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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know I have posted other Double Chocolate Chip cookie recipes before but I am going to have to say this recipe is by far my kid’s favorite.  Plus, these cookies were so easy to make!  You got to like that 🙂  I made these cookies last weekend for the kids lunches and they came home asking if I could make more so they could share with your friends at school.  Yes, that is how good these cookies taste.  You should have everything in your pantry to make these cookies now.   The only ingredient you might not have handy is the 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate.    I used Ghirardelli Chocolate Premium Baking Bar Semi-Sweet.   Delicious!

I found this recipe from Kitchen Simplicity.   The recipe was adapted from Martha Steward.

 

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 24-30 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)

 

Directions:

  1. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, melt together chocolate and butter. Beat in sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until evenly distributed. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Scoop heaping spoonfuls of cookie dough onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake at 325ºF for 10 minutes or until cookies are crackly and no longer shiny. Cool 1 minute before removing to wire wracks or paper towels to cool.

Enjoy baking!

Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins

Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins

Hi Everyone,

I know it’s been awhile again since I posted some of my recipes that I have tried and tested on Pinterest.   Just so you know I have not stopped baking or cooking but I have been really busy with life 🙂  Anyway, I have a bunch of recipes that I want to share with you all.  Also, I have been doing a lot of gluten-free and vegan dinner dishes and sides.   I realized I wanted to amp up my training for the fall running races I have coming up and decided to change my diet to see if I see a difference in my running.   Well, it’s been about a month or so and I feel fabulous!!  Don’t get me wrong I am still eating meat, but to be honest I have never been a huge meat eater.  In fact, I was a vegetarian for about 10 years of my life.  When I was pregnant with my first son, I really started to carve meat.  I guess my body was telling me something because I was low in Iron.   Anyway, I started to eat meat again but never more than 3 oz. at dinner.  I will be sharing all my favorite meals I have been making soon.  But for know I want to post my youngest sons favorite muffin recipe.   These freeze great too!  I keep a couple out for the boys and then freeze the rest and toss one in their lunch.

Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins

Makes one dozen muffins

Recipe from: Dinner Dishes and Desserts

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tbls baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1½ cups frozen blueberries

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a 12 cup muffin tin with non-stick spray or liners. Set aside
  • In a bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Mix in vanilla.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture and yogurt, alternating between the two; until just combined.
  • Fold in the blueberries.
  • The batter will be very thick. Scoop into prepared muffin tins.
  • Bake at 425 for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 and bake for 15 more minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven, and set on a wire rack to cool.
  • Store in an airtight container or freeze.

Enjoy!

 

Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins

Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins

 

Tasty Treats ~ True Belgian Waffles

Tasty Treats ~ True Belgian Waffles

My youngest son just loves pancakes and waffles.   He even loves McDonald’s pancakes more 🙂 But eating at McDonald’s for breakfast all the time can get costly and it’s not healthy for you.   I found a great pancake recipe from Food Network.  I will have to share that with you all sometime but I stumbled across this Belgian Waffle recipe that my whole family cannot get enough of and I thought I should share with you all.   They are that good and plus they are easy to make.  I make a whole batch and then I freeze the rest and just pop them in the toaster when they want one in the morning.  This recipe has that true Belgian sweet taste so you could eat them plain!  I hope you enjoy them as much as we do 🙂

Enjoy cooking!

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Here is the recipe from Taste of Home:

Yield: 10 waffles (about 4-1/2 inches)

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

2 eggs separated

1 1/2 cups milk

1 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

sliced strawberries, fruit or syrup

Directions:

  • In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and baking powder. In another bowl, lightly beat egg yolks. Add milk, butter and vanilla; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter.
  • Bake in a preheated waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown. Serve with strawberries or syrup.

 

snickerdoodle cookies

The BEST Snickerdoodle Cookies!

Even though I took time off from the blog because of my crazy families hectic schedule that does not mean I stopped cooking and baking.   With a teenager in the house (plus teenager friends) I seem to be baking a lot more often 🙂  But I don’t mind because I love it.

This recipe is one of my oldest son’s favorite recipes.  He just loves a Snickerdoodle cookie!  It’s an easy recipe and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry.  I found the recipe on Lovintheoven.com blog.   I promise you will not be disappointed.   You must add this recipe to your to do list!

