Recipe: Soft Sprinkle Pudding Cookies

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I saw a recipe for these cookies on Pinterest and immediately knew I needed to make them. Not only are they adorable to look at, but they are also the ideal consistency for a cookie (in my opinion): soft and chewy on the inside, with a golden brown exterior. The vanilla pudding adds a hint of vanilla flavor that’s not too overpowering.

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Ingredients: 

3/4 cup butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 egg plus 1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 3.5 ounce packet instant vanilla pudding mix

2 cups flour

1/2 cup sprinkles

 

What you do:

  1. Preheat your over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Using a stand or hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add in the egg, vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Mix until ingredients are combined.
  4. Add the pudding powder in and mix for 30 seconds.
  5. Add in the sprinkles until they are evenly incorporated.
  6. Using a medium sized cookie scoop, place dough on cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are almost set.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

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Enjoy!

 

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Our Honeymoon Part 3: London, Paris, Rome

For the third and last post on our honeymoon, I’m sharing my favorite pictures from our time in London, Paris, and Rome:

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Kensington Palace

     From London we took the two hour Euro Star ride into Paris. Unfortunately, we were only there for one full day and and it was during a national holiday so everything was closed. (Note to self: always check the calendar in other countries before planning a trip.) Good thing the Eiffel Tower is always open!

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This picture is really blurry but I love it because it reminds me of the night we arrived when the entire city was foggy and rainy.

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On our second night in Paris, we decided to go to the movies since everything else was closed. I asked the man working at the theatre if he had any tips on visiting the Louvre, since we heard the lines to get tickets were about 2 hours long. He told us about a side entrance that not many people know about. He said to look for two large gold lions and walk through those doors. We found said lions and discovered a separate entrance that was completely empty! Making friends with the locals totally pays off.

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Finally, our last stop was Rome:

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Panoramic photo fail but still really pretty!

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Beautiful flower shops on every corner

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so many vespas!

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Looking back on our amazing two week trip, all I can think is how lucky we were to visit so many beautiful places. Getting to see how other people live and exploring different cultures is an experience I will never forget.

 

 

Our Honeymoon Part 2: Amalfi Coast

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After leaving Venice, we took a train into Rome, and then drove into the Amalfi Coast. We stayed at the Palazzo Avino in Ravello. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone staying on the coast. The views are breathtaking, the staff is friendly and accommodating, and it is a short walk from a small town with delicious food and friendly locals.

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We spent our days at the hotel by the pool, going to the spa, and visiting their private beach.

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Could we look anymore touristy? Don’t think so.

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On our second day we drove into Positano, which might be one of my favorite places in the world, for obvious reasons:

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Never not eating Gelato

On our way back to the hotel we found two amazing beaches. Pulling over on the extremely narrow and hectic roads in Amalfi is not easy, but we found a way! Unfortunately we were there in May, so the water was too cold to swim in, but taking in this view was more than enough for us:IMG_0702

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Furore Beach

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Our Honeymoon Part 1: Venice, Italy

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As my first post, I thought I’d share our honeymoon pictures from last year. I’m not sure why I never shared them online (except a couple instas) and even my mom said she’s never seen them so I’m posting a few of my favorites from each place we visited.

We flew into Venice and then took a (very) long boat ride into the city. It’s insane to see an entire city of people living with no cars, and boats as their only form of transportation. We were only there for one full day so we woke up early and headed onto our water taxi (lol) since our hotel (we stayed at the Hilton Milano Stuckey) was located on a different island. The first thing I noticed was how beautiful all the buildings are. They are so colorful and each one is unique.

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There are also dogs everywhere which made me very happy because I’m obsessed with them. I was scared that i was going to see lots of strays but we actually didn’t see a single one! Everyone walks around the city with their dogs and takes them everywhere, to lunch, shopping, and even their jobs. This is me trying to be friends with a little dachshund that went to work with his owner everyday. He wasn’t impressed by me:

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We walked around all the little shops and alleys and ended up at the famous Piazza San Marco, which is a big square surrounded by small stores, restaurants and all the gelato you could dream of.

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For lunch we went to a restaurant called RossoPomodoro. It was quite possibly the best Italian food I’ve ever had. We loved it so much that we went back for dinner. They had amazing red wine called Lambrusco that was extremely cheap. I’m normally not a fan of red wine but it was chilled, bubbly, and sweet (aka delish!). I had a Neapolitan pizza and Jason went for pasta:

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Back at our hotel, there was a Nutella bar which to me sounds like something that exists only in heaven. They had every type of Nutella dessert you can imagine but we went for waffles and I almost cried tears of pure joy:

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I wish we’d had more time in Venice, it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. I already told Jason we need to go back for longer and bring our families for more yummy food, amazing views, and of course Lambrusco!

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