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Seared Scallops with Cheesy Acorn Squash Mash

Dinner, Thanksgiving, The Holidays

Seared Scallops with Cheesy Acorn Squash Mash

We’re in the thick of the holiday season and I couldn’t be more pumped to be around all of the holiday decor, pretty twinkly lights and Christmas trees everywhere—I love the holidays! I also obviously love holiday foods like cookies and cheesy appetizers and gingerbread everything. I’ve been sharing my fair share of sweet treats so I wanted to break the typical programming with something super savory and delicious. This Seared Scallops with Cheesy Acorn Squash Mash is just the thing to whip up for a special holiday dinner. Or just a regular weeknight meal since it’s not too difficult at all!

(This post is sponsored by ALDI. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that keep A Cozy Kitchen cozy.)

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Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

Cookies, Desserts, Holiday, The Holidays, Winter

Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

If you’ve been here for a bit, you know that I love a crinkle cookie. These Berry Crinkle Cookies were a smash success last Valentine’s Day and I decided that for the holidays we needed a new crinkle cookie, so here we are: Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies.

These are heavy on the spices and molasses. They’re a bit chewy but mostly soft and delicious. They taste like heaven on a plate. A true holiday cookie.

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Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Cookies, The Holidays, Winter

Iced Oatmeal Cookies

December is the month of cookies, cookies and more cookies! These iced oatmeal cookies are MY JAM. I usually favor soft cookies but these have the best of both worlds: a delightful little snap coupled with so much flavor and a soft-ish middle.

This recipe comes from my friend Midwest Made. If you know anything about Shauna, you know that she is a fierce recipe writer and super successful cookbook author. Her recipes not only work but they’re amazing. Every single one I’ve tried has been like DANG OK. Including these cookies. They are so delicious.

I’m going to be honest, I know VERY little about midwest cooking. Literally nothing. Haha. But I have eaten these cookies once before—in store-bought form. I’m pretty sure it was a bag of Mother’s Iced Oatmeal Cookies.

I honestly don’t really remember them but I’m pretty sure it was in college when I was super high and crushed a whole bag. Again, remember very little about them, except I remember looking down and being like whoa they’re all gone!


So I guess I liked them. And after making this, I stand by my opinions. These cookies are the type that I can eat by the dozen. I love me some chocolate chip cookies, I usually can only eat one or two, but not these. They’re truly glorious.

The History of Oatmeal Cookies

Baking with old fashioned oats was at first a health-driven idea. Quaker Oats first published an old fashioned oat recipe on its packaging in the late 1800s, encouraging its customers to bake with oats. It began then…and then obviously evolved into what we have today which is a myriad of different types of oatmeal cookies, including this one!

A lot of people might be reminded of Mother’s Iced Oatmeal Cookies or Archway’s Iced Oatmeal Cookies. I’m going to be honest, I don’t really have those nostalgic memories. But if you do, a lot of people have said these are very similar!

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Cranberry Orange Rolls

Breakfast, Desserts, The Holidays

Cranberry Orange Rolls

The holiday season is officially in full effect. If I’m being completely honest, the truth is that I’ve had holiday decorations out since the third week in November lol. I had some serious preparation for this holiday season! And I’m super pumped to be kicking off the season with these Cranberry Orange Rolls because they are divine!

For this post, I teamed up with Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast. Using their RapidRise® Yeast for this recipe was a total ace!

Cranberry Orange Rolls

What is Rapid Rise Yeast?

Most yeast requires you to get it started in water. Most of my cinnamon roll recipes have you dissolve it into lukewarm water or milk and wait until it activates. Sometimes this can be finicky. It can take anywhere from 5 to 8 minutes for it to activate and get all nice and foamy. But Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast is actually mixed within the dry ingredients—no activation required! This means no waiting around for it to be activated. You can mix and proceed with the recipe!

It saves a total of 5 minutes from this recipe. It makes these morning rolls super fool-proof. No need to worry if you activated the yeast correctly!

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