Bananas for a Saturday morning at ESPN Radio

Banana chocolate chip bars with brown butter frosting

I am filling in tomorrow morning at work and need a treat to bring in for my people. These are dense banana bars with chocolate chips and brown butter frosting. They are also made with melted white chocolate chips. I have done different flavored treat using melted white chips, so this time ibtried banana. I arrive at 6 am tomorrow morning, so breakfast will be served then.:)

Reminders – preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking So it cycles to the right temp. Scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup to get the right amount. If you pour the flour directly into the measuring cup, it gets packed in and can dry out the bars.

Bananas = fruit= breakfast
  • Ingredients
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 2 cups mashed bananas
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 -2 cups of chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a 9×13 pan with tin foil and spray with baking spray. In a microwave safe bowl,melt white chips and butter in 45 second increments until you can stir smooth. Stir in sugar. Mix in eggs. Stir in bananas. Blend in flour. Fold in chocolate chips. Spread evenly into foiled pan. Bake 22 to 27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center basically comes out clean. The edges will be a light golden brown. While bars are warm, make the frosting.

  • Frosting ingredients
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 plus cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Brown butter over low-medium heat (there will be little brown specs at the bottom. ) Remove from heat and pour into bowl. Cool 5 minutes. Add powdered sugar. Mix in cream and vanilla. Spread over warm bars. Cool completely and cut. Store in covered container.

See the little brown specs from the butter? 😋

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Smores whoopie pies- NFL playoff edition

Smores whoopie pies

I figured I would up my treats game with the NFL super wildcard weekend. The Bills win over the Patriots was the best game I ever saw played by a Bills team. Just about everything went right and Josh Allen was flawless. Such a performance deserves a special cookie. So I present the smores whoopie pie – a Graham cracker cookie, fluff filling and melted chocolate on top. Each cookie is 1/4 cup of dough. The final whoopie pie is quite large, so next time I may only use 2 tbs dough for each cookie. Although I don’t expect any complaints at work with XL cookies

A few reminders – let your butter soften on the countertop for 45 minutes to an hour. Scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup. Preheat your oven for 20 minutes before baking So your ovem cycles to the right temp.

  • Ingredients for cookies
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper. In a bowl, cream butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients, including Graham cracker crumbs. Scoop out 1/4 cups of dough. Slightly flatten. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. These are kind of hard to tell when they are done, but you don’t want to overcook them in the oven. Cool completely.

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

Directions – blend fluff and butter. Mix in powdered sugar. Add a little milk if filling seems too thick. Now for the assembly.

Place a cookie, flatside up
Top with a dollop of filling
Place another cookie, flatside down, on top
Frost with melted chocolate

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful day filled with joy. And I hope the Bills win 3 straight games these playoffs!

Brown butter triple chip cookies

The cookie monster!

As I continue to break in out new stove, I present another version of the triple chip cookie. I used browned butter to give them a different flavor and active yeast to make them chewy.

Tips – scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup. (Pouring it in packs in the flour and winds up being too much flour,which could make dry cookies). I like to chill the dough for a bit so they cookies don’t get too flat. Also, preheat your oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes so it cycles to the right temp

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, shredded
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp active yeast
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chips
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

In a pan, brown butter over low-medium heat. (The butter melts, you continue to cook and stir it occasionally until little brown specks appear. Once that happens, set aside for ten minutes. In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda and yeast. Cut in cold, shredded butter. Add browned butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg and vanilla. Stir in chips. Scoop out 1/4 cups dough. Chill a few hours. Preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper. Stagger cookies. Bake 9 to 13 minutes (light golden patches on top). Cool completely.

My new pooh potholder!

Thanks for stopping by today! I wish you a day of peace, love and joy. Remember to be kind. We are all fighting a battle of some sort. Your kindness may be the light that someone needs. ❤

Snowball cookies with mini chocolate chips

The only thing mini about these cookies is the chips!

