Coffee and Cookies

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Ok. Let’s try again.

Thank you all for your sweet comments on my last post. It’s always hard writing from the heart to thousands of strangers but I guess its good practice for me for when the book comes out and I have to see my life on display at Barnes and Noble. Y’all bring a smile to my face—thanks for being so awesome all the time!

This morning I woke up craving cookies so I ate one at 7:30 and it was amazing. I think the secret to sugar cookies is the combination of confectioners and regular sugar, as well as using vegetable oil instead of butter. Oil keeps the cookies moist and gives them that “old fashioned” taste. Remember those big, soft cake-like cookies covered with frosting and sprinkles from the grocery store or WalMart? Man, I LOVED those cookies. Those cookies were my life. We brought them to every school event, football game or party. They are so not good for you. Well, these sugar cookies aren’t really “good for you” either but they are the closest substitute to those WalMart cookies that I can find.

The recipe is from here if you missed that last night!

What if I defrosted and re-whipped some of that brown sugar italian buttercream that I made last weekend and then topped the cookies with it???????!

My day just got brighter.

Anyways, for breakfast I had a waffle sandwich with almond butter and raspberry preserves with some Starbucks instant coffee.


I couldn’t fall asleep for the life of me last night and thought this instant coffee from the back of my pantry would assist me in getting out of bed this morning but it didn’t really hit the spot like I thought….

I might just have to go treat myself to a real cappuccino. 🙂


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  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    April 23, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I love a real cappuccino! And cookies at 7:30am? YES, PLEASE! Especially with your brown sugar italian butter cream frosting….. sounds like a dream!

  • Rachel
    April 23, 2010 at 8:36 am

    OMG I totally forgot about waffle sandwiches!!! I must buy some waffles this weekend.

    I know those Wal-Mart cookies…so good! I think I might have to make your recipe except I can’t trust myself with that many!!

    Have a good day…and get that cappuccino 🙂

  • holly (the healthy everythingtarian)
    April 23, 2010 at 8:37 am

    girl…you do what you need to do! its been one of those weeks for me as well – thank the sweet heavens for the weekend!

  • Rachel
    April 23, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Your sugar cookies are looking mighty scrumptious.

    I do love baking but my stuff NEVER comes out right because I always do stupid stuff like subbing applesauce for the oil and using egg whites instead of real eggs.

    Nasty!! Years of dieting have forced me into a black whole of bad tasting baked goods.

    I need to use the Real Stuff very soon!!

  • PippaPatchwork
    April 23, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Glad you’re feeling better! Nothing like starting off the day with a cookie–but you definitely need to treat yourself to real coffee. Instant just isn’t the same…

  • Angharad
    April 23, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Sometimes real coffee is what you need! And someone else making it for you doesn’t hurt either…

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    April 23, 2010 at 9:02 am

    You have to try topping those cookies with the buttercream!!

  • Lauren @ eater not a runner
    April 23, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Cookies + buttercream = delicious

  • Diana
    April 23, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Go for the cappuccino! 😉
    Waffle sandwich, yum.
    Have a good day Jenna.

  • Jenny
    April 23, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Mmmm the buttercream would be a perfect topping to those cookies! YUM:) Go get that coffee, too! Anything that will make you smile:)

  • Carrie (Love Healthy Living)
    April 23, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I think you have a sugar problem and I love you for it. I do too. 🙂

  • brandi
    April 23, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Yeah, instant coffee doesn’t stand a chance against a perfectly made cappuccino 🙂

    Happy Friday!

  • Ash Bear
    April 23, 2010 at 9:07 am


    Keep in mind that we all ready because we’re interested and enjoy it. We want to hear about your life and it’s ups and downs, not just the happy, shiny moments. Heck, if bloggers only wrote about their great moments all the readers would feel like their life was the only one that has roller coaster moments.

    I’m about to do a cut out the crap challenge for myself on the blog so won’t be making these cookies immediately. But, i’m going to share the link and write the recipe in my recipe book. I will most definitely be making these in the near future!


