Showing posts with label desserts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label desserts. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Eggnog Cookies / #ChristmasCookiesWeek

These Eggnog Cookies are a "must" for holiday parties, gift giving baskets and cookie tins. The recipe is designed to be made into cookie sandwiches with an Eggnog Cream Filling, but for a cookie that is delicious and sturdy, make the cookies, but don't turn them into sandwiches~yet! The cookies not made into sandwiches are tasty, and travel well. That makes them perfect for shipping and sitting out on a table during a party or get together. The sandwich cookies work best when they can be refrigerated, because of the eggnog filling, making them a perfect treat for smaller gatherings.

Anyway you make these cookies, you won't be disappointed. They are terrific!

Eggnog Cookies
(printable recipe at end of page)

 2 1/2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
2 1/2 teaspoons Nutmeg (1/2 tsp + 2 tsp separate)
3/4 cup Butter, softened
1 1/4 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Eggnog
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 large Egg Yolks
2 tablespoons Coarse Sugar 

Eggnog Cream Filling
1/4 cup Butter
1 cup confectioners Sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated Nutmeg
3 tablespoons Eggnog

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg. Set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Mix in the eggnog, vanilla, and egg yolks. 
Add the dry ingredients, a little at a time, to the wet ingredients and mix.
Place dough on baking sheet in rounded teaspoon sizes. In a small bowl, mix together the 2 teaspoons of nutmeg and the coarse sugar. Sprinkle mix over cookies. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until light brown. Cool on rack.
Mix together butter, confectioners sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a mixer until fluffy. Beat in the eggnog and refrigerate until filling is firm.
Use a pastry bag and a tip #1M (wilton)  to pipe the eggnog cream filling onto the bottom of a cookie. Top with another cookie to form a sandwich cookie.
Enjoy!

For more Christmas Cookie Fun, check out the links below to find festive, fun and yummy cookies from other #ChristmasCookieWeek bloggers!

 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Watermelon Treats / #SundaySupper

I am always happy and sad to see Labor Day come around. I don't like that it means the end of summer, but I love that fall will soon be in the air! Labor Day gives us the chance to celebrate both summer and fall along with the reason for the day~to celebrate working men and women! We are sharing Labor Day Menu Ideas today for SundaySupper, and I am excited about these simple and fun Watermelon Rice Krispie Treats!
Watermelon Treats 
(printable recipe at end of page) 
(makes 12 treats)
3 tablespoons Butter 
10 ounces Marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
Candy Corn Cookie Cutter
Frosting Colors in Pinkish Red, Green, and White
3 #2 decorating tips, 3 decorating bags
Mini Chocolate Chips
Sticks for the treats


Most cooks know how to make rice cereal treats, but just in case it has been a while, here's what to do: Melt the butter in a large saucepan, over low heat. Add the marshmallows to the butter and stir until they are completely melted. Remove the pan from heat. Add the cereal, and mix together until covered completely.
 Place the mix into a buttered or sprayed half sheet pan, or any pan that has sides the same height as the sheet pan. Cover with plastic until cooled. The rice krispie treats should be even across the top with the top of the pan. 
Cut out the watermelon slices. Using the space sparingly, you should get 12-13 watermelon slices from the rice krispie.
Mix the pinkish red color together. Use your favorite recipe, or use my favorite. I have used this recipe for years, and I think you will like it! Use a decorating bag and a #2 tip to outline the watermelon slice and then fill it in. Drop approx. 6 mini chocolate chips onto the top 3/4's of the treat. Insert stick into the bottom of the watermelon wedge. Let dry.
Use the green frosting color, and a decorating bag with a #2 tip to form the rind of the watermelon.
Fill in the area. Let dry.
Use the white frosting to draw a straight line to resemble the white part of the rind.
Insert sticks carefully. Inserting the sticks could make the frosting crack, so moving slowly works best.
Thanks so much for joining me today! 
Scroll down a bit to find many more menu ideas for celebrating Labor day!
Thank you to Em Beitel for hosting today's tasty event!
Labor Day Menu Ideas

