Vanilla Drops


I can’t believe that it’s already December. I feel like as I get older I have a harder time getting into the holiday spirit. And this year isn’t any different. I just can’t get into it. I don’t even want any gifts – there’s nothing that I want; there’s nothing that I need. I tried baking some cookies to see if it helps to get into the holiday spirit, but it just didn’t. So I can’t share that with you, but I can share some awesome cookies! And I’ll do just that.

We’ve been making this recipe for years in my family, and I don’t recall which cookbook it came from. I did not come up with the recipe. I just know that these cookies are super simple to make, and they always taste great. I love to use Penzey’s Double Strength Vanilla for a wonderful vanilla flavor. Make sure you use the real deal – not that imitation stuff. I think it really makes a difference.


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cream Butter and Sugar.

Add egg and vanilla and blend well.

Stir together the flour and salt. Add to the creamed mixture and blend well.

Drop the dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the [greased] cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between each drop.

Bake for 8-10 minutes. The cookies should be slightly browned around the edges. The centers may appear to be a bit undercooked, but they will firm up as they cool.

Cool slightly on the cookie sheet and then transfer to wire racks to finish cooling.

MY NOTE: The cookies take 8 minutes in my oven. If I leave them in for 10 minutes they are crunchier, which I don’t like. I love a nice chewy cookie, which is how these should be.






Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites with Cookie Dough Buttercream


Everyone pretty much knows I’ve got a fierce sweet tooth, so whenever I have to take something to a party or a girl’s night, I’m usually asked to bring dessert. And that’s totally fine by me because then I get to make something new to try! I love being able to make something new, taste it, and get it out of my house so I don’t it all! [Read more...]

Texas Sheet Cake in a Cup

So yesterday you got to see how absolutely wonderful the Texas Sheet Cake was that I made. It was so full of chocolate that you thought you’d died and gone to heaven.

In the original recipe, the Pioneer Woman used an 13×18 sheet cake pan. I used a 10×15 jelly roll pan. So since her pan was bigger than mine, I reserved some of the cake batter so that it didn’t overflow the pan when it baked.

I spooned enough batter to fill up half of this coffee mug.

Then I sprinkled a few chocolate chips on top.


Then I put it in the microwave for about 1 minute and 15 seconds.

I spooned a little bit of the frosting on top (while it was hot).


And then I grabbed a spoon for a taste.

And that’s all she wrote.


If that’s not an incentive to use a 10×15 jelly roll pan instead of an 13×18 sheet pan,
than I don’t know what is ;)   Now that’s a cup full of chocolatey goodness!

Texas Sheet Cake


When I see anything about a Texas Sheet Cake, it makes me think of my Grandmother. When I was younger I remember her making this and I always enjoyed it. I bought a jelly roll pan from Pampered Chef and decided to try making one myself. So I set out to find the perfect recipe. There were a few that I found that I wanted to try, but my grocery delivery wasn’t going to be arriving until later in the afternoon, so this meant that I had to pick a recipe included ingredients I had on hand.  [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles {Holiday Favorite}

I love making cookies—not necessarily for the finished product, but for the raw cookie dough! This is probably why I very rarely get the number of cookies out of a batch of dough that I’m supposed to. Because I eat some of the cookie dough here and there and before you know it – the dough is gone.

I had the pleasure of meeting the author, Lindsay Landis, at Food Blog Forum—Orlando back in the Spring. That’s when I heard she was working on a cookbook that was all about cookie dough. It sounded amazing and I knew that I had pre-order it so I could get it as soon as it came out.

The book is titled The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook: Cookies, Cakes, Candies, and More  and it has so many awesome recipes in it! The photographs are absolutely beautiful and I loved how it turned out. For the holidays I decided to make the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles and I’m so glad that I did. Even my 5 year old niece gobbled up about 5 of these little suckers! This may be one of the first recipes that I’m trying from the book, but I know it certainly won’t be the last!

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