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Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

19 Nov

Hi again!!

I made cookies!!

Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies!!!

Have you tried cinnamon chips?

Holy yummy goodness!

They are ALWAYS out-of-stock at my grocery store, but I lucked out a few weeks ago and found one lone bag.  I was super psyched, and of course now that I know how great they are; I can’t find anymore!!  I’m hoping some local store decides to stock up on them for the holidays, because they are super!

I thought they would be a little over-powering, but they are little chips of cinnamon perfectness.  Just right!

And they look awesome too, their color is so rich……

If you can find them……hoard them! They are worth it!  And, then you can sell them for triple-price to addicted cinnamon chip junkies, that can’t find them anywhere else; like me!! 🙂

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Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. hot water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 cups cinnamon chips (or less, you decide)

–  In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars until smooth.

–  Add eggs and beat until incorporated.

–  dissolve baking soda in hot water and add to the creamed mixture, along with the flour, salt and cream of tartar.  Mix well.

–  Fold in oats and cinnamon chips.

–  Refrigerate for at least an hour.

–  Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a cookie sheet, and bake 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees.

–  Allow to cool on  cookie sheet for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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They are like hearty snickerdoodles……YUM!

Cozy cookies!  The best kind, in my opinion!  At least, this time of year!

Enjoy!

Love, Lara

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Red, White, and Blue Cookies

7 Nov

Hi again!  Happy Election Day!

I made cookies!!

Red, White, and Blue Cookies!!!

Since today we had the privilege to vote, I thought something a little patriotic would be fitting!!  And, because these cookies have no political affiliation; they are a perfect Election Day treat for everyone.

Well, unless you don’t like cookies…….but then we couldn’t be friends, and you wouldn’t be reading this anyway!  So, let’s just pretend that isn’t even a possibility!

We are all cookie lovers here, right??

Right!!

These cookies are full of white chocolate, dried cherries, and dried blueberries!

So yummy, so yummy!! (Have you seen the kid’s show Yo Gabba Gabba?  If not, you’re  really missing out  lucky!  That’s where my “so yummy” comes from. You can hear it here if you are curious, but be prepared to have the song burned into your brain!  Sorry!) But seriously, they are…….So Yummy!  You should sing that song every time you eat one!

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Red, White, and Blue Cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • (1) 5 oz. bag of dried cherries
  • (1) 5 oz bag of dried blueberries

–  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper.  Set aside.

–  In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.

–  Add in eggs, and mix until completely incorporated.

–  In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

–  Slowly sift the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, stir until combined.

–  Fold in white chips, dried cherries and dried blueberries.

–  Place heaping tablespoons on the prepared cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.  Bake 12-14 minutes.  Edges will start to brown.

–  Allow the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 5 to 7 minutes.  They stay soft for a while and firm up as they cool.

–  Transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

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Did you vote?  I did…I even got my little sticker to prove it! 🙂

Luckily, voting only took about 2o minutes. I had a 3-year-old helper that probably wouldn’t have lasted much longer than that.  Pretty much everyone in line asked him who he was voting for.  Had I known this would happen, I would have totally coached him to say something ridiculous.

Anyway, I am super proud that I live in this country!!  And, I am SOOO glad the political commercials are done…….enough already, huh?

I hope your voting experience went as smoothly as mine.  And, since you voted (or even if you didn’t)……. you should have a cookie!

Regardless who wins, I hope you enjoy!!

Love, Lara

Peppermint Patty Cookies

5 Nov

Hi again!

I made cookies!!

Peppermint Patty Cookies!!!

Have you ever made cake mix cookies??  If not, you have been missing out!!

They are super easy, and you only need 3 ingredients to make them……cake mix, eggs, and oil.  You can change them up with different cake mix flavors, so just imagine all of the possibilities!!!  And….. if you really want to be exciting, throw in your favorite candy.

For this cookie, I used chocolate cake mix.  Then, I wrapped the dough around a peppermint patty.

I convinced my kids that I’m magic with these cookies.  When they asked me how I got the peppermint patty inside, I simply said, “MAGIC!!”.  They shrugged their shoulders, and kept eating.  They must have already assumed that was how I did it, because they didn’t need much convincing.

You can be magic too!!  Get your wand ready……

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Peppermint Patty Cookies

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 18 peppermint patties, frozen

–  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper.  Set aside.

–  In a medium bowl, beat cake mix, eggs and oil for about 30 seconds.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and continue beating until completely combined.

