To Bake / Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

 
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     Hi there! If you're a 90's kid like moi, the movie Parent Trap (the Lindsay Lohan remake, not the original 1961 film - which was good but the styles are definitely different!) was probably a favorite of yours at the time! At least, I know my sisters and I loved it/still love it! Anywho, there are many things about the movie that were inspiring, but one of my favorite things I got from it was a new food combo: Oreo's dipped in peanut butter. At first it sounded strange, but if Lindsay Lohan said it was good, then we were all at least trying it (oh to be young and impressionable LOL)! I may be an adult now, but my chocolate-loving heart still thinks of this combo anytime I buy a jar of peanut butter. This time around, I decided to act on the whim, and whip something new up in compliance with #the100DayProject! I've never made peanut butter cookies, so I decided to take the classic recipe and amplify it with chocolate for the ultimate Parent Trap dream cookie! They delivered, and I'm so excited to share the recipe here! Get the how-to below!

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Ingredients:

- 1 + 1/2 cups AP flour

- 1/2 cup cocoa powder

- 1/2 tsp. baking soda

- pinch of sea salt

- 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened

- 1/2 cup brown sugar

- 1/2 cup sugar

- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (I used all natural, so it's way more drizzly than regular, but either one works!)

- 1 egg

- 1 tsp. vanilla

- 2 tbs. milk (if your dough is still too dry, up it to 1/4 cup)

- 1 cup of chocolate chips

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Directions:

1. Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt - set aside. In a stand mixer, cream butter and scrape down the sides. Then, beat in both sugars and peanut butter. Lastly, add egg and vanilla. 

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2. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and beat until combined. Add in milk and chocolate chips. Chill in fridge for 30 minutes, then preheat oven to 350. Using an ice cream scoop, make dough balls and place on oiled baking sheet. 

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3. Bake for 11 minutes, and let cool for five if you must! ;)

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4. Serve after a meal of chili (I hope you get the Parent Trap reference :)) and enjoy! 

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Wednesday!

To Bake / Salted Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

 
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      Happy Valentines Day! I've been trying to decide what to make for this love-filled holiday (and for me, it's a celebration of all love, and that includes self-love - so even if you're spending it alone, there's still cause to celebrate!), and landed on these salted caramel stuffed chocolate cookies from the Half Baked Harvest cookbook! They're rich and gooey, almost like a brownie! I'd also like to note that they were gone by the end of the night after I made them, so it's safe to say Brett was a fan. Get the recipe below!

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Ingredients:

- 1/2 cup of flour + 2 tbs.

- 2 tbs. of cocoa powder

- 1/4 tsp. of salt

- 1/4 tsp. of baking soda

- 3 large eggs

- 2 tsp. of vanilla

- 1/2 cup of sugar

- 6 tbs. of butter

- 4 oz. of dark chocolate

- 2 cups of chocolate chips

- Ghirardelli Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Squares

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Directions:

1. Melt your butter, dark chocolate, and chocolate chips in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir consistently until fully melted. 

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2. In a mixing bowl, beat together your eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Then mix in your melted chocolate + butter mixture. Add your flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder, and mix until combined. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour minimum, or overnight.

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3. After the dough is chilled, preheat your oven to 350 and scoop out small golf ball sized portions onto a greased cooking sheet. Flatten each ball with a spoon and place a piece of the chocolate caramel squares on each cookie. 

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Had to do a close up on those chocolates!

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4. Scoop out slightly smaller balls of dough and place one on each cookie on top of the caramel. Flatten with your spoon and smooth the edges together. Sprinkle tops with sea salt a la Bailey. 

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5. Bake for 10 minutes, and serve warm with a glass of milk. Enjoy!

To Bake / Chocolate Sugar Cookies

 
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     Good morning! Growing up, we always made sugar cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve, and I wanted to do something similar with Bailey this year. We didn't make them on Christmas Eve, I'll be making chocolate chip cookies because that's Santa's (i.e. Brett's) preference this year, and cinnamon rolls for the next morning from scratch - another family tradition, c/o my dad (although we always enjoyed Pilsbury instead, but who doesn't?!)! Even though chocolate chip will be on Santa's plate this year, I still wanted Bailey to get to do the cookie cutters and icing aspect of Christmas cookies. However, sugar cookies are one of my least favorite cookies, so I added some cocoa powder! They turned out better than I expected (duh, chocolate). They have a brownie taste with a sugar cookie texture, and in my opinion, that's a huge upgrade to the original cookie! See for yourself below, and peep Bailey getting in on the action. She had a blast! 

