Christmas Cookies

If you like Trader Joe's Joe-Joe's you'll love our Holiday Ho-ho's (without the E). Our favorite people from Blendtec made an incredible video on how to make our Christmas Cookies in their blender!!! Can you imagine making them in a blender? SO easy! What's even better is you can enter to win a blendtec over on our instagram!!   Several years ago we hosted The Great Cookie Exchange! It was so much fun! We have thee cutest downloadable invites, tags, recipe cards etc. You can find all the free … [Read more...]

Grandma Moon’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I grew up living next to my Grandma Moon, and she was an amazing cook. De.Lish. One of the recipes I was SURE to copy was her oatmeal raisin cookies. Just look at the ingredients and you'll notice these cookies have more than just cinnamon in them. Genius. Soft, cinamonny, spicy sweet goodness with the nutritional awesomeness of oats and raisins. The Husband is a chocolate-hater, so these cookies actually get made quite often. Extra bonus: your house smells like an oatmeal raisin candle has been lit all … [Read more...]

Candy Corn Fruit Pizza

Tis the season for candy, treats, homemade caramel apples, pie and soo many delicous goodies. Halloween especially is focused all on the candy. So, while this pizza isn't 100% sugar free.... at least it has fruit! and you can sub the frosting for vanilla greek yogurt! It feeds a crowd, and throws together so fast! We are collaborating with JANE for a fun #trickortreat series! You can see much more on their instagram if you head over there. This treat is almost so easy it almost doesn't even need a recipe … [Read more...]

Chocolate Waffle Cookies

Do you need a fast, easy, yummy cookie recipe to make before Santa arrives to an empty plate?  Well I have the perfect recipe for you.  These chocolate cookies are such a cinch to whip up and you make them in your waffle iron! My mom used to make these when I was a kid and we adored them.  My 3 year old helped me make up this batch and loved waiting patiently for the waffle iron to bake these cookies. These cookies are soft and chocolatey and and the icing is the perfect finishing touch.  My boys begged … [Read more...]

Holiday Ho Ho’s {Trader Joe-Joe’s Copy-Cat recipe}

Trader Joe's has some of my favorite Christmas treats. Among them are their Jo Joe's. They are similar to Oreos with chocolate wafers but have a peppermint cream in the middle.  After buying a package and eating them within 24 hours, I realized that I could bake something like it at home.  With a homemade Oreo wafer recipe and some candy canes, I thought this Christmas season I could make my own Joe Joe's.  I present to you the result of my experiment:  Ho Ho's (I'll keep it clean without the "e").  They are so … [Read more...]

Birthday Cake Cookies

As a kid I ALWAYS requested funfetti cake for my birthday.  I loved that frosting with the waxy little numbs of sprinkles.  So it's only appropriate to have funfetti cookies! My husband loved these little babies!  They are sweet and fun and the perfect little bite of perfection. These guys are great freezers - so make up a big batch and stick them in the freezer for a future date. I'm not a huge cake lover - so I would much much rather receive a plate of these cookie on my birthday.  What about you? … [Read more...]

Clean Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate & Cranberries // Healthy Mama – Carly

Today I'd like to introduce our Healthy Mama Series feature person - Carly.  Carly is a mom, wife, and Beachbody coach.  She helps motivate others to live healthy, active lifestyles, and also to feed themselves and their families good wholesome foods.  You can checkout Carly's website here or contact her at if you're interested in joining one of her free motivational exercise or clean eating challenge groups.  Now - on to Carly's story... Hi I'm Carly!! I'm a housewife, a Beachbody coach, and a … [Read more...]

Cookie Bars

First off! Congrats to Stephanie W. and Natalie M. for winning our Resqueeze giveaway! If you haven't already checked out Resqueeze go do it now! A smart and eco-friendly idea for encouraging healthy eating in kids. Congrats girls! and as for the rest of you... Hope you all had a nice a relaxing weekend! I know we have been busy prepping for our So Cal Meet and Greet tonight! We are looking forward to meet some blog buddies and shop owners we have admired for along time. We will be posting about the evening on Instagram … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Blossoms Cookies

This is my Grandma Eliason's recipe and my dad's favorite cookie. It's quite delicious. I added a little holiday spin on it. It's only the 2nd week of January but I'm already thinking of Valentine's Day. Food coloring can make any food seem more festive. My grandma makes these with the big Hershey's Kiss in the middle. I just can't keep those in my house, they would be gone before the cookies were even done. I feel like 3 chocolate chips work out perfectly. Baking is touchy. If the butter consistancy isn't right, … [Read more...]

