Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies Recipe

cream cheese sugar cookies
There is nothing more classic than a cream cheese sugar cookie with sprinkles at Christmas (or any other holiday or regular day for that matter). This recipe is so easy to make, it’s a great opportunity to get the kids involved and make memories together. You’ll love how fast you can whip these up and even more how amazing they taste. The cream cheese and butter together make such a soft sweet buttery cookie you’ll have a hard time stopping at one. Wait? Who said you had to stop at one. Ha! [Read more...]

Leftover Halloween Candy Recipes



I don’t know about you, but our neighborhood was sadly lacking in trick or treaters this year.  I have about 4 bags of leftover candy  (yikes!) and I’m too weak-willed to have it around for long.  Here are some leftover Halloween candy recipes to use up that stash in a creative way!


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Oreo Turkey Cookies

Save your candy corn, whoppers and peanut butter cups – you’ll want to use it on these cute Turkeys for Thanksgiving!

Candy Cookie Cake

Have a birthday coming up?  Bake up a cookie cake and instead of chocolate chips, chop up lots of chocolate candy, throw in m&m’s and whoppers, and make it a super treat!  Here’s how to make a cookie cake. (Refrigerated cookie dough makes it crazy simple!)



Rice Krispie Pumpkins for Thanksgiving 

Save up those tootsie rolls!  Pumpkins are NOT just for Halloween – make these easy Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins for the kids on Thanksgiving, because not everyone likes (or due to certain allergies can eat!) pie :)

Ice Cream Sundae Toppings

Announce a special ice cream sundae night with all kinds of candy toppings (make it a celebration of good grades, or just no reason at all)


Cake Mix Cookie Bars

Bake up these easy cake mix cookie bars and sprinkle liberally with candy.   Great for a class treat!

Pinata Party

Another way to get rid of the candy is to make a pinata and fill it with your Halloween surplus.  Then throw a little party!  Find out how to make a pinata for cinco de mayo here!


Fall Candy Popcorn

Plan ahead for a family movie night and get some Fall Candy Popcorn ready to roll out.

Thanksgiving Candy Bark

Just like the Easter Candy Bark we made here – you can easily buy colored candy melts in Fall colors and add candy to make Fall Candy Bark.


Frugal Christmas Gift: Cookie Mix in a Jar

Put aside the chocolate or m&m’s for later and when it gets closer to Christmas you can make up this Frugal Christmas Gift of Cookie Mix in a Jar as teacher or coworker gifts!

Save for Gingerbread Houses

Lots of the candy will keep until December – so save it to decorate your Gingerbread cottage!

Freeze for Later

Don’t have any pressing reasons to bake?  Just freeze your candy and it’ll save until a rainy day when  you’re in a baking mood.

NOTE: During the freezing process, the paraffin wax in the chocolate sometimes separates from the chocolate a little, which is what causes it to look white when you open it.  As long as you’re cooking with it it won’t matter, but if you’re gifting the candy it’s not going to look pretty.



Do you have any creative uses for your leftover Halloween candy?  We’d love to hear them!

12 FALL Treat Ideas!

Have a Halloween party to bake for this week?  

We’ve posted some of our favorite Fall treat ideas and recipes over the last few weeks – here they are all in one place!

  1. Pumpkin Cake Balls
  2. Scarecrow Crunch
  3. How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds in Oven
  4. Candy Corn Cookies
  5. Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins
  6. Cream Cheese Pumpkin Dip 
  7. Boo Brownie Cupcakes Recipe
  8. Oreo Turkey Cookies
  9. Easy Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe (this is my family’s official Holiday pie)
  10. Witches Hats Halloween Cookies
  11. Turkey Jar Pretzels
  12. Carrot Cake Blondies Recipe

Check out lots more Dessert Recipes here!

Homemade Fall Candy & Popcorn Recipe

Kasey here, earlier this week my friend, Barbie, posted a pic of this amazing candy and popcorn that she and her husband made together. It was chock full of candy yumminess and I had to get the recipe!  It’s a family recipe that she has been making for years. In fact, she said her great aunt Glo taught her how to make it when she was just little in her kitchen at the beauty shop while her Grandma had her hair done. I love recipes like this, it’s such a great way to create memories that last a lifetime with your children. This is a perfect recipe to make with the kids, you can actually add any kind of candy you want (think left over Halloween candy). I have included Barbie’s instructions below.
  • First, I prep the candy I am going to put on top of the popcorn. I picked the blue M&M’s out of a couple bags of M&M’s and let the kids eat them while I crushed oreo cookies with a rolling pin in a gallon bag. I added candy corn as well.
  • Then, I popped popcorn. I use an air pop popcorn popper. If you don’t have an air popper you can pop popcorn in a paper bag in your microwave. It’s so easy and works great (how to here). Just be sure you pick out the kernels that didn’t pop either way. (I have heard of using regular microwave popcorn, but I’ve never tried it. I don’t know if the oils would cause an issue with the almond bark.
  • I think a pound of almond bark will cover about 15 quarts of popped popcorn. While it’s melting I cover a counter or my table with wax paper.
  • Once it’s melted I spoon it onto the popcorn and stir from the bottom up, adding more as I go. Once the popcorn is covered spread it out on the wax paper. Working quickly sprinkle the candy over the top and let the it sit until the it’s no longer tacky. It doesn’t take long, approx 20 minutes.
  • This is where my pictures stops, but this is really important. Melt some candy melts in a bag in the microwave, 15 seconds at a time on 50% power. Once it’s melted drizzle the candy melts over the top. It’s the glue that holds it all together. Let that sit up, break it up and turn it over and sprinkle with more candy and drizzle with candy melts again.
I love this pic of her precious babies waiting patiently for a bite. Do you have any family traditions that involve recipes that have been passed down to you? Making memories with our families is such a treasure. I personally hope my kids always remember us working in the kitchen together, creating our family’s favorite recipes.

Pumpkin Cake Balls


Jamie here, I love making Cake Balls – they’re easy and scrumptious and they don’t need to be perfect to be impressive at a gathering. (Um hello – anything covered in melted chocolate is going to impress chocolate lovers!). The outside is a nice hard chocolate shell and the inside is a cakey-truffle consistency. So. Good. So since we have our annual bake sale coming up at church, I decided to whip up some Pumpkin Cake Balls with the kids.


Let me start by saying that I’m not a patient person when it comes to baking with my kids.  They frazzle my nerves if I’m wanting to make sure things turn out “pretty”.  But cake balls have a couple steps that are just right for the littles to help with – for instance, after you bake the cake and it cools a little, let them be the ones who crumble it up with their hands in a big bowl.  Then they can stir the frosting around in the bowl until the cake is a stiff play-doh consistency.  AND they can even be the ones who roll the cake into balls.  (Although I recommend scooping out equal size balls with a cookie scoop for them so they end up the same size).

Now all that’s left is for you to shoo them out of the kitchen for the dipping in chocolate step.  That’s literally the ONLY part of this recipe that needs some skill and patience.:)  Don’t you feel like this could be a good family baking project after all?  I promise it’s pretty darn stress-free!

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Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins Recipe


Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins Recipe

Looking for a cute Fall treat?  Just wanted to remind you about this easy one!

Jamie here!   Fall is in the air and everything’s coming up Pumpkin… even rice krispie treats!  I was in charge of the classroom snack this week, so over the weekend I tested out this cute idea for Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins.  They turned out to be super-adorable (and super-easy!)  Here’s how to make these Rice-Krispie Treat Pumpkins:

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