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Bio: Hey Honey Pies!! Hope you don't mind me calling you that. I'm Monique, the slightly crazy chick that's going to guide you through all of these tried and true recipes! We're gonna have fun, laugh a little, and create some downright delicious dishes! Grab a recipe and lets go!!

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    The BEST Summer Recipes!

    July 3rd, 2015

    It’s here!!! Summerrrrr! Cookouts, fresh foods, warm sun, the beach, vacations! Although summer isn’t my favorite season, I’m trying to learn to enjoy it for what it is and soak up some of this beautiful sunlight!

    Here are a few of my favorite hot weathered food recipes on Divas Can Cook!! (Browse around my site if you’re looking for a specific recipe, these are just a few of my many favorites) This list will be forever changing I’m sure!! Enjoy!

    Monique : )

     

    Refreshing Drinks

    homemade old fashioned lemonade recipefresh peach lemonade recipesouthern sweet ice tea recipemelon ball punch recipe white sangria virgin

    strawberry margarita punh recipepeach moscato wine slushies recipes homemadehomemade frappuccino recipe iced coffeereal fruit watermelon slushie recipe

     

     

     

     

     

    Satisfying Side Dishes

    cold tuna macaroni salad 7creamy bacon cheddar ranch pasta salad recipe cold pasta saladbest broccoli salad recipeeasy creamy potato salad recipe

     

     

     

     

    easy grilled corn on the cob recipe in husk

    creamy coleslaw recipe easy homemade

    southern deviled recipe

    black bean corn salad recipe

     

     

     

     

    Delicious Desserts

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    peanut butter oatmeal no bake cookies recipecookies and cream oreo blondies recipe

    fresh strawberry cobbler recipe strawberry shortcake bars recipe

     

     

     

     

    no-bake cake batter cheesecake recipe

    Frozen Reese's Pie Recipe No-bake dessert pie

    chocolate caramel brownies recipenutella popsicles recipe

    simply lemonade with blueberry kiwi popsicles

    fruit salsa cinnamon chips recipe

    homemade peach cobbler recipe

    Company's coming for dinner? Need a quick decadent dessert? No Bake Cheesecake to the rescue!!

     

    Amazing Main Dishes

    beer battered fish and chips recipe easy

    grilled honey teriyaki bbq chicken recipe

    honey glazed salmon recipe 7 chili salmon recipe pineapple mango salsa recipe

     

     

     

     

    Spicy , Crispy Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

    sweet smokey pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches chicken salad sandwich

    salmon tacos recipe (fish tacos) citrus brown butter

     

     

     

     

    baked parmesan tilapia recipe bruschetta tilapia fish recipe

    easy hot dog chili recipe homemade

    Skinny girl pasta recipe

    Simple Snacks

    Homemade Cheese Crackers Recipe Cheez-Its Easy

    No-Bake Energy Bites! Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Snacks

    homemade granola bars recipe easy peanut butterhomemade strawberry fruit rollups recipe

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    Vanilla Memories

    June 26th, 2015

    If I had to pick one flavor to sum up my childhood it would be vanilla, hands down!

    From the scent of mom’s vanilla candles she’d burn every Saturday morning while cleaning to the taste of my grandmothers highly requested vanilla pound cakes, vanilla simply ruled!

    However there’s one vanilla memory that “takes the cake”! It’s embedded into my childhood more than those metal skates and 1 cent candy. That memory is classic vanilla birthday cake with colorful sprinkles!!

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    One of the many perks of growing up on a street full of kids is the countless birthday parties! Vanilla sheet cake with fluffy vanilla frosting and sprinkles was the “It Cake” amongst us kids.  We HAD to have it!

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    You’d think as an adult I’d be tired of vanilla cake as much as I ate it as a child but nope, I love it even more! It’s my happy, familiar, comforting place. Just the sight of a vanilla birthday cake with sprinkles instantly bring back those fun, carefree days of my youth.

