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My son is turning one in a few weeks and I have been looking for a strawberry cake for him. First birthday parties a big deal and the birthday cake has to live up to the occasion. He loves strawberries and enjoys them more than anything else so I wanted to make him a strawberry cake for his first birthday. During my search, I came across this Berries & Cookies cake topper and I just LOVE it. Isn’t it gorgeous? And to think it is so easy to pull off, I had to try it. Such a show stopper for any party.

Cake with Strawberry & Cookie Cake Topper

The cake topper does not give you a recipe for the cake, which is perfect — it gives you room to be creative. I love strawberry and chocolate, but for a first birthday cake, chocolate might be too messy, so I opted for a strawberry cake with fresh strawberry frosting. You can use your favorite strawberry cake recipe or a boxed mix. I used this recipe from Grandbaby Cakes for my cake.

Strawberry Cookie Cake Slice

What I love about the cake topper is the simple placement of strawberries and Oreo cookies. It’s elegant and yet inviting. So I wanted to keep that in my strawberry cake but without a chocolate cake, I thought chocolate Oreo will be out of place. I went with Golden Oreo instead and the birthday cake edition was perfect for our strawberry cake.

If you are looking for a summer birthday cake this summer, try this Strawberry & Cookies cake topper. The fresh strawberry cake is perfect for summer and the cake is gorgeous.

Strawberry Cookie Cake

Here are the changes I made to the original recipe:

I used this strawberry cake recipe to make a two-layered cake. (instead of the chocolate cake)

I used fresh strawberry frosting.

I used Golden Oreos instaed of chocolate oreos.


citrus zingers lime zingers variation
Believe or not, some people don’t like chocolate. Or maybe you’ve already overloaded on chocolates from the holidays. What treats are you supposed to enjoy on Valentine’s Day? Cookies, of course! These super cute heart shared citrus zingers sugar cookies are the perfect little treats.

Inspired by the bounty of winter citrus available, I adapted these lime zingers to include a combination of lemon, lime, and orange. The resulting zingers are bright, fun, and unexpected. They’re not your typical Valentine’s Day cookies, but they’re just as special. The burst of citrus flavors is sure to evoke some smiles and bring you happy thoughts of the upcoming spring weather.

BHG citrus zingers lime zingers sugar cookie variation

Asides from the bright citrus notes, this dough is made with almond flour. It gives it just the right amount of nuttiness to this soft vanilla sugar cookie. Luckily, this dough is very easy to work with. It doesn’t require any chill time after mixing. Simply dump the dough onto a clean surface and roll it out to an even 1/4-inch thickness. Use a small cutter to punch out your desired shapes. I used this little heart for Valentine’s Day, but any shape will do. (You can even use a knife to simply cut out squares.) Gather scrapes and roll out dough as needed to punch out as many cookies as possible.

BHG citrus zingers lime zingers sugar cookie variation

No need to space these cookies out in the oven during bake. They don’t spread. These zingers are super forgiving and perfect for timid bakers.

After the cookies are done baking you’ll be able to clearly see the speckles of almond flour as well as the bright citrus peels mixed in. They taste amazing as it, but since we’re celebrating love, let’s add a little color.

BHG citrus zingers lime zingers sugar cookie variation

The original lime zingers recipe calls for green frosting. I lightly tinted the frosting pink using a tiny amount of red gel food coloring. You can spread the frosting using a mini offset spatula, or the back of a spoon. Or if you want to get fancy, you can pipe or drizzle on the frosting as well. And because I love confetti sprinkles, there’s no harm in adding a handful of rainbows here and there.

I hope this inspires you to bake outside of chocolate this Valentine’s Day!

BHG citrus zingers lime zingers sugar cookie variation

Here are my changes to the original Lime Zingers recipe:

1. Instead of 2 teaspoons finely shredded lime peel: 1 teaspoon of each orange, lemon, and lime peel

2. Instead of 1/4 cup lime juice: 4 teaspoons of each orange, lemon, and lime juice

3. Instead of 3/4 cup finely chopped hazelnuts: 3/4 cup almond flour (ground almonds)

4. For the frosting, instead of 1 tablespoon lime juice: 1 teaspoon of each orange, lemon, and lime juice

5. For the frosting, instead of green food coloring: red food coloring


no-bake cookies with peanut butter and chocolate

We’re heading out to our first holiday party this weekend and I decided to bring these energy bites to add a healthy treat to the mix of desserts on offer. I’ve made this recipe before and we always love it, but I did one special thing to make this batch extra indulgent for the holidays. With rolled oats, peanut butter, coconut, and chocolate, these No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites are super easy to make and they are loved by kids and adults alike.

no-bake cookies in process

When I make this recipe, I prefer it with a finer texture. To achieve that, I simply grind the oats, coconut, and the chocolate in a food processor before adding them to the bowl in Step 1. This makes the final cookie hold together really nicely and it also ensures that there’s equal chocolate flavor in each bite. And this time, instead of adding chocolate and dried fruit, I did all dark chocolate so that they’d taste a little bit like a peanut butter cup. (So good!) The brief time chilling in the fridge is key—the dough will be too sticky to roll otherwise.

Holiday No-Bake Cookies

You will likely only need 1/4-1/2 cup of the coconut for rolling and be sure to press it into the cookie to ensure that it adheres. These are definitely better served very cold, so chill them before and between serving. They are perfect paired with a glass of cold milk and make a really satisfying sweet snack—it’s nice to get some good nutrition in a bite that tastes like a candy bar!

