Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake

This gorgeous Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake was made for the awesome Cake Boss Baking Site.  You definitely need to check it out.

Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake - homemade brownies with strawberry and vanilla ice cream for a fun neapolitan dessert #summersundae #ad @cakebossbaking

The middle of summer just screams ice cream.  We have gone through quite a few homemade versions and store bought cartons.   The ice cream monsters in our house stage mini revolts when there is no available ice cream to cool off with, or if there is ice cream in the freezer that is off limits.

Ok, so revolt might be a strong word.   They do give me “the look” though when I say the ice cream has other plans.  Yes, now ice cream has been added to the list of “must not eat unless mom gives the ok”.   They had to know that one was coming.

Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake - homemade brownies with strawberry and vanilla ice cream for a fun neapolitan dessert #summersundae #ad @cakebossbaking

A few weeks ago I was approached by a rep from the Cake Boss Baking Site  about creating a fun ice cream dessert using one of their baking pans to celebrate a #SummerSundae .

Ice Cream, dessert, and Cake Boss?  That was kind of a no brainer for me.  I couldn’t wait to get in the kitchen to create something fun to share over there.

Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake - homemade brownies with strawberry and vanilla ice cream for a fun neapolitan dessert #summersundae #ad @cakebossbaking

Since we like to make cheesecake a lot around here, I chose the 9 inch springform pan.  But instead of cheesecake, I used my homemade brownie recipe in the pan.

Topping it with 2 ice cream flavors, Cool Whip, and fun sprinkles turned it from an easy brownie into an awesome summer dessert.  It didn’t last long around here once the kids knew it was fair game.  In fact, I’m pretty sure I saw a few slices being eating for breakfast.

It’s summer…there are no rules in our house about what you can and can’t eat for breakfast.  I bet you wish you lived in our house :-)

Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake - homemade brownies with strawberry and vanilla ice cream for a fun neapolitan dessert #summersundae #ad @cakebossbaking

Make sure you stop by the Cake Boss Baking Site to get the recipe for this delicious Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake.   You are going to love eating a slice of this on a hot summer day!

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Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream

July is National Ice Cream Month.  Let’s all celebrate with a bowl of this Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream. Swirls of cookie chunks and strawberry preserves give this ice cream such a pretty color.

Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream - easy no machine lemon ice cream with Oreo and strawberry swirls

This summer has been different than most.

It hasn’t been hot and steamy like most midwest summers.  Oh, believe me, I’m not complaining.  But 70 degree days and sleeping with our windows open at night is just plain strange for July.   Two nights in a row now it has been cool enough that we have turned off the air and opened the windows.  Gotta love that!  Our electric bill is going to be nice to us this month.

Of course just because it is cooler this summer doesn’t mean we haven’t been downing the ice cream.  Summer does equal ice cream all the time after all.  Our freezer has been staying stocked with cookies and cream, vanilla, coffee, and my daughter’s favorite double dunker.  Chocolate, coffee, and cookie dough all swirled together…yeah, she’s definitely my kid :-)

Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream - easy no machine lemon ice cream with Oreo and strawberry swirls

Even though ice cream is so easy to buy, I like creating fun flavors in my kitchen every once in a while.

Did you know you can make ice cream without an ice cream machine?  It’s actually quite easy.  Whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk is all you need for the base.  That’s right.  Two ingredients and you can have a creamy  homemade ice cream.

Of course mine never stays just 2 ingredients because I like to have fun with things I find in my cupboard.  Yes, my cupboards look like a mini mart.

Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream
I was excited when OXO asked me to use a few of their products to make ice cream for the #IceCreamForOXO campaign.  The little mini measuring beakers are my absolute favorite.  They are soooo cute!

And the angled measuring cup is awesome.  No more trying to guess from the side if you have enough liquid.  This measuring cup lets you read your measurements from the top.  It’s a new favorite too.

Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream - easy no machine lemon ice cream with Oreo and strawberry swirls

So I did what anyone would do and pulled a few things out to jazz up some homemade ice cream.  I mean we have to celebrate these fun food holidays.  And since July is dedicated to being ice cream month that means a whole month of ice cream celebrating.  That sounds like some fun.

