Baking · Dessert

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Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

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Even tho I am retiring from the “blogging life” or at least taking a hiatus.  I couldn’t pass as the opportunity to adopt an orphan blog from Group B of the Secret Recipe Club.   A Spoonful of Thyme is a blog I have purused before so I was more than happy to pick out a goodie.  Since it was hubby’s birthday on Friday and I knew there would be lots of family gatherings I decided to head straight to the sweet stuff.  I came ever so close to making her Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding until a quick double check indiciated that it had been a SRC post making it ineligible.   Thankfully there were a few DOZEN other recipes to select from and in the end I went with her Sprinkle Pudding Cookies.  I’m not a stranger to using pudding mixes as part of cakes in order to make them extra moist but this was a first for cookies and WOW!!!!  They cookies were so soft and moist – total melt in your mouth deliciousness.  I did have to swap out the sprinkles for chocolate chips as apparently most sprinkles taste nutty – which makes them a no go for my family.

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These were a huge hit with everyone – so much so that it’s a good thing we kept a few at home otherwise they would have disappeared before it was time for the picture!

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52Weeks · Dessert · Gluten Free

In the Kitchen

Brigadeiros 

brazilian-truffles

I’m one week behind on this post, technically last week was Brazil week over at /52weeksofcooking but thankfully they have a three week grace period.  When I saw the challenge was to cook something from Brazil, the first thing that came to mind was meat – and lots of it.  Brazilian steakhouses are pretty popular and every year most of my GenCon friends go there for dinner the final night.  Obviously that’s not going to work for my blog but some research pointed me towards a simple and delicious dessert recipe.  Generally I stay away from the super chocolate heavy desserts in favor of caramel but these truffles seemed so easy I just had to give it a whirl.   I found a number of different recipes online, all of which had different cocoa:butter:milk ratios so I gradually added the cocoa until I got the right taste and consistency.

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 Sprinkles are the traditional topping, or so Google tells me, but any small treat would work – shaved coconut, mini chocolate chips, nuts, or anything else that goes with chocolate!  One word of caution – I used Wiltons sprinkles for these and while they tasted normal to me both of my family members with nut allergies said they tasted very nutty.  I’m not sure if that’s unique to the white ones but will be avoiding this brand in the future!

Also want to wish a Happy 5th Birthday to my favorite nephew 😀

Baking · Dessert · Home Cooking

and Gumdrops

Cafe Mocha Cheesecake

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Welcome to #16Cheesecakes – part 2!!!

Last year Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla rallied some blogging friends to help her celebrate her 15th wedding anniversary. She was only looking for fifteen cheesecake recipes. But we posted waaaaaay more than #FifteenCheesecakes.  It was such a hit and we all had so much fun that she decided to see if she could get enthusiasm for another round of cheesecakes. Yep. This is an encore performance by some of her favorite foodie bloggers.

More than #SixteenCheesecakes

Last year I kept things rather simple with a chocolate caramel cheesecake – something I knew my husband would love.  As I mentioned last year, Joe and I also did a cheesecake at our wedding and it was the BEST decision ever.  This year I decided to go for something more my style: Cafe Mocha Cheesecake.  Don’t get me wrong, Joe’s a huge fan of coffee but not in his dessert so much as with his dessert.  I, on the other hand, prefer Double Dunker ice cream by Turkey Hill to almost anything!  Coffee and chocolate and just the hint of vanilla to keep things from being too overpowering – perfection!

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Make sure to check out all the other fantastic cheesecakes – perfect addition to a holiday dinner or a substitution for dinner.

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Baking · Dessert · Gluten Free · Home Cooking

I Wanna Marry You

Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake

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Welcome to #15Cheesecakes – an anniversary celebration for Camilla and her husband.  Like Joe and I, Camilla and her husband also celebrated their vows with a delicious cheesecake in place of the standard wedding fare.  So when I saw her call for 15 bloggers to make a cheesecake to help them celebrate I KNEW I had to be involved.  My first plan was to recreate our wedding cake, a fantastic Dulce de Leche creation but that didn’t exactly work out due to poor dulce de leche making skills on my side – thankfully I had back-up ingredients.  One of the biggest take-aways from doing all these blog challenges is to always, always, always have a back-up plan in place.  Sometimes the recipe just won’t cooperate while other times it will be life in general.   Thankfully my back-up cheesecake worked out perfectly!  The real trick is to gradually lower the temperature of the cake to prevent it from cracking – or at least that’s what I heard many moons ago and so far the “trick” works.

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Happy 15th Anniversary Camilla and!  May you have dozens and dozens and dozens of more cheesecakes together!  Also a happy early anniversary to my husband – 5 years together tomorrow and 3 years married (!!!) next month 🙂

Berry
Cheesecake Bars
by Baking and Creating with Avril
Cherry
Cheesecake Bites
by Cookaholic Wife
Chocolate
Caramel Cheesecake
by Dancing
Veggies
Chocolate
Cheesecake
by My Hobbie Lobbie
Chocolate
Topped Peppermint Cheesecake
by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Creme
Brulee Cheesecake Bars
by Tara’s Multicultural Table
Easter
Basket Mini Cheesecakes
by Little Bit of Everything
Everyday
Cheesecake
by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Irish
Cream Cheesecake
by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Layered Cinnamon Streusel Cheesecake Cake by Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Lowfat
Blackberry Cheesecake
by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Matcha-YuzuCheesecake with a Meyer Lemon Gelée by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Mini
Churro Caramel Cheesecake
by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Mini Maple Pecan Cheesecakes by Join Us,
Pull up a Chair
Mom’s New York Cheesecake by Taste Cook Sip
Mudslide Cheesecake by Sew You Think You
Can Cook

