Cream Puff

Cream puffs on a serving plate

Cream puffs filled with simple vanilla whipped cream and covered in a dusting of powdered sugar are a classic dessert. But once you’ve mastered the recipe for the cream puff shell, it can be customized with all sorts of delicious filling to your heart’s desire!

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Cream puffs on a serving plate

Cream Puff Recipe

Cream puff is made with a French pastry dough, called choux pastry or pate a choux. To make choux pastry, you actually cook the flour in water and butter to form a paste, then beat in the eggs at the end. When baked, the dough expands in the oven creating a hollow shell, to be filled with all sorts of delicious fillings.

In this recipe, I used milk instead of water for more richness along with some salt and sugar for flavor. But most of the flavor in cream puffs will come from the filling, which you can customize to your liking. Once you’ve mastered making the cream puff shells, the sky’s the limit!

Cooked flour paste for cream puff dough

Cream Puff Ingredients:

Cream puff starts with 6 simple ingredients:

  • Milk – traditional choux pastry is made with just water but I used milk for more richness and flavor.
  • Unsalted butter – butter adds more flavor to the cream puff shell.
  • Salt – for flavor.
  • Sugar – traditional choux pastry doesn’t include sugar but I like mine a little bit on the sweeter side. Reduce, omit or increase to your taste.
  • Flour – all purpose flour is cooked with all of the above ingredients.
  • Egg – gets beaten into the cooked dough.

Making Cream Puff From Scratch:

  1. First, heat the milk, butter, salt and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until simmering but not boiling.
  2. Take the saucepan off the heat and mix in the flour to form a paste. Put the saucepan back on medium heat and cook the flour mixture, stirring constantly, until the dough forms and pulls away from the sides and bottom of the pan.
  3. Transfer the cooked dough to a stand mixer bowl and beat with the paddle attachment to cool it down. Add 1 egg at a time and continue beating until each is completely incorporated before adding another.
  4. Transfer the dough into a piping bag and pipe 12 equal portions, about 1 ½” – 2” in diameter, on a lined baking sheet. Dip your fingers in water and smooth out each mound of dough so there are no peaks and spikes.
  5. Gently apply an egg wash and bake for about 22 – 25 minutes at 375°F. Turn off the oven and crack the door open, allowing the cream puffs to cool inside the oven for at least 15 minutes before removing them.

Cream puff dough after adding eggs

Cream Puff Filling:

Traditionally, cream puffs are filled with pastry cream, but for this recipe I opt to use a simple homemade whipped cream as filling to keep things simple. Split the shells open, fill with cream, replace the top and dust them with powdered sugar, and they are ready for the dessert bar.

To customize your cream puffs, you can add different flavor to your whipped cream using extracts or fill them with:

Piping choux pastry for baking

Storing Homemade Cream Puffs:

Cream puffs are best served fresh, especially when filled with cream filling. However, you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. They can be served cold or just let them come to room temperature before serving.

The cream puff shells without filling can be stored at room temperature for 2 – 3 days if you plan to make them ahead of time or keep them frozen up to 2 weeks. Thaw the shells before adding filling or you can toast them in the oven at a lower temperature around 300°F – 325°F for 5 minutes to crisp them up before adding filling.

Adding whipped cream filling to cream puffs

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Cream puffs dusted with powdered sugar

Cream puffs on a serving plate
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Cream Puffs

Cream puffs filled with simple vanilla whipped cream and covered in a dusting of powdered sugar are a classic dessert. But once you’ve mastered the recipe for the cream puff shell, it can be customized with all sorts of delicious filling to your heart’s desire!
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword cream puff, cream puff recipe, cream puffs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 cream puffs
Calories 159kcal
Author Trang Doan

Ingredients

Cream puff shell

  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 oz unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs

Filling

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Egg wash

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  • Heat the milk, butter, salt and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until simmering but not boiling, about 3 minutes.
  • Take the saucepan off the heat and mix in the flour to form a paste. Put the saucepan back on medium heat and cook the flour mixture, stirring constantly, until the dough forms and pulls away from the sides and bottom of the pan, about 2 minutes.
  • Transfer the cooked dough to a stand mixer bowl and beat with the paddle attachment to cool it down. Add 1 egg at a time and continue beating until each egg is completely incorporated before adding another.
  • Transfer the dough into a piping bag fitted with a large round tip and pipe 12 equal portions, about 1 ½” - 2” in diameter, on a lined baking sheet. Dip your fingers in water and smooth out each mound of dough so there are no peaks and spikes.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Beat an egg with a tablespoon of water to make egg wash. Gently apply the egg wash on top of the dough using a pastry brush.
  • Bake for about 22 - 25 minutes until the shells are puffed and golden. Observe through the oven door but do not open the oven during baking. Turn off the oven and crack the door open, allowing the cream puffs to cool inside the oven for at least 15 minutes before removing them and let them cool completely on a wire rack.

Whipping Cream:

  • To make the whipped cream, add heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla to a stand mixer bowl and beat with the balloon whip until stiff peaks form. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • When the cream puff shells are completely cool, split them open and fill with whipped cream, replace the top of dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Notes

  • This recipe makes a dozen small cream puffs but it can be doubled or tripled easily to make more.
  • Because the cream puffs are baked at a high oven temperature, use a light color baking sheet or an air insulated baking sheet to decrease the chances of the bottoms burning.

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 466IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

Oven Baked Denver Omelet

An Oven Baked Denver Omelet is a delicious omelet packed with ham, onions, peppers and cheese that you can throw into the oven in a moments notice!  It is a hearty and satisfying family breakfast that everyone will go crazy over!

