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Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins

Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins

If you’re in need of a little comfort right now, grab a whisk and whip up a batch of Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins. Now you can enjoy light and fluffy, bakery-style muffins at home. These delicious muffins are lightly flavored with lemon, chock-full of sweet […]

White Chocolate Banana Cream Truffles

White Chocolate Banana Cream Truffles

Looking for a fun way to use up some overripe bananas? Well friends, let me introduce you to White Chocolate Banana Cream Truffles! Truffles are an easy dessert to make because they’re no bake. This delicious version is a combination of Golden Oreos and ripe […]

Rustic Apple Tart

Rustic Apple Tart

Happy Fall Y’all! I wanted to share this quick and easy Rustic Apple Tart with you before you get bombarded with all things pumpkin (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But this one’s gonna be for team apple. The delicious little Fall dessert starts with a homemade buttery crust, is piled high with loads of fresh apples, and then finished to perfection with a sweet and gooey caramel drizzle. I know what you’re thinking…homemade crust…but you said this was gonna be easy!?! Don’t worry, I’ll walk ya through it step by step and you know what else? I bet you already have most of these ingredients on hand in your kitchen. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get baking!!

Here’s all you’ll need: all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, butter, vanilla extract, apples, cinnamon, an egg and caramel ice cream topping.

Rustic Apple Tart ingredients list

Let’s just get that tart crust out of the way because really that’s the most work you’ll have to put into this totally worth it apple tart. Combine 2/3 cup flour, 1 Tablespoon of sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Cube the butter and add it to the bowl. Using a pastry blender, a butter knife or a fork, cut the butter until it’s crumbly. Flour, sugar, and salt mixed together in a bowl. Butter is then cut into the mixture until it's crumbly. Next we’ll gradually add in the water and vanilla. Mix in 6-1/2 teaspoons of cold water as well as 1/8 of a teaspoon of vanilla, a little at a time. Full disclosure, I start the mixing process with a fork but always end with my favorite kitchen tool…..my bare hands. Knead into a ball until a soft dough forms. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

A ball of dough in a large mixing bowl.

Lightly flour your work area. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 14 inch circle or a shape closely resembling a circle. This apple tart has “rustic” in it’s name so there’s no need for perfection. I’m so proud that you conquered that pie crust like the boss that you are!! But….if you’re short on time, or just plain can’t get the hang of it, I won’t be mad if you need to swap in for store bought. All roads lead to one delish dessert.

Tart dough rolled into a 14 inch circle on a lightly floured surface.

Now it’s time to prep those yummy apples! We used Granny Smith’s for this recipe but you can swap out for your favorite flavorful apple. I’m dying to go apple picking this year btw. Have you been yet? Peel and core the apples then cut them into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch slices. Top with 3 Tablespoons of sugar and 1 Tablespoon of flour and toss to coat. Pie fillings done. See, told ya this would be easy!

Apple slices tossed with sugar and flour in a large glass bowl.

Transfer the crust to a sheet of…you guessed it…PARCHMENT PAPER!!!! If you follow my blog then you know I preach about this stuff. It really does make baking SO much easier and yields tremendous results. Top with the apple filling and load this baby onto a baking sheet.  Be sure to leave about an inch or two around the edges because that’s gonna be our crust.

Apple filling piled onto the tart crust.

Fold the crust over the edges of the apple tart. There really is no method to this madness, you just have to go for it. Pick a place to start and begin folding. Again don’t worry if it’s not picture perfect. I promise the taste will make up for it! Combine 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle over the apple filling. Mmm…This is gonna be SO good!! Then whisk together the egg and 1 Tablespoon of water to form an egg wash and brush it over the tart crust.

Cinnamon sugar covers the apple tart filling. An egg wash is being applied to the crust with a silicone brush.

Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly. Remove to a wire rack to cool and then finish this baby off with a drizzle of your favorite caramel! Serve warm, or cold, or with a big ole scoop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy!!! I know I will. Looking for more apple recipe to get ya through Fall? Try our Apple Hand Pies or our Over the Top Apple Pie Cheesecake next.

