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Rocky Road No-Bake Cookies

This no-bake cookie recipe uses peanuts and marshmallows for a rocky road flavor combination!

Rocky Road No-Bake Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com I ran over my niece with a scooter. It’s a true story.

We recently went on this big family vacation, all eighteen of us spent a week together on a cruise. When we got to Cozumel, Mexico, we decided to rent scooters and drive down the highway to the beach. We must have looked like one strange scooter gang.

I don’t actually have any experience driving a scooter, but I swear this accident wasn’t my fault.

Well, it mostly wasn’t my fault.

The scooter in front of me caught the edge of the road when we were turning around, and they went sliding. I couldn’t stop in time, and literally just drove right over the top of poor JFK. You could literally see the tire tread on her arm. It was awful.

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I had visions of spending the rest of the vacation in a Mexican hospital, but as it turned out, JFK was fine. No broken bones, no internal bleeding, just the huge scrape on her leg that she got before I drove over her.

BEFORE. It’s important you know that.

I came away with some nasty bruises (I’ll spare you the details, but for real, I looked pretty beat up.) but JFK and her mom had the worst of it, with scrapes that ran the length of their legs. To her credit, JFK smiled and laughed, and made the best of the situation.

And then she lobbied me for cookies.

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“I think you owe me some sorry-I-ran-over-you-cookies!” she told me, about 10 minutes after the crash.

“Wrong,” I said. “You owe me some sorry-I-fell-under-your-tire cookies.” She didn’t buy this argument at all.

So I put on my thinking cap. I mean, what cookie says we were in a scooter accident on vacation?  Well, Rocky Road, obviously.

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One word about the marshmallows in this recipe. I used the Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits. I like these, because they are small, and dry, and don’t melt into the cookies as easily as the regular variety. I have discovered that they are not available in every grocery store, but I can almost always find them in Walmart, next to the hot chocolate mix.

They’re meant for cocoa, but they’re really fun for baking.

And they’re perfect for saying, sorry I ran over you with a scooter.

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Rocky Road No-Bake Cookies

An easy no-bake chocolate cookie with peanuts and marshmallows.

Servings 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup dry marshmallow bits (Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits)

Instructions

  1. In a heavy saucepan, melt butter. Add milk, sugar, cocoa, and salt, and mix well. Bring to a boil and let boil 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

  2. Stir in coconut and oats, until well coated and combined. Fold in peanuts and marshmallow bits.

  3. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper. Refrigerate 10-15 minutes before serving.

Triple Chocolate Chunk Oreo Cookies

A recipe for a chocolate cookie with chunks of semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, and Oreo cookies.

Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a chocolate lovers dream come true!I normally try not to make chocolate cookies twice in a row.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a confessed chocoholic and would be happy to make all my cookies super chocolatey.  I guess I also believe in moderation and variety and making my family members happy and crap like that too.  I’m not always happy about it, but I cut the chocolate with other stuff.

But not today.  I’ve been wanting to make Maria’s Triple Chocolate cookies for some time now, and this week my patience ran out.

When I was a teenager I had a job at a malt shop.  We had dozens of different flavors of shakes, and making these shakes was the bulk of my job.  My favorite was one called “Chocolate Lovers.”  It involved chocolate ice cream mixed with chocolate syrup, chocolate chips and Oreo cookies.  I found that most people thought the flavor was too rich, too chocolatey.  I thought they were nuts!  I’ve never found anything to be too chocolatey.  I ate this shake regularly, back when I had the metabolism to handle it.  Trolling through TP&TP and coming across this particular cookie took me right back to that malt shop, and that particularly rich shake.

Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a chocolate lovers dream come true!I should start by telling you that I did have one little problem with this cookie.  It calls for dutch process cocoa.  I really have nothing against dutch process or dark cocoa (in fact I looooooove these Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies!) but this one just felt better with regular old cocoa powder to me.

Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a chocolate lovers dream come true!

The big surprise (well, not that big a surprise, when you think about it!) was how amazing the dough tasted.  It is literally one of the best doughs I have ever eaten, and that is saying a lot.  Have you tried the Soft Sugar Cookie dough yet?  It’s one of the few that can compete.  I was really tempted to just get a spoon and eat the dough, and skip the baking altogether.  I had visions of chilled dough mixed into my ice cream.

Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a chocolate lovers dream come true!

Another bonus about this recipe is what a big batch it makes. I made them for my niece for her birthday, (I just can’t say no to a girl who wants chocolate-chocolate-chocolate cookies!) and I was so happy that after I stuffed her cookie box as full as I could get it, there were still lots of cookies left. It’s a good day when there are LEFTOVER triple chocolate cookies.

These cookies look and taste super yummy.  They store really easily, too. And if you don’t have a niece to share them with, you might be lucky enough to keep the whole batch to yourself!

 

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A super chocolatey cookie with big chunks of chocolate and Oreos.
Serves: 5 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ cup + 2 T. unsweetened cocoa
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup Oreo cookies, cut into chunks
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla.
  2. Sift together dry ingredients, and add to the mixture, mixing only until incorporated.
  3. Add in chocolate, white chocolate, and cookie pieces, and mix gently.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Allow to sit on baking sheet for 2-4 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

 

Chocolate Blackberry Cream Cookies

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It is just not that difficult to come up with a reason to purchase berries.  I’m never quite sure what to do with them, but it never takes me long to figure it out.

When I found this recipe, I was excited to have a good reason to purchase blackberries.  They sat in the fridge for a couple days before I got around to baking with them, and the kids kept asking me about them.  My son, the “fruitarian,” was going crazy with blackberry-desire!

The cookie itself is deceptively delicious.  Even if you don’t want to top your cookie with berries, consider making this cookie plain.  It is a super simple version of a chocolate crinkle, made with a devils food cake mix.  It can be mixed up very quickly, and comes out soft and fudgy and almost brownie-like.  YUM.  Since the dough was quite soft, I used my scoop to drop dough into a bowl of powdered sugar, and I was quite generous in coating it, so my fingers wouldn’t get too sticky.

chocolate-blackberry-cream-cookies-1Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem licking chocolate cookie dough off my fingers.  I just wanted to save myself for the blackberry cream frosting.

Sometimes I make this cookie without the powdered sugar, and that works great too. Either way, you’ll have a soft chocolatey cookie that makes a great base for the frosting.

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I have honestly not baked with berries much.  The recipe on Your Cup of Cake calls for a blackberry puree, without actually mentioning how to make the puree, so I guessed.  I know there are other ways to make a puree, but this worked just fine and it was really easy.

I dumped a bunch of berries in a bowl, and  I used a fork to smash them a bit, and then I let them sit and macerate for maybe 10 minutes while I rolled the cookies in sugar and put them in the oven.

I then came back and smashed them some more.  The truth is, I am just way to lazy to strain this.  Plus, I don’t have a good strainer.  The only strainer I own has been used to clean the fish bowl, so I don’t have much desire to use it on my berries.

True story.  I figured it would be fine if my frosting had berry chunks in it.  Fine and dandy.

By the way, you won’t need nearly the berries you see pictured above. A small handful is enough, since you only need 3 tablespoons of puree. If you do end up with extra puree, cook it with sugar and water for a really delicious blackberry syrup!

chocolate-blackberry-cream-cookies-2I measured about 3 tablespoons of the non-strained berry puree, and mixed into my softened cream cheese and butter, and added powdered sugar until it was a nice, thick, frosting consistency.  I gently frosted my soft chocolate cookies, and topped them with a leftover berry, to make them look extra pretty.

