Yearly Archives: 2013

Garlic and Onion Cheese Ball

Easy Cheese Ball Recipe; Garlic and onion makes a tasty and easy cheese ball recipe.

Garlic and Onion Cheese Ball from Jen's Favorite CookiesI have a couple friends that I have known since the dawn of time.  Friends who knew me when, and who forgave me anyway.

These awesome friends make sure we keep in touch with regular face-to-face visits, even though we are each about 45 minutes away from one another.  I can’t tell you how awesome it is to have friends like that.

We meet together about once a month, and we scrapbook or do a craft, or just talk and eat.

We always eat.  My friends make some fantastic grub, y’all.

I all out stole this cheese ball recipe from my awesome friend April.  Honestly, as much as I love cheese, I’ve had a hard time finding a cheese ball that really gets the job done.  This one is my hands-down favorite.  She always makes it for us on New Years Eve, and I always look forward to devouring it.

Garlic and Onion Cheese Ball from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Our New Years Eve party is one of the few things the three of us bring our husbands to.  Our guys get to listen to us reminisce, and make fun of each other, and give one another parenting advice that will probably never be used.  Lucky guys, right? Continue reading “Garlic and Onion Cheese Ball” »

Top Posts of 2013

Popular posts of 2013, and family favorites!

Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2013 from Jen's Favorite CookiesThis year has been pretty good to me, I can’t lie.  This blog has grown pretty substantially, and I have had a TON of fun working on it.

Which is good, because I have also worked really hard.  Without getting into too many boring details, I’ll say I set some massive goals last January, and while I didn’t achieve them exactly, I am on the path to achieving them, which is nothing to sneeze at.

I saw this picture early in the year, and immediately set it as the wallpaper on my phone.  It seemed strangely appropriate.


Best Year Yet

*Picture from*

So I guess this makes it time for me to get all sentimental about the past year, and all hopeful and creative about the year to come.

I’ll start by sharing the posts you seemed to love the most.  These are the posts with the most pageviews in the past year.  If you missed any of these, you might want to check them out, because people are voting for these recipes with their clicks.


Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2013 from Jen's Favorite Cookies

10. Twix Cheesecake Bars







These cheesecake bars are so rich and delicious.  I used a shortbread crust (since that’s what Twix does!) and used both Twix bars and Rolos in the cheesecake.  It’s an absolutely decadent dessert, albeit one which requires small bites.

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9. Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Cookies







They were yummy, I’ll admit it.  I never did add this recipe to my “Most Popular” page, not because it didn’t do well on Pinterest, but because my pin counts got all messed up.  So, even though I’m certain this recipe has been pinned more than 3000 times, it looks like it’s been pinned about 45 times.  It’s confusing at best, and appears dishonest at worst, so I never added it to the Most Popular Posts.  Don’t let that stop you, though.  The cookies are fun, and perfect all year around.

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8. Key Lime Fruit Dip







My family ate this stuff to our hearts delight.  It’s a touch on the runny side, but it tastes so wonderful on strawberries, I’m sure you’ll forgive me for that.  This is a fabulous choice for a summer picnic or barbecue.  It’s also great with vanilla wafers.  My son, The Fruitarian, was literally circling and drooling as I photographed this, just waiting to devour it.

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7. Chocolate Protein Shake







It’s a bit of a divergence from my normal butt-widening fare, but this protein shake deserves its popularity.  It does have a fair amount of sugar and calories, but if you must have a protein shake, you’ll honestly be happiest with this one.  Robb asks for them quite frequently, especially when he has been lifting weights.  Both my sons are taking a weight lifting class at school next semester, so I have a feeling I’ll be making a lot more of them. Continue reading “Top Posts of 2013” »

Sweet Popcorn Glaze

Learn how to make sweet popcorn;  This sweet popcorn recipe is quick and easy, and not too sweet.

Sweet Popcorn Glaze from Jen's Favorite CookiesWe are a popcorn family.  I probably buy an 8-pound tub of unpopped kernels at Costco every other month.  My kids sometimes forget that microwave popcorn even exists.  We usually eat it air-popped with just butter and salt, but sometimes I soup it up and make it sweet.  This easy glaze is one of my favorite stand-by’s.  It’s easy, quick, and basically impossible to ruin.

I’ve made this simple popcorn glaze for many a holiday party.  I don’t want you to think it’s just for the holidays, though.  It’s also perfect for basically any occasion or get together.

Game days, birthdays, even summer barbeques are better with sweet popcorn.

Movie days are better with sweet popcorn.

Wednesdays are better with sweet popcorn.

Sweet Popcorn Glaze from Jen's Favorite Cookies

What is it about butter and sugar that is so fantastic?  Think about it.  Did you ever eat something made primarily with butter and sugar that didn’t taste like heavenly sweetness?  Me either.

If you get this popcorn recipe right, it should taste sweet, but not overwhelmingly so.  It’s not cooked long enough to be caramelized; it has a very simple flavor.  It’s actually quite similar to kettle corn.

I’ve included a small recipe here, but it is easy to double or triple if you have a crowd.

Sweet Popcorn Glaze from Jen's Favorite Cookies

This popcorn also keeps easily for a couple days, so it’s great to package up as gifts.

