Archive of ‘Desserts’ category

Cinnamon Chip Cookies

Buttery, soft, and filled with the flavor of cinnamon, these yummy Cinnamon Chip Cookies are so incredibly easy to make, you won’t believe it!Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Super easy to make, delicious cinnamon-y cookies!
Recently I found a recipe for cookies that sounded easy and delicious in one of my old cookbooks.  The original recipe called for using chocolate cake mix and white chocolate chips to make a fast, delicious and easy cookie.  I decided to tweak the recipe just a bit, and that’s how I came up with this recipe for yummy cinnamon chip cookies!

The cookies are so EASY to make, because a boxed cake mix is used as the base.  The prep time is only about 5 minutes, so you can have fresh baked, soft and delicious cinnamon chip cookies in the oven in under 10 minutes!  Here’s how to make these scrumptious cinnamon-filled treats:

In a large mixing bowl, place cake mix powder, vegetable oil, water and an egg.  Stir well (or use electric mixer), until ingredients are fully combined.

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add the cinnamon chips, and stir into batter.

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Spray cookie sheets with non-stick spray.  Drop cookie batter by rounded Tablespoons onto cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each one. (Note: Quantity using Tablespoons = approx. 4 dozen cookies. I used large HEAPING Tablespoons of batter, so my quantity was reduced to 2 dozen).

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Bake cookies in preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes until the batter is set and the tops of the cookies have a crackled appearance. (If making larger sized cookies, the cooking time will need to be increased!)

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Super easy to make, delicious cinnamon-y cookies!

When cookies are done, remove cookie sheets from oven. Important: Let cookies stand on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes, BEFORE transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Super easy to make, delicious cinnamon-y cookies!

Once the cookies have completely cooled, they are ready to eat!  Hope you enjoy these cinnamon-filled cookies, and how simple they are to make!  They really taste good!

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: The cookbook “Christmas Gifts From The Kitchen”, Published by Company’s Coming Publishing Limited, 2006, page 11 (“Friendship Cookies”)

Cinnamon Chip Cookies
 
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Delicious, soft, cinnamon chip drop cookies are a cinch to make!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: approx. 4 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix (any kind, 2 layer size)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips
Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, place cake mix powder, vegetable oil, water and an egg. Stir well (or use electric mixer), until ingredients are fully combined.
  2. Add the cinnamon chips, and stir into batter. Spray cookie sheets with non-stick spray. Drop cookie batter by rounded Tablespoons onto cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each one.
  3. Bake cookies in preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes until the batter is set and the tops of the cookies have a crackled appearance. (If making larger sized cookies, the cooking time will need to be increased!)
  4. When cookies are done, remove cookie sheets from oven. Important: Let cookies stand on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes, before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Once the cookies have completely cooled, they are ready to eat!

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How To Make Lemon Curd

Do you know how to make lemon curd?  Tart, sweet, and bursting with flavor, this thick lemon curd tastes great in tarts, on waffles and pancakes, and in many desserts.How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Thick tart and sweet lemon sauce tastes great on pancakes, waffles, in tarts and other desserts!
I first tried lemon curd years ago at a breakfast get together at a friends home.  My friend Sandy offered me some of her homemade Lemon Curd to put on my waffle, I think I must have said something like… “Okay, but what IS lemon curd?”  I anticipated it was like the curds you find in cottage cheese. Silly me.  The lemon curd was absolutely amazing, and once I tried it, I was hooked!

The first time I decided to make homemade lemon curd (for a dessert recipe I was making), I assumed it was going to be quite difficult to make. Boy… was I wrong! It was very simple, and the results were fantastic!  Here’s how to make your own lemon curd:

In a small saucepan (over medium heat), combine eggs, egg yolks, and sugar. Whisk these together well.  Once mixed, whisk in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and the salt.

How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add butter to the pan and cook, whisking constantly, until butter has melted and the curd has thickened. This will take approx. 3-4 minutes. DO NOT LET THE MIXTURE BOIL! Just keep on whisking.

How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Keep whisking until the lemon curd has thickened…

How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once curd has thickened, remove pan from heat and let the curd cool to room temperature. While curd is cooling, give it a good stir every few minutes. Once lemon curd has cooled to room temp, cover the pan with plastic wrap and put it in refrigerator. The lemon curd will need to be well chilled prior to serving (at least 3-4 hours). Lemon curd can be stored in a covered container in refrigerator and will keep for up to 5-6 days.

