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Carrot Cake Shortbread Cookies

Carrot Cake Shortbread Cookies

Now just what the heck are Carrot Cake Shortbread Cookies you might ask? This dessert mashup takes all the flavors that you love from carrot cake and bakes them into a perfectly delicious sandwich cookie. With notes of caramely brown sugar, lots of vanilla, and […]

Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Calling all cinnamon roll lovers!!! Have I got a cookie for you?!? Clear your schedule  because you need to put “Bake Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies” at the top of your to do list. From the very first batch all I could think was WOW…these cookies […]

Toffee Cookies

Toffee Cookies

One bite of our Toffee Cookies will leave you thinking OMG!! Where have you been all my life? Seriously I’ve been reflecting how truly delicious these little nuggets are and I’m feeling a little guilty for not sharing them sooner. Toffee Cookies are the absolute perfect indulgence. These chewy, buttery cookies are jam-packed with chunks of toffee and just melt right in your mouth. I mean who doesn’t love that?!? I love to bake them most in the Fall because English Toffee bits fit in perfectly with all my favorite Fall flavors. This cookie dough is simple, but I promise if you add them to a cookie platter or bring them to a cookie exchange they’ll be the star of the show!

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, egg, vanilla, flour, and toffee bits.

Toffee Cookies ingredients list

If you learn one thing from this blog, my hope is that you’ll be able to make a darn good cookie! And this recipe is a great place to start. In a large bowl, beat 1 cup of softened butter until it’s light and fluffy. You can soften the butter by leaving it out on a counter top or you can “cheat” a little if you need to and nuke it in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds. We’re going for softened not melted.

Butter and brown sugar whipped together with a hand mixer in a large mixing bowl.

Next add the brown sugar, baking powder and salt to the bowl and beat with a hand mixer. Now if you’re really serious about cookie baking then I highly recommend investing in a kitchen aid mixer. I absolutely love mine but only break it out for cookie baking marathons! It’s really nice to have.

Brown sugar, baking powder and salt blended into the bowl with a hand mixer.

Beat in the egg and the vanilla until well combined. Mix in as much flour as you can with the hand mixer and stir in the rest by hand. I’d shoot for about 1-1/2 to 2 cups with the hand mixer. Then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get a little more hands on!

Flour is added to form a soft cookie dough in a mixing bowl.

Stir in the toffee pieces by hand as well. We used Heath Bits of Brickle which can be found in the baking aisle alongside the chocolate chips and all those goodies. There’s actually two kinds of Heath baking bits: Heath Bits of Brickle (which we used in this recipe) are just plain toffee pieces while Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits are covered in chocolate. I will never say no to chocolate so if you can’t find the plain toffee or just wanna get a little wild, then by all means use the chocolate covered pieces. All roads lead to deliciousness!

Heath bits of brickle are stirred into the cookie dough with a wooden spoon.

Shape the dough into 1-1/2 inch balls and place them about 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. I find that I get my best baking results with parchment paper as opposed to cooking spray. If you want to elevate your cookie game, I highly recommend trying it! A cookie scoop is another great tool to have handy. I typically use the 1 or 1.5″ size for cookie baking (unless I’m making some giant, monster sized cookies). This one simple tool will keep your cookies uniform in size, which means they’ll all bake at the same rate.

Toffe Cookie dough balls spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake the cookies in a 300 degree preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until the tops are cracked and the sides are set. Keep a close eye on them so the edges don’t brown. For perfect cookies every time I always rotate the baking sheets halfway through baking. Use the top and middle racks in the oven, never the bottom. And then about halfway through baking time swap positions. So the cookies that were baking on the top rack get bumped down to the middle rack and the cookies that were baking on the middle rack get moved up to the top. I also rotate the baking sheets so that the cookies that were in the front of the oven are now in the back and vice versa. This helps all the cookies to bake evenly and will give you the very best results. Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool as soon as you get them out of the oven and can safely lift them off the cookie sheet with a spatula.

Toffee Cookies cooling on a wire rack.

What are your favorite cookies? Toffee Cookies are definitely in my top five!!! Perfect for coffee dunking! I bet you’ll love our Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Chewy M&M Cookies too!!

