Mom Knows Best : Raspberry Macarons Made Easy With The Simple Baker Silicone Baking Mat And a Giveaway

Monday, January 5, 2015

Raspberry Macarons Made Easy With The Simple Baker Silicone Baking Mat And a Giveaway


    I love making cookies, all kinds of cookies, but there is one cookie that I have never made as they look so complicated to make. I have always wanted to make macarons as they look so pretty, but they also look difficult to make. I just knew I had to make them one day and that day finally came when I received a Simple Baker Silicone Baking Mat. I saw this pretty pink silicone baking mat, even the box it came in looks pretty too, and knew that it would be able to help me make those macaron cookies that I have been dreaming of. The Simple Baking  comes with these pre-printed circles that you press the dough onto and it gives you a perfect size cookie. That means no more tracing circles on parchment paper or cookies of different sizes. The little circles on the mat are great for mini macarons of making cute bear cookies.

  The Simple Baker mat is a thick professional mat that fits most standard baking sheets. It is made from food-grade silicone and it will save you money as it is durable and reusable, unlike parchment paper. The mat is also non-stick so there is no need to grease your sheets. I also find that my cookies do not burn when I use silicone mats. This mat is unique as it has the pre-printed circles on it which is also great for making other types of cookies too. This baking mat has many uses beyond macarons too. I use my baking mats for everything from roasting veggies, baking french fries, baking rolls, and making chocolates. These mats are truly non-stick and are so simple to clean, just clean in soapy water and rinse. The baking mat even comes with recipes for macaroons!

                                                   Raspberry Macarons

                  INGREDIENTS

            1 cup confectioners' sugar
            3/4 cup almond or hazelnut flour 
            2 large egg whites, room temperature
            Pinch of cream of tartar
            1/4 cup superfine sugar, see notes on how to make
             1 tablespoon fresh raspberry puree, strained
          
             1 cup Raspberry jam for filling

Directions
   1. Pulse confectioner's sugar and flour in a food processor until combined.
   2. Whisk the egg whites with a mixer on medium speed until foamy. Than add cream of tartar and whisk until soft peaks form. Reduce speed to low and add the  sugar. Then increase the speed to high and whisk until stiff peaks form, about 8 minutes. Then fold flour mixture into the egg whites until smooth and shiny. Fold in puree. You can add 2 drops of red food color if you desire a red cookie.
3. Transfer batter into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain round tip. Pipe the batter onto the Simple Baker Silicone Baking Mat, that is placed on a baking sheet, onto the circles. Once all circles are covered, tap the baking sheet to release trapped air. Let stand for 15 minutes and preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
4. Bake 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through, until crisp and firm. Let cool for for 3 minutes and then place on a plate to cool completely before adding filling.
5. Sandwich 2 macarons with 1 teaspoon jam

Notes: To make superfine sugar, place 1/4 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons in a food processor with the blade. Cover with a towel and mix on high for two minutes.




My macarons did not turn out so well, but they did taste good though. Now I know why I have not attempted making these before. I found this recipe on http://www.marthastewart.com/ and followed the directions so I don,t know what went wrong. My 15 year son said he saw a segment of Master Chef where the task was to make macarons and said even they fail. So if you you want to attempt making these go for it. I am happy that the Simple Baker Silicone Baking Mat is great for making all kinds of cookies.





For more information on the Simple Baker Silicone Baking Mat and to purchase one, just click on the below link. I have a promo code  TOM5PD14  to get 50% off the price of the baking mat. Just use the code TOM5PD14 at check out to get the baking mat half off, making it a great price.

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I have a Simple Baker Silicone Baking Mat to giveaway to one of my readers. Enter on the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!

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"These opinions are my own and I was sent the above mentioned product to write my post."

179 comments:

  1. I had no idea that macaroons were so easy to make! My mom made almond and cashew macaroons for Christmas and I was always intimidated by the process.

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  2. I would bake sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies for sure.
    Shelia S

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  3. I want to learn to make Macaroons so this would be perfect!!

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  4. I love baking! This looks so much fun! Thanks for sharing! Great review :)

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  5. Oh, I'd just make regular sugar cookies!

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  6. Well, that mat is reminding me of Mickey Mouse heads -- so ... :) Fun giveaway. Thank you!

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  7. Either sugar cookies or chocolate chip

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  8. I have always wanted to try to make Macarons and this mat looks perfect for the job!

