Sweet Baking Season Begins! 

We’re kicking off the holiday baking season with a treat we’ve always wanted to make, but some how it always got brushed to the bottom of the to-bake list. That is until today! Loaded Chocolate Chocolate Cookies were definitely worth the wait! Loaded Chocolate Chocolate Cookies   

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup Crisco

1 cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup Heath Bits

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

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

In a large bowl of a stand mixer, combine the Crisco and sugars and beat for 3-4 minutes, until light. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.

Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt to the other mixture and mix on low speed, just until combined.

In a separate bowl, combine the dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and Heath bits and give them a quick stir so they are evenly distributed. Gently stir or fold in.

Scoop approximately 2 tablespoons of cookie dough for each cookie and bake 2 inches apart for 8-10 minutes, just until set. Do not overbake.

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

¾ Cup Butter-Flavored Crisco Stick

¾ Cup brown sugar

¾ Cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2½ cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ 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 1½ inch balls and place 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Bake for about 7-9 minutes until just starting to lightly brown.

Sweet Short Cut

Do you love sugar cookies, but hate the amount of time it takes to make them? Jeez, by the time we make the dough, chill it, roll it, cut it with cookie cutters, bake them, and finally… deep breath…frost them, we’re over it! Not really, but you get the point! What if we told you there’s a way to get all of this done in a fraction of time? Frosted sugar cookies in bar form are ingenious and essential for this busy Saturday. Cut out some time this weekend and give these a try. No pun intended!

Ingredients
1stick butter flavored Crisco
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1bcup white chocolate M&Ms
I jar vanilla frosting

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large 13×18″ pan with cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat together Crisco and sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.
Gradually add in the flour, about a cup at a time, and the baking soda and salt until fully incorporated. Stir in the white chocolate chips and white M&Ms.
Spread the dough into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 15-20 minutes or until the edges begin to slightly pull away from the pan and the top is lightly golden and set. Cool the bars completely in the pan.
Once bars are cool, frost with vanilla frosting. Cut into bars and serve.

* recipe adapted from The Domestic Rebel

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