Lunch Lady Brownies

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Oh boy! Chocolate lovers unite! Who knows why these are called Lunch Lady Brownies?! I’m guessing it’s what we had in the cafeteria at school back in the day? Or maybe they even still have them? All I know is, they are tasty! And the frosting is what does it for me. So gooey and delicious πŸ™‚ This is a great brownie recipe for any occasion and I love that it makes a lot. Or you can simply halve it.

So, let’s go get our hair nets on and become lunch ladies! Actually, I kind of see myself as a lunch lady in the future πŸ˜‰ Who knows! For now, let’s just bake…

What you will need:

13 x 9 inch baking dish lined with foil and then sprayed with non-stick spray

1 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Chocolate Frosting

1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1/4 cup 2% milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2-3 cups powdered sugar (depending on how sweet you want it, I used 2 and was happy)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a large bowl, beat melted butter and cocoa powder until smooth. Add in flour and sugar and beat until just combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla until just combined. Do not over mix.

Pour into prepared bake dish. The batter will be thick, smooth out evenly to all sides of the pan. Bake for 22-25 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before frosting.

To make the frosting, beat all ingredients together until smooth. Pour over warm brownies. Allow to cool completely before cutting and serving.

Cover and store in the fridge. Enjoy!

I actually like them cold but you can bring to room temperature before serving.

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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

My oh my… these cookies are GOOD! They are so perfect I don’t even know where to begin! They are thick and chewy and gooey and give you energy! What more can you ask for from a cookie? These definitely won’t last long in my house πŸ˜‰ The perfect after school treat or a pre workout boost. Either way, get in my belly, right now, all of you πŸ™‚

Ok, ok I’ll calm down. Go get your aprons on and start your ovens. This dough does not need any chill time!

What you will need:

Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet but you can use whatever you like)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Whisk together the flour, oats and baking soda and set aside. In another large bowl, beat butter and both sugars until creamy. Add peanut butter, eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth. Slowly beat in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Place on cookie sheet by rounded tablespoons and bake for about 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy!

Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Even though it’s not Christmas anymore, I feel like gingerbread is a great winter flavor. So don’t be discouraged to still make this! No need to wait 11 months πŸ˜‰ I whipped up this cake annnd it is AMAZING! The perfect dessert to serve at a dinner party or in the morning with a cup of coffee or an afternoon tea. And this Frosting! Holy moly delicious deliciousness! Cream cheese frosting is one of my favorites and it’s really easy to make! No different than a regular buttercream. The recipe is in the post.

Go grab your aprons, start your ovens and let’s get to baking this gorgeous cake!

What you will need:

8 or 9 inch round springform pan sprayed with non-stick spray

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup boiling water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup molasses
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs

Cream Cheese Frosting:

6 oz. cream cheese at room temp
1/3 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional decorations (cranberries, little gingerbread cookies, etc.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together boiling water and baking soda. Whisk in molasses and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Let cool a few minutes before adding in eggs.

Whisk in vegetable oil and eggs into molasses mixture. Whisk into the dry mixture 1/3 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Pour into prepared pan and bake about 30 minutes or when a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack about 10 minutes.

Once slightly cooled, remove the side of the pan by first sliding a knife around the edge. Make the frosting.

Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Add in powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth. Frost the cooled cake and decorate how you want. Store covered in the fridge.

Before serving, remove the cake from the fridge for 10-20 minutes to soften the cake.

Enjoy!

 

No Roll Sugar Cookies

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Happy 2018 everybody!! Wow, let’s hope this year is even better than last year! I’m going to strive to be a better me, healthier, happier and hopefully maybe even make some money! πŸ™‚ So to start off, I’m posting a super easy and delicious sugar cookie recipe that you do not have to chill OR roll out! Hooray!

These are super fun because you can decorate them however you want. Use any color of sprinkles or use frosting. Here in Chicago it is -5 degrees so I wanted to represent ice or snow. Mine look like they can be served at a Disney’s Frozen party πŸ™‚ Rolling the dough in sprinkles before baking give these cookies an extra crunch and combined with a chewy inside… so good! I highly recommend doing that for this recipe.

So here we go! Oh, I halved the recipe below which made about 20 cookies so if you don’t need any more than that, you can do the same.

What you will need:

Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
Sprinkles for decorating

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add vanilla and egg and beat until combined. Slowly beat in flour mixture until just combined and dough is formed. If using sprinkles, place those in a small bowl.

Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and roll in sprinkles. Place on prepared baking sheet. Gently press down the cookies with the bottom of a glass. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Happy New Year!

Grinch Cookies

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How many times have you seen these cookies on Pinterest?! I have so many times and I finally got around to making them myself. I’m so glad I did because I’m adding them to my annual cookie list! They are so delicious and easy to make, not to mention super adorable. I mean…. who doesn’t like the story behind “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?” In the book and movie they say his heart was 2 sizes too small. But after he realizes Christmas doesn’t come from a store, it grew 3 sizes! All the feels πŸ™‚

There are many ways to make these, including the little heart detail. So here I will just give you what I did and hope that you get inspired to make these for all the “grinches” in your life. Or, just to add some festivity to your holiday cookie exchange. Here we go…

What you will need:

Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

1 box vanilla cake mix
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Green food coloring
1 cup powdered sugar (for rolling)
2 tablespoons corn starch (for rolling)
Heart sprinkles (I used red heart sprinkles that I found at Target)
Light corn syrup (about 1 teaspoon)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. In a large bowl, beat together cake mix, butter, eggs, vegetable oil and food coloring (I used 6 drops of McCormick food coloring and could have used more). The batter will be thick. In another bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and corn starch.

Roll dough into 1 to 1.5 inch thick balls and roll in powdered sugar mixture. REALLY roll in there! You have plenty of the mixture so roll away πŸ™‚ Place on prepared cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once the cookies are out of the oven, take a toothpick and corn syrup and use that to adhere the heart sprinkles to the cookies. Once cooled, cover and store at room temperature. Enjoy!

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Merry Christmas!

Snickerdoodles

Need an easy recipe for a dessert RIGHT NOW? Here it is! You probably already have all of these ingredients and the dough doesn’t need any chilling time! Yay!

These cookies are the perfect treat with your afternoon coffee or tea OR as an addition to your holiday cookie plate πŸ˜‰

So… let’s get started making the BEST and EASIEST Snickerdoodle!

What you will need:

Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons sugar (for rolling)
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon (for rolling)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In another large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs and beat until combined. Slowly beat in flour mixture until just combined.

In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Enjoy!

Note: Makes about 4 dozen cookies so feel free to halve this recipe. Store covered at room temp.

Peppermint Brownies

Another perfect Christmas recipe for the books! These brownies go perfect with hot chocolate on a cold winter night while decorating the Christmas tree or watching a movie. Maybe even leave one out for Santa on Christmas Eve! I’m sure he would appreciate it with a glass of milk πŸ˜‰ Gooey chocolate with a hint of peppermint. Heavenly.

What you will need:

8 x 8 square bake pan lined with parchment paper

6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate coarsely chopped
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
Dash of salt
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 cup Andes mint chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Combine the butter and chocolate in a glass bowl and melt in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each time. Pour into a larger bowl and whisk in both sugars. Once cooled to room temperature, whisk in eggs and both extracts until combined. Set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and cocoa powder. Stir into the wet ingredients until you still see some flour (you do not want to overmix the batter). Stir in the mint chips. Pour batter evenly into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Store covered at room temp. Enjoy!