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Kitchen Sink (Monster) Cookies

There is something very comforting about baking cookies, much more so than most other baked goods in my opinion.  Maybe because fresh baked cookies always remind me of childhood.  Even as an adult one of my favorite things about the holidays is baking cookies with all of the women in my small family.  
Until recently I'd only ever heard of Monster Cookies, but since I've been seeing them more and more on blogs, menus, etc. I knew I'd have to try them, and try them soon.  The moment I saw these cookies featuring PRETZEL M&Ms I knew I had to try this recipe.  I am very partial to Peanut M&Ms, but I do enjoy snacking on the newest M&M creation that is taking the country by storm - the Pretzel M&M.  Plus, my husband LOVES them so I knew I'd get him to sample these cookies by throwing that out there.
I admit, I made a mistake with these cookies.  I was actually doubling the batch because I had three purposes to bake them for, however after wondering why they w…

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

Fall is without a doubt my favorite season.  The list of things I love about fall is pretty long: MumsFall DecorationsHalloween and all that impliesThe smell - leaves, grass, pumpkin and cinnamon candles...Fall foliageBaseball playoffs - when the Cardinals are actually in it :(HOCKEY SEASON!!Hoodies in the eveningOpen windows in the house and while drivingCurling up on the weekends with a hot drink and a good book or uber-girlie movieYoga pants and long sleeve t-shirts all weekend longBulky cardigansand most importantly - THE FOOD!!!
Fall weather has been hit or miss here this year, but that doesn't deter me from participating in some seasonal baking and cooking.  One of the first seasonal inspired items I've baked were these Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with a Maple Cream Cheese Filling.  If you like pumpkin you definitely need to try these.  They're sweet and spicy, the perfect combination for Fall, and then you add a little maple syrup cream cheese filling and they're positiv…