Chocolate milk chocolate chip and m&m cookies for football Friday #4

Go Bills!

I have this bag of mini m&ms that seems endless.  No matter what I bake, there always appears to be a half bag left.  In my attempt to use them up, I present chocolate cookies with mini m&ms and milk chocolate chips.  Here’s to week 4!  Go Bills!

Remember to scoop your flour and baking cocoa from your flour bag into your measuring cup, so you get the correct amount.    Also, preheat your oven to 350 degrees or 20 minutes before baking so it cycles to the right temp.

Football Friday
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar (firmly packed into measuring cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour (scooped from flour bag into measuring cup)
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 11/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup mini m&ms
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Direction – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  mix butter and brown sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Blend in dry ingredients and fold in chips and candy.  Scoop out 1/4 cups of dough.  Using floured hands, shape dough into tall mounds and stagger on prepared cookie sheets.    Bake 13 minutes. (Do not overtake or they will dry out).   Cool completely. Store in covered container.

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Frosted cake mix cookies topped with candy!

For Jerry’s birthday and Football Friday #2

I went simple for this treat, for my friend Jerry’s birthday and Football Friday #2 of the season. They are cake mix cookies, with chocolate frosting the topped with crushed heath Bars. You can use any cake mix flavor and candy!

  • Ingredients
  • 2 chocolate cake mixes
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbs water

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. blend ingredients together. You may want to add an extra tbs or 2 of water, if you feel the dough is too dry. Line a baking sheet with nonstick baking liners. Scoop out 3 tbs of dough and form mounds. Stagger on prepared sheets. Bake 10 minutes. Cool completely.

I ran out of chocolate frosting, so I whipped up vanilla frosting for 5 cookies!
  • Frosting ingredients
  • 2 tbs butter, melted
  • 2 tbs baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbs milk
  • Finely crushed heath bars (I used a food processor for this. You could also put them in a large plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin.)

Directions – combine butter, vanilla and cocoa. Blend in powdered sugar. Add milk. Frost cookies and top with crushed heath Bars (or other candy)

I get to be normal for a second straight sunday because the Bills don’t play until Monday night! I tease Rob that my Bills Fandom is the “sickness” part of the “in sickness and health” of the wedding vows. Go Bills!

Mudslide cookies on NFL Sunday #1

No Bills game this first NFL Sunday of the season, so I am calm and relaxed. So much so that Gracie got to nap as we flip through all the games. We have the Sunday ticket for free for a 3rd straight year, which is just awesome! Anyways, I thought we can celebrate this day with mudslide cookies… really just a chocolate cookie with some chocolate chips.

Reminders – remember to scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. Also, chill the dough for at least an hour. And, preheat your oven for 20 minutes before baking so your oven cycles to the right temp.

Ingredients

2 tbs butter

1 1/3 cups dark chocolate chips

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

2 tsp instant coffee

1/4 cup flour

2 cups cake flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup mini chips

Directions – in a microwave safe bowl, microwave butter and dark chocolate in 30 second increments until you can stir smooth. Set aside and cool 10 min. In a bowl, beat eggs, coffee, sugar and vanilla for 5 min. Add melted chocolate mixture. Fold in flour, cake flour, baking powder and salt. Mix in chips. Scoop out 1/4 cups of dough. Chill at least an hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. On a sheet lined with nonstick baking liners, stagger cookies like this.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

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Happy Opening Night of the NFL season cookies! Go Bills!

Go Bills!

Tonight is a very big night – the Bills season opener, which is also the NFL season opener. 😊 To celebrate such a monumentous occasionally, I made chocolate cutouts sandwich cookies, with footballs and football helmets. I put a simple buttercream filling between 2 cookies.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup crisco
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes before baking, so your oven cycles to the correct temperature. Line cookie sheets with nonstick baking liners. In a bowl, cream butter, crisco and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. Roll to desired thickness and cut. (I like mine to be on the thicker side)

On lined cookie sheets, place cookies

Bake at 375 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes. Cool completley.

  • Filling ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tbs heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions – blend butter and powdered sugar. Add cream and vanilla. Spread between 2 cookies. Store in covered container.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you make these, let me know how they turn out.

