Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe with Crescent Rolls!

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Today is Mardi Gras – or Fat Tuesday – which means it’s time for King Cake!

Jamie here!  I’ve posted my favorite King Cake Recipe once before – but THIS TIME I actually remembered to take pictures ;)

This King Cake recipe is different than the traditional version in that you don’t make a yeasty bread from scratch – but instead use of a can of crescent rolls for the crust.

With a delicious cream cheese, cinnamon, brown sugar and nut filling – it resembles a decadent coffee cake and would be wonderful with a strong cup of coffee!  And don’t forget to hide the baby inside….

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Cake Mix Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

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I was rooting around in my pantry, looking for something yummy to make the boys  for their 3-day weekend and I came up with these Cake Mix Oatmeal Cookies.  Guys, these are honest-to-goodness SCRUMP-TIOUS.  My 13 year old promptly pronounced them his favorite cookie EVER.  Using a cake mix makes them super so easy too!

UPDATE: I’ve altered this recipe just a teensy bit to include 2 1/2 cups of oatmeal instead of just 2 because I believe I was a little heavy handed in the oats department the first go around ;)  And after trial and error – make sure to use the regular oats to get chubby cookies, and the quick oats if you don’t mind them flat :)

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I’ve make this previous cake mix cookie bars recipe plenty of times and was excited to to see how the extra oatmeal texture would work out – I feel like it adds major bonus points to the cookie!  Some people like thin crispy oatmeal cookies – and there’s something to be said for a crispy cookie….  But these aren’t it.  I like my oatmeal cookies LUMPY.  These are soft and lumpy and crispy and chewy all at the same time – PERFECT.

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Gather the following – and cut yourself some slack if you don’t have the yellow cake mix – really, any vanilla-ish flavored cake mix will work about the same in this recipe.

  • Yellow Cake Mix
  • 2 1/2 Cups Regular Oats (I don’t think Quick-Cooking work as well)
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup Oil + 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Get your oven preheating to **350** and spray down a couple cookie sheets with baking spray (I love-love-love the kind with flour in it – I use Pam baking spray and it even smells like vanilla!)

Mix the first 3 ingredients in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl whisk the eggs, oil and water and vanilla together and add to the dry ingredients.  Stir in about a cup of chocolate chips.  I used Semi-Sweet knowing that this was likely going to turn out pretty sweet already (Cake Mix + Sugar = Plenty of Sugar!) and I was 100% right on that score -the semi sweet chocolate was the PERFECT contrast.

Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop onto the baking sheet in rounded spoon-fulls.  This recipe makes about 3 dozen medium cookies, but if you made them smaller they’d make about 4 1/2 dozen.

Cook for 12 minutes - or until the edges are golden brown.

These cake mix oatmeal cookies are just a mouthful of love when you add a glass of milk – my kids have been giving me adoring glances all weekend because of them. :)

Cake Mix Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
Dessert
Cuisine: casual
3-4 Dozen
 
This cake mix oatmeal cookies recipes makes cookies that are lumpy, chunky, and chocolate-chippy - plus a cake mix really makes things come together in a seconds!
Ingredients
  • Box of Yellow Cake Mix
  • 2 Cups Oats (Quick-Cooking work as well)
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¾ Cup Oil + ¼ Cup Water
  • 1½ Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray down a couple cookie sheets with baking spray
  2. Mix the first 3 ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, oil and water together.
  4. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
  5. Pour in the vanilla extract and about a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  6. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop onto the baking sheet in rounded spoon-fulls.
  7. Cook for 12 minutes - or until the edges are golden brown.

 

How to Make Snow Cream (2 Different Ways!)

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How to Make Snow Cream (2 Different Ways)

Although we have absolutely NO sign of snow here in Tennessee – some of you lucky ducks do!  Here’s a recipe you’ll want to keep on hand for the kids :)
With all the snow we’ve been getting lately, I figured it was high time to whip up a batch of snow cream for the kiddos.  Here are two ways to make snow cream, depending on what you have in your pantry.

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First, I’ll start with the best way to make snow ice cream:

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Christmas Crack Cookie Bites – BEST Cookies EVER!

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Christmas Crack

There are several different versions of this recipe, however I’ve done a little tweaking and have come up with what my family thinks is the perfect “Christmas Crack” recipe. I can’t believe how simple this recipe is, even if you aren’t an experienced cook you can still whip up a batch that your family and friends will love.  I’ve included a little pictorial step-by-step below along with the full recipe at the bottom of the post. [Read more...]

25 Days of Christmas Fun: Delicious Christmas Mice Recipe

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

Crunchy Christmas Mice by our friend Carrie W!

Ahhhh…Christmas! I love this time of year! I love the lights, I love the decorations and most of all I love all of the fantastic crafts that tend to pop up all around us. In my family, I’ll be the first to admit, we have a few strange traditions that aren’t for the faint of heart.

One of these traditions is our Crunchy Christmas Mice! [Read more...]

Potato Candy Recipe (Aunt Ollie’s Holiday Specialty)

 

My Great-Great-Aunt Ollie was a fixture at all the family events – and her special treat to bring on the holidays was Potato Candy.  She used to tint it pink or yellow at Easter time, and Red and Green or Christmas.  And just so you can put a face with a name, here’s a picture of the two of us!

