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Valentine's Day Chocolate Chip Cookies

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Butter (4 sticks)
  • 1 ½ C. Sugar
  • 2 C Brown Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 6 Cups Flour
  • ½ tsp. Salt (I used salted butter so I left out the salt)
  • 1 ½ tsp. Baking Powder
  • Neon Pink Food Dye (Mine was Rose by Wilton)
  • 1 Bag of Chocolate Chips
  • Valentine’s M&Ms (optional but looks pretty)

Instruction

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla–mix until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl mix the flower, salt, and baking powder.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the sugar and butter mixture and mix until well
  6. combined.  Add the neon pink food dye until desired color.
  7. Add the chocolate chips and combine well.
  8. Roll into balls or use a cookie scoop and place on a silpat or parchment lined
  9. baking sheet.  Press several M&Ms into the top of each cookie–I used three or
  10. four per cookie.
  11. Bake at 350 for 15-25 minutes.  In my oven 15 minutes was perfect.  Time will vary
  12. with each oven.  You don’t want them to be brown when they are done because it
  13. takes away from the pretty color.  You want them to be barely cooked through in
  14. the middle.  This will keep them chewy and soft.
 
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Gooey Cookies and Cream Chocolate Cake Bars

Gooey Cookies and Cream Chocolate Cake Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 Devils Food Cake Mix
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 14 Oreo Cookies, broken into bite size pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 9×13 inch baking pan with tin foil sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place cake mix, butter and egg into a large bowl, mixing to combine. Use your hands, it works much quicker :) Press into prepared baking pan. Top with broken pieces of cookies.
  3. Pour sweetened condensed milk over cookies and top with chocolate chips. Bake for 23-25 minutes, until cooked through. Remove from oven.
  4. After 5 minutes of cooling, run a plastic knife around edges to loosen, this makes it much easier to remove from foil.  Let cool completely, remove foil from pan, then cut into squares.  I cut off all of the edges before cutting into squares (makes for neater squares), but do whatever you’d like!!
 
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Lemon Crumb Cake

Lemon Crumb Cake

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE CAKE:

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup milk

FOR THE FILLING:

  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 lemon, zested

FOR THE STREUSEL:

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

FOR THE GLAZE:

  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp milk

DIRECTIONS:

  1. For the cake, grease and flour a 9-inch cake pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt on low until combined. Beat in softened butter until crumbly. Add in eggs, vanilla extract, lemon juice and milk. Beat for about 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. For the filling, beat cream cheese with sugar, egg and lemon zest for about 4-5 minutes. Pour over cake layer, being careful to not let it touch the sides of the pan.
  4. In a small bowl, combine streusel ingredients with a fork. Sprinkle over top of cake. Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 38-42 minutes. Cool completely in pan. When cooled, remove from pan and place on a serving plate.
  5. Whisk together the glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cake. Serve and enjoy!
 
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Mini Fruit Pizzas

 

Mini Fruit Pizzas

Ingredients:

Cookie Crust
  1. • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  3. • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  4. • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  5. • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  6. • ½ cup sugar
  7. • 1 egg
  8. • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  9. • 1 tablespoon milk
White Chocolate Cream Cheese filling
  1. • ¼ cup heavy cream
  2. • 1/3 cup white chocolate
  3. • 8oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  4. • ½ cup powdered sugar
  5. • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Topping
  1. • Assorted fruits of your choice (See Shinee’s notes below)

Directions:

  1. 1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.
    2. In a mixing bowl with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and continue to beat for another minute or two until well combined. Add half of dry ingredients, then stir in milk, and then remaining half of the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined, scraping the sides. The dough will be soft and slightly sticky. Wrap it into a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, or up to 2 days.
    3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, or silicone mat.
    4. On lightly floured surface, roll the chilled dough into 1/8-inches-thick circle. Cut out 2.5-inch circles. Continue to roll the leftover scrapes and cut out the small circles until you run out of the dough.
    5. Place the cookies on the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes. (We need to slightly undercook them to get nice and soft “pizza crust”.) Cool completely on wire rack.
    6. While the cookies are cooling, prepare the cream cheese filling. Heat the heavy cream in the microwave for 30 seconds. Place the white chocolate in a small bowl and add the warm cream over it. Let it stand for a minute and stir until chocolate completely melted and the mixture is smooth. (Microwave the mixture for 15 seconds if the chocolate is not completely melted.)
    7. In a mixing bowl with whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and white chocolate mixture. Beat for 3-5 minutes, or until the filling is thickened and smooth.
    8. Cut the fruits into thin slices, if needed.
    9. Spread about a tablespoon of cream cheese filling on each cookie with a butter knife. Arrange the fruits on top. That’s it!

