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Sugar Cookie Fudge

Sugar Cookie Fudge

 Sugar Cookie Fudge – all the flavor of sugar cookies in a quick and easy fudge.

Sugar Cookie Fudge

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and enjoyed a nice long weekend.  We traveled to Wisconsin to spend the holiday with our family.  It was nice to take a week off, enjoy time with family, and just relax.  While we were there we took our 9 year old to see his first Wisconsin Badger game.  They were playing for the Big Ten Western Division Title against Minnesota.  It was a close game, but we ended up winning.  The weather was as good as you could hope for during the end of November, so it was the perfect day.  Now our 9 year old is set on going to school in Madison, so he can go to all of their games.

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No Bake Oreo Cream Squares

No Bake Oreo Cream Squares - layers of cookies, pudding, cream cheese, and whipped cream!

No Bake Oreo Cream Squares - quick and easy no bake dessert!

Today is our last day in Wisconsin.  Our flight leaves tomorrow at 5:45 am.  It is going to be an early morning, and a very long day!  We have had a great week here though.  Spending time with family, seeing friends from when we lived in Iowa, and getting to meet a few ladies from a fitness group I have been a part of for over a year.  I am ready to get back home, sleep in my bed, and see my husband though!  Ten more days, and school starts in Colorado too.  Man, did summer just fly by!

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Angel Crisp Cookies

Angel Crisp Cookies - Cookies Grandma used to make!

Angel Crisp Cookies - Cookies Grandma used to make!

I have to say, I am really enjoying our first week with no camps or anything going on. It is nice to spend time with my son, and relax a little. Get a little work done, for both of us, in the morning and then hit the pool or something else fun in the afternoon.  He had a great time at his camps, and he said he wished they could go on longer, but I really think he likes these kind of summer days as well.  It is a shame we couldn’t have spaced out his camps some, but such is life.

Angel Crisp Cookies - a favorite from Grandma!

Do you have those recipes that have been passed down from your grandma, and that you remember your mom making as a kid?  These angel crisp cookies are one of those in my family.  I never realized what the name of them was, so when my mom was talking about them recently I was very confused.  So she sent me the recipe, and I made them.  As soon as they came out of the oven, based on the shape alone I remember these cookies.  They did not happen often as a kid, because my dad pretty much only liked chocolate desserts.  But I do remember angel crisps were even served the day of my wedding for lunch with my bridesmaids.

Angel Crisp Cookies - A classic cookie that is straight from my Grandma

The original recipe, and the way I wrote it below calls for shortening instead of butter.  That is what my grandma used all of the time, so that is how I make these cookies.  BUT, I know there are people who are against shortening for whatever reason.  You can use butter in its place, they will just taste a little different.  They will still be soft, tender, and delicious, so no worries there.  A few times my mom even frosted these cookies, or just drizzled with a little glaze.  I might have spread Nutella on a couple of mine :)

Angel Crisp Cookies
Serves: 4 doz
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A classic sugar cookie that Grandma used to make
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • Additional sugar for rolling
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a stand mixer bowl combine sugar, brown sugar, and shortening. Mix until well combined. Add egg and vanilla and mix. Mix in flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tarter until well combined.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls, and roll in granulated sugar. Place on a baking sheet. Using your thumb, gently press into the center of each ball.
  4. Bake for 9-10 minutes until just starting to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Store in an air tight container
You can use butter for the shortening if desired


White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies

I am taking a break from Christmas Week today to be part of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. This is my first year participating, but the 3rd year it has been around. The organizers Lindsay and Julie out did themselves this year. Each participant paid $4 to be a part of the swap. We then sent out 1 dozen cookies to 3 different people. So you then receivee 1 dozen cookies from 3 different people. This year the corporate sponsors were OXO, Dixie Sugar Crystals, Grandma’s Molasses, and Gold Medal Flour. Each company matched our donations, so we raised over $13,000 for Cookies for Kid’s Cancer.

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Apple Blondies w/ Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple season is upon us.  I love apples, and I love baking with apples.  Unfortunately my family has something wrong with them, and they don’t like apple desserts.  My son loves apples dipped in peanut butter, but that is where it ends.  Seriously, the kid won’t even eat applesauce.  I know. I screwed up some how.  My husband, he doesn’t like the skin of the apple.  Or so he claims.  Because I offer to peel them, and he still won’t eat them.  So whatever, more for me!

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Nutella Magic Bars

Nutella Magic Bars

Today we are leaving for Japan!  I can’t wait to share pictures and tell you about the trip.  In my absence, I have some wonderful friends who are going to take over for me.  The first guest post is Roxana from Roxana’s Home Baking.  Roxana does amazing things with desserts and breads, I am always in awe of her talent.  Just look at these Homemade Rolo Bars, Steakhouse Bread, and Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

Nutella Magic Bars

Hello Dinners, Dishes and Desserts readers. I’m Roxana, the wanna be baker and photographer behind Roxana’s Home Baking. My blog is focus on baking everything from scratch. I’m a self-taught baker, learning more with every cup of flour I use. Most of the recipes found on my blog rely on simple techniques everyone can master with a little bit of patience. I also have a big sweet tooth, easily noticeable through the hundreds on desserts recipes I’ve shared. I have a slight addiction to chocolate; I could put some in soup if it’s up to me.
Homemade chocolate goodies is the best medicine.

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Pink Velvet Cookies & a GIVEAWAY!


So today is the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness week.  I hope you enjoyed all the pink and cancer fighting food.  I really hope that you were inspired to do a self exam or get a mammogram, and take action to take care of yourself!  Breast Cancer can affect anyone; young, old, man, woman, healthy, unhealthy etc.  Please be proactive, and help the stop of this horrible disease.

