Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Welcome to the “Cookie Series” entry #4, another stop on my quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie! Because I’ve been so excited to try new recipes and I have a slightly obsessive personality (thank you, dad), just this week I’ve made five different cookie doughs (but only 2 of which were successful batches that I would fully recommend and post)! I had issues with wrong flour measurements, broken egg yolks, and baking disasters, but here I present a delicious, decadent, definitely not disappointing cookie recipe that’s a Mrs. Fields secret! Continue reading

Pumpkin Spice Biscotti

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The “PSL”, or Pumpkin Spice Latte, is the go-to fall drink of choice for the majority  of my peers. Surprisingly, I’m not a fan of the sugary festivities inside a Starbucks holiday cup; however, I do, enjoy a similar sweet and spicy flavor in my baked goods. My sister loves crispy, crunchy foods, so it’s no surprise that she loves biscotti cookies, including these Pumpkin Spice ones!  Continue reading

Chocolate Hazelnut French Macarons (Penn Appetit #2!)

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During the summer, my  Brownie Skillet Cake was featured on University of Pennsylvania’s student-run food magazine Penn Appetit. Today, I’m very excited to announce my second submission: Chocolate Hazelnut French Macarons. This dessert contains a huge “wow”-factor, so check out the delicious post below! Continue reading

Oreo Recipe Roundup!

The-proper-way-to-eat-Oreo-Cookies-with-MilkHello! I’m finally back from my Spring Break vacation, so in order to make up for lost time, I’m back with an epic recipe roundup. I just found a video (below) celebrating Oreo’s 101th birthday–Oreo’s Birthday Extravaganza! In honor of this momentous event, the Internet complied hundreds of facts about this amazing cookie. Not only is Oreo the most popular cookie sold internationally, but it is also the oldest cookie (alongside Girl Scout Cookies)…And what’s even better than an Oreo itself? Continue reading

Double Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

My mom’s best friend always raves about my Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti–she makes them for all of her guests! I figured she must be getting tired of bringing the same almond biscotti to work, so i hijaked the traditional vanilla biscotti to create a chocolate-infused, sweet and crunchy twist! The biscotti almost tastes like a brownie in cookie form,  incredibly rich and fudgy! I also added pistachios for a colorful change, but if you’re a chocolate purist, feel free to leave them out because the cookie will definitely be great on its own. I really want to make these again to experiment with the design; my next try would be white and dark chocolate drizzle! Enjoy!!

Recipe: Chocolate-Pistachio Biscotti 

***NOTE: Remember, like in my other biscotti recipe, you can play with the cakey-ness or crunch of the cookies by changing the baking time or even omitting the double-bake.

Skinny Oreo Cookie Dough Cheesecakes (Guest Post)

(Photo by Brooke B.  Oreo Cookie Dough Cheesecake.)

I’d like to introduce Brooke, the Sweet Prima Donna, a healthy dessert blogger. Our collaboration to bake the world’s best cheesecakes produced fantastic results! I baked classic New York Cheesecake and Brooke created fabulous Skinny Oreo Cookie Dough Cheesecake Cups, the perfect fun-sized dessert for individual servings! Enjoy Brooke’s recipe below!

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Hello lovelies!

I’m Brooke B. from The Sweet Prima Donna.  The Sweet Prima Donna is a website dedicated to serving you up recipes for all your favorite desserts made skinny and or healthier.  I believe that everyone should be able to enjoy life to the fullest, and that includes being able to indulge in the foods we love!  I hope with my recipes you are able to do so without the guilt.  I always say, “Life is short, eat dessert first!”, and I’m an honest believer in this!

I want to thank Carissa so much for allowing me to take over her blog today!  We are both very excited about our baking collaboration and have been working hard to get ready to share with you all!  Carissa informed me that she was going to share a New York Style Cheesecake with my friends on the Sweet Prima Donna Blog, which got my wheels turning.  I hadn’t really thought much about making a cheesecake, but I’d seen some pretty delicious recipes floating around for cheesecake.  The one that caught my eye above all was an Oreo Cookie Dough Cheesecake, holy yum!  Right then and there I knew that was the recipe I was going to try to make skinny, I mean oreo, cookie dough, and cheesecake all in one place… there was no way that that wasn’t a scale tipper, ahah.

For the cheesecake base I used the recipe from Gina’s Skinny Recipes, which was a fabulous, easy to make cheesecake recipe.  I also like the fact that it used greek yogurt, which gave them some extra protein, plus cream cheese has quite a lot of protein, so these cheesecake cups have quite a good amount of protein for being a dessert food!   Her recipe called for a vanilla wafer as the crust, but I subbed the wafer for a reduced fat oreo.  I then used my recipe for skinny chocolate chip cookies for the dough, and made it egg free so it was safe to eat raw by subbing an egg white for vinegar and baking soda.

These babies are out of this world.  I’m not the biggest cheesecake fan to be honest.  I’m the type of person that has to be craving a good old fashioned slice of cheesecake, but these kept me coming back to the plate for more.  If the fact that I ate four the night I made these didn’t sell you on how good they are, or the fact that my sister and her friends pleaded for more, maybe this picture will do the job:

Skinny Oreo Cookie Dough Cheesecake!

(Photo by Brooke B.  Oreo Cookie Dough Cheesecake.)

Servings- 12

Calories- 170 per cheesecake cup

Fat- 7g

Protein- 4.6 g – pretty good for a treat, don’t you think? (:

Ingredients:

Cheesecake BaseRecipe adapted from Gina’s Skinnytaste

Cookie Dough RecipeRecipe adapted from my recipe for skinny chocolate chip cookies

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350.

2. Line cupcake tin with liners.  Place an oreo in the bottom of each liner.

3.  Beat cream cheese, sugar, stevia, and vanilla until smooth in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Beat in yogurt, egg whites, and flour gradually.  Be sure NOT to overbeat.

4.  Pour an even amount of batter into each cupcake liner until halfway full.

5.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until center is set (Mine took exactly 20 minutes).  Cool to room temperature

6.  While the cheesecakes are cooling make cookie dough.  To begin combine flour, baking soda, and salt.

7. Combine sugar, stevia, and butter in a large bowl of an electric mixer, and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.

8.  Add in vanilla and baking soda/vinegar mix and beat for another minute.

9.  Add in flour & chocolate chips, mix just until combined.  If the dough is dry add in fat free milk, rice milk, or soymilk by the tsp.  (I used 1 tbsp all together)

10.  Once the cheesecakes are cooled spoon the cookie dough on top of each cheesecake, about 1/2 tbsp a piece.  Place in fridge to let the cookie dough set, and the cheesecake to cool further.

11.  Open the fridge and gobble them all up!

My tummy is growling thinking about these… maybe another batch will be in order tonight.(;  Hopefully you are feeling the same as well!  Enjoy & thank you again for letting me join you all today!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge

My friend and I were browsing the web when we came across this outrageous fudge recipe. Being a cookie fanatic, she begged me to make this cookie-tasting candy for her; perfect to add to my newly established candy recipe collection! This super sweet cookie dough fudge tastes exactly like my favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies right before baking! (They even have the same vanilla-butterscotch flavor that I love!)  They are a cookie lover’s fantasy come true; you can eat all of the “cookie dough” you like without the worry of unsafe ingredients! This candy treat will certainly fill your sweet tooth with its rich cookie taste and chocolate chip crunch. Enjoy!!!

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge 

**NOTE: Feel like mixing it up? Try making this fudge using butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, nuts, or marshmallows!

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