  • Mama Pea
    April 23, 2010 at 9:08 am

    I say dig that buttercream out of the freezer and get piping! After you go get a real coffee, of course. Have a lovely Friday, Jenna.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    April 23, 2010 at 9:08 am

    I remember those grocery store sugar cookies….. so good. I can’t bring myself to eat stuff like that anymore, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still want them sometimes!
    I say go for the cappuccino.

  • Kait
    April 23, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I love those cake like cookies with the frosting! I have to tell myself to just keep walking every time I see them in Kroger…they’re too addicting!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    April 23, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Definetly go for the real cappuccino! I think you deserve it 🙂 especially since your post got eaten…I hate it when that happenes!

  • Tiffany
    April 23, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I LOVE those cookies. I have such a hard time resisting them when we have them at work for special occasions. I can’t be trusted with just one!

    In my younger, naive days, I bought a container of them, thinking I could show self restraint. 10 cookies and a horrible stomach ache later, I learned my lesson =/

  • Jess @ MTL Veggie
    April 23, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Skip the instant and go for the real stuff, I think you’ve earned it 🙂 Hope you’re feeling a bit better today 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    April 23, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Treat yourself to the cappuccino. You deserve it. Besides cookies taste good with coffee.

  • Lisa
    April 23, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Happy Friday! I’ve never heard of Waffle sandwiches! YUM!

  • eatmovelove
    April 23, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Cookies are perfect any time of the day…as in midnight adventures and early morning escapades. Yes, it is hard putting your life on display…I’ve wondered that myself – the bigger concern of mine though would be with people who know me, but don’t know the “real” me and these crazy thoughts…not those who don’t 😉
    Get a cappuchino all the way 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    April 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

    i’m so excited about your book 🙂 i know everyone probably says that, but i think it’s such a cool thing to have done when you’re only in your mid-20s 🙂 hope you get an amazing cappuccino with whole milk!

  • Jenna
    April 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I think eating a sugar cookie first thing in the morning is the perfect way to start a Friday. 🙂

    I didn’t get to comment last night, but wanted to let you know that your courage, passion for life and positive outlook on life with everything you’ve been through, is inspirational for us all. And sometimes all you need to do is cry. Oh, and eat cookies, too!

  • Danielle (Coffee Run)
    April 23, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I used to LOVE those cookies! I think they were called Lofthouse??

    You def. need icing on them 🙂

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    April 23, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Yum, I love the idea of a waffle sandwich for breakfast! I do love a good waffle. 😀

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    April 23, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I loved those soft cookies from the grocery store as well. I haven’t had one in years, but man are they tasty!

    Those waffle sandwiches are so delish. Great way to start the day!

  • Anna
    April 23, 2010 at 10:08 am

    sugar cookies for breakfast is the breakfast of champions, my friend. You appear to be quite the little baker and chef…I mean, I suppose culinary school will do that for ya ;). Any suggestions on how to replace an egg when baking vegan treats?

  • megan
    April 23, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I LOVE cookies for breakfast! but cookies and cappuccino sounds amazing too…

  • Claire
    April 23, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Oh lady, I love that you started your morning with some sugar sugar. I would if I had some homemade cookies around too…and the labor you put into making them makes it so much better than those store bought ones. I hope you are doing alright about the anniversary of your brothers death. I never got a chance to comment last night but I must say that you are handling things so well and I can’t imagine how hard it must be for you and your family right now. Now go get yourself a real cappuccino and know that we are all here because we love reading about your life whether you are having a good or bad day. Can’t wait for the book!

  • Emily
    April 23, 2010 at 10:26 am

    You’re writing a book!? This is fabulous news! I CAN’T WAIT!!

