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Dulce de Leche Cookies

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

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

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

I told him his head was in the wrong place.

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

So I win.

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

We had a similar conversation about these cookies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’ll show him.


Want more?  Try these caramel treats!

brown sugar cookie recipeBrown Sugar
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Caramel Dip
Layer Cake


 Recipe from Annie’s Eats

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


100 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

Easy homemade chocolate chip cookies

This blog is dedicated to cookies.  All types of cookies.  But let’s face it, when it comes right down to it, it’s all about chocolate chip.

100 Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of the fun things about Chocolate Chip Cookies is how versatile they are.  Think about it, you’ve probably seen lots of different versions out there.

Just for you, I scoured the interwebs for the best chocolate chip cookies I can find, all types, all styles, all flavors.  Consider this your comprehensive collection of any kind of chocolate chip cookie you could dream of.


Caramel-Stuffed-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-6983Caramel Stuffed
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Chocolate Moosey
brown-butter-cinnamon-smores-cookiesBrown Butter Cinnamon
S’mores Cookies
by Bake Love Give


Egg-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com, You won't even miss the eggs when you use this secret ingredient!Chocolate Chip Cookies
Without Eggs
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Chocolate-Pistachio-Cookie-Irvin-Lin-Eat-The-LoveChocolate Chocolate Chip
Pistachio Cookies
by Eat the Love


egglesscookiedough2Eggless Chocolate Chip
Cookie Dough
by Kailley’s Kitchen
avochipcookiesHealthy Avocado
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Food Faith Fitness


skinny-chip-cookiesSkinny Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by An Edible Mosaic
pumpkin-fudge-cookie-bars-1Pumpkin Fudge
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies


cheesecake_pudding_cookiesCheesecake Pudding
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Cupcake Diaries
bacon-choc-chip-cookiesBacon Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Poet in the Pantry


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Tall - CopyOatmeal Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Oreo-Chocolate-chunk-cookies-1-wm-600x770Oreo Chocolate
Chunk Cookies
by I Heart Eating


The-Best-Grain-Free-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-3Grain-Free Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by The Healthy Maven
caramel-stuffed-chocolate-chunk-cookies-2Caramel Stuffed Chocolate
Chunk Cookies
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies


MM-Cream-Cheese-cookiesSoft Batch Cream Cheese
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Call Me PMc
Double-Chocolate-Chip-Oatmeal-Cookies-4Double Chocolate Chip
Oatmeal Cookies
by Kitchen Treaty


Chocolate Oat Cinnamon Chip Cookie RecipeChocolate Oatmeal
Cinnamon Chip Cookies
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Chocolate-Chip-Pretzel-cookies-99cChocolate Chip
Pretzel Cookies
by Chocolate Chocolate and More


PBChocChipCookiesTitledPeanut Butter Chocolate
Chip Oatmeal Cookies
by Frugal Foodie Mama
soft-batch-choc-chip-cookieSoft Batch Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Baked by Rachel


strawberry-cccStrawberry Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Liv Life
Coconut-Chocolate-Chip-Bars-1Coconut Chocolate
Chip Cookie Bars
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies


Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Cups-with-Salted-Caramel-DiethoodSalted Caramel Chocolate
Chip Cookie Cups
by Diethood
Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Pie-RecipeDeep Dish Gooey
Cookie Pie
by Back for Seconds


chocolate-chocolate-chip-2Double Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Cupcakes-2-of-6wChocolate Chip Cookie
by Crazy for Crust


chocolate-coconut-snickerdoodle-bars1-600x800Coconut Chocolate Chip
Snickerdoodle Bars
by Weary Chef
Reeses_Peanut_Butter_Cookie_CakeReese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate
Chip Cookie Cake
by Life Love and Sugar


Black Pepper Chocolate Chip CookiesBlack Pepper Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Cooking on the Weekends
Cookie-Dough-Brownie-Bars--450x627Chocolate Chip Cookie
Dough Brownie Bars
by 52 Kitchen Adventures


peanut-butter-caramel-toffee-chocolate-chip-cookie-barsPeanut Butter Caramel Toffee
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
by Mom on Timeout
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies


coconutoilchocchipcookiestextCoconut Oil
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Averie Cooks
Pumpkin-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-1Pumpkin Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Two Peas & Their Pod


graham cracker cc cookies pinGraham Cracker
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Our-Best-Bites-Soft-and-Thick-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-BarsChocolate Chip
Cookie Bars
by Our Best Bites


Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Dough-Sandwiches-for-cookie-dough-lovers-Easy-recipe-at-sallysbakingaddiction.com-6Chocolate Chip Cookie
Dough Sandwiches
by Sally’s Baking Addiction
Chocolate_Chip_Cookie_Dough_PizzaChocolate Chip Cookie
Dough Pizza
by Life Love and Sugar


GF-Choc-Chip-CookiesGluten-free Chocolate Chip
Cookies with Quinoa
by Amibitious Kitchen
cookie-dough-fudgeChocolate Chip
Cookie Dough Fudge
by Buns in my Oven


boozy-choc-chip-cookiesBoozy Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by What’s Gaby Making
grain_free_chocolate_chip_cookie_dough_bites_2Grain-free Peanut Butter Chickpea
Cookie Dough Bites
by Texanerin


pomegranate-choc-chip-cookiesPomegranate Chocolate Chip
Cookies, GF and Vegan
by Tasty Yummies
Soft-and-Chewy-Blondies-RecipeFluffernutter Chocolate Chip
Cookie Bars
by Back for Seconds


dark-chocolate-chip-cookiesMulti-grain Dark
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Chocolate-Chip-Bisquick-Cookies-7Easy Chocolate Chip
Bisquick Cookies
by Yummy Healthy Easy


SONY DSCNutella Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Cooking on the Weekends
7 Layer Cookies_Platter Top View 17 Layer Chocolate
Chip Cookie Bars
by The Kitchen is my Playground


Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-with-ZucchiniChocolate Chip Cookies
with Zucchini
by Kitchen Treaty
choc-oat-cinnamon-bars-1Cinnamon Chocolate Chip
Oatmeal Cookie Bars
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies


Cookies-and-Cream-Cookies-title-2Chocolate Chip Cookies
and Cream Cookies
by BruCrew Life
maple-sweetened-peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-oatmeal-cookiesMaple Sweetened Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Cookie and Kate


banana-bread-cookies-1Banana Bread
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
dbl-choc-oat-cookiesDouble Chocolate
Oatmeal Cookies
by Because I Like Chocolate


potato-chip-cookiesPotato Chip
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Food Babbles
cookie-dough-barsChocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Bars – Raw, GF, Vegan
by Beard & Bonnet


Banana-Oats-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-DiethoodBanana Oat
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Diethood
bacon-cherry-choc-chip-cookieBacon and Dried Cherry
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Chocolate Moosey


Zucchini Cookies
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Coconut-chocolate-chip-toffee-oatmeal-cookie-bar-recipeCoconut Toffee Chocolate
Chip Cookie Bars
by Mom on Time Out


