One Bowl Brownies & Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

I’ve been baking up a storm lately and I don’t want to post all of the recipes at once…I still have cookie dough waiting in the fridge to be baked! I don’t know what got into me, but I have spent the last two days going crazy.

One Bowl Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

One of my favorite things I have made in the last two days is the chocolate buttercream recipe by Natasha from Natasha’s Kitchen. I tasted this as soon as I finished beating it, and wow. I cannot believe how easy and delicious this frosting is! I cannot wait to make it again for a cake. I did not pin this recipe and now I cannot find it on her blog ūüė¶ The only screen shot I took has her logo but doesn’t say the name of the recipe and I searched for a bit, but nothing came up.

One Bowl Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream

I put Natasha’s frosting on the easiest one bowl brownie recipe EVER. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever. Too many evers? Nope.¬†Seriously, these brownies¬†on her Jenifer’s¬†(and her hubby, Trevor’s) blog Show Me The Yummy took me six minutes to mix. And that’s because I couldn’t decide if I wanted to mix my chips in or sprinkle on top as directed. I ended up mixing them.

Don’t do that, kay?

My first batch came out really, really gooey in the middle. You can tell in the pictures. Not that I minded, I freaking adore extra gooey brownies.

One Bowl Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream

You can see the gooey on the fork – put your chips on top, people. Don’t mix them in.

So when I made the second batch I sprinkled the chocolate chips on top and it made all the difference. Perfection.

And my gosh. When the brownies are combined with the frosting – fireworks!!

 

Rebel Rebel :: June IPSY Glam Bag

Misfits. Rule breakers. Badass babes. The riot starts this June. We’re hitting the streets with serious sizzle and signature looks. Coloring outside the lines is encouraged. Sitting on the side of the lines is not.

How encouraging is that quote? I read it on my IPSY postcard and fell in love. I adore that IPSY encourages you to do you no matter what that might be. Awesome, right?

Rebel Rebel :: June 2016 ISY Glam Bag Post Card

This month’s bag is so cool. It is the typical zipper style IPSY bag we love but with a killer graffiti print. it is one of the most fun bags I’ve gotten since I signed up for IPSY.

 

Rebel Rebel :: June 2016 IPSY Glam Bag

My favorite product this month is the Formula X nail polish in the shade “Wing Woman”. It’s a fun, bright hot pink perfect for summer and all of the bright prints that come with it. I wore this to work and got so many compliments on the shade. If you didn’t get this in your bag, go and grab it soon.

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I just adore The Balm’s eyeshadows. I got another of the Meet Matt(e) Trimony shades a few bags back and it rocked. This shade (Matt Kumar)¬†is a nice warm burgundy – perfect for those sunset eyeshadow looks that you see all over YouTube and Instagram this time of year. It’s slightly purple, so it would great with pink or purple shadows.

Rebel Rebel :: June 2016 IPSY Glam Bag Meet Matt(e) Trimony

Rebel Rebel :: June 2016 IPSY Glam Bag Meet Matt(e) Trimony

I really appreciate getting brushes in my glam bags because you can never really have too many makeup brushes. Especially blending brushes, right? This double ended brush by Royal & Langnickel is perfection. The¬†bristles are so plush (every time I say plush it makes me think of the movie Sleepover – Steve is so plush ūüėõ ), soft, and fluffy. Plus, the teal color is fun!

I got another Be a Bombshell lip gloss in the shade “Secret”. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of their glosses because the consistency and color payoff is iffy. However, some people truly love them, so it is for sure a personal thing. This color is awesome, though. It is a lovely poppy pink with tons of sheen.

Rebel Rebel :: June 2016 IPSY Glam Bag Be A Bombshell Lipgloss in Secret

 

Rebel Rebel :: June 2016 IPSY Glam Bag Be a Bombshell lipglos in Secret

The last¬†product this month is the Everything Balm by Delectable. I had no idea what to think of this when I first opened it. But guys, it will knock your socks off. So far,¬†I’ve used it on my cuticles, split ends, chapped lips, and dry patches of skin and¬†it has worked amazing for all¬†of it. It is the perfect thing to toss in your purse –¬†a “one and¬†done” type of product.

Rebel Rebel :: June 2016 IPSY Glam Bag Everything Balm by Delectable

This¬†month’s glam bag¬†– just like every month – has rocked.

Rebel Rebel :: June 2016 IPSY Glam Bag

If you haven’t signed up to get an IPSY glam bag, what are you waiting for? Sign up now.

 

The Most Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie EVER!

Hey, it’s me. Your resident slacker and consistent poster in training

All kidding aside, I have been MIA from almost everything – including personal social media accounts – since I last posted because life has been beyond hectic. My uncle and his daughter were down, I started a new job, Cody and I¬†are remodeling the place we are moving into, and I have been helping a friend with her wedding plans. Crazy, right? Everything has been put on the back burner (you should see he laundry piling up…well actually you shouldn’t!).

While my uncle was down, I had the chance to do a lot of cooking and baking because they ate at our house most of the time. One of the things I baked was these amazingly perfect chocolate chip cookies. They are moist, fluffy, and filled to the brim with ooey-gooey melt in your mouth chocolate chips and chunks. Honestly, these are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had. No other cookie – homemade or store bought – can even compare.

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie made with Cream Cheese

This recipe comes from the Fabulous Averie Cooks. Her blog is like crack if you enjoy baking. Have you been? No? Well, why the frick not?

What makes this recipe different is the cream cheese. It adds that little something extra that makes people ask for your recipe and grab for the last cookie.

 

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie made with Cream Cheese

 

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup regular block¬†cream cheese (softened)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional – omit if you used salted butter)
  • 2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks (I used a mixture of both

 

What you do:

  • Using a stand mixer, cream butter, cream cheese, the egg, both sugars, and vanilla on medium/high speed for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. If you use a hand mixer, it may take longer than 5 minutes.
  • After scraping down the sides of the bowl, add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and¬†salt (if you need it). Mix until just combined – about 1 minute.
  • Add chocolate chips and chocolate chunks – beat for just a second or fold in by hand
  • Refrigerate dough for at least two hours
  • Pre-heat oven to 350F
  • Line or grease¬†your baking sheet
  • Scoop out cookie balls
  • Place cookies on sheet, about 2 inches apart
  • Bake for 8-12 minutes depending on your oven (mine took 10 minutes)
  • Cool for a little while on baking sheet (about five minutes)
  • Move to wire cooling rack to finish cooling

 

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie made with Cream Cheese

 

Averie scooped her cookies into balls before refrigerating and then let them sit at room temp for 15 minutes before baking. I scooped my dough after refrigerating in order to skip the 15 minute room temp deal. I used a regular size bag of chocolate chunks and 3 cups of chocolate chips in my double batch and there was the perfect amount of chocolate in each bite.

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie made with Cream Cheese

I cannot tell you enough how amazing these cookies are –¬†I made a double batch and they were¬†gone in two days!¬†¬†Plus, they were so easy to make. If you check out Averie’s post, it explains how long you can keep them in the fridge or freezer.

Guys, basically that means you can prep a double batch, freeze half, and be only 20 minutes away from fresh cookies next time somebody drops in unexpectedly.

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie made with Cream Cheese

I hope you try out these cookies soon!