Rolo-stuffed sugar cookies

I’ve wanted to try stuffing cookie dough with something else for awhile now. A trip to the grocery store this weekend provided an excuse to try. The tube of cookie dough was 50 percent off.

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I’m sold on the awesomeness. Look at that! Yum.

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Two ingredients: sugar cookie dough and Rolos.

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I unwrapped two dozen candies (photo taken before I was done in case you count the number in the bowl).

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Slice your dough into even pieces. About half an inch thick is good. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

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Take one slice of cookie dough and one candy. Roll up the Rolo in the sugar cookie dough.

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Space out the cookies on a large baking sheet. Stick it in the oven for about 11 minutes.

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After cooking time is done, let the cookies sit until they are pretty cool on the baking sheet. Don’t try to move them or they will smush or break.

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Look at how gooey that is! So good.



Chocolate, cream cheese cake bars

I brought the pan of these (ok… I hoarded about three for myself) to work. They got rave reviews, although I had a hard time trying to figure out what to call them. I kept saying dessert bars. I got the recipe from Averie Cooks and they were originally called “White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars.” A mouthful! And I mean… these are a mouthful too. A deliciously, gooey and amazing mouthful.

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For the cake layer:
– 1 box of chocolate cake mix
– 1 stick (1/2 cup) of softened butter
– 1 egg
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
– 1-2 tablespoons water

For the top layers
– white chocolate chips
– semi-sweet, milk or dark chocolate chips (I used dark)
– 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
– 4 oz. of cream cheese, softened
– 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

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Before you start this, line a 9×13 in. glass pan with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray or wipe it down with vegetable oil. Also preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In your mixer, add in the box of cake mix, the egg, the butter and vanilla. It’ll be a thick batter. I added 2 tablespoons of water so that all the batter/dry ingredient would be incorporated.

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Take the dough out of the mixer and use your hands to flatten it out in the pan. Try to make it as even across the entire pan as possible. You’ll also need to wash your hands at this point. You’ll be covered in cake dough.

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In the mixer, empty the can of condensed milk and put in your cream cheese and vanilla. Start mixing.

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Take your chocolate chips and spread them across the bottom layer.

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Your condensed milk should be smooth.

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Pour the condensed milk over the chocolate chips. You may need to spread the milk over the chocolate chips with a spatula.

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Bake for about 25 minutes. The middle of this won’t be set up. It’ll jiggle a bit. Try not to let the top layer get too brown. Let it cool. The more it cools, the more set up it will be. But I can tell ya, the very next day, this cake bar is still totally gooey.


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Raspberry Hug, Pretzel and an M

Doing a twist on this recipe for Valentine’s Day.

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Hershey’s released a raspberry hug for the holiday and I happen to love raspberry. This is such a simple recipe, and it lasts a while.

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Ingredients: raspberry hugs, Valentine’s Day M&Ms and the Snaps Pretzels in the waffle pattern (or pretzel Os if you can find those)

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Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. On a baking sheet, layout a bunch of pretzels.

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Unwrap the hugs and place them on top of the pretzels. I think I had six hugs left from the bag and used the rest.

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Stick the baking sheet into the oven. These seem to have a lower melting point than the peppermint and regular Kisses. So at 3 minutes, look at them. These were at 4 minutes and it’s almost too melted.

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Quickly, put an M on each of the hugs/pretzels. Stick them in the fridge for a bit, so make sure they cool stay in their right form. Then enjoy!


Homemade Tootsie Rolls… almost

This was one recipe I was really hoping would turn out. I started off making it ok and then the end result was bad. Darn.

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So these are the homemade tootsie rolls from Food 52. I had all the ingredients to start off with, so I thought why not.

1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
Pinch of salt
1 to 1 1/4 cup instant non-fat dry milk powder

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Start by whisking together the honey, cocoa powder and vanilla.

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Looks sorta gloopy but smooth.

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Add in your melted butter.

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Then add in your powdered sugar.

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Start adding in your milk powder.

