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Chocolate Peppermint Pudding Cookies

Happy snow day from DC!!

capitol snow day

It’s my very first snow day since moving here – actually, it’s my first one since high school! Rochester was so pro at handling snow that we never had anything cancelled (a blessing and a curse). I used my snow day to sit tree-side, listen to Christmas tunes, watch bad daytime TV, and blog about these delish Christmas Cookies I baked this weekend!


I always struggle to find a dessert recipe my mom will like since she doesn’t like anything with cream cheese, peanut butter, or too much vanilla. So this leaves me with chocolate. And lots of it. BUT, it’s harder than you’d think to find a super chocolatey recipe!

When I stumbled upon this recipe from I Heart Nap Time I was literally SO excited because it combined my mom’s love for chocolate with my brother’s love for mint – hello, perfect Christmas family recipe!



The perfect meal as far as I’m concerned


I conducted a trial run this weekend and brought the cookies into work yesterday and they were a HUGE hit! The whole 2 dozen are almost all gone already! Keeping them frozen until just before sticking them in the oven, and then taking them out just before they were completely done baking made them super soft and I had people asking me what I did to create the “surprise fudge inside” – well, the surprise is I did nothing! The recipe is just THAT good.

We even caught Santa sneaking some early!


Here is the recipe card so you too can wow friends, coworkers, and family with this delicious holiday recipe!

chocolate pepperming pudding


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Mint Cookies

For those of you that follow us on Instagram you may have seen the teaser picture of some cookies I posted last weekend and you might be wondering where those cookies have ended up. The answer is in the bellies of myself, my friends, and my coworkers. OOPS. However, I did salvage enough to take a few finished product pics and share the recipe with you all!

These cookies are some of my brother’s and my roommate’s favorite since they are mint flavored and deliciousssss. The green color is totally optional, but it does make them way more fun!


What you’ll need:
1 package of sugar cookie mix
1 stick butter or margarine (softened)
1 egg
1 tablespoon mint extract
Green food coloring
8 oz creme de menthe chips
8 oz chocolate chips


1. Combine softened butter, egg, and cookie mix in a large bowl


2. Add mint extract, food coloring, and chips
3. Mix until fully combined


4.  Roll into balls and place in fridge or freezer for cooling (at least 12 hours in fridge, at least 4 in freezer)
5. Pop them into the oven at 350 degrees – bake for 8-10 minutes and enjoy!



It’s as simple as that!

If the recipe looks familiar it is because I did post it here earlier (cheating, I know) – BUT I made a few updates and I wanted to share them with you all! I have a feeling I’ll be doing this fairly often  since I’m always looking to improve my recipes. This is especially due to the fact that I’ve made a few cookies over the past few weeks that have just been so delicious that I’m now finding it hard for my old favorites to even compare so it’s about time I do some updating – let me know if you have any suggestions!


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White Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies

Happy Saturday, folks! I’ve had quite the productive day already so I figured I would keep it going with a new blog post about…..what else – COOKIES!!


Office birthdays are one of the many pleasures of the working world. It’s a time where you get to break up your day with a little celebration – and likely some treats 🙂 This Friday we celebrated a coworker’s birthday by ordering Chinese and I baked some cookies for dessert. I’m back into the lighter cookies again with a white chocolate butterscotch recipe. The recipe comes from Lil Luna – another one of my favorite baking blogs! These are super sugary and sweet and seriously delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need:


– 1 cup sugar
– 1 cup brown sugar
– 1/2 cup butter (softened)
– 1/2 cup oil (I prefer canola)
– 2 eggs
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1 tsp almond extract
– 3 cups flour
– 6 oz white chocolate chips
– 6 oz butterscotch chips


1. Cream together butter, oil, sugars


2. Beat in eggs, vanilla, almond extract

3. Add in dry ingredients


4. Fold in chips


5. Roll into balls and place in fridge or freezer for at least 12 hours


6. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes



Since I make my cookies so small, the best part is, this recipe ends up making like….a HUNDRED cookies. Okay, maybe more like 3 dozen. But seriously, I’ll have cookies for days after this! Try them out and let me know what ya think!


