Thursday, December 14, 2017

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COOKIE BARS

2 cups Oreo-type cookies, finely crushed*
1/2 stick butter, melted
2 cups (12-oz pkg) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can (14-oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the cookie crumbs and melter better until well mixed. Press onto the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt 1 cup of the chocolate chips with the sweetened condensed milk. Stir in the vanilla. Pour this chocolate mixture evenly over the crust in the pan. Sprinkle the remaining cup of chocolate chips and the chopped pecans over the top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until set. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into 24 large bars or 36 smaller bars.

These bars are good at room temperature or chilled.

 Note: I believe this is one of my Mr Food recipes and pictures. Have had it so long, I am not sure.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

EASY GOLDEN VELVET CRUMB CAKE

1 1/2 biscuit baking mix
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup cold water*
2 tablespoons butter-flavored shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Broiled Topping, recipe follows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray an 8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In a large mixer bowl, blend all ingredients (except topping) using an electric mixer on low speed for less than a minute to blend, scraping bowl often. Beat on medium speed 3 to 4 minutes.

Pour batter into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until cake top springs back when lightly touched with fingers. While cake is still warm, spread top with the broiled topping.

BROILED TOPPING:
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons light cream
1/2 cup coconut
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Combine the topping ingredients in a small saucepan and heat to melt butter and brown sugar. Set oven to broil. Spread the topping over the cake and broil 3 inches from the heat 3 minutes or until the topping is browned. Watch carefully or topping will burn!

 Note: File Photo

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

RASPBERRY BUNS

A lady from Canada posted this recipe and pictures to a Christmas page I belong to. I thought you readers would like this.





Monday, December 11, 2017

CHOCOLATE PEANUT CLUSTERS

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tbsp vegetable shortening (do not use a substitute)
1 cup unsalted, dry roasted peanuts

Place all chocolate chips and the shortening in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at medium for 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave an additional 15 seconds, stir, and repeat until chips are melted and the mixture is smooth when stirred.

Add the peanuts.

Drop by teaspoonfuls into 1-inch size candy papers. Let sit until firm, about 1 hour.

Store in an airtight container and keep in a cool dry place.

Yield: 2 dozen candies

Note: File Photo

Friday, December 8, 2017

FROZEN RASPBERRY DESSERT

This is a file photo

CRUST:
1 cup (20 wafers) crushed vanilla wafers
1/2 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts
1/4 cup butter, melted

Heat oven to 375 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine all crust ingredients; mix well. Press firmly in bottom of an 8-iinch springform pan. Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool.

FILLING:
1 can (14-oz) sweetened condensed milk
3 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp orange juice
1 pkg (10-oz) frozen raspberries with syrup, thawed
1 cup whipping cream, whipped

In a large bowl, combine milk, lemon juice and orange juice; beat until smooth. Add the raspberries; beat at low speed of electric mixer until well blended. Fold in the whipped cream. Pour mixture over the cooled crust.

Freeze dessert until firm. Remove from freezer approximately 15 minutes before serving.

Drizzle with chocolate sauce for garnish, if desired.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

BUTTERSCOTCH NUT ROLLS

1 pkg frozen round roll dough
1 box (4-serving size) butterscotch cook and serve pudding mix
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 stick butter, melted
coarsely chopped pecans

The night before serving for breakfast: Drop the frozen rolls around the bottom of a Bundt pan (not a tube pan). In a small bowl combine the pudding mix, cinnamon, and brown sugar; sprinkle over the rolls. Pour the melted butter over the rolls and the pudding mixture. Sprinkle with amount of chopped pecans you prefer. Cover the pan with foil and a moist towel. Let set overnight.

Next morning: Bake the rolls at 300 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

 Note: File Photo

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

CHOCOLATE FROSTING FROM CHOCOLATE CHIPS

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk
1 1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar

Combine the chocolate chips and butter. Melt in the microwave until chips are melted enough to make mixture smooth when stirred. (Or cook over hot water until melted.) Remove from heat or microwave. Mix in the vanilla and add the salt. Beat in the sifted (important to eliminate lumps) powdered sugar alternately with the milk until of a spreading consistency.

 This is a file photo.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

DELICIOUS CHOCOLATE-CINNAMON DIP

8-oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 can (14-oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 tbsp light-colored corn syrup
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Milk, if needed to reach dipping consistency
Favorite plain cookies for dipping, optional

In a medium saucepan melt chopped chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly. Stir in the sweetened condensed milk and the the corn syrup until combined well. Stir in the vanilla extract and the cinnamon. Serve sauce warm, stirring in the additional milk if needed. Serve with the cookies.

Option: Serve over ice cream for a sundae, if desired.

Yield: 2 cups

Note: This is a file photo.

Monday, December 4, 2017

LEMON PECAN PIE WITH CREAM CHEESE PASTRY

CREAM CHEESE PASTRY:
1 block (3-oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour

Blend the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla together. Work in the flour to form a dough. Chill until dough is easy to handle. Remove from refrigerator and press into a 9-inch pie plate to form crust. Trim and flute the edge.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

FILLING:
3 eggs
1 cup light brown sugar
pinch of salt
1 cup white corn syrup
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp lemon extract
1 tsp butter flavoring
1 heaping cup of pecan halves

Slightly beat eggs in medium-size bowl. Blend in the sugar, salt, corn syrup, and butter. Add the vanilla, lemon extract, and butter flavoring. Arrange the pecans on the bottom of the pie crust. Slowly pour the filling over the pecans. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes until the center of the pie is almost set but still slightly soft. Do not overbake as the filling will continue to set as it cools. Allow to cool on a wire rack for at least an hour before cutting to serve.



 Photo from TOH

Sunday, December 3, 2017

CHOCOLATE/PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE

4 cups granulated sugar
1 stick butter
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tall can evaporated milk
1 pkg (12-oz) chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, butter, and milk; bring to a roiling boil. Cook for 10 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and stir in the peanut butter, chocolate chips, and vanilla. Pour into a lightly buttered pan immediately. When cooled and set, cut into squares.

   
Note: File Photo