Coconut Butter Caramel Kiss Blossoms AND a Cookbook Giveaway

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Ever since I made my first batch of Coconut Butter, I've been eating it with a spoon.  Sometimes I put it on toast but it was mostly a spoon snack...whenever I went to the pantry I was reminded it was there.  I'd grab a spoon and take a giant swipe of it and proceed to savor every last bit until the spoon looked so clean I could just put it back in the drawer.  I didn't...it made it to the dishwasher but it was tempting. I knew the first time I made it I wanted to bake something with it.  I … [Read more...]

Easy Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark | The Suburban Soapbox

Someone sent me a tin of Peppermint Bark for Christmas one year....it was from Williams-Sonoma....it was pretty expensive...for candy.  Well, if you savor it over a one month period it's probably pretty reasonable but if you sit with your daughter and devour the entire thing in one sitting....it's not very economical.  We wanted more.  We wanted it immediately. I pulled out the WS catalog and couldn't believe the price....it was gift worthy, it was not worthy of every night gluttony.  So, we … [Read more...]

Salted Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars (Millionaire Bars)

Salted Chocolate Caramel Shortbread | The Suburban Soapbox

Have you heard of these before?  I felt they were fitting since the Mega Millions Jackpot is reaching a record high.  Approximately $585,000,000 the last time I checked.  What a Happy New Year that would be for the lucky winner! I bought a ticket last night when I finished grocery shopping.....the grocery bills are so high lately that I felt like $585 million dollars would make it sting a lot less.  Don't you agree?  And you have to get in the game.....am I right?  So I spent a whopping $5 … [Read more...]

White Chocolate Candy Corn M&M Brownie Cookies

M&M Brownie Cookies

These accidentally fell into my cart....the M&M's.  I don't even know how it happened.  I don't even like candy corn but these White Chocolate Candy Corn M&M's are fantastic!  I would have eaten the whole bag if I didn't do something with them quickly. I didn't want to just do the ordinary sugar cookie so I came up with the brownie cookie idea one early morning (3 AM to be exact) when I was suffering from insomnia.  Suffering from insomnia and thinking about brownie cookies...my … [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Tip: How to Freeze Dough

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I saw Halloween Peeps the other day at the store....four days into the month of August to be exact.  AUGUST.....Halloween Peeps!  It made me angry for no other reason than it was a huge warning that summer is coming to an end.  And then I had a flashback to my Twelve Days of Cookies series last year.  Something I didn't share with you all.....that was Twelve Days of Cookie Torment for me.  I made cookies, photographed cookies and wrote about cookies for twelve days straight.  That series was not … [Read more...]

The Twelve Days of Cookies – Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

I saved the best (and easiest!) for last.  These are, by far, my favorite cookie out of the twelve I've made.  This was the first cookie I made when I lived on my own.  This cookie recipe and I....we have memories. I remember my mother making these when I was little.  And I remember not remembering what kind of cookie they were and hunted down the recipe for weeks when I was on my own.  I knew they were rich, chocolately and sinfully delicious.  I knew they were something I would make for … [Read more...]

The Twelve Days of Cookies – Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookies with Eggnog Buttercream

Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookies with Eggnog Buttercream

When I was little, I remember seeing Eggnog in the refrigerator every Christmas.  What I don't remember is ever seeing anyone drink it. Ever. It did end up disappearing, someone was drinking it....I know that someone was not me.  Eggnog just didn't sound very tasty. Until today I never tried it, my husband and I had a conversation about this just last week.  And we both agreed Eggnog doesn't sound like something that was on our bucket list.  But then I started to wonder.....maybe we were … [Read more...]

The Twelve Days of Cookies – Cinnamon Double Chocolate Meringues

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Sometimes, during the holidays, you just need something light.  A little sweet treat but something that won't weigh you down and make you feel like you should take a long nap under a clothing rack in Nordstrom.  Not that I have ever considered doing such a thing. Really. A meringue is the perfect cookie, sweet and airy with very little calories.  It is, after all, just egg whites and sugar.  They are perfect, especially if you're counting calories during the holidays....but who does that?  … [Read more...]

The Twelve Days of Cookies – Pecan Pralines

Pecan Pralines

Ok, so I know this is not technically a "cookie" but it's shaped like a cookie and everyone likes a little candy mixed into their cookie tray. Right? Well, I do....so I'm sharing this recipe with you whether you're a cookie-candy person or not. An old friend, who lived in Louisianna, gave me this recipe about 15 years ago. We lost touch several years ago but everytime I eat a praline I think of her. It makes me realize how fast time goes by and how easy it is to lose touch with people that … [Read more...]

The Twelve Days of Cookies – Vanilla Bean Tuiles

Coffee Ice Cream with Vanilla Bean Tuiles

I just received a new cookbook to review called "Pure Vanilla - Irresistible Recipes and Essential Techniques" by Shauna Sever.  As you might have guessed, the entire cookbook contains recipes using vanilla...in everything.  I'm more of a chocolate girl myself, however, this book could change me.  The cover, itself, is rather enticing.  So, I thought it would be fitting to test out a vanilla cookie recipe for The Twelve Days of Cookies. I picked a simple Vanilla Bean Tuile and it really … [Read more...]