How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Lemon curd is very versatile and can be used in many recipes, such as lemon tarts, as a topping for waffles and in other desserts!  I used it in a recipe for Lemon Curd Filled Won Ton Cups! Aren’t they cute? Yummy!

How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks!I might also mention that it is hard to not eat this amazing lemon curd right out of the pan with a spoon… just sayin’!  It’s soooo good.  Hope you’ll give it a try. You’re gonna love it!

How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source:  http://www.littlemisscelebration.com/2013/06/16/lemon-lime-curd-in-sugared-wonton-cups/

How To Make Lemon Curd
 
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Recipe type: Dessert Sauce
Serves: approx. 1½ cups
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 8 Tablespoon cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 6 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
Directions
  1. In a small saucepan (over medium heat), combine eggs, egg yolks, and sugar. Whisk these together well.
  2. Once mixed, whisk in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and the salt.
  3. Add butter to the pan and cook, whisking constantly, until butter has melted and the curd has thickened. This will take approx. 3-4 minutes. DO NOT LET THE MIXTURE BOIL! Just keep on whisking.
  4. Once curd has thickened, remove pan from heat and let the curd cool to room temperature. While curd is cooling, give it a good stir every few minutes. Once lemon curd has cooled to room temp, cover the pan with plastic wrap and put it in refrigerator. The lemon curd will need to be well chilled prior to serving (at least 3-4 hours).

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Thick tart and sweet lemon sauce tastes great on pancakes, waffles, in tarts and other desserts!

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Chocolate Oaties

Looking for a quick and easy treat? How about Chocolate Oaties… delicious “No-Bake” drop cookies featuring chocolate, peanut butter, nuts and oats? The best part is they only take about 10 minutes to make, and are soooo GOOD. Yes, please!Chocolate Oaties / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Delicious 10 minute "no-bake" drop cookies with chocolate, peanut butter, nuts and oats!

I grew up eating Chocolate Oaties. My Mom made them for our family quite often, I suppose because they taste so good (gotta be that chocolate-peanut butter combo!) and the fact that they are fairly inexpensive and ridiculously QUICK AND EASY to make in 10 minutes. Whatever her reasons were, these no-bake cookies were always a big hit with our family.  Here’s how to make them:

Measure the peanut butter, oats, vanilla, salt and chopped nuts into a large mixing bowl. Set aside. (It’s important to do this BEFORE next step! Trust me.)

Chocolate Oaties / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

In a medium saucepan, place sugar, cocoa, butter, and evaporated milk. Cook on medium heat, stirring often, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil ingredients for 1 minute. Immediately remove the chocolate sauce from heat and pour over peanut butter/oat mixture in mixing bowl while it is boiling hot.  The very hot chocolate sauce helps to melt the peanut butter!

Chocolate Oaties / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chocolate Oaties / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Stir well, to fully melt peanut butter and combine all ingredients.  Place a piece of wax paper on a 9×13 baking sheet. Drop batter by rounded spoonfuls onto wax paper (Use 2 spoons… one to scoop, and the back of the other to scoop/drop cookies onto paper).  Place baking sheet (uncovered) into refrigerator, and refrigerate for an hour so they can set up.

Chocolate Oaties / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chocolate Oaties / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That’s it!!!  See how easy that was?  Remember to store any uneaten chocolate oaties in a covered container in refrigerator. By the way… here’s one I saved for you… want a bite?

Chocolate Oaties / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I hope you enjoy these quick, yummy, easy to prepare drop cookies… we sure do!
Have a great day, friends.

Chocolate Oaties / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: My Mom

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You can make these delicious no-bake chocolate and peanut butter flavored drop cookies in about 10 minutes!
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: approx. 30 cookies
Ingredients
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick cook oats (dry)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½-3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cube butter
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
Directions
  1. Measure the peanut butter, oats, vanilla, salt and chopped nuts into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, place sugar, cocoa, butter, and evaporated milk. Cook on medium heat, stirring often, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil ingredients for 1 minute. Immediately remove sauce from heat and pour over peanut butter/oat mixture in mixing bowl. Stir well, to fully melt peanut butter and combine all ingredients.
  3. Place a piece of wax or parchment paper on a 9x13 baking sheet. Drop batter by rounded spoonfuls onto paper (Use 2 spoons... one to scoop, and the back of the other to scoop/drop cookies onto paper). See NOTES section for tip.
  4. Place baking sheet (uncovered) into refrigerator, and refrigerate for an hour so they can set up. Enjoy! Store chocolate oaties in a covered container in refrigerator.
Notes
I used a rounded Tablespoon batter for each cookie (yielded 31, 2-3" wide cookies).
If you want more cookies, simply make them smaller by using a rounded teaspoon!

