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Delish Desserts: Cookie Cake

Recently, Andrea shared that she made a cookie cake for her son’s birthday. I like to bake, but have never baked a cookie cake. Y’all, we are cookie cake people. I usually order them from Great American Cookie which is in our mall. Cookie cakes for all special occasions. For my birthday, I always say, “All I want is a card and a cookie cake!”

Lately, I’ve had more time to bake, so most Sundays Hadley and I have baked a sweet treat for Sunday dessert. I thought it would be fun to make a cookie cake as our Sunday treat a couple of weeks ago.

I will keep this post simple as Andrea shared about baking her cookie cakes using this recipe, so that’s what I did too!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c. room temperature, unsalted butter
  • 1 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, plus 1 yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Hadley is always big help in the kitchen. Hayden mostly prefers to be the taste tester πŸ˜‰

Instructions:

See Sally’s Baking Addiction recipe and instructions.

Finished Product:

We did not do homemade buttercream icing…although, I do love a good buttercream icing. We just used vanilla icing and sprinkles we had on hand. Hadley did most of the decorating!

Also, of note, not sure if we did something “wrong,” but the cake did rise a bit in the middle. It wasn’t flat like a cookie cake. That being said, it tasted delicious. Like most desserts, it barely lasted two days in our house!

I do want to try the recipe again and press the batter down more before putting it in the over. Also, not sure if Hadley had too big a scoopful of baking soda causing it to rise a bit more than it should have or not? I fall somewhere between novice and expert baker πŸ˜‰

Overall, the recipe was a success and tasted delish!

Have you found yourself baking more during this time? What are some of your favorite recipes to bake? I’m afraid “quarantine 15” may be real!

Happy baking,

Posted in Delish Desserts

Delish Desserts- Graham Cracker Pudding Recipe

I was digging through my recipe box (which I don’t use very often) and stumbled upon a favorite dessert that I hadn’t made in a while. I thought it would be perfect for our Easter dessert.

Trav’s mom gave me this recipe years ago, and I think she typically uses strawberry filling. Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of fruit fillings, so I use the pudding option!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 Tblsp. sugar
  • 1/3 c. melted butter
  • 1 – 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. whipped topping
  • 1 box vanilla pudding and pie filling
  • 1 box chocolate pudding and pie filling
  • **(Instead of pudding, you could use 2 cans strawberry pie filling)

Instructions:

  • Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter together in a small bowl.
  • Press into the bottom of a 9×13 dish.
  • Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, and whipped topping together (I used my hand mixer)
  • Put on top of crumb mix in your dish.
  • Mix the pudding (I used my hand mixer) in a small mixing bowl (**Each pudding box called for two cups of milk—but I just used two cups total)
  • Put on top layer of your dish.
  • Chill.
  • After a couple of hours, I spread the remaining whipped topping on top of the layers kind of as an icing. We also had mini chocolate chips, so I sprinkled some of top of the whipped topping.
  • Enjoy!
My helper. It’s always fun to lick the bowl!
Finished product! Delish

I hope this recipe is one that you’ll enjoy…It only lasted two days at our house! See you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites!

Take care,

Posted in Delish Desserts

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Last week, I was talking to my Gma on the phone, and she mentioned an easy peanut butter cookie recipe. The next day, as I was digging through my recipe card box, way in the back, I found a recipe that I had for “Magical Peanut Butter Cookies.” Like her recipe, it only had four ingredients! The kids and I made these on Tuesday, and they were so good.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. peanut creamy peanut butter
  • 1 c. sugar (I believe the recipe my Gma had seen used brown sugar; I used white granulated sugar) **You’ll need a bit more sugar for the tops of the cookies.
  • 1 egg (Make sure you have two small people who will fight over cracking the one egg…)<insert eye roll>
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350*
  • Grease large baking sheet (we ended up using two cookie sheets)
  • In mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla extract.
  • Stir well with spoon.
  • Roll dough into balls (walnut size) and place balls of dough on the baking sheet.
  • With a fork, criss cross the tops of the cookies.
  • Sprinkle the tops with sugar.
  • Bake for 12 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with a bit more sugar.
  • Cool slightly before removing from pan.
  • Enjoy!
Two little bakers!
Criss cross time
Enjoy!

Guess how long our 20 cookies lasted?!? Ugh. Quarantine 15 may be a real thing!

See you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites.

