Reese’s Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

Second on the list of fastest cookie recipes is a recipe that is not a cookie at all. Or really even a holiday treat per se. At least I don’t associate these with the holidays. I associate these Reese’s Peanut Butter Brownie Bites with every single event which required me/my mom to show up with a dessert. This was definitely my mom’s go-to recipe when I was growing up because it checks all the boxes that moms (and everyone else!) needs: Easy. Fast. Can keep all ingredients on hand. And it has the perfect job for little helpers, whose little fingers are perfect for unwrapping all those Reese’s cups. Read more

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Before starting the fastest cookie project, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies were not really on the radar in the Foodiocentric household. My great grandma used to make oatmeal cookies that my family LOVED, but I think they had raisins and at that point in life, I wasn’t going to go near a cookie with raisins. Some things never change. Tell me, seriously, what is the point of an oatmeal raisin cookie when oatmeal chocolate chip cookies exist? Who are these people who would choose RAISINS over chocolate-and what is wrong with them? The only thing worse than oatmeal raisin cookies is when you think you are picking up an oatmeal chocolate cookie, only to discover that the “chocolate chips” are actually raisins. #firstworldproblems. Read more

Meijer Pizzeria Hand Tossed Frozen Pizza

This week, we deviated from our normal Kroger/Busch’s rotation to get Meijer frozen pizza. The Taste Tester picked this one out as I attempt to avoid entering Meijer at all costs.  I hate Meijer; I have met many people who love Meijer. But, much like Michigan State fans and University of Michigan fans can come together in mutual hatred of Ohio State, Meijer lovers and Meijer haters can come together in agree on one thing: It’s better than Wal-Mart.

Total Score: 36/80; 45%

The Breakdown:

Taste Tester

Crust: 5/10

Sauce: 3/10

Toppings: 5/10

Overall: 5/10

Foodiocentric

Crust: 5/10

Sauce: 4/10

Toppings: 5/10

Overall: 4/10

Overall I thought this pizza tasted pretty cheap. Luckily it was cheap, which boosted the Taste Tester’s overall score. I found it severely lacking in cheese, which also made it taste like it had way too much sauce. The pepperoni was good though. Given the low score and my loathing of Meijer, it’s safe to say we won’t be eating this one again.

The Fastest Cookie Recipes-for the Holidays and Beyond!

The last thing you need this time of the year is another cookie recipe. You can find millions on Pinterest, many by far, far more talented bakers than me. What we all need this time of year is more time; time to fit in all the holiday activities and time to actually enjoy said activities without feeling like we are just checking items off a list. To help you achieve Christmas bliss-I present the fastest cookie recipes around (and maybe some other treats too!)

I have always loved the holidays, but even I can be guilty of letting all the holiday stress get to me. It just seems like there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish every single holiday related activity AND still live my life. Unfortunately there is no Christmas break from my 40-hour workweek and Christmas goodies still have calories which means I have to find time to fit in some extra workouts on top of everything else.

So, without wasting any more time, my gift to you the fastest-and easiest-cookie recipes, ranked. From now until just before Christmas, I am re-making all the classic holiday treats, plus a few new ones, to determine just what is the fastest cookie recipes around. BUT, instead of just providing the recipes, I am providing you with some much needed information: how long those recipes ACTUALLY take, from start to finish AND how much effort they really require. And when I say how long they take, I mean how long they really take, IRL.  Like in real life where you don’t have pre-softened butter, someone to measure all your ingredients, or a spare 3 hours to wait for dough to chill. Read more

Freschetta Brick Oven Frozen Pizza Review

Next up, we had one of the Taste Tester’s perennial favorites, Frechetta Brick Oven pizza. Aside from Tombstone, this is the frozen pizza the Taste Tester has had most often.

Total Score: 58.5/80; 73.1%

The Breakdown:

Taste Tester

Crust: 8.5/10

Sauce: 4/10

Toppings: 9/10

Overall: 8/10

Foodiocentric

Crust: 9/10

Sauce: 3/10

Toppings: 9/10

Overall: 8/10

The biggest objection to this pizza was the sauce. It definitely had the classic frozen pizza taste. This was a disappointment because overall this was a very good pizza. Of all the pizzas we have sampled, this one really brought the toppings. Lots of cheese and very good pepperonis. If the sauce was better this may have been the perfect frozen pizza. It will definitely be part of our regular rotation.