Chocolate Ice Box Pie {4 Ingredients}

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I’m not sure that the weather realizes that it’s almost November. Somebody really oughta tell it that it’s a little late this year. We are just now seeing the leaves change. And the temp? We haven’t had many cold snaps and just the other day it was close to 90 again. Welcome to good ole Tennessee!

I’m mostly ready for the bugs to leave us alone. I’ve had to set up one of my Fruit Fly Traps. After seeing about five of them near the sink I told the hubby that it’s time to get one made up and set out. After a couple of hours we counted them to find out that the five we thought we had was really closer to 50. Um, ew!

 

I’m sorry y’all. It appears that our family has a thing for desserts. You might have noticed that by my last three recipes. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- dessert is my best bribing tool. Why wouldn’t I make it?! Though sometimes I find it hard to keep up with demand. Trying to get better at it since I’ve discovered its power. 

This pie has quickly become a hubby favorite. Requested many times and made just as many times because of how easy it truly is. Y’all know me and my few ingredient recipes. This one?

Just four ingredients.

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The first is none other than a pie crust. Easy to make yourself if you’re in the mood. Easier to purchase at the store when you’re not in the mood.

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The next two ingredients include some very tasty staples that totally make me want a s’more right now. An 8 ounce chocolate bar and pile of jumbo marshmallows. You melt them down until they are good and combined. The original recipe didn’t call for anything to help them along, but I have been using a tablespoon or so of milk.

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After they combine, they look like this. Ooey, gooey, yummy goodness.

You let this mixture cool a little and then fold in a tub of whipped cream. Pour this mixture into your pre-baked pie crust and refrigerate a little while.

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Oh goodness y’all. It’s sooooo good.

I think a lot of its charm comes from how easy it is. Do you feel that way? When things are easier all of the sudden they are that much more amazing? It’s like getting things free. You give me something FREE, I’m going to be uber excited about that thang.

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You have to try it.

You just do.

Chocolate Icebox Pie 5 Chocolate Ice Box Pie {4 Ingredients}
Chocolate Icebox Pie
Chocolate Icebox Pie 5 Chocolate Ice Box Pie {4 Ingredients}
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Ingredients
  1. Pie crust (pre-baked)
  2. 20 large marshmallows
  3. 1 (8 oz) chocolate bar
  4. 1 (8 oz) tub whipped topping
  5. 1 tbsp (or so) milk
Instructions
  1. Melt marshmallows and chocolate bar with milk over low heat or in a double boiler. Cool partially.
  2. Fold in whipped topping.
  3. Place in pie shell.
  4. Chill.
Adapted from The Four Ingredient Cookbook
Pennywise Cook http://pennywisecook.com/

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Easy Homemade Ice Cream Cake

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Ever since I can remember I’ve been a fan of ice cream. Not just your everyday fan. We’re talking I have to have it quite often kinda fan. Not just once every now and then.

I inherited this strong love for ice cream from my dad. He taught me how to eat it straight from the tub with a fork.

Yes, a fork. 

I’ll never really understand why he liked to use a fork, but I’m almost 100% certain that it tastes better with a fork. #dontwaskmewhy

If you crave ice cream, then you might be in the mood for an ice cream cake come time for your birthday. 

Or just to stuff your face with on a random Tuesday night…

Check out this SIMPLE and awesome recipe for creating a beautiful ice cream cakey masterpiece. It looks like it came from DQ itself. I posted this recently over at Gathering Grain, but I thought it would be kind of me to let y’all in on the awesomeness as well.

Wax Paper Springform Pan Easy Homemade Ice Cream Cake

 One thing you’ll most definitely need is a springform pan. If you don’t have one, you’ll want to get one. I use them for all sorts of things these days. It’s my magic tool for making things pretty. Amazon has a CuisinArt 9-inch Springform Pan for just $13.95.

Or you could just check your local thrift store next time you’re in there.

Coat your pan with non-stick cooking spray. Then place a strip of wax paper around the sides. This makes it so much easier when it’s time to take it out of the pan. It just peels off leaving it beautiful around the outside.

*Note*- Though I didn’t have this issue, a friend of mine still had some trouble with the edges sticking to the wax paper so you might even spray the top of the wax paper if you’re concerned.

