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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 November 11, 2019

                                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                                      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                                      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                                      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                                      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                                      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                                      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                                      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                                      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                                      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                                      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                                      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                                      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                                      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                                      4. Feed Your Brain

                                      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                                      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                                      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                                      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                                      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                                      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                                      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                                      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                                      6. Write it Down

                                      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                                      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                                      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                                      7. Listen to Music

                                      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                                      8. Visual Concepts

                                      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                                      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                                      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                                      9. Teach Someone Else

                                      Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                                      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                                      10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                                      Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                                      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                                      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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