Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries Recipe

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries Recipe

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries Recipe

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries Recipe

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries Recipe

Well… As of September 13th, I submitted a short story to the Popular Fiction contest held by Reader’s Digest.  Supposedly, I will hear back from them by the end of December. I submitted it in the thriller genre, but it is a bit on the milder side of thriller, I would say. It starts off pretty serene (or it’s supposed to, anyway) and ends-well- badly for all involved. I doubt that submission will yield anything, but hey! It’s fun to try. Wish me luck.

This recipe was REALLY good! You would think that cream cheese in a strawberry wouldn’t have much bang for the buck, but these were outstanding, quick, easy, and a crowd pleaser. Besides, they are so cute and pretty! they are definitely worth trying.

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries (By Fifteen.Spatulas)

1 quart strawberries

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. almond extract

Directions:

  1. Remove stems from strawberries and, using a lemon baller, scoop out a hole from the top of each strawberry

2. Cut a small part of the bottom with a sharp knife to create a flat surface for the strawberries to stand on.
3. Using a hand mixer, mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract until fluffy and light.
4. Into a piping bag lined with a star tip, transfer the cream cheese mixture and pipe the filling into each of the prepared strawberries.

6. Enjoy!

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Cinnamon Crisps and Fruit Salsa Recipe

Cinnamon Crisps and Fruit Salsa Recipe

Cinnamon Crisps and Fruit Salsa Recipe

Cinnamon Crisps and Fruit Salsa Recipe

Cinnamon Crisps and Fruit Salsa Recipe

Cinnamon Crisps and Fruit Salsa Recipe

Cinnamon Crisps and Fruit Salsa Recipe

Cinnamon Crisps and Fruit Salsa Recipe

Cinnamon Crisps and Fruit Salsa Recipe

Okay… this stuff is just plain awesome. It’s sweet and not all that bad! Plus, it’s an appetizer… what??? Crazy! :)

It’s a super crisp, tasty salsa and the chips are just wonderful and super easy. Very crunchy and sweet. This recipe is just a winner. I’m not sure how else to put it.  It’s all that and a bag of chips, you might say. Besides, this recipe is really not very complicated. It just takes a little time to chop up the fruit. But that’s really most of the recipe. So, I highly recommend this recipe! If you’re having guests over, I guarantee that they will enjoy this appetizer!

Cinnamon Crisps and Fruit Salsa Recipe (by Spend With Pennies):

For the Cinnamon Crisps

10 flour tortillas (10″)

Cooking spray

⅓ cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Fruit Salsa

2 granny smith apples

1 lemon

2 kiwis

1 lb strawberries

½ lb raspberries

1 tablespoon brown sugar

3 tablespoons preserves (I used raspberry)

Directions:

1. For the Cinnamon Crisps: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cinnamon & sugar. Set aside. Working with 3 tortillas at a time, spray both sides of of the tortilla and sprinkle each side lightly with cinnamon sugar. Stack 3 tortillas and using a pizza cutter, cut tortillas into 12 wedges. Place on a baking sheet and bake 8-11 minutes or until crisp.

2. For the Fruit Salsa: Zest the lemon and set aside. Peel and finely chop apple, squeeze 2 teaspoons lemon juice over apples and mix well to combine. Finely chop strawberries and kiwis. Gently combine all ingredients, the raspberries will break apart a bit but that’s what you want.

3. Serve room temperature and enjoy!

Muffins Recipe (with variations for 20 different flavors)

Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Peach Muffins Recipe

Peach Muffins Recipe

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe (my brother was amusing himself with Scrabble pieces, if you didn’t notice…)

What with school and all, I kept the baking pretty brief. Short and sweet. Literally, sweet. Anyway, muffins are always reliably easy, right? So that’s what I have been making for the past year of my life. Muffins. Oh, the adventures (note the sarcasm). It’s not that I don’t enjoy making muffins, it’s just that I need some time consuming projects every once in a while to quench my constant desire to bake something, ANYTHING. For example, the gingerbread house that I made at Christmas… That put me out of commission for a while!

