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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz® Cookies are an annual Christmas family tradition for us, with the “recipe” handed down from my Aunt to my Mom, and then to me. These delectable treats are incredibly FAST and EASY to make, which is perfect for this busy time of year!Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Crunchy, creamy, peanut butter filled chocolate covered buttery cracker cookies are quick and easy holiday treats to make, using only a few ingredients!

Many years ago (at least 15), my Mom shared these cookies with me and told me that her sister, my Aunt Theda in Texas made them for her, and Mom raved about how good they were! I tried a couple, and sure enough, they tasted fantastic. When I asked my Mom how to make them she told me how incredibly easy it was.  I really loved my sweet Aunt… she passed away quite a few years ago, but I think of her whenever I make these goodies.

I’ve made these cookies so many times since then, but finally took pictures and decided to share the “recipe” on this blog.  I added a white glaze drizzled over the top, and some red and white sprinkles for the Christmas season, but really all you need to make these is 4 ingredients!  Here’s how to make a quick dozen of these yummy stacked goodies…

Place 12 Ritz® crackers onto a piece of parchment paper.  Spread a teaspoon of creamy peanut butter onto each one. When done, top with another cracker.

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Melt 1½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips with 1 HEAPING Tablespoon vegetable shortening in the microwave. Heat on High for 30 seconds. Remove bowl and stir chocolate. Place bowl back in microwave oven and heat an additional 30 seconds on High. Remove bowl and stir mixture until smooth.

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Dip cookies, one at a time into melted chocolate mixture. I use a fork to hold the cookie, and sometimes use a spoon to help coat entire cookie with chocolate. Let excess chocolate drip back into bowl, then set cookie back onto parchment paper. Do not move cookie once you set it down.  Repeat process with all cookies. Once chocolate has firmed up, they are ready to eat, unless you want to decorate them.

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

If you want to decorate the cookies, let the cookies sit, undisturbed, until chocolate has firmed up completely.  Place powdered sugar in a small bowl.  Add only a couple drops of water at a time to the sugar, stirring well, until the glaze has reached a drizzling consistency.  Too thin? Add additional powder sugar. Too thick?  Add a drop or two of water.  Use a fork to drizzle the icing over each cookie.  Garnish with colored sprinkles, if desired, while glaze is still wet.

NOTE: You do not have to drizzle powdered sugar glaze on them. You can shorten the process even further by garnishing the fresh dipped chocolate cookies with candy colored sprinkles and leave off the white icing altogether if you want!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Let the icing completely firm up at room temperature.  Once chocolate and icing are totally firm, cookies can be transferred to serving plate for serving!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cookies can be decorated any way you wish. When I make these and it’s NOT Christmas time, I simply leave them plain, with only the chocolate covering them, and no powdered sugar drizzle. They taste good no matter how you fancy them up or not!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The flavor is wonderful in these treats, with the creamy peanut butter AND the chocolate coating going so well together.  They remain crunchy from the cracker “shell”, and are so good it will be hard to stay out of them so there’s at least ONE left for good ol’ Santa Claus!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I love to make these family favorites at Christmas time. They are made quickly without a lot of ingredients (a big plus), look good and taste even better! I hope you will consider making them a part of your holiday traditions, too!

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Recipe Source: My Mom and Aunt Theda

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies
 
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Christmas cookies made EASY using store-bought crackers, peanut butter and coated with a simple chocolate topping!
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 1 dozen
Ingredients
For Cookies:
  • 24 buttery crackers (I used Ritz® crackers)
  • 12 teaspoons creamy peanut butter
For Chocolate Coating:
  • 1½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 HEAPING Tablespoon vegetable shortening
For White Drizzle:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Water ( a couple drops at a time)
Directions
  1. Place 12 crackers onto a piece of parchment paper. Carefully spread a teaspoon of creamy peanut butter onto each one . When done, top with another cracker.
  2. Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips and vegetable shortening in the microwave. Heat on High for 30 seconds. Remove bowl and stir chocolate. Place bowl back in microwave oven and heat an additional 30 seconds on High. Remove bowl and stir mixture until smooth.
  3. Dip cookies, one at a time into melted chocolate mixture. Use a fork to hold the cookie, and a spoon to help coat entire cookie with chocolate. Let excess chocolate drip back into bowl, then set cookie onto parchment paper. Do not move cookie once you set it down. Repeat process with all cookies. Let the cookies sit, undisturbed, until chocolate has firmed up completely.
  4. Place powdered sugar in a small bowl. Add only a couple drops of water at a time to the sugar, stirring well, until the glaze has reached a drizzling consistency. Use a fork to drizzle the icing over each cookie. Garnish with colored sprinkles, if desired, while glaze is still wet.
  5. Let the icing completely firm up at room temperature. Once chocolate and icing are firm, cookies can be transferred to serving plate. Enjoy!