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The Pioneer Woman’s Blackberry Cobbler

It’s the middle of summer here in the Pacific Northwest, and wild blackberries are everywhere!  I recently tried a new cobbler recipe after picking blackberries near our home.  It’s called The Pioneer Woman’s Blackberry Cobbler!  This type of cobbler is slightly different than other recipes, but anything Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) makes is fabulous!The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Most cobblers tend to put the berries on the bottom of the dish, then batter is poured or spooned over the berries. That’s how I would normally make a berry cobbler.  Not so with this version!  The batter is placed in the pan first, then the berries and sugar are placed on top…creating a more cake-like texture under the berries!

This technique sounded interesting to me (and I always am curious about new ways of doing things), so I decided to make a blackberry cobbler, using some of the free wild blackberries I picked just a few blocks from our home.  We also have a lot of blackberries growing over our back fence from the forest behind our home… how fun to have an huge and FREE supply of these tasty berries! I just HAD to make a cobbler, and decided to try this version!

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The recipe is very simple to prepare… and I gotta tell ya… homemade berry cobbler and a scoop of ice cream is the perfect summer dessert, if you ask me!  Here’s how to make this berry delicious cobbler:

First, melt butter in the microwave, then let it cool.  In a separate medium mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of granulated sugar and flour. Whisk in a cup of milk until batter is formed. Slowly drizzle in the cooled down melted butter, and whisk well, to fully combine ingredients.

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Grease or butter a 9 inch round baking dish.  Pour the batter into the prepared dish, and spread evenly.

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Rinse the blackberries and then pat them dry. Evenly place the blackberries on top of the batter. Sprinkle the berries with 1/4 cup granulated sugar.

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Bake cobbler in a preheated 350 degree oven for 55-60 minutes, until the cobbler is bubbly and the surface is golden in color.  If you want, you can remove the cobbler from the oven about 10 minutes before it is done, sprinkle the top with another couple teaspoons of sugar, then place back in oven for final 10 minutes. (This is what I did).

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When cobbler is done, remove pan from oven. Let it cool down a little bit before serving, then slice it up and serve with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream! Enjoy this delicious dessert!

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

This was certainly an EASY recipe… and it was really yummy, too! Hope you will consider making this recipe (fixing it with fresh boysenberries would be amazing, as well!).

Have a wonderful day!

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: http://www.thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/the_great_cobbl/

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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cube butter, melted, cooled to room temp.
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 cup self-rising flour (See note section for substitution)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2-3 cups blackberries (fresh or frozen) I used 3 cups fresh.
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar (to sprinkle on cobbler during last 10 minutes of baking)
Directions
  1. First, melt butter in the microwave, then let it cool. In a separate medium mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of granulated sugar and flour. Whisk in a cup of milk until batter is formed. Slowly drizzle in the cooled down melted butter, and whisk well, to fully combine ingredients.
  2. Grease or butter a 9 inch round baking dish. Pour the batter into the prepared dish, and spread evenly.
  3. Rinse the blackberries and then pat them dry. Evenly place the blackberries on top of the batter. Sprinkle the berries with ¼ cup granulated sugar.
  4. Bake cobbler in a preheated 350 degree oven for 55-60 minutes, until the cobbler is bubbly and surface is golden in color. If you want, you can remove the cobbler from the oven about 10 minutes before it is done, sprinkle the top with another couple teaspoons of sugar, then place back in oven for final 10 minutes. When cobbler is done, remove pan from oven. Let it cool down a little bit before serving, then slice it up and serve with a big ol' scoop of vanilla ice cream! Enjoy!
Notes
No self-rising flour? No problem. For 1 cups self-rising flour, substitute 1 cup all-purpose flour + 1½ teaspoons baking powder + ½ teaspoon salt.

