Soft and chewy apple spice oatmeal cookies sandwiched with brown sugar and cinnamon buttercream frosting and drizzled with salted caramel. Think of the perfect caramel apple pie you can eat with your hands!
It’s cookie swap time people! I’ve only been to one cookie swap party which was back home in the states. I really wish I had participated in more because now that I’m living overseas in Dubai I haven’t heard of anybody doing that sort of thing. I think they’re too beautiful and fit to be swapping dangerous and decadent cookies between one another. I’ve done a cookie swap through the mail before, so I thought that would work until I remembered it costs about 75.00 to ship a box to the U.A.E. Whoever gets stuck with me would probably sneeze all over my cookies.
I haven’t hit the peppermint craziness yet. I’ve still got apples and pumpkins on the brain. That’s why these Caramel Apple Cookie Sandwiches are perfect for a cookie swap party. There’s always someone in the group that’s a little too stubborn to let go of Fall. So while the tables are full of chocolate peppermint meringue cookies and red and green sugar cookies, these cookie sandwiches will be sure to stick out. Plus, salted caramel. I would be grabbing anything with salted caramel drizzle. I used my Apple Pie Cupcakes as inspiration for these cookie sandwiches.
These whimsical cupcakes have it all! Chopped white chocolate and tart dried cranberries baked right in the luscious cupcake base, swirled lemon cream cheese frosting, and sparkling cranberries glistening on the top. It’s my favorite Starbucks holiday treat in a cupcake!
So something very strange happened to me while I was doing my last minute grocery shop for Christmas day…
Santa Clause hit on me.
Ok, so not Santa Clause, but a fat (and a little too jolly) 65 year old man with a white beard. Let’s just say I was very uncomfortable and wanted to duck my head into the neck of my sweater and never return. Even the check out girl asked “Did that just happen?” I replied with “Yes, it did. Do you happen to sell rape whistles next to the gum?” So now I have proof that at 32 with 2 kids and 10 years of marriage under my belt, I still “got it”. At least to perverted old men. Find another chimney Santa!
Everyone’s favorite New York “Crack Pie” baked with Eggnog to give it a special Holiday twist. Chewy oatmeal cookie pie crust with a lusciously sweet and chewy filling will put these Eggnog Crack Pie Bars at the top of your wish list!
So I’ve never heard of this crazy thing called “Crack Pie” until I started diving deep into the food blogging world. Momofuku…what? Well, I don’t care where it came from or how much it is ($44.00 a pie!) because once I read the ingredients, I was already in a deeply committed relationship with this pie. Without tasting it, I knew this would be a heart breaker. But like in a strikingly handsome Marlon Brando kind of way. Let’s rewind. I meant to say young Marlon Brando…YOUNG Marlon Brando. Have you seen him in the Godfather? Yikes.
Well, since I wouldn’t be going to New York or Toronto anytime soon, I snagged the recipe off of Brown Eyed Baker and made a few changes. I added eggnog to the filling instead of boring old cream. It makes it extra naughty. And instead of baking it as a traditional pie, I just made them into bars for easier cutting and just to shake things up a bit. Like Marlon. He’s unpredictable you know?
Gooey and super fudgey brownies baked with a ton of love and mini peppermint patties to give it that extra Christmas kick! Topped with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candies, these Peppermint Hot Cocoa Brownies are the perfect treat on a cozy winter night!
Well, my jeans a feeling a little tighter. That’s how I know Christmas is almost here. Only 17 more sleeps people! We’re over that Thanksgiving holiday hump and shopping plazas are getting crazy cramped. I’ts been getting harder to grocery shop at my beloved Target lately. I feel a little lazy though…I haven’t really started my Christmas shopping yet! Eeek! I’ve done a few purchases online here and there but I haven’t hit the stores and elbowed my way through those treacherous aisles. I’ll be honest…I’m not ready to battle with those crazy and desperate holiday shopping moms. I keep seeing that 1980’s footage of violent grown adults fighting each other for the last Cabbage Patch Doll. That being said, I better suit up and start before I become one of those crazy desperate moms!
By suiting up, I mean getting a huge helping of my new favorite brownie. Peppermint Hot Cocoa Brownies. Who doesn’t love peppermint paired with dark chocolate. If you say no, leave the premises immediately. Or stay and check these out.
Perfectly moist cupcakes baked with toasted coconut and mini chocolate chips inside, swirled with vanilla frosting, and topped with a miniature Magic Cookie Bar. To make these Magic Cookie Bar Cupcakes even more decadent, they’re drizzled with sweetened condensed milk.
