$250 Cookie Recipe

There are probably thousands of some variation of this ground oatmeal, chocolate chip cookie running loose in the world.  There are probably as many stories out there as to where this recipe even originated.  I first ran across a version in Ann Hodge’s Beat This! Cookbook back in the day when I collected cookbooks.

I don’t believe this recipe actually hails from Neiman Marcus, Mrs. Field’s, or anywhere else.  I just know the urban legend that surrounds it.  Regardless, this makes a great cookie.  I usually serve these with hot chocolate New year’s Eve, unless of course I have made homemade cinnamon rolls.

When you make it, do not leave them in the oven longer than stated in the recipe, or any other version of this recipe you find.  It will turn into a moon rock.  This cookie will also go stale FAST, so be prepared to eat them the day you make them or have room in the freezer to put them up before they have a chance to dry out.

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Pecan Tassies

The recipe I use for Pecan Tassies is old.  It was given to me by my mom who got it from my grandmother or an aunt.  It is one of the very first “complicated” recipes I attempted to make after I had a few years of cooking experience.  I was still pretty inexperienced at this point.  I remember being so careful and cautious, and they turned out.  But it took me all day the first time.  Times have changed, I am more about speed and taste these days!

I used to make these for my grandpa.  He never asked for much, so anytime he had a request for Pecan Tassies, I made them.  I was one of the few in the family that would make them for him.  They are time consuming to make.  I always felt like they were a labor of love.

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New Orleans Style Bread Pudding

New Orleans Style Bread Pudding is my kind of bread pudding.  This bread pudding does not have large pieces of bread hanging out.  This is creamier than other bread puddings, but not too egg-y.

It can be made with any kind of leftover bread that you have laying around.  One day I would like to try this with stale cinnamon rolls. But, that would mean there were leftovers………..

I prefer making this with some dried out quick yeast rolls.  I’m able to crumble them pretty quickly and these rolls absorb the liquid pretty easily.  As you are mixing up this bread pudding, the consistency will look like really wet oatmeal.  No worries, this will bake up and set just fine.  If it needs a little extra baking time, that’s OK too.  It just means crispier edges, which in my opinion is the best part.

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Peach Crumble

Peach Crumble is a recipe I saw on the local news when they were doing one of their featured recipe clips.  You know the ones I am talking about, every TV station seems to have one of those.  I usually don’t watch a whole lot of TV.  It tends to be running in the background though when others are in the house.

I have been so focused on fall recipes that it seems I have forgotten it is actually the end of summer.  Porter peaches are a pretty big deal around these parts.  I managed to miss that whole season and did not get one single Porter peach this year.  Shame too, they are actually really good!

Luckily, this recipe uses frozen peaches.  It also uses oats, and if you have read my apple crisp post, you know oats are not one of the things I like in my desserts. But, Andy did like it.  Said it reminded him of granola.  He likes that kind of thing.

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Pina Colada Pie

Pina Colada Pie is in the regular dessert rotation at my house.  It is a newer recipe and not one that I have lugged around for years or anything.

It actually turned up in my life through a Facebook post of a friend who had found a recipe online and had posted to her timeline for someone to make it for her.  Whew, that was a long run-on sentence.

Being who I am, I bought the stuff for it during my next trip to the grocery store.  As time went on, I forgot about the recipe.  I stumbled over the cream of coconut in the pantry and remembered why I had it and why it was sitting on top of a package of a package of store bought cookies.

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Apple Crisp

I know I say all the time that pumpkin is my quintessential fall food, but man apples also hold a special place on my table in the fall too.

The second the heaviness of summer starts to dissipate, I have an urge to make apple crisp.  Not just any apple crisp, THIS apple crisp.

It does not have oats in the recipe.  I don’t have anything against oats.  I will eat an oatmeal cookie, but given other options it isn’t my first choice.  I will not eat oatmeal for breakfast, unless they are steal cut.

I came across this recipe years ago when I collected cookbooks.  My favorite at the time was Beat This! by Ann Hodgman.  I did not use the apple crisp recipe from that book since I don’t care for oats in my apple crisp.  But if I did, I would have used hers.

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Caramel Chocolate Coconut Eclair Cake

I know I have said before that simple recipes are usually the best in their original form, but this Samoa éclair cake  from Chef in training is an exception to the rule.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to try this flavor combination.  After all, it kind of reminds me of a famous girl scout cookie.

I make éclair cakes in the original form, I have altered it to be all chocolate with chocolate graham crackers and chocolate icing.  I try not to keep any version of éclair cake hanging around the house.  These cakes sit in the refrigerator and call my name.

The only changes to this recipe I made were to take the lazy way out of the icing.  I use a premade chocolate fudge icing container and send it on a quick walk through the microwave.  If I could find any instant caramel pudding I would probably have used it too.

I have an obsession, OK probably more like an addiction, to éclair cakes and hadn’t really thought outside the box in this arena.  But now with eyes wide opened, I had to do a pinterest search and have since pinned a few, probably too many, to try.  Head on over to our pinterest page to see which ones I’m trying, or keep checking back here to see which ones I make and feature.

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No-fail Fruit Cobbler

We rarely had dessert growing up unless it was a special occasion or Sunday lunch. However, I do remember occasionally, on a random Saturday night, my mom would whip up this cobbler as a treat. It was always a very welcomed surprise.

This cobbler is truly, endlessly versatile. You can use any fruit, it can be made any size, and you can customize it any way you want.

The fruit can be canned, frozen, or fresh. My sister-in-law even made one with a can of pie filling and said the results were tasty. My family’s preference has always been a can of fruit cocktail or peaches. Ron and I have done some experimenting and our new favorite is frozen blackberries, often with extra sugar sprinkled on top of the cobbler right before it goes in the oven for some extra crunch.

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Daiquiri Ice

You might be getting tired of hearing about the brutal Oklahoma heat, but man its hot and it has influenced my cooking habits more than usual this year.  Its hard to cook for the blog when all I want to do is stay cool.  So, I have dusted off my old recipe binder looking for summertime treats that won’t make me wish I wasn’t cooking.

This recipe for daiquiri ice is perfect for what I need today.  I even dusted off the ice cream maker.  I am not all about making homemade ice cream, I only bought an ice cream maker just for making this recipe.

This is a lime run flavored sorbet of sorts.  It is kid friendly since it uses rum flavoring instead of actual rum.

Baskin Robbins used to have Daiquiri Ice as part of their 31 flavors. Of course, it would be Andy’s favorite, and if you have been a follower you already know how this story ends. Either the item one of us loves disappears or we move somewhere that it isn’t available. Continue reading “Daiquiri Ice”

Cinnamon Pie Crust Pinwheels aka Rollie Pollies

I heard it again today. Actually I didn’t hear anything, it was a text.

DD: How long do I bake these things.

Inner voice: What things?

Me: Huh?

DD: The roly things with pie crust.

Inner voice: Haven’t we talked about this at least a dozen times?

Me: “Until they look done.” I was driving and that was the best response I could give based on stoplight time – driving and texting is bad, bad, bad!

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