A friend of mine (Molly) recently shared this picture with me of some luminaries she made for an upcoming Christmas party. She tells me that they made about 20 and it only took about an hour…love this! So festive and fun! Thanks for sharing Molly….

And now for a cookie….that is soooo yummy—love this cookie!
My neighbor and friend Janet has been hosting a cookie exchange on our street for the past 6 years. It is always the first Sunday of December. I love to bake…so I love the cookie exchange. And my kids cannot wait to see what I bring home! Dessert every night! Yippee!

This year I am going to share a new recipe I found for Smore Cookies…seems fitting since we serve a lot of smores every year from our firepit :) 
Here is the recipe…

Smore Cookie

Time 16-18 minutes
2 1/4 C flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/2 lb butter, at room temperature

3/4 C packed brown sugar

1/4 C granulated sugar

1 pkg. vanilla instant pudding

2 (large) eggs

1-2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 C graham cracker cereal (I use Golden Grahams™)

1 C semi-sweet chunks

1 bag mini-marshmallows (5-6 for each cookie)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together first 3 ingredients into a large bowl. Set aside.

In a large mixer bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add instant pudding, mixing well. Add eggs and vanilla extract, mixing until well blended. Scrape down sides of bowl as necessary. SLOWLY add flour, mixing well. Stir in the semi-sweet chocolate chunks and graham cracker cereal, blending well.

I use a small cookie scooper. It made 50 cookies (I made 1 1/2 amount for the recipe.)
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and place 3-4 mini-marshmallows on top of each cookie.

Place oven rack on SECOND highest position. Set oven to broil (high) Return cookies to oven, broiling for 15-30 seconds, or until marshmallows are slightly toasted. (I keep the oven door open and watch the marshmallows constantly during this process to prevent over-browning.)

Remove cookies from oven. After one minute, transfer cookies from pan to wire rack to cool.


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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. These cookies sound wonderfully delicious! To keep from having to bake then broil then bake again, could I use one of those mini-torches they use for Creme Brulee? Have always wanted a reason to buy one!

  2. Hi Linda…yes—you could use a torch–think that would work great too!

  3. I had a big look on your blog. You must be crafting 24/7! Love the candlesticks. The white sweater, was really cute.

    You have done so much..wowow.

    hey thanks for joining my blog, i was feeling kind of bummed out and then I went and had a look at my blog and you and another girl joined. Yippeeee

  4. Oh, those look yummy!

  5. This is something I will be making!

  6. yummy! maybe you need to share these with us too?!


  7. Yum I just found your blog and now I am hungry lol Looks so good.

    Check out my food blog

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