Saturday, February 12, 2011

Childhood Dessert Dreams

Today, as my boyfriend would put it, I am in my dream bubble.  I am dreaming of simple chocolate chip cookies, vanilla sheet cake with sickeningly sweet chocolate frosting, or even a simple rice krispie treat (maybe add in some mini m&m's).  What led to this childhood reminiscing you may be asking.  Well, there was another birthday in our office this week (Happy Birthday CK!) and her requested dessert of choice was a simple cookie cake.  Take one jelly roll pan, standard chocolate chip cookie dough, spread it out and bake, then top with vanilla frosting.  Who didn't at some point attend a birthday party where the cake was a GINORMOUS chocolate chip cookie smothered in frosting, slightly gooey in the middle so you thought you were getting away with eating cookie dough. YUM!  This is exactly what I was going for and the office ate it up and enjoyed.  So, today's post is going to be filled with good old stand by recipes and not many pictures.  If you have a favorite childhood dessert please share!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake:

1 cup unsalted butter softened, then slightly melted (this will allow for a gooey-er cookie)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs or 1/2 cup egg substitute
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with sugars until creamed and fluffy.  Mix in vanilla and eggs until well combined.
3. In a seperate bowl mix together baking soda, salt and flour.
4. Then add the dry ingredients into the butter-sugar mixture just until combined.  Fold in chocolate chips.
5. Spead cookie dough on to jelly roll pan and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  (If you do not have a jelly roll pan, a cake pan will work just fine.)

Classic Rice Krispie Treats:  (

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 cups of mini marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

1. Melt butter in a sauce over low heat.  Add in 4 cups marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Pour rice krispies in a large mixing bowl.  Pour butter-marshmallow mixture over rice krispies and stir until well coated.  Fold in 1 cup of marshmallows.
3. Spread the mixutre using a buttered spatual into a 13x9" cake pan or form into balls and push into cupcake pan.

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