And by the way, if you’re looking for more ways to fancy up your popcorn, I’ve got them.  I’m all about fancy popcorn.  On this site, I have recipes for butterscotch popcorn, white chocolate popcorn, oreo popcorn; I’ve made peppermint popcorn, I’ve even added popcorn to the krispie treats.

Scroll to the bottom of the post to find easy links to all these recipes.

Sweet Popcorn Glaze from Jen's Favorite Cookies

And if you ever want my recipe for perfect plain-old butter and salt popcorn, just ask!


Sweet Popcorn Glaze

A simple butter and sugar popcorn treat.
Servings: 4
Author: Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies


  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Pop the popcorn. (I use an air popper, but any method is fine.)
  • On the stove, melt the butter. Add sugar and bring to a boil. Boil about 2 minutes.
    Add water and stir well. Quickly pour over popped corn, and toss to coat.
  • Chill the popcorn in the fridge for 15-20 minutes before serving.

How to Make Perfect Soft Sugar Cookies

How make sugar cookies;  The best sugar cookies recipes use this secret ingredient!  Learn how make sugar cookies perfectly.

How to Make the Perfect Sugar Cookies from Jen's Favorite CookiesThese cookies are my all-time fav for basically every single holiday.  Seriously, they’re like your favorite pair of black pumps, they go with everything.

Valentines Day?  Heart shaped cutter and pink frosting.
St. Patricks Day?  Shamrock cutter and green frosting.
4th of July?  Star shaped cutter and white frosting with red and blue sprinkles.
Your dog’s birthday?  Bone shaped cutter and make the frosting your dog’s favorite color.

Wait, dog’s don’t see in color.  Or is that horses?

While these are popular at any holiday, at our house, they are an inarguable MUST at Christmas.

Over the years, I have taken my mother’s long-time favorite sugar cookie recipe, and perfected the details.  These cookies are soft, never crumbly, and the cream cheese frosting is decadent, creamy, but never too oily.  While the recipe itself is heavenly, it is the process that makes them absolutely perfect.

How to Make the Perfect Soft Sugar Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

And so, it is the process I’ll be discussing today.  Below are your rules for making the perfect soft sugar cookies, the ones your friends will remember for years and years.  (Mine do.)

RULE #1: Follow the recipe exactly.

Those of you who do more cooking than baking may need to be reminded that when baking, you must measure.  You must be precise.  You don’t add flour until it looks about right, you add the exact amount of flour called for.

While normally I respect the choice of anyone to use butter or shortening more or less interchangeably, in this case, I strongly strongly recommend you use the shortening.  My apologies to the Europeans who can’t find the stuff.  Butter melts easier, which means your cookies will spread more, the consistency will change, and they may not turn out as well as hoped.  If you absolutely must use butter, honestly, you might want to scour the interwebs for a recipe that calls for butter.

My very favorite thing about this recipe, the secret ingredient if you will, is the sour cream.  It is the secret to success.  Sour cream makes these cookies so soft and creamy, they are even amazing to eat frozen.

RULE #2:  Chill the dough for 8 hours or more.

If you ever get impatient and think you’re going to chill for only 2-3 hours, you are going to regret it.  This particular recipe needs, NEEDS, the full 8-10 hours of chill time.  Personally, I chill the dough overnight before cutting.

Chilling the dough does two things.  One is that it gives the ingredients time to combine, time to become one, time to taste even more amazing.  The second is that it changes the texture of the dough.  The dough needs to be cold when you roll it out, and cold when it goes in the oven.  This will make the cutting clean and keep the cookies from spreading too far.

Plus, once you see the finished dough, you’ll know there is no way you can roll this dough without chilling it first.

RULE #3:  Roll the dough on a non-stick surface.

I’m hoping this one goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway.

If you are really passionate about preserving the softness of your cookies, you can roll the dough between two layers of wax paper.  However, I normally roll them on a floured countertop.  A WELL floured countertop.  It’s imperative the dough doesn’t stick to your rolling surface, because the cookies will not maintain their shape or thickness otherwise.


RULE #4:  Roll the dough to the correct thickness.

If this post only had one rule, it would be this one.  This is the absolute, total, and complete secret to well-made sugar cookies.  Do not, I repeat, DO NOT roll them too thin!  I find it’s a tendency of most people to roll the dough thinner than it needs to be.  The dough should be thicker than 1/4 inch.  Mine is generally somewhere between 1/4 – 1/2 inch.  Let’s call it 3/8 inch.

If the cookies are too thin, they will be crispy.  The edges will be brown, and have a tendency to break off.  They will lose all of the gorgeous softness that makes these cookies great.

Of course, if they are too thick, they can have different problems, like spreading too much and not being cooked through in the center.

If you are going to take care during just one step of the process, make it this step.  Dough thickness is key.

How to Make the Perfect Soft Sugar Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

RULE #5:  Don’t overwork the dough.

Get as many cookies as you can out of each roll.  You can gather and re-roll the leftover dough pieces, but be aware that the more you do this, the chewier the cookies will be.  The added flour (from the floured countertop) and the added working activates the gluten and turns your cookies into bread.  Which no one wants.  Trust me on this.

