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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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Bake Cookies While Making Memories with Betty Crocker

by Jennifer Wieland
Create Cookies and Memories with Betty Crocker - Spread Cheer with Simple Surprises #bakingwithbetty

 

 

Sometimes I feel like everyone I know expects to walk into my house and find trays and platters filled with a bounteous amount of sweets. Judging from this site and it’s plethora of recipes I’m sure the average reader would too. I hate to break it to the world but that’s just not how it is at all! Do I bake? Yes! Do I probably bake more than your average mom? Yes. Do I have crazy busy days where I need a sugar fix fast but have no desire to bake something elaborate from scratch? Absolutely! Do I sometimes not care about creating the next great recipe and just want to spend time with my kids in the kitchen doing something we all love doing? Without a doubt! I find my greatest memories that I’ve created with my kids around food is when they are the chefs and I’m just the assistant. Thank goodness it’s so easy to bake cookies while making memories with Betty Crocker. 

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When my kids ask if they can bake something I don’t want them to watch me bake. I don’t want them to just add in one item each. My three youngest have been in a huge kick to learn to cook and bake this last year. They crave a more hands on experience. I can easily give them that with Betty Crocker.

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This week while I was picking up some stuff at Walmart for the holidays I remembered that the kids had been asking to bake something new. I stopped at the baking aisle and picked up pouches of Betty Crocker® Sugar and Peanut Butter cookie mixes. It was time to get our bake on with Betty!

Spread Cheer with Simple Surprises

Without the need for an electric mixer the kids were able to easily stir in and mix the required ingredients I had measured out for them. 

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My job was to scoop the dough so they could roll it into balls and to man the oven to ensure perfectly cooked cookies. 

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They have never helped me make Snickerdoodles, Peanut Butter Cookies or Peanut Butter Blossoms before. My son loved dipping a fork in the sugar and making the well-loved criss-cross pattern onto the peanut butter cookies. Pressing the chocolates into the Peanut Butter Blossoms was also a huge hit.

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The biggest hit of all though was getting to eat the cookies together when they were done and seeing their faces light up when they realized how good their cookies tasted!

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Don’t miss out on the 50¢ rebate available through the Ibotta app when you buy select Betty Crocker® cookie mixes!

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For some tasty holiday treat inspiration be sure to check out the Betty Crocker® website. Do you have any favorite inexpensive baking tips and tricks for the holiday season?

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Betty Crocker. The opinions and text are all mine.

 


Kid Pleaser M&M’S® Frosted Cookie Bars

by Jennifer Wieland
Holiday baking and gifting is a yummy snap with M&M'S® Holiday Baking Minis, Quaker Oatemal and Glad. M&M'S® Frosted Cookie Bars #recipe #MemoriesInTheBaking
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MemoriesInTheBaking #CollectiveBias

 

I love baking up treats with and for my kids during the holidays. I love seeing their faces when they try a new treat and waiting for their reactions. My favorite is always when they take one bite, chew quietly with no expression and then snatch a few more treats and run off exclaiming that they love them. In my mind nothing screams kid friendly more than a dessert decked out with colorful M&M’S®. They just add a level of fun and whimsy that any child or child at heart can relate to. My M&M’S® Frosted Cookie Bars are a perfect example.

Holiday baking and gifting is a yummy snap with M&M'S® Holiday Baking Minis, Quaker Oatemal and Glad. M&M'S® Frosted Cookie Bars #recipe #MemoriesInTheBaking

The M&M’S® Holiday Baking Minis are what I prefer to use during the holiday season. The colors are perfect and the smaller M&M’S® means you get more M&M’S® in each bite! That is definitely a huge plus. 

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Target always has a great holiday baking section and I can always head there and find just what I need to create my holiday sweet treat masterpieces. For my M&M’S® Frosted Cookie Bars I was able to stock up on M&M’S® Holiday Baking Minis, Quaker Instant Oatmeal in Original and even festively decorated Glad® products to keep my treats at the peak of freshness longer.

Holiday baking and gifting is a yummy snap with M&M'S® Holiday Baking Minis, Quaker Oatemal and Glad. M&M'S® Frosted Cookie Bars #recipe #MemoriesInTheBaking

 

The Glad® products also make perfect containers to gift everyone you know with your holiday creations in style!

