Celebrate All Things Garlic with a Giveaway and a Recipe; Part 1: Black Garlic and Sun Dried Tomato Phyllo Bites – #4theLoveofGarlic

I’m beginning to think I need to rename my blog.  My kids aren’t so finicky anymore.  I mean, have you ever seen a 2 year-old, or a 10 year-old child with sensory issues, ever enjoy such grown up flavors like the bite of elephant garlic or the rich sweet molasses of black garlic?  I haven’t until I met my kids!  Lately they haven’t been afraid to try anything mommy has made in the kitchen.  I’m loving it!
And my entire family loved the Black Garlic and Sun Dried Tomato Phyllo Bites that I created.  Rich butter and sautéed elephant garlic cling to sheets of crispy phyllo pastry that is subtly filled with smears of smooth black garlic and cream cheese, chopped sun dried tomatoes and flecks of sweet basil.  All of this is sprinkled with savory feta cheese crumbles and a dash of parsley.
I have never had black garlic in my life, but when I sampled a piece from my collection from Melissa’s Produce, I knew it would go great in the Phyllo Bites I planned to make for the giveaway kick off.  It was mellow, and creamy, with a near roasted flavor that melted in your mouth.  Love!
 
And yes, I said giveaway!  What better way to kick off my birthday month with a giveaway that I was more than excited to collaborate in.  I mean, come on, it’s GARLIC!!!!!
#4theLoveofGarlic
In the days running up to National Garlic Day which is Wednesday, April 19th, a group of bloggers will be joining Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla  in a veritable celebration of all things garlic!
The Garject
When Dreamfarm offered their new Garject to a group of bloggers to review*, and Camilla asked me to join, I was in!  Immediately.  And for six days, leading up to National Garlic Day which is Wednesday, April 19th, we’ll be sharing garlic creations, reviewing the Garject, and hosting a giveaway.  Six of our lucky readers will win their very own Garject.
Dude, it’s a nifty kitchen tool that I guarantee will not get shoved in the back of your kitchen drawer or given to the kids for Play-Doh projects.  You will not want to share it!
Melissa’s Produce is also sponsoring #4theLoveofGarlic and shipped all the bloggers a huge box of garlic, including elephant garlic and black garlic, to use in their recipes.  Can we say thanks!?!
 
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Here’s the schedule for the posts…if you’re a garlic fan, you won’t want to miss any of these recipes. Stay tuned! Oh, and several of us will be posting bonus recipes (like this one today!), so you’ll have more than enough inspiration for those garlic cloves.
April 14: Café Terra
April 19: event round-up with Culinary Adventures with Camilla
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Black Garlic and Sun Dried Tomato Phyllo Bites

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Number of servings: 32

Per Serving 90 calories

Fat 7 g

Carbs 5 g

Protein 1 g

32


Black Garlic and Sun Dried Tomato Phyllo Bites

Rich butter and sautéed elephant garlic cling to sheets of crispy phyllo pastry that is subtly filled with smears of smooth black garlic and cream cheese, chopped sun dried tomatoes and flecks of sweet basil.  All of this is sprinkled with savory feta cheese crumbles and a dash of parsley.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz phyllo pastry sheets, thawed
  • 12 Tb salted butter
  • 1 clove elephant garlic (or 3 cloves regular garlic)
  • 1 bulb black garlic
  • 12 Tb cream cheese softened
  • 6 Tb chopped sun dried tomatoes in oil
  • 2 Tb lightly dried basil
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tsp dried parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare two 8x12 or 9x13 baking sheets by greasing with a smear of butter.
  3. Peel and press the elephant garlic with a garlic press and set aside. Peel the black garlic and set aside.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt all of the butter and the minced elephant garlic. Heat over medium low heat for about 3 minutes, until the butter is melted and the garlic is softened. Do not brown. Set aside.
  5. On a flat surface, unroll the phyllo pastry. Use a dampened paper towel to lay over the remaining pastry while working with each sheet.
  6. On each baking sheet, carefully lay out one sheet of pastry. If it breaks, just piece it back together. Using a pastry brush, brush on garlic butter, letting any pieces of garlic remain on pastry. Repeat with 3 sheets of pastry per baking sheet.
  7. On the third pastry layer and after the butter is brushed on, very carefully smear 2-3 black garlic cloves and 2 Tb cream cheese on each of the two layers, using the back of knife. Be careful not to pull the dough or break.
  8. Sprinkle each sheet with 1 Tb chopped sun dried tomatoes and 1 tsp lightly dried basil.
  9. Repeat the layers of three, then another layer of filling two more times, ending with 2-3 sheets of pastry on the top layer, depending how many sheets are in your box. You should have 3 filling layers with 3 sheets between each layer.
  10. Seal the final top layer with plenty of butter to keep edges down.
  11. Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and sprinkle the pastries with the feta cheese and parsley, divided between the two.
  13. Cool slightly and cut into 16 triangles each, making a total of 32, using a pastry or pizza cutter. Serve immediately.
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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!!🦃🦃🦃

