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

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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.

Maxed Out Monkey Bread

Maxed Out Monkey Bread | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

When you’re in a rush and want to get the kids to stop monkeying around, you distract them with Monkey Bread!

Did you know that if you use the flaky layer style biscuits, the sweet sticky syrup nestles into all the nooks and crannies?

So here’s a quick treat for you to make all your monkeys!

And it’s gone!

And as soon as I find my really good camera charger, we will be seeing these iPhone 7 shots 😉 hehe.

Happy monkeying around!

 

Maxed Out Monkey Bread

Total Time: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 12

Per Serving 318 calories

Fat 20 g

Carbs 36 g

Protein 2 g

12


Maxed Out Monkey Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 - 16oz cans jumbo flaky layers biscuits
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Pop open each can of biscuits and separate the biscuits. Cut each biscuit in half, then into 3, creating 6 pieces each.
  3. In a large bowl or gallon plastic bag, combine the white sugar and cinnamon. Add the biscuit pieces a little at a time and toss or shake well to coat all the pieces evenly.
  4. Spray a bundt pan well with cooking spray. Arrange the coated biscuit pieces evenly in the bundt pan. Sprinkle any remaining cinnamon and sugar mixture over the biscuits.
  5. In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the brown sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly to avoid scorching. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Carefully pour mixture over biscuits in bundt pan.
  6. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes, or until set and toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let bread rest for 5 minutes. Then place a serving platter over the top and carefully invert onto plate.
  7. Serve immediately, pulling pieces off with fork (use caution if using fingers as it will be hot and sticky) or slicing into wedges.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese – Blogger Recipe Challenge #sponsor

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I never thought I’d be able to bake a bread so fancy dancy and swirly dirly, let alone taste amazingly so!!!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Simply Sesame has this awesome recipe contest going on right now and would you believe it!? I entered this gorgeous bread.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Yes, this is what I have created to showcase the most decadent sesame butter I have ever tasted. And to boot-I created a savory goat cheese and Gorgonzola cranberry spread to serve with it.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Of course, also laced with more Simply Sesame spread.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This gem of a snowflake is baked with layers of Simply Sesame’s Pistachio and Cardamom flavored spread and then adorned with chopped pistachios and a snow cloud of confectioner sugar. It is simply stunning for Simply Sesame.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I know, I know, there are a LOT of pictures, but I couldn’t get over how beautiful this bread turned out.  I literally did NOT want to cut it!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My kids could not stop eating it. I HAD to stop eating due to carb overload. But….you better believe I went and ordered MORE Simply Sesame so I can make this for CHRISTMAS!!! I mean, yum!!!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The bread alone is delightfully soft and subtly sweet, adapted from Taste of Home’s star bread. Anyone can make it.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

If you’ve ever thought you can’t make fancy bread, think again. I’ve even got pictures for you!!  So when you read the recipe, refer to this pic and your bread will be gorgeous-I promise!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Thank you Simply Sesame for introducing to me the simplicity of roasted organic Sesame seeds and GMO free oils with one of a kind flavors. Move over chocolate hazelnut spread, there’s a new guy in the kitchen!! Holla!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Number of servings: 16

Per Serving 297 calories

Fat 14 g

Carbs 35 g

Protein 10 g

16


Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese

A warm sweet bread with layers of sweet sesame paste and sweet cranberries with a sprinkling of pistachios and powdered sugar. Serve this beautiful snowflake with savory goat cheese spread and watch it soften over the bread.

