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Orange Rice Pudding

Make this rice pudding with cooked rice and orange.  This easy recipe for rice pudding in the crock pot will blow your mind!

Slow Cooker Orange Rice Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - so easy, creamy, and delicious, it's bound to be an instant hit!People tell me all the time how much they love rice pudding.  So much so, I started to question myself.


Let’s not kid ourselves.  Rice + milk does not equal dessert.  It’s probably why it’s taken me, what?  3 years? to post a rice pudding recipe.  Perhaps you remember my similar feelings about bread pudding?

My beloved husband Robb, the man with terrible taste in dessert foods, is among those who adore rice pudding.  And he gladly ate a couple heaping helpings of this stuff.

One thing I can say for this recipe… it’s made in a slow cooker.  I adore slow cooker recipes.  It’s one pot, and if you use one of those liners, there’s next to zero clean up.  Just my speed.

Slow Cooker Orange Rice Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - so easy, creamy, and delicious, it's bound to be an instant hit!

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When I was doing a little rice pudding research, I was surprised to find very few recipes that included some kind of flavor.  Most of them were just basic plain old pudding, maybe with cinnamon.

If I’m going to bother with rice pudding, I’m going to take it up a notch and infuse some kind of interesting flavor in it.  Which is how I landed on orange and pecan.

Slow Cooker Orange Rice Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - so easy, creamy, and delicious, it's bound to be an instant hit!Slow Cooker Orange Rice Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - so easy, creamy, and delicious, it's bound to be an instant hit!

The recipe only requires the peel of the orange, so if you are coincidentally planning to eat an orange anyway, it will work out perfectly for you.  Just drop some big old chunks of orange peel in the crock pot on top of your rice, so they are easy to retrieve before serving.

I was fortunate enough to be asked to share this recipe with the readers of Dish & Done magazine.  You can see my feature in the Spring 2015 issue.  It looks like this:


This particular issue is full of one pot meals, (and desserts!) so I’m sure you’ll find it very useful.

Want more?  Try these comforting favorites!



Orange Rice Pudding
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A creamy rice pudding infused with the flavor of orange, and garnished with pecans.
Recipe type: Slow Cooker Dessert
Serves: 4 servings
  • ¾ cup long-grain enriched white rice
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 orange
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 cups 2% or whole milk
  • dash of salt
  • pecan or walnut chips, to serve
  1. Line the slow cooker with a slow cooker liner, or generously grease the insides and bottom with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Sprinkle the rice evenly in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Pour the sugar over the rice, sprinkling as evenly as possible.
  4. Using a paring knife, gently remove the outer peel from the orange in large pieces, taking care not to remove the white pith underneath. Place pieces of orange peel on top of the rice and sugar.
  5. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Gently pour half-and-half and milk over rice. Add a dash of salt.
  6. Cover and cook for 2½ - 3 hours on high.
  7. Remove pieces of orange peel. Spoon rice pudding into serving dishes and garnish with pecans or walnuts.


Almond Shortbread Fingers

You’ll love this shortbread fingers recipe!  Have fun with these finger cookies for Halloween, and snack pack pudding cups.

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Almond Shortbread Fingers and "BLOOD" Vanilla Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a fun treat for Halloween!Sometimes my kids are the envy of the school cafeteria.

I mean, they show up with different fun cookies and treats in their lunches frequently, and the other kids are often asking for samples.  The Hippie Chick actually asked me to put extra cookies in her lunchbox this week, so she could share with her friends.

Fine with me, I have a whole jar full of them.

It did inspire me, though, to come up with some more fun seasonal treats that the kids could share with their friends.  Since it’s almost Halloween, I figured some blood was in order.

Not real blood.  Just something reminiscent of blood.  Something reminiscent of blood and edible.

Almond Shortbread Fingers and "BLOOD" Vanilla Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a fun treat for Halloween!

Shortbread was the perfect cookie for this job, because in addition to being really tasty, shortbread doesn’t spread much when it is baked.  I basically keeps the same shape it had before baking.

