My youngest daughter has always had a weakness for those brightly frosted, festively sprinkled sugar cookies that they sell at the mega market. You know the ones. There they are, right up at the front of the store, all puffy and fluffy, the frosting and sprinkles reflecting the theme of an upcoming holiday. I almost bought some for her recently and I stopped myself. I’m a baker. Surely I can recreate a sugar cookie! But I’m also inherently lazy. I mean, I’m always moving, but I don’t want to do more than necessary to get a job done (work smarter, not harder.) I didn’t want to make a dough that had to be chilled, rolled out, and cut out… ugh 😩 so much to do before cookie eating time. So, I took the idea of a frosted sugar cookie and turned it into Super Soft Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars! Less work, no need to chill or roll or cut, just press the dough into a pan and bake to deliciousness! (Read more…)
I feel like a recurring theme in this blog, and in my life, is things I hated as a kid that I love now. Butterscotch is one of those things. To me butterscotch evokes memories of that etched glass candy bowl that all grandmothers had in their living rooms with hard candies in them. If you were lucky, your grandmother had lemon drops or Jolly Ranchers. My Grandma Olga Mae kept plastic wrapped butterscotch candies. 😖 In MIssissippi, plastic wrapped meant the plastic was perma-stuck to the now sticky, overly sweet, weirdly savory tasting candy. Poor eight year old me. Fast forward many, many (many) years to randomly hearing someone on TV say that the quick cheater caramel I’ve always made with brown sugar, butter, and cream is actually butterscotch?! 🤯 You mean butterscotch isn’t that sickly sweet little sticky disc Olga Mae kept in that bowl for years on end? So when I saw a bag of Nestlé Butterscotch Morsels, I instantly wanted to try them! And what better way then to add them to a cookie? A rich Fall Maple Butterscotch cookie!! No sticky plastic wrapping required. (Read more…)
When I was a kid, eating my Halloween candy was a science. I divided my stash into groups: 1. Eat right away, 2. Not as good, eat anyway, and 3. Raisins. Right? Sometimes I’d have the wisdom to save one or two “eat right away” candies for the end, like dessert candy. Not usually. Sorting and eating usually took place within 12-24 hours max. On the other hand, my big brother hoarded his candy, doling it out to himself so slowly that he would still have candy left THE NEXT HALLOWEEN 😱. And he didn’t share. He gleefully didn’t share 😠. Anyway, I’m totally over that. As I’ve matured 😉, I eat less candy and it lasts much longer. Also, my kids are grown, we don’t get as many kids ringing our bell on Halloween, and I have too much candy leftover at the end of the night. Enter my Halloween Candy Cookies. Even the “not as good” candies are given a new and exciting life inside of a cookie! (Read more…)
I may have mentioned before that The Boy LOVES peanut butter. I don’t know if the word love can fully express his feelings towards peanut butter, but trust me, it’s a full blown thing, as seen in my other peanut butter cookie recipe. I, on the other hand, like peanut butter well enough, but really only crave it occasionally. A couple times a year I long for white toast, hot out of the toaster, smeared with peanut butter so quickly that it actually becomes a liquid. Swoon.
A Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie though? That is craveable. I don’t know if it’s from my Girl Scout Cookie selling days, when I ate my profits in Do-Si-Dos, or from TV commercials enticing me to “Have Another Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie!” Whatever it is, these cookies really scratch that snack itch. Peanut Butter Cookies, with just enough oats added to give them a little texture without tasting “oaty”, filled with a fluffy peanut butter filling… 🙇🏻♀️ Oh my (Read more…)
Sometimes you want a cookie. Sometimes the thought of making that cookie, using who knows HOW MANY bowls, SO MANY utensils, creaming things, chilling stuff, scooping (so much scooping), then – oh no they’re too flat, too puffy… AAAHHHH!!! YOU JUST WANT COOKIE IN YOUR MOUTH.
It’s going to be okay. I’m here to help. Let’s just stop the madness for a minute. Let’s just mix everything in a bowl, put it in a pan and bake it. It will taste just like a cookie, but will look like a slice of pie, because it’s Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie™ (I just made that up, but the trademark symbol is kinda cute, huh?) (Read more…)
What do you do when your dessert stand is empty and you have a peanut butter addict in your house? You make EXTREME Peanut Butter Cookies! With white chocolate and peanut butter chips, chopped and whole peanuts, a touch of oatmeal, and a sprinkling of sea salt, this is the cool kid of peanut butter cookies 😎 (Read more…)