Spring Garden Malted Milk Blondies – #FillTheCookieJar

Spring has sprung!  And so have my treats!  Yes, I’ve been a little quiet for awhile, adjusting to working remotely from home and accommodating the kiddos all day long.

I’ve also been on an awesome fitness journey and was trying to avoid treats like these.  But I do have many healthy ones to share and to come.  I’ve even been doing weekly meal preps!  You can check them out on my Instagram page!

I figured what better time to pop back in than the beginning of the month for Fill the Cookie Jar!  I love these ones!  My kids get some goodies and I get to create in the kitchen.  Everyone is winning here!

So anyways, I ran into a recipe on Facebook the other day for some *chocolate chunk blondies and the idea of filling them with crushed Robin Eggs popped in my head.  You know those malted milk balls coated in a candy shell that come out around Easter?  When I was a kid, I used to lick the candies and then rub them on my lips for a colorful pastel and sweet lip color.  Anybody else do the same?  (Shh, I still do!)

So spinning off the colorful candies, I wanted to top these bars with a cute garden of springtime animals.  Aren’t these Marshmallow Peeps adorable?

I have to give credit to Wilton’s awesome frosting pouches too!  So convenient!  These bars are sinfully sweet, so make sure you grab some milk.  You can really taste the malted milk from the candies and they really give it that extra addictive chewiness.  They are also filled with gooey chocolate chips and buttery walnuts.

When you bite into these, make sure you eat it with the marshmallow.  (My kids, being kids, ate their peeps first, haha.)  But the marshmallow really gives it a great texture combination.  Love it!!!

So, so, so good!  Give them a whirl.

I had to stash a tray of these in the freezer for Easter.  I can’t wait to share them with the family!

 

And in case you are looking for more Spring cookies and bars, check out these other treats from my friends over at Fill the Cookie Jar!

 

Don’t forget to see how they are made!

First gather all your mix-ins! These are 1 cup chopped walnuts, 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, and one 10oz bag of crushed mini robin eggs.

Spring Garden Malted Milk Blondies

Prep Time: 60 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Number of servings: 24

Per Serving 288 calories

Fat 15 g

Carbs 35 g

Protein 5 g

24


Spring Garden Malted Milk Blondies

Gooey blondies filled with malted milk candies, walnuts and chocolate chips and decorated with "grass" and springtime animals.

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed lightly
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 10 ounce bag mini robin eggs, malted milk balls, crushed
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 pouch Wilton green frosting fitted with piping tip
  • 24 marshmallow peeps, chicks or bunnies or both

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare a 8x12x2 inch baking pan or dish by greasing with cooking spray or butter and dusting with a bit of flour.
  3. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream the butter and both sugars on high until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time. Mix well, scraping the bowl occasionally.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add to the butter mixture with the mixer running on low.
  5. Add the candies and nuts at once and mix on low for about 5-10 seconds, until incorporated.
  6. Carefully spread the batter into the prepared pan, pressing and smoothing the top to cover to the edges.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. The edges will be slightly more set than the center, but a gooey bar is what you want.
  8. Cool completely in the pan and cut into 24 even bars.
  9. Using the green frosting, pipe "grass" edges around the outside of each bar. Top with a marshmallow chick or bunny. Enjoy.

Notes

You can crush the candies and nuts by placing in a ziptight bag and pounding with a meat mallet or rolling pin.

*Base blondie recipe derived from Ina Garten and can be found here.

Gobble Gobble Cookies – Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving fellow readers!!!

What are you all doing today to celebrate?

I started my morning with a hot cup of coffee and some cookie decorating while the family slept. Since we are going to families houses for the turkey, all I had to do was pop a mac n cheese in the oven.

I made a few yummy Lemon Chiffon pies to bring along too. You can find that recipe on yesterday’s post!

I had a lot of fun baking these cookies!  For the cookies I let the dough come to room temperature and then scooped them onto an ungreased cookie sheet. I patted them down slightly and baked for 11 minutes at 350F.

I gathered these ingredients when they were completely cool and made these cuties here!!

30 oz package sugar cookie dough

192 pieces candy corn (6 per turkey)

32 peanut butter chips (1 per turkey)

white pearl sprinkles (for the eyes)

1 1/2 cans chocolate frosting (1 Tb per cookie)

Gobble Gobble!!!!

Isn’t he cute???


