When you can’t decide between a brownie and chocolate cake

My husband requested a funni bone treat today, which is a chocolate cake, with a peanut butter filling and a chocolate ganache on top. I asked if he wanted a brownie or chocolate cake base and could not decide, so I combined them! I used a chocolate cake mix, a brownie mix, eggs, water and oil. I used a cookie sheet 18×12. A warning – this makes a large sheet of brownie cake!

  • Brownie cake ingredients
  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • 1 brownie mix
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups water

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Line an 18×12 cookie sheer with parchment paper. In a bowl, combine cake mix and brownie mix. Blend in oil and water. Fold in eggs. Spread into prepared pan. Bake 16 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs. Cool completely. Cut into rectangles .

  • Peanut butter fudge filling
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 bag peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions – over medium-low heat, melt butter, sugar and evaporated milk, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil and let boil 1 minute. Add chips and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar. Set aside to firm up.

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

Directions – in a microwave she bowl, microwave cream for 90 seconds. Add chips, swirling cream to cover then. Lwt set 5 minutes. Stir smooth.

Now to the assembly steps!

Slice a piece in half, horizontally
Spread peanut butter fudge layer on one half
Top with other half of brownie cake piece
Frost with ganache

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I wish you a day of peace, happiness and love. Remember to be kind. Even a small act of kindness can make a big difference for someone.

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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Celebratory fudge

Celebration fudge

I asked Rob what to make to celebrate the Bills week 17 win and he said fudge with Oreo crumbles. Fudge is not something I make very often, so I said “sure.” Thanks to the win and the Ravens loss, the Bills clinched a playoff spot, so here is your celebratory fudge with crushed oreos. Wooooooo!!!

Crushed oreos are just what this fudge needed
  • Ingredients
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 2 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla

In a pan, combine butter, fluff, sugar and evaporated milk. Cook over low heat until butter and fluff and melted, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil. Boil, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add chips and vanilla. Stir until melted. Line and 8×8 pan with ton foil,and spray with butter spray. Spread fudge evenly in prepared pan. Sprinkle with crushed Oreos. Let set for a few hours. Cut and store in covered container.

Yum!

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Chocolate snowball cookies

Chocolate snowball cookies

Victory cookie number two for my Bills – chocolate snowball cookies. An easy cookie to make and everyone will love them!

Cookie monster at it again!

Remember to scoop your flour, baking cocoa and powdered sugar from your respective containers into your measuring cups. If you pour directly into your measuring cups, the flour, cocoa and powdered sugar get packed in and you wind up with too much.. Which may make for a dry cookie. A grave sin, if there ever was one. Also preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes so it cycles to the right temp for baking.

A stack of chocolate snowballs
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 /2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions – cream butter and powdered sugar. Blend in baking cocoa and vanilla. Fold in flour. Mix in chips. Scoop out 2 tbs of dough. Roll into balls, flatten slightly. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper. These don’t spread,so you can place rows of 3 on each prepared sheet. I got 9 or 12 on each, depending on the size of cookie sheet used. Sprinkle hot cookies with powdered sugar. Cool completely. Sprinkle with more powdered sugar. Store in covered container.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Remember to be kind. Life has been pretty hard for so many the last year and a half. The kindness you show someone may be what they need on that day.

Snowball cookies

Snowball cookies

Sunday’s win was a big one for my beloved Buffalo Bills, so I thought that called for two kinds of victory cookies! These are snowballs cookies. A very soft cookie, not overly sweet, with mini chocolate chips. These are a little bigger than a typical snowball cookie. I use 2 tbs dough.

That cookie monster!

Remember to scoop your flour and powdered sugar from into your measuring cups, as opposed to pouring then directly in. When you pour, the flour and powdered sugar are packed in and you end up with too much, making for a dry cookie. Also, preheat your oven to 375 degrees before baking So your oven cycles to the right temp.

A pile of snowballs!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Extra powdered sugar
Sweet snowballs

Cream butter and powdered sugar. Add vanilla. Blend in flour. Mix in chips. Scoop out 2 tbs dough and roll into a ball. Slightly flatten. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners. These do not spread, so you can place 3 across and fit in as many as you’d like on a wheet ( I fit 9 or 12 on a sheet, depending on the size of the cookie sheet). Bake 12 minutes. Sprinkle hot cookies with powdered sugar. Cool completley. Sprinkle with more powdered sugar. Store in covered container.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Let me know how these turn out if you make them. Remember to be kind. We all need some kindness each day. This has been a difficult year and a half with the pandemic. Some days are harder than others. The kindness you show someone may be just what they need that day.

