Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

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We had a bake sale this week and I was tempted to bring something. Come Wednesday night, I was going to make some pumpkin cookies. Checked the pantry, no pumpkin. Checked the fridge, no butter. What the?! I ended up not bringing any cookies to the bake sale but there were other yummy treats there. I did end up having all the ingredients to make these no bake cookie dough bars though. There was even enough butter left to make them.

This is probably my favorite no-bake dessert yet. I love no bake dessert. They take like literally less than 5 minutes to make. That’s it! I was thinking these bars would be fun to bring to a bake sale but usually you have to keep these type of desserts in the fridge or else they’ll end up kind of soft. These cookie dough bars have no eggs, so if you’re worried about eating raw cookie dough with eggs in then your problem is solved!
Hope you like them.

Ingredients

½ c. unsalted butter, softened
¾ c. packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all purpose flour
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 c. mini chocolate chips
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup milk chocolate chips

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Lavendar Cookies

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Lavendar is quite an odd spice, and I’ve never really worked with it before until making these cookies. It’s almost kind of difficult to explain the taste. I planted some lavendar in my garden this year, because it’s a perennial and it keeps on coming back every year. Hopefully they turn into beautiful big purple bushes. I’d love to dry my own lavendar and make oils with it, eventually if the lavendar ever takes off. Lavendar is purple which happens to be one of my favorite colors!

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I’d love to sit in this garden of lavendar flowers one day and just drink a cup of tea or eat some lavendar cookies.

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A bushel of lavendars would look cute in this mason jar.

Recipe from Taste of Home

Ingredients

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter, softened
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons dried lavender flowers
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a large bowl, cream the shortening, butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Combine the flour, lavender, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto baking sheets lightly coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 7 dozen.

Editor’s Note: Look for dried lavender flowers in spice shops. If using lavender from the garden, make sure it hasn’t been treated with chemicals.

Cookie Bars

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Happy Easter! I love making cookies, but I have found a new way to make them. Turn them into a bars instead! I can’t believe I’ve never really tried this method before until now. I know it’s been around awhile too. One thing I don’t like about making cookies is all the different batches you have to bake in the oven. These cookie bars just go in there once and they’re all done together. Cut them up into fancy shapes or sizes, and use different colored M&M’s for each Holiday. They’re so good!

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This weekend I went shopping and picked up a few bacon items. I got bacon bandages and lip balm. Lip balm is kind of strange if it has a bacon flavor to it. I don’t know if I like it as much.

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I also picked up some egg rings. I’ve been looking around for them and found a set of 4 at Williams Sonoma. Now I can make my own egg sandwiches. I told my family I liked having the Jimmy Dean D-Light egg sandwiches for breakfast and they freaked out and said “Do you know how bad for you those are? They are so processed.” My response was f-you. That is pretty much the only processed thing I eat. I do love those sandwiches, and now I can make my own.

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Servings: 24
Recipe from Fearless Homemaker

ingredients

2 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 12oz bag M&M’s, divided
directions

preheat the oven to 325 degrees. adjust the oven rack to lower-middle position. grease a 9×13 pan + set aside.

in a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, + baking soda; set aside.

in a large bowl, beat the butter + sugars until light + fluffy. add the egg, egg yolk, + vanilla + mix well. using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just combined; do not overmix. fold in 1 cup of M&M’s + turn the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula. sprinkle the remaining M&M’s on top + press in slightly.

bake 25-30 minutes, until the top of the bars is light golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, + edges start pulling away from sides of pan. cool completely before cutting.

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I recently had to make a batch of my bacon chocolate chip cookies that were featured in the 50 Shades of Bacon Cook Book for a possible client. Instead of using all butter for the fat which normal cookies call for, I opted to replace some of the fat with bacon grease. I do keep a jar of bacon fat in my fridge, and yes, I am one of those crazy people that do that. If you have some bacon grease lying around the house use it up in these cookies. The other secret ingredient is the box of instant vanilla pudding. I think that really helps the flavor come out.

I am excited for this weekend to come because I get to actually go to a diner that Guy Fierri went to in Minneapolis MN, called the 1029 Bar. My brother said they have excellent shrimp po boys there but my main interest is the lobster rolls and lobster mac and cheese I saw when that bar was featured on the show. Oh yah, and I also get to make a pit stop at Trader Joe’s too. I so love that store.

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Ingredients

1/2 cup of butter
2 tablespoons of bacon grease
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of white sugar
2 eggs
2 cups of flour
1 package of instant vanilla pudding mix
1 tsp of baking powder
1 cup of chocolate chips
5 strips of bacon, chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

In a stand mixer, beat together softened butter, bacon grease, and sugars. Gradually add in one egg at a time.

In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda, and vanilla pudding mix. Stir together and with the mixer still on, gradually
add in the flour mixture.

Gradually add in the chocolate chips and chopped bacon.

Bake cookies for 9 to 11 minutes.

Note: You may have to press down on the cookies a bit, so that they spread out.