Archive for: Cookies & Bars


Almond Butter Oat Blondies. Soft and chewy cookie bars with a subtle caramel flavor! Gluten-free.

Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Blondies

These Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Blondies are my latest addiction!  They're soft and packed with oats and almond butter, making them a healthier cookie bar! I know we're in the middle of the week right now, but let's talk about weekends for a minute. Does anyone have any tricks for making the weekends last longer? I feel like one minute we're celebrating the fact that it's Friday, and the next it's already Sunday night and time to start a new week. And I'm left wondering where the weekend went. I've been thinking about how we spend our weekends and have come up with a few ideas that I'd like to try to help get the most out of them. ... [Continue Reading]

Healthy Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies - boost your energy with these soft, chewy cookies!

Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies

Packed with peanut butter, flaxseed and oats, these Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies will give you an energy boost while satisfying your cookie craving! They are perfect for after school snacks for the kids, too! Tomorrow I go back to work after my maternity leave. To say I am not ready to leave my sweet baby girl is quite the understatement. Where did the past four months go? Nothing can make up for the fact that I won't be home every day with my little ones, but if I try to look on the positive it is only three days a week, my baby will be with family while I'm at work, and I only have five weeks until summer vacation. I'm trying to look on the positive side. But it's still hard. ... [Continue Reading]

Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies - keep them in the freezer for quick breakfasts and snacks!

Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

These Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies are filled with whole grains and flaxseed, and naturally sweetened with honey. They keep well in the freezer, for an easy grab and go breakfast or snack. As I type this, I am 38 weeks, two days pregnant and waiting for my baby girl to arrive. It could be any day now, or she could take her sweet time. Either way, I'm praying for a healthy little girl who I just know will complete our family perfectly. In the meantime, I'm enjoying these last few days of pregnancy. (I'm one of those who actually enjoys being pregnant, even despite the normal aches and pains, at least once the first trimester icky feelings go away.) I'm enjoying spending time ... [Continue Reading]

Soft, chewy brown butter cookies loaded with white chocolate and cranberries. | Kristine's Kitchen

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies with Brown Butter

Soft, chewy cookies loaded with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. Brown butter in the cookie dough takes these White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies with Brown Butter to a whole new level. I love all sorts of cookies, but a good white chocolate cranberry cookie is right up near the top of my list of favorites. Add brown butter to that cookie, and, well, a good thing just got a whole lot better. These White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies with Brown Butter are soft, chewy, and loaded with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. They're perfect for holiday baking, or really any time of year. Let's not limit our cookie enjoyment to just a month out of the year, ... [Continue Reading]

So easy Salted Caramel Mocha Fudge, made in the microwave in just minutes! #holiday | Kristine's Kitchen

Salted Caramel Mocha Fudge

So easy Salted Caramel Mocha Fudge, made completely in the microwave in just minutes. A perfect combination of coffee-chocolate fudge and caramel fudge, sprinkled with sea salt. It's the season of giving, and homemade gifts from your kitchen are some of the most fun to give and to receive. Today I'm sharing the recipe for this amazing Salted Caramel Mocha Fudge, which is just perfect for gifting to neighbors, friends, teachers... pretty much anyone on your holiday list! But that's not all!  Today I've also teamed up with some of my blogging friends to offer you an amazing giveaway! {Giveaway is now closed.} How handy would a $300 Amazon gift card come in for your last-minute ... [Continue Reading]

The BEST soft, chewy Gingerdoodle Cookies! #holiday | Kristine's Kitchen

Gingerdoodle Cookies

Spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, these Gingerdoodle Cookies have chewy soft centers and barely crisp edges. They're the best of two favorites, the Snickerdoodle and the Gingersnap, all rolled into one cinnamon-sugar coated cookie! My mind is swirling with all things Christmas! For those of you who celebrate Christmas, have you gotten your decorations out yet? This weekend we put out all of our Christmas decorations and Julia helped Brad hang the lights up on our house. I love this time of year and all of the beautiful lights and decorations that are out when I walk or drive through my neighborhood. We're waiting until this coming weekend to get our tree, because ... [Continue Reading]

Caramel Apple Crumble Cheesecake Bars, with a light & creamy Greek yogurt cheesecake | Kristine's Kitchen