Ingredients

    For the Bread

  • 1 package or 1/4 oz active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water, 110F-115F
  • 3/4 cup warm milk, 110F-115F
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cardamom (optional)
  • 3 3/4 cups flour, divided
  • 3/4 cup Simply Sesame Pistachio and Cardamom flavor
  • 3/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 2 Tb unsalted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 2 Tb finely chopped pistachios
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • For the Savory Goat Cheese

  • 8 oz soft goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Simply Sesame Pure Roasted Sesame flavor
  • 1 Tb lightly dried or fresh parsley
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in a small bowl or glass until foamy, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, warm the milk in the microwave or stovetop and gather the remaining ingredients, bowls, pizza pan and silicone mat/rolling pin for rolling dough, and 2 1/2" round cookie cutter or similar marker.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the milk, softened butter, sugar, salt and optional cardamom. Mix well and then add yeast mixture and 3 cups flour. Mix until smooth.
  3. Turn dough out onto floured surface. Carefully knead in 1/4 cup flour, using more or less depending on humidity. Knead for 6-8 minutes until smooth and elastic, to allow the gluten to develop. Place dough into a lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the ingredients for the goat cheese in a large bowl. Using a mixer, combine well. Transfer to a dip or spread bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. After dough has double in size, turn dough out onto floured surface. Using remaining 1/4 cup flour and adding as needed, continue as follows:
  6. Divide dough into 4 equal portions.
  7. Roll out one dough ball into a 12" circle, dusting as needing so dough does not stick.
  8. Transfer dough to greased pizza pan.
  9. Carefully spoon 4 Tb of Simply Sesame Pistachio and Cardamom flavor over dough and spread with back of spoon, being careful not to tear the dough. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries.
  10. Repeat with remaining 3 dough balls, ending with a layer of dough.
  11. Use a 2 1/2" round cookie cutter, place in the center over dough layers; do not press down. With the cookie cutter as a guide, use a sharp knife to make 16 even cuts from cookie cutter to outside of circle. Remove cookie cutter. Carefully take two strands and twist two times outwards. Pinch the two ends together. Repeat around the circle, two strands at a time, making 8 twists. After pressing seams together, tuck the outer corners of each pair down to bring each twist to a triangle, making the whole bread resemble a star, or snowflake.
  12. Preheat the oven to 375F. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and bake for 18-22 minutes until golden brown.
  13. Brush tops gently with melted butter. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios and dust with powdered sugar.
  14. Serve warm with cold goat cheese spread.

Notes

Prep time includes, prep, rest, and rise. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients with like for like products.

*This post was sponsored by Bonelli Fine Food®, the makers of Simply Sesame.  I received free product from the sponsor for participating in their Blogger Recipe Challenge.  No additional compensation was received by me.  All opinions, text, images, and adapted recipe are my own.  Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

 

 

 

 

St. Nick’s Nightcap Cookies – #FillTheCookieJar

St. Nick's Nightcap Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I must have a dang sweet tooth lately!!!  I have shared recipe after recipe of desserts!

You’re not complaining though right?

St. Nick's Nightcap Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

It’s another month to fill my cookie jar for our monthly Fill the Cookie Jar cookie exchange club.  Cynthia at Feeding Big is always so happy to help us get our recipes linked up.

I didn’t quite make last month’s posting at the beginning of the month, but I did finally make the Gobble Gobble Cookies I had planned to.

St. Nick's Nightcap Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This month I made a nightcap cookie for Santa Claus.

I love the splash of pink the maraschino cherry juice adds to the cookies.  These cookies remind me of Santa’s red suit.  Bright jewels of cherry red for his suit and red cheeks, dark chocolate for his boots and buckle and then topped with plenty of snow!

St. Nick's Nightcap Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And the nightcap…well, don’t tell my kids, but I soaked the cherries in a splash of amaretto.  And there may or may not be some more in the cookies.  Shhhh.

St. Nick's Nightcap Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

If that makes you squirm, just put some extra almond extract, I won’t tell anyone.

If you love cherry and amaretto, dark chocolate and sweet sugar cookies, you will love this cookie.  It’s what happens when I go crazy in the kitchen. 😉

St. Nick's Nightcap Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’m calling these after St. Nick, instead of Santa Claus or Kris Kringle, because of course, once I snapped this adorable photo of my very own Nicolas, I had to name them after him!  (I think he ate six of these!  I had four and then I did an extra session of PiYo®! #fatty :P)

St. Nick's Nightcap Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These were really simple to put together, see!

