The Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Simple and loaded with chocolate, these Chocolate Chip Cookies are a country fair blue ribbon winner.  Crispy edges with a soft, chewy center, this cookie will turn any frown upside down. I didn't win...if you're wondering.  The blue ribbon at the country fair, I didn't win.  I HAVE, however, been making these cookies for a couple decades...ever since I snagged the winning recipe from the winner herself.  My ex-mother-in-law (are those hyphens correct???).  And don't worry, I'm sure she … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Oreo Truffles

Limited Edition Red Velvet Oreos are crushed beyond recognition in a food processor, mixed with cream cheese and rolled into little bites of bliss.  Then they're coated in white chocolate and decorated for Valentine's day making these Red Velvet Oreo Truffles the perfect gift for your sweetheart.  Or the perfect gift to yourself.   I found them!  Red Velvet Oreos DO exist and I found them at my local grocery store.  I've been waiting for them since their rumored existence in the fall. … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Blondies with Meyer Lemon Cream Cheese Swirl

Soft and chewy gingerbread blondies are swirled with a citrusy, smooth cream cheese filling.  Full of holiday spice, these blondies are a great dessert option for a last minute addition to your holiday menu. I should be wrapping gifts.  I've procrastinated all day  all month long.  I have a pile stacked to the ceiling in the closet in my basement and I just can't seem to get my butt to do it.  Plus, I have this recipe I have to share with all of you.  Because I know some of you are … [Read more...]

Triple Berry Baklava Bites

Delicate little pouches of heaven, Triple Berry Baklava Bites are crisp and sweet.  Filled with a blend of dried berries and nuts, sweetened with honey and the perfect size for popping in your mouth.  One bite and you'll be hooked. Baklava is a gift from the gods. The Greek gods if I remember correctly.  My recollection of Greek mythology is a bit fuzzy these days since my obsession with all things Zeus and his clan waned about 20+ years ago.  Yep, I'm old.  But that's probably when my … [Read more...]

Candy Cane Shortbread Cookies

Buttery and crisp, these festive cookies will leave a lasting impression.  Little ones will love their fun shape and everyone will love their sugary, buttery flavor.  A great project to get the kids to help with! I had the opportunity to, once again, participate in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  If you're not familiar with the cookie swap you're in for a real treat!  The swap is sponsored by two food bloggers, Lindsay and Julie, along with California Olive Ranch, OXO, Sheila's … [Read more...]

Chocolate Turtle Biscotti

Rich, crisp, chocolate biscotti drenched in creamy caramel and dark chocolate, sprinkled with chopped pecans and dipped into a steaming mug of coffee or cocoa.  There's no better way to start, or end, the day. My obsession began last year.....the biscotti obsession.  A trip to the Lancaster Central Market in downtown Lancaster, PA was what started it.  I visited a booth that had the most enticing and drool-worthy biscotti I've seen in like.....forever.  And each jar was filled with any … [Read more...]

DIY Chalkboard Cookie Tins

Fun and personalized, these cute cookies tins are easy to make and a great way to use up old, worn tins that are taking up valuable real estate in your storage closet. Just call me a pack rat. I don't like to get rid of anything, especially if it was received as a gift. When we moved last year I did my best to clear out the unused stuff but inevitably, during the purge, my emotions took over. So, I have things that really should have been trashed packed away in boxes in the storage room. … [Read more...]

No-Bake Peppermint Bark Cookies

Light and crispy chocolate wafers dipped in peppermint-infused white chocolate and then sprinked with crushed candy canes.....these are the ultimate holiday cookie.  Easy to make with only four ingredients and no baking required.  You will have trouble keeping these around. Catalog season is upon us my friends.  It's serious.  I have piles of kindling lying all over the house because I want to give them all a chance to win my love. But I can't keep up.  Seriously.  Everytime I open the … [Read more...]

Apple Butter Cheesecake Streusel Bars

These soft and chewy cheesecake bars are topped with apple butter and a sweet pecan streusel.  Easy to make and a fantastic way to mix up your usual holiday cookie tray. Apple butter takes me back to my childhood....not really in a super, fantastic, epic kind of way.  More in a... I had it in a sandwich once and took one bite.  One. Bite. I starved for the remainder of the day....well, that's how I remembered it in my child-sized mind.  For the record, my mom didn't make me this sandwich. … [Read more...]

Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Seed Toffee

Drenched in toffee and covered in chocolate, pumpkin seeds are turned into a unique and addicting fall treat.  A great hostess gift for upcoming Halloween parties or just to have for drop in guests.   Every year I dump some chocolate chips on some kind of toffee.  One year it was Saltine Cracker Toffee....or Christmas Crack as it's commonly known.  Last year, I poured that molten, sugary concoction on a pile of pretzels to make my Chocolate Covered Pretzel Toffee....yep, it was a great … [Read more...]