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Soft Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

21 May

Soft Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

What’s that one sentimental thing that you can’t bear to part with? I have this American Girl doll from when I was a kid. For those of you in-the-know, I have Kirsten, the pioneer girl from the 1850s. I wanted Kirsten for years and years and years. I read all the books from every American Girl’s series and poured over the magazines each month. I asked for Kirsten every birthday and Christmas for years. My dear mother rationally explained that these dolls cost a lot of money, and if I wanted her, I wouldn’t be able to get any other presents that year. I always readily responded, I didn’t care about other presents, I just wanted her, but my mom knew better. She knew I’d be crushed Christmas morning if I only  had one present under the tree when my greedy siblings had seven or eight apiece.

Soft Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

But one year, one unsuspecting year, after years of wanting/begging for Kirsten, I got her. She was the last present I opened, and I was shocked. We have my reaction on video, and it’s great because I actually start crying and clutching her to my chest. So much anticipation and love for that doll. I can never part with her.

Soft Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

These sugar cookies will remind you of the ones in the grocery store that have that bright frosting and sprinkles. You know they’re extremely bad for you, but you just can’t seem to say “no” when they’re in front of you.

Soft Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

I plan to save this sugar cookie recipe for future use. It’s the best one I’ve made so far, with the right amount of tenderness. It’s not sickeningly sweet, either. The frosting is out of this world and incredibly addictive. I may or may not have eaten a few spoonfuls and danced around the room like a monkey during my sugar high. (more…)

Cookie Dough Fudge

19 Dec

Cookie Dough Fudge

I am getting awfully excited for Christmas. It’s less than a week away—pretty hard to believe it snuck up on me this fast! I love to give treats away for Christmas. They’re obviously the perfect gift because they’re from the heart, homemade, rather inexpensive, and for the stomach. What more could you want?

This fudge is ridiculously easy. You don’t need to use a candy thermometer or worry about exact times to get the right consistency here. It’s all in the sugar! (No, really, it really does depend on how much powdered sugar you use.)

I whipped up a batch of this for a holiday potluck and have leftovers in my fridge to give away to any holiday visitors. I always feel the need to have a homemade treat on hand–you never know who you might need to give it to!

Cookie Dough Fudge

Start by making your cookie dough.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Now start the fudge base by combining butter, brown sugar, and half-and-half in a pan.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Heat on medium-low until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Remove from heat and add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Stir until smooth after each addition.

Cookie Dough Fudge


Keep stirring until smooth and very thick.

Cookie Dough Fudge

After the last cup of powdered sugar is added, stir well until very, very smooth.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Toss in the cookie dough and stir to incorporate evenly.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Sprinkle in the chocolate chips and stir to combine.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Spread in a parchment-lined pan, and refrigerate until set.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Cut into bite-sized, 1-inch pieces. (more…)

Cookie Dough Whoopie Pies

28 Nov

Did you collect anything when you were a kid? I was the queen of collections. To give you an idea, I collected rocks from our driveway (kids have simple minds), postage stamps (those things are maybe worth some money now…), Precious Moments figurines, and, best of all, Lisa Frank stickers. For all you roughly 20-to-30-something year-old ladies out there: REMEMBER LISA FRANK??

Lisa Frank stickers were the best because they were ultimate girly. Rainbow colors, butterflies, ponies, and I don’t even remember what else. And stickers, wow. Imagine the profits the Lisa Frank company was making on stickers. Stickers: tiny pieces of colorful, glossy paper with an adhesive back, marked up 300%. Maybe I should get into the sticker business.

Until that day, however, I’ll stay in the cookie business. (And by business, I do not mean to imply that I actually have a cookie business; rather, I just make a lot of them.)

This is another quality recipe from The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook. I’d never even made whoopie pies before, but I’d always wanted to. So naturally, cookie dough whoopie pies seemed like a great place to start.

