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Gingerbread Easter Eggs

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Delicious gingerbread cookies drizzled with colored chocolate- who says you can only have these cookies at Christmas?!?

I love gingerbread. Goodness, it is probably my favorite cookie at Christmas. My go-to recipe is my grandma’s, and it is already shared on Easybaked (here)- but it is TOTALLY worth sharing again! I made these last week for a friend who requested gingerbread cookies, and I couldn’t resist decorating them up for Easter. They were so cute that I thought I’d share them with you! Once Easter has passed, cut these into flowers or butterflies for spring! So. Fun!

Here’s how we made them: (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 36 medium egg-shaped cookies)

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of dark molasses
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 5 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of cloves
  • Wilton’s candy melts in a variety of colors (just maybe 1/4 cup of each color)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  • Cream together butter and sugar.
  • Beat in egg, molasses and vinegar.
  • Blend in sifted dry ingredients.
  • Chill 2-3 hours (this is optional- I have found that the dough rolls out pretty well right away)
  • Roll 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick on a floured counter or board and cut into egg shapes.
  • Place on cookie sheets covered in parchment paper.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes.
  • Check often- take out when cookies have risen slightly. Slide parchment paper off cookie sheet onto counter with cookies on top. Cool.
  • Melt Candy Melts in individual bowls in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until melted and smooth. 
  • Spoon each color into a small zip-top bag and seal. 
  • Clip a tiny corner off, and pipe back and forth over each cookie, adding as many fun colored stripes as you wish!
  • Enjoy!

My thoughts: I love these cookies all year round. There is something fun about having the scent of gingerbread in the house during spring. New tradition I think!!!  😉 I hope you get a chance to try these! ~r

Other spring recipe ideas: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

 

 

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Baby Chick Oreo Pops

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These adorable baby chicks are made with Oreos- a perfect treat for Easter baskets!

Have you seen the chocolate covered sunflower seeds yet??? Oh my goodness. I saw them for the 1st time at Trader Joe’s, and I’ve been on the hunt for new colors ever since! My latest find was at JoAnn fabrics- right at the checkout!

I’ve been experimenting with them on a variety of Oreo pops (coming soon!) and these were a part of those experiments!

Aren’t they cute???

Here is how we made them: (printable recipe here)

(If you have never made Oreo Pops before, refer to our tutorial here.)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 24-30 Oreo Pops)

  • 1 package of Double Stuff Oreo cookies
  • 1/4 cup of Wilton’s candy melts in white
  • 2 bags of Wilton’s candy melts in yellow
  • 1/4 cup of Wilton’s candy melts in dark chocolate
  • Chocolate-covered sunflower seeds in yellow and orange

DIRECTIONS:

(If you want to simplify these- don’t add a stick. Just dip the Oreos using a fork, and skip the following steps for inserting a stick!)

  • Gently twist apart all Oreos.
  • Melt white candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until melted and smooth.
  • Dip one end of a lollipop stick into the white chocolate, spread a little on the top of the white Oreo filling and then press the stick flat into the center of the filling.
  • Place top of Oreo on, and set on a cookie sheet. When all Oreos have sticks inserted, pop these in the freezer for 15-20 minutes (until they are nice and firmly set).
  • Melt yellow candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until melted and smooth.
  • Have parchment paper spread on your countertop and have your sunflower seeds ready. 
  • Dip an Oreo into the yellow melts, spooning melts over top and sides. Tap on edge of bowl to get rid of excess and slide bottom of Oreo along edge of bowl to remove drips.
  • Place on parchment paper and while melts are still soft, gently place seeds in place (use photos as a guide). I used a clean tweezers to place these and adjust them. You can add a few flower sprinkles too, if you want! Allow these to harden.
  • Melt chocolate candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until melted and smooth.
  • Use a toothpick, wooden skewer, or food-grade paintbrush to add little eyes.

  • Allow these to harden completely. 
  • Wrap these up in little cello bags tied with Easter ribbon for a fun treat! These will keep (sealed up) for several weeks.

My thoughts: These are as fun to make as they are cute! Placing all those little seeds can take some time- and it might take you a couple tries to get the hang of it. I was pretty speedy by the end! 🙂 Make these with our fun Flower Oreo pops– or even just dip some in fun pastel colors and add Easter sprinkles. You’ll have loads of fun treats to share! Hope you get a chance to try these! Enjoy! ~r

Other recipes to try at Easter (click on a photo to see the recipe):

Rocky Road Cookies!

