Posts in the ‘In the Kitchen’ Category

Delicious Christmas Cookies, Part 3

December 22nd, 2011

I’m back with the final installment of my Christmas cookie recipes! These last two are quite yummy!

First up are my Nana’s delicious meringue cookies!

Forget me cookie recipeForget me cookie

The final cookie is a knock-off of the Girl Scout cookie, Caramel Delights (or I think some people call them Samoas). I don’t know about you but every year I buy at least one box of Caramel Delights every time it’s Girl Scout cookie season. Now I can have them whenever I want thanks to this blog!

caramel delights recipecaramel delights

Now if only I had a recipe for Thin Mints!

Delicious Christmas Cookies, Part 2

December 20th, 2011

I’m back with the next installment of delicious Christmas cookies as promised! I’ve got another family favorite paired with a new find from Pinterest.

I’ll start with the family favorite: Peanut Butter Kiss cookies. These are my husband’s favorites and they are quite delicious if I do say so myself!

PB Cookie Recipe

PB Cookies

And now the yummy new recipe I found via Pinterest from TidyMom.net. This may just be the easiest cookie recipe ever! I do think I pulled mine out of the oven a little early because they deflated quite a bit, but they’re still yummy nonetheless. I’m pretty sure you can make this recipe with any flavor cake mix so imagine the possibilities!

What new cookie recipes have you tried this year?

Delicious Christmas Cookies, Part 1

December 19th, 2011

Hey y’all! My sister, Sarah, and I spent last Thursday baking up a storm. I wanted to share with you all the delicious cookies we baked. Some recipes were old family recipes and others were brand new and found on Pinterest.

I’ll start with my all-time favorite cookie recipe – Oatmeal Raisin. I love the salty sweet flavor and can’t imagine Christmas without them! There’s nothing like Grandma’s cookies!

Oatmeal Raisin cookie recipe

Oatmeal Raisin

And now a new recipe – S’more Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies! Doesn’t the name just make you want to drool? I found the recipe via Pinterest at Picky-Palate.com. Mine didn’t come out quite as flat as hers and I only got 9 cookies out of the batch whereas she got 12 so I’m guessing I went a little big. And I used cinnamon graham crackers instead of the normal honey ones for a little extra something. They are freakin’ delicious!

I hope you’re ready because I’ve got two more installments of Christmas Cookie posts to share with y’all before Christmas!

What are you favorite types of cookies to bake?

Pink Elephant Baby Shower

October 13th, 2011

A couple weeks ago I threw my friend, Meg, a baby shower. I was excited to organize a shower for her not only because I wanted to give her a special day, but also because I’d never thrown a shower before and it looked like a lot of fun!

She’s having a girl, but she said she wasn’t planning on going overboard with pink. I decided that the color scheme I was going to work with was pink, green and gray. And I was thinking elephants. (Meg loves Dumbo!)

I had planned to make my own invitations, but stumbled upon these at Target and they were perfect!

Then I moved on to decorations. I knew for sure that I wanted to make a diaper cake. I followed one of the million tutorials I found via Google search. However, most suggested using a bottle of lotion or something in the center. I didn’t have one, but I did have some cake boards and an empty roll of wrapping paper. I just hot glued the roll to the board and it worked perfectly!

 

I also wanted to make her a baby blanket – something large enough to lay on the ground to play on. I’ve written a guest post tutorial that should pop up on my friend Joy’s blog, How Joyful, sometime this month.

 

The shower was held at a Mexican restaurant so I didn’t have to worry about food except for sweets. I can’t not make sweets for a baby shower. I’d been seeing Oreo pops popping up everywhere online recently and thought those would be a quick and easy thing to make. Then I also made some vanilla and chocolate cupcakes adorned with little green elephant cupcake toppers.

cupcake topper

 

I also made some really easy bunting from color copies from a Dumbo book but into triangles.

dumbo bunting

 

This was a super easy, thrown together baby shower and everyone loved it!

 

I can’t wait to plan my next shower!

Malt Shoppe Memories Ice Cream Cookie Cake!

September 26th, 2011

I’ve got a delicious (way too sweet but wonderfully yummy) dessert to share with y’all today!

Every year I get Betty Crocker calendar in the mail for FREE! I’m on their email mailing list and come December I just have to click a button that says I want a new calendar and it arrives in my mailbox a few weeks later. There’s a different recipe featured each month and last month’s recipe happened to be this delicious-looking ice cream cake. My husband requested that I make it (you know, seeing as how I was bored sitting around waiting for our little guy to show up). The request was most definitely not because he wanted to try the cake or anything. 😉

(I couldn’t find the right cookie mix, so I had to substitute with an alternative.)

I started by gathering all my supplies. And pre-heating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grease a 9-inch springform pan (definitely use a springform, not a regular cake pan.) Mix cookie mix, 1/2 cup malted milk powder, oil, water and egg until dough forms. Press 1/2 of dough into springform pan and press other half onto cookie sheet.

Bake for 12 or 13 minutes and then cool completely.

Once cookie has cooled spread hot fudge on top of cookie in pan. (The recipe calls for 1/2 cup; I just used the whole jar.)

In a bowl, break apart cookie from sheet and mix with crushed malted milk balls.

Sprinkle half of mixture on top of hot fudge.

In another bowl, mix vanilla and chocolate ice creams together with the remaining malted milk powder.

Spread this layer on top of crushed cookies.

Then layer on the frozen whipped topping. (Again I used the whole container which is slightly more than what the recipe calls for.)

Then top it off with the remaining half of the crushed cookie mixture.

Cover with foil and freeze for at least 5 hours. After impatiently waiting for 5 hours, remove side of springform pan, cut and devour!

Enjoy!