Monday, January 16, 2012

Yummy Snickers Blondies

Do you love Snickers bars?  Who doesn't?  Check out these melt-in-your mouth bars!

Snickers Blondies
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
12 fun-size Snickers candies, quartered

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on 2 sides.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Beat in the egg and vanilla.  Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated; fold in the Snickers.
3. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.  Bake until golden and a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 25 to 30 minutes.
4. Let cool completely in the pan.  Using the overhangs, transfer the blondie to a cutting board and cut into 16 bars.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Delicious Desserts of Rhubarb and Pumpkin

About this time of year, I start wondering-"What am I going to do with all that rhubarb?".  I've managed to get mine down to a manageable level in the last couple years, but you just can't make that stuff slow down.  If you'd like to try something different than rhubarb pie or rhubarb cake, try this yummy rhubarb dessert.

Rhubarb Dessert
Prepare graham cracker crust in a 9x13 pan.
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
Bake crust for 10 minutes at 350.  Cool.  In saucepan, combine:
3 cups cut rhubarb
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Cook until thick.  Add 1 package dry strawberry jello.  Bring back to a boil, mixing well.  Cool and pour over crust.  Combine 2 cups miniature marshmallows with 8 oz. Cool Whip and spread over rhubarb mixture.  Mix 1 package instant vanilla pudding according to directions.  Pour over top and refrigerate.  Sprinkle a few graham cracker crumbs on top.

I know it's not the traditional "Pumpkin Pie time of year", but I'm going to include a Pumpkin Pie recipe also.  The rhubarb dessert and pumpkin pie recipes were given to me by my grandmothers, who both passed away last year.  I can't think about one without thinking about the other, so I feel they both need to be included here.  They were both beautiful, awesome women and good cooks, too!

Mother's Pumpkin Pie
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 1/2 cups milk
Beat eggs; add suger, pumpkin, and spices.  Beat well and add milk.  Beat thoroughly and bake in raw crust about 1 hour 15 or 1 hour 30 minutes at 350.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Coffee Toffee Bars

I can't wait to try these!  I love coffee, and what goes better with coffee than bars?

Coffee Toffee Bars
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 cup quick rolled oats
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons butter
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons instant coffee crystals
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (6 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Heat oven to 350. Coat 9x13 inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray.
2. Combine 1/2 cup melted butter, oats, brown sugar, flour, nuts, and baking soda in large bowl.  Press firmly onto bottom of prepared pan.
3. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until surface is bubbly. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in medium saucepan, over medium heat.  Add sweetened condensed milk, coffee, and vanilla. Cook and stir until mixture thickens, about 15 minutes.  Pour over crust.
4. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven.  Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips on top.  Let stand one minute.  Spread chocolate while warm.  Cool thoroughly.  Refrigerate 30 minutes if chocolate is still soft.  Cut into bars.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Red Lobster Cheese Bisquits

This recipe is from my friend Andrew  :)

Red Lobster Cheese Bisquits 
1 1/4 lbs Bisquick
3 oz freshly shredded cheddar cheese
11 oz cold water

Garlic Spread;
1/2 cup melted butter
1 teas. garlic powder
1/4 teas. salt
1/8 teas. onion powder
1/8 teas. dried parsley

To cold water , add Bisquick and cheese, blending in a mixing bowl.
Mix until dough is firm.

Using a small scoop, place the dough on a baking pan lined with baking paper.  Bake in 375 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. 

While biscuits bake, combine spread ingredients.

Brush baked biscuits with the garlic topping and enjoy.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Whole Enchilada

Here's another great recipe from Lyz!  If you like spicy food, here you go......

Sauce: This makes a TON of sauce, but that is how I like my enchiladas (it also makes about two pans of enchiladas). You could easily half it if that is not how you roll.

3 Tablespoons oil
1 Large onion ,chopped fine
4-5 medium cloves garlic , minced or pressed through garlic press (about 1 tablespoon)
6 tablespoons chili powder
4 teaspoons ground coriander
4 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
3 cans tomato sauce (8 ounces each)
1 cup water
2 pounds ground beef
2 cups sharp cheddar
20 6-8" flour tortillas

Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat until hot and shimmering but not smoking, about 2 minutes; add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, coriander, cumin, salt, and sugar; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomato sauce and 1 cup water. Bring to simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low; simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until flavors have melded, about 8 minutes.

While sauce is simmering, brown 2 pounds of ground beef.

Pour sauce mixture through medium-mesh strainer into medium bowl, pressing on onions to extract as much sauce as possible; set sauce aside.

Mix onions and a little of the sauce with ground beef - fill desired amount of tortillas and top with sharp cheddar cheese. Roll up and place in 9x13 baking pan. Cover with sauce.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cover with remainder of sharp cheddar cheese and bake for an additional 5 minutes to melt.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Mama Mia, That's Italian!

The recipes keep coming in!  This one is from Lyz of Minnesota.  Lasagna is another one of my favorites. (Recipe Mom is part Italian!) I'm going to have to be sure and try this one....Yum!

Creamy Lasagna
2 pounds ground beef
1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
1 teaspoon salt (I used Crazy Janes mixed salt cuz that's all I had)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 package (8ounce) cream cheese, softened
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
4 green onions, chopped
1 package oven ready lasagna noodles

1-cook meat over med heat until no longer pink, drain.  Add tomato sauce, salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 15 min.  In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.  Add sour cream, 1 cup cheddar cheese and onions; mix well

2-Spread about 1/2 cup meat sauce into9x13 baking dish.  place 3 noodles on top.  Top with 1/2 cup cream cheese mixture and about 2/3 cup meat sauce.  repeat layers twice.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over each.

3- bake at 350 for 25-30 mins or until bubbly and heated through.  Let stand 15 min before cutting.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Unbelievable Peanut Butter Cookies

This is a recipe given to me by my grandmother several years ago.  She gave me a cookie first, and after I tasted it she asked how I liked it.  "It's good", I said.  "It's made without flour", she said. "That's unbelieveable!" was my response.  Strangely enough, the recipe was actually called Unbelieveable Peanut Butter Cookies.  So easy, so little mess, and very tasty!  Enjoy  :)

Unbelievable Peanut Butter Cookies

1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup white sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1/8 teaspoon salt

Mix ingredients and roll into balls the size of walnuts.  Place on cookie sheet and press down with a fork.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

That's all there is to it!  Please comment and let me know how you liked them if you decide to try this recipe!