Butterfingers Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Butterfingers Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Butterfingers Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Well, Junior year started off with a bang. There’s not much of an update in that respect, I guess. I really like all my teachers (yay! That makes school so much more fun!), and the new schedule that the school implemented was a really good idea. I am already used to it and I, quite honestly, love it. I’m in a play, which is also proving to be pretty fun, as my role is small enough that it isn’t stressful at all, but present enough that I get to be part of all the fun and shenanigans. I continue to be awed by the school that it’s hosted by. There were ramen noodles in the drinking fountain… explain that one to me!

I assume you have probably already guessed about what my review is going to say-let’s see- I think I like cream cheese… just a little… alright, maybe love… like, unconditionally… And have I ever mentioned my love for butterfingers? Yes, they have a special place in my heart. Alright, not really, but you get the point. I love these bars! If you’re a fan of candy, these bars are a very rich cross between homemade heaven and candy. They are soft, creamy, chocolatey, peanut-buttery, and absolutely melt in your mouth. Give them a try!

This recipe serves 20 and takes about 1 hour to make.

Yield: 36 small squares

Butterfingers Cheesecake Bars (by Lauren’s Latest):

For the crust
16 whole nutter butter cookies
1/4 cup melted butter

For the filling
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 tablespoon all purpose flour
6 fun size Butterfinger chocolate bars

For the topping
3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons butter

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9×9 square dish with lightly greased foil or parchment and set aside. Grind nutter butter cookies in a food processor until the consistency of graham cracker crumbs. Pour in melted butter and pulse a few times to mix. Press into prepared dish and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whip cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. Stir in egg, vanilla and flour. Finely chop butterfingers and fold into the cheesecake mixture. Pour over top nutter butter crust and bake for 18-22 minutes or until cheesecake has set. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until completely chilled.

3. Pour chocolate chips and butter into a small bowl and microwave , stirring every 20-30 seconds. (If your chocolate is almost melted, don’t put it back into the microwave! Just keep stirring- the residual heat will continue to melt the chocolate completely) Spread melted chocolate over the top of the bars evenly and place back into the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to harden the chocolate.

4. Remove from refrigerator and using the foil or parchment, remove the entire block of bars from the pan. Cut into bars and serve.

5. Enjoy!

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Grilled Bananas S’mores Recipe (no grill required)

Grilled Banana S'mores Recipe (no grill required)

Grilled Banana S’mores Recipe (no grill required)

Grilled Banana S'mores Recipe (no grill required)

Grilled Banana S’mores Recipe (no grill required)

I cannot stand bananas. I can’t force any more than a single bite into my mouth. I can eat bananas with something, but never alone. I’ll admit, I selected this recipe believing that I would not like it at all. I was pleasantly surprised.

In fact, I LOVED this recipe! The banana itself was super soft and pudding-y, and the marshmallows and chocolate were just, wow. It was sooooo good! I was so surprised that I liked it at all, and even more so that I really loved it! Better yet, it was super quick and really easy. I have no idea how on earth to use a grill, but hey… A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do- I improvised. I wrapped them in foil and put them in the oven, right on the rack, and they turned out marvelously!!!

Grilled Banana S’mores Recipe (adapted from the Girl Who ate Everything):

1 banana, peeled

2 tablespoons miniature marshmallows

2 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Slice banana lengthwise and slightly open. Place on a rectangle of aluminum foil.
  3. Insert marshmallows and chocolate chips into the sliced banana.
  4. Wrap banana up in foil and bake in the oven for 5-6 minutes.
  5. Unwrap banana and serve this wonderful treat warm!

Cookie Dough Pie Recipe

Cookie Dough Pie Recipe

Cookie Dough Pie Recipe

Cookie Dough Pie Recipe

Cookie Dough Pie Recipe

So… if you haven’t figured it out be now, I should tell you the obvious. I love cookie dough and cream cheese. Anything with those two, for me, is bound to be wonderful. This jolly ol’ recipe happens to have BOTH. I know, it’s evil wonderful!!! It is also good for anyone who likes ice cream. It has a bit of a similarity in that it is cold and creamy :) at any rate, as I already mentioned, this pie is creamy, chocolatey, cookie doughy, has a nice Oreo crunchy crust, and is an overall winner. It is also quite rich and, I must admit, a little difficult to get a clean cut piece because the crust is tricky to cut neatly.

