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Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Recipe + What Makes Me Happy as a Mom

Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe |

I was asked by Nutella to show how I like to "spread the happy." What a cool assignment. I'm a big believer that happiness is contagious. Just watch a group of kids laughing, and you'll quickly notice your own smile (or even laughter). It's just that easy.

So for Memorial Day, we were invited over to our friends' house for a BBQ. I love bringing homemade desserts to spread some happiness, so this year I made  homemade peanut butter cookies and sandwiched them together with a dollop of Nutella. Do you know "cookie" is a happy word? It makes you smile when you say it. Just try it.

The peanut butter cookies were delicious. I made the dough a little salty so that the sweet from the Nutella would balance it nicely, and it really did.  Plus, they were easy and quick to make. Here's how I did it:



  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the dry ingredients: (flour, baking soda, and salt) then set aside.

Add the butter, peanut butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla to a mix bowl, and beat on high until creamy. Mix in the dry ingredients, a third at a time, until completely incorporated.

Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe |

Cover and move the dough to the refrigerator and chill for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 325F.

Roll the dough into small balls (~1 inch) in the palms of your hand, and put them on a greased cookie sheet (or use a silpat!).

Press the dough down with a fork with 2 perpendicular presses.

Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe |

Bake for 12 minutes.

Wait at least 15  minutes until the cookies cool. Smear a dollop of Nutella on the bottom of a cookie, and top with a second cookie to make a sandwich.

Makes about 2 dozen cookie sandwiches (4 dozen individual cookies).

Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe |

Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe |

Because this post is all about being happy, I was also asked to share what makes me happy about being a mom. Wow, there are so many things, but one that stands out is sharing experiences with my daughter. This weekend I took Lainey to see Top Hat, her first Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie. I love old dance movies and I was curious to see what she would think of an old black and white film, living in her technicolor 3D world.

Something about being a mom and sharing these special moment with her, getting to see the world through her eyes, teaches me about myself... about what's really important to me, why I make the choices I do, and what I truly love. It's through both our similarities and our differences that I understand more about myself and my daughter, and I love that about being a mom.

As I said, I'm a huge Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers fan, and it turns out, my daughter is too! Here is Lainey dancing after the movie. And her happiness, definitely makes me happy. Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe |

Nutella® hazelnut spread is a happy start to every day! Pick up a jar of Nutella in the spreads aisle and enjoy it with whole wheat toast, waffles, pancakes, strawberries, bananas and many other foods. Nutella. Spread the Happy™.

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Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe |

We were given a basket of goodies from Kraft and asked to come up with our own recipe. How fun, especially when the basket contained two of my favorite ingredients.... chocolate and marshmallows!

I knew instantly I wanted to make cookies. But sometimes it's hard to add marshmallows to cookies because when you bake them, the marshmallows can sort of evaporate.

So we decided to try something different. We froze the mini marshmallows, then placed them inside the cookie dough before baking. And it totally worked! Here's Lainey wrapping the cookie dough around three mini marshmallows.

Also, I added walnuts to the recipe because I like have a nutty crunch to my chocolate cookies, but feel free to leave them out.

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe |



  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 8 oz semi sweet Kraft Baker's Chocolate
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 2 cups Kraft Jet Puffed Mini Marshmallows

A few hours before you start, take two cups of mini marshmallows and put them in the freezer. Take out two sticks of butter and let them come to room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 325F.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

In a second bowl, add the butter, eggs, brown sugar (firmly packed), granulated sugar, and vanilla. Beat on high for two minutes. Break the chocolate into squares, and melt in a double broiler, or microwave on high for one minute. Add the melted chocolate to the wet ingredients, and mix until completely incorporated.

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet in thirds.

Crumble the walnuts. and fold into the dough. Chill for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe |

Take the marshmallows out of the freezer. Use about two tablespoons of dough and press three mini marshmallows into the center. Ball the dough up and around, completely covering the marshmallows.

Bake for about 8 minutes, until the cookies are just barely cooked. If you overcook, the marshmallows will melt and dissolve. The cookies will still taste great, but you won't get the nice white chewy marshmallow center.

Makes about 2 dozen.

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe |

These are the perfect cookies for me... they are sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy, and best of all, chocolate-y! I don't want to admit how many I ate. :)

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe |

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe |

These cookies would be an absolute show-stopper at a milk & cookies party! We have this entire collection of milk & cookies free printables on our site to help you decorate! Just download, print out, and have fun!

Milk & Cookies Party Free Printable |

Sweeten up this spring with easy dessert recipes from Kraft.


