Cookie Exchange Success!

I know you’ve been curious which cookie I made for the exchange?

Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies! They didn’t quite turn out as ‘pretty’ as the Pinterest picture, but they were delicious and relatively easy to make!

Who knew your nesting boxes could be used for cookie tray display too! 
I mean whose Pinterest attempts ever turn out as perfect as the original anyway?!
13 people brought 4 dozen cookies each!

Chocolate Raspberry Bars


Frosted Sugar Cookies


White Chocolate Peppermint Oreos


Whipped Cherry Shortbread

7-layer Bars


No bake Cookies

Cathedral Cookies
We sampled each cookie while we drank coffee and visited!
We shared our recipes and went home with 3-4 of every kind!


Going home with 3.5 dozen cookie varieties made making cookie tins for the neighbors easy this year! A great time was had by all! Cookies, coffee, friends and family, how could you not have fun?!

I think you should host a cookie exchange as soon as possible! You won’t regret it!

– Jaclyn

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Cookie Exchange

Do you have a cookie exchange to attend this Holiday season? Or maybe you’re hosting the exchange for you and your friends?! 

Mom is hosting one in a few weeks, so I’ve been on the hunt for all my favorite Holiday cookies! 

Bring 4 dozen, taste and sample each cookie, and take home 3.5 dozen! Sounds like my kind of party! Those of you who know me, know I love dessert! My in-laws give me a hard time because they never had to plan dessert until I joined the family…I think I did them all a favor 😜

Hmmm…now the question is which family favorite cookie should I make?





Chocolate chip cookies

Spritz cookies

Sugar cookies

 Waffle cookies

No bake cookies

Peanut butter cookies

I found this sugar cookie mix at Costco, makes 21 dozen cookies! Convenient for any and all Holiday cookie needs!



What kind would you make?


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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

The classic chocolate crinkle cookie. Yes, this cookie is typically considered to be a Christmas cookie, but after making them yesterday I beg to differ!

I had every intention of making these cookies over the holidays, but I could not find an extra second. I am sure you can all relate that the “best time of the year” is also the busiest time of the year! Stay inside and lock the doors, the stores are crazy! Thank God for Amazon Prime, am I right? 

Christmas time is such a special time of year for me. Especially now that I have a little one to share the magic with. It always goes by way too fast and a part of me just wants to hang on to the holidays just a little bit longer. Lets be honest, you still have your Christmas tree up and you are seriously considering decorating it for Valentines Day! I guess making these cookies was my attempt to hold on to the holiday season just a little longer. I would be that person with my tree still up if it wasn’t for Bradley trying to destroy it every 5 minutes! 

These cookies are a perfect combination of  brownie and a cookie in one bite! So here’s what you need. 

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Yields 20
Chocolate cookies
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Cook Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
147 calories
22 g
28 g
7 g
2 g
1 g
38 g
42 g
18 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147
Calories from Fat 60
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 28mg
Sodium 42mg
Total Carbohydrates 22g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 18g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  2. 1 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 1/2 flour
  4. 2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  7. 3 eggs
  8. 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  9. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  1. 1. Sift together your dry ingredients in a medium bowl
  2. 2. Mix your wet ingredients in a large bowl
  3. 3. Pour your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients. Adding about 1/3 of the dry stuff at a time and letting it mix completely before adding more
  4. 4. Cover and chill dough for at least an hour up to overnight
  5. 5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  6. 6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and pour your powdered sugar onto a plate or shallow dish
  7. 7. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, scoop about 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of cookie dough directly onto your plate of powdered sugar, and then role the dough around so it gets covered in sugar, you can then easily form into a ball and place onto cookie sheet. (My first batch I formed a dough ball before I put it in the powdered sugar and it was a sticky mess!! Learn from my mistakes!)
  8. 8. Bake cookies for 10 minutes, the cookies should look like they have cracks. Then let them sit on the cookie sheet for 5 min before you transfer to a cooling rac

The finished product! 

Choclate Crinkle Cookies (450x800)

The cookies should be soft, but firm enough to hold on to and they should taste like chocolate heaven! If they don’t then you did something wrong. These cookies are gorgeous! Look at that contrast!  

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I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and you’re starting your new year off right! Do yourself a favor and try these cookies. Chocolate is a year round flavor!  

Here are a couple pictures of Bradley sledding for the first time! 




As you can see he was thrilled!! Yup, he fell asleep… 

<3 Justina 


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Witch Hats

You ready for this weekend? Stock piled on candy for tomorrow night? Do you buy the candy you hate or the candy you love? I always find it interesting to see which type of person everyone is…the ones that hope they’ll have leftover candy, so they buy their favorites…or the ones who don’t want to eat any of the leftover candy, so they buy the candy they hate. aka: smarties. 

I’m not going to tell you which one I am. But I bet you can guess. Reese’s all the way, baby!

Well now that I’ve given away all my secrets, I’ll leave you with this super easy idea. If you’re going to (or hosting) a party this weekend, make these adorable witch hats! 

Witch hats |

One of my co-workers brought them into work today and I couldn’t believe the genius. I mean really, they’re so easy I don’t even need to give you directions. That’s my kind of ‘homemade’ treat!

<3 Michelle

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