Turning Cookies Into Pie

Pi Day has arrived and we know the usual way to celebrate is with, well, pie obviously… While we do love some good ol’ fashioned pie we’re just a little jealous of all the attention it gets on this day.

Then we found it. The perfect recipe for saving our tumultuous relationship with that other circular dessert: Snickerdoodle Chess Pie.

Oh, yes.

This is not another one of those day-old-snickerdoodle-pie-crust recipes, either. This one actually turns Snickerdoodles into pie filling! Head on over to somethingswanky.com for the recipe and even more lovely photos of this perfect pie creation. You’ll need about a dozen cookies for the recipe, but don’t forget to pick up some extra Snickerdoodles so you have enough to snack on while baking 😉

Some Delicious Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes!

Snickerdoodle Strawberry Shortcake

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Strawberry season is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s so fun to include them in different recipes that range from savory to sweet. I really like adding them to a spinach salad along with chicken, pecans, goat cheese and balsamic vinegar.

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My boyfriend LOVES strawberry shortcake. Next to homemade brownies, it’s his favorite dessert. I had some extra snickerdoodle cookies laying around so I thought I’d add a little twist to the classic version and make some open faced snickerdoodle shortcakes. This super easy and three ingredient recipe is quick to whip up and absolutely delicious!

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INGREDIENTS:

Pacific Cookie Company Snickerdoodles (or whatever PCC cookies you love!)
Whipped Cream
Sliced Strawberries

DIRECTIONS:

1. I bought a small case of organic strawberries (ALWAYS buy strawberries organic, if you can) and sliced them thinly. The strawberries were so fresh they didn’t need to be tossed with sugar.
2. I put four snickerdoodle cookies in the microwave for 15 seconds so that they are just warm.
3. Got out the whipped cream from the fridge and covered the open face of the cookie entirely. (feel free to go crazy here!)
4. Pour your strawberries over the cookie and enjoy!

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Happy Mardi Gras!

King Cake Cookies, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday

Since we can’t be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, we’re bringing Mardi Gras to you with this delicious recipe from Baked Bree. I love the recipes on her blog, because they all look AMAZING and she takes beautiful photos taking you through the entire process from start to finish. My Aunt usually makes King Cake every year for Mardi Gras, but these look pretty darn good, a must share!

Mardi Gras is celebrated every year, the day before Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. The colors associated with Mardi Gras are purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power, this recipe keeps with that tradition and puts a little spin on it! Check it out below!

KING CAKE COOKIES WITH PRALINE PECAN

Ingredients:

    • 1 cup butter, room temperature
    • 1 1/4 cup sugar
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 3 egg yolks
    • 1 Tablespoon honey
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
    • 2 1/2 cups flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
Cinnamon Sugar Mixture:
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
Pecan Praline:
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 1/4 cups pecan halves
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    • yellow, green and purple sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Cream butter, sugar, and cinnamon until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, honey, vanilla, and lemon extract. Add flour, baking powder, salt, and cream of tartar. Mix until combined.
  2. Roll dough into golf ball sized balls. Combine sugar and cinnamon on a small plate. Roll the log into a spiral shape. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12 to 16 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. Get started on the praline. Add both sugars to a saucepan. Add evaporated milk. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Stir in the pecans, butter, and vanilla. Bring to a boil. Take off the heat and let cool for 3 to 5 minutes. Spoon the praline over the cookies. I made sure each cookie had a generous portion of pecans and then went back around and used the rest of the praline.
  5. Mix equal parts of yellow, green, and purple sprinkles in a small bowl. Sprinkle over cookies.
  6. Enjoy!