Monday, December 10, 2012

Hot Cocoa Cookies

I was really excited to make these cookies. The picture on Lovin' From The Oven where I got this recipe looked so amazing. That combined with the fact that they're made with marshmallow fluff and mini marshmallows, I couldn't wait. But I was really dissapointed. Now don't get me wrong, these cookies are really moist and deliciously chocolately, but they're not at all what I expected. They are totally a different color and texture than the original picture and you cant even taste the marshmallow in them. That combined with the fact that I put them in a Tupperware without wax paper and now they're all stuck together. I've learned my lesson but I'm determined to give these cookies another try to see if it was this batch that went wrong and if I can get them right. I think I'll use dark chocolate cocoa when I do since her cookies were so much darker than mine.
Fortunately I made Mexican Hot Chocolate cookies too and they turned out just as good as every year. They're so sticky and when you roll them in the cinnamon/sugar/pepper mixture but so worth it in the end. I love making these because everyone loves them and I think they're a good mix to the usual Christmas cookies.

Hot Cocoa Cookies
makes about 2 dozen cookies

1 cup butter, (softened)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup marshmallow fluff
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows

Cream together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy.
Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and mix until combined.
Stir in marshmallow fluff.
Fold in chocolate chips and marshmallows.
Cover and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.
Remove and roll into 1 1/2 inch balls.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake 10-12 minutes.
Allow cookies to cool completely before removing.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


I'm only making 6 cookies this year for Christmas.
3 of them you've already seen on my blog, my favorite mint chocolate chip cookies, everyones favorite white chocolate raspberry cookies, and the delicious Mexican hot chocolate cookies.
3 are new recipes I've never tried before, and the first are these snickerdoodles I found by the Busty Baker, whom I also got the recipe for the Mexican hot chocolate cookies I've made three Christmases in a row.

I think it's kind of crazy that I've never made snickerdoodles before. 
It was defiantly about time, right?
As expected they were really easy and when I ate one right out of the oven, it was sweet, fluffy and had  the perfect amount of cinnamon. 

makes 3 dozen

2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, (softened)
1 2/3 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup for topping
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
Set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
Add dry ingredients and beat, scraping the sides of the bowl if necessary. 
In a small bowl, mix the cinnamon and 1/4 cup of sugar.
Using a level tablespoon dough per cookie, roll the dough in your palm and roll in the cinnamon sugar mix. 
Place on the pre prepared baking sheets 1 1/2 inches apart.
Flatten with the bottom of a glass.
Sprinkle tops with any remaining cinnamon sugar.
Bake, rotating halfway, until tops are puffed and crackly, and bottoms are golden brown, 10-12 minutes.
Let cool for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream

How was everyone's Thanksgiving? Hope you had a wonderful time with your family and friends.!
Working in retail, my Thanksgiving was cut short. I had to be at work at 10pm that night.
I wanted to bake something to bring for my co-workers and I found the recipe and had to try them.
I know, I know, another chocolate raspberry cupcake?
But let me tell you, when I tell you that these were good, they were good!
The frosting is made with fresh raspberries and tastes so good, I couldn't stop snacking on the leftovers. I got a super sugar high.
The cupcakes are slightly dry and the frosting was slightly liquid-y but the two together was the perfect combination.
If you love a chocolate-raspberry combo, like you all know I do, these are a must try.
I used dark chocolate coco powder instead of the coco powder that the recipe calls for and used Ghirardelli chocolate. I also used about a half cup- to a full cup more of powdered sugar to try to get a thicker consistency of the frosting, it was still a little watery but I actually ran out of powdered sugar. The last difference in my cupcakes versus the original recipe by Two Peas & Their Pod  was that I didn't have a fine sieve to get the raspberry seeds out of the frosting, but I didn't really think it made that much of a difference.

