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!
Sheet Tray Pizzas
The truly genius element of this pizza isn’t its cheesy layers of fresh parmesan and mozzarella. Or the hot Italian sausage that gets baked in bubbling tomato sauce until it’s crispy on top, but still juicy inside. Or even the thin fennel slices that fan out across the top, creating a frond-like pattern and adding a hint of sweetness. No, what sets this mouthwatering grandma-style pizza apart from others is the fact that you can freeze it right in the sheet tray it’s made in, for up to one month. That’s right, DIY frozen pizzas. The recipe makes two full sheet trays, so you might want to bake one off the night you make it—and save the other for a night when you want to put dinner on the table in 10 minutes.
6 Creative Ways to Use Pluots
Plu-whats? These hybrid stone fruits combine the juicy flesh of a plum with the sweetness of an apricot. They ripen quickly and are rarely mealy. And, like plums, they don’t easily bruise. In other words: Yes! Eat them out of hand, or try them in one of the recipes here. May we recommend the pluot-of-this-world Monte Cristo?