Saturday, July 28, 2012

Magic Bars, 7 Layer Bars, Hello Dolly Bars


Hello! I hope you are having a great weekend! Did you watch the London Olympics Opening Ceremony? I did and I loved it! 





I made these Magic Bars or to some Hello Dolly Bars or even 7 Layer bars,  to eat while watching the ceremony. They are the perfect treat warm with ice cream or completely cooled and served at a picnic.




The recipe I use is adapted from Eagle Brand Milk I am sure there are many others but this is the one I always use. 




Magic Bars

1/2 cup melted butter
11/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
11/2 cups of coconut

Heat oven to 350. Melt butter and pour into a 9x13 pan. Mix in graham cracker crumbs. Pour condensed milk over the crumbs and then layer the remaining ingredients evenly. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool.




Variations: You can add walnuts, or a combination of peanut butter chips and chocolate chips, or perhaps a medley of chocolate chips, including white, milk and dark, or perhaps dried cherries or cranberries and white or dark chocolate.





I personally like them the way I made them but I am certainly open to trying new things.





I hope you enjoy your day! If you make these bars and have a great variation, please leave it in the comment section, I would love to try it.


Linking to:
Katherine Martinelli




Saturday, July 21, 2012

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Hello! Happy Sunday! 



I have been baking a bunch of great things lately and these brownie cookies are just one of them . Let me tell you, if you are a fan of brownies and rich, chocolaty cookies than these are something you want to make. The cookies are crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. These cookies are FABULOUS and might just be the best chocolate cookie I have ever made.




Brownie Cookies
adapted from Southern Living Magazine

1/2 cup better
4 (1oz) squares of semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 cups of semisweet chocolate chips, divided
11/2 cups of flour
1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 lag eggs
11/2 cups of sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract








Combine butter, chocolate, and 11/2 cups of chocolate chips in a saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until butter and chocolate are melted. LET COOL.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, set aside.

Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla on medium speed with and electric mixer. Gradually add dry ingredients to the egg mixture. Then add the COOLED chocolate mixture and beat well. Add chocolate chips and stir.

Scoop onto baking sheets 1 inch apart. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Cool slightly on the baking sheet then remove to wire racks to cool.



Are you a fan of chocolate? And brownies? Do you think that you might try these tasty cookies? I hope that if you do you come back and let me know, I would love to know what you think?




Have a great day! Enjoy your family and friends! 





Try not to eat them all in one sitting!




Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Happy Birthday Jean

Our favorite


Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you dear sister, happy birthday to you!

I love you Jean!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Time Fun and Andes Candies Mint Chip Ice Cream




Hello! I hope you are having a great week! Are you staying cool? Are you staying hydrated? These are some crazy weather days, so make sure to take care of yourself, your kids, and your pets!



If you are looking for a cool weather treat, come over to my other blog, Pine Cones and Acorns and check out my new recipe for Andes Candies Creme de Menthe Ice Cream. It is so good!




I hope you have a great day!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Whopper Brownies with Chocolate Malt Buttercream Frosting

Hello! Happy Friday! I hope you are having a great week! Are you staying cool? It is sweltering here but I did manage to bake these early in the morning before we reached record highs. The good news is that it is supposed to go down a degree or two and now I have these tasty treats to keep me company this weekend.






Malted Milk Ball Brownies
adapted from Cookies and Cups and Eats Well with Others

Ingredients:
1 (11.5 oz) bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
13/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup of malt powder or Ovaltine
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup coarsely chopped malted milk balls




Directions:

* Preheat oven to 350
* Spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
* Melt chocolate and butter in a pan over low heat until the chocolate is melted.
* Remove from heat. Stir in eggs, vanilla, and brown sugar until combined.
* Stir in dry ingredients, the flour, malt powder, baking powder, and salt
* Fold in the chopped malted milk balls
* Spread batter into pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean
* Let cool completely and then frost






Chocolate Malt Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:
* 1/2 cup butter softened
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 2 cups of powdered sugar
* 1 cup of malt powder or Ovaltine
* 1-2 Tbsp of heavy whipping cream





Directions:

* In a mixer, whip butter until creamy
* Add powdered sugar, malt powder, and heavy whipping cream.
* Beat on low speed until desired consistency is reached
* Spread on cooled brownies
* Top with malted milk balls






These brownies are DELICIOUS!!! And the frosting...FABULOUS! I hope you try them! If you do, please come back here and tell me, I want to know what you think!

Have a great weekend! Enjoy!

Linking to:
Stone Gable