Sweet Eek

We’re shaking with excitement over all the hoopla surrounding Halloween. There’s only 4 weeks left until this spooktackular day. Good thing we’ve carved out some time each Saturday to create some special potions. Today our cauldron is full of little creepy crawlers. Normally, we’d never get this close to a spider, but when they are this darling and oh so tasty how could we resist! Our Not-So Spooky Spider Cookies are creeping their way into our mouths and we like it!


INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup Butter Flavored Crisco Sticks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 48 thin pretzel sticks, broken in half
  • 24 brown m&ms
  • 48 yellow, green, orange, and red m&ms
  • black icing pen

*Spoon & Sweep method: Use a spoon to fill measuring cup with flour until required amount is obtained. Scooping measuring cup directly into flour bag will firmly pack flour resulting in too much flour required for recipe.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream Crisco and sugar until light and fluffy using an electric mixer, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add egg white and vanilla. Beat until combined.
  4. Add cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and flour.
  5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll. Add 4 pretzel sticks to each side of the cookie, making 8 legs.
  6. Place on baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. When the cookies come out of the oven, place a brown m&m in the center of each cookie. Add a matching pair of m&ms for eyes while the cookies are still warm. Put a dot of black icing in the middle of the m&ms for the eye balls.
  7. Allow to cool slightly, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

*recipe inspired by Imperial Sugar

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Puddin The Sweet In Saturday

We’re puddin the sweet in this Saturday with our Loaded Butterscotch Pudding Cookies! We puddin in lots of yummies including, pretzels, butterscotch, Heath, and dark chocolate. We know our fams will be puddin up with our puns as long as there are cookies!

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup crisco, butter flavored

3/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

3.4 oz box of butterscotch instant pudding mix

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups salted pretzels, coarsely chopped

1 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup Heath bits

coarse sea salt, optional

DIRECTIONS

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper/slip mats.

2 In  a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

3 In a mixing bowl, beat Crisco and sugars until fluffy. Add in eggs, vanilla and pudding mix. Mix until fully combined.

4 Gradually add in flour mixture and beat until well combined.

5 Stir in chocolate chips, pretzels and toffee bits. Your dough will be thick.

6 Drop dough, by the tablespoons on prepared baking sheet. If desired, sprinkle tops with coarse sea salt.

7 Bake 9-10 minutes or until edges are lightly brown.

8 Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing.

9 Then, cool cookies completely on wire rack.

* Recipe inspired by Our Table For Seven

Sweet Whips To Dip

Looking for something yummy to add to your celebration spread? Our Whipped Cookie Butter Dip is a crowd pleaser! It’s the perfect party treat for Teacher Appreciation, Mother’s Day, Graduation, Memorial Day, or any day you need a little something sweet!

Whipped Cookie Butter Dip

Ingredients

1 jar Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter

1/2 cup almond milk

Heath Bits

Pretzel

Directions

Whip 1/2 cup almond milk with 1 jar of cookie butter with your electric mixer until creamy. Top dip with Heath Bits. Serve with pretzels for dipping

16 Ways to My Sweetie’s Heart

Happy sweet 16th Anniversary to my hubby and me! He’s one lucky guy! Ha!Ha! Seriously time goes by so fast, especially when you’re busy having fun (and raising kids)! We’re not much for extravagant gift giving around here, but we gotta celebrate! So what better way than 16 differently topped brownies! Love never tasted so yummy! 

16 Differently Topped Brownies

  1. Caramel Sea Salt
  2. Hazelnut Grenache
  3. Toasted Marshmallow
  4. Rice Krispie Treat
  5. Hugs & Kisses
  6. Candy Bar
  7. Peanut Butter
  8. Almond Joy
  9. Dark Chocolate Toffee
  10. Chocolate Chip Cookie Pieces
  11. Trail Mix
  12. M&M
  13. Potato Chip
  14. Salted Pretzel
  15. Coffee Bean
  16. Sugar Dusted

A Sweet Way to Clean

Clutter no more! We’re doing a little spring cleaning  by clearing out the kitchen cabinets of ingredients too few to make a treat on their own. No fooling around here! Kitchen Sink Brownies are doing double duty. Clean kitchen! Happy tummy!

Kitchen Sink Brownies

Ingredients and directions

  • Bake one box of dark chocolate brownies prepared and bake according to directions on the back of the box
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Lightly press toppings on to the top of the baked brownies. Ours include pretzels, potato chips, dark chocolate chips, Heath, Rolos , Smore Girl Scout cookie, Butterfinger cups, Hersheys kisses

So Long Sweet Summer

Even though our kiddos started school this week, it is only August and we are trying to hold onto any last bits of summer. Nothin says summer like ice cream sundaes. Around here we like to make things extra cutesy so we grabbed a few jars, some yummy toppings, a few flavors of ice cream and created our own ice cream sundae bar. From there we layered up the most deliciousy,
adorable ice cream sundaes in town. Summer never tasted so sweet!

Sweet Surfing

Consider yourself extremely lucky if you get to live near the ocean! Don’t get us wrong. There are many great things about living smack dab in the middle of the country. However, since it’s already 90+ degrees outside it would be so awesome to submerge ourselves in the salty sea. It’s times like these that we have to get a little creative and channel our inner Houdini. This Saturday we’re doing a little wizardry by baking Caramel Magic Bars and enjoying them while we hang ten with our peeps. How? You ask. Driveway and deck surfing! No need for waves or surfboards. Treating in our lawn chairs while shooting the breeze with our pals is the only requirement. It’s trickery at its sweetest!

Caramel Magic Bars

Ingredients 

1½ cup graham cracker crumbs

6 Tbsp butter, melted

1-14oz can sweetened condensed milk

50+ pretzels 

1 cup caramels bits  

1 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup Heath Bits 

Directions:

Mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter & press in a sprayed 13x9in pan.

Pour about half the can of condensed milk over crust.

Layer your pretzels as close together as you like over the condensed milk/crust.

Sprinkle caramels bits, chocolate chips, & coconut flakes.

Pour remaining half of condensed milk on top.

Break up some extra pretzels & sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips, caramel bits, and Heath bits, and pretzels above the condensed milk.

Bake at 350*F for 20-30 min until lightly brown. Let cool completely before cutting.

*recipe adapted from Dessert Now Dinner Later