Double-Chocolate-Ice-Cream-Sandwiches-foodiecrush.com-022Double Chocolate Chip
Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies
by Foodie Crush
Red-Velvet-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-from-scratch.-Easy-recipe-at-sallysbakingaddiction.com-3Red Velvet
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Sally’s Baking Addiction


chocolate-chip-cookie-smores5+text.Chocolate Chip
Cookie S’mores
by Cooking Classy
cookie-dough-oreosChocolate Chip
Cookie Dough Oreos
by Love and Olive Oil


cookie-dough-bars-3-685x1024Peanut Butter
Cookie Dough Bars
by Shugary Sweets
chocolate-chip-cookie-dunkers-2Whole Grain Chocolate Chip
Cookie Dunkers
by Yes to Yum


Oreo-Stuffed-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-5tOreo Stuffed
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Picky Palate
deathbychocolatecookiesDeath by
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Cookies and Cups


kitchen-sink-cookies-2Kitchen Sink
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Brown-butter-pizookieBrown Butter Chocolate
Chip Skillet Cookie
by Damn Delicious


buckwheat-cccBuckwheat Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by View from the Great Island
Cinnamon-Dolce-Oatmeal-Cookies-9Cinnamon Dolce
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Pineapple and Coconut


chili-chocolate-chip-cookiesChili Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by Cooking on the Front Burners
monster cookies tall1aMonster
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies


zucchini-cookiesPistachio Sea Salt
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Tasty Yummies
cc-cut-out-cookieChocolate Chip
Cut-Out Cookies
by Chocolate Moosey


ny-times-cccNew York Times
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Bake Love Give
cookie_cake22Chocolate Chip
Cookie Cake
by Life Love and Sugar


Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies 2Chocolate Chip
Pecan Cookies
by GirliChef
chocolate-chip-cookie-2-827x1024The Best Chewy
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Frosting and a Smile


choc-chip-dip-1Chocolate Chip
Cookie Dough Dip
by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Chocolate-Chip-Meringue-Cookies-9Chocolate Chip
Meringue Cookies
by Gimme Some Oven


Oreo-Truffle-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Bars-5-of-5Oreo Truffle Chocolate
Chip Cookie Bars
by Crazy for Crust
Salted-Caramel-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-My-Whole-Food-LifeFlourless Salted Caramel
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by My Whole Food Life


chocolate-chip-lava-cookies-7Chocolate Chip
Lava Cookies
by Center Cut Cook
grain-free-barsGrain-Free Dairy-Free
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
by  Tasty Yummies


tsri-Simple-5-Minute-Mint-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Dough-DipMint Chocolate Chip
Cookie Dough Dip
by The Slow Roasted Italian
cookie-dough-ice-cream-cakeChocolate Chip Cookie
Dough Ice Cream Cake
by The Domestic Rebel


cookie-brittleChocolate Chip
Cookie Brittle
by Something Swanky
chocchippbsmoresbarsChocolate Chip Cookie
PB S’mores Bars
by Cookies and Cups


Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies 8Cherry Chocolate
Chip Cookies
by The Kitchen is my Playground
Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Brownie-Bites-0871Chocolate Chip Cookie
Brownie Bites
by Chocolate Moosey


hazelnut-butter-cookies-01Hazelnut Butter
Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Kevin & Amanda
Triple-Dark-Chocolate-Cookies-SimplyGloria.com-chocolate-cookiesTriple Dark
Chocolate Cookies
by Simple Gloria


potato-chip-cookies2Potato Chip Cookies with
Chocolate and Sea Salt
by Baked by Rachel
dark-chocolate-cookies-1-682x1024Oatmeal Dark
Chocolate Cookies
by Fannetastic Food


Mini-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Cupcakes-with-Pumpkin-Spice-Browned-Butter-Frosting-1Mini Choc Chip Cookie Cups
with Pumpkin Spice Frosting
by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Banana Chocolate Chip CookiesBanana Chocolate
Chip Oatmeal Cookies
by Cook & Craft Me Crazy


Butterscotch-CookiesButterscotch Cookies
with Chocolate Chips
by Eat the Love
cookie-dough-bitesChocolate Chip Cookie
Dough Bites (GF) (DF)
by Beard and Bonnet


Enjoy the inevitable chocolate chip cookie backing extravaganza that’s coming!  And keep your eyes peeled for more chocolate chip recipes coming to this blog.

Vanilla Buttermilk Cookies

Vanilla Buttermilk Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Oh, buttermilk.  You’re the key to this girl’s heart.

My kids always go crazy when I buy buttermilk.  I generally buy it a quart at a time, and they love using it for buttermilk pancakes, and more importantly buttermilk syrup.  I don’t often let them make buttermilk syrup because it’s even more candy-like than regular syrup, and it’s sort of a big mess too.

Personally, I would rather use my buttermilk for baked good than for pancakes.  I’m just not much of a pancake kind of girl, what can I say?

There is really no way to turn down cookies and muffins and cakes and scones made with buttermilk.  Maybe it’s the acidic quality of buttermilk that breaks everything down, and makes it soft and flavorful and amazing, I don’t know.  And I don’t care, as long as I have some buttermilk baked goods in the house.

Vanilla Buttermilk Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com

For today’s buttermilk creation, I decided to keep it simple and flavor the cookies with vanilla.

The problem with vanilla is that it is so frequently used in baking, it can actually be a hard flavor to recognize.  When my son, The Lizard, ate a cookie, I asked him what it tasted like.  He first talked about the texture (creamy, he called it), and then started guessing at flavors.  Cinnamon?  Lemon?

Maybe it’s his unrefined palate, but I suspect it’s at least partly because vanilla is a hard flavor to place.

Vanilla Buttermilk Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.comVanilla Buttermilk Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com

My vanilla-obsessed daughter is always thrilled to have vanilla treats in the house!  I usually stick her with my triple chocolate treats every week.

This cookie makes us both happy! 


Leftover buttermilk?  Try one of these recipes:

chocolate muffinsChocolate
Buttermilk Muffins
sconesCoconut White Choc
Buttermilk Scones
vanilla cupcake recipeVanilla
Nutmeg Cookie recipeNutmeg
Buttermilk Cookies
Buttermilk Muffins
buttermilk cookiesChocolate
Frosted Cookies


4.9 from 11 reviews
Vanilla Buttermilk Cookies
Cook time
Total time
Cakey buttermilk cookies with vanilla buttermilk icing.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 4 dozen
  • ¾ cup softened butter
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ⅔ cup buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add buttermilk and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and flour, and mix until well combined.
  3. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes.
  4. For icing, combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth and creamy.
  5. Lightly frost cooled cookies, and sit out to let icing set for a few minutes.


Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s March 25, and it’s chocolate peanut butter day!  Today’s event is hosted by Carla of ChocolateMoosey and Miriam of OvertimeCook, and involves more than 30 fantastic bloggers! I have not been compensated for this post or giveaway.

Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - for #chocPBday !  Come check out all 31 amazing chocolate and peanut butter recipes!I recently polled my Facebook fans, and asked them about this issue that is very important in our day:

Do you prefer a chocolate cookie with a little bit of peanut butter?  Or a peanut butter cookie with a little bit of chocolate?

#firstworldproblems, you know.

Most of my fans chose a peanut butter cookie with a little bit of chocolate, which was fortunate, because I had already made this amazing peanut butter cookie and stuffed it with a little chocolate filling.

I showed Robb my photos of this creation, and his reply was, “Did I get one of those?”  Pretty sure I made these while he was out of town.  There was no hope for him.  They were gone within hours.

Don’t feel bad for him, though.  He ate at at least a dozen fantastic restaurants without me while he was out of town.

Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - for #chocPBday !  Come check out all 31 amazing chocolate and peanut butter recipes!

Since chocolate and peanut butter are such an amazing and well-loved flavor combination, and today is Chocolate Peanut Butter Day, some friends and I got together to share our absolute favorite peanut butter chocolate treats with you!

These are some talented bloggers, my friends.  I just know you are going to love everything on this list! Continue reading “Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies” »

50 Fruit Cookies

Fruit Bar Cookies; This collection of more than 50 fruit drop cookies, fruit bar cookies, and fruit cut-out cookies is so great, you’re sure to find a few you love!


Spring came early this year.  I think it’s because the winter was so nasty.

Whatever the reason, this spring fever has me craving fruity cookies of all kinds.  So guess what I did?

I put together a collection of some of my favorite fruity cookies from around the web.  All these cookies have one big requirement to make it on this list: They have to contain actual fruit in some form.  (In other words, no strawberry cake mixes or lemon pudding mixes, it must be real fruit.)

50 Fruit Cookie recipes on JensFavoriteCookies  -  Every cookie in this collection contains real fruit in some form!  A great collection to get you ready for summer.

And what a collection!  I can’t wait to dive into all of these recipes!  I just know you’ll find one or two (dozen) recipes you’ll love.

Big thanks to my friends who contributed their best recipes for this collection.  Be sure to check out their blogs while you are there.

lemon-cookies-1Lemon Burst
peaches-cream-cookiesFresh Peaches &
Cream Cookies
lemon cookieStrawberry
Lemonade Cookies
Shortbread Cookies
MG_2245Fresh Cranberry
Lemon Cookies
glutenfreemangowhitechocolatemacadamianutcookies-7789Mango White Choc
Macadamia Cookies
Cherry Cookies
Chocolate Blackberry CookieChocolate
Blackberry Cookies
Shortbread Cookies
linzer-cookies-6Linzer Cookies
with Plum Jelly
apricot-cookiesSnow Coated
Apricot Cookies
Tropical-White-Chocolate-Chip-CookiesTropical White
Chocolate Cookies
Banana Cookies
Cheesecake Cookies
Apple-Cookie-Recipe-2Caramel Apple
Cherry-Pie-White-Chocolate-Chip-CookiesCherry Pie White
Chocolate Cookies
chocolate-Orange-Sandwich-Cookies-1Chocolate Orange
Sandwich Cookies
Orange-Cardamom-Coconut-Snickerdoodles-5Orange Cardamom
Strawberry-Cream-Sandwich-Cookies-5Strawberry Cream
Sandwich Cookies
blueberry-cream-cookiesBlueberries & Cream
orange_spice_cookiesOrange Spice
4-Bite Apple Pies_Inside 14-Bite Apple
Pie Cookies
Cookie Bars
Browned-Butter-White-Chocolate-Cranberry-Cashew-Oatmeal-Cookies-3-titleCranberry Cashew
Oatmeal Cookies
prune-cookiesButter Cookies
with Prune Filling
meyer-lemon-cookieMeyer Lemon
Shortbread Cookies
lemon sugar cookies square3Lemon
Sugar Cookies
double-chocolate-cherry-cookiesDouble Chocolate
Cherry Cookies
iced-apple-cookiesIced Apple
Drop Cookies
raspberries+n+cream+double+chocolate+chunk+cookies-2Raspberries & Cream
Chocolate Cookies
Linzer-Tarte-Thumbprint-Cookies2Linzer Torte
lemon ricotta cookies Lemon Ricotta
Spritz Cookies
SONY DSCBlueberry Chocolate
Chunk Cookies
raspberry-lemon-cheesecake-cookieRaspberry Lemon
Cheesecake Cookies
raspberry-yogurt-cookiesChocolate Raspberry
Yogurt Cookies
Lemon-Coconut-Cookies-1-600-wm-writingLemon Coconut
Cherry-Vanilla-Pop-Tart-Cookies-1024x1024Cherry Vanilla
Pop-Tart Cookies
Orange-Cherry-Oatmeal-Pecan-Cookies-20.jpgOrange Cherry
Oatmeal Pecan Cookies
tart-cherry-fudge-thumbprintsTart Cherry Fudge
banana-bread-cookies-5Banana Bread
Cheesecake Cookies
Apple-Cinnamon-Protein-Breakfast-Cookies-2Apple Cinnamon
Breakfast Cookie
vegan-fruit-nut-ginger-cookiesVegan Fruit & Nut
Ginger Cookies
coconut cookieCoconut
cranberry-white-choc-shortbreadCranberry White
Choc. Shortbread
MiniFruitPizzas3Mini Fruit
blueberry-muffin-cookies-on-overtime-cookBlueberry Muffin
breakfast-oatmeal-cookieCoconut Oatmeal
Breakfast Cookie
lemon meringuesLemon

Need more cookie recipes?  Follow my Pinterest board, called “Cookie Recipes.”  There’s new fantastic stuff on that board every day!

Or, connect with me on Facebook, where I love to share cookie and other dessert recipes of all kinds.

Leave a comment below and tell me about your favorite fruit cookie!

Red Velvet Sandwich Heart Cookies

Red velvet cookies heart shaped;  These easy cookies are sandwiched with chocolate frosting.  A perfect Valentine treat!  Red Velvet Cookies heart shaped.

Red Velvet Heart Sandwich Cookies from Jen's Favorite CookiesRed Velvet is all the rage these days, but I want you to know that when I was a kid, my mom would make Red Velvet Cake for special occasions.  Red velvet cake was all I knew, I could never have conceived of red velvet cookies, pancakes, crepes, fudge, brownies, dips, or any of the hundreds of other amazing creations I have seen lately.

My mom even had a heart shaped cake pan, and sometimes we would have a beautiful, heart shaped red velvet cake with pink frosting on Valentines Day.

My mom is kind of the best that way.  She’s great at making holidays fun, and giving little gifts she knows you’ll enjoy.

I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll go all out on a big red velvet cake for my kids this year.  I’m pretty lazy, after all.  Maybe I’ll tell them that only kids with good grades get red velvet cake.

