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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.

Bread Machine Whole Wheat Buns

21 Jan

Bread Machine Whole Wheat Buns

I thought I would make some homemade buns to go with my husband’s famous burgers.  Since the recipe makes 12, I made 6 hamburger and 6 hotdog.

Bread Machine Whole Wheat Buns

I wanted to make them a little healthier so I used whole wheat flour, replaced some of the oil with unsweetened applesauce, and used honey instead of sugar.

1 egg at room temperature

1/8 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/8 cup Olive Oil

1 cup warm 2% Milk

1/8 cup Honey

1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 1/2 cups Bread Flour

1 tsp. Salt

1 package dry active yeast

I placed all the liquid ingredients into my bread machine pan first, then added the flours and salt.  I made a well in the flour and added the yeast.

I set the machine on “dough” and let it do its thing. 

Once the dough was done, I removed it from the pan and laid it on a floured board, covered it and let it sit for 10 minutes.

The dough was very light and fluffy, so I had to add some flour so I could handle it and cut into 12 equal pieces.

I formed the pieces into flat balls for the burger buns and long narrow tubes for the hotdog buns, and place them on lightly greased cookie sheets, covered them with a towel and let them rise for an hour.  (I like to turn my oven on until it gets a little warm and then turn it off and place the cookie sheets inside to rise).

After they had risen…and boy do they rise, I removed them from the oven and preheated it to 350 degrees.

I baked them for about 15 minutes, until they were nice and browned.

They turned out really good!  So much better than the store bought buns.

Because there isn’t any preservatives, I kept out what we were going to eat within a few days and froze the rest.

What’s For Dinner…Kentucky Hot Browns

8 Jan


My husband and I are die-hard Kentucky Wildcat Basketball fans.   One dish that Kentucky is known for is the  Kentucky Hot Brown.  Mmm,  made with toasted bread topped with slices of turkey and ham and smothered with a rich cheese sauce and topped with crispy bacon and tomato slices.

I’ve tried several recipes and between them all I came up with this recipe.  The picture doesn’t show the bacon or tomato…I didn’t have either at the time, but it was still incredibly tasty. 

Kentucky Hot Brown (4 servings)

I cut the recipe in half and it’s perfect for the two of us.

1 stick butter

3 1/2 tablespoons flour

3 cups milk

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1 cup cheddar cheese (I use sharp cheddar)

5 dashes Tabasco sauce

2 egg yolks, beaten

6 slices of bread

4 slices crispy fried bacon

Turkey and Ham slices

4 tomato slices


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Fry bacon, set aside.  In a heavy saucepan, melt butter on medium heat.  Mix in flour until smooth and cook for 2 minutes.  Gradually add the milk a little at a time and cook until mixture thickens.  Add Tabasco sauce and Parmesan cheese and mix well.

Remove pan from heat.  Take out 1/2 cup of sauce and add to the beaten egg yolks and mix well.  Stir egg mixture into sauce and add cheese.  Mix well until cheese is completely melted.

Toast bread slices.  Place one slice in the bottom of 4 oven proof bowls.  Top each with the turkey and ham slices.  Cut the remaining 2 bread slices diagonally and place one on top of the meat.  Cover with sauce, tomato and bacon.  Sprinkle with paprika.  Bake for 10 – 15 minutes until hot and bubbly.


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!


My Whole Wheat Almond and Apricot Biscotti

16 Nov

Whole Wheat Almond and Apricot Biscotti

I’ve been trying to think of what I could make to go with some flavored coffee I’m making to give out at our annual Christmas Eve party, and came up with biscotti.  Coffee and biscotti…a perfect match! 

At first I thought they might be difficult to make.  Boy, was I wrong!  I wanted to make a more healthier version, and these Whole Wheat Almond and Apricot Biscotti fit the bill.  They turned out good and crispy, with a nice nutty, almond flavor. 

Whole Wheat Almond and Apricot Biscotti

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 cup flour

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 eggs, slightly beaten

2 tablespoons 2% milk

2 tablespoons coconut oil (or canola oil)

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2/3 cup chopped dried apricots

1/4 cup coarsely chopped toasted almonds (raw preferably) 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Lay out a long sheet of plastic wrap (for forming the dough) 

Combine the flours, brown sugar and baking powder in a large bowl and whisk to blend.

Add the eggs, milk, oil, honey and almond extract and stir until the dough just begins to come together. Add the chopped apricots and almonds. With floured hands (dough is sticky), mix until the dough is well blended. 

Place the dough on the plastic wrap and shape into a flattened log, approximately 12” long, 3” wide and 1” high.  

Form the biscotti dough

Lift the plastic wrap and invert the log onto a parchment lined baking sheet.

Biscotti After First Bake

Bake until lightly browned, 25 to 30 minutes.  Let cool for 10 minutes.

Lower the oven to 325 degrees.

Biscotti Sliced and ready for second bake

With a serrated knife, cut the log crosswise into 1/2” slices and lay cut side down on a baking sheet.  Return to the oven and bake until crisp, 15 – 20 minutes* (turning them over halfway through).  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container. 

