Monday, March 26, 2012

Graham Cracker Cookies

I found these on the back of a box of graham crackers and thought I would give them a try.  Not only are they fantastic, but they are also egg free! So, if you just want to eat the dough, there is no guilt (well, almost!)  I also thought the dough would be great to use in cookie dough ice cream or in cookie dough truffles.  The cookies reminded me of Magic Cookie Bars, most of the same ingredients, just put together differently!

Graham Cracker Cookies
(4-5 dozen)

1 1/2 cups honey graham crackers, finely crushed
1/2 cup flour
2 t baking powder
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 t vanilla
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 cup flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350.  In a medium bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, flour and baking powder.  In another bowl, beat sweetened condensed milk and butter together until smooth.  Add vanilla.  Add the crumb mixture and stir until smooth.  Add in the chocolate chips, coconut and nuts and stir until combined.  Drop by the teaspoonful onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges.   Let them cool for 5 minutes before moving them to a wire rack.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mint Oreo Milk Shake

I have a VERY hard time resisting mint Oreos!  Regular Oreos I can walk by all day long, but there is just something about mint that tempts me!  For this reason they are NEVER in my house, but seeing as how it was St. Patrick's Day AND my husband has some Irish heritage, I thought, why not?!  And boy am I regretting it, I guess I have to put in 24,000 more hours at the gym to make up for this weekend's mint Oreos!  But oh, they were soooo good!  Here is what I put into these mint Oreo milk shakes...

Mint Oreo Milk Shake
(about 6 servings)

Vanilla ice cream
mint Oreos
malt powder
whipped cream (for garnish)
green sprinkles (for garnish)

Ok, I fill my blender with vanilla ice cream (do NOT pack it down).  Add a tablespoon or 2 of malt powder, and 9-10 mint Oreos.  Add milk until it fills the cracks and crevices about 3/4 of the way to the top of the blender. (I like my shakes thick, so I add more after I start to blend).  Blend until smooth, adjusting the milk or ice cream as needed until the shake is the consistency you like (I stir, carefully, as it blends with a spoon to get things moving).  Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and sprinkles.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Rice Krispie Treats

Ok, so this is just one of those recipes that when I want to make them, I can NEVER find the recipe!  So, here it is my friends!  Although, I do change the recipe a little, I like mine gooey!

Rice Krispie Treats

4 T butter
5 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups rice krispie cereal
1 t vanilla

Grease a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Melt the butter and marshmallows in a large pan over medium-low heat.  Once the mixture is smooth, add the vanilla and stir to combine.  Add the rice krispie cereal and stir until evenly coated.  Dump into prepared pan and press down evenly using your hands sprayed with cooking spray.  Let them cool for about 20-30 minutes.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Chicken Enchilada Soup

We have been making this soup for years, so I don't remember where the recipe came from.  I do remember it being a copy cat recipe from Chili's (the restaurant) Chicken Enchilada Soup.  No matter how I got a hold of it, it has been a house favorite for quite some time!  It is just a fantastic soup and different then other mexican or tortilla soups I have had.  This one is just so perfectly delicious!  

Chicken Enchilada Soup
(8-10 servings)

1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 T chicken base
1 1/2 cup diced onions
1 t cumin
1 t chili powder
1 t minced garlic
1/4 t cayenne pepper (this will NOT make it spicy)
1 cup masa harina, corn flour (you can find this at any grocery store)
2 quarts water
1 cup crushed tomatoes
1/4 pound American cheese, cut into small cubes (I totally don't like this but it is amazing and creamy in this soup!)
2-3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded

shredded cheddar cheese
tortilla chips 

In a large soup pot, heat oil.  Add onion, chicken base and spices.  Saute until the onions are soft, about 3-4 minutes.  In another container, combine 2 cups of the water with the masa harina, stirring until all lumps dissolve.  Add this to the sautéed onions, stirring constantly, and let it cook for 2-3 minutes once it starts to bubble, this will eliminate the raw flavor of the masa harina. Add the remaining water slowly, whisking as you go until the soup is smooth. Add the tomatoes, let the soup come to a boil, stirring occasionally.  Add cheese to the soup and stir to melt.  Add the chicken to the soup and stir to heat through.  Top with shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips and fresh avocado!
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