Starbucks Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Copycat starbucks chocolate chunk cookie recipe - no seriously!

Look!  I made you copycat Starbucks chocolate chunk cookies! 

Chocolate chunk cookie recipe - Starbucks copycat!

To be completely honest I made them for me.  And I made them in no-spend January because all I wanted last month was Starbucks cookies.  Like I needed these cookies!  No, I’m not pregnant and was having cravings.  I just really love these cookies and when you can’t have something you want – you want it even more, right?  Right.  So I wanted these cookies pretty much daily.  I thought about them, I wondered if breaking my no-spend was worth it, I might have even dreamed about them.

Which would be completely and totally crazy, but it might have happened. 

Copycat starbucks chocolate chunk cookie recipe - no seriously!

And then I figured – umm, self, why don’t you just try to make them at home since the grocery store isn’t part of no-spend month?  Ok, I didn’t say that last part to myself, but I made sure to pick up the extra ingredients when I went shopping next.  Which really wasn’t much – some whole wheat flour and dark chocolate chunks

And you’re probably wondering how did you know to buy that stuff?  I’m a baking genius.  And I found the ingredient list on the Starbucks website.  [Go with the second answer.]

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Even with the ingredient list it wasn’t crystal clear.  There were no amounts and what the heck are niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin??  I’m not sure but with my assistant by my side, we started taste testing cookies one night.  I tried different amounts of baking soda and baking powder to see if they fluffed up enough.  I tried chilling the dough to see if that made a difference.  I tried eating the dough straight from the bowl just to see if that helped. 

It did.

Starbucks chocolate chunk cookie recipe - copycat!

Although these are not as thick as the Starbucks version, they do have the same consistency.  They are slightly crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside.  And they are a spot on copycat taste wise.  Except I might have made these in my pajamas with my daughter.  And when I say I might have, you know that I mean I did.  I did make these in my pajamas with my sweet girl.  And we ate a bunch of the dough together. 

What?  I already mentioned the dough eating?  Just want to make sure we are clear on where I stand on raw cookie dough consumption. 

Starbuck chocolate chunk cookie

To recap – I spent a month trying not to spend money.  That included trips to the motherlands; Target and Starbucks.  To cope with said restrictions I holed up in my house in my pajamas and made a copycat version of the cookie I may or may not have dreamed about.  This is that cookie.  This should be made as soon as possible and drink it with a huge glass of milk or a dirty iced chai latte.  That last part is your call. 

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Starbucks Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup semi-sweet milk chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream the butter and the two sugars together until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the vanilla and the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Mix together all the dry ingredients - both flours, baking soda and baking powder.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.
  6. Add in both chocolate chips and stir until combined.
  7. Drop ⅓ cup spoonfuls of dough on a silicone baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  9. Enjoy!

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I’m pretty sure I don’t have to tell you that I have a thing for copycat Starbucks drinks.  I’ve made quite a few here on the ole blog and they are always pretty popular.  Yall like copycat Starbucks recipes too!  So I compiled the top 5 most requested drinks and made a little ebook. 

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And its freeeee!  Well sorta.  Its doesn’t cost money, just a little time and a few clicks.  For signing up for our recipe updates, Ill send you my first ebook!  No money required, although I’m sure you will save some once you check out the recipes.  The copycat recipes included are:

  • Iced chai latte
  • Peppermint mocha
  • Pumpkin spice latte
  • Iced white chocolate mocha
  • Iced caramel macchiato – my all time favorite!

The cool thing about the ebook is that it should work on your smartphone.  [Depending on what smart phone you have.]  Which means whenever you get the hankering for a Starbucks drink at home – just grab your phone and the ebook will be right there!  That sort of saves time and money.  Boom.

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Eggnog Latte

Easy eggnog latte

The quickest way to get in the holiday spirit?  An eggnog latte! 

Easy eggnog latte!  Starbucks hack

Ryley had her winter recital this Saturday.  [Side note – that little girl makes me so proud.]  She started the semester late this year and I wasn’t sure if she would pick up the routine quick enough.  She started a month behind but two weeks before the recital she seemed to have really picked up the 3 routines.  I asked her teachers if they had extra costumes to buy in the studio.  I figured they would say no, but asked anyways.  [I also figured they already knew I was a crazy dance mom, so I asked anyways.]

