Sweet Signs Of Spring

After last weeks frigid temps, we were pleasantly surprised with some spring-like weather this week. Spring fever is definitely in the air! And it’s certainly spreading into our Saturday sweet treat. Mini Frosted Sugar Cookie Sandwiches are what we will be creating this weekend. Bright colored frosting and sugar sprinkles will give us all feels of sunshine and rainbows. Bye bye winter blues! Hello spring!

Make:

Our favorite sugar cookie recipe

Roll out the dough and use a small glass or round cookie cutter to cut out circles of dough. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-7 min. Allow to cool.

Make:

Our favorite buttercream frosting

Mix with food coloring to create different smilk pring colors. Apply frosting between two cookies. Cover with sugar sprinkles. Then sandwich together and indulge!

Sweet! There’s Leftovers!

We aren’t usually fans of leftovers. We easily pass on the plastic containers of last night’s dinner. We even refrain from eating our treats after each’s Saturday bake-a-thon. But when there’s leftover Valentine’s M&Ms we get on board! Today we’ll be using them in our Leftover Valentine M&M Cookie Pizza perfectly trimmed with our homemade buttercream frosting. Now we truly can’t wait for leftovers!

Directions:

Make our favorite Cookie Dough Recipe. Place in a greased pizza pan. Bake at 350 degrees until it just slightly underbaked. Once cooled pipe the outer edge with our favorite Buttercream Frosting Recipe. Leftover win!

Valentining Sweetly

Happy Valentine’s Day! Sure it’s a day of loving on your sweethearts, but also a fantastic excuse to eat large amounts of chocolate! We’re geared for both! We’ll be showering our lovies with our new obsession- Sweetly Brownies the sweet sister of slutty brownies. They contain all our favorites – dark chocolate cookie dough with Valentine M&Ms, dark chocolate brownie batter, and we’re adding a new fave Lady Gaga Oreos to the middle. Have you seen them? Pink with green filling!!! We die! All of these goodies layered into a wonderfully delicious brownie bar guaranteed to show your sweeties know how much you love them! Enjoy the sweet things!

Directions

Make Sister Sweetly’s Valentine Oatmeal Cookie dough and press into the bottoms of a greased 9×13 baking dish.

Line the cookie dough with Lady Gaga M&Ms.

Make a box of dark chocolate brownie batter according to the directions on the back of the box. Pour on top of the Oreos.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 min or until the middle is just slightly underbaked.

Sweeten your sweeties!

Magically Sweet Game Day Treat

Most people start their Super Bowl menu planning with deciding between lots of appetizers like nachos, wings, pizza, etc. Not us tho! As with all of our major and minor events we plan sweet treats first! Don’t get us wrong, we’ll have plenty of other snacks, but dessert before dinner is our number one rule! This year is extra special again because our hometown Kansas City Chiefs are playing in the big game again this year!!! Woot! What could be better than Mahomes Magic Crunch Cereal Cookies made with the limited edition Patrick Mahomes cereal, you ask? Only a big KC win would make them even sweeter! Go Chiefs!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Mahomes Magic Crunch Cereal
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup red and yellow M&Ms

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed*, combine the Crisco, brown sugar, sugar, egg whites, and vanilla until thoroughly combined.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Fold in the cereal, oats, chocolate chips, and M&Ms.
  5. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared pans. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.
  6. Cool on the pans for 10 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  7. Cheer on the Chiefs!

*recipe inspired by Bake or Break

A Sweet To Say So Long

Is it just us or has January seemed like the looongest month? The dark, gloomy, cold days seem never ending . The only thing keeping us going is our morning coffee and our Saturday sweet treats. This Saturday, we are combining both. Dark Chocolate Espresso Brownies should do the trick to send January on its way and give us a little oomph to enter February bright-eyed and happy. So long January!

Ingredients

1 box of dark chocolate brownies, plus ingredients on the back of the box

1 cup Nestle dark chocolate espresso chips

Direction

Make brownie batter according to the directions on the back of the box. Stir in espresso chips. Underbake for 25 min at 350 degrees. Indulge and enjoy!

A Simple Sweet Treat

We’ve made this recipe many many many times. Each time we bake Candy Bar Brownies, we are reminded how yummy yet simple they are to make. Grab a couple boxes of your favorite brownie mix. Add the ingredients on the back of the box and place bits of broken candy bars of your choice in the middle and on top. Bake and enjoy. So simple. So sweet!

Sweet Cookie Butter Dreams

Cookie Butter-you never disappoint. We wonder if you dream about us as much as we dream about you. You are always welcome in our homes. Thanks for all you do to make our lives so much sweeter. We love you so much and will invite you to many baking days to come. Including today as we make you the main ingredient for our Dreamy Cookie Butter Frosted Cookies. Sweet Dreams, Cookie Butter. Sweet Dreams all!

