I’m all for elaborate holiday recipes, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes life gets in the way and you want to have something special for, oh let’s say, Halloween, but you’re short on time and energy. That’s when adding a simple touch to a familiar favorite can make all the difference. Fun? Check. Sanity in place after not having to deal with five dozen meticulously decorated Candy Corn cookies? Check. Read more...(849 words, 10 images, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
Sometimes, you just need a little something sweet, and baking up a little something sweet doesn’t get much easier than these little lemon cookies.
One of my favorite simple cookie recipes is the one for Butter Pecan Toffee Cookies that I shared a long while back. This recipe is quite similar, in that they both use a boxed cake mix as a base. There’s something special about these cake mix cookies! I love how ridiculously easy they are, how deliciously chewy they are, and even better for me, each batch only makes a couple dozen cookies, so I get my fix but we aren’t eating them for days on end. (Or, let’s be honest, I’m not eating them for days on end. I’d be lying if I failed to mention that I had one with my coffee this morning. It’s clearly not a green smoothie kind of day.) Read more...(602 words, 9 images, estimated 2:24 mins reading time)
Looking for a simple St. Patrick’s Day treat to surprise your littlest (and biggest) leprechauns? These ooey-gooey treats are the perfect thing. They are ridiculously simple, taking only five minutes to make, and the result is pretty darn drool worthy. In fact, my family preferred these to the “other” marshmallow-cereal treat we all know and love. (Not that I’d ever turn one of those down, but these are pretty great.)
I started by measuring out ten cups of Lucky Charms cereal into a large bowl.
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If you’re looking for a little something simple and sweet for your loves this Valentine’s Day, these little gems are the perfect thing. They are deceptively simple and, in all honesty, pretty darn cute. My girls were more than a little excited when they came home to find these waiting for them after school. Ah, the life of a food blogger…celebrating life’s holidays a little bit early, every time.
I started by gathering my ingredients, all of which I happened to have on hand already, which is always nice. Read more...(778 words, 9 images, estimated 3:07 mins reading time)
A couple of weeks ago, I got to cross off something on my bucket list. My dear friend Kristin told us earlier in the summer that she had two extra tickets to see Harry Connick Jr. at The Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and she asked if we’d like to join her and her husband. You may be thinking that seeing Harry live would be the bucket list item. Nope. I’ve seen Harry perform a few other times, and he’s wonderful, he really is. If you ever have the chance to see him, go. He’s ridiculously talented, funny, and charming. Every show of his is different, and he is so personable he can make a large venue seem like a small, intimate jazz club. I had the opportunity to meet him when we lived in New Orleans, and he is refreshingly genuine. I could go on and on about how much I love Harry…and I think I have. Read more...(956 words, 11 images, estimated 3:49 mins reading time)
Chocolate and marshmallow is one of my favorite combinations, but I fully underestimated how delicious these cookies would be. I saw them on Pinterest, thought they were clever and fun, and then I took a bite, and fell in love.
These cookies are fudgy, and chewy, rich, and delicious. Warm, out of the oven, they are melty and gooey, like a molten lava cake. As we ate them over the next few days, they were still chewy, and decadent…and the marshmallow stays puffy and light. That was, honestly, my biggest worry. I wondered if the marshmallow would dry out and lose its bounce. Nope. Still amazingly puffy a few days out. Read more...(705 words, 9 images, estimated 2:49 mins reading time)
That’s a name that will get your attention, eh? With a name like that, they’d have to be good! My dad found this recipe, was intrigued by the name, and passed it along to me. (There are many reasons why my parents are happy we’ve moved closer to home…and though they haven’t admitted it yet, I’m pretty sure one of them is because when I bake, I now live close enough to share.) Read more...(701 words, 9 images, estimated 2:48 mins reading time)
Looking for something sweet to give your sweetheart? These cookies are a perfect, simple way to show someone you care…and, bonus, they are incredibly delicious!!
I have to admit that I was intrigued by these cookies, but wasn’t sure how into them I would be. I don’t like maraschino cherries. My kids always love when I get some sort of dessert with a cherry on top, because they know I’ll gladly hand it over. For some reason, though, this recipe kept calling to me, and I’ve wanted to try it for a while. Now, I’m quite glad I did. Read more...(942 words, 10 images, estimated 3:46 mins reading time)
Before we hit that crunch time Christmas weekend, I wanted to make sure to get the Cookie Swap Round Up links out to you! There are 555 bloggers involved in this year’s swap! That’s A LOT of cookie recipes to choose from! So many, that the links were divided up into two posts on the amazing hosts’ blogs, Love & Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen.
So, without further ado, I give you this year’s cookie crop!
I truly can’t believe that it’s time for this again. Where did this year go? It seems like just yesterday, I was in my kitchen in Georgia, complaining about the un-wintery winter, and baking up cookies to send to food bloggers in different corners of the country for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012. But alas, a year has passed and now I’m in my office in Indiana, actually enjoying the wintery winter (So far. I’m sure I will get annoyed at some point.) ready to write about 2013’s cookie swap. AMAZING. Read more...(869 words, 9 images, estimated 3:29 mins reading time)