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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 […]

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 the outside, soft on the inside and oh so satisfying. Jam packed with sweet brown sugar, spicy cinnamon, hearty oats, chewy raisins, and crunchy pecans, this trusty standby is something that everyone can agree on. Fill up the cookie jar and watch them disappear!

Here’s all you’ll need: shortening, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, old-fashioned oats, raisins, and pecans. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ingredients list

And I haven’t even told you the best part yet. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are easy peasy to make! Let’s get started…so we can get snacking. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugars. Yep, both of them. I start with a hand mixer set to a low speed and then gradually increase to medium until the mixture is soft and fluffy.

Shortening, white sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl mixed together with a hand mixer.

Next beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Then blend in the vanilla extract as well. I told you this was simple!

Eggs and vanilla are added to the bowl with a hand mixer.

Mix in the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and blend until well combined. Then add in the flour, half a cup at a time until just combined. I like to add my ingredients this way instead of mixing the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and adding them all at once. Anything to save a dish or two and it always works out just fine for me. Our cookie dough base is looking pretty delish already!!

Cinnamon, salt, baking soda and flour are added to the bowl to form a soft, sticky dough.

You’re going to need a little muscle for this next part! Ditch the hand mixture and stir in the oatmeal, raisins and pecans by hand. A wooden spoon works best because the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie dough will be thick and sticky. And doesn’t it feel more nostalgic too?!? Make sure to mix it up really, really good. We’re shooting for a little bit of oats, raisins and pecans in every bite! Feeling nutty enough? Of course you can skip the pecans if you’re not into that sort of thing.

Wooden spoon with a glob of cookie dough.

Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them at least 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Just a heads up…these babies spread…..A LOT!!!! 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.

And one more super simple tip for perfect cookies every time is to rotate the baking sheets halfway through baking. I always use the top and middle racks in my oven, never the bottom. And then halfway through baking time, I 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.

So anyways, now that you’ve got my best tricks up your sleeve, back to these Oatmeal Raisins! Flatten the balls slightly with the back of your hand, the back of the wooden spoon, or the back of a baking cup. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 10-11 minutes. The cookies will be just beginning to brown. If the middles still look a little soft, that’s ok. They’ll be fine. Just trust me on this. It’s better to under bake this recipe than to over bake it.

1 inch cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.

You can let them sit on the baking sheet for one minute (at the very most) or remove immediately and cool on wire baking racks (the countertop will work too). The cookies will be very soft so be sure to use a spatula. OMG, don’t they look delightful?!? Full disclosure, I’ve already made Oatmeal Raisin Cookies twice this week!! Are you a classic cookie addict like us? Don’t forget to try our Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies or Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies!!!

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

March 19, 2019
: 4 dozen cookies
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugars. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Blend in the vanilla extract.
  • Step 2 Mix in the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and blend until well combined. Then add in the flour, half a cup at a time until just combined.
  • Step 3 Stir in the oatmeal, raisins and pecans with a wooden spoon. Mix well.
  • Step 4 Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them at least 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. These cookies will spread! Flatten the balls slightly with the back of your hand.
  • Step 5 Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 10-11 minutes. Do not over bake! The edges will begin to brown but the middles will still be a bit soft.
  • Step 6 Cool on wire baking racks and 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 […]

Championship Winning Softball Cookies

Championship Winning Softball Cookies

Last month two of my favorite athletes were in town, my nieces Jordan and Jenna! My hubby’s family is from Erie, PA, so the girls both play for the Erie Frost travel softball team. Every August, the Frosties participate in a tournament in Clarence, NY […]

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 the best part is I literally ALWAYS have the ingredients on hand. So whenever I need to whip up a last minute dessert THIS is my go to. Plain and simple pantry staples that add up to a delicious and addictive cookie. Try to eat just one! I dare you!
Here’s all you’ll need: butter, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, flour, baking soda, salt, vanilla, and of course chocolate chips.


First, beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.


Next add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla until well combined.


Then whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda and add to your egg, butter, and sugar mixture. Beat on low until well combined.


After that add the chocolate chips and stir by hand with a wooden spoon.



Mmm! Look at that! Most people would stop right there.

Scoop by heaping spoonful, roll into balls and place on to a cookie sheet. I used my cookie scoop to keep them nice and uniform. I also like to stagger them and leave plenty of room between cookies. These babies like to spread! Don’t overcrowd them.


Bake in a preheated oven for 15-17 minutes at 325. I always bake on the middle and top racks. Once the edges start to firm up and slightly brown they’re done! Allow them to cool on the cookie sheet for a minute or two. This will firm them up a bit and allow you to take them off with a spatula without any breakage or crumbles.


Here’s a trick I always use when baking cookies! For best results I rotate my baking sheets halfway through. Meaning after cooking for about 7-8 minutes I take the cookie sheet from the middle rack and place it on the top rack and likewise I take the cookies from the top rack and place them on the middle rack. I also rotate them 180 degrees. So the cookies that were in the front are now in the back and vice versa. This allows for a more uniform bake. Unless you have a professional grade oven, your cooking temperature isn’t 100% consistent throughout the entire space. Look at those perfect bottoms!!! They really are the Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies!!!


And those tops!! Perfection!


And what good are chocolate chip cookies without a big glass of milk?!?




Go ahead! Enjoy!!!

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

May 9, 2017
: Makes about 30 BIG cookies
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter melted (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips (1 bag)
Directions
  • Step 1 Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line with parchment paper.
  • Step 2 Melt butter in a medium bowl.
  • Step 3 Add brown sugar and white sugar to melted butter and mix until well blended.
  • Step 4 Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Add the salt, baking soda, and flour and mix on low until just blended.
  • Step 5 Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough by the heaping spoonful onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  • Step 6 Be sure to leave enough room between cookies as they will spread while baking. (I used my largest size cookie sheets and placed 9 cookies per pan.)
  • Step 7 Bake 15-17 minutes until edges are slightly browned. Key word slightly!
  • Step 8 Cool on cookie sheets for 1-2 minutes.
  • Step 9 Remove from cookie sheets and continue to cool. Or dig in!

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