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How To Make A Cookie Basket

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Cookies are one of the most popular dessert and snack items in the country and around the world. Their appeal is largely due, of course, to their delicious taste and enticing smell. But their versatility also wins them points with billions of cookie lovers.

Not only are the variations and recipes endless, they can also be decorated with icing, candies, nuts, and other treats. Perfect for virtually every occasion, the cookie also makes an exceptional, and almost universally welcomed, gift. When you are at a loss for your next gift, make a cookie basket - and make your recipient very happy.

Choosing a Basket

Go with a theme

Before you even think about the cookies, think about the basket itself. Today, you can find an unlimited array of baskets and other containers that will be perfect for you. Choose your container not only based on size and price, but also the interests of your recipient.

You can always use a traditional woven gift basket, but if you know your recipient loves gardening (and cookies!), for instance, why not create the cookie basket in a galvanized pail? This is a great look, and the pail can be used in the garden after the delicious cookies are gone.

Take a little time to search for just the right "basket," even if it is not a basket at all.

Choosing a Cookie Recipe

Which will you bake?

cookiesThe next step is to figure out which kind(s) of cookies to make. If you already know your recipient's favorite kind, make a big batch. If you have to guess, a sampler is a great idea. Chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin or oatmeal chocolate chip, peanut butter, and sugar cookies are popular.

If your recipient is diabetic, then you will know you will have to make sugar free cookies for their sake.

Also feel free to add some brownies, blondies, biscotti, or cookie bars to the mix as well. You can find an endless supply of fabulous recipes online at sites like, AllRecipes,, and more.

Going Seasonal

Holiday Cookie Ideas

If you are making the cookies for an occasion like Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter, you can incorporate seasonal tastes (such as pumpkin or dried cranberry for fall) and decorate the cookies accordingly by using cookie cutters, colored icing, sprinkles, and candies. There are lots of ways to incorporate the festivity of the season into your cookie baskets, you just have to have a little creativity!

Freshness Factor

Tips for the best cookies

Bake the cookies as close to the time when you are giving them as possible. Ideally, you would bake the cookies, allow them to cool thoroughly, arrange them in the basket, and give.

You can't always do this, however, and you may have to freeze the cookies before you have a chance to give them. If this is the case, make sure you store them in airtight containers so they do not take on that freezer taste.

Basket Filling Details

Make it perfect

Prepare your basket or other container by lining it with parchment paper or wax paper. Tissue paper also works well and can add some beautiful color to your presentation.

Layer your cookies carefully. When your container is full, you can add some items that relate to your theme, if you choose.

To use our gardening example again, you could add a few mini gardening tools for decoration or some seed packets. Wrap the basket or container in cellophane and tie with a ribbon. It's a great way to make a cheap cookie basket look extravagant!

Finishing Details

Make it pretty

Another variation on the cookie basket is to make a cookie bouquet.

This is typically done with sugar cookies and it makes a wonderful gift, especially for that gardener! You can find directions for the cookie bouquet on AllRecipes.

A cookie basket is a thoughtful gift, but it is also one that is easy, inexpensive, and fun to make.

Next time you give a gift, make it a delicious, homemade one.

Nutter Butter Banana Pudding Trifle Recipe

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The Best Peanut Butter Cookie & Banana Trifle Recipe Ever

Trifles are a great gourmet dessert to bring to any potluck, picnic, or large family gathering. The stunning presentation in a clear glass footed bowl will garner oohs and aahs from the crowd... they'll be oh so impressed with your creativity. One of my all time favorite trifle recipes is this Nutter Butter Banana Pudding Trifle from My Recipes!

I must confess that normally I make the time-saver version with store-bought pudding, but if you've got the time, the homemade version is the way to go in my humble opinion. In either case, I hope that your family and friends enjoy this recipe as much as mine have!

Homemade Nutter Butter Banana Pudding Trifle

Homemade Nutter Butter Banana Pudding Trifle

A homemade custard type pudding make this layered dessert decadently delicious! Add in ripe banana slices and pieces of Nutter Butter cookies and you end up with a dessert that will make your mouth water. In fact, mine is watering right now just thinking about it!

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  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 medium-size ripe bananas
  • 1 (1-lb.) package peanut butter sandwich cookies
  • 2 cups sweetened whipped cream

Garnishes: peanut butter sandwich cookies, dried banana chips, fresh mint sprigs


1. Whisk together first 4 ingredients in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, 15 to 20 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla until butter is melted.