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Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

It’s the middle of summer, it’s extremely HOT in Oregon this week (with temps expected to reach 108-110 degrees), but we do have some yummy ice cream in the freezer and this amazing, thick Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce ready to drizzle on it, so it’s all GOOD! We will be hot, but at least we will have a smile on our faces!Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks! You may never want to buy hot fudge sauce at the store again after tasting this homemade thick chocolate sauce, ready in 10 minutes!!
This recipe for hot fudge sauce is a keeper, folks… fudge-y, creamy… and ready in under 10 minutes!  I’m NOT kidding… it tastes amazing!  Here’s how you can make this decadent sauce at home, rather than buying it at the local grocery store!

In a large saucepan, bring whipping cream, corn syrup, dark brown sugar, salt, and HALF of the finely chopped chocolate to a boil over medium heat. Stir often until chocolate has melted. Reduce the heat under the pan and simmer (a low boil) for 5 minutes, making sure to stir the mixture frequently to prevent scorching.

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Remove pan from the heat. Add butter, vanilla extract and the rest of the chocolate. Stir until chocolate is smooth and lump-free. Let the hot fudge sauce cool just a bit before serving.

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Spoon the slightly hot fudge sauce over ice cream, cake, or even drizzled on top of dessert crepes!  It is soooo good!

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Store the unused sauce in a covered jar or container with a lid for up to a week in the refrigerator. Once refrigerated, the sauce will thicken considerably. When ready to use it again, place the amount you will be using in the microwave (in a microwave-safe container) and re-heat for 10-15 seconds. The sauce can also be reheated on your stovetop.Enjoy!

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

This sauce is so delicious and fudgy, you might be tempted to grab a spoon and eat it straight out of the jar (not that I would know… wink, wink!). This recipe is most definitely going into my “keeper” file!  Hope you will give it a try – I just KNOW you’re gonna love it, too!

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: https://www.averiecooks.com/2013/04/10-minute-homemade-hot-fudge-html

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Thick, creamy, rich and decadent, this quick and easy hot fudge sauce is so good you may never want to buy it at the store again!
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Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (can also use dark or bittersweet), finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions
  1. In a large saucepan, bring whipping cream, corn syrup, dark brown sugar, salt, and HALF of the finely chopped chocolate to a boil over medium heat. Stir often until chocolate has melted. Reduce the heat under the pan and simmer (a low boil) for 5 minutes, making sure to stir the mixture frequently to prevent scorching.
  2. Remove pan from the heat. Add butter, vanilla extract and the rest of the chocolate. Stir until chocolate is smooth and lump-free. Let the hot fudge sauce cool just a bit before serving.
  3. Store the unused sauce in a covered jar or container with a lid for up to a week in the refrigerator. Once refrigerated, the sauce will thicken considerably. When ready to use it again, place the amount you will be using in the microwave (in a microwave-safe container) and re-heat for 10-15 seconds. The sauce can also be reheated on your stovetop. Enjoy!

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Pecan Chewies

Looking for a new recipe for bar cookies? How about trying this one for Pecan Chewies? They are buttery, chewy, simple to make, taste delicious, and the recipe makes two dozen… in hardly any time at all!Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Make two dozen of these EASY, delicious, chewy, buttery bar cookies in no time at all!
I found this recipe on Pinterest (thanks to Stacey at Southern Bite) and decided to make a batch, using some of the Texas pecans my Mom orders for us each year.  These Pecan Chewies are just that… a little bit chewy, not overly sweet, wonderfully buttery and delicious! They’re also incredibly easy to make! Here’s how to whip up 2 dozen in no time at all:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Spray a 13×9 inch cake pan with some non-stick baking spray before beginning.  Melt butter, and add it to a large bowl. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar, and mix it well by hand (no mixer needed!).  Add the beaten eggs, then the flour. Stir the dough really well, until all ingredients are incorporated into batter and no lumps remain.  Next… add in the chopped pecans and vanilla. Stir well, then evenly spread dough into prepared 13×9 inch baking pan.

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Bake at 300 degrees F for between 40 and 50 minutes (oven temps vary).  Make sure to NOT over bake the bar cookies.  I checked mine at the 40 minute mark and they were done!  When done, remove pan to a wire rack and let the Pecan Chewies cool.  Once they are at room temperature, cut into 24 portions.