Easy eggnog latte

They had extras!  I had Ryley try one on and she ran the other way to show her friends.  She wouldn’t take it off, so that pretty much sealed the deal.  I sort of felt bad because I made the decision without asking Ryon.  I called and told him after class and he was so excited.  He couldn’t wait to see his pretty girl dance.  [Second side note – Ryley calls herself “daddy’s pretty girl”.  She will say to him “Daddy, did you miss your pretty girl?”  I die laughing ever time.] 

Cant wait to try this amazing eggnog latte recipe!

Last week the girls had a dress rehearsal and she did so good.  Since it was a short class, they had a little holiday party after.  I volunteered to bring cookies, so guess what I was doing an hour and a half before rehearsal?  Spooning out chocolate chip cookie dough onto silicone baking sheets.  Oh and making dinner too.  I told Ryon “I’m really good at multi-tasking when I’m under pressure.”  [I crack myself up by the way.]

Starbuck copycat eggnog latte recipe

The place that she takes dance has a really neat recital setup.  They have 3 different classes perform their 3 songs separately and then they all come back on stage for the finale.  They start with the younger kids and then end with the older ones.  [All done in 45 minutes.]  The little ones are 18 months and oh my gerd are they precious.  One little girl was too busy trying to pull her bow out to dance.  When she finally got it out she started to bawl her eyes out.  One of the teachers ran over to her and clipped it back in and the little girl started dancing again.  So.stinkin.cute! 

ryley dancing

When it was Ryley’s turn to dance, I got choked up.  I think I cried/laughed through the whole thing.  Ryon was recording and at the end he put the camera on me and says “Proud momma over here” and got a nice close up of my red face.  What can I say?  She makes this momma proud!  [Ps.. how adorable is her hair?!  She complained the whole time I was braiding it and when I was done ran over to Ryon and said “Do you like your pretty girl’s hair?”  I just can’t even.] 

Eggnog Latte
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  1. 2 shots of espresso or strong coffee
  2. 1 cup steamed milk
  3. 1 cup warm eggnog
  4. whipped cream
  1. Layer the espresso, steamed milk and eggnog.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Add whipped cream.
  4. Enjoy!
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Peppermint Mocha

Peppermint Mocha - Starbucks copycat!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Enjoy it with the most wonderful drink of them all!

Peppermint Mocha - Starbucks copycat!

We took family pictures this past weekend!  Might not seem like a big deal, but we haven’t had family pictures taken since Avery was a few months old.  He’s almost 4 now.. so yea.  It’s been awhile.  Wait.  I take that back.  We had group pictures taken with my in-laws 2 years ago.  But still, it’s been awhile since we had them done.  So I was pumped.  [The husband not so much, but he loves me so he faked it.] 

Peppermint Mocha Recipe

We all had coordinating red outfits and headed off to Heritage Park downtown.  It’s this cool little historic section of the city that has old time-y houses.  They are all centered around a small courtyard and even have a pretty rose garden on the side.  It’s really a neat place to take pictures.  I giggled a little when we got out of the car and could see 4 different families having their pictures taken.  It’s pretty popular for picture taking. 

Perfect holiday drink - peppermint mocha!

I had taken pictures for a friend there last week and knew it was a great place for family pictures.  Its shaded by trees so there is no direct sunlight [and no squinty eye pictures!] and there are like 8 different houses in the park.  The houses are locked, but they have gorgeous porches and railings that are just perfect for pictures.  And when the kids get antsy [because you know they will] just move to the next house.  It worked out so well that we loaded up and headed that way for our pictures.

This peppermint mocha is the perfect drink for the holidays!

And since I’m cheap [or thrifty, whatevs], I had my mom take our pictures.  I took a few pictures of the kids, got the settings right and handed her the camera.  It was kinda of fun to be on the other side of the camera.  I have been taking pictures for this site for almost 4 years now and just recently started doing family photography on the side.  I’ve taken a lot of pictures, but very rarely am I the one being photographed. 

The perfect peppermint mocha!

She took over 200 pictures in less then an hour.  Crazy, huh?!  I sorted through them all and we have a ton of good ones!  I even ordered our Christmas cards with one of the pictures that same night.  I’m so pumped to go pick them up and send them off!  I don’t think I’ve sent Christmas cards in 4 years either.  Nope.  I haven’t.  Aw well.  Here’s to new family pictures and Christmas cards before New Years! 

