Friday, April 27, 2012

Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies

What You Need:
8oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 box brownie mix (the kind with a fudge or syrup packet)
1 egg
1 tsp cherry juice
1/4 cup drained, chopped maraschino cherries

What You Do:
Mix brownies by box directions. Spread half of batter into bottom of pan.

In a medium bowl, beat remaining ingredients. Spread over batter in pan. Top with remaining batter, smoothing out the surface.

Bake at 350 for 39-49 minutes.

Amazing. A bit messy to make, but well worth it. I made this for a potluck lunch, and they went fast. A few people took 4 or 5 each! Moist, chewy, and wonderful mixture of chocolate and cherry flavors.

*Makes 16 brownies, 300 calories each*

Whiskey Pudding or Mousse

It may not look the prettiest, but once you taste it...that won't matter so much anymore.

What You Need:
2 Tbs Whiskey 
1/4 cup Irish cream
1 box (3.9oz size) Chocolate instant pudding mix
1 1/4 cup milk
*2 cups Cool whip if you are making it mousse

What You Do:
Whisk together pudding mix, milk, irish cream and whiskey until smooth.

If making mousse, stir in cool whip.

Refrigerate at least 20 minutes before serving.

Pretty good. A great dessert for my St. Patty's Day meal. You could taste the whiskey for sure, but it didn't overpower the other flavors. Super simple to make, too. My only complaint was that it made more than I thought it would, but didn't keep for very long, so a lot of it had to get tossed. I'd suggest cutting back on the amount you make, or make it for a party.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

What You Need:
2 lbs pork back ribs
1 1/2 Tbs paprika
1 Tbs light brown sugar
2 cup bbq sauce

What You Do:
Mix paprika and sugar together, rub into meat. Place meat into slow cooker.

Pour in sauce.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Pretty dang good. Made enough for both of us to make two meals out of. Very tender, fall of the bone. Great flavor, but not the strongest one...needed to have extra sauce on the side for dipping. Overall, I'll make this again, but I think it would be my 2nd choice recipe for ribs.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lime Crinkle Cookies

What You Need:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbs lime juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar

What You Do:
Mix sugar and butter until fluffy.

Whip in vanilla, egg, and lime juice.

Stir in all dry ingredients except powdered sugar. 

Pour powdered sugar onto a plate/into a bowl. Roll Tbs' of dough in sugar. 

Place on greased, light colored cookie sheet. 

Bake 9-11 minutes at 350, until bottoms are just barely browned.

Fabulous. Light, chewy, and sweet but not too sweet. A really great cookie for Spring, for sure. I sent them to work with my boyfriend after we each had a few, and he said they were gone in about 5 minutes!