Category Archives: Graham Crackers

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

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I just need to tell you guys that Brandy is awesome because without her, I would have never discovered these gems.

I made these cheesecake cookie bars for my family a couple of weeks ago and they were devoured in a day.  Mind you, my family consists of my mom and dad… that’s it.  We have dessert issues.

If you like cheesecake, you’ll like these.  If you like cookie dough, you’ll like these.  If you like them both, you’ll love these.

Also, to add to how happy these cheesecake bars make me, I’m just going to post some more things that are making me happy right now  (*Note: the only pictures that are mine are the cheesecake bar photos):

 

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What are you loving right now??

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars
From:  Brandy

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough:

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 10 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line an 8″ square baking pan with parchment paper or foil allowing a little overhang and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
2. Mix the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs until thoroughly combined. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 6 minutes. Remove pan to a cooling rack. Leave your oven on while you prepare the dough.
3. While the crust is cooling, prepare the chocolate chip cookie dough. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt and vanilla until smooth and thoroughly combined, about 1 minute. Mix in the flour on low speed, and mix until just incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chips. Set aside. (*Note: This mixture is going to be dry…that’s okay. You’re going to crumble it on top of the cheesecake layer.)
4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer cream together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in the egg and vanilla on low speed just until incorporated. Pour the cheesecake batter into the prepared crust. Use your hands to form “clumps” of the cookie dough, smoosh it together and flatten it out.  Distribute the cookie dough onto the top of the cheesecake batter in teaspoon-sized clumps. Be sure to use all of the dough.
5. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the top feels dry and firm (the cookie dough) and the entire pan looks set if given a gentle shake. Move bars to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Chill in refrigerator overnight or for at least a couple hours.
6. Lift the bars out by the overhang and cut into squares for serving.

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S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookies

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As the summer winds down and the weather gets cooler (HA!), fire pits start to sound a little more bearable than the did a few weeks ago.

Unfortunately, it’s still freakin’ hot here (in the 90s-100s), so I’d rather bake s’more than make them on a burning hot fire on a burning hot day.

Plus, who would pick a regular s’more over a cookie s’more?!

I used my standard chocolate chip recipe and added marshmallows and graham crackers, and this is what happened…

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S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks, 8 ounces) unsalted butter, very soft
1 cup (7 1/2 ounces) packed brown sugar
3/4 cup (5 1/4 ounces) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups (11 5/8 ounces) All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) chocolate chips
2 1/2 cups (5 1/4 ounces) mini marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place the very soft butter in a medium-large mixing bowl. Add the sugars, salt, vanilla, and stir well.
  3. Add the egg and stir until well blended.
  4. Add the baking soda and flour, mixing until blended.
  5. Stir in the chips, graham cracker crumbs, and marshmallows.
  6. Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough onto light-colored baking sheets.
  7. Flatten into disks, using gentle pressure from your fingers.
  8. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, until the bottoms and edges are lightly browned; the tops shouldn’t brown, they should still be slightly gooey.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven, let them rest on the pan for 5 minutes, then slide them onto a rack to cool completely.

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Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!

Strawberry/Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles from Pops: Icy Treats for Everyone!

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Every once in a while, I score a really cool cookbook.  This is one of those times.

Pops: Icy Treats for Everyone has so many refreshing popsicle ideas, plus a bunch of decadent popsicles and even ice cream sandwich recipes.

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You’d never believe how easy they are to make because they all look so intricate.  The best part is when you’re able to make yours look just as good.  And they even taste good, too.

Even if you don’t feel like making anything from the book, you can just check out all of the awesome pictures and drool, but that’s up to you.  Ha!

For the recipe, you can buy Pops: Icy Treats for Everyone on Amazon.

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PS:  I’ll be having a giveaway on Monday, so check back! 

Quick and Easy Nutella "Candy Bars"

I’M BACK!!!

Kellen had a wonderful 21st birthday!

We were planning on leaving on Friday morning of last week, but ended up leaving at 11 p.m. and getting to his house at 3 a.m.!  Definitely worth it because I know Kellen wouldn’t have been able to wake up Friday morning. 😉 So we got there and obviously went straight to sleep!

We spent the next few days eating and laying around at the pool.  Soo relaxing not to have to worry about anything at all.  We ate at Kellen’s favorite place, China Palace, somewhere around 329042 million times.  Needless to say, I’m sick of Chinese food.  Luckily his mom made us some pretty good dinners in between.

We obviously both think we’re really cool…

…when we have sunglasses on.

On his actual birthday, we ate at China Palace for lunch (go figure) and some new Mexican restaurant for dinner.  Being the nice girlfriend that I am, I planned a surprise party with all of his friends, so Kellen’s mom and I spent most of the dinner stalling while everyone showed up.  We went to his friend’s house to “go pick her up on the way to the bars” and when we got there, everyone jumped out and surprised him.  It turned out perfectly!

SURPRISE!!

That night we just hung out for a while and eventually ended up at the bar.  Kellen had a really good time:

The rest of the week was just takin’ it easy, eating, and hanging out with friends.  I had a lot of fun, but it’s nice to be home again.

So, I suppose you want a recipe?  Perfect!  I really missed baking while I was gone (isn’t that cheesy?) so I made something immediately when we got back.

The thing is, I’m not eating sweets this week.  I can’t even remember the last day I went without having some kind of dessert… probably since lent last year.  So, I’m doing a ‘cleanse’ and cutting them out… but only for a week.  So my mom and dad have the job of dessert tester this week. I’m just hoping you all will trust their judgement considering they love sweets just as much as I do.

The other thing is, it’s too freakin’ hot to be baking right now! So I made a no bake dessert… I’d love to tell you how great it is, but I have no idea.  What I do know is that my parents both gave it an A, it’s super easy to make, and it looks and smells delicious.

Help, please! I’ll be gone from this Thursday until Sunday the 31st and I’m in need of some guest posters.  If anyone would like to do one for me, I’ll love you forever. 🙂



Nutella “Candy Bars”
Gingerbread Bagels

1 cup Nutella
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (finely ground)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
4 Tablespoons Nutella
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips.
Put 1 cup of Nutella in a large bowl.
In a food processor, grind up the graham crackers. Measure out 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs and add them to the Nutella.
Add 2 cups of powdered sugar. Mix everything together.
Pour in 1 cup of melted unsalted butter and stir to completely combined.
Spray the inside of the pan with non stick spray. This will help the wax paper/parchment paper stick to the pan. Line a 9 by 12 baking pan with wax paper or parchment paper.
Put the Nutella Candy Bar mixture in the pan and press it down evenly.
For the topping:
In a microwavable bowl, melt together 4 Tablespoons of Nutella and 1 1/2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips.
Pour of the Nutella Candy Bars and spread it out evenly.
Refrigerate the Nutella Candy Bars for 1 hour. Let the Nutella Candy Bars come to room temperature before you eat them!