Monthly Archives: August 2014

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!

scotcheroos-2014-3 Scotcheroos

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.

No-Bake-Cookies-1 50+ No-Bake Cookies & Bars

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.

peach-cobbler-3 Single Serving Peach Cobbler

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!!



Spiced Zucchini Crumb Muffins

Recipe zucchini muffins;  These chocolate chip zucchini muffins are full of spices and topped with a walnut streusel.

Spiced Zucchini Crumb Muffins from Lately, every time I go to my parent’s house, my dad asks me, “How many zucchini do you want?”

Dad loves to garden, and has grown zucchini and crookneck squash every year for as long as I can remember, barring a couple years when he lived in one state and worked in another.  I absolutely love zucchini, and have been known to eat just that for lunch on occasion.

But, you can’t have sauteed zucchini for lunch every day, and Dad sent me home with 3 of them this time, so it was time to get baking.

As much as I love chocolate, and wanted badly to make a chocolate zucchini bread or muffin, I’ve been trying to push myself into other flavors.  That, and the steady stream of rain which has made it feel like autumn, have convinced me to make something spiced.

It turns out, a spiced zucchini muffin with walnut crumb topping was exactly perfect for today.  And a couple muffins can be just as good a lunch as a plate full of sauteed squash, right?

Spiced Zucchini Crumb Muffins from

When I made this crumb topping, I totally copied Naomi at Bakers Royale.  This walnut streusel reached out and grabbed me, and seriously would not let go.  Other than the minor detail of my using raw walnuts rather than candied, this crumb is all hers.

Some ideas are just too good to mess with, says I.

Spiced Zucchini Crumb Muffins from Spiced Zucchini Crumb Muffins from

I should probably confess that I didn’t abandon my desire for chocolate entirely.  I threw a few chocolate chips in these muffins.  It was enough to remind me of the beautiful flavor of chocolate, without detracting from the spice.

It would be totally appropriate to throw in some chopped walnuts, too, although I didn’t.  Maybe next time.

Spiced Zucchini Crumb Muffins from

I going to need to make these a couple more times, before Dad gives me any more zucchini!

Maybe I’ll make chocolate zucchini bread next time!

Want more?  Check these zucchini recipes!

zucchini-spears-13Parmesan Crusted
Zucchini Spears
zucchini-recipes24 Zucchini
Zucchini Cookies



Spiced Zucchini Crumb Muffins
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A spiced muffin with shredded zucchini, and a walnut crumb topping.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 18
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ⅔ cup quick oats
  • about 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup finely chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup flour
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Combine oil and sugar. Add eggs and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and mix well. Add zucchini and oats and mix.
  3. Add flour, and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. (Batter will be runny.)
  4. For crumb topping, place all ingredients in a small bowl, and use a fork to mix until crumbly.
  5. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners. Fill cups ¾ full with muffin batter. Sprinkle a generous amount of crumb topping on each muffin. Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes.


Peach Cobbler for One

Peach cobbler recipe easy; This peach cobbler crisp is perfect for one person, and easy to make!

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DelMonteBTS

Single Serving Peach Cobbler from - This easy peach crisp for one is a perfect recipe for college students or other singles!School has begun and summer is officially over.

I’m always a little sad to see summer go, because I love the warm weather.  However, this particular summer was nuts.  Crazy.  Absolute chaos.  I’m kind of grateful to have a few hours of silence.

On the other hand, this school year is different than all the others.  My oldest son, The Lizard, is a senior this year.  It’s his very last year of school.  It makes me a little teary, and frankly, nostalgic for the first day of kindergarten.

We’re in the final stretch now, the last year of teaching this kid to be an adult.  I’ve got to be sure he can make his bed, and pay his bills, and feed himself.  Something besides ramen noodles and cold cereal, preferably.

Single Serving Peach Cobbler from - This easy peach crisp for one is a perfect recipe for college students or other singles!

