Easy Hand Pies Recipe | Only 3 Ingredients!

Easy Hand Pies Recipe | Only 3 Ingredients!

Easy Hand Pies Recipe – Your kids will have so much fun making these!

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This easy hand pies recipe is a perfect recipe for kids!  I just discovered frozen puff pastry a short time ago.  Yes, I know welcome to the 21st century! But being a scratch baker, I couldn’t imagine that something frozen and packaged could taste as good as something that I could prepare from scratch.  Boy was I wrong!  I used frozen puff pastry, for the first time a few weeks back, when I made Salted Caramel and Chocolate Mousse in Puff Pastry.  It was pretty amazing and received great reviews from my family and our RV neighbors, at the Double M.  We are full time (almost) RV’ers, downsizing and getting ready for life on the road.  So I’ve been experimenting with recipes I can bake in the RV’s gas oven.

Remember Pop Tarts?  Well I think this easy hand pies recipe comes pretty close to being a copycat!  🙂

Now cherry hand pie recipes are really popular, you see them everywhere on Facebook and Pinterest!  But we love blueberry pie too, so why not have both?

With only 3 ingredients, this easy hand pies recipe also fits every food budget! Frozen puff pastry and a can of pie filling. It doesn't get much easier than this! Click To Tweet

Need a quick dessert for a last minute BBQ or potluck?  This easy hand pies recipe will deliver.  And if the kids are saying “Mom I’m bored!” then here is an activity that will put a smile on everyone’s face.  Easy Family Recipes are the best.  Guaranteed!

  • 1 package of frozen puff pastry
  • 1 can blueberry pie filling
  • 1 can cherry pie filling

(NB:  This easy hand pies recipe makes 12 pies – 6 of each, and you will have lots of pie filling left over to either freeze or make more hand pies!) 

Here are more Easy Family Recipes that include frozen puff pastry!  Pretty Awesome! Just click on the images for the recipe.

Salted Caramel Mousse Cups in Puff Pastry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blueberry, Pear & Walnut GaletteBlueberry Pear Walnut Galette in Puff Pastry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Easy Chicken Pot Pie in Puff Pastry Easy Chicken Pot Pie in Puff Pastry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparation: (prep time – 30 minutes, start to finish)

Defrost the puff pastry in your refrigerator overnight.  Separate the dough into two squares (the brand I use does this for you)

Spread a piece of parchment paper and a little flour to make rolling easy.

Roll out the square of puff pastry, fairly thin into a rectangle. (the instructions will say 12 X 9)

Cut the pastry into small squares – you will get 6 squares per section.

Place the small square of puff pastry on the baking sheet you will use.

Using a teaspoon the blueberry filling in on the one side of the square – leaving enough room so that you will be able to fold over the dough

Fold the dough over and pinch the edges closed.  I like to press the edges with a fork

Brush the pastry with an egg yolk wash and then sprinkle with sugar.

Repeat until finished and do the same for the second square of puff pastry, using the cherry pie filling.

Bake at 375 F for 15-20 minutes – until the pastry is flaky and golden.

Let cool before serving as the filling will be very hot!

Garnish:

Mix up some icing sugar glaze ( 3 parts icing sugar to 1 part water) and drizzle on the pies when they are still warm.  Yum!

 

 

And that’s it!  We’re all about easy family recipes here at PLB, so if you’d like to see more, be sure to join us!

