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...]

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...]

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...]

Coconut Cream Cookie Cups

Thank you Pillsbury for inspiring me to come up with these fun Coconut Cream Cookie Cups.

Coconut Cream Cookie Cups from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - easy cookie cups filled with a coconut cream filling

 A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to visit the Pillsbury kitchens as part of their Pillsbury Bloggers Holiday Event.  You can imagine how excited I was to get that email.  It was a blogger’s dream come true to be invited.  It was an action packed day and a half, and I was so excited to spend it with a great group of blogging friends.   [Read more...]

Peppermint Shortbread Bar Cookies

Peppermint Shortbread Bar Cookies - easy shortbread bars topped with dark chocolate, peppermint candy, and sprinkles  www.insidebrucrewlife.com

 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.

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Mocha Pumpkin Spice 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.

Mocha Pumpkin Spice Cookies - dark chocolate and pumpkin spice kisses make these cookies completely irresistible www.insidebrucrewlife.com

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...]

Chocolate Reese’s Pudding Cookies

Are you a party planner?  Do you wait to the last minute to get all your supplies?  If you answered yes, to either of these questions, then Walgreens is the place for you.  You can find all your last minute party planning snacks and treats in a hurry.

Walgreens last minute party table, Walgreens, #snackmadness , Coke Zero, Reese's

This weekend  the last games in the big college basketball tournament will be happening.  Will you be watching them?  Who are you rooting for?  I have to be honest, my bracket is still blank.

I’m not as into watching sports as the boys in my house.  They can sit and watch all the games every weekend.  But what I am into, is planning a fun party for friends to come over and enjoy treats and the big game with us.

Chocolate Reese's Pudding Cookies - soft chocolate cookies with plenty of Reese's Pieces to satisfy your chocolate cravings

I had the opportunity this week to visit Walgreens and to buy some snacks for a last minute party.  You can check out my shopping story on Google+.  Walgreens is a convenient place to shop for snacks and party decor when you only have a few minutes to spare.

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Our Walgreens was stocked with lots of Coke Zero and Reese’s products for game day.   Buying lots of Reese’s to snack on scores big points with me any day of the year.   While I was shopping, I picked up some 12 packs of Coke Zero to share with our guests.  Having drinks in cans means I can get away with not buying cups, and we can recycle those cans.

Of course I bought every kind of Reese’s product that Walgreens offered.  You don’t have to tell me twice to buy Reese’s.  They are my all time favorite candy.  I love baking different sweets like these Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies, Chocolate Reese’s Cheesecakes, and Marshmallow Reese’s blonde brownies with lots of Reese’s in each bite.

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When you have a lot of people over for a big game, you want your party food to be finger foods that can be easily eaten.  Cookies are always a good party choice.   I had a box of Hershey’s chocolate pudding in my cupboard, and I thought that would make the perfect pudding cookies with a few boxes of Reese’s pieces added in.

The answer is yes, I did eat some of the cookie dough before it was all baked :-)  It was delicious and who could resist all that candy?

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I wanted my game table to be festive but easy.  This corner of our living room was the perfect size for our 6 foot folding table.  I covered the table with a white plastic tablecloth that I found at Walgreens.  The party streamers were actually ones I had leftover from previous birthdays.  I love that I had the colors to match the serving bowls and trays that I bought from Walgreens.

I wanted some disposable plates on our table, so I wouldn’t be doing dishes after everyone left.  Walgreens had some different colored plates on one of their shelves.  I grabbed a few packs of the orange ones because they reminded me of basketballs.  I even used a sharpie to draw lines on a few of those orange plates making them look like basketballs that I could hang on the front of the food table.

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Now it was time to get everyone together to enjoy all the treats and a game.  We have lots of friends who just love when we send them a quick message saying we want to spend time with you, and we have treats to share too.  I think the treats are what sold them this time.  All I had to do was mention Reese’s recipes and they came running.  I am thankful for great friends that we can spend a fun evening with chatting and eating snacks.
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Walgreens is definitely the place to shop if you want to get together with friends for a last minute basketball game.  You can find everything you need to enjoy a night of #snackmadness .  You don’t have to tell me twice to start planning the next party.  And if that party include more Coke and Reese’s, I think it will be another win for the BruCrew Team!

Chocolate Reese's Pudding Cookies - soft chocolate cookies with plenty of Reese's Pieces to satisfy your chocolate cravings

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Chocolate Reese’s Pudding Cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 48 cookies

Chocolate Reese’s Pudding Cookies

Chocolate cookies made with instant chocolate pudding and Reese's pieces are the way to go if you are looking for a chocolate fix.

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 box instant Hershey's chocolate pudding mix (3.5 oz)
2 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups Reese's Pieces
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the egg, sour cream, and vanilla and beat again. Sift together the pudding mix, flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add to the creamed mixture beating on low until everything is combined. Stir in the Reese's and chocolate chips by hand. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
  2. Roll the dough into 1 1/2 - 2 inch balls. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 375* for 8-9 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest on baking sheet for about 2 minutes. Tap the tops of the cookies with the back of a spatula. Transfer cookies to a wire rack or wax paper. Let cool completely. Store in a sealed container on the counter for 4-5 days. Makes about 48 cookies.
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Butterscotch Pudding Cookies

Looking for another  pudding cookie recipe?  These Butterscotch Pudding Cookies will satisfy any sweet and salty cravings you might have today!

Butterscotch Pudding Cookies from www.insidebrucrewlife.com -butterscotch pudding and pretzel pieces give these cookies a fun sweet and salty twist

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.

Butterscotch Pudding Cookies from www.insidebrucrewlife.com -butterscotch pudding and pretzel pieces give these cookies a fun sweet and salty twist

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:

Coconut S’mores Pudding Sandwiches

Peppermint Mocha Pudding Cookies

M&M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

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Butterscotch Pudding Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 48 cookies

Butterscotch Pudding Cookies

Butterscotch pudding and pretzels give these cookies a fun twist.

Ingredients

1 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. quick oats
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 (3.4 oz.) box instant butterscotch pudding
1 c. chocolate chips
1 c. butterscotch chips
1 c. coarsely crushed pretzels

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again.
  2. Combine the oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and pudding mix. Slowly mix into the butter mixture until thoroughly combined. Do not over mix. Stir in the chips and pretzels by hand.
  3. Drop by small spoonfuls onto a baking sheet. Bake at 375* for 8-10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Store in a sealed container.
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Peppermint Snowball Cookies

Peppermint Snowball Cookies - easy cookies dipped in chocolate and candy cane pieces www.insidebrucrewlife.com

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...]