Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Cat's Meow Cookies

These cookies are SO cute and delicious too! Older kids can even help decorate these!


1 package (18 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting
Chocolate sprinkles
Candy corn
Mini marshmallows
Green candy-coated chocolate pieces, such as M&M's
1 tube each black and orange decorating frosting
Red licorice laces

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Knead cookie dough and flour together until smooth. Roll out dough to a scant 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.

2. Using a 3-1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out as many cookies as possible. Transfer to baking sheets. Cut a 3/4-inch-deep notch, 2 inches long, to make the ears. Repeat process to make more cookies using remaining dough. Bake cookies until golden, 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Let cool completely.

3. Cover cookies with chocolate frosting. Place chocolate sprinkles around edge of cookies. Put candy corn on for ears. Cut marshmallows in half, then place on cookies cut side up. Press on M&M's for eyes. Use black tube frosting to pipe slits on M&M's; use orange frosting to create noses. Trim licorice and place on cookies for whiskers.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Looks Like a Pumpkin Cake

2 packages chocolate cake mix
oil, water, and eggs as called for on cake mix package
2 cans cream cheese frosting
1 banana with peel
1 package strawberry, raspberry, or cherry fruit roll-ups
red, green, and yellow food coloring

Make the two chocolate cakes in bundt pans, following package directions. Cool as directed on package. When completely cooled, set one cake upside down on a cake plate with the second on top of it, right side up, so that they resemble a pumpkin shape when together. Set aside 1/4 cup of the frosting and tint the remaining frosting orange, using the red and yellow food coloring. Cut the banana in half, leaving the skin on, and place it on the top center of the cake. Tint the reserved frosting green and frost the banana so it looks like a green stem. Cut eyes, nose, mouth and any other features out of the fruit roll-ups and decorate as desired.

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe has been around since the beginning of time and is a classic that deserves an occasional reminder that it is there and a classic for a reason.

2 cups sugar
4 tbs cocoa
dash of salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup peanut buter
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 tsp vanilla

Combine ingredients.
Bring to boil and cook for 90 seconds.
Remove from heat
Stir in 1/2 cup peanut butter, disolve
Add 3 cups quick cooking oats
Add 1 tsp vanilla
Mix well.
Drop by teasponfulls onton cookie sheet. Cool for 30 minutes or until set

Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Bars

No baking required!! YAY! These do go fast around here! Very good!
1 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 cup sliced almonds
3 cups quick cooking oatmeal
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips (plus a tbls. for garnish)
1 cup extra crunchy peanut butter
In medium sauce pan over low heat melt butter, add brown sugar, almond extract and almonds and mix well. Stir in oatmeal and make sure mixture is well combined and oatmeal is covered in brown sugar butter mixture. Set aside.
In medium microwaveable bowl( or heavy saucepan on low heat) slowly melt chocolate chips. Stir in peanut butter until smooth and creamy.
In a 9x9 baking pan, press down a little more than half of oatmeal mixture. Make sure it is pressed down hard and even. Pour chocolate, peanut butter mix over oatmeal. Top with remaining oatmeal and press down gently. Top with extra chocolate chips.
Let set on counter for 1/2 hour and then cover and put in refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight. Enjoy.

Chocolate Cookie Spiders

These are SO cute!!

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
6 Tbsp. unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
10 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate sprinkles
72 mini M&Ms
144 mini pretzel sticks, about 4 inches long, each snapped in half

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk together cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.

Cream butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Beat in flour mixture until well combined.

Roll a tablespoonful of dough between palms of your hands and then roll ball in sprinkles. Repeat with remaining dough and sprinkles. Place 6 large balls on each baking sheet, evenly spacing them and pressing lightly to slightly flatten. Place two red hots or mini M&Ms on one end of each ball to resemble eyes. Insert 4 pretzel stick halves on each side of each ball to resemble legs.

Bake one sheet of cookies until dry on top, 12 minutes. Let cool completely on sheet on wire rack. Repeat with remaining sheet.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Butterfinger Caramel Apples

6 wooden craft sticks (found in cake decorating or hobby shops)
6 tart apples
1 package caramels
2 tablespoons water
2 Butterfinger Candy Bars

Line tray or baking sheet with wax paper.
Insert 1 wooden craft stick into stem end of each apple.
Microwave caramels and water in large, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 2 minutes; stir.
Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.
Dip each apple in melted caramel; scrape excess caramel from bottoms.
Quickly roll bottom half of apples in chopped Butterfinger, then place on prepared tray. Refrigerate for 45 minutes or until set. Store apples in refrigerator in airtight container. Apples are best if they are served the same day as they are prepared.
If caramel becomes firm, return to microwave oven for 20 to 30 seconds or until dipping consistency.

Kitty Litter Cake

I'm sure you will get alot of "eewww and yuck" responses when people see this dessert! :) Looks just like real kitty litter!!

1/2 c. honey
2/3 c. butter or margarine
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla or peppermint extract
2 c whole wheat flour
1/3 c cocoa powder
Grape-Nuts cereal

peanut butter or butterscotch chips

Microwave the honey until it bubbles (approx 1 minute).
Add the butter and the egg, mix well.
Mix in extract, flour, and cocoa powder. Add optional items of your choice.
Chill 1 hour in the freezer or several hours in the fridge.
Roll dough into logs of random length, approximating the diameter of cat poops.
Roll logs in grape-nuts and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.
Serve in a disposable cat litter box on a bed of grapenuts, with a kitty litter scoop.
For an extra yukky experience, drizzle the litter box and the scoop with chocolate syrup or pudding.