I cannot believe that summer is almost over. I feel as if it has just begun! Recently someone asked me if  my summer felt long (because it was also quite busy). I shook my head vigorously and said “noooooo!!!” A little while ago, I was leafing through my planner where I, throughout the school year, I had written down due dates, homework, and tests that I needed to study for. Not to sound snobby or anything, but I am amazed at what I managed to fit into a twenty-four hour day without going insane or dying! That being said, I really loved my freshman year and am looking forward to my sophomore year, which will start in eleven days. Crazy. It is strange how time works. During the school year, it seems slow. At times when it is at a crawl, I think to myself, “At some point, I won’t care what the heck I am doing right now. I won’t care about this upcoming history test when I turn 20. Or 30. Or 40. Or 90.” Well, I realize how much time files when I recognize that the time I was thinking of arrives hand in hand with summer. Already, I could care less about the test over the industrial revolution, the quiz over photosynthesis and cellular respiration, and the 44 slide presentation about Mark Twain that was 200 points (to put this in perspective, my exam was worth 100 points. Anything wrong with that picture???). At one point, I also had a quiz over a quiz. Again: anything wrong with that picture???

Seriously, though, I am super excited for this year! I am going to be in a musical, and continuing with the Astronomy Club that I created. I will also be continuing in a number of other clubs I was in last year. I’ll continue taking piano lessons, and I have many weddings to look forward to in my family! <3 :) I also love to anticipate and guess who will be my teachers this year. I have not gotten my schedule yet, but I am pretty sure I know who my teachers will be. The only thing I am not sure of is homeroom, and I have one that I hope to be put in. If I get into that one, I think I will scream out loud. If I don’t, I will still scream out loud.

P.S. I promise that I don’t talk about school 24/7… It just that, well… It’s immanent. Beware.

Cookie Dough Pie Recipe (from Life, Love and Sugar):

For the Crust:

20-25 oreos

5 Tbsp. butter, melted

For the Cookie Dough:

6 tbsp butter

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

1/8 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup flour

1 tsp milk

1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

For the Filling:

8 oz cream cheese

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

8 oz cool whip

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
Directions:

For the pie crust:

1. Crush the oreos into a fine crumb and mix the oreo crumbs with the melted butter.

2. Press into the bottom of a greased 8 or 9 inch pie pan. Set in the freezer while you make the cookie dough.

For the Cookie Dough:

1. Cream the butter, sugar and dark brown sugar. Mix in the vanilla extract. Add the flour and milk and mix thoroughly. The dough will be thick. Last but not least, mix in the chocolate chips.

2. Roll the dough into little balls that are similar in diameter to a nickel.  Freeze the balls of dough while making the filling.

For the Filling:

1. Mix the cream cheese, sugar and brown sugar together with a mixer. Mix until smooth. Carefully and thoroughly fold in the Cool Whip. Stir in a 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and about 3/4 of the frozen cookie dough balls.

2. Pour the filling into the pie crust and top with remaining cookie dough balls and 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.

3. Allow to freeze completely. Set the pie on the counter 5 min before serving (it may be tricky to get the first piece out, but after that, it’s easy as pie :)

4. Enjoy the major comfort food!

Muffins Recipe (with variations for 20 different flavors)

Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Peach Muffins Recipe

Peach Muffins Recipe

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe (my brother was amusing himself with Scrabble pieces, if you didn’t notice…)

What with school and all, I kept the baking pretty brief. Short and sweet. Literally, sweet. Anyway, muffins are always reliably easy, right? So that’s what I have been making for the past year of my life. Muffins. Oh, the adventures (note the sarcasm). It’s not that I don’t enjoy making muffins, it’s just that I need some time consuming projects every once in a while to quench my constant desire to bake something, ANYTHING. For example, the gingerbread house that I made at Christmas… That put me out of commission for a while!

Anyway, as you can imagine, eating blueberry muffins everyday can get kind of boring. One advantage of that boredom, though, is that I discovered a million different combos and flavors, as well as tweeked the recipe so that the muffins are always very moist, but not simultaneously dry and gooey. There’s a fine line, and I could never seem to find that line until I changed the recipe for the more awesome. :) But like I said, I have the base of the muffin recipe below and you can look under the Note: at the bottom of the post to find the flavor(s) that are a calling your name. Abut the actual muffin base, though… After my modifications, I feel confidant that it is a great one! As I already mentioned, it is perfectly moist (neither gooey nor dry), soft, fluffy, light, and pleasantly sweet (but not sweet to the point of becoming a cupcake).

