Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars are a fun, easy recipe spin on the classic after-school lunch. It’s officially back to school season.

And I am counting my lucky stars that I’m no longer in school. Phew! I do not miss the nervous energy surrounding the first day of school, the hours planning the perfect outfit, and the awkwardness of seeing everyone again after a long summer apart.

I do, however, enjoy shopping for school supplies, mainly because it’s another way to spend money I don’t have. There’s nothing like the smell and potential of fresh composition books, cracking open a new day planner, or scribbling out the first couple words with your new mechanical pencils and pens. I buy allthecolors of highlighters because highlighting is just one of the ways my OCD manifests itself. And snapping open a new binder sends happy chills down my spine.

Except, of course, for the going to school part. Again: I’m so thankful I’m done with those days!

But for the many kiddos heading back to school, it can be fun. You’re reunited once again with your pals, you have a fresh start to a new year, and the first week there’s hardly any homework, so that’s a bonus. And with back to school comes school lunches and treats… and that’s precisely where these Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars come into play!

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars are a fun, easy recipe spin on the classic after-school lunch. These bars are perfect for back to school season since PBJs are synonymous with school… at least in my mind :) They consist of a buttery peanut butter cookie bar filled with sweet strawberry jam… and I know you’ll love them!

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars are a fun, easy recipe spin on the classic after-school lunch. This recipe is in partner with Krusteaz, where I’m a part of their Bakers Dozen program. This is a yearlong program in which I’ll be bringing you delicious recipes, tips and tricks on behalf of Krusteaz, featuring their line-up of amazing products. This recipe uses their Double Peanut Butter Cookie Mix which is absolutely delicious! Buttery, peanut buttery and rich, it’s the perfect base for these bars! This is the first of many treats, so I hope you enjoy!

Now, ready for the recipe?! Click HERE to get the recipe! 

Enjoy!

xo, Hayley

 

The Easiest Coconut Macaroons

These are the EASIEST Coconut Macaroons you'll ever make! Only 5 simple ingredients you probably have on hand produces the chewiest, sweetest cookies!So you guys know how much I hate the TV show House Hunters, right?

I still hate it with a fiery passion in my soul.

And my family? Loves it. It’s always on in my house, probably just to spite me. I cannot fathom how anyone with emotions can successfully watch an episode without erupting into a manic rage. It is so infuriating.

Everyone on that show is aggravating, nit-picking every.single.thing about each house like they’re being paid to criticize every excruciating detail (which they probably are). And they have such crazy, outlandish requests which always baffle me to no end.

“My husband travels a lot for work, so we need to be close to an airport… but we want to live in the country.”

“Well, this house is about 200 miles from a jail. So if a prisoner hypothetically broke out of jail, he’d come straight for our house since it’s so convenient.”

“This spare bedroom holds a bed, a dresser, and a nightstand, but it’s too small. Guests who stay over will feel uncomfortable, since they’ll likely spend all day in this room like antisocial weirdos.”

“I’m a voyeur who likes spying on her neighbors, so there must be a window in every room in the house, including the closets.”

“We want to live five minutes from downtown but we want a big yard for our kids.”

“Well, this is on the beach like we wanted, but now we’ll probably track sand in the house. Does this house have sand-preventing floors?”

“We asked for a duplex, you gave us a duplex, but we don’t want to hear our neighbors, so let’s complain to the real estate agent about it.”

“I want an open floor plan but I also want the home to be 400 sq. feet.”

“This house has white appliances. I want black. Let’s not buy it for this reason alone.”

“This house has a hideous paint job. Let’s not buy it for this reason alone.”

“I want a house on the beach but I don’t want to hear the ocean.”

See? Totally infuriating. I still don’t understand how this show is on-air. Or how they find that many irritating people to try out for it.

End rant.

