The Kitchen is My Playground: Cookies & Bars

Showing posts with label Cookies & Bars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cookies & Bars. Show all posts

Classic Snowball Cookies

October 7, 2019
With their slightly-sweetened shortbread-type dough rolled in a coating of confectioners' sugar, who doesn't just adore classic Snowball Cookies?  Also known as Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies, these tasty little bites are typically enjoyed around the holidays or for special occasions.  But they're so delicious, they deserve to be enjoyed all year long!
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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

September 12, 2019
Take a different twist the next time you bake chocolate chip cookies, and give these Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies a try.  Their nice mildly-chocolate flavored dough complimented by semi-sweet chocolate chips makes for one tasty cookie result, indeed!
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Chai Sugar Cookies

September 3, 2019
Chai lovers - these Chai Sugar Cookies are for you!  Because all that wondefully rich, warm, aromatic spice of a chai tea latte is absolutely fabulous in sugar cookie form, too.
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The BEST Classic Snickerdoodles

August 26, 2019
Follow these tips to bake up a fabulously tasty batch of the BEST classic Snickerdoodles!  Loaded with great cinnamon flavor and tang, and baked up pillowy-soft, these Snickerdoodles are the real deal.  And those cinnamon and Snickerdoodle lovers in your life will be ever-thankful to you for it.
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Salted Dark Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

August 5, 2019
Salted Dark Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies ~ Give "regular" peanut butter cookies an easy, elegant and amazingly tasty flair with a dunk in chocolate and a sprinkling of sea salt.
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Red White & Blue Chocolate-Dipped Sugar Wafers

June 20, 2019
Looking for a fun and easy little 4th of July treat to make for your celebration festivities?  I highly recommend these Red White & Blue Chocolate-Dipped Sugar Wafers.  They're an easy, festive, adorable, kid-friendly, crowd-pleasing treat that can absolutely be made at the last minute if need be.  Adored by both the kids and grown-ups alike, a platter of these babies will disappear lickety-split.
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Raspberry Truffle Brownies

May 5, 2019
Raspberry Truffle Brownies ~ Rich dark chocolate made-from-scratch brownies with a layer of creamy raspberry truffle topping.  These little beauties are decadently divine!

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Molasses Crinkles

December 19, 2018
Molasses Crinkles are our family-favorite classic molasses cookies.  Who needs those ginger snaps from a box when you can whip up your very own ginger & molasses beauties at home?  Oh, and these Molasses Crinkles are just perfect for that Christmas cookie exchange or cookie tray, too!
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Christmas Homemade Thin Mints

December 7, 2018
Who says you can't have Thin Mints for the holiday season?  You sure can with these copycat Christmas Homemade Thin Mints!  Crushed candy canes and sprinkles make this holiday version of the Girl Scout classic extra fun and festive.

Christmas Homemade Thin Mints image ~ Who says you can't have Thin Mints for the holiday season?  You sure can with these copycat Christmas Homemade Thin Mints!  Crushed candy canes and sprinkles make this holiday version of the Girl Scout classic extra fun and festive.


We all know and love the classic Thin Mint Cookie, right?  But what are you to do when the craving for their minty deliciousness strikes during the holiday season, when there's not a box in sight?

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Christmas White Chocolate-Dipped Rice Krispie Treats

November 26, 2018
Christmas White Chocolate-Dipped Rice Krispie Treats are a super easy, super cute, & super tasty Christmas treat.  They're perfect for a fun little gift or for a classroom (or anywhere) Christmas party treat!
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Christmas White Chocolate-Dipped Rice Krispie Treats Image ~ A super easy, super cute, & super tasty Christmas treat.  They're perfect for a fun little gift or for a classroom Christmas party treat!
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How to Make Homemade Samoas Cookies: Step-by-Step

November 15, 2018
Have you ever wondered how to make homemade Samoas Cookies?  ~ Start with a basic shortbread cookie base, add a scrumptious caramel coconut topping, then finish it all off with a dark chocolate dunk and drizzle, and you've got your very own homemade version of classic Samoas cookies. Just pair them with a big glass of milk for the perfect ooey-gooey cookie treat ... any time of the year!
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Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

September 10, 2018
With these super tasty Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies, the classic sweet-salty combination of salt and chocolate join forces in a scrumptious cookie form!  A little sprinkling of sea salt on top, too, is like the icing on the cake.
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Blueberry Pie Cookies

August 17, 2018
Stuffed full of my Mom's homemade fresh blueberry pie filling, Blueberry Pie Cookies are just like eating an adorable mini little blueberry pie.  Just no fork required!