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  9. I would love to try your recipe - looks yummy!! :)

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  10. Raspberry thumbprint cookies

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  11. I'm by far THE worst baker ever, but I do love and enjoy it. Thanks for the recipe, always wanted to try these cookies :)

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  12. I love making chocolate chip cookies. I need one of these mats.

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  13. I would make all types of cookies using this mat, from chocolate chip to Sicilian fig cookies! I always wanted to try making macarons and this mat would be perfect learning how to size them with the guide.

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  14. I would make some white chocolate chip cookies.

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  15. I would make chocolate chip coookies

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  16. I would make some peanut butter cookies

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  17. I actually have been craving thumb print cookies, also my dad makes divinity and I'm going to try to make a few flavors for Valentines Day, like chocolate cherry cordial - thanks for the chance to participate, this is an awesome gift for our kitchens

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  18. I'd love to make lemon meringues.

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  19. I would bake heath bar cookies - my favorite

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  20. I would love to use this for sugar cookies during the holiday baking frenzy.

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  21. I would make chocolate chip cookies.

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  22. I'd make sugar cookies and gingersnaps!

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  23. I would make chocolate chip cookies with the silicone baking mat! They are always my "go to". But I know I'd also be making some snickerdoodles on it too :p

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  24. Chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies are my favorite.


    alyce poalillo

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  25. I would like to make chocolate chip cookies. :)

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  26. Pinned: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/289285976039773310/

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  27. I would make chocolate chip with reese's pieces.
    Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  28. I would make oatmeal with raisin.

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  29. I would make coconut macaroons with the mat.

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  30. I would bake oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

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  31. Truthfully, my non-cooking, non-baking husband has discovered a love of baking chocolate chips cookies, I would love to give him this as a gift.

    nordstromemily at yahoo dot com

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  32. Pinned http://www.pinterest.com/pin/23221754304242658/

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  33. I would make snickerdoodle cookies.

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  34. I would make sugar cookies with it.

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  35. I would make our favorite chocolate chip cookies!

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  36. I would make coconut macaroons.

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  37. I think the mat would be perfect to make my sand tarts.

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  38. I would make Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Stars in the center.

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  39. I would make chocolate chip coookies

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  40. I would bake sugar cookies with this

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  41. I will make my wonderful homemade peanut butter cookies.

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  42. I would bake thumbprint butter cookies!

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  43. I'd make vegan chocolate chip cookies. I would also be curious to try vegan macarons since I have never made them before.

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  44. I would make flourless peanut butter cookies for my boys and strawberry cake mix cookies for me.

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  45. My daughter has made macarons for years - she is 20 now but started when she was 16. She always wanted to open her own bakery and specialize in Macarons! If I won this it would go to her and of course she would make macarons! :)

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  46. Lauren Olivia WoodJanuary 8, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    I would like to make linzer cookies! olivia41393@yahoo.com

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  47. i would make peanut butter blossoms.

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  48. A classic: chocolate chip! My husband loves them!

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  49. My first cookies would be chocolate chip. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  50. I pinned on Pinterest--https://www.pinterest.com/pin/384565255655955844/.

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  51. Your son was right I seen that episode also and they did fail horribly at making them :/ my hubby lives for chocolate chip cookies so I would definatly use it for that!

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  52. I would make peanut butter cookies. :)

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  53. My husband loves gingersnaps, so that would be the first cookies for me to make.

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  54. I would love to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! sbcashortie at hotmail dot com

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  55. My hubby likes Chocolate Chip Cookies, but he doesn't like very many chips in his cookies. He likes when I follow the recipe on the back of the package of Nestle Chocolate Chips.

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  56. I would make some good old chocolate chip cookies.
    heymissvirginia at embarqmail dot com

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  57. I would bake chocolate chip cookies!

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  58. Those macaroons look yummy.

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  59. I like chocolate chip cookies and I've always wanted to try making macaroons.

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  60. I would make my kids favorite, Dreamsicle Cookies, or Wookie Cookies.

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  61. I would like to bake sugar cookies.

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  62. absolutely, hands down - toll house chocolate chip cookies.

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  63. I would make my husband family's Moravian Cookies. They are super thin and oh so good.

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  64. My favorite type of cookie to make cut out sugar cookies.

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  65. My favorite cookie to make are peanut butter. Thanks for linking up with Motivational Monday, I hope you will join us again!

