Sunday, September 30, 2012

Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Last football season, I made some oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies that were a massive hit!  Since they were so popular (a friend of ours literally ran to get the last one - and then pumped his fist triumph)    I wanted to try Erin's Nutella version - Best.Decision.Ever.   

For someone so hopelessly addicted to chocolate this was amazing.  They were massive, delicious cookies gone all too quickly.

Here's what you need:
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup of shortening
3/4 cup of sugar
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups of flour
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of salt
1 - 12 oz package of your favorite chocolate chips
1 container of Nutella 

You'll Need to:
1. Cream butter, shortening and sugars all together
2. Add in vanilla and eggs - one at a time.  Mix until completely combined
3. Add flour, baking soda and salt.  Mix together
4. Stir in chocolate chips.
5. Form into smaller balls (I used a melon roller) and place on a greased cookie tray.
6. Flatten each cookie with the back of your hands or a spoon.
7. Put about one teaspoon of Nutella on each cookie.
8. Take a second cookie and sandwich the Nutella.
9. Bake for 12 minutes on 350 degrees.

Enjoy each and every calorie.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Bridal Shower Fun!

One of my friends - Emily - is getting married in December!  I cannot wait - I just need to make sure I can still fit into my bridesmaid dress after eating so many cookies!!

I hosted (with help from my mom) a bridal shower for her over Labor day weekend!  Our moms are also great friends, so it was a really good time!  Since the shower was from 2-5, we had light snacks (sandwiches, fruit trey, veggie trey, 1 dip) and cake!  For drinks it was lemonade, iced-tea, and coffee!

Drinks Table!  Balloons hidden in back
Cake & Food Table! 
To start off, we made some lacy wedding invitations - complete with some envelopes also with lace!


Then, I had a craft day with my mom to make this wreath!  It was really easy, we bought everything at Hobby Lobby.  

The wreath was about $6, then we bought a bouquet of flowers for about $12, the letters were $1.99 each!  We painted the letters, plucked off the flowers off the greenery, and used hot glue.  It ended up being so simple and pretty!  My favorite decoration :)
Easy to make wreath!  And inexpensive! 

 During our craft day, we made the burlap banner - this was a cute idea to hang in front of our fireplace!  We have an open floor plan, so this was visible throughout the party!  So easy!! And I loved the clothes pins!
Mr. & Mrs. Welcome Banner!

This last minute addition was just for fun :)
We had this on the dessert table, along with a framed copy of the invite!

Finally, we had a game and a little activity before opening gifts.  The "recipe for a happy marriage" I bought some spoons and had everyone write some advice using sharpie.  Emily then read her "recipe" aloud.  It was fun and some of the mothers had some funny things to say with experience :).

Fun/Easy Game!
We also had a game "Points in Your Purse" which I made using Microsoft Word. It was fun and easy - and the winner won a bottle of red wine!!  If you want a copy of this game, email me and I'll send it to you!

For the favors we gave out Butterscotch Pretzel Chocolate Chip cookies which were SOO good!! I loved them way too much :). 
These are amazing - you should definitely try them!
It was a great shower, and super easy!


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Butterscotch Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Some things are just meant to be.  Last weekend my hubby and I were watching some old episodes of "The Office".  In the episode, the building offers everyone a free soft pretzel with unlimited toppings.  Michael got a little crazy, but I was seriously drooling.  

A few hours later I was pinning and came across Sally's Baking Addiction and her cookies made me melt.  I just knew those were the cookies I had been missing in my life.  It was fate.  I had to make them.  And since I was hosting one of my best friend's bridal shower in one week - I had to just hold out one week.

You'll Need:
1 1/2 sticks of butter, softened
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk, room temperature
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 cups + 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup of chopped pretzels 
1/2 cup of your favorite chocolate chips
1/2 cup of butterscotch chips

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
2. Using a stand mixer, cream butter and sugars together until smooth.
3. Add egg and egg yolk, and vanilla - mix well.  
4. Mix in the baking soda, and very slowly (1/2 cup increments) add the flour. 
5. Fold in the chips and pretzels.
6. Chill the doug in the fridge for 10-15 minutes (how patient can you be?)
7. On an ungreased baking sheet or slipmat, bake for 10 minutes.

Keep dough chilled at all times, so keep the dough in the fridge between batches.  I feel like Sally and her beautiful blog know what's up so I made sure to follow directions

Sally also encourages to swap out any of the mix-ins as long as you do not go over 1 1/2 cups.  But I'm so loving this combination, I think I can't switch!

Thanks again Sally for your amazing recipe!  You rock!!