Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

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I brought these treats into work because one thing is for sure, everybody loves cookie dough! My favorite part of baking cookies is eating the cookie dough and I am certain, everybody else can say the same…cookie dough is simply amazing. This recipe contains no eggs so you can eat as much as you want with out feeling guilty! Try dipping them in white chocolate as an additional option.

Yield: 24

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
3/4 cup butter; melted
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup Wilton Melting Chocolate
Sprinkles

Steps:
1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add flour, melted butter, sugars, vanilla, and mini chocolate chips. Mix until dough is formed.

2. With a mini ice cream scooper, scoop cookie dough and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes until dough balls are firm.

3. In a smaller bowl, melt chocolate by microwaving for 1-1/2 minutes or until melted. Using your hands, dip half of the dough ball into the chocolate, place on wax paper and top with sprinkles. Refrigerate for another 10 minutes and enjoy! There is no right or wrong way to eat these amazing bites so dig in!
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Tip*** To prevent chocolate from dripping, after dipping dough ball in chocolate take a butter knife and take off access off the top. The melting chocolate is great for this because it dries almost instantly.

Rice Krispy Treats dipped in white chocolate

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I made these treats when I when I went to go visit my girlfriends in my college town, Fresno a few weeks ago. Every time I make a trip I love bringing my friends a tasty treat to get us through our fun filled weekend! These simple rice krispy treats have a festive Valentine’s Day twist! You can always alternate the M&M colors for any season! Plus, I dipped the bottom of them in white chocolate so they make the perfect holiday treat. These are so easy to make, kids can even do it too!

Yield: 12

Ingredients:
6 cups rice krispy cereal
2 Tbsp butter
1 16 oz bag of mini marshmallows
1 cup of M&M’s
1 cup white chocolate ‘candy melts’
Sprinkles (optional)

Steps:
1. In a microwavable safe bowl, microwave marshmallows and butter for 1 1/2 minutes.

2. Measure cereal and M&M’s and put in a large bowl. Once marshmallows are melted, add to large bowl and mix with a spatula until cereal and M&M’s are completely coated with marshmallows.imageimage

4. Lightly grease a 9 by 13 inch pan and pour rice krispy mix. Top with sprinkles and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

5. Once rice krispy treats are cool, cut into 12 squares. In a medium bow, melt white chocolate ‘candy melts’ and dip one side of rice krispy treats. With a butter knife, scrape off access chocolate. Place dipped treats onto a cooling rack. Top with more candy or sprinkles, its completely up to you and let cool.

Red Velvet Chocolate Cookies

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This was my first time making any type of “red velvet” cookies and I am so excited to share the recipe! When I was at the grocery store the other day I couldn’t resist grabbing a bag of the Valentine’s Day pink M&M’s especially since pink is my favorite color.. plus, Valentines Day is just right around the corner.  If you don’t want to use M&M’s you can just use chocolate chips. I used a combo of M&M’s, white chocolate chips, and milk chocolate chips..so its totally up to you!

Yield: 2 dozen

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter; softened or at room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg; room temperature
1 Tbsp heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp red food coloring; or around 25 drops of liquid coloring
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 cup M&M’s
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
Red Sprinkles (optional)

Steps:
1. In a mixer, beat butter, sugars, and egg until creamed. Slowly add heavy cream, vanilla extract, and food coloring.

2. Reduce mixing speed and add in flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt until dough is formed. With a wooden spoon or spatula fold in M&M’s and chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
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3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. With a mini ice cream scooper, scoop dough onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. *This is completely optional, but I sprinkled red sprinkles and placed 3 M&M’s and a few chocolate chips in cookies dough ball before I baked them. Bake for 11-12 minutes then cool on cooling racks. Cookies will seem a littles under-cooked but they will cook as they cool and they will be extra chewy, just how I like them!
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