Monday, July 20, 2015

Wendy's Frosty CopyCat

This recipe is so simple and a perfect replicate of Wendy's frosty--which my family all love.  I know I can whip up a batch and have happy smiles all around. 


Half Gallon of Chocolate milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip

Mix all three ingredients together.  Freeze in Ice Cream Maker.  And go do something fun while it freezes....


Monday, July 13, 2015

Dark Chocolate Cream Pie

My kids wanted to make a chocolate cream pie.  I was worried about the crust being too sweet, but it was great.   The filling was super creamy and rich, and oh so good. 

Recipe from: CookiesCakesPiesOhMy

Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust:
1¹⁄3 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 Tbl unsweetened cocoa
1/3 cup brown sugar
5 Tbl butter, softened

Chocolate Cream Filling:
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups milk
4 egg yolks
1 cup dark chocolate chips
2 Tbl butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla

Cream Topping:
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 Tbl powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
dark chocolate, grated or shaved

Preheat oven to 375°.  Crust: Combine graham cracker crumbs, cocoa, sugar and butter until combined.  Press mixture into 9″ deep dish pie plate, over bottom and up sides.  Bake for 10 minutes.

Filling:  Combine brown sugar, cornstarch and salt in heavy saucepan, whisk until combined.  In small bowl whisk together milk and egg yolks.  Add milk mixture to saucepan slowly, whisking until mixture is smooth.  Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture starts to bubble and thicken, about 6-8 minutes.  Turn heat down to simmer and cook, whisking constantly, another minute more until thick.  Remove from heat and stir in dark chocolate chips, butter, and vanilla.  Beat several times while cooling.  Pour into crust and cover with plastic wrap or wax paper.  Chill until cold and set throughout, at least 4 hours.

Cream Topping:  Whip cream with electric mixer until soft peaks, add sugar and vanilla, continue whipping to stiff peaks.  Spread whipped cream over pie and garnish with dark chocolate.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Dutch Oven Brownies

So it turns out brownies are easy to cook in a dutch oven.   Yes, they were from a box and really simple, but this has boosted my confidence of dutch oven cooking.  So...expect to see some more dutch oven happenings!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sprinkle Number Cake

I loved finding this simple idea for decorating a birthday cake.  It was perfect for my son's 2nd birthday.  There is something special about kids love them!

I cut a "2" out of freezer paper and laid it over the top of the cake.  I then pressed sprinkles into the frosting and brushed away loose sprinkles before removing the freezer paper stencil. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

"Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bar" Cookies

Also known as: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
(Makes 3 dozen cookies)

One of my best friends moved away...she used to bring Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars to our house and we would have great visits.  So when we tried these cookies, that tasted quite similar, but in a circular cookie form, my mind drifted back to those fun days...

Recipe from: Six Sister Stuff

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1 heaping cup of chocolate chips

Cream together butter and sugars.  Add peanut butter, egg, vanilla, salt and baking soda.  Mix in flour and oatmeal.  When it is all mixed gently mix in chocolate chips.  Bake 350 for 9 minutes. Grab a cold glass of milk!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Baymax Cake

Sugar sheets cut and topped on a white frosted cake to create a Baymax cake for my Big Hero Six fan...

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Muddy Buddies

Muddy Buddies with Peanut Butter M&Ms for an Easter treat.  Super easy, tasty and cute!

Recipe adapted from: Life, Love and Sugar

1 box Rice Chex cereal
10 oz chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (I used less) 
1 bag Peanut Butter M&Ms (or preferred Easter candy)

1. Put chex cereal into a large bowl.
2. Microwave chocolate chips, butter and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl for about 1 minute. Stir.
3. Heat 30 seconds to a minute longer until mixture is fully melted and smooth.
4. Add chocolate mixture to cereal and stir to coat evenly.
5. Add powdered sugar and stir until evenly coated. Have patience and stir carefully to not break up the chex cereal too much.
6. Add the bag of M&Ms and stir gently.