These are great sandwich cookies because the cookie halves are soft, chocolaty, and cake-like. And the cookie dough center? Can’t go wrong with that.

Stir together your dry ingredients. Get the egg, oil, milk, and vanilla ready.

Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients and add the milk, oil, beaten egg, and oil.

Mix together until dough is all moistened and no large lumps remain. The mixture should look like thick cake batter (and taste like it too!).

Using a tablespoon-sized scoop, portion cookie batter onto a Silpat-lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until cookies are set. Let cool for a few minutes on the pan before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. They’ll look like rounded, fluffy cake cookies.

Start mixing up your cookie dough filling by beating your brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy.

Add the rest of your ingredients, and lastly, sprinkle in those chocolate chips.

The perfect filling.

Throw a dollop of cookie dough filling between two whoopie pie halves, and mush them together lightly until the filling reaches the edges.

Admire your handiwork, and share with others if you’re feeling generous. (more…)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sandwich Cookies

7 Nov

I swear one of my husband’s pet peeves is how technologically unsavvy I am…and purely when it comes to tech lingo. For the life of me, I cannot stop calling my laptop charger a battery, no matter how many times he corrects me. I do realize this can be confusing when I say, “Crap! I forgot to bring my battery with me!” when I’m sitting there typing away on my laptop with no apparent difficulty or loss of function. But come on, details, details.

Also, who the heck thought it was a good idea to call PCs “PCs” and not call other laptops (like Macs) PCs?? Here’s my thinking: PC means personal computer, so if I have any sort of computer, it’s my PC, right?! Who’s with me? No one. Well that’s OK. I’ll fight these battles alone.

Maybe your current pet peeve is how many cookie dough recipes I’ve been posting ever since buying The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook. Well tough (cookies)! I cannot get enough cookie dough. Doesn’t matter how many times per week day I eat it.

This recipe is the best of both worlds because you get chocolate chip cookie dough (yum) sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies (double yum). Enjoy!

Start by stirring up your cookie dough. No funny business.

Place cookies on a lined baking sheet and slightly flatten with your fingers or the bottom of glass.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until edges start to brown.

Meanwhile, stir up eggless cookie dough for the filling.

Throw a dollop of cookie dough filling between two cooled cookies.

Now it’s time to smoosh those cookies together until the filling reaches the edges. (Apparently “smoosh” is not a real word, but that’s exactly what you need to do in this step.)

Keep filling, smooshing, and eating. (more…)

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookie Dough Thumbprint Cookies

24 Oct

I am hopeless when it comes to directions. Forget about offering me tips like, “Go north on Main Street.” I’ll counter back with, “How am I supposed to know which way is north?” Come on, people! It’s hard for some of us.

It’s not hard for all of you, though, is it? Some people just have an aura of good-directionness around them.

Take my husband, for example.

The first time we went to NYC on our own, we were just two college kids taking an adventurous trip for the weekend. Naturally, I was terrified. And just as naturally, my pre-husband (pre-marriage, FYI) was in complete control.

We left Grand Central Station, my pre-husband assertively navigating up the right streets and down others and me lugging my roller-bag suitcase behind me, half-walking, half-running, and panting all the while. I was sure we were lost. I wanted a taxi with my whole heart, but for some reason, a taxi was not an option. We walked 10 or 50 blocks, depending on who you ask.

And then, out of nowhere, we were at our destination. This was a small miracle to me, the hopeless direction girl. But pre-husband never batted an eye. (Aura of good-directionness, I tell you.)

Today’s destination is not nearly as navigationally challenging as that trip to NYC; it’s just to some cookies. So come on, no reason not to make these.

I first made these cookies approximately one month ago. Then I made them again two weeks later. And then I made them two days ago (and put the last batch in 30 minutes ago). Yes, folks, they are that good.

