Recipe Round-Up

Last week was just one hot mess after the other, and I have a feeling that this week will be much similar. The weather is lovely (ish) here in New Jersey, so I’m enjoying not sweating the SECOND I step foot out of my door.

Also, I spent my Saturday at my best friend’s graduation swimming party. I looked as pasty as ever. Go me. My last name’s Reagan. There isn’t much hope for me being anything but pale.

Anyway, check out these delicious treats I found for you!

Confessions of a Cookbook Queen made these yummy white chocolate Oreo chuck cookies. I bet they taste just like HAPPINESS.

 

Smitten Kitchen brightened up her summer kitchen with this sugar dusted peach pie. I haven’t had a fruit pie in like, ever. Time to change that?

 

Speaking of pies, Bakerella brought out summer berries for her sweet tarts. I’ve yet to make anything berry related this season. I’m getting the feeling I prooooooobably should.

 

Bakers Royale ALSO made berry tarts, though she focused on the cheerful flavor of the raspberries. AND SHE ADDED IN CHOCOLATE.
YES. PLEASE.

These butterscotch, walnut and oat bars from Cookie Madness are similar to a blondie, and provide a break from all of our chocolate treats.
But do we really need a break? FOR THESE WE DO.

And that’s today’s round-up. Bear with me as I make my move to Baltimore on Friday. I have a lot of adjusting ahead of me.

-Niki

 

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Recipe Round-Up

What is good, Bakers Anonymous?

Yeah. I’m just going to leave that out there and move right onto something else. How about some deliciously simple recipes?

These Neapolitan cupcakes from iheart2stamp combine strawberry cake mix with chewy brownie bottom and vanilla frosting. Feel like mixing it up? Why not top with rainbow chip frosting? Use caramel turtle brownies and yellow cake mix? I love a versatile recipe.

The absolutely NEXT batch of cookies I bake is going to be these Cool Whip cookies with Sprinkles from Happy-Go-Lucky. I already have cake mix, sprinkles and one egg. I just need a container of Cool Whip. Saturday afternoon baking, here I come!

Looking for a bright, sweet (and holiday-like) cookie? Try these cherry chocolate kisses from The Curvy Carrot. I love maraschino cherries, milk chocolate kisses (I’m so going to buy a bag tomorrow) and almond extract. These are definitely going on my t0-bake list!

Sometimes you just want a change from cookies. Why not make this salted caramel pretzel bark from Mama Say What?! Not just her, but many others have declared this “crack bark.” So addicting, so delectable that you can’t stop eating, even if your tummy starts to hurt.

And if you have more available counter space, make this cookies and cream Oreo breakaway from Bakers Royale. A tray of white chocolate or milk chocolate coating and a sleeve or two of Oreos AND you have yumminess.

 

– Niki, signing off to gather ingredients for ALL the recipes.

 

Saturday Recipe Round-up, Week 10

I don’t know about y’all, but the weather here in New Jersey was AWFUL. The sun was shining, the humidity was up and oh yeah. The air conditioning in my car decided not to work. I’m getting it fixed today, but seriously, I have never more appreciated ice packs than I have this week.

Please don’t ask.

So, I’ve been munching down on popsicles (only 15 calories! Like I care) and thanking God every time I step into my house that He saw fit to give me a home with central air conditioning. Thank you, Willis Haviland Carrier. If you were still alive, I’d be sending you Christmas cards and seasonal fudge.

With that sentiment in mind, even with the AC, there is no WAY I’m turning the oven on any time soon. But what’s a girl to do when she needs her favorite cookies, cupcakes and cakes?

She digs up these awesome no-bake summer recipes, of course!

These strawberry lemonade popsicles from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen are made from real strawberries, which makes them even better than the ones I’ve stocked in my freezer. Now, if I could only find those popsicle molds . . ..

And oh, how I love pretzels. Even in the dead of summer, I could eat a box of Philly Pretzel Factory pretzel rivets and not care. I suppose that’s why I love these peanut butter pretzel truffles from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen. In fact, I think I’ll be making these next week. With some mini chocolate chips. And I may or may not eat the unused pretzels.

No-bake cupcakes – are those even possible? Why, yes they are, according to theKitchn. Try these no-bake lemon cream and coconut icebox cupcakes with your own choice of fillings and toppings! They’re easily customizable and perfect for that cupcake taste you need, without all the work that comes with baking!

