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Airplane Girl and Oreo Truffles

Yesterday was the day I heard whether or not I was accepted early into Brown University.

I knew I would hear at 4pm and all day was counting down to the hour. I kept praying that God would give me peace over whatever the decision was.

As 4pm neared, anemia I sat on the couch, waiting. I painted my nails to pass the time. I peed. I ate a granola bar. I sat there, feeling dizzy and slightly panicked.

My sister was sitting next to me. She was the only one who knew I was going to hear from Brown yesterday (she had 4:00 B written on her hand…in “code” so no one would know…cute :).

She turned to me and said “two minutes!”

I was flipping out and asked “What if it’s TERRIBLE news???”

She said “There’s no such thing as terrible news. Just good news, and not so good news.” <– she’s pretty smart that girl.

I tried to keep that in mind as I logged in to my Brown account. I had to click through many links before finally reading the letter.

“After a careful evaluation of your credentials, the Board of Admission has voted to postpone a final decision on your application.”

Sigh. I wish I could have said it was good news. But alas, not so good news it is.

I felt a lot of things after seeing that. Disappointment, frustration, rejection, sadness, anger, discouragement.

I was frustrated that I put so much time and energy into the application, an application that I thought was really strong, only to be rejected. I was disappointed that I didn’t get in, and that I now have to complete a lot of other applications to other colleges. I felt really discouraged, feeling that not getting in to Brown means I won’t get in anywhere. And I felt a little bit angry at God that I didn’t get in.

Me: Hey God, I was supposed to get in. Brown is perfect for me!

God: Umm I may not think so! You asked my opinion!

Me: I don’t like your opinion.

God: Well I don’t like your nailpolish.

Me: Well I don’t like the Old Testament!

God: Well your handwriting is messy!

Yeah…God and I have issues sometime. Or maybe it’s just me that has issues ;)

<Insert picture of yummy goody to diffuse the tension>  ;)

I’m feeling better about this now. Still upset, but ready to send in my other applications and be done with this whole process.

One thing that makes things a little easier is a story I heard when I was visiting Harvard this summer.

I visited Harvard with my grandparents, and we met up with a family friend who is the head of undergraduate physics. We were talking about how schools are so selective, and he told us about a girl he had met who had applied to the school. He said he was sure she’d get in because not only was she brilliant, but she had built her own airplane and flown it. But she wasn’t accepted to Harvard. And she was wait-listed at MIT. Uhh yeah, crazy! She eventually got in to MIT, and after her freshmen year was voted the Freshman of the Year. Things worked out for Airplane Girl, hopefully they’ll work out for me, too.

As I’m going through all this college stuff, I’m trying to stay positive, listen to God (we’re good now :), and remember Airplane Girl.

So, what do you do when you get disappointing news? You do something fun. Like make Oreo Truffles! I had these for the first time several years ago and thought they were absolutely incredible. I made them for my teachers for a little Christmas present and they all loved them! They couldn’t be easier to make..or more delicious to eat :)

Oreo Truffles

Ingredients:

1 Package Double Stuffed Oreos (I was tempted to use those crazy new triple stacker oreos, but resisted…next time ;)

8 oz. block cream cheese

1 package white or milk chocolate bark coating

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Almond flavoring (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, blend oreos until they make a coarse, coffee-like mixture.
  2. Mix oreos with softened block of cream cheese until if forms a smooth, cohesive mixture. Mix in a teaspoon or two of almond flavoring if you desire (NOT almond extract. You can use almond extract, but use much much less).
  3. Roll into small balls, placing them on wax paper or aluminum foil-lined cookie sheets.
  4. Refridgerate overnight, or put in the freezer for an hour.
  5. Melt the chocolate bark. I use milk chocolate bark, but find that it’s a little too sweet, so I mixed in some semi-sweet chocolate chips. It made the chocolate perfectly sweet, but does make the chocolate crack a little bit when hardened.
  6. Place the balls back on the cookie sheet to cool.
  7. Can be made several nights in advance. Store in the fridge.