You can choose any fruits you have on hand, or you like. For beautiful presentation, choose different colored fruits, such as strawberries, blueberries, kiwis, mango, and more.

 
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Chocolate cake

 

Chocolate cake

Ingredients

  • 3 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 2 cups flour – cake or all purpose
  • one stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk

Instructions

  1. Break off pieces until you end up with three ounces and then roughly chop it.
  2. Pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each go in the microwave. Keep doing this until it’s smooth. Set this aside to cool down while we get going on the cake batter!
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter until it’s nice and creamy. Add in the sugar and beat for a couple of minutes, or until it’s soft and turning a lighter yellow.
  4. At that point, add in your egg yolks and mix until well combined.
  5. Once the butter and sugar have been mixed, pour in the melted baking chocolate and vanilla.
  6. Mix for a minute or so, scraping down the bowl occasionally to make sure everything is combined.
  7. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl and mix with a fork.
  8. Alternate adding the flour mix and milk to the batter, mixing well in between.
  9. Take your two egg whites and whisk them until they form soft peaks.
  10. Pour and smooth an equal amount of batter in both cake pans.
  11. Bake them in a 350 F oven for 30 minutes.
 
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Homemade Thin Mints

Homemade Thin Mints

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8 oz, or 2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • For the coating:
  • 16 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 1 ½ teaspoon peppermint extract or oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter until light and fluffy, then add the powdered sugar and mix until combined. Stir in the salt, vanilla and cocoa powder. Mix until the cocoa powder is integrated and the batter resembles a thick frosting. Add the flour and mix just until the flour is combined, making sure to not over mix.
  3. Form dough into a ball. Knead a few times to bring together, then flatten into a disk between half an inch and one inch thick, cover in plastic wrap then place in freezer for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove dough from the freezer and roll it out really thin on a floured surface, about 1/8-inch. Cut cookies using 1 1/2-inch cutter
  5. Place cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack. While the cookies bake, make the peppermint coating. Chop the baking chocolate into very small, thin pieces. Place in a glass measuring cup or similar container and microwave in short 15-20 second bursts. Stir in the peppermint extract. Feel free to add more peppermint as you see fit.
  6. Gently drop the cookies, one at a time, into the coating. Turn to coat entirely, then lift the cookie out of the chocolate with the fork and bang the fork on the side of the pan until the extra coating drips off. Place on a parchment or plastic wrap-lined baking sheet, and repeat for the rest of the cookies. Place the cookies in the refrigerator or freezer to set.
 
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Caramel Egg Stuffed Croissants Recipe

Caramel Egg Stuffed Croissants Recipe

Line a baking sheet with parchment. Take your crescent roll dough and brush with beaten egg.
Place the frozen creme egg on one end, tuck in the sides to seal in the chocolate, then roll up.
Once they are all ready and no chocolate is showing (because you don’t want all that yummy to ooze out), brush them with beaten egg.
Pop them into a 400F oven for 10 minutes.
Try to wait 5 minutes before eating them ’cause they’re hot.
Really who are we kidding, can’t wait…

 
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Mini Caramel Apples

Mini Caramel Apples Recipe

Ingredients:

  • butterscotch chips
  • sucker sticks
  • sprinkles
  • a good melon baller
  • apples

Directions:

  1. Scoop the apple into tons of teeny, tiny little balls.
  2. Break the sucker sticks in half and poke them in the skin side of the apple. I made a tiny cut in the peel with a paring knife first so that the sticks went in easier.
  3. Melt the butterscotch chips over medium heat and dip the apples in. You can roll them around and cover more of the green.
  4. Before they set, dip the bottoms in your favorite sprinkles, toffee, or chopped nuts….
  5. and let them set in the tiny paper cups–if you want.