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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

We have actually had sun the past two days, and some of our snow is melting!  My husband calls it the “solar plow”.  It appears, that no matter how much snow we get, they do not plow our neighborhood streets.  We live in town, in a normal neighborhood.  We have gotten up to about a foot of snow, over the period of 2 days, and not once has a plow been through.  Needless to say, it can be kind of dicey having to get out of the neighborhood.  So yesterday it was amazing to actually get to drive on the actual road (in parts), while picking my son up from school.  Hopefully by the weekend, the road, at the very least will be melted.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie Bars #recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie Bars #recipe

Before we start – did you know I have a giveaway going on?  Don’t miss your chance to win FREE Alexia Food products?

Let’s talk desserts for a second.  What is your favorite?  I am a brownie lover to the end.  There is just something about a rich, fudgy brownie that I can not say no to.  But, then I remember chocolate chip cookies.  Fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookies.  And it makes me think twice.  I don’t really like having to think so much when it comes to dessert.  So I solved that.

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Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I’m leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again.  Sorry, every time I get on a plane that song gets stuck in my head.  I have my dad to thank for that one!   I do know when I will be back…Sunday night.  I am headed to sunny Florida for Food Blog Forum this weekend.  It will be an amazing weekend, and I am so excited it is finally here!

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Brown Butter M&M Cookies #SundaySupper

Brown Butter M&M Cookies

Brown Butter M&M Cookies

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, are you ready?  I am not usually that into the holiday.  I am horrible with crafts, so I don’t get into all the cute and fun ideas (although sometimes I wish I did).  What I am into though?  Any excuse to eat chocolate.  Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is pretty much all about chocolate.  So that is what I am sharing with you today.  #SundaySupper is going Valentine’s on you today, and I am bringing chocolate.

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Gooey Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars #ChocolateParty


Gooey Chocolate Toffee Bars

Most of January I tried to be good.  I only gave you one dessert all month, and that was my birthday cake.  So I think it is about time I shared a sinful chocolate treat.  Just in time for the February #ChocolateParty too! This month the secret ingredient for the #chocolateparty was….chocolate!  That is correct, everyone participating made a “double chocolate” treat.  Pretty heavenly, right?

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Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Remember when I made Brown Butter Pumpkin Pancakes, and jumped on board the Brown Butter bus?  Well, now I am driving the bus.  Brown Butter is amazing!!  I think it just might be the best thing since sliced bread.  And, I am pretty sure that my dad agrees, even if he doesn’t know it.

When we were home last week my dad asked if I could make cookies for him.  They bid on these cookies when I did the Colorado Wildfires Bake Sale, but were outbid in the last minute.  Apparently he has been thinking about them since.  I shouldn’t be surprised, I know how much he likes toffee and chocolate chip cookies.  Since I am such a good daughter, I went to the store to get the ingredients to make him these cookies.

These cookies were nothing short of amazing.  The brown butter gives them such a great depth of flavor.  So much more flavor than you get in a normal cookie.  Then you have chocolate chips, AND toffee chips!  They were soft and chewy, even a couple days later.  I am not sure my dad knew anything about the brown butter or what made these cookies different, he just knew he couldn’t stop eating them.  I got a call from my dad when we were on our way back to Colorado, asking if I had posted the cookies yet.  He was raving to people about how these were the best cookies, and they needed to know where to find the recipe.  So here it is.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies


It is time for the #ChocolateParty!  Do you know what the #ChocolateParty is?  The first Monday of each month we post a recipe that uses chocolate, and a themed ingredient we are given.  For November Roxana challenged us with cranberries.  Last month it was pumpkin.  If you are interested in joining, just let Roxana know!

I am not a huge fan of cranberries, so I wasn’t sure what to do for this month.  But then I remembered dried cranberries, those I do like.  I was in the mood for chocolate chip cookies, so I figured this was the time to play with cranberries to see what I could come up with.  These cookies are based on the Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe I have been making for ever.  I swapped out the regular chocolate chips for white chocolate.  I added in the cranberries, and decided to change up the extract to almond extract.  I love almond extract, but have never used it in cookies like this before.

These were a huge hit.  I brought them to my sons school, and the teachers loved them.  They were soft, chewy, and the almond extract worked really well with the white chocolate and cranberries.  They definitely were a fun twist on the regular chocolate chip cookie.  Don’t miss all the other great recipes the group made below.  Next month we will be back with chocolate and mint for the holidays!

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Monster Cookies #SundaySupper

Monster Cookies

Before we get into the Halloween fun today, I wanted to make you aware of a great cause I am involved with today.  Over at Country Cleaver, Megan is hosting a bake sale for Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America.  I have my Peanut Butter Bars up for sale, so please go check it out!

Halloween is just a few days away?  Are you ready?  Are you excited?  Well today for #SundaySupper, Leslie from La Cociana de Leslie is hosting a Trick Or Treat event.  You have lots of drinks, dinners, desserts and more, all perfect for Halloween.  Plus, make sure to stop back all week, as I even more fun Halloween treats in store.

These cookies are so easy to make, and completely up to you how crazy you want to get.  You could start with store bought cookies, frozen cookie dough, from scratch, whatever works for you.  You can even use store bought frosting if you are in a hurry.  Just bake cookies, color some frosting, frost a mouth, some hair, put on some eyes and you are done.  Use whatever colors you want.  The eyes can be the googly candy eyes by Wilton, or M&M’s, Reese’s Pieces…whatever you want!

My 7 year old and I picked 3 colors for our monsters.  I put the frosting in 3 piping bags, with 3 different tips.  Then we just went to town, and had fun frosting.  There is no right or wrong way to do it.  My 7 year old kept asking if he could mix up the eyes (1 yellow, 1 googly etc).  Why not?  They are monsters after all!

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Pink Velvet Cookies & a GIVEAWAY!


So today is the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness week.  I hope you enjoyed all the pink and cancer fighting food.  I really hope that you were inspired to do a self exam or get a mammogram, and take action to take care of yourself!  Breast Cancer can affect anyone; young, old, man, woman, healthy, unhealthy etc.  Please be proactive, and help the stop of this horrible disease.

To end the week I made something sinful and pink.  I had to laugh on Monday when That Skinny Chick Can Bake make these cookies.  I guess great minds think alike.  Considering we used the same recipe, I am just going to send you to Liz to grab the recipe.  I tried to adjust the  color to make them more pink that red, but that is really hard when you are starting with brown.  But they taste good, are soft, and have just a hint of chocolate, so I am not too sure the color really matters.

To end the week I would like to say Thank You to everyone who joined me this week.  I know I asked all of you pretty last minute, so thanks for stepping up and helping me pull this off!

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M&M Cookies

M&M Cookies 3_

The kids don’t have school here today.  Not really sure why, but I will take the day with my favorite 2nd grader. I think we might bake some muffins together and go to the library.  Sounds like a busy day, huh :)

Do you have days where you just need a cookie?  I have those kind of days.  That is why more days that not you can find cookie dough in my freezer.  Ready to just bake a few fresh cookies.  M&M cookies have always been a favorite in my family.  Not sure why they better than just plain chocolate chip, but I guess adding more chocolate is never a bad thing.  As you will see, my M&M cookies aren’t only M&M.  They have chocolate chips in there too!

These are a staple at our house over the holidays.  Often times they are the first baked right around Thanksgiving, and they are the kick off to the holiday season.  I am really not ready for the holiday season, but I just had to share these with you.  They are super simple, but oh so good!  And with all the colored M&M’s out there, you can make them fit with whatever seasonal party or get together you are doing.

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