Sunday, July 27, 2008

Homemade Almond Joy Squares

1st Layer
1 bag semi sweet chocolate chip
2 Tbsp. oil
2 bags coconut (14 Oz.)
1 cup sliced almonds
2 cans condensed milk
2 packages Knox gelatin
2nd Layer
1 bag semisweet chocolate chip
2 Tbsp. oil

Melt 1 bag chocolate chip and 2 tbsp. oil in the microwave on defrost for 2 minutes. Spread on cookie sheet on wax paper. Refrigerate for half hour or until it hardens.

Heat the condensed milk and the gelatin until it boils . Stir often so it doesn't stick to the pan. Add in coconut and almonds, spread the filling on the chocolate layer.

Melt another bag of chocolate chips and oil and immediately spread over coconut mixture. Let it chill in the fridge and cut into small bite size squares.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Crumb-Coated Ranch Chicken

(Simple & Delicious, May/June 2008)
from Rachel Leavitt's blog

I flattened the chicken a little with a meat mallet, and marinated it for a little while with lemon juice and 2 garlic cloves. Drained all the juice and discarded the pieces of garlic. I had to double the crumbs, I coated it very thickly.

This is something you could make in a last minute pinch for dinner--super easy, super fast, super tasty! I am using the leftover chicken to make a cobb salad for lunch tomorrow, too!

this picture is from Rachel Leavitt's blog.

2/3 cup Ranch Salad Dressing
2 cups coarsely crushed cornflakes
1 tablespoon Italian
1 teaspoon garlic powder
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (8 ounces each)

Pour salad dressing into a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine the cornflake crumbs, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Dip chicken in dressing, then coat with crumb mixture. Place in a greased shallow baking pan. Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until juices run clear. Yield: 4 servings.

Brownie Trifle

Brownie Trifle

Southern Living, APRIL 2003

I cut the milk for the pudding in half. The last time I made it, I mixed all the whipped cream with the pudding, and none with the cream cheese and marshmallow cream, and I really liked the texture of the Cool Whip.I also like serving it in individual dishes. the last time I made I used my favorite home-made brownie recipe instead of boxed brownies. The brownies have to be pretty dry and loosely placed at the bottom of the dish.


2 (21-ounce) packages chewy fudge brownie mix
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow cream
2 (8-ounce) containers frozen whipped topping, thawed and divided
3 cups fat-free milk
2 (3.3-ounce) packages instant white chocolate pudding
1 (12 1/4-ounce) jar caramel topping


Prepare each brownie mix according to package directions for chewy brownies in a 13- x 9-inch pan. Cool; break into large pieces.

Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; beat in marshmallow cream. Stir in 1 container of whipped topping; set mixture aside.

Stir together milk and white chocolate pudding mix, stirring until thickened. Stir in remaining container of whipped topping.

Crumble half of brownie pieces in an even layer in bottom of a 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Pour cream cheese mixture evenly over brownies; drizzle evenly with caramel topping. Pour pudding evenly over caramel topping; crumble remaining brownie pieces over top. Cover and chill 2 hours.

For a change, assemble this trifle in a 3-quart bowl. The size of your bowl should hold at least 12 cups. Assemble the brownie pieces, marshmallow mixture, pudding, and caramel topping in several layers when using a deep bowl.


Makes 15 servings

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Robin's Brownies

Robin's Brownies

3/4 cup soft butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs (room temperature)
1 1/4 cup flour, sifted
1/4 cup cocoa spooned into cup
1 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 350. Grease 9x13 inch pan. Cream butter, sugar, and eggs. Add sifted flour and cocoa to the creamed mixture, then add vanilla. Bake 20-30 minutes (or until edges of brownies come off the edge). Do not overbake! Let it cool. Sprinkle with powder sugar or cover with icing.