2. Fill a large bowl with ice. Place saucepan in ice, and let stand, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly chilled.

3. While the custard pudding is chilling, peel and cut the bananas into 1/4-inch thick slices and break the Nutter Butter cookies into thirds.

4. Spoon half of pudding mixture into a 3-qt. bowl or pitcher. Top with bananas and cookies. Spoon remaining pudding mixture over bananas and cookies. Top with sweetened whipped cream. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours. Garnish, if desired. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Crunchy or Soft?

The longer you chill your assembled trifle, the softer the Nutter Butter cookies will get. So if you prefer crunchy cookies, chill just a few hours, but if you enjoy softer cookies, chill the trifle overnight or longer.

Shortcut Banana Pudding & Nutter Butter Trifle


  • 2 (3.4 oz) packages Jell-o vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 (8 oz) container sour cream
  • 2 cups Cool whip extra creamy
  • 5 medium-size ripe bananas
  • 1 (1-lb.) package peanut butter sandwich cookies
  • 2 cups sweetened whipped cream


Place pudding, vanilla, and milk in large glass bowl. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes or until thickened. Let mixture stand for 5 minutes. Fold in the 8 oz container of sour cream. Place pudding in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set-up. prior to assembling the trifle. To assemble, follow steps 3 and 4 in the homemade recipe except substitute Cool Whip Extra Creamy for the homemade sweetened whipped cream.

Easy Banana Pudding Bites

You could even replace the vanilla wafer with a nutter butter cookie!

Having A Dinner Party?

If you plan to serve this dessert for a dinner party or for an outdoor afternoon tea in the summer, consider assembling individual desserts for your guests.

Small footed glass bowls are the perfect choice. And you don't have to do a layered trifle assembly... they look great with pudding, gourmet cookies, and bananas all mixed together. Finish them off with a mint sprig or dried banana chips for a beautiful presentation. Your guests will love getting their own little bite of heaven made just for them!

How to Make a Fruit Pizza Using a Sugar Cookie Crust

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The sugar cookie fruit pizza has joined the ranks of some of the most tempting, gourmet desserts. It's very easy to make yourself at home and even makes for great fruit gifts. You need a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in the house. If not, you can run out to any grocery store and find them easily.

What is a fruit pizza?

Sounds delicious

It's like eating sugar cookie cake that you bake like a pizza. The difference is it's sweet and not savory. It is topped with a creamy layer of sweetness instead of sauce and it has fruit on top.

It's really more like a tart or a pastry than a pizza. But it's fun to call it a pizza because it resembles one. Dessert pizzas are now being offered at places you'd never expect to see them. The Domino's Pizza chain has started offering fruit pizzas. They wanted to find a dessert that would cook in their pizza ovens in the same time it took to make their pizzas. And they needed one that could be assembled quickly.

Thus, the dessert pizza was born. A perfect alternative to your usual average cookies.

sugar cookie fruit pizza

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If you want to make a dessert pizza at home, all you'll really need for equipment is a pizza pan and beaters. Here's a great recipe from to get you started on your first fruit pie.

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  • 1 (17 oz.) pkg. Quaker Sugar Cookie Mix (or equivalent)
  • 1/3 c. vegetable shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Orange marmalade or apricot jam
  • Assorted fruit such as grapes
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Peaches
  • Kiwi
  • Strawberries


  1. Mix cookie mix, shortening and egg. Spread on greased 14 inch pizza pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes and allow to cool.
  2. Mix cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice and spread on cooled crust.
  3. Arrange sliced fruit on cream cheese in decorative manner.
  4. Mix 1/2 cup orange marmalade or apricot jam with 2 tablespoons water and spoon over fruit. Refrigerate.

