Holiday baking is just around the corner. I look forward to spending time with my family as we bake around 10 different kinds of cookies to share with our friends and families. Our three children enjoy helping us make and decorate all the varieties that we bake. They are really good at taking wrappers off candy, stirring in ingredients, and sampling all the dough and cookies.
Mocha Pumpkin Spice Cookies with sprinkles are a fun cookie to share with your friends and family. They are the perfect party treat too.
I am getting myself ready to bake lots and lots of cookies this year. Do I need them? Does anyone want them? That’s probably a no to both questions, but it still isn’t going to stop me from making tons of cookies. I’m sure I can find someone to help me eat them all.
This year I was excited to buy the Pumpkin Spice kisses again. I bought a bag of them right away, but then the bag just sat there in the cupboard. Unopened. Lonely. There was no way I could open the bag for just one kiss…I have self control issues, and those kisses would have been gone. Not to mention that my family sees an open bag of candy, they think it is fair game. Lately some of the unopened bags have been opened mysteriously!
Maybe it’s time to find a new hiding place. [Read more...]
Looking for another pudding cookie recipe? These Butterscotch Pudding Cookies will satisfy any sweet and salty cravings you might have today!
Today I am sitting in the airport after attending the Build Your Blog conference in Salt Lake City. My brain is swirling with all the things I learned and the lack of sleep. But what a fun (and quick) weekend!
I got to meet so many bloggers that I have been “stalking” over the years, and they are just as sweet in person as they are on their blogs. I also got to meet so many people that read my blog….you girls totally filled my bucket this weekend! I heart all of you for making me feel like a rock star! I can’t wait to meet back up with all of you in June at BlogHer.
Maybe some cookies when I get home will help me think through everything I learned this weekend. Lately every time I make cookies I get the urge to throw pudding into the batter. These Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies started this crazy attraction to pudding cookies. Last fall I made these Butterscotch Pudding Cookies and shared them on I Heart Naptime…can you believe that I never shared them here???
I have 3 hours of layover time today, so I thought I would share this pudding cookie recipe for your kitchen. If you are a sweet and salty fan, these cookies are for you. Soft, chewy butterscotch pudding cookies filled with butterscotch and chocolate chips and crunchy bits of salty pretzels. Are you tracking with me here?
The pudding mix in the batter keeps the cookies soft, even days later. (Although let’s be honest…cookies never last long in a house with 3 kids.) When I bought the butterscotch pudding, I knew I wanted something else to pair with it since butterscotch can be overly sweet. I grabbed a bag of pretzels thinking that the salt from those would balance out the sweetness. It was the perfect mix of sweet and salty in every bite.
Maybe it’s a good thing my kids are cookie monsters…less pudding cookies for me to chow down on.
Here are a few other pudding cookies that we like to munch on:
Yesterday we had our first big snow storm of the season. Some parts of the state were under a blizzard warning. I am so glad we only got about 4 inches of the white stuff.
Want to know a secret? I don’t like snow. Oh, I don’t mind it one day a year when I can watch it coming down from inside my window. Sooner or later though I have to leave our warm cozy house and head to the store for groceries. There are others in my house who get grumpy when we don’t have real food for dinner [Read more...]
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...]
These Cinnabon Sugar Cookies are the perfect cookie to add to your holiday cookie trays this year.
This week I had someone order 10 dozen sugar cookies for an open house at a local hospital. Ten dozen sugar cookies is a lot of cookies. Mixing and baking is actually the easy part. But after frosting 120 cookies, my hand was tired of holding that frosting bag. It is always a great feeling when I box up an order, and know that I am done. Then I can move on to making goodies for all of you:-)
There was half a batch of sugar dough leftover when I got done with my order. Now you would think that I wouldn’t want to see another sugar cookie for at least a week or two. But no, I have had this Cinnabon syrup and sugar topping just waiting for the right time to bust it out. These sugar cookies were the right time. I couldn’t wait to finish them up and taste them. They were everything I wanted them to be:-)
I was cleaning up some photo folders on our computer and,
I realized that I have so many recipes from this summer that I still haven’t shared.
I’m sure that means I bake way too much and should probably slow down…
yeah, like that’s going to happen:-)
And I have the stretchy pants to prove it!!!
Yesterday our weather turned cooler…very fall like and wonderful.
Gotta love bringing out the jeans and hoodies.
I am so excited for my favorite season to be here non stop!!!
In the evening my husband got out our fire pit and we enjoyed a blazing fire.
The irony in this…we were huddled around the fire to keep warm…
while eating ice cream!!!
I came to the realization that just because summer is gone (I hope),
doesn’t mean we stop eating ice cream here.
And I’m betting that most of you keep eating ice cream too.
So, I think I am safe to share the couple ice cream goodies from this summer.
A chewy oatmeal peanut butter cookie…
studded with white chocolate Kit Kat bars.
What could be better?
Oh yeah, TWO of these cookies and vanilla ice cream in the middle.
Sandwich cookies are the best because you get 2 cookies + filling every time you have just one.
I definitely need to make more filled cookies just for that reason alone:-)
And you wonder why I wear stretchy pants…
- 1 c. peanut butter
- 1 c. butter
- 2 c. brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 3 eggs
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 1/2 c. flour
- 2 c. quick oats
- 3 c. chopped white chocolate Kit Kat bars
Did I get your attention with that comment?
Ok, well, really cookies are nothing like beds,
but it got you over here reading didn’t it?
Here is my big philosophical reason on beds and cookies…
I like big cookies and I have discovered that I like big beds.
The more the merrier, right?
See, in my mind, cookies are like beds.
The more cookies I have the merrier I am,
and the bigger the bed, more merriment I get from all that space!
Yes, I have strange ways of looking at things:-)
Last week we spent a week at the beach with my family.
The room we stayed in had a king sized bed.
I am more than ready to upgrade to one that size for my room at home.
You could do “snow angels” and not bump into the other person.
I have to admit something…
I kind of like my own space when I am sleeping.
Now don’t get me wrong, I like to cuddle.
But when it is time to sleep, lots of space is nice!!!
Well, unless it is freezing cold out, then I “steal” my hubby’s body heat.
So that King sized bed wouldn’t be as practical in the middle of winter, I guess.
Want to know something else I like to “steal”?
Cookies from the kitchen when no one is looking.
It’s a problem, I know!
Lately I have been all about making cake mix cookies,
so making a carrot cake version was bound to happen sooner than later.
I just love how quick and easy they are to make up!! (and to eat)
A few weeks ago my husband and I went on our church staff retreat.
Guess who was in charge of making sure we had enough sweet stuff to munch on?
Silly question to ask, huh? Me of course:-)
I made these cookies, some fudge, and some oreo balls.
These cookies disappeared at an alarming rate.
In fact, I do believe the last cookie got hidden, so it could be enjoyed later.
(and no, not by me:-)
- 1 carrot cake mix
- 1/2 c. butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 c. white chocolate chips
- 1/2 c. Kraft caramel bits
Then head over to Southern Lovely today, where I am guest posting
and sharing the recipe for these absolutely delicious cookies!!!
I can’t wait to see you there:-)