Caramel Almond Shortbread Bars

Caramel Almond Shortbread Bars | recipe on

Almonds coated in soft caramel atop a buttery shortbread crust – Caramel Almond Shortbread Bars are an absolutely delightful treat!

Happy Monday, ya’ll!  Today is the first ‘working’ day of January and there are those of us struggling to get back to work.  It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks around these parts.  With family and friends coming and going, to eat and fantastic new games to games to play, we’ve enjoyed every minute.  Taking a blogging break was refreshing, but that means I’m not coming to you live today with some fresh faced, low cal recipe for the month of January.  I’m posting one of my favorite Christmas treats about a month late, but it needs to be done.  File this one away for your Valentines ♥… 

Read More »

Glazed Eggnog Cookies

Glazed Eggnog Cookies | recipe on

‘Tis the season for all things eggnog!  While I adore baking with it, I’m not one to grab a glass of it to drink cold.  This particular eggnog cookie is one that our family looks forward to all year.  Last month’s Double Chocolate Eggnog Bread has quickly become a family favorite too.

Glazed Eggnog Cookies | recipe on

As the year is winding down and we’re up to our knees in the holiday hustle and bustle, it’s fun to look towards the traditions that come in the last couple weeks of December.  This year we’re looking forward not traveling over the holidays and enjoying Christmas Day in our new house.  {hallelujah!}  We’ll be hosting dinner on Christmas Eve with part of my husband’s family.  One thing that remains the same regardless of where we are on Christmas is the need for nog ;)  My husband loves to drink it and I love using it to make breakfast and dessert.

International Delight is ready for the holidays too, with their seasonal selection of flavored creamers and nog.  You can choose a new variety every time you go grocery shopping!  Happy holidays!

Read More »

Maple Fudge

Maple Fudge | recipe on

How many of you have already started making your yearly batch of Christmas goodies?  May I suggest that you add this Maple Fudge to your list of things to make this year?  It’s downright amazing!!

Maple Fudge | recipe on

I consider fudge an absolute must have Christmas treat.  My mother-in-law requests that I make peanut butter fudge each year and I usually whip up a batch of classic chocolate too. But this fudge is my new favorite.  You can taste all of the things it has going on – butter, brown sugar and maple.  And it is insanely delicious.  There isn’t a whole lot of hands on time required to make this, from start to finish it’s about 20 minutes.  So it really is a simple thing to have on hand for treat trays and to give away this holiday. … 

Read More »

Easy Chocolate Chip Turtle Cookies

Easy Chocolate Chip Turtle Cookies | recipe on

You guys, ’tis the season for holiday baking. And while I love baking up the classics, it’s also fun to see new ingredients for baking popping up in stores everywhere, especially this time of year. My kids always go for the chocolate chip cookies at my house, but I thought it would be fun to give them a spin this time around.


Read More »

Peppermint Bark Brownies

Peppermint Bark Brownies | Crumbs and Chaos
Just say yes to chocolate and peppermint, Peppermint Bark Brownies are brought to you as part of an ongoing partnership with Kraft.

December holidays bring memories of baking Christmas cookies and spending time with family and loved ones.  Each year I plan to make a treat that we maybe haven’t included in our Christmas recipes before, I enjoy making a wide variety of goodies to package up and share with family and friends.  This year’s new treat – Peppermint Bark Brownies.  So fudgy and minty, these brownies would make a fabulous addition to any Christmas treat tray…. 

Read More »

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies | Crumbs and Chaos

It’s time to dust off your favorite cookie recipes and get baking for the holidays.  Soft Maple Sugar Cookies are just what your holiday cookie tray needs!  Join us for a virtual Christmas cookie exchange, recipe links to 16 of your favorite bloggers are included in this post!

What’s your favorite cookie to make this time of year?  There’s a special place in my heart for Glazed Eggnog Cookies and Gingerbread Trees with Lemon Glaze are a must make at my house.  I can never get over a classic sugar cookie, which both my husband’s mom and step-mom make with great ease.  I would eat them first every time.  His step-mom always decorates a few with red hot candies and I love them that way.  I added them to these cookies because maple + cinnamon = match made in heaven.

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies | Crumbs and Chaos

I don’t always feel like rolling out and cutting dough, so a cookie that’s simply rolled into a ball and baked is just my style.  Topped with a simple maple frosting and you’re ready to decorate to your hearts content.  Sprinkling them with gold or regular decorating sugar makes an elegant addition to any cookie tray, but giving the kids a chance to add their favorite sprinkles is an opportunity they can never pass up ;)

What are delicious cookies without milk?  This December there are food banks in our own communities that could use milk to give to families in need.  We can join the Great American Milk Drive and their quest to make that happen.  When you go to the milk drive site, you can see how many gallons of milk have been donated in your local area and see just how you can help give milk to families in need.

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies | Crumbs and Chaos

 Join us!

