Rice Krispie Treat S’mores

Rice Krispie Treat with S'Mores filling

I have kind of been on a Rice Krispie kick lately. Last weekend, I somehow decided it would be a good idea to make a frosting with Rice Krispie Treat Frosting, which hello, is totally necessary in life. At the same time, I have suddenly found myself obsessed with S’mores. As such, I have been racking my brain trying to come up with a variation of a S’mores dessert.

Rice Krispie Treat with S'Mores filling

I made a stop at a local bakery recently and they had this awesome ginger snap S’mores cookie that was half dipped in chocolate. I knew I wanted to try something similar at home and poof! The Rice Krispie Treat S’mores were born. Does it seem a little redundant to have marshmallow filling inside a rice krispies treat, since said treat already contains marshmallow? The correct answer is no; it’s actually amazing.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Mini Shortbread Cookie Sandwiches

Walkers Shortbread Minis

Ugh, it’s August and my TV is filled with back to school commercials, Target is packed with pencils and notebooks and kids are eating up every last bit of summer. Confession time; I LOVE school supplies- all of them. I could never have enough notebooks, pens and sticky pads. So when Walkers Shortbread decided to feature back-to-school snack ideas this month, I was pretty excited. What I am even more excited about was their line of mini shortbread cookies. Everything mini is better in my book.

I used Walker’s newest flavor, Mini Crunchy Oatmeal Cookie  to makes these Peanut Butter and Jelly Frosted Cookie Sandwiches. Nothing reminds me of back-to-school more than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. So I took some peanut butter and mixed in some butter and powered sugar to create a peanut butter frosting. Then I added some jelly and a few cookies and you have a quick after school snack that even a mom would enjoy.

Walkers Shortbread minis

What I love about this is you can create a peanut butter and jelly dip to dunk you cookies in too. Each mini bag of cookies comes with 28 cookies and there are four wonderful flavors. The mini bags come in Chocolate Chip Shortbread, Shortbread Fingers, Shortbread Rounds and the newest addition is Crunchy Oatmeal Cookies. I opened a bag of the oatmeal cookies and immediately popped a few in my mouth. The bag has a reseal tab, so you can sneak a few a time, close up the bag and no one will ever know. Continue reading

Chocolate Espresso Bean Cookies

chocolate covered espresso bean cookies

I have been obsessed with chocolate covered espresso beans lately. First, I made the Espresso Chip Cookie Dough Shortbread Bars. I loved the dough so much, I knew I had to make it into a baked cookie. Oh boy, am I glad I did. These cookies are soft, packed with espresso flavor and a hint of chocolate. As soon a I gave my taste testers a bite, they couldn’t help but say ” oh my God” at their eye rolled back into their heads. That’s when you know you have a good cookie.

chocolate covered espresso bean cookies

The basic structure of my cookie was adapted from Picky Palate’s chocolate chip cookie dough; it is by far the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I have found. I altered my cookie to add additional brown sugar, halved the vanilla and added some Kahlúa to compliment the coffee flavor. In addition to the chocolate covered espresso beans, I added some strong espresso to the mix. My favorite thing about these cookies is that even though they are packed with coffee flavor, the chocolate is still an important player. I’m basically telling you that you HAVE to try these. Continue reading

Espresso Chip Cookie Dough Bars

Espresso Chip Cookie Dough Bars

A few weeks back, my mom and I went on a bakery tour in Austin when I was there for the BlogHer Food conference. One of the bakeries I went to was called Delish and they had a fabulous millionaire bar. The bar consisted of a shortbread crust layered with cookie dough, caramel and chocolate. As soon as I tasted it, I knew I wanted to make my own version at home. I had a few leftover boxes of Walkers Shortbread Cookies so it was the perfect opportunity to try something.

Espresso Chip Cookie Dough Bars

My version of the “millionaire bar” has a shortbread crust, made with a mixture of Walkers Shortbread cookies, and is layered with espresso chip cookie dough then topped with an espresso infused chocolate ganache. Continue reading

Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies

Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies

A few weeks ago, actually a few months ago, I went to Colorado for my brother’s graduation. I have been putting off writing this post for whatever reason; but today is the day. When I was in Fort Collins, I went to this place called Mary Mountain Cookies; it was oh my god amazing. First of all, their cookies were the size of my face. They had more than a dozen flavors to choose from AND they had a variety of frozen cookie doughs (for take n’ bake) and other frozen treats. So naturally I bought eight cookies to try.

Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies

I was so intrigued by the blueberry cheesecake cookies that I decided to recreate them at home. They are blueberry cookies topped with graham crackers and a cream cheese glaze. Their cookies were soft  and chewy; they’re pretty much my cookie idols. Continue reading