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Valentine’s Day Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Valentine's peanut butter cookie bars

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These Valentine’s Day peanut butter cookie bars are one of our favorite Valentine’s Day treats in our house. Peanut butter cookies with all of the best Valentine’s candies cut into perfect squares. Scroll down for my recipe.

Valentine’s Day Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • Valentine’s M&Ms
  • Valentine’s sprinkles
  • Reese’s hearts (about 6)
  • White chocolate hearts (about 6)

Directions:

1.) Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

Valentine's Peanut Butter cookie bars

2.) In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, peanut butter, sugar, and egg until smooth.

3.) Beat in the flour until a soft dough forms

4.) Fold in the M&Ms.

5.) Spread dough into a greased baking dish or one lined with parchment paper. Firmly press the dough down. (I used a 9×9 baking dish).

Valentine Peanut butter cookie bars

6.) Top with sprinkles and add some more M&M’s on top.

7.) Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes. You want to remove it when the edges are golden and you can stick a butter knife or toothpick in and it comes out clean.

8.) Place on a cooling rack and allow to cool but not completely.

9.) Unwrap the Reese’s and chocolate hearts and press into the top of the cookie bars.

Valentine peanut butter cookie bars

10.) Slice and serve!

Valentine's peanut butter cookie bars

Linking some of the candies and sprinkles below

reese's pink valentine hearts reese's hearts white chocolate hearts valentine's m&ms valentine's sprinkles

Pink heart plate for valentine's day heart mug heart shaped bowls

I love to see what you create! So if you make this recipe, be sure to take a photo and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest

<3 For more Valentine’s recipes & ideas check out <3

My Valentine’s Popcorn

These red velvet waffles

These Valentine’s outfit ideas

 

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18 In holidays/ Recipes

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

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These are the best pistachio thumbprint cookies and will easily become a favorite Christmas cookie! Sweet pistachio topped with a cheesecake filling or raspberry jam are the perfect bite and look festive for your Christmas cookie swaps or platters.

And I’m sharing 15 other delicious Christmas treats for you from some of my most favorite bloggers. Scroll down to see all of their recipes.

If you’re coming from Michele at Vintage Home Designs, welcome! I hope you will stick around here and continue to follow along. Also how delicious do her shortbread cookies look?

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

One of my favorite things that I used to have every Christmas is my grandmother’s pistachio ambrosia. I loved it so much and it just wasn’t Christmas without it. This recipe combines my favorite flavors of pistachio with my favorite Christmas cookie – my sister’s almond raspberry thumbprints.

I made a yummy cheesecake filling for these cookies but you can also fill with raspberry jam too!

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened (I used unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 package instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 cups nuts chopped (I used walnuts/pecans)

For the filling

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese.
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • or raspberry jam (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

1.) Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

2.) In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.

3.) Beat in the eggs, salt and extracts.

4.) Add in the flour and pistachio pudding mix, beating together until combined.

5.) Roll the batter into individual balls, about 1 inch. Roll some or all of the balls into the chopped nuts and place on a prepared baking sheet.

6.) Using your thumb, make a thumbprint in the center of each cookie.

7.) Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes. You want to take them out just before the edges start to get golden.

8.) Using a spoon or your thumb, re-shape the thumbprint if necessary as sometimes it changes shape after baking.

9.) Allow the cookies to cool.

10.) While the cookies are cooling, start to prepare the cheesecake filling. In a mixing bowl, cream together the cream cheese and sugar.

11.) Beat in the vanilla and make sure there are no lumps.

12.) Fill in each cookie with either the cream cheese filling or raspberry jam. I chose to do some of each.

13.) In a microwave safe bowl, melt some chocolate chips, stirring at 30 second intervals.

14.) Once melted, use a fork to drizzle some chocolate over each cookie.

15.) Allow the chocolate to cool before eating.

These also freeze really well so you can make ahead of time! I line some parchment paper in an airtight storage container and freeze until the day of.

Enjoy!!! The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

DIY snowglobe tray

I served them on this snowglobe tray that I made! Click here for the easy DIY.

Linking some cute things to serve your cookies below

 

16 best christmas cookies and treats christmas santa plate 16 best christmas cookies and treats reindeer tray christmas charcuterie board 16 best christmas cookies and treats christmas box 16 best christmas cookies and treats christmas jar 16 best christmas cookies and treats christmas tin  

 

For more of my favorite Christmas treats check out

My homemade Irish Cream

These boozy chocolate hazelnut truffles

The best Christmas tree dip

 

Now head on over to Stacy at Bricks ‘n Blooms for her decadent fudge!!!