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.

Grilled Corn Guacamole on Sofritos Tacos #GuacSquad12

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Casabella, Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices and Melissa’s Produce.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Please don’t miss the Giveaway here and other amazing Guacamole recipes below!

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This week my husband and I went out on our weekly date night (toting along the two littlest ones of course).  We had our usual no-idea-what-to-eat dilemma, him no longer eating red meat and myself very rarely eating any meat.  We went to the food court at our local mall as I was off on a search for new shoes to fit my finally repaired and healing broken toe.  (Can you believe how much pain one little broken toe can produce!?)

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

After almost ordering a walnut and goat cheese salad from the sandwich place, I spotted a well know Mexican grill that sells the famous sofritos which inspired this meal.  Actually their entire menu inspired this dish of Tofu Sofritos Tacos with Citrus Cilantro Coleslaw and Grilled Corn Guacamole.  We used to order from this grill at least once a month during our company lunch meals at my workplace.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Despite the fact that I never actually had the sofritos from this popular place (I used to get the chicken), I wanted to make them because of a) my craving for tacos and b) my desire to remove meat from my diet.  Let me just say that I LOVED my sofritos at least 10 times more.  I braised mine to perfection, ridding all traces of “soy” taste from these tacos.  And the guacamole…okay that is what we are here for.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The guacamole at this famous Mexican grill is so delicious that they charge nearly $2 more to add it to your meal.  I love that they give large portions, so that’s good.  They also serve this wonderful corn pico de gallo.  These two toppings together make any taco or burrito bowl supreme.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So when I was given the opportunity to create a recipe for Casabella’s newest innovation, the Guac-Lock guacamole container, I knew I had to make a Grilled Corn Guacamole.  The fresh avocados shipped direct to me from Melissa’s Produce went divinely with the purees and dried herbs from Gourmet Garden.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And love the Guac-Lock I did!  I ate guacamole for a week.  On everything!  This photo was actually taken on day 5 of storing this guacamole.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Please note the freshness!  And it didn’t even taste sour or overwhelmed with onion, as most avocado dips do when they contact air.  I didn’t have to scrape off any grey unappealing discoloration from the top of the guacamole each day I ate it.

I just spooned out what I wanted and smoothed out the top.  The handy pusher tool provided made it simple to “squeeze” all the air out and seal the lid.

Love this thing!!

Grilled Corn Guacamole on Sofritos Tacos #GuacSquad12

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 12

Per Serving 106 calories

Fat 8 g

Carbs 10 g

Protein 2 g

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Grilled Corn Guacamole on Sofritos Tacos #GuacSquad12

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 ears corn
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • juice of one lime
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (or 1 tsp Gourmet Garden garlic puree)
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder (or pinch Gourmet Garden red chili flakes)

Instructions

  1. Spray a griddle with nonstick cooking spray. Place 2 shucked ears of corn on the grill, sprinkling with salt and pepper if desired. Grill over medium heat, rotating to grill each side, about 10-15 minutes until corn is tender. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Place diced avocado in a medium bowl and smash lightly with a fork or masher.
  3. Cut corn kernels off cob using a sharp knife, catching the kernels into a medium bowl.
  4. Add corn and remaining ingredients to mashed avocadoes and mix well, mashing while mixing.
  5. Transfer mixture to an airtight container (such as the Guac-Lock) and store up to 6 days in the refrigerator.

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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

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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.

 

The Perfectly Imperfect Watermelon Slice Cookie – Fill the Cookie Jar

Perfectly Imperfect Watermelon Slice Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Perfectionism is overrated. I mean look at these cookies.

