Birthday Cake Oreo & M&M Cookies

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Life has been nuts. For the past couple months, I felt like I was running at 100 mph every day.
I also had my first round of 2nd year dental school midterms. 9 midterms, 6 days. I never thought it would end. I was falling asleep while taking my midterms, in class, while driving, probably could’ve fallen asleep in the shower. I’m definitely showing signs of narcolepsy. Then, of course, we got straight back into projects, lab, etc. I feel like it’s going to take a couple of weeks for me to recover. AND FINALLY, I got an oven in my new place, which means, hopefully, more posts coming!

These are the kind of cookies where you just can’t go wrong.
I got a package of birthday cake flavor Oreos, then raided the candy aisles of Target where everything was super cheap because it’s post-Halloween. And then these bad boys came to life. The recipe is super simple, and a big plus is that you don’t have to prep anything, including leaving the butter out to get to room temperature (ahem, something I always forget because I usually bake impulsively eheh).
Also I definitely apologize for the crappy picture quality. The fancy camera was left at home 😦
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The bottom cookies are the Kit Kat chocolate chip cookies. Find it in the Recipe Index! Same batter, just slap on some Mini Kit Kats!
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Ingredients
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips ( I used Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chunk)
  • 1/2 package Birthday Cake Oreos
  • About 1 cup of M&Ms
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray a pan with nonstick spray or line a pan with parchment/Silpat.
  2. Place butter into a small saucepan over medium heat. Swirl and heat until deep golden brown. Remove heat and let cool for 5 minutes. [This is important, because you don’t want to cook your egg in the next step, if the butter is too hot!]
  3. Place browned butter and little bits from the pan into a stand mixer along with the brown and granulated sugar. Beat to combine then add egg and vanilla beating to combine. Add  flour, pudding mix, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips. Crush up Oreos in a Ziploc bag leaving some small chunks. Mix on low until just combined.
  4. With a medium cookie scoop, place 1-2 tablespoons of dough into onto pan (depending on how big you want the cookies). Bake for 8-10 minutes, until slightly browned on bottom. I always under-bake my cookies slightly because when you leave it on the pan to cool, they will continue to cook a little more. Then gently press in M&Ms to the tops of your cookies. They will melt in a little but still keep their shape, since the cookies will be piping hot! Try not to burn you tongue, so wait a bit before popping them in. Trust me, it’s not worth it…or maybe it is?
God has been so real and active in my life. Between serving at church, getting involved in fellowships, meeting up with people, and keeping myself sane amidst the busyness of school, I’ve been feeling very drained physically. There are times that I think that there is just too much on my plate. But at the same time, I love where God has placed me. He’s been so faithful in providing a community here at USC, something I had been praying and longing for. Yet, I am still a human, and not a very resilient one…so I get tired, and discouraged, and doubtful, and I am very weak. Then, of course, God reminds me of this:
A primary qualification for serving God with any amount of success, and for doing God’s work well and triumphantly, is a sense of our own weakness. When God’s warrior marches forth to battle, strong in his own might, when he boasts, ‘I know that I shall conquer, my own right arm and my conquering sword shall get unto me the victory,’ defeat is not far distant. God will not go forth with that man who marches in his own strength. He who reckoneth on victory thus has reckoned wrongly, for ‘it is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.’ They who go forth to fight, boasting of their prowess, shall return with their gay banners trailed in the dust, and their armour stained with disgrace. Those who serve God must serve him in his own way, and in his strength, or he will never accept their service. That which man doth, unaided by divine strength, God can never own. The mere fruits of the earth he casteth away; he will only reap that corn, the seed of which was sown from heaven, watered by grace, and ripened by the sun of divine love. God will empty out all that thou hast before he will put his own into thee; he will first clean out thy granaries before he will fill them with the finest of the wheat. The river of God is full of water; but not one drop of it flows from earthly springs. God will have no strength used in his battles but the strength which he himself imparts. Are you mourning over your own weakness? Take courage, for there must be a consciousness of weakness before the Lord will give thee victory. Your emptiness is but the preparation for your being filled, and your casting down is but the making ready for your lifting up.
‘When I am weak then am I strong,
Grace is my shield and Christ my song.'” [- Charles Spurgeon]
I am so incredibly amazed every single day that God would even consider me to be used by Him. The Psalmist says it rightly “what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Ps 8:4) Yet, He pursues us still. Despite our failures, shortcomings and weaknesses, He is relentless and His grace is sufficient. I am thankful that I can be reminded of this through trials because I know they are for my growth and His glory.
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