Recipe from: Lovintheoven.com Blog

Yields: 16 to 18 cookies

Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 1/2 cups flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
For rolling:
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars with an electric mixer on high speed. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  2. In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
  3. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Preheat oven to 300 degrees while you let the dough rest for 30 to 60 minutes in the refrigerator.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the sugar with the cinnamon for the topping.
  6. Take about 2 1/2 tablespoons of the dough and roll it into a ball. Roll this dough in the cinnamon/sugar mixture and press it onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat for the remaining cookies.
  7. Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes and no more. The cookies may seem undercooked, but will continue to develop after they are removed from the oven. When the cookies have cooled they should be soft and chewy in the middle.

 

Enjoy baking and thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

My kids love chocolate chip cookies!  Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies.   But sometimes you want to mix it up a bit and what better way than to make cookie bars.   My husband actually likes the cookie bars over cookies but everyone is different.   My boys will eat either as long as it’s chocolate chip!

I found this recipe on Pinterest and it was really easy to bake.  I think it’s a keeper 🙂

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod

Yields: 24 Cookie Bars         Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

Ingredients: 

2 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips
Sea salt, for sprinkling over bars-optional

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the melted butter and sugars together until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix on low, just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

4. Pour cookie dough into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula. Sprinkle cookie bars very lightly with sea salt, if desired. Bake cookie bars for 25-30 minutes or until the top of the bars are light golden brown and the edges start to pull away from the pan. Cool bars on a wire rack to room temperature. Cut bars into squares and serve.

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Greek Salsa Chicken and Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Greek Salsa Chicken and Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes

After a week off, I am excited to announce this weeks Tuesday Cook Off.   This dish was super easy and my family just loved it.  Now of course you have to be a fan of feta cheese and olives to enjoy this dish.   The chicken breasts are roasted in lemon juice, keeping the chicken super moist and flavorful.   If you have a busy week night, this dish comes together in less than an hour.   I promise it will be a favorite.   I served the Greek Salsa Chicken with Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes.   The boys just loved them!!  My youngest even had seconds!!

Here are the recipes:

Greek Salsa Chicken from Sweet Peas Kitchen

Ingredients: 

For the Salsa:
4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
1 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon freshly chopped oregano
For the Chicken:
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (7 ounces each)
pepper to taste
kosher salt to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 lemons, cut into wedges
Directions: 
Preheat oven to 450°.
In a large bowl, combine feta, tomatoes, olives, parsley, lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil and oregano. Cover and chill in refrigerator.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large roasting pan over medium-high heat. Season chicken with kosher salt and pepper. Sear chicken, about 1-2 minutes each side; remove from heat.
Squeeze lemon wedges over chicken to coat. Place the squeezed lemon wedges around the chicken breasts. Roast until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160°, about 25-30 minutes. Transfer chicken and lemons to a large platter. Top with salsa.
This dish is also delicious for leftover lunch 🙂
Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes
Ingredients: 
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon  Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon  Thyme Leaves
  • ¾ teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ½ teaspoon  Garlic Powder
  • 2 pounds baby red potatoes, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Directions: 
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Mix oregano, paprika, thyme, sea salt and garlic powder in small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Toss potatoes with oil in large bowl. Sprinkle seasoning mixture over potatoes. Toss to coat well. Spread potatoes in single layer on foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until potatoes are tender and golden brown.

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Easy Fruit Smoothies

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Easy Fruit Smoothies

I know a lot of the country is having snowy weather and cold temperatures but here in the Phoenix, AZ area, it’s heating up.  While the rest of the country has been below normal temperatures, Phoenix AZ has been breaking records on our high temperatures.   So it’s hot and the kids are hungry after school.   Monday through Thursday after school we are in the house and back out for some kind of sport practice.  Since we are strapped for time I started making these fruit smoothies and the boys (including my husband) just love them!  I just mix all the ingredients in our Vitamix and it’s done in about 2 minutes.  Plus, it’s a healthy snack before their sport practices.

Easy Fruit Smoothies:

1 cup frozen strawberries (no sugar added)

1/2 cup frozen blueberries (no sugar added) I also have used a mix berry bag of frozen fruit

1 medium banana

1/2 cup skim milk

2 oz. non-fat Greek yogurt (or regular plain yogurt)

Add all of these items to your blender and blend. If it’s too thick, add a little water.

Feel free to add protein powder if you like.

