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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Levain Bakery Copy Cat Recipe)

This week My Baby Pajamas is featuring the famous Levain Bakery Double Chocolate Chip Cookie from New York (of course it’s a copy cat recipe so who knows if it’s the real thing).   But I will tell you this; these cookies are delicious!   The recipe makes about 12 of the giant double chocolate chip cookies.  However, I didn’t want to have these huge cookies lying around the house so I made the cookies smaller and reduced the cook time.  They turned out perfect!  The cookies are very rich cookies so I could not imagine having a huge cookie.   All I have to say is if you like double chocolate chip cookies, you definitely need to make these, your family will thank you 🙂

Here is the recipe:

Yield: 12 very large cookies
Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) cold, unsalted butter, cubed
1¼ cup sugar
2 large eggs
½ cup dark cocoa powder
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. coarse salt
1 tsp. baking powder
2½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar.  Beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.  Blend in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed.  Mix in the cocoa powder until well blended.  Add the flour, salt and baking powder to the bowl and mix on low speed just until incorporated.  Fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.  Transfer the dough to a work surface and knead briefly by hand to be sure the ingredients are well combined.

Divide the dough into 4 ounce portions (or divide into 12 equal pieces).  Roll each portion of dough into a ball and flatten just slightly into a disc.  Place on the prepared baking sheets, a few inches apart.  Bake 16-20 minutes.  Let cool on the baking sheets 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make 30 smaller cookies:  I measured about 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons of cookie dough onto the baking sheet.  I then cooked the cookies about 12-14 minutes.  If you want the cookies gooey I would cook around 12 to 12 1/2 minutes.

Enjoy baking!

Source: My Baking Addition

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Right from the oven 🙂

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Cheese and Chicken Stuffed Shells

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Cheese and Chicken Stuffed Shells

Welcome to My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off!  This week I am featuring Cheese and Chicken Stuffed Shells.   It really is such a simple recipe and not that time consuming for stuffing shells.  In fact, my husband helped me with this dish and we had a great time making it together 🙂  It could have been the wine we were drinking while we were cooking but nevertheless we had fun!

For the sauce, I used my homemade sauce I make and freeze.   I usually make a big batch and then freeze for recipes like this one.   I will share my sauce recipe in an upcoming post.   It’s not a family recipe at all because my mom still hasn’t shared it with me !!  She says it’s not written down it’s all in her head.  Anyway, I hope to get my hands on that recipe soon.   I think using a homemade sauce just adds to the recipe.

Here is the recipe:

12 jumbo pasta shells
1 1/2 c pasta sauce
2 large egg whites, gently beaten
1 1/2 c part skim ricotta cheese
4 oz. chicken, cooked and diced
1 c frozen spinach (chopped) thawed (drain all excess water)

2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp chopped basil
3/4 c part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/3 c grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350
Cook shells in boiling water according to the directions on box.
Rinse with cold water and set aside for later use.

Lightly spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and spread 1/2 c of pasta sauce evenly over the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

For filling: Stir together egg whites, ricotta, chicken, spinach, garlic powder, basil, and seasoning. Stir in 1/4 c of mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.

Fill each shell with mixture and place filled shells in the baking dish on top of the sauce. Spread remaining sauce on top. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 30 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Cheesy Chicken Shells via weightwatchers.com.   9 WW points for 3 shells

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Cheese and Chicken Stuffed Shells

Full Tray of Cheese and Chicken Stuffed Shells!

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Pretzel Bread

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Pretzel Bread

Today’s Tuesday Cook Off, My Baby Pajamas is featuring pretzel bread.   As you know, my family is crazy for anything pretzel.  In fact, I am starting to run out of ideas featuring pretzels.  There is a steak house here in Scottsdale that makes the best pretzel bread.  One night my husband was craving it but wanted it for a sandwich…the pretzel bread sandwich was created.   I found this easy recipe for the pretzel bread and next thing I knew we had dinner.    You can also make these into pretzel sticks with butter. YUM!

Here is the recipe for the pretzel bread:

In the bowl of your stand mixer, mix together:

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water

Let sit about 5 min, until its foamy. Then add:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Get the dough hook going and gradually add 4 C flour. Let the machine keep going until the dough looks a little bit shiny and totally flexible (about 4-5 min)

Let it rest in the bowl, covered with a towel for an hour, until doubled in size.

