Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

So I COMPLETELY cheated on this one. These are mint chocolate chip cookies that started out as a bag of sugar cookie dough mix from Betty Crocker. I get at least 10-15 emails a day from different companies and sites with recipes to try and this one showed up in my Betty Crocker email for a few days in a row. I decided to take a look at it and the reviews were actually good so I figured that I would try them. I already had everything on hand that was needed thanks to some random sale earlier in the year.

First off, these were really easy to make and were so good right out of the oven! They tasted just like a girl scout thin mint, just softer and chewier. I definitely plan to tuck this recipe away for when I have a mint chocolate chip craving. :-)

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
from Betty

1 bag sugar cookie mix
1 stick butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp of mint extract
6-8 drop green food coloring
1 cup creme de menthe baking chips
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

- Preheat oven to 350
- Combine cookie mix, butter, egg, extract and food coloring until soft dough forms
- Stir in baking chips
- Use a small cookie scoop and place cookies 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet
- Bake 8 - 10 minutes

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls

All that I am going to say for this post is that you MUST make these cinnamon rolls. They are one of the best things that I have ever made and are probably the number one thing that Ree Drummond is known for. I am not going to elaborate about their delicious gooeyness because you should be able to tell from the picture and the ingredients in the recipe that they are SINFUL! Make them today!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Monster Cookies

Yay for snow days! Today Virginia got hit with a small snow storm that kept Mady and Savannah out of school. I have been promising Mady that we would try out the recipe for Monster cookies that I found on The Pioneer Woman's (my hero) website. Of course, Mady had no clue what was even in them. She was more intrigued by the name Monster being associated with cookies.

Since Lindsey and Joel live about 900 feet behind me now, I met Lindsey halfway down the driveway and stole the girls from her for awhile. After warming up from playing in the snow, we mixed up the cookies and got the first batch in the oven while the girls watched Alvin and the Chipmunks (an early Christmas present from Nana). The cookies turned out great! I love that they have oats, pecans and peanut butter in them (to make you feel somewhat healthy). These ingredients are hidden well in the cookies and the girls inhaled them without thinking twice. They normally won't touch an oatmeal cookie with a 10 ft pole.

I changed the recipe just a little bit to adjust to the ingredients that I had on hand. I also read quite a few replies on Ree's recipe and supposedly most "monster" cookie recipes have peanut butter in them, (Her's didn't) so I decided to add 1/2 cup of that in. Her recipe also called for peanut butter chips. I didn't have those but substituted butterscotch chips and the cookies were just fine.

I think that my favorite part of the cookie is the addition of the rice krispies. You fold these in carefully at the end so that you don't crush them. They give the cookies an unexpected crunch that is great!

Here's a shot of the girls with all of the ingredients measured out and ready to start the destruction. Sorry about the blurriness of the picture...I took it with my phone.

Monster Cookies
(adapted from Ree Drummond)

2 sticks butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugra
2 eggs
1 TBL vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 cups oats (quick cooking or old-fashioned)
1/2 cup M&M's
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
2 1/4 cup rice krispie cereal

- Cream sugars and butter
- Add eggs and blend well
- Add vanilla and peanut butter and blend well
- Add the flour, soda, powder and salt and blend well
- Begin folding in the oats, M&M's, chips and nuts
- Add the rice krispies last and blend just until combined
- Bake at 375 until golden brown

Tuesday, December 14, 2010