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Keto Christmas Tree Cookies… with my Mom!


I’m doing a very special installment of
#ILIKETOEAT today, with the most
special of guests, starting now. Hey guys,
welcome to A.D. Keto. I am Aaron. This is the
channel where we talk about the
ketogenic diet. We do some keto food vlogs, we
talke a little bit about keto science,
and we do some keto recipes. If this is
your first time here, please consider
subscribing, and do click the bell icon,
so you get a notification whenever I
upload new content. Guys, my mom is here!
My mom is here visiting. My daughter’s
birthday is today, She’s turning 12. My
mom comes down usually every year at
this time to visit, and we decided that
it would be a super fun thing to do to
try to recreate a keto version of the
cookies, the Christmas cookies that she
has made for me for the past 40 years.
And what kind of cookies are they? Basic
sugar cookie. Regular flour, regular sugar,
vanilla, a little orange juice… Little
orange juice?! Yeah. Little orange juice and some vanilla. Okay.
orange juice is new. I didn’t know
orange juice was in it. So there is gonna
be no orange juice in these new ones, right? No. So yeah, anyway, they are these
sweet, sweet little Christmas tree
cookies, and mom’s gonna help me make
them. Right! So that’s the plan for today —
we’re gonna make these cookies. We do
need to go out and get some ingredients
first, so we’re gonna do that right now.
All right, so we’re off to find erythritol.
I neglected to order any from Amazon, and
I can’t find any. I went to Whole Foods
the other day, and I went to Trader Joe’s
and they didn’t have it. We can check
Stuyvesant Plaza, but I looked up that
place that Sara suggested, and it said
that Yelp says they’re closed. I think we
might be out of luck here. OK, so we’ll
hit Wolf Road.
Free advertising for Briggs Bail Bond,
everybody! We get you out. Hi there, how
are you? I’m wondering if you guys have
erythritol. I was trying to recreate
like a childhood cookie recipe with low
carbs. Have you tried Swerve?
Do you have Swerve? We don’t have it.
I’ve been looking for Swerve. Honest Weight’s
got it. The thing with Swerve, Aaron, is that you have to add a little bit more than you would add sugar. It’s not quite as sweet.
It’s not exactly a one to one replacement. They say it is, but it isn’t.
This is a cool place. I’d forgotten all about this place.
My mom found the erythritol,
granular. We’ll have to grind it up, but
last bag in the place. Holy cow,
this is amazing. I love this place. Hi, how
are ya? All right, how are you?
Great! We found absolutely everything we
were looking for so we’re very happy. Really? Including me? Yeah! including you.
She’s laughing through her teeth at me. I don’t think she’s sincere. You’re the best part! Do you know the 9-4
thing? No, what’s the 9-4 thing? Any store.
ANY store. Really? First digit’s a nine?
Organic. First digit’s a four? Conventional.
Interesting! Any store. That’s good to
know! There you be! Thank you so much. Have a great day. Oh my god, I love that guy. So, crazy
revelation: this place, Honest Weight Food Co-op, is the bomb.
Loved our cashier dude. He was so awesome! He looked like Santa Claus.
All right, so we’re back from our encounter
with Santa Claus, and we’re gonna start
by making the last part of the recipe,
which is a sprinkles. I found a recipe
for some sugar-free sprinkles which I
will link below, you can find it at
sprinklesomefun .com, and it involves
this stuff, which is called glucomannan
powder. And what we’re going to do is
basically mix this with some erythritol,
some protein powder, some egg whites.
Since we don’t have one of those cool
you know little …what do you call those?
Pastry bags, we’re just gonna cut a
little corner here, fill this up, and make
long lines that are gonna dry for five
hours. So we gotta get this part over
with first, so let’s get into it. Caroline,
I know that you are super-excited about
cracking an egg with one hand, and
giving us our egg white, so you want to
go to it? All right. Now we need just the
white. Just the white…? Yup.
But you told me to crack the egg! Yeah, we
needed just the egg white though. All
right, it’s okay. Grab another egg. There
you go!
Perfectly divided egg. Nicely done. Next,
we’re going to use some erythritol — half
a cup — and we were only able to find the
granular variety of erythritol. But this
recipe really calls for more of a
confectionery style, so we’re going to
scoop our erythritol
right into this mortar and pestle, and
I’m going to start going grindin’ ‘er up.
