Dessert

Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chunk Cookies


I joined film club at school! I’m really excited about it because I love watching movies and want to be able to be exposed to a lot of different movies. We had our first meeting the other day and watched Memento. I’ve watched that movie three times now and I still get confused! It’s shot in flashbacks and the whole story is told backwards. They use a mixture of black and white and color shots and it’s just really intriguing.

I wanted to make cookies to bring to film club and decided on these delicious peanut butter pretzel chocolate chunk cookies! I may have mentioned before that I’m not really a fan of peanut butter cookies- most of them taste kinda dry to me and I don’t like how most of them are flat. But I found a recipe for puffy peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips on How Sweet it Is and knew I had to try them! I started gathering the ingredients and realized that I didn’t have any chocolate chips but I had a bunch of Dove chocolate I knew I wasn’t going to eat (I love Dove chocolate but I’d rather eat baked goods than plain chocolate), price so I cut them up and used them in these cookies! Then I decided to mix in pretzels to add a salty crunch!

Honestly I think these are some of the best cookies I have ever made which is saying something! They finished baking around 11pm and I was just standing in the kitchen munching on the warm, sildenafil delicious cookies.  The cookie itself was so soft and delicious and the Dove chocolate chunks made it just spectacular. I loved the salt from the pretzels and the crunch it added. I will absolutely make these again! I got great reviews from everyone who had them (I made a ton so I gave a lot away at school). I would totally recommend that you make these. And SOON!

Oh and I took these pictures with a 50mm Canon macro lens I borrowed from my photography class. Oh my goodness! I LOVE this lens! I would absolutely buy it if I had you know…like $300 to spare. But I’m definitely going to be borrowing this a lot this year!

Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Recipe from How Sweet It Is 

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoons baking soda

8 tablespoons of salted butter, melted and cooled

6 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter, melted and cooled

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups chopped Dove chocolate pieces (or chocolate chunks if you don’t have Dove)

1 cup pretzel pieces (use the square waffle pretzels)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Add butter and peanut butter to a microwave safe bowl, and heat in 30 second intervals until melted. Let cool completely.
  2. Unwrap the pieces of Dove chocolate and cut each square into 4 pieces. Break each pretzel into 3-4 pieces each and set both of these aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour and baking soda. In a large bowl, cream together the cooled butter and peanut butter along with the sugars until well combined. Mix in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla until combined. Gradually add in the flour mixture and mix until dough forms. The dough is really dry so you may need to use your hands to get it completely formed. Stir in the chocolate chunks and pretzel pieces.
  4. Use a 1 tbs. ice cream scoop to form the dough into balls. Place them on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart and bake for 10-11 minutes (keep them soft!)
  5. Let them cool completely and enjoy! Or stuff hot, gooey cookies into your mouth and imagine you’re in heaven :)

Note: The original recipe says it makes 18 cookies. But I got about 24. It just depends on the size you make them.

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Insane Crazy Ridiculous Chocolate Chip Cookie Oreo Brownies

My sister Celina’s birthday is my excuse to bake insane, diabetes and pregnancy over-the-top cakes (like the Oreo Cake I made for her this last year). My boyfriend is my excuse to bake ridiculously decadent desserts (like the Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies). I feel like I’m sensing a pattern here…all my insane desserts include Oreos. And this one is no different!

On Sunday, my boyfriend and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary :) I can’t believe it’s been 2 years already! That just blows my mind. I am so incredibly luchy to have him as a boyfriend, he is seriously the sweetest guy ever. I drove to see him at college and we went out to the movies and saw The Lion King! While it’s not my favorite movie anymore, it was when I was little and it’s his, too. I’m excited I got to see it in theaters! I forgot how much I love the music and the story and everything! After the movie, we went to J. Alexander’s for dinner. I loooovve this restaurant! We got the spinach queso as an appetizer which I absolutely love. I got the French Dip for dinner which is good but I think it’s just too much meat for me- I prefer their rattlesnake pasta or one of their salads. For dessert we shared the Best Ever Chocolate Cake, which seriously just may be the best ever. It’s a chocolate bunt cake with lots of hot fudge and a huge scoop of ice cream. I would go to this restaurant just for this cake. Seriously. (I actually found a copy-cat recipe and want to try it soon! I just have to get a bunt pan first). I had a great time on our date!