Freezer friendly breakfast meals are a must on busy mornings that still require warm nutritious meals.  Try Breakfast Burritos or Denver Omelet Breakfast Muffins for delicious and easy recipes everyone will enjoy.

Denver omelet slice on a white plate.

Oven Baked Denver Omelet

Commonly known as a “Western Omelet” this Baked Denver Omelet is the BEST baked omelet recipe. It is filled with fresh ingredients like ham, fresh onion, green peppers and cheese and is ready in no time at all!  Break out of a breakfast rut and try these warm, fluffy eggs fresh out of the oven.  A large pan of these tasty and healthy eggs that are filled with ooey-gooey cheese will be an instant hit for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Whether you are baking them for your family or a brunch for a crowd, they are easy to prepare for a crowd.  They are light and tasty but also filling and satisfying!  No more standing over a skillet while you cook omelet after omelet for every member of your family.  Simply whisk these ingredients together then bake.  In less than 30 minutes you will have a warm and filling breakfast that everyone will love and enjoy together!

Denver Omelet Ingredients:

Just a few simple ingredients come together quickly and easily to make a fresh and satisfying breakfast for your entire family.  These are staple ingredients are no-fuss and set up perfectly in your oven and become a light and fluffy omelet everyone will love!

  • Eggs: Whisk together eggs with cream to make the perfect buttery and light egg.
  • Half and half cream: Makes the eggs light and fluffy.
  • Cheddar cheese: Freshly shredded cheese mixed in will add sharp, earthy flavor.
  • Ham: Chopped and fully cooked deli ham adds the perfect salty taste.
  • Onion: Adds a sweet bite of flavor!
  • Green pepper: Mild and sweet flavor that adds color, flavor, and crunch.

Let’s Bake an Omelet!

All the flavors you love in an omelet are easy to put together and bake in less than 30 minutes!  Just whisk together the ingredients and pour into a greased pan, then relax while your stress free breakfast bakes!

  1. Prep: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together eggs and cream. Add in cheese, ham, onion and green pepper.
  2. Bake: Pour into a greased 9×9 inch pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Steps to make a denver omelet.

Variations of Denver Omelette:

This Baked Denver Omelet is packed with so many delicious ingredients my family loves like ham, onions, peppers, and gooey cheese. The great thing about this recipe is that you can customize it so it is a huge hit with your family like it is with mine!

  • Toppings: Pico de Gallo, Mango Lime Avocado Salsa, Salsa, sausage gravy, sour cream, or guacamole.
  • Serve with: Hash browns, Sweet Potato Hash, bacon, fresh fruit, Biscuits and Gravy
  • Additional fillings: Bacon, crumbled cheese such as feta or blue cheese, spinach, mushrooms, zucchini.
  • Ingredient swaps: Use milk or heavy whipping cream instead of half and half.
  • Pro Tip: Cook onion and peppers before adding them in to give them a slightly caramelized taste and reduce the moisture they will add to the egg.
  • Seasoning: Add seasoning salt for and pepper to increase the flavor of this light and tasty baked omelet.  Also try paprika, chili powder or red pepper flake if you like an extra punch of spice.

Can You Make a Baked Denver Omelet Ahead?

Yes! Make this Denver omelet ahead and store it until you are ready to serve.  Let the omelet cool completely before covering it tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.

  • Freeze: Make ahead and freeze for 3-6 months without sacrificing flavor or quality.
  • Refrigerate: Store in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
  • To thaw: Thaw in the refrigerator or place directly in the oven to heat.
  • To re-heat:  Microwave a slice of Denver omelet for 30 seconds at a time until it is heated throughout.  Or place entire tray in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes or until warm throughout.

Cutting a slice of oven baked denver omelet.

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Oven Baked Denver Omelet

A delicious omelet packed with ham, onions, peppers and cheese that you can throw into the oven in a moments notice!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword omelet, omelet recipe, oven baked denver omelet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 251kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup half and half cream
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup ham chopped fully cooked
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1/2 cup green pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together eggs and cream. Add in cheese, ham, onion and green pepper.
  • Pour into a greased 9x9 inch pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Notes

Updated on July 30, 2020
Originally Posted on July 4, 2014

Nutrition

Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 260mg | Sodium: 486mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 623IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 1mg

No Bake Cheesecake

No Bake Cheesecake is so creamy, luxurious, and surprisingly easy to make from scratch at home.  Top it with whipped cream and fresh fruit and it will be a huge hit that everyone will obsess over!

Simple variations of this no bake cheesecake can make a big impact when entertaining.  Try 2 Ingredient Cheesecake Dip or Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries for quick and easy twists on no-bake cheesecake that can be served as delicious starters.

Finished no bake cheese cake topped with whipped cream strawberry syrup and strawberries.

Easy No Bake Cheesecake

No Bake cheesecake is the best no bake cheesecake you will make!  The rich flavors are easy to achieve and effortless to create.  It is an amazing dessert that your family will request over and over.  The good news is you can make simple swaps to the crust and switch up toppings for an entirely different feel so you will never get tired of it!

Every bite of the filling is bursting with tangy cream cheese, smooth vanilla, and bright lemon flavors that are irresistible together!  The crunch of the crumbly graham cracker crust is a perfect contrast to the soft and sweet filling.  Your family and friends will go crazy over how incredibly delicious it is!  Make more than one at a time, because this no bake cheesecake gets devoured quickly!

No Bake Cheesecake Ingredients:

A short list of no-fuss ingredients come together to make the most decadent cheesecake.  For the best results, make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature before you begin the recipe.   This will prevent the cheesecake from cracking, and give you a perfectly smooth and creamy filling.

