Browned Butter Oatmeal Cookie Cups

Browned Butter Oatmeal Cookie Cups #recipe

Guys, I don’t want to shatter any illusions you may have of me or anything, but I’m so totally lame. I mean, for real.

You have no idea the pressure I feel when someone that is not my close family comes over for dinner. I make a living sharing food on the internet. The expectations that I cook a fabulous meal are so high that it hurts. Seriously, I could have a full blown panic attack about it if I wasn’t so busy thinking and rethinking the menu.

Anyway, we had some friends over for dinner last weekend. I decided to go the easy route and make pasta. For real, how hard can pasta be? We had baked ziti, Chicken Alfredo, salad, and my very favorite garlic bread. So easy, I could do it with my eyes closed!

Obviously, I ruined all of it.

Browned Butter Oatmeal Cookie Cups #recipe

The fresh mozzarella that I put on top of the ziti got crunchy instead of melty. I mean, what? How is that even possible?

I decided to be lazy and didn’t butterfly the chicken breasts before cooking them so they took forever and I ended up pulling them halfway through cooking to hack them into ugly little chunks so they would finally cook and be free of deadly salmonella germs.

The salad was fine. But, you know…it came from a bag. Hard to screw up. Also, yes, I  ripped open a bag of greens and dumped them in a bowl. Ooh, you wondrous food blogger, show me more of these fancy recipes you create!

Browned Butter Oatmeal Cookie Cups #recipe

The bread? It literally caught fire. There were actual, honest to God flames in my oven, you guys. That was the first time I’ve ever had something literally catch fire before, so I did what any rational food blogger would do. I slammed the oven shut, called to my husband, and then laughed like a lunatic. He managed to save the day while I screeched that windows needed to be open and the bread was on fire and oh, what a failure I am, and don’t worry, I’m not really a food blogger, I just play one on the internet.

Basically, my poor friends that came over for dinner are never coming back again. I scared them off. I shall remain friendless and sad for the rest of my days.

(Oh, and the dessert? It was chocolate chip cookies. The cookies that I served were overbaked by about a minute making them crispier than I like. The second batch…you know, the one I left on the cookie sheet and devoured after our friends left? They were utter perfection. Chewy and soft, just the way they should be.)

Browned Butter Oatmeal Cookie Cups #recipe

I swear, y’all. I can totally cook if there is no one around to eat the food. True story.

So, obviously I made these cookie cups that I’m sharing today when no one was around to make me nervous.

These are chunky little deep dish cookie cups. They’re full of oats which totally makes them health food. I mean, they’re basically granola, you guys.

I loaded these cookie cups up with chocolate chips, but peanut butter chips would be great, too! I baked these for 12 minutes exactly which left them slightly gooey in the center. Bake an extra minute if you’d like them more firm.

Browned Butter Oatmeal Cookie Cups #recipe

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Browned Butter Oatmeal Cookie Cups

Yield: 12 cookie cups

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon heavy cream (milk works too!)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups quick cooking oats
3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I used milk, but any kind will work)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan.
In a small saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter. Continue cooking butter over low heat, whisking often, until the butter has turned a deep golden brown. Remove from the heat.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the melted butter and brown sugar. Beat in the cream, egg, and vanilla until well combined.
In a small bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
Slowly beat the dry ingredients into the wet until well combined.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Scoop the dough out into the muffin tins. Fill each muffin tin nearly to the top.
Bake for 12 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes in the muffin tin before running a knife around the edges of the cookie cups and removing from the muffin tin.
Store in an airtight container.

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55 Responses to “Browned Butter Oatmeal Cookie Cups”

  1. Belinda @themoonblushbaker October 21, 2013 @ 5:21 am (#
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    At time like this calls for boxed Mac and cheese to save the day.

    These cookie cups are too cute! I am a sucker for stuff in a muffin pan, these look too good!

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    Karly Reply:

    Haha! Yes…one can never have enough boxed mac and cheese around for emergency situations!

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  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 21, 2013 @ 7:00 am (#
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    Yussss!! Such a fabulous flavour! Love these!!

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  3. Joanne October 21, 2013 @ 7:14 am (#
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    This sounds like a Murphy’s law situation to me! And the same thing happens to me. All the time.

