Spiced Pumpkin Cake Cookies

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These Spiced Pumpkin Cake Cookies make a quick dessert or after school snack. They’re full of cinnamon, pumpkin and spice flavor…perfect for Fall! 2015-09-20-7166 This cookie is a wonderful cookie for Fall! It’s easy to make and it has some of the best Fall flavors. The thing I like most about this cookie is it doesn’t taste like your average cake mix cookie, this cookie is SO much better!

I decided to combine spice cake mix and pumpkin cake mix to make the dough along with a few other ingredients and I couldn’t have been happier!

Of course the real test was when I sent some cookies to school with my kids and their containers came back almost empty. Why almost empty? They decided they wanted to keep some for themselves, so they did. Too funny. :)

Let’s walk through how to make my Spiced Pumpkin Cake Cookies.

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Chocolate Chip Fourth of July Cookies

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Try my Chocolate Chip Fourth of July Cookies for your family and friends this Fourth of July. Everyone LOVES this jazzed up American classic!

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When I think of 4th of July food, or Independence Day picnics, I  think of classic American favorites done well! Are you guys with me so far?

For example, it’s never just a burger on the 4th of July, it’s a burger with all the fixings!

No one goes to the store to pick up just any old watermelon. We all want a big juicy sweet watermelon to enjoy! Preferably ice cold, right?

The same is true of dessert on The Fourth of July. Dessert needs to be a really good – any old dessert will not due on the 4th of July!

For the upcoming holiday I have taken a classic American cookie and jazzed it up just for The Fourth of July! :)

My Chocolate Chip Fourth of July Cookies are a real crowd pleaser!

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As a general rule of thumb, I like to dip about 2/3 of the cookies in milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate or dark chocolate and about 1/3 of the cookies in white chocolate.

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Citrus Sugar Cookies

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My Citrus Sugar Cookies are a wonderful sweet treat to satisfy your springtime cookie craving! The citrus combination of lemon and orange makes them doubly delicious!

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First off, I would like to apologize to all of you for not posting much recently. The Farmers Market has started up again for the season and I couldn’t be happier! However my time gets spread pretty thin at times. Being a vendor requires a lot of time and hard work. Enough said, as I get back into the swing again it will get better, I promise!

So it’s Monday and I’m starting out the week with Citrus Sugar Cookies. Cookies are one of my absolute favorite things…I consider them one of life’s simple pleasures!

The other day the sun was out and I was feeling rather spring-like. Sadly we have had very little sun lately. Citrus Sugar Cookies just seemed like the natural choice that day. As a food blogger I think about things a little differently, I’m aware. :)

Today’s Citrus Sugar Cookies are a combination of a few of my favorite things: Sunny lemon and orange flavors, fresh homemade cookies and a citrus buttercream frosting that is fabulous!

Enjoy!

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My Citrus Sugar Cookies are yellow and orange for the bright citrus flavors of lemon and orange. These cookies are all about sunny and bright!

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Fresh citrus zest add so much!

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For the sprinkles I simply mixed equal amounts of orange and yellow colored sugar sprinkles. I used about 2 tablespoons of each color to total 1/4 cup. The sprinkles go a long way!

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Citrus Sugar Cookies

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1 cup butter, softened (preferably unsalted)

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar (optional)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or sea salt (add only if using unsalted butter)

1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed

1/2 tablespoon orange juice, freshly squeezed

1 teaspoon lemon zest, freshly grated

1 teaspoon orange zest. freshly grated

Citrus Buttercream Frosting

1/4 cup butter, softened

2 1/4 cups powdered sugar

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

5-6 tablespoons lemon/orange juice or both, freshly squeezed

1 teaspoon orange or lemon zest, grated

Sprinkles, orange and yellow sugar

Directions:  

1. Using a stand mixer or electric mixer beat butter until creamy. Add powdered sugar, egg, vanilla and almond extract, mix well. Add lemon juice, orange juice, lemon zest and orange zest, mix thoroughly. Blend in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for about an hour.

2. Remove dough from refrigerator; preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with baking mats or parchment paper. With a large cookie scoop, scoop dough onto prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart. Bake 9-11 minutes or until edges just start to brown. Cool at least 2 minutes on cookie sheet. Carefully move cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.