Here’s one more to pin to your Pinterest boards!Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Crunchy, creamy, peanut butter filled chocolate covered buttery cracker cookies are quick and easy holiday treats to make, using only a few ingredients!

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

If you’re looking for a quick and easy last minute Christmas treat (a shortcut) to take to a holiday party or give to friends, how about Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies? They LOOK great, taste wonderful, and only take about 10 minutes to make!Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Buttery, chocolate-dipped shortbread Christmas treats are a cinch to make in 10 minutes, using store-bought cookies. A real-time-saver for the holidays!

These festive looking goodies are so easy because… wait for it… YOU USE STORE-BOUGHT SHORTBREAD COOKIES! That’s a major time-saver right there, folks! I don’t know about you, but the Christmas season seems to get quite busy, whether I want it to or not.  Why not take some of the holiday “stress” out of the day, and make these delicious decorated cookies in no time at all?

All you will need are some store-bought shortbread cookies (any shape or size), some milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips, a bit of vegetable shortening, and Christmas sprinkles to fancy the treats up a bit! I used an assortment of Walker’s Shortbread that my hubby bought in a huge tin at Costco (but Lorna Doone’s are wonderful, as well)! Easy Peasy!

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The good part about using store-bought shortbread is that you can “make” as many cookies you want! Here’s how:

Spread a sheet of parchment paper on work surface. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in heat-proof bowl in microwave. 30 Seconds on High. Remove. Stir. 30 seconds on High. Remove. Stir. The chocolate should have melted.  If not, place back in for 15 seconds, being careful not to burn it.  Dip one end of the cookie into the melted chocolate mixture, making sure to cover all sides. (I use a spoon to help coat it with chocolate).

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

As soon as the shortbread is covered to your liking, place it onto parchment paper. Once you set it down, don’t move it or the chocolate will smear.  Immediately garnish with colored sprinkles (sprinkle them on using your fingers) while chocolate is still wet. Do NOT dip the wet cookie into the sprinkles or it will be a BIG mess.

Repeat process until all cookies are decorated.  Let the cookies rest on the parchment paper without moving them until the chocolate has hardened.

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once chocolate is firm, transfer cookies to a serving plate.  See how cute they are?  I used an assortment of triangular, rectangular and circular shaped cookies!

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The cookies would be a perfect hostess gift for a special friend, or served on a pretty Christmas platter at a dessert buffet or Christmas party!  They look fancy, but no one needs to know how easy they were to make!  I mean, really… who wouldn’t like a sweet, buttery shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate, topped with “Christmasy” looking sprinkles?

Speaking of Christmas goodies, be sure and check out my recipes for Microwave Rocky Road Fudge (another time-saver!), Pecan Pie Truffles, Cranberry Orange Pinwheel Cookies, Holiday Spritz Cookies or Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies! You might even like my post featuring a Holiday Goodies Collection!

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Our home is in the middle of a total kitchen remodel this Christmas season, so we have nothing in the kitchen at the moment except walls, floor and ceiling.  I made the cookies pictured above in October before construction began and froze them, so I would still be able to give my neighbors plates of yummy goodies at Christmas, as is my tradition!

I may not have a kitchen, but I can still give gifts of food! (I might have even saved a few for my husband and I as well!). Yum!  Hope you’ll enjoy making and eating these Christmas cookies!

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 2 dozen store-bought shortbread cookies (any shape or size)
  • 2 cups milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 HEAPING Tablespoon vegetable shortening
  • Christmas colored sprinkles
Directions
  1. Cover work surface with a sheet of parchment paper.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, place chocolate chips and shortening. Heat on high in microwave for 30 seconds. Remove bowl from microwave. Stir well. Place bowl back in microwave and microwave on high for an additional 30 seconds. Remove bowl from microwave. Stir well, until mixture is smooth. If necessary, place back in microwave for 15 seconds, then stir.
  3. Dip the end or part of the cookie in melted chocolate, being sure to coat all sides. Let excess drip back into bowl, then place cookie onto parchment paper and do not move it. Garnish cookie immediately with colored sprinkles while chocolate is still wet.
  4. Repeat process with all cookies. If necessary, make another ½ batch of melted chocolate to finish cookies or coat additional cookies. Let cookies rest on parchment paper for at least an hour or until chocolate has hardened. Transfer to serving platter, and enjoy!