    That’s why I prefer to keep all my cookies (and cookie cups!) to myself!

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    Karly Reply:

    I’ll try your method of just eating everything myself next time. Sounds like a good plan! ;)

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  4. Erin | The Law Student's Wife October 21, 2013 @ 7:44 am (#
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    Karly, I basically got an ab work reading this, I am laughing so hard. I know exactly what you mean about PRESSURE. I once baked 2 cakes for a party I was going to where I knew a bunch of people read my blog. You know what? I bet your dinner was juuuuust fine, and if those people don’t want to come back, then that’s one less stressful dinner for you.
    PS. These cookies are happening. Probably tonight. Pinned and loving!

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    Karly Reply:

    The stress is just too much, huh? :)

    Thanks for pinning!

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  5. Aimee @ ShugarySweets October 21, 2013 @ 7:49 am (#
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    Oh I totally want to come to dinner now. For real. The stories I could tell on my blog after having dinner with you would be priceless :)
    And, I hope you would make these cookies. YUMMERS.

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    Karly Reply:

    Mm hmm. But then think of the stories I could tell about you, little Miss Bird Lover. :) (And don’t you dare call me poopy.)

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  6. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet October 21, 2013 @ 8:17 am (#
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    I am falling on the floor laughing because this is so true ad happens more often than not when I have guest! The cookies cups look amazing!!

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    Karly Reply:

    Glad it’s not just me! :)

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  7. tanya October 21, 2013 @ 9:20 am (#
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    Karly this is a great story! I love it. Because yes, people expect food blogger to churn out perfect and gourmet meals all the time!! At least your evening ended well-with you eating THESE cookies!

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    Karly Reply:

    Yes! I shoved every cookie I could find in my face. ;)

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  8. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl October 21, 2013 @ 9:21 am (#
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    You did basically the same thing I would have done when I have seen fire. I had a few cooking accidents this year that included a oven mitt (dont ask) but as soon as the drama started I yelled for my husband, then cried, then laughed. These cookies look amazing, and I love that they’re in cup form! Even easier to hold when I’m eating 6 of them! :)

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    Karly Reply:

    Thank goodness for husbands, right? (Don’t tell them I said that.)

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  9. Mimi @ Culinary Couture October 21, 2013 @ 9:54 am (#
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    Lol oh god I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made something for someone else and it came out horrible…there’s just no explanation for why this happens! I guess it’s the laws of nature.

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  10. Cookbook Queen October 21, 2013 @ 10:06 am (#
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    Lawd, story of MY LIFE. Also, the fire department once came to my house because of smoke from searing a roast. To this day, NO ONE believes me that it WASN’T BURNT. The kitchen was just super smoky. SO????

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  11. DessertForTwo October 21, 2013 @ 10:49 am (#
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    I feel so much pressure to have people over and cook FABULOUS food, too. And you know what? Most people don’t care about food the way we do. For most people, food = fuel. So, I slave away and make something amazing entirely from scratch and they just think ‘hm, i’m eating. now i’m done.’ It’s so frustrating.

    I know these people will come over to your house again because you’re sweet and they want to be y’all’s friends :) And now they can see these cookies on the internet and they will come back!

    xo

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  12. Madison October 21, 2013 @ 11:21 am (#
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    I know what you mean about feeling pressure when people come over to dinner but you also know what? I bet it was delicious and you are just being hard on yourself! Anyone would LOVE to come over to your house to eat. You are amazing!

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  13. Jenn October 21, 2013 @ 1:16 pm (#
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    Hahahaha! Oh Karly, the food was still fabulous! :) The hacked up bits of chicken were my hubby’s favorite part, remember? lol I wanted to bring home all of the leftover alfredo and the crunchy mozz just added some texture….I have to admit I missed the bread though…..;) And we would totally come again! Next time with vodka….

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    Karly Reply:

    You SHOULD have taken home the alfredo! We left town and it didn’t get eaten. :(

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  14. Ruthy @ Omeletta October 21, 2013 @ 1:20 pm (#
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    I was laughing all the way through this because that is TOTALLY me some days!! It’s like the pressure to perform even the simplest of cooking tasks causes me to fall onto my sword and freak the freak out. Just chalk it up to one of those days- you know you’re a good cook!

