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Grapefruit Ricotta Cookies

Grapefruit Ricotta Cookies - In Her Chucks

 

When it comes to celebrating Mother’s Day, there are a million things you can do for your domestic goddess to make her feel special.  Whether it’s a handwritten card, a bouquet of flowers, or a sentimental piece of jewelry, this Sunday is all about appreciating the wonderful mamas for everything they are to us.

Growing up, it was our tradition to bring my mom breakfast in bed.  In our younger years, my dad would help my brother and I prepare a fancy morning feast, but as we got older, my brother and I were determined to do it all on our own.  Unfortunately for my mom this meant watered down coffee and frozen waffles (which were still frozen).  But it’s the thought that counts ;)

So to redeem myself, I have prepared a fresh batch of Grapefruit Ricotta Cookies for the woman who has helped to shape the person that I am today.  She is my very best friend and forever hero…my mom :)

Ingredients

Cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons grapefruit juice
Zest from 1/2 grapefruit

Glaze

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons grapefruit juice
Zest from 1/2 grapefruit

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Cookies:

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.

In the large bowl combine the butter and the sugar. Using an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating until incorporated. Add the ricotta cheese, grapefruit juice, and grapefruit zest. Beat to combine. Stir in the dry ingredients.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Spoon the dough (about 2 tablespoons for each cookie) onto the baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, until slightly golden at the edges. Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 20 minutes.

Glaze:

Combine the powdered sugar, grapefruit juice, and grapefruit zest in a small bowl and stir until smooth.  Spoon about 1/2-teaspoon onto each cookie and use the back of the spoon to gently spread. Let the glaze harden for about 2 hours.

 

Recipe slightly adapted from Giada De Laurentiis via foodnetwork.com

What I love most about these cookies is how light and fluffy they are.  Pretty much makes you feel like you are biting into a cloud.  A grapefruit cloud that boasts just enough citrus essence to give it an awesomely tangy kick.  Sounds like a metaphor for motherhood.  A mother who is soft and sweet but zesty enough that her kids know better than to mess with her.  It’s the perfect balance.

So in honor of the upcoming holiday, why not whip up a batch of these cookies for your mommy dearest, put on the kettle for a nice cup of tea and enjoy your Mother’s Day Weekend :)

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What’s in the Box? Recipe Roundup #6

What's in the Box?

Well hello there!  Did you miss me?  Did you think I fell off the face of the earth?  My apologies for leaving you all hanging last week but this moving thing has been kicking my butt!  So grateful to be settling in to our new home but it hasn’t been easy.  The biggest challenge we had to face was looking for a refrigerator.  Who knew it could be so difficult?  And living without one for a week…now, that was rough!  We had to eat out for every meal, which is something we are not used too.  My poor husband has never been happier to eat a home cooked meal.  I guess the saying is true, you don’t know what you got till it’s gone…

I have yet to find a CSA (although I haven’t been looking too hard since we were without a refrigerator).  But now that the kitchen is up and running it is only a matter of time before a produce box will be delivered to my doorstep.  In the meantime, I thought I would reflect on some of my past boxes and share some of the recipes that never made the blog.

But before we get to that, let’s check out some of the link ups from the last party.  I was most excited to drool over see Views From Here’s Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberry Almond Pesto.  How awesome does that sound?  I am also loving all of The 100 Mile Kitchen’s homemade soups right now.  And finally, what’s a WITB link party without a Farm Fresh Feasts pizza?  It’s only been a week and you ladies already have me jonesing for my fruits and veggies again.  Thanks for linking up and sharing your CSA goodies with the rest of the party.

Now it’s time to take a quick jaunt down memory lane and admire some produce stars from the past.

April 24, 2013: What’s in the Box? #71 

What's in the Box? #71

Kale Salad:  Ok, so I have been telling you guys about this salad for a while now and I have yet to post the recipe.  But a few weekends ago I made it again and it was so super duper stellar it is back on my radar.  So consider this an IOU.  I can’t wait to share the recipe with you.  And please, continue to bug me if I forget to post it soon.  It is the perfect summer BBQ dish :)

April 17, 2013: What’s in the Box? #70

What's in the Box? #70

Grapefruit Ricotta Cookies:  Is this post still considered a recipe roundup if 2 out of the 5 recipes aren’t actually recipes at all?  My apologies again for being such a slacker but at least in this case I have a picture.  I just can’t share it with you yet because I need to write the post.  But it is top of the order on my list of things to do (blog related at least) and I am hoping to get it done this weekend.  Trust me, it’s worth the wait!

