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  • Homemade Samoa cookies Homemade Samoa cookies

    Homemade Samoa cookies

Homemade Samoa cookies

I’m tired, way too tired, to get creative here so I’ll cut to the chase: Shortbread crust, caramel, coconut, chocolate. Need to know more? I didn’t think so. These are Samoa cookies, also known as the cookies I will never make again. While the idea of rolling out cookies and letting your kids use cookie cutters sounds wonderful in theory, it is anything but. By the time their sticky little hands cut out the cookies with the 1,543rd cookie cutter they settled on, the dough is too warm. So, you end up throwing it out. But I digress. This was a several day, multi-hour process. Worth it? Yes, they turned out extremely well. But I will never take so many hours to make them again. If you have children who are grabbing at you demanding milk, no cold water, no freezing water! Or need you to moderate an argument, or make […]

Chocolate, hazelnut and caramel thumbprint cookies

I think these thumbprint cookies are among the loveliest cookies I have ever seen. I’d been holding on to this recipe for months, planning to make it for this year’s cookie swap at my good friend Jennifer’s house. The other cookies I took were the sparkle cookies I’ve blogged about recently. (I must say, here that I think the sparkle cookies ended up being more popular than these ones, but I prefer these myself). Despite the fact I try to stay away from multi-step recipes after having kids, this one worked to my advantage because I was able to do a couple of steps, leave the cookies and come back to them later. However, you want to be careful to allot yourself a good amount of time near the end when you top the cookies with the caramel, then the chocolate, then the hazelnut. You don’t want to let the […]

  • Caramel pecan cheesecake bars Caramel pecan cheesecake bars

    Caramel pecan cheesecake bars

Caramel pecan cheesecake bars

This recipe is courtesy of Kraft Kitchens, I’ve made it time and time again when I’m in a bind for time and I’ve promised to bring dessert. It’s ideal for buffet-style parties, like baby showers and Christmas pot-luck dinners, because guests can grab the bars and eat them over a napkin. Ingredients: 1-1/2 cups graham crumbs 1 cup chopped pecans, divided 1/4 cup butter, melted 4 pkg. (250 g each) brick cream cheese, softened 1 cup sugar 1 cup sour cream 1 Tbsp. vanilla 4 eggs 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 13×9-inch baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Grease foil. Mix graham crumbs, 1/2 cup of the pecans and the butter. Press firmly onto bottom of prepared pan. Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add […]

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