Carrot Cake Rice Krispie Treats

All the flavors of carrot cake mixed into yummy rice krispie treats and topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting.

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If you like carrot cake and rice krispie treats, you are going to love the blend of them both in these yummy Carrot Cake Rice Krispie Treats.  With Easter just around the corner, these tasty little treats are perfect for all your Easter and spring festivities.

These rice krispie treats are made with box carrot cake mix.  I used Betty Crocker, however you can use whatever brand you can find.  I seem to use box cake mix for everything but cake.  I love making cakes from scratch such as my recent Coconut Cream Cake or the popular Cinnamon Roll Cake.  For fun little treats like these rice krispie treats, even truffles or dips, I use box cake mix.  

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What is carrot cake without cream cheese frosting.  Even though these are just rice krispie treats, the frosting literally tops these off.  Sprinkle them with some shredded coconut and some chopped walnuts and they will be a great little treat everyone will love.

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Carrot Cake Rice Krispie Treats

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 16 servings

Carrot Cake Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients

  • 10 ounce bag mini marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup box carrot cake mix
  • 6 cups rice krispie cereal
  • Frosting
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extra
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9x13 baking pan with butter or cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Melt butter and marshmallows in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring until marshmallows are melted.
  3. Reduce heat to low and stir in cake mix.
  4. Mix in rice krispies and stir until combined.
  5. Pour into prepared baking pan and press down until even (spraying your hands with cooking spray or using parchment paper works best to get them firmly pressed into the pan.)
  6. Allow to cool completely.
  7. Frosting
  8. Using an electric mixer, mix butter and cream cheese until combined.
  9. Mix in vanilla extract
  10. Gradually add in confectioners sugar until creamy.
  11. Spread over rice krispie treats.
  12. Garnish with shredded coconut flakes and chopped walnuts if desired.
  13. Cover and store in the refrigerator.
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Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Simple Coconut Cream Cake topped with a whipped Coconut Cream Frosting — a little slice of heaven! 

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I have a confession to make.  You know those little frozen Pepperidge Farm Layer Cakes? 

I love those.  Especially the Coconut. 

When I was growing up my great-grandmother always had those, so they bring back sweet memories of enjoying a slice of cake with her.  It also brings back memories of my 35th birthday.  I just found out I was pregnant and expecting twins.  It was such a special time.  I’ll never forget the cake I wanted was a Pepperidge Farm Coconut Cake.  It was quite funny.  I remember Mr. Mother Thyme asking me if I was sure that was the cake I wanted for my birthday.  I’m sure he was expecting I would request some fancy, gourmet cake from the local bakery.  I could have probably eaten that entire cake myself.  Looking back, I think that was actually the last time I had one of those cakes. 

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Simple, single layer cakes are my favorite dessert to make.  They can easily be prepared on a whim, or when the craving for a slice of cake hits.  Because I am such a fan of coconut cake, this Coconut Cream Cake is probably one of my favorites.  It is moist and delicious and topped with a whipped Coconut Cream Frosting, which you may just want to eat alone with a spoon. 

The secret ingredient in the cake and the frosting is coconut cream instant pudding mix.  I admit, I have an obsession with using pudding mix in many of my desserts.  The coconut cream pudding mix gives both the cake and the frosting a great flavor with just the right amount of coconut in each tasty bite. 

If you want to get a little fancy and layer this cake, simply double the recipe.  If you double the frosting, you will have extra leftover after you fill and frost the cake, but leftover frosting is never a bad thing.

