On Creativity…

Yay presidents! Yay no classes! Yay free day to do nothing/be somewhat productive!

Heh. Heh. Heh. 

Today was such a pretty day, but as most pretty winter days in Boston are, it was super cold and windy outside. Sadly, I only know this second-hand, since I haven’t been outside at all today.

-___- I’m not a hermit, I promise!

Anyways, I felt super productive as I did all my laundry, cleaned the entire room pretty well, sent out some emails, AND studied this morning! Then at noon some girl friends came over to watch a typical day-off chick flick: The Dark Knight Rises. You know. 

I’ve gotta say, Anne Hathaway did such a good job in that movie as Catwoman. What a baws. 

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Man, why can’t I be her?!

So that was that. It was fun having one of our friends see it for the first time; she was freaking out over all the action and awesomeness! So cool. Dang.

With all my movie-watching cravings out of the way, I wanted to do something creative and productive… which means baking, of course! I had a spare box of Betty Crocker brownie mix lying around, so I thought I’d use that up to entertain my freshmen in BIble study tonight.

But… brownies from brownie mix are so BORING.

Websurf, websurf, websurf…

And.. VOILA! Brownie cookies!

…eh, still boring. But if it tastes good and looks good, what can go wrong?

Surf, surf, surf. Oooo cream cheese filling!? …Good thing I don’t have that. Dang you, confectioner’s sugar! Oh well.

Well, if I did have cream cheese frosting, it would be a lot better, but for now, here’s what we have! (And they were still very delicious, don’t worry! They were anxiously devoured.)

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D’aww so cute.
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The potential for filling is overwhelming…

Brownie & Cookies = Brokies…? 

Ingredients

  • 1 box brownie mix
  • vegetable oil, eggs, and water for brownie mix

For the filling:

  • 8oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a large bowl, prepare brownies according to box instructions. 
  3. Spoon brownie mix in small circles onto sheets, making sure they’re at least an inch apart. Bake for 8 minutes, or until they are slightly cracked on the top and soft but firm. Let cool completely on wire racks for at least 5 minutes.
  4. For the filling, cream together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Sift in the sugar and beat until smooth.
  5. To assemble whoopie pies, use a plastic bag with a corner cut off or a piping bag, and pipe cream cheese filling onto half of the bottom of the cookies (I did not do this, but I plan to). Place another cookie of about the same size on top. Serve immediately or refrigerate and bring to room temperature to be served. 
  6. EAT ALL OF THE DELICIOUSNESS.

Mm. I definitely need to experiment more with these whoopie pies! I just found some recipes for chocolate cookie dough whoopie pies, peanut butter chocolate whoopie pies, raspberry whoopie pies, pumpkin whoopie pies… MAN WHY DIDN’T I SEE ALL THESE EARLIER?!

Oh well. Someone give me a reason to bake!

Have fun and don’t be afraid to be creative and original! :) Tell me how it goes!

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