And actually, if you’re into making things pretty, use a piping bag to pipe the frosting on. I was mostly into stuffing these in my face as fast a possible, so I used a knife to give the frosting a quick smear.

I think these would really impress at a gathering, so I definitely recommend them for entertaining!  Plus, since the cookies are made with a cake mix, they are one of the simpler recipes on this humble blog.  The only real problem was cleaning up all that powdered sugar!

My friends have some amazing berry-themed cookies this month too!  Check these out…

Raspberry Tarts by Tastes of Lizzy T
Olive Sables by Kelli’s Kitchen
Blueberry Lemon Cookies from Bake or Break
Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal Cookies from Posed Perfection
Chocolate Blackberry Cream Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

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Chocolate Blackberry Cream Cookies

A recipe for a fudgy chocolate crinkle cookie topped with blackberry frosting.

Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 2 dozen

Ingredients

Cookies:

  • 1 box devils food cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • powdered sugar for rolling

Frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2-3 tablespoons blackberry puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • about 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Cookies:

  1. Mix together cake mix, eggs, oil, and vanilla, mixing just until combined.

  2. Roll dough into balls, coat with powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet.

  3. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool.

Frosting:

  1. Mix all frosting ingredients together. Adjust consistency by adding more powdered sugar to thicken, or more puree to thin.

  2. Generously frost cooled cookies. Top with a blackberry.

Chocolate Torte

chocolate-torte-cakeThe Lizard (our oldest child) has been taking a culinary arts class at school, which he has loved. He found running the cafeteria strangely satisfying. He came home with onion-cutting skills and salsa-making skills, but his favorite experience from the class was making this torte.

He was super excited to make it for the family. It’s a rich and dense chocolate cake, so naturally, I was in love with it immediately.

He even made us a butterscotch version of the torte by using butterscotch chips in place of the chocolate chips. By the way, butterscotch torte? Also good.

He talked me into blogging it this week, but I feel I should be upfront with you and let you know that this is not a recipe of my creation. This is the recipe straight from the culinary class.

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Normally, we eat this cake plain. No frosting. No ice cream. Just cake.

But today? I added whipped cream and fresh berries. Mostly because we were in the mood for berries. We were surprised how much it added to the torte to have the berries there. You could say they took it to the next level.

I highly recommend it.

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You know what else I recommend? Having a teenager make this for you while you have some quality couch potato time. The cake tastes even more amazing when someone else makes it and brings you a warm slice!

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Chocolate Torte

A rich, dense, easy to make single layer chocolate cake.

Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 slices
Author Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • fresh berries (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line and grease one 9-inch round cake pan.

  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, corn syrup, and chocolate chips. Stir until melted and smooth.

  3. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add chocolate mixture slowly. Add flour and mix just until combined.

  4. Spread batter evenly into the prepared 9-inch pan. Bake at 375F for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

  5. Let cool 5-10 minutes, then turn cake out onto a cooling rack to continue cooling. If desired, serve with whipped cream and fresh berries.

 

Cookie Dough Brownies Recipe

This cookie dough brownies recipe is so easy to make! Use egg-free cookie dough instead of frosting for an interesting and tasty treat!

cookie-dough-brownies Nothing brings the family together like a batch of brownies.

Unless it’s cookie dough.  I don’t think we’ve ever stood as close to one another as when we are all reaching into the bowl of cookie dough at once.  No one wants to be left out of that!

Which is why brownies with cookie dough on them was one of the more brilliant ideas I’ve ever come across.

The kids thought so too. They asked me about 20 times if they could eat the cookie dough brownies, and I had to keep telling them no, because they weren’t quite chilled enough to photograph.

Which didn’t stop me from sneaking pieces of the crust when the kids weren’t looking.

Don’t tell them.

(See related post: One Bowl Brownies)

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I’m always sort of surprised at those people who don’t like frosting. I mean, I get that some kinds of frosting are really not that great, and more for show than for flavor, but as a general rule, you can’t go wrong with butter and sugar.

If you’re one of those anti-frosting people, this recipe should appeal to you. There’s no need to frost these. Just consider the cookie dough to be the frosting.

The best dang frosting you ever had. Because it tastes just like cookie dough.

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And if you are a pro-frosting person, you can even bump these up a notch by adding a layer of chocolate ganache on top.

And sprinkles.

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Cookie Dough Brownies Recipe

Rich chocolate brownies topped with egg-free cookie dough.

Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 servings

Ingredients

BROWNIES:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate roughly chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour

COOKIE DOUGH TOPPING:

  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

BROWNIES:

  1. Place butter and chocolate in a mixing bowl, and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth.

  2. Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla, and mix well. Add flour and mix until combined.

  3. Pour brownie batter into a greased or lined 9x9 pan. Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes, until edges are dry and start to pull away from the pan slightly. Let cool.

COOKIE DOUGH:

  1. Cream butter, cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Add salt and flour and mix until combined. 

  2. Spread cookie dough evenly over brownies. Let chill for an hour or more in the fridge.

  3. Cut into 9 large or 16 small brownies. For best results, keep refrigerated, and serve cold.

 

No-Bake Cookies Recipe

This no bake cookies recipe is a classic your family will love! Easy enough that kids can make it, everyone will appreciate a no-bake cookie that is ready to eat in just minutes!

no-bake-cookies-recipeI recently started a new job, which has really wrecked my schedule. Being in the office all day is far different from being at home all day, and I find myself sort of missing the solitude of my quiet home-alone hours.

I also find myself missing the desire to make dinner. Or make anything, really. I would just prefer someone serve it to me on a silver platter.

I’ve been racking my brain for meals and desserts that are even faster, even cheaper, and even easier than what I’ve done in the past.

And, with summer right around the corner, I am returning to my no-bake roots. Because some days, NOT turning on the oven is my favorite thing.

It’s right behind NOT listening to the radio. Silence is often my favorite station.

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When I was a kid, we used to make this no-bake cookies recipe all the time. It was a staple. We practically had the recipe memorized, that’s how often we made it.

Can you blame us? We wanted a treat, and we wanted it quickly, and we didn’t want mom to yell at us about cleaning up a bunch of dishes.

Not to mention, we were usually making these during commercial breaks. *ahem*

My kids know nothing about doing things during commercial breaks. I don’t think they’ve watched a live television program ever in their lives. And don’t even get me started about telephone books, and rotary telephones, and encyclopedias, and hand-cranked pencil sharpeners.

They know nothing about any of these things.

But you know what they do know? They know all about no-bake cookies. What can I say? Some things are just timeless.

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Allow me to share a few notes on no-bakes I have learned over the years.

First, it is easy to adjust the texture of these cookies by adding more oats or coconut. (Chopped walnuts also work well.) But taking oats away is a different issue, so tread carefully. This batch turned out a touch dry, which frankly doesn’t bother me one bit, but I know some people prefer a chewy treat.

Second, I used to always drop these on wax paper, and inevitably I would find myself eating a cookie with a little wax paper glued to the bottom, that wouldn’t come off until the cookie warmed up a bit. So, if you’re not into eating wax paper, may I suggest using parchment paper? A silicone mat also works.

