10 Great After School Cookies

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Today I have 10 Great After School Cookies for you to make everyone’s day just a little better! Let’s face it, there’s nothing like fresh cookies and a glass of milk or hot chocolate after school. You definitely will not disappoint with some of my favorites below!

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Buncha Crunch – Butterfinger Cookies

Because these cookies make just about everyone happy! :)

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Cotton Candy Cookie Cups

Fun, happy and bright – this cookie screams all three!


Oatmeal Marshmallow Cookie Sandwiches

These are SO much better than any type of store bought marshmallow sandwich cookie! Try them and see, you will be glad you did!

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Happy Birthday Cookies for May!

These cookies are a great go-to cookie for anyone’s birthday!

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Double Chocolate Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are a bit more work than some, but they are so worth it! Enjoy!

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Triple Chocolate Cookies

Need a good chocolate cookie? My Triple Chocolate Cookies should do the trick!


Mini Kiss Triple Chocolate Cookies

Mini kisses make these cookies extra special and extra delicious!

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White Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Two great flavors together – Snickerdoodles & white chocolate, yummy!

Snickers Cookie Squares

Snickers Cookie Squares

Okay, technically these are done as squares. Whether they’re done as cookies or squares, they’re fantastic!

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Brown Butter Pumpkin Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies

The brown butter and pumpkin pudding in these classic favorite makes them absolutely wonderful for Fall!

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Brown Butter Pumpkin Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies


Create a new family favorite this season with my Brown Butter Pumpkin Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies. Be prepared to fall in love with this new cookie! :)

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Can a chocolate chip cookie be made any better? For pumpkin friends, the answer is a yes and is as simple as browning some butter and stirring some pumpkin pudding mix into the dough. So yummy!

Although my post just the other day was also for a pumpkin cookie, this pumpkin cookie is a whole DIFFERENT kind of pumpkin cookie!

If you have never used brown butter in your baking, I strongly urge you to do so! The almost nutty flavor that comes from brown butter is SO delightful and SO scrumptious!

Of course there’s also the instant pumpkin pudding mix that imparts a wonderful, yet sort-of subtle pumpkin flavor. I know not everyone loves a heavy pumpkin flavor. Please try these cookies, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

So, back to what I said, this pumpkin cookie is a whole different kind of pumpkin cookie, and I truly hope you enjoy it!

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Pumpkin Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies


 My Pumpkin Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies are a wonderful cookie for Fall!

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My cookies today are a little fun and a little different. These cookies are super soft and almost pillowy. I admit I don’t do a lot of super soft cookies, but sometimes it’s fun to change things up a bit and that’s what we’re doing today.

The pumpkin in these cookies gives them a special softness, and of course a delicious flavor! Did I mention these wonderfully soft pumpkin cookies also have caramel and chocolate chips in them? Well they do!

You guys, these cookies are SO good when they’ve cooled just a bit and the caramel and chocolate chips are still warm and gooey!!

Let’s just say yummy is an understatement! :)


You can see the cookies are speckled with chocolate chips and caramel bits. The caramel melts right in and you have a great combo.

If you would like to add more of either to your cookies certainly feel free.

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Fall Cookie Sticks


My Fall Cookie Sticks are the PERFECT after school snack or mid-day pick me up!

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There aren’t too many things that make a better after school or mid-day snack than cookie sticks. Today, I share with you my favorite Fall Cookie Sticks! You may, or may not have seen my Holiday Chip Cookie Sticks that I did last holiday season.

Cookie sticks are the best! There are so many things you can do with them. You can change the chips, add candy, add sprinkles. You can make your cookie sticks as simple or elaborate as you want to. :)

If you have kids, they will be thrilled if you have these waiting for them after school! That said, my Fall Cookie Sticks also make a great mid-day snack for people of ALL ages!

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Berry Kissed Thumbprint Cookies


Berry Kissed Thumbprint Cookies? A wonderful buttery almond and vanilla shortbread cookie + mixed berry jam + a drizzle of glaze = Berry Kissed Thumbprint Cookies.

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To me, any kind of jam thumbprint cookie can be a wonderful summer cookie or a great holiday cookie. I’m aware that a lot of people associate Thumbprint Cookies with the Holidays! I understand why, but allow me explain my take on Thumbprint Cookies.

I used to watch my grandmother can jam whenever she could during the summer, and right after she did she always made a batch of thumbprint cookies. Usually she made strawberry-rhubarb or apricot-rhubarb, jam and cookies. I was eating rhubarb-apricot jam before I really even knew what an apricot was!

Anyhow, I decided I wanted to make a fruity cookie that could be enjoyed by all while we still have some nice weather left. If you’re a fruit lover, and I hope you are, this one’s for you!


Shortbread without a doubt is one of my favorites. If you haven’t ever made shortbread before, don’t worry! It’s no big deal, I promise you!

