Half the Fat and Less Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

When making chocolate chip cookies from the classic tollhouse recipe on the Nestlé Chocolate Chip bag, I have long decreased the sugar and used half the chocolate chips.  Well, today I accidentally halved the butter and the egg in the recipe and guess what…..they still tasted good!  They taste different than “regular” cookies of course and the shape/texture is different, but they are still good and much less guilt inducing!

Half the Fat and Less Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and set aside.  In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugars and vanilla until creamy.  Add egg and beat well.  Gradually add the flour mixture into the butter/sugar mixture.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheets.  Bake 10-11 minutes or until starting to brown.  Cool on baking sheets several minutes and then transfer to wire racks to continue to cool.

Half the Fat and Less Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Star Spangled Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

Star Spangled Ice Cream Sandwiches

Summer is here and that bring the season for frozen treats!! For special occasions like family get-togethers or backyard barbecues, it’s fun to have some “semi-homemade” goodies that make the treats special, but still fun to make. To avoid the heat of warming the kitchen with the oven to bake sugar cookies, these Star Spangled Ice Cream Sandwiches start with store-bought sugar cookies. But, if you prefer homemade, you can bake up your own.

These patriotic treats are based on Captain America’s red, white and blue shield with a star at the center. Feel free to play with the icing and create any star spangled designs you would like!
 

Star Spangled Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

 
Ingredients:
Bakery Sugar Cookies
Vanilla Ice Cream
Decorator Frosting in Red, White and Blue
Powdered Sugar
M&Ms in red and blue

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Directions:

Start out by preparing the ice cream. Lay a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet. Using an ice cream scoop, place scoops of ice cream on the sheet. Place a second piece of wax paper on top. Use your hands to push down and flatten ice cream scoops. Return to freezer.

Captain America Ice Cream Sandwiches Scoops

Using the decorator frosting, pipe a shield design on each cookie. Start with a red ring on the outside of the cookie, and then a second red ring a bit farther in. Pipe a white ring between the two red rings. Fill the center circle with blue.

Decorating Cookies

shield

Cut out a small star in the center of a piece of paper. You can print out the shield image above and use that star – it’s what I used for my cookies! Place powdered sugar in a small sifter, hold paper over your cookie, and slightly shake sifter to let powdered sugar fall over stencil. These are kind of “free form” shields, so it doesn’t have to be perfect!

Captain America Powdered Sugar

Let your cookies set for approximately 30 minutes or until icing has hardened. Then take two cookies and place a scoop of ice cream between them. Press red and blue M&Ms into the ice cream around the edges of your sandwich. Return to the freezer until you’re ready to serve.

Star Spangled Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

Salted Caramel Brownies with Whole Wheat Flour

This yummy treat has that perfect blend of salty and sweet. If you’re not serving it right away, keep the caramel topping separate and heat and add right before serving. While you can add it earlier, I love it fresh and warm!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

For topping:
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Sea salt for the top

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.   
Spray a 9″ square baking pan with cooking spray.
Blend butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the eggs and vanilla, mixing well.
Stir in flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt and mix until well blended.
Spread into prepared pan.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of brownies comes out clean.

Caramel sauce topping:
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium low heat.  
Stir in the brown sugar and whisk for approximately 2 minutes.
Add in the whipping cream and  whisk for approximately another 2 minutes.
Stir in vanilla.

To serve:  
Cut brownies into squares.  Drizzle with caramel topping.  Sprinkle top with sea salt.   

Sweeten Up Summer Celebrations with Cake Ideas from Betty Crocker

Betty Crocker Ice Cream Cone Cakes

 

Summer is here and along with long, lazy days of summer vacation come summer celebrations!  My birthday falls right smack dab in the middle of July with my husband’s coming two weeks later.  Whether you’re celebrating summer birthdays, or another event like a family reunion, anniversary party, bon voyage or “just because”, Betty Crocker has lots of fun summer cake ideas to get your creativity flowing.

Ice Cream Cone Cakes – Kids of all ages will love personalizing these single-serving cakes! And this infographic shows easy step-by-step directions to make these unique cakes that are both adorable AND delicious!  (Keep reading below to find more fun cake ideas!)

 
·Flip-Flops Cake – Personalize these edible summer wardrobe favorites with candies and fruit snacks – transforming a sheet cake into footwear that looks (and is) good enough to eat.
·Watermelon Cake – Your family’s favorite fruit is about to get even more popular. This melt-in-your-mouth cake offers a surprise in every bite, with chocolate chip “seeds” and a green jelly bean “rind.”
·Cookies n Cream Cupcakes – Perfect for family picnics, these cupcakes taste like your favorite ice cream without all the mess!
·Butterfly Cake – This beautiful, and fun, cake transforms a traditional birthday cake into a beautiful butterfly perfect for outdoor summer parties.
Which cake idea looks the most fun to you?

 

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  Any opinions are my own.

 

Easy Pull-Apart Cake – A Great Alternative to Cupcakes!

