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Holiday Time-Saver: Make Cookies and Cookie Dough Now, Freeze for Later

The holidays are upon us which means it’s time to stock up on butter for cookies! With Thanksgiving around the corning and Christmas and New Years a month later it is definitely cookie season. Save time later and start preparing now by freezing the cookies dough and/or freshly baked cookies. Head on over to Allrecipes.com to read my guest post about how to freeze your cookies and cookie dough for the holidays. Heck I use these tricks year round!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Allrecipes. The opinions and text are all mine.

Greek Yogurt Thumbprint Cookies & 4th Blogiversary Giveaway

One Greek yogurt thumbprint recipe, endless variations! These soft and chewy Greek yogurt cookies are the perfect base for your favorite coatings and toppings from sprinkles to jelly.

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Four years. Seriously, I have been doing this for 4 years? At the same time it sometimes seems like it has been longer than that but what a great 4 years it has been! I’ve met some of my favorite food bloggers and they were all as awesome as I imagined they would be. I also ate a TON of great food along the way. Speaking of food, helping me celebrate this happy occasion are a few brands which I frequent including Chobani Greek yogurt, Dollop frosting, OXO, Peanut Butter & Co., and Red Jacket Orchards. And they all contributed party favors!

4th Blogiversary Giveaway:

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These 5 party guests and I baked cookies together. We made super soft and chewy Greek yogurt thumbprint cookies coated in sprinkles, cinnamon-sugar or just left plain, and then topped with strawberry jam, cinnamon-raisin peanut butter, and hot chocolate frosting with marshmallow bits. One cookie recipe with tons of variety! And to sweeten the deal I’ve got a giveaway for one lucky reader. Just use the Rafflecopter widget located at the end of this post to enter.

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One year ago: The Bee’s Knees Peanut Butter Pie

Two years ago: Funfetti Cheesecake White Chocolate Brownies

Three years ago: Funfetti Truffle Chocolate Cupcakes

Four years ago: And so it begins
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Pumpkin & Ginger Ice Cream Sandwich Cookie Cake

While Lauren is away enjoying her new little man, I am guest posting on her blog Keep it Sweet. Hop on over for the recipe for this pumpkin and crystallized ginger ice cream treat! CLICK HERE!

PUMPKIN & GINGER ICE CREAM SANDWICH COOKIE CAKE

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Source: Ice cream adapted from my No-Churn Chocolate Almond Ice Cream. Cookie Cake adapted from my Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cake.
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Chocolate Candy Corn & Creme Cookies

My favorite chewy double chocolate chip cookies get in the Halloween spirit when made with Hershey’s cookies and candy corn creme chocolate bars. 

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I’m having a difficult time believing that tomorrow is Halloween. It doesn’t help that I am currently in LA where fall weather doesn’t exist, but I am joining my nephew Luke for his first trick-or-treat outing tomorrow. To help me get into the Halloween spirit I chopped up Hershey’s candy corn creme candy bars and added them to my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies. I am not normally a fan of candy corn but I am fond of Hershey’s cookie and creme candy bars and the little specks of color were cute additions in these festive cookies. The sprinkles helped too.

Are you dressing up for Halloween?

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One year ago: Halloween 7-Layer Bars

Two years ago: Pumpkin Oreo Truffles
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Apple Pie Cookies

Cookies or apple pie? Now you don’t have to decide between the two because you can have them both at the same time with these fresh apple pie cookies.

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Since today is National Dessert Day it seemed fitting to share a dessert recipe, but I decided one dessert wasn’t enough. Introducing “Dessert Mash-Ups” from Dorothy Kern, the mastermind behind Crazy for Crust, with 52 creative recipes combining your favorite desserts – Blueberry Muffin Waffles, Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast, Mint Chip Truffles, Oatmeal Cookie Cheesecake Bars, Snickers Cake Roll, Banana Cream Pie Dip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Toffee Bark, etc.

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With is being apple season I jumped on the apple pie cookies. You cannot go wrong with cinnamon cookie cups with apple-pie filling and I bet you could change up the fruit in the middle depending on the season. I’m dreaming of blueberries and I happen to have some frozen from the summer’s haul. But for now let’s focus on apples and apple pie in miniature cookie form.

What’s your favorite two-in-one dessert combo?

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One year ago: Pumpkin Spice Brownies

Three years ago: Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate with Oreo Crumbs
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Caramelized White Chocolate Spritz Cookies

These caramelized white chocolate spritz cookies are not only amazingly delicious, they are helping to fight pediatric cancer. 

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Let’s talk about the magic that is caramelized white chocolate and how it can save kids from cancer. I already am a huge fan of white chocolate and caramelizing never is a bad thing so when first heard the term “caramelized white chocolate” I knew I had to get in on it. Other than requiring you to hover near the oven for 3 to stir every 5 minutes for 30 minutes, it is actually easy to make. All you need is some good, real white chocolate (none of that candy coating stuff), a clean rimmed baking sheet, and a spatula. And an oven of course. I actually made mine in a toaster oven! Just please, please be sure there is not a single drop of water on any of your tools. Water will cause the white chocolate to seize which is not a fun time.

