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Caramel Chip Pecan Blondies

Hey y’all! It’s been a minute since I’ve posted. I’ve had a pretty busy summer and I plan to do a recap of all the great things that have happened for me this year. I am still working on my cookbook and hope to have it done soon. If you are praying people, please send up some prayers for me to finish strong. 🙂   Back to this recipe. I was on Instagram a few weeks ago and came across…

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hey y’all! It’s been a minute since I’ve shared a recipe. It’s been a wild summer and I plan to do a celebratory post letting you all know all of the good stuff that has happened so far this year.   Y’all know how much I love instagram and my community there,  so I did share a bit of info there so if you aren’t following me on Instagram, you definitely need to hit that follow button. 😃 I shared this…

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Pecan Sandies

I’m excited to share a few recipes this month in honor of National Pecan Month. I’ve partnered with Schermer Pecans, a local pecan company here in GA,  to bring you a few pecan recipes.  First up, one of  my mom’s favorite cookies, pecan sandies. These cookies are so easy to pull together, not too sweet, but full of buttery goodness. I would definitely say they fall in the shortbread cookie family and shortbread cookies are some of my most favorite cookies. Why?…

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The Perfect Brownie

I don’t like to throw around the word perfect, but I must say these brownies are pretty close to perfection. I love this recipe because it’s very moist, not too dense and super chocolaty. This is a great recipe that doesn’t take very many ingredients and will take no time to pull together. It’s the perfect brownie to serve with a tall glass of milk or a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream. If you need a chocolate fix,…

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Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Who doesn’t love a chocolate chip cookie warm from the oven? I know I do and typically crave them at a time that I don’t have the energy to scoop out dozens of cookies to bake. So what’s a girl to do? Bake a chocolate chip cookie in a skillet! I love this recipe because it fills your cookie cravings and makes you feel like you’re kinda eating a cake too because of the density of the cookie. Talk about…

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Ginger Snaps

A few weeks back I set out to make ginger snaps. I was all ready to go and thought I had all of my ingredients. In theory I did with one exception, I didn’t have vegetable shortening(Crisco), but I did have lard or animal shortening. Now, lard is something that pretty much every southerner has grown up seeing their grandmother, mother or auntie use in making biscuits or pie crusts. Lard is typically hard to find, but I happened to…

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Coconut Macaroons

Confession. I’ve purchased a bag of coconut for the last 2-3 years with the plans of making coconut macaroons at Christmas. Each of those years I failed to complete the task. What can I say? It gets busy during this time of year and I always make grand baking plans, but some how fall short. However, I decided this would be the year and time has been on my side and I was able to make macaroons last weekend. I…

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Toasted Coconut Caramel Treats

We have a recipe for all of you campers out there who want a camping goodie at home. Check out these fun treats using the girl scout cookie, the Samoa. No Samoa’s left? You can also try these treats with Keebler’s version of the Samoa.      Photographed  by Joyce Oudkerk Pool from S’mores- Toasted Coconut Caramel  by Lisa Smith.  Reprinted with permission from Gibbs Smith.   Recipe 2 to 3 Hershey’s Caramel Kisses 1/2 graham cracker 1 Jet-Puffed Toasted Coconut…

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Platinum Blondies

Looking for a fun spin on the traditional blondie? Look no further than this adaptation of the blondie. In the recipe, the stars are white chocolate chips, macadamia nuts and coconut.  You’ll only need one bowl to mix up this yummy dessert so let’s go!       Platinum Blondies adapted from Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies via Once Upon a Chef   Ingredients: 1 stick of butter, melted 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 2…

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Chocolate Cherry Cookies

It’s been a chocolate kind of week over here at Jem of the South.  If you are a fan of chocolate covered cherries you will love this recipe. It’s perfect for Valentine’s day and it’s super easy to make. I used  these cherry chips for the “cherry effect” or you can order these from King Arthur Flour.  If you aren’t able to find cherry chips you can substitute dried cherries. I’m sure  your cookies will turn out just as fabulous…

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