Over 30 Tasty Picnic Desserts

The past few weeks I’ve shared some great picnic ideas to keep your outside dining more interesting than the usual stand-by items. We’ve enjoyed Over 30 Delicious Recipes for Easy Picnic Food and 40 Perfect Side Dishes for Summer Picnics. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that this collection could never be complete without a round-up of picnic dessert recipes! So today I’m sharing over 30 Tasty Picnic Desserts, from those that are lighter and almost snack-like to the more decadent treats.

Muffins – they aren’t just for breakfast!

Muffins aren’t just for breakfast anymore! They make a nice sweet treat after a meal without being too sweet and heavy to toss a frisbee or hike or enjoy whatever adventure you have planned as part of your picnic. Try some of these on your next picnic, and if somehow you have a few leftover, then you have breakfast started for the next day!

Snickerdoodle Muffins

 Bars and Brownies for quick treats that travel way

Bars and brownies are perfect picnic treat because they can be made fairly quickly, spread into a pan, baked and you’re ready for your adventure!

Cookies are always a hit – picnic or no picnic!

Personally, cookies are one of my favorite desserts to pack for a picnic, trip or even a lunch. Many cookies can even be baked ahead of time and frozen so you could grab a dozen of several different types and bring a nice variety on your picnic!

Snacks and Mixes to please every crowd

And a few other treats just because they’re that good!

And just because they’re always favorites, why not whip up some cupcakes? Or bring a small cooler with some fudge in it for a decadent finale to your picnic!

With almost 100 picnic recipes including a nice collection of main dishes, sides and desserts, you should be more than ready to head outdoors and enjoy some great food and time with your family and friends. Why not start a picnic tradition? It may be weekly or the first Friday of each month or the 2nd and 4th Tuesday. Which time or specific location isn’t as important as taking the time to gather with your people and enjoying dinner in a slightly new and different way. Somehow a change of venue and a new menu can create memories that last a lifetime.

And let us know what your favorite picnic dishes are in the comments below. Even with all the recipes included in this little series it never hurts to have a few more new ideas. Happy picnicking!

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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14 ideas for using up Easter candy

Spring is officially showing up around our neck of the woods and we’re more than ready to enjoy all that Spring has to offer – eggs, flowers peeping up through the dirt, the smell of new grass, garden season, and of course Easter. I love Easter because it’s such a joyful holiday and I love any time that my family can gather together around the table and enjoy a good meal together. Of course, with Easter, there always comes a plethora of colorful candy!

I don’t know about you all, but during Easter, candy seems to multiply all on its own. Even if I don’t buy any, we always end up with a bunch of it laying around.  I enjoy candy as much as anyone, and Easter does bring out some delightful seasonal treats. (Cadbury Eggs, anyone?) But, after a while, I just want some creative, fun ways to turn it into something else and use up all the random candies laying around.  Thankfully, there are tons of things to do with all that colorful candy, and I’m loving this Easter Candy Roundup. I love seeing how other people use up their Easter Candy. Some of these are super creative and really easy too!

15 Ways to Use up Easter Candy

  1. Try out this Jelly Bean Bark
  2. Make up some Creme Egg Bark
  3. Enjoy this pretty Easter Egg Pretzel Swirl Bark
  4. Add to Krispies Treats
  5. Make Spring Puppy Chow (Better yet, use it to put a twist on these gift mixes and share them with friends!)
  6. Top these brownies with chocolate easter candies
  7. Make Peep S’mores
  8. Create Candylicious Junkyard Cookies
  9. Make up some Peep-Corn
  10. Bake some Peanut Butter Reeses Egg Cookies
  11. Try out an Easter Candy Bar Pie
  12. Kids love these “nests” from Haystack Cookies
  13. Turn these into Easter Monster Cookies
  14. Use Easter Candy in these Cake Mix Cookies
  15. Spiff up Frito Candy with a bit of spring flair.

Do you still have Easter candy at your house? I’d love to hear how you use it up!

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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…]

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

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.

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Cake Mix Cookies and Bars

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Pina Colada Cookies

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Lemon Pineapple Cookies with Pineapple Glaze

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Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies

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Spiced Chai Cookies with Vanilla Cream Frosting

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Butter Brickle Pecan Cookies

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Strawberry Lemonade Cookies with Pink Lemonade Frosting

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Gooey Turtle Bars

Apple Pecan Toffee Bars

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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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27 Things to do with Cake Mix

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.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

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.

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Butterscotch Cookies

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Have you joined the challenge to save money by eating from the freezer and pantry for a week?  I found that I saved $100 this week at the grocery store.  Jen L.  shared that she saved $70 this week. 

Saturday, this really lived up to the term “challenge” for me.  My son had a soccer tournament, which meant two games on Saturday.  It would have been so easy to pick up fast food for both lunch and dinner, but I resisted.  We pulled together a quick meal of soup for lunch and the crockpot came to the rescue for dinner.   Staying out of the fast food places probably saved us about $30 on Saturday.  I’m glad I have you all holding me accountable 🙂

I need a treat to keep me going.  These cookies come together from ingredients I usually have on hand.  They taste a bit like butterscotch blondies, only in cookie form.

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