Cake Mix Cookie Bars Recipe



Here’s a super-handy recipe for Cake Mix Cookie Bars!

Having kids in school means lots of parties, banquets and the giving of teacher appreciation gifts.  If you need a quick easy idea for a treat to bring, you may want to try out these Cake Mix Cookie Bars!  This recipe is so easy and quick – it’s my go-to recipe when it come to last-minute classroom treats.

Plus – you can customize it with any flavor cake mix (Chocolate for brownie-like bars, orange or lemon for summery bars!)

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Very Strawberry Cupcakes Recipe

Very Strawberry Cupcakes

Even though I am very committed to a healthy eating lifestyle, we still have cheat days. On those days, I choose my very favorite sweet treat and enjoy every single last bite. In the summertime, I especially love anything with strawberries. These Very Strawberry Cupcakes are the perfect treat for a cheat day sweet! They reminds me so much of my grandmother’s 6 layer Strawberry Cake, but it’s much easier to make!  [Read more...]

Best Father’s Day Dessert Ideas


Best Father’s Day Dessert Ideas

When I was combing through our dessert archives choosing our 10 best Father’s Day dessert ideas – I started wondering… what exactly makes a dessert good for Father’s Day?

Three things seem to fit the criteria best:

a) Anything with chocolate or peanut butter in abundance (preferably both!)

b) Anything nostalgic – if it’s like mom or grandma used to make, it’s probably going to tug on his heart strings

c) Anything that’scrazy-fattening

Even if dad isn’t a big dessert guy, Father’s Day is really just a perfect excuse to make a dessert you want to eat and then ask him how he likes his gift as you help yourself to seconds ;)

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

These Peanut Butter No-Bake cookies are one of our top-pinned recipes – and just perfect for the peanut butter lovin’ dad.  You won’t even have to heat up the kitchen to make these!

best ever mississippi mud cake


Best Ever Mississippi Mud Pie Recipe

If dad has a sweet tooth, this will definitely not disappoint!  The combination of chocolate, nuts, marshmallows and butter equal heaven on a plate :)

Spruced up cake mix

Double Chocolate Cake Recipe

Speaking of chocolate…. this double chocolate cake will NOT disappoint in the chocolate department!  Kasey made this cake for me before and oh-my-lanta was it awesome!



Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Some dads just are not fans of chocolate.  I know – total crazy talk – but it’s true.  Satisfy a sweet tooth that leans toward something more refreshing and creamy with this Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting!  The kids can help line up the little white chocolate chips around the edges or sprinkle with lemon zest instead.


Easy Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe

You don’t have to be from Kentucky to appreciate a pecan pie that invited chocolate chips to the party.  SO GOOD – but so EASY.

And a close cousin to Derby Pie recipe is Kasey’s mom’s German Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe!  It includes coconut, which is not my favorite but some dads love :)


Best Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Speaking of pies – this Buttermilk Pie recipe is going to knock dad’s socks off.   It’s straight out of Kasey’s mom’s recipe book and bound to satisfy a southern sweet tooth ;)


valentines day cake recipes


Hummingbird Cake Recipe

Speaking of nostalgic recipes, this cake is full of nuts and memories – this one is the MOST requested recipe at Southern Living for a reason.  We all want to travel back in time and taste those desserts our grandparents made again :)


Giant Ice Cream Sandwich Cookie Cake

This one is  so simple and so yummy.  So yummy that everyone had half-finished theirs before I could whip my camera out for a pretty picture.  You’ll have to use your imagination on this one.  If you can stuff store-bought cookie dough into a cake pan and spread soft ice cream on it – you can do this!


Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

We used heart-shaped pb cups for these Valentine’s Day desserts but you can just sub out normal peanut butter cups for Father’s Day



Fish Cake

If dad is more of a cake guy – a theme cake is always fun for Father’s Day.  This fish cake would be cute for the angler dad!  For that matter, the Nascar dad might like a Racecar Cake – although it’s more fun for the kids to make probably ;)

Pool Party Fish Cake Recipe (Great for Father’s Day too!)




