Monday night football for week 2 – fudge and oreo topped red velvet bars

Go Bills!

I wanted something simple yet “wow” treat for the Bills-Titans game on Monday night football. I was going to make chocolate chip cookies stuffed with oreos. Gracie, who is on a diet, decided to sneakily eat the half stick of butter on the countertop (at least she left the other stick). So I changed plans and made red velvet bars topped with fudge and oreos. Very worthy of this MNF matchup if I can say so myself. Also, a lab mix pup on a diet may be a lost cause.

  • Bars ingredients
  • 1 red velvet cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick butter, melted
You can use any flavor cake mix and crushed cookies or candy on top

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a 9×13 pan with tin foil and spray with Pam. In a bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs and butter. Moisten hands with water (trust me on this) and press into prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes, no longer. Cool completley.

  • Fudge topping ingredients
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • Crushed oreos

Directions – in a pan, over medium heat, combine butter, sugar and heavy cream, stirring frequently. Once butter is melted and you see a few bubbles on the side, remove from heat. Stir in chips until melted. Pour over bars. Top with crushed oreos. Cut and store in covered container.

One week until the NFL season opener brownies

One week from tonight, the Bills and Rams kick off the 2022 NFL season. And to celebrate, such an occasion, I made brownies. Plus they fulfill Rob’s treat request. A win-win. Go Bills !!!

A couple of tops for you – remember to spoon your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup. Also, preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking so it cycles to the right temperature.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Line and 8×8 pan with parchment paper and spray the papered pan. In a microwave safe bowl, heat dark chocolate chips and butter in 30 second increments until you can stir it smooth. Add sugar and eggs. Blend in cocoa and flour. Fold in chocolate chips. Spread into pan. Sprinkle with additional chips. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely (although Rob is never good at that step before eating). Cut and store in covered container.

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Congo/chocolate chip bars

Chocolate chip cookie bars

These are an easy, popular treat. Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies, in bar form. Less time consuming, but all the joy of chocolate chip cookies. An egg yolk makes these soft, as does the addition of cornstarch. Remember to scoop your flour from your flour container into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. I used a combination of regular chocolate chips and mini ones.

I may have removed these a little too soon from the oven, but I didn’t want to bake them too long and dry them out. So they are a little on the softer/gushier side. Rob did not seem to mind at all.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 yolk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (scooped from your flour container into your measuring cup so you get the right amount)
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrres for 20 minutes. Line an 8×8 pan with tin foil and spray with baking sprat. In a bowl, combine butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add yolk, eggs and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. Fold in chips. Spread into pan. Bake 30 minutes (edges will be lightly brown). Cool completely. Cut and store in covered container.

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Brownie stuffed sugar cookies

I made some brownies and didn’t want to bring in “just brownies” to work, so I decided to stuff most of them in sugar cookies. I say most because I ran out of cookie dough, so a few “just brownies” will arrive with me tomorrow morning.

Didn’t do a good job of covering the brownie 😀

Reminders – scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. Also, preheat your oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes before baking, so your oven cycles to the right temp.

  • Ingredients
  • One pan of brownies, baked, cooled and cut in squares
  • 14 tbs butter softened
  • 2 tbs crisco
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Directions – preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners. In a bowl, cream butter, crisco, and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients. Scoop out 2 tbs of dough. Divide in half. Flatten one half. Place a brownie square on top. Flatten other half and place on top of brownie square. Completely cover brownie with dough. Place cookies on prepared cookie sheet. I fit 8 on a sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. (Lightly golden on bottom) cool completely. Store in covered container.

This is how I stagger cookies on a sheet so they don’t spread into each other

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Hot cocoa brownies with fluff filling and topped with chocolate ganache and a squiggle!

Hot cocoa brownies

We spent this snowy Saturday shovelling, letting Gracie in and out approximately one million times, and watching hockey. Rob requested hostess cupcakes,so I did a little tweak – hot cocoa brownies, with hostess filling, chocolate ganache and a squiggle. The squiggle is never my forte. You can say the same for my decorating and picturing taking.

Topped with a squiggle (really it is a blob)

Reminders – scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking so it cycles to the right temp.

  • Brownies ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, melted and cooled at room temp for 10 minutes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup hot cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line an 8×8 pan with tin foil and spray with baking spray. in a bowl, mix together melted butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients just until combined. Fold in chips. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few crumbs. Cool completely.

  • Filling ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Milk

Directions – in a bowl, blend butter and fluff well. Add vanilla. Mix in powdered sugar,slowly. Add milk, a tsp at a time, to get the consistency you want. Spread over cooled brownies

  • Ganache ingredients
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Directions – place chips in a bowl. In a saucepan, heat heavy cream just to a boil. Pour over chips. Let sit 5 minutes. Stir smooth. (If you need to, microwave mixture for 20 seconds and that should allow you to stir it smooth). Spread over fluff filling

  • Squiggle ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tsp milk

Directions – blend together well. Scoop into a plastic sandwich bag and cut out a corner. Now squiggle on top of chocolate layer! If you can do a squiggle, more power to you. My abilities only allow a blob. Store in covered container.