For the Citrus Buttercream, in a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in powdered sugar a little at a time, vanilla, grated citrus zest, and enough of both juices to achieve desired consistency. Frost cookies as desired. Top each cookie with colored sugar immediately after icing tops of cookies to be sure they stick. Let cookies sit until frosting has set up just a bit, about 15-20 minutes.

Makes 36 cookies 

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Dipped Vanilla Wafer Cookies

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My Dipped Vanilla Wafer Cookies make a great after anytime snack or dessert for your family and friends! They are surprisingly delicious!

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For the first time ever I made Dipped Vanilla Wafer Cookies! Everyone and their brother has made these things other than me, until now. So I thought I would give it a whirl. You guys know I always tell you truth so here it goes. I really wasn’t expecting much.

People dunk these wafers in all kinds of good stuff and I always just kind of thought…whatevs. You know?

After the chocolate dried I decided I had to finally try one. Then I tried another one. They were SO good! I kid you not, I think I ate about 10 or 12 of these things! The flavors are simple yet delicious and keep you coming back for more!

My kids had the same kind of so, so reaction at first then it happened. I knew they loved them when they started fighting over who was eating more cookies! If you have kids you know that means – YES!!

So friends I share with you today my version of Dipped Vanilla Wafer Cookies! Enjoy!

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FYI – I didn’t use the brand everyone has heard of, I used Market Pantry brand Vanilla Wafer Cookies. Use whatever brand you want to. I’m just letting you know what I used.

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Funfetti Gooey Butter Cookies

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My Funfetti Gooey Butter Cookies are incredibly soft made with butter, cream cheese and Funfetti Cake Mix! You will definitely want to make these cookies over and over again!

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I have a little secret to share with you guys, until fairly recently I didn’t really understand this whole gooey thing. Not that I’m against anything called gooey, I just didn’t understand the gooey concept.

So I thought I would learn a little more about gooey cookies, cakes and bars. Not that I’m an expert, but I have read up on this wonderful tradition I understand it much better now!

You can definitely use 1/3 less fat cream cheese in your gooey butter cookies! They will turn out great! As a matter of fact the texture of these cookies is SO soft and SO wonderful…you will want to make these again!

I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese and the cookies were perfect! You know how you grab a cookie because you’re going to eat just one, well that didn’t happen…just sayin. :)

Today I am sharing with you my Funfetti Gooey Butter Cookies, hope you enjoy them!

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Can you see how soft and tender the middle of the cookie is? Love that!

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M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies (for Valentine’s Day)

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My M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies for Valentine’s Day are a back to the basics cookie! This cookie will make you and everyone around you happy!

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Happy Friday everyone! Since Valentine’s Day is tomorrow I wanted to give you all a cookie that’s my kind of cookie! There are a lot of cookie lovers out there and I’m one of them! You just can’t beat a good cookie. :)

Don’t get me wrong, other desserts are good for the right occasion, but cookies always make the day seem a little brighter. I know my boys sure think so!

I hope you guys like enjoy this variation of one of my favorite cookie recipes. Of course I made a few changes and came up with this recipe that has me in my happy place again. Today I share with you my M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies for Valentine’s Day.

ENJOY!

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The first thing my oldest asked me is what are the red things? No, they’re not red hots. The red things are mini M&M’s.

You know the red & green mini M&M’s they sell at during the Christmas Season? I try to buy several bags of those after Christmas when they’re clearanced. I separate the red and green M&M’s by color and freeze them. Then I use the red ones for Valentine’s and anything I want, and the green get used for St. Patrick’s Day and anything else I want.

Easy, easy, easy!

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So we’re using red mini M&M’s and I also like to use miniature chocolate chips for these cookies. I also added 2-3 tablespoons of Valentine’s sprinkles, just because they’re fun. But you can do whatever you want to. :)

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As you can see, I have Valentine’s Day in parenthesis. Although I made these cookies for Valentine’s Day, you could easily make these cookies for any holiday or special occasion. Simply change the colors any way you want to.

