Fall Favorite – Mini Cinnamon Applesauce Muffin Recipe

Yay! It’s Fall Favorite time! Today is exciting because first it’s a recipe that doesn’t have pumpkin in it AND I have the super fun Tottums (Stephanie Totty) from The Froggy & The Mouse.

She really is a riot to hang out with and I know this because we spent some time together while at BlogHer this past summer. At home she spends her time wrangling two cute little boys, writing her tell it like it is blog, and working outside the home at a pretty cool job. 

Of course you can find her hanging out at all the usual spaces & places online like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Go ahead… stalk her… she likes it.

I woke up this morning and seriously considered turning on our heat – it got down into the low 40s last night here in the DFW area. It’s Fall, y’all. Therefore, it’s definitely time to break out the mini cinnamon applesauce muffins. NOM.

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You can blame my mother for this recipe. I have no idea where she found it, but it’s pretty much the most amazing thing ever. These little dudes are bite-sized and perfect when heated up and paired with coffee … which also means they’re terribly addictive. The recipe makes a TON of them – but the good news? You can freeze them and they do great. I’ve got mini muffins for miles in my freezer right about now.

Mini Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins

Ingredients
1 cup of butter, softened
2 cups of sugar
2 eggs
2 cups of applesauce
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tbs ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
Preheat oven to 350*
Grease mini-muffin pans.
Cream butter, gradually add 2 cups of sugar – beating well at medium speed
Add eggs, one at a time.
Add applesauce, mixing well.
Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, cloves & nuts – add to creamed mixture, mixing well.
Fill muffin pans about 3/4 full.

Bake at 350* for 14 minutes.
Transfer to wire racks to cool.

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It’s easiest if you have at least 2 muffin pans, although when I make it, I usually tend to have three and a half pans worth of mix. Enjoy your muffins, and don’t say I didn’t warn you about them being addictive!

CTC Online Math Tutoring – Review

Math was never my strong suit when I was in school and the only way to get some extra help was to sign up for tutoring. Traditional tutoring was usually after school once or twice a week and last an hour or so… nothing spectacular really. If you were lucky you got a great tutor that was able to finally break through to you and you’d figure it out or not so lucky and you still couldn’t figure it out after hours.

Now, there are more options than ever with the internet! I recently had the opportunity to try out CTC Math and see how it worked with my kids.

CTC Math

So what is CTC math? 

CTC Math is an online-based math tutoring program that is available for the just one student or the entire family. They have unlimited access to all lessons across all grade levels. With the program you can learn at your own pace with the ability to stop and rewind the lesson so there is a better understanding of the material. There are over 1400 tutorials each lasting 4 – 9 minutes with combined audio and visual to help instill the lesson being taught. After each tutorial there are interactive questions or an optional printable worksheet which tests the understanding of key concepts. Once all the questions have been answered the system stores the results for a report.


CTC Math Summary Report CTC Math Detailed Report
 Aside from being able to log into the site and check the progress of my child they also email you each week to let you know exactly how your child is doing. The report helps you figure out where the child is struggling or excelling and if they need extra help somewhere.

Our thoughts

My youngest daughter used it the most and immediately loved it. The way that the lessons were presented allowed her to fully understand and grasp the concepts pretty quickly. After working with it for 30 minutes she was excited that she had finally figured something out that had been stumping her for a while and with immediate feedback on what her score is she knows whether she really “got it” or not and she can try again if she wants.

My older two also gave it a try too. My oldest, Caitlin, is beyond the highest level that they offer (trig) but still went through some of the tutorials and she also thought that it was well laid out and if she needed the help that it would be perfect.

Natalie gave it a shot too and felt the same as her other sisters but didn’t play around with it as much as I would have liked. I think that if she had tried a few of the tutorials that were above her level she would have been able to pick up those concepts pretty easily.

Aside from the tutorial benefit of CTC math I think that it would be perfect for keeping up over the long summer vacation, getting a little ahead, or even used for homeschooling.