 


Easy Hand Pies Recipe ~ Pop Tarts (copycat)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 12
Calories: 57 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg puff pastry frozen
  • 1 can blueberry pie filling
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
Instructions
Preparation: (prep time - 30 minutes, start to finish)
  1. Defrost the puff pastry in your refrigerator overnight.  Separate the dough into two squares (the brand I use does this for you)
  2. Spread a piece of parchment paper and a little flour to make rolling easy.
  3. Roll out the square of puff pastry, fairly thin into a rectangle. (the instructions will say 12 X 9)
  4. Cut the pastry into small squares – you will get 6 squares per section.
  5. Place the small square of puff pastry on the baking sheet you will use.
  6. Using a teaspoon the blueberry filling in on the one side of the square – leaving enough room so that you will be able to fold over the dough
  7. Fold the dough over and pinch the edges closed.  I like to press the edges with a fork
  8. Brush the pastry with an egg yolk wash and then sprinkle with sugar.
  9. Repeat until finished and do the same for the second square of puff pastry, using the cherry pie filling.
  10. Bake at 375 F for 15-20 minutes – until the pastry is flaky and golden.
  11. Let cool before serving as the filling will be very hot!
  12. Garnish:
  13. Mix up some icing sugar glaze ( 3 parts icing sugar to 1 part water) and drizzle on the pies when they are still warm.  Yum!
Recipe Notes

Garnish: Mix up some icing sugar glaze ( 3 parts icing sugar to 1 part water) and drizzle on the pies when they are still warm.  Yum!

Nutrition Facts
Easy Hand Pies Recipe ~ Pop Tarts (copycat)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 57
% Daily Value*
Sodium 9mg 0%
Potassium 51mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 2.2%
Calcium 0.5%
Iron 0.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

These Easy Blueberry and Cherry Hand Pies are great for your next BBQ or potluck and the leftovers can go into lunches for the week!

 

This easy hand pies recipe uses Frozen puff pastry, cherry and blueberry pie fillings and makes delicious and easy treats that kids can bake with you. Only 3 ingredients & easy on the budget!
Easy Key Lime Pie Recipe, a Fifth Wheel and a Cat 4 Tornado

Easy Key Lime Pie Recipe, a Fifth Wheel and a Cat 4 Tornado

What does this easy Key Lime Pie recipe, a Fifth Wheel and a Tornado have in common?  

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Well, just this past week, Southwest Florida has been experiencing hair-raising weather, with Cat 4 Tornado warnings, flood warnings and some folks have experienced tremendous wind damage to their homes and properties.  We were lucky – lots of rain and wind, but no damage.

The last couple of weeks I’ve been enjoying life in sunny Naples, Florida with my husband Mark and our three pooches, Barkley, Max & Millie.  The average temperature has been between 75 and 85 F, near perfect for this Canadian girl during the month of January.  We’ve parked our Fifth Wheel here for the winter at Neapolitan Cove RV Resort and are both embracing the lifestyle and the warmth.  It’s a beautiful spot, sunny and warm, with lots of time for the beach and playing golf.   They even have a beach for dogs!

We Love Key Lime Pie!
We’ve been exploring, trying out some of the local restaurants or barbecuing at home.  Oh and eating pie.  Did I mention that we both have developed a fondness for Key Lime Pie?  Well here in Florida, you can find it on just about every restaurant menu and since I always look at the dessert menu first – (doesn’t everyone?) I’ve been able to sample a few different recipes and decided I needed to share an easy key lime pie recipe with you!

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Key Lime Pie was invented by a Key West cook, called Aunt Sally and there are many recipe variations out there.  Key Lime Pie is usually made in a graham cracker crust, and is a baked pie that includes egg yolks, condensed milk, and fresh key lime juice.   Some are topped with whipped cream, and others have delicately browned meringue topping.   But for this no bake easy key lime pie recipe, we’ll stick to the whipped cream topping!

key lime pie side view slice of lime on top with slice of pie on white plate

Now I love to bake and whipping up a graham cracker crust is easy to do.  Heck I could even buy a graham cracker crust courtesy of Mr. Keebler!  And instead of fresh key limes, there is always ✅ Nellie and Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice .  After all, this is an Easy Key Lime Pie Recipe!  We do have a propane oven in our Fifth Wheel that works really well.   But I wanted to see if I could create a Key Lime Pie filling made the same way I make my Lemon Meringue Pie – on top of the stove.

