Showing posts with label Dessert. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dessert. Show all posts

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Recipe Recap

I haven't posted here on my own blog in awhile because I've been busy sharing recipes over at Kids VT! Here are a few of my latest yummy creations....check out the Kids VT Blog for more!

Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

 Homemade Shells & Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Soup

Smothered Burritos

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Recipe: Pumpkin Trifle

I shared a delicious fall recipe over at Burlington VT Moms Blog today!

Check it out: Pumpkin Trifle

I also took the same idea and made into a bigger batch for a crowd. I basically tripled the recipe and loaded it up in a baking dish. It would be beautiful in a trifle dish but, GASP-SHAME, I don't own one.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Chocolate cake frosted with peanut butter frosting and homemade peanut clusters.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with Homemade Peanut Clusters


1 package chocolate cake mix
1 cup cold milk
1 package chocolate instant pudding mix (4 serving size)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup peanuts
2 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate
1 container whipped topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare and bake cake according to package. Use two 9 inch round cake pans. Cool a few minutes and then remove from pans. Let cool completely.

Mix together milk and pudding mix. Beat until well blended. Add peanut butter and mix well.

Trim cake tops if needed to make them flat. Place one of the cake layers on a serving platter. Spread one cup of the peanut butter mixture over the top. Place second cake layer on top. Stir whipped topping into remaining peanut butter mixture. Spread over top and sides of cake.

Melt the chocolate squares. Mix with peanuts. Drop by spoonfuls onto a waxed paper covered tray. Refrigerate until firm. Place on top of cake before serving.

This cake is so delicious you won't believe your mouth!


Friday, July 6, 2012

Recipe: Chocolate Toffee Cupcakes

I found a recipe for Toffee Crunch Cupcakes on Pinterest and I was just dying for a chance to try them.

A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to make them for a lunch with friends but while living in a hotel baking is a bit problematic. For instance, I had one bowl and a whisk. So the recipe from the link above was just not happening. I didn't give up though. When it comes to chocolate stuff covered in toffee, I'm no quitter.

I made a very cheap version based off the delicious idea Bakers Royale had. For the much more delicious luxurious version, check out her recipe!

Here's how I made my not-homemade-at-all version:

Chocolate cake mix and ingredients according to box
Can of cream cheese frosting
Jar of caramel sauce
Semi-sweet chocolate chips
Toffee chips

Cupcake: Bake chocolate cupcakes from a box, following box directions. Cool completely.

Frosting: Add about half a cup of caramel sauce ice cream topping to a can of cream cheese frosting. *The sauce makes the frosting a bit soft but refrigerating for a little bit helps harden it.

Chocolate Topping: Melt 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons of butter together. (I can't remember, but I might have doubled this)

Assembly: Stick cupcakes in the freezer for about 20 minutes. This makes it easier to dip them into the chocolate. Dip cupcakes into the bowl of chocolate, swirling to coat the top. Dip into the toffee bits. Let harden. Pipe caramel frosting on top. I kept them refrigerated until serving to keep the frosting and chocolate hard.


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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Recipe: Blackberry Cobbler

This recipe is based off of The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler recipe. I wanted a bigger serving than hers but doubling it wasn't quite right so here is what I used to make a 9x13 pan sized dish.

1 1/2 sticks of butter
1 1/2 cups of sugar plus a little extra for sprinkling on top
2 cups self rising flour (Recipe to make your own Homemade Self Rising Flour)
2 cups milk
5 cups blackberries, rinsed and pat dry (frozen or fresh)
Extra 1/4 cup sugar for sprinkling on top

Melt butter. Mix together the flour and sugar. Whisk in the milk. Pour melted butter in and whisk all together until mixed well. Grease a 9x13 pan. Pour into pan. Sprinkle blackberries over the top of the batter evenly. Sprinkle with additional 1/4 cup sugar if preferred.

Bake at 350 degrees for a little over an hour or until bubbly and cooked through in the middle.

Serve warm with ice cream or whip cream. Who are we kidding, serve with both.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

No Bake Nutella Cheesecake


I found this recipe from one of my favorite food blogs Let's Dish. She notes that the original recipe is from My Baking Addiction. (Who I just became a follower of because, WOW!)