Getting that little boost in math can really do a lot for a child aside from raising their math grade. It can help boost their confidence, understanding of math, and the incentive to keep trying when it comes to math and their education.

Try it!

If you’re interested in the program you can try their free trial. You can also sign up for a single student or family plan at monthly, 6 month, or 12 month rates.

Disclosure: CTC Math was provided to me to try out and review. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

The Invisible Girls Book Review

This is one of those books that once you start you simply can’t put it down. It pulls you in and tugs on your heart and emotions so strongly that you have to know what happens next.

Invisible Girls

The Invisible Girls – A Memoir by Sarah Thebarge is the story of Sarah as she is diagnosed with rather aggressive breast cancer in her 20’s. She is excelling in life with a loving boyfriend, has an Ivy League education that she worked very hard to achieve, and a successful career when she is told that she had breast cancer.

Having been raised in as the pastors daughter in a fundamental Christian home, Sarah believed that God was angry with her for something that she had done in her life. But she could never figure it out.  She struggled with her faith throughout the book as she battled cancer and eventually came back to it.

All through out the book you learn more and more about Sarah and how incredible brave she is, how much she endured, and how the human spirit when beaten down can make a miraculous recovery. It was a very inspiring story to say the least.

After she is well again Sarah decided to make a clean start, far from everything that her life was. She packed up and moved to Portland, Oregon… as far away as she could get. It was there by chance, on a bus, that she met a family of refugees from Somalia. Hadhi, a Somali refugee abandoned by her husband, was struggling to raise five young daughters alone in a culture she didn’t understand. She and her daughters, Fahri, Abdallah, Sadaka, Lelo, and Chaki, became very close with Sarah.

It was Sarah who helped the family get food, proper clothing, heat, and other basic necessities that we take for granted. Through helping Hadhi and her daughters Sarah was able to begin her own healing process and really start her life again.

The more memoirs that I read I find myself really enjoying them. They’re full of life that is so very real, they’re heartbreaking, inspiring, and tell the journey of someone very real…. someone that you could pass walking down the sidewalk one day.

You can check The Invisible Girls on Amazon and Sarah on her personal website.

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Jericho Books. I received a product sample to facilitate my review.

 

Fall Favorite- Pumpkin Pie Bars

Welcome to Wednesday! Today’s Fall Favorite is another sweet treat that is full of pumpkin flavor… you know what? I think that after all these delicious sweets we’re going to need a a diet plan to fight all the weight we’ll gain trying these. But then again it is the beginning of the holiday season and if I remember correctly all sweets during this time are calorie free.

Today’s Fall Favorite is pumpkin pie bars and they come to you from a great friend and blogger, Natalie!

Natalie is a wife, mom of a six year old son and four year old twin girls, wannabe foodie, lover of wine and of all things social media. She blogs at Mommy of a Monster and Twins and also works as a freelance writer and virtual assistant. You can find her tweeting as @NatalieHoage, Facebooking all day long, and pinning more recipes than she can ever possibly try.

One of my favorite things to bake during the fall season is this recipe for Pumpkin Pie Bars. The reason I love them so much is because they are so versatile – you can add nuts, cranberries, chocolate chips (or a combination of the three!)

Pumpkin Pie Bars

These Pumpkin Pie Bars can be made in just one bowl, which makes them both easy to make and to clean up. I know it looks like a lot of ingredients, but I bet you already have most of them in your pantry. Enjoy!

Ingredients

8 tablespoons butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 light brown sugar, packed

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1-1/3 cups pumpkin puree

1-2/3 cups of flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1-1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup of chocolate chips, cranberries, or nuts, if desired.

Preheat the oven to 375. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, stir first 4 ingredients until combined. Whisk in the eggs and oil, then stir in the pumpkin. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until combined.

Spoon mixture into the baking dish. Bake for 20-23 minutes, until the top is springy. Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before cutting into bars. Serve warm or at room temperature.

I hope that you’re enjoying this little series that I have put together for all of you and I would LOVE it if you’d guest post too! Just drop me an email, or tweet, or message on Facebook and I’ll get you added to the list of amazing bloggers.

