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!


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.



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!



Christmas goodies for the fam.

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Ignore the surrounding junk.

So I made a pecan pie, cheesecake, and fudge for our family Christmas. The pecan pie recipe is here, the cheesecake is Tina’s recipe, and the fudge recipe is here.

This is my third pecan pie and my second time using this recipe. Everyone loved it, went nuts for it even. I followed the recipe exactly up until the pecan pieces that get mixed in. Instead of 1 cup I used 1/2 cup. A full cup just seemed like a lot to use. Now I don’t like pecans so I didn’t try it but everyone said this recipe was much better than the first one I tried on Thanksgiving. 

The cheesecake recipe is amazing and super simple. It comes from our long lost ninja (she’s not on the internet very much). So this recipe comes from our darling Tina.

Sorry the pic isn’t better. My camera died before I could get a picture so I had to use my phone.

2 bars of cream cheese
1/2 one container of cool whip
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pre-made graham crack crust

I let the cream cheese sit out for a few hours but Tina says you can nuke it for about 1 minute until it’s soft. Once cream cheese is soft blend it with sugar, cool whip, and extract. Poor it into the crust and stick it in the fridge for a few hours (I let my Christmas cheesecake sit in the fridge for 2 days and it was still lovely when we served it). Now as for toppings you can use pretty much whatever you want. My first cheesecake I did a berry medley with a frozen mix and boiled it with some sugar until it had some nice syrup to go with it. On my second I topped it with strawberries (again, frozen) and then attempted to drizzle chocolate over it (melted chocolate chips).

Now to the fudge. The delicious, simply amazing fudge. I decided to make the fudge as Christmas gifts because I had no idea what to get for everyone and who doesn’t love fudge? I ended up making 4 batches (way too much – but mmmm) and getting small cardboard boxes from Dollar General to gift the fudge in. I put 2 layers of fudge in each box, seperated by a piece of wax paper. I will forever use this recipe. It reminds me of my Grandma’s fudge that she used to make on Christmas. It’s amazing and only uses 3 ingredients. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Seriously. Do it.

The boxes were $1 each and had cute little Christmas themes like this one.


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.


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.