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Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookie Pizza with Espresso Glaze

Regular-sized cookies just don’t do it for me anymore, so I’ve upgraded to cookie pizzas like this Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookie Pizza with Espresso Glaze. When you eat a normal cookie, you get one size, and you’re done. When you eat a cookie pizza, you can cut the slice as thin or shamefully gigantic as […]

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What I Ate in Rosemont, IL

Fear not, for I have returned safely from my brief trip to Rosemont, IL. It was a whirlwind three days, but you know I made time to eat! My very first meal was nothing crazy because we were so hungry after the plane ride that we just ate at the hotel restaurant. I got a […]


Black Cat Quesadillas for Halloween Snacking

My Black Cat Quesadillas are the cat’s meow – the perfect Halloween snack or lunch. They taste awesome for the obvious reason that they’re stuffed with melty cheese, but when you add on the fact that they’re shaped like spooky black cats, they become the coolest snacks in Halloween history. All I did to achieve […]


Easy Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Donuts

It’s Monday – we can’t handle anything too crazy, but we do need something cute like these Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Donuts. They may be freakin’ adorable, but they’re easy enough for everyone to make. In fact, I just made these at 10 o’ clock last night – no joke! My spooky spirit was inspired by the […]

Pumpkin Spice Oreo Rice Krispie Treats

The Weekender: Fluff, Fitness, and Food

Have you noticed the new look around here? It’s still under construction, but you’ll see The Smart Cookie is looking fresh and snazzy. I hope you love it as much as I do! Speaking of new things, I’m excited to tell you that I’ve got some traveling coming up next week, and several more times […]


Rolodoodles (Rolo-Stuffed Snickerdoodles)

There’s no cookie with a funner name to say or sweeter filling than these Rolodoodles. Let’s break it down: Snickerdoodle + Rolo candy = Rolodoodles. These super soft and tender cookies are kissed with cinnamon flavor and break away to an ultra-gooey caramel and chocolate filling. I highly recommend them fresh from the oven, so […]


Loaded Layered Tater Tot Taco Dip (Meatless)

Do you see these layers in this Loaded Layered Tater Tot Taco Dip (Meatless)? I’m not sure if I should call it a dip or the Grand Canyon, considering how deep it is. You dunk a chip in there, and it may get lost. But if I got lost in these layers of cheesy taconess, […]


Pumpkin Spice Oreo Rice Krispie Treats

These Pumpkin Spice Oreo Rice Krispie Treats are the ultimate lazy chef Halloween dessert. Rice Krispie Treats are stereotypically what you make when you don’t know how to cook, but you have to bring something to a party. But that doesn’t mean you can’t fine-tune ’em and make the best damn Rice Krispie Treats anyone’s ever tried. […]


Smart Cookie-Style Utica Riggies

If you want to succeed as a restaurant in Utica, then you better have riggies on the menu. Along the same lines, I just wouldn’t be a Utica-based food blogger without bringing you a Smart Cookie-Style Utica Riggies recipe. Virtually every non-chain restaurant in this city has their own take on riggies. For my non-natives, […]


SCS 60: Milky Way Madness, Buffalo “Chicken,” & More

I love grocery shopping this time of year because all the seasonal stuff is starting to populate the shelves. I’m talking pumpkin and apple stuff everywhere! Lucky for you, you’ve got Smart Cookie to try it first and tell you what’s worthwhile in our bi-weekly Smart Cookie Shopping post. This week, we’ll check out our […]


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Your favorite fall flavor just met your favorite ice cream flavor, and they really hit it off in this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream. Some may think fall is no time for chilly ice cream, but I say, why not? If you’re snuggled up inside your warm home, then why can’t you enjoy […]


Fontina Garlic Bread

What a beautiful way to start a Monday: cheesy, golden Fontina Garlic Bread. Yes, I’m looking out for you today with an easy way to lift your spirits. No matter how hard your Monday is, it always looks better with cheese-covered bread waiting for you. It’s like an old friend waiting with warm, open arms. […]

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