Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Whether you like yours served cold, or warm with ice cream melting down all over, Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is pure comfort food. Perfect for this time of year! chocolate-chocolate chip banana bread_022 Once again, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Do you guys have big New Year’s Eve plans? We’re just going to hang around the house.

It always gets SO cold this time of year and it really makes it kind of tough to go out and have fun! As some of you know, I live in the Midwest, so the Winters get a bit chilly.

The next few posts are going to be just a few of our favorite easy foods when the kids are on break. Have a safe and wonderful New Year’s! [Read more…]

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Skillet Baked Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookie

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For those of you that have never done a skillet cookie before, why not give this one a try? This chocolate chip cookie is America’s cookie, done a little differently! Baking a cookie skillet style just makes it more fun, less work, and easy to put a big scoop of ice cream on. :)

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For those of you new to Megamommy, WELCOME!

If you don’t know this already, I love skillet cookies, cakes, and brownies. So does my family. I used to hear about skillet cookies when I was a little girl. Then several years ago I saw Martha do one. At the time I thought hmm, but why?

Now, I say why not? They turn out get every time and it’s so easy to throw a skillet cookie in the oven before you cook your meal. Then you have a delicious dessert just waiting for you after dinner. :)

Hope you enjoy this my friends!

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White Chocolate Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Blondies

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White Chocolate Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Blondies

These blondies are a wonderful change of pace for summer!

The other day I needed a bar that was just a little different for a special event. This time around I wanted something with chocolate, but a light chocolate. So, this is the combo du jour I came up with. :)

Like I said these blondies, bars or whatever you prefer to call them definitely have a lighter taste, and that’s exactly what I wanted. For all of you loyal brownie fans –  the true chocolate brownie still reigns supreme! :)

But there are times a person wants something a little different. These bars are great for dessert after a nice summer meal, a church get together, or really anytime at all.

I must say I really like them for a nice summer treat!

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The best part is these bars start with a mix, AND are very easy to make! Who could ask for more?

FYI – the tan chips are peanut butter chips, but these bars would also be very good made with butterscotch chips in place of the peanut butter chips.

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Let cool, cut into squares or any shape you want and enjoy!

 

White Chocolate Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Blondies

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1 (15.25-ounce) package golden vanilla cake mix

1 (3.3-ounce) package instant white chocolate instant pudding

1/3 cup butter, softened

2 large eggs

2-3 tablespoons milk (soymilk, cow’s milk, rice milk)

3/4 cup white chocolate chips

3/4 cup Reese’s peanut butter chips

Topping: 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with non-stick spray; set aside. In a large bowl mix the cake mix, pudding mix, butter, eggs and milk with a large spoon until blended. Mix in the white chocolate chips and Reese’s peanut butter chips.

2. Spread and press into prepared pan. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, gently pressing into dough.

3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until just set. Do not over bake! Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Cut into bars.

Makes 24 bars – or fewer if you like them larger…:)

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Snickers Cookie Squares

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Snickers Cookie Squares

With the 4th of July in just a few days these Snickers Cookie Squares are perfect to take with you anywhere you go!

I guarantee you these tasty little treats will be gone in no time! You start with everyone’s all-time favorite cookie (chocolate chip) and add almost everyone’s favorite candy bar (Snickers), and in no time at all you get these delicious Snickers Cookie Squares! :)

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This is going to be a pretty straight-forward post. The idea is really quite simple so why make it complicated? Whether you make your own chocolate chip cookie dough or buy refrigerated cookie dough is up to you. Either way these treats are sure to turn out yummy!

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In case you haven’t seen Snickers bites yet, this is what the bag looks like. I bought these at my local Target. I’m sure other stores have them as well. I just don’t where yet. It appears as though there is just the one size – 8 ounces. Just about perfect for most recipes!

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Snickers Cookie Squares

Makes 12-24 bars, depending on how you cut them.

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1 stick (1/2 cup butter), softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 large egg, at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons vanilla pudding mix

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1 – 8 ounce bag Snickers bites

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with nonstick spray.

