Things I Love Thursday- Pillsbury Simply Cookies (with a GIVEAWAY!!)

tilt  Oh look, the pregnant blogger is talking about food. Shocking. Anyway, I might have said before that we are always looking for ways to get high fructose corn syrup out of our diet while still being able to cut corners a bit and buy things that are labeled “convenience” food from time to time.

I am a really big fan of a homemade cookie. In fact, I would swear to you that my mom makes the best chocolate chip and gingersnap cookies on the planet. So I rarely buy the store bought cookie thing, but you know what is great about those store bought cookies? Some nights when I am craving a cookie, I just break one (or 4) off and make them and then I don’t have to make a whole batch. But they never quite taste the same as homemade and they always have a taste that is a little unnatural.

Well, Pillsbury has solved all of the above problems by creating a refrigerated cookie dough that has no HFCS and an ingredient list full of things I know and can pronounce. You can choose between chocolate chip and peanut butter cookie dough. I chose the peanut butter because I love a peanut butter cookie, but am a bit picky about them. Too often they have little to no taste and are too hard. Not the case with these at all. Very soft and quite tasty. I am completely sold. Worried the hungry pregnant lady will eat anything? Well, the hubby ate his and immediately asked for more. In a rare moment of self control, I had only baked two so we can enjoy some another night.

I am very impressed with these cookies and think you will be too. How would you like to try them? Well, you could go buy some yourself with this $1.25 off coupon. Combine that with a sale and you could get some at a pretty good price. Or, you could win a great Pillsbury prize pack provided by My Blog Spark with a sample of the cookies, a cookie jar and a really nice shopping bag. All you need to do to enter is leave me a comment telling me what you do to cut corners when cooking. For an extra entry, participate in my weekly Things I Love Thursday carnival. Just make sure to leave a separate comment to let me know you did so as I will be picking my winners soley from the comments. For more info on partipating in TILT, check out the guidelines over here. Otherwise, leave a comment and link up!!


  1. Make 4 pizza crusts at once and freeze the dough for the other 2 or 3 in individual baggies.
    .-= Candice´s last blog ..Swagbucks =-.

  2. I like to cook several pounds of ground beef or chicken in my crockpot. Then I just divide it up into freezer bags to use as needed. Cooking meat in the slow cooker makes it SO tender!
    .-= Myra´s last blog ..Kroger Comforts Diapers =-.

  3. And I’m participating in TILT! :)
    .-= Myra´s last blog ..Kroger Comforts Diapers =-.

  4. I make double batches of a lot of things…pizza dough, soup, chili, sauces, etc and freeze half for later use. Even when I think there is nothing for dinner, I usually can scrounge up a meal just by setting a couple things on the counter to defrost.
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..A Little of This, A Little of That =-.

  5. I like to freeze lots of things in advance, especially chopped onion and peppers. Just throw ’em in the pot!
    .-= Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship´s last blog ..A Good Deal on Top Fats =-.

  6. To cut corners, I regularly make a whole meal based on Kraft’s Velveeta Shells and Cheese. Just add a meat, maybe some veggies, a few seasonings and voila! A new (easy) and exciting dish.
    .-= Emily Kay´s last blog ..Cutting Costs 101: The Grocery Budget =-.

  7. I participate in TILT!

  8. To cut corners… I plan ahead, this may not seem like cutting corners but if I plan ahead I waste less time every day trying to figure out what to make. And anything that says quick, easy, or instant on the can attract me. I always read the labels though, a lot of the convenience foods have a lot of junk in them. I will be looking for these cookies. We live on a military base in Italy and new things take a while to get here. :)
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday =-.

  9. Sounds good to this pregnant blogger too!
    .-= Twisted Cinderella´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Meet Our New Little Princess =-.

  10. I try and cook from scratch most of the time. I meal plan and shop at Aldi’s.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    .-= Liz@HoosierHomemade´s last blog ..Anniversary Gifts =-.