Perfectly Imperfect Watermelon Slice Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

What kind of watermelon slice is that? Is it a circle?

Is it a slice? Does it have a rind or no rind? All I know is that it is one dang delicious cookie.

Perfectly Imperfect Watermelon Slice Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My kids could vouch for that. No that is not a magic disappearing cookie trick.

Perfectly Imperfect Watermelon Slice Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

That is my 18 month old swiping cookies while I’m taking photos.

Perfectly Imperfect Watermelon Slice Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

As soon as these cookies hit the plate, half the plate was gone.

Perfectly Imperfect Watermelon Slice Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Between 4 kids and nearly four cookies each, they performed quite the vanishing act.

Perfectly Imperfect Watermelon Slice Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Okay, so maybe it is a magic disappearing cookie trick. (I had to hold her hand still for this shot, because the cookies just kept going, haha.)

Perfectly Imperfect Watermelon Slice Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Either way, you don’t want to miss out on this summer cookie treat. Er, weeknight cookie treat.

Perfectly Imperfect Watermelon Slice Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These remind me of mini versions of the giant watermelon slice cookies from the local panaderias (aka Mexican bakeries). These satisfied that craving, but I may have to eat five to compensate.

Perfectly Imperfect Watermelon Slice Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Rolling the dough is a bit tricky. I’m sure you can chill it first if you want perfect cookies, but I preferred rolling it first right after mixing and then freezing the imperfect shape. I think it gives the cookies their character.

Perfectly Imperfect Watermelon Slice Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Freezing the cookie dough gives them their imperfect shape of a flat bottomed watermelon slice. Don’t skip this step. It also keeps the dough from spreading while baking. That’s the major tweak I did with this recipe derived straight from Taste of Home.

Perfectly Imperfect Watermelon Slice Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Mini chocolate chips are the watermelon seeds here, however you can also use chopped raisins.

Perfectly Imperfect Watermelon Slice Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I hope you enjoy these cookies. Let me know what you think!

And please check out the other recipes from our Fill the Cookie Jar monthly cookie club led by Cynthia from Feeding Big. She rocks!

Perfectly Imperfect Watermelon Slice Cookies

Prep Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Cook Time: 33 minutes

Number of servings: 45

Per Serving 70 calories

Fat 4 g

Carbs 9 g

Protein 1 g

45


Perfectly Imperfect Watermelon Slice Cookies

Freezing the cookie dough gives these cookies their uniquely imperfect shape, making them resemble a flat bottomed watermelon slice.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • rose and green gel food color
  • 1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and almond extract and mix until pale yellow.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. Slowly add the dry mixture to the egg and butter mixture. Mix until combined into a dough. Set aside 1 cup of dough. Add desired amount of pink food color (pinch) to the remaining cookie dough and mix until combined, scraping sides as needed.
  3. Wash and dry the bowl. Add desired amount of green food color (pinch) to 1/3 of the remaining dough, mixing until combined and scraping bowl as needed.
  4. On a floured surface roll the pink dough into a log about 3" wide and 18" long. Set aside. Roll the green dough onto a floured surface the length of the pink dough and flatten to 4" wide. Do the same for the remaining white dough. Carefully wrap the white dough around the pink dough (it won't cover completely around) and the green dough over the white dough. Cut log in half and wrap each log in plastic wrap, green side up.
  5. Freeze at least four hours.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350F. Thaw cookie dough slightly. Slice into 1/4" slices, making about 45 slices. Arrange on cookie sheets, 15 cookies per sheet. Top each cookie with 5-6 chocolate chips to resemble seeds. Bake for 11 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets one minute before transferring to rack to cool.

Notes

Recipe from Taste of Home, Technique from Famished Fish

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Canning with Vinegar: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

They say once you’ve learned how to ride a bike, you never forget. I think the same goes for canning. Once you’ve canned something once, you never forget. And you won’t want to stop. You’ll want to can everything. I’m serious. Something about preparing your own produce and topping it off with your favorite all natural preservative is just so rewarding.

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

My favorite all natural preservative, I have to say is vinegar. It lends the most refreshing tartness to any vegetable or even fruit. It can be used as a cold short term preservative or heated in a canning bath and sealed for longer storage.