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream
makes 1 dozen cupcakes

For the Cupcakes:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, (cubed)
2 oz bittersweet chocolate, (finely chopped)
1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs, (room temperature)
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream

For the Frosting:
3/4 cup unsalted butter, (softened)
2 cups powdered sugar
1cup fresh raspberries
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
Place butter, chocolate and cocoa powder in a medium heat proof bowl.
Microwave in 30 second spurts on 50% power, stirring in between, until the butter and chocolate are melted and the mixture is smooth.
Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
Set aside.
In your mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, then add the sugar, vanilla, and salt, whisking until well combined.
Add the chocolate mixture and continue to whisk until combined.
Sift 1/3 of the flour mixture into the bowl and when that's combined, add the Greek yogurt.
Sift the rest of the dry ingredients and combine, the batter will be thick.
Divide the batter evenly among the paper liners in your prepared muffin tins, filling each about 2/3 full.
Bake 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool in pan a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
While the cupcakes are cooling, make the raspberry buttercream frosting.
In a food processor or blender, puree the raspberries.
Pour the raspberries through a fine sieve into a bowl, pressing on the solids, to remove the seeds.
Place butter, half of the powdered sugar, and raspberry puree into a mixing bowl.
Beat over low speed until well mixed.
Add the other half of the sugar, increase speed to medium.
Mix until light and fluffy.
Frost cooled cupcakes with the raspberry buttercream and top with a fresh raspberry, if desired.

Pecan Pie Cookies

Happy early Thanksgiving everyone!
I've always had a hard time with Thanksgiving desserts, being a picky eater. I don't like pumpkin, pies, cranberries, or pecans. I know, right? It's okay. I'm more of a carb person anyway and between the rolls and the mashed potatoes, I'm never left unsatisfied with a Thanksgiving meal. Go ahead splurge on the sweets and leave the real good stuff to me. However when planning what I was going to bring to this Thanksgiving feast, (I'm going to a friend's house), I decided that even though I don't enjoy the dessert portion of this day, I do love baking and everyone else loves pecans. I must say I tried a little bit of the filling, sans the pecans, and it was pretty delish, but you really can't go wrong with brown sugar and vanilla.
I did whoever take a few cookies to some of my co-workers for a trial run before the big day and everyone loved them. They said that they're really moist and taste almost like a pecan pie.
These cookies are really good and really easy to make so there's still time to make them for Thanksgiving if you need something different to please your guests or hostesses.
I got this recipe from The Beantown Baker. Very slightly adapted.

Pecan Pie Cookies
makes about 3 dozen cookies

For the cookies:
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, (softened)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

For the filling:
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine all the cookie ingredients except flour and baking powder in your mixing bowl.
Beat at medium speed until creamy.
Reduce speed to low; add flour and baking powder.
Beat until well mixed.
Chill the dough in the fridge for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine all filling ingredients in a small bowl and mix until combined.
Shape dough into 1 1/4 inch balls.
Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Make indentation in each cookie with your thumb and rotate to hollow out slightly.
Fill each cookie with one teaspoon of filling.
Bake 8 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cool 1 minute before removing to cooling racks.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

7th Place Ribs

Every July my parents have a rib cook-off. It's a big deal with all their friends because everyone wants to win and are super competitive, it's also really fun.
This past summer I was able to be there so I decided to make ribs for the first time. Ever.
I picked this recipe because I didn't know really what flavor to go for, some people like lots of barbecue, some like lots of spices, or beer, or sweet, or just smokey. This recipe had spices, brown sugar, and beer, which was different from what I've seen before. It's actually pretty easy too, all the men were giving me a hard time about not starting my ribs days in advance and letting the spices and flavor soak in the ribs for a long period of time. Until they tasted them that is. Overall, my ribs get 7th out of about 20 entries, but i think the real test is how soon they're all gone. Mine were around the third to run out and everyone was saying how good they were. The ribs are juicy, full of flavor and cooked just right. and really what more can you ask for?
By the way I used Bud Light for the beer, but you can use whatever your personal preference is.
I had a missing summer moment and decided to make them again, see if they were as good as I remember, I have to say that they were and I was quite happy with the results.
Now, when I originally found these ribs they were off a blog online and i printed it out and only saved the page that i printed so i don't have the original site i got the recipe from, so if you know where its from, let me know so i can give them credit.
If you try these or any of my other posts make sure you leave a comment and tell me how it went or what you thought!