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That’s it! See how simple they were to make with only about 10 minutes work?  The bars all came out of the baking pan very easily, as well.  And they REALLY are good!  See those yummy chopped pecan pieces in them? YUM.

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Look… I even saved you one. Want a bite? I love that these bars are not overly sweet.  I “might” have even had one with my morning coffee this morning… heh heh heh! I think you will really enjoy these chewy bar cookies, and there’s certainly enough to share!

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I hope you enjoy this recipe. It’s always fun to try new recipes and I love it when I find a really GOOD one, like this! Speaking of good bar cookie recipes, you might want to check out my recipes for Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars, Blackberry Pie Bars, Lemon Bars or my decadent and Best Brownies. I think you will LOVE them all!

Have a wonderful day, and remember… be KIND to those you cross paths with today!  They may really need someone like YOU to encourage them!

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: http://southernbite.com/pecan-chewies/

Pecan Chewies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 cubes) butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar (light or dark-I used dark)
  • 2 eggs, beaten well
  • 2 cups self-rising flour (See NOTES for self-rising flour substitution)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Spray a 13x9 inch cake pan (bottom and sides) with non-stick baking spray.
  2. Melt butter; add it to a large bowl. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar; mix well, by hand (no mixer needed!). Add beaten eggs, then the flour. Stir dough really well, until all ingredients are incorporated into batter and no lumps remain. Next add in the chopped pecans and vanilla extract. Stir well, then evenly spread dough into prepared 13x9 inch baking pan.
  3. Bake at 300 degrees for about 40 to 50 minutes (oven temps vary). Make sure NOT to over bake. I checked mine at the 40 minute mark and they were done! When done, remove pan to a wire rack and let the Pecan Chewies cool. Once at room temperature, cut into 24 portions. Serve, and enjoy!
Notes
If you do not have self-rising flour you can substitute 2 C all-purpose flour + 3 tsp. baking powder+1 tsp. salt.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

I love cheesecake. I love strawberries. I also love cheesecake with strawberry topping, so it stands to reason that I would also love homemade Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream!Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Simple to prepare homemade ice cream... and it is delicious!
I love making homemade ice cream in my little electric ice cream maker that I received several years ago for my birthday. The kind I have is perfect for a quick batch… no ice cubes and no salt to freeze it. It just sits on my kitchen counter where I pour in the ice cream mixture and a little over 20 minutes later… boom… ice cream! It’s fun (and dangerous) to be able to make homemade ice cream… even when it might be snowing or pouring down rain outside.

This recipe is a really easy one that I first made one summer while experimenting with a LOT of ice cream recipes. For this recipe I added in the ingredients that I thought would make a great ice cream.  Did I mention that I ate all the different kinds of ice cream I made that summer? Well… SOMEONE had to do it.  Heh heh heh. This recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream tasted great, and is very simple to make. Here’s how:

Place cleaned, stemmed, cored and sliced fresh strawberries, sugar and lemon juice into a blender. Blend on high until mixture is pureed.  Add 8 ounces of room temperature cream cheese (cut into chunks) to the liquid. Blend again until mixture is well pureed.

Transfer strawberry/cream cheese mixture to a large bowl.  Stir in whipping cream, milk, and vanilla extract, to fully combine.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pour the ice cream mixture into the cannister of an ice cream machine. Freeze, per manufacturer instructions until done (my beloved machine takes just over 20 minutes to freeze to soft-serve consistency).  It’s ready to eat right then and there, but I suggest transferring ice cream to a freezable container with a lid, and freeze for 2-3 additional hours to firm ice cream up to a more “scoopable” consistency.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream / The Grateful Girl Cooks!That’s it!  When the ice cream’s done, grab a big ol’ scoop, plop down into the nearest chair and enjoy this delicious ice cream.  Sure hope you enjoy it… we sure do!

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1½ quarts
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, de-stemmed, cored, sliced
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (room temp)
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Combine strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in blender. Blend until mixture is smooth and pureed.
  2. Cut softened cream cheese into chunks and add to blender. Blend until smooth. Transfer fruit puree into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in whipping cream, milk and vanilla until blended.
  4. Pour ingredients into freezer cannister of ice cream machine and freeze according to manufacturer instructions (usually between 20 and 25 minutes).
  5. When done, transfer ice cream to a covered freezer container and place in freezer for 2-3 hours to firm up to a scoopable consistency.
  6. Serve, and enjoy!

