Posts Tagged ‘Cookies’

Hey, hey – tonight’s the night that Santa’s going to shimmy down your chimney! Better leave him some cookies, amiright? These super easy pecan meltaways are from….drumroll….another Chicagogrammer, the amazing, talented, wonderful Joelen of What’s Cooking Chicago. We’re pretty sure Santa will love them, and if he doesn’t I definitely would!!

Pecan Meltaways

Pecan Meltaways

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine
1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups flour
pinch of salt
5 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup oil
powdered sugar for dusting

For the rest of the recipe with the full set of instructions, visit What’s Cookin’ Chicago…and stay there awhile, because there are SO many good recipes!!

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Well, what do you know? Today’s recipe comes from another Chicagogrammer!! Today we have Lephan on the gorgeous blog, Macarons & Lavender, coming at you with a super duper easy cookie recipe. Cause it’s December 19, and let’s not complicate the holidaze anymore than we have to, shall we? These lovelies use boxed cake mix to make your life easy and breezy this time of year!

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Funfetti Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 pkg Pillsbury Moist Supreme Funfetti Cake Mix
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 Eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup Cream Cheese Frosting optional
  • 1 tbsp. Colored Sprinkles for optional topping
  • 3 tbsp. Colored Sprinkles for batter

For the rest of the recipe with instructions, visit Lephan over at Macarons & Lavender. Oh, and follow her on Instagram, in case you want to be jealous of her recent trip to Charleston!!

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It’s obvious if you’re reading this that you know I’m a very famous food blogger. So famous, in fact, that I’ve been invited (after 6.5 long years of blogging) to be a co-hostess of a very exciting event in Chicago. You should assume that I was invited because of my fame and notoriety, and most definitely not because I’m friends with the organizer.

What is this event, you might ask? Why, let me share the details below:

Cookie Chocolate and Cheer Invitation

Whoa, look at all those actually notable co-hostesses. Big League. Anyhow, YOU should come to Cookies, Chocolate & Cheer at The Freehand Hotel!! Why? Well, perhaps you love cookies, or perhaps, like myself, you love complimentary cocktails. But the easiest (and best) reason of all why you should come – all proceeds benefit Chicago’s Youth Outreach Services, an amazing organization that helps at-risk teens secure a brighter future. $20 for cookie decorating, cocktails AND to help a great local organization? It’s a no-brainer! If you can come, get your tickets now!

Ok, so now that we’ll be seeing each other in short order, perhaps you’d like one of my very favorite cookie recipes. It’s actually a blast from the past on the blog, hailing all the way back to December 2010. Whoa.

These little lemon snow bites are honestly a favorite, one that I don’t always make, but always are delicious. Since I’ve unearthed the recipe, I may as well go ahead and make them again this year! Please note, I had to borrow some images from Munchin Munchies, because although I’ve made these cookies, I’ve never actually taken (decent) pictures!

Little Lemon Snow Bites

Little Lemon Snow Bites

Ingredients

1  17.5ounce package sugar cookie mix (I used Betty Crocker)
1/4 cup crushed lemon drops
2/3 cup lemon curd
2/3 cup frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with foil; set aside.
Prepare the cookie mix according to package directions.  Stir in crushed lemon drops.  If necessary, cover and chill dough about 1 hour or until it is easy to handle.
2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Place balls 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet.  Bake in the preheated oven for 7-9 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are lightly browned.  Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute.  Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.
3.  For filling, in a small bowl, stir together lemon curd and whipped topping.  Spoon 1 rounded teaspoon of the filling onto the bottom sides of half of the cookies.  Top with the remaining cookies, bottom sides down.  Press together lightly.  Sprinkle tops of cookies with powdered sugar.  Makes about 24 sandwich cookies.
To store:  Place filled cookies in a single layer in an airtight container; cover.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days of freeze for up to 1 month.

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This year has marked a rather big life event for me – well, actually, quite a few big life events, but one of the ones I’m most proud of is the founding of Chicagogrammers with my blog wife, Chrissy. It’s been a labor of love and requires a commitment I haven’t always shown for my blogging career, and for that I’m proud. An immediate and welcome side effect of starting the Instagram account and Facebook group is the addition of new friends and acquaintances in my life. One of these new friends is Ellie, of the absolutely outstanding blog, “I’m Hungry by Nature.”

Ellie cooks up some pretty amazing things (with gorgeous photos!), and on my definite must-try list for the holiday season, she’s got these little Rosemary Shortbreads. With just a hint of sugar in them, they seem like more of a savory cookie, and as Ellie says, the rosemary looks like “classy sprinkles.” Classy rosemary sprinkles – what a wonderful time of the year!

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Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped

For the full recipe with instructions, please visit I’m Hungry by Nature.

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I have this wonderful best friend who doesn’t live in the same state as I do, but I’m fairly sure I see her more often than most of my friends who live across town. She is the one I can count on to always be honest with me, even when it’s tough, and you should see her devil’s advocate routine. Spot on, that one. On a personal note, try to find that friend who is always honest with you, no matter what. I mean, sure, she’s going to lie to me and tell me I don’t look fat, but on the REAL stuff, matters of the heart and the like, R’s got my (considerably bigger) back(side).

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Hola, everyone! In a rush over here today, but I’m bringing you the ultimate Christmas standard: Spritz Cookies, containing one of my favorite food groups – cream cheese!!

You’ve kinda gotta have a cookie press for these, although Katie (great name) from Modly Chic, promises you don’t have to (great name, BTW). But…you should probably get one, because they look so pretty.

Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

Cream Cheese Spritz Christmas Cookies

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