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Family Recipes & Helpful Cooking Tips in Chickamauga, GA!

Do you fancy yourself a home chef? Is it time to shake up your recipe rotation? Neenah at The Groovy Gourmet in Chickamauga, GA, wants to share her love of food with you. With easy recipes and charming personal insight, her culinary blog has tips and tricks for the seasoned chef and novice gourmet alike.


Thumbprint Cookies

This cookie is easy-peasy to make, looks cute, and everyone loves them! Use a few different jam flavors in your batch of cookies, so you have a fun variety of cookies to enjoy from just one recipe.


Cream butter in a large bowl. Add sugars, and beat with and electric mixer on medium-high until well-combined.

Add the egg yolk and vanilla, and beat well.

Add the flour, cornstarch and salt to the butter mixture, mixing on low speed until well mixed. Stop when you need to in order to scrape the bowl. The dough will be really dry. You can finish mixing with your hands if you need to.

Use a tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop the cookie dough into balls. Then roll the balls between your hands really well so that they are nice round balls and don’t have any cracks or seams.

Roll the balls in sugar and place them on a wax paper lined plate. Use your thumb or the back of a teaspoon to gently press an indentation in the center of each cookie.

Place the plate of cookie dough balls in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spoon your favorite jam or preserves into the indentation on each cookie, filling it to the top of the indent.

Place cookies on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, about 2” apart. Bake for 11 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are just beginning to turn a nice golden brown.

Cool completely on the cookie sheet and enjoy!

Makes 24 cookies

Prep time: 20 minutes

Chilling time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 11 minutes

Total time: 1 hour, 11 minutes


1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 large egg yolk

¾ tsp vanilla

2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

2 tsp cornstarch

½ tsp salt

½ cup sugar for rolling cookies in

1/3 cup jam or preserves

Jammin’ Muffins

These muffins are so easy to make – they’re the perfect Sunday morning treat! Use your favorite jam or preserves to create a different flavor muffin every week.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray or line with muffin liners.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together the milk, melted butter, egg and vanilla. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture, stirring until just combined (it will be lumpy).

Fill the muffin cups one-third of the way with batter. Drop a heaping teaspoon of jam on top of the batter. Then top with the remaining batter. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for a couple of minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

Enjoy with a steamy cup of coffee or tea, or a big glass of ice cold milk!

Makes 1 Dozen Muffins

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes


2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

½ cup sugar

1 Tbsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 cup milk

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla

¼ cup jam or preserves

Slice of chocolate cake on plate with mimosa
Chocolate Coconut cake

Get to Cooking Today!

When you’re ready to spice up your midweek meals or create a tasty spread for the whole family, follow the sage guidance of Neenah at The Groovy Gourmet in Chickamauga, GA. Whether it’s handcrafted jam or the secret to our sweet and savory treats, her blog will help you impress at every meal.

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