Holiday baking and gifting is a yummy snap with M&M'S® Holiday Baking Minis, Quaker Oatemal and Glad. M&M'S® Frosted Cookie Bars #recipe #MemoriesInTheBaking

There are several reasons why I just adore my M&M’S® Frosted Cookie Bars. First of all, they are of course delicious beyond belief. Second, I love taking cookie dough and baking it in a pan like you would brownies. One of the things that annoys be about cooking baking is the repetitiveness of it. Put a pan or two of cookies in the oven, cook it 8-15 minutes and then do the same thing over and over again until you are done cooking all of the dough. It makes it hard to get other things done during the busy holiday times. One pan in and done is the way to go!

Holiday baking and gifting is a yummy snap with M&M'S® Holiday Baking Minis, Quaker Oatemal and Glad. M&M'S® Frosted Cookie Bars #recipe #MemoriesInTheBaking

Adding the frosting always adds a level of childish fun to cookies. Topping them with M&M’S® Holiday Baking Minis is just the finishing touch that puts this dessert over the top. 

Holiday baking and gifting is a yummy snap with M&M'S® Holiday Baking Minis, Quaker Oatemal and Glad. M&M'S® Frosted Cookie Bars #recipe #MemoriesInTheBaking

M&M'S® Frosted Cookie Bars
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7537 calories
1128 g
873 g
316 g
58 g
158 g
1783 g
3751 g
781 g
8 g
124 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1783g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 7537
Calories from Fat 2800
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 316g
486%
Saturated Fat 158g
790%
Trans Fat 8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 48g
Monounsaturated Fat 76g
Cholesterol 873mg
291%
Sodium 3751mg
156%
Total Carbohydrates 1128g
376%
Dietary Fiber 22g
87%
Sugars 781g
Protein 58g
Vitamin A
188%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
402%
Iron
190%
* 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, very soft
  2. 1 c. light brown sugar
  3. 2/3 c. sugar
  4. 2 lg. eggs
  5. 2 tsp. vanilla
  6. 3 packets Quaker Instant Oatmeal in Original Flavor (I pureed the oatmeal in my food processor.)
  7. 3 tbsp. instant vanilla pudding mix
  8. 1 1/2 c. flour
  9. 1/2 tsp. salt
  10. 1 tsp. baking powder
  11. 11 oz. pkg. M&M'S® Holiday Baking Minis
  12. 1 can of vanilla frosting
  13. 1 c. M&M'S® Holiday Baking Minis
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a 9" x 13" pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together the butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla on medium- high, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Stir in the oatmeal, flour, salt and baking powder just until combined. Stir in the M&M'S® Holiday Baking Minis.
  3. Spread into the prepared pan and bake 40-45 minutes or until set. Cool completely.
  4. Spread frosting over the cooled cookie bars and then top with M&M'S® Holiday Baking Minis.
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 My Glad® plastic ware in the fun holiday designs makes for pretty packaging and placing a layer of wax paper between the layers helps keep the bars fresher and keeps the frosting from ending up on both the tops and the bottoms of the bars. 

Holiday baking and gifting is a yummy snap with M&M'S® Holiday Baking Minis, Quaker Oatemal and Glad. M&M'S® Frosted Cookie Bars #recipe #MemoriesInTheBaking

For more fabulous recipes and packing ideas featuring M&M’S® Holiday Baking Minis, Quaker and Glad® be sure to head over HERE!

 

 


#SpreadCheer with Betty Crocker Cookies This Holiday Season Plus a Giveaway

by Jennifer Wieland
Use Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to #SpreadCheer this holiday season.


 

The holiday season is upon us and in my house that means it is time to kick my baking into high gear. This time of year though more than any other is when my kids want to help me bake. I like that my kids enjoy baking with me and want to learn how to do it. It’s a life skill that will serve them well as they become older. For me, it’s a great way to spend time with my kids and make memories together that will all bring us joy and happiness some day. Earlier this week my two youngest wanted to bake some cookies to get into the holiday season so I decided to let them #SpreadCheer with Betty Crocker cookies.

