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Family Pleasin’ Shepherd’s Pie and Festive Cookies

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Good Monday night everyone! First of all, thanks for the great turn out for my giveaway, all of your favorite soups were right up my alley! Drumroll please…. Here are the winners of my giveaway: (my winners were chosen from

Prize #1: The Cookbooks go to Heather aka (Down Right Delish), who wrote…Gosh I love most soups so this is hard. Anything hearty. I love tomato and grilled cheese, a good potato soup, minestrone, black bean, taco soup! Hmmmmmm.

Prize #2: The Cherry Piecrust Cutters go to Steffie who wrote…I love butternut squash soup in the fall, but it’s right up there w/ Pasta Fagoli!

Prize #3: The second set of Cherry Piecrust Cutters go to Sharon aka (Culinary Adventures of a New Wife) from my Classic Tuna Fish Post

Prize #4: The William Sonoma Wild West Ice Cream Molds go to Millers who wrote…Fun stuff, I love giveaways! 🙂 My favorite soup is hands down, Chicken Tortilla Soup. YUM YUM YUM

Even my 16 month loves it.


Those of you who won, please email me so I can get your prizes shipped out! Now for the rest of you, maybe next time! Until then, feast your eyes on a not so photogenic but fabulous Shepherd’s Pie that the whole family will love. Easy, cheesy and Delish with a capital D!

Family Pleasin’ Shepherd’s Pie

Mashed Potato Topping

4 lbs peeled cubed potatoes

½ Cup butter, 1 stick

1 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese

¼ teaspoon cumin

¾ Cup warm milk

1 ¼ teaspoon salt

¾ teaspoon garlic salt, Lawry’s

½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

Meat and Vegetable Layer

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

1 lb lean ground beef

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

¼ teaspoon garlic salt, Lawry’s

1 15 oz can green beans, drained

1 15 oz can mixed veggis, drained

26 oz can Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes, pureed in food processor or blender

2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese

1. Place potatoes in a large pot of water and boil for 10-12 minutes or until fork tender. Drain then place into a stand or electric mixer. Beat until well mashed then add remaining potato ingredients until well combined. Set aside.

2. Heat olive oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onion until softened, about 5 minutes. Add ground beef, salt, pepper and garlic salt; cook until browned and crumbled. Stir in beans, vegetables and pureed tomatoes. Pour meat mixture into a 9×13 inch baking dish or individual size baking dishes. Top with mashed potatoes then sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted. For crispy cheese topping bake uncovered, for oozing cheese, cover with foil after 15 minutes of baking. Enjoy!

8 servings

Another Sweet Ending


These little cookies were such a treat Sunday night for an after dinner snack. The cinnamon chips bring that extra Mmmmm to each bite. Sorry for all of you AZ folks who can’t buy them. I had a friend’s sweet mother offer to pick us up a whole years supply of them from UT. They are a real treat. Enjoy!

“Perfect For Fall” Chocolate and Cinnamon Chippers

2 sticks butter

1 Cup brown sugar

½ Cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 Cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon salt

1 Cup cinnamon chips

1 ½ Cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla slowly until well combined. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly add to wet mixture along with the chips until just combined. Scoop onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes or until cooked through to your liking. Cool on cooling rack and serve.

About 36 cookies

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  1. 1
    Emily says:

    What a fun give away!

    I am making sheperds pie tomorrow! Your sounds sooooo yummy!

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    ConversationsWithACupcake says:

    You never. never. never. never. never cease to amaze. It’s midnight here and I’m actually considering a midnight run for cinnamon chips.

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    Emiline says:

    Congrats to the winners!

    The shepherd’s pie sounds great. I’ve never had one before! Very comforting and perfect for fall.

  4. 4
    Lucy says:

    Congrats to the winners!!!

    I made a Shepherd’s Pie just this past Friday myself… no photo’s though… they do make for a great dinner and yours looks great!

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    RecipeGirl says:

    I absolutely love those cinnamon chips. What a great baking invention! I went to the grocery store the other day and did a double take in the baking aisle… the cin. chips were on sale for $1 a bag. I came home with (literally) about 10 bags!

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    Patsyk says:

    I still haven’t found cinnamon chips! I’m so jealous of anyone who has them!