I shaped some “fingers” out of this shortbread, by making 4-inch by 1-inch logs, then adding a little extra dough in two spots for knuckles.  I used a knife to cut some wrinkles into the knuckles before baking, and a slice of almond made a perfect fingernail.

Almond Shortbread Fingers and "BLOOD" Vanilla Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a fun treat for Halloween!

And the blood?  For this, I turned to Snack Pack Pudding!  I used a Vanilla pudding cup, and added some red food coloring, and mixed it in.  It’s not very realistic blood, (for that matter, they are not very realistic fingers) but it is reminiscent of blood, not too scary for little kids, and most certainly edible.

Almond Shortbread Fingers and "BLOOD" Vanilla Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a fun treat for Halloween!

It’s kind of nice that these pudding cups are available in so many places.  I found it at Walmart.  You can find it on the baking aisle, or sometimes in a special display.

They’re a little work, but they are worth it.

Why?  Because I’m pretty sure these finger cookies are going to be a hit in the school cafeteria!


Almond Shortbread Fingers

Almond Shortbread cookies shaped like fingers for Halloween, and served with blood red vanilla pudding.

Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 cookies



  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 cups flour


  • vanilla SnackPack pudding cups
  • red food coloring


  1. Beat butter, sugar, cornstarch, and almond extract. Add salt and almonds, and mix well.

  2. Add flour and mix until combined.

  3. Form a disc with the dough, and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes.

  4. Use pieces of the chilled dough to form 4-inch long by 1-inch wide logs. Press small dots of dough into two spots on the log to form knuckles. Use a knife to cut 3-4 wrinkles in the knuckles. Press an almond slice on one end for a fingernail.

  5. Place on a baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 15-18 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack.

  6. For dip, mix desired amount of red food coloring into pudding. Serve with cookie fingers.

Recipe Notes

If dough chills longer than 30 minutes, it will need a few minutes (up to 10 minutes) out of the fridge to soften before working.


Banana Pudding

This is the best banana pudding recipe!  This homemade banana pudding recipe is simple and delicious.

Banana Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Creamy, delicious, EASY, and homemade!The Fruitarian has been begging, begging I tell you, for another taste of this pudding.  Of the hundreds of recipes on this humble blog, this pudding, and the parfait I made with it, are his most memorable.

And, if you can believe it, I almost didn’t share it with him.

Here’s the story.  I gave the kids a lunch for school.  A ham sandwich, saltine crackers with plum jam, a yogurt, granola bar, and some homemade chocolate pudding.  I reminded them to bring their lunch boxes home and rinse out the containers that held the pudding and jam.  And how many children actually brought their lunch boxes home?

Zero.  Zero out of three.  Making me one supremely irritated Mama.

I ask you, how can a self respecting mother send more pudding with children who were irresponsible with their last helping?

But, in the end, I was a softie.  I couldn’t say no to the boy who had been begging for months for more banana pudding.

Banana Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Creamy, delicious, EASY, and homemade!

When he spotted me making the pudding, The Fruitarian asked me whether I had been hiding bananas from him.

“Yep,” I replied.  “I’ve been hiding them right here on the counter.  Out in the open.  In plain view.”

He probably saw the zucchini that sat next to them and thought, “Nothing to see here.”

Banana Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Creamy, delicious, EASY, and homemade!

I do love this pudding, though.  You can make it nice and creamy by mashing the bananas really well, or you can give it a little texture by leaving some chunks of banana in there.

We chose the chunky stuff.

With whipped cream.

And we’re hoping to revisit this one again soon.


Want more?  Try these pudding desserts!

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Banana Pudding
A creamy, homemade banana pudding.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
  • 2-3 very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • dash salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Place bananas, milk, and cream in a saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until hot, but not boiling. Mash bananas and mix into milk.
  2. In a separate small dish, mix together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. When milk mixture is almost boiling, add sugar mixture and mix well.
  3. In a small dish, lightly beat egg yolks. Place a small amount (about ½ cup) of the milk mixture into the eggs. Mix together, and return mixture to the saucepan.
  4. Bring pudding to a boil, and boil for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Place in individual ramekins or one large bowl, cover with plastic, and chill for an hour. Pudding can also be eaten warm. Top with whipped cream, if desired.


