Chocolate Brownie Cookies with White Chocolate and Macadamia Nuts

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Ahhhh….road trips with the family. Good times. We’ve had several in the past few weeks, and let me tell you something. You know that song from Frozen? It’s permanently embedded in my brain now. Constant replay, and it won’t stop. Okay, okay, I know. That’s another story for another time.

Road trips with kids are fantastic while the DVD player is working, while they are still coloring, and while they are sleeping. However, the DVD player is always low on juice, the colors are usually dropped out of reach, and sleep? Umm….yeah.

So conversations with my kiddos are usually quite interesting. Here’s my conversation for 4 hours. Enjoy.

Jack (he’s 7): Hey Mom. If Hooters changed the H to T, we could call it Tooters. (Kate and Jack erupt into convulsion-like laughter.)


Jack: <Burp> Hey Mom. Was that a real burp of a fake burp?

Kate: <FAKE BURP> Hey Mom. Was that a real burp or a fake burp?

Kate: LET IT GOOOOOOO, LET IT GOOOOOOOO……Cold didn’t bother me anyway. LET IT GOOOOOO, LET IT GOOOOO…..Cold didn’t bother me anyway. LET IT GOOOOO, LET IT GOOOOOO….Cold didn’t bother me anyway.

Jack: My bootie hurts from sitting so long!

Kate: Mom! (laughter) Jack said boooootie!!!

Me: Why don’t you guys count water towers?  Doesn’t that sound fun?

Incidentally, there are 104 water towers between Texarkana and Houston. A little trivia for you to impress friends.

The reason for this story? Kids love these cookies. I love these cookies.

Make a batch before your next road trip, and kids will be eating, happy, and not counting water towers.

Take note. There are a lot more than you think. Lots.

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Recipe Source: Joy the Baker

Chocolate Brownie Cookies with White Chocolate and Macadamia Nuts
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Serves: 2 dozen
  • 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips or coarsely chopped chunks
  • 3 T. unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ t. baking powder
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 t. instant espresso (optional, but I did use it)
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup macadamia nuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Place bittersweet chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl and heat until melted. I did this in 30-second batches. Stir well and allow mixture to cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Whisk sugar, espresso powder, and vanilla extract into the chocolate mixture. Slowly whisk each egg into chocolate, one at a time.
  5. Add all the chocolate mixture to the flour mixture, and gently fold to incorporate all ingredients.
  6. Add the white chocolate chips and the nuts. The batter will be thick, don’t worry.
  7. Spoon tablespoon-sized mounds onto the prepared cookie sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes. These are best slightly underdone.
  8. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

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Easy Guacamole

Easy Guacamole

Easy Guacamole

How often do you eat Mexican food in your household? Out of curiosity, is it once a week? Twice a month? Every few months? Twice a week?

More importantly, how often do you think about eating Mexican food? I struggle with this, honestly.

I think about Mexican food all.the.time. Surprisingly, I don’t just think about margaritas, either. I know. I’m totally shocked about this, too.

But when I heard on the Today show last week that there could potentially be a shortage of avocados this summer, I literally gasped. Like, gasped like I do at the end of every single Scandal episode. (Incidentally, do any of you watch this? DISCUSS!!!)


How could this be? How will I survive?

If I see a shortage in stores, I will let you know. Please do the same for me. I am not sure if I’ll react well, but I’ll try to cope with a strong margarita.

It only seems right.


Easy Guacamole

Easy Guacamole

Easy Guacamole
Serves: 3-4
  • 3 ripe avocados, peeled, and chopped into small pieces
  • ¼ onion, finely chopped
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • ½ t. salt
  • ¼ t. pepper
  • 1 t. pickled minced jalapeno peppers
  • squeeze of fresh lemon or lime
  1. SO HARD!
  2. Put everything in a large bowl and mash.
  3. Enjoy!

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Easy Guacamole

Easy Guacamole


Slow Cooker Black Beans

Slow Cooker Black Beans

Slow Cooker Black Beans

Finally, it’s over.

I feel like I’ve missed out on the rest of the conversational world for two weeks, all because of the Olympics.

For two weeks, I’ve been riveted. Absolutely glued to the television at night. I haven’t watched my normal dose of Matt Lauer in the morning, fearing an up-to-date report of Olympic results.

I haven’t listened to the radio, pulled up, or watched the evening news, all because I don’t want to see what happened in Sochi before I get to see it myself at night.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fresh Rosemary

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Don’t hate.


Brussels sprouts.

I know. I know…I KNOW!

What I have to tell you next is even more disturbing.

You see, I’ve been living with a terrible secret, and now I cannot hide it anymore. It’s been bothering me, and I feel that before we go any further, I must come clean.

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Best Buttermilk Waffles EVER!

Best Buttermilk Waffles - The Salty Kitchen

Best Buttermilk Waffles – The Salty Kitchen


Here in Houston, we don’t get many snow days, if any. The last time we got a day off for weather was three years ago. So to say I was thrilled we were off on Friday, is an understatement.

The city doesn’t handle ice and cold weather well at all. Before noon, there were over 500 car accidents, if you can believe it. But since school was called off, we got to have a day to sleep in, stay inside, and do nothing but watch Disney Junior was perfect, to say the least.

As a side note, I was pretty done with “Sofia the First” by noon. Why is her head so BIG in relation to the other characters? Just sayin’.

But since the kids and I had all morning to decide on breakfast, this was at the top of our list. Why not gorge on carbs today?

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