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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 January 17, 2019

                                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                      In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                      Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                      Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                      Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                      Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                      The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                      There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                      How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                      According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                      Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                      Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                      The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                      Listen carefully:

                                      We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                      The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                      Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                      8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                      There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                      Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                      1. Pray Daily

                                      You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                      When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                      Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                      Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                      2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                      A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                      By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                      Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                      If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                      This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                      How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                      3. Smile Often

                                      Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                      Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                      Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                      The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                      4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                      A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                      When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                      Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                      Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                      5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                      I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                      Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                      What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                      6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                      God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                      I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                      I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                      7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                      You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                      How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                      First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                      If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                      If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                      If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                      Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                      8. Go Exercise

                                      Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                      The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                      You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                      12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                      The Bottom Line

                                      It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                      It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                      Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                                      Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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