Instead of more rolling, I like to use up the little scraps with little cookie cutters like these.  I love these cute little 1-inch cutters!  And instead of frosting a bunch of little cookies, you can make the frosting a little thin (by adding more milk or using less powdered sugar) and just dip the cookies in it.  It’s fun, and kids love it.

Normally, I roll half the dough, and re-roll it once.  Then I start with the second half, and re-roll it once.  What is left from both halves is combined for a third and final roll.  Any dough left after that is eaten raw.  Because this might be the best raw cookie dough in the history of humanity.

RULE #6:  Trust the timer.

This one is actually a little tough, because altitude and some other factors can affect baking time.  I live in Utah, at an altitude of about 4500 feet.  Technically, this is a high altitude environment.  You may have to experiment just a little to get your baking time right.  Mine bake for 10 minutes exactly.  (Unless they’re tiny, then they bake for 8 minutes) Once you’re certain of the baking time, stick with it.

The reason I’m telling you this is that these bake slightly differently than an average cookie.  When I make chocolate chip cookies, I make sure the edges and tops are just ever-so-slighly browned before I take them out of the oven.  But sugar cookies are a different story.  If they get brown, in my opinion, they’re overdone.  There’s really no clear visual cue to when the cookies are done.  Trust your timer, pull them out at the right time, and don’t let them get brown.

How to Make the Perfect Soft Sugar Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

RULE #7:  Make the frosting soft and creamy.

First of all, the cream cheese and butter both need to be soft when you make the frosting.  Plan accordingly.  Maybe when you put the dough in the fridge, it’s a good time to take the cream cheese and butter out, and set the on the countertop to soften.

As much as I love mixing things simply, in a glass bowl with a wooden spoon, to make this frosting smooth, I recommend using beaters.  The small hand held electric beaters work great for this, much better than a spoon could ever do.

You can also adjust the texture of your frosting quite easily by adding more powdered sugar or more milk.  I like the frosting a little on the soft side to match the softness in the cookies.  I find that when I use a piping bag, I tend to use much more frosting than if I just spread it on with a knife, so if you’re planning to pipe the frosting, you may want to double the recipe.

RULE #8:  Store in an airtight container.

Once the cookies cool, you can frost them right away.  If you’re not going to frost them within an hour or so, though, put them in an airtight container, and make sure they are sealed up tight.  Even large plastic zipper bags will do.

After frosting, if you want to use sprinkles, do it quickly.  After you’re done frosting, let the cookies sit out for an hour or so, to let the frosting sit and harden a little.  After that, there are a couple choices.

CHOICE #1: Place the cookies on a baking sheet or tray, in a single layer, (I can fit about 14-15 cookies on a baking sheet) and freeze them.  Once frozen, put them in your airtight box with wax paper between layers.  Then keep the box in the fridge or freezer.  These cookies are fantastic frozen, but if you prefer them at room temperature, take them out of the freezer 60-90 minutes before serving.

CHOICE #2: (The faster choice)  Skip the freezing, and just layer your cookies in your airtight box with wax paper between each layer.  The down side here is that without freezing first, the wax paper will smush the frosting and all the work you did to make them pretty will go to waste.

If you’re going to eat your cookies within a day or two, you can leave them on the countertop with no problems.  If they need to last longer, keep them in the fridge or freezer.

How to Make the Perfect Soft Sugar Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Is that enough rules?  Honestly, it seems like a lot of rules, but these cookies are sooooo worth it.  They’re just so soft and creamy and wonderful.  I know a lot of people use royal icing or a simple glaze on their cookies (my mom uses a lemon juice and powdered sugar glaze) but there is just nothing that can compare to cream cheese frosting.

I hope you enjoy these cookies, and please feel free to leave questions or comments below.  I will try to answer all questions!

Soft Sugar Cookies

A simple soft sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting.
Cook Time10 mins
Servings: 4 dozen
Author: Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies



  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups flour (+ more for rolling)


  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 drops food coloring (optional)


For Cookies:

  • Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, sour cream, and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add salt, soda, and baking powder, and mix well. Add flour, and mix just until combined.
  • Wrap dough tightly in plastic, or place in a plastic zipper bag, and chill 8-10 hours or overnight.
  • Roll dough to ⅜-inch thickness and cut out shapes. Place on baking sheet and bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.

For Frosting:

  • Combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth. Frost cooled cookies.
  • Store in an airtight container between layers of wax paper. Will keep best if refrigerated or frozen.


Homemade Caramels

Welcome to Day #6 of 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 Cake Boss Baking. #ChristmasWeek bloggers have not received product or been compensated as a part of this giveaway.***

Homemade Caramels from Jen's Favorite CookiesOf all the various kinds of food creation out there, candy making has got to be the hardest.  And hence, I only rarely make candy.

I make some pseudo-candies throughout the year, but at Christmas, we have to have homemade caramels.

My family never made homemade caramels, so I learned this tradition from Robb when we were married oh so many years ago.  He usually makes the caramels, but in recent years I have been his loyal assistant.  This year, I decided to go it alone, the result of which was that I basically ruined an entire batch of caramels.

It was extraordinarily disappointing, to say the least.

I over cooked the candy, and they turned out hard as a rock.  Worse than Sugar Daddies.  I’m not sure my big kitchen knife will cut them.

