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3 Ingredient Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

24 Sep

I thought these cookies were really tasty, and so did my toddler. They were super easy to make, you can’t beat 3 ingredients! They are low fat too. I packaged them in snack size bags and stored them in the freezer. They freeze really well.

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Source: Yummy Healthy Easy

1 box spice cake mix
1 15 oz can pureed pumpkin
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix and pumpkin. Stir in the chocolate chips. Using a cookie scoop, scoop dough onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire cooking rack.

pumpkin cookies

Copy Cat Peanut Butter Patties

20 Jan

It’s that time of year again….time for Girl Scout cookies. I haven’t ordered any this year yet, but I’m sure I will before it’s all said and done. My favorite Girl Scout cookies are the Peanut Butter Patties, or Tagalongs as they’re called now. My husband and I both thought these tasted very much like the real thing. They were so simple to make, just 4 ingredients!

Copy Cat Peanut Butter Patties
Source: Plymouth Pantry package

24 oz package chocolate almond bark
3 sleeves Ritz crackers
peanut butter

Melt almond bark with shortening according to package (I used a double boiler). Take 2 crackers, spread generous amount of peanut butter and make a sandwich with them. Dip peanut butter cracker sandwich in melted chocolate, covering all sides. Place on waxed paper and let harden.

copy cat peanut butter patties

Classic No Bake Cookies

12 Aug

I love this recipe for no bake cookies, I have been making it for years now. I decided to make these today after a failed Pinterest recipe! I tried to make a healthy version of no bakes, called skinny monkey cookies. They were made of oats, cocoa, bananas, peanut butter, and applesauce. They were terrible!! I actually ended up throwing them away. I like to try healthier recipes, but sometimes the classic recipe is the best. I found this recipe in a cookbook from a bank.

No Bake Cookies
Source: Kitchen Keepsakes from the Labette Bank Family; Karen Tanner

1 stick margarine
1/2 cup milk
2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat to boil the margarine, milk, sugar, and cocoa. Boil 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, peanut butter, and oats. Stir well. Drop on waxed paper until set.


Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

17 Sep

My husband and I both love Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, so when I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it. I thought it was really good! Strangely enough, he didn’t think they were anything special. Next time I make them, I will leave out the extra chocolate chips in the batter. I would like to taste more of the blondie + the peanut butter cups. The chocolate chips added to the batter in my opinion are a little overboard in the chocolate department….if you can believe that 🙂

Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

Source: Alida’s Kitchen, adapted  from Cooking Light


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/3 cup natural peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 tablespoons skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup milk or semisweet chocolate chips
4 (0.75-ounce) peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped
Cooking spray
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray 9 x 9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.  Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk to combine the flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt (if using).
  3. In a separate medium bowl, stir to combine the peanut butter, butter, milk, vanilla and eggs. 
  4. Add peanut butter mixture to dry ingredients, and gently stir until combined.  Fold in chocolate chips until combined (do not over mix).
  5. Pour batter in prepared baking dish.  Arrange peanut butter cups over batter.
  6. Bake for 19 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging.  Cool in pan on a wire rack.


Avalanche Bark

11 Aug

I have seen this recipe floating around the internet and thought it looked delicious. I was right. I don’t know how you could go wrong with a combo of Rice Krispies, white chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and marshmallows. What I loved about this recipe is that you don’t have to heat up your stove to prepare it, just pop it in the microwave! This recipe is very rich, and very delicious!



Avalanche Bark

Source: Family Favorite Recipes


1 (12 oz) package of white chocolate chips

2 heaping tablespoons creamy peanut butter

3 cups Rice Krispies cereal

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows


In a large, microwave safe bowl, melt white chocolate chips with peanut butter for about 40 seconds. Stir together until the white chocolate chips are melted.

Add Rice Krispies and stir until combined. Set aside for about 10-15 minutes, or until mixture becomes room temperature.

Add mini chocolate chips and mini marshmallows, stirring until all combined. Grease a 9×13 in pan (I used an 8×8) and press mixture down into pan. Do not press too hard, you might crush the cereal.

Place in fridge for about 30 minutes, or until hardened. Cut into squares.



