Celebratory blondies

Go Bills!

In honor of the Bills 21 point win over the defending Super Bowl champion Rams, I felt a celebratory treat was in order. Rob suggested blondies, so here they are.

Remember to preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes so it cycles to the right temp. Also, spoon your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. If you pour the flour directly into the measuring cup, it gets packed in and you actually wind up with too much flour and your treats could be dry. A grave offense.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled 10 minutes
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Directions – line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. In a bowl, combine butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Fold in flour. Mix in 1 cup chips. Press evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup chips on top of dough and lightly press into dough. Bake 20-25 minutes. Bars will be light golden around edges. Cool completely and cut. Store in covered container.

Cookie monster!!!

I am so happy football season is here. We get the Sunday ticket once again for free and I am absolutely thrilled. Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.

Smores whoopie pies- NFL playoff edition

Smores whoopie pies

I figured I would up my treats game with the NFL super wildcard weekend. The Bills win over the Patriots was the best game I ever saw played by a Bills team. Just about everything went right and Josh Allen was flawless. Such a performance deserves a special cookie. So I present the smores whoopie pie – a Graham cracker cookie, fluff filling and melted chocolate on top. Each cookie is 1/4 cup of dough. The final whoopie pie is quite large, so next time I may only use 2 tbs dough for each cookie. Although I don’t expect any complaints at work with XL cookies

A few reminders – let your butter soften on the countertop for 45 minutes to an hour. Scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup. Preheat your oven for 20 minutes before baking So your ovem cycles to the right temp.

  • Ingredients for cookies
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper. In a bowl, cream butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients, including Graham cracker crumbs. Scoop out 1/4 cups of dough. Slightly flatten. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. These are kind of hard to tell when they are done, but you don’t want to overcook them in the oven. Cool completely.

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

Directions – blend fluff and butter. Mix in powdered sugar. Add a little milk if filling seems too thick. Now for the assembly.

Place a cookie, flatside up
Top with a dollop of filling
Place another cookie, flatside down, on top
Frost with melted chocolate

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful day filled with joy. And I hope the Bills win 3 straight games these playoffs!

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

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with all good things. And, remember to be kind. The world needs more kindness!

Happy father’s day triple chip cookies

Happy father’s day cookies

Today’s recipe is in honor of father’s day, especially my dad, who had quite the sweet tooth. He would have been so thrilled this past week to see his grandson, my nephew Jackson, get a ball from Bills qb Josh Allen, after Josh threw out the first pitch before the Yankees- Blue Jays game in Buffalo. It was such a thrill for me to get the pix from my sister in law. For sports and life to intersect like that, it makes my heart full. My dad loved both the Bills and Yankees, and Jackson more. ❤well, my papa did have a good view od it from heaven.

Josh handing Jackson (on the right) the ball after his ceremonial first pitch
Jackson (right) and his friend Lucas (left) with the ball from Josh’s first pitch

I added an instant vanilla pudding mix to this recipe and used a combo of all purpose flour and bread flour, because I have a bag of bread flour and am trying to use it up. You can use entirely all purpose flour if you want. Remember – Scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup, chills your dough for a few hours, and preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking.

  • Ingredients list
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 3.4 oz instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions – cream butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Stir in pudding mix. Blend in flour, baking soda and cornstarch. Mix in chips. Form 1/4 cup mounds of cookies. Chill dough for a few hours. On a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper, stagger cookies. Bake 8 to 11 minutes. They will have a few light golden patches on top. They may seem undercooked, but will be fine. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Happy father’s day

Celebration Monday treats

Fudge topped devil dogs!

This could not be just any great for THIS victory Monday. The Buffalo Bills are back in the AFC Championship game for the first time since 1993. So this calls for something spectacular. Rob asked what I was planning (despite having 2 treats in the freezer bc I forgot to bring them in to work). I told him to pick something, so he chose devil dogs with fudge topping. Done. These use a cake mix. I added baking cocoa to make them extra chocolatey, but you can sub in 1/2 cup flour if you prefer.

  • Devil dog cake ingredients
  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa (or flour)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3 eggs

Directions – preheat oven to 350 for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or nonstick baking liners. In a bowl, combine cake mix, cocoa, water, oil and eggs. Scoop out 1/4 cup batter and place on sheet. Spread into a rectangle. Bake 6 to 8 minutes. Cool completely.

  • Filling ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, soft
  • 1 1/2 cups fluff
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Heavy cream or milk

Directions – cream butter and fluff. Slowly add powdered sugar. Add enough milk or cream to get the consistency you want. Spread between 2 devil dogs. set aside

  • Fudge frosting ingredients
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions – over low -medium heat, bring butter, evaporated milk, and sugar to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add chips. Stir until melted. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Spoon over devil dogs. Store in covered container.

Go Bills!

Triple chip cookies

Chocolate chip, milk chocolate chip and white chocolate chip cookies

These are rob’s favorite all time cookie. They have 3 types of chips – semisweet, milk chocolate and white. Basically the dough is a chocolate chip dough, with an instant vanilla pudding mix added for extra flavor. To keep them from flattening too much, I added some cornstarch and chilled the dough for a couple hours. He wanted me to bake victory cookies before the Bills game vs Denver. That is something that must NEVER be done. So, these are just cookies

3 kinds of chips!
  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions – cream butter and brown sugar. Add pudding mix. Mix in vanilla, eggs, baking soda, baking powder,and salt. Stir in flour and cornstarch Blend in chips. Scoop out 3 tbs dough., chill a few hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Scatter on a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Voila!

