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Desserts - Recipes

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER!

February 16, 2018

Okay, I know that this is a huge promise that not too many deliver on but seriously, I’ve been told, and I know, that these are some of the best of the best. This chocolate chip cookie recipe is one that my Grandma has been using for years and I guess I should ask her where she got it from.
These are chewy on the first, second, third, fourth, okay you get it, day. The trick is obviously keep them in Ziploc bag. If you like a crispy cookie, these can be your thing too. Just cook for 1-2 minutes longer and don’t store it in the bag the first day. They don’t get overly dry, and they are just heaven! Customize the ingredients to your liking.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!

These chocolate chip cookies are the best you’ll ever have.

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 10m
  • Total Time: 25m
  • Yield: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, your choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together your shortening and your sugars. Beat until it is light and fluffy.
  3. Add your eggs one at a time and mix until it is combined.
  4. Add your vanilla and water.
  5. Add your dry ingredients and mix until the dough has come together.
  6. With a spatula, stir in your chocolate chips. If you want the addition of nuts, this is the time to add them.
  7. Use a scoop and place dough on parchment lined baking sheets.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until it is golden on the edges. Transfer to a cooling rack and enjoy.
Combine your Crisco and sugars in a mixing bowl and cream together until it is fluffy. This to me is the all important step. If this step isn’t right then the cookies will be a little weird. FYI, that is a cookie term.If you like the addition of walnuts or any kind of nut to you cookie, add it. I think that’s what makes this recipe so great. You can add anything to these chocolate chip cookies and they’ll be absolutely delicious.
I line my cookie sheets with my Silpat and scoop out the dough with my ice cream scoop. These don’t spread too far because of the shortening so a lot can fit on a sheet tray. Bake at 350 for 9 minutes, a little longer or shorter if you desire.
When you remove them from the oven, let them cool on the tray for 2 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack. You can thank me later!

 

Christmas - Desserts - Holidays - Recipes

Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies

December 13, 2017

These molasses ginger cookies have been a staple of ours for the Christmas season. Grab the easy, delicious recipe here.I’m excited to be partnering with some of my favorite food blogging friends today to bring you a virtual Christmas cookie exchange. We all love Christmas Cookie Exchange Parties because you go to the party with one kind of cookie, but come home with dozens of cookies to taste! There’s nothing better than seeing all of the cookies out on all of their plates and getting to go around and fill up your bags with other people’s delicious recipes. Here are 40+ delicious cookie exchange recipes so you can find the perfect cookie to take to the party this holiday season!

Here’s my recipe, some delicious Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies! Who doesn’t love these warm spices during the fall months? These are always so good with a tall glass of ice cold milk. The trick to getting them flat is to push your cookies down before they’re in the oven so they can be pretty flat or else you’ll just get a big ball of cookie!

Ginger Molasses Crinkle Cookies

These ginger molasses cookies are sure to be on your holiday baking list for years to come.

  • Prep Time: 45m
  • Cook Time: 10m
  • Total Time: 1h
  • Yield: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • additional granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line your baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside a bowl of granulated sugar for later.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together your shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add your molasses and egg and mix until combined.
  4. Add all your dry ingredients and spices then mix just until it is combined.
  5. Lay out a piece of cling film and place your dough on it. Wrap into a ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. Take your dough and form it into balls and roll in the granulated sugar.
  7. Place on your baking sheet and press down gently with a cup to flatten the cookie.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes and place on a cooling rack after one minute for optimum chewiness.
These molasses ginger crinkle cookies have always been a staple in our house for the holidays as well as my grandmas Chocolate Chip Cookies and our Vegetable Dip. We’re pretty lucky to have a cook like her in the family. Check out below for more cookies in the cookie exchange!40+ cookie exchange recipes

Be sure to follow along on the Cookie Exchange Pinterest board for year round cookie recipe inspirations!

Follow Reasons To Skip The Housework’s board The Cookie Exchange on Pinterest.

