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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies

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I’m always looking for new and interesting cookie ideas to share with you.  I’m like a hunter at the grocery store… hunting down fruits, nuts, chocolates, candies, basically anything that might work in a cookie recipe.

It’s a little weird, I know, but that’s my life.

The thing is, though, when the kids and I want to make cookies just for fun, you know what we always make?  Chocolate chip or peanut butter.  The classics.

Maybe that’s why I decided that this month’s Cookie of the Month needed to involve peanut butter.  You can never go wrong with a peanut butter cookie.

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Of course, I also have trouble leaving well enough alone, so I took my plain jane peanut butter cookies and sandwiched them with chocolate ice cream.

Actually I used this chocolate ice cream with a ripple of peanut butter in it, because that’s how I am.  I love chocolate ice cream, but chocolate peanut butter ice cream is even better.

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Since this is the Cookie of the Month, there are lots of people sharing peanut butter cookies with you today!  Check out this variety:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Peanut Butter Cut Out Cookies from Tastes of Lizzy T
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from Bake or Break
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies from The Cooking Actress
Rolo Peanut Butter Blossoms from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints from Crumb: A Food Blog
Peanut Butter and Syrup Cookies from Kelli’s Kitchen
Peanut Butter Compost Cookies from Gotta Get Baked
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cups from 365 Days of Baking and More
Peanut Butter Cup Sandwiches from Posed Perfection

 

Want more?  Try these peanut butter cookies!

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches
 
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Peanut butter cookies sandwiched with chocolate ice cream.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 8-10 sandwiches
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1¾ cup flour
  • chocolate ice cream
Instructions
  1. Cream butter, peanut butter, and sugars. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and flour, and mix until combined.
  3. Form dough into large 2-inch balls, and place on a baking sheet. Use a fork to flatten cookies. Bake at 350F for 12-14 minutes.
  4. Let ice cream soften slightly. Place a generous amount of ice cream between two cookies. Place sandwiches in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before serving.

 

August 2014 Wrap-Up

August-squareI generally like the end of August.  The kids have started school and the weather is still warm for a few more weeks.

However, this being the last school year for my oldest son has me feeling a little melancholy, and the unseasonal grey and rainy weather hasn’t helped my mood at all.  It’s fortunate I have baking to bring me out of my funk.

This month, my personal favorite recipe was the Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies.  I can’t get enough of them.  It has given me ideas for more decadently topped brownies.  More on that next month, I hope.

A close second was the spiced zucchini muffins.  I told Robb, who has an irrational fear of green vegetables, that you can’t even taste the zucchini in zucchini bread, and he replied, “Then why is it in there?”  I told him it was a filler, and it gives a nice texture, and he said, “Nope.  You can taste it.”  He wouldn’t even try the zucchini muffins without a big glass of milk nearby, but I made a believer of him.  He took one bite, said, “That’s really good!”  (as if there were any other option, hehe) and promptly finished the rest of the muffin without touching the milk.

It was the perfect end to this awesome month.

 

mint-cake-6 Mint Cake

I made this cake for my daughters birthday, and it was
a big hit! The green color, dense rich texture, and mint
flavor made the perfect celebration cake.

PB-stuffed-chocolate-cookies-6 Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

My nephew was the grateful recipient of these delicious
chocolate cookies with peanut butter filling.  I was kind
of wishing I could keep them for myself!

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My favorite RKT of all time!  The “secret ingredient” makes
these peanut butter krispie treats soft and delicious!
Chocolate and butterscotch are the perfect icing on this cake.

PB&J-cookies-3 Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies

My sister is back with these awesome back to school
cookies!  I love the idea of adding a little strawberry
jam to some rich peanut butter cookies.

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I know summer is over, but I made this fun collection of
no-bake cookies anyway. I’m sure you’ll find a few
things you’ll love in this round-up.

pb-marshmallow-crispy-brownies-3 Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies

This might be my favorite brownie ever.  The gooey
marshmallow layer and crispy chocolate peanut butter
topping take regular brownies to the next level!

 peach-limeade-3  Sparkling Peach Limeade

It could be called a lime peachade, it’s that peachy!
It’s a refreshing way to enjoy peach season.

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Turn single serving fruit cups into a delicious dessert
for one!  It’s easy to make a warm crisp topping and
have a quick and comforting dessert.

spiced-zucchini-muffins-9 Spiced Zucchini Crumb Muffins

Use up all that autumn zucchini in these delicious spiced
chocolate chip muffins.  The walnut crumb topping puts
them over the edge.