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Don’t miss these other simple and easy cakes
Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting
Cinnamon Roll Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Easy Pumpkin Cake with Butter Pecan Frosting

Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3.4 ounce box coconut cream instant pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Coconut Cream Frosting
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 3.4 ounce box coconut cream instant pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup powder sugar
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut flakes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly dust an 8-inch round cake pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl mix flour, pudding mix, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another medium bowl mix sugar, milk, butter, egg, sour cream and vanilla until blended.
  4. Gradually stir flour mixture into wet ingredients until combined.
  5. Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake for about 40 minutes, until cake tester comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely on a wire rack before removing from pan.
  7. Coconut Cream Frosting
  8. Using an electric mixer with whisk attachment, beat heavy cream on high speed for 3-4 minutes until it becomes thick and creamy. Reduce speed to medium, and stir in sugar and pudding mix until combined.
  9. Pour all the frosting on top of cooled cake and using a spatula, frost cake. Sprinkle with shredded coconut flakes if desired.
  10. Cover in cake carrier and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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Shortbread S’mores

Enjoy these delicious Shortbread S’mores by the fire, or easily whip these up right in your own kitchen!

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Who said you can only use graham crackers to making delicious s’mores?

Walkers shortbread rounds are the perfect canvas to load up a piece of chocolate and a marshmallow to make one tasty s’more.  If you live in the Northeast like I do, a little taste of summer is a welcome treat.  Even if we can’t get outside to roast marshmallows, you can easily make these right in your own kitchen.  You just need to pop them under your broiler for just a few minutes, and voila!  You have an ooey, gooey toasted marshmallow.

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If you get a craving for one of these, Walkers has the perfect 2 pack of these delicious shortbread rounds, so you can make just 1, or however many you would like.  The 2 pack shortbread are great for on the go.  Tuck into your purse for a little snack with your afternoon tea, or to take on a weekend picnic in the park.

I love having Walkers on hand.  They are great for entertaining, especially for Spring brunches such as bridal showers, baby showers, Easter and Mother’s Day.  Put these beautiful Walkers shortbread on a tray and dessert is served.  You can even get a creative and serve these with some toppings on the side like melted chocolate, hazelnut spread and jams and lemon curd or have fun with your guests and make these yummy and easy Shortbread S’mores.  

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Don’t miss these other easy Walker recipes!
3 ingredient Chocolate Cookie Butter
Millionaire’s Shortbread

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Shortbread S’mores

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 8 minutes

Shortbread S’mores

Ingredients

  • Walkers Shortbread Rounds
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Bar or Hazelnut spread
  • Strawberry jam (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Put a piece of chocolate on top of one shortbread and top with marshmallow. Place on baking sheet.
  3. Place baking sheet under broiler for 2-3 minutes, watching carefully until marshmallow is toasted.
  4. Remove from oven and carefully top with shortbread and press down.
  5. Serve immediately.
  6. Optional
  7. Spread strawberry jam or your favorite jam on shortbread before placing on top of marshmallow.
  8. Note
  9. If using hazelnut spread instead of chocolate, spread on shortbread not going in oven. Place marshmallow on 1 shortbread and toast. Spread hazelnut spread on second shortbread and press down on toasted marshmallow.
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Red Velvet Angel Food Cake

A simple and light Red Velvet Angel Food Cake topped with an easy French Vanilla Bean Glaze — perfect for any occasion. 

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Love is in the air.

Valentine’s Day is in a few days.  Time to get ready for Cupid’s arrival with hearts and sweet treats.

Nothing says Valentine’s Day or even Christmas more than red velvet.  The vibrant red color makes it so festive. 

Red velvet is one of my favorites.  You don’t need a holiday or special occasion to enjoy it.  A few weeks ago I shared my simple Red Velvet Cake which is so yummy.  It is super easy to whip up anytime. 

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I love Angel Food Cakes.  A few of my favorites are my Lemon Angel Food Cake and Key Lime Angel Food Cake.  They are light and I feel less guilty indulging in a piece (or two.)  With all the chocolate, sweets and candy for Valentine’s Day, I thought why not lighten it up a little with Red Velvet Angel Food Cake so you can enjoy cake and a box of chocolates.  Because calories don’t count on Valentine’s Day, right? 

