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Happy Wednesday everyone!

I posted my Me, Myself and I link up on Monday. Check it out!

Since I spent most of last night in a pile of kraft wrapping paper and ribbon, furiously working on Christmas presents, I figured I would finally share a recipe I've been bringing to all my potlucks lately. Who loves Nutella like I do?!?

Recipe from Daisy Chubb's, adapted from Delightful Bites, originating from Barbara Bakes
Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe adapted from AllRecipes (sans chips)
Check out more of Ash-lee's recipes here

I cannot sing enough praises about this recipe. First of all, the cookie dough is to die for. Then, you throw in the Nutella and it's unstoppable. I do want to note that because the cookies hang out in the mini muffin tin for awhile, I've found that the cookies need to come out of the oven sooner than a typical cookie. When you take them out, make sure they're closer to the soft side, because they'll continue baking in the tin while you make the cups and put the Nutella in. 

I've gotten really good feedback on these bad boys and some of that feedback has come from my own mouth. Lol. So give it a try!

What is your go-to recipe for potlucks? It's on my 25 before 25 list to find my signature dish so help me out!

Have a great hump day everyone!

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Happy Monday lovelies!

Sharing a super simple cookie recipe today, I hope you enjoy!

While planning for a Sex and the City Party, I was on the hunt for red colored desserts. I saw this simple recipe and I knew this was it!

Recipe adapted from the WhipperBerry blog, go check out her fabulous blog! :)

Ingredients

  • 1 box of Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 1 cup of All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 sticks of softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2.5 cups of White Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350. Cream the butter until fluffy and slowly add in cake mix and flour. Add egg and once completely mixed, add white chocolate chips and mix completely. Form dough into balls and bake for 8-10 minutes. Then enjoy!

I'm enamored with the deep red color which makes it Halloween, Christmas and Valentines Day friendly. I do feel like the cake mix made the cookies more crumbly than the typical homemade cookie but they were definitely taste approved.

In theory, I want to move towards making my own box cake mixes but this is a super simple recipe since it's mainly just a boxed red velvet cake mix. Don't you keep a stash of red velvet cake mixes handy too? Oh, that's just me? #SorryI'mNotSorry haha

Do you have any favorite SIMPLE recipes? I could always use more ;)

I had a very relaxing weekend, which was much needed.

How was your weekend??

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Cookies on Parade

This entry is for the cookie lovers out there! One of my favorite cookies has to be Mother's Cookies Circus Animals. For those of you who didn't notice a shortage, Mother's Cookies almost went out of business in 2008 but Kellogs (bless their soul) acquired the company and brought them back. So just in case they disappear forever, I figured I'd try my hand at doing a home made batch.

The finished product :)

* Derived from a recipe at Culinary Concoctions 

Materials:

Sugar Cookies
7.5 cups of flour
4.5 cups powdered sugar
4 sticks of unsalted butter softened (8 oz)
3 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp cream of tartar

1. Beat the powdered sugar and butter for 3-5 minutes until smooth at medium speed. Add the eggs one at a time and scrape the bowl after each egg. Add vanilla and mix for 2 more minutes.
2. Mix in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar while mixer is on slow speed. Mix til you have a smooth dough. At one point, my tiny mixer couldn't take it anymore so when the dough felt solid, I pulled it out and hand kneaded it myself for additional mixing. The ball of dough was HUGE! I mean the size of a dodegeball.
3. Chill in the fridge for 4 hours.
4. When ready, roll out dough and cut using cookie cutters. I found a Noah's Ark animal cookie pack at Jo-Anns and they were the perfect size and shape! For a normal oven, you would preheat to 375. I wanted to try baking only a few cookies at a time so I stuck them in our toaster oven at 375 for a few minutes (less clean up!)

Tidbits:The cookies are UNBELIEVABLY good but just like circus animals, they harden fast (don't expect soft and doughy). I didn't want 180 circus cookies to go hard so I just portioned out dough, rolled, cut and cooked small batches nightly for dessert.

Icing
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp vanilla (Maybe less, look below)
Red food coloring
Rainbow sprinkes

1. Whisk the sugar, milk and vanilla together until smooth. Set half of the icing aside to be white, and place 1 drop of red food coloring to make the pink icing. Dip the cookies and throw some rainbow sprinkles on top!

Tidbit: I would recommend LESS vanilla. My icing ended up a little to sweet for my liking so for additional cookies, I took pre-bought Strawberry icing and used that instead. I got better feedback from Strawberry icing.

I'm so happy with how they turned out! After 3 nights of circus animals desserts, we still have a sizable ball of sugar cookie dough in the fridge. I'd call this mission a success.

“Everybody dies, but not everybody lives.” - Drake

I was fortunate enough to see Drake in concert when he performed at UC Davis last Wednesday and I gotta tell ya, it was one of the best concerts of my life. You know those people who perform live that sound completely different than on the CD (I'm sorry Katy Perry, I love you but it's true...)? Drake sounded like a BETTER version of his CD. He even went acoustic and romantic with the crowd doing personal shout outs. Who would've thought Jimmy from Degrassi had it in him? Definitely the best money we've spent this year. If you can't stand his songs on the radio, listen to this song:

I took this at the concert!
Love,
Evani