     

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    Thanks to Coffee-mate’s nostalgic flavored creamers I can start my mornings with a little dose of those happy childhood memories by using their Coffee-Mate Classic Vanilla flavored creamer.

    The Coffee-Mate Classic Vanilla flavored creamer has been on repeat at my house. It smells divine and reminds me of a big ol’ slice of vanilla birthday cake.

     

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    I’ve also tried Coffee-mate’s other delicious throwback flavored creamers like the Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookie and the Caramel Macchiato but my heart belongs to the Classic Vanilla. It just feels right.
    On really stressful days I treat myself to a steaming cup of vanilla coffee with enough Coffee-Mate Classic Vanilla flavored creamer to make it sweet and creamy and a slice of homemade vanilla birthday coffee cake.

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    Just one taste of that hot, creamy coffee and fluffy vanilla birthday coffee cake and all is well with the world!

    5.0 from 1 reviews
    Vanilla Birthday Coffee Cake
     
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    Ingredients
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • pinch of salt
    • 1 egg
    • ½ cup Coffee-mate Classic Vanilla creamer
    • ⅓ cup vanilla greek yogurt
    • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • GLAZE
    • 1½ cups confectioners sugar
    • 3 tablespoons Coffee-mate Classic vanilla creamer (may need more to thin out)
    • Sprinkles
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
    3. In a small bowl combine egg, creamer, yogurt, oil and vanilla extract until smooth.
    4. Add wet ingredients in dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
    5. Pour batter into prepared pan.
    6. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
    7. Let cool and then drizzle with glaze and add sprinkles.
    8. To make the glaze add confectioners sugar and creamer to a bowl.
    9. Stir until smooth and silky, adding a little more creamer if needed.
    10. Serve with coffee.

    This is one of my favorite vanilla coffee cakes. It’s easy, quick, fluffy, moist and it makes people smile! It’s made with Coffee-Mate Classic Vanilla flavored creamer, vanilla extract, vanilla yogurt and finished off with a drizzle of vanilla creamer glaze! Yep, see I wasn’t kidding when I said it was a vanilla coffee cake! It’s heavenly good!

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    Brew up a cup of coffee, whip up this vanilla birthday coffee cake and create some happy memories of your own!

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    Which nostalgic Coffee-Mate flavored creamer are you excited to try? Classic Vanilla, Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookie or Caramel Macchiato?

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by NESTLE Coffee-mate.  All reviews/opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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    Easy Strawberry Pina Colada (Lava Flow)

    June 22nd, 2015
    What’s the perfect break from helping a friend clean house and unpack boxes on a sweltering hot & humid afternoon?
    I’ll tell ya, a big ol’ frosty pitcher of strawberry pina coladas! Or lava flows as some folks call them. Doesn’t this drink just scream, “Fun & Relaxation”?

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    One minute I was sweating it up doing back breaking labor and the next I was swept away on my own tropical island.

    People….I have absolutely no words to describe how amazingly delicious this strawberry pina colada tastes!

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    Ok I lied, I have so many words!!! Omg if you like pina coladas and strawberries then you HAVE to make this!

    Imagine perfectly frosty, sweet pineapple coconut flavors intertwined with ribbons of tart strawberries. The flavors simply belong together.

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    Last summer might have belonged to the wine slushes on this blog but I hereby dedicate summer of 2015 to the strawberry pina colada!

    Matter of fact, since this drink is so customizable I’m already planning peach pina coladas and chocolate pina coladas! And for the 4th of July, well hello there Mr. Blueberry Strawberry Pina Colada! Somebody stop me! This kinda stuff makes me happy!!

    I decided to leave out the alcohol that time so that my boys could have some but feel free to throw in a hefty splash of rum for your troubles!

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    Creating these strawberry pina coladas are a breeze! For starters, there’s no need to juice a fresh pineapple. Using DOLE® Canned 100% Pineapple Juice delivers all the naturally exotic and refreshing flavors of a fresh cut pineapple.

