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Watermelon Cookies

When I saw these watermelon cookies in the Taste of Home magazine that came to my house, I knew I had to try them with my girls!  Before I start, however, I must warn you, these cookies take 2 days to make (because of chill time) and they are a little harder than I expected (that's why there's not any pictures in the middle of us making them).  The girls had a ton of fun making them though, and they turned out super cute! I realize that I spelled Watermelon wrong in my pinable photo, however, I needed to do some editing to the photo to remove the blue color cast and I just didn't feel like editing it all over again... To make watermelon cookies of your own, you'll need: 3/4 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt Red and green gel food coloring 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips  Step 1)  Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg … [Read more...]

Easy Ladybug Cookies

Last Thursday was "Mommy and Me Day" at Tottie's preschool. For an hour all the moms visited their kids at school, played games, sang songs, made crafts, and ate a snack. The past two "Mommy and Me Days" I attended with Nutty, the snack consisted of a "sundae" made from a graham cracker, frosting, and a maraschino cherry which the kids made for us. This year they did something different...ladybug cookies. They were so cute I just had to share them with you! We made the cookies together this year and it was a ton of fun! (Disclaimer: All the photos except the first one are of Tottie making the cookies at preschool. I forgot to take a photo of the finished cookies, however, so I recreated them slightly differently at home for the "good" photo). To make these cookies yourself, you'll need: Nilla wafer cookies Vanilla frosting Red food coloring (the gel works the best or the frosting may turn out more pink than red) Mini chocolate chips (though the regular size will do … [Read more...]

Best Ever- Spring cookies

I'm going to let you in on a little tip.....ok, more like a secret. My grandma's recipe book was given to me before she passed away (I begged her for it, and since I'm the only one in the family who cooks and bakes she ablidged) and I found the most amazing, tasty, fabulous recipe for cut out cookies. They are really easy and bake up incredibly fluffy. Here's the recipe: Mix the dry ingredients together first: 1 3/4 C sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 baking soda pinch of salt 5 1/4- 5 1/2 C flour In a large bowl mix your wet ingredients: 1 C butter, softened 2 eggs 1 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 C sour cream   Add your dry ingredients to the wet and mix well. Sprinkle POWDER SUGAR (yup, you read that right...not flour) on the surface and roll out your dough. Bake the cookies at 350 for around 8 minutes (give or take a couple based upon your individual oven). Enjoy!   … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies–Guest Post

People have become aware that more children nowadays have what is called a gluten intolerance. The National Institutes of Health, Univ. of Chicago Celiac Disease Center reported in 2012 that between 5% and 10% of all people suffer from a gluten sensitivity of some form. Many bakeries have also become aware of the growing need for different options of baked goods and have started providing gluten free alternatives. As parents, chances are that we all have at least one friend of the family who's child has a gluten sensitivity. It is a good idea to have ingredients and a recipe on hand for playdates. Below is a gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe that all kids can enjoy. This recipe makes 3 dozen cookies. Ingredients 3/4 cup softened butter 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar 1/4 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract 1/4 cup egg substitute 2 1/4 cups gluten-free baking flour mix 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 12 ounces … [Read more...]

Gimme Smore’s cookies

Who doesn't love a good old fashioned S'more? I know we do! In fact, they are a favorite at our house. And chocolate chip cookies? You'd have to be crazy not to love those. So why not mix the two together in an awesome, ooey, gooey S'more cookie? Here's what you need 1 1/2 cups flour 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (personally I like them with a few pieces in small chunks) 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 dash of cinnamon (in case you don't know what a dash is Websters Dictionary defines it as 1/8 of a teaspoon) 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened NOT melted 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 2 cups miniature chocolate chips (please note, you must use chocolate chips NOT chopped up chocolate bars) 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows 2 chocolate bars, chopped Mix all but the mini mallows and the chocolate bar chunks in a bowl and drop a tablespoon amount on a cookie tray. Bake for approximately 8  minutes at 375 degrees. Remove … [Read more...]

Boiled Cookies

Boiled cookies are something my mom, sister, and I used to make all the time when I was little.  Eating them brings me back to my childhood.  I hope one day my girls will share these with their children and bring back memories too! Here's what you'll need: 2 cups sugar 3 T baking coca 1/2 cup milk 1 stick margarine 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 cup peanut butter 3 cups oatmeal wax paper 1) Combine the sugar, baking coca, milk, and margarine.  Bring to a rolling boil and boil for one minute. 2)  Remove from heat and add the vanilla and peanut butter.  Stir until peanut butter melts. 3)  Add the oatmeal and stir until all oatmeal is coated. 4)  Drop on waxed paper by teaspoonful (or more, like we did). Refrigerate until cool. 5)  Enjoy!  Mmmm.... Do you have a special treat that brings you back to your childhood? … [Read more...]