Berry Lemon Cheesecake Cookie Cups

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These Berry Lemon Cheesecake Cookie Cups are light, delicious and perfect for spring! The cookie cup and cheesecake have an awesome lemon flavor that is totally there, but not overkill. And the berries add the perfect compliment - both in flavor and beauty! We are getting into my favorite time of year to bake! Spring and summer means all kinds of delicious fruit! I am totally into fruity desserts. Plus, they are just so happy! How can you not look at beautiful, fresh fruit and not be happy and want to eat it? Well, I guess if you're my mom. She's not really into fruit, but she's a weirdo. ;) I had actually intended to have these at the American party I threw for the hubs last Saturday to celebrate his citizenship. I had them all ready to go - and then forgot about them in the outside … [Read more...]

No Bake Coconut Caramel Nest Cookies

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These No Bake Coconut Caramel Nest Cookies are super easy to make and so cute for Easter! They are made with a mix of cornflakes, caramel and coconut, giving a fun blend of texture and flavors. So in case you missed it last week, the hubs officially became a U.S. citizen last Wednesday. We went to the ceremony, which only lasted about an hour, but started two hours late. They did a nice job. There were 159 people from 61 countries that received their citizenship during that ceremony. They listed all the countries and it was pretty crazy to think about all the people with such different backgrounds together in one room with one thing in common - becoming U.S. citizens. It's pretty amazing to think about what people go through to achieve that and so many of them just had their excitement all over their … [Read more...]

M&M Basketball Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

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This Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is covered in peanut butter M&Ms to make a super fun basketball cookie cake that is perfect for all the basketball watching coming up over the next month. One of my least favorite things is doing dishes. There are always so many of them. Dishwashers are a wonderful thing, but then there’s the sorting of the silverware as you take it out of the holder. Not my favorite. Yes, I know I’m sounding very lazy, but it’s the truth. The silverware can sometimes still be wet so then there's drying involved. I mean, really. And the hubs really doesn’t like dishes or emptying the dishwasher. In fact, he purposely avoids it. I finally asked him why he hated it so much the other day and he said it was the silverware sorting. Clearly a solution was needed for both of us. So … [Read more...]

Samoa Cookie Cake

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This Samoa Cookie Cake is absolutely to die for! A moist and chewy sugar cookie is topped with chocolate ganache, gooey caramel filled with coconut, then drizzled with chocolate on top! It is soft, moist, gooey and even better than any Samoa Girl Scout cookie you’ve ever had! So if you follow me on instagram, you’ve probably seen several photos of me having a great time out at the Food Blog Forum conference over the weekend. It was hosted at Walt Disney World and it was awesome! Such great info, so inspiring, great people and great fun. I’ll be telling you all about it soon. I left a day early and came over to Daytona Beach, FL - only about an hour from Orlando. My grandmother lives just a few minutes from the Daytona Speedway. She broke her arm back in December, so I came over to see her and help … [Read more...]

Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches

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These Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches are moist, chewy chocolate pudding cookies full of chopped mini Reese's. They are sandwiched around a delicious peanut butter cream cheese icing to make a wonderful cookie sandwich. So my gym has a pretty sweet little media room. I know, a media room at a gym? What's that like? Well, they have a weekly schedule posted outside of the room that tells you which movie will be playing each day of the week. It's one movie a day and it plays on repeat. The room is mostly dark, but you can still see what you're doing. There's bike machines, treadmills and ellipticals. I have been excited to use that room ever since I joined the gym - a year ago. I finally used it for the first time last night. Why did it take me so long? Well, partly because … [Read more...]

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake

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This Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake really is the ultimate in cookie cakes! With three layers and three kinds of cookie, there is something for everyone to love. Speaking of love, I hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day. We aren't really into doing anything huge these days, seeing as it was our 12th Valentine's Day together. But the hubs dropped a not-so-subtle hint that it'd be nice if I didn't wake up and immediately start baking. So I decided to just not do anything blog related Saturday. I can't remember the last time I was actually at our house, in town, and I didn't at least do something. It was very nice, and yet it's hard for me to totally relax because I think of all the things that need to get done. One day I'm going to figure out how to totally unplug. Despite the super cold … [Read more...]

Samoa Cookie Bars

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These Samoa Cookie Bars are a copycat bar-version of my favorite girl scout cookie! It combines a few of my favorite things into one - caramel, chocolate and coconut! I look forward to Girl Scout Cookie season every year and I know I'm not alone. Sometimes a girl scout will come along taking orders and other times I anxiously try to find them in front of stores selling them. A week or so ago, I had one come around our neighborhood selling cookies and I was an easy sell. Growing up, my favorite cookie was a Thin Mint. And I still love them - especially frozen. Plus, there's more of them in a box. But my dad has always been a Samoa fan. Always. As I got older, and my tastes refined (because, you know, I'm so refined ;) ) I began to be more of a Samoa fan. Now, I will proudly say that I have … [Read more...]

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies are moist, chewy, dense and full of banana flavor and chocolate chips! They aren’t cake-like at all and will be your new favorite cookie! So I mentioned that the hubs was having his citizenship test and interview on Monday. I wasn’t there, but it doesn’t sound like it was the most fun thing ever. It seems like the person that he ended up interviewing with wasn’t the most friendly. And she totally grilled him. They did the test early on and that was easy. He passed after the first 6 questions, so they moved on. Then came the interview. When I say she grilled him, I mean she asked him some very similar questions over and over. The hubs said it seemed like she was trying to trip him up and scrutinizing him to see if he was lying. His parents and sister have … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

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These Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies are super festive and a delicious Christmas treat! Perfect for your holiday cookie plate! So my small group did the sweetest thing Wednesday night - they threw me a little surprise 30th celebration! I was told it was our Christmas get together, but instead we had cake, balloons and champagne. :) Not knowing what they were planning though, I suggested doing White Elephant last weekend and sent out an email about it. It ended up kind of funny because the hubs was trying to have it be about my birthday, rather than Christmas, and of course I unknowingly messed that up. Whoops! I have to say the gift exchange was pretty fun though. We had a $10 limit and I got a super cool remote control car. It lights up and pops wheelies and everything. We had fun … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches

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These Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches are moist, chewy and taste just like red velvet in cookie form. They are filled with a delicious cream cheese icing and sprinkled with festive Christmas sprinkles - perfect for your holiday cookie tray or handing out to neighbors and friends! They’d even be great for other holidays - like Valentine’s Day or 4th of July - just switch out the sprinkles and you’ve got a holiday-appropriate treat. :) I just love long weekends, don’t you? It was so nice to relax a little bit. I did a little shopping, trying to get some Christmas stuff done. I didn’t accomplish too much, but I did get some cute new Christmas ornaments and pieces for our nativity scene. We got delayed on getting our Christmas tree, which happened last year too, and we finally got it up last night. Our … [Read more...]

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