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

Sweet Creeps

No need to look under the bed! Monsters have invaded the kitchen just in time for National M&M Day and Halloween!These aren’t your typical hairy, slimy ghouls. Nope! These guys are darn right pleasing and dare we say devilishly dreamy! We’re trick and treating by swapping cookie butter for the traditional peanut butter. Our Cookie Butter Monster Blondies are exactly the kind of creeps we like hanging around and creeping into our tummies! Better get me while we can because these tasty suckers won’t stick around for long!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cookie butter
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 and 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 and 3/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • 1/2 cup Heath Bits

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 x 13 pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together Crisco and brown sugar. Beat in cookie butter, egg whites and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, soda and salt. Add to large bowl and stir until combined. Add oats, chocolate chips, M&Ms, and Heath Bits.
  4. Press into greased pan. Add additional M&Ms to the top, if desired, pressing them into the dough slightly.
  5. Bake for 14 – 16 minutes or until edges are slightly brown or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Do not over bake. Let cool a bit before slicing. Letting them cool completely is best. But its almost impossible to wait that long.

* recipe inspired by Chocolate With Grace

Sweet Shopping Spree

Shopping at Target on any day is wonderful but hitting the after Christmas sales at Target is glorious. Just glorious! This year was no exception. From wrapping paper to gift tags to holiday decor…nothing is overlooked when the sign says 90% off. And when you find a bag of sea salt caramel baking chips, you know they are a must buy for your next cookie baking day. Which just happens to be today! Oh Target, you never disappoint. And neither will our new Sea Salt Caramel Chip Oatmeal Cookies! Happy bargaining! Happy baking!!!

Mix up Sister Sweetly’s Favorite Oatmeal Cookie Dough. Instead of butterscotch, Heath Bits, and chocolate chips stir in sea salt caramel baking chips. Bake according to the directions on the above link.

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!

Homemade Birthday Sweet

The best part of our birthday is sharing it together…and the CAKE! Instead of letting someone else make it for us we decided to make our own. Greatest decision ever! Oatmeal Cookie Brownie Birthday Cake! 1/2 our favorite cookie dough + 1/2 our favorite brownie batter = 1 big birthday wish come true!

Oatmeal Cookie Brownie Birthday Cake

Directions

• make 1 box of dark chocolate brownies according to directions on the back of the box

• make 1 batch of Sister Sweetly’s favorite oatmeal cookie dough

• pour half of the brownie batter in a parchment lined 9 x 13 baking dish

• spread the cookie dough on top of the brownie batter

• top with the remaining half of brownie batter

• bake at 350 for 40 min

• enjoy while singing Happy Birthday if it’s your birthday too!

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! 😃 

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

Sweets For Dad

We’ve delayed our usual Saturday treat day in honor of baking up a special goodie for the wonderful dads in our lives. So in honor of these dear old dads we have decided to oblige them with fresh baked peach crisp just in time for Father’s Day. Warm, sweet, and peachy keen…just like these dads. Happy Father’s Day!

Peach Crisp

4 cups sliced fresh peaches 

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup brown sugar 

1/2 cup cold butter 

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

1/4 teaspoon salt

 1 cup rolled oats 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F 

Arrange peaches evenly in an 8×8-inch baking dish.

Mix flour, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl using a pastry cutter until evenly crumbled. Fold oats into flour mixture; sprinkle and press topping into peaches.

Bake in the preheated oven until topping is lightly browned, about 30 minutes.

Serve with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream

So Over Sweets 

If you’ve ever had a week like we’ve had then you know what we mean when we say we feel OVERLOADED, like over-the-top overwhelmed! From being overscheduled to overcommitted, we feel overworked! Good thing it’s Saturday because we’re overjoyed we can overachieve in the one department that’s been overlooked all week – dessert! We’re over-the-moon for Overloaded Oatmeal Bars! And we’re overconfident you will be too! But be warned! We know you’re gonna love them that you’ll likely overeat and overstuff yourself! Over and out until next week!

