Orangesicle Cookies & a giveaway!

Orangesicle Cookies

A sponsored post on behalf of Pillsbury.

If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know I love cake mix cookies.  The possibilities are endless.

Recently, Pillsbury asked me to try their new Orangescicle and Key Lime flavors.  Each comes in a cookie mix and cake mix, so you can choose.

Spring is here and the weather is starting to warm up.  I think these citrus flavors are a great way to celebrate spring and sunshine.  My kids loved the cookies.  My son said to me, “You know what these taste like? Those orange popsicle treats.”  Win!  They do taste just like orange creamsicles.  Yum!

Celebrate Spring with your family!

  • Make a day trip to the zoo more special by packing a picnic lunch with these cookies for dessert.
  • Visit a park or take a short hike in the woods. Be sure to bring along sweet cookies to enjoy.
  • Make playtime in the backyard more fun, by bringing out a plate of cookies and sharing them in the sunshine!

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I added vanilla baking chips to my Orangesicle cookies.  About 3/4 cup is plenty for one box of cookie mix.  Just follow the directions on the back of the cookie mix box, then stir in the white chips.

I’ve got a fun giveaway for you too!

Summer Seasonal Celebration Starter Reader Giveaway Kit:

  • ·         One box each Summer Seasonal Cake & Cookie Mixes
  • ·         Frostings (1 each of Creamy Supreme Key Lime and Creamy Supreme Orangesicle)
  • ·         $50 dollar Visa or American Express gift card
  • ·         Total estimated giveaway value: $60

To enter, leave a comment telling me how you’re planning to celebrate Spring with your family.  Giveaway closes on Monday morning 5/13 at 9am.  Winner will be notified by email.

You can follow the Pillsbury Baking Facebook Page and find Pillsbury Baking on Pinterest.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Pillsbury Baking.  I have been compensated for my time and provided with samples. All opinions are my own.

No Bake Cookies – ‘Healthified’

 

Recently, I had an intense craving for the classic no bake cookies. Chocolate, peanut butter, oats….yum! However, I wanted to see if I could give the recipe a little makeover, to make it a tiny bit healthier. I was able to reduce the sugar, sub out the butter for healthier fats and still have the delicious flavor I remember. I love when my ‘experiments’ work out! Of course, don’t get me wrong, this is still a treat and not a health food, but with all those oats and protein from the peanut butter…I just might have justified eating them for breakfast.  Okay, I totally ate them for breakfast!

No Bake Cookies – ‘Healthified’
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white sugar*
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 4 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup peanut butter*
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • *Notes – I used ½ cup sugar and ½ cup Stevia in the Raw – just depends on your preference. Any nut butter, or peanut butter replacement, such as WowButter or SunButter could be used in the place of peanut butter. A combination of quick cooking and old fashioned oats, or all quick cooking can be used if you prefer.
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, milk, coconut oil, and cocoa.
  2. Bring to a boil, and cook for about a minute.
  3. Remove from heat, and stir in peanut butter, oats, and vanilla.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper.
  5. Place in fridge to cool and set.
  6. {store in refrigerator since coconut oil melts above 76 degrees F}

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Using up Easter candy – Butterfinger Egg Cookies and more

Do you have some Easter candy to use up?  I know we do!

These cookies are a good way to use Nestle Butterfinger Eggs.  The chocolate dough gets rolled in sugar.  Then, after baking, the cookies get topped with a chocolate egg.  My kids loved these!

We’re just barely peeking into Spring now that it’s April.  It’s not too late to enjoy all that Spring has to offer – eggs, flowers peeping up, the smell of new grass, and of course Easter candy!

This is a good recipe for kids to help make.  Even young ones can unwrap the Nestle Eggs and set them into the freshly baked cookies.  Older kids can read the recipe and mix up the dough.  If you’re at the end of your Spring break, this would be a good activity to keep everyone busy.

You can find the recipe at Walmart.com.

There are a lot of other Spring recipes on Walmart.com as well, including fun cakes, Brownie Cupcakes and more.

There’s even a recipe for a fun Jelly Bean Easter Bark that is perfect if you have a bowl of jelly beans to use.  The colored jelly beans look so pretty in white chocolate.  There’s something about white chocolate that tastes like Easter to me.

Do you still have Easter candy at your house?

This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated for my time.

Candy Cane Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are one of my favorite Christmas treats.  This year, I had the idea to roll them in finely crushed candy canes, along with the powdered sugar.

The result is a deeply chocolate cookie with just the perfect hint of peppermint.  Small flecks of red candy cane make them pretty on the cookie plate.

I baked these up using Pampered Chef products for their 2012 Cookie Swap.  I love Pampered Chef.  The products are affordable and made for real people cooking at home.

I have quite a few Pampered Chef products already, but I was happy to try some new ones out.  The adjustable measuring spoons are fantastic.  I didn’t know if I would like them or not, but they’ve already become a favorite.  The cookie scoops are fantastic too.

And one thing really surprised me – the cookie sheet.  I’ve always baked my cookies on a baking stone.  That works great, but this time I used the cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper.  The cookies turned out perfectly.  No sticking.  No burning.  Just sweet perfection.  I’ll definitely be doing that again.

