Cookie Dough Chocolate Bark

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My Cookie Dough Chocolate Bark makes a great chocolatey snack, wonderful dessert, or even a fun gift! Chocolate and cookie dough…always delicious! 2016-04-08-7875 My fellas LOVE chocolate chip cookie anything, most people do right? This chocolate bark is made with delicious dark chocolate & wonderful cookie dough.

I can’t tell you how excited my guys were to try this bark. They absolutely loved it!! What’s not to love? Of course this recipe is made with an eggless cookie dough so it’s safe for all to enjoy!

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I used Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate because the taste is wonderful. But feel free to use any kind of chocolate melting wafer you like.

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Melt your chocolate and pour it onto a regular size cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Be sure to spread it evenly so it’s about the same thickness all the way through.

Drop little pieces of cookie dough onto the melted chocolate pressing the cookie dough into the chocolate just a bit. You can also add a few sprinkles if you want to.

If you are going to drizzle a little white chocolate over the entire thing be sure to wait until the cookie dough bark has set up and is nice and firm. Immediately add a few more sprinkles if you are doing so.

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Cut or break the Cookie Dough Chocolate Bark into pieces. Some people like to cut their bark a certain way, some like to break it up into pieces that are different shapes and sizes.

Break it, cut it, do whatever works for you. This bark is going to be delicious!

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Ultimate Caramel Apples

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Nothing says Fall like a caramel apple unless of course it’s an Ultimate Caramel Apple!

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It’s that time of year friends! Yes, it’s Caramel Apple season! Around here caramel apples are always a treat! It’s always so exciting when the hearty Fall apples are available.

Ah caramel apples, what a wonderful treat! Honestly, they are wonderful to make for family and friends, and giving them as a gift is even more fun!

Who doesn’t love a caramel apple wrapped in a clear bag with all of its wonderful colors and flavors showing through?

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Hot Cocoa Surprise Cookies

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My Hot Cocoa Surprise Cookies are a treat inside of a cookie. They make the perfect Holiday treat for your family and friends!

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So many wonderful cookies this time of year! It’s SO hard to limit the list of what to make!

There’s just something about a cookie wrapped around chocolate that is YUM beyond words. I’m not one for goopy fillings, but candy wrapped in a delicious homemade cookie is a whole different thing! How can you not love it?

This cookie uses your basic pantry ingredients, nothing special needed here except for a bag of candy. The good news is candy is on sale just about everywhere this time year! For these cookies, I used 3 Musketeers Hot Cocoa Minis, and they were really good!

Just in time for your Holiday baking!

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These cookies are simple, fun and festive! Their festive colors shinning bright are so warm and welcoming!

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Candy Stuffed Mini Cookie Cups

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This is without a doubt one of the BEST ways to use up leftover Halloween candy!

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IF and I repeat IF, you have any Halloween candy left, I strongly recommend you give my Candy Stuffed Mini Cookie Cups a try!

Candy Stuffed Mini Cookie Cups are without a doubt one of my absolute favorite way to use up leftover candy of any kind!

For these yummy little treats I really like the mini cookie cup size. Why? Because these cookies are a homemade cookie so they’re a little more substantial. They also have a wonderful candy center for the perfect amount of yum, and they’re finished off with a nice dollop of buttercream frosting.

With a winning combination like that, these mini cookie cups end up being just enough. Keep in mind, if you need a little something more, you can always have two or three! :)

Let’s look at how to put these together. Shall we?

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This is pretty much the variety of the candy I used. My husband had a nice stockpile going, so I had to borrow a few pieces for variety. I will be completely honest here, I didn’t use any of the Hershey’s Candy Corn white chocolate. But if you want to use it by all means go ahead.

I used mostly Snickers, Twix, and various Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

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I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture but once the cookie cups are baked the candy sinks down a bit?

That’s absolutely perfect! Think of it as a built in frosting holder. :)

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As I was saying, as the cookie cups cool the candy will sink down a bit and that creates a nice little depression for a dollop of buttercream frosting.

So, there are two different ways I like to make my Candy Stuffed Mini Cookie Cups, depending upon the day. You can either go with the same candy in the cookie and on top, or you can mix it up for more variety. You decide what works best for you!

Keep in mind if you are making these for co-workers or such, there may be people with nut allergies, depending upon the candy you use – just keep it in mind. :)

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When I’m making these I add a small dollop of frosting and add a bit of chopped candy to finish it off, and that’s it – Candy Stuffed Mini Cookie Cups to be enjoyed!

Candy Stuffed Mini Cookie Cups

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1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons vanilla pudding mix (optional)

1 1/2 – 2 cups leftover candy, fun size pieces, or slightly chopped to achieve that size, reserve small amount to sprinkle on top of cookie cups

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. Mix together the brown sugar, sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla. Continue mixing until incorporated. By hand, slowly add the flour, salt, baking soda, and instant pudding mix. Mix until combined.

3. Using a small cookie scoop, or by hand scoop out balls of dough and place one in each mini muffin cup. Fill mini muffin cups about 2/3 full and top with fun-sized candy. Slightly press down a bit, pressing candy into dough.

