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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!

Come across any awesome recipes lately? Share ’em!


Rosemary Olive Oil Bread (via NerdyBaker)

It’s bread. With rosemary. Ummm… YUMMMMM! 🙂

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread I haven't shared yet one of the best things I love about baking.  I LOVE baking bread. I love the smell of the yeast proofing, watching the dough rise, my mouth watering the entire time it is baking.  I have had a few bread fails but nothing so major as to turn me off to it completely.  The only problem I ever have with it is having the time to make it.  Even the first time I attempted a yeast dough, I didn't think to read ahead in the directions … Read More

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68 Days of Gourmet: Banana Bread

68 Days of Gourmet: Banana Bread « bakin’ and eggs.

Because baking is cool. Banana bread is awesome. You need something else to slather Nutella on. And YUM!

Banana Bread
(Recipe source Gourmet, August 2003)


3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs at room temperature for 30 minutes
2 1/3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups coarsely mashed very ripe bananas (6 large)
1/4 cup crème fraîche, sour cream or plain yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/3 cups walnuts (4 ounces), toasted and chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 2 (9 x 5) loaf pans.

Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt into a bowl. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together eggs and sugar at medium-high speed until the mixture is thick and pale and forms a ribbon when paddle is lifted, about 10 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add oil in a slow stream. Then mix in bananas, creme fraiche (or sour cream or yogurt) and vanilla. Mix in flour mixture and walnuts until just combined.

Divide batter between loaf pans, spreading evenly. Bake until tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center  comes out clean, about 60-75 minutes.

Cool loaves in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Turn out onto rack to cool completely.

Yield: 2 loaves

100 Delicious, Dirt-Cheap Recipes for the Starving Student | Online College… – StumbleUpon

Who could deny the usefulness of this list of quick, cheap eats? Babe and I will definitely use this as we work on saving in a major way for the next month or so. Just click a meal/item for the recipe. Easy peasy!



Get a good start to your day with these cheap-o breakfasts.

  1. Hash browns: Hash browns are cheap and easy to make, and cheaper than a trip to IHOP.
  2. Puff pastry chicken and bacon: You can make bacon and chicken in puff pastry using this recipe.
  3. Microwave scrambled eggs: Make scrambled eggs in the microwave with this recipe.
  4. Breakfast burritos: You can make these burritos ahead for a quick microwave breakfast.
  5. Onion quiche: This quiche makes a delicious, incredibly cheap breakfast.
  6. Omelet in a bag: Boil eggs and some handy ingredients for this simple, cheap omelet.
  7. Frittata: Add eggs to cheese, vegetables, and herbs you have handy in your fridge to make a frittata.


A college staple gets dressed up in these recipes.

  1. Antipasto ramen salad: With ramen, pepperoni, black olives, onion, and Italian dressing, you’ll find yourself with a great ramen salad.
  2. Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry Ramen: This dish makes a delicious stir fry from ramen.
  3. Chinese style ramen with veggies: Make your ramen a little bit healthier with some vegetables added in.
  4. Ramen noodle alfredo: Turn your ramen noodles Italian with this recipe.
  5. Beef & Broccoli Ramen: Add some meat and veggies to your ramen to make this dish.
  6. Spring ramen salad: Take a fresh approach to ramen with recipe.
  7. Hamburger ramen: Ground beef with ramen makes for a great meal.
  8. Chicken hollandaise ramen: Add chicken and hollandaise to your ramen for this meal.
  9. Egg drop noodle soup: You’ll combine ramen, eggs, and flour to make this tasty soup.
  10. Lo mein ramen: Follow this recipe for ramen lo mein style.
  11. Creamy veggies and ramen: Add celery soup and vegetables to ramen, and you’ll have a great meal.
  12. Pasta ramen salad: Use ramen as the base to make this delicious pasta salad.


Use these recipes to step up your sandwiches.

  1. Hot Dog Egg Sandwich: Get a good portion of protein and flavor from this sandwich.
  2. Egg Salad Sandwich: Cook up some hard boiled eggs for a cheap, tasty sandwich that’s really versatile.
  3. Monte Cristo Sandwich: This sandwich is a delicious hybrid of grilled ham, cheese, and french toast.
  4. Grilled chicken and apple sandwich: This hot sandwich is healthy, affordable, and delicious.
  5. Canned salmon sandwich: Add celery, horseradish, and swiss cheese for a delicious, healthy meal from a can.
  6. Turkey, chutney and avocado grilled sandwich: This sandwich is an exotic, cheap treat.
  7. Grilled Cheese Sandwich: The classic college staple, grilled cheese sandwiches pack a lot of flavor for very little cost.

One Pot

These simple recipes can be pulled off in one pot.