Caramel Apple Crumble Cheesecake Bars

Caramel apples atop a layer of Greek yogurt cheesecake, with loads of brown sugar crumble topping and a caramelized oat crust. These gluten-free Caramel Apple Crumble Cheesecake Bars are the perfect treat to bring to your next holiday gathering. These bars. Oh my. Where do I even start? How about with the cheesecake (my personal favorite part). The cheesecake is a half cream cheese-half Greek yogurt cheesecake. Have you tried Greek yogurt cheesecake yet? If not, then you must. It's lighter than traditional cheesecake, and so creamy. I went with a 1:1 ratio of yogurt to cream cheese here to make sure the cheesecake could stand up to all of that crumble topping. I love 100% Greek ... [Continue Reading]

Whole Grain Graham Crackers - easier than you think to make! | Kristine's Kitchen

Whole Grain Graham Crackers

These Homemade Graham Crackers are full of whole grains and the warm, spicy flavors of cinnamon and cloves.  Once you take your first bite (and see how easy they are to make), you'll be hooked on these Homemade Whole Grain Graham Crackers! It's been a while since my last post. All of a sudden work got super crazy, and I've been spending most evenings grading papers and doing other school work. Add in a weekend camping trip, a broken washing machine (now replaced), and all of the other day-to-day stuff that's involved in caring for two kids, and blogging time has been hard to find. I was determined not to let another week pass without sharing a recipe with you, though, so here ... [Continue Reading]

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies (Gluten-Free) | Kristine's Kitchen

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

Filled with pumpkin, spices, dried cranberries, and walnuts, these Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies are a great way to welcome fall.  They're gluten-free and the perfect healthy breakfast or snack! My new love... breakfast cookies. How can it be that a cookie made with such healthy ingredients still tastes so irresistible? Seriously, I cannot stop at just one of these. I forced myself to stop at two, but it was reeeaally hard (and I've got pretty good self-control when it comes to not overdoing it on the sweets).  Julia helped herself to two and then asked for a third.  This was after she told me she didn't want pumpkin in her breakfast cookies and wasn't going to have any.  I said you can ... [Continue Reading]

Salted Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies - Kristine's Kitchen-4133wm

Salted Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Buttery shortbread cookies are dipped in dark chocolate and then sprinkled with sea salt. These Salted Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies are mostly sweet with just a touch of sea salt. It's the weekend!!! I think that calls for a cookie. A buttery shortbread cookie dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt, to be exact. Yep, these cookies are pretty amazing. This was a long week for me. Julia had her first week of Kindergarten, and I started a new school year with a new group of third graders. Plus I had back to school night this week, which meant a 15 hour work day (including commute time) and 48 hours without seeing William, except for giving him a kiss after he was ... [Continue Reading]

Breakfast Cookies - full of nutrition, you will CRAVE these! | Kristine's Kitchen

Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast?  Yes!  You will love these healthy breakfast cookies, full of oats, flaxseed, maple syrup, and dried cherries! How can it be that my Julia starts Kindergarten in less than two weeks? Time is going way too fast, and it seems to be speeding up rather than slowing down.  I've been trying to ignore it for as long as possible, but back-to-school time is almost here and it's time to start getting ready. Our morning routine is going to need a makeover, and soon! We've fully enjoyed relaxed summer nights and mornings, but need to get back to a regular bedtime and morning routine. My plan is to ease us into it the week before, helping Julia practice what she'll need ... [Continue Reading]

No-Bake Energy Bites {plus a new series:  Healthy Bites for Kids!} | Kristine's Kitchen

No-Bake Energy Bites

No-Bake Energy Bites are one of my very favorite things. These bites have oats, coconut, nut butter, flaxseed, and mini chocolate chips, all rolled into easy to grab little bites. They are a perfect snack for kids and adults alike! Let's talk about these No-Bake Energy Bites.  They are just about the best snack ever.  They're easy to make (hello no-bake!), fun to eat, and so delicious.  Plus, other than the sugar from the honey and chocolate chips, they are made with all healthy ingredients.  You could leave out the chocolate chips or replace them with some dried fruit, but they are pretty tasty as is. I make a batch of these energy bites just about every week, because they are so ... [Continue Reading]