UPDATE: This would be such a fun Father’s Day cake as well, for the fishing dad!

To celebrate summer break – the kids and I made this fun Pool Party Fish Cake and invited the neighborhood kids over for cake and water games!  Check out our post on 15 water games HERE!

It turned out super cute – and would be appropriate for any pool party, summertime soiree or even Father’s Day for the fishing dad.  Here’s how to make your own Pool Party Fish Cake.

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Skillet S’Mores: The Perfect Summer Dessert

skillet smores

If you’ve been on Facebook at all this week, then you’ve probably seen a picture or the video
of the amazing skillet s’mores. I showed it to my kids and they begged me to make it for them. Since I get one cheat day a week, I couldn’t wait to try this as well.

It’s so easy, my kids could probably make it!

I sprayed a skillet with Pam, covered the bottom of the pan with chocolate chips (you can use semi sweet or milk chocolate) then added jumbo marshmallows. I baked it in a 450 degree oven for 8-10 min, then served with graham crackers. It is truly “smack yo mama” amazing!!

You can find the original recipe and step by step video here.

CopyCat Chick Fil A Frosted Lemonade


My friend, Cortney, has been telling all about Chick-Fil-A’s new Frosted Lemonade. Although, I’m trying to stay away from sweets, I think this will be a fun summertime treat for my kiddos. You can buy pre-made lemonade at the grocery store, or opt for a lower sugar version with lemonade flavored Crystal Light. This recipe is so easy your kids may be able to jump right in and help. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon!



  • 1 cup Lemonade (you could also use Lemonade Crystal Light for a lower sugar version)
  • 2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream (optional sugar free lemonade)
  • Lemons for garnish (Optional)


  1. Blend lemonade and ice cream together.
  2. Serve in chilled glasses and garnish with lemon slices.

**Make sure to use a good quality Ice Cream otherwise it can get foamy when blended.


You might also want to try these other Summer Dessert Recipes!

4th of July Cake Ideas …. Firecracker Cookie Cake!


4th of July cake ideas… Firecracker Cookie Cake

Nothing says 4th of July food quite like a cookout (although this crockpot barbecue chicken recipe is a pretty close second ;))  And while I like a good cheeseburger as much as the next guy, If I’m honest, I’m really just killing time until dessert.  If you’re looking for some new 4th of July cake ideas to bring out after the burgers and brats, I think you’ll love this one!

I made this Firecracker Cookie Cake last year for the kids because I was short on time and patience.  It was a big hit, so I’ll probably make it again this year.  I let the older boys create the fireworks display with sprinkles – so they could feel like they contributed to the party prep.

This 4th of July Cookie Cake was super easy to make.  Bake a package of refrigerated cookie dough into a 12″ pan to make a huge cookie.  That takes about 15 minutes and requires only 1 dirty dish – the cookie pan. (Praise Jesus!)

Next, spread frosting over the top of the cookie and using red, white and blue sprinkles, create a pattern of fireworks bursting.

For an evening spent outside in the heat, you can’t beat a cookie cake.  Your guests can grab a slice and plop down on a blanket to watch the real fireworks put on a show.  Easy to make, easy to eat, and virtually no mess.  That’s my kind of cake!


4th of July Cake Ideas …. Firecracker Cookie Cake!


  • Package of refrigerated cookie dough (around 16 oz)
  • Can of frosting
  • Red, White & Blue Candy Sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spread cookie dough into a 12" round pan, like a pizza pan
  3. Press dough together and make sure it's spread evenly
  4. Bake 15 - 20 minutes, or until golden
  5. Cool completely and decorate


A cookie cake would also make a great backdrop for a “fruity” fireworks display – I may try that this year!

patriotic punch bowl cake

You might also want to checkout this Patriotic Punch Bowl Cake


and this ultimate cookout side - Cheesy Grilled Potatoes in Foil Packets