Just don’t tell my pants that we are going to celebrate all month.  I have a feeling they won’t like me much after this.

Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream - easy no machine lemon ice cream with Oreo and strawberry swirls

So, let’s make some ice cream.

Start by putting your metal mixing bowl and whisk beater in the freezer for about 30 minutes before you start.  This will get the bowl nice and cold so the heavy cream will whip up faster.  Set that aside.

I have started adding a package of cream cheese to my sweetened condensed milk.  It gives the ice cream a little bit more of a creamier texture.  So whip together the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until creamy.  Then stir in the lemon juice.  Adding the lemon juice will give the ice cream a slightly icier texture.   Just let the ice cream sit out for a few minutes to soften up before you start scooping.

Now fold the fluffy whipped cream into the creamed mixture.  At this point you can freeze the mixture and have a delicious ice cream.  But…let’s add some more fun.  Chunks of lemon Oreo cookies and swirls of strawberry preserves kind of fun.  Stir the cookies into the ice cream gently.  It’s ok if the cream filling comes out of the cookies as you stir.  This just adds more color to the swirls when you scoop it out.

Spoon about a third of the mixture into a bowl.  Swirl a few small spoonfuls of preserves into it.  A little goes a long way so do not over due it on the spoonfuls.  Repeat this two more times ending with fun red swirls on top.  Be careful as you do each swirl.  Do not let your knife go down all the way to the layer under it.  Too much swirling and it will become strawberry ice cream.  Swirl gently so it stays lemon ice cream with strawberry swirls.  Got it?

Now for the hardest part of the entire recipe.  Put the bowl in the freezer and walk away for hours.  I know.  That’s a hard thing to do when you want ice cream right now.  I suggest making this right before going to bed.  That way visions of strawberry lemon swirls will float through your head as you sleep.  Plus, waking up to ready to go ice cream is so sweet.  Literally.

What are you waiting for?  Let’s celebrate the rest of the month with ice cream every day.  I’m game if you are :-)

Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream - easy no machine lemon ice cream with Oreo and strawberry swirls

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Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream

Lemon cream ice cream with Lemon cookie chunks and strawberry preserves swirled in. This is a refreshing ice cream to enjoy on a hot summer day.

Ingredients

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 - 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
4 ounces lemon juice (8 Tablespoons)
2 cups Lemon Oreo cookie chunks
1/4 cup strawberry preserves

Instructions

  1. Chill your metal bowl and/or beater blades for at least 30 minutes. Beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
  2. Beat the cream cheese until creamy. Slowly add the sweetened condensed milk and beat again. Stir in the lemon juice. Fold in the whipped cream gently. Stir in the cookie chunks.
  3. Spoon a third of the mixture into a freezer safe container. Drop a few spoonfuls of strawberry preserves on top. Swirl gently with a knife. Repeat two more times, ending with strawberry swirls. Freeze until solid, about 4-6 hours. Store in the freezer in a covered container.

Notes

*The lemon juice added to the mixture will result in an ice cream that is a little bit icier. Let the container sit out on the counter for a few minutes before serving to soften it up.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/07/lemon-oreo-strawberry-swirl-ice-cream/

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*I was sent OXO kitchen products to review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions in this post are 100% my own.

Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls

Looking for a new breakfast or snack idea?  These Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls are perfect with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk.

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Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls - banana, strawberry, and chocolate wrapped up in a delicious pastry roll

I hope you have enjoyed this fun Banana Split inspired week.  Aimee and I definitely had a blast making you treats that had the traditional banana split flavors incorporated into new and delicious goodies.

I still have a few more recipes that I want to try out.  But after a week of all banana I am ready to change it up a bit in my kitchen.  Be prepared to see a random Banana Split recipe here and there over the next few months though.  #youhavebeenwarned

The rest of the ripe bananas have been frozen for future breakfast smoothies.

Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls - banana, strawberry, and chocolate wrapped up in a delicious pastry roll

Speaking of breakfast…we couldn’t have a themed week and not include a breakfast treat, now could we?