Bread Pudding

Healthy bread pudding recipe.  You’ll love this chunky, textural bread pudding recipe!

Bread Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a basic dessert comfort food.So Robb requested Bread Pudding for Fathers Day.  I’m pretty sure he did this to test my love for him, because Bread Pudding is one of the few desserts I have vowed to never ever make.

Why?  Because everything about bread pudding is wrong.

First of all, soggy bread is disgusting.  Like, really really disgusting.  As is warm milk.  The only thing worse than cold milk is warm milk.  Gag.  

Second, adding sugar to warm milk and soggy bread does not make it a dessert food.  The end.

This is why I’m also against Rice Pudding.  But I’ll probably make that for him someday too.

Bread Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a basic dessert comfort food.

Robb and his mom put together a hasty bread pudding that day, but since all the bread available was fresh and soft, it didn’t really turn out as good as normal.  I decided to swallow my pride and make him one of his favorite comforting desserts.

I bought a loaf of french bread and a bunch of raisins.  He’s a big fan of raisins in desserts, which is just one more point we differ on.  I literally cannot think of a single time when I thought, I wish this had raisins in it.

I cut the bread into chunky cubes, and let it sit out and get stale overnight.

Bread Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a basic dessert comfort food.Bread Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a basic dessert comfort food.

I added in a bunch of raisins, poured the custard over the top, and let it bake.

The result was a dessert that made both Robb and our son The Fruitarian very happy.  They like to eat it warm with a little half & half poured over the top.

I like to not eat it at all, and make fun of them a lot for eating such a terrible dessert.  That’s how I roll.


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Bread Pudding
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Dry bread with raisins and custard makes this comforting dessert.
Recipe type: Desserts
Serves: 12
  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 3 oz. (a heaping ½ cup) raisins
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  1. Cut bread into chunks and leave it out to dry several hours, or overnight.
  2. Place dry cubes in a 9x13 pan and sprinkle raisins over the top.
  3. In a bowl, mix together remaining ingredients, being sure they are well combined. Pour mixture over the bread, and let soak about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Bake at 325F for 60-75 minutes, until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
  5. Serve warm with half & half.



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.

Which is just darn cute. Continue reading “Strawberry Oreo Pudding Cookies” »

September Recap

sept-wrapupSeptember was a good month for Jen’s Favorite Cookies, and I want to thank you all for that.

This site saw lots of new viewers, lots of new followers, and some really fun recipes.  I certainly do love sharing good food with you, with beautiful photography and fun stories.  In fact, I love interacting with you any way I can.  (If you haven’t yet, you should totally consider connecting with me on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram!)

That being said, here’s a recap of what happened in September, and some of my other favorite things.


cheddar-bacon-scones-6 Cheddar Bacon Scones

These savory buttermilk scones contain cheddar, bacon,
and green onions.  I think these would be so great with a bowl of chili.
I also describe why I’m a better foreman than apprentice when
helping my husband with his building projects.

chocolate-zucchini-cookies-5 Chocolate Zucchini Cookies

These fluffy buttermilk cookies use shredded zucchini for texture.
It might be the only way I can get my family to eat their greens!
I made these after my neighbor brought me the biggest zucchini
I have ever seen!

zucchini-recipes 24 Zucchini Recipes

Since zucchini season is in full swing, I made this great collection
of zucchini recipes for you.  Many of these recipes are sweet,
but some are savory.

chocolate-pudding-7 Chocolate Pudding

This simple egg-free pudding is a favorite in Robb’s family.  I
interviewed Robb about what it’s like being married to a food
blogger, he dishes about the strangest thing I’ve done for this
blog, and you can read the truth about who does the dishes
around here.

