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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.

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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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

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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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.

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Whale Watching on our trip

Whale Watching on our trip

Dolphins on our trip

Dolphins on our trip

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Peanut Butter Pretzel M&M Cookies

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Peanut Butter Pretzel M&M Cookies

It’s almost a month after Christmas and I still have Christmas M&M’s.   I need a recipe that I could use the M&M’s up so I don’t keep eating them by the handfuls!  Enter Sally’s Baking Addiction and her fabulous Peanut Butter Pretzel M&M cookies.   If you love peanut butter, chocolate and/or pretzels then this cookie is for you.   If you have been reading my blog you know my family LOVES pretzels and peanut butter.   This was the recipe for me to bake and stop eating those M&M’s by the handfuls 🙂   My boys gave the cookies a thumbs up!

Recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup salted butter, softened to room temperature ( I used 1/2 cup of unsalted butter and added 1/4 teaspoon to the flour)

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

1 large egg

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup M&M’s

3/4 cup pretzel pieces

Directions: 

In a large bowl using a hand-mixer or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream together the butter and sugars on medium speed.  Add the peanut butter, 1 large egg and vanilla in that exact order.  Next you need to add the flour and baking soda but make sure you do not over mix batter.

Fold in the M&M’s and pretzel pieces slowly without over mixing the batter.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.  I chilled mine for 2 hours.

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.   Use a small tablespoon and spoon the chilled dough onto the cookie sheets.  Next you want to flatten the dough a little bit.  I used a small glass bottom to lightly flatten my dough.   Bake for 8-9 minutes and your cookies will look a little undone and soft. Let the cookies cool completely on the cookie sheet.   The cookies will firm up as they cool.    Cookies stay fresh at room temperature in an airtight container for 10 days.

Makes 3 dozen small cookies

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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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Skinny Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Skinny Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

Usually I am not a big fan of baked goods that are “healthier” for you.  It always seems like something is missing to me.  Well, this recipe will not disappoint at all.   I came across the recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction (I just love her blog) and the pictures made the muffins look so good I thought I would give them a taste.

I made the muffins without my family knowing they were from a skinny recipe.   As they were baking they absolutely smelled delicious!  The real taste test would be my boys and if they ate them.  Well, my boys crushed them and I mean crushed them.  I think the twelve muffins were gone within 48 hours.   After they were all gone I finally told everyone that these muffins were from a skinny recipe… they asked me to make them again soon 🙂 That’s a winner!!

Recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Yields a dozen muffins

Ingredients: 

  • 3/4 cup (133g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (85g) honey
  • 2 large egg whites (or 1 large egg)
  • 3/4 cup (183g) vanilla Greek yogurt (or regular yogurt, plain or vanilla)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (62g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (64g) whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup (64g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (90g) mini chocolate chips, plus a few more for sprinkling on top

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Spray 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray. Do not use liners.

In a large bowl, combine applesauce, sugar, honey, egg whites, greek yogurt, and vanilla extract. Whisk them all together until smooth, with no yogurt lumps remaining.

Sift* the flours, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together. Slowly stir in the wet ingredients, being careful not to overmix. Get any dry pockets of flour out. Fold in the mini chocolate chips. The batter will be a little chunky. This is ok.

Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups – fill them all the way to the top if you can. Bake for 5 minutes at 425F. Keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the temperature down to 375 and continue to bake for 13 more minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of one muffin. If it comes out clean, they are done. If not, bake for only 2 more minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 3 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes 12 muffins. Muffins stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Muffins freeze well up to 3 months: heat up for 45 seconds to thaw.

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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Skinny Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

Skinny Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I just love the taste of chocolate and salt together.   I have to be honest; at first I didn’t think I would like this combination at all but I love it.  My family loves it also.  In fact, my husband has been doing this combination for years and I always thought it was weird.  He would eat some pretzel sticks and then have pieces of chocolate right after.  I always thought this was strange when we were first married.  We will be married 21 years in February so he has been having this combination for a long time!!  Anyway, when I started to see recipes for pretzels with chocolate I just knew I had to make the recipes for my husband and finally try it too.   Well, I am a huge fan and so are our boys!!