  11. Those cookies sound yummy! Thanks for hosting! I’m linked up!
    .-= Liz@HoosierHomemade´s last blog ..Anniversary Gifts =-.

  12. Michelle B. says:

    When I chop onions, I pick an extra big one then freeze what I don’t use, same with shredded cheese and evaporated milk. They all freeze great and are handy to have on hand for pulling together meals and recipes.

  13. Joanna says:

    When I make homemade cookies, I never cook all the dough. Instead, after scooping it out onto the cookie sheet, I stick the cookie sheet in the freezer for an hour. Then I take my already-portioned dough balls and put them in a freezer bag and return it to the freezer. Whenever I want cookies, I just bake as many or as few as I like.

  14. Good to know about the cookies. We figured that like everything else, if we are ‘good’ about how we eat 80% of the time we can botch the remaining 20 and still live. I’m glad I can move a quick cookie fix from the 20 to the 80th %ile now.
    .-= Jen@BigBinder´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday – Russ’ Restaurant =-.

  15. Don’t know if my “getting fit” TILT is a good fit for a cookie giveaway, LOL, but I want in!
    .-= Amy @ Finer Things´s last blog ..Get Fit =-.

  16. Cutting corners: I like to make up a big batch of cookie dough, scoop it with a melon baller, and freeze the scoops on cookie sheets. Then I bag them and can pop a few of those in the oven whenever I need fresh cookies.
    .-= Amy @ Finer Things´s last blog ..Get Fit =-.

  17. I’m always on the lookout for a good cookie :). If I can get mine up it’ll be a food post – again- and I’m not even pregnant!

    I cut corners by seperating my meat out before it goes into the freezer that way I only use what I’ll need and not have to eat chicken for a whole week.

  18. thanks for the coupon! sounds like you and I have similar feelings about pb cookies! I definitely want to try these though!

    when I am cooking, I cut corners by not measuring. I know, it’s terrible. It’s why I’m not much of a baker. But I just hate measuring. I eyeball pretty much everything!
    .-= Erin G´s last blog ..She’s Officially Bored with this Pregnancy =-.

  19. Take two :).
    .-= Candace´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday- Popchips =-.

  20. Mandy says:

    Myra stole my idea! Lol I always cook tons of meat ahead and then freeze it in “1 meal” portions! I also stockpile all my groceries using coupons and such, so I use the allrecipes.com website to help plan meals based on the cheap groceries I have in my pantry, rather than buying a whole bunch of other ingredients!
    .-= Mandy´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursdays…PC Cookware!! =-.

  21. Mandy says:

    I also participate in TILT! :) Love it!
    .-= Mandy´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursdays…PC Cookware!! =-.

  22. when i make casseroles or skillet dishes, i always scrimp on the meat. if it calls for a pound of ground beef or chicken, i use about 3/4s a pound

  23. i linked up for TILT

  24. If I make a whole chicken, I can usually get 2 meals out of it. We’ll have just chicken and potatoes and veggies the first night, and then I’ll make enchiladas or something with the rest of it another night…..Oh, and I love my food chopper for chopping up onions and carrots and things.:) Thanks for the giveaway!
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday- Sort ‘n’ Learn Pelican =-.

  25. I cut corners by using generic brands as much as possible, especially when I’m cooking. You can’t even tell the difference!

    I’m like you where I like to get rid of the HFCS but also want some convienence foods. The ‘only bake 4 cookies at a time’ is really handy too! I’d love to try these :-)

  26. I posted today about my Nutrimill and the ability it gives me to make healthy, cost-effective, convenient, bread and baked goods for my family.
    .-= Kara´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday: My Nutrimill =-.

  27. The cookies sound great! I’m all about convenience…as long as I’m not sacrificing my family’s health to get it! Lists of recognizable ingredients and no HFCS is good…I like that!
    .-= Kara´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday: My Nutrimill =-.

