Elvis Cookies

Elvis Cookies -- A Pinch of Joy

Elvis Cookies -- A Pinch of Joy

“Well, if that doesn’t frost your gizzard”  Grandma used to say.  The photos for this disappeared.  Poof!  Just like that.  Nowhere to be found. Except for this single shot with my cellphone.  Luckily I took pictures of some of the desserts that graced the potluck tables or I wouldn’t even had had this.   I baked these and took them to a family reunion — always looking for new taste testers.  What was their reaction?  With only one exception (Love ya, Rosa!) they agreed one was enough.  And that was followed by a tentative “maybe if you left the bacon out” . . . .   See what you think.

Elvis Presley was famous for liking peanut butter and ‘nanners.  Probably chocolate chip cookies, too — because who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies???  But I’m not so sure about bacon and pretzels.  He may have liked them.  Or not.  Maybe as a snack and a part of breakfast, respectively.  The record seems to be quiet on that one.  Still someone thought they ought to be part of the Elvis Cookie.  So there you are.

He was famous for a few other things too.  Upsetting the older generation for one thing.  So I hear.  But then the older generation is always getting upset about something.  “Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people sway back and forth. I just sorta do ‘em all together, I guess.”   Elvis Presley in 1956, talking about his way of moving on stage.

Elvis made some movies.  Sang some songs , like this one. . .

My hands are shaky and my knees are weak
I can’t seem to stand on my own two feet
Who do you thank when you have such luck?
I’m in love
I’m all shook up
– Elvis Presley, All Shook Up


Or this one. . .

Are you lonesome tonight,
do you miss me tonight?
Are you sorry we drifted apart?
Does your memory stray to a brighter sunny day
When I kissed you and called you sweetheart?
Do the chairs in your parlor seem empty and bare?
Do you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there?
Is your heart filled with pain, shall I come back again?
Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?
– Elvis Presley, Are You Lonesome Tonight

I love music of all kinds from Vivaldi to Daft Punk.  Elvis doesn’t usually make my playlist  but I heard “Are You Lonesome Tonight”  recently.  Gets me everytime.   And then I saw this recipe for Elvis Cookies. Peanut Butter and ‘nanners’ in the Food Network Magazine.  So there you are.


Elvis Cookies
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Elvis Presley was famous for liking peanut butter and ‘nanners so they star in these Elvis cookies. Co starring are chocolate chips, pretzels and bacon!
Recipe type: Dessert -- Cookies
Serves: 4 dozen
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky
  • 2 tablespoon of molasses
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1½ cups chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup crushed pretzels
  • 10 bacon strips, cooked crisp and chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray OR line with parchment paper.
  2. Cut bacon into half inch pieces and cook over medium heat, turning frequently, until crisp. Let cool on paper towels to absorb the grease.
  3. In large bowl mix the sugar, butter, peanut butter, molasses, vanilla, baking powder and salt until well mixed.
  4. Add bananas and mix well.
  5. Add flour, mix gently into banana mixture.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips, pretzel bits and bacon pieces.
  7. Chill dough in refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  8. Scoop dough into balls about the size of a walnut, using cookie scoop or two spoons to shape. Place about two inches apart on the cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 13-14 minutes until golden on the bottom and around the edges. Center will be somewhat soft. Let set for 5 – 10 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool.

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Fro Yo Duos – Frozen Greek Yogurt Treat

Fro Yo Duos - Frozen Greek Yogurt Treat -- A Pinch of Joy

Fro Yo Duos - Frozen Greek Yogurt Treat -- A Pinch of Joy

It’s been hot and humid the last several days.  Something cold and quick is very appealing for snack or a light little dessert.  Healthy besides is even better.  These Frozen Yogurt Duos fill the bill, with a combination of yogurt flavors and a light crust.  So easy to make, the kids can do it!

Crush the cereal by filling your measuring cup and then pressing down tightly.  Repeat until you have one cup crushed cereal.   Melt the butter in the microwave – about 20 seconds works in my microwave.  Mix the two together in a small bowl.  When mixed divide evenly amongst twelve cupcake liners placed in regular sized muffin tin cups and press in firmly.

I pick our yogurt  by the number of carbs in a serving.   I’m looking for around ten carbs in a one serving container.  This time I used Dannon Light & Fit 80 calories Greek yogurt.  They are nice and thick and will stay on their side of the cupcake wrapper. You end up with a pretty to see division and you can savor each flavor, as Wheels says.  Dannon didn’t have a key lime so I used another brand which was not as thick.   Some other brands with lower carb counts are Yoplait Greek 100 calories, Great Value Light, Carbmaster and Kroger.   Just be aware that different flavors of Greek yogurt can have varying carb counts even in the same brand,  so be sure  to check them out before buying for the first time.  Not counting carbs?  Then you have free range of all the flavors to mix anyway you want!   If you have difficulty with the thickness of Greek yogurt eaten out of the cup – it’s not an issue when the yogurt is frozen!  It’s a plus — creamy goodness frozen.

Fro Yo Duos - Frozen Greek Yogurt Treat
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Creamy goodness frozen! Mix and match flavors anyway you like
Recipe type: Snack / Dessert
Serves: 12 servings
  • 1 cup vanilla chex cereal, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 container strawberry Greek yogurt
  • 1 container Key lime Greek yogurt
  • 1 container blueberry Greek yogurt
  • 1 container orange crème Greek yogurt
  • 6 strawberries chopped
  • 18 blueberries
  1. Line twelve muffin cups with cupcake papers.
  2. In small bowl mix crushed cereal and melted butter.
  3. Spoon a tablespoon of butter and cereal into each muffin cup and press firmly with rounded bowl of spoon.
  4. Spoon a teaspoon of strawberry yogurt into six of the muffin cups, keeping the yogurt to one side. Spoon lime yogurt into the other half of each of the six cups.
  5. Repeat for the other six cups, using blueberry and orange yogurt.
  6. Top the strawberry duo with chopped strawberries and the blueberry duo with three blueberries.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 2 hours until firm.
  8. To serve remove from pan and cupcake wrapper and let stand on serving plate or in small serving bowl for about five minutes.
  9. Store any remaining yogurt cups in resealable freezer bag or tightly sealed plastic container.

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