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And now, with the magic of blogging (not TV y’all because Lord knows I’m not Pioneer Woman), this is what you’ll come up with after you place your ice cream sandwiches. 

Cut them longways in half and then cut each of those halves in half again. This will give you 4 pieces per sandwich. Um k?

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Once again, we’re going to fast forward. You will make an easy oreo crust for the bottom and then spoon in softened ice cream (whatever flavor you choose!). I used 3 different flavors to get the neopolitan affect.

Pop into the fridge and then dollop some whipped cream and crushed cookies on top. Let set a little bit and then serve!

Or sit on your couch, use your fork, and go to town.

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A picture of the middle. Isn’t it pretty? It is amazingly tasty too. You’ll just have to try it for yourself!

Homemade Ice Cream Cake
A simple yet amazingly beautiful ice cream cake made in your very own kitchen.
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Ingredients
  1. 18 chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos)
  2. 1 tbsp milk
  3. 8-10 ice cream sandwiches (depending on the size of your pan)
  4. 3 pints ice cream of your choice
  5. 1 8 oz container whipped topping, thawed
Instructions
  1. Begin by removing your ice cream from the freezer. Let thaw and once its soft around the edges, transfer to bowls so the middle can thaw. Give it a good stir.
  2. Meanwhile, throw 15 chocolate sandwich cookies in a food processor to crush finely. You can also do this by hand if you don't have a food processor. I usually do this ahead of time to save time when assembling the cake. Once crushed, mix in the tablespoon of milk to create a crust mixture.
  3. Coat the bottom and sides of a springform pan with cooking spray. Cut a thick strip of wax paper and place it around the edges of the pan. The cooking spray will help it to stick. Cut any excess off the top.
  4. Cut each ice cream sandwich into 4ths and place standing up around the edges of the pan. It will appear like a wreath.
  5. Using your created crust mixture, press into the bottom of the pan evening it out all the way around.
  6. Pour your softened ice cream into the middle of the pan. Smooth out evenly. Continue with the other 2 pints of ice cream.
  7. At this point, I like to place my cakes into the freeze for about 30 minutes or so to firm up a bit before adding the whipped topping.
  8. Take out of the freezer and using a piping bag and tip or simply a ziploc bag with the tip cut, fill with whipped topping and add dollops all of the top of the cake.
  9. Crush your last 3 chocolate sandwich cookies and sprinkle over the top.
  10. Freeze for a couple of hours (or best overnight) and serve!
Adapted from Gathering Grain
Adapted from Gathering Grain
Pennywise Cook http://pennywisecook.com/

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DIY Fall Treats: Tasty Acorns

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 I just about had a fit when I started to put this post together because my SD card decided that it wanted to be corrupted and not let me have access to my pictures. But you know what? I showed it who is boss and it eventually gave me my pictures. So you can see the beauty of these adorable little fall treats!

Today is the very last day of summer did you know that? Can you believe that? I sure can! And I’m completely ready for fires and everything cozy. I love fall wardrobes. Everything gets covered up, tucked in, and just more comfortable. Less intense and less need to be in shape.

So you can eat chocolate, right?! Aren’t these acorns just the cutest little fall treats? They are so easy to make and adorable to just set around for a treat. Not to mention that they taste amazing. Anything with a Hershey Kiss on it is going to make your mouth happy.

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 I made a bunch of these one night and it took me no time at all. Such a fun craft for the kids to enjoy with you. And because it’s so easy you can just let them take over! Just don’t let them eat too many before bed or they may never sleep. Again…

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 I didn’t put together step by step pictures for you because this one is easy enough. If you have questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

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Tasty Acorns
Tasty Acorns 2 DIY Fall Treats: Tasty Acorns
With a few simple ingredients you can make tasty and edible acorns for the fall!
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Ingredients
  1. Hershey Kisses
  2. Mini Vanilla Wafers
  3. Butterscotch Morsels
  4. Chocolate Frosting
Instructions
  1. Begin by placing a teensy bit of frosting in the middle on the bottom of the vanilla wafer. Press the flat side of the Hershey Kiss into the frosting and twist a little to attach it.
  2. On the top of the vanilla wafer, at a very teensy bit of frosting in the middle and press the flat side of a butterscotch morsel to the frosting, twisting a bit to attach.
  3. Set aside and allow the frosting to "crust" a bit which will help them to stay attached.
Notes
  1. I would serve these the same day or at least by the next day you plan to make them. The frosting can make the vanilla wafer begin to get a little soggy. I like when this happens but if you want them to be crisper you will want to serve them soon.
  2. Keep them in an air-tight container until ready to eat.
Pennywise Cook http://pennywisecook.com/