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Christmas Cookies and Holiday Treats

Are you looking to add some new recipes to your holiday rotation this year? Click on the links below to go to each post and see more.

Midwest Life And Style – Peanut Butter Balls | Cottage On Bunker Hill – Double Chocolate Oreo Bark | White Lilac Farmhouse – No Bake Christmas Cookies | Cottage In The Mitten – Holiday Peanut Butter Cookies

My Family Thyme – Eggnog Snickerdoodle Cookies | Eleanor Rose Home – Christmas Monster Cookies | Pasha Is Home – Christmas Fudge | Tatertots And Jello – Holiday Dipped Oreo Cookies

The Ponds Farmhouse – Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Bark | Vintage Home Designs – Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies | Our Tiny Nest – Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies | Bricks ‘n Blooms – Tiger Butter Fudge

The Tattered Pew – Daddy’s Molasses Cookies | Open Doors Open Hearts – Cinnamon Sugar Pecans | WM Design House – Cinnamon Popcorn | She Gave It A Go – Holiday Punch

 

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28 In food/ Recipes

Pumpkin baked brie

Pumpkin baked brie

Warm and gooey pumpkin baked brie is an easy appetizer that you’ll want to make all fall long and through the holidays!

If you’ve been following for awhile you know that the way to my heart is with cheese. In fact, bread and cheese are my love language. This past weekend it was in the high 70s/80s but it was the first football Sunday and I was craving all the fall comforts. So I lit a candle, played my autumn playlist (click here for the playlist) and made myself a gooey wheel of baked brie filled with warm pumpkin apple butter.

So what is baked brie exactly? First you bite into this crispy, flaky puff pastry that is filled with oozing brie cheese, melted to perfection. It’s really good paired with some crackers or apples and the addition of the warm pumpkin butter makes this perfect for the fall or the holidays. Scroll down for my delicious pumpkin baked brie recipe.

And for more cheese appetizers, check out my Goat Cheese board, similar to a butter board!

Pumpkin Baked Brie

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 wheel of brie cheese
  • pumpkin butter (if not homemade, store bought is fine. Props if you channeled Ina Garten while saying this. Apple butter would work good too!)
  • Baker’s twine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 sage leaf
  • 1 honey pretzel twist

Directions:

1.) Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

2.) Line a baking dish with parchment paper and roll out the puff pastry sheet on top.

3.) Spoon about 3 tbsps of pumpkin butter onto the center of the puff pastry.

Pumpkin baked brie

4.) Place the brie cheese wheel on top of the pumpkin butter spread.

5.) Draw a circle with a butter knife around the cheese, leaving about 2 inches of dough around the border.

Pumpkin baked brie

6.) Bring the edges of the puff pastry dough to the top so that the whole wheel of cheese is covered.

7.) Cut 5 strings of kitchen twine in equal length and lay out on the parchment paper in a spider’s web formation.

8.) Place the dough wrapped cheese on top of the twine and bring up each opposite side of twine, tying in the center.

9.) Make an egg wash with 1 egg and water, whisk it together and brush over the top of the puff pastry dough.

10.) Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or so, until the dough is golden brown.

11.) Remove from the oven, cutting and discarding the twine.

12.) Place a honey pretzel twist on top for the stem and sage leaf.

13.) Serve immediately with crackers, apples and some nuts.

 

pumpkin baked brie pumpkin baked brie

I love to see what you create! So if you make this, be sure to take a photo and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest!

Linking the twine and this cheese board below

cheese board kitchen twine for baked brie

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For more fall inspiration and recipes check out

This easy fall centerpiece

Homemade pumpkin cold foam coffee

Apple cinnamon french toast casserole

And for the holidays

This delish Irish cream which makes awesome gifts!

