St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! And, although I do have some Irish in my background, it is not a real major holiday around our house. But, I do like to make a few fun treats for the kiddos. Because, as you know, any holiday is a major holiday to children. It would be absolutely criminal to not celebrate them!
I made up these yummy Pot of Gold cookies when I was attempting to make a treat that didn’t contain a lot of artificial green dye. And, I wanted it to be easy….because, face it, my life is complicated enough! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Pots of Gold
Egg, Milk, Wheat
Child Friendly, Freezable
- 1 cup Butter (softened)
- 1 cup Packed Dark Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 cup Rolled Oats
- 1/2 bag Caramels
- 1 tablespoon Evaporated Milk or Cream
||Grease muffin pan and set oven to 350 degrees |
||Beat butter and sugars together until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well. Mix in vanilla extract. |
||In small bowl, mix together baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour. Slowly add this mixture to the wet ingredients. |
||Stir in oats. |
||Fill muffin cups about 1/3 to 1/2 full. Press down and make large thumbprint indention in middle of cup. |
||Bake about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan and allow to completely cool. |
||Put caramels and evaporated milk together in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 second increments. Stir after each 30 seconds until mixture is runny. |
||Place a large spoonful of caramel into indention in cookies. |
My husband recently fell in love with the S’mores dessert pizza from Papa Murphy’s Take n Bake. All of sudden, he’s wanting to order pizza in the middle of the week. I thought it was strange at first until I noticed he kept coming home with a S’mores pizza as well. Aha! Trickery! What he really wanted was some of their awesome S’mores dessert pizza!
I have to admit, it’s quite good. But, when I looked at the ingredient list, I was a little disappointed with all the processed items included in the list. So, I whipped up my very own copy cat recipe and I have to say *ahem* that it is very tasty. I won’t pretend that it’s healthy. So, if you see me running laps around the block…now you know why…I’m working off dessert.
Copy Cat Recipe for:
Papa Murphy’s S’mores Pizza
- Your Favorite Pizza crust (you can buy store made or I like this recipe because it’s simple, quick, and quite good)
- 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
- 2 tablespoons Softened Butter
- 1/4 cup Flour
- Mini Marshmallows
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Prepare crust as you normally would.
- In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, and butter with a fork until you have corn meal consistency. Mix in the rolled oats.
- Sprinkle this mixture across your pizza crust
- Liberally sprinkle marshmallows and chocolate chips onto crust
- Bake pizza crust as directed. *Note, if you’re crust cooking time is longer than 10 minutes, you’ll want to wait and add the marshmallows when there is just about 10 minutes left for the pizza to cook. That prevents them from getting to toasty*
For Valentine’s Day, I made these yummy heart-shaped cookies. I have to say, the quality of the jam really makes a difference. If you must use store bought, be sure to buy preserves rather than jelly or jam. Flavor is exceptional.
White Chocolate Strawberry Jam Cookies
adapted from hot polka dot
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup strawberry jam
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or preheat baking stone (my preferred method)
- Cream the butter and sugars together, then add the egg and vanilla and mix well.
- Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in separate bowl.
- Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture soft dough forms. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Spoon into heart shaped pan. Flatten top slightly with spoon or glass.
- Spread generous amount of jam onto each cookie so it covers most of the top of cookie.
- Bake 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack.