A Sweet Break

What a week! With a staycation, vacation, anniversary, and birthday this past week, our families have had lots of celebrations and loads of sugar. We’ve decided to take a little bit of a break from our normal Saturday sweet cheat treat day and bake up something a little bit healthier. Peanut Power Cookies have just enough sweetness in them to trick our sweet tooth but still get our healthy eating back on track. And this comes in perfect timing since we have another birthday to celebrate next weekend. A week’s break will do us good. Happy Saturday! ūüėÉ 

Power Peanut Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 cup raisins 

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup agave

1/4 cup natural peanut butter 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.

In another bowl, whisk together wet ingredients.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Drop the dough into 12 even mounds on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Bake 12-15 minutes, until the cookies are just set in the center.

Enjoy!

*recipe inspired by Fantastic Food

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16 Ways to My Sweetie’s Heart

Happy sweet 16th Anniversary to my hubby and me! He’s one lucky guy! Ha!Ha! Seriously time goes by so fast, especially when you’re busy having fun (and raising kids)! We’re not much for extravagant gift giving around here, but we gotta celebrate! So what better way than 16 differently topped brownies! Love never tasted so yummy! 

16 Differently Topped Brownies

  1. Caramel Sea Salt
  2. Hazelnut Grenache
  3. Toasted Marshmallow
  4. Rice Krispie Treat
  5. Hugs & Kisses
  6. Candy Bar
  7. Peanut Butter
  8. Almond Joy
  9. Dark Chocolate Toffee
  10. Chocolate Chip Cookie Pieces
  11. Trail Mix
  12. M&M
  13. Potato Chip
  14. Salted Pretzel
  15. Coffee Bean
  16. Sugar Dusted

Regret-Free Sweet

What if we told you that you can enjoy raw cookie dough without the guilt? We’re not talking about the guilt that comes from eating too much junk food. Rather the liability you might get after eating something that upsets your insides. No need to heat the oven or dirty your cookie sheets. Grab a spoon – the bigger the better! We promise you won’t regret eating every bite of our Everything Edible Cookie Dough! Everything Edible Cookie Dough

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup softened butter 

2 tablespoons almond milk 

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon salt

2 cup mix of chocolate chips, M&M’s, white chocolate chips, and Heath Bits 

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350ňöF/175ňöC.

2. Evenly spread flour on a baking tray and bake for 5 minutes.

3. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, butter, vanilla,  almond milk, and salt until combined evenly.

4. Stir in the mix of chocolate chips, M&M’s, white chocolate chips, and Heath Bits. 

2 cup mix of chocolate chips, M&M’s, white chocolate chips, and Heath Bits 

Treats on Sunday Are Sa-weet!

Yeah you read that right! We’re treating on Sunday instead this week. Truth be told we cheated a little earlier in the week. I mean we’d be crazy to pass up fresh, hot out-of-the-oven pumpkin bread and pumpkin dump cake! Since we  already have our pumpkin fix for the week we thought we would get our bake-on with something we could really sink our fangs into. Double Chocolate Halloween Oreo Cookies are definitely worth the extra day wait! Double Chocolate Halloween Oreo Cookies

Ingredients

¬ĺ Cup Butter-Flavored Crisco Stick

¬ĺ Cup brown sugar

¬ĺ Cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2¬Ĺ cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

¬Ĺ teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

14 Halloween Oreo cookies, coarsely crushed

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup dark chocolate chips 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat together Crisco, sugar, and brown sugar about 2 minutes until fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Slowly beat in the dry ingredients until incorporated. Mix in the crushed oreos until combined and lastly add the white and dark chocolate chips.

Roll into 1¬Ĺ inch balls and place 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Bake for about 7-9 minutes until just starting to lightly brown.

Out Of This World Sweetness

Today we’re going to outer space without even leaving the kitchen!  No, our heads aren’t in the clouds. However, we are seeing stars with Milky Way Espresso Cookies ! Celebrate National Milky Way Day and you too will get taken to a new dimension!   Milky Way Espresso Cookies

Ingredients

3/4 cup Crisco Butter Sticks

1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons almond milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 large egg white 

1 3/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup dark chocolate chips 

1 teaspoon instant coffee granuals 

1 large bag of mini Milky Ways

Directions
HEAT oven to 350 F.
COMBINE shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Beat in egg. Combine flour, salt, instant coffee granuals, and baking soda. Mix into shortening mixture until just blended. Stir in dark chocolate chips.

DROP by rounded measuring tablespoonfuls 3 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet.

BAKE 8 to 10 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet on a cooling rack. Add a mini Milky Way to the top of each cookie. Allow to cool just a little before soaring to a sweet galaxy far, far away! 

Sweet Goals Set High

Around here summer vacation is nearing the end. So is our list of new, exciting, yet inexpensive ideas to fill each day (and night by that matter).¬† It’s time to shake things up . This Saturday we are taking our sweet treat to a whole new level. How far will we go? We’re aiming as high as¬†we can get on the sugar meter! Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies are sure to help us reach that goal.¬†¬†Don’t judge. If you’re a mom you know how we feel. Take it from us, sometimes a little (ok A LOT) of¬†chocolate is all you need to survive!

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Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup ¬†brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup ¬†unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups dark chocolate¬†chips
  • 16-17 ¬†Rolos
  • coarse sea salt

Directions:

Using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter on medium speed for about 20 seconds. Add the sugars with the mixer running on medium speed. Cream it all together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

In a separate medium size bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together. Slowly add to the wet ingredients. Stir in the milk, then fold in the dark chocolate chips. The dough will be thick and very sticky. Chill for at least 1-2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper . Set aside.

Take 2 Tablespoons of chilled dough and split in half and roll each into a ball with your hands. Stick a caramel into 1 ball of dough. Top the caramel with the other ball of dough and seal down the sides so that the caramel is securely stuffed inside. Repeat with the rest of the dough and 18 caramel candies. Sprinkle each with sea salt before putting into the oven.

Bake for 12-13 minutes. Cookies will appear undone and very soft. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

*recipe adapted from¬†Sally’s Baking Addiction

A Sweet Staple

Oh no we didn’t…alright, we did!! You may assume that we must really adore something if we bake¬†it over¬†and over again. ¬†And you would be correct! This week we are sweet cheating with our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.¬†In our homes cookies are a staple, a must, dare we say a necessity! Could you ever really go wrong with chocolate chip cookies? We think NOT!

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Chocolate Chip Cookies (Sister Sweetly’s Favorite)

Ingredients

3/4 cup Butter Flavored Crisco Stick
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Directions

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, 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.

Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough 3 inches apart onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet after removing from oven, and transfer to a wire rack to allow cookies to cool completely.

Makes 3 dozen

*Recipe adapted from the Butter Flavored Crisco Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe