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blueberry muffin top cookies

“It’s the best part! It’s crunchy, it’s explosive…it’s where the muffin breaks free of the pan and does its own thing” – Seinfeld

I wish I could jump into my TV and high five Elaine Benes for that hilarious quote because that lady is absolutely right. Muffin tops are SO much more delicious than their stumpy companions, and I really wish Elaine was a real person so I could send her this recipe for muffin top cookies! I don’t whip up sweets too often, but several batches of these cookies have been made and gobbled up by friends and family over the past few months. The taste of fresh blueberries with a hint of lemon is just delicious, and getting all that muffin top goodness without wasting a crumb? Nothing short of genius.

blueberry muffin top cookies

Blueberry Muffin Top Cookies (adapted from Iowa Girl Eats)

2 cups flour
2 tsps baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
⅓ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsps lemon zest
1 cup fresh blueberries

  1. Cream together the softened butter and sugar. Then beat in the egg, along with the milk, vanilla extract, and lemon zest
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients little by little until well combined. Then gently fold in the blueberries
  4. Refrigerate the dough for an hour. Drop heaping tablespoons of the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (about 6 per sheet)
  5. Bake at 375° for 13-15 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool, and sprinkle a little extra sugar on top for good measure.
  6. Dig in!

blueberry muffin top cookies

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childhood favorite foods revamped

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There’s nothing like spending a long weekend back at home with Mom to make me feel like a kid again! No wonder I’m craving a big bowl of gooey mac and cheese now, but the stuff in the blue box doesn’t always cut it anymore when you’re an adult. Here are some grown up twists on a few of my favorite childhood meals! I shudder to think about how many hot dogs I consumed between the ages of 8 and 10, but banh mi weenies get two thumbs up from 30 year old me.

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Halloween bat cookies

Soooo, funny story – these cookies were supposed to be simple bat shaped Oreo cookies. But then the $1 cookie cutter from Target churned out skinny bat wings that required surgical precision when moving the dough to the baking tray. And then the cookies came out way too thick to sandwich together. Which wasn’t a problem since none of them even came close to matching up perfectly. How is this physically possible when one cutter was used in the entire process?! Halloween trickery is in the air…

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easy gingerbread pumpkin smores

If a campfire s’more met a slice of pumpkin pie at a party, and they went on to fall in love and have babies, this would be the result: Gooey marshmallow. A rich dollop of pumpkin goodness. Crunchy bites filled with ginger and cinnamon. What a heavenly mashup!

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grilled cheese ideas

Mac & Cheese Grilled Cheese from BS' In the Kitchen | Spinach and Artichoke Melts from Half Baked Harvest | White Pizza Grilled Cheese from Kitchen Treaty | French Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Portuguese Girl Cooks

Ok this post won’t do you any favors if you’re working on your beach bod, but how good do these sandwiches look?? My friends and I were playing the “If you had to eat only one cuisine for the rest of your life, what would it be?” game a few weeks ago, and I said grilled cheeses, which majority ruled invalid because it wasn’t a real category of food. Like hell it isn’t! There’s nothing more comforting than a warm and gooey mess of bread and cheese in my book, and if I could get away with eating it every day without becoming morbidly obese, I totally would – especially with these fun twists! A mac & cheese grilled cheese sandwich = work of evil genius.

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girl scout inspired treats

Samoa Baked Donuts from Top With Cinnamon | Thin Mint Whoopie Pies from Some Kitchen Stories | Grasshopper Cupcakes from Your Cup of Cake | Tagalong Bars from Cookies & Cups

On my honor, I will try…to make and gobble up all these delicious treats. If the world was a perfect place, there would always be a pack of cute little Girl Scouts hanging around when cravings for Thin Mints and Tagalongs hit, but alas, it is not. So tragic. Go ahead and ease your pain with these delicious Girl Scout inspired goodies – all will be right again after one or two (okay, three) of those Samoa donuts!

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