Fall Persimmon Recipes

Fall Persimmon Recipes


Fall means the very short season for fresh persimmons is upon us. Which means its time to make these Fall Persimmon Recipes.

Stock up now on fresh persimmons when you see them at your local farmer’s market or grocery store. Some persimmons are meant to be eaten like an apple, sliced while still slightly firm. That would be the Fuyu persimmon. The Hatchiya persimmon, on the other hand, needs to be super soft and ripe for its full flavor to be enjoyed.

Whatever variety of persimmon you have, they are suitable to use in these recipes. Just be sure the Hachiya are super soft and the Fuyu are sweet and ripe when you use them.


Organic Persimmon Cookies and Bars
Organic Persimmon Cookies and Bars

Persimmon Bars


Persimmon Butter


Slow Cooker Persimmon Butter


Organic Persimmon, Red Bartlett Pear and Pomegranate Salad
Organic Persimmon, Red Bartlett Pear and Pomegranate Salad


Persimmon, Red Bartlett Pear and Pomegranate Salad



Fun and Creative Halloween Party Ideas

Fun and Creative Halloween Party Ideas

I wish I could say I am a creative genius. I wish I could say I was a crafty mama who can whip up fantastic and fabulous things made with sparkly pipe cleaners and  glitter glue. Nope, that ain’t me.

Which is why the internet is so wonderful. I can go to Pinterest and find so many delightful creations ranging from edible, drinkable and just darn cute items for Halloween. Don’t get me wrong, I have tried to make cute stuff for various holidays. Check out These Candy Corn Popcorn Balls


Candy Corn Popcorn Balls | Black Girl Chef's Whites

and Dia De Los Muertos Sugar Skulls.

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skulls | Black Girl Chef's Whites

But lets be honest, it is only TWO posts.

So, I will share with you a selection of fun and creative halloween party ideas I found especially adorable and fun and whimsical.


Bat Truffles found on Delish.com

Brownie Bat Truffles

Found on Delish


Spider Cookie found on A Spicy Perspective

Chocolate Peanut Butter Spiders

Found on A Spicy Perspective

Pretzel and Cheese Broomsticks found on One Little Project


Pretzel and Cheese Broomsticks

Found on One Little Project


Frankenstein Pops found on Just a Taste

Frankenstein Pops

Found on Just a Taste


Candy Corn Jello Shots found on A Beautiful Mess

Candy Corn Jello Shots

Found on A Beautiful Mess


Black Widow Martini found on Examiner

Black Widow Martini

Found on Examiner.com

Floating Eyeball Jello Shots found on Sugar Heros


Jello Eyeball Shots

Found on Sugar Hero


Mummy Cakes found on Delish

Twinkie Mummy Cakes

Found on Delish



Shrek’s Dirty Q-Tips

Found on Shockingly Delicious


Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!


Dessert Hack Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups

Who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies? Who doesn’t like peanut butter cups? Put them together and you have these heavenly Dessert Hack Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups!

I’m working with Nestle Toll House on this post, to tell you all about Speed Scratch baking. Speed what, you say? Speed Scratch, or utilizing a convenience product as a component in an otherwise from scratch recipe. I don’t know about you, but I am crazy busy most of the time. As much as I would like to cook and bake from scratch all the time, it is not going to happen. Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Cookie Bar Dough is the perfect dessert hack. It can be a base for a cookie bar, a crust, a topping and so much more. In this case, I transformed it into a peanut butter cup.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups

Nestle Toll House Ultimates Chocolate Chip Lovers Cookie Bar Dough are pre-cut and easy to break apart, making it perfect for last minute desserts or just as a treat. I love that you can break off one or two cookies, bake them, eat them and not have to worry about eating too many cookies. If there are cookies to be eaten in my house, I eat them.  And my waistline is a testament to that.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups

Dessert Hack Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 24
  • 1 (16 ounce) package Nestle Toll House Ultimates Chocolate Lovers Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  1. Heat the oven to 325° F.
  2. Separate the cookie dough into 12 cookies.
  3. Cut each cookie into quarters. You will have 48 pieces of cookie dough.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and peanut butter, until the mixture becomes a crumbly paste.
  5. Using clean hands, form 24 balls from the peanut butter filling.
  6. Spray a 24 cup mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  7. Place one piece of cookie dough into each cup, pressing the dough flat and up the sides of the muffin pan.
  8. Place one peanut butter ball into each cup of the muffin pan.
  9. Slightly flatten another piece of the cookie dough, then gently press it over the peanut butter ball.
  10. Repeat with the remaining cookie dough.
  11. Bake the cookies for 13-15 minutes, until cookie is browned and done.
  12. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
  13. Cool the cookies at least 20 minutes, then carefully remove from the pan.
  14. Cool the cookies completely on the rack.


And to make this even better, I am hosting a giveaway on Instagram! The prize is a $10 gift card to Amazon.

Here is what you need to do to qualify for the giveaway:

1. Follow @NestleTollHouse and @CherylDLee on Instagram.

2. Scroll through the @NestleTollHouse feed and pick a recipe you would like to try!

3. Leave a comment on my Instagram post with the following hashtags: #BakeTrendy #NestleTollHouse #sweepstakes

It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups

Nutella Bites

Nutella Bites | Black Girl Chef's Whites



Master Cookie Dough is so fun to play with. Add a pinch of this, a dollop of that, roll the dough in this, fill it with that! One dough that can cover all your holiday cookie needs.

These Nutella Bites are the latest one made with Master Cookie Dough. If there is a Nutella loving nut in your house, these cookies will be gone practically before you have a chance to take them off the baking sheet!



Nutella Bites | Black Girl Chef's Whites


Recipe: Nutella Bites


  • 2 cups Master Cookie Dough
  • Nutella Hazelnut Spread
  • Powered sugar for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat the oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using clean hands, roll a ping pong ball sized piece of cookie dough.
  3. Make an indentation with your finger, pinching the sides of the dough slightly to widen the hole.
  4. Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon of Nutella into the indentation.
  5. Place the cookie onto a baking sheet, pressing down gently to flatten the bottom of the cookie.
  6. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  7. Bake the cookies for about 12 – 15 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown.
  8. Cool the cookies completely on a rack.
  9. If desired, sift powdered sugar over the top of the cooled cookies.

Preparation time: 30 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Copyright © Cheryl D Lee.


Go here for the Master Cookie Dough recipe.

Go here for a roundup of all the cookies made so far with the Master Cookie Dough.



Nutella Bites | Black Girl Chef's Whites

The Master Cookie Dough Chronicles



That rather monotone, drab looking bowl of dough is somewhat like Clark Kent.  Boring and nice Clark, suddenly transformed himself into Superman when danger was afoot! He saved the world, he got the girl, he was awesome!

All right, my Master Cookie Dough will not save the world. But it may get you a girlfriend or boyfriend if you  bake  for them! And it really is awesome!

Every holiday season for the past few years I have been making an assortment of cookies using this dough. I thought a round up of all the published recipes would be an easy way for you to plan your holiday baking! Because of course you need to make this awesome dough that could get you a mate! I make no promises about getting you a mate, but it might!


Chocolate Chip – Coconut Bars


Chocolate Chip - Coconut Bar | Black Girl Chef's Whites



Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bites


Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bites | Black Girl Chef's Whites




Crispy Sugar Cookies


Crispy Sugar Cookies | Black Girl Chef's Whites




Cinnamon Sugar Crisps




Peppermint Kisses



Peppermint Kisses



Candy Cane Cookies


Candy Cane Cookies


And last but not least, my favorite Christmas Cookies Decorated by Kindergarteners


Christmas Cookies by 5 Year Old Kids | Black Girl Chef's Whites


I’ll be posting new cookies in the coming weeks, including one made with Nutella.