Anyway, as you can imagine, eating blueberry muffins everyday can get kind of boring. One advantage of that boredom, though, is that I discovered a million different combos and flavors, as well as tweeked the recipe so that the muffins are always very moist, but not simultaneously dry and gooey. There’s a fine line, and I could never seem to find that line until I changed the recipe for the more awesome. :) But like I said, I have the base of the muffin recipe below and you can look under the Note: at the bottom of the post to find the flavor(s) that are a calling your name. Abut the actual muffin base, though… After my modifications, I feel confidant that it is a great one! As I already mentioned, it is perfectly moist (neither gooey nor dry), soft, fluffy, light, and pleasantly sweet (but not sweet to the point of becoming a cupcake).

I’m going through summertime guilt right now. I have summer homework to do, but I keep procrastinating, which is new for me. It just sits on my bedside table, reminding me that I should be doing it, and me stubbornly not wanting to do it. To be honest, there are many things that I want to do (like blog more often!!! I hadn’t realized that my last post was at the beginning of the summer- it feels like I just posted it a week ago!). However, I keep just enjoying, well… stuff. Mostly I’ve been playing the piano (I’m trying to make up for all the lack of practice throughout the school year), reading, training, helping around the homestead, and baking. Also, my brother reminded me to start practicing Mario Kart before he came home so that he would have a good competitor, so I’ve been doing a little bit of that too. :) I hope you all are having a great summer so far, too. More to come, I promise! I just need to put my “butt-eth to the seat-eth” as my sister once told me.

Muffins Recipe (adapted from Betty Crocker):

2 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

12 oz. vanilla yogurt

1/4 cup milk

2 cups flour

1/3 cup sugar

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

turbinado sugar for sprinkling (Optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and set out two muffins tins (each holding six) or one muffins tin (that holds twelve). Line the tins with paper cups.

2. Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Add all of the wet ingredients together, and then mix. (Do not add some dry and then some wet ingredients. You may think that it won’t make a difference, but it does. Unless you want lumpy muffins, of course, be my guest.)

3. See the note below if you want a unique flavor! Change the recipe according to the directions given below for the flavor you want. Then simply fill the paper cups 3/4 way full and sprinkle them with turbinado sugar.  and bake the muffins for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

4. Take the muffins out of the pan immediately!!! Allow them to cool a little before serving warm.

5. Go, fight, win!

Note:

Flavors (alphabetical order):

1. Apple cider– substitute apple cider for the milk and add 1/3 cup applesauce. Mix these two ingredients into the muffins with the wet ingredients. Continue as instructed.

2. Apple cinnamon-Add 1 tsp. of cinnamon with the dry ingredients. Next, add 1/2 cup applesauce and 1/2 cup chopped applesauce with the wet ingredients. Continue as instructed.

3. Blueberry– add 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries after all of the ingredients have been mixed together. Continue as instructed.

4. Blueberry lemon/orange-substitute the milk for 1/4 cup orange juice or lemon juice. Add the latter juice with the wet ingredients. Add 1 cup blueberries after all of the ingredients have been mixed. Continue as instructed.

5. Blueberry/Strawberry cinnamon– add 1 tsp. of cinnamon with the dry ingredients. After all of the ingredients have been mixed, add 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries or 1 cup of chopped, fresh strawberries. Continue as instructed.

6. Butter pecan– after all of the ingredients have been mixed, add 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Bake as instructed. Immediately remove the muffins from the pan and roll them in melted butter. Allow to cool and eat!

7. Cherry almond– add 1/2 tsp. almond extract with the wt ingredients and add 1 cup dried cherries. Continue as instructed.

8. Chocolate chip– after all of the ingredient been mixed, add 1 cup chocolate chips. Continue as instructed.

9. Cinnamon chip– after all of the ingredients have been mixed, add 1 cup cinnamon chips (Hershey’s is the brand). Continue as instructed.

10. Coconut pineapple– substitute the milk for pineapple juice (mix it in with the wet ingredients). After all of the ingredients have been mixed, add 1 cup coconut. Continue as instructed.