Cake Batter Crispy Treats

19 Jun

I had been avoiding carbs the last 5 days, until I saw this recipe. I blame this recipe for falling off the diet wagon once again. I must say, I think it was worth it, the cake batter crispy treats were delicious! I was expecting the cake batter taste to be a tad more intense, so I think next time I might increase the cake mix. Make these, you won’t be disappointed  🙂


Cake Batter Crispy Treats

Source: how sweet it is, adapted from Rice Krispies

3 tablespoons butter

1 (10 oz) bag of mini marshmallows

1/4 cup yellow cake mix

6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

1 (1.75 oz) container of sprinkles

Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until they begin to melt. Add one spoonful of dry cake mix to marshmallows at a time, until all is incorporated. After the marshmallow mixture is completely melted, add Rice Krispies. Stir until cereal is completely coated with marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and mix well. Press into a greased 9×13 in pan, and top with remaining sprinkles. Let sit for about 30 minutes before cutting.

Hillary Clinton’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

26 Mar

I needed a dessert to take to a family get together and found this recipe online. I happened to have all the ingredients on hand to whip these up. The good thing about these cookies, is that they don’t use any butter. The bad thing is, they require shortening which is not exactly great for you (not that butter is). These are definitely not diet friendly. I sampled one and sent the rest out the door! I don’t know if this is actually Hillary’s recipe, but they were very good.

Hillary Clinton’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Source: Allrecipes


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup shortening

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 cups rolled oats

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Brush baking sheets lightly with vegetable oil.
  2. Combine flour, salt and baking soda on waxed paper.
  3. Beat together shortening, sugars and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in rolled oats and then chocolate chips.
  5. Drop batter by rounded teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or till golden. Cool cookies on sheets for 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.


Sugar Cookie Bars

4 Mar

My cousin Sarah is getting married and I am throwing her a bridal shower next month. Her fiance is a “real cowboy”, he even works on a ranch in Kansas. I thought it would be fun to throw Sarah a cowgirl themed shower. I wanted the menu to reflect simple country charm. I have been trying recipes out for the shower to see if they might work. These sugar cookie bars were delicious, they just might make the cut to be on the menu.

Sugar Cookie Bars

Source: Love and Olive Oil



1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup butter; at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
5 tablespoons milk
food coloring, if desired

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.

In a separate bowl sift together flour, salt, and baking soda. Slowly add to butter mixture and mix just until combined. Grease a large rimmed baking sheet (a 13×18 or 10×15 jelly roll pan) or line with parchment paper. Gently and evenly spread out batter onto sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-15 minutes until light golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake, you want these to be moist. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

To prepare frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Mix in vanilla and salt. Add powdered sugar (1 cup at a time) until combined, then add milk & mix until smooth and spreadable. Add a few drops of color, if desired. Spread over cooled cookie, then cut into bars.

Chewy Brownie Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

16 Feb

Chewy brownie peanut butter chip cookies… that’s a mouthful! What’s not to love about a brownie like cookie? I subbed half of the all purpose flour with whole wheat, and they turned out great. Next time I make them, I may get brave and just use all whole wheat flour. I happened to have all the ingredients on hand, so I whipped these up this afternoon. I’m sure glad I did, they were delicious!

Chewy Brownie Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Source: Baking Bites


2 cups all purpose flour

2/3 cup cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups combo of chocolate chips and peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. With the mixer on low, beat in the flour mixture, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary, and continue to beat until all of the dry mix has been incorporated. Do this slowly to avoid dusting your kitchen with flour and cocoa. Stir in chips and/or peanut butter cups by hand.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet (dough balls were a bit larger than 1 inch in diameter). Leave about 2 to 3-inches between cookies to allow for spread.
Bake for 9-11 minutes, until cookies are set at the edges and tops are slightly cracked looking. Cool on baking sheet for 5-10 minutes, until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

Smores Bites

2 Nov

I had some graham crackers in my cabinet that I wanted to use up when I came  across this recipe. I love smores! Any time we have a campfire we always bring the ingredients for smores. These are a quick and easy no bake treat! I thought they were really tasty, and I would make them again.

Smores Bites

Source: A Whisk and A  Prayer, adapted from Taste of Home


2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate chips)

1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil

8 whole graham crackers broken into bite sized pieces

2 cups mini marshmallows

In a large microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate and oil. Microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, stirring once until chocolate is melted. Stir in graham crackers and marshmallows. Divide among 12 cupcake liners. I used my silicone cupcake liners. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

WW points: 12 servings at 4 points each