Shared Post–Cookie Brownies

Cooking in Lisa’s kitchen!

My friend Lisa (@dahllm) and I had been planning on getting together to go to a baking store to (1) check it out, and (2) pick up some supplies.  It coincided nicely with our desire to make the “slutty” brownie recipe everyone is raving about lately.  The basic idea is to have cookie dough on the bottom, Oreos in the middle, and brownies on top.  All of the recipes we found called for boxed mixes, but we wanted to make it all from scratch, so we decided to make our own batters, and to make the Momofuku Milk Bar Cookie Crumb for the middle.

Start with the crumb

We met with success, but with some ideas for next time.  The crumbs are a little hard to pick out in all of the flavors, especially with the super rich brownies.  We also felt like we could have doubled the cookie part.  Another idea is to do it with just cookie dough and crumbs in the middle.  So many possibilities!

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Confetti aka Funfetti Cookies

It’s another birthday post, but this time for my dad.  He turned the big 6-0 last week, and I recently went back home for a family birthday party for him.  I was already making him muffins, but I wanted to bring something festive for the party that would keep on an airplane.

What will it be this time?

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Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

This was the recipe that prompted me to start this blog.  I always liked to take progress pictures and “finished product” pictures, but I never really did much other than post some on Facebook.  I was about halfway into this recipe and thought, “what if I tried to take more pictures and then posted about it?”.  I thought it would be nice to have a journal of what I’ve made so I can look back and learn from old mistakes, see what modifications I made/suggested, and also to share with people who are also interested in cooking.

Silpat and parchment both worked well

One of my favorite foods is peanut butter.  I love it in desserts, in meals, and just out of the jar.  A lot.  If I am hungry, and it’s not mealtime yet, you will usually find me with a spoon in the jar.  My husband teases me for it, but it keeps me from getting cranky!  I keep one jar for eating out of, and one for public uses.  Ha!  And on a second note, peanut butter with chocolate . . . oooh boy, you have my attention!

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Oreos in Cookies–Birthday Edition

What do you expect when you start with this?

If you had a wish for sweeter Oreos, the birthday ones are for you.

I found a recipe that took a basic cookie dough and added in Oreos.  A friend’s birthday came up unexpectedly (a new friend for me, a good friend of my husband’s) and I wanted to make him something, but I didn’t want anything too fussy.  I knew all of the guys were excited about the rare, elusive Birthday Oreos, so I decided that this would be a perfect occasion to combine the two.

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Fried Rice

My husband’s family is Chinese, which means that he often cooks family dishes for us that he’s learned.  When you make rice often enough, you end up with leftovers that could make another meal.  And in fact, they do!

Fried rice is a great way to reuse old rice in a tasty way that’s also quick.

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