Anywho, for the past couple of months I’ve been searching for the perfect Coconut Macaroon recipe and folks, these are it. They’re perfectly domed, chewy bites of heaven that are bursting with toasty coconut. There are a couple of different ways to prepare coconut macaroons, but I chose the sweetened condensed milk way. To me, it’s easier than the egg white version and produces a sweeter, better-tasting macaroon. (And by the way, these are macaroons. Macarons, with one ‘o’, are the French style sandwich cookies).

These are the EASIEST Coconut Macaroons you'll ever make! Only 5 simple ingredients you probably have on hand produces the chewiest, sweetest cookies!So if you’re looking for the easiest coconut macaroons ever, this is your recipe!

Enjoy!

These are the EASIEST Coconut Macaroons you'll ever make! Only 5 simple ingredients you probably have on hand produces the chewiest, sweetest cookies!*adapted from allrecipes

5.0 from 2 reviews
The Easiest Coconut Macaroons
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These tender and chewy Coconut Macaroons are the easiest cookies ever!
Ingredients
  • 5 & ½ cups shredded coconut (I used sweetened)
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • Melted chocolate, if desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the coconut and flour until coated. Pour in the sweetened condensed milk and both extracts and using a spoon or spatula, blend together to coat.
  3. Drop rounded, heaping Tablespoonfuls of the sticky mixture onto the cookie sheets about 1-2" apart. Bake for approx. 12-15 minutes or until golden and lightly toasted. Cool completely.
  4. *if you'd like, dip the bottoms in the melted chocolate and allow to set before serving.

These are the EASIEST Coconut Macaroons you'll ever make! Only 5 simple ingredients you probably have on hand produces the chewiest, sweetest cookies!Chewy, toasty, flavorful and sweet – these cookies are the ultimate for any coconut lover!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

 

Cake Batter Lush Dessert

This No-Bake Cake Batter Lush Dessert is SO easy to whip up! It's sweet, fluffy, light and absolutely delicious and tastes exactly like cake batter!So I need new pants.

I came to this conclusion when I realized after working out that my pants were see-through.

Underwear. Underwear everywhere. All up in everyone’s sweaty gym faces. *groans*

In my defense, it wasn’t like I was wearing mesh shorts to the gym. They’re basic black bike shorts… ones I thought under the incorrect notion that they were opaque. I wasn’t dressed like I was going to the club. In fact, I kind of looked like a bum in bike shorts. What a sight to behold indeed.

And to think I was down on my hands and knees doing fire hydrants and mountain climbers with see-through shorts. I’ll bet that was a sight to behold.

What I want to know is, why didn’t anyone say anything to me? Not that I expect people to, but if I saw someone begrudgingly doing squats and realized her shorts were sheer I’d probably be pointing it out to her.

Maybe people were intimidated by my form? KIDDING. I have no form. And I’m hardly intimidating.

Anywho. After realizing this I immediately rushed home and insisted on stuffing my face with this Cake Batter Lush. If you don’t know, ‘lush’ is basically a pudding dessert and it’s absolutely heavenly. This one is flavored with the sweet taste of cake batter, and it’s positively perfect for any sprinkle-lover.

It’s made with French vanilla pudding and Birthday Cake Golden Oreos, which add to that cake battery goodness. You layer the lush with an Oreo crust, then top it with the pudding mixture and the Cool Whip. Lastly, I top it with more chopped Oreos and sprinkles for a festive touch and added crunch.

You guys are gonna love it!!

