Category Archives: Cookies and Bars

Catching Up with Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Scotchies

Every time I plan to get caught up blogging something seems to happen lately.  I think I’m going to have to come to the realization that our lives are just permanently hectic!

Jack was recently home from school for five days.  It wasn’t so bad the first couple days.  He actually napped a bit and was pretty cuddly and adorable.  Lack of energy will do that to him.  By the last day, once he was already fever free for 24 hours, he was driving me completely insane.

His energy was back.  His appetite was back.  His attitude was back.  I was miserable.

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Bounty Brownies

Bounty Brownies

For a couple months now I’ve been joining Deborah Balint of Rainy Day Bites on Instagram for a monthly cookbook club. Each month Deborah chooses a new cookbook and anyone who wants to join in can cook along and post photos.

Needless to say I’ve come across many delicious recipes this way and so I decided to share some with you. Today I’m going to share this recipe for Bounty Brownies from Home Baked by Yvette van Boven.

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Easy Homemade Brownies

Easy Brownies

Brownies are one of the easiest things you can possibly bake.  It just takes one bowl and one pan.  Clean up is easy, even easier if you lick the spatula and bowl  before  you wash them!  This is a classic brownie recipe.  It’s the recipe I grew up on.

I find this recipe to be great for kids, it’s that easy.  You can melt the butter and chocolate in the microwave so you don’t even need to worry about little ones trying to use a double boiler on the stove.

Easy Brownies

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Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies with Hazelnuts

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies with Hazelnuts

You might be questioning me already…just looking at the photo they don’t look like chocolate chip cookies.  Chocolate chocolate chip maybe, but not regular chocolate chip cookies.  There’s an easy explanation for that, these cookies are made with spelt flour.  The problem was the name of the cookie was already long, adding the word spelt just didn’t sound right!

So what is spelt anyway?  Simply put it is an ancient non wheat grain.  Spelt flour does still have some gluten but is easier to digest than wheat flour.  It also has a little more protein than wheat flour.  It has a slightly sweet and nutty flavor, thus making it perfect for cookies with nuts.

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Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies

So if I put a vegetable in a cookie does it make it healthy?!? In this case, I must confess no. This is not a healthy cookie. It still contains a good amount of butter and sugar. AHH, but the sweet potato does add a smidge of nutrition, beta carotene, fiber, vitamins A and C. All right, it doesn’t add much of this to the cookie, but boy oh boy does it make a super yummy treat! Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Valentine Blossoms

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Valentine Blossoms

Peanut butter blossoms are one of my favorite holiday cookies and I didn’t even make any this past Christmas. It was time to rectify that! So I made them for Valentine’s Day, well they are in my freezer awaiting Valentine’s Day. I am not the only one around here who likes peanut butter blossoms. A couple years ago when we had a holiday cookie exchange at my house I left my plate of cookies on the counter, never a good idea in this house. Before everyone left I went back in the kitchen to discover that the kisses were all missing from my peanut butter blossoms! Jack’s handy work!!

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Coconut Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Yesterday was our second snow day. Mind you the first day there was no snow, not until the kids went to bed. So after being cooped up with the kids and getting some play time out in the snow it was time to warm up the house. Most people might start a fire or turn on the fireplace, I wanted to bake cookies!
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