This is an easy way to make a cake that requires NO slicing and is much easier than making and frosting a cake that is made up of a bunch of individual cupcakes stacked together.  Ours was designed to look like a snowball, but that “snowy” look is totally optional!

NOTE:  This actually makes TWO cakes!

Prepare white cake mix according to package directions.
Using two 9″ round pie plates, nestle 12 cupcake papers into each.
Fill the wrappers half-way with batter:

Bake according to box directions for a layer cake.  Once they start to barely brown, stick a toothpick in the center to see if it comes out clean – if so, they’re done! (I cooked these just a bit too long.)

Let the cake cool thoroughly, and then transfer to a serving plate.  It’s ok if the pieces come apart while you’re doing this – it’s easy to fit them back together like a puzzle.  Frost with your favorite frosting.

Chocolate Rocky Road Brownies Recipe

These yummy brownies are a classic mixture of chocolate, marshmallows and nuts. If you want to take a shortcut, you can always put the topping mixture on a boxed brownie mix. 

toasted marshmallow topping

 

Chocolate Rocky Road Brownies Recipe

1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.  In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla.  Stir in dry ingredients.  Spread into a greased 9-inch square baking pan.  Bake for 22 minutes.  Sprinkle top with marshmallows, chocolate chips and walnuts.  Return to oven for 5 minutes or until marshmallows start to puff up and brown.  Let cool completely before slicing into squares.

Inside-Out Cupcakes Recipe – Frosting on the INSIDE!

These yummy cupcakes are perfect for packing in lunches, taking on car trips, bringing to a picnic…or basically for anyplace where traditional cupcakes with soft gooey frosting on top could end up being a mess.  These have a fun surprise in the MIDDLE instead!

Ingredients:
Yellow Cake Mix
(additional ingredients as listed on cake mix box)
8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 24 muffin tins with cupcake papers.  Prepare cake mix as directed on box.  Fill liners 1/2 full with batter.  In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese, egg and sugar until smooth.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Drop appx 1 Tbsp of cream cheese mixture onto each of the half-filled cupcake liners.  Bake for 20 minutes or until tops are golden and they spring back when lightly touched.

 

 

Leftover Halloween Chocolate Candy Bar Cookies Recipe

Trying to figure out what to do with all that leftover Halloween candy, or the bagful your kids brought home?  You can use that extra chocolate to make candy bar cookies. The candy bars melt right into the cookies – YUM!

Loads of Candy

1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup any variety chocolate candy bar, cut into 1/2″ pieces

1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
2. Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Set to side.
3. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar on medium speed and until smooth and fluffy, or about 30 seconds.
4. Blend in egg and vanilla.
5. Reduce mixer speed and add flour mixture, mixing just until flour is well mixed.
6. Gently blend in candy bar pieces.
7. Drop batter by large tablespoons on baking sheets. Bake for approximately 8 minutes, watching to prevent burning.
8. Remove while warm to prevent sticking and cool on wire racks.

Pringles Ghoulish Brownies for Halloween

Pringles Ghoulish Brownies
These spooky Pringles Brownies will add a little ghoulish fun to any Halloween celebration. The Pringles in this recipe add that delicious salty/sweet flavor!
Pringles Ghoulish Brownies

INGREDIENTS:

6 ounces baking chocolate, unsweetened
3/4 cup unsalted butter or margarine
2 C sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C flour
6.41 ounce can of Pringles Original or 5.71 ounce can of Reduced Fat Pringles Original
1 Ccoarsely chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

To decorate (optional):
Orange and black frosting
Edible decorations like sprinkles and candy corn

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Line a 13×9-inch baking pan with foil, and spray foil with cooking spray.
3. In a glass bowl, microwave butter and chocolate on high for 2 minutes. Stir until chocolate melts.
4. In a stainless steel bowl, mix sugar, eggs, and vanilla until well mixed.
5. Add in butter chocolate mixture and mix well.
6. Place Pringles and flour into food processor, and puree until very fine.
7. Add flour mixture into chocolate mixture and mix well; add nuts to distribute.
8. Bake for 30 minutes.  Let cool.

OPTIONAL DECORATION DIRECTIONS:

1. Before putting Pringles into food processer, reserve 3-5 crisps.
2. While brownies cool, gently break Pringles crisps in half and decorate with frosting gel.
3. Top brownies and frosting and place crisp “gravestones” in brownies along with other edible decorations to create a fun and playful graveyard scene.

Easy Chocolate Zucchini Cake

If you have an overabundance of zucchini in your garden, here is a great way to use some of it up.

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Cake:
1/2 C. butter (melted)
1/2 C. oil
1 3/4 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C. sour milk or buttermilk
2 1/2 C. flour
4 Tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 C. peeled, shredded zucchini

Topping:
1/3 C. chopped nuts
1/3 C. brown sugar
1/3 C. chocolate chips

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Mix all ingredients and place in a greased 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle with topping. Bake for 45-55 minutes.

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