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...]

Gingerbread Pudding Cookies

A few weeks ago I participated in a Cookie Week with Nikki from Chef in Training.  These gingerbread cookies are what I brought to share on her blog.  I had to share them with you here too.  They were absolutely delicious and disappeared so fast from my cookie jar.  You can see my original post here.

This time of year I like to bake lots and lots of cookies.  Well, really I like to bake cookies anytime of the year.  But at least during the holidays, people don’t look at you funny when you bake 12 different kinds in one month:-) [Read more...]

Coconut S’mores Pudding Sandwiches

I may or may not be addicted to making pudding cookies…I’ll let you be the judge of that:-)
I just love how soft these cookies become with a whole box of instant pudding in the batter. They have very quickly become my go to cookie of all time. With so many different pudding flavors and mix ins, the flavors are endless!!!
These sprinkles have been in my baking cupboard for a few days just waiting to be used. Like I need a reason to use sprinkles…my kids love them on everything. We make hot cocoa and my daughter has to have sprinkles on top of the marshmallows. Makes me so proud…I have taught her well:-)

M&M Pumpkin Pudding Cookies

Well, it was bound to happen again…
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I had to make more pudding cookies.

Especially after I made the peanut butter pudding ones,
and after I have seen so many yummy combinations online lately.
Seriously…Maria, Nikki, and Ashton made me do it:-)

I have had pudding on the brain dreaming up combinations for a while now.

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What was I supposed to do when I saw the box of pumpkin pudding at Meijer?
Make pudding and eat it?

Of course not…my first thought was to make it into yummy cookies:-)
Because if you have not tried pudding cookies, then you are missing out.
They are soft and chewy and basically addicting, no matter what the flavor.
It is my favorite way to make cookies right now, along with the cake mix cookies.

Yes, I may have bought a few different pudding flavors,
and yes, I may have made 3-4 different kinds in the last 2 months.

I’m just warning you there is a pudding obsession happening here, so be prepared.
I promise to spread them out though…
so the obsession isn’t quite so recognizable!!!

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Lucky for me, my son needed a dessert kind of a snack this week…
for get this…National Punctuation Day!
Apparently this was a “real” holiday on Monday…I don’t know…
Yeah, I had never heard of it either…but I’m all for celebrating any day with cookies.
Especially soft, chewy pudding cookies made with Fall colored M&M’s!!!
You need to try these for sure:-)
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M&M Pumpkin Pudding Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 48 cookies

M&M Pumpkin Pudding Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies made with a box of instant pumpkin pudding and MM candies

Ingredients

1 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 box instant pumpkin spice pudding (3.4 oz.)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 1/4 c. flour
1 1/2 c. M&M's
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again. Sift together the flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, pudding mix and salt. Slowly add to the butter mixture. Stir in the M&M's and chocolate chips by hand.
  2. Use a teaspoon to scoop the dough onto a baking sheet. Bake at 375* for 8-9 minutes. They will appear undone, but they will set up while cooling. Let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack. Store in a sealed container. Makes about 48 cookies.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/09/mm-pumpkin-pudding-cookies/

Check out more Pudding Cookies:

Butterscotch Pudding Triple Chip Cookies from Two Peas and their Pod
PB & Chocolate Chip Banana Cream Pudding Cookies from Chef in Training
Biscoff Cheesecake Pudding Cookies from Something Swanky
Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies from BruCrew Life

Back To School Cookie Round Up

Our office floor is filled with bags of notebooks, pencils, crayons, and rulers.
Yup, it’s that time of year.
Time to round up everything on the school list
and write your kids names on every single item.
Time to buy new shoes and socks
and a new school wardrobe.
It’s also time to make cookies.
What?  Doesn’t school say cookies to you??

Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

Today I decided to get my baking groove on with some Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies
but if you asked me what I would be baking each week,
I would probably give you a blank stare.
I could give you a list of a few ingredients that I could play around with.
(ok that just made me giggle…because my baking cupboard is full…I have more than a few.)
But I never know for sure what I am going to make
until I get the Kitchen Aid out.
Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies - pudding cookies with peanut butter and your choice of mix ins

Some bloggers have a detailed plan of recipes and posts that they want to accomplish.  Some of these bloggers even do themes.  Then there are other bloggers who actually bake and write posts way ahead of time.

Moose Tracks Cookies

Moose Tracks Cookies are the perfect cookie for those who love chocolate and peanut butter cups.

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Oh, it has been one of those days…
not motivated to do anything…
it was super cold…
even with the heat cranking!

I am over the cold and snow!
It was nice and I have enjoyed all the wintery stuff…
but Spring can come now.

Not motivated to do much of anything
because it hurts when I move.
I think it is due to the shredding…
who knew 20 minutes could do that to you?
(I moved up to level 2 and am regretting it…only slightly)
At least now I feel like I am working out a little bit harder…
gotta tell ya…not looking forward to level 3 though.

