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June 2014 Wrap-Up


June 2014 Wrap-UpJune is glorious, isn’t it?

School is out and so is the sun.  Did I ever tell you how much I looooooovvve summer?!

I really had fun with some awesome recipes this month.  It seems you did, too, because almost all of this month’s recipes were popular and well-received.  If you missed any of them, I hope you’ll take this chance to catch up!

I think I would even have trouble picking a favorite this month, myself.  I loved it all.

Although…  the Frozen Hot Chocolate has been particularly popular, and since I taught the kids to make it, every bit of cocoa mix in my house has disappeared.  I’m going to feel silly buying cocoa mix in the middle of summer!

Check these out, and let me know which is your favorite!

Butterscotch-blondies-3 Butterscotch Blondies

The PERFECT blondie recipe, and my new personal go-to,
this one comes with butterscotch chips.

dipped-cheesecake-bites-5 Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Bites

Cheesecake is delicious all by its fabulous self, but dip it in
chocolate, and you really have my attention!

orange-blueberry-whoopie-pies-5 Orange Blueberry Whoopie Pies

These cookies are so summery, with fresh orange and fresh
blueberries!  Sometimes fruit cookies are the way to go.

frozen-hot-chocolate-5 Frozen Hot Chocolate

Don’t forget the whipped cream for this yummy frozen
treat!  Tastes just like cocoa, only COLD!

pb-snickers-pops-7 Peanut Butter Snickers Ice Cream Pops

For those on-the-go days, these ice cream pops with Snickers
are sure to make the entire family happy!

choc-chip-dip-3 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

I just can’t get enough of chocolate chips!  This dip is great
with small cookies or graham crackers.  Or nothing at all!

caramel-stuffed-chocolate-chunk-cookies-3 Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Cookies

One of my favorite chocolate chip recipes ever!  These extra
large cookies are stuffed with Rolo candies!

CCC-collage-1 100 Chocolate Chip Cookies

The definitive collection!  I’ve gathered 100 fantastic recipes
for chocolate chip cookies in one place.  You’ll love this!

lemon-raspberry-meringues-8b Raspberry Meringues

This is such a light and summery dessert.  Fresh lemon and
raspberry makes this dessert really delicious.

In other news, I broke one of my cardinal rules this month, and put raisins in cookies.  That’s right.  Raisins.  I contributed these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies to My Cooking Spot this month.  If you disagree with me about raisins, you might want to check this one out.

If you want to keep up on the latest stuff from this blog, you might want to follow me on Pinterest.  This board includes only recipes from this blog, so you can easily find them all in one place.

And DON’T FORGET!  There’s a giveaway going on for fresh berries from Driscoll’s!  You could win $100 in coupons for fresh berries, enough to last you all summer!  There are several ways to enter.  ENTER TO WIN HERE.  The contest will end soon, so hurry and get your entries in now.

Lemon Raspberry Meringues

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

Lemon Raspberry Meringues from  #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  #RaspberryDesserts  - Fresh fruit makes the best dessert!Lemon Raspberry Meringues from  #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  #RaspberryDesserts  - Fresh fruit makes the best dessert!Lemon Raspberry Meringues from  #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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Lemon Raspberry Meringues
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Lemon and raspberry swirled meringues, and topped with whipped cream and fresh raspberries.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • (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
  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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100 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

Easy homemade chocolate chip cookies

This blog is dedicated to cookies.  All types of cookies.  But let’s face it, when it comes right down to it, it’s all about chocolate chip.

100 Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of the fun things about Chocolate Chip Cookies is how versatile they are.  Think about it, you’ve probably seen lots of different versions out there.

Just for you, I scoured the interwebs for the best chocolate chip cookies I can find, all types, all styles, all flavors.  Consider this your comprehensive collection of any kind of chocolate chip cookie you could dream of.


