Welsh Cakes

In my home growing up we had æbleskivers because of our Danish roots. These little cakes seem to be a close cousin, the Welsh version of a European pan cake. No special pan is needed as for the æbleskiver, just a griddle or fry pan. A perfect addition to a breakfast, brunch or tea.

Welsh Cakes

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1¾ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, cold
1/3 cup currants
1 egg, beaten
3-4 Tbl milk or buttermilk

Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Cut in butter. Stir in egg and add one tablespoon of milk at a time until dough just comes together. Roll out on flour surface to 1/4″ thickness. Cut into 2½”-3″ rounds. Heat griddle or pan to medium-low to medium heat, add butter or spray with non-stick spray. Add cakes to pan and cook about 3-4 minutes each side until golden and they have risen slightly. Watch closely to understand the correct heat and cooking time according to your griddle/stove and pan, you want the outside golden and the center cooked through. As cakes come off the griddle, spread with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Makes about 20 cakes.

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Peanut Butter Oreo Blondies

Another peanut butter and chocolate experience, delicious!

Peanut Butter Oreo Blondies

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Peanut Butter Oreo Blondies:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup peanut butter, soft
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 (15.5 oz) pkg Peanut Butter Oreos

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 13″x9″ baking pan with non-stick spray. In large bowl, stirring by hand, mix melted butter, peanut butter (put in microwave to soften if necessary), sugar, and vanilla. Mix in eggs one at a time. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; mix thoroughly. Spread half the batter (about 2 cups) in prepared pan. Place Peanut Butter Oreos in one layer over batter. Drop remaining batter by spoonfuls over the top of the layer of Oreos and gently spread to cover all the Oreos (I use my fingers sprayed with non-stick spray). Bake 30 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Fudge Frosting:
6 Tbl butter
6 Tbl milk
1½ cup sugar
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

In saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, milk, and sugar. Bring to boil. Boil for 30 seconds and remove from heat. Stir in chocolate chips and vanilla; stir until chocolate chips are melted and frosting is smooth. Spread evenly over blondies, a thick layer. Frosting will set up nicely in a wonderful fudge layer! Your might also like Strawberry & Golden Oreo Blondies, Biscoff Brownies, Birthday Cake Oreo Sprinkle Blondies, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Oreo Brownies.

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Banana Snack Cake

With, how to use over-ripe bananas and make something sugar-free for my honey, as the question…this is the answer. It’s a healthy, sugar-free, low-calorie, moist, flavorful banana snack cake. Yes, my husband chooses not to eat sugar. You might be wondering how a sugaraholic/chocoholic gal and a sugar-free guy are married and work things out? Well, things are pretty good, we have it worked out and it will be 30 years in April. I eat as much sugary/chocolatey sweets as he eats tortilla chips…it’s magical!

Banana Snack Cake

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener
2 eggs
1¾-2 cups mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut (it is sweetened, a tiny cheat)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter, applesauce, and Equal. Mix in eggs, mashed banana, buttermilk, and vanilla. Add flour, wheat flour, oats, baking soda, and salt; mix just until combined. Fold in coconut and chopped nuts. Pour cake batter into sprayed 9″x13″ baking pan. Bake 25-30 minutes. Cool. Cut into 20 servings, approx 180 calories per serving. It is a very moist, flavorful, healthy cake!

The I don’t care about healthy, no sugar and calories version:
*Omit applesauce and add 1 cup butter total
*Replace Splenda with sugar
*Omit wheat flour and add 2 cups all-purpose flour total
*Add 1 cup chocolate chips
*Frost with Buttercream or Cream Cheese Frosting
*Please don’t be fooled that making these changes keeps the calorie count per serving at 180. ;o)

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Red Velvet Brownie Cake

This is a combination of a brownie layer, red velvet layer, and my favorite fudgy frosting. Probably best served with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Red Velvet Brownie Cake

Brownie Layer:
1/2 cup butter, very soft
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup flour
6 Tbl unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350°. In bowl mixing by hand, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. Add flour, cocoa, and salt; mix just until combined. Spread in sprayed 13″x9″ baking pan.

Red Velvet Layer:
3 Tbl butter, very soft
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbl unsweetened cocoa
1 Tbl red food color
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1¾ cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vinegar
1 tsp baking soda

In bowl with electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well. In small bowl, make a paste with the cocoa and red food color; mix into creamed mixture. Add flour, salt, milk, and vanilla; mix well. In small bowl, add baking soda to vinegar; add to batter and mix well. Spoon red velvet batter over brownie batter in baking pan, gently spread evenly to completely cover. Bake 30-35 minutes until center is done. Cool completely.

Fudge Frosting:
6 Tbl butter
6 Tbl milk
1½ cup sugar
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

In saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, milk, and sugar. Bring to boil. Boil for 30 seconds and remove from heat. Stir in chocolate chips and vanilla; stir until chocolate chips are melted and frosting is smooth. Spread evenly over cake, a thick layer. Frosting will set up nicely in a wonderful fudge layer!

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Strawberry & Golden Oreo Blondies

Something sweet for Valentine’s Day or any day!

