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Heyyy there people! Hope your day is going well! I am still having a tough time catching up on sleep from Maryland’s Homecoming this past weekend. Last night I really wanted to spend some time reading and watching the presidential debate, but I zonked out around 9:30. Fail!

Oh well, hopefully now I am all caught up and will be awake enough to watch the Homeland episode from Sunday tonight! Love, love, love that show. If you have Showtime you should definitely watch it! 🙂

Workout

So I have a new workout tip to share with you all today!!

Recently I have to admit my early-morning exercise motivation has been…waning. I am still waking up early to run with Jack every morning, but those extra stops at the gym or quick HIIT circuits are just not happening as frequently as they used to. Instead my workout routine has switched to more of an evening schedule, which is definitely not my favorite.

Working out in the evenings has been fine, but sometimes other plans crop up (e.g., baseball games, errands, happy hours, etc.) and I don’t always get in as many workouts as I should. Sometimes I’m also just so tried after work that the thought of going to the gym at the end of a long, hard day makes me want to die. I still definitely prefer waking up in the morning to work out, but I just need something to kick by butt in gear.

Last week I was flipping through some old posts from one of my favorite bloggers Tina, from Carrots N Cake, and I stumbled across an article she wrote on tips for staying motivated. One tip that I thought would really work well for me is to write down the workouts I am going to do each day, and keep myself accountable to them.

Tina’s thinking is that it’s too easy to give up on a workout if nothing is holding you to it, but if you have them written down it helps you adhere to them a little more. I thought this was a great idea and immediately ordered this cute little dry-erase calendar from Amazon!

Isn’t it great?? It arrived last night so I didn’t fill out my workout for Monday, but check out my planned workouts for the rest of the week!

  • Tuesday: Spin at 6:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday: Boot Camp at 6:00 a.m.
  • Thursday: Body Pump at 6:00 a.m.
  • Friday: Alyssa’s 4-week shred workout (plus a bit of cardio thrown in depending on how long the workout takes me/how difficult it is)

I love that it’s right on the fridge where I will see it everyday! No skipping my morning workouts now (er-hopefully). So far the calendar has been working great, but obviously it’s hard to tell after just one day.

What are some motivation tips you guys use??

Recipe

When my friend Lauren invited me over for brunch this past weekend, I knew I wanted to bring something delicious and fall-themed. My mind instantly went to pumpkin-flavored goodies, and I knew I would be able to find a ton of delicious options online for inspiration. [Source]

Yeah. That definitely wasn’t a problem. I saw pumpkin recipes everywhere! Lol!

However, I also wanted to bring something else to the brunch. Something still festive and fun, without being too difficult to make (don’t worry, the pumpkin recipe is coming soon too! haha).

So, I did what any girl would do, I turned to Pinterest! I swear I spent at least two hours sifting through all the delicious potential recipes, when I finally landed upon this recipe for candy corn cookies.

They looked simple and delicious and the best part was I already had all the ingredients on hand. Win!


These cookies came together really quickly and were a big hit at the brunch! Here’s how I made them 🙂

First I preheated the oven to 350 degrees and lined a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Then I poured 4 tablespoons of butter (softened), 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 large egg yolk, and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract into a large bowl. Using my mixer, I beat the ingredients together until everything was combined.

Note: It seemed like this wasn’t going to be enough dough for the cookies, but it wound up being fine!

Then I added the dry ingredients to the bowl. These included1/4 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour, and 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder.

Note Number Two (haha): Usually I mix my dry ingredients together first in a separate bowl and then dump them in, but since the amounts in this recipe were so small I didn’t bother.

Using the slowest speed on my hand mixer, I beat the dry ingredients into the wet.

Once I had a nice chocolatey dough, I used a spoon to drop little cookie balls onto the parchment-lined cookie sheet. I rubbed the dough around in my palms to make nice circular cookies.

Then I popped them into the oven for about 9 minutes, rotating the pan halfway.

As soon as the cookies looked firm and started getting a tiny bit crackled around the edges, I pulled them out.

