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Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies

Again..while aimlessly browsing in the food blog world on night I can across a recipe for Cheesecake Cookies at http://bakingsheet.blogspot.com/2006/01/chewy-cheesecake-cookies.html. I made a few to see if I liked them. They were(like the banana cookies I made before) very cake like. They did have a hint of cheesecake flavor..just a bit of tang from the […]

What to do with those unattractive bananas???!!

To throw them out or bake??….that is the question! And with the price of bananas these days, I couldn’t bear to toss them in the garbage!My husband said the other day..is there such thing as a Banana Cookie? Well I know I have never baked one, nor have I ever tasted one. So let the […]

Chocolate Minty Goodness

Don’t you just adore Chocolate and mint together? The two paired together always remind me of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies(which I could eat the whole box in one sitting..preferably frozen!) So if you are PMS’ing or you are just in the mood for some soft chocolate cookies with a mint twist these are just […]

Oh those YUMMY Deen Brothers

While we were in the ATL..we also got to gaze at Jamie and Bobby Deen! They were there with Paula for the cooking show. We had great seats right off the stairs to the stage. So needless to say we got to see everyone waiting to go on stage. After Bobby got off stage I […]

Paula Deen…the real deal!

Soooooo, This weekend I did a little hob knobing. My sister and I took our mom to Atlanta to the Metropolitan Cooking show featuring Paula Deen her husband Michael and her ADORABLE 2 boys for her birthday! We had a blast! On Saturday we had a VIP lunch and book signing with Paula. Her and […]

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Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies


Again..while aimlessly browsing in the food blog world on night I can across a recipe for Cheesecake Cookies at http://bakingsheet.blogspot.com/2006/01/chewy-cheesecake-cookies.html. I made a few to see if I liked them. They were(like the banana cookies I made before) very cake like. They did have a hint of cheesecake flavor..just a bit of tang from the cream cheese. Like always , my husband was hovering over my shoulder and said, “Why dont you spread some jelly on the top?” My instant response was, in a smart tone…”Do you want to bake them!?” Very well knowing I would NEVER let him attempt baking in fear the house would catch on fire!
So with my next batch, prior to baking them, I put a dab of Strawberry jam on top on swirled it around with a toothpick. That little addition from my hubby made these little cakey cookies extra special! I sent them to the office the next day. We had a power outage..and miraculously when the lights came on..all the cookies were gone! Hmmmm..funny how that happens!

Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies
½ cup cream cheese, soft
½ cup butter, soft
1 cup sugar
1 egg
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking powder
1 cup flour
Jam(what ever flavor you fancy)

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.In a large bowl, beat together butter and cream cheese. Gradually beat in sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and salt.Whisk together baking powder and flour in a small bowl and, mixing by hand or at low speed, add to cream cheese mixture.Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet.Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes, until the bottom edge just barely turns brown.Makes about 3 dozen.

What to do with those unattractive bananas???!!

To throw them out or bake??….that is the question! And with the price of bananas these days, I couldn’t bear to toss them in the garbage!
My husband said the other day..is there such thing as a Banana Cookie? Well I know I have never baked one, nor have I ever tasted one. So let the search begin!

I love banana bread, and I think I have pretty much perfected that one, so I needed another banana outlet! The winner was inspired by Banana Bread Cookies off of All recipes.com
I cant really call these cookies. I would have to say these are more like a Muffin Top….a thin muffin top. They are moist and delicate with a ever so slight crisp if you let the edges get brown.

Banana Bread Muffin Top Cookies

1 cup butter softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 banana, peeled and mashed
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Powdered Sugar if desired

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Line baking sheets with parchment paper
In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugars until smooth. Beat in eggs, vanilla extract, and banana. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; blend thoroughly into the butter mixture to make batter. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets.
Bake 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes. Cool to room temperature on cooling rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

These were such a hot item in my house..every time I turned around my almost 3 year old was eating a new one! They must be good because it seems like the only cookies she really likes are the free sugar cookies with the sprinkles on top from Publix( which she calls “Sprinkler Cookies”).

The moral to the story….if you have 2 brown ugly bananas…don’t throw them out..bake these delectable little muffiny toppy cookie treats!

Chocolate Minty Goodness

Don’t you just adore Chocolate and mint together? The two paired together always remind me of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies(which I could eat the whole box in one sitting..preferably frozen!)

So if you are PMS’ing or you are just in the mood for some soft chocolate cookies with a mint twist these are just for you and they are simple super easy to make!
PMS CHOCOLATE MINT COOKIES
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp peppermint extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups (or so) Mint Baking Chips…I used Andes
1 – Preheat oven to 350 F.
2- In the bowl of an electric mixer beat together the butter, sugar, eggs, peppermint and vanilla until fluffy.
3- Combine the flour, cocoa, and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in the mint chips.
4 – Drop the cookie dough by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
5 – Bake 8 to 10 minutes, just until the tops set. Don’t over bake, as this will make your cookies hard and dry.
Remove the sheet from the oven, allow the cookies to rest on the sheets for 1-2 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack.

Moist and Soft!

Adapted from Cookie Baker Lynn

Oh those YUMMY Deen Brothers

While we were in the ATL..we also got to gaze at Jamie and Bobby Deen! They were there with Paula for the cooking show. We had great seats right off the stairs to the stage. So needless to say we got to see everyone waiting to go on stage. After Bobby got off stage I asked him if I could take a picture with him..and even though his body guard was trying to whisk him away, he was kind enough to pose with me(he has a goofy face on because he was in mid word asking me where he should look for the picture).

When the boys were on stage they were so funny with each other. It was like they were in a room together just being brothers. They were so candid! I loved it!
After that show I got lucky again and snuck in line to Bobby and Jamie’s book signing!
Let me tell you they are some GOOD LOOKING men! And that southern accent is the cherry on top!

Paula Deen…the real deal!


Soooooo, This weekend I did a little hob knobing. My sister and I took our mom to Atlanta to the Metropolitan Cooking show featuring Paula Deen her husband Michael and her ADORABLE 2 boys for her birthday! We had a blast! On Saturday we had a VIP lunch and book signing with Paula. Her and Michael sat directly 5 feet in front of us, so we got to see all the sights and hear all of the conversations. She is honestly soooo sweet and genuine! She is the type of person who you would want to be your mother! Much to her “handlers” dislike, she wanted to take photos with anyone who asked, sign more than one book like they told her to and spend time speaking with everyone individually. She is so likable even her body guard calls her MeeMa. He said she is like his mom and he cant call her Paula( and he called Michael PeePa) How cute is that? We had a wonderful time at the lunch and Paulas generosity made me love her even more!


Mom, me, Erika, Michael and Paula