I love making easy danishes and rolls as a special breakfast.  And yes, these are considered breakfast and snack around our house.  I also let them eat marshmallow cereal and drink chocolate milk.  Whoops :-)  Now before I get hate mail from you saying that I am horrible for letting my children eat these as breakfast, let me ask you a few questions.

1.  Do you eat donuts and pastries for breakfast sometimes?
2.  Why is soaking pancakes in syrup an acceptable breakfast?
3.  Aren’t some muffins just cupcakes without frosting?
4.  Do you really think my kids eat these kinds of things every single day?

We am a firm believers in moderation and healthy eating.  Fruit and veggies are main staples in our house.  I have had quite a few people tell me how impressed they are that my kids will eat salads for lunch and dinner.  We started them young on these kinds of foods, and they are used to eating healthy food every week.  #theythinkitsnormal

They are also used to a dessert blogger mom who can’t stay away from baking sugar bombs all.the.time.  Teaching them moderation in what they eat has been an important lesson for all of us to practice.  Yes, even me.  Personally I would love to eat sprinkled and chocolate goodness 24/7, but we all know my pants would kill me for that.  Not to mention what does that say to my kids?  “No sweet darling children you must eat your veggies.  Now excuse me while I scarf down this piece of cake.”  Yeah, that’s probably not going to go over so well.

Now that I got that out, let’s make some cheesecake rolls.  Banana Split style!

Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls - banana, strawberry, and chocolate wrapped up in a delicious pastry roll

These rolls are really easy to make.  Mix your softened cream cheese with a ripe banana and a little bit of sugar and flour.  Set it in the refrigerator while you get the crescent rolls ready.

Open the can and separate the rolls into 4 rectangles.  There are 8 triangles in each can, but you are going to press 2 triangles together to form a rectangle.  You will use 2 cans of rolls to get 8 rolls total.  Make sure all the seams are pressed together very well.  Try not to press your dough too thin.  We don’t want the cheesecake goodness escaping during baking.

Spoon the cheesecake batter down the center of each roll.  Drop a little bit of strawberry preserves into the cheesecake.  Fold over the dough and press the ends together.  Gently press the center seams together and flip the roll over so the seam is on the bottom.  Bake and let cool.

To finish off these pastries, add some chocolate drizzles and sprinkles.  I mean if you are going to eat a pastry for breakfast, you might as well go all out :-)

Make sure to visit Shugary Sweets and see the fun Banana Split Round Up she has put together.

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Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 cheesecake rolls

Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls

Banana and strawberry inside an easy to make cheesecake roll. Chocolate and sprinkles give it a fun flair.

Ingredients

2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls (8 oz. each)*
1 package cream cheese, softened (8 oz.)
1 ripe banana
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons flour
1/2 cup strawberry preserves
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening
sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Beat the cream cheese and sugar together. Mash the banana and add it to the bowl with the flour. Beat until it is all incorporated. Place in the refrigerator.
  2. Open the cans of crescent rolls. Press together 2 rectangles to form a rectangle. You will get 4 rectangles per can. Spoon a large Tablespoon of cheesecake batter down the center. Drop a teaspoon of preserves into the cheesecake. Dot it down the entire length of the roll.
  3. Fold the sides of the crescent roll up and over the batter. Press together the seams on top and at the ends. Flip over gently so the seam is on the bottom.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-11 minutes. Remove and let cool on the tray for 15-20 minutes. Refrigerate until set.
  5. Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute. Stir and heat for 15 seconds at a time until melted and creamy. Spoon into a ziplock baggie and cut one tip off. Drizzle over chilled rolls and top with sprinkles. Makes 8 rolls. Keep refrigerated in a sealed container.

Notes

*If you can find the seamless crescent dough, use that and cut each can into 4 rectangles.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/07/banana-split-cheesecake-rolls/

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This No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert is a keeper for all those hot summer days.  The BEST Banana Split of all times in a no bake cheesecake form.

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No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert - easy no bake cheesecake that's perfect for any picnic

Let’s talk about the weather for just a minute.