Strawberry Oat Crumb Bars, made with fresh strawberries! | Kristine's Kitchen

Strawberry Oat Crumb Bars

A fresh strawberry filling and buttery oat crust will keep you coming back for "just one more" taste of these Strawberry Oat Crumb Bars! I cannot wait for summer. I'm looking forward to long, relaxed days with no strict schedule to follow. During the school year, I only teach three days a week, but it is enough to keep me busy and always struggling to balance work, family, house, and me-time.  The other four days of the week I get to stay home with my two kids- not exactly relaxation time, but I am so grateful for the time I get to spend with them.  When I do have time for myself, I most often spend it in the kitchen, on my computer blogging, or outdoors walking and running.   In the ... [Continue Reading]

Homemade Vanilla Wafers and Chocolate Vanilla Wafers - You won't be able to resist these bite-sized treats!  | Kristine's Kitchen

Vanilla Wafers and Chocolate Vanilla Wafers

You won't be able to resist these bite-sized treats!  Homemade Vanilla Wafers in chocolate and vanilla. Why choose... try them both! I can remember eating Nilla wafers from the yellow box since I was a kid. I don't know what it is about them, but they are addicting! When I was pregnant with both Julia and William I would often snack on a few Nilla wafers, with a spread of peanut butter on each one. (If you've never tried that, you must. Sooo good.) Since Julia saw me eating Nilla wafers while pregnant with William, she of course tried them and they quickly became a favorite of hers too. I haven't bought Nilla wafers from the store for a while, since they have some ingredients that ... [Continue Reading]

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies | Kristine's Kitchen

The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

The best soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies.  This is the recipe I turn to whenever I want to bake classic chocolate chip cookies. I'm often asked which of the chocolate chip cookie recipes on my site is my favorite. Well, these are it. I posted these a while ago and today I'm updating the recipe and photos because these cookies are my go-to recipe whenever I need to make a quick batch of cookies. Most often, those times are when a sudden craving for a chocolate chip cookie hits and I just can't resist! I've made these cookies dozens of times and they always turn out perfectly. These chocolate chip cookies have a secret ingredient that gives them their soft, chewy texture. ... [Continue Reading]

Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting | Kristine's Kitchen

Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Soft, melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookies dressed up for Valentine's Day. These sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting are easily customizable to any holiday. This weekend Julia and I did some Valentine's Day baking! We stayed in our pj's, listened to the rain falling outside, and laughed together in the kitchen. My little baker was a great help in cutting out these heart-shaped cookies, frosting them, and sprinkling them with cute and colorful heart sprinkles. Me?  I soaked up every minute of our kitchen time together. I gave Julia her own sheet of cookies to frost and sprinkle, and I especially loved how she divvied up the rest of the cookies between the two of us: “Next I'll do ... [Continue Reading]

Candy Cane Cookies | Kristine's Kitchen

Candy Cane Cookies

Have you started your holiday baking? Are you finished already? I am somewhere in between. I have baked a few treats to give away, including these cranberry almond biscotti and these white chocolate cranberry macadamia nut cookies that I posted the other day. I will be doing most of my baking tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to a relaxing and busy day in the kitchen. I cannot wait to take a bite of each of our family's traditional favorite Christmas cookies! These candy cane cookies are a family favorite. Rolling and twisting the candy canes is a fun project for the kids, and the finished cookies are so pretty with their sprinkling of peppermint-sugar. I prefer to make my candy cane ... [Continue Reading]

White Chocolate, Cranberry, and Macadamia Nut Cookies | Kristine's Kitchen

White Chocolate, Cranberry, and Macadamia Nut Cookies

If you're like me, you are likely in full holiday mode right now, tackling one to do list item after another. The Christmas cards are in the mail, the gift shopping is almost done, and I've got my wrapping paper and ribbons out and ready to go. What more is there to do? Lots of baking, of course! This weekend, my mom, sisters, and I will have our annual cookie baking day. Each year it gets more and more fun as the kids are able to participate. Julia is an old pro in the cookie baking department, but we are looking forward to two more little helpers this year, as my two-year-old twin nieces are now just old enough to join in. Which leads me to the next item on my to-do list... deciding ... [Continue Reading]