Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cinnamon French Toast Cookies




Cinnamon French Toast Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar,
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon 



  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon 
  • 1/4 cup sugar


Instructions:


  1. Beat together the butter and sugars until well mixed and light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg and egg yolk  and continue mixing until well combined, then add the honey and vanilla and keep mixing.  
  3. Add in the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and and mix until incorporated. 
  4. Divide the dough in half, and roll each half in to a log in parchment paper. Chill the logs in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight. 
  5. Slice the logs in to 1/4" rounds and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over the cookies, then bake on 350 F for 10-15 minutes until browned on the edges. Let cool for 5 minutes on the sheet then move to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tip: While foil and parchment paper can be used interchangably in some ways, when it comes to wrapping up this sticky dough, parchment paper is the way to go, as it won't stick to the dough and make unrolling it a mess.

 Original recipe: http://www.bakingandmistaking.com/2012/05/cinnamon-french-toast-cookies.html

Monday, May 27, 2013

Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow





Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 squares)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • Marshmallow Frosting


Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 standard muffin tins with cupcake liners; set aside.

Sift 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix ingredients together on low speed.

In a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl and continue mixing on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add boiling water and stir to combine; set cake batter aside.

Place graham cracker crumbs, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl; stir until well combined.

Place 1 tablespoon graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each prepared muffin cup. Use the bottom of a small glass to pack crumbs into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Reserve remaining graham cracker mixture for topping.

Place 2 teaspoons chocolate in each muffin cup. Transfer muffin tins to oven and bake until the edges of the graham cracker mixture is golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and fill each muffin cup three-quarters full with cake batter. Sprinkle each with remaining chocolate and graham cracker mixture. Return to oven and bake, rotating pans halfway through baking, until tops are firm and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer muffin tins to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely.

Transfer frosting to a large pastry bag fitted with a large plain round or French tip (such as Ateco #867 or Ateco #809). Pipe frosting in a spiral motion on each cupcake. Transfer cupcakes to a baking sheet. Using a kitchen torch, lightly brown the frosting, taking care not to burn the cupcake liners. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container, up to 2 days.

Crème Brûlée Cheesecake Bars





Crème Brûlée Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
  • 1 box (4-serving size) French vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs plus 3 egg yolks
  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup toffee bits, finely crushed


Instructions:

Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, pudding mix, brown sugar, melted butter, 1 teaspoon of the vanilla and 1 whole egg until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of pan.

In small bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add remaining whole egg, 3 egg yolks and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla; beat until smooth. Spread over crust in pan.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until set in center. Immediately sprinkle top with crushed toffee bits. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until chilled. For bars, cut into 9 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Original recipe: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/creme-brulee-cheesecake-bars

Cream Cheese Brownies




Cream cheese lends itself to a moist and chewy brownie bar that's finger-lickin' good!


Ingredients:

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup instant hot cocoa mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped nuts


Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and milk until fluffy; set aside. In a large bowl, cream the butter, cocoa mix and remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour and nuts and mix well.
  2. Pour half into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Spread with the cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining batter. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl the cream cheese.
  3. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen. 


Old Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Pie





Old Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of plain flour
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa
  • dash of salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1-9" pastry shell baked


Instructions:


  1. Bake pie crust until golden
  2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a sauce pan; set aside.
  3. Combine milk and egg yolks.
  4. Stir milk and egg yolks into mixture; add butter.
  5. Cook over medium heat, and stir constantly until mix thickens and boils.
  6. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla; spoon into pastry shell.

You can put a meringue on top if you want, but this is only optional using the egg whites from eggs used for pie.

original recipe: http://www.grouprecipes.com/96511/old-fashioned-homemade-chocolate-pie.html

Super-Moist Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayo Cake


photo: examiner.com


The cake was superb in its appearance but that pales in comparison to the flavor.  Moist; the antithesis of a grocery-store-dried-out-stale cake.  Skip picking up a sheet cake and make your own I say; and make a mayo cake!  It is decadent like a wedding cake. Made with love.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder   
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
  • 1-1/3 cups water


Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and lightly flour two 9-inch round cake pans*; set aside.

2. In medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and baking powder; set aside.

3. In large bowl, with electric mixer at high speed, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise at low speed until blended. Alternately beat in flour mixture with water, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Pour into prepared pans.

4. Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. On wire racks, cool 10 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely. Frost, if desired, or sprinkle with confectioners sugar.

*Or, prepare cake mix as above in 13 x 9-inch baking pan and bake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

 Enjoy with an ice cold glass of milk!


original recipe: http://www.examiner.com/article/is-it-more-moist-the-hellman-s-chocolate-mayonnaise-cake-is-indeed

Friday, May 24, 2013

Inside-Out Peanut Butter Cookie


photo: food.com



Inside-Out Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Nestle swirled holiday morsels, divided (optional)
  • 2/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (optional)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter or 2/3 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg


peanut butter frosting:

  • 1 1/4 cups prepared vanilla frosting
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter or 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter


Instructions:

PREHEAT oven to 350°F.