pumpkin-fudge-cookie-bars-6 Pumpkin Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I used Pumpkin Spice Kisses to make a simple pumpkin fudge, and
I layered it between chocolate chip cookie dough.  The bars turned
out kind of gooey, but it didn’t stop my family from devouring them
in record speed.

orange-smoothie-3 Orange Carrot Smoothie

I love my green smoothies, but sometimes I crave a little
something different.  I used carrots and oranges to make
this simple and healthy smoothie.  These smoothies are almost
a necessity for my too-busy son and his swim-fatigued body.

brownie-mix-cookies-6 Brownie Mix Cookies

Use a brownie mix and some oil to put together these super easy
chocolate cookies. These are the sorts of recipes I make when I
wake up with cranium-splitting headaches.

pumpkin-roll-bars-9 Pumpkin Roll Bars

Every year, my sister-in-law and I make pumpkin rolls, and we hold
our breath and cross our fingers, and hope they won’t crack.  This
year, I made them into bars.  They taste just the same, but there’s
no rolling required!

Pretzel-Toffee-5 Pretzel Toffee

I rounded out the month with this simple and delicious pretzel toffee.
It was my most popular post of the month!  Toffee is much easier to
make than most people realize, and if you pour it over pretzels you
get that wonderful salt-sweet combination!

More September news:  I created two new Pinterest Boards you might be interested in, a PUMPKIN RECIPES board, and a MUFFINS & SCONES board.  I hope you’ll find me there.

I’ve also created a slideshow about how to use Pinterest.  I made this for those of you who already know and love Pinterest, but would like to learn to use it better, and find some more great content.

Find the Pinterest Slideshow on SlideShare.net

Thanks for all your help and support this month.  It’s been fun making these recipes for you!  Stay tuned… October will bring fun homemade candies, fall cookies, and Halloween desserts!

Chocolate Pudding (egg-free) {Appreciation Post}

Chocolate pudding dessert;  Try this simple egg-free recipe for chocolate pudding.  Dessert never tasted so good!

chocolate-pudding-dessertAs if I haven’t done enough blogging about blogging lately…

Today I want to blog about the man behind the woman behind the blog.  Because he is one awesome man, and one who never puts himself in the spotlight, much to my dismay.

Plus, he’s super cute. {see photo below for proof.}

If you’re one to frequent food blogs, you might notice quite a few of us talking about our significant others today.  It’s like it’s a conspiracy or something.  {Scroll to the bottom for the complete list.}

I had a few questions for Robb about being the husband of a *ahem* rich and famous food blogger.  But before I get to his responses, let me introduce this recipe.

This simple chocolate pudding is a recipe I learned from Robb’s family.  He loves foods that are basic, simple, uncomplicated.  This pudding is one of his favorites, and we eat it pretty regularly.

You may have heard me lament in the past about his preference for vanilla over chocolate, especially in the ice cream department, but thankfully, pudding is one exception to that rule.  Chocolate pudding tastes just like love.


1. I first asked him what my favorite blog is, and what his is.  He doesn’t really read blogs much, aside from the occasional visit to some IT blogs, and mine, of course.  {I say “of course” but the truth is I had to pester him to subscribe to the RSS feed so he gets notifications when there’s a new post to read.}  He said my favorite blog is Pinch of Yum, which might be true.  Mostly I talk to Robb about that site because I love that they are kind of a blogging super-team, and I probably spend a lot of time making Robb feel bad because he is not the talented web guy that Bjork is.  His talents are more hardware-oriented.Robb square

2. I asked him what his favorite prop was, and what he thought my favorite prop was. Continue reading “Chocolate Pudding (egg-free) {Appreciation Post}” »

Strawberry Pudding

This strawberry pudding recipe uses fresh strawberries;  Strawberry recipes, make this delicious pudding at home!

Strawberry Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.comMe: I’m going to make strawberry pudding.
Robb: Does that even exist?
Me:  It will when I make it.

The next day…

Me: Try this strawberry pudding.
Robb:  This is really good!
Me: You should never doubt me.

