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Cream Cheese Mints

Sweets recipes, this recipe for Cream Cheese Mints is both simple and delicious.

SweetsThis batch of cream cheese mints caused me to exercise a vast amount of self control.

Vast, people.

And I did okay at exercising all this self control.  Not amazing, but okay.

In other words, I only ate half the batch by myself before I shared with anyone.

These little mints are not unlike the Butter Mints over at Averie Cooks, or these Cream Cheese Mints from Kelley Highway.  I’ve been drooling over both of these little confections for weeks.

I was self-controlling right and left so I could share these little goodies with my friends, who were obviously impressed.

I might be reading too much into their compliments and snacking.

But I don’t think so.

Cream Cheese Mints

Here’s the thing.  Once you mix these up, and form them into whatever shape you’re going to use, you have to lay them out on a tray and let them dry for a long time, overnight at least, but preferably 24-36 hours.

I had this really great idea to put them in a container, so I would Stop. Eating. Them., but, of course, I couldn’t do that.  Because the texture is ever so much better with a few more hours of drying.

Just a few more hours.

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I’m really not quite as pathetic as I’m making it sound here.  But the mints are really that fantastic.  My kids were distraught that I shared them all with my friends instead of with them.  I tried to explain to them that they get the benefit of my weekly cookie and dessert making, and the friends ought to have a turn once in a while.

But next time, I’m making a double batch.

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Vanilla Cupcakes

This is the best Vanilla Cupcake recipe, which includes buttermilk and sour cream.  This white cake recipe is dense, moist, and delicious, with a simple buttermilk icing.

Vanilla Cupcakes from JensFavoriteCookies.com - the best vanilla cupcake you'll ever have!My Hippie Chick daughter will choose vanilla over chocolate every time.  Leading me to believe that she was switched at birth.

She will even say things like, “This is too chocolatey,” as if there were such a thing.

I blame my husband.  Robb will buy vanilla bean ice cream 9 times out of 10.  The other 1 time will be chocolate chip, or starlight mint, which are nice, but sometimes I want chocolate with nuts and caramel and peanut butter and marshmallows and chunks of brownies.  That’s what I’m talking about.

Despite my outwardly bad attitude about this, I have to say that I love a good white cake.  {The key word being “good.”}  It’s a staple in our household.

Most cakes are too soft and airy and crumbly for my taste.  I hate it when I’m eating cake, and I feel like I just got some crumbs in my lungs, because I inhaled while the cake was near my face.

Give me something dense and fudgy.  Something you know you’re eating.  That’s my kind of cake.

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I actually love this recipe, because it’s super easy.  You start with a boxed white cake mix, and then you improve on it by adding your own concoction of creamy milk fats.

Mmmm…  milk fat.

And can we just talk about the elephant in the room for a minute?  As in, why are these Vanilla Cupcakes pink?  Funny story.

Well, not that funny.  More like pathethically sad.

The thing is, I had this *brilliant* idea about making them into an  ombre cupcake.  Something elegantly beautiful, like this pink cake or this blue-green-ish cupcake.  And then, the red food coloring came out a little fast, and before I knew it, the top half of the cupcakes was a WAY darker shade of pink than the bottom half.

*sob* *sniff*

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The idea is totally sound though.  You might have more luck if you try it yourself.

Or just color the whole cupcake.

Or don’t color it at all.  This cake is yum-tasty, colored or not.

One more word, this one about the totally boring-looking frosting.  I made this beautiful cream cheese frosting to pipe into beautiful tall swirls on the beautiful pink cupcakes, but I ended up scrapping it in favor of this simple buttermilk icing.  When I tasted the really delicious cream cheese frosting with the really delicious buttermilk and sour cream white cake, I was sad that the combination wasn’t mind blowing.  In fact, it wasn’t a very good combination at all.

Don’t ask me why.  I have no idea.

But this simple buttermilk icing was really delicious on the cupcakes, without distracting from the simple vanilla flavor.

