Toasted Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint cookies

Last weekend, we had the Santa clause parade in Toronto!!

While it seems so early – I suppose it’s not, and as cliché as it sounds I feel like the year just flew by!!

I still remember trying to get ready for last Christmas, here I am now … beginning to think about this one – it’s tres tres cray-cray!!

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Even with the stores flooded with Christmas decorations, Christmas music playing, and cookies in every crevice of Pinterest – I just wasn’t in the holiday mood … yet. Don’t get me wrong Christmas is my FAVOURITE TIME OF YEAR … I get excited and giddy – buddy the elf style!! But it all just seemed soo early.

And then last Sunday. My family and I went to the parade – it was cold – the snow fell – live bands played carols …. It was Christmas time in the city. It was all I needed to get me in the mood. And now, the countdown is on!!

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34 more days and we’ll all be ho-ho-hoing around town ( … I read that, and re-ready it … I mean that statement in the most innocent way possible).

And just because Christmas means nothing in the LTSL household without cookies – I have something extra special for you!!

Toasted PBJ Thumbprint Cookies.

Have we ever discussed my obsession with peanut butter ?!?! Mmmm … remember when I celebrated National Peanut Butter Month?!?

I LOVE THE STUFF.

Also, toasted taste better.

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 Toasted PBJ Thumbprint cookies 

Ingredients

1/2 cup margarine, Softened

1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter

1/3 cup Granulated Sugar

1/2 cup Brown Sugar

1 whole Egg

1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

1 2/3 cup All-Purpose Flour

1/2 cup Strawberry jam

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Directions: 

1.       In large cast iron pot, add flour to low heat. Toast until lightly brown – stir often to not burn flour. Approx 7 mins.

2.       Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

3.       Combine egg, brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and creamed, Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and beat on low speed until just incorporated, about 1 minute.

4.       Roll into balls and  make an indent, using the back of a 1 Tsp measuring spoon.

6.       Bake 10 minutes.

7.       Remove from the oven and redefine the indent, again using the back of a 1 TSP spoon. While still warm, fill each cookie intent with jam

8.        Allow to cool completely and enjoy!!

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Happy Cookie-ing darlings … and for those who are having heart palpitations over the holiday season, not to worry – I still have one more fall recipe up my sleeve!!

Apple Oatmeal Cookie Cake

The official holiday season kick off is this weekend.

Yes, I just said holiday season.

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THANKSGIVING Is this weekend and I couldn’t be more happy!!

Bring on the turkey, extra gravy – don’t mind if I do … and what’s that you want me to bake with nothing but pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove until I’m blue in the face – I’m on it!!

While, I’m no where even remotely ready to think about the big guy coming down the chimney, nor white stuff falling from the sky – thanksgiving is pretty special at the LTSL household and with brand new traditions starting this year – I can’t wait to see what this long weekend holds!!

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I’m thankful for many things, family – friends – YOU – a good job, health.

I’ve said it a million times, but once more doesn’t hurt – I’m a damn lucky little lady!! For the many things I’m thankful for, I’d like to celebrate.

Annndd as the Queen Julia Child say’s herself :

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And so, we shall have cake!! Apple Oatmeal Cookie Cake. For some reason, this cake reminds me of a huge muffin … which is pretty much all the convincing I need to eat it for breakfast.

We’re celebrating – go ahead, eat the damn thing any time you want!!

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Apple Oatmeal Cookie Cake

Ingredients:
1 ½ cup brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1½ cups vegetable oil
1 cup apple sauce

3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

1 Tsp grated Nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 grated Golden Delicious apples

Oatmeal cookies ( 1 box) – reserve and coarsely crush 6 cookies

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Directions:

 Preheat the oven to 325°F. Prepare cake pan.

With an electric mixer, beat the sugars, eggs, and oil until smooth. Add apple sauce and mix well.

Sift together the flour, sea salt, baking soda, and cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and beat well.

Add the vanilla. Stir in the grated apples.

Pour 1/3 of the batter into your prepared pan. Layer oatmeal cookies. Pour additional 1/3 of batter, layer with cookies, and then add last 1/3 of cake batter – top with crushed cookies and Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

 Remove the cake from the oven, let it cool and slice.

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Party it up, celebrating, thanking, laughing, turkying and loving this weekend darlings!!