Monthly Archives: August 2012

Oreo Cheesecake Cookies

Each week, I bake cookies for my hubby that he brings to work for lunch.  He loves cookies and I love baking, so it works out nicely.  I try to bake different cookies every time to keep things interesting.  Sometimes I run out of ideas, so I check Pinterest.  I found these Oreo Cheesecake Cookies, so I decided to give them a try.  What’s great about this recipe is that you don’t need an entire package of Oreos for the batch.  This is obviously great because it means you’ll have a batch of Oreo Cheesecake Cookies and 1/2 a package of Oreo cookies when all is said and done.  These cookies are scrumptious and probably taste better than they look.  There’s no baking soda or baking powder, so they’re rather flat.  However, what they lack in fluffiness, they make up for in taste.  Enjoy!


Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Oreo cookie crumbs, divided

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until smooth and well-combined.

3. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and mix until the ingredients are well-combined.  Add the flour and mix on low until the flour is incorporated.  Stir in 1/2 cup crushed Oreos with a rubber spatula.

4. Place the remaining 1/2 cup Oreo cookie crumbs in a small bowl.  Roll the cookies into 2″ balls and then roll in the cookie crumbs (Make sure you roll the cookies large enough because they will not rise). Place the cookie balls on the baking sheet and press down with your palm. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges and bottoms are golden.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.  Yield:  12-15 cookies.

*Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

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Energy Bites


I’m back from a wonderful vacation!  It’s always hard to get back into the swing of things, especially work.  My job has been rather crazy, so what better way to boost my energy than with these Energy Bites.  These energy bites are so delicious, you’ll want to eat the entire batch.  You can add whatever type of nut butter you like.  I used peanut butter, but sunflower butter or almond butter would be tasty too.  You can also add whatever type of baking chips you like.  I love to eat a few of these bites on my way to work or for an afternoon snack.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Method:

  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.  Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll into 1″ balls and store in the refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Yield:  About 20 balls

*Adapted from Gimme Some Oven

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It’s Almost Time for Vacation!

 

Top 10 Things on my Maine To-Do List:

  1. Eat lobster – Lobster is $3.99 a pound right now.  Enough said!
  2. Sleep in – No more setting the alarm for 5:40.  I’m going to sleep until my heart desires!
  3. Climb a lighthouse – There’s a famous one within walking distance to our house, so I’m planning on making at least 1 trip.
  4. Antiquing – Maine is supposed to have some cool antique spots.  Would love to find a few gems while I’m up there.
  5. Ride a bike – The house we’re staying at has 1 bike divided by 12 people.  I’m going to put my name on the wait-list now.
  6. Read a book or 5 – I am bringing 5 books with me.  I’m old school and still love checking books out from the library.
  7. Games – I plan on playing lots of board games with my family.  Let the competition begin!
  8. Dance parties – My 12-month old niece loves to dance while holding my i-phone.  A lot of dance parties are going to happen next week.
  9. Enjoy a sunset over the ocean – no explanation necessary!
  10. And last but certainly not least…. Relax and enjoy time with my family! 🙂
Will be back soon!

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