My favorite way is actually to take the non-stick spray to a mini muffin pan, and drop my spoonfuls in there. The cookies don’t come out with that classic mounded shape, but I’ve never heard one complaint about that.

Third, and perhaps most importantly, prepare for this to disappear in record time. I have literally never in my life seen a no-bake cookie last more than 24 hours. Or even close to 24 hours. If you’ve got a houseful to feed, be sure to make them small!

Then I suggest making your kids make the cookies, and tell them to bring you a couple on a silver platter while you take your shoes off and relax!

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No-Bake Cookies

A simple stovetop cookie recipe, requiring no baking.

Servings 2 dozen
Author Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan, melt butter. Add sugar, cocoa powder, and milk, and mix to combine. Bring to a boil, and boil 1-2 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Stir in oats and coconut, mixing until well combined.

  3. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone mat. Chill in the fridge for about an hour.

Recipe Notes

Yields will vary widely depending on how large you make your cookies. If I do small-ish spoonfuls, I can get about 2 dozen cookies.

 

Easy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

This easy chocolate cupcake recipe uses a basic box mix, but doctors it up with buttermilk. You’ll love how easy this chocolate cupcake is to make, and how delicious the flavor is!

easy-chocolate-cupcake-recipeIt’s not uncommon for me to get comments and questions from readers, which indicate that they are new to baking, or want a recipe that will be, for lack of a more interesting word, easy.

Easy. Easy. Easy.

And let me testify to the fact that you don’t have to be new to baking to want that.  I want it All. The. Time.

You know what else I want all the time?  Chocolate. Which obviously makes this one of the best recipes ever. I could eat chocolate every day. It never gets old. There’s no time of year that’s not chocolate time of year.

Who’s with me?

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I don’t make cupcakes very often, and let me tell you why.  It’s partly because I would way rather have a cookie or brownie than a cupcake, but it’s mostly because of the frosting.

There are lots of bloggers out there creating these gorgeous cupcakes with perfectly swirled mounds of frosting on them, and I’m not going to lie, I’m a little jealous of their skills.  I can’t frost a cupcake to save my soul. (My friend Diane makes these beautiful frosting roses, if you’re interested.)

It’s the reason I prefer frosting like this, the kind you just smear on with a knife and doesn’t require a piping bag or any skills at all. EASY.

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You might be wondering what makes this cake so easy, and I will confess that I used a cake mix. But regular old cake mix cake is just sort of boring and not that fantastic, so I doctored it up with buttermilk and sour cream. It gives the cupcakes an awesome flavor, and makes them super simple to throw together.

My easy recipe friends, this one is totally for you.

(If you are looking for a recipe that is from scratch, check this awesome Devil’s Food Cake from Chocolate Moosey, and this Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting from Barefeet in the Kitchen.)

 

Want more? Try these fun cupcakes!

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A simple chocolate cupcake recipe using cake mix and buttermilk.
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 18
Ingredients
CAKE:
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg + 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
FROSTING:
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
Instructions
  1. For cake, place all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and mix until combined.
  2. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners, and fill each cup about half full. Bake at 350F for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  3. Let cupcakes cool completely.
  4. For frosting, combine all ingredients in a small bowl, until smooth. Lightly frost cooled cupcakes.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies

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I’m always looking for new and interesting cookie ideas to share with you.  I’m like a hunter at the grocery store… hunting down fruits, nuts, chocolates, candies, basically anything that might work in a cookie recipe.

It’s a little weird, I know, but that’s my life.

The thing is, though, when the kids and I want to make cookies just for fun, you know what we always make?  Chocolate chip or peanut butter.  The classics.

Maybe that’s why I decided that this month’s Cookie of the Month needed to involve peanut butter.  You can never go wrong with a peanut butter cookie.

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Of course, I also have trouble leaving well enough alone, so I took my plain jane peanut butter cookies and sandwiched them with chocolate ice cream.

Actually I used this chocolate ice cream with a ripple of peanut butter in it, because that’s how I am.  I love chocolate ice cream, but chocolate peanut butter ice cream is even better.

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Since this is the Cookie of the Month, there are lots of people sharing peanut butter cookies with you today!  Check out this variety:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Peanut Butter Cut Out Cookies from Tastes of Lizzy T
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from Bake or Break
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies from The Cooking Actress
Rolo Peanut Butter Blossoms from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints from Crumb: A Food Blog
Peanut Butter and Syrup Cookies from Kelli’s Kitchen
Peanut Butter Compost Cookies from Gotta Get Baked
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cups from 365 Days of Baking and More
Peanut Butter Cup Sandwiches from Posed Perfection

 

Want more?  Try these peanut butter cookies!

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Peanut butter cookies sandwiched with chocolate ice cream.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 8-10 sandwiches
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1¾ cup flour
  • chocolate ice cream
Instructions
  1. Cream butter, peanut butter, and sugars. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and flour, and mix until combined.
  3. Form dough into large 2-inch balls, and place on a baking sheet. Use a fork to flatten cookies. Bake at 350F for 12-14 minutes.
  4. Let ice cream soften slightly. Place a generous amount of ice cream between two cookies. Place sandwiches in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before serving.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Bars

These chocolate peanut butter bars are simple to make and sprinkled with lots of great stuff!  Try these chocolate peanut butter magic bars when you want to impress someone.

March 25 is Chocolate Peanut Butter Day!  This fun, 2nd annual event is hosted by Carla from Chocolate Moosey and Miriam from Overtime Cook.  Look for links to more chocolate peanut butter recipes at the bottom of this post.

chocolate-peanut-butter-barsWe’re now at the point in our lives where the kids weekend get togethers with friends sometimes include friends of the opposite sex.

It always adds a fun wrinkle to the weekends.

It also is the single thing on this planet I have found which motivates The Fruitarian to clean his bedroom.  It also motivates him to hound me about making treats for date night.  Apparently he’s told his friends about the blog, and now everyone is demanding amazing sweets.

I recently made a different batch of magic bars (this one with raspberry!) and they turned out SO delicious, but alas, too ugly for my high blogging standards.  It’s actually sort of funny that I just said that, because, let’s face it, my standards are not that high.

BUT, it did make me want to try again to make a magic bar that was not too ugly to photograph.

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I do kind of love how these turned out.  They don’t have that perfectly gorgeous, not-one-peanut-out-of-place feel, but they do make me want to dive in face first nonetheless.

It’s exactly what I did, by the way.  Face first.  No lie.

I’m sure The Fruitarian’s friends thought I was nuts that I had to photograph these bars before I served them.  But they were patient enough.  It’s worth it for chocolate and peanut butter.