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Piña Colada Ice Cream

Summertime is coming… blue skies, warm weather, evenings spent out on the back deck by the firepit… enjoying a dish of homemade Piña Colada Ice Cream! Oh boy – I can hardly wait!Piña Colada Ice Cream / The Grateful Girl Cooks!  Enjoy a taste of the tropics with this simple, delicious homemade ice cream!
We have had the wettest winter I can remember in a LONG time here in Oregon, and we are LONGING for sunshine and hot weather to finally make it’s appearance!  One of the traditions we have is to make homemade ice cream throughout the year… at least this Piña Colada Ice Cream makes it FEEL like summer, thanks to it’s coconut/pineapple tropical flavor!

The ice cream is very easy to make. Here’s how:  In a large mixing bowl, combine whipping cream, cream of coconut, coconut milk, and pineapple juice. (If desired, you can add 1/4 teaspoon of Rum extract, but it is not necessary).  Stir until combined.  Add coconut flakes and stir.  Pour this mixture into the canister of an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer instructions. (I use an electric indoor machine and it takes 20-25 minutes for soft serve consistency).  About 5 minutes BEFORE the ice cream is done, add drained crushed pineapple.

When ice cream is done, transfer it to a freezer safe container with a lid. Freeze an additional 3-4 hours until firm.  When it is ready to serve, garnish each scoop with toasted coconut flakes (see notes section of printable recipe for instructions on how to toast the coconut).

Piña Colada Ice Cream / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That’s it! Enjoy a “taste of the tropics” any time of the year with this simple and delicious ice cream! Sure hope you enjoy it.

Piña Colada Ice Cream / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source:  Unknown. Copied recipe onto notebook paper many, many years ago, but did not write down the source. Oops.

Piña Colada Ice Cream
 
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Enjoy a taste of the tropics with this delicious homemade ice cream!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1½ quarts
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup whipping cream
  • 1 can cream of coconut
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 Tablespoons pineapple juice (reserved from can of crushed pineapple)
  • ¼ teaspoon Rum extract (optional-not necessary)
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • ¾ cup canned crushed pineapple, drained (juice reserved)
  • ¼ cup TOASTED coconut flakes, for garnish (see Notes section for instructions)
Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine whipping cream, cream of coconut, coconut milk, and pineapple juice. (you can also add ¼ teaspoon of Rum extract, if desired). Stir until combined. Add coconut flakes and stir to incorporate. Pour this mixture into canister of ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer instructions. About 5 minutes BEFORE the ice cream is done, add drained crushed pineapple.
  2. When ice cream is done, transfer it to a freezer safe container with a lid. Freeze for an additional 3-4 hours until firm. When it is ready to serve, garnish each scoop with toasted coconut flakes (see notes section of printable recipe for instructions on how to toast the coconut).
Notes
To toast coconut flakes for garnish: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spread coconut evenly on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Check it every 5 minutes. Remove from oven when coconut is golden brown. Remove coconut from cookie sheet; let cool completely before garnishing ice cream.

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Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème

Decadent, rich, simple to prepare (in under 10 minutes!) and extremely delicious… those are the first words that come to mind when describing these Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème!Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I made this amazing dessert a couple weeks ago for a family get together… oh my goodness! Soooo good!   “Pots de Crème” is actually a French dessert “custard” that dates back to the 17th century. It’s name literally means “pots of cream”.  Let me tell you… it’s much thicker than pudding or mousse and is extremely rich (so rich I told my guests that  it would put hair on their chests!). It may be rich, but oh boy, it is DELICIOUS!

The preparation takes less than 10 minutes, which is an added benefit!  I’d been drooling over the recipe, originally posted on a favorite blogger’s website called “The Café Sucre Farine” (thecafesucrefarine.com), so I gave in and decided to make it!  If you’ve never checked out this website, I would encourage you to do so. Chris shares phenomenal recipes, and her husband Scott shares in the fun with his amazing photography work… it’s a wonderful, creative website for food lovers.