This No-Bake Cake Batter Lush Dessert is SO easy to whip up! It's sweet, fluffy, light and absolutely delicious and tastes exactly like cake batter!*adapted from my S’mores Lush recipe

5.0 from 3 reviews
Cake Batter Lush Dessert
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This No-Bake Cake Batter Lush is absolutely heavenly! It tastes exactly like cake batter!
Ingredients
  • 36 Birthday Cake Golden Oreos
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) French Vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup dry Funfetti cake mix (just the dry powder)
  • 4 cups Cool Whip (about 2 8-oz pkgs), divided
  • About ½ cup sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Place 20 cookies in a gallon size resealable bag and begin crushing the cookies with a rolling pin or meat mallet until the cookies become coarse crumbs. Pour the cookie crumbs into a large bowl with the melted butter and toss to combine. Press into a greased 8 or 9-inch square baking dish, compacting them loosely in there. Set aside.
  2. Wipe out the bowl and add in the pudding mix, dry Funfetti mix and milk, whisking until combined and letting sit for 2 minutes. Add in one package (2 cups) of the Cool Whip and ¼ cup sprinkles, folding it in until combined. Carefully spread this mixture over the cookies in the pan.
  3. Spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top of the cake batter pudding layer.
  4. Crush the remaining cookies in another plastic bag until coarse crumbs as formed. Sprinkle the cookies over the top with the sprinkles. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before cutting into slices to serve.

This No-Bake Cake Batter Lush Dessert is SO easy to whip up! It's sweet, fluffy, light and absolutely delicious and tastes exactly like cake batter!Sweet, fluffy, airy and light, you’ll love this cake battery delight! My family went nuts over this lush!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Tutti-Frutti Cookie Clusters

These Tutti-Frutti Cookie Clusters are delicious, fruity, no-bake cookies that are so easy to whip up! Back in January, I made these Avalanche Cookie Clusters. And they rocked my face off.

And since then, I’ve been brainstorming other ideas of cookie clusters… mainly because I wanted an excuse to get my hands dirty and eat some glorified marshmallows.

And folks – these Tutti-Frutti Cookie Clusters are it.

They came to me when I was mindlessly snacking on a bag of fruity marshmallows, as I usually do. Marshmallows are pretty much my favorite snack around these parts.

And I thought that these marshmallows plus Fruity Pebbles would be the ULTIMATE treat. I mean, is there anything better on god’s green earth? (I think not).

Just add white chocolate and pie crust (!!!) and you’ve got one of these clusters.

The secret ingredient for these clusters is the pie crust. It adds a nice, crisp texture to these “cookies.” The marshmallows add plushness and chewiness, and the Fruity Pebbles add crispiness. Then there’s the white chocolate, which kind of encapsulates everything in this sweet, melty goo. (FYI: sweet melty goo is good).

These Tutti-Frutti Cookie Clusters are delicious, fruity, no-bake cookies that are so easy to whip up! So yeah. If I haven’t sold them already, you should totally make these.

Totally.

These Tutti-Frutti Cookie Clusters are delicious, fruity, no-bake cookies that are so easy to whip up!

*adapted from my Avalanche Cookie Clusters recipe

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These Tutti-Frutti Cookie Clusters are irresistible! Fruity, sweet, and positively amazing!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Fruity Pebbles cereal
  • 1 & ½ cups mini fruit-flavored marshmallows
  • 1 pkg vanilla CandiQuik
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
Instructions
  1. First, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner or with parchment paper. Mist parchment (if using) with cooking spray. Place the pie crust on the baking sheet and, using a sharp knife or a pizza wheel, cut the pie crust into thin strips, then cut crosswise to make small, bite-sized squares. Separate the squares so that they don't touch as much, and bake for approx. 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, melt the CandiQuik according to package directions or until smooth. Working quickly, add in the cereal, marshmallows and pie crust pieces and toss gently to coat completely.
  3. Working fast, drop heaping ¼ cup-sized clusters of the mixture onto foil-or silicone-lined baking sheets. Because of the CandiQuik, the mixture could harden so it's key to work as fast as possible! Allow the clusters to set before serving. Store leftovers airtight, at room temperature, for up to a week.

These Tutti-Frutti Cookie Clusters are delicious, fruity, no-bake cookies that are so easy to whip up! Fruity, sweet, crunchy, creamy and oh so delicious – these are awesome!