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  15. Tahnycooks October 21, 2013 @ 1:39 pm (#
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    Seriously, girl, I am pretty certain that anyone and everyone would think it’s a privilege to eat your mess-ups!

    These cups look gooey good!!

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  16. frances October 21, 2013 @ 2:39 pm (#
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    if I were to use a mini muffin pan..how long would I bake them?

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    Karly Reply:

    I’d start at 8 minutes and check from there. :)

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  17. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking October 21, 2013 @ 3:40 pm (#
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    These cookie cups are calling my name, Karly! Slide over a glass of milk and I’m set!

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  18. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) October 21, 2013 @ 5:08 pm (#
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    Bahahaaa omg I can so relate to this!

    who cares, the internet knows about your delicious food :P

    LIKE THESE COOKIE CUPS! browned butter i love youuuuu

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    Karly Reply:

    Hahaha! As long as I have the internet, I don’t need real life people. ;)

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  19. nicosnana October 21, 2013 @ 5:49 pm (#
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    I am LMAO!!!! This is hilarious. I’m sure it was much better than you think but I’m with you girl.. It has happened to most of us. It is just harder to take if you are an experienced cook. The cookie cups look delicious…..I will be making these soon

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  20. Averie @ Averie Cooks October 21, 2013 @ 7:27 pm (#
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    Karly they look so good and you’re right, we are twins today, both posting cookie cups! I love all the oaty texture in yours. Pinned!

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  21. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust October 21, 2013 @ 8:23 pm (#
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    Oh man, I know that feeling. The pressure is INTENSE!! I’m making 12 cookie cakes next month and what if they suck????

    These cookie cups? Don’t suck. They rock. Pinned!

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  22. Kim Porter October 21, 2013 @ 11:43 pm (#
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    OMGosh!!! I laughed my way through your post because although I LOVE to cook (and am pretty decent at it!), I freak out when people come for dinner. I worry about whether they’ll like what I’m making and then inevitably screw the whole meal up. You are NOT alone! I did make these deliciously decadent cookie cups 5.2 seconds after I saw the list of ingredients and realized I had everything on hand. Wow!!!! So good…thanks!

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    Karly Reply:

    Yay! So glad you liked them! :)

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  23. Angie | Big Bear's Wife October 22, 2013 @ 1:56 pm (#
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    OMG I thought I was the only one that totally freaked when it came to cooking for people other than my family. I can screw up boiling water if I’m trying to make food for other people! It’s crazy! I was totally picturing that bread catching on fire!
    However I’m glad you were alone long enough to make these! My husband LOVE cookie cups! He seriously could eat them all day! I normally just make chocolate chip but will have to make these for him!

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  24. Christy @ My Invisible Crown October 22, 2013 @ 5:39 pm (#
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    You’re cracking me up! I, too put lots of pressure on myself. It’s a curse. Love the cookies. Need some now!

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  25. Rachel @the dessert chronicles October 22, 2013 @ 8:04 pm (#
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    oh man, this totally happens to me!! these cookie cups look to die for though!!

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  26. Vicki Bensinger October 23, 2013 @ 9:40 am (#
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    Isn’t it amazing how just simply browning the butter changes the flavor of a dish or dessert completely? These look delicious and I’m sure taste incredible.

    It’s my first time stopping by your site, it looks great. I’ll be back for sure. Have a great day!

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  27. Dina October 23, 2013 @ 11:20 am (#
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    they look yummy!

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  28. Cindy October 23, 2013 @ 12:56 pm (#
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    I made these and really enjoyed them, I love milk chocolate chips! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  29. Tracy | Pale Yellow October 23, 2013 @ 4:29 pm (#
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    One time I made vegan cupcakes and I knew they weren’t the best thing I’ve ever made but I didn’t think they were horrible, so I brought them into work. People spit them out. Spit. Them. Out! I was mortified! Baking fails happen. These cookie cups look the farthest thing from a fail, they look spectacular!

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  30. Allie | Baking a Moment October 23, 2013 @ 9:38 pm (#
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    Oh my gosh, what a nightmare! I’m so sorry, Karly! I’ve been there, girl. I love your cookie cups though! I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while… Love oats + chocolate, & anything browned butter!

