Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Peanut Butter Brownies

These brownies are awesome. Each time I've taken them somewhere people have raved. They started out as a cookie, but they were kind of a pain to make, so I tried them in brownie form, and they were a hit.

You can tell how busy I am by how many recipes I'm making with a mix instead of from scratch. There have been a lot lately! This is based on a mix, but you can use a homemade brownie recipe. I also used the kind of brownie mix that comes with frosting. If you want to make your own, I like my chocolate sheet cake frosting.

Peanut Butter Brownies
1 box of 9 x 13 brownie mix with frosting included (plus whatever it calls for:  eggs, oil, etc)
1 c. powdered sugar
1 c. peanut butter
Prepare the brownie mix according to the box. Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13 pan. Mix the powdered sugar and the peanut butter. Smoosh it out a little with your hands to flatten it, and then drop evenly on the top of the brownie dough. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes or so, then pour the chocolate frosting on the brownies. Let cool and then cut.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake Bars

I fooled around with the Killer Brownie recipe and made these this weekend. They turned out yummy. Bars are so much easier to make than cookies or cake. (Sorry about the picture, I took it with my phone).

Strawberry Shortcake Bars
white cake mix
can of strawberry pie filling
1/3 c. evaporated milk
1 stick of butter melted
Mix the cake mix, milk and butter. Press half the dough into the bottom of a greased and floured 9 x 9 pan. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Spread the pie filling evenly over the dough. Press out the remaining dough with your hands and lay on top the filling to cover it. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool before sprinkling with powdered sugar and cutting into bars.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

These cookie bars are unbelievable. That's all I can say. Enjoy!

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars
 1 pkg. Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookie dough mix prepared as per directions (this means mix with 1 stick butter and 1 egg)
(easier substitute: refrigerated cookie dough, harder substitute: homemade dough)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg
10 small or mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (not the kind that come two per pack, but the ones that come in a bag and are individually wrapped)
Grease and flour a 9 x 9 or 8 x 8 pan. Prepare cookie dough. Put 2/3 of the dough in the bottom of the pan and press down. Reserve the rest. Mix the cream cheese, sugar and egg until totally combined and creamy. Throw the peanut butter cups in and mix them with the mixer. When they are broken up and combined, pour the mixture over the cookie dough. Then dab the rest of the cookie dough evenly around the top. There should be cream cheese showing through. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. After they cool, refrigerate.

You can double this recipe and use a 9 x 13 pan, but it will need to cook a tad longer because the bars will be thicker.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Creamy Pesto Pasta

This is a fast meal that is easy to put together and still tastes good. (Way better than tator tot casserole!) It takes 10 minutes to boil the water and 10 minutes for the noodles to cook, so this is ready in 20 minutes total.

Creamy Pesto Pasta
1 box of bowtie pasta
1 container of refrigerated alfredo sauce
1 container of refrigerated pesto sauce
1 package cooked chicken sausage (I use Bistro Sensations)
Boil water. Cook the pasta. Chop the sausage and heat in the microwave until warm. Mix the pasta, the alfredo sauce, half the pesto and the sausage. Serve with fresh grated parmesan cheese.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Orange Cake

This cake is very summery and fresh tasting. As a bonus it doesn't take very long to make.

Orange Cake
1 box Duncan Hines Orange Supreme cake mix
1 large can mandarin oranges (reserve 1/2 c. juice)
4 eggs
1 stick soft butter
1 t. vanilla
Mix everything together (including the juice). Bake at 350 in a greased and floured pan for 30 minutes.

For the frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, soft
1 stick of butter, soft
2 T. orange juice
zest of one orange
Mix the cream cheese and butter. Add in sugar, then zest and juice. Frost the cake when it is cool.

Killer Brownies

Ok, I did not take a picture because they turned out funny looking, but I made Pioneer Woman's Knock You Naked Brownies and they were freaking good. You should try them. I think they looked funny because I should have used a 9 x 13 instead of a 9 x 9 pan. I also think you could adapt this recipe with different flavors. I want to try lemon with a lemon curd filling and I'm also thinking white cake mix with a strawberry preserves filling sort of like a jelly roll.