Since I had to go to Walmart for new lunch boxes this year, I decided to get some healthy lunch foods for my nearly-grown, and always-hungry kiddos while I was there.  These diced peach cups from Del Monte were perfect.

They are great with a sandwich and some pretzel sticks.

They are also the perfect size to make a little dessert for one, so I got The Lizard to help me throw it together.  I don’t want The Lizard eating candy bars for dessert after he leaves home.  Not when this crispy peach cobbler is so easy to make, so warm, comforting, and delicious.

I started with a little peach cup, added some oats, brown sugar and butter, and voila!  Dessert.  REAL dessert.

Single Serving Peach Cobbler from - This easy peach crisp for one is a perfect recipe for college students or other singles!Single Serving Peach Cobbler from - This easy peach crisp for one is a perfect recipe for college students or other singles!

If you hurry, you can find a great deal at Walmart on these Del Monte fruit cups.  Create some back to school memories by getting a free back to school photo print at participating Walmart Super Centers, and receive a $1 off coupon for Del Monte products.

Here are the details: From August 1 – September 13, 2014, Walmart Print Shops are offering a free back to school photo, while supplies last.  When you pick up your back to school print, you will receive a coupon for $1 off the purchase of (2) Del Monte 4-pack fruit cups or (2) Fruit Burst Squeezers, while supplies last.

I love a snack food that works as part of a healthy breakfast or lunch, an after school snack, or a tasty dessert!

Maybe it will even help take the sting out of this final year of high school.


Want more?  Check out these fruity desserts!

Peach Limeade



5.0 from 1 reviews
Peach Cobbler for One
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A peach cobbler for one, with an oat and brown sugar crust.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1
  • 1 cup (3.75 oz) diced peaches
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoon rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • dash salt
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  1. Drain peaches and place in a ramekin. Add flour and toss to coat.
  2. Sprinkle oats and brown sugar over the top. Add salt. Cut pieces of butter on top.
  3. Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes, until crust is brown.
  4. Top with ice cream, if desired.


Sparkling Peach Limeade

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

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

grapefruit soda thumbGrapefruit Soda virgin-mojito-3Virgin Mojitos lemon-cream-soda-5Lemon Cream Sodas


Sparkling Peach Limeade
A sparkling peach and lime drink.
Recipe type: Beverages
Serves: 4
  • 3 peaches
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅔ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups ginger ale
  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.


Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies

Crispy chocolate peanut butter marshmallow brownies!  These brownies have a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping that will knock your socks off!

Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies from - fudgy brownies with gooey marshmallows and a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping!One of my favorite things about food blogging is the food blogging community.  I have made some awesome blogging friends, who like to talk about food photography and blog plugins just as much as I do.

One of my very best bloggy buddies is Carla at Chocolate Moosey.  And when I mentioned to her that I needed a killer brownie recipe for the upcoming family reunion brownie bake-off for eternal fame and glory, she suggested I try her Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies.

It was a brilliant suggestion.  They are amazing.

Which is why I’m sharing them with you today.  I made a couple small changes, to make them my own and all, but overall, this brilliant recipe is all Carla.

Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies from - fudgy brownies with gooey marshmallows and a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping!

The family brownie bake-off was a good time, by the way.  I still didn’t kick Maren’s butt, but I have high hopes for the next contest, which is all about cookies.

The big winner was actually Grandma.  No surprise there, the woman is a fantastic cook and baker, despite her inability to smell the amazing things she makes.  Her winning bar was very similar to this one, which is so addictive I literally had to quit making it.

I also attempted a second brownie, this one with a mint cheesecake swirl, but I never could get the thing to bake all the way through for some reason, and it was really too gooey to be enjoyed.  #foodbloggerproblems  We all have those days, right?

Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies from - fudgy brownies with gooey marshmallows and a crispy chocolate peanut butter topping!

What I love about this brownie is everything.  Honestly.  That crispy chocolate-peanut-butter topping is to die for.

