Sunday, July 31, 2011

S'mores Cookie Bars Recipe

I recently made S'mores Cookie Bars (click here for original recipe).  OMGosh, make sure to look around her blog because she has sooooo many amazing recipes! I am in love.


I didn't have an 8X8 baking dish, so I adapted the recipe so I could use an 8X12 baking sheet. My adaptations are in Orange.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 Regular sized milk chocolate bars (e.g. Hershey’s)
  • 1 large container marshmallow creme/fluff (not melted marshmallows)
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8X12inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix at a low speed until combined.
  3. Set aside 1/3 of dough and press the rest of dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan. Place chocolate bars over dough (as shown in the photo below).  
  4. Spread chocolate with marshmallow creme/fluff. 
  5. Place remaining dough in small pieces over the marshmallow fluff (as shown in the photo below).
  6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars.


    Monday, July 25, 2011

    Pulled Pork The Cheater Method

    Tonight I made Barbecue Pulled Pork for the first time and just made up the recipe. It was so great that I wanted to share it. I really wish I had taken a photo of it, but I thought of that too late. Definitely will take a photo next time!

    I used pork roast. I put it in the crock pot with onion powder, salt, pepper, and water (as much as you want to your taste, I go heavy on the salt and the pepper). Cooked it on high until cooked and tender. I left it in the crock pot about 5 hours.

    Then I pulled out the roast and at this point it was already falling apart. I used a fork and shredded it all the way.

    I put the pulled pork in a roasting pan, covered it with barbecue sauce and then put it in a 400degree oven for about 20 minutes.

    For barbecue sauce, we just use a kind we can buy. We prefer Jack Daniel's® Original No. 7 Recipe™
    It's got that excellent smoky flavor. I am not a huge barbecue eater, but when I do, there is very few BBQ sauces I will eat, and this is one of them (the other is made by this BBQ dive locally).

    When the pulled pork came out of the oven, I mixed the barbecue into the pork and then served it as sandwiches. It was EXCELLENT and so easy!!

    Tuesday, July 19, 2011

    Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

    I really enjoyed this recipe! It was super easy to make too.

    Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

    The original recipe that I adapted can be found here. My adaptations are in Orange.
    Filling (I doubled these ingredients because I wanted A LOT of swirl)
    8
    oz cream cheese, softened
    2 eggs
    6 tablespoons sugar
    1/2
     teaspoon vanilla
    Brownies
    1
    box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Betty Crocker® Original Supreme Premium brownie mix
    Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box
    1/3
    cup semisweet mini chocolate chips 
    1. Heat oven to 350ºF (325ºF for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 9-inch square pan with shortening or cooking spray. In small bowl, beat filling ingredients with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Set aside.
    2. Make brownie batter as directed on box. Spread 3/4 of brownie batter in pan. Spoon filling by tablespoonfuls evenly onto brownie batter. Spoon remaining brownie batter over filling. Cut through mixture with knife several times for marbled design. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
    3. Bake 40 to 44 minutes or until toothpick inserted in brownie 1 inch from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. For 16 brownies, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.
    Makes 16 brownies

    For more photos, click here!

    Saturday, July 16, 2011

    "Marbleous" Peanut Butter Squares

    "Marbleous" Peanut Butter Squares


    I adapted the recipe that you can find here. My adaptations are in Orange.

    Peanut Butter Squares
    1/2
    cup granulated sugar
    1/2
    cup packed brown sugar
    1/2
    cup butter or margarine, softened
    1/3
    cup peanut butter
    1
    egg
    1
    cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
    1
    cup old-fashioned oats
    1/2
    teaspoon baking soda
    1/4
    teaspoon salt
    3
    tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
    1
    tablespoon milk (used 2.5 tablespoons milk)

    Peanut Butter Frosting
    1 1/2
    cups powdered sugar
    1/4
    cup crunchy peanut butter
    to 2 1/2 tablespoons milk (had to use the full 2.5 tablespoons here)
    1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

    Directions:
    1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9-inch pan.
    2. In large bowl, beat granulated and brown sugars, butter, 1/3 cup peanut butter and the egg with electric mixer on medium speed. Stir in flour, oats, baking soda and salt. Spread in pan.
    3. Bake 17 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. 
    4. Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips over the warm bars. Wait a minute and spread out the melted chocolate into a thin layer. Cool completely on wire rack, about 15 minutes.
    5. Meanwhile, mix all Peanut Butter Frosting ingredients until smooth and spreadable; reserve 1/3 cup. Stir cocoa and 1 tablespoon milk into remaining frosting until smooth. If necessary, stir in additional milk until spreadable.
    6. Spread cooled bars with cocoa frosting. Drop Peanut Butter Frosting by teaspoonfuls onto cocoa frosting; swirl through frostings for marbled design. For squares, cut into 8 rows by 6 rows.
    We stored them in the fridge and then just set a couple of squares out to get rid of the chill. They would have been fabulous reheated in the microwave for 15 seconds or so, but we don't have a microwave LOL!
    Makes 48 squares