The icing was the right decision, even if the red food coloring wasn’t.
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Chocolate Buttermilk Muffins

Chocolate buttermilk muffins made with buttermilk.  You’ll love this copycat Costco chocolate muffin recipe!

Chocolate Buttermilk Muffins from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These taste similar to the giant muffins from Costco and are guaranteed to satisfy your chocolate cravings!My husband recently put us on a cash diet.  Which is worse than a regular diet, if you ask me.

I’ve been fighting his cash diet idea for years, but I finally gave in this year and decided to embrace it.  I put all my cash in neat little envelopes and planned out all my grocery shopping, and headed to Costco.

I don’t know if you know this… but standing in Costco with nothing but cash to spend?… Sucks.  Big Time.

It’s a proven fact that it is impossible to leave Costco having spent less than $100.  It’s also a proven fact that 9.5 out of every 10 people who enter Costco leave with a case of toilet paper.

This week I was purchasing around $20 worth of fruit, and $20 worth of ground beef, (and by the way, $20 worth of fruit takes up WAY more space than $20 worth of meat!) both of which are right next to the famous Costco baked goods section of the store.

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You know what I’m talking about.  It’s the section where you buy those giant chocolate muffins that are loaded with chocolate chips, so that you can eat dessert before noon and pretend it’s breakfast.  If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would believe that Costco wanted me to be carb addicted.

Well, I have news for you, Costco.  I was carb addicted long before I met you.

The aforementioned cash diet forced me to part with my beloved chocolate muffins, but I figured there was no reason on earth I couldn’t recreate them with ingredients I already had on hand at home.  Happy Dessert-Breakfast to me.

Chocolate Buttermilk Muffins from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These taste similar to the giant muffins from Costco and are guaranteed to satisfy your chocolate cravings!

And, I know I’ve said this a million times, but I have a hard time letting an opportunity go by to describe my love affair with buttermilk.  I recently made these Coconut White Chocolate Buttermilk Scones, which were beyond delicious, and I’ve been dreaming of my great-grandmother’s Chocolate Frosted Buttermilk Cookies lately, and oh, I’ve been dying to share my Vanilla Cupcakes with you.  Because they’re made with buttermilk.

I made my batch late at night, after the kids had gone to bed.  This turned out to be a brilliant idea, because I got to eat a warm muffin right out of the oven, totally alone and undisturbed.

Also, I think this is the first batch of muffins I’ve made in a year that has lasted longer than 6 hours.

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Chocolate Buttermilk Muffins

A rich chocolate buttermilk muffin with chocolate chips.

Cook Time 18 minutes
Author Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies


  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Combine vegetable oil with sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla.

  2. Add salt, soda, baking powder, cocoa powders and mix well.

  3. Add buttermilk and flour, and mix just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

  4. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

  5. Prepare a muffin pan with paper liners. Preheat oven to 350F.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Peanut Butter Cookies are so delicious with a little chocolate on top!  I love to add Hershey’s kisses to my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe to make them extra special.

peanut butter cookiesHere in Salt Lake City, we have some of the most polluted air in the country.  But, unlike some other areas of the world, Salt Lake’s pollution problem is largely a matter of geography.  Since we are completely surrounded by mountains, we are prone to experience inversions.

For the uninitiated, an inversion is when a layer of warm air gets trapped in the valley by a layer of cold air above it.  It also means that all the pollution from cars, factories, and cow flatulence gets trapped in the valley, too.

Which is super fun to breathe.  Especially with the seriously nasty flu that every person in the valley has right now.

Ugh.  I swear the last inversion lasted 6 weeks.  It was 6 weeks of hacking coughs and no sunshine.

Which is why every winter I tell Robb I’m moving to Arizona.

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Even the dog has been suffering.  Because it is too cold and nasty outside for anyone to actually take him for a walk.  He’s been a little stir crazy lately.

But today, the sun finally came out.  The air cleared, and we could actually see the beautiful mountains.  It makes everyone a little happier.  We look for reasons to be outside.