The rub
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoon ancho chile powder or chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

The Ribs
pork spareribs, prepped
1 cup dark brown sugar
12 ounces beer, (your favorite) 

Prep your slow cooker of choice for 250 degrees F indirect, adding smoke wood as directed by the manufacturer.
Prep your ribs if needed, using a paper towel to get all the crud off.
REserve 1 tablespoon of rub and coat the ribs with the rest., using twice as much on the meaty side as the back side.
Next, coat the meaty side with a layer of brown sugar and let it rest n the counter until the sugar dissolves, about 30-45 minutes.
Sprinkle the reserved rub over the dissolved sugar and cook for 3.5 hours.
When times up, remove the ribs to a sheet of foil.
For every pound of meat, drizzle 1 ounce of beer.
Wrap the ribs up completely in the foil and return to the grill for another 1.5 hours.
remove from grill and consume with the rest of the beer.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Strawberry White Chocolate Brownies

This may shock you, but I'm really not much of a dessert person. Eating too much chocolate or sugar either gives me headaches or just makes me sick. So, when I really like a dessert you know it's good.
This is another reason I love mixing fresh fruit with my baked goods, they add a bit of tangy that balances out the sweetness and a different flavor other than chocolate.
These white chocolate brownies were very delicious and like the raspberry crumb bars I love to make, they were quite addictive. They were soft and moist. They'll be a hit with whomever you sever them to.
They're kind of summery, but I like to be a little unconventional and keep summer around year-round, and I live in Florida so summer is here year-round anyway. Even if you don't live in the sunshine state, dare to be a little unconventional sometimes. These would be a nice change from the typical Thanksgiving desert and much less heavy and filling. (hint, hint)
Sorry about the lack of more pictures. By the time I decided I needed more, it was a little too late.
This recipe is from The Way The Cookie Crumbles.

Strawberry White Chocolate Brownies

1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
5 ounces white chocolate
5 tablespoons butter, (cubed)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
4 ounces strawberries, (hulled and quartered)

Adjust a rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line the bottom and sides of an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan containing one inch of simmering water.
Add the chocolate and butter; stir frequently until the mixture is melted and smooth, them remove from heat.
Whisk in the sugar, (the mixture will appear curdled), the add the vanilla and eggs one at a time, whisking constantly.
Switch to a rubber spatula and add the flour mixture, stirring until just combined.
Gently fold in the strawberries.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it into an even layer.
Bake brownies for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted near the center cones out clean.
Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Use the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan and cut into 2-inch squares.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Buffalo Chicken Bites

I was looking for something to make for football sunday. Something other than a dip. Let's be honest, I love making things that I've never had before, It's just more fun to give people something they've never herd of!
I've been on a spicy kick lately, putting tabasco on everything. I got the idea of buffalo chicken in my head and found this on Tracey's Culinary Adventures.
You can cut the time for these by more than half by using premade pizza dough from the store, I had never made homemade dough before and had no idea how long it was going to take. I didn't have enough time and the dough didn't get to rise enough, but they still tasted amazing. All who tried said they were so good, and I'll admit I ate almost all of them myself.
Also, I used Frank's buffalo hot sauce but you can use any.
In attempt to make these slightly healthier, slightly, i used low fat cheddar cheese and skim milk. Every little bit helps, right?
Make these for any party or get-togehter and they will be a hit, just make sure you allow a long time to make them if your dough homemade. Learn from me!

Buffalo Chicken Bites

1 cup shredded chicken
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup hot sauce 
4 tablespoons unsalted buter, (melted and cooled)
2 tablespoons light brown sugar, (packed)
1 cup milk, (warm)
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
1/4 teaspoon salt

To make the buffalo chicken mixture:
combine the chicken, cheese, hot sauce and butter in a medium bowl.
stir to combine.
the mixture may seem too wet, but the chicken will absorb some of the sauce.

To make the dough:
combine the warm milk and brown sugar in a measuring cup and stir until the sugar dissolves.
Add the flour, yeast and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
Beat on low briefly just to combine.
With the mixer on low, gradually pour in the milk/sugar mixture and beat until a rough dough forms.
Switch from the paddle attachment to the dough hook.
Knead the dough for about five minutes, or until it is smooth and elastic.
You want the dough to clear the sides of the bowl as it kneads, if it's not, a tablespoon of flour at a time until it does.
The dough should be tacky but not sticky.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and shape into a ball.
Spray a large bowl with non stick cooking sprat and add the ball of dough, turning to coat.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise until doubled in size, about 90 minutes.
You can tell if the dough has doubled in size by sticking your finger in and making an impression.
If the impression remains, you are ready to move on.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Line a rimed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and cut it into four equal pieces.
Working with one piece at a tie, roll the dough into a twelve inch rope.
Use your fingers to flatten the dough into a rectangular shape, the use a rolling pin to roll to a roughly 12x4 inch rectangle.
Add 1/4 of the buffalo chicken mixture to the lower third of the, making sure to leave a border along the bottom.
Stretch the bottom edge of the dough up and over the filling, pressing to seal.
Starting at the bottom, roll up the dough as tightly as possible.
Cut the log into twelve even pieces and transfer them to the prepared sheet pan.
Repeat with remaining pieces of dough and chicken mixture.
Let the bites rise at room temperature uncovered for about twenty to thirty minutes, the dough will only rise slightly.

