Category Archives: Cookies

Snowball Cookies #Recipe

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For those of you who must have dairy free, we made ours with dairy free ‘butter’ and they were great.  I think they’d be fabulous with margarine, but we did ours dairy free.  😀  I’d love to hear any additions/changes you make!  These are fabulous with coffee or hot chocolate!

Ingredients:

1 lb margarine

1/2 c sugar

4 tsp vanilla extract

3 1/2 c flour

1/2 c chopped nuts

3/4 c confectioners sugar

  1. Cream Margarine and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Add vanilla; stir in flour, blending well.
  3. Stir in nuts, mix well.
  4. Shape teaspoonfuls of dough into balls.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
  6. Let cool.
  7. Roll in confectioners sugar and enjoy!

Originally posted 2014-01-17 10:47:41.

DIY Rainbow Treats

Not only are rainbows beautiful, they were sent as a promise from God.  These quick and simple little treats are perfect for Easter, March, or even Rainbow themed parties!

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I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. Genesis 9:13

On a recent trip to Sam’s Club, a demonstrator was making these adorable treats and they were so perfect, they had to be shared!  The entire month of March we see rainbows with a pot of gold at the end.  During Springtime, they are prevalent throughout Easter and frequently seen across the clouds in the sky.

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Monster Cookie Recipe

Making Book Clubs Fun…With Food

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With summer’s arrival, it’s a great time to break out the stack of unread books for pool time or beach lounging. At least we always think that’s what will happen. Often, the summer ends and our reading list has barely budged.

A great way to ensure you get to some of those great reads is to create (either for yourself or your kids) a summertime book club. Rather than picturing you and your friends curled up next to a fire discussing your most recent reads of a hot cup of coffee, a summertime club begs for a summertime solution.

Some ideas:

1) Pick books with a setting near you that you can visit with a group.
2) Pick books with action in the plot that you and your friends can try. Choose a book with sailing in it and then have your book club take a sailing lesson together.
3) Hold your meetings on the beach or by a pool.
4) Play games related to the book.
5) Base your meetings around food related to the book.

The last is my favorite (and the easiest to do.) I’ve included my wife Nicole’s super-secret recipe for Monster Cookies below that we serve at Jack Templar Monster Hunter events. They get more accolades than the books. If you try them, you’ll see why!

Enjoy and have a great summer.

MONSTER COOKIES

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Monster Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

Combine:
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter

Stir in:
4 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup M&Ms

Preheat oven to 350
Bake for 13-15 minutes
Do not over bake…or the monsters with strike!

Enjoy with a copy of Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy.
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Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy (Book 2)

After barely surviving the onslaught of monsters that tried to kill him the day before his fourteenth

birthday, Jack Templar leaves his hometown on a quest to rescue his father and discover the truth

about his past. Joined by his friends Will and T-Rex, and led by Eva, the mysterious one-handed monster

hunter, Jack sets out for the Monster Hunter Academy where he hopes to find answers to his questions.

Little does he suspect that the Academy is filled with dangers of its own, many of them more terrifying

than anything he’s faced so far.

 

 

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Jack Templar: Monster Hunter

Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie

about how they died. The day before Jack’s fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first

it’s great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend “T-Rex” from the school bully,

and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells

him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he’s the descendent of a long line of monster

hunters and he’s destined to be in the family business. Second, that there’s a truce between man and

monster that children are off-limits…until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before

hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.

As if that weren’t enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of

the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do

anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have

to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous

thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why

do they whisper that he may be the “One?” Why do the monsters want him dead so badly? Even as

these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of

monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems.

Amazon * Barnes &

Noble

Awards for Jack Templar Monster Hunter

Book of the Year Finalist by Forward Magazine

Next Generation Indie Book Finalist

Indie Excellence Finalist
Parents Choice Recommended Book Award
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Author Jeff Gunhus

Jeff Gunhus grew up in Cyprus, Greece, and Saudi Arabia where there was a distinct lack of television.

He quickly found books were the gateway to incredible adventures, fascinating characters and

unbelievable discoveries. Now, with five children of his own (all who watch too much television, in his

opinion), he has enjoyed revisiting his old books and reliving those adventures all over again.

Originally posted 2013-06-20 00:14:24.

Tea Cakes and Books

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Tea Cakes and Books – A Southerner’s Delight
I still remember those hot summer days in Arkansas, lying under a large shade tree, reading a good book, sipping Mama’s tart home-made lemon Tea, and munching on some of the very best “Tea Cakes,” in the Arkansas Delta. Whoa!! I can already hear the frown forming in the foreheads of my friends from other parts of the country…and, the question slowly formulating in their minds: `What the heck is a Tea Cake?’

