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Frosted Chocolate Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

 Frosted Chocolate Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies via The Baker Chick

I just can’t stop with the super festive recipes you guys. I’m just having way too much fun with it! Also, by some miracle, Hugo is in a self-sufficient phase, happily playing by himself for huge chunks of time. (Yesterday he chased an empty coffee can around the apartment for almost 30 mins!) This lucky phase has allowed me lots of time to bake- these fun cookies being my most recent project.

The first thing to note about these is that they are SO good. Even without the fun decor and festive reindeer ears- this is a kick-a chewy peanut butter cookie with thick & creamy chocolate frosting that makes them even better. It’s the same recipe I used for the Peanut Butter Chocolate Football Cookies and I can guarantee I’ll use it as a base recipe again and again. It is by far my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe ever.  Frosted Chocolate Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies via The Baker Chick


Gingerbreads

Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Men

 Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Men via The Baker Chick

Of all the Christmas Cookies out there, we can all agree that no cookie spread is complete without Gingerbread Men. Am I right? They have been my favorite holiday cookie since I was a little girl, and my Mom used to make them every year. Her healthier version used whole wheat flour and honey to sweeten and I loved them. They were soft, but almost too soft, always leaving a broken arm or head hanging around. So, we tried to sub out the honey for real sugar and they were crispy, (which I don’t care for.) So, I had kinda given up finding my perfect Gingerbread Man, crisp edges, and super soft & chewy middle, (that don’t fall apart!)  Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Men via The Baker Chick


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Chocolate Peanut Butter Football Cookies

 Chocolate Peanut Butter Football Cookies via The Baker Chick

I didn’t always love football. Oh no…. In high school, I spent the games in my marching band uniform playing rally songs with the rest of the music geeks. (Oh and let’s not forgot my years in the color guard- I swapped my flute for a flag but I was still pretty dorky!) I rooted for my school’s team as much as anyone else, but I really didn’t understand what anything meant and the most I remember from when The Packers won the Superbowl in ’97 were the green & gold tortilla chips.

About 8 years ago things changed. I realized I actually had a deep loyalty to my Green Bay Packers and that I actually really loved the game! It didn’t hurt that the Pack had an amazing season that year and I discovered the fun of rooting for a good team…what can I say- I’ve been stuck on it ever since. Now I consider myself a die hard fan- I even convince Andy to spring for the cable package that includes all the games. I can’t bear to miss one!  Chocolate Peanut Butter Football Cookies via The Baker Chick


Caramel Apple Cookies

Chewy Caramel Apple Cookies

 Chewy Caramel Apple Cookies via The Baker Chick

I remember them vividly- caramel apple lolly pops.  They are probably still around actually- a bright green sour apple candy dipped into chewy caramel. My 7th grade teacher used to give them to the class as rewards for getting pop quiz answers right, and I adored them. I was a sucker for all candy at that age, but these in particular- (sucker..you see what I did there?!)

Now that my culinary preferences have changed a bit, I prefer real apples over the fake candy kind, and would rather bite into a chewy, gooey cookie than spend my time working away at my old favorite candy pop. Luckily, that’s all possible with the creation of this wonderful cookie.  Chewy Caramel Apple Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Lactation Cookies (Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with Butterscotch!)

 Lactation Cookies (Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with Butterscotch!) via The Baker Chick

Ok- I admit this may be the weirdest cookie I’ve posted on The Baker Chick. I am aware that this recipe may only be appealing to a very specific demographic, but rather than emailing the recipe out with all my notes scribbled in, I figured this is my blog and I’ll post breastfeeding cookies if I want to!! (Last week was breasfeeding awareness month so thereyago.)

A dear friend of mine has been working to up her milk supply and so I thought I’d bake her up a special batch of delicious, chewy, oatmeal, chocolate chip & butterscotch cookies that happen to have a few ingredients that help boost supply: Oatmeal, flax meal (easy to find,) and brewers yeast (harder to find but I bought a huge jar from Amazon.)  Lactation Cookies (Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with Butterscotch!) via The Baker Chick


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Milk and Cookie Pops

 Milk and Cookie Pops via The Baker Chick

I promised you guys at least one more frozen popsicle treat before summer and man is it a good one. Popsicle molds are so fun you guys. It is so exciting to brainstorm all the things you can cram in, freeze and transform into an awesome frozen treat! Chocolate chip cookies soaked in milk are one of my all-time favorite things and so you can imagine how much I loved these pops.

 Milk and Cookie Pops via The Baker Chick

Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are broken into bits and stuffed into the molds. (I filled mine to the top, but they were loose enough that when the milk was added it filled all the nooks and crannies so perfectly!) A combo of sweetened condensed milk and regular milk gets poured over, soaking into the cookies. Now did you know that sweetened condensed milk doesn’t freeze all the way? It is actually perfect for these because it keeps the texture super soft and creamy. No rock hard icy-pops straight out the the freezer. Only creamy, chewy goodness, with an ice-cream like texture studded with cookie bits- to die for!  Milk and Cookie Pops via The Baker Chick


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Ginger Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches

 Ginger Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches via The Baker Chick

Maybe you disagree, but I personally find baking much more satisfying in the colder months. Now I definitely love eating sweets all year long, but when turning the oven on makes your home nice & toasty, it’s preferable for it to have been chilly to begin with don’t you think?

That being said, not even 90 and humid can keep me away from baking all summer long, but when I do I much prefer the end result to be something refreshing. Pies get topped with cold ice cream, brownies get eaten out of the freezer, and ice cream gets made more than ever. Ever since making these amazing cookies in December I’ve been dying for more ways to use them, and I knew they would be just perfect as an ice cream sandwich.

 Ginger Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches via The Baker Chick


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Soft Frosted Strawberry Lemonade Cookies

 Soft Frosted Strawberry Lemonade Cookies via The Baker Chick

Man oh man you guys- I never thought I’d get here. I got hit hard with pneumonia for the last 2 weeks and I couldn’t imagine ever wanting to get into the kitchen and bake again. Have you ever been so sick you really and truly forget what it’s like to feel like yourself? I definitely had my moments of that through my 104 fevered haze. Thanks to antibiotics and the sweet & loving care of Andy, a few dear friends/sisters, (and my Mom who flew out for 48 hours of TLC,) I am finally feeling like myself. That one was a doozy.

I had a dream about these cookies during a brief fever-induced nap and didn’t hesitate to make them as soon as I had my strength back. You see- I’m always on the hunt for the best way to make strawberry frosting. Stiff, shape-holding strawberry frosting that isn’t runny from strawberry pureé but really has a strong strawberry flavor. The secret? Freeze-dried strawberries. Are you familiar? It’s what you find in many breakfast cereals, and Trader Joes sells them by the bag. They are dried strawberries that are dry and crisp instead of chewy (like normal dried fruit.) Running the berries through a food processor yields a pink powder that is perfect for getting the ideal frosting texture. The finished result really tastes like fresh berries too which is exactly what I was going for with these.  Soft Frosted Strawberry Lemonade Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Chewy S’mores Cookies

 Chewy Smores Cookies via The Baker Chick

Before you all close up shop for the weekend, maybe to enjoy the real kick-off to summer with a BBQ or family potluck, I have one last recipe to share. I don’t personally have big holiday plans, but I did make these awesome cookies which to me represent everything to come in the next 3 months. When I think of S’mores I think of cook-outs and camp fires and card games at the picnic table. These cookies are a cross between the messy-gooey treats I grew up loving, and a simple chocolate chip cookie. The edges are crispy, the middles are chewy, and they are full of marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate chunk. Are you as excited as I am?  Chewy Smores Cookies via The Baker Chick