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Alice Cookies

In THIS Gramma’s House, there are ALWAYS cookies in the cookie jar. Homemade or StoreBought, we’ve got cookies. Lately, they are called “Alice Cookies” in honor of our granddaughter. I got an assignment for the EatWriteRetreat workshop I’m attending next week to make a batch of cookies with Monk Fruit In The Raw Sugar……and I knew it would be fun!Image

We were sent a recipe to make roll out sugar cookies…..and it mixed up in a breeze. The recipe used 1/2 regular sugar and 1/2 of the new sugar from In The Raw made from Monk Fruit. I’ve NEVER baked with anything but regular cane sugar, so I wondered how it would taste! Monk Fruit In The Raw Bakers Bag is an all-natural, zero calorie sugar alternative with a sweet,k clean taste that measures like sugar. Perfect for Grammas AND Alice’s!


It mixed like “regular” cookies except there is one more step when you add the Monk Fruit In The Raw Sugar as a separate step. My super-duper picky daughter didn’t notice ANY difference when she snitched some of the dough. I put the dough in one plastic bag and let it rest in the refrigerator overnight.


Rolling was easy peasy even right from the refrigerator. The dough was really nice and the cookies baked up perfectly. Next up, the frosting!


I’ve been coloring and flavoring frostings with fruit juices lately. This one, I wanted to be light pink (Alice’s Favorite) so I made some strawberry “juice” out of some mashed and sugared strawberries. I used this “juice” as some of the liquid in my cookie frosting.


We aren’t a “cookie frosting” family. We like a simple glaze of Powdered Sugar and a liquid…lemon juice, milk or 1/2 and 1/2, or even water! This one, used Strawberry “juice” and 1/2 and 1/2. I pour in the sugar, add a little liquid, and mix and add liquid until it is exactly how I want it to be.


I pour my frosting into plastic decorator bottles add a tip to the lid if I want, and squeeze a small amount on the cookie and spread with a knife. These, I added a sprinkling of Sanding Sugar for glitter and crunch.


Yes, I made Red Mittens! I also used some delicious Chocolate sprinkles from King Arthur Flour. They are REAL chocolate and look and smell so good on a cookie.


For THIS assignment, we had to make a 4-ish inch cookie and decorate it. I chose to use a round cutter and then an alphabet cutter on the inside to spell A-L-I-C-E, a word Alice knows how to spell and read. While she napped, I decorated with the strawberry icing and the sanding sugar sprinkles. Then I waited for her to wake up!


Alice Approved Cookies. These are keepers!


I am entering to win a prize at the Eat Write Retreat….I’ll let you know how I do!

Chewy Gooey Monster Cookies


Back in the day…..when I left my house and did stuff…..I was active in the Blair Jaycees. One of their fundraiser projects was to bake Monster Cookies and sell them to raise money for a Children’s Charity. It was so much fun.

I think they are a perfect holiday cookie. Perfect ANYtime cookie!

Note. I can make this whole recipe in my big KitchenAid mixer, but it is full. If your mixer is too small, think about halving the recipe or mixing in the mixer until you get to the oatmeal and then stir by hand in a bigger bowl. You can make it work!

Dough & Scoopers


2 sticks (1 cup) softened butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups granulated sugar
6 eggs
2 t. vanilla
18 oz. peanut butter (I use smooth)
4 teaspoons baking soda
9 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
Mini Nestle Chocolate Chips. (I don’t even use a whole bag)

Cream butter and sugars together.
Mix in eggs, vanilla,  peanut butter and baking soda until smooth.
Then stir in oatmeal followed by chocolate chips.

Traditionally, these cookies are 1/4 cup measure but I make them half that size. I use an OXO cookie scoop. You can make them any size.
Give them plenty of room on the cookie sheet, though.

Bake at 350* for 11 minutes….maybe 12. Check often.
Do. Not.Overcook.
They should be underdone when you bring them out of the oven.

Immediately put M&M’s on the cookie….press 3-5 candies on the top…and then remove from pan to a cooling rack.

Cookie Stack

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There are many websites that give tips on gifts for friends and family, but one of my favorites is The Naptime Chef’s blog.