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Caramel Marshmallow Cookies

caramel-marshmallow-cookiesDo you ever wonder what cookie I dream about?

Well, I’ll tell you. Lately, it’s been this Brown Sugar Cookie. It’s such a deceptively simple cookie with amazing brown butter flavor. If you wanted a cookie to taste like caramel, this is what you would make.

It’s perfect.

When my nephew, Happy Man, asked for caramel and marshmallow in his birthday cookies, I immediately thought of the Brown Sugar Cookies.

I actually went hunting for caramels to stuff in them, but Robb suggested I use Rolo’s. He was totally right about that. It was a perfect choice.


Since I was also stuffing the cookies with marshmallows, I decided on the Rolo minis. They were still plenty big for stuffing inside a cookie, and there were no wrappers to deal with.


I also used mini marshmallows because who wants to cut up the big ones?

Why yes, laziness IS the motivating factor in my kitchen.

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In the end, I’m happy if Happy Man is happy. And Happy Man was thrilled to get his very own box of custom birthday cookies, so I guess that is a good sign.

And I have half a bag of Rolo minis leftover. Now, what to do with those?

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Caramel Marshmallow Cookies

A brown butter and brown sugar cookie stuffed with marshmallows and Rolo candy.

Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 dozen


  • 14 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • Rolo minis
  • miniature marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons each sugar and brown sugar for rolling


  1. Place 10 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until butter turns brown.

  2. Cut remaining 4 tablespoons of butter into chunks and place in the mixing bowl. Pour hot brown butter over the top, and let sit a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Once all the butter is melted, add brown sugar and mix well.

  3. Add egg and yolk, and vanilla, and mix well. Add salt, baking powder, and flour, and mix until combined.

  4. In a small dish, combine sugar and brown sugar for rolling. Take a large piece of dough and flatten the center. Press two mini marshmallows and one mini Rolo in the center, and wrap dough around and seal tightly. (It should make a large 2-inch cookie.) Roll cookie in sugar mixture and place on a lined baking sheet.

  5. Bake at 350F for 14-16 minutes. Let cool for 1-2 minutes on the pan before transferring to a cooling rack.


Samoas Brownies

Samoas Brownies!  These coconut topped brownies with caramel will become a memorable favorite!

Samoas Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Fudgy brownies with a caramel coconut pecan toppping inspired by Samoas Cookies!I dreamed these brownies up clear back in August when my family had a brownie bake-off at the family reunion.  I brought these.

After they didn’t win, and I was in my little corner licking my wounds, I thought that I should have made something like these Samoas Brownies.  The caramel coconut pecan topping is seriously to die for.

I was inspired, in part, by the Samoas Rice Krispie Treats I made a while back.  They might be the tastiest thing I have ever stuffed in my face.  And make no mistake, stuffing them in my face is exactly what I did.  I couldn’t stop doing it.  These things are evil that way.

These brownies kind of had the same effect on me.  Apparently the chocolate-caramel-coconut combination is my own personal form of ambrosia.  I had to send extra brownies in the kids lunches to keep myself from eating the whole pan.

Samoas Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Fudgy brownies with a caramel coconut pecan toppping inspired by Samoas Cookies!

My daughter loves to share her treats with her friends at school.  She reports that girls offered her their food, and even their cash, for them.

She didn’t accept the cash, but shared freely.  Good girl.  I sometimes send extra treats with her, because I know she does this.

There are, of course, other recipes similar to this out there in the interwebs.  Most of them, however, melt store bought caramels.  I figure, caramel is easy enough to make, there’s no reason not to.  It’s probably easier than melting down the candies, if you ask me.  And the taste is so much better!

Samoas Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Fudgy brownies with a caramel coconut pecan toppping inspired by Samoas Cookies!

The entire recipe is listed below.  But if you must know, I used my favorite go-to brownie recipe (minus the vegetable oil), and this caramel sauce recipe, and threw in some coconut and pecans.

It’s so awesome having trusted basic recipes to build from.  It makes these Samoas Brownies a total no-brainer.  AND, I dare say they would do very well in the family brownie bake-off!


Want more?  Try these family bake-off inspired treats!

