Making Hard Times a Little Bit Sweeter

Wow! What a week. These are hard, scary times. We are doing our best to stay positive and keep busy at home. Baking is our happy place. While others stocked up on toilet paper, we made sure to have plenty of cookie butter on hand (thanks Nana). Cookie Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies coming right up. Making life just a little bit sweeter one cookie butter cookie at a time. Stay well friends!

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup butter flavored Crisco
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup cookie butter spread
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Heath bits

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cream Crisco with both sugars until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg white, vanilla, and cookie butter.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and sea salt. Then add into the wet mixture until just combined. Fold in the dark chocolate chips and Heath bits.
  • Drop the dough by large tablespoons onto baking sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes.

*recipe inspired by Kirbie’s Cravings

Royally Sweet

Ever tasted a Royal Cookie from
Nordstrom Cafe? We recently got our hands on one of these yummies. And WowZer! It’s like a cookie and magic bar rolled into one. Coconut, macadamia nuts, and chocolate chips. Incredible!!!Thankfully we found a copycat recipe and this Saturday we will be recreating our version of these goodies in the comforts of our own kitchen. Here’s to a Royally Sweet Saturday!!!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup ounce bag dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Heath Bits

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, powder and salt.
  3. In the bowl of your electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the Crisco and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 5 full minutes. Beat in each egg white one at a time. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and beat on low speed until just combined, scraping the bottom of the bowl if needed. Stir in the shredded coconut and macadamia nuts until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and heath.
  5. Scoop out 1 1/2-inch sized balls of dough and place them on the parchment paper, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until the cookies are just golden on the edges. Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a cooling rack.

*recipe inspired by How Sweet Eats

Sneakin Some Sweets

Did your kiddos come home with almost as much candy from their school Valentine’s Day party as they did on Halloween? Ours sure did. So being the good moms we are, we have decided to limit their sugar intake by putting their extras to good use. Ha! We’re simply chopping an assortment of valentines candy and adding it to our favorite oatmeal cookie dough. Simple and sweet. Shhh, don’t tell our children where the candy is from. They’ll never miss it. Wink!

Sister Sweetly’s Favorite Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

You’ve Got Mail Sweetheart!

On Valentine’s Day some people give cards, while other give chocolates to their loved ones. Why not combine the two and make Mini Chocolate Mailboxes. Your sweeties will love you forever!

Directions on No Biggie

Half Birthday Sweet

When it’s you son’s half birthday and it happens to be on a Saturday, you HAVE to bake cookies to celebrate. Of course, not any old cookie will do for my boy. He needs something as special and unique as he is. Enter Birthday Brookie Cookies. Half chocolate chip cookies, half brownie cookie. A perfect combination for a perfect guy on his half birthday.

  1. Make our favorite Brownie Cookie Recipe.
  2. Make our favorite Cookie Dough Recipe.
  3. Add lots and LOTS of chocolate chips and Heath bits!
  4. Scoop dough from each bowl and smush together to form one cookie.
  5. Pop them in the oven for 8 minutes.
  6. Celebrate!

Sweet KC Super Bowl Snack

When it’s Super Bowl Sunday and you’re home team has made it to big game, you go big or go home. And we’re going big with Mahomes Magic Bars. These yummy treats are dedicated to our beloved quarterback, Patrick Mahomes. Our QB 1 sure does make some magic on the field and we’re hoping he can bring home a sweet Super Bowl victory. Kansas City Chiefs, Let’s go!!!

Ingredients

  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cup Red M&M candies
  • 1 cup crushed Oreos

Instructions

  • HEAT oven to 350°F. Coat 13 x 9-inch baking pan generously with non-stick cooking spray.
  • COMBINE graham cracker crumbs and butter in small bowl. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture. Layer with Oreos, chocolate chips, and M&M candies. Press down firmly with fork. 
  • BAKE 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool on a wire rack for at least one hour. Cut into bars, serve and enjoy.

Battling The Winter Blues Sweetly

Brrrr…January is in full force! Braving the elements is challenging, but so are the cabin fever crazies. We tackle the winter blues by putting on our cold weather gear and hitting the trail for some of mother nature’s snow kisses. All the while, we know that a plate of warm Blizzard Candy Bar Infused Brownies will be waiting to melt the frostbite away!

