M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

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My husband and I both go through cookie moods. Every once in a while we just feel the need to have a cookie or two. So when he suggested to make some cookies, who am I to argue? The problem now is what kind of cookies to make. So I go look in my pantry and of course like any food blogger my pantry is fully stocked with all kinds of chocolate chips, M&Ms, skor bits, peanut butter chips, pecans, walnuts, raisins, you name it, I got it. In my pantry you can find all the makings of your … [Read more...]

Day 8: Chocolate Orange Crackles

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Welcome to Day 8 of 12 Days of Christmas! I really hope you're following me along with 12 days of cookies because I'm having lots of fun baking and trying not to eat everything I've made. Oh these cookies! These chocolate orange crackles! These cookies were killing me!! 3 times I had to try before I succeeded. 3 times! I just couldn't get the chocolate, butter and sugar to be nice and smooth. I wasted lots of butter, chocolate and sugar. But you know what they say. 3rd time's a … [Read more...]

Day 7: Lime Meltaways

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Welcome to Day 7 of 12 days of Christmas! No more chocolate today, my friends. Today these cookies are all about limes. We need variety in our cookies, and a lime is something you don't see often in a cookie. Sure I'll have more chocolate cookies for you, but let's focus on these lime meltaways. The name itself suggests they simply melt in your mouth, and they do. I love these cookies, such a refreshing change. I made these lime meltaways last weekend and brought most of them to work. … [Read more...]

Day 5: Pretzel Turtles

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Welcome to Day 5 of 12 days of Christmas! First of all I don't usually make pretzel treats, but when I saw these I knew these were for my husband as his favorite chocolate are turtles. I knew this was meant to be. I know it's not really a cookie for my 12 days of cookies but it's close enough, it's a sweet treat, therefore it qualifies. Recently I've come to a conclusion. I love dark chocolate more than milk chocolate which is not a bad thing because dark chocolate is healthier for … [Read more...]

Day 2: Chocolate Pecan Snowballs

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12 days of Christmas continues at Jo Cooks with day 2 featuring my favorite Christmas cookies, these delicious chocolate pecan snowballs. I thought it was only fair that today I share with you my favorite when yesterday I shared my husband's favorite cookies. Let me start by saying these cookies I'm sharing the recipes with you here are extremely popular. I wouldn't share them if they didn't pass the taste test. I took a big container of all the cookies I made to work and they were all gone … [Read more...]

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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I bought this adorable cookie cutter last time I went to Canmore, there were so many cute little kitchen shops, I was in heaven. It was hard to keep me from buying everything. I had to focus and only buy the things that stood out to me, something out of the ordinary. And this little cookie cutter stood out to me so I had to buy it. I wanted to make the perfect cookies with it. I thought perhaps a shortbread cookie would be great, but then I remembered these chocolate cookies and I realized … [Read more...]

No Bake Nutella Cheesecake with Oreo Cookie Crust

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I've probably mentioned this before, but cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts, and nutella is by far my favorite. There is always nutella in the house, so whenever I feel the need for something sweet, I always have a teaspoon of nutella and life is great again. The thought of mixing nutella and cheesecake was very exciting to me. To make this cheesecake is very easy, the bottom crust is just crushed oreo cookies with a bit of butter and the cheesecake itself is cream cheese, nutella and … [Read more...]

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Remember what I said a few weeks ago? Well if you don't, I said we all should eat more cookies. With that in mind, here's a very popular recipe for the New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies. This is the first time I made these cookies so I wanted to make sure I followed the recipe closely with a couple exceptions. I can't help myself, I always try to do something a bit different to make the recipe my own. Now these chocolate cookies are very special. They are super chocolatey! In this recipe … [Read more...]

Homemade Bounty Bars

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So these may not be the best looking bounty bars ever, but they taste just like the real thing! Trust me when I say that it doesn't matter what they look like. But first of all, if you've never had a bounty bar before, they are amazing, especially if you like coconut. I'm not sure if they sell these in the US, actually I think they're similar to Mounds in the US. Bounty bars are one of my husband's favorite chocolates, so I wanted to surprise him with these. They are so easy to make, it … [Read more...]

2 Minute Microwavable Fudge with Pecans and Fleur de Sel

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Oh Fudge! Let's get right down to talking about fudge. I know you all love fudge and while these may not be the prettiest fudge pictures you've ever seen, I guarantee you this fudge is the easiest to make and most delicious fudge you'll ever eat. 2 minutes in the microwave! That's all it takes. You cannot screw this up. The ingredients are super simple, powdered sugar, cocoa, butter, a bit of milk and vanilla extract and voila! I even made this in my messy kitchen, which is still full of … [Read more...]

Chocolate Brownies

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We've been in Calgary now for a little over 4 years now and I still can't get used to the weather here. Although I usually complain about how cold it is here, it's pretty much sunny all the time, so it's not so bad. But this year it's been very strange, all winter has not been too bad at all then in April we got lots of snow and cold weather and we went from snowing all week long to hot, sunny and 27 degrees which is about 80¬†fahrenheit. Not that I'm complaining now but isn't that … [Read more...]

Oreo Cookie and Strawberry Parfait

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Dear Abby, I know that you normally deal with issues with cheating and lying husbands or I'm in love with two men type of issues, but mine is a bit different than that. I have a sweet tooth that I hope you can help me with. I love my sweets, I love puddings, and chocolate and fruits, and cakes, and ice cream and cream puffs, and macarons and cookies and brownies and crownies. The other day I wanted something sweet so bad I looked around the house and there was no chocolate, no ice cream and … [Read more...]