While they were at school I printed this valuable coupon for 50¢ off when you buy ONE (1) Betty Crocker™ Cookie Mix. I then headed to the store and picked up some Betty Crocker Cookie Mix pouches for us to get creative with. 

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Use Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to #SpreadCheer this holiday season.

When they got home from school they were so excited to see that we were going to be baking and making not one but two different types of cookies. I let them take over mixing duty and they took turns adding ingredients and stirring to get the dough mixed up. We mixed up both sugar cookie dough and chocolate chip cookie dough.

Use Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to #SpreadCheer this holiday season.

For the sugar cookie dough we divided it up into thirds and used food coloring to make one red and one green and then rolled the green into a log and wrapped the un-colored and red around it. I then rolled it in wax paper and popped it into the refrigerator to chill while we worked on the chocolate chip cookies.

We made our chocolate chip cookies following the package instructions and baked them up. 

Use Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to #SpreadCheer this holiday season.

Once the chocolate chip cookies were cool. I took two and piped frosting onto the bottom of one of the cookies and then placed the other cookie on top to sandwich them together. The kids then got to have lots of fun with sprinkles decorating the sides of the frosting.

Kids and cookies

Once the chocolate chip cookie sandwiches were completed we moved on to our colorfully, festive sugar cookies. I took the log of dough out of the refrigerator and cut we placed so 1/4″ slices. The kids then rolled the edges in sprinkles or dipped the tops into white sugar sprinkles. We then baked them up according to package instructions.

Use Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to #SpreadCheer this holiday season.

Once the cookies were all baked up and cooled we packaged some up to deliver to my parents. I had some plain paper boxes and lined them with parchment paper sheets. I then placed the decorated cookies in, closed it up and then wrapped some pretty raffia ribbon around it and attached one of the lovely Betty Crocker #SpreadCheer gift tags that you can download HERE.

Use Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to #SpreadCheer this holiday season.

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Crush Afterschool Hunger While Having Fun with Snack Pack®

by Jennifer Wieland
Enjoy a #SpoonfulofFun and Crush Afterschool Hunger While Having Fun with Snack Pack®
This post is sponsored by Snack Pack® but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

If your house is anything like mine, afterschool is filled with almost as much craziness as before school is every day. I have kids in three different schools that get out at different times. That means my two youngest get home the earliest and are hungry and want a snack. So to stave off growling tummies and to keep the kids busy until homework time kicks in once everyone is home, I like to serve them fun snacks that they help make. An easy way to do this is with Snack Pack® Chocolate Pudding. A fun and easy recipe that’s a favorite in our house and perfect for the fall is “Dirt” Dessert Pudding Cups from the Snack Pack® website. Three ingredients is all it takes to take chocolate pudding from everyday snack to fun, gross and silly rolled into one yummy bite.

Enjoy a #SpoonfulofFun and Crush Afterschool Hunger While Having Fun with Snack Pack®

 

“Dirt” Dessert Pudding Cups

(Recipe courtesy of Snack Pack®)

Ingredients

  • 2 chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed fine
  • 2 pudding cups (3.25 oz each) Snack Pack® Chocolate Pudding
  • 2 gummy worms

Directions

  1. Stir half of crushed cookies evenly into pudding cups. Sprinkle remaining crushed cookies on top.
  2. Place 1 gummy worm in each pudding cup. Serve immediately.

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If your little snackers are anything like mine, give them a plastic baggie with cookies sealed in it and tell them to smash the cookies and they will thoroughly enjoy doing so with gusto and giggles.Enjoy a #SpoonfulofFun and Crush Afterschool Hunger While Having Fun with Snack Pack®

Want to get to taste some of the Snack Pack® flavors, get snack ideas and do some crafts with the family? Then be sure to check out the Snack Pack® Spoonful of Fun truck events at a location near you!

Enjoy a #SpoonfulofFun and Crush Afterschool Hunger While Having Fun with Snack Pack® 

This back to school season take a moment to slow down and enjoy a tasty and fun treat with the kids. Snack Pack® comes in a variety of flavors and offers endless mix-in opportunities the kids can help prepare. Each serving of Snack Pack® is fortified with as much calcium as an 8-oz glass of milk,* so you can feel good about serving your kids Snack Pack®. For mix-in inspiration, visit Snack Pack® on Pinterest (pinterest.com/snackpack) and Facebook (facebook.com/SnackPackPudding).