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Buttery, chocolate-dipped shortbread Christmas treats are a cinch to make in 10 minutes, using store-bought cookies. A real-time-saver for the holidays!

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge

You’re gonna love this delicious Microwave Rocky Road Fudge, with creamy chocolate, miniature marshmallows and crunchy pecans! Guess what? This Christmas “candy” only takes 5 minutes to prepare… in the microwave! Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks! You'll love this easy, creamy rocky road fudge, with marshmallows and pecans... and it only takes 5 minutes to make in a microwave!
I’ve been making my Mom’s Old-Fashioned Fudge each Christmas for almost 40 years now. It’s my all-time favorite recipe for homemade fudge.  But… I recently found a recipe for this sweet treat that is absolutely PERFECT to make when you don’t have a lot of time and want to whip up a QUICK, tasty Christmas surprise for family or friends.

The recipe for this fudge was in an old cookbook I had in my collection, and it caught my attention because it’s made IN THE MICROWAVE, and the entire batch is ready for the refrigerator in under 5 minutes! Whoa!  Talk about FAST!  So I decided to try it, and was really happy with the results!  Here’s how easy it is to make:

Line an 8×8 square pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on the sides (the overhang will be used to easily lift out the fudge from the pan later). Coat bottom and sides of pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place sifted powdered sugar, butter, milk, cocoa and salt in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave this mixture for 2 to 2½ minutes on HIGH power (100%) until butter has melted.

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Remove from microwave, and stir to combine.

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Immediately add chopped pecans, miniature marshmallows and vanilla extract. Stir mixture well, until all ingredients are blended together. Pour fudge mixture into the prepared 8×8 pan, and spread fudge to cover. Place fudge in refrigerator and chill for 1 hour, or until it firms up.

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once fudge has firmed up, lift it out of pan using the extended edges of foil. Cut fudge into 1 inch square pieces. (Note: The pan I used had rounded corners. If you want straight corners on the outside edge pieces, make sure to use a square edged dish).

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

And just as quick as that… you’ve made homemade fudge!  Even if you are experiencing the “busy-ness” of the season, you can probably still find a few minutes to make this yummy Christmas goodie! Speaking of Christmas goodies, you might want to try Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons, Mom’s Refrigerator Fruitcake (it’s not THAT kind of fruitcake), Sprinkle Bars or Gingerbread Muffins! All are wonderful for gift-giving during the most wonderful time of the year!

What a delicious gift a plate of homemade fudge is for your family or a friend during the holidays (shhh… they don’t have to know it only took you a couple minutes to make!). Make sure to keep fudge stored in a covered airtight container in refrigerator. Enjoy!

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I hope you enjoy this season of the year.  It’s my favorite time of the year, and I am thankful it has deep meaning for me personally, because it reminds me how deeply loved I am by the One whose birth we celebrate… Jesus, who has completely changed my life forever!

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: The cookbook “Quick Gifts of Good Taste”, Published 1994, Leisure Arts, Inc., page 45.

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge
 
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Make a batch of decadent rocky road fudge in no time at all in your microwave! Perfect for gift-giving!
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Recipe type: Christmas Goodies
Serves: Approx. 1½ pounds
Ingredients
  • 4½ cups sifted confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
  • ½ cup butter (or margarine)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • ½ cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Line an 8x8 square pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on the sides. Coat bottom and sides of pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Place sifted powdered sugar, butter, milk, cocoa and salt in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave this mixture for 2 to 2½ minutes on HIGH power (100%) until butter has melted. Remove from microwave, and stir to combine.
  3. Immediately add chopped pecans, miniature marshmallows and the vanilla extract. Stir mixture well, until all ingredients are blended together. Pour fudge mixture into the prepared 8x8 pan, and spread fudge to cover. Place fudge in refrigerator and chill for 1 hour, or until it firms up.
  4. Once fudge has firmed up, lift it out of pan using the extended edges of foil. Cut fudge into 1 inch square pieces. Store fudge in covered airtight container in refrigerator. Enjoy!

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Pecan Pie Truffles

Chocolate covered Pecan Pie Truffles are a yummy, sweet treat to make for family or gift-giving during the holidays! I find it hard to believe Christmas is right around the corner once again! Time to start making Christmas goodies for family, friends and neighbors!Pecan Pie Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Chocolate covered Pecan Pie Truffles are a yummy, sweet dessert treat for family or gift-giving during the holidays!

The recipe I’m sharing with you today is one I found on Pinterest. I immediately thought of making these for Christmas to put out on a goodie tray, but you know what? These would also be yummy as part of a dessert table at a Thanksgiving feast! They’re delicious, and look like they took a lot more time than they really do to make.  Here’s how to make them:

Chopped pecans are placed on a baking sheet (sprayed with a non-stick spray), then baked for 5 minutes (to lightly toast them).