One suggestion:  I have tried them warm and cold, and I recommend eating them cold.  The marshmallow is easier to eat, the topping has a nicer texture, and they cut cleanly into pretty little squares.  It’s a win-win.

Even if it didn’t win the family reunion bake-off.


Want more?  Check out these brownie recipes!

Cheesecake Brownies


 adapted from Chocolate Moosey

5.0 from 2 reviews
Peanut Butter Crispy Marshmallow Brownies
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A fudgy chocolate brownie, topped with marshmallows and a crispy peanut butter topping.
Recipe type: Brownies
Serves: 16
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 oz. chocolate
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup flour
  • 25 large marshmallows
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¾ cup crisp rice cereal
  1. Chop chocolate, and place in a bowl with butter. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth.
  2. Let cool slightly, then add eggs, sugar and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Add salt, soda, and flour, and mix well.
  4. Pour batter into a 9x9 pan, and bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven, place marshmallows evenly on top (I did a 5x5 grid) and return to oven. Bake an additional 7-8 minutes, until marshmallows are puffy and slightly browned.
  5. Let brownies cool completely.
  6. In a small bowl, place chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted. Add crisp rice cereal, and stir well. Pour over cooled brownies. Place in fridge and chill until topping is hardened.
  7. Cut into 9 large or 16 small squares.



No-Bake Desserts

There are more than 50 no-bake dessert recipes in this collection!  Try these easy no bake desserts.

50+ No-Bake Dessert Recipes from - all kinds of cookies and bars that require NO baking!

A lot of people think no-bake cookies are just for the summer, but not I.  I love a good no-bake dessert any old time of year.

I find myself making a lot of classic no-bake cookies lately.  It’s a good way to get rid of whatever I have laying around, like the coconut and the almond milk I bought for these Whole-Grain Coconut Waffles, or the walnuts I used in these Granola Bites.  Plus, they’re ready in minutes and can take care of chocolate cravings in a flash.

My kind of dessert.

This is what made me decide to bring you a bunch of quick and easy desserts that require no baking whatsoever.  More than 50 of them, in fact.  Just feast your eyes on this collection, and you’ll be no-baking your little heart out!

cookie-dough-bars-4-685x1024Peanut Butter Cookie
Dough Bars
from Shugary Sweets
from View from the Great Island


pumpkin-spice-nanaimo-bars-4Pumpkin Spice
Nanaimo Bars
from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
No-Bake-Dark-Chocolate-Haystacks-with-Macadamia-Nuts-vertical-blogDark Chocolate Haystacks
with Macadamia Nuts
from Very Culinary


RaspberryBars1Raspberry Bars
Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free
from Petite Allergy Treats
Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Krispie-Cheesecake-Bars-11Peanut Butter
Cheesecake Bars
from Food Faith Fitness


Cereal Bars
from Chocolate Chocolate & More
PB-Bars-2013-tall2b1No-Bake Peanut
Butter Bars
From Jen’s Favorite Cookies


Butter Bars
from Life Tastes Good
samoa-cookie-dough-barsSamoa Cookie
Dough Bars
from Beyond Frosting


Funfeitt1Funfetti Cookie
Dough Bars
from Chelsea’s Cookie Dough Bars
Chocolate-Chip-Peanut-Butter-Cheesecake-Bars-Taste-and-Tell-1Chocolate Chip Peanut
Butter Cheesecake Bars
from Taste and Tell


from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Frito Bars
from Julie’s Eats & Treats


No-Bake-Fudgy-Peppermint-Cathedral-Cookies-1137Fudgy Peppermint
Cathedral Cookies
from Chocolate Moosey
Thin Mints
From Back for Seconds


Healthy-Almond-Joy-Protein-Bars4-wm (1)Almond Joy
Protein Bars
from Happy Food Healthy Life
Brown-Butter-Churro-Crispy-Treats-Recipe-2Brown Butter Churros
Crispy Treats
from Law Student’s Wife


