Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies

Oh HI friends…. it’s been a while.

While I meant to post these babies just in time for Valentine’s Day… that just never happened… so you’re getting them now!  I mean really, who doesn’t love Red Velvet ANYDAY!?  There’s no rule saying you can only eat it for V-Day.  Am I right?

Beautiful flowers from my Valentine!

Beautiful flowers from my Valentine!

Dave and I went to the Circus for Valentine's Day!

Dave and I went to the Circus for Valentine’s Day!

It was so much fun... I loved the poodles and the elephants.

It was so much fun… I loved the poodles and the elephants.

 

I actually searched far and wide for the perfect cookies to make the boys for Valentine’s Day.  Everything I found was either too chocolately or just too complicated.  After stumbling across a semi-homemade Paula Deen recipe for which I only had to buy ONE thing at the grocery store… I knew I found a winner.

I do have to mention the color of my hands after rolling the dough… OMG!  It looked like I was experiencing some disgusting type of Stigmata.  So, make sure you keep your hands to yourself and wear your apron for this recipe!

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies

Adapted from Paula Deen

Ingredients:

1 (8-ounce) brick Cream Cheese, room temperature
1 stick Butter, at room temperature
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 (18-ounce) box moist Red Velvet Cake Mix (unprepared!)
Powdered Sugar, for dusting

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 350.  Prepare two cookie sheets with parchment or silpat.  

2.  With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth.  Add the egg, and then the vanilla extract and beat.  Add in the cake mix and beat.  Cover the bowl and refrigerate for two hours (this makes it easier to roll the batter into cookie balls!).

3.  Put about 1/2-1 cup powdered sugar in a small bowl or plate.  Roll the chilled batter into Tablespoon sized balls.  Roll them into the powdered sugar, covering the ball.  Place on the cookie sheets.

4.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Cool completely as they will still be super soft and gooey.  Once they are cool sprinkle with the leftover powdered sugar.  

Rich red cookie batter

Rich red cookie batter

Into the sugar it goes

Into the sugar it goes

I love using Silpat, especially because mine is pretty purple :)

I love using Silpat, especially because mine is pretty purple :)

Cookies are done!  YUM!  Now if only we could ALL wait until they were cool to dig in (yeah right)

Cookies are done! YUM! Now if only we could ALL wait until they were cool to dig in (yeah right)

We really enjoyed these cookies!  Next time, I’d like to make them but top them with some cream cheese frosting or glaze and sprinkles.  How pretty would that be?

The cookies indeed, as Paula mentioned… SUPER gooey and melty and delicious.

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This recipe can be found at this week’s Foodie Friends Friday!!

Foodie Friends Friday

Cookie Butter Pinwheels & the Be a Good Cookie Spatula from OXO

So, have you gotten the Cookie Butter fever yet?  Biscoff?  Speculoos?  Like, OMG!  It’s the best stuff ever.  It’s like the non-chocolate version of Nutella.  It tastes like mashed up butter cookies and cinnamon.  What could be bad?

SOOOO Yummy!

SOOOO Yummy!

You can get Biscoff Spread at any grocery store near the peanut butter, or you can pick up a jar of Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter.  It was supposed to be seasonal but it was such a big hit that they sell it all year round.

I’ve been eating Cookie Butter by the spoonful or with pretzel rods, bananas, graham crackers, you name it!  I was totally satisfied eating my spreadable heaven in these delicious ways… well, that is until I saw this recipe on Cookies & Cups blog the other day.  Whoa!  (Joey Lawrence voice…)

Cookie Butter Pinwheel Cookies

Recipe slightly adapted from:  Cookies and Cups

Ingredients:

1 can Crescent Rolls

1/2 cup – 3/4 cup Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter or Biscoff Spread

1 cup Powdered Sugar

2 Tablespoons Milk

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

Directions:

1.  Unroll the Crescent Rolls and spread out flat.

2.  Spread the cookie butter in a thin later until it covers the entire square.  Tightly roll the dough jelly-roll style, lengthwise.  Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.