Combine morsels in small bowl, set aside. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in another small bowl. Beat butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in egg. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in 1 cup morsel mixture. Drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Press down slightly.

Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets on wire racks for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Spread Peanut Butter Frosting and Filling on bottom side of one cookie. Place bottom side of a second cookie over frosting creating a cookie sandwich; press down slightly. Frost top of cookie sandwich and sprinkle with a few morsels. Repeat with remaining cookies and frosting.

PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING AND FILLING:.

Combine 1 1/4 cups prepared vanilla frosting and 1/4 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter in small bowl.

original recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/inside-out-peanut-butter-cookie-sandwiches-197797

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Melting Moments Cookies





Melting Moments Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all purpose flour (I use 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup (60 grams) cornstarch (corn flour) (I use 1 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (30 grams) powdered (confectioners or icing) sugar
  • 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Topping:

  • 1 cup (110 grams) powdered (confectioners) sugar, sifted


Instructions:

In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat until incorporated. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least one hour or until firm.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

When dough is firm, form into 1 inch (2.5 cm) balls and place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets spacing about 1 inch apart. Bake for about 12 - 14 minutes or until the edges of the cookies start to brown. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, line another baking pan or tray with parchment or wax paper. Sprinkle about half of the confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar onto the bottom of the pan and then place the slightly cooled cookies on top of the sugar. Put the remaining sugar in a fine strainer or sieve and then sprinkle the tops of the cookies (or you can just roll the cookies in the sugar).

These cookies store very well. Place in an airtight container between sheets of wax paper and they will keep a couple of weeks.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

I made a slight modification for the recipe. I used 1 cup of flour instead of 1 1/2 cups, then added 1/2 cup to the corn flour. So the cookies would be more delicate and melting in your mouth.

For the coating, you can create as your liking. I made the caramel coating cookies because I missed the day when I was just a kid eating Lontong Paris cookies :) (it's kind of Indonesian shortbread cookies with caramel coating and chopped nuts).

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Apple Cinnamon White Cake





A buttery white cake that comes together in minutes but tastes like you spent all day making it. Adding apples and cinnamon with brown sugar in layers makes this cake into an autumn delight. A scoop of ice cream is especially good with this cake

Apple Cinnamon White Cake
 
makes 1 9x5-inch loaf


Ingredients:
  •     1/3 cup brown sugar
  •     1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •     2/3 cup white sugar
  •     1/2 cup butter, softened
  •     2 eggs
  •     1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  •     1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  •     1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  •     1/2 cup milk
  •     1 apple, peeled and chopped


Directions:
  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
  2.  Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  3. Beat white sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until incorporated; add vanilla extract.
  4. Combine flour and baking powder together in a bowl; stir into creamed butter mixture. Mix milk into batter until smooth. Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan; add half the apples and half the brown sugar mixture. Lightly pat apple mixture into batter. Pour the remaining batter over apple layer; top with remaining apples and brown sugar mixture. Lightly pat apples into batter; swirl brown sugar mixture through apples using a finger or spoon.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Cheesecake Crescent Rolls






Cheesecake Crescent Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of Pillsbury Crescent rolls
  • 2 (8oz each) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • cinnamon
  • sugar


Instructions:

Unroll and spread 1 of the cans of crescent rolls on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish (or 8 x 8 if you want to cut the recipe in half). Combine softened cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and vanilla. Spread over crescent roll layer. Unroll and layer remaining crescent rolls over cream cheese layer. Melt your butter and spread over top of crescent rolls. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar.

Bake for 20-30 minutes in 350 degree oven until bubbly and slightly browned. Drizzle with a little honey if you like. Let cool a bit, slice and eat.


Tropical Pineapple Coconut Banana Bread


photo: babble.com


I’ve made many kinds of banana bread recipes, but this remains my absolute favorite. If you’re looking for a very moist, dense cake with loads of bananas… this is your recipe. Add some extra tropical flavors like pineapple, cream of coconut and macadamia nuts and you’ll be in heaven!

Tropical Pineapple Coconut Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/3 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 5 very ripe bananas, coarsely mashed
  • 6 oz. canned crushed pineapple, drain liquid
  • 5 oz. canned cream of coconut (not coconut milk – however I have used coconut milk when I couldn’t find cream of coconut and I added a 1/4 tsp of vanilla)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of roughly chopped and toasted macadamia nuts


Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a standard loaf pan

Toast the nuts in the oven for about 10 minutes

Cream butter, 2 of the mashed bananas and sugars in a large bowl.

Mix in eggs.

In a separate bowl, mix the remaining dry ingredients

Mash remaining bananas thoroughly in another bowl (3rd) and fold in pineapple, cream of coconut, and vanilla.

Fold both banana mixtures from other two bowls slowly into dry ingredients – don’t over mix!

Fold in the nuts.

