September 27, 2014

Pumpkin Molasses Sandwich Cookies

These cookies are like . . . AMAZING.  The flavor is so comforting and screams Fall.  I am so glad I tried this recipe.  I usually shy away from cookies with molasses, but I never shy away from pumpkin recipes and I definitely never shy away from anything with frosting :)

Besides, I'm pretty sure I've never met a sandwich cookie I didn't like.
The cookies are so soft and when sandwiched together with cream cheese frosting it is hard to stop at just one.  They melt in your mouth at room temperature and they satisfy your sweet tooth when cold.

I WILL be making these again, soon.

Really . . . these are a MUST MAKE this Fall season.

You might also like:
Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Bread
Nutella Swirled Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Whipped Spice Frosting
Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Chocolate Frosting
Pumpkin Molasses Sandwich Cookies
adapted from: My Baking Addiction
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)

2 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbl. pumpkin pie spice
8 Tbl. unsalted butter, room temperature
1 c. light brown sugar, packed
1/4 c. molasses
2/3 c. canned pumpkin puree
1 large egg
1/2 c. sugar, for rolling

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice; set aside.  In a separate large bowl, beat the butter until smooth and creamy.  Add the brown sugar, molasses and pumpkin puree and beat for two minutes.  Mixture will look a little curdled and that is okay.  Add the egg and beat until combined.  Add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.  If flour remains in the bottom of the bowl, mix the last of the dry ingredients by hand to avoid over beating.  Dough is very soft.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.  The dough is sticky, so the longer time it can chill, the easier it will be to work with.  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Put the 1/2 cup sugar in a small bowl; set aside.  Use a small cookie scoop and scoop out dough, roll into a ball and roll in the sugar.  Repeat.  Place dough balls on prepared baking sheet.  Use the bottom of a glass and gently flatten the cookies a bit.  Sprinkle more sugar over the top of each dough circle.  Bake for 8-9 minutes.  Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before moving to wire rack to cool completely.  Sandwich cookies together with cream cheese frosting.  Makes 24-26 sandwiches.  Store cookies in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.   

Cream Cheese Frosting
From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
8 Tbl. unsalted butter, room temperature
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 3/4 c. powdered sugar
1-2 Tbl. milk, as needed

Cream together butter, cream cheese, salt and vanilla.  Add one cup of powdered sugar and beat until combined.  Gradually add remaining powdered sugar, adding milk as needed, until desired frosting consistency is reached.  Spread between two cookies.  

September 24, 2014

Garlic Parmesan Breadtwists

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest and never miss a mouthwatering recipe.  
These breadtwists were a last minute idea that ended up being one of the best garlic breadtwists, especially when dipped in creamy white pasta sauce (recipe coming soon).  

I just picked up a bag of Rhodes Frozen Dinner Rolls at the store with 72 rolls in the package, so consider yourself forewarned that there will be a lot of recipes coming using that delicious roll dough.

Guess what I realized?  You can thaw the dough in the fridge.  Did you know that?  It takes 8-12 hours to thaw that way.  I can get out the frozen dough and refrigerate it overnight and it is ready to go when I wake up.  Or, I can even get frozen rolls out before work and let them thaw in the fridge until I'm home and ready make something yummy for dinner, like Shortcut Calzones or these breadtwists.    
These breadtwists are so easy to make.

While they are baking, your house will smell like an Italian Restaurant . . . OMG - one of the BEST SMELLS EVER.  You are going to love this recipe.  

I baked these on a dark sheet pan, so the bottom got crisp while the inside stayed soft and chewy.

Dip them in any kind of pasta sauce, in soup or just enjoy them plain.  I will be doing all three!! 

You might also like:
Garlic Parmesan Breadtwists
adapted from: Rhodes Bread
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable Recipe)

12 Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed, but still cold
2 Tbl. unsalted butter, melted
2 Tbl. mayonnaise (I used light)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
3 Tbl. finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. sesame seeds, opt.

Spray counter lightly with non-stick cooking spray.  Roll each dinner roll into a 12-14 inch rope.  Fold in half and twist together.  Mix together remaining ingredients and brush top and sides of each twist liberally with mixture.  Place twists onto a greased baking sheet, leaving plenty of room between each twist.  Spray plastic wrap with cooking spray and loosely cover rolls.  Allow to rise until doubled.  Remove plastic wrap and bake at 375 degrees for 12-13 minutes or until golden brown.  

September 20, 2014

Oven Baked Stew

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest and never miss a mouthwatering recipe.
This stew is INCREDIBLE.  The beef is fall-apart tender, the potatoes and carrots are soft, the sauce is thick and creamy and all together it is delicious and so so so easy to make.  Since you don't even have to sear the meat or vegetables first, it comes together in no time.  All you do is layer the ingredients in a casserole dish and bake for a few hours.

Even a beginner cook could make this and impress everyone.  

Listen . . . I know the ketchup sounds like the strangest ingredient and I would have never tried this, if Holly from Life in the Lofthouse didn't rave about how delicious it is.  I have very similar tastes as that cute girl and I knew if she loved it, that I would love it too and that was totally the case.

I even ate this three days in a row.  Yep!  Once for dinner and two days leftover for lunch.

