My dad taking the first bite!
My dad described it as a flavor explosion!!!! This made me so happy! He absolutely loved it! I cut him a huge slice and he went back for seconds as soon as he was done with the first piece!
Giving me the evil eye since I caught him eating a second slice!
My grandparents and uncle were both very impressed with my cake and couldn't believe the baker that I have become! :) The hubby even tried a bite!!!!!!
He said it was really good!!!!
He even went back for a second bite!!!!
For the hubby to try something "sweet" and actually like it is a miracle. Maybe that would explain why I saw flying pigs earlier that day...... ;)
(Hehehehe.......my grandma bought Davey his favorite dessert, banana cream pie, so he had dessert as well......what a sweetie she is! God I love her! :) )
I was so pleased that everyone just loved my cake! In just 2 days, the whole cake was gone!!!!! Yes, gone!!!! Wow!!! Guess I know what to make for his birthday next year. Maybe this will become a new tradition for my dad's birthday!!! :)
This is what was left of the cake after the first night!!!
After dinner and dessert, we all sat down to play some cards. We always end up playing a game called Garbage. I lost miserably the first time around with a record score of 650!!! The point is to have the fewest points possible! No one had ever seen someone get as many points as me......so I am changing the rules.......MOST POINTS WINS!!!! ;)
The birthday boy had a clean sweep and beat us all! We played a second game and this time, surprisingly, I actually WON!!!! And won for reals, not by my new rules! :D
While playing Garbage, my uncle told me he wanted me to bake him some cookies! This got my little brain going and I had to figure out what kind of cookies I wanted to make him. I have been wanting to make these little mini cheesecakes (I will make them eventually....so you will get to see them at some point) made with Halloween Oreos. I went out and bought 2 packages of Oreos, but when the hubby caught glimpse of them in the cupboard, he had to help himself. So here I was, left with an open package of Oreos that was now half gone. Good thing I bought 2 since I am going to need a lot more than half of a package to make those cheeseycakey goondesses!!!! Ok, so totally made up words, but that's the way I like to roll! ;) With the open package of Oreos in mind, and the fact that they have that super awesome orange cream, I knew I had to base a cookie off of those. I also wanted a cookie that I could share with our friends out at the desert this weekend. The only "for sure" cookie to get everyone to eat is a chocolate chip cookie. Like, how can you pass on one of those classic delights???? That's what I thought! I busted out all my baking stuff and started prepping away.
***Davey had gone to the store to get a few things and came home to me baking at 9 in the morning on Sunday morning......he was not shocked, but still wanted to know what I could possibly be baking at 9am! LOL!!!!!
Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookies
(Chocolate chip cookie recipe adapted from Toll House)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 package mini chocolate chips (the original recipe calls for regular sized chocolate chips, but I used mini ones for my cookies
30 Halloween Oreo cookies, crushed (with big and small chunks.....)
-Preheat oven to 375 degrees
-Place Oreos in a plastic sealable baggy and crush away!!! :D (Just don't take out too much frustration on those poor cookies! You want some bigger chunks in there)
-Sift flour, baking soda, and salt into medium sized bowl
-Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in large mixing bowl
-Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition
-Slowly add in flour mixture
I stopped here and baked 4 cookies with this batter for my best friend's husband! He is a tad bit strange and loves chocolate chip cookies WITHOUT the chocolate chips! Gotta love him though! Hahahaha! ;)
-Stir in chocolate chips
Yuuuummmmmm.......drooooooollllll...........must resist eating whole bowl of cookie dough.......
-Stir in crushed Oreo cookies
Love the orangey swirls of Oreo cream goodness!!!! <3
-Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet, or on Silpat baking mat
-Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until golden brown
-Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes and then remove to cooling rack
BIG chunk!!! <3
I just love how the orange cream gets swirled into the cookie!!!! :D Yummmm!!!! They sure were delicious!!!! I can't wait to share them with all our friends this weekend!! It's going to be a great time!
Have a safe and fun Halloween weekend and I have another recipe coming your way next week!!!!! Yay!!!!