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Nutella Energy Bites (No Bake!)

Nutella. If I could write poetry I would write sonnets to (or for, or about) Nutella. I just had it for the first time when I was making these Nutella Energy Bites. Where has it been all my life!? Geeeeez… I’m already thinking about how I’m going to turn all my favorite PB recipes into Nutella recipes.
 
I made these because I ran out of granola. When Hubs and I go to the gym in the AM I’m always sooo hungry right when I wake up. It’s horrible! Have you ever tried to go for a run when you’re hungry? It’s awful. So… I ran out of granola. My granola is NOT low calorie, and I really wanted something that wouldn’t (majorly) screw up my intake for the day, AKA leave enough room at the end of the day for some fro yo. 😉 These aren’t exactly low in calories, but compared to 116 calories in ¼ cup granola… the 71.5 per bite isn’t too bad!
 
I adapted this recipe from Food Doodles. Check out the “formula” she wrote for awesome energy bites. I did change it quite a bit, mostly because I don’t buy seeds… seeds are bird food. Hehehe. The next time I make these I’m going to switch out the mini chocolate chips for extra dried cranberries. The Nutella has enough of a chocolate flavor that I really don’t need the extra sweetness.
 
These Nutella Energy Bites are a little sticky, so you want to store them in the fridge. The crunch from the Rice Krispies is good too. I used quick oats because I wasn’t baking them, and (because they’re more processed) they’re softer than old-fashioned oats.
 
These bites are probably going to replace “small” handfuls of granola on those early morning gym days. Even Hubs likes them!
 
MY RECIPE HERE!
 
 Happy Making!
-Hey Waitress!!
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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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Drunken Turtle Cookies!!

 
I adapted this recipe from Nestle. I had planned on making (boring) turtle cookies, but my booze cabinet was feeling neglected, and the Bailey’s called my name. It called my name so loud some even fell in my coffee while I was baking. 😉
 
The cookie dough recipe is the same one I used to make Captain’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
I used about 3 cups of pecans. I think the next time I make these, I’m going to put the cookie dough down first, then arrange the pecans around it. If you don’t have a 1 ½ inch scoop use a HEAPING tablespoon of dough, and you should still get about 4 dozen cookies.
 
The Bailey’s and caramels took me under 2 minutes to melt. Be SUUUUPER careful ‘cause that shiz is h-o-t hot. And it stays hot for a while. I let it cool for a few minutes then poured it into a pastry bag w/ the end snipped off. I figured it would be less messy that way.
 
The finished product isn’t very pretty, but it sure tastes good! My only complaint is that the caramel on top stays pretty sticky so there’s no good way to stack these. Unless you want to cut sheets of parchment paper up and put them in between the layers (like I did)…
 
Check out the recipe for my Drunken Turtle Cookies!
 
Happy Baking!
-Hey Waitress!!
 
OK… I have a confession. I used this cookie dough earlier in the week. I bought a bag of those Candy Cane Kisses at the grocery store… and in an effort to not eat them all I baked a batch of the Captain’s Chocolate Chip Cookies and replaced the Captain Morgan with Kahlua. Then as soon as they came out of the oven I squished a Kiss on top. They were delish. And that’s why there’s a random (non-turtle) cookie picture in the gallery. <3.
 
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