Oatmeal Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake bars

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I’m on a huge major intense dark chocolate kick right now …

Not that I’m actually eating it all the time, but all I want to do is shovel trunk loads of dark chocolate chips in my face.

I think it has to do something with the intensity of the smell, the depth of the taste – heh, you would think I was an actual food intellect there for a second.

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I’m not.

But I have something delicious and jazzy to share with you!!

LOOK AT THESE BARS!!

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Also, give me all the berries right now – raspberries especially. Ahh … gimme gimme gimme. Funny fact, one of the reasons I actually really like raspberries besides the crazy colour, and taste, is they don’t require much effort to eat. I can squish them in my mouth and we’re good to go … HOW FREAKING LAZY DOES THAT MAKE ME SOUND?! Mehh … it’s the weekend, let’s embrace it.

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Also, these bars have oatmeal in it = breakfast food. Actually, it covers all four major food groups; which means this could totally count as a meal … riiiiigggghhhht?! Mehh … it’s the weekend, let’s embrace it.

Oatmeal Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake bars

For the Crust:

  • 2   cup Flour
  • ½  cup quick cook oats
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup softened Butter
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • ½ cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

For the Filling:

  • 8 oz softened Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9×11-inch baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray.

Whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cornstarch for crust.

Cream together butter, brown sugar and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and whip to incorporate. Combine wet and dry ingredients.

Fold in dark chocolate chips and raspberries. Set aside

In a separate bowl, combine all of the filling ingredients.

Press ½  of the crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Top with filling mixture

Crumble remaining topping over the filling mixture.

Bake in a 350 oc oven for 1 hour.

Allow to cool at room temperature and then refrigerate for 2 hours ( refrigerating is optional, but allows for neat slicing).

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Flur De Sel Nutella Brownies

I’ve made a couple brownies in my time … all 20-something years of it. But nothing compares to this recipe.

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  • 2 kinds of chocolate chips
  • Nutella …. Pretty much made out of angel dust
  • Flur de sel …. Pretty much angel dust.

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I was lucky enough to get a personalized bottle of Nutella for Christmas last year – can I just say, how freaking well do my friends know me?!?! and also … Nutella! With my name on it! that screams hands off, doesn’t it?!

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I knew I wanted to do something special with this little gift – I wanted to keep it simple but make sure it was indulgent and blow-your-mind-delicious. Verdict: we have a winner!!

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I also want to defend these brownies beforehand … yes, they’re fudgey – yes, they’re gooey – yes, the flur de sel shines – yes, they’re hella delicious… and no, it’s not quite bikini season yet.

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Aka I got your back, Jack!! (not sure who jack is, but I got his back)

Flur De Sel Nutella brownies

Ingredients

1 cup dark chocolate chips

¾ cups unsalted butter at room temperature

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup Nutella

3 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon coffee powder

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

½ teaspoon Flur de sel

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9×11-inch baking pan spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and butter. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute then stir.

Continue heating until the mixture is melted and smooth but not scorched. Remove from the microwave and let cool slightly. Stir in the Nutella.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, and coffee on medium-high speed until thick. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture. Add the flour, cocoa, and flur de sel.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake 35 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before slicing.

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Also, in completely unrelated – but totally indulgent news, follow me around town this weekend as my girls and I put our  stretchy pants to good use and eat our way through Kensington Market.

Cookies and Cream Soft Serve Frozen Yogurt (Fro-Yo)

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Frrroooo-yoooooo.

Does it bother you when people say the shorter version of an actual word. I once called hot chocolate Ho-Cho, and my husband asked me how was my life so busy, that I couldn’t just say hot chocolate. He might have a point … I’m also not 13 … buuutt I’m not 130!!

But FroYo might be different, it’s a thing now – no one actually says frozen yogurt. Well, unless you’re an actual adult and sophisticated and things. Mostly the things part.

How sophisticated are we actually talking, if I stuffed what could have potentially been a healthy snack with chunks of chocolate and oreo cookies?! – you be the judge.

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Cookies & Cream Soft Serve Frozen Yogurt (Fro-Yo)

  • 2 cups plain, full-fat Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1/2 cup mini oreos
  • 1 cup cadbury cookies and cream bar ( any cookies and cream chocolate bar would work just as well) chopped.
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Place the yogurt, honey, and vanilla in large bowl.
  2. beat with a hand mixer until light and fluffy ( approximately 3 minutes)
  3. stir in mini oreos and chopped chocolate.
  4. Using a spatula, transfer the mixture into a saran wrapped loaf pan. Cover with cling wrap, and freeze for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from the freezer, and stir mixture ( the corners will start to freeze first, combine with the liquid centre).
  6. Cover again, and place in the freezer for 3 more hours, stirring every 30 minutes.

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Mocha Melting Moments Cookies

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There’s two more days until Christmas!! WOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!

Tell me, you’re done all of your Christmas shopping?! – if not, I vote homemade gifts for everyone.

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Sooo this year I went a little overboard on cookies … I mean yes, for the holiday season in real life, but also on the blog…. Annnndd while you can never have too many cookies – I feel like I may have saved the best for last… not that I’m playing favourites, I can’t be biased when it comes to snacking on santa’s favourite treat.

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Buuuuuuuuuutt … don’t these cookies remind you of snowy mountains?!?  In other news I can pretty much guarantee it will be snowing in July around town since it’s way too warm right now for us to be having a white Christmas.

