Monthly Archives: August 2011

Oreo Cupcakes

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Oreo cookies are one of my favorite cookie and when I was little I could basically devour a whole package in one sitting… or at least half of the package 😉 I was quite the milk drinker so a cookie that went perfect with milk was my kind of cookie. I have made a cupcake where I put a Oreo cookie in the bottom and it was quite delicious but it was not the Oreo cupcake I was looking for. I wanted to some how incorporate that amazing frosting center of the Oreo cookie into my cupcake. I mean that is what makes a oreo cookie so wonderful. I use to eat all the frosting off the cookie and then dunk the cookie part into the milk. 🙂

So I finally put my baking skills to work and assembled a cupcake that combined all the flavors of a Oreo cookie. I used my favorite Chocolate Cupcake, filled the center with that classic Oreo filling, and topped it with a Oreo Cookie Buttercream Frosting. I think my favorite part of this cupcake is definitely the filled center because it taste just like the filling of a Oreo. It is a simple recipe and if you are wondering how many Oreos you are going to have to scrape the frosting off of? None! This recipe makes the perfect flavor of the filling and you can not even tell the difference.

There are three recipes to this cupcake and at the end I will explain how to assemble it.

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Sweet Potato Cubes

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This is probably my most popular side dish to make for my family. I like it because it is not your normal potato. I love the flavors that sweet potatoes bring to the table. Many people take sweet potatoes and add tons of butter and brown sugar and marshmallows to them. Do not get me wrong, that is an amazing way to utilize sweet potatoes, but I wanted to put a different take on them so they could accompany a more savory main dish. I did some experimenting by steaming them and boiling them but my favorite way to make them is baking them. I previously made a post for caramelized sweet potatoes which turned out great but there was that sugary component to them. This recipe uses simple ingredients and allows you to use this as a side dish for almost any main dish.

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Broco-zinni Pasta

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I am growing zucchini in my garden and if you have been keeping up with my posts I previous posted a recipe for zucchini bread. Well I made enough zucchini bread to last me a life time so I decided to take my recently grown zucchini and put them in a dish. This recipe is very simple and you can make it in no time.

A few things I want to point out about this recipe are some of the ingredients I use. A couple of ingredients might be difficult to find unless you are from my area as they are local ingredients. But do not worry because I will give you options that will make this dish still taste amazing. 🙂

The first ingredient is the pasta. I used a red pepper pasta from Pasta Alley which is basically a flavored pasta that adds a kick to this recipe. You can use whole wheat pasta or any vegetable pasta that is your favorite. The second ingredient would be my Balsamic and Basil olive oil. It adds great flavor to the dish but if you do not have that you can use any of your favorite olive oils. If you do not want to spend the money on a bottle of flavored olive oil then use regular olive oil and add your own spices to it. I would recommend garlic powder and dried basil.

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Tiramisu Cupcake

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Tiramisu… need I say more? This is by far my favorite dessert of all time. If a restaurant has it on their dessert menu then there is no doubt in my mind that I am having Tiramisu for dessert. I love the spongy lady fingers that are soaked in an amazing coffee liquid. It is layered just perfectly with a creamy smooth mascarpone filling. Every bite keeps me wanting more! The first time I made tiramisu my friend Heather came over and I am surprised I was even able to finish the dessert. We could not stop eating all the filling! It was definitely a lick the bowl clean after all our baking was done. 🙂

I decided to try to make this amazing dessert into a cupcake. I feel like you can take almost any classic dessert and transform it into a cupcake. I looked at several recipes and got some ideas of how to perfect it. I wanted the cupcake to have a lady finger taste and since we obviously could not form layers, I figured letting the liquid absorb into the cake and adding a dollop of whipped topping on top would make this into the perfect Tiramisu Cupcake.

There are 3 recipes to this dessert and it is a bit time-consuming but it is worth it. 🙂

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Scottish Shortbread

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Walkers Shortbread has always been a favorite cookie of mine. I remember when I was younger my mom would take us to this British shop where they sold chocolates, candies, cookies, and basically anything from the United Kingdom, and I would always make sure I got a shortbread cookie. They have this tender buttery texture that just melts in your mouth. It makes my mouth water. I decided it was time for me to try this cookie and the end result was wonderful. This cookie only has four ingredients and is quite simple to make. The main kitchen appliance you will need is a food processor to form that crumbly dough.

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Low-Calorie Peanut Butter Dream Bars

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If you are looking at the picture of these scrumptious decadent bars and thinking ‘yea right these can not be low calories.’ Well, I am here to prove you wrong. Who ever said being on a diet meant you can not divulge in something sweet and then afterwards not have that guilty feeling. These little treats only have 157 calories in each bar so get ready to give in to the sweet tooth because it will totally be worth it.

When you think of a reduced fat desserts or really anything low in fat and calories, one tends to think it is not going to have that rich flavor that the normal recipe would have. Well with this treat we use reduced fat cream cheese, peanut butter, and chocolate wafers. You can not even tell that anything is different. The peanut butter taste explodes in your mouth. We do top the bar with a semi-sweet chocolate which is actually not bad for you considering the benefits this dark chocolate holds in comparison to other chocolates.

I got this recipe from Cook Yourself Thin Cookbook. It is a cookbook with dishes and desserts to help you drop a dress size. If you are thinking that you may have heard of this cookbook, well it was featured on a show on Limetime a while back. My co-worker, Chad, gave me this cookbook to borrow to check out some healthier recipes for me to experiment with. His wife, Brittney, suggested these Peanut Butter Dream Bars and of course I had to fulfill her request. 🙂

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Doozie Cookies

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I use to go to the mall in Maryland and remember getting these amazing cookie sandwiches. They were my favorite and even now when I see a cookie shop with a cookie sandwich I have to get one. I finally decided to figure out a recipe where I could make one of my favorite types of cookies. After making these cookies it soon became one of my brothers favorite cookies too. Hopefully this delicious chocolate chip and vanilla frosting sandwich will soon be one of your favorites too!

A little bit about this recipe is that it uses margarine instead of butter so do not be mistaken. Also if you noticed there is not salt in this recipe then you are correct. I do not add salt because both the margarine and instant pudding are filled with salt which in my opinion is enough.

A note for all who plan on devouring these scrumptious cookies; they are a bit messy. It is definitely a cookie when you bit into that frosting tends to end up on all your fingers. But no need for a napkin. This is one cookie that is finger licking good!

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