To make this peppermint mocha I suggest either Torani peppermint syrup or making your own.  I’m pretty sure World Market sells it in stores if you have one near by. 

Peppermint Mocha
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  1. 3-5 tablespoons peppermint syrup
  2. 3-5 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  3. 1 cup hot coffee or 2 shots espresso
  4. 1 cup steamed milk
  5. whipped cream for topping
  1. Add the syrups to the bottom of a coffee mug.
  2. Pour the hot coffee or espresso over. Mix together.
  3. Add the steamed milk and mix again.
  4. Top with whipped cream and crushed candy canes.
  5. Enjoy!
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Chestnut Praline Latte

Try this chestnut praline latte!  Its a copycat of the new Starbucks version!

Make the new must have holiday coffee house menu item at home.  In your pajamas.  [Like I did.]

chestnut praline latte recipe

Recently Starbucks came out with a new drink.  Its their first new drink in over 5 years.  [Which makes me sort of sad that I have been drinking the same old drinks for that long.  Naw.. not really.]  I heard somewhere that its the pumpkin spice latte of the Christmas season.  Which is a tall order to fill because, hello, pumpkin spice latte.  I mean its just tradition.  So I was skeptical.  This chestnut praline latte was not be trusted. 

Chestnut praline latte

But of course I waited in line and ordered one.  I wanted to knowww what it tasted it.  Was it full of holiday cheer?  Could it dethrone the beloved pumpkin spice latte?  Will my kids ever let me go to Starbucks without buying them cake pops ever again?  [That last one remains unanswered.]

Try this chestnut praline latte!  Its a copycat of the new Starbucks version!

It was tasty.  It was cheery.  It was in a red holiday cup.  It was like the trifecta of holiday drinks.  But could it be made at home, in the comfort of your lazy day clothes?  You know the ones, the yoga pants that might or might not have a hole on the butt.  And the tank top that you may or may not wear a bra with around the house.  And TOMs.  [Because duh, comfortable.] 

Chestnut Praline latte - Starbucks copycat!

The first thing I had to do was find some chestnuts.  Ryon swore that I wasn’t going to find them.  He made up some story about the trees and it not being peak chestnut season.  I’m still not sure if he was messing with me or not.  But after checking 2 stores, I found some.  [Boom!]  I immediately went home, turned on a Christmas Pandora station and started roasting chestnuts.  [In my oven, not an open fire.  It was like 75 degrees here.] 

Chestnut praline latte with crumbled praline pecans on top!

I then praline’d some pecans while the chestnuts were roasting.  [By the way, my 14 year old self made tons of jokes about nuts during the process.  Just thought that should be noted.]  I made chestnut syrup after they were done roasting.  Syrup.  Out of a nut.  Yea, it wasn’t easy.  And its honestly not high on my “must do again” lists either.  [Just thought that should be noted too.] 

So here is my verdict on the make at home version of the chestnut praline latte – get in your car and go to Starbucks.  Buy their version and enjoy Christmas Pandora in your hole-y yoga pants and no bra tank top afternoon outfit.  It’ll make you feel a lot more cheery.  But in case you want to DIY your own, the recipe is below.  [Ps.. it was good.  WAY good.  I drank two.  But making syrup from a nut and praline-ing pecans is just a lot of work.]  You win this time Starbucks. 

Ps.. or you can buy chestnut syrup.  I found some of Amazon but have yet to try it. 

Chestnut Praline Latte
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For the syrup
  1. 5-6 chestnuts, in the shell
  2. 3/4 cup of sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  4. 1 1/4 cup water
For the praline crumble
  1. 1/2 cup pecans, shelled
  2. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1/4 cup water
  5. 2 shots of espresso, or strong coffee
  6. 8 ounces of steamed milk
  7. whipped cream
  1. For chestnut syrup: cut 3/4 way around the nut, not cutting all the way through. Place them on a baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees. The shell will start to separate from the meat inside when they are ready. Let them cool and pull off the shell. Coarsely chop them and put them in a food processor. In a small saucepan add the sugar and water. Once the sugar is dissolved, add the cooled mixture to the food processor along with the vanilla extract. Puree until smooth-ish. Filter it through a mesh sieve and set aside.
For the praline crumble
  1. In a saucepan, dissolve the sugar and water together. Toss the pecans in the water mixture and coat. Remove from the saucepan and place them in a 350 oven for 10 minutes, or until the liquid hardens. Add the praline pecans and the brown sugar to a cleaned food processor and pulse until coarse. Set aside.
  2. Assemble the coffee: Add 3-5 tablespoons of chestnut syrup to a cup. Add the hot espresso and steamed milk. Stir, add the whipped cream and then the praline crumble topping. Enjoy!
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Iced White Chocolate Mocha