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Incredibly Easy Cheesecake

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  Overheard almost any night during dinner at my house are these words, “Momma, what’s for desert?”. It’s not a stretch for me to bust out a granola bar or a yogurt and pass something like that off as desert. Hey, I’m not Betty Crocker ok? I really enjoy making desert, but I simply just don’t make it that often. I think I should consider making it more often because if we’re being honest here, it’s such a great bribery tool!

“Moooooooom, I haaaaaaaaate carrots.”

“Well honey, you can eat them or you won’t get any desert.”

BOOM! I immediately feel like a boss. Yeah, desert can do that to a mom. The upper-hand can be yours with a proper desert offering.

Like say this cheesecake? Ok, ok. I must make a confession here. I have only ever made cheesecake the quick and easy way. You know the kind with whipped cream and cream cheese and not real baking involved. It’s good stuff. It’s just not real cheesecake. It doesn’t have that super creamy taste like you get with a real cheesecake.

I do understand that I’m hatin’ on every cheesecake I’ve ever made up until this point, but I’m ok with that.

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 So this cheesecake here. It’s the real deal. But it’s actually easy to do. Mix some easy ingredients together and letting her go in the oven for a while and you have a foolproof cheesecake. So creamy and yummy that your kids will eat anything you feed them in order to have some of this! Well, most anything. Maybe not brussel sprouts. I have never been able to get any of my kids near those things. 

There are really just 4 ingredients plus your graham cracker crust. You can buy that thing and save some time or whip it up yourself. 

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 My daughter was eating her a slice the other night and she requested strawberries on top. Unfortunately I was out, but I had some strawberry jam so we used that. You know what? It worked and it tasted just fine. We work with what we got around here.

I’m still not used to the oven here at our new home and it overcooks things a bit so the top of my cheesecake got a little dark. Keep an eye on yours as well.

Another little side note for you- this recipe made a TON of cheesecake batter and I ended up using the extra for small cheesecake muffins things. Just beware when you’re pouring into the crust. You may not need the entire bowl of batter. 

Be sure to share with me if you make this recipe!

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Incredibly Easy Cheesecake
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Four ingredients make a simple yet creamy cheesecake!
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Ingredients
  1. Unbaked Graham Cracker Crust
  2. 3 (8 oz) Packages Cream Cheese, softened
  3. 1 c. Sugar
  4. 5 eggs
  5. 1 and 1/2 tsp Vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cream the cream cheese and eggs together by adding an egg at a time slowly.
  3. Add sugar and vanilla to that.
  4. Pour into the graham cracker crust.
  5. Bake for 1 hour until the center is set. Let cool completely.
Notes
  1. This recipe made a TON of cheesecake batter and I ended up using the extra for small cheesecake muffins things. Just beware when you're pouring into the crust. You may not need the entire bowl of batter.
Adapted from The Four Ingredient Cookbook
Pennywise Cook http://pennywisecook.com/

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4-Ingredient Fudge Cookies

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It has been cookie mania at my house for the last month or so. It could be that Christmas is coming up. It could be that we’ve had a lot of parties to make them for.

…Or it could just be that we really like cookies.

Whatever the case, we’ve made a LOT of cookies lately. One of my most favorite that I’ve made are these Fudge Cookies. Not only are they incredibly fudgy and tasty, but they are also super easy. Only 4 ingredients!

And here are Pennywise Cook, we really like recipes that call for little ingredients don’t we? That means that there is little moolah involved and that keeps smiles on our little cookie-making faces. I think I spent about $2.50 to make these because I already had eggs and oil on-hand.

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The dough is made from devil’s food cake mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup oil, and 1 cup of chocolate chips. After mixing all the ingredients together it becomes very thick and easy to roll into balls. So when you’re making these, don’t be concerned when your mixer starts to slow down and the mixture is very thick.

The stiffer that the dough, the better!

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Hey, who knows. Santa may just like to have these Fudge Cookies this year.

