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“You Made Me Dirt Cake??”

18 Jul

Yes, yes I did, Michael.

My brother got his MBA recently and his fiance decided to reciprocate the surprise party he threw her in early June. Of course, I volunteered to make desserts for the party.

Even though I love making cakes, Michael doesn’t love eating them, but he’s asked me on more than one occasion recently for dirt cake, so that’s what I made!

I decided to put my own spin on dirt cake by adding a brownie base. Gooey chocolate always adds deliciousness to anything.

After the brownie layer I combined crushed Oreos, 4 cups of chocolate fudge pudding, 1 16 ounce of whipped topping,

and topped that with a monstrous amount of crushed Oreos and the most important element, gummy worms!

I found some adorable CONGRATS candles that matched the worms perfectly.

Since dirt cake is a dessert you have to serve, I wanted to make something else for dessert snacking, and went to one of my go-to cookies, Pretzel M&M and Sea Salt.

I mistakenly assumed I had the ingredients in the cabinet for the original recipe, but I ended up doing some great swapping and making a lighter, fluffier cookie.

The original recipe called for 2 1/2 cups of flour, 1 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar.

Oops, I had to lessen the flour to 1 1/2 cups, and substituted the final cup with cake flour and a handful of oats. I swapped the brown sugar with granulated sugar which resulted in the lighter colored cookie – still super yummy. I also used mini chocolate chips instead of regular, making the cookies look more choc-ful.

Successful party on Erin’s part, and desserts on mine. Congratulations, Michael!

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One last trick or treat

18 Nov

 

Obviously we are all focused on the best holiday, Thanksgiving, but let’s revisit Halloween just one more time for me, k? Thanks! So you all read my post on the De-Lite peanut butter cups, which were devoured and enjoyed! I even had a high school friend tell me she watched my webisode and made them. Really that made me ridiculously happy. But I made another Halloween dessert also, so we can’t let time go by too fast before I share that.

These cookies came from my absolutely favorite, pretzel m&m cookie recipe, of all the cookies in existence, these really shine. Sweet, salty, crunchy, ahh, I’m salivating just remembering them. Well for the holiday I took a little twist on them. You see, I couldn’t find any Halloween M&M’s and I was pretty bummed about that, but what I could do, was dye the dough orange! And I did. Watch and learn people! And enjoy the festive cocktail, too!

 

Here are some close-ups, cuz I know my readers like the sweet details.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Cookies, Cakes & Candies!

25 Dec

This Christmas baking season started just when it should have – December 1st! I’ve always wanted to bake throughout the month of December and I finally got the chance. In the end I realized two things from this decision, #1 – it is a really good thing I started so early because the last two weeks were full of lots of working and interning so I didn’t have a lot of baking time. And #2 – that although starting early was a good idea, I still should have done my usual planning because I ended up with so many similar things that I did have to scramble in the last week and make sure to get those Christmas-staples (sugar cookies, biscotti, etc) on the plates! Either way I ended up with 19 delicious festive treats!

In no particular order: Oatberry Cookies, Sugar Cookie Cut-outs, Red Velvet Cake Slices, Vanilla Bean Bars, Cranberry Bliss Bars (my faves), Amaretto Biscotti, Coconut Macaroons, Caramel Chocolitas, Creme De Menthe Brownies, Sea Salt Fudge, Mississippi Mud Cookies, Pretzel M&M Cookies, Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Strawberry Jam Bars, Mini Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chippers, Snickerdoodles, Gingersnaps, Five Layer Bars and Chocolate-Mint Bark Cookies.

The links are to the recipes I used or the ones I based my basic cookie on, but you know me, I’m full of twists and substitutions, and this month was filled with those – mostly good ones!¬†MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Salty Sweet

7 Aug

There are some people out there who are just super nice, great people, and they deserve cookies on their birthday. One of those people is a hostess at the restaurant I work at and she turned 21 last week, a perfect occasion for me to try out a new cookie recipe.

As with most of my recipes, I found this one online, probably via twitter and decided it was going on my list of things to make. Basically I bookmark any recipe I’m interested in making, so then whenever the baking urge hits I have something ready to make.

This recipe sounded fantastic, and it was a great excuse to buy a delicious bag of pretzel M&Ms. If you haven’t tried them yet, I encourage you to go grab some. They’re fantastic.

The pretzel consistency is a fun addition to the basic M&M we’ve loved all these years and what a great idea to add these to chocolate chip cookie. M&M cookies are delish, and pretzel ones are even better. In addition to the yummy add-ins, this recipe called for sea salt on the cookie dough right before baking. You wouldn’t believe how much of an amazing difference this makes. The light dust of salt combined with the buttery cookies made for an addictive cookie. I literally couldn’t stop eating them right out of the oven and made myself eat a pear to get the craving out of my mouth. As expected, these cookies got rave reviews from friends, families, co-workers and the birthday girl. And I’m excited to see what else I can add sea salt to in the future.

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