Cocoa Puffs Ice Cream Sandwiches
Fans of Rice Krispie treats will fall hard for this dessert, which tweaks the classic into a chocolate-and-coffee ice cream sammie. Cocoa Puffs take place of the crispy rice cereal, making these sandwiches a chocolate-lovers fantasy. And it doesn’t stop there. Layered between the chewy treats is a generous helping of Nutella and a cool and creamy dose of creamy coffee ice cream. Assembling the sandwiches in the pan before they're chilled means they’re ready-to-eat as soon as they’re frozen. Simply slice and serve—with plenty of napkins! Not a fan of Cocoa Puffs? Feel free to swap ‘em out with the cereal of your choosing.
Soft-Baked Froot Loops Sugar Cookies
Though everyone has their own cookie preferences (Thin and crispy! Chewy through and through!), a soft-baked cookie is always hard to pass up. With a barely-done texture and super-soft center, these treats will have you returning for seconds before you’ve finished your first. Their puffy centers beg for a mix-in, and what better choice than colorful Froot Loops cereal? These cookies make for a great alternative to classic chocolate chip, and would be a fun treat for kids birthday parties or school parties. For an eye-catching finishing touch, roll each ball of dough in crushed up Froot Loops before baking, giving them a colorful, almost sparkly exterior. Serve with a glass of cold milk, of course.
Mini Honey Nut Cheerios Almond Butter Cups
When late-night hunger strikes, it’s tempting to reach for the first thing in sight. Instead, keep a batch of these bite-sized treats in your freezer, and you'll be happy to have them on hand when your sweet tooth needs satisfying. These adorable cups taste like dessert, but are lighter than other indulgences thanks to good-for-you ingredients like almond butter and coconut oil. Indeed, the coconut oil helps the chocolate firm up in the freezer, resulting in a creamy chocolate layer atop a nutty base. It’s a great way to use up the bottom of the Cheerio’s box—and would taste great with a variety of Cheerios flavors.
Cracklin’ Oat Bran Oatmeal Raisin Skillet Cookie
For many, Cracklin’ Oat Bran is a nostalgic childhood favorite. As a matter of fact, it's such a tasty treat, it deserves to be used for far more than just breakfast. For instance, we found that thanks to underlying notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg, the square cereal pairs perfectly with the flavors found in an oatmeal raisin cookie. But instead of tossing pieces into a traditional cookie dough, we came up with a family-sized skillet cookie (topped with vanilla ice cream!), that yields a cookie with a crispy crust and a soft, chewy center, and makes for easy preparation and a fun presentation. The dough is mixed entirely in the skillet, so no dirty dishes, either!
Golden Grahams Peanut Butter Truffles
These bite-sized treats are a playful riff on the buckeye, which is a decadent peanut butter ball dipped in chocolate. While buckeyes are traditionally smooth and creamy throughout, these truffles have a bit of crunch thanks to the crushed Golden Grahams hidden inside. A dose of cream cheese keeps the peanut butter center from being overly sweet, and because the confections are petite, one bite is all it takes to seriously satisfy a chocolate craving. Dipping half of the treats in dark chocolate and half in white chocolate ensures chocolate-lovers of every type can enjoy the dessert. Milk chocolate would be lovely as well!
Rich, creamy Alfredo sauce is one of those little kitchen miracles: a luxurious dish that tastes decadent but comes together in mere minutes. Invented in Rome during the 1920s, it’s no surprise that this Italian classic—which requires only simple, everyday ingredients—quickly became an American staple. While Alfredo sauce is most traditionally tossed with a long tender pasta, like fettuccine, it can also serve as a versatile and easy way to add a bit of creaminess to any number of dishes. Try it drizzled over pizza in place of tomato sauce, baked into a comforting lasagna or fall casserole, or even spooned over a rustic dish of roasted vegetables. Because the recipe is so simple, all of the ingredients should be chosen with care—especially the cheese. If you can afford to, splurge for a block of full-flavored imported Parmigiano-Reggiano. And remember: pre-grated Parmesan will never yield the same depth and freshness as the hand-grated version—so this is one instance where a few minutes of extra labor yields a big payoff.
Turkey Burgers With Broccoli-Cheddar “Fries”
A big, juicy burger and pile of crispy fries is a classic pairing for a reason—but delicious as they may be, when you're trying to eat healthfully, they're not exactly something you can indulge in every night. That's why we love this smart new spin on the all-American combo, which replaces the usual all-beef patty for a leaner turkey version and cleverly swaps in crispy, cheddar-crusted broccoli “fries” for their plain potato counterparts. While some turkey burgers can be bland, or suffer from dryness, our version locks in the moisture by adding a small but crucial spoonful of mayo to the burger blend. The result: every bit as rich and delicious as the real thing.
Garlicky Skirt Steak Tacos
Let's be honest: We could happily feast on tacos every night of the week and never get bored. Indeed, one of the best things about this family favorite is it's utter versatility: Almost anything you can think of can be used as a taco filling, and often, it's the simplest and most inexpensive combinations that wind up being the most delicious. Case in point: these easy garlic-perfumed tacos starring juicy skirt steak that has been seared quickly in a skillet (no grill required!) and sliced tenderly against the grain. Sauteeing a bit of shredded napa cabbage in the pan soaks up some of the meat's savory juices and lends some sweetness and crunch. The finishing touch? A crispy, bright slaw of radishes and onion and, of course, a dollop of sour cream.
Slow-Cooker Pork Ditalini Stew
Everyone knows that slow cookers can be a lifesaver on harried days, and few cuts of meat are better suited to the device than savory pork shoulder (also known as Boston butt), which turns supremely tender after a day of low and slow simmering. A handful of baby spinach adds a pop of freshness and color to the mix—but a bag of frozen spinach or kale would work in a pinch, too. Stirring some bite-size ditalini (or any petite, short pasta) into the rich tomato and chicken stock at the end of cooking gives the dish an appealing, comforting texture and transforms it into a colorful and convenient one-pot slow cooker meal that's as perfect for a weeknight family dinner as it is for a Sunday afternoon watching the big game. Trust us, this satisfying but surprisingly light dish is going to quickly become one of your new staples.