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Showing posts with label Holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holiday. Show all posts

Friday, May 9, 2014

Strawberry Rhubarb Pop-Tarts

This 5 ingredient recipe for homemade Pop-Tarts could not be any easier. In fact, I made these while Tinsley was AWAKE! And running around. And pulling at my legs. And saying, "Book? Bite? Mama. Bite? Bite, bite bite bite? Mama. Mama. Shoe. Bite?"
Yeah, you get the idea.


I've seen several recipes online and on pinterest for homemade pop-tarts with a ton of ingredients. And that makes total since because you have to make the dough for the pastry, then the fruity or chocolatey filling, and then there's the glaze or icing, and don't forget about the sprinkles. Who has time for that?


But when I saw that Rachel at Baked by Rachel made some delicious Apple Cinnamon Pop-Tarts with pre made pie dough, a light bulb went off in my head!

I had seen this strawberry-rhubarb fruit tart at World Market a few days before but decided not to get it because besides it sounding yummy, I didn't really have a use for it. Sheesh, should have listened to that little foodie angel on my shoulder whispering, "Get the tart filling!" So back to World Market I went. To buy the best. stuff. ever!

5 Ingredient Strawberry-Rhubarb Pop-Tarts
Pie dough {one package of 2 unbaked 9-inch pie crusts}
Strawberry-rhubarb fruit tart
3/4 C powdered sugar
2 T milk
Sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper. Roll out pie dough and cut into an even number of rectangles. Make sure that the top crust and bottom crust match in size.

Add about 1 1/2 - 2 T of fruit filling to the bottom rectangle and spread out, leaving 1/4-1/2 inch of space around the edges.

Top with second piece of dough and press down around the edges to seal. Crimp edges with fork.

Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. To make the icing, mix powdered sugar and milk together in a small bowl with a whisk or fork. Drizzle over pop-tarts and add sprinkles immediately.

This recipe is so awesome because you get flaky pie crust and the fun of a pop-tart with just a few ingredients and a minimal amount of work! This recipe made 8 pop-tarts total.

And just for fun, I made one of them in the shape of a heart with a simple cookie cutter. This little hand pie was perfect for my sweetie.

How fun would these be to make with kiddos?! And don't even get me started on what a fun treat this would be for a birthday party or a sleep over! And because I have to document everything, this is Tinsley enjoying her first ever pop-tart with her daddy. And a little smooch. They make me melty!


Want another rhubarb idea? Check out my rhubarb crisp recipe.

If there is not a Cost Plus World Market around you, or if you are interested in other flavors, check out Clearbrook Farms for their other tart filling flavors! {key-lime, caramelized banana, vanilla, lemon and their newest flavor, cherry!}

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cinnamon Sugar Puppy Chow


I thought I would squeak out one more little post before the new year. So let's make it a good one, shall we? I know I have been posting a lot of snacky things lately because, well that's what I've been eating. Anyone see a healthy New Years resolution in my future?! Hmmmm, we'll worry about that tomorrow.  I thought you needed one more recipe before the end of the year that included my two favorite things.... cereal and peanut butter!

Cinnamon Sugar Puppy Chow

If you can't eat very much of the traditional puppy chow snack because it's too sweet, I've got the perfectly addicting combination to solve that problem. The cinnamon in this treat really cuts the sweet, plus the addition of the granulated sugar adds a great texture. The rich peanut butter flavor is still there and the powdered sugar is reduced. Plus, have you ever used cinnamon chips? They are pretty awesome! You can find them in the baking isle with the chocolate chips. 


I have made this stuff 4 times in the last couple weeks, and I cannot stay out of it! If you are a cinnamon lover like I am, you have got to try this stuff! 

Cinnamon Sugar Puppy Chow
     makes 18 servings
9 C Crispex cereal
1 1/2 C cinnamon chips
4 T butter
1/2 C creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 T granulated sugar
1/2 C powdered sugar

*You will make the first part of this recipe in 1 batch and the second part in 2 batches. Believe me, it's much easier this way! 

