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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are melt-in- your-mouth, soft and chewy buttery cookies overloaded with white chocolate and cranberries.

White chocolate and cranberries are one of the best flavor combinations ever! Now imagine a bunch of sweet and tangy dried red cranberries and white chocolate chunks held together with rich and buttery cookie dough. WOW!

I bet you won’t be able to wait holiday baking season to try this White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies recipe! And why should you?! You could bake these yummy cookies right now!

They are dressed up for holidays. Cranberry cookies will look great at your Thanksgiving dinner, they are perfect for holiday cookie exchange or as a homemade gift. Even Santa loves these. If you leave White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies for him on Christmas Eve, don’t forget a tall glass of milk, because these cookies are very, very rich!!!

Best thing about food blogging is that you have the perfect excuse to eat delicious desserts any time of year, claiming that you simply have to present to your readers the variety of recipes for the holidays that are perhaps weeks or months away.

Also I have a very, very long wish list for Santa this year, so I’ll have to leave him a tray overloaded with awesome cookies and a gallon of milk. He will be very exhausted while fulfill all my wishes, and who knows maybe he remain stuck in the chimney with all that gifts for me. I’ll have to show him my goodwill so I set myself a challenge to find THE BEST CHRISTMAS COOKIES FOR SANTA this year!!!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter-softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4. oz. white chocolate chopped into small chunks or 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl stir together flour, corn starch, baking soda and salt.
  2. In medium bowl beat butter until creamy and smooth. Add sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla.
  3. Turn mixer on low speed and add in flour mixture. Dough will be thick.
  4. Add white chocolate chunks (or white chocolate chips) and cranberries. Mix a few seconds just to combine.

You can find complete recipes of this White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies in omgchocolatedesserts.com

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DESSERT

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

These moist, vegan, and dairy-free cinnamon sugar pumpkin muffins are 100% whole wheat (but can also be made with all-purpose flour) and naturally sweetened with maple syrup!

The past 5 days have been a baking frenzy getting ready for the next 10 days. After eating pretty much only sweets all day long for 6 months, I need a little detox. So Mr. Texanerin, a friend and I aren’t going to eat any grains, sweeteners, potatoes or other starchy-like stuff for the next 10 days. What does that even leave? Fruits, vegetables and meat? And cheese. I’m going to eat lots of cheese. 😀

First up we have these cinnamon sugar pumpkin muffins. When they came out of the oven, they looked kind of funky texturally but they were perfectly moist, not fluffy but a little dense (but in a good way!), which is exactly how I like my cakey goodies. If you want something a little lighter, try these non-vegan baked pumpkin donuts. And if you want something gluten-free, try these paleo cinnamon sugar pumpkin donut holes.

I coated some of these in pumpkin spice sugar coating but by the end of the day, I thought they tasted like zucchini. Really! Definitely go with cinnamon sugar unless you want zucchini cinnamon sugar pumpkin muffins, which is just weird. While I liked them without the cinnamon sugar coating, I thought that they were loads better with it, which I guess is kind of obvious because, well, it’s butter, sugar, and cinnamon.

ou know how you normally just plop the batter in the pan and if it’s not very even, neat or pretty, it straightens itself out while baking? That doesn’t happen here. How they look in the pan is pretty much how they look after baking. I smoothed the top of the one of the left. If you don’t do that, they’ll look like the ones of the right.

Ingredients

For the donut holes:

  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (109 grams) whole wheat flour, whole spelt flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 cup (56 grams) coconut oil, melted or canola or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup (182 grams) pumpkin puree, room temperature

For the cinnamon sugar coating:

  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar (make sure to use vegan certified sugar for a vegan version)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 tablespoons (28-42 grams) unsalted butter (vegan butter or coconut oil for a dairy-free or vegan version), melted

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and line muffin pan with 6 muffin liners.
  2. In a medium bow, mix together the dry ingredients (flour through cloves). Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oil, maple syrup and pumpkin.
  4. Add the dry mixture to the wet one and stir just until combined.

You can find complete recipes of this Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins in texanerin.com

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DESSERT

Almond Joy Overnight Oats

Chocolate, almonds, and coconut are blended together into this almond joy inspired overnight oats recipe.

Overnight oats. You either love them or hate them. Personally, I absolutely love overnight oats! Since these are eaten cold I tend to enjoy them more during the summer months but let me tell you this new Almond Joy recipe will be on my menu rotation all year round! OMG! So simple to make but beyond delicious.

Now if you are more of a green smoothie or low carb morning person buuuut still have a killer chocolate sweet tooth (fyi I’m describing myself) then this recipe can be enjoyed for a snack or even lunch. All I’m saying is don’t feel that this oats in a jar recipe is for breakfast only. This rich chocolate almond joy overnight oats recipe can be enjoyed any time you want.

