Mini Shortbread Bites – #FilltheCookieJar

It’s February 2 and that means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! This month, our theme for Fill the Cookie Jar is Valentine’s Day. I was thinking about making something chocolate, but I’m trying to be really good about my eating….so I made some mini shortbread bites for my kids. They loved them and they were the perfect bites for them.

These cookies were easy to whip up and bake. They’re not too sweet and have the perfect amount of sugar to kill a sugar craving. Of course, I had to sample one so I could describe them for you 🙂

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Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies – #FilltheCookieJar

This month the theme for the blogging group, Fill the Cookie Jar, is healthy or a cookie/bar that makes you think of a fresh start. For me, January is always a time to get a fresh start especially since I usually indulge over the holidays. These cookies are made with only four ingredients and take 20 minutes to make…plus they’re the perfect little treat to satisfy your sweet tooth!

These cookies use coconut flour in place of all-purpose flour. Coconut flour is high in fiber, protein and healthy fats. It’s also free of wheat and other grains, so a great option for those who have certain allergies.

If you’re not familiar with the Fill the Cookie Jar group, we’re a group of bloggers who share cookie or bar recipes the first Thursday of the month. Be sure to check out the link below to see all the other healthy/fresh start cookies and bars shared by the group.

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Graham Crackers – #FilltheCookieJar

Happy December! I can’t believe how quickly this year and flown by and I know the next four weeks are going to be gone in a blink. I’m excited to share this recipe for graham crackers as part of December’s Fill the Cookie Jar group. They were so easy to make and my kids LOVE them! They have asked to have them in their lunch and snacks after school. They’re a winner and I’ll be making them often. If you have kids or grandkids, you’ll need to try this recipe.

If you’re not familiar with the Fill the Cookie Jar group, we’re a bunch of bloggers who get together on the first Thursday of each month and share a recipe that can fill your cookie jar. I mean who doesn’t love cookies and sweets!?!

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Pumpkin Sugar Cookies – #FilltheCookieJar

Today, I’m filling the cookie jar with these delicious pumpkin sugar cookies. They take the traditional sugar cookie to a whole new level! The flavor is the perfect hint of pumpkin and fits the requirement for today’s Fill the Cookie Jar theme of fall! Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors….I’m drinking pumpkin coffee right now and eating one of these cookies. The perfect way to start the day! One other thing I like about these cookies is that they’re super moist and a little chewy. YUM!!

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Peanut Butter Banana Bars – #FilltheCookieJar

It’s time for September’s #FilltheCookieJar group and I’m filling the jar with these delicious peanut butter banana bars. The theme for this month was fall, and while these bars aren’t exactly fall themed, they are still delicious and you can’t go wrong with the combination of peanut butter and banana.

These bars are easy to make and the have a gooey layer of peanut butter on top. I had everything in my pantry and they were a great way to use up over-ripe bananas. Definitely  give these a try next time you have bananas to use.

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Cherry Almond Bars – #FilltheCookieJar

It’s time to Fill the Cookie Jar with these delicious cherry almond bars. I’m excited to see what all my fellow bloggers made this month too. I had bought a bag of cherries for a great price and found this recipe was scrolling through Pinterest. They’re really good and easy to make. I was a little short in the amount of cherries I needed for this recipe, but they still came out great.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Pretzel Bars – #FilltheCookieJar

If you’re watching what you’re eating…you may want to skip over this post. This recipe is definitely an indulgence, but so worth it! This month’s theme was Father’s Day. I decided to treat my husband to one of his favorite things – peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Throw in some pretzels and you’ve got these amazing bars. The bars were so rich, but tasted just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a tiny hint of salt. So, so good!

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Avocado Brownies – #FilltheCookieJar

It’s time to Fill the Cookie Jar and this month’s theme is “Mom’s Favorites.” I love sweets – I haven’t found a dessert that I don’t love. It’s bad, but since turning 36 last month, I’ve noticed my metabolism has slowed down….really slowed down. I’m not happy about it. Now I need to be a little more picky with indulging my sweet tooth and I’ve been looking for recipes for sweet treats that I can still enjoy but aren’t so bad for me.

I recently bought a bag of coconut flour and was searching for recipes when I stumbled across one for avocado brownies. Interesting, I know! Ironically, I had a very ripe avocado that I needed to use and decided to give it a try. I didn’t tell my kids what type of brownies they were and they gobbled up a piece and loved them! Win!! I cooked mine to be a more fudge like, the chocolate flavor is perfect and you don’t even taste the avocado. I’ll definitely be making these again!

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Blueberry Ricotta Scones – #FilltheCookieJar

2961d-cookiejarI’m so happy to be back to the monthly Fill the Cookie Jar group. Things have been a little crazy around our house. I’ve been working on some big projects, my husband has been traveling more often and Madeline started lacrosse again. Practices started up for her last month and we’ve been running from her Girls on the Run practice, with a quick stop at home to grab some food and then she’s off to lacrosse practice. I’ve been enjoying the hour to walk the track and clear my head. Needless to say, that hasn’t left much time to spend cooking and baking.

I was searching for the right recipe this month for something different, when I stumbled across this recipe for scones. I haven’t made scones in a while and I liked these because they had ricotta – a unique spin on the traditional scone. They were so good. The perfect consistency and I loved the weren’t too sweet, perfect to enjoy with a cup of tea.

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No Bake Coconut Date Energy Bites – #FilltheCookieJar

Happy New Year! I took a little time off from blogging to spend time with my husband and kids. It was a nice break, but I’m ready to get back to sharing recipes and being in the kitchen.

The start of the New Year is always a time when resolutions are made and I’ve made a few myself. One of those is to stop the mindless snacking and finally lose the last of the weight I’ve be carrying around from my last pregnancy. This month’s Fill the Cookie Jar theme was healthy cookies, snowflake or new year. I decided on a no bake energy bite. They’re the perfect bite when I’m craving something sweet and want something healthy. They are also a great option for my kids to snack on and feel full after one. I’m hoping this will stop them from spending time in the pantry looking for something to eat.

The best part – they’re so easy to make! It took me less than 10 minutes to make and then pop them in the fridge to firm up for an hour. This recipe is very versatile, you can swap out the walnuts for another nut or roll the bites into shredded coconut.

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1/3 cup walnuts
10 medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp water

In a food processor, pulse the walnuts until they are chopped. Add in the dates, coconut, coconut oil and water. Process for a minute until the mixture comes together and there are no large pieces of dates.

Scoop out the mixture with a cookie scoop and roll in ball. Place in a mini muffin liner and refrigerate for an hour. Stir in an air tight container.

Check out all the cookie recipe’s in this month’s Fill the Cookie Jar in the link below!