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The possible Halloween party

Halloween is my favorite time of the year and I don’t know if it’s because the weather has cooled off and I can pull out all the scarves and boots again, if it’s because all of the trees are bursting with gorgeous colors, or if it’s because some of my favorite movies are on. I’m sure that there are a million reasons why I love it so much.

I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t love it too.

Halloween has a long and sordid history for sure but I think that is what makes it so intriguing to me. Ghost, spirits of long past family members coming back to roam the earth for one night, dressing up to confuse them, and of course jack o’ lanterns meant to frighten off unwanted spirits.

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween (Photo credit: Professor Bop)

But what makes the Halloween so much fun is the Halloween parties for kids and adults. This year I think that we’ll be hosting a Halloween party for a dozen or so tweens & teens! If you don’t hear from me after next weekend please send help….

When I was a teen I had a huge Halloween party and everyone dressed up. We converted my parents garage/pole barn into the party area and set up tables and chairs so we could all hang out. Of course there was lots of loud music, snacks, and fun. You know…. the typical teen type party and I was honestly surprised that my parents went for the idea.

Since Halloween only comes round once a year, it’s worth making the most of it. When wondering how to host a grown-up Halloween party, the first thing to start with is the food. It can be the life and soul of any party, so having a few spooky snacks and hors d’oeuvres, like spicy roasted pumpkin seeds, could get everyone talking. Pumpkin soup would make a great starter, and it’s in season!

Also, it might be worth doing some nachos for sharing. They might not seem like the most ‘festive’ thing to serve at a Halloween party, but you could make them so spicy that people are scared to take more than a single bite! Also, nachos are always kid approved around here.

When it comes to drinks, why not get creative with some Halloween themed cocktails? There are some great recipes out there, such as the Sour Ghost which is super easy to make and will certainly haunt your guests taste buds.

Maybe we’ll skip the kid party this weekend and throw an all out Halloween party for the grown ups!

No adult Halloween party should be complete without a theme, but just dressing up as ghosts and witches won’t be exciting enough. You could use it as an excuse to follow a theme with which you could use as inspiration for costumes, music, food and games. An 80’s theme would be great, where you could dress up like the cast of Dallas or The A-Team!

To try and keep the fun going, why not have a few games? Rather than something as childish as ‘Truth or Dare’, perhaps you could have a few drinking games involving scary cocktails. A good game to play is ‘Guess Who’. Like the board game of the same name, you guess who they are, but the answers could be characters from Halloween movies. All you need are a few post-it notes and a pen.

Did you ever throw a Halloween party when you were a teen or as an adult? What was it like? Please tell it was awesome so I can talk my kids into a real Halloween party.

Psstt…. This was a PR collaboration but all thoughts, opinion are my own.

Fall Favorite – Brown Butter Pumpkin Blondies

How could I let another week go by without another pumpkin recipe? Hopefully, you’re not getting tired of them. I mean there has been a pretty decent variety of pumpkin recipes and this week it’s a little unique. It’s a brown butter pumpkin blondie recipe topped with a rich & creamy cream cheese frosting. I dare you to try and eat more than one of these and not get a stomach ache!

Brown Butter Pumpkin Blondies

I made mine very simply and left out all of the various extras that you could put in them like nuts, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips. Besides I really wanted to add the cream cheese frosting and I didn’t have any of the extras.

So are you wondering about brown butter? Brown butter is butter that has been slowly warmed until it is a light brown color and has a nutty flavor to it. The butter is cooked long enough to turn the milk solids and salt particles brown while cooking out any water present. It has a more complex flavor than melted or clarified butter. Brown butter can replace the butter in just about any dish and gives it an extra layer of depth. Honestly, in this recipe you can use regular butter if you want.