3.  Preheat the oven to 350.  Take out of the plastic wrap and slice into 1/4 inch pinwheel cookies.  Place the cookies spread out on a cookie sheet prepared with parchment paper.  Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden.  Let cool.

4.  Prepare the cinnamon glaze:  Mix the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a bowl.  Add sugar to make it thicker to drizzle or add milk to thin it out to have the glaze go over the entire cookie.  Put the glaze over the cookies, be patient and let it set… THEN enjoy!!

Cookie Butter is spread onto the Crescent Rolls and rolled up into a big long log.  Let sit in the fridge for an hour than slice... mmm

Cookie Butter is spread onto the Crescent Rolls and rolled up into a big long log. Let sit in the fridge for an hour than slice… mmm

Pretty!

Pretty!

I kept mine in the oven about a minute or two too long (12 min... try 8-10) but they were still so good

I kept mine in the oven about a minute or two too long (12 min… try 8-10) but they were still so good

um... YUM!

um… YUM!

These little cookies are so yummy!  They turned out to be nice and soft but crispy on the bottom.  I could hardly wait for the glaze to set before I ate them… like five of them… eeeek!

I couldn’t wait to make cookies in my new place, so I could use my new OXO “Be a Good Cookie” spatula.  I’ve been waiting to use this cute little orange spatula since I got it during the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  All participating bloggers received a free spatula during the swap which raised money for the charity Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.  OXO even got involved by matching all of the money raised by the Cookie Swap- doubling the donation to this awesome charity.

You gotta enjoy making cookies to help raise money for a good cause.

You gotta enjoy making cookies to help raise money for a good cause.

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You might also want to check out these other cookies too!

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bakes

Cinnamon Toast Crunch & White Chocolate Cookies

Cinnamon Toast Crunch & White Chocolate Cookies

Caramel Apple Milkyway Stuffed Cookies

Caramel Apple Milkyway Stuffed Cookies

 

 

Coffee & Chocolate Marshmallow Krispies

Being the coffee addict that I am… when I came across this grown-up Rice Krispy Treat recipe on Shutterbean, I couldn’t turn away.  Rice Krispy treats with coffee AND chocolate?  Yes please!

I’m pretty sure it was the allure of this fab dessert recipe that was the final push to send me grocery shopping this weekend.  SO glad I did.  Except that it took, like… 2 hours.  Ugh!  Anyways… enjoy this awesome recipe!

Coffee & Chocolate Marshmallow Krispies

Recipe adapted from:  Shutterbean

Ingredients:

1 stick Salted Butter

2 bags Mini Marshmallows (10 oz)

5 cups Rice Krispies Cereal

1/2 cup Slivered Almonds

1/2 cup Dried Cranberries

2 teaspoons Ground Coffee (not instant)

1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Directions:

1.  Line a square baking dish with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.  Melt the butter over med-low heat in a large pot or dutch oven.  Add 1 1/3 bags of marshmallows once the butter is melted and stir occasionally until the mallows are melted and smoothed out.

2.  Using a wet spatula, fold in the rice cereal.  Add almonds, cranberries, ground coffee, chocolate chips, and marshmallows and fold quickly to distribute. 

3.  Spoon mixture into the prepared baking dish.  Wet your hands and press the treats into the pan into an even layer.  Now, let cool completely (be patient) and cut into squares.

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These were soooo tasty!  My first recommendation is to definitely let them cool all the way, as it will make it so much easier to cut.  NEXT, You should actually turn the heat OFF of the pot once you’re going to mix everything after the cereal in.  It will keep the chocolate chips and extra marshies together and melt less.  (I did not do this… still delish but not as pretty).

