Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies and the Time I Baked them in my Toaster Oven

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Last week I honestly thought I was the MacGyver of home cooking. Until I posted a picture of cookies baking in my $30 toaster oven from Target on Instagram and my old roommate informed me she bakes in her toaster oven all the time during hot summer months.

Genius.

Her, not me.

Today, I’m posting my not so original recipe for Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip cookies, with instructions on baking them in a toaster oven (it’s not really that different).  The twist in my version is that the recipe and instructions are for completely making dairy free cookies.  Yes, Oreos are dairy free… slightly terrifying, right? But before we get to the recipe, let’s talk about how we ended up baking them in my toaster oven.

The technical set up, obviii

Suuuuper technical up in here!

Last week was pretty much the dumbest week ever. Like the only way you can understand how dumb it was is to have an Antoine Dodson gif tell you it was really dumb. For real.

Tell ’em ‘Toine!

Monday morning I sliced my toe open in the grossest place in America: the T Station (be careful with sandals and escalators, my ladies). That afternoon I had to get a tetanus booster. On Tuesday Evan figured out our oven was broken. Wednesday it was confirmed our oven wouldn’t get over 250º, and it was also announced that the 4th of July was basically cancelled in these parts due to hurricane Arthur. Thursday we watched a half-assed pops concert/fireworks show thanks to thunderstorms. And Friday we watched Independence Day no less than 2 times while baking and drinking while it poured rain outside.

But like the ridiculously cheesy saying goes – “to see the rainbow you must endure the rain” – lots of positives came from all this.

First, I don’t have tetanus. Second, my super attentive landlords had a BRAND SPANKING NEW oven delivered TODAY. Third, I learned the joy of not overheating my kitchen by turning my oven to 350º for a few hours on a hot day. And fourth, I watched Independence Day no less than 2 or 3 times on Independence Day… 90s blockbuster films really get me.

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Nothing says freedom like Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day

Anyway, enough about me… let’s get to what really matters:

cookies in half

DIABEEEETUS!

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From Rhubarb to Roasted Vegetable Pizza: The Story of my Failed Weekend

Rhubarb

Maybe you saw this picture on my instagram this weekend. Maybe you were like “Ooooo look at this fresh rhubarb, what’s she going to do with it!?” Maybe the answer was bake a dairy free version of Martha’s Rhubarb-Berry Crumble …

But maybe I got ‘caught up’ in Happy Hour with work friends and didn’t get home till 1:30am on Friday. And then maybe I spent Saturday morning on my couch complaining to Evan about how my whole life hurt instead of baking said crumble.

If that’s your train of thought, then maybe, just MAYBE you were right.

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Sad ramekins are sadly empty.

Friday I had bought rhubarb and raspberries to bake my little heart out, but by Sunday afternoon my raspberries were covered in mold and the rhubarb was all soft and gross. I really believe in storing fresh produce the way it’s stored when I buy it, meaning if it’s not in the refrigerator when I buy it, I don’t store it there. Unfortunately 2 days in my hot apartment isn’t the same 2 days in an AC’ed grocery store.

My discovery of bad ingredients, was mere hours after I had dug out my DSLR to verify the lens was broken, only to discover, that yes, the lens will not focus, but also the camera will not turn on with fully charged batteries. AWESOME.

Feeling defeated and really sweaty in said hot apartment, I got sad and threw everything in the trash {except the camera}. Evan volunteered to pay to replace my putrid produce {he’s a good man}, but I just gave in and had a beer instead.

The good news is our apartment is ridiculously clean right now and I am less fat from not eating the delectable and sugary crumble. The other good news is you get a recipe for homemade roasted vegetable pizza for a blog instead.

pizzaaaa

mmm cheeseless pizzaaaaa

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