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!

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.

Hot cocoa brownies with fluff filling and topped with chocolate ganache and a squiggle!

Hot cocoa brownies

We spent this snowy Saturday shovelling, letting Gracie in and out approximately one million times, and watching hockey. Rob requested hostess cupcakes,so I did a little tweak – hot cocoa brownies, with hostess filling, chocolate ganache and a squiggle. The squiggle is never my forte. You can say the same for my decorating and picturing taking.

Topped with a squiggle (really it is a blob)

Reminders – scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking so it cycles to the right temp.

  • Brownies ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, melted and cooled at room temp for 10 minutes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup hot cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup 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 bowl, mix together melted butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients just until combined. Fold in chips. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few crumbs. Cool completely.

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

Directions – in a bowl, blend butter and fluff well. Add vanilla. Mix in powdered sugar,slowly. Add milk, a tsp at a time, to get the consistency you want. Spread over cooled brownies

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

Directions – place chips in a bowl. In a saucepan, heat heavy cream just to a boil. Pour over chips. Let sit 5 minutes. Stir smooth. (If you need to, microwave mixture for 20 seconds and that should allow you to stir it smooth). Spread over fluff filling

  • Squiggle ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tsp milk

Directions – blend together well. Scoop into a plastic sandwich bag and cut out a corner. Now squiggle on top of chocolate layer! If you can do a squiggle, more power to you. My abilities only allow a blob. Store in covered container.

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.

Pumpkin cake/bars with vanilla frosting

Pumpkin cake/bars

Fall is here, so I decided to make something pumpkin flavored. These are somewhere between a cake and a bar cookie. I went with a vanilla frosting, but a cream cheese or brown butter one would work well too.

A little extra powdered sugar on top for extra sweetness
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup oil
  • 15 oz can of pure pumpkin
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes so your oven gets to the right temperature for baking. Spray a 10×15 pan with baking spray. In a bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, oil and eggs. Blend in dry ingredients. Spread into prepared pan. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with a few crumbs.

  • Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 tbs milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Combine. Frost cake while still warm. Cool completely. Cut into pieces and store in covered container.

Happy football friday! Go Bills!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Wishing you a day filled with happiness, joy, love and peace. And, remember to be kind. We are all fighting some sort of battle, and some are harder than others.

Whoopie pies!!!!

I am not sure if the melted milk chocolate on top is necessary

I needed to bake something for our block party tomorrow, so I thought whoopie pies would be good. They gave me a chance to use whoopie pie pans (one of many baking items I have that are for one thing only, like my twinkie pan and churros maker). These are easy – they use a cake mix and a few other ingredients. The filling is marshmallow fluff based and I topped them with melted milk chocolate because… Well, why not?

Remember to preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes so that it heats up properly (a tip from an LG tech).

Whoopie pie pan!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla
Two might be a bit much to eat in one sitting!

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. I used a whoopie pie pan that I sprayed with baking spray. You can also line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or nonstick baking liners. In a bowl, combine cake mix and baking powder. Add oil, water,eggs and vanilla. Batter will be on the thick side. Scoop out 2 tbs dough and spread to edge of each whoopie pie cavity… Or scoop out 2 tbs and place on parchment paper and spread into a 3 inch circle. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center basically comes out with a few crumbs. Cool completely.

  • Frosting
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/3 cups marshmallow fluff
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Water

Directions – combine butter and fluff. Blend in powdered sugar and vanilla. You can add water, a tsp at a time, if you want to thin it out a little. Place a dollop between two whoopie pies. Store in covered contaner.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I wish you peace, happiness and joy. And remember to be kind. We all need more kindness.

Rob’s brownie request

These brownies are right up Rob’s alley! These are very thick and extra chocolatey because they are filled with chocolate chips, sprinkled with chocolate chips and powdered sugar on top! I think my hubby was quite pleased with how his request turned out! Of course, he only eats one, so the rest come to work with me!

Oooooohhhhh!!!
  • Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp chocolate extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 for 20 minutes. Line and 8×8 pan with tin foil and spray with baking spray. Combine butter and cocoa. Add eggs and extract. Blend in sugar, brown sugar. Add flour and salt. Blend in chips. Mixture will be thick. Spread into prepared pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Sprinkle warm brownies with extra chocolate chips and gently press down into brownies. Then Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Store in covered container.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you try these brownies, let me know how you like them! Have a wonderful day and know that you matter and have so much to give to this world!

Black and White Brownie cookies (aka half moon cookies)

Black and white brownie/half moon cookies

I know the classic black and white, or half moon cookie, has a vanilla cookie base. But today, I decided to mix it up and go with a brownie base. I also decided to use my whoopie pie pans! Honestly, they are one of the baking tools I have, but rarely use. (Others include a churros maker and mini cake pop maker, both which operate like a foreman grill, and breadmaker).

Whoopie pie pan getting used for the first time in a long time

I used a mix for these, but you could probably use your favorite homemade recipe and add the flour and baking cocoa. Remember to scoop your flour from,you flour bag into your measuring cup and preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Also, if black and white cookies are not your thing, make whatever flavor filling you want and make whoopie pies.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 brownie recipe, prepared
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa

Directions – preheat oven to 350 for 20 minutes. Spray a whoopie pie pan with baking spray, or line a cookie sheet with a nonstick baking liner. Combine your brownie recipe, along with flour and baking cocoa. Mixture will be thick. Scoop out 2 tbs dough and spread evenly in whoopie pie pan or to a 2 1/2 inch circle. Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes. Tops may seem undone, but that is ok. Cooking too long will dry them out. Let cool completely.

Chocolate frosting – in a microwave safe bowl, combine 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips and 4 1/2 tbs butter. Melt in 30 second increments until you can stir smooth. Flat side up, frost 1/2 of cookie. Let set 10 minutes.

Let the chocolate side set for 10 minutes

Vanilla frosting – combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tbs corn syrup and 2-3 tbs heavy cream. Frost other side of cookie. Store in covered container.

The finished product

Thanks for stopping by today! If you make these, let me know how they turn out. Remember to be kind. We are all battling something. And don’t forget you matter and are loved!

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Red Velvet Milk Chocolate Chip cookies

Red velvet milk chocolate chip cookies topped with melted milk chocolate

I have made a lot, and I mean a lot, of chocolate chip cookie recipes lately. I have over 30 varieties in my recipe box, which helps me make them differently each time. But tonight, I wanted to mix it up. So, I thought I would try out a red velvet chocolate chip cookie recipe. A very large cookie, with milk chocolate chips… and top – powdered sugar and melted milk chocolate.

Reminders – 1) spoon you flour from your flour container into you measuring cups so you get the correct amount. 2) chill the mounds of dough for at least a few hours. 3) preheat your oven to 375 degrees for at least 20 minutes. 4) take the cookies out after about 15 minutes. They Will seem a little gushy, but will continue to cook on the cookie sheet as they cook down. And if they wind up too brown on the bottom, you can slather them with melted chocolate!

Too dark cookie bottoms? Cover with melted chocolate! No one will know!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbs red food color
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips

Directions – cream butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs and food color. Blend in dry ingredients. Fold in chips. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Chill mounds of dough for at least a couple of hours. Preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners. Stagger cookies on sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle warm cookies with powdered sugar. Cool completely. Drizzle with melted chocolate. Store in covered container.

Look at all that melted chocolate

Remember to be kind. We are all gping through something. Life can be really hard some times. Give other people a break. Give yourself a break. Take a few deep breaths and remember How much you matter and are loved.