11. Eggnog– substitute the yogurt and milk for 3/4 cup eggnog. Continue as instructed.

12. Lemon poppyseed– substitute the milk for 1/4 cup lemon juice. Add 1 tbsp. poppy seeds. Continue as instructed.

13. Oatmeal raisin– add 1 cup oatmeal and 1/2 cup raisins with the dry ingredients. Continue as instructed.

14.  Orange chocolate chip– add 2 tbsp. orange extract or substitute the milk for orange juice (mix with the wet ingredients). Next, mix in 1 cup chocolate chips. Continue as instructed.

15. Peach– add 1 cup chopped peaches with the wet ingredients… Before baking, sprinkle the tops of the muffins batter with cinnamon along with the turbinado sugar. Bake as instructed.

16. Pumpkin– (click here for recipe)

17. Raspberry (lemon)– for raspberry lemon, add 2 tbsp. lemon juice with the wet ingredients. Increase the sugar to 1/2 cup. After all of the ingredients have been mixed, GENTLY fold 1 cup of raspberries into the batter (this is important, otherwise you will end up with purple muffins. This is a voice of experience talking… ).  Continue as instructed.

18. Rhubarb– increase the sugar to 1/2 cup. Add 1 cup chopped rhubarb. Continue as instructed.

19. Strawberry– add 1 cup fresh, chopped strawberries. Continue as instructed.

20. Strawberry Pretzel– add 1 cup fresh, chopped strawberries. Spoon the batter into the cups as instructed and set aside (do not bake, yet). In a separate bowl, melt 1/4 cup butter and mix in 2 tbsp. sugar. Add 1/2 cup crushed pretzels. Sprinkle this topping over the batter in the cups. Gently press it into the muffin, but don’t mix it in. It should still be on the top. Bake as instructed.

Rhubarb Custard Bars Recipe

Rhubarb Custard Bars Recipe

Rhubarb Custard Bars Recipe

Rhubarb Custard Bars Recipe

Rhubarb Custard Bars Recipe

Rhubarb Custard Bars Recipe

Rhubarb Custard Bars Recipe

I think that the past two days (July 24th and 25th) were the nicest summer days yet (at least in my area). There was a cool breeze, but  it was still pleasantly warm… the perfect combo! It was nice not to have one of those beastly hot days where I go outside and instantly feel like I was poached in my own sweat. Ick!!! We’ve also had plenty of rain, and let me tell you that I’m absolutely loving that! I think that one of my favorite things to do is to sit and watch a thunderstorm. They’re just so awesome!!! My favorite kind of thunderstorms are the ones where I look up toward the sky and I see those big, puffy, periwinkle-blue storm clouds ahead; then there’s a breeze, and best of all, the smell of rain. It’s probably the best smell ever to be in existence.

Alright, so I guess at this point you’re wondering if the weather talk ties in at all. Well, originally, I was going to say that the perfect summer day calls for the perfect summer dessert. :) I was never really looking for a recipe with rhubarb until I had a ton of leftover rhubarb from making pie. I literally had enough to make another  pie, but, of course, I didn’t want to wear out the eaters on rhubarb pie. :) So, I poked around and found this recipe in a cookbook that my Mom gave me last year. I had to give my mom a good tease because when I told her that I wanted to make these bars, she was very hesitant. She thought that no one would be able to taste the rhubarb, but she didn’t know that the recipe called for four cups of rhubarb… with that, everyone would be able to distinguish it’s great flavor! Well, when everyone dug in, she was the first one to say that the bars were fabulous. I totally agree with that statement. The crust is a butter-y shortbread and the creamy, flavorful, custard filling makes the whole thing delightfully gooey. The cream cheese frosting tasted great (how could it not? It has cream cheese!!!)  and was nice and fluffy. It was a nice finish to a perfect summer day!

Rhubarb Custard Bars Recipe (adapted from TasteofHome Cookies):

For the Crust:

2 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup cold butter

For the Custard Filling:

2 cups sugar

7 tbsp. flour

1 cup vanilla yogurt

3 eggs

4 cups chopped rhubarb (about 1/2 inch pieces)

1 cup chopped strawberries

For the Frosting:

6 oz. cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and set out one greased 13×9 inch pan.

2. For the Crust: Mix the flour and sugar together in a medium bowl. Cut in the butter and mix it with your hands until it is a course, crumbly mixture. Press the dough into the prepared 13×9 inch pan and bake it for 15 minutes before removing it from the oven. The dough will not appear golden brown or done baking at all, but definitely take it out after 15 minutes because it will bake some more later. :) There is no need to cool the crust.

