Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Homemade Oreo Cookies

Okay, maybe I do make other desserts. And this is one of them. This recipe is awesome. The cookies are chewy and delicious. And the icing divine.

1 Devil Food Cake Mix
3/4 cup shortening
2 eggs

1/2 package cream cheese softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup of icing sugar

Mix together until ingredients are combined. Roll into small balls. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Slam cookie sheet down on the counter when they come out to make the cookies flat. Let cool. Then put the icing in between the cookies. Keep cookies in fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mom's Brownies

I don't make many desserts. Cheesecakes, some cookies and these brownies. I usually make these on Sunday maybe once a month or every 2nd month. Or when the missionaries come over and I didn't plan a dessert. But I make these when I feel like a warm, chewy brownie with ice cream. I also make these when I feel like chocolate but I don't have any chocolate but I always have these ingredients. In fact I they are in the oven as we speak for that reason alone. My Mom used to make these when I was a kid.

1 cup of butter
3/4 cup of cocoa
2 cups of sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour

Melt butter & cocoa on stove. Add sugar and mix with a fork or spatula (if you only have a hand mixer I do all the mixing in same pot as I melt the butter). If you have a bosch or whatever else, remove from heat and scoop that butter, cocoa and sugar into a your bosch bowl(or kitchen aide). Beat one egg at a time (this is when the bosch comes in handy because you really want to mix those eggs one at a time, mix each egg for about a minute or as long as you can handle, the more mixing the chewier they are but a minute is about good for each egg). Beat in vanilla. Beat in flour.

Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. Now you have to check these at 20 minutes because you do not want to overbake. I had a really hot oven in one of the apartments we lived in and I had to bake them at 325 for 23 minutes. But 350 at about 25 minutes should be about average. But check and once the toothpick comes out clean take them out! I always sprinkle icing sugar on the top and serve warm with ice cream! Enjoy.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Cheese buns

First make your typical bun recipe (I use this one from Erin Cahoon). Then instead of forming the dough into buns, you roll it out on a greased surface and spread lots of grated cheddar cheese over it. Then roll it up and cut into sections (just like you would do cinnamon buns but using cheese instead of cinnamon and sugar). Let rise on the pan for 1 hour then bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes. As soon as they come out of the oven glaze the tops with about 1/4 cup melted butter mixed with a couple tablespoons of Johnny's garlic spread seasoning (you can buy it at Costco but I'm sure garlic powder or something similar would work too). Anyways these taste soooo good. Try it next time you make buns. When I make the bun recipe I use half the dough for regular buns and half the dough for cheese buns. I hope this recipe/post makes sense.


Chicken Parmigiana

1. Rinse about 3-4 chicken breasts in water and then cut them in half.
2. Dip each piece in flour, then egg mixture (I mix 2 eggs with a tbsp of water), then dip in Italian seasoned bread crumbs (I mix some Italian seasoning with bread crumbs), then brown in a couple tablespoons of olive oil on each side.
4. Put breasts in a casserole dish (9 by 13) and put thinly sliced or shredded mozarella cheese on each breast and pour bottled pasta sauce over top (I usually use Ragu).
5. Then sprinkle parmesan cheese over everything.
6. Cover with foil and bake about 30 minutes or until chicken is done.
7. Serve over pasta noodles (I use linguine).

This is such a tasty meal and is one of Justin's favorites. My kids gobble it up too.