    I was so happy when Dole asked me to create a recipe post because I use DOLE Pineapple Juice a lot here on Divas Can Cook. It’s a pantry staple because it’s so great in drinks, marinades, plain, and it’s an awesome substitution for orange juice!

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    One of my favorite ways to use up left over DOLE Pineapple Juice is to freeze it in ice cube trays. Then I just pop them into drinks to keep them cold while also adding some unique flavor. So good!

    Well so much for cleaning house and unpacking boxes. After we downed almost the entire pitcher of strawberry pina coladas we were way to full to continue working.

    Instead we lounged around on the breezy porch laughing and chatting the afternoon away! And of course drinking more strawberry pina coladas. It was a great day!

    Go ahead and give yourself a great day as well by whipping up these easy strawberry pina coladas!

    5.0 from 1 reviews
    Easy Strawberry Pina Colada Mocktail
     
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    Serves: 4
    Ingredients
    • 12 oz. frozen strawberries in syrup, slightly thawed
    • 2 cups DOLE Canned Pineapple Juice
    • 15 oz. cream of coconut
    • ½ cup half and half
    • Ice
    Instructions
    1. In a blender, puree strawberries. (add a bit of water if needed)
    2. Place pureed strawberries in a bowl and set aside.
    3. Rinse out blender and set aside.
    4. In a pitcher, stir together pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and half in half.
    5. Pour pineapple mixture into blender.
    6. Fill blender with enough ice so that it comes to the same height with the pineapple mixture.
    7. Blend until slushy in texture.
    8. To serve, add about a ½-1 inch of strawberry puree to the glass. Pour the pineapple mixture into the center of the glass.
    9. If desired, gently swirl the mixture to create more defined streaks.
    10. Serve immediately.

    For more product information, recipes and videos, be sure to visit Dole Packaged Foods on their websiteFacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram and YouTube. #KingofJuices

    This post is brought to you by Dole Packaged Foods, LLC and SheKnows Media. All opinions are my own.

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    Chocolate Guinness Beer Cake

    June 19th, 2015
    “Thick, chocolatey and velvety soft, this chocolate guinness beer cake recipe is the perfect dessert for beer and/or chocolate lovers!”

    Did I ever tell you guys about that time my husband and I wanted desperately to become beer drinkers?

    It was many years ago. We were sitting in the living room watching tv when this beer commercial came on. I think it was a Heineken or something. They showed that cold, crisp refreshing beverage being poured into a frosty mug. The froth bubbled over the top and our mouths watered!

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    Hubby ran out to the store and brought back a six pack. We placed them on the counter, looked at each other like two mischeivious teens sneaking into their parents beer and immediately took it to the head.

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    I wish you guys could have seen our disgusted faces. That wasn’t our first time having beer. We’d tried to like this stuff on several occasions with several different brands and we could never get past the first sip!

    It’s just sooo…nasty!!

    Ok beer drinkers, please advise! Is there a learning curve to this? Are we doing something wrong? Perhaps our taste buds are wired wrong? I just don’t get it! How can something so delicious looking and well loved by many taste so horrible to us?

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    I sure hope we get over this because I feel like I’m totally missing out!! Until then, we’ve settled for beer-infused things like beer punch and beer batter fish, you know, things that actually taste good.

    Oh and this freakin awesome Chocolate Guinness Beer Cake! Yes this is how beer should taste!!

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    My husband was a little reluctant to try this beer cake. When I asked him to bring back some guiness beer from the store he gave me this “oh good lord woman, just give up already” look.

    I told him I was making a beer cake and he did his imaginary pucking motion.

    Then I told him it was a chocolate beer cake. He eyed me suspiciously but it was enough to peak his curiosity and get his butt to the store.

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    I knew that I was gonna love this cake. With the sharp, bubbly taste of beer I knew it would add lots of fluff to the batter the same way club soda does. Chocolate and beer works. I don’t know how but it does.

    This cake doesn’t taste big like beer to me. The beer does give it a slight “twang” but I wouldn’t guess beer if I was trying ti pinpoint the flavor. It reminds me a chocolate sour cream pound cake, just not as dense.

