Strawberry Rhubarb Bars

Alright folks, it has been quite sometime since I have done a post on this page! But, I recently made some super delicious bars that inspired me to get back in the swing of things here.  I have also been busy on my other page The Mane Squeeze, which is focused more on hair, fashion, beauty and all of that good stuff.

Anyways, the Rhubarb in my backyard was almost on the brink of going past its prime but I caught it in time with a reminder from Richard.  I’ve never actually cooked or baked with Rhubarb before, but my mom always did as we had some in my backyard growing up as well.  I decided to mix it up with some strawberries (not from the backyard, but still local :)) and try out some crumb bars topped with a cinnamon and nutmeg glaze.  All I can say is yum! I had to send the majority with Richard to work out of fear of eating them all.

Strawberry Rhubarb Bars

Filling:

1½ cups unsweetened rhubarb, chopped

1½ cups strawberries, sliced

1 tbsp lemon juice

½ cup white sugar

2 tbsp cornstarch

Crust:

1½ all purpose flour

1½ quick cook oats

1 tbsp flax seeds

1 cup packed brown sugar

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

¾ cup butter, softened

1 egg

Glaze:

¾ cup powdered sugar

2 tbsp milk

¼ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

1.  Preheat oven to 350ºF.  In a saucepan combine rhubarb, strawberries and lemon juice.  Cover and cook over medium heat until tender, stirring occasionally.

2.  Combine the white sugar and cornstarch, and stir into fruit mixture.  Cook until mixture comes to a boil and mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and set aside.

3.  Combine all of the crust ingredients in a bowl, except for the egg.  Beat at a low speed until mixture becomes crumbly.  Reserve 1½ cups of crust mixture, set aside.  Beat in 1 egg into the remainder of the crumb mixture.

4.  Line bottom of a 9×13 greased pan with the egg crumb mixture.  Then spread the filling evenly across the crust.  Then sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture.

5.  Bake for 30-35 mins or until golden brown.  Let the bars cool completely.

6.  Combine all of the glaze ingredients in a bowl and drizzle over the bars.  Enjoy!

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Reese’s Chunk Cookies

So because we had a dismal turnout of 12 kids this halloween (I blame Black & Orange day, but don’t get me started on that) and I was expecting over 100, we had a large amount of leftover halloween candy.  I set aside the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with the intentions of making something yummy, and the other day settled on making my Mom’s Chocolate Chipper recipe and replacing the chocolate chips with some Reeses Peanut Butter Chunks.

The result was amazingly delicious, so much so, that I ate a couple and sent the remainder with Richard to work out of fear that I could not show any restraint with these little nuggets of goodness.  The great thing about them is that the peanut butter filling in the cups melts into the cookie and that combined with bites of milk chocolate is fantastic.

I think this recipe would work great with any chocolate bar treats chopped up, just make sure you chill them first before stirring into the batter so they hold their “chunkiness”.

Reese’s Chunk Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

¾ cup white sugar

¾ cup brown sugar, packed

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2¼ cups all-purpose flour

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

2-2½ cups chunked & chilled Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (approx. 12 halloween size cups)

1.  Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugars together.  Beat in eggs 1 at a time and add vanilla

2.  In another bowl mix together flour, salt and baking soda.  Stir dry mixture into wet mixture.  Stir in Reese’s chunks.

3.  Drop spoonfuls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake for approx. 12 mins.

Makes approx. 4½ dozen

Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

It’s cookie time!

I have had some butterscotch chips in my cupboard for quite some time just waiting to be used, so I decided upon a Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookie.  I wanted these cookies to have a lot of texture and lots of bits of goodness in every bite so I added some walnuts and flaxseeds in with the oats and butterscotch chips….Just a side note, every time I type butterscotch, I type it like butterschotch, sigh.

These little gems came out tasting great and were full of flavour.   They have made it into my top 5 cookie list, and will be making some repeat appearances.

 

Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

¾ cup butter

¾ cup brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

2 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp water

1 egg

1 cup flour

¾ tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

2½ cups rolled oats

1 tbsp flaxseeds

1 cup butterscotch chips

½ chopped walnuts

1.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Cream together butter and the 2 sugars.  Mix in water, egg and vanilla.

2. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and cinnamon.  Combine wet and dry mixtures.

3.  Stir rolled oats, flaxseeds, butterscotch chips and walnuts into the mixture.

4.  Drop spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 12-15mins.

Makes about 4 dozen

Cherry Swirl Cheesecake

Ok, so this Cherry Swirl Cheesecake recipe isn’t completely from scratch, but it is enough from scratch that it is still homemade.  I was making a huge meal and was in search of a dessert that I could make the day before and that was easy to execute due to time constraints.  So to cut down on some time, I used a Keebler Ready Made graham pie crust and I used a canned cherry pie filling.  It turned out great and you can substitute in any flavour of pie filling that you please.