Ingredients

COOKIE DOUGH

  • 1 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 2 TB water
  • 2 Tb cookie butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup Heath bits

FROSTING

  • 1/2 cup butter, salted
  • 2 Tb cookie butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbs water
  • 1/4 cup (about 4) biscoff cookies, finely crushed

Instructions

COOKIE DOUGH

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

  2. Beat together Crisco, water, cookie butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Add vanilla and one egg at a time. Continue to beat until light and smooth.

  3. Add 3 cups of flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt until combined.

  4. Add Heath bits and mix until combined.

  5. Scoop into 2″ balls with cookie scoop and bake for 8-10 minutes. 

  6. Let cool for a few minutes on cookie sheet, then transfer to a clean, flat surface. 

FROSTING

  1. Beat the butter, cookie butter and vanilla for 1-2 minutes until smooth and fluffy. 

  2. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time until incorporated. 

  3. Add 3 Tb of water and continue to beat until frosting becomes fluffy.

  4. Frost cooled cookies. Sprinkle crushed cookies on top. Sweet Dreams!

A Perfect Christmas Sweet

We are in full holiday baking mode. And this weekend we continue with Red Velvet Brownies. They are the perfect color for Christmas time. Perfectly perfect for an imperfect year. Creating silver linings one Red Velvet Brownie at a time.

Ingredients

  • 10 tablespoons butter flavored Crisco
  • 1 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees and position the oven rack in the middle of your oven.
  • Line an 8×8 inch metal baking pan with parchment paper,
  • Add the Crisco to stand alone mixing bowl.
  • Whisk in the sugar and cocoa powder. Whisk vigorously for 20-30 seconds.
  • Whisk in the egg whites, vanilla extract and red food coloring.
  • Carefully fold in the flour and salt using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.
  • Whisk in the vinegar. 
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 28-32 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean or with a few damp crumbs. 
  • Cool the brownies in the pan for at least 4 hours, or until completely cooled before slicing. To slice, lift the bars out of the pan using the overhang of the parchment paper. Then cut with a sharp knife of a cutting board.

*recipe inspired by Just So Tasty

Sweet Making

Saturdays are for bakers and makers! Somethings just go better together! While our ooey-gooey Flourless Brownie Cookies baked in the oven we were busy crafting up some more holiday goodies to make our homes extra festive. And isn’t it fitting that National Cookie Day was yesterday and today we bake them! Baking and making our way through another Saturday makes us super joyful!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white sugar 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 
  • 6 T butter 
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 1 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits
  • Combine the sugars and butter in a microwavable bowl (or in a pot on the stove). Heat until bubbly, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and beat well with a hand mixer. 
  • Add in the egg whites and vanilla and beat with a mixer for two minutes (this, along with melting the butter and sugar, helps create a crackly crust on top of the cookies). 
  • Stir together the cocoa and salt and add them to the batter. Beat for another 30 seconds.
  • Fold in the chips and toffee. The batter maybe be thin. Allow the batter to rest while you preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease a cookie sheet. The batter should thicken as it rests. 
  • When the batter is scoopable (but still very sticky), scoop by about 3 tablespoons full onto pan.
  • Bake cookies for about 12-15 minutes. When they come out of the oven, you can press a few more chocolate chips into the tops of the cookies.

recipe adapted from Yammie’s Noshery

Pink, Green, and Sweet

Around here Christmas is in full swing. We’re even seeing Santa today! Even more reason to come home and bake up a holiday goodie. Pink and green (our choice for holiday colors) frosted sugar cookie bars will do the trick. Merriment and sugar! Sounds like a perfect way to spend a Saturday!

Ingredients

  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 drops green food coloring
  • 6 drops red food coloring

Frosting

  • 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter room temp
  • 1/2 cup Butter Flavored Crisco
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 13″ x 9″ pan with parchment paper.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine flour, salt and baking soda; set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in egg whites one at a time. Stir in vanilla extract and milk.
  • Then with the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture, mixing until just combined.
  • Evenly divide dough into two small mixing bowls.
  • In one bowl add 6 drops of green food coloring, stir to mix in the coloring. Continue to mix in more green food coloring until you get the color you desire.
  • In the other bowl add 6 drops of red food coloring, stir to mix in the coloring. Continue to mix in more red food coloring until you get the color you desire.
  • Spread the dough to the prepared pan, I added the green first but you could do either one. Then add the remaining dough on top and spread, this was red for me.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes. Test at 20 minutes with a toothpick to check the baking process, then recheck at 25 minutes. Tester should come out clean when bars are done baking. Allow to cool completely before frosting the bars.

Frosting

  • In a large bowl, cream together the powdered sugar, Crisco and butter until smooth. Gradually mix in the milk and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes. Spread over cookie bars. 
  • Top with red sprinkles. Cut, serve, and share. Merry Christmas!

*recipe inspired by Dash Of Sanity