

The icing was the right decision, even if the red food coloring wasn’t.
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15 Great Valentine Recipes

A collection of Valentine recipes to help you celebrate!  This roundup includes plenty of heart shaped, pink, red, chocolate Valentine Day recipes.valentine recipes

Nothing says “I care” like a pink, heart-shaped cookie.  Right?

Well, that or chocolate.

This year, I’m bringing you my favorite pink, red, chocolate, and heart-shaped cookies for your Valentine viewing  and drooling pleasure.  I’ve even categorized them, because I’m the Queen of recipe organization like that.

Or maybe I’m the Queen of Valentines like that.

I don’t really care, as long as people think I’m the Queen.

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Sugar Cookies

Your basic Soft Sugar Cookie can easily be cut into heart shapes, and topped with pink frosting.
I used royal icing to make these delicious Chocolate Sugar Cookies super duper cute.
Cherry Sugar Cookies are not only heart-shaped, but also pink.  And yummy.
If you are having trouble deciding, these Chocolate Cherry Sugar Cookies might be for you.
You can’t go wrong with Red Velvet Sugar Cookies.

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Chocolate Cherry Sugar Cookies

These are not your momma’s sugar cookies.  Chocolate cookies with small inlaid cherry cookie hearts are so cute, and perfect Valentine cookies.

sugar cookiesIs it just me or are all movies the same?  I’ve been lamenting {in a very vocal and incessant way} about how predictable and boring I find almost every single movie.

What?!  Are you telling me you didn’t know that Iron Man and Captain America would set aside their differences and learn to work together {in an hour long fight scene} for the good of the country?

Or that Cat Woman would turn out to be just misunderstood?

Or that Katniss and Peeta would both return home?

Robb has been very sweet and trying hard to find some movies I would enjoy more.  He went to the public library and came home with a handful of videos, proudly announcing that there were no guns in any of them.valentine cookies

To be clear, presence/absense of guns is not the yardstick I’m using.  It’s more like presence/absence of plot or interesting characters.

For instance: Bella from Twilight is NOT an interesting character.  And Avengers does NOT have an interesting plot.  My theory is that men watch Avengers to get their superhero fix, and women watch it so they can stare at Thor.

You did it, too.  Admit it.

One of the movies Robb checked out was The Secret Life of Bees.  This movie had far more interesting characters and plot than anything I’ve seen in the past 6 months.  I enjoyed it thoroughly.  When the movie ended, I was smiling, but Robb’s comment was, “I try to pick movies you will like, and this is what happens.”

By “this,” he means the story is essentially a sad one.

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What does all this have to do with cookies?  I don’t really know.  I guess you have to be a girl to understand the urge to create a cookie that is cute, involved, and holiday-themed, just so you can eat it while crying through a sad movie.

I will admit that these cookies were a little bit of work, because I had to mix up two different recipes, roll two different doughs, and cut two different sizes of hearts.  It wasn’t particularly difficult, just time consuming.

First, I used this Cherry Cookie recipe for the pink dough.  I don’t even like cherries, but I love this dough.  Then, I used this Chocolate Sugar Cookie recipe for the brown dough.  You should know that the cherry recipe makes about twice as much as the chocolate recipe, so you may want to double the chocolate dough or half the cherry dough to get the amounts right.

I also had to go back and forth a bit, cutting pink hearts, then cutting brown hearts, then putting them together on the sheet pan to get the process right.  The best method I found was to cut a large pink heart, then place it on the baking sheet.  Then I cut a small heart out of the center and removed it.  I found the cookie kept it’s shape better if I didn’t have to move it after removing the center heart.  I used the same cutters to cut brown hearts, and placed a small brown heart inside the space in the middle of the larger pink heart.  There wasn’t anything else required to get them to bake together as one seamless cookie.

I recommend eating them with a love story.
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Butter Cookies

Simple butter cookies are the best!  This butter cookie recipe makes a perfectly tasty everyday treat.

butter cookiesRobb and I have this new plan to talk about our problems differently.

Instead of saying, “The repairs on this car will cost more than our children,” we will say, “We can’t get the car repaired right now because the Bentley repair shop is not open weekends.”

Instead of “My boss won’t leave me alone about this problem I don’t know how to fix,” we’ll say, “My fans are clamoring for more amazing stuff from me.”

This could work.  Right?

In that spirit, I can tell you that it rained in Hawaii this week (we had some rare freezing rain, which put a thin sheet of very slick ice over absolutely everything, including my driveway, porch steps, and windshield.).