April 11, 2013: What’s in the Box? #69

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Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry Chardonnay Sauce:  So what do you do when you have strawberries coming out of your ears?  Well, you can make a Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake or you can whip up a delicious and nutritious dinner for your whole family (or in my case, you can do both!).  This amazing recipe came from the new Yummy Mummy Kitchen cookbook that my dear friend Sasha picked up for me.  It is loaded with creative and healthy ways to use your favorite farm fresh produce.  It’s the first thing I turn to for inspiration nowadays.

April 4, 2013:  What’s in the Box? #68

What's in the Box? #68

Chicken with Creamy Spinach and Shallots:  As much as I love to cook, I LOVE when my mom cooks for me.  And lucky for me when she was in town for my brother’s wedding she totally spoiled me with a ton of fresh and delicious home cooked meals.  But this one was by far my favorite.  Served with a side of rice pilaf this dish is affordable, easy to make and oh so scrumptious.  Can’t wait to recreate it again soon.

March 27, 2013: What’s in the Box? #67

What's in the Box? #67

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese:  So I recently broke my own rules and indulged myself in a batch of homemade Pumpkin Mac and Cheese.  And I have absolutely no regrets.  The sage made me do it.  And between the aroma of fresh pumpkin and the intense food coma I was in afterwards, I could have sworn it was Thanksgiving all over again.  Note to self:  Make this for Thanksgiving from this year forward.  It is an amazing addition to a traditional feast.

Your turn:  What are some of your favorite CSA recipes?  Feel free to link up some of the CSA inspired meals that you are the most proud of.  Looking forward to drooling over your dishes :)

Linking up for the first time?  Click here for more info…and Welcome!

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February Photo A Day Challenge

February Photo A Day Challenge

Despite my enthusiasm for the photo challenges, I have really been lacking in my ability to deliver this year.  Last month I completed 2/3rds of the challenge, this month, less than 50%.  I guess, with everything I have going on right now, it’s hard to get it all done.  But I am grateful for the opportunity to capture a little bit of our daily lives with some fun prompts.  So I am going to stick with it and shoot for a better average next month.

1.  Day 1: Ascent–  After a fun week at Disney World, it was time to say goodbye and head back home.  I love taking pictures of the sky from the plane and todays prompt was the perfect excuse to snap one during take off.

2.  Day 2: Bear/Bare–  There is nothing cuter than tiny bare toddler toes.  My favorite thing to do is to give her foot massages.  My mom used to give me the best foot massages and now I am passing on the tradition to Harper.

3.  Day 3:  Comfort–  Harper loves her baths but she also loves getting all bundled up in her hooded towel when it is time to get out.  She likes it when we wrap her up and say “keep the baby warm”.  Talk about comfort!

4.  Day 7:  Genuine–  As Harper and I were enjoying lunch, I couldn’t help but realize that I had a genuine toddler on my hands.  Marker on her shirt, face covered in mac and cheese (which she is eating with her hands despite the pink fork sitting next to the bowl), and not a care in the world.  Living the good life, for sure :)

5.  Day 8:  Heart–  I am obsessed with these Homemade Dried Cranberry Shortbread Cookies.  I made a batch for my Foodie Pen Pal and I can’t wait to share the recipe with you soon.

6.  Day 9:  Intense–  After 2 weeks without sugar, I was getting pretty intense cravings to indulge in some Valentine’s day treats.  Thankfully my self-control kept me in check.

7.  Day 10: Joy–  Speaking of sugar, I caved and let Harper try her first lollypop at Bank of America the other day.  She enjoyed every last lick.

8.  Day 14:  Nourishing–  We all know I tend to get a bit too over excited about my fresh fruits and veggies, but is there anything more beautiful than the produce section.  So much color, so much variety and so much nourishment.