Normally, this could be done in a coffee
grinder, but we don’t have one of those.
Just a half a scoop of this. Just a half a scoop. You know, this
isn’t the ideal protein powder. It is
vanilla, but it’s not whey protein powder. It’s fine.
All right, so we need to add half a
teaspoon of this glucomannan powder to
this bowl, Caroline. Great. So we’re
going to combine our glucomannan, which
is in there now, our egg whites, go ahead
mom, and our sweetener. And we’re gonna
whisk this up. And it’s gonna seem a
little clumpy clumpy clumpy at first, but
we’re gonna keep on stirring… oh we
forgot to put in the protein powder. Dump
it in there. So we’re just gonna put this
into our ziplock bag, cut a hole in the
corner, and make long lines on a baking
sheet. It’s gonna be one big long
sprinkle when we lay it out like that. And
then after they’re done drying, we’re
just gonna chop ’em up. If you wanted to
do a colored sprinkle,
you could add whatever food coloring you
would like. If you’re doing more than one
color, you should divide up this dough.
Just make sure you have one ziploc bag
per color that you want to use. Okay, so
we’re just gonna cut a hole in the
corner of the bag here. Those are pretty…
that’s a pretty big hole. We don’t wanna…
Maybe we can go the other
corner? A slightly smaller hole?
Because that looks like a really thick
sprinkle.
That’s much better. Look at that FIRST
one though. That’s a gigantic sprinkle I
can’t wait to have the cookie with those
sprinkles on Yeah, it’s leaking out the
other end here. Our first hole is kind of
like, pooping out these other ones the
middle of our tiny rows. So we’re gonna
leave this tray of future sprinkles out
for five hours. This is a cream cheese
cookie. Tthe first thing we’re going to do
is cream three-quarters of a cup of
erythritoll and one cup of Kerrygold
Butter. Next we’re going to add four
ounces of cream cheese. Okay so next,
we’re gonna add one egg. I think we’re
gonna put the coconut flour in first, because
that’s only a half a cup. Oh yeah.
And now this is two cups of the almond
flour. I’m gonna put a little bit in at a
time. Hopefully it’ll mix in a little bit
easier that way. Almond flour… One
teaspoon of pure vanilla. Oh, yeah. I will put it
in a separate bowl and cover it up with
Saran Wrap and let it cool in the
refrigerator for about four hours.
Shoutout to Saran Wrap! And now I’m gonna
prepare the frosting that’s gonna
go on our cookies.This is basically the
same recipe that Megha over Keto Connect
used in her ginger cake. If you want to
see someone do it right, go check that
link out. Okay, so we’re gonna start by
taking four ounces of our cream cheese
and blending it together with a quarter
cup of our Kerrigold butter, and we’re
gonna blend it with a hand mixer until
it’s fully incorporated.Then we’re going
to add half a cup of erythritol
and a quarter teaspoon of pink salt. And
then we’re just going to add some green
food coloring, until it looks the shade
of a tree.
We totally forgot the vanilla extract, so
we’re putting it in after the fact. We’ll
mix it right in. These are cool…yeah, they’re cool to the touch.
They’ve just been drying on the counter for
about four hours. I’m just gonna
break them apart, and these are gonna be
the sprinkles. It looks like mozzarella
cheese. This is the ball of dough that we
refrigerated for four hours. I’m cutting it in
half, just to make it easier to work with,
and I like to make it into a ball and
then flatten it a little bit with my hands.
This is a lot moister than I had
anticipated. And I think that’s pretty
good. This is a Wilton cookie cutter I
really like it. The bottom is metal, the
top is like a rubberized plastic. Easy on
the hands. And I think maybe we’ll be
able to get maybe six out of this, and
we’re gonna put them in the oven at 350
for about ten minutes, but check it. This
is very doughy. We’re adding some coconut
flour to eliminate some of the moisture
that we have in this cookie dough,
because it’s very hard to get up off the
parchment paper once we we cut them out.
So I can see already — this is kind of
absorbing some of that extra moisture
that was in there, so I think this will
work. This is already working better, I
can tell you right now. We’re not going
to roll it too thin, because I think that
was the problem with these first three.
So we’re gonna try this now, and see how we do. Oh, that’s perfect. Look at that. So
hopefully, we’ll be able to get them up
off the parchment paper a little easier, and
onto the tray. They look good. And I don’t