Whether you are having a romantic dinner for two with your sweetie, or looking for a lovely dessert to serve, this Red Velvet Cake topped with a simple French Vanilla Bean Glaze is perfect for any occasion.  Serve alone or with some berries or even cube and toss in a trifle.

Red Velvet Angel Food Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Red Velvet Angel Food Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups egg whites (about 10-12 eggs)
  • 1-1 1/2 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • French Vanilla Bean Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 1/2-3 tablespoons french vanilla creamer
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Generously spray or grease a 9 or 10 inch tube pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Using a stand mixer or electric mixer with whisk attachment add to a large bowl egg white, food coloring, cream of tartar, vanilla extract and salt. Stir on medium high speed until stiff peaks form, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Reduce speed and gradually add in sugar until just combined.
  4. In a small bowl sift flour and cocoa powder.
  5. Gradually sprinkle in flour/cocoa mixture and fold into mixture a little at a time. Don't over mix.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 35- 40 minutes until top springs back when touched.
  7. Cool completely.
  8. French Vanilla Bean Glaze
  9. Add confectioners sugar to a medium bowl. Stir in French Vanilla creamer a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency. Stir in vanilla bean and drizzle over cooled angel food cake.
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Millionaire’s Shortbread (Homemade Twix)

Three irresistible layers of shortbread, caramel and chocolate that just use 5 ingredients to make one incredible bar. 

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The beloved Twix bar.  Also known as Millionaire’s Shortbread or bars,  is three delicious layers of buttery shortbread, chewy caramel and chocolate. 

It is a match made in heaven.   

A few weeks ago I announced on Facebook that I have teamed up with Walkers Shortbread as a brand ambassador.  Walkers Shortbread has been a favorite in my family for years.  If you have had Walkers Shortbread before, you know how delicious it is.  Walkers Shortbread has been family owned since 1898.  Their fine quality shortbread is like no other.  I always love having a box of Walkers in my pantry to serve if unexpected guests stop by, or to enjoy in the evening with a cup of tea. 

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 Not only is Walkers Shortbread great to enjoy alone, it is fabulous in many recipes.  Grinding the shortbread makes the perfect base for a shortbread crust to use in pies, cheesecake and bars, like these Millionaire’s Shortbread.  I also like to use the crumbled shortbread as a topping on ice cream or sprinkled on yogurt with some fresh berries. 

If you get the occasional craving for a Twix, keep these 5 ingredients on hand and  try this homemade version, they are so good.  I actually prefer the homemade version.  They are very simple to make.  It just takes a little patience waiting for each layer to set.  Once assembled, let these sit out at room temperature then cut into bars. 

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, make these and place in a cute little box for your Valentine.  Once you give these a try, it will be love at first bite! 

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Millionaire’s Shortbread (Homemade Twix)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 25 minutes

Yield: 12 bars

Millionaire’s Shortbread  (Homemade Twix)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ground Walkers Shortbread(about 2 packages of Mini Shortbread Fingers)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 14 ounce bag caramels, unwrapped
  • 11.5 ounce bag good quality milk chocolate morsels

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl mix ground shortbread, flour and butter. Press into the bottom of the baking pan.
  3. Bake for about 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Set aside to cool completely.
  4. Place caramels in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second intervals, until caramel is melted. Quickly spread caramel using a rubber spatula on top of shortbread. If needed, place a piece of wax paper on top of caramel and gently press down using the bottom of a drinking glass to evenly spread. Chill in the refrigerator until caramel is harden.
  5. In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate morsels in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until melted. Spread evenly on top of caramel. Chill in the refrigerator until completely set.
  6. To serve, let bars to sit out for several hours to come to room temperature. Carefully cut into desired size bars. Store in an airtight container.
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Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars

Soft Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars topped with a sweet Buttercream Frosting — you definitely want to try these! 

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I thought I would tempt you with one more holiday treat before Christmas. 

If you are planning on doing some last minute baking, you may want to add these to your list.  They are so easy to make and I’m sure they will be a welcome addition to your cookie tray or dessert table. 

