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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!


Triple Chocolate Chunk Oreo Cookies
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A super chocolatey cookie with big chunks of chocolate and Oreos.
Serves: 5 dozen
  • 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
  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.


Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

This brown sugar cookies recipe makes regular chocolate chip cookies even softer, richer, and more interesting!  Use dark brown sugar to make this delicious brown sugar cookies recipe!

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com -  dark brown sugar makes these cookies soft, chewy and flavorful!I am in charge of the afternoon carpool for the high school kids this year.  This is almost always entertaining, since it is absolutely impossible to predict what teenagers will talk about.

One day, someone said, “Friends help you hide, but real friends help you hide bodies.”  Which turned into a discussion about dead bodies, and the sizes of body bags that exist, and whether you could fit two small people in one large body bag.

Another day, they were quoting “Finding Nemo,” of all things.  {Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!}

This week has been all about who is taking who to the school dance, and what color her dress is, what dance-day activities are planned, and the cost of corsages.

Personally, I think group date activities should be like these cookies… just the slightest bit different from the norm.

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com -  dark brown sugar makes these cookies soft, chewy and flavorful!

These cookies were inspired by one gorgeous bag of dark brown sugar.

When I was a kid, I didn’t even know dark brown sugar existed.  I’m so glad I’m not a kid anymore!

In case you were wondering, brown sugar is basically regular sugar with molasses in it.  And dark brown sugar has more molasses than regular old light brown sugar.  More molasses means more moisture.  And more moisture makes softer, chewier cookies.

Soft, chewy cookies with a rich molasses flavor.  Match made in heaven, if you ask me.

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com -  dark brown sugar makes these cookies soft, chewy and flavorful!

My kids were the envy of the neighborhood with these babies in their lunchboxes.  They’ve been fortunate enough to find Banana Pudding and Fruit Leather and saltines with Apricot Pineapple Jam in their lunches this week too.

I hope they don’t get the idea this will be happening every day!


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Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies
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A rich, molasses flavored cookie with chocolate chips.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt and soda, and mix well. Add flour, and mix just until combined.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop small balls of dough, place on baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes.


Chocolate Chip Cookie Bark

A fun take on cookies!  Chocolate chip recipes are great, but this cookie bark is really fun!

Chocolate Chip Cookie bark from JensFavoriteCookies - great to mix into snacks or ice cream, also fun plain!What was I thinking?  That summer would be less busy than the school year?!

Yeah, I honestly thought that with less homework and less school activities, the summer would be this lovely quiet thing, full of time with friends, and activities around town, and backyard s’mores.  I even made a mental list of fun free activities we could do together.

The reality is something different.  My kids have filled their days with new extracurriculars, and jobs, and obscene amounts of sleep, and I find myself spending my days fighting with them to do their chores pick up their own stuff.  And all of this is nothing compared to the chauffering.

The Fruitarian is taking summer drivers ed, which means every day for 4 weeks he spends at least 2 hours at the school.  Before his bicycle was working, I was getting up early to drive him there by 7, then pick him up at 9, take him back for a range drive at 11, pick him up at 1, then he has swimming at 4, pick him up at 5:30, karate at 6:30, then I stomp and scream and jump up and down, and demand someone else bring him home at 9.

Needless to say, we have done zero of our fun free activities.  But, as I’d rather have busy kids than idle kids, I’m trying not to complain.

Chocolate Chip Cookie bark from JensFavoriteCookies - great to mix into snacks or ice cream, also fun plain!

My summer baking plans have been thwarted, too.  My romantic ideas about fancy cookies and fresh fruit ice creams and homemade popsicles are going nowhere fast.  (Although, thankfully, summer has only begun, so I can still hold out hope.)

I like the idea of this cookie bark for two reasons.  First, since there’s no eggs and no leavening agent, they are flat and crispy, making them easy to transport to whatever crazy activity might come up.  I can even stash them in the back of the pantry to make them last more than one afternoon.  And, I can put them in a baggie and throw them in the car, and it doesn’t matter if they break into pieces because they are supposed to do that!  

The second reason is that these can be made into a second recipe.  It’s like a two-fer… make it once, eat it twice!  And when summer schedules get this crazy, everyone needs a two-fer.

Chocolate Chip Cookie bark from JensFavoriteCookies - great to mix into snacks or ice cream, also fun plain!