    This Guinness beer cake is thick, fluffy, chocolatey, and tender. The smooth chocolate buttercream frosting pairs so well with it! You MUST serve this cake with vanilla ice cream!!! Did you read what I just said?

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    Let me say it again just in case, “YOU MUST SERVE THIS CAKE WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM!” Trust me!! Once that ice cream starts to melt into this cake and frosting it’s divine!! Which leads me to believe a vanilla buttercream frosting would probably be delicious as well.

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    Watch me make this guinness beer cake from start to finish!


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    Chocolate Guinness Beer Cake
     
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    Ingredients
    • 1¾ cups all purpose flour
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
    • ½ cup butter, softened
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 2 large eggs
    • ½ cup sour cream
    • ½ cup cup buttermilk
    • ½ cup plain black coffee
    • ½ cup guinness beer
    • CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING RECIPE (below)
    • 3½ cup powdered sugar
    • ½ cup butter, softened
    • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • ¼ cup milk (may need more or less)
    • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 3 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
    2. Grease and flour 2 9-inch cake pans and set aside.
    3. In a medium bowl whisk together all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. Set aside.
    4. In a large bowl, cream together granulated sugar, brown sugar and butter.
    5. Beat in eggs.
    6. Fold in vanilla extract and sour cream.
    7. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients alternating with the coffee and buttermilk.
    8. Fold in the beer.
    9. Pour cake batter evenly into prepared pans.
    10. Bake for 20-25 minutes. (watch it carefully after the 20 minute mark)
    11. Remove from oven and let sit in pans until pans are cool enough to handle.
    12. Remove cake from pans and let cool on a cooling rack until completely cool.
    13. To make the frosting, cream together powdered sugar and butter.
    14. Add cocoa powder and just enough milk to make it easy to mix.
    15. Stir in vanilla extract and melted chocolate.
    16. Frost cake. (I sometimes place the icing in the fridge to let it firm up a bit before frosting the cakes.
    17. Frost the cakes.

     

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    Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

    June 10th, 2015
    “Chewy & soft! This gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe is “The One”. Easy to make and a crowd pleaser”

    Can I tell you guys again just how much fun I’m having playing around with gluten-free recipes?! After I made that gluten-free carrot cake that you all loved so much I just had to keep going. It’s the whole challenge thing for me when it comes to gluten-free baking. Trying to replicate the exact flavor and texture as recipes using wheat flour WITHOUT actually using wheat flour is addictive. It’s like a game. It. Must.Not.Win.

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    Now don’t get me wrong, gluten-free baking pisses me off  99% of the time. It’s usually fail smothered with fail on top of fail but when I hit a home run!!! Yeaaaaah booooy!!!! It’s cause for celebration! I do a lil sophisticated twerk followed by a whole lot of “Yeah what’s my name!! In yo face!!!” banter.

    These gluten-free chocolate chip cookies were my home run this week!

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    In my book a gluten-free recipe is only a success if it tastes just like the glutenous version. And after baking gluten-free chocolate chips cookies that were crumbly, dry, gummy, gritty, and so forth, I was over the moon when I sank my teeth into these soft and chewy beauties.

    I never trust my own insanity though. My husband would be the perfect one to try these one. He’s obsessed with chocolate chips cookies. Did I ever I tell you guys I think that’s why he proposed to me?

    Anyway, I didn’t tell him they were gluten-free chocolate chip cookies and he didn’t ask.

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    He took one bite, looked at it and said “hmm…these are good.” He’s not a man of many words but I definitely know when he doesn’t like something I make.

    “Nope. Not a fan”

    “Wouldn’t hurt my feelings one bit if you never made these again”

    ” I hope this isn’t going on the blog”

    “Go back to your old recipe”

    Yeah, those are a few of his saying when he’s not a fan of a particular recipe. As you can see, he beats around the bush a lot.

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    These gluten-free chocolate chip cookies were a HIT!!!

    Make them! Whether you have to eat gluten-free or not, you’ll love these!!

