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Delicious – New Cookie!

OK, said I’d let you know if I found a better way to make a cookie from the sugar free cake mix (yellow) – and I did. Have to preface this by saying the cookie I made was based on the Jam Stick cookie recipe – David’s favorite – so I could hardly miss.


Of course, made a few changes to the original cookie-from-cake-mix giving this cookie a little different texture and flavor. In a word, better.    Have to say, even I liked them – and I’m not much one for sweets.





There are three ways to go with this recipe.

  1. You can use Splenda® powdered sugar as an ingredient to keep the recipe totally no-sugar-added,
  2. you can use regular powdered sugar IF your diet is not strict for ‘no sugar’ or
  3. split the difference and use 50% of each where powdered sugar is called for. I think using a bit of real powdered sugar along with the Splenda powdered sugar gives a better flavor while cutting down some on the sugar content.

Hope that wasn’t too confusing.




The recipe below uses 1/2 a box of sugar free cake mix – double the recipe if you use the entire package of cake mix. Full box will make about 24 jam sticks.


No Sugar Added Jam Sticks from Cake Mix (Half Box Recipe / 12 Jam Sticks)

Makes a soft cookie.



  • 1/2 box sugar free yellow cake mix
  • 1 TBSP powdered sugar (regular OR Splenda®-made)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted BUTTER (use real butter here)
  • 1 tsp almond flavor
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla flavor
  • No-sugar fruit filling for centers


  1. Mix together melted butter, almond and vanilla flavors, egg, 1 TBSP powder sugar and cake mix in a medium mixing bowl until well blended. (If the dough is too stiff or is ‘powdery’, add 1 tsp water.  The dough should be somewhat stiff but pliable and not dry.)
  2. Make cookie sticks by placing  dough on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.  The cookies should be about 3 inches in length x 1-1/2 inches across.  (Note:  I formed my long cookies by using approximately 1 TBSP dough which I rolled into a 3″ rope.  Placed these on the parchment and flattened to desired width.  Having flour on your hand will help keep the dough from sticking.)
  3. Make an indention down the middle and fill with about 1/2 TBSP no-sugar-added fruit filling of choice.
  4. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for 9-10 minutes. Note: they will not brown so don’t overcook.
  5. Remove from oven and cool for about 2 minutes before removing to a platter.
  6. Frost with powdered sugar glaze using regular powdered sugar OR glaze from Splenda® powdered sugar .

Basic glaze recipe:  approx. 1 cup, 1/2 tsp almond flavor, 1/2 tsp vanilla flavor, add enough water to achieve a consistency suitable to drizzle.

Cover leftovers with plastic wrap. No need to refrigerate.  If you’re like us, they won’t last that long anyway. 🙂

Thought:  This recipe makes a larger cookie, so next time think I’ll use a cookie-cutter to make round cookies then press my thumb in the center for filling.   This might make them last a little longer.


July 4th is our anniversary – and it’s always HOT – the weather I mean. One thing to say about the hot weather in Texas – gotta love those fresh, garden tomatoes and the  beautiful crape myrtles.


I’m very pleased that my tomato plants have been quite productive this year and we’ve been really enjoying them. Lots of little green ones still out there so have to be sure and keep them watered as we’ve not gotten much rain lately.

The crape myrtles are blooming like crazy and loaded with large, fluffy blossoms. Good thing about crape myrtles, once you get them established – they are very tolerate to the Texas heat.


If you like festivals . . . and crape myrtles, there’s a crape myrtle event in Waxahachie, July 3-4 for those in that area.  For more information visit the events page at this link.












This is just off the top of my head. I remember seeing somewhere on one of those DIY cleaning videos about how to clean jewelry using home cleaners.  While I love seeing these videos on how to use home chemicals to clean  – jewelry is another kettle of fish.  If your piece of jewelry is set with gemstones (precious or semi-precious) you may do more harm than good IF you try cleaning your item with harsh chemicals.

Porous gemstones like coral, opals, pearls, etc. should not be exposed to cleaning chemicals.  In fact, some of them should not be submerged at all – not even in water.     For more information on how to care for and clean gemstones,   visit this link


Seems I’m always seeing a video that strikes a cord. This is one of them.  Maybe if I ever have time to set up a FB page, that would be a better venue,  but until then I’ll just keep posting them here.  Hope you enjoy it.


(To view, click on the image)











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