Honeycomb Crunchie Cookies {A Guest Post from Lauren of Knead to Dough}


The weekend is almost here, springy weather is on its way, and I’ve read oodles of excellent books, even in the midst of hectic tech rehearsals. In other words? It’s been a good week thus far, and I’m certain it’s only going to get better from here! I’m delighted to introduce Lauren, a food blogger at Knead to Dough, to Ciao Bella today. Lauren is a fellow bookworm and home baker, so when she reached out to me earlier this month and suggested a post swap, my answer seemed a no-brainer. Read below for her delicious recipe, then pop on over to her site and social media accounts to say hello; she’s the sweetest. I won’t dilly-dally any longer – here’s Lauren! :)


1Hello lovely readers of Ciao Bella! Like you, I’m a loyal follower of Bella’s blog being a soon-to-be English Literature graduate and keen baker, so I was thrilled when the opportunity arose for us to do a blog swap and guest post! You will usually find me blogging mouth-watering recipes over at Knead to Dough, so if you like the look of these Honeycomb Crunchie Cookies please stop by! I added a Caramel Mars Bar Cookies recipe last week that will have you craving cookies all day.

4This recipe makes about 15 large cookies. They are gooey and chewy bakery-style cookies, just the way I love them, but if you prefer them crispier just add a minute or two to the baking time.


  • 120g butter {1 stick}
  • 90g brown sugar {1/2 cup}
  • 90g sugar {1/2 cup}
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 30g cocoa powder {4 tablespoons}
  • 170g self raising flour {1 1/2 cups}
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 Crunchies, chopped {Bella’s note: Crunchies are a candy bar sold in the UK, so they are only sold in select stores here in the US. Other alternatives include purchasing a pack on Amazon, whipping up a batch yourself, or experimenting with other varieties of candy!}

5to make

  1. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper and preheat your fan oven to 180’C/350ºF.
  2. Cream together the butter and two sugars until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg.
  3. Add the cocoa powder, self-raising flour and baking powder. Mix until evenly combined and there are no streaks of unconsolidated flour left.
  4. Fold in your chopped Crunchies until evenly spread through the cookie dough.
  5. Scoop out equal sized balls of dough using two teaspoons, a cookie scoop or an ice cream scoop to get them equal sized. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the Honeycomb Crunchies Cookies have spread and look a little crinkly on top. Remove from the oven and cool on the tray for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

2I enjoyed these cookies with a mug of coffee, with my morning cup of tea, as a midnight snack, and in a packed lunch. Basically, I love these Honeycomb Crunchie Cookies whatever time of day it is and I think you will too! Tag #kneadtodough if you bake them or share them to my Facebook page!

A big thank you to Bella for allowing me to share this recipe with you all!

Happy baking,
Lauren x


Don’t those look scrumptious? I rarely bake with candy bars in my cookies, but that may need to change after seeing this recipe. I want to thank Lauren once again for sharing her cookies and urge you to pay her a visit on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Have a lovely rest of your day!

Psst. If even more baking is in your Thursday future, I too posted a cookie recipe; pop on over to Knead to Dough for my Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies!

Summer Lovin’ with Paulina from Navy Striped Peonies

Hi!Summer Lovin

Another weekend brings another edition of Summer Lovin’, a two-month long feature here at Ciao Bella. Inspired by my own weekly Love Lists, I asked a few of my favorite teenage bloggers to post their summer-related picks, whether it be a good book, new film, or stylish accessory. I introduced this fun event a few weeks ago, and I will continue to share the guest posts throughout the summer!

I’m saddened to say that we have already reached the last week of Summer Lovin’ – where does time go in the summer?! Fortunately, the feature is ending with a bang, as I have invited my real-life good friend and fellow blogger, Paulina, from Navy Striped Peonies, to participate. We first bonded in our middle school French class, and ever since, the two of us have grown closer over our love of organizing, Lilly Pulitzer, and great books {junior year will be so much more fun with her by my side}. Although Paulina began blogging just this past winter, I am continually impressed by her posts, and I love how well her cheerful and exuberant nature translates to the web. Without further ado, here’s Paulina!

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Firefly LaneFavorite Summer Read • My all-time FAVORITE book would also have to be my favorite summer read, since the strongest part of the plot takes places over a summer. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah is the perfect story of sisterhood. The characters experience grief, triumph, and loss, all with recurring sister, mother, and daughter relations. It is the perfect read for any girl {although expect to shed a few tears}.

The AvengersFavorite Summer Movie • I’ve had this slight obsession with The Avengers ever since I saw it three years ago. Can you believe it was made all the way back in 2012?! It never gets old! Iron Man is my all-time superhero crush with The Hulk trailing right behind {a giant green monster who smashes everything in his sight – how can you get any hotter than that?}. I watched The Avengers on the plane back from Europe and my love for the film only grew :)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice CreamFavorite Ice Cream Flavor • Chocolate chip cookie dough, of course! Vanilla ice cream is amazing as is, and adding in chocolate chips and chunks of delicious uncooked cookie only adds to the yumminess! I actually LOVE cookie sandwiches, so if you could put that delicious flavor in between two chocolate chip cookies, I’d be sold.