Apparently our summer doesn’t realize what month we are in.  The other day it was cloudy and rainy, then it cleared up and was sunny and 87 degrees.  It was the perfect day to chill out at the pool.  We all came home a little bit red after spending 4 hours in the sun.

The very next day it was only 75 degrees, and I’m thinking it was even colder by the time we went to baseball practice.  I was sitting on the bleachers freezing my buns off because who knew I needed a sweater in July in the midwest.

All in less than 48 hours we had summer and spring!  So not happy I tell you!  This is the month I actually like hot days because it means lots of lazy days at the pool.  I can’t get behind pool days when it is in the 70 something outside.  It just doesn’t seem right to pay money to be cold at the pool.

No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert - easy no bake cheesecake that's perfect for any picnic

Now most of the time in summer you are scorching hot and want nothing to do with baking.  Well, do I have just the recipe for you.  That is if your summer is cooperating more than mine is.

In 20 minutes you can have layers of cheesecake, banana, strawberry, and chocolate pudding on top of an Oreo cookie crust.

How good does that sound to you?  It is definitely a treat worthy of winning round 3 in Banana Split Week.

Now I do have to warn you of a few things:

1.  This dessert is heavy.  No, not the actual food itself.  The pan has some girth to it when you pick it up and move it to the refrigerator.  Have your muscles ready.
2.  You will not be able to stop eating this dessert.  Make it for a picnic where there will be others to share it with because it is dangerous to be around.
3.  Do not attempt to cut this into picture perfect pieces.  I may have butchered half the cake trying to get one piece where you could see the layers of goodness.
4.  This dessert is best eaten within 24-48 hours of making it.  Once you slice strawberries they start to get juicy.  Juicy does not mix well with pudding and cookies.
5.  Did I mention how many slices I ate?  Let’s keep it that way.  Like I said…it’s dangerous.  I’m thinking it’s probably the best Banana Split Dessert EVAH!!  So yeah, beat that!

Make sure you visit Aimee today and see her No Bake Banana Split Cheesecake Bars.  It looks amazing!

No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert - easy no bake cheesecake that's perfect for any picnic

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No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 slices

No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups crushed Oreo cookie crumbs, divided
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 - 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 mashed ripe bananas
5 cups Cool Whip, divided
3 sliced ripe bananas
2 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
2 - 3.9 ounce boxes instant chocolate pudding
2 cups milk
Oreo cookies, broken in half

Instructions

  1. Combine 2 cups Oreo crumbs and butter. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Refrigerate.
  2. Beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add the mashed bananas and beat again. Slowly mix in 2 cups Cool Whip. Spoon onto the crust and spread out.
  3. Place the sliced bananas over the banana cheesecake layer. Top with the strawberry slices.
  4. Whisk together the pudding mixes and milk. Fold in 1 cup Cool Whip. Spoon gently over the strawberry layer. Spread out very carefully. Top with the remaining 2 cups Cool Whip and spread out. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 crumbs. Cut into 24 squares and top each square with an Oreo half. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Notes

This dessert is best served within 24-48 hours of preparing it.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/07/bake-banana-split-oreo-dessert/

 More delicious and easy no bake treats for when the weather is too hot to bake:

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Banana Split Popcorn

Chocolate covered popcorn gets a fun twist when it gets mixed with Banana Split flavors.  Strawberry, Banana, and Chocolate popcorn lightly tossed together will become your new favorite way to eat popcorn.

Banana Split Popcorn - chocolate, strawberry, and banana flavored popcorn in one fun to eat snack mix

Do you know what day it is?

Besides the first day of July…holy cow!  It’s July first!!!  Does anyone know where June even went?  Me either.  Good thing I take lots of phone pics to remember what happened.  I barely can remember what I ate for breakfast each day.

Anyway, back to seeing if you knew what today was.  It is the first day of Banana Split Week!  Raaaawwwwrrrr! And the crowd goes wild with excitement!

Ok fine, so I have over active imagination when I try to picture your excitement over such a fun week!