Homemade Caramels from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I’m telling you this story not to scare you away from candy making.  Quite the opposite, actually.  I want you to remember that candy making doesn’t always go perfectly, and if your batch doesn’t turn out the way you wanted, try, try again.  Practice makes perfect.  You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs.  All that jazz.

It takes practice.  And since I only make caramels once a year, I’m a little rusty.  But I’m going to give you all my best tips and tricks here.

Well, Robb’s best tips and tricks, really.  He’s much more experienced at caramel making than I.


First, if you have one, use a candy thermometer.  The candy should be at a temperature of 248F when you pour it out.

Second, if you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can use the cold-water-in-a-dish method, which is what we usually do.

Here’s how it works.  You’ll put all your ingredients in a pot, and stir pretty much constantly for 12-15 minutes.  Once you get to the 11-12 minute mark, you can start testing.  Drip a little of the caramel into very cold water.  Add an ice cube or two to be sure this water is cold.  Use your fingers to pinch the caramel into one glob.  If the glob is the consistency you want for your caramels, it’s ready.  Most likely, it will take a few tries of dripping caramel into water to get to the right consistency.

Homemade Caramels from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Homemade Caramels from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Remember that once it gets close to reaching its final temperature, it changes consistency very quickly, and the longer it cooks, the harder it gets.   A minute or even a few seconds can mean the difference between perfect caramels and caramels that are too soft or too hard to be enjoyed.

Homemade Caramels from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Once you get the hang of these caramels, your family will thank you!


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More great candies you might enjoy:



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Homemade Caramels
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Homemade caramel candies
Recipe type: Candy
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2¼ cups (or 1 pound) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Using a heavy saucepan, melt butter.
  2. Add brown sugar, corn syrup, and milk, and stir to combine.
  3. Continue cooking over medium high heat, stirring almost constantly, for about 12-15 minutes, until temperature reaches firm ball stage, about 248F / 119C.
  4. Pour into a 9x13 pan which has been either lined with parchment paper or heavily buttered.
  5. Let cool until completely set, about 3-4 hours. Cut into pieces and wrap in wax paper.

 More Christmas Week Recipes you might enjoy:

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Welcome to Day #4 of 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 Swissmar. #ChristmasWeek bloggers have not received product or been compensated as a part of this giveaway.***

Pumpkin Chiffon PieI am quite literally the Queen of Procrastination.

Here is my list of things to do before Robb returns from his business trip:

Clean the house.
Do the laundry.
Pay the bills.
Make dessert.

Well, one out of four ain’t bad, right?

Truth is, the only reason I got the dessert made is that it is no bake, and uses a pre-made graham cracker crust, so I threw the whole thing together in about 5 minutes.

No exaggeration.  FIVE MINUTES.  A 6-year old could make this recipe.

It’s definitely going on my list of fastest and easiest dessert recipes EVER.

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Since it’s Christmas Week and all,  there are a couple things you should know.

First, there are lots of fantastic Christmas recipes being shared for this event.  The recipes for today are listed at the very bottom of this post.  Go visit them all, and you’ll find some fantastic holiday treats!

Second, there are giveaways every day for this event!  For example, on Monday we opened a giveaway for a Magimix food processor giveaway.  You can enter to win that prize by clicking here.

And today’s giveaway is a Swissmar Roaster!

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Today’s #ChristmasWeek giveaway comes courtesy of Swissmar. Le Cordon Bleu has been a worldwide leader in gastronomy and hospitality for over 100 years and are widely considered the guardian of French culinary technique. Swissmar now combines this culinary expertise with their own knowledge and brand recognition to introduce this fantastic new line.

The Le Cordon Bleu ceramic ovenware from Swissmar are all freezer safe, oven safe, dishwasher and microwave safe. The French-inspired Charmant Collection 5 qt. Rectangular Roaster has scalloped edges and is beautiful enough to go straight from oven to table! To enter to win a Swissmar Roaster, read the details and use the Rafflecopter below!

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Pumpkin Chiffon Pie for #ChristmasWeek
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A no bake light and fluffy pumpkin pie in a graham cracker crust.
Recipe type: Pie
Serves: 6
  • 6-8 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pkg. (3.4 oz) vanilla or lemon pudding mix
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • 1 graham cracker crust
  1. Mix all ingredients except crust together until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Pour into a graham cracker crust, and chill for 30 minutes or longer before serving.

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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” »

Mint Sandwiches and Holiday Food Party

Chocolate Mint Candy; These easy candies are made with layers of chocolate and mint.

Mint Sandwiches from Jen's Favorite CookiesThis December is shaping up to be  an… umm… exciting one.  For lack of a better word.

After spending Thanksgiving recovering from pneumonia, which is, by the way, one of the least pleasant experiences I have ever had, my kids also got sick, my husband left town on a business trip and then my fridge died.

Merry Christmas, right?

I spent my week shopping for refrigerators and not for groceries, and running all my fridge-purchase-decision-questions past Robb over the phone.


And thus, this week’s dessert is simple, easy, and requires no refrigeration.

Mint Sandwiches from Jen's Favorite Cookies

If you haven’t yet, it’s time you met my friends!

I love spending the holidays with my friends, and we love sharing our favorite holiday treats with you.  Check out all the amazing recipes we came up with for this party!

