5 Indulgent Cookie Recipes Worth The Extra Hour at the Gym

At The P.E. Club, we believe in balance.  

So when you are faced with a dessert table of the finest treats the holiday season has to offer, it's okay to loosen the top button on your pants and indulge every once in a while.  If you're still sifting through the best recipes to bring to the in-laws' place, or want to blast the holiday tunes while baking up some festive treats, we got you covered.

Our trainers & instructors put together a list of cookie recipes that are 100% worth the extra mile, a few more kettle bell swings, or five straight min. of TRX pike ups @ the gym!

Katy's Pick:

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Bliss Bites


Katy likes to bring the taste of her hometown - Hershey, PA - to the city during the holiday season, and  this secret recipe from her mom's bake book is the perfect chocolate + peanut butter fix, hailing from the Sweetest Place on Earth!


  • Pastry:
    • 1 package of cream cheese (8 oz.)
    • 1 stick of butter, softened (1/2 cup)
    • 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Filling:
    • 48 unwrapped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups


1.) Pastry: Beat cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in sugar and flour until blended.  Divide dough into quarters. With ads, roll each portion on a lightly floured surface into a 6-inch log. Wrap individually and refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours. 

2.) Heat oven to 375 degrees F.  Have uncreased miniature muffin pans ready. (mini muffin cups measure 1 3/4 inches across top.)

3.) Cue one log in 12 equal slices (keep the rest refrigerated).  With floured hands, flatten each piece into a 3-inch round and fit into muffin cup (dough will extend above cup). 

4.) Bake cups for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.  Meanwhile, unwrap 48 miniature peanut butter cups(from 13. oz. bag or reese’s.) 

5.) While pastry is hot, press 1 peanut butter cup into each pastry cup.  Cool 10 min. then remove pastry cups to each to cool completely.

KAYLEY + Morgana's PICK:


Peanut Butter Blossom Recipe - The P.E. Club

Kayley enjoys this classic cookie with a kiss!  This Holiday favorite is worth it down to the last bite.  

For the full recipe straight from Betty Crocker herself:



Chocolate Chip-Pecan Pie Bars - Brown Eyed Baker

Miriam tried out this recipe from the Brown-Eyed Baker and shared the final product at her Thanksgiving table, and it was a big hit! Rather than a cookie, think of these more as an easy, hand-held pecan pie -- yum!

For the full recipe:


Sea salt butterscotch pretzel cookies

Sea Salt Butterscotch Pretzel Cookies by Cookies and Cups

Melody likes to practice balance in her diet, too!  This sweet + salty treat does just that. Cookies & Cups twist on a classic chocolate chip cookie will have your mouth watering. 

For the full recipe:

NEDRA'S pick:

chewy double chocolate peppermint cookies

Minimalist Baker - Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies

Is it even the holidays without some sweet peppermint? Nedra took The Minimalist Baker's double chocolate + peppermint cookies for a test drive, and she's excited to share this recipe with you:

When it's time to crunch away the cookies, we're here to help. Our gift to you is a Holiday Sampler that won't make you fat!  Enjoy $20 classes for you or someone you love. 

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Healthy Pumpkin Recipes For a Guilt-Free Fall

Your favorite trainers & instructors share how they celebrate Fall in the kitchen... without the guilt!

1.) Comforting Pumpkin Quinoa

Morgana loves stocking up on her Fall recipe picks from her sister-in-law's food blog, Fannetastic Food!  This savory dish serves up all the pumpkin goodness. It's the perfect post-class meal. 

2.) Healthy Pumpkin Banana Loaf

Healthy Pumpkin Banana Loaf

Got brown bananas?  Instructor Kayley marries a classic banana bread with the flavor of the season for a quick grab & go breakfast bread.  


  • 1½ cups (150 g) all-purpose flour *note: you can sub grain-free flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 medium-size ripe banana, mashed (100 g or 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF (176ºC), and lightly grease a 9 x 5 (23 x 13 cm) bread pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. Stir until well combined and set aside.
  3. Lightly beat the eggs in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add mashed bananas, pumpkin, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla. Stir until well combined.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir gently. Do not over mix. Fold in any add-ins you wish to include.
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan, spreading it out evenly, and bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. After 45 minutes, you may wish to cover with a sheet of tin foil to prevent the top from getting too brown.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

3.) Pumpkin Protein-Packed Pancakes

Owner & Trainer Nedra found a way to hit her macros, incorporate pumpkin & enjoy a short stack of pancakes - triple score! Here's her quick recipe for a Fall breakfast of champions. 

