Welcome to my food blog, The Spiffy Cookie!

My name is Erin. I am 31, am a PhD researcher in Microbiology, and a lover of food. I cook/bake almost every day and love trying out new recipes, to the point where I rarely make the exact same thing twice (much to people’s dismay). Family and friends always complain that I am making them fat with leftovers that I share, yet they also complain when they don’t get any!

I try to put a slightly healthier edge on food when possible. But sometimes I just have to listen to my inner fat-kid and stuff delicious things into cookies, cupcakes, burgers, pizza crusts, etc. So you can expect to find a good balance between healthy and gluttonous options. Yes this blog is more than just cookies!

My favorite food group is dessert. Even after a extremely filling dinner I will suddenly have room for dessert once it appears. Sometimes I purposely plan what I eat for dinner around what I want for dessert.

Peanut Butter + Chocolate  = one of the best combinations ever.

I was born in Plano, TX. Moved to Rochester, NY when I was very young and lived there until I went to The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH for my B.S. in Molecular Genetics (2003-2007). Since I apparently felt as though I hadn’t had enough education, I went straight to graduate school at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN (2007-2014). After graduating I acquired a job back at good ol’ Ohio State doing research. Somehow I am still coffee-free after all that schooling.

I also love to work out and do crafty things. You will find me regularly at the gym doing cardio, weight lifting, or a group fitness class such as spin, core, pilates, or yoga. I also love to paint with acrylic on canvas, or paint ceramic plates/bowls/mugs/etc (hello food props). With my recent move I have expanded my craftiness to other home decor items which you can now find in the “DIY” section of this blog.

Feel free to contact me at spiffycookie@gmail.com. I’d love to hear your comments and questions!


  • Peanut Butter
  • Cream Cheese
  • Fruit
  • Cake Batter (especially Funfetti)
  • Cookie Dough
  • Sprinkles
  • Cheese
  • Garlic
  • Bacon
  • Root beer


  • Mushrooms (unless minced up so small I cannot sense their texture – I don’t mind the flavor)
  • Big chunks of slimy onions (unless battered and fried as an onion ring)
  • Scones (Tried my first homemade scone and fell in love)
  • Meringue (Another which changed my mind when homemade)
  • Seafood
  • Meatloaf (Discovered I like them when prepared in mini form)
  • Mint that is not in gum, toothpaste or mouthwash. Or a mojito O:-)
  • Pickles
  • Coffee anything

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