know if you can see there, this one is
rolled a little thicker than these first
three that were so moist. I think that’s
the key. We rolled them too thin, and they
were too moist. This is working much.. oh
look at that. Much better. I have a wooden rolling pin
that I’ve had for 40 years. I know there
are much better ones out there, but I
kind of like this one. It’s my old friend.
There we go. Okay, so we have one, two,
three, four that are rolled out thicker
with the extra coconut flour, and three…
Our original three that are kind of
sticky, and we’ll see. So now we put them
in the oven. We’re gonna put them in at
350 for about 10 minutes, and check. The
color this is interesting for cookie
dough. It looks like oatmeal. So I’m not
gonna… I’m gonna cut one out now, and then
try to get one more piece. I don’t want
them to be too thin. I think that that was the
trick. We were making them… the regular
cookie recipe that I have, you can roll
the dough pretty thin, and I’ve always
done that to try to get as many cookies
as I could, but I think the trick with
this recipe is to not roll the cookie
dough real thin. Wonderful. We’ve taken the
first batch out. We cooked this for about
12 minutes. With every recipe, it’s like
trial and error until you get just right.
This is one of the thinner cookies. This
is one of the first three that I rolled
out, and they were so thin that they were
very sticky, and I could barely get them
up off the parchment paper. So we rolled
them thicker, but I guess… play with the
thickness. If I gotta eat ’em with a
fork, I gotta eat ’em with a fork.
Oh, OK. Look at the edges of the Christmas
tree shape. You can see that they’re
brown, so those are done. I start frosting
at the tip of the Christmas tree.These
are kind of fragile, so I’m going to go a
little light on the frosting, and we’re
going to just have the green frosting,
lightly with the little sprinkles that
we made today. Just a few on each cookie.
This frosting smells great, and you might
see the little white pebble-looking
things in there, that’s cream cheese.
So we’re finally done making our epic
Christmas tree cookies. It’s been an
all-day adventure. These right here are
the cookies that my mom has made for me
every year for 40 years. This is like my
childhood, right here. This is the cookie.
I was very excited to try to find a
low-carb version of this, and what we
ended up with it was this guy, which you
can see — much bigger, and maybe a little
uglier, but I’m down with this thing. It
tastes,
based on the batter that we had earlier,
tasted delicious. So you can see the back
is really nice and golden brown around
the edges, so this is the this is the guy.
I’m gonna take a bite and see how it
tastes. Mmmm. Delicious
You know I can taste in there most of
all? The LOVE. So good. And so much fun to
make this with my mom today. You guys,
she’s been awesome. Mom, thank you so much.
You took the reins when this recipe kind
of… like that first batch that we made,
that were super soggy, I was like, “I
don’t know if this is even gonna work.”
You were like, “Just give me some coconut flour, and we’ll fix it.” And we totally did,
and mom saved the day. We’ve found that
the thin ones held together better.
Better. The big fat ones feel a little
bit more fragile, and they’re… they’re a
little bit more crumbly. But at any rate,
they are great. I was telling mom earlier,
just… just the thought of this cookie, of
eating something like this cookie, around
the holidays, does weird things to me,
emotionally. I… I can’t really contain
myself. She’s sent these cookies to me
every year, like I said, for 40 years. So
great to have a low carb option. Check
out the recipes that I link below. We
kind of… it was a sort of mishmash of a
few different recipes that I found
online. So I really hope you guys enjoyed
this video. I’m hopeful that my mom can
come down again and visit, and do another
appearance on the channel again. It was
awesome to have her kind of like… You
should have seen her. At the beginning of
the day, she was like, super-nervous about
it, but by the end of the day, she was
like, “Oooh, this is awesome! I wanna have my own cooking show!” So
adorable. So thank you, mom. I really am happy that
you came down and I did this with me. So
guys, if you like this video, give it a
thumbs up. Please consider subscribing if
you haven’t already. I hope you have a
great day, and I will see you next time. And Mom, thank you so much. I love ya. I love you, too. All right, guys.
We’ll see you next time. Bye-bye!
I’m doing a bear…[PBLTPBLT!] Off to a bad start.