I can tell you that this Santa is making Rice Krispie Treats this year, because this Santa may just be cookied out! 😉

4-Ingredient Fudge Cookies
Recipe Type: Cookies, Dessert
Author: The 4-Ingredient Cookbook
Homemade cookies don’t have to be hard! These fudge cookies are simple and taste great!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg devil’s food cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. oil
  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix Cake mix, eggs, and oil until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Mixture will be stiff.
  3. Shape dough into small balls and place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 10-12 minutes. Let cool on a wire cooling rack.

 


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Triple Thick Banana Cranberry Smoothie

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carton Smart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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One of the forgotten ingredients around the holidays that can tend to get a bad rep is of course, the cranberry sauce. Typically at the family gatherings that I attend, someone always buys it "just in case" and then it never makes it to the table. However, this all changed last year when my oldest realized that she is in love with such cranberry sauce.

Now it is simply a requirement. 

Don't get me wrong, I like cranberry sauce. I'll even eat the kind out of the can. Although sometimes it can have a tinny taste to it depending on the brand. I got to try out some pretty cool products from Tetra Pak that are packaged in cartons, not cans! How perfect is that? No tinny taste and not only that, but they use 1/3 less packaging compared to cans.

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Tetra Pak doesn't just package cranberry sauce either. You can find a variety of products for making your upcoming holiday meals!

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The products that I got to try out seemed so much more compact in their little cartons. I love the fact that they make less waste than your regular everyday food packaging.

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Here are the beauties I got to try out. Look at that cranberry sauce. You can even enjoy a different shape than the famous can circle when you get it from a carton.

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I think what I loved most about the carton was how easy it was to open

I used some of my cranberry sauce to surprise my daughter with as an afterschool snack. We found out that my youngest is also a very big fan of cranberry sauce now too. Had to break up a sibling fight over it!

How can you be Carton Smart this holiday season? Well, you could make something up like I did! I some of the cranberry sauce to whip up a quick smoothie for my hubby while he was working. You know me and my experimentations. I threw this together in about 5 minutes and it was really good! A great way to use up leftoever cranberry sauce if you ever need to. 

Triple Thick Banana Cranberry Smoothie

Ingredients

1 whole banana, frozen
1/4 c. cranberry sauce
1/4 c. water

Directions

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Viola! 

In the meantime, you should Become Carton Smart and check out the other products that you can get in a carton. It makes a difference, it really does!

You can also follow them here:

Tweet @CartonSmart and Follow #CartonSmart on Pinterest

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Candy Cane Brownies

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The following post is brought to you by McCormick! All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

Christmas reminds me of so many things. The birth of Jesus Christ, Santa, presents, stockings, family, and so much more. And I can almost taste the flavors of Christmas when I start to imagine it each year. You have your cinnamon and apple, gingersnaps, chocolate from Santa’s chocolate chip cookies, and then there’s peppermint.

It’s not Christmas until I’ve seen a candy cane y’all!

I’ve never been a diehard peppermint fan. I wouldn’t even say that I eat even 1 candy cane per Christmas season. But I will say that when you have severe coffee breathe, peppermints are your best friend!

I am a fan of peppermint ice cream, peppermint and white chocolate, and any other creamy combination like those. I just love how it can be complemented by something that will take it’s sting away a little. You know what I’m talking about?

Last Christmas, I made homemade peppermint marshmallows. They were soooo good! I used extract to give it the flavor so no crunching from the peppermints was necessary.

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McCormick makes a good pure peppermint extract perfect for capturing that Christmas flavor this year. I cannot WAIT to share this next recipe with you. It is one of those recipes that your friends and family will probably request that you make for them over and over every year.

I’ve only made it once and it has already been requested a second time!

Let me start off by saying that I saw a picture of these taken by the talented folks at McCormick and I thought wow those look tasty. Mine will never look like that, but maybe they’ll at least taste like them! You know those recipes that are impossible to actually make look as appealing as they do in the original presentations. Well, I can attest that these will look very close to the original if you follow all the directions correctly! You’ll be famous for these!

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And trust me, they aren’t as difficult to make as they look. They take a little bit of time, but you can just catch-up on your face book or watch a Christmas movie while you’re slaving away.

