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Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t.

Almond Joy’s got nuts, Mounds don’t. Sometimes I feel like a nut…especially on Day 38 of a 40-day marathon. But tonight is serious business. It’s a school work night and we need fuel for laminating. I’ve got some colleagues joining me, who have grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free preferences, therefore, I’ll whip these up. Amazingly, I actually prefer … Continue reading

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Halloween Candy Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies

Yea, so we have leftover Halloween candy; enough fun-sized M&Ms to make a double batch of these soft, peanut-buttery Monster cookies. I lost count of how many 16-piece fun-sized packets I had to open. It was worth it. I was able to get some of this candy into a cookie and out the door. This … Continue reading

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Nutella Valentine

Dark Chocolate Nutella Sandwich Cookies with Sea Salt

I made some Nutella treats for Valentine’s Day. The first is a Puppy Chow, which replaces the peanut butter with Nutella, and uses cocoa powder instead of powdered sugar. See the recipe at the bottom of this post. It is fantastic. The other treat is a fancy-pants Salted Dark Chocolate Nutella Sandwich Cookies by The Faux Martha. Yup, … Continue reading

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Soft and Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

Molasses cookies remind me of my dad. Back in the day, he used to buy the Archway molasses cookies for my sister and me. I’ve always loved their simplicity; the flavor of gingerbread, but in a soft cookie. This year, I wanted to find a recipe to bake for my family and I made a … Continue reading

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Samoa Scones with Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Glaze

This is a scone version of the Samoa Girl Scout Cookie. (The original Coconut Scone recipe can be found here). They feature coconut in three ways: coconut milk (instead of regular milk), shredded coconut, and coconut extract. In order to “Samoa” it, I added chocolate chips to the mix, and topped it with chocolate drizzle and toasted … Continue reading

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Frosted Sugar Cookies with a Hint of Lemon

These Frosted Sugar Cookies go way back, a family favorite from my husband’s childhood. They are soft on the inside, with a hint of lemon throughout. They are perfect for any time of year, simply use seasonal sprinkles and colors. This batch is for class tomorrow. Happy Birthday to my Cupcake and Little Monkey! Where did the … Continue reading

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Chocolate Mint Dreams by Taste of Home

Our new favorite to Christmastime cookie (by Taste of Home). It’s a sandy chocolate cookie, with a minty icing and a drizzle of chocolate. What else can I say? Chocolate Mint Dreams Ingredients 3/4 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Bars with (like Cinnabon) Cream Cheese Frosting

What’s new in the KrausnicKitchen? Well, we just put our house on the market. It is such an exciting time, but preparing our house for sale has occupied much of our time and energy. I hope to be in full “cooking” mode in January when we move into our new kitchen, I mean, house. Here … Continue reading

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“From-a-mix” Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

About this time of year, many of us find ourselves baking cookies, brownies, and bars to bring to end-of-the-year events. I went searching for some easy treats and found a brownie mix cookie. It reminded me of an old recipe from a friend, a chocolate cookie made from a cake mix, all sandwiched together with … Continue reading

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The Quest for THE Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

There is one thing I take very seriously. Cookies. In particular, chocolate chip cookies. It all started with the saucer-sized cookies my dad used to make when I was in preschool. Then on to my cookie-baking kick in high school, mostly consisting of Toll House and whatever recipe was found on the margarine box or … Continue reading

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Ghirardelli Saves the Brownie

I’ve had the Ghirardelli recipes page in my queue for a while now, and I just needed an opportunity to use it. First on the list: “Ghirardelli Award Winning Brownies.” These are the best brownies to ever come out of this kitchen, thanks to the Ghirardelli Cocoa Powder. It gives such a true chocolate flavor. … Continue reading

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Toasted Coconut Chocolate Shortbread

It’s my turn to bring treats this week. Here’s another bake & take…it…away. I found a “Toasted Coconut Shortbread” recipe in Family Circle. I added cocoa to the cookie and topped it with creamy coconut frosting and toasted coconut. It’s such a pretty cookie. The frosting is made with coconut milk, though in a pinch, you … Continue reading

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The “Mochachino” Cookie, Hold the Foam

I’m a coffee enthusiast, an unintentional coffee snob. In my opinion if you can see though the coffee, it’s probably not strong enough. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy flavoring & cream in my coffee. But I’ve been disappointed with the lack of coffee infused desserts, especially cookies. Well, the day has finally arrived, … Continue reading

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Chocolate Orange Essence Bars

This take on lemon bars is a delicious surprise. It incorporates a chocolatey shortbread crust, a sprinkling of bittersweet chocolate, topped with a creamy hint-of-orange layer. Chocolate Orange Essence Bars  Chocolate Crust:  1/2 cup white sugar 1-1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup cocoa 1 cup butter 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips plus extra for garnish (like … Continue reading

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