Pour all cereal in a large bowl. Get out 2 large zip-lock bags and put 3/4 tsp of ground cinnamon and 2 T of granulated sugar in each one. In a microwave safe bowl, pour in your cinnamon chips, butter and peanut butter and microwave for 20 second increments, stirring in between, until everything is melted and smooth. Be careful not to scorch the mixture. Pour mixture over cereal and gently stir until each piece of cereal is evenly coated. Pour 1/2 the mixture into one zip-lock bag and the half in the other. Seal and shake each bag. Pour 1/4 C powdered sugar in each bag and shake again until cereal is evenly coated. Add more powdered sugar if desired. Serve. 


Keep leftovers covered so it stays fresh. But good luck staying out of it! 

So how was the end of everyone's year? I think it's safe to say 2013 was the best year of my life! God has blessed me and my family so much and I feel so lucky to have a healthy and happy husband and baby girl. We had a fantastic Christmas and our little Tinsley started walking! I can't wait to see how things are going to change over the next few months and I'm so excited for this next chapter of being a mommy of a.... toddler! Yikes! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! And from my family to yours, Happy New Years! 
xoxo Cookin' Cowgirl

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Puppy Chow Nuggets


Have you ever been sitting there eating something perfectly delicious and think, "Man, if this just had a little salt, it would be awesome!"?  Well that's exactly what happened the other day when I was hanging out with Chris' family, getting sick off of eating puppy chow.

Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Puppy Chow Nuggets

We were talking about how we could eat even MORE of the sugary sweet treat if only it had a little salt. When all of a sudden, BAM! "Oooooo, we could use salted pretzels!" I have never wanted to go to the grocery store SO bad in my life. My sister-in-law said, "I bet I see that on your blog soon!" Am I that predictable? Well, it's the next weekend and two batches have already been made AND devoured, so you tell me! 


This recipe is the same beloved holiday snack recipe I've been making for years, only with peanut butter filled pretzel nuggets instead of cereal. I normally use Crispix and many people use Chex cereal, but if you like a little salty with your sweet, you will LOVE these. And seriously, who doesn't need just a little extra peanut butter in their life?

Growing up we called the cereal version of this traditional holiday treat puppy chow, and reindeer chow around Christmas. I have also heard it called muddy buddies.

Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Puppy Chow Nuggets
     makes 18 servings
9 C Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets
1/2 C creamy peanut butter
1/4 C butter
1 C semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 C powdered sugar

Place pretzel nuggets in a large bowl and set aside. In a microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter, butter and chocolate chips. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir to blend ingredients. Microwave for additional 15 seconds intervals until mixture is melted and smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour the peanut butter-chocolate mixture over pretzel nuggets and stir until everything is coated evenly. Pour coated peanut butter nuggets in a large zip-lock bag and dump in 1 C of the powdered sugar and seal bag. Shake bag and toss to coat pretzel nugget pieces. Open bag and break up clumps. Repeat with remaining 1 C of powdered sugar, until everything is coated evenly.

So what do YOU call the traditional version of this? And, when you make it with cereal, do you use Kellogg's Crispix cereal or General Mill's Chex cereal? Also, if you want a really wild version of this snack, try my Funfetti White Chocolate Puppy Chow!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars


These no-bake peanut butter cheerio bars are SO easy and fast, they will be your new go-to. They only contain 5 ingredients, and you probably already have all of them in your pantry.

Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars

These have a lot of peanut butter in them, so if you are a PB lover like I am, you will love these! They remind me a lot of my Chewy Candy Corn Nutter Butter Bars, so if you were a fan of those, these will be your new favorite! 

My mother-in-law gave me this recipe a while back and I have made these several times. I'm going to give you the recipe two ways. One for a 9X13 baking dish and one for an 8X8 or 7X11 baking dish. I've made both ratios of this recipe and they work great. The reason I have left the serving size range so broad below is because these bars are thick and rich. For that reason, they can be cut smaller, and I think most people would look at these and cut them small. I guess I'm the exception to the rule though. I like my bars BIG, especially when they have peanut butter in them. I never said these were low calorie. But pb? Hello! Healthy fat and protein, right? 

Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars {9X13 pan version}
    makes 16-20 bars
6 C Cheerios
1 1/4 C light corn syrup
1 1/4 C sugar
2 1/2 C creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars {8X8 or 6x9 pan version}
     makes about 8-12 bars
5 C Cheerios
1 C light corn syrup
1 C sugar
2 C creamy peanut butter {16 oz jar works great}
1 tsp vanilla extract

Pour Cheerios in a large bowl and set aside. In a sauce pot over medium-low heat, stir the corn syrup and sugar together until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla extract until the peanut butter is warm and melted but do not let mixture come to a bubble. Pour peanut butter mixture over the Cheerios and stir until cereal is coated evenly. Pour mixture into baking dish. Cover with wax paper and press down slightly to make the top look even. Let cool completely before cutting. 

These are the perfect game day treat, wether you are having people over or taking them to a tailgate. Have the kiddos wrap them in a square of wax paper and tie a festive ribbon around them. Or drop some school color M&M's in the to make them more festive! 

These things would also be great on a party dessert table or at a holiday cookie swap! How would you jazz them up? Maybe throw in some cinnamon and raisins and have them available at brunch? Yum!


This basic recipe is so easy to adapt to your liking. I have a feeling it will be one of your new favorites. 


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Patriotic Parfaits


I love a good parfait with Greek yogurt, fresh fruit and granola. Especially in the summer when it's hot, hot, hot! These babies are easy to make and would be fun brunch item at a 4th of July gathering.

Patriotic Parfaits

I'm still on my red, white and blue kick that I've been telling you about. But in case you're wondering if I've broke down and bought any American flag jean shorts yet, the answer is no. Sadly, no. 

Oh well. For now I guess I'll just have to live vicariously through this little patriotic cutie. 
This will be Tinsley's first 4th of July. Can you tell she's excited?


Red, White & Blue Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
      makes 2
Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
Raspberries
Blueberries
Strawberries, quartered
Granola (store bought or try one of mine. Here, here or here)
Star fruit for topping

Layer some raspberries in the bottom of the dish. Top with 1/4 C of yogurt, granola, then blueberries. Layer with another 1/4 C of yogurt, strawberries, and top with yogurt and granola. Garnish with star fruit. 

If you've looking for other patriotic ideas, check out my holiday page



Sunday, June 23, 2013

Stars and Stripes Fruit Tray


For all you candy lovers out there, I've already given you the naughty, indulgent version of this dish. {Pssst, it's pretty good too!}

But now that it's bikini season, I thought I would make a healthy, "skinny" version of our great red, white & blue flag! And the best thing about it is there is no cooking involved. You're welcome.

Stars and Stripes Fruit Tray
 {made with strawberries}
{made with raspberries}

I've seen several fancy fruit trays but I was really excited to make this one for two reasons. Those two reasons are the star fruit and the golden raspberries. 

I love unique fruit and these two are so great! The "golden" raspberries, or white raspberries, are a fun way to use fresh fruit for the white part of the flag instead of marshmallows or pound cake or something like that. Not that there's anything wrong with marshmallows or cake! 

My family and I used to live in Brazil and one of the fruits I fell in love with there is the star fruit or carambola. This fruit is a little sweet and tart and so fresh. When you cut this crazy fruit cross wise, it makes the shape of a star. The entire thing, including the skin, is edible, so just wash it up, slice and eat. 


Stars and Stripes Fruit Tray
Blueberries
Golden raspberries
Raspberries or strawberries, cut in half
Star fruit

Wash fruit. Line up the red (either the raspberries or strawberries, or both) and white fruit, leaving a space for the blueberries. 

Pile on the blueberries,

layer on a few sliced star fruit,

and serve or cover and chill until ready to serve. 

Hey, entertaining doesn't always have to be hard! If you're looking for a healthy option this 4th of July, do yourself a favor and make this fresh fruit platter. And why not get the kids involved? No cooking over a hot stove and it's quick to put together. Yes please. 

For other 4th of July ideas and recipes, check out my holiday page. And have a great Independence Day! 

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