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10 Mind-Blowingly Delicious Cookie Recipes

10 Mind-Blowingly Delicious Cookie Recipes

There are two types of people in this world: people who love cookies, and liars. Have you ever met someone who flat-out hates cookies? Me neither.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner, attending a party, or embarking on a binge sugar diet, you can never go wrong with cookies. The world is aplenty with cookie recipes. Some are better than others, but a few are completely mind-blowingly delicious.

I managed to find 10 that fall in the latter category. Let’s check them out!

Butter Snow Flakes

Butter Snow Flakes

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    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 cup butter
    • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon orange zest

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.

    In a medium bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese. Add sugar and egg yolk; beat until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla and orange zest. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Fill a cookie press or pastry bag with dough, and form cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.

    Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the cookies are golden brown on the peaks and on the bottoms. Remove from cookie sheets at once to cool on wire racks.

    Peanut Butter and Nutella Cookies

    Peanut Butter and Nutella Cookies

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      • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature
      • 2/3 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
      • 1 cup sugar
      • 1 cup brown sugar
      • 2 eggs
      • 2 tsp vanilla
      • 2 2/3 cup flour
      • 2 tsp baking soda
      • 1 tsp salt
      • Heaping 1/3 cup Nutella

      Cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla together until smooth. Combine flour, baking soda and salt and add to butter mixture. Add Nutella in dollops over the top of the dough. Use a butter knife to swirl the Nutella through the dough. Do not over mix. Chill the dough in fridge for 15 minutes before spooning onto cookie sheet to firm the Nutella. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Bake until slightly brown at edges. Let cool a few minutes on cookie sheet before transferring.

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      The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

      The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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        • 1 pound unsalted butter
        • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
        • 2 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
        • 4 large eggs
        • 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons pastry flour
        • 3 cups bread flour
        • 1 tablespoon salt
        • 2 teaspoons baking powder
        • 2 teaspoons baking soda
        • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
        • 2 pounds bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

        Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats; set aside.
        In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
        Reduce speed to low and add both flours, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, and chocolate; mix until well combined.
        Using a 4-ounce scoop for larger cookies or a 1-ounce scoop for smaller cookies, scoop cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake until lightly browned, but still soft, about 20 minutes for larger cookies and about 15 minutes for smaller cookies.
        Cool slightly on baking sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

        Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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        • 1 cup softened butter
        • 1 cup brown sugar
        • 1 cup granulated sugar
        • 2 teaspoons vanilla
        • 2 cups all-purpose flour
        • 1 teaspoon baking soda
        • ½ teaspoon salt
        • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
        • 2 eggs
        • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
        • 1 cup chocolate chips

        Cream butter and sugars together until nice and fluffy. Whisk the eggs a bit with the vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, oats, and salt in a separate bowl. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips.

        Leave this mixture in the fridge for about an hour so the dough balls can be formed easily. After the dough has been refrigerated preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. If you grab clumps of dough the size of a ping pong ball you will end up with about 36 cookies.

        Golden Peanut Butter Cookies

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          • 2 oz soft light brown sugar
          • 2 oz superfine sugar
          • 2 oz unsalted butter, softened
          • 1 medium Easter egg
          • 1 teaspoon honey
          • 1 teaspoon vanilla
          • 7 oz crunchy peanut butter
          • 4 oz all-purpose flour
          • 1 teaspoon baking soda
          • 1 teaspoon salt

          Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Measure out and combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Cream together the butter and sugars until mixed. Add in the egg, vanilla, honey and peanut butter. Blend until smooth. Add in the dry ingredients and mix well. The batter is so thick that you’ll know it’s mixed well when your arm starts to hurt! Using generous rounded tablespoonfuls, place the dough into roughly circular shapes on a baking tray. (You should get 12 exactly.) Bake for 10-12 minutes.

          Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies

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            • 1 cup softened butter
            • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
            • 1/4 cup brown sugar
            • 1/2 teaspoon salt
            • 1  7.4 oz. box Alpine Spiced Apple Cider Instant Original Drink Mix
            • 2 eggs
            • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
            • 1 teaspoon baking soda
            • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
            • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
            • 3 cups all-purpose flour
            • 1 14 oz. bag soft caramels

            In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, and all ten packs of apple cider mix until fluffy. About three minutes.

            Beat eggs, one at a time, and add with the vanilla to the butter mixture. Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture in three portions, mixing each just until incorporated.

            To make forming your cookie a bit easier, refrigerate for about an hour. This step is not required, but recommended. When you are ready to bake, unwrap your caramels.

            Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper (not waxed paper!). Begin by rolling about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough into a ball. A little more dough is better than less as the caramel will seep out the sides during baking.

            Next, flatten the ball of dough slightly in the palm of your hand. Press the caramel into the center of your dough and seal the dough around it, covering it completely. Place two inches apart on parchment-covered cookie sheets.

            Bake 12-14 minutes, or until very lightly browned around the edges. As soon as you notice the cookies are starting to lightly brown, remove them from the oven.