Or maybe I’ll tell them that only adults get red velvet cake.  That’s even better.

Red Velvet Heart Sandwich Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I already know this Valentines Day is going to be a good one, because I get to celebrate it with my blog buds!  We’re back!

This time around, everything is so cute; red, pink, chocolatey, or otherwise perfect for your Valentine.  With all this talent, you’re bound to find a recipe or two you can fall in love with!  You’ll want to check out each and every one, just in case.

VDay-3  Continue reading “Red Velvet Sandwich Heart Cookies” »

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Welcome to Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

***Disclaimer: This giveaway is being provided by Magimix by Robot-Coupe. #ChristmasWeek bloggers have not received product or been compensated as a part of this giveaway.***

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies from Jen's Favorite CookiesI’m a little disturbed by how far we are into December.  I mean, I’m still working on getting my decorations up and I’ve barely even begun my shopping.

Not to mention being prepared for holiday parties and lunch with friends.

This could be a problem.

In case you haven’t figured this out, I’m not one of those people who is uber-prepared and has the tree up on Thanksgiving Day, and all the shopping done by Halloween.  Not at all.  I’m more of a deal-with-one-crisis-at-a-time kind of person.

Except when there’s cookies involved.  The thing is, sometimes a girl just needs a chocolate cookie, and it can’t wait until I’ve dug out the holiday music and put the Christmas centerpiece on the table.

Luckily, this recipe is so quick and easy, you don’t have to wait.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I hope you don’t get the wrong idea from all my complaining.  The truth is, I love Christmas.  I love all the holiday cheer, and twinkle lights, and music, and of course, the baked goods. Continue reading “Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies” »

November Wrap-Up

Monthly recap for November 2013.

November Wrap UpI’m not going to lie, November was a rough month for me.  Since my family was sick (and I was the sickest of them all!) it was pretty tough for me to get much blogging done.

However, the things I did post this month were a lot of fun for me.  Some of them are my new favorite recipes!

Here’s a quick recap of what happened in November, in case you missed anything.


chocolate-banana-bread-6 Chocolate Banana Bread

This delicious bread disappeared in no time
flat at my house.  It tastes amazing with
a little peanut butter and honey!

zucchini-spears-13 Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Spears

My very first wordless recipe!  I showed you
how to make these delicious baked zucchini
spears with only photos.

pumpkin-spice-nanaimo-bars-5 Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars

This is another recipe I couldn’t keep my
hands off of!  These no-bake bars are one
of my new personal favorite recipes.

Eggnog-Cookies-6 Eggnog Cookies

I made four cookies for Cookie Week this
month.  These Eggnog Cookies were delicious
and quite popular as well, quickly earning a
place on my “popular post” page.

peppermint-thumbprints-7 Peppermint Thumbprints

I couldn’t let Cookie Week go by without
making something peppermint.  These minty
cream cheese cookies are filled with chocolate.

linzer-cookies-6 Linzer Cookies

These are so beautiful, and they were a big
hit with our family at Thanksgiving.  The almond
cookies are filled with plum jelly and sprinkled
with powdered sugar.

giant-ginger-6 Giant Ginger Cookies

My last Cookie Week cookie is also the very
first recipe I ever posted on this blog.  These
cookies are fantastically delicious, and definitely
deserved a second look!

peppermint-cocoa-4 Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Once my family started getting sick, I made
this easy slow cooker hot chocolate, with
peppermint and marshmallows, to soothe all
the sore throats.

apple-pie-bars-5 Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars

I used Honey Bunches of Oats to make a crust
for these delicious apple cheesecake bars.
Robb couldn’t keep his hands off these bars,
and he tells me they are his new favorite!

Christmas Cookies -2 100+ Christmas Cookies

This is a cookie blog, after all, so I created for
you a collection of more than 100 amazing
cookie recipes that will be perfect for the


In addition to all these fun recipes, I also contributed a recipe for Easy Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread to My Cooking Spot this month.  It barely qualifies as cornbread, it’s a lot more like cake, but it has been a big hit in the neighborhood!

I’ve been putting together this great Pinterest board called Cookie Favorites, and asked some of my blogging friends to contribute to it as well.  This is a great resource for cookie recipe ideas!  If you’re not following this board yet, you can find it here.

Want a sneak peek of what’s coming in December?  More fun with Eggnog; a holiday party with my friends; and Christmas Week!  (and that’s just the first half of December!)

100 Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies Recipes;  More than 100 ideas, photos, and Christmas cookies recipes.

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Coconut Cookies Candy Cane Fudge Brownie Cookies

It’s nearing Christmas, and after all, this is a cookie blog, so how could I not bring you a humongous collection of amazing Christmas Cookie ideas?

I asked some of my friends to share their favorites, and I was overwhelmed with great recipes for molasses cookies, peanut butter blossoms, mint chocolate cookies, tea cakes, and just about everything else you can imagine.  So many, in fact, I didn’t even have room for them all here.

I’ve organized them into categories for you:  Molasses and Gingerbread Cookies; Shortbread Cookies and Tea Cakes; Mint and Peppermint Cookies; Chocolate and Chocolate Chip Cookies; and Other Great Christmas Cookies.  Just click on the picture to be taken to the corresponding recipe.

And drop me a comment while you are here.  Let me know, what’s your favorite Christmas cookie, and what new recipe are you excited to try?


Molasses and Gingerbread Cookies

iced-gingersnapIced Molasses
I Heart Eating
gingersnap cookie recipeChocolate
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
healthy-ginger-cookiesHealthier Chocolate
Molasses Cookies
Running to the Kitchen
Whoopie Pies
GingersnapCookieSandwicheswithLemonCreamCheeseIcing21_thumbGingersnap Cookies
with Lemon Frosting
Keep it Sweet Desserts
3-gingerThree Ginger
Bake Love Give
2-Chocolate-Gingerbread-Christmas-Tree-Cookies-@createdbydiane-530x353Chocolate Gingerbread
Created by Diane
gingersnap-mapleMolasses Maple
Cream Cookies
Law Student’s Wife
Cut-Out Cookies
Bake Love Give
Spice Cookies
Corner Kitchen Blog
Ginger Cookies
Cooking With Books
Gingerbread squaresClassic
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
grain_free_gingerbread_men_2Gingerbread Men
Gluten and Grain Free
ginger-snap-682x1024Gingersnaps with
Cream Cheese Frosting
chocolate-stuffed-gingerbread-cookies-600-wmChocolate Stuffed
Gingerbread Cookies
I Heart Eating
chewy-gingerChewy Ginger
Alida’s Kitchen
White-ChocolateWhite Chocolate
Molasses Cookies
Julie’s Eats & Treats
molassescookies7R100% Whole Grain
Molasses Cookies
giant-ginger-6Giant Ginger
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Rachel Cooks
dbl-gingerDouble Ginger
Noble Pig


