Apple Oatmeal Cookie Cake

The official holiday season kick off is this weekend.

Yes, I just said holiday season.

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THANKSGIVING Is this weekend and I couldn’t be more happy!!

Bring on the turkey, extra gravy – don’t mind if I do … and what’s that you want me to bake with nothing but pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove until I’m blue in the face – I’m on it!!

While, I’m no where even remotely ready to think about the big guy coming down the chimney, nor white stuff falling from the sky – thanksgiving is pretty special at the LTSL household and with brand new traditions starting this year – I can’t wait to see what this long weekend holds!!

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I’m thankful for many things, family – friends – YOU – a good job, health.

I’ve said it a million times, but once more doesn’t hurt – I’m a damn lucky little lady!! For the many things I’m thankful for, I’d like to celebrate.

Annndd as the Queen Julia Child say’s herself :

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And so, we shall have cake!! Apple Oatmeal Cookie Cake. For some reason, this cake reminds me of a huge muffin … which is pretty much all the convincing I need to eat it for breakfast.

We’re celebrating – go ahead, eat the damn thing any time you want!!

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Apple Oatmeal Cookie Cake

Ingredients:
1 ½ cup brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1½ cups vegetable oil
1 cup apple sauce

3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

1 Tsp grated Nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 grated Golden Delicious apples

Oatmeal cookies ( 1 box) – reserve and coarsely crush 6 cookies

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Directions:

 Preheat the oven to 325°F. Prepare cake pan.

With an electric mixer, beat the sugars, eggs, and oil until smooth. Add apple sauce and mix well.

Sift together the flour, sea salt, baking soda, and cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and beat well.

Add the vanilla. Stir in the grated apples.

Pour 1/3 of the batter into your prepared pan. Layer oatmeal cookies. Pour additional 1/3 of batter, layer with cookies, and then add last 1/3 of cake batter – top with crushed cookies and Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

 Remove the cake from the oven, let it cool and slice.

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Party it up, celebrating, thanking, laughing, turkying and loving this weekend darlings!!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

We have to talk.
Talk about serious life stuff.

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Mostly brownies … brownies and chocolate chip cookie dough… together.
Like Ernie and Bert , Batman and Robin, Cookie Monster and Cookies, Rachel and Ross.

Pretty much a match made in heaven.

There’s only one way to describe today’s recipe : drooltastically delicious.

I haven`t made brownies for a while, and I’m so happy that these gorgeous suckers are the ones to break my lack-of-brownie curse.

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They are perfectly fudgey, and sweet but not too sweet. The cookie dough is light, and creamy and adds that extra push to yum-ville.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

For the Brownies:

1/2 cup margarine

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup cocoa

1/2 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 Tbsp ground coffee

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

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For the Cookie Dough
2 cups flour

1 cup margarine

1 ¼ cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup whole milk

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup mini semi sweet chips

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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×11 inch pan with foil and grease it lightly with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, sea salt, ground coffee and baking powder.

In a small bowl, melt the margarine. Pour into a large bowl and whisk in the chocolate chips until melted.

Whisk in the sugar and then the eggs. Stir in the dry ingredients.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Allow to cool completely.

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For the cookie dough topping, beat the butter with both sugars until light and fluffy. Add in the milk and flour. Stir in the remaining chips.

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Once the brownies are cooled, top with cookie dough.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and then slice.

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Pop back into the refridgerator until ready to serve … or… forget about slicing, grab a fork and heeeellllooooo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies for one!!

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