Smores cookies with toasted marshmallow frosting

Happy summer!

With summer in full swing, I figured a smores recipe was in order. (Nothing like heating the oven up on a humid day!) These are a chocolate cookie topped with a Graham cracker cookie and frosted with toasted marshmallow frosting the topped with melted milk chocolate. This basically is a chocolate chip cookie dough, divided in half with a few ingredients added to each divided half to get the chocolate and graham cracker cookie dough. I tossed some milk chocolate chips in the graham cracker cookie. You can leave them out or also add some to the chocolate cookie too.

Yum!

I chilled these cookie dough mounds overnight. They still spread and are huge, but I felt the chilling of the dough was still beneficial. Remember to scoop your dough from your flour bag into your container so you get the right amount. Also, preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking so you get to the right temp.

  • Cookies ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • Additional 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions- cream butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Fold in 3 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and cornstarch. Divide dough in half. To one half, blend in graham cracker crumbs. Divide into 12 even size pieces. Roll into balls and slightly flatten. To other half, add baking cocoa and remaining 1/4 cup flour. Divide into 12 even size pieces. Roll into balls and slightly flatten.

Graham cracker cookie dough on top of chocolate cookie dough

Place a graham cracker flattened dough on top of a chocolate flatten dough.

Chill a few hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. On a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners, stagger cookies. Bake 13 to 15 minutes (there will be light golden patches on the graham cracker cookie part). Cool completely.

Ready to be frosted!
  • Toasted marshmallow frosting ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • Milk
  • 12 regular size marshmallows, toasted

Directions- beat butter and powdered sugar. Add enough milk to get the consistency you want. Set aside

To toast marshmallows – set oven to high on broil. Line a pan with tin foil and spray with Pam. Broil marshmallows, checking after increments of 45 seconds, to make sure they don’t burn. Immediately add to butter mixture. Fost cooled cookies.

Almost done!

Top with melted chocolate. Store in covered container.

Voila!

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Frosted Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies

My best friend from college, Susan, and her two daughters (who are my goddaughters) are coming to visit tonight for a few hours.. so being the good hostess that I like to think I am, I asked the girls what treat they would like. Lyndsey picked frosted chocolate chip banana cookies. These are nice, soft cookies that smell INCREDIBLE as they bake. and let’s face it, frosting, just makes everything better.

* One kind cool thing I learned for this recipe – how to quickly ripen a banana. you bake it at 170 degrees in 8 minute intervals until the skin turns really really brown and softens the banana. my husband wasn’t sure what i had done when he saw the banana on the countertop to cool off 🙂

a few tips – remember to scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the correct amount, chill the mounds of dough for a few hours to prevent them from spreading too much, and preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking so that it cycles to the right temperature.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 ripe banana, smooooshed (see * above on how to quickly ripen a banana)
  • 1 yolk (makes cookies soft)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (i used mini ones in these cookies)

Directions – cream butter, brown sugar and sugar. Blend in banana, yolk and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients. Mix in chips. Flour your hands (trust me on this). Scoop out 2 tbs of dough and roll into balls. Chill in fridge a few hours. preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. line a sheet with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper and stagger cookies. bake 12 to 14 minutes (likely browned on bottom. do not overbake or cookies will be dry). remove from tray after 10 minutes. Cool completely.

  • Frosting ingredients
  • 2 tbs butter, melted
  • powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • milk

Directions – place butter in a bowl, add a cup or two of powdered sugar. mix in vanilla. Add enough milk to get the consistency you want. Frost cookies. store in covered container.

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Chocolate red wine cookies with peanut butter chips

When attending my college reunion last night, we went to a cookie shop in Geneseo and they had so many unique cookies, in addition to the ones that everyone loves (like chocolate chip). There were these chocolate red wine cookies with peanut butter chips and sprinkled with powdered sugar. There is not a lot of wine in these, but it adds a nice flavor. if you don’t want to use wine, you could try cold coffee instead. They spread a little, so I recommend chilling the dough for at least a few hours to prevent the spreading of the cookies. I also decided to add melted milk chocolate on the bottom of these! I am not sure why, just seemed like a good idea!