That young-at-heart little woman there is my Aunt Ollie (pronounced “AINTOLLIE” by everyone in the family) and the little chubber is yours truly. ;) (Obviously I’d already helped myself to a little too much potato candy)

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 Aren’t we cute?

In case you haven’t ever had this old-fashioned treat, rest assured potato candy tastes nothing like potatoes (so don’t be scared off!) – but is more like an inside-out cow tail.  The white icing-like filling is on the outside of the log, and a peanut butter swirl is on the inside.

It’s extremely sweet – the kind where you don’t want to put a big chunk in your mouth all at once, but you’ll keep going back to the plate over and over for just another pinch until you’ve eaten your weight in confectioner’s sugar.  It’s perfect for the holidays, to set out for guests – and it keeps in your fridge for a good little while as long as it’s wrapped up!

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To make this candy you’ll only need a bag of powered sugar, one smallish potato (If you use a big one, just make sure have more powdered sugar on hand!), vanilla and peanut butter!

Potato Candy Recipe:

 

Potato Candy Recipe (Aunt Ollie's Holiday Specialty)
Dessert
About 4 Dozen
 
This Potato Candy recipe is a treasure passed down from my great-great Aunt Ollie. It's a holiday tradition that will take you back to simpler times!
Ingredients
  • 1 Small Potato
  • 1 16oz Bag of Confectioner's Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • Peanut Butter
Instructions
  1. Cut a potato into big chunks and boil it until soft.
  2. Place chunks in a large mixing bowl and mash them up with a fork.
  3. Add vanilla.
  4. Add powdered sugar about ¼ of the bag at a time - stirring vigorously with a spoon until a stiff dough forms.
  5. You'll likely need the whole bag (or almost) - you want it to be like a cookie dough but a little stiffer - however not too dry.
  6. Lay out a long piece of waxed paper and dust with powdered sugar.
  7. Scrape the dough out onto the paper and spread into a rectangular shape about ¼" thick. If it's too difficult to get it that thin, just do the best you can!
  8. Spread a layer of peanut butter on top of that.
  9. Roll into a jelly-roll style log and place in the fridge for a few hours (or overnight).
  10. Once thoroughly chilled, slice and place on a plate to serve.
  11. Makes a TON!

 

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies Recipe

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There is nothing more classic than a cream cheese sugar cookie with sprinkles at Christmas (or any other holiday or regular day for that matter). This recipe is so easy to make, it’s a great opportunity to get the kids involved and make memories together. You’ll love how fast you can whip these up and even more how amazing they taste. The cream cheese and butter together make such a soft sweet buttery cookie you’ll have a hard time stopping at one. Wait? Who said you had to stop at one. Ha! [Read more...]

Candy Cane “Buttons & Bows” Cookies Recipe!

Candy Cane Buttons & Bows Cookies

I’m not a huge fan of peppermint candy – to me it seems like a total waste of sugar – but I am REALLY fond of the Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses.

I picked up a couple bags yesterday, but let’s be honest:  If I sit here and look at that candy I will be as fat as Santa by Christmas time.  So I made these fun cookies with them!

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Being limited on time, I gladly went semi-homemade with the help of a bag of Betty Crocker Chocolate Chunk Cookie mix. (Also check out our “Lazy Girl’s Cookies in a Jar” idea if you’re strapped for time.)

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Following the directions for the mix, I whipped up a batch of chocolate chunk dough and dropped it by plops onto a cookie sheet.  I’m a big fan of using tin foil on my cookie sheets – because if I haven’t mentioned it yet, I’m kinda lazy and I hate to wash dishes.

 

 

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Once you pull the chocolate chunk cookies out of the oven – place a candy cane kiss into the top of each cookie. Push it in pretty deep, that way it can start melting into a pretty candy-cane puddle.  Every couple minutes, work your way around the cookie sheet gently pushing the tip of the kiss down to make sure it flattens out some more.  At the end it will look like a candy cane button. Cute!

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While my second sheet of cookies was baking, inspiration struck!  I sliced the candy cane kisses down the middle and lay them on top the cookies with their points touching – like a candy cane bow!  Again – as they melt you’ll want to gently push them down a bit so they spread out a little.

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Looking down at the sheet of cookies, I thought - Buttons & Bows!

For a delusional moment there, I thought about how extremely clever I was and how it would be even MORE awesome if I had brownie bites and I called them “button & bow brownie bites”.   But honestly – that might be just too much cuteness for one title.  :)   Of course, it was WAY too much cuteness for the teenagers at Youth Group last night who refused to refer to them as buttons and bows  – but instead eye-rollingly referred to them “Zippers and Snaps”, “Those zipper cookies” and other silliness.

That’s just teenagers for you.  They’ll stuff your awesome cookies in their ungrateful faces while making fun of you.  Gotta’ love ‘em ;)

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Regardless – the chocolate and mint combo was spot-on.  They complimented each other really well and both my family and the kids at youth group asked for me to make more!

Packaging Note: The kisses were still a little gooey a few hours later – so unless you have plenty of time to let these sit so the kisses can re-harden, the gooey-ness might make it difficult to pack for gift-giving.