Just click on each photo to jump to the recipes.

Christmas Food Party on Jen's Favorite Cookies

Red Velvet Parfait from Cravings of a Lunatic Cranberry & Brie Bites from Crumb Blog Soft Gingerbread Cookies from Roxana's Home Baking Coconut Spice Cake from Magnolia Days Gingerbread Biscotti from Created By Diane Caramel Biscoff Blossoms from That Skinny Chick Can Bake Mint Sandwiches from Jen's Favorite Cookies White Chocolate Cranberry Layer Cake from Pineapple and Coconut Candy Cane Kiss Brownies from Chocolate Moosey Triple Chocolate Buche de Noel from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle from Hungry Couple NYC Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars from Chocolate, Chocolate, and More

My Grandfather used to give all the girls in the family a box of mint sandwiches for Christmas, so this recipe holds nice memories for me.  To make life easy, I used candy melts like those in the links below.  If you want a nicer quality candy, you could splurge on better quality chocolate.

Either way, these simple candies make such a wonderful and memorable holiday treat!

More simple minty treats you’ll love:

chocolatePeppermint Bark fudge with candy canesPeppermint Fudge chocolate mintMint Popcorn Bark


Mint Sandwiches and Holiday Food Party
Simple chocolate and mint sandwiches.
Recipe type: Candy
  • 24 oz. chocolate candy melts
  • 12 oz. green candy melts
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  1. Melt 12 oz. chocolate. You can do this on the stove on low or medium heat, or in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each.
  2. Pour melted chocolate onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Spread out evenly, and let cool.
  3. Once first layer is set, (about 10-20 minutes) melt green candy for the second layer. Once melted, quickly stir in peppermint extract. Pour over first layer, and spread evenly. Let cool and set.
  4. Melt remaining chocolate candy, and spread over green layer. Let set.
  5. Use a large knife to cut candy into squares.

 chocolate mint candy

Eggnog Dip

Recipes that use eggnog;  This easy dip recipes uses eggs and nutmeg for an authentic eggnog flavor.

I was compensated by Safest Choice Eggs to create this eggnog recipe, but, as always, all opinions are my own.

Eggnog Dip from Jen's Favorite CookiesFunny thing about eggnog, people seem to love it or hate it, there are not many in between.

Growing up, my family would occasionally make a no-cook blender eggnog, which I always loved.   Now that I am an adult, there is something about watching raw eggs go in the blender and then get poured into my glass which is, shall we say, a little off-putting.

Raw eggs… Salmonella… ewww.

Recently, I discovered a solution to my problem.  One gorgeous product that ends the need for being squeamish at the idea of drinking raw eggs.  It’s the eggnog lovers dream come true.

The miracle product is… Davidson’s Safest Choice All-Natural Pasteurized Eggs.

That’s right, pasteurized eggs.  They have a water bath process which eliminates the salmonella and makes them totally safe to eat raw or undercooked.

Eggnog Dip from Jen's Favorite Cookies

As I am committed to only baking with items I can find in the grocery store, I feel the need to share this one piece of information.  Safest Choice Eggs can be found in regular grocery stores, but they are not yet in all parts of the country.  To find out whether you can get these eggs in your neck of the woods, go to their website and type in your zip code. Continue reading “Eggnog Dip” »

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
peppcookie-685x1024Grandma’s Peppermint
Puff Cookies
Shugary Sweets
Dk-choc-mint-chipDark Chocolate
Mint Chip Cookies
Law Student’s Wife


Chocolate and Chocolate Chip Cookies

spiced-chocolate-crackle-cookies-recipeSpiced Chocolate
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
graham cracker cc cookies thumb2Graham Cracker
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Christmas cookies recipes

Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars

Apple cheesecake bars recipe; An almond and cold cereal crust makes this apple cheesecake bars recipe truly unique.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Post Pebbles, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PostWalgreens

Apple Pie Cheesecake BarsIt’s been a rough week around here.  Everyone, and I do mean everyone, in this little family has been sick.

Fortunately for us, Robb got sick before the rest of us, and is now able to take care of us without worry of catching this horrible flu.  This stupid thing knocked me flat on my back for an entire week so far.  It will probably be more than that when it’s all said and done.

Honestly, it’s kind of nice to have this blog to voice my thoughts, because I’m certainly not voicing anything out loud today.

You know what you do when everyone is sick?  You buy paper plates.  And plastic spoons.  And lots and lots of cold cereal.

Apple Pie cheesecake Bars from Jen's Favorite CookiesApple Pie Cheesecake Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I told my kids they have no imagination when it comes to cold cereal.  All they do, day in and day out, is pour it in a bowl and cover it with milk.  It’s a tragedy, when you think about it, because there is so much more that can be done with it!

To prove my point, I turned my box of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds into a crust for these cheesecake bars.

Well, I didn’t use the whole box for the crust.  The rest of it will probably be poured into bowls and covered with milk.

By the way, if you hurry, you can grab your own box of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds (or another Post cereal you like) for just $1.99 at Walgreens.  Pretty good deal, I think.

Apple Pie Cheesecake BarsApple Pie Cheesecake Bars

Nothing against apples or cheesecake, but I love this crust.  It’s my favorite part.  It’s nutty and sweet, and you would probably never suspect it uses cold cereal as its main ingredient.

