Sharing Recipes from Some of My Favorite Bloggers – DESSERTS

About a year and a half ago I posted several yummy-looking appetizer recipes from some of my favorite bloggers.  I decided to do something similar today with dessert recipes because, sometimes, things are just too good NOT to share!

For a few weeks I was on a cleaning binge…. of sorts.  My cleaning binge is sooo over right now.  I think I’m going to go on a serious baking binge – starting tomorrow.   Enjoy !

                 Sharing Recipes from Some of My Favorite Bloggers – DESSERTS

This recipe for Heath Bar (or Chocolate Chip) Blondies, from Bits and Breadcrumbs, was my inspiration for sharing dessert recipes today.  Blondies are a lot like brownies in texture but the batter isn’t made with chocolate.  Usually made with chocolate chips and walnuts, this recipe gives you a choice to add either chocolate chips or Heath Bar chips. My suggestion – consider making these, at least once, with half Heath Toffee Bits and half chocolate chips!

Blonde Brownies = Bits and Breadcrumbs

http://bitsandbreadcrumbs.com/2014/01/31/snow-day-sweet-tooth/  

I love pound cake! This Coconut Pound Cake, from The Southern Lady Cooks, seems to be super easy to make: you use a a yellow cake mix, some vanilla pudding, coconut and evaporated milk, plus a few other things.  A rich coconut sauce is poured on top. YUMMY!  If you’re looking for some great southern recipes, be sure to visit The Southern Lady Cooks. You’ll see why she’s one of my favorite bloggers!

Coconut Pound Cake - The Southern Lady Cookshttp://thesouthernladycooks.com/2011/04/22/coconut-pound-cake/

I’ve never made New York Style Crumb Cake from scratch but I sure will now. From Uni Homemaker, this crumb cake has lots and lots of topping.  Doesn’t it look delicious?

from Uni-Homemaker - New York Style Crumb Cake

http://unihomemaker.com/2013/12/29/new-york-style-crumb-cake/

I’d planned to include only recipes from other bloggers – then I came across my own recipe for Apple Pie, which I’ve been ‘playing with’ for decades.  Everyone seems to really like my apple pie a lot, so I’m including it as well.

My Yellow Farmhouse - Apple Piehttps://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2012/11/18/my-yellow-farmhouse-apple-pie/

I haven’t eaten Oatmeal Scotchies in years. In truth, I’d forgotten all about them – until tonight when I found this recipe from Averie Cooks.  It seems that, like me, Averie hadn’t made these in years – she posted, “These cookies are a tasty trip down memory lane. My grandma used to make them and I hadn’t had them in ages. So I changed that.”  Averie, I intend to change that too !

oatmealscotchies-Averie Cookshttp://www.averiecooks.com/2013/04/soft-and-chewy-oatmeal-scotchies-cookies.html

ENJOY !!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies with Peanut Butter-Filled M & M’s

Looking for a quick and easy recipe for Christmas cookies, perhaps for a cookie swap or as a gift – how about making these Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies with Peanut Butter-Filled M&M’s?  (Of course – these quick, easy and delicious cookies aren’t just for the Holidays !!)

All you’ll need is a package of Peanut Butter Cookie Mix, a package of Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, a cup of butter, a package of (red & green) peanut butter filled M&M’s, 3 eggs and some quick cooking oatmeal.  It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Oven at 375 F       Bake cookies for 11 – 12 minutes, until they’re lightly browned

++ Tip  I recommend using at least 2 cookies sheets and two cooling racks, so you always have one cookie sheet in the oven and another being prepared for baking.

++ Tip  It’s a good idea NOT to use a hot cookie sheet when baking cookies. Doing so can make cookies flatten out too much.

Ingredients & Method               Yield – about 4 dozen good-sized cookies

  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened    Tub margarine is NOT recommended.
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats       Not instant oatmeal !
  • 1 (1 lb. 1.5 oz.) package Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
  • 1 (1 lb. 1.5 oz.) package Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix
  • 1 bag  (11.40 oz.)  peanut butter-filled M & M’s    (I used red & green colored M & Ms.)