These are a variation of a recipe I saw in one of my Nestle cookbooks that one of my grandmothers gave to me when I was in college. It is also the treat that Rob requested. I used a mix of Crisco and butter, but you can use all butter if you want. It is a very easy dough to make and the cookies will be a big hit! I made mine on the larger side,with 2 tbs of dough. You can use 2 tsp and you will bake more of them, obviously. They also take less time to cook.

Remember to scoop your powdered sugar and flour from your respective containers into measuring cups so you get the correct amount. Also, preheat your oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes before baking so it cycles to the right temp.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tbs water
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
That cookie monster, at it again!

Directions – preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or nonstick baking liners. In a bowl, cream butter, Crisco and powdered sugar. Add vanilla. Blend in flour and salt. Mix in water. You may have to use your mixer for a while. It takes the dough some time to come together. Add chips. Scoop out 2 tbs dough, roll into a ball and slightly flatten. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Bake 10 to 12 minutes (bottoms will be lightly golden). Sprinkle warm cookies with powdered sugar. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Happiness is a warm cookie

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you try these cookies, let me know how you like them. I wish you a wonderful day, filled with peace, love and joy. #bekind

Chocolate chip bars

Chocolate chip bars

Chocolate chip bars. A classic. A request from my hubby, Rob. Something else for me to make as I attempt to figure out our new stove. Brownies and bar cookies have been a bit of a disaster so far, but I think I have figured it out. The issue was the pan, i believe. Hopefully, no more problem treats!

All those chips!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup Crisco
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray. In a bowl, cream Crisco, sugar and brown sugar. Add egg, water and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. If mixture seems too dry, try mixing it with your hands, or add another tbs of water. Fold in chips. Press into prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you day is a good one, filled with peace, joy and love. And remember to be kind. You will need someone to be kind to you when you are having a tough day.

Easy frosted sugar cookies

Easy frosted sugar cookies

These are part 2 of my work treats for tomorrow – frosted sugar cookies. They are so easy to make. They are soft and sweet and have the perfect sugar cookie frosting. I did not cut them out. Just scooped out some dough and flattened to about 1/2 inch.

Remember to scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. And, preheat your oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes so it cycles to the right temp.

No need to be fancy with the frosting
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Directions – preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or nonstick baking liners. cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients. Scoop out 1/4 cups of dough, roll into balls and flatten to 1/2 inch thick. Bake 8 to 10 minutes (there will be no golden spots on top). Cool completely.

The cookie monster at it again!
  • Frosting
  • 2 tbs butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2- 4 tbs milk or water

Directions – blend butter and powdered sugar. Add vanilla and enough milk or water to get desired consistency. Frost cooled cookies. Store in covered container.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with love, peace and joy

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie day, to those of you who observe

Happy National chocolate chip cookie day!

It seems like there is a National (insert name) day every day, doesn’t it? I remember recently seeing something about National Mutt Day (which we observe in our house really every day, because of Gracie). I saw that August 4th, 2021 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie day. I couldn’t let that go by without baking some ccc’s to bring into work (and perhaps let Rob eat one or two).

The cookie monster at it again!

Some cool facts about Chocolate Chip Cookies… 1) Ruth Wakefield “invented” them in 1930. She was making cookies for her roadside inn guests and was out of baker’s chocolate. She added broken pieces of Nestle’s chocolate. She thought they would melt, but did not.. and voila, a star cookie was born! 2) the chocolate chip cookie is America’s most popular cookie. 3) the first chocolate chip cookie was the size of a quarter (now, that’s just wrong) 4) there are 7 billion chocolate chip cookies eaten in the US every year, with only half of those being homemade (a travesty. that number should be bigger) 5) the number of cookies the average person eats in a lifetime is 35, 000. (yowsa)

Perfectly puffy!