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Just about anything is worth it for chocolate and peanut butter.  And you know who agrees with me?  These bloggers!  They made amazing chocolate peanut butter treats for you too!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites by Carla from Chocolate Moosey
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies by Miriam from Overtime Cook
Chocolate Peanut Butter Twix Cake by Susan from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
{Healthy} Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Bars by Kayle from The Cooking Actress
Chocolate Drizzled Peanut Butter Tiger Paws by Renee from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Dip by Becca from It’s Yummi
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake by Erin from The Spiffy Cookie
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie by Lisa from Snappy Gourmet
Espresso Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting and a Rum Drizzle by Barb from Creative Culinary
Chocolate Peanut Butter Tandy Cake by Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Chocolate-Glazed Peanut Butter-Stuffed Doughnuts by Coleen from The Redhead Baker
4 Ingredient Chocolate & Peanut Butter Candy by Colleen from Souffle Bombay
Ganache-Stuffed Peanut Butter Bars by Karen from The Food Charlatan
Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes by Taylor from Food Faith Fitness
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Icing by Shashi from Runnin Srilankan
Chocolate Filled Peanut Butter Cookie Cups by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Lava Cakes by Anita from Hungry Couple
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream by Renee from Magnolia Days
Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites by Lauren from Healthy Delicious
Tagalong Dip by Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake Nancy from gotta get baked
Small Batch Chocolate Peanut Butter Doughnuts by Sarah from What Smells So Good?
Funky Monkey Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls by Brianne from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies by Diane from Created by Diane
Chocolate, Peanut Butter, & Roasted Banana Shake by Jennie from The Messy Baker
Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Bars by Jen from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Chocolate Doughnuts with Peanut Butter Glaze by Lauren from Lauren Kelly Nutrition

Have fun sifting through this list.  I know I will!

 

Want more?  Try these chocolate peanut butter treats!

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4.5 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Bars
 
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An easy and rich chocolate and peanut butter bar.
Author:
Recipe type: Bars
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 14 oz.
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup peanuts (I used the lightly salted kind)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter chips
  • ½ cup crisp rice cereal
Instructions
  1. Place cake mix and melted butter in a mixing bowl, and mix until mixture is wet and a little crumbly. Press into a greased or lined 9x13 pan.
  2. Pour sweetened condensed milk over the chocolate mixture, spreading if necessary to reach to the edges.
  3. Place peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, to melt. Pour peanut butter over the sweetened condensed milk.
  4. Sprinkle with peanuts, chips, and cereal, pressing down if necessary. Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into 12 large or 20 small bars. (Bars may be a bit soft and gooey.)

 

Black and White Bark

This dark chocolate bark recipe includes white chocolate, too.  It’s sure to be one of your favorite chocolate bark recipes!

Black and White Bark from JensFavoriteCookies.com - dark and white chocolate, chips, and cookies make a super easy treat!I was doing so good today.  Drinking my smoothie for breakfast, eating my veggies for lunch.

And suddenly, I was craving chocolate.  CRAVING.  The kind of craving that takes over your life and commandeers all your thoughts.

I went in a frantic search through my pantry for chocolate, and found a couple items in the chocolate chip box.  Items like this chocolate bar and this white chocolate bar.  And a half a bag of white chocolate chips.  And a bag and a half of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

And since I had to run to the store for something else anyway, I grabbed a package of Oreos to complete my black and white theme.

(See related post: Chocolate Lovers Bark)

Black and White Bark from JensFavoriteCookies.com - dark and white chocolate, chips, and cookies make a super easy treat!

Add this to your Chocolate Recipes board on Pinterest!

I love how quick and easy it is to make chocolate bark.  I mean, melt, spread, chill, cut.  Easy as pie.

And where did that saying come from anyway?  This is WAAAAAAY easier than pie.  No contest.

The best part of this process has got to be making all the pretty little swirls.  I love that part.  Mostly because I am no good at making anything pretty, but this stuff is eeeeeeeasy.

I almost said easy as pie again.  But forget that.  This is easy like Sunday morning.

Black and White Bark from JensFavoriteCookies.com - dark and white chocolate, chips, and cookies make a super easy treat!Black and White Bark from JensFavoriteCookies.com - dark and white chocolate, chips, and cookies make a super easy treat!

Come to think of it, my Sunday mornings are not exactly a breeze either.  I need some new sayings.

It’s like falling off a log.  Like taking candy from a baby.  You get the picture.

20 minutes from now, your chocolate cravings could be totally satisfied!

 

Want more?  Try these easy barks!

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Black and White Bark
 
A simple chocolate candy.
Author:
Recipe type: Candy
Serves: about 20 pieces
Ingredients
  • 4 oz. good quality chocolate
  • 4 oz. good quality white chocolate
  • 4-5 Oreo cookies, cut into quarters
  • a small handful each of chocolate chips and white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Break chocolate into pieces and place in a microwave safe dish. Melt in the microwave, in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted and smooth.
  2. Spread chocolate on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Break white chocolate into pieces and place in a microwave safe dish. Melt in the microwave, in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted and smooth.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of melted white chocolate in dollops onto spread chocolate. Use a toothpick (or I used a skewer) to swirl the chocolate and white chocolate together into pretty patterns.
  5. Place Oreo pieces evenly on the swirled chocolate, and sprinkles any crumbs on top. Sprinkle chocolate chips and white chocolate chips on top.
  6. Chill in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, until set. Use a large knife to cut into pieces. Store in fridge or freezer.

 

Chocolate Lava Cookies

Similar to the cake, chocolate lava cookies are filled with a fudgy chocolate sauce.

Chocolate Lava Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.comNothing goes better with chocolate than chocolate, I always say.

I’ve been dying lately over chocolate lava cakes.  Like this one.  And this one.  And OMG THIS ONE.

Being the self-proclaimed cookie connoisseur that I am, I’ve been racking my brain to figure out the best way to turn this gorgeous, over the top, heavenly chocolate cake into a cookie.  And I think I found it.

Or maybe I just found a new way to eat 3 cookies in the space of 10 minutes.  (Like I needed a new way.)

My intention was that these would make a fun little Valentine treat.  You know, the kind you can tuck in a lunchbox for your rugrats, or put on a plate for your favorite neighborhood kids, or surprise your coworkers with.

Chocolate Lava Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Not that it has to be February for one to enjoy chocolate with more chocolate inside.  I personally think chocolate chocolate treats belong in my life every month.

The key to the lava in this cookie is hot fudge sauce.  The kind that comes in a jar, and sits on the shelf in the ice cream toppings area of the grocery store.  I’m a BIG fan of homemade hot fudge sauce, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not the right stuff for this cookie.  This cookie requires the kind that comes in a jar.

Not chocolate syrup.  Not magic shell.  Hot Fudge Ice Cream Topping and only that.  Agreed?

And don’t warm it up, either.  You’ll just end up regretting it.  Spoon it right out of the jar at room temperature into your cookie dough, and in a few minutes, you’ll have a cookie that is literally exploding with chocolate fudge.  Lawd have mercy, this is my idea of heaven.

Chocolate Lava Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Before you go scrolling to the bottom for the recipe, let me quickly share two important points.

IMPORTANT POINT #1:  This is the Cookie of the Month for February!  Yay!

KEC Silicone Mats

That means that you can win prizes by making this recipe, and proving it to me by sending me a photo of it.  This month’s prize is brought to you by Kitchen Executive Chef.  Their high quality Silicone Mats are used at least twice a week at my house, and often more than that.  They are my favorite mats because they are thick and very nicely made.

Enter to win a set of mats one of three ways:

1. Share a photo of your Chocolate Lava Cookies on Instagram, and tag me, @jensfavoritecookies, in the description.  Find me on Instagram here.

2. Drop a photo of your Chocolate Lava Cookies on my Facebook page.  I’ll share it will all my Facebook fans!  Find me on Facebook here.  (Make sure you don’t just tag me, it must be posted on my Facebook page.)

3. E-mail a photo of your Chocolate Lava Cookies to me at:  jen@jensfavoritecookies.com.

Winner will be chosen and announced on Friday, February 27, in my month end wrap-up post, so keep your eyes peeled to see if your name is announced!

