Tasty Tuesday: Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Thank you Baker by Nature for today’s recipe….

Prep: ook

Cool: ield: 2 dozen

 

Ingredients

For the Buttered Pecans:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups pecan halves, finely chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

For the Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies:

  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, melted until browned
  • 2 and 1/3 cups all-purpose flour (don’t pack the flour into the measuring cup!)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet OR dark chocolate, roughly chopped into chunks
  • 24 pecan halves, for decoration, optional

Instructions

For the Buttered Pecans:

  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in chopped pecans and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Set aside until needed.

For the Brown Butter:

  1. Place the butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and cook for about 3 minutes – stirring almost constantly – until the butter has browned.
  2. Pour the brown butter into a heatproof bowl, being sure to scrape all of the “toasted” bits into the bowl as well.
  3. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 2 hours, or until the butter is at room temperature. You’ll know the butter is at room temperature when you press a finger into the top and it makes a slight indentation. It should not be liquid at all.
  4. Once the butter is at room temperature, you’re ready to get baking!

For the Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside until needed.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda; whisk well to combine then set aside until needed.
  3. In a large bowl using a handheld electric mixer, or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine browned butter and both sugars and beat on medium-speed until light and fluffy; about 2 minutes. Add in the vanilla and bourbon and beat until combined. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating for 15 seconds after each addition. Turn mixer off. Using a wooden spoon or sturdy rubber spatula, gently fold in the flour, stirring only until the flour begins to disappear. Fold in the chocolate chunks and buttered pecans.
  4. Roll 3 tablespoon sized scoops of dough between your palms to form a ball (they should be big; almost a 1/4 cup), then place on prepared sheets (make sure to leave enough room in between each cookie for inevitable spreading). Continue this process until all the dough has been rolled. Press a pecan on the top of each cookie dough mound, if desired.
  5. Place baking sheets in preheated oven, one at a time, and bake for 9 to 10 minutes, or until golden at the edges but still soft in the middle. Repeat with all cookie dough. Sprinkle cookies with sea salt right when they come out of the oven. Let cookies cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire wrack to cool completely.

Remember if you submit a recipe to me and I use it in my blog, YOU will receive a FREE gift from me….What is your favorite recipe during the holiday season?

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Tasty Tuesday: Kids’ Snack Ideas

Never fear! Here are some practical and creative solutions for you to try to make you parent of the year in the eyes of your kids – or at the very least, parent of the week in the eyes of the team.

Healthy snack ideas

It may be tempting to bring treats the kids will love like cookies, chips and soda, BUT you might not get high marks on the nutrition front from the coach or the other kids’ parents. Don’t be known as the “junk food” mom or dad when there are plenty of healthy, delicious snacks the team can enjoy. The idea is to keep them energized during the day, not give them sugary treats that will cause them to crash later on. These healthy options will keep little athletes going strong!

  • orange slices
  • bananas
  • apple slices
  • disposable cups filled with berries
  • mini boxes of raisins
  • grapes
  • small bags of carrot sticks
  • fruit kebabs on wooden skewers
  • watermelon slices
  • cucumber slices
  • sunflower seeds
  • celery sticks with cream cheese
  • squeeze-pouch applesauce
  • pumpkin seeds
  • string cheese
  • pretzels

If you want a little variety to your treats, consider creating little sandwich baggy packs or plastic containers with a little bit of everything. Mix berries, grapes, apple slices, cucumber slices and carrot sticks in individual baggies or containers – one for each child. With individual servings, the kids can eat as much as they want and then come back for more later. (Just make sure to bring along a permanent marker to write their names.)

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  • water-resistant Leak-Lock® lining allows for ice
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  • exterior flat pocket holds utensils and more
  • zip closure

Tote-ally Thermal

 

  • water-resistant Leak-Lock® lining allows for ice
  • exterior flat pocket holds utensils, etc.
  • extended straps for easy transport
  • zip closure

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Creative snack ideas

Now, if you really want to go for the parent-of-the-year award, these fun ideas just might get you there. Your kids and their teammates will love these creative treats that are not only fun to make and look at, but nutritious to eat as well. Click on each treat for directions on how to make them.

Healthy drink ideas

Aside from the snacks, make sure your kids teammates have plenty to drink to stay hydrated. Be sure to avoid sugary beverages like soft drinks, fruit punches and sports drinks that are often loaded with sugar and sodium. Here are a few healthy options to consider.

  • Bottled water (minis are particularly nice)
  • Fruit juice boxes or pouches
  • Coconut water or sweet chia water
  • Homemade iced tea with lemon
  • Homemade lemonade with agave juice instead of sugar

Things to remember

Be conscious of food allergies. Things like nuts, gluten and dairy can keep a kid on the team from getting his or her snack. Check with the coach or other parents to make sure there aren’t any allergies to what you decide to bring.

