Guy Day Friday – Cookie Time!

 

 

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Cookies may seem like a daunting item when you think about baking and getting the timing right and what if they’re too gooey or what if they burn? You could just pick some up from the store, right? Wrong. I’m going to give you THREE recipes, all with less than 5 incredients EACH. You can’t mess these up!

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Peanut Butter Cookies:

  1. 1 c. creamy peanut butter
  2. 1 c. sugar in the raw (or white sugar)
  3. 1 egg
  • Beat all 3 together until well mixed
  • Make 1 inch balls and push down with thumb or fork to flatten
  • Bake on 350 for 8-10 minutes (then cool for 5-10 minutes)

IMG_7421Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies:

  1. 1 c. Nutella
  2. 3/4 cup wheat flour (or white)
  3. 1/2 – 1 c. chocolate chips (I like dark chocolate chips but milk or white would work too)
  4. 1 egg
  • Mix all items together until flour and egg can no longer be detected (I use a wooden spoon)
  • Make 1 inch balls and place on wax paper on a baking sheet (evenly spaced)
  • Bake on 350 for 6-8 minutes (I go for 6-7) then cool and serve

 

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Pumpkin cheesecake whoopie pies:

For the cookies:

  1. 1 box spice cake mix
  2. 1 can pumpkin puree
  3. 1/3 c. coconut oil or 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • Mix well together until smooth
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  • Make 1 1/2 inch cookie balls on wax paper (on baking sheet) and space at least 1.5 inches apart
  • Press down on top or use a spoon to smooth out the tops (will make prettier cookies)
  • Remember, it takes 2 cookies for each whoopie pie – you will need all of those cookies! (looks like a lot!)
  • Bake on 350 for approximately 14 minutes (cookies should be soft to touch and rebound after touching)

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For the filling:

  1. 1 box Jello cheesecake filling
  2. 16 oz whipping cream
  • Mix both parts together until well mixed and thick looking
  • Spoon into a ziplock bag, seal it and then cut 1/4 inch off one bottom corner

Making the whoopie pies:

  • After cookies have cooled, take one cookie and pipe filling onto bottom, then place another cookie on top
  • Do this until all cookies/filling has been used
  • Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve (you can keep them separated in tupperware with wax paper!)

 

Now, who is taking cookies to their holiday party or family gathering this year? Can’t wait to hear how it goes! Enjoy!

Weekend Wrap Up [Andi’s Dedication]

This past week was a doozy! I accepted an assignment to review 7 live music venues in 7 nights, which meant after working all day, working out and making a quick dinner, I had to get ready and go back out in the cold to all of these venues and listen to music that I wasn’t super pumped about. That being said, I actually enjoyed MOST of the venues and artists. My favorites were definitely open mic night at The Evening Muse and Visulite Theatre. I also enjoyed all the extra time with my husband and am super grateful that he was willing to tag along with me to all of these shows.

IMG_7182This was our millionth try for a picture and my husband was hating the flash. Fun fact: only one of us loves having our picture taken! On Saturday, I had to do my long training run, which wasn’t actually  all that long this week. I did 6.08 miles  and felt pretty good while doing it. Didn’t hurt that the weather was INCREDIBLE on Saturday.

IMG_7377After the run, we went to a local bar to watch the Hokies (I’m embarrassed to say that) and the Harvard/Yale game (Hooray, Harvard!). Saturday ended with our 6th show of the week and my mom was in town so she got to go with us. Mom came in to celebrate my niece’s baptism on Sunday. So glad we were able to be part of such a special day in Andi’s life and loved spending time with the family.

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I made some whoopie pies for dessert after the dedication. My sister-in-law served us a delicious lunch and we all got to watch my nephew Damon show off for his whole big family. Now, back to those whoopie pies. 5 ingredients and absolutely delicious!

IMG_7203Since it’s almost Thanksgiving, I’ve been baking a ton and trying out lots of Pinterest recipes. Today, I made three kinds of sweet potato pies. I love the bite-size pies because you can try all three kinds and still have less calories than you would with a normal slice of pie! I also made chocolate chip Nutella cookies and apple butter cookies with my Paw Paw’s apple butter. Excited to spend this week with both of our families and of course, our sweet pups!

IMG_7353Happy almost Thanksgiving! Hope you are enjoying taste-testing all of your creations – or at least getting ready to share in some special time with family and a big meal, too!