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My Pistachio Wedding Cookies have been extremely popular this holiday season.  I thought it would be fun to put a spin on those yummy cookies and create these Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars.  They have all the flavors of your favorite soft sugar cookie, expect with a hint of pistachio in a bar form.  Topped with creamy Buttercream Frosting

These are to die for! 

Even if you have wrapped up your baking for Christmas, these delicious treat anytime of the year.  So you will want to tuck this recipe a way for next time, that is if you can wait that long!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! 

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Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 24 minutes

Yield: About 20 bars

Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) box pistachio instant pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Buttercream Frosting
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoon milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl mix flour, pudding mix, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer cream butter and sugar.
  4. Add in eggs and vanilla.
  5. Gradually add in flour mixture until combined.
  6. Spread into prepared baking dish.
  7. Bake for about 11-14 minutes just until bottom begins to lightly brown. Don't over bake. Top will not be firm, but will firm up upon sitting.
  8. Remove from oven and set on a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Buttercream Frosting
  10. Using an electric mixer cream butter.
  11. Gradually add in confectioners' sugar until combined.
  12. Stir in vanilla extract.
  13. Slowly add in milk, 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency.
  14. Spread over bars and let set.
  15. When ready to serve cut into bars and serve.
  16. Store in an airtight container.
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Easy Homemade Peanut Brittle

An easy, 4 ingredient recipe for Peanut Brittle that is great for gift giving or to make and enjoy yourself. 

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Holiday DIY Gifts — Week 2

I don’t like that Thanksgiving is so late this year.  By the time I am done digesting the turkey and pumpkin pie, it’s going to be December and Christmas will be less than a month away. 

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With less time to prepare goodies for holiday gift giving, I like to create easy recipes I can whip up after the kids go to bed, or quickly during the weekends.  This easy homemade Peanut Brittle is one of those recipes.  From start to finish it take about 20 minutes.  The Peanut Brittle will cool for about an hour or so, before it can be easily broken up and placed in packaging to gift, or enjoyed yourself.  I must warn you, once you try this you are not going to be able to stop eating it.  It is totally addicting! 

I also like Peanut Brittle as it has a long shelf life.  It can be made now and last for a month stored in an airtight container until I am ready to serve it on my holiday dessert table.  I also like to place some in my food processor, give it a few pulses and sprinkle of vanilla ice cream for a yummy treat!

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Easy Homemade Peanut Brittle

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 1/2 pounds

Easy Homemade Peanut Brittle

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups unsalted shelled dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda

Instructions

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper lightly sprayed with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Stir sugar and corn syrup in a large saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
  3. Stir in peanuts.
  4. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil, stirring frequently to avoid mixture to burn until candy thermometer reaches 295 degrees and mixture becomes a golden amber color , about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda.
  6. Quickly pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet and spread evenly.
  7. Set aside to cool and harden.
  8. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.
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Cinnamon Roll Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you love cinnamon rolls you are going to love this easy and delicious homemade Cinnamon Roll Cake topped with Cream Cheese Frosting

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In the mood for cinnamon rolls but don’t have the time to make them?  Try this super easy Cinnamon Roll Cake topped with a classic Cream Cheese Frosting

This cake is going to knock your socks off.  If you love warm cinnamon rolls loaded with cream cheese, you are going to want to dive into a piece of this yummy cake.  As usual, this is an 8-inch cake, my go to for most cakes.  For this cake I like to use a round cake pan so you can easily remove it from the pan and frost the edges.  You probably know from other recent cakes I have shared like my Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting or my Easy Pumpkin Cake with Butter Pecan Frosting, when it comes to cakes I don’t like to fuss.  This Cinnamon Roll Cake is another no fuss cake that is simple and delicious.  Also, if you don’t have the time or can’t wait to frost the cake, you can skip the frosting all together and just add a simple cream cheese glaze to the top and serve warm.