I don’t know how many times I have to tell that man that if he would just agree with me, he would be right a lot more often.

Although, to be fair, I’ve never actually eaten strawberry pudding before.  Or even heard of strawberry pudding.  But strawberries are in season, so I figured it was worth a try.  It tasted good in my imagination.

Strawberry Pudding from Jen's Favorite Cookies

As usual, The Fruitarian {who is celebrating his 15th birthday this week} was hovering the moment I pulled the strawberries from the fridge.  I caught him staring at them during breakfast.  I thought he might drool on himself.

Fruitarian: Can I have a strawberry?  Can I have strawberry pudding? Can I have some of these cut strawberries?
Me: Wait until I’m done, then you can have it all.
Fruitarian: But…!  But…!  {grunts in frustration}

Do you remember how hard I had to work to keep him away from the bananas so I could make Banana Pudding?

Strawberry Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com

 When it was all said and done, the whole family was pleased with this dessert.  The berry flavor is present, but not overwhelming, and the pudding is extremely creamy and delicious.

It was a satisfying day for everyone.  For the Fruitarian because he got to eat Strawberry Pudding with extra berries on top.  For Robb because he got to try a new dessert that even a picky eater can love.  And for me, because I get to be right.

As usual.

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Grasshopper Cookies

Grasshopper recipe; These mint oreo cookies are soft and easy to make, made with Oreo pudding mix.  Grasshopper Cookie Recipe.

Grasshopper recipeSometimes I wonder if my children are learning anything at school.

Take this recent example.  The Hippie Chick was struggling through her math, the same concept she has been taught over and over and over, and her brothers were trying to help her.  It wasn’t going too well, so Robb chimed in with some questions to get them thinking in the right direction.

“How many feet are in a yard?”
Silence.  “Thirteen?”
“Are you serious?”

Let’s move on.  “How much is in a gross?”
“What?  You’ve obviously never bought fireworks.”  (Robb is from Wyoming.  Does it show?)

At this point it was becoming a game.  “How long is a fortnight?”
“Six what?”
“24 hours.”
“Not even close.”

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“How much is two bits?”
“A dollar.”
*sigh* (followed by long conversation about the answers to all these questions.)

Later on, Robb looked up the history of “two bits,” which was actually pretty interesting, and which I’m sure the Fruitarian would have loved, had he not tired of the conversation long before.  It’s all about pieces of eight, which you’ll know all about it you’ve ever watched the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.  A piece of eight was like a silver dollar, and people frequently chopped them into eight pie-slice pieces, called bits, to have small change.  So two bits was basically a quarter dollar.

Learn something new every day.

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Not that pirate coins or fortnights or even learning something new has anything to do with Grasshopper Cookies.  The Lizard is reading this over my shoulder as I write, and telling me so.

Umm, thanks dude.  I know.

There’s just only so much you can say about cookies, isn’t there?  I mean, it’s soft, it’s minty, it’s got chopped chocolate mint cookies in it, the entire batch disappeared in less than 24 hours… it’s basically the same old story.  The same old wonderful, delicious story.

With mint.

But I’m thrilled to see that he is picking up on some basic writing elements.  Perhaps there is hope for the future after all.

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Pistachio Caramel Cookies & St. Patrick’s Collection

Recipe for pistachio cookies with caramel centers;  These pudding cookies are soft, green, and easy to make.

pistachio cookiesI have this friend, we’ve known each other since Nixon was in office.

Well, maybe not Nixon, but you get the idea.

Anyway, I love her dearly, but she has terrible taste in ice cream.  Sometimes we go to this local ice cream place together.  It’s the kind of place where the small sundae is enough to feed two people, and the ice cream and toppings are dripping out over the sides of the glass.  The food there is nothing to write home about, but the ice cream is memorable.

I always get peppermint ice cream with hot fudge, because it’s the obvious best tasting choice.  I can’t think of one thing I like better than hot fudge, unless it’s hot fudge with peppermint ice cream.  It’s the stuff dreams are made of.