Caramel-Stuffed-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-6983Caramel Stuffed
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Chocolate Moosey
brown-butter-cinnamon-smores-cookiesBrown Butter Cinnamon
S’mores Cookies
by Bake Love Give


Egg-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies from, You won't even miss the eggs when you use this secret ingredient!Chocolate Chip Cookies
Without Eggs
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Chocolate-Pistachio-Cookie-Irvin-Lin-Eat-The-LoveChocolate Chocolate Chip
Pistachio Cookies
by Eat the Love


egglesscookiedough2Eggless Chocolate Chip
Cookie Dough
by Kailley’s Kitchen
avochipcookiesHealthy Avocado
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Food Faith Fitness


skinny-chip-cookiesSkinny Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by An Edible Mosaic
pumpkin-fudge-cookie-bars-1Pumpkin Fudge
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies


cheesecake_pudding_cookiesCheesecake Pudding
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Cupcake Diaries
bacon-choc-chip-cookiesBacon Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Poet in the Pantry


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Tall - CopyOatmeal Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Oreo-Chocolate-chunk-cookies-1-wm-600x770Oreo Chocolate
Chunk Cookies
by I Heart Eating


The-Best-Grain-Free-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-3Grain-Free Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by The Healthy Maven
caramel-stuffed-chocolate-chunk-cookies-2Caramel Stuffed Chocolate
Chunk Cookies
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies


MM-Cream-Cheese-cookiesSoft Batch Cream Cheese
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Call Me PMc
Double-Chocolate-Chip-Oatmeal-Cookies-4Double Chocolate Chip
Oatmeal Cookies
by Kitchen Treaty


Chocolate Oat Cinnamon Chip Cookie RecipeChocolate Oatmeal
Cinnamon Chip Cookies
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Chocolate-Chip-Pretzel-cookies-99cChocolate Chip
Pretzel Cookies
by Chocolate Chocolate and More


PBChocChipCookiesTitledPeanut Butter Chocolate
Chip Oatmeal Cookies
by Frugal Foodie Mama
soft-batch-choc-chip-cookieSoft Batch Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Baked by Rachel


strawberry-cccStrawberry Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Liv Life
Coconut-Chocolate-Chip-Bars-1Coconut Chocolate
Chip Cookie Bars
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies


Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Cups-with-Salted-Caramel-DiethoodSalted Caramel Chocolate
Chip Cookie Cups
by Diethood
Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Pie-RecipeDeep Dish Gooey
Cookie Pie
by Back for Seconds


chocolate-chocolate-chip-2Double Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Cupcakes-2-of-6wChocolate Chip Cookie
by Crazy for Crust


chocolate-coconut-snickerdoodle-bars1-600x800Coconut Chocolate Chip
Snickerdoodle Bars
by Weary Chef
Reeses_Peanut_Butter_Cookie_CakeReese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate
Chip Cookie Cake
by Life Love and Sugar


Black Pepper Chocolate Chip CookiesBlack Pepper Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Cooking on the Weekends
Cookie-Dough-Brownie-Bars--450x627Chocolate Chip Cookie
Dough Brownie Bars
by 52 Kitchen Adventures


peanut-butter-caramel-toffee-chocolate-chip-cookie-barsPeanut Butter Caramel Toffee
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
by Mom on Timeout
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies


coconutoilchocchipcookiestextCoconut Oil
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Averie Cooks
Pumpkin-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-1Pumpkin Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Two Peas & Their Pod


graham cracker cc cookies pinGraham Cracker
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Our-Best-Bites-Soft-and-Thick-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-BarsChocolate Chip
Cookie Bars
by Our Best Bites Chip Cookie
Dough Sandwiches
by Sally’s Baking Addiction
Chocolate_Chip_Cookie_Dough_PizzaChocolate Chip Cookie
Dough Pizza
by Life Love and Sugar


GF-Choc-Chip-CookiesGluten-free Chocolate Chip
Cookies with Quinoa
by Amibitious Kitchen
cookie-dough-fudgeChocolate Chip
Cookie Dough Fudge
by Buns in my Oven


boozy-choc-chip-cookiesBoozy Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by What’s Gaby Making
grain_free_chocolate_chip_cookie_dough_bites_2Grain-free Peanut Butter Chickpea
Cookie Dough Bites
by Texanerin


pomegranate-choc-chip-cookiesPomegranate Chocolate Chip
Cookies, GF and Vegan
by Tasty Yummies
Soft-and-Chewy-Blondies-RecipeFluffernutter Chocolate Chip
Cookie Bars
by Back for Seconds


dark-chocolate-chip-cookiesMulti-grain Dark
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Chocolate-Chip-Bisquick-Cookies-7Easy Chocolate Chip
Bisquick Cookies
by Yummy Healthy Easy


