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1 box cake mix of choice
1 egg
1/2 cup oil

Mix altogether
Roll into balls and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350F


I borrowed this recipe from this site, and WOW.  These were super easy to make and delicious.  I’ve had to hide them from myself.  Can’t just eat  one 😉


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • half fresh lemon
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar


  1. In a large bowl mix eggs, cake mix and vegetable oil together.
  2. Juice the lemon over dough.  For added flavor you can peel the outside of the lemon into the batter as well.  Make sure that these are very small bits.  They’ll add a nice kick of lemon flavor.
  3. Roll dough out into tablespoon size balls.  They will expand quite a bit.
  4. Roll each ball of dough in the powdered sugar
  5. Bake in over at 375F for 9 minutes.

Ok, to be fair this isn’t entirely my own recipe.  It’s actually a variation of Betty Crocker’s Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie.  Unfortunately the recipe seems to disappear and then reappear from the internet.  I have tweaked it and made it *perfect*  Enjoy!


  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups flour, sifted (this is very important)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pkg chocolate chips


  1. In a mixing bowl combine sugars, softened butter, egg, and vanilla.  Make sure butter is softened, almost a whipped consistency.
  2. Add flour, one cup at a time.  Make sure you sift it as you mix it in.
  3. Add chocolate chips.
  4. Use a table spoon to measure out dough.  Place each ball of dough about an inch or so apart.  These cookies will spread out.
  5. Bake at 375F for 8-10 minutes, or until golden.
  6. Enjoy with a large glass of milk and good company 😀

This Christmas Season I did a lot of baking.  I also discovered a new cookie recipe that was a joy to make and beautiful from Simply Recipes.  I made a couple batches for a fundraiser our Rotary Club had and the kids loved them.    I discovered that the trick to this recipe is a metal pan and tinfoil. Also, patience.   Enjoy!


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • crushed hard candies- jolly ranchers or life savers


  1. Line metal cookie sheet with tinfoil
  2. In large bowl mix the butter and sugar until they are creamy
  3. Add the molasses and vanilla extract.  Mix in the egg.  Mix thoroughly
  4. In another bowl sift together the flour and baking powder
  5. Fold dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.  When completely mixed together separate dough into two balls.  wrap in plastic wrap and let sit for at least an hour at room temperature.
  6. Preheat oven to 375F
  7. Roll out dough, cut out into shapes and move onto tinfoil lined metal pan.  Cut out center of dough to make shapes.  Fill with crushed hard candies.
  8. Bake for about 8 minutes
  9. Remove from oven and place in freezer for 5 mins, or until the center of the cookies are hardened.  Carefully remove from cookie sheet and make the next batch.

Nothing screams the holiday season like fresh baked cookies.  Every Christmas I try to get a healthy dose of gingerbread into my diet.  Imagine my delight when I cam across this recipe from gingerkitten D on RecipeZar!  I simply had to give it a try.

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Ingredients :

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)


  1. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves together
  2. In a seperate, larger bowl, mix egg, butter (best at room temp) and brown sugar together.
  3. Mix in molasses, vanilla, and lemon zest to brown sugar mixturewillow's first snow 09 001
  4. Slowly mix in dry ingredients
  5. Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic.  Let dough sit at room temp from two to eight hours.  You don’t want the dough to be sticky when you go to work with it.
  6. After dough has set out roll it into 1/4″ thick sheet.  Cut out your cookieswillow's first snow 09 011
  7. Bake at 375F for 7-10 mins.  The less time in the oven the softer the cookies
  8. let cool and frost!


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup water (added 1 tbsp at a time)
  • food coloring
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Sift powdered sugar into a bowl
  2. add water 1 tbsp at a time, until you get the right spreading consistancy
  3. Mix in vanilla
  4. Divide frosting into smaller bowls, adding food coloring to each bowl, leave one white
  5. Frost cookies!willow's first snow 09 016

To do the snowflakes I used a toothpick.  I dipped it in the frosting and let it drip onto the center of the round cookie.  Then I used the toothpick to draw the frosting from the center into the desired snowflake shape.  When I didn’t have enough frosting I simply dipped the toothpick back into the bowl and added more to the center of the cookie.




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