Can’t wait?  Order your silicone mats today using the promo code  JFCOOKIE  and receive 25% off the regular price!  Order them here.

 

IMPORTANT POINT #2:

I’m not the only one ringing in February with chocolate cookies.  My friends have all posted chocolate cookies today too!  Take a few minutes to check out all these fantastic chocolate cookies!

Chocolate Lava Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars from Crumb: A Food Blog
Flourless Dark Chocolate Cookies from The Cooking Actress
Caramel Chocolate Chip Cashew Butter Cookies from Magnolia Days
Chocolate Orange Ginger Cookies from Gotta Get Baked
Chocolate Chip Compost Cookies (gluten-free) from Heartbeet Kitchen
Fudgy Kalhua Brownie Cookies from Bake or Break

 

Want more?  Try these fun stuffed cookies!

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Lava Cookies
 
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A simple chocolate cookie filled with hot fudge sauce.
Author:
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar + more for rolling
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon water *(see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • jarred hot fudge sauce (about 6 oz.)
Instructions
  1. Cream shortening and sugars. Add eggs, vanilla, and water and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and baking soda and mix well. Add flour and mix just until combined.
  3. Take a small ball of dough and flatten it. Fill the center with a small spoonful of hot fudge sauce. Cover with additional dough. Carefully roll into a 2-inch ball, keeping hot fudge sauce in the center.
  4. Place a small amount of sugar in a shallow bowl and roll dough in sugar.
  5. Place on baking sheet and bake at 400F for 5-8 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Notes
If dough is a little dry and crumbly, you can add another tablespoon of water. If you want to substitute butter for the shortening, leave the water out. You can always add 1-2 tablespoons of water at the end if the dough is dry.

 

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

Give your homemade hot cocoa recipe a twist with the flavors of gingerbread!  This is one of my favorite homemade hot cocoa recipes!

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a delicious twist on hot chocolate!I’ve been dreaming of gingerbread cocoa for a while now.  It’s probably because of my addiction to molasses.

By the way, did you know that hot chocolate and hot cocoa are not the same thing?  All these years, I’ve been using the phrases interchangeably, and it turns out there is a difference, albeit a subtle one.

Turns out, hot chocolate uses actual chocolate in the recipe, while cocoa gets it’s chocolatey flavor from cocoa powder.  It’s sort of obvious when you think about it.  I guess I just never thought about it before.

I was probably focused on the whipped cream.

(See related post: Peppermint Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa)

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a delicious twist on hot chocolate!

(Add this to your Drink Recipes board on Pinterest!)

I’m going to just admit to you now that I kind of cheated and made this in the microwave.  I warmed up the milk and molasses, and then mixed them with the rest of the ingredients.

Why is that cheating, you might ask?  Because they just don’t mix as well.  If you take your time, and make this on the stove, stirring until all the sugar and cocoa are dissolved in, you won’t have so much un-dissolved chocolate in the bottom of your cup when you’re done.

And it will taste better.

That being said, sometimes the microwave is about all the “cooking” I can handle.

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a delicious twist on hot chocolate!

This recipe makes 2 servings, which is awesome for a quiet morning with someone you love, or a quiet evening at home alone, when you might feel like drinking two cups instead of just one.

Not that I did that.  *ahem*  However you enjoy it, just make sure you let it brighten your day a little, okay?

 

Want more?  Try these winter drinks!

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Gingerbread Hot Cocoa
 
Hot cocoa with molasses and spices.
Author:
Recipe type: Beverages
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk (2% or whole)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash ginger
  • dash nutmeg
  • whipped cream to garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine milk with molasses and heat to desired drinking temperature. (I did this in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes, but it can also be done on a stove.)
  2. Mix with sugar, cocoa, and spices. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Garnish with whipped cream, serve warm.

 

Almond Joy Fudge

One of my favorite easy chocolate fudge recipes!  This almond joy fudge recipe only requires 4 ingredients and 10 minutes!

Almond Joy Fudge from JensFavoriteCookies.com - this easy fudge recipe requires only 4 ingredients and 10 minutes!I showed the Fruitarian the pictures of this easy chocolate fudge, and he immediately chimed in with, “Is that available?”

The Fruitarian, for those who don’t know, is my 16 year old son.  I also call him The Hungry One.  And The Chocoholic.  And The Sugar Addicted.  I knew he would be all over that fudge.

However, he has a little problem where he doesn’t like nuts.  It makes me wonder if he was switched at birth.  I couldn’t let an opportunity like this pass me by.

“Of course you can have some fudge.  But there’s a problem.  It has almonds.”
“Well, it also has coconut.”
“But what will you do about the almonds?”
“I think I can suffer through them.”
“You know, I’m going to remember this.”

I think the bigger problem will be keeping his sticky fingers out of the freezer, since I intend to save the bulk of this fudge for Christmas. (See related post: Chocolate Peppermint Fudge)

Almond Joy Fudge from JensFavoriteCookies.com - this easy fudge recipe requires only 4 ingredients and 10 minutes!

(Add this to your Christmas recipe Pinterest board!)

I’m sure there are plenty of fun and fancy ways to add coconut and almonds to fudge.  (Layers, anyone?)

But seriously, I was having one of those what-can-I-throw-together-in-5-minutes kind of days.  Tell me I’m not alone.

It seems like it’s worse in December.  All that shopping and going to parties and gift-exchanging lunches with friends takes a lot of time, you know.  A girl can’t spend her whole life in the kitchen, can she?  (See related post:  Black and White Fudge)

Almond Joy Fudge from JensFavoriteCookies.com - this easy fudge recipe requires only 4 ingredients and 10 minutes!

In the end, I can promise you this takes less than 10 minutes to throw together, and maybe an hour in the fridge to set.  Maybe less.  You could be eating it by the time your favorite tv show is over.

Just be sure to put a few pieces in the freezer BEFORE your teenage son sees that there is fudge in the house!

 

Want more?  Check out these easy candy recipes!

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5.0 from 1 reviews
Almond Joy Fudge
 
A very simple chocolate fudge with almonds and coconut.
Author:
Recipe type: Candy
Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz. chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. Place milk and chocolate chips in a double boiler. *(see notes) Stir until melted and smooth.
  2. Remove from heat, add coconut and almonds.
  3. Pour into a greased or lined 9x9 pan. Let cool. Cut into 36 squares.
Notes
If you don't have a double boiler, do what I do! Put a large heat-proof glass bowl over a small pot of boiling water. Keep a towel or hot pad handy.

 

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles

These crinkle cookies chocolate and peppermint are perfect for Christmas or other holidays!  If you enjoy crinkle cookies, chocolate and peppermint are the perfect combination!

Welcome to the last day of Cookie Week, hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl In the Little Red Kitchen

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #cookieweek When I was a kid, my very first job was at a malt shop.  It was super glamorous, taking orders, making change, and mixing milkshakes.

Occasionally, I would mix up one of those shakes for myself.  Usually, it was a peppermint shake.

What is it about peppermint that holds such fascination with me?  I can’t even describe it.  Later, when I was in college, a college which was known for it’s agricultural program and dairy products, I would wait every year with baited breath for November, when the peppermint ice cream would suddenly appear in the school dairy.

I still have a weakness for that particular brand of peppermint ice cream, and I haven’t eaten it in years.

Also?  Hot fudge.  Peppermint ice cream just begs for hot fudge.

