Sunday, September 13, 2015

Chocolate Chewy Cookies GF

I've been looking for the perfect Chocolate Chewy Cookie recipe
since Gottlieb's Bakery in Savannah, Georgia closed.  They had
a location in the mall and I couldn't pass by without stopping for
a Chocolate Chewy Cookie!! They were the most scrumptious 
extra chewy cookies that I've ever eaten! 

I did buy their cookbook and tried their recipe for Chocolate
Chewy Cookies, but it just wasn't the same! When I see a
recipe with a different twist of ingredients, I always hope
that maybe this is the one!! Today's recipe is an excellent
recipe and the cookies were easy to make and very yummy,
but alas....not "the one." They are chewy.....just not 
extra chewy! However, I still highly recommend that 
you try these!! I would definitely make them again, and
next time I think I'll add some chopped Pecans, like
Gottliebs use to add!!


3 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large eggs
1 egg white
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted & cooled
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment
paper and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together the powdered sugar, cocoa
powder and salt.  Add in the eggs, egg white and butter; mix well.
Fold in chocolate chips.  

Spoon 1 tablespoon of the batter onto the prepared cookie sheet,
leaving about 2 inches in between. Bake 14-16 minutes until the
cookies are puffed and cracked. Remove from the oven and let
cookies cool completely on the pan. Makes approximately 3 dozen.

Enjoy!! xo!!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Do you have a favorite Peanut Butter Cookie recipe? I didn't, until
I tried this recipe!! It comes from the newest Gooseberry Patch
cookbook "Autumn in a Jiffy." These Peanut Butter Cookies
are so easy to make and are melt in your mouth good!! A
perfect cookie to whip up on the weekend with your kids!!

My daughter and I had so much fun making these!!  Unlike some 
of the more popular recipes on the web,  this cookie dough doesn't 
require chilling (which I love!!) so you'll be enjoying these cookies 
in no time!! They are a little chewy on the outside, soft on the
inside and extremely addictive!!

Just combine your ingredients, then scoop out by tablespoonfuls,
roll into a ball and drop into a bowl with some granulated sugar to 
coat. I used my 1 1/2" cookie scoop which made the process go
even faster.  Then place the sugar coated balls of dough onto a
parchment lined baking sheet and flatten the balls with a fork
in a criss-cross pattern.

The dough is very easy to work with - not sticky at all!!
I love the sugar coating! It gives the cookies a little
sparkle!! We actually added a bit more sugar to the
tops of the cookies before baking!


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup creamy (or crunchy) peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
*1 cup sugar, DIVIDED
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In a separate large bowl, combine butter, peanut butter, brown
sugar and *1/2 cup sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium
speed until blended; stir in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture; 
stir until a stiff dough forms. Roll dough into balls by tablespoonfuls.
(I used my 1 1/2" cookie scoop) Roll balls in *remaining sugar; 
place 2 inches apart on parchment lined (or greased) baking 
sheets.  With a fork dipped in sugar, flatten balls in a 
criss-cross pattern. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes, 
(mine took 15) until golden. Makes 2-3 dozen (depending on 
how big you make them.)

In the cookbook, these cookies are called "Nanny's
Peanut Butter Goblins." "Nanny" made these every
year for a Halloween Open House. These cookies 
would be perfect for any Holiday Gathering, and would
be the hit of any bake sale!! I highly recommend them!!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Swirly Buttery Melty Mints

I have another fun and easy recipe to share with you today -
BUTTER MINTS! Those pretty little mints that you see at
Showers and Birthday Parties between the peanuts and 
the cucumber sandwiches!! Did you know that they are
crazy easy to make?? Let me show you how I made them!

Into the bowl of a mixer, place the sugar, butter, cream and
extract. Mix until it forms a ball. Easy peasy!! Then divide 
the dough into as many portions as you like and color each

One word on the peppermint extract - start with a very small
amount, then increase to taste. The first time I made these I 
used just 1/4 teaspoon, but it was too strong for me. You want
these to be minty but not like Altoids! LOL!! Different brands
of extract will yield different results.
I decided to give my mints a marbled look. I did this using the
same technique as my Fairy Meringues.  Using a toothpick, I 
place lines of gel food coloring on top of one portion of the
dough and folded the dough in half. I kept folding and kneading
until it was pretty and marbled.

Next I rolled each portion of dough into a rope and cut the rope
into mint sized pieces with my dough scraper. Then I placed 
the mints on my parchment lined baking sheet and let them dry
uncovered overnight!


4 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons (half n half) cream
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
food coloring

Line a baking sheet with parchment. In a bowl
with a paddle attachment combine confectioners
sugar, butter, cream and peppermint extract. Mix
until it forms a ball.

