Sending Out My First Care Package to Hubby

These recipes are definitely not Weight Watchers friendly but I wanted to share them with you.
I sent out my first care package to my hubby this past friday. I made two types of treats. One of the treats I made was one of the best chocolate chip cookies I had ever made. They were sooo good and it definitely met my family's approval. Hopefully my hubby will like them too, but at this point, I think hubby will like anything I bake for for him. Nothing beats home cooking, especially when you are going to be away from home for awhile. What makes these cookies different from other cookies is that the recipe calls for instant vanilla pudding. The vanilla pudding allows the cookies to stay soft on the inside but crispy on the outside. If you like more of a chewy chocolate chip cookie then this is not the recipe for you. I made a few changes to the recipe which was the addition of salt and the use of white chocolate chips instead of all semi sweet chocolate chips. I also added baking powder to the mix.


Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups white choclate chips
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour and baking soda, set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Edges should be golden brown.

Servings: 72

The other treat I made for him were brownies. Brownies are hubby's favorite dessert especially with vanilla ice cream but I am sorry I could not send the ice cream. My "go to" brownies to make are called "Whatever Floats Your Boat" Brownies and for a good reason. You can add whatever you like from 1 to 2 cups of chocolate chips (semi sweet, white, butterscotch or peanut butter), raisins, chopped maraschino cherries, nuts, M&M's, reeses pieces, or minature chocolate chips. I usually add two cups of semi sweet choclate chips but I have tried most of these variations. I love how these brownies are so moist and fudgy. Delicious!

"Whatever Floats Your Boat" Brownies

1 cup butter, melted
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
4 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 9x13 inch pan or line with foil. In a medium bowl combine melted butter and cocoa and stir until cocoa is dissolved. Add sugar and mix well. Add eggs one at a time and stir until well combined. Stir in vanilla, flour and salt until you no longer see any flour (do not overmix). Fold in "WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT"! Spread in pan and bake for approximately 30 minutes. DO NOT OVER-BAKE -- your brownies will come out dry. Adjust time/temp accordingly for your oven. If you do the knife/toothpick test, it should come out with moist crumbs, not clean. Cool completely before cutting into squares. 

Servings: 32
I wrapped two cookies together at a time and each brownie individually in plastic saran wrap twice. Then I placed them in ziploc disposable plastic containers and taped them shut with packaging tape.

Then I placed them in a large priority mail box that has a flat rate for $12.50 in case anyone wants to know. I also added some tootsie pops and peppermints to fill the rest of the box.

The post office has these boxes just for overseas addresses which has designated spaces already made for the address. You must also fill out a customs form to state what you are sending. I love how they have the words that say "America Supports You".

Hopefully this will get to my hubby soon!

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