Make Easter M&M Cookies for spring! This is the best pudding cookie recipe filled with Easter M&Ms and pastel sprinkles. They’re the perfect Easter treat!
Every time I make these cookies, be it for 4th of July or Christmas or any party, they always disappear first. I recommend making a double batch!
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Now that Jordan is 13, Easter has become kind of … boring in our house. We’re not church goers, so Easter has always been about the bunny and egg hunts. But now that the Easter bunny is out of the bag, so to speak, it’s not as fun anymore. That’s why, this year, I decided to host brunch instead. We don’t have a ton of family around, and the family we do have is more interested in hanging out than going to church, so brunch for all! I’m going to invite any of our local friends without plans and we’re going to have quiche and cinnamon rolls and a mimosa bar….and cookies, of course.
Even though we don’t traditionally celebrate Easter, I am in love with the holiday aisles at the grocery store. The day after Valentine’s Day I’m impatiently waiting for all the spring pastel candy and decorations to be set up, which I know is a #foodbloggerthing and the rest of the country is annoyed that we rush from holiday to holiday. The second that Easter M&Ms landed on the shelves I brought two bags home with me to make these cookies. Jordan has been on my case for a month about opening and eating them and I’ve been holding her off, just barely.
M&Ms and sprinkles are my love language. I love all the bright colors and fun holiday themed ones that come out. Pastel, 4th of July, Christmas…I look forward to each and every one…and don’t get me started on my holiday sprinkle collection. I have two drawers of sprinkles and more in the garage. #sprinklehoarder
These pudding cookies combine my love of holiday M&Ms and sprinkles and my love of pudding cookies: Easter M&M Cookies, perfect for a class party or brunch or just because you love shopping the holiday aisles as much as I do.
These M&M Cookies are made with butter and lots of brown sugar and my secret ingredient: pudding mix. If you’ve never tried pudding cookies you MUST! I can never get enough of them. If you love soft and chewy cookies, then you must try pudding cookies.
I’m not a crunchy cookie lover, unless I’m eating Famous Amos cookies or Oreos. When I bake cookies I want them to be soft and chewy and full of brown sugar. These fit the bill: a soft and chewy M&M cookie made perfect for Easter.
After all, who can say no to colorful M&Ms and sprinkles???!!!
Homemade Coconut Pound Cake is an easy loaf cake full of triple the coconut flavor! It’s soft and sweet and the perfect pound cake for coconut lovers.
This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze, which means that some of the coconut flavor in this pound cake comes from a blend of Almond Breeze almondmilk coconut Unsweetened Original – my favorite flavor!
You know what coconut always reminds me of? Hawaii! That’s why looking at these pictures makes me sad…I miss Hawaii. Coconut just reminds me of all things tropical, even when there isn’t any pineapple or passionfruit or anything inside.
The other thing that coconut reminds me of is spring and Easter, because that’s when you start to see tons of coconut recipes showing up around the internet. Now, for me, coconut is a year-long delight and not just reserved for spring, but somehow that’s the season for it. Maybe it’s because everyone is dreaming of summer and Hawaii?
This Coconut Pound Cake is reminiscent of my Coconut Cupcake recipe, but it’s completely from scratch. I’m not stranger to pound cake recipes on this blog (lemon and champagne are my two favorites) but this one is edging those out as the most popular in Dorothy’s dessert repertoire.
This pound cake loaf has triple the coconut flavor: coconut milk, coconut extract, and toasted coconut!
One of the things I love about pound cake recipes is that you can make them in loaf or bundt pan form. I like making them as loaves because then it’s only half of a full cake. This recipe is adapted from my Orange Pound Cake recipe (which stemmed from the lemon one). Those made 2 loaves or one 12-inch bundt. This makes a nice and simple pound cake loaf that’s perfect for an easy dessert (or even brunch).
There are so many ways to make a pound cake. I have friends who’ve made coconut pound cake from a cake mix, but I love this homemade version. It’s a toasted coconut poundcake made as a loaf! Let’s break down the recipe.
