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Peppermint Bar Cookies

Candy Cane Bar Cookies

Candy Cane Bar Cookies combine the peppermint essence of the Holiday season with chocolate in a delicious cookie. Candy Cane Bar Cookies are buttery cookies filled with chocolate chips and crushed candy canes topped with melted chocolate and crushed candy canes. Major Holiday yum!!!Peppermint Bar Cookies


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Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Shortbread & Book Review

Books, good books that you want to keep reading call for an easy to munch on snack. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Shortbread Cookies are perfect! The perfect combination of chocolate shortbread and peanut butter chips make a perfect snacking while reading treat.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Shortbread Cookies

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Spritz Sandwich Cookies

Peanut Butter Spritz Sandwich Cookies

It’s Throwback Thursday and again I’m going to throw it way back to 2011 and Peanut Butter Chocolate Dipped Spritz cookies.  I originally made these cookies when I was looking for a new flavor profile for spritz cookies because I was having a love affair with my cookie press. Still like my cookie press but it’s one of those things that when it’s good its good and when it’s not you never want to use it again! Oh, an important tip, put your cookie sheets in the freezer before you use the cookie press, it will go much better!Peanut Butter Chocolate Spritz Sandwich Cookies

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffin

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

Muffin, muffin who’s got the muffin!!  Oh wait that’s button, button but I like muffin’s so much better.  My life is going through a bit of a transition (more about that another time) and my blogging has been suffering but I am attempting to get back on track.

So here is a new muffin recipe.  I love mini muffins, they are bite size so when you have a few you feel satisfied but not like you are over eating.  If you prefer you can make them as 12 large muffins (adjust the baking time to about 18-20 minutes).

The muffins are chocolate with a hint of peanut butter and lots of chocolate chips.  The peanut butter just adds a subtle flavor to the chocolate and boosts the yum.  They are delicious for an afternoon snack or as the start of a sweet morning.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins
1 ¼ cup flour
⅓ cup brown sugar
⅓ cup cocoa
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips
⅓ cup butter, melted
⅔ cup peanut butter
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 400. Grease or line mini muffin tins.
Mix flour, brown sugar, cocoa, and baking powder.
Stir in chocolate chips.
In a separate bowl mix butter, peanut butter, egg, milk and vanilla.
Add wet mixture to dry mixture.
Stir until combined.
Spoon batter into mini muffin tins.
Bake 10-12 minutes.

Makes 36 mini muffins

Stovetop Cookies


Do you have a go to cookie recipe?  That recipe that is quick, easy and yields the delicious treat you are craving?  You know the one, the recipe that you make so often that you have the recipe memorized?  Well these are that cookie for me. 
I have made these cookies almost as long as I can remember and it seems that everyone has a version of this cookie.  It is the cookie that no matter how busy I am I am willing to make when I am craving something chocolate.  It is the cookie that my daughter now makes when she is craving a cookie (this is what happened yesterday, she wanted cookies and neither of us felt like making them so we made these).  We call them Stovetop Cookies, but they go by many different names.  They combine all that is good: chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal into a candy-like cookie that is made on the stovetop.  Enjoy and may you have a Sweet Morning!



Stovetop Cookies


2 cups sugar
3 Tbsp cocoa
½ cup milk
1 stick butter
3 cups quick oats
½ cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

Cover 2 baking sheets with wax paper.

In a bowl combine quick oats, peanut butter, and vanilla extract.

In a saucepan combine sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter. Cook over low heat stirring frequently. Bring to a rolling boil and allow to boil, stirring constantly for 1 minute.

Pour the boiling mixture into the bowl and stir well.

Use a tablespoon and scoop onto wax paper covered cookie sheets. Allow cookies to set. (If it is hot you might need to refrigerate cookies) 

Chocolate M&M giant cookie

Chocolate MandM Valentine Cookie

Chocolate and M&Ms together in a giant cookie.  Yum!!   I was looking for an easy, quick dessert for Valentine’s Day and thought of a giant heart shaped cookie (I have the pan 🙂 but I wanted something other than a chocolate chip cookie.  I had made an Autumn Cookie Torte in the Fall that I found on Baking Bites that substituted M&Ms for chocolate chips and it was good but I wanted chocolate.  So I added cocoa to the recipe to make it chocolate.  I also had a bag of Mint M&Ms that I had bought on clearance after Christmas so I substituted those for regular M&Ms (I also picked out all of the green ones since they didn’t correspond to the theme). 

I baked it in the heart shaped pan and it was an excellent, quick and easy dessert. 

To make it look more dessert like I edged it with whipped cream and you can serve it with ice cream. If you don’t have a heart shaped pan you can bake it in a springform pan or even a pizza pan and use any type of M&Ms you choose. Cookies for dessert always lead to sweet mornings.

Giant Chocolate M&M Cookie
slightly adapted from Baking Bites

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1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ cup cocoa
1 cup M&Ms (I used Mint but pick your favorite flavor)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a pizza pan or giant cookie pan.

Mix butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl mix remaining dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa. Add together and mix.
Stir in M&Ms.
Spread in prepared pan.

Bake 26-30 minutes.

Baked Chocolate Chocolate Chip Donuts

Donuts.  Chocolate donuts.  With mini chocolate chips melting and oozing more chocolate inside.  Need I say more?

It is donut day and today’s donut is a basic chocolate donut with some mini chocolate chips added in just to take it up a chocolate notch.  Sweet enough to satisfy your afternoon chocolate craving these donuts don’t need anything more than a cup of coffee, tea, or milk.  Enjoy and may your mornings be sweet.


Baked Chocolate Chocolate Chip Donuts
inspired by Wilton

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1 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup cocoa
¾ cup mini chocolate chips
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs
¾ cup low fat vanilla yogurt (I used Stoneyfield Farm Organic)
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup milk

Preheat oven to 375.
Spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray.

Mix together all dry ingredients: flour, wheat flour, salt, baking powder, granulated sugar, cocoa, and mini chocolate chips.
Combine wet ingredients: melted butter, eggs, yogurt, vanilla, and milk.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix.

Spoon or pipe batter into pan.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Remove from pan and let cool a few minutes on wire rack.

Makes 12 doughnuts

Chocolate Mini Muffins


I love muffins.  They are the perfect combination of breakfast and dessert and who doesn’t need an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast.  So I make muffins a lot and mini muffins are my favorite because you can eat more than 1 and go back for more.  I am on the search for the perfect chocolate muffin, one that is that perfect amount of chocolate but not too much because it is morning.  This recipe is pretty close; they are pleasingly chocolatey without being too much. 
In fact they remind me of the chocolate birthday cake my Gram always made.  These muffins are healthy-ish too (at least that’s what I tell myself) because I used yogurt and part of the flour is wheat flour.  I enjoyed them hot out of the oven but am enjoying them even more the next day.  Oh and I used my Valentine’s Day muffin pan just because it’s 2 weeks until Valentine’s Day J Hope you have a sweet morning!!


Chocolate Mini Muffins

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⅔ cup granulated sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ cup cocoa
¾ cup chocolate chips
6 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
¾ cup lowfat vanilla yogurt

Preheat oven to 400. Line mini muffin tins or spray with cooking spray.

Mix dry ingredients: sugar, flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cocoa

In a microwave safe bowl combine butter and chocolate chips. Microwave 1-2 minutes, until chocolate chips are melted (be careful not to over microwave, it took me about 1 ½ minutes). Stir until smooth. Add wet ingredients: vanilla, eggs, and yogurt. Stir well.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until the dry ingredients are just incorporated.

Use a tablespoon to scoop batter into the mini muffin tins.

Bake 10-12 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 36 mini muffins