Even Jack wanted to try one (of course I kicked him out 😉😽)

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy those turkeys!!🦃🦃🦃

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Last week I took two of my littles to the store to get some grocery shopping done.  I took my little baby girl and my finicky shark.  My finicky shark loves to help me shop for food and will even help with my lists and picking out what I need.

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

As we were passing through the baking aisle, he spotted a packaged graham cracker crust with a picture of a delicious key lime pie on the front.  He told me how much he really wanted a key lime pie.

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I told him I was pretty sure I could make one for him.

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I can’t recall if I read a recipe with this version once before by browsing the many variations I’ve seen around the internet, or pulled it out of my cookbook engraved brain, but I grabbed a few packaged ingredients I thought would work and I took them home.  A box of lime jello.  A big can of sweetened condensed milk, a regular tub of whipped topping, and of course, the pie crust.  I mean really, this was just under $7 for the whole thing.  You can’t beat that for simplicity.

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This-made-the-best-key-lime-pie-ever.  At least, for the amount of effort it took anyway.

This is the lightest, creamiest pie with the right amount of “lime” and the perfect sweetness.  I used a reduced sugar condensed milk for this recipe, but I think any type will do.

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

If you are looking for a last minute pie to bring the family for Thanksgiving this week, this could be your answer.  Or any family gathering.  Or heck, just make it and eat it in the closet when your kids aren’t looking.  I promise I won’t tell.

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I myself planned to bring this pie to two separate functions.  Would you believe Target does NOT carry lime jello????  I looked at all the barcode skews and nada!  So I will be bringing Lemon Chiffon pies to the family.  I picked up some lemon jello.  Same diff right?

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I hope you enjoy this pie as much as my family did.

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 5 minutes

Number of servings: 10

Per Serving 306 calories

Fat 14 g

Carbs 42 g

Protein 4 g

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Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie

An easy 5 minute key lime pie that is ready to serve after 4 hours of chill time. This versatile pie can be made as a Lemon Chiffon or even Strawberry or Raspberry Cream pie by swapping jello flavors.

Ingredients

  • 1 - 3 oz box lime jello
  • 1 cup WATER
  • 1 - 14.1 oz can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)**
  • 1 - 8 oz container whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 - 10" graham cracker pie crust***
  • 1 lime, sliced (optional for garnish)
  • whipped cream (optional for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Bring some water to boiling in a kettle. In a large bowl, whisk together the box of lime jello and 1/2 cup BOILING water. Stir until dissolved. Add 1/2 cup COLD water and stir well. Slowly stir in the sweetened condensed milk until thoroughly mixed. Gently fold in the whipped topping. Pour into graham cracker pie crust. Refrigerate at least 4 hours until firm. Garnish with lime wedges and whipped cream, if desired.

Notes

*You can swap the lime jello for lemon and make a Lemon Chiffon pie. **Use any sweetened condensed you would like, reduced sugar or low fat or regular. ***If you cannot find a 10" pie crust, you can use a 9" but you will have extra filling you can make parfait cups with.

Summertime, Summertime…and Guacamole-Wait, Did you say Giveaway??!!!! #GuacSquad12

You know those girls that take for-ev-er to get ready?! Those ones that make their grand entrance walking down the stairs while all her guests await. The guests that are checking their watches thinking they could be somewhere else?

Well you aren’t that guest, cuz this was worth the wait! So stay right here! Cuz I might be late to the party (due to some unforeseen circumstances and hospital visits) but you are not late to the giveaway!

Between now and July 20th, I will be sharing 3, yes 3, mouthwatering recipes all leading up to my guacamole reveal. Guacamole reveal??? Yes! Read below and stay tuned!!!

It’s summertime! And that means ripe avocados and lots and lots of guacamole. Do you adore guacamole? If so, then #GuacSquad12 – a multi-day, multi-blogger event – is for you. Follow the conversation on social media with our event hashtag and visit the participating bloggers for some amazing twists on guac.

A dozen bloggers have come together to share fourteen different guacamole recipes during the month of July. Whether you’re a guacamole purist – think avocado, cilantro and lime – or you get a little more creative – think of some fabulous fold-ins such as pineapple or olives – the #GuacSquad12’s creations will make your mouth water.

Here’s are the GuacSquad Bloggers…

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Here’s the blog tour schedule…

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Join us for a live Twitter chat on Saturday, July 16th at

7am Pacific/10am Eastern. We’ll be talking guac for an hour!

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We are giving away a dozen – yes, twelve! – Guac-Lock™s from Casabella.

And we have an amazing prize package from Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices that includes their entire collection of stir in pastes and their lightly dried herbs.

