The Cooker Lady

Adventures of a real girl cooking up memories and making smiles.

Kick-Ass Nestle Toll House Double Chocolate Brownies

What do I need?
1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 eggs

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
What do I do?
1. Preheat oven to 350, grease a 13x9 pan
2. Melt 1 cup morsels and butter in large saucepan over low heat; stir until smooth. Remove from heat, stir in eggs. Stir in flour, sugar, vanilla and baking soda. Stir in remaining chips and nuts (if you choose).
3. Bake for 18-22 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely and enjoy!

Kick-Ass Nestle Toll House Double Chocolate Brownies

What do I need?

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

What do I do?

1. Preheat oven to 350, grease a 13x9 pan

2. Melt 1 cup morsels and butter in large saucepan over low heat; stir until smooth. Remove from heat, stir in eggs. Stir in flour, sugar, vanilla and baking soda. Stir in remaining chips and nuts (if you choose).

3. Bake for 18-22 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely and enjoy!

Chocolate Babka as made by my amazing husband!

Panda Express Orange Chicken, amazing!! http://returnoftheyummy.blogspot.com/2009/04/friday-dinner-panda-express-orange.html

Panda Express Orange Chicken, amazing!! http://returnoftheyummy.blogspot.com/2009/04/friday-dinner-panda-express-orange.html

Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies
Oh yes, I took a plain peanut butter cookie and added Reese’s Pieces (E.T. would be so proud). It was easy and delicious.
Be sure you have about one hour to chill the dough (although I’m sure you could skate by with less if you opted for the freezer cooling method).
You will need:
1 cup unsalted butter
1 large package Reese’s Pieces
1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or not, it’s your call)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1. Cream the butter, peanut butter and both sugars together. Add eggs and beat well.
2. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
3. Add the flour mixture to the creamy mixture and then when well blended, add candies.
4. Cook at 350 for about 10 minutes, being careful to not overcook them. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and enjoy!

Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies

Oh yes, I took a plain peanut butter cookie and added Reese’s Pieces (E.T. would be so proud). It was easy and delicious.

Be sure you have about one hour to chill the dough (although I’m sure you could skate by with less if you opted for the freezer cooling method).

You will need:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 large package Reese’s Pieces
  • 1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or not, it’s your call)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1. Cream the butter, peanut butter and both sugars together. Add eggs and beat well.

2. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

3. Add the flour mixture to the creamy mixture and then when well blended, add candies.

4. Cook at 350 for about 10 minutes, being careful to not overcook them. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and enjoy!

Israeli Chopped Salad and Mushroom Cheddar and Asiago quiche #fuckinyum

Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins
Totally forgot this great recipe from last summer. I’ll have to figure out what I used again and post a new batch this summer. That means sample, sample, sample… oh darn the kids will be so sad! ;)

Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Totally forgot this great recipe from last summer. I’ll have to figure out what I used again and post a new batch this summer. That means sample, sample, sample… oh darn the kids will be so sad! ;)

http://www.salad-in-a-jar.com/family-recipes/broccoli-rice-casserole-no-canned-soup

This recipe is so amazing, I am linking right back to the original because it needed no tweaking! Delicious!

The most delightful Lavender and Dark chocolate treat from Sublime Chocolate in Allen, TX. We received a box of these as a gift and delicious doesn’t cover it!

The most delightful Lavender and Dark chocolate treat from Sublime Chocolate in Allen, TX. We received a box of these as a gift and delicious doesn’t cover it!

Easy Cheese Manicotti
So I had a friend craving manicotti and not wanting to get out. I did what any good friend would do and delivered a home made treat.
Here’s what I needed:
2 cups mozzarella cheese
manicotti noodles
2 cups ricotta cheese
jar of tomato sauce (or 16 oz. if you make your own)
1/2 cup fresh basil
Here’s what I did:
Boil manicotti noodles as instructed on the package.
In a bowl mix ricotta cheese (I use the low fat variety), fresh basil (as much as you like), and 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese together.
When the noodles are finished, place some tomato sauce in the bottom of your pan and start stuffing noodles with your exquisite mixture. I like to spoon all the filling into a large plastic bag and cut the corner to pipe the filling into the noodles otherwise this step can be a big ‘ol mess. 
As you fill shells, lay them atop the tomato sauce. When the pan is full, top with the remaining sauce and mozzarella cheese, cover with foil and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for about 10 more minutes or until browned to your liking.
Add a salad and some garlic bread, you’re in heaven!

Easy Cheese Manicotti

So I had a friend craving manicotti and not wanting to get out. I did what any good friend would do and delivered a home made treat.

Here’s what I needed:

  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • manicotti noodles
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • jar of tomato sauce (or 16 oz. if you make your own)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil

Here’s what I did:

Boil manicotti noodles as instructed on the package.

In a bowl mix ricotta cheese (I use the low fat variety), fresh basil (as much as you like), and 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese together.

When the noodles are finished, place some tomato sauce in the bottom of your pan and start stuffing noodles with your exquisite mixture. I like to spoon all the filling into a large plastic bag and cut the corner to pipe the filling into the noodles otherwise this step can be a big ‘ol mess. 

As you fill shells, lay them atop the tomato sauce. When the pan is full, top with the remaining sauce and mozzarella cheese, cover with foil and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for about 10 more minutes or until browned to your liking.

Add a salad and some garlic bread, you’re in heaven!