Category: Desserts

Karen’s Delicious Apple Cobbler

Four ingredients and thirty minutes is all you need to make this EASY and delicious apple cobbler for dessert!Four ingredients and thirty minutes is all you need to make this EASY and delicious apple cobbler for dessert!

If you’re looking for an EASY dessert that can be made quickly, may I suggest  this simple recipe for Karen’s Delicious Apple Cobbler? You only need 4 ingredients and 30 minutes to make this amazing dessert! It’s REALLY quite tasty!

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Why This Apple Cobbler Is Named After My Friend, Karen

When I was a newlywed 40 years ago, my husband and I moved from Southern California to a small town in Southern Oregon. I was privileged to meet a woman named Karen at the church where my husband was the Music Pastor.

Karen sang in our choir, had an amazing voice, and an even sweeter personality and infectious laugh. She graciously invited us over for meals, became a dear friend, and even let me do our laundry at her home several times… THAT was also a huge gift because it meant I didn’t have to hang out at the local laundromat for hours.

Karen made this apple cobbler for us once (40 years ago), and I loved it.  Being a newlywed, and loving to cook, I asked her if she would share her recipe with me. She laughed and told me how incredibly easy it was to make (a big plus!), and gave it to me.

I named the recipe after her and wrote it on the recipe card, so I wouldn’t ever forget who gave it to me. I’ve made this recipe many times over the years, and finally decided to add it to my blog.  Karen passed away quite suddenly in 2014, but her sweet spirit, love, zest for life, and memories live on in every person she poured herself into, including ME!

How EASY Is This Apple Cobbler To Make?

Here’s how to make this… it’s so very EASY!  Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease a 13×9 pan (or two smaller sized pans) with non-stick spray.  Spread fruit pie filling evenly in pan.

Apple pie filling is spread into baking pans.In medium bowl, mix butter, yellow cake mix and chopped nuts until crumbly.

Butter is blended into dry ingredients using a pastry blender.

Chopped pecans are added to dry ingredients for cobbler

Dry ingredients, butter and pecans are crumbly and ready to top apple cobbler.

Sprinkle this dry mixture evenly over the apple pie filling. The cobbler is usually made in a 9×13 pan, but this time I made it in a square pan (8×8) and a 9 inch cake pan, so I could give one away to a friend recovering from surgery, yet still have one for our family.

Crumb topping has been placed on top of the apple pie filling in baking pan.

Bake at 350° F. for approximately 30 minutes, or until bubbly and crumb mixture is light golden brown on top. Remove pan to a wire rack and let cool down slightly before serving.

Two pans of Karen's delicious apple cobbler are cooling on wire rack after baking.

Once cobbler has cooled down a bit, serve up individual portions.  This cobbler tastes best served slightly warm, with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

Karen's Delicious Apple Cobbler is serving in ramekin with a scoop of ice cream.

This cobbler is so very easy to make, and truly is quite scrumptious!

Do You Enjoy Cobblers And Crisps?

Speaking of cobblers, if you enjoy this type of dessert you might be interested in other cobbler and crisp recipes on this blog. I have quite a few cobbler recipes. Some of them are Strawberry Cobbler, Blackberry Cobbler, or Old-Fashioned Peach Crisp. You might also enjoy learning about the history of cobblers, crisps, pandowdy, etc.

A spoonful of Karen's delicious apple cobbler is ready to eat!

It’s wonderful to have a recipe card for an apple cobbler that is yummy and soooo simple to make, permanently stored in my recipe box (and now on my blog)!  With every bite, I am reminded of the sweet friend who gave it to me, and miss her very much! Have a great day, and be sure to check out ALL my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page.

