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Tips for Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I’m not a big dessert person…at all. In fact, my entire family (the O’Halloran clan) really isn’t into desserts. It’s funny because on our birthdays we all kinda groan when my mom says we have to order dessert so we can sing “happy birthday.” Yep, we’re crazy like that I guess.

Soft-Chocolate-Chip-CookiesBut I will say that I love a good cookie. Move over cake, cookies are where the party is at! In fact, that’s the reason why we had a cookie bar at our wedding instead of serving cake to our guests. I’ll take a cookie over tiramisu, cheesecake, or pie any day. #handsdown

You guys know about my complete lack of talent in the cooking department. Well, I’m no better in the baking department either. In fact, I’m probably much, much worse when it comes to baking (too much room for error with all of the measurements and baking times!) But lucky for me, that husband of mine is exceptional in the kitchen and he makes a mean chocolate chip cookie. Finn-Baking-Cookies

It’s so funny because he often bakes these cookies and brings them to work and his coworkers just naturally assume that his wife baked them! If they only knew…Cookie-Baking-SuppliesFinn has been making his famous chocolate chip cookies ever since we started dating, and they turn out perfectly every.single.time. It’s crazy because even if I try to follow the recipe exactly they simply don’t turn out the same. They’re flat, or burned, or hard. So I asked him to share his secrets with not only me, but with all of you. And that baking hubby of mine happily obliged. Now you may be thinking, “Casey, I know how to make cookies…it isn’t Rocket Science!” That’s great, but when it comes to baking I need all of the help I can get, so I figured some of you out there might get something out of his tips. Plus, it was a nice excuse to get some fresh cookies from my husband, and bonus…it gives you some yummy eye candy on this Friday.

But before we get to his tips, here’s the recipe (a pretty standard chocolate chip cookie one)
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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips

Steps:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in another bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and drop cookie dough onto sheet. Bake 9 to 11 minutes, transfer to cooling rack when finished.

Salted-Butter-SticksTIP #1

Soft butter is key! I’m usually way too impatient to “thaw” out my butter, and I end up throwing it into the batter straight from the fridge. Apparently, that’s a big no-no. Finn lets his butter rest out on the counter until it gets to room temperature before even starting to bake the cookies. If you’re strapped for time, preheat the oven, and put the butter near the warm oven to get it warm faster. But be sure not to melt the butter, just get it nice and soft.

TIP #2

Don’t skimp on the vanilla. In fact, Finn often adds another dash or 2 to the batter. Gotta love a little extra flavor in there.

TIP #3

When combining the dry ingredients, be sure you really mix them together well. If not, you may get a salty bite in one cookie, some baking soda taste in another. So take the extra minute and combine everything thoroughly as you go.

TIP #4

There’s no such thing as too many chocolate chips. Sure the recipe calls for 2 cups of chocolate chips, but if you’re feeling crazy you can dump a few more into the bowl. I mean everything is better with chocolate, right? And don’t use the hand mixer when it comes time to add the chocolate chips. Instead use a spatula. I can tell you from experience that I’ve burned out a hand mixer (or 2) trying to mix together some thick batter. Oops…

Also if you are taking the cookies to work, be sure to avoid putting nuts in the batter so everyone can enjoy them! Cookie-Dough

TIP #5

Hide the batter from your cookie dough obsessed wife. Okay, perhaps this tip only applies when I’m around, but who doesn’t love cookie dough? I will gladly take my chances with salmonella for a big ol’ scoop of this sugary dough. But seriously, when your batter is done be sure to pop it into the fridge to get it nice and cold before you place on the baking sheet. Finn-BakingBaking-Sheet

TIP #6

Don’t make perfectly round balls when placing the dough on the cookie sheet. No need for an ice cream scoop either. Instead use your nice, clean hands and shape them yourself.

TIP #7

A cooling rack is a must! Once your cookies are out of the oven, let them sit for about 1-2 minute. Then transfer them to a cooling rack and let them cool completely. This will prevent them from getting overcooked on the hot baking sheet. Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-Table

Is your mouthwatering yet?Cookies-TulipsYeah, I’m dying over here too. Give me all the cookies! Cookies for breakfast is a-okay on a Friday. I mean calories don’t count because it’s almost the weekend…right?Eating-Cookies

So go ahead and indulge. I won’t tell anyone! And a big thank you to Finn for sharing his chocolate chip cookie secrets today (& for letting me sneak quite a few spoonfuls of dough while shooting these pictures.)

