Pinterest Creation – Mini Garlic Monkey Bread


When we have a family get together, no one says “well I’ll make the garlicbread.”  Someone always forgets to bring the rolls, and they are always just the plain butter rolls that you throw into the oven for 7 minutes and eat…and not to mention, these 7 minute rolls always end up forgotten, and burnt.  So, this year I was determined to have good bread!  I found this wonderfully easy recipe on Pinterest (by Crumbs and Chaos), and added it to my “What-I-Want-To-Make” Wednesday post.  I’m happy to say, I made it!  It was so delicious.  My aunt was convinced that it was a copy cat Red Lobster recipe, but I will let you be the judge of that.

Mini Garlic Monkey Bread

Ingredients

2 (7.5 oz) cans buttermilk biscuits
6 tablespoons butter, melted
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling on top
non-stick cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Lightly grease a 2 – 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
3. Cut each biscuit into quarters and place into a bowl.
4. Combine butter, garlic, parsley and 1/4 cup of permesan cheese.  Pour over biscuits.
5. Place 3-4 pieces in each muffin tin (remember, these will expand so don’t put too many in there).
6. Sprinkle with additional permesan cheese.
7. Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden.

To keep mine warm on the way to my family’s house, I wrapped them in tin foil, placed them in a towel in a bowl.  I then covered them up again with another towel.  They actually stayed considerably warm for about an hour.

garlic– I hope you enjoyed my post!  Let me know if you try these delicious little suckers.  Maybe they will taste like Red Lobster rolls to you too!  Feel free to pin this recipe. –

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Reindeer Cookies


Attention Everyone:  There are only 10 days until Christmas, I repeat 10 days!

I might not be the only one, but I don’t like the 26th of December; because, that marks the END of the Christmas season.  I love Christmas so much.  I love all of the Santa’s in every corner, all the decorations, the Christmas lights, the hustle and bustle at the mall, wrapping presents, giving presents, volunteering, and spending time with loved ones.  I always look forward to Christmas, and I am always sad to see it go.

Things haven’t beeReindeer Cookien feeling very Christmasy as of lately (is that even word?  if not, I vote that it becomes one) because of this non-so Christmasy weather that has been going on down here in the South.  I couldn’t think of anything better to help me get into the Christmas spirit then making some adorable Reindeer Cookies.  These cookies are perfect to do with the little ones, and they would be a great present for Santa on Christmas Eve!  They are simple, and the Sugar Cookie recipe could pretty much be replaced with any other cookie, and they could be made with store bought cookie dough.  The only thing is, they have to be fresh baked cookies, in order for the pretzels to stay on!

Reindeer Cookies

IngredientsReindeer Cookies

2 and 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 and 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pretzels (in normal pretzel shape)
Red M&Ms
Semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.  Beat in the egg and vanilla.  Gradually blend in the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and baking powder).  Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto UNGREASED cookie sheets.  Try your harderst to make every cookie almost the same size, so they will cook at the same rate.
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until slightly golden on the bottom.  I always remove mine out of the oven, as soon as the bottom is soft enough to be removed with a spatula.  You want them to be a little mushy on top so you can imprint the reindeer parts.
4. Immediately after removing, place the pretzels on the top of the cookie to look like reindeer ears, the red M&M for his nose, and two pieces of the chocolate chips for his eyes.  This part needs to go kind of quickly, because I found as they hardened the pretzels wouldn’t stay on anymore.

I asked my dad to draw me a picture of Santa, and he gave this to me within a minute...I wish I inherited his drawing skills.

I asked my dad to draw me a picture of Santa, and he gave this to me within a minute…I wish I inherited his drawing skills.

I would love to see pictures if anyone re-creates this on their own!

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Whole Wheat Apple Muffins


When I’m home alone, and no one is around, I kind of come up at a loss for things to do.  I kind of just stand around and think about what I should be doing.  Yesterday, I was in this predicament so while I was standing around thinking about what I should be doing, my eye caught the apples on the counter and I decided to make it my mission to bake something with apples.  Wah-la, the whole wheat apple muffins.  I found this great recipe online and used this as my base recipe and played with it a little.

Whole Wheat Apple Muffins

Ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (or nuked in the microwave for 15 seconds)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup skim milk
2 large apples, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Mix together the butter, sugar, and 1/4 cup brown sugar.  Beat until fluffy.  Add in the egg and mix well.  Mix in the milk.  Slow begin to stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Then slowly fold in the apple chunks.