This is the BEST No Bake Chocolate Cream Pie recipe! An Oreo crust is filled with a thick eggless chocolate filling and topped with whipped cream!
I’ve gotta say, Chocolate Cream Pie is one of my weaknesses. It’s rich and silky and creamy and bite after bite goes down SO easily. Good luck just having one slice!
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Tomorrow is a BIG DAY my friends – it’s PI DAY!!! March 14 (3/14) is my favorite day of the year! #mathnerd
Ever since my first blogging pi day, I’ve looked forward to March 14 every year so I can post a new pie in tribute. I think and think and plan and wonder: what should I make for pi day this year? WWAD: what would Albert (Einstein) do?
With the rich chocolate filling and Oreo cookie crust, this pie is like a cream pie married a French Silk Pie, but it’s eggless, easy, and takes about 10 minutes to make. If you’re looking for a Pie to celebrate Pi tomorrow, this is IT!
(Where my math nerds at? Anyone else celebrating tomorrow?)
Just look at that filling…it’s dreamy isn’t it? I literally could have shoved my face in it but I was way more civilized: I ate it with a fork straight from the pan. Who needs to dirty a plate?
I know that a chocolate cream pie is super basic, but sometimes basic is best. Plus, this pie reminds me of my childhood: when I was a teenager my friends and I would frequent Baker’s Square on weekends. They were open late and we would be out cruising and end up stopping in for a bite. I’d get a bowl of mashed potatoes and gravy and a slice of their French Silk Pie (it’s no wonder I gained 15 pounds my senior year!)
I’d eat the French Silk pie, filling first, then indulge on the pastry crust. I loved the rich and chocolatey flavor of that filling and how the light whipped cream on top would complement it. I never liked chocolate cream pie made with pudding, so the mousse-like filling at Baker’s Square was perfect for me.
When I decided on making this chocolate cream pie for pi day, I wanted to improve upon a traditional French Silk in two ways:
I wanted it to be no-bake, hence the Oreo crust, and
I wanted to make a filling without eggs.
If you look at traditional silk recipes, you cook the eggs and sugar until it coats the back of a spoon, but that just really scares me. Growing up, I had the threat of salmonella drummed into my head repeatedly so just cooking eggs in that way isn’t something I’m in love with doing. Also: I tend to over cook them and they scramble. #EW
THIS Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe is the best of both worlds: it tastes akin to French Silk but is easy to make with no strange ingredients. It comes together in minutes – without pudding mix! It’s a Pi Day Miracle, really.
Easy Guinness Beer Bread has only 4 ingredients! This bread recipe is the perfect side dish for stew or soup, especially on St. Patrick’s Day. Or, make this with any beer you like on any day of the year!
Bread is something that goes so well with soup…so next time you’re making some you should whip up a batch of this.
I have to be honest: I don’t like beer. I’ve tried, really. When I was young I’d drink a Bud at a party to impress the guy I liked or nurse a Corona with lime for an entire afternoon just like all the other girls at the party. One of my boyfriends liked Guinness and I remember trying to drink it and just being like…NO. Luckily, once I met Mel I’d realized I’m going to drink what I want to drink and beer is not what I’m going to choose. Every once in awhile I’ll tell myself my tastes have changed and take a sip of his and am still like, yeah NO. I’m a wine or a vodka girl, through and through.
HOWEVER: I still like beer in my bread. Especially when it’s GUINNESS in my bread!
Whenever I make soup or stew or salad, I always want a side of bread. This easy beer bread recipe has only 4 ingredients and comes together in minutes so it’s an easy side dish for any time of the year, especially if you’re making beef stew or corn beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day.
I don’t know what the best beer for beer bread is, but I’m going to give it a go and say that it’s Guinness. Guinness is a dark and rich beer, which gives the flavor of this bread a savory and rich taste. Regardless of what beer you use (because you can use any kind), this bread is easy to make and easy to eat.
With only 4 ingredients, this is an easy bread recipe without yeast, and it’s one we’ll make over and over again! Because this recipe uses self-rising flour, it is a real quick bread. You could probably make this into a sweet beer bread by using a lighter beer and more sugar (or honey) but using Guinness makes it perfectly savory and great with a nice slab of butter.