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  1. Trang

    You. Lucky. Girl. A man that makes delicious treats?!?! I wish I didn’t have a sweet tooth. It would sure make my abs pop more if I didn’t devour ANY sweet dessert treat that is put in front of me. Looking at these cookies makes me want one…and I’m not particularly a fan of chocolate chip cookies (my favorite is white chocolate chunk macadamia nut cookies – yummy!).

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    Your hubby sure knows how to prepare cookies. These look so yummy and I love all his tips. I will plan to use them in my next batch! I am always on the hunt for a great chocolate chip cookie, but like you, I lack the patience to wait!!

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  1. Trang

    You. Lucky. Girl. A man that makes delicious treats?!?! I wish I didn’t have a sweet tooth. It would sure make my abs pop more if I didn’t devour ANY sweet dessert treat that is put in front of me. Looking at these cookies makes me want one…and I’m not particularly a fan of chocolate chip cookies (my favorite is white chocolate chunk macadamia nut cookies – yummy!).

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  2. Zan Turner

    Your hubby sure knows how to prepare cookies. These look so yummy and I love all his tips. I will plan to use them in my next batch! I am always on the hunt for a great chocolate chip cookie, but like you, I lack the patience to wait!!

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Cheesy Breakfast Pizza

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I feel like every family has a go-to recipe that is a favorite in their household. When you don’t know what to make, or you’re lacking food inspiration…you can easily whip out that go-to recipe.

Today’s post is all about the fan favorite in the O’Halloran household…cheesy breakfast pizza! If you’ve ever been to a sleepover at our house, then you’ve probably had this in the morning. It’s a staple each holiday for breakfast or brunch, and all of my siblings and I have devoured many of these pies in our lifetime. Cheese-Breakfast-PizzaSo why do we love it so much? Well, first of all it’s pretty darn easy to make, and that’s coming from a girl who never ever cooks. Plus, you can prepare it ahead of time and bake it the morning you want to serve it. And coming from a household of picky eaters, you can change up the recipe to fit your family’s needs. My oldest brother loves bacon, my middle brother is a sausage guy, and I don’t do meat at all…so my mom will often make a few different pies to keep us all happy! That woman is seriously a saint.Cheese-EggsBut the best part about this pizza? It’s so darn good, and so darn satisfying. I mean who doesn’t love hash browns, crescent rolls, veggies, meat, and cheese all in one savory dish? Yes, please!

It’s not often that I (the girl who can’t cook) share recipes here on the blog, so you know that this one is very special…

Ingredients:

  • 1 can Crescent Rolls
  • 1 lb sausage or 1 lb bacon or assorted veggies (mushrooms, red and green peppers, onions)
  • 2 cups frozen hash browns (or potatoes O’Brien)
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 T. Parmesan cheese
  • 12″ pizza pan (I typically buy the disposable ones)

Cheesy-Breakfast-CasseroleDirections:

  1. Press rolls onto 12″ pizza pan to make a crust. Spread out evenly over the entire pan, until you have a full pizza crust.
  2. Brown sausage, crumble, and drain. If using bacon, fry until crisp, drain, and crumble. If using veggies, saute in butter for a few minutes and drain.
  3. Layer meat of choice on crust and top with the potatoes and cheese.
  4. At this point you can cover the pizza and put in the freezer if you want to serve it at a later date. When you are ready to use, take the pizza out and combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a bowl; mix well.
  5. Pour liquid over layers and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. If the pizza has been frozen, you will have to cook a little longer. Just make sure the center is cooked through.

Breakfast-FoodsBerriesNow that I’ve made you hungry, it’s time for you to whip up your very own pie this weekend. It will be a satisfying start to your day, and it just may be the new fan favorite in your household.Breakfast-Spreadcasey_sig

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Rookie Griller: Grilled Pineapple

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Like we said before, Casey and I are not expert grillers. But heck, these new grills of ours are getting us excited to sharpen our skills before the weather breaks! While Casey ambitiously tackled a real meal during her first grilling lesson, I wanted to ease into my grill master status a little more cautiously.
So instead of tackling an entire meal, I focused my skills on one part of the meal, actually my favorite part of the meal. Dessert. Who knew you could grill dessert? I’m liking this grill thing already….
Grilled Pineapple Recipe
 
