The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends Latest Post: American Buttercream

American Buttercream |

American Buttercream sounds fancy, but what we're really talking about today is good ol' fashioned frosting. Cake frosting. Well, it's delicious on cupcakes and cookies (and graham crackers), too.

American Buttercream |

It is a cinch to make, a blank canvas for flavoring, and perfect for piping. Worried about your buttercream wilting in the summer heat? I have the solution for you.

American Buttercream | for The Pioneer Woman Food and Friends

Hop over to The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends today where I'm sharing tips for making American Buttercream along with the recipe.

Happy frosting, my friends!

Classic Chocolate Chip Blondies

Classic Chocolate Chip Blondies

A friend asked if I had a good blondie recipe. His mom used to make them, but he didn't have a recipe. I had one...for toffee blondies...and they were good, but he wanted the classic chocolate chip, just like mom used to make. That made my heart happy.

the ultimate recipe for Classic Chocolate Chip Blondies |

It just so happened that this friend had an upcoming birthday so you can imagine that I was on the case to make the perfect blondies for his birthday.

Frosted Lemon Cookie Bars

This recipe all started at 7:20 a.m. last Friday when Jack was walking out of the door to work. He grabbed his lunchbox and folder and said nonchalantly, "Oh Mom, I forgot to tell you that we're all sharing lunch today, but don't worry, I don't have to bring anything."

Frosted Lemon Cookie Bars with a sunshine-y ombre yellow frosting. |

Immediately, I fly into a panic. How can the son of a food blogger show up to a potluck empty-handed?!? Not to mention, I adore the people at his work, so I love making goodies for them.

Frosted Lemon Cookie Bars with a sunshine-y ombre yellow frosting. |

I started rooting around to see what I could whip up and get down to his work by lunchtime. Luckily, we're always stocked up on butter, sugar, flour, and eggs. I also remembered that I had several lemons in the fridge. That's it! Frosted Lemon Cookie Bars!

Cherry Fritters

how to make cherry fritters! |

Cherries. They're easily on my top 5 list of things to love about summer...just behind my boy being out of school and air conditioning. The thought of a bowl of cold cherries in the fridge makes the Texas heat a little more bearable.

*this post is sponsored by my friends at Imperial Sugar.

homemade cherry fritters with a yeasted dough and vanilla-almond glaze |

Most of the cherries around here are eaten as is, and once I purchased a 6-cherry pitter, we're eating them as fast as the grocery store can stock them. Last week, though, I decided to try making a batch, or 7, of cherry fritters. I love an apple fritter, but once the idea of CHERRIES in a fritter entered my mind, there was no turning back.

Sweet on Trader Joe's Saturday: Mocha Joe Joe's

Trader Joe's Mocha Joe Joe's review

I purposely keep Joe Joe's out of my house. I don't crave them, or cookies like them, but I know if I eat one, there's no turning back. So, I've been passing by these Mocha Joe Joe's every week knowing the potential danger that lurked inside. ;)

Jack isn't a big fan of coffee flavors, so that always makes me a little hesitant to buy mocha or coffee desserts. I'm wondering if that will change when he heads off to college? He loved the Brownie Crisp Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches, so who knows?!? I'm curious to read his review!

Trader Joe's Mocha Joe Joe's review |

A 10.5-ounce box, about 20 cookies, costs $2.99.