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  31. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life October 24, 2013 @ 9:07 am (#
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    Ok, I won’t even try to lie that I wasn’t laughing at your dinner mishap…yup, full on laughing going on over here. But really it’s just because that is exactly the kind of stuff that happens to me when I cook. It’s why I leave all the cooking to my hubby…his food always turns out, even when we have company! And stress of getting things right is why I gave up making cakes for other people…it made me a nervous wreck. I much prefer making food in my home alone and then blogging about it to my virtual friends. Although I’m with Aimee…I totally want to come over for dinner and then watch you get flustered ;-)

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  32. Vanessa October 25, 2013 @ 8:32 am (#
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    I’ll admit, yes I did laugh because I could totally see that happening to me. Oh my gosh! I had no idea it was THAT kind of dinner party! When you mentioned it the other night, I knew that I just had to make time to go and read about the delicious dishes you created – I would have never imagined it ended up being such a *real* dinner. :) Nice to know that we all have moments like that.

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    Karly Reply:

    You’ll have to come next time, Vanessa! Unless now you’re too scared? ;)

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  33. Ala October 26, 2013 @ 1:28 am (#
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    Heh! Don’t worry, it happens to the best (and worst–ahem, me) of us. At least you didn’t try throwing water onto an oil fire…I was *this close* to doing it the one time–i.e. basically the first time I ever really used the kitchen–when I was ambitiously frying ice cream and the electric stove caught fire. Uh. So. Basically you can tell your hubby you rock for not being me :) I’d still come over for dinner, y’know, if *you’re* not scared of my pyro trends…

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  34. Chris November 19, 2013 @ 7:02 am (#
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    I would love to make these in mini muffin pans for bite size snacks! Have you have ever tried this? Wondering how long to bake?

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  35. Abby November 20, 2013 @ 2:07 pm (#
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    These look delicious! What if we don’t have the paddle attachment for the stand mixer, can we use the regular one and will they turn out the same?

    Thanks!! Love your recipes – I’m in charge of dessert for Thanksgiving so I want more than just pumpkin pie. :)

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  36. Shannon January 11, 2014 @ 10:34 pm (#
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    I made these as directed in the recipe, but didn’t realize I used old fashioned oats. But they were awesome! Tonight, I tried a few different things. I made 6 different kinds (3 batches) and used the quick oats. I used all dark brown sugar (just wanted to see how it would taste) and I decreased the chips by 1/2 cup per batch.
    I made:
    chocolate chip
    peanut butter chip
    peanut butter chip/chocolate chip
    chocolate chip/raisin
    peanut butter chip/raisin
    peanut butter chip/chocolate chip/raisin
    peanut butter chip/chocolate chip/raisin/pecan
    I did everything else as directed in the recipe, and they looked good when they came out of the oven, but then they fell. They really resembled a cup at that point. They still taste good, but any idea what would cause them to fall? They look very unappealing. The first batch I made with old fashioned oats was more dense, also.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Shannon,

    So glad you liked these! My guess for the falling is that they weren’t quite done enough to hold up. I prefer them a bit gooey and will sacrifice the looks, but if you want them to look prettier, you’ll probably need to bake them a minute or two longer.

    That’s just my best guess, though. It’s hard to say without being right there with you! :)

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  37. Yue January 31, 2014 @ 11:08 pm (#
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    They are soft, and yummy! So dangerous! I’m not sure if I should press them down after I put the dough into the tins.
    But mine didn’t look as cute as those on your pics. You are so awesome!
    Can’t wait for tomorrow morning, to taste them when they are totally cooled.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Yue,

    So glad you liked them! I didn’t push them down myself, but I wouldn’t think it would matter either way. I believe mine fell in the center because I underbaked them just a bit. ;)

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  38. Barbara Skinner February 22, 2014 @ 9:47 am (#
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    just so you know – there’s a typo in the recipe title – it says ‘cooke’ instead of ‘cookIe’

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    Karly Reply:

    @Barbara Skinner,

    Thanks! Just fixed it. :)

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  39. Colleen Comeau-Edison February 22, 2014 @ 10:36 am (#
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    You are too funny, I love reading all about your antidotes. And today looks like a good day for baking. I am going to try these and another recipe I found on Butter Baking. It also sounds delicious for Lindor Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Colleen Comeau-Edison,

    Enjoy your baking! :)

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