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A (Very!) Yummy Brownie Recipe

5 Mar

BrowniesIt’s almost the weekend! Hooray! There’s no better way to celebrate than with a bit of chocolate, so I thought it would be the perfect time to post my favorite brownie recipe. Not only does it make oodles of delicious brownies, but it’s super duper easy too, so there’s no reason not to make them.

I N G R E D I E N T S:

  • 4 ounces of melted chocolate OR 12 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 4 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 cup of melted butter
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 4 eggs

T O    M A K E:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 13 by 9 inch baking pan
  • Mix chocolate and butter together (this can be done by hand or in an electric mixer)
  • Stir in the sugar and the eggs
  • Add in the all-purpose and whole wheat flours
  • Pour the batter into a baking pan and smooth it out with a spatula
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Let cool
  • Add some chocolate frosting and enjoy!

Adapted from Ciao Bella

Have fun baking!

Lulu :)

 

M&M Cookies – A Recipe

12 Feb

M&M CookiesHappy Thursday! I just received some wonderful news: I get to be part of the costume crew for my school’s one act play! And so, although I don’t post recipes often, (my sister is the main baker in my house – I prefer the role of taste-tester) today seemed like the perfect time to feature some delicious M&M cookies I made for Valentine’s Day. Not only are they yummy, they’re also very easy to make, so let’s get baking!

I N G R E D I E N T S:

  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups and 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/3 cups of M&M’s (with a few left over for topping)

T O    M A K E:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix together brown sugar, sugar, shortening, eggs, and vanilla extract in an electric mixer.
  • Add in the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, and salt. The batter will be very thick!
  • Pour in the M&Ms. I found it easier to mix them in with a spatula than with the mixer.
  • Grease two baking sheets.
  • Shape the dough into balls and place them on the baking sheet. (Mine were 4×4) Flatten them out with your hand, and lightly press a few M&Ms into the surface.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Let cool.

Adapted from Ciao Bella!

Happy baking!

Lulu

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Heart Cookies-A Recipe

2 Feb

Hi!

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I almost never post recipes, (my last one was actually two years ago, unless you count my cupcake analysis over the summer,) but when my sister Bella, showed me these delicious looking cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction, I couldn’t wait to try them out! They are pretty easy to make and are super yummy, but this recipe doesn’t make a lot of cookies, especially if you cut them into hearts. (I got about nine cookies, plus some still-delicious scraps, but depending on how many you need, you may want to double the ingredients.) Anyways, let’s get started…

Supplies:

  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Liquid Measuring Cup
  • Spatula
  • Wooden Spoon
  • 8 inch Baking Pan
  • Parchment Paper
  • Whisker
  • Cookie Cutter or Knife

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups peanut butter
  • 1/3 melted butter
  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips, (or 1/2 a cup if you really love chocolate like me:))

1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF

2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the peanut butter, melted butter, and brown sugar.

3. Whisk in the milk and vanilla.

4. Then mix in the whole wheat flour, salt, and baking powder.

5. Line an 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, using enough so that some hangs over the sides.

6. Pour the batter in the baking pan, and smooth out with a spatula, (or your hands if needed.)

7. Sprinkle the chocolate chips onto the baking pan, and gently press them into the batter.

8. Bake in oven for 20-22 minutes, or until the edges are barely browning.

9. Before cutting into shapes, wait until cookies are COMPLETELY COOL. (I waited 2 hours, and they still crumbled a little.) If not cutting into shapes, still let the cookies cool, but you can cut them into rectangles with a knife or pizza cutter, (which works surprisingly well!)

10. Enjoy!

This recipe was adapted from the Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Blondies recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction.

 Lulu:)

Thanksgiving Sandwiches!!!!

21 Nov

To celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow my sister and I made little turkey sandwiches, thanks to Meet the Dubiens for the inspiration.

First create your normal sandwich. Now get a circular cookie cutter and create your turkey’s body. Next add eyes and a smile using mini chocolate chips.  To create the beak use half a cheese-it or plain cheese. Now add feathers using apple slices. Feet are optional, (I didn’t make any) but if you choose to make one use cheese. Now add whatever you want!

BLOG AWARDS!

I was given the blog award from Ciao Bella! 

Obviously there are some rules…

So just make sure you link back to the person who awarded you. (Check!)

Post the award picture, (Check! It also matches the color of my font!)