Plus, it gives us a fun little treat to snack on between the coughing fits!

More cheesecake bars you might enjoy:

Twix-Cheesecake-Bars-4Twix Cheesecake
eggnog cheesecake barsEggnog
no bake cheesecakeEasy
5.0 from 2 reviews
Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 16
  • 1½ cups Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup apple pie filling
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  1. FOR CRUST: In a food processor or high speed blender, process cereal and almonds together, just until lightly crushed.
  2. Combine cereal mixture with melted butter, sugar, and flour.
  3. Press into the bottom of a 9x9 pan. Bake at 350F for 20-22 min.
  4. FOR CHEESECAKE: While crust is baking, whip cream cheese and sugar until well combined and soft. Add egg and mix well.
  5. Add pie filling and cinnamon and mix well.
  6. Pour over crust, return to oven and bake about 30 minutes, until top is lightly browned.
  7. Let cool before cutting and serving.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Caramel Apple Bars from Inside BruCrew Life
Sour Cream Apple Bars from Your Home Based Mom
No Bake Caramel Swirl Apple Butter Cheesecake from Chocolate Moosey


apple cheesecake bars recipe

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa;  This simple and delicious peppermint hot chocolate is made in a crock pot.  You will love this creamy peppermint slow cooker hot cocoa!

peppermint-cocoaThis shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Kleenex but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #KleenexTarget

For probably two years, we have not had any tv at our house.  No cable, no satellite, not even Netflix.  Just one gaming system and one BluRay player.

This week, we finally entered this decade and splurged on a Netflix subscription.

Not a moment too soon, either.  It happened just as Robb got the flu.  He spent days feeling achy and tired and complaining about his inability to breathe.  He spent a couple evenings laying on the couch with the remote in his hand.

Next was The Lizard.  His bedroom is right beneath ours, and we heard him coughing and coughing at 4 in the morning.  I sent him to school with a handful of cough drops and a package of Kleenex.

Hippie Chick was next.  This girl literally called me from school during first period yesterday.  “I know school just barely started,” she began, “but I’m really sick.”

I guess it’s officially winter.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I took myself to Target with my handy-dandy coupon and stocked up on Kleenex.  You can do the same, you know.  Get your coupon here, while supplies last.

I figured the packed sinuses and sore throats in this house could use something warm to drink, something soothing and creamy.  I pulled out a pot to start mixing it up, but then thought better of it.  After all, half the family was napping, and the other half would probably be napping soon.  So I pulled out the slow cooker and went to work. Continue reading “Peppermint Hot Cocoa” »

Giant Ginger Cookies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Giant Ginger Cookies

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

They’re back because they’re fantastic.

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

Giant Ginger CookiesGiant Ginger Cookies

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


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

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

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

More molasses cookies for you to enjoy:

Molasses Snickerdoodle recipeMolasses
ginger-cookies-with-molasses-2Molasses Waffle
Iron Cookies
gingersnap cookie recipeChocolate

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


Linzer Cookies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peppermint Cream Cheese Thumbprints

Peppermint Chocolate Cookies;  These cute thumbprints are peppermint cookies with chocolate filling.

Peppermint Cream Cheese ThumbprintsIt’s day two of cookie week, and so far, my kids are thrilled that there are so many cookies in the house.

I’m thrilled to be able to finally freeze a few for the upcoming holiday season.  Having frozen cookies is one of my favorite things.

You know what else I love?  Listening to my kids make music.  Even when it’s terrible, I still love it.  The Lizard just loves learning chords and playing songs he’s heard on the radio.  He has practiced this kind of playing a lot and is getting pretty decent at it.  The other kids are nowhere as skilled (or as practiced) as he is, so when they want to re-create popular radio songs, they ask him to play while they sing.

As I’m writing this, The Hippie Chick is singing “Stay the Night” by Zed, while The Lizard works feverishly to figure out chords for her.  Both of them sound quite good… separately.  But the Hippie Chick’s super soft voice and the Lizard’s super loud playing make it tough for them to hear one another, and consequently they are not quite together.

As the only piano teacher they have ever known, I have faith that someday this will be a total work of art.  And even if it’s not, I still love it.

Peppermint Cream Cheese Thumbprints from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I love peppermint too.  I’ve wanted to make these cute peppermint cookies for some time now.  Do you remember when I told you how much I luuuuuurvve peppermint ice cream with hot fudge?  Mmmmm.

I bet these would be fantastic with a cup of dark chocolate cocoa, too.  I love the peppermint hot chocolate at Starbucks, by the way, speaking of peppermint and chocolate and things I love.

Peppermint Cream Cheese Thumbprints from Jen's Favorite CookiesPeppermint Cream Cheese Thumbprints from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Thanks for dropping by cookie week today.  Be sure to come back for more fantastic cookie recipes all week!  And if you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, please do!

Then curl up with some of your favorite things and favorite people and have some peppermint thumbprints.

More great #cookieweek cookies!