 

 

The Giveaway…

Our generous sponsors have contributed prizes for this event. The giveaway runs from July 8th through July 25th when we will select thirteen winners who will be notified by email. The first twelve winners will receive the Guac-Lock™ by Casabella; the thirteenth winner will receive a generous prize package from Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices. No purchase necessary. Winners will have 48 hours to reply with contact information or new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

 

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A Tale of Two Proteins…and Two Oatmeals

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The a2 Milk Company™ for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Life is full of choices.  Take the mid term in English or skip school for the beach. Go to college and get a degree or go directly to work. Turn right and go the pizzeria or turn left to grab a burger.

Have your oatmeal warm with milk or cold straight from the fridge. Have that milk with one protein or two. Wait-there’s an option?!

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

You bet there is! Did you know that most milk companies produce milk with two forms of protein-a1 and a2. These proteins are found in most dairy products, including butter, cheese, sour cream and regular milk. Recent studies have found that a1 protein is a cause of most discomfort in persons with self diagnosed lactose intolerances, where in actuality, only 3-4% of people are professionally diagnosed with such.

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Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

One of my biggest childhood comfort foods is oatmeal. My grandma always made oatmeal for us with milk and sugar. But until recently, I found I cannot tolerate regular milk well and switched to almond milk. For anyone that has had warm almond milk, you know it is no treat.

I decided to create two healthy oatmeal recipes to feature this milk. Oatmeal is naturally gluten free and a2 Milk® is easy on the belly, so these two oatmeal recipes are perfect for anyone with tummy sensitivities.

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

One oatmeal recipe starts with a jar of dry ingredients that can be left for your kids to prepare for themselves in the morning. Growing up, my mom always left a bowl of instant oatmeal on the counter for us before school, and all we needed to do was add some hot water. With this recipe, cold milk can be added, then a few minutes in the microwave and they have a delicious hot breakfast that tastes like a warm oatmeal raisin cookie. Your kids will love it!

Vanilla sugar with brown and white sugar and vanilla bean paste.

Warm Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Oatmeal
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup a2 Milk®
2 Tb raisins
1 Tb vanilla sugar (recipe below)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
pinch sea salt

Combine the dry ingredients in a mason jar or bowl with tight fitting lid. Store until ready to serve, up to 2 weeks. To serve, add dry ingredients to a 3 cup microwave safe bowl. Add a2 Milk® and heat on high for 2-3 minutes, watching carefully for overheating. Stir and serve. (For the vanilla sugar, combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 granulated sugar and 1 tsp vanilla bean paste in a shaker jar. Shake well until combined and store tightly covered at room temperature.)

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The other oatmeal recipe is created for grown ups with healthy eating habits like myself. It’s a simple grab and go overnight oatmeal that can be prepared anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days before hand. Full of protein and omega rich almond butter and chia seeds, this berry almond coconut oatmeal is a real grown up treat.

A fresh start to a busy mom's morning begins with the milk that is right for you and heart healthy ingredients.

Berry Almond Overnight Oats with Coconut and Chia Seeds
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 – 1 1/4 cups a2 Milk®
1/4 cup sliced strawberries
2 Tb sweetened flakes coconut
1 Tb chia seeds
2 tsp almond butter
1 packet stevia or sweetener of choice

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or bowl with tight fitting lid. Stir to combine and refrigerate a minimum of two hours to overnight, before serving. Enjoy cold, straight from the fridge.

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Which oatmeal recipe will you choose?

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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Easter Candy S’mores

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

S’mores in the Spring time. Well sure! Why not celebrate the first official day of warmer weather with ooey gooey melt in your mouth s’mores! Cuz I made these ones taste like Easter candy.

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My favorite Easter candies are those chocolate eggs full of creamy sugar fondant that drips down your fingers when you take a bite. Yep. (Hold on while I imagine it.)

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Where was I? Oh yea, Easter Candy S’mores.

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These s’mores start with sugared chocolate grahams sandwiching fluffy toasted marshmallows that are stuffed with dark chocolate chips, followed by a drizzle of rich chocolate syrup and sweetened condensed milk. These s’mores give the true ooze factor of the Easter candy I love.

I made s’mores because: one-I like them, two-it’s getting time for camping and picnic season, and three-Barbeqa has provided me some awesome telescoping roasting sticks for me to share!

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And the Easter Candy flavor-well that’s just for the sheer fact that Easter is a week away!!

