Monday, January 1, 2018

Triple chocolate chip espresso Oreo cookies...Yup!

Chocolate, coffee and cookies all go hand in hand! My love of all three helped me come up with this addictive cookie recipe.
I will be surprised if you are able to eat just one!

Triple chocolate chip espresso Oreo cookie recipe

  • 1 cup butter, room temp
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp coffee extract
  • 2 tsp espresso powder
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda, heaping
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 15 Oreo cookies, crushed

Preheat oven to 350*
Line two cookie sheets / jelly roll pans with non-stick foil.
Add Oreo's into a plastic zip top bag and crush by rolling with rolling pin.

Cream butter, sugars, extract and espresso powder.
Add eggs.
Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Add baking soda.
Mix in crushed cookies.
Add chips.
Mix to combine.

Spoon by tablespoonfuls onto prepared sheets.

Bake for 10 minutes.
Ovens vary, start checking at 8 minutes. Cookies may bake for up to 12 minutes, depending on your oven.

Triple chocolate chip espresso Oreo cookies!
Time for new cookie you go!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Make these cookies in a flash...semi-homemade cookies

Sometimes we need something sweet and we need it quickly. Check out these two semi-homemade cookie recipes.

These recipes are perfect for last minute Holiday treats, birthday parties or for a busy weekend. They also make perfect gift ideas!

Semi-Homemade Double Chocolate Chip Almond Latte Cookie Recipe

1 bag Betty Crocker Snack Sized chocolate chip cookie mix
Butter and Water, per directions on the bag
2 tsp cocoa powder
1.5 tsp instant coffee granules
1 handful chocolate chips
1 handful slivered almonds

Pre-heat oven to 375*.
Line a cookie sheet with no-stick foil.
Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl and drop with a teaspoon onto prepared cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-13 minutes.
Check after 10 minutes and put back in for up to 3 more if needed.

Peanut Butter Cup Mocha Brookie Recipe

12 Peanut butter cups
1 bag chocolate chip cookie mix, add 2 tablespoons of instant coffee to cookie batter
1 box brownie mix, add 1 tablespoon of instant coffee to brownie batter
½ cup chocolate chips
Eggs, water and oil, as directed by bag and box mixes

Pre-heat oven to 350*.
Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
Add a tablespoon of cookie dough into the bottom of each prepared muffin cup.
Press dough to fill bottom of each cup.
Add peanut butter cup, top side down, into each muffin tin, on top of the cookie dough.
Spoon brownie mix on top, being sure each muffin tin is no more than ¾ of the way full.
Bake for 20 minutes.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Super simple brownie mixer required!

My favorite baking recipes are the ones that do not require a mixer! Less to clean up and quiet to make if you have sleeping children.

Here is my super simple brownie recipe. You can always dress these up by icing them or topping them with jam or berry pie filling. If you prefer a savory brownie as opposed to a fruity one, you can mix equal parts peanut butter and powdered sugar together and top them with that...boom! Reese's topped brownies.

Deanna's Easy Brownie Recipe
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 ounces chocolate chips, semi-sweet
  • 5 Tbsp margarine or butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract OR coffee extract
  • 1/2 cup flour, heaping
  • pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 325*.
Line an 8x8 baking dish with no-stick foil.
Cream sugars and eggs.
Melt margarine/butter and chips together in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Add extract. Stir.
Mix chocolate mixture and egg mixture together.
Pour into pan.
Bake 45 to 50 minutes.

TIP: To cool brownies quickly, remove them from baking dish by lifting out by foil. Be careful as they will be hot. Place onto cutting board. Place entire board, brownies still in foil, into the fridge and cool until easy to cut.

Chocolate Icing Recipe

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • Milk

Add sugar and powder into a bowl and add milk until a thick but spreadable icing forms. Spread over cooled brownies prior to cutting.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Crunchy and cheesy green bean casserole...oh, my!

Green bean casserole is an important Holiday side dish in many homes across the USA! It is definitely a staple in our home.

I enjoy both styles of green beans, the regular and the French. You can choose whatever style you like best for this recipe.

This recipe is perfect! It had the creaminess of the soup and cheese along with the crunch of the fried onions and the snap of the green beans. Best of all worlds if you ask me.

Crunchy, Cheesy Green Bean Casserole
  • 1 can or box of cream soup (choose your favorite flavor. Ex.: mushroom, celery or chicken)
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 can French fried onions (about 3 ounces)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)
  • 1 package frozen green beans (French) OR 2 cans (drained) regular
Preheat oven to 325*.
Spray an 8x8 baking dish with butter spray.
In a bowl, combine soup, milk, cheese and half of the fried onions. Mix well.
Place half of the green beans into the baking dish.
Pour half of the soup mixture over the beans.
Repeat layering one more time.
Top with remaining fried onions and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until bubbly. 