Pour batter into the pan

Bake for about 55-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out mostly clean, rotate pan a few times while baking (Cooking time may vary depending upon your oven… my oven is commercial grade and tends to cook faster than others… just keep an eye on it :D

Let the bread cool on a rack and turn out of the pan after about fifteen minutes. Let cool almost completely (approximately 45 minutes) before slicing. The bread will be very dense and moist.


Source: http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/tropical-pineapple-coconut-banana-bread/

Monday, May 13, 2013

Strawberry Cake




This is a special occasion cake that is so good everyone will remember it and probably ask you for the recipe! It’s a classic white cake with fresh strawberries and real whipped cream frosting. Be sure to keep the finished cake refrigerated

I made this cake on Saturday for Mother’s Day. It was requested by my family. Every year I make dinner and desert so my mom and sister don’t have to. I made homemade baked ziti, salad, Italian bread and this awesome cake! Everyone loved it. My mom called me this morning at work to thank me for everything and she said she had some for breakfast!! Best cake ever!

Recipe >> Strawberry Cake @ jennycancook.com

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Chocolate Lovers Chocolate Mousse Pie




This amazing Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Mousse Pie has a chocolate crust with a milk chocolate coating, fluffy chocolate filling, whipped cream and is topped with a chocolate drizzle. Perfect for entertaining or elegant treats.

Prep: 30 mins 
Cooking: 10 mins
Cooling: 30 mins
Yields:12 servings


Chocolate Lovers Chocolate Mousse Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 3/4 cups (16 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Instructions:

COMBINE graham cracker crumbs, cocoa and granulated sugar in 9-inch pie plate. Stir in butter until moistened; press onto bottom and up side of pie plate. 

BAKE for 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle 1/2 cup morsels over bottom of hot crust; let stand for 10 minutes or until all morsels are shiny. Spread chocolate over bottom and up side of crust. Cool to room temperature.

MICROWAVE 2 cups morsels and 3/4 cup cream in large, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Cool to room temperature.

BEAT remaining cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract in chilled small mixer bowl until soft peaks form. Fold 2 cups whipped cream into chocolate mixture. Spoon into crust; swirl top. Garnish with remaining whipped cream. Refrigerate until firm.

MICROWAVE remaining 1/4 cup morsels in heavy-duty plastic bag on HIGH (100%) power for about 30 seconds; knead until smooth. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze to drizzle chocolate over pie. Llet stand a few minutes before serving.



Source: http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/29755/Chocolate-Lovers-Chocolate-Mousse-Pie/detail.aspx

Orangesicle Mousse Dessert




Orangesicle Mousse Dessert

Ingredients:

  • Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 1 package Pillsbury® Orangesicle Orange Crème Flavored Cookie Mix
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 (4 serving size) packages orange flavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 can Pillsbury® Creamy Supreme® Orangesicle Orange Crème Flavored Frosting, divided
  • 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained


Instructions:


  1. HEAT oven to 375°F. Coat 13 x 9-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray. Combine cookie mix, oats, butter and egg in large bowl. Press lightly into prepared pan. Bake 17 to 19 minutes or just until edges begin to brown. Remove from oven. Cool completely on wire rack.
  2. WHISK orange gelatin and water in large bowl for 2 minutes. Beat in cream cheese on low speed with electric mixer until blended. Reserve 3 tablespoons frosting for topping. Whisk remaining frosting into orange filling until smooth. Chill 30 minutes.
  3. BEAT heavy cream and 3 tablespoons frosting in large bowl until stiff peaks form. Chill. Stir chilled orange filling. Pour over cookie crust. Chill 1 hour or until filling has hardened. Spread whipped cream evenly over orange filling. Arrange oranges on top of whipped cream. Cut into 24 bars. Chill until ready to serve.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Strawberry-Lemon Shortbread Bars



Bar cookies go glam in this sweet-tart shortbread bar treat. Cut the bars into single-serving sizes and top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sliced strawberry for top-notch presentation.

Strawberry-Lemon Shortbread Bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon zest, divided
  • 3/4 cup cold butter
  • 2 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup strawberry preserves
  • Garnishes: sweetened whipped cream, fresh strawberry slices


Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together flour, powdered sugar, and 1/2 tsp. lemon zest in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender until crumbly. Press mixture onto bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan.

2. Bake at 350° for 20 to 22 minutes or until lightly browned.

3. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and granulated sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and beat just until blended after each addition. Stir in fresh lemon juice and remaining 1/4 tsp. lemon zest, beating well.

4. Spread preserves over shortbread. Pour cream cheese mixture over preserves, spreading to edges. Bake 28 to 32 more minutes or until set. Let cool 1 hour on a wire rack. Cover and chill 4 to 8 hours. Cut into bars; garnish, if desired.



Note:
Refrigerate leftovers. Store them in an airtight container up to 2 days.