4. Bake cookie cups at 350 for 7-9 minutes, depending on oven. Bake until edges start to turn a nice golden brown. Cool for about 5 minutes while still in mini muffin pans, move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Buttercream Frosting:

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in the powdered sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency.

*If you don’t want to make buttercream frosting that’s fine. Simply use store bought buttercream frosting and use that instead.

Top each Candy Stuffed Mini Cookie Cup with a dollop of buttercream frosting and desired amount of finely chopped candy. Serve and enjoy!

Makes 24-30 Candy Stuffed Mini Cookie Cups.  

 

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Flurry Ice Cream Pops

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My Flurry Ice Cream Pops make the prefect quick ice cream dessert any day or night of the week!

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My son the ice cream monster named these Flurry Ice Cream Pops because they kind of, sort of, remind him of a blended ice cream treat he orders whenever given the chance. This kids LOVES his ice cream, and is very particular about can be mixed into it.

It’s kind of nice to have someone like that around because he can tell me in a millisecond if a flavor combo sounds good, and he’s almost always right!

If you have kids, or you yourself are an ice cream lover you have probably made your own ice cream pops at least once! I make these for my kids all the time because they’re always SO good!!

Everyone likes something different and that’s just fine. This is just one of the many combos the boys go crazy over. Save yourself some money and make your favorite flavor combo at home.

So let’s take a look…

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I always start with a small scoop of the goodies on the bottom of the cup. Kids absolutely love this! My kids always say the can’t wait to tear the cup off and see what the bottom (now the top) looks like!

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This variation of my Flurry Ice Cream Pops is probably the most basic of all the varieties I make, but it seemed like a good place to start!

There are chopped sandwich cookies in these pops, along with mini M&M’s, rainbow sprinkles, and of course good vanilla ice cream. All very important groups to my kids!

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I have so many more combos to bring you! ENJOY!

Flurry Ice Cream Pops

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1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened

8-10 sandwich cookies, crushed (you want to be sure not to crush them too much)

1/2 cup Miniature M&M’s (you can used regular sized M&M’s, or candy coated chocolate pieces, just be sure to crush them a bit)

1/3 cup Rainbow Sprinkles

Special Materials:

5-ounce Dixie Brand paper cups

Wooden sticks, lollipops sticks, or decorative paper straws

Additional Rainbow Sprinkles, if desired

Directions:

1. Combine the crushed cookies, mini M&M’s, and 1/3 cup of sprinkles. Place a spoonful in the bottom of each paper cup.

2. Scoop the softened ice cream into a large bowl, add the remaining cookie and candy mixture. Stir gently with a large spoon, it doesn’t take much to combine the ice cream and chopped ingredients. If you want to add more rainbow sprinkles now is the time to do so.

3. Spoon the ice cream mixture into the cups. Carefully insert a wooden stick into each cup.

4. Freeze for approximately 2 hours to set.

5. Makes approximately 10 (5 ounce cup) sized pops. I got exactly 10, your number may vary a bit.

Makes 10 Servings

 

 

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Chocolate Explosion Cookie Cake

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My Chocolate Explosion Cookie Cake is great for any cold winter’s day, or really any day of the year!   

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With yet another winter storm hitting us, I have a lovely simple cookie cake recipe for you today that is yummy as can be! 

Go get your favorite Chocolate Cake Mix and I bet you’ve probably got the rest of the ingredients right in your pantry.

If you don’t have the exact candy mix I used, don’t worry. Use whatever you have, or whatever mix you like best. :)

Stay warm everyone!

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Chocolate Chip Candy Cookie Pie

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What could possibly be better than home-made Chocolate Chip Cookies? How about home-made Chocolate Chip Cookie dough and your favorite candy baked in a pie plate that can cut into wedges? 
 
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Yes, my friends I do many, many different things with chocolate chip cookies dough! Why? You may be asking yourself.
 
Well, it’s really pretty simple. My guys are always asking for home-made chocolate chip cookies. I mean quite literally they could eat chocolate chip cookies every single day of the year!
 
Because sooo may people love chocolate chip cookies, I try to come up with some different ways of serving one of America’s favorite cookies.Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate chip cookies too. I just don’t have the urge to eat them 365 days a year. :)
 
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Double Chocolate Candy Bars

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A package of cake mix streamlines the process for making these decadent brownie-like bars. Soft, chewy, fudgy perfection. 

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Hey guys! Today I think I have a bar that most of you will like. If you love a good fudgy cookie or bar, you will like this one. Keep in mind, this is a brownie-like bar, but technically it is still a bar.

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Caramel Candy Bar Happy Cake

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Caramel Candy Bar Happy Cake

You know how some foods and flavors just make you instantly HAPPY? 

Well, I really think this cake does that! All of the flavors are just plain old HAPPY flavors!! This cake will definitely make the family, the people you live with, or anyone else happy tonight, for that matter. :)

I thought long and hard about what flavors and textures to include in this recipe. This particular combination of candy and cake includes some of just about everybody’s favorite flavors! Great cake, great frosting, delicious candy, and of course just the right amount of caramel.