Okay, I’ll confess.  These cookies are not really much like peppermint ice cream with hot fudge, but they are a really lovely combination of chocolate and peppermint.

(See related post:  Chocolate Crinkles)

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #cookieweek

Add this to your Cookie Recipes Pinterest board!

If there is a drawback to this cookie, it is that you have to chill the dough.  It needs a good 4 hours or so before it’s ready to bake, and for the impatient among us (read: ME) that can be tough.

Did you ever notice how many cookies on this site require dough chilling?  Not very many.  See?  Impatient.

 

Supplies I used for this recipe:

Baking sheet
Silicone baking mat
Kitchen Aid mixer
Measuring cups & spoons
A cookie scoop
Plastic wrap
A bowl for rolling in powdered sugar

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #cookieweek As cookie week draws to a close, let’s check out what fun cookies my friends have made for this final day!

 

Want more?  Try these chocolate and peppermint treats!

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Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles
 
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A chocolate peppermint cookie rolled in powdered sugar.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • about ¾ cup powdered sugar, for rolling
Instructions
  1. Roughly chop the chocolate. Place in a microwave safe dish, and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted.
  2. Place oil, melted chocolate, and sugar in mixing bowl, and mix well. Add eggs, vanilla, and peppermint, and mix well.
  3. Add salt, baking powder, and flour, and mix just until combined.
  4. Wrap dough tightly in plastic and chill for 4 hours or more.
  5. Place powdered sugar in a bowl. Scoop 1-inch balls and roll in powdered sugar. Place on a baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 9-12 minutes. Let sit on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

 

Peanut Butter Brookies

This chocolate peanut butter recipe is cut into bars; These chewy brownie cookies bars are so delicious and easy to make!

Peanut Butter Brookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a layer of peanut butter cookie and a layer of brownie, the ultimate dessert power couple!My brother, the peanut butter addict, literally has the worst ideas for birthday gifts on the planet.

He and his wife both have birthdays in the same month, so we usually have a family party for both of them at the same time.  This year, when we asked them what they wanted, they gave the same answer as last year.  And the year before.  And the year before that.

Gift cards.

Yeah, yeah, gift cards are easy, and my sister in law loves shopping, so that makes the gift cards extra fun, but I can’t be alone in feeling like they are super duper boring to give, can I?  I mean, there’s nothing to open, AND there’s no personal touch.  You don’t get the satisfaction of giving them something you think they would love and enjoy.

It’s a real downer for me.  And as everyone knows, my brother’s birthday is all about me.

Peanut Butter Brookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a layer of peanut butter cookie and a layer of brownie, the ultimate dessert power couple!

I went ahead and told him his gift ideas were terrible, and he promptly sent me a new idea:  peanut butter baked goods.

Now THAT, I can do.  Good call, little bro.

I had this brilliant idea to pair a peanut butter cookie with a brownie, and make them into fun little muffin-shaped bites.  BUT, of course, despite my generous (and I do mean generous) greasing of the muffin pan, those things just did not want to let go.  They came out in crumbly pieces.  See the photographic evidence of this here.

FAIL.  I actually just put all the crumbs in a bowl and let the kids dig in.

Peanut Butter Brookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a layer of peanut butter cookie and a layer of brownie, the ultimate dessert power couple!Peanut Butter Brookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - a layer of peanut butter cookie and a layer of brownie, the ultimate dessert power couple!

For attempt number two, I layered the cookie dough and the brownie batter in a pan, baked, and cut them into squares.  This was a much better plan, and the one I highly recommend.

They were really fun to give away, and a much more personal birthday offering than the gift card I paired with them.

I hope they conveyed the message to my brother that I wanted conveyed:  that I love you, you peanut butter eating dork.  Don’t ever change.

 

Want more?  These bars will knock your socks off!

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Peanut Butter Brookies
 
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A peanut butter and chocolate bar, with peanut butter cookie layer on the bottom and a brownie layer on top.
Author:
Recipe type: Brownies
Serves: 20
Ingredients
FOR PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE LAYER:
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups flour
FOR BROWNIE LAYER:
  • 1 box brownie mix, with ingredients listed on the box
  • (OR you can use this recipe, and double it.)
Instructions
  1. For cookie layer, cream butter, sugars, and peanut butter. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and flour, and mix until combined.
  3. For brownie layer, prepare batter by mixing ingredients as described on the brownie mix box.
  4. In a 9x13 pan, press cookie dough into the bottom, spreading to cover the entire pan. Pour brownie batter over the top, spreading to cover the entire pan.
  5. Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes, until edges are dry and pulling away from the pan, and the center is not runny.
  6. Let cool, then cut into 12 large or 20 small bars.

 

 

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Easy peanut butter cookies recipe; Make baking peanut butter cookies fun by adding candy in the middle.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - they're stuffed with peanut butter cups!Not that there’s anything wrong with a plain old, ordinary peanut butter cookies or anything, but sometimes it’s fun to just take them to the next level.  Know what I mean?

I took these to the next level by stuffing them with peanut butter cups.  It’s like homemade cookie meets candy bar.

That’s how I roll.  With sweets upon sweets inside sweets near sweets.

This particular sweet creation is the brain child of The Incomparable Miss K.  It seems she is a fan of peanut butter.  And peanut butter cookies.  And peanut butter cups.  And putting them all together.

Which is probably why she is so incomparable.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - they're stuffed with peanut butter cups!

The key to these babies is a muffin tin.  You put a little dough in the bottom of the muffin cups, then put a peanut butter cup on top, and a little more dough over that.

Then bake to peanut butter perfection.

I wanted to give them a peanut butter cookie look even though they didn’t look like a traditional cookie.  I dumped them out on the cooling rack upside down, and left them there a couple minutes.  It gave them a square grid pattern on top that reminded me of the crosshatch that most peanut butter cookies have.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - they're stuffed with peanut butter cups!

The really fun thing about these is that, like the preachers daughter, they’re not as innocent as they look.  Cut them open and surprise people with a little extra decadence!

Decadence that requires a glass of milk, and a grateful nod to The Incomparable Miss K.

 

Want more?  Try these stuffed cookies!

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Chocolate Cookies
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Chocolate Chunk Cookies

 

 

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
 
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A peanut butter cookie stuffed with a peanut butter cup.
Author:
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: about 18
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 16-20 peanut butter cups
Instructions
  1. Cream butter, peanut butter, and sugars. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt and soda and mix well. Add flour and mix just until combined.
  3. Prepare a well-greased muffin tin. Take a small amount of dough, and flatten into a disc, and place it in the bottom of the muffin cup. Place a peanut butter cup on top. Make a second disc of dough and place that on top of the peanut butter cup. Fill all muffin cups this way.
  4. Bake at 350F for 13-18 minutes, until edges are a bit dry and center appears done. Remove from oven, and use a knife or spoon to loosen cookies. Turn out on to a cooling rack and allow to cool.

 

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Halloween sugar cookies recipe; These decorated Halloween cookies are fun to make!

Chocolate Sugar Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These cut out cookies are decorated for Halloween!I’d like to tell you that chocolate is the perfect flavor for Halloween, but the truth is, chocolate is the perfect flavor for every holiday.

And for every day, for that matter.

I was worried that Chocolate Sugar Cookies would be too boring and cliche, so I spiced them up with some adorable holiday decorations.

