Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

With Christmas just around the corner I start thinking of Christmas cookies. This is a recipe I saw on Pinterest and just had to try. It comes from The Girl Who Ate Everything  and they are really very good. My picture doesn’t do the cookies justice, they are much greener than the picture shows and the cranberries are much redder. (No photography definitely isn’t my strong point, but I figure any picture to give you an idea of what the recipe looks like is better than none – I’m right – right???) Zip on over to The Girl Who Ate Everything and check out her pictures – now that’s how the cookie really looks!! The color makes them a perfect Christmas cookie and the flavor – wow! This is a cookie you can be proud to give as a gift or serve at a holiday get-together.

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Snowy Chocolate Cookies

Snowy Chocolate Cookies

Snowy Chocolate Cookies

I have been seeing these cookies around the web and since I was craving something chocolate and didn’t have a lot of time I decided to give them a try. My rating on them – so so. They were super easy to mix up, since they are made with a cake mix, but basically, to me, just tasted like a very sweet chocolate cookie. I’m sure that’s because before they are baked they are rolled in powdered sugar. I guess I expected the powdered sugar to get a little crispier than what it did. It stayed soft and sticky so they were a little messy to eat and as I said, very sweet. So, though they were a good basic, soft, chocolate cookie, they really didn’t have anything distinctive about them that made me want to devour them and then make another batch. I have no doubt that kids would love them, sticky and all. I’ve read good and bad reviews on them and would love to hear your opinion if you have, or do give them a try.

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Strawberry Banana Dessert

Strawberry Banana Dessert

Strawberry Banana Dessert

 I recently made this dessert for a family get-together. My family always requests my chocolate desserts and they disappear quickly along with smiles and comments of “my favorite dessert!”. But, great as chocolate is, I really wanted a   change of pace so decided on this strawberry banana dessert – I mean really, who doesn’t like strawberries and bananas?? Well, this was a definite hit! One brother even commented that he now has a new “favorite”! I don’t have an actual “recipe” so I’ve tried to list the ingredients I used as accurately as I remember. If you have any questions on the dessert please do not hesitate to e-mail me or put your questions in the comments and I will get right back to you. I really hope that you enjoy this dessert as much as my family did! (My picture really doesn’t do justice to this dessert so please don’t judge it based on that and give it a try anyway)

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

I love puddings and by far prefer cook and serve puddings to instant puddings. I’m also a big fan of items I can make at home that taste as good as the items you can buy, but that don’t have the long list of chemicals. When I saw this pudding recipe listed at Hillbilly Housewife I just had to give it a try. I was very pleasantly surprised! This pudding recipe was very easy to make and tastes fantastic. It’s a rich and creamy chocolate and has a great consistency. In addition, it has no eggs and can be made with powdered milk – what more could I want? If you, like me, like homemade items, this is a recipe you really should give a try – it’s well worth the little amount of time it takes to make it and you can serve it to your family without worrying about unwanted chemicals!

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White and Butterscotch Chip Cookies

White and Butterscotch Chip Cookies

White and Butterscotch Chip Cookies

I seem to be on a cookie jag lately. Cookies are a fairly easy dessert to make and take to get togethers and picnics and seem to be enjoyed by everyone. I saw these on Pinterest and just had to give them a try. The recipe was from Jamielyn at I Heart Nap Time and they turned out every bit as good as she said they would, and that I hoped they would. These cookies have less sugar than some cookie recipes, are soft and the butterscotch and white chips give them a great and very butterscotch flavor. Give them a try, I really think that you will like them.

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Homemade Oreo Cookies

 Homemade Oreo Cookies

I have seen many recipes for Homemade Oreo Cookies on the internet and most of them are very similar. This is the one I decided to try, and was very pleased with the result. These vary only slightly from the other recipes so I have no doubt that all of them are very, very good. I know that I love Oreos, who can resist these favorites we grew up with? Not me, that’s for sure! And, everyone I have had sample them has thought these cookies were delicious. To me they don’t taste just like Oreos but I find the difference to be one that I really like. These cookies are softer and can have as much filling as you might want to put in them. Anyway I look at it, I and my friends thought these cookies were definite winners!!!

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White Chip Chocolate Cookies

White Chip Chocolate Cookies

My family has a big get together each year over Labor Day weekend and I usually supply the desserts. This year I was looking for something a little different than what I usually make. So in addition to the tried, true and requested that I make each year I decided to try some additional, easy to eat on the run items. I made up some of my Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies the first night and when they disappeared quickly decided to do another cookie the next night. I found white baking chips in my cupboard and found this recipe on the back of the Hershey’s Premier White Chips bag. Since chocolate is always a big favorite I decided to give it a try. The cookies baked up really nicely and had a really good flavor. They were soft and chewy and got rave reviews! But then, with my family, anything chocolate always goes over big. If your family is like mine, these are a winner!

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2 Ingredient Angel Food & Fruit Cake

This recipe is super easy to make and can be made with lots of different flavors. I made mine with cherry pie filling and it turned out delicious. It can also be made with crushed pineapple or with any flavor of pie filling that you like. As I said it’s super easy to make, just pour the 1 step angel food cake mix into a bowl, dump in the pie filling, stir together and pour into the pan. It took me about 3 minutes to mix it up. It does sink some when taken out of the oven, so don’t let that panic you. It makes a super moist, flavorful cake, though not with a normal angel food cake look. This will definitely go on my make in a hurry for unexpected quests list! I hope that you decide to give it a try and let me know what you think!

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Cinnamon Roll Cookies

This is a great recipe from the Betty Crocker site made with sugar cookie mix. I was in a hurry when I needed to make up a batch of cookies and since I had a pouch of the mix I decided to give these a try. I plan on making some soon from scratch with my sugar cookie recipe and basically rolled up and sliced the same way – not that these are bad, they are actually very tasty. I just prefer to have things made from scratch. This dough was not hard to work with and rolled out easily and rolled into a log with only a couple of very small cracks. After chilling they sliced up nicely and baked up looking pretty. They also taste great – so what more could you ask for???? They are definitely worth trying since the idea of them is different and will get positive comments, plus who doesn’t like the taste of cinnamon rolls?

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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

I found this recipe at Rachel Schultz’s blog and decided to give them a try as she lists them as the “Softest Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever”, and the recipe uses pudding mix rather than white sugar. Intriguing! Well, the cookies do cook up soft and they do stay soft for days. The only changes I made in Rachel’s recipe was that I used sugar-free instant pudding, rather than regular, and semi-sweet chocolate chips, rather than milk chocolate chips. I really like the idea of less sugar in the cookies, though you certainly can’t tell from the flavor that they aren’t chock full of sugar! Nestles Toll House Cookie recipe calls for 3/4 cup white sugar and 3/4 cup brown sugar. In this recipe I used only 3/4 cup brown sugar, and so I feel much better about eating them at only 1/2 the sugar – I love cookies so I’ll take any little rationalization I can get (and no, I’m not even going to think about all the butter that’s in them, lol!) Rachel has some great recipes on her site so wander on over if you have the chance. And, these cookies are really worth trying!

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