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A Cool 4th of July Treat

I hope everyone is having a great 4th of July!! We decided to relax in the backyard mow, weed eat, edge, prune the roses, and weed the garden today. Of course, here in the Houston heat, the temperature is1 ice cream sand 95 degrees, but it feels more like 105. So after our hard work outside, we were in need of a nap and a cool treat.

What’s better then homemade ice cream sandwiches! Like my Grandma, I like to keep a couple of extra cookies in the freezer, just in case. Plus if they are out of sight, they are out of mind, right? Out of the freezer came the chocolate chip cookies and the ice cream. After the ice cream had softened, I put a scoop on the cookies and gently placed the other cookies on top. A word to the wise: don’t try3 ice creams to decorate them yet or else…you will get a huge ice cream mess, I speak from experience. I let the sandwiches firm up in the freezer a bit. Then I decorated them with red and blue stars, blue sugar and some red hots. Back into the freezer they went, for about 45 minutes to set.

What an easy and festive treat! Ice cream sandwiches are the perfect treat to cool you down on the hottest of days.

Happy 4th of July!

 

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Nothing Else to Snickerdoo

Nothing makes the house smell better and more comforting then cinnamon. It is one of those scents that brings back many memories of Thanksgiving and Christmas. It doesn’t matter if it is a cold snowy day, or a 100 degree afternoon; something about cinnamon gives me the warm fuzzies. My sinckerdoodles did just that for me last Sunday afternoon.

Snickerdoodle balls

In attempt to escape the scorching Houston heat, I decided to hunker down in the cool AC. T.V. was not exciting me at all, and I had just finished my book. So what’s a girl to do?? BAKE of course! But I wanted to make something simple and easy. I decided to dig into my stack of recipes and came across my snickerdoodle recipe. Before the baking had even started, I could already smell the cinnamon in these cookies.

snickerdoodles in the oven

With such an easy recipe, I quickly mixed the dough and let it chill out in the frig for a bit. Finally my dough was cool enough to roll into little balls and bathe them in cinnamon and sugar. Lucky little things! After they hit the oven, almost immediately the house with filled with the sweet aroma of cinnamon. Before you know it, my husband was in the kitchen peering in the oven, ready to test them out. The sinckerdoodles barely made it out of the oven before they were in our mouths, YUM! Oh snickerdoodles, it has been way too long!

stacked snickerdoodles

Anyone who requests these will surely not be disappointed.

snickerdoodles

Chocolate Chip Turtle Cookies

Like any normal grocery store visit, I had to go down the baking aisle.chocolate chip turtle cookie Who knows what new item I might discover. While picking up some semi-sweet chocolate chips, I noticed a bag of caramel bits; the kind that has the caramel in little balls (it’s sweet and gooey like the regular caramel). It reminded me that I had the exact same bag stashed away at home somewhere in my cluttered pantry.

As I was finishing my grocery shopping, I began brainstorming on how I could incorporate these golden little caramel balls. Then it occurred to me…chocolate and caramel is a favorite combo of mine, why not add it to my chocolate chip cookies and make a chocolate chip/caramel cookie. This couldn’t be a novel idea and I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought of it before. To one-up the concept, I decided to add pecans to the mix to make a turtle sort of cookie.chocolate chip turtle picture My certified in-house taste tester quickly gobbled down 3 cookies and said that they were “off the hook.” I agree!

It’s a super easy recipe. I made a batch of my chocolate chip cookie dough (I think any homemade dough should suffice). Add a ½ cup of caramel bits. Use more or less depending on your taste buds. To make the turtle cookies, I added 1/3 cup of pecans. I would have added more but it was all the pecans I had left in the house. Mix it all together by hand, bake to desired chewiness or crispiness and enjoy!!!

chocolate chip turtle close up