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Baking Cookies

by Meghann on December 5, 2009

Tonight Caitlin and I had these great festive plans to watch It’s a Wonderful Life at the free outdoor theater. We were going to pack a picnic and sit under the stars. Unfortunately the torrential downpour and below average temps quickly destroyed those plans. Bummer. πŸ™

After much deliberation we decided to stay in and bake cookies instead!


The doggies played



While Caitlin and I got to work.

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We stuck with the no-fail Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.






Brown Sugar


Molasses? (Ok this was really for the gingerbread cookies Caitlin was making, but I thought the photo was cool πŸ˜‰ )


Mix, Mix, Mix


We did make one slight change. Instead of chocolate chips we used these:


Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels! Can you believe these have been in my cabinet since August? I can’t believe I waited so long to try them!


I crushed the pretzels so they would blend nicely with the rest of the cookie batter.



(Have I mentioned how much I hate how my hair sticks up in the back? I can’t wait for this ‘stacked’ look to grow out!)


Fresh out of the oven.



Earlier this afternoon I snacked on an Orange and Carrot that I dipped in Almond Butter.


On my way to Caitlin’s I stopped at Infusion Tea and ordered a lunch combo to go.


Vegan Tempeh Chili – perfect for this chilly weather!


1/2 Concorde Sandwich with Hummus, Balsalmic Dressing and other veggies – Yum!


Pumpkin Spice Tea


This tea is AMAZING!! Next time I am going to order the tea leaves in bulk so I can take them home and brew at my leisure. πŸ™‚

I bet you can’t guess what I had for dessert? πŸ˜‰


OMG!! Adding the pieces of the Chocolate Covered Pretzels was pure genius!! Nom Nom Nom I would have had more, but I had filled up on all the cookie dough I nibbled on. Oopss. πŸ˜‰

Tomorrow is my family’s annual Christmas Caravan (check out last year’s recap here). I am already preparing myself for a full day of good eats. Gotta love all those holiday favorites you only get once a year! πŸ˜‰

Good Night!

1 Nicci@NE December 5, 2009 at 12:44 am

Looks like fun tonight!

2 caronae December 5, 2009 at 12:58 am

I made cookies tonight too! They were the size of my head! Have a fun time tomorrow.

3 Christy December 5, 2009 at 1:06 am

Ohhh pretzels is smart! I bet the added sweet crunch was awesome πŸ˜€

4 chandra December 5, 2009 at 1:09 am

I actually saw the picture of your hair and before even reading the caption I thought, “That looks so cute! I wish my hair looked that good after a day at work!” lol So IMO, it looks cute, but I’m sure its annoying if that’s not how you want it to be!

Great idea with the pretzel cookies! I wish I could try them! I need to move south..

5 chasingthenow December 5, 2009 at 2:36 am

Those cookies look quite yummy!!!

Have fun with your fam tomorrow!

6 Jess December 5, 2009 at 3:14 am

I LIKE the hair! It always looks so fab. πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

7 Courtney December 5, 2009 at 3:56 am

The little flip in the back just adds a little body! I kinda like it! :]

8 caitlin December 5, 2009 at 6:10 am

ah, the last photo of me taking an imaginary picture over the container of flour is awesome.

9 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life December 5, 2009 at 7:38 am

A friend of mine tried the TJ’s choclate covered pb pretzels and couldn’t stop raving about them. The cookies look amazing!

10 VeggieGirl December 5, 2009 at 7:58 am

Enjoy the caravan!! πŸ™‚

11 Karla December 5, 2009 at 9:02 am

Chocolate covered pretzels in stead of chocolate chips is such a good idea!

Have fun at your family caravan!

12 Kara December 5, 2009 at 9:16 am

I bet the sweet and salty combo is phenomenal!

And I am drooling over the Kitchenaid mixer. I want!

13 Matt December 5, 2009 at 10:00 am

You got me craving cookies now!