Bake the bites for about 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack, and if desired, brush the tops with melted butter before serving.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Bears Cookies

It's football season once again!! It's also the perfect time make roll out cookies and use your football helmet cookie cutters.
I made these for the bears first game of the season using royal frosting and the Spiced Brown Sugar cookies I've made previously. I get so sick of sugar cookies being the cut out cookie of choice so  i really like the spiced brown sugar cookies, which offer just the right amount of spices on a very soft cookie. They're perfect for fall, football season, Halloween, and Thanksgiving so keep them in mind next time you're having a get together this time of year.
Royal frosting is very time consuming. My Mother decided to make helmet cookies for my cousins birthday after i made these and used royal frosting as well and i warned her! Your cookies will turn out beautiful but I wouldn't make these without a whole day to spare with when you're making dough, rolling out, baking, waiting or them to cool, doing outlines, flooding, and putting piping on the top. they're well worth all the time and effort though and everyone loves the end results.

Like last time I used royal frosting, last Halloween with my Chocolate Halloween Cutout Cookies, I used the recipe and tutorial by Annie's Eats

Also, I got my helmet cookie cutter at Sur-La-Table (my favorite store period.)
What cut out cookies are you making this fall?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Chocolate Espresso Sandwich Cookies

Hello my loves!
I'm so, so sorry about my absence! I've been working full time as a supervisor (I know, its exciting) and it's been taking all my energy but I think I'm finally getting a hang of things. The other good news is that I have been baking! Thanks to all the amazing people who pitched in to buy me a kitchen aid mixer for my 21st birthday! :)))
I know, best gift ever. Goodbye hand mixer!
The other hold up I've had to blogging is that I've had issues uploading my pictures:( but I figured a way to upload them so here we are.

Now to the wonderful goodness at the top of the page.
I've made these cookie sandwiches before, and they're a bit time consuming; but very much worth it. The chocolate espresso cookies are dry and crumbly so don't plan on making them without the filling, however, the two paired together is one of my favorite cookies by far! I'd say these are defiantly grown up cookies and are so worth the treat and breaking any diet.
Seriously, these are amazing. Try them and then thank me.
Recipe is from Broma Bakery.

Chocolate Espresso Sandwich Cookies 

For the cookies:
1 1/2 cups and 3 tablespoons flour
3/4 cups and 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder (or instant coffee)
15 tablespoons butter

For the filling:
8 oz white chocolate
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder

In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the cream to a boil.
Remove from head and add the white chocolate and coffee powder.
Let stand for 1 minute, then whisk until white chocolate is completely melted.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow filling to congeal.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare cookie sheets by lining them with parchment paper.
In your mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
Set aside.
Cut the butter into cubes and add them in batches until the dough comes together.
On a floured surface, roll the dough until its about 1/8 inches thick.
Use a cookie cutter to cut dough into two inch rounds.
Place onto prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Transfer to cooling rack and let cool completely.

On a work surface, place half the cookies upside down.
Whisk the chilled filling or stir it with a teaspoon.
Dollop a teaspoon of filling onto the center of each upside down cookie.
Place second cookie on top of filling and press together until filling comes to the edges.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookies

The only thing that could possibly make chocolate chip cookies better is to put Oreos in them.
I made these cookies once before but i crushed the Oreos too small and you couldn't even taste them so this time I made sure to barley crush them into chunks and they turned out ten times better, at least.
I brought them to work and they were eaten pretty fast, along with the leftover Oreos so I think that my coworkers liked them too. I used reduced fat Oreos, but you don't have to!
I got the recipe from my favorite cooking blog, Lovin' From The Oven

Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookies

1 stick of butter, (softened)
6 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
11 broken Oreos
1 cup chocolate chip cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter and sugars until well combined.
Add egg and vanilla until mixed.
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, when mixed together, stir in the chocolate chips.
With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto a baking sheet.
Bake for ten minutes or until cooked but still soft.
Let cool for a few minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Cake Batter Bars

Cake batter is all the rage, didn't you know?
I've know this ever since I got hooked on cake batter ice cream but now there is so many things that you can make and buy that are cake battered and delicious.
I made Funfetti Cookie sandwiches last summer so I wasn't worried about the outcome of using the cake mix again, since everyone loved them.