Make Shamrock Shake Cupcakes at home to remind you of your favorite St. Patrick’s Day milkshake! Mint cupcakes topped with a vanilla milkshake frosting are perfect for any celebration.
Honestly, I just love looking at these. They’re so pretty and festive and perfect for a party!
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Okay, I’m going to confess something to you:
I’ve never had a real Shamrock Shake.
I know, right?? I cannot believe I’ve never had one. I never even knew they were a thing until a few years ago and at this point I don’t want to waste the calories. In my defense, we don’t go to McDonald’s that much, so I come by my lack of knowledge about them honestly. (I prefer spending my fast food calories at Taco Bell or In-N-Oout.)
Hopefully, I’m not the only rookie here and there is someone else thinking, what is a shamrock shake?
These green milkshakes are the invention of McDonald’s, and they’re only available around St. Patrick’s Day. They’re so popular I’ve heard they even have their own app this year! The shamrock shake flavor is mint milkshake. I’m assuming they taste like mint chip ice cream with out the “chip”, all blended and topped with whipped cream and a cherry.
If you’re wondering how to make a shamrock shake at home, you can make my skinny mint shake version, or try Lisa’s homemade version. Plus, if you have your own recipe you never have to wonder when shamrock shakes are arriving at McDonalds!
This cupcake recipe is a spin on that popular green shake: a mint cupcake is topped with a vanilla frosting reminiscent of a milkshake. I honestly could have eaten the frosting with a spoon!
Copycat Shamrock Shake Cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Make mint cupcakes with a vanilla frosting on top!
If you’re wanting to make something fun and festive for St. Patrick’s Day, or maybe you are having a cupcake party, Shamrock Shake Cupcakes are the perfect recipe. These would make a great green birthday cupcake too!
Whether or not you decide to make the cupcakes green, and even if you decide not to make them mint, you MUST make this frosting. There are only two ingredients that combine to make a fluffy and not-too-sweet vanilla frosting. Can you guess what the two ingredients are?
A from scratch Homemade Funfetti Cake is the perfect cake for any birthday or occasion! Fluffy white cake mix is full of sprinkles, topped with a heavenly sprinkle buttercream frosting!
However, full disclosure: I’d eat this cake with or without the birthday party!
Whew you guys, you are lucky you’re getting a post today. It got to 4pm yesterday and I hadn’t showered yet, so that let’s you know what kind of a day it was.
I mentioned on Sunday that I was in the Bay Area for a conference. It was 2 full days of nonstop brain power usage, which was exhausting. On Saturday, a few of us went to San Francisco for the night. We stayed up too late drinking wine and laughing and then got up early Sunday morning so they could fly home. Now I’m home and back at work after really not working for 2 weeks and there’s so much to do. Plus: Saturday night is Jordan’s birthday party night.
If you have followed this blog, you’ll know that I set high standards for birthday parties when Jordan was young. There was the rainbow party, the VIP dance party, Annie, and (my favorite so far), the Taylor Swift birthday party. She’s used to elaborate decorations, custom designed (by me) invitations, themed foods and activities and fun (and sleepovers). These started with her third birthday and have gone from there.
Piece of advice: don’t do what I did. Start out being that parent that just makes chill parties. Then if you do ever go big the kid will be in awe. Now, I’m stuck.
This year is a Stranger Things Party. Hopefully at some point I’ll have a post to share with you. Until then, we can talk about birthday CAKE which is always delicious, especially when there are sprinkles.
My favorite cake in the world is a sprinkle cake, also known as a Funfetti Cake. You’ve probably seen Funfetti Cake Mix in a box, or you may have heard it called Confetti Cake as well (I think that depends on the brand.) To me, a funfetti cake is basically a yellow cake with lots of sprinkles, and it’s served with a vanilla frosting also full of fun sprinkles.
I have a Funfetti Cupcake Recipe I love but I thought it was time to turn them into a sheet cake. Sometimes I don’t want to make a layer cake or a small square or one-layer round cake. I want an old fashioned 9×13-inch cake like my mom used to make, and this cake recipe fits that bill.
