October 28, 2017

Brown Butter and Pink Himalayan Rice Krispie Treats


If you need a fun dessert for a Halloween Party, these sophisticated Rice Krispie Treats will be perfect.  


And if you're not having a party, and just want to make them for yourself, you won't be sorry.  I really like Rice Krispie Treats and have made them often through the years.  I like to add miniature marshmallows to the treats.  The more marshmallows, the better.


I think the brown butter adds an autumn touch to these timeless treats, and a few orange and black sprinkles make them the perfect treat for Halloween.


They are delicious.  I seriously could not stop eating them.  


They are a great treat for both adults and kids!



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Brown Butter and Pink Himalayan Salt Rice Krispie Treats

Spray a 9 x 9 inch pan with Canola Spray

1/2 cup of unsalted butter (1 stick)
40 regular marshmallows 
6 cups of Rice Krispies
1/8 teaspoon of Pink Himalayan Salt
1 cup of miniature marshmallows

Brown the butter in a dutch oven.  To brown butter, melt the butter in a pan until it begins to foam and turns a brown color.  Remove from heat.  Add marshmallows to brown butter and stir until marshmallows are melted.  Stir in Rice Krispies, salt, and miniature marshmallows.  Spread into prepared pan.  

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October 23, 2017

HALLOWEEN CUPCAKES


Last week I went to JoAnn Fabrics to buy yarn for a new knitting project.

As I first went in right by the check-out counter, there were these little Ghost Peeps.  

Although, I realize the cupcake craze has reached its peak, I would rather eat a cupcake any day than a piece of cake.  #truth.



So interesting to me the debate over "from scratch versus box cake mixes".  I almost always use a box cake mix and "jazz" it up.  It is so dependable, and I like the taste.  And I never use canned frosting but always make my own, which is really a throw back to my mother, as she always said cake mixes are fine, but you must always make your own frosting.

My motto is do what works for you!


Aren't these adorable??  They are fun and delicious.  I kept some and gave some away.   Sharing the cupcake love.

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Halloween Cupcakes

1 box white cake mix
1 stick of unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups of milk
3 whole eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

1.  Mix ingredients together with a mixer until incorporated and beat on high speed for 2 minutes.

2.  Using an ice cream scoop, scoop cake batter into cupcake paper lined cupcake tins.

3.  Bake according to directions on back of cake mix box.

Chocolate Frosting

1 stick of unsalted butter
4 cups of powdered sugar
4 tablespoons of cocoa
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Pinch of salt
 4 tablespoons of heavy cream

I doubled the recipe.  I then piped on the frosting with a large decorator's tip.   I sat the ghost on top of the cupcakes and finished off with some sprinkles.

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October 12, 2017

BROWNIES


I made brownies for our Couple's Golf Scramble at our local Country Club.  After our scramble, we have a "potluck".   There's always lots of good food!


These delicious brownies are made from a brownie mix that is "doctored" by adding buttermilk instead of water, butter instead of oil.  You get the idea.


I searched Pinterest for a recipe, and this one popped up first.  You can find the recipe over on Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.  


The recipe is from the book The Cake Mix Doctor Returns!  I have ordered it from Amazon, and I am greatly anticipating its arrival!!


These brownies taste somewhat like fudge.  They are simply a chocolate-lovers must bake.

The frosting is made "from scratch" and is poured over the top of the brownies.  I refrigerated my brownies before cutting.  It made them easier to cut.

They really are the "best brownies", and if you are looking for something that is "foolproof" and delicious,  I recommend this recipe.  Happy Baking!!
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