Friday, April 18, 2014

White Chocolate Chip Blondies

These Blondies are simply Nestle Toll House dough with white chocolate chips…I tried a lot of different Blondie recipes, but you just can't beat Toll House!



One quick note - this recipe uses a 15 x 10 jelly roll pan.  If you don't have this size, you might be able to get away with using two 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pans.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Savory Shortcut - Baked Brie

Hello everyone,

I know my shortcuts are normally sweet, but I thought I would add an occasional new feature with savory dishes.  This appetizer is great for family get togethers, dinner parties, cocktail parties, etc.  I owe this recipe to my dear friend Laurie - she made it for book club a while ago, and I told her I was SO impressed that she made it with puff pastry.  She laughed and explained that it was actually just Pillsbury crescent roll dough!



Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sweet Shortcut - Chocolate Icebox Pie

Hi everybody!

I'm so sorry for my long absence - it was a combination of mid-term exams and the flu!  (I'm getting a degree in Art History as an adult, so I have to work hard at it!)

I thought a shortcut recipe would be perfect for this lazy Sunday.  This pie is three layers of chocolate - the Oreo cookie crust, a layer of chocolate pudding, and a layer of chocolate "mousse" made from combining the pudding and non-dairy whipped topping.



Sunday, March 2, 2014

Craft idea: Goodie Bags

If you're like me, you like to give your baked goods to your friends and family.  I have struggled with how to package up my baked treats…I've used paper plates covered with foil, disposable plastic containers, zip-top bags, etc.  I think these cellophane goodie bags are so cute, and are SO versatile.



For this project, you will need:

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sweet Shortcuts - Giant Cookie

This giant cookie was super simple to put together - all you need is a 16 and a 1/2 ounce roll of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough and some canned frosting!



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Chocolate Brownies with Peanut Butter Swirl

Ahh, chocolate and peanut butter…SO good together!  I was flipping through one of my cookbooks, called "9 x 13: The Pan That Can," and I saw a recipe for these brownies with a peanut butter swirl.  I just knew I had to make them!



I altered the recipe a little by adding a ganache on top, because the original drizzle called for melting shortening and chocolate chips together, and that didn't sound good to me.  I also used chocolate chips instead of bar chocolate, because that's what I had on hand.  :-)

Don't be intimidated by the long list of ingredients, because it's not a hard recipe…and the final product is so rich and decadent, with a hint of that salty bite in the middle.  Yum!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine's Day - Fondant Toppers for Cupcakes or Cookies



I had so much fun with these toppers…I just rolled out pink, white, and pink/white smushed together fondant and played around with some heart cutters.  [Here's a link to my fondant post if you want to learn how to color and roll out fondant.]

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Valentine's Day - Red Velvet Cake Balls

These cake balls arose out of a disaster…I made a red velvet sheet cake and had dutifully greased and floured the pan, but when it came time to flip it and take the cake out, disaster struck!  Half of the cake came out and half stayed in.  I was so mad, but I saw it as an opportunity to make cake balls out of the ruined cake.



I don't have a lot of process shot for these, but please check out Bakerella's how-to post for these delicious treats.  She's the queen of cake balls, cake pops, cupcake pops, etc. and she's just wonderful.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Valentine's Day Brownie Towers

I'll be posting some Valentine's cupcakes with fondant decorations in the next week, but I wanted to show you a quick and easy dessert first.

These are stacked brownies with strawberries and buttercream frosting…and they're delicious!



Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cream Biscuits, two ways

These cream biscuits are SO amazing…I'll show you how to make the dough, then two ways to put them together.



Monday, January 27, 2014

Biscuits

Hi everyone,

I was so excited to share a recipe for cream biscuits that I found, but I wasn't happy with the final product.  I'm going to tweak it until it's just right, and will post the revised recipe soon!

Sorry for the delay.

Thanks,
- Sugar Baby