Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Thick and Chewy Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you're a fan of THICK chocolate chip cookies, this recipe is for you!

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If you're a fan of THICK chocolate chip cookies, this recipe is for you!

Want SUPER THICK and chewy cookies? Here are my tips for the perfect Thick and Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies.

A FEW THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

  • Instead of "correctly" measuring the flour by scooping and scraping the excess flour off the top of the measuring cup, we're going to "incorrectly" measure the flour by gently pressing against the side of the flour container (or bag) to level it in the measuring cup. 
  • Something else that keeps cookies really THICK? Using chocolate chips instead of chopped chocolate. Most people do this anyway, but I thought it was worth noting that I've made this EXACT SAME recipe using chopped chocolate and got drastically different results in terms of thickness.
  • Baking the cookies at 350ºF instead of 375ºF (which is the temp I normally bake cookies at) is another trick that keeps these cookies thick and chewy.
  • Instead of using a combination of white sugar and brown sugar, this recipe calls entirely for brown sugar. Which 1) gives these cookies a rich toffee like flavor, and 2) makes them extra chewy!
If you're a fan of THICK chocolate chip cookies, this recipe is for you!





Yield: Approximately 20 cookies

Thick and Chewy Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

Instead of using a combination of white sugar and brown sugar, this recipe calls entirely for brown sugar. Which gives these cookies a rich toffee like flavor and makes them extra chewy!
prep time: 15 minscook time: 9 minstotal time: 24 mins

ingredients:

1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1 tbsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
10 ounces dark chocolate chips

instructions

Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
Stir in the brown sugar. Remove from heat and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
Transfer the butter-sugar mixture to a large mixing bowl. Whisk in the egg and the egg yolk.
Add the vanilla, flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix just until dough forms.
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Scoop 1/4 cup portions of dough and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 9 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

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If you're a fan of THICK chocolate chip cookies, this recipe is for you!

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Dutch Oven Boston Butt BBQ

A beautiful crispy outside, with a succulent tender inside, all without a smoker or grill!
Dutch Oven Boston Butt BBQ Recipe

The thralls of summer are upon us and it calls for some classic, iconic, American meats, treats, and sweets. Being that our family are North Carolinians through and through, one food we all agree on is BBQ. Although this may not be one of Ashton's favorite memories of our Grandpa Epps, one that is mine (because of its' awesomeness) is my Grandpa cooking a pig during the beginnings of her wedding reception with blood all over him, as happy as can be. What a stud.

BBQ to us is a noun and is meant for specific pork meat. As we've gained Western exposure, we've realized that BBQ is considered to many a verb for an outside, grilling, social experience. We believe in no such thing, being that what I just described is of course titled nothing else but a "cookout", and the term BBQ is distinctly reserved for pig meat! You can however use BBQ as a verb if you are having an outside, grilling, social experience while cooking a pig.

Dutch Oven Boston Butt BBQ Recipe


Now that you're educated, enter this beautiful piece of meat, the Boston Butt. It is pork shoulder that when cooked correctly and dipped in the right types of sauce, is nothing less than exquisite. My preferred method would be to smoke or grill this bad boy, but as I am smoker and grill-less for the time being, I've found other ways, as with the cast iron skillet (or dutch oven pan).

This cook does take some TLC and patience, but it is well worth it. Make sure you cut off most of the exterior fat as pork shoulder has plenty of fat to be rendered within. Dab the shoulder dry, use your dry rub, sear, bake, rub, sauce, broil, and sauce again. The flavor is unreal with the savory spices and salts combining with the sweet and tangy components of the BBQ sauce. We absolutely loved this recipe and will definitely be repeating. Try it out and share its' majesty with friends and loved ones before summer comes to an end!