I find it to be filling so if you are just looking to curb a craving but don’t want the whole jar you can easily make smaller jars of this. I love 4-ounce mason jars. They come in handy to create perfectly portion-controlled desserts or snacks.

This recipe is beyond simple to make and can be made a couple days ahead of time. The ingredients include rolled oats, unsweetened coconut milk, chia seeds, unsweetened cocoa powder, almond extract, vanilla extract, chopped raw almonds, shaved unsweetened coconut, pure maple syrup, and a little touch of chocolate chips. I would be willing to bet you have most (if not all) of these ingredients in your fridge and pantry.

A couple notes. You can use any milk you like. I exclusively use unsweetened coconut milk because that’s what I have in my fridge. Also, because this is an almond joy inspired recipe coconut milk works great! Second, I get asked a lot about using steel cut oats in an overnight oats recipe. I tried a couple times with no luck. I’m thinking you need to par-cook steel cut oats first to fully “cook” in the overnight oats recipes. I like using rolled oats because it’s quick and easy.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1-teaspoon chia seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, divided
  • 5 almonds, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a 16-ounce mason jar stir together the rolled oats, cocoa powder, and chia seeds.
  2. Next add the coconut milk, both extracts, and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup. Stir until combined.
  3. Place the lid on and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 hours or overnight.

You can find complete recipes of this Almond Joy Overnight Oats in organizeyourselfskinny.com

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DESSERT

CHOCOLATE CHIP ALMOND BUTTER BROWNIES

These Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Brownies taste like a decadent dessert, but they’re also vegan, gluten-free & date-sweetened! Rich, fudgy & satisfying.

It was only a matter of time before this recipe happened. I’ve been wanting to recreate my wildly popular Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Bars with a twist, so what better than chocolate?

That may have been one of the best ideas I’ve ever had. I didn’t think my almond butter bars could get any better, but it turns out that adding a chocolate element takes them to a whole new level. Just look at that deep, dark, rich chocolatey goodness. Can I just face plant into a warm pan of these? Feel the same way?

If I had to pick a favorite dessert (after cheesecake, of course), it’d probably be brownies. But not like dry, cakey brownies. If I wanted cake, I’d get a slice of cake, ya feel me? No – I want the thickest, fudgiest you have. This may have something to do with the fact that I love raw brownie batter, so I like my brownies undercooked. THAT’S the key to a good brownie.

I know you guys love healthy desserts, and I don’t blame you. Add this recipe to your list of better-for-you desserts ASAP! Of course, it’s great to treat yourself to “unhealthy” foods you love every now & then, but I feel so good knowing that I can treat myself and nourish my body with more wholesome ingredients!

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup pitted dates
  • ¾ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
  • ½ cup oat flour*
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, plus more for topping

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease an 8-inch x 8-inch pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, place the dates. Pour in enough hot water to cover. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Drain dates.
  4. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, add dates, almond butter, and applesauce. Process until well combined, stopping to scrape down the sides.
  5. Slowly add milk; continue to process.
  6. Add oat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, vanilla, and salt. Process until completely mixed.

You can find complete recipes of this CHOCOLATE CHIP ALMOND BUTTER BROWNIES in emilieeats.com

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DESSERT

Nutella Stuffed Churros

I haven’t been in the kitchen much this past week because Jared finally came home from tour and we have been working tirelessly on our new house. It was tough moving by myself while he was on tour, but just as tough to hold off on decorating and turning the house into a home for so many weeks. Now we can finally make it feel like a home together and we’ve gotten so much done already. We purchased some new furniture that I am SO excited to have delivered but of course, we have no idea when it’ll show up. Why can’t everything run like Amazon Prime?! Obviously getting settled and getting everything to our liking is going to take time, especially since I love home design and love creating beautiful spaces, but it’s been a blast.

I took a break from house stuff to create these Nutella Stuffed Churros because why not? Why not combine two outrageously tasty sweet treats into one decadent dessert that everyone will go gaga for?! I even filmed a step-by-step video to go along because this does require making a homemade dough, piping, deep frying, and stuffing. It’s totally doable, but so much easier when you’re following a visual guide! I hope you love these as much as we did.

Ingredients

For the cinnamon sugar:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the churros:

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (4.5 ounces) flour
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup Nutella, melted until pourable

Directions

For the cinnamon sugar:

  1. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a large shallow bowl.

For the churros:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, water, and salt over medium high heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the flour. Stir well for 30-45 seconds over low heat, allowing the dough to dry out a little. Remove from heat. Stir eggs in one at a time, making sure to thoroughly incorporate each egg into the dough before adding the next one. Stir vigorously until dough is smooth.
  3. Remove the dough to a pastry bag fitted with a large open star tip (I used Ateco #827). Pipe the churros out onto a parchment-linked baking sheet, piping about 4-inches long. Use scissors to cut the end for a perfect shape. Place in the fridge while you heat the oil.