Well, let me say it the best way I know how…. Tea Cakes that are made just right are good enough to make you want to slap your mama. The delectable pastries might be described as a cross between a scone, a biscuit and a sugar cookie. They are rarely sweet enough to compete with whatever sweet drink you might be drinking. I first fell in love with Tea Cakes, not from my mother who I still consider the world’s best cook, but from our neighbor who lived one soybean field away; the unforgettable `Miss Oldie Lee.’ While that is the name all of us Kearney children, and the rest of the people on Varner Road, knew her by; the unforgettable, and very married woman’s real name was Mrs. Oldie Lee Land.
Miss Oldie Lee was the first 6-foot woman I’d ever seen. In fact, she was actually nearer 6 feet, 5 inches. Her husband was most certainly 7 feet, and her two children – Henry and Marie, were very near 7 feet, as well. Miss Oldie Lee was unusual in many ways, not the least being her ability to scare the Be’Jesus out of the Kearney children by threatening to cut off our toes and put them in her apron pocket if we didn’t begin to wear shoes. Amazing, that our neighbor who was something like a surrogate mother at many times, didn’t realize that our one pair of shoes could only be divided between church and school.
I don’t recall Tea Cakes ever being something my mother or other women brought to church on those Sunday evenings when they created amazingly delicious meals to serve to visitors after church services. And, Miss Oldie Lee, God bless her soul; had no other dish that I’m able to recall right off the bat. But, our neighbor’s Tea Cakes were absolutely to die for. My siblings and I often found weak, even silly excuses to visit the Land home, in hopes of being offered some of those scrumptious Tea Cakes.
So, you’re asking… how do you make these delicious but oh-so simple pastries? Well, I’m so glad you asked. If you follow these very simple directions, you are guaranteed a southern creation that you will never, ever forget. Here goes:

Simple Southern Tea Cakes
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking power
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
½ cup buttermilk
½ pound (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl sift flour, baking soda and baking powder together. Add remaining ingredients and blend well. Dough should be soft. Roll dough out onto a floured surface until approximately ¼ inch thick. Cut dough into desired shapes and bake on a slightly greased sheet for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes three dozen Tea Cakes.

Of course, if anything goes wrong, and your Tea Cakes end up tasting nothing like mine; it might be something as simple as the way you fix your mouth as you roll your dough, or the tune you whistle as you push the tray of Tea Cake dough into the oven…or, any number of things that only a southerner with a history of these things might know instinctively…oh, by the way, don’t forget the book!!
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Janis F. Kearney is a native of Gould, Arkansas, and grew up as one of 19 children of cotton sharecroppers. In 1987, she went to work for Daisy Bates as her managing editor at the historical Arkansas State Press, and in 1988, purchased the newspaper from the civil rights icon. In 1995, Kearney was appointed by President Bill Clinton as his Personal Diarist. Her role as chronicler of the President’s days, continued throughout his second term. She is founding publisher of Writing our World Publishing, LLC, and author of five books, including Cotton Field of Dreams: A Memoir, her first book; and the soon to be released Daisy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, a biographical memoir featuring civil rights leader Daisy Gaston Bates. More about the author and her books, can be found at www.writingourworldpress.com

Originally posted 2013-01-16 06:00:00.

7+ Cookies: 1 Mix! #MakeItYours #EatSmart

These cookies turned out absolutely amazing!  I have eaten far more than I needed to!  Perfect for Christmas or any day! I love that one recipe can make multiple types of cookies!

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I love this recipe!  I received it from Influenster some time ago and just recently tried it out.  The recipe itself gives four different additives so that you can make the batch and make different types, but with creativity they will make so many more!  The awesome thing is that one batch makes enough for doing at least two different types of cookies, probably even four if you wanted!  I doubled my batch and have an insane amount of cookies, we’ll be sharing them with many!

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I’m always worried, when trying a new recipe, whether my measurements are correct.  So this time, I used my Eat Smart digital nutrition scale to measure out the ingredients.  The recipe turned out literally perfect.  The Eat Smart Digital Nutrition Scale, for many reasons, made it onto the 2017 Glimmering Gift Guide, as those cookies were too tasty!

 

 

From the Company:

  • Calculate calories, carbs, fiber, sodium, fats, vitamin k and six other nutrients from thousands of packaged and 999 whole foods
  • White backlight LCD screen with on/off button for conserving battery life
  • Memory Mode: Save up to 99 entries for daily or weekly tracking
  • Weighs in grams (to nearest whole gram) and ounces (to nearest .1 ounce)
  • Max weight: 11 pounds / 7kg
  • Tare feature eliminates the weight of a plate or bowl
  • Auto power-off after 2-minutes
  • Includes 4 x AAA batteries with your purchase
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee and two-year warranty

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Now, on to the cookies…

Be sure and check out the tips & notes at the bottom!