Source: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-lemon-shortbread-50400000111518/



Houdini Bars


photo: cakespy.com


What's a Houdini bar? Named for the magician because because they're "so rich and delicious that they disappear quickly," these dense bars are comprised of a cakey crust filled with a buttery, cheesecake-y filling with nuts and coconut. Heaven on a plate? Yes indeed: they taste like birthday cake, cheesecake, and coconut cream pie--simultaneously--in every beautiful bite. If you love decadent desserts, these ones will disappear fast.

Houdini Bars


adapted from The Cake Mix Doctor Returns
Recipe says that it makes 30, but we only got 12 (gluttons)


Ingredients:

  • 1 package (18.25 oz) plain yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 package cream cheese, at room temperature (recipe calls for reduced-fat; I used full-fat)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (original recipe called for pecans; either way, the nuts are optional)





Instructions:


  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350F. Set aside a generously greased 9x13-inch pan.
  2. Place the cake mix, butter, and one egg in a large mixing bowl and beat on low speed with an electric mixer until the ingredients are incorporated, about 1 minute. Press the batter into the bottom and partially up the sides of the baking pan (I used my hands) and set the pan aside.
  3. Place the cream cheese in the same mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on low speed until fluffy, 30 seconds. Add the remaining 2 eggs and the vanilla and the confectioners' sugar and beat on low speed until smooth and combined, about 1 minute. Fold in the coconut; pour mixture over the crust and smooth the top with a spatula. Scatter the nuts, if you've chosen to use them.
  4. Bake the bars until the edges are well browned and the center is firm to the touch, about 40 to 50 minutes. Transfer the baking pan to a wire rack and let cool for 30 minutes before cutting and serving (do not score the bars while still hot!)

These bars keep in the fridge for up to five days. If they last that long.


Source: http://www.cakespy.com/blog-old/2009/9/30/disappearing-act-houdini-bars.html

Kahlua Ice Cream Pie





Kahlua Ice Cream Pie

Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces Chocolate wafer cookies
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted butter — melted
  • 10 tablespoons Kahlua — divided
  • 1 teaspoon Espresso powder
  • 3 ounces Semi-sweet chocolate — choped
  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted butter
  • 1 pint Ice cream; vanilla, coffee ,or chocolate chip
  • 1 pint Chocolate ice cream
  • 3/4 cup Whipped cream


Instructions:


  1. In food processor, place half of cookies, breaking into pieces. Process to make fine crumbs. Repeat with remaining cookies. Add 1/2 cup melted butter and process with on-off pulses, just to blend. Press crumbs evenly onto bottom and up side of 9″ pie plate.
  2. Press crumbs evenly to rim. Bake at 325~ for 10 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. In small saucepan, heat 6 tbls Kahlua and espresso powder over low heat until warmed and powder is dissolved. Stir in chocolate and 1 tbls butter and stir until melted and smooth. Cool completely. Transfer vanilla ice cream to electric mixer bowl and allow to soften slightly. Add 2 tbls Kahlua and beat on low speed to blend. Spread over bottom of cooled crust and freeze until firm. Spread cooled chocolate mixture over ice cream in plate.
  4. Freeze until firm. Transfer chocolate ice cream to mixer bowl; blend in remaining 2 tbls Kahlua as above.
  5. Spread chocolate ice cream over sauce in pie. Freeze until firm. To serve, pipe decorative border of whipped cream around inside edge of pie.



Number of servings: 8

Orange Dream Layered Squares




Here is a fun recipe that has many flavor options if you are willing to experiment. You can easily change the flavor of this dessert by substituting another flavor of Jell-O gelatin for the orange. Depending on the flavor you may not have to change the orange juice. However, you can try using apple juice, cherry juice, lemonade and other options to complement your gelatin flavor. You can also change the instant pudding flavor to French vanilla, cheesecake, banana or chocolate.

Ingredients:

  • 6 HONEY MAID Honey Grahams, finely crushed (about 1 cup)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Orange Flavor Gelatin
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened, divided
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided
  • 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 1 tsp. orange zest



Instructions:


  1. MIX graham crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 8-inch square pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. MICROWAVE juice in microwaveable measuring cup on HIGH 1 min. Add to gelatin mix in small bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Gradually add to half the cream cheese in medium bowl, beating with mixer after each addition until blended. Whisk in 1 cup COOL WHIP; spread over crust. Freeze while preparing next layer.
  3. BEAT remaining cream cheese and milk in separate medium bowl until blended. Add dry pudding mix; beat 2 min. Stir in remaining COOL WHIP and zest; spread over gelatin layer. Refrigerate 3 hours.


Preparation time: 30 minute(s)

Cooling time: 3 hour(s)

Number of servings (yield): 9


Source: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/orange-dream-layered-squares/

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Homemade S’mores Ice Cream and Graham Crackers

Crackling, popping, sizzling and hissing of a nearby carefully constructed fire compete with the symphony of chirping crickets, hissing cicadas and howling insects so familiar to a southern summer night. Friends’ faces glow with dancing reds, oranges and yellows, and with smiles of careless joy. Stories bounce about the night air, some frightening others comforting. Drinks are consumed, cheers are made, secrets shared and bonds are forged ever stronger.