The ingredients for my easy key lime pie recipe are similar, however instead of corn starch that is the thickener for lemon pie – key lime pie uses sweetened condensed milk and it’s the combination of this and the lime juice that causes the filling to thicken.  For those that have made a lemon pie, you know that mixing the ingredients takes a few extra steps – you can’t throw all of the eggs into the hot lemon mixture since you would end of with lemony scrambled eggs!  But this little extra effort is so worth it!  So with that in mind I set to work to see if I could convert a pie recipe made for baking in an oven, to a cooked pie filling, just like this easy key lime pie recipe.

The result?

Perfection.

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I wish I could share a piece of this melt-in-your-mouth real key lime pie right now.  OMG it is so good! Here is the recipe, with step-by-step instructions.  It is the best key lime pie recipe EVER!

Are you ready to make this easy key lime pie recipe with me?  Let’s get started!

Easy Key Lime Pie Recipe

a delicious and easy key lime recipe that is quick to put together and cooks on top of the stove. Perfect for RV life and travel!

Author: Judy
Ingredients
  • 1 graham cracker crust - 9"
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup key lime juice
  • 1/4 cup of white sugar
Instructions
Separate the eggs, put the whites in the freezer!
  1. Beat the egg yolks in a large saucepan until thick with medium speed on your mixer.
  2. Stir in the condensed milk and key lime juice
  3. Cook on the stove on medium-low, stirring constantly until the mixture starts to thicken. Don't leave it or it will stick to the pan and we don't want that to happen!
  4. Once the filling has thickened, remove from heat and let it cool just a bit. Pour it into the graham cracker crust pie shell and set aside to cool. 

  5. Garnish with Whipped Cream, Lime Zest and thin slices of fresh lime.  This is the very best key lime pie you will ever make!

Recipe Notes

Garnish: I use thin slices of key limes, along with a sprinkle of lime zest.

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key lime pie

Homemade Dutch Apple Pie With Streusel Topping and Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

Homemade Dutch Apple Pie With Streusel Topping and Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

Dutch Apple Pie in white pie plate on printed tea towel with pie server

 

Homemade Apple Pie is the best!  And this Dutch Apple Pie With Streusel Topping  and Cinnamon Roll pie crust recipe is perfect for Beginner Bakers!  You build the pie in layers, a bottom crust, the apple filling, and the top is really like the top of an Apple Crisp, sweet and crunchy full of brown sugar and butter.  Yum! Yum!

 

When I bake apple desserts, I like to mix it up a bit, and will often use 2 or 3 different varieties of apples. I’ve included a really cool graphic here for you, that shows a sample of some of the wonderful varieties there are.

 

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I went into the grocery store the other day to buy my apples, and I thought I was picking up a bag of McIntosh – but when I went to bake my pie, discovered they were Jersey Macs.  Bon Appetit says the three best apples to bake with are Honeycrisp, Pink Lady and Mutsu – but I think it’s all personal choice and besides its fun to experiment!

Now I like a tart taste to my apple pies, so I always include fresh lemon juice and a little lemon zest.  I also put in about half of the sugar that other recipes ask for.  The reason for this is that apples are very sweet on their own and you want that flavour to come through in your dutch apple pie.

 

 

When slicing up your apples, try to cut the slices fairly thin and pile them up!  I use 4 cups of peeled and sliced apples for only a 9” pie plate.  That’s because the apples will cook down and you will still end up with a glorious mile high apple pie!

For this Dutch Apple Pie Recipe I decided to make a cinnamon roll pie crust from scratch – like the Pillsbury cinnamon roll recipes you see on all the food blogs these days.Click To Tweet

My daughter made one the other day – I was so proud!  A lot of the recipes call for using Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and that’s great because they are so easy to use.  However I had a batch of fresh buttery pastry made (just whipped it up in my little food processor) so I was all set.   You can make some too, here is the recipe.  I call it my Insanely Easy Pie Crust.  Honestly it takes about 10 minutes.  Promise!

