Dipped Vanilla Wafer Cookies


My Dipped Vanilla Wafer Cookies make a great after anytime snack or dessert for your family and friends! They are surprisingly delicious!


For the first time ever I made Dipped Vanilla Wafer Cookies! Everyone and their brother has made these things other than me, until now. So I thought I would give it a whirl. You guys know I always tell you truth so here it goes. I really wasn’t expecting much.

People dunk these wafers in all kinds of good stuff and I always just kind of thought…whatevs. You know?

After the chocolate dried I decided I had to finally try one. Then I tried another one. They were SO good! I kid you not, I think I ate about 10 or 12 of these things! The flavors are simple yet delicious and keep you coming back for more!

My kids had the same kind of so, so reaction at first then it happened. I knew they loved them when they started fighting over who was eating more cookies! If you have kids you know that means – YES!!

So friends I share with you today my version of Dipped Vanilla Wafer Cookies! Enjoy!


FYI – I didn’t use the brand everyone has heard of, I used Market Pantry brand Vanilla Wafer Cookies. Use whatever brand you want to. I’m just letting you know what I used.

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Applesauce Muffin Cake

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My Applesauce Muffin Cake is a fantastic back to school breakfast or snack to make for the kids! They will love it!

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Applesauce, cinnamon, and muffins are always a winning combination! According to my tasters (myself included) this one is a winning combination, especially with just the right amount of my vanilla glaze on top!

You could easily put this together the night before and in the morning you’re set for a wonderful breakfast. The kids and husband will love it, and everyone’s happy! Such a nice way to start the day. :)

Or if you prefer, you can put a few slices in a container to take to work with you to share with your favorite co-workers. You will make their day!



Honestly, what makes this muffin cake so moist and wonderful is the applesauce. Like they say, if you want a great recipe start with great ingredients!

Trust me when I say, this has nothing to do with price! We’re talking about good, quality applesauce that you normally enjoy as is!


For this recipe, I started off with Taste of Home’s Applesauce Muffin Recipe. However, I wanted to make this even more special so I added a light crumble layer and a little vanilla glaze. A blogger has to play, right?


This applesauce muffin cake is amazingly delicious! The recipe I started with is delicious by itself, but after adding the light crumble layer and the vanilla glaze it just takes the muffin cake to a whole new level of wonderful!

If you don’t eat the entire muffin cake at one time that’s just fine, it will keep. However, I do strongly recommend that if you reheat the cake one slice at a time, reheat in the microwave as desired, then add the glaze.


Hope you enjoy!

Applesauce Muffin Cake

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1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 large egg, brought to room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup applesauce – this can be store bought or homemade applesauce

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves


1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


1 cup confectioners’ sugar

2-3 tablespoon Vanilla natural bliss coffee creamer

*If you’re not using vanilla coffee creamer replace with equal amount of milk and add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.


1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9 or 10-inch pie plate, or round baking pan with cooking spray.

2. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Stir in applesauce. Combine the flour, baking soda and spices; stir into creamed mixture.

3. Fill greased pan. Sprinkle on desired amount of topping, if desired. Bake in the center of the oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 15-20 minutes, before adding glaze if desired.

4. In a small bowl, add the Vanilla flavored creamer 1/2 tablespoon at a time to the powdered sugar. Or you can use regular milk, and add vanilla extract as noted above. Whisk glaze ingredients until smooth and desired consistency for drizzle. Drizzle over warm muffin cake.

Makes 10-12 servings.

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Vanilla-Chocolate-Orange Donut Hole Pops


My Vanilla-Chocolate-Orange Donut Hole Pops are baked not fried, covered with a just the right amount of chocolate, and topped off with a generous sprinkle of Intense Orange Dark Chocolate. Delicious! 

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Please let me tell you about my version of donut hole pops. First off, they are baked not fried. That’s always a good thing!

Then they are covered in just the right amount of chocolate. Yes friends, there is such a thing as too much chocolate, just the right amount is the key here.

