Showing posts with label easy desserts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label easy desserts. Show all posts

Cake Mix Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

This is the easiest cookie recipe yet. It is perfect for those times you crave a chocolate peanut butter treat, but maybe don't have all of the ingredients for a totally homemade recipe. This recipe only needs 4 ingredients.

I used a triple chocolate fudge cake mix, but you can use whatever chocolate flavor you prefer! 

1 box of chocolate cake mix

1 cup of peanut butter

1 egg

¼ c water

¼ c granulated sugar for rolling

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray lightly cooking spray. 

Combine the cake mix, peanut butter, water and egg in a mixing bowl.

Use a hand or stand mixer to combine.

Blend for 3 minutes.

Form small balls of dough and roll them in the sugar.

Place the cookie balls 3” apart on a prepared baking sheet.

With a fork, press into the balls of dough to flatten them.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges look lightly crackled.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the cookie sheet.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

This is the recipe I pull out when I have not been shopping and find myself out of an ingredient I might need for cookies, or when I just simply don't want to fuss with too many ingredients.

These have a great texture and a lot of great peanut butter flavor! You are sure to love them.

Have you ever made cake mix cookies? So easy and tasty!

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Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Dip

There is something about Brown Sugar that has completely stolen my heart over the past few months. It adds so much depth to recipes. When it is added to cream cheese? Watch out! Yummy stuff right!?

Roo is a busy boy in the spring. He has multiple sports which keep us running to soccer and t ball several nights a week for a few weeks as the end of soccer overlaps with the beginning of t ball. I always try to have a snack ready when Roo gets home to hold him over until we make it back home for dinner. A few weeks ago, I tossed some soft pretzel bites in the oven when an idea hit me. This idea turned out to be the yummiest thing to happen in terms of dipping for a long time!

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Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Dip
A sweet, creamy dip that is perfect for soft pretzels, cookies and crackers!
  • 6 ounces Cream Cheese
  • 2 ounces Water
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
Add 2 ounces of water and 6 ounces of cream cheese to a small sauce pan, heat until thoroughly heated and well blended.
Pour into a serving dish and top with brown sugar.Serve with cookies, crackers, soft pretzels, or bread.
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It is every bit as yummy as it looks! It is so easy to make and will be perfect for serving at parties! I think this would be great with bread too!

What is your favorite dip? Tell me all about it in a comment.
You might also enjoy this Easy Cheesy Chicken Taco recipe.

Gourmet Homemade Oreo Marshmallows

It was one of those days, the cupboards were growing bleak, the need to grocery shop was strong, but the interest wasn't there. I knew I could put it off another day. {Face it, shopping with two young children is not fun!}

After whipping up an easy peasy dinner, I knew that dessert was in order too. I had 3 ingredients on hand and this little bit of yum is what I came up with!

To make Oreo Marshmallows you will need:
White Chocolate

First melt your white chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 25 seconds or so until it is smooth.
Crush Oreos, place in a bowl.
Dip your marshmallow into the melted chocolate, immediately dip it into crushed Oreos. 
Set aside for about 25 minutes until the chocolate has set.

My family loved these! They were soft, sweet and had bits of crunch thanks to the chunks or Oreo cookies. This was an incredibly easy treat to make with a gourmet flavor perfect for kids of all ages!

Do you love gourmet marshmallows? Have you ever made something like this at home?

Double Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

Fancy Marshmallows are kind of becoming my thing. They are easy to make and they are always a hit with the crowd. 

If I have had a busy day and I didn't have time to bake or no bake something, I can whip up a few pretty marshmallows in 5 minutes flat and enjoy the oohs and aahhs from my family when I serve them.

Tonight I made a half dozen of double chocolate covered marshmallows.

This is so easy anyone and I mean anyone can make them.

You will need:

Large Marshmallows
Mini Chocolate Chips

I used 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips for the first coating and 1/4 cup for the second coating.

Place 1/4 cup of chocolate chips into a small dish, set aside for a moment.

Spray a very small microwave safe dish with cooking spray. Add 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir. Microwave for 30 additional seconds and stir. If the chips blend smooth upon the second stirring it is ready. If not, microwave for 15 seconds and stir, repeating as needed.

Dip your marshmallows into the melted chocolate then into the mini chocolate chips. Place on a plate and repeat until you run out of marshmallows or melted chocolate.

Allow the marshmallows to rest for about 30 minutes until the chocolate has hardened. Serve with a smile, store leftovers, on the odd chance there are any, in a ziploc baggie.

If you like chocolate covered marshmallows, check out my Chocolate Covered Marshmallows With Coconut recipe.

Nuts About Cookies Bark

When you have a very busy child underfoot and an infant to contend with the chances of baking a cake from scratch are slim to none. Too often dinner comes from the freezer or sadly it comes home in a brown bag and Styrofoam containers. Dessert? Think stale cake from the bakery. Plastic wrapped cookies. Yeah. I never claimed to be the perfect wife or mother. I seriously lack in the cooking department if you are seeking home cooking or from scratch cooking. Instead of beating myself up about not being June Clever, I realized that I don't have to make everything from scratch. This inspired me so I started playing around with ingredients I had on hand and I came up with a yummy dessert that took less than 5 minutes to create.

I came up with Nuts for Cookies Bark. It was nothing short of awesome! To create Nuts for Cookies Bark you will need:

Photo Credit: Sara Lehman.

10-18 crushed oreo cookies (I broke mine into chunks)
1/2 cup od pecans, crushed
1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips

Spray a microwave safe bowl with cooking spray. Pour chocolate chips into the bowl and microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until the chips are melted and can be stirred smooth.

Photo Credit: Sara Lehman.

While the chocolate chips are melting, place half of the cookies and nuts into the bottom of a container, you could use a baking dish or a cookie sheet. Pour the melted chocolate over the base. Top with the remaining cookies and nuts.

Photo Credit: Sara Lehman.

Allow to cool at room temperature for about an hour. Then cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about 2 hours so that the bark will set and harden properly.

Before serving, allow to set at room temperature for a few moments. Break into chunks and serve.

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Chocolate Covered Marshmallow with Coconut

We had another snow storm on Saturday of last week. While I watched the snow blowing from my window I decided to make a dessert that would take no more than 5 minutes to prepare and that would give us a little taste of the tropics to ease the pain of another winter storm.

Photo Credit: Sara Lehman.

To make Chocolate Covered Marshmallows with Coconut you will need:

1/2 a bag of milk chocolate chips
2-4 tablespoons of shredded coconut depending upon your preferences (completely coated, partially coated etc)
10 jumbo marshmallows
Cooking Spray

Start by spraying a microwave safe bowl with cooking spray.
Add chocolate chips to the bowl. 
Place your coconut in another small bowl.
Microwave for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until the chocolate chips are melted and smooth.

Dip a marshmallow in melted chocolate. Roll it in the coconut, set aside on a wax or parchment paper lined plate. Allow to harden, about an hour. You can speed this up by placing the marshmallows in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.

If you love chocolate and marshmallows- hop over to check out my Double Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Recipe.