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    ayankeeinasouthernkitchen says:

    Sheperd’s Pie is loved in my family, good hearty fall food. I can’t believe that I have never heard of cinnamon chips, they sound good.

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    carol says:

    Congratulations to the winners..enjoy your new treasures!
    We LOVE Shepherd’s Pie, especially this time of year. I’ll have to check at the grocery store to see if the cinnamon chips are in stock-those cookies look to die for!!!

  9. 9
    Lisa says:

    Great dinner! I wish I could find those chips!Delicious cookies. Congrats to the winners.

  10. 10
    Janssen says:

    Those cookies look DIVINE!

  11. 11
    Allie says:

    I just bought a bag of cinnamon chips to try out. I still can’t find the pumpkin kisses you found, but I’m still on the hunt for them.

  12. 12
    Jenny says:

    Hi Emily,
    Don’t you love shepher’s pie? I’ve never had one that I don’t like.

    Thanks conversationswithacupcake! Go get those cinnamon chips, they are the best!

    Oh Emiline,
    Do try one someday. Total comfort food!

    Hi Lucy,
    Yes, shepherd’s pie makes a great dinner. Definitely no complaints.

    Are you kidding me Lori!? I’d have bought a whole cart full too!!

    Drats Patsy,
    I hate that I can’t get them here either!

    No cinnamon chips huh? They are a delight that’s for sure.

    Hi Carol,
    It is the perfect comfort food. So warm and hearty.

    Hi Lisa,
    Yah those little cinnamon chips can be tricky to find.

    Thanks Janseen!

    Hi allie,
    Best of luck with those kisses, those are tricky to find too.

  13. 13
    Sara says:

    Wow, as usual both the shepherd’s pie and the cookies look wonderful! Have you searched throughout AZ for the cinnamon chips or just in the Valley? I’ve never really looked for them up…but if I do find some up here in Prescott, I’ll let you know. 🙂

  14. 14
    Bob says:

    Congratz to the winners!

    Shepherds pie rules. I used to order it at this bar near my old house all the time. They did it with a mix of lamb and beef, it was killer.

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    Candy says:

    I love shepherds pie. I can get cinnamon chips around Christmas here. I usually put a couple bags in the freezer.

  16. 16
    jayna says:

    hey! looks so yummy.. i actually live in utah.. do you know where you can get the cinnamon chips? and as always, i love your posts!

  17. 17
    Mary says:

    What great recipes, Jenny. I’ve finally found cinnamon chips, so I’ll be giving the cookies a shot.

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    Jenny says:

    Hi Sara,
    That would be great, let me know if you find anything out.

    Hi Bob,
    That shepherd’s pie sounds great.

    Hi Candy,
    That’s what I was hoping for this year in AZ, but so far no luck even for the holidays.

    Hi Jayna,
    I know it was from Albertsons, but not sure what town.

    Hi Mary,

  19. 19
    Bunny says:

    I missed the give away darn it! But I love BOTH of your recipes Jenny! My family loves shepards pie and those cookies!! They are thick and delicious !! Just the way I like ’em. Great post!

  20. 20
    Tasty Trends says:

    i love cinnamon chip cookies! good think i have some chips left over from last year!

  21. 21
    Sara says:

    I will definitely be making this shepherd’s pie soon. The cookies look incredible.

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    Leslie says:

    Shepherds pie is sooooo delish! I should probably make some this week! Yours looks wonderful!
    Love the cookies too!

  24. 24
    Aggie says:

    Congrats to the winners! What a great looking shepherd’s pie and yummy chippers!!

  25. 25
    Live.Love.Eat says:

    Wow, I sure lost out not being a weekend blogger. But then again, I was MIA on Monday too playing hookie from work. That’ll go to show me. You had a great turnout for your giveaway. Awesome!!!!!!!

    This shepherd’s pie looks awesome as do the cookies!!!!

  26. 26
    Ashley says:

    Those cookies look so good. Now I”m going to be on the hunt for cinnamon chips.

    Allie, I’m pretty sure the pumpkin kisses are only sold at Target. I’ve bought a million bags from there.

