Category: Baking

No Bake Eclair Cake

I thought No Bake Eclair Cake was one of those desserts that everyone knew how to make.  I took it to a cook out this weekend and it turns out that not everyone has tried it before.  But it turns out it is a dessert that everyone loves (at least in my experience).  What is not to love about it?  Creamy filling, chocolate topping, no baking required!

No Bake Eclair Cake #dessert #recipe

I love that it comes together so quickly!  And it can be made the night before.  Actually it’s better that way!  It gives the graham crackers time to soften.  Soft graham crackers is where it’s at!  In this recipe anyway.

No Bake Eclair Cake #dessert #recipe

I know I’ve already shared a No Bake S’moreclair Cake with you, but strangely not everyone likes marshmallow.  Weird, right?  The vanilla flavor here is a little more universally appealing.  And it makes for a less sticky dessert, which momma likes when feeding it to kids age 4 and under.  Because, well, they  just can’t seem to keep the dessert from getting all over their face and hands and clothes.

No Bake Eclair Cake #dessert #recipeIf you have any cookouts or potlucks or really any reason you need a dessert give this one a try!

No Bake Eclair Cake


  • 1 package graham crackers
  • 1 package vanilla instant pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tub Cool Whip
  • 1 can chocolate frosting


  1. Prepare vanilla instant pudding as directed on box.
  2. While pudding is firming up in the fridge line a 9x13 pan with an even layer of graham crackers.
  3. Fold thawed Cool Whip into pudding. Pour half of the pudding mixture over the layer of graham crackers.
  4. Lay a single layer of graham crackers over the pudding mixture.
  5. Spread the remaining pudding mixture over the layer of graham crackers.
  6. Lay a single layer of graham crackers over the pudding mixture.
  7. Microwave the can of chocolate frosting for 30 seconds and stir. Pour over the top layer of graham crackers and spread evenly.
  8. Refrigerate until serving. (it's best to let this sit for several hours before serving so the graham crackers soften)

If you were going to a cookout what would you bring?

No Bake S’moreclair Cake

Continuing on the birthday train this week, I made my own birthday cake.  It’s not as pathetic as it sounds.  Cupcake helped.  And I do like homemade sweets.  And I’m the one who makes homemade sweets around here.  And man was it good!

S'moreclair Cake #recipe #baking #nobake #dessertYou’ve had no bake eclair cake right?  With the pudding and the graham crackers?  This is a variation of that, but instead of pudding it’s marshmallow! A no bake s’moreclair cake! (more…)

Cadbury Mini Egg Cookie Bars

So, let’s talk Easter candy.  Of all the holidays out there Easter has THE best candy.  So much good stuff at once.  Peeps (yeah, I know they make them for other holidays, but I only like the classic Peeps), jelly beans (Starburst ones are my faves!), and of course Cadbury Mini Eggs.  Oh, and those chocolate covered marshmallow eggs.  And with Easter being so late this year all this candy has just been taunting me on the shelves!  I finally gave in and bought some Peeps and Cadbury Mini Eggs the other day.  The Peeps were gone by the afternoon, but I was saving the Mini Eggs for something else.

Cadbury Mini Egg Cookie Bars #dessert #cookies #baking #easterCupcake and I made some Cadbury Mini Egg Cookie Bars and boy are they good!  A soft chewy cookie combined with creamy Mini Eggs.  Yum!  It took all my willpower to not eat the whole pan!  Hubby didn’t know cookie bars could get any better.

Cadbury Mini Egg Cookie Bars


  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Cadbury Mini Eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix flour with baking soda and set aside. Combine the butter, sugars, pudding mix and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat until smooth. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour mixture. Fold in Mini Eggs. Spread into a greased 9"x13" pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

You want to fold in the Mini Eggs so they don’t get crushed by the beater.  And the batter will be very stiff, so you’ll have to press it into the pan.  You’ll also want to cut the bars while they’re still warm, so you can cut through the Mini Eggs.  The end result is divine.

Cadbury Mini Egg Cookie Bars #dessert #cookies #baking #easter

What’s your favorite Easter candy?


Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

The trouble with trying to get back into my prepregnancy jeans is that I love to bake.  And apparently I passed that gene onto Cupcake.  That girl wants to bake something EVERY day.