Share seven facts about yourself…(Hmm…)

1. My favorite song is Dancing Queen from the musical Mama Mia!

2. I’m obsessed with the musical Wicked

3. My favorite author is E.D.Baker

4. My favorite TV show(s) are Smash and Chuck (which ended last year:( )

5. When I grow up I want to be an author/actress/singer

6. I have A LOT of American Girl stuff!

7. I have been in three plays Guys and Dolls Junior, Aladdin kids,and 42nd street junior

Nominate 5 blogs for the award, (I don’t know…)

1. Meganlikespie

2. Sophie4503

3. AgthewayIseeit

4. Caleb The Puppy!

And one more once I start to read more blogs…

Happy Turkey Day Tomorrow, (I will attempt to post a photo story…)

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

20 Dec

Recipe from Homes/Gardens

You will need:

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. Ground Ginger
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp.  salt
  • 1 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. finely shredded orange peel
  • 1/2 tsp. fine;y shredded lemon peel

Step 1

In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat margarine or butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and beat till fluffy.

Step 2

In a small saucepan, bring molasses to boiling. Add hot molasses to butter mixture; beat on low speed till combined. Add eggs, orange peel, and lemon peel; beating on low speed just till combined. Add flour mixture to molasses mixture; stir with a spoon until mixed. Divide dough into 4 portions. Wrap each portion in waxed paper or clear plastic wrap; chill about 1 hour or till firm enough to handle.

Step 3

Grease a cookie sheet; set aside. On a lightly floured surface roll dough, one portion at a time, to 1/4-inch thickness. Using small or large cookie cutters, cut dough into gingerbread people or other shapes, re-rolling trimmings as necessary. Arrange cut-outs 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets.

Step 4

Bake in a 350˚ oven about 7 minutes or till edges are firm and light brown. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate as desired. Makes about 40 big cookies and 176 small cookies.

I’m am just saying, but these cookies are SUPER yummy!!!!

French Toast

27 Oct

Here is a recipe from the American Girl Mix It Up cookbook for french toast. (Which is French Toast, but the book gives ways to add fun foods to it)

Step 1

Using a pie pan beat 2 eggs, 1/4 cup of milk, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon until well blended.

Step 2

Pour 1 teaspoon of oil into a skillet and heat on medium. Dip two slices of bread into the egg mixture and pour into the skillet.

Step 3

Cook the bread until it is a brown gold color, then flip the bled over using a spatula, and cook the other side.

Ways to make your toast fun

Add peanut butter and jelly and make a sandwich: Spread the peanut butter and jelly on one piece of bread and top it with the other piece, then dip sandwich in french toast egg mixture, and cook it with the recipe above.

Make a cold cheese and ham sandwich: Make a regular cheese and ham sandwich then, dip it in the french toast egg mixture and cook it like you do for the peanut buttter and jelly sandwich.

Add chocolate chips Like the name says, add chocolate chips! Make the toast using the recipe above, then press chocolate chips into it. Adding powdered sugar makes this taste even more yummy.

Francais toast In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of softened cream cheese and 1 tablespoon of orange marmalade, set it aside. Using 2 slices of french bread, make french toast. Then spred the cheese mixture on the toast and sprinkle on powdered sugar.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks

4 Sep

To make Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks you will need: a microwave safe bowl, chocolate chips, sprinkles, large pretzel rods, baking sheets, tin foil, a knife, a plate or snack bowl.

Preparing: Take out your baking sheet and get a piece of tin foil that is about the size of the baking sheet. Lay the tin foil down on the baking sheet and your good to go.

Step 1

If you want one baking sheet worth of chocolate covered pretzels pour one quarter of the chocolate chips into the microwave safe bowl. Put the bowl in the microwave for two minutes, if the chocolate is still not melted, put it in the microwave for one minute.

Step 2

Make sure the chocolate is all melted. With your knife spread chocolate on all sides but only at the top of the pretzel rod so the bottom can act like a handle. Make sure you do this over the bowl with all the chocolate.

Step 3

Get out your sprinkles and grab a pinch of sprinkles from the box and spread them all around the pretzel keep doing this till the chocolate is almost covered with sprinkles. Make sure you do this over the plate. Now you finished making the pretzel. lay it down on the baking sheet and wait for the chocolate to dry. When it’s done drying you can eat the pretzel.