Sure, I love those pretty decorated cakes.  I have taken the Wilton Classes at the craft store and learned many techniques.  For my everyday go to desserts for family and friends, these are the cakes I love to make.  They are easy and so delicious.  No one will ever know how quickly you were able to whip this up.      

This Cinnamon Roll Cake has all the flavors of your favorite cinnamon rolls.  Do I dare even say this cake is acceptable for breakfast?  I leave that decision totally up to you.  I promise I won’t tell. 

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What you need
All-purpose Flour
Baking powder
Salt
Sugar
Milk
Egg
Vanilla Extract
Butter
Cinnamon
Brown Sugar
Cream Cheese
Confectioners sugar

Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix butter, milk, sugar, egg and vanilla extract. While stirring, gradually mix in wet ingredients into dry until just combined. Best part, this can all be done by hand using just a whisk or wooden spoon.

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Pour into a greased and floured cake pan.

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In a small bowl mix butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour. Dollop filling on cake and using a kitchen knife swirl mixture into cake. I like to leave some chunky bits, but you can swire it as much or as little as you would like. Place in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cool completely.

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Whip up the frosting and generously frost the entire cake. Chill until ready to serve.

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Cinnamon Roll Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 8 servings

Cinnamon Roll Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

    Cake
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspon vanilla extract
  • Filling
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly dust an 8-inch round cake pan with flour and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl mix sugar, milk, butter, egg and vanilla.
  4. Gradually stir in wet ingredients into dry until just combined.
  5. Pour into cake pan.
  6. Filling
  7. In a small bowl mix butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour until blended.
  8. Dollop mounds of filling onto top of cake.
  9. Using a kitchen knife swirl filling around cake.
  10. Bake for 40-45 minutes until cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  11. Cool completely on a wire rack before removing and frosting.
  12. Cream Cheese Frosting
  13. Using an electric mixer beat cream cheese and butter.
  14. Stir in confectioner sugar until combined.
  15. Add in milk and vanilla and beat until creamy.
  16. Frost generously on cooled cake.
  17. Chill until ready to serve.
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Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

Love Chocolate Chip Cookies?  Then you will love this easy Chocolate Chip Cake topped with a creamy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

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I have an obsession with chocolate chips. From the classic cookie to other sweet treats with chocolate chips, I’m completely hooked.

I have a Pinterest board full of drool worthy chocolate chip desserts that make me weak in the knees. Just looking at all the goodies pinned makes me want to pour a tall glass of cold milk.

In the midst of all my fall apple and pumpkin desserts I have been baking I wanted to change things up, and what better than a Chocolate Chip Cake topped with a creamy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting you will want to just lick with a spoon.

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I love simple desserts that don’t require a lot of fuss. This Chocolate Chip Cake is one of those desserts. I like to bake cakes, including this in an 8 inch cake pan.  An 8 inch cake is the perfect size cake for a weeknight dessert.  If I make a bigger cake, that only leaves room for temptation with leftovers.  Then I find myself at midnight sitting in the kitchen in the dark, fork in hand digging into the cake.  We’ve all been there, right?  This is an easy, peasy, I’m in the mood for chocolate chip but don’t want to make cookies kind of cake. 

The cake taste just like one big chocolate chip cookie, but in cake form.  And the frosting.  Oh my, the frosting.  Let me just say, you may want to double it because you will find yourself eating half of it before you even frost the cake. 

Go ahead, pour yourself a glass of milk and curl up with a piece of this moist and delicious cake.  I promise, you will love it! 

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What you need
All-purpose flour
Instant vanilla pudding mix  (the secret ingredient that really makes this yummy.)
Light brown sugar
Sugar
Baking powder
Salt
Butter
Milk
Sour cream
Egg
Vanilla Extract
Confectioners sugar
Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Step one:  In a large bowl mix flour, pudding mix, sugars, baking powder and salt.