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Author's signatureRecipe Source: Karen Cobb Nelson

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Karen's Delicious Apple Cobbler
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Four ingredients and thirty minutes is all you need to make this EASY and delicious apple cobbler for dessert!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cobbler
Servings: 12 servings
Calories Per Serving: 342 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 can apple pie filling (21 ounces)
  • 1 cube butter , at room temperature
  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans , chopped
  • Non-stick spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease a 13x9 pan (or two smaller sized pans) with non-stick spray.
  2. Spread fruit pie filling evenly in pan.
  3. In medium bowl, mix butter, yellow cake mix and chopped nuts until crumbly. Sprinkle this dry mixture evenly over the apple pie filling.
  4. Bake at 350° F. for approximately 30 minutes, or until bubbly and crumb mixture is light golden brown on top. Remove pan to a wire rack and let cool down slightly before serving. This cobbler tastes best served slightly warm, with a big ol' scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!
Nutrition Facts
Karen's Delicious Apple Cobbler
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 342
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Four ingredients and thirty minutes is all you need to make this EASY and delicious apple cobbler for dessert!

Microwave Pecan Brittle

Microwave Pecan Brittle is a time-saving twist on a classic candy! This delicious, crunchy holiday treat is easy to make in 15 minutes, using a microwave!Microwave Pecan Brittle is a time-saving twist on a classic candy! This delicious, crunchy holiday treat is easy to make in 15 minutes, using a microwave!
Traditional peanut brittle gets an update and a time-saving twist in this simple recipe for Microwave Pecan Brittle! Yes… this buttery, crunchy candy is easy to make in 15 minutes, uses pecan halves instead of the customary Spanish or raw peanuts, and is made entirely IN THE MICROWAVE!

I grew up eating “traditionally made” peanut brittle every Christmas when my Mom would cook a large batch on our stovetop.  The process was a bit complicated, and involved using a candy thermometer, cooking the “syrup” portion to exactly the right temperature, and actually took a while to make.

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Who Knew You Could Make Microwave Pecan Brittle In A MICROWAVE?

When I saw this MICROWAVE time-saving recipe online from Chris Scheuer of The Café Sucré Farine a couple of months ago, I KNEW I wanted to try it (if you’ve never visited her blog, I highly recommend it)!

We were starting a complete kitchen remodel the first week in November, and I knew I wanted to make some Christmas goodies ahead of time so we could have some goodies to enjoy over the holidays or for gift-giving, even though we wouldn’t have any major appliances (or a kitchen, for that matter) during Thanksgiving OR Christmas.

Well, as I write this post, it’s almost Christmas, and we are in the final days of our remodel. It looks like I will have a working kitchen the second week of January! It’s been nice to pull this pecan brittle out of our freezer (yes, I froze it back in October) and thoroughly enjoy it! I am happy to report that this microwave pecan brittle recipe is wonderful… easy to prepare, and quite delicious! Here’s how to make it!

How To Make Microwave Pecan Brittle

Cover a large cookie sheet with foil, making sure to leave an overhang of foil on all sides. Give the foil on the baking sheet a very generous spray of non-stick cooking spray.

Place the pan in a preheated 350 degree oven while you make the candy. This is done to make sure pan is really warm when you pour in the hot liquid mixture later on. A warm pan helps the pecan brittle to thin out and spread a bit easier.

Aluminum foil covered baking sheet is warmed in oven before adding pecan brittle mixture.

Spray a 2 qt. microwave-safe baking dish AND a heat-resistant spatula with non-stick cooking spray. Measure the sugar and corn syrup into the baking dish. Stir until this mixture is fully combined and thick. Put the dish in the microwave.

Cook The Brittle In Steps

Cook mixture using HIGH power for 3½ minutes. As you can see from the photos, the mixture will be very hot, bubbly and light in color when done. Remove from microwave carefully – it is HOT!

Pecan Brittle syrup is heated in microwave oven until bubbly.

Stir in the pecan halves, then place dish back into microwave.  Cook mixture on HIGH power for an additional 3 minutes. Remove dish from microwave carefully (the color will be slighter darker).

Pecan halves are added to brittle mixture and microwaved.

Immediately add butter and the vanilla extract to the hot candy mixture. Stir the candy very well to combine all ingredients. Put the dish back in the microwave (last time). Cook on HIGH power for 1 minute.

Note: Since microwaves sometimes have different wattage levels, keep an eye on the color of the candy during the third microwaving. You may need to cook it an additional minute or so to achieve a medium brown color.

