Samoa Cookie Cake

Samoa_Cookie_Cake-featured

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

Reeses_Peanut_Butter_Chocolate_Cookie_Sandwiches-featured

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

The Ultimate Layered Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake-featured

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

Samoa_Cookie_Bars-featured

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

Banana_Chocolate_Chip_Cookies-featured

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

Chocolate_Peppermint_Shortbread_Cookies-featured

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

Red_Velvet_Cookie_Sandwiches-featured

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...]

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar_Cookie_Bars-featured

These Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars are a classic! Everyone should have a go-to soft, chewy and delicious sugar cookie bar recipe. This is definitely that recipe! With the holiday season officially upon us, cookie plates are going to be going around like crazy. All the baked goods are definitely one of the best parts of the holidays - in my opinion anyways. I remember making cookies every year at Christmas with my mom and younger brother. We would actually do a few varieties of cookies. Some went to feed Santa on Christmas Eve and the rest were used for the Christmas party my parents hosted on Christmas Day. I always loved seeing which cookies got eaten first. One cookie that was always included was sugar cookies. We'd decorate them with Christmas colored icing. Sometimes we'd even use cookie … [Read more...]

Rocky Road Cookie Cake

Rocky Road Cookie Cake - a warm, gooey, chocolatey cookie cake full of chocolate chips, marshmallows and nuts! So good!

This Rocky Road Cookie Cake is everything you could want out of a cookie cake. It's soft, chewy and oh-so-gooey! A chocolate cookie stuffed with chocolate chips, nuts and marshmallow fluff, then topped with more chocolate chips, nuts and marshmallows, this baby was described by one of my taste testers as "change your life good." Oh yea! So this past Sunday I hosted a baby shower for one of the women in my small group. All of our baby showers (3 now) have been couple showers, so we avoid things like decorating onesies and opt for guessing the price of baby stuff kind of games so that the guys can get into it - at least a little. This past Sunday actually involved some football watching as well, given the time of day on Sunday. Not your usual baby shower, huh? :) It was a great success! The … [Read more...]

White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

White_Chocolate_Dipped_Cranberry_Pecan_Oatmeal_Cookies-featured

These White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies are some of my very favorite cookies! Have you ever had a cookie dipped in white chocolate before? It’s the best! And these are absolutely perfect for this time of year. This weekend was a lot of fun. After spending some time with the folks from ALDI (which I’ll talk more about later this week), I got to spend the weekend with my cousin, who is expecting a baby any day now. We were all hoping that she’d have the baby while I was there, but the baby just was not going to cooperate. So by the time I was leaving yesterday, we were making our predictions for when it would finally make an appearance. The one good thing about the baby not coming yet was that I got to spend a little more chill time with my cousin and her husband. They are total … [Read more...]

my photos on tastespotting
my foodgawker gallery
Manage your shopping list and search for recipes from across the web at ZipList.com