Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cinnamon Marshmallow Sandwiches

I had a really hard time stopping at just one of these cookie sandwiches. These were chewy and sweet, but fortunately they were not too sweet. They were easy to make, and the cinnamon cookies themselves are great on their own.

1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar, plus 2 Tablespoons for sprinkling on top before baking
1 egg
8 Tablespoons marshmallow fluff

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
Cream together the butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Add in the egg. Gradually stir in the flour mixture.
Form tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in sugar. Place the dough on cookie sheets, spacing two inches apart. 
Bake for 12 minutes until edges are slightly golden. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
Once cooled spread one tablespoon of marshmallow fluff onto 8 of the cookies. Press remaining cookies on top to form sandwiches.
Yields 8 sandwiches

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sharky’s Mexican Grill and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Sharky's Mexican Grill is a place we visit frequently for a filling weeknight dinner or weekend lunch. They always have large, individually wrapped cookies at the cashier. I was committed to trying one this time! I'm glad I did. Cookies are $1.50 each, which is very reasonable for their large size. The cookie was chewy with lots of chunks of chocolate. I could tell that it was not freshly baked, though. Mr. Sleuth thought it was overly sweet. My verdict is that it is worth a try and a nice sweet ending to your Mexican meal. To find your closest Sharky's, visit

The day after my Sharky's experience, I decided to try another cookie on my list- chocolate chip from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. The cookie was thin and chewy, but I wish it had more chocolate chips. The cookie was a little to sweet, too. I will be sticking with their caramel apples next time! The cookie was $2.50, which seemed very reasonable. To find your nearest Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, visit

Thursday, September 20, 2012

M&M Snack Mix Blondies

With the snack mix I had left from earlier this week, I whipped up some blondies and stirred in the snack mix just before baking. The snack mix provided a great sweet and salty crunch to the soft bars. Unfortunately the end result was not chocolatey enough for me. Next time I will add in a cup of chocolate chips. Chopped peanut butter cups would be great, too. Do you have a favorite blondie recipe?

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
M&M snack mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugars together. Add egg and vanilla extract.
Gradually add in the flour mixture. Stir in M&M snack mix.
Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes until light golden brown.
Yields 9 bars

Monday, September 17, 2012

Snack Mix Granola Bars

I've been hearing so much about the new M&Ms Snack Mix. The combination of M&Ms, pretzels, almonds and raisins sounded really good, so I picked some up last week while it was on sale. The snack mix itself was good, but I won't be getting it again to eat on its own. I made these granola bars and some blondies that I'll share with you later this week. These granola bars were fantastic. I had them for a morning snack every day last week and only had half of my lunch each day since these filled me up. 
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup snack mix

Spray a 8x8 pan with cooking spray.
In a large sauce pan, add butter, brown sugar, and peanut butter. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture begins to boil.
Stir in the oats and snack mix. Pour into the prepared pan and press down the mixture.
Refrigerate the bars for one hour. Cut into eight bars.
Yields 8 bars

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Bites

These cookie bites came together in minutes, and they were a nice portion-controlled treat. The bites were soft and had a very strong peanut butter flavor. They're perfect for a gathering, too. Let them cool completely- they taste much better. This is also my entry for Alphabakes this month, hosted by Caroline Makes.

1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup margarine, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg plus 2 egg whites
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups mini peanut butter cups

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line mini muffin tins with baking cups.
Cream together margarine, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Stir in egg and egg whites. Gradually mix in the flour mixture. Fold in peanut butter cups.
Spoon tablespoons of dough into each baking cup.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool completely.
Yields 36 servings.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Dancing Deer Baking Company- Shortbread Sampler Pack

A couple of weeks ago I saw a coupon code for Dancing Deer Baking Company, and I could not resist! The Shortbread Cookie Sampler Pack was calling my name (only $22.99!). What I really liked about this assortment (besides the great flavors) was that cookies were wrapped in pairs inside each box. The sampler pack came with four boxes of shortbread cookies that contain 12 cookies each. Here are the flavors:

Maple Pecan- This is a fantastic light maple and pecan crumbly cookie.
Chocolate Chip- I normally do not like shortbread with chocolate chips, but these were delicious. The cookies were not too rich or buttery.
Triple Chocolate Chip- These rich dark chocolate cookies did not have a lot of chocolate chips, but the deep dark chocolate flavor of the crispy cookie made up for it.
Lemon Daisies- These buttery cookies had a light lemon flavor and were in a cute flower shape.

Everything in this sampler was delicious! I will be getting it again or giving it for a gift. To take a look at Dancing Deer Baking Company's online catalog, visit 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fast Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have no idea where this year is going! The summer just flew by, and the year always seems to really speed up after Labor Day. This week I was in need of a quick and easy recipe, and this was just what I needed in a time crunch. I was able to check a few items off my to-do list while the butter and sugar mixture cooled. This recipe results in a very cakey cookie.
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and stir until smooth. Let cool for 10 minutes.
Add the egg and vanilla and stir until blended. Add the flour mixture and stir blended. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop tablespoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes and then move to a cooking rack to cool completely.
Yields 24 cookies

Adapted from Cookie Madness saucepan cookies

Monday, September 3, 2012

Susina Bakery & Cafe

Going into Susina Bakery, I was amazed by the huge array of sandwiches, salads, breakfast pastries, cakes, cookies and packaged treats. What a selection! Everything is high-quality, and the prices are reasonable, especially for LA. The day I visited, chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, peanut butter, and chocolate macaroon cookies were available. Every day their bite-sized Italian cookie assortment is available (about 12 differnt bite-sized cookies to choose from, $20 per pound- packaged in cute boxes if you order 1/4 pound or more).
The chocolate chip cookie ($2.00) and chocolate macaroon cookie ($2.25) looked too good to pass up. Both cookies were about five inches wide. The chocolate chip cookie was soft and chewy with lots of chocolate chips. It had a very classic flavor. The chocolate macaroon cookie was fantastic- chewy and sweet with half dipped in dark chocolate. I had planned to save half for another day, but gave in. I had never seen a macaroon pressed and baked to look like a traditional cookie. It added more chewiness, which I really enjoyed.
I also tried a few of the Italian bite-sized cookies. They were average. The lemon wafer minis would be perfect for a light afternoon snack or dessert, though.

Susina Bakery & Cafe is located at 7122 Beverly Blvd in Los Angeles. Visit them at