Lemon-Vanilla-Energy-Balls-2Lemon Vanilla
Energy Bites
from The Healthy Maven
Loaded-Reeses-Puffs-Bars-4-1labeledPeanut Butter
Puffs Bars
from Dinners Dishes & Desserts


No-Bake-Chocolate-Fridge-Cake-with-Raspberries-and-Almonds-on-gourmandeinthekitchen.com_Chocolate Fudge Fridge Cake
with Raspberries & Almonds
from Gourmande in the Kitchen
Cookies-Cream-Meltaways-5bCookies & Cream
from Lemon Tree Dwelling


easy-no-bake-granola-bars-9 (1)No Bake Granola Bars
with Nutella Drizzle
from Yummy Healthy Easy
(Peanut Butter Krispies)
from Jen’s Favorite Cookies


No-Bake-Banana-Split-Oreo-Dessert-1-1Banana Split
Oreo Dessert
from Inside BruCrew Life
Vermont Maple No-Bake Cookies 4Vermont Maple
No-Bake Cookies
from Kitchen Is My Playground


Kahlua-Hazelnut-Chocolate-Truffles-vertical-blogKahlua Hazelnut
Dark Chocolate Truffles
from Very Culinary
BlueberryBars1Blueberry Bars
Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free
from Petite Allergy Treats


No-Bake Cookies
from Shugary Sweets
Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Cracker-Bars-from-ChocolateChocolateandmore-47aChocolate Peanut Butter
Cracker Bars
from Chocolate Chocolate & More


no-bake-peanut-butter-corn-flake-cookiesPeanut Butter
Corn Flake Cookies
from Cupcake Diaries
Double-Chocolate-Cherry-Pistachio-Energy-Bars-1Chocolate Cherry Pistachio
Energy Bars
from Cupcakes & Kale Chips


granola-bites-1bPeanut Butter
Granola Bites
from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
PB-clustersPeanut Butter
from Valeries Kitchen


chocolate-coconut-pumpkin-barsChocolate Coconut
Pumpkin Bars
from Running to the Kitchen
cookie-butter-haystacksCookie Butter
Haystack Cookies
from Frugal Foodie Mama


no-bake-samoa-bars-stackNo Bake
Samoas Bars
from Nosh & Nourish
pbsmrs4Peanut Butter
S’mores Bars
from Back for Seconds


no-bake-cinnamon-roll-protein-bars-2Cinnamon Roll
Protein Bars
from The Healthy Maven
Breakfast Cookies
from Chelsea’s Messy Apron


bacon nutella krispie treatsBacon Nutella
Krispie Treats
from Simply Sated
Coconut-Cookie-Butter-Sandwich-Cookies-783x1024Coconut Cookie Butter
Sandwich Cookies
from Simply Southern Baking


5-min-granola-bars-682x10245-minute Peanut Butter
Granola Bars
from Fannetastic Food
Easy-No-Bake-Granola-Bars-RecipeEasy No-Bake Chocolate
Chip Granola Bars
from Back for Seconds


peanut butter almond no bake cookiesPeanut Butter Almond
No-Bake Cookies
from Cook & Craft Me Crazy
No-Bake-Chocolate-Blueberry-Bars-2No-Bake Chocolate
Blueberry Bars
from The Healthy Maven


Key+Lime+Meltaways+6bKey Lime
from Lemon Tree Dwelling
Krispie Treats
from Savour Fare


samoas-rice-krispie-treats-1Samoas Rice
Krispie Treats
from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
reeses-peanut-butter-cup-oreo-bon-bons1Peanut Butter Cup
Oreo Bon Bons
From Persnickety Plates


No-Bake-Cheerio-Peanut-Butter-BarsCheerios Peanut
Butter Bars
from Julie’s Eats & Treats
Nutella-Smores-Granola-Bars-4-1Nutella S’mores
Granola Bars
from Inside BruCrew Life


