Creamy Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies – #SRC

Creamy Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve never been to a cookie exchange. I’ve always wanted to. But then, I may take days to decide on a cookie that I truly cared about sharing. This week the Secret Recipe Club members opted for a virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange for the holidays.

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There were so many cookies on Nicole’s blog over at I Am a Honey Bee. I had a hard time choosing between her Maple Walnut Oatmeal Cookies or her Monster Cookies for my kids. If I had seen her latest Chocolate Mint Chip Sandwich Cookies before these ones, I’d have dove in. I’ve been obsessed with chocolate and mint lately.

But this recipe had me at Sea Salt. Just like Nic (hey, she goes by the same nickname as my son!) loves salt over chocolate, I love salt with chocolate!

Creamy Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
I opted for her Pillowy Chocolate Cream Cheesy Cookies. I loved the sea salt on the chocolate tangy cookie!

Creamy Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
I hope you decide to pop on over to Nic’s blog at I Am a Honey Bee. This gal from Connecticut had a couple mishaps in high school with a sewing machine and a treadmill, that I enjoyed reading about. But I’m pretty sure she’s best in the kitchen than her high school activities 😉

Creamy Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
So please, for the love of cookies, make these, and go visit I Am a Honey Bee.

Creamy Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
8 oz Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375F.
Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl and set aside.

In a mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat the softened butter, granulated and brown sugars and vanilla, until light and fluffy.

Creamy Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the softened cream cheese. (I used Neufchatel cream cheese instead of full fat, which created a slightly lighter cookie.)

Creamy Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Gradually beat in flour mixture, then the chocolate chips.

Creamy Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Try very hard not to eat the cookie dough 🙂

Creamy Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Using a cookie scoop, drog by spoonfuls onto ungreased non-stick baking sheets or onto non-stick baking mats or parchment paper.

Creamy Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 1 minute before transferring to a cooling rack.

Creamy Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Store in a covered container in the refrigerator up to one week.

What is your favorite cookie combo?

Creamy Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Number of servings: 60

Per Serving 119 calories

Fat 6 g

Carbs 14 g

Protein 1 g

60

Creamy Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 3

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 oz Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat the softened butter, granulated and brown sugars and vanilla, until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the softened cream cheese.
  5. Gradually beat in flour mixture, then the chocolate chips.
  6. Using a cookie scoop, drog by spoonfuls onto ungreased non-stick baking sheets or onto non-stick baking mats or parchment paper.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 1 minute before transferring to a cooling rack.

Notes

Store in a covered container in the refrigerator up to one week.

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S’mores Cookies – #SRC

S'mores Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark #SRC

I am so missing camping right now!!! We haven’t gone out all season and the Summer is fast approaching as California seemed to have completely bypassed Spring. Planning for a new baby is keeping us plenty busy on the weekends that I haven’t even booked a quick three day trip. 🙁

S'mores Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark #SRC

So it’s no wonder when I ran across these S’mores Cookies from Heather’s blog at Join Us, Pull Up A Chair that these are what I dove in to. I’m bringing the camping to us! This girl had so many cookies on her blog that I almost didn’t know what to choose. But the gooey marshmallows and sweet chocolate beckoned me to this particular recipe.

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You see, I’m in this secret club…shhh…it’s a secret. It’s called The Secret Recipe Club. In this club we get assigned a top secret blog and our job is to find a yummy recipe from their blog and share it. But they don’t know until “share day”. (Are you having Kindergarten flash backs too?)

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Yup, these S’mores Cookies are heavenly. I only made a couple slight changes. I used Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Chips, because we all know the good “fight for the biggest chunk of candy bar” deal with the kids around the campfire-and it’s gotta be a Hershey bar. And I’ve had stock of Golden Graham cereal due to my cereal cravings, so I just had to throw those in as the grahams, and no messy crushing was needed because my stand mixer did it all. Oh, and I threw in some extra marshmallows for some extra gooeyness.

Eat these babies fresh out of the oven and who needs a campfire!?!

Ingredients: (I doubled my recipe in the photos, but all ingredients below are for a single batch of 32 cookies)
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup coarsely chopped graham crackers (2 full sized sheets) or 1 cup graham cereal
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips
1 3/4 cups mini marshmallows

S'mores Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark #SRC

Directions:
First cream together your butter and sugars in a large stand mixer until fluffy.
Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated.

S'mores Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark #SRC

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Add half the flour mixture and beat until dough comes off sides. Beat in the remaining flour mixture.

S'mores Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark #SRC

Add the crushed graham crackers or graham cereal and mix again, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

S'mores Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark #SRC

Stir or lightly beat in the chocolate chips.

S'mores Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark #SRC

Using a 2 Tb cookie scoop or large spoon, scoop out the cookie dough and press 4 marshmallows into the center of each with your thumb, letting the dough come up over the sides of the scoop.

S'mores Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark #SRC

Press the dough around the marshmallows to seal them inside. Set the cookie dough ball on a lined cookie sheet and continue with the remaining cookie dough, making about 3 dozen cookies.