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Rich fudge cookies covered in a pile of marshmallows, chocolate and almonds.

A perfect rocky road combination!

Confession: I’m not a fan of ice cream. I mean, it’s ok- but it isn’t like my favorite dessert. The rocky road combination of marshmallows, chocolate and almonds began in ice cream- back in the early 1900’s. It was actually the very 1st creative ice cream flavor- prior to its invention there was only vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Stop and imagine that for a minute. The world with no mint-chip ice cream…

So they invented this crazy new flavor, and then the Great Depression hit- and people didn’t have much money to buy ice cream. In a feat of marketing genius, it was given the name “Rocky Road” to relate to what people were going through and boost sales. It must have worked, because this flavor of ice cream has stood the test of time and is still filling the freezers of America.

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Since ice cream isn’t my favorite dessert, I like to take these flavors and create other things with them instead! I made Rocky Road cupcakes a couple of years ago on Easybaked, and they are still one of my favorite recipes. Yum.

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These are easy to make, and a perfectly rich, but not too sweet treat for any holiday or celebration. Or just for Mondays. Mondays always need good cookies.

Here is how we made them (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 24, 4-inch round cookies)

Cookie: 

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Toppings:

  • 1 bag of mini-marshmallows
  • 1 bag of Wiltons candy melts in dark cocoa
  • 1/4 bag of Wilton’s candy melts in white
  • 1 cup of sliced almonds
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Add butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cocoa together in  large mixing bowl.
  • Blend on medium speed with a mixer until smooth.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until smooth (use clean hands at the end, to knead into a soft ball of dough)
  • Roll out cookie dough on floured counter.  
  • Cut into large circles (you want to have room for all those toppings!) and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  
  • Bake for 8 to 11 minutes until the edges are firm.
  • Slide parchment paper off cookie sheet with cookies on top. Allow them to cool on counter.
  • Melt dark cocoa candy melts in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until smooth.
  • Spoon about a tablespoon of chocolate on the top of a cookie and spread to edges.
  • Immediately (before chocolate hardens) add marshmallows, almonds and chocolate chips. They all don’t have to touch the melted chocolate, and some can be loose on top.
  • Finish all cookies in the same manner.
  • Melt white candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until smooth.
  • Place candy melts into a small zip-top bag, clip a corner and drizzle white chocolate over the top of each cookie as shown.
  • Allow everything to harden up.
  • Store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days (the marshmallows get a little chewy past that point). Make sure to layer parchment paper between the layers of cookies when storing them.
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: There is just something unbelievably good about marshmallows on a cookie. The chewy sweetness of those, the crunchy nuts, the soft chocolate cookie… I LOVE these! Sometimes the love of a dessert is as much about the textures as it is about the flavors- and this cookie wins in both categories!!!! I hope you get a chance to try these! Enjoy! ~r

Other favorites for the cookie jar: (click on a photo to see the recipe):

Gingerbread Cookies!German Chocolate CookieChocolate Chip Oatmeal CookiesChocolate Espresso Cookies!!!

 

Shortbread Christmas Cookies

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These pretty shortbread cookies are delicious all on their own- but topped with a piece of gold-dusted chocolate? Then they are perfect. 

I’d never made shortbread before. Crazy, I know. The inspiration was those AMAZING Starbucks snowmen cookies. You know.. the ones that are soooo cute and topped in chocolate rather than icing?

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I was telling a friend about my love for those little Starbucks cookies and she said, “I know! Shortbread cookies are the best!” and I thought to myself…. “Shortbread? What exactly is a shortbread cookie?” So I investigated and tried a few recipes and FELL IN LOVE with these cookies!!!  Buttery and flakey happiness with every bite!

Shortbread cutout cookies

I wanted to add chocolate on top, and found these ADORABLE silicone molds by Silikomart. (and then I got sucked into the world of Silikomart and all the beautiful things they make that are mostly available only in Italy….) I found these on Amazon though. I dusted them with a little bit of edible gold dust to give them an especially elegant feel.

So. Much. Christmas. Fun.