It was making the dog nutso that everyone was outside but him, so I put his leash on him, and instructed The Lizard to run up and down the street with him.  They both came back panting and tired.

And hungry.  As usual.

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Cue peanut butter cookies.  Because I had a brand new jar of peanut butter in the pantry, and honestly?  Why have I never blogged Peanut Butter Blossoms before?  They’re so yummy.

There are lots of good peanut butter cookie recipes out there.  The one I chose today is extra heavy on the peanut butter, which makes it a little on the soft and fudgy side.  If you want to dial down the peanut butter content in this recipe, I totally understand.

Just don’t skimp on the chocolate!
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15 Great Valentine Recipes

A collection of Valentine recipes to help you celebrate!  This roundup includes plenty of heart shaped, pink, red, chocolate Valentine Day recipes.valentine recipes

Nothing says “I care” like a pink, heart-shaped cookie.  Right?

Well, that or chocolate.

This year, I’m bringing you my favorite pink, red, chocolate, and heart-shaped cookies for your Valentine viewing  and drooling pleasure.  I’ve even categorized them, because I’m the Queen of recipe organization like that.

Or maybe I’m the Queen of Valentines like that.

I don’t really care, as long as people think I’m the Queen.

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Sugar Cookies

Your basic Soft Sugar Cookie can easily be cut into heart shapes, and topped with pink frosting.
I used royal icing to make these delicious Chocolate Sugar Cookies super duper cute.
Cherry Sugar Cookies are not only heart-shaped, but also pink.  And yummy.
If you are having trouble deciding, these Chocolate Cherry Sugar Cookies might be for you.
You can’t go wrong with Red Velvet Sugar Cookies.

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Coconut White Chocolate Buttermilk Scones

Scones are one of my favorite breakfast foods.  This scone recipe uses coconut, white chocolate, and buttermilk.

sconesI understand that most kids do their chores on Saturdays.  At our house, chores are done on Fridays.  It’s a lot of work, but it makes the Saturdays ever so pleasant.

This Saturday, the kids {and adults} woke up late, lounged in pajamas for a while, and started craving a home-cooked breakfast.

There’s not much in the fridge these days, but the search for breakfast food netted one gem: buttermilk.  The kids love buttermilk.  They immediately came asking if they could make buttermilk pancakes with buttermilk syrup.

Not that I blame them.  Buttermilk syrup is the nectar of the Gods.  It’s like having candy for breakfast.  Exactly like it.

It’s lucky they asked, though, because I had other plans in mind for that buttermilk, namely buttermilk scones.

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“Scones?!” The Lizard queried.  “For breakfast?”  He thought I was talking about the fry-bread that you smother in honey butter, and to be fair, I make that with buttermilk as well, and it’s also wonderful, heavenly food.

Once I explained about these dense, muffin-like scones, he was completely on board.  I even convinced them to put clothes on and help me bake.  {It’s not every Saturday that I can be successful at that job.}


The Fruitarian was counting minutes until these were ready to eat.

“How long until I can eat them?”
“They need to bake for about 20 minutes.”
“I think I’m going to die!”
“And I’m going to photograph them before you eat them.”
“I’m going to die again, Mom!”
“Have a piece of candy while you wait.”
“You just saved my life, Mom.”

Mother of the Year, I know.

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The kids reveled in this rare Saturday morning family breakfast.  The Hippie Chick devoured her grapefruit, and two scones.  The Fruitarian spent the morning making “This is so delicious!” comments.  The Lizard asked me to make it again tomorrow.  Robb even stepped away from his work to try one, which is a compliment all by itself.

On top of it all, the sun came out for the first time in probably six weeks.

{Smile} Success.
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Butter Cookies

Simple butter cookies are the best!  This butter cookie recipe makes a perfectly tasty everyday treat.

butter cookiesRobb and I have this new plan to talk about our problems differently.

Instead of saying, “The repairs on this car will cost more than our children,” we will say, “We can’t get the car repaired right now because the Bentley repair shop is not open weekends.”

