Brownie Whoopie Pies

These easy Brownie Whoopie Pies can be filled with any flavor of frosting or candy.  Chocolate on chocolate is definitely a good way to satisfy any chocolate craving you might be having.

Brownie Whoopie Pies - simple brownie cookies filled with a chocolate toffee frosting

Do you find yourself getting obsessed over certain things?

My current clothing “must haves” include ruffles, stripes and flowers, cuff bracelets, and tank tops.  And the colors pink and coral…seriously I can not get enough of those two colors.  It’s kind of bad because every time I go shopping, every other color gets ignored.  My wardrobe is starting to turn into a one color fest.  But I’m sure that will change once my “favorite” color changes.

Brownie Whoopie Pies - simple brownie cookies filled with a chocolate toffee frosting

I am also loving Brownie Whoopie Pies right now too.

Last year I made these Reese’s White Chocolate Brownie Whoopie Pies, and boy were they ever good.  Honestly like “eat every single one in sight” good!

Brownie Whoopie Pies - simple brownie cookies filled with a chocolate toffee frosting
Making another batch of these delicious cookies had me a little nervous.  I know how much I like brownies…having small bite sized ones filled with frosting was going to test my will power tremendously.  Ok, I admit it, I failed.  I really don’t know how many of these I ate.

Let’s just say I should probably run marathons to burn off all the sweet calories I end up consuming when I bake!

Brownie Whoopie Pies - simple brownie cookies filled with a chocolate toffee frosting

These Brownie Whoopie Pies are so easy to put together.  They start with a box brownie mix that you add 1 egg and 1 stick of butter too.  That’s it.  Do not follow the box directions because you will not be able to roll them into balls before baking.

Also, make sure to roll them small because we are putting two cookies together with frosting.  Smaller is better here.  Did I just say that?  Usually anything with chocolate should be as big as possible.  But go ahead and make these smaller…that just means you can eat a few more later :-)

After the cookies cool completely you can fill them with the chocolate frosting.  Try to resist licking the knife as you spread the frosting on.  Adding some marshmallow cream to the chocolate frosting makes it so creamy and delicious.  If chocolate isn’t your thing, you can make any flavor of frosting you like to fill the brownies with.   Although, if you just admitted that you don’t like chocolate, you might just be an alien.  Just sayin’!  You can also add your favorite candy into the frosting.  I used up a partial bag of toffee bits in mine, but it is totally up to you.  Go plain or go candy filled…either way just make the brownies.

Forget all other plans this weekend…these Brownie Whoopie Pies should go straight to the top of the list.  I’m thinking that I should add add extra running to my list too…

Brownie Whoopie Pies - simple brownie cookies filled with a chocolate toffee frosting

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Brownie Whoopie Pies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 24 whoopie pies

Brownie Whoopie Pies

Easy brownie cookies filled with a rich chocolate frosting. Perfect for those days when you are craving chocolate.

Ingredients

For the Brownie Cookies
1 brownie mix
1 egg
1/2 cup butter, melted
For the Chocolate Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup marshmallow cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons whipping cream
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup toffee bits (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine the brownie mix with the egg and melted butter. Roll into 48 one inch balls. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Do not over bake. Let the cookies sit on the hot baking sheet for 2 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  2. Beat the butter, marshmallow cream, vanilla, and whipping cream until creamy. Add the cocoa powder and powdered sugar slowly until everything is mixed in. Stir in the toffee bits, if desired.
  3. Lay out 24 brownie cookies upside down. Spread or pipe frosting on the cookies and top with the remaining 24 brownie cookies. Store in a sealed container. Makes 24 whoopie pies.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/07/brownie-whoopie-pies/

 A few more rich and decadent brownie recipes for you to try:

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White Chocolate Reese’s Brownies

 

Butterscotch M&M Pudding Cookies

Fill your cookie jar today with some of these Butterscotch M&M Pudding Cookies.  Pudding makes them so soft and chewy, and the M&M candies add chocolate and color.

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Butterscotch M&M Pudding Cookies - butterscotch pudding cookies with M&M candies and butterscotch chips

Last week we went to a picnic with some friends.  Picnics + Friends = Baking Fun!  Any chance I get to bake and get rid of the sugar from my kitchen is definitely a good day! Plus, hanging out with awesome friends is always so much fun.

