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Robbi's M&M Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2012
I did half butter, half shortening, creamed the butter/shortening and sugar before adding the egg, and put it in the fridge for a few hours before baking. They turned out beautifully. Not too thin, not too thick. If you really want to reduce spreading, scoop cookies on to parchment paper and put in the freezer for 15 min to overnight, then straight in the oven. They might take an extra minute or two to be done, but won't spread nearly as much. The family is loving them. I've heard they are "phenomenal" and "better than the store bakery ones" which I'll take as a compliment. :)
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Healthy Banana Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2012
I made a lot of changes to this based on other reviews, so I want to warn others what to watch out for. I did not have dates or raisins, so I replaced with chopped apple. Really needed the extra texture and sweetness a dried fruit would have added. I also substituted apple sauce for the oil, which I think was okay. Texture was good, but despite adding honey, cinammon, and allspice they were missing flavor. That being said, my 2 and 4 year old still ate them up for breakfast. I will make them again, just didn't love those changes.
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White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2011
These are one of my favorite cookies, but DO NOT leave out the brandy! I use brandy flavored extract and it is the little difference that makes this cookie!
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Creamy Chocolate Frosting

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2011
I needed a fast chocolate frosting that I could make with what I already had in the house. This fit the bill and the chocolate flavor was good, but the mouth feel was slightly grainy. Not sure if that had anything to do with me using whole milk instead of evaporated milk though. My husband thought it tasted not sweet enough, and he does not like overly sweet frosting. Good enough to try to perfect though.
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Lemon Whippersnappers

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2011
Very easy and quick. No need to chill/freeze the dough if you just spray the spoon and your hands with Pam. I used parchment paper and had no issues with sticking to the pan as well. Not the best lemon cookie I've ever had, but good enough to give away in teacher baskets. Will make again.
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Easy Chicken and Broccoli

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2011
This was an Epic Fail for my family. They love everything that goes in to it, but mixed together they would not touch it. We have a rule that you have to try it, and even after a couple of bites they still hated it.
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Lamb Chops with Balsamic Reduction

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2011
My husband said this was phenomenal, and even my 2 & 4 year old ate it. I've been a vegetarian for 22 years, am not very good at cooking meat, and even I managed to make it without too much trouble. Win win! I did not have shallots, so I used a small amount of red onion and a few shakes of garlic powder. Oh, and I just realized I never added the salt or pepper. Seems it was not missed!
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Turkey Veggie Meatloaf Cups

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2011
This didn't work well for us. Hubby ate it, but said the pepper flavor was overwhelming. Both my 2 year old and 4 year old didn't like it and wouldn't take more than two bites even drowned in ketchup. Both kids, by the way, would have eaten pepper and zucchini had they not been cooked in with this. Also, it took longer to clean the muffin tin than it did to put this all together. Not worth it for my family.
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Buttercream Icing

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2011
Didn't have enough (good) flavor, and still had that greasy shortening feel/taste. Everyone has such a different idea of what good frosting tastes like. This didn't work for us. The family described the flavor as "weird." Did crust nicely and was easy to decorate with, though. I think there are recipes out there that taste good (to my family) AND hold up well to decorating, and this is not it for us.
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Fresh Fruit Ice Cream in a Baggie

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2011
I promised my 4 year old a vanilla ice cream cone, but the local ice cream stand was closed! So in less than 15 minutes I whipped this up and I had one thrilled 4 year old. I only had whole milk on hand so I used that, was low on vanilla extract, so I added a tablespoon of instant vanilla pudding mix, and I left out the strawberries. I'm sure the texture was changed a bit by using whole milk instead of half and half, but it was still delicious!
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Ricotta Gnocchi

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2011
Made this with my 2 and 3 year olds. We used the dough hook in my KitchenAid mixer. Bit of an overkill, but they love using the mixer. Did not drain the ricotta prior to making and added about a 1/2 cup extra during mixing. It was very sticky & closer to cookie dough consistency, but the other reviewers are right. Once it gets on to the floured surface it rolls and cuts just fine. Boiled for well over 5 minutes & some fell apart a bit, but overall good flavor. Both kids and hubby like it. Will definitely try adding new flavors, perhaps pumpkin or squash to start.
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2010
Made these with my 2.5 year old today. We used applesauce instead of oil, didn't add pecans, didn't do a topping, and microwaved the oats and milk for 4 minutes on very low power instead of letting them soak for 15. I also added a little vanilla extract and cinammon. Turned out quite well. Very filling and my daughter loves them. Next time I might try cooking them at a slightly lower temperature.
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Parmesan Chicken II