Instead of “My boss won’t leave me alone about this problem I don’t know how to fix,” we’ll say, “My fans are clamoring for more amazing stuff from me.”

This could work.  Right?

In that spirit, I can tell you that it rained in Hawaii this week (we had some rare freezing rain, which put a thin sheet of very slick ice over absolutely everything, including my driveway, porch steps, and windshield.).

And our 5-star restaurant ran out of pork (my fridge was completely empty, and kind of smelly, and I had to improvise for dinner).

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Yeah, I like this plan.

While I was shopping for new furniture for the mansion, I came across this too-cute-to-pass-up little turquoise cake stand.  I thought the family chef might like to use it for the upcoming ladies tea.

The chef and I put our heads together and came up with this cute and simple butter cookie to serve on the new stand.  Chef thought we should roll them in sugar, and keep them simple looking, but I said, “It’s almost February.  Let’s coat them in pink sprinkles.”

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In his defense, Chef may have been right on this one.  (Which is okay, because Chef and I are the same person.  In case you didn’t follow this line of thought very well.)

Butter just gives the very best flavor to cookies, doesn’t it?  Robb is partial to simple flavors, uncomplicated, stand-alone.  It’s no surprise that this simple butter cookie is one of his very favorites.

Not sure how he felt about the sprinkles… but he did love the cookie.

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Make some buckeyes for the big game! The buckeye recipe calls for chocolate, peanut butter, and no baking.

buckeyesLast weekend, we finally watched Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is one of the most well done kid-friendly shows I’ve seen in a long time.  We loved it.  In this show, they replaced every potentially offensive word with the word “cuss.”  The kids think it’s hysterical, and we’re now using the word “cuss” a lot around the house.  As in:

What the cuss is a buckeye?

I should just clarify up front that I am not from Ohio.  I’ve never lived in Ohio, I’ve never been to Ohio, I’ve never even been anywhere near Ohio.

Okay, that might have been a little more clarity than necessary.

I’m from Utah, and in Utah, we don’t make Buckeyes.  Well, we might make Buckeyes, but we certainly wouldn’t call them that.  We’d probably call them chocolate peanut butter balls, because we’re super creative that way.  Or we’d make them in the shape of a Beehive to show a little state pride.  {Utah is the “Beehive State.”}

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So I will admit to not really knowing what a Buckeye was, until recently.  And now that I know, I have to be the one to tell you about it.  I’m a touch obsessive that way.


You will tell all your friends you heard it from me, right?

The state tree of Ohio is the buckeye tree.  It has this nut, which looks like this photo (right).

The nut is poisonous, so please don’t eat it.  You can’t make any Ohio-State-Pride treats with such a nut.  So the Ohiuns make this little ball of peanut butter dipped in chocolate, which looks a lot like the real Buckeye, but tastes much better and doesn’t give you indigestion.

This is really a very easy process.  You just make your peanut-butter-balls and pop them in the freezer while you melt some chocolate.

Then you dip the frozen peanut butter in the warm chocolate, and let them chill for a few more minutes.


I ended up with more chocolate than I needed and so I went searching through the kitchen for things to dip in the excess chocolate.  I mean, you can’t let chocolate go to waste right?  So in addition to buckeyes, we have chocolate dipped pecan sandies, chocolate dipped strawberries, and chocolate almonds.

(I used 1 cup chips and 2 T. shortening.  You may want to reduce to 3/4 cup chips and 1 1/2 T. shortening.)

Wait until after kickoff to bring these out.  Trust me.

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Pecan Sandies

Pecan Sandies are a favorite childhood memory.  We used to eat these fun nut cookies at my grandparents house, but these days I make them from scratch.

Pecan SandiesWhen I was a kid, we used to eat Pecan Sandies at my grandparents house.  We loved visiting them, because grandma filled us with treats and grandpa told us terrible jokes, the same three every time.

“Why does the fireman wear red suspenders?”
“To keep his pants up!”

His other favorite joke was, “If a rooster laid an egg on top of a house, which way would it roll?”  Once we figured out the answer to this riddle, {roosters don’t lay eggs} grandpa acted shocked and surprised every time we answered him.