If I’m really lucky, maybe I’ll even be able to turn this into three recipes.  Imagine the glorious time saving possibilities!!

As soon as the other recipe(s) are made, I’ll link to them here —>  COMING SOON  <—  but in the meantime, know that cookie bark is an awesome snack to eat all by its fabulous self.


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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bark
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Crunchy bark that is similar to a chocolate chip cookie.
Recipe type: Cookies
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Cream butter and sugar. And water and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt and flour and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Press dough into a jelly roll pan or other baking sheet. (Mine used about ¾ of the jelly roll pan.)
  4. Bake at 350F for 35-30 minutes, until top is brown throughout.
  5. Let cool completely, then use a large knife to cut into triangles.


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.

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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.)


S’mores Cookies

This s’mores cookies recipe uses graham cracker chocolate chip cookies and toasted marshmallow frosting, a great summer treat!

S'mores Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  Graham cracker chocolate chip cookies with toasted marshmallow frosting!Happy Man turned seven this week.  Happy Man is my nephew and he is one hysterical kid.  I still think about the week he spent his afternoons with me a couple years ago.  He asked me about my brakes.  What 5-year old does that?

A couple months ago, Happy Man’s brother, Scooter, had a birthday too, and I gave him an entire batch of these gorgeous Brownie Cookies.  They were a hit, and with good reason.  They’re freaking amazing, if I say so myself.

I don’t think Scooter shared his cookies with Happy Man.  It was very sad.

I told Happy Man he would have his very own entire batch of whatever cookie he wanted for his birthday.  Trouble was, Happy Man had no idea what kind to choose.  And, Mom said he likes everything.  Which narrows it down to any flavor in the universe.

S'mores Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  Graham cracker chocolate chip cookies with toasted marshmallow frosting!

Since our two families frequently go camping together, I have these memories of Happy Man with marshmallow all over his face after eating s’mores.  And since it was the only thing I had to go on, the S’mores Cookies were born.

This is not my first time baking with graham crackers.  In fact, adding some graham cracker crumbs to the chocolate chip cookies is just SO fantastic.  It gives a little unexpected oomph to the cookies.  I figured some marshmallow frosting would put these right over the top.

S'mores Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  Graham cracker chocolate chip cookies with toasted marshmallow frosting!

I wish Happy Man could have seen me using the kitchen torch.  I know he would have been impressed.  He would probably have 25 questions for me about it, and then remember the experience for years.

If you don’t have a torch, don’t worry, these are still fantastic without torching.  I just love the color and texture the torch gives the edges.  It’s the difference between marshmallow and toasted marshmallow.  And, if you’ve ever been around a campfire, you know that’s a pretty significant difference.

Besides, it’s not every day a kid turns 7!

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S'mores Cookies
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A graham cracker chocolate chip cookie sandwiched with toasted marshmallow frosting.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 18
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • 3 egg whites
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • dash salt
  • pinch cream of tartar
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and graham cracker crumbs and mix well. Add flour and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Let cool.
  4. For frosting, place egg whites, sugar, salt, and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl and mix on high for several minutes until stiff peaks form.
  5. Fill a piping bag with frosting and pipe a generous amount onto the bottom side of a cookie, and sandwich with another cookie.
  6. *Optional step: Use a kitchen torch to lightly brown the frosting.

 s’mores cookies recipe

Double Chocolate Cookies

These soft chocolate cookies have a little spicy kick to them.  You will love the subtle, unique flavor in these soft chocolate cookies.

Double Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com -  They have a little spicy kick to them!It’s been raining and raining here in Utah.  Which drives me crazy.

Nothing against rain, I don’t mind rain, and I basically live in the desert, so we’re always happy for the moisture, but it makes the skies so grey.  After a couple days of grey skies, I’m basically ready to flee the state.  I would never make it, living in Seattle or Portland.  The grey skies would suck out my soul.

Fortunately for me, there is chocolate therapy.  It’s a real thing, right?

Sometimes I use these fudge Brownie Cookies to quell the chocolate cravings, but today I wanted something with a little kick to it.  I couldn’t get these Double Chocolate Cookies out of my head, mainly because of the one ingredient that makes them so different.  One surprising little spice makes these cookies unique and memorable.

And delicious.

Double Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com -  They have a little spicy kick to them!