I’ve never made my icebox cakes with anything but whipped cream and chocolate, but this Oreo Icebox Cake from yumsugar adds in cream cheese and, of course, Oreos! Umm. Yes, please!

My personal favorite n0-bake recipe for this week is the skinny mint cookie from Busy Cooks. A chocolate wafer dipped in two different kinds of chocolate with Andes mints mixed in? Where do I sign up?!

And that’s the no-bake round-up for this week, folks. I hope you’re enjoy your weekend (and our cooled down weather) wherever you are. I’m off to make sure my car’s AC works again. 😀

– Niki

Chocolate covered Oreos

Bakers Anonymous family, change sucks, doesn’t it? Sometimes change can be great, like when you change your hairstyle or when you decide that maybe it’s okay to go to school without your “security hoodie” anymore. And sometimes, a change can represent the loss of an important person or place. For me, this time around, it’s the latter.

As of today, my newspaper office is officially closed. I’m in a new office, working for the same paper, but without the team that kept me sane since I first showed up as a desk editor last October. We laughed about so many stupid things – conspiracy theories, weird occurrences heard over the police scanner and yes, even our fair share of arguments. We’ve forgotten to place ads, structured pages wrong and forgotten to correct copy-editing mistakes. And now, after what seems like much longer than my eight months, I’ve been forced to depart from that team and hole up in an office already packed with people.

Not really looking forward to it, to be honest.

But, in the spirit of keeping the last day light (and making a treat that I’d seen on Pinterest), I brought in these chocolate-covered Oreos.

Because I’m just that awesome.

These were a total hit in the office. And the best part is that you can customize these any way you want – different colored coatings, sets of sprinkles and maybe even a surprise inside the cookie? 🙂 Go crazy!

Chocolate Covered Oreos

Ingredients
1  15.5 oz package of Reduced Fat Oreos (Hey, we’re already coating them in chocolate. Why not help everyone out a little?)
1 16 oz package of Candiquik (I found this at my local Target in the baking supplies section, but if you can’t find Candiquik, candy coating or white chocolate will work well)
1 container of sprinkles or other toppings

Directions
1. Cover a cookie sheet in foil.
2. Follow the directions on the Candiquik package to melt the chocolate (mine took one and a half minutes to melt in the microwave).
3. Carefully roll the Oreos in the coating. Place the covered Oreos on the foil. Immediately dash on some sprinkles (or whatever toppings of your choice).
4. Refrigerate for up to ten minutes before placing into decorative bags, etc.

My tray of Candiquick produced 25 covered Oreos, but I’m not stingy with the chocolate. It was a think coating. Mmm. I could have made these on sticks, too, but I think I need Double Stuffed Oreos for that.

Saturday Recipe Round-up, Week 7

My dear Bakers Anonymous family, this has been a week of PURE craziness, and I can’t even explain to you why. With grad school (and the BIG move to grad school only a few months away, I’m more stressed than ever. I’m not ready for such a big relocation (a few hours away from my family is a big deal to me!) and all of the projects I want to do just end up piling in the corner, calling out to me, “Niki! Niki, please work on us!”

This is not a positive note when it comes from my clients’ work. :-/

Anyway, next Monday is Memorial Day and I gathered up some delicious red, white and blue recipes for you to enjoy either on Monday or later, for the Fourth of July. Let’s work our way up to the complicated ones, eh?

Red, white and blue strawberries from The Sisters Cafe make for the perfect summer addition to any outdoor lunch or dinner. It’s just the right amount of sweet and healthy to balance out all the hot dogs and hamburgers.

Frankly, this next one from Love Stitched made me drool. M&M’s, pretzels and Oreos? This is the best cookie bark recipe I’ve ever seen!

Firework cookies made from french vanilla cake mix would have a great base that lends itself to any combination of mix-ins. The Cookin’ Cowgirl made these for a friend’s graduation, so feel free to use whatever colors you want.

If a cheesecake pie is more your style, try this centerpiece recipe, the star-spangled pie from Snackpicks.com. Made with just five easy ingredients and a pre-made crust, this pie can even be made the day OF your celebration.

And if you’ve got more than just a little time on your hands, make these tri-colored peppermint patties from Haniela’s Food & Photography. I made my own peppermint patties a few years ago and while they were one of the hardest things I ever “baked,” they were also one of the most delicious.

So there you have it! Enjoy your beautiful weekend folks. Here’s hoping there’s great weather wherever you are.

– Niki