A match made in Baking Heaven

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brookie (2)Sometimes making the choice between a beloved chocolate chip cookie or the fudgy brownie sitting right next to it is just too hard to make, and now you don’t have to choose ever again, just make Brookie’s and you have both in one cookie.  The brookie is half brownie and half chocolate chip cookie…in my opinion a match made in baking heaven.

 I have loved the idea of this cookie ever since I first saw it come across my Pinterest feed, and I am sure y’all are like me and have it pinned to a board of things to try…well I decided it was finally time.  Now I’m not going to lie it is somewhat time consuming, but it makes a ton of cookies and they are just so good, you really wont care how long it is taking.  You could add in some pecans to the chocolate cookie recipe, which would be delicious or even throw in some white chocolate or peanut butter chips to the brownie side…just for fun.

A funny moment with these brookies was when I gave some to The Dad he looked at me like I was a little crazy.  Once I explained the idea to him he lit up with a big smile and then asked for more the next day…now that’s a good brookie. 

The Brookie
Serves 72
The perfect cookie as it blends brownies and chocolate chip cookies in one cookie
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
9 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
9 min
Total Time
30 min
Brownie Cookies
  1. 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/3 cup (5 1/2 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  5. 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  6. 1 cup granulated sugar
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Chocolate Chip Cookies
  1. 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  2. 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  3. 1 1/2 cups butter or margarine, softened
  4. 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  7. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  8. 1 teaspoon salt
  9. 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. **Make brownie cookie recipe first**
BROWNIE COOKIES
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper & set aside
  3. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt, set aside
  4. In a large microwave safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate in microwave on High for 30 seconds, & then stir. Reheat for an additional 15-30 seconds until fully melted, stirring after each 15 seconds
  5. Mix in sugar, eggs and vanilla to chocolate
  6. Add in the flour mixture and stir until batter is completely blended.
  7. FYI - Batter may appear thin and tacky. Set bowl aside to thicken while you prepare chocolate chip cookies.
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE
  1. In the large bowl of a stand mixer cream together granulated sugar, brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy
  2. Add in vanilla and eggs until blended
  3. Slowly add in flour, baking soda and salt until just combined
  4. Add chocolate chips
TO MAKE THE BROOKIE
  1. Using a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon, scoop rounds of chocolate chip cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets - about 12 per sheet
  2. Wipe ice cream scooper clean or use a second tablespoon to scoop rounds of brownie cookie dough next to each round of chocolate chip cookie dough
  3. Join the two cookie doughs together by a small pinch to adhere any gaps
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown
  5. Let cookies cool on pan for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack
  6. Serve & ENJOY!
Notes
  1. Each cookie is 4 WW+ points
Nutritional Info
  1. Calories 149 Calories from Fat 65 Total Fat 7.3g Saturated Fat 4.5g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 24mg Sodium 121mg Potassium 29mg Total Carbohydrates 20.3g Dietary Fiber 0.7g Sugars 11.9g Protein 1.5g
  2. Vitamin A 3% - Vitamin C 0% - Calcium 1% - Iron 4%
  3. Nutrition Grade D-
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These would be a super fun for the kids to help out with…they will love having the 2 different batters.

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  Happy (half) Baked Day – MJ

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Grilled to Perfection

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brown sugar pork Not too long a go The Hubby got his new grill and we have been grilling up a storm…I mean like 4 or 5 times a week.  I love it because we get great food without having to heat up the kitchen.

The Hubby and I love pork tenderloin but we had never grilled it…until now.  As we were discussing all the different spice variations we could use we decided to use a brown sugar based rub, to make it a little sweet and to help caramelize the pork as it grilled.   Then The Hubby got a little crazy and added in some chili powder and paprika which helped add a deep color and taste as it grilled up.  Now we prefer the smaller pork tenderloins, you know the ones that come two to a package and weigh about 1 1/2 pounds each, but if you prefer a single larger tenderloin then you could definitely use that, just make sure to marinade it for at least 4 or 5 hours (overnight would be best) and cook it on a low flame and extend the cooking time by about 15-20 minutes at least.  If you use the two smaller loins, you could always freeze the second one for a quick meal later on.

The Hubby has only been grilling for the last few years so we were both a little nervous about these tenderloins, but they turned out to be one of the easier grilled meats.  We did our research and we grilled them over direct medium heat in the beginning, turning them every 3-4 minutes until all the sides were seared and had grill marks and then we moved them to indirect heat to let them finish.  I have to say this was one of the best pork tenderloins I have ever had, and I am so proud to say The Hubby did it!!  I cant wait for more of his grilling creations!!

