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Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies

This muddy buddies recipe uses chocolate chip cookies!  Popcorn and pretzels also make this muddy buddies recipe a fun one.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - popcorn, pretzels, and cookie bark make this fun version of the classic snack!True story:  just this spring, we purchased air conditioning and a brand spanking new furnace.  Isn’t is exciting being an adult, and spending thousands of dollars on a furnace?!

Then, it quit working.  And did it quit working on a day when it’s 80 degrees and overcast?  Of course not.  It’s quits working on Friday evening, just before a whole weekend of 100 degree, full blazing sun weather.

Don’t worry… a faulty valve was to blame, and our awesome contractor had it fixed in no time, (and by “no time” of course, I mean that the poor guy spent a couple hours in full sun, mid-afternoon on the south side of my house when it was 100 degrees) so we’re cool now, but it was a rough weekend.

On top of that, when I went out for popsicles and frozen hot chocolate, the brand spankin’ new radiator in my car sprang a leak and left a lake of antifreeze in the drive up window at the sandwich shop.  It took me more than an hour to nurse my poor overheating car about 3 miles home.

Maybe you saw me feeling grateful for the nearby condo complex which decided to water their lawn in the middle of the day?  It was the only way we managed to stay cool after an hour of full sun and running the heater.  I seriously felt like I was doomed to a life of sweating.  (So this is hell, eh?)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - popcorn, pretzels, and cookie bark make this fun version of the classic snack!

I can tell you one thing, I was not not NOT going to use the oven.  Or the stove.  I was even apprehensive about using the air popper to make popcorn.

So, we ate muddy buddies.  Hooray!

This particular version, in addition to the expected Chex cereal, also has popcorn and pretzels, and chocolate chip cookie bark.  If you’re not familiar with the cookie bark, I highly recommend you check that out here.  You can also use crunchy packaged cookies, but cookie bark is ever so much tastier.

I was fortunate to have some in my pantry.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - popcorn, pretzels, and cookie bark make this fun version of the classic snack!Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - popcorn, pretzels, and cookie bark make this fun version of the classic snack!

I actually had to take a cold shower to cool down after that little disaster of a trip to the store.

Between the cool water and the chocolatey treats, my mood recovered much more quickly than my car did!

 

Want more? Check out these fun snacks!

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Pretzel Bites

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies
 
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Cereal, popcorn and pretzels coated with chocolate and peanut butter, and tossed with crunchy chocolate chip cookie pieces.
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Recipe type: Snacks
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Chex rice or corn cereal
  • 4 cups popped popcorn
  • 2 cups broken pretzels
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 cups chopped cookie bark or crunchy packaged chocolate chip cookies
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine Chex, popcorn, and pretzels.
  2. Place chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a small bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Add vanilla and stir.
  3. Pour chocolate mixture over Chex mixture, stirring until well coated.
  4. Add powdered sugar and toss to coat.
  5. Add chopped cookie bark or cookies.
Notes
Find a recipe for cookie bark here: http://jensfavoritecookies.com/2014/07/14/chocolate-chip-cookie-bark/

 

Toasted Coconut Popcorn

This sweet popcorn recipe includes toasted coconut.  Very easy and quick to make sweet popcorn recipe.

Toasted Coconut Popcorn from JensFavoriteCookies - this sweet popcorn feeds a crowd quickly and easily!The whole family was together recently for a funeral.  After the funeral, we played games and shared memories.

My brother provided the root beer floats for the game night, and I brought a giant bowl of popcorn.

Maybe you’ve heard me tell you before how often we eat popcorn, and how picky we are about how the popcorn is prepared.  I should seriously start a second blog just for popcorn recipes.

And, maybe you’ve heard me tell you before about how much we love coconut in this family.

It’s only natural that I should put coconut and popcorn together.  Honestly, I’m surprised I haven’t done it before now.

Toasted Coconut Popcorn from JensFavoriteCookies - this sweet popcorn feeds a crowd quickly and easily!

For this recipe, I started with my favorite Sweet Popcorn Glaze, and added coconut in the form of coconut extract and toasted coconut. Continue reading “Toasted Coconut Popcorn” »

Caramel Corn Snack Mix

The best caramel corn recipe can be used on more than just popcorn!  And pecans and cereal for a fun snack mix!

Caramel Corn Snack Mix from JensFavoriteCookies.com - this mix includes cereal and pecans for a delicious snack!

I burned myself making this popcorn for you.

Oh, how I sacrifice for my craft!

Let’s just say, when this candy comes off the stove it is very very hot.  Be forewarned. Was it worth it?  Yes.  Yes, it was.  Because caramel corn is good, but caramel corn plus chex and pecans is great.  Fantastic.  Amazing, even.

And speaking of sacrifice… do you know how hard it is to make this gorgeous, crunchy caramel and then NOT eat it immediately?  I promised my family I would bring snacks to the family get together this month, so into a lidded container this whole batch went.

