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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

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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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                    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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