Belle Oreo Cookies and Weekend Update

So what comes first – the chicken or the egg? The recipe or the weekend update?

Today, we have some of this:

Recipes

And some of this!

Family Activities

Maybe you’re here for both? I’m TOTALLY here for both. I try, probably too hard, to appeal to everyone and to make everyone like me. I realize how unrealistic that is, but it’s super funny that someone too sensitive for criticism has become a mother, a photographer, and a blogger. The joke’s on me! The funny thing also, is that I just came here to share a recipe, but then decided I’d come here to share a weekend update (after my third fantastic, Monday-morning-missing-it weekend in a row), and I just started talking. Some things will never change. Some things shall never change. And Happy Monday morning to you.

Scarlet took this, right before the Dalek in the background came for me.

Let’s talk weekend, ok? Yes! On Friday night, I took Scarlet to see Beauty and the Beast with her best friend’s family. It was so crowded that we sat in the third row, and I could swear I was going to get motion sick from all the sweeping and swirling views, but I was fine! To be fair, I don’t get motion sick – or never have, unless it’s the wrong car at the wrong time in the wrong mood, OR, if it’s simulation stuff. Orlando is full of that stuff on rides. It makes my ears and head feel kinda funny.

The movie, though? I gasped and loved my way through it. It’s magic and insight. I recommend it!

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On Friday, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day the way we do in the US! Which means I have no idea if it bears even a slight resemblance to how it’s done in Ireland. Cassidy and I turned the toilet water green and hid chocolate coins, chocolate shamrocks, and green M&Ms in fun places throughout the house. By now the kids have discovered all of them – in their shoes, in coat pockets, on sinks, in the cups in the cupboard, under chairs, in their backpacks, and even in Des’ underwear!

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On Saturday morning, we went to a sugar shack just in the next town. For those of you not in New England or Canada – or wherever else they pop up – a sugar shack is where sap is boiled down to maple syrup. In March, during sugaring season, some sugar shacks open up as breakfast restaurants just for 4-6 weeks or so. It’s all about the syrup, but there’s more on the menu than just pancakes. I’m pretty sure I’m taking them to a buffet-style sugar shack next weekend. Won’t you join us?

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Des wants you to know he got new light-up shoes over the weekend:

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On Saturday afternoon, I took both kids to Scarlet’s best friend’s bowling birthday party and was able to sneak out and meet Cassidy for errands. Scarlet can finally bowl without the ball slide. AND she got a strike! She had a sleepover on Saturday night and when I came back from dropping her off, I found out that Athena had cut her leg on a fence. She was so sad and when she cried out in pain, it made Des cry. Cassidy and I made the fast decision to call the vet’s answering service and then take her to a 24/7 vet hospital. They sedated and stitched her, and she was back home by 10pm. I was so sad I couldn’t eat.

She’s feeling better now and her bandage is off.

Sunday was the big day. We got an all-day sitter, who even took the kids to Friendly’s! Cassidy and I went on a day date to Boston to attend a reception featuring the works of illustrator Ed Sorel. They are being featured at the Boston University Archival Center. Jules Feiffer gave a beautiful speech, without using notes. If you don’t know these names, Google them! Chances are that you have seen their beautiful works. Ed Sorel is Cassidy’s mom’s cousin. Seeing family warmed the heart.

Ed Sorel, Jules Feiffer

Since we had an all-day sitter, we dressed up and left early. We shopped and had lunch at Beat Brasserie – easily one of the best meals I’ve ever had. And the service was fantastic too.

And that brings me to my next point:

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This is a recipe, a craft and a family activity all in one. You really can’t beat that! As usual, it looks harder than it is, and if you want your kids to help, they’ll have a ball eating all the icing. Ok, maybe just my kids. I provided a list of Amazon resources below – they are not affiliate links. They are just there to help! Let me know how yours turn out! Take pictures!

Eat icing too! Everyone wins.

