Design to Dish: Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

oatmeal cookies teacher thank you gift Favorite Teacher notebooks by Jill Means | Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies (recipe below)

I’m usually really on top of things, but I completely spaced on Teacher Appreciation Week earlier this year (whoops!) and wanted to make up for it by giving my kids’ teachers some really great gifts at the end of the school year. So, I enlisted my kids to help me make a batch of good, old-fashioned oatmeal cookies—one of my favorites!—for their teachers, and packaging the cookies with a cute, personalized thank-you gift. These charming “Favorite Teacher” notebooks from Minted are darling, and I know our teachers this year will love them (hopefully enough to forgive me for forgetting Teacher Appreciation Week!).

Do you have a favorite cookie recipe? A really good classic that’s always a crowd pleaser? My family loves this simple recipe for oatmeal cookies—we make them a lot for easy weeknight desserts and after-school snacks. They’re sweet and buttery, and the perfect balance between crisp and chewy.

classic oatmeal cookies

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Design to Dish: Fruit & Yogurt Popsicles

raspberry orange yogurt popsicles “Oh Popsicle” print by Kelly Ventura | Fruit & Yogurt Popsicles (recipe below)

This past weekend was a scorcher—it reached 80 degrees which, where we live, is pretty summery for this time of the year! We jumped into our bathing suits, ran through the sprinkler for an hour or so, and ate homemade popsicles in the sunshine. Kelly Ventura’s “Oh Popsicle” print inspired the homemade-popsicles idea and I made them with swirls of raspberry purée, orange juice, and Greek yogurt. They were a big hit with everyone in the family, young and old alike. Beautiful, delicious, easy to make, and good for you? Yes, please!

raspberry orange yogurt popsicles

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Design to Dish: Lemon Cream-Cheese Pie

lemon cream cheese pie recipe New Waves” fabric by Jennifer Morehead; Lemon Cream-Cheese Pie (recipe below)

My husband’s favorite pie is a lovely little concoction with a graham-cracker crust and a layer of sweet cream-cheese topped with luscious, sunshine-yellow lemon curd. Every bite tastes like summer! Sadly, the pie shop we used to buy it from went out of business last year, so I’ve been spending some time concocting my own version. And guess what? It’s pretty easy to make! Despite its many layers, it’s a simple recipe: you basically mix, pour, bake, and repeat. Sunny days are here again!

And, speaking of sunny days, I came across this darling, lemon-yellow patterned fabric from Minted: “New Waves” by Jennifer Morehead. It’s such a fun print and practically begs to be turned into pillows, curtains, or even table runner (for displaying with this lemon cream-cheese pie!). It’s sweet and sunny, just like my pie.

lemon cream cheese pie recipe

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Design to Dish: Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

pineapple cake mini whipped cream cupcakes “Pining for Pineapple” print by Joni Tyrrell; Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes (recipe below)

Pineapples had a very big year in 2014—the tropical fruit popped up on everything from clothing and home décor to party goods and wall art. It felt like not a single day went by without someone blogging about pineapples or sharing a pineapple-themed DIY project. Whether or not this pineapple trend will continue this year is debatable, but regardless, pineapples will always be popular in the kitchen.

Pineapple upside-down cake is an old-school favorite, it’s been a kitchen classic for over 50 years! These mini versions have all of the sweet, brown sugary goodness of the original, packed into a cute, single-serving size. They’d look great on a dessert table and the recipe makes enough to feed a crowd.

mini pineapple upside-down cupcakes

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Design to Dish: Chocolate Pocky Cake

chocolate cake decorated with pink frosting and pocky domino” art print by Carrie ONeal; Pocky Cake (recipe below)

A few months ago, I was browsing Minted’s art prints for inspiration for upcoming Design to Dish posts, and I came across this “domino” print by Carrie ONeal. Instantly, I knew I had to make a cake decorated with Pocky sticks—this was one of those moments when the stars aligned and everything just clicked.