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At first while melting the chocolate, it may appear a bit dry. Don’t worry! It will smooth out just have patience and don’t immediately toss it in the garbage (unless you got water in it, in which case you may want to start over). Every time you stir the chocolate around you will notice it getting creamier and tanner. After 30 minutes it will resemble peanut butter (a little darker than the pictures I have because unfortunately I forgot to take shots of the final product). Take a taste and get excited because that stuff is going into cookies!

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Not just any cookies either, cookies for kids’ cancer. Starting this month for every OXO product sold with this sticker on it,OXO will donate 25 cents in support of pediatric cancer research as part of its $100,000* pledge to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Look for specially marked OXO products at participating retailers near you. For more information about OXO’s involvement with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, visit oxogoodcookies.com. To learn more about this worthy cause, visit cookiesforkidscancer.org.

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Where can you find OXO & Cookies for Kids’ Cancer on social media?

Twitter: @OXO / @Cookies4Kids
Instagram: @OXO / @Cookies4Kids
Facebook: facebook.com/OXO / facebook.com/CookiesForKidsCancer
Pinterest: pinterest.com/OXO / pinterest.com/Cookies4Kids

There is also s dedicated hashtag for this campaign to use when sharing via social media: #OXOGoodCookies

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One year ago: Pumpkin Pie Streusel Bars

Two years ago: Speculoos S’mores Cheesecake Bars

Three years ago: Baked Falafels
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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Blossoms

Get your taste buds ready for fall with these sweet and chewy snickerdoodles topped with a pumpkin spice Hershey’s Kiss. 

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Despite the summer weather I am still experience, I caved into the pressures of fall baking. Although I did resist opening a can of pumpkin just yet. Instead I snagged a bag of festive candies. Fall and winter holidays bring some of the best festive candies there’s no reason to avoid them. Has anyone found the Pumpkin Golden Oreos yet? I have heard mixed reviews but still want to try them for myself.

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I am starting my seasonal candy baking with the pumpkin spice Hershey’s kisses. These pumpkin kisses paired perfectly with chewy snickerdoodle cookies especially with the addition of some nutmeg into the cinnamon-sugar coating. You may be tricked into thinking the cookies themselves have pumpkin in them.

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One year ago: French Toast Waffles

Two years ago: No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars
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Flourless Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Soft, chewy, and packed with flavor. What more could you ask for from a flourless chocolate chunk cookie?

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With all the Labor Day weekend excitement I forgot to mention two other fun things that happened. First, my friend Amber gave birth to her son on Labor Day! Talk about laboring in Labor Day. Second, my second 1st author manuscript was accepted for publication earlier last week! It is not advance e-published yet but once it does, here’s to hoping it perks up my job search.

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These cookies were another gluten-free treat I whipped up for adventuring in the Smoky Mountains this past weekend. I loved that honey was used as the sweetener and also thoroughly enjoyed the dark chocolate and almond butter together. But the best part was how soft and chewy they turned out. And of course you can never go wrong with a dash of coarse sea salt on top.

One year ago: Cake Batter Chocolate Bark
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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cake

This perfectly chewy peanut butter cookie cake is a crowd pleaser. With chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups and chocolate frosting how could it not be?

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It’s finally here! The first game of the Ohio State Buckeyes football season. I cannot help but be excited even though we are missing our star QB. After all, teams are made of more than one person. However the game I am most interested in today is Wisconsin vs LSU. Go Big 10! But since I don’t find badgers to be an appetizing dessert, I decided to stick with the buckeye peanut butter and chocolate theme. Which means today is the first PB+Choc Saturday of the season!

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Regardless of your allegiances you can still enjoy a peanut butter and chocolate dessert. This cookie cake is a peanut butter and chocolate lover’s dream. Peanut butter cookie dough with chopped Reese’s cups, and topped with chocolate frosting. And it happens to be perfectly chewy which is how all cookie-things should be, in my opinion.

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In other news, I am off to Gatlinburg this weekend with Bob, Christina, and Dave whom are in town visiting! I scouted out all the free/random things to do this weekend and it may contain things such as hiking, BYOB/lawn chair blues/rock/folk concerts, fireworks, salt and pepper shaker museum, hillbilly golf, and maybe some outlet shopping.

One year ago: S’mores Macarons

Three years ago: Feta Stuffed Pesto Turkey Burgers
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Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

These chewy cookies are for all the chocolate and peanut butter lovers out there, with a double dose of peanut butter in the dough and the peanut butter chips.

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Today is a repeat food holiday – National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. It first occurred on May 15th and apparently has more than one day in the year. But I was skeptical of the food calendar which I follow and upon googling it seems as though the one on May 15th is actually just “chocolate chip day”. Guess today is the real chocolate chip day, but regardless of which date is the “official” holiday you don’t need an excuse to enjoy some chocolate chips by themselves or even in a cookie. Or in this case peanut butter chips encased by chocolate-peanut butter cookie dough. And yes this is yet another successful creation based on my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies which means they too will rock the socks off of your taste buds, if in fact they wore socks.

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One year ago: Single Serving Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie

Three years ago: Eggplant Veggie Burgers
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