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M&M Cookies

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So, I am nine months pregnant… I needed these cookies yesterday. Needed. So good, quick and easy. You can do a variation of M&M/Chocolate chip ratio.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup M&M’s
1/2 cup chocolate chip

Cream together butter, pudding mix and sugars. Add in egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients, then add into butter mix. Fold in chocolate chip and M&M’s.

Drop by the tablespoonful onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes 24-30 cookies, depending on the size you like. Enjoy!

White Chocolate Icing

White chocolate icing

I’m not a big white chocolate fan. But this icing was delicious! And the reviews from the wedding-shower goers was even better. I started with my vanilla icing recipe – so the ingredients are a bit of an estimate. Like most icing recipes you want to do it to taste, if you need to add more butter or icing to taste, and milk to consistency.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter softened
3 1/2 cups icing sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 bag of white chocolate chips (about 2 cups) melted

Directions:

Mix together butter, vanilla, milk and icing sugar until lump free. Add in melted white chocolate. I mixed it with a hand beater and got a great fluffy consistency and it piped out wonderfully! Add more sugar if its not sweet enough, more butter if its too sweet, and more milk if its too thick.

Horse Balls… Need a better name

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So, these are a Page (Maiden Name) family tradition cookie. I think everyone has a veriation of these cookies, as well as a different name; haystacks, macaroons, etc. Whatever they are they are a delicious one pot wonder. 

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup butter
6 tblsp cocoa
1/2 cup milk
2 cup sugar
1 cup coconut
3 cup oatmeal

Directions: 

On the stovetop over medium-high heat, in a big pot, melt butter with cocoa, stir until lumps are gone, add in milk and sugar and bring to a boil. Remove from the burner and stir in oatmeal and coconut. Spoon on to cookie trays covered with wax paper. Let cool. Store in tupperware in the fridge. Enjoy!

Candy Cane Bark!

Candy Cane BarkOk, its time to get Christmas Baking!! And in order to do that I needed a little snack to get me through. A super quick and easy treat is the Candy Cane Bark. Its great wrapped up for a hostess gift, or out on a dish for a party  … but even better in a ziploc in the fridge to pick at all day/season long!!

Ingredients:

Package of semi-sweet chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
Package of white chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
6-10 candy canes smashed up (depending how candy-cane-ish you like it)

Directions:

In a double boiler, or, if you don’t have one like me a small pot on top of a bigger pot with boiling water, just make sure that the smaller pot won’t sink down and the water overflow!!! Melt the semi-sweet chocolates until smooth, pour into a tin foil-lined baking pan and spread using a spatula. Clean pot, add the white chocolate chips and melt until smooth, pour on top of the semi-sweet chocolate chips and spread. You can either leave it so its distinct layers, or swirl around like I did. Cover with smashed up candy canes and chill for 1/2 hour in the fridge. Break into  small pieces and enjoy! Best if kept in refrigerator.

Note: I was out of white chocolate chips so I melted a bunch of  lindor white chocolates. If you have leftover chocolate bars might as well use them up. And don’t worry about portions its really just having chocolate, melting and topping with candy cane for a delicious treat!

Kids Construction Site Birthday Cake

Construction Birthday CakeFor my friend Natalie’s son’s birthday she wanted to make his birthday cake for him, with a construction site theme. Here is our attempt. Though it should be noted – by no means do we regard ourselves as cake decorators. I like to bake and eat, but, despite my attempt at Wilton Cake Decorating 1 and 2, nothing sank in. 

Natalie baked two 9×13 cakes, one vanilla and one chocolate. We made my moms famous vanilla icing, but then mixed in Oreo crumbs to make it cookies and cream icing (so delicious!) for the filing between the two layers. We iced the whole cake with a layer of white vanilla icing, then added colouring to create the icing for decorating. Half of the cake was covered with Oreo crumbs to look like dirt, and then a few trucks were placed on and around the cake, and a house built out of candy Legos. Tada!

Chocolate Bran Muffins – 2 Weight Watcher Points

 Chocolate Bran Muffins - 2 Weight Watchers PointsMom just made these yesterday; they were good and a great, healthy way to get your chocolate fix. They needed a little butter on them though as they are very dense. Next time I will add a ½ cup of chocolate chips to them and eat them warm and wouldn’t need the butter. Here is the recipe for 12 muffins, its really easy:

Ingredients:

1 package low fat brownie mix (Betty Crocker)
2 cups water
3 cups all bran cereal
1 tsp baking powder

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Soak bran cereal in water for 5 minutes. Add in brownie mix and baking powder and mix well. Spoon into 12 prepared muffin cups and bake for 22-25 minutes, when knife comes out clean remove from oven. Enjoy!

Black Bean Brownies (gluten free)

 Black Bean Brownie

I have made black bean brownies before, the last time I followed a recipe that was using a box mix for brownies and substituting the oil and water with black beans, which turned out ok. I wanted to try some from scratch that were also gluten free for my friend Jenn that its gluten intolerant. I merged a few together to create this recipe, which is good for a small serving – it made one loaf pan instead of a full square, but it would be really easy to double. It was pretty good – especially when you factor in the fiber and protein, we ate it last night warm with a side of frozen yogurt!

Ingredients:

1 cup Rinsed and drained canned black beans
1 Egg
1tbsp Oil
¼ cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
¼ Chocolate chips
¼ Walnuts

Directions:

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Puree the black beans. Add in eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla and cocoa and blend. Once well mixed, fold in chocolate chips and nuts. Spread into a prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Dust with icing sugar. Enjoy!