Double Chocolate Cranberry Chunkies (Aldi Cookie Recipe)

Hi guys,  here is a great cookie recipe that I found in a Aldi cookie book I have.  I didn’t even remember that I had this book and I was very happy and surprised.  I don’t know if they even sell these anymore and I sure don’t remember when I got this or purchased it, but I am sharing this recipe so you can enjoy another awesome cookie recipe that is budget friendly.

All ingredients here can be purchased which I alway love.  The name of this cookie book is”Home for the Holidays” and it was done by



1 ½ bars (10.58 ounces each) Austrian milk chocolate

1-¾ cups flour

1/3 cup baking cocoa

½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1-cup (2 sticks) butter softened

1-cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

¾ cup dried cranberries

Additional sugar for dipping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Chop chocolate bars into small chunks to measure 2 cups and set aside.

Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.  Beat butter, 1-cup sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl on medium speed using a hand mixer until light and fluffy.   Beat in egg and vanilla until well blended.  Gradually beat in the flour mixture on low-speed until blended.  Then stir in chocolate chunks and cranberries.

Drop dough by ¼ cup full onto an ungreased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart.  Flatten dough to 2 inches in diameter with a bottom of a glass that has been dipped in sugar.

Bake 11 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set.  Cool cookies 2 minutes on cookie sheet before moving to wire cooling rack.




Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Hi Guys, I have another recipe for you to try.  This is quick and easy and is great for dipping your veggies in.  I found this on Pinterest and did some slight changes to it so my family would like it, and they did.

This dip is also great for office parties, game days get togethers and so on.  I hope you give this a try and let me know if you liked it.



1 to 2 cloves of garlic minced

1 14 oz. jar of roasted red peppers (drained)

1 8 oz. package of cream cheese (soften)

¼ cup mayonnaise

2 to 3 tbsp. of fresh lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste


Using a food processor add in the garlic and pulse until finely minced.  Then add in the cream cheese, peppers, mayonnaise and lemon juice and pulse until smooth.

Then give the dip a taste for seasonings.

Pour dip into an airtight container and chill for about 30 minutes to an hour.  Then put into a serving dish and serve alongside sweet peppers, carrots, or any vegetable of your choice.



Air Fry Flautas

Hi Guys, this recipe is an oldie but goodie.  I did this oldie in the air fryer that I have and I really needed to share with you just how wonderful it came out.  Now, when it comes to kitchen gadgets I have a lot but I will say that the air fryer is one of the top 5 in my kitchen.  If you are trying to cut back on frying and the oil then this machine is what you need to get.  I am not getting paid to adverse this but I am sharing what a great machine this is.

I have done several things already in the air fryer to test them out and wow they all came out great.  I will be post blogs as well as YouTube videos on these great snack and size ideas that we all love.  I hope you check this out and give it a try.  I know you will love it as much as I do.



1-½ lbs. of meat of your choice (rotisserie chicken, steak, etc.)

1 pk of Corn tortillas

2 cups Cheese of your choice (I normally use a Mexican cheese)

Oil to fry



Take the cooked meat and try to cut them into strips so they fit the length of tortilla.

Take a tortilla and put the meat, and come cheese inside and then roll the tortilla into a tube. Place toothpicks if needed to hold the Flauta together.

Air fryer: Put them in the air fryer one by one at 380 for about 10 minutes.  Note: Check to make sure they are at the crispness you want.



Sugar Cookies

Hi guys, yes I am still baking cookies.  I am about done with cookies and will be moving on another sweet treat.  I got this cookie recipe from

These cookies were fun to make and can be made anytime of the year.  These were made for Christmas (I know I’m late) but I wanted to share with you what we did in our house. I hope you like and give them a try.




  • 1 c (two sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of almond extract
  • 2 3/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking power
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c rainbow jimmies (or non-pariels)



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar and whip until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and extracts and mix until well combined.
  4. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder then add to the wet mixture one cup at a time until the dry ingredients are completely incorporated.
  5. Add sprinkles and mix until just combined.
  6. Divide the dough into evenly sized pieces and roll out on lightly floured parchment paper to a thickness of 1/4 inch.
  7. Place on parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 7-9 minutes until done



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Home Made Shake & Bake

Hi Guys, I finally did it and made my own shake and bake.  This was easy to put together and the chicken came out great.

This recipe only about 5 ingredients and all of which we would have in our pantries.  I made this my chicken two ways to see which would be better.  One way was using Panko bread crumbs and the other way was just with bread crumbs.

The bread crumbs coated the meat a lot better than the Panko but both were equally good. I hope you like and give this recipe a try.



2 cups bread crumbs

1 ½ tsp. paprika

1 ½ tsp. garlic powder

1 ½ tsp. onion powder

1 tbsp. oil

1 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper


Pre-heat oven 375 degrees.

Put the breadcrumbs into a deep dish or pan and then add in the pepper, salt, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder.  Give this a good mix so that all seasonings are well blended.

Then add in the oil and give that a good stir.  The mix will start to get wet and begin to have a wet sand look, but not clumpy.


Wash the chicken well and then coat each piece into the shake & bake mixture.  Once coated well place on a baking sheet lined with foil.  Be sure to spray the foil with a cooking spray so the chicken won’t stick to it.

Place into a 375-degree oven and cook for about 40 minutes or until chicken is full done.



Now for the Panko you do the same thing just changing out the breadcrumbs for the Panko.

This is how the mix looks when all ingredients are incorporated.


This is how is looks after the chicken is coated with the Panko.


This is how is looks coming out to the oven.  Yummy.


Don’t this just look delicious.  It was very crunchy.





Hi Guys, I have been on the hunt for a great butter cookie that is soft and buttery.  This cookies is a good start to finding what I am looking for.

This is a super easy recipe and very few ingredients to have to work with.  That is mine kind of cookies right?  I found this on “ web site and they have a lot of recipe to check out, so please head over to their site and see what great recipes they have.



  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Using an electric mixer cream butter & sugar together until light & fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Mix in vanilla. Add in flour & mix until well combined.
  4. Roll dough into about 1.5″ balls & place on ungreased cookie sheet. Use 3 fingers to gently press the cookies down.
  5. Bake for 16 minutes or until the edges & bottoms are golden brown.


Oatmeal Chocolate chip, Raisin, Cranberry Cookies

Hi guys, I have a cookie recipe that I know you are going to want to try.  This is something that my husband requested I come up with and I did.  This cookie recipe is adapted from the Oatmeal Raisin cookies I make from Sweet Maria’s cookie Jar.

The cranberry and chocolate chips really make this cookies shine.  This is not to sweet and goes great in the morning with coffee or tea.



½ pound butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 ½ cups flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 cups oats

1 cup raisins



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In an electric mixer; cream butter, brown sugar, and sugar until light.Add vanilla and eggs.  Mix until well blended.  On low-speed, add flour, salt, and baking powder.  Add oats and raisins.  Mix just until blended.
  3. Drop cookies from a teaspoon onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet, spacing each 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  5. Remove cookie sheet from the oven.Using a metal spatula, remove cookies from the cookie sheet and place on a wire cooling rack.  Cool completely.  Store cookies in an airtight container.


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