Snow Day Sweets

Nothing says a snow day like warm Chocolate Chip Cookies. After shoveling multiple times in the last couple of days, we have decided that we’ve definitely earned a sweet treat. And really, there is never a need to twist our arm anyway ‘cause when the snow falls all we want to do is warm up with something baking in our oven. And then, when we throw in a little heath and m&ms, we know we’ve found the best way to watch the snow fall…before heading back out to shovel again.

our favorite cookie dough recipe

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When Sweets Collide…

When sweets collide something magical, almost inconceivable, happens. Imagine the joy of two favorites made into one. Cookie and brownies undoubtably rank at the top of our treat lists. Mixed together they become irresistible! These Valentine Cookie Dough Brownies are totally Cupid-worthy!

Valentine Cookie Dough Brownies

ngredients

1 box of your favorite brownies, plus ingredients on the back of the box

Valentine M&M Oatmeal Cookie Dough

  • 3/4 cup Butter Flavored Crisco Stick
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Heath bits
  • 1/2 cup Valentine M & Ms

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together Crisco, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla using an electric mixer. Beat in egg until well combined.

Sift flour, oatmeal, salt, and baking soda together into a separate mixing bowl. With mixer on low speed, carefully add flour mixture 1/4 cup at a time until a soft dough forms. Add chocolate chips, Heath, and M & Ms to dough, stirring by hand.

make the brownie batter according to the directions on the box. Pour brownie batter into a greased pan.

Place a spoonfuls of cookie dough on top of the brownie batter.  Bake for 30-35 minutes.

A Sweet Little Poem

Roses are red

Cake is too

We better bake one

Or we’ll be blue

Red Velvet Brownies…yes please!

Ingredients
1 box of red velvet cake mix
1 stick of butter, melted
2 eggs whites
2 tablespoons water
1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup Heath Butter Brickle
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish.
In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, butter, 1 egg white and water with an electric mixer.  Spread mixture into prepared baking dish.  In another bowl, combine cream cheese, remaining egg white, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer.  Drop heaping spoonfuls of cream cheese mixture on top of brownie base.  Using a sharp knife, swirl the cream cheese through the brownie mixture. Top with brickle and white chocolate chips.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges and center isn’t too wobbly.  Remove from oven and cool at least 30 minutes before cutting.

*recipe inspired by Mix and Match Mama

A Sweet Mix of Loves

We love oatmeal cookies. We love-love m&ms. And we love-love-love cookie butter. This Saturday we have decided to mix some of our favorite loves into ooey-gooey Monster Cookie Bars that we are sure to love-love-love-love! And we are certain our loves are gonna love them too! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup Cookie Butter
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup red M&M’s + additional for top of bars
  • 1/2 cup Heath Bits

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13-inch pan with parchment paper so that it hangs over two sides.
  2. In a stand alone mixer cream together the butter, brown sugar, and peanut butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  1. Add the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, baking powder and salt to wet ingredients until just combined. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the oats, chocolate chunks, Heath, and M&M’s by hand.
    Turn the dough out into the prepared baking sheet and press/spread into an even layer. Press additional M&M’s onto the top of the dough. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, until the edges are set and lightly browned and the top still looks slightly undercooked. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into bars.
    recipe inspired by Brown Eyed Baker

Taking A Sweet Cleanse

This title may have led you to believe that we are taking a break from our Saturday sweet treat ritual. That’d be silly! Sorry to have led you astray, but instead we are indulging and cleaning out our baking cabinets simultaneously. You see, we stocked our cupboards so full with holiday baking ingredients and have tons of leftovers despite the amount of goodies we made. Time to make Cabinet Cleanse Oatmeal Cookies full of candy bars, dark chocolate chips, sea salt caramel chips, butterscotch, white chocolate chips, Heath bits, butter brickle, and caramel M&Ms…. According to us, it’s the perfect kind of cleanse!

Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Warm Up Sweetly

We know it’s January, so it’s kind of unfair to complain about the cold. Lucky for us there are always a few warmer days sprinkled in between the chilly ones to make them more bearable. Today is one of those much needed days. No need to warm up with a hot cup of cocoa. We’ll bake Hot Cocoa Cookies instead! With sea salt caramel chips and Hot Cocoa M&Ms they become the tastiest way to enjoy these long winter days!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 4 packages hot cocoa mix- NOT SUGAR FREE VERSIONS
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup sea salt caramel chips
  • 1 cup Hot Cocoa M&Ms

Directions

  1. Beat Crisco and sugars in large bowl with standing mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg whites and vanilla; mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients. Gradually beat dry ingredients into butter mixture until blended. Stir in caramel chips and M&Ms. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drop 2 tablespoons dough, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets lined with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; remove to wire racks and cool.

Sweet-ish Sweet

We did it! Christmas 2018 was a huge success. Lots of family time, wonderful gifts, and yummy food especially all of the sugary things we wait all year to enjoy. And enjoy we did! So much so that we are swapping our normal Saturday indulgences with a healthier version of Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies. Don’t worry, we will back to baking our normal way soon. New Years Eve is just a few days away so we are saving up to ring in the new year in a very sweet way!

Healthy Almond Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients
Dry Ingredients
  1. ¾ cup gluten free rolled oats
  2. ¼ cup gluten free oat flour
  3. ¼ cup raw coconut sugar
  4. ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  6. ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  7. ⅛ teaspoon salt
  8. ½ cup vegan chocolate chips Wet Ingredients
  9. 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons natural, unsalted almond butter
  10. . 2tablespoons melted coconut oil
  11. . 1 egg white
  12. . 1/2teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  13. . 1/2cup dark chocolate chips
Instruction
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (minus chocolate chips), set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together wet ingredients, set aside

Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredient bowl. Fold ingredients together until combined. Then fold in chocolate chips.

Take VERY small handfuls of mixture roll into small balls (about 2 Tbsp). Flatten to baking sheet. Make about 20 cookies.

Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until cookies are golden outside and soft inside.

*recipe inspired by Nikki’s Plate