A box is opened, a bag torn apart and sticks hastily collected. Smirks pierce faces as the foodie of the group brings the goodies to the haphazard circle. Graham crackers, marshmallows and bars of chocolate can mean only one thing. It doesn’t matter this circle of friends is in their twenties. Hearts are instantly transported back to childish days spent around campfires tended by their parents, days when their only concern was constructing the perfect s’more. Straight sticks are fought after and stragglers pout over the gimp sticks. Complaints fade though as the puffy white marshmallow assumes its rightful place above the golden flames. Judgements, insults and jest fly as some pull their marshmallow away far too soon while others play chicken and leave theirs until it emerges a charred crisp.





Then assembly. Delicately perched graham crackers rest in open hands as chocolate is oh so carefully placed on top. A perfectly roasted marshmallow is slid off it’s roasting stick onto the now warming, melting chocolate. Greedy boys and girls add more chocolate and then the final layer of graham cracker lands on top smashing the concoction down into a flat, gooey, pouring over the sides, perfect for everyone treat. Silence falls over the group. Chatter, glass clinking, laughter all disappear. The night is again only filled with the crackle of a glowing fire and the distant sounds of bugs serenading their lovers. The group slowly delves into the blissful creation that is the s’more taking as much time as they can to savor the delicious moment.

Step right up. Come one, come all. Boy oh boy are you in for a treat today. I am reaching deep inside my childhood for this one. That’s right, it’s a s’more-tastic post. A friend recently–actually a while back–asked if I would do a s’more post. I was instantly thrilled at the potential of this post. I was also instantly overwhelmed with the number of directions I could take this. Should I make cake? A pie? Cookies? Fancy s’mores? Meringues? Cupcakes? Crepes? Eclairs? Candy? Then as I sat on my couch about a year after my friend made the request, a thought randomly popped into my head. Ice cream! I’ll make s’more ice cream!

Since I had graham flour on hand I decided to make the graham crackers from scratch. Boy was I right in doing this. Homemade graham crackers are incredible! The recipe is quite easy too. So if you feel up to it, I suggest making the graham crackers from scratch for this recipe. You will have tons left over too so you can make some classic s’mores or just snack on them. The best part of making graham crackers from scratch is you can choose the size! I made some large ones for s’mores and some small ones for snacking.

About Homemade Ice Cream: this is a recipe where you need a specific, single-function tool. I don’t like sharing recipes that require such things–as they become exclusive–but it’s Ice Cream. If you love ice cream then you should have an ice cream maker- Also, to ensure the ice cream is the right texture–creamy with no ice crystals–, the batter needs to be very, very cold and your ice cream maker bowl also very very cold. I suggest keeping the batter in your fridge at it’s coldest setting and putting the batter in the bottom of the fridge. Leave the batter overnight for at least 8 hours after mixing. As for your ice cream maker bowl, that should be put in your freezer at least 24 hours before you plan on making ice cream. Because I make ice cream often, I store my ice cream maker in the freezer and keep my freezer at -8F, it’s coldest temperature.

Also, to ensure the ice cream is the right texture–creamy with no ice crystals–, the batter needs to be very, very cold and your ice cream maker bowl also very very cold. I suggest keeping the batter in your fridge at it’s coldest setting and putting the batter in the bottom of the fridge (because as we remember in elementary school, cold air sinks). Leave the batter overnight for at least 8 hours after mixing. As for your ice cream maker bowl, that should be put in your freezer at least 24 hours before you plan on making ice cream. Because I make ice cream often, I store my ice cream maker in the freezer and keep my freezer at -8F, it’s coldest temperature.

This ice cream is incredible. The chocolate is delicious and rich. The marshmallow adds a scrumptious sweetness and the bits of graham crackers and milk chocolate mixed in add a bite that make this ice cream unmistakably s’more ice cream.





S’more Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart half and half (or 2 cups heavy cream and 2 cups whole milk)
  • 4 ounces (1 cup) unsweetened good cocoa powder
  • 1 vanilla bean (or a teaspoon of vanilla extract)
  • 2 ounces 70% (bittersweet) chocolate, chopped finely
  • 4 ounces 60& (also bittersweet-er) chocolate, chopped finely
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 6 ounces (1 cup) sugar 
  • 1 cup graham crackers, chopped
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup small marshmallows 


Instructions:

   1. Put the cocoa in a heavy bottom pot (at least 3 quarts). Slowly pour in enough of the half and half to make a paste. It will be clumpy and a bit difficult to mix all together at first but be patient, it will get there. Pour in the rest of the half and half in slowly and mix well. I use a whisk but a wooden spoon will work too.

2. Slice the vanilla bean open lengthwise and scoop out the little seeds into the chocolate mixture. Add the bean as well. Heat over medium heat until the mixture is scalding (steaming heavily but not  yet boiling or simmering).