3. For the Custard Filling: In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, yogurt, and eggs until smooth. Add the chopped rhubarb and strawberries and mix well. Gently pour it into the 13×9 inch pan, on top of the baked crust. Continue to bake the bars for 45 minutes or until the custard has set and the edges turn golden brown. Allow the pan to cool for half an hour before moving it to the refrigerator to cool completely.

4. For the Frosting: Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream. When the bars are fully cooled, spread the frosting over the top of the bars.

5. Serve and enjoy the taste of summer!

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Ah! It feels so good to be back on the blog after being on vacation for two weeks. Before I left I was baking like crazy so that I would have some recipes to post as soon as I got back; however, typing two blog posts at once seemed a lot harder to write when I wrote them consecutively. Oh well. So here I am, sitting in front of the computer typing about typing. I guess I’ll stop boring you with such dull matters now. :)

It used to be that I despised almonds on top of my strawberry shortcake, but this time was different. I find it oddly amusing to observe how my tastes in food change over time… it seems like everything I love now I couldn’t stand then. Anyway, the almonds- they added such a nice crunch to the soft, moist  shortcake! It was a lovely contrast and only got better when I added some fresh strawberries for zing, ice cream to repel the heat of summer, and cream because it was simply too healthy (note the sarcasm:)… oh, and maybe some whipped cream would be nice, too. My mom makes this recipe (from my aunt), at the very least, once every summer when the strawberries come into season, and it is always a much anticipated treat!

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe:

For the Cake:

3/4 cup white sugar

2 1/3 cup Bisquick

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

2 tbsp. butter

1 tsp. vanilla

For the Crumble Topping:

1 tbsp. butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup almonds

For the Garnish:

strawberries

whipped cream

half and half cream

vanilla ice cream

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and set out a greased 8×8 inch pan.

2. For the cake: In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients together by hand. Pour the batter into the prepared 8×8 pan. Bake for 15 minutes before adding the  topping (directions below).

3. For the crumble topping: In a small bowl, mix the almonds and the brown sugar together. Cut the butter into the bowl and mix the mixture with your hands until the butter is thoroughly crumbled into the topping. Sprinkle the topping on (after the cake has been baking for 15 minutes) and bake the cake for an additional 15 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.

4. Serve each piece of cake with the suggested garnishes. This dessert will totally get you into the summer mood! Enjoy!!!

Sprite Cake Recipe

Sprite Cake Recipe

Sprite Cake Recipe

Sprite Cake Recipe

Sprite Cake Recipe

Sprite Cake Recipe

Sprite Cake Recipe

Sprite cake has got to be one of the easiest recipes to make on the planet. This cake is a perfect summer treat! It’s light, fluffy, has a sweet zing from the fruit, and it is well loved by all. It’s perfect when you don’t want to fuss over a dessert for guests, because you can just whip this one off in no time and it has high marks in presentation as well as taste. :)

Sprite Cake Recipe (by katydidbakeit):

1 (18.25 oz.) box Pillsbury white cake mix

1(12 oz.) pop can sprite

1 (12 oz.) container cool whip

fruit for garnish (optional)

Directions:

1. For the cake: Follow the directions on the back of the cake mix box, except substitute the sprite for the water. Allow the cake to cool completely before spreading the cool whip over the top. Garnish the cake with fruit (in the picture there are just strawberries and blueberries, although I’m sure it would be good with just about anything… peaches, kiwis, or toasted shredded coconut). Refrigerate until served.

2. Enjoy!

Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

This recipe (adapted from Glorious Treats) is reeeeeeeeeeeally good! When I saw it, I thought that it was just going to be a sort of cheesecake that someone opted to call a pie. Not so! Here’s where the difference comes in: it isn’t baked at all. It has no eggs, less cream cheese, and it actually is a cream cheese pie.  In fact, the pie has more sweetened condensed milk than cream cheese. Anyway,  back to the taste. This recipe is summer-y, sweet, savory, gooey, creamy, crunchy, butter-y… and just about everything else. The crust is what adds the nice crunchy, butter-y flavor and the filling is creamy, gooey, and has some zing from the lemon. The strawberry sauce adds the summer-y factor. Is there any better way to be reminded of summer than to eat a strawberry garnished slice of cream cheese pie?