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Andes Mint Cookies

Double Chocolate Mint MnM Cookies

Hot Cocoa Cookies

cookies 1

Peanut Butter Cake Box Cookie

Raspberry Almond Meltaways

Olaf Nutter Butter Cookies

cookies 2

Snowflake Meltaway Cookies

Chocolate Turtle Cookie

Candy Cane Brownie Blossoms

cookies 3

Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Cranberry Almond Shortbread Bites

No Bake Eggnog Cookies

cookies 4

Double Chocolate Rum Balls

Magic Cookie Bars

Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies

cookies 5 Rosettes

Mint Chocolate Truffle Cookie cups

Cornflake Christmas Wreath Cookies

cookies 6

Christmas M&M Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Easy Sugar Cookie

cookies 7

Jelly “Popper” Cookies

Key Lime Pie Bars

Gingersnaps with Dark Chocolate Chips

cookies 8

Maple Bacon Snickerdoodles

Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Chocolate Thumbprints Cookies

cookies 9

Christmas Tree Brownie Pops

My Favorite Things Cookies

Old-Fashioned Gingersnap Cookies

cookies 10

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Holiday Confetti Sandwich Cookies

Lemon Oatmeal Lacies Christmas Cookie

cookies 11

Snowball Cookies

Healthy Biscochos (Vegan, Raw, & Grain-Free)

Almond and Milk Chocolate Ganache Thumbprint Cookies

cookies 12

Porcelain Sugar Cookies

OREO Dipped Christmas Cookies

Rolo Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies {Gluten Free}

cookies 14

Chocolate Mint Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cookies

Giant Monster Cookies

Crispy Coconut Pecan Butter Cookies

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Candy Cane Sugar Blossoms

Candy Cane Frosted Sugar Cookies

 

Desserts

Cars 3 Candy Popcorn Recipe

November 7, 2017

Cars 3 was released today on DVD/Blue-ray and so it couldn’t be more fitting that
I share with you this Cars 3 candy popcorn recipe. 

This post contains affiliate links. 

No one is more excited for Cars 3 than Mr. Malakai. He loved the preview but he was just too small to enjoy it in theaters. He now lives for movies. He’s always asking for more and I’m happy to oblige when I have other things to do in the house. Just add your favorite candy and salty chips to any microwave popcorn and it’s the perfect movie snack. For this recipe I added some mini Kit Kat, Sour Patch Kids, Peanut Butter M&M’s and Red Hots. Just find any combination you like to make this yummy candy popcorn recipe your own.We had the opportunity to head to the Cars 3 Road to the Races event and we had a lot of fun as a family. The preview of the movie was the derby scene and it was so fun to see the expressions on all the cars’ faces. 

Cars 3 Candy Popcorn Recipe

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 2m
  • Total Time: 7m
  • Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 package microwave popcorn
  • 1 cup ruffled potato chips
  • 1/4 cup Sour Patch Kids
  • 1/4 cup mini Kit Kat
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter M&M's
  • 1/8 cup Red Hots

Instructions

  1. Microwave your popcorn packet for 2 minutes. Lay on a sheet pan to cool. Allow it to cool for 5 minutes until it's cool to the touch.
  2. Add in your favorite candy and chips, toss to mix.
  3. Place it in a serving bowl and enjoy!
Don’t be afraid to add your own spin to this recipe. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how good this candy popcorn recipe is. Don’t forget to grab the movie here on Amazon or head to your local store to get it today!

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Desserts

Banana Cream Pie Recipe with World Market

September 12, 2017

This Banana Cream Pie recipe is a delight with chocolate ganache and homemade Bahlsen Leibniz Biscuit crust. This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market and all opinions are my own. Read to the end so you can enter to win the Holiday Getaway sweepstakes. Make this delicious Banana Cream Pie recipe with ingredients from World Market #ad #WorldMarketTribe #HolidayGetawayThis post contains affiliate links.

