Oct 182013
 

Thank you to Global Influence for sponsoring this post and to Hershey’s for providing product samples so that I could create this molasses cookie recipe for you.  All words and thoughts are my own.

One of my favorite parts of any holiday is having an excuse to bake.  I really don’t need an excuse, of course; I bake on a pretty regular basis.  But when it comes to holiday treats, you tend to go the extra step and make them a little more special than at other times.

Christmas is an obvious time of year to get a little fancy with your cooking, but I have to admit that Halloween has always been the one other holiday where I tend to go all-out.  Growing up we had a party at my grandparents’ house each Halloween, and my Gram would bake for two days straight to prep.  There were frosted chocolate brownies with jack-o’-lantern faces drawn on, sugar cookies with Halloween-themed words piped on, apple cider, dishes full of Hershey’s candy, and then the icing on the cake: homemade chocolate and vanilla doughnuts fried fresh as you waited.

Molasses Cookie Recipe: Pumpkin Spice-Filled Molasses Cookie Cups #HersheysHalloween

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Mar 122013
 

Today is National Girl Scout Day. Each year they celebrate the creation of the first Girl Scouts group which formed on March 12th, 1912. I personally was never a Girl Scout but I’ve purchased my fair share of Girl Scout cookies over the years.

Recipes for Homemade Girl Scout Cookies and more

Lately I’ve seen a number of recipes on Pinterest showing how to make your own homemade Girl Scout Cookies, as well as a number of other recipes that use Girl Scout cookies as an ingredient.  I thought it would be fun to share some of those recipes with you, as eating cookies sounds like a great way to celebrate any special occasion!

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Mar 262012
 

 Pinterest Pins From A to Z

I’m excited to be participating in “Pin From A-Z” with some other great bloggers.  We’re going to be taking you through the entire alphabet courtesy of Pinterest (or Pinterest-friendly images).

I have the letter C.  C is a great letter – it’s what starts Christmas, crafts, children, cooking, cupcakes, college sports, cheese… well, lots of awesome things.

Let’s start with a double-dose of “C”: Christmas Crafts

DIY Decorative Christmas Clothesline Craft

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DIY Our 1st Christmas Wedding Invitation Ornament

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100 Christmas Crafts

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Oct 192011
 

Tasty Tuesday: Peanut Butter Cookies

I was in the baking mood over the weekend and felt like baking some cookies.  I knew if I made chocolate chip cookies I’d end up eating more of them than I wanted to, so I decided to make peanut butter cookies, which are a favorite of my husband.  I like them, too, but not so much that I’d be too tempted. They also fairly fast to pull together, and I always have the ingredients on hand.  Definitely a vote in their favor.

This is my Mom’s recipe for peanut butter cookies (they’re also a favorite of my father’s so she’s baked a few dozen in her day).  Not sure where she got it from, but it’s probably a fairly standard cookie recipe.
Peanut Butter Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 5 dz
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 T milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Whisk together the flour, both sugars, salt and baking soda.
  3. Beat in the eggs, milk, peanut butter and shortening until dough pulls together.
  4. Roll into small balls then roll the balls in sugar; place on a baking sheet. Press down slightly with tines of a fork.
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes until cookies start to brown. Cookies will continue to cook a little while cooling.

 

They’re also very yummy when you turn them into Peanut Butter Blossoms.  Just press an unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss into the center of each cookie as soon as they come out of the oven (the tops will crack a little).