Banana Split Popcorn - chocolate, strawberry, and banana flavored popcorn in one fun to eat snack mix

I am teaming up with Aimee from Shugary Sweets to bring you all Banana Split inspired desserts all week long.  I sure hope you are ready because we have an impressive line up of goodies!

Want to know something?  I am like the worst procrastinator ever.  You see, Aimee asked me oh, let’s say maybe 2 months ago if I wanted to do this Banana Split week with her.

Plenty of time to make and photograph these recipes you would think.  Except that this is me you are talking to.

Want to know when I started making these goodies?  Oh, the list started right away.  Then a month later I made one treat.  Then last week I decided I should really finish up because Banana Split week was almost here.  And by last week, I really mean Friday.

Procrastinate much?  Yeah…welcome to my world!

Banana Split Popcorn - chocolate, strawberry, and banana flavored popcorn in one fun to eat snack mix

Oh, and this popcorn?  Nope didn’t happen last week.  This was yesterday’s project.  Thank goodness it was an easy one to throw together and photograph in under an hour.  I like to live dangerously close to the edge.  One of these days it will probably end badly for me.  Yikes!  Knock on wood!  I don’t want that to really come true!

Let’s talk about the popcorn instead of the impending doom of my procrastination.

Banana Split Popcorn - chocolate, strawberry, and banana flavored popcorn in one fun to eat snack mix

You probably have all the ingredients on hand to make a batch of this delicious popcorn.  I used white and chocolate CandiQuik to coat my popcorn with.  You can also use chocolate chips or Almond Bark, if that’s what you have or can find.  

Use a few spoonfuls of dry banana pudding mix and dry strawberry Jello powder to flavor 2 bowls of melted white chocolate.  Now in case you were wondering, no it does not dissolve all the way.  The chocolate will have a slight grainy texture, but when it dries on the popcorn you will not even notice it.  I promise!

You can also add some yellow gel food coloring to make your banana chocolate more banana colored if you like.  Make sure you only use GEL food color though.  If you use liquid food coloring it will make your chocolate seize and harden.  It’s not a pretty picture and believe me, you don’t want to waste ingredients.

Give each bowl of popcorn a stir with the melted chocolate, lay it out on a wax paper lined tray, and refrigerate it for 5 minutes.  Go ahead and wash some dishes while you wait.  Or leave them all over the counter and sink like I did.  They will be there later when you decide to finally clean up :-)

Break apart the popcorn and toss it all together in a bowl.  It’s ready for gift giving or munching on at all hours of the day.  It makes a delicious midnight snack when you are editing pictures.  Not that I would ever procrastinate and do that.  Wink, wink!!!

And make sure you stop by Aimee’s to get the recipe for her Banana Split Fudge.  It looks amazing!

Banana Split Popcorn - chocolate, strawberry, and banana flavored popcorn in one fun to eat snack mix

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Banana Split Popcorn

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 13 cups popcorn

Banana Split Popcorn

Chocolate, strawberry, and banana chocolate covered popcorn in one delicious snack mix.

Ingredients

12 cups fresh popped popcorn, divided and seeds removed
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows, divided
8 ounces white CandiQuik, divided
1 1/2 Tablespoons instant banana pudding mix (the dry mix)
yellow gel food coloring, optional
1 1/2 Tablespoons dry strawberry Jello mix
4 ounces chocolate CandiQuik

Instructions

  1. Add 4 cups of popcorn and 1/2 cup marshmallows to 3 bowls.
  2. Place 4 ounces white CandiQuik in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute. Stir and heat for 20 seconds more. Stir until creamy. Add the dry banana pudding mix and stir until completely mixed in. Use a toothpick to add a small bit of yellow food coloring, if desired. Stir in. Pour over the popcorn in one bowl. Stir until the popcorn is coated. Pour onto a pan that has been lined with wax paper. Let set.
  3. Repeat with the remaining white CandiQuik and strawberry Jello mix. Pour over popcorn in another bowl. Stir until coated and pour onto another wax paper lined tray. Let set.
  4. Place the chocolate CandiQuik in a bowl and heat until melted and smooth. Pour over the last popcorn bowl. Stir until coated, then pour onto a wax paper lined tray. Let set.
  5. Break apart all three flavors into chunks, then place in a large bowl and stir together. Store tightly covered on the counter.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/07/banana-split-popcorn/

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Coconut Oreo Strawberry Shortcakes

Strawberry shortcakes are one of the most loved desserts in summer.  Want to take that classic recipe to a new level?  Add coconut and Oreo cookies and watch everyone dig in.  These Coconut Oreo Strawberry Shortcakes will be the hit of any picnic.