Victory Monday brownies (because I needed something to put the extra ganache on)

Go Bills!

Bonus victory Monday treat for my Buffalo Bills. I had extra ganache left over from the sugar cookie cups, so I quickly whipped up some brownies to remedy use up the rest. (I have many brownie recipes, though not as many as for chocolate chip cookies) And why not extra chocolate this Christmas week? You absolutely do not have to put anything on top of these, but the powdered sugar is recommended, by Rob!

  • Ingredients
  • 10 tbs butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 yolk
  • 1 tbs corn syrup (or honey)
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Brownies!

Directions -preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 pan with tinfoil and spray with baking spray. Combine butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs,yolk,and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. Fold in chips. Bake for 20 minutes (a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs). Immediately sprinkle powdered sugar on top. Cool completely. Top with melted chocolate or frosting. Store in covered container.

Chocolate chocolate chocolate!

Cookie cups victory cookies

AFC East champs!

Today’s victory Monday treat celebrates the Bills first AFC East title since 1995 (back then, I was in my first year as a production assistant at ESPN, yowsa). Watching the Bills this season reminds me of why I love sports – for 3 hours I can forget about everything else and just enjoy/stress/lose-my-mind- about a football game. And in a year that has been so awful for so many, it is a welcome distraction. Here’s to a long playoff run!

The cookie cups are simple. All you need are 2 sugar cookie mixes, 1 stick of butter and 2 eggs. I got a mega sugar cookie mix package from bjs to use. You could also use your own sugar cookie recipe.

Go Bills!
  • Ingredients
  • 2 sugar cookie mixes (1 lb, 1.5 oz each)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick of butter, softened

Directions – preheat oven to 350 for 20 minutes. Spray a muffin tin (regular size) with baking spray. Combine sugar cooke mixes, butter and eggs until,well combined. Scoop,out 2 tbs of dough and roll into balls and place in muffin tins. Bake 12 minutes. Immediately – Spray the bottom of a wooden spoon or ice cream scoop with Pam and make an indentation in the center of each cookie cup. Cool completely

  • Ganache ingredients
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Directions – miscrowave together in 30 second increments until,you can stir,smooth. Spoon into cookie cups. Store in,covered container.

Friday football week 15 treats – Peanut butter cookies stuffed with brownie truffles and topped with melted chocolate

Peanut butter cookies stuffed with brownie truffles and topped with melted chocolate

I decided to up my cookie game for this football Friday before Christmas. (Go Bills!) Instead of a traditional peanut blossom (a peanut butter cookie topped with a Hershey kiss), I stuffed a peanut butter cookie with a brownie truffle and topped it with melted chocolate. For the brownie truffles, I smooshed up some brownies I made the other night and mixed in about a half cup of chocolate frosting. You could also use candy or Oreos, or you don’t have to stuff the cookies at all. These use Crisco and it keeps them nice and puffy. Remember to scoop your flour into your measuring cup, and to preheat your oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes before baking.

Yum!
  • Brownie truffles ingredients
  • 1 pan of brownies, prepared and baked, as directed, cooled completely
  • 2 tbs butter melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tbs baking cocoa
  • Milk
  • Directions – combine butter, powdered sugar and baking cocoa. Add enough milk to make the frosting. Combine the frosting with brownies. Scoop out 1 tbs and form into balls. Set aside.
  • Peanut butter cookie ingredients
  • 1 cup Crisco
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 4 tbs milk
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda

Directions – preheat oven to 375 degrees. cream Crisco, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients. Scoop out 1/4 cup of cookie dough. Divode in half. Slightly flatten bottom half and top with a brownie truffle. Top with other cookie dough and seal around truffle. On a cookie sheet lined with non stick baking liners, stagger cookies. Bake 11 – 13 minutes. Cool completely. Top with melted milk chocolate. Store in covered container.

Go Bills!

Cream cheese sugar cookies stuffed with carrot cake truffles

Cream cheese sugar cookies stuffed with carrot cake truffles!

Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE to make stuffed cookies, using Oreos, candy, brownies, etc. I made a carrot cake and instead of bringing the leftovers into work, I turned them into carrot cake truffles, covered in melted white chocolate, and stuffed in cream cheese sugar cookies. I felt some sort of sugar cookie was the right way to go. These are my Thursday football treats! Yes, I know I usually make Friday football treats, but I have a zoom call with college friends tomorrow, so this week they are TFT (Thursday football treats)

Thursday football treats!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 carrot cake, baked, cooled and frosted (you can even use a cake mix and canned frosting)
  • 12 oz white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions for truffles – smush the frosted carrot cake in a bowl and scoop out 2 tbs and roll into a ball. Freeze 1 hour. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave chips in 30 second intervals until you can stir smooth. Dip truffles in, place on wax paper or parchment paper and chill at least 1 hour.

Cookie directions – cream butter, cream cheese and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Fold in dry ongredients. Scoop out 2 tbs tbs of dough. Flatten. Place a truffle on top. Tops with another 2 tbs of flattened dough.

Seal truffle.

Store in fridge at least a few hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Scatter on a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners. Bake 12 to 15 minutes (bottoms will be light golden). Sprinkle with powdered sugar while warm. Store in covered container.

Go Bills!