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Here’s a fun new way to decorate cookies for the holidays— frost brownie cut-outs instead! Recipe developed in partnership with Go Bold with Butter.

Frosted Brownie Cut-Out Cookies |

While frosting sugar cookies is a family tradition that I am quite fond of, it can often be a somewhat frustrating experience.

The cookies spread during baking and Santa and his eight tiny reindeer turn into indistinguishable blobs. Or the cookies burn because we’re having too much fun to pay close enough attention. And by the time we get to frosting we just don’t care anymore and our creativity takes a back seat to our sweet-tooth hunger pains.

So this year I’m changing things up and frosting fudgey brownies instead. One-bowl brownies couldn’t be an easier substitute for rolled sugar cookies, and who wouldn’t love the chocolate switcheroo? And here’s the real clincher: brownie scraps to munch on.

Frosted Brownie Cut-Out Cookies | Frosted Brownie Cut-Out Cookies |
Frosted Brownie Cut-Out Cookies |

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Pumpkin, chocolate and pecans come together in these decadent seasonal brownies. 

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies with Pecans

Hello, October! I welcome you with open arms. Bring on chilly mornings and soup. I’m ready to wear my cute boots and rake leaves. Just don’t bring snow, okay?

I’ve decided this fall to try harder to get into the whole pumpkin thing, since this is the time of year when everyone goes crazy for it. Some of you who have been reading my blog for a while may remember that pumpkin and I don’t exactly get along.

But you know what is a good mediator between me and pumpkin? Chocolate. Chocolate really does make everything better.

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies with Pecans
Pumpkin Swirl Brownies with Pecans Pumpkin Swirl Brownies with Pecans

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This is a simple cake filled with wild huckleberries and a crunchy crumb topping. If huckleberries are hard to find in your area, blueberries make a fine substitution.

Huckleberry Buckle

I just got back from the most relaxing week at my family cabin in Idaho. I took at least one nap every day, I read a few books, I built sandcastles and watched the sunset every night over the lake. It was a much needed vacation, free of agenda and to-do lists. Sadly, the week eventually ended and we had to come home.

I didn’t come home empty handed, however. In addition to a car full of sand and a few tanlines, I also brought home a pint of freshly-picked mountain huckleberries.

Sunset swim with my sister after the kids have gone to bed. Perfection. #mccall #idaho #vacation Vacation starts now. #mccall #idaho #homeawayfromhome
Where we'll be for the next week. Building sandcastles and playing with cousins. #dailyjohn Today my nephew said "We should live here and go on vacation to our house and all our stuff." Smart kid. #mccall #idaho

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