Serve with buttered french bread on the side.  
Oven Baked Stew
adapted from: Life in the Lofthouse
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)

1 Lb. lean beef stew meat
1 (1 oz.) pkg. dry onion soup mix
1/4 tsp. paprika
4 med-large carrots, peeled and diced
2-3 large Russet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes
1/2 c. finely chopped onion
freshly ground black pepper
1 (10 3/4 oz.) can cream of celery soup
1/2 c. ketchup

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In a large zip-top bag, combine the dry onion soup mix and paprika.  Add the meat and shake the bag to coat the meat with the seasonings.  Spread out evenly into a greased 8x8-inch baking dish.  Top meat with diced carrots, potatoes and onion.  Season with some pepper.  In a medium bowl, combine the cream of celery soup and ketchup.  Spread over the vegetables.  Cover tightly with foil and bake for 2 1/2 hours.  Serves: 4   

To make in the crockpot:  Follow directions above for prep. and layer ingredients in the crockpot.  Cover with lid and cook on low for 6-7 hours.  

Jenn's Notes: The package of stew meat I used was about 1.25 Lbs. and the Russet potatoes I used were very large, so I only used two.    

September 17, 2014

Reese's Pieces Nutella No Bake Cookies

I cannot resist a good No Bake Cookie.  They are one of my favorite cookies and have been since I was a little kid.  I always have the ingredients on hand, which can be a good thing and a bad thing.  So, Friday night at midnight when all I want is a few spoonfuls of warm No Bake Cookies, right out of the pan,  I have no excuse to not make them, right?   
The flavor is awesome, but the texture is my favorite.  Chewy from the oats, creamy from the peanut butter and Nutella with a slight crunch from the candy coating of the Reese's Pieces.  

You get Reese's Pieces on the bottom and the top of these irresistible treats.  Store them in an air-tight container and they stay fresh for several days.

You might also like:
Nutella No Bake Cookies
Nutella Swirled Pumpkin Cookies
Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes with Strawberry Whipped Cream  
Reese's Pieces Nutella No Bake Cookies
From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
1/2 c. unsalted butter
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk
pinch of salt
1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
1/4 c. Nutella
1 tsp. vanilla
3 c. quick-cooking oats
1 c. mini Reese's Pieces, more or less

Place 30 small piles of Reese's Pieces onto parchment paper, with at least three inches between.  In a medium saucepan, melt the butter; stir in the cocoa, sugar, milk and salt.  Cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.  Bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter, Nutella and vanilla.  Last, stir in the oats.  Quickly drop by spoonfuls over Reese's Pieces piles.  Immediately press additional Reese's Pieces onto top of cookies.  Work quickly because the cookies set up fast and the candy won't stick once that happens.  Store in an air-tight container.  Makes around 30 cookies

Base Cookie adapted from: Shugary Sweets

September 14, 2014

French Toast Waffles

We went to our State Fair yesterday. 

They have some crazy food there.  This year we tried some deep fried bacon.  And . . . well, it waaaas greasy.  You dip it in maple syrup, so at first it kind of tasted like a waffle and then you get a hint of that smoky bacon flavor.  Strange stuff.  

I really wanted a deep fried twinkie, but I never saw that stand.  I even heard they had deep fried butter????  I mean, really?  Would you try it?  Who comes up with this stuff?

It was soooooo hot and we walked around for hours.  I slept like a baby last night and I wanted a good breakfast when I woke up.

This Waffle Iron French Toast is genius, if you ask me.

No more soggy french toast here. No way.  This french toast will be crispy in every single bite.  Every time I have leftover Texas Toast I have to make a batch of this french toast.
I think my waffle iron cost around $10.  It was the cheapest one I could find at the time and I have had it forever and it still works just great.  The fact that it's a rectangle is awesome, because it fits two square slices of sandwich bread perfectly.  If you have a round waffle iron, it might be a little tricky fitting more than one slice in at a time.  I love that both sides of the bread are cooked at the same time and I love how EASY THIS IS.  Your kids can even do this on their own and make french toast without having to turn on the stove.

You might also like:
Fluffy Cornmeal Pancakes
Copycat Denny's Moons Over My Hammy
Lighter French Toast Casserole
French Toast Waffles
From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)

8 thick slices white bread (Texas Toast)
4 large eggs
3/4 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of cinnamon, opt.

Preheat waffle iron and spray lightly with cooking spray.  Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon.  Dip both sides of each slice of bread into egg mixture, covering completely.  Place in waffle iron, close lid, and cook until crispy.  Repeat.  Serve with butter and maple syrup.  Serves: 3-4.

Idea From: Homespun

September 10, 2014

Bread Machine Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Bread

Today, I am sharing one seriously amazing bread recipe with you.  This bread needs to be made by every single one of you. Like now.

This is such an impressive looking bread with that cinnamon swirl, but guess what?  There is very little hands-on-time thanks to the bread machine.  Throw all the ingredients into the bread machine, turn it on the dough cycle and let it take care of all the mixing, kneading and rising while you sit back and relax.
Once the dough cycle is finished, you punch down the dough, roll it out, top with butter and cinnamon sugar mixture, roll it up, put it in a pan, rise again and bake.  BAM . . . now it is time to devour this amazingly soft and tender bread.  Although it doesn't taste much like pumpkin, it does have outstanding flavor.

My secret to making amazing bread from a bread machine is to take it out after it has risen and bake it in the oven.  The crust will be much better that way and no one will have any idea it started in a bread machine.  Of course, if you don't have a bread machine, you can always make this using a stand mixer or by hand.  

We enjoyed ours plain, but it would also be amazing with some Cinnamon Honey Butter or Coconut Oil Honey "Butter".  It tastes like cinnamon roll bread and it is GOOD.  Don't be surprised if it disappears within a few hours.

Linked up at Weekend Potluck!