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!!

Halloween Chocolate Funfetti Cookies

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When witches go ridding

And black cats are seen,

the moon laughs & Whispers,

‘tis near Halloween

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… I’ll stop, I’m already scared. I wish I could tell you that I love Halloween – I don’t. I don’t see why someone would want to purposely be scared or scare other people.

I’m a total chicken – I still call my mom, when walking to the train/bus station and it’s dark outside … I wish I was kidding.

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This weekend I was watching the movie Hook (yes, the children’s movie) and Mr. LTSL told me to change the channel because it sounded scary … we’re pretty much besties!! I stinking love that kid.

So, I won’t be dressing up for Halloween – there are no trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood … instead I’ll be waiting for Saturday when all the candy goes on sale and then I can take it all and bake it in browines … or cookies … or c ake … or who am I to be biased?!?! – all 3!!

But just because I shitake mushrooms   at the slightest loud noise, and you won’t find me wearing a mask — it doesn’t mean I can’t sprinkle a little Halloween goodness all up in this joint!!

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Plus, the Halloween oreos looks so cool!!

Halloween Chocolate Funfetti Cookies

 1 Cup butter at room temperature

1 ¼  cup packed light brown sugar

½  cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 Tablespoon pure vanilla

3 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 bag Halloween oreos ( I ended up using 12)

Halloween sprinkles

Directions:

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl , cream butter and sugars. Add in eggs and vanilla until well combined.

In a medium bowl mix the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda. Add to the wet ingredients.

Using a cookie scoop, sandwich two scoops of cookie dough around an Oreo ( it’s like a chocolate oreo hug!!).

Roll in a bowl of Halloween sprinkles

Bake cookies for 12 minutes.

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Ghosts, Goblins, Witches & Superheroes UNITE !! … or be like me and get into some comfy pjs and gouge on cookies and mini candy bars ( … kidding .. I won’t be doing this .. well, I won’t be doing it alone at least!!)