For his present, I knew I was going to bake him something. I made the Oreo Stuffed Cookies for his birthday about a month ago and he seriously loved them. He has been bugging me to make them ever since. I was going to make them for our anniversary but I have so many recipes saved that I want to make and I wanted to try something new…so I decided to make chocolate chip cookie oreo brownies, or Ultimate Brownies as Amanda from Kevin and Amanda calls them. These brownie-cookie-bar things looked incredibly good but I was worried that baking the cookie dough and brownie layer together would result in a dry, not gooey layers. I was worried for nothing! Every layer of this creation was perfect- the chocolate chip cookie dough one is probably my favorite! The oreos got all soft and delicious and the brownies were gooey perfection.

So what’s the verdict? Are these better than the Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies? My mom and boyfriend both liked the brownies but thought the cookies were better. Celina liked the brownies. I loved them both and I think the one I favor depends on my mood. I think if you eat the brownies, you have to eat them warm with vanilla ice cream. I’ve been having that for dessert and it is just delicious! However, I think in the future I’ll use regular stuffed Oreos because the double stuffed ones make it a little bit too sweet. And you know it’s sweet if I’m saying that!

First, make up a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough. Proceed to eat massive quantities of raw dough.

Line a 9 by 13in baking pan with parchment paper that’s been sprayed with Pam. Put the cookie dough in the pan and lick the bowl clean.

This is when I started to realize how ridiculous this dessert was.

But we’re not done yet!

Mmhhmm that’s right. Make up a big batch of brownies!

Pour it over the cookie dough and oreos and then eat a bunch of brownie batter.

Put it in the oven and, while it’s baking, take an extra oreo and put some cookie dough on it, drizzle it with brownie batter, and eat it. Not that I did that. And I certainly didn’t do that twice.

And enjoy! (Amanda’s picture looks much prettier than this…I suppose I should try a little harder to take pretty pictures of my final product but it’s hard to do when I’m so busy eating it!)

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie-Oreo-Fudge Brownie Bar

Recipe from Kevin and Amanda

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12 ounces) milk chocolate chips
1 package Oreos (I would do regular stuffed but go for double stuffed if you like things incredibly sweet!)
1 Family Size (9×13) Brownie mix
1/4 cup hot fudge topping (I didn’t use this because we didn’t have any hot fudge. I don’t think you really need it but I’m sure it’s great with it, too!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9 by 13 in baking pan with parchment paper that has been generously sprayed with Pam.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and both sugars with a mixer on medium speed for 3-5 minutes. Then add the eggs and vanilla and beat to combine.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt together. Gradually beat the flour mixture to the butter mixture until just incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips (with a wooden spoon).
  4. Spread the cookie dough out in your prepared pan and top with a layer of Oreos.
  5. Prepare the brownie mix according to the directions on the box, adding the 1/4 cup of hot fudge if you so desire.
  6.  Mix together brownie mix, adding an optional 1/4 cup of hot fudge topping to the mix if you so desire. Pour the brownie batter over the cookie dough and Oreos.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-55 minutes.

This recipe made an INSANE amount of brownies! I gave about half of them to my boyfriend and my family still had a ton left over. You can halve this recipe, using an 8 by 8 brownie mix and half the cookie dough. Or you can make the full amount and give some away to some very happy people!

Enjoy!

I shared this on Sweet as a Sugar Cookie :)

 

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Peanut Butter and Nutella Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ahh…two of my best friends! Nutella and Peanut Butter (or PB as I call Him) :D Oh look! My other best friend, pill Cookie, healthful is joining the party! (I am aware that I’m weird. Don’t judge).

This past Saturday I lead a workshop with some of the Jr. High girls from youth group called Beautiful. This was the second one I’ve done and I think it went pretty well! They’re workshops that stress inner beauty and talk about how God views beauty and then also teaches photography. At this workshop, the girls and I went out and took pictures of each other, talking about different compositional elements and how to direct your models. It was a lot of fun!

I knew I wanted to bake snacks for the workshop (snacks are the true secret of getting middle schoolers to come anywhere ;) but I wasn’t sure what to make. Ever since baking the crazy Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies, I’ve been more excited about baking cookies. I used to make cookies all the time and I loved using oats because of the taste and texture it gave to the cookies. It got to the point where I was just throwing oats into all the cookies I made haha :) I found this recipe a while back on Brown Eyed Baker’s blog. I remembered it while preparing for the workshop and decided to make them! Everything about this cookie sounded absolutely delicious.

The original recipe says that it makes 16 cookies. Well I certainly wanted more cookies than that (I wasn’t sure how many girls would show up, plus we needed leftovers of course!) so I decided to make 2 batches. Instead of making two batches of cookies with peanut butter, I made one with my beloved Nutella. I’ve been in such a crazy peanut butter mood for the past 6 months or so and have barely eaten any nutella at all (which is crazy if you know me!). But the other day I had some nutella with apple slices and then ended up eating several spoonfuls by itself…I had forgotten how insanely delicious it was!

Both of these cookies turned out great! They taste sooo delicious. I ate so much of the batter and then sampled the cookies once they were baked…my lunch on Saturday just consisted of cookies. But it was so worth it! And everyone loved them. The peanut butter cookies look really pretty. The nutella ones aren’t ugly, but they spread out a lot. I have absolutely no idea why that happened…maybe it was just a fluke. Anyways, I totally recommend that you make these. The flavors are delicious. The peanut butter and nutella isn’t overpowering (in fact, I would add more if I make these again) and the oats aren’t incredibly noticeable, they just add a nice texture. These cookies were fun and really easy to make :)

Peanut Butter or Nutella-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Slightly adapted from Brown Eyed Baker.

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup creamy peanut butter or 1/2 cup nutella
½ cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
½ cup rolled oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2.  In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt with a wooden spoon (not required but it makes it more fun!)
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter/nutella, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract, until smooth, about 3 minutes. Then add the egg and continue beating until combined. On low speed, gradually add the flour until just combined. With your trusty wooden spoon, stir in the oats and the chocolate chips.
  4. Using a medium to large cookie scoop, form the dough into balls and place on the baking sheets. Place in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes (helps prevent some of the spreading). Bake for 9-11 minutes (depending on how gooey you like your cookies), or until the cookies are lightly golden. Cool completely on the baking sheet and then store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Makes about 16 large cookies or 18-20 medium cookies

Enjoy!

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My Mommy’s Birthday Cake!

Today is my mommy’s birthday! We celebrated her birthday with my grandparents on the 11th, side effects though. I was still fasting (it was my last day of the fast) but I knew I had to make her a cake anyway.

My mom is an amazing person. She is compassionate, more info smart, shop sarcastic, funny, and just all around the best! She is a huge chocolate lover, something she passed down to her children, but she shockingly prefers yellow cake to chocolate cake. Living in our family of chocoholics, she hardly ever gets to have yellow cake so I knew that’s what I had to make for her birthday.

Now I have a confession to make…I used a box cake :( I know…I’m so ashamed. But here’s my excuse: I still wasn’t feeling 100% and so I wanted something a little bit easier. Also, I have never made a yellow cake that beat a box cake mix. I have a recipe that I really want to try but I didn’t want to make it for the first time on a cake as important as this one and then not have it turn out! See! I’m really thoughtful!

Here’s the key, though, if you make a yellow cake from a box mix- you HAVE to get the kind that’s made with butter. Not oil, butter. This makes the cake so much more delicious.

With butter!

I made the MOST DELICIOUS chocolate frosting from one of my favorite bloggers, Sugar Plum. I’ve talked about this frosting before and it is seriously outstanding. Here’s the cake before I frosted it!

