Family Pleasin’ Shepherd’s Pie and Festive Cookies

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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71 Responses
  1. I made this for Saturday AM breakfast…AWESOME! My husband loved it! I did add some un-thawed/frozen/dried spinach to add color (just stirred it in with the onions during the last few minutes). I will make it again and I might add a tsp. of Italian seasonings. I did not add the cumin to the potatoes as I don’t care for cumin. I am going to work on doing some ‘the-night-before’ prep when I make it again for breakfast. Looking forward to sharing it with my family during Thanksgiving.

  2. Patsyk

    I finally got my hands on cinnamon chips… and made these cookies! OMG! They are sooo good! I’m linking to your recipe on my blog tonight… everyone should try these!

  3. Kari

    How do you get your cookies so thick and cake like? I have tried alot of different things! Do you use special flour, or is it the special silpat liners?? I need the secret, I have tried a gazillion of your recipes and I just can’t seem to make them look as tasty as yours!! HELP

  4. Norah

    Loved the Shepards pie recipe. My favorite part was the mashed potato topping. Much better than using just regular mashed potatoes. I can’t wait to try the festive cookies next.

  5. ~Madeline~

    I love Shepherd’s Pie. It’s such comfort food for me because my Mom made it all the time when I was growing up. Every time I eat it now it brings me back. I’ve never tried it with tomatoes though. That sounds delicious!

  6. EAT!

    Anything with mashed potatoes is a hit at my house. If I also made the cookies, I would be happy to have a midnight snack.

  7. kaatee

    Just moved to Utah and the Albertson’s had a sale on those yummy cinnamon chips! I got them for 70 cents a bag–I wish I would have bought more–My freezer is full though.

  8. Sharon

    Yea! How exciting!! Thanks 🙂 These cookies look beyond delicious.

    I made your ricotta pizza pie the other night and we loved it! The only issue we had was that the bottom crust was a little soggy but that might have been my fault. I should have drained the broccoli a little better. Thanks for the great recipe!

  9. Lore

    Shepherd’s pie is always a winner in my book and oh my cinnamon chips, wish I could find them somewhere….someday

  10. Katrina

    Yummy stuff. I haven’t made shepherd’s pie for a long time, but use to make it at least weekly. Love the big puffy look to the cookies–reminds me of Anna, Rita and I’s hard boiled egg ones. How do you do it? 😉
    Congrats to the giveaway winners!

  11. Satisfying my Sweet Tooth

    What? You can’t get cinnamon chips in AZ? Lame! I need to bring some out for my sis when I come in a few weeks then. Those cookies look SO SO good. I love how thick they are! Your shepherds pie looks delish too. I might even be able to trick my kids into eating it with all that yummy cheese on top.

  12. Proud Italian Cook

    Congrats to all the winners! I don’t think I’ve ever seen 531 comments!!! You are amazing Jenny with your following! Congrats to you!! I’m glad you posted these cookies with the cinnamon chips, I bought a couple bags at the Hershey store in downtown Chicago, a few months back and haven’t used them yet. Thanks!

  13. Zesty Cook

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

    thanks for sharing

  14. Cristine

    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! 🙂

  15. Lisa magicsprinkles

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

  16. The Food Librarian

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

  17. Mandy

    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!

  18. dona

    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!!!

  19. Clumbsy Cookie

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

  20. Culinarywannabe

    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!

  21. Deborah

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

  22. Anne

    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!

  23. Becky

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

  24. Pam

    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.

  25. Maris

    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!

  26. *Priscilla*

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

  27. Dawn

    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!

  28. Tracy

    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. Jenny

    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.

  30. Ashley

    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.

  31. Live.Love.Eat

    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!!!!

  32. Leslie

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

  33. Bunny

    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!

  34. Jenny

    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,

  35. jayna

    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!

  36. Bob

    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.

  37. Sara

    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. 🙂

  38. Jenny

    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.

  39. Allie

    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.

  40. carol

    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!!!

  41. ayankeeinasouthernkitchen

    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.

  42. RecipeGirl

    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!

  43. Lucy

    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!

  44. Emiline

    Congrats to the winners!

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

  45. ConversationsWithACupcake

    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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