 

 How to Make Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust from Scratch

This is the fun part! I’ve set out the process step by step and it really is very easy. I think it’s much like the rugelach cookies I make during the holidays!
The whole cinnamon pastry thing is very nostalgic for me too. When we were kids, my Mom would take the leftover pastry from her pie baking and make us a delicious cinnamon roll just for us. And this pie crust tastes just as good!

You will need enough pie crust for a two crust pie. There will be a bit left over, but I usually just use it up in a separate cinnamon roll treat!

  • Roll out the dough, and cut it into a rectangle.
  • Brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with a tablespoon of brown sugar and ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
  • Starting at the long edge, roll the pastry, keeping it fairly tight. I needed two long rolls to fill my deep dish pie plate – I love this pie plate! It’s from Good Cooks, (you can see it when you click the link!) and it can stand up to anything I throw at it! I have a lovely red one at the trailer, and this white one, here in our small space in the city.
  • Using a pastry cutter, slice the rolls into small pieces as show here and place them on a sheet of parchment paper. I follow the guide on my pastry sheet. (another link)
  • Then place a sheet of parchment paper on top and pressing your rolling pin down firmly, roll it out. The little pieces will stick together. Peel off the top layer and quickly flip the pie crust into your well greased pie plate.
  • Don’t worry if a few pieces don’t stick. Just put them in the pie plate and use your fingers to press them into place.
  • Flute the edges, and brush the cinnamon roll pie crust with melted butter.
  • Wrap it up in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Note: you can see the the finished pie crust is darker than normal and that’s due to the cinnamon mixed throughout!

The whole cinnamon roll pie crust thing is very nostalgic for me too.  When we were kids, my Mom would take the leftover pastry from her pie baking and make us a cinnamon pastry roll for us.  And this pie crust tastes just as good!

 

Slice of Dutch Apple Pie in white pie plate

 

This is THE most popular pie in our family now.  I even make it as a gift for my brother and sister!  Mark thinks adding raisins would make it a perfect pie.  What do you think?

If you loved this Dutch Apple Pie With Streusel Topping recipe, then check out my other apple recipes!

Mom’s Apple Pie

Mom’s Delicious Apple Crisp

 

Dutch Apple Pie Recipe | Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust
Prep Time
1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 14 mins
 
Start with a delicious buttery Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust and Build this scrumptious Dutch Apple Pie on top! A perfect recipe for Beginner Bakers. Make it a family time, with apple peelers, and pie crust rollers! 🙂
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 slices
Author: Judy
Ingredients
Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust
  • Pastry for a two-crust pie
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 9 " pie plate
Dutch Apple Pie
  • 4 cups of peeled cored & sliced apples
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
Instructions
Pie crust
    Roll out the pastry in a rectangle
    1. spread one side with 1/4 c brown sugar
    2. spring 1 tsp of cinnamon on top of the brown sugar
    3. Carefully roll the pastry along the long side and quite tightly
    4. slice evenly - about 3/4" (don't measure!) and place each slice in the bottom of a 9" pie plate, pressing them in as you go to fill the sides and bottom.
    5. Repeat with the second pie crust - you may not need all of it.
    Dutch Apple Pie
      Mix the sliced apples, white sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, corn start in a large bowl, making sure the apples are well covered, then set aside.
      1. In a separate bowl mix the brown sugar, flour, and butter - I use a pastry blender to evenly mix the butter.
      2. Build the pie by placing the apple mixture in the bottom of the pie crust, pile it high in the centre, leaving room around the edges.
      3. Spoon the brown sugar mixture all over it, again piling it high. The apples will cook down, so don't worry if it looks like too much topping.
      4. Bake at 350F for 50 minutes or until golden and you can see the apples bubbling.
      Recipe Notes

      Let the pie cool, and serve with your favorite ice cream or freshly whipped cream. Enjoy! Note: prep time includes making pie crust and peeling apples.

