Top 10 Pinterest Recipes We Would Make…If We Actually Cooked

Here at The Dose of Reality, we are just a wee but obsessed with Pinterest.

Like, sometimes, we forget that we have children, husbands and homes that need to be cleaned because we are just over at our Pinterest page pinning like it is our job. By the way, wouldn’t that be the greatest job ever?

We find ourselves spending a lot of time pinning recipes based mostly on the delicious nature of the photo and often on the small number of ingredients required. Based on the number of recipes we currently have pinned, we could cook for half a year and never run out of choices. Imagine the delight of our families if instead of a pizza box on the kitchen counter, they found a homemade meal courtesy of mom.

Sadly, there is a reason that our recipe board on Pinterest is called Feed Me, Mom. This type of work is just not in our wheelhouse folks, and we really wish there was a way to change this about ourselves. All of these yummy recipes out there, and we keep finding ourselves at the nearest drive-thru. Maybe we should put it on our 2013 goal sheet. Maybe.

In the meantime, when we saw the topic at Monday Listicles we knew we had to link-up this week. Who does not love talking about food? Or thinking about food? Or reading about food? Or quite honestly eating food? We sure do.

So, without further ado, we present the top 10 Pinterest recipes we would make…you know, if we actually cooked stuff!

  1. Oreo Truffle Brownies– Quite frankly, they had us at Oreos. And truffles. And brownies. Imagine if you showed up with this little tasty treat at the next neighborhood potluck. People would probably cry.
  2. Brisket Tacos– The beauty of this meal is that it is made in the crock pot, so it isn’t even like you have to be slaving over a hot stove while your kids are driving you crazy at the end of the day. It totally takes regular tacos and makes them look gourmet. You would definitely win at dinner. 
  3. Jack O’Lantern Fruit Plate– Seriously adorable. And seemingly easy to assemble. We can totally see the looks of awe we would receive from the classroom teachers if we showed up with this for a class party. Plus, you totally get points for being the healthy, yet creative mom. We almost think we might try this one for real. Almost.
  4. Watermelon Pops– The picture alone makes it worth trying. There is no way our final product could ever resemble that, mostly because this recipe involves a lot of steps, so chances are good we would screw it up. But what if we didn’t? We would definitely be the most popular guests at the 4th of July family picnic that year. 
  5. Ham and Cheese Breakfast Bake– We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and yet we consistently find ourselves living off of the half a Poptart the kids didn’t eat and then wondering why we are starving by 10:00 a.m. You know who would benefit the most from this recipe. We would. And Oprah would totally tell us that a well fed mom makes a happy mom.
  6. Parmesan Chicken Bake– It is cheese and chicken people. What is not to love about that combo? Nothing we say. Even our children would happily wolf this down, and our husbands would wonder if they came home to the wrong house. Everyone would go to bed happy if this were on the dinner menu. 
  7. Cookie Dough Bites– Y’all, it is bites of cookie dough. With chocolate drizzled on top. Excuse us while we devour the entire batch standing right at the kitchen counter. Because, yeah, these right here pretty much equal love. 
  8. Glazed Doughnut Muffins– Picture yourself at a kids’ sleepover when you serve these tasty treats up to the guests. Then picture yourself with five new kids in your family when said guests refuse to leave and request immediate adoption in your household. Don’t worry you can just share the recipe with their own mothers as you send them out the door with a full belly and a smile! 
  9. Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler– This is probably actually pretty healthy if you think about it. Something tells us that when you found yourself serving up a big bowl for breakfast the next day, you totally wouldn’t even feel guilty. There *is* fruit in it, after all.
  10. Rainbow Sprinkle Cake– We wouldn’t be surprised if making this made us Mom of the Year. Obviously, our children would love us forever and never again complain about anything, right? Martha Stewart would probably show up at our houses and ask us to be on the cover of her magazine. 

Great, now we are hungry.

For anyone reading this who actually cooks, let us know if you attempt any of these recipes.

And, feel free to send us the leftovers.

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Top 10 Pinterest Recipes We Would Make…If We Actually Cooked — 79 Comments

  1. I think I have at least half of those pinned already – so I might as well go ahead and pin the rest. And never make them. Though I will admit I’ve had a lot of pinterest food successes – they’re usually with the easier recipes!