Coconut Oreo Strawberry Shortcakes - coconut and Oreo cookies take the classic strawberry shortcake to a new level of awesome

 

Strawberry shortcake is one of those summer desserts that makes just about everyone smile.  Well, unless you are an alien or something.

Sweet biscuits topped with strawberries and Cool Whip…and milk.  Yes, I just said milk.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I’m not drowning my shortcakes in milk, just drizzling some over the top to soften them up a little.  Show me your hands if you like to add milk to the top of your shortcake stack.  Ok, wait I can’t see your hands…you will have to leave me a comment if you are a milk fan too!

Coconut Oreo Strawberry Shortcakes - coconut and Oreo cookies take the classic strawberry shortcake to a new level of awesome

Last week we had an end of the year soccer party for our youngest son.  They decided on a pool party and picnic with everyone pitching in with sides and desserts.  Since I know that National Strawberry Shortcake Day was coming up, (June 14th for anyone who cares) I had shortcake on my brain.  Not to mention that we had just bought quite a few boxes of strawberries during a great sale.  Veggie Salad and Strawberry Shortcakes it is!

Now since I have this crazy baking mind that always insists I change things up in recipes, you knew that regular shortcake wasn’t going to cut it, right?

Coconut Oreo Strawberry Shortcakes - coconut and Oreo cookies take the classic strawberry shortcake to a new level of awesome

You are going to use the shortcakes recipe from the back of the BisQuick box.  If you are feeling super ambitious, go ahead and make your own from scratch.  But I like to keep things simple around here, so I love using baking mixes.

To give these shortcakes a tropical twist, add coconut milk and shredded coconut.  Then for even more fun, add chopped up Oreo cookies.  Best. Idea. Ever!!!!  Cookies, strawberries, and coconut…I’m drooling just remembering how good these were.

Another great thing about these shortcakes is the coconut milk.  Anyone who has a milk or dairy allergy will be able to enjoy these delicious shortcakes with you.  If you are not a big coconut fan, you can leave out the shredded coconut, but go ahead and keep the coconut milk.  I promise you will not be able to taste it.

Make sure you add some BisQuick, coconut milk, and Oreos to your shopping list this week.  You will want to celebrate the strawberry holiday this coming weekend with these cookie shortcakes.

Coconut Oreo Strawberry Shortcakes - coconut and Oreo cookies take the classic strawberry shortcake to a new level of awesome

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Coconut Oreo Strawberry Shortcakes

Yield: 12 shortcakes

Coconut Oreo Strawberry Shortcakes

Coconut and Oreos give Strawberry Shortcakes a new and delicious twist. Drizzle it with chocolate syrup for more chocolate goodness.

Ingredients

4 cups sliced strawberries
1/4 cup sugar + 2 Tablespoons
2 1/3 cups original BisQuick baking mix
2/3 cup coconut milk (I use Silk)
3 Tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup shredded coconut
8 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped
Cool Whip

Instructions

  1. Combine the strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar. Set aside.
  2. Combine the BisQuick, coconut milk, 2 Tablespoons sugar, melted butter, and shredded coconut in a bowl. Stir with a fork until the mixture forms a soft dough. Add the cookie pieces and stir gently.
  3. Drop 12 spoonfuls onto a non greased baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 9-10 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack to cool slightly.
  4. Slice the shortcakes in half. Serve with strawberries and Cool Whip. Makes 12 shortcakes.