To end the week I made something sinful and pink.  I had to laugh on Monday when That Skinny Chick Can Bake make these cookies.  I guess great minds think alike.  Considering we used the same recipe, I am just going to send you to Liz to grab the recipe.  I tried to adjust the  color to make them more pink that red, but that is really hard when you are starting with brown.  But they taste good, are soft, and have just a hint of chocolate, so I am not too sure the color really matters.

To end the week I would like to say Thank You to everyone who joined me this week.  I know I asked all of you pretty last minute, so thanks for stepping up and helping me pull this off!

We also have a fun giveaway for you!

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Oreo Pudding Cookies

oreo pudding cookies thumb

My parents left last night.  They spent almost 5 days here, it was great having them. Over the weekend my son had his first flag football game.  It wasn’t quite as funny as I thought it would be, but boy do they have a lot of work to do!  It was a double header, and the weather was horrible, but we were out there cheering them on for 2 1/2 hours.  It is amazing how some of the parents take it so seriously.  One of the teams parents were yelling at the refs, and really getting mad about play calls and little things.  They are 6!!!  Just let them have fun!

While my parents were here, my husband and I were able to go out for a much needed date night.  We saw Hunger Games, and went for dinner.  We went to a chain restaurant, which we hadn’t been to in years (never this location).  It was not good.  They were out of one of the things we wanted, we were sat in the bar and the bar tender was our waiter, and the food was bland.  It was disappointing for sure, but still so nice to get out together.

So, now cookies!  I had pinned this recipe awhile ago, so it was finally time to give it a try.  They were soft, and full of Oreo flavor (without actual Oreo’s).  I made these for the teachers at my son’s school.  They made enough for the teachers to get a bunch, I have a few in my freezer, and then a plate full went home with my son’s teacher.  This was the first cookie recipe I have made with pudding.  I have seen a few more, and I know I will be trying them!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Pancakes

cookie pancakes

We spent last night working with my 6 year old on addition facts.  It was stressful. Trying to get someone to memorize 8+6=14 is not something I am good at.  You just know it, why don’t they?  I really don’t know how teachers do it!

I could have used these to de-stress after he went to bed.  Unfortunately they are all gone.  I did have some in the freezer for awhile, but my 6 year old goes through pancakes like no bodies business.  Did you know you could freeze pancakes?  I do it all the time!  Just as easy as buying the frozen ones at the grocery store.  Just make a giant batch, let them cool, place in a freezer bag, and freeze.  Works great to just microwave a couple on a busy morning.

These came about after I made Brownie Batter Pancakes.  I was thinking what other dessert flavors I could try.  Why not chocolate chip cookies?  These have all the major players of a chocolate chip cookie, and you get to eat it for breakfast!  They really aren’t horrible for you either, check out the stats. Now I am trying to figure out the next dessert pancake to try!

Nutritional Info: Serves 4, Calories : 274, Fat: 12 grams, Protein: 4 grams

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Peanut Butter Lover’s Rice Krispie Treats


Did you know that November is Peanut Butter Lover’s Month?  A whole month dedicated to us PB Lovers?!  How much better can you get?  Maybe a PB and Chocolate Lover’s month?  Who knows, that may exist.  There are so many food “holidays” that I have no idea about.  I couldn’t let this month go by and not share at least one amazing Peanut Butter recipe.

I got this recipe from Kim over at Liv Life, and it is truly amazing!  You combine so many great things into one little bar.  You have Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats, Peanut Butter Fudge, Rice Krispie Treats, Mini Peanut Butter Cups, and finally a layer of chocolate….Pure Heaven!!  They are a little labor intensive, but so worth it!  AND Ablsolutely NO Baking!!!  Probably not what you will bring to Thanksgiving dinner, but these would be awesome on Friday after you get back from Black Friday shopping, and are eating that leftover turkey sandwich!  Or maybe even the sugar you need to get up early enough to get all the great deals!

Do you go Black Friday Shopping?  What do you shop for?

Peanut Butter Lover's Rice Krispie Treats
Serves: 24
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Decadent peanut butter lovers heaven! No baking involved
1st Layer
  • 3 cups Rice Krispies
  • ½ bag miniature marshmallows
  • 2 Tbls butter
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
2nd Layer
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 container Mini Peanut Butter cups
3rd Layer
  • 3 cups Rice Krispies
  • ½ bag miniature marshmallows
  • 2 Tbls butter
4th Layer
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 bag chocolate chips
  1. Spray a 13x9 pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the marshmallows, butter, and peanut butter together. Add Rice Krispies, stirring well to evenly coat. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Set aside.
  3. In a large microwave safe bowl combine the butter and peanut butter. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 2 minutes on high. Stir and microwave on high for 2 more minutes. Be careful when you remove from the microwave, it is very hot. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar and stir to combine. Spread over the 1st layer. Sprinkle the mini peanut butter cups over the fudge, lightly pressing down. Put in the fridge for about 1 hour to cool.
  4. After fudge is a little bit firm, make the second layer of Rice Krispie Treats.
  5. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the marshmallows and butter together. Add Rice Krispies, stirring well to evenly coat. Lightly press the cereal together and spread onto of the fudge layer.
  6. For the chocolate layer, melt the peanut butter and chocolate in the microwave, stirring ever 45 seconds. Once melted, pour over the Rice Krispie treats. Gently shake the pan to evenly distribute the melted chocolate mixture.
  7. Place back in the fridge for about 30 minutes for the chocolate to harden. Cut and serve once fully cooled.
Adapted from Liv Life