  • Graham crackers: Crush in food processor or with a rolling pin over a bag of crackers.
  • Brown sugar: Mix together with butter and graham crackers to make a sweet and buttery crust.
  • Butter: Binding agent to hold together the crust.
  • Cream cheese: Mild and tangy flavor and smooth texture for the filling.
  • Lemon juice: A hint of vibrant citrus flavor.
  • Vanilla: Brings out all the flavors in the filling.
  • Sugar: Adds sweetness!
  • Heavy whipping cream: Makes the filling even more smooth and sweet.
  • Optional Topping: Strawberry sauce

How to Make Cheesecake:

No-bake cheesecake is a luxurious dessert that is no longer only reserved for a restaurant on date night.  Now, you can make this any day of the week because it is so easy to put together from scratch at home!

  1. Mix crust: In a medium sized bowl add the crushed graham cracker, brown sugar, and butter and mix until incorporated.
  2. Form crust: In a springform pan add the graham crackers and press firmly into the bottom and sides. Place in the refrigerator.
  3. Combine filling: In a large bowl combine the cream cheese, lemon juice, vanilla and sugar. Beat until smooth and creamy.  Add in the heavy whipping cream and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  4. Layer filling over crust: Spread filling evenly along the crust.
  5. Chill and Serve: Place in refrigerator to chill for 3 hours or overnight and serve with strawberry topping if desired.

Steps to make no bake cheesecake.

Variations for Homemade Cheesecake:

No Bake cheesecake is less dense and heavy than baked cheesecakes.  It is incredibly delicious, light and tasty!  Here are my ideas for how to create a variety of inspired twists on this one amazing recipe!

  • Design: Prepare the cheesecake in a parchment paper lined 8×8 dish.  Then, after chilling in the refrigerator lift the cheesecake out with the parchment paper and cut the cheesecake into small squares for bite sized treats.  Even dip them in chocolate for a smooth outer shell and professional looking presentation.  Or prepare them in small cups or a mini muffin pan for smaller servings you don’t have to slice.
  • Toppings: Add whipped cream and fresh fruit for extra sweetness and color. Strawberries are a favorite, but raspberries, blueberries, or any fruit that’s in season make great toppings.  Also try sauces like lemon curd, freezer jam, homemade salted caramel sauce, or chocolate syrup.
  • Filling: Add a bit of sour cream for even more tangy flavor and creaminess. Or for a small crunch try adding in some crushed oreos, sprinkles (a hit with kids) or chocolate shavings.
  • Crust: To change up the flavor try using chocolate or cinnamon sugar graham crackers or crushed oreos in the crust.

Close up on finished no bake cheesecake decorated with whipped cream and strawberries.

Can you Freeze Strawberry Cheesecake?

Yes!  Before decorating, wrap your no bake cheesecake in heavy duty aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or place in a shallow airtight container.  Then store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.  Thaw it in the refrigerator and add toppings before serving.  It will remain good for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Close up on a no bake cheesecake with one slice missing.

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No Bake Cheesecake

No Bake Cheesecake is so creamy, luxurious, and surprisingly easy to make from scratch at home.  Top it with whipped cream and fresh fruit and it will be a huge hit that everyone will obsess over!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesecake, no bake cheesecake, strawberry cheesecake
Servings 12 Slices
Calories 251kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crushed
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 8 ounce cream cheese softened
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Optional Topping:

Instructions

  • In a medium sized bowl add the crushed graham cracker, brown sugar, and butter and mix until incorporated. In a 9 inch springform pan add the graham crackers and press firmly into the bottom and sides. Place in the refrigerator.
  • In a large bowl combine the cream cheese, lemon juice, vanilla and sugar. Beat until smooth and creamy. Add in the heavy whipping cream and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Spread filling evenly along the crust. Chill for 3 hours or overnight and serve with strawberry topping if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 528IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

No Bake Oreo Balls

No Bake Oreo Balls are rich and smooth truffles that are moist and flavor packed and coated with a smooth chocolate shell.  They are quick and easy to prepare and are a treat everyone will go crazy over!

Try Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars or Oreo Cheesecake Brownies for more of the dense chocolate and cream cheese texture.  They make the perfect Oreo treats!

Oreo truffles stacked on a white plate.

Easy No Bake Oreo Balls

No bake Oreo balls are perfect treats to beat the summer heat.  They are quick and easy to make and don’t require you to heat up your kitchen.  The hardest part will be waiting for these delicious oreo balls to freeze.  Dip them and drizzle them in luxurious white and semi-sweet chocolate for layers of rich flavor that is so good!

Oreo desserts are always a huge hit because of their sweet and balanced flavor.  This treat is no exception.  They will be crowd-pleasing and impressive.  They look gorgeous and taste incredible.  Stack them up for a beautiful display, but beware they will disappear quickly.  Make more than you think you need because they are hard to resist!

Oreo Balls Ingredients:

This super short list of ingredients comes together to make the BEST oreo dessert!  The bite-size truffles are bursting with sweet oreo flavor and coated with a smooth layer of rich chocolate and a sprinkle of oreo crumbs.

  • Oreo cookies: The start of any amazing dessert!
  • Cream cheese: Soften to room temperature then mix together with crushed oreos.
  • White chocolate chips: Melt the chocolate chips to drizzle over the oreo balls for a soft and sweet coating.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips: Great for balancing all the sweetness in these oreos!
  • Crushed Oreos: Sprinkle on top of the truffles for a perfect crunchy topping.

How to Make No Bake Oreo Balls:

No bake oreos are quick and easy to assemble and don’t even require you to pre-heat your oven.  The presentation of these oreo truffles is so pretty and impressive.  They look professional, but once you make them, you will see how easy it is to create these beautiful and delicious oreo truffles from scratch at home!