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Quick and Easy Coffee Cake

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Quick and Easy Coffee Cake

When I said I was going to make coffee cake, my oldest son said he didn’t want to try it because it had coffee in it.   I could not stop laughing because he is so literal all the time.   After I stopped laughing, I said it’s called coffee cake because the cake compliments the coffee.  It’s never a dull moment in this house of boys 🙂  My oldest was still very shocked I was making this because only my husband likes coffee (still can’t choke down a cup).  I told him to just to try the cake and let me know what you think.   Well, can I say it was gone in two days!! Now a couple of pieces went to friends who came over but everyone loved the cake.  My husband even requested that I make it again soon!

Quick and Easy Coffee Cake

Right from the oven!

Quick and Easy Coffee Cake

Recipe from Lil’ Luna

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cup flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup margarine melted

Directions: 

  1. In a large mixing bowl. combine oil, eggs, vanilla and milk together.
  2. In a medium bowl, blend together sugar, flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Combine egg mixture with flour mixture. Pour half the batter into a 9×13 pan.
  4. In a medium bowl, prepare streusel by combining brown sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Sprinkle half of streusel on top of the batter. Top with remaining batter and then sprinkle the remaining streusel on top.
  6. Drizzle with melted margarine.
  7. Bake, uncovered at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Makes 18-24 servings

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Skinny Kung Pao Chicken

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Skinny Kung Pao Chicken

Usually Skinny recipes don’t appeal to me.   It’s not that I don’t like them but I try to eat in moderation whether it’s skinny or not.   But my husband was bugging me to make a few skinny recipes.   He’s trying to lose a couple of pounds I think 🙂  I told him if he would stop snacking on pretzels and cookies at night the couple of pounds would come off.   He agreed but still wanted skinny recipes.

Since Kung Pao Chicken is one of his favorite Chinese take out meals I decided to try this recipe I found on Cookinglight.com.   I was a little worried because sometimes the skinny recipes come up a little short on favor.   This one did not.  In fact, next time I think I will add just a little extra crushed red pepper.   The recipe called for 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons and I added 1 teaspoons because the boys.  Everyone loved it!  This recipe is simple to prep before and literally only takes a 15-17 minutes to make after the preparation is done.   We all agreed this one is a keeper!

Skinny Kung Pao Chicken

Yields about 4 to 6 servings (depending on who is serving:) )

Ingredients: 

  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon bottled minced ginger
  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper (about 1 large pepper)
  • 1 cup snow peas, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts

Directions: 

  1.  Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until softened. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add chicken; sauté 3 minutes or until chicken begins to brown.
  2.  Combine 3/4 cup water and the next 5 ingredients (through crushed red pepper), stirring with a whisk until sugar dissolves. Add water mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Add bell pepper and snow peas to pan; cook for 2 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender and sauce thickens. Sprinkle with nuts.

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

My youngest son just loves Snicker candy bars.   It’s a new love for him 🙂   Not that I am going to be buying Snicker candy bars a lot but when my friend gave me this recipe (and the cookies as a gift) I knew my youngest would be hooked.

So Monday when I was looking what to bake for the boy’s lunches, I thought of the recipe and decided to surprise my youngest.  He was very surprised and happy!  Normally, I bake for the boy’s lunches on Sunday but since we were in California all last week and didn’t get home until late Sunday afternoon, baking had to wait until Monday.

We went to Orange County and we did something we have never done before…whale watching.   I guess I should tell you we use to live in Orange County and our oldest son was born there.   Plus, we go there about 4 times a year.  It’s an easy drive from the Phoenix, AZ area and it’s a nice change of weather for us in the summer.  In all the years we lived in California and all the times we have visit, we have never gone whale watching.  We always talked about it but never went.  It was so worth it!  We saw all kinds of whales and dolphins.

Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe from Cooking Classy.  Yields about 30 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 – 8 oz Snickers candy bars, chopped (about 1 1/2 – 2 cups)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped, unsalted or lightly salted peanuts (optional)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt for 30 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy. Stir in eggs one at a time mixing until combined after each addition. Blend in vanilla. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Add in chopped Snickers, chocolate chips and peanuts and blend on low speed just until mixed in.
  • Shape dough into balls about 3 Tbsp each and place on a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet spacing at least 2 inches apart. Bake in preheated oven 10 – 12 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Do you have a great recipe you would like to share?  Just email us at Linda@mybabypajamas.com.  Please attach a photo if you can.  If your recipe is chosen, you will win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to our website.   Who doesn’t want free kids pajamas?  Please share this contest/giveaway!

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Whale Watching on our trip

Whale Watching on our trip

Dolphins on our trip

Dolphins on our trip

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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