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Making freezer cookie dough is the best idea EVER!  You can whip out a plate of fresh, hot cookies to serve to your guests or family in a matter of minutes when you have these in your freezer.

Preparing freezer cookie dough balls ahead of time allows you to bake fresh, homemade cookies in minutes with no mess.


Preparing freezer cookie dough balls ahead of time allows you to bake fresh, homemade cookies in minutes with no mess.Last week I had a rare day when my “Things To Do List” was actually short, so I decided to bake some cookies.  As I started setting out all of my ingredients, I had a brilliant idea!  Why not just mix up some freezer cookie dough balls instead. Continue reading FREEZER COOKIE DOUGH


Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

A chocolate chip cookie is probably the number 1, favorite cookie of everyone in our family.   Not only are they delicious eaten as a single cookie, but they can be used to create other recipes.

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My little grandsons seem to enjoy sneaking a bite of the dough when we are baking cookies. Continue reading NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DAY


These Trail Mix Cookie Cups are a great treat made with only 4 ingredients!

A quick and easy cookie cup with only 4 ingredients. Peanut butter and chocolate, yum!

I created these cookies a few years ago as an after school snack for my grandchildren.  Several people have  asked me for this recipe, so I decided to share it here.  You can not go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate.   My Trail Mix Cookie Cups were published in a Taste of Home Halloween magazine in 2015. Continue reading TRAIL MIX COOKIE CUPS


These Peanut Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfect to add to your holiday baking list.cookies, peanut butter, toffee bits, choc chips

I try to come up with a few new cookie recipes each year.  This one was actually created after I went through my pantry and wanted to use a few chocolate chips and toffee bits that I had leftover.  There was a big jar of peanut butter looking at me, so the idea came to me instantly.  The cookies have big flavor, so they had to have a big name.  Peanut Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies! Continue reading PEANUT BUTTER TOFFEE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES


I have some great ideas and a recipe to help celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day.

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National Sugar Cookie Day has to be one of my favorite days.  I have been making these cookies for over 40 years.  I made them for my children when they were growing up and now make them for my grandchildren.   I try to make them for each occasion during the year and on their birthdays Continue reading HAPPY NATIONAL SUGAR COOKIE DAY


There is nothing more delicious to me than a warm, homemade cookie.  

I bake a lot of cookies and I do mean a lot of cookies.  My husband and I have 13 grandchildren so there are never too many cookies.  I don’t bake a downsized recipe for my cookies but I have been asked to create a recipe for this.

I created a recipe for Snickerdoodles as the base cookie because any variety of ingredients can be added to them. 

Some of my favorite additions are dried blueberries with almonds or cranberries and pecans.  I have used fresh and dried cranberries and they both work wonderfully.  I love to mix up a glaze to drizzle over them also to really add variety. This recipe only makes 1 1/2 dozen cookies so if you don’t want a large amount, this is perfect. 

Make this basic recipe and add your choice of fruit and nuts.

The cookie in the first picture has cranberries, pecans, and is dipped in melted white chocolate.

The second one has dried blueberries and almonds added to the snickerdoodle dough.

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taste of home magazine, cookie recipes, published recipesI am always so excited and feel so honored when one of my recipes is published in a magazine.  This week I received 2 magazines from Taste of Home with one of my cookie recipes in each.   

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This is my recipe for Halloween Party Cutout Cookies.  It is in the Taste of Home magazine posted above.  I have not made my cookies yet for this year but here are a few from last year.tatse of home magazine, decorated sugar cookies


I use my recipe for decorated sugar cookies.  I decorated these very simple and some of the grandchildren helped.  
The second magazine is a cookie swap edition and is full of great looking recipes. I will be trying several of them out this year.  The cookie recipe of mine they published was actually one I created a few years ago as an after school snack for some of my grandchildren.  taste of home magazine, cookie swap 
trail mix, cookie cups, nutella, peanut butter cookie cupsThis recipe only has 4 ingredients.  If you like chocolate and peanut butter together, this will hit the spot.
Trail Mix Cookie Cups
Yields 24
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
  1. 1 roll (16.5 oz) refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough
  2. 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  3. 1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread (Nutella or Jif)
  4. 1 1/2 cups trail mix
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 24 cups of mini muffin pan with non stick cooking spray.
  2. Shape the dough into (24) even size balls, about 1 1/4 inch each. Press each into the bottom and up sides of a muffin cup.
  3. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from the oven and make an indentation in the center of each cup, using a wooden tart maker or the end of a wooden spoon handle. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
  4. Carefully remove each cookie cup and place on a wire cooling rack.
  5. Spoon 1 teaspoon of the chocolate spread and then 1 teaspoon of peanut butter into each cup. Top with a tablespoon of the trail mix. Transfer to serving platter and enjoy.