Shortbread Cookies and Tea Cakes

Holiday-Funfetti-Shortbread-Cookies-RachelCooksHoliday Funfetti
Shortbread Cookies
Rachel Cooks
Tea Cakes
Savvy Eat
Tea Cakes
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Persnickety Plates
Pecan SandiesPecan
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
orange-shortbreadOrange Creamsicle
shortbread recipeAlmond
Shortbread Cookies
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Snowball Cookies
Savory Simple
Vanillekipferl - Christmas crescent shaped Vanilla shortcrust cookiesVanillekipferl
Crescent Cookies
Masala Herb Blog
Toffee-Almond-Snowball-Cookies-5Toffee Almond
Snowball Cookies
Cupcakes & Kale Chips
mintsurprisecookiesMint Surprise
Kailley’s Kitchen
Because I Like Chocolate
Spritzgebäck - Austrian German Shortcrust Christmas CookiesSpritzgeback
Shortbread Cookies
Masala Herb Blog
Cupcakes & Kale Chips
almond-joyAlmond Joy
The Pink Flour


Mint and Peppermint Cookies

melting-momentsMelting Moments
Corner Kitchen
Mint-chocolate-muffin-top-cookiesMint Chocolate
Brownie Cookies
Roxana’s Home Baking
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Chocolate-Peppermint-CookiesChocolate Peppermint
Around My Family Table
mint-cccMint Chocolate
Chip Cookies
Mom on Timeout
Lemons for Lulu
candy-cane-fudge-brownies-cookies-roxanashomebaking-2Candy Cane Fudge
Brownie Cookies
Roxana’s Home Baking
peppermint-twistPeppermint Twist
Kiss Cookies
Alida’s Kitchen
Mocha Cookies
Shugary Sweets
Candy-Cane-ThumbprintsCandy Cane
Crumbs and Chaos
Peppermint-Swirl-Cookies-VertPeppermint Swirl
Sugar Cookies
Simple Bites
candy-cane-blossomsCandy Cane
Cupcake Diaries
Peppermint-Mocha-Pudding-Cookies-title (1)Peppermint Mocha
Pudding Cookies
Inside BruCrew Life
Peppermint-Patty-Fudge-Cookies-3Peppermint Patty
Fudge Cookies
Dinners Dishes & Dessert
chocolate-peppermint-4aPeppermint Choc
Sandwich Cookies
Snappy Gourmet
dark-chocolate-mint-cookiesDark Chocolate
Mint Cookies
Shugary Sweets
dk-choc-andesDark Chocolate Andes
Mint Cookie Cups
Beyond Frosting
Snowball Cookies
Inside BruCrew Life
mint_chocolate_cookies_1GF Fresh Mint Double
Chocolate Cookies
Chocolate-Mint-Cookies-3-thumb-labeledMint Chocolate
Pudding Cookies
Dinners Dishes & Dessert
Andes-Mint-Filled-Cookies-1Andes Mint Filled
Chocolate Cookies
Inside BruCrew Life
Candy Cane Crunch Cookies 4Candy Cane
Crunch Cookies
Kitchen is my Playground
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Puff Cookies
Shugary Sweets
Dk-choc-mint-chipDark Chocolate
Mint Chip Cookies
Law Student’s Wife


Chocolate and Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Crackle Cookies
Mom on Timeout
Cherry-Pistachio-Cookies-6Chocolate Cherry
Pistachio Cookies
Cravings of a Lunatic
Turtle Cookies 1Turtle Cookies
The Kitchen is
My Playground
buttermilk cookiesChocolate
Frosted Cookies
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Gluten-Free-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-The-Lemon-Bowl-1024x1024Gluten Free
Choc Chip Cookies
The Lemon Bowl
chocolate-cherry-thumbprints-2Chocolate Cherry
Rachel Cooks
salted-caramel-chocolate-cookiesSalted Caramel
Hot Chocolate Cookies
Beyond Frosting
Chocolate CrinklesChocolate
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Espresso Cookies
Sheri Silver
orange_spice_cookiesOrange Chocolate
Spice Cookies
Wine & Glue
mexican-hot-chocolate-7aMexican Hot Chocolate
Sandwich Cookies
Snappy Gourmet
PB chocChocolate Peanut
Butter Cup Cookies
Cook Like a Champion
Reverse-White-Chocolate-Crackle-Cookie-Eat-The-Love-Irvin-Lin-Lead-TypeReverse White Choc
Crackle Cookies
Eat the Love
Hot-Chocolate-Cookies-Recipe-25recipestoXmas-roxanashomebaking-7Hot Chocolate Fudgy
Brownie Cookies
Roxana’s Home Baking
chocolate cookie recipeSalted Dark
Chocolate Cookies
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
choc-cherry-cookiesChocolate Covered
Cherry Cookies
Wonky Wonderful
turtle cups6Turtle Cookie
Cups – Hezzie-D’s
Books &  Cooks
dbl-chocBite Size Double
Chocolate Cookies
Back for Seconds


Other Seasonal Cookies

Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Simply Southern Baking
Gluten-Free-Peanut-Butter-Cookies-RecipeGluten Free Peanut
Butter Cookies
Back for Seconds
cinnamon-roll-cookies-2-600-writing-wm-Cinnamon Roll
I Heart Eating
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Sugar Cookies
Very Culinary
Pignole-hero-480x320Pignoli Cookies
(Pine Nut Cookies)
Shockingly Delicious
alice-sugar-cookieAlice’s Sugar
Cookies – Susie
Freaking Homemaker
brown sugar cookie recipeBrown Sugar
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Fig Rolls
What Smells So Good
Nutella-Eggnog-Cookies-roxanashomebaking-2Nutella Eggnog
Roxana’s Home Baking
Chai-Cut-Out-Cookies-6-wmChai Cut-Out
Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Shugary Sweets
Noble Pig
Amaretti Cookies
Eat the Love
(Cinnamon Star)
Bake or Break
Brown-Sugar-Cinnamon-Coconut-Cookies-0980Brown Sugar
Cinnamon Coconut
Chocolate Moosey
snickerdoodles-white-chocSnickerdoodles with
White Chocolate Chunks
Corner Kitchen
Graham-Cracker-Cookies-with-Roasted-Pumpkin-Marshmallow-Filling-11_thumbGraham Cookies with
Pumpkin Marshmallow
Keep it Sweet Desserts
Sugar Cookies
Inside BruCrewLife
White-Chocolate-Cranberry-Cookies-Soft-chewy-cookies-full-of-white-chocolate-chips-and-dried-cranberriesWhite Chocolate
Cranberry Cookies
Julie’s Eats & Treats
(Biscoff Cookies)
Eat the Love
coconut cookieCoconut Crispies
(Corn Flake Cookies)
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Caramel-Kiss-Cinnamon-Spritz-Cookies-0901Caramel Kiss
Cinnamon Spritz
Chocolate Moosey
Lace Cookies
Edible Mosaic
meltawaysCream Cheese
Alida’s Kitchen
Spiced-Mushroom-Cookies-Pineappleandcoconut-7Spiced Mushroom
Coconut & Pineapple
Peanut-Butter-Cup-Blossom-Cookies-2-labeledPeanut Butter
Cup Blossoms
Dinners Dishes & Desserts
Cookies-and-Cream-Crunch-Cookie-Bites-822x1024Cookies & Cream
Crunch Bites
Simply Southern Baking
Cinnamon-Spice-Bun-Cookie-Honey-Buttermilk-Glaze-Eat-The-Love-Irvin-Lin-1Cinnamon Spice
Bun Cookies
Eat the Love
Buttery-Toffee-Walnut-Cookies-689x1024Buttery Toffee
Walnut Cookies
Simply Southern Baking
Fluffernutter-Flourless-Peanut-Butter-Marshmallow-Thumbprint-Cookies-2-title Flourless Fluffernutter
Cupcakes & Kale Chips
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Chocolate Chip Cookies
Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Christmas cookies recipes

