Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of my favorites. They’ve got all the texture. Chewy and crunchy and sweet. Plus, the real maple syrup gives them a unique depth of flavor. Get your glass of milk ready, kids. Let’s get into it.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m determined to have my own business someday. I’d like to be well on my way to that by the end of the year. I don’t know if this blog is going to make it, though. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to keep working at it, but the evidence that I can make money at this is not strong. Lucky for me, I have about ten thousand business ideas. If only I had as much money to invest in them.

One of the things I’ve been toying with is selling cookies online. Based on my experience, people like to read my blog, but they actually just want me to make the treats and feed them endlessly for free. As much as I love sharing my leftovers and experiments with my co-workers, baking for people on demand for free gets tiresome. I’ve seen mail order cookies and brownies, and it doesn’t seem terribly complicated. I’m sure I’m missing something, though. Most of the cookies you can buy in my city are pretty mediocre. I think I could do better.

I’m curious, is this something you’d be into if it was offered in your area? Would you buy a box of cookies to be delivered to you or your office by mail? Would you give this as a gift? What about a monthly cookie subscription box? Let me know in the comments if you think this sounds like a great idea or a total disaster.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

If I did have an online bakery, these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies would feature prominently. They’re a classic for a reason. The oats are so chewy, and the brown sugar and maple syrup bring a deep caramel flavor. Then you hit that burst of chocolate and you just want to sing and dance. I can’t stop eating them.

Baking these cookies is pretty basic. The only uncommon ingredient is the maple syrup. Use the good stuff. All we do is combine the dry ingredients, then cream together butter and sugar. Next add egg, maple syrup and vanilla, and finally, fold in the dry stuff and the chocolate chips. Give these cookies plenty of room to spread out on the cookie sheet. They’ll be thin and crispy on the edges. AKA totally awesome.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Does my future involve me being up to my eyeballs in cookie dough? I kind of hope so, especially if I get to enjoy a few of these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies along the way.

Are we hanging out on Instagram? We totally should. And for more cookie love, why not try these Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

This no-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie is one of my all-time favorite desserts. A chocolate cookie crumb crust is topped with decadent peanut butter mousse. And that fancy chocolate decoration is unbelievably easy. You won’t be able to stop eating this one.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

We eat dessert at my house pretty much every day. Sometimes it’s just a scoop of ice cream or a bit of factory-made snack cake. Often it’s the remnants of the weekend’s photo shoot or a new recipe I’m testing. It doesn’t really matter. The point is, I’m addicted to sugar, and I need to finish each day with something sweet.

I also stop and eat some chocolate every day around 3 pm. It’s a little ritual that helps me get through the emotional roller coaster that is working with teenagers. I’ve never really been much good at depriving myself when it comes to food. I’m extremely disciplined in other ways, but when it comes to denying myself the pleasure of good food, I’m out.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie is pure indulgence. It’s somehow both light and rich. You know you probably shouldn’t be eating this much sugar, but it tastes so incredible, you really don’t care. Your resistance crumbles with the pleasure of each bite, so cut the pieces small to save yourself.

What I love about this pie is that it’s no-bake, so you don’t even need to turn on your oven. We crush up some chocolate cookies like Oreos and mix that with some butter. Press it into the bottom of a pie pan or a springform pan and pop that in the fridge. To make the peanut butter filling, we use an electric mixer to beat together some cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar and condensed milk. Then fold in some whipped cream to make it light and airy.

If you want, you can stop there, pop it in the fridge for a few hours, then try not to devour the whole thing. If you want to add a pretty chocolate swirl, simply drizzle some melted chocolate over the top and use a toothpick to get those pretty little swirls. It’s so simple. No one needs to know.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Life is short. Eat some Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. Trust me. It’s so awesome.

If you’re looking for more no-bake pie ideas, try this Chocolate Lime Pie. It’s pretty awesome.

Are we hanging out on Instagram? I can’t wait to see you there.

Brownie Butterscotch Parfait | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Brownie Butterscotch Parfait

This Brownie Butterscotch Parfait will take you straight back to your childhood. Brownie chunks are layered with buterscotch pudding and sweetened whipped cream. It’s pure delight. Don’t forget the sprinkles.

Brownie Butterscotch Parfait | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m a big fan of nostalgia. I love going back to my favorite things from the past. From picking up a beloved children’s book to watching Clueless one too many times, there’s something so comforting about taking that trip back in time. I much prefer the original to a remake. Please, Disney, make something new. And no thank you to that Friends reunion people seem to be clamoring for. Just go back to the original.

I guess there are a few things I’m not so nostalgic for. Homophobia. Scrunchies. Do I really need to buy scrunchies again? Not everything from the past is good, but getting in touch with your inner child can be healthy. Let’s all stop taking ourselves so seriously all the time, and watch The Muppets while eating mac and cheese from a blue box.