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I must say when I first opened these roasting sticks, I was very pleased. I love the little red poke guards, so little ones don’t get pricked when they excitably open the pouch. I should know, I have excited little ones! (I really love the resealing travel size pouch these come in-perfect for picnics!)

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The set of four telescoping roasting sticks expand to the perfect length of “not too flimsy”, and “long enough to keep you out of the flames”. The sturdy wooden handles display the Barbeqa logo and include a convenient loop for hanging.

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Be sure the check out the video below to check out these roasting sticks in action-and for the recipe for these delicious Easter Candy S’mores of course.

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Do you have a favorite Easter candy?

Easter Candy S’mores

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 177 calories

Fat 4 g

Carbs 33 g

Protein 2 g

4


Easter Candy S’mores

Ingredients

  • 4 chocolate graham crackers
  • 8 jumbo marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (dark, milk, or semi-sweet)
  • 2 Tb chocolate syrup
  • 2 Tb sweetened for condense milk

Instructions

  1. Break each graham cracker in half and place on a napkin or plate.
  2. Place two marshmallows on each of four campfire roasting sticks and roast over an open flame about 2-6 inches from the heat, turning the marshmallow gradually, depending on your desired toastiness. If it catches on fire, just blow out the flame.
  3. Place the toasted marshmallows upright on one cracker by carefully sliding off with a fork.
  4. Place a divided tablespoon of chocolate chips in each of the marshmallows. Drizzle each serving with a tablespoon each of chocolate syrup and sweetened condensed milk.
  5. Place the second cracker on top and smoosh together. Enjoy carefully-may be hot.

How about your favorite thing to roast over a campfire?

*This is a sponsored post. I received a these roasting sticks at a reduced price from the sponsor Barbeqa for my unbiased product review. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, and images, are my own, unless otherwise noted.

Holiday Jewel Cookies – #FillTheCookieJar

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This month I am reminded to hold my family tight, live each day like there is no tomorrow and relish and all the joy each day brings. The Christmas season to me is about Family, Love and Jesus.

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My focus lately has been solely on my family, pulling me away from my posts here. But in light of bringing joy, sharing my love of food is one thing on that list.

I made these cookies with holiday season in mind. A season of bright flavors and festive colors. A season of snowflakes and sugarplums. A season of diamonds and lemon drops. And of course to complete this month’s Fill the Cookie Jar, which is a monthly virtual cookie exchange shared with my friends and hosted by my friend Cynthia at Feeding Big.

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These cookies bring delight with each bite, bursting with lemon flavor, rich dark chocolate, sweetened flaked coconut and mixed berry preserves, topped with a delicate glaze of sweet milk. They are melt in your mouth delicious.

Holiday Jewel Cookies

These ingredients are the magic to the jewel of this cookie.

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Light and fluffy cream cheese and butter are key to this bar cookie’s softness.

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Licking the batter is just an added bonus to being my child. 😉

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The swirls of berry preserves add the perfect holiday touch.

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

You will want to gobble these up once the sweet milk is drizzled on top!

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Don’t forget to leave some out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And for more great cookie recipes, check out the recipes below!

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Holiday Jewel Cookies

Prep Time: 12 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 32

Per Serving 146 calories

Fat 8 g

Carbs 18 g

Protein 1 g

32


Holiday Jewel Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces Neufchatel cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup plus 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure lemon extract
  • 6 Tb mixed berry preserves
  • 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Cream together the cream cheese and butter in a stand mixer on medium speed, until it is very light and fluffy.
  2. Add the brown sugar and sugar and cream together until combined. Add the eggs and lemon extract and mix well.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and whisk together.
  4. Slowly add the dry mixture to the butter mixture until combined. Pour in the dark chocolate chips and sweetened flaked coconut. Mix well.
  5. Spread the mixture onto a 13 x 9″ baking pan edge to edge.
  6. Dallop with the berry preserves and swirl into cookie dough lightly to create a marble design.
  7. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until browned around the edges and center is mostly set. Remove from oven. Drizzle with sweetened condensed milk and allow to cool completely.
  8. Cut into bars when completely cooled. Cut bars in half diagonally to create diamond shapes, if desired.

