One Bowl Brownies & Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

One bowl brownies & chocolate buttercream make a delicious and unforgettable combo!

I’ve been baking up a storm lately and I don’t want to post all of the recipes at once…I still have cookie dough waiting in the fridge to be baked! I don’t know what got into me, but I have spent the last two days going crazy.

One Bowl Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

One of my favorite things I have made in the last two days is the chocolate buttercream recipe by Natasha from Natasha’s Kitchen. I tasted this as soon as I finished beating it, and wow. I cannot believe how easy and delicious this frosting is! I cannot wait to make it again for a cake. I did not pin this recipe and now I cannot find it on her blog ūüôĀ The only screen shot I took has her logo but doesn’t say the name of the recipe and I searched for a bit, but nothing came up.

One Bowl Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream

I put Natasha’s frosting on the easiest one bowl brownie recipe EVER. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever. Too many evers? Nope.¬†Seriously, these brownies¬†on her Jenifer’s¬†(and her hubby, Trevor’s) blog Show Me The Yummy took me six minutes to mix. And that’s because I couldn’t decide if I wanted to mix my chips in or sprinkle on top as directed. I ended up mixing them.

Don’t do that, kay?

My first batch came out really, really gooey in the middle. You can tell in the pictures. Not that I minded, I freaking adore extra gooey brownies.

One Bowl Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream
You can see the gooey on the fork – put your chips on top, people. Don’t mix them in.

So when I made the second batch I sprinkled the chocolate chips on top and it made all the difference. Perfection.

And my gosh. When the brownies are combined with the frosting – fireworks!!

 

The Most Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie EVER!

The most perfect chocolate chip cookie – moist, fluffy, delicious cookie perfect for everyday or a special occasion.

Hey, it’s me. Your resident slacker and consistent poster in training

All kidding aside, I have been MIA from almost everything – including personal social media accounts – since I last posted because life has been beyond hectic. My uncle and his daughter were down, I started a new job, Cody and I¬†are remodeling the place we are moving into, and I have been helping a friend with her wedding plans. Crazy, right? Everything has been put on the back burner (you should see he laundry piling up…well actually you shouldn’t!).

While my uncle was down, I had the chance to do a lot of cooking and baking because they ate at our house most of the time. One of the things I baked was these amazingly perfect chocolate chip cookies. They are moist, fluffy, and filled to the brim with ooey-gooey melt in your mouth chocolate chips and chunks. Honestly, these are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had. No other cookie – homemade or store bought – can even compare.

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie made with Cream Cheese

This recipe comes from the Fabulous Averie Cooks. Her blog is like crack if you enjoy baking. Have you been? No? Well, why the frick not?

What makes this recipe different is the cream cheese. It adds that little something extra that makes people ask for your recipe and grab for the last cookie.

 

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie made with Cream Cheese

 

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup regular block¬†cream cheese (softened)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional – omit if you used salted butter)
  • 2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks (I used a mixture of both

 

What you do:

  • Using a stand mixer, cream butter, cream cheese, the egg, both sugars, and vanilla on medium/high speed for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. If you use a hand mixer, it may take longer than 5 minutes.
  • After scraping down the sides of the bowl, add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and¬†salt (if you need it). Mix until just combined – about 1 minute.
  • Add chocolate chips and chocolate chunks – beat for just a second or fold in by hand
  • Refrigerate dough for at least two hours
  • Pre-heat oven to 350F
  • Line or grease¬†your baking sheet
  • Scoop out cookie balls
  • Place cookies on sheet, about 2 inches apart
  • Bake for 8-12 minutes depending on your oven (mine took 10 minutes)
  • Cool for a little while on baking sheet (about five minutes)
  • Move to wire cooling rack to finish cooling

 

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie made with Cream Cheese

 

Averie scooped her cookies into balls before refrigerating and then let them sit at room temp for 15 minutes before baking. I scooped my dough after refrigerating in order to skip the 15 minute room temp deal. I used a regular size bag of chocolate chunks and 3 cups of chocolate chips in my double batch and there was the perfect amount of chocolate in each bite.

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie made with Cream Cheese

I cannot tell you enough how amazing these cookies are –¬†I made a double batch and they were¬†gone in two days!¬†¬†Plus, they were so easy to make. If you check out Averie’s post, it explains how long you can keep them in the fridge or freezer.

Guys, basically that means you can prep a double batch, freeze half, and be only 20 minutes away from fresh cookies next time somebody drops in unexpectedly.

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie made with Cream Cheese

I hope you try out these cookies soon!

 

Perfect & Delicious :: Lemon Sugar Cookies

 

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So these cookies are like lemon flavored cookie crack. What? You don’t like cookie crack? I’m not sure we can be friends. But, if you do like cookie crack, you need to make these cookies from Deliciously Sprinkled. Jenn is a freakin’ genius. These lemon sugar cookies are perfect for summer any season!

I made a batch of these on Friday¬†for my mom to take for a girl’s night, but as soon as I tried one, I knew I had to make a batch for our home. The are soft, chewy, and with the most perfect crinkly bits. Bonus – they aren’t too hard to whip up and you probably already have most of the ingredients.

 

 

What you need:

  • 2 1/2¬†cups (all purpose) flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cups or two sticks salted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • lemon zest – Jenn’s recipe calls for the zest of two lemons, but I cannot get enough lemon flavor so I used the 3 lemons
  • lemon juice – Jenn’s recipe calls for 1 1/2 teaspoons, but I amped it up to 1/4 cup
  • sugar – for rolling the cookie balls

 

What you do:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350F; line or grease a cookie sheet – Parchment paper is my go-to
  • Combine flour, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl
  • In your stand mixer bowl (or a large bowl if your using a hand mixer), cream the butter and sugar together. I didn’t have salted butter so I used unsalted butter and tossed in a pinch of salt. I creamed for about five minutes on medium speed. I personally wait for it to be light and fluffy before moving on in the recipe (this or any recipe that asks for creaming)
  • Add egg yolks,extract, zest, and juice; mix until combined
  • Add flour mixture and mix until combined. I added it bit by bi, scraping the sides as I went. Jenn advises to not over mix!
  • Scoop out cookie balls and coat in the extra sugar
  • Bake for 15 – 18 minutes or until the edges are set and tops begin to crack.
  • Cool for about 5 minutes on sheet before moving to a wire rack to finish cooling
  • Enjoy!

 

Next time I’m going to try refrigerating the dough for a couple of hours prior to baking to see if I get a more pillow-y cookie. Other sugar cookie¬†recipes I’ve made before require this and they always turn out fluffy – which I love.

 

 

Now you need to head on over to Deliciously Sprinkled and check out some of Jenn’s other recipes!