  1. Prep: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Then, in a food processor add the oreos and pulse until fine crumbs.
  2. Mix together cream cheese and oreo crumbs: Add in the cream cheese and continue to mix until fully combined.
  3. Form truffles: Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out 1 inch balls and place on parchment paper. Then roll each ball in your hands to make them perfectly round.
  4. Chill: Freeze oreo balls for about 20 minutes.
  5. Chocolate coating: In a medium size bowl melt the chocolate chips 30 seconds at a time until smooth and melted.  When it is melted, dip each ball into the chocolate and place on the parchment to let set.
  6. Serve and enjoy: Top with crushed oreos if desired.

Steps to make oreo truffles.

Tips for Creating the Perfect Oreo Truffles:

Get creative with these Oreo balls.  Make them each unique with different toppings and chocolate drizzles.  There is no wrong way to make them, so have fun!

  • Coating Truffles: Use a toothpick to dip the oreo balls in the melted chocolate. It’s the best way to get a perfect smooth coat.
  • Toppings: Crushed oreo sprinkled on top of these truffles gives a great crunch.  Also try nuts, sprinkles, or coconut to add different flavors and textures.
  • Chocolate: Candy melts or cooking bars are also great to use for the chocolate coating if that is what you have on hand.  Add vegetable oil to thin out chocolate that is thicker than you prefer.

How to Store Homemade Oreo Balls:

To store your oreo balls, place them in an airtight container and use wax paper to separate layers.  Then, you can freeze these truffles for up to two months.  You will be so happy when you remember you have them to pull out for last minute entertaining or for a luxurious weeknight treat.  If you plan to eat them within a couple of weeks, they can be stored in the refrigerator.

Areal view of finished oreo truffles.

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No Bake Oreo Balls

No Bake Oreo Balls are rich and smooth truffles that are moist and flavor packed and coated with a smooth chocolate shell.  They are quick and easy to prepare and are a treat everyone will go crazy over!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword no bake oreo balls, oreo balls
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 24 Oreo Balls
Calories 168kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 1 14 ounce package Oreo cookies
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • crushed Oreos for topping

Instructions

  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a food processor add the oreos and pulse until fine crumbs. Add in the cream cheese and continue to mix until fully combined.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out 1 inch balls and place on parchment paper. Roll each ball in your hands and freeze for about 20 minutes.
  • In a medium size bowl melt the chocolate chips 30 seconds at a time until smooth and melted. Dip each ball into the chocolate and place on the parchment to let set. Top with crushed oreos is desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

 

Old Fashioned Apple Cobbler

Old Fashioned Apple Cobbler is a warm baked fruit dessert that is topped with a perfect biscuit-like crust.  The warm cinnamon spice is comforting and satisfying and nails a perfect summer dessert!

For more delicious sweet apple flavor try Best Ever Dutch Apple Pie or Perfect Apple Pie.  Top these sweet and fruity pies with ice cream for a huge hit dessert!

Apple cobbler on a plate topped with vanilla ice cream.

Old Fashioned Apple Cobbler

Apple cobbler is a classic dessert that families have been enjoying together for years.  However, it is in no way out of style.  This cobbler is timeless and will continue to be a tried and true hit for a long time to come.  The flavors are perfectly balanced with the sweet and tart flavors of the apples and the warm cinnamon.  Then the soft and flaky crust on top creates a pie like texture that melts in your mouth.

Not only does this old fashioned apple cobbler taste amazing, but it is versatile and easy to make. The recipe is quick and easy to follow and is impossible to mess up.  Everyone will be amazed at how soft and sweet this cobbler is.  Pair it with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream and this dessert will be the star of the meal!

Ingredients Apple Cobbler:

Don’t be scared off by this long list of ingredients.  Many of the items are seasonings and basics you already have in your pantry.  The classic apple cobbler flavors are created quickly with these simple and easy to use items.

Filling:

  • Granny Smith apples: Peel and sliced before adding them to the bottom of the dish.
  • Brown sugar: Measure brown sugar when packed down.
  • Apple juice: Gets poured over the apples to make the most delicious sauce as it cooks.
  • Cinnamon: Warm spice that creates the classic apple/cinnamon flavor.
  • Lemon Juice: The acid helps soften the apples and gives a hint of citrus.
  • Cornstarch: Thickens the apple sauce that gets poured over the apples.

Biscuit Topping:

  • Flour: Thickening agent.
  • Sugar: Adds sweetness to the crust.
  • Baking powder: Creates a light, biscuit like texture.
  • Cold butter: Sliced
  • Milk: Keeps the dough moist.

Topping:

  • Sugar: Even more sweetness!
  • Cinnamon: Warm spice found in the topping and the filling for consistent flavor throughout.

How to Make Apple Cobbler from Scratch:

A perfect apple cobbler is much easier that you would think.  It is really a no fail recipe that even a beginning baker will be successful making every time!

  1. Prep: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9×13 inch pan.  Then, add sliced apples to the bottom.
  2. Cook apple sauce: In a medium sized saucepan add the brown sugar, apple juice, cinnamon, lemon juice and cornstarch. Now, bring the mixture to a boil and reduce heat.  Let that simmer until it starts to thicken for about 2 minutes. Once it is finished, pour it over the apples and toss.
  3. To make the biscuit topping: In a food processor add the flour, sugar, baking powder and butter. Pulse until the butter has incorporated. Add to a medium sized bowl. Add the milk and combine. Drop on top of the apple mixture.
  4. Add topping: Combine sugar and cinnamon then sprinkle on top of the biscuits.
  5. Bake: Cook for 35-40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and toothpick comes clean.