Brown Butter

This was my first attempt at making brown butter even though I’ve known about it forever. I was always to chicken to try it and didn’t want to ruin it. It was so easy and I’m glad that I added it to the blondies.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Blondies

Ingredients

  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup brown butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar - dark or light
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin puree (about 2 cups)

Instructions

    Brown Butter
  1. In a heavy bottom pan heat, whisk sliced butter occasionally while it warms over medium heat. As it heats it will foam a little bit... just remember to keep whisking and don't let it burn.
  2. Cook, stirring constantly, until the butter becomes a light tan color. Remove the pan from the heat. The butter will continue cooking even after you remove it from the burner. I poured mine into a small bowl to cool.
  3. Blondies
  4. Sift the flour and pumpkin pie spice together and set aside.
  5. Whisk the brown butter and sugar together until smooth and then add in the egg and vanilla. Mix well.
  6. Whisk in the pumpkin.
  7. Stir in the flour. At this point you can stir in some of the extras I mentioned before if you want.
  8. Pour into a prepared 13x9 pan and bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 30 - 35 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean when inserted into the middle.
  9. Let cool before frosting if you're want them frosted.
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Now grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

Don’t forget… if you have a favorite fall recipe that you’d like to share here I would love to have you guest post here. 

Fall Favorites – Ooey Gooey Pumpkin and Chocolate Cake

It’s Friday and we’re rounding out this week with an awesome Fall Favorite! Ooey gooey pumpkin and chocolate cake from Amber of Amber Page Writes. This cake sounds sinfully rich, delicious, and full of flavor and I’m sure that it’s something that I’d want to eat all of in one sitting if I could.  I’ve been waiting all week to share this with you… and now you have something to do on Saturday!

So who’s Amber? She is the mommy of one sweet, sassy toddler. Wife of a handsome, kind and very, very patient man. Copywriter for an ad agency. And blogger, of course. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Some foods beg to be made in front of an audience. Delicious-smelling, yeasty breads, perfectly-charred steaks, fancy cocktails… the list goes on. And then there are those that should be made in private. Not because they’re not delicious, but because you don’t want anyone to see what goes into them. The recipe I’m about to share you is one of the latter. ooey gooey pumpkin and chocolate cake How do I know? Because this was the conversation I had with my husband this evening.

“Is that a whole stick of butter?”

“Yep.”

“And a whole cake mix?”

“Uh huh.”

“And that’s just the crust?”

“Yep. Now go away.” (He didn’t)

“Oh my god. A whole package of cream cheese?”

“You better believe it.”

“And another stick of butter?”

“Didn’t I tell you to go away?”

“Tell me you didn’t just put that whole package of powdered sugar in there.” (I did)

“Are you trying to kill me?”

“…”

In other words, this cake, it’s not good for you. At all. Although it does have pumpkin it. So you know. There’s fiber. And vitamin A. And beta carotene. Oh, and calcium from the cream cheese.

Hey, it’s a regular health bonanza!

Healthy or no, it is 100 percent delicious.

This is the conversation we had after he took a bite.

“Wow.”

“Wow good, or wow bad?”

“Wow, you should take this to work so I don’t eat it all in two days.”

So there you go. Bake it in private. Share it with everyone you love (or don’t. It’s up to you).

Ingredients

ooey gooey pumpkin and chocolate cake ingredients Crust:

1 chocolate cake mix

1 stick of butter (melted)

1 egg

Filling:

1 15 oz. can of pumpkin (plain, not the pie mix)

1 8 oz. package of cream cheese (room temperature)

1 stick of butter (melted)

3 eggs

1 tbsp. vanilla

Pumpkin pie spice (to taste)

1 16 oz. package of powdered sugar (about 4 cups or so)

.5 cup of chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Crust:

  1. Dump cake mix, melted butter and egg in a bowl
  2. Mix until well combined
  3. Empty into 9 X 13 pan and press down until it forms a smooth crust along the bottom and sides of pan
  4. Set aside

Filling:

  1. Cream together the pumpkin and cream cheese
  2. Add butter, eggs, vanilla and spice, then mix until well-combined
  3. Slowly add powdered sugar (while you continue to mix) until it’s all combined
  4. Pour on top of crust and smooth it out
  5. Top with chocolate chips (optional)

Bake for 45-50 minutes. The sides should be set, but the middle will look more like pudding (it is a gooey cake, after all).