Divide dough into 6 for rolls, or two for baguettes and shape accordingly.. Let those chill out, covered while you get a large pot of water boiling with a hefty dose of baking soda. (about 1/2 C) . Preheat your oven to 375 and lightly coat a baking sheet with EVOO.

When the water is boiling, cut little slits in your rolls, then slip them into the baking soda bath :)

Flip at 2 min on the first side and take them out after 3-4 min. Oil them up with a little more olive oil and sprinkle with maldon (or coarse  sea) salt.

Bake until perfectly browned (12-15 min) and eat warm!

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Pretzel Bread

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Pretzel Bread

chicken pot pie recipe

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Mini Chicken Pot Pies

So I have to admit, I am becoming obsessed with cooking food in a muffin pan.   First, they are the perfect serving size if you are watching your food intake and second, they are so cute!   You have to agree they do make a cute meal 🙂   Anyway, I had been looking for a easy recipe for a chicken pot pie recipe and came across this recipe from quick-dish.tablespoon.com.   This recipe was so easy to make and so good.   I made them for dinner for the whole family and then had left overs for lunch.  I just love when that happens.   My husband absolutely just loved them.   He even had his left over chicken pot pie cold and said it was just as good cold.

Click here for the recipe for Mini Chicken Pot Pies.  For the chicken, I used a rotisserie chicken.

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Auntie Anne's Copy Cat Pretzel Recipe

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Auntie Anne’s Copy Cat Pretzel Recipe

By now you probably have figured out that my family loves pretzels.  If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you have seen many pictures of pretzels.  They LOVE pretzels.   They would have me make them every week.  So with that being said, I have tried many pretzel recipes.  But this one is my favorite.   This recipe is for 12 pretzels but most of the time I cut the recipe in half and only make six.   Pretzels taste so much better right from the oven 🙂  Also, I usually make 3 regular with salt and 3 with the cinnamon and sugar.    The picture is of one of each.

I hope you enjoy this copy cat recipe of Auntie Anne’s pretzels.   I want to thank Yammies Noshery for the recipe!! Enjoy 🙂

Here is the recipe:

2 cups milk
1 1/2 tablespoons (2 packets) active dry yeast
6 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons fine salt

1/3 cup baking soda
3 cups warm water
Coarse salt
8 tablespoons butter, melted in a shallow dish

Warm up the milk in the microwave or on the stove for just about one and a half minutes. It should be about 110º. If it’s too hot it will kill the yeast. You should be able to comfortably keep your finger in it. Stir in the yeast and let it sit for about 3 minutes. Add the butter and sugar. Add the flour about 1 cup at a time and the add the fine salt. Kneed for about 10 minutes with a stand mixer, or by hand. Put it in a greased bowl and cover with greased cling wrap. Let rise for 1 hour in a moist, warm place until doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 450º. Punch down dough and divide into 12 lumps (I like to divide it in half, then divide each half into three, and then divide each remaining one in half again). Roll them all out as thin as you can. Combine the warm water and baking soda in a wide bowl. Form the dough into pretzel shapes, then dip in the baking soda water. Place on a greased baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake for about 7-11 minutes or until browned. Dip each in the melted butter while hot. Serve with cheese sauce.

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Auntie Anne's Copy Cat Pretzel Recipe

Auntie Anne’s Copy Cat Pretzel Recipe ~ Cinnamon and Sugar right from the over!

My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off ~ No Bake Energy Bites

My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off ~ No Bake Energy Bites

This week My Baby Pajamas is featuring two recipes.   In our last post, we stressed how important it is for kids and adults to eat breakfast.  As adults, we often skip breakfast because we are racing around in the morning trying to get ready for work, get the kids to school etc.   Well, My Baby Pajamas wanted to share two of our favorite quick morning breakfast meals.   These are two easy and quick recipes you can make up and store in the refrigerator for the week.  The first recipe is the Ham and Mushroom Scrambled Egg Cups and the second recipe is the No Bake Energy Bites.   The No Bake Energy Bites are so good you can even eat them as a snack or dessert:)  We want to say thank you to gimmesomeoven.com for the No Bake Energy Bites and The Blonde Can Cook Blog for the Ham and Mushroom Scrambled Egg Cups. My husband just loves the egg cups and the nice thing about the egg cups is that you can always change the ingredients.