Oh, those were the days.

Sometimes I wonder what kind of grandpa Robb will be.  I’m sure he’ll be great, because he is a phenomenal dad.  He loves to make terrible jokes and sing terrible songs at the top of his lungs.

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One of our favorite moments was about a year or two ago, when our son The Fruitarian finally got the joke that was ten years in the making.  We were SO glad we were present to witness that grand moment.

Robb’s family sings a song, with the following lyrics:

There once was an Indian Maid, who laid in the shade all day,
She laid in the grass, with a feather in her… {pause} ear,
Oh, she was an Indian Maid.

Our kids have heard this song sung so many times, it never occurred to them that the lyrics don’t actually rhyme.  The day The Fruitarian got it was CLASSIC.

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I’m looking forward to being a grandma.  {far, far, FAR, forward!}  It will be great.  Robb will sing this Indian Maid song to a new batch of kids, and I’ll bake Pecan Sandies  and make cheese soup for dinner.

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Simple Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie healthy recipes are easily found these days, and there are plenty of schools of thought on the subject.  Since I now have a green breakfast smoothie for breakfast almost every day, I’ll share a few of my thoughts about it.

Simple Green Smoothie from JensFavoriteCookies.com I was SO stoked the day I bought my new Blendtec blender!  My parents thought I was nuts, buying such an expensive blender, but trust me… I’m not nuts!  This blender is the bomb-diggety.  It’s the boss.  It’s completely bodacious.

Here’s the thing: if you’re going to make green smoothies, you’re going to want to have a really high-end blender, like the Blendtec or VitaMix.  The other blenders just can’t handle the green stuff very well.

No, this is not a review of the Blendtec.  But it is awesome.

Point B: Green smoothies are the best breakfast ever.

Simple Green Smoothie from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Followers of this blog have no doubt heard me complain frequently about the picky eaters in my family.  My dear husband will not let spinach come anywhere near his lips.  Which is too bad, because I really love spinach.

BUT… my picky eaters all love this green smoothie.  It’s like a Christmas Miracle.

I’m kind of a purist about the green smoothie.  I mean, if you’re going to bother with it, you should do it right.  And the right way is to add nothing too it… nothing but fruit, greens, and water or ice if you want.  No protein powder, no flaxseed, no greek yogurt.  You’ll get the best absorption into your system without any add-ins.green smoothie recipes

Honestly, besides the yummy fruity flavor, I absolutely love the way this green smoothie makes me feel.  If I drink two great big glasses of it, it squashes the sugar cravings, and the hunger, and gives me a little energy boost.  It’s my absolute favorite breakfast for that reason.

And, it’s the only way I can get any greens in my family!

More beverages you might enjoy:

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Trail Mix Cookies

A healthy cookie recipe is hard to find these days.  The search is not for the faint of heart.  The real problem here is defining what a healthy cookie is.  Is it the presence of good stuff?  Or the absence of sugar?

healthy cookie recipeI’m of the opinion that it stops being a cookie the moment you remove the sugar.  Which is why sugar free cookies are not to be found on this site.

And thus, I decided to go with the presence of good stuff for my cookies.

Look for a good trail mix recipe and you will find a vast variety of combinations.  It really comes down to putting all your favorite things in a bag and shaking.

One of the first times Robb and I went on a road trip with little kids, I mixed up some of my favorite kid-friendly snacks in a big ziploc bag: goldfish crackers, pretzels, peanuts, raisins, licorice nibs, and m&m’s.  Robb thought it was a little weird, but I think that’s because he didn’t like cheese cracker crumbs on his licorice nibs.

It’s rough being picky.

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The rest of us liked it just fine, and I made this famous “trail mix” for road trips many times over the years.