This recipe is a labor of love and it’s well worth the time and effort. I got most of the ingredients from Cost Plus World Market in their baking product section minus the Bahlsen biscuits that I grabbed in the cookie and cake aisle.Make this delicious Banana Cream Pie recipe with ingredients from World Market #ad #WorldMarketTribe #HolidayGetaway You’re going to want to start with preparing your pudding. Take your pudding packets and place them in a saucepan. Add your sugar and milk and heat it on medium heat. Before it started thickening, I added one pureed banana for flavor. You can whisk the pudding by hand but it may end up clumpy while it cools so I recommend using a handheld mixer.Once your pudding has thickened, transfer it to a cool bowl and cover the top with some cling film. Place it directly on the pudding to avoid a skin forming. Let it set in the fridge for 2 hours.Next is your crust (and the best part), take a package of Balshen Liebetz Butter Cookies and pulse them to a crumb. Melt your butter and add your cookie crumbs along with the sugar and mix. Place it in a pie tin and bake for 5-7 minutes until golden.Make this delicious Banana Cream Pie recipe with ingredients from World Market #ad #WorldMarketTribe #HolidayGetawayMake this delicious Banana Cream Pie recipe with ingredients from World Market #ad #WorldMarketTribe #HolidayGetawayMake this delicious Banana Cream Pie recipe with ingredients from World Market #ad #WorldMarketTribe #HolidayGetawayMake this delicious Banana Cream Pie recipe with ingredients from World Market #ad #WorldMarketTribe #HolidayGetawayMake this delicious Banana Cream Pie recipe with ingredients from World Market #ad #WorldMarketTribe #HolidayGetawayMake this delicious Banana Cream Pie recipe with ingredients from World Market #ad #WorldMarketTribe #HolidayGetawaySet it aside and allow it to cool. Now let’s make the ganache. Heat up your cream in a small saucepan and pour it over your Guittard Chocolate Chips. Cover it for 5 minutes and then stir until it’s all combined. If your chocolate starts to cool before it’s incorporated into the cream, pop it in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time.Pour 1/8-1/4 cup of chocolate ganache over your cookie crust. You want to then swirl the pie pan so that the ganache covers the sides of the crust. You want just a light coating of the ganache. Refrigerate for 15 minutes so it can solidify.Remove the crust from the fridge and thinly slice two bananas. You’ll want to place those slices directly onto the ganache. Next, add the pudding to the top of the banana slices. Place some cling film over the pudding and chill until you’re ready to serve.

Once you’re ready to serve your delicious Banana Cream Pie, add freshly whipped cream to the top. Make it even more decadent and add some banana chips for a little added texture.

Yum! You’ve got a delicious Banana Cream Pie recipe that your family will rave about for years.

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Banana Cream Pie Recipe

Make this delicious Banana Cream Pie recipe with ingredients from World Market #ad #WorldMarketTribe #HolidayGetaway

  • Prep Time: 4h
  • Cook Time: 30m
  • Total Time: 4h 30m
  • Serves: 8
  • Yield: 9" pie

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, sliced

Whipped Cream

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Ganache

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup Guittard Milk Chocolate Chips

Banana Pudding

  • 1 banana, pureed
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 packages vanilla pudding
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

Crust

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 package Bahlsen Butter Biscuits
  • 1/4 cup banana chips, optional

Instructions

Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Pulse your Bahlsen Butter Biscuits to crumbs. Mix with your sugar and melted butter. Press into a 9" pie pan and bake for 5-7 minutes, until golden brown. Set aside to cool.

Banana Pudding

  1. Prepare your packaged pudding according to package directions. Before the mixture comes to a boil, add in your pureed banana. Stir well and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Ganache

  1. Heat your cream on medium heat until hot, pour over your chocolate chips and cover for 5 minutes. Mix well and set aside for 15 minutes.

Assembly

  1. Once your biscuit crust is cool, pour about a 1/4 cup of ganache over the top. Swirl your crust so that the ganache covers the side of the crust. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. After your ganache has set, place the sliced bananas over the ganache. Add the pudding on top of the bananas and refrigerate until you're ready to serve.
  3. Mix your sugar and heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Spread or pipe the whipped cream on top of the pudding and place the banana chips for extra decoration. Serve along side the leftover ganache. This will stay well in your fridge for a day but it's best to prepare it the day of because the bananas may turn.

