Thursday, August 22, 2013

Loaded Up Pretzel Cookies

When the weather cooled down last week, I got the urge to bake.

Not wanting to get into my favorite fall flavors of apple, pumpkin or cinnamon just yet, I went for something fun that I knew my kids would love.

Enter this creation:

This recipe came from Taste of Home magazine.   The cookies are larger than your average cookie, but so delicious!  Soft & chewy, yet crunchy all at the same time.
They are an easy cookie to make too.  Nothing complicated here. 
Loaded Up Pretzel Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups miniature pretzels, broken
1 ½ cups flaked coconut
1 ½ cups milk chocolate M&Ms
Preheat oven to 350°.  In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.  Stir in remaining ingredients.
Shape ¼ cupfuls of dough into balls; place 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.  Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Makes 2 dozen
I hope you give them a try soon! 

Monday, August 19, 2013

I'm Back and Looking Ahead

Hello, hello everyone!
I have finally returned from my blog break and am glad to be here with you!
Vacation was wonderful, my refinished floors look beautiful and
 I am working on lots of new projects around the house. 
(I have a lot to share, if I could only finish an actual project. Ahem.)
Somewhere along the way of working on all these projects, I was detoured.
It all started last week. 
First, the temperatures cooled into the 70s. 
Overnight, the temps were in the 40s.
Second, I got my Sept/Oct issue of Taste of Home magazine.
 I opened the cover and was stopped in my tracks by this picture:

The big "Back to School" did not even phase me,
 even though my kids are back to school in less than 3 weeks.
No, it was the apples.  Oh there is nothing like a crisp Fall apple! 
And then it started.....the conditions were right for...
Why does this always happen?
I don't want to rush Summer, but somehow Fall has a
way of awakening me from my Summer stupor.
So, have you been doing any Fall dreaming lately?

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