Anyways… the method to making these is to simply use a blender. Yep… that’s right! Ingredients are blended together, then poured into small dessert cups (the dessert is very rich, so small servings are the best!).  I also made a Bailey’s Irish Cream syrup which was drizzled onto the tops of the finished Pots de Creme, then they were garnished with whipped cream, a sprig of fresh mint (and dessert cookies!).  Easy and delicious… you’re gonna LOVE this dessert!  Here’s how to make it:

Before you begin, make sure you have your dessert dishes ready to go. Place them on a baking sheet. The dessert bowls I used (Libby Tasting Bowls) hold 4.25 ounces (just over 1/2 cup), so I ended up with 6 portions (I set out 8 cups but only needed 6).  The total amount of servings will depend on the size dish you use.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chocolate chips, sugar, Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur, an egg, and sea salt are placed into a blender.  The ingredients are pulsed several times, just to mix them up a bit (they will not be fully blended).

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Take out the center cap from the blender lid and place a funnel directly into the opening. Place lid back on blender (I took it off to take the photo).

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Into a large microwave safe bowl, pour the whipping cream.  Make sure to use a large bowl, because the cream will be microwaved, and will rise up as it heats.  I used a glass bowl so I could see to make sure the whipping cream didn’t bubble up and over the top of the bowl.  Heat the whipping cream in the microwave on high power for 2 to 2½ minutes, until the cream is really bubbling.  You can see from the photo below how high the cream rose in the bowl, and what the bubbling cream looked like when I took it out of microwave.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Turn blender on LOW and blend ingredients already in there for 15 seconds. SLOWLY pour the hot whipping cream through the funnel into the chocolate mixture while mixing on low.  Once you’ve added all the cream, put your hand over the top of the funnel (to cover), and turn the speed up to HIGH. Let the mixture blend on high for one minute.  When done, carefully pour the chocolate into the serving bowls. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The dessert is PERFECT to serve once chilled just as it is, BUT… if you want to kick it up a notch and make the Bailey’s Irish Cream Syrup to garnish the finished dessert, it can be made while the dessert is chilling.  It’s VERY SIMPLE to prepare, and added an extra pop of flavor to the finished dessert.  Irish Cream liqueur is poured into a little saucepan and brought to a boil on medium heat.  The liqueur is boiled and stirred for 2-3 minutes until it has reduced in volume and turned syrupy.  Remove from heat and let cool.  That’s it!  As the syrup cools down, it will thicken a little bit more. Let syrup cool to room temperature before serving.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I also decided to add some more calories fancy cookies to garnish the finished dessert, so I found these at our local grocery store… perfect!

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When ready to serve, garnish each serving with whipped cream and a sprig of fresh mint, then drizzle a tiny bit of the Bailey’s syrup over the top, and insert a couple fancy cookies into the chocolate!  You can see in the picture below the Bailey’s syrup on top of the chocolate.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That, my friends, is how you make this incredible dessert, with very little effort or time involved, but with amazing results!  I made the dessert in the morning, then simply added the garnishes when ready to serve later that evening! Easy!

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Sure hope you will consider making this wonderful, decadent chocolate dessert.  I will definitely be making this recipe again!  Have a wonderful day, and remember to show love, respect, and kindness to all you meet today. God Bless You.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source:  https://thecafesucrefarine.com/2015/03/five-minute-irish-chocolate-pots-de-creme

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
For Pots de Crème:
  • 10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (good quality)
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1 large egg
  • pinch of kosher or sea salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream (can substitute Half n' Half)
For Bailey's Irish Cream Syrup:
  • 6 Tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur
For Garnish:
  • Whipped Cream
  • Fresh mint sprigs
  • Cookies (optional)
  • Bailey's syrup
Directions
  1. Put small serving dishes onto a baking sheet before beginning.
  2. Put the chocolate chips, sugar, Bailey's Irish Cream, egg, and sea salt into a blender. Pulse the ingredients several times, just to mix them up a bit (they won't be fully blended). Take out the center cap from blender lid and place a funnel directly into the opening.
  3. Pour the whipping cream into a large microwave safe bowl. Use a large bowl, because the cream will be microwaved, and will rise up as it heats. (I used a glass bowl so I could see to make sure the whipping cream didn't bubble up and over the top of the bowl). Heat whipping cream in microwave on high power for 2 to 2½ minutes, until the cream is REALLY bubbling.
  4. Turn blender on LOW and blend ingredients for 15 seconds. SLOWLY pour the hot whipping cream through the funnel into the chocolate mixture while blending on LOW (the very hot cream will help cook the raw egg). Once you've added all the cream, put your hand over the top of the funnel (to cover), and turn speed up to HIGH. Let the mixture blend on high for one minute. When done, carefully pour the chocolate into the serving bowls. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
To Make The Bailey's syrup (optional):
  1. If you want Bailey's Irish Cream Syrup to garnish the finished dessert, it can be made while the desserts are chilling. Irish Cream liqueur is poured into a little saucepan, then brought up to a boil on medium heat. The liqueur is boiled for 2-3 minutes until it has reduced in volume and turned syrupy. Remove from heat and let cool. As the syrup cools, it will thicken a little bit more. Let syrup cool to room temperature before serving.
To serve:
  1. Garnish each of the chilled pots de crème with whipped cream, and a sprig of fresh mint, then drizzle a little bit of the Bailey's syrup over the top. Add a couple fancy cookies to the chocolate, if desired! Serve, and enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n’ Nut Cookies

I recently made a batch of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n’ Nut Cookies using a recipe a dear friend gave me over 20 years ago. Soft peanut butter cookies filled with milk chocolate chips and chopped peanuts make these simple old-fashioned cookies a real taste treat!Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I slightly tweaked her delicious recipe to include chopped dry roasted peanuts to the mix (you can also use cocktail peanuts), and enjoy the extra little bit of crunch and peanut flavor the nuts bring to the cookie.  I made large cookies and the recipe yielded about 3½ dozen, but if you need a larger quantity, simply make the cookies smaller!

Here’s how easy the cookies are to prepare:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cream together room temperature butter, creamy peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and eggs until well combined.  In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture. Continue to beat on low, adding a little flour at a time, until all dough is fully mixed together.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Stir in milk chocolate chips and chopped peanuts. I used chopped dry roasted peanuts, but cocktail peanuts would be fine, as well.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

If making large cookies, drop the dough by heaping Tablespoons onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet. If smaller cookies (with greater quantity) are desired, drop by rounded teaspoons.  Keep cookie dough about 2 inches apart as they will spread while baking.  I tried to shape each one into a circle shape by using my clean hands around the edges, then patted them down a bit on the top to flatten them just a bit.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I baked the large cookies at 375 degrees.  They take between 12 and 14 minutes to fully cook and turn slightly golden brown around edges. Smaller cookies will cook in about 9-10 minutes.  When done, remove cookies from oven; let them cool for 2-3 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That’s it, except for taking a big old bite out of that cookie when you just can’t stand it anymore! While you’re at it, grab a cup of ice cold milk to wash this delicious treat down!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That’s it!  A simple old-fashioned, delicious cookie to make for those you love.  I think they get better as they sit… they seem to get chewier the next day!  I set aside some of the dough, shaped it into 2 logs, then tightly wrapped each in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil, and froze 2 packages of dough to use another time!  That way, when we have a craving for homemade cookies, all I have to do is cut,slice and bake a small batch of these yummy cookies!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

These really are delicious cookies, and I hope you enjoy them.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: Carla Merrill

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 3½ dozen
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups butter (room temp.)
  • 1½ cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped dry roasted peanuts (can substitute cocktail peanuts)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using electric mixer, cream softened butter, creamy peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and eggs until well combined. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add flour mix to peanut butter mixture. Continue to beat on low, adding a little flour at a time, until ingredients are fully combined.
  2. Stir in milk chocolate chips and chopped peanuts.
  3. If making large sized cookies, drop dough by heaping Tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet (*small cookies, drop by teaspoonfuls). Keep cookie dough about 2 inches apart as they will spread while baking. Shape each cookie into a circle by using hands around the edges; pat down the top to flatten them slightly.
  4. Bake cookies at 375 degrees. Large cookies will take 12 -14 minutes to fully cook and turn slightly golden brown around edges. Smaller cookies will take about 9-10 minutes. When done, remove cookies from oven; let them rest for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Notes
The large cookies are about 3 inches in diameter. If you want to make smaller cookers (more quantity), just use rounded teaspoonfuls, instead of Tablespoonfuls of dough, and bake for less time.

 

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