Butter added to pan, and pecan brittle is microwaved again until golden brown.

What To Do When Done Microwaving The Pecan Brittle

Remove the dish from microwave very carefully. It is HOT. Sprinkle the baking soda over the top of the candy mixture. Stir only until the baking soda has been mixed in. The candy will get foamy, rise up a bit in the dish, and turn from a slightly amber color to a more caramel color.

Baking soda is sprinkled over the top of the pecan brittle mixture.

Pour The Microwave Pecan Brittle Onto Warm Foil-Lined Baking Pan

Immediately (and carefully- use those hot pads!) pour the hot liquid candy onto your warm foil-lined baking sheet, covering as much of the foil as you can. Use a sprayed, heat-resistant spatula to spread the candy out as much as possible on the sheet.

When you spread it out, you might have some holes or uneven areas appear in the candy… don’t worry about that, cause you will bust it up into pieces later! You really cannot mess this up, no matter how hard you may try!

Break Up The Brittle Once Totally Cooled

Once the brittle has cooled down completely, all you will need to do is lift the foil right off of the baking sheet using the overhanging pieces of foil, lift the candy right off the foil and break it up into small serving sized pieces! It’s EASY!

Microwave Pecan Brittle mixture is poured out onto covered baking sheet, to cool.

The microwave pecan brittle is ready to serve once it is broken up into pieces. Store the leftovers in an airtight sealed container. NOTE: I placed mine into a freezer storage bag and froze the candy for two months, due to our remodel. When I took it out of the freezer and let it thaw out, the candy tasted just as marvelous as the first day I made it! Yay!

Microwave Pecan Brittle is broken into pieces and served, on red platter.

Microwave Pecan Brittle is served, once broken into small pieces.

I found this quick (and new to me) method for making microwave pecan brittle to be so easy, and the results taste fabulous! What a wonderful hostess gift this homemade pecan brittle would be, wrapped up in a cute decorated bag or container! Have a blessed Christmas and Hannukah, friends! Hope you will cherish and appreciate every minute of time spent with those you love!

Sure hope you will give this yummy Christmas treat a try. Your family and friends will LOVE it! Be sure to check out ALL my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. Have a great day.

You Might Also Enjoy These Other Holiday Treats

Candied Orange, Cinnamon & Clove Spiced Pecans
Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters
Cranberry Cashew Clusters
Microwave Rocky Road Fudge
Mom’s Refrigerator Fruitcake (it’s not THAT kind of fruitcake!)

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Microwave Pecan Brittle
Prep Time
7 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Microwave Pecan Brittle is a time-saving twist on a classic candy! This delicious, crunchy holiday treat is easy to make in 15 minutes, using a microwave!
Category: Candy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: microwave pecan brittle
Servings: 30 pieces (approx.)
Calories Per Serving: 74 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup (light)
  • cups pecan halves
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
Instructions
  1. Cover a large cookie sheet with foil, making sure to leave an overhang on all sides. Give the foil a very generous spraying with non-stick spray. Place pan in a preheated 350 degree oven while you make the candy (this is done to make sure pan is really warm when you pour in the hot liquid candy mixture later on. Warm pan helps brittle to thin out and spread out a bit easier.)
  2. Spray a 2 qt. baking dish AND a heat-resistant spatula with non-stick cooking spray. Mix granulated sugar and corn syrup until fully combined and thick. Put dish in microwave. Cook mixture using HIGH power for 3½ minutes. The mixture will be very hot and light in color when done. Remove from microwave carefully - it is HOT!
  3. Stir in the pecan halves, then place dish back into microwave. Cook mixture on HIGH power for an additional 3 minutes. Remove dish from microwave carefully (the color will be a slighter darker).
  4. Immediately add butter and vanilla extract. Stir very well to combine all ingredients. Put the dish back in microwave (last time). Cook on HIGH power for 1 minute. NOTE: Since microwaves sometimes have different watt levels, keep an eye on the color of the candy during the third microwaving. You may need to cook it an additional minute or so to achieve a medium brown color.
  5. Remove dish from microwave. Sprinkle baking soda over the top of the candy mixture. Stir only until the baking soda has been mixed in. The candy will get foamy, rise up a bit in the dish, and turn from a slightly amber color to a caramel color.
  6. Immediately (and very carefully) pour the hot liquid onto your warm foil-lined baking sheet. Use your non-stick sprayed, heat-resistant spatula to spread the candy out as much as possible on the sheet. When you spread it out, you might see some holes or uneven areas... don't worry about that, cause you will bust it up later!
  7. Once the brittle has cooled down completely, all you need to do is lift the foil right out of the pan, then grab that candy, lifting it off the foil, and break it all up into small pieces!
Nutrition Facts
Microwave Pecan Brittle
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 74 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 43mg2%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Microwave Pecan Brittle is a time-saving twist on a classic candy! This delicious, crunchy holiday treat is easy to make in 15 minutes, using a microwave!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies