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Step two:  In a small bowl mix butter, milk, sour cream, egg and vanilla extractStir into dry ingredients. 

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Step three:  Stir in chocolate chips.

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Step four:  Pour into an 8-inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.  Cool completely.

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Step five: Using an electric mixer, mix butter and sugar until combined.  Stir in vanilla and milk 1 tablespoon at a time until consistency is creamy.  If you add too much milk, add a little confectioners sugar to thicken the frosting.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Don’t you just want to eat this frosting with a spoon? 

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Step six:  Frost cake and enjoy.

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Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 12 servings

Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3.4oz. box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inch baking pan (square or round) with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix flour, dry pudding mix, sugars, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a small bowl mix milk, butter, sour cream, egg and vanilla extract.
  4. While stirring stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until blended.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for 40-45 minutes until cake tester comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan on a wire rack completely before frosting.
  8. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting.
  9. Mix butter and sugars until combined.
  10. Stir in vanilla extract and milk 1 tablespoon at a time until creamy. If consistency becomes too thin, add in a little more confectioners sugar.
  11. Stir in chocolate chips.
  12. Frost cake.
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No-Bake Apple Cider Cheesecake

An easy No-Bake Apple Cider Cheesecake that only takes minutes to whip up and is simply delicious!

No-Bake Apple Cider Cheesecake - Mother Thyme

There is nothing better than fresh apple cider in the fall.  On a beautiful fall day, I love to enjoy a glass while playing outside with the kids.  And on a cool night, sipping a cup of hot apple cider is a great way to end the day.

I was enjoying a cup of hot apple cider one night shortly after I shared my No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake that I came up with this recipe.  I had some packets of Spiced Apple Cider drink mix on hand from my Caramel Apple Cider Snickerdoodles, and I thought it would great in a creamy cheesecake. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love to bake cheesecakes but when time is tight or you need to make a quick dessert, a no-bake cheesecake is a great alternative.  You only need 7 ingredients to make this, yes 7.  Hello easy!  I like to use cool whip for my no-bake cheesecakes.  It adds a great creamy texture to it.  To serve, I like to top the cheesecake with apple pie filling or even drizzle with caramel sauce.  This is an easy dessert to make for whatever the occasion may be.  

Variations

  • Make apple cider cheesecake filling and layer it in a parfait with graham cracker crumbs, apple pie filling and/or granola.
  • Make a graham crust in a 8″ square baking pan. Top with filling and let set. Cut into squares for cheesecake bars.
  • Place apple cider cheesecake filling in thawed phyllo cups for one bite desserts. Great for holiday entertaining.
  • Place graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of pretty serving glasses. Top with filling and let set in the refrigerator for a few hours. Top with cool whip for single serve desserts.

No-Bake Apple Cider Cheesecake - Mother Thyme

What you need
Cream cheese
Sugar
Spiced apple cider drink mix packets
Cinnamon
Vanilla extract
Cool whip
Ready made graham cracker pie crust

Step one:  Beat cream cheese until smooth.

No-Bake Apple Cider Cheesecake - Mother Thyme

Step two:  Stir in sugar, spiced apple cider drink mix packets, cinnamon and vanilla extract until blended.  Fold in 2 cups whipped topping.

No-Bake Apple Cider Cheesecake - Mother Thyme
Step two:  Pour into pie crust and refrigerate for 4-5 hours or overnight.

No-Bake Apple Cider Cheesecake - Mother Thyme

No-Bake Apple Cider Cheesecake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 5 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

No-Bake Apple Cider Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 2 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 (.74 ounce) packets Spiced Apple Cider drink mix
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whipped topping, thawed
  • 9 inch ready made graham cracker pie crust

Instructions

  1. Beat cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Stir in sugar, spiced apple cider drink mix packets, cinnamon and vanilla extract until blended.
  3. Fold in whipped topping.
  4. Pour into pie crust.
  5. Refrigerate for 4-5 hours or overnight until set.
  6. Serve chilled.

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