Spider Cookies

These Cute Halloween cookies are easy to make!

Spider Cookies for Halloween from JensFavoriteCookies.comFortunately for me, my kids are easily entertained.

The Hippie Chick thinks anything related to bathroom activities, farting, or rear ends is hysterical.  HYSTERICAL.  She’s far worse than both her brothers… combined.

Just say the word “crack” and she will start giggling uncontrollably.

The other day, while Robb and I were talking in the kitchen, Hippie Chick was around the corner in the hall.  Robb was describing himself as a crotchety old man.  She was quietly, closed-mouth giggling to herself.

“You have to stop saying crotchety,” I told Robb.  “All she hears is ‘crotch.’ ”

I suppose some teens would not be amused by something as simple as a chocolate chip spider on a cookie, but I can count on my kids to find some enjoyment in this.

Although, to be fair, I’m pretty sure the boys enjoyed the cookies more than the spiders.

Spider Cookies for Halloween from JensFavoriteCookies.com

The cookies themselves are a basic chocolate chip cookie.  I included a recipe below, but feel free to use whatever chocolate chip cookie recipe you prefer.  In fact, I have a collection of 100 Chocolate Chip Cookies, so you’re sure to find one you like here!

You will need some good chocolate chips.  For this project, I used the Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips.  They are seriously my favorite.  They’re so yummy.  They’re also slightly larger and flatter than the chips of my childhood, which makes them perfect for this job.

Spider Cookies for Halloween from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Before you mix the chocolate chips into the dough, reserve about a half cup of them.

Once you have mixed up the dough, and placed beautiful little cookie dough balls on your baking sheet, press one or two chocolate chips into the top of each cookie.  These need to sit on top, and not be mixed into the dough.

After the cookies are baked, and while they are still warm, use a toothpick to draw “legs” on your chocolate chip spiders.

Spider Cookies for Halloween from JensFavoriteCookies.comSpider Cookies for Halloween from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Some tips and tricks:

Tip #1:  Don’t try to drag the chocolate out into legs.  It just makes a mess.  Instead, pretend your toothpick is an old-fashioned fountain pen, (the kind Mr. Darcy uses!) and the chocolate is the ink.  Dip the toothpick in the chocolate and use it to draw the legs.

Tip #2:  The toothpick-fountain-pen doesn’t actually draw very well.  It works better if you make a series of small dots that connect into a line.

Tip #3:  A couple on each pan may not turn out perfect.  Plan accordingly.  {Read: These are not suitable for serving, and must be consumed immediately!}

When you’re all done, just look for some kids who are easily impressed to tell you how great they are!

More spooky Halloween treats:

chocolate cookie recipeSalted Dark Chocolate
printableFree Halloween


Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cook time
Total time
A basic chocolate chip cookie.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 4 dozen
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 bag chocolate chips (10 oz.)
  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add soda, salt, and flour, and mix until combined.
  3. Fold in 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:

Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops from Just a Taste
Halloween Cupcakes from Tidy Mom

cute halloween cookies

September Recap

sept-wrapupSeptember was a good month for Jen’s Favorite Cookies, and I want to thank you all for that.

This site saw lots of new viewers, lots of new followers, and some really fun recipes.  I certainly do love sharing good food with you, with beautiful photography and fun stories.  In fact, I love interacting with you any way I can.  (If you haven’t yet, you should totally consider connecting with me on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram!)

That being said, here’s a recap of what happened in September, and some of my other favorite things.


cheddar-bacon-scones-6 Cheddar Bacon Scones

These savory buttermilk scones contain cheddar, bacon,
and green onions.  I think these would be so great with a bowl of chili.
I also describe why I’m a better foreman than apprentice when
helping my husband with his building projects.

chocolate-zucchini-cookies-5 Chocolate Zucchini Cookies

These fluffy buttermilk cookies use shredded zucchini for texture.
It might be the only way I can get my family to eat their greens!
I made these after my neighbor brought me the biggest zucchini
I have ever seen!

zucchini-recipes 24 Zucchini Recipes

Since zucchini season is in full swing, I made this great collection
of zucchini recipes for you.  Many of these recipes are sweet,
but some are savory.

chocolate-pudding-7 Chocolate Pudding

This simple egg-free pudding is a favorite in Robb’s family.  I
interviewed Robb about what it’s like being married to a food
blogger, he dishes about the strangest thing I’ve done for this
blog, and you can read the truth about who does the dishes
around here.

pumpkin-fudge-cookie-bars-6 Pumpkin Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I used Pumpkin Spice Kisses to make a simple pumpkin fudge, and
I layered it between chocolate chip cookie dough.  The bars turned
out kind of gooey, but it didn’t stop my family from devouring them
in record speed.

orange-smoothie-3 Orange Carrot Smoothie

I love my green smoothies, but sometimes I crave a little
something different.  I used carrots and oranges to make
this simple and healthy smoothie.  These smoothies are almost
a necessity for my too-busy son and his swim-fatigued body.

brownie-mix-cookies-6 Brownie Mix Cookies

Use a brownie mix and some oil to put together these super easy
chocolate cookies. These are the sorts of recipes I make when I
wake up with cranium-splitting headaches.

pumpkin-roll-bars-9 Pumpkin Roll Bars

Every year, my sister-in-law and I make pumpkin rolls, and we hold
our breath and cross our fingers, and hope they won’t crack.  This
year, I made them into bars.  They taste just the same, but there’s
no rolling required!

Pretzel-Toffee-5 Pretzel Toffee

I rounded out the month with this simple and delicious pretzel toffee.
It was my most popular post of the month!  Toffee is much easier to
make than most people realize, and if you pour it over pretzels you
get that wonderful salt-sweet combination!

More September news:  I created two new Pinterest Boards you might be interested in, a PUMPKIN RECIPES board, and a MUFFINS & SCONES board.  I hope you’ll find me there.

