Silly Cheesecake Cookies!!!

4 Apr
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Silly Cheesecake Cookies!!

Hello!  Today is Wednesday, which is my favorite day of the week…why?  NO CLASSES FOR ME!  Yay!  I can spend the entire day doing homework, cooking, baking, grocery shopping, lounging, etc. It’s wonderful.

It’s been a while since my first post.  To be honest, I have been getting somewhat frustrated and a little discouraged from time to time about baking.  Here’s the deal–I like to make things lower in fat whenever I can (ex. I used slow-churned ice cream for the baked alaska) but I am still relatively new at all of this baking and creating stuff (from scratch, anyway).  The combination of these things can sometimes yield undesirable results in the kitchen :(  Combine this with the fact that I am sometimes a little bit overambitious and try to make something crazy with no recipe for guidance and then it’s easy to see how I can get so discouraged.  Despite the discouraging results I have seen in the past week thanks to my just jump in the kitchen and measure stuff and combine it and see what happens and expect great results approach, I have learned a lot.

So, the other night when I talked to Jay (if you don’t remember from the first post, she’s my roommate Taylor’s girlfriend) about my frustrations (her mom is a serious baker/cook/foodie), she helped me realize all of the above, I learned those things with some practice, experimenting, and support/encouragement/help from a good friend.

That being said, I realized that I needed to work on practice with recipes first before I could get to the point of making my own recipes.   I thought back to the baked Alaska and thought about how wonderful it turned out; I realized that I could adapt from a  recipe that was already made, but that I could still do little things to sort of make it my own, give it my own creative twist.  So, I went on a multiple day search for something that looked great that would give me a chance to put my own little tiny twist into the recipe, and I found something that looked absolutely amazing…

Know what it was?

Oreo Cheesecake Cookies.

Yum.

I found this recipe from browneyedbaker.com

I could not be happier that I found her blog, it’s truly amazing.  Although, I will say that it was quite the temptation over the weekend when I was trying to study for my accounting exam…that just shows how awesome it is considering how much I love accounting (seriously, I love accounting, no sarcasm at all).

Anyway, I had been thinking about the possibility of making a cheesecake at some point during this blogging adventure I have started, and recently I had become the recipient of a lovely Mars bar.  I thought to myself I’ll make a Mars Bar Cheesecake!   When I saw the browneyedbaker’s recipe for there Oreo Cheesecake Cookies, I knew what I wanted to do.

Yes, I wanted to put my Mars Bar into cheesecake cookies.  Win.

Here’s the thing about Mars Bars, I don’t think they sell them in the United States, at least not where I live.  I had never had one.   My boyfriend, Michael, is on Semester at Sea right now and I have become pen pals with his good friend Emma, who is from Canada.  She and I have had a few conversations about chocolate, sweets, candy etc, and she has raved about Mars Bars.

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Here's my boyfriend, Michael on the Semester at Sea Ship. He's having such a great time!

I really wanted to try one.  Lucky for me, when Jay’s German exchange student from high school, Konstantine, was visiting last weekend, he had a Mars Bar from his flight he didn’t want.

I got it.

I got a Mars Bar.

YES.

We also happen to have a TON of M&M’s around my suite.  Peanut, milk chocolate, pretzel, you name it and we’ve got it.  Chris, one of my roommates, and Jay both receive M&M’s for gifts from family members, but neither really like them, so they just accumulate until we find a use for them.  I had found a use for the M&M’s accumulating in our cabinets…I would add them to the cheesecake Mars Bar cookies.  Yes.  So that’s why they’re called Silly cookies, for some reason, I just thought it was so fun and silly to put all of those things into a cookie!  It’s pretty great though.

Okay, so I think that I have rambled enough for now, and I will now give you the recipe for these silly cookies.

Silly Cheesecake Cookies (Recipe adapted from BrowneyedBaker’s Oreo Cheesecake Cookie Recipe found here: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2011/03/22/oreo-cheesecake-cookieso

1/4 cup of Smart Balance Light*

8 tbsp of 1/3 less fat Cream Cheese** (I put in extra cream cheese just because, feel free to add less if you want)

1 cup sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 chopped up Mars Bar

as many or as little M&M’s as you want, or any other kind of candy

Note: I like to do lower fat substitutions when I make things, so feel free to make the same substitutions I did or not, it depends on what you prefer, if you do not want to make the substations, that’s perfectly fine and you will still get a great product :)

*I used Smart Balance Light because it is lower in fat; I also used half the amount as the original recipe.  Feel free to go with the original if you like

**I used 1/3 fat cream cheese and added 2 extra tbsp for an especially cream cheesy flavor; again, feel free to go with the original if you would like

Here’s What You’ve Gotta Do: 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (mine stuck, so I would recommend putting a little cooking spray on the parchment paper!)