Easy Fruit Pizza - How-To Video



In case you want to try another recipe for this delicious dessert, I'm providing you with another from

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Cook Time

  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 50
  • Serves: 12


  • Crust: 1 20-ounce package store-bought sugar cookie dough (Refrigerated)
  • Sauce: 1 8-ounce package cream cheese (softened) - 1/3 cup sugar - 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • Glaze: 1/4 cup orange marmalade (can also use apricot strawberry or raspberry) - 1 Tbsp. water
  • Drizzle (optional): 1/2 cup chocolate chips melted
  • Toppings: (everything listed below)
  • Fresh or canned peach slices drained
  • Whole strawberries cut in half
  • Fresh or frozen blueberries drained
  • Kiwi fruit peeled
  • Raspberries
  • Grapes (no seeds)
  • Bananas
  • Pineapple chunks or rings drained
  • Apples (washed
  • peeled and cored)
  • Mandarin oranges drained


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375° F
  2. Slice cookie dough as directed on package
  3. Arrange cookie dough in single layer in bottom of a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. (A large pizza pan will also work).
  4. Using floured fingers, press dough evenly onto pan to form crust
  5. Bake at 375° F for 16-20 minutes or until golden brown
  6. Cool crust completely
  7. While crust is cooling, in a small bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until fluffy
  8. Spread mixture over cooled cookie crust
  9. Refrigerate several hours
  10. Arrange fruit in attractive layers or designs over cream cheese "sauce" layer
  11. Combine marmalade and water into a glaze and carefully brush glaze over fruit
  12. Drizzle warm chocolate chip mixture for additional sweet topping
  13. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving
  14. Cut into slices or squares and serve immediately
  15. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator

Pink Foods and Desserts

Pink foods and desserts

Pink Food Ideas For Your Pink Themed Party

You might be asking why we would have a pink food article. It's not just another random topic we picked out of the sky. There are lots of reasons you may need pink food... a baby shower theme for a little girl, a teen's birthday party, Valentine's Day, or even breast cancer awareness favors and research party. If not for any of those reasons, you can simply add a little cheer to your meal!

Baked Pink Grapefruit Recipegrapefruit recipe


  • pink grapefruit
  • sugar
  • coconut rum
  • chocolate chips
  • whipped cream


1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
2. Cut grapefruit in half, prepare as if you were going to eat with a spoon. Place in ovenproof bowl, pour 1 tablespoon rum over each half, sprinkle with a little sugar, let set for a while.
3. Heat fruit thoroughly, about 10 min, remove from oven, add a few chocolate chips, whipped cream, serve.

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Strawberry Bread


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups mashed strawberries
  • 1 1/4 cups oil
  • 4 eggs, well beaten
  • 1/2 cup strawberry juice, drained from mashed strawberries
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese

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1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Mix first five ingredients together.

3. Make a well in center of mixture.

4. Stir strawberries, oil and eggs in by hand .

5. Pour into two greased 9x5" loaf pans.

6. Bake at given temperature for 50 to 60 minutes.

7. Cool on wire rack.

8. For topping, blend reserved strawberry juice with cream cheese. Drizzle over cooled loaves.

Sugar Plums Recipe


  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 1/2 cups fine coconut
  • 1 (6 ounce) package red Jell-O, any flavor
  • 1 (3 ounce) package red Jell-O, same flavor
  • 1 (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk

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1. Mix graham crumbs, coconut, large package of jello (dry mix) and milk together really well.

2. Shape into 1 inch balls.

3. Roll in remaining package of jello (dry mix).

4. Reshape if necessary (You can shape them like strawberries if you want).

5. Chill.

6. Keep them in the fridge or freezer-they taste better cold.

Pink Lamingtons Recipe

Pink lamingtons are great for any pink party


  • butter, melted (for greasing)
  • 1/2 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornflour or cornmeal or rice flour
  • 6 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup caster sugar or superfine sugar
  • 4 cups unsweetened coconut

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  • 1 cup frozen raspberries, thawed (reserve 1/3 cup liquid)
  • 6 cups icing sugar or confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • pink food coloring, to color


1. Preheat oven to 320 °F. Grease and line a 1.5" x 9" x 11" lamington pan with butter and baking paper, allowing the paper to overhang edges of the pan slightly.

2. Sift flours together into a large bowl three times.

3. Beat eggs and caster sugar in a mixer on a high speed for 5 minutes until mixture is thick and pale, then scrape into a separate bowl.

4. Sift flour over egg mixture and gently fold until just combined.

5. Spread mixture into a lamington pan and bake for 28-30 minutes until pale golden and sponge springs back when touched in the center.

