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No Bake Oreo Cream Squares


No Bake Oreo Cream Squares - layers of cookies, pudding, cream cheese, and whipped cream!

No Bake Oreo Cream Squares - quick and easy no bake dessert!

Today is our last day in Wisconsin.  Our flight leaves tomorrow at 5:45 am.  It is going to be an early morning, and a very long day!  We have had a great week here though.  Spending time with family, seeing friends from when we lived in Iowa, and getting to meet a few ladies from a fitness group I have been a part of for over a year.  I am ready to get back home, sleep in my bed, and see my husband though!  Ten more days, and school starts in Colorado too.  Man, did summer just fly by!

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No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake


No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake - creamy peanut butter cheesecake, Oreo crust, chocolate ganache and peanut butter cup Oreo's!

Going on vacation is always so much fun, but getting back is so much work!  All the laundry, the work, the cleaning, and everything else.  Plus, I am actually heading out on another trip this weekend.  My 9 year old and I are headed back to the Mid-West to see family for a week.  So much for a lazing and relaxing summer!  A little worried about how much I should get done ahead of time for my husband.  I hate to see what he is going to do for a full week of meals on his own!  But just because people are busy, doesn’t mean there isn’t time for desserts!  Especially no bake desserts, that come together in under 20 minutes.

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Double Cookies and Cream Kiss Bars


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We finally had the first night of flag football practice for my 6 year old last night.  The last two practices were cancelled, so he has been counting down the days to this practice for weeks.  I swear, it was like counting down to Christmas.  I am glad he is so excited about this, but I am a little nervous.  He wants to be so good at sports, and talks about when he plays college football for the Badgers what he will be like.  But school is his thing, he is smart, a great reader and picks up new concepts easily.  I am just not sure he can be good at both, and am worried he will be disappointed.  I really, really hope I am wrong!! Either way, we will be there cheering him on, and signing him up if he wants to play more.

So, about these bars.  Have you seen them around?  Jenny over at Picky Palate posted the recipe about a month ago.  They were all over Pinterest, I just HAD to make them.  We had friends over a couple weeks ago, so it seemed like a great excuse to try the recipe.  I doubled the recipe, because I was making it for 8 people, and thought there should be a few leftovers :)

These were everything I hoped they would be.  I slightly under baked them (highly recommend that), so they had the nice soft gooey center.  Which was amazing when I put a leftover bar in the microwave for 10 seconds, and it came out tasting like it was fresh from the oven.  These freeze great too.  I always put baked goods in the freezer, and then take out one in the morning to pack in my son’s lunch.

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Oreo Brownies


I know there are some people out there who don’t like Oreo’s, but I unapologetically like them.  And if they are Double Stuffed, then even better!  There are so many recipes out there with Oreos and Brownies mixed.  Sometimes they have cookie dough involved as well.  All of them make me drool, and curse my not so fast metabolism.  I am trying to eat a little healthier as of late, so I couldn’t go over board with these brownies.  I just went for the plain brownie with a layer of Oreo (Double Stuffed) in the middle.  This really brings the brownie to a whole new level.  I am a sucker for just about any fudgy brownie, they really are my krypotnite.  But add Oreo’s and I am done for, and all bets are off.

These were super easy, you can use a brownie mix or whatever your favorite recipe is.  Pour half in the pan, put in some Oreo’s, pour in the other half of the batter (adding some crumbled Oreo’s on top would be a good idea too).  Bake.  Eat!  Can’t really get much better than that, can you?  Now only if they were calorie free :)

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Valentine Oreo's


It is time for Holiday Recipe Club today!  Erin from Big Fat Baker came up with this great idea to challenge us with different ingredients each month. This month the ingredients were beef, strawberries, or heavy cream.  I had a hard time deciding what to pick!  I thought about a nice romantic meal with beef that you could make for Valentine’s Day.  But in the end my sweet tooth won out, go figure!  I kind of feel like I cheated with this recipe, but there is heavy cream in there!  Want to join in the fun?  Go check out Holiday Recipe Club and Erin will give you all the details!