Here’s the recipe: (printable version here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 24-30 cookies)

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • About 16 oz of dark chocolate wafers. You can use Wiltons candy melts, but for these cookies I used Ghirardelli Melting Wafers. They cost more- but they are SO good!
  • Edible gold dusting powder (I used this brand)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place butter and sugar into a mixing bowl and using a mixer, beat until light and fluffy (think buttercream frosting…!)
  • Add vanilla and mix until well combined.
  • Add flour and baking powder to butter/sugar mixture and beat on low speed until incorporated well (don’t over-beat this).
  • Use clean hands to form this mixture into a ball. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

While dough is chilling, make chocolate toppers.

  • Melt chocolate wafers in the microwave in 30 second increments, mixing in between until melted and smooth.
  • Spoon into a large zip-top bag and seal it well.
  • Place mold on a cookie sheet to keep it flat and easy to move.
  • Carefully pipe chocolate into molds, filling them up to the top and then tap entire cookie sheet on counter to remove bubbles.
  • Freeze for 5-8 minutes until they can be peeled out of the molds. Repeat until you have about 24-30 toppers.
  • Squeeze extra chocolate back into a small bowl and set aside.

Chocolate molds for Christmas

Set toppers aside, and cut/bake cookies.

  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  • Remove dough from refrigerator and roll out on a floured countertop. Cut into rectangles. I used this cookie cutter set and I needed 2 different sizes because the molds are different in size. Place on a cookie sheet that has parchment paper laid on top. 
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  • Slide parchment paper (with cookies on top) off baking sheet and onto a clean counter. Cool completely.

Assemble cookies.

  • Re-heat the extra chocolate you set aside from earlier, using instructions given earlier for melting.
  • Use a knife to spread melted chocolate onto the back of a chocolate topper, and gently place it on top of a cooled cookie. (I used gloves to handle the chocolate so I wouldn’t leave fingerprints on it!)
  • Allow topper to harden- sticking it firmly to the top of the cookie.
  • Use a food-grade brush to gently brush gold dusting powder over each chocolate piece. You can skip this step– but the wow factor increases A LOT with this touch of gold glitter!!!
  • Enjoy!!!!

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My thoughts: These are SO (soooooooooooo!) yummy! I keep kicking myself for never making shortbread before this! These are a fragile cut-out cookie. The chocolate on top adds much-needed stability, but be gentle with them before that chocolate is added. They are fragile because they are a light, flaky, buttery piece of heaven- but they are fragile nonetheless. I made these in early November- working ahead for Christmas blogging- but I am definitely making these as one of my Christmas cookies this year- this is a do-not-miss recipe!  Hope you and your family enjoy them as much as I did!!!  ~r

Shortbread cutout cookies with chocolate on top.

Need Christmas cookie ideas?? We have SO many here!  Here’s a few to get you started: (click on photo to see recipe)

Decorated bonbonsSnowman Oreo PopsCaramel Ritz CookiesChristmas Card Cookies

A bowl of eyeball cookies!

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These delicious little cookies are the perfect creepy treat for October!

Ah…these were fun to make and really fun to share! They definitely gave kids a pause. I heard one little girl say, “Mom- I’m a little scared of those cookies because they are looking at me!”

Love it.

Ok- so these don’t involve baking. You could certainly bake cookies and decorate them this way- but if you are like me and you needed a recipe at 10pm the night before- Nilla Wafers and Ritz crackers will do just fine (and taste GREAT!)

Here is how we put them together (and there is no printable recipe- because there isn’t really a recipe for these- just a technique!)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • Nilla Wafers (and some mini-Nilla wafers, if you’ve got them!)
  • Ritz crackers
  • Wilton Candy melts in green, blue, white and black
  • Candy eyes (although these aren’t technically necessary, since you have the white and black candy melts).

DIRECTIONS:

  • Melt candy melts, one color at a time, in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until melted and smooth.
  • Spoon into a zip-top bag and cut a corner off. (Or use a squeeze bottle fitted with a decorating tip if you have one)
  • Use green to outline the edges of the Ritz crackers and then fill in. Use white to outline and fill in the tops of the Nilla wafers.

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  • Draw eyes of different sizes on the Ritz crackers, using a toothpick to make the tiny pupils in black (use candy eyes if you have them, for one size) I even added some little green blotches on these just to make them more weird.
  • Use blue and black candy melts to make eyes on the Nilla Wafers.