            Once the cookies are done, slide the parchment off the baking sheet right onto the counter. Allow cookies to partially cool on the parchment. When cookies are cool enough to be firm but still slightly warm, carefully twist them off the parchment and allow to finish cooling upside down.

            White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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              • 1/2 cup butter, softened but still chilled
              • 1/2 cup shortening
              • 3/4 cup brown sugar
              • 3/4 cup sugar
              • 2 eggs
              • 2 tsp vanilla
              • 1 tsp sea salt
              • 1 tsp baking soda
              • 1 Tbsp hot water
              • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
              • 2 cups white chocolate chips
              • 4 oz macadamia nuts

              Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using a stand mixer, beat the butter and shortening together until well mixed and smooth. Add the brown sugar and sugar. Beat for 1-2 minutes, until nearly creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time and mixing in between additions. Dissolve the baking soda in the tablespoon of water. Add both the baking soda and the vanilla to the mixer and mix well. Mix in the salt. Add the flour and mix until dough forms. Mix in the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts using a wooden spoon or spatula.

              Scoop dough by heaping tablespoons onto a parchment lined or silicon lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

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              Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies

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                • 1 cup unsalted butter
                • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
                • 2 eggs
                • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
                • 2 cups all-purpose flour
                • 2/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
                • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
                • 1/2 teaspoon salt
                • 1 (11-oz.) bag caramel bits
                • 1 cup coarsely chopped White Fudge Covered Pretzels

                Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper or silicone mat. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 to 3 minutes). Add eggs and vanilla and beat another 1 to 2 minutes.

                In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix until thoroughly combined. Fold in caramel bits and pretzels.

                Drop by rounded tablespoons onto cookie sheets and press slightly to flatten.

                Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until set. Allow to cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

                Cinnamon Roll Cookies

                Cinnamon Roll Cookies from Baked Perfection

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                  • 3 cups flour
                  • 1 tsp baking powder
                  • 1/2 tsp salt
                  • 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
                  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
                  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
                  • 1/2 almond extract
                  • 2 eggs

                  Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour mixture until fully absorbed. Separate dough into two disks, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.

                  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
                  • 1/4 c granulated sugar
                  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
                  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
                  • 1 tbsp. milk

                  Divide the dough into two halves. On a floured surface, roll each half of dough to about ¼-inch thickness. Brush with melted butter. In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over dough. Begin to roll up dough, starting at the long side. Wrap in plastic wrap and put dough in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes (until firm – not hard).
                  Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

                  Take dough out of freezer and begin cutting into 3/4 inch slices. Place slices about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown.
                  Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely.

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                  In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle icing over cooled cookies (making sure you have aluminum foil or waxed paper underneath cooling racks to catch excess icing).

                  Samoas Cookies

                  Samoas Cookies

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                    • ¾ cup butter, softened
                    • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
                    • ¼ cup sugar
                    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
                    • 1 egg
                    • 1 tsp baking soda
                    • 2 tsp cornstarch
                    • ½ tsp salt
                    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
                    • 1 cup Samoas cookies, chopped
                    • ½ cup Hershey’s Coconut Creme Kisses, roughly chopped
                    • 1 & ½ cups shredded coconut
                    • 1 bag caramels, unwrapped
                    • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

                    In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla and egg and beat to combine. Stir in the baking soda, cornstarch, salt and flour until mixture resembles a soft dough. Stir in the chopped cookies and Hershey’s Kisses by hand.

                    Chill the dough in the fridge for at least an hour, or overnight.

                    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Drop rounded, tall tablespoonfuls of dough about 1-2″ apart on lightly greased or silicone-lined cookie sheets. Bake for approx. 10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time. Allow cookies to cool on the sheets for about 5 minutes before carefully transferring to a wire rick to cool completely.

                    While the cookies cool, reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F. Reusing one of the greased or lined cookie sheets, spread the coconut in an even layer. Bake for 5 minutes. Turn the coconut, then bake another 5 minutes. Turn once more, and bake another 5 minutes or until coconut has toasted to a light golden brown color. Cool the coconut.

                    After cookies and coconut have cooled, in a microwave-safe bowl, heat the caramels for 45 seconds on HIGH. Stir, add a splash of milk or water, and continue melting another 30 seconds, stirring after each heating. Once smooth and melted, gently fold in the toasted coconut and toss to coat.

                    Using a greased spoon (or greased fingers), drop tablespoonfuls of the coconut caramel mixture onto the tops of the cooled cookies– careful, the mixture will be hot, but you must work carefully while the caramel is still soft and pliable. Gently smear the mixture around the circumference of the cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies. Once cookies have been topped with the coconut caramel mixture, heat the chocolate chips to melt. Drizzle the tops with melted chocolate; allow the chocolate to set. Store leftovers airtight, at room temperature, for several days.

                    One final piece of advice: If you are trying out any of these recipes make sure to follow Nigella’s excellent advice on baking and on how to make crunchy cookies. Nothing’s better than sweet, delicious, crunchy cookies. Yum!

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                    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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