This is a soft and fluffy cake recipe that’s easy to make and takes zero cake decorating skill. That’s what I love about a sheet cake, although you can make this as a layer cake too, or even cupcakes. Or maybe even turn it into a brownie cake like I did for my last birthday.
Let’s talk about how to make the perfect funfetti cake and what ingredients you should use.
This is the BEST Carrot Cake Loaf Cake you’ll ever make. It’s soft and FULL of carrot cake flavor with a delicious cream cheese frosting!
I know Carrot Cake is normally deemed dessert but since it’s in loaf form, I also call this a breakfast recipe. Yes?
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I’m so exhausted you guys. This week I’m at the Mediavine Publishers Conference and it’s been 3 days of nonstop networking and learning. It’s been amazing, just tiring. The conference is being hosted at one of the Google complexes in Silicon Valley, so we leave the hotel on buses at 8am and then learn all day and go for dinner and go to bed too late.
Except today I just couldn’t keep going, so I left after lunch and am sitting in a quiet hotel room trying to stay awake and write this post. My brain is a little fried, so…that’s all for the chit chat.
It’s MARCH already (um, what?) which means that Easter is just around the corner. What’s something everyone makes at Easter? Carrot Cake!
For this easy carrot cake loaf recipe, I turned my favorite carrot cake recipe into two loaves. Sometimes loaf cakes are just better, you know? They’re easier to frost, slice, eat, and store…plus this recipe makes two so there’s one for me and one for you.
And also, let’s not forget the frosting. Usually any cake I eat is a vehicle for frosting, but especially when it’s CREAM CHEESE frosting. Cream cheese frosting is the best frosting, especially when paired with the cake full of spices like ginger and cinnamon and carrots. It’s a bit spicy and a bit sweet and all delicious.
Move over Easter, I’m making carrot cake a year round thing. Plus, loaf cake is like quick bread and quick bread is for breakfast so now you can eat carrot cake for breakfast.
No Bake Lemon Dessert Lasagna has a Golden Oreo crust and is full of lemon flavor from pudding and curd. It’s the BEST EVER lemon dessert recipe!
I absolutely love no bake dessert lush recipes like this one. Layers of cookies, pudding, and whipped topping: the best easy dessert ever, especially for a potluck!
I’m in love with lemon, are you? Good, because I have another lemon dessert for you: a No-Bake Lemon Dessert Lush!
I’m kind of in love with no-bake desserts. They’re so easy to make and they don’t heat up your kitchen. And they’re so good!
(I know, most of you are all “it’s snowing, I don’t care!” but here out side Sacramento it’s late Spring weather. It was in the 80s last weekend!)
I think I’m going to institute a no-bake summer. What do you think? I’m just getting my taste of the oven-free recipes and I think I like them. Plus, not turning on my oven from June-August would really help my hefty electric bill.
Back to lemon and this dessert. If it is still snowing where you are, this will get you in the mood for spring, lickety split. Just the bright yellow alone makes me crave flip flops!
The only problem with lush desserts like this? They’re too easy to eat. As in: I can eat the whole pan if I’m not careful. (I’m not even kidding.)
I’ve heard this recipe called so many things: Heavenly dessert, no bake dessert, no bake lush, lasagna…there are so many different names I never know what to call it. I settled on Lemon Dessert Lasagna because that describes it well: layers of lemon and cookies that make the perfect lasagna recipe, in my book.
No Bake Lemon Dessert Lasagna is a lush recipe full of lemon pudding and Golden Oreo cookies!
So, how do you make an easy dessert lasagna recipe? It’s easy:
Baileys Pudding Pies are EASY to make using chocolate pudding mix and whipped cream! They have a THIN MINT COOKIE crust and taste so much like Baileys.
I’m obsessed with Irish cream and after you try these pudding parfaits, I know you will be too!
Well hello and top of the mornin’ to ya! <<– That was my try at being Irish for half a second (although I actually think there is some Irish in there if I remember my Ancestry.com results correctly).