Ingredients:
Pineapple
Brown Sugar
Cinnamon
 
Directions:
1. Cut the pineapple into the size or shape that you desire
2. Cover each slice with plenty of brown sugar and cinnamon
3. Refrigerate the pineapple for 10-15 minutes to allow the cinnamon/sugar to soak in
4. Preheat the grill on medium heat to about 350 degrees
5. Grill pineapple until it is cooked to your desired darkness
6. Enjoy!
The pull out prep table attached to our grill was so helpful! It gave me some extra space to store all of my grillin’ goodies and allowed me to keep my mess in one designated area.
I was pretty excited for my first grilling experience, can you tell?
In about 5 minutes, the pineapples were browned to perfection and ready to be served. This entire grilling experience took me less than 15 minutes, which is a perfect time table for a post dinner-party treat. I can’t wait to serve these to guests on my patio in a few months! Hopefully by then, I’ll be serving more than just dessert from the grill.
Plus, these grilled pineapples are an extra fabulous dessert because you don’t feel as guilty, since they are part fresh fruit!
My first grilling lesson was a huge success! I can’t wait to put this bad boy to work more often and get my grillin’ skills sharpened ASAP. Next on the grilling agenda…. an entree. Any recommendations or volunteer taste testers?
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Mint Chocolate Cupid Cake

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Valentine’s Day is 1 week away, and today we have a decadent dessert that will be the perfect addition to any V-day dinner for two. This recipe combines two of our favorites…mint and chocolate (kinda like in this martini recipe!)
This cake is incredibly rich, so you will only need a small piece to satisfy that sweet tooth (bring the rest into work on Monday, and your coworkers will love you forever!) It’s also very easy to make, so if you’re cooking a homemade dinner for you and your +1, this will be an easy dessert to whip up…leaving you plenty of time to cook a delicious dinner and look fabulous for that special someone.
Mint Chocolate cupid cake
Mint Chocolate Cupid Cake
Like I said, this cake is incredibly easy to make, however you need to create it in 3 stages. I recommend baking the cake at night and then letting it cool overnight. Then you will need a bit of time the next day to add the mint, followed by the chocolate topping.  Just be sure you give yourself plenty of time to let it cool in between each step.
Ingredients for the Cake:
-1/2 cup margarine
-1 cup sugar
-4 eggs
-1 tsp. vanilla
-16 ounce can chocolate syrup
-1 cup and 1 Tbsp. flour
Directions for the Cake:
Cream margarine and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Then slowly add the rest of the ingredients, mixing completely as you go. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool several hours and refrigerate.
Chocolate cake recipe
Ingredients for the Mint Filling:
-2 cups powdered sugar
-1/2 cup margarine
-2 Tbsp. milk
-1 tsp. peppermint extract
-3 to 4 drops red food coloring
Directions for Mint Filling:
Mix together sugar, margarine, milk, and peppermint extract. Then slowly add the drops of red food coloring, until it is the desired color. Frost cake with mint filling and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Mint chocolate sheet cake
Ingredients for Chocolate Topping:
-6 Tbsp. margarine
-1 cup chocolate chips
-Candy canes or peppermints
Directions for Chocolate Topping:
Melt margarine and chocolate chips in a sauce pan on the stove top until it is smooth. Then pour over the cake so the entire surface is covered. Put the candy canes in a plastic bag and pound with a hammer until you get small pieces. Sprinkle peppermint pieces on top of the chocolate top. Refrigerate for another hour, and then enjoy!
Chocolate cake dessert recipe
Feel free to use sprinkles or some other decoration on top in place of the peppermint pieces. I used them because they added a bit of color, and it was also a great way to get rid of some candy canes from Christmas! #winwin
I hope you enjoy this ooey gooey chocolate cake, that tastes just like a frango mint! This sucker will actually leave you with fresh breath (can’t say that for many desserts!), so don’t be afraid to smooch away at the end of your romantic date. Ohhhh la la…
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Grillin’ Gals

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(Disclaimer: We have partnered with Sears to bring you this post. However, all opinions expressed are our own and are not influenced by Sears.)
 
