Archive | March, 2013

C Is For Cookie – MONSTER!

22 Mar

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Out of anything in the baking world, I would have to say that my favorite thing to make is COOKIES! And I think Cookie Monster agrees with me on that, as there are so many reasons they are my fave – most kinds freeze well, and they are hand held (no fork required!), and they’re easy to divide up, no fights over who got the bigger piece etc, plus there are just SO MANY KINDS out there to make!

Monsters

When I saw Ree Drummond make these Monster Cookies on The Pioneer Woman, I knew I just had to make them myself

The Pioneer Woman is one of my favorite Food Network shows, and I love her blog too, she has tons of amazing stuff on there, including all her recipes from the show. I have successfully made her Best Lasagna Ever, and her Garlic Cheese Bread, and those were both amazing, and since I’ve never tried one of her desserts, why not start with something amazing like these Monsters that incorporate so many delicious treats all in one – M&M’s, nuts, chocolate chips, plus the taste of oats and the crunch of Rice Krispies – sign me up!!

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Dough + M&M’s + Rice Krispies + Pecans + Chocolate Chips

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My helpers – adorable husband and Walter!

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Ready for the oven!

Monster Cookies
Ingredients:
2 sticks (1/2 Pound) Butter (salted) Softened
1/2 cup White Sugar
1-1/2 cup Brown Sugar, Packed
2 whole Large Eggs
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1-1/2 cup All-purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
1-1/2 cup Oats (either Quick Or Regular)
1/2 cup M & M’s (more To Taste)
1/2 cup Pecans, Chopped (more To Taste)
3/4 cups Chocolate Chips (milk Or Semi-sweet)
1/2 cup Peanut Butter Chips
2-1/4 cups Rice Krispies
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream butter with sugars until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and beat.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and kosher salt. Add to mixing bowl and mix till combined. After that, add in remaining ingredients in whatever quantity you prefer. Add more nuts if you’d like, or more M & M’s, more peanut butter chips or chocolate chips.

Add Rice Krispies at the very end, mixing until just combined. Do not overmix!

Use a cookie scoop to scoop balls of dough onto a cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown (about 10-12 minutes), then allow to cool on a rack.

Serve with glasses of cold milk.

**The only substitution I made to the recipe was that I didn’t use any peanut butter chips – I just used all chocolate chips instead (don’t get me wrong, I LOVE peanut butter, but I wanted to share these with one of my best friends who gave up peanut butter for Lent – so I was nice and left those out, but I would definitely put them in next time!)

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….I admit, I turn into a cookie monster for these. They are amazing, a different texture in every bite, crunchy yet still soft and delicious! So far, the Pioneer Woman has yet to steer me wrong…now if you’ll excuse me I need to go to the store for more milk, as mine seems to have disappeared…hmm…

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Simple. Delicious. Perfect – The Brown Sugar Blondie

4 Mar

When I find myself with some extra time, one of my favorite things to do is bake something new. There’s nothing like researching and finding the perfect recipe, and then bustling around the kitchen measuring and mixing and putting together something new and delicious to try and share with the ones you love.

When I came across this M&M Brown Sugar Blondie Recipe, I was immediately sold –  not only are these are fast and easy to whip up, but best of all – you likely have all the ingredients in your pantry right now (and if you don’t have M & M’s in your pantry right now, first of all, why NOT? To remedy this I recommend a trip to BJ’s/Sam’s/Costco and a cart full of giant party size bags of them. It’s practically a necessity!)

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…oh, and they smell great while they bake, and they taste great too, so they cover all the bases of a perfect dessert

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Brown Sugar M&M Blondies
(Recipe Courtesy of Baked Perfection)

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup to 1 1/3 cup M&M’s

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside

Melt 1/3 cup butter. Add 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar and mix well. Cool slightly

Add egg (beaten) and vanilla and blend well

Add flour mixture, a little at a time, mixing well

Mix in 2/3 cup M&M’, and spread in a greased 9 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Sprinkle 1/3 to 2/3 cup M&M’s on top

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Store in airtight container at room temperature

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My Only Alteration to this recipe is I tend to add more M & M’s….closer to 1.5 cups total – a little more chocolate never hurt anyone, right?

BrownSugarBlondies 012I prefer them slightly warm (about two hours post oven seems to be a good time to get them while they are hard enough to cut, but warm enough melt your heart. The taste is like a sugar cookie only more dense and brown sugary, and those M & M’s add the perfect chocolate touch!

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And since M and M’s come in many varieties (both flavor wise AND seasonal), you can make these again and again, no matter what the holiday/occasion. I am thinking I will try mine with peanut next. Or maybe those cute Easter M & M’s? So many possibilities from this one simple tasty treat!

BrownSugarBlondies 015….This batch didn’t last the night.