Bloglovin’ | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Google+

5.0 from 1 reviews
Soft Maple Sugar Cookies
Serves: 4 dozen
  • ½ cup BUTTER, softened
  • ½ cup SHORTENING, softened
  • 1 teaspoon BAKING SODA
  • 1 teaspoon CREAM OF TARTAR
  • ⅛ teaspoon SALT
  • 1 teaspoon VANILLA
  • 1¾ cups FLOUR
  • ¼ cup BUTTER, melted
  • 3 Tablespoons PURE MAPLE SYRUP
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Beat together butter and shortening in a large bowl. Add sugars, maple syrup, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Add egg yolks and vanilla and beat until well combined. Lastly, beat in flour.
  3. Use a 1 Tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop dough into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, remove from oven when edges are light golden brown. Frost when completely cool.
Icing: Whisk together whipping cream, melted butter and pure maple syrup. Gradually add powdered sugar and whisk until smooth. Frost cooled cookies and decorate as desired.

Recipe Source: BHG 100 Best Cookies

Christmas Cookie Exchange 2014 - recipes from your favorite bloggers

Because it’s the more the merrier where cookies are concerned…

Caramel Filled Chewy Ginger Cookies from 365 Days of Slow Cooking

Italian Anisette Cookies from A Family Feast

Cranberry Orange Nut Cookies from Apron Strings

Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Stuffed Cookies from Barbara Bakes

Soft Pumpkin Cookies + Pumpkin Spice Kisses from Bless this Mess

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies from Crumbs and Chaos

Graham Cracker Log from Hoosier Homemade

Rugelach Bars from Let’s Dish

Pepper Jelly Cornmeal Thumbprints from Letty’s Kitchen

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from Love from the Oven

Linzer Cookies from Mandy’s Recipe Box

Surprise-inside Christmas Stocking from Munchkin Munchies

Chocolate M&M Cookies from Oh, Sweet Basil

White Chocolate Pecan Snowball Cookies from Rose Bakes

Chocolate Toffee Cranberry Cookies from Taste and Tell

White Chocolate Cherry Almond Bars from Your Homebased Mom

Spiced Eggnog Cookies from Will Cook for Smiles

Christmas Cookie Exchange 2014 - recipes from your favorite bloggers

*Disclosure: It has been my honor to make you aware of the Great American Milk Drive, but I have not been compensated in any way for highlighting their organization.  Happy holidays!

5 Cheese Stovetop Mac ‘n’ Cheese

5 Cheese Stovetop Mac and Cheese | Crumbs and Chaos

I am a collector of a few different things – kitchen gadgets, mason jars and vintage Pyrex. I also have quite the collection of cookbooks (what food blogger doesn’t?!). But seriously, I read them like novels and love soaking up extra tidbits of info and drooling over gorgeous food photos.

I recently enjoyed the chance to peruse and cook from Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook from QVC’s Resident Foodie. You guys, it’s one gorgeous book. Full of approachable and family friendly recipes, this book by David Venable is packed with dishes I can’t wait to make. From appetizers to sweets and an entire chapters dedicated to pressure cooking and slow cooking, Back Around The Table has something for everyone…. 

Read More »

5 Easy Weeknight Meal Ideas

5 Easy Weeknight Meals Ideas brought to you by Alexia and Crumbs and Chaos

Dinner, supper, time to chow down…whatever you call your last meal of the day, it’s one that has a few requirements. Be relatively simple, who wants to slave away after putting in a full day of work, mothering or whatever else. Be tasty and flavorful, because no one wants to eat boring food. And be different, eating the same things week after week gets a bit boring, don’t ya think?

Pairing simple main dishes with Alexia Smart Classics, sweet potato fries or onion rings make dinner as simple as can be. I like to use them to make a one dish meal, add an interesting twist to a classic or bake them as usual with an enticing dipping sauce. Today I’m sharing 5 easy weeknight meal ideas that make actually making dinner a little bit less of a chore and are delicious and tasty!


Read More »

Sausage Stuffed Mini Peppers

Sausage Stuffed Mini Peppers | Crumbs and Chaos

This super simple appetizer {Sausage Stuffed Mini Peppers} is brought to you as part of an ongoing partnership with Kraft.

I love fall and its holidays!!  Planning the Thanksgiving dinner menu is something I look forward to every year.  We always have the classic feast, but I like to add a few new things each year too…you never know when you might find a new favorite!  Stove Top Stuffing is most definitely on the menu every year.  My husband has always been a fan of it and I can’t imagine that will ever change.  This year however, we won’t only be enjoying Stove Top Stuffing alongside our turkey and taters.  I’m including it in this fast, flavorful and hand held appetizer to be enjoyed while things are coming together in the kitchen…. 

Read More »

Double Chocolate Eggnog Bread

Double Chocolate Eggnog Bread | Crumbs and Chaos

This tempting holiday treat is perfect for giving or to enjoy on your own – Double Chocolate Eggnog Bread is simply divine!

  ID Eggnog

I love taking time to share homemade treats and goodies during the holidays.  That’s part of the holiday fun for me – making yummy treats to share with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers…this list could go on and on.  You can see more of our faves in the C&C holiday treats archives.   With the bit of snow that we received this week, I’m in the holiday kind of mood.  Is it too early to put up the Christmas tree?

International Delight has you covered for all of your seasonal favorites – creamers like Peppermint Chocolate Truffle, Gingerbread Latte and Frosted Sugar Cookies and Nog, which comes in classic and very vanilla varieties.  I love using eggnog in baked goods, so incorporating it into mini loaves of double chocolate quick bread was a no brainer.  Baking it in disposable mini loaf pans makes it easy to transport and give to the eggnog lovers in your life!… 

Read More »