Monthly Archives: December 2013

Sweet & Salty Cookies!!

Sometimes I crave sweet AND salty things. Yesterday was one of those days. It also happened to be Sunday, which is my favorite baking day. Coincidence? I think not.
 
There are variations of these sweet and salty cookies all over the internet.  I even saw some with potato chips! Crazy… riiiiight? I opted to make mine w/ pretzels because… well… I like pretzels. I also like Reese’s and all kinds of chocolate. Basically these cookies are a little bit of heaven for me. Pretzels, 2 kinds of chocolate chips, peanut butter, and salt… what more could a girl ask for!?
 
I used half of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Then I added the pretzels. Then I saw the 2 bags of chocolate chips… and added those. THEN I noticed that I had a bag of those adorbs mini Reese’s in the pantry… and I just couldn’t control myself. To top it all off I sprinkled a little bit of coarse salt over the cookies.
 
I added the extra pretzels & chocolate chips because I thought it looked pretty to have them sticking out on the top… it really shows the sweet & salty off, ya know!? You could leave it all off, but I wouldn’t recommend doing that. I added the extra salt when they came out of the oven ‘cuz I didn’t get quite enough the first time. It all depends on what you like!
 
That’s the great thing about these cookies. They start off as a basic chocolate chip cookie, and then you add as much of the extra stuff as you want.
 
If I was you I’d make these the next time a sweet & salty craving hits. It sure cured mine. 😉
CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE.
 
Happy Baking!
-Hey Waitress!!
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Red Velvet Snickers Brownies in Someone Else’s Kitchen

 
 

So… I hate cooking/ baking in other peoples kitchens. Is that weird? Maybe it is. I don’t know. But I seriously hate not knowing where anything is… and it’s even worse when I’m in another town/ state. Then I have to go shopping and I don’t know where anything is in the freaking store! Aaaarg!
 
These brownies where a delish exercise in what else could possible go (kind of) wrong.
 
But I should start from the beginning. We’re visiting Hubs’ family in VA for Christmas and I offered to bake dessert. I don’t know how to say this w/o sounding like a jerk… but his dad doesn’t exactly have a great kitchen set up. It’s kind of wack… It was so bad I had to go buy most of the ingredients (see first paragraph). and then I forgot the danged FLOUR! Lucky for me, Hubs’ Bro lives right next door and his wife was gracious enough to hand over a bag of flour.
Dad doesn’t own a stand mixer. He has a hand mixer. From the 80’s. I now realize how much I love my Kitchen Aid, and I will never take her for granted again. EVER.
But balancing all that out I had helper this time, my SIL gave me a hand in the kitchen, measuring and finding all the things I needed. It was nice to have family in the kitchen helping out.
 
This recipe was adapted from Tuesday Night Boyfriend. Her blog is adorable and delish!
 
Finally… we get these delish looking brownies into the oven. I set the time for 25minutes and walk away. After 25 they’re not done. NBD, they’re supposed to take 35. Put the timer on for 10 more… still not done. 10 more… not yet. 10 more… f*ck it! I took them out anyways and went over to Bro’s house for some booze. Bro’s wife listened to me whine for a few minutes, and then offered to let me try finishing them in her oven. So sweet. We preheated and popped that (still delish looking, but undone pan) in her oven for 15 minutes. BAM! BAKED!
 
You might be thinking “WTF? Was the oven broken? Did you get the bake time wrong?”
 
What you should be asking is… “Did you accidentally turn the oven off after you checked them the first time?”
The answer to that would be… Yes. I’m pretty sure I accidentally turned the oven off and didn’t realize it. (hashtag)BakingFail. I hate baking in other peoples kitchen and I guess I was probably a little flustered. I really wanted everyone to love these.
 
And they did come out great. The only problem is that they’re not SUPER chocolately. Other than that I would change 2 things. The first is I wouldn’t cut up the fun sized Snickers. The second is, I’d chop up a king-sized Snicker’s bar and sprinkle it on top of the brownies when they first come out of the oven (maybe with some chocolate chips)!
 
Happy Baking! Hope you & yours had a  Merry Christmas!
-Hey Waitress!!
 Check out the recipe for these Red Velvet Snickers Brownies!
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Cookie Dough Fudge & Cookie Dough Candy Cane “Pops”

First up is this Cookie Dough Fudge, it’s sooooo easy and super yummy! I barely adapted it from Cookies & Cups. I don’t have much to say about this fudge because everything went off without a hitch. I really love quick (microwave) fudge recipes!
I used THIS awesome Eggless Cookie Dough (minus the candy bars) from my girl Angie who blogs at Big Bear’s Wife. She’s a legit food blogger… you should go check out her site. but after you make my version of Cookie Dough Fudge!
 
Now, you only need 1 ½ cups of that cookie dough so you’re going to have LOTS leftover.  What are you supposed to do with it!? Besides hide it in the back of the fridge and shove it down your maw by the handful… oh, wait… maybe you should do what I did.
 
I made Cookie Dough Candy Cane “Pops”. All you have to do is take a tablespoon(ish) of cookie dough and wrap it around the hooked part of a mini candy cane. Then stick them in the freezer for about an hour. After they’re nice and chilled… dip the cookie dough tops in some melted chocolate chips, and cover them with sprinkles. Let the chocolate set and then eat them. Nomnomnom!
I forgot to count how many of these I actually made. I bought 2 boxes of 40 mini candy canes and used a whole box. I guess it’ll depend on how big you make you cookie dough balls. I also used a whole bag of mini chocolate chips. I normally buy candy melts… but this was a spur of the moment kitchen adventure and all I had in the pantry was mini chips.
I only had one small problem with these… I accidentally forgot to cover half of these when I put them in the freezer. The half I covered seemed to get stickier in my hands while I was dipping them… I think it might be from the condensation. Or something. Or it could be my imagination. 😉 Either way, if you’re only freezing these for an hour or so don’t bother covering them.
These Cookie Dough Candy Cane “Pops” are an easier version of THESE Peppermint Cookie Dough Truffles! So go make them. You won’t regret it. Your pants might. But your tastes buds won’t!
 
Happy Baking!
-Hey Waitress!
 
PS. I just realized that there are 44  Cookie Dough Pops in the picture. So, I made at least 44. 😉
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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies!!

These Chocolate Peppermint cookies are just one of the things I worked on in the kitchen today. I’m planning on sharing the rest over the next few days.
 
I used the same dough as the Thin Mint or Tagalong Stuffed Chocolate Cookies. I doubled the recipe from With Sprinkles On Top. It’s my favorite chocolate cookie dough that I’ve made (so far).
The only problem I had when I was making these is getting the melted chocolate chips combined into the rest of the dough. I think I’ll add it to the after I add the eggs/ vanilla next time. Or maybe I’ll use baking chocolate instead…
When the 8 minute mark comes up, and you’re ready to take these out of the oven, don’t worry if the cookies don’t look done in the middle… they will be. They’ll finish cooling and set up on the cookie sheet.
 
View my Chocolate Peppermint Cookie recipe!
 
Some of the other things I worked on today are: Hot Cocoa Mix, Peppermint Infused Vodka, Cookie Dough Fudge, and Cookie Dough Candy Cane “Pops”.  I’ll (hopefully) be sharing them (at some point) soon.
 
Happy Baking!
-Hey Waitress!!
 
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