St. Nick's Nightcap Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

St. Nick’s Nightcap Cookies - Cherry Amaretto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Number of servings: 48

Per Serving 89 calories

Fat 4 g

Carbs 13 g

Protein 1 g

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St. Nick’s Nightcap Cookies - Cherry Amaretto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cherry Amaretto Chocolate Chip Cookies that will make St. Nick laugh with glee!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 1 Tb maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 Tb amaretto *
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 2 Tb powdered sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the softened butter until creamy. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg, amaretto, almond extract, and maraschino cherry juice. Mix well, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix until just incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, spoon onto an ungreased baking sheet. Top each cookie with a few chopped cherry pieces.
  5. Bake for 8-10 until just barely done. Remove from oven to cool on baking sheet briefly before transferring to a baking rack to cool. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

Notes

*You can soaked the chopped cherries in a splash of amaretto before adding to the cookies, if desired.

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

10


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.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie Cakes! – Fill the Cookie Jar

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie Cakes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Hi there!!!  Where in the world have you been?  I’ve been sitting here waiting for you!  Oh wait, no, I’m lying.  I actually have about 5 recipes I’ve photographed and written down, but have yet to get them to these pages.  What is the deal!?!

Hey at least I got something posted again, lol.  I’ve been sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooobusy!  You get it right?!  Four kids.  Full time job.  Full time house.  Full time chef.  Full time special needs tutor.  Full time wife.  Oi yoi yoi.  Eek!

Soft Pumpkin Roll Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Okay, so on to the cookies.  Are they cookies?  Are they cake?  I couldn’t decide!!!  My whole intention was those decadent pumpkin roll cakes filled with the fluffy cream cheese frosting.  You know the ones.  But then these cookies married my yummy cheesecake filling and they were so decadently fluffy that my baby girl dubbed these cakes, or shall we call them cakies!!

Soft Pumpkin Roll Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Mixed with some cheesecake flair, these Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie Cakes are so cinnamonly delicious, you won’t know when to stop!  My kids ate nearly two dozen by themselves.  And this did make quite a lot.

Soft Pumpkin Roll Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My kids love the first week of each month.  Because they know mommy will be making some kind of cookie for the Fill the Cookie Jar recipe exchange.  Don’t miss a month!  Stay in touch!

Soft Pumpkin Roll Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This recipe is super simple with no need to refrigerate the cookie dough or filling beforehand.  It is derived from this recipe at Better Homes and Gardens.  I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

Soft Pumpkin Roll Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Alright let’s not waste any time.  Here’s the recipe so you can make these for next cider night in front of the fire.

Soft Pumpkin Roll Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Unless you want to take a virtual bite.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Don’t forget the milk (okay, or cider!)

Soft Pumpkin Roll Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie Cakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Number of servings: 48

Per Serving 101 calories

Fat 6 g

Carbs 12 g

Protein 1 g

48


Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie Cakes

These cookies will have you wondering whether you are eating cake, cookies, or cheesecake. Try the best of all worlds!

Ingredients

    For the Cheesecake Filling

  • 8 oz lowfat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the Pumpkin Cake Cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup, plus 2 Tb pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups, plus 2 Tb flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a stand mixer, combine the softened cream cheese and the sugar. Mix until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla until combined. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Wash and dry the stand mixer to prepare the cookie batter. In the stand mixer, beat the butter until soft and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat well, about one minute. Add the spices, salt, and baking soda and baking powder. Mix until combined well.
  4. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Beat in the pumpkin.
  5. Gradually beat in the flour until combined.
  6. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop the cookie batter onto ungreased cookie sheets, spaced 2 inches apart. Spoon a heaping teaspoon of the cheesecake filling onto each cookie batter mound. Using a fork, gently swirl the cheesecake filling onto the cookie batter.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes until just set on top and lightly golden at the edges. Let cool on cookie sheets 3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Notes