Whoever you get the recipe from, just MAKE IT! Because this was delicious and so easy to make!

I made the cheesecakes in mini jelly jars which made is perfect to pack and bring for lunch with friends!

This recipe is very much spoon licking worthy. So be sure to have helpers around! Or not.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Recipe: Easy Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

There is nothing better than the classic peanut butter cookie and a glass of milk. Here is a recipe using three ingredients that will make you very happy!

1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg

Mix together. Plop on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.

Seriously, it's that easy.

I use a cookie dough scoop to make mine nice and round. But you could just use whatever spoon you have! I then use the crisscross fork trick to flatten them down. If you are making them into the ever popular peanut butter blossom cookie, just leave them as a round ball and after baking, squish a Hershey's kiss on top. This recipe also works perfect in a cookie press!

My biggest cookie making tip is not to over cook them! Take them out just before they are done and let sit on the cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to a cooling rack. This lets the sugars crystallize and the cookie will harden but still stay soft inside!


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Friday, January 27, 2012

Recipe: Caramel Carrot Cake

A last minute dinner with friends left me looking for a quick and easy dessert last week. I happened to have a couple of cake mixes on hand thanks to a recent sale so that was my easy fix. I had a carrot cake mix and a can of cream cheese frosting. I know, I know, a cake mix AND canned frosting. It's like I don't even know the name of my own blog.

Anyway, looking for a way to spruce the plain cake mix up, I found this recipe from Betty Crocker for Caramel Carrot Cake. I was pleasantly surprised how nicely it turned out considering it wasn't homemade! I did things just a teeny bit differently than they did...

Caramel Carrot Cake


1 box carrot cake mix
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 eggs
1 jar caramel topping
1 container cream cheese frosting
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or spray pan. (The BC recipe has you make it as a 9x13 cake, I made mine in two circle cake pans so I could stack them all pretty-like.) 
Mix together the cake mix, water, butter and eggs. Pour into pan(s).

Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool. The BC recipe has quite a few steps listed at this point. I just poked a few holes in the cakes, covered each layer in caramel, stacked them on top of each other and covered in frosting. Easy! I think next time I will put some frosting in between the middle layer as well.

This is just luscious with a hot cup of coffee!

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Texas Roadhouse Cinnamon Sugar Butter and Rolls Copycat Recipe

I could go to Texas Roadhouse and just eat their rolls with their cinnamon sugar butter. Well...maybe I have. But I mean, come one! That BUTTAH is heaven! YUM!

There is no need to embarrass yourself at a public restaurant any longer. Here is a copy cat version that is equally to die for! And if you eat the whole thing in one sitting for dinner, no one will judge you. Except for maybe your husband. But he doesn't count.

Cinnamon Sugar Butter

2 sticks of butter - softened, not melted!
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk - chilled (link leads to a easy homemade version!)
1/2 tsp light corn syrup
1 tsp cinnamon

(So...this isn't one of those healthy type recipes. You're getting that, right?)

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until mixture is smooth.

We have left it out on the counter for a good two weeks and it was still perfectly good. Stored in the refrigerator it will last even longer, but it does get hard and will need to soften before served.

Rolls (or Bread)

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 (1/4 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
1 1/4 cups warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
1 large egg slightly beaten
8 tablespoons butter melted
2 tablespoons shortening

Place 2 cups flour in a large mixing bowl. Add yeast, salt, sugar and dry milk. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine water and egg and stir to blend. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour water mixture into the well. Mix by hand, beating 150 strokes and frequently scraping bottom and sides of bowl. Add half of the melted butter and beat to incorporate. Add remaining flour, a little bit at a time, beating to incorporate each addition. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Set dough in a warm, draft free place.

Allow batter to rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Coat cups, bottoms and sides of 12 cup muffin pan (or two small round pans) with shortening. Punch down batter (batter will be extremely soft and sticky). Drop by hand or spoonful into prepared muffin cups to make 12 rolls (or in pan touching the next). Brush dough with 1/2 remaining melted butter. Let rise uncovered in a warm draft free place until doubled, about 30 minutes. In preheated 400 degree oven, bake rolls on middle rack for 16-18 minutes. Brush tops of baked rolls with remaining melted butter.