I’m going through summertime guilt right now. I have summer homework to do, but I keep procrastinating, which is new for me. It just sits on my bedside table, reminding me that I should be doing it, and me stubbornly not wanting to do it. To be honest, there are many things that I want to do (like blog more often!!! I hadn’t realized that my last post was at the beginning of the summer- it feels like I just posted it a week ago!). However, I keep just enjoying, well… stuff. Mostly I’ve been playing the piano (I’m trying to make up for all the lack of practice throughout the school year), reading, training, helping around the homestead, and baking. Also, my brother reminded me to start practicing Mario Kart before he came home so that he would have a good competitor, so I’ve been doing a little bit of that too. :) I hope you all are having a great summer so far, too. More to come, I promise! I just need to put my “butt-eth to the seat-eth” as my sister once told me.

Muffins Recipe (adapted from Betty Crocker):

2 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

12 oz. vanilla yogurt

1/4 cup milk

2 cups flour

1/3 cup sugar

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

turbinado sugar for sprinkling (Optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and set out two muffins tins (each holding six) or one muffins tin (that holds twelve). Line the tins with paper cups.

2. Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Add all of the wet ingredients together, and then mix. (Do not add some dry and then some wet ingredients. You may think that it won’t make a difference, but it does. Unless you want lumpy muffins, of course, be my guest.)

3. See the note below if you want a unique flavor! Change the recipe according to the directions given below for the flavor you want. Then simply fill the paper cups 3/4 way full and sprinkle them with turbinado sugar.  and bake the muffins for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

4. Take the muffins out of the pan immediately!!! Allow them to cool a little before serving warm.

5. Go, fight, win!

Note:

Flavors (alphabetical order):

1. Apple cider– substitute apple cider for the milk and add 1/3 cup applesauce. Mix these two ingredients into the muffins with the wet ingredients. Continue as instructed.

2. Apple cinnamon-Add 1 tsp. of cinnamon with the dry ingredients. Next, add 1/2 cup applesauce and 1/2 cup chopped applesauce with the wet ingredients. Continue as instructed.

3. Blueberry– add 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries after all of the ingredients have been mixed together. Continue as instructed.

4. Blueberry lemon/orange-substitute the milk for 1/4 cup orange juice or lemon juice. Add the latter juice with the wet ingredients. Add 1 cup blueberries after all of the ingredients have been mixed. Continue as instructed.

5. Blueberry/Strawberry cinnamon– add 1 tsp. of cinnamon with the dry ingredients. After all of the ingredients have been mixed, add 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries or 1 cup of chopped, fresh strawberries. Continue as instructed.

6. Butter pecan– after all of the ingredients have been mixed, add 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Bake as instructed. Immediately remove the muffins from the pan and roll them in melted butter. Allow to cool and eat!

7. Cherry almond– add 1/2 tsp. almond extract with the wt ingredients and add 1 cup dried cherries. Continue as instructed.

8. Chocolate chip– after all of the ingredient been mixed, add 1 cup chocolate chips. Continue as instructed.

9. Cinnamon chip– after all of the ingredients have been mixed, add 1 cup cinnamon chips (Hershey’s is the brand). Continue as instructed.

10. Coconut pineapple– substitute the milk for pineapple juice (mix it in with the wet ingredients). After all of the ingredients have been mixed, add 1 cup coconut. Continue as instructed.

11. Eggnog– substitute the yogurt and milk for 3/4 cup eggnog. Continue as instructed.

12. Lemon poppyseed– substitute the milk for 1/4 cup lemon juice. Add 1 tbsp. poppy seeds. Continue as instructed.

13. Oatmeal raisin– add 1 cup oatmeal and 1/2 cup raisins with the dry ingredients. Continue as instructed.

14.  Orange chocolate chip– add 2 tbsp. orange extract or substitute the milk for orange juice (mix with the wet ingredients). Next, mix in 1 cup chocolate chips. Continue as instructed.

15. Peach– add 1 cup chopped peaches with the wet ingredients… Before baking, sprinkle the tops of the muffins batter with cinnamon along with the turbinado sugar. Bake as instructed.

16. Pumpkin– (click here for recipe)

17. Raspberry (lemon)– for raspberry lemon, add 2 tbsp. lemon juice with the wet ingredients. Increase the sugar to 1/2 cup. After all of the ingredients have been mixed, GENTLY fold 1 cup of raspberries into the batter (this is important, otherwise you will end up with purple muffins. This is a voice of experience talking… ).  Continue as instructed.

