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Brownies and Frosting

Posted on 16 April 2012 by noelskitchen

Brownies topped with a creamy chocolate frosting are great for a family get together. This recipe makes a nice big pan that feeds a big group.

Our family loves brownies. But when it comes to buying a box from the store,  spending close to $2 a box for an 8×8 pan of brownies seems costly when your on a food budget. I can make an entire bar pan of brownies for less by making my own baking mixes. I know what ingredients are in the foods I bake that feed my family.

This is one of my favorite brownie recipes I’ve tested because it’s so simply and takes no time at all to make. It taste more like a “cake” brownie, since it’s made with cocoa powder and not chocolate chips or chocolate pieces. It’s even better after it sits on the counter covered for a day.

If preparing this as a make ahead baking mix, mark a quart-size ziploc bag with wet ingredients and baking instructions. Combine the dry ingredients in bag and seal. Store in pantry until ready to use.

Brownies and Frosting

Makes: 2 dozen large bars or 48 small bars

Ingredients:

Brownies:

  • 1 cup margarine
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Hershey’s Cocoa Powder
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Frosting:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup Hershey’s Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup warm water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brownies: Cream together margarine, sugar, and eggs. Mix together cocoa and water until a thick frosting consistency. Add to creamed mixture. Add flour and salt. Mix well.
  3. Pour into a greased and floured jelly roll pan or bar pan. Bakes for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack.
  4. Frosting: Cream together powdered sugar, cocoa, and margarine. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Spread over cooled brownies. Slice into bars and serve.

These are even great without the frosting served with vanilla ice cream.

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Butterscotch Bars

Posted on 15 January 2012 by noelskitchen

Making desserts and treats, I have to keep in mind that I have one child who is not a complete chocolate fan like the rest of the family. So I’m always on the lookout for treats he’ll enjoy too. I came across this easy recipe for Butterscotch Bars from Laura at Heavenly Homemakers which requires only five ingredients. What busy mom can say no to five ingredients? I tested the recipe and made two batches using two different types of sugar. Easy recipe!

Butterscotch Bars

 

 

Servings: 10 bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups cane sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
Note: May also use brown sugar.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir melted butter and pure cane sugar together. Add the eggs and vanilla, mixing well. Stir in flour and mix until well combined.
  3. Pour batter into a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack. Cut into bars.

These bars are rich and gooey and I’ll definitely be making more!

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Cooking With Kids: Easy Peanut Butter Balls

Posted on 05 December 2011 by noelskitchen

Hosting a Kids Holiday Cookie Swap? These Easy Peanut Butter Balls are sure to be a hit!  No baking required.  I love to bake with my kids as I’m sure most of you do too.  Baking with kids is a fun way to get the little ones in the kitchen and teach basic skills like measuring, math and of course making a mess and cleaning it all up. So why not bake a batch of your kid’s favorite cookies together? 

 

Easy Peanut Butter Balls

 

 

 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 cups powdered milk

Optional Coatings:

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed cornflakes
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Crushed Reeses pieces

Directions:

  1. Mix peanut butter, honey, and milk together in a large bowl to form very thick mixture.
  2. Refrigerate mixture for 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Using a Tablespoon or small ice cream scoop, scoop mixture out andr oll mixture in small balls about the size of a walnut.
  4. Roll the balls in either the crushed cornflakes, finely chopped nuts, powdered sugar, cocoa, or Reeses pieces
  5. Place on waxed paper and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
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What’s Cooking With The Elves:Oatmeal Cranberry Coconut Cookies

Posted on 30 November 2011 by noelskitchen

This year, I have two more helpers this holiday season. Aren’t they adorable? You all know I’m a thrifty shopper and on one of my usual stops to the thrift store, this cute little pair caught my eye. I had to give them a home.  This holiday season, I’ve decided to change much of my holiday decor to a Santa’s Workshop theme. It’s still a work in progress but the kids seem already excited about Christmas with the decorations I’ve put up so far.

What’s Cooking With The Elves?

The elves were already getting ahead start on Christmas cookie baking last night. This cookie recipe was inspired by my Sweet Apple Oatmeal and Coconut Cookies .

 

Oatmeal Cranberry Coconut Cookies
Recipe Type: Cookies
Author: Noel’s Kitchen Tips
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 22 mins
Serves: 60 cookies
Get a head start on your Christmas cookie baking with these chewy and scrumptious cookies!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup plus 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup dried Cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, cream first 3 ingredients until light; beat in egg. Add oats, dry ingredients, coconut and dried cranberries; mix well. Chill several hours.
  2. Shape into balls about the size of a walnut and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or baking spray; flatten slightly with floured tumbler. Bake 10-12 minutes.
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Sweet Apple Oatmeal and Coconut Cookie Recipe

Posted on 20 March 2010 by noelskitchen

It’s been awhile since I’ve baked some cookies. Our son is really picky on what kind of cookies he eats. Can you believe the kid dislikes chocolate? I’m not a huge fan of chocolate used in certain recipes, sounds crazy I know but that’s how it is. For this reason, I make oatmeal cookies a lot, adding cranberries or raisins. Occasionally, I’ll add white chocolate, or coconut. I received my new sample supply of kitchen tools and spices this past week and I was anxious to try the Sweet Apple Sprinkle.

Here’s my recipe for Sweet Apple Oatmeal and Coconut Cookies:

Sweet Apple Oatmeal and Coconut Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup softened unsalted butter

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup plus 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup flaked coconut

1 Tablespoon Sweet Apple Sprinkle

 Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, cream first 3 ingredients until light; beat in egg. Add oats, dry ingredients, coconut and Sweet Apple Sprinkle; mix well. Chill several hours.

Shape into balls about the size of a walnut and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or baking spray; flatten slightly with floured tumbler. Bake 10-12 minutes.

Makes 60 cookies.

 

Cookie Baking Tip: Space cookies to allow for spreading. Because ovens vary, watch cookies closely. Check for doneness just before minimum baking time is up. If some are thinner than others, you may have to remove them and bake the remaining a bit longer.

As always, my quick and easy recipes for Busy Moms can be found on my website Noel’s Kitchen Tips.
 
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