 
Overloaded Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups quick oats

1½ cups flour

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp salt

1 cup butter flavored Crisco 

1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

1 bag milk chocolate chips

2 TB butter softened

1 cup of various kinds of M&Ms

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, mix oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and Crisco with a spoon. Remove 1 cup and set aside.

Press remaining mixture into the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan.

In a small pot, melt condensed milk, chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of butter over low-medium heat. Stir constantly until chips are melted and everything is mixed well.

Pour chocolate chip mixture over the bottom layer and spread evenly. Sprinkle leftover cup of oat mixture over the chocolate.

Top with M&Ms and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting. Overenjoy!

Sweet Delite

Have you realized that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner? Because we always take our cheating up a notch during this time of year, we’ve decided to scale back our sweet treating a bit. However, what would a Saturday be without a little sinful indulgence? We’re filling our sugar void with Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Baked Oatmeal. It’s loaded with peanut buttery cocoa yumminess without the guilt. Two thumbs up for sweet satisfaction!

Reeses Oatmeal Recipe:

Ingredients (Serves 1)

1/2 cup rolled oats 

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup mashed banana 

2 Tbsp almond milk 

1 1/2 tbsp agave

1/8 tsp sea salt

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1-2 tbsp peanut butter 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 380 degrees. Combine all ingredients and mix well. (If peanut butter was in the fridge, you might want to heat it up a little so it’s easier to stir.) Pour into a greased 1-cup ramekin, or two 1/2-cup ramekins, or a mini-loaf pan. Cook for 20 minutes or more, until it gets firm. Finally, set your oven to “high broil” for 3 more minutes, or until it reaches desired crispy-ness.

Frosting Recipe:

Ingredients

1/4 cup peanut butter 

4-8 tsp agave 

2 tbsp cocoa powder

4 tsp almond milk 

3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Blend everything in a small food processor. If you have a bigger processor, it might be best to double the recipe so everything blends more smoothly. 

*recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie

* frosting recipe Chocolate Covered Katie

 Sweet Inside A Sweet

It’s our favorite month of the year (only because it’s our birthday month)! We couldn’t let September slide by us without our annual trip to the apple orchard for some apple picking fun. Let’s be straight here – there’s always an ulterior motive for an outing when it happens on a Saturday! With treats on the brain and baskets in our hands we loaded up on tons of deliciousness. As health fanatics, we realize we should save some apples for nutritious snacks and lunch boxes, so good thing we planned ahead and picked enough to create our weekly sweet. Apple Crisp Inside An Apple is treat in a treat and that’s certainly worth the cheat! 

Apple Crisp In An Apple

  
Ingredients

3 whole Large Apples 

1-¼ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

2 teaspoons Fresh Lemon Juice

5 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar

4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter 

4 Tablespoons Flour

¼ cups Rolled Oats

2 whole Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream

Caramel Sauce for topping

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Peel, core and dice 1 apple. Place it in a small skillet with 1 teaspoon cinnamon, lemon juice, ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon butter. Turn the heat to medium high, stir, and cook until the apple start to soften and release their juices, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, and then stir in 2 tablespoon flour until dissolved. Let cool.
Meanwhile, slice the tops off the remaining 2 apples and core them, but do not go all the way through the bottom. Remove most of the inside of the apple but leave enough intact so that the apple still stands up on its own. Stop about 1″ above the bottom of the apple.
Fill the apples with the cooled apple mixture.
In a separate bowl, stir together the remaining cinnamon, brown sugar, butter, flour, and oats. Pinch the butter into the mixture to form a crumble. Divide the mixture between the 2 apples and pack firmly on top.
Place the apples in a small baking dish, add a splash of water to the bottom to prevent sticking, and bake for 25–30 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream and caramel sauce. 
*recipe from Tasty Kitchen