Lemon Shortbread Squares

Lemon Shortbread Squares | simplykierste.com

Have I told you lately that I am obsessed with all things lemon? It's true! I was looking back through my recipes this week, and seriously, half of all of my dessert recipes are lemon!  I love it in pretty much all forms, but when you combine it with cream cheese and a buttery shortbread crust, it's quite simply, heaven. Lemon Shortbread Squares are super easy, and SO delicious! These make a perfect spring and summer dessert--not only do they taste amazing, but they look so fresh and pretty too! Anytime you want to make an impression, and serve a yummy dessert that doesn't take a ton of time to make, you need to try these! The crust is a delightful shortbread made from flour, … [Read more...]

Double Chocolate Brownie Trifle in a Jar

Chocolate Brownie Trifle in a Jar | simplykierste.com

This post is sponsored by the J.M. Smucker Company.  All opinions are 100% mine. When the framing goes up on our house, we're planning to have a "timber" party to celebrate! We are SO excited to finally be making progress, and getting together with friends is the perfect way to do it.  It's also perfect timing, because what better time is there to have a party than spring?  The sun is shining, trees are blossoming, it's getting warm again after the winter, and we're all ready to be outside. I love serving yummy desserts at my parties, and brownies are always super popular.  On the menu this time?  Double Chocolate Brownie Trifle in a Jar! Really, isn't everything cuter when it's in … [Read more...]

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Easy Cinnamon Rolls | simplykierste.com

Confession.  We had these easy cinnamon rolls for dinner tonight.  My kids proclaimed it "the best dinner ever", and I think I have to agree! Is there anything better than warm cinnamon rolls right out of the oven? I love this recipe because it's delicious, but also because it's easy. Some recipes can have lots of steps and details, but this one is pretty straightforward, and doesn't take all day to make.  We like to make them on the weekend when we have a little more time, but really, any time is a good time! They also make really yummy gifts--package them up and give them to friends, neighbors, teachers, and anyone you want to give a little thank you to. Don't forget to … [Read more...]

The BEST Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

The BEST Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies | simplykierste.com

This post is sponsored by Huggies®.  All opinions are 100% mine.  We really love peanut butter at our house, so with Peanut Butter Lovers' Day coming up on March 15th, I thought it was the perfect time to share one of our very favorite cookie recipes, The BEST Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies! We love them best straight out of the oven, with a big tall glass of milk, but they're delicious anytime.  They're the perfect consistency...crunchy on the outside, and soft on the inside.  I roll the balls of dough in sugar before I bake them, so it gives them that extra little crunch.  SO yummy! Whenever I make cookies, I always have an audience, and lots of volunteers to help. … [Read more...]

Easy & Adorable Oreo Chicks

Easy & Adorable Oreo Chicks | simplykierste.com

Since my kids love helping in the kitchen so much, I'm always looking for fun & easy projects we can do together, especially during the holidays.  We first made these adorable Oreo Chicks several years ago, and they're still such a favorite! It makes a great activity (and treat!) for Family Night, and we usually make them a week or two before Easter.  Not only are they fun for home, but perfect to take to spring parties, or as part of your Easter menu! When I've made them in years past, I've added small pieces of broken pretzels to use as cute little legs.  I don't know if Oreos have gotten skinnier over time, because even though I use Double Stuf, I've had a terrible time … [Read more...]

Chocolate Mint Ice Cream Cake

Chocolate Mint Ice Cream Cake | simplykierste.com

What flavor combination most comes to mind when you think about St. Patrick's Day? Chocolate and mint, of course!  It also happens to be one of my favorites, and I absolutely adore this Chocolate Mint Ice Cream Cake.  As did my husband and children, who literally inhaled it.  This cake is super easy to make, and will pretty much knock your socks off, as well as anyone else who you serve it to! It's a St. Patrick's Day dessert, but it's darn good anytime! Oh my goodness, it is SO yummy!  Layers of dark chocolate cake and mint chocolate chip ice cream, with chocolate ganache poured over the top makes for an absolutely divine cake.  Now you can have your ice cream and your cake too, all … [Read more...]

Yummy Lemon Cream Cake

Lemon Cream Cake | simplykierste.com

I love lemon all the time, but it's a perfect match to springtime!  Since we're nearing spring (at least I'm hoping), I wanted to share one of my absolute favorite recipes ever, Lemon Cream Cake.  It's perfect for all of your spring parties and Easter menus, and you'll have people chasing you down for the recipe! It is SO SO yummy.  Layers of moist cake and cream cheese filling, topped with little crumbles of powdered sugar & butter---it just melts in your mouth!  What I love about it even more, is that it uses a boxed cake mix (Duncan Hines is my favorite!!), so it speeds up the process.  The creamy filling adds so much to the cake that you can't even tell it's not homemade. I … [Read more...]

Irresistible Praline Cookies

Irresistible Praline Cookies | simplykierste.com

I have two words for you...browned butter.  They're the highlight of this recipe, and they're what give these Praline Cookies their absolutely irresistible brown sugar flavor.  I've had this recipe for many years, but up until this past week, it had been a while since I made them. Once again I'm reminded of just HOW good they are, and I don't think I'll be making that mistake again! The browned butter gives them a richness and a deepness of flavor and they pretty much melt in your mouth!  So much so, that (I can't believe I'm saying this...) one is usually enough.  They're the perfect cookie to give as gifts, because not only are they delicious, but their beautiful too! … [Read more...]

Cupid Crunch Trail Mix

Cupid Crunch Trail Mix |Valentine's Day Snack| simplykierste.com

Can I tell you how much my kids love snacks?  Whether it's choosing them for their school lunches, raiding the pantry after school, or taking them on the go, they pretty much love them for every reason and in lots of different forms.  Around the holidays I like to come up with fun & easy snacks that make snack time a little more festive, and Cupid Crunch Trail Mix is a favorite for Valentine's Day! So adorable, right?  It's yummy, super cute, and the kids love it.  It's perfect for adding to school lunches, serving at class parties, as a preschool snack, or setting out in bowls at a Valentine's Day party. Best of all, you can customize it to include your favorite things! I … [Read more...]

Cherry Vanilla Float

Cherry Vanilla Float | Valentine's Day Drink | sinplykierste.com

At our house, we like ice cream pretty much any way it can be served, but one of our very favorites is an ice cream float.  There are so many yummy flavors that we love, but the lovely pink and white Cherry Vanilla Float is perfect with Valentine's Day right around the corner! Cherry and vanilla are a match made in heaven, and the pink and white are just right for all of your Valentine's Day celebrations and parties.  They're on my menu to serve to my family at our Valentine's Day, and my kids & hubby are going to love them! Best of all, they take just 1 minute to make, which make them perfect for when you need to make a bunch, or just one. In case you have a hankering for a … [Read more...]