My Favorite: Chocolate Chip Cookies

I posted my favorite dinner a while back and have since decided to make a sort of “My Favorite” mini series.  Today, I’m tackling my favorite chocolate chip cookies.  And that is no small feat as chocolate chip cookies are my absolute favorite dessert.  EVER.

I have been a big fan of Sally’s Baking Addiction blog for a while, and her chocolate chip cookies are just one of the many delicious recipes she’s posted.  I am not entirely sure whether I fell in love with the blog first or the cookies.  Either way, they are both fantastic.

A big thing I’ve learned in trying to perfect the chocolate chip cookie is to follow the instructions regarding how to mix the ingredients and in what order.  It really does matter, and makes a big difference in how your cookies turn out.

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 The wet ingredients

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Dry ingredients

Also, make sure you chill the dough as instructed.  It helps the cookies to come out extra fluffy.

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Don’t they look delicious?  You’ve just got to try them, they are soooo worth it!

Enjoy!

~D

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S’mores Dip…. YUMMMM!

I have seen several different variations of this pin floating around Pinterest recently.  It looked yummy and chocolatey and easy to make into a single serving dessert.  It definitely proved to be all of those things.  Are you ready?! Because you’re going to love it!!

First, I put a layer of mini chocolate chips into an individual loaf pan.

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Then I personalized it and added a small handful of peanut butter chips.

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I ripped some large marshmallows into pieces and mixed them in too, along with a splash of milk.

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I put the dish in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each interval until the mixture was smooth.

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Lastly, I broke 3 marshmallows in half, placed them on top and broiled the dish for about 2 minutes, watching closely for the marshmallows to brown.

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Serve with graham crackers and enjoy!

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I’ll just be over here stuffing my face.

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Man-sserts: Beer Cupcakes

I don’t like beer, at all.  But my guy friends do, and since I was cooking them dinner in honor of them being done with their board exams, I thought these would be something they would enjoy.  And let me tell you, they were a hit.  Not just with the guys, but with me, little ol’ beer hater over here.  Image

That glass of beer above does nothing for me, but mix it with some cocoa, butter, sugar and all other things heavenly and it becomes wonderful.  
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Does describing the manly beer icing as heavenly negate the manliness? I don’t think so.  It was manly and heavenly at the same time!ImageWhen I first saw the picture from the recipe, I thought, “Those look good, but I would definitely pipe the icing on to make them look prettier.”  Well the author must have read my mind because when talking about icing the cupcakes she writes, “Remember….these are manly cupcakes….no piping. :)”  So, I obediently plopped the icing on in the most manly way possible.  ImageSo make these for your man, or your beer loving friends, or yourself.  They’re totally worth it.

Enjoy!
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Quick and Easy, Sweet and Salty

Can’t decide between sweet and salty, but want (or need) a quick snack?

I have your answer.

I discovered these little gems long before pinterest, but they pop up on my feed so frequently, that I felt the need to mention them.  Simply search pretzel kisses and you’ll see what I mean.

Open a pack of the square pretzels and line a cookies sheet with them. You can use mini pretzels as well (as pictured) but I like the pretzel to chocolate ratio best when using the square pretzels.

Unwrap Hershey kisses and place one on top of each pretzel. Or use Rolos.  This seriously is the most time consuming part of the process.

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Place in a preheated 350 degree oven until kisses are shiny (about 2-3 min).  Keep an eye on them, you don’t want the kisses to start to melt and spread out!

Take them out of the oven and quickly (and I mean quickly) push M&Ms into the kisses.  I like to uses PB M&Ms, but you can use plain ones, or peanut ones, or I’ve heard of people using pecans.  The possibilities are endless!

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Let them cool for a bit and enjoy!

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OMG Brownie Bombs

These are awesome.   Just plain awesome.  They are almost diabetes in a pan in cake pop form.  But they’re so much easier and quicker than cake pops.  Super easy (though a little more time consuming than DIAP).  Super delicious.  My favorite kind of dessert.

I bought a pack of mini chocolate chip cookie dough.  It was broken into 40 cookies, but I make them smaller and got 50 balls of cookie dough out of the package.  Roll the cookie dough in a ball and put them in the freezer.

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Then you bake a 13X9 package of FUDGE brownies.  After baking the brownies, I cut them into 48 pieces.  Then you smoosh the brownie and wrap it around the ball of cookie dough.  I had enough extra brownie bits to wrap the last two cookie dough pieces.

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Lastly dip the balls in melted chocolate.  The original post called for chocolate almond bark, but I like to use melted chocolate chips.  I melted them using a technique I found on pinterest (more to come on that!).  I covered the tops of the balls in chocolate and added sprinkes.  I didn’t dip them all the way because 1- I didn’t have enough chocolate chips, and 2- melted chocolate chips are thicker than melted almond bark and it sometimes creates too much of a coating when dipping cake balls/ brownie bombs in them.

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MMMMM… So good!

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Enjoy!

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Reese’s Stuffed Crescents

I am in love with all things chocolate peanut butter.  Its seriously the best combination ever.  So when I saw this pin, I knew I had to try it.  Soooo easy and sooooo good.

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Open up the crescents, open up the Reeses, roll em up, and bake em.  Easy Peasy.
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Opening the Reese’s was seriously the hardest part.  Actually not eating any of Reese’s once I opened them was the hardest part.
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The original post called for half a Reese’s in each crescent, I put in 2/3 of a PB cup and it didn’t quite seem like enough.  I think the regular cups have gotten smaller.
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Finished product dusted with powdered sugar.
I am not exactly sure what I was thinking but I bought the reduced fat crescent rolls- like that was really going to make that much of a difference.  And it was a mistake.  The crescent roll part of the dessert, was not what it could have been.
So next time I make these, here are the changes I’m going to make:
  • Use regular, full fat, crescent rolls
  • Use 1 whole Reese’s cup (cut in two pieces) in each roll

They were really good, and with those changes I know they’ll be absolutely great!  They also heat up in the microwave well.  Just pop ’em in for 10 seconds (no longer or they get too chewy) and they taste as if they were still fresh from the oven.

Enjoy and happy pinning!
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