Chocolate Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Nothing says love like cinnamon chocolate sugar cookies! Here is a sweet little recipe to enhance your hump day. These can be rolled out and cut into fun shapes or just formed into a ball and then rolled in sugar for fun little sweet treats.These are GREAT with an ice-cold glass of milk. I even think they would be perfect for home-made ice cream sandwiches. =)choco-cookie-w-milk-1-of-1

Chocolate Cinnamon Sugar Cookies


2 sticks of butter (room temperature)

1 cup of white sugar

1 large egg

2 teaspoons of vanilla

2 cups of all-purpose flour

3/4 cup of cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Cream the butter with the paddle attachment of a mixer until creamy. Add the sugar and mix for about a minute. Scrape down the bowl well and mix again for about 30 seconds. Don’t mix too long. You don’t want this to be an airy batter.
  2. Add the egg and mix on low. Scrape down the bowl and mix again.
  3. Add the vanilla and give it a quick spin, not too long.
  4. In a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients together. You can sift them or use a whisk and combine them well together.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix on low just until the dough comes together and sticks to the paddle attachment.
  6. Place parchment paper on a 2 large cookie sheets. Divide dough into half and place one half on each cookie sheet. Cover with more parchment paper and roll out flat. I like my cookies thin so I roll it out pretty thin. Keep in mind you do have to move them from the parchment paper cookie sheet to the cookie sheet you are going to bake them on. After you have rolled them out, leave them covered and place them in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  7.  Remove the dough from the fridge and cut out your shapes. Place the cookies on the other cookie sheet and return to the fridge for at least 10 minutes more.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350.
  9. Remove the cookies from the fridge and cook for 8-12 minutes.
  10. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack. Cool to room temperature and then feel free to



  1. If you don’t want to cut out shapes you can make simple sugar cookies.Roll  the dough into tablespoon sized balls and then roll in a bowl of white sugar, coating the whole ball. Place onto cookie sheet and flatten with a the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Bake the same way. As pictured above.
  2. Sprinkle cookies with colored sugar, jimmies, sprinkles etc before baking for a little variety.
  3. If you do not like cinnamon you can just leave it out or replace it with a teaspoon of instant coffee (the powder, not brewed) to deepen the flavor of the chocolate.

I made these for my parents and my in-laws for Valentine’s Day along with a home-made Valentine’s card. Spread the love friends!watts-cookie-1-of-1

Valentine’s Day

img_9498-3Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! What a great opportunity to show someone how much they mean to you and how much you love them.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

I Corinthians 13:4-7

fullsizerender-104Do something special for those you love. Make them a valentine. Send a care package to those who are far away. Make some cookies to share with family and friends.img_9439-2

Even the smallest gesture is appreciated when it is done in love. I am a lucky girl. My sweet hubby is fixing us dinner tomorrow night. I love my family and am blessed to have the opportunity to spend special times with them. Spread a little love to someone tomorrow. You never when a kind word, card, cookie or simple act could be just what they need to make their day.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

img_9231-2HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY friends!

Sip and See and Oopsie

sip-and-see-invite-1-of-1I had the pleasure of hosting a Sip and See with friends for a precious family this past weekend. We were so excited because everything seemed to be falling in place perfectly…I loved how the invites turned out, the food was the perfect combination of sweet and savory,island-end-1-of-1 the mimosa bar turned out just like I had pictured it in my head,mimosa-bar-1-of-1 the dessert table was a perfect shade of pink….we even had pink popcorn! dessert-table-pic-1-of-1We were organized, unified and ready to open the door to guests with plenty of time to spare. This was truly a miracle! I fly by the seat of my pants in pretty much EVERYTHING I do.  Just when we thought all was well in the Sip and See universe, the ugly truth reared it’s head. Sooooo… you see that sweet little pink cake sitting right there so innocently on the table? It was a masterpiece of Pink Champagne cake, three layers, with two layers of cheesecake delicately placed in between those luscious cake layers. It was topped with a pale pink cream cheese icing. It was hiding a deep, dark secret. As I was cutting into that innocent looking cake, it started to fight me as I got down towards the bottom layers. The knife slid easily through the first three layers and then it just stopped. I was baffled. As I struggled to pull out the first slice it was a mangled mess. I assumed the first piece always looks a little ragged, so I proceeded to cut a second piece. It still fought me. Ok, I thought, third times a charm. Well, that is when the ugly secret was revealed…I failed to remove the layer of parchment paper from the bottom layer of the cheesecake!  How could I have done that? So what was I to do? I improvised and just served the top three layers and all was well. The cake was a HUGE hit. Thanks to a couple of glasses of champagne, I was able to laugh off the mistake and enjoy the rest of the party. The moral of this story is simple…go with the flow. Mistakes are going to happen even when everything is planned out perfectly.cake-table-1-of-1This sweet little family was tickled to share their baby girl with friends and family AND have a little rest for their arms for a few hours. Congratulations Lance and Kayla on your sweet baby girl! I am blessed to have been a part of your celebration. XOXO  Love you!reid-family-1-of-1

A sweet little 2 point salad.

This is such an easy salad to whip up quickly. It is a nice change from a traditional green salad. You can bulk it up with more apples and celery if you like without adding any points.  The points come from the dressing, nuts and Craisins. I hope you enjoy this Waldorf Salad as much as I do!waldorfsalad-1-of-1


2 medium apples, chopped

2 medium celery ribs, sliced thin

1/8 cup Craisins (sweetened, dried cranberries)

3 tablespoons of chopped pecans

1/2 cup plain, fat free, greek yogurt

1 tablespoon low fat mayonnaise

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 packets of Stevia sweetener



Place apple, celery, pecans and cranberries in a medium bowl and toss. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice and Stevia. Spoon the dressing over the fruit, veggie and nut mixture. Stir to coat well. Can be served immediately or refrigerated for 30 minutes to an hour. Fresh, crisp, nutty and sweet! It’s such a sweet, low point treat that I even eat it for dessert sometime. I hope it tickles your tummy!


6 Smart Point Breakfast

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

As a 50+ years young girl, the pounds have started to creep up on me. UGH. I signed up for Weight Watchers 15 years ago after my youngest son was born to help drop my baby weight. This was waaaaaay before IPhones, IPads and all the fun little apps that we use everyday. A bunch of The Girls of Greystone (our neighborhood) would go to meetings together. This was our only WW option at the time. Now we are so fortunate to be able to use our phones to participate in Weight Watchers. This recipe is from a cookbook I bought back when I first joined. My munchkins eat these with Maple syrup. I like to top mine with a tablespoon of sugar-free maple syrup (Mrs. Buttersworth is my go to) and fresh fruit. This gives me the much-needed maple flavor I crave with pancakes but does not add any extra points.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 packet of Stevia or 1 tablespoon of Splenda sugar substitute (the kind that measures cup for cup like sugar)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

2  ripe bananas mashed

1 cup fat-free milk (I am LOVING Fairlife fat free milk)

1/4 cup egg substitute

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips


Sift together flour, sugar substitute, baking powder, salt and ground ginger in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine mashed bananas, milk, egg substitute and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in mini chocolate chips and set aside for 15 minutes. Heat a nonstick griddle on medium high and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Pour scant 1/4 cups of pancake batter onto griddle and cook until bubbles form on the edges of the pancakes. Flip and continue to cook 1-2 minutes more.

Serves 6 (3 pancakes per serving) 6 Smart Points per serving