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Peepsters Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies get dressed up for Easter on the inside with PEEPS Peepsters stuffing.

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Yesterday I returned a couple unopened bags of candy melts thinking it wouldn’t be a big deal, it’s just sugar. There was nothing wrong, just didn’t end up needing them for a recipe, to which she replied, “Doesn’t matter I have to throw them out anyway.” Now I thought she was joking so I laughed, but after her unchanged facial expression I realized she was not. Apparently returned food items (even unopened, packaged sugar/chocolate) cannot be resold. It makes sense for fresh food or anything requiring refrigeration, but candy?? Upon discovering this I felt bad for returning them and voiced this to her. However, she shot back that I did not in fact feel bad or else I wouldn’t be returning them. She said it so matter-of-fact, again without any humor, that I felt like I should be offended. True I could have snatched them up saying I changed my mind and if I had a job right now I would have. Unfortunately I do not and keeping them is less important than being able to pay for things such as bills. In the end, Walmart can handle the loss a lot easier than I can right now.

Just in case you still think I am a bad person, how about some cookies? I used my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe using both semisweet and milk chocolate chips this time and then stuffed them with PEEPS Peepsters – fun chocolate Easter candies with marshmallow centers. These cookies are basically PEEPS stuffed chocolate chip cookies without the mess of an exploding marshmallow, which commonly happens if you stuff a regular marshmallow into the center of a cookie. 

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Three years ago: Double Cake Batter Truffle Ice Cream
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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies are now available in a chocolate lovers version, with a chocolate base and tons of chocolate chips for double the chocolate!

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One great thing about perfecting my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies is barely needing to look at the recipe now to whip up a batch. It’s burned into my brain. This leads me to experimenting with things such as adding raisins and now doubling up on the chocolate. With already 3 cups of chocolate chips in the cookies, you’d think it would be at maximum capacity, but there was still room for cocoa in the base! You can use regular chocolate chips or try the springtime chocolate chips like I did for a pretty contrast. Throw some pastel sprinkles on there while you’re at it because it’s finally spring!

Is there a recipe that you have memorized? Have you ever changed it up?

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One year ago: Butternut Squash Orzo with Pine Nuts, Balsamic Drizzle, and Fried Sage

Two years ago: Chicken Pad Thai
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Chewy Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies are made even chewier by the addition of sweet raisins. If you love raisins, this will be your new favorite cookie.

Chewy Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

FINALLY!!! My first first-author manuscript has been accepted for publication in Eukaryotic Cell! I think I first submitted that silly thing in September and then two revisions later – BOOM. I’ll let you know when it’s on PudMed! Sweet glory let’s celebrate with cookies.

If I thought my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies couldn’t get any chewier, I have been proven wrong. While at dinner with my parents and their friends, I was told that adding raisins to cookies makes them soft and chewy. At first I thought he was referring to oatmeal raisin cookies, which I agreed are very chewy but no, he meant raisins in chocolate chip cookies. Of course I had to try it out.

The only change I made was substituting one cup of the chocolate chips for raisins, and I have to admit they did come out fantastically chewy. As long as you like raisins (and chewy cookies), you should definitely try it the next time you whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

In addition to this fun new trick, I have also modified my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe to reflect another trick I’ve adopted – rolling the dough into balls before refrigeration. This allows the dough to be at it’s coldest when placed into the oven which reduces spreading and renders thicker cookies.

One year ago: Cheesy Double Bean Quesadillas with Avocado Ranch

Two years ago: Irish Car Bomb Mini Cheesecake Bites
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Rainbow Fruit Pizza Tart

This Rainbow Fruit Pizza Tart will create spontaneous smiles with a sugar cookie crust, vanilla Greek-cream cheese filling and a rainbow of fruit.

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Silly me forgot to tell you something last week – I had a phone interview for a job! I thought it went very well and was also given a writing assignment afterwards to complete within a week. I sent it back a day early and am now waiting to see if I make it into the next stage of the interview process. Of course in the mean time I am still working on other applications. The job market is too rough out there to be idle between interviews.

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I also have not been idle in the kitchen department. I thought for sure I would have to cut back on the amount of posts per week but I’ve been able to coast along as normal. Thank goodness because ideas have started coming out of my ears. This fruit pizza isn’t a novel concept but that doesn’t mean it is any less fun. I technically made the rainbow backwards since red has a longer wavelength than violet and therefore would be on the outer edge of a rainbow (nerd alert). I prefer purple over red anyway, but regardless of technicalities you cannot help but feel happy from just looking at this colorful fruit tart.

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One year ago: Guiltless Avocado Alfredo Pasta with Spicy Chicken
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Small Batch Green Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies

This small batch of 6 green velvet cookies studded with white chocolate chips tastes just like it’s cake ancestor. Perfectly green for St. Patrick’s Day or change up the color for your favorite holiday!

