Hot Chocolate Cookies

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Hot, Hot! Hey we got it! Hot, Hot! Ooh We Got it! Hot Choc-o-laaate!! That’s hands down my favorite part of the Polar Express movie, such a classic! These cookies are perfect for this time of year.  Make yourself a big mug of hot chocolate, a big batch of these cookies and cozy up on […]

Easy Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

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So in continuing with our Mexican fiesta we’ve been having here the past week, you can’t have a fiesta without finishing it with dessert, right?!? These bars couldn’t be easier to put together and they would be great for any party, Mexican themed or not.  They are sweet and flaky and the cinnamon sugar & […]

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

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My friend Jennifer made these for a cookie swap we went to at Christmas time and they were my favorite cookie there.  She also made them another time when a group of friends were getting together for dinner.  I couldn’t eat just one, so I knew I had to make these, especially since I had […]

Foolproof Fudge

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You may not remember, but last year I shared with you my epic triple fudge fail.  That’s right, I tried making fudge three times and every single batch went into the trash. It was not a pretty sight that day at our house.  Well a dear sweet reader, Marsha, emailed me the nicest note and […]

Chocolate Chip Russian Tea Cakes

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I mentioned this recently but I asked on my facebook page a couple weeks ago what everyone’s favorite Christmas cookie was and several said Russian Tea Cakes, also known as Mexican Wedding Cookies.  I love these cookies, but I realized I’d never had them homemade, only from a box, so I decided I would make […]

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Truffles & Giveaway Winner

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This past weekend, I helped throw my best friend a baby shower.  When I was trying to figure out what to make, I came across this recipe for Peppermint Bark Cheesecake and thought it sounded phenomenal! I wanted to do it in a mini version and then I thought, why not make it into a […]

Classic Pecan Pie

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So now that it’s November, it’s officially Holiday season!! Have you started planning your Thanksgiving menu yet? We go to my mom’s and she makes most everything but I usually bring one or two dishes, but I have no idea what I’m bringing yet.  My mother-in-law always makes a fabulous pecan pie around the holidays […]

DIY Brownie Mix

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So I thought I had found my go-to brownie recipe, and then I tried this one.  While the other recipe is really, really good, this one edges it out just a bit.  It had the perfect fudgy texture, which is how I like my brownies.  If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, I’m […]

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

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So I’ve mentioned my mother-in-law on here several times and have made several of her recipes.  Ya’ll, she should have her own southern restaurant.  She’s such an amazing cook & baker and I’ve learned so much from her! I never even really realized you could have banana pudding from scratch until I had her’s. I’ve […]

Monkey Bread Muffins

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I love making treats for Adam’s coworkers. They are always so gracious, and it lets me bake lots of treats without having to keep them around to tempt me!:) This weekend I went in search of a fun breakfast item for him to take to his weekly Monday meeting. I was originally going to make […]

Decadent Brownie Bars

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I know you all are probably full up on sweets, but trust me when I say you should make room for these.  After all, we still have New Year’s before we have to shape up and hit the gym, right?!?! My aunt Tina made these for our Christmas gathering a couple weeks ago, and she […]

White Christmas Peanut Butter Crackers

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Warning! These treats are dangerously delicious! You might eat 5 in one sitting and not even realize it.  They are that good! This is one of my favorite treats hands down! Adam’s mom makes them and they are so good that last year we asked her to include them as a part of our Christmas […]

Homemade Gummy Snacks

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I adore gummies of any kind. They are more tempting to me than a candy bar. I especially love sour gummy worms! Sugary goodness! I try to ration them out, but it’s hard because I could easily eat an entire bag in one sitting if I’m not careful. I thought these would be a fun […]

Pralines

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I have been wanting to make pralines for a couple of years now, but they haven’t ever made it to my list for holiday baking, so this year I was determined to make them. These were good, but a tad on the sweet side. I recommend reducing the sugar just a tad to 1 cup […]

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

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This cake is Adam’s absolute favorite. My mom got this recipe from a friend and has been making it for years since. It is so moist and has such a simple flavor, but it is so delicious. Just give Adam this bundt cake & he is happy. It is so easy to make, too. All […]

Peppermint Bark

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I’ve been wanting to make peppermint bark for the last two or three Christmas seasons but just have never got around to making it for some reason. This year I was determined and made it for a Christmas gathering. I can not even tell you how many people came up to me to tell me […]

Lofthouse Grocery Store Cookies

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year….It’s COOKIE time!! I bet you thought I was going to say Christmas time! I absolutely love cookies, as I’m sure you can tell as it’s the most frequent dessert that I post here. I just love how many variations you can make! So I especially love Christmas […]