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Inside Out Chocolate Cookies

It’s been a while since I posted my last recipe – not because I haven’t been baking…but mostly because I’ve been baking for specific occasions that require me to use some of my old favorites, and I therefore haven’t been experimenting with any new recipes. But this week when I did want something new, I took to some of my favorite baking blogs in the search of something chocolatey and simple. I searched and searched, until I again found myself on Sally’s Baking Addiction and came across these TO DIE FOR Inside Out Chocolate Chip cookies. I wish I could find recipes elsewhere, but I can’t find anything as fun and easy! And why fix what isn’t broken…so I’ll continue to turn to Sally when looking for something fun and new to try…and you should too 🙂



This is also the first recipe I’m posting using my new Kitchen Aid…which I am OBSESSED with! Not only is it a gorgeous bright red color, but it also makes baking SO.MUCH.EASIER. I don’t know what I didn’t take the plunge earlier!


Ain’t she a beaut?

So here’s what you’ll need:
– 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
– 1/2 sugar
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 1 egg
– 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla
– 1 cup flour
– 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 2 tbsp milk
– 1/4 tbsp salt
– 1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips


1. Cream the butter
2. Mix in both sugars
3. Beat in egg & vanilla


4. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt
5. Slowly add to the wet ingredients with mixer on low
6. Dough should be thick 0 stir in milk as needed
7. Fold in chocolate chips


8. Roll dough into small balls and place into tray
9. Place dough in fridge or freezer for anywhere from 2-24 hours
[Note: I roll the dough into balls before freezing so they don’t get warm again from my body heat after the chilling period]


[Note: Like Sally always says, chilling the dough is mandatory! It makes the cookies come out fluffy and thick, rather than flat and crispy.]
10. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
11. Place in oven for 7-10 minutes or until soft
12. Let cookies cool on tray for several minutes
13. Eat & enjoy!


Stacks on stacks on stacks of noms


fudgey delicious insides

I’ve already made 3 batches of these….YES, THREE! That is how good they are…I’ve been giving them out left and right and can’t wait to take some home to my family tomorrow. They’re all big chocolate lovers so they’re not usually that impressed with my vanilla, cake batter, and strawberry concoctions….so now it’s my turn to finally get to them with these fudgey balls of joy!

Happy baking!



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Delicious & Adorable Strawberry Cookies

You’ll know I mean business when I say that these cookies taste even better than they look! When I first saw this recipe on one of my favorite baking sites, Sally’s Baking Addiction, I knew I HAD to try it. It was so simple and different from my normal chocolatey messes. It definitely didn’t disappoint! These are some of the naturally softest, well-forming cookies I’ve made. Something about cake mix just allows the cookies to rise perfectly!


Equally pretty & delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need:
– 1 box Strawberry Cake Mix
– 1/3 cup Canola Oil (or Vege)
– 2 Eggs
– 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
– 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
– 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I mixed white & milk)


SUPER simple recipe

1. Mix cake mix and baking powder in large bowl


2. In a separate and smaller bowl, combine eggs, canola oil, and vanilla extract


3. Mix wet mixture into dry mixture & stir until well combined



4. Fold in chocolate chips



5. Roll into little balls – use taller balls if you want the cookies to turn out nice and thick!


I like to keep them spread out really far to allow for expansion…

6. Pop in the oven for about 7 minutes – but be careful not to overbake! (This is one of my biggest mistakes in cookie-making…)



I chose to make these small and thick, rather than large and thin, because I prefer little bite-sized cookies so I can give more of them away…and so I don’t feel bad eating as many :p Needless to say, these have easily made it into my “Oh I just whipped these up” secret mind-blowingly simple cookie recipe archives. I love cake mix cookies, so I’m hoping to branch out and try some more recipes that use cake bases…it’s too easy not to experiment! …And now it’s only 11a.m. and I’m so ready & hungry for lunch after writing this! Oops!

xO – S

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Birthday Cake Oreo Blondies

What do you get when to combine chocolate chip cookies, Oreo’s, birthday cake and sprinkles? These delicious guys! We need a good name for them(any suggestions??) but for now we’ll call them Oreo Birthday Cake Oreo Blondies, because that is exactly what they are.


First off, who knew that Oreo came out with a fun birthday cake flavor because we had no idea. We adapted from this recipe but S is a big believer in changing to what you’ve got and what you like.  They are absolutely delicious and beyond easy (as is our way!) so here is exactly what you do!

