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10 Spectacular 4th of July Sweet Treats

by Jennifer Wieland
10 spectacular 4th of July sweet treats

 

The 4th of July is one week away and I know that this upcoming weekend will be filled to the brim with cookouts, parties, festivals and just a whole lot of fun and merriment! Whether you are heading out to someplace else or having friends and family over to celebrate this great nation you’ll want to serve up some delicious sweet treats. Today, I am sharing with you what I think are 10 spectacular 4th of July sweet treats from the blog!

10 spectacular 4th of July sweet treats

Strawberry Cupcakes

These cupcakes are delicious and packed with all the summer flavor that fresh, organic strawberries can pack! The frosting is unbelievably light and creamy!

Strawberry Cupcakes a perfect farewell to summer treat.

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

This cake is packed with fresh summer flavor and the addition of the ricotta cheese makes for a unique and very moist cake.

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting #WayfairCakeOff

Firecracker Funfettii Cupcakes with Flour Frosting

These cupcakes will bring out the kid in anyone! The bright sprinkles make the cake colorful and look like a colorful explosion. The flour frosting is different and perfect for people who aren’t fans of regular buttercream but don’t want to worry about a whipped cream frosting in the summer heat. The secret ingredient filling in the cupcakes really makes them POP!

Firecracker Funfetti Cupcakes with Flour Frosting & Pop Rocks Centers #YoungAndHungry

Celebration Oreo Bars

Think Rice Krispie Treats made out of Oreos instead of cereal and you have these delicious bars! They are so simple to make and can be jazzed up with red, white and blue candies and sprinkles for the perfect Americana vibe!

Celebration Oreo Bars

Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches

Since the 4th of July is a way to celebrate America’s birthday these Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches are the perfect treat to help honor America and keep cool in the hot sun!

Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches made with Nielsen-Massey Vanilla #NMVIceCream

Quick Fruit Cobbler

This is perfect for a last-minute, throw together dessert. You can make it with cherry, blueberry, strawberry or the always American classic apple pie filling. It comes together in minutes and paired with cool creamy ice cream it’s a delicious, classic dessert.

Quick and Easy Fruit Cobbler

S’mores Truffle Bars

S’mores are a summer, campfire, cookout staple during the summer. These S’mores Truffle Bars are a grownup take on the classic kid’s treat.

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

Four Ingredient CPS Lunchroom Butter Cookies

If you grew up in the Chicago area in mid to late 1900’s then you know and love these simple butter cookies. With only four ingredients these cookies come together in a snap and are delicious!

4 Ingredient CPS Lunchroom Butter Cookies

Strawberry Crème Pie

This no bake pie is packed with delicious strawberry flavor and since it’s a crème pie it is much lighter in taste than a traditional fruit pie. Added bonus, this can easily be made ahead so dessert is one less thing you have to worry about on the day of your cookout or party.

Strawberry Creme Pie

Cherry Pie Bars

This delicious dessert is a cross between a slab pie and almond brownies. The pairing of cherries and almond flavor make for a delicious dessert that’s more than able to feed a crowd!

Awe-Inspiring Cherry Pie Bars to celebrate National Cherry Month with Wayfair.com

What sweet treats are you cooking up for the 4th of July?

 

 


Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

by Jennifer Wieland
Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

 

 

Does anyone else or their kids have an addiction to those cake-like sugar cookies that are frosted with seasonally colored buttercream and topped with sprinkles? Yeah, my 11-year-old is obsessed with them and while they are delicious did you know that it’s ridiculously easy to make them yourself? Even better though is that they are even tastier than the store-bought ones! Score big points in your house with these Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies!

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

The cakey cookie dough comes together easily and bakes up to pale perfection in just minutes. 

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

No chemical, preservative filled cookies and frosting in these soft frosted sugar cookies. Basic buttercream can be flavored how you want to amp up the flavor of the finished cookies. Tint the frosting with a seasonal color of your choice or leave the frosting in its dye free, natural state. Add the sprinkles of your choosing to really make these yummy bites of happiness into some kid-friendly eye candy. 