I think this is one of the prettiest cakes I’ve ever made. I made extra frosting so I’d have a ton to fill the cake and lots to frost it! It worked out really well. Then I decided to make chocolate drizzled strawberries for the top.

This was really fun to make! And my family said it was one of the best cakes I’ve ever made- they liked the simplicity (somethings most of my cakes lack ;)

Tonight we’re all going out to eat to celebrate :) I’m pretty excited for it!

Best Chocolate Frosting

Recipe from Sugar Plum

I made 1.5 of this recipe for this cake. You don’t have to but I like a lot of frosting!

2/3 cup granulated sugar +1/3 cup
1/3 cup all-purpose flour +1/6 cup
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder +1/5 tablespoons
1/8 teaspoon salt +a tiny extra
1 cup milk +1/2 cup
1 cup unsalted butter, softened +1/2 cup
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted + 1/2 cup

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa, salt and milk until it boils. Whisk the mixture frequently until it gets very thick (about one minute). Strain the mixture into a small bowl and cool it completely in the refrigerator or freezer.
  2. When the strained “pudding mixture” is cool, beat butter in a large mixing bowl until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in “chocolate pudding” mixture until well combined, about 1 minute. Beat in melted chocolate until well combined and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Spread frosting onto cake layers.

 

I shared this post over at Tasty Tuesdays and Sweets for a Saturday and on Foodie Friday and This Chick can Cook!

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Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday was a busy (but good) day! I was really tired because my friend Jessica and I had been to the Hillsong United concert the night before (more on that later :). School was pretty boring..the best part was working on our coil pots in AP Art History. I wish we could just do art projects in there all year! I got home and immediately left to take Celina to her acting lessons and I had my first piano lesson with a new teacher. The lesson went well but it’s going to be strange to have a piano teacher again! On our way home we stopped by Kroger to get a couple of things. When I got home I worked out and showered and then baked cookies as a birthday present for my boyfriend :) He sent me a link to these Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies from Picky Palate a while ago so that’s what I decided to make!

Before I used to really enjoy baking cookies and it was what I made most frequently. Lately I just haven’t been in the mood to bake cookies but these super delicious over-the-top cookies reminded me how fun it is :)

First you have to make a big batch of chocolate chip cookie dough. Any cookie dough would work but I followed the Picky Palate recipe which was pretty basic but used a tablespoon of vanilla. I liked the extra vanilla in the dough- it added a nice flavor.

I think this picture speaks for itself. 2 chocolate chip cookies. 1 Oreo.

It’s hard to tell how big these cookies are (and the picture isn’t that good…) but they are enormous!

Yummy! Oh a miracle happened…the oven stayed on the whole time I was baking! I was so excited!

I was really bummed that we didn’t have milk! We only had almond milk…and it’s really not the same. We’ll have to buy some milk today so I can enjoy these cookies to the fullest!

These were so good! I had dinner at Carrabbas with my boyfriend and his parents. I gave him the cookies afterwards and he said they were really good! My family liked them too. Success all around!

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie

Recipe from Picky Palate

Ingredients:

2 sticks softened butter

3/4 Cup packed brown sugar

1 Cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 Tablespoon vanilla

3 1/2 Cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

10 oz bag chocolate chips

1 package of Oreos…they HAVE to be double stuffed. It’s the law.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (and pray that it will stay heated).
  2. Cream together butter and sugars until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the flour, side effects salt and baking soda.  Slowly add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips until just combined.
  4. Using a 1 tbs ice cream scoop, take one scoop of cookie dough and place on top of an Oreo.  Take another scoop of dough and place on bottom of the Oreo. Use your fingers to press the dough around the Oreo until you can’t see it anymore.
  5. Put the cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 9-10 minutes. I like to keep my chocolate chip cookies a little underbaked :) Take them out of the oven and stare and the amazing thing you’ve just created!

This makes 20-24 extremely large cookies! Make them today for someone you love and eat them with real milk! You know, the kind from the cows :)

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