S'mores Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark #SRC

Refrigerate dough balls for 2 hours or until needed, or freeze for 10 minutes until ready to bake. I did the freezer method, because I had to get these cookies ready for a Mother’s Day lunch. Yes, that’s me, baking on my own Mother’s Day while my family sleeps in. (On a side note, if you are doubling this recipe, you may need to return the dough to the refrigerator for a bit after you’ve made half, as the dough gets a bit sticky to work with at this point.)

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Preheat your oven to 350F. Place cookies evenly spaced apart, placing 12 cookies on each cookie sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes until set.

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Let cool on the cookie sheet at least 10 minutes to allow the center to continue cooking before carefully transferring to a rack to cook completely. Or heck, just dig in to those babies-you know you want to!

And make sure to check out Heather’s blog!

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S’mores Cookies

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Number of servings: 32

Per Serving 182 calories

Fat 8 g

Carbs 26 g

Protein 2 g

32

S’mores Cookies

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 5

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped graham crackers (2 full sized sheets) or 1 cup graham cereal
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips
  • 1 3/4 cups mini marshmallows

Instructions

  1. First cream together your butter and sugars in a large stand mixer until fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Add half the flour mixture and beat until dough comes off sides. Beat in the remaining flour mixture.
  3. Add the crushed graham crackers or graham cereal and mix again, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Stir or lightly beat in the chocolate chips.
  4. Using a 2 Tb cookie scoop or large spoon, scoop out the cookie dough and press 4 marshmallows into the center of each with your thumb, letting the dough come up over the sides of the scoop. Press the dough around the marshmallows to seal them inside. Set the cookie dough ball on a lined cookie sheet and continue with the remaining cookie dough, making about 3 dozen cookies.
  5. Refrigerate dough balls for 2 hours or until needed, or freeze for 10 minutes until ready to bake.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350F. Place cookies evenly spaced apart, placing 12 cookies on each cookie sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes until set.
  7. Let cool on the cookie sheet at least 10 minutes to allow the center to continue cooking before carefully transferring to a rack to cook completely.


3 Minute PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies – Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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Tonight was all about getting yummy food in my belly! You know those days where you can’t stop thinking about the same food until you finally get to make it? That was me today. I made a super zesty Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Creamy Lemon Dill Dressing for dinner. That was fantastic! I’ll share that recipe soon 😉

But for dessert…I had to stay with the healthy theme of dinner, and I had already promised my boys cookies. But I didn’t have much time. And I wanted a sweet contrast to my tangy dinner, without all the guilt of sugar. I had a ripe banana lying on the counter and could only think how awesome it would be to find a microwave banana cookie recipe.

Yep, I’m one of those moms that gives her kids cookies right before bed…yea, they are a bit spoiled. I’ve even been known to sneak into their rooms after I’ve put them to bed, with a piece of freshly baked brownies and given them a bite. Oh I know the Tooth Fairy is frowning on me right now!

So I found a recipe on Pinterest for some quick Oatmeal Cookies made with just 2 ingredients-Banana and Oatmeal! So I added Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips. I mean, we have to go all out right!?! And I only added 30 seconds to my prep time 😉

3 Minute PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 Tb natural creamy peanut butter

In a large bowl mash the banana and then mix in all the ingredients really well to make a “dough”.

PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Using a cookie scoop or large spoon, portion the dough onto parchment paper or a heat proof pastry mat sprayed lightly with cooking spray.

Press the cookie mounds down lightly with your fingers.

PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Place the “tray” of cookies in the microwave (I put mine on the wire rack) and heat on high heat for 1-2 minutes. Check after 1 minute. Mine took 2 minutes.

PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Remove from the microwave carefully and cool slightly before transferring to a platter to serve.

PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Makes 10 Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Yep, those are good.

PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies

Nope, I don’t feel guilty. Don’t forget the milk!

*For peanut allergies, omit the peanut butter. For a vegan option, substitute raisins for the chocolate chips and add a pinch of cinnamon.

3 Minute PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies - Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Number of servings: 10

Per Serving 146 calories

Fat 5 g

Carbs 21 g

Protein 4 g

10

3 Minute PB&B Choc-Oat Cookies - Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 3

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tb natural creamy peanut butter

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mash the banana and then mix in all the ingredients really well to make a “dough”.
  2. Using a cookie scoop or large spoon, portion the dough onto parchment paper or a heat proof pastry mat sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Press the cookie mounds down lightly with your fingers.
  4. Place the “tray” of cookies in the microwave and heat on high heat for 1-2 minutes. Check after 1 minute.
  5. Remove from the microwave carefully and cool slightly before transferring to a platter to serve.

Notes

*For peanut allergies, omit the peanut butter. For a vegan option, substitute raisins for the chocolate chips and add a pinch of cinnamon.

Do you have a quick dessert recipe you’d like to share? Please comment!

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