2. Combine flour, baking soda, vanilla pudding mix and salt in a small bowl; set aside.

3. Beat butter and sugars together on medium speed until fluffy and creamy. Mix in egg and vanilla until well combined.

4. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and half on the Snickers bites. It doesn’t need to be exact just kind of eyeball it. Dough will be sticky.

5. Pour dough into 13-in. x 9-in. pan, spread out evenly so dough is spread evenly. Either use fingers, or place a small plastic bag over hand, spray with nonstick spray and spread evenly.

6. Take the other half of the Snickers bites and position them evenly on the dough. Gently press them into the dough just a little bit.

7. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

Makes 24 bars, or at some houses more like 12. :)

Megamommy Notes

* If desired, you could substitute 2 cups of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough instead of making cookie dough from scratch.

* When I make these tasty treats like to put the entire glass pan on a cookie sheet, and then in the oven to bake. This will help keep the caramel soft and baked to perfection.

Adapted from: Taste of Home

 

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (new variation)

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I know, I know, I talk a lot about how much we love cookies at this house. Well not only do we love cookies, but my guys continuously ask me to make the same cookies over and over again.

Considering I make LOTS of different cookies, it always kind of catches me off guard! Although they love pretty much any cookie I make, each of my guys has their personal favorite.

This cookie isn’t anything incredibly new or crazy, I simply experimented with the oat to flour ratio. This time I used less oats, and more flour. This is honestly a first for me. Usually I’m trying to get more oats and grains into the food we eat. Honestly, we love my regular Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, I just wanted to play around today.

So, what did my guys think of these cookies? They definitely noticed something was different. However, they said they liked the cookies both ways. It’s pretty tough to go wrong with oatmeal cookies!

Oatmeal cookies, especially with any kind of chocolate, but NO raisins, will always be their favorite! :)

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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1 cup (2sticks) butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 tablespoons vanilla instant pudding, any brand

1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

1 1/2 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, any variety

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Beat together butter and sugars until creamy.

3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.

4. Add combined flour, baking soda, pudding mix, and salt; mix well.

5. Stir in oats and chocolate chips; mix well.

6. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto baking mat, or ungreased cookie sheet

7. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

8. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet; move to wire rack to cool completely.

 

Megamommy NOTES

* If dough seems to dry add 2 tablespoons of milk, one tablespoon at a time

* Make sure you chill the dough for about an hour in the fridge before using.

Adapted from: Quaker Oats

 

 

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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THREE Treats in THREE Days for Easter:

 

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Here we go with Day 2 of THREE Easter Treats in THREE Days. Today’s treat is Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies. This is another cookie that people generally love! I just knew this cookie had to be included.

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Again, I’m not including a recipe because this is a basic cookie that most of us have our own favorite recipe for. I just want to give you a heads up regarding this cookie. It’s always nice to think of the people your making something for. :)

There are basically two ways to make a really good soft double chocolate cookie of any kind. There is the cream cheese method, and of course the pudding method. Here’s the thing the cream cheese method is always wonderful, but it also makes the cookies much richer. At times that’s okay, but that richness can be too much for a lot of people.

Then, there’s the pudding method. You’ve all seen these recipes. The recipes where you add dry pudding mix to whatever you’re making. In most cases, I prefer to go this route, for a number of reasons. The best part is, you can even use sugar-free pudding if you want to, and the cookies still turn out great! You decide what’s going to work best for you, only you know who you’re baking treats for.

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Day 2: Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies – these have the taste and texture that everyone loves. Put these in an airtight container overnight, and they will be delicious tomorrow.

Tomorrow we’ll talk about our Treat for Day 3, and of course a cute, and inexpensive or up-cycled container.

 

Megamommy

 

MM TIP: You could use any type of Easter candy you want in these cookies and they would turn out great. However, this is when the Frugalista in me comes out. The “Easter Bunny” spends plenty on candy and snacks for everyone’s Easter Basket. The “Easter Bunny” doesn’t usually spend top dollar on candy to be used for baking. But they’re your cookies, so you do whatever works best for you. :)  

 

 

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