Pecan Pie Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place toasted pecans (reserve 1/4 cup for garnish later!), graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add maple syrup, corn syrup and vanilla extract to bowl. Stir well to thoroughly combine ingredients. Refrigerate this mixture for 15 minutes.

Pecan Pie Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pecan Pie Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Remove pecan filling from refrigerator. Shape mixture into balls about 1″ wide, by rolling mixture between hands. Place each pecan ball onto a 9×13 parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place baking sheet in refrigerator and chill the pecan balls for 30 minutes.

Pecan Pie Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

*NOTE: If using melting chocolate, prepare according to package directions.  If using chocolate chips and shortening (which is what I did), melt chocolate and shortening in microwave by heating on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat for another 30 seconds on high. Stir until mixture becomes smooth. If necessary, heat for an additional 15 seconds, but be careful not to burn chocolate.

Pecan Pie Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Dip each pecan ball into the melted chocolate. I use a fork to hold the ball while I dip, and if necessary a spoon to gently pour additional chocolate over truffle.  When they are fully covered with chocolate, place each truffle onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Note:  After every 3-4 truffles are dipped, sprinkle tops with reserved pecan pieces (you want to sprinkle them with pecans BEFORE the chocolate hardens!). Repeat process until all are coated.

Pecan Pie Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Let chocolate harden by placing truffles in refrigerator.  Once the chocolate is firm, they are ready to serve!  Enjoy the pecan pie filling taste in these delicious truffles! If you’re feeling generous, make up a little plate of goodies for a friend or neighbor… and spread the joy of the season!

Pecan Pie Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Hope you will consider making these little treats. I am making them for giving as Christmas treats, but they would be perfect to take to a Thanksgiving meal, as well.  They are not hard at all to make, and I believe you will really enjoy them! Have a great day!

Recipe Source:  Julie, at http://glitterandgoulash.com/pecan-pie-truffles/

Pecan Pie Truffles
 
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Serves: approx. 30
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups toasted pecans, finely chopped (divided)
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 16 oz. melting chocolate OR 12 ounces semi-sweet choc. chips + 2 heaping Tbl. shortening
Directions
  1. Spread the chopped pecans on a baking sheet (sprayed with a non-stick spray), then bake for 5 minutes at 350° (to lightly toast them). When done, measure out ¼ cup; set aside and reserve for garnish.
  2. Place remaining pecans, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add maple syrup, corn syrup and vanilla extract. Stir well to fully mix ingredients.Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove pecan filling from refrigerator. Shape mixture into balls about 1" wide, by rolling mixture between hands. Place each pecan ball onto a 9x13 parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place baking sheet in refrigerator and chill the pecan balls for 30 minutes.
  4. Once pecan balls have chilled, prepare the dipping chocolate. *NOTE: If using melting chocolate, prepare according to package directions. If using chocolate chips and shortening, melt chocolate and shortening in microwave by heating on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat another 30 seconds on high. Stir until mixture becomes smooth. If necessary, heat for an additional 15 seconds, but be careful not to burn chocolate.
  5. Dip each pecan ball into the melted chocolate (I use a fork to hold the ball while I dip, and if necessary, a spoon to gently pour additional chocolate over truffle). When they are fully covered with chocolate, place truffle onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Note: After every 3-4 truffles are dipped, sprinkle tops with reserved pecan pieces (you want to sprinkle them with pecans BEFORE the chocolate hardens!). Repeat process until all are coated. Let chocolate harden by placing truffles in refrigerator. Once the chocolate is firm, they are ready to serve!

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Pecan Pie Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Chocolate covered Pecan Pie Truffles are a yummy, sweet dessert treat for family or gift-giving during the holidays!

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins

Fall is in the air… time to decorate pumpkins! How about making some EASY, cute and tasty Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins in about 20 minutes?Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Make these yummy Fall or Halloween themed Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats in only 20 minutes!

I found a recipe on Pinterest for these cute little pumpkins and knew I had to make them! I thought they were the perfect Fall treat.  I love Rice Krispie treats, so a peanut butter flavored one that LOOKED like a cute little Halloween pumpkin… yes, please! They were incredibly EASY to make, taste delicious, and you really can’t mess them up! Here’s how to make them:

Place peanut butter and butter in a medium sized saucepan. Heat on medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally with wooden spoon (use wooden spoon because mixture won’t stick to it as much).

