Friday, December 16, 2016

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I've been baking up a storm for the holiday season! Today I'll be sharing one of my favorite recipes with you, Peanut Butter Cup Cookies! Pretty much everyone I know loves peanut butter cups, and adding them to a peanut butter cookie is absolutely divine! These are perfect for a Christmas cookie exchange or for any time of the year. Here's all of the information you need to know!

1 Package Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1 3/4 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Butter, softened
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Tsp Milk
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Egg

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Unwrap Peanut Butter Cups
3. Mix Peanut Butter, Brown Sugar, Granulated Sugar, and Butter until smooth and fluffy
4. Add Vanilla, Milk, and Egg and mix together
5. Add Flour, Salt, and Baking Soda to mixture until completely combined
6. Roll dough into small balls that will fit in a mini muffin tin
7. Bake for 8-10 minutes
8. Immediately press Peanut Butter Cups into each cookie until you covered them all

9. Cool completely 
10. Enjoy!

I've made these cookies a few times and they are always a hit. They're pretty quick to make, especially when you're baking with a friend so one can roll the balls and the other can unwrap the cups! 

Peanut butter and chocolate is always a safe dessert choice. They are always consumed immediately and my guests are always wanting more!  Biting into the soft peanut butter cookie stuffed with a peanut butter cup is absolutely mouthwatering. They are delectable right out of the oven with the oozing chocolatey peanut butter cup melting in your mouth, or even delicious completely cooled. It's a great alternative to the typical Hershey Kisses on top of the peanut butter cookies. Although I like those cookies, I like to surprise people with this twist that tastes even better! Baking cookies really gets me into the holiday spirit, and it's one of my favorite ways to celebrate the season

Here's my friend and I each with our own plate of cookies, and of course I'm holding my Peanut Butter Cup cookies! Go ahead and grab your friend and start baking these! 'Tis the season!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Powdered Secret Kisses Cookies

Ho ho ho! Hope you're all enjoying the holiday season and are making spirits bright every day! One of my favorite traditions during the holidays is baking Christmas cookies and trying new recipes and creations every year. This time, I made Powdered Kisses Cookies. It's a cookie covered in powdered sugar, with a SECRET Hershey's kiss on the inside! They are incredibly delectable and I want to share this secret recipe with you! Here's what you need to know to bake these fabulous treats.

1 Bag of Hershey's Kisses
1 3/4 Cup Flour
1 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts
1 Tsp. Vanilla
Powdered Sugar

1. Combine butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl and stir until well mixed
2. Add flour and walnuts and continue to stir until all is mixed together
3. Cover mix and refrigerate for 1 hour
4. Unwrap Hershey Kisses and set aside
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
5. Take the Hershey Kiss and cover it with the hardened mixture so no chocolate is showing and roll into a ball

6. Line baking sheet with wax paper and place the balls evenly apart on the paper
7. Bake for 12-14 minutes
8. Take cookies out of the oven and let them cool for a few minutes
9. Roll cookies in the powdered sugar 
10. Devour!

This secret recipe is absolutely delightful!  When you take a bite of the cookie, especially right after it cools and it's drenched in powdered sugar, the milk chocolate oozes into your mouth and makes you feel like you're on top of the world. It's soft, has a slight crunch from the walnuts, and is super smooth going down. Definitely bring these to your next cookie exchange, and don't tell them about the secret Kiss inside until they take their first bite. Everyone will be in Heaven and will love the secret surprise! Merry Christmas!  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Rice Krispies Turkey Legs - Dark Meat Edition

Happy Holidays! 'Tis the season to start blogging again after a long hiatus, 'tis the season to be jolly and 'tis the season for baking sweet & festive desserts! Everyone knows that Thanksgiving dinner and holiday meals are not complete without a turkey. Instead of eating and baking the real thing, we're making Rice Krispies Turkey Legs the Dark Meat edition! I know you're all excited about the dark meat, because who doesn't love milk chocolate covered pretzels, topped with Rice Krispies treats! Here's all you need to know to make this simple and delicious festive treat!


1 box of Rice Krispies Cereal 

1 bag of Mini Marshmallows

6 Pretzel Rods

Semi Sweet Baking Morsels

 1/4 Cup Butter


1. Break pretzel rods in half and place on a baking sheet covered with wax paper.

2. Melt chocolate in microwave or stove top

3. Once chocolate is melted, dip the end of the pretzel rod into the chocolate, and have your mini marshmallows nearby to stick two onto the dipped end.  You will need two mini marshmallows per rod.  Let the marshmallows and dipped ends sit for a few minutes until they are all tightly stuck together.

4. After marshmallows and dipped ends of the pretzel are hardened, dip the whole pretzel in the melted chocolate. Repeat until all twelve sticks are covered in chocolate. Once finished, put the rods in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to completely harden.

5. While the rods are hardening in the refrigerator, melt the remaining marshmallows and butter together in the microwave or on the stovetop. Stir the mixture until it is as fluffy and mixed as this photo.

6. Then add the Rice Krispies into the mix and stir until all of the ingredients are mixed together.

7. Use wax paper to grab small amounts of the Rice Krispies mixture into an oval shape.  This will help reduce the stickiness on your fingers and is easier to mold. 

8. By this time, the rods should be completely hardened and ready to combine with the Rice Krispie ovals.  Place each Rice Krispie on top of the chocolate covered rods and make sure none of the bare rod is displayed.

9. Repeat until each of the rods are topped with the Rice Krispies.

10. Drizzle any remaining chocolate onto the top of the Rice Krispies to finish the dark meat effect and add some extra delight.

11. Place the finished product back into the refrigerator to set and completely harden.

12. Share the wealth, grab a bone, and enjoy!

I love Rice Krispie treats and chocolate covered pretzels, so this was a phenomenal combination!  I love my twist on the dark meat edition because nothing compares to dark and milk chocolate.  Your guests will love these as much as you and will be greatly impressed by your creativity.  Don't worry, no bite will disappoint because there's no opportunity for a piece of bad meat here!  And who doesn't want to eat the whole turkey leg,  that is delicious down to the bone :)

This creative dessert is such a fun way to get into the holiday spirit, and is so easy to make.