Thursday, March 1, 2012

Easter Tags and Snickers Caramel Cheescake Cookies!

Hi! I hope it's a great day for you and I thank you for stopping by! I'm sending off my tags for the YPP tag swap today. These are going out a few days late (sorry Jonnie!!!) because I was sick last week and forgot to get them in the mail. I took a moment to snap a quick photo before I sealed the package so I could share them here.

Our theme for the month was pastels, chicks, and bunnies. I was thrilled about that because I'm soooooo ready for spring! I kept my tags super simple, mainly because I wasn't feeling well, but I often find the simplest things turn out to be the best things. I'm loving the soft greens and yellows of the images! I cut and dry embossed my tags, then embellished the pretty cards with lace, pearls, hand crinkled seam binding, fibers, and a little paper flower. So easy and so fun! 

Now that I'm feeling a little better I'm back in the kitchen. We were blessed to have 3 of our children and 2 of our grandchildren at our dinner table tonight. Our oldest son is going into the army this month! He ships out to Ft. Sill on Monday for basic training. I'm so proud of him. I'm worried about him too. I'll be terrified the first time he deploys. For the next few days I plan to spoil him in the best way I know, with home cooked meals and goodies (all laced with love!)  

That brings me to the next item I wanted to share today...

These wonderful and decadent cookies from the Picky Palate will change your life. And maybe your waistline. Plan on extra time at the gym or on the treadmill, but they're worth it (you'll see!) I don't even know if I would call them cookies. They're more of a mini cheescake. In the end we just call them amazing and eat them up!      

Snickers Caramel Cheesecake Cookies
2 Cups chopped Snickers Bars
2 1/2 Cups graham cracker crumbs
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
5 Tablespoons melted butter
2 8oz packages softened cream cheese
1 Cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
3 Tablespoons caramel sauce
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place chopped Snickers Bars into a bowl, set aside for now. Place graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter into a mixing bowl to combine. Spoon a couple spoonfuls of crumbs into each muffin top pan and press down and up the sides. Bake for 5-6 minutes or just until browned. Remove from oven.
2. In a stand or electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add in eggs and vanilla until well combined, scraping sides of bowl with a rubber spatula. Beat in caramel sauce until well combined. Pour about 1/4 Cup of cheesecake mixture over each baked crust then top evenly with chopped Snickers. Bake for 23-26 minutes or until cheescake edges are just starting to brown and centers are nearly set. Remove and let cool completely. While still warm, loosen all edges with a plastic knife to make for easier removal from pan. Refrigerate once cooled then top with caramel sauce and whipped cream to serve!
12 individual cheesecakes

I follow the recipe exactly and they come out perfectly every time. I've included the link to Picky Palate as well, in case you'd like to check out more of her delicious recipes.  

Thank you again for sharing a bit of your time with me! I hope you have a fun and crafty day, filled with sweet treats, laughter, and love! Hugs,


  1. The tags are beautiful...and the cookies...omgoodness....yum!

  2. Hi Nancy,

    You tags are absolutely gorgeous, as are all of your crafting creations. The colours you have chosen are delicious, just like the scrummy yummy cookie recipe. Dare I make it? I think I should, don't you !!!! LOL
    Lots of loe and warmest best wishes,

  3. Could you do a tutorial on these tags pretty please?