Enjoy!

Pre-Prom Prep

This is a sponsored post. All thought & opinions are my own.

I know it’s kind of early to be thinking about prom but with two girls it isn’t early. At least not to me… gotta save lots of money if they both go!

Okay, so it’s given that my oldest daughter will be going to the prom this year because it’s her senior year. This means that we need to find an awesome dress… one that she absolutely loves and one that won’t break the bank. These two things are like polar opposites.

My daughter, Caitlin, has incredible tastes and picks out some beautiful and unique dresses. Each of them would look amazing on her and are different from what all the other girls would be wearing, but there is a downside to these dresses…. the cost. So many of them are well over $5oo and outside of my budget.

Now, my other daughter, Natalie, may or may not go to prom. Really, it depends on if someone asks her because she just a freshman. I’m preparing myself mentally just in case. You never know!

Can you imagine dress shopping for two girls? Two girls who do not like the typical prom dress… two girls who don’t have the same taste… two girls who will want to hit up every single store that sells dresses in a 50 mile radius. I hope that they serve wine at these dress shops… I’ll need it.

Instead of hitting up all of those stores I think we’ll have to check out Dress First. They have so many options…. short dresses, long dresses, strapless, one shoulder, and so much more. Here are a few of my favorites that one of the girls might like.

blue dress cream dress
I had to check out the little black dress section because who can resist them? I found one that I must have!

black dress

This dress is perfect for the upcoming holidays! The first thing that I thought of when I saw this dress was Audrey Hepburn and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It has an elegant but sexy look to it and paired with a pair of really high, pointy black heels, and a small clutch it will be the perfect outfit. Don’t you think?

So the big selling point on Dress First is that you can have your dress custom made to fit you exactly. You take all your measurements, give them to the company, and then they make your dress to fit your perfectly and with pricing that is super affordable it’s a mom’s dream. Even better is that there is free standard 5 – 9 day shipping on most of the dresses!

As soon as we get through college applications next week maybe we’ll start the dress browsing… it’s going to take a while to find one we can all agree on.

Yes, this is a sponsored post and all opinions are my own, but I do love the dresses and know that at least one of my daughters will find one that they like on the site. I hope.

Fall Favorite – Indian Potato and Spinach Soup

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for another Fall Favorite! Today Erica is here sharing her recipe for an Indian Potato and Spinach soup that is sure to warm you on the coldest fall evening and paired with some fresh from the oven bread and a glass of your favorite drink dinner will be perfect. 

I hope that you’re enjoying this series and finding some delicious recipes to try out. Remember… if you’re interested in sharing one of your own fall favorite here just let me know.

Erica Voll is a freelance writer, blogger, marketing maven, content creator and social media consultant. She writes a parenting blog, No Sleep ’til College, and is co-founder of Girls’ Lunch Out. Erica rarely sleeps. Connect with Erica on Twitter,YouTube, Facebook, and Google+.

There are days when I think I might as well cook an elaborate meal, and throw it directly in the trash because inevitably, my kids and husband will hate it.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with “1” being “Ick, gross, I’m calling for take-out” and a “10” being “Make this again!” I’ve observed the following:

  • 30 seconds to throw chicken fingers in the oven + 5 minutes to heat up canned corn + 1 minute to scoop applesauce on a plate = 10
  • 60 minutes chopping, searing, boiling and simmering for a chicken dinner = 5
  • 90 minutes chopping, boiling, cleaning, clearing, plating, topping and serving pork chops, homemade mashed potatoes, fresh brussels sprouts = 1

Look, I am not a foodie. I do not “enjoy” cooking, nor do I enjoy the prep and clean-up that comes with cooking. But I the thought of Indian potato soup just kind of warmed my soul one chilly fall day…

So I thought I would take a chance and make it for my family.
So, this weekend, when I dared to bust out the Indian spices and create a pot of soup, I knew I was treading in dangerous waters. This conversation foreshadowed what happened…

“The kids will never eat that,” said my husband.