Have a sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

Muffin Mix Blueberry Streusel Cookies

These Blueberry Streusel Cookies are so good, you won't know they came from boxed muffin mix! Hearty, soft pillows of juicy blueberry goodness, they're simple to make and are great for breakfast too!The weekends are kind of dicey in my house.

You see, Mannie, my Border Collie, loves to bark. Barking is his favorite activity, his favorite pasttime, his favorite now-time, and everything in between. Barking is liiiiiiife to him.

One bark, though, and my family jumps into a tizzy. They get mad that he’s barking and all hell breaks loose and there’s this huge issue between the Non-Carers and the Barking Barkers. The Non-Carers (my mom, myself, and sometimes my brother) are very whatever about this subject. Dogs bark, and we get Mannie to stop when it’s out of control. But the Barking Barkers (my sister, my dad) are the ones who bark back at Mannie when he’s barking by yelling at him.

I want so badly to tell them that yelling at the dog only makes the dog want to bark more, but logic need not apply here.

Most days, this is fine. I’m the only one home and I don’t mind the barking when it happens. But on the weekends, my anxiety goes through the roof and into outer space because Mannie and Winston, our family dog, want to do allllll the barking on weekend mornings when everyone’s sleeping.

And if you’ve never seen someone stumble out of bed having been awoken by a barking dog, it isn’t a pretty sight.

So most weekend mornings I spend corralling ornery dogs and trying to shush them with a louder-volume TV show or random distractions. At times, I’ve even dive-bombed Mannie to try to keep him quiet and still, since he loves moving while he barks. There I’ll be, splayed out on the floor lying gently on top of my beast of a dog on a Saturday morning. It’s a pretty sight I’m sure.

These Blueberry Streusel Cookies are so good, you won't know they came from boxed muffin mix! Hearty, soft pillows of juicy blueberry goodness, they're simple to make and are great for breakfast too!One of these days, Mannie will stop barking – I hope. In the meantime, I make my family ample treats since they put up with his incessant talking. One of the recent treats I made were these Blueberry Streusel Cookies. They’re jam-packed with flavor and taste just like blueberry muffins because, well, it’s made with blueberry muffin mix. I knooooow – muffin mix in cookies? But it totally works.

These Blueberry Streusel Cookies are so good, you won't know they came from boxed muffin mix! Hearty, soft pillows of juicy blueberry goodness, they're simple to make and are great for breakfast too!This recipe comes before you as an archived recipe I desperately needed to reshoot. I’m so glad I did because damn. These cookies are worth dive-bombing.

These Blueberry Streusel Cookies are so good, you won't know they came from boxed muffin mix! Hearty, soft pillows of juicy blueberry goodness, they're simple to make and are great for breakfast too!

5.0 from 4 reviews
Muffin Mix Blueberry Streusel Cookies
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These hearty, soft and pillowy Blueberry Streusel Cookies taste just like blueberry muffin tops and couldn't be simpler to make!
Ingredients
  • 1 box blueberry muffin mix (I used Krusteaz)
  • ¾ cup old-fashioned oats (not instant)
  • ⅓ cup + 2 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • FOR LEMON BUTTER GLAZE:
  • 1 &1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • ½ tsp lemon peel
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the muffin mix - just the dry mix, oats, oil, brown sugar, egg and milk and stir together until a soft dough just barely comes together. Drain and rinse the canned blueberries; gently fold into the dough to combine.
  3. Portion rounded, heaping Tablespoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cool on the sheets completely.
  4. Meanwhile, make your glaze. Combine all the glaze ingredients except for the milk together in a bowl, only using milk if needed, until smooth and pourable. Glaze the tops of the cookies and let set, about 10 minutes. Then serve!

These Blueberry Streusel Cookies are so good, you won't know they came from boxed muffin mix! Hearty, soft pillows of juicy blueberry goodness, they're simple to make and are great for breakfast too!Hearty, soft, fruity and delicious, you’ll love these pillowy cookies! I love that they taste just like a really wholesome blueberry muffin but with that delectable streusel-y crumble throughout, thanks to the oats and brown sugar. It really sweetens these cookies and adds great texture and flavor.