Candy Cane Brownies
Recipe Type: Dessert, Treat
Author: McCormick
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg (family size) Fudge Brownie Mix
  • 2 and ½ c Powdered Sugar
  • ½ c butter (1 stick) + 7 tbsp, divided
  • 1 and ½ tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract
  • 12 oz Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate (I used choco chips)
  • Crushed Peppermint Candies, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare brownie mix as directed on package. Spread into greased foil-lined 15x10x1 dish. (I used a 9×13 pan)
  2. Bake 15 min or until a toothpick comes out clean. (I baked mine for more like 26 minutes.) Cool on wire rack.
  3. Meanwhile, beat powdered sugar, 7 tbsp butter (melted), cream, and peppermint extract in a large bowl on medium speed until well-blended. (this mixture will be extremely thick, sorta like a peppermint patty middle) Spread evenly over cooled brownies. (You might need to use your hands to press it down evenly among the brownies. I also had to take a little from thicker spots and add it to the thinner places) Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Microwave chocolate and remaining ½ c butter (melted) in a large microwave safe bowl on HIGH for 2 minutes or until the butter is melted. (You may need to adjust the time depending on your microwave) Stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Spread over chilled brownies. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candy, if desired. (I refrigerated mine again at this point to harden the ganache on top)
  5. Cut into 36 squares and serve!

You can find the original recipe where they like to call these Peppermint Bars over at McCormick!


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Krispy Oreo Cookie Balls

 

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I remember the very Christmas that I was introduced to what was called “Oreo Balls”. The most wonderful and decadent morsels made of crushed Oreo cookies and cream cheese all contained within a crust of white chocolate.

It does not get any better than that.

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I must have made them 5 times that Christmas for different functions. And they have become a go-to treat ever since. While some desserts and treats can end up so stressful over the holidays, it’s always nice to have something like these Oreo Cookie Balls to fall back on since they are so easy! And not to mention that they taste amazing.

The best part is that you can practically make them festive for any holiday. Christmas is especially fun because they easily look like little snowman heads. Or simply add some red or green glitz and glam with sprinkles while they are still wet. Put them on a stick or serve them in a bowl!

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You can find some super fun ideas for creating your own festive Oreo Cookie Balls HERE. There’s everything from penguins to Nutter Butter Cookie Ball ideas there. I also think that the pretzel idea for reindeer antlers is genius! You can also follow @Oreo on twitter for more cookie ball inspiration.

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I made this last batch a little more on the simple side when it came to decoration. My coloring didn’t exactly work out for turning red, so I settled on pink which didn’t really matter because they were just going to get eaten anyways.

The biggest change that I made this time around was a complete experiment. I attempted to merge 2 of my favorite treats into one: Oreo Balls and Rice Krispy Treats. I decided to make them both as normal and then simply stir them together and finish off the cookie ball recipe as normal. Hence the name Krispy Oreo Cookie Balls. While the first day that I made them they were Krispy, I must confess that they lost that “krispiness” after the next day or so. That cereal tends to become soggy after a while so it didn’t surprise me. But I will say that I liked the way that the Rice Krispy Treat made the Oreo Balls lighter and not as rich. I also used Almond Bark instead of regular semi-sweet chocolate chips.

We enjoyed them!

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Pure bliss in every bite. They are addicting and sure to be a hit at any holiday gathering! I’ll give you the original recipe and also the recipe that I made in case you want to try it out.

Original Oreo Cookie Balls
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) Cream cheese, softened
  • 36 Oreos, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 4 pkgs (4 oz) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
Instructions
  1. Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
  2. Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls into melted chocolate; place in a single layer on a pan covered in wax paper.
  3. Customize how you’d like!
  4. Refrigerate an hour or so until set.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Krispy Oreo Cookie Balls

1 pkg (8oz) cream cheese, softened
36 Oreos finely crushed (about 3 cups)
1 pkg Almond Bark, Melted

Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
Meanwhile heat 3 tbsp milk in a sauce pan over low heat. Add 10 oz bag mini marshmallows and stir until melted.
In a large bowl, add 6 cups Rice Krispies to melted marshmallows. Combine well.
Stir together Rice Krispies Mixture with Oreo Mixture until well-combined.
Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls into melted almond bark; place in a single layer on a pan covered in wax paper.
Customize how you’d like!
Refrigerate an hour or so until set.
Enjoy!

This is a sponsored post written by me, made possible by Yummly, on behalf of Oreo. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. For more information, review my disclosure policy.