 

It was fun having Em guest post again this month.  Her Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies were a big hit.  Wait until you see what she has in store for next month!

You know how much we love popcorn here, right?  I shared a recipe for Honey Butter Popcorn on My Cooking Spot this month.  Honey butter is so delicious, and works great on popcorn.

Get ready for fall by sifting through this board of pumpkin recipes on Pinterest.  There’s also a great collection of Muffin & Scone recipes you should check out.

Coming up in September… turning 40, the beginning of pumpkin season, and chocolate, lovely chocolate!!

 

 

Sparkling Peach Limeade

Non-alcoholic drinks recipes; This delicious peach limeade is a perfect non-alcoholic summer drinks!

Sparkling Peach Limeade from JensFavoriteCookies.com - non-alcoholic summer drink made with fresh fruit.I really have a hard time eating raw fresh fruit.  It’s been years, decades, since I ate an orange or banana.

There are exceptions of course; apples, naturally, pears on occasion, and my very favorite fruit ever, peaches.  Sometimes I think God made peaches just for me.

The real problem is that when I have peaches, I have an overwhelming urge to do something with them, besides eat them plain.  I want to make all my foods peach-flavored.  I want peach smoothies every morning and peach cobbler every night.

For the warm, late summer afternoon, I chose this refreshing and sparkly Peach Limeade.  Fresh peaches for the win!

Sparkling Peach Limeade from JensFavoriteCookies.com - non-alcoholic summer drink made with fresh fruit.

The Fruitarian does not understand me at all.  He cannot comprehend that someone would rather eat celery than bananas.

He enjoyed this drink a lot, but immediately upon finishing it, he asked me if he could eat the peaches I sliced for the photos.  I had a hard time sharing.

Sparkling Peach Limeade from JensFavoriteCookies.com - non-alcoholic summer drink made with fresh fruit.Sparkling Peach Limeade from JensFavoriteCookies.com - non-alcoholic summer drink made with fresh fruit.Sparkling Peach Limeade from JensFavoriteCookies.com - non-alcoholic summer drink made with fresh fruit.

Maybe I should have traded him the fresh fruit for his glass of limeade, because when I was done with my glass, I was ready for seconds!

 

Want more?  Check out these fruit drinks!

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Sparkling Peach Limeade
 
A sparkling peach and lime drink.
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Recipe type: Beverages
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 peaches
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅔ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups ginger ale
Instructions
  1. Peel and dice peaches. Place in a small pot with sugar and water. Bring to a boil, and let simmer about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let syrup cool. Chill for about an hour until cool.
  2. Put chilled peach syrup in a blender with lime juice, and blend until smooth.
  3. Put mixture in a pitcher, and gently stir in 2 cups ginger ale. Serve over ice, and garnish with fresh mint and lime slices.

 

Lemon Raspberry Meringues

I was paid by Driscoll’s to create and post this recipe.  All opinions are my own.  Please visit Driscolls.com for more berry recipes.

Lemon Raspberry Meringues from JensFavoriteCookies.com  #RaspberryDesserts  - Fresh fruit makes the best dessert!I love the time of year when I can flip the thermostat from “heat” to “cool.”  It makes me happy.  What can I say?  I just love summer.

I’m seeing lots of summer fruits in the grocery store these days.  Is it weird to be in love with the produce section?  I love wandering around there, looking for the best summer fruits to bake with.

This week, it was raspberries.

Gorgeous, juicy, red, ripe raspberries.  My grandma always said if she was God, she would make raspberries the size of her palm.  I kind of like them the way they are; I love that little bite-size burst of flavor.

The Driscoll’s raspberries at Costco looked so good, I stood there in the store, dreaming of all the things I could make with them.  Then I bought two packages.

Lemon Raspberry Meringues from JensFavoriteCookies.com  #RaspberryDesserts  - Fresh fruit makes the best dessert!Lemon Raspberry Meringues from JensFavoriteCookies.com  #RaspberryDesserts  - Fresh fruit makes the best dessert!

If ever there was a summery dessert, it was meringues.  They are just so light and airy, not heavy, not overly fussy, just perfect for warm days.  I swirled some lemon zest and raspberries into these meringues to make them sweet and flavorful.