The trick to these cake cookies is to beat the butter until super fluffy, incorporating lots of air into the batter.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies – Fill the Cookie Jar

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Oh my gosh, is it almost fall???  And where the heck did summer go?  I spent most of my summer broken.  Literally.  I broke my little baby toe on a baby gate the morning of my oldest son’s 6th grade graduation!!!  I literally hobbled around on crutches with my toe buddy-taped until the ceremony was over so I could get to the doctors.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And then, wouldn’t you know, they just buddy taped it again.  Of course, after they “set” the bone.  Did you know they could do that for a toe?!  Then after a week of it feeling a bit better, I finally get to see the podiatrist, only to hear I had to have surgery on it because it was that bad!

So ten days after this little toe stub, which led to a darn LETTER L toe, which led to a reset toe and then surgery, I had a pin sticking out of my toe.  It was broken AND fractured in 3 places.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’m all better now.  But my toe is a bit crooked.  And it swells randomly.  And then I remind myself that at least I have a toe.  So I basically went from the end of the school year to the beginning of the school year, with no fun to be had all summer.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve been missing my kitchen and baking, and I may have lost some of my creative mojo.  Hey, I said some.  These Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies had my kids returning to the kitchen over and over and over and over and …well you get the picture.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And the icing on top (literally the icing on top-badumcha!) tastes like a peanut butter cup.  So much so, that my oldest decided to have more bars after school with a side of actual peanut butter cups.  Boy, I hope he runs that off tomorrow during gym class.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I had one of these after they came out of the oven and they were so tender and moist.  I especially love how the icing sets up on the top. I decided on these bars because I really just wanted to make something with brown sugar and brown butter. And then I had ripe bananas. And I love peanut butter. And I have lots of granola from last year’s winning of Golden Girl Granola. (I’m in the top 8 again this year!) And of course fall brings school lunches, which brings PB sandwiches and granola bars. So yea, that’s what I came up with.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

But today my son let me have a nibble of them straight from the fridge.  Oh-my-word!  The banana flavor was insane!  After a night of sitting in the refrigerator, that banana really took center stage.  So delicious!!!  I could eat these warm or cold, but either way I gobble it up, I’ll take it with a cold glass of milk.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And now, my contribution to this month’s Fill the Cookie Jar, led by the lovely Cynthia.  Check below for more fall cookie and bar recipes from other bloggers too!

Pour browned butter mixture over brown sugar.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Number of servings: 16

Per Serving 226 calories

Fat 10 g

Carbs 31 g

Protein 4 g

16


Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies

Ingredients

    For the Blondies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (one stick)
  • 2 Tb creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tb honey
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 large over ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup honey granola
  • For the Peanut Butter Icing

  • 2 Tb creamy peanut butter
  • 3 Tb milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 8"×8″ baking dish with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter with the peanut butter and bring to a low boil, stirring constantly. Stir in the honey and continue to stir until golden brown, about 5 minutes, over medium low heat.
  3. Add the brown sugar to a large bowl and stir in the butter mixture. Mix well. Add the bananas and mash well with a fork to incorporate. (A few chunks are okay.) Stir in the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  4. Add the flour and granola and stir until combined. Pour the batter into the foil lined pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until set and golden just around the edges. Remove from oven and cool slightly.
  5. In a small bowl melt 2 Tb peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir in 3 Tb milk. Whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth. Spread onto slightly cooled bars. Cool completely before cutting into 16 bars. Note-lift foil out of pan to cut easily.