{No Bake} Marshmallow Cheesecake by An Affair from
the Heart
No-Bake
Pumpkin Cheesecake
by Angels Homestead
Samoa’s cheesecake
by Goodie Godmother
Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars by The Savvy Kitchen
Sopapilla Puff Pastry Cheesecake by Pink Cake Plate
Skinny
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
Twix
Cheesecake Brownie Torte
by Making Memories With Your Kids
Baking · Dessert · Secret Recipe Club

Little Shop

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

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Bonus Secret Recipe Club Post!!!!  I love it when timing works out and I’m able to adopt a blog, especially when they are from a different group and thus one that I would never be assigned.  Today’s bonus post comes from Group D of the Secret Recipe Club and the awesomely named Feed Me Seymour – which has resulted in Little Shop of Horrors being stuck in my head for the last week! Feed Me Seymour is the product of Kim, who is the product of a pastry chef – which is why I had to pick a baked good.   There are so many tasty looking pastries on Kim’s blog, including her Blueberry Scones, but in the end I couldn’t resist giving her Chocolate Fudge Thumbprint Cookies a whirl.   I wound up making three varieties: one as written, one with nutella frosting (I blame these), and one with raspberry jam.

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My gaming group LOVED these cookies!  It was insane to watch them disappear, I couldn’t fill the plate fast enough!!  While I preferred the raspberry version, the chocolate ganache and nutella ones were the first to disappear – tho not sure which one went first.   I’m sort of glad Kim’s original partner bailed, as this cookies were insanely good and by far the easiest thumbprint cookies I’ve ever tried!   Another win for the SRC and as a bonus I’m sending this over to /52weeksofcooking for their “two way” challenge tho technically I made these cookies three ways.

By the way this is only one of three posts today, so make sure to check out the others as well!

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Baking · Dessert · Secret Recipe Club

If You Got

Chocolate Chip Banana Cakechoco_banana_cake

Welcome to Group A’s first posting session for 2015!  I’m so excited to be participating in the Secret Recipe Club for another year – and can’t wait to see how many awesome things I’ll get to make this year.  My first assigned blog of the year is Claire K Creations which is run by the fantastic Claire C.  Her bog is packed with all sorts of goodies running from the savory to sweet and healthy to decadent.  I decided to pick something in the middle, going with her Chocolate Banana Cake, figuring that the addition of bananas made it a “healthier” dessert option – I mean that’s how this all works, right???  I love that the recipe is inspired by one from a book and while I haven’t read that Jane Green novel, I have enjoyed a few of her works.   I did screw up a bit with the recipe as I totally missed that the chocolate was to be melted, and I totally had already folded in my chocolate chips by that point.  However it still turned out fantastic!

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Oh, did I mention Claire is also an Aussie?  Another awesome part of her blog was finding out about all the local treats which my little sister will be exploring in just a few months when she heads south for her 6 month (or 18month) adventure in the Land of Oz.

Quick heads up – this is only 1 of 3 blog posts that I have going up today, so be sure to check all of them out!

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Dessert · Guest Post · Home Cooking

Could Cry

Hi everyone!  I wrote this post back in April for Jane of The Heritage Cook.  Things have been a bit rough over here so sharing this now while we attempt to get back on our feet 🙂 Huge thanks to our family and friends who have helped us out during this not so pleasant adventure.  Will most likely write something up about that soon as well but not quite there yet.  
Hi!  I’m Amanda E and I can normally be found blogging about vegetarian dishes over at DancingVeggies.  I’m in the Secret Recipe Club with Jane, and with that have been following her for a few years now – which is why I jumped at the opportunity to write a guest post.  While I normally stick to the healthier recipes, the crazy weather here in the mid-Atlantic has driven me to the sweeter side of life.
S'More Pie
This past weekend we watched as the weather went from 60 and rainy to below freezing and snowing in a matter of hours – typical for February but not the tale end of March.  Since we weren’t exactly expecting snow at the end of March, all of our firewood was outside which resulted in a minor panic.  See, I’m not a fan of snow and the only positive I can find about winter weather is the excuse to build a fire indoors and make S’mores!  I needed my chocolate marshmallow fix but had no way to safely prepare the marshmallows since we are currently living microwave-free.  In my panic I started rummaging thru the pantry before finding a box of pudding tucked away behind my backup flour.  I then realized what needed to be done – I needed to prepare a S’more pie.  So I got out all my ingredients and set to assembling all my goodies, with the added excitement of being able to show this pie off to the company joining us for dinner.
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In the future I would hunt down a creme brulee torch (or blow-torch) in order to fully char the marshmallows but we had to work with what we had and it worked out.  I made sure to char a few for my hubby while leaving the rest just slightly cooked per guests’ requests.  In the end, we had the awesome combination of s’mores without the hassle of drying out wood.  Even better is this pie insures that the goodness of s’mores can continue in to the summer months – which is as it should be.
Thanks Jane for letting me do a guest post on your amazing blog!