Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Double Chocolate and Caramel Rice Krispy Treats

Take a simple rice krispy treat and dress it up with drizzles of caramel, white chocolate and dark chocolate.  My kids LOVED them.  They were asking for me to make another batch a few bites in.  I told them we still had more in the pan, they responded "I know, but can you make some more?"  Yep, they're that good.

Recipe from: Makdoodle

1/4 cup butter
1 pkg. mini marshmallows
5 1/2 cups Rice Krispies
White Chocolate
Dark Chocolate

Melt butter in a large bowl.  Stir in marshmallows and coat the marshmallows with butter.  Microwave 2 minutes on power level 4.  Stir until smooth.  Pour over rice krispies and stir until all the rice krispies are coated.

Lightly coat an 8x8 pan with butter.  Then press the rice krispies in the pan.  Drizzle with melted caramel, then the melted white chocolate, followed by melted dark chocolate.  Allow the caramel and chocolates to set before serving.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Cheese Bread

This is a "Pizza Hut Knockoff recipe".  It is better than Pizza Hut.  It made a lot, so I served this as the main dish with a side salad.  I knew my boys would want some pepperoni, so I did chop some pepperoni up and sprinkled it on some of the cheese sticks before baking.  The whole family was pleased with this meal.  It was pretty easy to pull together, too.

Recipe from

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 Tbsp yeast
3 cups flour (more as needed)
1/2 cup melted butter (half for the bottom of pan, half on top of breadsticks)
Mozzarella cheese
Garlic powder
Garlic salt
Italian Seasoning
Dissolve yeast in the warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes.  Add sugar, pwd. milk and salt. Add enough flour to make a moderately stiff dough. Knead the dough until smooth. ( I did this in my Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook).
Roll the dough out in a large rectangle. Mine filled a jelly roll pan (you could divide the dough in half and do two 9x13 pans.  Spread half of the butter onto the bottom of the pan and then place the dough into the pan. Let raise in warm, draft-free place for 15 minutes.
Spread remaining butter on the top of the dough.  Top dough with cheese.  Bake at 350°F for 20-25 or until golden brown.  Sprinkle hot breadsticks with seasonings.  Cut into breadsticks and serve with marinara sauce.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Super rich and chocolatey.  My kids were super excited about this treat.  I didn't mention it had one needed to know :)   I tried this with oil and with subbing the oil out for applesauce. It was great both ways. 
Recipe from:  Babble, The Family Kitchen

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup canola oil (or apple sauce)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 packed cups grated zucchini (don’t peel it)
1 cup chocolate chips (I used mini)

Preheat oven at 350 F. Spray two 9×5 inch pans with nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. Add the oil and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients along with the zucchini and chocolate chips. Stir just until combined, and divide between the loaf pans.
Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the tops are cracked and springy to the touch. Makes 2 cakes.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Waffles of Insane Greatness

John's favorite waffle recipe.  They are really good.  I usually double the batch for my family.  I have thrown leftovers in the toaster and they are nice and crisp.  I have thought about making some and freezing them when school starts, if I do I will have to add an update. 

Recipe from:  Annie's Eats

¾ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup cornstarch
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1½ tsp. sugar
½ cup milk
½ cup buttermilk (I use Greek Yogurt instead)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
¾ tsp. vanilla extract
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.  Whisk together to blend.  In another mixing bowl, beat together the whole milk, buttermilk, oil, egg and vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients and whisk just until incorporated and few lumps remain.  Set aside to rest for 30 minutes. (I don't always have time to let it rest)
Preheat a waffle iron.  Fill waffle wells and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Cook until crisp and golden.  Serve immediately.