9.  Day 17:  Quench–  Thanks to the Fresh Start Challenge and some input from my good friend Cynthia, I am now totally hooked on Kombucha.  It’s so good for you and if you pick the right flavor (I like gingerberry) it tastes good too!

10.  Day 18:  Red–  Harper is a great shopping buddy.  She loves to try on new things and pose for adorable pictures.  She also is careful to make sure her accessories match her outfit (for the record, she picked out the red hat to go with her red outfit all by herself).

11.  Day 20:  Thrill–  I still can’t believe my baby is two, but I am thrilled and beyond blessed to be able to celebrate her birthday with her.  Especially when there is hot pink ice cream cake involved :)

12.  Day 25:  Youth–  Oh, to be a kid again.  Who needs a purse when you have a “pucket” that you can carry with you wherever you go?  PS:  she is still looking for the shovel  PPS:  I hate to break it to her that this “pucket” didn’t come with one

Wanna get in on the action? Check out this post for more details…and feel free to follow me on Instagram (@inherchucks) to keep up with the daily challenge.

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Guest Post: February Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

The Lean Green Bean

As I mentioned in my original September Foodie Pen Pal Reveal Post, the Foodie Pen Pal Program is open to blog readers as well as bloggers.  This month I was paired with a blog reader named Caitlin House and was more than thrilled to pack up a box of goodies to send for her sixth Foodie Pen Pal experience.  Since Caitlin doesn’t have a blog of her own to share her goodies on (although I LOVE her writing and encourage her to start one), she has offered to write a short guest post about what she received (and she even included a few pics!).

So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Caitlin House…

From the moment I received Heather’s email letting me know that she was my Foodie PenPal match for February, I was thrilled.  She started off asking me loads of questions regarding my food and drink preferences.  This level of interest in my favorite things blew me away!  My favorite meal of the day? Brunch.  Do I prefer coffee or tea?  Love them both, will always love coffee more.

When my box arrived on Valentine’s Day, it was amazingly fitting for the love-filled holiday.  Heather put incredible thought and effort into the box she sent me.  It was stock full of delicious goodies and each item had a sweet hand-written note attached.

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My favorite part of the box was the accompanying recipes (three in all!). There were recipes for the homemade Dried Cranberry Shortbread Hearts (taste amazing!), Tomato Basil Bisque to match the Hearts Crackers, and Heather’s own Homemade Tomato Sauce to serve with the Valentine Pasta.

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Heather’s choices had amazing variety while still having certain items play off one another. The cranberry shortbread was amazing to eat along with a cup of the Red Velvet Coffee. And for a truly relaxing pairing, I loved the Lori’s Ojai Lavender Lemonade and a piece of Strong Dark Chocolate by Chocolove. YUM.  FoodiePenPal Feb Collage

And to cover my brunching addiction, Heather sent me granola that tastes like dessert!  I seriously cannot keep my hands out of the bag of Love Crunch, a sweet granola with dark chocolate, strawberries, and raspberries. In fact, my hand is navigating from keyboard to bag as I type…

Overall, Heather made this month my most memorable FPP, yet!  Her thoughtful box went above and beyond in delivering new-to-me treats, fun recipes I can recreate, and wonderfully sweet and personal touches.  She even sent a “love” cookie cutter, so I can put a little extra love in my next cooking adventure. Thanks so much, Heather!

FebFPP Love

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December Photo A Day Challenge: Day 1-16

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This month has been busy, busy, busy!  We have been enjoying the holiday festivities and taking part in every celebration possible.  Which means, lots of family time.  And that is what I love most about this season.  So my apologies for not getting an update on the blog sooner, but time flies when you are having fun :)

As I mentioned last month, I can’t get enough of these photo challenges!  So here I go again with another Fat Mum Slim Photo A Day Challenge.

Day 1: 8 o’clock –  Santa didn’t waste any time getting presents under the tree this year.  After picking out our Christmas tree we stopped off at Toys R Us for some major damage.  And just like that, our holiday shopping was completed…for Harper anyways.

Day 2: peace – When it comes to Harper’s clothes, I love to dress her in things that promote a positive message.  So when I found this adorable shirt with my mom a few months ago, I was excited for her to wear it.  Peace, love and teal…how can you go wrong?

