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Top 5+ SweetTreats

P1040655It’s been that kind of week where I need to indulge with some delectable desserts. So instead of stuffing my face, I thought I would try to live vicariously and revisit some of my favorite posts in the dessert arena. I hope you enjoy these too!

Jacob's Favorite Brownie Cookies
Jacob’s Favorite Brownie Cookies

Brownie Cookies These are my kids’ most frequently requested cookies!

Nothing like a baseball cookie after a game.

Nothing like a baseball cookie after a game.

Home Run Frosted Sugar Cookies A simple recipe for sugar cookies with icing.

 

An indulgent breakfast treat.
An indulgent breakfast treat.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quick Bread What better way to start a morning than eating oatmeal! Ok, so it’s not quite as healthy as that.

Jamie Oliver's Steamed Pudding Cake
Jamie Oliver’s Steamed Pudding Cake

Steamed Pudding Cakes This one is fast and easy, you know, for those emergency dessert situations.

For a special morning treat.
For a special morning treat.

Super-Indulgent, Mini-Chocolate Chip Pancakes These are sinful. Enough said.

Bonus: Sorry no photo for this one, but they were so good I had to share. Easy Almond Cookies I adapted these from the  Betty Crocker website where I simply used white cake mix (instead of lemon) and added 1 1/2 teaspoons of almond extract and a few almond slivers on top of each one.

 

 

 

Hit a Home Run with Frosted Sugar Cookies

baseball cookieFor those of you who know me well, or even if you have perused this blog long enough, you know I am not much of a baker. I just don’t care all that much for sweets, but the reason I don’t bake really has to do more with my ability. Continue reading Hit a Home Run with Frosted Sugar Cookies

Candy Bar Cookies

If you haven’t noticed, I’m not much of a baker. I don’t really crave sweets like many people do. Sure, I like them and sometimes I certainly can’t resist a good creme brule.

But the reality is there is way to much Chemistry involved in baking for me. Since most of my cooking tends to be a creative outlet for me, I find baking way too rigid for my personality. As a result most of my baking recipes tend to be pretty simple and so I end up just  following a recipe.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not feeling the creative energy every day, and some days I just want to follow directions. Life seems to be much simpler when you just follow directions.

So this is about as creative as I can get with baking because when I do try to invent new ones it just doesn’t turn out well. Here I’ve adapted the Toll House Cookie recipe and instead of chocolate chips, I cut up various snack-sized candy bars and tossed them in the dough. They turned out wonderfully chewy with a variety of tastes and textures to satisfy the palate. I would warn you that you should try to mix the milk duds into the dough more than I did because they tend to melt and ooze out the sides, or the centers, for that matter.

Shopping List:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 large eggs

2 1/2 cups cut-up candy bars (I used all snack-sized bars: 4 Almond Joy; 4 boxes of Milk  Duds; 4 Reese’s Peanut Butter cups; 4 Snickers; 4 Twix; 4 Hershey Bars )

Instructions:

1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.

3. In a separate bowl beat the butter, sugars and vanilla until creamy. Add the eggs and beat until combined well.

4. Gradually add in the flour mixture.

5. Stir in the chopped candy bars. (I used kitchen shears to just cut the bars right into the bowl, also try to make them bite-sized pieces.)

6. Drop by rounded tablespoons on to an ungreased baking sheet.

7. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes before moving them to wire racks to cool completely.

Adapted from: Nestle Toll House

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Ok, so the first batch that I made of these I thought These are kind of strange. I’m not sure that the kids will eat them. So, I’ll just stick them in the freezer for later.

A week passed and there was only one of these bars left! That’s when I realized they were much better straight from the freezer and that I was the one who been chowing down on them.

So at that point I decided to let the kids and hubby try the last one and they “LOVED IT!” to quote the 5-year old.

I have found many versions of this cookie, check the bottom for one with chocolate in it. So even though these are full of protein and fiber, they are a treat that you’ll be glad to share with your kids. Well, I don’t know about the sharing part, but you’ll feel good about eating them.

Shopping List:

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup peanut butter

2 cups quick-cook oats

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions:

1. Spray an 8 x 8 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a small saucepan on medium heat melt honey and brown sugar until sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla.

3. In a medium bowl combine oats, cinnamon and peanut butter mixture until oats are moist.

4. Press dough into prepared pan and then place wax paper on top to even out the top.

5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, then cut into bite-sized pieces. Lay them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and freeze them for another 30 minutes. Once frozen on the tray, transfer them  to a freezer safe zippered bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. I prefer the firmness of these treats frozen, but for a softer texture leave them in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Check here for chocolate Variations from the Food Network and Brown Eyed Baker.