Steps to make apple cobbler.

What’s the Difference Between Pie and Cobbler?

The main difference between a pie and a cobbler has to do with the crusts.   A pie has a top and bottom crust where a cobbler has only a top crust.  The fruit is placed directly on the bottom of the dish in a cobbler.  Additionally, the crust of a cobbler is more like a biscuit consistency instead of the pastry dough you will find in a pie.  Cobblers can also be prepared in any dish, where a pie is presented in a pie pan.

Tips for the BEST Apple Cobbler:

A flaky crust drizzled with cinnamon sugar is perfect for entertaining.  Everyone will devour it quickly and talk about it for much longer.  Keep these couple of tips in mind as you prepare to wow your friends and family.

  • Apples: There is no need to pre-cook the apples because they will cook during the bake time.  The peel does need to be removed because it will not break down during cooking.
  • Butter: Use real butter for this recipe.  Swaps are not going to give you the same delicious buttery crust and flaky texture.

Scooping apple cobbler out of a white dish.

Can you Make Homemade Cobbler Ahead?

Yes! You can prepare this amazing dessert up to 2 days before you plan to bake it.  Loosely cover your cobbler to store it in the refrigerator.  However, to freeze it you will need to tightly cover it and bake it within 5 months.  For best results, poke a few holes in the top of the apple cobbler if baking it from frozen.

Store the apple pie for two days at room temperature. So, if you know you will not eat it right away, loosely cover and keep it in the refrigerator instead where it will stay good for up to 5 days.  To freeze, you will want to wrap it tightly and enjoy it within 3 months.

Scooping apple cobbler and vanilla ice cream out of a white baking dish.

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Old Fashioned Apple Cobbler

Old Fashioned Apple Cobbler is a warm baked fruit dessert that is topped with a perfect biscuit-like crust.  The warm cinnamon spice is comforting and satisfying and nails a perfect summer dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cobbler, cobbler, homemade apple cobbler, homemade cobbler, old fashioned apple cobbler
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 Slices
Calories 420kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Granny Smith apples peeled and sliced 1/4 thick
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch

Biscuit topping:

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 10 tablespoons cold butter sliced
  • 3/4 cup milk

Topping:

  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9x13 inch pan. Add sliced apples to the bottom.
  • In a medium sized saucepan add the brown sugar, apple juice, cinnamon, lemon juice and cornstarch. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and let simmer until it starts to thicken about 2 minutes. Pour over apples and toss.

To make the biscuit topping:

  • In a food processor add the flour, sugar, baking powder and butter. Pulse until the butter has incorporated. Add to a medium sized bowl. Add the milk and combine. Drop on top of the apple mixture.

To make the topping:

  • Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on top of the biscuits. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and toothpick comes clean.

Nutrition

Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 301mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 536IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1mg

 

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies are an easy to make family favorite dessert.  They are loaded with peanut butter flavor and an addictive chewy texture you won’t be able to get enough of!

Also try Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies and No Bake Buckeye Peanut Butter Balls for simple no-bake peanut butter treat recipes. For a chocolate version be sure to try the classic No Bake Cookies! 

Stack of peanut butter no bake cookies.

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

A no bake cookie is the perfect dessert for hot summer days.  Leave the oven off and whip up this crowd-pleasing peanut butter no bake cookie.  It only requires a few simple ingredients and is incredibly easy to make.  It is a no-fail recipe and will quickly become a family favorite!

No bake cookies are easy to pack and take for a picnic treat or to enjoy at home!  Each bite of this cookie is bursting with a perfect sweet peanut butter flavor.  The chewy texture from the quick oats is irresistible, and the delicious smell as they cool will be hard to resist!  They are a huge hit wherever you take them!

Peanut Butter Cookie Ingredients:

This short list of ingredients includes basics that you can probably find in your pantry right now.  And, they don’t even need to go into an oven to be indescribably delicious!

  • Butter: Use unsalted butter.
  • Sugar: Adds sweetness for a perfectly sweet cookie.
  • Milk: Bring to a boil with butter and sugar before adding remaining ingredients.
  • Vanilla: Brings out all the flavors and adds a rich vanilla taste.
  • Peanut butter: Use creamy for a perfect peanut butter flavor and texture.
  • Quick oats: Gives great chewy texture to the cookie.

How To Make No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies:

These no bake peanut butter cookies come together so fast you will be amazed!  In just a few minutes the cookies will be formed.  The hardest part of this recipe will be waiting for them to cool!

  1. Bring butter, sugar and milk to a boil: In a large saucepan over medium high heat add the butter, sugar, and milk and bring to a rapid boil.  Whisk for one minute, then remove from the heat.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients: Now add in the vanilla, peanut butter, and oats until combined.
  3. Form cookies: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Then, using a cookie scoop, drop on the parchment paper.
  4. Cool: Lastly, allow to cool completely until hardened.

Pro Tip: Do not alter the one minute of whisking. Time starts when the butter, sugar, and milk mixture is fully boiling.  Pull it off the heat as soon as the one minute is up and do not over-boil.  Otherwise, the cookies may not set up properly.

Steps to make no bake peanut butter cookies.

Variations of No Bake Peanut Butter Cookie:

Tried and true no bake recipes like this no bake peanut butter cookie are a must have for last minute treats.  This quick and simple cookie can be adapted easily to what you have on hand and what you are craving.