Grilling just screams summertime…doesn’t it? Having a cocktail on the patio, throwing a few burgers on the grill, and hanging with friends….that sounds like a fabulous summer day to us! Unfortunately it’s the dead of winter, and those sunshine filled days are a looong ways away!
But who says you can’t fire up the grill in January? Grilled food just tastes better and it’s worth it to freeze your tush for a few minutes, in exchange for yummy food.
Since Casey recently acquired a balcony (big enough for a grill) and Bridget recently built a patio (totally big enough for a grill)…these 2 rookies decided to take the plunge and find 2 fabulous BBQs to complete our outdoor spaces. We figure that gives us a few months to practice our grillin’ technique, and by the time summer comes along we will officially be grillmasters! #wishfulthinking
Bridget: Here’s my tricked out grill. Isn’t this bad boy insanely huge & awesome? There are so many “secret” features that make this grill seem like the celebrity of all grills.
In true celebrity fashion, this paparazzo tried to capture all of the details that make up this Kenmore Grill model. Take this side burner for example. #genius
The grill itself is very large, yet the side burner is the perfect addition to grill something that may not want to mix with the other food. If a whole bunch of big ol’ steaks are taking up the entire grill surface, you still have the top shelf for additional grilling space, and you can sauté some asparagus in the side burner, making sure cross contamination is not.a.problem.
This thermometer is a great addition the the top of the hood. Not only does it make this grill look very “official” it is also the perfect tool to make sure your grill is the right temperature before throwing on your grub, or in some cases, taking it off to serve to your guests.
Possibly one of my favorite parts of the celebrity status grill is the side of the grill that pulls out & doubles as prep table with ONE easy step. This fold out table is genius and beyondddd functional. You can set your pre-cooked meats here, lay your tools out, or mix your “rubs” here before slapping them on the meal. I love that you don’t have to clutter a nearby patio table to do your pre-grill prep, which eliminates the risk of cross contaminating this social space with raw meats or accidental meat juice (too graphic? My apologies to any vegetarians tuning in). When you’re done cookin’, all you have to do is sanitize this prep table and fold it back down. How amazing it that?!
Red Kenmore Grill
But enough mushing & gushing about the new addition to Bridget’s patio, here’s a peek at Casey’s grill.
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Casey: Here’s my fiery red grill from Sears that is fabulous for city grilling (you see the skyline right out there?) This bad boy adds a pop of color to our balcony area, and it fits perfectly in our corner nook.
kenmore grill
We don’t have a ton of room out there, but there is still plenty of space for our table, 2 chairs, and the grill. Heck yes baby! I always thought that “city people” could only have a baby sized grill (ya know the ones that people use at tailgates that fit about 2.5 hamburgers?)…but boy was I wrong!side burner
Our Kenmore grill is plenty big and like Bridget’s, it even has a small prep table and side burner. It’s a tad intimidating for me…but it’s the best “toy” my husband-to-be could have ever received. He’s been itching to freeze outside and fire that thing up. But for now he needs to move aside, as I learn how to work this thing!
So these are our two new “home accessories” and you better believe that we will be blogging about our adventures in grilling. Next week, Casey & Finn will tackle a homemade recipe on their city grill. Then stay tuned for the newlyweds to christen theirs. We’re all hoping that these amazing grills do most of the work for us, because if it was just left to our cooking skills…we may not have many edible dinners in our future.  We’ll also be hitting up this website for plenty of grilling tips, tricks, and recipes, because we need all the help we can get. #grillingnewbies
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Do you own a grill? Any tips for these 2 grilling’ gals?
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Chocolate Candy Cane Martini

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Chocolate is a permanent food group in both of our diets.  But around the holidays, we take things up a notch and add a little peppermint to our regular chocolate consumption.  Chocolate peppermint bark, minty hot chocolate…bring it on. These treats satisfy our cravings and get us both in the holiday spirit!

This year we’re taking things to the next level and we’re throwing in a bit of booze. Because heck, it’s the holidays and who doesn’t love a festive cocktail?

Here’s a little concoction we like to call our Chocolate Candy Cane Martini.

Chocolate Candy Cane Martini
Chocolate Candy Cane Martini
Ingredients:
-1 shot vanilla vodka

-1 shot chocolate liqueur (recommended: Godiva)
-1/2 shot peppermint schnapps
-Candy cane, garnish
-Chocolate syrup, garnish

Candy canes
Directions:
Add all liquid ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Pour chocolate sauce decoratively around martini glass. Strain mixture into glass and garnish with a candy cane.
Peppermint chocolate martini recipe
This drink is seriously addictive. Oh so chocolately, with just the perfect amount of mint. But beware…if you sip it down too fast you will definitely feel it! So keep that in mind if you’re serving it up at your next party. We don’t want the hostess with the mostess to get sloshed at her own shindig.
Chocolate holiday cocktail
We also whipped up this drink recipe to say a big CHEERS and THANK YOU to our lovely readers. We celebrated with a Mojito recipe last May when we hit 100,000 pageviews, and this martini is to celebrate our path to 1 MILLION PAGEVIEWS (we’re almost there…)

