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Chocolate Chip Snowman Cookies

snowman-cookies-gluten-freeDo you want to bake a snowman?

It’s easier than you think! After seeing a few other bloggers make snowman brownies, I decided why not try snowman cookies? They’d be popular with the kids I babysit for and look really cute on display at a potluck holiday party. And they’re gluten free when you use this brand of frozen cookie dough.

I started with these things:

chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-gluten-freeIngredients:

  • Pre-packaged gluten free chocolate chip cookie dough from Immaculate Baking (or use your own dough of any kind)
  • Powdered sugar
  • Coconut flakes
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Gluten free pretzels

cooking-with-immaculate-baking-coI used a ceramic rolling pin (pictured above) to roll the cookie rounds flat.

After baking, add pretzel stick arms to half the cookies. After cooling, simply add put two cookies together, frost, and sprinkle with coconut flakes.

assembling-snowman-cookiesDecorate with mini chocolate chip eyes. The nose is a real carrot, cut to size. You could probably add a frosting scarf and make a hat out of something–if you figure that part out let me know!

coconut-snowman-cookiesNow your snowman entourage is ready to go to holiday parties (or right into your tummy).

Don’t miss out on your $ off coupon and more cute recipe ideas from the post sponsor, Immaculate Baking Co!

What holiday cookie is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

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Gluten Free Chocolate Dipped Cookies

Easy Christmas Cookie recipe: dipped chocolate chip cookesThis post was sponsored by Immaculate Baking Co. Thank you to the brands that support this site.

Do you have a traditional holiday cookie you just have to make (and eat!) each year? I’ve been eating gluten free for most of my life, so I’ve missed out on most of the delicious cookies others enjoy. Like fresh-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies. So when I found Immaculate Baking Co. cookie dough in the freezer section, I was excited to pop it in the oven and enjoy easy-to-make cookies like a normal person. {Coupon alert: get a $1 off coupon here.}

Plus, baking is a great excuse to use my apron collection and cutesy kitchen utensils, so…I’m in.

Gluten free baking recipes from The Pink Paperdoll

The directions said to pat the dough rounds down to about a half inch thick. To accomplish this, I put the dough between two layers of parchment paper and rolled gently with the ceramic rolling pin in the picture.  If, like me, you don’t use nonstick baking sheets, parchment paper is a must. I buy If You Care unbleached parchment paper and it makes cleanup easy. Here’s how the dough came packaged:

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Within a few minutes in the preheated oven, these bad boys were making my house smell divine. Like real, actual chocolate chip cookies. A smell I haven’t enjoyed in a long time.

dipped-cookies-with-sprinklesFor a decorative twist on the traditional chocolate chip cookie, I dipped each one in chocolate, then added sprinkles. I used Sunspire bittersweet chocolate chips melted in a pan, but you can use any type of chocolate you have on hand. See the full recipe for party-perfect, easy to make chocolate dipped chocolate chip cookies below.

Dipped chocolate cookies for the holidaysFun fact: the packaging uses illustrations from folk artists, like the one you can kinda see here

Coupons & Savings and More Recipes

Need more recipe ideas? You can’t have enough pretty cookies this time of year, that’s for sure. Also, make sure to download and print a coupon for $1 off any Immaculate Baking product. The cookie dough I bought was already a good price (regularly under $5 at my local store, plus they were on sale) so $1 off makes it even more affordable. Which is a good thing if you have tons of holiday parties to bake for! Find out where the brand is sold near you. I thought it was surprisingly easy to find, but check it out before you shop because it isn’t sold in all stores.

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3-Ingredient Chocolate Dipped Cookie Recipe

Here’s how I made the cookies above. It’s so fast and easy, you can use it for even the most last minute party invitations!

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“Thank you for voting.”

Today at the polls, the man who handed me my ballot said very sincerely “THANK YOU for voting.” I don’t know why it caught me off guard. They say it to everyone, every year. But it seemed like I should be the one saying “Thank you for volunteering as an election judge.” Thank you America for being a democracy. Thank you great-grandparents for becoming American citizens. Thank you women’s suffragists for giving me the right to vote. Thank you armed forces for protecting that right.

All the negative attack ads, the arguing and the dashed dreams of politics can’t erode that feeling of accomplishment when the automatic ballot feeder swallows up your vote with a whoosh. (Plus, you get an I Voted sticker.)

However long you had to wait in line to vote, wasn’t it worth it? Happy Election Day!

Doll Catalogs of the 90s

90s doll catalogsAfter delving into the world of Madame Alexander, I started remembering the 90s doll companies who marketed to my generation. Despite being very loyal to American Girl (shout out to Samantha), I received a wide variety of doll catalogs in my mailbox. Turns out that some of the dolls in these catalogs have now become collector’s items. Here’s a quick update on some 90s doll companies you might remember and what happened to them.

90s Doll Companies

Did you read any of these 90s doll catalogs?

Magic Attic Club

90s doll companiesThis blatant rip off of American Girl had a cute premise: four friends played dress up in a magical attic and were transported on adventures. Like American Girl, this 90s doll company’s products included dolls, accessories and accompanying paperback books. Some of the story themes are a little heavy on the cultural appropriation for today’s standards.

Current Status: Closed in 2007.

MyTwinn

90s doll companiesThis slightly creepy product line was actually founded with a heartwarming intent. An emergency room physician noticed that her young patients were attached to their dolls for comfort because they looked like them. Believing that dolls helped boost a child’s self-esteem, in 1993 he developed a doll-making technique to create replicas to resemble children’s features. The company gained immense popularity through 2001.

Current Status: After running into quality issues when manufacturing was sent to China, the company closed in 2016. MyTwinn dolls are highly collectible and have sold for over $1000. More details can be found on this history of MyTwinn.

American Girl

90s doll companiesCurrent Status: still crushing it, even though they retired some familiar characters from the original historical line.

Did you have any of these dolls? I’d love to hear your memories of them in the comments section!

Save Money on Dorm & Home Decor

Thanks to Groupon for sponsoring today’s post!

Whether you’re getting ready for going back to campus or getting your home ready for fall, saving money feels good! One of my secrets is getting great deals on Groupon.

save money on dorm decorHere are my favorite Groupon Goods categories for major deals on home design. You can save money on dorm decor essentials too if you or someone you know is heading back to college soon.

  • Canvas prints. Displaying favorite photographs from my travels like the one in the photo above is one of my go-to ways to decorate walls. Groupon has deals as good as $5 for a 16 x 20 print! Even with $10 shipping that’s a better deal than you can find almost anywhere else.
  • Mattress toppers. Basic beds can be transformed with a high quality mattress topper, and these deals can save serious cash.
  • Cute area rugs. The rug in the photo above I purchased in college to brighten up my room. They can make a small space seem more homey, or give a new look to a room in your home.
  • Throw pillows. This is another fast, inexpensive way to bring a new look into a space. Check out the emoji pillows available now on Groupon for the texting millennial in your life!

Another trick is to check Groupon Coupons for deals like percentages off at websites I regularly shop at. How are you saving money on decor this fall?

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