Dark chocolate brownies (these are not pre-victory treats)

Is the ganache necessary? Why yes!

These brownies, a request from my hubby, which we will bring to his mom tomorrow. They are not a pre-victory treat for the Bills. I repeat, they are not a pre-victory treat. I can not take such chances heading into a divisional playoff game at Kansas City tomorrow. I may not be superstitious, but a little stitious! Or maybe I am superstitious. I text my college roomate every game day and we are on a 6 game winning streak. Coincidence? I think not. Go Bills!

Reminders -preheat your oven to 325 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup. Don’t overmix the batter. Just mix it until the flour is blended in.

A brownie masterpiece!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 1/3 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 5 1/3 tbs butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions – preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray. In a saucepan, melt butter, chocolate chips, sugar and water over low-medium heat. Stir occasionally until chocolate and butter melted (does not take long). Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Blend in flour and salt. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 27 to 32 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted,in the center comes out with a few crumbs. Cool completely.

  • Ganache ingredients
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions- pour chips in a bowl. In a saucepan, heat cream over medium heat until it bubbles. Pour over chips. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Stir smooth. If you have a few chips that won’t smooth (did I just create a new verb?), you can microwave mixture in 20 second increments until you can stir it smooth. Cut brownies and store in covered container.

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Chocolate chip bars

Chocolate chip bars

Chocolate chip bars. A classic. A request from my hubby, Rob. Something else for me to make as I attempt to figure out our new stove. Brownies and bar cookies have been a bit of a disaster so far, but I think I have figured it out. The issue was the pan, i believe. Hopefully, no more problem treats!

All those chips!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup Crisco
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray. In a bowl, cream Crisco, sugar and brown sugar. Add egg, water and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. If mixture seems too dry, try mixing it with your hands, or add another tbs of water. Fold in chips. Press into prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

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Monday night football!!!! A mini Oreo stuffed in a sugar cookie stuffed in a brownie.

Mini Oreo stuffed inside a sugar cookie stuffed inside a brownie

Big game for the Bills – against the Titans on Monday Night Football. So I upped my treat game -a mini Oreo stuffes inside a sugar cookie stuffed inside a brownie, with a chocolate blobby of frosting on top., why the frosting? I do not know. It seemed like the right call. Is it necessary? I believe the answer is yes.

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  • Ingredients list
  • 2 boxes of brownie mix, plus ingredients listed on the boxes
  • Sugar cookie mix, plus ingredients listed on box/bag
  • Mini oreos

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a 9×13 pan with tin foil and spray with baking spray. In a bowl, combine brownie mixes and ingredients listed on boxes. Spread evenly into prepared pan. In another bowl, combine sugar cookie mix and ingredients on box. Scoop put 1 tbs cookie dough and cover a mini Oreo. Repeat process. I think I did about 16 of these. Gently press into brownie dough in pan in 4 rows of 4. Bake 28 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of brownie dough comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completley. Cut. You can frost these if you would like. Store in covered container.

Week 2 Victory Treats

Oreo fudge topped brownies

The Bills got their first win of the season today in Miami, so victory Monday treats are in order. I went with fudge brownies topped with a fudgy frosting with crushed Oreos. A little over the top for only week 2, but I like to set the bar high.

Remember to preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking to make sure your oven heats up to the right temperature. Also, spoon your flour from your flour bag into you measuring cup so you get the right amount (and so the same with your baking cocoa)

All that chocolatey goodness!
  • Ingredients
  • 12 tbs butter (1 1 /2 sticks)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 /2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions -preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray. Set aside. In a microwave safe bowl, heat butter and chocolate chips in 30 second increments until you can stir smooth. Add sugar. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Fold in flour, salt, and baking cocoa. Mix in chips. Mixture will be thick. Press into prepared pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center basically comes out clean. Cool completely.

  • Topping ingredients
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 6 tbs heavy cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 12 oreos, crushed

Directions – in a microwave safe bowl,melt both kinds of chocolate chips with heavy cream in 30 second increments until you can stir smooth. Blend in powdered sugar. Fold in Oreos. Frost brownies. Cut into squares. Store in covered container.

Rob, my chief taste tester, decided the brownie needed some marshmallow fluff

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Double chocolate, triple chip brownies

Double chocolate, triple chip brownies topped with powdered sugar

These brownies, dear friends, are one of the first treats I remember making my myself. They are an old Nestle tollhouse standby. I actually meased it up by melting 2 cups of chocolate chips instead of one, but I have never gotten any complaints, so I stuck with that “mistake”. Rob wanted me to add a combo of white, milk chocolate and semisweet chocolate chips, so I did. These aren’t super fudgy, but not cakey either. I think you will like them.

All that chocolate!

Reminders – preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Also, scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp chocolate extract
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line an 8×8 pan with tin foil and spray with baking spray. in a microwave safe bowl, Melt butter and 2 cups chocolate chips in 30 second increments until you can stir smooth. Mix in sugar. Add eggs and extract. Blend in flour and baking soda. Fold in remaining chips. Spread into prepared pan. Bake 17 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completley. Store in covered container.

Someone stole one already!

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