I love cake batter cookies that you make with store bought cake mixes. Do you? There are so many amazing recipes for them out there, and I’ve shared one of my favorite before with peanut butter and chocolate cake mix. However, when I made those cookies, a commenter asked about making them with Andes Mint Candies, and that got me to thinking. What if I made for my Christmas Cookie Exchange, Peppermint Cake Batter Cookie Blossoms that are like the traditional blossom cookies, but combine chocolate and mint. When I found some darling holly leave and berry springs in the store, along with the peppermint Hershery Kisses, I knew what cookies that I wanted to make for the holidays– Peppermint Cake Batter Cookie Blossoms!
I have a confession to make. It’s the reason that I struggle with eating healthy. There are salty food cravers, and there are sweet food craves, and believe me, I love sugar. And yes, I know that it’s not good for me. However, as a mama, at the end of the day, after the Littles are in bed, and the Big One’s activities are over, I need a sweet treat for my sweet tooth, and I’ve recently discovered the Outshine Yogurt and Fruit Bars, as a great treat. They are sweet enough for my child-sized sweet tooth, but their ingredients give the for mom in me to feel good about what I’m eating. That being said, sometimes I need a bit of a chocolate punch for my sweet tooth, and I’ve found an appropriate adult solution for adding a bit of chocolate to the Outshine bars that makes me feel like a health-minded adult.
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Being a mom of a teen boy is hard. I got home last night from running errands with the Big One, and the Mellow Man asked why I looked down, but some times, I’m totally befuddled about how to parent him. He needs me. He doesn’t need me. He wants me to be there, but if I am, he’s embarrassed, so I’m always looking for something that we can do together. I decided to shoot for a movie night with the Big One with a teen appropriate movie and some homemade snacks and popcorn. We could hang out and have a “mommy-son date night,” just like we did when he was five. We watched Goosebumps, and had Coca-Cola Cupcakes with M&M’S® and popcorn. Coca-Cola cake is a traditional recipe made here in the South, and this particular cupcake recipe is a little like another cupcake recipe that I made a few months ago with soda. This one uses a cake mix which is perfect for a date night with the big one because it makes baking quick and easy!
I have this obsession with finding the perfect mint brownie. I’m sure that it’s out there– in fact, I know it is because there is a restaurant in Pittsburgh that used to serve it while I was in graduate school. It wasn’t a restaurant, really, but a coffee shop. However, their mint frosted brownies were to die for along with they veggie reuben (but that is for another day!) I actually found a pretty good, easy-to-make substitute for the frosted mint brownie, that uses a Betty Crocker brownie mix. Without a doubt, mix brownies, in my opinion, compete with the best homemade brownies. I personally like the gooey and fudgier brownies myself.
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We are finally getting into the fall season, and the weather around here is finally beginning to turn. The other morning I even noticed the smell of fall air when I walked outside to get into my Mommy Van. Guess what? That means that it is the perfect season for wonderful fall crafts and recipes! This week we are beginning to decorate for halloween, and today I want to share a Halloween snack craft that is a perfect way spice up your Hershey’s Ready-to-Eat Pudding Cups and make it extra spooky for halloween!