Football Friday # 3 – frosted sugar cookies

Some are specially decorated with red and blue m&ms. Go Bills!

I thought frosted sugar cookies would be a great way to celebrate this third Friday of the NFL season. These use 1/2 tsp of cream of tartar. If you don’t have any, you can substitute 3/4 tsp baking powder. I didn’t chill the dough and they came out fine.

If you don’t want to do the spray glass in Pam, dip in sugar and slightly flatten cookies with sugar dipped glass, you can just slightly flatten them.

Remember to scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup and preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking.

  • Cookie ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbs water
  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar (or 3/4 tsp baking powder)

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or baking liners. In a bowl, cream butter, oil, sugar, powdered sugar, eggs and water. Add dry ingredients. Scoop out 1/4 cups of dough and roll into balls. Stagger on prepared cookie sheets. Spray the bottom of a drinking glass with Pam and dip bottom of glass in sugar. Slightly flatten each cookie on sheet (you will have to repeat spraying of bottom of glass and dipping in sugar process). Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes (no longer). Cool completely.

  • Frosting ingredients
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 3 tbs milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Directions – blend butter and powdered sugar. Add milk and vanilla. Frost cookies. Place in covered container and store in fridge.

Cookie monster!

Thank you for stopping by today. Wishing you a wonderful day! And I hope the Bills smash the Dolphins on sunday!

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.

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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Brownie stuffed mini M&M cookies (or should it be mini M&M cookies stuffed with brownies?)

Rob requested brownie the other night and ate one. I forgot to bring them into work today, so I thought I should find a way to use them up, so I made cookies with mini M&Ms and mini chocolate chips, and stuffed them with brownies!

Remember to scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup, cool your dough for a few hours to keep spreading to a minimum, and preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes so it cycles to the right temp.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup mini m&ms
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Cream butter,sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix in pudding mix and other dry ingredients. Blend in m&ms and chips.

Scoop out 1/4 cup of dough
Divide dough in half and slightly flatten each half
On one flattened half, place a small brownie square
Top with other flattened half

Seal edges
All ready to be baked

Chill a few hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper stagger cookies. Bake 12 to 14 minutes. Cool completely. Store in covered ccontainer.

Brownie cookies stuffed with tollhouse bars

Brownie cookies stuffed with tollhouse bars

I have made many batches of chocolate chip cookies stuffed with brownies, so I reversed it this time and stuffed a tollhouse bar in a brownie cookie. I didn’t chill the dough, so they came out a little flatter than I prefer, but I think my coworkers will still like them. You can use any chocolate chip cookie bar recipe (homemade or a mix) you want. I recommend my Congo bar recipe on my blog.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 batch congo/tollhouse bars, baked, completely cooled and cut into small squares.
  • 1 brownie mix
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Water (if you feel dough is too dry, add a tbs or 2)

Directions – combine brownie mix, flour, oil and eggs. Add water if you feel dough is top dry. Scoop out 2 tbs of dough and divide in half. Slightly flatten each half. Now, we assemble!

Place half of flattened dough on your countertop
Top with a tollhouse bar square
Top with remaining flattened dough piece
Completely cover tollhouse bar

Chill dough in fridge for a few hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or nonstick baking liners. Stagger cookies on your sheet. Bake 10 to 13 minutes. Cool completely

This is how I stagger my cookies

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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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Portillo’s Chocolate cake

Portillo’s Chocolate cake

From time to time, when I peruse chocolate cake recipes to bake, I come across the chocolate cake from Portillo’s in Chicago. It’s a restaurant known for Chicago style hot dogs, Italian beef and chocolate cake. The recipe I found on a couple different sites (including Hellman’s) uses a chocolate cake mix, eggs, water and mayonnaise (as opposed to vegetable oil). You could also add chocolate chips, but i forgot. I also went with a homemade chocolate frosting. It is 100 degrees in CT this weekend, so I kept the cake in the fridge. My hubby is not a cake person, but he loves himself some frosting and he was a fan of this frosting!

Check out the frosting!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 chocolate cake mix (i used devil’s food)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3 eggs,
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Spray 2 nine inch cake pans with baking spray. In a bowl, combine cake mix, water, eggs and mayo. Beat on medium speed with a mixer for 2-3 minutes. Add chips. Divide evenly into prepared pans. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs. Remove from oven. Cool 10 minutes in pans. Remove from pans and cool completely.

  • Frosting ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups baking cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract

Directions- combine ingredients and beat on low speed until combined. Beat on medium speed until creamy. Frost cake

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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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Happy NFL draft day!

Chocolate chip cookies!

I love the NFL draft. I actually like all the pro sports drafts and seeing the joy of all these young people and their families celebrating the realization of a dream, after all the years of hard work and dedication. Four years ago, my beloved Buffalo Bills drafted quarterback Josh Allen. I was hoping at the time, we finally had our franchise QB, and it turned out for the first time since Jim Kelly retired on 1997, we did. I think Josh wins us a couple of Super Bowls too.

My recipe is based on the Nestlé Tollhouse classic. These chocolate chip cookies use crisco instead of butter because I wanted them puffy. I also added some cornstarch to keep them soft and puffy.

Remember to scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. I like to chill the dough before baking, but you don’t have to. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking so your oven cycles to the right temp.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup crisco
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Directions – cream butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients. Mix in chips. Scoop out 1/4 cups of dough. Chill. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper. I stagger my cookies evenly , putting 8 on a sheet. Bake 12 to 14 minutes. There will be some light golden patches on top. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

MLB opening day and masters first round chocolate chip cookies

Happy opening day x2!

These chocolate chip cookies are in celebration of baseball’s opening day and the first day of the Masters. Pretty cool sports day. And any day is a good day to celebrate with chocolate chip cookies! I used bread flour in these because I was in a hurry to make them, did not have time to chill them and felt the bread flour would keep them from spreading out too much.

The cookies monster!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, melted and cooled 10 minutes
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbs heavy cream or milk
  • 2 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
Gooey goodness!

Directions – combine melted and cooled butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add egg, yolk, vanilla and cream/milk. Blend in dry ingredients. Fold in chips. Scoop out 1/4 cups of dough. Chill. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper. Bake 12 to 16 minutes, or until you see light golden spots on top. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Mama,can I have a cookie, please?

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