Happy Monday! Errr… let’s try to make it a happy Monday!
I have cookies to make your Monday a little less horrible.
Yep, still really loving all things lemon right now. I don’t know what my deal is but I can’t get enough.
I made these Glazed Lemon Cookies yesterday and then ate 5 of them before I even took pictures. It’s a problem.
These cookies were really simple. One of my cookie pet peeves is finicky dough. Like, if you don’t chill it, they spread too much. If you don’t flatten them out, they stay in strange little balls. You know what I mean?
I just want cookie dough that I can put on the baking sheet and it does exactly what it’s supposed to do. Why is that so hard?!
Anyway, these cookies do exactly what they are supposed to do. I just rolled them into balls and placed them on the baking sheet and they spread out into perfect little cute cookie shapes.
And they’re so soft and amazing! The glaze is just the right amount of tart.
Happy almost weekend! Let’s celebrate with sprinkles!
You guys, I’m obsessed with Funfetti right now. I can’t get enough. I’ve made cookies, cupcakes, bars, everything in the past few weeks. The sprinkles just make me so happy!
I stock up on all my favorite Pillsbury cake mixes and frosting every time I’m at Walmart. They’re perfect to have in your pantry for quick afterschool treats that the kids can help make! Mine especially love decorating with sprinkles which is why I chose to use Funfetti for these cookies. I did the baking, they did the frosting and sprinkling!
It was the perfect way to #MixUpAMoment after a long day at school!
These cookies couldn’t be simpler. You just need the Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix, oil, and eggs! And the Pillsbury Funfetti frosting, of course. They bake for less than 10 minutes and then you can decorate them however you like!
They are so delicious and so fun to look at it! I can’t get enough.
If you’re obsessed with Funfetti like me, you have to try them!
I’ll be sharing a cute way to jazz up Pillsbury brownie mixes later this month so make sure you check back for that!
And before you head to Walmart to stock up on Pillsbury mixes, be sure to download the Ibotta app to save $.75 on 3 Pillsbury baking products! And check out Pillsbury’s Pinterest page to discover more fabulous ways to use Pillsbury cake mixes and frostings!
So sorry if you’re still sticking to your resolutions.
I, however, am not.
Yesterday I had Ruffles for breakfast AND lunch and half a pint of Jeni’s Whiskey and Pecans for dinner.
I don’t even have an excuse. I just wanted to.
I swear I’m eating healthy today. Hopefully.
I could really go for some orange chicken and fried rice though.
Anyway, I cleaned out my pantry the other day (because my real resolution is to declutter) and realized I have a ton of cake mixes. It’s become the “just in case” thing I buy every time I’m at the store because I can never remember if I have white, yellow, chocolate, funfetti, etc. at home. I have somehow collected 15 cake mixes in the 9 months we’ve lived here.
No frosting. Just cake mixes.
So one of my favorite things to do with cake mix is to make cookies. It has to be the easiest way to make cookies! You just need the cake mix, eggs, and oil! Plus whatever you want to mix in!
For this version, I started with a devil’s food cake mix for a rich chocolate cookie and then mixed in chocolate chips and walnuts, like classic fudge.
They are so soft and so delicious! Chocolate cookies are usually my last choice but man, these are good.
Healthy and delicious Granola Cookies! Filled with flax seeds, cranberries, sunflower seeds, oats, and chocolate chunks. No guilt required with these cookies!
I’m currently doing that annoying thing I do at least once a year. You know, where I decide I’m over buying boxes of cereal, crackers, cookies – fun packaged food that my kids go through like crazy, in other words.
So I’ve decided that I am just going to make everything.
Why do I do this to myself? WHY?!
I swear it was only a few months ago that I did this same thing and by the end of the week I was at Target buying a cart full of goldfish, pizza rolls, and Cap’n Crunch.
But we’ll go with it for now.
I have also decided that the kids aren’t buying lunch anymore after the school allowed one of my kids to spend NINE DOLLARS on lunch one day.
On a school lunch.
So they’ve been taking super boring (super healthy) lunches because I’m not buying granola bars and their other lunchbox faves and – surprise! – I don’t have time to make homemade crackers and fruit snacks.
Because who really does?!
I finally got my life together enough this weekend to make these yummy Granola Cookies for them!
The school is weird – like, you-can’t-send-a-chocolate-granola-bar-for-snack-but-sure, bring-a-couple-dozen-chocolate-cupcakes-for-your-kid’s-birthday weird. But I think these cookies are healthy enough that I won’t get into too much trouble
They’ve got oats, ground flaxseeds, cranberries, sunflower seeds, chocolate – everything you love about granola but portable! They’re so soft and delicious! And the salty sunflower seeds were perfect with all the sweet components!
I am SO not ready. It doesn’t feel like Christmas here in Texas (after 4 winters in Colorado) and therefore, I kinda don’t believe that Christmas is next week. I’m in denial.
Nothing’s been wrapped. I still haven’t mailed the gifts that need to be mailed. I have definitely not planned food for the holiday.
So I thought, in honor of me being a mess this year, we could talk about these easy Chocolate-Peppermint Waffle Cookies and 10 ways to make the holidays less stressful.
Because I need both cookies and less stress right now.
10 Ways to Have Less Stressful Holidays
Make the holiday dinner easy! Skip the fancy sides and opt for ham or turkey on fancy rolls! Minimal work required and who doesn’t love a sandwich? Pick up a variety of mustard and mayo to keep things interesting.
Wrapping Santa presents for more than 1 kid? Use a different wrapping paper for each kid – they AND you will be able to see who’s is who’s at a quick glance.
Enjoy the cookie/chocolate/cake/whatever. It’s okay to indulge sometimes.
Pick one or two easy Christmas cookie recipes (like these Chocolate-Peppermint Waffle Cookies or these or these!) and stick with it. Fight the urge to make 15 varieties!
Stay home! I know, I know, we all want to see family but traveling is stressful! Skip the cross country flight and use Skype instead.
An easy way to add cute decor to your living space? Kleenex® Perfect Fit holiday canisters are super cute and something we all could use in our home this time of year!
Go for a quick run. Ugggghhhhh, I hate myself for including but dang, don’t you feel better after a workout?
Say no. It’s okay to skip the cookie swaps, the Christmas parties, the gift exchanges. I promise it’s okay.
Use Viva® Vantage® paper towels have a scrubby texture to clean up all your holiday messes. A Viva® paper towel is also perfect for catching sprinkles while decorating cookies for Santa!
If you need an easy cookie recipe, this is it. It isn’t really quick unless you have one of those fancy waffle makers that makes 6 at a time but it was kind of mindless work – you know what I mean? Like, I was doing dishes and wiping the counters in between cookies.
I also really love using a waffle iron. So.
They’re really delicious and depending on how long you cook them, they can either be cakey or crispy. If you want cakey, do only a minute. If you want a more crisp cookie, cook closer to 2 minutes.
The glaze is absolutely delicious. If you love peppermint this time of year, these are definitely the cookies for you!
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