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Everything Braided Bread

Everything Braided Bread

The name says it all folks! Everything Braided Bread is…..you guessed it….EVERYTHING!!! Talk about homemade bread goals. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at bread making, this recipe is the place to start. This impressive loaf is crusty on the outside, soft on the […]

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I’ve never met a cookie that I didn’t like and these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are no different. I’ve gotta warn you though…they pack a wallop of flavor and are highly addictive. Just like the ones Grandma used to make, this delicious cookie is crispy on […]

Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies were my absolute favorite as a kid. So when I grew up and started baking I knew that I needed a fabulous, no fail, peanut butter cookie recipe in my arsenal ASAP!! Well guys, this is that recipe!! These cookies are rich, chewy and soft, and chock full of peanut butter flavor. You’ll never need another recipe after you try this one. Promise! So go ahead and click print right now, laminate this baby, put it in a frame for safe keeping and ditch all those other peanut butter cookies. I’ve been making these delicious cookies year after year and they’re always a hit.

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, butter flavored shortening, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, peanut butter, vanilla extract, flour, baking soda, and salt.

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Let’s get this party started! (BTW if you’re having a party and peanut butter cookie are involved I’m totally there!!). In a large bowl, cream together the butter, butter flavored shortening (aka Crisco), white sugar and brown sugar. Can’t find the butter flavored shortening? Regular Crisco will work just fine too. Been there, done that, tried both.

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Next add the eggs and blend until fully incorporated into the mixture. Then mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until well combined. I am a smooth PB type of gal but if you’re feeling especially “nutty” go ahead and toss in some crunchy. These cookies are so special that I even busted out my KitchenAid mixer! But don’t worry, a hand mixer will work just fine too. I just wanted to be fancy.

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Blend in the baking soda and salt next. And then mix in the flour (on a low speed) about a half a cup at a time. The cookie dough will be THICK!!! But that’s how we like it.

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In the spirit of keeping these peanut butter cookies perfect, I like to use my cookie scoop to keep them close in size. Scoop cookie dough by the spoonful (into your mouth) onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I feel like I could write an entire blog post about my love for parchment paper (and maybe someday I will), but for now just know that it will elevate your cookie baking to the next level. Use it.

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Once your cookies are scooped, we’ll need to roll them into cute little balls. And….did you notice the spacing? You will most definitely want to give these peanut butter cookies a little room to breathe because they will spread during baking.

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Now it’s time to criss cross applesauce! Flatten the cookies with a fork in that traditional criss cross peanut butter cookie manner. I’m all about that classic look!

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Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes until cookies are set, but not hard. Do not over bake!!! 8 minutes is plenty in my oven, but this is really where you need to hone your technique. Don’t worry! After a couple of tries you’ll have it down. After you remove them from the oven, leave the cookies on the cookie sheet for an additional 2 minutes, where they’ll continue to “bake” from the warmth of the pan. Then remove to wire racks to finish cooling.

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Seriously…..who could resist a cookie that looks THAT good?!? Not me!! Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies will absolutely be on my Christmas cookie trays this year for all of you that are lucky enough to get one! If you love classic cookie recipes, be sure to try our Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies too!

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Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

November 29, 2018
: 4 dozen
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, cream together the butter, butter flavored shortening, white sugar and brown sugar. Add the eggs and blend until fully incorporated. Mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until combined.
  • Step 2 Blend in the baking soda and salt. And then mix in the flour (on a low speed) about a half a cup at a time.
  • Step 3 Scoop cookie dough by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Roll each portion into a ball. Flatten with a fork in a criss cross pattern.
  • Step 4 Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes until cookies are set, but not hard. Do not over bake!!!
  • Step 5 Remove from the oven and leave the cookies on the cookie sheet for an additional 2 minutes. Finish cooling on wire racks. Enjoy!!

