Mini Mexican Monkey Bread

Mini Mexican Monkey Bread

Mini Mexican Monkey Bread 2

Ok, so I made Monkey bread, I have seen tons of recipes for it, and decided to see what all the chatter was about……..

The chatter is…. it is “forking” delicious!!!! Mini Mexican Monkey Bread is individual little domes of pepper jack cheesy,and pull apart pretzel bread…….thats right, I said pretzel!

I have seen recipes from all kind of breads, pre-made, from scratch, frozen doughs and pop en’ fresh doughs. Anyway you make it, warm chunks of cheesy flavorful bread can not be wrong. Continue reading “Mini Mexican Monkey Bread”

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

This is gonna be a real quickie……Starbucks is the bomb for coffee……well, at least Tim and I think so. One of our favorites is the Caramel Frappuccino………but with a Grande coming in at about 380 calories……… yikes! Talk about drinking your calories.


So, when I saw the recipe for Skinny Caramel Frappuchino from Averie Cooks and it boasts only 50 calories…….we were in!!

We tried it yesterday, as a light dessert after our Grilled Spaghetti and Cheese Sandwich, which was not light, but totally awesome!

When things are said to be skinny, or light, or low cal, my mind says how good can it be?

Caramel Frapp

Well, this was great…… coffee flavor, cold and frosty, topped with light cool whip, and just a small drizzle of caramel sauce…….yummy yum yum!

I did change up the recipe a bit. I used instant espresso, instead of coffee, and I did not use sugar free caramel……I went for the real deal. A few mini chocolate chips, and a sprinkle of Heath bits……..heavenly! I am probably over 50 calories, but I am under 100………for dessert that rocks!

Skinny Caramel Frapp

So, thank you Averie for the recipe and if you have a hanker’in for a Starbucks like Frappuccino, that won’t break the bank or your diet, whip up a Skinny Caramel Frappuccino!


Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

  • Author: Adapted from Averie Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American


  • 3 cups ice cubes
  • 1 cup cold espresso
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or your favorite milk)
  • 1 packet stevia powder or other sweetener
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons light cool whip whipped topping , for garnishing
  • 1 tablespoon regular or sugar free caramel sauce , for garnishing
  • 1 teaspoon mini chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon Heath brickle chips


  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a blender and blend until well blended, smooth, and creamy.
  2. Garnish with whipped topping, caramel sauce, mini chips, and Heath


This makes one really large or two regular size drinks.

Keywords: almond milk, caramel, espresso, drinks, low cal, coffee drink, easy


Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

Spider Cookies

Trick or treat….trick or treat …….give me something good to eat!!!

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies from A Spicy Perspective are just the treat……so you don’t get a trick!

My house was always the house with the “cool” treats and decorations. My nephew Brad and I would pick just the right thing or things and then make what ever we had chosen. Our yard was always decorated to the hilt. My treats were not always candy, but it was always something memorable.

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

These Peanut Butter Spider Cookies would have been a huge hit, not only with my nephew……for the helping and the handing out part…..that was his job. He would go out trick or treating for a while and then come back to hand out the treats.
But, things change and kids grow up, Brad is now a college student……. Dean’s List( just to brag a bit)……..and I live in the country…………..but,I still miss the little boy who was so excited about stuff like this……..

These cookies are all over Facebook and Pinterest. As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to try them. They are super cute and not difficult to make. But, the best part is they are delicious. I am not usually a fan of the peanut butter cookie……..I don’t know if it’s the truffle that makes it for me or what but Tim and I are both crazy about these cookies.

I was worried that I would have a hard time finding the eyes but alms anywhere that has baking supplies sells them. I found them at a craft store, Walmart, and at my local grocery store. As a little boy Brad would have been all about those eyes……..

PB Spider Cookie

If the truffles are out of your price range, maybe large malted milk balls would do the trick, or your could make the cookies smaller and use regular size malted milk balls. For my money though, the truffles are just the ticket.

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies would make great edible table decorations for a Halloween party for kids or adults.    

So try the Spiders……..Happy Halloween!!!!

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PB Spider Cookie

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

  • Author: A Spicy Perspective
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 24 round chocolate truffles (I used Lindt Truffles.)
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 48 candy eyes


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place the softened butter and peanut butter in the mixer and beat until fluffy. Then add both sugar and beat again until fluffy. Scrape the bowl and beat in the vanilla and egg.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Turn the mixer on low to slowly incorporate the flour mixture.
  4. Roll the cookie dough into 24 – 1 1/2 tablespoon balls and spread 12 out on each cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Quickly use a pestle to press a cavity in the middle of each cookie. Then place back in the oven and bake another 6-10 minutes, until golden.
  5. Meanwhile, unwrap all the chocolate truffles. Once the cookies are out of the oven, cool until almost at room temperature (but not very warm) and place a truffle in the cavity of each cookie. If the cookies are too warm, the truffle will melt. If the cookies are cool, the truffle won’t stick.
  6. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Scoop the melted chocolate in a zip bag. Close the bag and snip off a small portion of one corner to create a hole. Pipe 8 legs on each cookie, starting from the truffle body down.
  7. Then use the remaining melted chocolate to glue 2 eyes onto each truffle spider. Cool until the chocolate is firm and serve.

Keywords: peanut butter, cookie, Lindt truffles candy, candy eyes, Halloween, decorate