Divide the dough into 3 or 4 portions and form each one 
into a ball. To color mixture add (one drop liquid food
coloring) or a tiny bit of gel color into one portion, 
kneading into dough evenly. Continue adding more
coloring until desired shade.  Repeat using a different color
for each remaining portion. To get the marbled effect,
flatten dough a bit then using a toothpick, place lines
of food coloring on dough. Then fold dough in half and
press down, then fold in half again and press down.
keep kneading until you get the desired effect.

Roll the dough into 1/2 to 1 inch diameter ropes. Cut
each rope into desired size pieces. Arrange the pieces
on the parchment paper and let sit uncovered overnight.
Once dry, store in air tight container. 

I couldn't believe how easy it was to make these buttery, melt 
in your mouth mints!! I also love that you can color coordinate 
them to the colors of your party! They're also great for favors!  
Your friends will be so impressed!! You've got
to try this!! xo!!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Luscious Lemon Creams

I have a wonderfully light and easy lemon mousse recipe to
 share with you today! These Lemon Creams only take a few
minutes to prepare and are the perfect ending to a light meal!

All you have to do is heat the cream, sugar and lemon zest for
about 5 minutes then strain it into some pretty glasses or even
you favorite tea cups! The Lemon Creams do need a couple of
hours to chill and set. That's the hard part!! 



1 1/3 cups heavy cream
1/3 cup minus 1 tbsp sugar
zest and juice of 2 lemons
extra zest to garnish if desired


Heat the cream, sugar and lemon zest in a pan
over medium heat until it almost boils. Reduce
the heat to low and cook gently for 3 minutes,
until the sugar dissolves.

Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice. Pour
through a strainer into a pourable container, then
pour into pretty glasses or tea cups. Cool, then chill
for a couple of hours or overnight. Decorate with
lemon zest. Wonderful served with Lemon 

The recipe says that it serves 4, but I only had enough 
to fill 3 small glass bowls. I suggest that you double
the recipe if you need more.

So easy!! So delicious!! Thanks for visiting!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Magical Marbled Fairy Meringues

I have a fun recipe for you today, especially if you have kids!
I call these Magical Marbled Fairy Meringues. The writer of the 
blog Lick The Spoon called it Forbidden Fairy Foam! The name
 alone draws you in and when you see how crazy easy the recipe is, 
you have to try it!!

Are you curious? Magical Marbled Fairy Meringues are actually a 
sort of microwaveable meringue! The magical thing about these 
faux meringues is that within seconds a marble sized ball of this 
mixture puffs up into billowy clouds of sweetness!  It's like,  and
I quote,  "a scrumptious science experiment!!"

These sweet puffs are much easier to prepare than
regular meringues because you don't whip the egg whites
to stiff peaks, you just stir the mixture together and you're
ready to go!

So let's make some magical marbled fairy meringues!!
First, you beat vanilla extract and one egg white together
just enough to break up the egg white.  I was afraid
that my dark colored vanilla extract would color the mixture 
too much and I was out of the clear vanilla extract so I used 
some coconut extract that I had on hand. I loved the flavor!!

In another bowl, place 3 cups of powdered sugar and make a
well in the center. (I sifted my powdered sugar to make sure that 
there were no lumps.) Pour the egg white mixture into the well and
gradually incorporate it with the powdered sugar. (I actually just 
used my hands!) The recipe said that you may not have to use all the 
egg white mixture, but I did. One (large) egg white worked perfectly 
for me and I made this recipe twice. If you find that your mixture 
is too dry, just grab another egg white and add a bit more.

What you end up with is a stiff dough that you add a bit of
food coloring to for the marbled effect.  What I did was flatten
my dough and using a toothpick, I placed lines of food coloring.
Then I folded the dough in half and pressed down, then folded
in half again and pressed down. I did this until the mixture got
a pretty pink marbled look. 

Then I pinched off marble sized pieces of dough, rolled
them into a ball and placed them in a mini muffin/cupcake cup.
Now we're ready to microwave!! Remember that everyone's
microwave is different, so this part may take a couple of
tries to get it right! The first time I made these I burnt them!
Next time I tried my microwave on 50% power and that
did the trick.  Within a few seconds, the ball of dough
started rising..r i s i n g...R I S I N G! Then it stabilized,
then it rose a bit more and stayed there. At this point I
let the microwave continue for a few more seconds, then
I stopped it. The total time was no more than one minute,
thirty seconds. 
The "meringues" puff up into lots of unusual shapes! Like snowflakes,
no two are alike!! In order to get more uniform shapes, make sure that
you microwave at least 6 at a time.

These are perfect for a girl's tea party and pretty enough for a
ladies tea!  Another great thing about these "meringues" is that
you can keep them out, uncovered for up to 12 hours and they
stay nice and crisp!