This recipe may suggest birthday festivities, but no real celebrations are required to enjoy them!

You will need:

8 tbsp butter, room temperature
~1 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
~1 tsp vanilla (we like to add extra!)
 1 cup all purpose flour + 1/4 tsp baking powder + pinch of salt, sifted together
~10 Birthday Cake Oreos, roughly chopped (as you will see we kind of broke them apart and I have no idea how many we used, as many as we wanted!)
~1/4 cup sprinkles (we just finished the sprinkles we had)



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line your baking pan with tin foil (makes removal and clean up 10x easier)

2. Soften your butter, and using your mixer OR wisk (we went with mixer for ease and timeliness) cream together the butter and brown sugar


3. Add in your egg and vanilla and continue to mix.



4. Add in your flower/baking soda/salt mixture in 1/2 a cup at a time


Your batter is now complete! Could it be easier? Time to incorporate your Oreos and sprinkles..

5. Gently break and fold in your oreos and sprinkles until evenly distributed

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 6. Once mixed, eat an oreo for fun then spread into your baking pan

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7. Bake for around 20-25 minutes. I think we took it out after 28 and our blondies were nice and gooey just how we like ’em!

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Tada! Eating them warm is a delicious but messy process, give them 30 minutes to cool off before you cut for perfectly formed blondies!

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x E&S

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Round 2 = Redemption! Red Velvet Truffle Brownies

So if you remember a couple weeks ago I attempted to bake these Red Velvet Truffle Brownies and it turned out to be kind of a disaster. Well, now I’ve tried again and this time it was a huge success! I tweaked the recipe a little and wah-la – a delicious treat was born! Seriously these may be my favorite things I’ve ever made (watch out, Hurricane Brownies…).


Red Velvet Truffle Brownies










Welp, the first batch may have been a waste, but it was all worth it in the end cause these are SO. FREAKING. GOOD. It’s amazing what a little thought and adjustment can do…the only things I changed this time around was adding cheesecake pudding mix and using 2 eggs instead of 3 to make the dough a little more like a brownie than a cake.

The best part was that these weren’t even that difficult to make! They took longer than normal cookies, but nothing out of the ordinary from my other recipes. And of course you can chill the brownies to speed up the setting process – and some people have even said they taste BETTER chilled anyway…how often do you hear that with baked goods?!


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Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

It was requested of me to make my famous Hurricane/Heart Attack Brownies for work this week, however, I felt that I should branch out and try new things. So I tried to make something equally delicious and heart-attack -inducing, but also new and fun. And that is the story of my Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars!



Just a warning – this wasn’t as quick and easy as most of my recipes. The instructions are fairly simple, but it requires some patience and a little extra work. But it’s TOTALLY worth it in the end!

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the crust:
– 1 1/2 cups crumbled graham crackers
– 6 tbsp melted butter

For the cheesecake:
– 8 oz cream cheese
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1 egg
– 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the cookie dough:
– 6 tbsp butter
– 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
– 3 tbsp sugar
– 1/2 tbsp salt
– 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
– 3/4 cup flour
– 1 cup chocolate chips


a few more ingredients than usual

Directions for the Crust:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line inside of 8×8 pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper

2. Crumble graham crackers into bits until you get 1 1/2 cups



3. Melt 6 tbsp butter

4. Mix the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs until combined


5. Press the mixture into the bottom of your pan


6. Bake for 6 minutes


Directions for the cheesecake filling:

1. Cream together 8 oz cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar until smooth

2. Mix in egg and  1 1/2 tsp vanilla


3. Pour mixture on top of graham cracker crust in pan



Directions for cookie dough:

1. In a large bowl, beat butter, both sugars, salt, and vanilla until combined

2. Mix in flour slowly

3. Mix in chocolate chips

* note – the dough will seem VERY floury to start – I added a little more butter and took to using my hands to mix to make things easier *


4. Flatten out the dough in your hands and begin placing over the cheesecake filling in the pan

5. The dough should cover the entire pan


6. Bake on 325 degrees for 25 minutes, or until the dough on top is firm






The ingredients listed are adjustments from the original recipe I used, based on my personal preferences, as well as some minor issues I ran into. These are currently sitting in my apartment just tempting me…here’s to hoping they’ll make it into the office tomorrow….

