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Easy Homemade Cookie Cookbook [Review/Recipe]

Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. All opinions expressed are my own.

I recently had the opportunity to review the Easy Homemade Cookie Cookbook written by Miranda Couse of the popular blog Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt. I love cookies but typically find myself fixing the same ones over and over. This cookbook is amazing though. It includes 150 recipes for all-time classics and modern twists on not only cookies, but brownies, bars, and no-bake treats. The recipes include easy-to-find ingredients, many of which are already in your pantry (if they are somehow magically in my pantry, then I know they will definitely be in yours).

I couldn’t wait to try her recipe for Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. I LOVE anything with chocolate and even though I am trying to cut down on my sugar intake, I figured that I could allow myself to indulge in one or two.

The verdict?

Nom. Nom. Nom. I can’t wait to try out some of the other recipes.

It amazed me how quickly this recipe came together. It took no time for me to measure out all of my ingredients, mix them, and bake the cookies. The cookies all turned out perfect in my mind as well – deliciously fudgy without being overwhelmingly sweet. The cookies themselves looked lovely with the cracked topping and would be the perfect addition to your holiday table or potluck.

Instead of baking all of the cookies at once, I ended up splitting the dough into thirds, rolling them up, and freezing two batches (without rolling them in confectioner’s sugar). I figured that once our Lil Bean gets here, it’ll be nice to just pull out a few pieces of cookie dough when I need something to perk me up.

The Easy Homemade Cookie Cookbook will be released on October 31st, but don’t wait – preorder yours now and get ready to do some baking!

Print Recipe
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Recipe posted with permission from the Easy Homemade Cookie Cookbook.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12-13 minutes
Servings
About 34 cookies
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12-13 minutes
Servings
About 34 cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed or a wooden spoon, beat together the butter, oil, and both sugars until light and creamy. This will take about 3 minutes if using an electric mixer or 5 to 6 minutes if creaming by hand. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients and beat on low speed or by hand until the dough comes together.
  4. Put the confectioners’ sugar in a shallow bowl for rolling.
  5. Using a medium (11⁄2-tablespoon) cookie scoop, scoop the dough into balls, drop them into the confectioners’ sugar, and roll to coat. Place the balls 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes, until the cookies are cracked on top.
  7. Let the cookies rest on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.
Recipe Notes

Tip: You can roll the cookie dough first in granulated sugar and then in the confectioners’ sugar. This will help dry out the dough, giving your cookies even more of a cracked effect.

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Week 31 Update [Baby Shower #1!]

October has already been a busy month and we are only a week or two into it! My mom and I traveled over to Moore County this past weekend where some of Robb’s family were hosting a baby shower for me. It was a whirlwind of a weekend but a great one! It’s about 3 1/2 hours of solid driving from our place to Moore County but it was worth it.

We started out the weekend by stopping to the Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield. I picked up a few items for my baby shower this upcoming weekend and my mom purchased a cute, flowy blouse for me from Destination Maternity.

Front Pocket Maternity Shirt- Dot Print | Destination Maternity

After arriving in Moore County, we walked around for a little bit in Southern Pines but a lot of shops had already closed for the evening so we skipped over to Pinehurst so I could show my mom around Bump & Baby – one of my favorite baby boutiques. We were tuckered out after that so we decided not to go to Southern Pines’ First Friday and headed on to my boyfriend’s grandma’s for the evening to relax.

The next morning, we got up and headed down to AutumnFest to check out the vendors and to listen to my Robb’s dad’s bluegrass band – South Ridge Bluegrass. You should definitely check them out – they are fabulous and even Lil Bean started to boogy some!

Then it was baby shower time!

Mom and I | 30 Weeks + 6 Days Baby Bump Picture

Robb’s family did a fabulous job with everything. There were pictures of us as babies everywhere and his mom had a game where people cast their vote with a checker whether or not Lil Bean would have red hair or black hair. I don’t get to see the result until after Lil Bean gets here but I know which way I’m leaning! Let’s just say that I think Lil Bean may be a spitting image of his daddy.

To eat, we had a fruit tray, a vegetable tray, jello salad, chicken salad sandwiches, turkey and cheese sandwiches and more. We also had cake and punch – I LOVE baby/wedding/shower punch.

I absolutely adore my dress (from PinkBlush Maternity, of course). In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ll wear it again for my second baby shower. It’s comfortable and I love the print. I think that it’s a very flattering dress.

Navy Blue Watercolor Floral Fitted Maternity Dress | PinkBlush Maternity

Our Lil Bean is blessed to have so many that love him already. We received a lot of great gifts that will certainly help us out when Lil Bean gets here. One of my favorites has to be the handmade hat and booties knit by his grandmother. I also loved the little Smokey the Bear t-shirt as well. Both of those items are ones that will certainly be placed in Lil Bean’s hope chest one day (do boys even have hope chests?).

Opening gifts with my handy dandy note-taker by my side.

In this picture are two great-grandmothers-to-be, three grandmothers-to-be, and ME!

The bottom dropped out of the sky when it came time to load up my gifts and my poor mom got soaking wet. It ended up raining pretty much all the way home but that didn’t put a damper on our day!

This super blurry picture is the one I sent to Robb on our way home. The back of the truck was full as well. His response? “Awwww…. shit….”

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