Homemade Oreo’s have been on my list for a while.  I figured this was the perfect chance to make them, and “Holiday” them up.  You know, cut them in hearts, fill them with pink frosting.  These come out like a grown up version of an Oreo.  They have a richer chocolate flavor, are a little softer, and have that delicious vanilla butter cream filling.  I was surprised how easily these came together.  You could do the traditional circles with white filling, or hearts like I did for Valentine’s Day.  Shamrocks with green filling would be great for St. Patricks Day…you get the idea.

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Oreo Muffins


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My son loves muffins, if I haven’t mentioned it before.  I think I have 5 different kinds in the freezer right now.  I make a batch, we eat them for breakfast, and they immediately go in the freezer.  Works great!  Then when he wants muffins again another day, he gets to pick what kind he wants.  I take one out, microwave it for 30 seconds, and he get a warm muffin for breakfast!

I saw this recipe on Knead for Speed, and knew I just had to make it.  So when I had Oreo’s left from making Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies, I knew exactly how to use them up.  Because eating them straight out of the bag by the handful seemed like a bad idea.  As much as I wanted to, I had to resist!

 

Oreo Muffins
 
Serves: 12 muffins
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Tender muffins with a Oreo Cookies n' Cream Streusel
Ingredients
Muffins:
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2¾ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 12 Oreos, coarsely crushed
Streusel:
  • 2 Tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, diced
  • 6 Oreos, finely crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 385 degrees F. Grease or line muffin tin with liners.
  2. Prepare streusel first. Stir together flour, sugar, and finely crushed Oreos in a small bowl. Cut in butter until consistency becomes like coarse meal. Refrigerate 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk together flour and baking powder in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  4. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring between additions. Add vanilla. Add flour all at once. Mix on low speed for a few seconds, then add milk and continue mixing just until incorporated. Fold in crushed oreos.
  5. Divide batter between 10-12 muffin tins, filling each ¾ full. Evenly sprinkle Oreo streusel atop batter.
  6. Bake 16-18 minutes, or until done.
Notes
Adapted from Knead for Speed

 

 

 

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies


If you have ever wondered if there was a way to add more calories and make a more delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie – I have the answer for you.  It is a resounding YES!!  Thanks to everyone in the blogosphere who have published cookies like this on their site, I couldn’t resist.  You take an Oreo, and surround it with cookie dough, bake, and then you have the most delicious cookie! 

My son came home from school, and I let him have one for his snack.  He wanted to know what it was inside there.  I wouldn’t tell him, I wanted to see his face when he figured it out.  It was pure joy on a 6 year olds face.  WHAT?!?!  An Oreo is in here?!  He was so excited, he had chocolate practically from ear to ear (these cookies are HUGE).  He took one in his lunch the next day to school, and all the kids were amazed by his cookie.  He said he got a lot of “How did your Mom DO that?!”  So without further ado….the recipe.

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie
Printable Recipe

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup crisco shortening
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 bag chocolate chips
Oreos

This is a pretty standard chocolate chip cookie recipe.  The one main difference is most cookies call for 2 sticks of butter, instead of the shortening.  I grew up with these cookies, it was always how my mom made them.  It wasn’t until I met my husband that he questioned why I put shortening in a cookie.  I had never looked at another recipe to know that I did it differently.  I think this makes a much softer, chewier cookie.  I think they stay moist longer, and I just like it better.  So if you are feeling daring, go out on a limb and try your next batch of chocolate chip cookies this way – you will not be disappointed!  Sorry, got side tracked.

Cream butter and sugar together.  Add in the eggs and vanilla.  Mix in the flour and baking soda and salt.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Then comes the magic.  Take a ball of cookie dough and place it on a cookie sheet.  Top with an Oreo.  Then take another ball of dough and place that on stop of the Oreo. 

Then squish the dough all around the Oreo – so it looks like a big glob of cookie dough.

Bake at 350 for about 14 minutes.  It will take a little longer than it normally would to bake a chocolate chip cookie.  When it comes out of the oven, oh my word is it good.  I was thinking I would let it cool a little before I tried it, not sure what the Oreo would do in the baking process.  But I couldn’t wait, and it was delicious.  Now if you want to go all out – use a Double Stuffed Oreo!!!