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No Bake Energy Bites Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Method

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1″ in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Makes about 20-25 balls.

Ham and Mushroom Egg Muffins Recipe:  click here for the recipe.

My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off ~ Ham and Mushroom Scrambled Egg Cups

My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off ~ Ham and Mushroom Scrambled Egg Cups

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Doughnut Muffins

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Doughnut Muffins

My Baby Pajamas recipe of the week is Doughnut Muffins.  I was looking for new ideas for breakfast for my boys and husband when I came across these doughnut muffins.  My boys love doughnuts and muffins so I thought I would give them a try.  Plus, they are sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, which I love 🙂  First, I have to say these are the easiest thing to make!  Plus, they are so unbelievably good!  The recipe made 11 doughnut muffins but can vary depending how you fill your muffin pan.  I want to thank How to: Simplify Blog for the recipe!

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

For the muffins:

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk

For the coating:

  • 1/4 -1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin tin.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  3. Combine oil, sugar, egg and milk in a large bowl. Add dry ingredients and stir only to combine.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. While muffins are baking, melt butter in a small bowl. In another small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Shake muffins out of the muffin tin while the muffins are still hot.
  6. Dip muffins in the melted butter and then into the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Place on a wire rack and allow to cool.

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National Chocolate Cake Day

National Chocolate Cake Day!

My Baby Pajamas is excited that it’s National Chocolate Cake Day.   That alone is the best reason to bake a cake today.   Now my boys are not a big fan of icing.   In fact, either am I or my husband.  It’s just too sweet for our taste.   So with that being said, I decided to go to our favorite chocolate cake without icing.  It’s the easiest cake to make and then you just sprinkle with powered sugar.

Here is the recipe:  Thank you Recipe Girl!

Ingredients:

1 box Devil’s food chocolate cake mix
1 small box instant chocolate pudding mix
4 large eggs
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
12 ounces chocolate chips
16 ounces sour cream
powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease bundt cake pan.

2. In large bowl, use an electric mixer to mix chocolate cake mix, pudding, eggs, water and oil until smooth. Use a rubber spatula to fold in sour cream and chips. Stir until the sour cream is incorporated.

3. Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

4. Cool thoroughly before removing from pan. To remove, invert onto serving dish and tap firmly on pan. If necessary, gently run a plastic knife around the inner circle of the pan.

5. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving for a nice presentation.

Happy Baking today!!

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Crock Pot Honey Chicken

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Crock Pot Honey Chicken

My Baby Pajamas recipe of the week is Crock Pot Honey Chicken.   I just love my crock pot.  Especially being a working mom, I can put it all together in the morning, turn on the crock pot, go to work and when I get home, dinner is ready!  I love that 🙂  My boys also love any kind of chicken so I came across this honey chicken recipe and had to try it.  Plus, it was so easy to make and so good!  Thank you Lovin’ From the Oven for the recipe

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Here is the link for the recipe.  Happy cooking!

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Skillet Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Skillet Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage

My Baby Pajamas recipe of the week is Skillet Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage.   I found this recipe on Pinterest (by the way, I just LOVE Pinterest) and my husband asked me to make some good old fashion comfort food.  It has been cold here in Phoenix, AZ and comfort food hits the spot!  So I went to Pinterest and started searching around.  He then asked if I would make my baked ziti.   Being Italian, I have all these old family memories of eating mostaccioli at holiday times and images of pasta noodles went flashing through my head.  I wanted to try something different and so I found this great skillet baked ziti.   I can honestly say I don’t know if I will ever make baked ziti the old fashion way again.   This recipe was delicious!  My husband loved it (and already asked me to make it again) and my boys loved it too.

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Here is the link for the recipe.  Happy cooking!

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My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off

 

About Me:

Hello and welcome! I am a 40 something year old mom of two boys, living in Scottsdale, AZ with my husband Al. I started My Baby Pajamas in 2007 and have watched it grow and mature. I love to blog but am not much of a writer per say. I am a avid runner and love to compete in races. I like my yoga HOT and love to hike with my family and our pit bull mix dog, Chance. My favorite time is hanging with my family and cooking homemade dinners and hearing about everyone's day while my husband and I enjoy a glass of wine.

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