Notes

Slightly adapted from BisQuick

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/06/coconut-oreo-strawberry-shortcakes/

 

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I know that I post a lot of sugary desserts here, but really we do eat fairly healthy.  It just looks like we eat brownies, cookies, and cake all the time.  Ok, fine we do eat those all the time…we just eat lots of healthy meals too. :-)

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Have you ever gone out to eat and been disappointed by your meal?

The other day we took our kids out to eat at Chilis.  This is one of our favorite places and usually it never disappoints.  But that day our server was extremely slow.  It was 10 minutes after we were seated before she came and took our drink order…and there were hardly any customers in the place.   We ordered our drinks and some half price appetizers.   Finally the queso came out… [Read more...]

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 With spring finally getting here, I am looking forward to lots of fruit.  One thing I always love to do with our kids is to go strawberry picking.

There is nothing like a fresh strawberry on a warm day!  Sadly the kids don’t share my enthusiasm for going anymore, but that doesn’t stop me from making them go with us.  It’s about family time and those photo opportunities.   But until the strawberries are ready on the farms, we will enjoy a box of berries from the store.   [Read more...]

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Strawberry Fudge Magic Bars from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - strawberry, fudge, and Oreos in one amazing magic bar

Last week I asked everyone on Facebook what was the first thing you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day desserts.  Almost everyone said chocolate covered strawberries!

I was planning on making some cute cupcakes with those flavors, but then I ran out of time for that.  Lucky for all of you chocolate and strawberry lovers, I already had made this pan of Strawberry Fudge Magic Bars.   I know it isn’t quite the same or as fancy, but the taste is out of this world.

Strawberry Fudge Magic Bars

I love how you can throw a bunch of ingredients into a pan and cover it with the sweetened condensed milk, and when it comes out of the oven something magical has happened to it.  Think unicorns and fairies…yup, just as magical as those.

The milk seeps into all the parts of the bars, and it becomes this delicious gooey bar that you just can’t resist.  I say can’t resist because…well, I kept sneaking little bites of these until I finally sent a box over to the church and threw the last couple bites into the garbage.

Anyone else do that at times too?  Not send the goodies away, but throw away the rest and then cover it with coffee grounds or dust or something like that?

Strawberry Fudge Magic Bars - chocolate and strawberry in a delicious magic bar

 Let’s talk Valentine’s Day for a minute?  Do you have big plans?

We usually don’t do anything big or special for the day.  I think it is more important to show love and affection throughout the entire year instead of focusing on one day.  But this year, we are actually going out on a hot date.

There is a mall about an hour away from us that is called the “fashion mall”.  We went there once and walked around.  Let’s just say they call it the fashion mall because it is every high end store you can think of…we felt a little out of place walking around in our jeans.  The few people we did see were dressed up in business suits and heels.  It’s safe to say we stood out!  A lot!!

So, we are going to get all dressed up and walk around the mall, act all snooty, and talk with British accents.    It’s going to be a blast!  Then we are headed to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner and of course cheesecake.

Strawberry Fudge Magic Bars - chocolate, strawberry, and Oreos in one delicious easy bar

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Strawberry Fudge Magic Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 24 bars

Strawberry Fudge Magic Bars

Chocolate covered strawberry cake bars...the best Valentine's magic bars.

Ingredients

1 Strawberry cake mix (18 oz.)
1 stick of butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup strawberry ice cream topping
1/2 cup hot fudge topping
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup miniature marshmallows
2 cups Berry Oreo cookie chunks
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
1/4 cup snowcap candies

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix and butter until crumbly. Add the egg and vanilla and mix completely. The dough will be very thick. Press into the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan.
  2. Spread the fudge topping over the cake mix dough. Sprinkle with the marshmallows, chocolate chips, and cookie chunks. Drizzle the strawberry topping over the top. Pour the entire can of sweetened condensed milk over everything. Sprinkle with the snowcap candies. Bake for 35 minutes at 350* This needs to cool completely before cutting into it. Cut into 24 bars.

Notes

*If you can't find the Berry Oreos, feel free to use regular Oreos.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2013/02/strawberry-fudge-magic-bars/

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