Cookies I’m Drooling Over

Finals/ pre-finals week this year is kicking/ kicked my butt. It really snuck up on me (Also Google is telling me “snuck” isn’t a word – am I that tired?). Normally I am up to my eyes in cookie dough by now!

I did make a batch of cookie dough bites for a party last weekend. The consistency turned out a little different – but they were still damn good. Guys, I actually baked them this time. And they were very well received (also, I think beer makes cookies go down even easier, but that’s a story for another day).

I plan to launch into full baking mode when I head home for break. In the meantime, I thought I’d compile a list of cookie recipes that I’ve been drooling over lately. Be warned, you may get extremely hungry by the end of this post.

1. Flourless Chocolate Coconut Drops via Shutterbean

I’ve been on an intense coconut and chocolate kick lately. And by that I mean I finished off a batch of this chocolate coconut granola in maybe three days.

2. Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies via Tartelette

These are so cute looking! And a little challenging looking. Definitely going to be giving them a shot, though.

3. Gooey Butter Cookies via See You In The Morning

Apparently they taste like “baked cream cheese frosting.” I’ll leave it at that.

4. Peanut Butter, Pretzel, and Brownie Thumbprint Cookies from Top With Cinnamon

And these are a few of my favorite thiiiiings.

5. Biscoff Chocolate Chip Cookies via Eat, Live, Run

New twist on an old favorite. Especially awesome for the cookie butter obsessed (not that we are here, or anything crazy like that). Also I love all of Jenna’s baked goods!

6. Molasses Triple Chocolate Cookies via Averie Cooks

I’ve it before and I’ll say it again – Molasses is the most underrated sweetener.

7. Pumpkin Gingerdoodles via Culinary Concoctions

I literally laughed out loud when I first saw this because the idea of combining two types of cookies this way had never crossed my mind. I’m betting the result is brilliant.

8. Pomegranate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies via Two Peas and their Pod

These made the list because 1) I recently rekindled my love affair with white chocolate, and 2) I finally learn how to de-pomegranate a pomegranate.

Happy Christmas Baking!

**In case it’s not obvious enough, none of these pictures are mine! They were taken by the far more talented bloggers who posted the recipes originally. Click the recipe name to go to the recipe itself by the original poster!

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GUEST POST: Cookie Butter Fudge

Hey! Kyle here. Devoted readers of this blog will know me as Dana’s frequently mentioned boyfriend. She’s a name-dropper, that one. Besides, I’ve already met both of you. Anyway, I’ve been saying pretty much since Dana and I met last year that I would contribute a guest post to Anything But Ranch, and in the interest of not making myself a liar, here we are.

Recently, I realized that A) I had not yet attempted to make cookie butter fudge and B) I, somewhat atypically, already had every ingredient of a new recipe on hand. I was seconds away from excitedly texting Dana when I was struck by the idea to make it as a surprise for her. While she and I often cook together and for one another, the lion’s share of the sweets go from her kitchen straight into my face. I thought it might be nice for her to come over after a long day of mastering witchcraft (trust me, I’ve seen her differential equations textbook and that is exactly what she is doing) and enjoy a little reward. You know, besides getting to spend time with me.

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Anyway, in terms of deliciousness to effort ratio, this fudge was off the charts. You don’t need any fancy gadgets or esoteric ingredients. Hell, you barely need a functional kitchen, or much skill therein. Boiling milk can be messy if you heat it too quickly and/or take your eyes off of it for a while, but you could even cut that step out if you have a can of sweetened condensed milk lying around.

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I didn’t, so I boiled milk and sugar in a small saucepan. Since I used 2 percent rather than whole, I added a bit of butter to replace the lost fat. This is fudge, people. Dana works magic with her crazy hippie voodoo, and I almost always love the results, but some foods just weren’t meant to be healthy. In a similar spirit, I added the optional cup of chocolate chips, though I went with white chocolate based on personal preference and what I had in the pantry.

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From there, it was a simple matter of combining the newly condensed milk with cookie butter and vanilla. I poured the mixture into a small, greased baking dish, drizzled melted chips on top, sprinkled in the secret ingredient and put it in the fridge to set. Half an hour later, voila!

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Obviously, I was too excited to take a picture before I cut a piece out for myself, but I was right to be. First time making fudge: definitely a success. First time posting: Also yes.