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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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Berry Trifle and 4th of July Party

This trifle recipe uses strawberries and blueberries; Simple berry trifle for the 4th of July or any summer event.  It’s a beautiful red, white & blue berry trifle recipe!

trifle recipeTrifle has been an acquired taste for me.  The first trifle I had literally made me gag, because soggy cake is really really gross.

I refused to eat my Mother-in-Law’s Christmas trifle for several years because of it.

The real traditional-type trifle is supposed to be soggy.  It’s supposed to sit and chill for hours and let the flavors mesh, which I frankly think is code for letting the cake get soggy and disgusting.

The way to truly enjoy trifle, if you ask me, is to eat it fresh.  Put it all together just before serving, and that way there is no soggy texture or goopy desserts to politely force yourself to eat.  It also helps to put it in individual serving dishes.

Of course, the very, VERY best way to enjoy trifle is to enjoy it with friends.  With friends, on a holiday.

trifle recipe

This is why I have gathered my friends (again!) for this amazing 4th of July party where we will be serving all kinds of yummy summery foods.  And Canadian friends, you’re invited too.

You’re definitely going to want to check out what’s going on with all these amazing bloggers.  They’ve made some really delicious stuff, just for you.

I might be biased.  They are my very best online friends, after all.

4th of July Recipes

1. Berry Cheesecake Crumb Tart from Hungry Couple NYC
2. California Burgers from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
3. 4th of July Ice Cream Cones from Roxana’s Home Baking
4. Red, White & Blueberry Parfaits from Cravings of a Lunatic
5. Red, White & Blue Deviled Eggs from Created by Diane
6. Summer Berry Pizza from Magnolia Days
7. Sparkling Pineapple Cake Martini from The Messy Baker
8. Red, White & Bleu Mac ‘N Cheese from Juanita’s Cocina
9. Red, White & Blue Vanilla Bean Spritzers from Pineapple and Coconut
10. Red, White & Blue S’mores Pies from Big Bears Wife
11. Lemon Raspberry Sugarless Cookies from What Smells so Good
12. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Squares from Chocolate Moosey
13. Berry Trifle from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
14. Watermelon Mojito Ice Pops from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

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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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Strawberry White Chocolate Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats made with flavored marshmallows; This recipe for strawberry rice crispy treats is easy to make and only takes a few minutes.  Strawberry rice krispie treats recipe with white chocolate frosting.

rice krispie treat recipeMy kids’ ongoing ban from all things involving screens is starting to annoy their friends.

Rainy days are the worst.  Finding something to do when you can’t go outside and you can’t watch tv or play video games is pretty tough some days.  Today, they played board games, sat around chatting, and conducted a nerf war.  Pretty sure all of that took less than an hour.

And, being teenage boys that are constantly hungry, the kids decided to kill two birds with one stone.  They would spend time in the kitchen baking treats.  And then they would eat them.  I eagerly okayed the idea, with the stipulation that I get to photograph, in between the baking and eating steps.

I threw them a bag of strawberry flavored marshmallows and a box of Rice Krispies, and put them to work.

Having older kids is sooo great.

rice krispie treats

The whole idea of krispie treats made with strawberry marshmallows is not all that exciting to me, but for some reason, the idea of strawberry flavored marshmallows is.  I can’t explain it.

I think I just love the idea of variety.  Marshmallows in 15 different flavors is awesome.

It probably explains my love of office supplies.  {“Which of these 12 cute patterns of file folders should I purchase?”}

rice crispy treats

The kids kept checking in with me, to be sure they were getting all the steps right.  Each step ended with, “then can we eat them?”

Me: Press them into the pan.
Kids: Then can we eat them?
Me: No. Melt some white chocolate.
Kids: Then can we eat them?
Me: No. Spread it on carefully, then let it chill for about 10 minutes.
Kids: Then can we eat them?
Me: No. Then I will photograph them.
Me: Then you can eat them.
Kids: YES!

Every treat you see pictured was gone within 3 minutes.  I kid you not.

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Strawberry Lemonade Cookies

Recipe for lemon cookies with strawberry frosting;  These strawberry lemonade cookies are easy to make with fresh strawberries!  Cake mix lemon cookies and easy fresh strawberry frosting.

lemon cookiesI’ve been noticing lately how many of my stories begin with the phrase, “So I went to Costco….”

So, I went to Costco and came home with a giant box of strawberries.  Gorgeous, sweet, juicy strawberries.  I wanted nothing more than to bake with them.

Only, baking with strawberries is a total disaster.  TOTAL.  They have such a high water content, they completely change the chemistry of anything you might want to make strawberry-flavored.

Don’t believe me?  Check for yourself.  Google “strawberry cookies” and notice that they are all made with strawberry cake mix, or freeze dried berries, or even strawberry milk mix.  Which actually doesn’t sound bad, but it doesn’t help me use up the 4 pounds of fresh berries in my fridge either.

I ate a few plain berries with this Key Lime Fruit Dip while I thought about it.

lemon cookies

My second idea was to make strawberry frosting.  I went all out and spent a half hour on a batch of Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream.  Either I am really bad at Swiss meringue buttercream, or it is fussier than I was led to believe.

Probably both.

True story: after my meringue frosting disaster, I dropped onto my bed in frustration, only to have my husband point out (quite animatedly and repeatedly, actually) that I had frosting all over my face.

No, I did not go into a homicidal rage.  But I did contemplate it.

strawberry lemonade

In the end, the frosting was far easier than I expected it to be.  However, I did learn one very important trick.

The trick is to create a puree ahead of time, that has been reduced.  This concentrates the strawberry flavor, and reduces the water content.  Let it cool, and you’ll have no trouble at all mixing it with butter and powdered sugar to make one tasty fresh berry buttercream.

Which is perfect, because the cookies were crazy easy, too.  Summery, easy, and delicious… it’s the trifecta of perfect cookies!



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Strawberry Lemonade Cookies
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A soft lemon cookie with fresh strawberry frosting.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 1.5 dozen
  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 T. butter, softened
  • 3 T. strawberry puree *(see notes)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  1. Mix all ingredients until well combined. Drop small spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes.
  1. Combine all ingredients, and mix until smooth and soft.
  2. Frost the bottom side of one cooled cookie, and sandwich it with a second cookie of a similar size.
To make strawberry puree, dice several berries (about 5-6) and place in a saucepan with 1-2 tsp. water. Bring to a boil, and use a fork or potato masher to mash berries. Continue cooking until puree is reduced by about half. Let puree cool completely before using.


Girls Night Out: Instructional Chicken Dinner

One of the high points of my life has been working with the youth group at our church.  The girls are fantastic, and so fun!  It has been a couple years since I have been involved with them, and I was missing it.  So, naturally, I was thrilled when they asked me to come teach a class for the girls about cooking.  I wanted to create something they could enjoy, and something they could do easily enough that they could feel confidant cooking it again on their own.

We went to the local high school, since we are fortunate enough to have the home ec. teacher as one of our youth leaders.  We made a very basic dinner: chicken breast, spinach salad, rolls, and dessert.  We dressed up our meal with oranges.  Oranges were present in almost every part of the meal.  We also talked about different ways to dress up something so basic, to make the meal interesting and tasty.  The girls broke into four groups and started cooking.

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