That secret little spice is… drumrollContinue reading “Double Chocolate Cookies” »

Kitchen Sink Cookies

You’ll love this recipe for chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, because it has lots of add-ins!  It has everything in it, but the kitchen sink!

Kitchen Sink Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies  -  These chocolate chip oatmeal cookies have everything but the kitchen sink in them!Robb and I decided that we are going to spend this summer making some much needed repairs on our house.

We’ve saved up money for a new roof, a new furnace, air conditioning, and a new garage door, and if we’re lucky, maybe a family vacation.

What we did not save money for is a new mattress.  I figured if my mattress could survive 18 years, it could survive one more.  The mattress recently showed it’s first real and concrete sign of aging, namely springs sticking out the side.  Sooooo classy.

Truth be told, I probably would never have noticed the spring. One morning, when I sat up to get out of bed, the spring sliced me nearly the entire length of my right calf.

It was adorable.

I was pretty cranky about it, and complained to Robb when he got home from work that day.  He quickly snipped off the spring to keep it from injuring anyone else, and we went back to thinking the mattress was going to have to last another year.

Kitchen Sink Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies  -  These chocolate chip oatmeal cookies have everything but the kitchen sink in them!

You know me, I complained as loud as I could to anyone who would listen.  I’m super charming that way.  And guess who listened?  One totally awesome friend.  A few days after I had a fit about it, she bought me a mattress and had it delivered!

Who does that?!

So I laid down on my new, soft, comfy mattress, and you know what I thought about?  Chocolate chip cookies.  Because eating chocolate chip cookies is like going home, or like wrapping up in your favorite blanket, or laying on a really cushy bed.   Continue reading “Kitchen Sink Cookies” »

Red Velvet Waffle Iron Cookies

These waffle iron cookies are quick and simple to make, with a red velvet cake mix.  Waffle iron cookies are best eaten warm!

Red Velvet Waffle Iron Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - SO fast and easy to make, with a red velvet cake mix!Some days I like baking complicated desserts that require long amounts of time to prepare.  I like the love that goes into a good dessert like that.

And other days, I just don’t want to mess with it.  You know?

These are the days I love cake mix cookies.  Simple, delicious, very customizeable… cake mix cookies save the day.

And, as long as we are talking about baking heroes, I may as well bring up the waffle iron.  The waffle iron has been gaining ground in recent months, as a tool that is great for more than just waffles.  Did you know you can bake cinnamon rolls in that thing?

Upsides to using a waffle iron: you don’t have to heat up the oven and consequently the whole kitchen, and stuff cooks in half the time.  Downsides:  You can only cook a few at a time.

Even heroes have their flaws.

Red Velvet Waffle Iron Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - SO fast and easy to make, with a red velvet cake mix!

I always think waffle iron cookies are best eaten warm.  I like to let the icing melt onto the cookie.  That combination of warm cookie + cool icing is heavenly. Mmmmmm.

These cookies required some extra flour to make them stiff enough to bake in the waffle iron, but that same combination makes them turn rock solid within a day or so.  Trust me, you’re going to want to eat them warm.

Red Velvet Waffle Iron Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - SO fast and easy to make, with a red velvet cake mix!

There are lots of great waffle cookie recipes out there.  I love this one for Molasses Waffle Iron Cookies with Chocolate Frosting.  They are a delicious winter-flavor option.

But basically, waffle iron cookies are fabulous any time of year!

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Red Velvet Waffle Iron Cookies
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A heavy cake mix cookie that can be baked in a waffle iron.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 24
  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  1. Combine cake mix with butter and eggs, mix well.
  2. Add flour and mix until combined.
  3. Roll dough into balls, about 1.5 inches in diameter. Place balls in a heated waffle iron, and cook according to waffle iron instructions. (Usually about 3-4 minutes.)
  4. To prepare icing, combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth.
  5. Spread a small amount of icing onto warm cookies. Serve immediately. (These cookies don't keep well, they are best eaten right away.)


Brownie Cookies

Fudge brownie cookies;  I love this fudge brownie cookies recipe!  It always turns out perfect and delicious.

Brownie Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  these fudgy cookies have all the flavor of a brownie, but in convenient cookie form!I love brownies.  I mean, lluuuuuuuurvve them.  They’re all chocolatey and fudgy and rich, and they’re better than cake any day.

I recently told my nephew that for his birthday, I would give him any kind of cookie he wanted, anything he could dream up.  And he dreamed up brownie cookies with white chocolate chips, sandwiched with marshmallow frosting.  He was very specific.

