Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

Snickers Cookies2 days in a row with a blog post. This used to be the norm, sadly other things have been taking up my time. I am perfectly fine with the break to be honest, but then sometimes, I come a write down my thoughts. Not only 2 days in a row, 2 desserts. So if you aren’t getting the quantity, then at least I am providing quality,  because let’s all be honest, it is much more fun to look at dessert recipes. In yesterday’s post, I let you all know of the cake/pie schism in our house. There really is no agreement on desserts, but cookies are a happy middle ground for everyone in the house. Not necessarily our favourite dessert but we all love them! So with cookies we get smiles on all the faces, which makes it one of the desserts that we enjoy more often. I had a bag of Snickers Baking Bites that my mom brought me from the States, we don’t have these in Canada but chopped Snickers Chocolate bars will certainly do.

Recipe from Cooking Classy

  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 – 8 oz Snickers candy bars, chopped (about 1 1/2 – 2 cups) – I used one bag Snickers Baking Bites
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped lightly salted peanuts
  • Parchment Paper
  1. Cream together butter with both sugars until creamy. Add eggs, one at time. Add vanilla.
  2. Add first four dry ingredients, and beat until completely combined. Beat in chocolate chips, Snickers and peanuts.
  3. Line baking sheets with Parchment paper. Roll about 3 Tbsp. of dough into a ball and place on cookie sheet. You can get between 8-10 on each sheet, but no more than that because they will spread out.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Let rest for 2 additional minutes on warm cookie sheet. Remove to cool, or eat warm.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

Yellow Cake

yellow cake, white cakeMMM.MMM…cake. This is my favourite dessert. Unless you count a box of chocolate, which I guess would count, then cake is my second favourite dessert. Hubs and I heartily disagree on what consists of an appropriate after dinner treat. He is all about pie, that contain fruit. That doesn’t even seem like it qualifies under the dessert banner. I like cake, preferably with chocolate, or anything else containing chocolate, even pie if chocolate is included. Okay, you get the gist. So why did I decide to make yellow cake. I’m not sure actually, I just sort of got a craving for it. Plus it has chocolate icing. Also, Barry from Rock Recipes makes the absolute most delicious stuff. I’m rambling. Make this cake. Eat this cake. You can thank me later.

  • 1¼ cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups sifted cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅔ cup butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp good quality vanilla extract
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 2 extra-large egg yolks
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • Chocolate frosting. You can use store-bought. I used the icing from my Hershey’s Chocolate Cake
  1. Combine first 5  dry ingredients.
  2. Beat sugar, vegetable oil, and butter and vanilla until combined. Add eggs and egg yolks
  3. Alternately add buttermilk, with the dry mixture. You are done as soon as there are no lumps. Stop mixing immediately.
  4. Grease and flour 2 9 inch round baking pans.
  5. Evenly divide batter. Then bake for about 35 minutes at 325 degrees. Check with toothpick to make sure it has baked in the middle.
  6. Remove from oven. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely.
  7. Frost, using 1/3 of icing in middle of layers. 1/3 on sides, 1/3 on top of cake.
  8. Eat and enjoy!

Walnut Shortbread Bars

Walnut Shortbread BarsChristmas time is upon on us, which means, time to get your baking on! Well, if you enjoy baking that is. I certainly do. I love being in the kitchen making some tasty goodies. Perhaps, because I really love eating goodies. A sweet tooth, I definitely have! This month we are all sharing Shortbread Recipes over at Fantastical Food Fight, and I couldn’t be happier. Shortbread is one of my most eaten Christmas treats. I will always put one on my plate if they are available. This year I went for Shortbread Bars, I found the recipe in a Canadian Living Holiday Best Magazine, all the way back from 2005. These are delicious, and being bars they are quite easy as well. Trust me, you want these on your Christmas dessert menu.

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • Parchment Paper
  • 24 walnut quarters
  1. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add next three ingredients, beat until just mixed in. Add flour, and beat until incorporated. Sometimes shortbread takes longer than you expect to come together. Just keep beating until smooth. Beat in chopped walnuts, until just combined.
  2. Spread into a 9 inch square baking dish, lined with parchment paper. Cut into 24 squares. Place a walnut half onto each square and gently press down a bit.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Immediately re-cut bars when out of oven, then let cook completely.
  4. Eat and Enjoy!

Old-Fashioned Butter Tart Bars

Butter Tart BarsYesterday, I admitted my little secret that I have already started the Christmas baking. And the lemon bars aren’t the only thing I have made. The family and I enjoyed this little gem while we watched one of our favourite Disney flicks together. It’s a smaller recipe, baked in a 8×8 inch pan, so perfect for one night of treating, and then the rest gets put in the freezer for Christmas. My freezer really is quite full come Christmas time, with a turkey and all the baking, it is really the only time of year that I am nit sure if I can fit more in. I have gotten a great head start this year!

Recipe from 250 Best Brownies, Bars and Squares

  • Base:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • Filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins (I used dried cranberries)
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Combine first 3 base ingredients. I like to use my hand mixer. Press into an ungreased 8 or 9 inch square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  2. While base is oven prepare your filling. Use hand mixer to blend together all ingredients. Pour over cooked base. Return to oven and bake an additional 20 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.
  3. Eat and enjoy!