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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CHOCOLATE CHIP BROWNIE-COOKIE



This recipe combines two of the most popular desserts out there~ the chocolate chip cookie and brownies.  You can make your favorite chocolate chip cookie and brownie recipe and combine the two together or you can try my recipes.  They are fail proof classic recipes that you will want to make over and over again.
You know they make a box mix version of this recipe now and as I am sure it is good, it can not compare to making it at home with fresh ingredients and more cost effective too!



I have tried many different brownie recipes and this one is by far the best one.  I highly recommend trying it.

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Best chocolate chip cookies ever~This is the recipe for the chocolate chip cookies.  Follow these directions to make them as cookies.


Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  2. Drop tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
  3. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 10-12 minutes.


How to make Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookie~

Both the cookies and the brownies have chocolate chips in them making it rich and decadent.

  • Heat oven to 350 F. Grease bottom of 13x9 pan. Make brownie batter as directed. Spread in pan.
  • Make cookie dough as directed. Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoonfuls evenly onto brownie batter; press down lightly.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes. 
  • Cool completely, about 1 hour. 
  • Cut into bars.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Buffalo Style Cauliflower

I have a lot of fun experimenting with recipes I see on Pinterest or Facebook and this was one of them.  I wasn't sure how this was going to go over with my family but to my surprise they liked it.  I love cauliflower but it is not my family's favorite.  However, my kids LOVE buffalo wings and this was a great recipe to try out on them.  My husband on the other hand is not fond of either and he liked it!  



 Buffalo Style Cauliflower

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • ½ c. Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp  butter
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375ºF 
  2. Rinse the cauliflower and remove the woody stem and leaves at the base. Cut into florets.
  3. Drizzle oil and sprinkle salt and pepper over the cauliflower.
  4. Roast for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the cauliflower from the oven.
  6. Combine the hot sauce and butter in a saucepan and stir until the butter has melted, then simmer for 3 mins.
  7. Pour the hot sauce and the cauliflower into a large bowl and stir to coat the cauliflower in sauce.
  8. Serve with blue cheese dressing.

YUMMY!

Roasting veggies always makes them taste yummier!
Sprinkle with garlic and onion powder for even more flavor.
Healthy, fast and easy side dish.

Pumpkin-Pecan Bars

It may be the holiday spirit igniting inside of me, but I have been making a lot of pumpkin desserts. These bars are moist and chewy and cakey all at the same time. It is hard to eat just one...I know...I tried!  Before I knew it, I was back for seconds, and thirds.....




 PUMPKIN-PECAN BARS

4 eggs
1 c. butter, melted
1 c. sugar
1 c, brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 c. flour
1 c. canned pumpkin 
1/2 pecans

Mix all ingredients together using half of the pecans and pour into a greased jelly roll pan or a 9x13 pan and sprinkle remaining half (pecans) on top and bake for 20-25 mins at 350˚.






Sunday, November 2, 2014

Candy Bar Cookies



Since living in Arkansas, I have experienced so many new things....one of them being hayrides!  I have never been on a hayride before....not too many hayrides going on in the city.  They are so much fun!  I think us city people have been missing out.  My family went to three hayride/bonfire parties in one week and with that they ended up with what seems like 30 lbs of candy!  So, I got the idea to make Candy Bar Cookies.  This is a great way to use up all that yummy candy.

Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 10 mini size candy bars of your choice
  • 1/4 cup chopped candied walnuts 
To make candied walnuts~ melt 3 tablespoons of butter in pan and add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and a pinch of salt.  Melt together and add walnuts.  Keep stirring for about 2 mins.  Set aside to cool.


Directions

1. Heat oven to 350°F.
2. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Add eggs; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in chopped candy and nuts. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheet.
3. Bake 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. 


Choose your favorites.


Use your favorite chocolate chip or peanut butter cookie recipe for these cookies.


Chop candy into small pieces.


Mix into cookie dough.


Scoop onto cookie sheet.


Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.