Be still, my heart, I might marry this boy if he wasn’t my 11-year-old nephew.

He made a fantastic choice.  These cookies, they require care.  They’re not some sort of pre-packaged nonsense, or 5-minute cake mix cookie or anything like that.  These require love.  You literally can’t make them without putting love in them.

I should add love to the ingredient list.

Brownie Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  these fudgy cookies have all the flavor of a brownie, but in convenient cookie form!

Let’s talk about the chocolate in these babies.  Because when I’m not baking with chocolate, or eating chocolate, I’m talking about chocolate. Continue reading “Brownie Cookies” »

Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Eggs

Chocolate chip cookies without eggs; You’ll love the secret ingredient that makes these chocolate chip cookies without eggs so creamy and delicious!

Chocolate Chip Cookies without Eggs!  from JensFavoriteCookies.com  You won't even miss the eggs when you use this secret ingredient! It’s funny, no matter how many cookies I make, no matter how many fun flavors I introduce my kids to, when they feel like making cookies, they always make plain old chocolate chip.

I guess you just can’t beat a classic.

I figure, if I’m going to make chocolate chip cookies again, I need a good reason.  A twist.  Something new, some reason you would choose this cookie over, say, this one, or this one, or even this one.

And, I have it.  Because these are chocolate chip cookies without eggs.  Which means two things:

1- If you have an egg allergy, you can still have crazy awesome cookies.
2- Even if you don’t have an egg allergy, you might want these anyway, because the substitute ingredient makes these so soft, so rich, and so flavorful, you literally will not miss the eggs.

Egg-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com,   You won't even miss the eggs when you use this secret ingredient!

My evidence is completely anecdotal, as usual.  I made these at midnight, while waiting for Robb to come home from a very late night at work.  He probably ate 6 of them before he went to bed.  Before I even photographed them, if you can believe it!

I probably ate 6 of them without noticing it the following morning.  Seriously, they’re all creamy and delicious.

The secret is the ingredient you use instead of the eggs.  The gorgeous, creamy, heavenly, gift-from-God ingredient.  Do we need a drumroll here?  {I think so.} Continue reading “Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Eggs” »

Coconut Fudge Cookie Bars

Coconut cookies recipe;  This chocolate chip cookie has a ripple of coconut fudge.  You’ll love this coconut cookies recipe!

Coconut Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from JensFavoriteCookies.com You just never know where tomorrow will take you.

Not that there have been any life-altering changes happening around here, but even small changes force you to grow or run.

And some days, I sure want to run.

And thus, I have returned to my coconut loving roots.  Because when you’re just the tiniest bit uncomfortable with the latest situation life threw at you, it helps to have something constant to comfort you.  Something you recognize.  Something that’s exactly what you expect.

The comforting thing I always return to is dessert.  It’s a dessert blog, after all.

I had to start with chocolate chip cookies, because they’re more predictable than my daughter leaving her dirty socks on the floor.  Which she does Every. Single. Time.  I’ve even started charging her every time I have to look at her dirty socks.

Coconut Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Then I added coconut, because it’s just about the only thing this family loves more than popcorn.  We love coconut.  It’s sort of a family tradition.

I’ve been promising them Coconut Cream Pie, and they’re going to revolt if I don’t deliver on that promise soon. Continue reading “Coconut Fudge Cookie Bars” »

Plain Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies from scratch;  You can easily make these delicious plain oatmeal cookies from scratch and impress your family.

Plain Oatmeal Cookies from Jen's Favorite CookiesYou guys?  It’s 2014.  Exactly how did that happen?  2013 was kind of a blur for me.  A hard working, always blogging blur.

I’m hoping this year I can take some time to smell the roses, so to speak.  Or smell the cookies.  That would be more appropriate, especially given that the roses in our yard haven’t been doing too well, but we have had cookies a-plenty.

I don’t often purchase cookies (with the possible exception of Oreos, because yummmm!) but there is one I buy on rare occasions.  It comes from a local bread store, where the pumpkin chip bread is divine, the breakfast sandwiches are all that and a bag of chips, and the cookies are as big as your face.  When I need a quick gift or want to treat myself to something special, I buy a half dozen of their plain oatmeal cookies.

You have to know that I’m the world’s biggest fan of chocolate chips, but these plain cookies are to die for.  Seriously.

