(Dairy-Free) Double Dark Chocolate Fudge Cookies

I’ve yet to meet a cookie I didn’t like.  I have a soft spot for sweet stuff!  ..and so does MiniThor.. who happens to be allergic to dairy.  Basically every bakery item you encounter is made with butter, thus creating a challenge in satisfying that sweet tooth!  Through many kitchen adventures MiniThor and I have discovered many glorious goodies that can be made sans dairy!  Cookies regularly roll out of our oven using this standard recipe…

  
You can use any box cake mix for this, making this recipe very versatile!  Many cake mixes DO NOT contain dairy!!!  Just check the label to be sure and you’re good to go.

For today’s cookie creation we used Duncan Hines Classic Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix. It worked wonderfully to create fluffy, chewy, chocolate cookies!  Finding chocolate chips that are allergy friendly is a bit tricky, luckily we discovered Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips!  There is only one store that carries them in our area, if these amazing choco chips are are to  find in your area you can find them on Amazon, here is our affiliate link… Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips – 10 oz – 2 

These cookies are easy, here’s the how-to…

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  
  • Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray or line it with parchment paper.  
  • Mix together everything except the chocolate chips until well combined.  
  • When you have a smooth batter, fold in your desired amount of chocolate chips.  
  • Spoon your batter out onto your prepared cookie sheet(s).  
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Let cool.
  • EAT COOKIES!

 
I made 20 big cookies with this mix.  20 delicious dark chocolate cookies of awesomeness!

 
MiniThor approves!!! 

Try out your own variations and enjoy this simple sweet treat!
Keep making memories,

Kate

Monsterrific Jellotastic Movie Night

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Mini Thor loooooves the Disney Pixar Movie “Monsters, Inc.” With the new Monster University movie coming out this month there is Monsters stuff all over Walmart. He spotted a Jell-O juggler mold with the faces of a few characters right next to “berry scary” flavored jell-o, so of course we just couldn’t pass it up! There were a couple other jell-o uses that I’d been wanting to try as well, so I thought we’d just make a night of it. A Monsterrific Jellotastic Movie Night!

First we made Jello-Jigglers so they could sit for three hours in the fridge and be ready for dessert after supper.
This is the end result…

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They turned out awesome and Mini Thor loved them!

Next I fixed “Monster Snacks” for us to eat while we watch the movie. I made Jello Grapes and they were a hit! (There are many many posts out there with this idea so I’m not sure who actually came up with this genius snack.)
Here’s the how to..

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Mini Thor and Aunt PeyPey both loved them! They were gobbled up quickly and I had to make a second batch!

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(You may want to use a lighter colored jello if you are worried about messy fingers)

Next we made some “Jel-doh,” homemade play-do using jello mix! I’m kind of weird (which you may have guessed already) and I just can’t stand the smell that store bought play-doh leaves on your hands, yuck! so when I found a recipes for making this scented dough I just had to try it! If you have a little one who may be tempted to taste play-doh this dough might be a good trial before using other modeling clays with them.  If they eat this it won’t do any harm, although I can’t imagine it tasting very well. 

Here’s the how-to…

In a small saucepan combine the following:

– 1 cup flour
– 1/2 cup salt
– 1 Tbsp cooking oil
– 2 tsp cream of tartar
– 1 cup water
– 1 (3oz) package of Jello

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Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the dough becomes the consistency of mash potatoes.

Remove from pot and cool on a lightly flour surface.

When it has cooled enough, kneed the dough thoroughly.

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(Store in an air tight container when not in use.)

We put our Jel-do to use as soon as it was cool! We made it into MONSTERS!

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We used googly eyes (I love googly eyes!!!), pipe cleaners, and pompoms to make silly monsters!

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Mini Thor was occupied by this for like half and hour, which is a very long time for a two year old!

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I loved making jel-doh monsters with my little monster! We made many monster friends!

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We ended up watching Monsters, Inc. a couple times and we had lots of monster fun!!!
-Kate

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Oreo Banana Muffins

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Mini Thor goes through phases where he eats bananas all the time, but it never fails that when I buy a big bunch he quits eating them and I’ll have bananas turning brown. These sad, left behind bananas get put to good use though, usually in tasty muffins. The most recent banana muffin to leave my oven was these Oreo Banana muffins..

What you need:
2-3 overripe bananas
1 egg
1 box Betty Crocker French Vanilla cake mix
6 Reduced Fat Oreos (crushed in a food processor)

How-to:
Mash up the bananas with the egg

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(Pardon the pots in the background, mini Thor likes to “cook” while mommy cooks)

Add the crush Oreos (I used my amazing little Ninja chopper, I love that thing!)

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Put them in a mini muffin pan and bake them at 350 degrees until done. This makes about 30 mini muffins.

Here’s the best part… Only 50 calories for two mini muffins!!!! Plus, they are amazing. Lo-cal tasty breakfast for-the-win!!

-Kate

Strawberry Cookies for Spring

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Mini Thor had a case of the grumpies yesterday evening so naturally I had to do something about that. See, grumpies can be contagious so they aren’t allowed in my house haha. In order to get rid of those grumps we made some spring cookies using some new cookie cutters we had recently purchased.
Here’s how we made out super easy, delightfully soft, strawberry cookies…

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You just need
– One box Ducan Hines Strawberry Supreme cake mix
– One Stick of Butter, softened
– 2 Eggs
– Strawberry Icing & Sprinkles (optional)

I always forget to leave my butter out to get soft. I put it in the microwave for 10 seconds and it seems to be soft enough for mixing.

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Mix all of the ingredients together until everything is well combined.