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Keep stirred until you can’t stir no more. Then you gotta knead it with your hands. I had just under 1 and 1/4 cup milk powder mixed in, but I might have needed more. You’re supposed to be able to create a ball with this dough that is firm and only slightly sticky. I thought I had achieved it. You need to then put the ball onto wax paper or something it won’t stick to.

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The ball is supposed to spread out and be a little flatter when you let it rest like 5-10 minutes. Mine spread out way too much. It was still too gooey and not firm enough. I wanted to try cutting it anyway.

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Ya… that so didn’t work out. I still ate a bunch of it, but it was just too sticky. I could really taste the honey in this, so I may have needed more cocoa powder. I definitely needed more milk powder though. Wish this had worked out.


Lazy Cake Cookies

I tried this recipe on a whim. My sweet tooth got the best of me one night. But I actually wasn’t sure if this would work. It seemed way too simple… but maybe that’s why it ended up working so well.

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I really have to thank I’m a Lazy Mom for this great little recipe. I actually think it’s easier and faster than the Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup. Plus, there’s more than one cookie here.

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– one box of cake mix (I used a white cake)
– two beaten eggs
– 5 tablespoons butter, melted
– Chocolate chips (I used a 10 oz. bag of dark chocolate chips, but they are larger than semisweet)

That’s it. I have these ingredients in my pantry and fridge all the time!

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the beaten eggs, cake mix and melted butter.

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Stir in the chips.

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Grease a 9×13 pan and spread the batter out as best you can. My batter didn’t reach the edges, or spread that easily. I decided to just go with it. Put the pan into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

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Voila! Really simple and quick cookie bars. Takes half an hour total. How great is that?


Black Bean Brownies

I’ve been intrigued with that whole idea of hiding healthy veggies and other items within foods that you like. Pureed squash or carrots in mac and cheese and things like that. I read this article all about black beans. There was a recipe for brownies included. I had all the ingredients except for the black beans. A quick trip to the store and I have brownies from scratch.

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I think the recipe needs just a slight tweaking or I need a new bottle of vegetable oil, since I could taste the oil in the baked brownies. After second thought (and more brownies) I just greased the corner of the baking dish too much and got an extra dose of vegetable oil. These were pretty chocolatey and had a rich, fudgey texture.

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3/4 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips, divided
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

You will also need a blender or food processor.

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stick the black beans and the 1/2 cup of vegetable oil into the blender and puree. I had a hard time with this in the blender because there wasn’t enough liquid with the beans. I mashed them a bit with a spoon before moving on to the next step.

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Add the eggs, cocoa, sugar and vanilla and then blend again. Melt half the chocolate chips and then add that to the mixture.

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Put in the flour, salt and baking powder and pulse it a couple of times just to incorporate the dry ingredients.

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The mixture should be a pudding texture.

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Pour the brownie batter into an 8×8 pan that’s greased or sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips on the top. Bake for 20 minutes. Check that the brownies are baked by sticking a knife into the middle and making sure it comes out clean.

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Yum. If you like a moist, fudge brownie this is great. Plus it’s filled with fiber!

Have you tried putting black beans or any other sorts of pureed vegetables into your baked goods or other meals?

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Peanut Butter Cookie in a Cup

Next on Make That Pin week,  No. 2 Pencil’s Peanut Butter Cookie in a Cup. I’ve already made the Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup many times, so a peanut butter cookie sounded good.

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It really was good. Although I couldn’t wait for it to cool down, so I almost burned my mouth and windpipe on the tastiness.

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Start with a coffee mug. Put in a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of peanut butter. Stick that in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir.

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Next, stick in a tablespoon of sugar and brown sugar. Then a pinch of sugar and a little vanilla. Stir it all together.

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Then add in an egg yolk, none of the whites. Stir again.

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Finally, add three tablespoons of flour.

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This is what it should look like. It’s a pretty thick dough. Microwave it for 45 seconds. I did check it at 35 seconds, but it wasn’t ready. 45 was perfect.

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Look at how tasty that it! It’s a fluffy, single serving of peanut buttery goodness.

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