Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies Recipe

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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...]

Candy Cane “Buttons & Bows” Cookies Recipe!

Candy Cane Buttons & Bows Cookies

I’m not a huge fan of peppermint candy – to me it seems like a total waste of sugar – but I am REALLY fond of the Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses.

I picked up a couple bags yesterday, but let’s be honest:  If I sit here and look at that candy I will be as fat as Santa by Christmas time.  So I made these fun cookies with them!

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Being limited on time, I gladly went semi-homemade with the help of a bag of Betty Crocker Chocolate Chunk Cookie mix. (Also check out our “Lazy Girl’s Cookies in a Jar” idea if you’re strapped for time.)

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Following the directions for the mix, I whipped up a batch of chocolate chunk dough and dropped it by plops onto a cookie sheet.  I’m a big fan of using tin foil on my cookie sheets – because if I haven’t mentioned it yet, I’m kinda lazy and I hate to wash dishes.

 

 

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Once you pull the chocolate chunk cookies out of the oven – place a candy cane kiss into the top of each cookie. Push it in pretty deep, that way it can start melting into a pretty candy-cane puddle.  Every couple minutes, work your way around the cookie sheet gently pushing the tip of the kiss down to make sure it flattens out some more.  At the end it will look like a candy cane button. Cute!

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While my second sheet of cookies was baking, inspiration struck!  I sliced the candy cane kisses down the middle and lay them on top the cookies with their points touching – like a candy cane bow!  Again – as they melt you’ll want to gently push them down a bit so they spread out a little.

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Looking down at the sheet of cookies, I thought - Buttons & Bows!

For a delusional moment there, I thought about how extremely clever I was and how it would be even MORE awesome if I had brownie bites and I called them “button & bow brownie bites”.   But honestly – that might be just too much cuteness for one title.  :)   Of course, it was WAY too much cuteness for the teenagers at Youth Group last night who refused to refer to them as buttons and bows  – but instead eye-rollingly referred to them “Zippers and Snaps”, “Those zipper cookies” and other silliness.

That’s just teenagers for you.  They’ll stuff your awesome cookies in their ungrateful faces while making fun of you.  Gotta’ love ‘em ;)

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Regardless – the chocolate and mint combo was spot-on.  They complimented each other really well and both my family and the kids at youth group asked for me to make more!

Packaging Note: The kisses were still a little gooey a few hours later – so unless you have plenty of time to let these sit so the kisses can re-harden, the gooey-ness might make it difficult to pack for gift-giving.

Christmas Tree Grahams

I see so many cute recipes online that I think I can make. In reality, I know that most would take me hours upon hours and end up looking like a Pinterest fail. This recipe is so simple, easy, and festive for the Christmas season. It won’t take an entire day to make and the kiddos can join. In fact, I think it’s easier than rolling out sugar cookie dough and making decorated cookies. You can make as many or as little as they want and you could even try out other themes such as snowflakes, mittens, wreathes, etc.
Christmas Tree Grahams Ingredients - 
  • 12 oz green candy melts 
  • graham cracker squares M&M baking bits (located in the baking section)
  • Rolos, cut in 1/2 (keeping them in the fridge prior to making your trees help them hold their shape while cutting in 1/2)
  • small sadnwich baggie
  • kitchen scissors
  • toothpicks
Directions - 
#1. Pour the green candy melts into a microwave safe dish. Heat in the microwave in 30-40 second increments, stirring until melted. Allow the melted chocolate to cool slightly before handling.
#2. Scoop the melted green chocolate into the small sandwich baggie. Snip the end and make a small triangle outline on a graham cracker square (see photo).
#3. Give each tree a base using 1/2 a Rolo – use the toothpick to spread a little bit of melted chocolate onto the flat side and place under the tree.
#4. Fill in the tree with the green chocolate and use a toothpick to fill in the gaps (see photo).
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#5. Use the mini M&M baking bits to decorate the tree. (see photo)
#6. Repeat with the desired amount of graham cracker squares.