Day 3: something you held – With our Christmas card pictures coming up, it was time to pick out a new pair of holiday Chucks.  Did I mention the whole fam got matching ones?  Can’t wait to post the photos soon.

Day 4: black and white – There was a time in my life when I LOVED all things black and white.  I am still a fan but I have better self-control when it comes to stocking my house with frames, dinnerware and wall decor.  This plate is definitely one of my favorites and I love to serve my breakfast on it in the morning.  It just makes food look that much more delicious…and a bit fancy :)

Day 5: looking up – Harper and I love to ride the escalator.  Especially at Nordstrom’s.  And not only are the clothes gorgeous but so are the holiday decorations.  Really gets you in the Christmas spirit.

Day 6: from where I live –  I could go on and on about all the reasons why I am grateful for where we live.  But this picture really does say it all.  The ocean, the palm trees, the sunset.  Life is good…indeed.

Day 7: star – During the holidays, you see a lot of stars.  But I don’t wait until the Christmas season to don my stars, I like to wear them the whole year through.  In case you didn’t already know, my favorite stars are my Chucks :)

Day 8: someone you love – Not a day goes by that I don’t thank God for my beautiful family.  Freddie and Harper mean everything to me and I couldn’t love two people more.  They make my heart smile.  (ps: thanks Briana for an awesome pic!)

Day 9: out and about – It’s such a blast to explore our town and find new places hang.  We recently discovered a quite beach about 20 minutes north of us and the sites are unreal.  Last weekend, we watched the sunset from the sand and marveled at its beauty.

Day 10: under – What do you do when your toddler falls asleep in the car?  Go on a driving adventure!  In an attempt to allow Harper to sleep as long as possible, I decided to drive around and enjoy the sights.  I came upon this awesome street and had to stop to snap a pic.  I love how magical and enchanted it looks.

Day 11: sweet – As much as I try hard to stay away from eating sweets on a regular basis, during the holidays I give myself permission to splurge just a little bit.  These Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies are a new household favorite.  Serve with a glass of cold milk and you have yourself the perfect Christmas treat :)

Day 12: hat – It doesn’t rain much around here, but when it does, we make sure we are prepared to face the elements.  All bundled up in her hat, boots, coat and gloves, Harper was sure to stay warm and dry during the rainstorm.

Day 13: lights – In an attempt to be “artistic” I snapped a photo of our Christmas lights outside in motion.  I love how clean and simple white lights look when used to decorate, but let’s be honest, they aren’t the most interesting to photograph.  So I decided to get a little fancy and make them look a tad bit more interesting.

Day 14: green – The upside to the rain is all the green that starts popping up everywhere.  Harper and I found these clovers growing on a recent trip to the park and I couldn’t help but snap a pic.  They remind me of my mom and Ireland.  Hoping to make a trip out there in 2013 to visit :)

Day 15: outside – There is nothing more calming than the scent of lavender.  And while Harper and I were at a birthday party yesterday, we found an entire flower bed full of them.  So beautiful and fragrant.

Day 16: something I made –  This evening, we celebrated the holidays with the families from our mommy group potluck style.  I signed up to bring an appetizer and dessert.  I love showing up to parties with my mom’s veggies and spinach dip because not only does it look beautiful but it tastes delicious too :)

Wanna get in on the action? Check out this post for more details…and feel free to follow me on Instagram (@inherchucks) to keep up with the daily challenge.

Hope you all have a great week!

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Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

I wouldn’t call myself a coffee drinker but this cold weather has me running to Starbucks pretty regularly these days.  On a recent trip to the world’s most famous coffee chain I discovered their Peppermint Mocha and I have to say, it is one dangerous drink!  There is just something about the marriage of chocolate and mint that is magical.  And thanks to Starbucks, I can’t get the flavor combination out of my head.

But instead of indulging myself in a 300 calorie drink every afternoon, I decided to recreate my new favorite beverage into a cookie.  Cause when it comes to calories, cookies don’t count…right?

No, but seriously…I have had cookies on my mind lately, because I participated in the Great Food Blogger’s Cookie Swap this year (thanks to a suggestion by my sister-in-law).  So my task was to send out a dozen cookies to three food bloggers, secret-santa style.  In return, three different food bloggers sent me a dozen of their cookies.  The result?  Pure deliciousness…and a whole lot of cookies :)

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 Ghirardelli Milk Peppermint Bark Bars, chopped

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Using a fine mesh strainer, sift cocoa right over the bowl with the flour mixture.  Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.  Slowly add flour mixture until just combined.  Fold in 2 cups of the peppermint bark.