1 egg white
1 tsp vanilla extract (or any other extract you prefer)
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
pink food coloring
edible glitter or edible gold dust (optional)
mini cupcake cups

Place the egg white and extract in a small bowl and
beat briefly just to break up the egg white. Place the
powdered sugar into a medium sized bowl and make
a well in the center.  Pour the egg white mixture into 
the well and gradually work into the powdered sugar.
At this point you can use your hands to finish working the
mixture until it forms a thick dough. If the mixture is too
dry, add a bit more egg white; if too wet, add more
powdered sugar.

Flatten the dough out and dab a little food coloring
onto the dough. Fold in half and press down, then
keep folding and pressing until you get the desired
marbled effect. Roll into marble sized balls and place
in the center of a mini cupcake cup.

If desired, sprinkle the tops of each with edible glitter 
or edible gold dust. (I didn't do this step because I
didn't have any edible glitter!) Place 6 at a time inside
the microwave on the turntable, in a circle. This ensures
that they all cook at an even rate. Set the microwave on
a medium power level and at a setting of approximately
one minute 30 seconds. Start cooking and watch carefully.
After about 20-25 seconds the balls will melt, then start to
billow at a rapid rate. They will stop briefly, then cook for
a further 25-30 seconds. Each microwave is different so 
you just have to try different settings to see which works
for your microwave. The meringues are done when crisp.
If the insides are brown, you have cooked them too long.

MAGICAL!! A perfect activity for a girl's tea party!!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Banana Nut Bread Tea Sandwiches

Last post I shared with you my favorite Banana Bread recipe! 
Today, I'm going to give you a delicious Tea Sandwich Idea
that uses Banana Bread, Cream Cheese and cinnamon! 

This recipe is so easy and so delicious!!  First, using your hand mixer 
mix together one package softened cream cheese and 1/2 teaspoon 
cinnamon until light & fluffy.  Place the mixture into a disposable 
piping bag fitted with a small star tip.

Next, slice one loaf Banana Bread into 1/2"-3/4" slices using a 
serrated knife (if you have one!)  Cut out shapes with your favorite
cookie cutter and place on a baking sheet. Pipe half of the shapes
with cream cheese mixture then top with remaining halves.
Cover and refrigerate until needed.


1 loaf Banana Bread, sliced into 1/2"-3/4" slices
1 package cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Place the Banana Bread slices on a baking sheet. Using 
a cookie cutter, cut out as many shapes as possible from
the slices. (Or just trim crusts off and cut slices into
halves or quarters.)

Using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese and cinnamon
together until light and fluffy. Place mixture into a
disposable piping bag fitted with a star tip (or just 
spread mixture using a butter knife.)  Pipe or
spread half the shapes with cream cheese 
mixture, then top with remaining halves. 
Cover and refrigerate until needed.

I've always loved sliced nut bread topped with cream cheese!
It's one of my fav tea treats!!
So Scrummy!!

NUM NUM NUM!! xo!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Crazy Delicious Cream Cheese Banana Bread with Pecan Crumble

Hello dear friends!! Today I'm sharing with you my "Go To" 
Banana Nut Bread Recipe!! I've made this recipe 3 times since my 
last post!!!  My family can't get enough of it because it's so 
crazy delicious!!!!! Plus, it's a great way to use those 
over-ripe bananas!

Just look at this GORGEOUS BATTER!!!
Doesn't it make your mouth water?!!
OK! Let's Bake!!
First, grease and flour your 2 loaf pans. The recipe calls for 
8x4 inch pans. The pans I have are actually 9x5, and they
work fine!

Bonus tip of the day - Use your butter wrapper to grease
your pans! It works great and no greasy fingers!!
Make your batter, add it to the pans and sprinkle yummy crumble
topping over batter! (I always double the crumble recipe because

Bake in a 350º oven for approximately one hour. I use light colored
loaf pans because the darker ones brown quicker.

Don't forget to wait the 30 minutes before slicing because it's
the only way to get neat slices! (I know it's hard but trust me!)



3/4 cup butter, softened
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temp
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 medium)
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Pecan Crumble:
(I usually double the crumble ingredients
to make sure I have enough!)

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon melted butter 
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer 
until creamy.  Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add
eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; gradually add to butter mixture, 
beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in bananas, pecans and
vanilla. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 8x4-inch loaf pans.
(use light colored loaf pans if possible - dark pans may over-brown)

Stir together brown sugar, 1/2 cup pecans, 1 tablespoon flour, 1
tablespoon melted butter and cinnamon. Sprinkle mixture evenly
over batter.

Bake at 350º for one hour or until a long wooden pick inserted in
center comes out clean. (I usually just lightly press the tops and if
they spring back, then they're ready.)  If you find that the banana
bread is browning too quickly, you can shield with aluminum foil
the last 15 minutes. Cool bread in pans on wire racks 10 minutes.
Remove from pans and cool 30 minutes on wire racks before 

This is the BEST BANANA BREAD that I've ever made!
So moist & delicious!! Hope you give it a try!!

Well, what are you waiting for?! Get your apron on, 
get in the kitchen and bake some Banana Bread!! xo!!