Chocolate-Covered Peeps Pops

Chocolate-Covered Peeps Pops | simplykierste.com

My kids love Peeps so we usually have them around Easter, and today I had some out for another project I'm working on. At the same time my kids happened to be begging for the open bag of chocolate chips in the pantry, AND I had a bag of lollipop sticks on the counter that were ready to be put away. What happened next is what I'm calling kismet.  Chocolate-Covered Peeps Pops. My kids loved these so much, they were gone in about 30 seconds flat.  I'm lucky I even got a picture of two for this post, because they were inhaled so quickly.  I had chocolate-y mouths with huge smiles, and I was one of them! When you bite into a chocolate-covered peeps pop, you taste the creamy chocolate, … [Read more...]

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | simplykierste.com

My kids were clamoring for oatmeal cookies this week, and when they do, I usually make Oatmeal Scotchies.  When I realized we were out of butterscotch chips, I decided just to go ahead and use chocolate chips instead, and then I got a little crazy and added some peanut butter too.  Oh MY goodness!  The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is always delicious, and then when you throw in the hearty goodness of the oats, it's an absolute winning combination. My kids loved them, and they were gobbled up so fast--I really should have doubled the batch.  I did manage to sneak out a few to save for school lunches, and a few for a friend.  Whether you're serving them to your family, … [Read more...]

Lemon Oreo Truffles

Lemon Oreo Truffles | simplykierste.com

Have you tried the new Lemon Oreos?  Oh my goodness, they are SO yummy! I'm just slightly obsessed with all things lemon, so I was really excited to see them. My favorite way to eat Oreos is actually as an Oreo Truffle.  (Which if you haven't tried, you need to head straight to your to-do list and add it immediately.)  When I saw the new lemon flavor, I knew exactly what I wanted to make...Lemon Oreo Truffles. They did not disappoint! Dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with lemon zest, they're perfect for spring and Easter! They really could not be any easier to make, and they have just three ingredients!  Oreos (yummy), cream cheese (yummy), and white chocolate (yummy).  See … [Read more...]

Bunny bait trail mix

Bunny Bait Trail Mix | simplykierste.com

We're into snacks at our house.  There might be three main meals, but there are at least 42 other times in the day that my kids want to eat.  My baby (yes, she's almost two, but she's my baby!!) asks every 5 seconds for a "nack", and I pretty much always acquiesce.  If you saw her cute face, I bet you would too!  When the holidays come around, I love to do simple snacks for our own little celebration, and with Easter coming, that means it's time for our favorite Bunny Bait Trail Mix! This fun mix is perfect to munch on during any Easter gathering--as favors, in a cute bowl as an appetizer, or even as place cards. Tie it up with ribbon in clear bag or jar, and you've got a darling gift … [Read more...]

The BEST mint chocolate brownies

The BEST chocolate mint brownies | simplykierste.com

If you read my post on Friday, you'll know that I adore mint and chocolate together.  L.O.V.E. it.  Like I want to marry it. You can serve them anytime, anywhere, and they will be gobbled up!  Triple layers are involved here:  oo-ey goo-ey brownies, rich & creamy mint buttercream frosting, and a smooth chocolate ganache on top.  They are melt-in-your-mouth good. Pour yourself a tall glass of milk, and get ready to enjoy a little piece of heaven. Mint chocolate brownies are good anytime, but with St. Patrick's Day coming up, they're perfect for serving at parties, as dessert that night, or wrapping up all cute and giving away.  Just watch...wherever you serve them, they'll … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Floats

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Float | simplykierste.com

A delightfully minty green Shamrock Float is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Oh my goodness, how I love mint and chocolate together!  It's one of my favorite flavor combinations, and it's perfect for St. Patrick's Day.  They're definitely on our St. Patrick's Day menu, and my kids can't wait! I've been a fan of Shamrock Shakes forever, but I love the floats even more.  They have the same minty-delicious taste, but with the hint of chocolate.  Plus, if you're making them for a crowd (which my family is!), they're SO quick to put together, and definitely faster than making shakes. The ingredients?  Add your favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream to large glasses, … [Read more...]

Oatmeal scotchie cookie cups with butterscotch ganache

oatmeal scotchie cookie cups with butterscotch ganache | simplykierste.com

Classic Oatmeal Scotchies are so delicious, and one my family's favorite cookies.  The hearty oats combined with the smooth and rich butterscotch...can we just say perfection? This week I decided to take those same great flavors and ingredients and switch them up a little bit, and the result was absolutely divine.  I created a cookie cup with the dough, then filled the middle with a creamy butterscotch ganache that pretty much melts in your mouth.  They were a HUGE hit! Have you ever had butterscotch ganache? I don't hear about it as much as chocolate ganache, but let me just tell you, it is just as yummy!  It's made exactly the same way, but using butterscotch chips instead of … [Read more...]

5 minute snow ice cream

5 Minute snow ice cream | simplykierste.com

We live in upstate New York, and it's been a very cold and snowy winter.  With all the frigid temps and snowfall, we've had lots of time indoors, and today was one of those inbound days. I wanted to do something fun with the kids to break up the day, so I decided to make snow ice cream, and the kids absolutely loved it!  It's SO fast, and SO easy, and just a really fun winter activity...that you get to eat! After living in Texas for a couple of years, my little kids didn't remember snow ice cream, and they were absolutely fascinated by the whole thing.  They weren't sure how it was going to work when I told them what we were going to do, but it was sure an exciting process for them to … [Read more...]

Heart Chips & Salsa

Heart Chips & Salsa | simplykierste.com

Chips and salsa are a favorite at our house, and every once in awhile I make homemade tortilla chips. They're always a huge hit, so I knew that my kids would love this fun Valentine's Day snack of Heart Chips & Salsa! Aren't they adorable?  And they taste SO yummy! My kids gobbled them up and were asking for more within minutes.  I guess next time I'll have to do a much bigger batch! If you've never made homemade tortilla chips before, I'll tell you, they're worth it.  They don't take long to make, and they taste divine.  Usually I use a pizza cutter to cut corn tortillas into pie-shaped triangles, but in honor of Valentine's Day, I used a heart cookie cutter (about 2 inches) … [Read more...]

Famous 3-ingredient potato chip chicken

Famous 3-ingredient Potato Chip Chicken | simplykierste.com

The definitely of hitting the jackpot when you're a mom?  When every single one of you kids AND your husband absolutely loves the dinner you made.  There is a hands down favorite meal at our house, and my kids beg me to make it on a regular basis.  Potato Chip Chicken is crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and packed with flavor.  With sides of ranch dressing and honey mustard, it's pretty much heaven and a HUGE crowd-pleaser. It's a winner, all the way around!! Seriously, this chicken will make you a rockstar! It's popular with everyone I've served it to, and it's great for company and feeding a crowd.  I'm warning you...make a lot, it will go fly off the table! It's an … [Read more...]