These Krispies were really fun and so easy to make.  It took less than 10 minutes for the entire thing to be made, cleaned up, and put into the refrigerator to cool.  The hardest part is the waiting!  I’m thinking Fruity Pebbles & White Choc chips next?!????

Check out these other yummmmyyyy desserts…

Apricot & White Chocolate M&M Cookies

Apricot & White Chocolate M&M Cookies

Salted Caramel Pecan Bars

Salted Caramel Pecan Bars

Apple-Toffee Blondies w/ Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple-Toffee Blondies w/ Brown Sugar Frosting

 

Dark Chocolate Cherry-Berry Oatmeal Cookies

This Holiday Season, I participated in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!  The Cookie Swap is a seriously delicious Food Blogger’s version of Pen Pals.  I cooked up 3 dozen cookies, sent them out to 3 different food bloggers, and 3 other food bloggers sent me cookies!!

As if getting 3-dozen cookies isn’t reason enough to participate, the Cookie Swap raises money for the charity “Cookies for Kids’ Cancer” which OXO (the company that makes my absolute favorite coffee to-go mug ever btw) will match up to $100,000!  I loved hearing this so I was signed up right away!

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The cookies I baked up were based on this yummy Heart-Healthy recipe from Cooking Light.  The funny thing about baking these cookies were that I totally forgot I had to make THREE dozen for the swap, not TWO.  I baked JUST over 3 dozen, so instead of having a leftover 15-ish cookies… I only had 4!  I guess it was for the best though, because these cookies are really really good… I would have eaten too many :)

Dark Chocolate Cherry-Berry Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/3 cup) 
  • 1.5 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 1/3 cup) 
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar 
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten 
  • 1/2 bag dark chocolate chips
  • cooking spray 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Spoon flours into dry measuring cups and level. Combine flours and next 3 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk.
  3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat; add brown sugar, stirring until smooth. It will completely combine well with only a small layer of melted butter ontop.  
  4. Add sugar mixture to flour mixture; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended.  Add cherries and cranberries, vanilla, and egg; beat until combined.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips. Drop dough by Tablespoonfulls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or silpat.
  6. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Cool on pans 3 minutes or until almost firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.
Whisk your dry ingredients to mix the flours and the oats together

Whisk your dry ingredients to mix the flours and the oats together

I loved the combination of the sweet cherries and the sour cranberries with dark chocolate

I loved the combination of the sweet cherries and the sour cranberries with dark chocolate

You can see how crumbly these are!

You can see how crumbly these are!

Stelly is a kitchen pup!  She waited patiently with me while the cookies baked in the oven.

Stelly is a kitchen pup! She waited patiently with me while the cookies baked in the oven.

Yummmmm!  I LOVE my Silpat.  If you don't have any, pick two sheets up ASAP!  Nothing sticks to them.  The best.

Yummmmm! I LOVE my Silpat. If you don’t have any, pick two sheets up ASAP! Nothing sticks to them. The best.

A few notes I have to share with you… these cookies might be on the healthier side, but they are REALLY tasty!  I found the batter to be very crumbly, to the point where I had trouble at times making the cookies into scoops to drop.  I was worried they would fall apart, but they DO NOT.  So, it’s okay if yours turn out a little crumbly!  Also, I did try a few cookies where I rolled them into a ball (when they were super-fally-aparty) and they did not turn out as pretty as the drop.

I will certainly whip these up again, next time making more leftovers for us :)

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

The cookies I received for the swap were so yummy!  I wanted to give these awesome bloggers a little shout-out because their cookies really made my day.

I would have loved to say I had a picture of these really interesting Vanilla Cardamom Cookies but between myself and all of our moving crew/family ate them all!  They were so good!  I never would have thought to put Cardamom (do I even have Cardamom??  Probably  not!) into crisp vanilla cookies, but I’m glad Molly did!  You can find more of her recipes and blog posts on Bytes and Bites.  Good luck on your finals, Molly!

