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Pillow Cookies!

I just came across this recipe. Actually, I think the universe sent it to me. Or me to it? I don’t know, but I HAVE to make these babies! YUM!

What are pillow cookies, you ask? Cookies with brownies inside? Madness, I know. The kind of madness you just have to have. Or I do. Whatever. This is one limb I don’t mind going out on all by myself.

Just in case you wanna be there with me, I’m sharing the recipe. I’m THAT confident that it’s gonna be awesome. Sharing the recipe before I even try it.

1 package brownie mix

1 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 oz. bag miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

Make brownies according to package and let cool. Cut about ten 1 inch squares. Enjoy the remaining brownies. (I used a pan about 8 X 8)

For the chocolate chip cookie dough, beat butter with a mixer until creamy.

Add brown sugar and beat until smooth.

Add eggs, yolk and vanilla. Beat until smooth.

Combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt in a medium bowl and stir together with a wire whisk.

Add flour to butter mixture and beat until combined. Stir in mini chips.

Let dough chill covered in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Use a measuring cup to scoop batter by the 1/2 cup. Since it’s chilled, you may need to pack it with a spoon. Then use the spoon to remove the dough from the cup and place it on parchment paper. Work quickly so the dough remains chilled or either prepare one cookie at a time so the rest of the dough remains cold.

After the dough is on the parchment paper, make an indention and place a 1 inch square brownie in the center. Press the brownie down gently and work the remaining dough around the brownie. You can use your hands to shape the dough into a ball.

During this step, I found it easier to use a piece of parchment paper as a work surface since the dough can get sticky and then I used another piece of parchment paper for the baking sheet. If your dough gets too soft, you can chill the rolled dough balls for a few minutes right before baking.

Prepare six cookies at a time using a large baking sheet (15 X 20) and bake at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes. Return the remaining dough to the refrigerator until time to bake the second batch.

Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then cool completely on a wire rack.

Makes about ten cookies using a little less than a 1/2 cup of dough for each cookie.

If your cookies start to get too brown before they are done baking, you can place a sheet of aluminum foil over top for the last few minutes.

I got this recipe from Bakerella.com. You MUST visit that website for more greatness, and to see the beauty of these pillow cookies.

You’re welcome!

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Banana Split Bites | Bakers Royale

This has to be one of the best ideas EVER. YUMMM! I don’t know if I’d be able to have just one, but I know I’d like to make a zillion of them.  And I want you to share in the goodness, even though I can’t give you any of mine. You can make you’re own. SUPER EASY.

Banana Split Mini Bites

Banana Split Bites ~ A classic ice cream dessert gets mini for some bite size fun. And yes, there is actually a tiny scoop of ice cream tucked inside and underneath the whip cream of  those little darlings.

Banana Split Mini BitesBanana Split Mini Bites

For once I made something mini for portion control and not just for the cute factor. My little guy had some friends over the other day and of course with a mom who is a baker, the expectation is dessert will not only be good but it will be fun. And I was asked, by friend Caroline, not to let her boys eat too much dessert.

Keeping all things in mind what I served is what you see here. It was a hit!

Here’s what wasn’t a hit and what I learned.

  • Impromptu play dates with four kid’s ages 3-5 year olds after a full work day –not a good idea.
  • Know in advance what other kids will and won’t eat. Hungry kids are cranky kids and some cranky kids bite; so no that is not a new tattoo I’m sporting on my arm.

Luckily, dessert made all things right. The banana split mini bites were fun and having two each seemed to be just enough for each kid.

 

No recipe just a few notes:

Banana Split Mini Bites How To1 Banana Split Mini Bites

  • Use firm bananas and cut into 1 inch sections. Leave the peel on for easy handling, and with a melon baller, dig a well in the middle of each banana section.
  • Melt chocolate in the microwave and dip the bottom portion of the banana in chocolate and then dip it once again in either non-pareils or chopped peanuts. To quickly harden the chocolate, place dipped bananas in the freezer for five minutes.
  • Fill each well with ice cream (I filled mine with vanilla chocolate chip) and top with whip cream and a maraschino cherry.

Banana Split Bites | Bakers Royale – StumbleUpon.