But my friend always gets pistachio ice cream with caramel sauce.

Actually, now that I think about it, it does sound pretty good.  Just nowhere near as good as peppermint and hot fudge.

Even though she is wrong about this important topic, she is one of my oldest and loyal-est friends, so these cookies are totally for her.

pistachio cookies

In addition to loving my old friends, I’m loving my new friends too.  One super cool thing about being a rich and famous food blogger is meeting people from all over the country.

Today, I joined up with some of my best bloggy friends to bring you this super-duper awesome collection of St. Patrick’s Day recipes.  It’s radical, as we used to say when Nixon was in office.

I hope you’ll take a minute to look through all these fun recipes, and send some love to the bloggers who made them!

St. Patrick's Day Recipes

1. Key Lime Pound Cake by Joan at Chocolate Chocolate & More
2. Mini Banoffee Pie Tarts by Kelly at Kelly Bakes
3. Chocolate Bailey’s Mousse Tart from Nancy at Gotta Get Baked
4. Irish Carbomb Cupcakes from Susan at Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
5. Pistachio Caramel Cookies from Jen at Jen’s Favorite Cookies
6. Guinness Stout Mini Bundt Cake from Shanna at Pineapple and Coconut
7. Irish Cheese and Bacon Cheesecake with Walnut Crust by Carla at Chocolate Moosey
8. Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheese Trifle from Anita at Hungry Couple NYC
9. Key Lime Pie Ice Cream from Renee at Magnolia Days
10. Pistachio Mousse Cups from Kim at Cravings of a Lunatic
11. Irish Eggs Benedict from Isabelle Crumb Blog
12. St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Stack from Angie at Big Bears Wife
13. Guinness Chocolate Cake from Jen at Juanita’s Cocina
14. Irish Potato Oatmeal Bread from Sarah at What Smells So Good

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Vanilla Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

pudding cookies recipeIt’s amazing what you see on the road sometimes.

Just the other day, I saw a woman knitting while waiting for her light to turn green.  I mean, I guess it’s not specifically illegal to knit while driving, but it does seem out of sync with the spirit of the law.

I have also seen some crazy bumper stickers.  I saw one car that had two ribbon stickers… stickers shaped like the pink breast cancer ribbon.  Of course, these had nothing to do with cancer.  One said, “Support Tattoos.”

As if it was a moral cause that needed some charitable funding.

I’m pretty sure tattoos support themselves.  Because those babies ain’t free.

The other ribbon was even more ridiculous.  “I Stop for Pedestrians,” it said.  Finally, someone is taking the moral high ground on this issue.

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It gave me some ideas for new ribbon stickers.  Like, “I Pull Over for Emergency Vehicles” and “I Stop for Trains.”  I really want to create one that says, “I don’t stop in the middle of the road when I can’t make a lane change right away,” but I’m afraid it would be too long for one ribbon.

I’ll have to settle for “Support Sprinkles.”

Because sprinkles never hurt anyone.

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I really wanted some red and green sprinkles for this cookie, but alas, they were nowhere to be found.  (That’s code for I’m too lazy to shop at more than one store.)  I settled for green sugar crystals instead.

Did I ever tell you how much I love pudding cookies?  It’s such an easy way to give a cookie a wonderful soft texture and a fun flavor.  And Flavor + Texture + Simplicity = the trifecta of cookie making.  The sprinkles just add a fun this-is-a-party vibe.

Plus, they look super cute in a Christmas cookie tin! Continue reading “Vanilla Christmas Sprinkle Cookies” »

Cookies & Cream Pudding Cookies

Oreo Pudding Cookies - JensFavoriteCookies.com There’s something weird about cookies with cookies in them.

Only when you think about, though.  When you taste the cookies with cookies in them, it doesn’t seem weird at all.

Why did I never think of this as a kid?  Putting cookies in the cookies… it’s brilliant!  My friends and I used to make cookies all the time, but we always made boring things like chocolate chip or oatmeal chocolate chip or chocolate chip with peanut butter chip.