18. Rhubarb– increase the sugar to 1/2 cup. Add 1 cup chopped rhubarb. Continue as instructed.

19. Strawberry– add 1 cup fresh, chopped strawberries. Continue as instructed.

20. Strawberry Pretzel– add 1 cup fresh, chopped strawberries. Spoon the batter into the cups as instructed and set aside (do not bake, yet). In a separate bowl, melt 1/4 cup butter and mix in 2 tbsp. sugar. Add 1/2 cup crushed pretzels. Sprinkle this topping over the batter in the cups. Gently press it into the muffin, but don’t mix it in. It should still be on the top. Bake as instructed.

Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

This one was a package deal. Not only did I get to make some fun cookies, but I also got to enjoy a fun afternoon of going to a convenience store a few times. Literally, I went twice and I had fun both times. Alright, so here’s how it started off… when I decided to make these cookies  the other day and the time came for me to fill the cookies, I realized that I had no powdered sugar. So, I persuaded my sister to drive me to a convenience store roughly two minutes away. Let me tell you that that store has anything and everything. It has, many times, been a life saver for me because an essential or two ingredient ran out during the making of a new recipe. Many times, my family will debate if they carry something and resolve to calling them and finding out that, yes… of course they carry it. Anyway, my sister and I got some powdered sugar and brought it up to the register. The woman there was very friendly and asked me what I was making. I told her about the cookies. She laughed and jokingly asked us to drop a few off as she would be there for a little while yet.  When I got home, I finished making the cookies and smiled. My sister loaded a few cookies on a plate and we went back to the store to give her some cookies. :) Unfortunately, she wasn’t there anymore, but we asked someone to give them to her, along with one of my business cards. My sister and I were smiling for the rest of the afternoon. Some things just make me feel happy. :)

One thing that I had to laugh about with these cookies is that the directions said to drizzle the chocolate over the cookies. True, yes… but in the picture they had obviously piped the chocolate on. It was totally a “Hey look at this! This drizzle is perfectly round and beautiful! You can do it too!” Not without piping it on, no! No way! So instead I followed the directions that the picture gave me… I piped the chocolate on instead of drizzling it on. The other thing was that the directions were way way WAY overly complicated (it was really funny, actually). Anyway, the cookies were very good. The cookie is a butter-y shortbread base and the filling is… well… it’s cream cheese filling(!!!). If you’ve read any of my posts, then you know that that is an instant love for me! The chocolate was an excellent complement to the creamy filling and the cookies were, over-all, excellent treats. They were the perfect sweetness for a cookie and were very snack-able and snitch-able. :)

Cream Cheese Thumb Print Cookies (from TasteofHome Cookies):

For the Cookies:

2/3 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

For the Filling:

6 oz. cream cheese

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 tbsp. flour

1 tsp. vanilla

For the Drizzle/Piping:

3/4 cup milk chocolate chips

3 tbsp. butter, softened or melted

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and set out two greased cookie sheets.

2. For the Cookies: In abowl fitted to an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well until smooth. Slowly mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt until thoroughly combined. Roll the dough into tablespoon sized balls and flatten the balls slightly with the palm of your hand to make a fat disc. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies just start to turn golden brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately make a large indent in the cookies with your thumb or make a thumb-sized indentation with the end of a wooden spoon handle.

3. For the Filling: In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and flour together until smooth. Fill the cookies with about 1 or 2 tsp. of filling each.

4. For the Drizzle/Piping: In the microwave, melt the chocolate and stir until smooth. Add the butter and microwave a little bit more if it has to melt some more. Stir until well combined and drizzle or pipe the topping over the cookies.

5. Serve with a smile.

Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

I have been looking for a good peanut butter pie recipe for ever. No matter what recipe I found or looked at, none of the pies seemed quite right… even this one (adapted from LoveThatFood.com) had to be tweeked a little by some random teenager called Katy. :) Anyway, other than some fixed proportions, I didn’t have to change much. I just thought that… hm… perhaps it would be best if the crust covered the bottom and the sides of the pie plate instead of sparsely coating the bottom.

