Chocolate Mint Cookies

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Growing up, my mom always made chocolate mint cookies for Christmas. I remember helping to put the little Andes mints on the top when the cookies came out of the oven, and I’d often attempt to sneak a few into my mouth for good measure. Of course, when there weren’t enough mints for the last tray of cookies it was glaringly obvious who was guilty of stealing them, but a bit of mischief was part of the fun of baking with Mom.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge

When I made the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles last week, my taste-testers (i.e. family and friends) ate them up in no time. I took that as a good sign, so I’m at it again with the no-bake no-egg cookie dough creations. This time in the form of fudge!

Just like the truffles, this recipe comes from The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook, by Lindsay Landis. I originally borrowed this cookbook from a friend, but after making two delicious and indulgent treats I think I may be ordering it for myself. I hope my taste-testers are OK with trying out a few more cookie dough recipes!

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Our Open “Haus” Menu

I recently shared a few creative and simple entertaining ideas inspired by my brother and sister-in-law at their open house for FreshGround Roasting. As that event was being planned I thought, “Why not make this a weekend event and host an open house at our place the next day?”

OK, I’ll admit it was quite busy cooking, cleaning and setting up for two consecutive open houses. But it was totally worth it! We had a great time on Saturday with FreshGround. Then on Sunday, my husband and I invited friends, family and neighbors to our open “Haus” (our play on words since our last name is Hauser).

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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

There’s not much in the baking world that beats a classic chocolate chip cookie. The smell, the taste, the warmth when they come right out of the oven…yum! They’re just so good!

Chocolate chip cookies bring me back to the days of tip-toeing into the kitchen late at night to get my hands on that chocolatey goodness. But inevitably, as I made my way to those prized treats, I’d run into my brother who had embarked on the same exact mission: cookies or bust.

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Kitchen Mishaps + Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies

I woke up ready to bake. I’ve had 2 jars of PB2 (powdered peanut butter) sitting in my pantry for about two weeks now and I’d been wanting to try my hand at some low calorie peanut butter cookies. I knew PB2 would be an awesome substitute for full-fat peanut butter in a lot of different recipes, but I wasn’t sure how well it would fare in baking. Let’s call this my noble attempt.

First off, the number 1 rule of baking is probably this: make sure you have all necessary ingredients in the house before you start mixing your dough. Oops! I had to run out for eggs with a half-measured bowl of peanut butter & sugar sitting on the counter. Not off to a great start.

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The Magic of Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

My earliest memory of these cookies is when I was 7 or 8 years old and we went to visit my great grandma. I remember feeling shy and embarrassed about going to a place I hadn’t been before. It was scary being surrounded by grownups who all seemed really comfortable even though I didn’t know any of them very well.

I remember timidly walking through the front door and being overwhelmed by a smell so delicious I couldn’t wait to find out what it was. My great grandma greeted us with a smile and hugs, and told us she had been baking cookies for us! All of my little-kid shyness and embarrassment went right out the window. She baked cookies for us!

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