  • Add chocolate: Either add chocolate chips, cocoa powder, or nutella to create a peanut butter and chocolate cookie.  Cocoa powder gets added in with the butter, sugar, and milk at the beginning.  Chocolate chips or nutella can be added in with the oats at the end.
  • Add color:  To give these tan cookies a pop of color either add sprinkles at the end, or consider mixing in small candies like M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces.
  • Add a pinch of salt: The salt will bring out the flavors and balance the sweetness. But remember just a pinch.  You want them to be sweet, not too salty.  Keep in mind the peanut butter and butter (unsalted or salted) you are using and adjust your salt accordingly.
  • Texture: Use crunchy peanut butter for a great crunchy addition to the texture.  Also, try raisins for a chewy bite of sweetness.

Storing No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies:

No Bake cookies are great to make and take with you on a picnic because they store well at room temperature.  They will remain fresh for 3-4 days.  They are also fantastic cold, so try keeping them in the refrigerator for up to a week, or the freezer for 2 months.

No bake cookies cooling on the baking sheet.

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Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies are an easy to make family favorite dessert.  They are loaded with peanut butter flavor and an addictive chewy texture you won't be able to get enough of!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword no bake cookies, no bake peanut butter cookies, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter no bake cookies
Servings 24 Cookies
Calories 177kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3 1/2 cups quick oats

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan over medium high heat add the butter, sugar, and milk. Bring to a rapid boil and whisk for one minute. Remove from the heat.
  • Stir in the vanilla, peanut butter, and oats until combined. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and using a cookie scoop, drop on the parchment paper. Allow to cool completely until hardened.

Nutrition

Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 126IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies in a stack.

Homemade Jalapeño Jelly

Homemade Jalapeño Jelly has a perfect sweet and spicy combination you will want to slather on everything.  It will become a staple in your fridge or freezer from now on!

Try more from-scratch condiments like Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam or Apple Butter.  You will be amazed how simple and easy they are to make!

Dipping jalapeño jelly out of a glass mason jar.

Homemade Jalapeño Jelly

Jalapeno jelly will become a tried and true recipe your family enjoys for years to come.  It takes less than 20 minutes to prepare and delivers the perfect sweet and spicy flavor that keeps you coming back for more.  This jelly is perfect to make in large batches and freeze to use later or share with friends and family.

Doubling this recipe or even tripling it is helpful because each jar you make will disappear fast!  It is a vibrant jelly that goes great with everything!  Spread it on buttered toast at breakfast, use it to spice up a Monte Cristo sandwich at lunch, or enjoy a perfect snack of crackers with cream cheese and pepper jelly.

Jalapeño Jelly Ingredients:

With just a handful of ingredients you can make the perfect homemade jelly.  It can be hard to find a jalapeno jelly in the store.  Especially one with the perfect amount of spice.  That’s why making it at home is so awesome.  It gives you complete control over the spice level and the quality of all the ingredients that go into the jelly.

  • Jalapeno Peppers: Seeded and cubed for a milder flavor. Leave the seeds in for more spice!
  • Red and Green bell peppers:Cubed and finely chopped in the food processor to add bits of sweet pepper flavor throughout the jelly.
  • Sugar: Sweetness you expect in a jelly.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Bring the vinegar to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes before adding in pectin to get a perfect jelly texture.
  • Liquid pectin: Used to thicken the jelly.

How to Make Jalapeño Jelly From Scratch:

Making jelly from scratch is a must try for any home chef.  It is much easier and quicker than you would expect and makes the perfect jelly every time!

  1. Chop peppers: In a food processor add the jalapeño, green bell pepper and red bell pepper. Pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a large saucepan.
  2. Boil and simmer: Add the sugar and apple cider vinegar and bring to a boil.  Then, reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add pectin: Mix in the liquid pectin and continue to simmer for 5 minutes. Next, remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Store: Lastly, transfer to jars and refrigerate.

How to make jalapeno jelly.

FAQ About Jalapeño Jelly:

  • How do you keep peppers from floating to the top?  Stir jelly a couple of times as it cools to evenly spread out the peppers.
  • How spicy is Jalapeno pepper jelly?  It can be as spicy or as mild as you like it.  Leave the seeds completely out or add some or all of them in for a spicier version.  Also, jalapenos that are starting to turn red or brown will be spicier than solid green peppers.  If you just aren’t getting as much spice as you would like you can add a pinch of red pepper flake in for even more spice.
  • Why isn’t my jelly setting up? Many times too much liquid in your peppers is the cause of a runny jelly.  Be sure to drain them and dry them completely before adding them in.

How Long Can I Store Homemade Jelly? 

Be sure to store in a sealed glass jar in a cool, dry place and it will be good for up to two years  Once opened, it needs to be stored in the refrigerator and it will last for up to 3 months.  It is important you properly sanitize before packing, so carefully follow these canning guidelines.

  • Wash your hands: Anytime you prepare food, be sure to wash your hands well to avoid contaminating the food.  This is especially important when canning food that will be stored for a such long period of time.
  • Cleaning: Wash the jar with hot water and soap.
  • Sanitize:  Place the glass jar in boiling water for 10 minutes.  Also put tips of tongs in the water.  Use the tongs to pull out the jar when it is finished.

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Homemade Jalapeño Jelly

Homemade Jalapeño Jelly has a perfect sweet and spicy combination you will want to slather on everything.  It will become a staple in your fridge or freezer from now on!
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Jelly, Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade jalapeno jelly, homemade jelly, jalapeno jelly, jelly
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 32 Ounces
Calories 126kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 10 Jalapeno Peppers seeded and cubed
  • 1 green bell pepper cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper cubed
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 1 and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 package liquid pectin

Instructions

  • In a food processor add the jalapeño, green bell pepper and red bell pepper. Pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a large saucepan.
  • Add the sugar and apple cider vinegar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add in the liquid pectin packet and continue to simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Transfer to jars and refrigerate.

