Cookie Dough Brownies : Take-Two

A few months ago, we made Gluten Free Cookie Dough Brownies:  http://wp.me/p3nMNw-4H . Today we decided to make it again, but this time as the classic flour version.A few notes on the recipe: we added dark chocolate chips to the brownies for extra chocolatey-ness. Also, we found that the cookie dough was very dense, so we added two tablespoons of milk to make it more spreadable.

Brownie Recipe from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-brownies/ :

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan.

In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.

Cookie Dough Recipe from  http://www.diettaste.com/desserts/eggless-cookie-dough.html#sthash.RZMN69cF.dpuf :

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

First heat the flour on medium heat until it turns slightly tan. Once flour changes color, place in a separate bowl and add all other ingredients.
Once the brownies cooled, spread the cookie dough on top and serve!
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter (or vegan margarine or nut butter)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (or ¼ cup brown sugar + sweetener equal to ½ cup sugar)
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

– See more at: http://www.diettaste.com/desserts/eggless-cookie-dough.html#sthash.RZMN69cF.dpuf

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter (or vegan margarine or nut butter)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (or ¼ cup brown sugar + sweetener equal to ½ cup sugar)
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

– See more at: http://www.diettaste.com/desserts/eggless-cookie-dough.html#sthash.RZMN69cF.dpuf

Homemade Soft Pretzels

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If you are a fan of the classic mall soft pretzels like Auntie Anne’s, then this recipe is a must try! Golden brown and chewy, these pretzels are a surprisingly simple fix. Found on http://www.food.com, this pretzel recipe has been slightly altered due to various attempts to achieve the ‘perfect’ soft pretzel taste.

1 1/2 cups water
1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 pkg.)
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
4 cups all purpose flour
2 cups water
2 tablespoons baking soda

coarse salt
2 -4 tablespoons butter (melted)

Directions:

1. Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve.

2. Add sugar, salt and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth and elastic.

3. Let rise at least 1/2 hour.

4. While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm water and 2 tbsp baking soda.

5. Be certain to stir often.

6. After dough has risen, pinch off bits of dough and roll into a long rope (about 1/2 inch or less thick) and shape.

7. Allow each pretzel to soak in the soda solution for at least a minute before placing on greased baking sheet. (This helps give the pretzel its soft texture)

8. Allow pretzels to rise again then sprinkle with salt.

9. Bake in oven at 425 for about 7 minutes or until golden.

10. Brush with melted butter.

11. Toppings: After you brush with butter try sprinkling with coarse salt.

Simple White Cake

Simple White Cake

Found on “allrecipes.com”, this recipe is perfect for a quick cake fix. The recipe not only calls for few ingredients but it bakes in less than 30 minutes!

Ingredients:

Recipe makes 12 cupcakes or 1- 9×9 inch pan

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×9 inch pan or line a muffin pan with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.

link to original site http://allrecipes.com/recipe/simple-white-cake/

**In the picture, above, the cake batter has been dyed with various basic food colorings in attempts to follow the popular “rainbow” cake trend.

Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Cake

This Hershey’s chocolate cake recipe is both classic and mouth-watering.

Ingredients

2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
“PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE” CHOCOLATE FROSTING (recipe follows)

Directions

1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

2 Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

3 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with “PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE” CHOCOLATE FROSTING. 10 to 12 servings.

VARIATIONS:
ONE-PAN CAKE: Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350° F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely. Frost.

THREE LAYER CAKE: Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost.

BUNDT CAKE: Grease and flour 12-cup fluted tube pan. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 50 to 55 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Frost.

CUPCAKES: Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Heat oven to 350°F. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30 cupcakes.

*Instead of using frosting for the cake, try smothering it in melted dark chocolate!

Strawberry Cheesecake

Happy Mother’s Day! What better to make than a strawberry cheesecake for this special occasion! Easy to make, this cheesecake will have you (and everyone else who tries it) hungry for more! For the original recipe go to Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 9 crushed graham crackers
  • 3 1/2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 8oz packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • fresh strawberries

Method:

Mix the crushed graham crackers with the butter. Take the mixture and press it firmly and evenly on the bottom of a well-greased baking pan.  Bake for about 10 minutes on 325F and than set aside.

With an electric mixer beat together the sugar, cream cheese, lemon juice, and lemon peel.  Next, add the sour cream and beat until well mixed. On a low speed, add the eggs, one at a time. Pour into the crust. Bake for about 40 minutes on 350F. Once the center is almost set, take the pan out of the oven and let cool.

Cut the strawberries into thin slices and place on cheesecake. Enjoy and have a great Mother’s Day!

A Summer Dinner

A Summer Dinner

What a great dinner! We had grilled vegetables, spinach orzo, and grilled ceasar salad.

Truffles

Truffles

Truffles from a store in Switzerland!Sadly the store was closed when we walked by 😦 They looked (and still look) so delicious!

Trader Joe’s Chick Gyoza Potstickers

Trader Joe’s Chick Gyoza Potstickers

These dumplings make in about 15 minutes and taste great!

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