  1. Creamy cauliflower soup: This vegetable soup is cheap, easy, and surprisingly tasty.
  2. Cheap chili: Use chopped beef, tomatoes, and more for this cheap chili.
  3. Butternut Squash Soup: Take advantage of cheap winter vegetables with this soup.
  4. Slow cooker BBQ chicken: Combine cut up chicken with your favorite barbeque sauce for this recipe.
  5. Crockpot lemon chicken: Get inexpensive cuts of chicken and make this lemony meal for lots of flavor without lots of money.
  6. Minestrone soup: Eat this classic soup for a healthy, cheap meal.
  7. Cheeseburger soup: This soup is hearty enough to be a meal.
  8. Slightly Italian crockpot chicken recipe: With chicken, artichoke, onions, and spices, you’ll get an Italian chicken meal in a slow cooker.
  9. Cranberry pot roast: Beef roast and cranberries offer a lot of flavor in this crockpot meal.
  10. Crockpot potato soup: Make this soup from chicken broth and potatoes.
  11. Corn, Bacon, and Potato Chowder: This hearty chowder is great for winter eating.
  12. Chilled avocado soup: Check out this recipe for a healthy, refreshing treat.
  13. Slow cooker pulled pork: Make pork shoulder in the crock pot using this recipe.
  14. Middle East Chicken Soup: This ethnic chicken soup is a cheap, tasty, treat.
  15. Bean soup: In this bean soup recipe, you’ll find lots of protein for just a little money.


Use these healthy recipes to make cheap, delicious salads.

  1. Caesar salad: Combine romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons, and dressing for a classic salad.
  2. Simple spinach salad: In this tasty salad you’ll find sweet pears and spinach.
  3. Bowtie Pasta Salad: Throw together some pasta, tomatoes, and other vegetables for this salad.
  4. Cucumber salad: This salad is fresh, delicious, and cheap.
  5. Caprese salad: This caprese salad is simple and delicious.
  6. Chicken Caesar salad: Eat this recipe as a salad, or put it into a wrap for a healthy, cheap treat.
  7. Simple green salad: Here you’ll find a simple, inexpensive salad with great flavor.
  8. Pecan mandarin orange salad: Get a bright and sweet salad from this recipe.
  9. Cucumber salad with sour cream: This salad is cheap and refreshing.
  10. Salmon orzo salad: With salmon filets, or even canned salmon, you can put together this salad treat.


You’ll find delicious casseroles in these recipes.

  1. O’Brien Casserole: Use O’Brien potatoes, beans, lean meat, and some veggies for a great potato casserole.
  2. Baked Tuna Chow Mein Microwave Casserole: Pop this tuna casserole in the microwave for a quick meal.
  3. Easy cheap casserole: This casserole combines easy, affordable ingredients.
  4. Penne Pasta Casserole: Make this tasty pasta casserole for $3 or less.
  5. Meatloaf: ground beef combined with ketchup, onions, and more makes a great meal for less than a dollar per serving.
  6. Four Bean Casserole: This casserole is popular at potlucks and with barbequed meals.
  7. Tuna casserole: With canned tuna, you can make a healthy, delicious tuna casserole on the cheap.

Pizza & Pasta

Get your grains with these recipes.

  1. Microwave Mexican pizza: Use tortillas, cheese, salsa, and sour cream for this pizza.
  2. Bagel pizza: Use this recipe to make pizza on a bagel.
  3. Spaghetti: Pick up multigrain pasta with tomato sauce and mushroom for a big meal without a big budget.
  4. Feast of Pasta: Create this casserole with pasta, onions, and other simple ingredients.
  5. Shrimp with ricotta sauce on pasta: Upgrade your pasta dish with this recipe.
  6. Easy calzones: Use cheese, vegetables, and pepperoni in these easy calzones.
  7. Olio e Aglio Pasta: This side dish combines angel hair with oil and garlic.
  8. Pasta salad: Combine your favorite pasta with salad dressing, and olives, vegetables, or herbs you have handy.
  9. Pasta and Ricotta Cheese: This pasta favorite is a crowd pleaser.


These recipes offer affordable main dishes.

  1. Baked potato: Often served as sides, a baked potato can be the main dish-just add lean meat, beans, or chili.
  2. Mexican hot dogs: This twist on hot dogs is extra delicious.
  3. Chili: With beef, tomatoes, and beans, you can make a delicious chili.
  4. Tuna patties: Put tuna, egg, relish, crumbs, salad dressing, and other simple ingredients together to create yummy tuna patties.
  5. Cheap beef stroganoff: This recipe offers a cheap version of beef stroganoff.
  6. Vegetarian chili: Use soy protein, tomatoes, and beans for a protein and fiber packed chili without any meat.
  7. Eggplant parmesan: Eggplant parmesan makes a cheap and delicious vegetarian meal.
  8. Vegetarian sweet and sour tofu: If you’re looking for a great vegetarian meal on the cheap, check out this recipe.
  9. Parmesan chicken: With breadcrumbs, parmesan, and chicken, you can make this very tasty main dish.
  10. BBQ chicken: Slather chicken with barbeque sauce, pop it in the oven, and enjoy.
  11. Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken: Make some delicious chicken in a slow cooker with this recipe.
  12. Salmon patties: Use canned salmon, bread crumbs, and other simple ingredients for this healthy, cheap dish.
  13. Meatballs and orzo: Make these easy meatballs instead of using store bought frozen ones.