February is going to hit us hard isn’t it?! I’ll be dreaming of these days in a couple weeks won’t I?! My only issue is how the heck am I going to have a magical snowy white Christmas morning, sipping hot chocolate by the fireplace … you know, like how Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen did in To Grandmother’s House we go!! Ahhh the plights of my life … rooooof-stooouufff.

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Mocha Melting Moments Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup flour

3/4 cup cocoa powder

¾ cup cornstarch

¼ tsp salt

1/2 tsp instant coffee powder ( or expresso powder)

⅓ cup confectioners sugar + 1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted ( once cooled)

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 tsp Baileys Liquor

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Directions:

In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, salt and instant coffee powder.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar. Add Baileys. Mix in flour mixture.

Divide dough into two. Shape into 1 inch log – flatten slightly. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350º F.

Take out the refrigerated dough and scoop into 1 inch balls. Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool, once cooled, dust the tops with remaining confectioners’ sugar.

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Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you have a beautiful season filled with love, family, food and of course lots to laugh about – I’ll be sure to be back next week xox

Sweet Mint Popcorn Chocolate Cookies

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Have you seen the new Sweet Mint Popcorn?!?! I’m not even a mint fan and it’s a whole new level of addiction. It’s goooooooooooooooooooooooood! And crunchy, and minty, and sweet, and heeelllooo Elf, Home Alone, Love Actually, Serendipity movie marathon while downing the bag!!

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And so true to my nature, I mock it all up and toss it in some cookies!! …. And then down all of them during the movie marathon!!

I dedicate these cookies to my bestie, even though she hasn’t eaten them, I thought of her the entire time while making them. There’s no one I know who loves mint and chocolate more than her … not kidding, it’s kind of like my chocolate peanut butter addiction.. except on a whole new level … not kidding, like Aladdin’s whole new world kind of level. It’s very possible that I’ve now successfully scarfed down enough cookies that I no longer know what the heck I’m talking about… not kidding!

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Sweet Mint Popcorn Chocolate Cookies 

6 tablespoons butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/4 teaspoon mint extract

1 ¾  cups all purpose flour

¾  cup cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup sweet pepper mint popcorn + 1 cup for topping

½ cup vanilla frosting

½ tsp mint extract

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350

Cream butter and sugar together.

Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add in 1/4 tsp mint extract.

In separate bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to Butter mixture.

Fold in popcorn.

Scoop dough onto prepared cookie sheet – bake for 12 minutes.

Remove from oven and completely  cool cookies.

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Once cooled, in a separate bowl, combine frosting and mint extract.

Microwave for 30 seconds.

Drizzle onto cooled cookies and top with popcorn.

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Soooo pretty .. soooo minty … sooo yuuuummm!!

Mocha Toffee Cookies

Confession – there are tons of cookies that are about to come your way.

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Kind of a #SorryNotSorry situation.

Heh. I used a hashtag in conversation. Oh internet, you have successfully ruined me.

Speaking of which, my spelling is now at an all-time low.

Does this make you cringe for generations to come? Did I just sound like an old lady …. Hahaha. Sad.

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I’m just a kickin success these days … also in kind of funny/not so funny news – I got an e-mail last week from a reader noting that my writing was filled with a lot of slag, and they wondered if I also wrote this way at work.

*ROTFL*

That’s how I feel about that.

I shouldn’t have even addressed this, but still.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME internet world, can we all not just sit in a circle, eating cookies singing kumbaya?!?!

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These cookies have bits of toffee in them; and coffee; and chocolate. #Winning😉 hahaha …

Mocha Toffee Cookies

1 Cup bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

3/4 cup light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground instant coffee

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 ½ cup Skor toffee bits

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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate and butter together, stirring until smooth.

In a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, instant coffee, and baking powder.

Add in chocolate mixture.  Fold in flour and cocoa powder.

Add Skor toffee bits.

Spoon onto a prepared baking tray and bake for 10 minutes.

Allow to cool on baking tray for 2 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.

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Excuse me while I chow down on these cookie monster style, chased with iced cold milk!

Dark Chocolate Chunk Mango Coriander Cookies

Hehehe last week I got my official Foodblogger cookie swap e-mail.

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I was pretty much ( read: totally) bouncing off the walls!! I’ve participated in the past and to be honest, there’s nothing that gets me in the holiday spirit more than cookies.

Oh and Santa of course … speaking of which – the big guy made his appearance this past weekend!!

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This of course makes it okay for me to even start talking about Christmas!! Some of our stores have already started playing carols … too early?!? When do you put up your tree? Is it already up? I have a feeling ours won’t go up for at least a couple weeks … I’m thinking at least until the first weekend of December. The holiday season is always a special time for my family and I – and cookies only sweeten the deal.

Even if you’re not quite in the holiday spirit just yet ( and yes, I know there’s still American Thanksgiving) it’s always a good time for cookies!!

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These particular cookies are a new mixture of sweet and savory – they’re cake like and definitely a heightened version of an everyday chocolate chunk cookie. And the colour and smell of the mango baking away are sure to tantalize your taste buds… also, look how yellow they are!!

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Dark Chocolate Chunk Mango Coriander Cookies

1 Large mango; peeled and diced

1/4 cup water

1 cup gran­u­lated sugar

1 Tbsp fresh coriander, minced as fine as possible

1/2 cup shortening

2 eggs

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chunks

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Directions:

Pre­heat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a blender / Food processor combine mango and water. Blend to a thick pulp.

In a small bowl, combine sugar and coriander – rub together to flavour the sugar.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking soda.

In a separate bowl, cream together shortening and sugar mixture.

Add eggs and mango puree.

Fold in dry ingredients, and add in chocolate chunks.

Scoop onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool.

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