Brownie Butterscotch Parfait | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

A pudding parfait always makes me feel like a kid in the best way. This Brownie Butterscotch Parfait is chocolaty and sweet. I love the creamy texture combined with the chewy and sometimes crunchy brownies. I never want it to end.

This dish is not only great for kids, but it can also be made with kids. I used store-bought brownies and instant pudding. You could also use store-bought whipped topping if you’re not a cook. I made my own whipped cream because it’s ridiculously easy, but I would have been just as happy with Cool Whip. I am (mostly) not a food snob. Do what makes you happy.

Brownie Butterscotch Parfait | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

What childhood favorites do you still love? Let me know in the comments. If one of them is Little Bucket Parfaits from KCF, take yourself back in time with a Brownie Butterscotch Parfait. It’s gonna be so awesome, kids.

Love layered desserts? Try this Salted Caramel Pudding.

70 Totally Awesome Chocolate Treats | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

70 Totally Awesome Chocolate Treats

70 Totally Awesome Chocolate Treats | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

February is National Chocolate Lover’s Month, so I’m bringing you 70 totally awesome chocolate treats. You know you can’t get enough. Drive away dementors, create some love, and indulge in this food of the gods every day. Let’s get to it.

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Breads, Scones, Pastries, & Pancakes

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche

Chocolate Orange Scones

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants

Nutella Fairy Toast

Pumpkin Butter Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast

Double Chocolate Muffins | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Muffins

Orange Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Double Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate Banana Muffins

Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Brownies, Blondies & Bars

Orange Cheesecake Brownies

Millionaire Shortbread

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies

S’mores Brownies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Mexican Brownies

White Chocolate Chip Brownies

Classic Fudge

Kahlua Brownies

Mint Brownies

Monster Cookie Bars

Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cakes

Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Buche de Noel

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Mascarpone Meringue Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate Orange Cake

Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream (Gluten-Free)

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake (Gluten-Free Dairy-Free)

Winter-Spiced Flourless Chocolate Cake (Gluten-Free)

Practically Perfect Chocolate Cake

Molten Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake

Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Orange Frosting

Cookies and Cream Fridge Cake

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blossoms | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies

Triple Chocolate Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blossoms

Nutella No-Bake Cookies

Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Wafer Cookies

Chocofied Peanut Butter Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Pie, Cheesecake, & Pudding

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Giant Peanut Butter Cups

White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

Chocolate Lime Pie

Grasshopper Pie

Nutella Cheesecake Parfaits

Chocolate Amaretto Tart

Chocolate Orange Mousse

Homemade Chocolate Pudding for Two

Mini Oreo Cheesecakes

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cupcakes

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Semi-Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Better Than Sex Cupcakes

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bread Pudding

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Vanilla Hot Chocolate for One | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Drinks

White Hot Chocolate

Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail

Vanilla Hot Chocolate for One

Be sure to follow Awesome on 20 on Pinterest for more awesome chocolate recipe ideas.

Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Orange Cheesecake Brownies

These Orange Cheesecake Brownies are incredible. The brownie layer is dense and fudgy while the cream cheesecake layer is creamy and citrusy. You won’t be able to keep your hands off them.

Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Do you guys play video games? My husband loves them. He can play the same game for eight hours in one day if it’s got a good story. I’ve seen him build massive sumarines, fight tigers, and make friends with a post-nuclear apocalypse monster. Some of the stories are fairly compelling. I watch him playing and I think, I would read that novel. I don’t think that’s actually a thing.

Apart from a few Nintendo games as a child, I’ve never had the coordination or interest to play most video games. The only thing I ever liked was The Sims mostly because it involved ticking things off your task list and involved no hand-eye coordination. I’m extremely nerdy. I don’t know, I guess I’d rather be reading. Or baking. Especially brownies.

Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Guys, these Orange Cheesecake Brownies are gonna blow your mind. My co-workers couldn’t stop talking about them. The brownie layer is crazy fudgy. It’s basically pure goo barely held together by a bit of flour. The orange cheesecake layer is creamy with a distinct citrus hit. The orange flavor really comes through and compliments the chocolat so beautifully.

Layered baked goods can sometimes seem complicated, and yes, we’re mixing up two different concoctions, but you’re just putting one on top of the other and baking. The only thing a little bit tricky about this is deciding when it’s baked. You want to take it out of the oven when the center still has a bit of a wobble. And you do need to let this chill before slicing into it. It’s totally worth it, though. The texture will be heavenly.

Orange Cheesecake Brownies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Whatever you like to do to unwind, make sure there are Orange Cheesecake Brownies involved. They make everything better.

Recipe adapted from Olive Magazine.

If you want more brownie action, try these S’mores Brownies.

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