Cupcake bakingHow can I resist when that face asks “can we bake cookies?”  Especially when she wants to wear her chef’s hat and apron.  So bake cookies we did.

Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies #baking #recipeChocolate just like she wanted.  Dark chocolate just like I wanted.  We ended up with Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies and they were divine!  I used Ghirardelli dark chocolate chocolate chips.  You can’t go wrong there.

Cupcake approved before the cookies even came out of the oven.

Cupcake bakingApparently I also passed on my lick the beater gene.  She wants to lick the beater before we’ve even added all the ingredients.  She also wants to eat the cookies the second they come out of the oven.  She gets that gene from her daddy.  I don’t like to burn my tongue on deliciousness.  I do like them warm, though.  And these are delicious warm!  A little crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.  And dark chocolate.  Did I mention they’re dark chocolate?  I love me some dark chocolate.

Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Which together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Melt 4 ounces of the chocolate chips and butter in a double boiler. Let cool slightly.
  3. Put chocolate mixture, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium until combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually mix in flour mixture. Fold in the remaining chocolate chips.
  4. Using a large scoop (2 tbsp) drop dough onto Silpat lined baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies are flat and surfaces crack, 12-15 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
  5. Store in an airtight container.
  6. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

*recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Milk-Chocolate Cookies


Now, if you’ll excuse me.  We’re off to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum today.  I’m hoping chasing my girls all over that place will burn off some of these cookie calories!

Have a great weekend!


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It’s Just Another Manic Monday

What a weekend!  Ups and downs.  Busy times and down times.  Feeling better and feeling worse.  Friday brought the great news of two babies born, but also the sad news of a family member (hubby’s side) passing away.  Saturday brought some early grocery shopping and two hours out of the house with hubby with free babysitting at home.  That two hours included a trip to the open for the season Dairy Queen and a local brewery.  I also got some good time in down in the craft room.

The craft room fun quickly took a turn for the worse when I got stuck on the floor.  I irritated my back again.  Just when I thought it was getting better.  I took it easy the rest of the night, kept up with my Deep Blue application and wasn’t feeling so bad Sunday morning.  I finished up my sewing project without incident and got messy in the kitchen.

Messy kitchenEven though I did my grocery shopping on Saturday I saved my food prep for Sunday.  I didn’t have much prep to do.  I washed my berries, roasted a squash and whipped up a casserole and some muffins.

FoodSpoiler alert.  Two of the three things pictured above are not for our household this week.

Just before I began dinner I took Oscar outside.  And he may have tugged a bit too hard on his leash catching me off guard and causing pain to shoot up my back.  And this morning I will be calling the doctor.  I had trouble moving around the rest of the night.  Like, could barely get out of bed once I laid down trouble.  At least I got a good bit of reading done.  I won’t have to renew my library book (again).

Enough Debbie Downer, though, I’m really excited about the sewing I did get done.  I can’t show you just yet, but soon, I hope.  I’ve also got some artwork in progress that I’m hoping turns out like I’m picturing it.

Pumpkin’s 12 months pants were looking a bit short so I decided to move her up a size.  Yep, my 17 month old (17 months today!) is just now fitting into 18 months size.  Actually they’re still a bit big on her, but I couldn’t have her walking around in floods.  And we’ve already got the clothes so we might as well use them!  It’s fun seeing her run around in Cupcake’s old outfits.

Corinne v Alyssa 16 monthsAfter hubby saw this he remarked how he thought the girls look alike.  Other than the blond hair and gap teeth I don’t see it.  It’s funny to see them side by side at the same age.  It makes me wonder how they would have played together if they were the same age.  Is that a weird thought?

OK, I think I’m done rambling, so how about I just get on to the weekly meal plan.  It’s an off week because I’ll be single momming it a few nights.  And we needed two meatless meals due to the start of Lent.

Hot dogs and sweet potato fries
Copy cat Chick-fil-a nuggets
Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
Lemon Rosemary Roasted Chicken
Spinach & Mozzarella Turkey Burgers

And since I’m roasting a whole chicken I’ll also be making some chicken broth later in the week.

We are off to story time at the library this morning (I sure hope I can get off the floor when we’re done) and then maybe we’ll play in the snow.  Yep, more snow.

Oh, hey, I have a winner in the $25 Sunoco Gift Card Giveaway!  Is it you?