Notes

For a spicier jam, leave seeds in the jalapeños. 

Nutrition

Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

Gnocchi with Grilled Chicken in Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Gnocchi with Grilled Chicken in a creamy, light roasted red pepper sauce, baby spinach, and Pecorino Romano will make people think you’re a gourmet cook!

Gnocchi with Grilled Chicken in Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Gnocchi in Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

This gnocchi recipe uses DeLallo’s Gnocchi Kit to make some of the easiest homemade gnocchi – just add water. The results are light and airy with that signature savory potato flavor. It’s seriously the best gnocchi next to ordering from your favorite restaurant or making it completely from scratch. For more delicious recipes that use DeLallo pasta, try Instant Pot Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti Carbonara.

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7 Layer Magic Bars

7 Layer Magic Bars are loaded with layers of rich flavors from coconut, pecans, butterscotch, and chocolate.  You will be amazed how easy it is to create a bar this delicious where every single bite is ooey gooey perfection!

If you love layers of rich flavors, also try my Skor Toffee Chip Bars and S’mores Bars. These satisfying and easy to make bars are irresistible!

7 layer bars cut into squares.

7 Layer Magic Bars

These incredibly delicious bars are just what the name says, magic.  They definitely disappear!  They will fly off the cooling rack and become a family favorite instantly.  Super easy to make and impossible to mess up, these are a huge hit and are an easy make ahead dessert.

The contrast of textures in each 7 layer bite is perfect.  The pecans and the graham cracker crust add great crunch, while the coconut, butterscotch and chocolate chips are melty and soft.  Coconut, chocolate and butterscotch is a new favorite flavor combo of mine because the richness of each bite is unbelievable.  These magic bars are a must try dessert this summer!

What’s In 7 Layer Magic Bars?

Each layer of the 7 layer bar is jam packed with flavor and incredible texture.  It is amazing how well these ingredients come together to make the perfectly balanced, rich, and crave-worthy bar.

  • Graham crackers: Crush graham crackers in a bag with a rolling pin or with a food processor to create the perfect bottom layer.
  • Butter: Melted butter will hold the crust together.
  • Shredded coconut: Adds tropical and nutty sweetness.
  • Butterscotch chips: Adds in hints of rich butter and brown sugar.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips: This bittersweet chocolate is the perfect balance to the other sweeter flavors.
  • Chopped nuts: I used pecans for a nutty and buttery flavor and crunch.
  • Sweetened condensed milk: Pour this creamy and thick sugar over the top of the layered bars.

How to Make Magic Bars:

It is easier than you think to bake these magic bars!  Simply layer your ingredients in your pan starting with your graham cracker crust.  Then sit back and enjoy the sweet smell of a fresh homemade dessert in the oven.

  1. Prep: First preheat oven to 350 degrees. Then, line a 9×13 inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment.
  2. Make graham cracker crust: In a small bowl combine graham crackers and butter. Once combined, press firmly into the bottom of your prepared pan.
  3. Layer remaining ingredients: Layer with coconut, butterscotch chips, semi sweet chips, and chopped nuts. Then, pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top.
  4. Bake: Place bars in preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Let bars cool before serving.

Steps to make 7 layer bars.

Variations of Cookie Bars:

Thank goodness for recipes like this one that are easy to assemble and made with well-known ingredients.  Since this recipe is so simple, you have freedom to make it your own.  Here are a few ideas to take this versatile recipe and adapt it to fit your family.

  • Pecans: Leave nuts out of the bars completely and you will still have a delicious allergy friendly dessert bar everyone will rave about.  Or, if you don’t prefer pecans, try walnuts or almonds.
  • Graham cracker crust: Trade the tried and true graham cracker out for pretzels, chocolate graham crackers or even a different crumbly cookie.  For example a Nilla wafer or chessman cookie.
  • Chips: Instead of butterscotch and semi-sweet chocolate, consider peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips.
  • Toppings: Add on a drizzle of chocolate or caramel syrup to the top of the bars.
  • Additional layers: Insert dried fruit, marshmallows or small candies like Reese’s Pieces for even more depth of flavor!

Storing your Magic Bars:

Making these favorite bars ahead of time is simple and easy. Let the bars cool completely before storing them in an airtight container. They will remain good at room temperature for several days, but will last up to 5 days if refrigerated. If making these in bulk, you can freeze them for up to 3 months!

Close up on a stack of 2 seven layer bars.

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7 Layer Magic Bars

7 Layer Magic Bars are loaded with layers of rich flavors from coconut, pecans, butterscotch, and chocolate.  You will be amazed how easy it is to create a bar this delicious where every single bite is ooey gooey perfection!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword 7 layer magic bars, magic bars, magic bars dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24 Square Bars
Calories 180kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham crackers crushed
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts I used pecans
  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment. In a small bowl combine graham crackers and butter. Press firmly into the bottom of your prepared pan.
  • Layer with coconut, butterscotch chips, semi sweet chips, and chopped nuts. Pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Let bars cool before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

Buttery Lemon Shortbread Cookies with a Glaze

Buttery Lemon Shortbread Cookies with a Glaze are light and fresh with vibrant sweet and sour flavors that are surprisingly easy to create! Every bite is packed with a burst of lemon flavor and the shortbread has the perfect dense, buttery texture that will make this your new favorite cookie!

For more of the freshness of lemon with the amazing texture of shortbread, try Lemon Tart with a Buttery Shortbread Crust. It is an easy and delicious homemade fresh lemon curd in a buttery shortbread crust.

