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Single Serve Peanut Butter Pies

16 Aug

individual peanut butter piesSeveral weeks ago Kroger had Marie Callenger’s single serve desserts on sale, so I stocked up and bought the carrot cake, keylime pie, red velvet cake and coconut cream pie desserts. Each dessert included two servings…perfect for me and my husband.

marie callender containerI kept the containers knowing that I could reuse them to make my own single serve desserts. As a side note, I made the mistake of washing one of the lids in my dishwasher and it warped…ugh!

peanut butter pie close upWith company coming over for dinner I decided to make these individual peanut butter pies. I used the recipe from my Peanut Butter Pie post. I made the crust from Vanilla Wafers I had on hand, added the peanut butter filling and topped them off with some chocolate syrup, nuts and chopped mini Reeses cups. I put the lids on them and placed them in the freezer. Mmm, I can’t wait for dessert!

Hmm? Wonder what other single serve desserts I can make? Anyone have any ideas?

 

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Chocolate Covered Ice Cream Sandwiches

5 Aug

chocolate covered ice cream sandwiches

Here’s a quick and easy ice cream treat for kids of all ages…chocolate covered ice cream sandwiches. 

insert sticks and freeze

The first thing I did was insert Popsicle sticks into each ice cream sandwich and put them in the freezer for an hour. For the kids I cut a regular ice cream sandwiches into thirds.

melt wilton chocolate

Next I melted some of the light cocoa Wilton dipping chocolate in the microwave.  I added a teaspoon of oil to thin it so it would spread better.

spread on chocolate

I spooned on the chocolate and spread it around the ice cream sandwiches and placed them back into the freezer.

decorate as desired

I melted some leftover pink chocolate, put it in a ziplock bag, snipped off the corner and decorated each sandwich.  I put them in the freezer for a few minutes and then put them in poly bags and back into the freezer until it was time to serve them. 

I want to point out that the regular ice cream sandwiches I cut started melting as I was covering them.  I had no problem with the big round sandwiches. 

Mmm, they were really good! You should give them a try!

3 Things To Do With Your Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

26 Jan

I decided to make some chocolate chip cookies the other day. Since there’s just me and my husband, I knew we wouldn’t eat all of them before they got stale, so…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I baked cookies from half of the dough (I added some mini M&Ms because I didn’t have enough chocolate chips).

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

Then I took some of the cooled cookies and made ice cream sandwiches. I wrapped them in wax paper and then in a ziplock bag and put them in the freezer. We had one that night…Mmm, the cookie was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside!

Frozen Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

With the remaining dough I rolled them into balls, laid them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and placed them in the freezer.  When they were firm, I put them in a ziplock bag and then back into the freezer. 

Later, when we get a craving for some chocolate chip cookies, all I have to do is pull them out of the freezer and bake them. 

Here’s my favorite Chocolate Cookie recipe. It makes about 32 – 3” soft and chewy cookies. 

2 sticks butter, melted and cool

2 1/4 cups flour

1/4 cup oatmeal

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/4 cups brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

1 whole egg

1 egg yolk

2 tablespoons milk

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped pecans 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

Stir together flour, oatmeal, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.  Set aside. 

Pour melted butter and sugars in mixer bowl and cream on medium speed.  Add the egg and yolk, milk and vanilla and mix until well combined. 

Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. 

Chill the dough for about an hour. 

Quickly roll into walnut size balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet, about 3” apart.

Keep excess dough in the refrigerator until ready to form and bake. 

Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until golden brown.  Leave them on the cookie sheet for a few minutes, then remove them to a cooling rack.  Cool completely.

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

23 Nov

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

If you like chocolate, you’ll love this Hot Fudge Pudding Cake! 

Normally I make it in a baking dish, but this time I divided the recipe in half and made three individual servings in these ramekins my niece, Carrie, made for me in exchange for some sewing I did for her daughter Mykah

This recipe is so easy, you can whip it up in no time.   I’m working on turning it into one of those “recipes in a mug” gift ideas for my son-in-law who LOVES chocolate just as much as I do.  I’ll let you know how it works out.

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

1 cup Bisquick mix

1 cup sugar, divided

1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons cocoa

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 2/3 cup hot water 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Mix Bisquick, 1/2 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons cocoa in a greased 8 inch baking dish. 

Stir in milk and vanilla until well blended. 

Sprinkle the top evenly with the remaining 1/3 cup cocoa and 1/2 cup sugar. 

Pour on hot water and bake for 40 minutes or until top is firm and a toothpick comes out clean. 

Serve hot with whipped cream, milk or ice cream…and enjoy!

 

Mini Monkey Bread

6 Oct

MINI Monkey Bread

I’ve been wanting to make something in the 2 mini bundt pans I had, and thought I would try making Monkey Bread.   

I took a can of  biscuits (10 count) and cut up about six of them in quarters, dipped them in melted butter, rolled them in a cinnamon and sugar mixture and placed them in the mini bundt pans that I buttered first.  I baked them according to the package.  I removed them from the pans and drizzled some homemade caramel sauce  over them (like they weren’t sweet enough) and chopped pecans. 

Mmm, were they good!  A nice sweet addition to our breakfast dinner.

As an alternative to using mini bundt pans, you can make these easy Monkey Bread Muffins from Family Says.

 

Microwave Banana Cream Pie

20 Sep

Microwave Banana Cream Pie

I had a couple of bananas that needed used up and some vanilla wafers, so I decided for dessert I would make a Banana Cream Pie with a vanilla wafer crust.  To speed things up I made the custard filling using the microwave. 

VANILLA WAFER CRUST 

1/2 cup melted butter

40 Vanilla Wafers

3 tablespoons sugar 

Stir all the ingredients until well blended and press into a pie pan.

Bake for about 7 minutes in a 375 degree preheated oven.

Allow crust to cool before filling. 

MICROWAVE CREAM FILLING 

1/2 to 3/4 cups sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups milk

3 slightly beaten egg yolks

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

In a large microwaveable bowl, mix together the sugar, cornstarch, salt and 1/2 cup milk until smooth.   Stir in remaining milk.   Microwave on HIGH for 5 to 8 minutes or until thickened. Stir occasionally the last half of cooking. 

Beat a little of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks, then add the egg yolk mixture to the remaining hot mixture. Microwave on HIGH for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until thickened.   Stir occasionally. 

Blend in the butter and vanilla extract.   Slice 2 bananas in the bottom of the cooled crust and then pour the custard over the bananas. 

Place a piece of plastic wrap over the custard and put the pie in the refrigerator to chill.   The plastic wrap will prevent moisture from settling over the filling while it cools. 

To serve I added whipped cream and crushed Vanilla Wafers…it was goood!

My Reese Cup Homemade Ice Cream…Without A Machine

18 Jul

Homemade Freezer Ice Cream

My husband and I like our ice cream.   I wanted to try making some, so I checked online and found an ice cream recipe that didn’t require a machine.   In fact, it only required TWO main ingredients!   It seemed so simple that I just had to try it. 

The results, was this wonderful, creamy Reese Cup Ice Cream (on top of homemade zucchini bread and drizzled with caramel sauce).   Mmm, good!   It actually turned out harder than the store bought ice cream we buy.

Filling and Finished

Here’s a picture of my “add ins and flavoring”, which was 6 Reese Cups cut into pieces, and vanilla extract, and the finished ice cream before going into the freezer. 

You’ve just got to try making this homemade ice cream at least once.   Here’s the link which includes several different recipes:   

http://www.kevinandamanda.com/recipes/dessert/easy-homemade-ice-cream-without-a-machine.html

Enjoy!

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