Friday, November 25, 2011

S'mores Bars!

I love s'mores.  And being at the end of November (oh my goodness, where has 2011 
gone), what a perfect treat!

These are delicious like the original but portable too!!

You'll need
1 stick of butter (room temp)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
5 regular hershey bars OR  2 king size bars + 1 regular bar
One container of marshmallow creme (7 oz jar)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.

2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg and vanilla.

3.  Ten add the baking powder and salt.  In small increments (about half cups) add in the flour and graham cracker crumbs.  Mix at a slower speed until mixed well. 

4. Divide dough in half and press half of dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan. If possible, use just a bit less for the bottom layer than the top.

5. Place chocolate bars over dough breaking the chocolate (if necessary) to get it to fit in a single layer no more than 1/4 inch thick. Spread chocolate with marshmallow creme or fluff.

6. Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of the fluff (most easily achieved by flattening the dough into small shingles and laying them together like patchwork).  This can be tricky as if you don’t have enough then your marshmallow creme will show through.  It may be best to use a rolling pin (which I did not do, but will next time I make these).

7. Bake for about 30 until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

Peace, Love, Smores :)


PS: Thanks lickthebowlgood for this yummy and easy recipe!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s been a while since I’ve posted! Not that I haven’t been cooking, we’ve just been busy with: Hubs birthday, Aggie Football, Travel for my job, and other miscellaneous stuff.

Anyway, here is another gem from pinterest.  If you are the type of person that likes to be healthy, or are trying to count calories, please look away.  Try this avocado salad instead (with yummy and healthy dressing!). This is not for the faint hearted... because this recipe is like eating 3 cookies in one.

I brought these to a tailgate and they were gone SO fast.  I mean like in less than an hour these giant/awesome/delicious cookies were gone.

You’ll Need
2 sticks of butter (room temp)
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
3 ½ cups of flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 cups of chocolate chips
1 package of double stuff oreo cookies


1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together until well combined and smooth.  Then beat in eggs and vanilla.

 2. Add salt, baking soda into the wet mix.  Slowly (in ½ cup increments) add the flour.  Beat with mixer.  Then,  slowly add in the chocolate chips until just combined.
 3. With a melon roller/cookie scoop, form small balls with the dough
 4. Place one cookie dough ball on each side of the Oreo cookie. Seal the edges together and gently press down (try not to crack the oreo!!)

 5. Place onto parchment or a baking mat and bake the cookies for 13-15 minutes at 350 degrees.

This picture is for comparison purposes... MASSIVE cookies!

 6. Cool and Enjoy!

Ta-da!! Yummy!
-Domesticated Duchess

PS: These cookies go REALLY fast!  Save one for yourself because while your busy handing out the recipe, these will have already disappeared!! :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sausage Balls

These delicious little bite-sized treats are generally served as an appetizer, but you can definitely eat them for breakfast too! I usually get about 65 with this recipe, so you may have a few left over :)

They are easy to make, and very delicious!  We host an annual Christmas party every year, and these are always the first to go!

You’ll Need:
1 pound of sausage (Jimmy Dean is my fave and I generally buy the spicy!)
Eight oz bag of shredded cheddar cheese
1.5 cups of bisquick 
Pepper (to taste.. I use a bit less than one teaspoon)

1. Leave sausage and cheddar cheese in a bowl until they get to room temperature (I usually leave them out 15 minutes or so)
2. Preheat oven at 350 (once the sausage and cheese are at room temp!)
3. Add in bisquick and pepper to the bowl 
4. Using an electric mixer, blend until fully mixed
5. Roll into small walnut sized balls and put on a greased cookie sheet

6. Bake for 14 minutes, about halfway through move them with a spatula to prevent burning at the bottom (if you don’t do that it will be OK, but the bottom will be a bit crispy and flat… but it will still be delicious!) 
7.Serve Warm & Enjoy

If you’d like to add a simple spicy sauce, add ¼ cup of may, and 2-3 tablespoons of spicy mustard. Mix together and serve with sausage balls!

-Domesticated Duchess

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Oatmeal Crispy Cookies!

As a true choco-holic (for example see cookies and fudge cakes) I don't understand why anyone would like a cookie without chocolate. That is like a Saturday without football in the fall, Easter without church, or Halloween without trick-or-treaters.  

Alas, the hubs like sugar and oatmeal cookies best (ie NO chocolate!! don't worry he has many other great qualities to make up for this). This is my first attempt at oatmeal cookies (without raisins, because I hate raisins... unless they are chocolate covered of course).  

Thanks a lot to made-famous-by!  My husband thanks you :)

You'll Need
  • 1 Cup Shortening
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Well Beaten Eggs
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 ½ Cups Sifted White Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 3 Cups Quick Cooking Oats

1. Thoroughly cream shortening and sugars; add eggs and vanilla; beat well.

2. Sift dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture.
3. Add oats and mix well.
4. On wax paper shape the dough in the shape of a roll and then roll the dough up in the wax paper.  
5. Chill thoroughly.   (About an hour)
6. Slice ¼ inch thick and bake on an un-greased cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Do not overbake!

This makes 30 BIG BIG cookies.  They get even expand quite a bit when you bake them, so I ended up using 3 cookie trays

Well I have to admit, for not having chocolate these are really REALLY good.  But next time I may just add 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips.... then they'd be PERFECT :)

-Domesticated Duchess