Make Ahead Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

We love chocolate chip cookies around here.  However, I’m not always in the mood to mix up a full batch of cookies.  Make ahead chocolate chip cookie mix to the rescue.  The dry ingredients are already mixed up so all you need to do is add the wet ingredients and mix. Hint:  Use an electric mixer because it’s harder to mix by hand.  It’s doable just harder to get all the ingredients mixed together. These can be stored for 3 months in an airtight container.  I used zippered storage bags. Make Ahead Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix Adapted from Lauren’s Latest … Continue reading Make Ahead Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Top Clicks of 2012

According to my stats counter, these are the top 10 recipes that were clicked on. Taco Crescent Bake was #1 – It was published in February of  2011. Sloppy Joe Pizza was #2 – It was also published in February of 2011. Watermelon Cookies was #3.  These continue to be my kids and students favorite cookies.  It was published in July of 2010. Makes It Own Crust Apple Pie was #4.  It was published in November of 2011. Baked Spaghetti was #5.  It was published in January of 2012. Homemade hamburger helper was #6.  It was published in October 2010. Charleston Cheese … Continue reading Top Clicks of 2012

Swedish Oatmeal Cookies

I’ve previously mentioned how I like Joanna Fluke’s Hannah Swenson books.  I’m rereading some of the books in the series.  As I was reading Key Lime Murder, she included this recipe.  I was instantly intrigued.  I’ve made other oatmeal cookies that included chocolate chips and M&M’s.  This year I wanted something simple.  This cookie fit the bill!!! Swedish Oatmeal Cookies Stars of the recipe: 1 c. butter (2 sticks) 3/4 c. white sugar (granulated) 1 tsp. baking soda 1 c. unsifted flour (all-purpose or white whole wheat) 2 c. oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oatmeal.  I love that texture.) 1 egg yolk … Continue reading Swedish Oatmeal Cookies

Christmas Baking

Every year I bake and create Christmas goodies.  My grandma used to do the same thing and then share with family and friends.  I have her bench she used to pile the containers onto and the Kitchen aid mixer she used to whip up the batches of delicious cookies.  Once I was an adult living in a place where I could bake, I started the tradition.  I have my tied and true cookies I bake every year and then I try new recipes. Four years ago, I lost my grandma on Christmas Eve.  For five days before her death, my … Continue reading Christmas Baking

Molasses Spice Cookies

Every year I try to find new cookie, candy, or treat recipe to add to my Christmas baking.  This year I made molasses spice cookies which has a similiar taste to gingerbread. Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies Once a Month Mom Stars of the recipe: 3/4 c. butter, softened (1.5 sticks) 1 c. granulated sugar 1 egg 1/4 c.molasses (original) 2 c. flour (all purpose or white whole wheat) 2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. Chinese five spice or 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground ginger, 1/2 tsp. ground cloves granulated sugar for rolling cookies – I also used … Continue reading Molasses Spice Cookies

Peanut Butter Cups Chocolate Cookies

I love cookies.  They are one of my favorite desserts.  Like a Lay’s Chip, you can’t eat just one. So last week, when Cookies and Cups posted a recipe for Peanut Butter Cups Chocolate Cookies, I knew I needed to try it so I can put it in my growing cookie recipe “file.”  These cookies were so easy to make with only four ingredients. Everyone who has tried the cookies has given it a thumbs up.  They are extremely moist which is a plus. Peanut Butter Cups Chocolate Cookies Cookies and Cups Stars of the recipe: 1 Chocolate cake mix … Continue reading Peanut Butter Cups Chocolate Cookies

Sugar Cookie Frosting

Every New Years Eve, the Imaginative One, the Wee One, and I head over to my mother-in-law’s house to ring in the new year.  A new tradition was created a couple of years ago.  The grandkids (4 of them in total) spend the night at grandma and grandpa’s house after staying up until after midnight.  Mommy and daddy (if he is off of work) go home to an empty house which is nice. During the hours that lead up to midnight, we watch tv or movies, eat snacks, or play games.  The kids also do a craft.  Last year, it … Continue reading Sugar Cookie Frosting

Sugar Cookies

Happy New Year!  I haven’t blogged as much as I like during the past year.  This needs to be corrected. Right before Christmas, I was browsing through Not Rachael Ray’s blog and found this recipe for sugar cookies.  I had all of the ingredients so I got to work baking those cookies.  Oh my goodness, these are easy cookies to make.  I usually have lots of problems when using cookie cutters.  Only a few times did I have a problem. Last night being New Years Eve, I decided to make a batch of the sugar cookies and homemade icing so … Continue reading Sugar Cookies

Lemon Cookies

One of my favorite author/book series is Joanna Fluke’s Hannah Swenson series.  Not only does Hannah bake cookies for a living, she also solves mysteries.  Joanne Fluke also provides recipes for the readers.  I have found several of my favorite recipes from her books.  This is one of those recipes.  I don’t remember which book it is from. If you like tart lemon bars, you will like these.  They are the lemon bars in a cookie bar form.  Yummy!  Enjoy! These are wonderfully lemony and quite tart.  You may wish to sprinkle them with powdered sugar before you serve them … Continue reading Lemon Cookies

Christmas Baking

When I was a teen, I lived with both my mother and my grandparents.  There are several Christmas memories that I treasure.  One is my grandma and her trees.  She loved teddy bears and would put up several trees with just her teddy bear ornaments on it.  Then there we would put up the traditional tree.  I really wish I was into photography then because I would love to have pictures of her and her trees. The other memory is her baking and making candy.  She had a bench in the kitchen that I inherited from her.  After she would … Continue reading Christmas Baking

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies

I’m about simplicity especially when it comes to baking or recipes.  So when I saw this recipe in my inbox, I knew I needed to make these cookies.  Fortunately I had both ingredients at my house. These cookies did not disappoint me.  They were delicious, moist, and easy to prepare. 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies via cookiesandcups Stars of the recipe: 1 box of spice cake mix 1 – 15 oz. can of pumpkin  puree (make sure it’s not pumpkin pie mix Steps: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Dump the cake … Continue reading 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies

Mystery Cookies

As I have stated before, I like reading Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen mystery series.  The books are fun and easy to read.  The added bonus is the author provides recipes.  I have found the recipes for watermelon cookies and pretzel chocolate chip cookies in her book.  This is another one of her recipes found in the Lemon Meringue Murder. I made these cookies once and I remembered people raved about their taste.  They couldn’t believe the secret ingredient in these cookies.  I do not know where I put my copy of the Lemon Meringue Murder so I lost the recipe.  … Continue reading Mystery Cookies

Spritz Cookies

I love Spritz cookies.  However, most recipes I’ve tried have been more work then necessary.  After putting the dough in the cookie gun, I would have to pump it and most times it would not stay on the cookie sheet.  It truly was frustrating.  Rather then giving up, I looked for other recipes.  Then  I saw this Spritz recipe on the Domino Sugar website.  So I decided to try it.  Getting the dough onto the cookie sheet was not perfect at times.  However, I was truly amazed at the ease of getting those cookies on the cookie sheet. After they finished … Continue reading Spritz Cookies

Peanut Butter Blossoms

This is my third week of posting Christmas cookie recipes.  This week’s recipe is another favorite of the Imaginative One.  My mother-in-law adores these.  What’s not to love about them?  Peanut butter and chocolate is delicious together. Peanut Butter Blossoms Stars of the recipe: 48 Hershey’s Kisses 1/2 cup shortening 3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 1 egg 2 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt Granulated sugar Steps:  Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates. Beat shortening and peanut … Continue reading Peanut Butter Blossoms