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November 25, 2008

Brownie Mix Cookies

This recipe was given to me by another church member. I was going to use it for a "Thanksgiving Project" but they get eatten too fast by us. You've gotten love cookies that taste like brownies with extra stuff in them!

Brownie Mix Cookies:
1 pkg (21.5oz) fudge brownie mix (get as close to 21.5oz as possible)
1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. veg oil
3 T. water
2 eggs
1/2 c. nuts (whatever kinda)
1 c. baking chips (chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter, mint, butterscotch or mixed)
  • Mix everything together.
  • Add more or less flour to the mix until its is "cookie dough like". (It isn't runny.)
  • Spoon into balls & place on cookie pan.
  • Bake @ 350 for 9-11 minutes. If they're big they can take 12-13 min.
  • Be careful these are easy to burn because they are brown! Watch for them to not look wet anymore.
  • Let sit for a few minutes before transferring to a plate.
  • # of cookies depends on the size you make...but with 12 cookies per pan I can get 24-30 cookies per box.

White Bean & Chicken Chili

Be prepared people. This chili will throw people off. Its green, has white beans and chicken. Talk about upsetting peoples whole idea of "chili".
White Bean Chicken Chili:
  • 1lb of chicken breasts
  • 2 cans of navy beans (do NOT drain!)
  • 2 T veg oil
  • 1 small can of chicken broth (or an equal amount of water)
  • 1 can of diced fire roasted green chiles (not jalapenos, just green chiles)
  • 1 med yellow onion (diced)
  • 2-3 T minced garlic
  • 1/2 c green salsa
  • Par boil chicken and diced onion together on stove top.
  • Strain chicken & onion and cut into chicken into small pieces.
  • Do NOT drain the beans, the juice with navy beans is good in this....its not thick and nasty.
  • Place chicken & onion into a pot with oil, beans, chiles, garlic & salsa and bring to a simmer.
  • Season with salt & pepper
  • Serve with chopped cilantro, diced avocado & spoonfuls of sour cream.
  • Serves 4-6
This is a more soupy chile and its yummy with cornbread muffins.

Sweet Red Chili

This recipe came from my good friend Kiar. I've made a few minor adjustments. It is a SWEET chili recipe so you have to like that sorta thing. This is one of my hubbies favorite dinners. It is typically a heartburn free chili due to the added sugar, so we ate it a lot while I was preggo.

Sweet Red Chili:
1lb ground meat (we use beef)
2 small cans of black beans (drained & rinsed)
2 small cans of any type red beans (drained & rinsed)
1 med onion (diced)
3 T minced garlic
2 small cans of tomato sauce
Salt & pepper (to taste)
1/4 c. Chili powder (I cook with chili molida or "new mexican" chili powder)
a couple of shakes of red pepper flakes or ground red peppers (for heat)
1/3 c. brown sugar
4 shakes of lea & perrins


  • Brown beef, onion & garlic till cooked through.
  • Put in pot with everything else. (crock-pot is ok on low)
  • Bring to a boil and simmer 10-15 minutes. (crock pot on warm, for however long till you want to eat)
  • Serve over rice, sprinkled with shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Roll into tortillas, eat with corn bread, etc.
  • Serves 6-8

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