You can either use my shortbread recipe included here, or you can buy shortbread cookie mix in a pouch and just add butter and a little flavoring. Don’t worry I won’t tell anyone if you use a mix. :)

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Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies


My Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are a great anytime cookie! Chocolate peanut butter, lots of oatmeal and a little more melted chocolate for dipping creates a great flavor combination!   

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You know how sometimes you need a cookie that you can whip together quickly and be done? Well this is one of those cookies and it’s a yummy one!

School is starting soon, or has already started all across the country. If you have kids you know that means busy, busy, busy. Even if you don’t have kids, you still know how busy life can be. Life tends to get a little crazy at times.

An easy go-to cookie seemed like the perfect choice for today.

Today’s cookie is a cookie that comes together very quickly with a few simple ingredients. Most, or all of these ingredients you probably have sitting in your pantry right now.

So let’s started, we have cookies to make!


These cookies are great all by themselves, or you can dip them in chocolate. As you can see, I have dipped my cookies in chocolate just to give them a special little touch.

It just depends on how you’re feeling that day.


These are most of the simple ingredients you will need for these cookies. There are only a few chocolates in the photograph but you will want to have a full bag on hand. Also I forgot to include the baking soda in the picture, sorry. :(


These cookies have plenty of oatmeal in them, yet they are still very moist. I think you will find it surprising how good cookies can be with just a few simple ingredients. :)


When your cookies are cool and you’re ready to dip them please remember you can use any kind of chocolate that makes you happy! I used Dove because I love how easy it is to work with. So I pick it up when it’s on sale.

Anyway, you could use chocolate melts, chocolate chips or any other kind of chocolate you prefer! Then add a few sprinkles, and you’re set!

Now all you need is a tall glass of cold milk and you’ve got a great snack!


 Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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1/2 cup dark chocolate peanut butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 large egg

1-1/4 cups quick-cooking oats, any brand

1 package (3.4 oz.) vanilla instant pudding mix

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 bag (9.5 oz.) Dove milk chocolate, chocolate chips, or any chocolate you prefer

chocolate jimmies, optional


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.

2. Place chocolate peanut butter and brown sugar into a large mixing bowl. Beat until fluffy. Beat in egg. Add oats, vanilla pudding mix, and baking soda to creamed mixture; mix well.

2. With a medium cookie scoop, place dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Bake for 6-8 minutes and remove from oven. My cookies took exactly 7 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then move to wire rack to cool completely.

3. Line large cookie sheet with waxed paper; set aside. In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate for 30 seconds at a time until melted well and smooth. Dip each cookie into chocolate, using as much or as little as desired. Allow excess chocolate to drip off. Place cookie on waxed paper, if using sprinkles add immediately. Allow cookies to rest until chocolate has set up and can be touched.

*Note: You will probably have a little extra melted chocolate.

Make 18 cookies



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Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Nibblers


My Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Nibblers are the perfect dessert when your family and friends want a little something to nibble on after dinner!

Of course no one says it has to be just one! 

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I am so excited to share my Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Nibblers with you today! This flavor combination is going to knock your socks off! I have tweaked one of my favorite cookies to create a great go-to recipe that is sure to never disappoint!

So, what makes these nibblers so good? Glad you asked! :)

These cookies may look like your average chocolate chip cookie on the outside, but they are packed with just the right flavor combination to make them really special! I have also add one chopped milk chocolate salted caramel bar for additional milk chocolate flavor with a touch of salted caramel, and  just a hint of added texture. Not to mention instant pudding adds a wonderful vanilla flavor and a pleasant softness.

Use your favorite chocolate to personalize your nibblers. After all, any chocolate that YOU like works great!


When I make my nibblers I like to use miniature chocolate chips rather than regular size chocolate chips. But if you prefer to use regular chocolate chips, that’s fine too. It’s simply a matter of personal preference. Do what makes you happy!


 Ahh, my lovely little nibblers cooling! Such a beautiful sight!


If you don’t already do this adding pudding mix to your cookies is a great way to keep your cookies moist. You don’t need to do this all the time, just keep it mind. All you need to add is two or three tablespoons of instant vanilla pudding mix. This will make a huge difference in your eggs!

Keep in mind although the cookies are smaller, they will also have a tendency to dry out quicker. If you don’t want to add the pudding mix you certainly don’t have to. It really does make quite a difference though!


Fresh Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Nibblers and milk! Does life get any better?


Milk Chocolate Skillet Caramel Nibblers


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix (this will help keep your nibblers soft)

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup milk chocolate mini chocolate chips (semisweet works just fine, if you prefer)

1 – 3.5 oz. Godiva Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel bar, chopped                                       


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside. Mix together your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, and pudding mix); set aside.

2. Mix together the brown sugar, sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla. Continue mixing until incorporated. By hand or with a mixer, slowly add the flour, salt, baking soda, and instant pudding mix. Mix until combined. By hand stir in mini chocolate chips and chopped milk chocolate bar. Mix until chocolate is evenly distributed through dough.

