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.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day and remember to be kind.

Celebratory blondies

Go Bills!

In honor of the Bills 21 point win over the defending Super Bowl champion Rams, I felt a celebratory treat was in order. Rob suggested blondies, so here they are.

Remember to preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes so it cycles to the right temp. Also, spoon your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. If you pour the flour directly into the measuring cup, it gets packed in and you actually wind up with too much flour and your treats could be dry. A grave offense.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled 10 minutes
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Directions – line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. In a bowl, combine butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Fold in flour. Mix in 1 cup chips. Press evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup chips on top of dough and lightly press into dough. Bake 20-25 minutes. Bars will be light golden around edges. Cool completely and cut. Store in covered container.

Cookie monster!!!

I am so happy football season is here. We get the Sunday ticket once again for free and I am absolutely thrilled. Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.

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.

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.

XL Peanut Butter cookies with Peanut Butter M&Ms and peanut butter chips

Peanut butter cookies with peanut butter chips and peanut butter m&ms

I have been baking a LOT of chocolate chip variety cookies and brownies lately and wanted to make something different. Plus, I wanted to give something to our friends as a thank you for helping us put recently. They love peanut butter treats so I made peanut butter cookies (extra large, of course), with Peanut butter m&ms and peanut butter chips. These made only 9, but they are large.

Remember to scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup and to chill the dough for a few hours before baking.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, grated with a cheese grater or chopped up into tiny cubes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup peanut butter m&ms
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips

Directions – cream butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla and peanut butter. Blend in dry ingredients. Fold in chips and m&ms. Divide dough evenly into 9 pieces and form tall mounds. Chill a few hours. Preheat oven to 410 degrees for 20 minutes. On a baking sheet lined with nonstick baking liners, place 4 to 5 cookies. Bake 10 to 12 minutes (light golden patches). They may seem undercooked, but will cook more once removed from oven. Let cool 30 minutes on sheet. Cool completely and store in covered container.

Triple chip cookies and meeting Gretzky (no, not that one)

Triple chip cookies!

While my triple chip cookie dough was chilling in the fridge (I believe chilled dough makes for the best cookies), we took Gracie on her nightly walk. She gets 2 walks a day, yet is still chubby. That’s a story for another day. Anyways, she met 2 new friends. A beautiful white German Shepherd named Rory and a American Eskimo named Gretzky. Rob and both did a double take. Indeed the pup is named Gretzky. Her fiancee, like Rob, is a huge hockey fan, and Gretzky fan. A really cool moment. Onto the recipe!

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions – cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, pudding mix, baking soda and baking powder. Blend in flour. Fold in chips. Scoop out 1/4 cup of dough and form into mounds. Chill a few hours. Preheat oven to 35p degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners. Stagger cookies on the sheet – a row of 2, a row of 1, another row of 2 and a final row of 1. Baking 10 to 14 minutes. (Golden patches on tops of cookies). Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Celebrating national chocolate chip cookie day

It’s 102 degrees today, so why not fire up the oven? It had to be done today because it is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! These are simple, but large cookies, with 4 kinds of chocolate chips – semisweet, milk, white and mini. A reminder to scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. Also preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking so it cycles to the right temp. I recommend chilling the mounds of dough for a few hours. I was trying to speed up the process, so I froze them for 20 minutes.:)

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, cold and shredded with a cheese grater or cut into very small cubes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups flour (scooped from your flour bag into your measuring cup)
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups chocolate chips ,(i combined semisweet, milk, white and mini)

Directions – cream butter, sugar and brown sugar (instead of a mixer, I actually used my hands, like making meatballs). Add eggs and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients. Mix in chips. Divide dough evenly into 12 pieces. Chill a few hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a sheet with nonstick baking liners. Stagger 6 cookies on the sheet. Bake 18 to 20 minutes. Cool completely. Store in covered container

Thank you for stopping by! Wishing you a day filled with peace, joy and love!

Mounds of ccc!

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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