Desserts - Fourth of July

Patriotic Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats

June 26, 2017

Make these delicious Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats for your next Patriotic gathering.
The perfect kid-friendly recipe.
Patriotic Rice Krispie Treats

I live for Rice Krispie Treats and I love to personalize them any way I can. These are the perfect addition to any patriotic get-together and combine the Red, White and Blue seasonal Rice Krispies with the patriotic M&M’s. They’re not too sweet and that’s why I love them.Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats Recipe-1-2Begin with melting your stick of salted butter and a 10 oz. bag of marshmallows in a deep pan. Once they are melted together, turn off the heat and add your cereal. Stir well to combine it all. Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats Recipe-1On a sheet pan, spray it with some non-stick spray and pour your package of red, white and blue M&M’s and spread them out evenly. Once your cereal is combined with the marshmallows and butter, pour it over the top of your M&M’s. Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats Recipe-1-3Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats Recipe-1-4I like to take either wet hands to press it down or place a piece of parchment paper over the mixture and use a measuring cup to press it down. Allow our mixture to set until it is cool.Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats Recipe-1-5Turn it over onto a sheet of parchment paper and cut it up into squares and serve. They’re so fun, especially for the Fourth of July. Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats Recipe-1-9Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats Recipe-1-11Leave a comment and let me know if you’ve tried this recipe yourself and what other combinations you’d like to see. Thanks so much for following along and have an awesome Summer season. Have fun making these Patriotic Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats!

Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 5m
  • Total Time: 10m
  • Yield: 24 squares

Ingredients

  • 1 stick of salted butter
  • 1 10 oz. bag, marshmallows
  • 1 box, Red, White and Blue Rice Krispies
  • 1 bag, Red, White and Blue M&M's

Instructions

  1. Spray your sheet pan with non-stick cooking spray and pour bag of M&M's evenly over the pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, add butter and marshmallows and heat over medium until they are melted and combined. Turn off the heat and add your cereal. Mix until it is well combined.
  3. Pour your cereal mixture over the M&M's and allow it to set completely. Turn over onto parchment when they've cooled and cut into serving squares.

Desserts - Recipes

Vanilla Bean Blondie Milkshake

May 2, 2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. All opinions are mine alone. #BlueBunny #SoHoppinGood #CollectiveBias

This vanilla bean blondie milkshake will be up there with some of the best and sweetest desserts you’ve ever had. Run to Walmart and grab the supplies.
Vanilla Bean Blondie Milkshake recipe

Sometimes I make things that are super tasty. This vanilla bean ice cream and blondie milkshake is one of those things. I used the new Blue Bunny® Ice Cream Cakes available at Walmart and added some more blondies and caramel to the mix.Create a delicious ice cream shake using Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cakes (1 of 1)For more than 80 years, Blue Bunny® has been bringing delicious ice cream made with fun, fresh ingredients to families—adding a little playfulness to any occasion and perfect for bringing the whole family together. This is exactly why I knew I wanted to create this delicious recipe using their ice cream.Create a delicious ice cream shake using Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cakes (1 of 1)-4We will first begin with preparing your milkshake! Take the Blue Bunny® Vanilla Bean Blondie cake and allow it to soften just a bit. Place that in your blender along with some milk and toffee bits.Create a delicious ice cream shake using Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cakes (1 of 1)-2Next after we’ve buzzed up our milkshakes, we’ll prepare our cups. Grab some cookie butter and spread it on the rim of your cup. I placed the sprinkles on a paper plate to make the rolling easier.Create a delicious ice cream shake using Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cakes (1 of 1)-3Now drizzle your caramel syrup inside the rim and allow it to drip down the glass.Create a delicious ice cream shake using Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cakes (1 of 1)-11Pour your delicious Blue Bunny® Vanilla Bean Blondie Milkshake into your glass and top with whipped cream, more sprinkles and some extra blondies if you’ve got them.Create a delicious ice cream shake using Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cakes (1 of 1)-10The new Blue Bunny® treats give classic flavors a fun, unique twist and are perfect treats for the entire family! Be sure to try some of their newest releases of flavors, like Toffee Brownie Twist™ and Monster Cookie Mash available at Walmart nationwide. For more great recipes, be sure to head on over to Blue Bunny®.