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies
Serves 36
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139 calories
20 g
25 g
6 g
2 g
4 g
36 g
57 g
12 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
36g
Servings
36
Amount Per Serving
Calories 139
Calories from Fat 51
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 4g
18%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 25mg
8%
Sodium 57mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 20g
7%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 12g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Cookies
  1. 1/2 c. butter, softened
  2. 1 c. sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 3/4 tsp. vanilla
  5. 6 tbsp. milk + 1 tbsp. white vinegar, combined
  6. 3 c. all-purpose flour
  7. 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  8. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  9. 1/2 tsp. salt
For the Frosting
  1. 1/2 c. butter , softened
  2. 1 tsp. vanilla or other extract of choice
  3. 2 c. powdered sugar, sifted
  4. 1-2 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  5. food coloring (optional)
For the Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheets.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla on medium-high speed for a minute or two. Add in the soured milk mixture and beat on medium until well combined. This will take a few minutes and may still be a little lumpy. In another bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients in three batches and scrape down the bowl as needed. Mix until just combined.
  3. Scoop dough onto lined baking pans and using the bottom of a cup dipped in flour press the dough down until it is about 1/4 of an inch thick. Bake for 8-10 minutes. The cookies will not even have started browning, don’t worry though they are ready to come out. Let cool for 2-3 minutes on pan and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Frost when completely cooled.
For the Frosting
  1. Cream the butter and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the powdered sugar in three batches and be sure to thoroughly scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl between each addition. Once combined add 1 tbsp. of the cream and mix. Add the second one if necessary. Add any food coloring at this point. Beat the finished frosting on high for 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Use to frost cookies or cakes.
Notes
  1. These cookies are perfect for parties and holidays!
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CPS Lunchroom Peanut Butter Cookies

by Jennifer Wieland
CPS Lunchroom Peanut Butter Cookies

 

 

Ever since I posted the Four Ingredient CPS Lunchroom Butter Cookies last year I have received comments and emails from readers asking if I could please post the CPS Lunchroom Peanut Butter Cookies recipe as well. I have been meaning to do this one for some time now but other things just kept coming up and pushing it further and further back on my to-do list. Yesterday though I was able to finally get them made and photographed so that I could get the recipe up here this weekend.

CPS Lunchroom Peanut Butter Cookies

For those of you outside of the Chicago area you probably aren’t familiar with these. Back in the day though before school lunches were regulated to death and when children were still allowed to enjoy the occasional treat at school the Chicago Public School System offered up cookies for sale in the lunchrooms.

CPS Lunchroom Peanut Butter Cookies

These were a yummy treat and wildly popular with students for decades. Both recipes are simple, basic recipes that come together fast because they were designed just for that to get them done in time to feed all of the kids.

CPS Lunchroom Peanut Butter Cookies

CPS Lunchroom Peanut Butter Cookies
Yields 30
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105 calories
13 g
14 g
5 g
2 g
2 g
23 g
73 g
7 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
23g
Yields
30
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105
Calories from Fat 47
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 2g
12%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 14mg
5%
Sodium 73mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 13g
4%
Dietary Fiber 0g
2%
Sugars 7g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c. salted butter, softened
  2. 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
  3. 1/2 c. sugar
  4. 1/2 c. light brown sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  8. 1 tsp. baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the the butter and peanut butter on medium-high speed. Add in the sugars and vanilla and continue to mix together until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg. In a bowl combine the flour and baking soda and whisk together. Then stir into the wet ingredients until just combined.
  3. Scoop out 1 tbsp. of mix and roll into a ball if necessary. Place on the prepared pans and with a fork press down top to bottom and then again from left to right. Make sure you are only pressing enough to make marks and thin the dough out some. The cookies should be about 1/4" thick. Bake for 10-12 minutes and then cool.
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Easy Spring Bird’s Nest Cookies

by Jennifer Wieland
Easy Spring Bird's Nest Cookies #Easter #Baking #Cookingwithkids

 

 

 

It’s Spring! Or so they keep telling us here in Chicago but with snow twice this week I am inclined to disagree. I hope spring does make an appearance though because I do love it. Everything goes from brown and gray to bright, green and colorful. In honor of spring and the approaching Easter holiday I wanted to do a quick and easy food that will be perfect to serve and your spring feasts. These Spring Bird’s Nest Cookies can be made with store-bought items and come together in a snap!

