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Chocolate Crackle Cookies

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Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Chocolate Crackle Cookies are the most amazing cookies on earth. We just discovered them this weekend, and they are wonderful. They are super easy and fun to make too!

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Our niece was visiting us this weekend and was a huge help making these cookies. I told Kelly that the more sugar she used, the better the cookies would be. So she buried them! I think she had a good time getting all messy. This was a perfect project for a kid. She had fun and did a fantastic job too!

Chocolate Crackle CookiesJust look at all the sugary goodness! The cookies really do need a good coating of powdered sugar, so don’t be shy.

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Ingredients:
1 box chocolate cake mix (I used Devil’s Food Cake)
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
Powdered sugar

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Instructions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350° F.
2. Mix the first three ingredients together.
3. Create tablespoon sized balls and roll in the powdered sugar. Make sure that you generously coat each cookie.
I mean generously. Use A LOT of powdered sugar. (See photos above.) If you don’t, the cookies will just be plain old chocolate cookies. And you don’t want that!
4. Place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
5. Bake for 8-10 minutes. 8 minutes if you want them under baked or 10 minutes if you want them more like cake.

Chocolate Crackle CookiesEnjoy your cookies with a nice cup of coffee. Or hot cocoa or milk. Or whatever you like! You can substitute the chocolate cake mix for other types of cake mix for different flavors and colors. Around Christmas time, you could use a white cake mix mixed with red or green food coloring. Or maybe you could even try a nice spice cake flavored cookie in the fall. I would bet there are no bad combinations with this recipe!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are a request of a blog reader and friend, Rebecca. I’m always looking for ideas for recipes and things to make. I will try anything! I love oatmeal cookies and chocolate chip cookies. The combination of both together is fantastic. Then again, I’m pretty sure anything combined with chocolate is fantastic!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I found a ton of recipes for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies. I might try a few of the other varieties sometime. A common recipe I found had vanilla pudding. Which I didn’t have on hand, so I couldn’t try that one. But it peaked my curiosity, so I might just have to try it soon. In the meantime, here’s the recipe I used for these delicious little bits of sweetness.

Ingredients:
1 cup butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325º F.
2. In a large bowl, mix the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together until smooth. Beat the eggs, then the vanilla.
3. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in the quick oats and chocolate chips. Drop by heaping spoonfuls on to baking sheets covered with parchment paper.
4. Bake for 12-15 minutes in the oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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I’d like to welcome all of my new followers from the “Grow Your Blog” party yesterday! That was such a neat experience. I’m looking forward to getting to know each of you through your blogs and hope you enjoy visiting my blog as well.

 

Snickerdoodles

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Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles are my all-time favorite cookie. I was brought up with a love for cooking and baking, and used to make these cookies when I was a young girl. I would use my mom’s Betty Crocker Cookie Book from the 1960s.

Snickerdoodles

As a matter of fact, I still use it, as she has passed the cookbook on to me. This page has many years of cooking stains and even notes about how to cut the recipe in half. (I did those fractions, back in grade school!) 

Snickerdoodles

Here are the magical ingredients for my favorite cookies. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsps cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsps ground cinnamon

SnickerdoodlesDirections:
1. Heat oven to 400º F.
2. Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, the butter, shortening and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
3. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

Snickerdoodles

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our 2 favorite cookies in this house are peanut butter cookies and chocolate chip cookies. When I saw the recipe for these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies on Pinterest, I was sold. I had to try them. They did not disappoint.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened at room temp
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 (F). Mix the butter, peanut butter and sugar in a bowl. (Using a Kitchen Aid mixer works very nicely.)
2. Once it is mixed into a creamy texture, add the egg, milk and vanilla. Mix well.
3. Add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix until well blended. Stir in the cup of chocolate chips.
4. Put tablespoon size drops of cookie dough on to a cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
5. Cool on wire rack. Eat and enjoy! Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

* Recipe inspired by the Creative Savings Blog.

Top 7 Recipes of 2014

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Top 7 Recipes of 2014 on CookingwithAmanda.com

2014 was a great first year for the Cooking with Amanda blog. We are new and we are growing and can’t wait to see what 2015 will bring! We’re going to have some fun this year, we’ve got some plans for various “Theme Weeks” in the works (Travel Week, Comfort Food Week, Crock Pot Week, just to name a few…) and we can’t wait to get started!