Crunchy, creamy, chocolate covered peanut butter Ritz cookies are quick, delicious, and totally EASY holiday treats to make, using only a few ingredients! Crunchy, creamy, chocolate covered peanut butter ritz cookies are quick, delicious, and totally EASY holiday treats to make, using only a few ingredients!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz® Cookies are an annual Christmas family tradition for us. The recipe has been 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!

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.

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How To Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies

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.

Creamy peanut butter is spread on Ritz cracker for cookies.

Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies before being covered in chocolate.

Make The Dipping Chocolate

Melt 1½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips with 1 HEAPING Tablespoon vegetable shortening in a microwave-safe bowl the microwave. Heat on High for 30 seconds. Remove the bowl and stir the chocolate. It will not be completely melted at this point.

Place the bowl back in microwave oven and heat an additional 30 seconds on High. Remove the bowl and stir the mixture again, until completely smooth.

Chocolate chips are melted with shortening to cover the peanut butter ritz cookies.

Time To Dip Some Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies!

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 the entire cookie with chocolate. Let any excess chocolate drip back into bowl. Place the cookie back onto a piece of parchment paper.

Do not move the chocolate covered peanut butter Ritz cookies once you set them down.  Repeat process with all of the cookies. Once the chocolate has firmed up, they are ready to eat, unless you want to decorate them.

Each of the peanut butter ritz cookies are covered with melted chocolate

Decorating The Cookies More?

If you want to decorate the cookies, let the cookies sit, undisturbed, until the chocolate has firmed up completely.  To make an icing to decorate with, 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 are drizzled with a powdered sugar glaze.

Ready To Serve!

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

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies on a Christmas plate.

These delicious 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 whether you fancy them up or not!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies can be decorated in various ways.

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”. The chocolate peanut butter Ritz cookies are so good it will be hard to stay out of them. Just remember to leave at least ONE left for good ol’ Santa Claus!

One of the Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies cut in half, on a Christmas plate.

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 these chocolate covered peanut butter Ritz cookies a part of your holiday traditions, too!

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Recipe Source: My Mom and Aunt Theda

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Crunchy, creamy, chocolate covered peanut butter ritz cookies are quick, delicious, and totally EASY holiday treats to make, using only a few ingredients!
Category: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut butter ritz cookies
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 255 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Cookies:
  • 24 buttery crackers (I used Ritz® crackers)
  • 12 teaspoons creamy peanut butter
For Chocolate Coating:
  • cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable shortening , use heaping Tablespoon!
For White Drizzle:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Water ( a couple drops at a time)
Instructions
  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!
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 92mg4%
Potassium 186mg5%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin to your Pinterest boards!Crunchy, creamy, chocolate covered peanut butter ritz cookies are quick, delicious, and totally EASY holiday treats to make, using only a few ingredients!

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Cute, buttery, chocolate dipped shortbread cookies are a cinch to make in 10 minutes, using store-bought cookies. They’re a real time saver during the holidays!Cute, buttery, chocolate dipped shortbread cookies are a cinch to make in 10 minutes, using store-bought cookies. They're a real time saver during the holidays!

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!

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Easy To Make, Using Store Bought Shortbread Cookies!

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)! 

Ingredients necessary for chocolate dipped shortbread cookies.

