In the past few years, I’ve taken a bigger interest in baking and cooking.  I love making a special treat for my family and friends when time permits.  If there’s one thing I know I make exceptionally well, it’s pretzel cookies.  My family BEGS me to make them.  They’re the perfect combination of salty and sweet.  To be completely honest, this recipe has been my little secret for years.  I’ve never given it away as it’s always been the dessert that I hold dear to my heart.  It’s my little secret that seems to bring so much joy to my loved ones.  After all, there’s nothing better than showing up to your friends’ or families’ house after they have had a difficult day (or just are hungry for them) with a batch of warm cookies.  These are sure to make anyone smile.

Ingredients:

3 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

1 C. Butter (at room temp)

1 C. Brown Sugar (tightly packed)

2/3 C. Granulated Sugar

2 Eggs

2 tsp. Vanillla

1 C. Chocolate Chips

1 C. Peanut Butter Chips

1 C. Broken Pretzel Pieces

How to Make Pretzel Cookies:

  1. In a large bowl (or Kitchenaid Mixer), beat together butter, granulated sugar & brown sugar until fluffy (about two minutes on medium speed).  Mix in vanilla & eggs at a low speed.
  2. Stop mixer and add in salt, baking soda, and flour.  Mix in at low speed.
  3. Crush pretzel pieces.  Add pretzel pieces, peanut butter & chocolate chips.  Mix in on medium speed.
  4. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes (in freezer) or a few hours in the fridge.  The longer it’s chilled, the thicker the cookie.
  5. After chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees and place round balls of dough on cookie sheet at least 1″ apart.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Share & Enjoy!

My family and friends absolutely adore these.  Be sure to let me know if you try making them!  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  Would you all like to see additional recipes in the future?  What are some of your favorite “secret” recipes?

xoxo,

Abbie

Hi Everyone!

Something that you might not know about me is that I love to do DIY projects.  There is something so fun and personal about creating something for your home!   I was browsing Pinterest this week and came across this cute piece.  I decided that I had to make it!  I made a trip to Michael’s Saturday to stock up on some DIY supplies and spent a small part of Sunday creating this Monogram Letter Wall Art for my living room.  I have to say, I’m sorry for the quality of these photos.  I initially didn’t plan on posting this so I simply took photos along the way with my iPhone instead of our DSLR.  However, I figured that you all might be interested in this.  Keep reading to get the step by step breakdown of the DIY.

Supplies:

*Scroll wood frame from Michaels

*Black Spray Paint (I used a matte one)

*Wood Letters (Michael’s had a bunch of different options.  I liked the thinness and shape of these the best.)

*Bag of Moss

*Foam Poster Board (I was able to find one that was only slightly bigger than the inner part of the frame so I didn’t have to cut it)

*Burlap

*Hot Glue Gun/Glue

Step one:

Lay down a trash bag or other piece of plastic/newspaper to protect your surface and spray paint the wooden frame.  You can use any color you would like.  I liked the simplicity of black.  Let dry.

Step Two:

Measure your foam board and cut it if necessary so that it fits just slightly outside of the frame.  You want it to be slightly bigger so that you have something to glue to the frame.    The board that I bought was a perfect fit and did not need to be cut.

Step Three:

Wrap the front of your board in burlap and hot glue the edges down.

Step Four:

Glue the burlap covered foam board to the back side of the frame using hot glue.

Step Five:

Take the letter and place hot glue on it in small sections.  Carefully place the moss on top.  Be very careful not to burn yourself!

Be sure to cover the edges of the wood letter as well!

Step Seven:

Glue the back of the letter to the burlap and press gently to secure.

Step Eight:

Use a small nail to hang on your wall and enjoy!

Thanks for reading!  What’s been your favorite DIY project?  I would love to hear all about it!  I’m headed back over to Pinterest right now to hunt down the next project!

xoxo,

Abbie