Plain Oatmeal Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I decided to try to recreate the experience at home.  I didn’t hit the mark exactly, but I came pretty close.  This cookie is not quite as sweet as some others on this site, and that coupled with the absence of chocolate chips makes it a lovely choice for January.  Something simple after December’s abundance of sugar and butter.

Are you making resolutions this year?  One of mine is to eat less sugar.

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Don’t misunderstand me.  If you are looking for an applesauce cookie recipe, you are looking in the wrong place.  We will have none of that on this blog.

But, I believe in simplicity and clarity, and I think this Plain Oatmeal Cookie is just the dessert to embody those qualities.

Here’s to simplicity in 2014!

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4.5 from 13 reviews
Plain Oatmeal Cookies
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A plain oatmeal cookie with just a hint of cinnamon.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 5 dozen
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1¾ cup flour
  • 2½ cups quick oats
  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, vanilla, and water, and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and cinnamon and mix well.
  3. Add flour, and mix just until combined. Add oats and mix just until combined.
  4. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 8-11 minutes.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Cupcakes from Recipe Girl
Chocolate Oatmeal Cake from Pinch of Yum
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Muffins from Bella


Giant Ginger Cookies

Giant Ginger Cookies;  These giant ginger cookies are a holiday favorite, made extra large for big cookie lovers!

Giant Ginger Cookies from Jen's Favorite CookiesIt’s the very last day of Cookie Week.  The last day of bloggers banding together to share amazing cookies for the holiday season.

The last day of molasses, and eggnog, and peppermint, and blessed blessed chocolate.

It’s also the last day of the giveaway, which makes today your very last chance to win big.

Yes, yes, I might be a little overdramatic.  After all, cookie recipes cannot be stopped.  There are an infinite number of holiday cookie ideas out there to be discovered.

And next year, we will probably hold another fun Cookie Week event.

However, I thought these Giant Ginger Cookies would make a fitting finale to this year’s cookie week.  Wanna know why?  It’s because they are the very first recipe I ever put on this blog.

Giant Ginger Cookies

That’s right.  Clear back in December of 2009, this recipe was the beginning of my glorious blogging career.  This post had no photos, no stories, just a simple recipe.  And almost 4 years and over 300 blog posts later, they are back.

They’re back because they’re fantastic.

This is not my original recipe, by the way.  I wish I knew whose it was, so I could shake their hand.  I did make the odd tweak here and there, mostly to cut the recipe in half because 12 humongous cookies is quite enough, thank you very much.

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Before I say goodbye for today, let me share a couple ways you can make the most of this fun event.  First… Follow the COOKIE WEEK board on Pinterest!


Second, ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!  We’re giving away a 9-speed Kitchen Aid hand mixer, a silicone baking mat, and lots of other awesome cookie baking supplies, and there are lots of ways to enter.

And last, be sure to visit all of these lovely blogs and see what they have created for you.  I promise, you won’t regret it.

Bethmännchen cookies by Masala Herb
Chewy Brigadeiro Pecan Bars by Food Lust People Love
Chocolate Cookie Thumbprints with Pepper Jam by Omeletta
Chocolate-Stuffed Gingerbread Cookies by i heart eating
Earl Grey Icebox Cookies by Crumb
Giant Ginger Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Simple Snowman Cookies from It’s Yummi!
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies by Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Homemade Thin Mints by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies by Like Mother Like Daughter
Miso Sesame Cookies by NinjaBaking.com
Peppermint Cream Thumbprint Cookies by Beyond Frosting
Salted Caramel Stuffed Toffee Chip Cookies by The Cooking Actress
Sandwich Cookies by Texana’s Kitchen
Shortbread Christmas Mouse Cookies by Cravings of a Lunatic

More molasses cookies for you to enjoy:

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Iron Cookies
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Giant Ginger Cookies
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Very large, soft, spiced molasses cookies.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 12
  • ½ cup butter (or shortening)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • ¾ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 cups flour
  • sugar for rolling
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and molasses and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and spices and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined.
  4. Roll dough into large 2-inch balls, you should have 10-12 total. Place on a baking sheet with plenty of room between each. (Only 6 on a large cookie sheet at a time)
  5. Bake at 350F for 11-14 minutes. Let sit on the baking sheet for about 2 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.


Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies Recipes; These cookies use ground almonds and plum jelly for a lovely flavor.  Try this linzer cookies recipes this season.

linzer-cookiesIt never occurred to me to have a favorite jam or jelly.  I just like them all.  Strawberry, raspberry, apricot, plum… I like them all.

My mom’s favorite is plum jam, and since grandma has a plum tree, I’ve made jam a couple times.  I’m not going to lie, it’s fantastic stuff.  Plus it’s easy as pie to make, because you don’t have to peel the fruit, you put it in the jam with skins on.

Then there is my diligent and hard working sister-in-law.  She made plum jelly this year (no fruit) which is far more difficult.  You have to cook it down and strain it before you can even turn it into jelly.  “Why are you doing all this work?” I asked her.  “Because I don’t like jam.”

Not that I blame her, I guess we all have our quirky little food preferences that we will go to great lengths to work around.

She gave me a jar of the most beautiful dark and flavorful plum jelly you’ve ever seen.  It’s tart, full of flavor, and frankly, tastes fantastic with these almond Linzers.  I debated about parting with it but finally decided the cookies were worth it. Linzer Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies It’s still cookie week, by the way.  I hope you’ve been checking in and enjoying all the fantastic cookie recipes we’ve created for you.  Let’s have a quick recap, shall we?

Monday I shared Eggnog Cookies and told you all about the fun giveaway.  Have you entered yet?  You totally should.  There are a mega ton of ways to enter.  Take your pick! Continue reading “Linzer Cookies” »

Brownie Mix Cookies

Brownie Cookies from mix; These easy chocolate cookies are made with a boxed brownie mix.  These brownie cookies from mix are delicious and so easy!

brownie-mix-cookiesI never really did get nauseous when I was pregnant.  What I got was massive headaches.

I still get massive headaches.

I’ve learned over the years to avoid them by keeping a consistent sleep schedule, limiting my caffeine intake, and keeping myself hydrated, and I’ve learned a few tricks to help me manage the pain a little better, but these things are not a cure.  Not by a long shot.

This morning, for no good reason at all, I woke up with a doozey.  It was bad enough that I begged Robb to handle the morning routine without me so I could stay in bed.

When I finally emerged hours later, I was headache-free, but had a strong strong chocolate craving.

I nearly drove to the nearest fast food restaurant in the pouring rain for a chocolate milkshake, that’s how strong it was.  In fact the only thing that kept me from doing just that was the knowledge that there was a brownie mix in my pantry.


Making cookies from a brownie mix on a heavy headache day is a double bonus.  Bonus number one, the obvious one, is the chocolate.

But bonus number two is equally as important.  Because you’re making cookies from a brownie mix, they are fast and easy to mix up, and you can do it all in one large bowl with a wooden spoon.


Last time the massive-headache-chocolate-craving-blues hit me hard, I made these gorgeous Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies.  Those got the job done, let me tell you.

I was kind of excited also to use a new product I found.  The people at Star Fine Foods offered to let me try their new Butter Flavored Olive Oil, and I tried it in these cookies.  I’ve never really been one to bake with olive oil, but the butter flavored oil gives a nice buttery flavor, with the soft consistency of oil.

Best of both worlds.  Thanks, Star.

(P.S. You can’t get this product everywhere, but I’m almost positive it’s available at WalMart.)


More brownie-like cookies you might enjoy:

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4.3 from 4 reviews
Brownie Mix Cookies
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A soft chocolate cookie made from a boxed brownie mix.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons butter flavored olive oil (or use vegetable or canola oil)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 brownie mix (I used Duncan Hines 18 oz. box)
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  1. Lightly beat eggs, and combine with oil and water.
  2. With a wooden spoon, mix in brownie mix and flour, stirring until well combined.
  3. Fold in white chocolate chips.
  4. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350F for 9-11 minutes.

 If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Fudgy Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies from Six Sisters Stuff
Favorite Cake Mix Cookies from Something Swanky
White Chocolate Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies from The Kitchen is my Playground

Pumpkin Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Recipe for pumpkin fudge; These chocolate chip cookie bars have a layer of pumpkin fudge inside!  Use chocolate chip cookie dough and Hershey’s pumpkin spice kisses to create this amazing dessert!

pumpkin-fudge-cookie-barsI almost didn’t post this recipe.  Almost.

My son, The Lizard, convinced me to do it, between bites.

