*CLOSED* Krusteaz Holiday Cookie Party + Giveaway

by spiceaholic on December 12, 2016

How is it December already? Thanksgiving seemed to sneak up out of nowhere and here we are already on our way to closing out 2016.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We went to visit my parents and my sister was there as well so Baby N got thoroughly spoiled for a whole week. (He’s not technically a baby anymore, since he’s 15 months but until I come up with another alias for him, baby it is!)

While I was back home I took advantage of my time there to see my friends as much as I could and Mr. Spice and I finally got to go see a movie one night after Baby N went to sleep – it was some much-needed date time!

Prior to our trip I was contacted by Krusteaz to see if I’d be interested in having a cookie decorating party. I thought it’d be something fun to do with my friends and our kids and thankfully one of them was generous enough to host all of us!  For the party, Krusteaz sent me a huge package with a tote bag, 2 boxes each of 4 different cookie mixes (Triple Chocolate Chip, Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie, Snickerdoodle, and Shortbread), some cookie cutters, and icing pen, some food markers, and a gift card for anything else I might need.  All we had to do was have fun and for me to share the experience with you all.

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We let the older kids take charge and make the cookies while we supervised and “quality tested” batches.

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Then it was time to decorate! I think this was my favorite part.  Baby N was of course too young to decorate and I didn’t get much time since I was busy wrangling him, but I managed to get one done!

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I’m so glad we decided to do a cookie party! We’ve never really gotten together with our kids (rightfully so, there’s a lot of them to keep track of!) but this was a great way to keep them all busy.  The cookies were delicious! I loved how easy they were to make — all you need to do is add the cookie mix to some softened butter and eggs and you’re set!  My favorites were the snickerdoodles and the triple chocolate chip. But who am I kidding, they were all good and it’s a good thing there were kids around to eat the cookies!

Thanks again to the folks at Krusteaz for providing us with all the goodies to make it possible. They’ve also been generous enough to offer a similar cookie kit to one of you!  You’ll receive everything I did minus the gift card, so a tote bag, icing pen, cookie cutters, food markers, and 4 different types of cookie mix.

This will be a short giveaway, lasting only 3 days so don’t miss your chance!  All you have to do is leave a comment telling me which of the mixes you’d like to try and/or your favorite cookie decorating tip.

Giveaway is limited to U.S. residents age 18 and over. Giveaway runs from Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 through 10pm EST Thursday, December 15th, 2016. Once I’ve selected a winner, I will email you to get your contact info, so make sure you enter an email address when leaving a comment (it won’t show up in the comment). Winner has 48 hours to reply or else I will have to select another winner.

UPDATE:  Congrats, Tonya! You won the cookie prize pack!

*Disclosure: Krusteaz provided me with the items described above. I did not receive any compensation and am not obligated to post a positive review. Any opinions are my own. Krusteaz is providing the prize for the winner of the giveaway.

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Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Candy Cookies

by spiceaholic on October 29, 2016

UntitledI can’t stop eating these cookies! If you’re in the mood for cookies full of chocolate chunks, candy and butterscotch, you have to give these a try.

Some fun facts about these cookies:

  1. They don’t have eggs in them – perfect for those with egg allergies and those of you who want to be able to eat cookie dough without fears of salmonella
  2. They do contain Greek yogurt – SURPRISE!  The yogurt takes the place of the eggs in these cookies. I used Stonyfield Organic plain nonfat Greek yogurt.
  3. They are loaded with all sorts of deliciousness – oatmeal, chocolate chunks, butterscotch chips, and UNREAL candy-coated milk chocolates. If you’re unfamiliar with UNREAL candy, check out their story here, but their products contain  non-GMO, fair-trade/ethically sourced, and gluten-free ingredients.

As part of this month’s challenge with the Stonyfield Organic Clean Plate Club, I received samples of UNREAL Candy’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups, dark chocolate almond butter cups, and candy coated milk chocolates. I was curious about the candy coated milk chocolates, as I’ve seen the other two at stores here.  The candy coating color comes from natural sources such as beetroot and carrot juices, which I liked.  Once I tasted them, I realize they reminded me a lot of Smarties, which are a British brand of candy coated milk chocolates that I absolutely love and cannot find that easily in the States. Needless to say, I’ll be buying more of the UNREAL version to get my Smarties fix!

I decided cookies were the perfect vehicle for showcasing these candies. I used this recipe as my inspiration and then tweaked based on what I like to put into my cookies. I really like the idea of incorporating Greek yogurt into these cookies -it’s so unexpected but you really don’t notice it. I may have to try this trick in other cookie recipes as well!

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*Disclosure: Stonyfield Organic provided me with coupons for their yogurt and compensated me for this post as part of their Clean Plate Club. UNREAL provided me with samples of their chocolate candy as part of this month’s campaign. All opinions are my own.

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Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Candy Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt

2 tsp. vanilla extract OR 1 tsp. vanilla extract and 1 tsp. vanilla and butter nut extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup oatmeal (old-fashioned rolled)

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

2 cups combined your choice of add-ins  (chocolate chips/chunks, butterscotch chip, candy-coated chocolate candy, etc.)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, cream together the sugars and butter until fluffy. Add in Greek yogurt and vanilla extract and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.  Add into the butter/sugar/yogurt mixture slowly until incorporated.

Mix in the chocolate chips/candies.  Chill cookie dough in fridge for about 10 minutes.

Use an ice-cream scoop to drop cookie dough onto the cookie sheets, keeping cookies 2 inches apart. These will be large mounds of dough, I got about 7-8 per cookie sheet.

Bake for about 15-17 minutes or until the edges begin to turn golden brown. Take out of oven and let cool for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks.

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