I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t make a fantastic cookie.  And yes, it’s sweet, but it would still make a fabulous snack for a hike or a camping trip, or even a long day at the ball field.  It has some nuts and fruits to pack a little extra energy, and some pretzels and granola to pack a little extra crunch.trail mix recipe

This is the kind of healthy cookie recipe I like.  It’s still recognizable as a cookie, but each bite has a healthy little surprise in it.  And feel free to substitute any ingredients from your favorite trail mix recipe.  I think these would be great with coconut, peanuts, cashews, or chocolate chips!

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Pumpkin Chip Oat Muffins

I made these pumpkin muffins for breakfast on Christmas Day.  I was looking for something quick and easy, something that didn’t require sitting at the breakfast table, and these did the trick.  Robb took a bite, and promptly gave me a thumbs-up.

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That’s code for, “Make these again.”

Now that it’s January, I feel kind of behind the times on the pumpkin recipes.  I mean, pumpkin recipes are SOOO 4-months-ago.  All the really cool bloggers did their pumpkin recipes last October.

I made pumpkin cookies last October, too, but I ask you, why should pumpkin be relegated to fall?  Shouldn’t truly delicious foods be eaten all year around?

That’s code for “Don’t think I’m not going to make this again in May.”

And July.

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I ended up with a huge bowl full of left over goodies after Christmas.  The giant bowl that normally holds fresh fruit was temporarily filled with peppermint bark, and candy canes, and peanut brittle, and Almond Toffee.

After a while, you just crave some real food.  Something hearty and filling, something seasoned with spices rather than 5 kinds of sugar.  Something, oaty, perhaps?

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Incidentally, this recipe is very similar to the banana chocolate chunk muffin recipe, except with pumpkin it has a little heavier texture.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Marshmallow Creme Frosting

These chocolate brownie cookies think they’re all that and a bag of chips.

Well, let’s face it.  They are.  They’re like the popular kid at school.  Everyone wants to sit by the brownie cookies at lunch.

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I’ve long been a fan of brownies.  I mean, given the choice between chocolate cake or chocolate brownies, I’ll take the brownies every time.  I’ve been wanting to turn them into cookies for a while now.  I’ve been looking at how other people are doing it, and pinning some fantastic pictures of brownie cookies, and dreaming and planning until I could stand it no longer.

Kelly at Just a Taste makes such fabulous stuff all the time, and in the end it was her brownie cookie recipe that I finally decided to use.  Sort of.  I made a few changes, just to make it my own.marshmallow fluff

frosting recipes for cupcakesIsn’t it amazing how many flavors taste amazing with chocolate?  Like mint.  And peanut butter.  Caramel.  Strawberry.  Raspberry.  Blackberry.  Vanilla.  Orange.  And let’s not forget… marshmallow.

My kids get very excited when I buy marshmallow fluff.  Or “that marshmallow stuff,” as they call it.  The thing is, most marshmallow frosting recipes I’ve seen are all egg whites and sugar, like making homemade marshmallows, but I really wanted a marshmallow creme frosting.  I found a marshmallow creme frosting recipe for cupcakes, and decided to give it a whirl.

It did turn out very loose, but also very, very tasty.

If runny frosting that forces you to lick your fingers is not your thing, I recommend adding more powdered sugar, or chilling the frosting, {or frosted cookies} until you’re ready to eat them.

Personally, I like licking my fingers. Continue reading “Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Marshmallow Creme Frosting” »

Vanilla Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

pudding cookies recipeIt’s amazing what you see on the road sometimes.

Just the other day, I saw a woman knitting while waiting for her light to turn green.  I mean, I guess it’s not specifically illegal to knit while driving, but it does seem out of sync with the spirit of the law.

I have also seen some crazy bumper stickers.  I saw one car that had two ribbon stickers… stickers shaped like the pink breast cancer ribbon.  Of course, these had nothing to do with cancer.  One said, “Support Tattoos.”

As if it was a moral cause that needed some charitable funding.

I’m pretty sure tattoos support themselves.  Because those babies ain’t free.