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Samoas Brownies
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A chocolate brownie topped with coconut, caramel, and pecans.
Recipe type: Brownies
Serves: 20
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup whipping cream
  • 1½ cups shredded coconut
  • ½ cup pecan chips
  1. For brownies: Place butter and chocolate in a medium sized microwave safe dish. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
  2. Add sugar and mix well. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add flour and mix until combined. Do not overmix.
  3. Pour batter into a greased or lined 9x13 pan. Bake at 350F for 18-22 minutes, until edges are dry.
  4. For topping: While brownies are baking, make caramel. Melt butter in a heavy saucepan. Add brown sugar and cream, and bring to a boil, stirring. Let boil 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Add coconut and nuts to the caramel sauce, stirring to get an even mixture. Pour topping over the top of baked brownies.
  6. Let cool on the counter or in the fridge before cutting into 20 bars.


Dulce de Leche Cookies

Caramel cookies taste so rich and delicious!  These caramel cookies are easy, perfect, and tasty!

Dulce de Leche Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - They have a great caramel flavor, and you can sandwich them with extra dulce de leche.

Robb was driving my car today, and had the audacity to tell me my mirrors were in the wrong place.

I told him his head was in the wrong place.

Then he told me he still loved being married to me, even though I couldn’t properly adjust my mirrors.  And I retaliated by putting the whole story on Facebook.  He saw me do it, and said, “NO!”

So I win.

I justified myself by telling him that this is probably a conversation that lots of couple have had, and that people would relate to it.

We had a similar conversation about these cookies.

I gave him a taste of the dough, and he said he didn’t like it.

Dulce de Leche Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - They have a great caramel flavor, and you can sandwich them with extra dulce de leche.

I literally could not understand him.  What’s not to like?

I told him he would like the cookies better than the dough.  And he did.  But not that much better.  “I don’t like dulce de leche,” he explained.  “It’s caramel,” I retorted.  “You like caramel.”

See what I mean?  He’s clearly wrong, and clearly there are a lot of people on my side about this.

Dulce de Leche Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - They have a great caramel flavor, and you can sandwich them with extra dulce de leche.Dulce de Leche Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - They have a great caramel flavor, and you can sandwich them with extra dulce de leche.

In Robb’s defense, these taste different plain than they do sandwiched with dulce de leche.  If I had it to do over, I probably would not sandwich them, I would just leave them plain.

If you really love that strong, rich, caramel, dulce de leche flavor, by all means, sandwich them.

Dulce de Leche Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - They have a great caramel flavor, and you can sandwich them with extra dulce de leche.

But, if Robb moves my mirrors, I’m going to keep his Dulce de Leche cookies for myself.

That’ll show him.


Want more?  Try these caramel treats!

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Layer Cake


 Recipe from Annie’s Eats

Dulce de Leche Cookies
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A rich caramel cookie sandwiched with dulce de leche.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 15
  • ½ cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 can dulce de leche
  • ½ cup sugar + additional for rolling
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • dash salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups flour
  1. Cream butter until light and smooth. Add ⅓ cup of the dulce de leche and mix well.
  2. Add sugars and mix well. Add egg and mix well.
  3. Add salt, soda, and flour, and mix just until combined.
  4. Drop small spoonfuls into a dish with sugar, and roll to coat. Place rolled dough balls on a baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes. Let sit on the pan 1-2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  5. Use remaining dulce de leche to spread on cookies, and sandwich them together.


Caramel Layer Cake

One of the best caramel cake recipes I’ve found!  This easy caramel cake recipes will become a family favorite.

Caramel Layer Cake with Caramel Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com Some days I wish I lived closer to my sister.  The day she sent me photos of this Caramel Cake, for instance.

I want to dive face first into this thing.  I want Caramel Cake for breakfast.

But alas, *sniff, sniff*  she lives two states away, and the cake was history long before I could have gotten there to share it.  But it’s not too late to share it with you!  I’m turning my blog over to Em now, to give you all the delicious details.


Work hard, eat hard; that’s what I always say.  This weekend I know someone who has been working very hard and it’s my responsibility to take care of the rest.

Caramel Layer Cake with Caramel Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com

My husband works in a glass factory, which is hot work given that he spends 8 hours a day around furnaces turned on to temperatures in the thousands.  This was an unusual week in that he had to work all weekend long, which sucks bad enough, but to add insult to injury, it’s 90+ degrees outside making hot work excruciating.

Like my workin’ man, I am really ready for summer to be over.  I’m itching to pull out all my jewel-toned sweaters and scarves.  I’m ready to turn on the heater and snuggle up under a blanket with a book and a glass of whiskey.  More than anything though, I’m ready for fall food: pumpkins, butternut squash, soup, apples, and of course….caramel.