I immediately topped each one with a little candy corn and then let them cool completely so the candy corns would stick.

Yay for cute, easy, and delicious candy corn cookies!!

These little treats would be perfect for any Halloween parties you have coming up and are just so adorable!

Candy Corn Cookies
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Serves: 26
 
These little cookies are so festive for Halloween! They come together in a pinch and you probably have all the ingredients on hand already!
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, very soft
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • About 26 candy corns
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Beat/stir the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla until combined.
  3. Stir in the baking powder, salt, flour and cocoa, and mix until a dough forms.
  4. Use a teaspoon to scoop out the dough and roll into balls. Roll dough between your palms to shape the dough, if needed.
  5. Place balls on baking sheets, 2 inches apart. (It looks like too little dough for each cookie, but it works.)
  6. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are firm and cookies are dry to the touch, 9 to 11 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven; gently press a candy corn into center of each cookie (surface of cookies may crack slightly).
  8. Cool on sheets 1 minute; transfer to a rack to cool completely.

So there you go! Now go bake yourself some Halloween treats to enjoy this weekend! Especially when they are as tiny as these, you don’t even have to feel guilty about eating them! Just try to control yourself from eating more that two three six 😉 haha!

Enjoy!

Question of the day: What are your favorite Halloween treats?

When I was younger Reese’s were definitely my favorite, but recently I discovered 100 Grand bars, which are delicious! Have you ever tried them??

 Posted by on October 23, 2012

  12 Responses to “Candy Corn Cookies”

  1. This looks delicious! My favorite halloween treats are probably twizzlers, milky ways, and swedish fish. Although I’m not a huge candy person, so I don’t get super excited. It’s the idea of it I like. But those cookies look amazing! I also completely agree that writing workouts down makes us feel accountable for them. It’s another job I have to do if it’s in ink!

  2. Writing down my workout schedule for the week is a huge motivator for me. I am a big “to-do list” person and I feel most accomplished when I am able to cross everything off of my list for each specific day. I write out my “to-do” list on Sundays and my workouts are including in this list. It helps me so much! Wow, typing that makes me feel like a major type-A, overly organized person…I guess it could be worse, right?

    I love Reese’s, especially the holiday versions (pumpkins, Christmas trees, eggs) because they contain like twice the amount of peanut butter as the originals..yum! I hear you on the greatness of 100 Grand Bars. I can never get enough caramel!

    • Yeah I am like that too I just never applied it to my workouts before (don’t know why it took me so long!!) lol. I’m hoping it will help me keep on track with my routine! And I think Reese’s still hold the number one spot on my favorites list. They are just SO good!

  3. Finally!! I’ve been waiting for this recipe 🙂 I love the fact that it’s so simple. Knowing it may be impossible to screw up, I’m all for it haha.

    Favorite Halloween Treat: Reeses PB pumpkins.

    • Ahhh so good!! I love Reese’s pumpkins but I had a bit of an overload with them when Fabio bought me four king-sized packages of them for my promotion. I spaced them out and it took me almost three weeks to eat them all, but that was still a LOT of Reese’s pumpkins to go through lol.

  4. Slightly sad only Fabio gets a shout out on the 25th.. Jk! Have fun celebrating one of the 2 best days of the year (xmas being the other obviously)

  5. Omg these cookies look fab! I love how easy they look and the candy corn decoration is just too cute! I think I need to make something to bring to my friends halloween party so these might be perfect if I can make them GF/DF I could even have one! haha And mmm I LOVE peanut M&Ms but really I’m happy with anything chocolate!

    • They are really easy!! I’m not sure about GF/DF substitutions but I’m sure it’s possible. I think probably any chocolate cookie recipe would work with these!

  6. Hi Chelsea! Your blog is adorable. I love candy corns! My favorite halloween candy ever.

    • Thanks Sally!! I’m so happy you stopped by 🙂 Hopefully one day I can take a photography class or something so my photos can look as tantalizing as yours do! P.S. I am slightly obsessed with every single cookie recipe you post so don’t be surprised if I recreate some soon!!

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