For me, this recipe hits two birds with one stone. Cream cheese and peanut butter! Could it get much better??? I’ve been craving peanut butter lately and ever since my uncle mentioned peanut butter pie to me I knew that I had to get my hands on a recipe! I have found that I’ve been getting better at finding good recipes online whereas when I first started, I came across many bum recipes. The key is not to focus on the presentation of the dessert… look for goo. Look for messy. And make sure you like the taste of the ingredients. :)

This pie was a hit. My family devoured all but one tiny slice of pie which no one could manage to squeeze in. My sister, after one bite, said “Put this pie on the favorites list.” So, I guess I should respect by elders and obey… what a bummer (NOT!!!!!!!!!). Anyway, the peanut butter pie was very soft, creamy, flavorful, and the oreos added a great crunch to contrast the fluffy, pudding-y filling.

Peanut Butter Pie Recipe:

For the Crust:

2 1/4 cups double stuf oreo cookies crumbs (about 20 cookies)

7 tbsp. white sugar

7 tbsp. butter, melted

For the Filling:

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese

1 cup sugar

1 tbsp. butter

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup heavy whipping cream

For the Topping (optional):

1/4 (12 oz.) bags milk chocolate chips (melted), grated chocolate, or oreo cookie crumbs

Directions:

1. For the Crust: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and set out one pie plate. In a small mixing bowl, mix the crushed oreos, butter, and sugar together until well combined. Press the mixture into the pie plate and bake it for ten minutes. Remove the pie from the oven and, if the crust has sunken to the bottom of the plate, use a spoon to re-press the crust (while it’s hot) to the pan. Allow it to cool completely.

2. For the Filling: In a large mixing bowl, mix all of the filling ingredients (except the whipping cream) together by hand until smooth. In a separate bowl fitted to an electric mixer, whip the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture until well combined. Pour the filling into the cooled pie plate and place the pie in the freezer (no worries, the pie does not get hard in the slightest… it gets chilled but remains soft. That’s how mine was even after I left mine in the freezer for several hours!).

3. For the Topping (optional): Melt the chocolate chips and use a fork to drizzle the melted chocolate over the pie; return the pie to the freezer until it is served. OR sprinkle the grated chocolate over the pie before returning it to the freezer. OR sprinkle the oreo crumbs over the pie before returning it to the freezer.

4. For the Eating: This part is fairly self-explanatory, I think… :)

Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

This recipe (adapted from Glorious Treats) is reeeeeeeeeeeally good! When I saw it, I thought that it was just going to be a sort of cheesecake that someone opted to call a pie. Not so! Here’s where the difference comes in: it isn’t baked at all. It has no eggs, less cream cheese, and it actually is a cream cheese pie.  In fact, the pie has more sweetened condensed milk than cream cheese. Anyway,  back to the taste. This recipe is summer-y, sweet, savory, gooey, creamy, crunchy, butter-y… and just about everything else. The crust is what adds the nice crunchy, butter-y flavor and the filling is creamy, gooey, and has some zing from the lemon. The strawberry sauce adds the summer-y factor. Is there any better way to be reminded of summer than to eat a strawberry garnished slice of cream cheese pie?

When I finished taking pictures of the pie, everyone dug in… except for my brothers, who were in their bedroom playing a well-loved game called The Settlers of Catan. So, my sister and I took the opportunity to play a prank (it was especially fun since one of my brothers is absolutely crazy about strawberries). We left two slices for our brothers and hid them. When they finished their game and came to get a serving of pie, I told them that it was gone. “What?!?” my strawberry-loving brother exclaimed. My sister and I exchanged a grin and I went to retrieve their pie slices. Oh the fun of baking!

Cream Cheese Pie Recipe:

For the Crust:

2 cups finely crushed graham crackers

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

3 tbsp. sugar

For the Filling:

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

1/3 (about 1 lemon) cup fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla

For the Strawberry Sauce:

1 pint strawberries, divided

4 tbsp. sugar

2 1/2 tsp. corn starch

3 tbsp. water

Directions:

1. For the Crust: Set out an ungreased 9 inch pie plate and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix the graham crackers, butter, and sugar together until well combined. Then press the mixture into the pie plate and bake the crust for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow the crust to cool completely.

2. For the Filling: In a small bowl, mix the ingredients for the filling together with a whisk or a fork until smooth. Pour the filling into the cooled graham cracker crust and refrigerate the pie for about 3 hours or until it has set up.

3. For the Strawberry Sauce: In a blender, blend the water and half of the strawberries. Strain the strawberry-water mixture. Next, in a small saucepan, mix the sugar and cornstarch. Whisk the mixture as you slowly add add the strained strawberry juice so that there are no lumps. Heat mixture to a boil and boil about 1 minute.  Remove the sauce from the stove. Slice the rest of the strawberries into pea sized pieces and add it to the strawberry sauce. Allow the sauce to cool in the refrigerator until it is ready to be used.