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  • Let these harden and then serve them up in a fun bowl- or maybe put them in little cello bags and tie them with ribbon!
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: Aren’t they fun? You don’t have to be fussy about making them perfect- the crazier the better! Those Ritz crackers are especially yummy with the sweet candy on top. Yum. Enjoy these quick and easy treats!!!  ~r

Other creepy recipes for your October: click on a photo to see the recipe.

Spider EggsEdible Jello Earthworm CupcakesBroken glass Cupcakes!!!Mummy Oreo Pops!

Emoji Oreo Pops!

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Surprise everyone with these adorable Emoji Oreo Pops! They look difficult- but I found some cookie cutters that make fast work of these cute little faces!

I’m not sure when the Emoji craze hit, but all of a sudden, these cute little social media expressions are EVERYWHERE! Pillows, T-shirts, masks, cards, balloons… People are even throwing Emoji parties (which actually sounds really fun…!)

Emoji Oreo Pops

In any case, when I decided to re-create these little guys I was unaware of how popular they are! I always google my ideas to see if I’m original or re-creating something, and there were a few Emoji Oreos and cookies out there- but they were mostly hand-drawn faces, and let’s face it: I am NO artist! I wondered if there were cookie cutters in the shapes of the faces- so I could use fondant. Most of the cutters were for full-sized cookies, not Oreos. But then I found these from JB Cookie Cutters. They are available in a 2 inch size which was perfect!

Emoji Oreo Pops

Look at all the faces you can make with this set of cookie cutters! Very, very fun!!!! 🙂

Let me show you how we put these little cookies together (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 25 cookies)

  • One box of Double Stuff Oreos
  • One and a half bags of Wilton’s Candy Melts in yellow
  • One box of Wilton’s white fondant or make your own- recipe here
  • A little powdered sugar to roll the fondant out with
  • Gel food coloring in black, red and blue
  • You’ll also need some lollipop sticks, (and a set of tweezers, some toothpicks and a small paintbrush are helpful!)

DIRECTIONS: (if you have never made Oreo Pops before, click here for tips!)

  • Make all the components for your Emoji faces first! They will be ready to place on the melted candy when the time comes!
  • If you have never worked with fondant before, you might find our tutorial here helpful.
  • Pull a small ball of fondant off the block of Wilton’s white fondant and roll it into a ball.
  • Using a small rolling pin and a little powdered sugar, roll the fondant out like cookie dough and cut all the white pieces of the faces you want to make. The big eyes and teeth are easy- but the little teeth need a toothpick’s help to poke them out of the cutter when it picks them up off the table. You will also want to “paint” the black lines on the big teeth with black gel food coloring. You can use a toothpick or a small brush to do this.

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  • You want to work with fondant starting with the lightest colors 1st and ending with the darkest, so next up is blue tears- then red tongues and hearts- and finally all the black pieces.
  • To color fondant, add gel to the center of the ball and knead it with your hands. You will get colored hands (unless you wear gloves).
  • Once you are finished with a color, you can keep it soft by protecting it from air (under a small dish or glass).
  • One note: When you get to the black pieces, the little eyebrows are SO tiny that I skipped cutting them out and just used a toothpick to draw them on the faces at the end (I can draw eyebrows…) 🙂 
  • To stick two pieces together (like pupils on the eyes, and tongues on the mouths), brush a little water on the back of the piece you want to “glue on” and place it where you want it.
  • Once your pieces are finished, just let them sit and harden up a bit while you make your Oreo Pops!

Emoji Oreo Pops

  • See the powdered sugar on the black pieces? Use a little paintbrush to brush that off once your Oreo pops are completed.
  • Twist apart all of your Oreos.
  • Melt your yellow candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
  • Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the melts, spread a little on the top of the white filling of the Oreo and then press the stick into the white filling.
  • Place the top of the Oreo back on so that the stick is in the middle with the filling.
  • Do this for all the Oreos, and set them on a large plate or cookie sheet to FREEZE for about 10 minutes.
  • Hold a chilled pop by the stick, and spoon yellow candy melts over the top, bottom and sides of the Oreo.
  • Tap stick against the side of the bowl to get extra melts off, and gently pull the bottom of the Oreo along the edge of the bowl, scraping off excess melts.
  • Set Oreo on parchment paper to harden- but before it hardens, place your fondant face on top. I used my fingers, but tweezers and a toothpick would be helpful in placing and positioning each piece. I honestly felt like I was playing the game “Operation”. You need steady hands!
  • Allow Oreo to harden up.
  • Brush away extra powdered sugar from face, and paint on some eyebrows for the faces that require some 🙂
  • Let these sit for a couple hours to fully harden (you can chill to speed this up) and then serve! I placed them in individual cello bags and tied them with ribbons to make giving them away easy!
  • Enjoy!

