Cherry Kool-Aid Cookies

Surprisingly refreshing Cherry Kool-Aid Cookies offer the refreshing taste of cherry Kool-Aid in the body of a chocolate chip cookie.  Surprisingly refreshing Cherry Kool-Aid Cookies offer the refreshing taste of cherry Kool-Aid in the body of a chocolate chip cookie.

Fun Fact: My hometown is also the hometown of Tom Osborne, legendary Husker football coach; Eileen’s Colossal Cookies, the best cookie shop EVER*; and Kool-Aid, that powdery stuff you poured into water as a kid to make a drink that was basically sugar water, with a slightly fruity taste.

For the purposes of this blog post, we don’t care too much about Tom Osborne. He’s great and all, and has done tons of awesome stuff (like starting the TeamMates youth mentoring program), but he hasn’t done a whole lot for the world of cookies.

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Fudge Crinkle Cookies

Rich fudge cookies, coated in copious amounts of powdered sugar, will make these amazingly soft & sweet Fudge Crinkle Cookies your go-to cookie indulgence.

Fudge Crinkle Cookies (4 of 8)

One of the things I love most about cookies (and believe you me, the list of things I love is about 3.87 miles long) is how incredibly versatile they are. Once you have a solid base recipe—a go to chocolate chip cookie recipe, or a mouthwatering fudge cookie recipe—an infinite number of variations are possible.

Aren’t feeling chocolate chips in your chocolate chip cookies today? That’s cool, trade the chocolate chips out for some Reese’s Pieces, or chop up a Snickers bar and toss it in. Want to kick you chocolate chip cookies up a notch? Why not stuff them with caramel, or add a touch of cinnamon. The possibilities are literally endless.

Which brings me to today’s recipe for Fudge Crinkle Cookies. Last week, I went on and on about these White Chocolate Chip Fudge Cookies. There is a chance I said they were the best cookie ever. Honestly, I don’t remember. At one point, I definitely thought that they were the best cookies ever. As with the Fudge Brownie Cookies that spent a year in development, I didn’t think the White Chocolate Chip Fudge Cookies could be improved on. Once again, I was (blissfully) wrong.

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Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who needs a bakery when you can make these bakery style soft and indulgent, thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies in your very own kitchen? 

Who needs a bakery when you can make these bakery style soft and indulgent, thick & chewy chocolate chip cookies in your very own kitchen?

Today is my one-year blogiversary. We’re celebrating by looking at a brand new recipe for thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies. Hoozah!

I’ve been faithful to the same chocolate chip cookie recipe for years. It’s the recipe I use when I make cookies to take to the lake, or to give as pseudo-gifts around Christmas time (because those ridiculously cute Christmas sugar cookies have never really been my thing…). It’s the recipe I use when I make cookies for my middle schoolers for doing exceptionally well and working exceptionally hard. It’s the recipe that I’ve created variation after variation of, the one that gave me the courage to start creating my own recipes (because it was my first true creation) and sharing them with you in the first place.

Basically, my tried and true chocolate chip cookie recipe is my go-to cookie recipe (even though my fudge cookies and their growing number of variations have been my go-to cookies as of late). While other recipes might change, I thought I would never stray from my  chocolate chip cookie recipe because it was cookie perfection: perfect texture, perfect flavor, perfect size.

Recently, though, I’ve been craving a chocolate chip cookie of a different variety: a thick and chewy chocolate chip cookie, one that isn’t so thin and isn’t so crunchy around the edges. I’ve also been craving a chocolate chip cookie that requires fewer ingredients, and a shorter prep time—something that doesn’t have to be chilled for several hours before baking (because when it comes to cookies I’m all about that instant gratification!).

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