3. Take the pot off the heat and stir in the chopped 60% and 70% chocolate. Stir well until the chocolate is completely melted. I would stir a bit longer than you think you need to as the ice cream can be gritty if the chocolate is not melted completely. Set aside.

4. Whip the egg yolks and the sugar until they are light and fluffy.

5. While whipping fast (or on high speed) temper the egg mixture by slowly pouring in the chocolate mixture.

6. Return the mixture to the pot and put over low-medium heat stirring constantly until the mixture is thick enough to coat a spoon. Be careful with this step and do not heat longer than 5 to 8 minutes as it could scramble the eggs. Also, do not go any higher than medium heat.

 7. Pour the batter into a bowl and let cool. Once cool place in the refrigerator covered and chill overnight.


This graham cracker recipe is modified from Alton Brown’s graham cracker recipe. This dough is made using a food processor. If you do not have a food processor you can use your hands by first pinching the butter in the flour mixture, then when you add the liquid and honey using a kneading motion. Beware since this mixture has honey it will be a messy process.




Homemade Graham Crackers

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces (1 1/2 cups) graham flour
  • 2 ounces (1/2 cup) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces (1/2 cup) brown sugar 
  • 3 ounces (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, cold
  • 3 ounces (1/4 cup) honey
  • 1/8 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Instructions:
 1. Place the flours, baking powder and soda, salt and sugar in a food processor. Pulse until combined.

2. Add the cold butter and pulse until the mixture resembles corn meal.

 3. Add the honey, milk and vanilla and pulse until the mixture begins to come together and form a dough.

 4. Dump the mixture out onto parchment paper and knead a few moments if needed. Flatten to a 1" thick disk and refrigerator for 30 minutes.

 5. Preheat the oven to 350F.

 6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll out on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough out to 1/8th to 1/4 inch thick.

 7. Using a cookie cutter (i used a ridged cookie cutter) or using a pizza cutter cut out square cookies. Using a toothpick or skewer, pokes holes in the top in any pattern you wish. I made some large cookies at 2 inchesand some small at 1 inch.

 8. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.

 9. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes for small 1 inch cookies and 20-25 minutes for 2 inch cookies, or until the sides begin to brown.





Source: http://chasingdelicious.com/smore-ice-cream-and-homemade-graham-crackers/

Italian Chocolate Cream Cake





A three-layered chocolate cake with a little something extra--coconut and chopped hazelnuts. While many chocolate cake recipes offer a heavy and intensely rich dessert, this Italian classic brings just enough soft sweetness to enjoy. So take a big piece.

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 3 teaspoons vanilla flavoring
  • 1 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded sweetened coconut, 1/4 to top


Icing:

  • 1 1/2 cups cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 3 teaspoons vanilla flavoring



Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Use shortening or butter to grease three 8-inch round cake pans. Use parchment paper, cut into circles, if desired. Flour cake pans.

In a large bowl, cream 1/2 cup of butter, shortening and sugar together. Separate eggs; be sure to keep both yolks and whites. Set whites aside in a separate bowl. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time, to creamed ingredients. Stir in vanilla.

In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda and 1/2 cup of cocoa. Slowly add mixture to creamed ingredients along with buttermilk. Stir in chopped hazelnuts and coconut.

Beat egg whites well, until stiff peaks form. Fold egg whites into the batter and pour into lined, cake pans. Bake at 325˚F for approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Cakes must cool before icing.

Meanwhile, prepare the icing by creaming the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl. In another bowl, sift powdered sugar and 1/2 cup cocoa together. Add to cream cheese and butter mixture, slowly. Beat until thoroughly creamed. Mix in vanilla.

Once cakes have cooled, remove from cake pans and form a three-layered cake, icing in-between each layer. Sprinkle the top with remaining hazelnuts

Serves 10 to 12

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Buffalo Chicken Garbage Bread




I have been thinking about this combination for a few weeks.  Perhaps I should explain garbage bread? I didn’t realize everyone didn’t know what garbage bread is,,  Its basically a calzone except you wrap the pizza dough so its in layers.

Needless to say, this was quite delicious.  Not necessarily ass friendly, but I’ll totally take the buffalo chicken any day over the gym. :)

Buffalo Chicken Garbage Bread

Ingredients:
  •     2 boneless chicken breasts
  •     1 tsp. olive oil
  •     1 pizza dough (I used store bought and let it sit out for about 20 minutes)
  •     8 oz. of shredded mozzarella cheese (I used part skim)
  •     3 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese
  •     1/2 cup of Franks Wing Sauce
  •     1/3 cup of ranch or blue cheese dressing


Instructions:

Cut chicken into cubes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Heat teaspoon of olive oil in skillet and add chicken when hot.  Cook chicken completely and then add 1/4 cup of wing sauce.  Stir to coat chicken and let simmer for a minute or two.  Take chicken off heat and let cool.

Pre-heat oven to 425°F.**

On a well floured surface, spread pizza dough into a long rectangle shape.