You can find complete recipes of this Nutella Stuffed Churros in handletheheat.com

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DESSERT

Almond Flour Bars

As much as I love to bake with butter, I also love healthy baking. Sure I’m not the one to compromise on butter while making my pineapple-upside down cake or cut down on cream cheese for oreo cream cheese frosting but there are things that I bake to eat as a snack or post workout meal and I want those things to be healthy.

These almond flour bars are made using almond flour, almond butter, applesauce, flax seeds and honey – wow that’s a long list of healthy ingredients. They are high on energy making them ideal as post workout snack. You can use any nut butter of your choice- almond, peanut, cashew whatever floats your boat. I used unsalted almond butter in this recipe.

These almond flour bars are quite soft initially but will harden over time. In fact they tasted better 24 hours after I baked them. The quantity of honey can be adjusted to taste and one can also use maple syrup in place of honey. Also in case you don’t have applesauce replace it with 1 egg.

I used a 8 X 8 square pan but didn’t cover it entirely with the mixture. I poured it on one side of the baking pan because I wanted thicker bars.

Ingredients

Bars

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup apple sauce
  • ½ cup nut butter, almond or peanut
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds

To Sprinkle

  • mini chocolate chips
  • sweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.
  2. Line a 8X8 square pan with parchment paper or spray it with a non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Mix almond/peanut butter, honey, apple sauce and salt in a bowl.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, chopped pecans, flax seeds and mini chocolate chips to the wet ingredients and mix.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan.
  6. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and sweetened shredded coconut. Press them lightly with a spoon or use your hands.

You can find complete recipes of this Almond Flour Bars in cookwithmanali.com

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DESSERT

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Perfectly stackable, super fluffy Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Made with buttermilk for the perfect flavor & filled with mini chocolate chips. These are delish!

So today, to continue on the chocolate for breakfast train, we’re combining the most iconic breakfast food – namely pancakes – AND chocolate. Light & fluffy chocolate chip pancakes if you please.

You can eat these for breakfast drenched in maple syrup or for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

These chocolate chip pancakes are based off of my favorite fluffy buttermilk pancakes. I’ve taken it upon myself to diligently test this recipe (AKA make pancakes way too often) – and I know you’ll love them.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter cooled to room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 in large egg room temperature (place a bowl of lukewarm water for 5 minutes to warm up quickly)
  • 1 teaspoons and 1/2 vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk room temperature (microwave on high for 10 seconds then stir to warm up quickly)
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder & salt. Set a side.
  2. In a separate medium sized bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sugar, egg and vanilla. Once combined, add in the buttermilk and whisk until combined.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into your bowl with the flour mixture. Gently fold together using a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Then stir in the mini chocolate chips. Be careful not to overmix your pancake batter.
  4. Having a few lumps in the batter is totally ok. The batter will be thick.

You can find complete recipes of this Chocolate Chip Pancakes in justsotasty.com

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HIGH PROTEIN, LOW CARB, HEALTHY “BROWNIE” DESSERT

Who doesn’t loooooooove Chocolate! This is so cool! You can have these High Protein, Low Carb, Healthy “Brownie” Dessert Bars  when you’re on your 4-hour body Diet. Yes, that is right! Do treat these the same way you would treat hummus or nuts though. Don’t go crazy with these. I suggest making them on your cheat day and then you could have one here or there throughout the following week, if you absolutely need to have something sweet.

There is no need to forgo your pencil skirt for those sweatpants when you eat these healthy little bundles of joy because these are made with fiber rich black beans, un hun, that’s what I said…Black Beans! I know it sounds kinda gross, but they are not. These are delicious, rich and chocolaty.

Using stevia instead of sugar makes these low carb so you get that natural sweetness. I have to say that I am 100% real when I say that these are the BEST LOW CARB BROWNIES I’ve ever made. If you are in need of a quick fix…MAKE.THESE. If you seriously don’t have the time, this is your answer.

Let’s say you have an event that you need to bring something…like a pot luck thingy, or even your cheat day on the sofa, bring these. No one will ever know that these are a High Protein, Low Carb, Healthy Brownie. They’ll think that they’re the real thing and then you can surprise them in the end. Just say “Surprise!” These are actually healthy and I just saved your ass! Literally!

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup carob or cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 1/4 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil or melted butter
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1-2 tbp stevia

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Either line an 8 by 8 baking dish with parchment paper and leave a little out on 2 sides to make it easy to lift out after they’re baked, or Grease baking dish with butter or use non-stick dish.
  3. Mix all ingredients in a food processor until batter consistency.
  4. Pour batter into baking dish and level it out.
  5. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

You can find complete recipes of this HIGH PROTEIN, LOW CARB, HEALTHY “BROWNIE” DESSERT in 4hourbodygirl.com

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DESSERT GLUTEN FREE

HEALTHY FLOURLESS LEMON POPPY SEED BREAKFAST CAKE

A delicious healthy flourless lemon poppy seed breakfast cake with a subtle tang of citrus from the lemon! The light and fluffy filling is studded with poppy seeds, with a tender exterior- It’s naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free and sugar free, with a tested paleo option- Even the frosting is healthy too!