Makes about 35-40 oreo truffles, depending on what size you make them.

Enjoy!

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 :)

 

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 :)

My Sister’s Birthday and the Biggest Cake Ever

Yesterday was Celina’s birthday- she turned 13! She is an amazing person, side effects a super talented singer, gastritis really smart, and beautiful! We had a really fun time celebrating. My mom, two sisters, and I went and saw Rio in the theater. It was a cute movie with fun music and now I really want to go to Rio de Janerio. Celina got a couple of Wii games for her birthday, one of which was the Harry Potter Lego game. We played that quite a bit yesterday- it’s really fun! We just go around smashing everything we can…hehe. After BBQ chicken and rolls and corn for dinner, Celina, my mom, and I went swimming. The water was sooo warm. I liked it though. We had a lot of fun fighting over pool toys :) Then we went home and ate the cake that I’d spent a lot of the day making.

What cake you ask? Oh it was pretty intense. I made an Oreo Cake. Now this cake is not calorie free. However, a slice of this cake really doesn’t have more calories than watermelon, so don’t feel bad about eating it! The process of making this cake was pretty involved and there were times where I just about lost it. But in the end I think it was worth it! (Be warned, this is a long post!)

I started by making the two chocolate cake layers. I used the Pioneer Woman chocolate sheet cake recipe (best chocolate cake ever!) and baked it in two 9″ pans.

You start by mixing together your flour and sugar and whatnot.

That is not butter. Nope it’s not. It’s…umm..tofu.

Add your tofu and cocoa mixture to the dry ingredients.

And mix ’em together! With a wooden spoon! It really is so much fun! Now you need buttermilk but I never have buttermilk to I just take milk and put a ton of lemon juice in it. Then you add your eggs, vanilla, and baking soda. It starts fizzing and stuff! I always feel like it’s some sort of science experiment. Oh here’s a hint, when a recipe calls for baking soda, you have to put it in. Hem hem…not that I’ve EVER made this recipe and forgotten the baking soda. And I’ve definitely not done that twice. Nope!

Now I learned a while ago how to fold parchment paper so you can easily get the perfect circle. It’s so easy! And your cakes really won’t stick to the pan at all. Look up how to do it! I’m sure there are plenty of videos of how to do it.

So I put the batter in the pan and stuck it in the oven for 20 minutes. I thought they were done but I realized a little while later that one of the chocolate layers was still kinda raw…the only thing I could at that point was cut away the raw-ish part (it was only one section in the middle). I hacked up that cake layer and then flipped it over and made it the bottom of the cake. And nobody will ever know. Unless they read this.

After the chocolate cake layers were done, I made the chocolate frosting for the outside of the cake. This frosting is from Sugar Plum and is one of my favoritest chocolate frostings ever! I’ve altered this frosting before to make it into nutella frosting, too. It’s really good. But I didn’t do that this time. For this frosting you make a pudding-like mixture first.

Milk.

Flour. Sugar. Cocoa. Some other stuff. (I do this picture thingy for fun…if I were you, I would follow the recipe I put at the bottom of the page instead of my perhaps-not-accurate picture captions.)

You whisk this mixture together until it gets really thick. Then put it in a bowl and put it in the fridge/freezer to cool it.

After it’s cool, you need to strain it. I hate straining this mixture so much. It’s hard to do and I get chocolate everywhere and I ended up breaking the strainer. Straining this mixture is a delightful, easy process. Once it’s strained, you cream some butter tofu.

Then you add the strained pudding mixture and melted chocolate chips.

And blend it all up until it’s creamy!

Then you eat this entire bowl of frosting to make yourself feel better because the yellow cake layer just came out of the satanic oven and it’s inedible.

I didn’t really do that.

But I kinda wanted to.

The yellow cake layer I was making didn’t really turn out. And I was a tad bit frustrated.