Ingredients

2 boxes dark chocolate brownies, plus ingredients on the back of the box

1 cup whites chocolate chips

Various candy bars chopped into bite sized pieces

Powdered sugar

Directions

  • Make brownie batter according to the back of the box. Make each box separately
  • Pour 1 box of prepared batter into a 9×13 greased pan
  • Sprinkle white chocolate chips and chopped candy bars on top of brownie mix
  • Top with other box of prepared brownie batter
  • Bake for 40 min at 350 degrees
  • Once brownies are completely cooled sprinkle with powdered sugar

Crafting A Sweet Treat

This Saturday, we are hosting a “Crafternoon” with some of our girlfriends. Of course, there has to be wine and and there must be CHOCOLATE! We decided to get our craft on early and create Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups that resemble cute little mugs filled hot cocoa. Our cookie mugs are filled with either chocolate butter cream or cookie butter and topped with mini marshmallow bits. Wine, chocolate, and an afternoon with friends. Holy Craft! What a perfect Saturday!

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Make 1 batch of cookie dough.
  • Roll cookie dough balls in granulated sugar before putting them into the mini muffin tins to help prevent
  • Put 1 tablespoon of the cookie dough into 24 greased mini muffin tins
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes at 375 degrees. Allow the cookies to cool completely in the pan before gently removing them.
  • Make the chocolate buttercream.
  • Break off the loops on some mini pretzels to use as handles.
  • Melt the white chocolate and use it to attach the pretzel handles to the cookie cups.
  • Spoon the chocolate buttercream into the half of the cookie cups and top with mini marshmallows.
  • Spoon cookie butter into the other half of the cookie cups and top with mini marshmallows.
  • For best results, store the hot chocolate cookie cups in the refrigerator.

Chocolate Buttercream

  • 1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Butter flavored Crisco
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder, sifted
  • 8 oz dark chocolate chips, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4-6 Tablespoons almond milk

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand-held mixer, beat the butter, shortening and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 5-6 minutes). Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  • Turn the mixer to low, and gradually add half of the sugar and the cocoa and beat on low speed until just combined. Pour in the cooled melted chocolate and vanilla and mix on medium-low speed until combined.
  • Gradually add remaining powdered sugar and mix until combined. Add almond milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach a smooth and creamy consistency.
  • Increase mixer speed to medium-high and whip until light and fluffy, about 5-7 minutes.
  • *recipe inspired by The Gunny Sack

    Sweet Snowfall Snack

    Happy Snow Day! It’s January after all, so we might as well embrace it. If you haven’t played in the snow for awhile then you may have forgotten the toll it takes on the bod. Not on the kids, by any means, but they will get it in 30 years! However, everyone can attest to the hunger one feels after an afternoon spent frolicking in the white stuff. Better have something on hand to feed all of the ravenous vultures! How about giving our Loaded Oatmeal Cookie Butter Dump Cake a try? It only takes a few ingredients (extra chocolate candies can be added to change it up :)) and can be made ahead too! It’s the perfect way to refuel before heading back outside!

    Ingredients

    1 container (14 oz) cookie butter 
    1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
    3 egg whites
    1 pouch (17.5 oz) Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
    3/4 cup salted butter, melted
    1 cup Rolos, unwrapped
    Directions
    • Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray 9 x 13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
    • Add cookie butter, sweetened condensed milk, and egg whites to mixing bowl. Stir well to combine. Spread mixture into prepared baking dish.
    • Sprinkle dry cookie mix evenly over cookie butter batter. Drizzle the top evenly with melted butter.
    • Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown and set.
    • Sprinkle Rolos over the top.
    • 1 cup mini M&Ms
    • Cool for 30 minutes before cutting and serving.

    Sweets Galore

    We hope your holidays have been super sweet and sugar filled. Ours sure have been. As we approach the end of our winter break we’ve decided to ride our sugar high to the very end. For Christmas, we were graciously gifted Trader Joe’s Toffee Oat, Cinnadoodle, and Triple Chocolate Cookie Mixes…the perfect things to make this final Saturday before reality sits in and life goes back to a somewhat normal yet typically hectic routine. Might as well embrace the sweetness of the season while it’s still here. Thanks Trader Joe’s for making baking so easy. And yummy, of course!

    Trader Joe’s Cookie Mix Trio