This fall has been the busiest fall that I can ever remember.  The busyness started immediately after Labor Day when my husband and took the trip of a lifetime to New Zealand and Bora Bora.  We road-tripped from Queenstown through the South Island and saw the most breathtaking, awe-inspiring scenery that made me feel so very small and grateful.

 

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Then we sat on the beach for a week reading books, chasing tiny sand crabs and dipping into the bathtub-like perfectly warm and calm water of the lagoon as needed to cool off.

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Returning from almost three full weeks of vacation, I felt refreshed and excited to get back to work and back into the kitchen!

I have been squeezing in as much kitchen time as possible since my return and I couldn’t wait to share these Brookies (aka brownie cookies) with you.  I bet if you took a poll of Americans’ favorite sweet treats, more than 75% percent of Americans would answer either “chocolate chip cookie” or “brownie”.  My answer is always chocolate chip cookie.

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With these Brookies, you get a brownie on the bottom and chocolate chip cookie on top, so you don’t have to choose between your two favorites, you get both!  It’s sort of like the mullet of desserts.  I mean that in the best way possible (you know, business in the front, party in the back : brownie on the bottom, cookie on top?).  What could be better??

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I made these Brookies in a muffin pan and I loved the size and consistency that they turned out to be.  I mean you are eating two desserts at once, so they don’t need to be ginormous and I love that the muffin pan helps you make perfectly equally-sized Brookies.  Both the cookie and brownie components stay so soft and chewy which is exactly the way that I want my cookies and/or brownies to be.  And although the chocolate chip cookie is melded right on top of the brownie, you can still fully appreciate the individual flavor of both dessets.  Brookies are the perfect lunchbox, game day or after-school treat because no one has two choose only one of their two favorite desserts!

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Brookies (aka brownie cookies)

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 48 minutes

Yield: 15 brookies

Why settle for one or the other when you can have both a brownie and chocolate chip cookie in one dessert?!

Ingredients

    Brownie layer
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Chocolate chip cookie layer
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

    Brownie layer
  1. Liberally spray a regular-sized muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place chocolate chips and butter into a medium, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments until chocolate is melted and smooth. Stir with a spatula to combine.
  3. Stir in both sugars until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla and mix to combine.
  4. Add flour, cocoa powder and salt and mix until just combined.
  5. Using a cookie scoop or large spoon fill each cavity of the prepared muffin pan 1/3 full of brownie batter. Place the pan into the refrigerator while you mix the cookie dough.
  6. Chocolate chip cookie layer
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  8. In another medium bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together butter and sugars until smooth and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla until well combined.
  9. Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix until well blended.
  10. Mix in chocolate chips.
  11. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop a heaping Tbsp-sized ball of cookie dough out, roll it into a ball, flatten the ball slightly and place one cookie dough ball onto each cavity that is filled with brownie batter.
  12. Bake 16-18 minutes or until the cookie is lightly browned.
  13. Recipe adapted from Baked

fill muffin pan 1/3 full with brownie batter

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shape cookie dough into flattened balls and top each cavity that has been filled with brownie batter with the flattened ball of cookie dough and bake

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We all need a little pick-me-up after school or work and these Soft Puffy Sugar Cookies are just the cheerful treat to give you a boost around 3:00pm.

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A good sugar cookie ranks right up there for me as one of my absolute favorite treats.  I love that sugar cookies are so customizable with different frostings and sprinkles and honestly, doesn’t a colorfully sprinkled cookie just make you smile inside?  These Soft Puffy Sugar Cookies are just that:  light and pillowy little delights that are not overly sweet.  I added both almond extract and some vanilla bean seeds to my cookies, but you could easily add lemon or any other flavoring that you enjoy.

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Without a doubt, the very best part of these Soft Puffy Sugar Cookies is that this blog post is part of a partnership with OXO to support pediatric cancer research.  For each #OXOGoodCookies post, OXO is donating $100 to Kids’ Cancer research!  And not only that, but you have the chance to do your part too!  Look for specially marked OXO products that have this sticker on them

CFKC Sticker

and OXO will donate 25¢ for each product sold!  OXO is committed to donating up to $100,000 to pediatric cancer research just by us making cookies!  Now that is a cookie you can feel good about!