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Rose and Vanilla Heart Cookies Recipe

Rose and vanilla heart cookie recipe |

Talk about total sweetness! Rebecca and Rosie of Honeywell Bakes are here with a lovely rose and vanilla heart cookie recipe. I love that the cookies have actual rose water in them and that they're dipped in white chocolate! How gorgeous would these look at a baby shower, bridal shower, or girl birthday!

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe |

Rose and Vanilla Chocolate Dipped Hearts Recipe

Makes approximately 10 large (12cm) hearts Takes 10 minutes to make dough, plus 15 minutes cooling and 45 minutes rolling out and baking


  • 100g butter (7 tablespoons of 2/5ths of a cup)
  • 50g caster sugar (1/4 cup)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon rose water
  • Pink food colouring
  • 100g flour (1 cup)
  • 50g cornflour (1/3 cup)
  • 200g white chocolate (7 oz)

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe |


Preheat oven to 335F/170C. Cream butter and sugar, then add vanilla and rose water, mix well. Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe |

Add pink food colouring, a few drops at a time, until desired colour is reached – they will darken a little whilst baking. Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | Work in flour and cornflour slowly until well combined.

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | Roll out dough and rest in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | Cut out hearts, and reroll the leftover dough until you have used it all. Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | Bake for 35 minutes, keeping an eye on your biscuits (cookies), and turning them halfway through to ensure that they stay nice and pink and don’t over-brown.

Allow to cool completely.

Meanwhile melt the white chocolate in a bowl by microwaving on medium heat for one minute at a time.

Stir the chocolate in between and ensure it doesn’t overheat and burn.

Half dip your heart biscuits (cookies) in the white chocolate and leave to set on a cooling rack.

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe |

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe |

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe |

Thank you, Honeywell Bakes, for another delicious-looking and beautiful recipe. To learn more about Honeywell Bakes, please visit their siteshop, and Facebook page.

How To Throw A Ladies' Night Holiday Party + Mexican Wedding Cake Cookie Recipe

Mexican Wedding Cake Cookie Recipe

I was asked by Sauza to come up with ideas for hosting a Ladies' Night Holiday Party, incorporating Sauza Sparkling Margarita into the celebration. (Don't twist my arm!)

While the Sauza Sparkling Margarita comes in three flavors (Original Lime, Wild Berry, and Mango Peach) I wanted to use the Original Lime as my inspiration since I like my margaritas on the straight up traditional side, so my dessert of choice... Mexican cake cookies with lime zest!


I love the look of Mexican cake cookies. They remind me of little snowballs, perfect for a holiday party. Plus there's something about them that feels girly and dainty, don't you think?

Mexican Wedding Cake Cookie Recipe

The lime zest in the cookies perfectly balanced the citrusy effervescence of the Sparkling Margarita.

The sparkling margarita is a nice alternative to champagne, especially if you're looking for a drink that feels a little more playful and unconventional. I could absolutely see my friends and I at a party, enjoying this sweet, smooth, tart cocktail.

To fancy it up, I recommend rubbing your champagne flutes in kosher salt and adding a wedge of lime to each glass.


Then to decorate the champagne flutes, I used the printable party circles from our "Oh what fun!" free holiday printable set. I just punched a hole in each one and tied them on with gold ribbon.

I also printed out the "Oh what fun!" welcome sign to decorate my table and to set the stage for the fun to come!

Free Christmas ladies night printable sign

The free printable set includes: a welcome sign, a banner, cupcake toppers, invitations,  gift tags, mini candy bar wrappers,  water bottle wrappers, menu cards, and straw flags.

Ladies Night Christmas free printables

And now for the cookies, which are super simple to make...



  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts
Mexican Wedding Cake Cookie Recipe


Put the room temperature butter in a mixing bowl, and beat with an electric mixer on high for about 2 minutes until it is light and fluffy. Beat in 1/2 cup powdered sugar (save the remaining to toss on the baked cookies).

Mix in the vanilla, cinnamon, salt and lime zest. Now add the flour, mixing in about 1/3 at a time. Last, fold in the finely chopped walnuts. You can use a food processor, or even just put them in a plastic bag and pound them with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin (that's what I did).

Mexican Wedding Cake Cookie Recipe

Cover the dough and chill for about 30 minutes. You can preheat the oven to 350 F while it chills.

Roll the dough into balls (about 2 tablespoons) and bake for 18-20 minutes, until they brown on the bottom, and just start to brown on the top. Let them cool for 15 minutes, and toss them in a bowl with 1 cup of powdered sugar.