These Blueberry Streusel Cookies are so good, you won't know they came from boxed muffin mix! Hearty, soft pillows of juicy blueberry goodness, they're simple to make and are great for breakfast too!I hope you enjoyed!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Macarons

These Cookie Dough Macarons are petite French-style cookies filled with egg-free cookie dough! Surprisingly easy and positively irresistible! When I visited New York City last September, I went to a tiny pop-up macaron shop in Dylan’s Candy Bar called Dana’s Bakery. Dana’s is known for their colorful, unique macarons in fun flavors like Fruity Pebbles and Birthday Cake, and I was dying to try their Cookie Dough macaron.

But as fate would have it, they were sold out. And I was so bummed.

I mean, helllooooo – cookie dough macarons?! Genius! It combines two of my favorite things: delectably sweet chocolate chip cookie dough and crisp, airy and fabulous French macarons. What’s not to love?!

So after my mini letdown, I came home determined to make Cookie Dough Macarons at home. And thankfully, I succeeded because OMG. It was basically life-changing you guys. Sweet, crispy, airy, chewy and studded with miniature chocolate chips in nearly every bite… talk about amazing. And I didn’t need to rely on a pop-up bakery’s supply to get my fix… that’ll do, pig. That’ll do.

These Cookie Dough Macarons are petite French-style cookies filled with egg-free cookie dough! Surprisingly easy and positively irresistible! I’m sharing this Cookie Dough Macaron recipe over on Food Fanatic today where I’m there resident Cookie Dough Fanatic and post everything cookie dough related. It’s a pretty tasty job, but someone’s gotta do it and thank goodness that someone is me :)

These Cookie Dough Macarons are petite French-style cookies filled with egg-free cookie dough! Surprisingly easy and positively irresistible!

These Cookie Dough Macarons are petite French-style cookies filled with egg-free cookie dough! Surprisingly easy and positively irresistible! These Cookie Dough Macarons are so delicious – even the stuffiest of macaron fanatics will love this fun, whimsical flavor!

Craving more macs? Check out my other macaron recipes!

Nutter Butter MacaronsNutter Butter Macarons – plus a full macaron tutorial! 

Oreo MacaronsOreo Macarons

Cotton Candy MacaronsCotton Candy Macarons

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Gooey S’mores Cookie Bars

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!So I just got back from a blogger retreat in beautiful Carmel, CA. More on that soon in an upcoming post :)

But I have to say, a good portion of the night I was scared.

Scared… of mountain lions.

You see, Carmel is a beach town nestled among a pretty countryside. And within every pretty countryside there’s a ferocious beast sniffing me out to eat me alive, and that ferocious beast is a mountain lion. AKA, my worst fear ever.

Well. Besides being burglarized and heights. And monkeys. And sandals.

At nighttime, we kept the doors open to let a breeze in, and of course it’s pitch black outside with no light except for the one illuminating the room we were in. And the ranch we stayed at had huge windows everywhere, just begging to be squinted through into the midnight-black courtyard where I could only assume a family of hungry, rabid mountain lions waited.

And so amidst conversation with the girls and sipping on cocktails, I continued to glance out the windows in prayer that no critters – beastly or otherwise – would emerge from the darkness and kill us all. It didn’t help that I was sitting right next to the open doors and thus would be first pick among rabid monsters.

Naturally.

So in conclusion, next time, I’m bringing a Xanax. And I’ll also suggest having a retreat in a bustling city. I much prefer traffic noise over the eerie silence of a mountain lion’s playground if you know what I mean.

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!I also prefer the ooey gooey goodness of these S’mores Cookie Bars which are out of control amazing. Gooey and rich, they’re packed with a huge, thick layer of marshmallow creme and creamy chocolate and sandwiched between two big ol’ layers of soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies. They’re the perfect treat!

