Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fluffernutter Cookies

These cookies are perfect for those who love peanut butter. They are so rich and delicious that you will want to have a glass of milk to go with them. Every time I make these I eat about three in one sitting. The downside to these cookies is the recipe only make one dozen, so you may want to double the recipe if you have a lot of family and friends that come to your house often. This recipe is another recipe that I found on the blog Picky Palate. If you ever get a chance check out her blog, she has lots of great ideas when it comes to cooking. Well hope you enjoy these delicious cookies as much as I did. :)
FlufferNutter Cookies
1 cup Peanut Butter
1 egg
1 cup marshmallow fluff

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a bowl combine the peanut butter and egg until combined. Using a spoon stir in the marshmallow fluff until slightly combined, leaving swirls of marshmallow showing. Drop by spoonfuls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until slightly browned. Makes about 1 dozen.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookies

I was searching a really fun blog called Picky Palate the other day and the creator of the blog posted a chocolate chip cookie recipe using an ingredient that I would have never thought of. That special ingredient was vanilla ice cream. So I gave it a try and the cookies came out great. They came out thick, soft and chewy. I was even nice enough to make a nice plate of them for some friends of ours. Well hope you enjoy them as much as we all did. :)

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookies

2 sticks softened butter
1 Cup granulated sugar
3/4 Cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 Tablespoons pure vanilla
Heaping 1/2 Cup vanilla ice cream (frozen from container)
4 Cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 bag chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla until well combined. Add in ice cream until combined. Place flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl; mix. Add to wet ingredients along with the chocolate chips; mix until just combined. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until cookies are cooked through. Let cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Purple Heart Necklace

This here is the newest necklace that I made recently. I actually made it a couple weeks ago, but I am now just getting around to posting it. It is very basic and simple, but I didn't want to have to much going on. In a way it looks kiddish but I like it a lot. My friend Cynthia actually helped me pick out the beads. We went to Michael's to buy some cake supplies and next thing you know we spent over an hour looking at beads. We had a blast in the bead department and we got a lot of great beads to make some lovely jewelery. :)
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Green Rose Anniversary Cake

Here is another cake that I made recently. I made it for one of my coworkers 1oth wedding anniversary. She asked if I could recreate the top of her wedding cake by decorating it with green roses and lavender flowers. The flavor she chose was a white cake with strawberry filling. When I presented the cake to her, she was so happy. She couldn't wait to surprise her husband with this anniversary cake. I have been out of town so I haven't heard how the surprise went. I cant wait to see her so I can found out what happened. :)
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Chocolate Strawberry Cake

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there. I wasn't able to spend actual fathers day with my dad, therefore I went home the previous day to spend time with him. I was so glad that I got to spend time with him as well as the rest of my family. I thought that it would be nice if I made my dad a small cake. So I decided to make a cake using fresh strawberries. So what I did was I made a small 6-inch white cake. I then cut the cake in half and spread some chocolate frosting (out of the can) on top of the bottom layer. Next I sliced some strawberries and arranged them on the top of the frosting. Then I spread a little frosting on the bottom and placed that layer on top of the strawberries. Then I used the remaining frosting and covered the rest of the cake and gave it a nice border. Last I arranged some fresh strawberries around it. My dad ended up loving it and said it tasted good. Well hope you enjoy. :)
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Juicy Couture Cake

I was very busy this past week, therefore I was not able to post a lot of my creations. One of the reasons I was so busy was because I had to make three cakes, with the Juicy Couture cake being one of them. My friend at work asked if I could make her sister a cake for her birthday with the Juicy Couture logo on it. I agreed but was nervous because I thought the logo would be hard to transfer because it looks so elaborate. Well I gave it a try and surprisingly it came out pretty well. The good news is that my friend absolutely adored it. I hope her sister did too.
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

I was craving something chocolaty the other day, but I didn't know what I wanted. Therefore I pulled out a couple of my cookbooks and began to flip through them. When I came across the recipe for these chocolate peanut butter bars in my Nestle Toll House Best Loved Cookies Cookbook, I decided that I had to make them. I am so glad I did because they were absolutely delicious. Well anyways I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. :)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
¾ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine flour and baking soda in a small bowl. Beat the granulated sugar, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in egg. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in 1 ¼ cups of the chocolate chips. Press into ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips; press down slightly. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely. Cut into bars and enjoy. :)
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pizza Stuffed Pretzels

I was browsing around on Pillsbury.com today and I came across this recipe for pizza stuffed Pretzels. I got so excited because I love pretzels and pizza. Therefore I decided that I have to try these out. I did change a couple of things though due to the ingredients I had on hand plus I felt that the bread needed a little of more flavoring. Mine were a bit overstuffed compared to the others, therefore they did not photograph to well, but they sure were yummy. I will definitely will be making these again. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did :)

Pizza Stuffed Pretzels

1 tablespoon Olive oil
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1 tablespoon flour
1 can refrigerated pizza crust
28 pepperoni slices
About 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon melted butter
4 tablespoons garlic powder
4 tablespoons parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons Italian seasoning

Heat the oven to 425º F. Brush a large cookie sheet with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle the sheet with cornmeal. Sprinkle flour over work spurface. Unroll pizza dough onto surfaceand press dough out into a rectangle that is 16x10 inches. With a pizza cutter cut the dough into 4 strips lengthwise that are 2 inches wide. Evenly place 7 pepperonis on each strip and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on strips. Bring up sides of each dough strip and press edegs together to seal the cheese and pepperoni inside. Gently roll into a rope and fold into a pretzel shape ( start by making a u-shape then cross the ends and fold over to make pretzel shape). Place pretzels on cookie sheet and brush the tops with the melted butter and sprinkle the tops with the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 13-17 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with marinara sauce. Enjoy. :)

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Chocolate Cake with Pink Designs

Yesterday was my Nana's Birthday, so I wanted to make a beautiful cake for a beautiful woman. Unfortunately, my Nana will not get to enjoy this cake that I made for her because she passed away over four years ago. She was a wonderful woman that was loved by many. I have so many great memories of all the wonderful times that I spent with her that I will cherish always. I wish she could be here today, but I know that is not possible. One thing I do know is that she is looking down on me from heaven. So this cake is for you Nana I love you so much. Happy Birthday.
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fresh Fruit Crepes

I just love crepes. These also happen to be one of my boyfriend's favorite dishes as well, therefore I like to surprise him by making these once in a while. I first learned to make these in my foods and nutrition course back in high school. I have made these quite a few times since then; the recipe might be a little different, but they still taste great. The Recipe below is from the Better Home and Garden Cookbook, since I lost the one I received in my foods course. Now you don't have to just put fresh fruit, you can put ham and cheese, or anything you like. Be creative.


2 eggs
1 ½ cups milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cooking oil
¼ teaspoon salt

In a small mixing bowl combine the eggs, milk, flour, oil, and salt. Beat until well combined. Heat a lightly greased 6 inch skillet; remove from heat and spoon a few tablespoons of batter, tilt the skillet to spread the batter around evenly. Return to heat, brown one side and then flip over and cook for a few seconds. Remove from pan and place on plate. Repeat until there is no batter left. Fill crepes with fresh fruit of choice. Top with whipped cream or dust with powder sugar. Enjoy :)
This recipe will make at least 12 crepes depending on how much batter you use for each crepe. You can easily half the recipe if you do not want as much.
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