Wednesday

Grilled Chicken Marinade


Recipe
This recipe comes from one of my dearest friends who grew up in Moroni, Utah and is known as Moroni BBQ Marinade (great with chicken and turkey). It is always a go-to and crowd pleaser. Light up the grill this weekend and try it, it will be a family favorite!

1 cup Canola Oil
1 cup Soy Sauce
2 cups 7UP
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
6-7 chicken breasts

Combine ingredients in a large bowl. Marinade 2-24 hours, stirring occasionally. Grill and serve.



Friday

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


 I made these last Sunday, had a couple for breakfast on Monday and have been dreaming about them since. They were good. Real, real, good. 

 RECIPE

1 Cup (2 sticks) Butter at Room Temperature
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs at Room Temperature
2 tsp. Vanilla
2 Cups Flour
1 1/2 Cups Cocoa Powder (don't use dutch)
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
2 tsp. Milk
1 Cup each of Sugar and Powdered Sugar 
placed in separate bowls  

In your stand mixer, beat butter and sugars for a few minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl. 

Add vanilla

Add eggs, one at a time. 
Scrape sides of bowl and beat on high for 2 minutes.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder (higher quality=better flavor), baking soda & salt and whisk.

While the mixer is on low, slowly add your dry ingredients, being sure to scrape the bowl. Mix only until incorporated. Your dough will be a sticky texture, this is normal. Add milk a little bit at a time if you feel as though the dough is too thick, then add chocolate chips and mix them until incorporated. 

PUT YOUR DOUGH IN THE REFRIGERATOR
for at least 3 hours, and up to 24 hours. I know, it's no fun and adds to the time it takes to make these cookies, but this step cannot be skipped. Last Sunday I made the dough before church and it was ready to go when we were home. Worked out quite nicely.

Take the dough out of the fridge, try a bit of it, and let it sit on your counter for 15 minutes before scooping. 

Pre-heat oven to 350.

Use a cookie scoop (or whatever you have) to scoop your dough- the cookie scoop helps the uniformity and keeps all the cookies near the same size.

After you scoop, roll the dough into a ball with your hands: then roll the dough in your granulated sugar bowl AND in your powdered sugar bowl next. I know. MORE sugar? But...if you are going to eat a cookie, EAT a cookie. This one is magical with both sugars. It is. 

Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper and place the sugar covered goodness on the pan. Bake 8-9 minutes.
 (8 was perfect in my oven)

When the cookies come out, if they are still rather ball shaped, use a spatula to lightly press the tops down. Lightly is the key word. Let the cookies cool on the sheet for 2 minutes or so and then transfer them to a cooling rack.

These cookies were AMAZING out of the oven. Warm, chocolaty goodness with sugar on top- basically it's a brownie in cookie form. It's amazing as is, or with warm caramel drizzled on top, yup, I went there. Enjoy!



Wednesday

Scotcharoo

Don't mind if I do!



There are a few ingredients I really try to stay away from when baking: and high fructose corn syrup is one of them....but every once in a while, you have to break you're own rules. 
Especially for a Scotcharoo!
love them. 

RECIPE
Grease your jelly roll pan (large cookie sheet with rim)
2 cups Karo Syrup
2 cups Sugar
2 cups crunchy peanut butter
12 cups Rice Krispy cereal
1 package milk chocolate chips
1 package butterscotch chips

Bring Karo syrup & sugar to a boil. 
Take off heat and add peanut butter, stir well. 
Pour over Rice Krispies
Mix well and pour into pan and spread evenly
(I like to use a piece of parchment paper to 
flatten with my hands)
Put chocolate and butterscotch 
chips into the microwave and melt slowly
Spread over Rice Krispies
Chill to set chocolate

Tuesday

Cream Cheese Frosting

Oh how I love thee,



RECIPE

1 (8 oz) block of cream cheese, room temperature
1 cube (1/2 cup) butter, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract (or any flavor depending on what you are frosting)
***mix these ingredients on high, scraping down sides of mixer***
add 3 cups powdered sugar, one at a time on low
***add 1/2 cup to 1 cup more sugar for piping***
Frost everything with it, cakes, cupcakes, bundt cakes, homemade Oreo cookies, cinnamon rolls.....