But, they are just not complete until you top them with whipped cream and more fresh berries.

By the way, you can score lots of fresh berries of your own by entering the giveaway below.  Driscoll’s has agreed to give one lucky winner $100 in Driscoll’s coupons, enough to last you all summer!

Lemon Raspberry Meringues from JensFavoriteCookies.com  #RaspberryDesserts  - Fresh fruit makes the best dessert!Lemon Raspberry Meringues from JensFavoriteCookies.com  #RaspberryDesserts  - Fresh fruit makes the best dessert!

If the summer berry cravings are getting the best of you, this little mouthful ought to take care of it.  Or, visit the Driscoll’s website for more #RaspberryDesserts recipe ideas using fresh berries.

Or, if you can’t wait for the baking, just eat them plain!

 Want more?  Look at these meringue recipes!

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Meringues
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Pavlova
lemon meringuesLemon
Mini-Meringues

 

Lemon Raspberry Meringues
 
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Lemon and raspberry swirled meringues, and topped with whipped cream and fresh raspberries.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • (1) 6 oz. package (about 2 cups) fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup + ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • pinch of cream of tartar
  • pinch of salt
  • zest of one lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  • sweetened whipped cream
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup berries with 1 cup sugar. Use a potato masher to mash the berries. Bring to a boil, and boil for about 5 minutes, to create a jam. Remove from heat and pour into a dish. Chill for 1-2 hours, until cool.
  2. Place egg whites in a mixing bowl and whip on high speed. Gradually add sugar, cream of tartar and salt. Continue whipping on high for several minutes until stiff peaks form. Add lemon zest and mix until well combined.
  3. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of the jam to the meringue. Fold very gently, to create a swirled effect.
  4. Gently spoon meringue onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make swirls about 2 inches in diameter, using a spoon to swirl and create a well in the center.
  5. Bake at 200F for 60-70 minutes. Let cool before removing from parchment paper.
  6. Top each meringue with sweetened whipped cream and fresh raspberries.

 
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Orange Blueberry Whoopie Pies

These easy whoopie pies are flavored with orange, and filled with blueberry frosting.  This recipe for whoopie pies might be your new favorite!

Orange Blueberry Whoopie Pies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Use fresh oranges and blueberries in this fun cookie!One of my favorite things is when I open the fridge and the produce drawers are full of gorgeous fresh fruits and vegetables.

But… confession:  I don’t like eating most fruits plain.  I would literally rather eat a celery stick than an orange or a handful of blueberries.  I love everything about citrus fruits, except eating them plain.

I’m not really sure where my son, The Fruitarian, came from.  That kid would rather eat plain fruit than just about anything.  And not just apples and oranges, either.  He’ll eat kiwi, berries, grapes, he’s the only one in the house who will eat honeydew, and he can practically eat half a watermelon all by himself.

Personally, I’d rather bake with the oranges.  Which is what I did today.

Orange Blueberry Whoopie Pies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Use fresh oranges and blueberries in this fun cookie!

By the way, I’m adding this to the long list of buttermilk recipes on this site.

It’s a thing.

I can’t help myself.  The thought of a cookie made with orange zest and buttermilk was just too tempting.  Buttermilk gives a sort of sour flavorfulness to baked goods, and orange really gives a fresh taste without being overwhelming.

Orange Blueberry Whoopie Pies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Use fresh oranges and blueberries in this fun cookie!

Orange Blueberry Whoopie Pies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Use fresh oranges and blueberries in this fun cookie!

I used blueberries to make this frosting, but I think it would be great with raspberries or strawberries or blackberries too.

The whole cookie has a kind of fresh-produce-drawer feel to it, if you ask me.  Nothing better for summer!

Want more?  Check out these citrus favorites!

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Lemonade Cookies
lemon-thyme-shortbread-5Lemon Thyme
Shortbread
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Funfetti Cupcakes

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Orange Blueberry Whoopie Pies
 
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A cakey orange buttermilk cookie, sandwiched with fresh blueberry frosting.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • zest from one orange (about 1 tablespoon)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and orange zest and mix well.
  2. Add salt and soda and mix well.
  3. Add buttermilk alternately with flour, mixing just until combined.
  4. Drop spoonfuls onto a lined baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.
  5. FOR PUREE: Combine berries with water in a pot, and cook over medium high heat. Once berries start to soften (this should only take a minute or two) use a potato masher or fork to mash berries. Continue to cook for a couple minutes more, stirring, to let mixture thicken slightly. (I ended up with 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of puree.)
  6. FOR FROSTING: In a mixing bowl, combine puree with 3 T. butter, and powdered sugar. Powdered sugar can be adjusted to reach the consistency you prefer.
  7. Once cookies have cooled, frost the bottom of a cookie and sandwich it with another cookie. Store in an airtight container.