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2009
This was a hit with both my husband and my 2 year old, who swore she didn't like chicken but ended up asking for seconds. I halved the recipe, used 1/2 cup parmesan & 1/2 cup unflavored bread crumbs, mixed in garlic salt, garlic powder, italian seasoning, and a bit of pepper. Will definitely make again.
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Lighter Banana Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2009
As I made them they were 3 stars, but to be fair I think one of my changes changed the flavor. I made them with my 2 year old. We used 1/2 white & 1/2 whole wheat. The whole wheat flavor was not well covered in this recipe. I also added vanilla & pumpkin pie spices,and a big spoonful of apple sauce. Wanted to do 1/2 a cup, but a spoonful was all that was left. The texture is good, and they rose well, but they are a little too sweet. I'd reduce the sugar, use all white flour, and add another banana next time. They worked well for a toddler, as they were not crumbly. Might make a good banana bread, too.
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Easy Lemon Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2009
These are very good cake mix cookies. Very easy, too. Just don't expect bakery caliber, it is cake mix after all. I made them with my 2 year old during my son's nap and had no problem finishing them up in a short period of time. She loved rolling them in the powdered sugar. We got just under 40 smallish cookies. The batter is a little oily, but did not produce an oily cookie. I baked for about 10 minutes and the bottoms were brown, but not burned. We also keep them in a closed container. They stay on the softer side this way.
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Aunt Rosie's Gob Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2009
This review is only for the cake part. I did not use the icing. I used devils food cake mix & pudding mix and baked the cake in two 9 inch pans & used for a layer cake. Turned out very moist & chocolately. Very good with a semi-sweet chocolate ganache icing & a sweeter filling between the layers. Will definitely use again.
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Chocolate Ganache Icing

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2009
I made a few changes, but it worked out really well in a pinch. I used 1/2 cup skim milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract instead of the brandy. Heated the milk, butter, and extract in the microwave, then added semi-sweet chocolate chips & let sit to melt. It took a lot of stirring to melt the chips fully, but that's because of the stabilizers in chocolate chips. Let cool until spreadable & used for a 2 layer cake. Yum!
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Pumpkin Spice Cookie

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2009
These were a hit! I realized too late that I only had pumpkin pie mix & not solid pack pumpkin, so I used that with a butter yellow cake mix, added a bit of cinnamon, sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top of each cookie, and baked for 12 minutes. They were good right out of the oven, if not a bit sweeter than I expected. Sweetness was mostly due to the pie mix, though. They were a little crusty on the outside & soft in the middle initially, but overnight while stored loosely covered they became moist on the outside as well. I called them pumpkin muffin top cookies & both parents & children gobbled them up & raved. I will definitely bake these again with just plain pumpkin & perhaps try a few cranberries, raisins, or mini choc chips as mix-ins, too. **Update** I baked these again with solid pack pumpkin and a chocolate cake mix, added a splash of vanilla extract, then sprinkled cinnamon sugar on them before baking for 12 and a half minutes. They weren't spectacular right out of the oven but were great the next day. Got rave reviews & requests for the recipe. As an experiment I stored half in a plastic container with the lid just placed on top & half on a paper plate with another paper plate on top. The ones with just a paper plate on top stayed dry to the touch even the next day. Not sure how they would hold up longer than that though, because they are all gone!*****Update #2***** Finally made these with Spice cake mix. They were my least favorite.
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Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2009
I baked these cookies a couple of days ago & the rating has been different every day. I halved the recipe, doubled the vanilla, and added a pinch of salt per other reviewers. Right out of the oven I was disappointed in both flavor & texture, was thinking of rating a 3. They were a bit powdery in texture (my husband described them as dry), but the flavor was pretty good with the exception of a funky aftertaste. I only baked them for about 9 minutes, but I think if I make them again I'll try baking less to see if that helps the texture. They did not flatten out, which I liked, and they were not crispy, which I also liked. Stored in a closed container for a day or so they were softer, but still on the dry side so rating increased to a 4. When the container was left not tightly sealed they got pretty hard, rating back to a 3. Still pretty tasty though, so I'm willing to try again to see if a reduced bake time helps. I always store cookies tightly sealed since I prefer soft cookies, so I'm not counting our mistake against the recipe.
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Extra Easy Pumpkin Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2008
I read the reviews before making this cookie, so I was expecting a cake-like cookie. However, I don't think these can even be called a cake-like cookie, and I love cake-like cookies. The flavor is just okay and the texture is definitely more like a light muffin. I'm thinking of drizzling some sort of glaze over them & calling them mini muffin tops. Maybe changing the name, and therefore the expectation, will help them be enjoyed more. If I do make them again, I might try no eggs, or just one, and maybe add some softened raisins or dried cranberries to punch up the flavor.
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