Caramel Layer Cake with Caramel Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Yes, yes, you can eat caramel year-round but there’s something about caramel that pairs so well with fall and winter flavors.  It rounds out the tartness of an apple pie, it gives depth and creaminess to carrot cake, and if you haven’t put a little caramel on your pumpkin cookies, then it’s time to come toward the light.

Despite the hot weather, I turned on my stove and made caramel frosting then I turned on my oven and made caramel cake.

 Want more?  Try these layer cakes!

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Caramel Layer Cake
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A sweet, caramel layer cake with caramel frosting.
Recipe type: Cake
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • ¼ Cup milk
  • 1 Cup butter, softened
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2¾ Cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine sour cream and milk.
  2. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at medium-low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
  4. Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and let cool 1 hour or until completely cool.
  5. Spread Caramel Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.
As pictured, cake is made with 4 6-inch layers. Since it was pretty unstable, I recommend using 2 9-inch layers.

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Caramel Layer Cake
Caramel frosting, perfect for caramel cake!
  • ⅓ Cup sugar
  • 1 Tblsp. flour
  • 2½ Cups sugar
  • 1 Cup milk
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Sprinkle ⅓ cup sugar in a shallow, heavy 3½-qt. Dutch oven; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar is melted and syrup is light golden brown. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir together 1 Tbsp. flour and 2½ cups sugar in a large saucepan. Add milk, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Gradually pour about one-fourth hot milk mixture into caramelized sugar, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in remaining hot milk mixture until smooth.
  4. Cover and cook over low heat 2 minutes. Increase heat to medium; uncover and cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reaches 238° (soft-ball stage, about 10 minutes). Add butter, stirring until blended. Remove from heat and let stand, without stirring, until temperature drops to 110° (about 1 hour).
  5. Pour into bowl of heavy-duty electric stand mixer. Add vanilla, and beat at medium speed with whisk attachment until spreading consistency (about 20 minutes).


Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These rolo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies are irresistible!  You’ll love your chocolate chip cookies stuffed with rolos.

Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.comMy niece recently broke her elbow.  This is particularly bad because she is a serious basketball player, and this put a serious cramp in her serious-basketball-player summer plans.

She is also the tallest 8th grader I have ever known, and maybe the sweetest.

Continuing with my new trend of making a batch of cookies for my nieces and nephews on their birthdays (remember this one?  and this one?), I asked World’s Tallest Niece what flavor combo she was looking for.  The problem is, she is far too kind to commit to one flavor.  

I think she believes the peanut butter will feel bad if she chooses caramel.  Not exaggerating.

It’s lucky The Hippie Chick and World’s Tallest Niece are BFF’s, so I can get the inside scoop about which flavors she actually prefers.

Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Hippie Chick confided that World’s Tallest Niece had been craving Rolo’s, and they even walked to the store with their hard-earned cash to procure some.

I had been wanting to make some caramel-stuffed cookies anyway, and after this story, I decided to use Rolo candies instead of caramels to stuff the cookies.

Turns out, I’m brilliant.  (And humble.)

Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.comCaramel Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com

A word or two about this recipe.  Don’t skip the chilling step.  It’s uber-important.  And leave plenty of room for these very large cookies to spread.

Can you stuff them with caramels?  Sure.  Peanut butter cups?  Sure.  Nothing at all?  Absolutely.  Make them your own, my friends.

I did find that even when they were pretty well sealed up, the caramel still found a way to leak out of the bottom of the cookie, so be prepared with some paper towels, to save yourself some elbow grease.

These won’t cure cancer, or broken elbows, but they are the next best thing.  Happy Birthday, World’s Tallest Niece.

Want more?  Here are more great chocolate chip cookies!

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Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Cookies
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A brown butter cookie with chunks of bittersweet chocolate, stuffed with caramel Rolo candies.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 21
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate
  • about 20-25 Rolo candies
  1. Melt ½ cup butter in a saucepan. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until butter browns. Meanwhile, cut remaining ½ cup butter into small pieces and place in a mixing bowl. As soon as melted butter is brown, pour it over the butter pieces in the mixing bowl. Let sit, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted.
  2. Add sugar and brown sugar, and mix well. Add vanilla and eggs and mix well. Add salt and soda and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix just until combined. Roughly chop the chocolate, and mix it gently into the dough.
  4. Unwrap Rolo candies, and create a ball of dough with one candy inside. Ensure that dough is sealed tightly around the Rolo. Cookies will be large. Place cookies on a baking sheet or plate, and chill for about 1 hour.
  5. Bake chilled cookies at 350F for 11-15 minutes, until edges are lightly brown. Let cool before serving. (*Note that caramel from the candy may leak out the bottom of the cookie, so you may want to put a lining under the cooling rack.)


