After School Treats

Fairy Wand CookiesFairy Wand Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 7 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 10 popsicle sticks
  • small dragees, to decorate

Beat the butter, sugar and egg with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the flour. Using your hands, press the mixture together to make a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 2 minutes, or until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush a large baking sheet with melted butter or oil. Roll out the dough between sheets of waxed paper to ¼ inch thick. Cut the dough into twenty stars, using a star shaped cutter. Arrange on the baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden. Cool on the trays. Place ½ teaspoon of melted chocolate on the flat side of half the cookies. Spread out to cover. Attach the stick and sandwich the remaining cookies over the chocolate and press together. Allow the chocolate to set. Drizzle the remaining chocolate over the stars. Decorate with dragees and allow to set. Makes 10

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After School Treats

After School Treats 4Swamp Mud

  • 5 ½ ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 4 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon gelatin powder
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • sprinkles, to decorate

Place the chocolate in a small heatproof bowl and sit it over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Cool slightly. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks, sugar, and zest in a large bowl for 5 minutes, or until thick and creamy. Beat in the cream and melted chocolate. Combine the gelatin with the juice in a bowl. Stand the bowl in hot water and stir until the gelatin dissolves. Add to the chocolate mixture and beat until combined. Place the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl.  Using an electric mixer, beat until firm peaks form. Add to the chocolate mixture. Fold in together until well combined. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until set. Decorate with sprinkles. Serves 8.

“Cooked” Swamp Mud

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ cups whole milk (2% can be used)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

In a medium saucepan whisk together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. On low heat whisk in milk one cup at a time. Slowly add eggs, whisk together until smooth. Turn heat up to medium until the mixture just starts to boil. Turn back down the heat to low and continue to whisk until pudding thickens about 2-3 minutes. Remove pudding from heat and stir in butter and vanilla until butter is melted and blended into pudding. Pour hot pudding into individual dishes cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2-3 hours. Remove wrap and apply sprinkles to your Swamp Mud.

Chocolate Chip Crackles

  • 3 cups puffed rice cereal
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ¼ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 2/3 cup shredded dried coconut
  • 7 ounces vegetable shortening, melted
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • colored sprinkles, to decorate

Line 24 mini muffin cups with foil or doubled paper liners.  Combine the puffed rice cereal, cocoa, and sugar in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly, then stir in the raisins and coconut. Stir in the melted shortening. Spoon the mixture into the paper liners. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and top with colored sprinkles.  Refrigerate until set. Makes 24.

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Summer Pies

Double Chocolate Chess Pie.jpgDouble Chocolate Chess Pie

For The Crust:

  • 20 chocolate sandwich cookies finely crushed
  • ¼ teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Filling:

  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder, divided
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ sticks butter
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 4 large eggs, slightly beaten

Make the Crust: In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients together. Pat onto bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 7-10 minutes or until set. Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes

Make the Filling: Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Bake crust for 7-10 minutes. Mix 4 tablespoons cocoa, sugar, salt and flour in a bowl. Melt butter in microwave and add the cocoa mixture. Add vanilla and remaining cocoa powder. Beat in the eggs. Pour into the pie crust and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.

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Back To School, Drive Safely

Cookies And Cream Cupcakes.jpegCookies And Cream Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup coarsely crushed cream filled chocolate sandwich cookies (about 8)

Frosting:

  • ½ cup shortening
  • 4 to 4 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream filled chocolate sandwich cookies and crushed cream filled chocolate sandwich cookies, optional

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil and egg whites; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on high for 2 minutes. Gently fold in crushed cookies. Pour into two paper lined jumbo muffin pans.

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, beat the shortening, sugar, milk and vanilla in another large bowl until smooth. Spread frosting over tops of cupcakes. If desired, decorate the top with whole and crushed cookies.

Yield: 12 servings

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Christmas In July

Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (14 oz.) package chocolate kiss candies

Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; blend well. Stir in flour. Press dough from a cookie press 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets, using a star or other desired shaped cutter. Bake 375 degrees F for 10 minutes. Press a chocolate kiss in center of each warm cookie, point side up. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 6 dozen.

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Congratulations Graduates!