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Rustic Apple Tart

October 1, 2019
: 4 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 6-1/2 teaspoons cold water
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • FILLING:
  • 3 sliced peeled tart apples (Granny Smith is a good pick)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping, warmed
Directions
  • Step 1 Combine 2/3 cup flour, 1 Tablespoon of sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Cube the butter and add it to the bowl. Using a pastry blender, a butter knife or a fork, cut the butter until it’s crumbly.
  • Step 2 Add in 6-1/2 teaspoons of cold water as well as 1/8 of a teaspoon of vanilla, a little at a time, mixing with a fork as you go. Knead into a ball until a soft dough forms. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Step 3 Lightly flour your work area. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 14 inch circle. Set aside.
  • Step 4 Peel and core the apples then cut them into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch slices. Top with 3 Tablespoons of sugar and 1 Tablespoon of flour and toss to coat.
  • Step 5 Transfer the crust to a sheet of parchment paper. Top with apple filling reserving about a 2 inch gap around the edge. Fold the crust over the edges of the apple tart.
  • Step 6 Combine 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle over the apple filling. Whisk together the egg and 1 Tablespoon of water to form an egg wash and brush it over the tart crust.
  • Step 7 Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly. Remove to a wire rack and drizzle with caramel sauce. Enjoy!

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Pina Colada Cake

Pina Colada Cake

If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain…..then you’ll LOVE this cake!!! Pina Colada Cake is moist, delicious, and loaded with the same tropical goodness as the popular summer drink. Now you can sip your favorite drink and eat it too. This […]

Slice and Bake Watermelon Cookies

Slice and Bake Watermelon Cookies

When I think of the Fourth of July, I think of hot dogs and hamburgers cooking on the grill, lots of yummy corn on the cob and tasty pasta salads, and of course, a big ole juicy watermelon. Well now you can add Watermelon Cookies […]

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats

If you haven’t tried Cookies and Cream Rice Krispie Treats, then you’re doing it wrong! This extraordinary mashup combines two of my most loved goodies, Oreo cookies and Rice Krispies cereal. Have you ever asked yourself what happens when Oreo cookies and Rice Krispies collide? This spinoff on the traditional Rice Krispies Treat recipe is born. And it’s to die for!! They’re seriously the most delicious Rice Krispie Treat you’ve ever tasted (coming from a girl who’s tasted a lot of Rice Krispie Treats). We’ve jam-packed chunks of Oreo cookies throughout the cereal bar, smothered them in white chocolate, then loaded up the top with even more double-stuffed cookies and cream goodness. They’re crunchy, they’re chewy, they’re ooey, they’re gooey. THEY’RE AMAZING!!! Put ’em out at a party and they’ll be the first thing gone!

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, mini marshmallows, Rice Krispies, Double-stuffed Oreos, and white chocoalte baking chips. Seriously only 5 ingredients!

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats ingredients list

Ok first things first let’s get our prep work done because once we get rollin’, this recipe comes together pretty quickly. So chop up those Oreos into decent sized chunks and set aside. Double-Stuffed Oreos are the obvious choice! Split the pile in half and set aside.

Oreo cookies cut up into chunks on a cutting board.

Oh and one more beyond fabulous bonus to this recipe, just like the regular version of Rice Krispies Treats, they’re no bake! Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Next add the mini marshmallows and stir and stir and stir until they’ve melted in with the butter. Be cautious while stirring. This mixture will get very hot and sticky.

Mini marshmallow sand butter melted down in a Dutch oven on the stovetop.

Remove from the heat and stir in half of the Oreo cookie chunks and all 6 cups of the Rice Krispies cereal. You want to not only evenly distribute the Oreo cookies throughout the mixture but also make sure everything is covered in marshmallow. I find that it’s easiest to work “gently” and also to constantly scoop from the bottom of the pan. It’ll take a few minutes to mix it all up. Just keep mixing til you’re happy with it.

