Ingredient: Unbleached AP Flour

Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies

There are an infinite number of shortbread recipes out there in ever flavor imaginable. It is a great cookie to try to put your own stamp on. Several year ago i came across a Red Velvet Shortbread Cookie recipe, but had yet to make these delicious sounding cookies. So, I thought this year was the year.

Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies

I love shortbread for its smooth and not overly sweet flavor and with these, the addition of the cocoa makes them even more delicious. I chose to dip them in some white chocolate and add holiday colored sprinkles just to be festive but you can choose to leave it off, dip them in something else or find another unique way to make them special!

Enjoy!

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  1. Preheat oven to 325*
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, and cocoa.
  3. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter. About halfway through, add the food coloring and blend until the mixture looks like fine crumbles.
  4. Form into a ball and knead until smooth.
  5. On a floured or cornstarch surface, roll out dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Using a floured or cornstarch cookie cutter, cut out. (I used a round 1 1/2 inch cookie cutter)
  6. Place cookies on an uncreased cookie sheet no less than 1 inch apart. Bake for 20-25 minutes. I set the timer for 15 minutes and check every few minutes until the centers are set.
  7. Melt chocolate over a double boiler until completely melted. Dip or roll in chocolate and cover with sprinkles.
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The BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I know it’s cliché but Fall is truly my favorite and I am not afraid to say it. The crisp air and Fall colors and, of course, the spice pallet. I can’t get enough of the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves…  The second I can break out my Cinnamon brooms I get all giddy and excited. And of course, my most favoritest part of Fall – it contains my most favorite holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving! Christmas is magical, I agree, but here is why Thanksgiving is better: there is none of the pressure of gifts for everyone and ALL of the gathering around a really good meal!

I know you’ve probably been to the grocery store about nine times this week already and we are barely into Monday night. Lists have been made, forgotten, made again, second trips and the last-minute additions. So, who wants to think about the day-before-thanksgiving dinner???

Surely not you. But here is an easy and delicious tradition you can start THIS YEAR without adding anymore stress to your holiday planning.

Ok ok ok … being from Chicago, I am particular about my pizza. BUT, I am also realistic about my ability to get things done easily some times. I also like to keep in mind that my toddler like to eat his pizza from the crust back, so he is particular about the stuffed crust frozen pizzas.

So, for an easy and delicious day-before-Thanksgiving dinner, we do pizza night paired with the most delicious, kid-friendly, and EASY! Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

best day-before-thanksgiving dinnerTo make things even easier on my stress level AND my pocketbook, I will pop into Dollar General  to pick up Libby’s Canned Pumpkin and my toddler’s favorite DiGornio frozen pizza.

Libby’s is my go-to canned pumpkin choice, again, because for us in Chicago, it is a local company and I love to support local businesses. And I always use the gold standard Toll House chips in my cookie recipes.

I just toss the toddler in the car and run down that day and grab the few things I need, and a few things the toddler needs (sure, you can have the Lisa Frank-style coloring book, because we totally need it). ON TOP of that, Dollar General has some pretty kick-ass coupons available for you right now. You can get $1 off your DiGornio’s Pizza and $1.50 off your Chocolate chips!

Drew at Dollar General

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies

So in one quick and cheap trip, dinner for the night before Thanksgiving is taken care of. And don’t worry, I’ve got you covered for a show-stopping Thanksgiving Day breakfast, too.

 

 

This recipe is so crazy easy, DB literally did almost all of it himself. Plus, you don’t need a mixer and it all goes in ONE BOWL!
Drew baking cookiesThis recipe calls for you to melt the butter instead of cream it. Because you want these to be super dense, you only need the yolk to help hold them together.

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Drew Baking Cookies Always use high quality Vanilla extract. I find imitation has a tinny after taste.

Drew baking cookies.Plopping the pumpkin into the bowl is always good for a giggle.


 

 

 

 

Licking the spoon is always allowed in our house!Drew baking cookies

Drew Baking cookies

Keeping little fingers out of the bowl was nearly impossible!

 

 

 

 

The best part about this whole set up is that, because the dough has to chill for an hour, you can cook the pizza while it’s chilling and then eat your pizza while the cookies are baking! It is literally genius. To bake up a batch of these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and relax, Thanksgiving will work it’s self out 😉

 

