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18 Fabulous Cookie Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

18 Fabulous Cookie Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

I am a cookie monster. Therefore, I feel the need to share all of these amazing cookie recipes with you today.

I grew up with a single mom who was way too busy to cook anything from scratch except her famous chocolate chip cookies. Helping mom carefully stir the batter, forming (oddly shaped) cookie dough balls and sneaking little bittersweet chocolate chips were precious memories from my childhood. It makes me feel all warm and gooey inside just thinking about it. Or maybe I’m describing the way a freshly baked cookie tastes right out of the oven?

Cookies are simply the best dessert ever created. I even created an entire Pinterest board for this delectable dessert filled with over 200 cookie recipes that I personally pinned.

Let me explain exactly why cookies are so awesome:

  1. Cookies are single serve. No utensils are needed to divide them up.
  2. They aren’t hard at all to transport. No cake tin or pie plate cover necessary.
  3. Cookies are the perfect party dessert since you can stand and eat them (see: no utensils needed).
  4. They freeze well (so you can save more for later… and not eat the entire batch in one sitting).
  5. Cookies make excellent gifts.
  6. They can even be made a breakfast option, if you reduce the sugar
  7. They taste amazing if you find the right recipe and figure out what your preferred texture is (soft? cakey? crisp? chewy?)

Here are some recipes to get you started and hopefully win you over to the view that cookies are the best dessert option for so many reasons:

1. Lemon Snickerdoodle Funfetti Cookies via Diary of a Semi-Health Nut

lemon snickerdoodle funfetti cookies // 18 fabulous cookie recipes

    These puffy little cookies boast the cinnamon-sugar sweetness of snickerdoodles with the added fun of sprinkles- and a little something extra from the lemon.

    2. Double Chocolate Chunk Almond Butter Cookies (Grain Free) via In it 4 the Long Run

    chocolate almond butter cookies // 18 fabulous cookie recipes

      Not only does this recipe have double chocolate credentials, it’s also grain-free and boasts health benefits from almond butter and dark chocolate!

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      3. Monster Pretzel Cookies via The Baker Mama

      monster pretzel cookies // 18 fabulous cookie recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth

        These cookies are aptly names “monster” because of the monstrous amount of ingredients! The author packs in oatmeal, M&Ms, peanut butter and pretzels into one little cookie.

        4. Candy Bar Cookies via Bitz + Giggles

        candy bar cookies // 18 fabulous cookie recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth

          Who wouldn’t love stuffing candy into a cookie? This recipe is made with cake mix which makes them soft and chewy (and a tad easier to make).

          5. The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe via A Spicy Perspective

          the best sugar cookie recipe // 18 fabulous cookie recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth

            I’m always a tad skeptical when someone boasts that they’ve made “the best” anything, but the author has a list of detailed tips on making the best sugar cookies. They’ve definitely won me over.

            6. Butter Pecan Pumpkin Spice Cookies via Averie Cooks

            buttery pecan pumpkin spice cookies // 18 fabulous cookie recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth

              What a perfect fall recipe, featuring pumpkin and pecans! The author talks about how creamy they are because she used actual cream in making them. She then lists a bazillion other cookie recipes she’s made on her blog, so you will want to check those out as well.

              7. Almond Delight Cookies via Diary of a Semi-Health Nut

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              almond delight cookies // 18 fabulous cookie recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth

                If you love almonds, you need to try these cookies. Not only do they contain almond extract and slivered almonds, there is actual almond flour wrapped up in the dough too.

                8. The Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies via Pinch of Yum

                chocolate chip cookies // 18 fabulous cookie recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth

                  So, all of these photos in this chocolate chip cookies recipe look amazing and I struggled to pick one, but what is arguably even more amazing is the author’s funny banter in the post.

                  9. Grain Free Protein Peanut Butter Cookies via Fit Foodie Finds

                  grain free peanut butter cookies

                    These cookies are super simple and packed with protein. I would probably eat these for breakfast.

                    10. Softbatch Funfetti Sugar Cookies via Averie Cooks

                    softbatch funfetti cookies // 18 fabulous cookie recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth

                      The secret to the best softbatch cookies according to Averie is cornstarch. Interesting, right?

                      11. Reese’s Stuffed Giant Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies via Mom on Timeout

                      reeses stuffed cookies recipe // 18 fabulous cookie recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth

                        Here’s another example of how awesome it can be to stuff candy into a cookie.

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                        12. Chewy Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies via Back to Her Roots

                        chewy double chocolate espresso cookies recipe // 18 fabulous cookie recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth

                          Have you ever tried coffee or espresso in a chocolate dessert? It’s magnificent. It will also give you a good kick in the pants if your energy is low.

                          13. Salted Vanilla Toffee Cookies via Sally’s Baking Addiction

                          salted vanilla toffee cookies // 18 fabulous cookie recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth

                            I remember making a basic cookie recipe, but subbing the chocolate chips for toffee and everyone at work went bananas. I think a salted toffee version would be even better.

                            14. Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies via Just a Taste

                            secret ingredient chocolate chip cookies

                              Should I tell you the secret or make you go to the recipe? Maybe I will just give you a hint: it’s a main component in cheesecake and it makes the cookies creamy. Any guesses?

                              15. Frosted Flakes Chocolate Chip Cookies via Crazy for Crust

                              frosted flake cookies // 18 fabulous cookie recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth

                                Here’s another weird ingredient recipe for cookies that looks absolutely amazing. Where do people come up with these ideas?

                                16. Peanut Butter Cookies via Smitten Kitchen

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                                peanut butter cookies via smitten kitchen

                                  The name of this cookie recipe is simple, but the recipe sounds divine— especially when peanut butter chips and chocolate chips are involved!

                                  17. 5 Ingredient Oreo Cheesecake Cookies via Baker by Nature

                                  oreo cheesecake cookies

                                    I was kind of amazed to see that a recipe with Oreos and cheesecake already in the title only required three more ingredients—and it’s true. Only five ingredients are needed to create this mouthwatering cookie recipe.

                                    18. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies via Something Swanky

                                    chocolate crinkle cookies via something swanky

                                      These cookies remind me of Christmas, for some reason. Maybe it’s the powdered sugar surrounding the brownie-like cookie?

                                      So, tell me… which of these fabulous cookie recipes will you try first?

                                      Featured photo credit: Amanda at Diary of a Semi-Health Nut via semihealthyblog.com

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                                      Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                      There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                                      One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                                      In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                                      Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                                      1. Cat Camel Stretch

                                      Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                                      Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                                      Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                                      Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                                      2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                                      This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                                      Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                                      The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                                      Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                                      Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                                      3. Jumping Jacks

                                      Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                                      Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                                      4. Abductor Side Lifts

                                      Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                                      Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                                      5. Balancing Table Pose

                                      This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                                      Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                        6. Leg Squats

                                        Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                        Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                        The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                        7. Push Ups

                                        You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                        An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                        Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                        This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                        8. Bicycle Crunches

                                        There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                        Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                        9. Lunges

                                        Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                        Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                        This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                        10. Bicep Curls

                                        You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                        Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                        Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                        Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                        Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                        These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                        You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                        Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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