 Coconut Macaroons by Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Ginger Crinkle Cookies by Love and Confections
Loaded Oatmeal Coconut Cookies by The Cooking Actress
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Cookies by Beyond Frosting
Stuffed Chocolate Chip Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Cookies by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Sugar Cookie Bars with Vanilla Bean Buttercream by i heart eating
Toffee Almond Snowball Cookies by Cupcakes & Kale Chips


More wonderful peppermint treats!

chocolatePeppermint Bark fudge with candy canesChoc Mint Fudge chocolate mintMint Popcorn Bark

5.0 from 1 reviews
Peppermint Cream Cheese Thumbprints
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A soft peppermint cookie filled with chocolate.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ tsp. peppermint extract
  • 4-5 drops red food coloring
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • 3 T. whipping cream
  • 1 T. butter
  1. Cream butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar. Add egg, extract, and food coloring and mix well.
  2. Add salt, baking powder, and flour and mix until combined.
  3. Shape dough into small balls and place on baking sheet. Tap the end of a wooden spoon handle into the center of the dough balls several times to create a deep well.
  4. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and let cool.
  5. In a saucepan, melt chocolate with cream and butter, stirring until fully melted and smooth. Spoon a small amount of chocolate into the center of each cookie. Let chocolate set (2-3 hours) before storing in an airtight container between layers of wax paper.


Eggnog Cookies

Welcome to #cookieweek my little cookie monsters! Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen and Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic have joined together this week with 23 of their blog friends to present to you a week of cookie treats! We have every type of cookie you can think of listed this week, including something for our furry friends! Now is the time to bookmark these recipes for the upcoming holidays and cookie swaps or simply visit our Pinterest board!  Make sure you enter the giveaway with some fabulous prizes from KitchenAidKing Arthur FlourOXO,Silpat and Zulka Pure Cane Sugar to help with your cookie making needs!

Eggnog-CookiesOur daughter, The Hippie Chick, finally tested for her brown belt last week.  It’s been a long time coming, let me tell you.  Getting that girl to actually hit someone is nearly impossible, and I find myself yelling things like “hit him!” and “harder!” while she is sparring.  You’d think she was sparring with people made of glass, the way she hits sometimes.

As a celebration, we went to a local fast food place for shakes.  It’s kind of a tradition.

It’s always interesting to see what flavors the kids will choose.  The Lizard is quite adventurous, and chooses something different every time.  This time was coconut cream, which was not too bad.  The Fruitarian, despite his fruit-loving reputation, usually opts for chocolate (that’s my boy!), but this time chose root beer.  Yum.

The Hippie Chick always chooses something bizarre, and this time she wanted an eggnog shake.

I opted to just get a spoon and take a little “mom tax” from everyone.  (The shakes are ridiculously humongous, so it’s no big loss for them to share.)  Eating a few bites of that eggnog shake really made me ready for winter baking.

Eggnog Cookies for #cookieweek from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I came home and immediately dreamed up these eggnog cookies.

Eggnog is kind of a weird thing, when you think about it.  I always love when eggnog season rolls around each winter, but I don’t actually drink that much of it, and I am never sad to see the season end in the spring.

The kids loved the eggnog cookies, but I think they were even more excited to know there was eggnog in the fridge, and more importantly, that they were allowed to drink it.

Eggnog Cookies for #cookieweek from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Maybe one of these days, I’ll have to share my homemade eggnog recipe with you.  Until then, these cookies will have to tide you over!

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Classic Gingersnap Cookies by In The Kitchen With KP
Coffee-Toffee Thumbprint Cookies from Crumb
Dark Chocolate Andes Cookie Cups by Beyond Frosting
Double Chocolate Biscotti by Love and Confections
Eggnog Cookies by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Extra-Chewy Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies from Omeletta
Fruit Coolers by Texana’s Kitchen
Gluten-free Elisenlebkuchen cookies by Masala Herb
Iced Molasses Cookies with by i heart eating
Nutella Cookies by Total Noms
Orange Cream Cookies by Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Peanut Butter Cup Sandwich Cookies by Chocolate Moosey
Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons by 52 Kitchen Adventures
Rolo Brownie Cookies from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Saketini Christmas Balls from

More eggnog favorites for you to enjoy!

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A soft, cakey cookie made with eggnog, topped with eggnog frosting.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 4-5 dozen
  • ¾ cup softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup prepared eggnog (store-bought)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. nutmeg
  • 3 cups flour
  • 6 T. prepared eggnog
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, eggnog, and vanilla, and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and nutmeg and mix well. Add flour and mix until combined. It should form a very soft dough.
  3. Drop spoonfuls onto a lined baking sheet. (*see notes) Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes, until lightly brown. Let cool before frosting.
  4. For frosting, combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth. Frost cooled cookies, and store between layers of wax paper or parchment paper.
The kind of eggnog you purchase at the store is much different from the homemade variety. For this recipe, be sure you are using store-bought prepared eggnog in both the cookie and the frosting.

These cookies are cakey and the dough is quite soft. I recommend lining your baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat, to avoid sticking.

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Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars

Easy nanaimo bars;  This recipe for easy nanaimo bars uses pumpkin spice pudding for a fall flavor profile.

pumpkin-spice-nanaimo-barsTrue story: This was my first time making Nanaimo Bars.  And it was the first time my family had even heard of them.

Me: I think I’m going to make Nanaimo Bars.
Robb: What?
Me:  Nanaimo Bars.
Robb: {pause}  Mah-what?

