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Sunday Summary 3/28 – 4/9

Sunday! So it is time, yet again, to do a summary. I missed it last Sunday- because I entirely forgot about the whole summary thing I was going to do. The list will be long, but it’s going to feature some delicious recipes. The featured recipe from this summary is most definitely the Homemade Pizza. Everyone should give this a try! There is a nice mixture of successes, failures, dinner, and dessert.

  • No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

    This was the best homemade cheesecake I have ever had. It is a featured recipe from a dear friend of mine- DL Dzioba. It’s rather simple- but makes a huge pie. Get two pie crusts to make it most effective. Maybe a chocolate drizzle or some sort of whipped topping would be great too!

  • Homemade Pizza (crust & sauce)

    This pizza was amazingly delicious! The crust is better if you fold in some garlic and then butter the edges and dust it with garlic salt- which I did the second time that I used this recipe. It’s time consuming, but it is definitely worth the time and the effort.

  • Failure: S’mores Pie

    Don’t waste your time on this one ladies and gents! The pie was basically fudge in a crust, and eventually had to be microwaved to even cut it. If you figure out how to make it work- let me know. Be careful not to set it aflame like I did!

  • Moon Pies!

    These moon pies were amazing! The recipe worked well and they were all devoured. They were very rich, and you need more marshmallow than you might expect. I would also like to try them mixing some peanutbutter in with the filling on some. Chocolate + Peanut Butter = Amazing!

  • Cinnamon Rolls

    This is my first recipe that is totally mine. I made it up as I went along, and it turned out about a million times better than I had expected. Great for breakfast. Cream cheese icing would make them even better.

  • Toffee Bars

    These were a semi-success. They were goodish… but not the best. They could be great with proper tweaking and if my recipe had worked how it was supposed to work.

  • Vanilla Wafers (Banana Pudding Part 1

    This is the first half of my banana pudding experiment. These wafers were great- use pure vanilla if you have it. I prefer them softer so that they get soggy, so I’m not sure if they’re as good when cooked crispy. Recipe from Alton Brown.

  • Vanilla Pudding & Assembling the Banana Pudding

    This is homemade vanilla pudding that goes into the banana pudding. Again, from Alton Brown. This banana pudding was gone within 2 days my family liked it so much. If you don’t like bananas, you can substitute pineapples or just leave them out all together.

  • Fried Squash

    This was a rather simple recipe. Can be boiled down to: slice squash, flour squash, fry squash, eat squash. Really great way to fix this vegetable. I haven’t tried fried zucchini, but I bet it’s just as great. Maybe I’ll do that soon…

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Moon Pies & Left Over Candy

So after my S’mores Pie failure- I decided I really needed a better chocolate pick-me-up. I’ve had a rough week (detailed in my personal blog) so I’ve just wanted something sweet that makes me happy. Growing up I have always loved moon pies, and decided I’d look for a recipe that might work in making them. Eventually I made chocolate cookies, melted marshmallows for the filling, and then dipped them in melted chocolate. Incredibly simple- and incredibly delicious. I wasn’t sure, at first, if it would turn out well- but it did. I’m glad to not be blogging another failure!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks butter softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flower
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 hershey’s bars
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Cream butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar together.
  2. Mix in the flour/cinnamon/cocoa powder/flour with a spatula until just combined.
  3. Turn out cookie dough onto a sheet of tinfoil. Wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  4. After refrigerating, remove dough from the foil wrapper.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°
  6. Pinch off some dough and roll it into a ball with your hands. Then smash the ball between your hands to create a flattened disc. Place this cookie onto a pan lined with parchment paper. Do this until all of the dough has been used. (Aim for an even number since you’re making sandwiches!)
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes- be careful not to over bake!
  8. Remove cookies from oven and place on wire racks to cool.
  9. After cookies are cool, melt the marshmallows in a bowl in the microwave. Be careful or they will explode. About 20 seconds should do it.
  10. Place a dollop of marshmallows onto a cookie, and press another on top of it to make a sandwich. Repeat until all cookies are used.
  11. Place the dark chocolate and Hershey’s milk chocolate in a microwave safe bowl along with the vegetable oil. Melt the chocolate in the microwave (in 30 second bursts to prevent burning).
  12. After chocolate is melted, dip each sandwich in the melted chocolate. Remove from melted chocolate with fork or spoon and let it drip- then place on parchment paper. Repeat until all sandwiches are dipped.
  13. Place moon pies in the fridge for a couple of hours- or until chocolate hardens. Enjoy!

Optional!

  • Toss leftover marshmallows in chocolate.
  • Spread out on sheet of parchment paper.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and heath bits (or anything else you have lying around).
  • Refrigerate for tasty candy snack!

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