Remember to spoon your flour from the flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the correct amount. if you pour directly into the measuring cup, you get too much flour and your cookies could be dry. once you scoop out the dough, chill it for a couple of hours to keep your cookies puffy. and, preheat your oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes so it cycles to the right temperature for baking (that tip from Stanley, our LG oven tech, to whom I am indebted)

  • ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cupcrisco
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 tbs cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tspbaking powder
  • 3 cups chocolate chips

directions – cream butter, crisco, brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. fold in chocolate chips. Scoop out 1/4 cups of dough. Chill at least for a few hours. Preheat your oven for 20 minutes to 375 degrees. On a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper, stagger mounds of cookie dough. bake 12 to 15 minutes – you will see light golden patches on top. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Celebrating the greatest cookie!

thanks so much for stopping by today. Let me know if you make these cookies and how you like them. And, I hope you have a wonderful day filled with love, peace and happiness. Remember that life is hard for all of us, but some have it tougher than others.

Another Chocolate chip cookies recipe

Gooshy goodness!

Another rainy, humid day here, so to make things better, I opted to whip up some chocolate chip cookies. I used bread flour in these because, well, I have a bag of bread flour that I am trying to figure out what to do with.

Remember to scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. (If you directly pour it into your measuring cup, you will end up with too much, making for a dry cookie). If you have time, chill the dough at least for an hour to keep the cookies from spreading too much. Also preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking to get the oven to the right temp.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cup chocolate chips
A little flatter than I prefer my cookies to look, but I think they’re ok

Directions – cream butter, brown sugar and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. Mix in chips. Scoop out 1/4 cups dough. Chill an hour or two. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper. Stagger cookies on the prepared sheet. Bake 10 to 13 minutes, or until you see light golden patches on top. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Happiness is a chocolate chip cookie

Thanks for stopping by today. Remember life can be hard some times, so be kind to others as well as yourself. Wishing you peace, love, joy and happiness. ❤

Fudge topped chocolate chip cookies

Fudge on a cookie? Yes, please!

I felt I needed to do something different with the chocolate chip cookie request. I have noticed online quite a few people have suggested adding an instant vanilla pudding mix, so I went with that. And I also decided to top them with fudge. A simple fudge – just chocolate chips, condensed milk and vanilla. You can use any chocolate chip recipe, of course, but I will still share the one I used. These don’t need to chill in the fridge, but you can if you want.

Remember to scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup to get the right amount ans preheat your oven to 350 degrees before baking, to get the right temp.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups flour (can add more if dough seems too sticky)
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 tbs (yes a tbs) baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cream buttee, Crisco, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend in pudding mix. Blend in flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt. Fold in chips. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or nonstick baking liners. Scoop out 1/4 cups of dough stagger on prepared sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. (Light golden patches on top). Cool completely

  • Fudge topping ingredients
  • 7 oz condensed milk (2/3 cup)
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips

Direction – in a microwave safe bowl, microwave chips and condensed milk in 45 second increments until you can,stir smooth. Top cookies. Store in covered container.

Two of these cookies might be a bit much to,eat at once!

Thanks for stopping by! Let me kniw if you make these. And, remember hiw wonderful and important you are and how many gifts you have to offer the world. Life is hard, but remember to be kind. We all are battling something

Mega triple chip cookies

Right out of the oven!

What better way to celebrate a random Thursday in May than with a mega chocolate chip cookie. Needed a synonym for big, so mega was my winner this time. I had no time to chill the dough, so I went with Crisco this time because I find butter can make the cookies spread if the dough is not chilled. I used a mix of all purpose flour and cake flour because I realized I have two boxes of cake flour. (You can also sift together 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour with 1 1/2 tbs cornstarch and make your own cake flour. Rob also asked for triple chips (milk chocolate, white chocolate and semisweet). Remember to spoon your flour from your container into your measuring cup to get the correct amount and preheat your oven for 20 minutes before baking.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup Crisco
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 cup white choc chips
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup milk chocolate chips
The bigger the cookie, the better!

Directions – preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Cream Crisco, brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. Dough may take a while to come together. Mix in chips. Divide dough evenly into 9 pieces. Line a cookie with nonstick baking liners. Stagger cookies on the prepared sheet. Bake 12-14 minutes. (Golden spots on top). Let cool completely on cookie sheets. Store in covered container.

Who needs a cookie?