Posted in Baking, Christmas, Cookies, Recipes

Cake Mix Cookies

Just 5 days until Christmas and I’m still baking. I found a couple of Cake Mix Cookie recipes from Betty Crocker that are really fast (and good!). The first one is this Cake Mix Fudge Crinkle Cookies. I swapped out a Red Velvet Cake Mix for the Devil’s Food Cake Mix because I thought the red color was a little more festive. The second one was this Cake Mix Snickerdoodle Cookies.  I used red and green sugar sprinkles in place of the sugar/cinnamon mixture to make them a little more Christmas-y. If you need Christmas cookies in a hurry, I highly recommend Cake Mix Cookies. If the recipes above don’t appeal to you, there are a ton more on Betty Crocker’s website.  Just type “Cake Mix Cookies” in the search bar to find your favorite. If you try baking any of these Cake Mix Cookies, I’d Love to hear what you think of them!

Posted in Baking, Christmas, Cookies, Desserts

Last Minute Holiday Baking Hacks


My hubby and I like to give out goodie trays to friends and neighbors at Christmas. Sometime in November, my oven decided it no longer wanted to heat. At all. That makes baking a little difficult. Last Friday, hubby surprised me with a new stove and oven! WHOOHOO! Let the baking begin!

With just a week until Christmas, I’ll have to make the most of my baking time if I want to get any goodies made. Luckily, I have some time-saving tricks up my sleeve! I thought I’d share some of them with you.

  1. Use store bought mixes. Sure, if you have time, homemade is ALWAYS better. BUT. There’s less than a week until Christmas and if you can save time using a mix… it! The gift recipient will not be able to tell whether you measured out every ingredient.  I promise.2. Think small. Mini cupcakes, mini cakes and mini bread loaves. Baking the full-size version takes the same amount of time, but, by baking smaller sizes you have more goodies for more people. Besides the smaller sizes are just so darn cute!3. Almond bark. This stuff is FABULOUS! Melt it in the microwave (or stovetop if you prefer, but the microwave is MUCH faster!) and drizzle over breads, cookies, cupcakes and popcorn (that’s right, popcorn is great for gifts, check out this recipe!) You can also use it to make barks like this one. 4. Holiday mix-ins and extracts. Add some seasonal flavor to your (store-bought) mixes with extract flavors like orange, mint and almond. For mix-ins, think crushed candy canes, cranberries (fresh or dried), nuts and coated chocolate.

There you have it….my quick holiday baking tips. I hope you found some tips you can use to speed up your holiday baking! What are you waiting for…..get baking!

Posted in Cookies, Recipes

A Basic Cookie Dough Recipe

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I started my holiday baking yesterday. Yes, I know it’s less than a week until Christmas…..This is the first chance I’ve had! I wanted to make some of my favorite Basic Cookie Dough. But. I couldn’t find the recipe. So, I started searching.

Needless to say, I finally found the recipe card tucked into one of my recipe books (who knows why it was in there instead of the recipe box). In order to make sure I don’t lose the recipe again, I decided I should share it on the blog (I could find it here pretty easily!).

I want to figure out how to add a pdf document for this recipe, but right now my computer doesn’t want to co-operate. I’ll have to edit this post later. For now, here’s the recipe:

Basic Cookie Dough:


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1-1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 6-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  1. Cream sugars, shortening, butter and eggs together. Add vanilla and orange juice. Beat. Mix dry ingredients together and add to the sugar/butter mixture.
  2. Add: M&Ms, raisins, nuts, coconut, chocolate chips or almost anything to the basic mix. Mix will store in the refrigerator for several weeks.
  3. Drop by level teaspoons onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350F for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool slightly and remove to cool completely.

Yield: Tons!


Here’s a version of plain dough, topped with a dollop of strawberry jam and flaked coconut.



Here’s M&Ms and crushed peppermints added to the mix.