Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

You know the classic treat muddy buddies or puppy chow? Where you shake cereal in a combo of melted chocolate and peanut butter and then shake them again in powdered sugar? These cookies are and ode to that.

Fudgy chocolate is piped over soft peanut butter cookies and then they’re pressed into powdered sugar to coat. These cookies are absolutely a special treat!

Whether you’re making these as a stand-alone dessert or as part of a holiday cookie tray, they will definitely be a hit.

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Gingerbread Biscotti

This is the biscotti you want to dunk in your coffee (or hot chocolate!) this holiday season. I promise.

It has all the flavor of your favorite gingerbread cookie, in a thick, chewy bar perfect for sopping up your favorite drink. They are an opportunity to turn every coffee break into a holiday celebration.

Slices of gingerbread biscotti piled in a white mug with snowflakes and the words "warm wishes". More biscotti sit next to the mug.

And if you’re thinking, meh, biscotti isn’t my thing – I’m here to tell you that you need to try making it yourself. These are so, so much better than the dry and crumbly store-bought biscotti you’re imagining!

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Pecan Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are such a classic – but I never think of them as a Christmas cookie. In this recipe, they get some additional mix ins that make them absolutely perfect for the holiday season. These are soft and chewy, with sweet bites from the cherries and chocolate. They’re a great stand-along treat or a beautiful addition to a holiday cookie tray.

These are based on one of my Opa’s cookie recipes from his years working in a bakery, which means they’re foolproof. Because no-one has time for cookies that might not turn out perfectly in a bakery – or during the the holidays.

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Cranberry Pecan Pinwheels

These two-bite treats are so versatile for the holidays and so easy to make! The pinwheels start with refrigerated pie dough and add a filling that’s ready in just a few pulses. The result is a flaky crust with a nutty, tangy filling – all topped off with a perfect, sweet icing that hardens nicely for easy storing.

Whether you’re serving these as part of a holiday breakfast or adding them to your cookie tray, they’ll be well received!

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Winter Pecan Horns

This post is sponsored in conjunction with Christmas Cookies Week. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the Christmas Cookies Week recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

When you hear “Christmas cookies”, do you think of a certain type of cookie? For me, it’s three – the three that my Opa made us in huge batches every year.

We’d always look forward to the package he’d send in December with oranges picked from his backyard trees and an enormous amount of gingerbread, butter cookies, and these pecan horns.

I love his recipes so much – but hardly anyone needs to be cranking out 15 dozen cookies, especially this year! I’ve spent time adapting his bakery-scale recipes measured by weight into something more manageable to the family tradition would live on.

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New York-Style Black & White Cookies

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If you’ve never had a black and white cookie, put it on your list for the next time you visit NYC. These oversized, cake-like cookies that are frosted half with vanilla and half with chocolate are some of my favorites – and they’ve been on my baking bucket list forever.

All this extra time home is giving me some time to get around to ideas I’ve had stashed away – and these pillowy cookies just made my heart so, so happy.

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Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

How is homeschooling going?

It’s one of the questions I’m asked most frequently these days. I don’t want to jinx anything by being over confident, but so far? I think we’re nailing it.

Sure, there are plenty of frustrating moments. And moments I wish the kids were both in school and I could go to the bathroom without anyone calling for me. But there are so many moments I love and I’m so grateful to be experiencing.

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M&M Cookie Bars

Hands up if you’re trying to make back to school fun!

I know there’s a lot of stress around school this year but I’m trying to celebrate the kick off of another year of education – especially because we’ll be doing this one at home! Yup, we’re officially homeschooling this year.

Not having to go back on the school’s schedule – or with the school’s community – definitely makes things different this year, so I’m making an effort to incorporate some new traditions and treats. And what’s more classic than a cookie bar?

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Lemonade Crinkle Cookies #SpringSweetsWeek

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I’m so excited #SpringSweetsWeek kicks off today because I feel like we all need a little happy right now. And what’s more happy than a week choc full of bright, springy desserts?

Lemonade Crinkles 2

I’m starting off with some couldn’t-be-easier cookies that taste nothing short of amazing! These lemonade crinkle cookies have a nice, tart bite but are also soft and creamy, thanks to the addition of cream cheese.

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Christmas cookies are one of my favorite traditions. I always make a massive amount of cookies – both traditional family favorites and new ones – to share.  We bring the cookies to every holiday party we’re invited to, and then fill some containers for recipients of the church’s wish tree and make up a big platter to go to the soup kitchen’s Christmas dinner.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies 2

These were one of my new tries for this year. I was drawn in by the color – it’s always fun to vary the cookie tray up with more color – but the subtle flavors really won me over.

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