Friday, January 13, 2012

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I found this recipe for Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies on Pinterest, and they turned out so perfect. They are soft, chewy, and absolutely scrumptious. I was surprised by the secret ingredient, but I can't argue with something that works so well. I made them during Christmas time with some mini M&M's and not only did they get snatched up by the handful, but they looked quite adorable too. Try not to eat too many!!

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. semi sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy and light in color. Add egg and vanilla and blend in.

3. Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chips.

4. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonful onto a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges. (The tops will not brown, but do NOT cook longer than ten minutes.)

5. Let cool, on the sheet, on a wire rack for five minutes. Remove from baking sheet and let cool completely. Makes approximately 3 dozen.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Buffalo Chicken Dip

I tasted this yummy dip at a friends house, and I loved it! I made it for a party and my hubby hogged it all and wouldn't let anyone else come near the bowl. He's already begged me to make it again and we just ate it on New Year's Eve. We both agree, it is smack your lips delicious! Enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Dip (Thanks for the recipe Heidi!)

1 (10 ounce) can chunk chicken, drained (I use one 12 oz can from Costco)
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Ranch dressing (Homemade is best)
1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot, not to be confused with their pepper sauce. Start with less if you want and add more to your desired hotness.)
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
blue cheese crumbles (optional)

Heat chicken and Buffalo sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Make sure to break up the chicken so there are no big chunks. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix in shredded cheese. Pour into a shallow dish or pie pan and sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles and microwave it until the cheese melts. We usually only sprinkle blue cheese on half of it for those who aren’t blue cheese fans. Serve with chips for dipping.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Donuts - Snowmen and Reindeer

The kids and I made these super cute and super yummy donuts during our winter break. They were easy enough that my two year old could even do it. Sometimes, you just need an easy, entertaining activity and this surely was it!!
Reindeer Donuts

Mini Chocolate covered donuts
Candy Eyes
Cinnamon Candies for Noses
Frosting to stick it all together

Snowman Donuts

Regular chocolate chips
Mini chocolate chips
Candy corn
Powdered Mini Donuts
Frosting to stick it all together