La La Love You – StumbleUpon

You’ve never seen anything this yummy and sexy looking. The taste… WELL… Pair it up with mimosaaaaas. MMM!

– 3 heart shaped pieces of challah bread (I used a giant cookie cutter)
– your favorite french toast batter (I used 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of milk, 1/4 tsp vanilla, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon)
– 3 large sliced organic strawberries
– 2 pads of salted butter
– 2 tbs of Mascarpone Cheese
– 2 tbs of Nutella (ZOMG, right?)
*optional whipped cream*

Ok lover, once you get your bread cut up into hearts and your french toast batter whisked, heat your skillet to medium high and melt some butter.  Then lightly submerge your challah for a hot sec into the batter.  After you dredge each piece, carefully place on your skillet without getting too much drip-age everywhere.  I created a nice little trail (on accident) so cupid would know where to find me. yep.

Source: Grilled Cheese Social: La La Love You – StumbleUpon.

Bananarama – A Frozen Treat

The-Bananarama.jpg – StumbleUpon.

Another great picture-recipe with funny little notes. This time, it’s for frozen banana-peanut butter goodness. You can thank me later.

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries – StumbleUpon

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries | – StumbleUpon.

Would I like to make these? Yesssss!

Will I find strawberries WORTHY enough in a local grocery store? I can certainly try!

Happy 1st Blog-iversary Tiramisu (via Honey & Hero)

I don’t really like tiramisu (actually I don’t like it AT ALL- me no likey coffee/espresso), but a lot of people do. For you tiramisu likers, HERE YA GO! You’re welcome!

Happy 1st Blog-iversary Tiramisu One year ago, I started the Honeynhero blog. Initially, I was going to write along with my jounery towards becoming a dietitian, but I am sorry to realize that there wasn't many articles about this topic except a few at the beginning.  However, this place has gradually evolved into somewhere I bake and make sweets, somewhere I tell you stories of life,  somewhere we track the places we've been to, by means of clumsy words and not yet perfect pict … Read More

via Honey & Hero

Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies (via Drag it Through the Garden)

I don’t like sugar cookies, but these look a lot like YUM! I think I’ll give ’em a try on a bake-date with my nieces. If you manage to try this before me, let me know how it goes. I’m wondering if they’ll be more sugar cookie, or more cinnamon roll. Hmmm…

cinnamon roll sugar cookies I’m sure you’ve heard how, supposedly, if you talk to your plants, they’ll grow bigger and better. Well, I thought, maybe that’s the case for cookies too. So, I made sure I told these cinnamon roll sugar cookies how freaking adorable they were while they were baking. I don’t know if it worked or not. They probably would have turned out cute either way. But the compliments couldn’t have hurt, right? These are some of the cutest cookies I have ever … Read More

via Drag it Through the Garden

Cinnamon Roll Pie (via Summer of Pie)

This looks waaayyy too yummy not to share! I want to make it nooowww.

Cinnamon Roll Pie Y2, Week Five: Summer Was So Yesterday Pie Spring in southern Wisconsin is maybe best described as bipolar. It isn't so much a period of pleasant, mild weather as it is a violent lurching between winter and summer until one of them (hopefully summer) sticks. Just a couple of weeks ago we had a 95° day immediately followed by a day with lows cold enough to bring on frost warnings. Only the foolish and uninitiated put away their winter clothes, and … Read More

via Summer of Pie

Battlestar Ambrosia Salad « The Gourmand Mom

I think I may have to try this, though I don’t think I’d call it a “salad.” Seems more like a dessert, no? Dessert salad? Yes. I like it. This is a marshmallow fruit dessert salad. And why not garnish with chocolate shavings? I think we should. If you try it first, let me know!

 

 

Ambrosia Salad

Ingredients

1 ( 10 ounce) bag miniature marshmallows

1 cup pineapple tidbits, drained

1 cup mandarin orange segments, drained

1 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup sour cream

Marashino cherries, for garnish

Directions

Combine all ingredients (except cherries) in a large container. Stir. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight before serving. Garnish with cherries. Serve cold.

via Battlestar Ambrosia Salad « The Gourmand Mom.