** All Snack Pack® products contain 30% DV calcium, with the exception of Bakery Shop Lemon Meringue Pie, Lemon Pudding, and Snack Pack Gels.

 

 


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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Saving Money on Your Sugar Fix with Restaurant.com

by Jennifer Wieland
Saving Money on Your Sugar Fix with Restaurant.com gift certificates #ReviewCrew

 

 

I am part of the Restaurant.com Review Crew and this post is sponsored by Restaurant.com but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I think it’s pretty clear from this blog alone that I am a wee bit of a sweets junkie. Sugary goodness is my kryptonite! Luckily for me when a sweet craving hits but I don’t have the time or energy to bake or I just one a small sweet and not dozens of cookies or cupcakes then I like to head to the favorite bakery by the locals in my neighborhood. Sweet Annie’s is sweet on its own but what makes it even sweeter is saving money on your sugar fix with Restaurant.com gift certificates. 

Saving Money on Your Sugar Fix with Restaurant.com gift certificates #ReviewCrew

Sweet Annie’s is a delightful, little, family owned bakery that smells like heaven (or at least a sugar junkies idea of heaven) when you walk in. 

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For breakfast they offer up a selection of croissants, muffins, cinnamon rolls and scones. Pair any of those with their coffee selections for a tasty sugar and caffeine high to start the day.

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The rest of the day is filled with an array of pound cake, cupcakes and cookies That makes this a local favorite of the kids during the school year. They tend to stop in after school for a reward for surviving another day of school. 

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Remember, for more information on Restaurant.com be sure to check out their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, find them on Google+ or check out their blog, The Dish.

“The only thing better than going out for a great meal, is getting a great deal.  Restaurant.com has been filling tables since 1999 and is the destination for dining whether you like to plan ahead or find a meal on the go.  Restaurant.com helps diners discover the perfect dining experience and boasts nearly 50,000 dining deals available every day, even on the weekends!  And, the deals are easy to use – present the certificate to the server on a mobile device, or print out a copy, and voilà – the savings will be deducted from your final bill.  Bon Appétit!”

 

 


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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protein
69g
carbs
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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!

 

 


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?

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Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Celebrates National Ice Cream Month: Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches

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

I received a sample bottle of Niewlsen-Massey Madagascar Vanilla in order to help facilitate the writing of this article. All thoughts and opinions about the product are completely my own.

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? That’s right  whole month devoted to the cool, creamy goodness of all those ice cream treats that can be bought or made. A month like this deserves some major love so in honor of it I have made some Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches and thanks to Nielsen-Massey Vanillas the taste can’t be beat.

Nielsen-Massey Madagascar VanillaNielsen-Massey Vanillas are my favorite vanillas to buy. The quality and taste can’t be beat and I can get not only Madagascar Vanilla from them but I can also get Tahitian Vanilla, Mexican Vanilla and Vanilla Bean Paste. I kind of have an addiction for their Vanilla Bean Paste. You get all those lovely flecks of vanilla beans in your baking, which makes it all so pretty and so yummy.

I decided to take my Madagascar Vanilla and create an ice cream sandwich that I knew would be a hit with my kids. I wanted to go with one of their favorite ice cream flavors and just make it perfect for them to eat on a hot July day. Since they love Birthday Cake Ice Cream with its cake batter flavor and swirls of frosting I thought how perfect, fun and festive that would be for National Ice Cream Month but since this week is also the 4th of July I decided to go with a red, white and blue color scheme.

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

If you have never made your own ice cream at home I highly encourage it. Since you control the ingredients you can make it as rich and decadent or as light and healthy as you want it to be. You can get brave and try all kinds of different flavor combinations and most ice creams are fairly quick to make. The part that makes ice cream sandwiches difficult is waiting. First you have to make the ice cream, then you have to make your cookies to sandwich the ice cream between, next is assembly and finally freeze time. If your like me though, you’ll be sampling as you go along so you’ll know that it’s well worth the wait.

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

The ice cream stages:
1. Mix ingredients & chill
2. Blend in ice cream maker
3. Spread in pan and top with lines of frosting.

