cake, Chocolate, Desserts, ice cream, Uncategorized

Molten Lava Cakes

Wow! It has been WAY too long since my last post. Can I blame it on being back in school?

Well, last weekend was Valentine’s Day. I’ve never been a fan of the holiday UNTIL last year, when my TYLER, my best friend, proposed! The day after, that is. Getting engaged on Valentine’s Day is SO cliche 😉

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ANYWAYS…we kept Valentine’s Day low-key this year. It was Sunday, after all. Slept in, made pink heart pancakes, went to church, and made a fancy dinner afterwards. I was in charge of dessert, and I just HAD to go with these chocolate lava cakes from The Domestic Rebel, who has WAY better pics than I do . (I wasn’t planning on blogging this, but it was so delicious and split open so nicely, I just HAD to.)

They were SO good! Especially with the ice cream and homemade hot fudge 🙂 And super easy! These little individual cakes are sure to impress.

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You will need:

  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 Tbs flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch salt
  • OPT: Ice cream and fudge for garnish

Melt chocolate and butter for 1 min until butter is melted and chocolate can be whisked into a smooth substance.

Add powdered sugar, eggs, yolks, and vanilla, stirring to combine. Then add flour and salt.

Pour batter evenly into 4 liberally greased ramekins. Bake on 425 degrees for 13-15 mins, until edges are firm and center is soft. Let cake stand for a couple minutes before carefully tipping upside-down onto a plate. Top with ice cream and fudge if desired. Serve immediately!

Chocolate, Desserts, fudge, holidays, snack, Uncategorized

Homemade Fudge

To accompany my lovely sugar cookies on my goody plates, I made some nice, rich, homemade fudge.

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BTW, don’t my plates look pretty?!

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You will need:

  • 1 C evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 C sugar
  • 1 C butter
  • 10 1/2 oz mini marshmallows
  • 1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 pkg milk chocolate chips
  • opt: chopped nuts (walnuts are my favorite!)

In a very large pot, combine milk, vanilla, sugar, and butter over medium heat. Stir until mixture boils, then boil for 8 mins, stirring regularly.

Meanwhile, put your marshmallows and chocolate chips in a very large mixing bowl (and nuts, if desired). Set aside.

Once you sugar mixture has boiled long enough, pour over marshmallows and chocolate. Stir until marshmallows and chocolate have completely melted.

Pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Let cool in the fridge (this will take a couple hours. Cut up into small squares.

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Cookies, Desserts, holidays, sugar cookies, Uncategorized

Holiday Sugar Cookies

Happy Finals Week!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…or it will be when this week is over and we can all breathe a sigh of relief that this semester is DONE.

I’m taking my holiday goody plates around today, don’t they look pretty?!

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I just had to use a classic combination – fudge and home-decorated sugar cookies.

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These sugar cookies are special because they stay nice and soft! And they’re so fun to decorate. My husband helped me cut them all out and then we were up till after 1 in the morning decorating them. Well, mostly it was me that did the decorating. Or all me. But Tyler had a lot of fun rolling and cutting the dough!

You will need:

  • 1 C softened butter
  • 2 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 5 C flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar

Cream together butter and sugar, then add everything else. Mix well until a soft dough firms.

Roll out on a clean surface to 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick. I found that my thicker cookies stayed softer.

Cut out cookies with any shaped cookie cutters!

Transfer cut cookies to greased baking sheet and bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies are lightly golden’brown.

Decorate! Use different colored frostings, sprinkles, chocolate chips, and little candies. Spread the love. 🙂

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cinnamon, Cookies, Desserts, snickerdoodles, Uncategorized

Snickerdoodles

I don’t have a story for these guys. I just really wanted to make them. I love them, maybe only because they have the funnest name ever. Snickerdoodle. Hee hee 🙂

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Just look at all that soft, crackly, cinnamon-y goodness.

You will need:

  • 1 C softened butter
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 C flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Cinnamon and sugar

Cream together butter and sugar. Add the eggs. Slowly mix in dry ingredients. Roll the dough into small balls and coat generously with cinnamon and sugar. Bake for 8 to 10 mins on 350 F.

caramel, Desserts, fun, no bake, popcorn, snack

Soft Caramel Corn

Last week, Tyler and I were so sick! (Remember? That’s when I also made that sweet potato chili.) By Friday, we were sick of being sick, so we had a stay at home game night!

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(And also watch Supernatural haha)

No game night is complete without a treat, and I made this caramel corn that my mom is pretty much famous for (or at least I think she should be!). I’m not a big caramel corn fan because it usually goes hard and is all crunchy and hard to chew, but not this caramel corn! This will stay soft for WEEKS! Not that it would ever last that long because it is far too delicious.

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You will need:

  • 1/4 C butter
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C corn syrup
  • 1/2 can (about 7-8 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels (about 5 qts when popped)

In a large saucepan, combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup. Stir well and bring to a boil over medium heat.

Stir in the milk. Simmer until the mixture comes to a soft ball stage (about 235 F). THIS IS A KEY STAGE! If you boil your mixture too long, you will not have nice soft caramel corn.

Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, and pour over popped corn. Stir to coat entirely.

caramel, Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts, Easy, rolo

Rolo Cookies

Woo, November was a crazy month! Mid-terms, the holidays, extra tutoring, Nanowrimo…But now it’s December and soon school will be out. Yayyyyy!

I made these cookies the other day when I needed a study break. I had some Rolos leftover from Halloween and remembered these fantastic cookies my grandma made the grandchildren from time to time. They are so gooey and delicious!

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You will need:

  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 C butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 C flour
  • 3/4 C cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Enough Rolos for 3 dozen cookies

Cream together butter and sugars, then mix in everything else but the Rolos. Form small ball of cookie dough around a Rolo and place on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 7-10 mins on 375 degrees.

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crust, Desserts, Easy, fall, pie

Grandma’s Easy Pie Crust

My mom raised me on homemade pie crust. I didn’t even know you could buy pre-made ones from the store until I left home two and a half years ago. While store crusts are time savers, the extra minutes needed to put together a homemade crust are worth it to me. Especially when a pie crust is so much easier than you think!

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You will need:

  • 1 C shortening
  • 2 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup ice water

Mix together the shortening, flour, and salt. Then gently mix in the ice water. The less you deal with it, the better. Roll out onto a floured surface until about a quarter inch thick.

Makes two 9″ pie crusts.

Photo Credit: The Joyful Pantry. They have a fantastic dairy-free pie crust, if that’s something you’re interested in. Check them out!