Sep 192012
 

Magic Cookie Bars

I was contemplating on what to make for a birthday treat for my hubby when I found this recipe from a pamphlet I had in my recipe goodie bag. I decided to make Magic Cookie Bars from the Eagle Brand group of recipes. This is a very good idea for someone with a sweet tooth. I liked it and chose to change the order a little bit with the same results.

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Aug 302012
 

We enjoyed this new breakfast cereal so much, we could not resist but make it a staple in our home. This is the easiest thing you could do to start your family off to healthy eating. Learn how easy it is to make Muesli.

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May 282012
 

Coconut-chocolate-banana muffins

Make this treat during the weekend so that you can enjoy great treats for breakfast, snack or a late afternoon tea any day of the week. They keep well if refrigerated and could last a week or more if properly stored in a sealed container. Continue reading »

Feb 112012
 

Chocolate Truffles - for Valentine's Day!

Where would we be without love? God is love and He loves us unconditionally.

We are in February and Love is everywhere . February 14th is the biggest day for LOVE.  As the clock ticks by, every second, someone, somewhere falls in love. Romance and soft music fill the air. It’s time to tell the ones you know that you love them.

To celebrate, here are some ideas. No baking necessary. Just your creativity and a little bit of time. Hope you have as much fun as we did.

Treat #1 .  Make these very easy Chocolate Truffle treats and share.

You can definitely make truffles in many different ways.  I used only half the quantities in the recipe below and used the remaining chocolate to make two extra eye catching chocolate treats.

Inspired by this recipe.  Two Ingredients Only: Chocolate and Cream Cheese.

  • 1 1/4  pkg of Baker’s Semi Sweet Chocolate ( 10 squares).
  • ½  pkg cream cheese.
  1. Melt 4 of the chocolate squares and save 6.
  2. Beat cream cheese with mixer until creamy.
  3. Stir in melted chocolate and refrigerate until firm.
  4. Shape into balls and place each on a tray lined with wax paper.
  5. Melt the remaining 6 squares of chocolate.
  6. Dip the balls into melted chocolate and place on wax paper.
  7. Pour desired toppings like shredded coconut, ground almonds or drizzle icing for decorative effect.
  8. Refrigerate again until firm.

These truffles have a “creamy soft on the inside” delightful surprise.

Treat #2 :  You could simply add shredded coconut and crushed almonds into the remaining  dark chocolate. To make the red truffles, use white chocolate (almond bark).  Color with red food coloring,  roll into balls, coat with coconut  or almonds and chill.  No extra coating necessary.

Treat #3 : I used  triple double Oreo cookies and dipped them in the remaining dark chocolate. I added white chocolate to make the white Oreo cookie  treats.  Color some icing sugar with red food coloring and dot your treats over as you like. Decorating allows you to make a  stunning statement.

Another idea for Valentine’s are these treats, that the  Happy Baker  calls “Speed Dating Quickies”,  in her book on page 93.

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup butter

1 cup milk

**** I used ½ cup brown and 1/2 cup white sugar****

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

4 cups quick-cooking oats

1 cup flaked coconut

***** I would love to add these two ingredients next time :  ½ cup raisins  and ¼ cup nuts for different  flavor in every bite*****

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring sugars, butter and milk to boil over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat; add vanilla.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips, mix until melted. Add oats and coconut; combine.
  4. Drop mixture by tablespoon onto lined cookie sheet.
  5. Refrigerate. Chocolate will firm up and be ready to eat.

To make exciting gifts out of  your treats, visit a local craft shop like Hobby Lobby and get beautiful packaging.

Package your treats to share as gifts. Your family and friends will love them.

Happy Valentine’s everyone.

Mar 192011
 

Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

From the

Delicious Living July 2010,  page 35 (revised).

I took it upon myself to revise the recipe directions so that it was easier to understand.

Dry ingredients

1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 scant teaspoon sea salt

Wet ingredients

1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup unrefined brown sugar
1 large egg

How to prep and bake

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spread coconut on a baking sheet  and cook until lightly golden, 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool.

2. Make the oat meal mixture (combine oats, chocolate chips and coconut in a medium bowl) and the flour mixture (sift together flour, baking soda and salt in another bowl).

3. In another large bowl, beat oil, vanilla and sugar on low speed. Add egg and beat until smooth. Stir in flour mixture just until smooth. Do not over mix. Stir in oat mixture just until combined.

4. Drop tablespoons of dough onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, spacing 1 1/2 inches apart.

5. Bake for 5-7 minutes rotate pan and bake another 5-7 minutes until cookie edges and centers are uniformly firm.

For chewier cookies, remove from oven when edges are set and centers are soft.

6. Cool 5 minutes; then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Seat and enjoy cookies when they are still warm. Enjoy with a glass of milk or a cup of tea!

Now, that is what I call a scrumplicious treat.

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