This time I baked the dough in mini bread pans and then wrapped them with a little jar of the butter for gifts. And then I...I mean...we ate the rest in 2 seconds flat.

*I did not create this recipe, I have had it for years and honestly do not know where I found it. There seem to be quite a few versions when googled, this is the only one I've tried. It's so delicious I have no need to try others! Thank you to whoever created it. I am eternally indebted to you.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Recipe: Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

Sweetened condensed milk is one of those products that you think maybe you have somewhere in the pantry and you go to make something that requires it only to find out that you have evaporated milk (NOT the same thing) or it's expired or you have none at all! Shew!

This happened to me last week as I made a copycat version of Texas Roadhouse's cinnamon sugar butter (oh yes, recipe to come soon!) and so I hit The Google to find a substitute or homemade version of some kind. There were a few out there and one of them was a total fail. I finally found this one from good ol' E-How and it was perfect! Pretty easy and it made about what you would get from a store-bought can!

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 cup powdered milk
1/3 cup boiling water (or more depending on the thickness you want)
2/3 cups sugar
3 tablespoons softened butter

Mix all ingredients together in a blender. Blend on high until the sugar fully dissolves and is smooth. Their version was a little too thick so I did add a little more water.

I used half of it right away and put the rest in the refrigerator. A week later it is still usable but it did get thick so I think you could re-blend it with a bit more of boiling water and it would be perfectly fine!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sweet Treats From Pinterest

The good part about Pinterest? So many delicious recipes to try!

The bad part about Pinterest? I've gained 100 pounds.

Here are some sweet treats that I have made thanks to the Big P:

No Bake Butterfinger Cheesecake from Bakers Royale

I usually bake my cheesecakes but I was excited to try a no bake recipe. In this version you use a gelatin to make the cheesecake set. I must not have prepared the gelatin correctly because there were thick jello like clumps in there! My lovely dinner guests, Mauranda and Amy wouldn't utter a bad word about it but my dear honest children asked, "Mom, why does this cheesecake have bubbles in it?" So it was ruined for me but I'll definitely try it again because the flavors are to die for!

Butterfinger Blondies from Six Sisters' Stuff

These are just divine! Very rich, so cut them small! I didn't even get to take a picture of them.

Cinnamon Roll Cake from Cookin' Up North

I've made this twice now. And still haven't managed a picture of it. That is proof of its deliciousness! Super easy to make too.

Apple Pie Bites from Cookin' Up North

Quick and easy. Kids loved them. Serve warm with a bowl of ice cream. Repeat.

Chubby Hubby Bars from Cookies and Cups

WOWZA. Go ahead and make these and then die. And then eat one with a bowl of ice cream and die again.

Try these recipes. You won't regret it!

Have you tried any great recipes from Pinterest lately?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Comfort in a Cup

This post is sponsored by Tempur-Pedic, the brand millions of owners trust to deliver their best night’s sleep every night. Enjoy our Buy 2, get 1 free pillow offer now and give the gift of custom comfort to someone you love. I love the word comfy. My middle son, Chase, pronounces it "comfty". How adorable is that? We love to cuddle and get comfty together quite often around here.

Comfy to me is watching a movie in some stretchy pants, a cup of flavored coffee, snuggled under a fluffy blanket. Christmas time offers so many great moments to be comfy and it is absolutely one of my favorite things to do in the month of December. Make it a Christmas movie and an eggnog latte and this girl is HAPPY.

Here are some of my favorite "Comfort in a Cup" recipes!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate:

This is the super easy fast version. I saw a ton of recipes on Pinterest with steamed milk and espresso and yadda yadda but I'm too lazy for all that business.

Here's how I made it:
Cup of prepared coffee
Caramel sauce (about a tablespoon or two)
Packet of hot chocolate mix
Pinch of sea salt
Milk or creamer (make it caramel creamer to take it up a notch!)
Whipped cream
Extra caramel sauce to drizzle and sea salt to sprinkle on top

Mix together the coffee, hot cocoa mix, creamer or milk, caramel and sea salt. Top with whip cream and then drizzle with extra caramel sauce and sprinkle extra sea salt on top.