#OXOGoodCookies

For your convenience, here’s a list of all of the OXO products that you can purchase that will contribute to this great cause and also a link so that you can find the retailers who are carrying these products.  I love working with companies that support such worthy causes!

So pick up a specially marked OXO product, make these Soft Puffy Sugar Cookies and feel good about supporting a great cause while enjoying a delicious treat!

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Soft Puffy Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 50 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (16 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup grape seed oil (or canola or vegetable oil)
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean seeds (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine butter, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, eggs, oil, extract and water. Mix together using an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined.
  3. Add baking soda, cream of tartar and salt and mix until well blended. With mixer on medium speed, add flour 1 cup at a time and mix well.
  4. Roll dough into golfball-sized balls and place onto cookie sheets leaving 2 inches in between the dough balls.
  5. Use a small juice glass to gently flatten the balls of dough until they are about 1/4" thick. Place sprinkles on top and press them into the tops of the cookies gently.
  6. Bake 10-11 minutes or until tops of cookies feel set.
  7. Recipe adapted from Creme de la Crumb
*For every stickered item sold, OXO will donate 25 cents in support of pediatric cancer research as part of its $100,000* pledge to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Look for specially marked OXO products at participating retailers in September.
* In 2014, OXO will donate up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer through specially marked baking tools, bake sale matches and other fundraising efforts. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a recognized 501c(3) public charity duly incorporated under the laws of the state of New Jersey. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. 100% of proceeds raised by Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fund pediatric cancer research.
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As long as it is summer, each week I buy a watermelon, chop it up and snack on it morning, noon and night.  I just can’t get enough.  Inevitably I can’t get through the entire melon myself, so I turn it into other delights like the Strawberry Watermelon Cooler that I shared with you a couple of weeks ago.  My latest obsession is this Easy Watermelon Granita.

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A granita is essentially a grown-up version of a snow cone that it is so refreshing and cooling on these hot summer days.  Not only do I love the flavor of this Easy Watermelon Granita, but that color, that perfectly pink watermelon color, is just so perfect.

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Now when I say “easy” I am not exaggerating.  To make this granita, you simply puree chunks of watermelon and strain the juice, mix in a couple more ingredients, pop it into your freezer and in a few short hours, you will be spooning icy chilled Easy Watermelon Granita into your mouth.  I added a very small amount of tequila to my granita and I’ll tell you why:  alcohol inhibits the liquid from fully freezing so that no matter how long you have left your granita in the freezer, it won’t freeze into a solid block, but will remain nice shards of frozen goodness.  You could use any alcohol you prefer (vodka, gin, rum, etc.) or omit it completely, but if you omit it just make sure that you do an effective job of scraping the entire mixture into fine bits during the freezing process so that you don’t get large ice pieces.

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Easy Watermelon Granita

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: about 2 1/2 cups granita

Cool and refreshing shaved watermelon granita will be the perfect refreshment for the remaining days of summer

Ingredients

    For the simple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • For the granita
  • 2 1/4 cups watermelon juice (from about 5 cups chopped watermelon)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • the simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tequila (or vodka)

Instructions

    For the simple syrup
  1. Place the water into a small microwave-safe mug and microwave for 45-60 seconds (until almost boiling).
  2. Add the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved completely.
  3. Place into the refrigerator to cool completely.
  4. For the granita
  5. Use a blender or food processor to process the watermelon until you have 2 1/4 cups of juice.
  6. Strain the juice through a fine mesh sieve to remove any pulp.
  7. Pour the juice into an 8X8-inch baking dish.
  8. Add lemon juice, simple syrup and tequila to the watermelon juice and mix gently until the mixture is well combined.
  9. Place the dish into the freezer. Every 2 hours until the mixture is completely frozen, remove the mixture from the freezer and gently scrape the surface with a fork so that the frozen bits become fine shavings.
  10. Serve directly from the freezer.
  11. Can be kept in a well-sealed container in the freezer for one month.

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Just in time for the hottest dog days of summer, I have the most refreshing, easy breezy cool down drink for you.  I hardly feel like I can call this Strawberry Watermelon Cooler a “recipe” because it is so simple, but it is so delicious that it is definitely worth sharing with you.

