Cookie Dough Pop tart Brownies

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Instead of calling this recipe Cookie Dough Poptart Brownies, I should seriously just call them my apology to bikini season … or indulgence… but darrrrrrrrn delicious.

Technically, we could start working on our swimsuit bodies after a tray a brownies … riiiiiiggghhht?!?

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And also, long weekend.

This weekend, in true Victoria Day Long Weekend fashion there will be a flood of food – and trust me, this little lady aint mad at all!!

Can we also talk about something only semi-random … strawberries.

I want all of them. In my face. On cake. With yogurt. You name it, gimmmmmmmaaaayyy. I know this recipe is far from having anything to do with strawberries… buuuuuttt long weekend – summer – strawberries … logic?

Maybe not.

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As you know, I’ve done quite a number when coming to trashing up brownies – and, this my darlings is no exception!! The trashier the better … well, sometimes …. Okay, maybe only when it comes to brownies. Or pizza. Or cookies. AmIright?!

 

 

Cookie Dough Pop Tart  Brownies

Brownies:

2/3 cup unsalted butter

1¼ c. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

¾ c. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/8 tsp instant coffee

2 eggs, cold

½ c. all-purpose flour

⅛ tsp. baking soda

1 tbsp. cornstarch

¼ tsp. sea salt

¼ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

8 cookie dough pop tarts chopped

Cookie Dough topping

1 cup butter

1 ¼ cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup whole milk

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups flour

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9×11 inch pan foil.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, add butter and sugar.
  3. Microwave for 1 and a half minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature and then stir in the vanilla extract, cocoa powder and coffee.
  4. In a large bowl add cocoa powder mixture, mixing in 1 egg at a time.
  5. In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt. Combine wet and dry ingredients.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Pour half the brownie mixture into your prepared pan, top with half chopped poptarts.
  8. Spread the remaining brownie batter evenly into the prepared pan. Place in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the brownies are set.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  10. While cooling, prepare cookie dough topping. Beat the butter with both sugars until light and fluffy. Add in the milk, vanilla and flour.
  11. Evenly spread on cooled brownies, top with remaining poptarts.

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The Quickest Chocolate Blackout Cookies

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

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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.

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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.

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The Quickest Chocolate Blackout Cookies

Ingredients

1 box devils food cake mix

½ tsp instant coffee

1/3 cup oil

2 eggs

1 can prepared chocolate Frosting

Chocolate sprinkles

Instructions

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

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Lavender Champagne Cake with honey cream cheese frosting

I have absolutely no chill when it comes to this cake.

Zero.zilch.nada.

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It’s amazing. And that’s a bold statement. But so amazing that I ate it for breakfast before Mr. LTSL was even awake. I wish I was lying but #RealLife.

And I would only make it for the specialist of occasions … you know, like Friday night.

Kidding … kind of.

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But it’s mother’s day weekend and we gotttaaa celebrate mama!! Also, this mother’s day is super-extra-special aannnnd we need cake.cake.cake.!

First, HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all the people mamas out there, all the expecting mamas out there, all the adopting mamas, all the pet mamas, and all the women who are holding it down!!

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I have no words for my mom, seriously she’s my everything – she loves cake, her laugh is infectious and her kindness can put mother Teresa to shame (not true, mother Teresa wins life … by Mama LTSL comes a very close second).Don’t get me wrong though, her sass is something similar to Queen Bey’s Lemonade video. I’ll just warn you, don’t mess with mama’s family – she’ll juice you!!

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Now that we’re all afraid of my mom – let’s talk cake!! More specifically naked cake … such as this one. Funny story, a couple years ago for my bridal shower I wanted a naked cake – something with fruits and fresh flowers, simple but elegant. I walked into a bakery and simply asked Hi, do you guys do naked cakes – the kind baker responded, why – yes, I’ve done a few ass cakes over the years.

I looked at my mom – my mom looked at me and we walked out pretty much peeing our pants.

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But this cake. AHH – the lavender makes it taste like spring, the honey cream cheese frosting is sweet but not too sweet and it’s sooooo preeeetttyyyy!! Also, champagne. YYYEEESSS! We’re winning folks, simply winning all of the golden stars.

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Lavender Champagne Cake with honey cream cheese frosting

  • 3 cups all-purpose flower
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ tbsp. dried lavender
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 egg whites
  • 2 cups champagne
  • Prepared cream cheese frosting
  • 1 tbsp honey

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans (or 1 10 inch and 1 8 inch because you realize your 9 inch pans are at your parent’s house after making the batter *rolls eyes*).

In a bowl combine flour, baking powder sea salt, lavender and lemon zest .

In a mixing bowl beat butter and sugar 3 to 5 minutes until light and fluffy.

Add vanilla and beat in the eggs one at a time.

Beat in flour mixture and champagne in three alternating additions, starting and ending with flour to prevent curdling.

Pour batter into pans and bake 35 minutes.

Let cool.

In a small bowl, combine can of cream cheese frosting and honey.

Once the cake has cooled, cut each cake in half horizontally and frost the middle. Stack each layer and repeat, only frosting the middle ( that’s why it’s called a naked cake heh. without any bums in sight).

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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.

Lemon Thyme Sugar Cookies

If I send out spring energy into mother nature, do you think she’ll reciprocate and make spring actually come to be?!

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So we’re a week into April, and I won’t complain too much – I know we didn’t have a terrible winter but dudes – I’m so ready for spring! I want to wear open toe shoes, cute flowy dresses, I want to be able to finally leave my huge-mongous winter jacket behind!! Also … there’s tons of ice cream to be eaten on bright balconies – priorities.

Could there BE anything more spring than lemons?! Well, tulips maybe … and I’ve been trying to flood my kitchen with them – but lemons to me, with that burst of tang – ahhhh brrring on the spring!!

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Today’s Lemon Thyme Sugar Cookies are dainty and kind, but relatable. They would fit in beautifully over tea, but put them out at a lemonade stand ( do kids still do this?!) and they’ll be gone in no time. The cookies are sweet, savory and a little tangy – most importantly, you’ll want them in your face as soon as they come out of the oven!!

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Lemon Thyme Sugar Cookies

1 cup margarine

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar + 2 tbsp (separated 1/2 cup by 2 tbsp)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp cornstarch

2 eggs

2 1/2 cups flour

2 tbsp lemon zest  (separated 1tbsp x 1 tbsp)

1 tbsp fresh thyme (finely chopped)

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Directions

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Pre-heat oven to 350 oc.

In large bowl, combine margarine, brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, vanilla and eggs.

In a separate bowl whisk together baking soda, cornstarch, flour and 1 tbsp lemon zest.

Combine wet and dry ingredients.

In a small bowl, combine 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp lemon zest and 1 tbsp thyme. Massage together to release all of the lemon-thyme extracts.

Scoop out cookie dough using a 1 tbsp scoop, roll into a ball and gently roll in lemon-thyme-sugar mixture. Place on cookie sheet 1/2 inch apart.

Bake for 9 minutes, and remove from baking tray right away.

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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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