Scrumptious Labor Day Sides and Starters

Delicious Labor Day Entrees

Luscious Labor Day Desserts

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Watermelon Treats

INGREDIENTS:


  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 10 ounces Marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • Candy Corn Cookie Cutter
  • Frosting Colors in Pinkish Red, Green, and White
  • 3 #2 decorating tips, 3 decorating bags
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Sticks for the treats

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Most cooks know how to make rice cereal treats, but just in case it has been a while, here's what to do: Melt the butter in a large saucepan, over low heat. Add the marshmallows to the butter and stir until they are completely melted. Remove the pan from heat. Add the cereal, and mix together until covered completely.
  2. Place the mix into a buttered or sprayed half sheet pan, or any pan that has sides the same height as the sheet pan. Cover with plastic until cooled. The rice krispie treats should be even across the top with the top of the pan.
  3. Cut out the watermelon slices. Using the space sparingly, you should get 12-13 watermelon slices from the rice krispie.
  4. Mix the pinkish red color together. Use your favorite recipe, or use my favorite. I have used this recipe for years, and I think you will like it! Use a decorating bag and a #2 tip to outline the watermelon slice and then fill it in. Drop approx. 6 mini chocolate chips onto the top 3/4's of the treat. Insert stick into the bottom of the watermelon wedge. Let dry.
  5. Use the green frosting color, and a decorating bag with a #2 tip to form the rind of the watermelon. Fill in the area. Let dry.
  6. Use the white frosting to draw a straight line to resemble the white part of the rind.
  7. Insert sticks carefully. Inserting the sticks could make the frosting crack, so moving slowly works best.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Chocolate Caramel S'mores Bars / #CookoutWeek2017

I love a cookout that ends with S'mores, don't you? It is such fun to sit around the campfire chatting, singing and trading stories, all the while, toasting marshmallows as we have a good time. But sometimes, the weather doesn't always cooperate, and these Chocolate Caramel S'mores Bars are a great way to get your S'mores campfire fix without the campfire! 
These are easy to make, but they do take some planning and time. If you start the day before you want to serve them, you will be fine. I put each S'more on a graham cracker to serve them. it gives a little neater appearance, and more graham cracker flavor. If you love S'mores, you will love these!
Chocolate Caramel S'mores Bars

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Make It Yourself Caramel Apple Bar / #SundaySupper

 I can remember lots of sleepovers when my son was little. It was always fun for me because I got to be creative and make tasty foods. One night we made caramel apples, which was a great time! Everyone made their own, from dipping into the caramel to adding the sprinkles. This activity brings out the creativity in everyone! This Make It Yourself Caramel Apple Bar is a great way to celebrate special days and events, like fall! You can coordinate the sprinkles and decorations to fit any occasion, and it is a great time for your guests!

Make It Yourself Caramel Apple Bar

 (printable recipe at end of post)

Trader Joes Organic Apples

Sticks for apples

Caramels

Milk Chocolate

Mini reese cups, mini reese pieces, mini bullseyes, mini candy corn

Sprinkles, crushed mints

Chopped nuts, crushed whoppers, mini marshmallows, smarties

Take each apple and dunk it into boiling water for 30 seconds, remove and wipe dry. This will remove the wax from the apples.

Place sticks into each apple.

Melt caramel in a crock pot, or a pot on the stove. Do the same thing to the chocolate.

Place candies, nuts, and sprinkles in containers with easy access.

Make your caramel apples anyway you like. As you can tell by the pictures, we are not Picasso's here at The Freshman Cook house, but we sure enjoyed making these and eating them too!
I hope you and your family give this a try, and I would love to see how you decorate your apple!

Thanks for stopping by today! Keep reading to find a list of what wonderful creations the #SundaySupper family made for today!