Notes

Store in refrigerator up to one week, in a covered container.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies for Golden Girl Granola 2nd Annual Recipe Challenge

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The Second Annual Golden Girl Granola® Recipe Challenge is here! I was pleased with the opportunity to be able to create a delicious sweet treat for this year’s challenge.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Golden Girl Granola® has 7 fresh and healthy flavors with all natural ingredients, from Chocolate Decadence to Forest Maple to Home Sweet Honey. I chose Bluesberry for this challenge, because it instantly made me think of summer and sweets.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I knew I wanted to make ice cream. I could imagine my kids walking along the beach boardwalk with huge waffle cones piled high with luscious blueberry cheesecake ice cream that was dripping down to their elbows. (Heck, I wanted to be the kid with the drippy ice cream cone.) I needed to recreate those flavors right away.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

But come on, do we all have waffle irons and ice cream makers at home? Probably not. I have an ice cream maker, but half the time I forget to chill my ice cream barrel and then I have to wait even longer to eat my ice cream. And I was not going to go out and buy a waffle maker. But I just could not get the idea of those drippy ice cream cones out of my head.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So I thought of how I was going to recreate these flavors AND show off the sweet natural ingredients of Golden Girl Granola’s® Bluesberry Granola. The Bluesberry flavor features sweet maple oats with crunchy almonds, flakes of natural coconut and of course blueberries!

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I decided to make oatmeal lace cookies, using the granola, as my “waffle cone” to add the sweet crunch to my ice cream. These cookies can be made into rounds and use as ice cream sandwich bases or pretty cookie garnish.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

But if you are feeling hungry and don’t have any patience for making individual cookies, you can spread it out thinly onto the pan and bake it, and then crumble it into a brittle crunch topping. I made them both ways.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

For the ice cream, I started with chunks of fresh cheesecake pieces with granola “crust” swirled in. Then those chunks of cheesecake were folded into the cheesecake ice cream, to make it doubly delicious! Finished off with twirls of blueberry pie filling, this Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream is the peak of rich creamy perfection. And you can definitely pick up on the little bits of granola throughout.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This dessert is a three step process, but it is totally simple and worth the wait. Serve it up to your party guests for a fancy treat or for a fun Sunday dinner delight.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I love the simplicity of this recipe. And you can definitely get the kids to help!

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Thank you Golden Girl Granola® for the opportunity to showcase your sweet granola once again!

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Last year’s challenge was a main dish entrée, in which I created Chorizo Meatballs with Sweet Mole Sauce. I believe the uniqueness and flavors are what helped me earn Second Place for that recipe! Check it out!

And here’s what you’ve been waiting for…!

A creamy double cheesecake no churn needed ice cream full of blueberry pie swirls and sweet granola served with thin granola laced brittle cookies.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies

Prep Time: 6 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours, 45 minutes

Number of servings: 16

Per Serving 585 calories

Fat 40 g

Carbs 54 g

Protein 6 g

16


No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies

A creamy double cheesecake ice cream with no churning required with swirls of blueberry pie and crunchy granola brittle cookies, this dessert will remind you of a summery boardwalk ice cream cone. Most of the time includes chilling and baking. Total hands on time is about 45 minutes. Make this a day in advance for entertaining.

Ingredients

    For the Cheesecake Bits

  • 8 oz. Neufchatel cream cheese
  • 4 Tb unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup Golden Girl Granola® Bluesberry Granola (see notes)
  • For the Granola Lace Cookies

  • 1 1/3 cups unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tb milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 2/3 cups Golden Girl Granola® Bluesberry Granola (see notes)
  • 2 Tb flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted almonds (optional-see notes)
  • For the Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream (one recipe cheesecake bits, plus below)

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 - 3.4 oz package cheesecake pudding mix
  • 1 - 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup blueberry pie filling from a can