This recipe is easily doubled. If you double it, us a 9x13 baking dish. 

Need an 8x8 pan? Here you go...Pyrex, my favorite brand!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Cherry danish: is it for brunch or dessert...either way, get my recipe here!

Cherry danish is the perfect brunch OR dessert to make for the Holidays this year. It is also perfect for a weekend treat any time of year.

I always encourage my readers to get creative with the recipes I share and this one is no different. If you prefer apples, blueberries or any other fruit, feel free to use it in place of the cherries called for in this recipe.

Cherry Danish Recipe

1 Stick of margarine, cut into pieces
1 Cup of flour
4-6 tablespoons of cold water
2 teaspoons of salt
Cinnamon sugar*
1 can of cherry pie filling
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp. of milk or water (more if icing is too thick)

Line a cookie sheet with no-stick foil.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients for dough together in a large bowl. Form into a ball.
Roll out dough between 2 sheets of floured wax paper into a circle.
Sprinkle dough with cinnamon sugar.
Cut dough into 4 equal parts.
Roll each part into a roll.
Twist each roll into a swirl and press together with fingers. Then, create a small dip into the top of each roll to hold the fruit.
Add cherry pie filling onto each roll.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Top with icing.

*You can easily make your own cinnamon sugar by taking ½ cup of white sugar and mixing it with 5 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.
You can also buy a small bottle in the spice section at your local grocery store or at Savory Spice Shop. 

One can never have too much...

Sunday, December 3, 2017

PeCran scones? What is a Pe-Cran?

photo by: sugarhero
Pe-Cran is a term that I used to combine the words pecan and cranberry! It sounds more creative to say pe-cran than pecan cranberry...well, to me it does!

I made these scones a while back and enjoyed them because they were not dry like so many other scones I have tasted.

Give them a try for the Holidays this year and let me know what you think.

Pecran Brown Sugar Scones

  • 2+ cups flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp butter, cold
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 3/4+ cup milk
  • Turbinado sugar (raw sugar)

Preheat oven to 400*.
Line baking sheet with no-stick foil.
In a large bowl mix flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt.
Using a pastry blender, fork or your hands, cut in butter and combine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Stir in cranberries and pecans.
Add milk (and maybe a little extra flour) until dough holds together when pressed.
Flour the bowl that the dough is in and shape into a ball.
Flour a knife and slice dough into 8 wedges, the best you can.
Place wedges onto prepared baking sheet.
Brush wedges with milk and sprinkle with Turbinado sugar.
Press sugar into wedges, lightly.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden in color.

If you would like to add a sweet glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • milk or lemon juice

Combine sugar and vanilla into a bowl.
Add liquid until a soft glaze forms (the consistency of Elmers glue)
Drizzle over top of the baked scones.

TIP: If using milk to make glaze, you can also add a couple shakes of cinnamon to make a cinnamon glaze for the scones.

Please check out my new book that has a selection of special recipes at the end!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

My blog peeps...Apple pie recipe is here for the Holidays!

Photo taken from Google images
Apple pie...
An American classic and Holiday staple.
Let me share how to make a fantastic apple pie. Read the entire recipe and you will find a tip for an added zip at the end!

Apple Pie


         4-6 apples (peeled, cored and cut into chunks)*

         ¾ cup of cinnamon sugar

         1 tablespoon of flour

Crumble Topping:

         1 cup of flour

         1 cup of brown sugar

        2 tsp cinnamon

        4 Tbsp. butter, cold

1 unbaked pie crust

Preheat your oven to 375*.

Peel and cut your apples into small pieces.

Place your apples into your pie crust. Add sugar and flour to your apples and gently mix with your hands to combine ingredients.

Combine your crumble topping in a separate bowl.

First add your flour, sugar and cinnamon. Then, add butter and blend with a pastry blender or with your hands (do not melt butter, add cold).

Sprinkle topping over the apples.

Cover the edge of the crust with foil for the first 25 minutes while baking.

Remove foil and continue to bake for another 30 to 35 minutes.

Your total baking time will be for 50 to 60 minutes.

Eat it warm with ice cream or chill before serving!

* If you are a coffee addict, use coffee ice cream to top your pie!

*For an added zip, add ½ can of crushed pineapple to apple mixture before baking…this makes for an apple pie with a twist!

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Looking to make your own pie crust in a snap? Here are TWO easy pie crust recipes!