PB-BarsChocolate Peanut Butter
Granola Bars
from Spoonful of Flavor
circus-animal-cookie-barsCircus Animal Cookie
Dough Truffle Bars
from Beyond Frosting


pb-cheesecake-bars No-Bake Peanut Butter
Cheesecake Bars
from Cookie Rookie
Puppy-Chow-Bars-3Puppy Chow
from Dinners Dishes & Desserts


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Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies

This peanut butter and jelly cookie is perfect for back to school!  The kids will love this peanut butter and jelly cookie.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies - Peanut butter cookies sandwiched with peanut butter filling and jam.Y’all, my sister is back.  Remember when Em made her debut on this blog, with this Cilantro Lime Jalapeno Lemonade?  Today she is celebrating PB&J.  Just in time, too, since school is starting.

Take it away, Em!


“It’s peanut butter jelly time somewhere” I said, leaning over the sink, cramming a sandwich into my mouth.

Is it just me or does anyone else think that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches could end wars?  It’s like an acceptable way to eat dessert for lunch, which is funny because we’re adults.  We can eat whatever we want whenever we want to.  I still feel like I need to justify eating a PB&J though, which I do by telling myself that the protein is good for me.  (See how I completely ignored the vast amounts of sugar to focus on the protein?  I’m like the patron saint of sandwiches.)

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies - Peanut butter cookies sandwiched with peanut butter filling and jam.

I really can’t think of a food more universally adored than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches….except for maybe cookies.

While chocolate chip is probably the most commonly known and loved variety of cookies, I’m saying “give peanut butter and jelly a chance”.  Although, when it comes to these PB&J cookies, I really should be saying “give peanut butter and BUTTER and jelly a chance” because GOOD GRIEF is there a lot of butter in these bad boys!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies - Peanut butter cookies sandwiched with peanut butter filling and jam.

But let me tell you, they’re worth every calorie.  These are, without a doubt, the messiest and yummiest cookies ever.  If John Lennon were still around, he’d write songs about them.


Want more?  Check out these sandwiches!

grilled-choc-pb-sandwich-5Grilled Chocolate
Peanut Butter Sandwich


Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies
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A delicious peanut butter cookie sandwiched with your favorite jam.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 16
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup chunky peanut butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup quick oats
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ⅓ cup jam of your choice (I used strawberry)
  1. To make the cookies: heat oven to 350 F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper (or spray with cooking spray). Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and chunky peanut butter until smooth. Beat in sugars until well blended. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low speed, beat in flour mixture until just blended, then stir in oats.
  3. Spoon level tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Using a floured fork, make a crisscross pattern on top of each ball by pressing dough into flat 2¼-inch circle, about ¼-inch thick. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned at edges. Let cool on baking sheet 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To make the filling: In a bowl, with mixer on medium speed, beat sugar, smooth peanut butter, butter, and milk until smooth and fluffy. Spread 2 teaspoons of the peanut butter mixture on bottoms of half of the cookies. Spread jam on bottoms of the remaining cookies, using 1 teaspoon for each cookie. Sandwich together peanut butter-covered cookies with jam-covered cookies.




These rice krispie scotcheroos are easy to make and delicious.  Peanut butter rice crispy treats with karo syrup, and chocolate frosting.

Scotcheroos from - Peanut butter krispie treats with chocolate butterscotch frosting.Two years ago, these Scotcheroos were responsible for a krispie treat death match for eternal fame and glory.

Sound exaggerated?  Yeah, it is.  The death match was actually a family krispie-treat bake-off (or, more acccurately, no-bake-off) with biased judges and not-so-anonymous entries at the bi-annual family reunion.  And while we may claim eternal fame and glory, what we actually won more closely resembled a spatula and wooden spoon.

The krispie treat contest spawned a new family tradition.  At this year’s reunion, the contest was all about brownies.

