Funfetti Birthday Cake M&M Cookies

These Funfetti Birthday Cake M&M Cookies start with a cake mix.  By adding a few ingredients, you can have a delicious and soft cookie that everyone will love.

Funfetti Birthday Cake M&M Cookies - sprinkles and M&M's turn these cookies into a fun birthday treat

 This week I celebrated my birthday away from home.  My kids couldn’t believe that I would want to “work” instead of getting cake and presents.  And by work, I mean go on a blogging trip with all expenses paid and good food in front of you at every meal.  I’d say it was actually a pretty nice birthday treat.  The only down side was not having my hubby and kids there on my birthday.

Although it was so fun to come home and have all three kids present me with handmade cards and presents.  It feels good to be missed.  They are so excited to take me out to dinner this weekend too.  Now I just need to figure out what cake I want to bake for my late birthday celebration.  The baker in me loves making my own cake every year :-) [Read more...]

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie

Three times the peanut butter makes this Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie one dessert you don’t want to miss.  Make sure you have a glass of milk or cup of coffee ready to wash down this rich, decadent, and truly amazing pie.

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie - three times the peanut butter makes this cookie pie taste amazing

 I puffy heart love peanut butter.  It is one thing that I could use in baking every single time because I love it that much.

My husband on the other hand must be an alien because he doesn’t like peanut butter as much as me.  He makes faces whenever I say I’m making more peanut butter desserts.  I think it’s that alien side of him trying to get out.

Oh, he eats peanut butter with his apple slices almost every day.  That man has the self control like no one I have ever seen.  He prefers apples to dessert.  What the what?   That’s totally crazy talk!  Now don’t get me wrong here.  I do love apples too…just not for my dessert.  Bring on the pie, candy, and Cool Whip because that’s how I like it!   [Read more...]

Chocolate Biscoff Swirl Cookies

Chocolate cookie dough goes to another level when Biscoff is added to it.  Rolling the two doughs together creates these puffy two toned Chocolate Biscoff Swirl Cookies.

Chocolate Biscoff Swirl Cookies - chocolate and Biscoff cookie dough swirled into one fabulous cookie
You guys need these cookies in your life.  Like yesterday.

This cookie will become your new favorite cookie for sure.  We went through 3 batches in less than 5 days.  Now part of that was me tweaking the recipe to get it just right to share with all of you.  The taste was exactly what I was looking for, but I needed to adjust flour to make them puffier, change baking temps, and play with cooking time.

The third time was the charm because look at those cookies.  Soft and puffy with just the right amount of chocolate.   [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Bars

An easy way to enjoy cookies without all the work is to make them into bars.  These Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Bars are an amazing mixture of flavors in one easy to hold treat.

Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Bars - peanut butter cookie bars with a swirl of Nutella and Reese's pieces

Have you ever noticed that when you are watching what you are eating, the bad food seems to jump out even more.

Literally the other day I opened the cupboard and a bag of Reese’s Pieces fell out right in front of me.  Then I tried to reach in the cupboard behind everything and the peanut butter jar fell out too.  Now it could be because I keep trying to shove more baking supplies into a 1 foot by 3 foot cabinet with only 3 small shelves, OR it is karma for trying to resist the sweets all week long.    [Read more...]

Andes Mint Cookie Dough Truffle Bars

No bake cookie dough truffles get even easier to make when you spread them into a pan and cover them in mint chocolate.

Andes Mint Cookie Dough Truffle Bars - easy chocolate no bake truffles made with Andes Mints

 Want to know something crazy about me?

I am a big time talker.  Oh, but not out loud and to anyone.  That’s right.  I talk to myself.  Really I think it is just because I have so many ideas going through my head at once that some of them have to come out somehow or I’ll explode.  That and for some reason actually saying things out loud helps me process my ideas even more.  Tell that to my hubby!  He just thinks I’m plain crazy.   As long as I’m just talking about cookie dough and treats, I think I’m totally sane…right?   [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Cranberry Granola Bites

Peanut butter and dried cranberries makes these healthy little granola bites so delicious.  They are the perfect snack for when you are watching what you eat.

Peanut Butter Cranberry Granola Bites - peanut butter and dried cranberries make these healthy granola bites irresistible

The weekend is when I tend to slack off on eating healthy.  All week long we do really well with planning healthy meals, and I stay out of the goodies that I make.  But then the weekend hits and one bite after another seems to be worse than the last.  Sweets, carbs, more sweets.    You name it, and I am probably eating it. [Read more...]

