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Chocolate Chip Off The Old Block!

20 Jun

Chocolate chip cookies hold fond memories for many people, be it baking with mom, dirtying up the whole kitchen, eating raw dough, and our favorite:

Never fails to get a laugh! Chocolate chip cookie dough uses butter and both brown and white sugar. You can make your cookies stand out by using different types of chocolate or other additional ingredients, which is precisely what we did for this duel! Here are the guidelines for these cookies.

  • Ease of prep/baking-10
  • Texture-20
  • Flavor/taste -20
  • Ingredient ratios- 10
  • Ease of eating- 10
  • Added flavor-20
  • How well does the actual number of cookies make correspond to how many the recipe says -10

Krista here and for me chocolate chip cookies are my dad’s “staple” sweet product. He’s not a big cake fan and only likes the corners on brownies- but you give him a chocolate chip cookie and he’s in his element! I already have my choc chip cookie recipe for the baked goods I make for sale- but I wanted to tie in my hub’s love of peanut butter. So, I found this recipe that ties in both.

Unfortunately, these cookies did not last long. By the time they had cooled and I was ready to take pictures… there were only two cookies left. Which is pretty awesome

  • Ease of prep/baking-10/10 chocolate chip cookies are def something you can just throw together, I think they took more time cooling than they did baking… you’ll never hear me complain about easy recipes!
  • Texture- 19/20 I HATE peanut butter cookies solely based on the texture- they are all so dry and crumbly it’s nasty. I was a bit hesitant doing a peanut butter choc chip cookie because I was concerned about the texture. These turned out great- the were firm but chewy, the edges were still a little flaky so I docked a point because I’m anal.
  • Flavor/taste – 18/20 I am not the biggest peanut butter fan, but these cookies were very good and amazing with a little milk.
  • Ingredient ratios- 9/10 I would have liked to have more choc chips per cookie, but overall the peanut butter and choc chip cookie ratio per cookie was something you could taste and distinguish.
  • Ease of eating- 10/10 Obviously these were super easy to eat since my hubs consumed the majority of the cookies.
  • Peanut butter flavor- 17/20 I personally thought they were perfect, Matt (the pb expert) says more peanut butter would be optimum. You can distinguish the flavor without any assistance, so it scores highly for me.
  • How well does the actual number of cookies make correspond to how many the recipe says – 8/10 The recipe is unclear about how many cookies it makes, the writer mentions she doubled the recipe and had “about 6 dozen”. I did the normal recipe and ended up with 2 dozen- so it was closer than last time.

This recipe scored 91 out of 100 pts. The best rated recipe I’ve made to this point! Woohoo. 🙂

It’s Andrea! Chocolate covered strawberries are one my favorite decadent treats! I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for quite some time and am so excited I was finally able to make it. Chocolate covered strawberries…in a cookie. Simply incredible!

  • Ease of prep/baking-6/10 The recipe said 10-12 minutes, however they took more like 30 minutes.
  • Texture- 20/20 Perfectly gooey.
  • Flavor/taste – 20/20 Just like a chocolate covered strawberry!
  • Ingredient ratios- 10/10 At first I thought there was going to be way too many chocolate chips and strawberries, but it worked out to be the perfect amount!
  • Ease of eating- 9/10 Ones that ended up with extra strawberries seemed to fall apart more easily.
  • Strawberry flavor- 20/20 Summer is the perfect time to make these with fresh, juicy strawberries. They were amazing!
  • How well does the actual number of cookies make correspond to how many the recipe says – 8/10 I ended up with 26, rather than 30. Which could also be why mine took longer to bake.
  • Overall these cookies received 93/100. These cookies were wonderfully moist and flavorful. I would even venture to say they’re downright sinful! 😉 One thing that made these so special was the browned butter. It added a delicious, nutty flavor to the cookies. They are easy enough for every day baking, but can be special enough for birthdays or holidays. They didn’t even last 24 hours and I will definitely make them again!


    Chocolate, Chocolate Make It Melt!

    6 Jun

    This week we decided on a true favorite: brownies! Brownies are great because they are so versatile. You can add nuts, dried fruit, candies or a variety of other ingredients to add variety to your brownies. You can even use brown sugar and no chocolate to make blondies! Let’s see how our recipes on this yummy dessert fared.

    The guidelines for this duel are as follows:

    • Ease of prep/baking-10
    • Texture-20
    • Flavor/taste -20
    • Ingredient ratios- 10
    • Ease of cutting/eating- 10
    • Chocolate flavor-20
    • Evenness of baking -10

    Andrea here. Who doesn’t love brownies? Get that chocolate in my mouth! But really good recipes are hard to come by. I found this recipe, giggled at the name and knew I had to make them! These are by far some of the best brownies I’ve ever made!

    • Ease of prep/baking-10/10, these are just as easy as making brownies from a box. No melting chocolate, no double boilers, just mixing by hand! The brownies also took exactly as long to bake as the recipe said.
    • Texture-18/20, chewy and delicious, just how brownies should be!
    • Flavor/taste -18/20, Yummy yummy!
    • Ingredient ratios- 10/10, the chocolate chips were evenly distributed.
    • Ease of cutting/eating- 8/10, a little crumbly on top.
    • Chocolate flavor-20/20, I think the chocolate chips really upped the chocolate flavor in this recipe!
    • Evenness of baking -8/10, the edges got noticeably done faster than the middle but didn’t start to burn.

    Overall these brownies scored: 92/100!

    I will definitely use this recipe again and again! Definite bombshells.

    It’s Krista! Brownie edges are my dad’s building foundation on his food pyramid- followed by chocolate chip cookies and burgers. ANYWAY, we’ve made a ton of brownies over the year and recipes can be hit or MISS. Chocolate is my #2 favorite thing (Excluding dark- once it’s healthy, it’s not chocolate) icecream is my #1. This recipe would be beyond amazing with a scoop of icecream. mmm.

    • Ease of prep/baking-9/10 This recipe had very few ingredients but you needed a few pans to make it all happen. The less dishes the better!
    • Texture-18/20 Nearly perfect! I loved these brownies- a big turnoff in the brownie dept for me is they get cake-texture instead of dense and gooey-gooey-goodness(which is what these guys were)! They scared me a little during the mixing process because they smelled vinegar-ish. Weird? Yes. Worth it? Def.
    • Flavor/taste -17/20 Granted they were delicious and fantastic, but I wonder if working in milk chocolate or even semi-sweet chips would make them more my style.
    • Ingredient ratios- 10/10 tons of chocolate… everywhere!!
    • Ease of cutting/eating- 7/10 these guys cut and served fairly well (even though I apparently can’t cut evenly) the crust on top did have some basic issues with trying to flake off.
    • Chocolate flavor-20/20 totally chocolate- no doubt about it.
    • Evenness of baking -5/10 The edges on these burned- and I mean we-could-build-a-storm-shelter-with-those-bricks burned. I thought maybe since I used a glass pan it burnt them… soooo I made another batch in a metal pan- same issue. Not really sure what the deal with that was?

    Overall this was a delicious recipe but if you’re looking for the full serving amount- find another recipe because you lose all the edges. This recipe got an 86/100 overall. I will prob make these again to test the milk/semi-sweet chocolate chips instead. 🙂