SONY DSCNutella Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Cooking on the Weekends
7 Layer Cookies_Platter Top View 17 Layer Chocolate
Chip Cookie Bars
by The Kitchen is my Playground


Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-with-ZucchiniChocolate Chip Cookies
with Zucchini
by Kitchen Treaty
choc-oat-cinnamon-bars-1Cinnamon Chocolate Chip
Oatmeal Cookie Bars
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies


Cookies-and-Cream-Cookies-title-2Chocolate Chip Cookies
and Cream Cookies
by BruCrew Life
maple-sweetened-peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-oatmeal-cookiesMaple Sweetened Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Cookie and Kate


banana-bread-cookies-1Banana Bread
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
dbl-choc-oat-cookiesDouble Chocolate
Oatmeal Cookies
by Because I Like Chocolate


potato-chip-cookiesPotato Chip
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Food Babbles
cookie-dough-barsChocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Bars – Raw, GF, Vegan
by Beard & Bonnet


Banana-Oats-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-DiethoodBanana Oat
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Diethood
bacon-cherry-choc-chip-cookieBacon and Dried Cherry
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Chocolate Moosey


Zucchini Cookies
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Coconut-chocolate-chip-toffee-oatmeal-cookie-bar-recipeCoconut Toffee Chocolate
Chip Cookie Bars
by Mom on Time Out Chocolate Chip
Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies
by Foodie Crush Velvet
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Sally’s Baking Addiction


chocolate-chip-cookie-smores5+text.Chocolate Chip
Cookie S’mores
by Cooking Classy
cookie-dough-oreosChocolate Chip
Cookie Dough Oreos
by Love and Olive Oil


cookie-dough-bars-3-685x1024Peanut Butter
Cookie Dough Bars
by Shugary Sweets
chocolate-chip-cookie-dunkers-2Whole Grain Chocolate Chip
Cookie Dunkers
by Yes to Yum


Oreo-Stuffed-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-5tOreo Stuffed
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Picky Palate
deathbychocolatecookiesDeath by
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Cookies and Cups


kitchen-sink-cookies-2Kitchen Sink
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Brown-butter-pizookieBrown Butter Chocolate
Chip Skillet Cookie
by Damn Delicious


buckwheat-cccBuckwheat Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by View from the Great Island
Cinnamon-Dolce-Oatmeal-Cookies-9Cinnamon Dolce
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Pineapple and Coconut


chili-chocolate-chip-cookiesChili Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Cooking on the Front Burners
monster cookies tall1aMonster
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies


zucchini-cookiesPistachio Sea Salt
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Tasty Yummies
cc-cut-out-cookieChocolate Chip
Cut-Out Cookies
by Chocolate Moosey


ny-times-cccNew York Times
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Bake Love Give
cookie_cake22Chocolate Chip
Cookie Cake
by Life Love and Sugar


Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies 2Chocolate Chip
Pecan Cookies
by GirliChef
chocolate-chip-cookie-2-827x1024The Best Chewy
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Frosting and a Smile


choc-chip-dip-1Chocolate Chip
Cookie Dough Dip
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Chocolate-Chip-Meringue-Cookies-9Chocolate Chip
Meringue Cookies
by Gimme Some Oven


Oreo-Truffle-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Bars-5-of-5Oreo Truffle Chocolate
Chip Cookie Bars
by Crazy for Crust
Salted-Caramel-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-My-Whole-Food-LifeFlourless Salted Caramel
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by My Whole Food Life


chocolate-chip-lava-cookies-7Chocolate Chip
Lava Cookies
by Center Cut Cook
grain-free-barsGrain-Free Dairy-Free
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
by  Tasty Yummies


tsri-Simple-5-Minute-Mint-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Dough-DipMint Chocolate Chip
Cookie Dough Dip
by The Slow Roasted Italian
cookie-dough-ice-cream-cakeChocolate Chip Cookie
Dough Ice Cream Cake
by The Domestic Rebel


cookie-brittleChocolate Chip
Cookie Brittle
by Something Swanky
chocchippbsmoresbarsChocolate Chip Cookie
PB S’mores Bars
by Cookies and Cups


Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies 8Cherry Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by The Kitchen is my Playground
Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Brownie-Bites-0871Chocolate Chip Cookie
Brownie Bites
by Chocolate Moosey


hazelnut-butter-cookies-01Hazelnut Butter
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Kevin & Amanda Dark
Chocolate Cookies
by Simple Gloria


potato-chip-cookies2Potato Chip Cookies with
Chocolate and Sea Salt
by Baked by Rachel
dark-chocolate-cookies-1-682x1024Oatmeal Dark
Chocolate Cookies
by Fannetastic Food


Mini-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Cupcakes-with-Pumpkin-Spice-Browned-Butter-Frosting-1Mini Choc Chip Cookie Cups
with Pumpkin Spice Frosting
by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Banana Chocolate Chip CookiesBanana Chocolate
Chip Oatmeal Cookies
by Cook & Craft Me Crazy


Butterscotch-CookiesButterscotch Cookies
with Chocolate Chips
by Eat the Love
cookie-dough-bitesChocolate Chip Cookie
Dough Bites (GF) (DF)
by Beard and Bonnet


Enjoy the inevitable chocolate chip cookie backing extravaganza that’s coming!  And keep your eyes peeled for more chocolate chip recipes coming to this blog.

Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These rolo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies are irresistible!  You’ll love your chocolate chip cookies stuffed with rolos.

Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.comMy niece recently broke her elbow.  This is particularly bad because she is a serious basketball player, and this put a serious cramp in her serious-basketball-player summer plans.

She is also the tallest 8th grader I have ever known, and maybe the sweetest.

Continuing with my new trend of making a batch of cookies for my nieces and nephews on their birthdays (remember this one?  and this one?), I asked World’s Tallest Niece what flavor combo she was looking for.  The problem is, she is far too kind to commit to one flavor.  

I think she believes the peanut butter will feel bad if she chooses caramel.  Not exaggerating.

It’s lucky The Hippie Chick and World’s Tallest Niece are BFF’s, so I can get the inside scoop about which flavors she actually prefers.

Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Cookies from

Hippie Chick confided that World’s Tallest Niece had been craving Rolo’s, and they even walked to the store with their hard-earned cash to procure some.

I had been wanting to make some caramel-stuffed cookies anyway, and after this story, I decided to use Rolo candies instead of caramels to stuff the cookies.

Turns out, I’m brilliant.  (And humble.)

Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.comCaramel Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Cookies from

A word or two about this recipe.  Don’t skip the chilling step.  It’s uber-important.  And leave plenty of room for these very large cookies to spread.

Can you stuff them with caramels?  Sure.  Peanut butter cups?  Sure.  Nothing at all?  Absolutely.  Make them your own, my friends.

I did find that even when they were pretty well sealed up, the caramel still found a way to leak out of the bottom of the cookie, so be prepared with some paper towels, to save yourself some elbow grease.

These won’t cure cancer, or broken elbows, but they are the next best thing.  Happy Birthday, World’s Tallest Niece.

Want more?  Here are more great chocolate chip cookies!

coconut-fudge-cookie-bars-4Coconut Fudge
Cookie Bars
Chocolate Chip Cookies without Eggs! from You won't even miss the eggs when you use this secret ingredient!Chocolate Chip Cookies
Without Eggs
oatmeal chocolate chipOatmeal Chocolate
Chip Cookies

5.0 from 1 reviews
Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Cookies
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A brown butter cookie with chunks of bittersweet chocolate, stuffed with caramel Rolo candies.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 21
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate
  • about 20-25 Rolo candies
  1. Melt ½ cup butter in a saucepan. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until butter browns. Meanwhile, cut remaining ½ cup butter into small pieces and place in a mixing bowl. As soon as melted butter is brown, pour it over the butter pieces in the mixing bowl. Let sit, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted.
  2. Add sugar and brown sugar, and mix well. Add vanilla and eggs and mix well. Add salt and soda and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix just until combined. Roughly chop the chocolate, and mix it gently into the dough.
  4. Unwrap Rolo candies, and create a ball of dough with one candy inside. Ensure that dough is sealed tightly around the Rolo. Cookies will be large. Place cookies on a baking sheet or plate, and chill for about 1 hour.
  5. Bake chilled cookies at 350F for 11-15 minutes, until edges are lightly brown. Let cool before serving. (*Note that caramel from the candy may leak out the bottom of the cookie, so you may want to put a lining under the cooling rack.)