Makes 2 dozen Prep time: 10 minutes Total Time: 1 hour Mexican Wedding Cake Cookie Recipe

Now if only this guy would show up at your Ladies' Night Party...

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Easy Mummy Cookie Pops {DIY}


Take a look at these Mummy Cookie Pops I made for Halloween! It's the first time I worked with fondant and it was much easier than I thought.


  • Sugar cookie dough
  • Lollipop sticks
  • White fondant
  • White frosting
  • Cookie icing
  • Candy eyes
I used packaged sugar cookie dough. I sliced the dough into 1/4 inch thick circles, carefully pushed the lollipop sticks in about half-way through, then baked until the cookies were crisp. I wanted to make sure they'd hold up as pops. Let the cookies cool.


 I fastened my candy eyes on using tiny dots of cookie icing.


I rolled out my fondant until it was very thin, about 1/16 inch.


Using a pizza cutter, I cut 1/4 inch strips.


I smoothed  a thin layer of white frosting onto the cookie where I wanted the bandages to be. The frosting acted as my glue.


I started layering my fondant on the cookie to look like bandages. If I needed more glue, I used more frosting.


Here's how I made the forehead.


I continued "gluing" down strips until the whole face was covered. And here are the finished cookies!


My daughter loved them!


{RECIPE} Irish Oatmeal Lace Cookies


In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, I wanted to share a simple recipe that makes the prettiest Irish cookies! These will take you no more than 30 minutes and the results are stunning.



Makes 3 dozen

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) softened butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar - firmly packed
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Add the butter, sugar, and vanilla to a mixing bowl and mix on high until nice and creamy. You don't want butter chunks so it really helps to let the butter warm to room temperature. You can also throw the stick in the microwave for about 45 seconds on very low (power 2). It's ok if it starts to melt a little.

Mix the salt and flour directly into the same bowl, then do the same with the milk. Last, stir in the oatmeal with a spoon or fork. You should have a creamy somewhat sticky dough. Don't refrigerate the dough while you bake, you want to keep it nice and soft so it will spread.


Make teaspoon sized dough balls and place on a cookie sheet. Use a silpat or parchment paper so they don't stick. Flatten them a little bit with the back of a spoon or your palm. You need to give each cookie a couple inches to spread, so you should put 6 on each cookie sheet.


Bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

Because these cookies are so thin they can overcook quickly. Check on them and pull them out when you see a nice brown ring around the outer edge. If your oven cooks at all unevenly, I recommend rotating the cookie sheet after 4 minutes. Let them cool at least 2-3 minutes before you try to remove them from the cookie sheet. They need to harden before you can move them.


Look how cool they look in the light!


You can serve them stacked on a plate...



Or in some tasty mint chocolate chip ice cream, perfect for a St. Patrick's Day celebration!


For more inspiration, take a look at all these incredible St. Patrick's Day parties on our site and our free St. Patrick's Day party printables!

Make a Custom 3D Printed Cookie Cutter with Cookie Caster

Everything I read about 3D printing gets me more and more excited about the future. One day maybe we'll all get to 3D print our couches or even our cars!

I received a cookie cutter in the mail from Cookie Caster and when I realized that this is a company that makes custom cookie cutters by 3D printing them, I had to share.

You design the cookie cutter of your dreams using their site. You can upload an image you want to use, draw your cookie cutter freehand, or browse their gallery and choose from there. Then they print it out for you and send it in the mail.

A 3 inch cookie cutter costs $27 and a 4 inch cookie cutter costs $33. From browsing their gallery, I see people have created lots of animals, cartoon characters, letters, mascots, and logos.

They sent me a 3D printed star cookie cutter to try out. Here 's what it looks like.

Now if only they printed couches...

{DIY} How to Make Snowflake Sugar Cookies

My friend, Jen Rasmussen, is what I like to call a "baker extraordinaire." I asked her if she'd share how she does some of her incredible work, and she so kindly put together this tutorial on how she makes her gorgeous snowflake sugar cookies.

Wouldn't these make a great holiday gift! In fact, I know after Jen took these photos, she wrapped hers up and gave them as a hostess gift. Lucky hostess!


  • 3 inch snowflake cookie cutter (see shape below)
  • Royal icing
  • White Pearl Dust (Wilton)
  • Squeeze bottle
  • Pastry bag with #2 tip
  • Small bag clip
  • Toothpicks


Using your snowflake cookie cutter, make your snowflake sugar cookies. Here's a great sugar cookie recipe, if you need one.

