White chocolate brownies with milk chocolate ganache and mini M&Ms

I wanted to bring in another treat to go along with the very large chocolate cookies with peanut butter chips. I noticed I have a few bags of white chocolate chips, so I opted for white chocolate brownies. I usually toss in some milk chocolate chips, but decided to instead make a milk chocolate ganache to put on top. And then, top it all off with mini m&ms. Because m&ms make take everything to another level.

Reminders – preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking So the oven cycles to the right temperature. Scoop your flour from your flour container into your measuring cup.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips (usually 10 oz)
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips (opt)

Directions – in a microwave safe bowl, heat butter and white chocolate chips in 30 second increments until you can stir smooth. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend in sugar. Stir in flour and salt. Add milk chocolate chips, if using. Line an 8×8 pan with tin foil and spray with Pam. Spread dough evenly. Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center basically comes out clean. Brownies will be light golden on top. Cool completely.

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

Directions – heat cream in a microwave safe bowl until hot (45 seconds -1 minute). Pour over chips. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir smooth. Leave in bowl for 10 minutes or so to firm up a bit. Pour over cool brownies. Top with M&Ms.

Let ganache firm on the brownies before cutting them (or don’t and be like Rob, my husband 😏) Store in covered container.

If you are struggling with something today, remember you are not alone. I wish you kindness, peace and love. To quote the great Bruce Springsteen “tomorrow there’ll be sunshine, and all this darkness passed.”

Frosted Cake mix cookies with mini m&ms

Easy cake mix cookies!

I panicked at the thought of bringing 6 cupcakes into work tomorrow (although they are very large), so I decided,to add some cake mix cookies to bring in. I used a white cake mix for the cookies, topped them with white chocolate frosting, and I topped them with mini m&ms. They cookies are puffy and soft and I think you will really like them. You can try and different cake mix flavor if you want. You can also use semisweet or milk chocolate chips in the frosting if you prefer. Remember to scoop your flour from your flour container into your measuring cup so you get the correct amount, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before you start baking, so the oven is the perfect temp. Also, I really piled on the frosting thick and still had a little left over. If you don’t want a ton of frosting on the cookies, you can halve the frosting recipe or save it to use on something else.☺

  • Cookies ingredients
  • 1 white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. In a bowl,combine cake mix, flour and cornstarch. Add egg whites, vanilla water and oil. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners. Stagger 1/4 cups of dough on the prepared sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. They will be lightly golden on the bottom. Cool completely.

  • Frosting ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3 to 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions – in a microwave safe bowl, heat milk and white chips in 30 second increments until you cam stir it smooth. Add butter and vanilla. Blend in enough powdered sugar to get the consistency you want. Frost cookies and top with mini m&ms. Store in covered container.

Have a wonderful week! And remember to be kind!

Monster size chocolate chip cookies

Now,that’s a cookie!

You may want to schedule an extra workout session, run or walk before eating one of THESE chocolate chip cookies to burn off the extra calories. To say they are large is an understatement! Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies, so instead of having two or 3, just have one of these and call it a day! These use a mix of cake flour and all purpose flour. If you don’t have cake flour, you can make it by sifting 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour with 1 1/2 tbs cornstarch. Also, I was in a rush and only had cold butter to work with, so I used a cheese grater to shred it so I could work with it quickly.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, cold, grated with a cheese grater
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Directions – cream grated cold butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs and yolks. Fold in dry ingredients. Mix in chips. Divide dough evenly into thirds. Then divide each third in half. Then, divide each remaining dough pieces in half. There are your 12 cookies., pile dough into mounds. Chill at least a few hours. Preheat oven to 400 degrees fpr 20 minutes. On a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners, bake 10 to 12 minutes. There will be light golden spots on top. Cool on sheets completely. Do not be like my husband and grab one while it is still hot. 😳 store in covered container.

When it comes to cookies, the bigger, the better!

Brownie cookies stuffed with Hershey Kisses and topped with melted milk chocolate and mini m&ms

Welcome home NHL!

With the news that ESPN is getting back the NHL, I felt I needed to celebrate with an extra special treat. So I decided on chocolate brownie cookies. Stuffed with Hershey Kisses. Topped with melted milk chocolate AND mini M&Ms. Does that give you an indication about how happy I am the NHL is back?😁😁

Chocolate chocolate chocolate!
  • Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp chocolate extract (opt)
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Directions – cream butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs and extract. Mix in melted chocolate chips. Fold in,dry ingredients. Scoop out 1/4 cups of dough. Divide in half. Slightly flatten each half.

On one half of dough, place a Hershey kiss.

Top with second flattened half.

Seal edges.

Chill cookies a few hours. Preheat an oven to 350 for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners. Stagger cookies. Bake 9 to 12 minutes. Cool completely.

Topping ingredients and instructions – in a microwave safe bowl melt 2 cups of milk chocolate chips in 30 second increments until you can stir smooth. Add 1 tbs vegetable oil. Spoon on top on cookies. Sprinkle with m&ms. Store in covered container.

M&M’s make everything better!

Sunday cookies

“I am nervous and we still have 3 hours to kickoff” cookies

As I continue to lose my mind with more than 3 hours to kickoff for the Bills-Chiefs game, I made cookies because I needed something to do. I made these using a sugar cookie mix, threw in some peanut butter, valentine red m&ms, and mini chocolate chips. Some are stuffed with oreos, others with a Reese’s peanut butter Cup. These will be victory Monday cookies if the Bills win, if not they, sadly, will merely be cookies.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 sugar cookie mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup m&ms
  • 1/2 cup mini chips
  • Oreos, peanut butter cups

Directions- combine sugar cookie mix, egg, water, and butter. Blend in peanut butter. Mix in candy and chocolate chips. Scoop out 2 tbs dough and divide in half. Flatten one half, place oreo/reese’s on top. Flatten other half and place on top of oreo/reese’s. Seal edges. Chill a few hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 375 for 20 minutes. On a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners, stagger cookies. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Cookies will seem a little underdone. They should be lightly golden on the bottom. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Go Bills!