Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

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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Review: Halo Top Ice Cream Giveaway & Neapolitan Ice Cream Pie

If you love Neapolitan ice cream then check out this ice cream pie. Simply layer thawed chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream into a chocolate cookie pie crust and you’ll have an impressive dessert.

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Have you heard of the new Halo Top ice cream yet? It is a low calorie ice cream that is non-gmo, 100% natural, high in protein and fiber, and sweetened with organic stevia to lower the sugar content. One pint of Halo Top vanilla bean contains 280 calories, 28g protein and 16g net carbs (compared to 1,080 calories, 16g of protein and 96g net carbs in a pint of Haagen-Dazs vanilla bean ice cream)! Additionally, it is made with premium ingredients such as Belgian chocolate, pure Madagascar vanilla, and real California lemons and strawberries. If that isn’t heavenly enough for you, the pints are also donned with golden tops to look like halos.

Halo Top comes in four flavors: Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, Strawberry and Lemon Cake. I was lucky enough to try all four and the lemon cake was my favorite. It reminded me of the lemon chalet girl scout cookies! But overall I was impressed with how delicious the ice cream tasted, especially being someone who tends to dislike sugar alternatives. The only tricky part is that Halo Top ice cream freezes a little harder because of its lower fat content, which tested my patience a bit as I waited for it to thaw a little into a scoopable consistency.

It was worth the wait because once they did temper I was able to make you a fantastic little ice cream pie using three of the flavors – Neapolitan ice cream pie! Who knew an impressive-looking dessert could be made so easily? And better yet, I am giving away a coupon for a free pint of Halo Top ice cream so you may try it out for yourself. Use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post to enter, then check out their website to find out more about their ice cream and where to buy it!

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One year ago: Asian Fried Quinoa

Three years ago: Black Forest Stuffed Cupcakes
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Pig Cupcakes

These cute pig cupcakes are easier than they look. Turn your favorite cupcake into a farm-animal friend with just a few ingredients.

Pig Cupcakes

Yesterday I shared a couple shots from my nephew’s 2nd birthday party. As you may have assumed I was in charge of the desserts featured in those photos. Although the blueberry blue velvet cake was the tastiest and most appreciated dessert, my favorite to assemble was the pig cupcakes. I immediately fell in love with them when I spotted them on my sister-in-law’s Pinterest board. With a few common ingredients these cupcakes come to life on top of your favorite cupcake to melt hearts of all ages.

One year ago: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Half & Half Cookies
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Mini Chocolate Caramel Peanut Butter Cheesecakes & Giveaway

Get ready for the best day ever – it’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Day! Join our hosts, Carla (Chocolate Moosey) and Miriam Overtime Cook), and a group of 31 bloggers who are sharing their favorite chocolate peanut butter recipes, ranging from cookies and bars to scones and muffins. Follow the hashtag #chocPBday on social media and join us with your favorite chocolate and peanut butter recipes. Looking for recipes all in one place? Follow our Pinterest board. We are also teaming up with OXO, King Arthur Flour, and Peanut Butter & Co. to bring you three fabulous prize packs. You don’t want to miss this opportunity! Giveaway details are at the end of this post.

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When it comes to mini desserts, mini cheesecakes are my favorite. Combining these cute cite-sized treats with peanut butter and chocolate seemed like a fantastic way to celebrate Chocolate Peanut Butter Day. Peanut Butter & Co.’s Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter was used in these cheesecakes to ensure complete peanut butter and chocolate saturation, but were also stuffed with caramel-peanut butter candy bars and topped with more candy, peanuts, and caramel sauce. You might want to take a moment to admire their beauty, but only a moment because they deserve to be devoured.

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Check out all the chocolate and peanut butter action going on today:

One year ago: Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

Three years ago: Banana Pecan Waffles
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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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Honey Almond Ice Cream with Fudge Ripple

The other day while walking around Knoxville, a cute black tuxedo kitten came running up to me and showed no fear as I bent over to scoop him up. My first thought of course was “I want to take you home!” but this cat was so friendly I just knew he had to have an owner, despite the lack of a collar and the apparent conjunctivitis (poor little guy). So I resisted the urge to steal him and set him down. However, he had other plans as he continued to follow me around for the remainder of the walk and even parked outside my friends door for awhile. If I were still in Memphis I would’ve known exactly where to take him (The House of Mews non-kill shelter and adoption agency) but alas I am now on the other side of the state. I have started researching for similar organizations in this area in case he shows up at my friends door again.

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Not going to lie, I hope he shows up again. I still have regrets about not keeping the last friendly-possibly-homeless-kitten that tried to force it’s way into my life (oh, Fenna). But I digress…

One of the things I did not put into storage when I left Memphis and moved in with my parents was my ice cream maker attachment for the Kitchenaid (thankfully they own a standmixer so I didn’t have to lug here that as well). My parents always have ice cream on hand but when their stock ran low I made sure to let them know to not buy any – I was making it homemade!

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I let them have a say in the flavor choices and ended up deciding on this toasted almond ice cream made with honey and swirled with a fudge sauce. The honey flavor was very subtle while the toasted almonds were the stars. I used some leftover fudge sauce as topping but actually preferred it without the extra chocolate on top. As many of you already know, I’m a minimalist most of the time when it comes to chocolate. But however chocolate-y you like it there’s no denying this ice cream.

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One year ago: Garlic Lover’s Pizza

Three years ago: “Creamed” Berry Cheese Spread
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Cookie Dough Oreo Cake

By now I am sure all of you are aware of one of the newest additions to the Oreo lineup, cookie dough. Personally I think that homemade versions such as Lindsay’s (Love & Olive Oil) and Tessa’s peanut butter ones (Handle the Heat) would win hands down. For the purposes of this cake however, homemade Oreos were not necessary. Chopped up Cookie Dough Oreos were mixed into the chocolate cake and used as decoration, but the real purpose of this creation was to make a cake that resembled a giant Cookie Dough Oreo covered in frosting. And if I do say so myself, I believe I succeeded.

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I made this cake for my step-mom’s birthday. It consists of super moist layers of chocolate cake with bits of Cookie Dough Oreo which are sandwiched around a layer of cookie dough filling, then swaddled in cookie dough frosting and topped with chocolate chips and more Cookie Dough Oreos. There’s some serious cookie-on-cookie action going on here. If you’re feeling really ballsy, serve it up with a scoop of Cookie Dough Oreo ice cream. I stuck with plain vanilla.

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One year ago: Pepperoni Pasta Bake

Three years ago: Butterscotch Haystack Cookies
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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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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Lasagna

Get your stretchy-fat pants on because just looking at this dessert may cause weight gain. It’s a dessert lasagna using chocolate graham crackers for the “noodles”, cream cheese-peanut butter-whipped cream filling, and chocolate as the sauce. Between the layers and on top there are also chopped Reese’s cups and peanuts. I did use reduced fat cream cheese and light cool whip to make myself feel slightly better when the inevitable face plant into a second serving occurred.

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This incredible, decadent dessert is worthy of today’s event – Ohio State playing Clemson in the Orange bowl! Admittedly I am still a bit bitter about losing to Michigan State and therefore losing the shot at the National Championship Game. But that will never stop me from getting excited to watch some college football and indulging in the gloriousness that is this dessert.

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One year ago: Skinny Creamy Italian Chicken Skillet

Two years ago: Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Hawaiian Pizza

Three years ago: Spinach Tomato Tortellini
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