Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

September 10, 2009 at 12:54 am | Posted in Bars, chocolate, Dessert | 3 Comments

Who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies or bars?!  Not many people.  These are such a good, simple yet awesome recipe.  Kids love them, adults love them, they are quick, easy – what more can you ask for?  I have made these several times now for Operation Baking Gals because they stay moist for so long and are oh so yummy.  I think I could eat the entire bowl of dough before I even put them in the oven.  HA!

Recipe from Recipezaar

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (12 ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • Directions

    Preheat oven to 375* Grease a 15×10-inch jelly roll pan (I put these in a regular cake pan…they are perfectly thick and chewy in that!)

  • Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
  • Beat butter, both sugars and vanilla in large mixer bowl.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
  • Gradually beat flour mixture into butter mixture.
  • Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  • Spread into prepared pan.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Mrs. Pig Rating:  These are one of my now favorite go to recipes to take somewhere.  They are easy to just t hrow together and they are so freaking good.  Everyone loves these – adults and kids which make them good for family gatherings.

    Pig Rating:  The Pig loves these!  He is a tough critic on desserts but he really loves these.  He always makes me save him one or two when I make them for OBG.  🙂

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    Operation Baking GALS Roundup From Round 10!

    July 30, 2009 at 12:52 am | Posted in Bars, bread, Brownies, Cakes, chocolate, Cinnamon, Cookies, Dessert, Fun, Operation Baking Gals | 3 Comments

    I am finally getting around to doing a blog roundup from round 10 of Operation Baking GALS in which I was a team leader.  I ended up with I think 20 people who sent baked goods to my brother and his fellow troops!  I was beyond thankful and so excited to be a part of this group.  I plan on trying to do this every month now – maybe not team leader every month, but at least baking every month.

    Round 11 is NOW open so if anyone would like to join a team and bake for our troops who are serving overseas, it’s very easy.  Bake a box of baked goods or any kind of goodies and ship it.  Viola!  You have put a smile on a soldier’s face for the day.  🙂  If you would like to join a team go here ——> Operation Baking GALS and sign up – what are you waiting for?! 

    As I said, I had so many people join my team and it was awesome!  My brother was so excited to receive all of the baked goods.  He said that it was like Christmas which put a big smile on my face. 🙂 He said he took some boxes to their commons area and it was like “birds on a full feeder”.  HA  Knowing that I helped give them a little  piece of home makes me feel good.  They do so much for us so sending a box of cookies is the VERY least I can do every month.  Thank you to EVERYONE who joined my team!

    As for the roundup, there are a lot of baked goods here so feel free to stop reading or continue reading if you want to see them all! 

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    Operation Baking GALS: My Goodies

    July 10, 2009 at 1:00 am | Posted in Apple, Bars, chocolate, Cinnamon, Cookies, Dessert, Fun, Operation Baking Gals, peanut butter | 5 Comments

    This past weekend I spent Saturday and Sunday baking for my Operation Baking GALS group.  Did I mention that I ended up with over TWENTY people in my group??  I was ecstatic!  I could not have asked for a better response to my incessant begging asking people politely to join my group!  I am already looking forward to doing it again sometime soon.

    I debated back and forth on what all to bake and well, I couldn’t make a decision so I ended up sending two boxes.  I made 4 different things.  Actually 5…but not sure one of them will make it.  I ended up making snickerdoodles, chocolate chip cookie bars, apple spice cookie bars, and magic in the middle cookies.  In addition to that, I made half a batch of sugar cookies because my brother requested those…not sure they will make it there due to the icing but if not, well, he can toss them.  🙂

    Baked goods for Luke

    Like I said, I ended up with way too much for one box so I ended up sending two.  But hey, he’s my brother, I can spoil him a bit right??

    I ended up using 4 of the large Ziplock containers and 4 small Gladware containers.  I was able to stack 2 Ziplocks on top of one another and 2 Gladwares on top of one another in each box with room to spare to add in some other small goodies.  I used the method of putting apple peels between the paper towel layers between each row of cookies.  We shall see if it works!

    All packed up and ready to go!  Isn’t the Baking GALS logo cute on the box?!

    I’d like to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated (and is still participating….still 2 days until the shipping deadline!) in my group this month.  It meant the world to me and I can’t wait for Luke and his fellow troops to receive all of the goodies!

    Once everyone has shipped, I will do a roundup on here telling what everyone sent and hopefully showing some pictures of some of the things that were sent (hint hint to those who baked for me…  😉

    Banana Bars – best use for old bananas yet!!

    January 4, 2009 at 10:15 pm | Posted in Banana, Bars, Dessert | Leave a comment

    This past week I had some bananas that were definitely past their prime of being a side dish for my morning cereal.  I had seen this recipe for banana bars on My Kitchen Cafe blog and had been wanting to make them.  And I have my awesome new Kitchen Aid stand mixer (gloss cinnamon in color…B-E-A-utiful!) so I decided to whip this one up.  Oh man.  These did NOT disappoint.  And the icing?!  To die for.  I am going to use this icing again and again.  I think it would be yummy on pumpkin desserts, red velvet cupcakes…pretty much anything.  Even by the spoonful.  Not that I would ever do that…um.  Yeah.  Anyway.  These are AMAZING.  Make them.  NOW.  This recipe makes a lot – it makes enough for one 9×9 square pan and a rectangle pan.  I will probably cut it in half next time.

    Recipe from My Kitchen Cafe/Allrecipes.com

    Bars –

    Ingredients:

    ½ cup butter, softened
    1 ½ cups white sugar
    2 eggs
    1 cup sour cream (I used light)
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    ¼ tsp salt
    1 cup mashed ripe bananas (I used three ripe bananas)

    Directions:

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10 x 15 inch jellyroll pan or one 9X13 pan and an additional 8X8 pan. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; stir into the batter. Finally, mix in the mashed banana. Spread evenly into the prepared pan(s). Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow bars to cool completely before frosting.

    Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting <—- AMAZING

    Ingredients:

    1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
    1 cup white sugar (you can use either granulated sugar or confectioners’ sugar – the confectioners’ sugar tends to dissolve better and not be as grainy but either one works fine) (I used confectioners)
    1/8 tsp salt
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream

    Directions:

    In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. Set aside. In another medium bowl, beat whipped cream until stiff peaks form (it helps to use a chilled bowl and chilled beaters). Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture.

    Pig Rating:  The Pig loved these!  He said, “Make sure to take these to work tomorrow or else I will sit here and eat all of them!!!”

    Mrs. Pig Rating:  I will never use mushy bananas for anythign ever again!  So, it’s not the healthiest recipe ever, but oh man.  It might be one of my favorite desserts I have made in a long time.  The icing is TO DIE FOR.

    Little Pigs Rating: In true fashion, the littlest pig just ate the icing off.  Sigh.  The other little pig though loved them – she asked for seconds and she isn’t much of a sweets person.  🙂

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