When I finished taking pictures of the pie, everyone dug in… except for my brothers, who were in their bedroom playing a well-loved game called The Settlers of Catan. So, my sister and I took the opportunity to play a prank (it was especially fun since one of my brothers is absolutely crazy about strawberries). We left two slices for our brothers and hid them. When they finished their game and came to get a serving of pie, I told them that it was gone. “What?!?” my strawberry-loving brother exclaimed. My sister and I exchanged a grin and I went to retrieve their pie slices. Oh the fun of baking!

Cream Cheese Pie Recipe:

For the Crust:

2 cups finely crushed graham crackers

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

3 tbsp. sugar

For the Filling:

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

1/3 (about 1 lemon) cup fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla

For the Strawberry Sauce:

1 pint strawberries, divided

4 tbsp. sugar

2 1/2 tsp. corn starch

3 tbsp. water

Directions:

1. For the Crust: Set out an ungreased 9 inch pie plate and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix the graham crackers, butter, and sugar together until well combined. Then press the mixture into the pie plate and bake the crust for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow the crust to cool completely.

2. For the Filling: In a small bowl, mix the ingredients for the filling together with a whisk or a fork until smooth. Pour the filling into the cooled graham cracker crust and refrigerate the pie for about 3 hours or until it has set up.

3. For the Strawberry Sauce: In a blender, blend the water and half of the strawberries. Strain the strawberry-water mixture. Next, in a small saucepan, mix the sugar and cornstarch. Whisk the mixture as you slowly add add the strained strawberry juice so that there are no lumps. Heat mixture to a boil and boil about 1 minute.  Remove the sauce from the stove. Slice the rest of the strawberries into pea sized pieces and add it to the strawberry sauce. Allow the sauce to cool in the refrigerator until it is ready to be used.

4. Top your slice with the strawberry sauce and yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum! Ah, the taste of summer!

Jam Thumbprints Cookies Recipe

Jam Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Jam Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

This recipe (by Mrs. Fields) is pretty simple, tasty, and very presentable. When I first made them, I thought that they were going to be shortbread-y, but on the contrary, they are almost like a version of sugar cookies with a nice burst of berry flavor from my homemade jam. (I highly recommend using a homemade jam! It increases the quality of the cookies.) And no, the jam doesn’t ooze all over the place after the cookies are baked. I wondered about that when I first made them. :) Enjoy them with a cup of tea and be sure to keep your pinky finger pointed out!

Jam Thumbprint Cookies Recipe:

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 cup white sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 egg

2  tsp. vanilla

about 3/4 cup jam

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and grease a cookie sheet.

2. Combine sugar, egg. vanilla, and butter in a large bowl. Mix until smooth. Add the flour and the baking powder and mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. (It may seem like a lot of flour, but do not omit any of it.)

3. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and using your thumb, make an indent in each of the cookies. Fill each indent with roughly 1/2 tsp. jam. Be sure not to make the indent too deep or the jam with bake through the bottom of the cookie and make for a pain-in-the-neck clean up. (I may be speaking from experience…) Also, be sure that your jam is not watery, otherwise it will get all over the baking sheet. Any store bought jam works well,  but I mostly use homemade jam for my recipes, so I have to be more careful about which jam I use. Just a precaution.

4. Bake the cookies for 12-17 minutes or until preferred texture (15 is the magical number for me). Read the note below for more details.

5. Be sure to leave a few cookies for other people to enjoy!

Note:

If you would like your cookies to be nice and soft but hold together, bake them for 12 minutes. They might not look done when you take them out. Anyway, after removing the cookies from the oven, proceed to wait one minute before carefully removing the cookies from the baking sheet.  If you would like your cookie to be a little bit firmer, bake it more towards the end of the suggested time and remove them immediately from the cookie sheet.

Strawberry Cake Recipe

Strawberry Cake Recipe

Strawberry Cake Recipe

This recipe is a classic! It’s a household favorite, not to mention that I made it into a barbie cake this time. It was quite a debacle making it just right, but I’ll get to that in a moment. This cake recipe makes a nice moist, fluffy cake that has an equally scrumptious frosting! It was perfect for the barbie cake too, because the cake’s inside is pink, although you obviously can’t tell in the picture.