Iced white chocolate mocha - Starbucks copycat!

What better way to start a Monday then with coffee?  And not just any coffee.  Its like, the best coffee.  Its cafe coffee that you can make at home – for a fraction of the cost!  Seriously.  It’s so much cheaper and man is it good!  Iced white chocolate mocha, I think I love you. 

Iced white chocolate mocha - Starbucks copycat!

Have I mentioned that Ryon makes me coffee every morning?  [And that I love him very much for it?]  Well, both are true.  As much as I love coffee, I don’t need that much to get me going in the mornings.  I normally drink one cup [with lots and lots of creamer] and Ryon finishes the rest of the pot.  I guess I should say Ryon makes coffee for himself in the mornings and saves me a cup. 

Iced white chocolate mocha - starbucks copycat drink recipe

He drinks a whole pot because he got use to it while he was in the Navy.  He would have 24 hour duty shifts and just chug coffee to stay awake.  Now its just habit to drink a whole [minus one cup] pot of coffee in the morning.  Black.  He drinks his coffee black.  Which is totally weird to me. 

iced white chocolate mocha

I like my coffee to be super sweet.  I’m pretty sure its the sugar that gets me going more then the caffeine in the mornings.  But I’m ok with that.  Whatever works, right? 

iced white chocolate mocha recipe

And this, this iced white chocolate mocha, it totally works.  Its homemade white chocolate sauce mixed with milk and coffee, topped with whipped cream.  It seriously couldn’t be easier, cheaper or tastier then that.  It actually makes Mondays not look so bad.  And that my friends, is a beautiful thing.  

Ps.. I used homemade white chocolate sauce in my drink but you can buy white chocolate sauce to make it even easier.  I suggest the Ghiradelli white chocolate sauce (affiliate link) since I used Ghiradelli chocolate in my homemade sauce.  [So I know its good!]  Ok thats all.  Back to your recipe now. 

Pps.. I totally taste tested this with a Starbucks iced white chocolate mocha.. and its almost identical.  It might be even better since I used homemade whipped cream.  [And seriously, nothing beats homemade whipped cream.]  Ok I’m really done now.  Carry on to the recipe. 

Iced white chocolate mocha
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  1. 2 ounces white chocolate sauce
  2. 2 ounces cold coffee or 1 tablespoon instant espresso +water
  3. 4 ounces milk
  4. ice
  5. whip cream
  1. Mix the white chocolate sauce, coffee and milk together.
  2. Add the ice.
  3. Top with whipped cream.
  4. Enjoy!
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What I Wore – Blissdom Edition


I hope yesterday’s post about what people don’t tell you about Blissdom didnt put a complete negative light on the conference.  I just wasnt prepared for a lot of things about the conference and felt like I should share.  But do you know what I was prepared for?  Looking fabulous!  [Insert snortle here].  Last week I gave a few tips on what to wear to a blog conference and I made sure follow my own rules.  I was comfortable, myself and professional.

cliques at blissdom


Thursday I wore a comfy maxi skirt with a grey beaded top and heels.  It was the first time flying alone since I’ve become a mom and the first time I’ve ever worn heels in an airport.  I slept on the plane and was comfortable the whole time.  Ill count both as a first time win.


meeting people

I wore my striped crepe tank top with khakis and my blue blazer on the first day of the conference.  Plus a pair of coral wedges.  I think this outfit was my favorite from the conference.  It was professional, comfortable and my style.  Throw in my signature curly hair and I was good to go.


On Friday evening there was a girls night out and I got real fancy with my maxi pleated dress and sandals.  [Ha!]  Not really so fancy but fun and perfect for a night out with my girlies.