So a big cheers and a big happy holidays to our wonderful fans. We heart you all…

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Fall Recipe – Pecan Pumpkin Butter Squares

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Fall is by far my favorite season. The crisp air, the changing leaves, the scarves and leather boots…it all makes me so darn happy. So it should be no surprise that this fall lovin’ gal has a love for any and all things pumpkin.  Come September bring on the pumpkin beers, the pumpkin ice cream, the pumpkin lattes…I.want.it.all.
This recipe certainly satisfies my pumpkin craving that kicks in this time of year.
Pecan Pumpkin Butter Squares
This is not an original recipe. No siree, this seasonal favorite is brought to you by the good ol’ people over at Williams Sonoma. But their recipe is so darn tasty that it made it right into our family book of “favorite recipes.” It’s that good…
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Pecan Pumpkin Butter Squares
Not only are these pumpkin bars delicious, but they’re incredibly easy to make. You probably have most of the ingredients on hand, and all you need to pick up is the jar of pecan pumpkin butter.  The cashier at Williams Sonoma told me the jars sell fast, so if you see one…buy it! You won’t regret it.

Ingredients

Ingredients:
-1 package of yellow cake mix; set aside 1 cup
-1/2 cup butter, melted
-3 large eggs
1 jar of Muirhead Pecan Pumpkin Butter from Williams Sonoma
-1/8 cup milk
-1 T. flour
-1/4 cup sugar
-1/4 cup butter, softened
-1 t. cinnamon

Williams Sonoma Pecan Pumpkin Butter

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Divide yellow cake mix, placing all but one cup in a mixing bowl. Stir the melted butter and one egg into the cake mix. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Mix the jar of Pecan Pumpkin Butter with two eggs and milk. Pour this result over the cake mix. Stir the reserved cup of cake mix with the flour, sugar, softened butter, and cinnamon. Mix together until crumbly. Sprinkle over top of the pumpkin layer. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into 2″ squares.

Pecan Pumpkin Butter Squares
the perfect fall treat
Crumbly Pumpkin Squares
The crumbled sugary, buttery top is by far my favorite part. You can even get really wild and put vanilla or caramel ice cream on top. Holy moley yum.
STacked Pumpkin Squares
I hope you enjoy these little seasonal squares. If you’re a pumpkin lover like I am…I know you’ll scarf them down quickly!
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Sparkling Sangria

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If you’re having a 4th of July BBQ,  I’ve got a delicious beverage that you should definitely add to your menu.
It’s a fruity, sparkling sangria that is bound to be the hit of your bash. This cocktail will keep your guests refreshed, and I’m sure they’ll come back for more!
Sangria Recipe 4th of July Cocktail
Sparkling SangriaIngredients:

1 cup sugar
2 cups Cointreau
2 cups Absolut Mandarin
1 large bottle of Rhine Wine (I use the gallon jug of Carlo Rossi. It brings me back to my college days…)
2 quarts club soda
4 peaches
2 lemons
2 limes
2 oranges
Directions:
Pour all of the alcohol together and add sugar. Stir. Cut the fruit into slices and add to the alcohol mixture. Let this mixture sit all night or longer in the refrigerator. Just before serving, add the club soda. Make sure it is all chilled.
Sparkling Sangria Recipe
If you are having a big group, make two batches because this drink will go fast!

Now we didn’t do it here in the pictures, but I suggest serving the sangria in a large clear drink dispenser with a spigot. That way the liquid pours out and the fruit stays in the dispenser.

The fruit will also add some eye-catching color to your 4th of July table display.

Sangria Recipe and patriotic straws

Now would also be a great time to break out the patriotic straws that we showed you last week.

Sangria Recipe Patriotic Straws

So cheers to a festive 4th of July tomorrow! Be safe & have fun fellow rookies!

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Red, White, & Blue Cookies

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Can you believe that the 4th of July is one week from today? The summer is really flying!

To prep for the holiday I recently tried out a new recipe, putting my own patriotic twist on this delicious treat.

Let me pause while I cross “Bake a new treat” off of our summer bucket list. 🙂

Okay, back to the deliciousness that is about to ensue..

