No-Bake Cookies

The best thing about these cookies is probably that you don't bake them. They are so easy and simple. I made these at 10:00 last night, and there was barely any cleanup!


2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cocoa
pinch salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter
3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal

In large saucepan, combine sugar, milk, cocoa, salt, and butter and mix well. Bring to a boil and cover saucepan for 30 seconds to allow steam to wash sugar crystals down sides of pan. Stir mixture and bring it to a boil that can't be stirred down for 1 minute. Then remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth. Add oatmeal and mix well. Do not use regular or instant oatmeal; quick-cooking oatmeal is essential to the success of this recipe.
Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to let the oatmeal absorb some of the liquid.

Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto waxed paper or parchment lined baking sheets or Silpat sheets. Let cool until you can touch the mixture; then reshape the cookies to make them more a ball shape. Let cool completely; store at room temperature. You can also pour this mixture into a 9" square pan that has been greased with unsalted butter, let cool, then cut into squares.


Peanut Butter Cup Cupcake

Peanut Butter + Chocolate = Divine, right?

I thought so.

This recipe isn't so much about the cupcake, again. It's about what's inside the cupcake. Yes, I did say "inside".

Okay, calm down. This is what you need:

1 box Devils Food cake mix, and all the ingredients on the back.
- Go ahead and prepare this as directed, and bake as directed for cupcakes.
1 container of chocolate frosting
For the peanut butter frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons milk, or as needed
2 cups confectioners' sugar

While your cupcakes are baking, whip up your peanut butter frosting:
Place the butter and peanut butter into a medium bowl, and beat with an electric mixer. Gradually mix in the sugar, and when it starts to get thick, incorporate milk one tablespoon at a time until all of the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is thick and spreadable. Beat for at least 3 minutes for it to get good and fluffy.

Prepare your icing bag, or if you're like me, your cupcake decorating kit. Attach a Bismarck tip. Bismarck tips are long ... they look like this:

Fill your bag or decorator with your peanut butter frosting. When your cupcakes have cooled off some, you can get started filling and frosting. Here's what you do. Take your cupcake and insert your Bismarck tip about an inch in and squeeze your frosting out. Do it until the frosting comes out of the hole on top. There was one cupcake that I didn't get filled the whole way:

Anyway, your cupcakes will look something like this when you're done:

Once you've gotten all that done, take your chocolate frosting and spread a thin layer of frosting onto the cupcakes with a knife:

Next you need to switch out your Bismarck tip for your Star tip:

Refill your bag or decorator with the peanut butter frosting. Now you'll only want to put a dollop of frosting in the center of your cupcakes.

You're finished! Enjoy!


Kkens' Apple Spice Pancakes

This is yum.

This is apple spice pancakes.

From my kitchen to yours.

Batter Ingredients

2 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons sugar
2 cups milk
4 tablespoons cinnamon applesauce {or regular applesauce - the applesauce is here because if you've been following my blog for a while, you know that Benjamin is allergic to eggs.}
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cinnamon Sugar mixture to your liking {what I mean is, dump as much of that good stuff in there as you want!}
cooking spray, or butter, to grease your pan or griddle.

Here's what you do:

1. Combine all ingredients, whisk together until smooth.
2. In your skillet or on your griddle, melt butter or spray cooking spray, and then brown pancakes on both sides.
3. Put syrup on those bad boys, and butter if you're daring.
4. Cut. Chew. Swallow. Repeat.

If you want to add some spiced apples to the mix, here's what you need to do:

1. Slice up your favorite apple. I recommend peeling your apples before hand. I didn't peel, and I wish I had.
2. Put the apple slices in a pot. Cover with water, but not too much water.
3. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top, or dump it all, whatever. Your call.
4. Cook on med-high to high {depending on your stove} and cover. Stir occasionally. Cook until the apples are soft, but not squishy.
5. Put on top of your pancake before step 4. of the pancake directions. You can even pour some of the juice from the pot on your pancakes if you feel like it.
6. Cut. Chew. Swallow. Repeat.

You're welcome.


Nutella-coffee Frosted Cupcakes

I know you want to know how to make fantastic, mouth-watering Nutella-coffee frosting. This post isn't as much about the cupcakes as it is about the frosting. Here's the cupcake recipe, if you'd like to try it out on my eggless cupcakes.

But like I said, this is more about the frosting.

This frosting is perfect for closet coffee lovers {like me - I say "yuck!" to hot coffee}, and Nutella lovers as well. I am a gigantic Nutella lover. I could sit and eat it all day. I'm sure I'd weigh 100lbs more than I do now, though. Thanks to the Sweetest Kitchen for the recipe.


Here's what you need:

2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons Nutella
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

I used Starbucks' Instant Coffee, VIA, which is actually pretty strong so it gives a nice coffee kick. The reason I used this {it was half a packet, if you feel like using the same} is because the only other instant coffee had been open for over a year... yeah, ew.

Anyway, here is what you do:

In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon milk with 1 teaspoon instant coffee and stir until coffee is dissolved.

In a separate bowl, combine butter, Nutella, sugar, salt, vanilla, and the 1 tablespoon coffee-milk mixture. Mix well with electric mixer, adding more milk as needed to make a fluffy spreadable frosting.

Makes enough to frost 10-12 cupcakes if just spreading it on with a knife.

It's seriously very delicious. Go ahead and taste a heaping spoonful or two, you deserve it!


Hey, Puddin'!

One of my favorite recipes that my mom makes is her good ol' corn puddin'. You may be thinking, "Corn-flavored puddin'? Yuck!" But I assure you, it is not yuck, nor is it "corn-flavored puddin'". It is delicious. When we were having our dinner party last week I had to call my mom up for her corn pudding recipe. I figured I would share with you!

What you need:

1 can whole kernel corn, with juice.
1 can cream-style corn.
1 box corn muffin mix {we use Jiffy because it's the bomb diggity. Yes, I just said that.}
2 eggs
1 8oz container of Sour Cream {you can use low-fat if you want!}

Here's what you do:

Preheat your oven to 350.
Beat yo eggs. Then mix everything together. I put mine in a 2qt glass dish. Dot the top with butter. Put it in the oven for 1hr.

And then you eat it.

It's so good. Let me know if you try it out!