The thing is, this recipe didn’t turn out exactly the way I planned it in my head.  Actually, the taste of this bar was what I expected, but the pumpkin fudge ripple layer…

…it’s a little gooey.

A LOT gooey.


But it tastes so marvelously, fantastically decadent, I figured I would find a way to work around the too-soft texture.

And find one, I did.


I found two solutions, if I’m being honest.

SOLUTION #1:  Refrigerate.  The key to this plan is that you will be eating them directly from the fridge.  If you tend to eat them one at a time, here and there, this is probably a good solution.  It keeps the pumpkin fudge from getting too drippy.  Just eat them fast.

SOLUTION #2: Freeze.  This is a good option if you are planning to serve them to a crowd.  Just take them out of the freezer about 20 minutes before you plan to eat them, otherwise people will break their teeth.  I liked this a little better, because it gave me slightly more eating time before gooey-overwhelm set it.

Either way you do it, be sure to use parchment paper, or you will have a big mess on your hands.

recipe for pumpkin fudge

Gooey or no, I had to share these because I love the Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses.  They are kind of a seasonal treat, and you just have to use them all while you can!

The pumpkin kisses have a little spice in them, and I added some cinnamon to the cookie dough to match that.  It takes the classic chocolate chip cookie and dresses it up for fall.

Love that gooey pumpkin, chocolate, cinnamon autumn dessert flavor!

Pumpkin Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
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Chocolate chip cookie bars with a layer of pumpkin spice fudge.
Recipe type: Bars
Serves: 24
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 bag (10 oz.) Hershey's Pumpkin Spice Kisses
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, cinnamon, and flour and mix until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. For pumpkin fudge, unwrap candies and place in a glass bowl. Add condensed milk. Melt candy, either over boiling water (like a double boiler) or in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until smooth.
  4. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper. Press about ½ to ⅔ of the cookie dough into the bottom of the pan. Pour pumpkin fudge evenly over the top. Use the remaining dough and drop in pieces over the pumpkin layer.
  5. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely, and chill thoroughly before cutting into 12 large or 24 small bars. Keep bars in the fridge or freezer.


Chocolate Zucchini Cookies

Zucchini cookies recipe; These chocolate zucchini cookies are a great way to use your extra zucchini!  Try this zucchini cookies recipe.

zucchini-cookiesI have a friend who was recently regaling me with stories about her too-much-zucchini problem.

I, of course, am zucchini-free at my house, which is code for my kid planted everything but zucchini this year.  I love zucchini, so I told her if she was trying to get rid of squash, she could get rid of it at my house.


Perhaps I should have been clearer, because a few days later, she sent me a text message, asking if I wanted large zucchini, or if I was holding out for small ones.  I told her I wasn’t picky, and I would take whatever she had available.  She responded by saying she was on her way over, and within a few minutes she knocked on my door with an armload of large zucchini.

Actually, large doesn’t begin to describe it.  There were three of them, and two are large but the third is obscene.

This zucchini is humongous.  It’s the size of a small child.  It’s as big as my leg.  It’s the biggest zucchini I’ve ever seen in my life.

And it’s sitting on my kitchen counter.

Chocolate Zucchini Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com

I started by shredding a bunch of the zucchini with my handy dandy Cuisinart food processor.  I figured this way it’s all ready for bread and cookies and this, which is my new lunchtime favorite.

My days start early lately, and lunch was hours and hours away, so my first order of business was cookies. Continue reading “Chocolate Zucchini Cookies” »

Banana Bread Cookies

Banana cookies!  These cookies taste just like chocolate chip banana bread, in cookie form!  Try this recipe for banana cookies.

banana-cookiesTwo ripe bananas sat on the counter, like a challenge.  “What will you make of us?” they screamed at me.

I had ideas.  Lots of ideas.  My first thought, always, is to make a batch of my very favorite muffin of all time, and perhaps the recipe I am most proud of, the Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins.

I also considered a recipe I’ve been drooling over from Averie’s peanut butter cookbook, this Peanut Butter Banana Bread Cake.  Lawdy, it sound good.

Then a friend told me about the chocolate banana bread with peanut butter and honey someone had shared with her during an excruciatingly long bike ride.  She’s nuts about the bike riding, but has good taste in snacks!