*sniff*  *wipes tear*

Caramel Corn Snack Mix from JensFavoriteCookies.com - this mix includes cereal and pecans for a delicious snack!

Here’s a little insight into my life as a dessert blogger.  When my kids come home from school/work/friends/misc. activities, they say something like, “Mmm, it smells like…” insert something here like “peanut butter” or “caramel” or “cookies.”  This is immediately followed by, “Can I have some?”

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Sweet Popcorn Glaze

Learn how to make sweet popcorn;  This sweet popcorn recipe is quick and easy, and not too sweet.

Sweet Popcorn Glaze from Jen's Favorite CookiesWe are a popcorn family.  I probably buy an 8-pound tub of unpopped kernels at Costco every other month.  My kids sometimes forget that microwave popcorn even exists.  We usually eat it air-popped with just butter and salt, but sometimes I soup it up and make it sweet.  This easy glaze is one of my favorite stand-by’s.  It’s easy, quick, and basically impossible to ruin.

I’ve made this simple popcorn glaze for many a holiday party.  I don’t want you to think it’s just for the holidays, though.  It’s also perfect for basically any occasion or get together.

Game days, birthdays, even summer barbeques are better with sweet popcorn.

Movie days are better with sweet popcorn.

Wednesdays are better with sweet popcorn.

Sweet Popcorn Glaze from Jen's Favorite Cookies

What is it about butter and sugar that is so fantastic?  Think about it.  Did you ever eat something made primarily with butter and sugar that didn’t taste like heavenly sweetness?  Me either. Continue reading “Sweet Popcorn Glaze” »

Oreo Popcorn

Oreo Popcorn recipe;  This white chocolate popcorn has chunks of Oreo cookies in it.  Simple and delicious popcorn recipe.

popcorn-recipeEven with the 100-ish cookie recipes on this site, good old-fashioned packaged Oreos are still Robb’s favorite.

He has rules for his Oreos, too.  No double stuffed, no flavored, and certainly no Golden Oreos.  The only acceptable variety is the plain, regular, original kind.

I don’t really blame him, Oreos are fantastic, although we differ on the details.  I think the different flavors are all wonderful, (variety is the spice of life, and all that) although I kind of agree about the Golden Oreos.  I can’t bring myself to spend money on them.

No matter.  I can compromise with the best of them.  I bought a package of plain original Oreos, and used half the package on this yummy Oreo White Chocolate Popcorn, and left the other half of the package for Robb to eat plain.

It’s a win-win.

Oreo Popcorn from @JenSto2t Jen's Favorite Cookies

The Hippie Chick absolutely adores white chocolate, especially when it’s mixed with Oreos.  She actually prefers white chocolate to regular chocolate, leading me to believe she was switched at birth.

Although, to be fair, I had a hard time keeping my hands out of this popcorn, too.  I really have a weakness for white chocolate popcorn.

You know what else?  Those pretzels covered in white chocolate.  Lawd have mercy, that stuff is like crack.

Oreo Popcorn from @JenSto2t Jen's Favorite Cookies

Let me dive in here with some details.  First, for a recipe like this, I really prefer the almond bark or candy melts.  They melt nicely, and set up well with a few minutes in the fridge.  White chocolate chips get all wonky and gross when you melt them, so please don’t use that.  Regular old white chocolate like this stuff is fine, too, although in my experience the candy coating sets up a little better.

And about the popcorn… I used an air popper {I’m sort of racist against microwave popcorn.} but use whatever method you prefer.  You’ll probably be happiest with the plain white unflavored variety, but if you happen to have only buttered microwave popcorn in your pantry, don’t let that stop you.  I used 1/2 cup of unpopped kernels, and I’m guessing here, but I think that’s pretty close to two regular microwave bags.

I used about a sleeve and a half of the regular Oreos, but next time I’m totally trying this with Mint Oreos.

Robb can just suffer.

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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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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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Coconut Oil Kettle Corn and Giveaway!

Coconut Oil PopcornI’m not one of those people who keeps trying the same recipes over and over, tweaking them each time, until I get them just right.  I have no patience for it.  If a recipe doesn’t work out the first time, I usually figure it’s just not worth making.  But something was different about this particular recipe.  It kept rolling around inside my head, begging to be made perfect.  I was obsessed with the promise of perfectly addicting sweet coconut oil popcorn! And guess how many tries it took me to get it right?

Go ahead, guess.

SEVEN.  You heard me right, SEVEN TRIES.  Ugh.  It was definitely a patience-builder, this one.

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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” »

Sweet Popcorn Glaze

** This post has been updated!  See the updated photos and instructions by clicking here! **

I’ve been having trouble getting any cookies baked lately, but I figured I could fill in with a very simple favorite recipe for sweet popcorn.  This glaze is very quick and easy to whip up, and is always a hit for parties and gatherings.

Of course, this time, I didn’t bother coming up with a gathering excuse to make it.  I was just in the mood to eat it, so I made some.  This probably tells you a lot about my dress size.

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