This recipe is simple to make and is absolutely delicious 🙂

I found this recipe on Pinterest by Just a Taste:

Yields: 16 bars

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, divided
1 cup crushed salted pretzels, divided
2 teaspoons vegetable oil

Directions: 

Preheat oven at 350 degrees

Using your stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk together the melted butter and sugars until smooth.  This should take about 2 minutes.   Whisk in the eggs and vanilla until combined.

Next remove the bowl from the mixer and stir in the flour and the salt until combined.  Next stir in 1 cup of the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of the crushed pretzels.  Stir just until combined.

Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper and stray with cooking spray.   Pour the batter into the pan, smoothing the top and making even.   Sprinkle the remaining 1/2-cup of crushed pretzels on top, pressing lightly into the batter.

Bake for 30 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick into the center and it comes out clean.  Remove the cookie bars from the oven and allow them to cool completely in the pan.  This could take about 20 minutes or more.   Remove the cookies using the parchment paper and lay on the counter.

While the cookie bars are still cooling, melt the last 1/2-cup of chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl with the vegetable oil.   After the bars are completely cooled, drizzle the melted chocolate over the cookie bars.

I then stuck the bars in the fridge for about 10 minutes to help the chocolate drizzle set.   Then cut the bars into 16 pieces and enjoy!!

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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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake

I want to apologize to everyone for taking the last two weeks off.   I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  In this house we had three out of four of us sick, family in town plus Christmas…it’s been an adventure!   So with that being said it’s time to get back to blogging.   Oh, how I have missed cooking and baking for the blog.   So after everyone finally was better I decided to make a chocolate chip loaf cake.   They boys wanted something sweet but not too sweet for dessert one night.   This loaf cake did not disappoint.  It literally was gone in a 24- hour period!! My husband loved it and he’s not a big sweets person at all.

Recipe from : Mama’s Gotta Bake

Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake

Yields two 9 x 5 loafs.   I cut the recipe in half and just made one loaf.  Next time I will definitely make both loafs and freeze one 🙂

Ingredients: 

  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 8 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups (1-12 ounce bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips

 Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. With a pastry brush and melted butter, grease the bottom and sides of two 9″ x 5″ loaf pans and line with parchment paper greasing the parchment paper also.
  2. Sift the flour and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. With the mixer on low, stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. In a large bowl, lightly beat the 8 eggs and then add them to the butter-sugar mixture, mixing until they’re incorporated. With the mixer on low, mix in the flour until it is incorporated. With the mixer on low, add in the chocolate chips.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the two pans.
  6. Bake for about 65 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs.
  7. Cool cakes in the pans on wire racks for 30 minutes before removing from the pans.

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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Now I know this isn’t exactly baking or cooking but I thought it was such a cute idea for Christmas I wanted to share with you all.   Christmas Hugs make the perfect gift for your neighbors, employees, teachers, etc.  I found the idea on Pinterest and my boys even had fun helping me make them for everyone.  I will be honest taking off the wrappers to the Kisses and Rolo’s was probably the hardest thing about this gift 🙂

Christmas Hugs straight from the oven

Christmas Hugs straight from the oven

Ingredients:

  • 50 rolos or hugs (we did a combination of the two)
  • 50 pretzels (Snyders Butter Snaps)
  • 50 M&M’s

Directions: 

  1. 1. Heat oven to 325°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  2. 2. Place pretzels on baking sheet. Top each pretzel with one unwrapped rolo or hug.
  3. 3. Bake 3 to 5 minutes (2 1/2 minutes was perfect for me) or until chocolate begins to soften, but not melt. Remove from oven; top with either M&M, pecan half or additional pretzel. Cool completely.

We got the idea from I Heart Nap Time blog!

Christmas Hugs

Christmas Hugs

Finished gift ~ Christmas Hugs

Finished gift ~ Christmas Hugs

My Baby Pajamas wishes everyone a Happy Holiday season! Enjoy!

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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