Emoji Oreo Pops

My thoughts: These are probably the most fun dessert I’ve ever given away. These were a HUGE hit with everyone and resulted in lots of Emoji selfies 🙂 Here’s a little glimpse of the fun:

Emoji Lineup!

Of course, these are time consuming. Even with the added help of the little cookie cutters, they take time. If your time is limited, I recommend you make the fondant faces and then assemble the pops later. The good thing about these is that they keep for several weeks when they are tied up in those cello bags- so you can do them WAY ahead of an event! I hope you are brave enough to tackle these- and that my other posts on Oreo Pops and the use of fondant are helpful!  Enjoy! ~r

Emoji Oreo Pops

Other Oreo Pop ideas: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Ladybug Oreo Pops!Rainbow Oreo Pops!!!!Goldfish Oreo Pops!Football Field Oreo Pops

Cookie Butter Stuffed Oreos

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A creamy layer of chocolate chip cookie butter is a wonderful surprise inside these easy chocolate cookies!

I may be out of the loop on things, but somehow I missed this whole craze over COOKIE BUTTER. When I was in the Czech Republic about a year ago, my friend Angie (the best gift-giver!) sent me home with a collection of European treats. Nestled in with the coffees and chocolates, there was this jar of “stuff” (all the labels were in Czech) and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I know that peanut butter is hard to find in Eastern and Central Europe- so I knew it wasn’t that- but it was close… it was butter- but not made out of peanuts..made out of COOKIES!!!!! Seriously. I fell in love.

Cookie Butter!

Then I found it at Wal Mart. Here. In Indiana. #smile!!!

So, I’ve been stuffing Oreo Thins with all sorts of things over the past few months. Marshmallows….Key Lime Pie…I can’t stop. I have A LOT more ideas. This is just one more. (Prepare yourself…)

Cookie butter stuffed Oreos

These are simply….delicious. I shouldn’t have been surprised that adding cookie butter to Oreos would create such a yummy combination- but I was. The combination is such a unique flavor- and I’m not kidding you- unbelievably good!

Plus they are SUPER easy to make.

Here’s how we did it: (printable recipe available here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 25 cookies)

  • One box of Oreo Thins Chocolate cookies
  • One jar of crunchy cookie butter (I’ve loved every brand I have tried, but I used Lotus for these)
  • One cup of mini chocolate chips
  • One and 1/2 bags of Wilton’s Candy melts in dark chocolate
  • A little bit of milk chocolate candy melts to make stripes on top (or any sort of sprinkles you’d like to add to make these for any season!)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Set half of Oreo cookies on a small tray or sheet that will fit in your freezer.
  • Mix jar of cookie butter and mini chips in a small bowl.
  • Scoop or spoon cookie butter on top of each Oreo and press a second Oreo on top to make a sandwich.

Cookie butter on Oreo Thins

  • Freeze for about 30 minutes.
  • Melt Candy Melts in microwave, in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
  • Take 3 or 4 cookies at a time out of freezer and carefully dip in melted chocolate, using a fork to tap excess chocolate off and sliding the bottom of the cookie along the edge of the bowl to remove excess from the bottom. 

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  • Set on parchment paper to harden.
  • Add sprinkles (if desired) before chocolate hardens, or after it hardens, drizzle or pipe a little bit of contrasting chocolate across the top of each cookie.
  • Enjoy!

Oreo Thins dipped in Chocolate

My thoughts: Mmmmmmm! These cookies were eaten up so fast- and I got back so much positive feedback on them- everyone loved them! The only tricky part might be dipping them (if you haven’t dipped things in chocolate before). The trick is to tap off excess chocolate and to remove excess off the bottom. If you aren’t feeling confident in your dipping skills, try just dipping half of the cookie and leaving half of that yummy cookie butter visible! I hope you get a chance to try these!!!  Enjoy!!  ~R

Cookie Butter stuffed Oreo Thins

More delicious Oreo ideas! (Click on a photo to see the recipe)

Caramel Oreo Brownie BarBrownie Oreo Cookie CupMud Pie!Creamy Coconut Cheesecake

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