The Quickest Chocolate Blackout Cookies

As if I ever need an excuse to eat cookies – but Friday night cookies seem so much more special.


I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve gotten to a point in life when Friday night means a couple things;

  • Comfy clothes
  • Tv/Netflix Marathon
  • Slightly more indulgent food than my Monday – Thursday routine
  • Dessert. And when dessert is cookies … I can justify having 1 ( million-zillion-trillion … especially if they smell like brownies)

I don’t miss the days of late nights, slipping into the shortest dress/ skirt I own with the highest heels – predrinking and then partying until my feet want to fall off. Been there – done that.


Give me Mr. LTSL, a good movie and some good food …. Damn, Daniele I’m a happy little lady! I know you’re thinking I’m old – I’d like to think I’m ‘maturing’ … I say that, as I remember last Saturday I spent the morning covered in a winnie the pooh blanket, drinking chocolate milk, watching Inside Out ( also, wicked good movie!!).

These cookies though!! So easy to throw together, they taste extra fudgy, and sprinkles. Oh how I love me some sprinkles – and frosting … and dunking these in milk.


The Quickest Chocolate Blackout Cookies


1 box devils food cake mix

½ tsp instant coffee

1/3 cup oil

2 eggs

1 can prepared chocolate Frosting

Chocolate sprinkles


Preheat oven to 375. Prepare two large cookie trays.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together cake mix, coffee, oil, and eggs until combined.

Roll into 1 inch balls, and place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets (the cookies will spread).

Bake 8 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Allow to cool completely, then frost and sprinkle


Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownies


Very important question – your brownies; do you like them more cake-like or fudge like?


Jam packed with other goodies?

Nuts? … who am I kidding hold the nuts.


I seem to have a habit of fussing up my brownies on the blog – but sometimes a girl just has a hankering for some daaaaarrrnn tootin good fudgy brownies!!

So I made some.

And true to my nature, I couldn’t just make regular brownies, I needed them obviously to have a bit of a spin.

Coconut oil.

Ahhhhh these are probably the closest brownies to fudge, without actually eating fudge.


Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownies


¾ cup coconut oil

1 cup chocolate chips – divided ½ cup x ½ cup

1 cup packed brown sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon sea salt

½  cup all purpose flour

¼ cup cake flour

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a microwave safe bowl, combine ½ cup chocolate chips and coconut oil for 25 seconds, or until the chocolate melts.

Whisk the chocolate mixture in a bowl with the brown sugar. Whisk in the eggs until the mixture thickens, about 30 seconds. Stir in flours and sea salt until just combined. Toss in remaining ½ cup chocolate chips.

Pour into a prepared baking dish and bake for 25 minutes.

Allow to cool and slice.


These would also make the perfect bed for Halloween candy *hint hint*

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


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!!


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.


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 :

3)      Follow Me on Instagram :

4)      Follow Hershey’s Canada on Instagram :

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

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



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


 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:


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: 


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.

Super Minty Fresh Chocolate Cookies

Sugar Monsters!! How are you? How was your weekend?!?!

I had a fabulous weekend. Fab-u-lous! And, I hope you did too.

Now it’s monday 😦

Monday… back to work, back to school, back to responsibilities and back to longing for the comfy-cozy feeling of being in your pj’s snuggled in bed.


Let’s rescue Monday… Let’s instead give Monday a great name, and an amazing feeling by adding some chocolate to this party.

How can you have a lame monday if there’s chocolate involved?

Yaaa-hooooo for Mondays with chocolate 😀

These cookies are SO incredibly chocolatey… and oh so SUPER-DUPER minty fresh.

If that hasn’t sold you on these little gobs of yumm … there’s thin mints in them.


I said


Confession: I read everywhere the best way to eat thin mints.. were frozen. So, I froze them… and almost ate the entire package.

No words. *droool*

Besides, rescuing monday … I needed to rescue my waist-line… so I made these.

Now, I get to share the yumm-osity with all of you good-looking people.

Happy Monday 🙂

Super Minty Fresh Chocolate Cookies

1 Cup Butter

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

2 Eggs

1 Cup Coco powder

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tsp Sea Salt

2 Cups Flour

1/2 Cup Mint Hot Chocolate

2 Tsp Water

1 Tbsp Vanilla

1 Tbsp Hot Fudge Sauce

24 Thin Mints – chopped

15 Holiday Mints – crushed


Preheat oven to 350 oc. Lightly spray or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, combine Baking Soda and Water.

In a mixer or a large bowl, cream butter and sugars.

Add eggs

Fudge time!! Add the chocolate fudge sauce and vanilla extract.