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

I used kicked up Funfetti Cake Mix to make the cookies in my ice cream sandwich pan.

Birthday Cake Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches
Yields 10
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975 calories
124 g
107 g
50 g
8 g
16 g
254 g
817 g
39 g
0 g
32 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
254g
Yields
10
Amount Per Serving
Calories 975
Calories from Fat 444
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 50g
77%
Saturated Fat 16g
78%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Monounsaturated Fat 21g
Cholesterol 107mg
36%
Sodium 817mg
34%
Total Carbohydrates 124g
41%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 39g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
16%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
21%
Iron
4%
* 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 Ice Cream
  1. 2 c. heavy whipping cream
  2. 1 c. whole milk
  3. 1/3 c. sugar (This is optional, the cake mix and frosting will add some sugar to the finished ice cream so you can skip it is you want to eliminate so sugar and calories.)
  4. 1 c. Funfetti cake mix
  5. 2 tsp. Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Vanilla
For the Frosting
  1. 1 can of Funfetti frosting
  2. 2 tbsp. confectioner's sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp. Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Vanilla
  4. Food coloring of choice
  5. For the Sandwich Cookies
  6. 1 box of Funfetti cake mix
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  9. 1/2 tsp Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Vanilla
To Decorate
  1. Use the sprinkles included with the frosting or other sprinkles
For the Ice Cream & Frosting
  1. Make sure that you have frozen your ice cream maker bowl for at least 24 hours.
  2. In a blender, place all of the ice cream ingredients (add sprinkles from cake mix if not already in the cake mix) and blend until smooth. Refrigerate the ice cream mixture for at least two hours.
  3. After the two hours is up pour the ice cream mixture into your ice cream maker and turn it on. Follow your ice maker's instructions for how long to blend but most will be between 20-30 minutes.
  4. While the ice cream is blending open up your frosting and stir in the confectioner's sugar, vanilla and food coloring until well blended. You can divide the frosting and other ingredients in half and then do two colors as I did. Place the frosting in a plastic baggie and snip one of the corners. Line a jelly roll sheet with foil and plastic wrap. Evenly spread the ice cream over half of the pan vertically. Next pipe lines of frosting over the top. The entire top doe snot need to be covered with frosting. Fold the uncovered half of the plastic wrap and foil over the ice cream and lightly smooth the top so that it's even and the frosting goes into the soft ice cream. Place in the freezer for 2-3 hours.
For the Sandwich Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray a cookie sheet or ice cream sandwich pan with baking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well with a fork. If you are just making round cookies drop mounds using a cookie scoop. If you are using an ice cream sandwich pan use the cookie scoop to drop one scoop into each cavity. Press the dough out until it covers the bottom of the cavity.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes and then cool for about 5 minutes before removing from pan. Finish cooling on a wire rack completely before assembling the ice cream sandwiches.
To Assemble the Ice Cream Sandwiches
  1. Using one of the cookies as a guide, cut the ice cream into rectangles or use a circular cookie cutter to make circles. Place the ice cream between two of the cookies and lightly press them together. Roll edges in sprinkles. Wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap or freezer paper and then freeze for 3-4 hours. Then eat and enjoy.
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 Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches made with Nielsen-Massey Vanilla #NMVIceCream

Following are some tips and shortcuts from Nielsen-Massey for making and personalizing your own homemade ice cream sandwiches:

 

  • Dress it up: Roll the sides of finished ice cream sandwiches in mini chocolate chips, mini M&Ms, sprinkles, toasted coconut or nuts to add color and texture.
  • Take a shortcut: If you are short on time, purchase bakery cookies to use with the homemade ice cream recipe to build your own ice cream sandwiches.
  •  Chill out: Keeping your homemade ice cream cold is the secret to a sandwich that won’t fall apart or get soggy. Take the time to re-freeze ice cream between steps – your patience will be rewarded with perfect sandwiches every time.
  •  Keep them fresh: Wrap each sandwich individually in plastic wrap immediately after building each sandwich. Keep them in the freezer until just before serving. 

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

Now how about a chance for you to win your own 2oz. bottle of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Vanilla to use in your own ice cream project this month?
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