A stack of lemon shortbread cookies.

Buttery Lemon Shortbread Cookies with a Glaze

Warm summer days call for light and vibrant desserts that are both satisfying and refreshing.  Classic shortbread cookies are a tried and true choice with their melt-in-your-mouth buttery texture.  Now, by adding in the subtle lemon flavor and the sweet glaze, this classic cookie becomes perfectly bright.  Calling these the best cookies ever would not be an overstatement. They are heavenly!

Lemon shortbread cookies are perfect for any occasion because of their soft and sweet buttery texture and their inspired lemon zip.  Best of all these crowd-pleasing cookies are simple to make and the dough is easy to prepare ahead of time.  Make a couple of batches at a time and freeze some of the dough until you are ready to bake them.  You will be asked to make these over and over.  So, go ahead and pre-heat that oven and see for yourself how perfect this cookie really is!

Shortbread Cookie Ingredients:

Since this recipe requires no special equipment and all pantry staple ingredients, it makes a great beginner cookie.  Shortbread cookies are tried and true cookies and adding the lemon glaze makes these a new favorite version of a classic cookie!

  • Butter: Binding agent and adds moist, smooth texture and flavor.
  • Powdered sugar: Adds sweetness
  • Flour: Helps thicken the cookie.
  • Salt: Just a pinch to bring out the flavors and balance the sweetness.
  • Baking powder: Leavening agent that helps the cookies rise.
  • Flour: All purpose flour is best for these cookies.

Glaze

  • Lemon juice: Whisk together with lemon zest and powdered sugar.
  • Powdered sugar: A bit of sweetness in the glaze
  • Lemon zest: This is where the lemon flavor really comes from.  Zest in fine pieces and add more or less according to how lemony you want your glaze.

Homemade Cookie Recipe:

Shortbread cookies are one of the easiest cookies to bake! They come together so fast and you will amazed how simple and delicious they are.

  1. Prep: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mix: In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer add the butter and beat until fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar, zest of lemon and juice of lemon.
  3. Combine dry ingredients: In a medium sized bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Slowly add it to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
  4. Roll out dough: Add the dough to a lightly floured surface and roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Using a round cookie cutter cut out the cookies and lay them onto a baking sheet.
  5. Bake: Place cookies in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown. Remove and let cool.
  6. To make the glaze: In a small bowl whisk the lemon juice, powdered sugar, and zest of one lemon. Dip the top of each cookie into the glaze and place on a wire rack to set.

Steps to make lemon shortbread cookies.

Tips for the Best Shortbread Cookie:

This familiar dense shortbread cookie is so perfect with the unexpected bright lemon flavor.  My pro tips will help you achieve the BEST cookie ever are easier than you think!

  • Parchment paper: Lining your cookie sheet with parchment paper will save you so much time and help you create the perfect cookie. The parchment paper is naturally non-stick, so you do not have to use any sprays on your pan, and clean up will be so much simpler.  Moving your cookies off the tray and onto a cooling rack will be so much easier as well and your cookies will not crack or fall apart as you move them.
  • Use chilled dough: Once you prepare your dough, place it in the refrigerator to cool for at least 30 minutes before baking. Cooling the dough will keep your cookies from spreading out too much during baking.
  • Know when to take them out of the oven: Pull the cookies out when they start to turn to a light golden brown on the bottom or the very edges. They should no longer be white.
  • Add depth of flavor: Adding spices like rosemary or lavender creates an even more complex flavor in the cookie. Very finely chop these spices before adding them into the dough.
  • Presentation: Play around with different cookie cutters to make a festive display in star shapes or whatever coincides with your theme. Coloring the frosting with bright colors will also liven up any party!
  • Glaze: Apply the glaze while the cookies are still a little bit warm so the cookies don’t crack.

Storing Shortbread Cookies:

These cookies store very well and the dough can be made ahead too.  Keep some of this perfect dough in your freezer and pull it out as needed to bake a last-minute sweet treat!

  • Cookie dough: Roll dough into a log shape or cut go ahead and cut into cookies.  Then place them in the refrigerator or freezer.  If storing in already cut pieces, you will want to separate them with wax paper so they don’t stick together.  The dough will be good for 2 days in the refrigerator or 4-6 months in the freezer.
  • Finished cookies: Be sure your cookies are completely cooled, including the glaze before storing them.  Stack in layers with wax paper between each layer.  They will stay fresh at room temperature for about a week.

Close up on a stack of lemon shortbread cookies.

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Buttery Lemon Shortbread Cookies with a Glaze

Buttery Lemon Shortbread Cookies with a Glaze are light and fresh with vibrant sweet and sour flavors that are surprisingly easy to create! Every bite is packed with a burst of lemon flavor and the shortbread has the perfect dense, buttery texture that will make this your new favorite cookie!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword buttery lemon shortbread cookies, buttery shortbread cookies, buttery shortbread cookies with a glaze, lemon cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 Cookies
Calories 327kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

To Make the Cookies:

  • 2 cups butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of one lemon
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 cups flour

To Make the Glaze:

  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • zest of one lemon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer add the butter and beat until fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar, zest of one lemon and juice of one lemon.
  • In a medium sized bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Slowly add it to the butter mixture and mix until combined .
  • Add the dough to a lightly floured surface and roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Using a round cookie cutter cut out the cookies and lay them onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown. Remove and let cool.

To Make the Glaze:

  • In a small bowl whisk the lemon juice, powdered sugar, and zest of one lemon. Dip the top of each cookie into the glaze and place on a wire rack to set.

Nutrition

Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 473IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 2mg