*Note: Depending upon the humidity of your kitchen and differences in ovens, they may need to bake longer to dry out. After mine were cooled, they weren’t as crisp as I wanted them, so I put them in a 300 degree oven for about 5 minutes and they turned out perfectly crisp.

The Easiest Cupcakes I’ve Ever Made!

29 Oct

Orange soda pop cupcakes

Here’s my Orange Soda Pop Cupcakes…the easiest cupcakes I’ve ever made!  Sorry the pictures a little blurry!!

whisk cake mix and soda

I took a white cake mix and added 1 1/2 cups (or one can) of orange soda pop and mixed well. I filled up 6 jumbo cupcake holders and 4 regular and baked them.  350 degrees for 15 minutes for the regular ones and about 22 – 25 minutes for the jumbo ones…when a toothpick inserted in the middle came out clean.

soda pop cupcakes on cooling rack

And here they are fresh out of the oven…I couldn’t believe they actually rose with just using pop!

iced soda pop cupcakes

Once they cooled, I iced them with a small amount of cream cheese (1/3 fat), powdered sugar and vanilla extract frosting. My husband and I both liked them. They’re more dense and moister than a regular cake mix cupcake, and had a nice orange flavor.

So, the next time you want to make cupcakes but don’t have any eggs or oil. You still can… just add some pop! Hmm, how about crèam soda or root beer cupcakes? Sounds good!

My Spicy Cheddar Jalapeno Bagels

17 Oct

My Spicy Cheddar Jalapeno Bagels

I love my bread machine!  I use it to make the dough for whatever I want to make, like breads, buns, rolls, pizza crust, etc. It does all the hard work of mixing and kneading for me. You can’t beat it! 

I wanted to try my hand at making some bagels, so I looked online and found this basic bread machine recipe.  It got a lot of good reviews and seemed pretty easy.

Also, before starting I watched this video to get an idea of how to form, boil and bake them. The video was short and sweet and I only needed to watch it once.

Spicy Cheddar Jalapeno Bagels

I decided to make these spicy bagels to give to my son-in-law for his birthday.  He LOVES spicy foods (and bagels) and these definitely turned out spicy. 

I modified the basic recipe as follows:

Bagel Ingredients

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

4 tablespoons chopped jalapenos

2 1/2 cups bread flour (not all purpose flour)

3/4 cups whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon red chili flakes

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

place ingredients in pan as listed

Place the ingredients in the bread pan in the order listed above.

select Dough option_prep time

Select the dough option (08) and press Start.  It will take 1 hour and 28 minutes until the dough is done…perfect time to get things ready for the forming, boiling and baking steps.

prepare for forming boiling and baking

FORMING/RISING STEPS:  Pastry sheet lightly floured, knife, wooden spoon for making the holes, lightly greased cookie sheet and clean towel

BOILING STEP:  Pan with 3 quarts water and 3 tablespoons of brown or regular sugar, slotted spatula, cookie sheet with clean towel

BAKING STEP:  Cookie sheet with parchment paper, egg wash (1 egg white plus 1 tablespoon water), cheese and chili flakes for topping.  I was going to use corn meal to lay the bagels on but decided to use parchment paper instead.

Dough is done

Here’s how the dough looked when it was done.  You can see pieces of Jalapeno and chili flakes.

lay dough on floured surface_cover_rest

Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 5 minutes.

cut into equal pieces

Cut dough in equal pieces.  I thought 8 would be good, but 12 would have been better…I ended up with some big bagels!

form bagels

Roll each piece into a ball, flatten, insert the end of a wooden spoon in the center, then using fingers and thumb, stretch open the hole to form the bagel.

lay bagels on lightly greased sheet

Lay the formed bagels on the greased cookie sheet.  You want the holes pretty large, as they will close up when boiled and baked.

cover bagels and let rise 20 minutes

Cover and let rise 20 minutes in a warm place (I turned my oven on 170 degrees for about 2 minutes, then turned it off).  I find this works the best.  Start boiling the 3 quarts of water with 3 tablespoons of brown or white sugar about 6 minutes or so before the end of the rise time.

risen bagels

After the 20 minutes, they’re ready to boil.  The bagels should not be doubled in size.

boil bagels 30 seconds each side

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Gently remove bagels from the cookie sheet and place in boiling water.  Boil each side for about 30 seconds.  Boiling the bagels sets the crust before they are baked. The longer you boil them the thicker and chewier the crust, but they won’t rise as much when baked.  I just counted to 30 then turned and counted to 30 again.

remove from water and lay on cloth

Remove bagels from the water with a slotted spatula and flip over onto a clean towel (by placing the top side down they’re less likely to stick to the towel).  Continue boiling the remainder of the bagels.

move to sheet brush with egg wash and toppings

Move the boiled bagels from the towel to the prepared cookie sheet (with parchment paper or sprinkled with corn meal). Brush with the egg wash and top with red chili flakes and cheese. Bake in 375 degree preheated oven for 17 – 20 minutes or until well browned.

finished spicy cheddar jalapeno bagels

Allow to cool on a cooling rack.  If you don’t plan on eating them right away, cut them in half and freeze.  

My husband and I split one last night…I just had to try one.  Yep, they’re spiiiicy!  Dave will love them!!

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. 


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. 


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!

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