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10 Gorgeous and Insanely Delicious Cookies for This Fall

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10 Gorgeous and Insanely Delicious Cookies for This Fall

It’s that time of year again. Orange reds and browns are everywhere, the leaves are falling and the air is cold and crisp. Fall means that family is in town, good food is on the table and the strolls in the park are more romantic. It’s also the best time of year for a warm cup of coffee or cocoa while waiting for delicious cookies to finish baking.

Here are some fantastic cookie recipes to make your home smell heavenly and keep your stomach full.

1. Pumpkin cookies with a cream cheese frosting

Pumpkin cookies with cream cheese

    What is fall without a pumpkin recipe? This delicious combination between sugar and spice is perfect for those who do not like a cookie too sweet. It will go perfectly with an afternoon latte as you sit down and catch up with a friend or work on some homework before fall break.

    2. Pecan pie thumb prints

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    pecan pie thumb prints

      Like pecan pie? These cookies are very easy and simple to make. Pies are great, but sometimes cookies are easier — they are perfect for sharing at fall potlucks and dinner parties because they save you the effort of slicing a pie. Grab the link recipe here.

      3. Apple butter cookies

      apple peanut butter cookies

        Apple butter cookies can be turned into a healthier option for some fall treats. Who doesn’t love apple flavored things? Both recipes can be found here (original) and here (healthier option).

        4. Chai chocolate chip biscotti

        chai chocolate chip biscotti

          If pumpkin is too much spice for you, try a chai chocolate chip biscotti. This is perfect for dipping into your fall drink on a cozy, lazy Sunday afternoon or a late Saturday morning. Make it with this recipe.

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          5. Molasses cookie with a lemon glaze

          molasses cookie with lemon glaze

            For something with a bitter sweet taste, try these molasses cookies. They have a wholesome flavor, and the glaze is a nice addition to even out the slight bitterness. Click here to find out how to make it.

            6. Sugar cookies with butter cream frosting

            Lofthouse Copycat Sugar Cookies
              Lofthouse Copycat Sugar Cookies

              Ever see those wonderful cookies in the grocery store and wish you could make them on your own? You know exactly what I am talking about — the soft, melt in your mouth goodness that you can buy year round for each type of holiday.

              Now you can make them and here is how.

              7. Chocolate chip banana oatmeal cookies

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              choclate chip banana cookies

                Love the oatmeal raisin cookie taste without the raisins? Try substituting it with chocolate chips! It’s every chocolate lover’s dream and goes perfectly with a cup of any type of dark roast coffee. The banana added to the mix isn’t bad, either. Give me the recipe!

                8. Smores bars

                smores bars

                  This is perfect if you are in the mood for s’mores and can’t build a campfire. With a graham cracker crust, the melted chocolate and a toasted marshmallow combination, your evening will be perfect while you watch the leaves fall. Start making it here.

                  9. Chocolate chip cookie in a cup

                  chocolate chip cookie in a cup

                    For all the students out there without the time (or oven) to make anything during finals, this recipe is for you! All you need is a microwave and the right ingredients for a perfect evening break from studying.

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                    10. Salted caramel shortbread

                    salted caramel short bread

                      For the perfect match to a caramel machiatto, try salted caramel shortbread. If coffee isn’t your thing, try having a plain blonde roast instead. Caramel lovers approve of this recipe!

                      Now that you have got some recipes, pick your favorite one and bring it to the next fall potluck or dinner you’re invited to. If you do not want to do that, don’t worry. No one is going to judge you for keeping all these goodies all to yourself.

                      Featured photo credit: Untitled/Rosario Arellano via flickr.com

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                      Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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                      Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

                      Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

                      During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

                      But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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                      Simplify

                      I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

                      Absolutely.

                      And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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                      If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

                      • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
                      • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
                      • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

                      Be Mindful

                      You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

                      Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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                      Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

                      Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

                      Reflect

                      As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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                      Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

                      But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

                      So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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                      Featured photo credit: Libby Penner via unsplash.com

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