Dilute ⅔ of the royal icing (here's Alton Brown's royal icing recipe, if you need one) to corn syrup consistency and put in squeeze bottle.  The other ⅓ should be thicker for piping easily.  It should fall off a spoon slowly. Add pearl dust to both for a little shimmer. Fill the pastry bag with #2 tip and secure with bag clip.  Have toothpicks handy.

Outline cookie using icing in the pastry bag.

Using the squeeze bottle, fill in the outlined area with icing.  This is called flooding. Use the tip of the squeeze bottle to spread the icing all the way to the borders. After flooding, break any air bubbles with toothpick.  Let the icing set for an hour or two.

 With piping icing, draw three straight lines from point to point on the snowflake, crossing in the center.

 Next, add snowflake embellishments as desired.

Finish with dots around the center. The cookies need to set for several hours before they can be stacked.

And here's the finished product!
These definitely are gorgeous. Thanks, Jen, for sharing how you work your magic! I might try these next week with Lainey.

{Free Printables} Throw Your Own Cookies & Cocoa Christmas Party

I've always loved Christmas cookie exchange parties. I think asking your guests to bring over their favorite batch of cookies and putting them out for everyone to share feels very "season of giving" to me.

So I asked my friend, Michelle, from Printabelle, to design a collection of free holiday cookie exchange printables for us, and in the collection, I asked her to include printables for a hot cocoa bar, too.Well, wait until you see our exclusive "Cookies & Cocoa" Christmas party printables... There is everything here you'll need to throw a festive, fun, and tasty party!

(we've now posted the recipe we used for our Christmas sugar cookies)


The collection includes tented cards with editable text fields. This mean you can type in what you want them to say and print them out, like these below.

I love the 8x10 inch subway art, and how perfectly it fits in with my other decorations.

Here are the invitations. These also have editable text fields so you can personalize them any way you want.

Cute water bottle labels. I always think it's the small details that really make a difference.

Here's the mini banner and small party circles I used to add detail below my cookie display. There is also a full-size banner in the collection.

We've included recipe cards in case your guests want to write down their cookie recipes to share. Btw, be on the lookout for my all-time favorite sugar cookie recipe later this week. (updated: sugar cookie recipe is up!)

And here's the hot cocoa bar. I framed this 8x10 inch sign and put it behind the fixings.

For fixings, I put out homemade marshmallows, peppermint candies, caramels, cinnamon sticks, chocolate chips, and I accidentally left the whipped cream in the fridge. Oops.

Again, I used the tented cards with the editable text fields to fill out the labels. The collection comes with three pages of printed paper. I used one of them to line my hot cocoa bar tray.

The tented cards up close.

Here are the straw flags I attached to my red and green striped straws for a little extra flair.

And for party favors, I used the thank you cards and attached them to Wilton Christmas cookie cutters. I thought this would make a perfect take home gift.

Hope you like the collection and enjoyed my display! I seriously think I've gained five pounds putting this table together. :)

Also, there are so many items in this collection, I didn't even get a chance to use everything. In addition to what I've shown, you will also find: mini chocolate bar wrappers, large party circles, gift tags, silverware wrappers, another "Cookies and Cocoa" welcome sign, a large "Cookies and Cocoa" banner, and two extra pieces of printed paper. I told you we've got everything!

Thank you, Michelle, for such a fantastic collection. I couldn't have done this without you!!

If you use our collection for your upcoming party, please add your party to our site, I'd love to show it off!

This holiday season, let loved ones know how much you care.  Use your favorite photos to create something personalized and unique for everyone on your list.  Make it memorable.  Make it meaningful.  Make it matter.  Go to for inspiration and ideas.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by HP via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of HP.

Chewy Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

Homemade Gingersnap Recipe

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, and yesterday felt time to start making some of our favorite cold weather treats. Here's my favorite gingersnap recipe.

We like our cookies chewy at our house, and these cookies will give you that great soft mouth feel with a little crunch, plus that little warmth of ginger. I promise you will be addicted.


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon ginger
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup granulated or sanding sugar

Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger) and set aside.

Add the butter, brown sugar, molasses, and egg to a separate bowl, and beat with a mixer until smooth.

Add the dry ingredients while mixing on low until fully combined.

Chill the dough for about 20-30 minutes while you preheat the over to 325 degrees.

Form the dough into about 3/4" balls, flatten them slightly in the palm of your hands. Roll them in the granulated sugar and place them on a baking sheet. Leave enough space for them to spread out a bit.

Cook for 8-10 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

If you try them, please email me and let me know what you think. :)

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