Cheesecake Sprinkle Cookies

These are my new favorite cookies. Not only do they resemble a cheesecake flavor, they also melt in your mouth with a perfect light richness in flavor. These cookies make the perfect sweet treat when you are wanting a bite of cheesecake and a cookie…I love combining two completely different treats into one simple recipe.

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Cheesecake Sprinkle Cookies

Cheesecake Sprinkle Cookies

Buttery, chewy, moist, and perfect. It's like the perfect sugar cookie with a sweet cheesecake bite..loaded with sprinkles.

Ingredients

1 cups of unsalted butter; softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 package of cheesecake pudding mix (if you can't find it at your

grocery store, you can use vanilla flavor)

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips

1/4 cup sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars together. Slowly beat in the egg and vanilla extract until combined (it will look grainy).
  2. Slowly add in the flour, pudding mix, and baking soda and mix until cookie dough is formed. With a wooden spoon or spatula, add in the white chocolate chips and sprinkles until combined evenly throughout the dough.
  3. Place cookie dough in the refriderator to set for about 30 minutes, or until cookie dough is firm.
  4. With a mini ice-cream scoop (this is how your cookies will come out perfectly shaped), scoop cookies and place on a cookie sheet lined with a silpat mat of parchment paper. Place about 1 inch from each other and bake for 12-15 minutes until cookies are golden brown. Enjoy!
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M&M Pudding Cookies

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If you’re thinking that you’ve seen this recipe on my blog before it’s because you have. I decided to use mini regular M&M’s and they came out so good and were just too good looking not to post again! The only difference with this recipe is I decided to leave the chocolate chips out and just stick with the mini M&M’s. If you want the other recipe that has the same ingredients, just different M&M’s then click here. After all, you can never have too many cookie recipes ;). The pudding mix is definitely the secret ingredient in these sweet delights. These treats also go very well with milk for dunking. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter; softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons Instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2- 1 3/4 cups Mini M&M’s

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl cream your butter and sugars until well combined. Add your egg and vanilla mixing to combine. Add your flour, pudding mix, baking soda and salt. Mix until well combined. Fold in mini M&M’s.
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3. With a mini ice-cream scooper, place dough 1 inch apart from each other. Bake for 10-12 minutes until cooked through and golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes once done and enjoy!
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Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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I started baking as soon I was able to reach my kitchen counter and the very first cookies I started to bake were Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from the Mrs.Field’s Cookie Recipe Book. Since my Dad is an almond grower I started to switch out the walnuts that the recipe called for and used roasted almonds. I also decreased the amount of sugar and incorporated honey as well. This is the recipe I used below and I think they are just perfect…they also brings back so many memories every time I take a bite into one!

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen

Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter; softened (1 1/2 sticks)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup oatmeal
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped roasted almonds (optional)

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugars, and honey.
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2. Beat in eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla extract until combined. image

3. Mix in flour, baking soda, salt, oatmeal, raisins, and almonds (optional) until dough is formed.
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4. With a mini ice cream scooper, scoop cookies and place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Pop in oven…bake for 15 minutes. The cookies might look a little under cooked but they will cook a little more when they are cooling.
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Place on cooling racks……….almost done!
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Finally!! Enjoy!
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Cinnamon Streusel Almond Banana Muffins

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I love buying too many bananas sometimes because I know I will have a good excuse to make treats like these muffins. These little muffins will melt in your mouth..the cinnamon streusel topping really puts these little guys into a different category. The cream cheese adds an extra rich and creamy texture that makes them extra moist. You will have to try one to know what I’m talking about!

Yield: 2 dozen (24 muffins)

Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter; softened
8 oz. cream cheese; softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 large eggs; at room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 medium mashed bananas (make sure they are ripe)
1/2 cup chopped roasted almonds
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the streusel topping:
1/4 cup butter; softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup oatmeal

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and cream cheese on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add in sugars and honey beating until light and fluffy.

2. Add in eggs (1 at a time) and blend until combined. Add in flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix until blended. Stir in mashed bananas, almonds, and vanilla.
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3. For the crumble streusel topping..in a medium bowl, add butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and oatmeal. Mix with a fork until its crumbly.
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4. Heavily grease muffin pans and scoop muffin mix into pans about 3/4 of the way full. Top muffins with streusel crumble and bake for 25-30 minutes or insert tooth pick until center comes out clean. Let muffins cool for 10 minutes and enjoy! These also make a great morning snack or breakfast.
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Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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I love enchiladas and I also recently started to really enjoy spaghetti squash…so I combined the two! Spaghetti squash is my new favorite “pasta” when I’m feeling more on the healthier side. I really just made this recipe up as I continued to look in my fridge and I just happened to have everything I needed to make enchiladas. You could even switch out the beans for chicken if you’d like! The best part is..you don’t have to feel guilty at all for eating it!

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
1 spaghetti squash
3/4 cup enchilada sauce
1/4 cup jalapenos (optional)
1/4 cup cilantro; chopped
2 Tbsp green onions; chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or mexican 4 cheese
1 cup black beans
3/4 cup corn
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place whole spaghetti squash in oven and bake for 1 hour. Then let cool and carefully slice in half. Be sure to leave oven on!
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2. With a fork, scrape out all of the squash (it should look like spaghetti!). Place in bowl and once both halves are scrapped out add enchilada sauce, japapenos, cilantro, green onions, cheese, black beans, corn, and seasonings. Mix until combined.
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3. Spoon in filling with a large spoon and top with extra toppings. Place back in oven and bake for another 20 minutes and until cheese is melted.
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