4. Top your slice with the strawberry sauce and yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum! Ah, the taste of summer!

Hello Dollies (Magic Cookie Bars) Recipe

Hello Dollies (Magic Cookie Bars) Recipe

Hello Dollies (Magic Cookie Bars) Recipe

Hello Dollies (Magic Cookie Bars) Recipe

Hello Dollies (Magic Cookie Bars) Recipe

I had never had Hello Dollies before today (I adapted this recipe from a cookbook loaned to me by my piano teacher, so I don’t know who to source). Anyway, as always, I was really in the mood for baking… and using a recipe that included coconut. :) This recipe is definitely a keeper. I love the gooiness! It’s a wonderful combiniation of a soft and  buttery crust with sweetened condensed milk (which you can never go wrong with!), a crunch from the pecans, flavor from that fabulous coconut, and a final melty touch of chocolate. Not to mention that theses bars are super super easy to make. My mom told to hide them from her. I know I’ve done a good job when she gives me that verdict!

Hello Dollies (Magic Cookie Bars) Recipe:

2 cups crushed graham crackers

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

1 1/2 cups coconut

1 cup pecans (or nuts of your choice)

3/4 cup (6 oz.) milk chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees if you are using a glass pan) and set out an ungreased 13×9 inch pan.

2. Put the stick of butter in the pan; place the pan in the oven until the butter has melted completely. Remove the pan from the oven and stir the graham cracker crumbs into it. Press the crust firmly down and pour the sweetened condensed milk over it. Next, sprinkle all of the coconut over the milk… then sprinkle the nuts on. Last but not least, sprinkle the chocolate chips on.

3. Bake the bars for 25-30 minutes or until the edges of the bars start to turn golden brown.  Allow the bars to cool in the pan coompletely. Note: They will make a mess if you don’t cool them completely! :)

4. “Mmm, these are good. MMMM! Oh, mmm! Mmmm!

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Recipe

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Recipe

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Recipe

This ice cream (Ice Cream by Divine Dinner Party, Cookie Dough by katydidbakeit) was delicious! It was creamy, soft, and (to my delight) had chocolate chip cookie dough in it, per my addition. An automatic like for me! My Mom always wonders why I bake stuff and then eat the store-bought ice cream and I determined that I was simply longing for home-made ice cream, since I’d never had it! So I did a ton of research to find the absolute perfect recipe that didn’t use an ice cream maker and didn’t need so much fussing that you went out of your mind with impatience. I highly recommend this recipe if you like creamy, soft, cookie dough bliss!

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Recipe- made “what I like to call… ‘the right way'”

(quote from the motion picture Rocketman)

For Ice Cream:

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup milk (don’t even think about using skim!)

3 egg yolks, beaten

1 tbsp. vanilla

2 cups whipping cream

For Cookie Dough:

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp. butter

1/4 cup mini milk chocolate chips

2/3 cup + 1-2 Tbsp. flour

For other things in the ice cream:

1/4 cup mini milk chocolate chips

Directions for Ice Cream:

 1. In a saucepan, mix milk, sugar, and salt together. Add egg yolks and beat until thoroughly combined.

2.Cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly. Small, foam-like bubbles will appear around the edge of the saucepan. Remove the egg/milk mixture from the heat. Let it for about ten minutes before adding the vanilla.

3. Pour the egg/milk mixture into a bowl and put it in the freezer overnight. There is no need to stir it.

4. Meanwhile, combine all of the cookie dough ingredients and roll the dough into small, thumb-nail sized balls. Freeze the cookie dough. If the balls freeze together, break them apart and continue letting them freeze. Let the cookie dough stay frozen until the egg/milk mixture is completely frozen.

5. In a large bowl, whip your whipping cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Scoop your frozen egg/milk mixture into a bowl. (It will be softer than you think… I froze my mixture for 11 hours and it was still easy to scoop out.) With electric mixer, beat the egg/milk mixture until smooth. Gently fold in the whipped cream. Mix in 1/4 cup mini milk chocolate chips.

6. Put the ice cream in one large container or two quart-sized containers. Cover the container(s). Freeze the ice cream for 1 1/2 hours, stirring once every ten minutes. Continue freezing the ice cream for 2-3 hours or until soft but frozen (there is no need to stir the ice cream after the first 1 1/2 of freezing time… all you will have to do  after that is wait.)

