12 Recipes for Strawberry Season

It is strawberry season here in New Jersey!

Strawberries are one of our family’s favorite fruits and we’re lucky enough to have several amazing farms that offer strawberry picking within an easy drive – so we tend to go overboard.

We eat a ton of them, make jam to last the year, and end up cooking them up in so many different ways. Here are a dozen of our favorite ways to use them!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

You know the classic treat muddy buddies or puppy chow? Where you shake cereal in a combo of melted chocolate and peanut butter and then shake them again in powdered sugar? These cookies are and ode to that.

Fudgy chocolate is piped over soft peanut butter cookies and then they’re pressed into powdered sugar to coat. These cookies are absolutely a special treat!

Whether you’re making these as a stand-alone dessert or as part of a holiday cookie tray, they will definitely be a hit.

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Gingerbread Biscotti

This is the biscotti you want to dunk in your coffee (or hot chocolate!) this holiday season. I promise.

It has all the flavor of your favorite gingerbread cookie, in a thick, chewy bar perfect for sopping up your favorite drink. They are an opportunity to turn every coffee break into a holiday celebration.

Slices of gingerbread biscotti piled in a white mug with snowflakes and the words "warm wishes". More biscotti sit next to the mug.

And if you’re thinking, meh, biscotti isn’t my thing – I’m here to tell you that you need to try making it yourself. These are so, so much better than the dry and crumbly store-bought biscotti you’re imagining!

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Pecan Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are such a classic – but I never think of them as a Christmas cookie. In this recipe, they get some additional mix ins that make them absolutely perfect for the holiday season. These are soft and chewy, with sweet bites from the cherries and chocolate. They’re a great stand-along treat or a beautiful addition to a holiday cookie tray.

These are based on one of my Opa’s cookie recipes from his years working in a bakery, which means they’re foolproof. Because no-one has time for cookies that might not turn out perfectly in a bakery – or during the the holidays.

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The Best Slice-and-Bake Christmas Cookies

Slice-and-bake cookies are an awesome option for Christmas cookies because they’re so easy to bake up. This dough is foolproof, can be dressed up a bunch of different ways, and can even be frozen – so you can prep it when things are not crazy and still have warm, fresh cookies ready for Santa!

Green and red swirl cookies spread out on a surface and in a bowl.

You can make these cookies your own by changing up the dough colors, dipping them in sanding sugar, or rolling them in sprinkles. I love leaving the dough uncolored and then dipping the cookies in red or green sugar. And rolling them in blue sprinkles make them perfect for Hanukkah!

Or, divide the dough and make a few different designs from one batch. The possibilities are endless!

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Candy Corn Ice Cream

I know candy corn can be polarizing but in our family it’s a favorite! We always grab a bag as soon as it hits stores in the fall.

This summer, I didn’t manage to make a single batch of ice cream in the ice cream maker, so I knew candy corn season was the perfect time to break it out – and introduce the kids to this old favorite.

Candy corn ice cream is a creamy treat that tastes just like the original – and requires only 3 ingredients to make!

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Slow Cooker Zucchini Crisp

I was introduced to zucchini pie last summer and instantly loved it. It takes just like apple pie – you’d never know you were eating veggies! While I love pie, I always default to crisps in the summer because they’re easier than dealing with pie crust and you can make it in the slow cooker so no heating up the house! It was a summer goal to perfect a zucchini crisp and I’m so excited to share the results today!

If you have a garden overflowing with zucchini, this is such a fun way to use it up! It really does taste like an apple crisp!

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Peaches & Cream Roll Cake

This week is Farmer’s Market Week and I’m so excited for a week of farm-fresh eats! All this week, I’m sharing some new recipes inspired by the season’s bounty and linking up with my blogger friends to give you tons of inspiration.

First up for me: peaches. Because we’re kind of drowning in them. We’ve been peach picking, and gotten them in our CSA share and I’ve been baking so many things to use them up! This has been my favorite.

This spongy roll cake is easier than you’d expect and makes for the perfect summer dessert! The vanilla cake balances well with a homemade whipped cream and freshly sliced peaches.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Popsicles

It is summer here and I am so immensely grateful.

I really can’t believe we survived a year of homeschooling – and not just survived but thrived. This year has been demanding and exhausting, but so, so incredibly worth it. With all the chaos happening in the world, I’m so glad our family could take a pause and have our own consistent routine in our own little bubble.

And, I’m so glad it’s done.

Instead of school, we’ve been spending our days playing legos and swimming and working on the garden and playing board games on the deck and eating as many meals outside as possible. It’s been so good for the soul.

Also good for the soul? Homemade popsicles. And these chocolate covered peanut butter ones are the things dreams are made of.

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Easter Cookie Cake #SpringSweetsWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Isn’t this cake just so cute?

A thick, oversized chocolate cookie decorated with vanilla buttercream and topped off with the every-popular chocolate bunny. It’s a great cake for beginners because you can hide any cake imperfections with icing… and any icing imperfections with candy.

A giant chocolate chip cookie decorated with blue frosting, candy, and a chocolate bunny.

But, that’s not all – this bunny has a really fun surprise inside!

This is a super fun dessert for Easter. Everyone will get a kick out of the surprise and, even more, everyone loves a chocolate chip cookie!

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