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The BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
A delicious twist on classic chocolate chip cookies that will be sure to please your holiday guests!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
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  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, place cubes butter and microwave until completely melted.
  2. Whisk in white and brown sugar until fully incorporated. Allow to cool for several minutes.
  3. Once cool, add egg yolk. Whisk to incorporate.
  4. Add vanilla and pumpkin and whisk to incorporate.
  5. Add salt and all spices. Whisk to incorporate.
  6. Whisk together flour and baking soda. Add to wet mixture and incorporate with a wooden spoon. The dough should be slightly dry and pull away from the side. You should be able to form it into a ball. If the dough is too dry, add small amounts of flour until you reach the correct consistency.
  7. Mix in chocolate chips and refrigerate for 1 hour until chilled.
  8. Roll into 1"-2" balls and place on parchment paper on a baking seat. If the dough has softened due to handling, re-chill. Preheat oven to 350* Bake dough balls for 8-10 minutes or until the edges begin to darken. The cookies will be puffed up and should defeat after you take them out, the centers should still be soft and the edges slightly crispy.
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German Pancakes: An Impressive and Delicious Holiday Breakfast

German Pancake Recipe

Looking to impress your family over the holidays with an out of this world delicious and seriously easy recipe? Give German Pancakes a try. I promise you that regardless of what you’ve heard, this is a foolproof recipe. Clean up is a breeze, making it is simple and the results are an impressive and delicious treat your friends and family will ask for again and again.

With the holidays right around the corner it is nice to have easy yet impressive recipes up your sleeve and this one is no exception, how much easier can you get when you make it in the blender!

AND I’ve got a pro-tip for you to help make clean up even easier! Toss some dish soap in your blender with a few cups of hot water, turn it on and done! You might have a little wiping down left to do, but the majority of the dirty work has been done, especially down in the tiny parts that are hard to clean.

So, this recipe is so easy, but there are a few things I do a little differently than some other recipes. I like mine a little thicker than most, which is why my recipe calls for 9 eggs instead of what most do, which is 6. I also put a bit of cinnamon sugar on the top of mine, while some recipes call for powdered sugar. Either of these are great or a bit of syrup, it is very eggy and fluffy and depending on your taste.

And if you are looking for a delicious and easy idea for dinner the night before Thanksgiving, check out this post with an amazing Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and some other great tips!

So, you preheat the oven to 425* and put the butter in your pan, in the oven to melt.

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Then you simply take the flour, milk, vanilla, salt, and eggs in a blender and blend until smooth!

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And then after 20-25 short minutes of agony waiting for this delicious Dutch Baby to rise, it will be fluffy and ready to eat! Your only problem will be if your family want seconds and you don’t have enough eggs!

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German Pancakes (or a Dutch Baby) Delicious, unbelievably easy to make, clean up is a breeze and your family and guests will be impressed! Fluffy and eggy!
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  1. Combine Cinnamon and Sugar in a small bowl, set aside
  2. Preheat Oven to 425*
  3. Place Eggs, Flour, Milk, Salt, and Vanilla in blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Place Butter in 9' x 13' pan and place in oven.
  5. Once preheated and butter is melted, pour batter into pan. Dust with cinnamon and sugar. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until center is set and pancake is raised around the edges.
Recipe Notes

This is deliciously simple and very eggy. You can choose to leave off the cinnamon sugar and dust with powdered sugar, top with a little bit of syrup or simply enjoy with out any topping at all!

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The Best Thanksgiving Mac N Cheese

It is starting to get chilly outside, and with Halloween in our rearview mirror, it’s time to start thinking about our Thanksgiving meals! I am usually a baking and sweets kind of gal, but planning the perfect Thanksgiving meal is a think of beauty and a joy for even the most avid baker.

Thanksgiving is all about decadence. You take whatever might be your everyday, and bump it up just a notch, all in an effort to show a little bit more love and appreciation for those around you. You take your standard family dinner, and make it something special. Sharing in your community and traditions. So, it goes without saying that you should have a killer Mac and Cheese recipe in your back pocket to knock your guests off their feet. If you have a homemade Mac and Cheese go-to, put it away and replace it with THIS White Cheddar mac and cheese. A cross between Panera Bread’s and something that fell from heaven and hit every branch on the delicious tree on it’s way down, you will have your family scrambling for the last spoonful.

It’s creamy, with a subtle hint of pepper and spice from the mustard and paprika. If you want a bit of smokey-ness you can always used a smoked paprika to create an even deeper flavor.

Best Thanksgiving mac and Cheese

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You can opt to use other kinds of pasta, I just prefer to use shells because then they get filled with that deliciously creamy white gold cheese sauce. I like to make homemade mac and cheese a lot, but I save this recipe to make on special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

You can also choose different types of cheddar, I just prefer to have the tangy bite that this particular brand offers. To me, the sharper the better when it comes to cheddar!

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, on medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour and cook until smooth. Reduce heat and add milk, heavy cream, salt, pepper, paprika, and dry mustard. Continually whisk until smooth and bubbled begin to appear around outside of pot. It is important that you don't leave it unattended. You don't want milk to cook down too much.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add cheese. Stir until melted.
  4. Add cooked pasta, stirring until pasta is completely coated. Allow to sit to thicken and melt. Top with additional salt and pepper if desired.
  5. Devour.
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