Snowball cookies with mini chocolate chips

The only thing mini about these cookies is the chips!

These are a variation of a recipe I saw in one of my Nestle cookbooks that one of my grandmothers gave to me when I was in college. It is also the treat that Rob requested. I used a mix of Crisco and butter, but you can use all butter if you want. It is a very easy dough to make and the cookies will be a big hit! I made mine on the larger side,with 2 tbs of dough. You can use 2 tsp and you will bake more of them, obviously. They also take less time to cook.

Remember to scoop your powdered sugar and flour from your respective containers into measuring cups so you get the correct amount. Also, preheat your oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes before baking so it cycles to the right temp.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tbs water
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
That cookie monster, at it again!

Directions – preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or nonstick baking liners. In a bowl, cream butter, Crisco and powdered sugar. Add vanilla. Blend in flour and salt. Mix in water. You may have to use your mixer for a while. It takes the dough some time to come together. Add chips. Scoop out 2 tbs dough, roll into a ball and slightly flatten. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Bake 10 to 12 minutes (bottoms will be lightly golden). Sprinkle warm cookies with powdered sugar. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Happiness is a warm cookie

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you try these cookies, let me know how you like them. I wish you a wonderful day, filled with peace, love and joy. #bekind

Using leftover Halloween candy

Chocolate stuffed cookies

Someone left a whole bag of extra Halloween candy in our green room at work, so I took it. And I used the peanut butter cups to stuff in chocolate cookies. I have to figure out what to do with the heath bars and whoppers.

Our oven is on it’s way out, but it’s under warranty, so we are getting a new one for free. I ordered it,so I hope our current oven lasts until the new one is delivered. Baking has been an adventure the last 2 plus months!

Remember to spoon your flour and baking cocoa from your container into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. I like to chill the individually stuffed cookies for at least a few hours. Also, preheat your oven for 20 minutes before baking so it gets to the right temperature.

  • Ingredients
  • 5 tbs Crisco
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Leftover Halloween candy!
Added a peanut butter chip on top

Directions – in a microwave safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips in 30 second increments until you can stir smooth. I another bowl, cream sugar, Crisco and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend in melted chocolate. Fold in dry ingredients. Scoop out 2 tbs dough and cover a piece pf leftover Halloween candy. Chill at least a few hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners. Stagger cookies on the sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Oreo is another stuffed cookie option

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Chocolate chip sugar cookies stuffed with Oreos

An Oreo stuffed inside a chocolate chip sugar cookie

I have an abundance of Oreos so in an attempt to use them up, I decided to stuff them inside a chocolate chip sugar cookie. I used a Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix and added some chocolate chips. Then I stuffed an Oreo inside. And as soon as I took them out of the oven, I sprinkled them with powdered sugar. Feel free to use any cookie recipe (or mix).

  • Ingredients
  • 1 sugar cookie mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Oreos
Cookie monster at it again!

Directions – preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes. In a bowl, combine cookie mix, butter, water and egg. Mix well. Add chips. Scoop out 3 tbs of dough. Evenly form around an Oreo. Stagger on a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners. Bake 10 to 14 minutes, until light golden on bottom. Immediately sprinkle with powdered sugar after removing from oven. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Remember to be kind!

Brownie mix cookies with peanut butter chips

Brownie mix cookies with peanuy butter chips

Another simple recipe that starts with a mix. The first time I had these was when I was in college (yup, an eternity ago). The recipe is from Pillsbury from all those years ago.. Just a few ingredients needed. The key with these is to make sure you do not overbake them…if you do, they’ll be dry. If you take them out too early, they may be a little gushy, but that is not a bad thing, is it ?

  • Ingredients
  • 1 brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup flour (spooned from your flour bag into your measuring cup yo get the right amount)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips

Direction – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper. Set aside. In a bowl, combine brownie mix and flour. Blend in eggs, oil, vanilla and water. Fold in chips. Scoop out 3 tbs dough and form into mounds. Stagger on prepared cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Tops will be just set. Cool completley. Store in covered container.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day. Remember to be kind. Everyone is fighting some sort of battle, some more difficult than others.

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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