14 eaternotarunner December 5, 2009 at 10:12 am

I LOVE those pretzels so I’m sure your cookies were awesome

15 Katie December 5, 2009 at 10:13 am

Um those pretzels wouldn’t have lasted a DAY in this house! And in cookies pure genius!

16 Jenna December 5, 2009 at 10:32 am

omg! that idea is so good- chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels instead of chocolate chips, you are genius! i bet they tasted out of this world πŸ™‚

17 tangerinesandmarmalade December 5, 2009 at 10:33 am

Cute puppy pics! and you are right about the Nestle Tollhouse Recipe being no-fail. I must try your variation when I get home for break – love me some choco-covered pretzels!

18 Danielle December 5, 2009 at 10:36 am

What fun! I made chocolate chip cookies from the tollhouse recipe last night too πŸ™‚

19 Darci December 5, 2009 at 10:36 am

I have never had chocolate cover peanut butter pretzels, only just peanut butter pretzels…sounds yummy!! Great idea to add them to the cookies!!!

20 Mica December 5, 2009 at 10:41 am

I’m jealous of your fun night baking cookies! How festive!

21 Jo Stockton December 5, 2009 at 10:46 am

It’s A Wonderful Life is such a great movie–maybe it’s best saved for a cold night inside. The cookies look delicious!

22 blissfulbellas December 5, 2009 at 11:20 am

pretzels and cookies?!?!?! wat omg that is a combo i never would have tried but just sounds sooo right!!! i wanna try it with the next batch of any cookie i make LOL

23 skinnyrunner December 5, 2009 at 11:24 am

those cookies look delicious! sounds like a fun holiday night!!

24 Erin December 5, 2009 at 11:41 am

What a delicious addition to cookies. I can’t wait to start doing some serious baking this weekend! πŸ˜€

25 Mara @ What's For Dinner? December 5, 2009 at 11:50 am

Looks like a blast!! I had the “stacked” haircut and that flip thing drove me crazy… I lived in tiny ponytails as it grew out.

26 Jessie (Vegan-minded) December 5, 2009 at 11:51 am

I like your hair like that, I think it looks good on you. πŸ™‚ Those cookies sound so yummy!

27 Anna December 5, 2009 at 11:54 am

Looks like a fun night! Those chocolate pretzels would not have survived in my cabinets for that long πŸ™‚

28 caitsplate December 5, 2009 at 12:19 pm

That’s such a good idea! I have NO idea how you managed to hang onto those pretzels since August. There’s no way I would’ve made it!

And haha – I think your hair looks cute! But I know how frustrating it is when your hair is shorter than you like…I’m experiencing that right now!

And holy moly, I’m SO jealous of that tea!

Sorry you missed the movie – but your night looked pretty awesome anyway! πŸ˜€

29 Lindsay December 5, 2009 at 2:39 pm

I love baking cookies πŸ™‚ Looks like fun!!!!

30 Tamzin December 5, 2009 at 5:18 pm

I love cookies and those sound divine x x

31 Melissa S. December 5, 2009 at 6:20 pm

love the smashing action shot. stress relief. πŸ™‚

we are so totally gonna bake it up with i get there!

32 meyergirl December 5, 2009 at 6:28 pm

I REALLY want some cookies now!

33 carolinebee December 5, 2009 at 7:59 pm

I’m just catching up BIG time…so huge congrats on your 1/2!!! Love the pigtails πŸ˜€ And I am totally with you on the “less bars, more real food” thing, aaaaand the messy apartment, ahhh haha bravo for posting pics!! I always notice that my cleanliness and organization go out the window as I get busier and do more social stuff, so I think it’s a good thing πŸ˜€ Have funnn tomorrow, I remember reading about it last year and drooooling…!!

34 biz319 December 5, 2009 at 8:19 pm

Love the addition of pretzels!! Hope you are having fun with your family!!

35 Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) December 5, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Pumpkin spice TEA?! I must find some, that sounds like it would be right up my alley.

36 Jenny December 6, 2009 at 9:38 pm

wow great call on the chocolate covered pretzels! nothing better than that sweet and salty combo πŸ™‚

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