Monday, March 29, 2010

Magic Cookie Bars for a Cause

I love a good bake sale! Who doesn't and what better a cause then fighting cancer?

I was excited to join my team at the Ace Hotel in the Relay for Life this year.

You can still donate-just click here.

I decided on some sweet, simple and irresistible Magic Cookie Bars. I have been making these with my fam since I can remember and they always hit the spot!

You will need:

1.5 cup graham cracker crumbs

.5 cup butter (melted)

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

2 cups M & M's

1 1/3 cups flaked coconut

1 cup chopped pecans

...I added about 1 cup mini chocolate chips to make them extra chocolately and too good to pass up for all the relayers!

Smashing up the grahams is the most fun!

Mix the melted butter with the graham crumbs in the ziploc and then place in greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Spread evenly and press down to form the crust.

Then pour the condensed milk over the crust evenly.

Bring on the toppings! Just spread em' all out evenly and press down tightly!

Can I dig in now???? Nope, must bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes first.

The roasty toasty bars! YUMMMMMM!

I sliced and bagged them for sale. The theme of the relay this year was, "More Birthdays" so we sold the sweets as more Love, Smiles & Hope! I know these were a hit because the tray came back to me empty!

Cheers to baking for a good cause and bringing people together for one goal!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Tortilla Trade Off

In turn for the Family Apple Pie Recipe my sweet friend Luna promised me her family tortilla technique! I have to warn you that they has even less of a recipe then my Granny's "globs of lard" and splashes of this and that. So, if you want to learn you will probably have to ask Luna! I don't think I have quite the credentials after just one go at it!

Luna instructed me to fill a deep bowl with Tortilla Flour-La Pina to be the best.

Next, add some water and some lard. Like I said, I really have no idea on the quantity. I guess the value of this post is the story, not the recipe.

Knead it up until all the moisture is absorbed... can see the Mr. getting the shrimp cleaned in the back... Go hubs!

The dough should be slightly sticky, but you should be able to roll it into about 1.5 inch balls.

Let the dough sit for awhile. We started up the shrimp and the margaritas while it sat for about 15 minutes.

We sliced up some colorful peppers and simmered them down with tomatoes, garlic and some chicken bouillon for extra flavor.

SO DELICIOUS and colorful!

Next, we started slapping out the tortillas. This technique took me a few tries before I got the rhythm down. I definitely couldn't get the tortillas as thin as Luna could, but I will have to get more practice!

Then we tossed them onto a super hot pan and pushed down any air pockets with a paper towel. Once there are little brown bubbles on one side -flip it!

The gorgeous delicious meal with some refried beans and queso fresco.
Thanks Luna! I had so much fun and I can't wait for our Peach Cobbler/Tamale trade off!

Cheers to sharing delicious family traditions and learning something new.



Chocolate Birthday Truffles

After soooo many cupcakes and cakes over the holidays and the recent family birthdays, I was ready for a different sweet treat for my birthday.

How can you make cookies & cookie dough better??? Cover them in chocolate of course!

I had received some Oreo Cookies Truffles from a friend at Christmas and I had to have more. They are so easy to make!

Just toss a regular size package of Oreos in a blender or food processor until they are crumbles....everything good in the blender, of course! I went with the Oreos with chocolate filling for extra chocolatey chocolate truffles.

Next, just toss in an 8 oz. package of softened cream cheese and blend together.

Roll the dough into balls (it's ok if they aren't perfect because you can roll them into better balls once they are chilled) and put in the fridge for at least an hour.

I also looked to my dear Paula Deen for some inspiration and that sweet lady never lets me down-Cookie Dough Truffles! Are you kidding me??? How can you beat that!

1/2 cup softened butte

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups flower

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

(I skipped the 1 cup chopped pecans, but the recipe does call for that-I wanted more chocolate instead!)

1.5 pounds chocolate candy coating (melted)

First, beat the butter and brown sugar until fluffy (just like regular cookies.)

Add condensed milk and vanilla and beat until combined.

Gradually add the flower and lastly the chocolate chips (and pecans if you included them.)

It looks and tastes just like cookie dough! I wanted to just eat this stuff up!

Again, roll into balls-this one needs to be in the fridge for at least 2 hours. This batter is waaaay stickier then the Oreo dough.

Once the dough is chilled melt up that chocolate! For both recipes I used a total of 2 pounds of chocolate. You can buy chocolate candy coating in almost any grocery store baking aisle.

Use toothpicks to dip the chilled doughs in the chocolate and place on a baking sheet-definitely use some parchment paper if you have some. Clean up would have been such a nightmare without it. CHOCOLATE EVERYWHERE! :)

I used some Oreo crumbs and m & m's for the garnish on the Oreo Truffles

The Cookie Dough Truffles were not as easy to make pretty, so I mixed up some frosting to cover up the cookie dough that didn't get completely coated.

The real mess. YIKES!


The final won't believe how delicious these un-baked good are! They will definitely be a tradition in my house now...and I already have friends wanting to order some more!

Cheers to birthdays with good friends and LOTS OF SUGAR!