My sweet potato casserole & other Thanksgiving recipes

This effortless Thanksgiving place setting

pumpkin baked brie

Pumpkin Baked brie

Crispy flaky puff pastry dough is filled with warm pumpkin butter and brie cheese melted to perfection. This makes a great fall or holiday appetizer served wtih some crackers, fruits and nuts.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 sheet puff pastry dough
  • 1 wheel brie cheese
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin butter or apple butter homemade or store bought
  • 1 egg
  • 1 sage leaf
  • 1 honey pretzel twist

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Line a baking dish with parchment paper and roll out the puff pastry sheet on top.
  • Spoon about 3 tbsps of pumpkin butter onto the center of the puff pastry.
  • Place the brie cheese wheel on top of the pumpkin butter spread.
  • Draw a circle with a butter knife around the cheese, leaving about 2 inches of dough around the border.
  • Bring the edges of the puff pastry dough to the top so that the whole wheel of cheese is covered.
  • Cut 5 strings of kitchen twine in equal length and lay out on the parchment paper in a spider’s web formation.
  • Place the dough wrapped cheese on top of the twine and bring up each opposite side of twine, tying in the center.
  • Make an egg wash with 1 egg and water, whisk it together and brush over the top of the puff pastry dough.
  • Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or so, until the dough is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven, cutting and discarding the twine.
  • Place a honey pretzel twist on top for the stem and sage leaf.
  • Serve immediately with crackers, apples and some nuts.

11 In drinks/ Recipes

Peppermint Espresso Martini – My Jingle Jangle Cocktail

Peppermint Espresso Martini - My Jingle Jangle Cocktail

It is Thirsty Thursday and I’m coming to you with THE drink you need in your hand all Christmas long. I’m sharing my recipe for my Peppermint Espresso Martini aka My Jingle Jangle Cocktail.

I fell in love with espresso martinis one time when I was out and needed a little pick me up so that I could rally with friends (home girl can’t hang like she used to). Espresso and vodka – I mean it’s the sophisticated version of a Four Loco.

Chocolate and peppermint give this traditional espresso martini some festive holiday flavors. And it looks really pretty too! Scroll down for my Peppermint Espresso Martini aka My Jingle Jangle Cocktail.

Peppermint Espresso Martini – My Jingle Jangle Cocktail

Peppermint Espresso Martini - My Jingle Jangle Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 shots freshly brewed espresso or 1 cup dark roast coffee
  • 2 shots Rumchata
  • 2 shots Peppermint Vodka
  • 1 1/2 tsp coffee liqueur
  • Ice
  • chocolate syrup
  • crushed candy canes

Directions:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add to your cocktail shaker the espresso or coffee, Rumchata, vodka and coffee liqueur.
  3. Shake well so that it gets nice and frothy!
  4. On a plate, spread out the crushed peppermint.
  5. On a second plate, pour the chocolate syrup so that it fills the plate.
  6. Take your martini glass and dip in the chocolate syrup covering the rim.
  7. Then dip the chocolate syrup lined glass into the crushed candy canes.
  8. Pour the cocktail mixture into the martini glass.
  9. Enjoy!

Recipe makes about 2 martinis.

For more Christmas inspired drinks check out:

My Homemade Irish Cream

Dairy Free Chocolate Hazelnut Liqueur

 

And check out 16 of the best Christmas cookies and treats here!

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Peppermint Espresso Martini - My Jingle Jangle Cocktail

Peppermint Espresso Martini - My Jingle Jangle Cocktail

Chocolate and peppermint give this traditional espresso martini some festive holiday flavors. And it looks really pretty too! Scroll down for my Peppermint Espresso Martini aka My Jingle Jangle Cocktail. This is the drink you need in your hand all holiday season!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 2 shots freshly brewed espresso or 1 cup dark roast coffee
  • 2 shots Rumchata
  • 2 shots Peppermint Vodka
  • 1 1/2 tsp coffee liqueur
  • ice
  • chocolate syrup
  • crushed candy canes

Instructions
 

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Add to your cocktail shaker the espresso or coffee, Rumchata, vodka and coffee liqueur.
  • Shake well so that it gets nice and frothy!
  • On a plate, spread out the crushed peppermint.
  • On a second plate, pour the chocolate syrup so that it fills the plate.
  • Take your martini glass and dip in the chocolate syrup covering the rim.
  • Then dip the chocolate syrup lined glass into the crushed candy canes.
  • Pour the cocktail mixture into the martini glass.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword christmas drinks, cocktails, espresso martini, holiday recipes

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Peppermint Espresso Martini - My Jingle Jangle cocktail

The Best Peppermint Espresso Martini - aka My Jingle Jangle Cocktail