Homemade Thin Mints

Desserts | December 23, 2015 | By

Homemade Thin Mints

Pop quiz: Other than the holidays, what is the one time of year that cookies are in season? Answer: Girl Scout Cookie season! But what do you do when you can’t get your Girl Scout Thin Mints fix in the middle of winter? Make them yourself, obviously.

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Day 11: Homemade Thin Mints

This recipe gave me a bit of trouble, but in the end, it was definitely worth it.

For these cookies, I used a recipe gluten-free recipe from  Silvana’s Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen. And though the cookies had just the right amount of mint and were reminiscent of my days in the Girl Scouts, they were extra fragile and, if not handled properly, broke apart. Is this because I used gluten-free flour? Any of my gluten-free peeps feel free to chime in. What do you think of gf flour mixes?

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Nutella Stuffed Sugar Cookies

Desserts | December 22, 2015 | By

Nutella Stuffed Sugar Cookies

Nothing says Christmas more than a good sugar cookie. They are soft, chewy and sweet — what’s not to love? But rather than serve you all up with just another traditional frosted sugar cookie, I decided to combine it with one of my favorite treats: Nutella!

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These cookies were really fun to make. Something about molding the cold cookie dough and frozen Nutella reminded me of my childhood obsession with play-doh. Another positive: they are incredibly simple to make. Minus the chilling time, they only took me a half an hour to prepare, assemble and bake. Anything that easy is sure to be one of my favorite recipes in no time.

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German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Desserts | December 21, 2015 | By

German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Over the last month, #12daysofcookies turned my kitchen into a cookie making factory. I make cookies three times a week, which roughly calculates to two large bags of all-purpose flour, five boxes of butter, 48 eggs, a pound of sugar, four bags of chocolate chips, three ruined cookie batches and many hours recipe testing. I’ve baked so many cookies this month that about a week ago, my cookie creativity started running out — that was, until I ran across these beautiful German Chocolate Cake Cookies.  

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 Day 9: German Chocolate Cake Cookies

What I like about these cookies is that they bring the “wow factor” with very little prep and effort. Better yet, they successfully capture the flavors found in the classic German chocolate cake.

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Apple Pie Cookies

Desserts | December 17, 2015 | By

Apple Pie Cookies

Can you believe that Christmas is just over a week away? I don’t know about you all, but my year seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye, and this month even faster than that. All I know is that I hope the next week slows down just enough so I can enjoy my time off work and finish all my Christmas shopping!

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Day 8: Apple Pie Cookies

Welcome to day eight of #12daysofcookies. Though these can technically be considered hand pies, I think they are small enough to count in this month’s cookie fun. And, if you like apple pie, you will love these cookies. I’ve made these once or twice over the years, and they are incredibly fast and simple to make. All you need pie crust dough and apple pie filling.

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Lemon Cheesecake Cookies

Desserts | December 16, 2015 | By

Lemon Cheesecake Cookies

Happy hump day everyone! This week has been super busy with work, a little KBBQ  and a last-minute session of karaoke, so I haven’t had a chance until today to get around to writing up this post. But even though the holidays are in full swing, I knew I had to make time to share this cookie recipe with you! It’s one of my favorites and can be summed up in only a few words: lemon and cheesecake.

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Day 7: Lemon Cheesecake Cookies

I first came across this across this recipe while perusing Pinterest and was really intrigued by the combination of the rich cream cheese and the tangy lemon. Surprising enough, once baked, you can’t really taste the cream cheese. Instead, it helps create some of the softest cookies I’ve ever tasted.

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