    They’re soft and gooey in the middle and crisp and chewy around the edges. And of course they have those adorable little folds and wrinkles that only the best chocolate chip cookies have.

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    The coconut oil really adds a nice depth to these cookies. You can’t taste it really it just plays up on the chocolate flavor well and helps with texture.

    I decided to go with a mixture of dark chocolate and semi-sweet for these cookies but you can use whatever kind of chocolate you like.

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    This gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe is also a great base to add in whatever makes you happy. M&M’s? You got it! Nuts? Go right ahead! Cookie pieces? Bring it baby!!!

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    You’ll love the classic buttery vanilla taste and the “best of both worlds” texture. Upping the vanilla extract, throwing in an extra egg yolk, using a combination of butter, butter-flavored shortening and coconut oil, and adjusting the brown sugar was all it took to create one amazing gluten-free chocolate chip cookie!  And yes butter-flavored shortening IS gluten-free.

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    The boys devoured these these gluten-free chocolate cookies and begged for more. For some reason Isaac has convinced himself that gluten-free means healthy.  He’s always saying “but mom it says gluten-free” whenever he wants seconds of anything sweet and gluten-free. Kids!

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    Here are few tips I’ve learned when it comes to baking gluten-free chocolate chip cookies:

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    Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Tips

    • Use A Trusted Gluten-Free Flour: Honey, it’s ALL in the flour!! Use your favorite brand of gluten-free flour. I swear by Pamela Artisan gluten-free flour when it comes to cookies, cakes, etc. I haven’t had much time to create my own gluten-free flour blend so this is what I use. I love it.
    • Don’t Over Bake: Seriously, after 5 minutes of baking I  turn the oven light on and watch those cookies like a hawk!! Once they start getting lightly golden around the edge and the center gets puffy and set, TAKE THEM OUT! They WILL look under done but will firm up and set as they sit on the hot pan for a few minutes.
    • Bake On A Lined Non-Stick Pan: Yeah you know those ugly old cookie sheets you have? Use those! Grease them and then line them with parchment paper. I swear by it. I’m not a fan of those baking mats and nonstick cookie sheets for most cookies.
    • Chill The Dough: I hate when cookie recipes call for a chilled dough ugh!! But it really does make for a great cookie! This gluten-free cookie dough is so soft and sticky, chilling it helps a great deal!
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    Watch me make these easy, chewy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies from start to finish!



    Soft n Chewy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie
     
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    Serves: 20 cookies
    Ingredients
    • 1½ cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (I use Pamela's and love it!)
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon baking soda
    • ½ teaspoon baking powder, gluten free
    • ⅓ cup butter-flavored shortening
    • ⅓ cup real butter, softened at room temperature
    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
    • ¼ cup white sugar
    • ¾ cup brown sugar packed
    • 1 egg, room temperature
    • 1 egg yolk, room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract, gluten free
    • 6-8 oz chocolate chips (I use a mixture of dark and semi-sweet and reserve some to place on top of cookies before baking)
    Instructions
    1. In medium bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl cream together shortening, butter, coconut oil, white sugar and brown sugar.
    3. Mix in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract.
    4. Gradually add flour mixture into wet mixture until combined.
    5. Fold in chocolate chips.
    6. Cover bowl and chill dough for 1 hour (I know, this part sucks)
    7. Preheat oven to 375. F.
    8. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
    9. Roll two tablespoons of dough into a ball. (I use two scoops using a mini ice cream scoop)
    10. Place on cookie sheet.
    11. Press additional chocolate chips into the dough balls for a nice appearance once baked.
    12. Bake for 7-8 minutes on the middle rack. (May need more or less time so watch very carefully after 5 minutes)
    13. When the edges are barely golden, remove from oven and let cookies sit in pan for 2-3 minutes. (cookies will appear under done. They will firm up nicely as they cool which will result in a soft, chewy cookie)
    14. Remove from pan and place cookies on a cooling rack to finish cooling.
    15. Store in airtight container.

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