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add marshmallows and the food coloring. Stir until the marshmallows have completely melted and mixture is smooth and sticky.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Remove pan from heat; stir in the Rice Krispie cereal. Stir very well with wooden spoon (put some muscle into it!), until completely mixed together and mixture is orange in color.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Using wax paper (or powder free latex gloves), scoop out rice krispie mixture (just “guesstimate” – you need to get 12 pumpkins out of the mixture!). Roll each portion into a round little ball. Immediately push a tootsie roll midgee into the top of “pumpkin” to act as the stem. (*TIP: Having 12 tootsie rolls unwrapped before beginning makes it so much faster!)

Place pumpkin onto wax paper to cool. Later, once the tootsie roll has warmed a bit from the hot Rice Krispie mixture, you can bend it a little to make a more realistic looking “stem”. Repeat process until you have made 12 pumpkins.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once pumpkins have cooled completely, decorate them any way you wish with frosting, candy eyes, or leave them just the way they are! (I used a toothpick to apply the frosting).

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

These Fall-themed treats are a whimsical way to celebrate the season!  They are delicious, and what could be more fun than to decorate a peanut butter flavored rice krispie treat pumpkin?! All ages will love them (I took some to a friends house for her kids!). Sure hope you enjoy them!

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: https://www.savoryexperiments.com/peanut-butter-rice-krispie-treat-pumpkins/

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins
 
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Make these yummy Fall or Halloween themed Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats in only 20 minutes!
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (10 ounces) mini-marshmallows
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 13 drops red food coloring
  • 5 drops yellow food coloring
  • 12 Tootsie Roll Midgees
  • Optional- Prepared frosting for decorating (I used 1 cup powdered sugar, several drops of water and black food coloring-mixed them together to form a fairly thick frosting that wouldn't run)
Directions
  1. Place peanut butter and butter in a medium sized saucepan. Heat on medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally with wooden spoon (use wooden spoon because mixture won't stick as much).
  2. Add marshmallows and the food coloring. Stir until the marshmallows have completely melted and mixture is smooth and sticky.
  3. Remove pan from heat; stir in the Rice Krispies. Stir very well with wooden spoon (put some muscle into it!), until completely mixed together and mixture is orange in color.
  4. Using wax paper (or powder free latex gloves), scoop out rice krispie mixture (just guesstimate-you need to get 12 pumpkins out of the mixture!). Roll each portion into a round little ball. Immediately push a tootsie roll midgee into the top of "pumpkin" to act as the stem. Place pumpkin onto wax paper to cool. Later, once the tootsie roll has warmed a bit from the hot rice krispie mixture, you can bend it a little to make a more realistic looking "stem".
  5. Repeat process until you have made 12 pumpkins. Once pumpkins have cooled completely, decorate them any way you wish with frosting, or leave them just the way they are! (I used a toothpick to apply the frosting). Enjoy!

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Make these yummy Fall or Halloween themed Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats in only 20 minutes!

Cinnamon Chip Cookies

Buttery, soft, and filled with the flavor of cinnamon, these yummy Cinnamon Chip Cookies are so incredibly easy to make, you won’t believe it!Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Super easy to make, delicious cinnamon-y cookies!
Recently I found a recipe for cookies that sounded easy and delicious in one of my old cookbooks.  The original recipe called for using chocolate cake mix and white chocolate chips to make a fast, delicious and easy cookie.  I decided to tweak the recipe just a bit, and that’s how I came up with this recipe for yummy cinnamon chip cookies!

The cookies are so EASY to make, because a boxed cake mix is used as the base.  The prep time is only about 5 minutes, so you can have fresh baked, soft and delicious cinnamon chip cookies in the oven in under 10 minutes!  Here’s how to make these scrumptious cinnamon-filled treats:

In a large mixing bowl, place cake mix powder, vegetable oil, water and an egg.  Stir well (or use electric mixer), until ingredients are fully combined.

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add the cinnamon chips, and stir into batter.

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Spray cookie sheets with non-stick spray.  Drop cookie batter by rounded Tablespoons onto cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each one. (Note: Quantity using Tablespoons = approx. 4 dozen cookies. I used large HEAPING Tablespoons of batter, so my quantity was reduced to 2 dozen).

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Bake cookies in preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes until the batter is set and the tops of the cookies have a crackled appearance. (If making larger sized cookies, the cooking time will need to be increased!)

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Super easy to make, delicious cinnamon-y cookies!

When cookies are done, remove cookie sheets from oven. Important: Let cookies stand on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes, BEFORE transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Super easy to make, delicious cinnamon-y cookies!

Once the cookies have completely cooled, they are ready to eat!  Hope you enjoy these cinnamon-filled cookies, and how simple they are to make!  They really taste good!