Using a medium cookie scoop, drop onto prepared baking sheets.  Sprinkle each cookie with remaining peppermint bark.

Bake for 9-11 minutes.  Cookies will be soft in the middle.  Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe slightly adapted from Barbara Bakes

The original recipe calls for a combination of white chocolate chips and Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips.  Unfortunately, as hard as I tried, I couldn’t find the Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips anywhere!  So I had to improvise a little.  But I LOVE how the cookies turned out.  The addition of the milk chocolate in the peppermint bark delivers even more chocolately goodness to these already ooey-gooey cookies.  And let’s be honest, there is no such thing as too much chocolate :)

This cookie is the perfect holiday treat.  For starters, the peppermint bark makes this an obvious festive choice for homemade gifts for friends, co-workers and neighbors.  But another bonus is that the recipe yields 3 dozen!  Which means, there is more than enough cookies to go around whether you are sharing them at home, at a party or a food blogger cookie swap.  Or, if you really want to score this Christmas, whip up a batch for Santa and his reindeer.  These cookies are guaranteed to seal the deal on your holiday wish list.

Digging that awesomly orange spatula?  It’s the “Good Cookie” Spatula from OXO and it was a free gift for my donation to Cookies for Cancer through the Cookie Swap.  Pick up one for yourself, your friends and family members and help raise funds for pediatric cancer research.  

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September Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

The Lean Green Bean
By now, we all know about my love for boxes and my love for food.  Well, I also love to make new friends.  So when I happened upon this amazing Foodie PenPal Program from Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
If you haven’t heard about the Foodie PenPal Program before, let me tell you a little bit about how it works.  Each month you get an email with your penpal pairing.  You contact your penpal via email to get their mailing address and any dietary restrictions, likes, dislikes, etc.  You go out and fill up a box with $15 worth of fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats.  Your box must also include something written (hence the penpal).  Then you pop your box in the mail by the 15th of the month.  On the last day of the month, you get to reveal the delicious goodies that you received from your penpal in a blog post.
Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.  Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents.
Sounds awesome right!  Yeah, I am totally stoked about this new journey.   Especially since my first Foodie PenPal was more than generous with her goodies.
This month I received my package from Tina of The Barking Hen.  And boy did she spoil me :)  My box was filled with some of Tina’s favorite treats from her hometown of McCall, Idaho (which looks absolutely beautiful and is now on my “must visit” list).  According to Tina, they recently wrapped up huckleberry season in the mountains and so she was excited to share this local fruit in various forms.

When I first opened the box I was met with a clever postcard starring Mrs. Potato Head (another Idaho favorite!).  Beneath the colorful tissue paper was a lovely tin of Huckleberry Tea, a package of Wild Huckleberry Hot Cocoa Mix, a deliciously sweet Huckleberry Lollypop, freshly baked Gingersnap Cookies, and a bottle of Huckleberry Honey.  So much fruity goodness I didn’t even know where to begin.

I decided to start with the cookies because Tina said she couldn’t get enough of them.  And I can see why.  From the first bite I was hooked (and so was Freddie).  They were soft, chewy and full of the flavors of fall.  After barreling through half the bag I am throwing the rest in the freezer for safe keeping and because Tina said they are even better when they are cold!

Then I whipped up a cup of hot chocolate for Freddie and a cup of huckleberry tea for me.  While I was waiting for my tea to steep I took a sip of Freddie’s hot chocolate.  It was A.MAZ.ING!  I honestly have never tasted anything so scrumptious in my entire life.  Imagine a chocolate strawberry in the form of a warm beverage.  Divine!  Before I knew it I had finished off the whole mug.  Oops…So I quickly made Freddie another cup (hoping he wouldn’t notice that I drank more than my allotted “few sips”).  This time I used unsweetened almond milk as the base.  And wouldn’t you knew I drank that entire cup too.  Oops!  I have never been the best at sharing (I blame it on the fact that I was the oldest of two children).  So I am on the hunt for another round of this magical cocoa.  Can’t wait :)

But what about the tea?  I finished that too.  Not the entire tin, just my initial cup.  I sweetened it with the huckleberry honey and I was in pure heaven.  It would also make for a great iced tea as well.  Looking forward to giving that a try.

