Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mmmmm, have to try this one...

Almond- Cranberry Squash Bake


4 cups hot mashed butternut squash
4 Tbs butter, softened, divided
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground allspice
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
16 ounce can whole-berry cranberry sauce
½ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup packed brown sugar

1. In a large bowl, combine the squash, 2 T. butter, salt, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg; mix well. Transfer to a greased 2-quart baking dish. Stir cranberry sauce until softened; spoon over squash.

2. Combine almonds, brown sugar and remaining butter; mix well. Sprinkle over cranberry sauce. Bake, uncovered, at 350°F. for 50- 60 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

Servings: 8

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Monday, August 31, 2009


Shrimp Salad-Stuffed Tomatoes

Hollowed-out tomatoes were the secret to elegant lunches in the '50s - and they deserve a comeback today. Look for bright red, aromatic tomatoes without any mushy spots or discolorations. You can also stuff these tomatoes with Bacony Barley Salad with Marinated Shrimp or Curried Tofu Salad.


  • 1 pound peeled cooked shrimp (21-25 per pound; thawed if frozen), tails removed, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 10 Kalamata olives, pitted and finely chopped
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • Pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes, cored


Combine shrimp, celery, basil, olives, shallot, mayonnaise, vinegar and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir to combine.

Carefully hollow out the inside of each tomato using a melon baller or small spoon; reserve the scooped tomato for another use (see Tip). To serve, fill each tomato with a generous 1/2 cup of the shrimp salad.

Save the scooped-out tomato insides to use in fresh tomato soup or pasta sauce. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Tomorrow be prepared because I'm researching my Kabobs ! :)


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Brownie Batch Number Seven

Chocolate Brownie Crunch

Recipe courtesy The Neely's


  • Butter, for greasing pan
  • 1 (21-ounce) box brownie mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 10 chocolate-caramel covered wafers
  • Ganache, for brownie topping, recipe follows
  • Whipped topping, recipe follows
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Chocolate shavings


Preheat oven at 350 degrees F.

Prepare brownies as directed on the box for "cake-like" brownies but add additional 3 eggs. Spread half the batter into an 8 by 8-inch prepared pan, top evenly with the chocolate caramel covered wafers.. Cover with remainder of batter. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the brownies are almost cooked through. Remove brownies from oven. Cool completely. Remove brownies from pan keeping square intact. Place on a baking sheet.

Top with ganache, whipped topping, raspberries, and chocolate shavings.


  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream warmed

Mix together syrup and chocolate. Pour warm cream over syrup and chocolate. Stir until melted.

Whipped Topping:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cognac

Whip the heavy cream, adding the sugar and cognac.

Brownie Batch Number Six

One of my Favorites....

Cookie Brownies

This recipe allows for many alterations of your own.
This could possibly be the easiest party treat ever.
So if your in a pinch and you need a fast treat for a get together or just a snack.....
then this is the best thing for you :)

Level: Simplest.

Basically the only thing you need is a package of your favorite brownie mix and a package of your favorite cookie mix :)
This allows for many different kinds of treats........

Lets say we're just making a traditional fudge brownie and chocolate chip cookie mixture.

Make the brownies as directed on the package and spread evenly throughout a 9x13 inch pan.

Then proceed to make the cookies as directed and plop large*** portions of the batter throughout the pan of brownie mix......

The final result should appear as 6-8 large**** cookies amidst the pan of brownie mix......

Bake the brownies as directed on their box and watch the cookies carefully as the time winds down.

The cookies should finish golden brown and the brownies warm and gooey yet still cooked throughly :)

What can I say.....the best of both worlds with this dish :)

Brownie Batch Number Five

Coffee and Cookie Brownies

Coffee and Cookie Brownies


  • 1 16.5 to 18-oz. pkg. refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 19.5 oz. pkg. milk chocolate brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1/3 cup cooled strong coffee
  • 1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate pieces


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Press sugar cookie dough into bottom of a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside.

2. In a large bowl combine the eggs, brownie mix, cooking oil, and coffee until just combined. Spread batter over sugar cookie dough. Sprinkle with chocolate pieces.

3. Bake for 40 minutes or until edges are set. Cool in pan on a wire rack. To serve, cut into bars. Makes 24 brownies.

Brownie Batch Number Four

Black and White Brownies

Black and White Brownies


  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon shortening


1. In a small saucepan, combine 12 ounces semisweet chocolate and the 1/2 cup butter. Cook and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Cool slightly.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan. Butter foil; set aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine the 6 eggs and the 1-1/2 cups sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and lemon-colored.

4. In a medium bowl, combine the 1-1/2 cups flour, the baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to egg mixture; beat until well mixed, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Gradually add melted chocolate mixture and the 1 tablespoon vanilla; beat well. Spread evenly in prepared pan; set aside. Wash beaters thoroughly with soap and warm water; dry beaters.

5. In another large bowl, combine cream cheese and the 6 tablespoons butter. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the 3/4 cup sugar; beat until fluffy. Add the 3 eggs, the 2 tablespoons flour, and the 2 teaspoons vanilla; beat well. Carefully spoon cream cheese batter evenly over the chocolate batter.

6. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until cream cheese layer appears set in center when gently shaken. Cool in pan on a wire rack (center may fall slightly as brownies cool).

7. In a small saucepan, combine the 3 ounces chocolate and the shortening. Cook and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Drizzle chocolate mixture over cooled brownies. Let stand until set. Using the edges of the foil, lift the uncut brownies out of the pan. Cut into bars. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Makes 32 bars.

8. To Store: Place bars in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Brownie Batch Number Three

Chocolate-Caramel Bars

Chocolate-Caramel Bars


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 20 vanilla caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup milk chocolate pieces or semisweet chocolate pieces


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For crust: In a medium bowl, stir together flour and brown sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press onto the bottom of an ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, for filling: In a small bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and vanilla.

3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes more or until filling is set. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine caramels and milk. Cook and stir over medium-low heat just until caramels are melted. Drizzle caramel mixture over filling. Sprinkle with chocolate pieces. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Makes 24 bars.

Brownie Batch Number Two

Triple-Chocolate and Espresso Brownies

Triple-Chocolate and Espresso Brownies


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 recipe Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Chocolate-covered espresso beans, chopped (optional)


1. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, bittersweet chocolate, and unsweetened chocolate. Cook and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat; cool. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with heavy foil, extending foil over the pan edges. Grease foil; set pan aside.

2. Stir the sugar into the cooled chocolate mixture. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating with a wooden spoon just until combined. Stir in espresso powder and vanilla. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture; stir just until combined. Stir in chocolate pieces. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Spread Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting over cooled brownies. Using the edges of the foil, lift the uncut brownies out of the pan. Place on cutting board; cut into brownies. If desired, sprinkle with chocolate-covered espresso beans. Makes 20 brownies.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting: In a small saucepan, heat and stir 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate pieces over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat; let cool. In a medium bowl, stir together one 3-ounce package softened cream cheese and 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Stir in melted chocolate until smooth.

To Store: Place bars in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw bars, if frozen. Let refrigerated bars stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

12 days of Brownies <3

Everyone Loves Brownies

Toward the end of every summer I begin to dread returning to school. Especially this year in the sense that I have faced some rather unfortuante roommmate issues, much beyond my control. In the awful feeling that school is ready to resume I begin to think of the next time I will be home, CHRISTMAS ! Which just happens to be my FAVORITE time of year ! Aside from that wonderful feeling in the fall when the trees are impecable and the apple pie, strusel and cobbler fills the air........
Treats of all kinds just tend to consume me.......
And sharing some of my favorite recipes with fellow bloggers is super fun ! So due to the onsetting of the dreaded school feeling I have prepared a fun Christmas/Summer twist !
I LOVE the 12 days of Christmas.......... So instead because it is August and I'm just feeling very Christmasy*** I have decided to share with you

The 12 days of Brownies !!!!

1. because everyone LOVES brownies
2. because everyone deserves to indulge in sinful treats once in a while.
3. WHo doesn't LOVE to bake !

Brownie Batch Number One

Chunky Path Brownies

Chunky Path Brownies


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups tiny marshmallows
  • Chocolate Topper or Chocolate-Peanut Topper


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil up over the edges of the pan. Grease foil; set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, the water, and cocoa powder. Bring mixture just to boiling, stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat. Add the chocolate mixture to the flour mixture; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Add eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Beat for 1 minute more (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pan.

3. Bake in the preheated oven about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

4. Sprinkle marshmallows over hot brownies. Top with Chocolate Topper or Chocolate-Peanut Topper. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

5. To serve, remove brownies from pan by lifting foil. Place on cutting board; cut into bars. Makes 48 brownies.

Chocolate Topper: In a medium saucepan, combine one 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate pieces, 1/2 cup whipping cream, and 1/4 cup butter. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until melted. Drizzle over brownies.

Chocolate-Peanut Topper: In a medium saucepan, combine 1-1/3 cups semisweet chocolate pieces, 1 cup creamy peanut butter, and 3 tablespoons butter. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until mixture is smooth. Drizzle over brownies. Sprinkle with 1 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts.

TO STORE: Place brownies in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Frozen Chocolate Cookie Cake

Recipe adapted from Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Desserts


Ganache and Filling:

  • 1/2 gallon cookies and cream ice cream, softened
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate morsels


  • Butter, for pans
  • Flour, for pans
  • 1 (18.25-ounce) box devil's food cake mix
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs


Line 1 (9-inch) cake pan with plastic wrap, with 3 inches overhanging. Spread softened ice cream into lined pan in a smooth, even layer. Freeze for 3 hours, or until frozen solid.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter and flour 2 (10-inch) round cake pans and set aside. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs in a large mixing bowl on medium speed for 2 minutes, or until well blended. Using a spatula, divide batter between the 2 prepared cake pans. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cakes cool in pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of each pan to loosen cakes and remove from pans.

While cakes are cooling, heat heavy cream in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat until bubbling around the edges. Remove pan from heat, add chocolate morsels, and stir with a whisk until smooth. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes, until cool and slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Spread ganache on top of and around sides of both cake layers, keeping layers separate and not fitting together yet. Refrigerate entire cake for 1 hour, or until ganache is set.