Belle Oreo Cookies

Yield: 1 dozen

Belle Oreo Cookies

Ingredients

  • Cookie mold (found on Amazon by Cybrtrayd)
  • 12 regular Oreo cookies
  • 12 oz. Wilton yellow candy melts
  • 12 Wilton sugared red roses
  • Wilton white icing gel
  • White sugar pearls

Instructions

  1. Warm the yellow candy melts in a double boiler over medium heat
  2. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth
  3. Transfer to a small microwave-safe bowl for easier handling
  4. Place 2 tablespoons of the melted yellow candy into each of the molds (12 total)
  5. Place an Oreo cookie on top of the melted yellow chocolate
  6. Spoon additional melted chocolate on top of each Oreo, up to the fill line
  7. Chill for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to completely harden
  8. Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper
  9. Gently pop the Oreos out of their molds and place on the lined cookie sheet
  10. With the white icing gel tube, pipe the icing in a scalloped pattern around the diameter of each Oreo
  11. Place a sugared pearl where each scalloped line meets
  12. Apply icing to the middle of each Oreo and place a sugared rose on top
  13. ENJOY!
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Amazon Resources:

Cybrtrayd AO138 Plain Cookie Chocolate Candy Mold with Exclusive Cybrtrayd Copyrighted Chocolate Molding Instructions

Wilton Yellow Candy Melts, 12-Ounce

Wilton 710-1491 8-Pack Rose Icing Decorations, Medium, Red

Wilton White Gel Tube

Wilton Sugar Pearls, White, 5 Oz

Enjoy!

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Cookies & Cream Brownies, Oh My!

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Brownies. For some, it’s as lifelong love. For others, like me, it’s taken time and some pretty good brownies to awaken my deep love for them. I even have a Pinterest board named, “Brownies and More Brownies” which is a nod to my “Cookies and More Cookies” board. They are perhaps my most used Pinterest boards. Why do I love brownies so much? It was the right one at the right time, of course. I like fudgy brownies. I like sprinkled brownies. Mainly, I like brownies that have multi-layer surprises waiting for you inside their fudgy goodness. Gooey caramel? Yes. Peanut butter cups? Obviously. Cookie dough? Yes.

How about COOKIES? Entire ones!

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Some of my favorite brownies recipes call for sweetened condensed milk. While that’s fine for many, I realized that you could substitute International Delight® Creamers in many baking recipes, and not only add creaminess, but also add new dimensions of flavor. I couldn’t wait to make my favorite frosting recipe (good old butter and powdered sugar) with International Delight® Cold Stone Creamery™ Sweet Cream. How many ways are these brownies cookies and cream?

Let me count the ways.

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There are cookies. There is cream(er). There are creamy cookies. There is cookie-ish creamer.

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Cookies and Cream Brownies Recipe Time:

Cookies & Cream Brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 12 brownies

Cookies & Cream Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 box brownie mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • Sandwich cookies (about 9-12)
  • For the frosting:
  • International Delight® Cold Stone Creamery™ Sweet Cream
  • 1 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Make brownie batter according to instructions, or from scratch
  2. Spread half the batter on the bottom of the pan
  3. Add a layer of cookies
  4. Spread the other half of the batter on top of the cookies
  5. Bake according to scratch recipe or box (about 40 minutes here)
  6. Let cool
  7. For the frosting, mix the butter, powdered sugar, and International Delight® Cold Stone Creamery™ Sweet Cream until well mixed and then slather it on the brownies

Notes

These gooey and delicious brownies have full cookies inside, and are topped with frosting made with International Delight® Cold Stone Creamery™ Sweet Cream.

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What do you think? I think a little chocolate drizzled on top would be top-notch as well, but there is plenty of flavor from the cookies inside the brownies, and from the International Delight® Cold Stone Creamery™ Sweet Cream inside the frosting.

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Let it be known that while International Delight® Creamers are awesome for baking (and breakfast), it’s also perfect for your morning cup of coffee. The new International Delight® Half Gallon Creamer is an easier bottle to hold and pour.

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Mornings can be tough in the cold weather. After I drop the kids off at two different schools, I come home to an empty house and I have those beautiful moments alone before diving into work. That’s when I love a hot cup of decaf (yes, I know) with International Delight® French Vanilla. It’s wonderful with coffee and wonderful for baking brownies too.

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I find it in the dairy aisle of Walmart. The new half gallon bottles are easy to find and I buy them in three flavors. I like to vary it up with my morning coffee routine, but it’s also fun to try different flavors for different kinds of baking. I can see cookies, brownies and cakes in my future – all used with various creamer flavors. I can’t wait! Next up, I think I’m going to try Caramel Brownies with International Delight® Caramel Macchiato. I have just the recipe to perfect. Stay tuned for that!

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Which flavor of International Delight® Creamer do you most look forward to trying first (it’s tough!): International Delight® French Vanilla, International Delight® Caramel Macchiato, or International Delight® Cold Stone Creamery™ Sweet Cream?