White Chocolate Chunkies were from Katheryn @ The Baker’s Sheet.  How cute is her blog name?  She has plenty of other recipes on her blog that I’m dying to try (especially those Pumpkin Bars!)

*Unfortunately (or luckily for my diet, I can’t decide which), I only received two of my three batches of cookies for the swap so far! *

Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse (Light?!)

I know you’re already all like… “How can Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse be light?!” but just hang with me a minute and you’ll get just as excited as I was to discover this recipe.

I originally found this recipe on Dashing Dish, a blog making typically not-so-healthy meals into better-for-you recipes.  As I’m already in FULL Fall mode, the word Pumpkin stood out to me immediately and I had to try this one out.

If you’re looking for healthy fall desserts, definitely try this one out!  OR, be naughty and go for these Apple-Toffee Blondies with Brown Sugar Frosting!  OMG!

Apple-Toffee Blondies. YUMYUMYUM

Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse 

Recipe inspired by:  Dashing Dish

Ingredients:

1 cup Fat Free Cottage Cheese

1/2 cup Canned Pumpkin

1/4 cup Skim Milk

1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Cheesecake Pudding Mix 

1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

2 teaspoons Sugar

Light Whipped Cream & Crushed Reduced Fat Nilla Wafers for topping

Directions:

Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth.  Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.  Top with Light Whipped Cream and a few crunched Nilla Wafers!  

Here’s what the actual mousse/pudding looks like

Ta-Da!!! So pretty!!

Dig in, everyone! (and we did… ha)

 

So, first of all, this recipe has two servings… so if you’re making it for just an anytime thing, it’s perfect.  Double it for family dinners or entertaining.  I was so excited to have found the Sugar Free Cheesecake Pudding Mix, as the original recipe called for Butterscotch or Vanilla… and using Cheesecake would be perfect!  I really loved this recipe (although in one batch i used TOO MUCH Cinnamon… yes apparently there is such a thing, lesson learned).  My only complaint is that it was more like a pudding than a mousse… still absolutely delicious, just a little more of a heavy consistency than I expected.

But we do have to remember here, there is NOTHING “bad for you” in here!  You can even replace the 2 teaspoons of sugar (big deal…) with Splenda if you wanted.

In other Pumpkin and Fall-related news… I have discovered and AM LOVING Pumpkin Beer!  Octoberfest!  Go Fall Flavors!  I never thought I’d be able to drink anything other than Light water-like beer… but here we are!  Check it out :)  Aren’t you proud?

Here I am workin’ on the blog drinkin’ an Octoberfest! Now I know where all the hype comes from! It’s so good…

OH, and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!

Caramel Apple MilkyWay Stuffed Cookies

I’ve been drooling over so many Stuffed Cookie recipes lately, I had to try it.  With bloggers stuffing Oreos, Candies, Caramel, and god knows what other delicious treats into their cookie dough left and right… I just couldn’t help myself!

I was doing a quick food shop at the store on Saturday and picked up a roll of cookie dough and a bag of the new Milky Way Caramel Apple flavor.  Normally, I’d try to make the cookies from scratch but let’s face it… with the dinner I was making (get excited for the recipe btw… it’s naughty) the last thing I wanted to do was stand there longer and bake cookies.

Once my Crabcake Mac and Cheese (oh yeah… I went there) went into the oven, I took out a baking sheet and my silpat and went to work.

Crabcake Mac and Cheese. Recipe coming soon!

Here’s all I did:

1.  Unwrap 8 mini Caramel Apple Milky Way candies.  

2.  Break cookie dough roll into 16 pieces.  Roll a piece with my hands, smush it, then place the milky way in the center.  Roll and smush another piece of cookie dough and place it ontop of the candy.  Roll into a ball (they were pretty big) and place on the silpat on the cookie sheet.

3.  Repeat.

4.  Place in an oven preheated to at least 350.  Set the timer for 8-10 minutes and check on them.  When they are starting to get brown ontop, they’re done.  Dig in… OMG.

