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Monday, February 18, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Special Oreo Treat

Great idea for Teachers, neighbors, family, or sweetheart.

Well, I have a Delicious "TO DIE FOR"
St. Patrick's Day TREAT..."CHOC/MINT
OREO SUCKERS" (TUTORIAL BELOW)
(See Photos BELOW)



Supplies Needed:
Oreo Mint Cookies
Parchment/wax paper
White & Green Candy Melts
Lollipop/Sucker Sticks/bags
Curling Ribbon/or Twists


Directions:
1) Lay out some Wax Paper on counter top.

Take Oreos & separate them (See Photo
BELOW)

2) At 30 sec. increments..microwave Candy Melts.


3) Take a Lollipop Stick & dip into
melted candy (will look like a Q-tip) &
place in middle of Oreo. Press down
softly into green frosting)
(SEE PHOTOS BELOW)

4) Place top of Oreo on top ofstick & press gently..Let harden
(about 5-10 min) See Photo BELOW



5) Dip hardened Suckers into melted
coating (making sure all sides & edges
are coated) See Photo BELOW

6) Decorate however you choose. I
used green sprinkles, Green Candy Melts,
White nonpareils (See BELOW)

7) Decorated & protected by plastic bags
these delicious "Choc/Mint Cookie Suckers"
are ready for gift giving...Friends, Neighbors,
Co-workers are going to ask you for the RECIPE!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY EVERYONE!!!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Peanut Butter/Chocolate Reeses Cookies

This is a LOADED CHOCOLATE /PEANUT
BUTTER CUP COOKIE....Loaded with Reese's
Pieces, Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups,
Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter & a Chocolate
dough...Wow that's chocolaty.......

These would be great for a special occasion.
I found these on a number of blogs, pretty much
the same recipe, This one was adapted from
Kitchen Cafe ....(I didn't put the 1 cup of peanut
butter chips that was in the original recipe & you
may want to do that)....

Ingredients:

1 Cup Butter, (softened)
3/4 C. Peanut Butter (creamy or crunchy)
(I used crunchy)
3/4 C. Sugar
3/4 C. packed Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 1/3 C. Flour
1/3 C. Cocoa Powder (I think I would use not
as much..... maybe 1/4 -1/2 Cup)..you decide
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1 Bag Reese's Pieces

~Note: Cut the Peanut Butter Cups in half
(gently) and put in refrigerator or freezer
til ready to use. Original Recipe said to
freeze first.......(but 1 blogger stated she had
problems cutting them after they were
frozen)....we don't want problems like that...

Preheat Oven to 350F.

In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together
softened butter, peanut butter, white sugar, &
brown sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a
time, then stir in vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa,
& baking soda; stir into the creamed mixture.
Mix in chocolate chips, & Reese's Pieces (hand
stir them in so the shells of the Reese's Pieces don't
get broken).

I used a Cookie Scoop to have each cookie round &
look more uniformed. I also used a Slipat Cookie
sheet liner...(they are the BEST non-stick liners!!!)
These are 2 of my Favorite Kitchen Items......Push one Peanut Butter Cup half into the center of
each ball of dough. Bake for 8 to 10 min. (My oven
they were done at 9 min. (You don't want them to
fall apart so make sure you let them cool completely
before lifting them off the cookie sheet).....ENJOY!!!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentine's Day Dessert/FAST & EASY

Here is a FAST & EASY Dessert for the ones you
love... It's just a Chocolate brownie cut out with a
heart shaped cookie cutter...topped with a scoop
of vanilla ice cream, Chocolate sauce dipping
down the sides..& a Chocolate heart place on top!!!
It looks harder than it is..I promise...

RECIPE
1 box of Brownie mix (any kind)
ingredients for brownies (eggs, oil, & water usually)
vanilla ice cream

For Chocolate Hearts on Top:
1 bag chocolate melts (from Walmart or Michael's)

For Chocolate Sauce:
3/4 c. heavy cream
2 cups chocolate chips

Directions:
1) Make brownies as directed on back of pkg.
(cool & set aside)

2) To make Chocolate Hearts
Take 1/2 a bag of chocolate melts and microwave
for 1 min. on 50% power...then continue at 30 sec.
intervals at 50% power stirring after each one
(until smooth & shiny)

(Line a baking sheet with wax paper for the hearts
to be placed on & to dry)

Take melted chocolate & put into baggie (that
is not pleated) or small Ziplock bag with spoon.
Grab & twist bag tightly at top so chocolate doesn't
come out & cut a tiny bit off the corner so you have
a small hole that you "write" a heart on the prepared
baking sheet. Make as many hearts as the baggie will
hold or that you need. Let cool (I put them in the
refrigerator to speed up the process.) Set them aside

For Chocolate Sauce:
Melt chocolate chips in microwave @ 50% power
for 1 min & then 30 sec. intervals until melted
(Stirring after each interval) stir in cream slowly
to blend & is smooth & shiny

Putting it all together:
1) Cut brownies with heart shaped cookie cutter
2) With ice cream scoop put 1 scoop of vanilla ice
cream on top of brownie
3) Make sure the Chocolate sauce is warm & with
teaspoon drip some sauce on top of ice cream.
4) Place a Chocolate Heart on top of ice cream &
Chocolate sauce....Happy Valentine's Day.