White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
These cookies are the bomb. So dense, so chewy, so decadent. I’m all about chocolate chip cookies, but it is nice to try a different recipe every now and then.
My mom is the one that turned me onto this recipe, and I can’t thank her enough for bringing this yummy goodness into my kitchen.
White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Ingredients:
-1 cup butter, softened
-1 cup packed light brown sugar
-1/2 cup sugar
-1 egg
-1 T. vanilla
-2 cups flour
-1 t. baking soda
-1/2 t. baking powder
-1/2 t. salt
-2 cups sweetened dried cranberries
-1.5 cups pecan pieces
-1.5 cups uncooked quick cooking oats
-3 (4 oz) white chocolate baking bars, chopped
-1 T. shortening
Cookie Directions:
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy, gradually add sugars, beating well. Add egg and vanilla, beating until blended. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients, gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Stir in cranberries, pecans, and oats. Drop dough by heaping T. 2 inches apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned. 
The cookies are good even without the chocolate and sprinkles. Feel free to eat them as is (I felt a tad healthier munching on a few this way. Key word: “tad”) But if you want to jazz them up (& give them a holiday feel), proceed to the next set of directions.
White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
Once they’re cool (I let mine cool overnight) they’re ready for the finishing touches (a.k.a. the best part).
White Chocolate Dipping Directions:
Microwave white chocolate and shortening in medium, microwave-safe bowl on high for 1 minute, or until chocolate melts. Stirring once. Dip half of each cookie into melted chocolate, letting excess drip back into bowl. Dash sprinkles of your choice onto the chocolate. Place dipped cookies on wax paper to cool. 
I put mine directly in the freezer for about an hour. I highly recommend not skipping the freezer. This makes sure they don’t turn into a gooey white chocolate mess. Trust me…
White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
These cookies really do have a patriotic flair.
RED cranberries…check!
WHITE chocolate…check!
BLUE sprinkles…check!
I originally tried blueberries (along with the cranberries) for the “BLUE” portion of this recipe. They were still delicious, but didn’t give off enough of a “blue vibe”. That’s when I decided sprinkles would have to do.
I wish I could have found some better sprinkles. Perhaps some navy ones would have fit the red, white, & blue theme a bit better? Or maybe I could have even done both red & blue sprinkles? You decide what works best for your own patriotic twist on these bad boys.
White chocolate dipped oatmeal cranberry cookie recipe
These moist, chewy, and chocolatey cookies will be the hit of any 4th of July bash.
White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
So now it is your turn…tell us your favorite treat to bake for 4th of July! We want to know what patriotic recipes you have in your playbook.
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I Heart Grandma’s Kitchen

kitchen recipe
Grandmas.
Like moms, grandmas wear all kinds of hats.Beyond playing mom and grandma, these caring women are responsible for also being: wives, sisters, aunts, nurses, social workers, life coaches, bankers, neighbors, friends, professional organizers, caretakers, cleaners, baby-sitters, personal shoppers, landscapers, gardeners, and if your grandma is anything like mine…. master chefs.

DIY Grandma's Recipe

Of course both of my grandmas play each of these roles and many, many more, but it’s something about their talents in the kitchen that are beyond impressive. Each of these women have a way in the kitchen that leaves me worried that I will never, ever, ever be able to re-create the masterpieces that these ladies create so effortlessly.

These recipes are not only delicious, but they remind me of 2 wonderful ladies that have helped shape me into the person I am today! So… creating a DIY project to honor these woman was a no-brainer.

Favorite Recipe DIY

I started with two of my all-time favorite recipes, one from each grandma’s recipe box.

Frame a recipe
With two Target frames, tape, scissors and some scrapbook paper, this meaningful project (and priceless gift) took me about ten minutes to complete! Seriously, like ten minutes.
Because one of the recipes was too small for the 4×6 opening, I added some scrapbook paper as a backing. The mat will hide the edges of the scrapbook paper, so I didn’t even have to cut precisely! #livingontheedge
I taped one of the vintage recipe dividers from my Grandma’s old recipe box behind the recipe itself and…
Recipe Decor

I was done!

Frame a recipe

I love that I have a piece of each of my grandmas in my own kitchen. Having their speciality in a place that reminds me so much of each of them seems so fitting and perfect. The meaning behind this project makes this DIY project one of my favorites so far and it is the perfect way to celebrate these amazing women! #happygrandmothersday

Gift for Grandma
Maybe one day I’ll try and re-create each of their staples. Until then, I can’t help but smile and think how special these talented women are, how lucky I am to have them as my grandmas, and how thankful I am to have a piece of them in my new home.

 

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