 Much thanks to Marion from Life Tastes Good, for hosting today's tasty event!

 

 

Breakfast

Desserts

Snacks

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper
yield: 10-12 Applesprint recipe

Make It Yourself Caramel Apple Bar

INGREDIENTS:


  • Trader Joes Organic Apples
  • Sticks for apples
  • Caramels
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Mini reese cups, mini reese pieces, mini bullseyes, mini candy corn
  • Sprinkles, crushed mints
  • Chopped nuts, crushed whoppers, mini marshmallows, smarties

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Take each apple and dunk it into boiling water for 30 seconds, remove and wipe dry. This will remove the wax from the apples.
  2. Place sticks into each apple.
  3. Melt caramel in a crock pot, or a pot on the stove. Do the same thing to the chocolate.
  4. Place candies, nuts, and sprinkles in containers with easy access.
  5. Make your caramel apples anyway you like.

Friday, July 29, 2016

25 Ice Cream Treats for Surviving the Summer!

Are you having a difficult time with the heat this summer? I hope you have a place to hang out and stay cool; at least until the end of the week! Perhaps we will get a break by then, fingers crossed! Until then, try some of these 25 Ice Cream Treats for Surviving the Summer! Stay cool!


Friday, April 15, 2016

Chocolate Marbled Strawberry Bananas Foster Cheesecake Bars

When I first thought about making this recipe, I was making simple Banana Cheesecake Bars.  So how did I end up with Chocolate Marbled Strawberry Bananas Foster Cheesecake Bars? It started with the sauce I made for the bananas. It is made with brown sugar, lemon juice, and bananas. So I added some cinnamon, but skipped the rum, and made it Bananas Foster. Then I saw some big, beautiful strawberries at the store, and thought about what a great combo they make with bananas, so I added them. Then I opened the pantry and found the milk chocolate bar I bought at Trader Joe's and I thought about how great chocolate goes with strawberries and bananas, so I swirled the chocolate in and ended up with Chocolate Marbled Strawberry Bananas Foster Cheesecake Bars! It's a treat with a big name, and a big flavor to match!

Chocolate Marbled Strawberry Bananas Foster Cheesecake Bars

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Stuffed Spring Cookies / Fill The Cookie jar

Spring is in the air, and I am celebrating with these Stuffed Spring Cookies! Cookies are always a great way to celebrate! These cookies take some time to make, but several of the steps can be made ahead of time and the cookies are essentially two cookies in one because they have a top and bottom, so going a smaller size on these is not an issue. For more spring cookie inspiration, when you are done reading this, keep scrolling down and see all the cookies the other members of Fill The Cookie Jar made today! Happy Spring!

 Stuffed Spring Cookies

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Apple Pear Crisp /#SundaySupper

One of my favorite fall desserts is Apple Pear Crisp. The apples and pears are a perfect combination that just say "autumn" to me. There is nothing quite as wonderful as enjoying a warm from the oven Apple Pear Crisp on the back porch, while watching the woods behind the house transform from evening to night. Sometimes I pop a scoop of ice cream on the top too!
This Apple Pear Crisp is topped with some oats and brown sugar. I like mine pretty wet, like I made this, but if you want a little drier topping, just mix in additional flour. These crisps would also be so incredible with cranberries added as a third fruit. One nice feature of this recipe is that it can be made ahead of time. Once you get to the topping you can refrigerate the crisps until you want to enjoy them, then just pop it in the oven! Perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas when  things can get a little hectic!
Today for #SundaySupper we are all about warming trends. What do you like to eat or indulge in when the weather gets a little chilly?

