New with the Old

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*Reposting this recipe from the archives (April, 2014) because I just made these recently and remembered how amazing they are. Enjoy!

I like to live a life that mixes the new and the old.

New adventures mixed with the old standards.

Nature walks (which I’ve always loved) in new neighborhoods.

Eating at new restaurants while still visiting the all-time favorites.


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The Secret to Great Chocolate Chip Cookies

tahini chocolate chip cookies

It’s Thursday, and I think it’s time for a little treat.

I’m back with another cookie recipe. If you haven’t checked out the other cookie recipes on this blog, then you really should. From banana to oats to coconut oil, there are lots to choose from.

Today’s cookies are a little different in that they contain tahini. You know, that sesame, peanut butter-like stuff that we use in hummus and baba ganoush. Other than the tahini, these are just good ole creamy, crunchy, satisfying chocolate chip cookies.

AND this recipe confirms my theory of the secret to great chocolate chip cookies.

tahini chocolate chip cookies

Let those cookies sit in the fridge (or freezer) for at least a few hours.

This is how we used to treat cookie dough when I worked at a bakery in high school, and that’s really the best way to get cookies that are nicely shaped and textured.

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The Sweetest Season 2015 & Giveaway!

IMG_6036I received free product from Dixie Crystals and Bob’s Red Mill as part of The Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange. As always, all opinions and recipe are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support think fruitful!

What’s better than getting together with some friends and sharing a plate of cookies?

hazelnut honey spice cookies

Not counting how many you’ve eaten.

Exploring new spices and flavors to make sugar, butter and flour shine.

These Hazelnut Honey Spice Cookies fit the bill with all of the holiday flavors you love (cinnamon, allspice, ginger and cloves) with lots of butter and toasty hazelnuts. Yum!

Cookies are the best…and so are the holidays and sharing recipes!

hazelnut honey spice cookies

I’ve joined 50 other bloggers to bring you The Sweetest Season’s Sweetest Cookie Giveaway! We’ve put together an incredible cookie baking prize package, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

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Cookies Again

coconut oil oat chip cookies

I don’t know about you, but I never get tired of cookies.

They’re up there as one of my favorite desserts. That’s because cookies are:

  • a mix of textures
  • can contain chocolate
  • can be combined with lots of flavors
  • are bite-sized

There are so many reasons for my cookie love. Although I definitely don’t make cookies every week, I like to whip up some new ones every month or so, and it’s even better when I can substitute coconut oil for butter. Coconut oil is not only tasty, but it has a lot of great health benefits.

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Cookie Memories

no bake cookies

Chocolate chip cookies remind me of the bakery I worked at in high school. They make the absolute best cookie with a crunchy outside and gooey, chocolate-filled inside.

Sugar cookies remind me of celebrating holidays and special occasions, indulging in bright colors and wild sprinkles creating cookies that were more for looks than eating.

Peanut butter cookies remind me of growing up and getting super excited when I saw my mom pressing the tines of a fork into a pan lined with light brown small circles of dough.

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Christmas Sweets

cacao nib shortbread

So, I have to be honest with you readers.

I had every intention of doing another round of “Goodies to Gift” like I did last year (which I just realized was a 5-day series)…and then life got crazy like it usually does.

In between four different airport-involved trips (to Arkansas and Wisconsin respectively) in the past month, a lack of light in the evenings which makes it super hard for me to get a good picture of anything, and the fact that I haven’t been cooking as much because of aforementioned travel, it just didn’t happen. I even had it on my blog calendar…and yet.

This year, it was sadly an “Ain’t nobody got time for that” situation.

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Can we please start combining food names like we do with dog breeds?

I know, random thought, but wouldn’t that be fun?

If you didn’t know, I’m a word nerd through and through. That means I love corny pun-related jokes, and I’m always thinking of fun word combinations.

I also have puppy fever pretty badly right now, so this is a brain child of those two things.

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