I had a bit of an interesting time making these bars.
Everything was baking as usual and then I went to take them out of the oven and they had risen and were al the way to the brim of the pan! So I decided to just cut them into really small pieces to make up for how tall they were, simple solution, right? Well when I went back into the kitchen an hour later, the middle had sunk back down and the edges were still as tall as before! Just my luck. I brought them to work cut and hoped that no one would notice the difference.
I really don't know what would be the solution to my problem, any ideas?

I got the recipe from my favorite cooking blog, Lovin' From the Oven
The bars were still pretty amazing even with my mishap.
Jump on the cake batter wagon and take a bite.

Cake Batter Bars

1 1/2 cup funfetti cake mix
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tablespoon baking soda
3/4 cup unsalted butter, (melted & slightly cooled)
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
5 heaping tablespoons sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 8x8 pan.
Cream together the sugars, butter, vanilla, egg and egg yolk.
Gradually mix in the flour, cake mix, and baking soda until just mixed.
Stir in the sprinkles.
Spread batter evenly into greased pan.
Bake 30-35 minutes, until top is lightly browned and middle jiggles slightly.
Cool completely before cutting.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Protein Bars

My mothers birthday is on leap year so she go to have a real birthday this year!
Don't feel bad for her though, when it isn't leap year, she celebrates her birthday the whole last week of February.
I really wanted to bake her something special for her birthday, but both my parents have been on a health kick for a while, working out all the time, watching what they eat; so I wanted to make something that she wouldn't feel guilty about eating later.
While looking through Crazy About Cookies by Krystina Castella ,(can be found at Kohl's  for 5 dollars), I found this recipe for protein bars and knew it was perfect for my moms 44th birthday.
She said that they were good, but I made the mistake of not realizing to get sunflower seeds without the shell and apparently that's hard to eat whole. Now we know!

Wild Honey Bran Protein Bars

1 1/2 flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups bran or bran oat multi-grain cereal, (uncooked)
1/2 cup golden raisins, (chopped)
1/4 cup dried apricots, (chopped)
1/4 cup dried cranberries, (chopped)
1/2 cup blanched almonds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 sesame seeds
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon honey, (heated in microwave for 15 seconds to thin)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9x13 inch pan with vegetable oil.
Combine the flour, cinnamon, allspice, baking soda, salt, and bran in a large bowl. Set aside.
Combine the rasins, apricots, cranberries, almonds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Beat the oil, brown sugar, egg, applesauce, vanilla and honey until combined.
Gradually add the flour mixture until just blended, then stir in the fruit mixture until combined.
Spread the dough into the pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until golden.
Let cool in the pan, then cut into bars.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Creamy Tomato Soup

When I was a kid all i would eat was pizza, chili dogs, and tomato soup with grilled cheese.
The funny thing is that those are still some of my favorite things to eat today, (I do like much more though).
As much as I love tomato soup, it's kind of boring to eat with out grilled cheese because there really isn't a whole lot to it, until now.
Soup and chili are so much fun to make, they aren't hard, pretty much anyone can follow the recipe and the outcome is so delicious, filling, and satisfying.
I got this recipe off of Picky Palate.

Creamy Tomato Soup

1/4 cup white onion, (chopped)
4 gloved garlic, (minced)
2- 15 ounce cans diced tomatoes
8oz Mexicorn
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup chicken broth
2 1/2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast
1 cup cooked crumbled bacon

Place onion, garlic, and tomatoes into a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth.
Transfer to a large saucepan over medium-low heat.
Add corn, stirring to compine then add salt, pepper and cumin, stirring to combine.
Stir in buttermilk, chicken broth, chicken, and bacon pieces until combined.
Reduce heat to low until ready to serve.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Red Velvet Blossoms

Valentines Day is my favorite holiday, so I wasn't about to let being single ruin it for me!
My friend and I decided that we would be each others Valentines. I knew right away that I wanted to bake her something delicious for Valentines Day, at first I was going to make red velvet cookie sandwiches, but then I saw these Red Velvet Blossoms on The Galley Gourmet and absolutely had to try them.
The only thing I changed on these were that she used hugs and I used dark chocolate kisses.

