Top 17 of 2017 | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Top 17 of 2017

Top 17 of 2017 | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We survived 2017. There were plenty of days when I it seemed like it might all fall apart, but we’ve been granted one more year. If we’re going to get through this year, we’re going to need lots of comfort food to keep us from completely losing our minds. Here were your favorite recipes from 2017.

Peanut Butter Fudge from Awesome on 20

Peanut Butter Fudge

My mom’s peanut butter fudge is back on top this year, and now I’m feeling sad that I didn’t make any. Must change that.

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

Can we come up with an excuse for a party so I can make these again?

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

Nothing beats a classic.

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail

This drink is the bee’s knees. 

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Passion Fruit Green Tea

It’s like the flavor of summertime.

Double Chocolate Muffins | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Double Chocolate Muffins

For when you absolutely positively have to have chocolate for breakfast.

Cheese-Stuffed Meatloaf | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

All my efforts as a meatloaf evangelist are finally starting to pay off. This one’s filled with mozzarella and topped with tomato sauce, and it’s bad ass.


Chicken Parmesan from Awesome on 20

Chicken Parmsan

Always and forever a household favorite.

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf

Our Thanksgiving tradition is still going strong. No one has not loved it.

Buttery Nipple Milkshake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buttery Nipple Milkshake

Sign me up for a boozy cocktail milkshake any day of the week.

Brown Elephant Cocktail from Awesome on 20

Brown Elephant Cocktail 

Amarula forever!

White Cheddar Fondue | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

White Cheddar Fondue

Gooey cheese is one of the four main food groups, right?

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cornbread Topped Chili Mac

I always look forward to eating this. Opt for the extra spicy chili.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi

Best deliciousness to time/effort ratio of all time.

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

This is the third meatloaf on the list, and I’m not mad at it.

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding

Just try and stop eating this.

Strawberry Soju Slushie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Strawberry Soju Slushie

Mixing Korean spirits with fresh berries? What could go wrong?

Happy 2018, friends. Don’t forget to be awesome.

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21 Awesome Cookie Recipes

21 Awesome Cookie Recipes

21 Awesome Cookie Recipes

My daughter is 17 this year, and we’re definitely making cookies for Santa. This is not something I force on her, but something she requests, year in and year out. Will there be a letter as well? I certainly hope so. I can’t remember who said it first, but I fully believe those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. 

Can magic come in the form of homemade cookies? I think it can. Especially at this time of year. Here are 21 awesome cookie recipes to bring some magic to your holiday season.

  1. Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies
  2. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
  3. No-Fail Sugar Cookies
  4. White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies
  5. Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
  6. Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies
  7. Lofthouse Cookie Bars
  8. Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies
  9. Chocofied Peanut Butter Cookies
  10. Cheater Shortbread
  11. Caramel Studded Snickerdoodles
  12. Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies
  13. Jam Tarts
  14. Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
  15. Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
  16. Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
  17. Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel No-Bake Cookies
  18. Nutella No-Bake Cookies
  19. Monster Cookie Bars
  20. Chocolate Wafer Cookies
  21. Gingerbread Dudes

Life needs more cookies and more magic.

Nutella No Bake Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Nutella No-Bake Cookies

Nutella No Bake Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Admit it, at some point in your life you’ve sat down on the couch with a spoon and a jar of Nutella and given yourself over to the undeniable sweetness. You’ve given up on life for five minutes, consequences be damned, and dug in, unadulterated, shameless. We’ve all been there.

It’s been a hell of a week. I know I’m not the only one who’s felt the need to push pause on reality for a few days. I’m craving safety and familiarity. I’m not in the mood, just now, to challenge myself or try something new. I’m wishing for a time machine or a magic wand or the power of mind control. But lacking supernatural powers, I’ll settle for cookies.

Nutella No Bake Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I didn’t quite go all the way to a jar and a spoon, but this may be the next best thing. Nutella No-Bake Cookies are outrageously simple to make, and except for the actual Nutella itself, I already had all the ingredients on hand. It does take a tiny bit of patience as  you have to let them set up before shoveling them in, but just take a nice cozy nap while you wait.

These cookies are sweet, chocolaty, chewy, and irresistable. Genuinely, your new biggest problem will become trying to stop eating them.

Nutella No Bake Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I know you can’t really heal yourself with cookies, but it probably won’t kill you to eat a few too many Nutella No-Bake Cookies for one day.

Nutella No-Bake Cookies
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 cup milk
  4. 4 ounces butter
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. pinch of salt
  7. 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  8. 1/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
  9. 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  1. Add sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter to a medium sauce pan and heat over medium low heat, stirring occasionally to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and allow it to boil for one minute before removing it from the heat.
  2. While your sugar mixture is cooking, make sure you measure out your remaining ingredients so that you're ready to add them right away. Once you've taken your pan off the heat, stir in the vanilla, salt, peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut spread, and oats until combined.
  3. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to scoop out your cookies onto a parchment lined tray. Leave a little space as the cookies, especially the first few, may spread.
  4. Allow the cookies to cool completely. Store in an air-tight container in a cool place if you don't eat them all in one sitting.
Adapted from Shugary Sweets
Adapted from Shugary Sweets
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