I’ll be posting about the brownie bake-off soon, but in the meantime, I want to revisit my all time favorite krispie treat, the one that started all the hubbub, the krispie treat that could (and at times has) double as a birthday cake… Scotcheroos.

Scotcheroos from - Peanut butter krispie treats with chocolate butterscotch frosting.

If you’re at all interested in reading about the trash talk, unfair judging, and Fruity Pebbles, mint and peanut butter krispie treats, you can read all about it here.

Can I just describe to you why this is arguably the best krispie treat ever?  {Arguably, because OMG, THESE! which knocked my socks off.}

The biggest reason, besides the obvious heavenly peanut butter and chocolate combination, is corn syrup.

Scotcheroos from - Peanut butter krispie treats with chocolate butterscotch frosting.Scotcheroos from - Peanut butter krispie treats with chocolate butterscotch frosting.

Yes, corn syrup.  Because the presence of corn syrup means the absence of marshmallows.  Nothing against marshmallows, it’s hard to go wrong with cooked sugar, but I have just never really loved plain, old-fashioned, marshmallow krispie treats.  The corn syrup version gives a much softer, chewier, and in my humble opinion, far superior krispie treat texture.

As long as we are discussing ingredients, can I just say?  I think it’s a little weird that these are called Scotcheroos, because the only butterscotch in them is a half bag of butterscotch chips mixed with chocolate chips for frosting.  Mostly, they are peanut butter.

Then again, I don’t care what they are called, as long as they taste this heavenly and bring some eternal fame and glory!


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A peanut butter krispie treat with chocolate frosting.
Recipe type: No-bake desserts
Serves: 20
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 7 cups rice krispies cereal
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips
  • 6 oz. butterscotch chips
  1. Combine peanut butter, sugar, and corn syrup in a saucepan. Heat over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until well combined and sugar is mostly dissolved.
  2. Pour cereal into a large bowl. Pour warm peanut butter mixture over cereal, and stir until well combined.
  3. Press mixture into a 9x13 pan.
  4. Place chocolate and butterscotch chips in a bowl, and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and combined.
  5. Pour chocolate mixture over krispie treats, using a knife to spread evenly. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes, until chocolate is set. Cut into 12 large or 20 small bars.


Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

An easy chocolate peanut butter recipe!  These chocolate cookies are stuffed with peanut butter filling.

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookiesMy son and my nephew, Tank, are both the same age, and both attend the same local high school.  My kids normally take their lunches to school, but Tank  has to choose.  Sometimes he packs his own lunch, and sometimes he takes money for food.

He normally chose to spend his money on a slice of pizza.  Only, he didn’t enjoy the pizza.  At. All.  One day, he took his pizza, sat next to The Fruitarian, and said, “Another day, another terrible pizza!”  We still can’t figure out why he kept buying it, if he hated it so much!

Later in the year, The Fruitarian purchased a slice of that pizza himself, and reported back to us.  “That pizza really is terrible!”  He had to force himself to eat half of it, so he wouldn’t be too hungry the rest of the school day.


Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies

I’ll be holding Tank’s birthday cookies to a higher standard.  When I asked him what he wanted, Tank had the flavor combination all worked out.

He has seen his siblings get their own cookies for their birthdays, {remember these?  These?  And these?}  so I suspect he had been giving it some thought before he talked to me.

I was only too happy to give him exactly what he asked for.  And, truth be told, I was kind of excited to sample one myself!  Because chocolate and peanut butter are amazing.

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies

I chose to use a cake mix for the cookies, just to keep it simple.  When cookies involve extra steps, like frosting, cutting, or stuffing, it’s nice to make at least some of those steps easy.

If you prefer not to use a cake mix, a regular chocolate cookie recipe like this one would work just as well.  This is also an easy recipe to adapt for gluten free baking, using a gluten free cake mix, and gluten free powdered sugar to mix with the peanut butter.

