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Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe |

We were given a basket of goodies from Kraft and asked to come up with our own recipe. How fun, especially when the basket contained two of my favorite ingredients.... chocolate and marshmallows!

I knew instantly I wanted to make cookies. But sometimes it's hard to add marshmallows to cookies because when you bake them, the marshmallows can sort of evaporate.

So we decided to try something different. We froze the mini marshmallows, then placed them inside the cookie dough before baking. And it totally worked! Here's Lainey wrapping the cookie dough around three mini marshmallows.

Also, I added walnuts to the recipe because I like have a nutty crunch to my chocolate cookies, but feel free to leave them out.

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe |



  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 8 oz semi sweet Kraft Baker's Chocolate
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 2 cups Kraft Jet Puffed Mini Marshmallows

A few hours before you start, take two cups of mini marshmallows and put them in the freezer. Take out two sticks of butter and let them come to room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 325F.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

In a second bowl, add the butter, eggs, brown sugar (firmly packed), granulated sugar, and vanilla. Beat on high for two minutes. Break the chocolate into squares, and melt in a double broiler, or microwave on high for one minute. Add the melted chocolate to the wet ingredients, and mix until completely incorporated.

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet in thirds.

Crumble the walnuts. and fold into the dough. Chill for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe |

Take the marshmallows out of the freezer. Use about two tablespoons of dough and press three mini marshmallows into the center. Ball the dough up and around, completely covering the marshmallows.

Bake for about 8 minutes, until the cookies are just barely cooked. If you overcook, the marshmallows will melt and dissolve. The cookies will still taste great, but you won't get the nice white chewy marshmallow center.

Makes about 2 dozen.

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe |

These are the perfect cookies for me... they are sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy, and best of all, chocolate-y! I don't want to admit how many I ate. :)

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe |

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe |

These cookies would be an absolute show-stopper at a milk & cookies party! We have this entire collection of milk & cookies free printables on our site to help you decorate! Just download, print out, and have fun!

Milk & Cookies Party Free Printable |

Sweeten up this spring with easy dessert recipes from Kraft.


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{DIY} How to Make Rice Krispie Treat Heart Wands

I wanted to create something my daughter would love for Valentine's Day, and boy, did these Rice Krispie Treat heart wands knock it out of the park! Plus, because they're so easy, she could help me with them.


Using wax paper, spread warm Rice Krispie Treat onto a greased cookie sheet until it's about 3/4 inch - 1 inch thick.

While "dough" is warm, using a 3 inch heart cookie cutter, cut out heart shapes. (I wish I had a metal heart shaped cookie cutter like this because my plastic one was not deep enough and I had to press hard to get my hearts out.)

Once you've cut out your initial hearts, if your Rice Krispie Treat "dough" is still warm, you can reshape it and cut out more. I was able to cut out 9 hearts.

In microwave, melt white chocolate chips. I melt them on medium high, stirring them every 30 seconds.

Pour melted white chocolate into a zip lock bag. I try to pour the white chocolate into one side of the bag, then snip a tiny corner off of the other side of the bag.

Using quick strokes make lines across your heart with the white chocolate.

Once the white chocolate has dried, sprinkle decorations on the Rice Krispie Treats. I press the sprinkles down to make sure they stick, then gently shake them to get off any loose sprinkles.

Carefully insert a 12 inch lollipop stick into the bottom of the hearts. Then tie with ribbon to display.

If you make some, please send photos to jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com. I'd love to see how yours turned out!

Also for more inspiration, check out the wonderful Valentine's Day parties on our site, plus our Valentine's Day free printables.

Sterling Utimate Host Challenge 2: "Sterling Wine and Dessert Pairings"

The second Sterling Vineyards Ultimate Host Challenge has just begun, and if you love pairing wine and desserts, this challenge is for you!

To enter, just invite friends, family, or a significant other over (all guests must be at least 21) for an evening of sweet treats and wines from Sterling's Napa Valley collection.

How creative and exciting can you make your pairings? What would you pair with an oaky Chardonnay or a robust Cab? I can't wait to see (yep, I'm one of the judges)...

Document what you do with video or photos and tell us all about it. The more mouth-watering and interesting the better...

And remember, the winners of each of the four contest rounds will be flown to NYC to compete in the finale, and the winner will receive $25,000 plus other great prizes, and be crowned Sterling's Ultimate Host!

Get pairing!! Contest 2 ends October 9th. Head to the Sterling Ultimate Host Facebook page for all the details.


{RECIPE} Tasty and Refreshing Granita for Summer

It's been hot hot hot here in Palo Alto, so I wanted to come up with a recipe that would be cool and delicious. That's why I excitedly created these strawberry and orange granitas.

For those of you who don't know, granita is an Italian dessert that's a cross between a snow cone and sorbet. It's sweet and icy, simple to make, and the key to getting the texture just right is to mix it every twenty minutes with a whisk while it's freezing in the freezer. Plus, I added a little champagne to each flavor to give them both a nice zing.

I love how they turned out. They were so tangy and delicious and just the thing to cool David and me off!


(For orange granita, substitute 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice for 1 1/2 cup strawberry juice)


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3-4 cups strawberries mashed and strained to make 1 1/2 cup strawberry juice (for strawberry granita)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup champagne (or any other liquor you'd like to add)
  •  Mint for garnish


In a pot, add 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup sugar. Heat until sugar is dissolved, then take it off the heat to cool.

