White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

I told my niece I would love to make her a batch of cookies for her birthday, in any flavor she could dream up. A couple days later, she sent me a text message with her choice… White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. This girl has good taste in cookies.

Kitchen Sink Cookies

I used butterscotch chips, nuts, coconut, m&m’s, and of course oats. However, I think they would be fantastic with some raisins or dates, maybe a little orange zest and cinnamon, or peanut butter candies. Honestly, you can just use whatever you like, or whatever you have in your pantry.

Caramel Corn Snack Mix

This caramel corn is more crunchy than sticky. As it should be. You still get that awesome caramely flavor without the fear of emergency dental work. And, because the Chex cereal tends to hold more caramel than the popcorn, there are actually a few bites that are caramel-free. Or caramel light, I guess.

Peanut Butter Granola Bites

One of my alternatives to junk-food snacking this season is these Granola Bites. There is still enough sweetness in them to make them really fun and delicious, while packing a protein punch that keeps the cravings at bay. Plus? I love peanut butter. YUM.

Linzer Cookies

My sister-in-law 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.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Muddy Buddies

Sometimes, on Halloween, a mom needs 10 minutes to herself, so she doesn’t lose her cool. We all know what that looks like, and it ain’t pretty. It might be the scariest part of Halloween, actually.

German Chocolate Skillet Cake

My awesome brother gave me a brand new 12-inch skillet as a gift recently. I was so excited to get it seasoned and start using it. I couldn’t decide what to make in it first!

Baked Coconut Almond Oatmeal Cups

Can I make a confession? I don’t like oatmeal. Never have. There is not enough sugar in the world to make otherwise delicious oats actually taste good when they are cooked.

Pistachio Caramel Cookies & St. Patrick’s Collection

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.

Spicy Sweet Pecans

When I was deciding exactly how to make these magical metaphorical pecans, there was really only one choice. Spicy AND Sweet. Well, and toasted, of course, because toasted nuts are obviously the very high-end best.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake

Since this last year has been so much fun, I figured it was only fitting to celebrate with my favorite cake of all time. And let me tell you, it takes a lot to eclipse the wonders of Red Velvet Cake.

Almond Shortbread Cookies

But you know what makes me completely happy and relaxed when I’m homicidal not happy? The smell of almond extract. It’s quite literally the most amazing smell ever. I mean, you can talk about your fresh cut grass, or pine forest, or ocean breeze, or even apple pie, but none of them can even compete with almond extract. *deep inhale*

Date Nut No-Bake Cookies

Pin ItI just heard my kid say the words, “We’ve got to get mom off the computer.” {pause for effect} This is the same kid who said, “Blogging is a nerdy woman thing to do.” He’s not related to me, I swear.  He didn’t spring from my belly, grow up in my house, and throw [Read On]

Apricot Nut Cookies

Pin ItA recipe for a cookie with apricots and nuts, covered with almond icing. Source:  Giada de Laurentiis and Food Network… always an amazing source. Yield: about 2 dozen cookies It’s been a while since I made a fruity cookie, and this one, frankly, hit the spot.  Although, I have to admit, these did not [Read On]

Peach Oatmeal Cookies

Pin ItA recipe for a crumbly, oaty peach cookie with white chocolate and walnuts, similar to peach cobbler.  Easily substitute other fruits. Source: Food Network, this time courtesy of Sunny Anderson. Yield: About 3 dozen cookies I bought a bag of peaches at the grocery store this week.  I don’t know what I was expecting, [Read On]