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

How To Make Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

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).

Dipping part of the shortbread cookie into chocolate.

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. Trust me!

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies resting on parchment paper.

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 are on parchment paper, until chocolate firms up.

Ready To EAT!

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

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies on a white serving plate, ready to eat!

The chocolate dipped shortbread 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?

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies, covered with colored sprinkles, on a white plate.

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 chocolate dipped shortbread cookies (pictured above) in October before construction began. They were wrapped and frozen, so I would still be able to give my neighbors plates of yummy goodies at Christmas, as is my tradition!

There may not be a kitchen available to me this year, but I can still give gifts of food! I might have even saved a few chocolate dipped shortbread cookies for my husband and I as well! Yum! Hope you’ll enjoy making and eating these Christmas cookies!

Looking For Other Recipes For Christmas Goodies?

All of my recipes can be found in the Recipe Index at the top of the page. You might even like my post featuring quite a few recipes in a Holiday Goodies Collection! Speaking of Christmas goodies, be sure and check out my recipes for:

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Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Cute, buttery, chocolate dipped shortbread cookies are a cinch to make in 10 minutes, using store-bought cookies. They're a real time saver during the holidays!
Category: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate dipped shortbread cookies
Servings: 2 dozen
Calories Per Serving: 290 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
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
Instructions
  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 1/2 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!
Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation is based on using Walkers Shortbread. Caloric count will vary, based on the type of shortbread cookie used.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 290
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Cute, buttery, chocolate dipped shortbread cookies are a cinch to make in 10 minutes, using store-bought cookies. They're a real time saver during 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! You'll love this easy, creamy microwave rocky road fudge, with marshmallows and pecans! Best part? It only takes 5 minutes to make this treat with 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 “traditional” fudge. It is soooo good!

I recently found a recipe for microwave rocky road fudge 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. That’s most of us during this busy season, right?

The recipe for microwave rocky road fudge was in an old cookbook I had in my cookbook collection. This recipe 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 microwave rocky road fudge:

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How to Make Microwave Rocky Road Fudge

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

Dish is covered with foil and sprayed with non-stick spray for microwave rocky road fudge.

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

Powdered sugar, butter, cocoa powder and milk, in bowl before placing in microwave to make fudge.

Butter has melted in the microwave with other ingredients in bowl for fudge.

Remove the bowl from the microwave, and stir or whisk the ingredients, to combine. The mixture will need to be smooth.

Ingredients for microwave rocky road fudge are stirred after cooking.

Immediately add the chopped pecans, miniature marshmallows and vanilla extract. Stir this mixture well, until all ingredients are blended together.

Miniature marshmallows, vanilla and pecans are added to microwave rocky road fudge.

Mixing the ingredients together in a bowl, for microwave rocky road fudge.

Let It Chill!

Pour the fudge mixture into the prepared 8×8 pan, and spread the fudge evenly in pan. Place the microwave rocky road fudge in the refrigerator and let it chill for 1 hour, or until it firms up. Once fudge has firmed up, lift it out of pan using the extended edges of foil. The foil overhang will help you lift the entire block of fudge up and out of the dish. 

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge is spread in dish and refrigerated for 1 hour.

Helpful Tip For Cutting Microwave Rocky Road Fudge

Cut fudge into 1 inch square pieces, using either a pizza cutter or a very sharp knife. 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.

The microwave rocky road fudge is cut into small pieces to serve.

And just as quick as that… you’ve made homemade microwave rocky road 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 candy!

Interested In More Recipes For Christmas Goodies?

Speaking of Christmas goodies, you might want to try Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons, Mom’s Refrigerator Fruitcake (NO-it’s not THAT kind of fruitcake), Sprinkle Bars or Gingerbread Muffins!

You might also like Snowball Cookies, Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies, Pecan Pie Truffles, Microwave Pecan Brittle, Coconut Candied Cashews, Tex Mex Party Nuts, or Candied Citrus Peels! These and other Christmas treats can be found in the Recipe Index at the top of the page. All are wonderful for gift-giving during the most wonderful time of the year!

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge Is Perfect For Gift Giving!

