Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ooey gooey spoon brownies




These are not like the brownies you are used to eating. However, you will come to enjoy these… with a spoon! Yes, these are so rich and gooey a spoon is required. The frosting is not a stiff frosting. It is like a thick glaze.

Serve this ooey gooeyness with your favorite ice cream and/or a cup of strong coffee and enjoy every bite!


Ooey Gooey Spoon Brownies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
    2 cups sugar
    1/3 cup cocoa powder
    3 tsp. vanilla
    4 eggs
    1 ½ cup flour
    ¼ tsp. salt
    1 bag mini marshmallows

Frosting

  • 1 2/3 cup powdered sugar
    ½ cup butter, melted
    1/3 cup cocoa powder
    1/3 cup evaporated milk

Brownies:
Preheat oven to 350*.
Mix together butter and sugar until creamy.
Add cocoa powder then vanilla.
Add eggs one at a time.
Add flour and salt.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from oven and add marshmallows to cover.
Bake 3 minutes.
Cover with frosting.

Frosting:
In a bowl mix powdered sugar with butter.
Add cocoa powder, then milk.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Who loves shortbread? Sweet buttery love...



This is one of the easiest recipes you will make! Shortbread is buttery, rich and savory. 

Butter + Sugar + Flour = L.O.V.E.

You can easily make additions to it to suit your taste buds. Below is an original recipe and one for a mocha chip shortbread. If you prefer a fruity flavor, you can make a simple icing out of powdered sugar and lemon juice and call it lemonade shortbread! Lemonade icing recipe is also listed below.

Short Bread
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened*
Preheat oven to 350*.
If butter is not soft, place it in the microwave in a glass bowl for 15-20 seconds.
Line a 9x13 baking dish with no-stick foil.
With mixer, cream butter and sugar.
Add flour and mix until combined.
Spread mixture into baking dish. It may not cover the entire dish.
Bake for 30 minutes or until the center is cooked through.
Cool, remove from pan by lifting up foil and slice into inch squares.
Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

*Do not use margarine in any of these recipes*

Mocha Chip Short Bread
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened*
  • 2 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350*.
If butter is not soft, place it in the microwave in a glass bowl for 15-20 seconds.
Line a 9x13 baking dish with no-stick foil.
With mixer, cream butter and sugar.
Add flour then coffee and chips and mix until combined.
Spread mixture into baking dish. It may not cover the entire dish.
Bake for 30 minutes or until the center is cooked through.
Cool, remove from pan by lifting up foil and slice into inch squares.
Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

To make lemonade icing:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Lemon juice (bottled or fresh)
Add lemon juice a teaspoon at a time to powdered sugar until you have a frosting like consistency.
Spread over shortbread and allow it to cool.
Icing will harden as it cools.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Iced Bisquick cookies

Bisquick cookies on the lower right
This recipe came to me by a friend. You can get very creative with this recipe. The original recipe is for lemon cookies. I have made them chocolate and tasted them in vanilla. All you have to do is change the flavor of the pudding you add and the flavor of the icing. Have fun with this one!

Bisquick Cookies
  • 1 cup Bisquick
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package lemon instant pudding
  • White sugar
Pre-heat oven to 350*.
Line cookie sheets with no-stick foil.
Mix all ingredients into a large bowl.
Roll into ¾ inch balls.
Place onto cookie sheets.
Sprinkle cookies with white sugar and flatten with a glass.
Bake for 8-9 minutes.

Icing
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tabs of butter, melted
  • Food coloring, optional
Add sugar to a bowl.
Add lemon juice and butter. Stir.
Add food coloring.
If it is too thick you can add more juice, too thin add more sugar.

A variation of flavors:
  • Vanilla cookies: Vanilla pudding and vanilla flavoring to icing.
  • Chocolate cookies: Chocolate pudding and cocoa powder to icing.
  • Coconut cookies: Coconut custard pudding and coconut flavoring to icing.
  • Orange cookies: Orange Jell-O to cookies and orange juice to icing.