Randall Smitham

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62 COMMENTS

  1. hedo_keto_heather Posted on December 22, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    So sweet! Thanks for sharing

    Reply
  2. Tess Moore Posted on December 22, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    This will put anyone into the Christmas spirit!!! 🎄🎄🎄

    Reply
  3. Carisa Posted on December 22, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    What a labor of love! This video made me so happy. Your mom was such a champ… I'd watch her cooking show for sure!

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  4. Kathy Posted on December 22, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    The cashier was totally flirting with your mom 🙂

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  5. DiMo Posted on December 22, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Your mom is awesome! Love to see more of y’all anytime.

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  6. Susie Czellar Posted on December 22, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    You made more than cookies; you made awesome, priceless memories. Thank you for sharing. God bless & Merry Christmas!

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  7. Georgia Hiesterman Posted on December 22, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Would this dough work with a cookie press or do you think it's too thick?

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  8. Tracie Fisher Posted on December 22, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    So funny! I heard u mention syvesant plaza. I thought hmmm is he in NY then I saw yhe signs. Very cool. Im from the Troy Averill park area. Great video

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  9. Kathy Phillips Posted on December 22, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Awe your mom is so awesome! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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  10. Alaena Reed Posted on December 22, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    she has great chemistry with the camera. Sometimes guests on youtube shows can be a bit awkward talking to a camera, but she totally could have her own cooking show!

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  11. Tammy Buckley Posted on December 22, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you mom ♡ this was so sweet. Really enjoyed this. Hope she makes a return appearance. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Reply
  12. GOING GONZO KETO DIET Posted on December 22, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Orange extract would have that orange juice zing

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  13. India Wall Posted on December 22, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Is Mom doing keto too? That’s very sweet of her to make your cookies!! ☺️❤️🎁

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  14. Linda kutche Posted on December 22, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Your Mom is so sweet!! Happy Birthday to your daughter 🎉🎁 and Merry Christmas to you and your family 🎄❄️😀

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  15. Jenna L Posted on December 22, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Loved this video! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  16. Tracy Andrirs Posted on December 22, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Your mom did great! Cookies look delish. She has a very calming voice and persona. Sometimes I have anxiety attacks when baking low carb and I'm not as calm as your mom. Lol.

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  17. anthony pepin Posted on December 22, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Great job Merry Christmas

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  18. BenitoBigotes Posted on December 22, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    I didn't quite catch the 9 and 4 thing the cashier said. Can you please explain?

    The sprinkles are the coolest part of this. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  19. Papa G's Low Carb Recipes Posted on December 22, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    A fantastic video Aaron! Your mom is a natural! …and the look on Caroline's face as the egg is falling from the shell when you say "Just the white" is classic. It was a half a second of how can I fix this?..lol. Tell her she has no egg-scuse for messing up. A fine opportunity for a Dad Joke if I ever saw one. Merry Christmas to you and your family Aaron!!

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  20. Duncan Sluijter Posted on December 22, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Hi Aaron! Love you mom! What a lovely and nice lady! You should do this more often, your daugther is a sweetie too! Great video!

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  21. KETO Liscious Life Posted on December 23, 2017 at 2:36 am

    These look great!!!

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  22. AntiGravityGains Posted on December 23, 2017 at 2:56 am

    Aaron, what a great video and your mom is sweet! Love the thin icing going over thick icing and your feeble attempt at trying not to laugh at it about 7:12 into video. Hilarious!

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  23. Keila Keto Posted on December 23, 2017 at 3:27 am

    I need to go to that co op they seemed so nice! These cookies look amazing!

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  24. Jason W Baccaro Posted on December 23, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Dude, you missed the confectionery version of Eryrthritol. When you look to the right at 2:47 in your video there is a purple and white bag of Swerve. That's the confectionery version. It's so good, I have it home. I get mine at Mother Earth in Kingston, NY. Looks like we're close.

    The cookies look great!

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  25. Keto in Context Posted on December 23, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Your family is so lovely together, thank you for sharing this special day of cookie making with us.

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  26. Vic Z Posted on December 24, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Your mom is adorable! Merry Christmas !

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  27. Catherine Collins Posted on December 25, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Great video!

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  28. Susan Rice Posted on December 27, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Your mom is great!

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  29. Kim K Posted on December 29, 2017 at 8:38 am

    1) Your mom is awesome and sweet❤
    2) This is one of my fave videos you posted
    3) Whoever disliked this vid is a soulless douche.
    4) You're giving me a run for my money for best T shirt collection. Love the Doctor Strange shirt! 👌

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  30. Manuela Barrientos Posted on January 3, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Love this so great to see all 3 generations working together.