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 few minutes to make! Make sure to keep microwave rocky road fudge stored in a covered airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy this decadent, quick and easy holiday treat!

Microwave rocky road fudge on a Christmas plate, ready to eat!

A Christmas plate, full of microwave rocky road fudge.

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

Have a wonderful day, full of love, laughter, and great JOY!

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

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Microwave Rocky Road Fudge
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
7 mins
 
You'll love this easy, creamy microwave rocky road fudge, with marshmallows and pecans! Best part? It only takes 5 minutes to make this treat with a microwave!
Category: Christmas Goodies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: microwave rocky road fudge
Servings: 30 pieces (approx. 1½ pounds
Calories Per Serving: 115 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • cups sifted confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1/2 cup butter (or margarine)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  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!
Nutrition Facts
Microwave Rocky Road Fudge
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 115 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 48mg2%
Potassium 24mg1%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 18g20%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Pecan Pie Truffles

Chocolate covered Pecan Pie Truffles are a yummy, sweet dessert treat! Perfect homemade food gift for family and friends at Christmas or Thanksgiving! Chocolate covered Pecan Pie Truffles are a yummy, sweet dessert treat! Perfect homemade food gift for family and friends at Christmas or Thanksgiving!

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!

The recipe for pecan pie truffles 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 at a Christmas party, but you know what? These pecan pie truffles would also be yummy on 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.

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How To Make Pecan Pie Truffles

The truffles are actually not that hard to make!  Being by placing chopped pecans on a 13×9 baking sheet (sprayed with a non-stick spray). Bake the pecans for 5 minutes, to lightly toast them.

Chopped pecans are roasted in oven for pecan pie truffles.

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

Maple syrup, corn syrup and vanilla are added to toasted pecans for pecan pie truffles.

The filling for Pecan Pie Truffles is mixed together in a large bowl.

Forming the Pecan Pie Truffles

Remove the 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. Chill the pecan pie truffles for 30 minutes.

Pecan Pie Truffles are shaped into balls, then placed on parchment paper lined pan to refrigerate.

Cooking Chocolate Topping For Pecan Pie Truffles

There are two ways to prepare melted chocolate to cover the pecan pie truffles. Either way will work to cover the truffles.

  1. If using purchased melting chocolate or candy melts, prepare according to package directions.
  2. If using chocolate chips and shortening (the method I use), 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.

Chocolate is melted, to cover the pecan pie truffles.

Dipping Pecan Pie Truffles In Chocolate

Dip each of the pecan pie truffles 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. Let the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl.

When the truffles 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. It is important to sprinkle them with pecans BEFORE the chocolate hardens! Repeat process until all are coated.

Pecan Pie Truffles are dipped in chocolate, then garnished with toasted chopped pecans.

Ready To EAT!

Let the chocolate on the truffles harden by placing them in refrigerator.  Once the chocolate is firm, the pecan pie truffles are ready to serve!

Pecan Pie Truffles are garnished and ready to serve on a red Christmas plate.

Enjoy the pecan pie filling taste of these delicious truffles! If you’re feeling generous, make up a little plate of goodies for a friend or neighbor. Spread the joy of the season with others!

Pecan pie truffle is cut in half to show the inside, full of yummy pecan pieces!

Hope you will consider making these little chocolate covered pecan pie truffles. I am making them to give 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!

Looking For More TRUFFLE Recipes?

You can find ALL my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have some delicious truffle recipes, including:

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

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Pecan Pie Truffles
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Chocolate covered Pecan Pie Truffles are a yummy, sweet dessert treat! Perfect homemade food gift for family and friends at Christmas or Thanksgiving!
Category: Candy, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pecan pie truffles
Servings: 30 truffles (approx.)
Calories Per Serving: 188 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • cups toasted pecans , finely chopped (divided)
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons real maple syrup
  • cup light corn syrup
  • teaspoons vanilla
  • 16 oz. melting chocolate OR 12 ounces semi-sweet choc. chips + 2 heaping Tbl. shortening
Instructions
  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 1/4 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!
Nutrition Facts
Pecan Pie Truffles
Amount Per Serving (1 truffle)
Calories 188 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 72mg3%
Potassium 52mg1%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 38IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins

Make these yummy Fall or Halloween themed Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins in only 20 minutes! Kids will love making these easy treats!Make these yummy Fall or Halloween themed Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins in only 20 minutes! Kids will love making these easy treats!

