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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

27 Apr

I know I make chocolate chip cookies quite often on this blog. It’s just so simple, a crowd pleaser. This one is definitely one of my favorites. The cookies are soft, plump yet airy, just the right amount of sweetness and a little nutty from the ground oatmeal. It’s quite perfect, actually.


I have been using this “top secret”(but not really) recipe for about 8 years now. It never fails me. Sometimes, I eliminate the nuts, add in some raisins, whatever. They turn out good any way.


So there is some history to this recipe. These cookies are actually called the Neiman Marcus cookie. There is a whole back story/legend behind this special recipe (fine it here). I won’t get into it. You be the judge. I will just share the recipe.

Again, recipe from here.


2 cups butter

4 cups flour

2 tsp. baking soda

2 cups granulated sugar

2 cups brown sugar

5 cups blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal and blend in blender to a fine powder)

24 oz. chocolate chips

1 tsp. salt

1 8 oz. Hershey bar (grated)

4 eggs

2 tsp. baking powder 3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)

2 tsp. vanilla


Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet..Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.



Chocolate Chip Cookies

17 Feb

So I made chocolate chip cookies, again.

I can’t help it, it’s a classic, you know?

This time, I followed and modified Chef Michael Mina’s recipe that I discovered on Refinery 29. The finishing product was delicious- crunchy, sweet, and fulfilling.

2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature and diced
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Using hand-held electronic mixer or stand-mixer with paddle attachment, beat together butter, sugar, and brown sugar.



3. Once the mixture is fluffy (after beating for about 5 minutes), add in eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla and continue to mix until combined.


4. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt.

5. Turn the mixer on and slowly incorporate the dry ingredients to the mix.


6. Once combined, fold in chocolate chips until they are incorporated.


7. Roll the dough to about a size of a golf ball (2 inches). Put the dough on nonstick baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.

8. Bake cookies in the lower rack of the oven for about 15 minutes.


9. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and serve warm.



(Fancy) S’mores

30 Dec

I love making treats for people around me. I am not an affectionate person, so making and giving treats is really my way of showing my appreciation for the people around me. For the holidays, I decided to make these cute S’mores that I discovered from Pinterest.

They were incredibly easy and fast to make, if you were to make a small batch. However, I literally made over four dozens of these treats. Needless to say they took me a couple of hours. Other than making them as holiday gifts, they are also great for host gifts, party favors, etc.

To make 12 S’mores sandwiches:

24 squares of graham crackers

1.55 oz Hershey bar, break up into squares

12 large marshmallows

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

sprinkles of your choice


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lay graham crackers onto baking sheet, top half with 2 squares of chocolate, and half with large marshmallows.


2. Bake in the oven for about 4 minutes, until marshmallows start turning brown. Take out the sheet and sandwich together two crackers, one with chocolate and one with marshmallow.


3. Pop these sandwiches into the freezer for at least 5 minutes to harden and cool down. In the mean time, melt chocolate chip with double boiler or in microwave.

4. Take out the sandwiches from the freezer and dip one side with melted chocolate. Add sprinkles, and lay to let cool.


5. Once the sandwiches are cooled, place them in small plastic bags, attach a card, and they are ready to  be delivered!



How cute! Try them next time on your own!

S’Mores Brownies

9 Oct

Let’s just be serious here. Moist and melty, how amazing does this look?

Again, I saw Joy’s post and immediately told myself to make this amazing treat! It did not disappoint, not even a little bit.


1 1/2 cup flour

2 ts baking powder

1 ts salt

2 sticks unsalted butter

6 ounces unsweetened chocolate

5 large eggs

1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

2 ts vanilla

1 cup graham cracker, crumbled

6 large marshmallows, diced

12 large marshmallows


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl.

3. Melt butter and chocolate together. I didn’t use the double boiler method. I used a pan and made sure the heat is on LOW, so the mixture don’t burn! Stir until melted and smooth.

4.  Using an electric mixer, mix eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.

5. Once the sugar/egg mixture is done, pour in the chocolate/butter mixture, and mix.

6. Stir in the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt)

7. At this point, the batter should be thick. Mix in the graham crackers and diced marshmallows.

8. Once the mixture is finished, pour the batter in the baking pan. Then top the batter with large marshmallows.

9. Bake the dish for 35-40 minutes, and-

10. Let the brownies chill for 20 minutes. Then cut and serve warm!

There you go. Now you try 🙂

Chocolate & Peanuts Rice Krispies Treats

10 Sep

I am not that big of a fan in making Rice Krispies treats. I always thought it’s sticky, messy, hard to clean up.

I gave it a shot yesterday and it changed my mind.

Chocolate, peanuts, rice krispies, and a little bit of reese’s cups are good. very good.

You should try it.


3 tbs butter

1 package of 10 oz marshmallows

6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

1.5 cup chopped reese’s cups

1 cup salted peanuts

1/2 cup salted peanuts, chopped

2 – 7oz chocolate bars (or 14 oz chocolate chips)


1. Melt butter, and add marshmallows to melt.

2.  Add melted marshmallows/butter mixture to the rice krispies, reese’s cups, 1 cup of peanuts mixture and combine until evenly mixed.3. Evenly layout the mixture onto a sheet/pan. 

4. melt chocolate in either microwave or use the double boiler technique on the stove.

5. pour melted chocolate all over rice krispy treats. Add chopped nuts on top.

6. As a faster way for chocolate to harden, put the treats in the fridge for about 20 minutes. Cut to the size that you desire and enjoy!

Dark Chocolate, Pistachio, and Smoked Sea Salt Cookies

31 Aug

So that was a mouth full.

I follow the beautiful Joy the Baker religiously. When she posted her Dark Chocolate, Pistachio, and Smoked Sea Salt Cookies , I knew I had to make them, ASAP. And I did.

Now, how do you say no to these delicious things? Check out the recipe HERE!

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