It's that mixture of sweet with  a hint of salty that I just can not get enough of!

Homemade Coffee Creamers

Photo courtesy of Deliciously Organic

This is something I have been wanting to do for some time now. I am totally addicted to flavored coffee creamers but not a big fan of all the junk that's in them. Here are some amazing flavors made by Deliciously Organic. Flavored coffee creamer in a hot cuppa joe is comfort all the way for me!

Hot Buttered Rum

Well I tried to show you this one as a video but my laptop decided that the file was corrupted and I couldn't redo it because I drank it all. Here is a screen shot from the video. See that smile? Hot Buttered Rum.

So. Here is the recipe. You'll have to wait a little longer to see me get merry on video. Sorry. Or You're Welcome. Whichever. Did I mention all the Hot Buttered Rum I drank?

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups softened vanilla ice cream
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon

Each Serving:
1/2 cup boiling water
1 to 3 Tbsp rum

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Beat in the ice cream, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cover and store in the freezer.

For each serving, place 1/2 cup butter mixture in a mug; add boiling water and stir to dissolve. Stir in rum.

The butter mixture can be prepared ahead of time and kept stored in the freezer. Then whenever you are ready for a cup of happy, scoop it out and mix with some hot water! Easy and delicious way to warm up on a cold night!

*Original recipe from Taste of Home Magazine

The only thing that can possibly make these drinks more comforting is the people you are sharing them with. (YES. You have to share.) Enjoy every warm and snuggly moment.

Go ahead, get comfty. And have a really wonderful Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Festive Holiday Dessert Party Ideas!

Thanks to Duncan Hines for sponsoring my writing. There's no limit to the baking possibilities, so grab your favorite Duncan Hines mix and Comstock or Wilderness fruit fillings and Bake On!

You guys know that one of my favorite things to do is bake desserts! With the Holidays here I thought it would be fun to show you some of my favorite go-to desserts.

If I'm planning a Christmas party, I forget about ham and potatoes and all that business. I go straight to the best part of the meal. Desserts! There is nothing more fun than throwing a dessert party with friends. And Christmas is the perfect time to do it!

All of these ideas I am showing you are treats that you can grab and eat. No utensils needed! All you need are some plates and mugs and you are ready for a great dessert party with friends!

Here are a few of my favorites and also some new ones that I found on Pinterest that I want to try!

Eggnog Spritz Cookies with Rum Glaze

I am an eggnog die-hard. Put some rum in it and oh baby, you are talking my language! I have been making these cookies for a few years now and I love how easy they are compared to how beautiful and tasty they are! A cookie press makes them look professionally made!

Homemade Sea Salt Caramels

This is a new favorite that I am really excited about! I think they would be so cute in a jar on a holiday dessert table! Perfect for a take home gift for your guests as well.

Oreo Truffles

This is one of those desserts where everyone raves about it and asks for the recipe. Prepare yourself by making up some recipe cards in advance! (Another great take home gift idea!)

Pecan Tassies 

My Mom has made these since I was a little girl and it's just not Christmas without them! They are like miniatures pecan pies and perfect for a dessert night!

Santa Hat Brownies

I mean, how cute are these?! I haven't made any yet so I do not have a picture to share but check them out! I think the kids will love these! These would be super quick and easy with a box of Duncan Hines Brownie Mix!

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

Cheesecake Factory Photo
I found this on Pinterest from The Cheesecake Factory. If anyone has a recipe for a copycat, let me know!! Look at how beautiful it is! I think it would be fun to make them as cupcakes for a buffet dessert party.

Hot Cocoa Peppermint Marshmallows
These would be super cute with a cup of hot cocoa to go along with all of these amazing desserts!

Fudge Rum Balls

Photo From Duncan Hines
 I found these on the Duncan Hines website and OMG. Yes, please!

And, well, let's be honest...anything from their Christmas Recipes list is looking pretty good!

Can you say, "Dessert overload?" Not that there is such a thing.

