July Bakin Friends

It’s the last day of July which means 1) it’s my birthday in 5 days and 2) summer is almost over and fall is close!!! Fall is my favorite season. I love the weather, the change in foliage and the fashion is perfection in my opinion. I can wear flats, loafers, booties, and oh sweaters and jackets! I am getting way too excited just thinking about all the shopping I have to do. Like these loafers I’ve been stalking for way too long and waiting for them to go on sale! Oh I can’t even get started on my love for pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, nutmeg and all the great spices of the fall.

But enough about my obsession with the almost end of summer (don’t hate), it’s Bakin Friends reveal day!!

Bakin Friends is celebrating it’s first year anniversary this month and our secret ingredient was Sprinkles!! How fitting :). I was matched with Erin, the brains behind the blog, The Spiffy Cookie. I actually found out about the group Bakin Friends through Erin a few months ago when I started blogging and I am so happy she introduced me to this group of amazing bakers! Erin is a PhD student just like me and has been a great blogging big sister; always been there to answer all my questions as I find my way in the blogosphere (Thanks girl!).

If you haven’t been to her blog yet, you totally should. She is always creative with her food and desserts and I was very excited to see what she will come up with. When I received her package, I was blown out of my mind. She sent the most beautiful package and it was filled with not one, not two but three great baked goods!! Yes three!! All sprinklefied!!

The first treat I sampled were these no-bake funfettinutter granola bars. They are filled with creamy peanut butter and packed with crispy rice cereal, white chocolate and sprinkles. Sounds amazing right? Yeah, they were AMAZING! They were chewy with lots of crunch! You can find the original recipe here (Erin adapted it slightly).

no-bake funfettinutter granola bars| www.blahnikbaker.com

As if that wasn’t enough, she included the best cookies I’ve ever had! These birthday cake s’mores cookies came at the right time when I was craving some s’mores and they definitely satisfied that craving. The cookies are so soft and moist!! Freaking delicious.

birthday cake s'mores cookies| www.blahnikbaker.com

Last but definitely not the least, she included these cake batter chocolate barks. I didn’t know you could add cake batter to chocolate bark. What a great idea, right? Well it adds flavor to this chocolate bark and takes it to the next level!

 cake batter chocolate bark|www.blahnikbaker.com

Needless to say, I was extremely SPOILED by Erin and I am so grateful!! I enjoyed every single one of these and it was very hard to share. Thanks Erin for not only setting a good example, but for all the amazing goodies :). I really need to step up my game and make more treats for my bakin friends.

Would you like to join this fun group? (You totally should, it’s fun!). Head over to Steph’s Bite by Bite and read all about it here!


  1. I’m sorry, I posted my link-up for my smoothie without clearly reading that it was based on sprinkles! Never mind that one…I’ll post another. Thank you for hosting this and happy birthday to you and Bakin’ Friends!

  2. Oh my gosh!! Look at all these goodies!! I think I’m in love with birthday cake s’mores cookies!! [perfect way to celebrate your upcoming birthday]

  3. You lucky duck! And what a great pre-birthday treat. I generally spend no less than a week having an extended birthday celebration :) Any excuse for sprinkles, right?

  4. This is my kind o baking, birthday everything! I love all birthday inspired recipes so I will definitely be back to this post. The birthday cake s’mores cookies – oh my, greatness!

  5. So glad you enjoyed everything! I loved baking for you this month :-)

  6. so many awesome ideas! thanks for sharing, and for your sweet comments on my blog! following via GFC :)


  7. THREE treats?!?! I know who I hope I get next month… :-P

  8. ooo I’m so jealous! Erin sent you such super fun treats!!

  9. What a fun little baking club! I love it! Happy early birthday, love! xo

  10. You hit the jackpot! I finally posted what you sent me on my blog. Better late than never! Thank you again, they were so delicious!!!

  11. Dear Zainab, What a fun project to be a part of! I feel the exact same way…I am so looking forward to Fall. I have had enough of the bugs and the hot, sticky weather. You can never feel comfortable in this heat..but in the cooler days you can always put on a sweater and pour a cup of tea or coffee…Some days it’s too hot to even enjoy my coffee! ..but enough about the weather. These treats look so pretty and exciting…and how timely too…it’s like an early birthday gift as well. Blessings my dear, Catherine xo

  12. Some seriously fun goodies you got :)

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