Thursday, April 15, 2010

Fatal Attraction Cereal Treats

As you know, Rice Krispy Treats (with attitude) are a favorite of mine to play with. So I decided to change a few things around in this recipe. I used the newest addition to the Flinstone Cereal Family: Cupcake Pebbles. It has a vanilla-y taste to it. I also decided to use Peeps instead of regular marshmallows. (The melting of the Peeps reminded me of boiling bunnies, hence the name of this dessert).

I used my regular ratio; however, I did up the butter. My mistake. I thought they tasted too buttery. They were also too dry. I think I made too many changes at once. I should have attempted Peeps and Rice Krispies, or Cupcake Pebbles and marshmallows, but not both at one time.

You can't tell from the picture, but one super fun thing about making these treats was that they became the color of the sugar on the Peeps, so I had some seriously pink dessert on my hands. Cool concept; poor execution.

Cadbury Egg Cookies

I've been contemplating interesting ways of using seasonal candy. I have already made chocolate-covered Peeps (great!) and mallow cereal treats using Peeps (eh). So I've moved on to Cadbury Eggs.

This is a little time consuming as you have to prep the eggs and the creme, but WORTH IT!

Basically you just replace your chocolate chips in your fav choc. chip cookie recipe with Cadbury Eggs. I sliced the eggs in half, scooped out the creme and chopped them up. (I was able to get around 3/4 cup of chocolate from 6 eggs).

I substitued the eggs for my choc. chips in my dough. And once the cookies were baked and cooled, I drizzled the creme over them. If you shy away from Cadbury eggs because they might be too rich for your blood (Never!), then this could work for you as the cookie breaks up the heaviness of the egg.

Cookie Dough Truffles

I don't often reprise my recipes. I love to try new things, but I also love my husband. And he LOVES Cookie Dough Truffles. So I make them once every couple of months. The cookie dough recipe is the same used for the Cookie Dough Brownies that I've made. The only difference with the truffles is you roll the dough into balls and cover them with chocolate. (I use baking bark.)

They are tasty tasty tasty. And QUITE decadent. You probably don't want to eat more than one at a time.

You can find the recipe here.

I don't add nuts, but I do everything else the same. Now this makes a LOT of dough, so I used to halve the recipe, but that left me with a half can of condensed milk. So now I just make the dough and make a few truffles at a time, freezing the rest of the dough for later use.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Jeepers Creepers, Where'd You Get Those Chocolate Covered Peeps?

First, a review of the Chocolate-covered Peeps created by the Peep company itself. Three words: Dis. A. Ppointing.

Um, it totally wasn't a chocolate-covered Peeps. It was some non-Peep style marshmallow. NO sugary outside! The marshmallow itself was yellow in color and had a weird consistency. It's not even the same shape as the Peep. It's like if you smashed a Peep chick on it's side or something. I found this completely unacceptable and decided to remedy the I made my own.

So. Much. Better.

No recipe really; just melt some baking bark, dip in some Peeps and WHAM! Ridiculously tasty. Carl said he liked the bunnies better than the ducks. (I then mentioned they were chicks, not ducks; either way, he still preferred the bunnies). I used the regular chocolate and not the white. I tried one with white chocolate. Surprisingly, I liked the regular chocolate better.

Please my friends, if you are intrigued by the concept make your own (or ask me to make you some). Don't waste your money buying that pre-made disaster!

I was recently commissioned to attempt making these with bacon and I am seriously considering giving it a shot. I'll let you know how it goes.

Cookie Cake Pie: The Tur-duck-en of Desserts

Simple concept. Simple follow-through. Amazing reward. Let's not waste time...

Cookie Cake Pie

1 pie crust
1 batch cookie dough
1 cake mix
1 can icing

1. Put the pie crust in the pie plate.
2. Smash in the batch of cookie dough.
3. Mix up the cake batter and pour half on top.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.
5. Cool completely and frost (add sprinkles if you are feeling fancy).

I purchased all of my ingredients for this: pre-made pie crust, package of cookie dough, a cake mix, and a can of frosting. Ain't no shame in my game.

Really you don't need more than about half of the cake mix (a single layer). You can do whatever you like with the rest. I made a single layer cake, which I then used to make cake balls!

I covered the edges of the pie crust for about half the baking time so they wouldn't get so brown (I would recommend actually keeping the crust covered for 3/4ths of the time). The priority is making sure the cake is properly baked. The cookies will just work themselves out underneath.

I used White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookie Dough, Devil's Food cake and white frosting. Turned out great!

I'm contemplating trying it with an Oreo crust, and using cherry pie filling and Red Velvet Cake. So it wouldn't have cookie, but I'd be ok with that.

I also really like sugar cookies, so I might try something with Oreo crust, sugar cookie and lemon that actually sounds great. I'm not really sure how Oreo crust would do for 40 minutes in the oven since it's no-bake. Hmmm...

I'd love to hear some other options. What combos come to mind for you?