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Mix-ins

  • M&M’s
  • Reece’s Pieces
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Marshmallows & Chocolate Chips (Smore Cookies)
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Chopped Pecans
  • Butterscotch Chips

Ingredients

  • 1 c Country Crock Butter
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups your choice of mix-in

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix sugars, butter, egg and vanilla in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Fold that mixture into the other bowl until well mixed.
  4. Add mix ins as desired.
  5. Drop dough by rounded spoonfuls or small balls onto a well greased pan.  (The cookies will spread some, but not a lot.)
  6. Grease a pan very well, bake 10-12 minutes until cookies start to brown on the bottom.
  7. Remove from pan and place on a wire cooling rack.

Notes:

2 batches made 54 1 inch round cookies!

Use a vegetable bench scraper to pick up multiple cookies, saves tons of time!

Chocolate Mint Cookies

My first guest post!!!  I felt so proud!  😀  I posted a recipe that Monkey and I made for Chocolate Peppermint Cookies!  They turned out super yummy!  SO, go by and check em out if you wish!  They are posted up at Dominique’s Desk!

A sneak peak???

Just this once….

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Yummy looking, huh!?!  Go by and say hello and snag the recipe!

Originally posted 2011-12-20 14:51:00.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Zoo feed was running low and Christmas is fast approaching, so we decided it was time for cookies! Chief Zoo Keeper decided that he wanted a Cookie Cake. We tried to convince him he didn’t, but we lost. SO, our first bit of ‘Christmas’ Cookies was a yummy cookie cake!!!
 
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Ingredients:
1 c butter
½ c sugar
2/3 c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 c flour + 4 tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
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I promised Monkey I’d put this one in because it made her laugh.  The butter was frozen 
so we softened it in the microwave and we got a leaking butter hole.  Yep, my Monkey 
is a silly Monkey!  She thought it was hilarious!
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Beat butter and sugar together. 
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Add eggs and vanilla. 
Mix flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar in a separate bowl.   
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 Add dry ingredients to the batter and mix until well blended.

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 Stir in chocolate chips.
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 Spread dough into a 15 ½ inch round pan.
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 Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
* Jeopardy music plays*
While waiting, I was picking on the Monkey!  She wasn’t very dressed up for the cookie
baking, so we I started taking the pictures for you she threatened me if I put pictures up of 
her….  I’m posting the pics, she knows it, nothing will happen!  LOL
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 Ahh, yes, back to that whole baking thing!
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 Let cool!
*More Jeopardy Music*
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 I used a silicone cutting mat to slide the cookie off of the pan because the spatula
was causing the cookie to break!  🙁
*It’s stuck in your head, isn’t it???*
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 See:
*Evil laugh*
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 Slides right off with the mat!
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I know they are supposed to be round, but Monkey likes to be different!  You can decorate yours
if you like, Chief Zoo Keeper didn’t want it any sweeter!  
(He is a bit of a spoiled sport when it comes to sweets!)  
*Enjoy the Jeopardy Music!*
Stop back by tomorrow for a bit of humor. Clearing the kitchen for cookies! Trust me, you’ll wanna laugh at my Monkey! Hope you enjoy your cookies!!! I would love for you to share with me your cookie cake recipe! Any variations from the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake???

Originally posted 2011-12-12 04:02:00.

Southern Tea Cakes

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Ingredients:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup or less milk (we used Silk and it turned out well)
Mix all dry ingredients, cut in shortening.  Next, add eggs and vanilla.  Mix.  If it’s too crumbly, add a little milk at a time until you get the cookie dough consistency.  Drop onto cookie sheet.  Bake at 425 degrees until lightly brown on the edges, I think mine took around 5 minutes or so.  Enjoy!
The back of the cookie when NOT burnt, as was my first batch!

 

 

Originally posted 2011-10-12 11:50:00.

Old Fashion Peanut Butter Cookies

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I have an old recipe book from my childhood that is full of old, simple but delicious recipes.  While they aren’t necessarily new foods, they frequently remind me of my childhood.  This particular recipe book sat for years on my Mom’s bookshelf.  When I moved out, I went back home and gave it freedom from my Mom’s bookshelf, she never really used them and didn’t mind my procuring it.  I write in it now, my modifications, when I used the recipes, and the reactions I get.  If it’s a special occasion, I note that too.  I don’t know that anyone will ever care about my notes but they bring back good memories when I see my notes.  I attempted to pass the tradition down and will continue to do so because with these times and everything being online it seems that little things like this may become obsolete.  This particular cookbook lost it’s covers long ago, so I can’t share the title.  However, I can say that the original recipe was submitted by Debbie Salmon.  I have modified it slightly.  I hope you enjoy these cookies as I enjoyed making them as a girl.

Old Fashion Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

3 tsp baking powder

Directions:

Combine all ingredients well.  Roll into balls similar in size.  Make a criss-crosss imprint on the ball with a fork to smash them down.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Remove before they are too brown as they will brown a little more when you put them on wire racks to cool.

Are there any modifications you like in your peanut butter cookies?  I’d love to hear stories of childhood baking, they make my heart smile.  Hope you enjoy.