Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies



This is my go to chocolate chip cookie recipe. I know that every time I make these, they will turn out superbly fantastic. It's a variation of the chocolate chip cookies that my mom and I used to make when I was growing. There is just nothing better than a warm chocolate chip cookie right out of the oven with a nice cold glass of milk. Of course, my kids and I like to spruce them up with mini M&M's, but no matter what chips you put in, it's a great recipe all around.


Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour and chocolate chips. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert


I've been a bit busy... with having a new baby and all. But I have a few recipes that I was saving just for now because I knew I wouldn't be up to cooking for a little while. Sorry it's taken me awhile to post. But don't worry, I'll be up and experimenting in the kitchen in no time. ;)

Now on to a delicious dessert. My mom has been making this for years. It's so yummy, and so easy!! Perfect for a last minute potluck dessert.

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

1 stick melted butter
1 1/2 c. crushed pretzels
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 lg. container Cool Whip
1 c. sugar
1 (6 oz.) pkg. strawberry Jello
1 lg. pkg. frozen strawberries or fresh, cut into fourths

Mix melted butter, pretzels, and 1/2 cup sugar together and press into 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake 6 minutes at 350 degrees.
Dissolve Jello in 2 cups boiling water and add frozen strawberries. Put in refrigerator and let gel.
Combine cream cheese, Cool Whip, and 1/2 cup sugar; put on top of crumbs. When Jello is starting to set, pour over cheese layer and refrigerate until firm.
Before serving, garnish with fresh strawberries.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Fillo Peanut Butter Cups

These are a tasty, yummy, EASY, impressive party treat. I got the recipe from several sources, but mostly I was looking for an impressive treat for a party that was easy to make and didn't take any time. These were perfect!! And everyone was raving about them. No one could believe how easy they were when I told them. I barely got to taste one because they were gone so fast. I can't wait to have a party and make them again!

Fillo Peanut Butter Cups

1 box (1.9 oz) mini– fillo shells (15 in box)
15 miniature peanut butter cups
1 can (7 oz) whipped light cream (or you could pipe on homemade whipped cream)Any toppings you like

1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place fillo shells on baking sheet.
2. Place a peanut butter cup in each shell. Bake 5 minutes until chocolate softens. With small metal spatula or knife, flatten and even out chocolate in fillo cup. You just want the peanut butter cup to sit on the bottom of the fillo shell. Let stand at room temperature until cooled.
3. Top each filled cup with whipped cream. Sprinkle with any topping you like (peanuts, sprinkles, chocolate shavings.)
**Bottam picture borrowed from Miranda's Recipes