Cinnamon Bun Cookies

July 4th Bread

I offered to make cinnamon toast last night, and it turned out that this is when our bread expired.  Whoops!  Guess I’m going to the grocery store AGAIN.  Last night I made french bread instead which was a win-win-win-win.  Three people loved it, and I got to use up a french bread that I bought for a recipe which I decided not to make.

What Did I Make Today?

Inspired by the cinnamon toast gaffe, I made Cinnamon Bun Cookies from the Wanna Come With website.

How Did It Go?

Pretty well considering how little time I had.  It was a fun recipe.  I did half the cookie dough and all of the spread and glaze.  Baked for 10 minutes.  They came out really tasty!



Apple Pretzels and Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

An Apple for the Teacher

Today I was inspired by both the imminent start of school, and the upside down apple pie recipe.  While hubs is sick of apple pie, some of my friends volunteered to taste test future pies.  So I thought apple pie plus apple shaped sugar cookies for the kids.

What Did I Make Today?

I did make the sugar cookies – unicorns, apples and bones – but I did not have time to cool and decorate them.  I did grab out the cookie cups from yesterday and decorate them with the icing from yesterday.  Then I used the dipping tool that my daughter got me for Parents’ Day to dip pretzels and I decorated them to look like apples.




Sugar Cookies

What Did I Make Today?

Cookies!  Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies – new dough, Lofthouse Copycat Sugar Cookies – dough from yesterday – with mini chocolate chips pressed into the tops, and Cookie Cups with Better Than Double Tree dough from yesterday.  I made my usual vanilla buttercream and a new recipe for Chocolate Marshmallow Buttercream by My Sweet Sanity.

How Did It Go?

Pretty well.  Took longer than I thought it would, but the cookies came out cute.  (I put the cookie cups away to decorate tomorrow.)

Here are the recipe links.

And here are the pics.



The Best and Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies and Peanut Butter Mountain Bar Rice Krispie Roll

Bad Day?

Yesterday was so great.  Topped off by a fun family game of our new Quixx Party Game.  The only problem was that the kids had so much fun that they were really spazzy afterwards.  Fast forward to today.  Just not feeling happy.  The imminent return to double parenting?

What I Made Today?

It could be the best thing I ever invented!  I used our favorite Rice Krispie Treat recipe by Mom on Timeout but instead of marshmallows, I put in Peanut Butter Mountain Bar filling by Crazy for Crust.  I had two other peanut butter recipes I wanted to make, but I just had time for one – The Best and Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies from Julia’s Album.

How Did it Go?

Awesome!  Can’t wait to try these treats.  BTW, I didn’t have regular Rice Krispies, so I used Cocoa Krispies.  And I only had 5 cups of those, so I added a full cup of graham cracker crumbs.  I love this recipe because you melt the butter and marshmallows in the microwave.  so much easier than the stovetop way!


The PB cookies turned out pretty darn good too.  I stuffed half with Reese PB Cups.  Guess which ones were the faves!



She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

I didn’t really plan it this way, but I ended up making every kids’s favorite today.  Actually, except for my baby girl.  I just have no idea what her favorite is anymore!  It used to be Mom’s Famous Marshmallow Brownies, but she turned up her nose at the last batch.  Some of the boys have been eating their way through them.  Today being National S’mores Day, I put out the stuff for s’mores which she usually loves, but she couldn’t care less.  She wanted a chocolate covered cookie.  Since when?  Ch-ch-changes.

What Did I Make Today?

Fudgy Vanilla Brownies, Texas Sheet Cake, Ultimate Chocolate Chip cookies, and Double Tree Copycat Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (for hot chocolate cups another day).

How Did It Go?

Super.  Everything came out perfect.  My bakes have been turning out really well as a result of following the mixing directions to the letter.



Happy S’mores Day!


Is It Almost That Time Again?

The One Week Countdown

I can’t believe school is starting up again.  It seemed  to be forever away until it wasn’t  I can barely wrap my mind around that fact that it starts in one week.  I hope my baby has an easier adjustment this year.  School is loud, and there are a lot of people.  That is hard on a kid who enjoys her alone time.

What Did I Make Today?

Practically nothing, but it took forever.  I made our two favorite cookie doughs – Utlimate Chocolate Chip Cookie dough and Lofthouse Copycat Cookie dough.  Whoops, I forgot that I made the chocolate chip cookie dough yesterday.  Won’t have to make that again!  Then I dipped some pretzels because I had a cute idea for ears.

How Did It Go?

Fine.  Not super fun today.  Stress, I guess.



Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies, King Arthur Chocolate Chip Cookies, Graham Chocolate Chip Cookies, S’more Sandwich Cookies, 5×5 Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Mini Cheesecakes, and Samoa Mini Cheesecakes

Does It Make a Difference?

I go back and forth between wanting to use high quality ingredients and cheaper ingredients.  Usually it’s in regard to chocolate chips.  Should I use Nestle or Ghiradelli or Kroger-brand?  I don’t think my family can tell the difference, but they are more gourmands than gourmets!  Today I switched to King Arthur Flour.  Seemed like good timing to try to King Arthur cookie recipe!

What Did I Make?

A ton!  I am catering a lunch for some new teachers today.  Surely something turned out okay.  I was planning mini cheesecakes.  I was going to remake the chocolate ones from yesterday, but where’s the fun in that?  So I made Chocolate Chip Cookie Mini Cheesecakes by Crazy for Crust and Samoa Mini Cheesecakes from The Recipe Critic.  I also put together the 6” chocolate cheesecake and the chocolate cakes I have been saving.  I used Sally’s donut glaze between the layers and her buttercream on top.  I’m calling this the 5×5 Chocolate Cake.  Finally, I baked three kinds of chocolate chip cookies – Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies (our usual), King Arthur Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies posted by Something Swanky, Graham Chocolate Chip Cookies by Buns in My Oven.  The last ones I made into sandwiches with chocolate icing and marshmallow fluff.  Whew!

How Did It Go?

Some good, some bad as expected.

Don’t know about taste yet, but I liked how Samoa Mini Cheesecakes from The Recipe Critic came out more than how Chocolate Chip Cookie Mini Cheesecakes by Crazy for Crust came out.  Everything went perfect with the former.  For the latter, I thought there was too much butter in the crust recipe, and I baked them for 25 minutes, and they still fell.



Update – I stand corrected!  After cooling and decorating, the chocolate Chip cookie Mini Cheesecakes came our perfect – just like the pictures on the website.  I should trust Crazy!  (BTW, I have asked this blogger questions in the past, and she always responds promptly and is so nice.)  The Samoa Mini Cheesecakes were great too.


The 5×5 chocolate cake came out awesome!  This is a dessert for dinner so check back to see if it tastes awesome as well.


Okay, on to cookies!  Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies (our usual) came out fabulous despite using dough from the fridge.  King Arthur Chocolate Chip Cookies came out well, but the taste couldn’t compete with Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Surprisingly, the Graham Chocolate Chip Cookies were really good.  The sandwiches were kind of a good idea, but the marshmallow fluff didn’t hold them together.  Bummer!  Still really tasty, although not that much better than just the cookies by themselves.

King Arthur…


Chocolate Chip Graham Cracker Cookies and my big mess…




Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies…