Aiden’s Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Birthday Cake

 

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In our house, like many I guess, the tradition is that the birthday person gets to pick his or her birthday cake and I create it.  Some years ago, we went from my go-to domed ice cream cake creations (molded in the yellow Pyrex bowl) which were pretty easy to assemble and accommodated all sorts of flavor combos, to requests which were a bit elaborate for my skill level (read: patience with fiddly things).  For some reason – my bull-headedness perhaps – I would accept each challenge with generally reasonable success.  Quadruple chocolate ice cream layer cake?  Done!  Forty-seven-fruit-flavors-in-one ice cream layer cake? Done.  Banoffee pie as ice cream layer cake? Uh… Anyway.

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Berry Jam Crumble Bar Cookies

A buttery short crust with hints of cinnamon and the hearty flavor of toasted oats cradling an ooey tart-sweet center of jam.  Perfect for picnics, lunchboxes or a random Monday afternoon.

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The first time I made these cookies was for a winery tour of Virginia that was a gift for my mother.  Since she’s not a huge chocolate fan (yes, please read my last post re: her world-famous chocolate cake … go figure … I digress) and needed to be portable (read sturdy), I went hunting for a bar cookie recipe.  This is an amalgamation of several I came across so apologies for not sharing the lineage.  I proudly dub this’n a mutt cookie.  And we all know mutts are the best…. no pomp or pretense… just good stuff.

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