I’ve also created a slideshow about how to use Pinterest.  I made this for those of you who already know and love Pinterest, but would like to learn to use it better, and find some more great content.

Find the Pinterest Slideshow on SlideShare.net

Thanks for all your help and support this month.  It’s been fun making these recipes for you!  Stay tuned… October will bring fun homemade candies, fall cookies, and Halloween desserts!

Russian Tea Cakes

Shortbread Cookie Recipe; These Russian Tea Cakes are a shortbread cookie with nuts, great for holidays!  Try this easy shortbread cookie recipe.

Russian Tea Cakes from JensFavoriteCookies.comCan we just talk about schedules for a minute?

My kids’ schedules rule my life.  I’ve basically told all my friends that if they want to hang out with me, it needs to be between the hours of 8 am and 2 pm, because after 2:00, my day belongs to my kids.

Today, for example, all three kids stayed after school for different reasons.  The Lizard needed to talk to his employer (conveniently located across the street from the high school), The Fruitarian stayed for swim practice, and The Hippie Chick joined Science Club.  All of them required rides home from yours truly at different times.

And that was just the beginning.  The Lizard had to ride his bike to work; The Hippie Chick may not have time to eat between play practice, volleyball, and karate; and The Fruitarian literally just interrupted me in the middle of writing this to ask me to take him to his extra karate class… the one he helps teach.

Not that I don’t have my own things to do… I teach piano lessons in the afternoons, and blogging isn’t exactly the walk in the park many people think it is, not to mention the sink full of dishes and the piles of dirty laundry, and the dust on every surface.

Russian Tea Cakes from JensFavoriteCookies.com

You know what else?  I just had two big handfuls of pretzels for dinner.

Seriously, some days I just need a Calgon break.  Most days.  Basically every day. Continue reading “Russian Tea Cakes” »

Coconut Biscotti

Recipe for biscotti;  This easy biscotti recipe is flavored with coconut and tastes great with coffee or cocoa.

BiscottiToday was the last day of school.  This means the end of getting up early to make lunches and drive carpools, and the end of screaming about homework and scheduling school activities.  For three months, anyway.

It also means an end to quiet mornings by myself and uninterrupted reading.

*sniff sniff*

I like to read the kind of stuff that makes me think.  I like to sit quietly and contemplate the nature of the universe.  It takes me away from the unending hectic activity that dominates the rest of my life.

And it only gets more hectic in the summer.

But don’t worry about me… I have a solution.  My kids are teenagers, which means they won’t be up before noon.  And since Robb tends to be a late sleeper, too, all I have to do is get up the tiniest bit early to have a good hour of reading Emerson and sipping breakfast drinks.

And eating biscotti.

Coconut Biscotti from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Truth be told, this was my first time ever making biscotti.  I’m not sure why I waited so long, because I love the stuff.

I probably have a few tricks to learn yet, because this batch did have one little problem, but not one that made it inedible or anything, so I figured I was still safe to share it with you.

Apologies in advance for the poor quality of this next photo, but I wanted a shot of the pre-baked loaves of dough, to give you an idea of their size.

easy biscotti recipeCoconut Biscotti from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Once I baked, cooled, and sliced them, I realized they were a touch crumbly and would have a bit of a hard time really staying in one piece.  The ends kept breaking off.  It made them look silly, but it gave me lots of crunchy little ends to snack on, so I wasn’t too upset.

I love how these turned out in the end, crunchy but not too hard, and full of yummy coconut flavor.

I think Emerson and I are going to love them.

Coconut-Chocolate-Chip-Bars-6Coconut Chocolate
Chip Bars
sconesCoconut White
Chocolate Scones
coconut cookieCoconut

Continue reading “Coconut Biscotti” »

20 Amazing No Bake Desserts

A collection of no bake desserts; 20 recipes for no bake cookies, cheesecakes, truffles, and candy.

no bakeWho doesn’t love a no-bake dessert? Nobody, that’s who.

I have these amazing ideas for complex desserts right now, but honestly, it’s just so nice outside, I would rather do anything than spend a long afternoon in the kitchen.

I’m sure I’m the only person who feels like this, ever.

That makes this the perfect time to pull together a collection of some of my favorite no-bake desserts from this blog. They range from simple candies, to spoon desserts, to cookies and pies. This is almost no end to what you can no-bake.

I’ve included 8 recipes below from this site. Clicking on a photo will take you to that recipe. Pinning or Sharing to Facebook will save the link forever in a place you can come back to. And commenting at the bottom of the post just gives me a warm fuzzy.

no bake cheesecakeEasy Cheesecake no bakeBuckeyes no bakeMint Popcorn Bark no bakeNutella Cheesecake
no bake cookiesNo Bake Cookies SweetsCream Cheese Mints No BakePeanut Butter Bars no bakeBanana Pudding

I certainly don’t want you thinking I am the only one out there no-baking my life away. I chatted with my blogging buddies and found 12 more fantastic no-bake recipes, from ice cream, to fudge, truffles, even cannoli!

I hope you’ll click through, not just to discover the recipes for these delicious treats, but also to discover more great food blogs. Each photo will take you to a new amazing food blog full of great stuff.

Biscoff-Ice-Cream-CupcakeBiscoff Ice Cream chocolate cannoliChocolate Cannoli Lemon-IceBox-Pie-3Lemon Icebox Pie Strawberry-Cheesecake-ParfaitStrawberry Parfait
macaroonsnobakeveganchocolate-2670Chocolate Macaroons honey-vanilla-marshmallowsHoney Marshmallows Malted Milk Fudge Malted Milk Fudge Mini-No-Bake-Grasshopper-Pie3Grasshopper Pie
cookie-barsNo-Bake Cookie Bars apricot-truffles03Apricot Truffles No-Bake-Cookie-Truffles-with-PB-CenterCookie Truffles Samoas-Bark_Endless-SimmerSamoas Bark

Let’s keep the no-bake love coming! If you have a favorite no-bake dessert, please comment or link below, or tell me all about it on Facebook. Let’s collect even more great stuff from all of you amazing bakers out there!

Biscoff Ice Cream Cupcakes from Juanita’s Cocina
Shortcut Cannoli with Chocolate Mousse Filling from Overtime Cook
Lemon Icebox Pie from Cravings of a Lunatic
Strawberry Parfait from Chocolate Moosey
Chocolate Macaroons from Oh She Glows
Honey Vanilla Marshmallows from Pineapple and Coconut
Malted Milk Fudge from Lemon Tree Dwelling
Grasshopper Pie in a Jar from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
No Bake Cookie Bars from Cookies and Cups
Apricot Pistachio Truffles from Tales of a Kitchen
Cookie Truffles with Peanut Butter Centers from Minimalist Baker
Samoas Bark from Endless Simmer

Pistachio Caramel Cookies & St. Patrick’s Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

pistachio cookies

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

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

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

St. Patrick's Day Recipes

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

Continue reading “Pistachio Caramel Cookies & St. Patrick’s Collection” »

Rocky Road Bars

Rocky Road is a classic flavor combination.  This easy recipe for Rocky Road Bars uses a chocolate, peanut, and marshmallow flavor combination.
chocolate peanutRecently, I held a little cookie-making demonstration for the ladies at church.  They obviously all know that I am a rich and famous food blogger *ahem* so several people came and baked and asked questions.

