Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Mint Brownies

These are the best mint brownies ever. Recipe is from Becky Higgins. Make sure you make them for a large group...or you will eat the entire thing and gain 10 pounds.

2 c. butter - melted
3/4 c. cocoa
2 1/4 c. sugar
6 eggs - beaten
Combine above ingredients and mix well.

Add the following to the mixture:
2 c. flour
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla

Bake this brownie layer in a Texas sheet cake pan or two 9" x 13" pans for this amount. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes (add 8-10 minutes if you use two 9" x 13" pans.) Cool completely.

Mint frosting
4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. butter - melted
5 Tbsp. milk
6 drops food coloring
2 tsp. mint or peppermint extract

Spread frosting on chilled cake and then chill again.
Melt a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips and spread for top layer. Chill.

Blonde Brownies

This is my mom's recipe. It is delicious, and no-fail! Everyone always loves them. You guys have probably had them several times as I love to make them for everything.

1/3 c. oil
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla

Mix together with a wooden spoon or large spoon, about 40 strokes in a medium sized bowl.

2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp soda
3/4 tsp salt

Mix together and then add to the wet ingredients. Stir together well. Dough is stiff. Spread and pat down into a greased 9x13 pan. Sprinkle lots of chocolate chips on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 22 minutes or until lightly brown on top. These are also yummy with mini m&m's or butterscotch and vanilla chips, or a mixture of 3 different chips.

Homemade Oreo Cookies

1 super moist devils food cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 c. shortening

Mix together. Roll into balls about the size of a walnut and slightly press down. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Cool completely. Spread with the frosting mixture when cool to make your own oreos!

8 oz cream cheese
1/2 c. butter
1 lb powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Cream together and refrigerate overnight before making into oreos.

NOTE: It seems from what I remember this frosting recipe makes a lot, so in the past I have made double the cookies or halved the frosting recipe.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Check out this Blog!

Jody has a family recipe blog, also. Check it out for some great recipes. I cooked almost exclusively from it the past couple weeks. I just told my kids - this recipe is from the Richael's! They like the Richael's so they were more excited to try these new dishes. I will also put this as a side link titled "Some of our Favorite Things"

Thanks Jody for all your recipe postings!

Angel Food Cake Roll

This is actually Marne's recipe. It's very easy to make and stores well in the freezer!

Mix an angel food cake according the the package directions. Spread the cake batter on top of a wax paper lined large cookie sheet (with sides) and bake until lightly golden brown. I think it was about 18-20 minutes - not sure. After it's baked, flip the pan onto a large tea towel and then peel off the wax paper and then roll the cake up with the towel and let it cool.

After it is cool, carefully unwrap the cake and then spread the filling on top of the cake. Then roll it back up. Wrap the cake roll in saran wrap (I wrap mine really good - a couple times) and freeze it until your ready to eat it! I usually let it sit out a few minutes before slicing it - you can serve it frozen cold or partially thawed.

1- 8 ounce strawberry yogurt
1 small pkg. of sugar free vanilla pudding mix
2 cups thawed Cool Whip
Chopped fresh strawberries - however much you want (optional)
3 drops red food coloring - to make it a pretty pink