Happy New Year! Did you make a resolution? Is it going well?
Here is a list of resolutions I should have made:
- Stop stalking bloggers you don’t know. There is no need to have so many opinions on their children, whom you have never met.
- It is unnecessary to frequent the Target Dollar Spot each and every time you enter the store. Don’t do this. You do not need fancy straws and cute little sticky notes (refer to this post).
- Popcorn in itself is not a meal, enough pretending it is. This also applies to pizza rolls. This also applies to mini corn dogs. At least include a baby carrot or SOMETHING.
- Buy less grey clothing. Groutfits are fun, but they need to stop. If your mom can do an entire load of just grey clothing for you while doing laundry, then that is a wake-up call.
- One run doesn’t entitle you to a trip for Zombie Burger for a rice krispie treat milkshake.
Here is the actual resolution I made:
- Drink more water.
How is the return to the “real world” treating you? Today has been rough. I realize how hypocritical that sounds considering my current unemployment and the fact that I haven’t brushed my hair once in the past 24 hours (!). I woke up this morning and realized that, for the first time (basically ever), I don’t have a plan. I will begin long-term subbing in a month and beginning the process of locating a “for real” job. That’s all I’ve got. Beyond that? No idea. It’s alarming. For a girl who is more devoted to her planner than anyone or anything else (sorry, Sammy), this is a terrifying realization. I also realize that the subbing applications that I thought would be quick and easy are, in fact, neither quick nor easy. AREN’T YOU PRECIOUS, NAIVE OLIVIA JOHNSON.
To combat this, I made cookies. Not just any cookies, but these HEAVENLY Vanilla Pudding Party Cookies. Not only are they super adorable, but they are just as yummy as they look! You will adore these soft and chewy cookies packed with rainbow sprinkles and a delicious vanilla flavor. I found this recipe on Cooking Classy, though it is slightly modified. PLEASE DO NOT BE ALARMED BY ALL OF THE BUTTER.
Vanilla Pudding Party Cookies
2 and 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
14 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)
1 and 1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg and 1 large egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp almond extract
1 package instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 oz)
2/3 cup rainbow sprinkles (I used jimmies)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together softened butter and sugar. Next, mix in egg and egg yolk, as well as the vanilla and almond extracts. Use a spatula to stir in vanilla pudding mix.
With the mixer on the lowest speed, add in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Do this slowly. It may take some time to combine. Mixture may seem initially crumbly and dry. Just keep going!
Once fully combined, stir in sprinkles! Using a cookie scoop, or tablespoon, form balls of dough and place on the prepared cookie sheet.
Bake for about 10 minutes. Pull from oven just as edges begin to brown. They will continue to cook on the sheet for several more minutes once removed!
Have you made any recipes from Sprinkled With Liv during the holiday season? Have you tried any fabulous new recipes? I would love to hear about it!