Consider making extras. Oftentimes, your kids’ teammates will have younger brothers or sisters in attendance who also want to have a snack. Although it’s not your responsibility, it is a nice gesture to make a few extra snacks in case the need arises.

Don’t overdo it. You don’t need to provide the team with a meal. Keep it simple and nutritious without filling them up too much. You don’t want to ruin their lunch or dinner!

There’s nothing wrong with pre-packaged. Some parents may feel a bit uneasy about homemade food and any allergens or germs their kids may encounter. Pre-packaged items like apple slices, carrots, applesauce and nut butters may be the best route. It all depends on how well you know the other parents and your own comfort level. Find out what other parents provide. Pre-packaged doesn’t have to mean unhealthy.

Don’t forget the extras. Be sure to provide napkins, plastic wear, garbage bags and plates as necessary. Sanitary wipes are also a good idea if bathroom facilities are sub-par or far away from the playing field.

What is YOUR kids’ favorite snack?  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: S’mores Brownie Pie

 

Thank you Jen from @The Haute Mommy Handbook for today’s recipe….You know those days when you want to curl up with something chocolatey but don’t want the same old thing you usually turn to? How about combining the deliciousness of pie with the fun of s’mores?

This recipe does both, and the longest part of it involves waiting for it in the oven–and for it to cool down already!

Whipped cream is totally optional, but why wouldn’t you use it? It’s whipped cream.

Enjoy making–and more importantly, eating–this s’mores brownie pie! All the fun of camping with no chance of hungry bears!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • brownie mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • marshmallows
  • whipped cream (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter until incorporated. Press into 9″ pie plate until evenly spread. Bake for 10 minutes at 350° F.
  2. For the brownie pie, combine brownie mix with egg, oil, and water, stirring until smooth.
  3. When crust is ready, scoop brownie mixture into it. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until knife inserted at 2″ comes out clean.
  4. Allow pie to cool for about 30 minutes. Decorate with whipped cream (if desired) and top with marshmallows.
  5. Slice into wedges and serve.

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Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Tasty Tuesday: On The Go Apple Pies

Fall is here and so is apple season…. I know most of you think of “everything pumpkin” BUT I LOVE apples.  So check out these YUMMY Hungry Girl Apple Pies On the Go.

1/6th of recipe (1 pie): 96 calories, 0.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 162mg sodium, 22.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 6.5g sugars, 2g protein      SmartPoints® value 2*

Prep: 15 minutes      Cook: 25 minutes      Cool: 20 minutes     MAKES 6 SERVINGS

Ingredients:

2 tsp. cornstarch
3 cups peeled and chopped Fuji or Gala apples (about 3 apples)
2 packets no-calorie sweetener (like Truvia)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt
6 large square egg roll wrappers (stocked with the tofu in the refrigerated section of the market)
Optional topping: powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. In a medium nonstick pot, combine cornstarch with 1/2 cup water. Stir to dissolve.
  2. Add apples, sweetener, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir well.
  3. Set heat to medium. Stirring frequently, cook until apples have slightly softened and mixture is thick and gooey, 8 – 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a medium bowl. Let cool slightly, about 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  6. Lay an egg roll wrapper flat on a dry surface. Evenly distribute 1/6th of apple mixture (about 1/3 cup) on the bottom half of the wrapper.
  7. Moisten all four edges by dabbing your fingers in water and going over the edges smoothly. Fold the top half over the mixture so the top edge meets the bottom. Seal edges by pressing firmly with the prongs of a fork.
  8. Place on the baking sheet, and repeat to make 5 more pie pockets.
  9. Spray with nonstick spray. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

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Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Tasty Tuesday: Gluten Free Cookies

 

I LOVE the friends I have made through my “purse gig“.  I had a home party for the first time in probably six months last week.  It was one of Club Members who hasn’t had a party in two years.  We were both super excited.  I will admit, I was a little nervous too.  Memory issues tend to make me a little apprehensive.  It was wonderful…. not only is my hostess getting MEGA amounts of FREE and discounted products BUT I got to try some awesome treats.

Thank you Bobbi for remembering I was gluten free.  She made these AMAZING 4-ingredient cookies for me.  Yes, I did share and didn’t take home the whole box but I could of.  🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas (The ripest bananas are best.)
  • 1 1/2 cups of gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of chocolate chips, cranberries or raisins (your choice)

Directions:

  1. Oven at 350 I line my pans with parchment paper (easy clean up and no added fat)
  2. Mix all ingredients except the add ins (chips, etc) by hand.  It’s not not hard,
  3. Add chips or fruit.
  4. Drop by tablespoon. Makes about 18 with a 2 tablespoon scoop.
  5. Bake for 20-23 minutes –  until golden brown.

I put them into the Weight Watcher’s recipe builder to see what they came out to….I did it with raisins which makes them 3 points a piece.  If you made them smaller, the points would be less.  Do you like one snack or do you feel better when you can eat a few small cookies?  You could eat just one which has protein in it but of course, I couldn’t stop at one.  LOL.

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Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!