Happy baking,

Posted in Delish Desserts, Meals and Recipes

Zucchini Recipes

So…we (my husband) planted a small garden this summer. Two summers ago we (my husband) planted one, and we had a vast amount of cucumbers, zucchini, and green peppers. Last summer, we ran out of time in the spring to plant anything, so this year we (my husband) made it a priority to plant a garden again. I (really it WAS me–I’m in charge of watering!) gave all the crops equal love and attention…but what we have ended up with so far is: one decently sized cucumber, about three strawberries the size of my pinky fingernail….and TONS of zucchini. While on vacation, my friend Natalie stopped by to check on our dog Homer ….and took a peek at our garden. She texted me to say there was a huuuuuggggge zucchini that had grown and sent me a pic. When we returned home, I couldn’t believe what I saw sitting on our counter. The pic did not do the size justice.

We are zucchini farmers now. I repeat. We are zucchini farmers now. #itsasbigasababy

So–after sharing this pic on Facebook, a few friends reached out to me with a couple of recipes. With those two recipes + the help of Pinterest, we used this zucchini to make: zucchini bread, chocolate zucchini cake, zucchini casserole, and chocolate chip zucchini muffins….#allfromthisbadboy!

I thought I’d share those recipes with you.

Recipe 1: Zucchini Bread:

Well–I turned to Pinterest for this recipe, made the recipe with help from Hadley, was disappointed with the final product (I blame Hadley. Kidding. I think I forgot to drain the zucchini), and didn’t even get a photo of said failed zucchini bread. That being said, my people ate it…we just avoided the middle part. #keepingitrealoverhere I thought about trying to make it again…but…instead thought I’d turn to one of my favorite recipes of all time: chocolate zucchini cake.

Recipe 2: Chocolate Zucchini Cake:

My friend Courtney shared this recipe with me years ago. I hadn’t even heard of chocolate zucchini cake until she shared the recipe with me. I made it many times for years, but I guess I lost the recipe….until she sent it to me again (and gave me permission to share) after seeing the zucchini the size of a baby pic on Facebook. This cake is out of this world! No lie. Here’s the recipe:

 1/2 c. butter or margarine, softened 
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 eggs
1/2 c. vegetable oil
3 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 c. all purpose flour
1/4 c. baking cocoa
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 c. shredded zucchini (about 3-4 zucchini) (or 1/4 of a zucchini the size of a baby πŸ˜‰
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in oil and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and baking powder; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Fold in zucchini.
Spread into a greased 13x9 pan. Bake at 350* for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
**After it cools, I spread whipped topping on the cake as "icing."

I took a pic of the finished product, but then deleted it by accident from my phone. Believe me, the cake tastes even better than the pic I would have shared with you. #bloggingfail.

Recipe 3: Zucchini Casserole:

Another recipe shared with me was from my neighbor (and my friend Amy’s mom), Shelley. This casserole would be a great side dish. We had it to eat the other night with chicken we (my husband) grilled. It was a hit. Three out of four family members devoured it…and to be honest, I love her, but Hadley’s non vote doesn’t count because she lives on salmon, mac and cheese, and waffle with Nutella. Here’s this wonderful recipe (which by the way, kind of tastes like pizza…not kidding!):

2 medium thinly sliced zucchinis
sliced green pepper rings
sliced onion rings
tomato sliced thin
grated mozzarella cheese
bacon (I used about six slices of the microwave kind and chopped it up)
oregano, garlic salt, pepper

I used a smaller baking dish (7ish by 11ish) and began layering with zucchini. After the tomato, I sprinkled the spices, then sprinkled cheese, and then topped with crumbled bacon. I repeated the layers and toppings once more ending with shredded cheese and bacon.
Bake at 350* for 45 minutes.

This turned out so tasty! Also, I remembered to take a pic!

Your mouth is watering, isn’t it?

Recipe 4: Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (from Bake. Eat. Repeat. on Pinterest)

Hadley and I made these muffins together with Homer right at our feet. Just FYI- I had enough batter for 12 muffins and then ended up using the leftover batter to make 10 mini muffins since that’s the only other muffin tin I have (and wanted to bake everything at once). I baked the regular sized muffins for about 20 minutes and the mini muffins were finished in about 10 minutes.

Hadley’s a great baking assistant.
These muffins are Homer approved.
The final product: delish!

Who knew with a little water, luck, and love, I’d (we’d) grow an award winning (in my mind) zucchini?!

Give one (or two!) of these recipes a try!

Happy baking!

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