  

Cherry Swirl Cheesecake

1 pkg cream cheese, softened (8oz.)

½ cup sugar

¼ tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1 graham pie crust (I used Keebler)

1 can cherry pie filling, divided

1.  Preheat oven to 325º.  Using an electric hand mixer, beat cream cheese on medium speed until it is fluffy.  Beat in sugar and vanilla.  Beat the eggs 1 at a time  until just combined.

2.  Spread cream cheese mixture in crust.  Using 2/3’s of the cherry pie filling, spoon it in dollops on top and use a knife to swirl pie filling into the cream cheese.

3. Bake for 30-45 mins or until center is almost set (give the side a tap and it should move together in one solid movement).

4.  Cool on wire rack for 1 hour and then in the fridge for at least 3 hours.

5.  Top with the remaining pie filling and serve.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Alright….I’m back.  Have been fairly busy lately and quite frankly by the end of my day, I haven’t found the energy to sit down and get some posts done.  Kudos to those of you that manage to keep this up! Lately, by the end of the day, the only thing I find myself doing is watching some really bad tv.  I will stop that nonsense, and get on top of this as I have many recipes ready to be posted.

So today, we have White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies!  While in the process of making these, I realized that my oven  was not heating up.  This was of course not only happening when I was in the middle of making cookie dough but also prepping a lasagna for dinner, yeesh.  So what I did was rolled them up into balls and popped them into a ziploc freezer bag (as pictured below) for a couple of days while we figured out what happened.   They stored great and I just plopped the frozen suckers down on the cookie sheet and put them in the once again working oven with an extra couple minutes tacked on.  Enjoy!

 

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

1½ cups brown sugar, packed

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups a.p. flour

¼ cup cornstarch

¾ tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

2 cups white chocolate chips

1 cup chopped macadamia nuts

1.  Preheat oven to 350°.  Cream butter and brown sugar together.  Beat in the eggs 1 at a time and add vanilla.

2.  Mix flour, cornstarch, salt and baking soda together and add to the wet mixture.  Stir in the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.

3.  Drop spoonfuls onto  a greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-12 mins,

Makes about 5 dozen

Carrot Cake

I have a few loves in life, my son, my boyfriend, my dogs and carrot cake.  Seriously though, Carrot Cake would be at the top of the list as a part of my last meal…along with waffles, lasagna, poutine and a variety of other things that would put me into a food coma.  Although I have tried carrot cake from pretty much anywhere I could get my hands on it, I had never attempted to make it before….until now :).

Although I appreciate when carrot cake gets all “fancy”, I prefer a nice simple one with a good cream cheese icing which is what the recipe below gives.  I have also decreased the amount of sugar that usually resides in the cream cheese icing, because I feel it takes away from the richness that cream cheese has to offer.  Enjoy!

Carrot Cake

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup canola or vegetable oil

3 eggs

½ tsp vanilla

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour

1½ tsp baking soda

1½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

½ tsp nutmeg

1½ cinnamon

2 cups grated carrots

¾ cups walnut pieces

Cream Cheese Icing:

½ cup cream cheese (half a package)

¼ cup butter

1 tsp vanilla

1½ cups icing sugar

¼ cup walnut pieces

 

1.  Preheat oven to 350°.  In mixing bowl combine sugar and oil.  Beat in eggs one at a time and and vanilla.

2.  In another bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

3.  Combine wet and dry ingredients.  Stir in grated carrot and ¾ cups walnut pieces.  Be careful not to overmix, just stir till everything is coated.  Pour mixture in a 9×13 pan and bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool cake on a wire rack.

4.  For icing: Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla together using an electric hand mixer.  Gradually beat in icing sugar and beat till fluffy.  Spread onto a cooled cake and sprinkle ¼ cup walnut pieces over top.

 

 

 

Coconut Raisin Hermits

Alright, I have been a little bit MIA from the blog in the past couple of weeks as it has been quite busy (I turned 30….eep!), but I am back and I am back with cookies!  I decided to go with Hermits which are bite size little pieces of deliciousness.  The original recipe called for several things which I didn’t have on hand so I made a few substitutions and came up with Coconut Raisin Hermits.   Feel free to toss in whatever you would like as these are very versatile.  I think next time I am going to try out some cranberries and walnuts.

These are in an out of the oven in no time and are the perfect accompaniment to a tea or coffee.

Coconut Raisin Hermits

1 cup butter, softened

1½ cups packed brown sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

3 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

½ tsp salt

¾ cup shredded coconut

1 cup raisins

1.  Preheat oven to 375º.  Cream butter and sugar together.  Beat in the eggs one at a time and add vanilla.

2.  In another bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and coconut together.  Mix into wet mixture.  Stir in raisins.  Drop or roll heaping teaspoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes.

Makes about 4½ dozen