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  66. Well, I'd definitely try making macarons :D But other than that, if the mat really works (which I'm sure it does) I'd probably bake most of my cookies with it. I've been meaning to buy one of those mats, but it just hasn't happened yet, so I'm still using parchment >-<
    Anyway, thanks for the chance :)

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  67. I would make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies,

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  68. My favorite are peanut butter chocolate chip!

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  69. I would make chocolate chip cookies.

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  70. Chocolate chip cookies are the best.

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  71. I would bake cream cheese chocolate chip cookies. I have been wanting to try them for a long time now.

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  72. I would make Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookies.

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  73. I would make snickerdoodles

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  74. I would make my ginger snap cookies!

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  75. Chocolate chip are the family's fave.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  76. I would make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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  77. chocolate chip cookies. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  78. I would make sugar cookies.

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  79. I'd make some ooey gooey monster cookies!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  80. I'd love to make lemon meringues.

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  81. I would try making macarons as well, but would also use this for chocolate chip cookies!

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  82. There are a billion types of cookies I'd want to make, but...matcha cookies sound especially good right now! :O

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  83. I'd make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

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  84. I would make classic chocolate chip cookies!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  85. I have a new amazing recipe for cakebatter cookies! THEY ARE AMAZING!!!!

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  86. We love to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

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  87. I would make chocolate drop cookies.

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  88. I would make salted caremel cookies.

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  89. I think I would try making some Key Lime cookies.

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  90. I would bake chocolate chip cookies.

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  91. I love peanut butter cookies the best so I would make them first if I won.
    Sarah Oswald

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  92. If I won this I would make vegan chocolate chip cookies

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  93. I would bake some chocolate chip cookies for sure.
    toni marie caravello feimer

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  94. my instagram is tonic67 not tonic78
    toni marie caravello feimer

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  95. macrons! i just made some for the holidays but was lacking some equipment like this :)

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  96. I would bake some double chocolate chip cookies!

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  97. The cookie chocolate chip would be my choice!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  98. My daughter just made macaroons, they are still warm, so that's one type of cookie. I'm pretty basic so I'd make chocolate chip.

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  99. I would make simple peanut butter cookies. Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  100. I would make some chocolate chip cookies!!!

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  101. I'd make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies :)

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  102. I would love to make chocolate chunk cookies. Those are my favorite!
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

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    1. ^^^ My name in the entry form is Ashley C.

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  103. I would make everyone's favorite cookie...Chocolate Chip

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  104. i would like to try making sugar cookies on this mat

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  105. I would make chocolate chip cookies.

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  106. Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter Blossoms, and Thumbprint Cookies!

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  107. I'd do double chocolate chip.

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  108. I'd make all kinds of cookies, from chocolate chip to lemon cookies. Thanks for the opportunity. :)

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  109. My info didn't copy over for youtube, it is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCydrH4cz3h18cvlBTzLwZow Michelle Tucker

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  110. I'd love to bake some peanut butter cookies on these!

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  111. I would make some peanut butter oatmeal cookies.

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  112. I would make some of my favorite cookies - gingersnaps!

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  113. I have a top secret Chocolate chip cookie recipe that I would love to try on the silicone mats!

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  114. I would bake some oatmeal raisin cookies..They are my favorite :)

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  115. I would make peanut butter cookies - my favorite!!~

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  116. I would make chocolate chip cookies.

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  117. Definitely make coconut macaroons with the mat.

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  118. Chocolate chip with carmelized pecan cookies

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  119. i would make oatmeal raisin cookies

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  120. I really would love to try coconut macroons since they are gluten free :)

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  121. I would probably make peanut butter cookies. My favorite recipe is sweetened with maple syrup :)

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  122. My favorite cookies are peanut butter, but I think I'd try all kinds on this great mat!

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  123. Pinned http://www.pinterest.com/pin/191403052889797865/

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  124. i would make chocolate chip with walnuts.

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  125. I would make chocolate chip cookies.

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  126. I would make some peanut butter cookies!!
    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  127. I would make peanut butter cookies

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  128. Thank You for the giveaway…we would use the Simple Baker Silicone Baking Mat when we are baking oatmeal-coconut cookies.

    Rafflecopter: Bryan E.

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  129. I would bake chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies.

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  130. I'd bake my Polvorones using this Mat.

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  131. I would like to try my hand at macarons.

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  132. I would make chocolate chip cookies.

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