Cookies, Kids Bakes

Oreo Fudge Brownie Cookies

Holiday Cookie season is here! It’s a little earlier than usual, but it’s 2020 and we could all use a little joy, even if it’s 6 weeks early. My inspiration for this week’s bake comes from a few leftover goodies from Halloween. Below is the recipe for my Oreo Fudge Brownie Cookies along with my tips, tricks, and don’ts that I did. This is a cookie recipe you’ll want to make all year; they’re that good!

Oreo Fudge Brownie Cookies
Oreo Fudge Brownie Cookies

Ingredients for Cookies

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 package (12oz) of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Gluten-Free Flour
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 package (12oz) of white chocolate chips
  • 1.5 cups of crushed oreo wafers
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (for topping the cookies)

Directions for Cookies

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine semi-sweet chocolate and unsalted butter. Microwave on high for 1.5 minutes or until the mixture is smooth when stirred. Set aside.

Mix eggs, sugar, and vanilla with hand mixer in large bowl until blended.

Add flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder. Mix on low until well combined.

Blend in chocolate mixture.

Fold in 1 cup of the crushed Oreos.

Stir in white chocolate chips.

Drop a tablespoon or cookie scoop of mixture onto parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes or until shiny.

Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes.

Move to cooling rack and top with remaining Oreos and powdered sugar.

Yuuum!!!

Tips, Tricks, and Don’ts that I did

Be careful not to overcook your chocolate chips in the microwave. The texture should be smooth, not grainy. If it’s grainy, you’ve heated them for too long and will need to redo it.

Oreos are not gluten-free. To limit the amount of gluten in my batch of cookies I used gluten-free flour. You can use regular flour if you’d prefer.

This cookie recipe would be great with nuts too. Feel free to play with the ingredients and add any extras you like.

These cookies should be fudgy, not dry. If they look underbaked, don’t worry! As long as you’ve baked them for the time listed in the instructions they’re done.

These cookies are delicious reheated too. Microwave for 5 seconds and add a dollop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top.

As always, don’t forget to ENJOY!

Merry Christmas!
Kids Bakes

Easy Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

This weeks bake was inspired by a fellow baker who told me he sometimes substitutes brown sugar in his bakes instead of using granulated sugar. Since I’m not an experienced baker, I thought I’d try this tip on something a little bit easy; chocolate chip cookies. The cookies turned out great and I found the brown sugar adds an unexpected delicious fullness to the flavor. Below is the recipe along with my tips and tricks and don’ts that I did.

Ingredients

2 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 sticks softened butter

2 and 1/2 cups packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups dark chocolate morsels

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt.

In large bowl beat butter, vanilla, and brown sugar until creamy.

Add eggs one at a time until well mixed.

Slowly add in flour mixture until well mixed.

Stir in morsels until evenly distributed.

Scoop with cookie scoop onto parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes.

Move to cooling rack and cool completely.

Tips and Tricks and Don’ts that I did

Parchment paper is your baking best friend. Instead of flooding your cookie sheets with cooking spray, line them with parchment paper and the cookies slide right off.

I’ve recommended this before, but a cookie scoop is a game changer. You’ll get a consistent sized cookie with every scoop.

This dough can be frozen and used later. I made enough to share and froze the remaining dough to use later this week for after school treats for my boys.

Don’t be nervous about the brown sugar substitution. I thought for sure my cookies wouldn’t turn out, but these cookies are some of the best chocolate chip cookies my taste testers have ever had. It was worth the risk and an amazing tip I’ll continue to use. Enjoy!

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cookies, Kids Bakes

Teacher Treats and Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

WOW! I say this every year, but December has flown by. It’s already time for the kids to be out for Christmas break, which means…. Teacher Gifts! I always like to do something a little personal for my kids teachers because they do so much for us. This year I decided to give a few of our Austin favorites as gifts like Cuppa Austin Coffee and Austin Gourmet Popcorn as well as some very easy, but very tasty made from scratch chocolate chip cookies.

This recipe is very easy to follow and makes enough cookies for my kids seven teachers with extras to spare for the little hands that helped with the baking. Below is the recipe with a few tips and tricks at the end.

Ingredients

1 cup softened butter

1 cup white sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons hot water

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups flour

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together butter, white sugar and brown sugar on medium speed until smooth.

Beat in eggs one at a time, then add vanilla.

Dissolve baking soda in hot water, add to batter with salt.

Mix in flour 1 cup at a time until well mixed.

Add chocolate chips.

Use scoop to place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are a light golden brown.

Remove cookies from pan and place on cooling rack.

When cooled, we packed our cookies into Christmas treat bags to give to our teachers along with the other goodies.

Tips and Tricks and Don’ts that I did

Don’t over bake your cookies. It’s really easy to do. Remember cookies continue to cook when you take them out of the oven. As long as your edges are lightly golden you will have a perfect cookie.

Freeze any extra cookie dough you have. If you only want to make 20 cookies, portion the remaining cookie dough into plastic bags, throw it in your freezer and use when you like. To bake the frozen cookie dough set oven to 350 degrees and bake for 20 minutes. The cookies will bake just like you made them the first time. We’re using our leftover cookie dough for Santa cookies next week!

Invest in a cookie (ice cream) scoop. This is a GAME CHANGER. You’ll get a perfect cookie every time. Below is the scoop I bought from Amazon. We make cookies all the time and I can’t imagine not having my scoop.  https://www.amazon.com/Disher-Scoop-Cream-Portion-Control/dp/B06XY9RDSQ/

These cookies are really easy, but also really fun. They might be the only bake I’ve done that have kept my kids attention the entire time. They loved helping me and being able to say to their teachers “Hey, I helped bake that!”

I’ll end with this. Val, a contestant, from The Great British Baking Show once said “When you bake, you always bake for a reason. You’re giving it to people, so you make it the best you can. You make it with love. And whenever I make anything, I stir love into it. I knead love into it, so when I present it, its special.”

I love this so much because it’s so true. In the short time I’ve been baking I’ve learned that baking is so much more than ingredients and oven temperatures. Bakers put something special into each bake. We LOVE our teachers and it makes me so happy to bake something out of love with my kids for them even if it’s something small but tasty like Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I’m looking forward to sharing many more bakes next year, the good ones and bad ones and especially the scrummy ones! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Mae Bakes!!