Classic Sugar Cookies

These classic sugar cookies are a hit for young and old and are super easy to roll, cut and bake. 

I remember as a young child it didn’t matter the occasion. If there was an occasion there were sugar cookies. My mom always had them ready when we walked in from school. While I love the look of royal icing, it changes the taste of these cookies and not for the better so I like to stick with basic sugar on top. 

After visiting Disney during Christmas a few years back and purchasing the Mickey cookie cutter, it has become my fav cutter at Christmas time.  Brings back so many magical memories and certainly adds a little extra fun to the holidays. 


1 1/2 cups of salted butter

2 cups of granulated sugar 

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract 

5 cups of all purpose flour 

2 tsp baking powder 


1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, mix together butter and sugar. Cream until smooth scraping the sides well. 

2. Beat in the eggs and vanilla scraping the sides well. 

3. Mix in the flour and baking powder. 

There is no need to chill the dough if you want to make them right away.  It is ready to roll 🙂

4. Roll out your dough on a floured surface (I roll about a 1/4 of the dough at a time). Roll to about 1/2 cm thick. Some people like them thicker (around 1cm) but I love them thinner. Either works. 

5. Use cookie cutters of your choice to cut out your desired shapes. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 

6. Add sprinkles of your choice (BEFORE you bake them). 

7. Bake in over for 8-10 minutes until the edges start to change a slight colour. Let cool completely before stacking. 

Happy baking!

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Rock Cookies

Don’t be fooled by the name. These cake like cookies are sure to be a hit with the kiddos.  My mom baked these for us when we were kids and we couldn’t get enough of them. I love the raisins and nuts but my sister always likes her plain. Great either way!

Preheat oven to 350


3/4 cup of brown sugar 

1/2 cup of  salted butter 

2 large eggs

1/4 cup water

(Optional raisins/walnuts)


1 1/2 cups of flour

1/2 tsp soda

1 tsp cinnamon 

1/2 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp allspice 


Beat sugar and butter until smooth

Add eggs one at a time until well blended. 

Add sifted ingredients in 3 parts alternating with 1/3 of 1/4 cup water. 

Drop teaspoonful onto parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes. 

Kids will love these!

Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

Okay so this recipe is soooooo easy and I am excited to share it with you. Whip up a batch on the fly for any event. Annnnd the good news is you can substitute your favorite chocolate bars or nuts, etc…


4 cups icing sugar 

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 salted butter

1/4 cup milk 

1tbsp vanilla 

Reece’s peanut butter cups (I buy the large bag from Walmart that has 10 or 12 individually wrapped mini cups. $2) You will need 2 bags. 


Place parchment paper in 8×8 greased pan. Chop one pack of chocolate and sprinkle on the bottom. 

Sift sugar and cocoa and place into a microwaveable bowl. Stir in 1/4 cup of milk and place butter on top. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir well and add vanilla extract. Stir until Smooth and pour over chocolate pieces. Spread in the pan. Chop the next bag of chocolate, sprinkle on top and press down. Put in fridge until set (overnight). 

Chop into small square and enjoy!

Mini Greek Salad Skewers


Greek salad is definitely one of my weaknesses. Love, love, love it! Here is a low fat appetizer recipe to serve at your next event.

Mini skewers
Red onion
Green pepper
Cherry or grape tomatoes
Pitted kalamata olives
Low fat mozzarella cheese (I tried feta but it fell off the skewer)

Cube the cucumbers and cheese, and cut the peppers and onions into small squares. Keep tomatoes and olives whole. Skewer veggies onto skewer in whatever pattern you love best!

2 cloves finely chopped garlic
3 tbsp crumbled feta
1tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp pink Salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 cup light olive oil

Whisk ingredients until well blended


Pour over skewers and put in fridge for sever hours stirring a few times.


Balsamic Salad Dressing


So my husbands sister visited us from France and made us a tomato salad that was Delish! If you are like me, my garden is full of tomatoes and fresh herbs and I am always looking for ways to serve them. This dressing is low in fat and tastes great!

100ml extra virgin olive oil
100ml balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 sprigs fresh basil chopped fine
1 Clove garlic chopped fine
Salt/pepper to taste

Put all ingredients into a container with lid and shake well then serve on salad of choice (we loved it with a variety of chopped tomatoes or cucumbers).