Then they are finished off with a generous sprinkle of chopped intense orange dark chocolate. So yummy!

Donut hole pops, and pops of all kinds are just one of this things my kids, and friends can’t seem to get enough of! So I end up doing many different kinds of pops. For the most post I don’t really blog about my adventures with pops, until now! 

So let’s talk a look how to make these treasures on a stick!

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Very Vanilla Baked Donuts

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What do you call a donut that is baked, not fried with a wonderful very vanilla flavor and topped with homemade icing and lots of rainbow sprinkles? My Very Vanilla Green Donuts of course. :)

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St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, so I wanted to share on of my favorite donuts with you guys. My Very Vanilla Green are so much fun for the upcoming holiday. The best part is they’re baked, not fried!

I intentionally made these donuts with a wonderful very vanilla flavor. The usual mint and chocolate combination just wasn’t what I had in mind the other day when I made these.

Your kids will love these! The wonderful vanilla flavor along with homemade icing, and lots of rainbow sprinkles makes these donuts pretty incredible. The fact that they’re baked, not fried just makes them even more incredible!

Let’s take a look at how to put these easy little baked treats together. :)

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Vanilla Almond Eggnog Chocolate Chip Bread


Classic eggnog gets a flavor update with vanilla and almond, and is turned into a yummy morning bread, or anytime bread, with chocolate chips and a wonderful creamy glaze. 

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Have you seen the Eggnog on shelves just about everywhere? Yes friends, once again it’s that time of year. :)

So let’s have a little talk about eggnog. We all know people who LOVE eggnog, and we all know people who HATE eggnog! Right?

For the most part people are pretty divided on their feelings about eggnog. It just so happens I am one of those rare people who can go either way.

So the other day at the store, the boys and I saw Vanilla Almond Eggnog, and they wanted to try it. Of course, they want to try everything! Being that I love both vanilla and almond, I thought, why not?

The delicious vanilla and almond flavors in this eggnog make it easy to work with.

So here we go…

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Vanilla-Pecan Coffee Cake


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We love coffee cake at our house so I thought I would quickly put one together for the morning. My kids so look forward to coffee cake in the morning, when I do make one. Simply add a fruit, a tall glass of cold milk, and you have a pretty good breakfast.

This time around, I adapted this recipe for people who love the taste of cinnamon & the taste of vanilla. If you aren’t a fan, simply adapt the recipe to fit any flavor profile you like.

Let’s take a look… :)


Here we have the final product. It has had time to cool and I have just topped it with yummy glaze. Yes, the pan is half gone! The fella’s dug in before I could even get the chopped nuts on the coffee cake.


This is the Cinnabon Gourmet Coffee Creamer I used in place of the water for the cake. There are a lot of great uses for all the new Gourmet Coffee Creamers in baking AND cooking. You don’t have to be a coffee drinker to appreciate their many uses.


As you can see from the picture I used chopped walnuts, not pecans. Why? Because that’s what I had, and I saw no reason to go spend extra money on pecans.

I have used this recipe many times. Maybe you want to try banana cream or butterscotch instant pudding mix. This is a sweeter coffee cake than some, but it is so very good!

I think I’ve had the most fun playing with other cake mixes and extracts for a completely different take. I think you’ll find this one is a keeper – and it always turns out well! :)

Vanilla-Pecan Coffee Cake


1 pkg. yellow cake mix, any brand

1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) instant vanilla pudding mix

1 tsp. vanilla extract


1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon


1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 to 3 Tbsp. Cinnabon Gourmet Coffee Creamer

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract


1. Spray a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan generously with nonstick spray; set aside.

2. Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions, adding dry pudding mix and vanilla; set aside. Combine the pecans, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Instead of water, I used Cinnabon International Delight Creamer – this is gluten-free and lactose-free product with great flavor!

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 34-38 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clesn. Cool on a wire rack. Combine the glaze ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Drizzle over warm coffee cake.

Make 15 Servings

Adapted from: Taste of Home





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