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Toffee Cookies

November 8, 2019
: about 40 cookies
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup toffee pieces
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, beat 1 cup of softened butter until it’s light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add the brown sugar, baking powder and salt to the bowl and beat with a hand mixer.
  • Step 2 Beat in the egg and the vanilla until well combined. Mix in as much flour as you can with the hand mixer (about 1-1/2 cups) and stir in the rest by hand. Stir in the toffee pieces.
  • Step 3 Shape the dough into 1-1/2 inch balls and place them about 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Step 4 Bake the cookies in a 300 degree preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until the tops are cracked and the sides are set. Do not let the edges brown.
  • Step 5 Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool. Enjoy!

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Peppermint Meltaways

Peppermint Meltaways

Have you started making Christmas cookies yet? Are you one of those people that makes a different batch every week and stores them perfectly in tupperware containers or are you the last minute type that whips everything together in one big cookie-palooza? I’m a little […]

Cappuccino Swirl Cookies

Cappuccino Swirl Cookies

Christmas is a time for family and love, a time for magic and wonder, a time for…..BAKING!!! We’ve been baking up a storm here at Happylifeblogspot this December and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. I wanted to share with you one of my […]

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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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 […]

Soft Cut Out Cookies

Soft Cut Out Cookies

These Soft Cut Out Cookies are the only recipe you’ll ever need! They hold their shape perfectly in the oven. I love these cookies because they bake up nice and soft with perfectly crisp edges. When it comes to making beautifully decorated cookies, this recipe […]

Cake Mix Cookies

Cake Mix Cookies

Christmas cookies?!? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Well I’m here to tell you that you do! Grrrrllll……..I got you! They very well could be the easiest cookies you will ever make! I’ve been adding them to Christmas cookie trays for years now and everyone has been none the wiser of my cookie shortcut. You see, the cookie dough is actually…..wait for it….CAKE MIX! Of course you’ll need to add a couple more ingredients, but the basic dough is just cake mix, eggs, and oil. You can play with the flavors and pick your own add ins. I’ve used chocolate cake mix with Christmas colored M&Ms here to make them festive, but adding Reese’s Pieces instead is one of my all time favorite combinations. What are you waiting for??? Let’s get baking!

Here’s all you’ll need: cake mix, oil, eggs, Christmas M&Ms.

Add cake mix, eggs and oil to a large bowl. Yep! Everything in one bowl. I told ya this would be easy!!

Mix with a hand mixer on a low to medium speed until well combined (about 2 minutes).

Stir in the M&Ms or the add in of your choice! I recently hosted a slumber party with my niece and nephew and we paired white cake mix with chocolate chips and Christmas sprinkles and they turned out fab! They love baking with Aunt Lisa!

Drop by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I’ve done these two ways and both have worked wonderful. Traditionally I would portion out spoonful sizes and roll them by hand into balls. This dough is very sticky. The key to working with it is a light touch. Pretend they are very delicate as you roll them. BUT…..I’ve recently used my cookie scoop to drop them by the spoonful and it’s an excellent alternative to getting your hands dirty! You can place additional M&Ms on top to make them extra pretty.

Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes on the middle and top racks of your oven. Don’t forget to rotate your cookie sheets about halfway through baking so you get that nice and even bake. Remove from the pan and allow cookies to cool. I bet Santa would love a batch of these paired with a nice, big glass of cold milk!

Cake Mix Cookies

December 6, 2017
: 24 cookies
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup M&Ms
Directions
  • Step 1 Add cake mix, eggs and oil to a large bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until well blended (about 2 minutes). Stir in 1 cup of M&Ms.
  • Step 2 Drop by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Roll into balls if desired.
  • Step 3 Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the pan to cool. Enjoy!

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Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies!!! (Did you hear the Cookie Monster voice? Nope! Just me? Ok!). Everyone needs a classic chocolate chip cookies recipe in their arsenal! After finding this one I’ve honestly never tried another. Really! It’s that good! Big, soft, chewy, chocolatey, baked to perfection cookies. And […]