You could say I went a little beastly on them.

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Gooey S'mores Cookie Bars
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These gooey cookie bars taste just like s'mores!
Ingredients
  • 2 pkgs (24-count each) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1 (7 oz) jar JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Press one of the packages of cookie dough into the bottom of the pan in an even layer. Top with the chocolate chips; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the marshmallow creme and the condensed milk, stir to blend together. Pour over the chocolate chips. Carefully and evenly top with the remaining package of cookie dough. It's okay if some of the marshmallow peeks out through the cracks.
  3. Bake for approx. 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the center appears set. Cool completely, then refrigerate for at least an hour to help set up, preferably overnight. Allow bars to come to room temperature slightly before cutting into squares.

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!Supremely gooey, packed with sticky marshmallow creme… these cookie bars are a forced to be reckoned with! You’ll love how thick and chewy they are, with pockets of rich chocolate in every bite! And they’re the perfect way to end S’mores Week.

I hope you’ve enjoyed S’mores Week.. I know I have!!

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

S’mores Thumbprint Cookies

These S'mores Thumbprint Cookies are tender, buttery cookies rolled in sweet graham cracker crumbs, then topped with a miniature mountain of rich chocolate spread and mini marshmallows! This foolproof, small-batch recipe is to-die for!I officially declare this week S’mores Week. Mostly because I’m craving marshmallows like a mad woman. I guess it helps that I’m JET-PUFFED’s brand ambassador, right? :)

Anywho. After trying Starbucks’ S’mores Frappuccino, recreating it here, and obsessing, I realized I’m a die-hard s’mores fan and I needed ALLTHESMORES. So S’mores Week is actually a natural progression as we dive deeper into my obsession. Don’t mind me!

Aaaaand of course, you can’t have s’mores without cookies. Or maybe you can, I dunno. But I personally think cookies and s’mores should go hand-in-hand. After all, graham crackers are basically cookies and they’re required with s’mores, so there’s that bit of evidence supporting my theory. You can’t argue with cookies, and if you can, you suck.

These S'mores Thumbprint Cookies are tender, buttery cookies rolled in sweet graham cracker crumbs, then topped with a miniature mountain of rich chocolate spread and mini marshmallows! This foolproof, small-batch recipe is to-die for!These S’mores Thumbprint Cookies couldn’t be easier to whip up and they’re utterly delicious. Note that these cookies aren’t super sweet – they have minimal sugar in them – but they make up for it with that delightful graham cracker coating and that thick mountain of chocolate spread in the center. Then, of course, the miniature marshmallow bits which are so cute I could cry. These are the bees knees, people.

So yeah. Hope you like s’mores!

These S'mores Thumbprint Cookies are tender, buttery cookies rolled in sweet graham cracker crumbs, then topped with a miniature mountain of rich chocolate spread and mini marshmallows! This foolproof, small-batch recipe is to-die for!*adapted from this recipe

5.0 from 1 reviews
S'mores Thumbprint Cookies
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These buttery s'mores cookies taste amazing and have a huge mountain of chocolate smack dab in the middle of each graham crackery bite! You won't be able to stop at one!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • About ½ cup chocolate spread (I used Hershey's Chocolate Spread)
  • 3-4 Tbsp Kraft JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Bits
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone liner or mist the sheet lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add in the egg YOLK and the vanilla and beat to combine. Lastly, add in the flour until a soft dough forms. This recipe makes very few cookies, by the way, but it's easily doubled.
  3. Quickly whisk the egg white for a few seconds to break it up. Using a cookie dough scoop, roll Tablespoon-sized balls of dough into balls and quickly coat in the egg white, then dredge into the graham cracker crumbs to coat. Place about 2" apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven and gently press an indentation in the middle using a teaspoon or wooden spoon handle, careful not to puncture completely through the cookie. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Cool completely on the baking sheet.
  5. Place the chocolate spread into a resealable plastic baggy and snip off the corner. Pipe into the indentations of each cookie; top with a pinch of marshmallow bits. Serve immediately.

