Oh, America how I miss thee. I miss your Christmas decorations that come way too early, your change of seasons, and your mountains of canned pumpkin puree. That last part is really pulling on my heart strings. I live in Dubai, and canned pumpkin does not come easily. At home I usually can grab some year round and go pumpkin crazy. In Dubai, not so much.
Hello everyone! From the magical land of Dubai! To say these past couple of months have been a crazy ride is a complete understatement. Moving two small children across the world is pretty insane. Most people would probably not recommend uprooting your whole family and move to the Middle East. I say if you’re young and the opportunity to immerse your kids in an amazing multi-cultural city full of adventure, DO IT!!!
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!
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.