Apple Pear Crisp, #SundaySupper, apples, pears, baked

Apple Pear Crisp

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fruity Fruit Popsicles/#FoodieExtravaganza

I love a refreshing popsicle when it is hot and humid outside, don't you? Well, it has been hot and humid, and popsicles have become our daily treat! These Fruity Fruit Popsicles are loaded with flavor from fresh blueberries and cherries that are frozen in White Cranberry Juice, and they are quick to make!  You will love them!
Blueberry and Cherry Popsicles

Thursday, June 25, 2015

4th of July "I LOVE THE USA" Popsicles!

I heard a rumor today that by Saturday the heat might start subsiding a little, here in the south! Well, I hope it's true, but to be on the safe side, I am filling my freezer with these 4th of July "I LOVE THE USA" Popsicles.  'Ya know, "just in case"!! Besides, what would the 4th be without the cool refreshment of popsicles! I can't imagine one without the other!! These pops are made with red and blue jello, and vanilla yogurt. They are easy to make, but not quick. Freezing them seemed to take forever, and had me yearning for one of those blast chillers they use on Chopped! But they are worth the wait!

popsicles, red, white and blue, 4th of July


4th of July "I LOVE THE USA" Popsicles

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Freedom Stars!

I love the 4th of July, don't you? I love the picnics, the family time, the games, the fireworks and of course, the food! But my favorite thing is that we are celebrating this wonderful country we are lucky enough to live in. So what would be better to eat on this day than Freedom Stars! They are red, white and blue rice krispie treats cut into stars. Simple, sweet and pure American!
 Freedom Stars

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Dad's Cookies

I was thinking about what kind of cookie is a Dad Cookie. I mean, there is really no such thing as a manly cookie~is there? So I thought about all the types of cookies I have made in my life and which ones the two men in my life liked the most and I came up with Dad's Cookies. There is no scientific evidence that states that these cookies are only for dad's, but I think he will love them!
cookies for Dad
Dad's Cookies

Monday, May 5, 2014

Caramelo Cheesecake w/ a dulce de leche Cookie Crust

I hope you are celebrating Cinco de Mayo today!  We will be having a fiesta this evening, and this Caramelo Cheesecake with a dulce de leche cookie crust will be served for dessert! This cheesecake is quick to put together and is the perfect ending to a dinner, or just right for a party! Happy Cinco de Mayo!
homemade cheesecake
Caramelo Cheesecake

Friday, February 7, 2014

Reese's Heart Mini Brownies


These Reese Heart Mini Brownies are bite size bits of heaven! I am serious!! 
They are gooey, chocolatey, rich, and mini! What more is there?
 Oh, they are quick to make also! Everyone will want one, so be sure to make plenty. 
So good! They make you say "mmmmmmm"!

Reese Heart Mini Brownies
4 ounces Ghiradelli Bittersweet Chocolate Bar
4 ounces Ghirardelli Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar
3/4 cup Butter
1/4 cup Water
1 cup Sugar
3/4 cup packed Dark Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 1/3 cup Flour
pinch salt
Reese Heart Candy
These are the two chocolate bars that I used. 
Chop your chocolate and .......
your butter into small pieces, so they will melt evenly.
Melt the chocolate, butter and water together in a double boiler
on your stove. Set the heat on low. 
When the mixture becomes melted and smooth....
pour it in to the bottom of your mixing bowl.
Add both sugars and beat with your mixer on low,
until combined and smooth.
Add your eggs and mix on medium. 
Add vanilla.
Add your flour and salt. Mix together on low.
I used muffin cups for my brownies. Some of the first ones
stuck to the paper, so I sprayed the next batch with 
pan spray. That worked much better.
Fill each cup with your batter until about 3/4" full.
Bake for 15 minutes. 
While your brownies are baking,
 unwrap the Reese's Heart candies. 
Once your brownies are done baking,
let them cool for 10 minutes.
Then place a Reese's heart on each brownie. 
They will sink in a little and start to melt.
Refrigerate for these to set up quickly, or they will set up 
over time while covered. Of course, if you are like me,
and have no self control what so ever, eat one now, while they are hot
and the Reese's heart is melting! mmmmmmm!

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