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: The cookbook “Christmas Gifts From The Kitchen”, Published by Company’s Coming Publishing Limited, 2006, page 11 (“Friendship Cookies”)

Cinnamon Chip Cookies
 
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Delicious, soft, cinnamon chip drop cookies are a cinch to make!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: approx. 4 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix (any kind, 2 layer size)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips
Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, place cake mix powder, vegetable oil, water and an egg. Stir well (or use electric mixer), until ingredients are fully combined.
  2. Add the cinnamon chips, and stir into batter. Spray cookie sheets with non-stick spray. Drop cookie batter by rounded Tablespoons onto cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each one.
  3. Bake cookies in preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes until the batter is set and the tops of the cookies have a crackled appearance. (If making larger sized cookies, the cooking time will need to be increased!)
  4. When cookies are done, remove cookie sheets from oven. Important: Let cookies stand on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes, before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Once the cookies have completely cooled, they are ready to eat!

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Super easy to make, delicious cinnamon-y cookies!

 

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How To Make Lemon Curd

Do you know how to make lemon curd?  Tart, sweet, and bursting with flavor, this thick lemon curd tastes great in tarts, on waffles and pancakes, and in many desserts.How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Thick tart and sweet lemon sauce tastes great on pancakes, waffles, in tarts and other desserts!
I first tried lemon curd years ago at a breakfast get together at a friends home.  My friend Sandy offered me some of her homemade Lemon Curd to put on my waffle, I think I must have said something like… “Okay, but what IS lemon curd?”  I anticipated it was like the curds you find in cottage cheese. Silly me.  The lemon curd was absolutely amazing, and once I tried it, I was hooked!

The first time I decided to make homemade lemon curd (for a dessert recipe I was making), I assumed it was going to be quite difficult to make. Boy… was I wrong! It was very simple, and the results were fantastic!  Here’s how to make your own lemon curd:

In a small saucepan (over medium heat), combine eggs, egg yolks, and sugar. Whisk these together well.  Once mixed, whisk in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and the salt.

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Add butter to the pan and cook, whisking constantly, until butter has melted and the curd has thickened. This will take approx. 3-4 minutes. DO NOT LET THE MIXTURE BOIL! Just keep on whisking.

How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Keep whisking until the lemon curd has thickened…

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Once curd has thickened, remove pan from heat and let the curd cool to room temperature. While curd is cooling, give it a good stir every few minutes. Once lemon curd has cooled to room temp, cover the pan with plastic wrap and put it in refrigerator. The lemon curd will need to be well chilled prior to serving (at least 3-4 hours). Lemon curd can be stored in a covered container in refrigerator and will keep for up to 5-6 days.

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Lemon curd is very versatile and can be used in many recipes, such as lemon tarts, as a topping for waffles and in other desserts!  I used it in a recipe for Lemon Curd Filled Won Ton Cups! Aren’t they cute? Yummy!

How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks!I might also mention that it is hard to not eat this amazing lemon curd right out of the pan with a spoon… just sayin’!  It’s soooo good.  Hope you’ll give it a try. You’re gonna love it!

How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source:  http://www.littlemisscelebration.com/2013/06/16/lemon-lime-curd-in-sugared-wonton-cups/

How To Make Lemon Curd
 
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Recipe type: Dessert Sauce
Serves: approx. 1½ cups
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 8 Tablespoon cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 6 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
Directions
  1. In a small saucepan (over medium heat), combine eggs, egg yolks, and sugar. Whisk these together well.
  2. Once mixed, whisk in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and the salt.
  3. Add butter to the pan and cook, whisking constantly, until butter has melted and the curd has thickened. This will take approx. 3-4 minutes. DO NOT LET THE MIXTURE BOIL! Just keep on whisking.
  4. Once curd has thickened, remove pan from heat and let the curd cool to room temperature. While curd is cooling, give it a good stir every few minutes. Once lemon curd has cooled to room temp, cover the pan with plastic wrap and put it in refrigerator. The lemon curd will need to be well chilled prior to serving (at least 3-4 hours).

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Chocolate Oaties

Looking for a quick and easy treat? How about Chocolate Oaties… delicious “No-Bake” drop cookies featuring chocolate, peanut butter, nuts and oats? The best part is they only take about 10 minutes to make, and are soooo GOOD. Yes, please!Chocolate Oaties / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Delicious 10 minute "no-bake" drop cookies with chocolate, peanut butter, nuts and oats!

