Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Easy Trail Mix Cookie Bars



There are times when your creations don't turn out to be what you may have intended. And then when all seems lost sometimes just a little tweak is all you need to make it better.

 I got the idea to make a cookie using up the rest of a bag of trail mix left by my kids. Actually it was almost a full bag and the thought of throwing it away didn't seem like a good option so... (Too expensive).
 
I made up a batch of my favorite plain cookie batter. This recipe comes from Dominos Sugar http://www.dominosugar.com/recipe/1001-cookie-starter-mix-264

You can pretty much add whatever you want to this, it is a good base to start. In my case I added almost an entire bag of trail mix, which was a little over 1 1/2 cups of trail mix and 1 cup of chocolate chips.

The first batch of cookies unfortunately came out too chunky. Not that it's a bad thing but it just seemed too chunky for a cookie. So I thought what about a bar cookie. So I greased and floured a 13 x 9 pan and I lighted patted down the dough.  This makes a pretty thick bar so If you don't want it to be use two pans or cut the recipe in half.

Pre heat you oven 350 and bake 25-35 minutes. Ovens vary so it's always best to check for doneness with a tooth pick inserted in the middle-if it comes out clean your good.




Saturday, April 14, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

Mint Brownies

These have to be the most moist and decadent brownies I've ever made. I usually only make them for special occasions because they do take some time to put together but boy are they worth every bite.

I've seen many different ways to make them so I'll be brief on my strategy in putting this together.

I use my favorite brownie recipe. But I have all used store bought brownie mix in a pinch. Either way it's an elegant dessert for home or to bring to a party.


Once you have your brownie base, mix together 1 package of cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon mint flavoring. Pour on top of brownie base and bake using your brownies directions. For the topping your can use a simple chocolate buttercream frosting or make a chocolate ganache.
1 Cup of heavy cream
12oz. chopped semisweet chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla.
Heat heavy cream in a medium size sauce pan and bring just to a low boil and remove from heat. Place chips in cream and allow to melt. Give a good stir then add vanilla. Pour on top on brownie and allow to cool about 1 hour. I like to garnish with a mint leaf and a swirl of ganache.


ENJOY

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