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The best part of any meal is the grand finale! Cakes, cupcakes, ice cream, pies, chocolates whatever it is !

M&M Cookies

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So, I am nine months pregnant… I needed these cookies yesterday. Needed. So good, quick and easy. You can do a variation of M&M/Chocolate chip ratio.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup M&M’s
1/2 cup chocolate chip

Cream together butter, pudding mix and sugars. Add in egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients, then add into butter mix. Fold in chocolate chip and M&M’s.

Drop by the tablespoonful onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes 24-30 cookies, depending on the size you like. Enjoy!

White Chocolate Icing

White chocolate icing

I’m not a big white chocolate fan. But this icing was delicious! And the reviews from the wedding-shower goers was even better. I started with my vanilla icing recipe – so the ingredients are a bit of an estimate. Like most icing recipes you want to do it to taste, if you need to add more butter or icing to taste, and milk to consistency.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter softened
3 1/2 cups icing sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 bag of white chocolate chips (about 2 cups) melted

Directions:

Mix together butter, vanilla, milk and icing sugar until lump free. Add in melted white chocolate. I mixed it with a hand beater and got a great fluffy consistency and it piped out wonderfully! Add more sugar if its not sweet enough, more butter if its too sweet, and more milk if its too thick.

Bakers White Chocolate Cheesecake

White Chocolate CheesecakeI just made this heavenly white chocolate cheesecake topped with strawberries and blackberries for dinner with a few friends. Super easy to make – the only thing complicated is the three part baking – but unlike some cheesecakes that bake for hours its still less than an hour to do. Mine always takes a little longer to bake as I use a smaller deeper cheesecake pan to cook it in. Make sure you factor in fridge time – you want several hours if not overnight.

Cheesecake

2 packages cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
6 oz bakers white chocolate – melted
¾ cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

Topping

1 cup sour cream
2 tbsps sugar

Beat together cream cheese and sugar until well blended. Add in ¾ cup sour cream, lemon juice, vanilla and mix while white chocolate is melting in the microwave (careful not to burn it! Took me 2-3 minutes on medium, stirring ever 45 seconds). Mix well. Add in eggs just until well blended. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes, and then reduce down to 250 degrees for 30-35 minutes. While that is baking, mix together 1 cup sour cream and 2tbsp sugar in a separate bowl. Top cheesecake after the 35 minutes at 250 degrees and bake an additional 5 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool, then refrigerate for 2-24 hours before serving. Top with berries and enjoy!

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal CookiesOk, seriously. I couldn’t wait to post these. The second half of the batch is in the oven. But I just had one – and they are sooo good!  They are soft and chewy and the oatmeal and coconut makes them a good texture. Delicious!!

Ingredients:

1 cup butter
1 cup light peanut butter
3 ½ cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsp vanilla
3 eggs
3 cups flour (or 2 cup all purpose and 1 cup whole wheat)
2 Tbsp baking soda
2 Tsp salt
2 cups quick oats
2 cups coconut
2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream together butter and sugar for approx. 5 minutes. Add peanut butter; mix until creamy. Add vanilla and eggs. Beat until well combined. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed butter mixture. Blend together until all ingredients are well combined. In a separate bowl mix together oatmeal, coconut and chocolate chips. Fold into cookie batter. Drop a heaping spoonful onto baking sheet. Bake for 9-12 minutes. Enjoy!

Candy Cane Bark!

Candy Cane BarkOk, its time to get Christmas Baking!! And in order to do that I needed a little snack to get me through. A super quick and easy treat is the Candy Cane Bark. Its great wrapped up for a hostess gift, or out on a dish for a party  … but even better in a ziploc in the fridge to pick at all day/season long!!

Ingredients:

Package of semi-sweet chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
Package of white chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
6-10 candy canes smashed up (depending how candy-cane-ish you like it)

Directions:

In a double boiler, or, if you don’t have one like me a small pot on top of a bigger pot with boiling water, just make sure that the smaller pot won’t sink down and the water overflow!!! Melt the semi-sweet chocolates until smooth, pour into a tin foil-lined baking pan and spread using a spatula. Clean pot, add the white chocolate chips and melt until smooth, pour on top of the semi-sweet chocolate chips and spread. You can either leave it so its distinct layers, or swirl around like I did. Cover with smashed up candy canes and chill for 1/2 hour in the fridge. Break into  small pieces and enjoy! Best if kept in refrigerator.

Note: I was out of white chocolate chips so I melted a bunch of  lindor white chocolates. If you have leftover chocolate bars might as well use them up. And don’t worry about portions its really just having chocolate, melting and topping with candy cane for a delicious treat!

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Icing

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What is more festive for St Patrick’s day then these? Chocolate cupcakes made with Guinness and topped with mint icing with Bailey’s? And they were delicious.

I followed the recipe on epicurious.com (www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chocolate-Stout-Cake-107105) for Chocolate Stout Cake, but just made cupcakes – since – well – I love cupcakes! So follow this recipe for them. Or I have heard you could use a Betty Crocker cake mix and just add a can of Guinness instead of the oil and water? I am going to try that next year and will report back!

Icing Ingredients:

4 Cups Icing Sugar
3/4 Cup Butter, softened
1/4 Cup Bailey’s Original Liquor
2-3 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon Mint Extract
Green food colouring

Icing Directions:

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with a hand mixer. Add food colouring until you get the colour you were looking for! Pipe onto your cooled cupcakes and lick the bowl clean – watching out you don’t catch a little buzz! Enjoy!

Quinoa Pudding

Quinoa PuddingI tried making rice pudding but with quinoa instead. It tasted the same, but  the texture is a little chewier, much like quinoa is over rice – think more like tapioca. But since this is a nutrition packed snack I will be making it again. For a treat I might make it with 2% or homogenized milk instead of the skim.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups cooked quinoa
2 cups of milk
1 egg
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup raisins
1 tsp vanilla
1 tablespoon cinnamon (optional)

Directions:

Over medium heat in a pot cook 1 ½ cups of milk, the sugar and the quinoa stirring occasionally, careful not to let the milk froth over (especially when you have black glass stove top!) for about 20 minutes. In a small bowl whisk egg and reaming ½ cup of milk together, add into pot along with raisins. Stir continuously for the next minute. Add in vanilla and an optional teaspoon of butter and stir. Serve warm or allow to cool and sprinkle with cinnamon. If you are positive everyone will like the cinnamon then just add it in while you are cooking – but it looks nicer when you sprinkle it on top! Enjoy!