  28. Brandi says:

    I cut corners by making extra. For example if I’m cookign chicken breast tonight, I’ll make a couple extra for the fridge or freezer to make that next meal prep even quicker and easier. Thanks for the chance to win.

  29. I make my own tomato sauce from tomato paste to save money. You can google it and find out how easy it is.
    .-= Annalisa´s last blog ..Oh. My. Gosh. =-.

  30. Meghan says:

    So I like to offer a hot breakfast in the morning and my husband’s favorite is pancakes. At the start of the week, I mix up an entire batch of pancakes (usually makes 12ish). Then I cook the number I need and refrigerate the rest. Each morning, I just spoon out (after vigorous stirring) the number of pancakes I need. It saves me time mixing and cleaning every morning AND everyone still gets a hot breakfast. Another alternative is to make the whole batch of pancakes (or waffles) and then freeze them for the week. The toaster warms them without making them soggy.

  31. We, too, try to cut HFCS out of our diet! I also pretty much always bake my own cookies, but we all have our lazy days, right!?
    .-= Laura H.´s last blog ..is there any other way? =-.

  32. Annie says:

    I keep extras of nearly everything in our freezer – pizza dough, already-baked muffins, fruit for smoothies, very ripe bananas for bread. If you’re going to make a mess for 12 muffins, it’s no more clean-up to double or triple recipe! And it’s easier to eat them the second time… Always a bonus for me!

    I’m eliminating the HFCS and partially hydrogenated fats from our diet as well. But, who doesn’t need a convenience food sometimes? Thanks for the chance!

  33. Alice says:

    I like to cook a bunch of chicken in the crock pot, then divide it up into baggies and put it in the freezer for later. Then later when I make a casserole or something that calls for cooked chicken, I can just take it out of the freezer, defrost it, and chop it up.

  34. I like to dice up a whole onion even when I only need part of one, and then freeze the rest so I don’t have to dice onions every time I need them. I just take out the frozen diced onions and add them to my recipes! Voila!
    .-= Britiney´s last blog ..You must watch this =-.

  35. I like to buy fresh chicken breast and ground beef in bulk. Then I do any trimming or cutting (like cutting strips, chunks, or breast size pieces) and then freeze dinner portions into freezer bags. I can cut up chicken for strips, chunks for chinese chicken, and all have it labeled and ready for cooking fresh from the freezer. The beef I separate into 1lb portions or premake patties for burgers.
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday- Asian Sesame Salad from Panera =-.

  36. I’m also linked to Things I love Thursday!
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday- Asian Sesame Salad from Panera =-.

  37. What corner don’t I cut?! I use frozen veggies, jarred sauces, cookie and cake mixes, canned fruit. MAs an example, my chicken pot pie is made with Pillsbury pie crust, frozen vegetables and cream of chicken soup. I’m all about the shortcuts!
    .-= Eos Mom´s last blog ..Blitz It Friday =-.

  38. Thanks for sharing this new item.

    Something I do is cut up extra onions when I’m cooking so I don’t have to cut them the next time. Also I like to buy a big pack of beef at the store, cook it all at the same time, then portion it out and freeze it. It saves a step while cooking.
    .-= bp´s last blog ..Thankful Thursday: Hope =-.

  39. A cookie giveaway! Woot woot!

    I love to roast a whole chicken and freeze some of the meat and make stock. I can get 4-5 meals out of one little ol’ chicken.
    .-= Heather H´s last blog ..Chicken Salad =-.

  40. Christie says:

    I use a lot of convenience foods combined with some homemade. For example, I use a jar of tomato sauce (whatever I get on sale) and then dump in some chopped onion, any other bits of veggies I have in the fridge, and shake in some seasonings. It tastes so much fresher than usual jarred sauce, without the work of dealing with tomatoes.

  41. melinda joy says:

    I use mixes and add things to them like sour cream, or chocolate chips, or orange/lemon rhind :)

  42. melinda joy says:

    I use mixes and add things to them like sour cream, or chocolate chips, or orange/lemon rhind :)

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