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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Sweet treats are a must for Valentine’s here. For me, I chose to make my Valentine’s treats a bit early this year! Raspberry & Nutella sandwiched between a delightfully buttery shortbread… because who doesn’t love Nutella?! ;) There are so many varieties you could do with this cookie. Strawberry, blueberry, or even apricot jam would be supremely delicious! I have a brother who isn’t a huge fan of raspberries so I just made his with Nutella. They were a hit! :) Hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Raspberry Nutella Cookies Granola Girl Bakes

Yields approximately 20 cookie scrumptious sandwiches!


  • 1 cup Butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup White Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
  • dash Salt
  • Raspberry Jam
  • Nutella


  1. In a medium bowl. cream together the butter, sugar and egg until smooth. Stir in the vanilla, salt, and  almond extracts. Blend in the flour to form a dough.
  2. Form into disk like circles wrap parchment or wax paper and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  4. Gently roll out dough on a lightly floured surface. Dough should be 1/4 inch thick! Cut cookies with cookie cutter and place on parchment lined cookie sheet.  If you are doing the heart cut-out on top, cut hearts out of 1/2 the cookies before baking!
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until slightly golden. Allow to cool completely
  6. Take bottom cookie generously spread nutella and raspberry then place another cookie on top(if you have done the heart design than this will be the top cookie). Repeat with remaining cookies!
  7. Enjoy!

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I have often day-dreamed about opening a coffee & cupcake shop! But until then I will just have fun filling my Saturday afternoons with cupcake baking. (; My sweet Washington friend was married today but due to distance and work we sadly couldn’t attend the wedding so we celebrated with cupcakes! Plus, I like to make the kids “valentine’s treats” a bit early. I thought perhaps I would make Vanilla Cupcakes but then I had an idea pop into my head. Swiss Miss Cupcake! :) I used to love swiss miss rolls way back but haven’t had one for years and the combination as a cupcake sounded too good to be true! So, a delightful combination of rich chocolate cake, cream filling, a thin layer of chocolate ganache, and finish of this combination with a cream cheese frosting! I know, y’all are thinking “wowza, that’s too rich!” Well, you will just have to give them a try and see for yourself!

Swiss Miss Cupcake GranolaGirlBakes 3

Yields 24-30 irresistibly delicious cupcakes


  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

cream filling

  • 7oz jar marshmallow fluff
  • 1/2 cup butter {softened}
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup powder sugar


  • 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1tsp vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup butter {softened}
  • 8oz cream cheese {softened}
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 6 cups powder sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin cups with liners. Mix together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the dissolved coffee and buttermilk. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes.
  4. While cooling, blend cream filling ingredients until fluffy. Place into a prepared piping bag! Once cupcakes are completely cooled, gently placing tip into cupcake and fill each cupcake{as pictured}.
  5. To prepare ganache: Place chocolate chips and vanilla{1 tsp} in a bowl. Bring butter and heavy cream to a boil and then pour over chocolate chips. Allow to set for 3 minutes then whisk together with a fork. Spread approximately 1 tbs over each cupcake!
  6. Frosting: Place cream cheese, butter, powder sugar, & vanilla in a mixing bowl and whisk until fluffy! Generously pipe on top of each cupcake!
  7. Brew a giant pot of coffee and devour a cupcake or three. ;)

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“How sweet Your word is to my taste– sweeter than honey in my mouth. “

Psalm 119:103