Add ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing (depending on your preference!) and remaining 1/4 cup of wing sauce.  Spread across the dough.  Add chicken and then top with mozzarella and cheddar cheese.  You can also add a bit more of the wing sauce on top of the cheese if you want it to be a little bit spicier.



 

Roll the dough like a pinwheel until you reach the end.  Make sure to tuck the ends of the dough in so the middle doesn’t ‘ooze’ out when baking.




 


Spray baking sheet with light coat of non-stick cooking spray.  Place garbage bread on the pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Let sit for five minutes and cut into and enjoy!

**My friends have commented that they found this cooked too quickly and the inside is raw. All ovens vary and cook differently.  I would highly recommend that the rack you use is in the middle of the oven as opposed to the bottom rack or really high up in the oven where it will brown more quickly.  You could also lower the temperature to 400 degrees, but it may take a little longer to cook!

Cheesy Spinach Crescent Rolls





The perfect appetizer or snack.. Enjoy! :)

Cheesy Spinach Crescent Rolls

Ingredients:
  • 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tubes Pillsbury crescent rolls (8 ct. each)
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 4 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese *feel free to use an type of cheese(s) that are your favorite
  • 3 oz. fresh baby spinach, chopped (about half of a pre-washed bag)
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
   

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl mix together chopped spinach, cheeses, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Unroll crescent dough and divide into triangles.
  4. Using a spoon or your hands, place tiny heaps of spinach mixture onto the wide part of the dough triangle.
  5. Carefully roll up the crescents.
  6. Place on a greased cookie sheet and brush the tops with egg white.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Lime Bars




Lime Bars 

Yield 16 bars

Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • zest of one lime


For the filling:

  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1-14 oz. can fat free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup lime juice


Instructions:

Heat the oven to 350F, then grease an 8″ square pan, line it with parchment paper that hangs over the edge of the pan by a few inches (so you can remove the bars from the pan more easily).

Combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and zest.  Press into the prepared pan, pressing the crust mixture one inch up the side of the pan.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Allow to cool completely.

Once the crust is cooled combine the egg yolks and condensed milk until well mixed.  Stir in the lime juice and combine.  It will begin to thicken slightly.

Pour the filling into the crust, making sure the filling reaches the edges.  Bake for 15 minutes, or until just set.

Cool to room temperature, then chill for at least one hour, overnight is better.  Pull the bars out of the pan using the parchment paper and transfer to a cutting board.  Cut into 16 squares with a serrated knife.  To make cutting cleaner wipe the knife with a damp cloth between cuts.

Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container.  They last for about five days.

Source: http://www.evilshenanigans.com/2009/03/lime-bars/

See’s Candy Fudge




See’s Candy Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 (12 ounce) packages chocolate chips
  • 1/2 lb margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 7 ounces marshmallow cream
  • 2 cups nuts


Instructions:

  1. Mix 4 1/2 cups sugar with one (1) can evaporated milk.
  2. Biol 7 to 8 minutes, stirring often (rolling boil).
  3. Mix together in a large bowl; 3 packages chocolate chips, 7 oz. jar marshmallow cream, 1/2 lb. melted margarine.
  4. Cream margarine and marshmallows together and add chocolate chips.
  5. Pour hot mixture over chocolate mixture.
  6. After chocolate has melted, add 2 cups nuts a teaspoons of vanilla, blend well, pour into buttered pans and chill in refrigerator.
  7. Cut into squares before firm.


No one has attempted a calorie count, but it’s estimated that each piece contains about 47 gazillion calories. Dieters, beware!

Source: http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/2981162-See-s-Candy-Fudge

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Cheesecake Crescent Rolls





I have a friend at work who makes these and brings them in the office., They never last an hour! :) . It is more than delicious....and so easy!

Cheesecake Crescent Rolls

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 (8oz each) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cans of Pillsbury Crescent rolls
  • cinnamon
  • sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Unroll and spread 1 of the cans of crescent rolls on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish (or 8 x 8 if you want to cut the recipe in half). Combine softened cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and vanilla. Spread over crescent roll layer. Unroll and layer remaining crescent rolls over cream cheese layer. Melt your butter and spread over top of crescent rolls. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar.

Bake for 20-30 minutes in 350 degree oven until bubbly and slightly browned. Drizzle with a little honey if you like. Let cool a bit, slice and eat.

Fruit Tacos With Chocolate Tortillas



Fruit Tacos With Chocolate Tortillas

Tired of the same old breakfast foods? Spice things up with these healthy fruit tacos. The chocolate tortillas come together quickly and can be made ahead to accommodate your early morning rush.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 small papaya
  • 1 mango
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 2 kiwis
  • Juice from one lime

Instructions:

In a large bowl combine the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder. Whisk all the ingredients to combine.

Add coconut oil, agave nectar and warm water to the bowl of dry ingredients.


Mix the ingredients together with a wooden spoon until a large ball of dough forms.


Transfer the ball of dough to a floured work surface and knead the dough for five minutes, adding additional flour if the dough becomes too sticky to handle.