Place 1 cake layer, ganache side up, on a serving platter. Remove ice cream from pan, peel off plastic wrap, and place on top of cake layer. Place second cake layer on top of ice cream, ganache side up. Freeze until ready to serve, but let stand at room temperature 5 minutes before seving.

Thursday, April 9, 2009


I absolutely HAD to share these with yall.

Hostess with the Mostess blogged about these simply scrumptious looking concoctions that I HAD to pass on to all of you :)

One they're Barbie so what girl wouldn't love them :)

Two. Pink Drinks !!!!!!

Barbie Dolls

1.5 oz Knob Creek
1 oz Cranberry
.75 oz Pineapple Juice
.75 oz fresh OJ
.75 oz fresh Lemon Juice
Ginger Ale

Combine all the ingredients except ginger ale in a shaker.
Shake well and pour.
Top with a splash of ginger ale.



Sunday, March 1, 2009


Absolutely Delish ! I was watching Paula's Party last night and she made this, it looked so fabulous I had to try it, so I made it for dessert tonight and I will tell you, between 5 people, yeah only 5 !
the entire thing was gone in like 2 hours !
Really Try It, it's that good :)

Chocolate Bread Pudding

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen, 2007

8 to 10 servings


* 1 loaf French or Italian bread, cut into cubes (about 15 cups)
* 3 cups milk
* 1/3 cup heavy cream
* 1/4 cup coffee flavored liqueur
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup packed light brown sugar
* 1/4 cup cocoa powder
* 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
* 2 teaspoons pure almond extract
* 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 6 eggs, lightly beaten
* 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
* Pecan Rum Flambe Sauce, recipe follows


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Lightly grease a 13 by 9-inch baking dish fill with bread cubes.

In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, cream, and liqueur. In another bowl, combine the granulated and brown sugars with the cocoa powder and mix well. Add the cocoa mixture to the milk mixture and whisk to combine.

In a medium bowl, add the vanilla extract, almond extract, and the cinnamon to the beaten eggs. Combine the egg mixture with the milk mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread cubes; let stand, stirring occasionally, for at least 20 minutes, or until the bread has absorbed most of the milk mixture. Bake the pudding for 1 hour, or until set; a cake tester inserted into the center of the pudding should come out clean.

Serve the pudding warm or cold, with Pecan Rum Flambe, dessert sauce.
Pecan Rum Flambe Sauce:

1 stick butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup dark rum

In a large skillet, melt the stick butter and add brown sugar, stir together. Add the pecans and cook until sugar has caramelized over medium-high heat. Turn off the stove and pour in the rum. Stand back and carefully light with a long lighter. Be careful; a flame will shoot up above the pan. As the alcohol cooks out, the flame will die down. Serve over chocolate bread pudding.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sweet Potato Tartlet

Recipe courtesy The Neelys

12 servings


  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 large baked sweet potatoes
  • 3 store-bought rolled up dough
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Whipped Cream, for topping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix together butter and brown sugar until it becomes a sand-like texture. Add eggs and beat with electric mixer. Add whipping cream and vanilla extract; mix until smooth. Add in flour, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg.

Scoop out the inside of the sweet potatoes and transfer them to a medium bowl and mash. Once mashed, add potatoes into the flour mixture and blend with electric mixer.

Roll out the dough and with tartlet pans, divide the dough into 12 (4-inch) rings. Spray the tartlet pans with nonstick cooking spray and insert dough. Cut off excess dough with a knife.

With an ice cream scooper, scoop out potato mixture; about 1/4 cup each and place into tartlet pans.

Bake for 30 minutes. Once cooled, garnish with whipped cream.

Monday, February 2, 2009

<3 Finally

The much anticipated !
I've started my cookbook !
My bestie and I have decided to compile all of our best concoctions into a cookbook !
WooT WooT !
It's ok to not contain your excitement !
We've just begun the compilation process so I'm guessing about a month-ish
And to celebrate, I will be giving the very first one away !!!!

Stay Tuned ! :)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Chocolatini's <3

First off, those are chocolate shoes ! No way right ! Yes way !!!!
O my freaking god I want them !!!

Emmmm deliciosity ! To the Max !
Emmmm ok-- no really these are that fantastic !
And I love them the most because they aren't rediculously girly---
so here's what you do-- simplest thing ever ! And everyone Loves them ! :)
So you use a margarita mixer, or in my situation a bullet thermose haha--
works perfectly too by the way--

So you just need:
Hershey's Chocolate Syrup (or Strawberry fo Strawtini's haha)
And Smirnoff or Absolut Vanilla Vodka (creme de caccoa and espresson vodka work nicely as well, I like the vanilla vodka the best though)
Then some cutesy martini glasses
and lastly hot coccoa :)

Ok, so you mix about 1-1 1/2 cups of milk
1 shot of chocolate syrup
and 2 shots of your liquor

Shake it all up, really well- the frothier the better :) Mmmmm
and rim the glass with vodka and roll it in the hot coccoa

:) ENjoy

let me know what you think :)
MissSweetTreats <3>