Heavenly Sugar Cookies {Lofthouse Style}

Hey guys! It’s me, Adell, from Baked in Arizona. How are y’all doing?  I’m always excited to guest post on Classy Clutter. I’ve got a great sugar cookie recipe for you today.
 These “lofthouse style” sugar cookies are seriously amazing! The name is spot on. When I heard heavenly, I thought of a, soft, light, melt in your mouth sugar cookie and that is exactly what these are. No need to ever buy the store bought version again!

I made my cookies nice and thick with a tall layer of frosting! Is it just me or does anyone else need a 1:1 ratio of cookie & frosting?! :)
Now who says sugar cookies are only for Christmas & Valentines day?! I don’t know about you, but any excuse to whip up a batch is fine with me. And I’m pretty sure St. Patricks day is a great reason. So get yourself some neon green food coloring & festive sprinkles so you can make a batch of these cookies this year! They are the perfect green treat for St. Paddy’s Day :)
Heavenly Sugar Cookies
Ingredients:
  • FOR THE COOKIES:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 cups flour
  • FOR THE FROSTING:
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional
  • food coloring, optional
  • sprinkles, optional
Directions:
  1. FOR THE COOKIES: Cream the butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the heavy cream, sugar, vanilla & eggs. Mix until combined. Add the baking powder and flour and mix well.
  2. Shape the dough into a circle/ball & wrap in saran wrap. Cool in the fridge overnight or for several hours.
  3. Pre-heat your oven to  350 degrees. Roll out the dough on a floured surface. (I prefer them nice & thick about 1/2″ but anywhere between 1/4″ -1/2″ is good.)  Use a 3″- 3 1/2″ circle cookie cutter. Place circles on a parchment lined cookie sheet. (These cookies spread a little while baking, so they don’t do well when cut into other shapes)
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes (depending on the size of your circle) or until bottoms are a very light brown. Check at 8 minutes & DO NOT overcook or they will be dry. Take them out right when they are done and don’t look wet on top.
  5. FOR THE FROSTING: Cream the butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add 4 cups of the powdered sugar, the milk, vanilla & almond extract. Beat till smooth and creamy. Add the remaining sugar, one cup at a time until desired consistency. Add food coloring if desired.
  6. You can pipe the frosting on the cookies or use a knife. I piped it on, then smoothed the top with a knife.
  7. NOTES: If you don’t want to roll out the dough and use a round cookie cutter, you can roll the chilled dough into balls and press down with your fingers. They won’t be a perfect circle, but it does cut out the rolling step and covered in frosting, nobody will notice. If you do this, bake for less time as they will be a smaller circle. (See picture below for comparison)
  8. Recipe Source:  Lucy Jane’s Best via L&L (I added almond extract to the frosting)

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Easy Oreo Truffles Recipe

These easy and delicious Oreo truffles are the bee’s knees of no bake desserts. Just one and you’ll be hooked for life.

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You guys, remember how I told you about our one treat a week situation? Well, I made these for Superbowl Sunday and I can’t get enough!! They are ridiculously easy to make, taste amazing and could be the cutest little gift you ever did see! With only a few ingredients, you’ve got an amazing dessert that you’ll have to hide from your family or they will disappear. For reals.

Ingredients & Supplies:

1  package of Oreo cookies (regular Oreos, not double stuff or fudge)

8 oz package of cream cheese (Room Temperature)

16 oz of chocolate melts or Baker’s chocolate

1 Tbsp of vegetable oil (optional)

Sprinkles

Wax or Parchment Paper

Toothpicks

Cupcake wrappers

Instructions:

In a food processor (I used my Vitamix) grind down the cookies (cream filling and all). It will create a thick powder. Then, mix cookie powder with room temperature cream cheese.. Roll into 1″ balls and place on wax paper or parchment paper. Either will work fine. Place in freezer for 15-20 minutes. Remove from freezer stick a toothpick in each ball.

Next, melt your chocolate. Mine was super thick so I added a tablespoon of vegetable oil and it was the perfect consistency for dipping.

Roll in Balls and stick a toothpick in

Dip your ball into the chocolate and set on parchment paper and add sprinkles (if desired) Allow chocolate to dry and harden.

Dip in melted chocolate

Place on Paper

Twist toothpicks and remove slowly. Add extra sprinkles to cover the toothpick hole. When the chocolate is set, place in a mini cupcake wrapper and you’ve got the cutest little truffle ever!

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Easy Oreo Truffle Recipe - www.classyclutter.net These are so rich and yummy that you only need one or two to get your sweet fix for the day! Box up a few for an adorable and delicious gift! Hope you like them!!! Tag us on instagram if you make them! (@classyclutter) Enjoy!!!

