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441  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Sweet and Simple Peanut Butter Cookies on: July 17, 2010 06:52:30 PM
peanut butter cookies are my absolute fave!  With a big icy glass of milk mmmmmmmmmmmm
442  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Homemade Reese Cups on: July 17, 2010 06:51:15 PM
Starcakes- Almond bark is the chocolate coating that hardens when it is cooled.  There's actually no almonds in it.  Some people (read ME) make peppermint bark with white chocolate bark and crushed candy canes in it.  Once you melt it you can dip things in it or pour it into molds and after about 10 minutes it's hard.  It is my absolute favorite baking staple.
443  COOKING / Dessert / Homemade Reese Cups on: July 17, 2010 05:49:58 PM

I have no idea why I have diabetes  Grin
In a large mixing bowl combine
1 cup peanut butter (I like smooth)
6 tabelspoons butter (softened)
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
Using a dough cutter cut the ingredients together til crumbly
melt 24 ounces chocolate almond bark in double boiler
For peanut butter balls:roll into small balls (arond 1 inch) and lay on foil lined cookie sheet and chill in fridge 20 minutes to dry out and to get firm
dip individually into the chocolate
drag fork across the pan to remove excess chocolate
and place on foil lined cookie sheet
For Reese cups spoon about a tablespoon of almond bark into foil cupcake liner
swirl around the bottom til it is covered completely
take a small amount of the peanut butter mixture
and shape into a flat circle
press onto the chocolate in the cupcake liner
and spoon more chocolate on top
and smooth to the edges
chil for 10 minutes
unwrap and enjoy!
Now grab a glass of milk and make some
If you have any chcolate left over you can always cover some strawberries!

444  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Super Bright Rainbow Cupcakes-Image heavy on: July 15, 2010 12:43:43 PM
wow wow wow.  It wouldn't even have to be a birthday for me to want these!  Great job!
445  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2010 on: July 12, 2010 02:51:00 PM
OMG that is EXACTLY what I want for my kitchen!  I am so jealous!
you did a fantastic job you're very talented
446  COOKING / Dessert / Re: homemade Girl Scout Cookies-Samoas on: July 10, 2010 02:25:03 PM
the thin mints have landed
447  COOKING / Dessert / Homemade Girl Scout Cookies- Thin Mints on: July 10, 2010 02:13:57 PM
I don't mean to brag but I may have outdome myself.  These things rock my socks

So let's start,
Gather the usual suspects:

2 1/4 cups All purpose flour
1/4 c. corn starch
6 tablespooons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1/3 cup milk (I use 2%)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
token 1971 Sunbeam mixer

Cream butter and sugar

sift dry ingredients


corn starch


alternate dry mixture and milk

add vanilla

and peppermint extract

mix til crumbly
(it will look like crumb topping to apple pie)

tear 2 sheets of aluminum foil and pour 1/2 the batter onto each sheet

shape with your hands into two logs (they will look like poo)

wrap the foil around the logs to hold their shape paying close attention to the ends to make them flat

have your beautiful assistant help you carry them to the freezer

freeze for 1-2 hours

in the meantime whip up a delicious dinner of chicken enchiladas with key lime pie for dessert

preheat oven to 350 degrees
unwrap logs and slice into quarter inch thickness
I used my cheese slicer for precise cutting but a knife will do just fine

place on ungreased cookie sheet close together (the cookies do not spread out so they can lay side by side)

bake for 13 minutes

cool on wire racks

for coating:
melt 8 ounces chocolate almond bark

in double boiler

drop cookies one at a time in melted chocolate and turn over once in chocolate

remove from chocolate with a fork and slide fork on edge of pan to remove excess

place on foil lined cookie sheets to cool

one more round in the fridge to set the chocolate and VOILA!  you have your very own thin mint cookies!

Now go make some!!

love to all!
448  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: A whole lotta dyeing going on. Fast and Electric LWI on: July 08, 2010 05:48:49 AM
I don't know what's cuter, your dyeing or your kids.  You have beautiful models and your work is awesome.
Great job!
449  COOKING / Dessert / Re: homemade Girl Scout Cookies-Samoas on: July 02, 2010 04:18:17 PM
Next up- THIN MINTS!!!
Love peace and hair grease!
450  COOKING / Dessert / homemade Girl Scout Cookies-Samoas on: June 16, 2010 03:57:09 AM
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Girl Scout Cookies and Samoas are my favorite!  I think they are called caramel delites now though.

Anywho here is a recipe I love and wanted to share with you
Gather the ingredients:
for the cookie base:
1/2 cup sugar, 2 cups plain all purpose flour, 1/4 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 cup butter, token 1970's Sunbeam mixer, 1 tbsp. milk

preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Cream butter and sugar

spray cookie sheet with Pam

add flour, baking powder and salt to butter sugar mixture. Mix well, then add vanilla and milk

Gather ingredients for topping:
12 ounce caramels, 1/4 tsp. salt, 2 2/3 cup coconut, 1 tbsp. milk

batter will be firm and not sticky. Drop 1-2 tsp. onto greased cookie sheet

take a flat bottomed drinking glass, spray with Pam and press onto the cookies to flatten them. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes

melt 8 ounces chocolate almond bark (chocolate chips will work in a pinch but I like the way almond bark sets firmer)

toast coconut at 300 degrees for 15 minutes stirring every 5 minutes

melt caramels, salt and milk over double boiler til smooth

remove cookies and cool for 10 minutes

pour about 2/3 of the melted almond bark onto aluminum foil and press bottom half only of cookies onto the chocolate then lay on foil to cool

cookies are ready for topping

marry the caramel and coconut

chewy sticky caramelly goodness. Spread 1-2 tbsp of topping over each cookie and spread evenly

pour remaining almond bark into ziploc bag and cut off a tiny corner of the bag for piping. Squeeze in any pattern you like over the cookies.

Let cool completely and ENJOY! Now go make some
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