Reminders – scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount, chill the dough for a few hours so the cookies don’t spread too much. and preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking so your oven cycles to the right temperature.

  • ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup red wine (i used sangria because that’s what we had in the house)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 bag of peanut butter chips

directions – cream butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add egg, vanilla and wine. Blend in dry ingredients. Mix in chips. scoop out 2 tbs of dough and roll into balls. Chill a few hours. preheat oven to 375 degrees before baking. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper. stagger cookies on the prepared sheets. bake 10 to 11 minutes. sprinkle warm cookies with powdered sugar. Cool completely. Sprinkle with more powdered sugar. I opted to put melted milk chocolate on the bottoms of the completely cooled cookies, but I am sure they are fine without it. 🙂 Store in covered container.

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Devil dogs

Devil dogs/whoopie pies, Suzy q’s

Today’s recipe is devil dogs. They seem remarkably like whoopie pies, Suzy q’s or whatever other similar Hostess or Drake’s (or where I’m from – Stroemanns).. though for whoopie pies, I tend to use cake mixes and devil dogs, i opt for homemade. Anyways, I think these devil dogs came out ok.

  • Devil dogs ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 4 cups flour (scooped from your bag into your measuring cup)
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 3 tsp baking soda

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Place parchment paper on a large cookie sheet or spray a canoe/twinkie pan with baking spray. (I used both pans). Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. Scoop out dough and fill canoe pans halfway full. I used a medium cake batter scoop, which is 7 tsp of dough. On the parchment paper cookie sheet, scoop out dough (7 tsp) and form a square on the parchment paper. I made mine kinda large. Bake 11 to 14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely.

  • Filling ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Directions – blend butter and fluff. Mix in powdered sugar. If filling seems stiff, add a little milk to get the consistency you want.

Assembly – slice canoe/twinkie devil dogs in half horizontally. Spoon filling between the two pieces. Or spoon filling between two of them pieces that were baked on the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Store in covered container.

Kinda large!

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Oreo stuffed chocolate cookies

These are a request from my youngest goddaughter Sara, for her dance recital tomorrow. They are chocolate cookies stuffed with oreos. I have a couple of these recipes. For these, I used melted chocolate chips, in addition to baking cocoa. They came out huge because I used 4 tbs of dough. Next time I will use 2 tbs.

A yellow m&m signifies a golden oreo inside!
  1. Ingredients
  2. 2 cups flour
  3. 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  4. 2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 2 2/3 cups chocolate chips, melted (I used a combo of milk and semisweet chocolate chips)
  7. 4 eggs
  8. 1 tbs vanilla
  9. 10 tbs butter, softened
  10. 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  11. 1/2 cup sugar
  12. Oreos!!!

Directions – cream butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend in chocolate. Fold in dry ingredients. Dough will be a little soft. Chill for 30 minutes or so. Scoop out two tbs of dough. Cover an oreo. Repeat process. Chill a few hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners. Bake 13 to 15 minutes. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

That’s a large cookie..and a lot of chocolate!

Brookies cookies

Brookie cookies

When you can decide between a chocolate chip cookie and a brownie, you combine them! No better way to celebrate a weekend of game 7s in the NHL and NBA Playoffs. 7 game sevens total. Wow! What an awesome time of year!

Cookie monster!
  • Chocolate cookie ingredients
  • 8 tbs butter
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Directions – in a microwave safe bowl, melt butter and chips in 45 second increments until you can stir mixture smooth. In a bowl, beat eggs, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Add chocolate mixture. Blend in dry ingredients then chips. Chill for 15 minutes in fridge

  • Chocolate chip cookie dough ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, cold, shredded with a cheese grater
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Directions – cream butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add egg, yolk and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. Fold in chips.

Cookie assembly – using a 1 1/2 cookie scoop (or measuring spoons), scoop out your dough. Layer a scoop of chocolate dough, a scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough, another scoop of chocolate dough, and another scoop of chocolate chip dough (6 tbs of dough, total). Roll into a ball to marble the doughs. Chill a few hours or over night.

This is how I stagger my cookies

When ready to bake – preheat oven to 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper, stagger cookies on a sheet. I fit 7 to a sheet. They do spread a little. Bake 15 to 18 minutes. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

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