7. You’ll never go back to buying store-bought cookie dough ice cream again!

Chocolate Dipped Macaroons Recipe

Chocolate Dipped Macaroons Recipe

Chocolate Dipped Macaroons Recipe

Chocolate Dipped Macaroons Recipe

Chocolate Dipped Macaroons Recipe

 I’ve always loved the flavor of coconut… and unfortunately, I’ve almost always loathed the texture. The day that all changed was when I went out to lunch with my Mom and after the meal, I tried one of the shop’s macaroons. I’ve been obsessed about finding a good chocolate-dipped macaroon recipe ever since then, and now I love everything about coconut, including the texture.

When I saw this recipe (from BrowneyedBaker.com), I knew that I had found exactly what I had been looking for. Not to mention that sweetened condensed milk makes everything tasty! :) Anyway, the bottom was crisp and the center was soft, and the texture of the coconut was not the so-dreaded texture that people don’t like. It was the texture of yum, that’s what.  One thing that I might change about this recipe  (and this is a personal preference, since I’m not usually a huge chocolate person) is something with the chocolate to coconut ratio. I would either make the cookies bigger, or use milk chocolate, because I felt that the semi-sweet chocolate overpowered the flavor of the coconut somewhat. That was my (humble) observation. Still a great recipe, though!!! :)

Chocolate Dipped Macaroons Recipe:

2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

1 egg white

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/8 tsp. salt

3 1/2 cups coconut

12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease a cookie sheet or cover a baking sheet with wax paper.

1. Mix the  sweetened condensed milk, egg white, vanilla, and salt together in a medium sized bowl. Add the coconut and mix.

2. Drop cookies onto prepared baking sheet. I think that the size of about two tablespoons is a good starter size and you can adjust it to your preferred size from there. The smaller the cookie, the stronger the flavor of the chocolate. The bigger the cookie, the weaker the flavor of the chocolate.

3. Bake one sheet at a time for about 15-20 minutes or until the tops of the macaroons are a golden brown. You want to be careful not to under-bake them, or they will be tricky to dip in the chocolate without them falling apart on you.

4. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before you remove them with a spatula. Then, after the cookies are cooled completely (they don’t take long to cool), dip the bottoms in the chocolate and scrape off any excess chocolate before placing the cookie(s) on a sheet of wax paper. Use a fork to drizzle chocolate lightly over the top of the macaroons, for a pretty effect.

4. Refrigerate the cookies for about 10-15 minutes or until the chocolate has set. Once the chocolate has set, you won’t need to refrigerate the cookies anymore… not even for storage, unless you want them to stay fresher longer.

5.  Snrrrmf.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge Recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge Recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge Recipe

This recipe (by Bake at 350) was a good discovery. I don’t even know how I found it, but lucky me that I did. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a chocolate chip cookie dough hound, so when I saw this recipe, I knew that I had to try it. It was actually very easy and I got it on the first try, which I was not expecting, so yay!  I recommend that you use your most accurate thermometer for this one… I ended up using a digital meat thermometer that I found randomly sitting on the counter top one day. Don’t ask me how it got there, because I don’t know. (Oops, thanks for the thermometer, Aunt Joan!)

Anyway, the fudge turned out well. Everyone agreed that it was perfect fudge, and I know that I will be making various flavors of fudge in the future with this recipe!  It was smooth, creamy, the perfect consistency, and hit you like a brick (as fudge tends to do). On the final note, remember the three e‘s of baking: experiment, enjoy, eat.

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup cream

1/4 cup milk

1 tbsp. corn syrup

3/4 tsp. salt

2 tbsp. butter

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup flour

1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Bring the sugar, dark brown sugar, cream, milk, syrup and salt to a boil over medium heat.  Stir constantly, let the mixture boil until it is 242 degrees. (A specific temperature that seems ridiculous, but is very important.)

2. Remove from heat and stir in the butter, vanilla, and flour. Pour the mixture into an ungreased 13×9 inch pan and let sit undisturbed at room temperature until it reaches 110 degrees. You might think that you did something wrong because it will be more of a caramel consistency than a fudge consistency, but don’t worry! It’s not the final stage yet.

3. Scrape the fudge-carmel-stuff  into the bowl of a mixer. Beat on medium speed for about 4-5 minutes.  Scrape into a greased 8×8 inch pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and lightly press them into the fudge.