It was a fun morning.

I had these great plans.  We made Oreos from cake mix, and talked about various cake mix + frosting flavor options.  (White cake + grapefruit frosting… Spice Cake + Maple Frosting… Chocolate cake + peanut butter frosting… the possibilities are practically endless.)  Then, I took that same cake mix cookie, and mixed some stuff in to make a Rocky Road Cookie.

It was a brilliant idea, but an utter disaster.  The cookies are still glued to my favorite baking sheet.  Talk about embarrassing.

(Actually, they’re not still glued to the baking sheet.  They were stuck fast for a day or so, and then Robb rescued me and cleaned the whole mess up, as he frequently does.  You see why I keep him around.)

rocky road

At any rate, this embarrassing failure bothered me, and I reworked the recipe a couple different ways until I found a combination that I was happy with.  I’ll warn you now… they don’t look pretty, but they taste great.

The key decision-making ingredient is the marshmallows.  It’s the marshmallows that made the cookies stick to the pan, and it’s the marshmallows that make the bars kind of ugly-looking, and it’s the marshmallows that make the whole thing taste so amazing.

And since we are obviously not leaving the marshmallows out of the cookie bars, we are just going to have to learn to deal with them.  The lion tamer has a chair and a whip, and we have a 9×13 pan and some parchment paper.

Parchment paper is the key to your sanity on this particular recipe.

rocky road

And sidebar, the stupid grocery store got me again.  I’m quite certain I purchased regular old parchment paper, but when I got home, the grocery store had secretly switched it for parchment-lined foil.  Wha-whaaat?  I don’t know why the grocery store would do that to me, but it works just as well as parchment, so that’s what I used.

One last tip: you might want to put the marshmallows just on top, rather than mixing them in.  This way there is no danger of sticking, and the marshmallows get all lovely-toasty-brown and delicious.

If you want to mix them in, go right ahead, but you should at least let the person doing the dishes get the biggest vote. Continue reading “Rocky Road Bars” »

Coconut Crispies

Coconut cookies are almost worth dying for.  I know that the title suggests this cookie is all about coconut, and don’t get me wrong, I love coconut cookies like I love breathing, but there’s no reason you can’t throw some corn flakes in those babies.  In fact, we usually call them Cornflake Cookies.

coconut cookie

In fact, the Fruitarian took a bite and said, “Do these cookies have corn flakes in them?,” as if he had not eaten these cookies every single Christmas of his young life.

Me: “Why do you say that, as if you’ve never eaten these before?”
Fruitarian: “Have you made these before?”
Me: “Get over here, so I can slap you.”

Robb told me the other day that he thinks we have a pretty good mix of family recipes from both sides.  His family brought these gorgeous cookies, as well as the Norwegian chewy bread, Kringla, and some homemade chicken and noodles served over mashed potatoes.  It’s solid farm food.

butter cookie

My family brought potato cheese soup, some plain-as-can-be enchiladas, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and, of course, the black cherry eggnog. I have yet to convince Robb about the wonders of black cherry eggnog, but the plain old enchiladas are his all time favorite meal.

I’ll admit that the first time Robb told me about this family recipe, cookies with corn flakes in them, I probably gave him a weird look.  Because, let’s face it, it sounds weird.

recipes with corn flakesCookies with corn flakes

But, that’s how genius is born, right?  Out of unusual combinations that others would not have thought to try?  It’s true in this case, at least, because this might just be the perfect cookie.  Just crunchy enough, but still chewy, kind of small, and great with a glass of cold milk.

What more can you ask in a cookie? Continue reading “Coconut Crispies” »

Nutmeg Buttermilk Cookies

Is it nerdy for grown women to have a battle of one-upmanship on a cell phone game?  Cuz that’s what’s happening with my friend and I on Temple Run.

I was feeling all awesome-sauce and big-headed about my score of 2.19 million, and bragging my face off to her.

Her: Is that real?  How did you get a score that high?
Me:  Being amazing.  Also, resurrection wings.  The permanent ones.

Two days later, she sent me a screenshot of her new high score, 2.88 million.


Me: Crud! You KNOW I have to beat that score now.
Her:  Bring it.

And I immediately set a new high score for myself… 2.22 million.  Not high enough.  I may or may not have then spent about 50,000 Temple Run Coins, and an hour and a half of real time trying to beat that score.

nutmeg cookie recipe


Welcome to my life.  It’s this exact sort of thinking that explains the rise of Farmville and the demise of soap operas.  I mean, we could be watching Days of Our Lives and eating nachos, but instead, we’re getting tips from our teenage sons on how to beat our friends at cell phone games. Continue reading “Nutmeg Buttermilk Cookies” »


A few things have changed since I made this recipe last year.

We got a dog, for one.  A dog that loves the snow.  And when I say loves, I mean loves the snow.

As in beg-hourly-to-be-let-out love.  As in I’m-not-coming-in-until-someone-plays-in-the-snow-with-me love.  And today?  Roll-my-face-in-it-until-I’m-completely-blind-from-caked-on-snow love.

I’m not going to lie.  We laughed at him and took some pictures before we put him in some warm water.

I mean, a dog that willingly makes himself blind is pretty funny.

A few things have not changed since last year.

Hippie Chick still scrunches up her nose at the cloves, and she still likes to mend broken people-shaped cookies, and Kristen Stewart is still making Twilight movies, and Martha Stewart still has multiple recipes for the same thing. Continue reading “Gingerbread” »

Spice Cake Scotchies

cake mix cookiesOne of my best buds is doing a 9-day cleanse.  I kind of think she’s nuts for spending that amount of money on diet food you drink, but on the other hand, she’ll probably lose 5 pounds this week, and I won’t.

I considered messing with her by sending her a plate of cookies on day 3.

But I didn’t.  Because who else can I have a conversation like this with?
Her: Remind me why I’m doing this 9-day cleanse?
Me: I’m so tired of not being on Food Gawker.
Her: Oh yeah, so I’ll quit gaining weight.
Me: Nevermind, they just accepted my pic.

I didn’t really need her to say anything, just to be there. And she was.

spice cake mix

Cake mix cookies are all the rage these days, and with good reason.  I’ve used them to make homemade Oreos, which are, in a word, AH-mazing.  And, although I am partial to chocolate, I thought it best to try something non-chocolatey this time.  I searched the pantry and found this spice cake mix, which I am obviously never going to actually make into a cake.

I am, however, going to use it as an excellent delivery system for butterscotch chips. Continue reading “Spice Cake Scotchies” »