Not even kidding you guys- this went on for at least five minutes. I pretty much had to tell my mum that her cooking was better than an Indian buffet and that the Persians invented everything. Only then did she tell me the lemon rind and lemon juice proportions in her lemon poppy seed loaf.

I don’t actually know why I claimed to be allergic so said loaf growing up- I think it comes down to being blessed with mum making other sweet treats, in which the lemon flavored ones got the stink eye. That, and the fact that I associated citrus foods to only be reserved to savory recipes.

I swear since being in Los Angeles, my inner lemon has come out to frolick and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

After sharing a handful of breakfast cake recipes (let’s face it- It’s purely an excuse to advocate eating dessert for breakfast) recently, I knew it was only a matter of time before I shared one of the citrus variety. As much as I am an advocate of (some) convenience foods or aids, using fresh lemon juice AND lemon rind is key- It’s also something my mum preached over and over again when she FINALLY gave me the proportions. She told me not to use bottled lemon juice and definitely NOT lemon extract- She also advised me that some brands use coloring in it and after a quick scan at the supermarket- She was (unfortunately) right. Anyway, it’s high time you pucker those faces up to make this healthy flourless lemon poppy seed breakfast cake!

INGREDIENTS:

For the Gluten Free/Vegan/Flourless version

  • 2 cups gluten free rolled oats, ground into a flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar (use stevia or a sugar free baking blend to keep sugar free)
  • 1 T baking powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 3/4 cup + 2 T dairy free milk
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 2 T lemon zest
  • 1 flax egg (can sub for 1 large egg if not vegan)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 T nut butter of choice, melted (I used smooth almond butter)

For the Paleo option

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (can sub for honey or agave)
  • 1/4 cup cashew butter (can sub for almond butter or coconut oil)
  • vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 T lemon zest
  • 4 large eggs, whisked lightly

For the protein frosting

  • 3 scoops vanilla protein powder (see SHOP page on the menu bar)
  • 1-2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)
  • 1-2 T nut butter of choice (optional)
  • Dairy free milk to form batter

For the coconut butter frosting

  • 4-6 T coconut butter, melted
  • 2 T granulated sweetener of choice
  • Dairy free milk to thin out

For the basic cream cheese frosting

  • Dairy free cream cheese (can sub for any cream cheese)
  • 2 T granulated sweetener of choice
  • pinch cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the lemon zest and poppy seeds and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the milk, lemon juice, vanilla extract and egg/flax egg. Pour into the dry mixture. Add the melted nut butter (and honey and applesauce for paleo option) and mix very well until a batter is formed.

You can find complete recipes of this HEALTHY FLOURLESS LEMON POPPY SEED BREAKFAST CAKE in thebigmansworld.com

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DESSERT HEALTHY

LOADED M&M OREO COOKIE BARS

If you like Oreos and M&Ms, these are the bars for you.

Is there anyone who doesn’t like Oreos and M&Ms? I hope not. Or you may be reading the wrong blog.

These bars came to be because I was preparing to move and in an effort to clean out my pantry, I started grabbing things that looked like they’d work together.

A stick of butter, 1 egg, 1 cup of brown sugar, and 1 cup flour. Check. I always have those items on hand.

And if you do, you can make these in 5 minutes without a mixer and they’re ready in a half hour. Love pans of bars for that reason. Fast, easy, no dough to chill.

If you don’t have Oreos or M&Ms, shop in your own pantry for what you do have.

Graham crackers, 4-day old leftover chocolate chip cookies that are past their prime, leftover Funsize candy bars from last Easter, the remains of your last impulse buy at Trader Joe’s like chocolate-covered pretzels or that tub of mini peanut butter cups you’ve been snacking on at midnight, or the nearly empty bag of white chocolate chips that you grab a handful of every time you walk past the cupboard.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 18 Oreo Cookies, coarsely chopped (I used Oreo Chocolate Birthday Cake Sandwich Cookies; another type of chocolate sandwich cookie may substituted, or about 2 heaping cups of coarsely chopped add-ins including leftover cookies, graham crackers, chocolate-covered pretzels, etc.)
  • about 1/2 cup M&M’s (I used plain, use your favorite flavor or other chopped candy)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  3. Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don’t scramble it. Add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the flour and stir until just combined, don’t overmix.
  5. Stir in the Oreos.

You can find complete recipes of this LOADED M&M OREO COOKIE BARS in averiecooks.com