Instructions

  1. Make the Cheesecake Bits: Prepare a 2 qt 8x8" baking dish by lining it with foil and spraying with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer or with a handheld mixer, beat the cream cheese 2 Tb at a time until smooth. Beat in the butter and mix until combined well.
  3. Beat in the vanilla bean paste or vanilla and mix well. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time and mix until fully incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Finally beat in the granola until it breaks down a little. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for two hours.
  5. Prepare the Granola Lace Cookies: Line baking sheets with parchment paper, silicone baking mats, or foil. Place the oven rack at the one-third height in the oven. Preheat oven to 375F.
  6. In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat. Bring it to a slow boil and reduce heat, cooking and stirring until the butter begins to brown, about 3-4 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat. Stir in the corn syrup and brown sugar and mix well. The butter sugar mixture should resemble a smooth caramel.
  8. Gently stir in the granola, flour, salt and vanilla. Mix until combined. Then fold in the optional almonds. (If not using almonds, add 2 Tb extra of granola.)
  9. Spoon the batter onto the prepared cookie sheets ONE TEASPOON at a time, spaced 3" apart. The cookies will spread a lot. Bake for 5 minutes and remove. If cookies are stuck together, they can be separated while warm with the side of a fork. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring mat to a cooling rack. When completely cooled, carefully remove from mats by peeling the cookie off and transfer to a plate, stacking carefully. If cooled completely, they should not stick to each other. Be sure not to overbake, or they will crumble to easily.
  10. Alternately, you can make a granola brittle. Spoon a thin layer onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and then transfer to cooling rack. When completely cooled, break into pieces for a topping.
  11. Repeat the process for remaining batter, cooling one batch while baking another.
  12. Make the No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream: Remove the Cheesecake Bits from the freezer to thaw slightly.
  13. In a stand mixer, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
  14. While the cream is whipping, combine the sweetened condensed milk, pudding mix and vanilla in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly until pudding mix is mostly dissolved into condensed milk.
  15. Gently fold the condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream.
  16. Cut the Cheesecake Bits into 1/2" squares, by lifting the foil out of the pan and cutting straight down with a sharp knife. Gently fold into ice cream mixture. Spread the ice cream mixture into the same 2 qt 8x8" baking pan from the cheesecake bits. You do not need to line the pan.
  17. Spoon the blueberry pie filling onto the ice cream mixture and fold in gently to create blueberry swirls. Cover tightly and freeze for four hours, or until firm.
  18. Scoop the ice cream onto granola lace cookie rounds, or scoop into a bowl and crumble granola brittle over the top. Enjoy!

Notes

Can substitute any blueberry granola or your favorite granola here. Makes 16 ice cream servings and 56 cookie servings. If not using almonds in the cookies, add 2 Tb extra of granola.

*This post was sponsored by Golden Girl Granola®. I received free product from the sponsor for participating in their Blogger Recipe Challenge. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

Sweet and Crunchy Oatmeal Cookies – Fill the Cookie Jar

Fill the Cookie Jar!!!! How do you fill your cookie jar? I filled mine with Sweet and Crunchy Oatmeal Cookies last month. My daddy loves oatmeal and raisin cookies so this is what I decided to make him. They were super delicious too! He made sure to let me know more than once.

So I decided to make this my contribution to this month’s Fill the Cookie Jar. To me, these are a perfect summer cookie, because my kids are home all summer, and aren’t these the perfect typical after school cookie? Except now they got to eat these all June 😉

These cookies are just a basic oatmeal raisin cookies-with a special touch. They are loaded with sugary crispy rice cereal and corn flakes cereal. What’s not to love!?

This cookie dough is dangerous. Trust me. Do not taste it! Don’t say I didn’t warn you if you don’t have enough to make your cookies!

They are so simple to scoop onto cookie sheets too!

These might just disappear if you have kids in the kitchen.

Don’t forget to check out the other cookies from my fellow bloggers!

Happy baking!

Sweet and Crunchy Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Number of servings: 48

Per Serving 146 calories

Fat 5 g

Carbs 24 g

Protein 3 g

48


Sweet and Crunchy Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

  • one cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup frosted crispy rice cereal
  • 2/3 cup corn flakes cereal
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats, uncooked
  • 2 cups raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars, until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and eggs and beat well.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly beat in the flour mixture. Add the cereals and mix well. Add the oatmeal and combine well. Stir in the raisins.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, spoon the cookie dough onto cookie sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes until just golden around the edges. Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet one minute before carefully transferring to a rack to cool.

*Recipe derived from the back of my Market Pantry Old Fashioned Oatmeal carton.