Yummy “Everything Cookies”

Oh. My. Goodness!

These cookies are delicious, Blake even went as far as saying that they were the best cookies he ever had. 🍪

Allow me to explain how these small morsels of deliciousness came to be. 

My new friend and I decided we needed some cookies in our life, so yesterday we planned a cookie baking date! We stopped at the store for some supplies and I originally had only planned on getting chocolate chips since I have everything else nessecary to make regular cookies. When I walked down the baked goods aisle however, I saw the vast array of delicious options there were and forgot about chocolate chips all together. 

I grabbed a bag of chopped Heath bar and a bag of dark chocolate m&m’s. I also dug through my pantry when I got home and found chopped pecans and mini marshmallows to add to the mix. I wasn’t expecting much from these cookies but they turned out to be the better than any of the other ones I made. 

Here’s what you will need if you’d like to make my everything cookies:

For the dough:

  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter, softened 
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1 tsp salt 

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy 

Add the egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated 

Add all of the salt, then add the flour gradually, mixing until a slightly crumbly dough comes together

P.s. This dough is perfect for using cookie cutters on. I also made little owls yesterday and they weren’t misshapen at all. Which was new to me because every time I have used cookie cutters in the past my shapes seem to just turn into blobs. 

  
  
Now add the magic:

  • Chopped Heath bar  
  • M&M’s 
  • Chopped pecans 
  • Mini marshmallows (for topping) 

I’m sorry I don’t have exact measurements for this, I pretty much just threw a bunch of everything in except the marshmallows because those go on top! Just go with your gut.. The more the better!

Roll the dough into small balls and flatten them onto the cookie sheet (for some reason this dough doesn’t flatten very well on it’s own). Once you’ve filled the cookie sheet, leaving an inch or so of space between each cookie, place 4-5 mini marshmallows on top of each bit of dough. 

Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until the marshmallows have turned slightly brown on top. 

Allow them to cool before eating and enjoy!! 

7 tips to lift your Christmas spirit!

December is here, do you feel the cheer? Well if you don’t then I have a few suggestions to get you into the same spirit of Christmas that you had as a kid!

  1. DECK THE HALLS

The most obvious way to get ready for Christmas is to decorate your home. Since it’s officially December now, you can decorate without getting grief from the people who get mad when they see Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. This year I decorated super early for my own reasons, but normally I try to decorate the day before Thanksgiving because I like to have a decorated home for both holidays. Also, don’t forget the candles! Cinnamon apple, nordic pine, and peppermint bark are just a few examples of the festive scents you can choose from.

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2. CRANK THE CHRISTMAS TUNES

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”

If you have a bluetooth speaker that connects to your phone I suggest downloading the Pandora app and listening to the Christmas station, there are minimal adds and it plays all of the great classics. If you have a smart TV or one that allows you to watch youtube, you can search christmas playlists. Some even play footage of a fireplace to give you that extra Christmas-ey feel. A real fireplace is always better but for those who live in an apartment like I do, it’s a decent alternative.

3. WATCH YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE

My personal favorite is Elf, I was 11 years old when I saw this movie in theaters and knew instantly that it would be a classic. It honestly may be my favorite movie of all time, I even have a “smiling is my favorite” T-shirt that I found in the boys clothing section of target.. yeah, I might like Elf a little too much. If you’re also an Elf lover then you should know that it will be on ABC family this Friday at 9:30 pm!… can you tell I’m excited? ABC family will also be playing other Christmas classics every day this month until the big day and Netflix has some good options too if you want to skip the commercials.

4. BAKE COOKIES

Get some cute cookie cutters from Target and plan a cookie baking party! My aunt Jill host’s a holiday cookie party at her house every year and it is always so fun. It’s a great way to get all of the ladies in the family together and with each person making their own type of cookie or dessert, we always end up leaving with a huge tupperware full of different treats. If you have kids in your family it would be fun to bake cookies and then decorate them with frosting and sprinkles, it’s sure to be a big mess, but fun nonetheless . If you’re on a diet and would rather not eat cookies, you can still make them but put them in cute little packages to give away as little gifts for neighbors or coworkers.

5. GET TO GIFTING

As much as I like receiving gifts, I enjoy giving them even more! This is probably because I love shopping so much but it’s also because I like to find gifts based on each individual’s personality.  I also love wrapping gifts, I know some people hate it but wrapping gifts is what makes giving them so special. I love making gifts look as cute as possible with pretty wrapping paper and big bows. Once you get all those gifts under you tree it will really start to feel like Christmas.

6. LOOK AT THE LIGHTS

Once everyone gets the lights up on their homes, take a drive around town with family or friends to checkout the best spots near your home. Here is a guide to finding the best lights in the LA area. One of the places on the guide is the Balian house in Pasadena, the home of a famous ice cream manufacturer is covered in over 10,000 lights every year along with other fun holiday decorations. My best friend and I have gone to check out their lights for the past two years and it’s just as awesome every time.

7. TAKE A SROLL ON MAIN STREET

Every big city has a main street, sometimes it’s even called main street. If you’re not sure which street it is, just look for the one that’s covered in lights and wreaths. If your hometown has a Christmas parade, then get all cozy in your winter gear and head out for some Christmas spirit. If your city doesn’t have a parade, then just head to main street with friends or family to grab a peppermint mocha or hot chocolate from the local coffee shop. Maybe bring cards to play a game or just relax and talk about your plans for Christmas and New years.

I could quote Elf all day long but I’ll just leave you with this.

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“BYE BUDDY! HOPE YOU FIND YOUR DAD!” (sorry I couldn’t help myself)