  • Flapjack protein pancake mix (buy here!)
  • Water
  • Organic canned pumpkin
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Top with Oikos Vanilla or Caramel Greek yogurt, nuts or warm maple syrup!

4.) Paleo Pumpkin Spice Nice Cream (Vegan + Dairy Free)

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Nice Cream - The P.E. Club

Instructor Katy enjoys "nice" cream year round with a seasonal twist on a paleo classic. Check out her additions to a simple recipe turned festive. 


  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 2 tbsp of Pumpkin Puree
  • Splash of Coconut Milk
  • Dollop of Almond Butter
  • Dash of Cinnamon & Pumpkin Spice

Combine all ingredients in the food processor, blend & enjoy! Add dark chocolate chips to the mix for an even sweeter treat. 

5.) All-Pumpkin-Everything Smoothie Bowl

Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl - DailyDoseoFitness - The P.E. Club

If you follow trainer/instructor Miriam (@DailyDoseoFitness) on Instagram, you know she is the queen of tastefully beautiful kitchen creations.  This season, she enjoys all her pumpkin favorites, all in one bowl!  

Need some smoothie bowl #inspo? Here are some of Mir's faves for the perfect bowl:

  • True Nutrition Cinnamon Roll Protein Powder
  • Devotion Nutrition Pumpkin Spice Flex Packets
  • Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice Granola
  • LIFE Pumpkin Cereal
  • P28 Foods Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter
  • Fit Crunch Bar Birthday Cake pieces
  • Walden Farms International Caramel Syrup  

5 Creative Ways to Stay Hydrated This Summer!

Put down that Water bottle!  Here are 5 Creative Tricks to stay hydrated:

5 Creative Ways to Stay Hydrated This Summer - The P.E. Club

1) Blended Watermelon

Named after its amazing abundance of water, watermelon is plant-based hydration perfection hidden in a big green ball. How do you know if you’ve grabbed a winning watermelon? Find one that feels heavy for its size and makes a hollow sound when you tap it.

Trick! Toss some in your blender (with seeds but without rind) to enjoy a decadent glass of pink, sweet plant-based hydration. (via

2) Freeze Bananas

Aside from being delicious, bananas are full of potassium, which replenishes lost electrolytes from sweating in the heat of the summer. Bananas also contain magnesium, which helps balance and regulate the fluids in your body. Their sugars provide instant energy, making them an awesome treat when the heat’s draining you.

Trick! Make banana ice cream! Peel a ripe banana and cut it into two-inch slices. Freeze them for at least five hours. Pulse those frozen slices in a high-speed blender or food processor 15 times, scraping down the sides as necessary. Then, blend until the banana has reached a soft-serve ice cream texture, adding a few teaspoons of water if desired. (via

3) Coconut Water Ice Cubes

Coconut water (or nature’s sports drink) boasts four times the amount of potassium as a banana plus B-vitamins, electrolytes and magnesium to boot. It’s very low in calories and sugar, which is deceptive because it tastes so sweet and luxurious! Enjoying coconut water is a phenomenal way to stay hydrated (or to get rehydrated).

Trick! Make coconut water ice cubes! Simply pour coconut water into your ice trays and freeze them so you can pop them into a smoothie, cocktail or glass of regular water to add hydration without losing flavor. (via

4) Rosé & Sangria Flavored Ice Teas

A chilled glass of wine on a Summer day sounds refreshing, but it actually dehydrates you. The Republic of Tea has herbal ice teas that actually taste like your favorite Sangria and Rosé!

Trick! Just add some fresh cut up strawberries, peaches and blueberries to create a delicious, low-calorie, thirst quenching drink! 

5) Infuse Your Water

Don’t be afraid to spice up your water…grab a large pitcher, fill it with water + your favorite frozen fruit, and let it infuse in the fridge for about an hour.

Trick! Be Creative! Try these flavor combinations:

  • Lemon & lime
  • Mint & Cucumber
  • Strawberries & Basil
  • Blueberries & Cherry
  • Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Pinneapple

The most important thing to remember is that staying hydrated leads to weight loss, improves your skin’s appearance, aids in digestion, increases energy, and even curbs your appetite. Happy hydrating!