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

I was really craving hot dogs and sauerkraut, but I didn’t want to wait around weeks for naturally fermented sauerkraut. I want to make some pickled cabbage! And I wanted spice! And I wanted chiles too! My hubby likes jalapenos slices on his hot dogs anyways, so what the heck. I made two options!

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

It’s amazing how many different uses there are for vinegar, besides pickling and preserving with canning. I love apple cider vinegar with my salad dressings or as a morning detox. I add it to my pancake mix to make a simple buttermilk. And I even put it in my potato salad to add some German flair.

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Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

I really do love cooking with vinegar. I love the different levels of pickling it can give your produce, dependents on the sugar and water (if any) ratio you combine it with.

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

For the Pickled Garlic Jalapenos I used a 50/50 ratio of water and white vinegar and an extra touch of sugar to mellow out the spice. The garlic laced throughout adds a nice treat.

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

And I absolutely could not get enough of the Harissa Cabbage Kraut (yes I know I’m basically saying cabbage twice, but it just sounds better that way!). I mean, by the time I got to the last few bites of my tofurky dog, the bun was soaked with delicious pickling liquid. (Darn it, I’m salivating again!) The harissa powder added the perfect punch of spice. Not too overwhelming with just enough heat not to overpower the bitter cabbage and sweet carrots.

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

I really enjoyed canning these condiments. Honestly the last time I’d canned anything was after kid #1. I now have 4, so you can say it’s been awhile. But I still remembered the easy canning guidelines, it just came right back to me (like riding that bike!).

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

  • Always start with a clean hot jar.
  • Fill up to 1/2″ of the top of the jar.
  • Wiggle a chopstick down inside the jar to release trapped air bubbles.
  • Wipe the rim of the jar with a damp paper towel before putting on a new lid.
  • Boil the cans in water 1/4-1/2 up the sides of the jar for 10 minutes (I like to cover mine as
  • I canned mine in my electric pressure cooker)
  • Cool for 10 minutes before removing.
  • Flip cans upside down (using potholder) to seal quicker.
  • If they don’t seal, put it in the fridge or try again with a new lid.
  • Enjoy in 24 hours or more (depending on your recipe) though I ate these ones right away-haha!
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Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut
Have you ever canned or pickled anything?

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Number of servings: 60

Per Serving 175 calories

Fat 1 g

Carbs 32 g

Protein 3 g

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Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

Ingredients

    For the Pickled Garlic Jalapenos

  • 2 1/2 lbs jalapenos, sliced, stems removed
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 tsp pink Himalayan salt (3/4 tsp per jar)
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds (1/2 tsp per jar)
  • 4 tsp minced garlic (1 tsp per jar)
  • 3 3/4 cups cold water
  • 3 3/4 cups white vinegar
  • 4 1/2 Tb white sugar
  • For the Harissa Cabbage Kraut

  • 6 cups shredded cabbage (3/4 large head)
  • 6 medium carrots, grated
  • 2 Tb minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tb pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 Tb organic harissa powder
  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. [For the Pickled Garlic Jalapenos]
  2. Slice the jalapenos with a food processor or a shark knife wearing gloves.
  3. Place the seasoning in each of four jars. Top with sliced jalapenos.
  4. Bring water, vinegar and sugar just to a boil. Ladle liquid carefully into each jars over the jalapenos within half inch of top. Using a chopstick, insert into jar releasing any trapped air.
  5. Wipe rim of jars with a damp paper towels. Tighten just to seal, but do not overtighten. Boil in a canning bath with water up to halfway up the jar over medium heat, covered for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool on stove 5 minutes before removing. Invert cans to cool completely and allow to seal. Tighten lids and store in pantry 6 months to one year.
  6. [For the Harissa Cabbage Kraut]
  7. Combine all ingredients in a large plastic or glass bowl and toss. Spoon into each of two jars within half inch of top.
  8. Using a chopstick, insert into jar releasing any trapped air.
  9. Wipe rim of jars with a damp paper towels. Tighten just to seal, but do not overtighten. Boil in a canning bath with water up to halfway up the jar over medium heat, covered for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool on stove 5 minutes before removing. Invert cans to cool completely and allow to seal. Tighten lids and store in pantry 6 months to one year.

Notes

You will need 6 "One and One Half Pint" Mason Jars with Lids If lids do not seal, transfer to refrigerator to enjoy.
Food processors are so simple to use at any age! This one loved feeding the carrots in.

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