All of these desserts would look absolutely beautiful spread out on a holiday buffet table. Spread some lights, greenery and shiny ornaments all around the table and you have a gorgeous and delicious party in a flash!

What are you go-to desserts to serve over the Holidays? Do you have any "Desserts With Friends" party ideas? I'd love to hear them!

Remember to check out Duncan Hines' website to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.

All opinions are my own. As always!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Delicious Sea Salt Treats From Pinterest!

I've been in a sea salt phase lately. If it's got the phrase "sea salt" in it, I want to eat it or drink it! So when I saw these next two recipes on Pinterest, of course I made them! And they were DELICIOUS.


First I started out wanting to make these Salted Caramel Brownie Bites with Salted Caramel Buttercream:

These were SO good. The recipe (by calls for making them in mini muffin pans. PSH. I made these babies regular muffin size! But then I found out why she made them so small. WOW, these are RICH! Get yourself a glass of milk!

The recipe calls for a certain salted caramel (that's the delightful gooey stuff in the center of the brownie) that I can't get so I decided to make my own. I found this recipe for Homemade Salted Caramels by Fearless Homemaker. It was relatively simple to make although it does take quite a bit of patience!

But what you get when you are done is the most wonderful little treat!

I used some of them to put in the brownies and wrapped the rest in wax paper as little candies and gave them to my boys' teachers for a Thanksgiving "I'm thankful for you!" treat.

Both of these recipes are time consuming but so worth it. Just posting these pictures makes me want to make some more!

What's your favorite Salted Caramel treat?!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

I know I just posted a pumpkin muffin recipe, but really, can I post too many?!

I have seen similar recipes posted around Pinterest and other blogs and I guess it must have been stuck in my head because all of a sudden I just started making them one afternoon!

I based my recipe off one I had cut out off a Martha Stewart Everyday magazine. (I think from last year?)

I don't know if these should be considered breakfast or dessert. I'll just label them as both. :)

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

1 1/4 sticks (10 tbs) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/3 cup milk (or buttermilk)
1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree (15 oz can)
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs

Sugar Coating:
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin pan with butter and then sprinkle with flour. Don't skip this step - it helps the muffins slide out without sticking since you're not using paper muffin cups!

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spice.

In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin and milk.

In a mixing bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. With mixer on low, add flour mix in slowly, alternating with pumpkin mix. Beat to combine.

Spoon 1/3 cup batter into each muffin tin and bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let muffins cool about ten minutes in pan.

Mix together the sugar and cinnamon for the coating.  Brush each muffin with butter then immediately toss in sugar coating. Let cool completely.


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Friday, November 11, 2011

Chocolate Covered Brownies...On A Stick!

I saw this idea in a magazine a long time ago and categorized it in my brain to do for a fun treat to send to school on the boys' birthdays. I made them for Chase's birthday celebration with his class last month. The kids were SO excited. They were amazed. It's just a brownie, but put it on a stick with sprinkles and magic happens!
It's pretty easy to do:
Make a pan of brownies.
Let cool.
Cut into squares.
Stick a popsicle stick into the brownie.
Dip into melted white chocolate.
Cover with sprinkles.
Let dry on wax paper.


I did rush the process and tried to use the brownies before they were completely cooled. Don't do that. They just crumbled and fell apart. So I ran to the store and bought some premade brownies to use. Next time I'll know to make the brownies a day ahead and maybe even slightly freeze them so they don't fall apart.

Such a fun treat!

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin and chocolate are one of my favorite fall combinations. I took a pumpkin bread/muffin recipe from an old Betty Crocker cookbook and made into this delicious recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. It could also be made into bread by using a loaf pan.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 cups flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tbs baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 cup canned pumpkin (not pie filling!)
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1/3 cup shortening
1 cup chocolate chips

In a mixing bowl, cream together the shortening, eggs, milk and pumpkin with a mixer on low. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients together. Slowly mix the dry ingredients in with the creamed mixture until all combined. Beat on high for two minutes. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into muffin tins or loaf pans. I split mine up and made a dozen muffins and four mini loaves of bread. I also like to sprinkle some sugar on top for some extra sparkle! Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


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