Brown Sugar Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Serves 10
A delicious grilled pork tenderloin with a sweet little kick
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 lbs Pork Tenderloin (2 - 1 1/2 lb tenderloins)
  2. 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  4. 1 tbsp. chili powder
  5. 1 tbsp. pepper
  6. 2 tsp salt
  7. 1 tsp sweet paprika
Instructions
  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil
  2. Place tenderloins on foil and trim off any excess fat
  3. Rub 1/2 tbsp. olive oil all over each tenderloin
  4. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, chili powder, pepper, salt and paprika
  5. Run spice mixture all over tenderloins
  6. Let tenderloins sit with spice rub on them for at least 20-30 minutes, or longer, in the refrigerator
To Cook
  1. Heat grill to medium-high heat
  2. Cook tenderloins 3-4 minutes per side making over direct heat until all sides are seared and have grill marks, then move to indirect heat, turning every few minutes, until pork reaches 135-140 degrees on an instant read thermometer
  3. Remove pork from grill and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing
  4. Serve and ENJOY!!
Notes
  1. Each serving is 5 WW+ points
Nutritional Information
  1. Calories 215 Calories from Fat 57 Total Fat 6.4g Saturated Fat 1.9g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 99mg Sodium 551mg Potassium 602mg Total Carbohydrates 1.8g Dietary Fiber 0.5g Sugars 0.9g Protein 35.8g
  2. Vitamin A 7% - Vitamin C 1% - Calcium 1% - Iron 11%
  3. Nutrition Grade A-
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Feel free to change up the spice combo to what your family would love.  You could definitely so a herb marinade or a lime jalapeño marinade…go ahead and break out your imagination and let it run free and grill away!!

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  Happy (half) Baked Day – MJ

 

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Photo Jul 15, 5 50 20 PM I always love it when The Hubby and I can have company over and fix them a great meal.  I even love it more when the bulk of the meal is done in a slow cooker and then some on the grill and my oven never has to be touched…especially in the summer. 

Well the last time The Hubby’s mom came to visit we did just this.    We had this Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken with the Cilantro Slaw, grilled corn, and some other grilled sides that I will be posting soon.   Now I know sometimes chicken can be boring but this chicken is loaded with flavor, and has a surprising secret ingredient…BEER.  Now I know you may think that is a little crazy but trust me it adds a depth to the chicken that is quite surprising.  I used a light amber, as that is what I had on hand, but you could use whatever you have.  FYI…All the alcohol cooks out so you don’t have to worry about the kiddos.  If beer is not an option, then no problem, use chicken stock with a dash of cumin and you will be good to go.

I also love this chicken as you can eat some now, and then freeze the rest for a quick weeknight dinner down the road.  Also some other great uses for this chicken is as a baked potato topper or on top of a BBQ Chopped Salad. 

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
Serves 10
A great slow cooker BBQ chicken recipe that is perfect for a great summer dinner
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
7 hr
Total Time
7 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
7 hr
Total Time
7 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 1 tbsp. pepper
  4. 1 tbsp. onion powder
  5. 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp cumin
  7. 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  8. 8 oz beer
  9. 18 oz Favorite BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray's)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder & cumin
  2. Season all sides of the chicken with the spice mixture
  3. Place seasoned chicken in a slow cooker
  4. Pour apple cider vinegar, beer and BBQ sauce over chicken
  5. Cook on low for 6 hours, shred the chicken using two forks and stir back into the sauce
  6. Continue cooking for 1 more hour, or until ready to serve, stirring every 30-45 minutes
  7. Serve on a toasted bun or on a baked potato
  8. ENJOY!!
Notes
  1. Each serving is 6 WW+ points
Nutritional Info
  1. Calories 239 Calories from Fat 51 Total Fat 5.7g Saturated Fat 1.6g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 67mg Sodium 605mg Potassium 214mg Total Carbohydrates 21.6g Sugars 17.6g Protein 22.2g
  2. Vitamin A 1% - Vitamin C 1% - Calcium 2% - Iron 7%
  3. Nutrition Grade D+
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Not only is the chicken special, but this slaw is also quite special as well.  It is loaded with cilantro & lime with a Greek yogurt based dressing which keeps it light and lets all the great flavors come through.  I would recommend making the dressing ahead of time, letting it set-up and then dressing the coleslaw mix right before you want to serve it to make sure the slaw is still crispy.  I love the hint of lime and cilantro with this rich chicken as it brings a great contrast but don’t worry all the flavors play very well together.

Now I know that cilantro is one of those herbs that you either love or hate, if cilantro is not your thing feel free to through in some parsley instead…it will be just as delicious.

Cilantro Cole Slaw
Serves 8
A great light and tangy coleslaw, perfect for a BBQ chicken sandwich
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 16 oz coleslaw mix
  2. 1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems cut off just under leaves
  3. 1/2 cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  4. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  5. 2 limes, juiced
  6. 1 tbsp. chili powder
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 1 tbsp. pepper
  9. 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. In a blender, or food processor, combine cilantro, yogurt, mayo & lime juice until smooth
  2. Add in chili powder, salt, pepper and vinegar and mix until combined
  3. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed
  4. Pour sauce into a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to allow dressing to thicken
  5. When ready to serve pour dressing over coleslaw in a large bowl and gently toss to combine
  6. Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes and then serve
  7. ENJOY!!
Notes
  1. Each serving is 2 WW+ points
Nutritional Info
  1. Calories 80 Calories from Fat 30 Total Fat 3.3g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 7mg Sodium 304mg Potassium 122mg Total Carbohydrates 10.3g Dietary Fiber 1.5g Sugars 1.3g Protein 3.2g
  2. Vitamin A 9% - Vitamin C 32% - Calcium 5% - Iron 4%
  3. Nutrition Grade B
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To make this dinner even that much better The Mother-in-Law loved the meal and even asked for the recipe, that’s a good sign in my opinion.  Trust me I am going to be keeping this in my back pocket as it will be a go-to recipe for small group this next semester…it feeds a lot of people without a lot of mess…my kind of meal for sure!!

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  Happy (half) Baked Day – MJ

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