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? I found a recipe on Pinterest for these cute little pumpkins and knew I had to make them! Looking at them, I thought they were the perfect Fall treat.

I love the original Rice Krispy 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!

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How To Make These Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

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 and butter are melted in pan.

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

Marshmallows and food coloring are added to melted peanut butter mixture.

Marshmallow mixture is cooked until all marshmallows are melted.

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

Rick krispie cereal is added to peanut butter marshmallow mixture and stirred until blended.

Forming The Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins

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 Krispy mixture, you can bend it a little to make a more realistic looking “stem”. Repeat process until you have made 12 pumpkins.

Tootsie rolls are added to look like stems on rice krispie pumpkins.

Time To Decorate!

Once the peanut butter rice krispie 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.

Rice krispie pumpkins, ready to eat!

Up close photo of rice krispie pumpkin... BOO!

These Fall-themed peanut butter rice krispie pumpkins 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 to enjoy!. Sure hope you enjoy them!

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

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Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Make these yummy Fall or Halloween themed Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats in only 20 minutes!
Category: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rice krispie pumpkins
Servings: 12 pumpkins
Calories Per Serving: 279 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (10 ounces) mini-marshmallows
  • 1/2 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)
Instructions
  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!
Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins
Amount Per Serving (1 pumpkin)
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 167mg7%
Potassium 87mg2%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1020IU20%
Vitamin C 8.8mg11%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 4.5mg25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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!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!
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!

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How To Make Cinnamon Chip Cookies

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

Cake mix, egg, etc. in a large bowl, to make batter for cinnamon chip cookies.

Batter for the cinnamon chip cookies in large mixing bowl.

Add the cinnamon chips to the batter. Stir, until the mixture is fully combined.

Cinnamon chips are added to the cookie batter, then stirred to combine.

The cinnamon chips are mixed into the cookie batter.

Spray your 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 a standard sized Tablespoon will yield about 4 dozen cinnamon chip cookies. I used large HEAPING Tablespoons of batter, so my quantity was reduced to 2 dozen).

The dough for cinnamon chip cookies is placed in scoops onto baking sheet.

Time To Bake Cinnamon Chip Cookies!

Bake these cookies in preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. When done, the batter should be set, and the tops of the cookies should have a crackled appearance. If you are making the larger sized cookies, the cooking time will need to be increased, to make sure they are cooked through.

Cinnamon chip cookies, cooling on wire rack after baking.

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

Cinnamon Chip Cookies are ready to eat, served on a white plate.

Once the cinnamon chip cookies have completely cooled, they are ready to eat! The cookies have great flavor, and are SO EASY to make, and I hope you enjoy them.  They really taste good! Why not share a little plate of cookies with a neighbor? That’s a great conversation starter!

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you will come back soon for more yummy, family-friendly recipes. Have a fantastic day.

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

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Cinnamon Chip Cookies
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
17 mins
 
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!
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon chip cookies
Servings: 48 approx. 4 dozen
Calories Per Serving: 87 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix (any kind, 2 layer size)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips
Instructions
  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!
Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 87 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 79mg3%
Potassium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 4g4%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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.Check out this easy tutorial on how to make your own lemon curd from scratch! It's a perfect topping or filling for desserts, pancakes, waffles, etc.!
Years ago, I first tried this thick citrus “sauce” at a breakfast get together at a friends home.  My friend Sandy offered me some of her homemade lemon curd to put on my breakfast waffle. I said okay, which was quickly followed by,  “Sure, but what IS lemon curd?” My assumption was that it was like the curds you find in cottage cheese, and it is NOTHING like that. Silly me. This sauce tastes 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!

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How To Make Lemon Curd

Place the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar in a small saucepan. Whisk these together well, over medium heat.  Once the ingredients are fully mixed, whisk in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt.