Place 1 cup softened butter or margarine, 3 eggs and 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal in a large bowl and blend together on medium speed. (Takes less than a minute…)

Add a package of Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix & a package of Peanut Butter Cookie Mix. You can try to mix it all together with a wooden spoon but I used my freshly-washed hands because it’s easier. (The dough may seem to dry at first – just keep smoshing it with your hands and it’ll come together.)

Now add the  bag (11.40 oz.) of peanut butter-filled M & M’s.  Again, I recommend using your hands because the dough is very stiff.

 Christmas Cookies.jpg

On an ungreased cookie sheet, using a 1/8 measuring cup, drop dough about 2 inches apart.  (I found that ‘knocking’ the measuring cup against the side of the bowl helped the dough fall out….)  You’ll probably be able to bake 12 cookies at a time, depending upon the size of your cookie sheet.

Bake cookies at 375 (F) for 11 – 12 minutes, until your cookies are lightly browned. Cool cookies about 2 minutes before removing them from the cookie sheet to a cooling rack.   Enjoy !

My Yellow Farmhouse Peanut Butter Cookies with Peanut M & Ms Cookies - My Yellow Farmhouse.com

M and C’s Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

FINAL CUT - M and C Choc and Oatmeal bars

A few weeks before Christmas I attended a really fun and well-organized event at my grandchildren’s grade school in Pennsylvania. It was a craft fair – but the kids all got to MAKE the crafts, all of which they could give away as gifts, if they so desired. Among the choices were a Christmas ornament, a really cute little pin with beads and a snowflake (which I was given for Christmas!) and “Snowman Soup”, which was made of instant cocoa mix, some marshmallows and a Hershey’s kiss, with a little candy cane tossed in for a stirrer – yummy!!. The table where you could make the always-popular Cookie Mix in a Jar was one of the busiest – and I was lucky enough to receive two of those!!

USE - M & C's CookiesAs my sons can attest, I’m not a very good cookie-baker. I tend to over-bake them, for some reason. Once, while chatting with a friend on the phone, I banged a cookie on the counter and asked her to guess what it was. She said, “A hammer?” “No”, I replied, just a tad embarrassed, “It’s a cookie!”

With my many cookie failures in mind, I decided to make “bars” with the two containers of cookie mix – and I’m glad I did. The bars turned out dense and moist, and, dare I say “hearty” due to the addition of the oatmeal. As a finishing touch, and, because there’s no walnuts in the mix.. AND … because you can never have too much chocolate, I melted a cup of morsels, spread them over the cooked bars and then sprinkled on chopped walnuts.   Enjoy!

Oven at 350     30 minutes     10′ x 13′ pan      Makes 32 bars… 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″

Use - M & C Choc Oatmeal Bars    

Ingredients  – don’t worry about “leveling” the dry ingredients. At the craft fair, they don’t bother (or have the time).

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups NOT PACKED brown sugar
  • 1 cup oatmeal – not instant
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup) – remove packaging, microwave on high for 30 secs.
  • 3 eggs
  •  1 Tbs. hot water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbs. Crisco
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In a medium-sized bowl, place all the dry ingredients. Then add the softened butter, 3 eggs, 1 Tbs. hot water and 2 tsp. vanilla.

Spread the batter evenly in the 10″ x 13″ pan. I give you my permission to use your fingers, which will get really, really sticky but you can always lick the dough from them once you’re done mixing.  (I’m a big proponent of using (clean) hands when dealing with thick cookie doughs.)

Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. The bars will be golden brown and a bit “bumpy” looking.

In a microwavable bowl or glass measuring cup, place 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 Tbs. Crisco –  microwave on high for 1 minutes. Take out and stir. Then microwave again – but this time for only 30 seconds. Spread the chocolate glaze evenly over the bars. Sprinkle with the 1/2 cups chopped walnuts. Allow bars to cool, then cut with a sharp knife into 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2 ” squares.  Enjoy!

 M & C's Chocolate and Oatmeal Bars