Paulina and AndrewFavorite Summer Activity • Oh, jeez, I can only pick one? I love everything I’ve been doing this summer! I should make myself sound good and say my favorite activity is playing tennis, volunteering at the hospital, or traveling, but unfortunately I am going to be boring {yet truthful} and admit that I actually just love seeing my boyfriend and friends without the lingering stress of school! Oh, and organizing. And cleaning my room. Cleaning is the best :)

Krass and Co ShortsSummer Wishlist Item • Over the summer you can practically find me living in my Lululemon and Krass and Co. shorts. They are both so comfortable and stylish! They work for hanging out in, playing tennis, babysitting, etc. This summer and through the fall I am lucky enough to be a Krass and Co. brand rep! You are more than welcome to use my representative discount code HERE for 15% off your purchase.

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A big thank you and much love to Paulina! I haven’t read Firefly Lane or watched The Avengers, but I will clearly have to make time for both in the remaining weeks of my summer. I’m also in favor of cookie dough ice cream, especially when it’s homemade and topped with chocolate sprinkles! Finally, I adore the picture of Paulina and her boyfriend, Andrew; they’re the cutest.

You can find Paulina on her blog, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, Instagram, or Facebook.

I want to thank all of the bloggers that contributed this summer! You’ll find their guest posts and blogs below in the order that they posted. I hope you’ll pay each and every one a visit; they are some of my favorites around the web.

Butterflies of the ImaginationAna from Butterflies of the Imagination: Blog | Guest Post

The Runaway ReaderAnnie from The Runaway Reader: Blog | Guest Post

Citrus and StyleCaroline from Citrus and Style: Blog | Guest Post

Lulu from The Awesome Adventures of Lulu: Blog | Guest Post

Holly from Nut Free Nerd: Blog | Guest Post

Emily from Books & Cleverness: Blog | Guest Post

Paulina from Navy Striped Peonies: Blog | You’re reading it!

Have an amazing weekend, friends!


Summer Lovin’ with Emily from Books and Cleverness

Hi!Summer Lovin

Another weekend brings another edition of Summer Lovin’, a two-month long feature here at Ciao Bella. Inspired by my own weekly Love Lists, I asked a few of my favorite teenage bloggers to post their summer-related picks, whether it be a good book, new film, or stylish accessory. I introduced this fun event a few weeks ago, and I will continue to share the guest posts throughout the summer!

The summer season is zipping right along, bringing us to another round of Summer Lovin’! Today, I am delighted to welcome Emily, blogger at Books and Cleverness, to share her summer favorites. If her appropriately named blog title didn’t make it clear already, Emily is a book blogger, and an excellent one at that! Ever since I stumbled upon her site, I have enjoyed her concise, insightful reviews, and I have managed to find several good novels through her recommendations. Furthermore, there hasn’t been a single post, comment, or tweet I’ve seen where Emily isn’t writing in her signature friendly manner. Be sure to pay her a visit when you are finished with her guest post, but until then, here’s Emily!

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The Summer Series by Jenny Han{via}

Favorite Summer Read: The Summer Series by Jenny Han • Okay, so I’m kind of cheating here. But I just had to pick these three lovely books by Jenny Han. If you’ve read my blog you’ll know that I endlessly rave about her and her books. This series is the one that got me into contemporary and I like to consider them my “gateway YA books.” They’re set, for the most part, during the summer at a beach house, and there’s tons of romance, emotion, and intense moments, but they’re still perfect for a quick summer read!

Aquamarine MovieFavorite Summer Movie: Aquamarine • When I was in elementary school, I watched Aquamarine a LOT. And I’ll still put it on when I want to watch a super cute movie about friendship and love… set at the beach of course! I really like mermaids {books, movies, you name it!}, so this was an instant favorite! I really loved all of the actors in this one at the time, too!

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice CreamFavorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip • I love mint, and I love chocolate. Pretty much every time I go get ice cream, this is what I order!

Reading Outside{via}

Favorite Summer Activity: Reading Outside in the Sun • Summer is the time of year I look forward to for multiple reasons: warm sunny weather, vacations, and tons of free time! During the school year I have very little time to read, but the summer is my time when I load up on the books. And of course, I can’t just sit inside all summer either, so I take it outside in the garden, by the pool, or on the porch.

Backpack Cooler Chair ImageSummer Wishlist Item: Outdoor Chair with Built-in Side Table and Cooler • As I just mentioned above, reading outside during the summer is my favorite activity. But I also really enjoy taking out my computer, maybe eating a snack or some lunch from the comforts of my reading space, too. That’s why this chair is on my ultimate summer wishlist. I mean, a table and a cooler, and space for me to put my books and devices? It’s like the ultimate summer chair, and I probably wouldn’t have to move for a long while!

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A big thanks to Emily! I just read Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty, and I have to agree, the series is perfect for the summer months. I haven’t watched Aquamarine in several years, but I’m inspired to pull it out again after reading Emily’s write-up. And, finally, reading outside is the BEST, no doubt.

You can find Emily on her blog, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, Instagram, or Tumblr.

Have a wonderful Friday and an even better weekend! :)