Well, sort of adorable.  Decorating has never been the thing I’m best at.

In fact, I had to give these cookies two tries to get them right.  Not only was the recipe a little off on the first try, but the decorating was… uh… pretty bad.  Let’s just leave it at that.

I fixed the recipe by using shortening instead of butter.  I know butter tastes awesome and all that, but it makes cut out cookies a little too soft for cutting out.  Getting the recipe right makes all the difference.  If you’re really interested in cut out sugar cookies, I have an in-depth tutorial about making them perfectly thick, soft, and flavorful here.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These cut out cookies are decorated for Halloween!

Before I get into the how-to’s of decorating these cookies, let me first introduce you to my talented friends!  We decided to make this a Halloween even to remember by putting together 10 fun Halloween-inspired recipes.  You can find a link to each recipe on the list below.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These cut out cookies are decorated for Halloween!

 

  1. Mini Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecakes from Chocolate Moosey
  2. Liquid Ghost Halloween Cocktail from Pineapple and Coconut
  3. Peanut Butter White Chocolate Popcorn from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
  4. Nutty Peanut Buttery Caramel Apples from Hungry Couple
  5. Creepy Crawly Coffee Cake from gotta get baked
  6. Chocolate Sugar Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
  7. Baked Chocolate Donuts with Pumpkin Bourbon Glaze from Crumb
  8. Count Chocula Peanut Butter Marshmallow Treats from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
  9. Devil’s Wing Sauce from Magnolia Days
  10. Spider Web Cookie Cake from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

 

Let’s talk decorations for a minute.

I started with one big batch of homemade frosting.  Then I split it up and made it 5 different colors.  I used gel food coloring

The difficult part was dealing with the chocolate.  The first thing I did was draw my shapes on a piece of wax paper.  Triangles for the jack-‘o-lantern eyes, horns for the devils, and bats for the moons.  Then I placed the wax paper pencil-side-down on a baking sheet.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These cut out cookies are decorated for Halloween!Chocolate Sugar Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These cut out cookies are decorated for Halloween!

I melted about 2 oz. of bittersweet chocolate (semi-sweet is also fine) in the microwave and spooned it into a piping bag with the smallest round tip I could find.  It was a little tricky getting the hang of piping the melted chocolate, but after a minute, I got pretty good and tracing and filling the shapes I had drawn.  Then I used up the rest of the chocolate by making tails for the devils, legs for the spiders, and lots and lots of eyes.

I put the whole pan in the freezer to let the chocolate set.  The real trick here is that when they are frozen, and ready to be placed on the frosted cookies, as soon as you touch the chocolate with your hands, it melts.  Talk about frustration.  I skirted the issue by using tweezers to lift the chocolate pieces off the wax paper and place them on the cookies.

Another issue was that the spider legs and devil tails didn’t hold up very well.  Some of them broke as I took them off the wax paper.  Others broke after I placed them on the cookies.  Still others got sort of soft and melty, and just didn’t look good.  I ended up preferring to use black licorice laces for the spider legs and devil tails.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These cut out cookies are decorated for Halloween!

If you find the chocolate eyes to be too fussy, I have a solution for that too.  Using decorating gel (find it near the birthday candles and sprinkles at the grocery store) is far easier, and results are just as good.

And if all else fails, just frost them and eat them undecorated!

Want more?  Check out these holiday cut-outs!

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Chocolate Sugar Cookies
 
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Rich chocolate cut out cookies, decorated for Halloween.
Author:
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
COOKIES:
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups flour
FROSTING:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup milk or cream
  • about 2½ cups powdered sugar
DECORATIONS:
  • 2 oz. semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate
  • black licorice laces
  • black decorating gel (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cream shortening and powdered sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add cocoa, salt, and soda, and mix well. Add flour and mix until combined.
  3. Chill dough for 1-2 hours, or as long as overnight.
  4. Roll dough on a well floured surface or between layers of wax paper, to ¼-inch thickness. Cut out 2½- inch circles. Place on greased or lined baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 10-11 minutes.
  5. For frosting, combine all ingredients, using an electric mixer to beat until smooth and creamy. Separate even amounts of frosting into 5 separate small dishes. Color four of the dishes with black, red, orange, and yellow coloring. Leave the 5th white.
  6. For chocolate decorations, prepare by drawing desired shapes onto wax paper. (I drew eyes and mouths for jack-o-lanterns, bats, and horns for devils.) Place wax paper pencil-side-down on a baking sheet or cutting board.
  7. Melt chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each. Spoon melted chocolate into a piping bag with a very small round tip. Carefully drizzle chocolate over drawn shapes, and fill in. Make several small dots for eyes.
  8. Freeze chocolate shapes for a few minutes.
  9. FOR MOONS: Frost with yellow frosting, and use tweezers to place chocolate bats on top.
  10. FOR PUMPKINS: Frost with orange frosting, and use tweezers to place eyes and mouth.
  11. FOR DEVILS: Frost with red frosting, and use tweezers to place eyes and horns. Use a small length of licorice as the tail, pressing into the frosting to secure.
  12. FOR SPIDERS: Frost with black frosting. Use tweezers to place eyes. Use small lengths of licorice to make legs, four on each side, pressing into the frosting to secure.
  13. FOR MUMMIES: Use a piping bag with a large round tip to make wide, flat lines of white frosting in criss-cross patterns. Use tweezers to place chocolate eyes.
  14. For best results, keep cookies in the fridge until ready to serve. Store in an airtight container.

 

Pumpkin Buttermilk Donuts

Pumpkin donut recipe;  You’ll love this buttermilk pumpkin donut recipe, with chocolate milk glaze!


Pumpkin Buttermilk Donuts with Chocolate Milk Glaze from JensFavoriteCookies.comDonuts mean Halloween to me.  I think it’s because my grandparents always served donuts and cider when we went trick-or-treating at their house.

Of course, that doesn’t stop me from eating them every chance I get.  My favorite are the cake donuts.  Chocolate cake donuts.  Obviously.

This is the year I decided to buy a donut pan and try my hand at my own cake donuts.

But before I tackle my favorite chocolate donuts, I thought I would try the pumpkin version.  After all, pumpkin, donuts, Halloween, chocolate milk, they all go together, right?

Oh yeah, chocolate milk.  Did I mention that?  It’s perfect with pumpkin donuts.

Pumpkin Buttermilk Donuts with Chocolate Milk Glaze from JensFavoriteCookies.com

I told you it’s my first time making donuts, right?  Technically, it’s my second time.  The first time I made the pumpkin donuts I made a total rookie mistake.  I filled the donut pan too full, and even after 30 minutes in the oven, the donuts were still gooey and weird looking.

{Note to self: don’t overfill the donut pan.}

Also, they were not that tasty.  Which is why I decided to add some buttermilk.  It’s my secret ingredient for making all baked goods tasty.

Don’t believe me?  Try one of these buttermilk recipes.  I have a whole list of them.

Pumpkin Buttermilk Donuts with Chocolate Milk Glaze from JensFavoriteCookies.comPumpkin Buttermilk Donuts with Chocolate Milk Glaze from JensFavoriteCookies.com

I was pretty excited to use TruMoo Chocolate Milk to glaze these donuts with.  TruMoo is a brand we’ve been using for years at our house.  The swim coach told our son that chocolate milk was an excellent after-practice treat, and our son told us it was an absolute necessity.  (He loves chocolate milk!)