I grew up eating Chocolate Oaties. My Mom made them for our family quite often, I suppose because they taste so good (gotta be that chocolate-peanut butter combo!) and the fact that they are fairly inexpensive and ridiculously QUICK AND EASY to make in 10 minutes. Whatever her reasons were, these no-bake cookies were always a big hit with our family.  Here’s how to make them:

Measure the peanut butter, oats, vanilla, salt and chopped nuts into a large mixing bowl. Set aside. (It’s important to do this BEFORE next step! Trust me.)

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In a medium saucepan, place sugar, cocoa, butter, and evaporated milk. Cook on medium heat, stirring often, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil ingredients for 1 minute. Immediately remove the chocolate sauce from heat and pour over peanut butter/oat mixture in mixing bowl while it is boiling hot.  The very hot chocolate sauce helps to melt the peanut butter!

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Chocolate Oaties / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Stir well, to fully melt peanut butter and combine all ingredients.  Place a piece of wax paper on a 9×13 baking sheet. Drop batter by rounded spoonfuls onto wax paper (Use 2 spoons… one to scoop, and the back of the other to scoop/drop cookies onto paper).  Place baking sheet (uncovered) into refrigerator, and refrigerate for an hour so they can set up.

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Chocolate Oaties / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That’s it!!!  See how easy that was?  Remember to store any uneaten chocolate oaties in a covered container in refrigerator. By the way… here’s one I saved for you… want a bite?

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I hope you enjoy these quick, yummy, easy to prepare drop cookies… we sure do!
Have a great day, friends.

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Recipe Source: My Mom

Chocolate Oaties
 
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You can make these delicious no-bake chocolate and peanut butter flavored drop cookies in about 10 minutes!
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: approx. 30 cookies
Ingredients
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick cook oats (dry)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½-3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cube butter
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
Directions
  1. Measure the peanut butter, oats, vanilla, salt and chopped nuts into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, place sugar, cocoa, butter, and evaporated milk. Cook on medium heat, stirring often, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil ingredients for 1 minute. Immediately remove sauce from heat and pour over peanut butter/oat mixture in mixing bowl. Stir well, to fully melt peanut butter and combine all ingredients.
  3. Place a piece of wax or parchment paper on a 9x13 baking sheet. Drop batter by rounded spoonfuls onto paper (Use 2 spoons... one to scoop, and the back of the other to scoop/drop cookies onto paper). See NOTES section for tip.
  4. Place baking sheet (uncovered) into refrigerator, and refrigerate for an hour so they can set up. Enjoy! Store chocolate oaties in a covered container in refrigerator.
Notes
I used a rounded Tablespoon batter for each cookie (yielded 31, 2-3" wide cookies).
If you want more cookies, simply make them smaller by using a rounded teaspoon!

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The Pioneer Woman’s Blackberry Cobbler

It’s the middle of summer here in the Pacific Northwest, and wild blackberries are everywhere!  I recently tried a new cobbler recipe after picking blackberries near our home.  It’s called The Pioneer Woman’s Blackberry Cobbler!  This type of cobbler is slightly different than other recipes, but anything Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) makes is fabulous!The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Most cobblers tend to put the berries on the bottom of the dish, then batter is poured or spooned over the berries. That’s how I would normally make a berry cobbler.  Not so with this version!  The batter is placed in the pan first, then the berries and sugar are placed on top…creating a more cake-like texture under the berries!

This technique sounded interesting to me (and I always am curious about new ways of doing things), so I decided to make a blackberry cobbler, using some of the free wild blackberries I picked just a few blocks from our home.  We also have a lot of blackberries growing over our back fence from the forest behind our home… how fun to have an huge and FREE supply of these tasty berries! I just HAD to make a cobbler, and decided to try this version!

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The recipe is very simple to prepare… and I gotta tell ya… homemade berry cobbler and a scoop of ice cream is the perfect summer dessert, if you ask me!  Here’s how to make this berry delicious cobbler:

First, melt butter in the microwave, then let it cool.  In a separate medium mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of granulated sugar and flour. Whisk in a cup of milk until batter is formed. Slowly drizzle in the cooled down melted butter, and whisk well, to fully combine ingredients.

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Grease or butter a 9 inch round baking dish.  Pour the batter into the prepared dish, and spread evenly.

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Rinse the blackberries and then pat them dry. Evenly place the blackberries on top of the batter. Sprinkle the berries with 1/4 cup granulated sugar.

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Bake cobbler in a preheated 350 degree oven for 55-60 minutes, until the cobbler is bubbly and the surface is golden in color.  If you want, you can remove the cobbler from the oven about 10 minutes before it is done, sprinkle the top with another couple teaspoons of sugar, then place back in oven for final 10 minutes. (This is what I did).

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The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When cobbler is done, remove pan from oven. Let it cool down a little bit before serving, then slice it up and serve with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream! Enjoy this delicious dessert!

