• Stack of chocolate chip cookie bars with a glass of milk

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

    Chocolate chip cookie bars make an already simple recipe even easier — because, as we know, making chocolate chip cookies from scratch isn’t difficult.  But, even I can be lazy enough to not want to spend time plopping dough by the tablespoonful onto cookie sheets, batch by batch. And that’s why cookie bars were invented! All of the cookie dough bliss, with none of the individual cookie fuss! Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Here’s a quick run-through of the steps; the full recipe card is just after: First you cream butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl until they’re soft and fluffy, and then mix in the…

  • Easy Christmas cookies decorated on a platter.

    100 Easy Christmas Cookies

    This holiday season make a few of these easy Christmas cookies to give as gifts and to enjoy at home! It can be argued that the tradition of giving Christmas cookies started in Medieval times, as winter solstice rituals transformed into holiday celebrations.  Just like today, food was an integral part of gatherings in those days. With a shift into celebrations instead of ritual, the parties became grander — less about sustenance before a bleak winter and more about feasting together to ring in the season. Back in those days, sugar was considered a delicacy reserved for important occasions, and Christmas was one of the *most* important. Unlike pies and cakes,…

  • Close-up of a chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bite with almonds.

    Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites With Almonds

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BakeBetterCookies #CollectiveBias #ChewyCookies These simple-to-make chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bites are deliciously soft in the middle and chock full of crunchy slivered almonds.  One of my favorite things to do is take a standard go-to recipe, newer or older—doesn’t matter, and tweak it to try and make it better or just simply different. In the case of cookies, that task can be super fun because there are so many different swap-ins, changes, ingredient mashups to try, and generally if the flavors sound good together, the end result will be yummy. In the…

  • Snickerdoodle cookie bars are soft, chewy, packed with a the perfect amount of sweet cinnamon-sugar zing and so simple to make!

    Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

    Snickerdoodle cookie bars are soft, chewy, packed with a the perfect amount of sweet cinnamon-sugar zing and so simple to make! Snickerdoodles are a favorite cookie in this house. It’s a toss-up—depending on which family member you talk to—whether Snickerdoodles or chocolate chip are THE favorite, however. I’m kind of just partial to cookies. Period. Especially with a cold glass of milk, warm right out of the oven. Sometimes I get the urge to bake cookies, but don’t have the energy to bother with individual cookies. I know, I know. I have to believe there are many of you, like me, who have some weeks where life is so busy,…

  • These yummy peanut butter cookies have only five ingredients, including just the right hint of cocoa, and take fewer than fifteen minutes to make from start to finish.

    Peanut Butter Cookies With Cocoa

    These yummy peanut butter cookies have only five ingredients, including just the right hint of cocoa, and take fewer than fifteen minutes to make from start to finish. Sometimes a craving hits at eight o’clock in the evening, when it’s too late to rally and head out to find dessert because: a) you’re old now, and b) you’re not pregnant, and c) you might already be in your pajamas. It’s times like these when I peel myself off the couch, take ten paces into the kitchen, and scour the pantry and fridge Chopped-style to try and figure out how to whip up something sweet in a minimal amount of time. This…

  • These peppermint sugar cookie bars are a breeze to make and have a fun candy "crunch" from the fresh and flavorful peppermint baking chips!

    Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

    These peppermint sugar cookie bars are a breeze to make and have a fun candy *crunch* from the fresh and flavorful peppermint baking chips! This post was sponsored by Nellie’s®. Growing up, we devoted an entire Saturday in December to baking Christmas cookies. It was kind of a “girls’ day” with extended family, hosted by my grandmother, with my sister, mom, aunt and cousins. We filled cookie tins to give to friends and neighbors and also brought a healthy bounty home to enjoy ourselves. I mean, how could we not? Mmm… They were filled with chocolate and vanilla pinwheels, snowball cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and — of course — sugar…

  • Trying "The New York Times" Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe ... is it worth the wait?

    The New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

    I recently “tried” The New York Times chocolate chip cookies recipe. That is, I virtually tried it. Wait. Wait. Not virtually as in almost. Virtually, as in… My sister (who’s in New York) messaged me (I’m in Maryland) that she was trying a new chocolate chip cookies recipe. She shared the link to said chocolate chip cookies recipe, and then—after drooling a bit—I promptly asked her to photo-document the whole thing so that I could share them with you, dear readers, for the real life, “Yeah, but how good are they really?” Because, as we all know, there are often recipes and food photos that look terribly delicious, and don’t always pan out…

  • Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies - YUM!

    Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

    Few treats are more enjoyable than a warm, homemade cookie and a cold glass of milk. There’s something about dunking chewy sweet cookie goodness that creates a magical tasting experience, even as a grown-up. Though a lot of us discover that technique as children first. Many evenings if given the choice between a glass of wine or a chocolate chip cookie-meets-milk combo, I’ll go for the latter. Or, let’s be honest, I’ll have the wine with dinner, and then the milk and cookies after the kids go to bed. Over the years I’ve become increasingly picky about my cookie consumption, choosing to have no cookie over a mediocre one. And, while I don’t claim to…