The other ribbon was even more ridiculous.  “I Stop for Pedestrians,” it said.  Finally, someone is taking the moral high ground on this issue.

vanilla pudding cookie recipe

It gave me some ideas for new ribbon stickers.  Like, “I Pull Over for Emergency Vehicles” and “I Stop for Trains.”  I really want to create one that says, “I don’t stop in the middle of the road when I can’t make a lane change right away,” but I’m afraid it would be too long for one ribbon.

I’ll have to settle for “Support Sprinkles.”

Because sprinkles never hurt anyone.

sprinkle cookie recipesprinkle cookies

I really wanted some red and green sprinkles for this cookie, but alas, they were nowhere to be found.  (That’s code for I’m too lazy to shop at more than one store.)  I settled for green sugar crystals instead.

Did I ever tell you how much I love pudding cookies?  It’s such an easy way to give a cookie a wonderful soft texture and a fun flavor.  And Flavor + Texture + Simplicity = the trifecta of cookie making.  The sprinkles just add a fun this-is-a-party vibe.

Plus, they look super cute in a Christmas cookie tin! Continue reading “Vanilla Christmas Sprinkle Cookies” »

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake

birthday cakeWith cake.  I mean, that’s how everyone celebrates birthdays and anniversaries, isn’t it?

The Hippie Chick said to me, “It’s your blog-iversary?  It’s been one year?”

No.  It’s been three years.  Three amazing years.

Scratch that.  It’s been two boring, hobby-ish, I’ll-do-it-when-I-feel-like-it years, and one stunning, indescribably mind-blowing, crazy exciting year.

Shall I demonstrate?
Three years ago:  Giant Ginger Cookies
Two years ago: Chocolate Waffle Iron Cookies
One year ago: Cranberry Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

I probably shouldn’t even link to that old stuff, it’s so embarrassingly bad.

Oatmeal chocolate cake

But 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.

When my Mom found this recipe several years ago, it became an instant classic in our family.  We eat this for about half of the years birthday celebrations.

Maybe more.

chocolate oat cake recipe

My kids were obviously thrilled that I baked this cake for no apparent reason at all.  I told them they could have a piece, and they rewarded me by turning the cake into dog bait.  That’s code for they left the cake on the table and the dog jumped up and licked the frosting off.

I’m not sure whether to be more angry at the kids or the dog.

Here’s to more years of growth, and friendships, and baked goods with chocolate chips. Continue reading “Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake” »

Almond Balls

chocolate cream pie ballsJust so everyone is clear, let me begin today’s post with an explanation.

When my sister-in-law first introduced me to these Almond Balls, they weren’t what I expected.  I mean, there’s not a lot of almond in those balls.  Maybe I should have titled them “Chocolate Almond Balls” or “Chocolate Cream Pie Balls” or something like that.  They are mostly chocolate, rolled in… not almonds… cookie crumbs.

Robb is taking some time off for the holidays, and he is super concerned that I’m going to spend that time blogging.  (Who? Me?!)  “Why don’t you just do a bunch of baking, and get all your posts ready ahead of time?” he says.

Sure.  No Problem.  Like I don’t already have gifts to buy and wrap, cards to create and send, friends to meet with, parties to attend, afghans to knit, holiday music to practice and perform, to say nothing of the dishes, laundry, house cleaning, dinner making, parenting and other responsibilities I am already behind on.

No problem.  I’ll just squeeze a half dozen new recipes in between the morning carpool and my shower.  Hmpf.

chocolate cream pie almond balls

Every year, my sis-in-law and I spend a day baking for the holidays.  We make things you need two people for, like pumpkin rolls, and graham cracker pudding, and enough sugar cookies to feed an army.  Tucked in among the complicated recipes are these super duper easy little balls of chocolate delight.

Let’s be realistic, some days you need something super duper easy.  I’m talking three-ingredients easy.  No-bake easy.  My-5-year-old-can-make-these easy.

That’s the zone I’m living in today.

chocolate almond ballsno-bake chocolate almond

Here’s an idea of what you’re in for:

Combine some melted chocolate bars with whipped topping.  Chill.  Drop spoonfuls into cookie crumbs.  Freeze.  Inhale.