Caramel Corn Snack Mix

The best caramel corn recipe can be used on more than just popcorn!  And pecans and cereal for a fun snack mix!

Caramel Corn Snack Mix from JensFavoriteCookies.com - this mix includes cereal and pecans for a delicious snack!

I burned myself making this popcorn for you.

Oh, how I sacrifice for my craft!

Let’s just say, when this candy comes off the stove it is very very hot.  Be forewarned. Was it worth it?  Yes.  Yes, it was.  Because caramel corn is good, but caramel corn plus chex and pecans is great.  Fantastic.  Amazing, even.

And speaking of sacrifice… do you know how hard it is to make this gorgeous, crunchy caramel and then NOT eat it immediately?  I promised my family I would bring snacks to the family get together this month, so into a lidded container this whole batch went.

*sniff*  *wipes tear*

Caramel Corn Snack Mix from JensFavoriteCookies.com - this mix includes cereal and pecans for a delicious snack!

Here’s a little insight into my life as a dessert blogger.  When my kids come home from school/work/friends/misc. activities, they say something like, “Mmm, it smells like…” insert something here like “peanut butter” or “caramel” or “cookies.”  This is immediately followed by, “Can I have some?”

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Samoas Rice Krispie Treats

Rice krispie squares recipe;  These krispie treats are filled with caramel and coconut, and taste like a Samoas girl scout cookie.

Samoas Rice Krispie Treats from JensFavoriteCookies.com  Don’t you love when the timing is just perfect?

For example: Robb and I have been watching Breaking Bad on Netflix.  Because it is an awesomely well-written show.  And even though I am starting to kind of hate Walt, it’s not going to keep me from seeing how his story ends.

There are 5 seasons of this show.  When we watched the final season, there were only 6 episodes on Netflix.  Robb assumed this was because there were only 6 episodes period.  But I thought, there have to be more.

I thought it even more after we watched that 6th episode.  I was so annoyed that it didn’t wrap anything up, and ended with a cliffhanger.  “This cannot be the end!”  I screamed.  “It doesn’t make any sense!”  Robb just shrugged his shoulders at me.

But… literally the following morning the rest of that season showed up on Netflix.  Talk about kismet.

Samoas Rice Krispie Treats from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Now I’ll be staying up late every night to finish up the season.  I’m kind of obsessive that way.

Good thing I have these Samoas treats to keep me company.  Who am I kidding?  These didn’t last 6 hours in my house. Continue reading “Samoas Rice Krispie Treats” »

Homemade Caramels

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Homemade Caramels from Jen's Favorite CookiesOf all the various kinds of food creation out there, candy making has got to be the hardest.  And hence, I only rarely make candy.

I make some pseudo-candies throughout the year, but at Christmas, we have to have homemade caramels.

My family never made homemade caramels, so I learned this tradition from Robb when we were married oh so many years ago.  He usually makes the caramels, but in recent years I have been his loyal assistant.  This year, I decided to go it alone, the result of which was that I basically ruined an entire batch of caramels.

It was extraordinarily disappointing, to say the least.

I over cooked the candy, and they turned out hard as a rock.  Worse than Sugar Daddies.  I’m not sure my big kitchen knife will cut them.

Homemade Caramels from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I’m telling you this story not to scare you away from candy making.  Quite the opposite, actually.  I want you to remember that candy making doesn’t always go perfectly, and if your batch doesn’t turn out the way you wanted, try, try again.  Practice makes perfect.  You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs.  All that jazz.

It takes practice.  And since I only make caramels once a year, I’m a little rusty.  But I’m going to give you all my best tips and tricks here.

Well, Robb’s best tips and tricks, really.  He’s much more experienced at caramel making than I.


First, if you have one, use a candy thermometer.  The candy should be at a temperature of 248F when you pour it out.

Second, if you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can use the cold-water-in-a-dish method, which is what we usually do.

