Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cake Batter Blondies

I am seriously in love with this recipe. A recipe that uses sprinkles as an INGREDIENT instead of a garnish? Count me in!
I suppose you could get craz and frost these things- but I thought they were delicious all on their own. They taste like.. well, exactly how you'd think they should taste! Like cake batter, but chewy.

Cake Batter Blondies
  • 1 box yellow cake mix (or Funfetti!)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles (OR only 1 tbsp. if you opt to use Funfetti cake mix)
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the oil, milk, egg, and cake mix in a large bowl until well-mixed. Add in the sprinkles and white chocolate chips; mix until evenly-distributed. 
  3. Spread the batter evenly into the baking dish- it'll be thick! Sprinkle with some more sprinkles!
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges are golden and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool completely* before cutting into small squares.
*But I won't judge you if you eat a corner while it's still warm.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cranberry-Orange Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

This is my absolute favorite holiday cookie. I get so sick of chocolate-this and chocolate-that (I can barely believe the words are coming out of my mouth either); this cookie is a nice little vacation from chocolate chip. I baked about 10 dozen of these over the holidays, and I'm still not tired of them!

Cranberry-Orange Cookies with White-Chocolate Chips

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t. orange extract
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 3/4 t. baking soda
  • 1 heaping cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars together until fluffy- add egg and the extracts.
  3. Mix in the flour, baking soda, and salt until well-combined.
  4. Fold in the chips and cranberries until evenly distributed.
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoon (or roll into balls for a more uniform look) onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes; the edges should be barely golden and the cookie will look slightly underdone. Cool on the baking sheet for three minutes, then allow to cool completely on a wire-rack.

The greatest Queso that ever lived.

(And.. 3/4 lbs. ground beef, browned and drained)

Cut the queso into cubes. Throw it into the crockpot.
Add the browned and drained ground beef.
Add two cans of Rotel (drained) and one can of diced green chiles (undrained).
Mix everything together (I know.. not the most attractive..)
& melt on low for 2-3 hours, or high for one hour.
Once everything is melted, keep the crock pot on low until this happens.

  • 3/4 lbs. lean ground beef, browned and drained*
  • 2 lbs. block of Velveeta, cubed
  • 2 (10 oz.) cans Rotel (original, mild, or hot- whatever your preference), drained
  • 1 (7 oz.) can diced, roasted green chiles
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a crock pot. Melt on low until smooth (approx. 2-3 hours) or high (approx. 1 hour). Once melted, keep crockpot on low.
*I've also made this with ground turkey and ground elk- each were equally delicious!