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


Saturday Recipe Round-up, Week 6 (evening edition)

Today was too lovely to stay at home watching TV and pretending to work like I usually do, so I went to my dad’s house (I call him Popsicle because I’m cool like that. You know, Pop-sicle? Cause he’s my pop? Yeah, moving on…) and went shopping for hours with my sister Brittany! She’s nineteen and we’re finally back to being the same size as the other. It was a lot of fun to be in the dressing room with her and pass dresses back and forth. If one dress didn’t look good on her, it did on me. It all works out in the end.

Except for jeans. Le sigh.

Anyway, hence the lateness of today’s recipe round-up. Usually I’m better about scheduling and writing, but this week was horrrrrrrriffic (thank you, after-commencement madness), so I took the evenings off to sit on the couch, cheer on the Phillies (love me some Hunter Pence, mmm mmm) and eat a lot of Dove chocolate.

It was so worth it.

We have a variety of delicious goodies for you today, starting with my personal favorite, a Coconut Cream Poke Cake from The Country Cook. Is there anything more perfect than a fluffy white cake filled with sweet coconut cream?

Even though I’m not a huge peanut butter fan, I think I could learn to love it with this Peanut Butter Fudge Cake from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. Aren’t Reese’s peanut butter cups magical? They can solve the world’s problems. Maybe all chocolate can. . . .

Speaking of solving problems, ever have a debate about what kind of toppings/fillings you should use in your baked treats? Never have an argument again with these Monster Cookie Bars from Bakers Royale. Very similar to those seven-layer bars of which everyone has her own version, these monster bars feature M&M’s, almonds and peanut butter cups.

If you’re craving something simple (and need about three dozen cookies), try these Brown Butter Brown Sugar Cookies from Krissy’s Creations. I’ve been meaning to try out browned butter in a recipe for some time now, and these cookies look like perfect medium!

I know I said the first one was my favorite, but this also counts! These Mini-Grasshopper Pies from Bakingdom look so adorable and are my long-awaited reason to purchase other liqueurs besides amaretto (I’m only slighted addicted to Disaronno). Also, I need to buy some tart pans. Or maybe I can use my lined cupcake pans? Hmm.

But that’s a thought for next week. Enjoy your Sunday, folks. It’s going to be another day of perfect weather in New Jersey.

– Niki

Saturday Recipe Round-up, Week 5

Good afternoon, Bakers Anonymous family! It’s Saturday, but more importantly, it’s my Grammy’s birthday. Happy birthday Grammy! You’re awesome.

In honor of her, and tomorrow’s holiday (Mother’s Day, in case you forgot), here are five of my favorite posts featuring delicious treats to make for the mother (or mother-figure, Lord knows I’ve got lots of those, too) in your life.

Usually I don’t post recipes from big company websites like Pillsbury or Hershey’s, but this Chocolate-covered Oreo cake couldn’t be passed up. Many thanks to Lindsay from the berteau life for sharing this with the whole world. I really want to make this cake as soon as possible. I’m so serious about this.

Bakerella, ever the inspiration, created this Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana pudding, made extra special through the use of jars, ribbon and a nifty paper cutter. Now, if only I could find some cute little jars just like she used.

Bakers Royale threw down with the very spring appropriate Strawberry Shortcake Bars. Not only are the bright pink (natural coloring people, no worries), but they are also coated in the perfect streusel topping! I think I want to take that topping and eating it on its own. For realsies.

Need more strawberry? Because I know I do. And let’s add in some chocolate chips, okay? All that goodness equals Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake from Eat at Home Cooks. From the perfect strawberry icing to the sweet chocolate chips, this cake is sure to be a winner.

And for the final recipe share, more strawberry! (I’m sensing that summer is coming soon) Confessions of a Cookbook Queen made these luxurious Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes with homemade strawberry filling on top. Pretty and light? Yes, please.

– Niki

Saturday Recipe Round-up

It’s Saturday again, and what a week this has been! I’m stressed out to the max with my job search (who isn’t these days?) and the work that I’m currently doing at my office. It’s commencement season, which means lots and lots of invitations, certificates, programs and more.

Oh. And the clients want everything by next week.


So, to calm down, I dug up some delicious recipes to share with you. Let’s see what I uncovered, eh?

Confessions of a Cookbook Queen has stolen my heart, once again, with her recipe for Devil’s Food Mini Donuts. Not only does it require NO frying (I really do hate heating up a pan of oil. Ew), but it also comes with a sweet chocolate frosting!

As usual, Alaska Mom made a beautiful new treat this week, Chewy Coconut Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars. He recipe titles are even longer than mine! And you knew I was going to feature this bar recipe once I saw the word, “coconut,” in the title.

One of these days, the weather will warm up again, and I will make these classic ice cream sandwiches from Smitten Kitchen, one of the most classy blogging ladies I know. Who doesn’t want homemade ice cream sandwich cookies? I mean, aren’t those the most delicious cookies ever?

Ah, Bakerella. Her amazing decorating techniques never fail to amaze, and her creativity was spent this week on easy little panda cupcakes. The use of chocolate chips and sprinkles are such simple ideas that I wonder why I didn’t think of it before?

And this week’s piece de resistance is something I found trending on Pinterest: Cinco de Mayo pinata cookies from SheKnows. I was absolutely stunned at the sight of these beautiful and original treats. I can’t wait to find the time to make them!

– Niki

Bakers Anonymous’ favorites!

It seems that every time I get around to updating, something gets in my way, like homework, my boyfriend, or that last batch of cookies that’s calling my name. This week is my birthday week, so I’ve been even more distracted than usual. Fear not! I have a lot to talk about, including this week’s favorites and a special interview with one of Rowan University’s own bakers.

My best friend’s website, A Food Coma, is one of my most favorite food blogs. She’s vegetarian, loves fresh food, and ALWAYS lets me sneak a piece of whatever she’s making. Her Blueberry Key Lime Tart is certainly worth tasting!

At Home in Alaska has done it again, and this time she’s provided an excellent muffin recipe. I can’t wait to see how my own take on Apple Cinnamon Walnut Muffins turn out.

The latest series of cake pop posts from Bakerella make me cry a little on the inside. They’re so adorable! I can’t help but love the sheep and bunny cakies.

I am all about the sour cream chocolate chip cupcakes from Cooking for Comfort. The smooth frosting looks so tempting!

The chewy amaretti cookies that I spotted on Smitten Kitchen look amazing. I’m always looking for ways to incorporate almond paste or marzipan, and this seems perfect.

The classic combo of peanut butter and chocolate was featured in Something New is Cooking‘s Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie. I bet it tastes like a giant Reese’s cup!