Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

My husband’s been home 3 full weeks now with the government shutdown.  I’m not going to get all political in here, don’t worry.  These aren’t even political cookies.  Promise.  But with him home, he’s been able to do a lot more of the errands/running around with the kids stuff, and I’ve found that a few times, I’ve had some spare time.  His absolute FAVORITE treat is chocolate chip cookies, and with his birthday coming up on Friday of this week, I decided I’d make this sea salt chocolate chip cookie recipe.


5.0 from 2 reviews
Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
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Fun twist on traditional chocolate chip cookies
Recipe type: Cookie
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
  • 1 cup softened unsalted butter
  • ¼ c sugar
  • ¾ c packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • 1½ c chocolate chips or chunks
  1. Oven to 350
  2. Cream butter and sugars for 3 minutes on medium speed in mixer
  3. Add egg and vanilla and beat for 2 additional minutes on medium
  4. Add in salt, baking soda, and baking powder on low speed
  5. Add flour on low speed.
  6. Add chocolate chips until spread throughout dough
  7. Bake 350 for 11-13 minutes


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pretzels and Avocado Recipe

Chocolate chip cookies are a favorite in our family, and sometimes, no matter how much we love the classics, it’s fun to change things up a bit.  Part of my Ambassadorship with Avocados from Mexico was a promise to create an avocado recipe each month over the summer, and today I’m sharing a new one with you- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Avocado and Pretzel Crisps!


These cookies are fairly easy to make and much healthier for you with avocado in place of butter.  I actually didn’t tell my husband I did anything except add some crushed up pretzels to the recipe, and had no idea I’d done avocado instead.  That’s a win for me.  My son declared them delicious and asked for more!  Score for mom!  I think you could use any kind of pretzel- Pretzel Crisps recently sent my family a box of flavors to try since we are so stuck on the Buffalo flavor and I decided to use the Original Pretzel Crisps in this recipe.





4.8 from 16 reviews
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Avocado and Pretzel Crisps
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies using avocado in place of butter
Recipe type: Cookie
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 dozen cookies
  • 1 cup avocado, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla (If using imitation vanilla extract, go up to 2 tsp)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 cups quick cook oats
  • 1¼ c all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ c chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
  • ½ to 1 c crushed pretzels (I use Pretzel Crisps Original)
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In large bowl:
  3. Combine avocado, brown sugar, and sugar
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time
  5. Add vanilla
  6. In separate bowl:combine the flour, baking soda, and salt
  7. Mix avocado mixture into dry ingredients until just blended.
  8. Stir in oats, crushed pretzels and chocolate chips.
  9. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
  10. Let cookies sit 2 full minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.

Firecracker Surprise Cookies Recipe

Happy Flag Day! In celebration of our flag, and really, you can use these cookies for Memorial Day and Fourth of July as well, we decided to take the Pillsbury Stars and Stripes Cake Mix and make some cake mix cookies- with a fun surprise at the end!

These cookies are so easy to make.  Prepared, baked and out of the oven in 30 minutes. (And I am not speaking in Rachael Ray time either…) quick, easy, and LOTS of fun for the little ones. This Firecracker Surprise Cookies Recipe is REALLY easy, definitely kid friendly, and sans the pop rocks, nut free.

firecracker surprise pop rocks cookies

4.7 from 12 reviews
Firecracker Surprise Cookies
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Fun and festive firecracker surprise cookies for Memorial Day, Flag Day or Fourth of July
Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 1 box Pillsbury Stars and Stripes Cake Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ c oil
  • 1 tub Pillsbury Stars and Stripes frosting
  • 2 packets Pop Rocks candies
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix together cake mix, oil and eggs. Batter will be pretty thick
  3. Shape batter into balls and put onto ungreased cookie sheet
  4. Bake for 9 minutes
  5. When cool, frost with Stars and Stripes frosting. About 20-30 minutes before serving, sprinkle some pop rocks candy on top of the frosting (there are Tropical Punch and Strawberry flavors that are very patriotic in color)
  6. Store in airtight containers for up to a week.

Love red, white and blue patriotic recipes?


Check out our Patriotic Popsicles and Patriotic Popcorn Crunch Recipes!

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What are your fun and festive holiday recipe ideas?


3 Ingredient Key Lime Cookies

These might be the easiest cookies we’ve ever made. With summer here, light and fruity flavors are everywhere, and Key Lime is one of many we enjoy. These cookies are Brett-proof. They are so simple.

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3 Ingredient Key Lime Cookies Ingredients

1 box Pillsbury Key Lime Cake Mix

2 Eggs

½ cup vegetable oil

Stir ingredients together. The batter will be pretty thick. Shape into balls. We do smaller cookies, you may want bigger. Bake at 350 for 9 minutes.

Frost immediately for “pooled” frosting that melts onto the cookie, wait until cool for a more decorative look.

I’ll be sharing a fun twist on this recipe to make Key Lime Cheescake Cookies later in the week!

Pillsbury also has Pink Lemonade and Creamsicle flavors for summer that would also make delicious cookie!

The frosting used is the Pillsbury Key Lime Frosting! Super simple!

This recipe is GREAT for kids. It’s easy, the dough is workable for little hands, and not a lot of measuring. Easy way to get kids helping in the kitchen. We have been bringing these to cookouts and picnics for a while now- they are just enough “different” to wow people but simple enough that they are mixed, shaped, baked and cooled in under an hour so you don’t need to set aside a lot of time to make them.

