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

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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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Mini Cake w/Cream Cheese Frosting

This Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Mini Cake is the perfect and tasty way to celebrate fall. Topped with Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkles, they are a great way to round out a dinner party or family get together.
 Today is one of my favorite days of the month! It is the day we reveal our desserts for The Behind The Curtain Dessert Challenge This month our two ingredients are pumpkin and cream cheese~Yum, Yum!!

Chocolate Pumpkin Mini  Cakes
w/Cream Cheese Frosting
2 Eggs-room temperature
2 1/2 cups  Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
2 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground Nutmeg
pinch of Salt
1/4 teaspoon ground Cloves
15 oz. of Pumpkin
1/3 cup Milk
1 cup Sugar
1 cup packed Brown Sugar
3/4 cup Shortening
2 teaspoon Vanilla
1 cup semisweet Chocolate Chips

Cream Cheese Frosting
4 ounces Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
3-4 tablespoons Milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl, mix together your flour, baking soda,
cinnamon, salt and cloves.
In another bowl, combine your pumpkin and milk.
Set both bowls to the side.
In a large mixing bowl, mix the eggs,sugar, brown sugar,
shortening, and vanilla. Blend on medium speed for 2 minutes. 
After the 2 minutes, switch your mixer speed to low. 
Alternately add your flour mix and then your pumpkin 
mixture to your egg mixture.
Divide your batter in half.
Pour the semisweet chips into a bowl and microwave
on full power for 1-2 minutes. Stir every 30 seconds.

Stir the melted chocolate into 1/2 of the batter.


Divide 1/2 of the pumpkin batter between the
prepared pans.

Spoon the chocolate batter over the pumpkin batter.
Spoon the remaining pumpkin batter over the chocolate
batter, and swirl with a toothpick to marble the batter.
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until checked with a toothpick.
Beat your cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Beat in
powdered sugar. Stir in vanilla, and add milk to
gain the correct consistency. Remember you will be piping the icing,
so it should be thick.
Remove the cakes from the oven and let cool completely.
Pipe the cream cheese frosting over your cakes.
Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles.
Enjoy!!

Here's what everyone else made:

Lady Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge



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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Red, White and Blue Mini Cupcakes

It's 4th of July! One of my very favorite holidays. I hope you have something fun planned. These cupcakes are easy and quick and they will fit perfectly into your holiday menu! I had fun using the Twizzler red, white and blue licorice strings to decorate.  
Red, White and Blue Mini Cupcakes   
(adapted from BHG)

egg whites 
2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup butter or shortening, softened 
1 3/4 cups sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla  
1 1/3 cups buttermilk 


Allow egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until well combined. Add egg whites 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Spread batter into the cupcake liners

  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool thoroughly on racks.



Frosting
6 oz warm water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Confectioners Sugar
Red, white, and blue licorice strings


In a mixing bowl, place the warm water and the meringue powder.
Whisk for 30 seconds.
Add the cream of tartar. Whisk for 30 seconds more.
Pour all the confectioners sugar in the bowl at one time.
Mix on low speed for 10 minutes. Cover with towel to keep frosting fresh.




 Color 1/3 of the cake mix red, and 1/3 of the mix blue.
Add some white cake mix, some red mix, and......


 some blue.


Swirl the colors together.


Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Let cool.


Make your frosting.
 Cut your licorice into small pieces.
Top each mini cupcake with frosting.
Top each cupcake with pieces of the licorice.
Enjoy and celebrate!

Happy 4th of July! 

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Cannoli Cupcakes

Today is Secret Recipe Club reveal day! This month I was the lucky blogger who was assigned the blog Mele Cotte, which is authored by Chris. I had a really difficult time deciding which recipe to choose. There are so many great ones and now I have a lengthy list of Chris's recipes that I will be making in the future! I finally decided to make the Cannoli Cupcakes and I was so glad I did. These cupcakes are just like the Italian pastry, and oh, so tasty!

Cannoli Cupcakes
2 cup cake flour
1 ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
1 ½ cup sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Cannoli Filling
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
 (drained in a fine-mesh strainer for 2 hours to remove excess liquid)
1 cup mascarpone cheese
½ cup confectioners sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. cinnamon
pinch of salt

Mascarpone Buttercream
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
16 oz. Mascarpone cheese, room temperature
4-5 cups confectioners sugar
chopped pistachios

Whisk flours, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl; set aside.
Cream butter and sugar, mixing until just light and fluffy. 
Add eggs 1 at a time until combined, 
scraping down the bowl after each addition.
Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of milk 
and vanilla to batter until completely mixed scraping down the bowl as you mix.
  Scoop batter into baking cups filling about 2/3 full. 
Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix filling ingredients using a wooden spoon. 
Cover and refrigerate until ready to fill cupcakes, at least 2 hours.
When ready to fill cupcakes, transfer the cannoli filling into a pastry
 bag fitted with a plain tip.
 Push the tip gently into the bottom of a 
cupcake and squeeze in the filling until the cupcake plumps.
 Continue with the remaining cupcakes.
Using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, 
cream butter and Mascarpone until light and creamy.
 Add sugar and continue beating until smooth.
Top with mascarpone buttercream.
Add chopped pistachios.
Chris added a cannolli shell to the top of each of the cupcakes,
and they look so cute!
Thanks for joining me today!
Stop by Mele Cotte and see this great recipe and so many others.

Check out what all the other Secret Recipe Club members made today.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Rice Krispie Ice Cream Sandwiches!

I want it to be fall so bad! It is my favorite season, after all. But, it is still so darn hot. I am just tired of the heat! Anyway, since I can't change the weather, I might as well eat ice cream. These Rice Krispie Ice Cream Sandwiches are super simple, and yet, so refreshing and good. Basically, you make rice krispie treats, cut out circles for the sandwiches, make sandwiches with ice cream, add sprinkles, freeze, and eat!
Rice Krispie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Treats recipe taken from the rice krispie treats web site
3 tablespoons Butter
4 cups Mini Marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies
Mini Chocolate Chips
Ice Cream
Chocolate Sprinkles
On low heat, melt your butter in a large pot.
Spray your pan that you want to put the treats in
 and a spatula with pan spray. Spraying the spatula
helps the rice krispies not stick. 
Add your marshmallows,
and stir until completely melted. 
Remove the pan from the heat.
Add the rice krispies and the chocolate chips and stir all together.
Place in your pan, and then go around the entire top
of the treats and press with a spatula. We are just trying to 
make sure the treats are compressed together and 
don't leave any open spaces. 
Remove the treats from your pan. I used a 2 1/4" cutter,
and cut circles out of the treats. 
Split each circle with a knife.
Using a scoop, place a scoop of ice cream on each side.
I used a 1" diameter scoop. 
Place the two sides together, and then sprinkle the 
sprinkles on top of the ice cream until it sticks. I
tried rolling the sandwich in the sprinkles, but it 
didn't work as well as just dropping the sprinkles 
over the ice cream.
Wrap the ice cream sandwich in plastic and then freeze!
Cool and refreshing on a hot day!
Enjoy!

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