Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Homemade Uh-Oh Crushed Oreo Cookies

OH. MY. GOSH. I discovered the most incredible treat the other day. You will die when I tell you about it. Let me tell you the story of how I came up with this delectable little cookie.

I signed Mr. G and I up to feed the sister missionaries this last Monday. I'm sure Mr. G is getting tired of all the crazy things that I sign him up to do without his permission, but he is always a good sport. Anyway, I wanted to make a fun dessert for the sisters without having to go to the store. Now, our newlywed cupboards are looking a little sparse lately so I knew this would be a task. I remembered that we had cream cheese in the fridge, and I always have chocolate cake mix on hand, so I decided that homemade Oreos would be the perfect treat to feed the sisters. Simple, but fun. Not to mention homemade Oreos are Mr. G's favorite treat so I thought I'd be earning big points for this one.

Come to find out, I did not have a chocolate cake mix. Shoot. I'm losing points with Mr. G, and the sisters will not have a delicious dessert to enjoy. All I found in our newlywed cupboard was a Butter Cake Mix. BUTTER. What the heck can I do with that? Since I enjoy experimenting with food, I decided that since the color of the cake mix is yellow, I'm going to pretend it's a yellow cake mix. Hmmm.... LIGHTBULB! I'll make homemade UH-OH Oreos! Genius! I'm not sure how they'll turn out, but I'll give it a try!

I threw in some chocolate chips that I found in the newlywed cupboard and was feeling pretty excited about my recipe. BUT, WAIT! I suddenly remembered that Mr. G and I bought a pack of Oreos last week for a recipe (the post will come in a few days) and we had some left over. YUM. How about I crush some of those up to put in the cookies? Oh, wait! What about the filling? Ya, I'll crush some up and throw 'em in the filling as well. What a treat!

Let me tell you friends, these were heaven on earth! To quote Mr. G:

"Sar these are really good. Like, REALLY good. I don't think you understand how good these are."

Given, Mr. G compliments my food always. He's a good husband that way. But, these seriously are to die for. Also, they are super rich! Make sure you have a glass of milk handy. Anyway, If you are looking for a twist to the standard homemade Oreo, give them a try! You will not be disappointed.

Homemade Uh-Oh Crushed Oreo Cookies

1 Yellow Cake Mix (Try Butter!)
3/4 Cup Butter
2 Eggs
3/4 Cup Chocolate Chips
5-7 whole Oreo Cookies, crushed (more or less- depending on your preference)

1 (8 ounce) Package Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 Cup Butter
2 Tablespoons Vanilla
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
4-6 whole Oreo Cookies, crushed (more or less- depending on your preference)

In a large bowl, combine cake mix, the 3/4 cup butter, and eggs. Chill about 10 minutes. Roll into small balls. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Cool.

To prepare filling, beat cream cheese, the 1/2 cup butter, and vanilla together. Add powdered sugar and mix together. Add the crushed up Oreo Cookies. Spread filling on top of cookie, and then top with another cookie.

*Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Newlywed and a REALLY Bad Blogger

Hi friends! I'm sure you have all given up on me and this blog of mine, right? Well, surprise, surprise! I'M BACK! Let me give you a quick update, and I promise there is a delicious recipe at the end of this post.

Here's my big update.....I GOT MARRIED!!!!!

Yes! It's true! I now have a husband, and might I add, he's the most wonderful husband a girl could ever ask for. It seriously rocks to be married. You always have a friend to play with, cuddle with, bake treats with, someone to boost you up on a rough day, someone who takes the trash out (It's a beautiful thing, really), someone who drives the car, lifts all the heavy things, turns off the light at night so you don't have to make a mad dash for the bed if you are afraid of the dark (there really are monsters, I swear), and someone who just loves to hang out with you. Tomorrow we will have been married 2 months!! I can honestly say that these past 2 months have been the best months of my life. Cheers to forever with the coolest guy ever!

Here are a few sneak peak photos from the day.

As you can see, it was a perfect day. We were both so happy to finally be married. It is so much fun being in love with your best friend! Sorry about the cheesiness, I'll move on.

Sean and I really like to make treats on Sunday. Don't you think that treats are completely necessary on Sundays? We do. So, a couple of weeks ago we made this delicious popcorn! The recipe is originally called Snickers Popcorn, but we didn't have Snickers so we made Reses PB Cup and Reses Pieces Popcorn instead. We followed the recipe as is, except we added different candy. So, play with it, get creative, and see what delicious popcorn you come up with!

Snickers Popcorn

(I found the recipe at Six Sisters' Stuff, but they adapted it from Cookies and Cups- I love both of those blogs! Check them out. )

4 quarts popped corn (about 1 cup kernels)
1 cup salted butter
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup salted peanuts (we didn't add these)
30 fun size Snickers bars chopped up (or any other candy you want to try)
3 oz melted choc chips

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Pop your popcorn and put popcorn and peanuts in a big brown paper grocery bag.
Over medium heat boil butter, brown sugar, salt and corn syrup for 5 minutes (stirring constantly). Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. Pour over popcorn in the brown paper bag, roll closed and shake well. It blends so much easier than trying to fit it in a big bowl and stir. After the popcorn is coated well, spread onto a cookie sheet. Spread chopped Snickers over top of popcorn and put in oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle melted chocolate over top of popcorn. YUM!

*If not eaten immediately...can be stored in an airtight container.