Green Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Not only is St. Patrick’s Day one week from tomorrow, this week (March 9-15) is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week! However, this week is already jam-packed with St. Patrick’s Day recipes but I took the opportunity for Single Serving Sunday to combine these events into a small batch of green velvet white chocolate chip cookies. I was incredibly pleased with how well the flavor of these turned out. They taste just like red velvet in cookie form… except green. And the recipe only makes 6 regular-sized cookies or one jumbo if you’re feeling like Cookie Monster.

Just promise me you won’t wear white while making these? Food coloring and white clothing to do mix :-/.

Three years ago: Nutella Fruit Dip
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Giant Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Cookie For One

It may not be a full-time science job, but I may have a part-time job soon at a golf course in my parents village. Something to pay the bills at least because that POD with all my belongings in it is not going to pay for itself. Obviously I will continue my “real job” search as usual but maybe I’ll be able to afford a weekend road trip now!

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Let’s celebrate such possibilities with a nice big peanut butter cookie. But not any old peanut butter cookie (not that it isn’t enough on it’s own), but a peanut butter snickerdoodle cookie. Oh heck yea. This cookie was so good I actually wished I had made a full batch instead of just one big one. But I managed to share it, which made me wonder why I didn’t just bake the 4 regular sized ones instead. Oh well big cookies are more fun even when shared.

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Two years ago: S’mores Molten Lava Cake

Three years ago: Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Layer Pie
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Smoked Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Well Memphis, it’s been fun. Over the weekend I had one last hurrah downtown and it was a blast. I haven’t danced that much in awhile and my legs and abs were actually tired the next day. But today I leave Memphis to journey all the way to the other side of the state where I will reside until I solidify a job. It will be nice to spend more time with my parents but for the sake of my monetary health I hope it doesn’t take long.

These cookies were whipped up for everyone that helped with the big move into the POD last weekend (along with an assortment of other goodies and beverages). The flavor was inspired by one of my favorite cookies from Keep It Sweet Desserts, mixing smoked sea salt, caramel bits and dark chocolate into my beloved chocolate chip cookie base. This is my first recipe using smoked sea salt and it’s a pretty awesome addition to a cookie. However, I cannot claim that they are as good as hers which is why she owns the awesome cookie/brownie/blondie business!

Smoked Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Three years ago: Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts
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Vanilla Sprinkle Cookies

Despite the maddness of moving I still managed to participate in the Secret Recipe Club this month, and I am glad I did because I was assigned to Karen’s Kitchen Stories. I had a hard time choosing a recipe as she had lots of great choices such as Mini Hazelnut and Cacao Nib Madelines, Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs, and Crusty Apple Pie.

In the end I went with these vanilla sprinkle cookies because I found out that my nephew is obsessed with sprinkles and is already a master sprinkler. What better cookie to make and send to them for Valentine’s Day? For the upcoming holiday I used red/white/pink sprinkles, which were the perfect accent to these chewy delicious cookies. They may need a repeat for other holidays throughout the year with the appropriate change-up of sprinkle colors!

Vanilla Sprinkle Cookies

Two years ago: Banana Peanut Butter Cup Muffins

Three years ago: Orange Strawberry Banana Smoothie
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My Dad’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Did you miss me yesterday? I fully intended on posting yesterday but with my limited internet access these days and inability to keep track of the days of the week I failed to do so. To make up for this blunder I made you 12 dozen cookies! It required a huge bowl and a very sturdy wooden spoon.

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This cookie recipe is allegedly from Mrs. Field’s, with some slight modifications by my dad. Whether that rumor is true or not does not matter because they are delicious and have been a staple in my family for a long time. Growing up, my friends would devour these on sight and if we ran out they knew where the secret frozen stash was in our basement freezer.

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I went through a phase where I preferred these cookies with only nuts. My dad would separate out some of the dough after adding the nuts and before adding the chocolate chips. Actually I still enjoy that version sometimes still. But when my dad and I made this particular batch together we kept it simple. Or as simple as 12 dozen cookies can be.

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Don’t let the cookie-count scare you away though, because if for some reason you don’t want a stock pile of these in your freezer (I prefer freezing uncooked dough to bake later), you can easily divide this recipe in half or a quarter.

One year ago: Mini Meyer Lemon Sticky Rolls

Three years ago: Creamy Tomato Basil Bisque
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Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal Cookies

This whole unemployment thing is quite boring. Aside from applying to jobs, I have been filling my days with the gym, baking, watching movies, reading, cleaning, and even packed two boxes. Yet I still find myself itching for more to do to occupy my day. I know many people would kill to have some free time, but I so rarely have had it that I now don’t know what to do with it all! It’s too bad I don’t have dispensable income to go out of town to visit people.

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During one spout of boredom, I decided to whip up some cookies. Specifically peanut butter oatmeal cookies with chopped up mini peanut butter cups mixed in. The entire batch of these cookies disappeared at a gathering to which I brought them and were quickly nicknamed “crack cookies” as people could not stop eating them. Sounds like my boredom paid off!

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One year ago: California Quesadillas with Honey-Balsamic Dipping Sauce

Three years ago: Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies
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