Cookies!! & Wardrobe Challenge Day 3

by Katie on August 12, 2010

in hot yoga,Recipe,Running,Wardrobe Challenge,Yoga

Hey y’all!  I’m not Southern but I really wish I was, just so I could get away with saying y’all.  Anyway.  I’m so stoked that tomorrow is Friday!  I have a busy weekend planned, with lots of running, yoga and friend time.  Good stuff :D  Yesterday I got in a two mile training run in 18:39.  That is REALLY fast for me!  Granted it is two miles but if I can keep up that pace I should be able to shatter my 5k PR (30:35 I think) next Tuesday.  Woop! 

Hot yoga challenge last night was bombtastic, as always.  I think I’m really getting used to bikram (room is heated to 105 degrees) versus the hot yoga challenge (95 degrees) because yesterday the temperature of the room was quite bearable.  I’ll take it!

Today marks day three of the challenge.  Oy.  It is going to be a lonnnng month.  On the bright side, I am wearing shoes and jewelery that has just been sitting there unused.  Today’s clothing and accessories:

Closeup of the detailing on the top/pearls:

Let’s be honest though- I don’t wear my suit jacket around the office.  Unless I have a meeting or something.  In the mix:

  • Wool blend suit jacket- Banana Republic (purchased 2005)
  • Black wool blend suit pants- Express (purchased 2004)- yes, the same ones as yesterday.  Repeat!
  • Teal-ish cotton dressy tee- Banana Republic (purchased Spring 2010)
  • Pearls- gift from my mother and grandmother
  • Black pearl bracelet- gift from Brian
  • Peep toe pumps- Aldo (purchased sometime in 2006?)- I love these shoes.  Unlike the other peep toes, they are actually quite comfortable.  I’m still not sold on peep toes with long pants but hey, that’s what the challenge is for, right?  Mixing it up yo!

Okay, on to more delicious items.  Specifically, Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookies, courtesy of Sweet Tooth Court! Seriously, this girl is my go-to recipe person for sweets.  I’ve met her in real life and she’s just as “sweet” (ha) in person as she is on her blog.   I’ve been sending Bri care packages but hadn’t yet baked him anything.  After perusing Courtney’s recipes, I settled on her Chocolate Butterscotch Cheesecake Cookie recipe, which I adjusted to Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookies (I didn’t want the chocolate to melt when being shipped!)  Don’t worry, I altered the recipe on Tuesday to make chocolate chip cheesecake cookies too ;)  The beauty of this recipe is that you can alter it to make tons of flavors!  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 + 1/2 sticks of butter
  • 1/4 apple sauce
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup regular sugar
  • 1 package of jello cheesecake pie filling (or any other flavor- customize to your heart’s content!)
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 & 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 12 oz peanut butter chips (or chocolate chips, or butterscotch chips…)

  • Preheat the oven to 375
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugars, dry pudding mix and vanilla with an electric mixer until well blended
  • Add the egg whites and applesauce, mix until well blended.
  • Add in flour, baking soda, baking powder.  Mix until completely blended.
  • Stir in chips!
  • Using an ice cream scooper, place on baking sheet and bake for around fifteen minutes (I like my cookies large!) or until they turn a goldish brown. 
  • Let cool, and enjoy!

These are the finished peanut butter cheesecake cookies.  Note that I individually wrapped some of them- my friend Melissa sent me a link on how to keep cookies for soldiers overseas fresh, and apparently the key is individually wrapping them.  I placed the individually wrapped cookies into a larger tupperware container.  Here’s to hoping they arrive in Afghanistan fresh and delicious!

The reason I love this recipe is that there are so many combinations of cookies you could come up with.  Why not combine lemon jello pie filling mix with white chocolate chips?  I made chocolate chip cheesecake cookies for my family and they were huge fans.  So, Courtney, thanks for the recipe! :D

Have a great Thursday!

