Review

Valentine’s Day cookies

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I decided to try a new sugar cookie recipe, the last ones I made weren’t sweet enough for me. I also wanted to use my new cookie cutters that Annie sent me. Specifically the heart shaped cutter, my son loved them before he tasted them because of the shape!

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The recipe I used is “The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies“. After reading reviews on the site I decided to add an extra cup of sugar and I think I doubled the Vanilla that I put in, maybe. (I always over estimate on the extract because I’m too lazy to find the little measuring spoons.) The frosting on the cookies is the same recipe I always use, powdered sugar, food coloring and milk, it’s yummy and easy. The recipe says it makes 5 dozen cookies, I got 11 dozen out of one batch. I don’t know if my cookie cutters are too small or what but I thought the cookies were a good size. These definitely are the best sugar cookies I’ve ever made. If you decide to make them add that extra cup of sugar, you won’t be disappointed.

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Clementine Butter Cookies

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I am in love with a new cookie, again. I found this recipe a few weeks ago and have been so excited to make it but had to put it off until today. They were worth the wait.

Clementine Butter Cookies by Kelley at Mountain Mama Cooks.

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My picture does not do these cookies justice. Now I doubled the recipe since one recipe makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies (thanks to Kelley for her quick response to my question!) and I always send at least 3 dozen to work with Gus. I refrigerated the dough for about 45 minutes after separating it into 4 blobs and the only cookie cutters I have are Christmas themed so I rolled the dough into balls and pressed them down with the bottom of a floured cup. I also used a different frosting because I couldn’t find the orange liqueur in my local grocery store and I forgot to put half and half on my list. Even without the right frosting these cookies are incredible.

Props to Kelley for being such a bamf and coming up with this recipe! Thank you!

Sweet and Sour Chicken

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I have spent the passed few years looking for a decent recipe for that awesome chicken you get at your local Chinese restaurant. A few months ago I found it. This recipe is incredible and I recommend that everyone tries it. It’s easy enough to do with no real difficult steps and ingredients that I always have in my cabinets.

Sweet and Sour Chicken, I always put it over white rice and occasionally splash on some extra soy sauce depending on how I feel that day. The only thing I do differently from the recipe is add just a touch of ground ginger and a little bit of honey. Also, after letting it bake for about 20 minutes I take it out to poor the sauce over the chicken and throw some flour in and stir it up. It really helps the sauce stick to the chicken.

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Yes, I made more cookies!

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This time I used Horses & Heels’ recipe for Oatmeal Peanut Butter Banana Cookies.

These cookies are not the prettiest things I’ve ever made but they are definitely delicious. I just recently fell in love with oatmeal and I’ve always liked peanut butter cookies so I thought this looked like a good idea. These cookies are very, very soft and go together really well. I followed the recipe exactly and had no issues at all. I got 3 dozen cookies out of one batch of dough. I’ll probably make them again but use less oats and leave out the chocolate chips. I don’t know why, but recently I haven’t been a big fan of chocolate chips. It’s an odd occurence.

Behold! Photographic evidence!

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Pasta Pie

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This is the Baked Rigatoni Pasta Pie from Step-by-Step Recipes.

Gus, my fiancé, actually found this recipe on 9gag of all places. Someone posted a picture of it so he showed me and told me I should try to make it. I found the recipe and I made it. Several times now. It’s amazing and filling. One box of rigatoni makes two foil pans of “pasta pie” which feeds myself, Gus, our roommate, our son, and whatever friends happen to be around when I decide to make it. There’s always left overs and it’s just as good the day after. The only thing I do differently (aside from using foil pans) is using beef instead of turkey.

Delicious and awesome and do it. Make it. Love it. Pasta Pie.

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More cookies?! YES!

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I think I’ll post about some more cookies today. This time it’s Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

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This was my first time making chocolate chip (I got chips instead of chunks – my bad) cookies from scratch. I’m so glad I found this recipe. My cookies didn’t exactly look like hers but they tasted amazing. I made them on Sunday (12/22) and sent two dozen to work with my fiance. His co-workers loved them and so did he. He even said they were close to his grandma’s cookies which is an incredible compliment because his grandma’s cookies are the best I’ve ever had.

I made the cookies again on Monday (12/23) and froze some while keeping the rest in the refrigerator. They didn’t make it through Christmas Eve but they did freeze well and tasted just as delicious (if not more) as my first attempt.

Both times I got 3 dozen cookies (exactly), about one tablespoon per cookie. For my second attempt I ran out of vanilla extract and used maple syrup in it’s place (measured the same as I would extract) and I didn’t notice a difference.

My conclusion: MAKE THESE COOKIES AND EAT THEM.

Christmas cookies for the win.

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I decided that I wanted to make some classic sugar cookies in the shape of Christmas trees so I browsed around for a simple recipe with decent reviews. I also looked for a good icing recipe. This is what I found.

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This recipe is beyond easy and super convenient. I happen to have all of these ingredients on hand at all times. The cookies turned out soft and delicious. Not too sweet and no dull chalky texture. If you’re looking for a simple sugar cookie recipe this is the one to go with.

The Best (and easiest) Sugar Cookie Icing

This icing recipe is exactly what it says. The best and easiest. It is delicious and with only two ingredients I fell in love with it instantly. Highly recommended!