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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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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 […]

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 all time favorite, very unique, cookie recipes this year. Cappuccino Swirl Cookies look super duper impressive but are WAY easier to make than you think. This coffee flavored cookie has a hint of Irish cream which pairs wonderfully with the gorgeous little chocolate swirled topper. I like to make these at Christmas time but really this cookie is great any time of the year. Obviously you’ll need a hot cup of coffee for dunking. I mean it goes without saying, right?!?

Here’s all you’ll need: butter flavored shortening, white sugar, baking powder, salt, egg, Baileys coffee creamer (you can substitute Baileys or just plain ole milk), vanilla extract, flour, instant coffee, and Hershey’s hugs.

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Add the shortening to a large bowl and beat with a hand mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. The butter flavored Crisco comes in the yellow package (blue is the original). And yes, of course you can use just plain ole regular Crisco if you don’t have the butter flavor on hand. Mix in one cup of sugar, the baking powder and salt until light and fluffy.

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Next beat in the egg, coffee flavored liqueur (think Baileys) and vanilla and mix until well combined. So about that coffee flavored liqueur, you can totally swap out for milk if you don’t have any Baileys on hand. I got a little creative and combined the two and used a Baileys flavored coffee creamer. And I’m SOOOO glad that I have leftovers for my coffee too!!! That stuff is delish!!

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Beat in the flour a cup at a time with a hand mixer. Knead in the final 1/4 cup by hand. Cover the the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour or until firm. Ok so another reason Cappuccino Swirl Cookies are fabulous at Christmas time is because you need to chill the dough. So if you’re making a cookie smorgasbord like me, you can make all your cookie doughs one day, chill in the fridge, and then do all your baking the next day. It’s nice to break it up!

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Once the dough is firm, remove from the fridge and shape into 1-inch balls. Don’t forget to line those cookie sheets with parchment paper. If you’re not team parchment paper then it’s time to hop on the band wagon. You really need this in your life!! This one simple trick (using parchment paper instead of cooking spray) will really take your cookie baking to the next level. Speaking from experience!!

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Next combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules in a small bowl. This will create that amazing, sparkly, coffee flavored coating. My mouth is watering already!

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Lightly roll each and every ball into our sugar mixture. Evenly space the cookie balls on a baking sheet. You’ll want them to be about 2 inches apart. This cookie will flatten as it bakes.

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See what I mean? Bake cookies in a 350 degree preheated oven for 9-11 minutes or until the cookie tops start to crack and the sides are almost set. If they’re getting brown then you’ve gone too far so keep a close and watchful eye on these lil guys. While the cookies are baking you’re going to wanna start unwrapping those chocolate candies. We need them ready to roll when the cookies are still hot out of the oven.

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Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately press a Hershey’s hug into the center of each cookie. Now I know I’m usually telling you to get those cookies off the baking sheet ASAP but today we’re keeping them on there. The heat from the baking sheet is actually a good thing because we want those Hershey’s hugs to melt. Of course the cookies look gorgeous already and if you’re not brave enough to give this swirl a whirl, then go ahead and move the cookies to a cooling rack (so the Hershey’s hugs don’t melt).

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Now for the big finish…..the swirl!!! Let those hot cookies sit for about 5 minutes or so until the Hershey’s hugs are nice and melty. It takes a few tries to get down the technique but I’m confident that you can do it. Using the tip of a knife (of the back of a spoon, whatever floats your boat) slowly run your utensil through the melted hug to swirl. I like to go counter clockwise and I find that a light touch works best. I also find it helpful to start from the outside and work your way in towards the middle. Practice makes perfect! Cool completely on wire baking racks. Cool completely on wire baking racks.

Ta-dah!!! Are those not the most fabulous cookies you’ve ever laid eyes on??? I mean these guys are bakery perfect! That swirl though!!! Cappuccino Swirl Cookies are sure to be the star of your cookie tray this year. Don’t forget to try our Soft Cut Out Cookies too!