      Dutch apple pie collage

      How To Completely Change Your Salted Caramel Sauce

      How To Completely Change Your Salted Caramel Sauce

      A rainy weekend at the trailer, and with the change in the weather, I’m thinking comfort food and something sweet!

      I think homemade anything is the best – and this is the BEST Salted Caramel Sauce recipe by far!  And so easy to make too!

      Salted caramel recipes are popular anytime.  You can find salted caramel sauce recipes just about everywhere and there are some really good ones too!  The sweet & salty flavor is so rich and creamy and really enhances just about anything.

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      What goes well with Salted Caramel?

      Well, we use it on coffee cake, pancakes and now my newest recipe – Blueberry Pear & Walnut Galette. You can even make salted caramel candy!

      Related: Ice Cream Sauce Trifecta – Chocolate, Strawberry and Caramel Sundae Sauces You Can Make at Home!

      Now this salted caramel recipe uses heavy cream, the kind that has at least 35% milk fat.

      I’ve been asked “can you make salted caramel sauce without cream?”

      Yes, you can!  Just substitute evaporated milk one for one if you wish.

      This time I wanted to make something just a bit different, so I experimented with different flavors.  The result is this thick caramel sauce recipe and the secret sauce is almond-flavored liqueur.

      I used Amaretto Di Saronno, but I’m sure there are others.  This salted caramel sauce recipe makes about a pint – and can be doubled to make more, which is what I will do the next time I make a batch.

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      I think these little jars of salted caramel sauce would make perfect gifts at Christmas time and for hostess gifts.  I’ll use these cute little mason jars, like the ones shown here with twine ties around them.  What do you think? You can click the link to get them for yourself!

       

      Here is the Easy Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe, just for you.

      • 1 cup dark brown sugar – well packed
      • 4 tbsp. butter
      • 1 tsp. sea salt
      • 1/2 cup heavy cream
      • 1 1/2 tbsp. Amaretto (almond flavoured liqueur)

       

      (Prep time – about 30 minutes):

      • In a medium sized saucepan mix the brown sugar, butter, sea salt, and heavy cream and cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often, but not vigorously.
      • As the caramel begins to thicken, cook for another 2 minutes
      • Remove from heat and add the liqueur
      • Return to the stove and cook for another 2 minutes
      • Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes
      • Pour into glass jars for storage
      • Tip: I poured the sauce into a 2 cup measuring cup and used that to pour into my little jars.
      • Enjoy!

       

      Easy Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe
      A delicious and easy Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe that makes up a thick sauce in minutes using heavy cream. We completely change the flavor with a hint of almond by adding almond liqueur, like Amaretto!
      Course: Dessert
      Cuisine: North American
      Servings: 4
      Author: Judy
      Ingredients
      Ingredients:
      • 1 cup dark brown sugar - well packed
      • 4 tbsp. butter
      • 1 tsp. sea salt
      • 1/2 cup heavy cream
      • 1 1/2 tbsp. Amaretto almond flavored liqueur
      Instructions
      1. In a medium sized saucepan mix the brown sugar, butter, sea salt, and heavy cream and cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often, but not vigorously.
      2. As the caramel begins to thicken, cook for another 2 minutes
        Salted Caramel Sauce
      3. Remove from heat and add the liqueur
      4. Return to the stove and cook for another 2 minutes
      5. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes
        Salted Caramel Sauce
      6. Pour into glass jars for storage

        Tip: I poured the sauce into a 2 cup measuring cup and used that to pour into my little jars.

        Enjoy!

        Salted Caramel Sauce
      5 Quick and Easy Apple Desserts for Busy Moms!

      5 Quick and Easy Apple Desserts for Busy Moms!

       

      Ok.
      I’ll admit it.
      I absolutely love apple desserts.

      Apple Pie, Apple Crisp, Apple Muffins, Apple Coffee Cake…

      You get the idea, right?

      And I also have a very limited amount of time to:

      1. Grocery Shop
      2. Bake

      You too?