This pretty pink-and-chocolate-Pocky cake is as fun to look at as it is to eat. You can use any combination of cake and frosting flavors, but I made my favorite from-scratch chocolate cake and frosted it with my favorite vanilla buttercream (tinted a soft shade of pink to match the cute art print!). Both recipes are below; we had no problem polishing off the scrumptious cake and my kids stuffed themselves silly with Pocky!

chocolate cake decorated with pocky

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Design to Dish: Homemade Funfetti Cake

Funfetti cake always reminds me of my little sister, Anna—it’s her absolute favorite (she even says she wants a funfetti wedding cake when she gets married!). And who can blame her? Funfetti is delicious, of course, and looks so happy, colorful, and festive—it turns a regular weeknight dinner into a party! As with most cakes, cookies, and sweet treats, funfetti tastes much better made from scratch than from a mix, and really isn’t hard to make if you use my recipe below.

homemade funfetti cake recipe minted julep “Gesture” art print by Kelly Ventura; Homemade Funfetti Cake (recipe below)

minted homemade funfetti cake recipe

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Design to Dish: Triple-Chocolate Cookies

triple chocolate pudding cookies striped paper straws Chocolate-Brown Striped Party Straws from Minted; Triple-Chocolate Cookies (recipe below)

Truth be told, these little gems are quadruple-chocolate cookies, but that just doesn’t have the same ring to it! I first had these amazing cookies a few years ago after hearing my friend describe them while we were working out at the gym—talk about irony! Four kinds of chocolate packed into such a tasty little package. They’re really irresistible and are the perfect partner to a tall, cold glass of milk. We managed to polish off the latest batch in just two days flat!

In addition to being slightly addicted to delicious chocolate cookies, I’m also crazy about striped paper straws—my collection is getting a little out of hand! They add that perfect finishing touch to everything from after-school snacks to parties, and these chocolate-brown ones are the perfect mix of sophistication and whimsy.

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Design to Dish: Easy Chocolate Croissants

When I was a newlywed, my family went on a big trip to Paris… without me! So, I like to make up for never having been to France by eating chocolate croissants, or pain au chocolat, whenever I get the opportunity. Fortunately for my waistline, I don’t live next door to a French bakery. But I can still have chocolate croissants whenever I get a craving for them thanks to a couple of easy grocery-store shortcuts and a little bit of work.

puff pastry homemade chocolate croissants “A Little Paris Day Planner” by Sharon Rowan; Easy Chocolate Croissants (recipe below)

I love this cute Minted day planner featuring iconic Parisian sights like the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. I can think of a few Francophiles in my life who would love it!

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Design to Dish: Painted Heart Sugar Cookies

I’ve fallen in love! While browsing Minted’s selection of classroom Valentines with my kids, I spotted these darling striped heart cards and fell head-over-heels. They’re cute enough for the classroom, but sophisticated enough to give to grown-up friends. In fact, I’m ordering some to tuck into little Valentine’s Day treats I’m sending to friends across the country.

minted classroom valentines heart sugar cookies Layered Heart Classroom Valentines by Amber Barkley; Painted Heart Sugar Cookies (recipe below)

Sugar cookies are particularly addicting and heart-shaped ones are perfect for Valentine’s Day. When I saw these striped heart Valentines, I immediately wanted to make cookies that looked just like them. Painted sugar cookies look really beautiful and fun, and they’re surprisingly easy to make. The instructions may seem long but they’re detailed, not difficult. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to make these—there are a couple of steps that involve some waiting time.

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Design to Dish: Homemade Blood-Orange Sherbet

Whenever a new year comes around, I start to crave lighter, brighter-flavored treats. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the rich, spice-laden holiday foods—cookies and cakes and candies and baked goods galore—but a fresh start makes me want fresh flavors, too. I love citrus fruits year-round, but they’re especially welcome in the winter, when they offer a bright contrast to season’s heavier flavors. Blood oranges are plentiful right now, and they’re one of the prettiest and sweetest of all citrus fruits. They give this delicious sherbet it’s magnificent magenta color, which pairs perfectly with the gorgeous pink Minted art print featured below!

minted wall art blood orange ice cream dessert sherbet recipe Blood-Orange Sherbet (recipe below) inspired by  Swirls and Strokes by Artsy Canvas Girl Designs

Of course, every recipe I make for this Julep food series tastes good (obviously!), but this sherbet is completely out of this world. It seriously knocked my wooly winter socks off! We devoured the entire batch in one afternoon, and everyone was really bummed there wasn’t more. I’m already planning to stock up on blood oranges next time I go grocery shopping so that I can make this a few more times before the season ends. It’s sweet and tart, smooth and refreshing, all at the same time and I’m sure you’ll enjoy as much as we do.

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