Below, you can see the assembly process for these cookies.  I didn’t roll the dough into balls, but just scooped it into the candy cane powdered sugar and rolled it around.  It made the process much quicker and easier than rolling all those balls.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Candy Cane Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.   [Read more…]

Apple Pie Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies

The baking season is gearing up!  Are you ready?

I love baking (and eating too), so I was really excited to get to try out Duncan Hines new Frosting Creations.  They’ve got quite a few flavors, including 4 new seasonal frosting tastes.  Our favorite so far, is the Gingerbread Frosting.  We ate most of the container with animal cookies.  Such an easy and tasty snack for fall.

Today, I’ve got a recipe to share with you that uses Apple Pie Frosting.  And I’ve got a fun giveaway from Duncan Hines and Wilton.  Keep reading to find out how to enter!

These Oatmeal Cookies start with a cake mix (you know I love cake mix), so they are really easy to make.  I spread part of them with the Apple Pie Frosting and part with Gingerbread Frosting.  Both were a hit with friends who were over for dinner on Friday night.

I’m really anxious to try the Peppermint Frosting with Devil’s Food cake.  There’s also a Pumpkin Spice flavor that would be good paired with chocolate.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Apple Pie Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies:  [Read more…]

Pumpkin Biscoff Monster Cookies


It’s no secret that I love oats. I recently confessed to having 6 boxes of quick oats in the pantry, because I’m apparently afraid of running out.

But I didn’t realize until recently that we as a country actually have a National Oatmeal Day – October 29.

These cookies are perfect for celebrating National Oatmeal Day or any day, for that matter.

These are an adaptation of the traditional monster cookie. Instead of peanut butter, which I don’t think would be good with pumpkin, I used Biscoff. The consistency is about the same as peanut butter, but it’s made with mildly spiced ginger cookies so it pairs nicely with the pumpkin.

This version of monster cookies is softer than the traditional monsters. But they are every bit as delicious. It also makes a monster-sized batch of cookies. You will be at the oven, baking for quite a while.

The good news is that the cookies freeze well. Because they are soft, I recommend freezing them in a single layer or in layers separated with wax paper.

Here’s what you’ll need to make them: [Read more…]

27 Things to Do With Cake Mix

The best cookies, bars and cakes that start with a cake mix.

When I first got married, I didn’t know how to cook, but I did know how to follow directions on a cake mix.   I’d fix a lousy dinner with a 9×13 cake for dessert.

Jim and I would still be hungry after the pitiful dinner, so we’d eat half the cake.  No kidding.  It wasn’t healthy, but it was cheap.  It worked for us then, since we were college students.

I’ve come a long way since then, but I still love a cake mix.  It’s a fast way to make all kinds of cookies, bars, cakes of all types…  The possibilities are endless.

Cake Mix Cookies and Bars

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Pina Colada Cookies

lemon pineapple cookies done

Lemon Pineapple Cookies with Pineapple Glaze

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Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies

chai latte cake mix cookies done

Spiced Chai Cookies with Vanilla Cream Frosting

butter brickle cookies done

Butter Brickle Pecan Cookies

strawberry lemonade cookies done

Strawberry Lemonade Cookies with Pink Lemonade Frosting

gooey turtle bars done

Gooey Turtle Bars

Apple Pecan Toffee Bars

tuxedo bars done 2

Tuxedo Bars with Buttercream Frosting

Cakes

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Streusel Cake

Maraschino Cherry Cake

Maraschino Cherry Cake

Cherry Limeade Cake - maraschino cherry cake with limeade frosting

 

Cherry Limeade Cake

Apple Cider Cake

Cherry Coffee Cake

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Double Chocolate Bundt Cake

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Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze

Coconut Cake

Pudding Cake

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Old Fashioned Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake in the Slow Cooker 

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake with Strawberry Icing

German Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Apricot Pound Cake

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Peach Pound Cake with Peach Nectar Glaze

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Chocolate Cake with Cappuccino Frosting

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Pound Cake from a Mix and 10 Ways to Top It

How do you like to fix up a cake mix?

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Holiday Cookie Swap & Cookie Cookbook Giveaway

I’m so excited to host this cookie swap with Liz from Hoosier Homemade and Melissa from Stockpiling Moms.

We love cookies at our house, but I have to admit that at Christmas I focus more on making candy rather than cookies.  This year, I want to change that up.  I can’t wait to see what kind of recipes you have for me to try.

Here are a few of our favorites:

CocoNot Cookies – Not a speck of coconut, but you’d never know it. Fun secret ingredient.

Aunt Gerry’s Pineapple Drop Cookies – A family favorite

Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Cookies – Very Christmasy!

Amish Oatmeal Cookies – Brown sugary yum and rolled in powdered sugar.  [Read more…]

Chocolate Chip Toffee Chip Cookies

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I love my husband.  First of all, he sometimes bakes cookies for us.  Secondly, he has brilliant ideas.  Like pouring Heath chips into the cookie dough.

Toffee chips make a classic even better.

[Read more…]

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Unfortunately, you only get to see a photo of the ingredients this time.  I completely forgot to take pictures of the cookies!

Let me see if I can paint a word picture for you.  They were round, lightly browned, chock full of oats and studded with plenty of chocolate chips, not too flat or too fluffy, the perfect amount of sweet.

I adapted the recipe from the back of the Great Value quick oats box, swapping out shortening for butter and using more chocolate chips than the original called for.

[Read more…]

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