Perfect Cookies: Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip

I just got my eyes lasered on Wednesday, but I made these on Thursday. If my bleary eyes can do it, so can you!
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Laser surgery is super traumatic. I wasn’t expecting to be so stressed out. They made it sound like 40 seconds of being uncomfortable, but it was more like 10 minutes of someone messing with your eyes while you try not to hit them and run away. My stress meter was maxed out by the time they were done, and my eyes were on fire. The numbing drops weren’t very effective. I had a coworker who had it done 16 years ago, when they gave people Valium before doing it…basically, the good ol’ days!
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Perfect Cookies: No Bake Cookies

nb-cookOkay, yes, there a million recipes of this out there and they all look the same. But this one turns out soft, fudgy, not sticky, and is completely perfect in every way. And they’re even better the next day!

I had to run to the grocery store before making these tonight. Worth the effort! They’re full of fairly healthy ingredients, so don’t worry when you end up eating them in excess….
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Perfect Cookies: Chocolate Chip Cookies

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They’re uncomplicated. They’re buttery. They taste fantastic freshly baked AND a few days later. Introducing…the chocolate chip cookies of your dreams! Crispy edges give way to soft centers. No cakey textures allowed- these melt in your mouth.

It’s Thanksgiving weekend, and what better way to enjoy the time off work than to make some cookies? I just spent an entire morning baking- pumpkin pies, chocolate pecan bars, mini pumpkin cheesecakes, and fresh whipped cream are all done! I also made a batch of these to live up to my promise of weekly, amazing cookies.
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Perfect Cookies: Gingersnaps

Yes, it is time for a new series. This one is going to be all about the perfect classic cookies. I’m still searching for the perfect snickerdoodles (the ones shown here were too dry), but these things take time I suppose. I have found some amazing chocolate chip cookies and double chocolate peanut butter cookies, so those are up next.
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Cocoa & Marshmallow Cupcakes

I’m going to pretend like it hasn’t been forever, skip all the rambling and excuses for not blogging, and dive right in. These are worth the wait, I promise:

Cocoa & Marshmallow Cupcakes

My mom always made cocoa in a big pot on the stove while we went sledding in the backyard (we had the perfect sledding hill). I helped her a few times when I was little, and then started making the recipe in a cup for myself almost every morning. We dipped hot buttered toast in it, which was amazing.  Continue reading “Cocoa & Marshmallow Cupcakes”

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Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Cheesecake Swirl BrowniesI’m dog-sitting this week for my parents. Well, for my mom mostly, since it’s her little Maltipoo. Her name is Kiwi (the dog, not my mom) and she is a beady-eyed, fluffy doll. My dog, Jade, is not a big fan of Kiwi. Jade gets jealous very, very easily, so I have to distribute treats equally or in Jade’s favor at all times or else she mopes. I helped mom find and buy Kiwi, and now Kiwi is her baby. She’s so sweet that it’s hard not to spoil her, but Jade keeps a watchful eye! I love dogs, in case I forgot to mention that.
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Chocolate Twinkie Cake

Chocolate Twinkie CakeThis is Chocolate Twinkie Cake is my birthday cake! I absolutely love it and have been wanting to share it for a long time. Getting pictures of these baked goods of mine is challenging in the dreary winter days (lighting sucks!), so you might have to put up with some poor quality photos right now. My goal is to share more recipes this year, so I’m going to share even the less-than-great photos. The recipes are the highlights, anyways! The recipe for this is scribbled in the back page of an old yellow cookbook of my mom’s. I’m not even sure of where she got it, but it called for a chocolate cake mix and a few ingredients for the filling. It was always a family favorite, and I used for request it for my birthday every year!
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