Me? Oh… me… I decided to take 4 1/2 hours decorating this cake, and that was with four hands. My sister came over the day before her birthday, spent the night, and the next morning started making the cake with me. I baked it and layered it, and once that was done the decorating shenanigans began. First we had to move the cake onto a cake stand with several spatulas and any available hands. We inserted a barbie, but she was too tall. So we got a second, shorter one. She didn’t fit either, and she was the shortest barbie doll we had! So we cut a hole in a cardboard box (wrapped with wrapping paper and stuffed with plastic bags) and put a layer of tin foil on the top. With many more spatulas and hands, we moved the cake from the cake stand to the prepared cake-platform. We inserted the shorter barbie in again, Ariel, but she started sinking into the cake and through the hole in the box. We had hoped that the bags inside the box would stop her from sinking too much, but they didn’t. We had to position her hands so that she was literally holding herself up. From there, my sister and I decorated for 4 1/2 hours. When we were done, we were very proud of ourselves and determined that it had been a “Cake Boss”  adventure. The cake, we joked, went on the path to the sun and back. Oh, and remember- you’re never too old for a barbie doll or a barbie cake!

Strawberry Cake Recipe:

For Cake:

1 box white cake mix

1 small (3 oz.) package strawberry jello

1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup cold water

3 eggs

1 (24 oz.) package  frozen strawberries, thawed and not drained

For Frosting:

1 lb. (4 cups) powdered sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

strawberry juice

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven the to 350 degrees and grease one 13×9 inch pan or two 8 inch round baking pans.

2. Drain the strawberries and save the juice. Mix the drained strawberries, cake mix, strawberry jello,  water, and oil together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add egg one at a time, beating for one minute after each egg is added.

3. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan(s) and bake for about 27-33 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean. The top might be dark brown rather than the expected color of pink. Be sure that the cake is cool before you frost it.

4. Mix the powdered sugar, butter, and strawberry juice together on medium speed until smooth and frost the cake. This frosting is pink and not to be used as a decorating frosting. The frosting pictured above is a butter cream frosting recipe that I used.

5. Serve it and love it!

Note:

If you would like the recipe for the butter cream decorating frosting that I used, it will be on a separate post. I highly recommend it. I have been trying for a very long time to get my hands on the perfect butter cream recipe and this one is it.

Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

I thought that this recipe (adapted from TasteofHome Cookies)  was very good. They had a slightly crunchy bottom, crisp edges, and a chewy middle.  I actually made the cookies for an event at our church, and they were a  huge hit! If you prefer your cookies to be softer, you might not bake the cookie as long as suggested below. Even better, I got to use homemade strawberry jam that my Mom made. Yum!!!

Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies Recipe:

1/2 (1 stick) butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

3/4 cup strawberry jam

Directions:

1. Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg together in a large bowl until smooth. Add flour and baking powder and mix thoroughly.

2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a rectangle roughly 14×10 inches.  Straighten the dough’s edges with a ruler if you want a nice clean edge to it.  Spread the jam on the dough, spreading to within 1/2 an inch of the edge. Roll up, starting with the long side so you make a nice long roll.

Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies Recipe in the Making

Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies Recipe in the Making

Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies Recipe in the Making

Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies Recipe in the Making

Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies Recipe in the Making

Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies Recipe in the Making

3. Wrap the roll in plastic cling-wrap and refrigerate for at least three hours. (Don’t try to weasel your way out of the time… it’s very essential that you do this if you want pretty cookies.)

4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line one cookie sheet with wax paper or grease it. (If you grease it, then you have to re-grease the pan before baking the next batch.) Sawing gently and using a sharp knife, cut the roll carefully into 1/2- 3/4 inch wide slices. These slices are the cookies that you will put on the cookie sheet.

5. Place pan on center rack and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cookies start to become a light golden brown.

6. Let them cool for a few seconds before you remove them from the tray. Do not let them cool for more than a minute on the tray, because they will continue baking, which would over-bake the cookies.

7. Eat up!