I’m so excited for today…it’s Christmas tree time! I’m usually in the Christmas mood around August, but when I finally get the tree decorated and the stockings up I feel it’s official. Christmas just got real. This is the first year we have introduced our four year old to “The Elf on the Shelf”. We started that a few weeks ago because any extra incentive for my preschooler to behave is priceless. He affectionately named him Norman and even though he considers Norman a friend, he’s a little terrified at how much power Norman holds. These days Oliver seems to be a little more well behaved, and that my friends is quite magical 🙂
Hands down, my favorite dessert is the Magic Cookie Bar. I write about my obsession for the retro treat in my post about these Biscoff Magic Cookie Bars. I’ve been on a mission to mash my favorite cookie bar with other desserts. I thought the cupcake was the perfect place to start. You can make anything the inspiration for your cupcakes and I love that!
Dark chocolate brownies cut into little Jawas and filled with peppermint dark chocolate ganache. Don’t forget the cute candy eyes for these Peppermint Jawa Brownies! These are irresistibly adorable and easy!
Things just got real folks. Christmas is so close! Only 33 more sleeps until that glorious morning is here! Yes, I am using way to many exclamation points right now, but I’m super giddy. The season has definitely started, evident in the fact that it took me 15 minutes longer to find a parking spot at the mall, and peppermint is everywhere! I tried to hold on to the pumpkin and sweet potato for as long as I could, but I’m just gonna give in.
Lately my son has been asking me to make something Star Wars again. Oliver is smitten. The first words out of his little mouth every morning are “Pew Pew Pew”. You Star Wars geeks will know exactly what that is. So to appease him, and my Christmas craziness, I made these Peppermint Jawa Brownies. Jawas are kind of the Christmas elves of Star Wars, right? You might be thinking…Star Wars and Christmas? Eh. Well let me give you this link: Star Wars Holiday Special. It will explain everything. If you ever get a hold of the footage, you might feel a little uneasy. It’s that bad. So bad it’s good.
Infamous Magic Cookie Bars with a little twist. Biscoff! Buttery Biscoff cookie crust with Biscoff sweetened condensed milk, dark chocolate chips, walnuts, and coconut. I wouldn’t have my Biscoff Magic Cookie Bars any other way!
Magic Cookie Bars are something I hold dear to my heart. My mother made them nearly every week during the holiday season. So you can say it’s one of my favorite sweets. Each bite brings me back to Southern California, where the December weather is cool, and Amy Grant’s Christmas album is on repeat. It’s about a week before Christmas and butterflys are fluttering in my little 6 year old tummy because Christmas morning is nearly here! I still get that way weeks before the big day. I’m 31.
One of the reasons I love Magic Cookie Bars is they’re classic and vintage. I adore vintage things. In the photo below, the layers are a little different. In my Biscoff Magic Cookie Bars the layers are as follows: Crust, condensed milk, chocolate chips, walnuts and coconut. Does it really matter? I’m not sure, but if there are some Magic Cookie Bar enthusiasts out there who would disagree, I implore you to make mine and then decide.
I bake quite a lot but I can honestly say that decorating sugar cookies totally intimidates me. One little sway of hand and it looks like my three year old took over. That’s why I usually stick with drop or thumbprint cookies. So I longingly browse other baking blogs that showcase incredible decorating skills. I’m absolutely in love with what Bridget over at Bake at 350 does with her cookies. If you haven’t seen her site please go look at her beautiful creations. Every one of her posts amaze me. I’m so envious!
So until I muster up the courage and dive into her world I created these simple snowflake sugar cookies. The recipe comes from her website and makes a firm dough that’s perfect for rolling out and cutting shapes with, yet the cookies come out really soft and flavorful when baked. I drizzled the sweet royal icing over the cookies with two piping bags filled with white and aqua. They’re cute, yummy, and perfect with hot cocoa or tea. Santa has come and gone so what does that mean? More cookies for us!
To decorate just lightly drizzle each color of icing at an angle on each cookie. You can use a zip lock baggie and cut a little hole in the corner or two piping bags. Once the icing hardens they’re ready to eat. If you’re patient enough!
Christmas is almost here! My family lives in Orlando, Florida and the temperature in December barely dips below 75 degrees. We hardly get to wear our scarves or bundle up in warm coats. Once in a while Florida will hit a mild cold front and so we indulge in hot cocoa. It’s the only way for it to “feel” like Christmas. Since beautifully cold winter weather is a rarity in my case, a hot beverage usually is not very comforting. Today’s forecast was a high of 84! Really?! Sigh…
So instead of sweating while I insist on drinking my favorite hot cocoa, I made it into a cookie sandwich. A brownie cookie sandwich to be exact. These peppermint brownie cookie sandwiches are amazing and if you’re planning on indulging in one or a few, a tall glass of milk is a must. The dark chocolate brownie cookies are perfectly rich and chewy. Imagine the fudgy part of the brownie with a light crisp layer on top. They are stuffed with a light marshmallow fluff frosting then rolled in crushed peppermint candies. Who needs winter? This recipe makes 12 peppermint brownie cookie sandwiches.