Oreo cookie chunks and Rice Krispies cereal coated in marshmallow in a Dutch oven.

Grease a 9X13″ baking dish with butter. Really all that means is your smearing butter all over the pan so the cereal treat mixture doesn’t stick. Spoon the Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treat mixture into the pan. Gently press it out to flatten. Don’t pack them too hard otherwise we’ll end up with super firm, hard to bite into treats. If you use a gentle touch, you’ll achieve light and airy, perfectly soft and chewable Rice Krispies snacks.

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats spread into a 9X13" baking dish.

Add the white chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Continue to heat but this time in 15 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the white chocolate chips are smooth and creamy. White chocolate can be a bit tricky to work with. Basically if you heat it too quickly it becomes hard and unusable. But I find that 15 second intervals with lots of stirring in between heating helps to avoid this problem.

White chocolate chips melted in a microwave safe glass bowl.

Spread the melted white chocolate over the top of the Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats to cover. Use a butter knife of the back of a spoon to spread that deliciousness over every nook and cranny. We want it all covered!

Melted white chocolate spread over top of the Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats to cover.

Press the remaining Oreo cookies into the white chocolate before it has a chance to set. Cool to room temperature or until the white chocolate topping has set. Remove from the baking pan and cut into bars.

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Grab yourself a big ‘ole glass of milk and enjoy!!! If you love keeping your kitchen cool in the summer, try our No Bake Black Forest Ice Cream Pie next! Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats by Happyifeblogspot.com #cookiesandcream #ricekrispietreats #oreoricekrispietreats #dessert #summerdessert #bakesale #nobakedessert

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats

June 12, 2019
: 2 dozen
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 8 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 3 cups double-stuffed Oreo cookies (about 20), chopped, divided
  • 1-1/3 cups white baking chips, melted
Directions
  • Step 1 Chop up the Oreo cookies into chunks and set aside.
  • Step 2 Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Next add the mini marshmallows and stir until they’ve melted in with the butter. Be cautious while stirring. This mixture will get very hot and sticky.
  • Step 3 Remove from the heat and stir in half of the Oreo cookie chunks and 6 cups of the Rice Krispies cereal. Mix until well combined.
  • Step 4 Grease a 9X13″ baking dish with butter. Spoon the Rice Krispies Treat mixture into the pan. Gently press it out to flatten. Don’t pack it too hard.
  • Step 5 Add the white chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Continue to heat but this time in 15 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the white chocolate chips are smooth and creamy. Do not overheat.
  • Step 6 Spread the melted white chocolate over the top of the Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats to cover. Press the remaining Oreo cookies into the white chocolate before it has a chance to set. Cool to room temperature or until the white chocolate topping has set. Remove from the baking pan and cut into bars. Enjoy!

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Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Happy Spring my friends! Nothing says Springtime quite like these gorgeous little Lemon Meringue Cupcakes, don’t ya think? Add a little sunshine to your life with this cute lemony treat. These show stopping cupcakes are a fun spinoff on the classic and very delicious lemon […]

No Bake Black Forest Ice Cream Pie

No Bake Black Forest Ice Cream Pie

If you’re a dessert lover with less than fabulous baking skills then you’re in luck! This next recipe is for YOU!!! Black Forest Ice Cream Pie is a no bake, easy to prepare frozen dessert you’ll find yourself making again and again…..and again. This creamy, […]

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I’ve never met a cookie that I didn’t like and these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are no different. I’ve gotta warn you though…they pack a wallop of flavor and are highly addictive. Just like the ones Grandma used to make, this delicious cookie is crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and oh so satisfying. Jam packed with sweet brown sugar, spicy cinnamon, hearty oats, chewy raisins, and crunchy pecans, this trusty standby is something that everyone can agree on. Fill up the cookie jar and watch them disappear!