Easy Spring Bird's Nest Cookies #Easter #Baking #Cookingwithkids

I love food crafts like this because you can use so many prepared food items to make this easier on you and to make this a fun and kid-friendly cooking project. If you prefer though you can always use your own favorite cookie dough recipe for this like I did. You can find my recipe here.

Easy Spring Bird's Nest Cookies #Easter #Baking #Cookingwithkids

You can use a muffin or cupcake pan for this but I prefer to use a dessert shell pan. In this case, what becomes the top and the sides gets a lovely brown color which is reminiscent of a tree branch. Also, you are assured of having a lovely evenly hollowed out center for your frosting and candy.

Easy Spring Bird's Nest Cookies #Easter #Baking #Cookingwithkids

If you want to bake with your kids or have kids like mine who think playing with frosting is fun. Then this is definitely something to do with them. To make the nests I used a pastry bag fitted with a grass tip. The great thing about the grass tip is it is very easy and forgiving so it will be easy for kids to use without the frustration of a tip that requires more control.

Easy Spring Bird's Nest Cookies #Easter #Baking #Cookingwithkids

Spring Bird's Nest Cookies
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2003 calories
314 g
186 g
80 g
6 g
15 g
512 g
921 g
292 g
0 g
62 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
512g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2003
Calories from Fat 718
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 80g
123%
Saturated Fat 15g
77%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 38g
Monounsaturated Fat 24g
Cholesterol 186mg
62%
Sodium 921mg
38%
Total Carbohydrates 314g
105%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 292g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
5%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
4%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Prepared cookie dough (I used chocolate chip)
  2. 1 can of green frosting
  3. Cadbury mini eggs, jelly beans, Peeps or other candy.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven according to cookie dough recipe or package instructions.
  2. Press about 3-4 tbsp. of cookie dough into dessert shell pan. Each cavity should be half way filled. Bake in the oven cooking for about 15 minutes.
  3. Let the cookies cool in the pan for about five minutes and then invert onto a baking sheet. The cookies should pop right out or come out with a tap on the bottom. Allow to cool completely.
  4. Fit a pastry bag with a grass tip and then fill the bag with canned green frosting. Pipe the frosting in a circular motion into the cooled cookie shells.
  5. Decorate each nest with candy eggs and birds.
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protein
6g
carbs
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 On a side note… I cannot be held responsible for the sugar rush that will happen if your children make these.

 

 


Soft Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Jennifer Wieland
Soft, chewy chocolate chocolate chip cookies.

Is anyone else tired of cookies yet this holiday season? Nah, I didn’t think so. Today I had the urge to make some cookies but I didn’t know quite what I wanted to try to bake. My youngest son being the ever helpful soul that he is decided that it should definitely be a really chocolatey cookie. I’m sure this had nothing to do with the fact that he is a bona fide chocoholic at the age of seven. Since we just got home from vacation (more coming on that soon) I had to go grocery shopping anyways this morning and decided that the boy was right and we did indeed need some chocolate in the house. So I decided to make my Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies.

These Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies will put a smile on any chocoholics face! They are a thick, soft and chewy cookie that be a hit anywhere that you bring them. These cookies get baked just until they are set. They have a lot of sugar in them and will continue to bake while cooling on the pan. Plus, with all of the cocoa powder and the two different types of chocolate chips in these cookies the centers while still warm will look like a brownie when you bite into them.

Soft, chewy chocolate chocolate chip cookies.