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jen @ Jen is Green August 12, 2010 at 6:54 pm

those cookies look SO good. I can’t wait to try one of courtney’s cupcake recipes. ;-)

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2 Katie H. August 12, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I KNOW! My friend Melissa (the one you met this past Sunday) made the peanut butter cup ones and is bringing me some tonight when we meet up for a run. YAY :D

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3 Leah August 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Another good trick for keeping baked goods fresh (if you’re making a cake or bread, that is) is to cook it in a coffee can. I did this when a friend was deployed. You mix up the batter like usual and pour it into a (clean) coffee can (like Maxwell House), cook it, then put the plastic top back on, wrap it up and ship it off. You might have to cook it a little longer than usual to make sure the middle is not raw.

I’m loving your wardrobe challenge, too. Its great to see how getting creative with accessories can make the same things look different.

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4 Katie H. August 13, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Ohh, thanks for the great tip! I will definitely have to try that next time!

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5 Wendy Irene August 12, 2010 at 9:36 pm

What a wonderful thing to do! Let me know how they hold up in the mail!! I’m very curious ;-)

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6 michellestgermain August 13, 2010 at 12:31 am

Those cookies sound awesome. Yum. I hope they hold up for your hubby!

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7 inmytummy August 13, 2010 at 1:46 am

You and I run at the exact same pace. If we lived closer, we could be running buddies.

And you could give me cookies.

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8 Katie H. August 13, 2010 at 4:09 pm

lol, we totally would be running buddies. With lots of cookies!

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9 BostonRunner August 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Yum cookies! They look so light and fluffy

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10 Joanne August 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Almost a day after we moved to Texas, I was into the Ya’ll thing. It’s just so easy and fun to say!

Cheesecake cookies? – it just CAN’T get better than that!

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11 Katie H. August 16, 2010 at 1:23 am

I agree- it just flows off the tongue :p

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12 Molly August 13, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Never thought to combine pb and cheesecake into a cookie!

I also read somewhere that if you ship cookies, put a slice of bread in the box, because that helps to soak up moisture.

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13 Lindsey August 13, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Umm those cookies look scrumptous! I’m sure Bri will devour them when they arrive. Sounds like you’ve got a pretty great weekend planned! Enjoy!

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14 wiseeats August 13, 2010 at 6:37 pm

The cookies look awesome! I’m sure he will enjoy them and be reminded of home! :)

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15 Katie H. August 16, 2010 at 1:24 am

I hope so :)

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16 RunToTheFinish August 13, 2010 at 8:20 pm

ohh i would so eat all of those in one sitting, hence my non-baking

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17 Katie H. August 16, 2010 at 1:25 am

I bring lots to work and give them away to friends… otherwise I would eat ALL of them lol

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18 lowandbhold August 13, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Love the outfit! I need a good pair of black pumps, or else I need to take my old one to a shoe smith because they are strugglin’.

I’m from the midwest and I totally say “ya’ll” and “fixin’ to”.

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19 Katie H. August 16, 2010 at 1:26 am

“fixin’ to”- I LOVE it. I need to add that to my vocabulary for sure.

I have a pair of black pumps that I wore down to the ground- I need to take them to a cobbler- I miss them. Thanks for the reminder! :D

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20 Ashley August 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Oh my goodness, I am so into these cookies. I’ve been compiling recipes for Christmas (and to send to a couple friends back up North) and these are soooo bookmarked. And that is so sweet that they are for Bri. Awwwww.

P.S. … as a new Southerner, I totally give you permish to use y’all.

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21 Katie H. August 16, 2010 at 1:27 am

Aw, awesome- let me know how you like them! And thanks for the permish :D

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22 Ashley August 15, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I’m awful with multiple comments but I wanted to say how much I love your suit, too.

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23 Katie H. August 16, 2010 at 1:27 am

thank you Ashley! :)

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24 J August 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm

great outfit! I love the color of your shirt! I have like 3-4 shirts in that color!

The cookies look great! I am sure they will make it to your husband and still be fresh!

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