    • Exactly. We are nothing if not total Pinterest enablers over here! 😉 Good to know about your pinterest food successes…we will have to remember that! 🙂

  2. I want to try the Parmesan chicken bake and the brisket tacos and the ham and cheese breakfast bake. The link is refusing to show me the recipe for brisket tacos and the ham and cheese breakfast bake link is taking me to the watermelon pops one, so I’m throwing a minor tantrum over here 🙁

    But seriously, the pictures make me want to cook everything, but I don’t of course. Happy pinning you guys, it’s the best 🙂

    • I know, right? They completely made me starving and very mad that I did not have a personal, Oprah like chef to make them for me! 😉

  3. I’m totally mad at you guys now…MUST EAT those donut thing-ies. And I am terrified to join Pinterest for all the reasons you mentioned…the time drain, the feelings of ineptitude poring over recipes I could never pull off. Sigh.
    Oh, well, great list, and all is forgiven! 🙂

    • Thanks Stephanie! Pinterest is a great place to hang out if you love feeling totally inadequate about everything in your life! 😉

  4. Someone needs to KILL Bridget for coming up with this list. I am sitting here reading through everyone’s and I am starving. I want to go to the store right now and buy ingredients to make things. LOL

    Julia @ Mom on the Run x2

    • She totally is laughing somewhere while the rest of us drool on our keyboards! 😉
      I would also like you to go to the store right now and buy ingredients to make things…for me! 😉

  5. Yes, I can DEFINITELY see why these made your list. All kinds of wrong…yet so right at the same time. *tries not to drool*

    The rainbow cake, my sister-in-law actually made, but used WAY bigger layers of cake. That cake was SUPER tall…and totally yummy because she made this lemon cream cheese frosting and it was all from scratch. SO GOOD! She also makes delicious bread that I am determined to duplicate some time.

    I love to bake and cook, but even I like it easy, too. Things that take lots of steps and time are special occassion things and/or just too good NOT to make. 🙂

    I will admit…I almost gained 30 lbs. just LOOKING at these pictures, but I still went to look at the recipes. I now know where to go when I’m wanting to share something especially indulgent with friends and family…and I’ll totally tell them to put the cost of the new clothes on your tab since it’s your fault I even knew about the naughty recipes. 🙂 Yes, I am fine with my guilt transference. 🙂

    Have a great week and happy pinning all that yummy goodness that can’t make you fat because you’ll never actually make it! 😀 There’s gotta be kudos in there somewhere for restraint, right?

    • Guess we should have had a disclaimer, huh? We are not responsible for tight clothing, feelings of guilt or eating straight off the cookie sheet! 😉

      So cool to know that the rainbow cake is every bit as good as it looks! 🙂 It is like a real-life Pinterest experience! 🙂

      • LOL Yes, you totally need a disclaimer! Don’t forget to add, “Nor are we responsible for any hospital bills or remodeling (i.e. larger door) that occur from over-indulgence.” 🙂

        Oh, and am definitely going to make those Cookie Dough Bites for my blog and you’re getting all the blame! 🙂

  6. Okay…seriously so SO hungry now… and what do I have to eat??? Frozen waffles, bags of chips, frozen pizza and possibly some bologna and a block of cheese. I now have to get my sorry A– to the store and buy these ingredients to eat these recipes while I am still sick with the flu, thank you VERY MUCH!! On second thought… do they sell any of these already made? HEY!~I have the BEST idea EVER!!!! Ready for it?? Here it is: A DRIVE THRU for all PINTEREST RECIPES already made and fresh and ready for pick up!! Brilliant, right? Hmm…just think of THAT instead of MacDonalds or Wendys?! Now, where do we start? I want those muffins and that chicken and that egg thing NOW. Stomach grumbling with a nasty bellow…

  7. Those watermelon pops and that rainbow cake look too good to eat! If I was on pinterest I would feel really badly about all the lovely things I’m not making for dinner today…or ever.

  8. Those all look really good. The cookie dough bites are doable, just eat a big chunk of dough and pour chocolate syrup down my throat. A, anything in the crock pot works for me.
    I don’t know what Pinterest is, and that’s ok with me.

  9. Damn! I should have eaten lunch before I came here!!! I am definitely going to make the brisket tacos and the ham/cheese breakfast thingy when my kids get home for Christmas break. The other stuff looks delish but I’m gaining weight just looking at it.