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Ingredients:

- 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) - room temperature

- 1 cup of sugar

- 1 egg

- 1 + 1/2 tsp. of vanilla

- 2 cups of AP flour

- 3/4 cup of cocoa powder

- pinch of salt

Directions:

1. Mix together butter and sugar, then add your egg and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to the wet mixture. Roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment paper. Let dough chill in the fridge for one hour. 

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2. Using whatever cookie cutters you like, cut out shapes. Chill shapes in the fridge for 10 minutes.

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3. Preheat oven to 350.

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4. Bake for 12 minutes.

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5. Let cool to room temperature before icing, this is very important!

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6. Ice your cookies as desired and enjoy!

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      Bailey really loved doing this, and I think we definitely have a new holiday tradition now. 

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Tuesday! We'll be back later this week to celebrate the start of winter!

To Make / GF Pumpkin Tahini Cookies

 
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     Hi there! October means all things pumpkin, and I have a yummy pumpkin tahini cookie recipe for you all today! They're on the slightly healthier side than other cookies, being gluten free and containing nutrient filled tahini. Get the recipe below (adapted from A Beautiful Mess)!

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Ingredients:

- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 heaping tablespoons tahini
- 1 1/4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon (aluminum-free) baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup of softened butter

Directions:

1. Mix together the butter, pumpkin, and sugars. Then add in the egg, vanilla, and tahini.

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2. Next add in the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Once dough has formed, add in chocolate chips. Scoop out into cookie dough balls, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.  

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3. Either store in fridge until ready to bake, or preheat your oven to 350, and bake for 12 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!

To Find / Something Organic

 

     Hi there! Just wanted to share one of Bailey's favorite snacks today. I always try to get her to eat healthy, and for the most part she does, but snacks are where this is trickiest for us. Girl likes her chocolate, so I looked around for something organic that she would actually love.

     We ended up on these Horizon Organics Chocolate Snack Graham Cookies! Bailey's a huge fan, and loves pretending to be the Cookie Monster while eating them. She also is in love with cows, so that was a big selling point for her.

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Wednesday!

To Bake / Avocado Chocolate Cookies

 

     Good morning! I love a healthy dessert recipe, as you all know, and one weekend, I wanted something very chocolatey, in cookie form. I've made avocado pudding before, and found this recipe for a cookie version. They turned out so good and yummy! Check out the recipe below!

Ingredients: yields about 10 cookies

- 3/4 cup of ripe avocado

- 1/2 cup of sugar

- 1 egg

- half a bar of dark chocolate, chopped

- 1/2 cup of cocoa powder

- 1/2 tsp. of baking soda

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350, and in a mixer, blend your avocado and sugar together. Then, add the egg, cocoa powder, and baking soda.

2. Add in your chocolate chunks, and using two spoons, drop balls of batter onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

3. Bake for 10 minutes, let cool, and serve. Enjoy!

To Bake Brownie Cookies

 

     Hi readers! Just take a second to look at those cookies. Do they look like a brownie to you? Kind of? Great, because that's exactly what they taste like! I'm not joking, even the batter I sampled was basically brownie batter. I've always wanted to make chocolate chocolate cookies, and these were an excellent first batch. I made up all of the dough right away and passed some out to my friends! They all agreed, definitely a brownie cookie. Bailey agreed too, even though she didn't say anything. You could tell because she wouldn't let me get a shot of the batter without sticking her hand in (see below), the little stinker. :) Really though, I don't blame her. These cookies are too good to not swipe. I had originally used another recipe, but it was turning out so dry that I had to alter it quite a bit, so I won't link it. I ended up changing and substituting pretty much every ingredient. It happens though, baking can go wrong a lot of the time, but baking issues are some of the easiest to fix. It will make it that much easier the next time I make these, which will probably be very, very soon. See the recipe below and happy baking!

Ingredients:

- 1 1/2 cups of flour

- 1 cup of brown sugar

- 1/4 cup of cocoa powder

- 1 teaspoon of baking powder

- 1 teaspoon of sea salt

- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

- 4 tbs of butter

- 2 eggs

- 1 cup of dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

Step one - Preheat oven to 350. Then, in a small bowl, slightly soften butter for 8 seconds in the microwave and set aside.

Step two - In a small mixing bowl, stir together your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and sea salt, set aside. In a standing mixer, or with a hand mixer, mix together your brown sugar, vanilla extract and butter. Add the flour mixture and stir. Next, add your two eggs and mix until batter is smooth. Last, add your chocolate chips and mix for a few seconds until they are well incorporated into the batter.

Step three - Spoon out golf ball sized batter lumps onto your non-stick pan. This batch made about ten cookies. Bake for about 8-10 minutes and let cool for a few minutes before removing the cookies from the pan. Enjoy!