white chocolate chip cookies

October 1st, 2012 · 34 Comments

I’ve been on kind of a baking frenzy for the last few weekends — I think that the beginning of “fall” (which in Houston is a lot like “summer”) is making me think about holiday cookies, hot soups and rich, hearty pastas.  Even if I’m sitting by the pool for most of November (I hope!), I’m going to be baking as if the first snowfall is right around the corner. 

These would also be a great party favor, if you have something fun coming up!  It’s amazing how something as simple as a few glossy bags and some pretty ribbon can turn everyday cookies into something really special.  I love the burst of color that the packaging added for a simple cookie like this!

On a side note, I have no clue why everyone ruins white chocolate chip cookies by adding macadamia nuts!  I pick them out of every white chocolate chip cookie I get, so when I decided to make my own, they were obviously off the table!

White Chocolate Chip Cookies


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup white chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, salt and eggs.  Separately, sift together the flour and baking soda, and mix them into the wet ingredient mixture.  Add the white chocolate chips and stir to combine.

Drop by well-rounded teaspoon onto baking sheets lined with Silipat.  Bake for 8 to 9 minutes or until centers are set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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oreo brownies

August 24th, 2012 · 6 Comments

Last weekend, a few of our friends here invited us over for dinner.  Being the eager-beaver cook that I am, I wouldn’t let them rest until I’d volunteered to bring an appetizer… and a dessert.

So, for inspiration, I took to Pinterest!  And I found these amazing Oreo Bars, which looked totally delicious and only involved three ingredients — dream come true. 

But OMG, for a three-ingredient recipe, these are a pain!  They’re insanely sticky, so they wouldn’t release from the tin foil I poured them into (or, um, flattened them into), they got all over my hands and our countertops, and I could hardly cut them!  I tweaked the recipe a little so you guys can hopefully learn from my mistakes, because the finished products were pretty freaking awesome.

I had a request from a friend to name these “Moon Bars” but I’m still not totally sure why!  I guess because the oreos look like the surface of the moon?  Doesn’t “Oreo Brownies” sound more delicious?!

PS — The dish in these photos is from the Noritake Metaal collection!  I love these large square plates so much — they double as serving platters!

No-Bake Oreo Brownies


1 16 oz package of Oreos
1 package small marshmallows
4 tablespoons butter


Prepare a baking dish by lining it in foil and spraying the foil with cooking spray. 

Place Oreos in food processor and pulse until ground.  Melt marshmallows and butter in microwave until puffed, about 1 1/2-2 minutes.  Remove and pour in ground Oreo Cookies.  Stir to combine then transfer to a the foil-lined pan.  Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.  Remove bars out of pan and peel off the foil.  Place the removed bars in the freezer for another ten minutes, and then cut them into squares.  Once cut, the bars can stay at room temperature for several hours.

Makes 24 small bars

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GoGo squeeZ pops

June 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment

Want to know the easiest, healthiest way to eat a popsicle?  Make it out of applesauce!

After moving this weekend, I wasn’t up to cooking anything complicated, but I still wanted fun things on hand for all the friends and family who came by our house this weekend!  Enter: the popsicle molds that I’d totally forgotten I’d even bought, a few tablespoons of chocolate chips, and the amazing GoGo squeeZ applesauce packets!  Super healthy and absolutely delicious.  Even better?  You could make these out of any of GoGo squeeZ’s flavors (I think the new AppleCherry flavor would be perfect as a chocolate-dipped variation, yum)!

Before you forget, make sure you sign up for your GoGo squeeZ kickball at PassthePlay.com, and be sure to tweet #passtheplay for GoGo squeeZ to donate $1 to the Fresh Air Fund!  An amazing cause from an awesome company — I know you guys will want to support them as much as I do! 

GoGo squeeZ Pops


3 GoGo squeeZ applesauce packets
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Popsicle Molds


Layer GoGo squeeZ applesauce and chocolate chips in Popsicle molds.  Allow to freeze for at least four hours.  Run Popsicle molds under warm water to release from molds, and serve!  Preferably outdoors, with your new Pass the Play kickball!

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