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faking homemade

April 28th | food & goodies

sometimes i loved to make a super yummy, from scratch dessert. and sometimes i just need to get something yummy together fast! these cookies are always a hit…

1. store bought double chunk cookies

2. dipped in vanilla frosting

3. add a little bit of sprinkles

4. so easy, super yummy

do you have any yummy shortcuts to share?

40 Responses

  1. Piper says:

    What an easy yummy! And the kiddos can help too!

  2. Jami says:

    wow, I think I could actually do that! Thanks!

  3. Sarah says:

    Lemon curd, hands down. Preferably eaten cold, standing up, reading cook books in the kitchen.

    Also, in homage to my mother, Cool Whip. I didn’t taste real whipped cream until I was about 7 or 8. Cool Whip was my mother’s dessert mecca.

  4. Elizabeth says:


    I learned this from a cookbook from the 60’s…

    mix up a package of chocolate pudding with milk (as instructed; not one of the cook on the stove pudding mixes; or I don’t use that kind anyway for this!)

    add a chocolate cake mix and chocolate chips

    bake as instructed on the cake mix (using the pudding to replace the oil and eggs that the mix calls for).

    super chocolaty, quick and yummy! Let me know if you try it sometime!

  5. Kathy says:


  6. Ah, you’re making me hungry!


    My quick go to is the pilsbary crescent rolls and nutella! Quick and easy and soooooo good. It’s like the cheaters version of chocolate croissants. :)


  7. Nikki says:

    Awesome. Just… Awesome! I love this idea AND all the others in the comments. Thanks for sharing/inspiring.

  8. Rach says:

    Great idea!


  9. debhall says:

    what an awesome easy dessert. thanks for sharing – I can totally see taking this to a bake sale at school.

  10. Shannon says:

    Oh I love this post! I’ve been helping out all day for my kids school bake sale and these not only look great but will sell quickly! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Ooo looked too good if not even know the cookies was from store.


  12. Jen says:

    Yum Lisa! Those look so good and so cute! My go-to easy dessert is store-bought angel food cake with frozein strawberries in syrup and cool whip. Easy, fast, and kinda good for you to boot!

  13. Gina says:

    packaged cookie dough mix – add your own “mix-in’s” – the peanut butter mixes tastes as good as home made; just add choc chips and nuts…yuuum. Still counts as home made if you made ’em in your home…

  14. Jennifer says:

    Those same cookies you just bought and coolwhip sweetened w/ powdered sugar can make an awesome roll cake. Stand the cookies up and put the coolwhip in between each cookie and make a roll (like a roll of quarters) until you get the width of the cake you want. Then make addition rolls to make the length. Ice the entire roll, shave some chocolate over it, and refridgerate for 24 hrs. The cookies get soft and you can slice it like a cake. It’s delicious!

  15. Wendy’s Chicken Pecan Apple Walnut salad…brought home, tossed in own pretty bowl and brought to a luncheon!

  16. Amy says:

    I use this same trick with Rice Crispy treats. For a bake sale, I bought I large box from Costco. Dipped half of the bars in white chocolate and colored sprinkles then stuck a popsicle stick in the bottom and added a bow. SO cute and So easy. You can even “theme” your colored sprinkles and bows for different holidays or school colors. :-)

  17. Umm no, but thank you for just encouraging me to indulge in my late night weakness! Ugh, here we go again, pantry! Those looks delish!

  18. Jess says:

    Those cookie look amazing! Just found your blog via ex-presso’s giveaway!

  19. Anne says:

    Whenever I bring treats for the kiddos at Storytime…I give them a Rice Krispie treat, some frosting and a few sprinkles.. (colors that go with whatever holiday we’re celebrating of course :)) and let them each”decorate ” their own treat.They love it(!and I don’t end up with too many leftovers.)

  20. JD in Canada says:

    4 Mars Bars (regular size)
    1/2 cup of butter/margerine
    3 cups Rice Krispies.

    Melt chocolate bars and butter in microwave for 2 minutes.
    Mix thoroughly.
    Pour Rice Krispies into the mixture.
    Mix thoroughly.

    While trying hard to refrain from just eating it all with a spoon, press into pan, cool in fridge, cut into squares, and voila! Our kids love that they can make this on their own.

    Especially wonderful for those mornings when the kids announce that they were supposed to bring a treat to school… just as the bus is coming up over the hill. Ya know, *those* mornings 😀

  21. megan says:


    I make a box of brownie mix according to the box directions…and then I add about 1/2-1 cup of peanut butter. sooo good.

  22. michaela hoenigman says:

    I could taste the frosting just reading this! V&co. sent me over to say Hi and to tell you how gorgeous you are!

  23. Tracey says:

    What a great idea! And they look so cute!

  24. Cindy says:

    Great quick idea for the kids.I love your blog and I really Love your designs. Your work is fantastic.

  25. Those look very tasty and so simple to put together. No wonder they are a hit every time!

  26. Sandy says:

    your cookies look so tasty! i saw some chocolate dipped heart shaped shortbread cookies at costco today and was sure i could copy those too!
    you are too cute! love your blog.

  27. Megan says:

    Yes! Lisa Leonard to the rescue! I have to bring something to my daughter’s bake sale TODAY and now I know what to bring. Woo-Hoo!

  28. chelsea a says:

    I love this idea, you gorgeous creature!

  29. wendy says:

    You’d never know….. and I’d never tell :)

  30. Cathy says:

    I love this idea!
    I have two quick treats.
    1. Box brownie mix with chopped up baby ruth on the top. THEN…chocolate frosting to top it off. HEAVENLY and I get complements every time I take them somewhere.
    2. Pinapple Cherry upside down cake. Bottom of a class cake pan pour in cherries and pinapple. Top with yellow cake mix and bake as the box directs. Just before it is finished take chunks of butter (use a whole stick of butter/margarine) and put them on top. It will melt into the cake giving and extra boost of flavor!

  31. Patty says:

    Buy one roll of refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough….slice in 9 pieces. Cut each piece into 4 additional pieces. Unwrap 36 minature Reeses peanut butter cups. Spray small muffin tins with non-stick spray. Put one piece of cookie dough in each hole of the muffin tin. Bake at 350 for 8-9 minutes. Immediately push a peanut butter cup in the middle of the baked cookie. Let cool and remove from tins.

    Great for a bake sale!!!!

  32. jacquelyn says:

    I do this with pasta sauce. Saute some onions and garlic, add a can of pasta sauce and simmer for about 15 min. Not only does the sauce taste better — the whole house smells like some serious cooking.

  33. valerie says:

    yay!! these are amazing!
    i love your little world over here :)

  34. sarita says:

    a little hint from Semi-Homemade on Food Network – take the frosting out of the can – add a bit of vanilla and it makes it taste more homemade! takes the plastic taste out of the frosting – wonder if someone else mentioned this? anyway –

  35. sarita says:

    p.s/ i just read everyone’s comments and hints – boy my teeth hurt!!! what great fun ideas!

  36. What a great idea… What an awesome easy dessert…thanks,,,for this ideas..

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