–  Refrigerate for an hour, or until the dough is firm and can be worked with easily by hand.

–  Using a 2 Tbsp. scoop,  make balls with the dough. (If you don’t have a scoop, roll dough into one inch balls.)  Press a peppermint patty into the middle and shape the dough up and around the top, until the entire patty is covered in cookie dough.

–  Place onto prepared cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.

–  Bake 12 to 14 minutes, or until cookie is set on the top. (you will be able to press on it, and it won’t sink in.)

–  Remove from oven, and allow them cool on the cookie sheet an additional 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

* Cake Mix Cookie recipe adapted from  here  on allrecipes.com.

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Taaaaaa-Dahhhhhh!!

I hope this recipe comes in handy, especially if you have pounds and pounds of Halloween candy lying around your house like I do!!!  Use your imagination, and get baking! 🙂

Enjoy!!

Love, Lara

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

2 Nov

Hi again!

I made cookies!!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies!!!

It’s been a long week!

This is pretty much how it went……

Monday – Kids: No School, closed due to Hurricane Sandy

Tuesday  – Kids: No School, closed due to Hurricane Sandy

Wednesday –  Kids:  2 hour delay

Thursday –  Kids: No School, Teacher In-Service

Friday –  Kids: No School, Teacher In-Service

You get my point, right??   L. O. N. G. week!!

Don’t get me wrong……I love spending time with my children, but it is nice having a few hours during the week when I can do “me” things, you know?  The fact that they were stuck inside and couldn’t go out to play, changed the dynamics totally!  6 bored children is NOT a fun thing!

Cookies make everything better!  So, I made cookies.  Big, yummy, chocolatey, oatmeal cookies!!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chunks

–  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, or spray with cooking spray.  Set aside.

–  In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugars.  Mix in eggs, one at a time.

–  Sift in flour, baking soda and salt.  Beat until combined.

–  Fold in oats and chocolate chunks.

–  Place heaping tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.  Bake 10 to 16 minutes, depending on the size of your cookie.  (The edges will start to brown, and the middles should be set.)

–  Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

*recipe adapted from Quaker Oatmeal’s Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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I was going to make these cookies with raisins.

And then, one of my little angels said, “You’re putting raisins in them? Do you have to put raisins in them?”

Erghhhhh!!  Nope I don’t.  So, for the sake of my children’s happiness….. I used chocolate chunks, instead of raisins.  Apparently, in my house;  No Raisins=No Whining.  After 5 days of being rained in….. No Whining=Happy Mom!

You can use raisins if you want! 🙂  But, I have to admit; the chocolate kinda rocks!

So try them, ok??

Enjoy!!

Love, Lara

Easy Pumpkin Cookies

10 Oct

Hi again!

I made cookies!

 Super, easy, 2 ingredient cookies!  YES…..I said TWO ingredients!  (well, they were 2 ingredients until I stuck the candy kisses and Milky Way bars into the middle of them, but you can make them with just 2 ingredients 🙂 )

I found these simple cookies on a blog called Cookies and Cups.  LOVE IT!  And there are other 2 ingredient recipes there too…..try the brownies…..super good.

 I spend so much time in the kitchen making meals, that quick and easy dessert recipes are very important to me.  These cookies are great.  And you can change them up with whatever you have on hand, which is a huge plus. 

Mix together a can of pure pumpkin and a box of Spice Cake mix…..wah lah!  That’s it.

The batter is thick and a little bit sticky.  I ran out of parchment paper, but they still lifted off of my stone ok.

As for the chocolate middles…. I have all kinds of left over chocolate candy in my refrigerator.  I will buy a bag to make something and end up with like 8 left over, so I put them into a Tupperware in the fridge.  Before I know it, there is an awesome mix of candy goodness in there!  So what better recipe to add my left-over candy to?  For these I used Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses and Caramel Milky Way Minis.

Easy Peasy!!

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Easy Pumpkin Cookies (recipe from Cookies and Cups)

  • 1 (15 oz.) can of pure pumpkin
  • 1 box of Spice Cake mix

– Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

– In a medium bowl, mix pumpkin and cake mix.

– Drop by rounded teaspoons onto a sprayed cookie sheet (or onto parchment).

– Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until centers bounce back when touched.

– Top to suit (chocolate, caramel, powdered sugar, frosting…..).

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Simple and delicious!

Enjoy!

Love, Lara

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