 

Raspberry Sorbet

This berry sorbet recipe is easy to make and tastes delicious!  Use fresh berries for a refreshing summery treat.

Raspberry Sorbet from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  very easy to make and refreshing!As soon as the summer produce starts showing up in the store, I’m all over it.

Recently, I bought big packages of both strawberries and raspberries.  The kids went to town on the strawberries, eating them right out of the package.  I insisted the raspberries be left alone so I could make something fun with them.

I’ve been wanting to make sorbet ever since I had the best blueberry sorbet in the known universe a few years ago on a cruise.  Of course, I was also worried about comparing my first-time attempt to the amazing gourmet stuff we were served on the cruise ship.

Turns out, I didn’t really need to worry.  Sorbet is crazy simple to make (this one has only 5 ingredients!), and it’s easy to make it really delicious.  I added a mint leaf to my dish, and I loved what the mint did for the flavor.

Raspberry Sorbet from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  very easy to make and refreshing!

Sorbet is a great option if you are living a dairy-free life.

And, if you are living a dairy-free life, my condolences.  A close friend of mine had some health problems, and had to cut both gluten and dairy from her diet.  She said not eating cheese was even harder than not eating wheat.  I believer her, too.

So, if you’re off ice cream, just switch to sorbet.

Raspberry Sorbet from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  very easy to make and refreshing!Raspberry Sorbet from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  very easy to make and refreshing!

Is it wrong for me to hide this sorbet from my kids and just share it with Robb?  We’ll be happy to quietly have a small dish each evening after the kids go to bed.  

It seriously makes me want to make sorbet all summer long.  It’s that awesome.  And that easy.

Want more?  Check out these recipes using fresh berries!

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Raspberry Sorbet
 
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A simple frozen raspberry sorbet.
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Recipe type: Frozen Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and let boil for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. While syrup cools, place berries in a blender or food processor. Juice the lemon, and add lemon juice to berries. Blend or process until smooth. (This should make about 2 cups of puree.)
  3. Add corn syrup and simple syrup to berries. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour mixture into a plastic container with a lid, and freeze. Stir mixture every 30 minutes for 4-5 hours until mixture is set. Serve frozen.

 

My Favorite Days

I love summer.  I can’t get enough of it.  The sunlight, the flowers, the swimming, the late evenings, I love it all.

This summer, however, has been particularly crazy.  Did I mention I have teenagers?  I guess I forgot how crazy busy I was as a kid.  Either that or it’s busier for my kids than it was for me.  Both those explanations are 100% plausible.

I thought I would share a few of the things that have been happening in my life, since I have not had any time to bake for you this week.  Please forgive me.

First, the flowers in my yard are blooming.  Robb decided that the flower garden would be the Hippie Chick’s summer project.  Which basically means, she helped pick out and plant a bunch of flowers, and has done next to nothing since then.

The osteospermum have grown quite nicely, despite the neglect.  We take turns dead-heading every now and then, and these cute pink flowers continue to bloom and bloom.  They might be my favorite thing in my yard this year.  And, even though Robb had to cut the clematis way way back, they have continued to grow and climb and bloom these beautiful purple blossoms.

{Sidebar, these photos were shared on Instagram.  I heart Instagram.}

Also, we went camping.

Sort of.

We have this family friend with a little farm, and since the farm house is quite tiny, we camp on the property.  It’s our favorite place to camp… no fees, no restrictions, and there are flush toilets and showers!  Plus, did I mention?, Robb loves the country.  He is a farm boy, and is absolutely in his element when he has plenty of space and privacy.  There are horses on this property, and lots of antique tractors.  It’s pretty cool.

Also, I was asked to contribute to a new blog.  Erin Kennedy, the grand master behind My Thirty Spot, has started up a couple new sites, namely My Crafty Spot and My Cooking Spot.  The latter will feature yours truly, and my first contribution is today.  I’m excited to be working with Erin and the others.  So excited, in fact, I think I should give you a little preview of what I created for My Cooking Spot this month.

