Saturday, December 12, 2015

Brownie Cookies

If you’re craving a rich, chocolaty cookie, but you’re short on time and you just can’t find the recipe you know you have somewhere OR maybe you want a quick and easy cookie recipe for a pot luck, party or gift, THESE brownie cookies are the perfect solution.

There are only four ingredients….really…only four! It’s brownie mix, eggs and oil mixed together and rolled in powdered sugar. That’s it! I’ve been making these for the past few years and when I do, suddenly my kids and husband appear in the kitchen sniffing the air and smiling when they see what’s baking. Seriously, you gotta make these. But, do yourself a favor and double the recipe. Trust me – they go fast!

1 regular size pkg. brownie mix
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/3 c. canola or vegetable oil
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Using electric mixer, combine first three ingredients. Form into balls (use a cookie dough scoop if you have one. Roll in bowl of powdered sugar. Place on cookie sheet and bake 12 to 15 minutes.

Another tip: follow this same recipe for snickerdoodles. Just swap out the brownie mix with a spice cake mix, then roll each ball first in melted butter then in a sugar & cinnamon mixture.


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Super Easy Salted Caramels

Salted Caramels

11 oz. bag Caramel Bits
2 tsp. heavy cream
6-8 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate
Sea salt
Cooking spray

Pour caramel pieces and heavy cream in a medium microwavable bowl. Place in microwave and heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between.

Spray a candy mold. I used this silicone mold.

Once caramel is melted to a smooth consistency, carefully spoon into candy mold and refrigerate for about an hour.

Break up chocolate pieces into a medium microwavable bowl and heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until completely melted and smooth.

Remove caramels from the mold after they have set. Put one caramel at a time into the chocolate using a fork and spoon to coat completely in the chocolate. Gently lift the caramel out with a work and place on wax paper to set up.

Repeat with remaining caramels. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and refrigerate to set for about 30 minutes.