We were super creative.

I had one friend that didn’t really like baking the cookies, just mixing them up.  Fortunately, her mom liked baking them but didn’t like mixing them up.  It was a match made in heaven.  We would mix up some cookie dough, head to the basement for an episode of Days of Our Lives, and the head back upstairs for warm cookies.

Soap operas are way more fun to watch with a friend, by the way. Oreo Pudding Cookies - JensFavoriteCookies.com

My kids and their friends needed both entertainment and sustenance, and as cookies are all the rage at our house, that’s how they spent their evening.  We had a box of Oreo Cookies & Cream instant pudding mix in the pantry, and 4 Oreos left in the package I was trying to save.  (as if)  Throw in some chocolate chips, and you’ve got yourself some fantastic cookies, my friends.

After I left the house, my kids discovered that the box of baking soda was gone.  They solved the problem by walking around the neighborhood, begging for baking soda.  The first four houses they went to were empty.

Either that, or the homeowners looked out the window, saw it was my kids at the door, and decided to pretend they were gone.

Don’t worry, neighbors.  I’m not judging.  I may have done the same thing myself.

Oreo Pudding Cookies - JensFavoriteCookies.com

Oreo Pudding Cookies - JensFavoriteCookies.com

After I heard this story, I walked to the pantry and pulled out not one, but two full boxes of baking soda.  It was rather a distressing moment for the kids.  I, for one, am glad they went wandering around the neighborhood in the freezing cold, because seriously?!  These cookies are so awesome.

Awe.  Some.

The texture?  Perfect.  A touch crispy, but still soft, perfect for dunking.  The taste?  Amazing.  The chocolate chips?  Just the right addition in just the right amount.  The size?  Far, far too small. Next time, I’m doubling the size of these.  Maybe that way I’ll eat half as many.

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Cookies & Cream Pudding Cookies
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A very easy cookie made with cookies & cream instant pudding mix.
Recipe type: cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 (3 oz) box cookies & cream instant pudding mix
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Cream butter and sugars together. Add eggs, vanilla, and pudding mix and mix well.
  2. Add baking soda and flour, and mix until combined.
  3. Add chocolate chips and mix just until incorporated.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Chocolate Banana Parfait

We may have celebrated the single most boring 4th of July in my entire life this year.  In years past, we have gone camping, or swimming, or had family barbecues.  Maybe it’s because the holiday was on a Wednesday, but we had nothing planned.  Nothing at all.

I take that back.  We had one thing planned.  Her Royal Highness (offspring #3) wanted to march in the parade with the karate school.  We have never been around to do this, and I thought it sounded like a fun way to start the day.  I promptly signed up all three kids to march.

And then I learned that the parade begins at 6:00 pm.  I ask you, who holds a parade at 6:00 pm?

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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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Coconut Cream Cookies

Coconut Cream Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.comA recipe for a coconut cookie made with pudding mix, with vanilla frosting.

Yield: About 3 dozen cookies

Today, while driving my son to school, I said, “I need to bake today.  What kind of cookies should I make?”  He looked at me like I was crazy… like the answer was so completely obvious to everyone else.  “Didn’t you hear me last night?” he said.  “You should make coconut cream cookies!”  The theme continued when I returned home, and mentioned the conversation to my husband and daughter.  They both agreed that coconut cream sounded great.  I wondered aloud how I would achieve such a feat, having never heard of a cookie like it.  My daughter replied very matter of factly, “Just make coconut cream pie, and then turn it into a cookie.”

Duh, mom.

I’ve been working on getting my site re-designed.  It was just time for an upgrade.  While my designer is slaving away on my site design, I figured it was as good an excuse as any to give my home office a re-design too.  Not really a re-design, per se.   More like… a cleaning.  My office is a complete disaster area.  It’s a pig sty.  It looks like an episode of “Hoarders.”  I freely admit it.  My goal is to have my office working like a well-oiled machine by the time I get my blog working like a well-oiled machine.  So, like 1-2 weeks from now.  And trust me, I’m going to need all that time.