Red Velvet Blossoms
makes 3 dozen

1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil 
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon liquid red food color
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
36 Hershey's dark chocolate kisses

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the oil, brown sugar, and sugar until no brown sugar lumps remain.
Add the egg and mix until creamy.
Mix in the food color, vanilla and vinegar.
Add the flour mixture and mix until completely combined.
Using a 1/2 ounce ice cream scoop, scoop the dough into balls, rolling gently between the palms of your hands making a smooth uniform surface.
Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet, bake until puffed and edges are set, about 12 minutes.
Remove the cookies and press a chocolate candy into the center of each cookie.
Let the cookies rest for 1 minute, then transfer to rack to cool completely.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Get Ready For A Sugar Rush!

Valentines Day is coming up in a few days and it's not too late to make something delicious for your Valentine, whether it be for your significant other, your child, or like me, your friend.
Even if your single you can celebrate Valentines Day! Don't let not having a significant other ruin the big day for you! Call up a friend and make some plans to see one of the movies out or go for lunch!
If you do end of baking for your Valentine, check out these Cotton Candy Cupcakes, I got the recipe off of  Bakingdom, and I love cotton candy so another perk of making them is you get to eat the left overs!

Cotton Candy Cupcakes
makes 14 cupcakes

For the cupcakes:
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, (softened)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
.5 (1/2 cup) ounce cotton candy 

For the frosting:
3 teaspoons heavy cream
1 (1 cup) ounce cotton candy
1 stick unsalted butter, (softened)
8 ounces powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For the cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line muffin pan with your paper liners.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Add the butter, sour cream, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and beat until smooth.
Scrape the bowl before stirring in the cotton candy, be careful to not over mix the batter.
Scoop 3 tablespoons into each liner.
Bake 18-22 minuets until a toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:
In a small bowl pour 1 1/2 teaspoon heavy cream over the cotton candy to melt it.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth.
Stir in vanilla and cotton candy.
Beat on medium high until light and fluffy, about 45 seconds.
Add remaining cream if necessary.
Make sure cupcakes are completely cool before frosting.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese

Welcome to my first new recipe of 2012!
Working retail during the holiday season is crazy, especially when your parents visit and you're starting to make friends in a new place. But now I'm back and have some great stuff coming for you all, starting with this delicious loaded baked potato grilled cheese sandwich, I know it's a mouthful!

I'm basically a sucker for anything with cheese and bacon, but add potatoes and you have the trifecta.
Seriously, how can you go wrong with potatoes, cheese, and bacon? You know it's going to be good!
And oh it was! I made it for dinner tonight with tomato soup ( I'll post that next), and my grandfather devoured it. They really aren't that hard to make, and the end result is going to be a regular on your table.

I got the recipe from BS in the Kitchen
I used honey wheat bread, turkey bacon, and fat free sour cream to make it a little healthier.

I just got an awesome recipe box to keep all my recipes in. So excited, (it's easy to make me happy), I've been trying to fill it with everything I've posted in the last year.

Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese
1 sandwich

3-4 strips of bacon
1 potato
2 tablespoons of sour cream
2 slices of cheddar cheese
Green Onions 
2 slices of bread
olive oil
garlic powder

Preheat your frying pan on medium heat and put the olive oil in the pan, enough to lightly cover the bottom.
Cut your potato into even slices, you will need 4-5 sliced for the sandwich, as thick as you would like.
Put the potato slices in the pan, cooking each side until browned and crispy.
While cooking, pepper the potatoes to taste and sprinkle a pinch of the garlic powder.
In another pan, cook your bacon on medium heat, you can either cut and crumble the bacon or leave its at strips.
Butter each side of your bread, and spread some sour cream on the side of the bread that will be on the inside.
Remove the grease from the bacon and potatoes with a paper towel and begin assembling the sandwich.
First put a slice of cheese, then the potatoes, then some more sour cream, (to keep the bacon and green onions on), then the green onions and bacon, then the other slice of cheese and finally the top slice of bread.
Grill the sandwich in a pan or panini maker on medium head on each side until golden brown.
Cut in half and enjoy.