I plan to make another batch of these—likely using Sunbutter, which has worked just as well for me in the past—for my daughter’s preschool teachers. Since these are basically an energy bite, I assume that the teachers will appreciate a holiday treat that helps them power through their day chasing after a room filled with 3-year-olds!

Find the full recipe for No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites here.


This is a post from Love from the Oven provided by our sponsor, Mott’s Applesauce.

Hi everyone, this is Christi Johnstone from the blog, Love From The Oven. Today I’m sharing another great recipe that I have “made over” using Mott’s Applesauce. Who wants oatmeal cookies? I do!

Oatmeal Cookies

I love cookies, I’ve even written a book, Smart Cookie, all about cookies! One of my all time favorite cookies is an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. I love the combo of the chewy texture you get from the oatmeal and the delicious richness of the chocolate chips. I also love what a flexible cookie base an oatmeal cookie is, as it can be made with chocolate chips, raisins, butterscotch chips, nuts, dried fruits, there are so many possibilities!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

While most cookie recipes call for about a cup of butter, I’ve lightened up BHG’s Oatmeal Cookie recipe by replacing some of the butter with Mott’s Applesauce. These cookies have 1/2 cup of butter, which is half that of the average oatmeal cookie recipe. The results are delicious, especially for those who love a good, chewy, oatmeal cookie. In addition to lightening these up with applesauce, I also replaced the all purpose flour with white whole wheat flour. I love how white whole wheat flour works so well in place of all purpose flour, and transforms these cookies into a whole grain treat.

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cookies

To make my version of these Oatmeal Cookies, you will want to make the following changes:

  • In place of 3/4 cup of butter, use 1/2 cup of butter and 1/3 cup Mott’s Applesauce.
  • In place of all purpose flour, use white whole wheat flour.

Lowfat Chocolate Chip Cookies

We loved these cookies! A great hint for keeping your cookies moist when storing them is to place a slice of sandwich bread in the container you are storing your cookies in. It works like a charm with these cookies!

I hope you enjoy my version of these Oatmeal Cookies. Thanks so much for having me here today at Delish Dish on BHG! Please come say hi on my blog, Love From The Oven, or my Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook pages.


Can you believe that March is almost here? The year is totally flying by. In honor of National Kahlua Day, I thought I’d share a “grown-ups only” Delish Dish, sharing my favorite Kahlua-flavored recipes! Keep scrolling for more ways to enjoy the sweet drink!

If you’re looking for a candy treat, try The Frugal Navy Wife‘s Kahlua Fudge! This’ll be great around the next holiday season!

These Mini-Kahlua Cupcakes have to be in miniature because they’re so incredibly sweet! Find the full recipe on Sweet and Savory by Shinee.

Noble Pig brings the crazy-good flavors in this Kahlua-Pecan-Brown Sugar Baked Brie!

Naomi from Bakers Royale is one of Delish Dish’s favorite bloggers, so I’m way excited to share these yummy Kahlua Crunch Balls!

If you’re really feeling ambitious, try making your own DIY Homemade Kahlua with this great recipe from Liv Life!

Cheers to you all! Have a happy week!

Grace


Fill your cookies jars this week with a batch of Chocolate Blooms. They make great late nights snacks and lunch box treats. Or you could wrap them up and surprise a friend with a special package.

Chocolate cookies rolled in coconut and filled with a rich chocolate filling are great for sharing with friends.

Hi, guys. It’s Jocelyn from Inside BruCrew Life back again with another fun and delicious chocolate recipe. One thing I like to do each week is to bake cookies for our cookie jar. They get eaten as a bed time snack, put into lunch boxes, and shared with friends. We go through quite a few cookies.

As I was looking for another chocolate recipe to give a BruCrew twist to, I saw these Chocolate Blooms. Chocolate cookies, filled with chocolate chips, and a soft chocolate center? Oh, boy! This cookie was calling my name. I couldn’t wait to bite into one of these chocolate treats.

These chocolate cookies were rolled in coconut and filled with a soft chocolate center. Share them with your favorite chocolate loving friend.

Of course as I went along, I made a few slight changes to the original recipe. I love a good challenge to “tweak” a recipe and make it different.

  • I used a dark chocolate cocoa powder in the dough to make the cookies extra dark and chocolaty.
  • I substituted coffee extract for the vanilla extract to add to the mocha flavor I was going for.
  • The original recipe calls for you to roll it into 56 balls. I only rolled it into 40 balls. Then I dipped them into 2 eggs whites and 2 cups of sweetened, shredded coconut instead of the nuts.
  • I did bake the cookies the full 10 minutes because they were larger.
  • I added 1 Tablespoon coffee liqueur to half the ganache for my husband and me, and 1 Tablespoon coffee syrup to the other half of the ganache for my children.
  • I topped the cookies with chocolate covered coffee beans because more chocolate is always a good idea.

These easy chocolate cookies are rolled in coconut and filled with a rich chocolate center.

As you can see these turned out very rich and gooey. Well, played Better Homes &Garden! This is another chocolate recipe that I will be making over and over for our family and friends. I am already thinking of some fun new ways to change it up again.

Chocolate cookies with coconut, a chocolate center, and chocolate covered coffee beans will satisfy your chocolate desires.

Make sure you get the recipe for these Chocolate Blooms and fill your cookie jar with chocolate goodness. For even more cookie ideas check out some of the cookies and whoopie pies I have made over the past few years.


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