These S'mores Thumbprint Cookies are tender, buttery cookies rolled in sweet graham cracker crumbs, then topped with a miniature mountain of rich chocolate spread and mini marshmallows! This foolproof, small-batch recipe is to-die for!I know you’ll love these petite, adorable little cookies! This recipe makes a small batch that’s easily doubled or tripled to suit your needs, but be prepared to hoover the entire batch because they’re that good! Tender cookies with a crunchy, buttery exterior thanks to the graham cracker crumbs, and filled with a miniature mountain of thick and creamy chocolate spread. They’re irresistible!

Stay tuned for more fun s’mores week recipes coming your way!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The Best Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

These Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies are so supremely soft, tender and buttery! This recipe is totally foolproof; you won't want another sugar cookie recipe after this easy, delicious one!I’m kinda sorta bummed that my town doesn’t have a bakery.

Anytime I travel, I immediately google the current city I’m in + bakery so I can check out where the locals eat, and of course, where I can get some desserts. You know, for research. #alltheresearch

But my town doesn’t have anything like that. We have a single cupcake shop, but the cupcakes are pricey and they play too much Michael Buble (I should know; I used to work there). Otherwise, it’s Whole Foods or another supermarket bakery for your goods.

But I want something authentic, somewhere that sells ginormous brownies and cookies the size of saucers. Is that too much to ask? Apparently.

And don’t tell me to open my own bakery, because I surely will not. That requires too much work and I have a whopping $12 to my name currently and don’t think most realtors accept assorted nickels and packets of gum for payment, sooooo..

Also there’s that thing where I’d probably eat all of my creations. So there’s that. #fatass

In the meantime, I’ll dream of a bakery opening up shop soon while I double-fist these Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies. They’re ridiculously amazing and couldn’t be simpler to whip together. I like mine plain with just a light coating of sugar, but they’d be great to frost or coat in sprinkles as well. (I know, I opted without sprinkles – what’s wrong with me?!) But for these cookies, classic, straight-forward cookieness just seemed right.

These Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies are so supremely soft, tender and buttery! This recipe is totally foolproof; you won't want another sugar cookie recipe after this easy, delicious one!Since I’m physically incapable of making a cut-out cookie (and don’t even talk to me about my mortal nemesis: royal icing), these cookies are great for me. They’re perfectly imperfect in that they’re round with slightly jagged edges but they’re packed with flavor, are super decadent, and absolute buttery perfection. They don’t need a ton of bells and whistles to ’em which makes them great for novice bakers or those who just want an unadulterated sugar cookie fix, sans icing. Which is me. All the time.

So yeah, please make them? Your tummy will thank you.

These Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies are so supremely soft, tender and buttery! This recipe is totally foolproof; you won't want another sugar cookie recipe after this easy, delicious one!*from Pioneer Woman’s recipe

5.0 from 4 reviews
The Best Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies
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Serves: 24
 
These Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies truly are the BEST! Soft, moist and tender, they taste delicious on their own but would be great coated in a light icing or dash of sprinkles.
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups plus 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • Additional white sugar, for rolling cookies
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, oil, sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla and eggs until creamed and combined, about 2 minutes. Add in the baking soda, tarter, salt and flour and gently mix until a soft dough forms. Chill in the fridge for at LEAST 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats or spray the sheets lightly with cooking spray. Using a cookie dough scoop, portion out rounded Tablespoon-sized balls of dough and roll in the additional white sugar to coat. Place 2" apart on the prepared sheets.
  3. Bake for approx. 9-11 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even baking or until golden brown. Do not over-bake. Cool on the cookie sheets completely before serving. Ice if desired.

These Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies are so supremely soft, tender and buttery! This recipe is totally foolproof; you won't want another sugar cookie recipe after this easy, delicious one!These are so supremely soft and buttery, with a nice, tender crumb and just a subtle crunch from their sugary exterior. Together, the powdered sugar and cream of tarter give these cookies such impeccable texture and lift; they’re like sugar clouds. I know you’ll love them!

These Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies are so supremely soft, tender and buttery! This recipe is totally foolproof; you won't want another sugar cookie recipe after this easy, delicious one!

Have a sweet Friday!

xo, Hayley

The Best Crisp and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies {Gluten-Free!}

These Crisp, Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies truly are the BEST ever, AND they're gluten-free!Lately I’ve been so frazzled. Well, more than usual :)

I’m not sure if it’s the allergies that are slowly waging World War III on my immune system, or perhaps it’s the fact that it’s only April and Sacramento is already reaching temps of 90 degrees. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m gaining weight like crazy (boo) or the fact that I’m about to start a healthy diet for said weight-gain (boo/yay). Either way, I’m totally, madly, hopelessly frazzled.

So there’s that.

I think my brain needs to pack a suitcase, put on a bikini and go on vacation, because seriously processing an actual, meaningful thought at this point is like performing brain surgery. I need an engineering degree just to formulate a proper sentence.

So without further adieu, methinks I’m starting my mental vacay right about now… but not until after I share the recipe for these fabulous peanut butter cookies. These truly are the best-ever in my not-so-humble opinion. They’re soft, chewy and have crisp edges which I find irresistible and necessary for any good peanut butter cookie. They’re packed with sweet-and-salty peanut butter flavor and have the classic cross-hatch pattern on top like any good cookie should. And they’re flourless, netting a fudgier, denser cookie that’s absolutely marvelous and which happens to make them naturally gluten-free.

These Crisp, Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies truly are the BEST ever, AND they're gluten-free!I found this recipe years ago and I can’t even remember where, but I’ve been making it regularly since and had it posted on my blog from years ago but was in desperate need of updating the pictures. Pictures = better. Recipe = ain’t broke, so not fixin’ it. Just pure, unadulterated peanut buttery cookie goodness in every crisp, chewy bite. You won’t regret this simple recipe!

And yes, my mental vacay will consist of cramming these cookies in like hunger-fighting soldiers in one-by-one before my diet starts. Calories clearly don’t count on vacation.

These Crisp, Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies truly are the BEST ever, AND they're gluten-free!

5.0 from 2 reviews
The Best Crisp and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies {Gluten-Free!}
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These crisp and chewy peanut butter cookies are packed with sweet-and-salty peanut buttery goodness. Naturally flourless and thus gluten-free means these cookies are ultra fudgy and fabulous.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter* (if you prefer a smoother peanut butter cookie, feel free to use 2 cups of creamy peanut butter instead, but I like the texture of crunchy)
  • 1 cup white sugar, plus ⅓ cup for rolling cookies
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or mist them lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the peanut butters, 1 cup of the white sugar and brown sugar until blended, about 1 minute. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and baking soda until dough is combined; it will be very thick.
  3. Using a Tablespoon-sized cookie dough scoop, portion out rounded Tablespoon-sized balls of dough and drop it into the remaining white sugar; roll around to coat. Place 2" apart on the prepared baking sheets and using a fork, make a cross-hatch pattern in the top to lightly flatten the balls.
  4. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time, until golden. Do NOT overbake. Immediately remove from the baking sheets and onto a wire rack to cool completely. Store leftovers airtight at room temperature for up to a week.

These Crisp, Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies truly are the BEST ever, AND they're gluten-free!I cannot stress enough how tremendous these cookies are! They’re chewy, fudgy and have those buttery, crisp edges without having even a smidgen of butter in them. I love the subtle crunch from the white sugar on top and I love them especially when they’re warm and topped with ice cream…. but you didn’t hear that diet-friendly suggestion from me :)

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These Crisp, Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies truly are the BEST ever, AND they're gluten-free!Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

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