Chocolate Chip Cookie, Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

When a box chockfull of chipits chips show up at your front door two immediate thoughts came to my mind

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1)      I need to dump all of this into my bathtub and swim around in it … or at least dump it in a hot tub and have a chocolate bath.

2)      I wonder how many bags I can eat before I get a tummy ache

I did try doing either. But I knew I had to do something spectacular. When Hershey’s Canada sponsors you with 20 bags of chips … what I actually thought was WOOO HOOO CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY!! I wanted to make everything under the sun if possible, and throw some chips in!!

I got milk chocolate, dark chocolate, skor bits, butterscotch chips, chocolate mint, minis, white chocolate and even a bottle of cocoa powder. AKA I hit the jackpot!!

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I’d like to THANK Hershey’s Canada ChipIts a million times over for sending me these goodies, and of course none of this would be possible without the amazing team at Food Bloggers of Canada. For a humble little blog like this … you seriously made a Christmas miracle  a reality!!

 Note: While ChipIts (Hershey’s Canada) did supplement all chips used, all thoughts, opinions, criticisms, hugs, kisses and bowl licking is all mine!!

 Verdict of the goods : I FREAKING LOVED IT!! To be honest, I’ve been using chipit chips for the longest time, I remember growing up making chocolate chip cookies with my mom – we throw butterscotch chips into our oatmeals all the time – and the cocoa powder … darling, I refuse to use any other!! Am I biased … yes. Am I sorry … no.

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Here’s the fun part … I want to get you in all this chip action!! One lucky winner will ring in the new year with their very own box of 20 bags of ChipIt chips — MERRY CHIRSTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, HAPPY BAKING!!

There are 6 Different ways to win ( please comment each time you complete each of the steps below – or if you already do)

1)      Answer the following question : Growing Up, what was your go to cookie to make around this time of year?

2)      Like Me on Facebook : Facebook.com/LivingThesweetLifeBlog

3)      Follow Me on Instagram : Instagram.com/LivinLovinSweet

4)      Follow Hershey’s Canada on Instagram : Instagram.com/hersheyscanada

5)      Follow Living The Sweet Life Blog on Twitter: @LivinLovinSweet

6)      Tweet the following : @LivinLovinSweet ’s #ChipItsHoliday Giveaway leaves me Chipper

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 Rules/Regulations/nitty-gritty

1)      Contest Closes TUESDAY DECEMBER 23rd – you will receive your lovely loot in the new year!!

2)      Contest open to those living in Canada only

3)      The Winner will be chosen by a random number generator

4)      You must love chocolate and be willing to share your baked goods with me … just kidding.

 And so, what did I make?!?! Obviously the most indulgent –decadent – amazing treat I could conjure up. What happens when you mix Chocolate Chip Cookies – Rich Chocolate Fudge & Cheese cake?!?! … Happiness.

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Happiness is what happens.

Chocolate Chip Cookie, Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Layers

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 1 cup margarine

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp cornstarch

2 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups ChipIts Semi-Sweet chocolate chips

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Preheat oven to 350 oc. Grease and line 2 large spring form cake pans with parchment paper.

 In a large bowl, cream margarine & sugars. Add  vanilla extract and eggs.

Add baking soda, sea salt, cornstarch and flour.

Last, throw in  your chocolate chips.

Divide equally between both cake pans, and bake for 20 minuets.

 Remove from oven and allow to cool … aka, revert from attacking the giant cookies!!

Fudge Layer:

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1 can of condensed milk

2 cups of Hershey’s Cocoa powder

2 tablespoons of evaporated milk

1 cup of unsalted butter, melted

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In a large bowl, mix condensed milk, 2 cups of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of milk and the melted butter. Set aside, until you are ready to layer.

Cheesecake Layer: 

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2 packages cream cheese, room temperature

1 can (1 1/4 cups) sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup ChipIts Mini chocolate chips

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In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, condensed milk, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Mix until silky and smooth ( approximately 7 minutes). Gently fold in chocolate chips.

Now, let’s get our layering on!! 

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Remove one of your cookie layers from the cake pan ( leave the other one in the  .. trust me, it will make your life SO much easier!!) using the cookie, that was left in the pan as your bottom layer – carefully spread your prepared chocolate fudge ( the more even, the better … but if not – it’s okay, it still tastes damn good!). Next, layer on your cheesecake batter.

Carefully top your cake with your last chocolate chip cookie.

Refrigerate for at least an hour – best overnight – but I totally understand if you want to faceplant into this beautiful disaster :)

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Happy ChipItHoliday-ing … don’t forget to enter below for your chance to win!! The Holiday season, is about to get a little sweeter for one of you sweethearts.

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap : Saffron, Rosewater, Cranberry, Pistachio Cookies

Tis the season for love

Tis the season for family

Tis the season for cookies

Tis the season for giving

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This year I had the amazing opportunity to combine my love of family, cookies and giving to again participate in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. All participants, besides getting to bake and ship a little extra sweetness into the homes of fellow food bloggers, also supported COOKIES FOR KIDS’ CANCER. It was a double-whammy giving situation.

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Speaking of giving…  Kristy, Ali & Katrina and Tina each sent me the most delicious, melt in your mouth , delectable delicacies from their kitchen. I may be incredibly biased but I SCORED big time with these cookies .. I wish I could say I savored each one … but I didn’t. I definitely attacked them, ala cookie monster!! I don’t even think any of the cookies stood a chance of lasting a couple of days!!

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But, the giving didn’t stop there!! I too got to send 3 amazing food bloggers a box of yum!! I wanted to play on the bright festive colours of the season, but also add a punch of flavor!! And after seeing the blogs of Jane, Sylvie & Carole I knew I had my job cut out for me – these bloggers not only take amazing photographs, let’s not even get started by how much I was drooling over their amazing recipes!!

My lovely matches each received over a dozen Saffron, Rosewater, Cranberry, Pistachio Cookies. Not your typical Christmas cookie, but they are sure to have folks coming back for seconds!!

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 Saffron, Rosewater, Cranberry, Pistachio Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cup coconut oil

1 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1 cup granulated sugar

3 egg

1 1/2 Tbsp Rosewater

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

4 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 tbsp cornstarch

1 tbsp baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

3/4 tbsp Saffron powder

3/4 tsp cinnamon powder

3/4tsp nutmeg

3/4 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp ground ginger

3 cups Cranberries

1 1/2 Cup Chopped Pistachios

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Drizzle

1 cup ready made frosting

2 tablespoons Rosewater

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DIRECTIONS:

Cream together the softened coconut oil, sugars, egg, and Rosewater and vanilla extract .

Add in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and sea salt, saffron powder, cinnamon powder, nutmeg and ground ginger. Beat on medium-low speed until combined.

Stir in Cranberries and pistachios.

Cover with plastic wrap and chill the dough balls for at least 2 hours.

When you are ready to bake the cookies, take cookie dough out of the refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake for 12 – allow them to cool on the sheet for at least 3 minutes.

Transfer to a cooling rack.

Once all of the cookies are baked, and completely cooled.

In a medium sized bowl combine sifted confectioners’ sugar and rosewater. Mix until a glaze is formed – feel free to add more rosewater if you prefer a thinner drizzle.

Then, drizzle over the cookies.

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May your holiday season be filled with love, family, cookies & a little extra giving!!