  • mary ann
    April 23, 2010 at 10:27 am

    remember how you had “the best chocolate chip cookies of your life” exactly one year ago? I broke out the golden bible myself last night to make some in honor of you and the brother. cookies from the same “bible” on two different coasts for one common reason… god sure works in the strangest ways. love you kid

  • Ari
    April 23, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I bet a little cookie sandwich with that buttercream in the middle would be even better than just a little buttercream on top of one cookie– that’s the new breakfast of champions didn’t you know?!

  • theemptynutjar
    April 23, 2010 at 10:32 am

    u r so cool

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    April 23, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Yes, go for the cappucino and the frosting covered cookies! Brilliant. Sweets have been chasing me around this week too. But I love it once my sweet tooth hits, it takes a while to simmer it down again.

  • Tara @ Food for Fuel
    April 23, 2010 at 10:46 am

    My Gourmet cookbook just came in the mail yesterday, I’m so excited! I already marked the buttercream frosting and now I’ll have to bookmark the sugar cookies, as well. Can’t wait for your book to come out!

  • Picnics and Peonies
    April 23, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Definitely treat yourself to the cappuccino! Sending a big hug your way and hoping that you have some fun this weekend!!
    Also, not that I’m promoting drinking or anything, but have you ever had a Grey Goose ‘La Poire’ martini? I had one last night to celebrate my exams being over, and the best part is that you can keep it on hand in the freezer (next to your credit card 😉 for those pesky times you don’t have a bottle of wine on hand!

  • Jessica, Haute Teapot
    April 23, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Real cappuccino it is lady! You’re such a strong person…don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Your last post gave me chills and I really feel for you…your optimism about life and all it has to offer is refreshing though. Thanks for making me smile, even though it may be hard for you to do so in times. And yes, those cookies are kinda delicious–the Walmart ones at the front of the store. Tempted to try your recipe!

  • Michelle @ NewLeafEats
    April 23, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I think I might be the only person on the planet who hated those cookies. I mean, I’ve always had a pretty big sweet tooth, but it was always like biting into a big thick chunk of stale icing.

    But I guess that’s just me. 🙂

  • runnerforever
    April 23, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I have never thought of waffles sandwiches, looks great!!

  • Kacy
    April 23, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I’m quite frightened by instant coffee. It just seems wrong.

    I’m glad you’re feeling better today!

  • Genie
    April 23, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I suddenly have a craving for Lofthouse cookies! and frosting! 😀

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    April 23, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I couldn’t make those cookies or else I’d be eating six for breakfast and another six as a midday snack. And Jenna, you deserve a real cappuccino!

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    April 23, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Cookies at 7:30am? Yes, please!

    And I love me some waffle sammies!!


  • Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit
    April 23, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Fridays deserve confections in the am and real coffees!

  • MMiller
    April 23, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I hope you got the real cappuccino! I make a cappuccino a few times a week with my vitamix! 1 TBSP of white choc. chips, iheaping tsp of instant coffee granules, up to a tsp of vanilla extract and about 1 cup of hot milk! 40 seconds in the vitamix on high and it is wonderful! I heat my milk in the cup I am going to use…in the microwave for 90 to 120 seconds! I believe this is the reason for my last 5 pounds I put on!

    I had a sample of starbucks instant coffee…just not the same…I was disappointed also! I would freeze some of your cookies individually…and give the rest away! But then again, you have much more restraint than I do! Glad you started your day with some sugar! I need to make some room in my freezer for a box of those Kashi waffles! I haven’t had them in a while! Hope you have a great day!

  • Jules
    April 23, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I know I don’t know you, and I just started reading your blog a few months ago, but I just want to say again, you are amazing. I’m thinking about you and your family in this incredibly difficult time. I don’t think anyone can truly understand how you’re feeling…as we aren’t in your shoes. But hopefully all the support you get from your blog will help, even a little.

  • Camille
    April 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Mmm, waffle sandwiches are the best!
    And there is absolutely nothing wrong with a morning cookie 🙂 In fact, there are so so many things right with it!