xO -S

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Peanut Butter Rolo Cookies

Did you know that last Friday was National Peanut Butter Lovers Day? Well, it may be a week late, but I’m still celebrating with these delish new cookies! And it’s a good thing they turned out so well after my epic fail last week. Also, I apologize in advance for the pictures. My dough-covered hands don’t always do so well trying to photograph moments….I’ll be looking into a personal photographer…or a better camera…



I adopted this recipe from one of my favorite baking blogs – Sally’s baking addiction, and although mine didn’t turn out quite as thick and fluffy, they were still soft and delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need:
– 1 package of rolos candy
– 1 cup peanut butter
– 1 stick softened butter
– 1/2 cup light brown sugar
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1 1/4 cup flour
– 1 egg
– 3/4 cup peanut butter
– 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp baking soda


Just the basics + rolos + peanut butter


1. Combine butter and sugar in large bowl


2. Stir in peanut butter, egg, and vanilla (in that order)


3. Mix in baking soda and flour


4. Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes (I kept mine in for a couple of hours)

5. Create cradles for the rolos out of dough




6. Cover the exposed part of the candy with more dough



7. Bake for 9 minutes at 350 degrees

8. Eat & enjoy!


I kept a few at home at give out to my friends (after all, what would the cookie palace be without cookies?) and I brought the rest into the office. Everyone loved them, despite me thinking they turned out a little too flat. This is definitely another recipe I’ll add to my list of favorites!

Next time I might try to go a little lighter on the dough and make my cookie balls taller rather than wider, just so I can get a more cookies out of the dough amount….but even with them being a little flatter than I had hoped, they were delicioussss! Try them out and let us know what you think!


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Baking Fail! Red Velvet Oreo Brownies

So this whole blogging thing is about learning the hard way and discovering new things, right? Yet so far I’ve only posted a bunch of my old go-to recipes that I know work. Well, that is clearly not a good depiction of my life. Because for every 1 item I make that turns out right – there are 2 that I screw up. And that’s the nature of being a 20-something. It’s frustrating because I feel like it’s a waste of money, but I just keep telling myself “such is life.”

I’ve never claimed to be an expert baker – and it’s a good thing I haven’t…cause this week definitely would have proved me wrong! My roommate, on the other hand, actually is kinda an expert baker (and chef…but we won’t go there). When I returned from my second week of travelling for work, I came home to the most delicious red velvet oreo truffle brownies! So obviously I wanted to recreate them on my own….which did not work out as planned.

Here’s how it went down:


it seemed easy enough….

As per usual, I tried to take the easy way out and bought a base cake mix for the red velvet and mixed that up real quick with no signs of disaster quite yet…


no issues yet…..

After sticking it in the oven for the appropriate amount of time, I pulled it out to discover that it had puffed up like someone in the middle of an allergic reaction!


……starting to think something went wrong.

And so I debated what to do. My roommate suggested I slice off a little of the top layer, but for some reason, I still thought everything was just fine. So I proceeded with the rest of the recipe and whipped up the oreo truffle spread using crushed oreos, cream cheese, and a little sour cream to taste.


looks weirdly, grossly delicious

I proceeded to spread the mixture on top of the layer of cake while it was still in the pan, which only partially worked out. It didn’t really mix with the red velvet…it just kind of sat there like oil sits on top of water when combined. This is where I start to get worried cause it just looks so awkward!


The last step was sprinkling mini-chocolate chips on top that were supposed to just meld into the oreo mixture for a little touch of chocolate….which also didn’t work as planned. The chips just sat there as well.


To try and make it better, I poured the rest of the chocolate chips on and put it back in the oven for 2 minutes and then tried to spread the chips and create a layer of chocolate. Which worked, but only to an extent. It still just looked like 3 different things sitting on top of each other, none of the layers melting together as planned. And so I was left with a weird, thick, cakey concoction that was falling apart when I tried to cut it. I tried to freeze them after cutting, hoping they would solidfy in there…but it only made it worse.


a big pile of mush….


not so yummy…

In the end they didn’t actually taste THAT bad. Just a little too cakey and thick for what I wanted. I guess next time I’ll have to suck it up and take the time out to make the red velvet portion from scratch so they’re more fudgey than cakey. Oh well – ya live and ya learn, I guess! I may try them again soon so I can get the real deal deliciousness out to you all!

xO -S

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