Has anyone else been watching Food Network’s new show Tough Cookies?  I haven’t been watching it religiously but if I catch it on, I may stop to see what kind of cookies they’re baking.  A few days ago I caught one episode where they were adding candy pieces into a cookie for their local mayor.  They added Rolo caramel chocolates and that got my mouth watering and my mind wandering.

So off to the store I went but they didn’t have Rolos, so I found some Dove caramel milk chocolates instead.  I knew that I wanted to actually put the candies inside each cookie and not just on top.  Picky Palate had just the right recipe I was looking for.  So here’s what I made.

Dove Caramel Milk Chocolate Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Just by looking at them you’d think they were just average run of the mill chocolate chip cookies.  But you’d be oh so wrong about that!  These buggers have one whole Dove caramel chocolate stuffed in the center to make a gooey, chocolaty secret treat!

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smokey chipotle baked beans
Best baked beans EVER!!!  In case you can’t tell, hubs and I really liked these smokey baked beans.  I was really worried that I wouldn’t like them since the recipe calls for a wee bit of beer.  Being someone who hates beer, I thought these beans weren’t gonna be my cup of tea.  And even though I could still smell the beer after they baked, you couldn’t taste it at all.

There is just something about all these flavors that really meld together in such perfect harmony.  It’s really hard to describe but the smokiness from the bacon and chipotle pepper mixes perfectly with the sweetness of the ketchup and brown sugar.  And there’s just the right amount of zing to bring it all together.
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baked smores bars

Who wants to wait for an outdoor campfire to be able to enjoy some gooey marshmallow and chocolaty goodness?  Not me!  I want to be able to enjoy the yummy flavor of smores without the campfire.  So even in the winter when it’s cold and snowy outside, I can still enjoy a warm smores bar.

Believe me, everyone of all ages will enjoy these baked smores bars.  And you don’t have to even get all nerved out about your kids falling in the fire as they roast their marshmallows.  It may not be as fun to your kids but they’ll still love the end results.  Soft graham cracker bars, similar to a blondie bars, threaded with milk chocolate and marshmallow cream.  Yummy!

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bacon barbecued chicken kebabs

Looking at these grilled chicken kebabs you’d never guess that bacon comes into play.  But since I had practically a whole package of bacon left from the grilled cheese and bacon potatoes, I decided to try this unique chicken kebab recipe.  And actually the way you prepare the bacon was quite weird to me.

I’ve never heard of making a paste with bacon before but what the heck, I thought I’d give it a try.  Once you make the bacon and spice paste, you rub it onto the raw chicken kebabs before grilling.  Then as you grill, baste the chicken kebabs with the homemade barbecue sauce.

These are some really good grilled chicken kebabs.  The bacon and the smoked paprika give them a great smokey flavor while the barbecue sauce gives them some zippy tang.

This recipe does take a good amount of prep work but you’ll find the taste is well worth it.  Next time I make them, I may skip the kebab prep portion and just use whole chicken breasts.

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