Miiiixxxxx. Then, add the Baking Soda Solution

Pump up the choc-o-lattteee!!

Add the Cocoa powder and Hot chocolate mix.

Now, add the flour in 3 parts. Mixing well, after each addition. Once completed, add salt.

Ode to chocolatey-goodness *yuumm*

Toss in the crushed holiday mints.

And last but not least … saving the best for last.

Add the chopped thin mints 😀

Chocolate + Thin Mints … dreamy

Stir your little concoction together, trying your best to evenly distribute the thin mints.

Next, scoop onto a cookie sheet.

Bake 12 minutes, at 350.

Allow to cool … or at least until not scorching hot  and then….

diiiigggg innnnn 🙂

Time to add some sweetness to your Monday 🙂

Have a great day, sweethearts – – make this a fab week!!


Working Out and Cownies

Can we talk about working out for a second here – – I promise, at the end of all this jibber-jabber I’ll have something exceptionally-amazing for you.



But I do it.

And the truth is – I hate the process of working out. But, I LOVE the feeling AFTER – I LOVE the energy it gives me – I LOVE that I’m taking care of my body. However, actually working out…




Everyone knows the weekend actually starts on a friday (at least it does in my world ;)) – so from Monday to Thursday, I do the exact same workout. It’s a half an hour cardio DVD that I’ve done for the past 4 years. Sometimes, I’ll do it twice – if I’m lucky it’s done once. But here’s the kicker – – IT WHIPS MY BEHIND EVERY SINGLE JINGLE TIME!! Go figure, you’d think after 4 years of doing the exact same routine my body would know what’s up.

But, it doesn’t.

And so last night – I lay there in my bed… aching like an old rhino.

I know working out is good for me- – and I secretly love the little aches, since I know it means I’m getting stronger – and I’ll eventually achieve superninja status – -but I’d still rather be eating Chocolate-fudgey-Cookie Infused deserts instead.

Luckily, I have these to come to my rescue 😀 *WOOOOT WOOOT*


What’s a Cownie? – – It’s a cookie infused brownie. No, this is not a Brookie (although, that IS what most people call it, and I may just be acting a little difficult -… ummm I doubt it 😉 … maybe ).

Here’s my logic … Cookie infused brownie = Cownie. Brownie infused cookie = Brookie.

Brownies + Cookie Dough = COMPLETE MAGIC

Who am I to judge though – – call it what you’d like , all I know is ooohhh-mmmmyyy-yuuummm!

Make it – you’ll thank me and exercise later 😉



The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bit

(Note: Alone, these Chocolate chip cookies will cure the world of its worries … Note x2: Only half of this recipe is needed for the Cownies, but you can never have too much Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, so I made the whole thing 🙂 )

1 Cup Butter (at room temperature)

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Tsp Baking Soda

2 Tsp Water

1 Tsp Salt

2 Eggs

3 Cups Flour

1 1/2 Cups Chocolate Chips.


In a small bowl, mix together  Baking Soda and Water. Set a side.

Cream Butter and Sugars

Next, add both eggs. Mix together, until well combined.

Add Almond extract, Baking Soda Mixture and Salt

Add the Flour and miiiiiixxx.

Once well combined and it begins looking all dough-y, add the chocolate chips.



Refrigerate that beauty, until you’re ready to use ’em.

The Brownie Bit & Final Master Piece

(feel free to make your brownies from scratch – – sometimes though, I need me some Duncan Hines. We have a good understanding ;))


1 Box Brownie Mix

1 Egg

1/2 Cup Evaporated Milk

1/4 Vegetable Oil

1 Tbsp Vanilla

4 Tbsp Hot Fudge Sauce

1 Cup Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Melting Chips


Preheat oven to 350 oc. Lightly Spray a 10 x 15 inch pan.

Carefully, melt the chocolate chips, or chocolate melting chips. Set aside, until ready to use.

In a large bowl, combine Brownie Mix, Egg, Milk, Oil and Vanilla

Add the Hot Fudge Sauce.

Annndd now the melted chocolate.


Take the Cookie dough out of the refrigerator and divide into half.  Cut the cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch x 1 1/2 inch chunks.

Now for the fun part. Layer both the cookie dough and the brownie mix – starting first with the cookie dough.

Yes, those are Chocolate Chip Cookie Chunks swimming in brownie mix *YUM*

Cookie Dough – Brownie Mix – Cookie Dough – Brownie Mix – Cookie Dough

Your very last layer should look like this:

Gorgeous , right?

Bake for 36 Minutes

Allow to cool (ohhhh the agony!!)


Fall in Love.

Stay Sweet My Loves