This recipe will definitely be a keeper for you. These cookies are perfect not just for the holidays while gathering with family and friends. It also works for any celebrations. Do you need a little cheering up? Bake a batch of these and enjoy! (Note: I cannot be held responsible for weight gain, thigh spread or needing new jeans.) No matter what you bake them for though these chocolate chocolate chip cookies will be gone in the blink of an eye. Which is good unless of course you ate them all yourself.

Soft, chewy chocolate chocolate chip cookies.

Soft Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
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7349 calories
979 g
972 g
359 g
89 g
220 g
1618 g
2482 g
696 g
7 g
111 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1618g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 7349
Calories from Fat 3168
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 359g
552%
Saturated Fat 220g
1098%
Trans Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 16g
Monounsaturated Fat 95g
Cholesterol 972mg
324%
Sodium 2482mg
103%
Total Carbohydrates 979g
326%
Dietary Fiber 31g
122%
Sugars 696g
Protein 89g
Vitamin A
136%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
138%
Iron
106%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 c. butter, softened
  2. 1 c. sugar
  3. 1 c. light brown sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  6. 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  7. 1/3 c. + 2 tbsp. Dutch process cocoa powder
  8. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  9. 1/2 tsp. salt
  10. 1 1/2 c. white chocolate chips
  11. 1 1/2 c. milk chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line the baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream the butter and sugars on medium-high speed. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until it’s completely incorporated and batter is smooth. Mix the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt in a large bowl. Add the dry ingredients in four batches mixing just until incorporated each time on low speed. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Scoop the dough out using a cookies scoop and place on the prepared baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes. Cool on the cookie sheet 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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Splenda 365 Sweet Swaps – Candy Coated Chocolate Cookies

by Jennifer Wieland
SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™ - Candy Coated Chocolate Cookies
This post is part of the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS ™ blogger program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.
 
 

With the end of the year quickly approaching I know that many of you may have New Year’s resolutions floating in the back of your mind. For many the very first resolution they think of is to lose weight, exercise and be healthier. This can seem like a major undertaking coming on the tail end of Christmas but it can be easier. You can make little changes like swapping out sugar in your foods and drinks and using Splenda instead.  Being a part of the SPLENDA 365 SWEET SWAPS will help you reduce your dietary sugar. This way you can still indulge through the holidays as you normally would but with less sugar in your baked goods and drinks you are already making an improvement for your waistline.

Sugar is a sneaky little thing! It tastes so good in so many things and without even realizing it indulging in a few sweet treats can quickly pile on the calories each day. It’s so easy to say that one little cookie, cupcake, candy bar or soda won’t hurt but did you know that the average American consumes more than 22 teaspoons of sugar a day? That is nearly a 1/2 cup of sugar a day! Each of those teaspoons is 16 calories which may not seem like much but when you multiply that by 22 it’s a whopping 352 unnecessary calories in your daily diet! 

SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™

Luckily, there are alternate options out there to eliminate some of those unwanted calories from your diet and take back some of your control over the sugar you consume. I decided to be a part of the SPLENDA 365 SWEET SWAPS and take one of my recipes and cut out some of that pesky, unwanted sugar. I decided to do this with a favorite cookie recipe in my house that gets made a lot throughout the year and is a perfect holiday cookie for kids. I remade my Candy Coated Chocolate Cookies using Splenda Sugar Blend.

 SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™ - Candy Coated Chocolate Cookies

Candy Coated Chocolate Cookies
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5475 calories
655 g
932 g
289 g
69 g
178 g
1197 g
1770 g
396 g
7 g
88 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1197g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5475
Calories from Fat 2562
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 289g
445%
Saturated Fat 178g
890%
Trans Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
Monounsaturated Fat 74g
Cholesterol 932mg
311%
Sodium 1770mg
74%
Total Carbohydrates 655g
218%
Dietary Fiber 19g
75%
Sugars 396g
Protein 69g
Vitamin A
136%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
115%
Iron
81%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 c. butter, softened
  2. 1 c. light brown sugar, firmly packed
  3. 1/3 c. Splenda Sugar Blend
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 2 tsp. vanilla
  6. 3 tbsp. instant vanilla pudding mix
  7. 2 1/4 c. + 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  8. 1/2 tsp. salt
  9. 1 tsp. baking powder
  10. 11 oz. pkg. mini candy coated chocolates
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together the butter, brown sugar, Splenda Sugar Blend on medium- high, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix in the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the pudding mix, flour, salt and baking powder just until combined. Stir in the mini candy coated chocolates.
  3. Use a standard cookie scoop to scoop out dough. Place on the prepared baking sheets and lightly press the dough down to flatten it some so they spread properly. Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes. The cookies may look like they need to bake longer but do not. Remove them from the oven and let them cool on the pan for five minutes. The sugar continues to cook the cookies while they are cooling. This will ensure a soft and chewy cookie.
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69g
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To get more great recipes using Splenda instead of sugar head on over to their website or if you want to learn how to make some Coal Candy for the holidays with Splenda then check out this post from last Christmas.

Coal Candy

 Do you have a great recipe that uses Splenda instead? If so head on over to the Splenda 365 Sweet Swaps page and submit your made with less sugar recipes and you could see your recipe featured on their website!

 

 


White Chocolate Cranberry Cream Cheese Cookies

by Jennifer Wieland
White Chocolate Cranberry Cream Cheese Cookies

I love adding cream cheese to my baking! It adds a certain amount of tang and richness to your baking that takes something as simple as a cookie and makes it into something unforgettable. These White Chocolate Cranberry Cream Cheese Cookies are a perfect example! These bite sized gems are a perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray.

White chocolate and cranberries not only taste great in your holiday baking but I love the white and deep red colors your foods get by adding them. After all, red and white are two of the color staples of Christmas. It’s like paying homage to Santa in a cookie and we all know how much Santa likes his cookies! So enjoy these White Chocolate Cranberry Cream Cheese Cookies with friends, family or the big guy this holiday season.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cream Cheese Cookies

 

White Chocolate Cranberry Cream Cheese Cookies
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5284 calories
645 g
833 g
287 g
54 g
174 g
1165 g
562 g
384 g
7 g
88 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1165g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5284
Calories from Fat 2520
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 287g
441%
Saturated Fat 174g
869%
Trans Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 13g
Monounsaturated Fat 75g
Cholesterol 833mg
278%
Sodium 562mg
23%
Total Carbohydrates 645g
215%
Dietary Fiber 16g
63%
Sugars 384g
Protein 54g
Vitamin A
150%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
59%
Iron
32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 c. butter, softened
  2. 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  3. 1 c. sugar
  4. 1 egg yolk
  5. 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  6. 1 tsp. vanilla
  7. 1 c. dried cranberries
  8. 1 c. white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325° and line baking sheets.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream together the butter and cream cheese. Slowly pour in the sugar and mix until it’s fluffy in appearance. Mix in the egg yolk just until combined. Add the flour one cup at a time. Stir in the vanilla and then the dried cranberries.
  3. Roll tablespoons of the dough into balls and place on baking sheets. Lightly press the dough down to flatten some. Bake for 11-13 minutes and then let cool on the pan for a couple of minutes and then move to a rack to finish cooling
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Chocolate Candy Cane Blossoms

by Jennifer Wieland
Chocolate Candy Cane Blossoms

Peanut butter blossoms are a pretty common Christmas cookie and while I love them and think they are great I decided to change mine up a bit this year. Instead of peanut butter I opted to use the new chocolate spreads available and instead of plain Hershey Kisses I opted to go with the Candy Cane Kisses instead. This took them from the traditional to the Chocolate Candy Cane Blossoms that are a minty, chocolatey delight that are perfect for the holidays.