Saturday I had a mini meltdown when I couldnt find my brush and curl creme to do my hair.  I top-knotted it and went on my way.  I also had a mini panic attack when I spilled lunch down my coral shirt.  Ain’t nobody got time to change their shirt between sessions.  But I did just so I wouldn’t look like a hobo with Mexican food down her shirt.  And I did eventually find my brush.  Crisis averted.


Sunday I was all about being comfortable and I wore yoga pants and a t-shirt to the airport.  This is probably my favorite picture from the trip.  That’s Candy from Candy Polooza and she is the most genuine person I have ever met.  That’s what Im taking with me from this past weekend, the friendships and the laughs.

Curly Hair Tips

curly hair ideas

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I’ve mentioned before that I have curly hair. Curly hair that has a mind of its own. Sometimes it works how I want it to and sometimes [aka most of the time] it just does its own thing.  I have figured out a few things to help tame the beast though.  So for today’s Copy Cat Closet Im going to share a few curly hair tips with yall.

Curly Hair tips 3


I was sent two amazing Ouidad projects to test a few month ago. I received the Whipped conditioner and the Curl Quencher Creme.

  • I firmly believe that good curls are made in the shower with a good conditioner. The Ouidad whipped conditioner was amazing! It was like frosting for my hair.
  • The next important step is to brush your underside down. This creates tons of volume!
  • Take your product [in my case Ouidad curl creme] and put it in your hands. Rub them together for a few seconds to fully activate the product.
  • Take your product and run it through your hair. Don’t scrunch! Just put the product on like you are putting your hair up. This helps fight the frizz!
  • Flip your head and style your hair as desired. I fluffed mine a bit and pulled it back in a half twist.

curly hair ideas


Sometimes I twirl my hair into chunky sections and it really helps with the frizz.  Also, a good trim every few months helps revive your curls.  Although I tend to go a few months between trims.  And if you have curly hair never let them use a razor to cut it!  Holy frizz batman! 

half back curly hair

Make sure to document your good hair days too.  Its a must for curly haired girls.  [Or girls in general.. ha!]

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Conference Wear – Copy Cat Closet

Next week I will attending Blissdom in Dallas [insert squeal here!] and I am so excited!  This is my second blog conference [insert nerd squeal here!] and today Im going to share a few tips on what to wear to a blog conference. 
1. Be Comfortable
This is number one because you will be doing a lot of walking, sitting and moving around.  If you are uncomfortable – it shows.  Wear shoes that you’ve worn before and won’t give you blisters.  Wear clothes that fit properly and show your sense of style. 
2. Be Professional
Yes, its nice to be trendy, but how many mullet shirts/dresses do you see in a professional setting?  If you take blogging seriously [and you must if you are going to a conference!] then you need to dress seriously.  And no that doesn’t mean you have to wear a suit, just something that you would wear to say, a job interview. 
3. Be Yourself
Now take all the above and put your own unique spin on it.  If your style is basic, throw on a statement necklace or some earrings.  My style is pretty causal but my hair is its own creature.  Its an accesory of itself.  Remember, you will stand out in a postive way if you are comfortable, professional and confident. 
Have you ever been to a blog conference?  What did you wear?
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My Style [Copy Cat Closet]


I have professed my love for the Copy Cat Closet series many times before but let me tell you once more why I love this series.  Im just a stay at home mom [who is working temporarily at the moment] and my kids are my number one priority.  Like I shower at noon and sometimes don’t leave the house kind of priority.  Sometimes, I forget about me.  Each week Natalia inspires me [and many of yall!] to fight the mom funk and be yourself.  And I love that.

This week out “challenge” was to share your personal style – your go to outfit.  Not really a challenge but a chance to show off me.  Which is always fun.  This is ‘my style’ which is pretty basic.  Im a jeans and tee shirt gal.  Or khakis and button down for work days.  And of course sandals of some sort.

20130305_140023[1] Shirt – Old Navy // Khakis – NY&Co // Sandals – Sears

I wish I was able to keep up with the trends but Im starting to learn that trends aren’t for everyone.  I like to be comfy casual.  Ya know, on the days Im not wearing yoga pants. Comfy causal.


What is your style? What do you love to wear? Im really loving these crepe blouses especially fun spring colors like coral! Do you have an outfit post? We’d love for you to share it!