CHOCOLATE CHIP OREO COOKIES


it was the first day of summer when we found this recipe, a.k.a when we found heaven on earth. these babies are sooooo good. the entire plate was gone in less than an hour. you guys, we made like 30 cookies. (we, meaning me and the ladies of disparate youth/my good friends) they're seriously like, the best thing since sliced bread. get the recipe below!

adapted from tablespoon
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 sticks of softened butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ¾ cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cup of flour
  • 10 oz bag of chocolate chips
  • 1 package of oreos (bonus points for double stuffffff)


SUPPLIES
  • mixer (hand or stand)
  • cookie sheet
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 medium bowl
  • wax paper




DIRECTIONS
  1. preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. mix the butter and both sugars together in the medium bowl until creamy, then add the eggs and vanilla
  3. in the large bowl, mix together all your dry ingredients. slowly add your sugar-butter-egg-vanilla mix into the bowl, along with the chocolate chips, until evenly combined.
  4. using clean hands (the fun way) or a cookie scoop, cover a single oreo with cookie dough until it can no longer be seen and place it onto the wax paper-lined sheet. the cookies expand a good amount, so try not to cover the oreo with too much dough, or else they'll overlap onto each other.
  5.  bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, or until they become golden brown. remove and let cool. 
  6. E A T  T H E M





weren't they good? wait, you haven't tried them? what are you waiting for? run to your kitchen now and get baking! and if you can't eat them all by yourself (you probs will) they would be a great addition to your fourth of july cookout! you friends and fam will thank you. happy baking, eating, and celebrating! -m

HOMEMADE CHURROS


hi my name is molly and i really like churros. and i think you should like them too because they are delicious and awesome and cinco de mayo is literally in cinco days and these would go perfect with a fiesta. so  watch this video make some churros and celebrate mexican holidays with yummy fried foods! -m









WALKING TACOS WITH HAMBURGER HELPER (AND FREE FOOD)

we've all had those days when all we want is a nice meal, a couch, and a netflix full of shows ready to be watched. but you don't have a personal chef. so you end up ordering pizza instead. because americans are lazy and we don't like cooking ourselves dinner. don't get me wrong, i LOVE my pizza, but once in a while, it's nice to have something a little different. if only someone could help you with your dinner-making and turn it into something quick and easy, without skimping on quality. 

tada! hamburger helper at your service. to show you how easy it is to whip up a meal, i've partnered with hamburger helper to bring you some super easy walking tacos! if you're not familiar with hamburger helper or walking tacos, they are both pretty great. here is the history of a walking taco, and hamburger helper is a betty crocker based brand that come fully stocked with all you need to make dinner. it's like a meal-in-the-box. all you do is add beef! (PS: you can get your beef TOTALLY FREE when you buy three boxes of hamburger helper people! get on that!)

 to make the walking tacos, you'll need a box of hamburger helper crunchy taco, the ingredients listed on the box, 1 lb of lean ground beef, and some extra tortilla chips if desired!



by browning the beef and following the directions on the side of the box, your meal will be ready within a few minutes! it took me only ten to complete the whole meal! 



to hold your tacos, take a brown paper bag and two 5in wide sheets of wax paper, and line the paper bag. cut off the top, roll down, grab a fork, and dig in! 





now, thanks to hamburger helper, you're free to chill on the couch, watch netflix, get the money you spent on beef back (it's basically free food my friends. don't pass it up!), and enjoy an awesome meal made by you! woohoo for not ordering pizza! (pizza it's not you, it's me. i think we need some time apart.) -m





HOMEMADE DONUTS ARE GOOD


have you ever had those days where you crave something so badly and won't stop until you get it? i had one of those days. i needed a donut. and whyyyy would you go and buy one? no. too mainstream molly. you have to make your own. so i open up the cabinet where we keep all the cookie sheets, brownie/casserole dishes and the donut pan WASN'T THERE. ok, no big deal, but i was sightly angry. it's gotta be around here for sure. fast forward to 20 minutes of searching, i was starting to get hangry. and then, (cue angel chorus) i found it! in a box of random christmas decorations. don't ask people. my donut dreams could now be fulfilled.

my sister claire lent a hand and we filled the tins with a cake frosting tool to get the batter evenly distributed. we followed this recipe.





 frosting the donuts was easier than we expected. mix equal parts powdered sugar and milk and food coloring!














and to answer the question i know you've all been asking throughout this post is was my donut craving satisfied? the answer is yes. (but is it really though?) -m

GUEST POST ON THE COLLABOREAT | XOCO







over thanksgiving break, me and the fam headed down to xoco, (pronounced sho-ko) a fun mexican/aztec restaurant in the heart of wicker park. they also have a second location in river north of chicago. i had been asked to tryout their hot chocolate, and a dish i thought would go along, by the collaboreat. head over and check it out! xo. molly