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Refrigerate the dough for 2 hrs.

Now you are ready to roll it out and cut out your cookies

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Bake @ 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. Just enough that they look done and are just barely starting to golden on the edges.

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That is what our baked cookies looked like.

Once they are cooled you can decorate! We used Strawberry Icing and a variety of sprinkles 🙂

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Mini Thor always loves making cookies and these are some of my favorites! They are so delicious and they stay soft even after they have cooled (and for days!).

Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but we ate some for breakfast this morning 😉

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(Photo edited with the “Halftone” app for iPhone, cool right?!?!)

-Kate

From Biscuits to Donuts

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I had a can of Grands Buttermilk Biscuits in my fridge that were literally going to expire in days so I had to put them to use. I was really wanting something sweet for breakfast (that’s noting new) this morning so I decided to turn those nearly out of date biscuits into donut bites for Sunday morning breakfast! I had seen a picture on Pinterest (isn’t Pinterest.com a magical place?!) of biscuits cut up and fried, but it was just a picture, no recipe (sometimes I hate it when that happens!!) but I tend to wing-it in the kitchen anyway so I just made a guess and it turned out to be a tasty gamble!
Here’s the how too…
What you need..

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– Grands Buttermilk Biscuits in a can
– Frying oil
– Sugar
– Cinnamon
(Or the premixed cinnamon sugar)

Cut up each biscuit into four pieces

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Mix together sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside (about 1 cup sugar to 1 tsp cinnamon)

Now toss those little biscuit bits in the oil and fry those puppies up!

Flip when they start floating so that both sides get evenly done.

When they are brown pull them out and roll them in the sugar mixture

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I added blue sugar sprinkles to some as a special touch for Mini Thor 🙂

Let them cool and ta-da you have tasty little donuts bites!

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These are so simple, quick, and tasty!

Pardon me while I wipe the sugar off my phone from typing….

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday,
-Kate

Hotel Transylvania Movie Night

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We recently purchased the movie Hotel Transylvania and it is wonderful! Mini Thor loves “hotel tansy-baya-baya” as he pronounces it! It has a great message about acceptance and is full of funny moments. Last night we had a Hotel Transylvania movie night with Granmomma and Aunt PeyPey because Granmomma loves the movie too.
And of course I thought we needed some spooky treats to go along with it…

Like Monster Punch (lime sherbet and sprite)

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And Witch Fingers (Bugles)

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And a worm filled graveyard!

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This is pretty much your standard “dirt” recipe..
1 box of chocolate pudding (the larger size box) made according to the directions on the box
12 Oreos chopped up in the food processor.
– mix half in the the pudding
-reserve half for the topping
1 bag of gummy worms
1 Hershey’s Cookies’n’Cream candy bar.

Place some of the worms in the bottom of a square casserole dish.
Pour pudding and Oreo mixture in.
Top with remaining Oreos
Add more worms!
Break apart the candy bar and place two of the rectangles side by side to make the tombstones.

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Simple as that!

Mini Thor and his Aunt PeyPey thought this was amazing. Aunt PeyPey ate a bunch of it!

I have a few ideas for some more movie nights, so keep an eye out for future post!

Bleh bleh bleh!
-Kate

Cut-out Cake Cookies

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We love love love making cookies at my house.  Mini Thor particularly loves the decorating, his granmomma says he “likes a little cookie with his icing.”  We made lots of cookies over the holiday season but cut-out cookies don’t have to be just for Christmas (although we use our Christmas cookie cutters year-round, Mini Thor likes to make snowmen).  I found this amazing cut-out cookie recipe at GOODEness Gracious that starts with a box of cake mix.  I love recipes that let you cheat like that!  We also gave Duncan Hines Frosting Creations a try, I normally avoid things with artificial colors but seriously how to you resist making cotton candy icing?!?!  Here’s the how-to for these easy, fun cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 100_7675Cake Mix (we used Funfetti)
  • Two Eggs
  • 1 Stick of Butter, Softened
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • Icing & Sprinkles of your choice for decorating after your cookies cool (optional)

Mix all that goodness together until completely mixed.  Then, let it chill in the fridge for 2 hours (or so).  100_7701Roll out the dough on a flour coated surface.   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Cut out those cookies!!!100_7704

Try to resist eating the cookie dough, tee hee, little man couldn’t! Place the cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. Cook on a wire rack and then DECORATE! 100_7715We used cotton candy icing as a base and then Mini Thor added blue sugar cookie icing. Sprinkles are optional, but totally add to the fun factor! 100_7718This cookie adventure was totally worth the mess!  After all, the bigger the mess the bigger the adventure right?!

 -Kate & Mini Thor

Cheater-Cheater-Pumpkin-Eater Mini Muffins

When the leaves turn orange and its jacket weather I start craving pumpkin and cinnamon like nobody’s business!  So, pumpkin muffins recently exited my oven.  These are pretty much the easiest muffins in the world, you cheat by starting with a box cake mix.  With just four, count’em four, ingredients these are super simple!

Here’s the How-To..

Ingredients:

  • Box of cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Yellow Cake Mix)
  • 1 Can of Pumpkin
  • 2 tsp of Vanilla Extract (GF vanilla if you need it completely gluten-free)
  • A couple of dashes of Cinnamon (sorry, I didn’t measure)

Just mix all the ingredients together!

The batter will be a fun orange color, which kiddos will probably enjoy.

Spoon the batter into a mini muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-18 minutes.

They aren’t the prettiest of muffins but they are tasty and moist.  This recipe makes 36 mini muffins at a mere 50 calories a muffin!