Banana bread overnight oatmeal recipe with video (perfect for back to school)


I'm not sure about you, but during the week, the last thing I feel like doing is cooking a healthy breakfast! Shoot...I don't feel like cooking breakfast period...let a lone a healthy one. BUT...I do know that it benefits my body to eat healthy. Sooooo....I decided to give one of these "overnight oatmeal" recipes a try.
As usual, I have to make it my own. So, I created a banana bread flavored overnight oatmeal recipe. What you're supposed to do, is make it at night and have it ready to chow down on in the morning. But, to make life even easier, I make 3 or 4 at a time and have them for the week! Cause that's how I roll.
Give this super healthy and super tasty breakfast recipe a try as it is perfect for school mornings. And yes, you eat it cold. And yes, my 2.5 year old LOVES this stuff!

Look how easy this is to prepare!





Banana Bread Overnight Oatmeal Recipe
  • 1 banana, medium to large
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup cashew milk, unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon pecans or walnuts, chopped
Mash banana in a bowl.
Add oats, milk, seeds, cinnamon and honey.
Mix together well.
Add to a mason jar or other type of glass jar with an air tight lid.
In the morning before eating, top with nuts and enjoy!

This recipe has:
  • 327 calories
  • 0 cholesterol
  • 9 grams of protein
  • 12 grams dietary fiber
  • 15 grams sugar
  • 11 grams of fat
  • 81 grams sodium
  • Vitamins A,C,calcium and iron
This is according to the Myfitnesspal app.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Scrumptious skore bars





These rustic looking cookie/candy bars are addictive. Very addictive. You have been warned.


Skore Bars
  • Graham crackers, enough to cover a cookie sheet
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 small package of slivered almonds
  • 1 bag chocolate chips, softened
Pre-heat oven to 350*.
Line a cookie sheet with no-stick foil.
Lay out crackers in a single layer on cookie sheet.
Melt butter and sugar together.Spread over crackers.
Bake for 8 minutes or until bubbly or is caramel in color.
Remove from oven.
Soften chips in microwave.
Sprinkle almonds over crackers. Spread softened chips over almonds. Smooth chips together.
Refrigerate.
Break into pieces and store at room temperature, air tight.





Amazing 7 layer bars


My "7 layer bars" have also been called "magic bars". Whichever you prefer is fine with me...these bars are simply amazing either way. I'm thinking they cam also be called "dump bars" as you simply dump in most of the ingredients.

7 Layer Bar
  • ½ cup margarine
  • 1 cup graham crumbs
  • 1 ½ cups chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ cups butterscotch chips
  • 1 ½ cups coconut, flaked
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
Pre-heat oven to 350*.
Line 9x13 pan with no-stick foil.
Place margarine in 9x13 pan and place in oven until melted.
When melted, remove from oven and sprinkle graham crumbs over margarine.
Next, layer chips then coconut.
Pour on milk as even as you can.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Cool.
Remove by lifting foil out of dish and slice into bars.


Hot drinks for fall? Yes please...hot cocoa it is!

We have all at one time or another purchased hot cocoa from the grocery store, right? Have you ever made your own? Here are several great recipes for homemade hot cocoa mix! One is for your basic cocoa and the others spices it up a bit!


Then, for an added treat...chai tea mix!

Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 6 cups, nonfat dry milk
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. baking cocoa
  • 1 ½ cups mini marshmallows
Combine all ingredients into a large bow and mix.
Scoop into small mason jars. Seal the lid and add fabric and a ribbon to decorate.
To use:
To 8 ounces of hot water or hot milk, add up to ½ cup of cocoa mix. (Add to taste)
Add sugar if desired.

Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 4 cups nonfat dry milk
  • 1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and mix.
Spoon into small mason jars.
Seal the lid and add fabric and a ribbon to decorate.
To use:
To 8 ounces of hot water or milk, add up to ½ cup of cocoa mix. (Add to taste)
Add sugar if desired.
You can decorate your jars according to Seasons or Holidays!