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Making The First Birthday A Smash!

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(Photo Courtesy of Betty Crocker)

I can remember back to both my girls’ 1st birthday parties. I spent lots of time figuring out the perfect theme, the decor, the guest list, and of course the food. I loved choosing these things because, let’s face it, I thought they were cute, not necessarily because my daughters even cared. But hey, that’s the fun of it right? By the way, if you need a few Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party ideas, there are some pretty fantastic ones HERE.

And then there’s this…

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Oh yeah, now we’re talking! Let’s just be honest with ourselves. 1st birthdays are mainly about one thing and one thing only. Watching a child dig right into a massive mound of sugary, gooey, frosting-laced cake! We don’t concern ourselves with the mess that will be made, the hyped-up 1 year old full of sugar who will probably have a major meltdown in a couple of hours, or even the work that goes into making the smash cake. It’s all about the memory of that moment. And it’s a good one!

According to a recent survey that Betty Crocker did, 58% of moms said that the smash cake was the most memorable part of their precious one’s birthday party. I have to say that I’m with that 58%. I can remember both of my girls’ moment of smash cake bliss. It’s something that I will treasure forever.

If your little one has their first birthday coming up, chances are you’ve been thinking about party details. I love some of the ideas that Betty Crocker has for smash cakes. I especially like the No. 1 Cutout Cake at the top of this post! You can find out how to make that and many others HERE.

The infographic below also has some good ideas for whipping up a birthday smash cake.

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Whatever kinda cake or decorations that you choose to create or have at your little one’s special birthday party, just remember that it’s all about the memories! Take lots of pictures, involve your loved ones, and DON’T STRESS! They only have a 1st birthday once and the memories will last a lifetime.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Betty Crocker. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

 


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Eclair Cake- It’s So Stinkin’ Good

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Let me begin by apologizing for the lower-than-normal quality pictures. You have to understand that I’ve made this cake a few times in the past few weeks and it was brought to my attention that I had to share it with you and therefore, I haven’t gotten a chance to take better pictures. Not to mention that each time I make it, the entire cake is gone before I can come close to taking pictures.

It’s that good y’all…

My mom had a recipe in her collection from years and years ago for Eclair Cake and she just raved about it. She used to have it all the time, but hadn’t made it in a long time. I recently came across a recipe that seemed similar and decided to make it for a family that we were taking a meal to. I knew my family wasn’t going to be happy with me if I left them out so I made one for us too.

Man oh man was this cake a hit! But I should’ve known because this cake is awfully similar to the Strawberry Icebox Cake that I make. There is just something about graham crackers and pudding in the refrigerator.

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I think that the best part about this cake (aside from how amazingly tasty it is) is how easy it is to make! 5 ingredients, 10 minutes, and BOOM I’m mom and wife of the year.

And to think, you didn’t even have to turn on the oven!

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Make this cake. This is an order. You will not be upset. I promise.

The only difference in my mom’s recipe and this one is basically the frosting part. Her’s had a bunch of ingredients and required extra refrigeration. I’m sure it tasted amazing, but I really like the use of frosting and according to my husband and girls, it’s the very best part!

Eclair Cake- It’s So Stinkin’ Good

Recipe Type: Dessert

Author: Pennywise Cook

This no-bake Eclair cake will be gone in no time!

Ingredients

  • 1 Package Honey Graham Crackers
  • 2 Packages Instant French Vanilla Pudding
  • 3 c. Cold Milk
  • 1 (8 oz) Tub Whipped Cream
  • 1 tub Chocolate Frosting

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine 2 packages french vanilla pudding and milk. Mix until completely dissolved, about 1-2 minutes. Fold in whipped cream until combined well.
  2. Meanwhile, line a 9×13 dish with graham crackers.
  3. Pour half of the pudding mixture over the graham crackers and spread evenly.
  4. Place another layer of graham crackers. Pour the rest of the pudding mixture over the top of the second layer and spread evenly.
  5. Place another layer of graham crackers on top.
  6. Take the top off the frosting and remove the foil cover. Place the tub in the microwave for 40 seconds or until melted.
  7. Pour over the last graham cracker layer and spread evenly.
  8. Place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours and serve!

I could not find where I originally found this recipe (so sorry!), but the same one is found at All Recipes.


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