Posts tagged ‘s’mores cookies’

March 7, 2011

Feeling kinda snacky (sunday)…

I always have weird eating habits on Sunday… But not today! I’m sticking with my March Goals so far, so good!

  • I went to the gym 7 times during the week…my goal was 5!
  • To not overindulge on weekends and stick to my weekly routine – CHECK!
  • Get more than 5 hours of sleep a night – Averaging 8!
  • Set a weekly budget and stick to my list – A+.

This weekend I was able to squeeze a zumba, body pump and killer spin class in – i just love me some weekend workouts! During the week I always go after work but morning workouts always make me feel more accomplished and energized.

I made a “menu” for myself for the week that included 3 meals, a snack & dessert (can’t go without it!) each day – I jotted down my grocery list, headed to Trader Joe’s and actually stuck to it without buying one extra item! I’m so proud of myself… The best part about it? I got all of these organic goodies:

for $34… I can’t remember the last time I only spent $34 at the grocery store! I have a lot of yummy recipes for the week planned so I’m ready for Monday to start. Whoa, did I just say that? This will probably be the first and last time you hear me say those words in a sentence together.

I have some news for you…

The good news is – I’m loving the honey scented blueberry muffins i made on Friday…

The bad news is I’m eating them like I’m never going to see them again…

The good news is they are only 100 calories :) But, the bad news is I’ve been dousing them in my new favorite Peanut Butter.

I just keep telling myself it’s OK it’s a protein… AND its national peanut butter month so it’s only right that I support it ;)

The good news is I made some seriously good hummus for the week to snack on.

Spinach and Artichoke Hummus! This was my first homemade hummus and it turned out ah.maze.ing. Sorry whole foods, you won’t be collecting 6.00 a container from me anymore :) The bad news is, I forgot this was a weekday snack and almost finished it off by myself TODAY. I wasn’t kidding when I said I was feeling snacky!

The good news is, while I was gawking I found a recipe that caught my eye so I also made some Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars for a healthy easy treat while were on vacation.

The bad news is I just couldn’t help but drizzle chocolate all over them.

You’re right, that’s not bad news… But it would’ve been awesome news if I would’ve opened the dark chocolate bar instead of the milk! Don’t feel sorry for me… They were still delicious – they had peanut butter AND chocolate, how could they not be?

The bad news is I was still feeling snacky – so I turned it into good news and whipped up some s’mores cookies “to take to work” tomorrow. Or, at least that’s what I told myself.

I won’t tell you how many or if i even have any of these left…

But the good news is… I’m going to share all 3 recipes with you, right here, right now.

Spinach and Artichoke Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 can of artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 2 Tbsp. tahini
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • a sprinkle of parmesan cheese to make it a little more like the dip.

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in food processor until smooth.

OOO…AHHH….  Choose your dipping weapon of choice. I chose gluten-free unsalted pretzels. I enjoy them more than the Whole Wheat ones but they can get pricey – Maybe next I’ll make my own pretzels?!

Next up on Snacky Sunday:

Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 cup pretzels (I chose gluten-free)
  • 4 bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups of old-fashioned oats
  • dried fruit, chocolate chips, chocolate, coconut etc (optional)

Directions

 

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper
  • Mash bananas
  • Add peanut butter to bananas and heat in microwave until combined
  • Add oats and peanuts, mix well.
  • Fold in pretzels
  • Spread mixture in lined pan and bake for 20 minutes or until top is browned
  • Let cool and cut into 12 squares
  • Drizzle with chocolate if you love it as much as me

These remind me of a cookie mixed with a granola bar. They are also pretty big in size so its perfect for breakfast on the go!

Last but not least…

 

S’mores Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 2 chocolate bars, chopped

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine the butter and sugars until fluffy.
  • Mix in egg and vanilla until combined.
  • Add the flour, graham crackers, salt, and baking soda, and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips.

IMPORTANT STEP: Eat a spoonful of cookie dough

  • Drop by rounded tablespoon onto cookie sheets
  • Bake for 8 minutes, and remove from the oven.
  • Push 3 to 4 marshmallows and a few pieces of the chocolate bar into each cookies.
  • Return to the oven and bake an additional 3-4 minutes until fully cooked. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

The marshmallow, graham crackers and chocolate combo is really trying hard to steal the number one spot in my heart(clearly chocolate + peanut butter is #1)… I’ve got to admit, these cookies MIGHT have me switch over. If you make these, make sure you get the colored marshmallows…They’re more fun :)

Hi ho, Hi ho…Back to work I go. Happy Monday :)

QUESTIONS: What good news do you have to share? What is your favorite combination of food?


February 28, 2011

Girl Scout Lovin’

Happy Monday! How happy are you that we are ONE day away from March? Which means we are just weeks away from Spring!!! I hope this makes you as happy as it makes me :)

This weekend was extremely busy and filled with food. 6 hours of my Saturday was spent cooking for my Grandma’s birthday. Thankfully I have an amazing boyfriend who helped me out A LOT in the kitchen…until the beer got there ;) Our menu included : Sesame Ginger Shrimp, Baked Potato Nachos, Pasta A la Vodka Chicken Casserole, French Bread, Spinach – Goat Cheese – Apple – Raisins  & Candied Walnut Salad, Tagalong Cake and S’mores Cookies! I bet you can guess what I wore all day yesterday… Extreme stretchy pants from food overload! Everything turned out perfect which is a plus for you because that means I have recipes to share :)

Sunday, I promised the recipe that included TWO boxes of Girl Scout Tagalongs. Chocolate + Peanut Butter = the dangerously delicious most perfect combination ever.

Tagalong Cake


Ingredients

  • 1 box of Devils Food Cake  + ingredients you will need to make this (or make your own)
  • 2 boxes of Girl Scout Tagalong cookies
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 16 oz tub of Cool Whip
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Prepare cake mix as prepared on box
  • Chop 1 box of Tagalongs into small pieces

  • Add them to the batter

  • Pour batter into two greased 8 inch rounds

  • Cook for 3-4 minutes less than recommended on box
  • Remove from oven when toothpick comes out clean
  • Cool completely then remove from rounds to a platter

  • Chop 1/2 of the tagalongs into small pieces from the 2nd box
  • Warm the peanut butter slightly and fold it into half of the tub of cool whip

  • Slowly add 1/4 cup of the powdered sugar and mix well
  • Spread the peanut butter filling between the layers

  • Mix the rest of the cool whip with the remainder of the chopped tagalong cookies and frost the outside of cake.
  • Cut the last of the tagalongs in half and add them to the top of the cake

  • Refrigerate until ready to serve – Serve chilled

Look at the cookie pieces in the cake! I’m not a HUGE fan of chocolate cake but this cake takes the cake. Know what I’m sayin?

This deserves a total foodgasm face.

Next time you see those cute little girls at the grocery store asking you for $5 to buy a sinful treat say yes…and make this cake!

I have a couple more recipes from Saturday to share with you but I’m wrapped up in the Bachelor right now so I will save them for later on this week. Sneak peak…

In case you didn’t know – Tomorrow is National Pancake Day! If you don’t have time to stop by iHOP for your free pancakes then feel free to make one of my recipes… I bet mine taste better anyways ;)

Protein Pumpkin Pancakes

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Funfetti Pancakes

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Apple Swirl w/ Apple Topping Pancakes

Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Crepe Pancakes

Pumpkin Raisin Pancakes for One

Not to mention they will save you hundreds of calories. Indulge a little…

QUESTIONS: Will you be celebrating National Pancake Day? What is your favorite girl scout cookie? Have you ever made a dessert with Girl Scout cookies?