6. Cool in the pan, then cover with a tea towel and set aside overnight.


7. Turn out sponge, trim edges and cut into 24 squares.

8. Spread coconut over the base of a baking tray.


9. Crush raspberries in a bowl with a fork, stir in 2 tablespoons of boiling water, then allow to cool for 5 minutes.

10. Sieve raspberry mixture into a clean bowl, discarding solids.

11. Sift icing sugar into a bowl.

12. Combine 1/3 cup of raspberry liquid and 1 cup of boiling water, stir into icing sugar and whisk until smooth.

13. Whisk in enough food coloring to reach desired color.

14. Dip one sponge at a time into icing, turning quickly to coat and allow excess to drip back into bowl.

15. Roll in coconut and place on a wire rack to set.

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Pink Popcorn Recipe


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 TBS butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • red food coloring
  • 2 cups unpopped popcorn


Preheat oven to 200°F. Pop popcorn and place in oven to keep warm. Boil the rest of the ingredients for 3 minutes then pour slowly over the popcorn. Mix well then let dry.

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Strawberry Smoothies

Try this quick and easy strawberry smoothie recipe


  • 1 container (6 oz) Yoplait® Original 99% Fat Free strawberry, strawberry kiwi or strawberry mango yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup orange or pineapple juice
  • Pineapple chunks, strawberries or kiwifruit slices, if desired


1. In blender, place yogurt, strawberries and juice. Cover; blend on medium speed about 2 minutes or until smooth.

2. Pour into serving glass. Garnish with pineapple. Serve immediately.

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Birthday Cookie Gift Ideas

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Getting Started

There is no age limit on our enjoyment of cookies. They are one of our favorite snacks, and this tends to be true whether we are three or seventy. If you have a special birthday coming up, what better way to celebrate than with fresh baked cookies? Whether for parties, gifts, or just a great treat for the birthday boy or girl, these terrific birthday cookie gift ideas will be a big hit.

Cookie Cake

congrats cookie cakeWhy not ditch the traditional cake and opt for a cookie cake? It will be just as delicious - or more so! You can make any variety you like, and best of all, you can decorate and customize the cookie to ensure it'll be extra-special.

Try the following recipe for chocolate chip cake from and start the delicious desserts.

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  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ chopped nuts
  • 6 ounces chocolate chips


  1. Grease 8 or 9 inch round pan and preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. With a spoon, cream butter, vanilla, egg, and white and brown sugars.
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Add the nuts and chocolate chips.
  5. Spread the dough on your pan.
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  7. You can decorate with powdered sugar, icing, sprinkles, candy bits, and other goodies.

Cookie Cake Demo

Oreo Cookie Cake

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This recipe from Kraft proves that you can have your cake, or cookie, and eat it too. For those who can't part with their birthday cake but love iced birthday cookies, or just chocolate Oreos, the Oreo Cookie Cake offers a perfect compromise.

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Oreo Cookie Cake Recipe

  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (2-layer size)
  • 4 squares Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese (softened)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 12 Oreo cookies (crushed)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F and grease 2 (9 inch) round cake pans.
  2. Mix and bake the cake according to package directions.
  3. Let cool completely.
  4. Microwave or use a double boiler to melt the chocolate and butter. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and let cool for 5 minutes.
  5. While the chocolate is cooling, beat the cream cheese and sugar thoroughly. Stir in whipped topping and crushed Oreos.
  6. Put one cake layer on a plate and cover it with the cream cheese mixture. Put the other cake layer on top. Spread the top layer with chocolate glaze and let stand for 10 minutes, or until firm.
  7. Refrigerate until it's time to serve.

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Cookie Dough Dip

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It sounds enticing, doesn't it? It's time to rethink the cookie; instead of simply eating it, why not use it for dip? This is exactly what the genius behind the TastyKitchen blog has done. Here is the recipe.

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Cookie Dough Dip Recipe - From TastyKitchen

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese (softened)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips


  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a small saucepan.
  2. Add brown sugar. Whisk until the mixture starts to bubble.
  3. Take it off the heat and whisk in the vanilla.
  4. Cream the cream cheese and powdered sugar together.
  5. Add brown sugar and butter mixture to the cream cheese mixture.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Enjoy with fruit, pretzels, graham crackers, cookies, or just out of the bowl. (There's no egg so don't worry about eating this dough!)

Try Something New

Birthdays are the perfect time to be creative with your cookie gifts. There is nothing holding you back but your imagination. Spell out the birthday boy or girl's name in cookies, cut his/her favorite shapes, make a cookie bouquet, or have a cookie pizza topped with fresh fruit for dessert. You'll look forward to each birthday to try something new!

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