Fruit Bars

Fruit Bars

Very proud of this makeover. It’s a makeover for two reasons. I’ve used leftover cake crumbs, and secondly, this cookie is a cousin to a Hermit bar. This all came about while reminiscing with a friend about an old town bakery long gone. Their Fruit Bar, no confirmation by the owner, was whipped up with leftover cake crumbs. I’d never heard of such a thing … replacing flour with cake crumbs. I guess this is a practice in some bakeries. I say when the outcome is like this one, DO IT. Thank you Debbie!

Why is it when I have a great recipe to show off I can’t seem to get a great picture!

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White Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Mother’s Day Dessert

White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cranberries

My Mother was never big on sweets, or so she would say. But she was always good for a cookie, the moist and chewy variety. My Daughter is pretty much the same, good for a cookie but it better be a pretty darn good one.



These cookies fit the bill for my two favorite Moms.
My Daughter with My Mother 5 years ago.

If you haven’t visited my Daughter’s Inspirational Style Blog catch it here. Beautifully done, Miss.

This recipe, too, is one of my Mother’s … saved from the back of a Mariani Cranberries bag December 2002. I made one significant change, no melted butter. Instead I leave the butter out at room temperature until it almost loses its shape.

One delicious cookie recipe!

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Two Ways & More!!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Even the best Peanut Butter Cookies might not convert easily to adding jelly. And that is what happened here! But still in the mood for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies? I tried another simple recipe that’s been around a long time. You’ve seen it and might have even tried it with a candy kiss. It was a very popular holiday cookie in the day … hmm, about 35 years ago. Yep, it still hangs on because it’s pretty tasty. I’ve simply rolled the dough in chopped peanuts instead of sugar and added jelly before baking. Love the change up! First let me include this recipe pictured here. It wasn’t a total fail and I have some suggestions for a better outcome.

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Oatmeal Raisin Bars

Triple Good Bars

Oatmeal Raisin Bars

When the sun’s out everything gets done. At least for me! I’ve been wanting to plant geraniums in my kitchen window box and bake these Triple Good Bars, an old Quaker Oats recipe. Today was the day! I wasn’t sure about this old recipe from my mother’s recipe box. Sweetened condensed milk and raisins, hmm? (Sweetened condensed milk is often used in dessert recipes.) I admit when cooking with this stovetop the smell is sometimes more than strong. But I have used this product many times with wonderful results. It more than works here too! You may already know sweetened condensed milk is evaporated milk sweetened with sugar. You can make your own if you choose but I appreciate the fine product Borden’s puts out.

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Cranberry (or Raisin) Spice Drops




Influenced by a Quaker Oats recipe. A little different take on an oatmeal cookie. Crispy edges surround this buttery spicy cookie. A great change up.

Here are a few previously posted Oatmeal Cookie or Bar Recipes you may enjoy too!

Oatmeal Cookies

Slice & Bake

Moistest Oatmeal Bars or Cookies

Moist Oatmeal

Molasses Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Molasses Oatmeal

Oatmeal Bars

Oatmeal Berry

Buttery Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Buttery & Chewy

Breakfast Bars

Breakfast Bars

Vegan Molasses Cookies

Vegan Molasses









Date Nut Bars

Date Nut

















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Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread CookiesFun and Spicy Delicious! This recipe goes way back. During our family’s lean years we decorated our tree with Gingerbread Men, popcorn garland and candy canes. The children loved adding character to these guys but would grow weary after the first two or three … This recipe makes two dozen 4-inch cookies. Dad would get into the decorating too but had to be watched just like the children or we’d come up short. You might imagine the house smelled wonderful!

We haven’t always used icing alone to decorate Gingerbread Men & Women. On occasion we’d use raisins, red hots, and little decorative candies. Helpful Hint: Choose your decorating icing carefully. Make your own thick butter cream if you have the time and decorating tools. It’s just easier to handle. Many pre-made decorating gels and icings have corn syrup and this makes them sticky and stringy. You may need to test different brands to find the one that works for you.

This recipe makes a great sandwich cookie with buttercream filling too. Enjoy!

Decorated Cookie Cakes

You might also like to try these Decorated Cookie Cakes 






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Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookie

Brown Butter Sea Salt CookieThis is a great cookie treat for the Holidays! Yes, they can be shipped! Let me tell you why I believe these are a great treat and Holiday gift. If I’m going to invest (calories) in a homemade cookie it’s got to be fresh! And it goes without saying, taste delicious. You might have noticed most of my cookie recipes are of small batches … to be eaten immediately. There’s nothing better than a hot from the oven cookie, or at least hours within baking. There are few exceptions to this but here’s a delicious surprise. First, I’m not saying these aren’t fresh! And you certainly can get these fresh from the oven at two Central California Coastal Locations, the Acorn Building in Paso Robles and at a “humble cookie factory in the beach town, Cayucos.” But what I am saying is this: These homemade-style cookies are always, the company gives a four week shelf life, fresh in texture and taste! How can that be? Honestly, I don’t know. I haven’t tasted anything like them. The lighter appearing of the two pictured here is the Original Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookie. The flavors are many now, not just the original and the chocolate version. Give this family owned cookie company a try, You’ll be hooked.

You might want to try making these yourself. But I warn you the duplication isn’t that easy. It’s the texture with the delicious taste that makes this recipe exceptional. Those that have tried have fallen a bit short in the smooth appearance. Here’s one such recipe and I admit I haven’t done a taste test. The recipe looks worth a try, Yummy Mummy Kitchen.