Everything Cookies are sweet, salty, and perfect for gifting! The layers and bright colors make everyone smile.
They weren’t always, but since taking on more and more work over the years, my cookie-baking time has considerably dwindled. I am not ashamed to say that store-bought krispie treats and cookies often have to make do around here, but when I DO whip up cookies…
Well. They are something special.
While fabulous layer cakes covered in thick layers of buttercream will ALWAYS have my heart, there is just something cozy and comforting about a homemade cookie. They’re easy to tuck into lunchboxes or pile high on a plate for the neighbors. Baking cookies is something close to therapy for me, and when I’m having a bad day nothing comes as close to healing as when Lucy and I start dumping butter, flour, and sugar into the mixer.
They say you aren’t supposed to eat your feelings, but is there really any other way?
I think we can all agree that the world can’t ever have too much kindness. Whenever I get anxious or sad about all of the horrible things that are happening, whenever I feel completely helpless, I remember that I DO have the ability to brighten lives, even if it’s just in a tiny way. A smile, a text to just check in a say hello, a handwritten note, or a homemade cookie are all things we can do to let people know that we love them.
At the end of the day, don’t we all just want to be seen and loved?
Right now, one of my VERY favorite brands, Imperial Sugar, is sponsoring #GiveAFriendACookie. Baking for friends and neighbors is a way to build community, foster friendships, and offer comfort. We’d LOVE for you to share your love of baking and people by baking up a favorite treat for someone who could use a sweet surprise. Make sure to share your finished products (and a story about who you are sharing it with) on social media! Be sure to tag Imperial Sugar and use the hashtag #GiveAFriendACookie.
These cookies are a twist on one of my very favorite creations — Everything Bars! Everything bars use refrigerated cookie dough for a quick, fun treat that everyone goes CRAZY for! I decided to turn that fun recipe into a totally homemade cookie that was a huge hit around here! Sweet and salty with all kinds of textures, these cookies are just phenomenal. It doesn’t hurt that they are so bright and fun to look at, either.
These are definitely the cookie you want when you’re brightening someone’s day. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 heaping TBS instant vanilla pudding mix
- 2 sticks salted butter, slightly softened
- 1/2 cup Imperial granulated sugar
- 1 cup Imperial light brown sugar
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg plus one large egg yolk
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 11 oz bag caramel bits
- 2 cups mini pretzel twists
- 1 cup M&Ms candy
- Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and pudding mix and set aside.
- In the bowl of your mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy -- about two minutes. Add the egg and egg yolk one at a time, scraping the bowl after each. Add extract and beat until blended.
- With the mixer on medium low, slowly add the flour mixture until fully combined. With a spatula, stir the dough from the bottom a few times to make sure that everything is well mixed. Fold in the chocolate chips. Using a medium scoop, scoop dough into roughly 1 1/2 inch balls and place 3 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Use your palm to flatten just slightly into discs.
- Bake cookies for roughly 10 minutes, until edges are set and centers look slighly under-done. Top each cookie with mini marshmallows (7-10), then place cookies back in the oven for one minute, until marshmallows are slightly puffy. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Top with a spoonful of melted caramel, then press a mini pretzel into the top. Add a few candies, gently pressing into the caramel. Remove cookies to racks to cool completely.
Make sure to check out all of these other cookie recipes being shared by my blogging friends!
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Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies from The Domestic Rebel
Pecan Chocolate Fudge Chunk Cookies from Country Cleaver
Everything Cookies from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Chocolate Chip Cookies from LilaLoa
Lemon Cardamom Crinkle Cookies from Fifteen Spatulas
Apple Cinnamon Cookies from Dine and Dish
Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Sea Salt from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles
Fall Wreath Sugar Cookie from Tikkido
Chocolate Turtle Cookies from Bake at 350
For nearly 175 years, Imperial Sugar has been helping people communicate thanks, appreciation, love, and sympathy through home-baked treats. At the heart of baking for others is the very act of giving, and Imperial Sugar encourages everyone to bake and share, both in times of celebration and in times of crisis. Together we can make someone’s day just a little bit sweeter. If you are looking for cookie inspiration, visit the Imperial Sugar website for 350+ time-tested cookie recipes.
Enjoy and thanks so much for reading!