Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Brookies (Brownie Batter Cookies)

   I'm completely over being cold. Here it is March, and my son is home on a snow day. That is not the norm for Oklahoma, and I'm not happy about it. The upside- it gives an excuse(like I'd need one anyways) to bake something yummy. 

   I've actually made a few batches of these Brownie Batter Cookies from Trisha Yearwood over the last couple of weeks. Everyone loves them! It is like having your own perfect little brownie- crisp edges, chewy middle- rich chocolate goodness. My husband's coworker called them Brookies, and as a perfect hybrid between a brownie and a cookie I think the name fits! 

   I have it stuck in my head that if you sub peanut butter chips for the chocolate chips in the recipe it would be amazing! I haven't tried it yet, so anyone who does leave a comment and let me know!

    
     I stuck almost exactly to the original recipe, but one change made a huge difference in my different batches of cookies. A lot of the reviews I read said they got "Flat, thin cookies". But mine came out super puffy and fluffy. When it came time to make another batch, I realized I misread the instructions and instead of adding the flour to the batter- I added the batter to the flour. So this time I did it the right way- and guess what....thin, flat, spread out cookies. Still tasty, but let's just be cookie rebels and do what gets us the best cookie!

Seriously, be prepared to need a cold glass of milk with these babies! 


Brookies (Brownie Batter Cookies)
Original Recipe by Trisha Yearwood

Ingredients
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a stand mixer cream the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and melted chocolate until smooth. Add the eggs and mix until fully combined. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add the batter into the flour mixture slowly until fully incorporated. Add the vanilla and fold in the chocolate chips.

Drop by generous spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheet before moving over to a wire rack to finish cooling.


I hope you guys love these as much as we have! Be sure to leave a comment below and let me know how they turned out for you! 



Monday, March 3, 2014

Chia,Flax, and Hemp Hearts Hot Cereal

 Isn't it funny how fast time goes by? My absence on this blog was never meant to stretch on for 4 long months. Honestly, it was never meant to be an absence at all. It all started with a party, where after one too many cocktails I dropped my camera on the cold tile floor- and although this camera had been dropped more times than I can say- it was no match for my friend's kitchen floor.

No big deal, I just bought a new camera. I mean, I kind of had to- the holidays at this point were creeping up on me, and with 2 ever changing little boys, I had no choice but to invest in another camera. Guess what guys...... I dropped the new one too!
  And the funny part, same friend's house!
Genius advice from my mom, "USE THE WRIST STRAP!".

Flash froward to now, the camera is back from repairs- thank goodness for warranties- the wrist strap is attached, and I'm so happy to get back to blogging!

This new year has already been zipping by, I'm back to eating healthy after being incredibly naughty over the holidays. And, I can honestly say I feel great! That's the funny thing about eating like shit, right? It makes me feel like shit too!

I've recently become obsessed with using chia seeds, flax, and hemp hearts in my everyday recipes. I am well aware that these things are not for everyone. I don't have an issue with weird textures- so I kind of love chia seeds which gel up when soaked in liquids. And the fact that these ingredients are high in protein, nutrients, and fiber while being low in sugar, fat and carbs make them an easy go to for me!

Here's a little something I've been loving over the past couple of months.


This "Hot Cereal" is not only easy and quick to whip up, but also tastes great and keeps me full all morning long. I'm stuck on strawberries and cream, but a little almond butter mixed in was a favorite for sure!


Chia, Flax, and Hemp Hearts Hot Cereal

Inspired by this recipe from All Day I Dream About Food

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Chia Seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Flax meal
  • 2 tablespoons Hemp Hearts
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 packet stevia-or whatever sweetener you prefer
  • 1/2 cup hot water
Additional Add-ins(optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • Fresh Berries
  • 2 Tablespoons nut butter

Directions

Mix together the chia seeds, flax meal, and hemp hearts in a small bowl. Mix in the stevia and cinnamon. Stir in the water and let set for 2-3 minutes. Enjoy as is, or add in heavy cream, nut butter, or fresh berries.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

E-man's Super Mario Party

  A few weeks ago my little E-man turned 6. There is just something about him being 6, like the first 5 years of watching him grow are complete and we have started a new chapter in his life.

  I really wanted to throw him a cookie-decorating party. This is a party theme I saw in a magazine while pregnant and held onto all these years. I really tried to sell him on the idea. He was pretty firm on his decision: It would have to be a Super Mario Party.
   
   I'll admit I was a little sad at first, but then I started brainstorming on this Mario themed party and got over it real quick. And in the end it all came together pretty nicely.