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

This was certainly an EASY recipe… and it was really yummy, too! Hope you will consider making this recipe (fixing it with fresh boysenberries would be amazing, as well!).

Have a wonderful day!

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Recipe Source: http://www.thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/the_great_cobbl/

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cube butter, melted, cooled to room temp.
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 cup self-rising flour (See note section for substitution)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2-3 cups blackberries (fresh or frozen) I used 3 cups fresh.
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar (to sprinkle on cobbler during last 10 minutes of baking)
Directions
  1. First, melt butter in the microwave, then let it cool. In a separate medium mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of granulated sugar and flour. Whisk in a cup of milk until batter is formed. Slowly drizzle in the cooled down melted butter, and whisk well, to fully combine ingredients.
  2. Grease or butter a 9 inch round baking dish. Pour the batter into the prepared dish, and spread evenly.
  3. Rinse the blackberries and then pat them dry. Evenly place the blackberries on top of the batter. Sprinkle the berries with ¼ cup granulated sugar.
  4. Bake cobbler in a preheated 350 degree oven for 55-60 minutes, until the cobbler is bubbly and surface is golden in color. If you want, you can remove the cobbler from the oven about 10 minutes before it is done, sprinkle the top with another couple teaspoons of sugar, then place back in oven for final 10 minutes. When cobbler is done, remove pan from oven. Let it cool down a little bit before serving, then slice it up and serve with a big ol' scoop of vanilla ice cream! Enjoy!
Notes
No self-rising flour? No problem. For 1 cups self-rising flour, substitute 1 cup all-purpose flour + 1½ teaspoons baking powder + ½ teaspoon salt.

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Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

It’s the middle of summer, it’s extremely HOT in Oregon this week (with temps expected to reach 108-110 degrees), but we do have some yummy ice cream in the freezer and this amazing, thick Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce ready to drizzle on it, so it’s all GOOD! We will be hot, but at least we will have a smile on our faces!Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks! You may never want to buy hot fudge sauce at the store again after tasting this homemade thick chocolate sauce, ready in 10 minutes!!
This recipe for hot fudge sauce is a keeper, folks… fudge-y, creamy… and ready in under 10 minutes!  I’m NOT kidding… it tastes amazing!  Here’s how you can make this decadent sauce at home, rather than buying it at the local grocery store!

In a large saucepan, bring whipping cream, corn syrup, dark brown sugar, salt, and HALF of the finely chopped chocolate to a boil over medium heat. Stir often until chocolate has melted. Reduce the heat under the pan and simmer (a low boil) for 5 minutes, making sure to stir the mixture frequently to prevent scorching.

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Remove pan from the heat. Add butter, vanilla extract and the rest of the chocolate. Stir until chocolate is smooth and lump-free. Let the hot fudge sauce cool just a bit before serving.

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Spoon the slightly hot fudge sauce over ice cream, cake, or even drizzled on top of dessert crepes!  It is soooo good!

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Store the unused sauce in a covered jar or container with a lid for up to a week in the refrigerator. Once refrigerated, the sauce will thicken considerably. When ready to use it again, place the amount you will be using in the microwave (in a microwave-safe container) and re-heat for 10-15 seconds. The sauce can also be reheated on your stovetop.Enjoy!

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

This sauce is so delicious and fudgy, you might be tempted to grab a spoon and eat it straight out of the jar (not that I would know… wink, wink!). This recipe is most definitely going into my “keeper” file!  Hope you will give it a try – I just KNOW you’re gonna love it, too!

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: https://www.averiecooks.com/2013/04/10-minute-homemade-hot-fudge-html

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Thick, creamy, rich and decadent, this quick and easy hot fudge sauce is so good you may never want to buy it at the store again!
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Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (can also use dark or bittersweet), finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions
  1. In a large saucepan, bring whipping cream, corn syrup, dark brown sugar, salt, and HALF of the finely chopped chocolate to a boil over medium heat. Stir often until chocolate has melted. Reduce the heat under the pan and simmer (a low boil) for 5 minutes, making sure to stir the mixture frequently to prevent scorching.
  2. Remove pan from the heat. Add butter, vanilla extract and the rest of the chocolate. Stir until chocolate is smooth and lump-free. Let the hot fudge sauce cool just a bit before serving.
  3. Store the unused sauce in a covered jar or container with a lid for up to a week in the refrigerator. Once refrigerated, the sauce will thicken considerably. When ready to use it again, place the amount you will be using in the microwave (in a microwave-safe container) and re-heat for 10-15 seconds. The sauce can also be reheated on your stovetop. Enjoy!

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