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired
    April 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I’m sorry you had such a rough night last night. But sometimes you just have to cry really hard and get it all out. Everybody has to be “that girl” once in awhile. I’m glad you had a sugar cookie..they sound delicious and you have to try the buttercream!

  • Aimee
    April 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    i know that hurt.
    my little brother died two years, nine months and twenty seven days ago.
    he was fifteen. he died in his sleep and no one could tell us why, really.
    straight up? it fucking sucks. it still hurts every single day.
    but sometimes, when the sun shines or i pet my dog or stir a bolognese all day, it feels a little better.
    hold onto those parts that make you feel a little better, jenna.

    April 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Just want to say thanks for the honest, beautiful posts lately! Being able to share your true self with others is a gift!

  • Melissa P.
    April 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I just picked up all the ingredients to make your chili as it is snowing in Colorado and I now need comfort food. Question for you- do you add the entire diced jalapeno or did you remove the seeds first? I am a girl who loves her spice, but I do not want to blow everyone else out of the water so I thought I should ask first.

  • jaimegirl
    April 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    hmmmm—am i the only one who thinks wal mart cookies sound disgusting?? anyway, you keep talking about your book being at barnes & noble—-is it only being sold at b&n??????

  • Jil
    April 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I hate when that happens!! It always happens after the typing up the most amazing or lengthy post. aaaaaand that waffle sandwich…yummm!

  • Lori
    April 23, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    You have a lot of fans who read daily and I’ve noticed that you don’t reply to questions. I guess you probably don’t read all the comments. There’s a lot of beautiful and caring people out there wishing you kind words and happiness. I have asked questions many times with no response.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    April 23, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Arghghgh to deleted posts!!! Hate that!

    Topping cookies with buttercream frosting is pure genius.

    This is a completely ridiculous question, but because you studied to be a pastry chef, I figure you might know– is there a difference between frosting and icing? Just kind of curious!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    April 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Yum – I love that waffle sammie combo. Maybe I’ll have to revisit TJ’s to pick up some AB and get my fix of cute checker boy ; )

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    April 23, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Oh my gosh I HAAAAAAAAATE when that happens! It really feels like life is falling apart! Haha. I always just sit there staring at the screen hoping and praying that SOMEHOW I can retrieve it.

    At least that fabulous waffle sandwich made up for everything 🙂

  • sherri
    April 23, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    i say a waffle buttercream sammie for b’fast!

  • Midgetkeeper
    April 23, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Those cookies sound so delicious. Still praying for you!

  • Keri
    April 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    mmm cookies and coffee two of my favorite things. Can’t wait to read your book!

  • Stacey
    April 23, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I love the waffle sandwich idea, so fun and easy and really yummy. 🙂

  • Kim
    April 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Jenna, I’m glad you’re feeling better today. It’s your ability to write straight from the heart through all of life’s ups and downs that keeps so many of us coming back.

    I have to share with you that I was reading an article on today about the new Cooking Channel and my first thought was, “duh, give Jenna at Eat, Live, Run a show!”

    I hope today’s shaped up to be a better day. 🙂

  • Kate
    April 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Eat Live Run A Food Journal of a Girl with a Healthy Mission?
    I just started reading your blog lately and I have read about cupcakes,wine, chocolate, sugar cookies………..and lots more non so healthy treats. I like your blog but maybe you should change your title.

  • Kathleen
    April 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    You are such a strong, beautiful, amazing and talented woman…my heart goes out to you in a time when your pain is so great…please remember you are loved, cherished and thought of in every moment of every day!

  • Katherine
    April 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    add some extra foam to your cappuccino! life is too short to go around without a milk and coffee mustache

  • Jenn
    April 23, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I hope you’re feeling better!! Question: can you substitute vegetable oil for butter? If so, what is the ratio?
    Thanks…the cookies sound amazing!

  • katie
    April 23, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    you’re makng me really want to make that frosting. and of all weeks to indulge a bit, i think you deserve it this week. my thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Court and Whit
    April 23, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    The waffle sandwich looks simple, yet delicious 🙂