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Strawberry Jam Gone Clean

So strawberry season is upon us and I love, love, love them! I decided to whip up a batch of clean strawberry jam. Best part is it only takes a minute to make!

(Makes 2 cups)

2 cups of fresh,washed strawberries (stems removed)
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
3tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend. (Mix as long as you like to get the consistency you desire).
Pour into a jar and put in fridge for 24 hours before using.

You can double/triple this recipe. After the 24 hours in the fridge you can even freeze this jam and enjoy it all year round!


Chips and Salsa

Looking for a clean snack that is super easy, low in calories and tastes great? Chips and salsa will do the trick.


Preheat oven to 350

Large whole wheat pocket pita (more than 1 if you’d like)
Pink salt

Cut pita into 8 triangles and seperate the pocket. Place pitas in single layer on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with pink salt or spice of choice.
Cook for 4 minutes and turn over and cook another 2 minutes until crispy.
Serve right away or allow to cool and place in airtight container.

(Was so excited to use my cilantro from my garden)

2 cloves garlic
1/2 red onion
4 medium tomatoes
Large handful of cilantro (or to taste)
1/2 tsp of chili powder (or to taste)
1/4 tsp chili flakes (optional)
Salt/pepper to taste

Finely chop onions, garlic, tomatoes and cilantro. Add spice, stir. Put in fridge for at least an hour and serve with chips 🙂

Hope you enjoy it as
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Kim’s Guilt Free Cookies


Yup that’s right! Guilt free. (As long as you don’t eat the whole plate).

I purchased coconut sugar last night (I had no idea it existed). And because baking has been an obsession since I was a little girl I had to get to baking right away. I made this recipe up as I went and luckily I got it first try. I’d love to hear about any of your variations of this recipe :).

These cookies are soft and cake like. Hope you love them as much as I do.

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup coconut sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk of choice
2 cups oats
1/3 cup ground flax seed
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp pink salt
1 cup dried fruit (I used raisins)
1 cup nuts (I used walnuts and pecans)

Preheat oven to 350.
Put milk and oats in a bowl, stir and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
Beat butter and sugar together until smooth.
Add two eggs and beat well.
Add oat mixture and mix well.
Add ground flax, flour, cinnamon, soda, baking powder, and salt and mix well.
Add nuts and dried fruit and stir until mixed.
Drop by heaping tablespoon on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly browned.
Allow to cool and enjoy.
Makes 36 cookies

D’s No Bake Energy Balls


Okay so another friend of mine is an amazing cook and is always sending awesome treats our way! Supporting my clean eating, he shared this sweet treat and I think these are mouth watering! Of course any of you who have ventured to the baking section on my blog will see I love to bake and I love making cake pops for my kiddos and their friends. So I took D’s recipe and added a little twist. Both recipes are attached 🙂

1 cup oats
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Roll into 26 1 inch balls and refrigerate.

To make cake pops
Use 1/4 cup dark chocolate chopped finely (instead of 1/2 cup). Melt 1 cup of dark chocolate. Dip top of stick in chocolate and insert into the balls about 1/2 way. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes. Then dip the ball quickly into melted chocolAte and let the chocolate drop off. (I usually tap the bottom of the stick with the back of a spoon to get as much chocolate off as possible. Place in fridge to harden. Add a drop of melted chocolate to the top if you wish and add a nut or dried fruit. This would make a fun and impressive clean dessert for friends and family. Enjoy. Id love to see your creative ideas.

Keeping It Clean Caesar Salad Dressing


Love Caesar salad and have been having major cravings but don’t want to eat bottled dressing. So knowing how I roll I made up my own clean version! Hope you like it as much as I do 🙂

1 cup non fat Greek yogurt
2 lemons
1-2 cloves of garlic chopped (remember I am garlic obsessed so I use 2)
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a food processor add the juice from two lemons and two cloves of garlic. Add the Parmesan and yogurt and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Put in a container for several hours or overnight. Drizzle 2 tbsp on salad.

I chose iceberg to switch things up and love that I have to cut it to eat it so it takes longer to eat and I am more satisfied. Also makes a great presentation for guests. 🙂

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