4. Let the fudge cool and set, about 1 1/2 hours.  Let it cool in the refrigerator if you want to speed up the process.

5. Snuff down that exceptionally-evil-egg-less-dough-in-a-pan-stuff!

Peanut Butter Candy Bars Recipe

Peanut Butter Candy Bars Recipe

Peanut Butter Candy Bars Recipe

Another delectable crowd pleaser: Peanut Butter Candy Bars. It is also my brother’s claim to fame, so I’ll let everyone know that he can make these bars more mean than anyone else ever could! As I made the bars, he constantly joked that I should give him the credit for the recipe, even though we’ve had this recipe for (practically) ever. Anyway, this recipe is wonderfully addicting (and makes you super thirsty!) They’re no-bake, so they take practically no time to prepare, and I can guarantee that any kid will love these bars! Being thirteen lets me in on the kids side of the world and over any evilly tasty recipe  they all go berserk. Trust me on this one!

Peanut Butter Candy Bars Recipe:

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

3 cups (1 lb.) powdered sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

6 oz. chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips in electric mixer. Peanut Butter mixture will be crumbly.

2. Press mixture into ungreased 12×8 inch pan. In a microwave or over the stove, melt the chocolate until smooth. Then pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter mixture, spreading evenly.

3. Let chocolate cool ( will take about ten minutes-ish at most), and the bars are ready to eat.

4. Dig in!

Chocolate Chip Cherry Scones Recipe

Chocolate Chip Cherry Scones Recipe

Chocolate Chip Cherry Scones Recipe

I’ve been looking and looking and looking for a scone recipe that I truly love. I finally found one that was absolutely to die for and so I thought that I would play with it… and I ended up changing enough things that it is now my own recipe, the descendant of another.  The original recipe used cinnamon chips (heart, heart, heart!) and tasted even better than Panera’s cinnamon chip scones, which I have been obsessed with since the very beginning of time. This recipe was my little adventure!

Anyway, these scones are fabulous, quick, and easy! They’re not so moist that they’re not a scone anymore, but they’re not so dry that they’re a pile of crumbs either. It’s the perfect in-between. The chocolate chips and cherries make a wonderful melt-in-your-mouth combination that you will just have to eat accompanied with a cup of tea or as you sit down to watch your favorite movie (which, of course, is Marvel’s The Avengers).

Chocolate Chip Cherry Scones Recipe:

(Makes about 16 scones)

3 cups flour

6 Tbsp. sugar

3 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, cubed

1 cup milk

1 cup dried cherries

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Topping:

2 Tbsp. Milk

1 Tbsp. turbinado sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and set out two greased cookie sheets.

2. Hand stir flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until throughly mixed.

3. Add cubed butter to the flour mixture and mix with pastry cutter until crumbly.

4. Add milk. Mix until all flour had been moistened. Mix in dried cherries and chocolate chips. Lightly knead or mix it with your hands.

5. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to your desired thickness (it should be rectangular). Then cut into squares and place them onto the greased cookie sheets.

6. Brush tops lightly with milk and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

8. Num num time!

Puppy Chow Recipe

Puppy Chow Recipe

Puppy Chow Recipe

This is a super easy, fun, and irresistible recipe! It’s quick, too. After-all, it’s a no-bake recipe. Puppy Chow is so snack-able  and delicious that you find yourself eating a lot more of it than you probably should… hence the word “chow.” I love the way that it melts in your mouth and has a nice, snappy crunch at the same time.  This puppy chow recipe is destined to be loved by all who taste it (kids especially love puppy chow… and it’s a great party recipe). Be sure to use Crispix cereal… it’s the best cereal that you’ll be able to find for this recipe, and any other cereal cannot quite pull it off the way Crispix does.

Puppy Chow Recipe:

12 oz. chocolate chips

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

1 cup peanut butter

12 oz. box of Crispix cereal

1 1/2 lbs. powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Pour box of Crispix cereal into a large bowl.

2. Melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a pot over medium heat.

3. Pour the melted ingredients over the Crispix cereal and mix thoroughly, being careful not to crush the cereal too much.

Puppy Chow Recipe in the Making

Puppy Chow Recipe in the Making

4. Pour the powdered sugar into a large brown paper bag. Pour the Crispix mixture into the bag and shake until all of the cereal is coated with powdered sugar. The powdered sugar should be a little more evenly distributed than below. (This part is especially good if you’re feeling grumpy… what better way to get vent it than to take it out on a bag of chocolate and peanut-butter coated cereal?)

5. Enjoy!