Use these recipes to complement your entrees on the cheap.

  1. Buttered baby carrots: Sweet, tender carrots make up this side dish.
  2. Roasted asparagus: Follow this simple recipe for a healthy, cheap vegetable side.
  3. Spicy mac: Make macaroni and cheese with Taco Bell hot sauce.
  4. Garlic toast: Use this recipe for delicious garlic bread that will please any taste.
  5. Microwave macaroni and cheese: Make your own homemade mac and cheese in the microwave.
  6. Pesto stuffed cherry tomatoes: Pesto, ricotta, and tomatoes come together for this delicious side that’s great for potlucks.
  7. Scalloped potatoes: These scalloped potatoes are easy and creamy.
  8. Bean and rice salad: This salad is delicious and cheap.
  9. Green beans amandine: With this recipe, you can omit almonds for even more money savings.
  10. Onion scones: In these simple scones, you’ll find lots of flavor.
  11. Potato croquettes: These croquettes are a great way to use your leftover mashed potatoes.
  12. Twice-baked potatoes (microwave): Make this cheap potato classic in the microwave for easy cooking.
  13. Broccoli and cauliflower salad: This salad is cheap and packed full of nutrients.


Satisfy your sweet tooth with these affordable dessert recipes.

  1. Chocolate chip cookies: Create cookies with chocolate chips, M&Ms, nuts, or even pretzels with this recipe.
  2. 1 step brownies: Turn a chocolate box cake into simple, cheap brownies using this recipe.
  3. Balsamic strawberries with marscapone cheese: A few delicious ingredients make for a tasty, cheap treat.
  4. Cheap and quick cookies: This recipe will show you how to turn cake into cookies.
  5. Lemonade pie: Simple ingredients go into this delicious, cheap pie.
  6. Easy baked apples: Apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and raisins come together in this microwave recipe.
  7. Super easy microwave peanut butter fudge: Only two simple ingredients to into this peanut butter fudge.




100 Delicious, Dirt-Cheap Recipes for the Starving Student | Online College… – StumbleUpon.

Layered Zucchini Parmesan | Handle the Heat

Layered Zucchini Parmesan | Handle the Heat.

Layered Zucchini Parmesan
Recipe by Tessa of Handle the Heat

  • 3 large zucchini, sliced into 1/3-inch coins
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated and divided in half
  • 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup marinara sauce, homemade or bottled
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat a large baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Blot zucchini coins with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Place zucchini in a medium bowl and drizzle with olive oil, turning to coat each piece. In a separate bowl, combine half the parmesan, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper.
2. Dip each zucchini coin into the parmesan mixture, turning to coat and pressing the breading slightly to ensure it sticks. Place breaded zucchini coins in one even layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until browned and crisp.
3. Reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Coat the bottom of a small baking dish with marinara sauce. Layer one third of the crisp zucchini coins over marinara, overlapping if necessary. Sprinkle zucchini layer with mozzarella and the remaining parmesan. Repeat the layers 3 times (or until the zucchini is gone, depending on the size of your baking dish) ending with a sprinkling of cheese.
4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

I think this would be GREAT. Even GREATER with some additions. I’d throw in some mushrooms, bell peppers, and corn. Would go nicely with a chicken breast, and a little mashed potato. Yummm!

Peanut Butter-Nutella Brownies

Noble Pig: Peanut Butter-Nutella Brownies.

Peanut Butter-Nutella Brownies
Adapted from Culinary in the Country

1 cup butter (2 sticks), melted
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature
4.5 ounces (1 cup) all-purpose flour 
(I always weigh my flour when baking)
3/4 cup cocoa
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup Nutella
1/2 cup peanut butter

In a medium bowl combine all-purpose flour, cocoa (sift this in to get rid of lumps), baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

Over low heat, melt butter and stir in sugar and vanilla extract until well combined.

To the butter-sugar mixture add eggs, one at a time.  With a wooden spoon vigorously mix in each egg until well-combined.

To the butter-egg mixture whisk in the cocoa mixture until fully combined.

In a microwave safe bowl add Nutella and peanut butter.  Heat in the microwave in 20 second intervals until it reaches a runny consistency.  Stir this mixture into the batter.

Pour the batter into a glass 9 x 13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  (I used Baker’s Joy.)  Bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Let brownies cool completely before cutting.

I also made a simple icing of milk and confectioner’s sugar, drizzling it over the brownies, sprinkling them with mini chocolate chips.

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!

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

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