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Energy Blast Citrus Green Smoothie

This Energy Blast Citrus Green Smoothie will give you the energy you need to get your day started. 

Energy Blast Citrus Green Smoothie Recipe

I drink Green Smoothies every morning. No joke. I love them. Personal story alert: I realized a while ago that I was taking in way more caffeine than I thought my body needed. I mean, it doesn’t need any but I craved it because I drank it often. I love me a Dr. Pepper or a Crystal Light Energy but I realized I was hardly going a day without caffeine. I cut myself off from caffeine (I still have it once in a while if I’m out to dinner or something) but I feel 100x better now replacing my caffeinated drinks with green smoothies. This is my “go-to” favorite green smoothie recipe.

Energy Blast Citrus Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 big handfuls of fresh spinach
  • 2 large oranges (or 4 clementines)
  • 1 large red grapefruit (I use Del Monte Grapefruit – It comes in a big plastic jar with 10 grapefruits and grapefruit juice. I do about 1 1/2 cups of that if I don’t use a fresh grapefruit.)
  • 1 1/2 cups of water, orange or grapefruit juice.
  • 1 Tbsp of Chia Seeds

*Makes 2-3 servings*

Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. I use a refurbished Vitamix, you can check them out here (affiliate link) and it works so well! Buying refurbished will save you a few bucks (like over $100 savings!) and you’d never know it was pre-owned; ours even came with a 5 year warranty. I highly recommend it! I use it 1-2x daily! It even grinds up the chia seeds and orange seeds so you don’t even notice them. This smoothie is more of a pulpy juice. It’s very grapefruit-y without being overpowering or sour. It’s so good!!! I have had it every morning for a couple weeks now and it gives me a ton of energy first thing in the morning. I usually make some scrambled eggs and I stay full well into the afternoon.

Energy Blast Citrus Green Smoothie

I hope you try it! I think you’ll love it! I sure do!

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10 Awesome Freezer Meals to make your life easier!

This amazing collection of freezer meals is sure to leave you inspired to cook on those days you just don’t have time!

You guys, I’m done with winter. There. I said it. I’m really craving some sunshine and sundresses! Can we be done with the snow and freezing temps, please!? Rant over. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. ;)

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During the winter months, I am always wanting a hot meal when the sun sets. Like most of you, I’m a busy lady! I need something fast and yummy, like yesterday! Between running two businesses at home and raising 4 little rambunctious boys 6 and under. I guess that makes me a WAHM. I’m cool with that. Anyway, I’ve rounded up some easy and delicious Freezer Meals for you! I plan on making about at least 10 of these for those days where I just simply didn’t have time to cook. That means 10 less Hot ‘n Ready Pizzas my family will be eating!

Slow cooker Beef Roast and Carrots (I love this blog! SO many great recipes!)

This is so smart. My kids will devour these Homemade Chicken Nuggets!

This Slow Cooker Mexican Chili with Cornbread Topping looks soooo delicious! I love Mexican food and freezer meal straight to the slow cooker is genius!

I make this Slow Cooker Vegetarian Taco Soup about once a week. I usually have at least half left over so I freeze it flat in a gallon size freezer bag. Freezing it flat makes for quick and easy thawing. I run it under hot water for a few minutes and throw it in the slow cooker. Done and done. Easiest dinner ever! And it’s delicious!!!

Swiss Cheese Chicken

These Make ahead breakfast burritos look so good! I’d be happy to wake up to one of these babies!

Crockpot Red Pepper Chicken

This slow cooker teriyaki chicken from our friends at Over the Big Moon sounds amazing. I LOVE teriyaki anything!

This one is a Cafe Rio copycat from Over the Big Moon again. I am dying to try this Cafe Rio Chicken!

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

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Classic Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

Hello, Hello Classy Clutter readers! I am so excited to be back today and oh, have I got a treat for you! Don’t be mad that I am about to ruin all the healthy eating you have been doing since the new year began. It’s my job ;) But seriously, this cheesecake is AH-mazing! And yes, you have to say it like that. haha!