2.  Divide the batter evenly among muffin cops and sprinkle the remaining tops with 1/4 cup brown sugar (do not leave this part out, it completely makes or  breaks the muffin for me).  Bake for 10 minutes, turn heat down to 400 and bake about another five minutes.  Cool the muffins on a cooling rack.

Banana Nut Muffins


You know the greatest thing about banana nut muffins?  They are good for dessert and breakfast!  My boyfriend’s mom always makes banana nut muffins and I never get time to enjoy them before they are all eaten up; therefore, I did a little research to find a healthy recipe for banana nut muffins!

Healthy Banana Nut Muffins

(courtesy of Made Healthier)

Ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 bananas
1/2 cup skim milk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup walnuts

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

2.  In a separate bowl put in the bananas and cut in to small pieces with a fork.  Smash the bananas with your fork so that it is mostly mashed but with some small chunks of bananas.  With the smashed bananas, add in the egg, vanilla, and milk.

3.  Combine the dry ingredients, wet ingredients, and walnuts.  Mix briefly and pour into a nonstick muffin pan (or a muffin pan sprayed with nonstick oil).  If you really like walnuts, add some on top.

4.  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Back-of-the-box Brownies


Chewy and delicious!

Ethics paper, management project numero uno, management project numero dos, ethics paper, study, study, eat, gym, blah blah blah
Spring break is here, and how am I celebrating it?  With the beginning stages of a kidney infection!  On with brighter things!

As I’ve mentioned before, my boyfriend has a sweet tooth and is always begging me for brownies.  I usually make him cookies because they are much easier to make, but only because I’ve never found a brownie recipe that just really worked for me.  The other day he had a bad day, so I decided to make him some brownies.  I used the recipe on the back of the Nestle’s cocoa powder container and they turned out amazing!

I added some chocolate chunks on the outside to make it extra delicious!

 

 

 

Why do you put salt in cookies?


I found this question in my search terms for my blog, and it sparked my brain to do a little research!  I know how frustrating it is to try to find the answer to a question, and the search engine leads you to the wrong website and you have to filter through a bunch of information to a get an answer that isn’t there!  I decided that I would find the information to this answer myself, and make it straight to the point.  Maybe next time, I’ll save someone the brain ache of sorting through Google information.

Many would like to say that salt is needed for scientific reasons, but unfortunately the salt in your cookie isn’t going to make it last longer and it isn’t going to make or break the cookie.

Salt helps add to the flavor of anything, not just cookies.  When using the right amount of salt (and not too much), the salt acts as an enhancer and brings out the flavors of what ever it is being used on.  Just imagine eating some french fries; they have an alright flavor, but they are missing something…you add some salt and BAM! they are delicious.  Now, I don’t think you’ll have quite the same BAM! moment when adding salt to a cookie, but it is the same type of idea.

The salt that is added into the cookie won’t make the cookie taste salty, and it won’t take away from the sweetness of a cookie (unless the lid falls off the salt shaker when you are shaking it).  In a lot of cases, salt isn’t creating a flavor of its own; it is just simply adding to the other flavors.

There is also some evidence to suggest that salt kills bacteria.  The bacteria in your cookie dough would result from the raw eggs.  There is not really enough salt in cookie dough to kill all of the eggs though, so this last claim might not exactly be the most important in terms of the reasons why salt is found in cookies.

And there you have it, salt is added into your cookie (or other baked good) to ENHANCE the flavor, not to create its own flavor.

A big thanks goes out to this wonderful article, for providing me with some great information.  I had to weed through quite a few pages on Google before finding the correct information.

Super Sweet Brownies


My boyfriend definitely has a sweet teeth, and he loves everything super sweet.  These brownies are a tad bit too sweet for me, and I can honestly say that I can’t even eat much of them!  But, if you’ve got a sweet-tooth, or know someone who does, these brownies are perfect for them!

Sweet Tooth Brownies

Ingredients

½ cup of butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
½ cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
Miniature marshmallows
White chocolate pieces
¼ cup of chopped nuts (optional)

Directions

  1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9-inch baking dish.
  2. Place butter in large microwave safe bowl and melt.  Add sugar, eggs, vanilla, and butter together in a mixer and mix until well blended.
  3. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt and blend well.
  4. Spread in prepared baking dish.
  5. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean (about 25 to 30 minutes).
  6. Spread marshmallows, white chocolate, and nuts (if you choose) on top of brownies and cook for about three more minutes so the white chocolate can melt (I broiled mine to get the roasted marshmallow flavor).