The only thing getting me through these workouts is my sugar fix…
now I know that if I keep up with my daily dose of calories
all the shredding in the world isn’t going to help me…
but I haven’t made a move to give up on sugar…yet;-)

Speaking of sugar…have I got a cookie for you…
Fudgy yummy cookies filled with
reese mini pb cups and
white chocolate chips!!!

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Uggg I am drooling just typing about these delicious things.
I found the recipe in one of the
holiday cookie issues at Christmas…
and I finally got around to making it a couple weeks ago.

Sorry I have been holding out on you…
I had so many different recipes bookmarked…
it might take me the whole year to make them all.

I am just thankful that I took them to a meeting…
I am sure it wouldn’t have been good to leave me
home alone with these tasty little devils.

Have you met my new best friend???
Mini Reese’s peanut butter cups…
mini meaning I can eat way more because
little cups have little calories:-)

Now I said it was an ice cream flavor…
did you catch that in my title???
My fav ice cream is Moose Tracks…
it is the only ice cream that I can eat lots of.
For some odd reason I am not/or ever have been a big ice cream eater…
funny I know…since it is laden with sugar!!!

Any way Moose Tracks is
vanilla ice cream
fudge swirls
mini peanut butter cups!

I decide to make a
fudge cookie
vanilla chips
mini peanut butter cups…

See, kinda like a take on Moose Tracks…
ok, never mind…on to the recipe:-)

Moose Tracks Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 36 cookies

Moose Tracks Cookies

Chocolate cookies made with white chocolate chips and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 Tablespoons butter
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup white chocolate chips
2 cups chopped mini Rees's Peanut Butter Cups

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350*. In a medium saucepan combine the chocolate chips, unsweetened chocolate, and the butter. Cook and stir over low heat until melted. Remove from heat. Add the eggs, sugar, flour, vanilla, and baking powder. Stir with a spoon until combined. Stir in the white chocolate chips and the mini peanut butter cups.
  2. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons on baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until the edges are firm. Let cool on sheets for 2 minutes then remove to wax paper to cool all the way. Store at room temperature in an airtight container. Keep the layer separated with wax paper. Makes 36 cookies.

Notes

Adapted from BH&G 100 Best Cookies Holiday Collecion ’10

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2011/02/moose-tracks-cookies/

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What to Do During a Snowstorm…

…make and eat more of these
yummilicious Brookie Bites:-)

What is a Brookie you ask???

That my friend, is a brownie and chocolate chip cookie
that has joined forces to tempt you to cheat on that diet.

Sadly, it is true.
I ate way more of these than I probably should have.
But it is winter and when blizzards and ice storms come blowing,
you need to eat to keep warm:-)
Now to get more time on the elliptical…
such a vicious cycle!

Who cares how much exercise this will cost me!
I just had to try putting a cookie inside a brownie bite…
I know surprise, surprise:-)
(think of all the cookie options you could do with this)

First you need to bake up your brownies…
I usually use a box, just because it is so much easier (and lazier:-)

While the brownies are cooling, mix up your cookie dough.
I used this same recipe found HERE but
I used vanilla extract this time.
Bake the cookies for about 7-8 minutes.
You want them to be soft and gooey…not crispy!
Try to resist the urge to inhale said gooey cookie.

Oh what the heck!
Go ahead and eat a few:-)

Let the cookies cool slightly, then
roll them into small bite sized balls.
(definitely easier to do before they cool all the way)
Place in the freezer and wait until frozen.
It will be hard but you can do it.

Then…
yup you got it.
Place that frozen cookie in the center of a small brownie
and start smushing it all around that cookie ball.
Now here is the hardest part…
you’ve got to freeze them AGAIN.

I know it’s torture, but well worth it in the end.
You can reward yourself by eating
some of the brownie scraps to pass the time.

Once they are frozen enough,
melt some chocolate in the microwave and dip away.
Any sprinkles on top will do,
but it is that time of year so
hearts it is ♥

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Cookies from Me to You!

Every year I bake LOTS and LOTS of yummy cookies
and this year was no different:-)
I just HAD to bring lots of goodies with me
when going to visit our families.
So today I wanted to share with you just a few of my favorites.

1. Peppermint Patty Brownie Bites
I definitely had to come up with a holiday brownie bite…
these are by far my favorite brownie bite that I have done yet.
These blew all the others out of the water;-)
You know the drill…bake your brownies like normal.
Roll the brownie around whatever you want and then dip in chocolate.

This time for the brownies I made homemade peppermint patties.
(I got the recipe HERE from Joy of Baking)
It says don’t use peppermint extract…but that is what I had,
so…I used it and it was just fine.
Just use 1/2 tsp. extract and 1/4 tsp. canola oil.
These were super yummy!!!!
I love the fact that there is a double layer of chocolate…
because I “had” to dip the peppermint balls before
rolling them up in brownies;-)
Definitely going to add these to my “have to make” Christmas cookie list!!