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

This cookie dough dip recipe is easy to make!  Cream cheese makes the best cookie dough dip recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip from JensFavoriteCookiesI’ve gotten sort of obsessed with chocolate chips over the years.  I mean really, adding chocolate chips to almost any cookie makes it better.  Admit it.

We put chocolate chips in muffins, and waffles, and ice cream, and brownies, and just about anything else we can.

Also, chocolate chip cookie dough is one of the best things ever.  Who needs the cookies?  We’ll just eat the dip.

Wait, what am I saying?  I need the cookies too.

At any rate, it’s why the idea of this cookie dough dip really appeals to me.  It’s all about the chocolate chips.  The dip, and whatever you dip in it, is just a delivery system for the chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip from JensFavoriteCookies

I recently hosted a little family get-together, and this dip sat out on the tables.  For about 5 minutes, until it disappeared.  Half the family didn’t even know it was there.

Remind me to make a double batch next time.

It’s awesome with vanilla wafers, or graham crackers, or animal crackers.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip from JensFavoriteCookiesChocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip from JensFavoriteCookies

The key to a good dip, besides chocolate chips of course, is cream cheese.  Nice, soft, sweet, creamy cream cheese.  The food of the Gods.  Mix that with brown sugar, or dry jello, or just about anything else, and you have one fantastic dip.

If you decide to mix in some extra chocolate chips, no one will blame you.


Want more?  Check out these fantastic dips!

red-velvet-cake-batter-dip-4Red Velvet Cake
Batter Dip
fruit dipBrown Butter Cream
Cheese Dip

Recipe from: Laura’s Sweet Spot

4.0 from 1 reviews
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
A sweet cream cheese chocolate chip dip, that is reminiscent of cookie dough.
Recipe type: Dip
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, beating until smooth.
  2. Serve at room temperature with cookies or crackers. Store leftover dip in refrigerator.


Peanut Butter Snickers Ice Cream Pops

These easy SNICKERS® ice cream pops are easy to make, and eat on the go!  Enjoy with a Dr Pepper!

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Peanut Butter Snickers Ice Cream PopsI really thought my life would slow down a little when summer started.  I don’t know why I do this to myself.  Every year, I think summer will be less busy and more fun, and every summer I struggle to stay on top of all the activities.

One of these years I’ll learn.

I’ve started coping by just keeping a few things handy, like camping chairs and big blankets in the back of the car, sunscreen in the glove box, and portable snacks in the pantry.

This week, I decided my portable snacks ought to be homemade, and since I recently purchased some popsicle molds, I figured this was the perfect opportunity to test them out.

Also, it gave me an excuse to eat SNICKERS®.  Let’s just say, the SNICKERS® and Diet Dr Pepper are super easy to find near the registers at Walmart.  And they are both super awesome.

Peanut Butter Snicker Ice Cream Pops from - easy to make, and to eat on the go!Peanut Butter Snicker Ice Cream Pops from - easy to make, and to eat on the go!

Homemade ice cream is actually quite easy to make, even without an ice cream machine.  Knowing that, I should probably make it more frequently than I do.

My all-time favorite ice cream flavor?  Well, actually, it’s chocolate.  (No surprise there.)  But my second favorite flavor?  Peanut butter.  And it must must must use real peanut butter and not some kind of peanut butter flavored syrup.  Because…  gross.  Just gross.

Therefore, I used peanut butter ice cream, with some chopped up SNICKERS® bars in it, to make these ice cream pops that are perfect for busy summers.

Peanut Butter Snicker Ice Cream Pops from - easy to make, and to eat on the go!Peanut Butter Snicker Ice Cream Pops from - easy to make, and to eat on the go!

By the way, as long as we are talking about Snickers, #CollectiveBias and I would like to share some good news with you.