Churro Muddy Buddies – #SRC

Churro Muddy Buddies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Another month of the The Secret Recipe Club means another month of sharing. I decided to share with my family again. Smart choice because my family inhaled these Churro Muddy Buddies by Cheese Curd in Paradise. I brought them to a family birthday and they disappeared thirty minutes after the lid came off. Well, they did leave some crumbs behind.
Churro Muddy Buddies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Ashley who blogs at Cheese Curd in Paradise resides in lush Greenbay, Wisconsin. She shares weekly meal plans and recipes such as Texas Caviar -it’s a bunch of beans!, Pizza Muffins, Breakfast Pie, Strawberry Rhubarb Bread (which I really want to try!) and Jalapeño Popper Chicken Skillet (can I dive into that now!?). Just to name a few. I can spend hours scrolling through her site. I’ve actually been following her blog for quite some time so I was more than happy I got to share her site this month!

I chose these Churro Muddy Buddies because, a) she raved about them, b) she made them more than once, and c) I wanted to be evil and bring a sweet snack to my healthy family. Hehehe-they “hated” me for bringing such addictive snackage!

Thanks Ashley!

Churro Muddy Buddies
Directions:
10 cups Chex cereal of choice (I used gluten free rice)
3 cups cinnamon chips
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Churro Muddy Buddies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
First melt the cinnamon chips in a microwave safe bowl on medium heat at 30 second intervals, stirring between intervals.
Measure the cereal in a large bowl with a lid and pour the melted cinnamon chips over the cereal. Stir carefully, coating well.
Churro Muddy Buddies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Whisk the sugars and cinnamon in a small bowl and pour half of the mixture over the coated cereal. Put the lid on the bowl and shake to coat (or transfer to a zip tight bag and shake well). Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and chill awhile in the refrigerator or shake the rest of the mixture on immediately and serve. If chilling, when clumped together, break into pieces and transfer back to bowl or bag to coat completely and serve.
Churro Muddy Buddies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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Easy Refrigerator Playdough

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I have a rambunctious 4 year old with a playdough obsession. He collects playdough in every color imaginable. If he could squish it, he wants it. Manipulative objects are his thing. Heck, he even squishes and swirls his food at any given opportunity.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So of course, after his older brother decided to make literal popcorn with his last two tubs of colorful dough, I decided to make him a fresh batch of the soft stuff. I made this in high school in my Child Development class. It was always a favorite with my babysitting clients.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And a big batch this makes! About the equivalent of 4 plastic containers worth! Your kids will love squishing and shaping this simple playdough and you’ll love the money you’ll save!

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 Tb canola oil
1 tsp cream of tarter
2 cups water
1 tsp extract (vanilla, lemon, almond-optional)
several drops food safe food coloring (optional)

Directions:
In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine the water, salt, oil, food coloring and extract.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stir in the flour and cream of tarter and mix until a dough forms, about 3-5 minutes.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Caution: dough will be hot! Turn out on a cutting board.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Knead with a dough scraper or oven gloves until smooth.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Store in a zip tight bag in the refrigerator. Non-toxic.

Nutella Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies – #FillTheCookieJar

Nutella Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Tonight I set out to make some cookies my dad would enjoy, but it turns out my kids enjoyed them just as much, if not more. They may have actually dubbed these their new favorite cookie.

Nutella Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

June’s theme for Fill the Cookie Jar (join the club here!) is Father’s Day-cookies your father would love. My dad loves a soft oatmeal cookie with plump juicy raisins. And oatmeal IS full of fiber.

Nutella Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I decided to put a twist on the basic oatmeal raisin cookie however and aimed at a cowboy oatmeal cookie-you know, with all the mix-ins. But I added rich, creamy chocolate hazelnut spread with sweet flaked coconut and heart healthy chocolate chips.

Nutella Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Best. Decision. Ever.

Nutella Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The cookie dough alone-oh my! Do not bake these when you are hungry! You may have to dig out your fat pants.

Nutella Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And without further ado, here is the recipe! And don’t forget to look below for more Father’s Day favorites.

Nutella Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Number of servings: 44

Per Serving 171 calories

Fat 8 g

Carbs 23 g

Protein 3 g

44


Nutella Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp, plus 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups, plus 3 Tb quick oats, uncooked
  • 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 2/3 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. In a stand mixer combine the two sticks butter with the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add the Nutella and mix until combined. Beat in the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  3. In a medium bowl combine the flour baking soda salt and baking powder and whisk lightly. Add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture.
  4. Add the oats chocolate chips coconut and raisins and mix just until combined, scraping the bowl if needed.
  5. On a baking sheet lined with the silicone mat drop the dough by heaping tablespoons leaving space between each cookie about 12 cookies per sheet. Flatten the dough slightly with your fingers. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes until light golden brown around the edges.
  6. Cool two minutes on cookie sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Stored tightly covered at room temperature.

*Recipe derived from Quaker.