Pecan Pie Bars

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Last week we had a Thankgiving luncheon at work and I couldn’t figure out what to bring & lo & behold these pecan pie bars popped up in my inbox from Real Simple. These are divine! I mean I could eat the entire batch, I kid you not! So caramely & buttery. I am already […]

Chocolate Caramel Cookie Bars

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I have been baking and putting together my treat baskets to give away. I just love to do that every year. It gives me a great excuse to get in the kitchen and not be tempted to eat it!:) I came across these in my Martha Stewart Living (sorry for back to back Martha posts!) […]

Hot Chocolate Surprise Cookies

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I was flipping through my Martha Stewart Cookies Cookbook when I was trying to decide what to make for my holiday baking and came across these gems. She describes them as having all of the flavors of hot chocolate and they certainly do. These turned out fabulously!! Adam tried one and immediately reached for another. […]

Peppermint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

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This past weekend I had a cookie swap to attend and so I went perusing foodnetwork.com to find a recipe. I came across these peppermint chocolate sandwich cookies by Giada and thought they sounded fun and looked festive. It called for refrigerated sugar cookie dough, but I decided to make my own using Ashlee’s Fabulous […]

Conversation Hearts Sugar Cookies

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This past weekend I worked a youth retreat, and the theme was Love Wins. I wanted to bake a few goodies for everyone to enjoy. Along with a few other things, I thought I would make some heart sugar cookies that said ‘Love Wins.’ As I was baking them, I had the bright idea to […]

Killer Crack Peanut Butter Fudge

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It’s officially peanut butter baking day here at Macaroni & Cheesecake. I came across this recipe for Peanut Butter Fudge on Dinner & Dessert and was intrigued because it didn’t use a candy thermometer and looked so creamy and delicious. I decided to make it for my Christmas baskets, and I am so glad that […]

Peanut Butter Blossoms

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A lot of people have been posting about this lately, so I wasn’t going to post these even though it’s the first time I’ve ever made them. Then my mom had the great idea to roll them in red, white and green sugars to make them festive and I thought-that makes them bloggable! So here […]

White Trash

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Call this treat whatever you would like…puppy chow, muddy buddies, snowman poop or white trash, like we’ve always called it. It doesn’t matter what you call it, this stuff is a crowd pleaser! So deliciously good and to me it just says Christmas. That’s probably because my mom and I have also been making this […]

Holiday Hints: Christmas Baking Baskets

For this week’s holiday hint, I thought I would share pictures of my baking baskets. For several of my friends I put together baskets of baked goods. Even though I’ve already posted almost all of the recipes, I thought I would make a master list of everything I made for you with links to the […]

White Christmas Trail Mix

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My uncle Dale made this one Christmas when I was in college and I was instantly hooked. This stuff is super addictive! It actually uses almond bark, but it sounded better to call it white chocolate trail mix-haha! I’m sure it would be equally as good with white chocolate on it. This is so easy, […]

Oreo Cookie Bark

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My friend Tracy made this last year at our bible study recipe swap. It was so delicious! I made it last year and made it again this year for my Christmas goodie baskets. It’s so quick to put together and is so creamy. The oreos add a nice crunch and the peanut butter a great […]

Homemade Marshmallows

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Oh. My. Goodness. These are truly phenomenal. I can’t believe I’ve never made Homemade Marshmallows before. I had been wanting to make some and then I found these at Good Things Catered. I don’t know if I will ever buy marshmallows from the store again. These are so soft and so full of flavor. So […]

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

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I saw these in Rachael Ray’s latest magazine and thought they would be a beautiful addition to my Christmas baking baskets. These were really good. I loved the pairing of the chocolate and peppermint. I would recommend baking these for a few minutes less as mine were a little harder than I would like. I […]

Sugar Cookie Comparison

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I’ve been wanting to make iced sugar cookies for quite sometime. I searched and searched for a great recipe and came across The Fabulous Sugar Cookie recipe from A Year in the Kitchen & Good Things Catered. I also decided I would do a comparison since everyone is always looking for a good sugar cookie […]

Toffee Pine Bark

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My friend Kattie brought this delicious holiday treat to our Christmas recipe swap. I could hardly stay out of it. It was so delicious that I decided to make it to go in my Christmas goodie baskets. This comes together quickly and uses ingredients that you keep on hand. Plus you don’t have to use […]

Cake Pops

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My recipe swap party was a huge success. We all had such a great time. One of the desserts I made were the ever popular cake pops from Bakerella. They turned out so cute. I do need to work on my piping skills, however. I had a styrofoam tree left over from a craft project […]