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Scrumptious Success and a Total Pinterest Fail June 17, 2013

I’ve been doing a lot of one of my favorite things lately…baking!  There have been a few occasions to bake for, and I was entertaining some kiddos this week who needed some fun projects, so I made baking one of those too!  As y’all know, I’m a tad baking obsessed.  However, if I’m going to turn on the oven in the summer’s heat, I may as well get a bit adventurous and try a few new ideas.  If you’re looking for a tasty dessert for a summer party, hanging out on the deck with friends, or just to have when your sweet tooth strikes, try one of these…

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Encrusted Oreos

You will need:

2 sticks of softened butter

1 c. sugar

3/4 c. brown sugar, packed

1 tbsp. vanilla

2 eggs

1 tsp. salt

3 1/2 c. flour (I used an even 4 cups to make my cookies more successful in higher altitude)

1 tsp. baking soda

1 pack Oreos

1 bag milk chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350F.  Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar in your mixer.  Add the eggs and vanilla.  Combine your dry ingredients in a separate bowl.  Slowly add your dry ingredients to your mixer, making sure all clumps are blended out.  Stir in your chocolate chips.

Now comes the really fun part!  Put a ball of dough on the top and bottom of an Oreo, forming it around the Oreo cookie.  My advice on this part is use just enough dough to cover the Oreo but not smother it (the kiddos and I learned this the hard way, as some of our Oreos ended up drowning in cookie dough when they emerged from the oven!).

Bake 12 minutes on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (my favorite way to keep all my cookies from browning too dark on their cute little bottoms!).

These babies ended up delish….I mean honestly, one of the most delicious and indulgent bites of homemade dessert I’ve had in a long time.  I highly recommend them!

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Cake Batter Dessert Dip

This dessert is such a great one for summer, as you don’t even need to turn on your oven!  Also, this would be a good go-to for entertaining outside, as you don’t have to worry about anything getting gooey and melty and your guests can just dip as they please, no need to serve anything up.

You will need:

2 c. lowfat plain yogurt

1 c. lite whipped topping (CoolWhip is good, or your grocery store’s generic twin)

1 box Funfetti cake mix

1 bag animal crackers, for dipping!  (or if you are feeling frisky and want to bake with this dip, a simple drop-sized sugar cookie should do the trick…a good soft sugar cookie like this will do just fine)

Mix all of your ingredients together in your mixer, 3-4 minutes or until completely smooth and mixed.  Chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.

*Recipe amendment: If you want it more fluffy & sweet instead of cake battery and a tad sour from the yogurt, try going half and half with your wet ingredients and do 1 1/2 c. each of the yogurt and whipped topping.

ImageAnd, as I promised…my first complete and total Pinterest FLOP…

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On the left you can see how adorable these cupcake cones are supposed to turn out…and on the right, my flop.  The batter totally overflowed and didn’t puff up the way I thought it should (my own fault, I should have added more flour to my cake mix but forgot).  The worst part, which you can see evidence of on the right side is that they got top heavy and literally fell over overnight.  Hmm….if I attack this project again with more successful results, I will certainly share so y’all don’t run into the same horrendous mess of soggy cones and frosting!

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