Keaton

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Flourless Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Muffins

Incredibly easy banana muffins with no flour or refined sugar needed.
Flourless Chocolate Chip Banana MuffinsThey say smell is the strongest memory connector of the senses, and one of my all time favorite smells was waking up to a house filled with chocolate chip banana bread or muffin smell my Mom was making. I'd argue to say that still might be my favorite smell (maybe only trumped by this family favorite bacon).

Since I have finished playing football I don't exercise near as much as I did and have therefore made a more conscious effort to eat better (you may have noticed that trending in my more recent posts). As result of this conscious effort I tried to recreate my Mom's muffins in a healthier style. Result = this recipe! Don't get me wrong, these aren't near as good as my Mom's (her recipe found here), but they are a tasty alternative.
Flourless Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Muffins
If you are trying to be a little better in what you choose to eat but want to still enjoy banana muffins then go ahead and give these a try. I want to give my Mom a public shout out for making the best banana bread/muffins out there! Hope you guys enjoy these ones!

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

1 1/2 Hour Ribs

A quick way to prepare ribs, without sacrificing flavor or tenderness!
Quick Cooked Ribs
I have one other rib recipe on the blog and it is one of my favorites. It has always turned out well. However, it takes 2 hours and 40 minutes to bake (not long in the rib world), but why take 2 hours and 40 minutes when you have a way to make them just as good in 1 1/2 hours? There is no reason! These ribs are just as tender and flavorful as longer cooked ribs, and all it really takes is a little extra heat in the oven.

These ribs are super simple. Peel the membrane off the back of the ribs, rub 'em up, sauce them, foil them, bake, sauce again, and broil! It really isn't any more complicated than that. Don't get me wrong, grilled and smoked ribs are amazing, but I think it is often incorrectly thought that to have good ribs one must grill or smoke. Oven baked ribs can be just as tender and just as tasty.

Fast Cooked Ribs

I don't know how many of you get close to dinner time, go look in the fridge and see there is almost nothing there, but that happens to us......often. It feels like one day our fridge is chock-full and the next we literally have nothing. Sometimes I really don't know where it all went. Such was the case this time when we realized basically all we had were some frozen ribs and we were starving. So, all I did was turn the heat up some and followed my favorite oven baking method and they turned out great, and exactly how I like them, charred and saucy on the outside, and juicy on the inside. Go buy yourself some ribs and enjoy them without having to wait the normal forever!

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Monday, May 21, 2018

50+ Baked Donut Recipes

More than 50 recipes for baked donuts including Lemon Poppyseed Donuts, S'mores Donuts, and Churro Donuts!

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More than 50 recipes for baked donuts including Lemon Poppyseed Donuts, S'mores Donuts, and Churro Donuts!


A few things to note about these baked donut recipes:

  • Please allow a moment for the recipe collection to load. It may take a few seconds longer than the rest of the page due to the number of links included.
  • Most of these recipes are not mine. I have scoured the internet to find the VERY BEST baked donut recipes to share with you, and I have provided links to the recipes.
  • Simply click on the photo of the recipe you would like to view. You will automatically be redirected to the recipe page in a new tab.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Double Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

Rich, decadent, chocolate cookies made from chickpeas a few other simple ingredients. 
Double Chocolate Chip CookiesA couple of weeks back I posted these healthy chocolate chip chickpea cookies They have become such a hit in our household that we have started making various versions of these cookies. My first thought when I knew I wanted to make more of these was, "what can make these better?", and I immediately thought, more chocolate of course! All I did was add a little cocoa powder to the chocolate chip recipe and voila, we had double chocolate chip chickpea cookies.

These cookies really are incredibly easy to make, and it is so refreshing to eat a delicious cookie that does not mostly consist of flour, sugar, and butter. These cookies satisfy the sweet tooth we all get without any flour, sugar, and butter.

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you are looking for a way to appease your kids' sweet teeth without pumping them full of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc., this is a great compromise. We have really fallen in love with these cookies in our household due to these cookies' easiness and health benefits as compared to your traditional cookie. Hope you enjoy as much as have!

Keaton

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