This recipe comes from my grandmother-in-law (or, my husband’s amazing Nana!) She told me she got this recipe from a newspaper or magazine when she was just a newlywed and has been making it ever since! It is a classic vanilla cheesecake but you top it with a sweetened sour cream layer and oh my goodness it is good!
I have to admit something though. The idea of making a cheesecake kind of intimidated me! I thought you had to use a special pan and cook it with a water bath etc. but this is a really easy recipe and you don’t need to do any of that. If you are going to serve it for guests you may want to use a springform pan, but Nana always makes hers in a cake pan and we just love it. So use what you have and go for it! You could even use a 9″ pie pan if you don’t have a round cake pan. You just won’t get the tall sides.
I am usually all about the toppings but this cheesecake can stand on it’s own! The flavor and texture are amazing! Creamy good I tell you. I also love the all spice in the graham cracker crust. Yum! You can top your slice with cherry pie filling or just the sauce (skip the cherries) like my husband prefers. I like it both ways.
This would be the perfect dessert to make for your sweetie this VALENTINES DAY! I mean, who doesn’t love cheesecake?!

Classic Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

Ingredients:

  •  CRUST:
  • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon all spice
  • FILLING:
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla*
  • cherry pie filling, optional
Instructions:
  1. FOR THE CRUST: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9″ cake pan or springform pan. Mix together the crust ingredients. Press into the bottom of the pan.
  2. FOR THE FILLING: Mix the cream cheese till soft and creamy. Add eggs, sugar & vanilla. Beat till creamy. Pour onto crust. Bake for 25 minutes (the center should look almost set).
  3. FOR THE TOPPING: When the cheesecake is done baking, remove from the oven & increase the oven to 450 degrees. Mix together the sour cream, sugar & vanilla. Pour over cheesecake and bake for 7 minutes at 450 degrees. Let the cheesecake cool completely then cover & chill overnight in the fridge.
  4. NOTES: *I used a clear vanilla for the topping. If you don’t it may tint the topping a darker color. It will still taste great but if you want a pure white, use clear vanilla. The hardest thing about making this cheesecake is remembering to make it the day before you need it. It is not good unless it is fully chilled (overnight is best!)

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Easy Valentine’s Day M&M Cookies

These easy Valentine’s Day Cookies are packed full of yummy M&M candies and so festive for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day M&M Cookies

Hi friends! So glad you stopped by today! Are you getting excited for Valentine’s Day? We are!!! We’ve loved sharing our Valentine’s Day projects (and recipes!) with you. If you’re popping over for the first time, welcome! We sure hope you stay a while.

So, I’m a mom of 4 little boys, age 6 and under. Yes, I’m a little crazy. Yes, they’re a lot crazy. That being said, they are the coolest bunch of little dudes ever and I just love them to pieces. I’m a work at home mom, running 2 businesses from home while caring for my little dudes. My oldest is in Kindergarten and my 2nd goes to Preschool a couple days a week but usually, my house is packed full of crazy little superheroes, dressed up like Jedis, playing Legos. They are all boy and crazy and cool as they come.

The great thing about little boys is that they are all “Momma’s Boys”. In a good way. ;)  Sometimes these hardcore, rough housing boys surprise me with their tender, mommy-loving hearts. The other day, my 4 year old was just beeeeeegging me to bake cookies with him. I knew he was craving some momma time and craving cookies like always. I told him we would bake some “sometime today” and he would just not let up. Finally he came to me and said “Mom! Are we gonna bake cookies or WHAT!?!”  I dropped everything and decided to devote all of my attention to him. I pre-measured the ingredients and let him put them all in the mixer. We put the balls of dough on the cookie sheet and he chose which one was “his” cookie.

It was a sweet little moment and it made me realize that I need to take more time during the day to unplug, stop working and show the kiddos that I care about their wants and needs, sporadic and unhealthy as baking random cookies may be. ;) Since the new year, I’ve put myself on a pretty strict schedule so I can fit everything that needs to be done in my day without ignoring my kids completely. It’s helped tremendously and we’re all happier, house is cleaner, and I am way less stressed.

Valentine's Cookie Dough

Easy Valentine’s Day Cookies

(adapted from Sugar Baby Boutique)

Ingredients:

3/4 c. white sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 c. butter flavored shortening (I use the pre-measured Crisco Baking Sticks)
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
add 3/4 cup oats
1 tsp vanilla
approximately 1 cup of Valentine’s M&Ms.

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use non-stick spray. With a mixer, combine sugars, eggs and butter flavored shortening until mixed throughly. Now here’s a trick, mix the remaining ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, oats and vanilla) until combined but do not over mix. It makes the cookies SO much yummier. I have no idea why but I swear it works. Gently stir in M&Ms. Next, bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes until the edges are barely brown. Let cool on baking sheet for about 3-4 minutes and transfer to cooling rack.

If you want to make these into a super easy, super cute gift for Valetine’s Day, take a sandwich baggie and cut off the zipper.