Chocolate Candy Cane Blossoms

One of the things I love about these cookies is that they bake up quickly. They are also a perfect cookie for any mint fans out there as these will provide a healthy dose of mint but in a good way. These cookies do not puff up as much as their peanut butter brothers and the white chocolate kisses seem to melt more than the milk chocolate ones do too but that just makes them a lovely, gooey minty delight.

Chocolate Candy Cane Blossoms
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14892 calories
1740 g
926 g
798 g
212 g
494 g
3177 g
4326 g
1366 g
4 g
215 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
3177g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 14892
Calories from Fat 7155
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 798g
1227%
Saturated Fat 494g
2468%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 36g
Monounsaturated Fat 179g
Cholesterol 926mg
309%
Sodium 4326mg
180%
Total Carbohydrates 1740g
580%
Dietary Fiber 123g
492%
Sugars 1366g
Protein 212g
Vitamin A
390%
Vitamin C
150%
Calcium
497%
Iron
432%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 48 Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses unwrapped
  2. 1/2 c. butter, softened
  3. 3/4 c. Hershey's Spreads Chocolate
  4. 1/3 c. sugar
  5. 1/3 c. light brown sugar, firmly packed
  6. 1 egg
  7. 2 tbsp. milk
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla
  9. 1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  10. 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  11. 1 tsp. baking soda
  12. 1/2 tsp. salt
  13. 10 oz. pkg. Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips
  14. Additional sugar to roll dough in
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Cream together the butter and chocolate spread. Add in the sugars and mix until fluffy. Add the milk, egg, vanilla and mix well. Stir in the flour, baking soda and salt and mix just until combined. Stir in the Andes Peppermint Crunch.
  3. Scoop out the dough and roll into 1" balls and roll in sugar. Place on the baking sheets and bake for 7-9 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately press one of the Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses into the center of each cookie. Move the cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Notes
  1. The dough can be scooped and rolled in0ot balls and then frozen. Do not roll it in the sugar though until ready to bake.
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protein
212g
carbs
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Sweet Potato Cookies

by Jennifer Wieland
Sweet Potato COokies

I am so sneaky in my own mind! I think huh, if I add some produce to this dessert it will make it healthy and then I can happily eat some. There’s just a few problems with me looking at sweets I bake like this. The first one being, the addition of the fruit or in this case vegetable, while cutting some fat does not really make it healthy. Sadly that darn sugar and those carbs still get me. Secondly, the addition of produce in baking makes for very moist and yummy treats. So while I did cut some fat out of the recipe eating twice as much makes the dessert even worse for me. Luckily, these sweet potato cookies I made are for Thanksgiving and I will have a lot of people to share them with so that I do not succumb to eating them all on my own or even more likely, have to fight my husband for them.

I wanted to take everything that was good about sweet potato casserole and make it into a cookie. I wanted cinnamon, lots of dark brown sugar, fresh sweet potato and yes, even marshmallows! Oh my gosh did I nail it! If you love the casserole you are going to flip for these cookies. Every single bite tastes like you are nibbling on fall itself! Does that even make sense? If not you get the idea, right?

Sweet Potato COokies

So do you want to learn how to make these perfect fall cookies just in time for Thanksgiving next week?

Sweet Potato Cookies
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4518 calories
843 g
616 g
106 g
59 g
62 g
1470 g
1649 g
475 g
4 g
35 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1470g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4518
Calories from Fat 929
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 106g
163%
Saturated Fat 62g
311%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 28g
Cholesterol 616mg
205%
Sodium 1649mg
69%
Total Carbohydrates 843g
281%
Dietary Fiber 17g
67%
Sugars 475g
Protein 59g
Vitamin A
68%
Vitamin C
62%
Calcium
46%
Iron
53%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp. baking soda
  3. 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 1/2 c. butter, softened
  5. 1/2 c. sweet potato, mashed
  6. 1/2 c. sugar
  7. 1 1/2 c. dark brown sugar
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 2 tsp. vanilla
  10. 1 10 oz. bag of cinnamon chips
  11. 1 3 oz. container of Mallow Bits
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  2. In a large bowl stir together the flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Set the bowl aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together the sweet potato and butter. Mix in the sugars just until combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and add your eggs and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until everything is combined well. Stir in the flour mixture, mixing just until combined and then stir in the cinnamon chips and Mallow Bits.
  4. Scoop out the dough, place on the pan and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the pan for a few minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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Four Ingredient CPS Lunchroom Butter Cookies