 

Christmas Tree Grahams
 
Ingredients
  • 12 oz green candy melts
  • graham cracker squares
  • M&M baking bits (located in the baking section)
  • Rolos, cut in ½ (if you keep them in the fridge prior to making trees they hold their shape better while cutting in ½)
  • small sadnwich baggie
  • kitchen scissors
  • toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Pour the green candy melts into a microwave safe dish. Heat in the microwave in 30-40 second increments, stirring until melted. Allow the melted chocolate to cool slightly before handling.
  2. Scoop the melted green chocolate into the small sandwich baggie. Snip the end and make a small triangle outline on a graham cracker square (see photo).
  3. Give each tree a base using ½ a Rolo - use the toothpick to spread a little bit of melted chocolate onto the flat side and place under the tree.
  4. Fill in the tree with the green chocolate and use a toothpick to fill in the gaps (see photo).
  5. Use the mini M&M baking bits to decorate the tree. (see photo)
  6. Repeat with the desired amount of graham cracker squares.

German Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe

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Every year we travel to Georgia to my mom’s house to celebrate Thanksgiving with my side of the family. It’s my mom’s favorite holiday, so when we first got married we decided that we would spend Thanksgiving with my family. I just love everything about Thanksgiving. In fact, I love everything leading up to Thanksgiving from bonfires, pumpkin patches, hay rides, cool fall mornings, hot chocolate and everything in between. If those aren’t enough reasons, two of my three babies were born two weeks before Thanksgiving, so we have much to be thankful for in our home. [Read more...]

Super Simple Baked Apples

 

 

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Super Simple Baked Apples

 

How amazing would your house smell after making these super simple baked apples??

The best kind of baking is the kind that fits easily into every day life!  While everyone’s day is different and each household has its own rhythm, this super simple and easy baked apple recipe is something that fits really seamlessly into our routine as a reasonably healthy dessert that can cook while we’re having dinner and cleaning up the dishes afterwards.  Here it is!

 Check out more Dessert Recipes here!

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Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies Recipe

Jamie here! My very favorite cookie in all the world is a no-bake cookie.  It’s probably because my very favorite candy in all the world is peanut butter fudge.  And when nothing else can fill that empty void in my heart like peanut butter fudge – it’s time to whip up a batch of no bake cookies.  Traditional no-bake cookies have cocoa in them as well, but if you don’t like all the chocolate getting in the way of your peanut butter love affair – these are the ticket :)

Now keep in mind, these are probably NOT the cookies you make for your child’s classroom party – all that peanut butter is going to give some poor allergic child serious troubles.  These are a super-secret-gobble-them-up-at-home indulgence just for you and your inner circle ;)

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups White Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Sticks Butter or Margarine
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups Peanut Butter (Smooth or Chunky)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 1/2 Cups Quick Oats

Directions:

  1. Cook the sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan on medium heat until you’ve brought it to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.
  2. Once it reaches a rolling boil – cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly (NO MORE!)
  3. Remove from heat and mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until fully incorporated.
  4. Stir in quick oats a little at a time.
  5. Continue to stir gently until the mixture has cooled a bit and is thicker.
  6. Drop onto wax paper to cool completely and harden.

COOKIE TROUBLESHOOTING: No matter how many times I’ve made these and know exactly what I’m doing – no bake cookies sometimes turn out too soft.  When that happens – hide them from the kids until they dry out and firm up a little.  Then place on a cooling rack so the bottoms can do the same.

Do NOT do what my mom did when I was a kid and stick them in the freezer until they’re hard enough to hold in your hand. (And possibly dislodge a filling)

Or what the heck – if you’re in a hurry you can do that too.  They taste pretty great no matter what little glitches happen :)

 

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups White Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Sticks Butter or Margarine
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups Peanut Butter (Smooth or Chunky)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 1/2 Cups Quick Oats

Instructions

  1. Cook the sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan on medium heat until you've brought it to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.
  2. Once it reaches a rolling boil - cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly (NO MORE!)
  3. Remove from heat and mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until fully incorporated.
  4. Stir in quick oats a little at a time.
  5. Continue to stir gently until the mixture has cooled a bit and is thicker.
  6. Drop onto wax paper to cool completely and harden.
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 Still craving more Peanut Butter Recipes??

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If you’re avoiding processed foods, you also may want to check out Kasey’s super-popular Homemade Natural Peanut Butter Recipe!

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And encourage the kids to eat their fruit with this scrumptious recipe for an Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter After School Surprise Dip