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Pretzel Chocolate-Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

July 13, 2018
Pretzel Chocolate-Peanut Butter Chip Cookies ~ The delicious sweet-salty combination of salt, chocolate, and peanut butter joins forces in a fun and scrumptious cookie form!  Believe me, these aren't your average chocolate chip cookies.

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How to Make Homemade Thin Mints

June 26, 2018
With these steps on how to make homemade Thin Mints, there's no need to wait until "cookie season" to enjoy them!  Mix up a batch of chocolate sugar cookies and dunk them in peppermint-laced chocolate to enjoy a homemade version of the iconic cookie ~ even when no box is in sight.
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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

June 8, 2018
If you can cover a cherry in chocolate and turn out a totally-tasty-treat, then why not put that flavor combination in a cookie?  With these tasty Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies, we can enjoy the fabulous flavors of chocolate covered cherries ... in a fun cookie form.
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Cinnamon Roll Cookies

March 7, 2018
Don't want to make or eat cinnamon rolls but still want a sweet treat with great cinnamon taste?  Give Cinnamon Roll Cookies a try!
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You know what my Mom used to do with leftover pie crust dough when she'd make a pie?  She'd sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar, roll it up jelly-roll style, slice it, and bake it up.  And I loved it.  Absolutely loved it.

I think I might have even liked these little "cinnamon snails" better than I liked the pie itself.  (Well, unless it was blueberry pie.  Blueberry pie's my favorite.)

These cinnamon roll cookies remind me of my Mom's "cinnamon snails."  Only better.  Because they've got sugar glaze on the top, just like an actual cinnamon roll.

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Triple Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

February 17, 2018
Soft-and-chewy Triple Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies get their triple chocolate yumminess from the trio of cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and milk chocolate chips.  They're a family favorite cookie, for sure.

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Chocolate makes me happy.  Triple chocolate makes me even happier.  And triple chocolate in cookie form? ... I'm in cookie heaven.

And including a little whole-grain oats makes them healthy, right?  Okay, so maybe not so much with that last part ...

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Gingerbread Cookie Bites

December 12, 2017
These mini Gingerbread Cookie Bites are one perfectly-poppable Christmas cookie treat!  Great for gifting in a cute little bag, topping cupcakes or desserts, garnishing Christmas cocktails, or for just popping in your mouth as a smaller Christmas cookie treat.
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Mini Gingerbread Cookie Bites image ~ Great for gifting in a cute little bag, topping cupcakes or desserts, garnishing Christmas cocktails, or for just popping in your mouth as a smaller Christmas cookie treat.


I have to admit, classic gingerbread cookies are one of my absolute favorite Christmas treats.  There's just something about that molasses-and-spice combination in a nice, soft cookie I adore.

Sitting down to some with a nice hot cup of tea or tall glass of cold milk is a treat to be treasured, for sure.

But when it comes to enjoying my favorite gingerbread cookies, there are also two other things I have to admit:

1.  I don't like anything on them.  No frosting or icing at all.  To me, that just competes with their wonderful ginger-and-spice flavor.  I much prefer to enjoy them completely naked.

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For me, decorating cookies is simply an exercise in frustratingly glopping frosting in places I didn't intend for it to be, and being sadly disappointed in the result.
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

October 23, 2017
Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ When it comes to enjoying everyone's favorite oatmeal cookies, hold the raisins and mix in a hearty dose of chocolate instead!
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Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies image ~ When it comes to enjoying everyone's favorite oatmeal cookies, hold the raisins and mix in a hearty dose of chocolate instead!


When it comes to oatmeal cookies, don't give me one with raisins.  Nope.  I take my oatmeal cookies either plain or with a hearty dose of chocolate!  Like in these chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies that are one of my all-time favorite simple cookies.

Based off the recipe I shared in my post How to Make the Best Oatmeal Cookies, these cookies bring those same wonderful elements of great thickness, soft and chewy middles, great texture, and fantastic flavor ... all with the added bonus of chocolate.
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