I realized that it has been a while since I made cookies.  Pudding cookies are one of my favorites because they are so soft and chewy.  These Butterscotch Pudding Cookies never last long when I make them.  So, as I looked through the boxes in my cupboard,  I kept coming back to the butterscotch.  I absolutely love butterscotch, but I just don’t use it enough.  That’s going to change starting now.

Butterscotch M&M Pudding Cookies - butterscotch pudding cookies with M&M candies and butterscotch chips

These cookies are amped up with butterscotch pudding and butterscotch chips.

As I looked at the dough, it was kind of boring and plain looking.  It tasted great, but no visual pop.  I am a total color kind of girl.  From my outfits, to my jewelry, to every single room in our house…lots of color everywhere.  So, I love including lots of color in my baking too.  Back to the cupboards to see what could be added to the cookie dough.

At the back of one of the baking cabinets, I found a bag of mini M&M’s.  I totally forgot those were back there.  They were probably there from these M&M Blonde Brownies or these Nutella M&M Bars.  Hhhhmmm…I should probably pull every thing out more often.  Who knows what else I have purchased and forgotten about?  Adding M&M’s to the cookie dough added just enough color and chocolate to balance out the butterscotch flavor.

It’s a good thing I ate one before we left for the picnic.  All I found when I went up for food was a plate of crumbs.  Cookie success!!!!

Butterscotch M&M Pudding Cookies - butterscotch pudding cookies with M&M candies and butterscotch chips

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Butterscotch M&M Pudding Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 40 cookies

Butterscotch M&M Pudding Cookies

Butterscotch pudding makes these cookies very soft and delicious. M&M candies and butterscotch chips add fun and flavor.

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 box instant butterscotch pudding mix (3.4 oz.)
1 1/4 cups mini M&M candies
1 cup butterscotch chips

Instructions

  1. Beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and pudding mix. Slowly add to the butter mixture. Stir in the candy and butterscotch chips by hand.
  3. Drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-9 minutes. Do not over bake! Leave on the cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes before removing to a wax paper lined counter. Let cool completely. Makes 40 cookies. Store in a sealed container on the counter.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/07/butterscotch-mm-pudding-cookies/

 More delicious butterscotch treats for you to enjoy baking in your kitchen:

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Butterscotch Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Creamy cinnamon cheesecake gets a fun twist when layered with an apple cookie.  These Butterscotch Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars are a delicious treat for the hot summer months.

**This post is sponsored by Crunch Pak apples.  I am a brand ambassador creating fun and delicious recipes for compensation.  All opinions are 100% my own.**

Butterscotch Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars - layers of creamy cheesecake in between a butterscotch and apple cookie

I am so excited to be sharing another delicious apple recipe for Crunch Pak apples with you!

Hot summer days remind me how much I love cheesecake.  The cool creamy texture right out of the refrigerator is awesome after a hot steamy day in the sun.

One of my favorite things to do with cheesecake is to make easy to eat bars.  For this dessert, I sandwiched the cinnamon cheesecake in between layers of cookie dough.  But not just any cookie dough!  This cookie dough has chunks of apples and butterscotch chips.   Butterscotch always gets looked over in my cupboard, even though I love those chips.  The butterscotch and cinnamon was just the right flavor to pair with the apples.

I love having Crunch Pak apples in my refrigerator all the time.  They are the perfect on the go snack for my kids when we get busy.  And I love how easy they are to chop up and throw into my recipes.

Butterscotch Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars - layers of creamy cheesecake in between a butterscotch and apple cookie

The only thing that I do not like about cheesecake is that it does take a bit of patience before you can dig into these delicious cheesecake bars.

I get so excited when I pull these treats from the oven only to remember that they need some chill time.  Use that time to catch up on your favorite show, read a book, clean the bathrooms (ok, maybe not that one), or go for a run.  Anything to distract yourself from those amazing bars in the kitchen.

Butterscotch Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars - layers of creamy cheesecake in between a butterscotch and apple cookie

But after one bite into these chewy and creamy cookie bars, you will be so glad you had the patience to wait.   Check out the recipe for these Butterscotch Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars over on the Crunch Pak blog.


 *This post has been sponsored by Crunch Pak apples.  I was compensated to create this recipe for their website.  All opinions are my own.

 

S’mores Cookie Cups

Do you like eating s’mores, but do not like the mess of a sticky campfire?  These S’mores Cookie Cups are the perfect solution.  Plus, this way you can enjoy them year round.