Little Prince Cookies and a Royal Icing Tutorial

Let me begin with a little introduction. I dont know really know Kelsey. She is a friend of a friend....maybe I could say, a dear friend of a dear friend to me. So last Christmas I was sooo disappointed when my dear friend wasn't answering my texts and wasn't available to go to lunch or hang out for bit when I went home for the holdiay. I soon learned that she was elsewhere with her friend who needed her much more than me. A few months later I noticed Kelsey on instagram and so out of curiousity of my dear friend's … [Read more...]

Kaye’s Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Icing

Fall and pumpkin go hand in hand right?  I always love whipping up pumpkin cake, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin pasta when the cooler weather rolls around...but my very favorite pumpkin recipe is cookies!!!  Traditionally pumpkin cookies are deliciously sweetened with chocolate chips.  Desi's pumpkin cookie recipe is killer - I've tried and love!!!   Today I want to share another pumpkin cookie love -- brown sugar iced pumpkin cookies.  This is my grandma's recipe, and I grew up eating these cookies.  I remember my … [Read more...]

Brown Butter Cinnamon Oatmeal Scotchies

Brown Is Better "Shampoo is bettuh. I go on first and clean the hair! Conditionuh is bettuh. I leave the hair silky and smooth! Oh, really foo?! Really! Stop lookin at me, swan!" Have y'all tried my Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies? I teased you with these on insta for about a month or two a while back; not because I like to mess with y'all (although I do), but because I was perfecting the recipe. My friends and neighbors had a lotta cookies. I sent out a lotta texts "makin cookies....come get some dough" or … [Read more...]

Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

  Brown butter--I've seen it all over other food blogs, in pasta sauces, in cupcakes and cookies. Well dang. Musn't I try it? I must. I did. You must. So I read up on it quite a bit and about the fine line between browned butter and burnt butter. The first time I did it, I burnt the bits. That's because I didn't stir the butter, I just swirled it in the pan. I highly recommend using a whisk to stir it continuously. Cut the butter up into 1-2 T cubes so that it melts evenly and quickly. it will then start to boil. … [Read more...]

Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies

      mmmm.. I"m really trying hard to come up with the best way to tell you all about my high school days with Jolyn. Should I sell you our secrets about our "out of towners" (our friends that were boys in the nearby towns, wink wink) OR should I tell you about the very inapproprate jokes that were made when we played balderdash. Maybe, the pranks. no. I'd like to keep my records clean, haha.   I wish I could tell you about what a good friend she was, always there for me through a lot of … [Read more...]

Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream Sandwiches : Valentines Cookies

Last year, my baby turned one. Contrary to my husband's belief, this is a BIG. DEAL. Like we were gonna party and people were gonna come and dote on my beautiful, big boy 1-year-old (I may or may not have gotten choked up during the "Happy Birthday" song). I decided on the mustache theme, and immediately went to Etsy to begin ordering supplies. I needed a bunch of die cut mustaches to glue onto straws and wooden dowels for photobooth props. I found Lynda over at TwentySix33 Creations and ordered a set of 25. They came … [Read more...]

White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies         I want to start out setting the record straight about these recipes. It is not my recipe. This is a cookie recipe I have been anticipating for months.....which says a lot about me because I am not a cookie feen. not a cooke lover. I am not tempted by cookies much at all.    ....not that I don't have a small addiction to sugary things, just that my desire just doesn't lie within cookies. Ironic right? for a cookie filled week. But THIS cookie … [Read more...]

Soft Gingersnaps & Gingerbread Men

Who doesn't love to get a little gingerbread man as part of their massive intake of sugary gifts around the holidays? They're usually decorated pretty cute, and really are the icon of Christmas cookies.    *the largest gingerbread man made measures 20 feet tall and 1,308 pounds *it has it's own fairy tale, The Gingerbread Man ('Run, run, as fast as you can; you can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man') *in the famous Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker, there's a whole army of the little guys that help defeat the … [Read more...]

Cookies Royale

First of all... shout out to my hubby who is turning 30!! on 12/12/12!!! Only one in a lifetime :) Now on with the cookies.. Well, I love Chocolate. And I love Coconut. So I love these cookies!! (nice deductive reasoning right there) These truly are my favorite cookie. Not because when I eat one I am like WOW! that is a once-in-a-lifetime-cookie, more like Oh! Hi there my two buddies. Missed you and your so tasty kinda cookie. Lets have a glass of milk kinda cookie. And invite our friend macadamia nut to join, nutty … [Read more...]

Beacon Hill Cookies {Chocolate Meringue Cookies}

Cookie Exchanges are a fond memory of mine.  My grandma hosted a HUGE cookie exchange every year.  They went all out and baked 1 dozen cookies for each person in attendance.  I remember my mom coming home with and entire laundry basket full of plates of cookies.  That is heaven for a little kid.  I remember going with my mom on a few occasions when my dad was working and just drooling over all the cookies.  I also felt super special being there because it was a no-kids event...but with it being at my Grandma's house … [Read more...]

