St. Patrick’s Day “Luck of the Irish” Homemade Oreos

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  So I have a confession; I am not Irish. Not even close to being Irish. The closest I get is that I like beer and boys with Irish accents.  Soooo basically I'm American. And 25 years old.   But we all know that the whole 'not being remotely related to this holiday' thing would never stand in my way. Give me green. A couple sticks of butter. And let me get to work!   I knew I wanted something simple and easy - because when you're baking cookies for your kid's … [Read more...]

Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies – Gluten Free & Dairy Free

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So originally I wasn't planning on posting this recipe! The other night I was just baking for fun... because secretly I am an 85 year old grandma trapped in the body of a 25 year old. I also go to bed by 10:30. And drink tea... omyGod! Sounds so much worse when I type it out....   I have been on a mission for the past year to find the absolute best Gluten Free and Dairy Free Cookie recipe! Not even for the blog, but just because I have been dying for a delicious cookie that I can eat … [Read more...]

Easy Melting Snowman Cookies and My Favorite Christmas Recipes Round-Up

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Merry merry Christmas! This is my last post before Christmas Day and I want to wish you all the very best holiday! This is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Everyone I love, and everything I love to eat are all packed into the best day, wrapped in Christmas wrap, covered in pretty Christmas lights, and tied up with a shiny bow. One of my best friend's just flew in last night from NYC and the rest of the crew is following over the next couple days. My fridge is literally stocked with … [Read more...]

Cookie Almond Clusters and the Winner of my Contest and Giveaway!

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Thank you so much to everyone that participated in mine and Kayle's Christmas Cookie Exchange this year! The exchange is literally bursting with irresistible cookie pics! I've gotten so many fun e-mails from you all talking about which cookies inspired you at home, so sending a big smothering grandma hug to all my lovely readers today! And the official winner of Kristina & Kayle's Christmas Cookie Exchange and a $10 Starbuck's Gift Card is.... Stephie with her "Maureen's Rice Crispy … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Cups

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I am in the middle of a very bad break-up.   Like threw out all his stuff. Said some things I didn't mean... I know its just a fight but what if this is forever??   Call me? Maybe....   Gluten.   Without getting into all of the glamourous details of my GI tract - I've had a long history (like elementary school) with tummy troubles. Cutting out dairy helped a bit but its still been pretty bad. So after my last visit to the doctor she thinks that gluten … [Read more...]

Margarita Lime Buttercream Sandwich Cookies

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Hi guys! I'm home from Mexico! I hope you all had a great last week because I had an A-MAZING one! I think a beach vacation should be a mandatory yearly outing, kind of like your annual teeth-cleaning or physical exam. Only instead of avoiding the dentist like the plague or promising your doctor you really do take that multivitamin everyday with your fingers crossed behind your back...you CANNOT wait to go! I swear one look at the beach is enough to cure anything. That near panic attack on … [Read more...]

15 Minutes Waffle Cookies with Strawberry Raspberry Whipped Cream

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Waffle cookies are either the most genius idea ever or the absolute worst idea ever. In a total of about 15 minutes - start to finish- you can have freshly baked warm waffle cookies. Which means that in about 20 minutes you can also consume about 25 waffle cookies. See? Best idea - cookies in seconds... Worst idea - cookies in  mouth in seconds... I'm going with best idea. Definitely best idea. I mean, how cool is it that you can make cookies in a waffle iron?? Besides the fact that these … [Read more...]

Chewy Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

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So I love online shopping. There's no crowds, no pushy sales ladies trying to convince you that those sparkly pleather pants really are the next biggest thing (but really), no awkwardly sitting in your car, following shoppers leaving so you can snag their parking spot before that mini van next to you does....game on. But, there's also no Nordtsrom's Cafe! Which means there's no Nordstrom's Cherry Oatmeal Cookies to grab before making the long car ride home. These cookies are delicious! Worth … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars

So whoever decided that Rice Crispy Treats adds should only be targeted towards kids was totally wrong. Same with Cocoa Puffs and Cinnamon Toast crunch. Why should only toddlers and pre-teens get to enjoy the sweet crunch of deliciously processed sugar cereal? Trix are not just for kids! What they really need to do is run an add that shows adults sneaking Captain Crunch at 2 in the morning. Or stashing sandwich baggies of Cocoa Puffs in their glove compartments for the morning drive to … [Read more...]

Merry (after) Christmas!

I hope you all had a great holiday! I know I did. I just woke up from a solid 12 hours of  happy recuperation. Yesterday we had the whole family over for Christmas. My mom has been making Christmas dinner since I was a baby and it's always soooo good! We had beef tenderloin, turkey stuffed with cranberry stuffing, spinach gratin, roasted balsamic vegetables, fresh bakery rolls, salad, two kinds of mashed potatoes....and I haven't even gotten to the desert spread yet. I always bake all of the … [Read more...]

How to Bake Perfect Cookies in 6 Simple Steps

Say good-bye to flat cookies! Adios to ugly ones! And hello to evenly baked! It's officially the week before Christmas! This means LOTS of cookie baking, party planning and gift wrapping. With so much going on this week the last thing you want to worry about is having to re-bake a batch of burnt or flat cookies! I've come up with six easy tips to keep the happy in 'happy holidays' without the fuss of messy cookies! 1. Check your oven temperature. If your oven isn't accurate, your baking … [Read more...]

Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

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If I were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring three things with me I would choose Ryan Gosling, sun tan lotion, and these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sandwich cookies. Actually I might just scratch the first two and only bring my sandwich cookies. Then I wouldn't have to share. One of my favorite Christmas cookies my mom and I bake every year is this classic chewy peanut butter cookie with a hershey's kiss on top. You all know this one, right? It's on the back of the … [Read more...]