Yellow cake+ Oreo chunks. How could that go wrong??? Oh I thought of a way. When your OVEN STOPS WORKING AFTER YOU PUT THE CAKE IN TO BAKE AND AFTER 30 MINUTES YOU GO TO TAKE THE CAKE OUT AND IT’S NOT EVEN COOKED AND SO YOU RESTART THE OVEN AND LET IT SIT IN THE OVEN FOR ANOTHER 30 MINUTES. Not that that was frustrating at all.

Now this may not look horrible. But it had the texture of…a sponge and tasted really gross. In the trash it goes!

This is when I cleaned up and went to the movies. And then I came back and tried this again. The oven worked this time! And here’s the cake layer a second time. Much better.

So now you have your 3 cake layers and outside frosting. All you have to do left is the filling! I got this filling recipe from Bakergirl and actually doubled her recipe because I didn’t think it would be enough. If anyone wants oreo filling, come on over. We have a ton in the fridge. The filling is basically heavy cream skim milk, powdered sugar, vanilla, and oreo crumbs. See that red handle? That’s the handle of our little spatula. He’s a little…err weak. He could barely handle folding the oreo crumbs into the whipped cream without breaking.

Next you assemble the cake!

I don’t know if you can tell how tall this is. It’s really really tall.

I had a really hard time covering the outside with the chocolate frosting. Note to self: less filling, more frosting.

Oh yum.

I hope you don’t mind messy cakes because this one was pretty much IMPOSSIBLE to cut neatly. We’re celebrating with our grandparents tonight and are gonna eat more of this cake. I suggested we just go at it with forks. That’d be the easiest thing to do! But it really was pretty magnificent. It’s not often that I get to make a totally crazy over-the-top cake. Actually I think the last time I made a cake as intense as this one was last year for my sister’s birthday.

(Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake recipe from Sugar Plum)

Here’s miss teenager! Look how pretty she is :)

Cake time!

If you have a little sister with a birthday coming up, you should make her this cake :) Or just make it for someone else you love.

Chocolate Cake Recipe from the Pioneer Woman

Follow her recipe except put the batter into two 9″ pans. And remember you can use milk and lemon juice instead of buttermilk. And remember to put in the baking soda.

Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Recipe from Sugar Plum (she uses this frosting recipe for tons of things so I don’t know what to link to. Just check out her website. She’s amazing.)

Ingredients:

2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, whisk together sugar flour, cocoa, salt, and milk. Bring it to a boil, whisking frequently. Boil for 1 minute or until the mixture is thick. Remove the pan from heat and strain mixture in a small bowl. Cool completely in the refrigerator or freezer. I just realized that this recipe says to strain it before you cool it. I am so bad at following directions. Like I have seriously made this frosting recipe probably 10 times. Maybe this would be easier to strain when it’s still hot. I’ll try that next time. Hem hem.
  2. After the mixture is cool, beat the butter until creamy, about one minute. Beat in the chocolate pudding mixture until well combined, about 1 minute. Beat in melted chocolate chips until well combined and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Another note about this. I put the frosting in the fridge until I was ready to assemble the cake. When I took it out of the fridge, it was really hard. So I used my mixer and beat it until it was soft again and then frosted the cake.

Oreo Yellow Cake Recipe

Prepare a 1/2 of a yellow cake box mix. For me, this meant using 2 cups of the mix, 1.5 eggs, 1/6 of a cup of oil, and 2/3 cup water. Then you cut a sleeve of double stuffed oreos into fourths and stir it into the batter. Pour it into a 9″ pan and bake according to the box time. You could make your own yellow cake instead of the box mix. But I didn’t. Yep.

Oreo Filling Recipe

Recipe from Baker Girl (The frosting she used for her cupcakes is what I used for filling.)

1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons whipping cream
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons Oreo cookies, finely crushed

Yeah I doubled this recipe. I don’t know that that was necessary. So use your own judgment. Or you can one and a half the recipe. That’d probably be the smartest thing to do.
I ended up using close to 2 packages of double stuffed oreos for this.

Yum!

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