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!!

Cinnamon toast Crunch Oatmeal raisin cookies

For those that have read my blog for a while, it’s no secret that I’m a HUGE cookie fan!!

Normally when I’m craving a sweet treat, it’s hardly ever a slice of cake, a piece of pie or a square of sorts.

Almost always … I’m craving a cookie!!

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Don’t even think about asking me which cookie is my favourite?!? I love them all & am fully against cookie-ism!!

With the cooler temperatures fast approaching, and even getting a slight sighting of flurries last weekend ( seriously … WTF mother nature?!?! Calm down!!) – I know cookies of all kinds will be creeping all over the internet very soon.

These particular cookies, are the perfect mix of warm fall flavours of cinnamon and childhood memories!! I remember endless weekend mornings, sitting by the television watching cartoons with my favourite sugar cereal in hand – whether it be Fruitloops, Trix , Fuity Pebbles or count chocula (my parents were clearly health food advocates!!)– nothing could beat Cinnamon Toast Crunch. To this day, I keep a box on hand – and it’s still probably one of my favourite movie snacks!!

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So, of course – I couldn’t leave well and good alone. I had to throw them in cookies. Actually … I made cinnamon toast crunch mature – I added them to oatmeal raisin cookies … of all the cookies in the world – is there any one more adult than an oatmeal raisin one?!?!

I.think.not.

… that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. Even though it may sound like a bunch of mammer-jammer!!

Let’s make some cookies!!

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Cinnamon toast crunch Oatmeal raisin cookies 

1½ cups flour

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 Cup crushed cinnamon toast crunch cereal

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 TBSP Cinnamon powder

1 cup softened butter

1 1/4 cup brown sugar

¼  cup granulated sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 cup raisins

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Instructions

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix flour, rolled oats, cereal, baking soda, cornstarch & cinnamon. Set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugars until smooth and creamy.

Add the vanilla and eggs. Add dry ingredients to wet – mix until well combined.

Add raisins

Scoop the dough using a medium cookie scoop (or a heaping tablespoon) onto prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 12 minutes.

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Enjoy!!