Cut the ball of dough in half and roll both pieces back into a ball. Continue to cut the balls of dough in half until you have 16 even pieces. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.


Transfer one ball of dough to a floured work surface and roll the dough into a circle that is one- quarter inch thick and about five inches in diameter.

Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Do not add oil to the pan because the tortillas need to be cooked on a dry surface. Once the skillet is hot, add the rolled out dough and cook for 30 seconds.


Flip the tortilla and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Repeat until all of the dough has been used and you have 16 cooked tortillas. Transfer the tortillas to a plate lined with a damp paper towel.


Wash all the fruit for the fruit salad. Measure blueberries, chop strawberries, peel and dice kiwis, dice mango, remove the seeds from papaya and peel the skin. Dice the papaya into bite-sized pieces and place all of the fruit in a dish. Drizzle the fruit with the juice of the lime. 


To serve, place one chocolate tortilla on a serving plate.


Add a handful of blueberries, several pieces of diced kiwi, a few pieces of chopped mango, several pieces of diced papaya and a handful of strawberries to the center of one chocolate tortilla.


Top the fruit with additional toppings of your choice. Chocolate sauce, shredded coconut, fresh mint and honey all work wonderfully.





Pineapple Dream Cake


photo by aldrichmh


Pineapple Dream Cake


Ingredients:
  • 1 (18 1/4-ounce) box pudding yellow cake mix
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cupsour cream
  • Whipped Topping
  • 1 (3 1/2-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding; (small)
  • 1 (6-ounce) package Cool Whip Whipped Topping
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple

Instructions:

  1. Add cake mix, eggs, oil and water as directed on cake mix box.
  2. Mix in sour cream, crushed pineapple and pour into 11 x 13-inch pan.
  3. Bake at 350F until done.
  4. Dissolve pudding in pineapple with juice then fold in cool whip.
  5. Frost when completely cooled.


Source: http://www.bigoven.com/recipe/231239/Pineapple-Dream-Cake

Friday, May 3, 2013

COOL WHIP Chocolate Pudding Pie




COOL WHIP Chocolate Pudding Pie

Ingredients:
  • 1-1/4 cups Oreo Baking Crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 pkg. (4-serving size) Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 1-1/2 cups cold milk
  • 1-1/2 cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping, divided

Instructions:

MIX baking crumbs and butter in 9-inch pie plate; press onto bottom and up side of pie plate.

BEAT pudding and milk with whisk 2 min. Stir in 1 cup Cool Whip; spoon into crust.

REFRIGERATE 30 min. or until set. Serve topped with remaining Cool Whip.


tips:

SUBSTITUTE

Prepare as directed, except substitute Jell-O Chocolate Fat Free Instant Pudding and Cool Whip Light Whipped Topping.


Source: http://www.kraftcanada.com/en/recipes/cool-whip-chocolate-pudding-84355.aspx

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry





Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Ingredients:
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 cups broccoli flowerets
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Instructions:

  1. Spray 12-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add chicken, garlic and ginger. Fry 2 to 3 minutes or until chicken is brown.
  2. Add 3/4 cup of the broth, the soy sauce and sugar. Cover and cook over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring twice.
  3. Add broccoli. Cover and cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink in center and broccoli are crisp-tender.
  4. Mix cornstarch with remaining 1/4 cup broth; stir into chicken mixture. Cook, stirring frequently, until sauce is thickened.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Cinnamon-Apple Cake

 photo: myrecipes.com



Cinnamon-Apple Cake


Ingredients:
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup stick margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces block-style fat-free cream cheese, softened (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups chopped peeled Rome apple (about 2 large)
  • Cooking spray

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Beat 1 1/2 cups sugar, margarine, vanilla, and cream cheese at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended (about 4 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, beating at low speed until blended.
  3. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Combine 2 tablespoons cinnamon mixture and apple in a bowl, and stir apple mixture into batter. Pour batter into an 8-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray, and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon mixture.
  4. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. Cool the cake completely on a wire rack, and cut using a serrated knife.

Note: You can also make this cake in a 9-inch square cake pan or a 9-inch springform pan; just reduce the cooking time by 5 minutes.



Source: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/cinnamon-apple-cake-10000000222502/

Lemon Lush




Lemon Lush


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant lemon pudding mix
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, combine the flour and butter using a pastry cutter until a ball forms. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth and well blended. Spread evenly over the cooled crust. In another bowl, whisk together the lemon pudding mix and milk for 3 to 5 minutes. Spread over the cream cheese layer. Chill until set, then top with whipped topping.


Source: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lemon-Lush/Detail.aspx

Lemon Lush




Lemon Lush


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant lemon pudding mix
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, combine the flour and butter using a pastry cutter until a ball forms. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth and well blended. Spread evenly over the cooled crust. In another bowl, whisk together the lemon pudding mix and milk for 3 to 5 minutes. Spread over the cream cheese layer. Chill until set, then top with whipped topping.


Source: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lemon-Lush/Detail.aspx