Simple Summer Dessert

I got the grill up and running this weekend. Actually my husband did all the work of getting the tank refilled and the grill cleaned off. But I pressed the button to make it turn on...that counts for something!

I can't wait to share some fun grilling ideas. I'm relatively new to grilling (just got one last year), so if you have some ideas to share please email me or leave comments.

Anyway, my sister-in-law brought over a dessert that was fabulous and so easy to make I just had to post it immediately. I would have taken a picture, but we devoured it within minutes. She said she got the recipe from Giada de Laurentiis (the really pretty girl from Everyday Italian on the Food Network...although some argue that her head is huge and her arms are short...)

Strawberry Sugar Cookie Bars
~This is seriously easy~
  • 1 package of store bought sugar cookie dough (in the refrigerated section)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of strawberry jam (do it by feel)
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries (hulled and sliced)
  1. Smooth out the dough onto a small rimmed baking sheet (she used the medium Pampered Chef stoneware bar pan...7 3/4 X 11 1/2 inches*)
  2. Poke holes in it with a fork and then bake according to the time and temperature on the package (don't overbake it...let it stay soft and chewy)
  3. Allow to cool and then a layer of jam over the top. Then layer the fresh strawberry slices on top. Cut into squares and enjoy!
*You could totally double this and just use two or more packages of cookie dough. Then you could use a larger baking sheet.

More to come on grilling in future posts. Happy unseasonably hot weather, everyone!


  1. oh yum! i'm adding that to my list o weekend things to make!

  2. This. Looks. So. Good. I'm writing up my grocery list, and guess what ingredients are going on it...

  3. Note on this recipe...it does not keep past the day you make it. I made for my little family of 4 (3 since the baby doesn't count) and we didn't make much of a dent in it that night. The next day, the cookie was all soggy and the strawberries looked sad and dehydrated. It was totally inedible. So make this if you know you have a group that is going to devour it, otherwise, throw away the leftovers, so not worth keeping.

  4. Allison - I was going to write the same thing. Is there any way to make the cookies last longer? I made them on a pretty big baking sheet - maybe making them thicker? I also had the thought of making a shortbread cookie dough from scratch and trying that. Otherwise, it was DELIGHTFUL - I loved it! Even though it's soggy, I'm still eating them today with a spoon :)

  5. Hmmm...that's a great question. When we ate it, there was a group, so there was nothing left over. But if I made them for just Sonny and I, we probably wouldn't finish them.
    Steph, I like the idea of making short bread cookie dough...that kind of dough might be less soggy the next day. I'll have to experiment with it!
    I'm glad you're still enjoying your soggy leftovers :)