  27. 27
    Jenny says:

    Oops. I was logged in as my husband. Maybe I’ll make shepherd’s pie sometime. I’ve never made it, but I ate it growing up. I wonder if they sell cinnamon chips here in New Mexico. I hope.

  28. 28
    Tracy says:

    You can make your own cinnamon chips! Now, I’m not sure if its the same as what’s in the bag, but I’ve been making cinnamon chips that I put in scones for years. They’re so easy – here’s the recipe:

    1/3 c. sugar
    1 1/2 T cinnamon
    1 T crisco (or whatever shortening)
    1 T light corn syrup

    1. Heat over to 300.
    2. Mix all 4 in small bowl with fork until uniform and crumbly.
    3. Spread on foil-lined baking sheet and bake until melted and crumbly (about 10-15 minutes)
    4. Cool completely and then break into small. (I do this in a ziplock and just beat it with a rolling pin)

    Hope that helps some of you!

  29. 29
    Dawn says:

    A love shepards pie. I really think of it as comfort food. I hope my markets have these cinnamon chips–I must make these cookies!

  30. 30
    *Priscilla* says:

    that looks soo good, especially on those chilly days. too bad i didn’t win…but congrats to the winners!

  31. 31
    Maris says:

    These really do look PERFECT for fall. Where do you find cinnamon chips? I can never find them in my grocery store’s baking aisle!

  32. 32
    Pam says:

    The pie looks amazing. I’ve never made a shepherd’s pie but I want to now. The cookies sound great too. I love chocolate with cinnamon.

  33. 33
    Amy says:

    Yum!! Looks delicious! Love those cookies!!

  34. 34
    Becky says:

    Hey, I live in Utah, but I’ve never heard of cinnamon chips! Where do I get them? Those cookies look amazing.

  35. 35
    Anne says:

    I’m going to have to get some of those cinnamon chips from someone elsewhere… those cookies look wonderful and my husband would die for that shepherds pie!

  36. 36
    Deborah says:

    Looks like you still have a stash of those cinnamon chips!! Both the shepherd’s pie and the cookies look great!

  37. 37
    Culinarywannabe says:

    Shepherd’s pie is so great for this time of year. I actually had the most unique one ever at a restaurant last night – lobster! It was just like the usual version, but had big chunks of lobster and a lobster bisque all around. So strange, but so good!

  38. 38
    Maria says:

    Congrats to the winners. I love your sweet endings. Cinnamon chips are so good. I just stocked up!

  39. 39
    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    Those are my kind of cookies, you know that right? Congratulations to the winner, I hope they have fun with all the nice winnings!

  40. 40
    dona says:

    thanks for this recipe…i just made this sheperds pie though i improvised a bit since i don’t have some of the ingredients…the result…superbly yummy!!!

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    Mandy says:

    YUM!! We’re makin’ cookies tomorrow!! Congrats on all the givaway winners!
    :0) Mandy

  42. 42
    Mandy says:

    p.s. those WS ice cream molds are PERFECT for making molded hard-boiled eggs, I have that set (as well as the barnyard ones) and my kids love them!! Just peel the eggs while warm, put them in the mold, press the plunger down, secure with a rubber band, and drop in a bowl of cold water until cooled. They come out so cute!

  43. 43
    My Sweet & Saucy says:

    Love those cookies! What tasty add in’s!

  44. 44
    The Food Librarian says:

    Oh, those cookies look wonderful! I’ve never used (or seen) cinnamon chips. They sound perfect…must find!

  45. 45
    That Girl says:

    My dad always reminisces about the shepherd’s pie from his childhood, and yet I’ve never had it1

  46. 46
    Lisa magicsprinkles says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a note! Your blog looks very, very tasty and I adore the heels, honey. 😀

  47. 47
    The Inexperienced Foodie says:

    That will be a warming meal in december it does get cold here in arizona

  48. 48
    Helene says:

    What a coincidence, I made sheperds pie also. Mine was with lentils instead of beef.

  49. 49
    Cristine says:

    I love sheperd’s pie! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

    I also have 3 (yes, 3!) bags of cinnamon chips waiting to be used. It looks like you just gave me my dinner and dessert! 🙂

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    Zesty Cook says:

    WOW those are some great recipes…. Can i have two servings of the pie and 3 cookies please:).. Love it

    thanks for sharing

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