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2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 sticks soft butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup regular sugar
1 T. vanilla extract

1 egg

1 egg yolk
use 2 cups mini chocolate chips
1 bag of Dove mini milk chocolate squares, unwrap one for each cookie you make.
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment.
butter and both sugars until well blended. Add in vanilla, egg and
yolk until light and creamy. Add in flour, salt and baking soda just
until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips by hand. Chill if you have
Grab a nice scoop of dough and surround the chocolate candy so it is completely enclosed.  Bake 11-14 mins. or until edges are browned and centers no longer look
wet. Cool completely on sheets.

Minimal Monday: Simple Bittersweet Hot Fudge Sauce

I have a very good reason for making hot fudge sauce on a Monday morning.  At least I did.  I needed it for an ice cream recipe I had planned for this week.  It was going to be a coffee fudge ripple.  Sounds good, huh?   But the ice cream didn’t turn out exactly as I’d planned, so I (temporarily) ditched that idea.  But in the meantime, can we talk about this sauce?

My mother loved hot fudge.  It was probably her favorite thing in the world. and I have vivid memories of her tucking in to bowls of half melted vanilla covered with this stuff.  No cherries, no whipped cream, or nuts, just lots of molten chocolate, the hotter and thicker the better.

This sauce is a revelation to me.  I adore chocolate but for some reason never followed my mother’s lead.  It’s been years if not decades since I’ve tasted hot fudge, and let me just say, I’m now a believer.  This sauce is easy and perfect.  It must qualify as the ideal chocolate incarnation, creamier even than a truffle or a mousse, with truly got mind-blowing mouth-feel.  In fact the word mouth-feel, (if it is a word!) must have been invented to describe this stuff.
A silky liquid when first made and still warm, it solidifies into a creamy fudge-like consistency when it cools.  Then, after mere seconds in a microwave, it becomes a smoldering lava flow of pure chocolate.  Wow.  Not for every day, I know.  Not for every week, or even month.  But every now and again, just…wow.  This is my mother’s recipe, tweaked.

Homemade Bittersweet Hot Fudge Sauce

fills 2 8 oz jars
approximately 1 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 1/3 cups evaporated milk
1 Tbsp vanilla paste (or extract)
  • Melt the butter and chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat.  Add in the sugar and milk and bring back up to a boil.  Lower the heat and cook for about 6 minutes.  
  • Pour into jars and store in the refrigerator.  When ready to use, microwave the sauce VERY briefly to heat it up. 

I originally imagined this thick sauce  swirled into this coffee ice cream. 
I wanted thick rivers of fudge, not wimpy little veins of chocolate
sauce.  I wanted a sauce that would stay soft and plushy in the ice

But my coffee ice cream turned out more like a frappuccino; it was icy due to the high amount of strong coffee that I put into my mix.  So, while it wasn’t the right ice cream for a fudge ripple. it was fine as a base for this incredible sauce.

Life is good…

PS — The ice cream has an iced coffee flavor, no sugar, just pure coffee and cream, and while it was on the icy side, it was unusual and pretty good.  Here’s what I did in case pure iced coffee as ice cream appeals to you:  1 cup very cold very strong coffee, 1 Tbsp instant espresso powder,  1 1/2 cups heavy cream, 1/2 cup whole milk mixed together and refrigerated.  Then process according to your ice cream machine’s directions.  No ice cream machine?  Freeze the mixture in large zip lock baggies, then break apart the frozen mass into a strong blender or food processor and process until creamy.   Freeze until firm.

One year ago today—

Oat Crackers

Skinny Cookies & Cream Popsicles

These popsicles are so smooth, creamy, and decadent that you’ll never guess they’re only about 100 calories each!

Did I mention they have even have cookies in them? Omy. 

With a three year old in the house, I’ve always got cookies on hand. While I try to stuff her full of the good stuff, she’s a child and they always want what they see other kids with. Namely junk. So, recently I’ve been buying these new WhoNu? cookies. They come in a varaiety of flavors, but our favorites are the chocolate chip and chocolate & cream sandwiches. She gets what she wants, and I get what I want. Win, win.

I’ve been wanting to post a recipe using these healthier alternative cookies. Not only do they boast fewer calories, they also have as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal, as much calcium as a glass of milk, iron, and vitamins A, B, C, D, and E! That’s right. 17 essential vitamins and minerals. 

My daughter happened to catch me hobbling around the kitchen yesterday to mix these up and has been asking for her popsicles ever since. I finally had to break down and let her have one for a mid-morning snack today after I was done taking these photos.

The best part? I don’t feel guilty about letting her eating them at any time of day! 

Skinny Cookies & Cream Popsicles

The Skinny:
I had enough mix left over for a 5th popsicle using my molds, of course this will vary for everyone. Nutritional information is adjusted for 5 popsicles.
Servings: 4-5 • Size: 1 Popsicle • Calories: 111.6 • Fat: 2 g • Carb: 15.5 g • Fiber: 1.2 g • Protein: 6.6 g • Sugar: 9.4 g • Sodium: 206.3 mg

4 Oz. Fat Free Cream Cheese, Softened
4 Oz. Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 C. Fat Free Milk (I used Mootopia.)
2 Tbsp. Powdered Sugar
6 Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches, Crushed (I used WhoNu?)


Combine the cream cheese, yogurt, milk and powdered sugar together in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy.

Stir in the crushed cookies.

Pour the mixture into the popsicle mold of your choice.

Place in the freezer until set and frozen.