      So I thought this list of easy apple desserts would help.


      And, with a little planning, this post is going to show you how to serve these delicious treats any time.

      Yes, that’s right!

      First, though we need to get your pantry in order.  Don’t have a pantry?  No problem!

      Check out this post on how to set up a pantry – it’s been really popular, and has a shopping list printable for you to take to the store!

       

      Basic Pantry Items

      I find that stocking these basic pantry items all the time, keeps the fun in baking desserts.

      No need to rush out to the store, and you can strike while the iron, er oven is hot. Right?

      Here’s the instant download: Just click on it and you will have this amazing printable to help you stock your pantry.

      Pantry Shopping List, includes flours, sugars, spices, fats, baking pans, pie plates and nice to have items.

      And if it’s in the budget – an apple peeler.

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      I just got one of these little suckers, and I have to tell you it is such a time saver.

      You can order one right here.

      Okay.  Now you are ready.

      Let’s get baking these amazing Apple Desserts!



       

      This amazing list of 5 Quick and Easy Apple Desserts will help all the busy moms with recipes for apple crisp, apple pandowdy, apple coffee cake, apple upside down cake & apple pie muffins!Click To Tweet

      5 Quick & Easy Apple Recipes For Busy Moms

      Mom’s Apple Crisp

       Mom’s Apple Crisp:  

      Who doesn’t love a big bowl full of apple crisp, still warm from the oven!  I often make it in these little ramekin style dishes, but you can still make this recipe in a 9 x 9 square pan.   Because we want lots of leftovers, right?

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      An easy apple pie muffin recipe that will become your GO TO for BREAKFAST! Healthy, wholesome, with homemade apple pie filling, a great freezer recipe.

      Apple Pie Muffins

      Apple Pie Muffins:

      An easy apple pie muffin recipe that will become your GO TO for BREAKFAST! Healthy, wholesome, with homemade apple pie filling, a great freezer recipe.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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      Apple Pandowdy

      Apple Pandowdy

      Do you have a cast iron skillet?  Then this will be your Go To recipe.  A Pandowdy is similar to an Apple Cobbler and is the way they used to make apple pies, way back when, before we started making pie crust.  The light biscuit dough gets dropped on top of the apples by spoonfuls, and of course everything bakes together and gets all happy and cozy.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Upside Down Apple Cake

       

      Upside Down Apple Cake

      You’ve heard about Pineapple Upside down Cake?  Well now there is an apple version, and let me tell you, those deliciously baked apples are just bursting with brown sugar, cinnamon and look at that caramel sauce!  Oh yeah.

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Apple Pie Coffee Cake - think Dutch Apple Pie meets coffee cake! The easiest recipe is right here! http://perfectpiesandpastry.com/apple-pie-coffee-cake/

      Apple Pie Coffee Cake

      Apple Pie Coffee Cake 

      Think Dutch Apple Pie meets coffee cake! The easiest recipe is right here!  I call it Love In

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Prep time for all of these desserts is less than 30 minutes, including peeling the apples!

      Enjoy,

       

      A Skillet Cookie, Kindness and the Mystery of Nutella

      A Skillet Cookie, Kindness and the Mystery of Nutella

      A Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie stuffed with Nutella?  Heck yeah!

      I’m all about any kind of chocolate chip cookie and these cookie recipes are really popular right now and why not?  What an awesome idea, a huge chocolate chip cookie, smothered in ice cream and every kind of chocolate sauce and butterscotch sauce – heavenly right?

      The first time I made this recipe was last March – we had a family dinner, so it was a good time to try it out.

      What an awesome idea, a huge chocolate chip cookie, stuffed with nutella, smothered in ice cream and every kind of chocolate sauce and butterscotch sauce - heavenly right?Click To Tweet

      The kids and my husband loved it – and the recipe was easy enough – you just mixed everything in a cast iron skillet and then popped it in the oven.  I thought the cookie was kind of dry so decided I would try again.

      spreading nutella over a first layer of chocolate chip cookie dough

      In my research I found lots of cookie recipes, so I decided that I would use a regular chocolate chip cookie recipe I had with just one little modification.