I mean, if this is the kind of baking I’m going to be doing, I think I could get a lot done before lunch! Continue reading “Almond Balls” »

Peanut Peanut Butter Oat Cookies

This oatmeal cookie recipe uses peanut butter as it’s main ingredient.  After all, nothing goes better with peanut butter than peanut butter.

peanut butter peanut butterWhat’s your feeling about adding peanut butter chips to a peanut butter cookie? Because that just happened.

There are days when I’m just obsessed with peanut butter.  I love putting peanut butter in my chocolate protein shake.  I love peanut butter frosting on my cupcakes.  I love adding a big spoonful of creamy peanut butter to my vanilla bean ice cream.

Because Robb insists on vanilla, the single most boring ice cream flavor there is.  Someday, I’m going to teach him to love Rocky Road.

But I digress. Today was one of those days.  A peanut butter day.  A day when I could not resist making peanut butter cookies, and I just had to kick it up a notch by adding peanut butter chips. peanut butter oatmeal cookie recipe What? Peanut butter, and no chocolate?  I know, I know.  It’s not like me at all.  After all, I’m convinced God created the peanut so it could marry the cacao bean and produce lots and lots of lovely chocolate-and-peanut-butter offspring. But what’s wrong with having a little alone time with peanut butter now and then?peanut peanut butter recipe As a side note, let me mention that I delivered two dozen of these lovelies to a dear friend after the not entirely unexpected, but still tragically heartbreaking death of her father.  There is something about death that makes one look at life differently.  Fun and exciting things seem trivial by comparison.  Life itself seems more miraculous and amazing than you remembered. And one takes comfort in friends bearing cookies. At least, I hope so.

Peanut Peanut Butter Oat Cookies
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A peanut butter oatmeal cookie with peanut butter chips.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2½ cups rolled oats
  • 6 oz. peanut butter chips
  1. Cream butter, peanut butter, and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add salt and soda and mix well.
  2. Add flour and mix until incorporated. Add oats and mix just until incorporated. Fold in peanut butter chips.
  3. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Pie from Tidy Mom
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies from Inside Bru Crew Life
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles from How Sweet it is

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Potato Chips and Caramelized Onion Dip

caramelized onion dip and potato chipsI never met a potato chip I didn’t love.

Except those vinegar chips.  Seriously?  Whose idea was that?

I blame my mother.  I have memories of her eating big, crinkle cut potato chips with onion dip.  Her version of onion dip was 1 packet of dry onion soup mix and 1 container of sour cream.  Mmmm.  I love this snack.

My daughter recently told me she didn’t really like potato chips that much.  Which made me wonder whether she had been switched at birth.  Because who doesn’t love potato chips?  It’s un-American.  Forget that, it’s un-Human.  No person that sprang from my womb could possibly dislike potato chips.

Or onion dip.

chips and dip

Robb dared me to make Pringles at home.  He says they are not made from real potatoes, and his proof is that no one could possibly make that at home.

Well, he has a point.  I couldn’t begin to think how to re-create Pringles at home.  What I made turned out more like Lay’s.

Oh my, this whole discussion is making me hungry. Continue reading “Potato Chips and Caramelized Onion Dip” »

Black and White Fudge

easy fudge recipeI realize that there are people out there who believe that coconut is not the most amazing thing ever.  To those people, I would just like to say…

You’re Wrong.

Coconut may not be better than chocolate, (Or peanut butter.  Or caramel.) but it is high on the list of amazing flavors.

And that is why I added coconut to the white chocolate part of this black and white fudge.  And you coconut fence-sitters needn’t worry, because I used the unsweetened coconut, which gives a milder flavor and texture than the regular sweetened variety.  I definitely think you should try it before you get all judgmental about it.

black and white chocolate fudge


Oh, also?  I’m lazy as crap, so this is not one of those recipes that has a bunch of ingredients, or requires annoying things like measuring the temperature or long bouts of whipping.

You’re welcome. Continue reading “Black and White Fudge” »