Monday, April 8, 2013

Pin Tested: Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie

Inspiration/Original Pin:
Mug recipes are everywhere! I LOVE chocolate chip cookies, but I don't love making a whole batch for myself so I thought I would try this mug recipe. 

I followed directions from Domesticated Duchess

1 tablespoon of butter 
1 tablespoon of white sugar
1 tablespoon of packed brown sugar
3 drops of vanilla extract
1 dash of salt
1 egg yolk
scant 1/4 cup of flour (a bit less than 1/4 cup)
2 tablespoons of chocolate chips (I mixed regular and mini semi-sweet chips)

1. Melt butter in a mug (I used a large mug, but a normal sized mug would work well too) using the microwave
2. Add sugars, vanilla and salt. Stir. 

3. Separate your egg and add only the yolk. Stir.
4. Add flour, and stir again (now it will look like dough)
5. Add chocolate chips and give a final stir
6. Cook in microwave for 45 seconds

Ready for the microwave!


Pin Tested?: YUM!! Oh my goodness - this cookie was delicious! The texture of this cookie is great. It is easy to make and turned out much better than my Banana Bread in a Mug. I also enjoyed the short list of ingredients (only seven!). 
It is a perfect late night snack or afternoon pick-up. 

Improvements: This cookie was a bit bland. I may add a little extra vanilla, sugar, or butter next time. 

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

S'more Bites

Inspiration/Original Pin:

S'more on a Stick from Two Parts Sweet


  • Bag of Large marshmallows
  • 4-5 Graham Crackers (I used low fat to make this a "healthy" dessert)
  • Chocolate Chips (I used a mix of semi-sweet (1/3 cup) and milk (1/2 cup) chocolate)
  • Splash of milk (I used 1% since that is what i normally drink)
  • (This picture shows the marshmallows in pop form - I decided to forgo the sticks and make them s'more bites)

I used Two Parts Sweet's directions as inspiration for mine.

    Assembly line is ready to go!
  1. Melt approx 1/2 cup milk; 1/3 cup semi-sweet chips; and splash of milk in microwave (I microwaved in 5-10 sec intervals - I once had a terrible chocolate melting experience with my best friend in 5th grade - chocolate popcorn is amazing, but burning the chocolate will only prolong the time until you get to try it - it may also make your dad upset for ruining a 'microwave safe' container) 
  2. Crush graham crackers (with an empty wine bottle preferably - see below)
  3. Dip the marshmallow in melted chocolate then graham crackers
  4. Allow for chocolate to harden
  5. Enjoy!

Step #3a
Step #3b

Pin Approved?: Yes! These are delicious! And easy/quick to prepare. I love that they are a twist on a common comfort food and have few ingredients. A bonus is that they use few dishes so clean up is easy. 
S'more bites would be great to bring as a dessert to a party, trivia night, birthday, or holiday. 

I taste-tested these with six 3rd grade boys, my parents, and my college/middle school sisters: all declared them a winner!

Troubleshooting: I had to re-microwave my chocolate a few times. Maybe using a double boiler would make things easier if you make a larger batch.

All done!

Bonus Project: Pinterest has SO many ideas for empty wine bottles. Seriously, search it. They all seem a little ridiculous so I take mine back in for a deposit. 
Unfortunately, I do not have a rolling pin. (I really have little need for one so why buy it?) This project required crushing graham crackers (I could have used my mini food processor, but I didn't want to get it out of the cupboard). 
At this time, I created the empty wine bottle rolling pin. Try it. Very Effective.

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