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

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Saturday recipe round-up, week 8

Ah, June. What do we here at Bakers Anonymous think of this month? Not much, to be honest. June is the herald of summer, our least favorite season. Unless you have primo air conditioning (like I currently do at my house), the desire to make baked goods is absolutely nowhere to be found. And while I love no-bake treats as much as the next person, sometimes you just want a chewy, fresh-baked cookie, you know?

These strawberry lemonade cupcakes from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen perfectly express the summertime sentiments without bringing all the nasty humidity into your house. I just love the bright colored frosting!

Cookie Madness brings us this sour cream chocolate and butterscotch chip cake that is actually more of a loaf than a real cake, and requires no extra rising time. And did you notice that delicious-looking glaze on top? I did.

More summer madness is brought to you by Krissy’s Creations: red velvet funnel cake! Let that one sink in again – red velvet funnel cake. Mmm. I can smell the carnivals and farm fairs already.

If you don’t want to fry anything, let these baked confetti donuts take center stage at your picnic table. All you need is a donut pan (why, why, why don’t I have one of those yet?) and a jar full of sprinkles. The Sweet Life even baked them straight into the batter!

I love oranges and I love white chocolate chips, but I don’t love creamsicles. They just taste super nasty to me. Perhaps these pretty orange creamsicle cookies from Six Sister’s Stuff will taste much better than their ice cream counterparts? Here’s hoping.

Those are our early summer treats! Enjoy your first few days of June, everyone. I’m off to watch Snow White and the Huntsman. Mmm, Chris Hemsworth. Now he’s a tasty cookie I’d enjoy in any weather. 😉 – Niki

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Croissants

Sunday was Mother’s Day, and if your weather was anything like New Jersey’s gorgeous 80 degrees, I bet you enjoyed it by staying outside and playing with your family.

I stayed inside, out of the sun, so my pale self could stay that way. Oh yeah, and I made these delicious croissants for my friend (who’s like a second mother to me) because she’s awesome. And I’ve been spending way too much time on Pinterest. Did you know that Pillsbury has its own Pinterest boards?

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Croissants

Ingredients:
1 can of Crescent rolls (I used reduced fat)
1/4 C strawberry preserves
1/4 C semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. I used a non-stick cookie sheet lined with foil, so if you use something different, make sure to note the temperature changes on the can’s package.
2. Unroll the crescent rolls into the eight triangles.
3. Spread about one to two teaspoons of the preserves on the short end opposite of the triangle point (crescent rolls are usually isosceles), and then sprinkle with some chocolate chips (however many you want).
4. Roll the dough up, tucking in the sides and the point to ensure that the filling doesn’t leak out.
5. Spread the bundles evenly on the tray.
6. Bake for 12 minutes, until golden brown on top. Serve while warm.

Makes eight.

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

Early summer favorites

I’m back in the food blogging world, and it seems like everyone has been keeping busy in my absence. There are a ton of new recipes to check out, with me eagerly looking at each one as a possibility.

This strawberry cheesecake tart from A Recipe a Day is super simple and an excellent way to make use of one of the most perfect summer fruits: strawberries!

One of my most favorite food bloggers, At Home in Alaska, came up with the perfectly divine combination of cream cheese, strawberries, and chocolate in her latest pound cake recipe. There’s nothing like the dynamic duo of chocolate and strawberries on top of cake!

A simplistic cheesecake recipe is jazzed up with simple jelly and a white chocolate squiggle in Bakerella’s latest post. It gives me comfort to know that even the professionals get cracks in their cheesecakes.

After many months of watching and waiting, the infamous Chockylit has finally posted again on her blog Cupcake Bakeshop. Readers are awarded with a grape cupcake recipe, as unusualness seems to be her speciality.

These tiny jasmine cakes from Dessert First look exceptionally beautiful and delicate. Using flower essences is something that I’m not fond of, but I can’t resist this as a birthday cake option!

I ❤ cuppycakes lastest recipe is based off of a fast food place I’ll never be able to go to because Jack-in-the-Boxes don’t exist in New Jersey. Hey, I was happy enough to finally get a Sonic. Her burger cupcakes are a sweet take on the old classic cheeseburger cookies.

~Enjoy!