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Apple Hand Pies

Apple Hand Pies

I really, really, REALLY wanted to go apple picking this year! But it seemed like every weekend we were either traveling, or sick, or it was raining. BOO! Oh Fall I had such high expectations for you this year!! So I set my sights on […]

Best Ever Frosted Banana Bread Bars

Best Ever Frosted Banana Bread Bars

Best Ever Frosted Banana Bread Bars are my family’s all time favorite dessert! Hands down! No questions about it. If I could only make one dessert for the rest of our lives, this is the one they would pick! These seriously addicting, cream cheese smothered […]

Chewy M&M Cookies

Chewy M&M Cookies

Guys!!! I don’t like to brag but…..I found it!!! These Chewy M&M Cookies are THE HOLY GRAIL of cookies. They’re the best!! Like buttery soft, deliciously chewy, eat the whole dang batch kind of cookies. That’s if you can even get the cookie dough into the oven. Do NOT make the mistake of sneaking a taste of the dough. For real. You won’t be able to stop! Needless to say these melt in your mouth (not in your hand) cookies will be disappear in an instant. Grab a big glass of milk and let’s get baking!

Here’s all you’ll need: brown sugar, white sugar, shortening, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda, salt, and M&M’s of course! Chewy M&M Cookies ingredients list

In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar, white sugar, shortening, eggs, and vanilla. Beat with a hand mixer on medium-low speed until well combined. We don’t want any shortening clumps in the mix! To give these cookies even more buttery flavor, I used the butter flavored crisco sticks. So dreamy!! I’ve made them with the original style too. Both are fab!!

In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar, white sugar, shortening, eggs, and vanilla.

Next mix in the baking soda and salt. I like to do this before I add the flour so that I know they’re mixed well throughout. Now add the flour, one cup at a time, and blend on a low speed until combined. I always add my flour slowly and in smaller increments. It makes it easier to mix.

Add the baking soda, salt, and flour. Mix until blended.

Then stir in the M&Ms!!! I used a 10.70 oz pack and it was almost exactly 1-1/2 cups. These colorful button shaped chocolates make the perfect swap for chocolate chips. Chewy M&M Cookies are so versatile! Trade in the original variety for one of the holiday editions. Pastel colored Easter M&M cookies anyone? Red, white, and blue M&Ms for the Fourth of July! The possibilities are endless!!

Stir in the M&Ms by hand.

Scoop cookie dough by the spoonful (or scoopful if you have a cookie scoop!) onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Roll into balls if you’re OCD like me and love perfectly round cookies. They’re so much prettier and it makes you look like a pro baker. Then press down the balls to flatten ever so slightly with the back of your hand. We’re not shooting for pancake like, just a little smoosh! And you’re going to want to stagger them and give them some space. These babies will spread!

Scoop cookie dough. Roll into balls and place on parchment lined baking pans.

Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Nine minutes without rushing to turn off the oven timer is the magic number in my oven. As always, rotate the cookie sheets halfway through baking. That means the top rack of cookies get switched to the middle rack and vice versa. Also we want to rotate the cookie sheets so that the cookies that were baking in the back of the oven are now baking in the front. Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on the cookie sheet for about a minute or so…but no longer than that! They’ll look a little under baked but I promise they’re not. Now VERY carefully remove them from the cookie sheet and place on a wire rack (or your countertop) to cool. Let stand for about 5-10 minutes and they’re done!

There you have it! Ridiculously good, can’t stop eating them, best ever Chewy M&M Cookies!! You’ve gotta try em! If you’re a cookie addict like me, then you’ll wanna try our Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies ASAP!!!

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Chewy M&M Cookies

April 4, 2018
: 36 cookies
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups (10.70 oz) M&Ms candies
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar, white sugar, shortening, eggs, and vanilla. Beat with a hand mixer on medium-low speed until well combined.
  • Step 2 Mix in the baking soda and salt. Add flour, one cup at a time, and blend on a low speed until combined. Stir in the M&Ms.
  • Step 3 Scoop cookie dough by the spoonful onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Roll into balls. Flatten balls slightly with the palm of your hand.
  • Step 4 Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Let cookies rest on the cookie sheet for about a minute. Carefully remove using a spatula. Allow cookies to cool for an additional 5-10 minutes on a wire rack. Enjoy!

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Big, Fat, Ooey, Gooey Cinnamon Buns

Big, Fat, Ooey, Gooey Cinnamon Buns

YESSSSS!!!!!!! Look at all of that drippy cream cheese frosting! OMG! This is one of those recipes that I almost shouldn’t  have. They are SO good! I definitely should NOT be able to make these whenever I feel like it. And you know what’s even […]