Triple Chocolate Guinness Cookies!


Today being St Patricks Day I wanted to bak e something fun for the occasion! Last year I made Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with a Whiskey Butterscotch filling and Baileys Irish Buttercream Icing!


Today I decided to whip up some Triple Chocolate Guinness Cookies!

Triple Chocolate Guinness Cookies:

1 (12-oz) bottle Guinness extra stout
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp instant espresso powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips

In a saucepan, combine the Guinness and 1/4 cup of the brown sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture has reduced and is thick and syrupy (about 20-30 minutes). You should have just over 1/3 cup left once reduced. Transfer to a bowl and cool slightl, this will help it to thicken as well.



While the beer is reducing you can sift together the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. I forgot to bring my sifter to the boys house so I had to improvise with a mesh strainer.



In your mixer, or mixing bowl, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy.


One at a time, add the eggs and the egg yolk, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla. With the mixer on low, slowly add the cooled Guinness syrup and beat until incorporated.

Slowly add the dry ingredients, mixing just until everything comes together.


Mix in the white chocolate and milk chocolate chips until evenly distributed throughout the dough.


Preheat your oven to 325 F. and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.

Using a small cookie scoop/ice cream scoop, scoop the dough on top the cookie sheet. Place them about two inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.


Bake for about 18 minutes (rotating the baking sheets halfway through), or until the edges are set. I like mine crispy with a soft center, you can feel this when you check on your cookies, if they give too much when you tap the top then give them a bit more baking time.

These cookies are soft like brownies but they have the crispy edges that I like!




Do you have any fun St. party’s Day recipes? (Sweet or savory?)



It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Pt. 2

Christmas Morning Jen and I left bright and early for the drive up to Charleston. The drive from Orlando to Charleston was a little long but I like road trips so it wasn’t unbearable.

The first day/night we hung out at the house, getting settled, reading, and then had a family dinner and opened presents. For presents we do a movie and candy combo white elephant exchange! This year my Aunt and Uncle got us all a couple of presents which were very thoughtful and perfectly picked for each of us.

For the rest of the trip we took evening walks on the beach, a carriage historical ride around Charleston, and a driving tour through a park filled with Christmas lights!! Most evenings were spent together as a family while days were for exploring!

It was a great Christmas!




It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Pt. 1

I’ve spent the last two Christmases in New York City where it was cold, amazing, and snowed. It definitely felt like Christmas compared to the weather we usually have in Florida for Christmas. So when the idea of spending Christmas in Charleston South Carolina was thrown out there I was a bit hesitant. I loved Christmas in New York! I love being with my family no matter what but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I really enjoyed Charleston at Christmas time.

As usual my sister Jen and I spent Christmas Eve with my dad side of the family, church and then dinner at my Cousin Debbie’s house.

It was wonderful as always being with my family and since Jen and I leave early Christmas morning we usually open presents Christmas Eve as well!

My first Christmas present I actually received earlier in the month! I got a Kitchenaid mixer!!! I got it early because Kohl’s had a great deal, Jen and Wade split the cost as a joint Christmas present!


Jen also got me a couple of other little presents so that I would have something to open since I went to Kohl’s and got the mixer myself. She got me my first Alex & Ani bracelet! Which was perfect because I have a necklace that was my moms that actually matches.



And knowing my love of all things bulldog,the next present was perfect!


Holidays are my favorite because my family always gets together and I love being able to spend time with my family.



It was great that Wade was able to spend Christmas Eve with my family as well!


Where do you spend your Holidays?


Thanksgiving and a Knights Blackout Friday

Every year since I was 2 (with the exception of one) my family has always had thanksgiving at my cousin Lauren & Leon’s house. It’s my favorite family tradition!! Leon hunts and always tries to have fresh turkey and other treats for us such as venison and gator depending on how well his hunting season goes, but there is never a shortage of food or leftovers!

Lauren & Leon live in Umatilla which is about an hour and a half away from where I live in orlando and since my sister is back from Pittsburg we drove up together. The family was all there with the exception of my Aunt Lois who is older and having a hard time with her memory. The food was as good as ever, we didn’t have any venison or gator this year but I was very pleased that Lauren made my Aunt Lois’ onion caserole! It’s my favorite thanksgiving dish! I was even lucky enough to be sent home with a whole caseole to myself (1of the 3 that were made).



Lauren & Leon live on a lake in between orange groves and every year there’s always shooting practice in the side yard. This year it was switched up a bit and there was skeet shooting down by the lake. I hadn’t shot guns at thanksgiving until this year, but I have gone to a gun range with Maria and her dad a couple of years ago, which I’m pretty good at.



I went up to shoot twice and each time I missed all 3 targets, but I’m glad I gave it a try, and I wasn’t disappointed because it was my first time shooting skeet and my first time shooting a Remington which isn’t easy (at least not for me).

I always love seeing my family and am always thankful for them because they are a constant part of my life. The women in my family are amazing! They’re beautiful, smart, inspirational, and strong. I truly couldn’t ask for better women to look up to!




I didn’t do any Black Friday shopping but I did go to the UCF game against USF with my friend Kristy! And as per the title of this post, it was a blackout game (all students wear black for support of UCF) not in the drinking fashion.



We did a little tailgating and enjoyed the game, WHICH WE WON!!!!

I had a great holiday full of family, friends, and good food, all which I am truly thankful for everyday!

Hope yours was as good!
Happy thanksgiving!

– K

Spooky Things!

Halloween is my favorite Holliday! Maria and I got all settled into our new place just in time to throw a halloween party! Pinterest provided plenty of inspiration.

Growing up Halloween was always special at our house, my mom always went all out with decorations and for the first 5 or 6 years made my sister and I’s costumes! I found a lot of inspiration from Pinterest but there’s one thing I was always impressed with from my childhood. The witches cauldron!

Start with a medium (size varies by your table size, party size, and how much punch you might need) plastic witches cauldron, you can find these at party city.

Add dry ice to your cauldron. Be careful with the dry ice!!! It is dangerous and can cause severe burns! Use thick gloves or metal tongs to handle the ice. And place a plastic punch bowl inside.

When ready, create your punch and add to the punch bowl, then pour hot water into the cauldron around your punch bowl where the dry ice is. This will cause the dry ice to start fogging up and look really cool! Add hot water as needed when the fog dies down, it will cause it to fog back up.

I also made halloween cookies!

Sugar Cookies

1 cup Sugar
1 cup Butter, softened
3 oz. Cream cheese
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Almond extract
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1 egg Yolk
2 cups All Purpose Flour

In a large bowl blend together sugar, butter, cream cheese, salt, almond extract, vanilla, and egg yolk with mixer.






Mix in flour, a little at a time, until well blended.


Roll dough onto plastics wrap or parchment paper and refrigerate dough for two hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees then start to roll out dough, one third at a time, on a lightly floured surface. Using a cookie cutter dipped in flour, cut out cookies as close together as possible.



Place cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until bottoms of cookies are a light golden brown. I find the cookies are best a little under baked. Cool completely before moving or icing the cookies.


I used a simple royal icing to decorate my cookies for the Halloween party.

Royal Icing

3 Tbsp Meringue Powder
4 cups Confectioners’ Sugar
6 Tbsp Warm Water

Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until smooth. Separate into individual bowls and add food coloring if desired.





For the party Henry was Eyore and I was a witch!



Here are all of our decorations and some pictures from the party! It was a lot of fun and the cookies were a big hit!










What’s your favorite holiday?

– K