Here’s how it works.  You’ll put all your ingredients in a pot, and stir pretty much constantly for 12-15 minutes.  Once you get to the 11-12 minute mark, you can start testing.  Drip a little of the caramel into very cold water.  Add an ice cube or two to be sure this water is cold.  Use your fingers to pinch the caramel into one glob.  If the glob is the consistency you want for your caramels, it’s ready.  Most likely, it will take a few tries of dripping caramel into water to get to the right consistency.

Homemade Caramels from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Homemade Caramels from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Remember that once it gets close to reaching its final temperature, it changes consistency very quickly, and the longer it cooks, the harder it gets.   A minute or even a few seconds can mean the difference between perfect caramels and caramels that are too soft or too hard to be enjoyed.

Homemade Caramels from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Once you get the hang of these caramels, your family will thank you!


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More great candies you might enjoy:



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Homemade Caramels
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Homemade caramel candies
Recipe type: Candy
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2¼ cups (or 1 pound) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Using a heavy saucepan, melt butter.
  2. Add brown sugar, corn syrup, and milk, and stir to combine.
  3. Continue cooking over medium high heat, stirring almost constantly, for about 12-15 minutes, until temperature reaches firm ball stage, about 248F / 119C.
  4. Pour into a 9x13 pan which has been either lined with parchment paper or heavily buttered.
  5. Let cool until completely set, about 3-4 hours. Cut into pieces and wrap in wax paper.

 More Christmas Week Recipes you might enjoy:

Twix Cheesecake Bars

One of the best cheesecake ideas I have seen, these use candy bars!  With a shortbread crust and Twix and Rolo candies, this is a fun twist on cheesecake bars recipes.

Twix Cheesecake Bars from JensFavoriteCookies.comI think I spent like $25 on candy and junk at the grocery store, just to have an excuse to make these cheesecake bars.

It seems like cheesecake bars are like the cool kid on the block these days.  Everyone is making them.  Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars, Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars, Turtle Cheesecake Bars, Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars, Pumpkin Nutmeg Cheesecake Bars… you name it, you can make it into a cheesecake bar.

And weirdly, even though I really enjoy a good cheesecake, and I post practically nothing but dessert recipes on this site, the cheesecake recipes are few and far between here.  It was time this situation came to an end.

Pinterest and I became good friends.  I put “cheesecake bars” in the search bar and oohed and aahed for, well, probably hours.  There really are an amazing number of cheesecake bar recipes out there.

Twix Cheesecake Bars from JensFavoriteCookies.com

I ended up forming my very own creation.  For this amazing creation, I started with a shortbread crust.  I wanted the bar to bear a passing resemblance to a Twix bar, and Continue reading “Twix Cheesecake Bars” »

Molasses Cookies with Caramel Cinnamon Glaze

Recipe for crisp molasses cookies with caramel cinnamon glaze; This molasses cookie is similar to a gingersnap, and the glaze is made with cinnamon chips and caramels.

molasses cookieA friend and I decided to join a diet challenge recently.  And then this happened… crunchy molasses cookies with creamy cinnamon caramel glaze.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to diet AND be a dessert blogger?  It practically impossible.

Me: How am I supposed to diet with THESE in the house?
Friend: What. Are. THOSE?!!

I knew she would approve, because she kind of has a thing for caramel lattes.  I’m partial to dark chocolate cocoa with those tiny little dehydrated marshmallows.  I just loved this cookie when it took the form of gingerbread last winter.  It was excellent with the dark chocolate cocoa I had for breakfast.

Which probably explains why I’m dieting now.

This time around, I left out all the spices except the cinnamon.  I wanted something less spicy, still crunchy and with that yummy rich molasses flavor.  The glaze just really took it over the top.

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And I’m well aware that spring isn’t really the traditional time for molasses cookies.  But I’m bucking the system, fighting the MAN, getting wild and crazy and eating molasses cookies any time I darn well want to.

I make no apologies.

I could start drinking eggnog any minute now.

And can we just talk about the creamy-dreamy evil genius that is cinnamon chips?  They make everything better.  Adding cinnamon chips to melted caramel is so deliciously tempting and diet-busting.

how to make molasses cookies

I will admit that this glaze turned out a touch thinner and stickier than I anticipated.  The cookies that were glazed and then stored for a day got a little soft on the glazed parts.

I recommend glazing right before serving.

