The Best Soft, Fluffy Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream

February 13, 2017 § Leave a comment

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So, I originally wasn’t planning on baking anything for Valentine’s Day this year. Crazy, right? While on Instagram this past week, I’ve been drooling over all of the cute confections and treats everyone else was making, and then when I stumbled across a recipe for soft, fluffy sugar cookies (i.e. Lofthouse-style cookie), I thought of one of my best friends who would absolutely love them. I immediately knew that I wanted to bake a batch so I could send some to her in the mail and also give some to my other Galentines. And that’s all it took – I went from not baking anything to baking two dozen of these cookies plus a dozen black bottom cupcakes (recipe coming soon!) all in one night.

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It’s been proven that these cookies are incredibly addicting. My friends literally finished the ones I gave them in a single sitting. The cookies are perfectly soft, fluffy, and almost more like cake than a traditional cookie, but no one’s complaining. The vanilla buttercream brings these cookies over the top and makes them more special and indulgent.

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The cookie plus buttercream definitely makes for a very sweet treat, which is why I added a suggestion for less sugar in the buttercream. However even after making it with the full amount of sugar and thinking I wouldn’t like it, I was surprised that I kept on eating them because they are THAT good. What was even more shocking was my friend who has a low tolerance for sugar ate all of hers too!

Bottom line – these are the best sugar cookies ever. If you’re planning on making these to give away, be sure to make yourself a batch too otherwise there’ll be none left to gift!

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Arugula Salad with Apples, Delicata Squash & Gruyère Frico

February 9, 2017 § Leave a comment

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‘Tis the season of trying to eat healthier, right? Clean eating can feel like a chore but it doesn’t have to be! The key to making a salad that you will actually look forward to eating is filling it with much more than just leafy greens.

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This salad is full of delicious foods that will help keep you full so you can resist reaching for those chips or that candy bar. I love the contrast of sweet-savory and creamy-crunchy in this salad. I used an apple cookie cutter to form the shape of the frico, which is basically shredded cheese that is baked in the oven until it gets nice and crispy. The addition of the salty, buttery Gruyère frico on top definitely makes this salad for me. Hey, a little cheese here and there never hurt!

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