3. Using a cookie scoop, or just a teaspoon, scoop out small scoops of dough onto cookie sheet.

4. Bake nibbler cookies for 9 to 11 minutes. My nibblers took exactly 9 minutes per tray. Bake until cookies are golden at edges. Do not overbake cookies. Cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheets before moving cookies. Then gently remove cookies with spatula to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 60 Nibblers

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Triple Chocolate Cookies


My Triple Chocolate Cookies are a scrumptious combination of three types of chocolate that make for one great cookie!

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Sometimes there’s just nothing better than a good moist fudgy, chocolatey cookie!

I make lots of different cookies all year long, but there’s always something kind of special about a good chocolate cookie. A good chocolate cookie seems to be hard to find, and is always a real treat.

So what makes these cookies so good?

In a nutshell, there are three different kinds of chocolate in this cookie and it’s the combinations of chocolate flavors that makes this cookie so darn good!



If you’re not a fan of white chocolate, have no fear. The white chocolate helps create a nice balance of flavors in this cookies. In other words, white chocolate is not the dominant flavor in these cookies.

The wonderful fudgy, chocolatey flavor from the cocoa powder and chocolate chips is the flavor you will enjoy. :)

tcc_DSNC2148So as you can see there are three types of chocolate that go into these cookies – natural cocoa powder, white chocolate chips and semi sweet chocolate chips.

I used miniature chocolate chips, but feel free to use mini or regular size semi sweet chocolate chips.


Triple Chocolate Cookies

Prep time: 10 min | Cook time: 12 min | Total time: 22 min

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2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt, depending upon preference

1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup granulate sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 large eggs

1 cup white chocolate chips

3/4 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl combine butter, sugars, vanilla extract, and eggs; beat until creamy. Add the flour mixture, Mix well. Stir in the white chocolate chips and the miniature chocolate chips. Drop by round spoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cookies cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

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Crazy Good Confetti Cookies

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These cookies are simple, fun and delicious! They are a yummy way to celebrate just about anything. So let’s get started on some delicious cookies!

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My apologies everyone for not posting anything recently! I am truly very, very sorry!!

I was NOT on vacation or having fun. My computer crashed and it crashed hard! You know how you hear people say they lost everything? I SO get it now! It’s such a terrible, terrible feeling!!

After my computer crashed things just got worse from there. Instead of boring you with all of the details I will just say thank goodness my husband is an IT Professional and good at what he does, or I would not be posting right now!!

Thank you to all of you for being patient!

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Chocolate Dipped Double Chip Pudding Cookies


A yummy combination of chocolate and peanut butter, these pudding cookies call for a glass of cold milk, or hot coffee and plenty of time to enjoy!

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If you’ve been with me a while you know we love cookies around here! If you haven’t been with me long, please let me share, we love cookies around here!

There are so many wonderful cookies out there and it’s always such a treat when a person can sit down with a cookie and really enjoy it, or two or three. :)

For those of you not familiar with pudding cookies, have no fear. Pudding gives you a softer texture and it is absolutely wonderful in cookies. Soft, chewy pudding cookies are tough to beat!

Now some people enjoy a crispy cookie, and that’s fine too. Some cookies are meant to be crispy.

My Chocolate Dipped Double Chip Pudding Cookies are so soft and tasty. I really hope you consider giving these a try!

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Buncha Crunch-Butterfinger Cookies


Two great flavors, Butterfinger and Buncha Crunch brought together in one great cookie. These cookies are the perfect any time snack!  

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This cookie is pretty straightforward, yet it brings something a little FUN & different to the table with the wonderful combination of Butterfinger bars and Buncha Crunch chocolate pieces!

If you know me at all, you know I love cookies. If you don’t, please allow me to explain. We love cookies at this house!!

By Wednesday we’re usually out of cookies, so I try to get a batch going for my guys. There’s just something about Wednesday that calls for cookies!

The combination of Buncha Crunch and Butterfinger is wonderful together. They are both terrific in baking. I especially like the way the chopped pieces of Butterfinger bake up. Of course, the Buncha Crunch were also perfect! But I knew they would be.

Hopefully you guys like cookies as much as we do. :)


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Spring Ahead Sandwich Cookies!


What’s full of sprinkles, creamy and yellow in the middle and yummy all over? My Spring Ahead Sandwich Cookies, of course!! :)

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You are probably saying to yourself why Spring Ahead Sandwich Cookies? Why not just Spring Cookies? Well, it’s a little too early for spring here, but we did just recently spring ahead.

But most importantly, the sun is starting to shine a little more, and it is wonderful! It’s amazing how much better even a little sunshine can make you feel. :)

A nice yellow buttercream middle and lots and lots of sprinkles sandwiches between two homemade cookies is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

My Spring Ahead Sandwich cookies are meant to be fun and happy, but most importantly delicious! 

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