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chocolate covered cherry cookies

The moment I saw these I knew I had to make them.  Chocolate covered cherries in cookie form?  YES!  They were festive, different, easy, and delish.  Fun new twist for a cookie exchange this season.  Here’s the only thing, personally I would much prefer a fudgyer (that does not look right, is that a word?) cookie, so next time I’m going to try these cookie/brownie recipe from my Marshmallow Brownie Bites.  That’s just me, but I still found every bite of these very tasty and really enjoyed sharing them!

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pumpkin whoopie pies (with maple cream-cheese filling)

PUMPKIN!!!  I’ve made a lot of pumpkin treats this fall, but haven’t had the time or patience for good photos.  These whoopie pies were so fun (not to mention super moist and full of flavor), I took the recipe from brown-eyed baker and then threw a few butterscotch chips into some, chocolate chips into others.  All were tasty, but chocolate was the favorite.  But then again, when is chocolate not the favorite in any given situation?  (Nevermind, chocolate ice cream, not a favorite.)  Anyway, give these a try, see what you like best.  If you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, you’d be just fine without any chips at all.

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candy corn cupcakes

Seriously, who loves candy corn?  My husband, that’s who!  He must have loads of candy corn in the fall and Peeps at Easter time.  The strangest part is that he really doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth and often describe desserts, candy, and the like as too sweet.  I just can’t figure this one out.

Anyway, these cupcakes don’t taste anything like candy corn, but they are so cute I just had to try them out.  Also, the frosting is almost identical to that of Magnolia bakery’s, but much simpler to make.  (Actually, I like it even better!)  It is unlike any I’ve had before, utterly AMAZING!

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oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies

More cookies!  Don’t worry, I’ll change it up next week when I’ve got a birthday, can’t wait to try a new cake recipe.  (Haven’t decided on one yet, so I’m open to any ideas!!)

But as for these, I’d been drooling as I watched them circulate the blogosphere for months!  Couldn’t wait to try them, but I had to get my hands on some double stuff Oreos first.   You know, I’m not a big fan of the plain, ol’ Oreo cookie (there are so many other things I’d rather have for the calories), but when they are paired with something else, magic happens.  Bring on the Oreo cheesecake, the Oreo dirt dessert, and of course the cookies-n-cream ice cream  and shakes.   See?  Magic!!

I finally got to make these to share at my boys’ cub scout meeting.  (They just started and they are all so cute by the way.  What a great excuse for me to try a new recipe every week!) I knew they’d be so fun for kids, and who else could handle this much sugar than a bunch of high energy 8-10 year old boys?  Needless to say, they were a hit.

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everything cookies

First, sorry for the LONG delay since the last post.  Ashley and I have both been in transition.  She between jobs and apartments (although still in Brooklyn), and I across the ocean.  My family is finally starting  to settle back into life in the states (Northern Virginia to be exact), as plain ‘ol Americans.  Anyway, despite our best efforts, we’ve both still got what surely qualify as tiny kitchens.

OK, explanations and apologies over, now on to the treats!!!  I know, I know, these cookies aren’t quite as flashy as our usual posts, but TRUST ME, they are so worthy!  I absolutely love the consistency, unlike anything I’ve had before, it must be the combo of oil and butter, doesn’t that sound healthy?  But who cares?  Trust me, they’re worth every bite.  And besides, they’ve got oatmeal, cornflakes, and nuts… all good things!  I’m sure it all balances out in the end.  I found these over at Lovin’ From the Oven over a year ago, and despite the glaring absence of anything chocolate, something about her description made me want to give them a try.  So, so glad I did.  If you need a little change from your favorite chocolate chippers, definitely make and share these cookies.  Yumzo!

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rocky road brownies

I haven’t been a big brownie fan lately. Not sure exactly why, never quite the right recipe and probably too many of the boxed variety at potlucks, playgroups, and other such gatherings. I’d forgotten what a good brownie really can be. Luckily, my little Sam kept begging this month for marshmallow brownies, so I finally gave in. Man I’m glad I did! Made these for the first time and they were A-MAZING! I know that I describe almost all my food as rich and sweet, but these are near the top of the list. Still, with the walnut addition, the decadence is more than bearable, it’s absolutely divine. Oh, and they’re so pretty too, quite impressive looking if baked in a cute pan. They went too fast, already planning when to make and share these again this week!

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samoa blondies

Holy freakin yum!  I have made these multiple times over the last year in hopes of getting a good picture, and every single time they are gone before I can get the camera out.  Actually, the batter is so, so delicious, that it’s hard enough just to get them in the oven, let alone allow them to cool, cut them into presentable squares, and then wait to partake while I arrange and shoot.  Forget about it.  They really are reminiscent of the girl scout samoa cookie (my absolute fav), but I can honestly say these are better.  And these are SO EASY!  Seriously one bowl, they’re mixed and in the oven in less than 15 minutes.

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