I’ve always liked baking, there’s something about a homemade cookie that is just so much better than anything you can buy! I don’t bake a lot during the year, but once the Christmas season comes around, I tend to go a little crazy with the baked goods, making more than enough to share with my friends and family.

These recipes are by no means healthy…they’re filled with sugar, but they ARE delicious, and frankly, that’s what matters! Moderation is key when it comes to sweet treats, but there’s no reason not to enjoy them!



Jello Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • this is my Mom’s recipe, and has been a fan favorite for years. The jello pudding keeps the cookies light and fluffy!


  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. white sugar
  • 1 (3.5oz) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 c. chocolate chips/m&m’s/nuts, etc.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Cream together butter and sugars
  3. Add in pudding mix, vanilla, and eggs
  4. Mix together flour and baking soda, and slowly add to the creamed mixture
  5. Fold in chocolate chips
  6. Form into balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or lightly browned

oreo truffles

Oreo Truffles

  • this is a Kraft recipe I have made the past five years! It’s simple, fast, and only requires 3 ingredients!


  • 36 Oreo cookies, finely crushed
  • 1 pkg. (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 4 pkg semi-sweet chocolate, broken into pieces


  1. In a food processor/blender, blend the oreo cookies until they are a fine dust
  2. Reserve 1/4 c. of the cookies
  3. Mix together the cream cheese and remaining cookie crumbs
  4. Form cookie mixture into 1 inch balls and place on a lined baking sheet
  5. Freeze for 10 minutes
  6. Melt chocolate using a double broiler
  7. Dip cream cheese balls into the chocolate, and place back onto the lined baking sheet
  8. Sprinkle the tops with the reserved cookie crumbs
  9. Refrigerate 1 hour, or until firm


Popcorn Peanut Brittle

  • this is great because it’s sweet & salty, and only needs a microwave!


  • 1 c. sugar
  • ½ c. corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 4 c. popped popcorn
  • 1 c. roasted peanuts
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c. mini m&m’s


  1. Stir together sugar and corn syrup in a large bowl
  2. Microwave for 1 minute
  3. Stir in butter, popcorn, and peanuts
  4. Microwave for 3-5 minutes, or until sugar begins to caramelize
  5. Stir in baking soda, vanilla, and m&m’s
  6. Pour onto a greased baking sheet
  7. Let cool completely
  8. Break apart and serve


Chocolate Blossoms

  • rich, chocolate, and the kiss in the middle melts just enough to make it even more delicious


  • ½ c. butter
  • ½ c. sugar
  • ½ c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • ½ c. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp, baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 30 Hershey’s kisses (unwrapped)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and set aside
  3. Cream together butter and sugars until fluffy
  4. Mix in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla, and beat until smooth
  5. Add the dry ingredients slowly until combined
  6. Mix in the milk until smooth
  7. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, then roll in the 1/4 c. sugar
  8. Place onto an ungreased cookie sheet
  9. Bake for 10 minutes
  10. Immediately remove cookies from baking sheet onto a cooling rack, and let cool for 6 minutes
  11. Gently press cookies into the top and let cool completely