It just has to be a HAPPY CAKE, right?

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Let me explain why I chose the selection of candies I did. Of course you can change it however you want to when you make it at home.
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Milk Way Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Right before the 4th of July I did a post on Snickers Cookie Squares telling you all how good they are, and how easy they are to bring to social functions; especially summer functions. Both of which are very true!

For the cookie squares I used a fairly new product that you may have already seen, called Snickers unwrapped bites. Now they also have Milky Way unwrapped bites, just like the new Snickers bites.

Isn’t life wonderful? Ooh, the possibilities with these yummy little nuggets are endless! Ounce per ounce they’re a little expensive, but they do go on sale frequently. I strongly recommend picking up two or three bags when they go on sale at a store near you.

I will warn you right now, these bags only contain about eight ounces. At first it seems like quite a bit, but it really isn’t. Once the bag is open, they go quick! :)

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So, what you see here is a picture of my XL Milky Way Chocolate Chip Cookies on a cooling rack.

The picture doesn’t exactly do a good job of conveying exactly how delicious these cookies are! See those Milky Way bites? They’re like little pillows of deliciousness melted into a fabulous homemade chocolate chip cookie.

Of course you can make the cookies any size you want to. I make a lot of my cookies XL, because that’s how I usually sell them at the Farmer’s Market.

My feeling is, if you’re going to sell someone a cookie, sell them a cookie they can really dig their teeth into!

To make XL size cookies I usually use my muffin top pans. I love my muffin top pans! They’re great for all kinds of baking. But again, you can make the cookies any size you want to, they’re your cookies!

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So let’s talk about a few basic concepts here.

Taste: I like these cookies best made with a homemade chocolate chip cookie dough that you add the Milky Way bites to. Of course, you can purchase cookie dough if you prefer. I know lots of people who never make their own cookie dough.

Texture: I was very concerned that the whole Milky Way bites would be to chunky for the cookies but they’re not. They’re actually very good whole! Keep in mind, a Milky Way is soft in the middle. So they tend to just kind of meld into whatever you’re baking. This is a good thing my friends!

Originality: I fully admit this isn’t a brand new concept. Although, where I live, I can honestly say I can’t buy anything like this. So I make my own. :)

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I think somewhere in the world just about everything has been done with chocolate chip cookie dough. I wanted to see how these big beauties would bake up AND take the guess work out of it for all of you!

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Ingredients

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons vanilla instant pudding mix (this will help keep the cookies soft)

1 cup mini chocolate chips

1 – (8 ounce bag) Milky Way Bites                                       

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Mix together the brown sugar, sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla. Continue mixing until incorporated. By hand, slowly add the flour, salt, baking soda, and instant pudding mix. Mix until combined. Stir in mini chocolate chips. Mix until mini chocolate chips are evenly distributed through dough. Gently mix in the Milky Way bites; mix until combined.

3. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out about 2 TBS of dough. Shape into a ball. Slightly press down on baking sheet. XL cookies will require 3-4 tablespoons of dough.

4. Bake XL cookies like mine for 13 to 15 minutes, or regular size cookies for about 8-12 minutes for regular size cookies. Bake until cookies are golden at edges. Do not overbake cookies. Cool for 10 minutes while still in muffin top pans or on cookie sheets before moving cookies. Then gently remove cookies with spatula to wire racks to cool completely.

MAKES 12 XL COOKIES, 24 regular size cookies 

Adapted from: Baking Blonde’s Peanut Butter Cookies 

 

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Candy Mix-Up Bars

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These are a lot of fun to make and eat! This is another family-favorite, that I hope your family will enjoy as much as mine does.

The best part about these bars is they can be made with any combination of candy and/or chocolate chips you want to use!

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On different days I like different things. Today’s combo was chocolate chips, M&M’s (use any flavor you like), Milk Duds, and Reese’s Pieces.

I have made these using just chocolate chips before, numerous candy combinations, and lots of fun and different holiday candy combinations, and they always turn out great!

Play around and use whatever your family likes.

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Kids love these bars because you can use their favorite candies, that’s if you want to, of course. :)

Candy Mix-Up Bars

INGREDIENTS

1 white cake mix

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

2 large eggs

3 tablespoons whole or lowfat milk, or flavored creamer

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup miniature M&M’s

1/2 cup Reese’s Pieces

1/2 cup Milk Duds

*the idea is that you use two cups total of candy, chocolate chips, or any combination thereof

Optional: 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with nonstick spray.

2. In a large bowl, mix the cake mix, brown sugar, butter, eggs, and milk with a large spoon until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips, M&M’s, Milk Duds, or any other candy you are using. Don’t use a mixer or the candy will come out broken, and not as nice looking. Spread mixture into the prepared pan.

*Rather than mixing the M&M’s into the mixture I like to sprinkle them on top, and press into the dough. 

3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until just set. Trasnfer to wire rack and cool completely. Cut into bars, or cut with cookie cutter into desired shape.

*adapted loosely from Camilla Saulisbury’s the Ultimate cake mix cookie book

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