Amaretto Hot Cocoa
  • 5 ¼ cups non-fat dry milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 (8 oz) jar Amaretto flavored non-dairy powdered creamer
  • 1 ¾ cup Nestles Quick
  • 1 ½ cup non-dairy powdered creamer
  • ¼ tsp. salt
Combine all ingredients into a large bowl. Mix.
Scoop into small mason jars. (Will make about 4 jars)
Seal the lid and add fabric and a ribbon to decorate.
To use:
To an 8 ounce cup of hot water or milk add 3-4 heaping tablespoons of cocoa mix.
Add sugar if desired.

Chai Tea Mix
  • 2 cups powdered creamer
  • 5-6 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup sugar
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix.
Store tightly sealed.
For a gift idea: Scoop into a zip lock bag and place bag into a mug.
To use:
To an 8 ounce cup of hot water or milk add 2-4 tablespoons of mix. Add sugar or honey if desired.

Transform a coconut macaroon into a Mounds bite in 1 simple step

This coconut macaroon recipe will be a hit for any Holiday, party, get together or weekend! You can make these for Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas or even New Years! If you replace the chocolate chips with colored chips, you can transform them into any Holiday cookie.

Another idea: Dip them into melted chocolate for a homemade version of a Mounds bite! 

Easy coconut macaroons
  • 1 pkg. flaked coconut (5 1/3 cups)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup, chocolate chips
Pre-heat oven to 350*.
Line your cookie sheets with no-stick foil.
Combine first 3 ingredients in a bowl. Stir in chips.
Drop by tablespoonfuls onto foil lined sheets. Press each cookie down a little bit with the back of the spoon.
Bake for 10-14 minutes. Cookies will be lightly brown around the edges.
You do not have to store these in an air tight container.

6 ingredient peanut butter cookies

Are you looking for an easy peanut butter cookie recipe? Here is one for you to try! This recipe only has 6 ingredients. Your cookies will submerge from the oven chewy and delicious. These are a family fave!
If you are baking these cookies with the kids, they will enjoy rolling the dough into balls and rolling them in sugar. Give your child a cup and let them squash away at these!

Easy peanut Butter Cookies
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar, plus some for rolling
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups flour
Pre-heat oven to 350*.
Cream the butter, sugar, peanut butter, vanilla and brown sugar.
Add flour. Mix well.
Roll dough into balls. Then, roll in sugar.
Flatten slightly with a glass.
Bake for 8 minutes.

Optional: top with a chocolate chip before baking. 


Easy peasy molasses cookies

Cookies are fun to make and tasty to eat. Cookies should be rich and filling! They should also be simple to put together and make. Following, you will find easy molasses cookies. These are perfect to make with children and make wonderful additions to any Holiday or party tray.

Molasses makes the texture of these cookies rich and chewy.

Easy molasses cookie recipe
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar (plus extra for rolling)
  • 2 tbsp. molasses
  • 1 tsp. baking soda, dissolved in 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 ½ cups flour
Pre-heat oven to 350*.
Cream butter, sugars, molasses, egg mixture and cinnamon.
Add flour. Mix well.
Roll dough into small balls. Dip in sugar and flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass.
Bake for 8 minutes.


If you are baking with the kids, give them the glass (although you may want to choose a plastic variety) and let them flatten away!

*photo:google,bonappetite

Friday, August 19, 2016

Need sweet potatoes in your life? Sweet potato chocolate chip cookies...





Guess what? There is more than one way to eat a sweet potato! Yup, true story. Sweet potato casserole is one of the most popular ways that Americans eat these vitamin rich morsels. At our home, we often grill them with onions in little foil packets. Even in the fall and wintertime, we grill! Check out this cool recipe that uses sweet potatoes....you may not have thought to use them in a cookie, but it is definitely tasty.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pack of instant pudding, vanilla
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes (cooked)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
Pre-heat oven to 375*.
Cream together butter, sugar, vanilla, sweet potatoes and pudding.
Beat in your eggs and then add your dry ingredients (batter will be stiff).
Drop by spoonfuls onto greased or no-stick foil lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Tip: You can either cook and mash your sweet potatoes for this recipe or purchase canned sweet potatoes and then mash them.  

*photo: google, seriouseats