Strawberry & Golden Oreo Blondies

Strawberry & Golden Oreo Blondies:
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 cup Nestle Strawberry Nesquik
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2-4 drops red food color (optional)
2¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup white baking chips
1 (14.3 oz) pkg Golden Oreos

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 13″x9″ baking pan with non-stick spray. In large bowl, stirring by hand, mix melted butter, sugar, Strawberry Nesquik, vanilla, and red food color. Mix in eggs one at a time. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; mix thoroughly. Stir in white chips. Spread half the batter (about 2 cups) in prepared pan. Place Goldens Oreos in one layer over batter (I used 28). Drop remaining batter by spoonfuls over the top of the layer of Oreos and gently spread to cover all the Oreos. Bake 25-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, room temp
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2-3 Tbl milk

Whip butter with electric mixer until light in color. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and 2 Tbl milk. Whip. Add more milk if needed for desired frosting consistency. Spread over completely cool blondies.

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Candy Popcorn

A perfect snack for the big game, or anytime!

Candy Popcorn

12 cups popped popcorn
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
Gel food coloring of your choice
1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 225°. Lightly spray baking sheet, set aside. Put popped popcorn in large bowl. In medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Stir in corn syrup and sugar. Bring to boil stirring constantly, turn heat down to simmer to keep the mixture boiling and cook 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in food color and baking soda. Pour candy mixture over popcorn and stir to coat completely. Spread popcorn out on prepared baking sheet. Bake in oven for 40 minutes, stir every 10 minutes. (*I skip the oven part and it turns out great and saves a lot of time. I stir gently and break apart into little bitesize popcorn balls as it cools). Remove from oven and stir popcorn gently as it cools. Recipe from ourbestbites.com.

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Frosted Sugar Cookies

This is a melt in your mouth sugar cookie! The recipe comes from recipesfoodandcooking.com.

Frosted Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies:
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup oil
1¼ cups sugar
2 Tbl water
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
5½ cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt

 Preheat oven to 325°. Spray cookie sheets or line with silpat. With electric mixer, cream butter, oil, and sugar. Mix in water and vanilla. Mix in eggs, one at a time. Add flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt; mix until well incorporated. Using medium cookie scoop, scoop dough into balls and place on prepared cookie sheets. Use a flat bottom glass dipped in sugar to press down each scoop of dough. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Do not let cookies brown. Cool completely before frosting.

 Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 oz cream cheese, room temp
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp milk

With electric mixer, whip cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Add powdered sugar and enough milk to make desired consistency. Frost completely cooled cookies. Decorate as desired.

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Chocolate Covered Everything!

Sometimes I just feel like dipping! My husband and I have a favorite grab-and-go snack, peanut butter crackers. We have done a taste test of all the different brands and have our favorites. My husband prefers Keebler and I prefer Munchies by Frito-Lay. I believe it’s safe to say that we would eat any brand when it’s chocolate covered. After covering quite a few peanut butter crackers in chocolate, I start thinking what else needs a coat of chocolate? Tortilla chips. Oh my goodness, yummy! Please try it sometime. Then, when you have some melted chocolate left, throw in some nuts and raisins to coat and make clusters. This time I threw in almonds and dries cranberries. Happy snacking!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crackers

Chocolate Covered Tortilla Chips

Almond & Cranberry Chocolate Clusters

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tsp shortening

In a double boiler over medium heat, melt chocolate and shortening, stirring until smooth. Turn heat down to low or turn off (can turn back on if chocolate starts to set up). When I dip, I use two forks to pick the item up and let excess chocolate drip off. For clusters, use a spoon. Set on sheet of wax paper on a baking sheet to set up. To set up quickly, put in refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

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Brown Sugar Pound Cake

This is a winner! Moist, flavorful, beautiful, tall bundt cake with toffee bits, pecan pieces, and caramel sauce. This cake might almost make you forget about chocolate!

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

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Brown Sugar Pound Cake:
1½ cups butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup sugar
5 eggs
1 cup whole milk
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 (8 oz) pkg toffee bits
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325°. Spray bundt pan with nonstick spray and sprinkle with flour. In large bowl of mixer, cream butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Mix in eggs one at a time. In medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk, mix until well combined. Mix in toffee bits and pecans. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake 75-85 minutes, until pick inserted in center comes out clean (I had to bake mine about 90 min). Cover cake during baking if starts to get too brown. Cool cake in pan 30 minutes. Remove cake from pan and cool completely on wire rack. Put cake on serving plate and drizzle with caramel sauce. Cake recipe from ladybehindthecurtain.com.

Caramel Sauce:
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbl butter
1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine sweetened condensed milk and brown sugar in saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat whisking constantly. Remove from heat, add butter and vanilla. Drizzle sauce over cake while it is warm, it thickens as it cools.

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Homemade Graham Crackers

Grab a glass of milk and let’s get dipping!

Homemade Graham Crackers

1½ cups flour
1 cup whole wheat flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat graham flour)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl, stir together flour, whole wheat flour, dark brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Add honey and water and mix until dough comes together (can use a mixer or food processor). Form dough into a disc, roll out on lightly floured surface (between two pieces of wax or parchment paper works well) to about 1/4″ thickness. Cut into crackers (with pizza cutter) or shapes (with cookie cutters). Place on silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 14-15 minutes. For fun, melt about 3/4 cup chocolate chips over a double boiler with a little shortening, dip crackers, and lay on parchment or wax paper to set up. While chocolate is still soft, sprinkle with toffee bits or sprinkles.

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