The Fruitarian had his own ideas.  At 15, he has outgrown most of the imagination games he played as a child, but I doubt he will ever outgrow his love of bananas.  It will take a special woman to earn more of this kid’s love than bananas already have.  Most of his ideas centered around the most memorable dessert on this blog for him, the Chocolate Banana Parfait.  He asks me almost weekly to recreate it.  (And considering how embarrassingly bad the photos are, I probably should.)

Buuuuuttt… this is a cookie blog, and it’s been a while since we had a good creative cookie on here.  Decision made.

chocolate chip banana bread cookies

I really can’t bring myself to eat a banana plain.  They’re all soft and mushy and taste strongly of bananas.  (Who knew?) Continue reading “Banana Bread Cookies” »

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Oatmeal Cookie Recipe; This oatmeal cookie recipe uses both chocolate chips and cinnamon chips.  Bake these oatmeal cookies as bars for a fun twist!

oatmeal-cookie-recipeI love that my nieces and nephews are also some of my kids best friends.  The other day, my niece was over all day, and it was fun watching how the girls entertained themselves.

They are very big on Monster High Dolls.  Have you seen these?  They are dang cute, but I don’t recommend them for little girls, because there are lots of little pieces, and they tend to come apart easily.  For the girls in double-digits, they are perfect.  Both girls dragged their entire (substantial) collections out to the trampoline, and with yard lights and head lamps, they spent hours deep in imagination land.

After a trip to Grandma’s to pick apricots, and a trip to Costco to buy a new vacuum, these girls continued to find ways to entertain themselves.  First, they did their hair and makeup.  Then, they used Hippie Chick’s white board easel to announce that they would be giving makeovers to any willing party.

As it turned out, our oldest son The Lizard and a visiting friend both took advantage of the makeovers.  I thought it was sweet of them to let the girls put makeup on their faces and paint their fingernails.

oatmeal cookie recipe

The boys reward for being patient guinea pigs was cookies.  That fact was settled on in the early stages of negotiations.

The girls and I had fun figuring out what kind of cookie we could make with the ingredients we had on hand.  I found a half bag of chocolate chips and a half bag of cinnamon chips, and The Hippie Chick suggested oatmeal cookies, and voila!  A heavenly concoction was born.

They did all the work, and I sat on the other side of the counter and… uh… supervised.  Yep.  Being a supervisor is the best job ever.

oatmeal cookies

We decided to just bake these up as bars, and we used a quarter sheet pan.  (These pans are about 9.5″ x 13″.)  We baked for about 20 minutes.  They did turn out a touch gooey, which frankly doesn’t bother me at all, but those squeemish about eggs might want a little more baking time, like say 25-30 minutes.  I also gave them a good 30 minutes to cool before cutting.  I would say that is the minimum amount of cooling time, as they were almost ready to cut at that point.

Of course, you could also make a slightly thinner bar by using less of the dough or a larger baking sheet.  You could also just drop them like regular cookies, and give them 8-10 minutes to bake.

I like the idea of the bars, because it leaves you 20-30 minutes of free time to do the really important stuff.

Like applying make-up to nearby males.

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Lemon Cookie Truffles

Truffles recipe; This lemon cookie truffles recipe is simple to make with leftover lemon cookies.

truffles recipeI’m a big fan of treats that don’t require much time or baking.

I also like when a new recipe helps me clean up the flubs from an old one.  Not too long ago, I made these yummy Lemon Sugar Cookies.  But what I didn’t tell you was that the recipe I posted was my second try.  My first try was not that impressive.  Nothing to blog home about, if you know what I mean.

But I kept the leavings of my not-that-lemoney and not-that-soft first batch of lemon cookies, just in case I could put the crumbs to good use.

Carla suggested I make truffles.  Good idea, Carla.  I think I will.

Most of the cookie truffle recipes I’ve seen call for cream cheese.  I decided to rebel, to stick it to the man, and use frosting instead.  Yep, I’m a rebel.  I’ll be going out for a tattoo any minute now.

truffles recipe

The really great thing about using frosting is that you can buy this lemon frosting which kicks up the lemon flavor a notch or two.  The cookies by themselves were just not enough.

And normally I’m a make-your-own-frosting kind of girl, but for an quick and easy treat like this, I couldn’t resist the urge to let someone else make the frosting.

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I feel that way about dinner all the time.  Let someone else make it.  I’ll pay you to do it.

Because if I do it, dinner will be just like these truffles… quick, easy, and with no cooking required.

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