Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Chocolate Pretzel Treats

Mmmm..... What is better than sweet chocolate and crunchy salty pretzels!? I love the combination and these bite size treats are amazing! Easy to make and fun to have at a party or just for a sweet afternoon snack.

Here are the ingredients that you need for these:

{{Chocolate Pretzel Treats}}

24 pretzels (square waffle ones work the best, but you can you use the twists too!)
24 milk chocolate candy kisses, unwrapped
M&M's or other candy coated chocolates

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Next, place all the pretzels on the baking sheet and top each of them with an unwrapped candy kiss in the center off the pretzel.

Third, place the baking sheet in the preheated oven for about one to two minutes, until the kiss becomes soft and shiny. (You want the chocolate soft, but you don't want the kisses to lose their shape.)

Finally, remove them from the oven and place one M&M in the center of each pretzel and gently press down. Chill these delectable treats in the refrigerator until chocolate is set again. Then control yourself and try not to eat them all at once!
Also... a few variations of this recipe include topping the chocolate kiss with a peanut M&M or a peanut butter M&M (instead of the plain kind). Also you can replace the kiss with a caramel filled Rolo and then top them with a whole pecan for a sweet chocolate turtle treat. The possibilities are almost endless.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Neiman Marcus Cookies

{{Neiman Marcus Cookies}}

2 cups butter
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour
5 cups blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal, then blend in a blender to a fine powder)
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
24 oz. chocolate chips
1- 8 oz. Hershey chocolate bar (grated)
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice- walnuts, pecans, etc. I've also made the cookies with no nuts)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the butter and both sugars. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Mix together flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda and add to butter/sugar mixture. Add chocolate chips, grated Hershey bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Makes about 10-12 dozen cookies.

This recipe makes A LOT of cookies. Recipe can be cut in half for half as many cookies (obviously!) and even better the recipe can be quartered and it makes about 3 dozen cookies. Much nicer for a small family of 4. Sometimes the numbers get crazy when you are trying to downsize a recipe and I always make mistakes, so I like to write them down.

Here's the measurements for the

{{1/2 recipe}}
1 cups butter
1 cups granulated sugar
1 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 1/2 cups blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal, then blend in a blender to a fine powder)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
12 oz. chocolate chips
4 oz. Hershey chocolate bar (grated)
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (your choice- walnuts, pecans, etc. I've also made the cookies with no nuts)

Here's the measurements for the

{{1/4 recipe}}

1/2 cups butter
1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cups brown sugar
1 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cups flour
1 1/4 cups blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal, then blend in a blender to a fine powder)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
6 oz. chocolate chips
2 oz. Hershey chocolate bar (grated)
3/4 cups chopped nuts (your choice- walnuts, pecans, etc. I've also made the cookies with no nuts)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Yummy Dehydrated Apples

Start with your favorite apple.

Slice the apples into thin pieces. (Use an apple peeler, corer and slicer tool to make it easier.)

To help prevent browning, create a lemon juice bath for the apple slices using water and lemon juice. About 2 T lemon juice to 2 quarts of water.

Remove apples from the water and lemon juice solution and place the apples on the dehydrating tray. Remember to leave some space between the apples to allow the hot air to move around and make the drying process a little bit faster.
Take cinnamon red hot candies and place them in a blender and pulse until they turn then into a fine powder. Put the candy powder into a flour sifter and sprinkle the candy powder over the apple slices.
Dehydrate the fruit for several hours until the fruit becomes dry to the touch. Remember to rotate the trays since some of the trays closest to the heat source will dry faster than the ones farther away. Some of the fruit will finish before other pieces, so pull off those that finish early. Store the fruit in an air tight container.
Here are the finished product. It is amazing... I thought that the apples were going to have a cinnamon flavor, but they didn't. It just sweetens the apples and gives them a fun, vibrant red color.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Zucchini Oatmeal Bread

I'm back.... One year later! Finally! Here is a yummy, chewy zucchini bread with oatmeal. It's a great hearty bread.

Zucchini Oatmeal Bread

3 eggs well beaten

2 cup sugar

1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup applesauce

2 cup grated zucchini (do not peal)

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 cup flour (can use 1 cup white and 1 cup wheat)

1 cup oatmeal

Add the sugar to the beaten eggs, then add the oil, applesauce, grated zucchini and vanilla. Add the spices and salt to the flour, then add this with the oatmeal to the sugar and egg mixture. Bake in two greased and floured bread pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes.


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