Wonka Chocolate Meringue Cookies

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Have you guys heard of WONKAPeel-a-Pop™ frozen treats? It’s a new product that came out this summer. Leave it up to Wonka to take ice cream to a whole other level. It’s basically a popsicle that you peel, just like a banana! Can you imagine all the fun the kids would have with this one?

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Even as an adult, I was a little giddy child opening the box.

“How did they make this?”
“I literally just peel it!?!”
“Can I eat the outside?”
“What is the outside made of?”
“Where do I bite it first?”

Wonka truly sparks imagination and creativity in their products. It definitely got my mind rolling with questions.

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The popsicles are pre-etched so it’s a lot easier to peel. All you have to do is take a bite, grab a piece of the outside, and pull straight down! Voi-la! Now you have access to the goodness in the middle. They come in two flavors: vanilla banana and vanilla grape.

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This ice cream inspired me to “wonkify” one of my own recipes. Instead of making regular chocolate meringue cookies, I added Nerds to the top right before baking to see how they’d turn out.

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I’m actually quite impressed… they didn’t melt away completely. You can still see them after baking. These cookies would be great for a Willy Wonka themed party!

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I did leave some of the chocolate cookies plain since not everyone likes a sour punch to their cookies. I bet you have all of the ingredients in your cabinet to make these cookies right now. Believe it or not, here’s no egg yolks, butter, flour, or regular sugar in the recipe.

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I’d consider that pretty healthy.

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Recipe slightly adapted from Swade Designs.

Wonka Chocolate Meringue Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup dark cocoa powder (I use Rodelle)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tablespoons Nerds (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking pans with parchment paper or Silpat.
  2. In a stand mixer, whip the egg whites until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes on high.
  3. Mix in the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, vanilla, and salt until smooth.
  4. The dough will be very sticky! Scoop with a 2 tsp cookie scoop and place on baking sheet, leaving at least 2 inches around each cookie. They spread!
  5. Sprinkle some Nerds on top (can omit if making regular chocolate cookies).
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow cookies to completely cool on pan.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/08/wonka-chocolate-meringue-cookies.html

I am a member of the Unpeel Fun program and help spread the word about WONKA™ Peel-a-Pop™ frozen treats.  As a team member, I receive product and incentives in exchange for participating in brand related activities and spreading the word about WONKAPeel-a-Pop™ frozen treats

Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies #sundaefundae

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So there I was, just baking away in my kitchen one day. I had one cookie become extremely crispy since it was the last cookie of the batter. You know what I’m talking about… the one that has all of the extra creamed butter that didn’t quite mix in with the rest of the batter. It wasn’t pretty enough to give away with the rest of the cookies, so I decided to crumble it and put it on top of my sundae. Ohhhhh yeah. Best decision ever.

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These are what the cookies look like when they’re not burned. Soft, chewy, and truly lovely.

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But when they’re crumbled on a sundae? That’s perfection.

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Smucker’s® has a couple of new ice cream toppings to help you with your #sundaefundae. There’s Simple Delight™ Toppings in Salted Caramel, Chocolate Coconut, Dark Chocolate and Hot Fudge, Magic Shell® Chocolate Pretzel and Rainbow Sherbet, and Microwavable Hot Dark Chocolate Topping.

I used the Magic Shell Chocolate Pretzel and watched the topping harden in front on my eyes as I slowly poured it on top of my mint chocolate cookie crunch ice cream.

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All of these toppings are great for an ice cream social this summer. There are plenty of flavors to choose from so everyone can take their pick. I also added a bit of whipped cream on top because no sundae is complete without whipped cream.

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Some other great sundae toppings include crushed peanuts, sprinkles, M&M’s, cut candy bars, chocolate chips, and even fresh fruit!

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You could even use these cookies and cut them into fourths for dipping into your sundae and hot fudge.

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You’ll get:

  • Scallop Edge Hanging Chalkboard
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  • Branded Tote Bag
  • All seven NEW Smucker’s toppings flavors including:
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  • o   Smucker’s® Simple Delight Chocolate Coconut Flavored Topping
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  • o   Smucker’s® Simple Delight Hot Fudge Topping
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Recipe slightly adapted from Devour Blog.

Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped milk chocolate
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, vanilla, almond, and salt.
  3. Stir in the baking soda and flour until just combined. Fold in white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and milk chocolate (and nuts, if using) until evenly distributed.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are golden brown.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/08/triple-chocolate-chunk-cookies.html

Smuckers is also doing their own giveaway using the hashtag #SundaeFundae (click link for official rules). By using that hashtag while showing your sundae creations, you are entering for a chance to win $5,000 toward a summer vacation!

This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are my own.

Goji Berry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I think the worst part about planning a wedding is waiting for the RSVP’s to come back in. Whenever I receive a wedding invitation, I usually send it back within the first week after receiving it. Well, mine have been out for over three weeks and I only have 50% of them back! The longer it takes, I’m sure the more likely they’ve been forgotten about.

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I’m not one to stress about wedding details, but I think I’ve just become more impatient than anything. I still have to put together the seating arrangements! So far, this whole wedding this has actually been quite laid back. We’re more focused on the bar than anything. The countdown to the bar is only two weeks!

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While my DF is studying, I’m baking. I’m in the kitchen all day trying to figure out what to make with the new ingredients that come in the mail. This time, I was sent some goji berries from Oh Nuts! This was the first time I’ve ever had goji berries and I was a bit caught off guard with the taste.

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You’d think that since they were berries, they’d be sweet like strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Nope! They’re actually quite bitter and have a strong aftertaste. They start out okay, but then have such a strong taste afterward that leaves you feeling tricked.

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I threw them into some cookies to see if the the dough and white chocolate chip could help with the goji flavor. No such luck. Baking them in the oven in cookie dough doesn’t change or mute the berry taste at all.

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Let’s just say goji berries are an acquired taste, kind of like pickles and mustard. You have to enjoy eating goji berries alone in order to like these cookies. Otherwise, it’s a lost cause.

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The cookie itself, however, is wonderful. Sub the goji berries with craisins, raisins, nuts, or just about anything else and you’ve got one solid cookie.

Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks. The only thing I did differently was sub the cranberries for goji berries. Stick with the cranberries. :)

Goji Berry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons cream or milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
  • 1 cup dried goji berries
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Cream together the butter and sugars
  2. Add the egg, cream, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes. Gradually mix in the flours, baking soda, salt, and mix until just combined.
  3. Stir in the goji berries and white chocolate chips. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  5. Roll cookie dough into tablespoon sized balls and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/07/goji-berry-white-chocolate-chip-cookies.html