And our 5-star restaurant ran out of pork (my fridge was completely empty, and kind of smelly, and I had to improvise for dinner).

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Yeah, I like this plan.

While I was shopping for new furniture for the mansion, I came across this too-cute-to-pass-up little turquoise cake stand.  I thought the family chef might like to use it for the upcoming ladies tea.

The chef and I put our heads together and came up with this cute and simple butter cookie to serve on the new stand.  Chef thought we should roll them in sugar, and keep them simple looking, but I said, “It’s almost February.  Let’s coat them in pink sprinkles.”

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In his defense, Chef may have been right on this one.  (Which is okay, because Chef and I are the same person.  In case you didn’t follow this line of thought very well.)

Butter just gives the very best flavor to cookies, doesn’t it?  Robb is partial to simple flavors, uncomplicated, stand-alone.  It’s no surprise that this simple butter cookie is one of his very favorites.

Not sure how he felt about the sprinkles… but he did love the cookie.

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Cherry Cookies with Vanilla Frosting Dip

These pink cookies are so fun to dip in vanilla frosting.  The cookies get their pink color from maraschino cherries, and the frosting is made a little thin, to be the perfect consistency for dipping.

pink cookiesConfession time.  Sometimes I fall flat on my face in the kitchen.  Not literally, although that would be really funny.

I mean sometimes my cookies are not all-that-and-a-bag-of-chips.  Recently, I had this brilliant {I thought} idea to make cookies with sunflower seeds.  I even broke one of my cardinal rules and put applesauce in them.

Then I was reminded why those rules are there in the first place.  I mean, applesauce in a cookie?  What was I thinking?!

I took these really beautiful photos, with sunflowers in the background.  It was a little heartbreaking to scrap them, to be honest.

I’ll put them on my facebook page anyway, because that’s the kind of vain person I am.pink cookies

My decision to scrap the cookie altogether came when my kids came home from school.  They emptied their lunchboxes of napkins and leftover baggies, and the only thing left uneaten… was the cookies.

I was obviously thrilled.  Robb told me to just throw the whole box of cookies away, because no one is going to eat that sorry excuse for a cookie in this house.

I hate when he’s right.

I went back to the drawing board with this idea that’s been floating around my head for a while, this idea for cute pink heart-shaped cherry cookies.

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The funny thing about this whole story is that I like sunflower seeds.  They’re delicious.  But they make a terrible cookie.  Maraschino cherries, on the other hand?  Gag.  I won’t even eat the one on top of my chocolate milkshake.  Maybe one of these days McDonald’s will get the hint and quit giving them to me.

But… maraschino cherries make really delicious cookies.  No joke.

You should know, and I promise I am not exaggerating about this, my kids ate almost the entire batch of cookies within the space of an hour.  Robb had to fight to get one for himself.

I know after you eat these, you are going to consider making them at other times of the year besides just Valentines Day.  Besides, the cherries are far better this way than on top of a milkshake.


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Cherry Cookies with Vanilla Frosting Dip

A cherry flavored sugar cookie with vanilla frosting.

Cook Time 9 minutes
Author Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies


For Cookies:

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 10-ounce jar maraschino cherries
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 cups flour + more for flour

For Frosting Dip:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • about 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Remove cherries from jar, reserving juice, and roughly chop them.

  2. Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, cherries and cherry juice, and mix well.

    Add salt, soda, and baking powder, and mix well.

    Add flour and mix just until incorporated.

  3. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for 3-4 hours. Roll dough on floured surface, to ½" thickness, and cut small shapes.

  4. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 7-10 minutes. (7 min for smaller cookies, and 9-10 for average size cookies) Place on a cooling rack and let cool before serving.

  5. For frosting, melt butter, and combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth. Adjust consistency by adding more milk (to thin) or more powdered sugar (to thicken).

Lemonade Pound Cake

A moist lemonade pound cake, with lemonade soaking syrup and pink frosting.

Source: Ummm… about that.  I found this on an apron site.  Weird but true.

When I was a poor college student, I used to make this simple dessert called Lemonade Pie.  It’s just vanilla ice cream, mixed with frozen lemonade concentrate, poured into a graham cracker crust and frozen.  It was one of the few items that I had the A) time, B) money, and C) knowledge to create.  It was a little tart, but very refreshing when it was hot, especially since my dorm was without air conditioning.

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