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M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies (for Valentine’s Day)

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1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, preferably unsalted

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup white sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

2 tablespoons vanilla instant pudding mix

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt (if using unsalted butter)

1 cup mini M&M’s

3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

2-3 tablespoons Valentine’s sprinkles, optional

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line two cookie sheets with baking mats or parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Mix together the butter, brown sugar and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla. Continue mixing until incorporated. Using a mixer or by hand, slowly add the flour, pudding mix, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined. Stir in mini chocolate chips, mini M&M’s and sprinkles. Stir until ingredients are evenly distributed through dough.

3. Use a cookie scoop to scoop dough onto prepared cookie sheets placing about 1 inch apart. Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Bake until cookies are golden at edges. Cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 24 Cookies

 

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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These Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies are the perfect dessert or welcomed snack any day of the week! This wonderful cookie is definitely a crowd pleaser!

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Delighted to share my delicious Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies with you today. Honestly, I can’t believe it’s 2015! Happy New Year everyone!

Friends, this is NOT just another chocolate chip cookie! This is wonderful must-have! A make you happy comfort food cookie! Or maybe even a curl up with good book and watch it snow outside cookie!

The addition of yummy brown butter and wonderful chocolate chunks bring this cookie to a whole new level of delicious. :)

I look forward to sharing lots of new and exciting recipes with you this year! Thank you so very much for checking out my blog!

Hope you enjoy!

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I’ve said it before and I will say it again, brown butter and chocolate chunks always make for a wonderful, wonderful cookie!

Don’t worry there are LOTS of chocolate chunks buried in these cookies. :)

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DO NOT think this is just another chocolate chip cookie! My Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies are going to disappear in no time at all. Yes, they are that good!

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To brown the butter simply melt it over medium heat stirring it fairly often until it turns a nice deep golden brown. You will see brown bits at the bottom of the pan. That’s a good thing – you want this to happen!

Let the butter cool for about 5 minutes, then beat it with your sugars, egg and vanilla.

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Let me tell you a little secret…the best part about adding the brown butter and chocolate chunks is they add something special to the cookie that you can’t quite put your finger on, and it’s that something special that keeps you coming back for more!

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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1 stick unsalted butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

3 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt (skip if using salted butter)

1 1/2 cups chocolate chunks, or you can just use the standard 2 cups

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line two large baking sheets with baking mats or parchment paper.

2. Place butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Let butter melt and until browned. Remove and let cool for about 5-7 minutes. Mix together browned butter and sugars in a stand mixer, or using a hand mixer. Beat until combined well. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix until combined. Add flour, pudding mix, baking soda, and salt. Beat until just combined. Stir in chocolate chunks.

3. With a cookie scoop, or tablespoon, scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until baked through. Let cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring. Cool completely on wire rack.

Makes about 24 cookies.

 

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Chocolate Caramel Surprise Cookies

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My Chocolate Caramel Surprise Cookies make the perfect cookie for any cookie exchange party this Holiday season!

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So excited to be celebrating ttoday! Today I am taking part in the Patience Brewster online cookie exchange! If you’re not familiar, she is an artist and designer of holiday figurines and unique ornaments. Can’t wait to see what everyone else made for the cookie exchange!

To celebrate, I made these Chocolate Caramel Surprise Cookies! A few days ago I made my Hot Cocoa Surprise Cookies, and had several of you email me and tell me how nice it is to have a new twist on a classic favorite.

I love these cookies because they’re a treat inside of a treat. A wonderful caramel chocolate center in a fresh buttery homemade cookie! What’s not to love?

I knew right away I wanted to do one more variation of these surprise sugar cookies for this cookie exchange!

Break out your basic pantry ingredients and a bag of candy and start baking, these cookies are sure to satisfy!

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I’m talking chocolate and caramel…INSIDE the cookie for a wonderful little unexpected treat in the center. :)

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For this version of my surprise cookies I used Milky Way Simply Caramel fun size bars cut in half. They worked out beautifully! The soft caramel center with a hint of chocolate is such a treat…it’s like a little present inside the cookie!

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Fun, delicious and festive for any Holiday cookie exchange! Hope you enjoy them!

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Chocolate Caramel Surprise Cookies

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1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 egg, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon salt

Milky Way Caramel  Simply Caramel Fun Size bars, cut in half

Red, green and white colored sprinkles

Directions:

1. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream together your butter, powdered sugar, egg, vanilla and almond extract. Mix in flour, baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar. Cover; chill 2 to 3 hours.