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Watermelon is hands down one of my favorite parts of summer.  I always have a tub of cut up melon in my fridge and it is the best way to quench my thirst and cool down after a workout or satisfy my hunger while I finish dinner.  I’ve told you a million times how much of a texture eater I am and that juicy light crunch of watermelon is pretty much what my dreams are made of.

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As if the taste of this Strawberry Watermelon Cooler wasn’t reason enough to make it daily, it is basically like sneaking in several servings of fruit without even noticing.  Watermelon is receiving more and more praise for being one of the fruits that is highest in lycopene which is an antioxidant which helps to fight numerous diseases.  I was also surprised to recently learn how high in vitamin C watermelon is.  I think of citrus fruits instantly when I think of vitamin C, but watermelon is one of the fruits that has a very high amount of this immune-boosting vitamin as well.

Have I mentioned that there is NO added sugar in this Strawberry Watermelon Cooler??  But you’d never know it by how sweet and tasty it is.  The watermelon and strawberries are sweet enough to shine on their own which is a bonus because I try to avoid sugary overly-sweetened drinks.

Strawberry Watermelon Cooler

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

about 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve.

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Oh boy sweet teeth, have I got a treat for you today!!  There are certain things that I make that when I taste them, I am just overwhelmed with excitement about sharing them with you and these Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are exactly the type of treat I am talking about!

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Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches, how I love you, let me count the ways:

  1. First, you know that I love miniature things, and each of the peanut butter M&M cookies that are the “bread” in this sandwich begin with just a tablespoon of dough, so the cookies end up being just a few bites each.
  2. Second, I love peanut butter anything and the peanut butter flavor is so prominent in these Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches.
  3. Third, I love soft cookies and because these Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are made with a flourless peanut butter cookie recipe, the cookie sandwiches are soft enough to eat straight out of the freezer.  No need to wait until the sandwiches thaw for a few minutes.  Instant gratification people, it’s a beautiful thing.

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The peanut butter M&M cookies that sandwich the ice cream only require 6 ingredients that you will undoubtedly have on hand.  As I mentioned, the cookies are flourless which is not only great for those individuals who are gluten intolerant, but it also equates to the cookies being some of the softest cookies I have ever had.

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I bought a small tube of the Mini M&M’s because I like how colorful and fun they make the cookies but you could make just as delicious a cookie using mini chocolate chips if you don’t want to run out and grab some Mini M&M’s.  And since I made these cookies “bite-sized”, you will only have to wait about 8 minutes per tray for them to bake, which means you will be able to have these perfect soft and oh so peanut buttery cookies on their way to becoming ice cream sandwiches in no time.

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I sandwiched Light Monster Cookie Ice Cream in between my perfect peanut butter M&M cookies (hence the name Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches), but I can’t think of a flavor of ice cream that wouldn’t be fantastic in these sandwiches.  Cookies n’ Cream would be phenomenal, strawberry ice cream would give you a lovely peanut butter and jelly taste and just straight up vanilla or chocolate would be just dreamy.  The possibilities are endless.  Let’s try them all, shall we?

Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 38 minutes

Yield: 15 ice cream sandwiches

The softest and most peanut buttery cookies filled with miniature M&M's and sandwiched around monster cookie ice cream, it doesn't get any better than this

Ingredients

  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter (not natural peanut butter, it will make the cookies gritty)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup mini M&Ms
  • a pint of ice cream (I used Light Monster Cookie flavored ice cream, but use whatever flavor you like)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together the peanut butter and brown sugar.
  3. Add egg, vanilla and baking soda and mix until combined.
  4. Fold in the mini M&Ms using a spatula.
  5. Place 1 Tbsp sized balls of dough on to a cookie sheet leaving at least 1 inch in between cookies.
  6. Bake for 8 minutes and cool completely on the cookie sheet.
  7. Place the cooled cookies into the freezer for a couple of minutes so that they are chilled when you sandwich the ice cream in between them.
  8. Remove cookies from freezer and flip half of them over. Top half of the cookies with 1 Tbsp of ice cream and then use the other cookies to top the ice cream to make the sandwiches.
  9. Place ice cream sandwiches into the freezer in a covered container or zip top bag for at least an hour before serving.
  10. Store the ice cream sandwiches in the freezer in a covered container or zip top bag.
  11. Cookie recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour

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