Eggs, sugar, and egg yolks in pan, to begin making lemon curd.

Add butter to the pan and cook, whisking constantly, until the butter has melted and the curd has thickened. This will take approx. 3-4 minutes, so be patient, and keep stirring! IMPORTANT TIP: DO NOT LET THE MIXTURE BOIL! Just keep on whisking, and it will be just fine!

Butter is melted into eggs and sugar in pan, to make lemon curd.

Keep on whisking the sauce, until it thickens. Once the lemon curd has thickened, remove the pan from the heat, and let the curd cool to room temperature. While it is cooling, give it a good stir every few minutes.

The lemon curd is continually stirred while cooking, until it thickens.

Cooling And Storing The Homemade Lemon Curd

When the lemon curd has cooled to room temp, cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap, and put it in the refrigerator. This sauce will need to be well chilled prior to serving (at least 3-4 hours). Lemon curd should be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, and will keep for up to 5-6 days.

A spoonful of homemade lemon curd should be nice and thick.

The sauce is very versatile, and can be used in many recipes I recently used it in a recipe for Lemon Curd Filled Won Ton Cups! See them in the photo below? Aren’t they cute? They are also incredibly yummy!


Lemon curd is used to fill these won ton dessert cups.I might also mention that it is hard to not eat this amazing lemon curd right out of the pan with a spoon!  It’s soooo good.  Hope you’ll give it a try. You’re gonna love it in a variety of desserts, on waffles or pancakes, etc!

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

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How To Make Lemon Curd
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Check out this easy tutorial on how to make your own lemon curd from scratch! It's a perfect topping or filling for desserts, pancakes, waffles, etc.
Category: Dessert Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon curd
Servings: 24 Tablespoons (approx. 1½ cups total)
Calories Per Serving: 55 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs , plus 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 Tablespoon cold , unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 6 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  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).
Nutrition Facts
How To Make Lemon Curd
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 55 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 50mg2%
Potassium 8mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 4g4%
Vitamin A 135IU3%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Oaties

You’re gonna love Chocolate Oaties, delicious and EASY 10 minute “no-bake” drop cookies with chocolate, peanut butter, nuts and oats!You're gonna love Chocolate Oaties, delicious and EASY 10 minute "no-bake" drop cookies with chocolate, peanut butter, nuts and oats!

Looking for a quick and easy treat? How about Chocolate Oaties? They are 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!

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!). It also may have been because 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.  I’ve been making them this way for over 45 years now, and they never fail to get gobbled up! Here’s how to make them:

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How To Make Chocolate Oaties

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.

Ingredients for chocolate oaties in bowl.

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.

Cocoa, butter, sugar and evaporated milk cook before adding to dry ingredients.

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!

Hot cocoa mixture poured over peanut butter, oats and nuts.

Stir the chocolate oaties well, to fully melt peanut butter and combine all ingredients.  Place a piece of wax paper on a 9×13 baking sheet.

Ingredients are stirred to combine ingredients for chocolate oaties.

Form And Then Refrigerate The Chocolate Oaties

Drop the chocolate oaties 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 the baking sheet (uncovered) into refrigerator, and refrigerate for an hour so they can set up.

Chocolate Oaties firm up in the refrigerator before serving.

Time To Eat Some Yummy Chocolate Oaties!

After they have been refrigerated for an hour or more, they’re ready to enjoy! 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?

Here's a single chocolate oatie just for YOU!

I hope you enjoy these quick, yummy, easy to prepare drop cookies… we sure do! They are so delicious, it is hard to keep away from them… ha ha! Have a GREAT day, friends.

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Recipe Source: My Mom

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Chocolate Oaties
Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
10 mins
 
You're gonna love Chocolate Oaties, delicious and EASY 10 minute "no-bake" drop cookies with chocolate, peanut butter, nuts and oats!
Category: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate oaties
Servings: 30 cookies (approx.)
Calories Per Serving: 154 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick cook oats (dry)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cube butter
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
Instructions
  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.
Recipe 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!

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Oaties
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 71mg3%
Potassium 88mg3%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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