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with baking mats (silpat liners) or parchment paper. Scoop dough into even sized balls until dough is gone. Place a Simply Caramel candy in the middle of each ball and roll dough between your palms to cover the candy. Make sure chocolate isn’t showing anywhere.

3. Dab ball in colored sprinkles (you’ll need about 1/2 cup total) and place on prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-13 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Store at room temp.

Makes 36 cookies.  

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Chocolate Peppermint Bark Crinkles

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My Chocolate Peppermint Bark Crinkles make the perfect minty Holiday cookies for your family, friends and co-workers!

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For those of you that love mint, peppermint or chocolate crinkles – I’ve got you covered!

Let’s be honest, I wouldn’t be much of a blogger if I didn’t do at least one cookie for the Holidays with some type of mint. I know lots of people love mint and chocolate together. It’s just one of those magic combos that works so well together!

Of course the fact that they’re made with Dove Peppermint Bark doesn’t hurt either! Okay, okay, these cookies are pretty darn good if I do say so myself, and by pretty darn good I mean SCRUMPTOUS!

Happy baking!

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Hot Cocoa Surprise Cookies

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My Hot Cocoa Surprise Cookies are a treat inside of a cookie. They make the perfect Holiday treat for your family and friends!

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So many wonderful cookies this time of year! It’s SO hard to limit the list of what to make!

There’s just something about a cookie wrapped around chocolate that is YUM beyond words. I’m not one for goopy fillings, but candy wrapped in a delicious homemade cookie is a whole different thing! How can you not love it?

This cookie uses your basic pantry ingredients, nothing special needed here except for a bag of candy. The good news is candy is on sale just about everywhere this time year! For these cookies, I used 3 Musketeers Hot Cocoa Minis, and they were really good!

Just in time for your Holiday baking!

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These cookies are simple, fun and festive! Their festive colors shinning bright are so warm and welcoming!

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Cappuccino Flats (a new favorite Christmas cookie)

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My Cappuccino Flats make the perfect Holiday cookie to share with your family and friends! This cookie is just a little different and loved by people of all ages!

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I’m really excited to share my Cappuccino Flats with you today! If you love the taste of chocolate and coffee together, and most people do, you will love this cookie!

The best part is you can easily modify the coffee flavor to make it stronger or weaker, based on your own personal taste.

You know how every cookie platter has that one cookie that’s just a little different? That is what I’m sharing with you today. Most people love the flavor of chocolate and coffee together, so you’re sure to please with this cookie!

Let’s get started, ready?

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Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Here’s my version of a new Christmas Cookie that fits the way we live today! It’s always so nice when old and new come together in wonderful way!

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So, I was at the Betty Crocker site a few days ago and I saw a version of these cookies. My kids just happened to be there and saw it too.

Normally I pretty much never do an adaptation of something I just saw; especially something I just saw recently. Good or bad I like to do my own thing. These cookies are however the exception, only because chocolate chip is my family’s favorite cookie!

Here’s a brief rundown of the conversation we had right after checking out the cookie. :)

the boys: WHAT, you can make chocolate chip cookies for Christmas? That’s a Christmas Cookie?

me: Of course guys, it’s really nothing new, just a fun modern twist.

the boys: Hey! You knew about this (like it’s a GIANT secret) and didn’t tell us?

me: Well I didn’t think there was anything to say (as I was thinking..duh). It’s just a chocolate chip cookie dipped in chocolate…

the boys: Isn’t that the point? (seriously looking at me like I’m some kind of crazy woman missing the point).

me: What do you mean?

the boys: So Christmas Cookies can be cookies we L-O-V-E and would want to eat anytime of the year? Not just the ones we’re suppose to like because it’s Christmas?

me: Note to self – keep it simple, keep it good! I am SO doing Christmas cookies and treats that fit the way we live today!

Let’s take a look at what I did with this new Christmas Cookie. I’m quite sure once you have them like this you will want to make them again and again. Yes, they’re that good! :)

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As you can see I start with my fresh home made chocolate chip cookies. You can make your cookies from scratch or from a mix, whatever you prefer.

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