For now, we just wanted to share our “Top 7” recipes of last year, so that you may enjoy them once again, or if you missed them the first time around.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and tasty new year!

1. Banana Bread

Banana Bread

2. Red Velvet Cool Whip Cookies

Red Velvet Cool Whip Cookies

3. Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies

4. Caramel Corn

Caramel Corn

5. Peanut Butter Blossoms

Peanut Butter Blossoms

6. Turkey Noodle Soup

Turkey noodle soup

7. Christmas M&M Pretzel Treats

Pretzel M&M Treats

Red Velvet Cool Whip Cookies

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Red Velvet Cool Whip Cookies

My friend Amy gave me this recipe. She told me these cookies are amazing and she was right! They’re gorgeous too. Also, they’re super easy to make!

Ingredients:
1 package of Red Velvet Cake Mix
1 tub of Cool Whip
1 egg
Powdered sugar

Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients together, using an electric mixer if possible.
2. Roll dough into tbsp sized balls and roll in powdered sugar.
3. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.
4. Enjoy!

Best Pumpkin Cookies Ever

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Pumpkin Cookies

These are by far the BEST Pumpkin Cookies EVER. In the ENTIRE world. Seriously. You will thank me when you make them and proceed to stuff your face with them. They are that good. And do you know what else? They are so simple to make!

Pumpkin Cookies

Do you see this box of pumpkin bread? Well, all you need to make these cookies is this box of pumpkin bread mix, 1 egg and 1 stick of butter. That’s it. Well, and a teeny bit of cinnamon sugar. But that’s it! Simple, right? I have been making these cookies for years and my family always looks forward to indulging in them around the holidays. They have become somewhat of a tradition in our house.

Here are the instructions:

Ingredients:
1 box of pumpkin quick bread mix (store brand or Pillsbury)
1 stick of melted butter
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions:
1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, combine bread mix, butter and egg; stir until dry particles are moistened.
2. In small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon; mix well. Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls; roll in sugar-cinnamon mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake at 350°F for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove cookies from cookie sheets and set on wire rack until cool. Store in air tight container. Makes 24 cookies.
4. EAT AND ENJOY!

Pumpkin Cookies

Cookies for Kids, Wine for Moms

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Cookies for Kids, Wine for Moms

My sister-in-law hosted the 2nd Annual “Cookies for Kids, Wine for Moms” event yesterday. What a genius idea! There were 8 moms in attendance. 12 kids. And 1 dog.

Cookies for Kids, Wine for Moms

My nieces rolled the dough…

Cookies for Kids, Wine for Moms

And cut the cookies, before the crowds arrived.

Cookies for Kids, Wine for Moms

There were lots of cookie cutters in Christmas shapes. (And even a Christmas Cow!)  

Cookies for Kids, Wine for Moms

Cookies for Kids, Wine for MomsThe crowds arrived and cookies were decorated. Very nicely I might add.

Cookies for Kids, Wine for Moms

The decorating ended, and play began. For the kids anyway. The moms cleaned. And chatted.

Cookies for Kids, Wine for Moms

And drank wine.

Cookies for Kids, Wine for Moms

It was a huge success!

Classic Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

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Peanut Butter Blossoms

Nothing goes better together than chocolate and peanut butter. The combination of these two amazing tastes combined into one, equals heaven. The Peanut Butter Blossom is my husbands favorite cookie. He went out last night to buy Hershey Kisses in hopes that I’d make them. So tonight, I obliged.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Ingredients:
48 HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
1/2 cup shortening (I use margarine instead.)
3/4 cup creamy Peanut Butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Additional granulated sugar(optional)

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.
  2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet. 
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 48 cookies.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

* These instructions are on the back of the Holiday Hershey Kisses. 

Peanut Butter Cookies

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Here’s a classic cookie that everyone loves.These are great for a cool fall evening while curled up under a blanket with a good book.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1
 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1
 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Directions

  1. Cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in eggs.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into batter. Put batter in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls and put on baking sheets. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for about 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown. Do not over-bake.
Recipe makes 4 dozen cookies.