These cookies are special because they’re not your run-of-the-mill thumbprint peanut butter cookies with a unwrapped, waxy chocolate kiss lazily thrown on top. (But don’t get me wrong, those lazy kiss ones are great, too!) The chocolate cookie dough topping is what takes these over the edge. They are rich and chocolatey and peanut-buttery. The ultimate trifecta in my book.

Cream your butters and sugars together. You know the drill.

Add the rest of your ingredients to complete the dough.

Shape the dough into tablespoon-sized balls, roll into sugar, and make a thumbprint impression with your thumb.

Bake at for 10-12 minutes until golden on the edges.

Before the cookies cool (and before you take them off the sheet), deepen the thumbprint with the back of a spoon.

While the cookies are cooling, start on your chocolate cookie dough topping. (Eggless, of course!)

It should look like this at the end. Smooth, chocolatey, and oh-so-perfect as a topping for the peanut butter cookies!

You know what comes next: you put it all together and admire your handiwork. Then you eat your handiwork. (more…)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

3 Oct

Sometimes I have no hope for the world. I went to Target and looked at their book section. Under the banner “Non-Fiction Best Sellers” were The Hobbit and vampire books. Under “Fiction Best Sellers” were self-help books, memoirs, and Mitt Romney’s No Apology. My husband shrugged this off as an honest mistake that anyone could make. I, dramatically, was horrified. Mistake? Mistake???! This is fifth-grade stuff, people.

Other times, I have the highest hopes and confidence in the world. Ever since I gifted myself The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook, my life has been 10x better. Every recipe I’ve made thus far has been an A+ winner.

These brownies are no exception.

Oh my gosh, when I took my first bite of this brownie, I felt like I was eating a stick of butter (IN AN EXTREMELY GOOD WAY, I PROMISE!!). Now that might turn some of you healthy people off, but trust me, these brownies are fudgy-cookie-doughy heaven. (And it’s not actually quite as bad as eating a stick of butter…I don’t think anyway…)

Enjoy my pictures, and then, please, I urge you, make these for yourself.

Start by stirring up your brownie batter.

Bake for 18 minutes.

Meanwhile, make your eggless cookie dough for the topping. Spread on cooled brownies.

Refrigerate until ready to eat, then cut into bars to serve. Look how fast that was?! OK, in full disclosure, these pictures were taken over the course of 2 hours, but it was worth it. (more…)

White Chocolate-Macadamia Nut Cookie Dough Blondies

15 Aug

I have contradictory ideas when it comes to nicknames. I don’t want anybody giving me a nickname. Nicknames don’t really work with a long name like Adrianne. People have tried “Adri” and “Dri,” but they never really stick. But on the other hand, I give everyone else nicknames. Sometimes they don’t even know about the nickname, but I still refer to them as that most of the time.

Before you go thinking I use nicknames as a means to talk behind someone’s back, I usually don’t make up mean or senseless nicknames to be cruel. For the most part, they are quite simple and nice, and truly, if I don’t make up a nickname for you, then I probably don’t care for you that much. So a nickname from me is really a badge of honor.

Here’s a nickname for these blondies: Best Blondies Ever. After I saw this recipe re-created online, I knew I had to have the cookbook. Based solely on its name, The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook, the cookbook had to be a winner. I’ll save you the anticipation. It is a winner. And these blondies definitely are. Combine the deliciousness of white chocolate-macadamia nut cookies with chewy blondies and then toss cookie dough topping in the mix. Convinced yet? If not, drool over the pictures for a while, then get back to me.

Start by melting your white chocolate and butter until smooth.

Add your sugars, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda, and salt to your melted chocolate/butter mixture.

Pour into your parchment-lined pan.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.

Whip up your eggless white chocolate-macadamia nut cookie dough. DROOL.

Spread the cookie dough nice and evenly over the blondies.

Melt the remaining white chocolate and pipe or drizzle in a decorative pattern.

Cut into 20 squares and enjoy. Refrigerate any leftovers. (Good luck with the leftovers part!) (more…)