Valentine’s Day is over, Mardi Gras is over, Easter is in 6 weeks but before the bunny visits we get to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Do you do anything fun on March 17? We don’t usually, except when Jordan was little we’d pretend the leprechaun messed up the house. Jordan was terrified of leprechauns for years; for the first two weeks of March she’d refuse to go anywhere in the house alone. I was so glad when they stopped building leprechaun traps and talking about them at school.
Now, Baileys isn’t really just a St. Patrick’s Day dessert, but in blog land and on Pinterest Irish cream recipes start popping up right about now. I actually love Baileys all year long, especially in my morning coffee when I’m traveling. That’s always what I use as my creamer on vacation if I don’t have to drive.
I think adding Baileys to chocolate pudding is probably one of the most genius things I’ve ever done. The first time I did it I made shots: thinned the pudding with milk and Irish cream to make a drink. Those are amazing and if you’re in the mood for a dessert cocktail, I highly recommend them.
However, if you want Baileys Pudding, try this recipe. It’s a more traditional pudding, plus I added whipped cream and CRUST to make Baileys Pudding Pies!
I had the unfortunate experience to make this recipe at 10 in the morning. By noon I was craving Baileys for lunch but I had to go pick up Jordan from school so I couldn’t even enjoy them until after dinner. My entire kitchen smelled like the wonder that is Irish cream liqueur…and Thin Mint cookies.
The crust on this pie is made of Thin Mint cookies. Talk about a match made in heaven: Baileys and mint and chocolate. Perfection!!
The crunchy cookie mixed with the flavored pudding and whipped cream makes these the perfect dessert for any day of the year, but especially for St. Patrick’s Day!
Do you love Starbucks Petite Vanilla Scones? Well, you’re in luck! This is a Copycat Petite Vanilla Scone, even better than the original!
Copycat Petite Vanilla Scones are just like that scone recipe at Starbucks but they’re better because they’re made at home. This is the best scone recipe because it’s made with pudding mix – the scones are pillowy soft and stay soft for days. The flavor of these scones is amazing!
Mel and I have had a ritual almost as long as our relationship: we love to walk to Starbucks on Sunday mornings, have coffee, and read the paper. It still is one of my favorite things to do on the weekend, although it’s fewer and far between. Life gets in the way too much!
I’ll never forget one walk back in 2001. We were newlyweds, and it was about a mile to the Starbucks. On our way, there was one of those trailers the cops set up to track your speed, you know, to tell you how fast you’re going.
It was probably no later than 8am on a Sunday morning, so it was totally dead outside. Mel took off running at a sprint to see if it would clock his speed. I think it said 10 mph or something. To this day, every time I see one of those road things, I think of that morning.
For several years our walks included Jordan and no newspaper reading because dealing with a toddler is hard enough without trying to read the paper. Then we added Ginger and had fun watching her try to eat the crumbs from our breakfast. Now our Sunday morning ritual usually is just Mel and I and Abby, because Jordan is either sleeping in (she’s a teenager now and is rarely up before 9 or 10) or she’s at a sleepover and we’re alone. It’s weird to be at Starbucks and be able to read the newspaper again!
When Jordan was little, we always got her a petite vanilla scone on our Starbucks Sundays, and now that’s my indulgence. I love all the petite treats they make, because it makes me feel better to eat one. Plus, when Jordan was 3, it was a perfect size for her. Jordan loves those petite vanilla scones…and so did Ginger. Abby just sees a Starbucks cup and hopes it’s her Puppuchino.
I’m a little scone obsessed, ever since I made Lemon Scones and Funfetti Chip Cake Batter Scones. I’m also obsessed with Starbucks Copycats ever since I made those Blueberry Crumb Muffins. These Petite Vanilla Scones are just another addition to my favorite breakfast recipes. They’re perfect for Sunday brunch or any day you want a homemade scone!
Copycat Petite Vanilla Scones are homemade and stay soft for days. They’re better then the recipe from Starbucks!
I wanted to make a scone version from scratch – without the cake mix. But I’m always so worried that a from-scratch scone will be dry. I’ve had dry scones and they aren’t good! So I did what I always do to keep a baked good soft: