Butterfinger Cookies Recipe

It’s that time of year where you are looking for a cookie recipe that’s going to be THE RECIPE! You know what I’m talking about. You want to bring the best recipe to your cookie exchange or get together. I get it! Trust me…anytime I need to bring a recipe somewhere, I want it to be the best. I want people to be like, “OMG Leah, this is the best! Can I have the recipe?”. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that at all! And let me tell you, this butterfinger cookies recipe is that recipe that everyone will love!

Butterfinger Cookies Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 2 C Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter
  • 3 C Light Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1 C White Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 5 C Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 C White Chocolate Chips
  • 6 oz Butterfinger Crushed Candy
  • 1 C Cranberries

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using your mixer, cream the butter and sugar together.
  3. Add the eggs in one at a time, until combined.
  4. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. Gradually add in the dry ingredients into the wet and mix, until combined.
  6. Mix in the chocolate chips, butterfinger candy and the cranberries.
  7. Using a small ice cream scoop (or this cookie scoopbutterfinger cookies, which is my favorite), scoop the batter onto a cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Recipe makes 3 dozen butterfinger cookies.

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Don’t these butterfinger cookies sound delicious?!? Make these for your office holiday party, a cookie exchange or take them to your next get together and I am sure people will be eating these up and declaring them the best! I’d just go ahead and print of this recipe, make copies and take it with you. You will be asked for the recipe!

Other cookie recipes you may like are:

Pumpkin Coffee Cookies with Maple Icing

Oatmeal Apple Spice Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Cookies

Double Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies


Amy Grant Tennessee Christmas

I absolutely love Christmas. I love Christmas decorations; Christmas cookies; watching cheesy Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel (I may or may not have 12 movies saved on my DVR right now…); but most of all, I love Christmas music. Unlike some people, I get super excited when the radio stations start playing Christmas music around Thanksgiving. I also love when I am in a store and I hear the Little Drummer Boy playing on the loud speaker. To me, it’s not officially the holiday season until you are Christmas shopping and that song is playing! Each year I get a new Christmas CD to play. This year I am listening to the Amy Grant Tennessee Christmas CD and I love!

I received a copy of the Amy Grant Tennessee Christmas CD for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own, as always.

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Amy Grant is one of those artists that sounded great in the 90’s (“Baby Baby” was one of the first songs I knew EVERY word to and still do!) and she sounds even better now. The thing I like about all the different Christmas CD’s I have is that while they all have some of the same songs, they also have songs I’ve not heard before and I love that.

Amy Grant Tennessee Christmas Playlist

  • Tennessee Christmas
  • To Be Together
  • Christmas for You and Me
  • Melancholy Christmas
  • December
  • White Christmas
  • Joy to the World
  • I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside (feat. Vince Gill)
  • Christmas Don’t Be Late
  • Still Can’t Sleep
  • Another Merry Christmas
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful

If you are looking for something to add to a Christmas gift or maybe you’re going to a Christmas party and you want to give the hostess something, this CD is a great idea! You can pick up your copy HEREAmy Grant.

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What is your favorite Christmas CD?


Gift Idea – The Secret Life of Pets

Coming up with a gift idea that both of my kids will like can be challenging at times. One of my favorite things to give the kids at Christmas, their birthday’s or any other holiday that we get them a gift, is a movie or movies they really liked. This year, for Christmas, is no different. We already have a few movies to give them. A great movie option, and one you should pre-order right now, from Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures, is The Secret Life of Pets! Both kids saw this movie in the theater and really enjoyed it a lot. I didn’t get a chance to see it, so I am looking forward to seeing it with them over Christmas break when my husband is also on vacation and we have more time for movies and family stuff!

I received a copy of this awesome gift idea as a thank you for this post. All opinions are 100% my own, as always!

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About the Movie

The Secret Life of Pets is a comedy about the lives our pets lead when we leave for work or school. Max, voiced by Louis C.K., is a loyal terrier living a perfectly happy existence until his owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper) brings home Duke (Erik Stonestreet) a big, boisterous mutt she finds at the shelter. When Max and his unruly new “roommate” slip away from their dog-walker, they find themselves lost in the urban jungle of New York City. In an attempt to stay ahead of animal control and a rebel band of abandoned pets led by an unhinged bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), they put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home.

Cast

  • Louis C.K.
  • Eric Stonestreet
  • Kevin Hart
  • Jenny Slate
  • Ellie Kemper
  • Lake Bell
  • Dana Carvey
  • Hannibal Buress
  • Bobby Moynihan
  • Steve Coogan
  • Albert Brooks

The Secret Life of Pets was released on digital HD on November 22, 2016. You can pick up your copy on DVD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray 3D and Blu-Ray on December 6, 2016! If you would like, you can pre-order your copy heregift idea! This makes a great gift idea for this holiday gift giving season!


Since we are all still planning our gift giving lists, what is your best gift idea for someone on your list?

Hectic Lifestyle Tips

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RitzFilledNotHangry #CollectiveBias

My family and I live a VERY hectic lifestyle. With a husband that works in a different state most weeks, the daily schedule with the kids school and extracurricular activities falls solely on me. To say I am a crazy person most days would be fairly accurate! I rely heavily on my calendar and the one day that my calendar app was not loading properly, I thought I was going to lose my mind! It is pretty normal for us to be running from one activity to another, most nights of the week. There are some nights that I drop one child off at their activity, run the other child to their activity, and then run back to get the first child before having to turn around and race back to get the second child. All while fitting dinner and/or snacks in there so we don’t end up with hangry kids and a cranky mom! Thankfully there are delicious and very portable RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers options at Kroger for me to pick up each week! And who doesn’t love shopping at Kroger? I know I do! I really appreciate the people that properly bag my groceries. Not only do you save time in the store, but properly bagged groceries saves you time at home when you have to put them away!

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As you can imagine, with as hectic and busy as our lifestyle is, I’ve had to come up with a few ways to make things a little easier for me. So, without further ado, I present to you, My Hectic Lifestyle Tips!

Hectic Lifestyle Tips #1

Find snack options that are quick and easy to grab on the run. Whether you are grabbing it or having your child grab the snack, you want it to be something that literally takes five seconds or less. My favorite (and my daughters), are the RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers! You can purchase them in the lunchbox section of your local Kroger store. They are a nice option because they are individually wrapped and they come in both cheese and peanut butter filled cracker options! FYI – the cheese filled are very popular. You may have to ask, like I did, for the cheese filled and have an employee get it from the back!

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Hectic Lifestyle Tips #2

I don’t know if you’re like me, but one thing that drives me absolutely crazy is when I see my kids wipe their hands on their clothes. I don’t have time to sit and scrub stains out of clothes that are purposely put there. So I take a few minutes a week to package up my RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers in easy and convenient little snack size grab bags. Each bag has the RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers and a wet napkin. I prefer the wet napkins overly regular napkins because while my kids are not allergic to peanut butter, I know others are and I want to try and make sure they thoroughly clean their hands after eating something with peanut butter, especially when they will be coming into contact with other kids at their sports. Plus, lets face it, the wet napkins clean their hands a whole lot better than a regular napkin! I store these little grab bags in a little bin in the pantry.

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Hectic Lifestyle Tips #3

Pack your bag (with snacks) the day before. This past weekend my daughter had a basketball tournament. I had our bag packed the day before. It stresses me out, beyond belief, to forget something. I can’t tell you how many times, before we started packing the night before, that something was forgotten at home. Not anymore! Some things I always make sure I have with me are:

  • Snacks (like the RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers)
  • Extra wet wipes
  • Headache medication (usually for me!)
  • First Aid kit

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Hectic Lifestyle Tips #4

Of course, there are those times when you completely forget to follow tips 1-3. When that happens, you will be very happy that you followed tip #4! The last thing I ever want to deal with is a hangry child. Especially my daughter. She gets evil, like me, when she’s hangry. For that very reason, I keep RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers in the middle console in my car. These little packages of deliciousness helps keep the hangry away when we are on the run and stopping for dinner is not an option at that time! Trust me…if you follow ANY of these hectic lifestyle tips, you will want to do this one!

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Hectic Lifestyle Tips #5

If you are like me, you rely heavily on your phone calendar. However, with that being said, while I like being able to pull up my calendar at a moments notice, I am also pretty old school and keep a handwritten calendar on the fridge with the weeks schedule. I like it on the fridge because it’s right in front of my face every time I pass through the kitchen. Like my phone calendar, each person has their own color and when I write something on the calendar, I make sure to highlight it in that person’s color. Trust me…the highlighting is key! I prefer this this calendarhectic lifestyle tips.

So what do you think? Would these hectic lifestyle tips help you? What would you add to the list?

Leave a comment below with your tip and be sure to head out and pick up the RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers that are now available at your local Kroger store! There’s no need to be rushing around this busy holiday season with hangry kids! And who are we kidding, moms like the RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers too! You know you do!

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

I start to get really excited this time of year. I’m not much of a pumpkin person, so I don’t get all excited when Starbucks and every other place on the planet has pumpkin everything, but I do excited for peppermint everything. Things like peppermint bark and peppermint ice cream are my two favorite things ever. If you’re going to buy any peppermint bark, I recommend this peppermint barkpeppermint mocha cupcakes. It’s the best, in my opinion (and believe me, I’ve tried about every kind out there)! These Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes are to die for! You will want to make them and take them to both your Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations! People will LOVE them!

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

peppermint mocha cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1 C Flour
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Instant Espresso Powder
  • 1/2 C Hot Water
  • 1/2 C Cocoa Powder
  • 6 TBSP Butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1/4 C Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Peppermint Frosting

  • 1 C Butter, softened
  • 2 C Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 TBSP Heavy Cream
  • 2 tsp Peppermint Extract
  • Chocolate sauce to drizzle
  • Crushed Candy Canes

Directions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners (like these Christmas cupcake linerspeppermint mocha cupcakes).
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Whisk hot water, instant espresso powder and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Using your mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the egg, vegetable oil and vanilla until well combined.
  5. Add the flour mixture, alternate with the hot cocoa mix until there are no lumps.
  6. Using a large ice cream scoop (or these Batter Spoonspeppermint mocha cupcakes that I love), scoop the batter into the lined cupcake tins until they are about 3/4 full.
  7. Bake for 20-25. Remove from the oven, allowing the cupcakes to cool in the cupcake pan for 10 mins. Then cool on a wire rack.

Frosting

  1. Beat butter and sugar until combined.
  2. Mix in the heavy cream and peppermint extract until well blended.
  3. Spoon into a pastry bag with a large tip.
  4. Frost the cupcakes from the outside, working the tip toward the center of the cupcake.
  5. Drizzle with chocolate sauce and sprinkle crushed candy canes on top.

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What do you think? These peppermint mocha cupcakes sound pretty darn amazing, don’t they?!? If you like the sounds of this peppermint dessert, you need to check out a few of my other favorites…they are just as good!!

Gluten Free Peppermint Cheesecake (to die for…seriously)

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Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

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