First, combine cream cheese and Smart Balance (or butter if you do not want lower fat substitutions) in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and combined 

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Looks good to me!

Next, add in your 1 cup of sugar 

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SUGAR!

Then, combine sugar into the cream cheese and Smart Balance light mixture 

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it looks SO yummy!

After that, add in 1 cup of flour 

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Then, mix well! 

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It's looking nice and thick and yummy. Mmmm...

Okay, now it’s time to cut up your Mars Bar (or other type of candy bar you are using) 

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Behold, the Mars Bar. Yes, I may have taken a tiny bite...I hadn't ever had one before! Pure yumminess, I tell you!

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I can't say that I cut up candy bars a lot, but it was sure fun!

Now, add in your Mars Bar/M&M’s/other candy item 

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Look at all those delightful Mars Bar bits!

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See what I mean? those are holiday M&M's, we just have them from random times they were given as gifts!

And now, it is time to put these little guys into the oven to bake! 

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Looks like everything is all combined well, now it's time for the magic moment...

In they go! 

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They're so colorful. I admit it, I kind of gazed into the oven during their time in there...

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Okay, this picture is AWFUL, I'm sorry. So why would I include it? Just to give you an example of what they look like done. Again, I would put them in for maybe 2 minutes less than I did if I could go back in time! That's personal preference though

Here is the final yummy product

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Oooh la la!

Now, enjoy! 

Remember how I said earlier that I have learned a lot?

One thing I have learned is that I am still a beginner, I cannot just jump in and start doing things that I think will turn out well with absolutely no guidance from a preexisting recipe, especially if I am making lower-fat substitutions.  I need to take it a little bit slower, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

The other thing I have learned is that it takes a lot of time practice and experience to make your own recipes from scratch (at least with baking, when I try out new experiments while I make dinner, it generally works out better), I am not at this point yet, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

The final thing I have learned is that baking is a science, it is very exact, and making substitutions is a very difficult thing to do because of how exact this delicate science is; being able to do this takes practice.  There’s nothing wrong with that.

To help me with this fun and messy adventure, Michael let me get a few cookbooks for our two and a half year anniversary :)

Hopefully they will arrive soon, they should be a great help in learning about this wonderfully fun art of baking!

I hope that you enjoy these Silly Cheesecake Cookies and that you have fun getting your hands messy while making them :)

FYI: I am so sorry about the less-than-great/poor quality of my photos.  I use my iPhone to take pictures because I lost the battery charger for my digital camera :( I haven’t used my digital in years (seriously) because Michael is a photographer, so I never really needed to use it when he was here.  I will take better pictures and try to find an alternative to my phone!  I was a little shaky for these photos :(

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10 Responses to “Silly Cheesecake Cookies!!!”

  1. Amy April 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Yumm! Now, I love Mars bars and never thought of using them in a recipe. These look delish.

    • katherineb12 April 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

      Thank you, I was excited they turned out okay! The Mars Bar was a fun addition, I wish they were more available here.

  2. Gemma Derbyshire April 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    Yum mee! These look amazing!! X

  3. delpercente April 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Reblogged this on From the mind of Del… and commented:
    mm, this looks absolutely yummy! Hope you don’t mind me reflagging, this is a definitely a must try keeper!

    Del Percente

  4. digintobooks April 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    Thanks for checking my blog out – congrats on starting yours! Looks like your off to a delicious start with these cookies! Can’t wait for more recipes!

    • katherineb12 April 6, 2012 at 12:34 am #

      Thanks! I hope to make some more stuff this weekend :)

  5. Choc Chip Uru May 1, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    Mmmmmmm yum cheesecake and marsbar in a cookie? Count me in, call me crazy :D
    Wow!
    Also thanks for subscribing – I hope you enjoy it my friend!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • katherineb12 May 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

      It was so yummy! And rich, and sweet :) No problem, I’m sure I will enjoy :D

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