Cut off the zipper on a baggie

Place the cookie inside and secure with a ribbon and a tag (if you’d like) It is so simple and inexpensive and is much cuter than a store-bought Valentine. These can be customized to virtually any holiday, season, occasion, etc.

Cookie in a baggie for an easy Valentine

See! Way easy and way cute! Hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day! Don’t forget to check out our other Valentine’s Day Ideas!

Custom Valentine’s Day Fortune Cookies

Valentine’s Day Printables

Lego Movie Valentines

DIY “Love Bites” Boys Valentine’s Dad Shirt

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7 Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day

7 Sweet Treats for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it! I am so excited to make some yummy sweet treats for my sweet hubby and kiddos! I just love Valentine’s Day because it’s another chance (a full day!) dedicated to showing our love for one another. :) I’ve rounded up some of the cutest, tastiest Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day! Hope you find something you like! :)

Chocolate Covered Pretzels (with Sprinkles!) 

Heart Shaped Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Heart Cookies

Strawberry Funfetti Cake

Red Velvet Cupcakes in a jar

Cupid Cookies

Conversation Heart Cookies

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Strawberry Lemonade Cookies

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On Sunday nights, my family has our weekly “treat” or dessert. We are trying to get out of the habit of eating sweets too often. Although some weeks we have more than just the Sunday dessert, this is a goal of ours to try to make sweets more special and less often. We’ve been trying to lower our overall sugar intake for our family and thus Sunday dessert was born. This past week, my husband and I chose my Apple Crisp Parfait but my kids wanted cookies. I had some cake mix so I figured I’d just make some cake mix cookies since they are so ridiculously quick and easy and then…. dun dun dun…. my kiddos could not agree on a flavor to save their lives. C wanted Lemon Cookies and P wanted Strawberry. I giggled and asked “why don’t I mix them and make Strawberry Lemonade Cookies!” You guys… Best. Idea. Ever. They were so quick and easy to make and taste amazing. The kids LOVED them!

Strawberry Lemonade Cake Mix Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Strawberry Cake Mix
  • 1 box of Lemon Cake Mix
  • 2/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tbs of lemon juice (optional)
  • About 1/4 cup of powdered sugar

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Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or non-stick spray. Mix all ingredients except the powdered sugar into a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Dough will be sticky.

Roll dough into 1″ balls (a little smaller than a golf ball) and roll the dough ball in the powdered sugar. I put my powdered sugar in a cereal bowl and rolled it in there so it was less messy.

Place rolled dough balls on cookie sheet and bake for 9-10 minutes. Allow to cool for about 3-5 minutes and transfer to cooling rack.

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Enjoy!

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The BEST appetizers for New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner! Pause. Can I just tell you I am DYING that T. Swift is performing at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve! Dy-ing! Savannah and I are huge Taylor Swift fans (who isn’t?) and I would die to go! I went to NYE in Times Square circa 2008 and it was sooo fun but seriously it doesn’t get much better than NYE + NYC + TS!

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Since I will likely be watching the ball drop from the comfort of my own home with my 4 little nuggets nestled in their beds, I am itching to try some fun new appetizers. Most of these I’ve tried and LOVE but I love trying new ones. Here are a few of some great ones and some I will be trying this year! Cheers to 2015!

Tomato Bacon Bites - Click for recipe

Tomato Bacon Bites

Cheesecake Factory Avocado Egg Rolls

The BEST Guacamole Recipe

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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

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Skinny Black Bean Salad

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Texas Caviar

Easy Breadsticks and Warm Bacon Cheese Dip

Soft Pretzel Bites

Easy Cheese Ball

Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos

5 minute Salsa

Don’t forget to check out our Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes!

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Have a safe and Happy New Year!!!

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10 Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes

10 non-alcoholic drink recipes that are perfect for your next party!

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New Years Eve is seriously RIGHT around the corner and one of my favorite things to do on New Years is to make fun fruity drinks! Well, I don’t drink alcohol and I have 4 kiddos that want something fun and fruity to drink so these drinks are the perfect alternative! Here are a few of my favorite drink recipes from our site and some of our favorite bloggers!

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Sonic Cherry Limeade Copycat

2 ingredient Sparkling Cider

Sparkling Raspberry Water

Apple Pie Punch

Sonic Ocean Water Copycat

Sparkling Cranberry Coconut Lime Drink

Watermelon Lime Soda

Naturally Sweetened Lemonade

Mint Cherry Limeade

Sparkling Mango Lemonade

Hope you enjoy some of these yummy drinks for New Years this year or for any party or get together! Remember to be safe and have a happy, happy holiday! Cheers to 2015!

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