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Cappuccino Swirl Cookies

December 5, 2018
: 4 dozen cookies
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter-flavor shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon coffee-flavor liqueur (or coffee flavored creamer or milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons instant coffee crystals
  • 48 Hershey's hugs (chocolate kisses with stripes)
Directions
  • Step 1 Add shortening to a large bowl and beat with a hand mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Mix in one cup of sugar, the baking powder and salt until light and fluffy.
  • Step 2 Beat in the egg, coffee flavored liqueur (you can substitute milk or coffee flavored creamer) and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  • Step 3 Beat in the flour a cup at a time with a hand mixer. Knead in the final 1/4 cup by hand. Cover the the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour or until firm.
  • Step 4 Once the dough is firm, remove from the fridge and shape into 1-inch balls. Combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules in a small bowl. Lightly roll each ball into the sugar mixture.
  • Step 5 Place balls 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake cookies in a 350 degree preheated oven for 9-11 minutes or until the cookie tops start to crack and the sides are almost set.
  • Step 6 Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately press a Hershey’s hug into the center of each cookie. Let cookies sit for about 5 minutes to allow the Hershey’s hug to melt. Using the tip of a knife (of the back of a spoon) slowly run your utensil through the melted hug to swirl. Cool completely on wire baking racks.

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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 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 (which is a short 15 minute drive from our house) so Uncle Jeff and Aunt Lisa get to come and watch them play without driving 2 hours to Erie. It’s awesome! We get to visit with family, watch the girls play, and we barely have to leave our backyard. It’s like a SCORE for us before the game even starts!

This year was Jenna’s first year playing softball and OMG talk about a natural! I mean look at that mean mug….True…Grit!!! She really shined at shortstop! I couldn’t get over how confident she was and the way she just ran the field at only ten years old!! Look out for this one folks!! And her speed! Oh my!! All that time spent on the soccer field has really given her an edge on the base running. If this girl is stealing bases, don’t even bother trying to throw her out. She’ll beat the tag ever time. She’s definitely an up and comer to watch out for.

And then there’s this one! The original 1-6! (both girls share the same number on the field…sixteen!) We have been watching Jordan play for years now and I have been more than impressed to watch her skill level and talent develop. At fifteen, she has matured into a force to be reckoned with on the pitcher’s mound. I was truly impressed by her patience and ability to stay calm under pressure. And then there’s the powerhouse batting skills that somehow jump leaps and bounds from one year to the next! I was lucky enough to witness this girl clock one right outta the park!

Uncle Jeff and Aunt Lisa were thrilled to be able to take in a few games! We tried our best to alternate between the two! You have to admit, those are some good looking softball fans right there.

Whenever our favorite team comes to town we try to show our support by making a special treat! I like to think of it as a little bit of a good luck charm. These girls play so hard and leave their hearts out on the field so this year I thought why not make softball cookies in the shape of a heart! I’ll show you how to recreate this sweet treat for your favorite baller! (Cookie dough and royal icing recipes coming soon!!)

Roll out your favorite cookie dough to 1/4 inch thickness. I recommend our Soft Cut Out Cookies recipe!
Use a heart cookie cutter to cut out cookies. Bake according to recipe directions. Allow cookies to cool.
Prepare royal icing. I tinted the majority of the icing yellow (to match a softball) and prepared it to flooding consistency. The remainder was tinted red and prepared to piping consistency. Outline the heart shape in yellow.


Flood the heart shape with more yellow icing.


Use a toothpick to spread the icing and to fill in any spaces or gaps.


Tap cookie (or lightly drop it on the countertop) to allow icing to spread out evenly. Allow cookie to dry about 20-30 minutes. I made about 35 cookies so by the time I was done flooding and filling, the cookies I started with were dry.


Pipe on two curved lines in red to start the laces.


Pipe “V’s” over top to look like laces on a softball. Down one side.


And up the other!


Allow icing to harden for 3 hours or overnight. You can pipe the laces in any direction that you like!


I absolutely love how these cookies turned out! Live. Love. Softball.


I packaged them up with cellophane treat bags and matched the ribbons to the team colors, navy and royal blue, and then added a few “softball” printed ribbons as well. I managed to somehow only lose two to Jenna, before I had to put them on top of the fridge out of reach!

Jordan showing off her cookies before passing them out to the team! Game day ready!!


And the good luck cookies must have worked because Jenna’s team won the Championship in her age bracket!!!


She was so proud of her trophy! I have a feeling there are a lot more championships in her future!

And her big sister Jordan couldn’t have been more proud of her! I mean, she’s taught her everything she knows…. at least on the softball field! There’s no better friend than a sister! I love that these two girls get to share their trials and tribulations on the field together. They might not know it yet, but they’ll remember these days forever.

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 […]