Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Apr
08
2
chocolate pecan pie bars | simplykierste.com

These yummy Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars have been around for years, but they never get old.  They have a rich, buttery crust that's topped with a nut and chocolate filling that tastes just like pecan pie!  Talk about a crowd pleaser...they'll be a hit wherever you take them! I love that they are simple to put together, and won't take all day to make.  They're fancy enough to take to a party, but also perfect for adding to kids' lunches too.  Have I told you how GOOD they are?  ☺ The pecans get all roasty toasty and crunchy, the chocolate all melty, and paired with the buttery, shortbread crust, the result is nothing short of fabulous. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:1] … [Read more...]



Yummy Lemon Recipes

Apr
01
5
yummy lemon recipes | simplykierste.com

I tell you, this is the time I start really craving lemon! Spring, I love you!  After making Lemon Bread last week, I'm on a mission to try some old favorites and some new potential favorite lemon recipes. I've searched for Yummy Lemon Recipes that I'm dying to try, and wanted to pass them along to you! This first one is an old favorite, and probably the best cake I've ever had.  It is DIVINE. LEMON CREAM CAKE/Simply Kierste LEMON BARS//The Barefoot Contessa SOUR CREAM LEMON PIE//Crisco LEMON ICEBOX PIE//The Galley Gourmet LEMON ICE CREAM//Your Homebased Mom LEMON CUPCAKES WITH STRAWBERRY FROSTING//A Pumpkin and a Princess LEMON MERINGUE PIE POPS//Betty … [Read more...]



GLAZED LEMON BREAD

Mar
28
10
Glazed Lemon Bread | simplykierste.com

I'm kind of obsessed with all things lemon.  I love it all year long, but springtime comes around, and I really start craving it.  So...I started the season off right this week, and made one of my all time favorites...Glazed Lemon Bread.  A dear friend shared this recipe with me over ten years ago, and I think of her every time I make it.  It's very similar to a poundcake, and you can easily serve this at brunch, or as dessert.  Either way, it's rich, dense, and absolutely delicious! I could seriously eat this glaze with a spoon!  It's made with fresh lemon juice, and is DIVINE! It's perfect on top of the bread that has a more subtle lemon flavor, and the two together...well...I could eat … [Read more...]



SMASHED M&M COOKIES

Mar
21
0
Smashed M&M Cookies | simplykierste.com

We are a cookie-loving family, and we love lots of different mix-ins.  This week I bought a bag of Easter M&M's, and my boys were eager to help me mix up a batch of our favorite cookies.  I was more than happy to oblige.  ☺  Instead of just adding in the candy as it is, I like to "smash" them up first.  It gives the cookies tons of little flecks of chocolate throughout them, plus small and large chunks of chocolate and candy pieces.  We LOVE Smashed M&M Cookies! This particular cookie dough recipe is one of our tried and true favorites, and it's great with so many things.  It's not a traditional chocolate chip dough--kind of a cross between that and a sugar cookie dough.  I love … [Read more...]



GIANT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Mar
13
4
Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies | simplykierste.com

A few years ago I was with a group of friends for the Super Bowl, and we all brought a yummy treat or appetizer.  One of my friends brought these GIANT chocolate chip cookies that were seriously to-die-for, and by the end of the night, everyone had asked her for the recipe.  When I couldn't find the recipe this past week, I had to hurry and have it sent to me again!  These cookies are ENORMOUS, and they are a huge crowd pleaser! (Pun intended.  ☺) I love the texture of these cookies. They are soft and thick, with a little crisp on the outside--perfection in my eyes. And the dough (usually my favorite part of the cooking making process) is some of the best around--if you're into that kind … [Read more...]



“Nothing But Net” Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bites…and the Reese’s Baking Bracket Challenge!

Mar
11
4
Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bites | simplykierste.com

 This post brought to you by REESE’S® Brand. All opinions are 100% mine. -----  I think our family's favorite month is March, because of COLLEGE BASKETBALL!!  We all fill out brackets, and hope that "our team" makes it as far as we think they should.  ☺  We love watching games together, and yes, we have all the neccessary team paraphernalia...for every member of the family.  Another part of making game day special is all the yummy food!!  We make an allowance to the "no food in the family room" rule, which is a BIG deal, believe me!  We spread out blankets on the floor, and enjoy some of our favorites, plus a few new recipes thrown in the mix.  We also love to invite friends over to watch … [Read more...]



The BEST Chewy Caramel Popcorn

Mar
04
10
the best chewy caramel popcorn | simplykierste.com

To me, Caramel Popcorn is the perfect food. :) It's also best when it's ooey, gooey, AND chewy!  No offense to those who like crunchy caramel popcorn, but that just doesn't cut it.  :)  This popcorn has long been one of my favorite things, and now my kids love it too.  We like to have it on our family movie nights or when we watch a game, but I don't  have to have an official reason!  It's just one of those yummy comfort foods that's fun to serve to family and to friends! Honestly, popcorn is like another food group at our house, and there aren't many nights that go by where someone isn't asking if we can make some.  My oldest son is made of half popcorn, I swear!  We love it the … [Read more...]



{raspberry chocolate brownie torte}

Feb
13
4
raspberry chocolate brownie torte | simplykierste.com

Ooh la la!  I've got a fancy dessert for you...just perfect for Valentine's Day, or any other time you really want to impress.  And in Simply Kierste style, it won't take you all day to make.  ☺  This Raspberry Chocolate Brownie Torte is layers of rich & chocolate-y brownie and fresh whipped cream, then balanced with the perfect tartness of raspberries.  It is DIVINE. And SO easy. A torte usually refers to layers of cake, and you could certainly do that instead, but I'm a brownie lover, and I thought the extra gooey-ness of them would be fabulous...and it IS!!! Honestly, you just can't get any easier than this, and if you're looking for an extra special dessert, look no … [Read more...]



{pink hot chocolate}

Feb
05
20
Pink Hot Chocolate | simplykierste.com

Yesterday we made Pink Hot Chocolate as part of our Valentine countdown. It's SO yummy, and my kids were pretty thrilled by the fact that it was pink. Even the boys! It's a fun way to get warm and celebrate the holiday! My kids think I'm magic.  :) They have no idea how the hot chocolate gets pink, and I've told them it's a very special mom secret (passed down to me by my mom), and that I'll tell them all about it when they grow up. They like to watch whenever I'm working the kitchen, but I made them leave when it was time for the "pink" part.  I LOVE it. I make it a couple of times every year during the Valentine's Day season, and it's always a hit.  I love to serve it as part of our … [Read more...]



{double chocolate chip cookies}

Feb
03
2
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies | simplykierste.com

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies?  Hello, nice to meet you!!! I can't believe that I haven't always loved chocolate. I don't know what was wrong with me, but clearly, something was. After I had kids, everything changed, and now I LOVE it. These cookies are perfect for any chocolate craving! They are rich, soft and just about melt in your mouth. The dough is rolled in sugar before baking, and it gives them an outside layer of crunch that is just fabulous!! They are always popular with a crowd, and are sure to please anyone you serve them too! Just promise me you won't freak out about the amount of butter it calls for.  It makes a ton of cookies.  Really.  And honestly, everything is better … [Read more...]