by Jennifer Wieland
4 Ingredient CPS Lunchroom Butter Cookies

If you grew up in Chicago and attended a CPS school then you are more than likely familiar with the classic CPS lunchroom butter cookies that you used to be able to buy at lunch. These cookies were a favorite of students for years and years. If you didn’t attend a CPS school then maybe you were lucky enough to find a store that sold knockoff versions of the cookies. Either way, these cookies are near and dear to many a people who remember them from their youth.You’ll know the ones I’m talking about because of the distinctive ridges in the cookies.

So if you have had these cookies or you’re just a fan of a good, simple butter cookie then this is the recipe for you! These cookies are such a buttery treat and what makes them even better is that they only require four, yes I said four ingredients to make them. In the world of baking there are few things that are easy to make than these cookies.

4 Ingredient CPS Lunchroom Butter Cookies

Once you mix the four ingredients you will see that you will end up with a drier dough that is almost crumbly.

4 Ingredient CPS Lunchroom Butter Cookies

I used a 1 oz. scoop for my dough balls which is larger than your average cookie scoop. You can use a tablespoon to scoop the dough and then roll it into a ball. You follow that up with the classic finger press to flatten that gives this cookie its distinctive ridges.

4 Ingredient CPS Lunchroom Butter Cookies

Don’t press down too hard or too far otherwise you will end up with edges that are overdone. You want their to be about 1/4″ thickness on the edges. That way the edges are just turning a light, golden brown when the cookies are done.

4 Ingredient CPS Lunchroom Butter Cookies

4 Ingredient CPS Lunchroom Butter Cookies
Yields 18
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165 calories
16 g
27 g
10 g
2 g
6 g
33 g
90 g
6 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
33g
Yields
18
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165
Calories from Fat 91
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
16%
Saturated Fat 6g
32%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 27mg
9%
Sodium 90mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 16g
5%
Dietary Fiber 0g
2%
Sugars 6g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 c. salted butter, softened
  2. 1/2 c. sugar
  3. 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  4. 2 c. all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Add the butter and sugar to a bowl and cream together on medium-high speed with a mixer until it is light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir in the vanilla. In three batches stir in the flour and mix just until combined. Scoop out the dough with a 1 oz. scoop or use a tablespoon to scoop the dough. Roll into balls quickly as the more you handle the dough the more the butter melts. Place on the prepared baking sheets and using your three middle fingers press the dough down so that the edges are about 1/4" thick. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. Let the cookies cool on the pans for 5minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Notes
  1. There is a lot of butter in these cookies the more you handle the dough the more it melts. That is why I prefer to use a scoop over rolling. If that's not an option for you just do a very quick roll of the dough in your hands.
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I bet if you remember these from your Chicago Public School days then you also remember the Lunchroom Peanut Butter Cookies as well. Make sure to grab that recipe too!

CPS Lunchroom Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are simple to make but are definitely a rich treat meant to share with others. Do you have any childhood treats that you miss?

Some of my favorite products to use to make these cookies are:

  • Member's Mark
    This standard-sized 13" x 18 x 1" natural aluminum sheet pan is a staple for any baker's kitchen. Commercial-grade aluminum provides for even heat distribution-no hot spots! Versatile pan great for any baking.
    $10.78  from Sam's Club
  • REYNOLDS CONSUMER PRODUCTS
    Cookie Baking Sheets.Each sheet can be used for multiple batches. Great for all your baking needs, from cookies and cakes to chicken and vegetables.
    $3.99  from Kmart

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