Hey guys, happy almost Friday! Hooray for a short week, right?

The boys and I are headed to San Antonio this weekend and this is probably our last San Antonio trip before we move, so send me all the must eats! All I care about is the food.

I mean, obviously we’ll see The Alamo again and we have other plans but really, I’m just going for the food. I already have a list of, like, 15 places and I plan on teaching the boys the fine art of eating like a food blogger.

Not much else going on around here right now. I finally stopped breaking all my resolutions on the 11th so that’s been good.

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Hey guys! Are you shocked that I have more cookies for you?

I’m all cookies, all the time right now.

We have a bunch of new neighbors moving in right now (military community) and I have never been more excited for new people. They’re not even out of their moving trucks before I’m trying to hand tins of cookies to them.

I think baking is officially my favorite thing about the holidays.

I picked up ingredients for these yummy M&M’S® Brownie Cookies recently from the baking aisle at my local Walmart. The Walmart baking aisle has become my home in recent weeks – they have literally everything I need for my holiday baking.

Anyway, so what you need for these cookies is a box of Pillsbury™ Family Size Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix, Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® Vanilla Flavored Frosting, and M&M’S® Brand Minis Milk Chocolate Baking Bits.

And then you need some vegetable oil, eggs, a tiny bit of flour, but that’s it!

Super simple and fuss free!

These cookies are so delicious. The taste of brownies with frosting and M&M’S®? I’m all about them!

Plus, they’re easy enough for my kids to do the bulk of the work. So we got the gift of family time by baking together and then we were able to gift the cookies to our newest neighbors. Sweet treats are definitely two gifts in one!

Are you giving any goodies away as gifts this year? I think everyone in my life is getting cookies and fudge!

If you’re planning to stock up on Pillsbury™ and M&M’S®, make sure you take advantage of the Ibotta offer at Walmart!

(Sidenote: I insist that you download Ibotta immediately if you don’t already have it. I’ve been using it for years and my lifetime earnings is at $224.85!)

M&M’S® Brownie Cookies

about 24 cookies

Ingredients

1 box Pillsbury™ Family Size Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix
2 eggs
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon water
1 cup M&M’S® Brand Minis Milk Chocolate Baking Bits, divided
1 can Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® Vanilla Flavored Frosting

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, beat together brownie mix, eggs, flour, vegetable oil, and water until combined. Fold in about 1/2 of the M&M'S®. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets.
  3. Bake 9 - 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until the tops are crackly. Cool completely.
  4. Spread generously with the frosting and sprinkle with reserved M&M'S®.
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Hiiiii guys!

Surviving the week so far? Got stuck in a rainstorm last night. In the Jeep. Without the top on. And if that’s the worst thing that happens to me this week, I’m okay with it.

(I secretly love when that happens.)

Anyway, today I’ve got a fabulous semi-homemade recipe today because that’s what I’m all about right now.

I picked up all the new Nestle Toll House Baking Mixes at my HEB the other day.

Wait, Amanda, you picked up all of them?

Yep.

I like brownies.

And cookies.

What can I say?

So there are 4 varieities: Brownies & More with Butterfingers, Brownies & More with chocolate morsels, Cookies & More with Butterfingers, and Cookies & More with chocolate morsels.

The great thing about these mixes is you can make them as cookies or brownies OR you can use that are your jumping off point and go crazy. Like, the box of Cookies & More with Butterfingers that I used has the recipe for the cookies but it also has a recipe for Cookie Brittle (!) and Banana Snack Cake. Using the mix!

You can turn these mixes into whatever you want!

Another great thing about this line of baking mixes is that they have no artificial flavors or colors. And since it’s from Nestle Toll House, you know you can trust them to put out a premium product.

For these Butterfinger Whoopie Pies, I used the Cookies & More with Butterfingers and instead of baking them as regular cookies, I added an extra egg and some sour cream to make them super soft whoopie pies. And then I made one of my favorite frostings to put in the middle: peanut butter cream cheese frosting!

Seriously good. It took me forever to truly embrace the whoopie pie but I’m all about them now. They’re, like, a cupcake with better frosting distribution.

Anyway, there’s currently an Ibotta offer for earning $.75 when you purchase the Nestle Toll House Baking Mixes at your HEB. And check out Very Best Baking for so many recipes and ideas!

Butterfinger Whoopie Pies

Ingredients

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Cookies & More Cookie Baking Mix with Butterfingers
For the peanut butter cream cheese frosting:
1 (8 ounce) block cream cheese
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream softened butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and sour cream and beat until combined, scraping down the bowl as needed. Slowly add cookie mix and beat until just combined. Use a rubber spatula to fold in Butterfinger Baking Bits.
  3. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets, leaving about an inch between spoonfuls.
  4. Bake 11 - 12 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.
  5. Cool completely before frosting.
  6. To make the frosting:
  7. Beat cream cheese and peanut butter together until no lumps remain. Add vanilla and powdered sugar, slowly, and beat until combined.
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Chocolate Chip Pizookie - chocolate chip cookie dough baked in a skillet and topped with vanilla ice cream! Just serve it in the skillet and let everyone dig in!

Guys.

I am having the best summer.

Can it be summer always?

I’m sure I’ll change my mind about that as soon as I have to take all the kids to the grocery store with me but right now?

YAY SUMMER!

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Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies - use coconut oil instead of butter in these delicious cookies! This is my favorite chocolate chip cookies recipe!

Okay guys, I’m counting on you.

I’m headed to Salt Lake City tomorrow and I need restaurant, doughnut shop, coffee shop, whatever recommendations. I’ll be staying downtown and will be Uber-ing everywhere so help a girl out.

More on that tomorrow, though.

 

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies - use coconut oil instead of butter in these delicious cookies! This is my favorite chocolate chip cookies recipe!

I made these cookies a few weeks ago because I was out of butter and don’t you always crave cookies when you’re out of butter?

And, of course, it was the weekend so I wasn’t about to take all 3 kids to the grocery store just for butter.

Coconut oil makes excellent cookies though! Seriously, my new favorite recipe. The coconut oil gives just the tiniest hint of coconut to the cookies. And they’re perfect if you’re dairy-free – just make sure the chocolate chips or chunks you use are also dairy free!

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies - use coconut oil instead of butter in these delicious cookies! This is my favorite chocolate chip cookies recipe!

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