Rocky Road CupcakesRocky Road Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tbsp. hot water
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup superfine sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Generous ¼ cup self-rising flour

Topping:

  • ¼ cup chopped mixed nuts
  • 3 ½ oz. milk chocolate, melted
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • ¼ cup candied cherries, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-hole muffin pan with 12 paper liners or put 12 double-layer paper liners on a baking sheet. Blend the cocoa and hot water together and set aside. Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, then beat in the blended cocoa. Sift in the flour and, using a metal spoon, fold gently into the batter. Spoon the mixture into the paper liners. Bake the cupcakes in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until well risen and springy to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. For the topping, stir the nuts into the melted chocolate and spread a little of the mixture over the top of the cupcakes. Lightly stir the marshmallows and cherries into the remaining chocolate mixture and pile on top of the cupcakes. Let set. Make 12 cupcakes.

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Love Is Sweeter The Second Time Around

Nearly Naked Wedding CakeNearly Naked Wedding Cake

White Cake:

  • ½ cup soft butter
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • ¾ tsp. almond flavoring
  • 6 egg whites

Cherry Chocolate Cake:

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 – 8 oz. bottle maraschino cherries, stemmed and drained (reserve liquid)
  • 2 – 1 oz. squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice plus enough milk to equal 1 cup liquid
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt

For the Frosting:

  • 2 cups butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 jar marshmallow crème

White cake: Cream butter and sugar. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Add alternately with water and milk. Stir in almond flavoring. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl. Add to dough ½ at a time. Pour into prepared 13 x 9 baking pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 40-45 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool.

Cherry Chocolate Cake: We doubled this recipe for our wedding cake. Place the butter or margarine, sugar, egg, cherry juice, melted chocolate, lemon-milk mixture and vanilla in the blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Add the cherries and process until finely chopped. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add liquid ingredients and stir to mix well. Turn the batter into two greased and floured 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake the cake in a 350 degrees F oven for 40-45 minutes or until it tests done with a toothpick.  Transfer to a rack to cool.

Frosting: In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Beat in half of the powdered sugar. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and stir in the marshmallow crème until well blended.

Place one cherry chocolate cake on a serving plate. Frost the top and top with white cake. Frost top of white cake and top with second cherry chocolate cake. Lightly frost top and sides of cake to give a “nearly naked cake” look.

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Love Is In The Air

Edith's Chocolate Cake.JPGEdith’s Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 tbsp. cocoa
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2/3 cup Mazola oil
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Frosting:

  • 2 cups butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 jar marshmallow crème

Sift together three times in a bowl flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Combine in a separate bowl: 1 1/2 cups water, 2/3 cup Mazola oil, 2 tbsp. vinegar and 2 tsp. vanilla. Stir and add dry mixture all at once. Stir mixture long enough that dry ingredients are dissolved. Pour into 10 x 14 inch pan or two 9 inch round pans, ungreased. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 35 to 45 minutes. Cool in pans. Remove when cake is cool. We doubled this recipe for our wedding cakes.

For the frosting: In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Beat in half of the powdered sugar. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and stir in the marshmallow crème until well blended. Frost the cakes and decorate as desired.

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Make For Your Mother

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

 Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 eggs
  • Scant 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 2/3 cup light cream
  • Strawberries, to decorate

 Frosting:

  • 8 oz. semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • Generous 1 cup heavy cream

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8 inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa into a large bowl. Beat the eggs with the sugar, oil and light cream. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the egg mixture, then stir to mix thoroughly, beating to a smooth batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until risen and firm to the touch. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then turn out and finish cooling on a wire rack. For the frosting, place the chocolate and heavy cream in a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted. Remove from the heat and stir until the mixture cools slightly and begins to thicken. Place one cake on a serving plate and top with chocolate frosting and top with additional cake. Spread the remaining chocolate mixture over the top and sides of the cake, swirling with a spatula. Decorate with the strawberries.

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Chocolate Banana Cake

Chocolate Banana Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Swiss Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 ½ cups light vanilla nonfat yogurt, divided
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced and divided
  • 1 tbsp. chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 10-inch tube pan. Prepare, bake and cool cake following package directions for No Cholesterol recipe. Split cake into thirds horizontally. Place bottom cake layer on serving plate. Spread ½ cup yogurt on cake. Arrange half the banana slices on yogurt. Place middle cake layer on top of bananas. Repeat with ½ cup yogurt and remaining banana slices. Place top cake layer on top of bananas. Glaze with remaining ½ cup yogurt. Sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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