      The Mystery of Nutella

      The modification?  Yep you guessed it.  I decided that I was probably the only food blogger in the world – well maybe North America – who wasn’t making recipes with Nutella in them.  Not by choice you understand, I just didn’t get what all the fuss was about.  But perfectpiesandpastry.com is not about me!  It’s about what my readers – YOU – want to see!

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      So I stuffed my cookie with a huge scoop of Nutella – come to think of it probably two scoops.  OMG!  I think you are really gonna love this recipe!

      Related: Peach Mango Sangria Skillet PieChocolate Chip Cookie Pie, Apple Pandowdy

      I had to bake the cookie a little longer – another 10 minutes.  Once it cooled a bit I added some ice cream – do you have Moose Tracks ice cream where you live?  It’s so awesome full of peanut butter cups and other good stuff.

      Then I drenched the skillet cookie with my special Salted Caramel Sauce.  The combination of chocolate chip cookie, chocolate, ice cream, hazelnut chocolate and salted caramel – well the result is kinda perfect if you ask me.

      homemade chocolate chip skillet cookie fresh from the oven, slice waiting on parchment paper

      So I now understand why people are so passionate about Nutella!!

      homemade chocolate chip skillet cookie overhead shot, topped with ice cream and slice top left

      The Kindness Part?

      You may be wondering:

      What does kindness have to do with a skillet cookie?

      Let me tell you…

      Kindness has been on my mind more than usual  this week.

      Some call it ‘pay it forward’, or ‘lightening someone’s load’, that kind of thing.  We’ve had unusually hot and humid weather in Toronto, Canada and it is really wearing folks down.  And then there is the daily news – crisis after crisis.

      So when I saw someone give a cold bottle of water to a homeless person on my way to work, I reacted in kind and gave some money to the next homeless person I encountered.  I’ve done this before to be sure, but not with as much thought.

      And in a world where the news feeds are often filled with fear and hate these days, I remembered a post one of my friends shared with me on Facebook – well me and probably several thousand of her other friends.

      It was about a man who was sitting in McDonald’s watching a young woman with her little boy.  She was feeding him his Happy Meal and she looked really hungry.  So the man anonymously ordered her lunch.  I’m sure you’ve seen it but if you haven’t here is a link….  the part that resonated with me was – “Life is hard. Always be willing to make someones life a little easier. Little things make a big impact.” There it was.

      I carried that feeling closely with me all week and I really wanted to share it.  I hope it lightens your day too and that this chocolate chip cookie sweetens it!

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      Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie stuffed with Nutella
      A delicious chocolate chip skillet cookie, stuffed with Nutella
      Author: Judy
      Ingredients
      • 1 cup dark brown sugar
      • 1/2 granulated white sugar
      • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
      • 2 eggs
      • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
      • 2 cups all purpose white flour
      • 1 cup chocolate chips
      • 1 cup white chocolate chips or dark if you prefer
      • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
      • 1 tsp sea salt
      • 10 " cast iron skillet
      Instructions
      1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C
      2. Mix the sugars, butter, eggs and vanilla together
      3. Gradually add the dry ingredients - just like preparing regular cookie batter
      4. Fold in the chocolate chips
      5. Place half the batter into the bottom of skillet and press it in evenly
      6. Spread the nutella over top using a greased spatula (makes it easier)
      7. Place the remaining half of the cookie batter on top - I greased my very clean hands and just pressed it all in evenly around the edges!
      8. Bake at 350F/180C for 40 to 50 minutes - set the timer for 40 minutes - you can always add extra time.
      Recipe Notes

      Serve with your favorite ice cream - I used Moose Tracks and add lots and lots of my Salted Caramel Sauce!!

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