I explained to him all about the no-bake layered goodness, the chocolate, the coconut, the cream filling.  He just looked at me suspiciously.  Robb has no imagination for food.

Then I explained all about the Canadian origins, and about the first place I ever heard of them.  Which, strangely enough, was in one of my favorite movies, A Mighty Wind.  (See a trailer for the show here)  Then I did my best North Dakota / Canadian border accent, which netted me one genuine compliment from Robb.  {It’s one of the few accents I can pull off.}

Robb: What are they called again?  Mah-mine-ah?

Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Let’s not forget that it is now November.  I have no idea where this year went, and I can’t decide whether I’m happy or sad to have it behind me.  But that is beside the point.  The point is, it’s fall, and I needed some fall flavors in these bars.

Enter Pumpkin Spice Pudding Mix.  If you can find it {you’ll probably only see it at Walmart} you should grab a couple boxes.  It’s nice to have some kind of special fall-flavored baked goods around this time of year.

Or, to be more precise, no-baked goods.  Whatever.

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Now that we’ve experienced Nanaimo Bar goodness, we’re going to have trouble forgetting it.  Perhaps I’ll tell the kids that if they can pronounce it, they can have a bar.  (cue evil laugh)

Mah-nee-nee?  Na-mine-ah? Mo-nah-nee-nah?

More pumpkin spice goodness for you to enjoy:

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Krispie Treats
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Cookie Bars
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Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars
Traditional no-bake nanaimo bars with a pumpkin spice twist.
Recipe type: No-Bake Desserts
Serves: 9
  • ½ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1¼ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup finely chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 box pumpkin spice pudding mix (3.4 oz)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 4-5 oz. chocolate (or ¾ cup chocolate chips)
  • 1 T. butter
  1. FOR CRUST: Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add cocoa and sugar, and quickly stir to combine.
  2. Add egg before mixture becomes too hot, and mix well. Continue cooking and stirring another minute or so to let mixture thicken. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in cracker crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9x9 pan, and let chill while you make the filling.
  4. FOR FILLING: Soften butter, and combine with pudding, milk and powdered sugar. Beat until smooth. Spread evenly over crust layer.
  5. FOR TOPPING: Melt chocolate and butter together in the microwave, in 30-second intervals, stirring between each. Quickly pour over other layers, and smooth with a knife.
  6. Let bars chill for at least 1 hour before cutting into 9 large or 16 small bars. Keep in refrigerator, and serve chilled.

Chocolate Banana Bread

Moist chocolate banana bread; this is the best chocolate banana bread recipe I’ve found, and tastes fantastic with peanut butter!

Chocolate Banana Bread from Jen's Favorite CookiesI have this friend who is an avid cyclist.  And by “avid,” I mean “crazy.”  This woman regularly goes on marathon bike rides.  She is always telling us about her latest and greatest 50 mile ride up some mountain or another.

I don’t know how one rear end can take that much time on a bicycle seat.

I complain about piano benches, but they’re nothing compared to bicycles.

Some time ago, she was gushing about the amazing snack they had after their 30 mile ride up the canyon.  It seems someone had made chocolate banana bread and slathered it with peanut butter and honey.

The thought of it almost made me want to ride a bike up the canyon, just to get a slice.


Chocolate Banana Bread from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I recently found myself saddled with ripe bananas, when the project I had intended to use them for fell through.  The memory of this chocolate banana bread discussion came flooding back to me.

And if I’m being completely honest, the thought of how this bread would look on this cutting board is the real reason I ended up making it.

I know I’m being biased, I know I am… but The Lizard (our oldest son) made this board in his wood shop class, and when he brought it home, I gushed and gushed about it.  Maybe you saw where I immediately posted a photo of it on Instagram?  That’s the kind of mom I am.  The Lizard said, “You haven’t even had it 2 minutes!!”  Then he took immense pride in the number of likes and comments that photo got on Instagram and Facebook.  (Oh yes, I copied the photo to Facebook.  Did I mention how excited I was?)

Chocolate Banana Bread from Jen's Favorite CookiesI had intended to be the best mom in the entire world, and send peanut butter on chocolate banana bread sandwiches in sack lunches for the kids.  Buuuuuuutt…  it was Sunday afternoon and that bread just kept calling to me.  And calling.  And calling.

My resolve lasted approximately 45 seconds before I sliced into this baby and smeared it with peanut butter.  The entire loaf was gone within minutes.

Now that I have experienced this particular snack, my butt is going to need that 30 mile bike ride up the canyon.  Was that part of your master plan, Lish?  Because if it was… brilliant.  Just brilliant.

More banana recipes you’ll love:



4.3 from 3 reviews
Chocolate Banana Bread
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Chocolate banana bread with chocolate chips.
Recipe type: Quick Bread
Serves: 8 slices
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 T. cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add banana, and mix until banana is mostly mashed and mixed in. Add eggs and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and baking powder and mix well. Add cocoa powder and mix well.
  3. Add flour, and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 325F for 60-65 minutes. Let cool before slicing.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Chocolate Banana Pancakes from Mandy’s Recipe Box
Chocolate Banana Cupcakes from Love and Olive Oil
Frozen Banana Copycat from Eat the Love