2. Brownie Covered Oreos
I saw this recipe HERE at Picky Palate
and I just knew that I had to try this out.
The oreos get softer in the baking and are
absolutely scrumptious!!!!
Almost like a deep fried oreo but not quite.
Try them…you are going to love them!!!

3. Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
This is my ALL TIME FAV cookie!!!!
(maybe because of the pb cup inside)
Take your fav peanut butter cookie recipe,
roll in a ball and dip in sugar,
then bake for 8 min in a mini muffin pan.
Take out and press a pb cup in the middle.
Let set a few min before removing from the pan.
Refrigerate until the choc is set…
if you can wait that long;-)
I usually have to eat one right away!

4. Mashed Potato Fudge
I found this recipe a few years ago in an old magazine
and now I make it every year because it is that good.
But only if you are a coconut lover…
they remind me of a mounds bar.
You can get the recipe HERE since I can’t send you my magazine.

Now that I have eaten all these cookies…
time for my New Years Resolution.

Bake less and work out more!

HHHHAAAAA!!!!

Yea, that made me laugh too;-)

Don’t worry, I plan on baking lots more this next year.

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Reindeer Bites Cookies

These cookies were created after we went to
Dairy Queen a couple weeks ago.
What? You eat ice cream when it is freezing right?
It was our “snack” after the kids got done with gymnastics.

Has anyone else had the new Reindeer Bites Blizzard?
It has chocolate chunks, coconut, and caramel pie pieces.
OMGoodness!
It is a good thing that I ordered the baby blizzard…
that thing was super tasty.
I really might need bigger pants after these kind of treats.

We got home and I was still thinking about how yummy
that flavor was…when it hit me.
That would make an AWESOME cookie!
The next day I ran to the store to get all the ingredients I might need
to create this delectable cookie I was dreaming of.
(and no I didn’t actually “run” to the store…my kids bust me on that almost daily:-)

I decided to make these from scratch without a recipe:-)
Lucky you…I had a pen and paper handy to keep track of what went in the bowl!

You might want to add this one to your Christmas baking
unless you don’t like coconut….
but don’t say no until you have tried at least one:-)

My kids are not big fans of coconut
and they even liked these fun cookies.

Reindeer Bites Cookies

by Inside BruCrew Life
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 11-13 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 1/2 c. butter flavored shortening
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut extract
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 c. caramel bites
  • 1 c. coconut
  • 1 c. chocolate chunks
  • 1/4 c. graham cracker chunks
Instructions
Preheat oven to 375* Beat shortening, butter, and sugars until fluffy. Beat in baking soda, salt, coconut extract and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each. Slowly add flour and graham cracker crumbs. Stir in caramel bites, coconut, choc chunks, and graham pieces by hand.
Drop by rounded teaspoon onto a cookie sheet. Bake 11-13 minutes. Let stand on the cookie sheet for a few minutes after removing from oven. The caramel on the bottom needs time to set up before you can remove them. Cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.
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Banoffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are to blame for my weight gain last week.
I honestly couldn’t stop eating them.
Thanks a lot yummy cookies…
now I have to workout even harder this week.
(uuuggg as if I like to work out easy…now I have to do extra)

Hhhhmmm I should probably just blame myself
and my apparent lack of self control
when it comes to sweets.
Naaaa…I will let the cookies take the fall.
It’s easier that way:-)

I even had to freeze the rest of them for kid’s lunches,
just so I would stop eating them.
For some odd reason,
even tho I know there are delicious cookies
in my freezer, I won’t eat them that way.
So into the freezer they go…
now if only I could get myself to freeze them
as soon as I was done baking…
that might help with the weight gain.

So I am just warning you right now
that if you make these cookies…

and you really do want to try these out…

don’t come crying to me saying
you gained some weight:-)
Cause it’s bound to happen
with a cookie this good.

Now I had never heard of banoffee until
this blogger posted about it.
(she is one of my fav bloggers to check out btw)
She even sent me a recipe to try…
it is still in my “to do” baking list.
I promise that I will be making the pie some time:-)

Then I saw these muffins…so yummy looking.
Yea, I want to make those some time too.

But it got me thinking…
I need some cookies to pack in school lunches…
so why not jazz up our chocolate chip cookies?

Here is the recipe for you…
just remember these cookies
do come with a warning.

Banoffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Inside BruCrew Life
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 3/4 c. butter crisco
  • 1 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. mini choc chips
  • 1 c. heath toffee bits
  • 2 brown bananas, smashed
Instructions
Cream the crisco and sugar. Add the milk, vanilla, and egg. Beat until fluffy. Add the flour, salt, soda, and bananas and lightly beat. Stir in the chocolate chips and toffee bits by hand.
Drop by spoonfuls on a baking sheet. Bake at 375* for 8-9 minutes. Cool a few minutes on the pan and then remove to a wire rack. Store in a tightly sealed container.
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