The Sweet Act Of Giving Back

With all the WANTS this time of year we feel it is a MUST for ourselves , as well as our kids, to give back to those in NEED. We’re giving back in service, resources, and time. So, when our church asked for cookies to be donated we strapped on our aprons, gathered supplies, and baked with happy hearts. We’re hoping our Caramel Stuffed Brownie Cookies bring smiles to many faces. It truly is better to give than receive!

Ingredients

1 (21 oz.) dark chocolate brownie mix

1/2 cup flour

6 tablespoons canola oil

2 egg whites

2 tablespoons water

24 Dove Caramels , unwrapped and chilled

1 cup powdered sugar, for rolling

Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2 Combine brownie mix, flour, oil, eggs and water in a large mixing bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon until well blended. Cover and refrigerate dough for 1 hour.

3 Shape about 1 tablespoon of dough around 1 chocolate. Roll the dough in powdered sugar to coat well.

4 Place on prepared baking sheets and bake until cracked on top, about 10 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes on baking sheets. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

*recipe inspired by Let’s Dish

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A Sweetful Thank You

Tis the season to be thankful. Thankful for family, friends, health, freedom, and…cookie dough! We’d personally like to send gratitude to the baker who created it! While we’re being grateful, there’s no group more deserving than our children’s teachers. They tirelessly work for the benefit of our kids. Hopefully, our Harvest Oatmeal Cookies will be a sweet way to show these precious educators how thankful we are for all they do! Happy Thanksgiving!Ingredients

▪ 3/4 cup Butter Flavored Crisco Shortening

▪ 1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar

▪ 1 egg white

▪ 1/3 cup almond milk

▪ 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

▪ 3 cups old fashioned oats, uncooked

▪ 1 cup all-purpose flour

▪ 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

▪ 1/2 teaspoon salt

▪ 1 cup fall colored M&Ms

▪ 1 cup dark chocolate chips

▪ 1 cup Heath bits

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine Butter Flavored Crisco, brown sugar, egg whites, almond milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended.  Combine oats, flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix into creamed mixture at low speed until blended. Stir in M&Ms, dark chocolate chips, and Heath bits. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheet.

Bake from 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Allow to cool on wire rack. Be grateful and share!

Sweet Fix

Are you hooked? Pumpkin spice is all the rage and we’re not immune to it. We’re skipping the coffee shop drive thru this morning and getting our fix from the oven instead. Our doctored up Pumpkin Spice Latte Mini Loaves with definitely satisfy our sweet tooth and caffeine cravings all in one!

Bread Ingredients

  • 1 box Libby’s Pumpkin Bread Mix, plus ingredients on the back of the box
  • 2 Starbucks Vias
  • Follow the directions on the back of the box. Stir in Vias.
  • Fill a greased mini loaf pan 3/4 full. Tip each loaf with streusel topping. Directions below.

Streusel Ingredients

• 6 tablespoons butter

• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

• 1/2 cup light brown, dark brown

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

1 Place the butter in a small pot over medium-low heat, until melted.

2 Stir in the remaining ingredients with a fork, until evenly distributed.

Bake the loaves for 18 min at 350 or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool then top with cream cheese frosting.

Thanks Sweeties!

Those who know us well, know that we are two of the biggest rule followers you will find. However, come Halloween we tend to break a few rules. And the biggest no-no we commit is stealing. Stealing candy from our kids, that is. If it were acceptable for adults to trick-or-treat, we would be at every neighbor’s door. Instead we have to rely our on children to bring home the goodies. This Saturday we using these goodies to create Candy Bar Mini Bundt Cakes. And of course we will pay it forward and share with our loved ones. Just don’t tell them where the candy bars came from! 😉

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edients

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix, plus ingredients on the back of the box
  • Assorted Halloween chocolate bars
  • Buttercream frosting

• 1/2 cup butter, room temp

• 1/2 cup shortening

• 3 3/4 cup confectioners sugar

• 5 tbsp almond milk

• 1 tsp flavoring (vanilla)

Make cake mix according to directions on the back of the box.

Pour cake mix into a greased mini bundt cake pan and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

While cakes cool make the buttercream frosting.

Once cakes are cool frost them, top with candy bars, and enjoy!

How To Make A Monsters Sweet

Trick or treat! This Saturday we’re baking up a special Halloween treat guaranteed to turn any devilish ghoul into a sweet lil angel. Our MONSTER Monster Cookies are loaded with tasty chocolate chips, M&Ms, and cookie butter. That’s right, cookie butter instead of peanut butter! The perfect ingredient to sweeten up the scariest of beasts and fearsome of demons! Happy Halloween!

MONSTER Monster Cookies

INGREDIENTS

½ cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup light brown sugar

½ cup creamy cookie butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 whole egg

¾ cup all purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1½ cups old fashioned oats

1 cup M & M’s

1/2 cup Heath Bits

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Candy eyes

Sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

3. Add in cookie butter and mix for 1-2 minutes.

4. Add in vanilla and egg. Mix until combined.

5. Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a small bowl.

6. Add the dry ingredients to the batter in two parts and mix on the lowest speed. Mix for a little less than a minute. Do not over mix.

7. Fold in old fashioned oats, M&M’s and chocolate chips.

8. Drop dough onto a parchment line cookie sheet.

9. Bake cookies for 11-13 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

10. Remove from the oven and let cookies completely cool before decorating. Decorate your Monsters with extra cookie butter, sprinkles, and candy eyes!

*recipe inspired by Chef Savvy

Sister Sweetly’s Most Favorite

When there’s a recipe that you declare your absolute FAVORITE it’s easy to have it memorized based on the number of times it’s been made. This Saturday we don’t need our Pinterest boards or recipe cards. We have our favorite cookie dough recipe tattooed on our brains. Add chocolate chunks and sea salt and our favorite dough just became our favorite cookie! They just might become your favorite too!

Ingredients

Sister Sweetly’s Favorite Cookie Dough

Chocolate Chunks

Sea Salt

Directions

Make the recipe according to directions on the link above. Add chocolate chunks. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake according to the directions on the link.

Annual Sweet Outing

It’s that time of year again…time for our annual trip to the apple orchard. This has easily become one of our favorite fall outings. There’s a little something for everyone: apple cider donuts and coffee for the dads, hayrack rides and apple pie smoothies for the kids, and fresh picked apples that are perfect for baking for us! This time we’re bringing home a stash of apples to make Apple Pie Dump Cake.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

pinch of cardamom

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup melted butter

1 large egg, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups freshly picked, roughly chopped apples (peeled and cored, about 2 apples)

vanilla ice cream

caramel

pecan pieces

Heath Bits

INSTRUCTIONS

1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 8×11 inch baking dish.

2 In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. Set aside.

3 In a mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon to mix the brown sugar, white sugar and melted butter together. Add the beaten egg and vanilla extract and mix until sugar mixture is wet. Slowly add the set aside dry ingredients and mix until just wet. Fold in the apples.

4 Pour the apple mixture into the set aside baking dish and put it in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven when the top is brown. Let cool for 10 minutes.

5 To prepare an apple cake sundae, place 2 spoonfuls of apple cake in a bowl. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle caramel, and handful of pecan pieces on top.

* recipe inspired by Honey And Birch