Irish Cream Chocolate Coconut Cookies

These Irish Cream Chocolate Coconut Cookies  have soft chocolate centers and delicious toasted coconut on the outside.

Irish Cream Chocolate Coconut Cookies - chocolate coconut cookies with a creamy Irish Cream chocolate center

Do you like to celebrate different food holidays?  As a food blogger, I tend to really watch for  ”national holidays” so I can make more fun food.  If you google it, you will find just about every day has something delicious they are celebrating.

This time of year everything is showing up in green, mint, or rainbow.  It is fun to create different seasonal foods that still work the rest of the year.  Just change out the colors, and these cookies will work for any holiday.

Today I am joining with a group of blog friends to bring you St. Patrick’s Day treats made using different Pillsbury products.   Make sure you keep reading all the way through to find the links to all these amazing recipes.   [Read more...]

Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies

Rich, chocolate cookies with a fun candy crunch is the perfect way to enjoy the weekend.  These Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies will satisfy all those chocolate longings in a hurry.

Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies - these rich chocolate cookies have plenty of crunch from the candy mixed in

 It has been a while since I have made pudding cookies.

Last summer and the year before that I couldn’t make enough different flavors, and then I just stopped.  I’m not sure why,  but boy am I glad I found my way back to them.  They are so soft and delicious!  Really you can use any flavor of pudding, but this past weekend I was in a chocolate kind of a mood.  I was remembering these Chocolate Reese’s Pudding Cookies, and decided to create another flavor based on those.   [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Cookies

These easy cake mix cookies are full of chocolate chips and cookies and cream cookies.  They are the perfect after school snack, lunch box snack, or midnight snack.  You choose!

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Cookies - easy cookies filled with chocolate chips and Oreo cookies

 For some reason this week I am obsessed with cookies.

I really think it is because last week we were on vacation, and I ate anything and everything I wanted.  It was fun, for a while.  Unfortunately, eating like that isn’t great for summer clothes wearing.  I know summer is coming in just a few short months.  Time to back off the sweets again.

Drinking smoothies + eating heathy dinners = cookie dreams!

You would not believe how many new combos I have thought through…just in one day!  It must be the sugar withdrawals hitting me big time.  Maybe just one little bite wouldn’t hurt…   [Read more...]

Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies

Chocolate chunks and cherries make these easy chocolate cookies so rich and decadent.  It is hard to only eat just one.

Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies - decadent chocolate cookies that are perfect for the chocolate lover in you www.insidebrucrewlife.com

 So my sister says I have a problem.  A big baking problem.

You don’t believe her, do you?  I mean just because I bake 4-5 times a week and share those crazy recipes here.  I don’t see the problem at all :-)   [Read more...]

Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites

These Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites are a healthy snack to munch on when you are trying to cut out a little extra sugar from your diet.

Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - easy no bake granola bites that are light and healthy

 Yes, you read that right.

I have totally and completely jumped on the skinny bandwagon.  (But don’t worry…I have a few other recipes that I will have to jump off the wagon so I can share with you soon!)

It is the beginning of the year after all, and everyone is doing their best to stick to those healthy eating goals.  I don’t want to be the one to make you stumble, plus I am doing my best to cut some of the excess sugar out of my diet too.  When I have brownies and cookies in my kitchen, my sweet tooth is stronger than my will power.

So, I made a sweet little snack that is lower in calories and higher in fiber and protein to pacify my sweet tooth with. [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Reese’s Cookies

Need a way to use up all that holiday candy in a hurry?  These Peanut Butter Reese’s Cookies are a great way to enjoy all that extra holiday candy that you bought and never ate.

Peanut Butter Reese's Cookies from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - the softest peanut butter cookies filled with Reese's goodness

 Do you make resolutions when the new year begins?  I like to make goals to strive for each year.  This year I want to work on my quiet time, exercise regularly, have more “dates” with my kids and more quality time with my hubby, and of course bake a whole lot more.  You knew baking more was going to be on the list, right?

I thought sharing cookies as my first recipe of the year was a great way to start out with my goals.  Did you really think that since the new year had started I was going to help you out with your diet goals?  I wish I could say that was true, but I figure if I’m going to eat the sugar I might as well share the goodness with you.  I’m adding practice moderation in eating to my goal list too, not cut it out completely.   [Read more...]