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  31. Shapie Nails Posted on March 15, 2018 at 2:55 am

    O My Gosh how sweet Mom making a low carb version of a Xmas tradition <3   Need one of those Co -Op markets near me !!

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  32. Keto Cricket Posted on March 23, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Whoever unliked this is not a nice human. Any video with a mom making food and memories with her son is amazing. She is super cute, and so sweet to get out of her comfort zone to be able to make low carb cookies. I hate making regular sugar cookies, so I can't imagine trying to ketofy them.

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  33. Michael S. Partlow Posted on April 13, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Tell your mother she is adorable! Thank you for the community first attitude. Honest reviews and polished/ not polished content. Thanks Aaron

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  34. Truth Seeker Posted on May 13, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Awe so sweet

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  35. Britt H Posted on June 10, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Awwww, what a sweet vid! 😍

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  36. Austin Forreal Posted on June 13, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Great video your mom is amazing I see where you get it from

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  37. ms K Posted on July 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    I'm a little late to the game lovely video lucky to have such a calm good natured mom. Made me smile and want a sugar cookie even tho they aren't my favorite. I'm a new subscriber, thx for sharing your time knowledge and family

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  38. Wanda Milhone Posted on August 12, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    She’s great. So cute!

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  39. Cutefetti Posted on August 15, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Aww you two are so cute together! Loved this cute collab! Looking forward to checking out this recipe for the holidays!

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  40. Bayoucat57 Posted on August 17, 2018 at 2:48 am

    Hi AD’s Mom! Mom Keto!

    Reply
  41. Skye Grigsby Posted on September 5, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    So awesome!!!!

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  42. Heidi Stirling Posted on September 5, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    I like your Mom a lot!

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  43. Meike Mertsch Posted on September 30, 2018 at 10:23 am

    One tip if you don't like the sprinkle work: A low-labour version of sprinkles are coconut flakes. And they colour easily, too. Happy baking!

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  44. Michael Gorman Posted on October 5, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    How awesome was this??

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  45. Amber Lucas Posted on October 6, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Your mom is so sweet. This video deserves so many more views.

    Reply
  46. Lady Keto Posted on November 2, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    super late but tis the season In a hundred years when Mom is no longer with us . You will have this lovely vid to look back on and cherish forever and ever. I love this !!!! 😍😍😍
    Didn't mean to sound morbid (lost my ma to cancer) so these things cross my mind.😗

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  47. naznow Posted on November 13, 2018 at 5:28 am

    I feel so cozy! ❤️

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  48. mmsmith1777 Posted on November 16, 2018 at 12:54 am

    Mom SHOULD have her own cooking show! Can you post your Mom's original recipe?

    Reply
  49. Harrrgh Posted on November 18, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Cool video! Thanks!!! I need Christmas cookie cutouts so probs next year I'll make these. They look yummy!👍🏼

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  50. Harrrgh Posted on November 18, 2018 at 4:43 am

    Moms are so amazing and wonderful.❤️

    Reply
  51. Ms.Bubs4fun Posted on November 18, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    I like that you have Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Get Out memorabilia. And your keto and cute too. New subbie!

    Reply
  52. Julia Crosby Posted on November 22, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Love you and your mom

    Reply
  53. Thomas Keets Posted on November 24, 2018 at 1:31 am

    Both of you are SO positive!

    Reply
  54. Dave Ross Posted on December 5, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Lol love it!!!

    Reply
  55. Sileceisgolden Posted on December 9, 2018 at 6:14 am

    He's a flirty Santa!

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  56. Jennifer Rosso Posted on January 7, 2019 at 4:16 am

    Love your mom and how well y’all work together. She loves you so much! I’ll have to try to make these cookies next year.

    Reply
  57. Beth Meadows Posted on March 26, 2019 at 12:25 am

    So sweet video. Love it!!!

    Reply
  58. A. B.D. Posted on June 30, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Hi KETO mom She’s a natural

    Reply
  59. A. B.D. Posted on June 30, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    I love cashier man

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  60. A. B.D. Posted on June 30, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Precious memories with your mom that you will have forever

    Reply
  61. Msjae00 Posted on July 19, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Awww! So love this video!!❤️ Thanks for sharing – hope she does come back for another video! 😊

    Reply
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