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 Chip (Tollhouse) Bars

These are a request from my goddaughter Sara, who along with her sister, also my goddaughter, Lyndsey, and their mom, Susan (my best friend from college), will be visiting us for a few hours tonight. Sara’s treat requests mirror those of Rob – chocolate chip cookies (or something along that line), or brownies. So these are also a win for my hubby.

Reminders – scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the correct amount and preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking.

  • List of ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled for 20 minutes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling on top

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Line an 8×8 square pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray. in a bowl, combine brown sugar and butter. add egg and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. Mix in chips. Spread into prepared pan. Sprinkle with additional chips on top. bake 20 to 25 minutes, until edges are lightly browned but still soft. (I baked mine for 22 minutes. They seemed underbaked, but will firm up after you take them out of oven and cool down). Cool completely. 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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Chocolate Oreo cookies

Chocolate Oreo cookies

I have a rather large bag of Oreos to use up, so instead of making different kinds of cookies to stuff, I ground some up and tossed them in these cookies. And they are frosted with a simple vanilla frosting. I used Crisco in these, but softened butter would probably work well too

Finally was able to order our replacement stove today! Yay! It is arriving on Wednesday! It has been a guessing game baking the last two months! At least the treats have all turned out well!

Yum!

Remember to scoop your flour, baking cocoa and powdered sugar from your containers into your measuring cup to get the correct amount. Also preheat your oven to 350 for 20 minutes to get the right temp.

You can always add more frosting
  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 powdered sugar
  • 3 tbs brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 24 Oreos, finely crushed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 4 tbs cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions – line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking linerspreheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. In a bowl, cream Crisco, brown sugar, sugar and powdered sugar. Add oil and egg. Blend in crushed oreos and dry ingredients. Divide dough evenly into 9 large mounds of dough. Bake 9 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely.

  • Frosting ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 tbs heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions – cream butter and powdered sugar. Add cream and vanilla. Frost cookies. Store in covered container.

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This gal has a sweet tooth (but no chocolate, don’t worry)

Monday night football!!!! A mini Oreo stuffed in a sugar cookie stuffed in a brownie.

Mini Oreo stuffed inside a sugar cookie stuffed inside a brownie

Big game for the Bills – against the Titans on Monday Night Football. So I upped my treat game -a mini Oreo stuffes inside a sugar cookie stuffed inside a brownie, with a chocolate blobby of frosting on top., why the frosting? I do not know. It seemed like the right call. Is it necessary? I believe the answer is yes.

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  • Ingredients list
  • 2 boxes of brownie mix, plus ingredients listed on the boxes
  • Sugar cookie mix, plus ingredients listed on box/bag
  • Mini oreos

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a 9×13 pan with tin foil and spray with baking spray. In a bowl, combine brownie mixes and ingredients listed on boxes. Spread evenly into prepared pan. In another bowl, combine sugar cookie mix and ingredients on box. Scoop put 1 tbs cookie dough and cover a mini Oreo. Repeat process. I think I did about 16 of these. Gently press into brownie dough in pan in 4 rows of 4. Bake 28 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of brownie dough comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completley. Cut. You can frost these if you would like. Store in covered container.

Football Friday for week 6 – brown butter blondies with chocolate chips

Brown butter blondies with chocolate chips

My president of taste testing, Rob, put in a request for these – brown butter blondies with chocolate chips. Super simple and are ready in no time. Browning butter is a very simple process. Just melt the butter in a saucepan, stirring occasionally until you see little brown bits in it.

Extreme closeup!😋

Couple of reminders – Make sure you preheat your oven for 20 minutes before baking. Also spoon your flour from your flour container into your measuring cup.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, browned and cooled for 10 minutes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line an 8×8 or 9×9 pan with tin foil and spray with baking spray. In a bowl, combine brown butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla. Fold in flour and salt. Blend in chips. Spread evenly into pan. Bake 20 minutes (no longer). Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and remember to be kind. A small act of kindness can do wonders. Hoping your day is filled with love and happiness…. And Go Bills!! 🏈

Chocolate Chip cookies recipe # 25

Extra chips in this cookie!

These are one of my many, many chocolate chip cookie recipes. Rob requests only two things – chocolate chip cookies and brownies. I don’t like making the same thing over and over, so I have a collection of various recipes for both. That way there is a little variety for me in my baking. These cookies came out a little gushier than normal because we are having issues with our oven. It is less than 4 years old. I was pleasantly surprised that we got the warranty with it. So we are getting it fixed for free. We are waiting on some parts to come in and the tech will be back to fix it.

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Some tips – scoop your flour from your flour container into measuring cup. Also, preheat your oven for 20 minutes before baking to allow it to cycle for the right temp.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, cold (I used a cheese shredder to shred it)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Directions – cream butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. Fold in 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips. Divide dough into 12 equal mounds of dough. Gently press remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips into tops of each mound. Chill a few hours. Preheat oven to 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or nonstick baking liners. Stagger cookies on prepared sheets. Bake 12 to 16 minutes, depending on how gushy you want your cookies. Cool completley. Store ina covered container. I also chilled them a little too in the fridge.

Cookie!!!

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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!

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Week 2 Victory Treats

Oreo fudge topped brownies

The Bills got their first win of the season today in Miami, so victory Monday treats are in order. I went with fudge brownies topped with a fudgy frosting with crushed Oreos. A little over the top for only week 2, but I like to set the bar high.

Remember to preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking to make sure your oven heats up to the right temperature. Also, spoon your flour from your flour bag into you measuring cup so you get the right amount (and so the same with your baking cocoa)

All that chocolatey goodness!
  • Ingredients
  • 12 tbs butter (1 1 /2 sticks)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 /2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions -preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray. Set aside. In a microwave safe bowl, heat butter and chocolate chips in 30 second increments until you can stir smooth. Add sugar. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Fold in flour, salt, and baking cocoa. Mix in chips. Mixture will be thick. Press into prepared pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center basically comes out clean. Cool completely.

  • Topping ingredients
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 6 tbs heavy cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 12 oreos, crushed

Directions – in a microwave safe bowl,melt both kinds of chocolate chips with heavy cream in 30 second increments until you can stir smooth. Blend in powdered sugar. Fold in Oreos. Frost brownies. Cut into squares. Store in covered container.

Rob, my chief taste tester, decided the brownie needed some marshmallow fluff

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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.

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