The Classics

With the million and two holiday recipe options floating around every year, sometimes you just need one go-to that is pretty much always guaranteed to taste great and be a crowd pleaser. I bring you…the chocolate chip cookie. It’s easy, it makes a decent sized bunch, it isn’t super fancy, and hell, who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies?

I would love to say this recipe has been in my family for generations (because well, my grandma does in fact use this recipe), however I shall not tell a lie. It is taken from the cookie extraordinaires themselves, Toll House. And well, why fool with something that’s already so good? I present you…the classics:

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks, 1/2 pound) butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated [white] sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 cups (12-ounce package) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

1 cup chopped nuts (optional)


COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE in preheated 375-degree [Fahrenheit] oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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I sometimes like to add things like white chocolate chips and dried cranberries , or coconut flakes to this recipe instead…the base is great for any amazing cookie! I’m giving some to my coworkers as gifts this year…hopefully they’ll like them as much as I do 🙂

Have you made these before? What is your favorite flavor combination?

xo SA

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To kick off the holiday season…

So obviously if you ask us, the best part of the holiday season would have to be the parties and the crafts. I mean, yeah yeah, gifts/Santa/snow/traveling a million miles to see your family.. all dandy of course. But let’s get in to the truly fun stuff…

So I’ve seen this recipe on about a half million blogs, but alas, had to try for myself and possibly add a bit of a spin to it. Here’s the general gist of the recipe, though, to be honest I know I just kept adding each ingredient until the stupid thing stuck together.

Cinnamon Dough

  • 1c applesauce
  • 1c cinnamon
  • 2 tbps white glue

For a full tutorial on the dough you can check this video out here. You basically need it to be study enough to have it somewhat resemble cookie dough so that you can roll it out. I also threw in a bit of nutmeg and ground clove to make it smell especially wonderful.

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Warning: Nobody tells you that your hands HURT after rolling out a million and two of these guys! There’s a reason they say cinnamon is quite the exfoliant. If you’re making about 4 dozen of these guys like I did, I suggest checking out a Costco/Sam’s Club for cinnamon in bulk. Pretty easy to find this time of year and MUCH cheaper than the grocery store’s little containers.

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I had to leave mine out for a few more days to dry to ensure they were totally stable, but afterwards I just threw on a thick layer of gold shimmery paint and strung red glittery ribbon through the hole to complete it. Once the paint is dry you can also totally take a sharpie or paint pen and write on it.. I’ve contemplated putting the year or people’s names on some of them.

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Aside from gifts and the obvious tree ornaments, I’m giving them out as party favors for an upcoming birthday/holiday extravaganza. More details on that to follow…

Happy Holiday crafting!

xo SA

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“They were crying to get out of the jar… Cookies get claustrophobia too, you know!”

I’ve been dying to do a little baking lately, and I figured a Sunday afternoon would be perfect. Would’ve been better if it was a lazy Sunday afternoon, but alas, busy day or not, baking was completed. As you may have noticed at one of our earlier posts, I like to use locally made jams/preserves in my baking/drinks/cooking…anything, really. Maybe it’s because I for some reason have so many of them? Regardless, expect to see more of these in the future. Next time potentially with a rose petal cake. If anyone has suggestions for things to do with rose petal jam, please leave them in the comments. I’d love to get ideas!

Meanwhile, today’s baking! I was in the mood for thumbprint cookies, and had marmalade lying around. Switched out plain marmalade for lemon, and amped up the cookies with some cinnamon, and we were in business!

My roomies gobbled about a half dozen of them up already. It’s still summery, but I think the cinnamon brings it to be a bit more of a fall-transition cookie (not just applicable to wardrobes! 😉 haha)
Check it out below and let me know what you think.

xo SA

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1 cup butter, sliced (2 sticks)
¾ cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 tbs ground cinnamon
1/2 c lemon marmalade

Cream together the butter and sugar, then slowly add the other ingredients (minus the marmalade). Once all mixed, place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Bake the cookies at 350`F for 8 minutes and then take them out of the oven. Make a thumbprint in the middle of each cookie and place a small dollop of marmalade. Then place back into the oven for another 5-7 minutes, or until the cookie is done.