Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Goodies: Oreo Fudge, Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies, and Hot Chocolate Cookies.

Every year my mom, my sister and I bake holiday goodies for people the week of Christmas. Our whole kitchen explodes with baking goodness and I wouldn't have it any other way. Christmas is about togetherness and spending time doing what you love with who you love. So obviously baking with my family takes the cake. (no pun intended) :) My sister and I always pick new recipes that we haven't tried before. This year I chose Oreo Fudge and Chewy Ginger Molasses cookies and my sister chose Hot Chocolate Cookies. So this post is containing three recipes. These are perfect for any holiday goodie bag or family gathering.
Oreo Fudge: 
8 oz of cream cheese 
4 cups of powdered sugar
15 oz of white chocolate chips 
1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
20 broken up Oreo cookies 
First, beat together the cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar. 
Next, on a double broiler melt the white chocolate chips. Also, break up the Oreo's. 

Stir in the white chocolate and 3/4 of the Oreos into the cream cheese mixture. 
Then, spread the mixture into an 8X8 pan covered in parchment paper 
Then, add the rest of the Oreos on top and press them down. 
Then, chill the fudge for at least 4 hours and then serve. 
Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies: Serves 28
1 1/2 cup of unsalted butter 
2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of molasses (original not robust) 
2 eggs
4 cups of all purpose flour
4 tsp of baking soda
2 tsp of cinnamon 
1 tsp of ground cloves
1 tsp of ground ginger
1 tsp of salt
extra sugar for top
Preheat your oven to 375. Then whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. 
Then, beat together the sugar and the butter. 
Then, add the molasses and the eggs and beat together until well combined.
 Then, add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until well combined. 
Then, roll the dough into 1 inch balls and cover the balls in sugar. Then place them on a cookie sheet. 

Then, bake them for about 8 to 10 minutes.

Hot Chocolate Cookies: Serves 24
1 cup of butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup of hot chocolate mix (with marshmallow bits)
2 eggs
2 tsp of vanilla extract
1/2 tsp of salt
1 tsp of baking soda
2 3/4 cup of flour
1 cup milk chocolate chips 
Preheat your oven to 350, then line a baking sheet with parchment paper.Then, beat the brown sugar and butter together for about a minute. 
Then, add in the hot chocolate mix and combine. 
Then, add the eggs and vanilla and combine.
Then, add in the salt, baking soda, and flour and mix until combined. 
Then, and in the chocolate chips and stir them in. 
Using a tablespoon scoop the dough and place it on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. 

Enjoy all of these delicious treats!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Snickerdoodle Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

My sister's birthday was a few weeks ago and she LOVES Snickerdoodles. I was at school during her birthday, so I wanted to make her a birthday cake when I finally got to come home to celebrate. I wanted to turn her favorite cookie into a delicious cake. This recipe is simple and really moist and yummy. You can make this cake into a sheet cake or a stacked cake with tiers. I made it into a sheet cake.
Snickerdoodle Cake:
2 1/3 cup of flour
1 1/3 cup of sugar
4 tsp of baking powder 
1 1/3 cup of milk 
1/2 cup of melted butter
3 eggs
3 tsp of vanilla extract 
1 tsp of ground cinnamon 
First, preheat your oven to 350 and grease your cake pan. I used a 9X15 pan. Then, mic the flour, the sugar, and the baking powder, 
Then mix in the milk, and the melted butter. 

Then, mix in the eggs. 
Then, mix in the vanilla and the cinnamon. 
Then, using a mixer beat the mixture on high for 1 minute. 
Then, pour the mixture into the greased cake pan. 
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
Then, let the cake cool and wait till it is cool to frost it. 
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup of butter
4 oz of cream cheese
3 cups of powdered sugar 
3 tbs of milk 
1 tsp of vanilla 
1 tsp of cinnamon 
First, beat the butter and cream cheese until it is creamy. 
Then, add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time and mix. 
Then, add the milk and mix. 
Then, add the vanilla and cinnamon and mix.
When the cake is cool, frost it with the icing and you can top it with even more cinnamon! :) 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Beer Bread

So, one of my favorite treats growing up was Pampered Chef's Beer Bread. It has a sweetness to it that just can't be beat. I thought the other day, I wonder if I can make my own and if it would be just as tasty. This recipe is amazing. It is sweet and buttery, and even BETTER than Pampered Chef's. It is sure to be a winner with everyone. It also is super easy and simple and you can also replace the beer in the recipe for soda to make a soda bread.
Beer Bread:
3 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 tsp of salt 
1/3 cup of sugar 
1 tbs of baking powder
1 12 oz beer or soda
3 tbs of butter- melted
First, preheat the oven to 350 and grease a bread pan.
Then, mix together the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and the beer or soda. It will be sticky.
Then, pour the mixture into the greased bread pan. 
Then, melt the butter and pour it on top of the bread dough. 

Then bake the dough in the oven for 50 minutes and let it cool.

Then, Enjoy!! :)