ANY GIVEN SUNDAE | A SOLUTION TO THE LEFT-OVER THANKSGIVING PIE


it's a shame. i know. you still have left over apple pie in the fridge from thanksgiving. is that even legal? you don't want to throw it out - because, it's pie. but you also don't to leave it just sitting there. never fear, leave these vanilla apple pie sundaes to the rescue! #01 in the any given sundae archives.
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SUPPLIES

  • apple pie
  • vanilla ice cream
  • serving dish (i used a mason jar)
  • ice cream scooper
  • caramel
  • cinnamon
scoop one scoop of ice cream into the dish. make sure the ice cream is hard, and not soft. i made that mistake and didn't have enough left to fix it. after scooping the ice cream, add a half sclice of pie on top, with a small drizzle of caramel. 



repeat these steps, alternating the ice cream and pie with cinnamon and caramel throughout, until you reach the top. if whip cream is desired, add, and sprinkle with cinnamon. grab a spoon and dig in, or just freeze for later. enjoy! xo. molly






5 MINUTE HALLOWEEN TOPPERS THAT TAKE THE CAKE

boo! two days to go. halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, and i loved dressing up for school parties, friends parties, and any other event where costumes were accepted. but, to have a great party, you need great decorations. these spooky cake toppers will surely get some compliments, and only take 5 minutes to make!


SUPPLIES

  • scissors
  • popsicle sticks
  • tape
  • halloween cutouts (i got mine from google images)
  • construction paper (i chose black, but green or purple would look great too!)
  • a pencil
start by taking the pencil and tracing the cutout on to the construction paper. once fully traced, cut out the figure. next, take a strip of tape and a popsicle stick, and tape the figure and the stick together, creating the final product!







once you've made all the toppers, go ahead and display them alone in a cupcake or all together in a cake! and brace yourself for the compliments, they're coming. happy halloween! xo. molly

COUNTRY FAIR LEMONADE

hooray! i'm actually back to posting real stuff! i got a little sick of the filler posts, and i bet you did too. school started this week and i'm already bogged down with homework. anyway, i'm here to bring you this amazing country fair lemonade recipe to (almost) finish off summer in a great way. 
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recipe from purewow
SUPPLIES/INGREDIENTS:
  • coctail shaker
  • two (plus) lemons
  • two to three ice cubes
  • two tablespoons of sugar
  • two cups cold water (not pictured) 
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combine all the ingredients in the cocktail shaker. shake for a good 30 seconds to a minute.

once shaken, pour into glass over more ice, sip, and enjoy! fresh country fair lemonade made in  about five minutes. 



i took a few extra snaps to document the styling. it's an area i really need to work on. do you guys know any good styling classes/seminars to take? if so email me or let me know in the comments! 
xo. molly

Three Ingredient Blueberry Pie


whenever i discover a new treat, i always consider it's blog-ability. when i was over at a good friends for dinner a few sundays ago, she made a three-ingredient blueberry pie, and i had to get the recipe! she was kind enough to share the quick and easy steps to the easiest blueberry pie. ever.

SUPPLIES
  • one pint of blueberries
  • two containers of blueberry yogurt
  • one container of cool whip
  • a graham cracker lined pie tin


full recipe after the jump!


wash your blueberries and let them dry off completely. if you make the pie with the berries still a bit wet, the pie won't turn out how it should.  while the berries are drying, take the cool whip + yogurt and mix together evenly in the pie tin or in a separate bowl. 


once the pie filling is evenly spread out in the tin, add your blueberries to your pie. you can place them on top, mix them into the pie, or both. when you have added all the berries, freeze the pie until the filling is solid. then, slice and enjoy your super easy, three-ingredient pie! xo. Molly



Miniature Bundt Cakes (and something for July 4th!)

the fourth of july. one of the best times to gather with family and friends (besides thanksgiving). having great food is one of those key ingredients for the perfect July 4th recipe. so, why not make these super-easy, mini bundt cakes with fruit glaze?!

SUPPLIES
  • one package yellow cake mix
  • eggs (follow mix directions for how many to use)
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • mini bundt cake pan
  • various fruits

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follow the directions on your cake mix according to making the batter, preparing the pan, and the cook time.

while the cakes are baking, make your glaze. take 1 1/2 of powdered sugar and mix it with 2 tbsp. of milk. stir together and add some extra milk and sugar to taste.



you can also use your time to dice your fruits and combine them with some of the fruit glaze you just made. 


once the cakes are finished baking and are fully cooled, cut the "top" or muffin-y part off, giving your bundt cake a flat bottom.


once the bundt cake's "top" has been removed, drizzle on the glaze. (if you want that "overflown look" you may have to add some extra and force it to spill with a spoon)






the beautiful model sarah ^




once the bundt cake is dripping with glaze, sample (because a baker ALWAYS samples their work, right?) and enjoy! these mini, perfectly sized bundts will be a hit at your fourth of july gathering! xo. Molly