i freak out at the oddest times for the oddest things….

seriously i do. and usually i freak out over nothing in particular or something that doesn’t need to be freaked out about. last night i couldn’t go to sleep because i started to freak out about planning our office christmas lunch… seriously? we’re talking about having it in 2 weeks and i’m freaking out that we won’t be able to make reservations. let me partly explain why… first of all, our office is about 20 people. do you know how hard it is to find a restaurant that will do a reservation for 20 people with 2 weeks? let me just say it’s not the easiest task in the world. secondly, last year’s lunch had some hiccups and not just because of the alcohol we drank…. in fact, the restaurant we made reservations at didn’t even have their liquor license until 1145a that day! i will give them mad props for calling me ahead of time and letting me know we could bring in our own alcohol but that just made for an even more eventful day. the lunch ended up going great but still… so as i’m trying to go to bed last night, i realize we’re talking about a week from this coming friday! ahhhhhh. that’s so much closer when you’re talking about making a reservation and such than just saying 2 weeks away. especially to me. i’m a planner. i don’t freak so much if things don’t go exactly as planned but i like having a general plan in place. so i’ve made my phone calls this morning and am waiting to hear back about these reservations…

ah holidays and all the food events that it brings…


so this would be the second of the posts regarding all the food i made last week for thanksgiving. and this was by far one of my favorite recipes from the week. last post was about the appetizer (sausage balls) i brought to work…. this one… oh this one is about the cookies. and these cookies were AMAZING. seriously one of my favorite cookie recipes i have ever found. i have several cookie recipes and many of them are lemony or sugar cookie or something that doesn’t necessarily make me think of the fall. these were brown sugar cookies that had a maple flavored glaze. look… i live in the deep south so we don’t get to see pretty leaves and such during the fall but i sure know that maple tends to be a popular flavor this time of year. so i decided to make these and test them out. oh geez. they were worth it. i was worried when i made them tuesday night for several reasons:

reason 1: they were glazed so was the glaze going to dry so they could be transported to work along with the rest of my stuff…

reason 2: as we’ve established, i’m a fan of chewy/soft cookies, not crunchy. when i tasted one after it had a couple minutes to cool outside of the oven, it was crunchy. the blogger promised that these were soft on the inside but crunchy on the outside. that wasn’t what i was getting.

but in the end everything worked out miraculously. the glaze dried enough that i could stack the cookies between sheets of wax paper and it also gave the cookies the chewiness that i was expecting. and let me just tell you… this glaze is probably the best one i’ve ever tasted on a cookie. i probably could have dipped just about anything in it and been a happy camper. these cookies are worth adding to your cookie recipe collection if you have one or just being the only recipe in your collection really.

brown sugar cookies with a maple glaze

  • 1/2 c unsalted, softened butter
  • 1/2 c dark karo
  • 1 1/2 c brown sugar – i used light brown
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 2 tbs dark karo
  • 1 tbs milk
  1. preheat oven to 375F.
  2. beat together butter, karo, sugar and egg until light and fluffy. add the remaining ingredients and beat until well mixed.
  3. roll into golf ball size balls (or just use your handy dandy cookie scoop!). place cookies 2 in apart (seriously, they do spread some). bake for 10-13 minutes or until the edges are just browned.
  4. let the cookies cool until slightly warm.
  5. whisk together the powdered sugar, maple extract, karo and milk. drizzle the glaze onto the cookies. allow to set 20-30 minutes before packaging them up…

best. cookie. ever.

or at least so far.


recipe from: cheeky kitchen


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