As soon as I saw this recipe for Snickerdoodle Kiss Cookies, I knew I had to try them! The ingredient list was relatively easy and I love snickerdoodles, so it was a no-brainer.
For some reason, my cookies turned out different than the photo of the recipe. They were a little darker and slightly crunchy — but nonetheless delicious! I think I made the balls of dough too big as the cookies ended up huge. I also think I mixed up baking powder and baking soda (I wasn’t paying attention), but they turned out fine.
Overall, I think this recipe is a good option if you are craving some snickerdoodles or want to get rid of some Hershey’s kisses from your pantry. I still want to make these peanut butter snickerdoodles again too
This recipe was a mouthful! I had some extra caramel bits, so I decided to use them up by making these cookies.
By not using caramel squares, the shape is a little different than the original photos. I’m always nervous to do the browned butter, but luckily didn’t burn it this time. I realized that I forgot to cool it before mixing it in, but it didn’t affect anything. Also, I didn’t have greek yogurt, so I used almond milk and it turned out fine. Besides the caramels and browned butter, I found that these were just regular snickerdoodles.
Also, the thing I don’t like about cooking with caramels is that after the cookies cool, it gets really hard. I found myself picking the bits out of my teeth later on. These cookies were definitely delicious, but I’d be curious if they were any good with caramel squares instead. Otherwise, I might just cancel out all the extra work and make regular snickerdoodles next time!
The recipe called for a few extra steps like having the eggs at room temperature, but it was all worth it! It was pretty straightforward otherwise — combine the wet ingredients, then add in with the dry ingredients. Do note that the dough requires refrigeration, so allot for that time when making them.
I was nervous that the Reeses cup would burst out of the cookie while cooking, but I didn’t have any issues luckily. These were great and I wouldn’t hesitate to make them again. I think even without the chocolate chips they would be scrumptious.
I know it’s been awhile! The holidays took hold of me and now I’m finally getting a moment to breathe. I’m excited to share a few recipes I’ve had a chance to try in the last month, including these Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars!
These were super easy to make and a great last-minute item for a work potluck. I did have trouble finding the exact Krusteaz mix like in the recipe. I went to a few stores and none had it! I ended up using a store brand peanut butter mix that worked just fine. Another thing — I had such trouble finding a small bag of pretzels! I eventually found a medium one at a convenience store. I still have half a bag sitting in my pantry.
The recipe itself was super easy to execute. Just mix together the main ingredients, then add the m&ms and pretzels. Then press into the pan and bake! Super quick and easy. It was a fun take on typical peanut butter cookies. I definitely want to keep some boxes of cookie mix on hand for occasions like this. No need to slave away in the kitchen all night!
Hello there! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve updated, but work has been so crazy. I decided to decompress during the holidays and hermit myself up in my apartment. Furthermore, I ended the year with finishing 27 books. This is a combination of both books I read and listened to. I’ve broken it down below. Honestly, I think I enjoyed the audio books much more this year. Enjoy!
Favorite Books Read
1. The Girl on the Train – I made sure to read it before the movie came out. A thriller that you can’t put down.
2. Paris Letters – True story of a girl who decides to leave her life in the US to live in Paris. Dreams!
3. The Girls – A story about a girl who spends a summer with a Charles Manson-like cult. It was a surprisingly easy read.
4. The Kitchen House – A heartbreaking historical fiction novel about a plantation and how it changes over the years. I brought it on vacation, though I don’t recommend it as a beach read!
5. The Art of Fielding – This thick novel was chosen by my book club about a college baseball team. While it had a slow start, I found myself not able to put it down over the holidays.
1. Troublemaker – I never thought I’d want to listen to Leah Remini’s book, but it had good reviews, so I gave it a chance. Her stories about her time as a Scientologist were fascinating. I have so much more respect for her now.
2. You’ll Grow Out of It – Jessi Klein’s essays are hilarious and relate-able. I found myself constantly laughing and smiling. It’s nice to know that someone else has the same disdain for bridal stores.
3. Scrappy Little Nobody – Though Anna Kendrick is still young, she’s gone through so much in a small time. I love hearing behind the scenes Hollywood stories, so I enjoyed hearing her point of view about being nominated for an Oscar for the first time.
4. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo – Amy Schumer’s essays were both hilarious and heartbreaking. I was itching for this one to come out and it was definitely worth the wait.
5. Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling dishes on her life and dating. What more can you ask for? I especially loved her story about snagging a date with the president’s assistant.
6. Wildflower – Again, I love hearing Hollywood stories, so Drew Barrymore’s book was truly a gift. Her take on growing up in the spotlight is something not to be missed.
7. Watch Me – Once again, love Hollywood stories, especially old Hollywood. Anjelica Huston’s memoir which centers on her relationship with Jack Nicholson was super juicy.
I randomly came across this recipe and knew I had to try it for the fall season. These Pumpkin Nutella Muffins were super simple to make and disappeared quickly when I brought them to the office. Definitely a winner!
To make these, I simply mixed together the wet and dry ingredients and spooned the batter into a muffin pan. I then put a dollop of nutella in each one and swirled with a knife. I need to be more generous with the nutella next time. When eating these, I definitely wanted more!
Overall, these were delicious and are sure to be a staple to make every fall season!
So I got ambitious with all the fall festivities and decided to try this Pumpkin and Brussels Sprout Gnocchi. While this was a fun dish to try for the fall, it didn’t turn out exactly how I thought.
I really enjoyed the pumpkin flavors along with the gnocchi and seeds. I got the packaged brussels sprouts from Trader Joe’s which I cut up and simmered. I recommend getting the tray brussels sprouts which you can steam ahead of time. I felt like not all of mine were fully sauteed, but the onions ended up burning for some reason. Also, I need to remember not to add the red pepper flakes. This ended up being way too hot for me. When I reheated, it wasn’t too bad, but the first tasting was definitely spicy.
Additionally, with all the ingredients and time involved, was this truly worth it? I ended up spending around $20 to get all the ingredients, so it wasn’t a budget conscious meal (pumpkin seeds alone cost $6). I was able to get 2+ meals from it, so technically, it had some legs. Though, my apartment still smells of the onions and brussels sprouts. While this was an ambitious fall meal, it’s not something I would make on a regular basis.
With fall being the season for all things apple and spice, I decided to take advantage of an easy recipe I saw on Pinterest. I mean, just spice cake mix + applesauce, you can’t go wrong!
These muffins were super easy, I just mixed the ingredients and popped into a greased muffin pan. They were very moist and were still good a few days later. Also, I loved how it made a dozen muffins, not too many to deal with overall.
The only downside was that it was hard to spoon the batter into the pan, so I cut a ziploc bag to pipe it in. Otherwise, these were delicious and I’d definitely make them again!