Finally, the lollypop is yet to be devoured.  I am waiting for just the right time to enjoy my candy on a stick without interruption.  Because as big as it is, it might take a while for me to finish it.  But now that I am a huckleberry fan, I can only imagine the yumminess that is in store for me :)

A big thanks to Tina for such an awesome box.  I appreciate you introducing me to huckleberries and all your delicious local eats.

Interested in becoming a Foodie PenPal?  CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by October 4th as pairings will be emailed on October 5th!

Who knows, I might be your next Foodie PenPal :)

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Snickers Cookies

Guess who’s still on the holiday train?  Yep, me, that’s who.  This Sunday is Mother’s Day and yet another excuse to bake up some delicious treats!

I baked these cookies for my mom, who flew all the way from Ireland to spend my second Mother’s Day with me.  It has been a while since I have seen her, so I wanted to make this trip extra special.  My mom has a love for all things Snickers.  I can remember when my brother and I were little and my mom would always insist on “quality controlling” our candy.  But she would ever open and eat one kind…Snickers.  Interesting…and creative.  I plan on “quality controlling” all of Harper’s Halloween candy too…wink, wink :)

I was inspired to try these cookies when I came across this recipe.  I made one batch, and even though they were delicious, they weren’t the cookies I remember my mom making as a kid.  So I pulled out a bag of Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and started my second batch of cookies, using their original recipe.  I replaced their recommendation for 2 cups of chocolate chips with chopped Snickers and omitted the nuts.  The result, pure heaven!

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups chopped Snickers

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.  Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Stir in Snickers.  Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Recipe slightly adapted from Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

I don’t know about you but I love my cookies to be a little gooey in the middle.  So I took them out right before they were ready.  That way they stay soft and chewy.  I always enjoy my cookies with a glass (or two) of fat-free milk.  Hits the spot every time :)

Your turn:  What’s your mom’s favorite dessert?  Any special plans for Mother’s Day?  Looking forward to hearing all about it!

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Carrot Cookies

The night before easter, my brother and I used to leave the Easter Bunny a plate of raw carrots to enjoy.  We used to get so excited the next morning when we would discover the scraps he left behind.

This year, I wanted to try something different.  After 29 years of serving him raw carrots, I think the Easter Bunny might be ready for something new.  And possibly something sweet.  So why not whip up a batch of carrot cookies for him instead?

I looked through a lot of carrot cookie recipes before I landed on this one.  They all looked good.  Some with nuts, some with raisins.  But the moment I set my eyes on these puppies, I began to drool…all over my keyboard.  They reminded me of little clouds, so fluffy and light.  I had to give them a try.  The result?  Absolute heaven.  Soft, moist, delicious.

Ingredients

Cookie

1 cup unsalted butter, melted

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup grated carrot

1 egg

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp lemon juice

Glaze

1/3 cup softened unsalted butter

2 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup orange juice

Zest from 1 orange

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the butter, sugar, eggs, carrots, vanilla, and lemon juice in a bowl.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix well.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the cookie sheet, a couple of inches apart.  Bake for 8 minutes.  Remove from oven, and let them cool for at least 20 minutes.

To make the orange glaze, combining the butter and the powdered sugar in an electric mixer.  Once combined, add a couple of tablespoons of orange juice.  Keep adding more orange juice until it reaches a nice, smooth, glaze-consistency.  Add the orange zest to taste.  Once the cookies have cooled, spoon a glob of glaze over the top of the cookie and enjoy!

Recipe slightly adapted from Lella Boutique

To be honest, I was hesitant about the orange glaze at first.  I am not a big fan of frosting and thought the cookies would do fine without it.  But since it was part of the original recipe I felt peer pressured to glaze at least one to see how it would taste.  After I devoured it in one big bite, I realized that the rest of the cookies deserved some glaze love too.  The glaze just brings a whole new level of goodness to the cookies.

So, why not surprise the Easter Bunny with something new this year and share the gift of carrots…in a cookie!

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