    • We probably should have written this post with a warning label: Only read after you have eaten! 😉
      Let us know how the stuff you make turns out! 🙂

  10. There is a not a single recipe there I wouldn’t want to eat! Not cook, but eat!

    I might be able to manage the jack o lantern fruit plate, but even that will challenge my artistic abilities!

    I am going to actually click on the parmesan chicken and see how many of the ingredients I am lacking and determine if the ease of the recipe is worth the drive to the store to collect missing items… will let you know how it turns out!

    • I didn’t hear back which makes me wonder if you were able to successfully serve your family a delicious Dose of Reality/Pinterest meal last night! 😉

      Girl, I have seen your crafting, creative ways so I KNOW you could rock the jack o’lantern plate! 🙂

  11. I’m totally making the Parmesan Chicken Bake! We are a little nutty over anything Parmesan. That rainbow cake, don’t judge, okay but Nico’s ex-girlfriend made it for him for his 12th birthday (Yes, I know…a girlfriend at 12…it’s wrong but you read my blog, you know my pain with this). If a 12 year old could do it, we could,right? I’m not going to but I could if I wanted to. 🙂

    • Oh my Gosh, cutest, best story ever! No judging here…I totally had my first boyfriend at 13. 🙂

      And you are so right…we *could* do it…if we wanted to! 😉

    • Yeah, I can feel my jeans getting tighter just thinking about them, honestly! 🙂
      Hey, recipes don’t pin themselves you know! 😉

  12. I gotta admit, some of these look pretty good. Ashley, you could do the parmesan and chicken, it doesn’t look too hard. Would make Robert happy.

  13. This list right here is one of the reasons why I don’t dare do Pinterest (although I have an account…tee hee). You would SO be a hit with the teachers with that fruit plate and those donut-muffins….nom, nom, nom! 😀

    • It is really Pinterest’s fault if you think about it…how can we possibly find the time to make all the stuff we pin when they keep adding new stuff! 😉

  14. Pinterest and all its amazing food porn are friggin’ dangerous. Everytime I go on there I’m like, “Yes! Oooh, tasty! Pin this and this and this!” And then I make some of the stuff and two weeks later everyone is up 10 lbs. So maybe not cooking is the healthy way to go in this case…

    • Good point Larks! I like your way of thinking…not cooking is healthier! I am totally living with that policy from now on! 😉

  15. This is hilarious! I don’t cook either and I usually don’t even bother reading cookbooks or pinning recipes because I know perfectly well I’m not going to make a thing. I’m obsessed with Pinterest too, but I just like the pretty pictures. The last thing I need is MORE work!

  16. I am so proud because I made a fruit/veggie plate in the shape of a Christmas tree for my kid’s snack day at preschool. I am that clever, healthy mom??? Granted, it didn’t look at cute as that jack o lantern, but I think it was a close second? Plus mine had cheese cubes in it!

    • You should be proud!! In fact, I would post pictures on every single social outlet of that Christmas tree!! Good for you, you rock star mama! 🙂

  17. Damn, that made me hungry too. Pinterest is awesome and also makes me realize what a failure I am at life. But I still love it. I wish someone would pay me to pin stuff all day.

    • We pin a LOT but never make any of that….maybe we need to start trying. It could be a New Year’s Resolution and everything!

    • Both of those are SO PRETTY that it’s intimidating. They wouldn’t really look like that if we did them, would they?

  18. Great list! Those brownies look amazing…and I think I might have also pinned that rainbow cake. Definitely on the “oh that’s so pretty! I’ll never make it” list!

  19. Adorable and funny list! I get sucked into pinterest, especially the recipes! I do try some of them too. That cake is amazing! but all I imagine is the mess all those sprinkles make Ha ha

    • Oh, exactly. Those sprinkles are a no-go around here. I have the same policy for sprinkles as I do for glitter….NO WAY!! 🙂

    • Hahahaha. We do, too!! It’s a pity we aren’t good at cooking or baking at all. It makes obtaining deliciousness that much harder.

  20. You know I am just eating similar tacos for dinner. It was dead easy to make, I mean slow cooker did all the work… But that rainbow cake sounds like it would take 3 months to make 😉

    • They sound delicious, Stasha!
      That rainbow cake may be photoshopped or just cardboard covered with pretty icing or something. I mean—how is that even possible???

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