Pecan Pralines for {National Praline Day}

I was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. Us tried and true Southern gals love our pecans, especially when they are in pralines. I always love going down to the Charleston Market or to Savannah's Candy Kitchen to get some fresh pecan pralines. But, since I recently moved out of Charleston, I needed a good excuse to learn to make my own pecan pralines! Being the healthy conscious person I am, I also wanted to make pecan pralines that weren't as bad for me as what I'd find in a candy shop. So, here they are. I hope you love these decadent southern pecan pralines as much as my family and I do! They take a bit of patience and you absolutely must have a candy thermometer to pull them off. The temperature is a science! So, this National Praline Day (June 23rd), … [Read more...]

Oreos for Valentine’s Day

Share the love this Valentine's Day with this simple idea for Oreo cookies dipped in almond bark. With just a few store bought items, you will be on your way to celebrating the "holiday of love" (or any day) with this sweet treat! Beware, however, because after you have tasted them, you won't be able to eat just one! Here are the goodies you'll need: 1 Pakage of Almond Bark (I used CandiQuick - White) 1 Package Oreo Cookies (or other round dippable cookie) Wax or Parchment Paper Assorted Sprinkles or icing writers Microwave Cookie Sheet Directions: Step 1: Spread out wax paper across cookie sheet. Melt the almond bark in the microwave according to the directions on the package. Place your oreos and your bark to the side of your cookie sheet Step 2: Dip one … [Read more...]

Royal Icing 101 Cookie Frosting Recipe

Royal Icing is an icing for decorating cookies that dries hard and opaque. Cookies can be stacked and the icing stays pretty when cookies are packaged. It's easy, only takes 3 ingredients: meringue powder, water and sugar (flavoring is optional). Royal Icing (this will cover approximately 3 dozen, 3 inch cookies in 2-3 colors) 1 pound powdered sugar 5 TBSP meringue powder scant 1/2 c. water a few drops of extract (optional) Combine the meringue powder and water with a whisk attachment using an electric mixer. Beat until peaks begin to form. Sift in the powdered sugar and beat on low to combine. Increase speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form. (You should be able to remove the beater from the mixer and hold up and jiggle without the peak … [Read more...]

Colorful Play-Doh Cookies

Or Rainbow Cookies.  Or Lollipop Cookies.  Whatever you decide to call them, these are a treat for the little ones.  Fun to make and fun to eat. I love that these cookies are versatile, too.  You can, of course, choose whichever colors you'd like.  You can insert a stick and make lollipops.  Wrap them up in cellophane bags and pretty ties for a sweet treat.  Try a red and green version for the holidays.  Let the kids shape them in some other creative way.  Lots of options. [sc:adsense ] The Ingredients are: 3/4 cup butter, softened 3 ounces cream cheese 1 cup white sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt assorted colors of paste food coloring 24 lollipop sticks Original recipe found on All … [Read more...]

Amish Baked Oatmeal – Having a Cookie for Breakfast

I grew up smack dab in the middle of an Amish community and learned a lot about simple, easy, frugal recipes.   This one is a fave because you can toss it in the fridge and throw it in the oven the next day (I’ve broken a few dishes from all that throwing and tossing in my kitchen)! Let me count the ways I love this recipe. It’s like eating a cookie for breakfast.  Don’t tell Mom. You can prep it the night before and pop it in the oven while the kids are getting dressed. Leftovers are yummy warmed up in the microwave.  In fact, I often double this and have a warm, filling, healthy breakfast in the bag for the whole week! Ready to rock your breakfast world? You’ll get 9 servings out of this so don’t freak out about the butter. Now if you don't think this … [Read more...]

Buttery, Golden, and Delicious Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

Snickerdoodles or snickering doodles, as my 4 year old calls them These are my favorite cookies to make with kids because they are easy, the ingredients are simple and they are definitely hands on. Ingredients * 1 C unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened * 2 C sugar * 1/2 tsp baking soda * 1/2 tsp cream of tartar * 2 large eggs * 1 1/4 tsp vanilla * 3 C flour How To 1. In a medium sized bowl, beat the butter for about 30 seconds on medium speed. Add the sugar, baking soda and cream of tartar, beating until well mixed. Slowly beat in the egg and vanilla until well incorporated. Beat in the flour 1/2 C at a time. 2. When all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour in the fridge. 3. Pre-heat the oven to 375. 4. … [Read more...]