Right now, there is a coupon available that will give you $1 off your purchase of (2) SNICKERS® 2-to-go bars and (2) 20-oz. bottles of Dr Pepper!  Click here for the coupon.

Here are the details:

  • 20 oz Diet Cherry Dr Pepper
  • 20 oz Cherry Dr Pepper
  • 20 oz Diet Dr Pepper
  • 20 oz Dr pepper TEN
  • 20 oz Dr Pepper
  • SNICKERS® 2-to-go, SNICKERS® Almond 2-to-go, SNICKERS® Peanut Butter 2-to-go

Additionally, there is a #Refuel2Go sweepstakes happening!  Once you purchase your (2) SNICKERS® 2-to-go bars and (2) 20-oz. bottles of Dr Pepper, just email or text your receipt to for a chance to win one of 250 Walmart gas/gift cards.


Want more?  Check out these frozen treats!

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Peanut Butter Snickers Ice Cream Pops
Easy peanut butter ice cream with Snickers, made into portable pops.
Recipe type: Ice Cream
Serves: 8
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • 2 Snickers 2-to-go bars, roughly chopped
  1. In a stand mixer, whip cream until soft peaks form.
  2. Add milk and peanut butter, and mix well, making sure mixture is smooth. Fold in chopped Snickers bars.
  3. Pour mixture into popsicle molds. Insert sticks and freeze for 5-6 hours. To remove, run hot water over the molds, taking care not to get water on the ice cream.


Frozen Hot Chocolate

Have you ever tried your hot chocolate frozen?  Hot frozen chocolate is easy and very fast to make!

Frozen Hot Chocolate from - SO fast and easy, you could be drinking this 5 minutes from now!I recently discovered the amazing frozen hot chocolate at a local bakery.  And then I went a little nuts.  I probably spent all my pocket money for the whole month in one week, buying this stuff.

I’m exaggerating.  (No I’m not.  Yes I am.  No I’m not.)

It didn’t take me very many days to decide that I needed to learn to make this at home.  Like NOW.

Of course, when I make it at home, I still don’t save much money, since I have to make enough for my kids too, but I do save time.  I just have to keep myself stocked up with hot chocolate mix and canned whipped cream.

I actually regret teaching my kids this recipe, because now every other time I come in the kitchen, I find empty cocoa packets on the counter, a dirty blender in the sink, and empty whipped cream can, and most importantly, no frozen hot chocolate for me.

Teach me to be nice to my kids.

Frozen Hot Chocolate from - SO fast and easy, you could be drinking this 5 minutes from now!

By the way, are my kids the only ones who think there is an everlasting amount of whipped cream in that can?  They always act like canned whipped cream grows on trees, so to speak.

I generally have to threaten them with bodily harm to keep them from squirting whipped cream directly onto their tongues.

We’re sooooo classy.

Frozen Hot Chocolate from - SO fast and easy, you could be drinking this 5 minutes from now!

Frozen Hot Chocolate from - SO fast and easy, you could be drinking this 5 minutes from now!

Now that it’s the full-sun, three-digit-temperature summertime, these frozen hot chocolate drinks are going to really come in handy.  If you’re interested in more awesome summer drinks that are alcohol-free and great for kids and adults, check out my ebook, 10 Summer Mocktails.  (The price is right, I promise!)

Want more?  Try these fun summer drinks!

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Frozen Hot Chocolate
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Just like hot chocolate, only cold!
Recipe type: Beverages
Serves: 4
  • 4 cups ice
  • 5 packets hot chocolate mix (about 0.71 oz each)
  • 1½ cups milk
  • whipped cream
  1. Fill a blender to the 4 cup mark with ice. Add cocoa mix and milk. Use the "high" or "ice crush" setting to blend for about 30-40 seconds.
  2. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream. (Makes 2 large or 4 small servings)

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 - 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.

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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 - Use fresh oranges and blueberries in this fun cookie!

Orange Blueberry Whoopie Pies from - 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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Orange Blueberry Whoopie Pies
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A cakey orange buttermilk cookie, sandwiched with fresh blueberry frosting.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 18
  • 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
  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.


Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites

These chocolate covered cheesecake bites are a fun and tasty treat!  Take this cheesecake bites recipe to the next level by dipping it in chocolate.

Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.comI always have mixed feelings about the end of the school year.  I love the routine of the school year, but the end of the year always feels like we are stumbling toward the finish line, gasping for air.

The Hippie Chick, with one week of school left, came home with about 5 days worth of math homework that she had apparently been saving up for a special occasion.  We had to cancel our family tv-watching night because at bedtime she was only about 2 pages into a 20 page math marathon.

And this girl hates math.  Which probably explains why she had been procrastinating so much.

Explaining math to her literally puts the whole family on edge.  Robb and I have to tag team the job, to avoid going postal on the family.  Not even the dog escaped punishment.

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It was lucky for her I made a batch of chocolate dipped cheesecake squares to nibble on through the evening.  They kept us both sane.

They don’t bother her new braces either, so double bonus.

Dipping things in chocolate is all the rage.  It’s like the trend that never goes out of style, because it’s always awesome.  I dipped these mints in chocolate.  And these peanut butter Buckeyes.

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It’s kind of fun to keep these little snacks in the fridge.  When the family comes home, fruitlessly searches the kitchen, and inevitably opens the fridge, they give you some oohs-and-aahs when they see bite-sized chocolate candies.

Then they eat a couple, walk away, walk back, eat a couple more, and before you know it, your hard work has disappeared into someone’s stomach.

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But the ups outweigh the downs.  Unlike math homework.

Now I’m kind of looking forward to the end of the school year.


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Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites
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Simple cheesecake, cut into squares and dipped in chocolate.
Recipe type: Candy
Serves: 35-45 squares
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • about 1 pound chocolate
  1. Melt butter, combine with graham cracker crumbs. Press into the bottom of a 9x9 pan.
  2. Combine cream cheese with sugar, egg, flour, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Carefully pour on top of graham cracker crust, and spread evenly.
  3. Bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes, until edges are brown. Let cool completely. (After cooling, I recommend freezing cheesecake for 30-60 minutes to make dipping easier.)
  4. Melt chocolate in the microwave, in 30 second intervals, stirring between each.
  5. Cut cheesecake into small squares, about 1.5 to 2 inches. Carefully dip cheesecake squares into melted chocolate, removing any excess. Place on a sheet pan lined with wax paper or parchment paper. Chill for about 15 minutes to set.
  6. Store in refrigerator, but these are best served at room temperature.


Butterscotch Blondies

Of all the blondies recipes out there, this is my favorite!  Learn how to make blondies with this simple one-bowl method.

Butterscotch Blondies from - A PERFECT basic blondie recipe with butterscotch chips.When I was a kid, my mom used to make these butterscotch blondies, which we always called “blonde brownies,” and which always disappeared really quickly.

Unfortunately, the recipe was lost, a fact which has not only caused me great angst, but also sent me on a blondie-recipe searching spree that lasted months.

Maybe years.

I was hoping I was close when I made these Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter Bars, and while they were delicious, it was not exactly the blondie I was looking for.  This recipe does not have any leavening agent in it, which makes the bars dense and gooey.

I wanted something slightly more cakey.

Butterscotch Blondies from - A PERFECT basic blondie recipe with butterscotch chips.

My mom found a recipe that was very close recently.  I made an adaptation or two, and voila!  The blondie of my childhood appeared before my eyes!

Mom used to make these in a sheet pan and cut the crust off before serving them.  Grandpa would always sneak into the kitchen and eat the crusts.  He always said they were the best part!  

I think he was also a little worried my mom would throw them away.

Butterscotch Blondies from - A PERFECT basic blondie recipe with butterscotch chips.

Since Grandpa recently passed away, this yummy butterscotch treat has been on my mind a lot.  And, once I made them, naturally, the first thing I did was remove the crusts.

And eat them.

I like to think Grandpa would be proud!

Butterscotch Blondies

Simple blondies with butterscotch chips.
Cook Time30 mins
Servings: 9 squares


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips


  • Combine butter with sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add baking powder and flour and mix until combined. Fold in chips.
  • Spread into a greased or lined 9x9 pan and bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes until brown. Let cool before cutting into 16 small or 9 large squares.