Patriotic Cookies

Unfortunately, my photo shoot had to be cancelled this morning. So I took advantage of my unexpected free time and baked!


These ready-made Pillsbury sugar cookies are on deep discount right now because of their Valentine’s theme…


I decided to celebrate President’s Weekend by adding some blue!


Take a cookie…


…stuff it with a Jordan Almond


…and roll!


No more hearts – just red/white swirls (with a surprise waiting inside)


In this form, they required more time in the oven than the package directions (about 7 minutes)


I even used a cooling rack (which I never take the time to do)


Sampled the “ugly” one


Oh, Say Can You See???


REALLY wonderful. The Jordan Almonds stay crunchy inside, which is a lovely contrast in texture. If you are looking to whip up a quick, easy (and super cheap) dessert for this weekend this is it!


I paired my Patriotic Cookie with a good old American apple…


…trying to eat lightly because I scored a last-minute special treat!


First discovered El Leon Spa via a Groupon, was blown away, and signed up for their mailing list – I’m psyched to try out their Custom Oil Massage for 1/2 off. (And speaking of discounts, there’s a great deal this weekend for Dole Whip, which I also loved, and blogged about here!)

  • Kacy

    I love those slice and bake cookies. Mainly just eating the dough :)

  • Jolene (

    Those cookies look soooooo good!

  • Jan Schifter

    love the colors of the cookies. So clever of you!

  • Meg @ Spandex in the City

    That is SUCH a great idea !!! I would never have thought of such a thing, looks real good too.

    …I am all about eating the dough as well hehe

  • Trevor Sis Boom

    I always sample and eat the ugly ones. Which is why I am on a diet right now and not eating much of what I’m cooking for everyone else these days. Sigh. Great idea here with that cookie dough.

  • Emily

    This is brilliant! I’m glad you made the most of your day, despite your shoot being cancelled. I hate when that happens!
    And sampling the “ugly” one is a-given when it comes to baking. (:

  • Meenakshi

    You make me laugh “sampled ‘the ugly’ one”! Great idea by the way.

  • Monet

    Love it! I just bought some Valentine’s Day candy that was on sale. I wish I had one of these cookies to munch on while working today. I’m sorry I’ve been a bit absent…we’ve been traveling to and from Houston, and I’ve gotten behind in my reading. Thank you for sharing with me…as always, delicious!

  • Dawn

    I was in love with just the dough but that treat inside blew me away. Double Yum

    • Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

      thanks dawn! it really was a lovely cookie.