My real goal with this cookie is to get Tank to say, “Another day, another terrific cookie!”  Think I’ll succeed?


Want more?  Here are more chocolate and peanut butter treats!

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Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies
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A chocolate cake mix cookie stuffed with peanut butter filling.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 2 dozen
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (any chocolate cake is fine, I used Devil's Food.)
  • ½ cup shortening or butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  1. Combine chocolate cake mix with shortening and eggs. Mix well.
  2. In a separate small bowl, combine peanut butter with powdered sugar. It should form a crumbly mixture.
  3. Scoop a spoonful of cookie dough into your hand, and flatten the middle. Drop a small amount of peanut butter mixture in the center, and wrap the chocolate dough around it, using more dough if needed, to seal up the peanut butter mixture completely. Repeat for each cookie.
  4. Place cookies on baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 9-11 minutes. Let cool 1-2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.


Mint Cake

This green mint cake is dense and flavorful.  Try this mint layer cake recipe for your next celebration!

Mint Cake with Vanilla Buttercream from - This green mint cake is dense and flavorful!The Hippie Chick had another birthday.  Why do they just keep happening?

She’s getting so grown up, and so beautiful, it makes me feel completely unprepared for the future that lies ahead of her.  What happened to my cute little baby girl?

While she continues to grow and change, some things never change, like her love of vanilla.  I hope you don’t think me a bad mom, but when she asked for vanilla cake for her birthday (again!), I totally talked her out of it.  I told her it’s boring (which is true), and that it’s been done to death (also true), and that I’m sure we could come up with something much more interesting this year.

After some back and forth, we finally agreed on this Mint Cake.  Mission accomplished.

Mint Cake with Vanilla Buttercream from - This green mint cake is dense and flavorful!

Here’s a little glimpse into my life.  Since Hippie Chick’s birthday is so close to her cousin Tank’s birthday, we celebrate them both together, and this year, the celebrating happened at Tank’s house.

This means I had to make the cake and photograph it before taking it to the big party.

Which means I had to cut a piece out of it.  {Perhaps you remember my feelings about that?}

Which means I had to take it to the party after cutting a big chunk out of it.  My poor kids.  Lucky for me, they don’t seem to mind this embarrassment.

Mint Cake with Vanilla Buttercream from - This green mint cake is dense and flavorful! Mint Cake with Vanilla Buttercream from - This green mint cake is dense and flavorful!

The bigger problem was that my car was in the shop, and we were borrowing a car which did not have working air conditioning.

And it’s July.  And the party is at 5 pm.

And did I mention that I live in the desert?

The frosting and all the beautiful white chocolate decorations were no match for the 95F degree heat.

Mint Cake with Vanilla Buttercream from - This green mint cake is dense and flavorful!

On the bright side, this kept no one from eating it.  Every piece was devoured, and I literally took home an empty platter.

An empty platter, and a bag full of birthday gifts for Hippie Chick.  Happy Birthday baby girl!

Mint Cake

A moist and dense mint-flavored buttermilk cake, with vanilla buttercream frosting.
Cook Time25 mins
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies


For Cake:

  • 1 box white cake mix (not prepared)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg + 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • green food coloring

For Frosting:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk or heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • about 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • white chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)


  • In a small bowl, combine sour cream, buttermilk, milk, and eggs.
  • In large mixing bowl, place cake mix, shortening, and half of the sour cream mixture. Mix well. Add remaining sour cream mixture, and mix well.
  • Add mint extract and food coloring. (I used a small squeeze of green gel food color.) Mix until combined. You may need to scrape down the sides and mix a second time.
  • Divide batter evenly between two greased 9-inch round cake pans, spreading evenly around each pan. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let cool before frosting.
  • For frosting, whip butter for 2-3 minutes until fluffy and white. Add remaining ingredients and whip well, until smooth and combined.
  • Frost between layers, and around the outside of the cake. If desired, garnish with white chocolate shavings.