Thursday, July 19, 2018

Peanut butter and chocolate ribbon fudge

What is better than chocolate and peanut butter? Not too much in my opinion! This recipe was given to me by my friend Kathy. We often exchange recipes and this is one of my favorites.

Ribbon fudge is perfect as a weekend treat or Holiday sweet. You can easily make it as a gift or as an indulgence just for yourself! 

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ribbon Fudge Recipe
(with adjustments made by yours truly)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup margarine
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 6 oz. mini chocolate chips
  • 7 oz. jar of marshmallow creme
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • no-stick foil
Chocolate layer:
Combine 1.5 cups sugar, 6 Tbsp. margarine and 1/3 cup milk in a saucepan.
Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly.
Boil for 4 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat.
Stir in chocolate chips until melted.
Add 1 cup marshmallow creme and 1/2 tsp. vanilla.
Stir well to combine.
Pour into no-stick foil lined 9x13 baking dish.

Peanut butter layer:
Combine 1.5 cups sugar, 6 Tbsp. margarine and 1/3 cup milk in a saucepan.
Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly.
Boil for 4 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat.
Stir in peanut butter until melted.
Add 1 cup marshmallow creme and 1/2 tsp. vanilla.
Stir well to combine.
Pour over chocolate layer and cool at room temperature.

More recipes:

Reese's Fudge

Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

Peanut butter chocolate Chex mix 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Easy White Russian Kahlua shake

If you love Kahlua, this is the summer treat for you! I have been known to add Kahlua to my hot coffee. But, when it is 100 degrees outside, a cool treat can be a bit more appetizing.

This drink is super easy and not on the expensive side either. All you need is:

Bottle of White Russian Kahlua

Quick info: White Russian Kahlua has Vodka already mixed in.

White Russian Kahlua Shake
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 to 2 shots of Kahlua
Add ingredients into blender. (I use a Magic Bullet.)
Blend, pour into a large glass and enjoy.

Tip: For added sweetness and flavor, you can add chocolate syrup before blending.

More drink recipes:

Cranberry Vodka drink

Easy coffee recipes

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Save money and make your own Magic Shell ice cream topping!

Magic Shell ice cream topping is a chocolate fudge topping that goes onto the ice cream as a liquid and hardens to a crispy chocolate when it gets cold.

It is just a little bit amazing! You can buy it at the grocery store, but making your own is super easy, saves you money and saves on additives and chemicals.

Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping Recipe
  • 6 ounces of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
In a double broiler, melt together chocolate and butter.
Add oil to mixture and stir well.
Allow to cool so that it is not piping hot.
Spoon over ice cream.

Love chocolate? Check out some of my other recipes:

Ooey Gooey spoon brownies

The richest chocolate pie you will ever eat

Triple chocolate chip espresso Oreo cookies

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Blueberry cheesecake salad

Purple is one of my favorite colors which makes this salad a sight for my sore eyes! It also satisfies my ongoing sweet tooth without too much guilt.

You can easily make this dessert fruit salad any time of the year. You can use fresh or frozen fruit. I actually used fresh bananas and grapes but frozen strawberries and blueberries!

Blueberry Cheesecake Fruit Salad
  • 3 cups blueberries
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups strawberries, cut into pieces 
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1 pack cream cheese, 8 ounces, room temperature
  • 1 box (3.4 oz.) instant pudding, cheesecake or French vanilla flavored
  • 1 cup Coffee Mate Creamer, Coconut Caramel Latte flavor

Slice up fruit and add into a large bowl.
Set aside.
With a mixer, mix cream cheese and pudding.
Slowly add creamer while mixing.
When the cheese mixture is well combined, fold it into the prepared fruit.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Check out a few of my other recipes:

Apple pie dessert pizza

Coffee cheesecake recipe

My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Cranberry Vodka drink: perfect for any Holiday...

I have been on a Vodka kick for several weeks now. I put together an easy alcoholic beverage that is perfect for July 4th...mainly because it can be made red, white and blue! However, in my humble opinion, it is perfect for any Holiday, weekend or day of the week :)

Deanna's Cranberry Vodka Drink
  • 1 shot, Whipped Cream Vodka*
  • 1/2 to 1 shot, Cranberry Pineapple Juice
  • Ginger Ale, to taste
  • Ice
  • Frozen cherries, Cranberries or Blueberries (or all 3)

Add first 3 ingredients into your glass.
Add ice.
Top with frozen fruit.

* You can use any flavored Vodka you choose. Blueberry is another good option! 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Epic cupcake fail...

Well, happy Tuesday, July 3rd! I published a great post yesterday about red, white and blue shortbread squares...and let me remind you, they were close to perfection. Buttery, rich and sweet all wrapped into one.  Check out my post here

Today's baking extravaganza (again, with my 4 year old daughter), did not go nearly as well. I am definitely not the Queen of cupcakes by any means. However, I decided to give them yet another try. I...I mean, we made vanilla cupcakes and I came up with the brilliant idea of making red, white and blue icing for the little gems.

The cupcakes took double the time to bake, but they seemed fine...still very moist. Score! Upon tasting they tasted pretty good. My daughter sat at the counter and ate one and came running into the living room saying they were awful. What? I exclaimed! What did you eat? Go spit it out....and she did. So, I went and tasted it and sure enough something tasted awful. After examining all the 24 cupcakes, I realized the vanilla must have been bad. UGH!

I cut the bottoms off of several, because it settled to the bottom. And salvaged a few. Now it was time to make the icing...

What I imagined my cupcakes would look like...
I made 3 batches. One white, one blue and one red. I then placed each batch into a large plastic bag and snipped off the tip. I proceeded to decorate the stubby cupcakes. It was a total mess. I imagined beautiful, tri-colored icing, but instead some were pink and others turned out purple.

The husband tasted one and said they were good...better without the icing. SMH.

Maybe I'll try cupcakes again in another year.

*** Too embarrassed to show the end result. ***

Interested in reading about my past baking failures?

Monday, July 2, 2018

Red, white and blue shortbread squares...

I have a yearly tradition of making red, white and blue shortbread bars for July 4th. This year is no exception...the only thing that is different this year is that I am going to share my recipe with you!

I do have a baking business that I run from home called The Fiery Whisk and I do make these bars and sell them. HOWEVER... I altered my recipe just a bit so that I can share it with loyal readers and friends.

I always make my own strawberry jam after going strawberry picking in May and I use this jam for my red, white and blue bars.

Deanna's Red, White and Blue Shortbread Recipe
  • 2 sticks butter, salted and softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam
  • 1/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (I use frozen) 

Preheat oven to 350*.
Line 9x13 baking dish with no-stick foil.
Cream butter and sugar.
Add flour and mix well.
Mixture will be crumbly.
Reserve about 1/4 cup of mixture, set aside.
Press remaining dough into prepared dish.
Dough will only cover 3/4 of the dish.
Spread jam onto dough.
Sprinkle with blueberries.
Top with remaining dough, by dropping small pieces over fruit.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Allow to cook on stove top.
Remove by lifting foil out of baking dish.
Place in fridge to harden.
Cut into bars with a knife and store air tight for up to 4 days.


Skore Bars (video and recipe)

Fruity Oat Bars

Nanaimo Bars 

Customize your sprinkle cookies for any Holiday