Once cooled, mix the sugar-water mixture with 1 1/2 cups orange juice or strawberry juice (depending on which you are making), 1/2 cup champagne, and juice from 1/2  lemon.

(Since we've just moved, I couldn't find our Cuisinart in our sea of boxes, so I mashed the strawberries by hand, then strained them using a fine strainer. I only used 2 cups of hulled strawberries which produced about 3/4 cup of strawberry juice, so I added a little less sugar-water mixture and champagne, and it turned out great.)

Pour the mixture it into a shallow baking dish. I used a small lasagna pan.

Here's my orange granita mixture where I substituted 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice for 1 1/2 cups strawberry juice.

Place in the freezer covered, and every 20 minutes mix it with a whisk so you continue to break up the ice crystals. It should take 3-5 hours to freeze. And look like this when you're done...

Once it reaches the consistency you like, you can store it in the freezer until you are ready to serve.

Garnish with a mint leave and look how pretty...

I promise you will love this for summer!

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{RECIPE} Grilled Strawberry Banana Basil Empanadas

Dole is running a contest on Facebook where they are asking people to submit their favorite summer recipe that is...
  • Made on a grill
  • Uses 1 cup of Dole products
  • Includes no more than 7 additional ingredients
  • Can be made in under an hour
The three people with the best recipes will be flown to LA to compete in a Dole California Cook-Off and the winner will receive $10,000!

I love a challenge, so I was happy to participate, but I wanted to come up with something  that would taste great grilled but would be a little surprising...

That's why I came up with these grilled strawberry banana basil empanadas with a touch of cayenne pepper! The bananas add sweetness, the strawberries bring tang, the basil provides earthiness, and the cayenne pepper that nice pop of heat.

I can't tell you how delicious they are. And what makes them so unique is the grilling. The slightly charred crust perfectly complements the sweet, tangy, soft, spicy insides.

These are definitely worth trying especially since they're simple to make.

To see the whole recipe, head here to

Also, if you don't want to come up with a recipe but still want to be part of the contest, Dole is running a sweepstakes where the winner gets to be a Fan Judge of the Cook-Off, with a free a trip to LA and $500 in cash. Not bad...

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RECIPE: Fairy Bread

I've actually seen photos of fairy bread before but and never knew what it was.  Well, Alisha D sent me this recipe and photo of the fairy bread she made for her daughter's Delightful Delilah Turns One Rainbow Party.

It turns out it's an Australian treat and is so simple to make. Plus, look how pretty!


  • White bread
  • Butter
  • Colored sugar or sprinkles

Take a slice of white bread, butter it, cut into whatever shape you like with a cookie cutter, then dip the buttered side into coloured sugar or any type of sprinkles. (You can also spread Nutella on it before adding sprinkles.)

I told you... simple! Thank you Alisha for sending me the recipe.

If you make fairy bread for your next party, please send photos, I'd love to show it off.

Also, if you haven't seen Alisha's Delightful Delilah Turns One Rainbow Party, please take a look. It's that good.


How About this Dessert for Your Memorial Day BBQ?

I'm thinking about Memorial Day and what I'd like for dessert at my barbecue. I saw this Blueberry Crumble with Cornmeal-Almond Topping on Food Network and couldn't stop salivating.

It looks easy and only takes about an hour.


For the Topping:

  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the baking dish
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped almonds
For the Filling:
  • 4 cups blueberries
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart shallow baking dish  or eight 6-ounce ramekins (if you are using ramekins, double the filling).
  2. Make the topping: Whisk the cornmeal, flour, brown sugar and salt in a bowl. Stir in the almonds. Work in the butter with your fingers until evenly moistened.
  3. Make the filling: Toss the blueberries, granulated sugar, flour and lemon juice in a bowl.
  4. Transfer the filling to the prepared dish or ramekins and dot with 2 tablespoons butter. Squeeze handfuls of the crumble mixture and scatter on top of the fruit. Bake until golden and bubbly, 40 to 45 minutes.
  5. Let sit 10 minutes before serving. Top with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired. (Oh, I desire!)
What are you planning for your Memorial Day barbecue?

Also, if you need any fun free Memorial Day printables, check out these festive party circles.



DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member: How to Make Oreo Pops!

I saw these Oreo pops in one of the photos of Amy H's awesome Nolan Paper Airlines {First Birthday Party}. First of all, how creative is a paper airplane party? And secondly, how good do these Oreo pops look?

I asked Amy if I could repost the tutorial she did on her blog, Buggie and Jellybean, and she generously agreed. So according to Amy, here's how you make these simple but delicious treats...

Brace yourself for this "recipe", you just might have to be Betty Crocker herself to handle "baking" of this level.

What you will need:

1 package of Oreos

1 block of cream cheese {room temp}

1 bag of Wilton's melting candy

Food Processor

I used sticks but you can just form them into balls.

Chop up those Oreos until they are a bowl of Oreo powder goodness. Add the block of cream cheese. Mix with your hands until it forms a dough like substance.

Form into balls. I would say I made mine about 2 in. Which yields 24.

***Let set in fridge for about 20 mins before moving to next set.***

Coat in the Wiltons.

Let them setup on a cookie sheet. I made them two days in advance and kept them in the fridge. You WILL need to hide them. Or make an extra batch.

Thank you, Amy, for this delicious and easy tutorial. To learn more about Amy, visit her blog Buggie and Jellybean and check out her gorgeous parties on our site.

(Do you have a DIY project from one of your parties that you’d like to share?  Please email me at  I’d love to show it off!)

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