Dec
04

Do you know what’s been blasting in my car lately? Mariah Carey. Nothing’s better than blaring “O Holy Night” on the way to the grocery store. Her music has always made me so happy. I have no idea why, but she will forever be my favorite.

Another thing I’ve been into? Fanduel. As in I can’t stop making teams so that I can complete with Tony each Sunday. I’ve been addicted ever since I won $80 a few weeks ago, which is exceptional because football does not make any sense to me. AT ALL. I just pick random guys and it tends to work out.

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Nov
23

Have you baked something yet this holiday season? Something fantastically sweet, warm and ooey-gooey? If not, I encourage you to take the time out. There’s something spectacular about having a giant baking day with your friends and family; and of course, I’m here to set you up for baking success.

It’s actually quite ridiculous how many cookie recipes I have on this blog. Gluten free ones, double chocolate, lots of brown butter, and some hearty oatmeal bites too! So of course, when Caribou Coffee asked to partner with me to help celebrate their new Gingersnap Cookie Mocha, I was delighted to bake a cookie that would pair perfectly with their new creation. Or of course if you aren’t a fan of mochas or lattes, you could try dipping this scrumptious cookie in a hot cup of coffee (their holiday Reindeer Blend is absolutely fabulous).

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Nov
06

I know I’ve been baking a lot. Perhaps too much. You’re probably waiting for some miraculously delicious salad with quinoa and some other hippie things, but today I couldn’t help but bring you a new cookie recipe because helloooo… it’s cookie season and I freaking love to bake them.

I know that most of time we’re all about healthy goodies but there’s no holding back when it comes to cookies this time of year.

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Oct
28

Last night I had a wonderful, healthy dinner including a turkey patty, brussels sprouts and a nice salad. I had to save room for a few of these freaking awessome chewy, oatmeal carrot cake cookies – one of my new favorites.

A few readers have emailed me requesting a recipe for a healthy carrot cake. I’m sure I’ll get to that eventually, but in the meantime I suggest whipping up a batch of these little bites. They’re bursting with oatmeal, pecans, coconut and raisins then topped with a light cinnamon glaze. Together they combine in a cookie that tastes just like a slice of carrot cake. And dare I say that you could even enjoy them for breakfast?!

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Oct
21

First of all, thank you for your sweet comments yesterday regarding my move to Chicago. I’m so thankful for all of your support and wonderful recommendations; it means so much to me. Apparently many of you either live in Chicago or have lived in Chicago and absolutely love it. This gives me hope that I’ll love it too. Perhaps one day I’ll do an Ambitious Kitchen dinner and be able to meet some of my Chicago readers!

But before we talk dinner, we must discuss dessert. And I’m quite certain that today is a lovely day to bake up a batch of cookies. Especially if you happen to have bananas on hand!

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Oct
12

Hey there internet friends. I cannot tell you how much I love Sundays for catching up on things (including making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies)! Sometimes you just need it, you know?. I was able to do a little recipe development, laundry, cleaning and of course sit down and finally edit and write this post.

But first, how was your weekend? On Friday, Tony and I attended a surprise party then celebrated our 1 year anniversary on Saturday thus we were busy, busy, busy! I got him a new TV and he brought me to Starved Rock, a beautiful national park in Illinois with miles of trails. We ended up hiking most of the day, something that he knows I absolutely love. I can’t believe we’ve been dating a year! Love really does surprise you when you least expect it to.

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Sep
24

Tony and I drove from Minneapolis to Chicago yesterday. The last time I made the trip it was incredibly boring because it was the middle of winter and there wasn’t anything but dirty white snow and signs about cheese. This time was much better; the leaves of the trees were just beginning to change and Tony drove the entire way so I was able to start a new book which I’m completely LOVING.

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Jul
30

Imagine my famous brown butter cookie dough packed with pistachios, chocolate chunks, and a little coffee – this is a truly incredible flavor combination that you won’t see anywhere else.

Of course, with all of my cookie recipes there’s always an interesting story on how they were crafted. This one is no different.

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Jun
28

I’m finally returning to blogging and couldn’t be happier about it! Long story short, sometimes launching a new site isn’t as easy as you’d thought it would be. However, IT IS totally worth it. I LOVE my new site – so a HUGE thanks to Wooden Spoons Kitchen for taking my ideas and crafting them into this beautiful design.

But hey guys, just because I haven’t been blogging doesn’t mean that I haven’t been baking up a storm. And sometimes the best kind of recipes just happen to be cookies; so as a thank you for your patience, I bring you the BEST cookies I’ve made in quite sometime.

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May
27

Chewy flourless cookies made with homemade pecan butter, oatmeal and chocolate chips for a unique treat that tastes like a bite of pecan pie. No flour or butter used in this easy recipe!

Chewy Toasted Pecan Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - no flour or butter!

I spent Memorial Day weekend in New Mexico with my Grandparents. They live 20 minutes south of Albuquerque in Los Lunas and while there isn’t much to do, I cherish spending time with them. I’m planning on sharing a few special memories and details about my trip in a post soon. I think I gained a few pounds for eating all of my Grandma’s baked goodies and sopaipillas.

We’ll catch up on all that fried goodness later. Today, these cookies are calling your name. After all, it’s time to get back to work and you’re probably in need something a little sweet. I can feel it. I know you well by now.

Chewy Toasted Pecan Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - no flour or butter!

Remember a few weeks ago when I shared a simple recipe for Homemade Pecan Nut Butter? It reminded me of a slice of cozy pecan pie and I absolutely could not stop digging my spoon into the jar. It’s smooth and ridiculous delish, plus only takes a few minutes to make in your food processor.

I’m actually going to make it for a friend’s wedding this weekend. She’s having a PB&J late-night bar and asked me to make some unique nut butters. CANNOT WAIT.

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