Monthly Archives: March 2015

IMG_6401pm2Julie's friend Michelle from Minnesota shared her cake box mix lemon cookie recipe with us, her kids' "absolute favorite." She's talking our language with easy and good. We made two batches -- one lemon, one strawberry -- and then adapted it to create a new Stuffed in the Middle treat. The recipe makes 15 sandwiched pies or about 30 single cookies.  ♥ Holly & Julie

Spring Whoopie Pies

1 lemon or strawberry cake box mix
2 eggs
1 tablespoon of water
1 stick of butter, softened
1 c. powdered sugar for rolling

1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow crème

Pastel sprinkles
1/2 c. pistachios, finely chopped
Pink sparkling sugar

1. Mix first four base ingredients together.

IMG_6302pmIMG_6323pmIMG_6346pm 2. Use a small cookie scoop to portion dough, and roll them individually in powdered sugar; they will be sticky. Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet.

IMG_6363pm3. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove from oven when outer edges are set or just golden brown. Let cool fully.

IMG_63744. Spread a thin layer of marshmallow cream on the bottom of one cookie, and sandwich another on top.

IMG_6390pm5. Roll edges into desired topping
6. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for later. The marshmallow filling will slide if kept at room temperature.

Note: If you choose to serve these as individual cookies, Michelle has also shared her Lemon Glaze recipe:
½ stick of butter, softened
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
Zest of ½ a lemon
1 ½ c. powdered sugar

1. Mix ingredients well. Ice cookies while hot.

PB Cup Stuffed Cookies
So along with their chore chart this week, my kids could choose from a list of age-appropriate life skills to work on, and  baking cookies is something 8-9 year olds can do. After buying peanut butter cups yesterday, I found this easy recipe on ( I can hardly believe I've never made these before, or the similar cookies where you smoosh chocolate kisses into a oven-fresh cookie. No coring, and STILL a stuffed-in-the-middle treat. That rocks! ♥ Julie

IMG_6089_edited-1Did you know that if you follow recipes on an iPad or other tablet, you can check off ingredients as you measure them in? Sure beats trying to remember if you already added the salt!

IMG_6054_edited-1pm So, put on your apron ...


IMG_6069_edited-1pm Measure your ingredients ...


IMG_6079_edited-1pm Get a trusted puppy friend to supervise ...

IMG_6105_edited-1pm2And as they say on the Great British Baking Show ... BAKE!


We recommend you:  1. Freeze the peanut butter cups while making batter; 2. Gently remove finished cookies with a spoon; 3. Refrigerate finished cookies so melted PB cups re-harden.



And don't forget the best part of baking ... licking your fingers. Enjoy!