S'mores Cookie Cups - easy way to enjoy a s'mores without the mess of a campfire

I adore a delicious, sticky, roasted marshmallow pressed between chocolate bars and graham crackers.

But when my kids were younger I had a heart attack almost every time we did a campfire and made s’mores.  Little kids, long pointy sticks, and fire do not make a good mix.  Oh, and the sticky marshmallow guts that ended up just about every where.  Yeah…that was awesome too!

Now that my kids are older, it has gotten better.  Well, slightly.  They still wave the sticks around in faces and get too close to the fire.  I just don’t worry as much about it now.

S'mores Cookie Cups - easy way to enjoy a s'mores without the mess of a campfire
I still don’t like the sticky marshmallow that ends up everywhere, so I found a fun and cute way to enjoy s’mores.  There is no worry and only minimal mess with these cookies.

S'mores Cookie Cups ingredients

Roll sugar cookie dough in chocolate graham crackers and baked them in mini muffin tins.  After they cooled, you will fill them with some chocolate spread.  Try to resist licking the spoon while you do this!  Top with some mini marshmallow and place under the broiler for a few seconds.  Watch the marshmallows carefully here!  You do not want to burn your cookie cups.  Well, unless you were one of those kids that always caught their marshmallows on fire.  Then have at it…just be warned that your house will probably smell like that burnt sugar for hours.

Have you tried this Hershey’s Spread yet?  Oh, my word!  Seriously amazing stuff.  I may or may not have finished off the jar with a spoon.

S'mores Cookie Cups - easy way to enjoy a s'mores without the mess of a campfire

These little S’mores Cookie Cups are adorable and totally pop-able.  Good luck trying to resist popping like 5 in your mouth.

S'mores Cookie Cups - easy way to enjoy a s'mores without the mess of a campfire

Now that we can have cute s’mores all year long in a cookie cup, I may give up campfires completely.

Naaaahhh!  That’s just silly talk.  There is something so relaxing about sitting around a fire late at night.  Of course, in order for it to be relaxing, I suggest putting the kids to bed first.  Then enjoy your s’mores without pointy sticks being poked in your face and sticky guts wiped on your chair.

Or just make these S’mores Cookie Cups and hide them in a container on the counter.  No one has to know they are there, right?

S'mores Cookie Cups - easy way to enjoy a s'mores without the mess of a campfire

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S’mores Cookie Cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 cookies

S’mores Cookie Cups

Sugar cookie cups rolled in graham crackers and filled with chocolate and toasted marshmallows are an easy way to enjoy a delicious campfire treat without all the mess.

Ingredients

1 package Pillsbury sugar cookies (24 cookies)
1/4 chocolate graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup Hershey's chocolate spread
1 cup mini marshmallows
Hershey's chocolate bars

Instructions

  1. Roll each cookie dough square into a ball. Roll each one into the graham cracker crumbs. Place in a greased mini muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for 14-16 minutes.
  2. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, press in the centers gently. Let the cookies cool in the pan for 3-4 minutes. Use a knife to gently lift them out of the tin. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. Fill the centers with the chocolate spread. Top each cookie cup with marshmallows. Broil on High for 30-45 seconds. Be careful they do not burn. Remove from the oven and top with a chocolate square. Makes 24 cookie cups. Store in a sealed container on the counter.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/06/smores-cookie-cups/

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Amaretto Pecan Cookie Dough Truffles

Thank you to Chocoley for providing me the opportunity to create a fun chocolate treat.  These Amaretto Pecan Cookie Dough Truffles are a delicious, but dangerous treat to have around.  They taste amazing.  Good luck only eating one at a time!

Amaretto Pecan Cookie Dough Truffles - no egg pecan cookie dough truffles that taste amazing when dipped in amaretto dark chocolate

 My in laws live near an outlet candy store, so any time they come visit us or we visit them, they have bags and bags of candy and nuts.  One of my absolute favorites that they buy are some dark chocolate amaretto pecans.  I seriously could eat an entire bag of them and not feel guilty at all.  So delicious!

It’s true your tastes change as you get older.  Growing up I did not like to eat nuts of any kind.  My way of eating nuts was a peanut butter and fluff sandwich.  Slowly as I got older, I started to like peanuts with M&M’s.  Gradually I started to branch out and try new nuts.  Now I actually eat a few kinds of nuts all by themselves.

Of course, I still prefer the nuts with lots of chocolate.   [Read more...]

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...]