I like giving it to him, because I know TruMoo won’t have any high fructose corn syrup or artificial growth hormones in it.  In fact, an 8-oz glass has as much potassium as a small banana and as much calcium as 5 cups of broccoli!  And he would much rather have chocolate milk than broccoli.

So what was once an occasional treat is now more or less a daily one.  Which is fine with everyone.  We love having TruMoo around.

Pumpkin Buttermilk Donuts with Chocolate Milk Glaze from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Can’t get enough of TruMoo?  Follow TruMoo on Pinterest for more delicious recipes and enter the Facebook contest for a chance to win weekly cash prizes through October 31!  You can also enter the TruMoo Sweepstakes for a chance to win a family trip for four!

And if all else fails, you still have some very nice donuts for Halloween.  Or whenever.

Want more? Try these dessert-like breakfast treats!

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Pumpkin Buttermilk Donuts
 
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A baked pumpkin cake donut with chocolate milk glaze.
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Recipe type: Donuts
Serves: 11 donuts
Ingredients
DONUT:
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1½ cups flour
GLAZE:
  • ½ cup chocolate milk
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. For donuts, combine melted butter, oil, and brown sugar. Add egg, pumpkin, and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt, baking powder, and spice and mix well.
  3. Add flour and buttermilk alternately, mixing just until combined.
  4. Spoon batter into a plastic zipper bag with a corner cut off. Pipe batter into a greased donut pan, taking care not to over fill.
  5. Bake donuts at 350F for 9-11 minutes. Turn donuts out, and let cool.
  6. For glaze, combine milk and sugar. Spoon over cooled donuts. Wait a few minutes, and glaze a second time.
Notes
The glaze is quite thin. I had the best luck by glazing once, then freezing for a few minutes, and glazing a second time.
These donuts also taste great frozen!

 

Chocolate Cheesecake

Cake; Chocolate cheese cake that is a rich and creamy cake. Chocolate cheese cake recipe.

Chocolate Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Rich, decadent, and chocolatey!Some days I think I should turn this blog into a chocolate-only blog.  I mean, I love coconut and peanut butter, and caramel and nuts, and all the rest, but when it comes right down to it, chocolate is my first love.

I know, I know, it’s so cliche.  Roses are my favorite flower, and Christmas is my favorite holiday, and chocolate is my favorite sweet flavor.

Does that make me boring?  I hope not.  Because this cheesecake is anything but.

I really don’t make honest-to-goodness real baked cheesecake much.  They are time consuming and fussy, but oh, so amazingly rich and delicious.  I don’t even own a springform pan.  I had to borrow one from a friend.

Although, after making this cheesecake I think I’m going to need to get one right away.

Chocolate Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Rich, decadent, and chocolatey!

To make this cheesecake, I started with my great-grandfather’s recipe.  He used to love to experiment in the kitchen, and as he lived alone and next door to us for many years, we were often the grateful recipients of the results of those experiments.

He made all kinds of things.  He grew his own dill and cucumbers and made homemade dill pickles, a process that took about three days.  And I remember him giving me peanut butter and bacon on toast.  (He was kind of a bacon fiend.)  But the cheesecake was kind of his signature piece.

We knew him as Grandpa Chuck, but when he was cooking, he preferred Chowhound Charlie, making the official title of this recipe “Chowhound Charlie’s New York Cheesecake.”

Chocolate Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Rich, decadent, and chocolatey!Chocolate Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Rich, decadent, and chocolatey!

Don’t skimp on the ingredients here.  You’ll need three bricks of cream cheese and 4 bars of chocolate.

It’s so rich and creamy, a small slice is probably plenty.  In the recipe below, I listed the yield as 8 slices, but we cut it into 10 and it would be totally acceptable to even make it 12 small slices.

A small slice is enough to make you remember that chocolate really is the best!

 

Want more?  Try these decadent chocolate desserts!

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Chocolate Cheesecake
 
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A rich chocolate cheesecake with chocolate cookie crumb crust and ganache topping.
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Recipe type: Cheesecake
Serves: 8
Ingredients
CRUST:
  • 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs (I used crushed Oreos, with the filling removed)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
CHEESECAKE:
  • 24 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
GANACHE TOPPING:
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
Instructions
  1. For crust, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press into a 9-inch springform pan, and chill in the fridge or freezer while you make the cheesecake filling.
  2. For cheesecake, beat soft cream cheese with eggs and sugar until creamy. Add sugar, vanilla, sour cream, and cornstarch, and mix well.
  3. Roughly chop the chocolate and place in a small bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted. Add melted chocolate to cheesecake mixture, and mix well, until chocolate is completely incorporated.
  4. Pour filling into chilled crust. Bake at 325F for 1 hour. Then, turn off oven and let the cheesecake sit in the oven for an additional 1 hour before removing. DO NOT OPEN OVEN DOOR or disturb cheesecake in any way during this time.
  5. For ganache topping: Roughly chop 4 oz. chocolate. Place chocolate and cream in a double boiler or heat proof bowl over boiling water. Heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is well combined and smooth, stirring constantly.
  6. Pour ganache over cheesecake. Let chill several hours in the fridge.
  7. Before serving, use a knife to loosen edges from the pan, undo the spring and remove the ring. Slice into 8-12 slices, and top with sweetened whipped cream, if desired.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies

These chewy chocolate coconut cookies aim to please!  Rich and flavorful chewy dark chocolate cookies, full of coconut; they’ll be your new favorite!

Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These rich, black, dark chocolate cookies are chock full of coconut!I had an idea the other day for a chewy chocolate coconut cookie, and I could not get that thing out of my head.

Not that I tried.  Thinking about chocolate and cookies and coconut is pretty much what I do.

The real problem was that I was completely out of dark cocoa powder, and grocery budget.  And desire to go to the grocery store.

I feel like I am ALWAYS at the grocery store!!  #foodbloggerproblems  But for real, that stuff gets old.  I was willing to do it, though, for dark cocoa powder.

Especially since I new that dark cocoa powder would be transforming itself into cookies.  Chewy cookies.  Heavenly chewy dark chocolate cookies with coconut.  Just the thought of it brings a smile to the face.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These rich, black, dark chocolate cookies are chock full of coconut!

A secondary problem with the grocery store is the distractions.  Every time I go to the store, I think, “Ooh, I smell french bread!  Oh, and I need toothpaste.  And last time I was here, they were out of the Boyle’s Birch Beer.  I wonder if they have any today.  What am I making for dinner Sunday?  Maybe I should check the butcher block for deals.”

And it goes on and on like that.  Let’s just say focusing my efforts at the grocery store is NOT the thing I’m best at.

Yes, I make lists, but it doesn’t help.  I always purchase 10 things that weren’t on my list, and forget at least one or two that are.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These rich, black, dark chocolate cookies are chock full of coconut!Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These rich, black, dark chocolate cookies are chock full of coconut!

I made these Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies some time ago, and this recipe is quite similar.  I left the oats out of this one, though, since I was going to be filling them chock full of coconut.

Trust me, they are a great reward for a job well done at the grocery store.

Or a job fairly done.  Or a job half done.

 

Want more?  Check out these coconut recipes!

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Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies
 
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A rich and chewy dark chocolate cookie with coconut.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup dark cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder)
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 1½ cups shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined. Add coconut and mix just until combined.
  4. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.