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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Brownie Trifle

Yesterday I made brownie trifles! Travis' cousin, Stephanie, gave me this recipe a long, long time ago and I can't believe I waited so long to try it! It was so delicious and I was really proud at how pretty they turned out! I was originally making them for some friends we were going to have over for dinner. But it ended up not working out so we just had to enjoy it by ourselves!
Brownie Trifle

Make brownies (I used a chewy/fudgy box mix). Cool completely. Mix together one package of cheesecake pudding mix (although I'm guessing some other flavors would be good too if that is all you've got) with 2 C milk. Then fold in one 8oz container of cool whip. Then layer brownies with the pudding mixture. You can top it with any kind of candy, nuts, or other garnish. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Strawberry-Basil Scones

It's Cherie and I am guest posting again! I was flipping through torn out recipes and when I came across one that I had just about all the ingredients for I threw caution to the wind, tweaked the recipe to what I had on hand and went for it. So here you have my first batch of scones!

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 scoop of ground flaxseed

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, cut into chunks

1 cup chopped fresh strawberries

2 tablespoons snipped basil

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup milk (The original recipe calls for half-and-half but I only had fat free and it worked fine)

Additional milk and sugar for topping

In large bowl stir together flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. {Here is where I say forget it, I am not patient and I used my Kitchenaid on low.It works folks}Gently toss in the strawberries and basil. Make a well in center of flour mixture, set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together eggs and milk. Add egg mixture to flour mixture all at once. Stir gently until moistened.

Turn dough onto a generously floured surface. Knead by folding and gently pressing it five to seven times, turning the dough a quarter each time. Transfer to a lightly floured parchment-lined baking sheet. Pat or lightly roll dough into a 3/4-inch-thick circle. Cut circle into 12 wedges and pull apart slightly. {Yeah, circle is a loose term. I would say big oval, this is also where my in ability to read directions thoroughly before baking got to me. I didn't cut it before it went into the oven, I realized it after a few minutes tried to cut it and it didn't want to separate. So what I say! I just re-cut it after taking it out of the oven, before it had a chance to cool} Brush wedges with additional milk and sprinkles lightly with sugar. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 16 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve warm. Refrigerate any leftover scones. Reheat as needed for 15 seconds in microwave.

And there you have it, my first batch of scones! I enjoyed mine with homemade strawberry jam made by anther family member and it was of so good!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cute Cupcakes!

Yesterday Laura and I had fun in the kitchen! We made chocolate cupcakes, filled them with a caramel frosting. We topped 1/2 with a cream cheese icing and the other with dark chocolate. Then we had fun using the yellow melting chocolates to shape them into flowers.
The only new recipe we tried that I haven't already posted the recipe is the caramel filling. I'll give you the original, but for our purposes we wanted it thicker so we doubled the powdered sugar. So here it is...

Quick Caramel Frosting
1/4 C butter
1/2 C brown sugar
pinch of salt
2 T milk
1 1/2 C powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Melt the butter and brown sugar and salt in a saucepan. Add milk and stir until boiling. Remove from heat and beat in powdered sugar and vanilla.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Healthified Dark Chocolate Mousse

Last night Laura and I made a really delicious recipe for a healthy version of a chocolate mousse. It was the perfect texture and sweet with a tad tanginess from the Greek yogurt. I loved it!
Healthy Dark Chocolate Mousse
(serves 2)

6 oz soft tofu
dash of vanilla
dash of almond extract
1/2 C melted chocolate chips (we used dark)
1/4 C Greek Yogurt

Blend the first three ingredients. Blend in the melted chocolate chips. Then blend in the yogurt last. And we topped it off with some mini chocolate chips.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cookie Sandwiches

Last night my sister and I made these cookie sandwiches. The cookie recipe has cream cheese it it and they were soft and moist-super delish! The filling is a cream cheese Nutella recipe. It was a good frosting, but I've finally realized that whenever I made something with Nutella I like it okay, but I would rather just eat it plain. So I am going to give up on Nutella recipes and just use it as is.
Cream Cheese Cookies

1 C butter
3 oz cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
3 tsp vanilla
2-2 1/2 C flour

Cream together the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Add flour, mix well. Cover and refrigerate until easy to handle, about an hour.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls. If you are using them as a cookie sandwich, flatten them down. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes.

Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz cream cheese
1 C Nutella
1 C powdered sugar

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

No Bake Peanutty Cookies with NesQuik Frosting

Last night I just felt like making a yummy treat. I also wanted to send some to Travis' work to share. So I combines a couple of recipes and came up with these. I LOVED this frosting!

Peanutty Cookies

1/2 C light corn syrup
1/4 C sugar
1/2 C peanut butter (creamy or chunky is fine)
6 C cereal (Corn Flakes or Rich Chex work great)
1/2 C peanuts-optional

1. Stir and heat corn syrup and sugar in a 3 quart saucepan on medium heat until boiling. Remove from heat.
2. Stir in peanut butter. Stir in peanuts if using them until evenly coated.
3. Shape into cookies.

NesQuik Frosting

1/2 stick butter
3 T Nesquik
6 T milk
1/2 box powdered sugar (or as much as you need for desired consistency.)

Bring butter, Nesquik and milk to a boil. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar.