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Brownies & Strombolis

A few days ago my mother in law called me for a peanut butter icing recipe she could put on brownies. I found her the recipe and found me craving them!  So I grabbed a box of brownie mix at the store and got cooking. For the icing, I started to follow the recipe and then stopped because I thought it was already perfect. I mixed one stick of softened butter with one cup of peanut butter. Then I added the first of the two cups of powdered sugar the recipe called for. Once it was mixed in, I tasted it before adding the second and it was delicious!  So I just stopped. I didn’t add more sugar or the milk to thin it out. I didn’t need the milk because I didn’t use more sugar. So, my simple peanut butter icing recipe is:

  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar

Also this week we had easy, yummy, strombolis.  These are so easy and fun to make.  The kids like to put theirs together. They have fun filling them up. You can add whatever you like to them.

Here is what I use:

  • Crescent rolls
  • Shredded cheese (mozzarella, cheddar. . .)
  • Sliced black olives
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Tiny pepperoni

What you do it take 2 of the crescent rolls together (so they are a rectangle) and arrange your stuff on one side. I don’t put the sauce inside mine, I just like to dip them. Then fold them over and pinch them closed. I bake them at 350 for 10 minutes then flip them and bake for another 5. You don’t really have to flip them, but I like them browned evenly.

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Lolli-Cakes!

I found this awesome idea onBakerella after I saw her making her cupcake pops on Martha(again).

I got inspired this time to give it a try, but I didn’t want to make the actual cupcake ones. So I poked around on her site a bit (ok, a lot!) and found these red velvet cake balls and these lollipops. Perfect!

I baked a red velvet cake(from a mix) and let it cool. ( I let it cool all night since it was late when I got to bake)
I put the cake, in pieces, through the food processor. (except the little bits around the end that were a bit hard, that I just had to eat lol)
I added 1/2 can of cream cheese frosting. (didn’t need the whole can it says on Bakerella)
Mixed it all up with my hands. Squish. Squish. (maybe this is why I didn’t need as much frosting, since I mashed it together so well)
I rolled them into little balls. (got 45, not counting what got eaten along the way)
Inserted lollipop sticks and into the fridge they went!

When I started working on them, I put them in the freezer to get them nice and cold for dipping.
I used chocolate and white almond bark and pretty sprinkles.
After dipping them, I put them back in the freezer for a few minutes to harden. Since I didn’t have anything good to stand them up in(like some foam) I improvised with an upside down empty egg carton. The lollis leaned a bit, but at least I didn’t have to dry them laying down.

They were fun and fairly easy to make. They were a bit time consuming, but so worth it! They were yummy and the kids had fun dipping and sprinkling.

Here are a few of the prettiest ones:

And here they all are! (some are stick-less)

YUM! I’m not sure how well this will work, but I plan on trying chocolate cake ones covered with peanut butter. I just don’t know how well the peanut butter chips will melt/harden on the balls.

Have you made any lolicakes? What flavors do you like the best?

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This is the recipe we used. I found it the last time we wanted to make cookies, but only had one egg. It was the only one I found, but it is great!
Ingredients:
* 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 cup butter, softened
* 1 1/2 cups white sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375.

Cream together butter and sugar:

Mixing by hand worked much better than the mixer. It made the dough stick together better.

Then add egg and vanilla (we were almost out of vanilla, so it all went in):

Then slowly add the flour and mix together:

I filled a muffin pan with different things: sugar, sprinkles, cinnamon, and chocolate chips:

Then rolled the dough into balls and let the kids roll them in one of the toppings before baking them:

Morgan figured out how to save time by putting one ball in each ‘cup’ and shaking the muffin pan around (and Dennis figured out how to sneak chocolate chips):

All ready to go into the oven, for 8-10 minutes (we went with 9):

Cool them on the tray for 2 minutes, then move them to a cooling rack.

Here they are in all their yummy glory! My favorites are the ones covered in cinnamon:

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