“How do you know??” I asked.

“Erica, the kids will not eat Indian food,” he replied.

Well, he was sort of right. My almost-4-year-old told me she didn’t like the way it smelled, and my 18-month-old ate it up. My husband hated it, and I loved it.

I loved it so much, in fact, I wanted to share the recipe with you.

Indian Potato Soup

Indian Potato Spinach Soup with Chicken

Serves: 1. Your family will hate it, and you will be forced to eat it for a week because you made it from scratch, damnit!

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp canola or corn oil
  • 2 medium size chicken breast halves, diced
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1/2 tsp caraway seeds ( I used sesame seeds since I didn’t have caraway seeds)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 TBSP curry powder
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 6 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 1 cup chopped canned tomatoes with juice
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped potatoes (about 2 large)
  • 1 10 ounce thawed spinach

Directions

  1. Over medium heat in large pot, combine oil, chicken, onion and caraway seeds. Cook, stirring frequently until onion is limp and browns (about 5 minutes)
  2. Add garlic and cook one minute longer.
  3. Stir in coriander, curry and cardamom, cook for additional 30 seconds.
  4. Stir in broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil.
  5. Adjust heat so it simmers.
  6. Cook until potatoes are tender
  7. Add spinach, tomatoes. Simmer 10 minutes

Per cup: 187 cals 2.7 g fat, 15 g of protein

Sounds delicious, right?

Monday Menu – Levian Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love cookies so much… they’re so easy to make. So easy to take and grab as you walk past them because they’re calling to you from their plate on the counter. Especially chocolate chip cookies and even more so these ones.

When I first started blogging I caught an episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay and he went up against the ladies from Levian Bakery in NYC and they made these amazing cookies. Well, since a trip to NYC to get some of the cookies wasn’t in the budget I set out to make my own batch of Levian Bakery chocolate chip cookies and as far as I was concerned it was pretty successful But after making them a few times I decided that I needed to change it a little bit because they seemed too sweet to me.

Levian Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know what you’re thinking… a cookie? Too sweet? Yes, it is possible. Although it still tasted good the sugar seemed to over power the cookie. I decided to cut back some of the sugar and see how it worked out.

Monday Menu – Levian Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cold butter – cubed *
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs, cold
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips – I used Ghiradelli Semi-Sweet
  • * I used salted butter. You can also use unsalted just add 1/4 tsp of salt.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and make sure the rack is in the middle. If it’s to close to the bottom of the oven the cookies will be way to dark on the bottom.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy and then add eggs one at a time and mix well after each one, then vanilla and mix until well incorporated.
  3. Sift together the dry ingredients and slowly add it to the butter mixture until it is combined. Add chocolate chips and stir by hand.
  4. Scoop the cookies onto the baking sheet. I used the medium scoop from Pampered Chef which is about 2oz. Two scoops make about a 4oz cookie which is perfect.
  5. Bake 10 – 15 min (up to 20 depending on how big your cookies are) and are lightly brown on the bottom.
  6. Place on a rack to cool.
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Levian Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies - 2

The end result was just about perfect and my family loved them. They gobbled them up and there are but a few left.

Now, if you feel like waiting a little bit longer for your cookies, after scooping them onto the cookie sheet chilling them for about 20 – 30 minutes will help them stay a little thicker… fuller. I haven’t done this yet simply because I can’t wait for a warm, soft, gooey chocolate chip cookie and even without waiting the cookies are been perfect.

They’re slightly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.

Oh! I almost forgot… most of the other recipes out there call for adding walnuts to the cookie dough. I leave them out since most of my family (me included) doesn’t like nuts in their cookies.

Since I first tried to make the Levian Bakery chocolate chip cookies I have had the chance to actually try one. A friend of mine went to NYC and brought me back one of the famed cookies. It was delicious and my knock off was almost just as good!

What is your favorite cookie recipe?

Have you every tried to recreate a recipe that you’ve seen on TV?