Here’s all you’ll need: shortening, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, old-fashioned oats, raisins, and pecans. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ingredients list

And I haven’t even told you the best part yet. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are easy peasy to make! Let’s get started…so we can get snacking. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugars. Yep, both of them. I start with a hand mixer set to a low speed and then gradually increase to medium until the mixture is soft and fluffy.

Shortening, white sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl mixed together with a hand mixer.

Next beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Then blend in the vanilla extract as well. I told you this was simple!

Eggs and vanilla are added to the bowl with a hand mixer.

Mix in the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and blend until well combined. Then add in the flour, half a cup at a time until just combined. I like to add my ingredients this way instead of mixing the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and adding them all at once. Anything to save a dish or two and it always works out just fine for me. Our cookie dough base is looking pretty delish already!!

Cinnamon, salt, baking soda and flour are added to the bowl to form a soft, sticky dough.

You’re going to need a little muscle for this next part! Ditch the hand mixture and stir in the oatmeal, raisins and pecans by hand. A wooden spoon works best because the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie dough will be thick and sticky. And doesn’t it feel more nostalgic too?!? Make sure to mix it up really, really good. We’re shooting for a little bit of oats, raisins and pecans in every bite! Feeling nutty enough? Of course you can skip the pecans if you’re not into that sort of thing.

Wooden spoon with a glob of cookie dough.

Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them at least 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Just a heads up…these babies spread…..A LOT!!!! I find that I get my best baking results with parchment paper as opposed to cooking spray. If you want to elevate your cookie game, I highly recommend trying it!

A cookie scoop is another great tool to have handy. I typically use the 1 or 1.5″ size for cookie baking (unless I’m making some giant, monster sized cookies). This one simple tool will keep your cookies uniform in size, which means they’ll all bake at the same rate.

And one more super simple tip for perfect cookies every time is to rotate the baking sheets halfway through baking. I always use the top and middle racks in my oven, never the bottom. And then halfway through baking time, I swap positions. So the cookies that were baking on the top rack get bumped down to the middle rack and the cookies that were baking on the middle rack get moved up to the top. I also rotate the baking sheets so that the cookies that were in the front of the oven are now in the back and vice versa. This helps all the cookies to bake evenly.

So anyways, now that you’ve got my best tricks up your sleeve, back to these Oatmeal Raisins! Flatten the balls slightly with the back of your hand, the back of the wooden spoon, or the back of a baking cup. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 10-11 minutes. The cookies will be just beginning to brown. If the middles still look a little soft, that’s ok. They’ll be fine. Just trust me on this. It’s better to under bake this recipe than to over bake it.

1 inch cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.

You can let them sit on the baking sheet for one minute (at the very most) or remove immediately and cool on wire baking racks (the countertop will work too). The cookies will be very soft so be sure to use a spatula. OMG, don’t they look delightful?!? Full disclosure, I’ve already made Oatmeal Raisin Cookies twice this week!! Are you a classic cookie addict like us? Don’t forget to try our Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies or Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies!!!

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

March 19, 2019
: 4 dozen cookies
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugars. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Blend in the vanilla extract.
  • Step 2 Mix in the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and blend until well combined. Then add in the flour, half a cup at a time until just combined.
  • Step 3 Stir in the oatmeal, raisins and pecans with a wooden spoon. Mix well.
  • Step 4 Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them at least 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. These cookies will spread! Flatten the balls slightly with the back of your hand.
  • Step 5 Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 10-11 minutes. Do not over bake! The edges will begin to brown but the middles will still be a bit soft.
  • Step 6 Cool on wire baking racks and enjoy!

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Tuxedo Strawberries

Tuxedo Strawberries

If you’ve mastered our Chocolate Covered Strawberries, then it’s time to kick your decorating skills up a notch with Tuxedo Strawberries!!! Instantly dress up any occasion with this classy little treat. This beautifully decorated dessert is easy to make and sure to impress your guests. You’ll […]