They were freakin’ amazing!  Besides the fact that we rarely make dessert for after dinner (anything more than Fro Yo that is) and the fact that the cookies were huge… they were SO GOOD.  Baking the candy inside the cookie turns it soooo chewy and all kinds of yummy deliciousness.  So. Freakin. Good.  You could totally taste the Caramel Apple in the candy, well done Milky Way.

As for stuffing my cookies- two thumbs up!  This is a great idea.  I’m in.

Love these!

That’s one big cookie!

I wanted to show you the ooey gooey middle!

Apple-Toffee Blondies w/ Brown Sugar Frosting

L’Shana Tova everyone!  Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.  Traditionally, apples and honey are eaten on Rosh Hashanah to symbolize a “sweet” new year.  I’ve had my eye on this recipe for a while and wanted to take the “sweet” new year tradition to a new level.

Eating apples is a tradition on the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah

Apple-Toffee Blondies w/ Brown Sugar Frosting

Recipe by:  Cookies & Cups Apple Toffee Blondies

Ingredients:

2/3 Cup Butter (room temp, you’ll need 2 sticks)

2 Cups Light Brown Sugar, packed

2 Eggs

2 teaspoons Vanilla

2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1  Green Apple, peeled and chopped

1/2 Cup Toffee Bits* + 1 Tablespoon to garnish

Frosting Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Butter (1 Stick)

1 Cup Light Brown Sugar, packed

1/4 Cup Skim Milk

2 Cups Powdered Sugar

*You can find the toffee bits in a bag just like chocolate chips, in the same area.  

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 and spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.

2.  Cream butter and brown sugar until smooth.  This took me a good 5 minutes, having to stop to take a knife and remove gunked up dough from the beaters a few times.  Add eggs and vanilla, continuing to beat on medium speed until it’s well combined.  

3.  Turn the mixer to low and add the flour, baking powder, and salt slowly until a dough forms.  Stop the mixer.  Add the chopped apples and toffee and stir with a sturdy spoon, it will be very thick.  

4.  Spread evenly into the prepared baking dish.  Mine did not cover the entire thing… it will spread in the oven.  Bake 30 minutes.  Remove and place on a cooling rack until it is completely cool.

5.  For the frosting, melt the butter in a saucepan.  Add brown sugar and milk.  Bring to a boil, stirring so it does not burn.  Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.  Slowly, using a whisk, stir in the powdered sugar.  Let cool until it thickens enough to spread onto the blondies once they are cool as well.  

6.  Let the iced blondies set for at least 30 minutes, then cut into bars.

Everything ready for a nice stir!

You can see how the batter didn’t completely coat the bottom of the pan. Don’t worry.

Here they are out of the oven and cooling. You can see the center is set and the edges have just started to brown. Perfect.

Blondies iced, toffeed, and ready to be cut and devoured.

These blondies are amazing.  I’m not even kidding you… I think this is THE best dessert I’ve ever baked.  Dave and I tried a little baby piece of blondie after a huge dinner.  We were BOTH blown away.  They ROCK. 

While this recipe is NOT healthy, it is certainly worth the calories to try one.  Or two… plus the batter from the bowl.  No big deal.

So, it’s a really easy dessert to make despite the fact that there are two separate parts.  I made the icing while the blondies were in the oven.  The icing was simple and I was able to sit back, relax, and enjoy my iced coffee.  MMM.

The icing is super sweet so I didn’t use all of it on the bars.  I saved some to use for later… maybe to dip some apples in… or to just eat with a spoon.  Cut these babies (like all brownies) with a PLASTIC knife.  Just a little trick that will help keep them nice and pretty.

Like I said, it’s going to be one SWEET New Year!

Happy New Year to all!

The gorgeous photo Cookies & Cups took of her bars… if only mine could look THAT perfect!