This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.

Update: The giveaway has ended. Terri was the random winner and has 48 hours to respond to my email. Congratulations Terri!

For the holidays, I am always the one who takes the lead on sweet treats for our huge family. Whether I’m hosting or it’s at my aunt or grandma’s home, I come with candies, cookies, cake pops and more every year, enough to feed 25 people for several days. And keep in mind that these 25 people LOVE sweets. My grandma adds to my sweets table with her classic fudge. Such goodness. 

The sweets are one of my favorite parts of the holidays. With some experience behind me, I thought I’d share how I get all of these sweets done in time for the holidays plus an incredibly delicious recipe for caramel cashew chocolate chip cookies (quite the tongue-twister there) using PAM Cooking Spray.

My holiday baking tips

  • Start early. Although fresh, just-baked treats are the tastiest, it’s more than fine to refrigerate or freeze cookies, candies and cakes for the holidays.
  • Variety. I make anywhere from 5 to 10 different items each year for our holiday celebration. I love doing it and they love eating it.
  • Classics. Holiday classics never go out of style. I try something new every year, but stick with what I know was popular the year before.
  • Pull out all ingredients at the beginning and put them away as you go.
  • Focus on one recipe at a time.
  • Use PAM Cooking Spray on cookie sheets and cake pans so things come out just right.

I’ve been a long-time user of PAM Cooking Spray for baking. PAM Cooking Sprays now leave up to 99 percent less residue buildup than margarine or bargain brand-cooking sprays while still offering the awesome no-stick results. This is huge. My husband and I can scrub and scrub pans and cookie sheets working to get the buildup off. We love that this is easy to remove and won’t require so much time to clean. And the improved formula has zero calories per serving. Does this mean you can eat another cookie? Let’s hope so because the recipe I’m about to share with you is delicious and I couldn’t stop eating them yesterday!

We’re pretty sure Santa will enjoy these cookies as well!

Caramel Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe adapted from Pam’s recipe here.


  • PAM® Baking Spray
  • 1 cup butter (1 cup = 2 sticks)
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup caramels quartered (Pam suggests using chocolate covered caramels)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cashews


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray baking sheets with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars with electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add combined flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; beat well.
  3. Stir in caramel candies, chocolate morsels and cashews. Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets; transfer to wire racks. Cool completely.

I honestly couldn’t stop eating these. They are dangerously good. They are the perfect combination of soft, gooey and crunchy, everything I love about a cookie.


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How do you prepare for the holidays and what is your favorite holiday food?

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