The Great Cookie Exchange

  I have never been to a cookie exchange before in my worries I didn't feel too left out- I didn't even know they existed, until last month, when us gals were sittin' around chattin' about what to do next....Kadee's idea was a cookie exchange. Then all the girls kept talking about the cookie exchanges they have been to...that's when I realized I had missed out! so, Behold! We give you--- in your deepest Wizard of Oz voice     The Great Cookie Exchange   The rules are pretty … [Read more...]

Holiday Sugar Cookies

This is totally my go to sugar cookie recipe. I LOVE it.  They are always soft and flakey-  thick or thin, big or small they turn out great. Just be careful not to overcook them! right? isn't that always the trick with sugar cookies? If you wait till they are golden brown look your typical choc chip cookie you have probably cooked them too long. With all these fabulouso parties just around the holiday corner try these. If you are going to do cut-outs in specific shapes make sure to chill your dough for a few … [Read more...]

Vanilla No-Bakes

So - I wish I had a great story about how I came across this recipe.  But I don't.  I was browsing on pinterest one day and saw these.  They looked yummy, so I gave them a try.  I am a BIG fan of the original no-bakes, but I'm definitely a vanilla over chocolate kind of girl - so these were right up my alley.  They were a cinch to throw together - all with ingredients I had in my pantry, and they tasted delicious!  I took them to an activity for my church youth group and everyone enjoyed … [Read more...]

Salted Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

I LOVE anything sweet that's salted. Starbucks' Salted Caramel Apple Cider anyone? Heaven in a cup. Trader Joe's Fleur de Sel Caramels?  I die. So I needed a dessert to bring a to a friend's summer BBQ the other evening, and thought of these. The recipe started out with a vanilla bean ice cream, but during the process I decided to make it a salted vanilla bean. Then...wait for it....coconut. Oh yes. The flavors are actually really subtle and taste divine with the sweetness of the dark chocolate chip and white … [Read more...]

White Chocolate Raspberry Cookies

When I was in college a good friend of mine made these cookies.  Marie is an amazing baker and loves chocolate!   She was always fattening me up with some sort of delicious baked good. On this particular occasion she sent me home with a small plate of these beautiful cookies.  On my drive home I decided to sample one.  Before I made it home the ENTIRE plate was gone!  Whoops.  Ever since then these have been an absolute love. I make these for parties, neighbors, holidays, or just because I'm craving them.  I have … [Read more...]

Jesse’s Banana Cookies

This is my sister-in-law's go to recipe when she has over ripe bananas. Instead of throwing them in the oven in a bread pan...that takes ages to cook...she whips up a batch of these that only cook for 10 minutes. Her banana cookies are pretty famous- especially because it makes a million of them she always shares. Takes them to her neighbor or somone who could use a little lovin. I took them to a swim party with a few friends,a ton of kids and two dozen of these babies were gone so fast. These cookies are not high in … [Read more...]

Angie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

  I have had this recipe in my recipe box since I first got married. My Grandma Harding gave it to me, said it was her favorite. She said I could have "Angie's recipe" and she said it in a way that gave me the impression that Angie is a good cook, or her cookies are dang good, so I was so lucky to have these. Over the years I have only ever made these, haven't even searched for a new recipe....I think its partly cause I feel proud to have Angie's recipe, a family recipe, even though I don't know who Angie is..... Plus … [Read more...]

Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies

When I say soft.. I mean soft.. and cinnamonie and sugary and {insert lovely tasty word here!} Try this recipe- it will be your new go-to cookie recipe. When you make this lovely soft cookie, start out by creaming the butter and sugars. Add in your eggs and sift the dry ingredients.  Slowly add to the dry's to the wet's and mix up. Then chill the dough in the fridge. This allows it to form into a little ball easier and bake just right. While I was trying to have a photo shoot, some sneaky boy thought … [Read more...]

Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Pudding Cookies

My dear friend made these a few times for me and they are sooo addicting. My favorite part is the chewy marshmallow :)   *let cool on cookie sheet 10 minutes before moving, makes 3 dozen   [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:261]   … [Read more...]

Cookie Dough Truffles

   We LOVE these truffles. We make them just to eat like this, not even covering them with chocolate. Who doesn't love cookie dough, seriously. But when made like this it tastes just as good as the real deal, with no raw egg. This recipe makes a lot of truffles, on a few occasions I have made them with a group of ladies and we all take home our own plateful....especially around valentines day. Recipe adapted from Paula Deen These are TO DIE for {great for the upcoming holiday too!}. A friend introduced … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

 These cookies are a family recipe. They are a FAMOUS family recipe actually. They are soft and moist, not too spicy, not too bland just enough to make it feel like fall all around you and be completely addicted to a recipe. What I love about this recipe is that it makes enough for an army! so we love to make them for neighbors and parties. If you half the recipe it will make about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.   [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:232] … [Read more...]