Any non-glazed cookies will store for quite a long time in an air-tight container, but the glazed cookies will definitely need wax paper to sit on, and a life span of not more than a day or two.

Which is only a problem if you’re on a diet!

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Pistachio Caramel Cookies & St. Patrick’s Collection

Recipe for pistachio cookies with caramel centers;  These pudding cookies are soft, green, and easy to make.

pistachio cookiesI have this friend, we’ve known each other since Nixon was in office.

Well, maybe not Nixon, but you get the idea.

Anyway, I love her dearly, but she has terrible taste in ice cream.  Sometimes we go to this local ice cream place together.  It’s the kind of place where the small sundae is enough to feed two people, and the ice cream and toppings are dripping out over the sides of the glass.  The food there is nothing to write home about, but the ice cream is memorable.

I always get peppermint ice cream with hot fudge, because it’s the obvious best tasting choice.  I can’t think of one thing I like better than hot fudge, unless it’s hot fudge with peppermint ice cream.  It’s the stuff dreams are made of.

But my friend always gets pistachio ice cream with caramel sauce.

Actually, now that I think about it, it does sound pretty good.  Just nowhere near as good as peppermint and hot fudge.

Even though she is wrong about this important topic, she is one of my oldest and loyal-est friends, so these cookies are totally for her.

pistachio cookies

In addition to loving my old friends, I’m loving my new friends too.  One super cool thing about being a rich and famous food blogger is meeting people from all over the country.

Today, I joined up with some of my best bloggy friends to bring you this super-duper awesome collection of St. Patrick’s Day recipes.  It’s radical, as we used to say when Nixon was in office.

I hope you’ll take a minute to look through all these fun recipes, and send some love to the bloggers who made them!

St. Patrick's Day Recipes

1. Key Lime Pound Cake by Joan at Chocolate Chocolate & More
2. Mini Banoffee Pie Tarts by Kelly at Kelly Bakes
3. Chocolate Bailey’s Mousse Tart from Nancy at Gotta Get Baked
4. Irish Carbomb Cupcakes from Susan at Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
5. Pistachio Caramel Cookies from Jen at Jen’s Favorite Cookies
6. Guinness Stout Mini Bundt Cake from Shanna at Pineapple and Coconut
7. Irish Cheese and Bacon Cheesecake with Walnut Crust by Carla at Chocolate Moosey
8. Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheese Trifle from Anita at Hungry Couple NYC
9. Key Lime Pie Ice Cream from Renee at Magnolia Days
10. Pistachio Mousse Cups from Kim at Cravings of a Lunatic
11. Irish Eggs Benedict from Isabelle Crumb Blog
12. St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Stack from Angie at Big Bears Wife
13. Guinness Chocolate Cake from Jen at Juanita’s Cocina
14. Irish Potato Oatmeal Bread from Sarah at What Smells So Good

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Turtle Bars

turtle recipeIt’s that season again.  The least wonderful time of the year.

Election Season.

You know what I really enjoy?  NOT watching the presidential debate.  It’s one of the best things to not watch.  Well, that and college football.

I also love not shopping for tires, and not paying late fees at the library, and not getting my teeth drilled, and not getting my drivers license renewed in person.  These are a few of my favorite things.

I’m just the sort of ornery person that bristles at being told what to do.  I remember when our oldest son was just 2 years old, he made up a song, which he sang frequently as he walked around our little apartment.  “I… do… anything I want, I just do anything I want.”

Yep.  The kicker was how much I recognized that sentiment.  It was as if my mother’s curse, that I would someday have children just like me, had real power.


My neighbor recently tried to convince me to vote for her favorite local candidate, by asking me whether I valued my freedom.  I had planned to vote for the same person anyway, but the act of her saying that to me made me want to change my mind.

I KNOW it’s ornery.  (or it’s “ignerrnt,” as the old, deeply entrenched Utahans say.)

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Dulce de Leche Cookies


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A recipe for a soft caramel cookie sandwiched with dulce de leche.

Source: Annies Eats, which I found thanks to Pinterest.

Yield:  about 18 sandwiches

When I saw the photo of these cookies on Pinterest, I knew I would make them.  It turns out, Superbowl Sunday was the perfect day for the job.  I was also kind of excited to try Dulce de Leche, a product I have never used.  It’s a tragedy, really… sweet, caramelized milk cannot possibly taste anything but amazing.  The only real problem was finding it at the store.

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