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Yeah, you heard me.  Kentucky Derby Pie.  This stuff is crazy delicious, and I honestly can’t believe I’ve never posted about it before.  It’s basically a chocolate chip cookie in a pie crust.

Lawdy, this stuff is good.

Last but not least, I think you should know that I have created a new page that is all about my most pinned posts.  These are the posts that have at least 1000 pins on Pinterest, and you might be interested to know what’s in there.  Here are just a few recent favorites:

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one-bowl-brownies-pin Strawberry Lemonade Cookies pin

The Strawberry Lemonade Cookies have been extra popular, with more than 9000 pins.  They deserve it.  They are super-duper yummy. Continue reading “My Favorite Days” »

Independence Day Treats

4th of July recipes for you; This collection of dessert recipes is perfect for the 4th of July or any summer get together! Try these 4th of July recipes for yourself!

4th of July desertsI love a good holiday.  I love the comradery, the break from the daily grind, and most of all, the food.

Oh, the food!  Holiday food is the best, isn’t it?

Our family will be celebrating with camping, swimming, fireworks, and naturally, snacks.  Popcorn and cookies during fireworks, chips and candy with lunch, fruity beverages to quell the blazing heat.

I thought I would share some of my favorite Independence Day appropriate treats.  These will be either American themed, no-bake {because it’s hot!}, non-melting {because it’s hot!} or generally summery.  Hopefully there will be something here for everyone.

If not, consider finding more ideas by checking out what my friends have done.

Let’s dive in.

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This Berry Trifle uses white cake, blueberries, and strawberry pudding, very Red, White & Blue
Nothing says summer like lemon, and these Lemon Sugar Cookies have a light flavor and won’t melt.
Need to feed a crowd fast?  Try the No-Bake, 5-ingredient, Peanut Butter No Bake Bars.

Kettle Corn is a perfect treat for snacking on during fireworks!
Root Beer is uniquely American, so these Root Beer Cookies are sure to please.
Use your fresh fruit to make this beautiful Fruit Pizza on a sugar cookie crust.

Coconut Oil Kettle Corn RecipeKettle Corn Root Beer CookiesRoot Beer Cookies fruit-pizza-3Fruit Pizza
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These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are the quintessential American cookie.
Grapefruit Soda is so refreshing on a warm summer day!
Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins are just classic, the sort of thing to remind you of home.

Whatever your plans this 4th of July, I hope you have fun and have amazing summer foods!

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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Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies

A recipe for a chewy sugar cookie with lime juice and toasted coconut.

Source: The Girl Who Ate Everything

Yield: 3-4 dozen cookies

I love the smell of toasted coconut.  When I realized that I would be toasting coconut to put in this cookie dough, I got a little excited.  It was the first thing I did, actually.  I spread about 1/2 cup of shredded coconut across my quarter sheet pan (one of my favorite little kitchen items) and put it in the oven.  You can tell when it is ready because it smells fantastic.  It made being in the kitchen ever so enjoyable!

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Butter and Jam Thumbprints

A simple butter cookie with jam filling.

Source: Food Network Kitchens

Yield: about 3 dozen cookies

The thumbprint cookie has always seemed like something of a staple of Americana to me.  A butter cookie filled with jam; what could be nicer?  Nevertheless, today was my first time ever making them.  I can’t even say why this is, but I blame my family.  I don’t remember ever having thumbprint cookies at my house, or my grandparents homes, or even the homes of close friends.  Maybe they just weren’t popular in my neighborhood.

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Lemon Ricotta

**PLEASE NOTE**  This post has been updated!  View the newer post with newer photos and newer stories here.

A soft and creamy lemon cookie recipe with a strong lemon-flavored icing, perfect for a summer day!

Source: The handy-dandy Food Network site. This one was contributed by Giada De Laurentiis.

Yield: about 3-4 dozen

I’m going to start with an admission.  It’s a little embarrassing, but I’m just going to get it out of the way.  I don’t own a zester.  There, I said it.  It’s true.  I have no tools whatsoever for zesting lemons, oranges, limes, or the like.  People who bake a lot always have one, but people who make cookies for fun might not have one, so it’s clear which group I belong to.

A friend once told me that if I didn’t have a zester, I could use a vegetable peeler to take some of the zest off the fruit, then use a sharp knife to dice the zest very finely.  I will tell you right now that it is NOT the same thing.  But more on that later.

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