• Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream – No Churn

    No churn ice cream has been having a moment for the last couple of summers and I finally gave it a try last week! I know, I know, I’m super late to the game. But I’m here now and happy to report it did not disappoint! It was simple and so delicious! And I kinda want to try ALL THE FLAVORS! If you don’t have access to an ice cream maker (or even if you do), I think it’s a great option for homemade ice cream!     Today’s recipe can be broken down into two parts, a fresh strawberry sauce, and then a 3-ingredient vanilla ice cream base. Making…

  • Toffee Bars

      Hi Friends! Do I have a sweet recipe for you today. These Toffee Bars were one of the first recipes I made for Mr. Sam back when we were dating. Aww. That was about 8 years ago. Wow! Back when I used to routinely read cookbooks, with actual PAPER pages, to find new recipes. I love Pinterest and blogs (hello, you’re reading mine right now. Thank you!) But there is something about cooking from a traditional cookbook. Today’s recipe comes from my classic Betty Crocker cookbook.     When I first found this recipe, I made them all the time. I remember once as soon as I put them in the…

  • Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

    How cute are these Itty Bitty Mini Pretzels?! When I saw them at the grocery store I knew they were coming home with me. Lol. (They remind me of the pretzels they serve on airplanes). I found them at my local Wegmans grocery store, but it looks like Target and Amazon carry them too!     So after getting these pretzels home I then had to decide what recipe to use them in. Of course, my mind went immediately to putting them in cookies with chocolate and caramel. I knew I needed a hearty cookie to not be overwhelmed by the pretzels, so I went right to these longtime favorites…

  • Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Cookies

    Happy first day of Spring! The forecast is calling for snow…again and I for one, don’t think that snow is the perfect spring weather. Since there’s nothing we can do about the weather, I say we ignore the snow and head to the kitchen and bake cookies!     Have you seen the cake batter cookies that have been all over Pinterest? The secret ingredient in most of the cake batter cookie recipes I’ve looked at (and I stopped counting how many) was a boxed cake mix. While I have nothing against boxed cake mixes, I don’t usually keep one in the pantry.     I didn’t want to just…

  • Oatmeal Snickerdoodle Cookies [Oatmadoodle Cookies]

    Hi Friends! Do I have a treat for you today. A couple years ago Mr. Sam mentioned that I should try to make a new kind of cookie, an oatmeal cookie combined with a snickerdoodle and I should call it an Oatmadoodle. Fast forward to today and I finally have an Oatmadoodle Cookie recipe to share with you! Yay! Talking about these cookies today seems exceptionally appropriate since Saturday is Mr. Sam’s birthday! I’m baking him the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake that I posted last year cause it’s his favorite. Fun fact: I’ve baked it for each of his birthdays since we’ve been married. As an adult, I don’t know if there…

  • Easy Saltine Cracker Toffee

    Valentine’s day is just a couple days away. Do you have special plans? We usually celebrate with a low key dinner at home and I always make a special dessert (last year I made these chocolate lava cakes). I’m still working on our menu for this year, but I’m thinking pasta with chocolate for dessert, of course.     What’s more special than giving your valentine candy? It’s giving them candy that you made yourself! This Saltine Cracker Toffee is so simple, you don’t even need a candy thermometer.     You can make this Saltine Cracker Toffee with six ingredients and 20 minutes of hands-on time, before letting the…

  • Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

      Are you ready for Christmas?! My gifts are all wrapped, under the tree, and the countdown is on!     Now before I get side tracked with all things Christmas related, let’s talk about cookies. I baked these Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies for a cookie exchange at work earlier this week and they were a hit!     When I found these Ghirardelli Peppermint Chunks in the holiday section at my local grocery store I knew I wanted to put them into chocolate cookies! These peppermint chunks are basically little chunks of peppermint bark…YUM!     The cookies start with a traditional cookie dough base of butter, sugar, and brown…

  • Turtle Chip Cookies

      Welcome back for recipe #2 of Sam’s Christmas Treats the 2017 edition! We are staying with the theme of Chocolate and Caramel that started with the  Twix cookies I posted last week. Have you tried them yet?     The holiday baking section at my grocery store sucked me in and I left with these Caramel chips and some peppermint bark chips, but that’s a recipe for another day. Now these caramel chips say new and not limited edition, so fingers crossed they carry them year round.     These cookies start with your basic chocolate chip cookie ingredients like butter, sugar, and lots of brown sugar. If you can’t…

  • Twix Cookies [Chocolate and Caramel Shortbread Thumbprints]

    Tis the season for baking cookies. Lots and lots of cookies.   It’s time for Sam’s Christmas Treats year two! I am very excited about the recipes I have to share with you this year. Today is recipe #1 and it’s inspired by one of our favorite candy bars. These cookies start with a soft and buttery shortbread cookie that has a puddle of creamy caramel and is topped with milk chocolate.     The cookie is made from six ingredients that should already be in your kitchen. I know just using the egg yolks sounds wasteful, but don’t throw out the whites, save them for your next omelet.  …

  • Candy Corn Cookies

      Today we are talking about one of my favorite fall candies and combining them with white chocolate chips to make super soft and melt in your mouth Candy Corn Cookies.     I’ve been working on seasonal recipes to share with you and today’s recipe is just that. We’re combining simple ingredients and a couple steps + chilling time to make cookies that are perfect for any fall or Halloween themed party! I asked Mr. Sam how to describe these cookies and he answered “sweet” and he is not joking. These cookies are made with white chocolate chips and topped with candy corn and are perfect to satisfy your…