Coconut Cream Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com

I’m well practiced in the fine art of procrastination.  For instance, I have a goal to clean some of the garbage out of the office today, but I’m spending my time baking Coconut Cream Cookies.  And frosting them.  And writing about baking and frosting them.  And writing about not doing my cleaning.

I think I need a Diet Coke.

See what I mean?

Coconut Cream Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com

I’ve decided to use this week’s cookie as my office-cleaning inspiration.  Yeah, I know it sounds weird.  The cookie is simple, clean, white.  It’s unfettered, unspotted, and un-covered-in-chocolate.  I want my office to be as beautiful and simple as this cookie.  Wish me luck.

I actually did take my daughters advice.  Sort of.  I used coconut cream pudding mix to create these cookies.  The last time I made cookies with pudding in them, they were extremely well-received.  They are definitely one of my more popular cookies around this house.  I have a feeling this version will be very well received, too.

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Coconut Cream Cookies
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A coconut cookie made with pudding mix and covered in vanilla frosting
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 (3 oz.) box coconut cream pudding mix
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 4 T. butter, softened
  • 2 T. milk
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Beat butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add pudding mix, soda, and flour, and mix until just combined.
  3. Add coconut and mix just enough to incorporate.
  4. Drop scoops onto baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 min.
  6. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Adjust consistency by adding more powdered sugar or milk.
  7. Frost cooled cookies


Pudding Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies with pudding are so soft and chewy!  Pudding makes the cookies even better.

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com -  Pudding makes the cookies SO soft and chewy!My daughter said, “It’s been so long since I’ve had a chocolate chip cookie, I forgot how they taste!”  One downside of blogging about cookies is that I rarely make the same cookie twice.  There is always something new and different that I want to try.  I found the best of both worlds with this recipe… a basic chocolate chip cookie, with a little twist that makes it different and new.

I was skeptical about the idea of pudding in the cookie.  I guess I wasn’t the only one, because a quick question to the Thumb community {Thumb is a fun and fast paced social app, where you vote thumbs up or down on questions submitted by users.} gave me a result of 63% in favor of pudding in a chocolate chip cookie, and 37% against it.  I’m guessing most of those people hadn’t actually tasted it though… because of those that did, the votes were 100% in favor of it.

First task: Mix up the dough and choose some chips.

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com -  Pudding makes the cookies SO soft and chewy!

Why yes, this is how I keep my baking chips.


I chose chocolate chips and peanut butter chips, because I love them both so dearly, and used half a bag of each.

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com -  Pudding makes the cookies SO soft and chewy!Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Did I ever tell you how much I love my cookie scoop?  If you don’t have one, please get one.  You will love it too.  It makes the job of making cute, evenly sized little cookies so easy and fun.

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com -  Pudding makes the cookies SO soft and chewy!

These baked for 8 minutes and came out just perfect.  Soft, but not too gooey.  Done, but not too crunchy.

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com -  Pudding makes the cookies SO soft and chewy!

The pudding gives them a rich, creamy flavor.  I shared them with some friends, and they all gave them a thumbs up.  It’s possible that my friends are biased.  I shared them with my kids, who also gave them a thumbs up.  Bias also possible there.  What convinced me finally was how many times my kids asked for more cookies.  My daughter who eats like a bird asked me for a second one, and both my sons asked for seconds and thirds.  I’m convinced that if you take these to a family gathering or church social, you will be carrying home an empty plate.

(“I’m actually wondering if the church social aspect is why this recipe is so huge in the first place. I halved it because I didn’t want 8 dozen cookies in my house. If I was taking it to a church social, I would most definitely make 8 dozen!)

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Pudding Cookies
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A recipe for a simple chocolate chips cookie made with an instant pudding mix.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3-4 dozen
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 (3 oz) box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Cream butter and sugars.
  2. Add eggs, vanilla, and pudding, and mix well.
  3. Add soda and flour, and mix until just combined.
  4. Stir in chips. Drop onto baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.