Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Lolly pop chocolate chip cookies

cookie lolly pops!

This cookie recipe is amazing! It tastes very bakery, and it makes tons. I just roll the extra dough into a log inside wax paper and freeze it. Then the next time you want cookies you can just slice and bake that!

1 1/2 c packed light brown sugar
1 1/3 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 c butter
1 c shortening
5 eggs
6 1/2 c flour
24 oz chocolate chips

Cream together the sugars, salt, soda, butter, and shortening. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Add flour, mixing after each cup. Add chocolate. Drop the dough using a small cookie scoop into paper lined cookie sheets. Bake at 360 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cool on cooling rack. Makes about 7 dozen!

To do the lolly pops:
Scoop dough in same tablespoon scoop, put a lolly pop stick in the dough, push the dough down a bit and round the edges. Then let your kids sprinkle them! Just make sure to push the sprinkles down in the dough enough that it will stick. Then bake as usual! They are really fun to dip in milk :)

cookie lollies!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes with Orange Maple Butter

i found this recipe on Bakerellas blog. these pancakes are so filling and yummy. a great way to start the day.

First, make the Orange Maple Butter. (I did this the night before.)
You'll need:1 stick softened butter
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Combine all three in a small bowl with a rubber spatula.
Spoon the mixture on a piece of wax paper.
Roll and re-shape back into a stick of butter.
Twist the ends to secure the wax paper and refrigerate.

In the morning.
Blueberry Cornmeal PANCAKES!
You'll need:1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar, plus two tsp for blueberries
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup milk
3 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled
1 egg lightly beaten
2 cups blueberries
Extra butter for coating griddle
Maple Syrup
(Makes about 16)
Whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt and soda in a large bowl. Set aside.
Whisk together buttermilk, milk, butter and egg in medium bowl.
Add milk mixture to dry ingredients and whisk together just until combined.

Toss blueberries in a small bowl with 2 tsp sugar.
Heat a griddle over medium heat. Take extra butter and run over surface of griddle. Repeat as necessary throughout process. Pour batter on griddle 1/4 cup at a time.
Add some of the sugared blueberries to each pancake.
Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook for 2 more min.
When done, top with Orange Maple Butter, Pour over Syrup, and eat!

super moist peanut butter fudge brownies

these brownies are soooooooo good. they are rich and soft. make em!

batter ingredients:
1 ½ c. sugar
½ c. butter (1 stick) softened
½ c. oil
1 T. vanilla
3 eggs
1 ¼ c. flour
¾ c. cocoa powder
¾ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 c. peanut butter chips (or choc chips)

filling ingredients:1 c. creamy peanut butter
¼ c. vegetable oil
¼ c. sugar
2 T. flour
2 eggs
½ tsp vanilla

frosting:2 (1-oz) bars unsweetened or semi-sweet chocolate (I would recommend semi-sweet)
3 T. creamy peanut butter
1 ½ c. powdered sugar
¼ c. water
½ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp salt
batter: preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 9x13-inch pan. in large bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. add oil and vanilla. add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. in a small bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt - blend well. while beating, gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture – mix well. fold in chips. evenly spread ½ batter into pan.

filling: in a small bowl cream together peanut butter and oil. add sugar and flour – blend well. add eggs and vanilla – beat until smooth. carefully spread filling evenly over batter in pan. top filling with remaining ½ batter and spread evenly. gently cut through layers to create marble effect throughout brownies. bake for 30 minutes – do NOT over bake.

frosting: while baking, in a medium saucepan, melt chocolate and peanut butter over LOW heat, stirring constantly. remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients – mix until smooth. if frosting is too thick, add 1-3 T. water. spread frosting over brownies immediately after baking. cool in pan 2-3 hours before serving. preparation time: 30 minutes prep, 30 minutes bake

the best EVER frosting

i used this on my daughters birthday cake. it was creamy and rich and just delicious! put the leftovers in the fridge and when you have a sweet tooth pull it out and spread it on graham crackers! mmmm

Chocolate Frosting
1 pint heavy whipping cream
11.5 oz bag of 60% bittersweet cacao chips
1/2 C. butter
4-5 C. powdered sugar

In a med. saucepan, melt chocolate chips and heavy cream until a thick, smooth ganache forms, to keep the mixture from burning, stir constantly. put in fridge until chilled. remove from fridge and beat in butter and powdered sugar until frosting is a spreadable consistency. frost your cake.

comforting lasagna

i made this recipe at our family reunion. everyone loved it and was asking for the recipe! it is creamy, hearty, and filling. it is made with both italian sausage and ground beef to give it great flavor. and to top it off, it was super easy! give it a try, your family will love this meal, and you will never have to look for a better lasagna recipe!

8 oz. package of lasagna noodles (i use the 'no boil' noodles. it saves a lot of time)
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb italian sausage (you will find these in the meat section of the store. they are in links and look like a braut. peel the thin casings off the link before browning the meat)
1/4 C. chopped onions
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic salt
2-26oz jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce
32 oz ricotta- mixed with 1 egg & 1/4 cup of powdered parmesan cheese.

saute until meat is brown-
meat onions, salt, garlic salt.

drain fat.

add sauce to meat and bring to boil.

reduce heat, simmer for 15 to 20 min.

layer in a 9x13 casserole dish-
sauce on the bottom.
noodles, meat sauce, ricotta - repeat till dish is full.
top with mozzarella.

bake covered at 375 degrees for 40 min. take foil off and bake another 20 min or until bubbly and cheese is starting to brown.

you could serve it with french bread and Olive Garden Salad.

fluffy homemade waffles


3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 eggs (separated)
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter (melted)

Whisk together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, mix together egg yolks, milk and butter. Combine the mixtures and cook on hot waffle iron.

Enjoy with topping of choice!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

This cake is amazingly moist and you can justify eating it because it has zucchini :) Trust me, once you try it you'll make it over and over again. It is SOO good!

1/2 c butter
1/2 c oil
1 t vanilla
1 3/4 c sugar
2 eggs
1/2 c sour milk (milk + 1 T vinegar)

Cream together, then add:

2 1/2 c flour
4 T cocoa
1 t soda
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt

2 c zucchini
1/2 c chocolate chips

Pour into a greased 9x13 pan (floured). Top with chocolate chips and walnuts if desired. Bake at 325 degrees for 40-45 min. ENJOY!!!