Monthly Archives: November 2011

4th Birthday Party


These cookie packages were made as goodie bags for a 4th birthday party. The birthday boy’s name is Van, and his very creative mom came up with the theme. 017

A mini-van and a 4 say it all! As always, so much fun to make these packages!

Happy Birthday Van!


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Thanksgiving Part 2


Happy Thanksgiving!!!


In case you missed it: Thanksgiving Part 1

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Cookies for Connor

My adorable little nephew, Connor, had his baby-naming/baptism this weekend.


C is for Connor!


Mazel Tov and Congrats to Connor!


And just because they’re all so cute- my nieces:029



Aubrey with Connor


And my other nephew, Sammy!

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CBS News: Your Chicago 11/18/11

Defining Moments will be featured on CBS news tonight at 10pm! Be sure to tune in to check out their new store location and some of their biggest fans (including me)!CBS Cookies

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Oatmeal Cookies

I thought that “Cranberry-White Chocolate-Pecan-Oatmeal Cookies” was too long of a title for this post, so unlike these cookies, I kept it simple. 055

I had some pretty amazing Cranberry Oatmeal cookies from Whole Foods a couple months ago. I’m not a huge fan of raisins- so I thought this was a really great alternative and was really looking forward to making some of my own. 050

And, just in time for Thanksgiving, what’s better than a cranberry filled cookie? Maybe one that also has white chocolate and toasted pecans. 051

If you had told me 20 years ago that I would ever bake or eat a cookie like this, I never would have believed you. Fruit and nuts were not my idea of dessert and did not belong in a cookie. 052

I guess I’ve finally grown up. My parents may be just as shocked when they see me eating these as they are when the watch me eat broccoli, all types of seafood and green pasta. Obviously, not my favorites when I was younger. 053

These cookies are absolutely delicious and so very easy to make. I suggest you try them out for Thanksgiving. Along with Pecan Bars, of course.


Cranberry-White Chocolate-Pecan-Oatmeal Cookies

Adapted from This Recipe


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruit)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1-1/4 cups toasted pecans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients. Add to butter mixture and stir until well blended. Add dried cranberries, white chocolate chips and pecans. Drop by teaspoonful onto parchment covered baking sheet. (I used a 2 tsp ice cream scoop). Bake about 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Cool.

I ended up with about 80 little cookies. Plenty to share!!!


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Baby Shower


Can’t wait to meet Baby Weinstock!!!


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