4.0 from 1 reviews
3 Ingredient Key Lime Cookies
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Super easy 3 ingredient Key Lime Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 1 box Pillsbury Key Lime Cake Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  1. Stir ingredients together. The batter will be pretty thick. Shape into balls.
  2. Bake at 350 for 9 minutes.


Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

Yes, you read that right.  Chocolate pumpkin cookies.  They are divine.  And oh, so very, very easy.  My friend Jen K from my MOMS Club shared this with me and you have to try them.  Right now.  Stop what you are doing and get the ingredients out.

chocolate pumpkin cookiesChocolate Pumpkin Cookies

1 chocolate cake mix
1 15-oz. can of pureed pumpkin (not pie filling, look for 100% pumpkin)

Mix together.
Drop onto ungreased cookie sheets. Notes: I use a cookie scoop, but make them whatever size you like. They don’t spread out very much.
Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes for tablespoon sized cookies.
Cool briefly then remove them from the cookie sheet and cool thoroughly on a rack.

Optional: add some nuts or chocolate chips

Udi’s Gluten Free Foods review

udi's gluten free foods A couple of weeks ago I received two generous Udi’s Gluten Free Foods VIP kits.  The only thing stopping me from opening the packages and sampling was, that I first had to take photos of all of their amazing items.  My son was also very eager to dig in.  After the photos were taken we decided to try the Snickerdoodle Cookies.  OMG!  The are so soft, fresh and tasty.  They just might be the best snickerdoodle cookies I have ever had.  My son tried one Dark Chocolate Brownie Bite and then he asked for another.  Udi’s products are so delicious that you will wonder if they are truly gluten-free.

Udi’s Gluten Free Foods, the #1 gluten free baked goods brand, revolutionized the category when it introduced the first gluten-free bread that tastes and looks like “real” bread and can now be found in over 150 Walmart stores.  They carry 5 of Udi’s best-selling products (soft white bread, soft whole grain bread, plain bagels, chocolate chip cookies and pizza crust and can be found in the bakery department.

Udi's gluten fee foods bagels pizza crust cookies granolaEven if you are not living gluten-free, chances are you know some one who is.  Udi’s provides a great variety of gluten free products that make gluten-free life easier and tastier. You can purchase Udi’s online in their shop or search by your zip code for a local retailer.

Everything we tried was very good and products that I would buy at the store.  My son gets excited when we pass the freezer section and sees the Udi’s products.  The pizza crust is a great size for making pizza for one and the bagels are just the right size also.   Udi’s muffin tops are great for breakfast or an afternoon snack.  Many of Udi’s products are also soy free and dairy free.  So, whether you live gluten free or not, get out and try some of Udi’s Gluten Free Foods.  You will not be disappointed.

I was provided with products to facilitate this review.  Opinions are my own.


3 ingredient peanut butter cookies

Making cookies is a fun way to teach kids how to measure and cook, and a fun way to pass a rainy or snowy afternoon!  The simpler the ingredient list, the easier a recipe is to make.  3 ingredient peanut butter cookies are super simple and fun for kids to make! [click to continue…]

Flippin’ Pfefferneuse, Parents and Progressive Aphasia

You know, its been a long time (finally) since the grief of losing my mom hit hard in public.  It isn’t that I don’t miss her, because I do- but that in-your-face-reality and reminder hasn’t been present for a while.  I haven’t missed it. 

This morning, I ran to get some things at the grocery store with Baby B.  We were happily chatting together and singing Wheels on the Bus for the eleventy millionth time today when we came around a corner and saw a display of Pfeffereneuse cookies.  That too familiar lump rose in my throat, and tears filled my eyes.  My heart kind of smashed into pieces.  Mom.  Pfeffereneuse.  Dad.  Sadness. 

As I stood in front of these cookies, fighting those tears from dropping down my face with all my might, I argued with myself about buying them or not.  Mind you, I don’t particularly LIKE these cookies- nor do I dislike them.  They are just something mom used to make for dad, every single December, and only in December, right before Christmas, and I felt like maybe, just maybe, if I bought those stupid cookies that maybe my heart would feel just a tiny bit better.  Maybe I’d miss my parents less.  [click to continue…]

MI-DEL Organic Cookies Review and Giveaway to 4 readers!!!



Have you seen MI-DEL cookies in your store?  I have never tried them before, but have noticed them in the natural food section of my store.   I am always up for a challenge.  So, when someone asks a pregnant woman to review cookies she jumps at the chance!  I used the MI-DEL handy store locator which tells you where the products can be found, as well as which type of cookie is available.  You can check your are here.

I chose 3 different cookies to review:

1.   Bite Size Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

2.  Chocolate Snaps

3.  Lemon Snaps

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Cheryl&Co.® Watering Can full of goodies (giveaway)- What a Mom Wants

Cheryl&Co.® sent us an adorable pink polka dot Watering Can chock full of adorable and delectable goodies.  Whimsical sugar cookies shaped like flowers in pink,yellow and orange buttercream frosting were the first goodies we saw upon opening the packaging, and as we ate more cookies we noticed some milk chocolate pretzel clusters.  As if whimsical cookies weren’t enough, the sweet and salty combination of the pretzels was just over the top.  I have a sister who can pass on sweets- unless they have a salty component- even she was not immune to the goodness of the pretzel clusters.

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