Create a delicious ice cream shake using Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cakes (1 of 1)-7

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Blondie Milkshake

  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Total Time: 20m
  • Yield: 3 Shakes

Ingredients

  • 1 Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cake in Vanilla Bean Blondie
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Toffee Bits
  • 2 tablespoons Cookie Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Sprinkles of your choice
  • 1 can, whipped cream
  • caramel syrup

Instructions

  1. Place your softened Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cake into the blender with your milk and toffee bits. Blend until mixed well.
  2. Spread some cookie butter on the rim of your glasses with a knfe and then dip into the sprinkles. Run the caramel syrup around the inside of your cup and allow it to drip down.
  3. Pour your milkshake into the prepared glass and top with whipping cream and enjoy!

Desserts - Recipes

Make your very own Creamsicles!

April 3, 2017

Homemade creamsicles are a staple in our house. Use tart tangerine juice to get that perfect creamsicle flavor.Make your very own creamsicles with this easy recipeThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

My very favorite popsicle growing up was a creamsicle. With the tart orange flavor paired with the smooth vanilla custard, it was heaven for me while I sat on my porch in Beaverton, Oregon. But now I can make my very own creamsicles at home. It was so easy and they’re delicious.Make your very own homemade creamsicles. So delicious and only 4 ingredients!

You’ll need:

  • half & half
  • heavy cream
  • tangerine juice (I bought mine at Trader Joe’s but you can use Natalies) *they make TJ’s juice, fyi)
  • < popsicle mold

Make your very own homemade creamsicles. So delicious and only 4 ingredients!

Homemade Creamsicles

Make your very own homemade creamsicles. So delicious and only 4 ingredients!

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 4h
  • Total Time: 4h 5m
  • Yield: 6 creamsicles

Ingredients

  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup tangerine juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a spouted bowl and pour into your popsicle molds.
  2. Freeze for at least 4 hours. Run under warm water to release the pop from the mold and enjoy.
Make your very own homemade creamsicles. So delicious and only 4 ingredients!Enjoy!!Make your very own homemade creamsicles. So delicious and only 4 ingredients!

Desserts - Easter

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

March 13, 2017

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats are delicious but even better in Easter form. Use your favorite Easter Bunny cookie cutter and make these look like the real deal.Peeps rice krispie treats recipeThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Oh my gosh! These are so good and not too overly sweet. Our kids love these as a fun Easter snack. I’m going to show you how to create your own Peeps Rice Krispie Treats for Easter.
Easter kids dessert recipeSupplies – 

Easter Rice Krispies with PeepsBegin by melting one package of Peeps, 1/4 cup of butter and 2 cups of marshmallows. I used the microwave to melt the ingredients together and once it came out, I gave it a good stir. Make rice krispies with peepsNext, add 2 cups of Rice Krispie cereal and mix it well. You’ll then pour it onto a 1/4 sheet pan. To press down the treats easily, wet your hands a little. It’ll make the mixture not as hot to the touch and you’ll have no marshmallows stuck to your hands afterwards. peeps recipesAllow the mixture to cool and cut out as many bunnies as you can. I got 8 out of each 1/4 sheet pan. Now take your black writing gel and place three dots to represent the eyes and the nose of the bunnies. Now they look just like giant peeps and taste delicious.fun kids easter treatsSometimes I find Peeps overly sweet because of the sugar coating so I’ve found that mixing them with more regular marshmallows makes them more tolerable to eat a larger amount. ?

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

  • Prep Time: 5m

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • 2 cups marshmallows
  • 1 package Peeps (any color)
  • 1/4 cup butter

Instructions

  1. Melt the marshmallows, peeps and butter in the microwave in a large bowl. Melt for 1 minute then remove and stir to combine. Add in your 2 cups Rice Krispie cereal and stir.
  2. Add into a greased 1/4 sheet pan and wet your hands to press down.
  3. Cut into desired shape and add a face using the black writing gel.