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I’m rich, I’m rich! Thousand Dollar Bars

I’m rich, I’m rich! Thousand Dollar Bars
Have you ever baked something that made you do the Daffy Duck? You know, the cartoon scene where Daffy runs about yelling, “I’m rich, I’m rich, whoop, whoop, yippee, I’m rich!” He’s bouncing around on his head, feet, hands, and rump in a spastic outpouring of sheer joy. Yep, the Daffy Duck. Not everything we bake here in the kitchen gets us to do the Daffy Duck. On a bad day, we do the wine taster (small taste and a spit) or the Emily Post (napkin over mouth, remove offending food, weak smile). But on a really really good day, we do the Happy Dance (personal taste rules here;mine includes foot stomping and mmm mmm noises); and the Daffy Duck. These Thousand Dollar Bars did just that for us here at KAF. These bars definitely remind people of Twix® bars, both in shape and taste, but OH, so much better when top-end caramel and chocolate is used. So, break out your happy dancin’ shoes, and let’s make Thousand Dollar Bars. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Prick the dough all over with a fork. Related:  Other desserts

Homemade Pop-Tarts When I was a kid, I loved Pop-Tarts. My mom rarely bought them for us because of how unhealthy they are, but when I saw those babies in the pantry, I was pretty excited! My favorite was always strawberry, which is why I decided to make that version of these myself. I’m no health nut, but that might be because I don’t buy a lot of pre-packaged foods. The only things of that nature that I stock my pantry with on a regular basis are low-fat popcorn, rice cakes, pretzels, the occasional tortilla chips, and every once in a while, I’ll buy ice cream. I definitely get my calories in other ways, but it’s always through food that I’ve made myself. I wanted to make something kind of special for dessert a few weeks ago, and I remembered that I had seen other food bloggers making their own homemade Pop-Tarts. Your ingredients. Roll the dough out on a floured surface and cut into strips with a pizza cutter, about 3 inches wide and 5 or 6 inches long. Serve and enjoy! Homemade Pop-Tarts Cook time:

the-brownie-that-will-change-your-life/ Let me start off by saying that viewer discretion is advised for today’s post. OK now with the story that preludes possibly the greatest brownie I have ever sunk my teeth in thus far in my life. Last Saturday Mrs. Zesty had a baby shower to attend and she was designated for a dessert/sweet treat for the girls. I knew time was tight and I didn’t want to spend all night Friday night to prep a dessert. This recipe, I cannot take any credit for and nor will I try as it is compliments of Nestle Toll House and as you can see from the reviews…. Ingredients 1 pkg. (18.25 oz.) chocolate cake mix1 cup chopped nuts ( Optional )1 cup Evaporated Milk1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted35 (10-oz. pkg.) caramels, unwrapped2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Method Preheat oven to 350° F.Combine cake mix and nuts in large bowl. Bake for 15 minutes.Heat caramels and remaining evaporated milk in small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until caramels are melted. Thanks zesty

Cake Batter Chocolate Bark I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to share a recipe with you. Or to lick a bowl. The secret ingredient here? All you must do is whisk it well into the melted white chocolate. The truth is, I’ve never been much of a “bark” person. After laying on the couch slurping butter-soaked shrimp scampi, plowing through a bag of m&m’s and watching 7 hours of Lifetime television, I had my answer: cake batter. And I didn’t want to just make white chocolate bark. Did you know I have an obsession with sprinkles? I’d put them on everything if I could. Cake Batter Chocolate Bark 6 ounces high quality dark chocolate (I used Lindt 70%) 12 ounces high quality white chocolate (I used Lindt) 3 teaspoons yellow cake mix sprinkles of your choice (at least 3 tablespoons worth or more) Melt dark chocolate either in the microwave or a double boiler. Melt while chocolate. Once set, break into chunks. All I really want to know is how I can possibly top this treat.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars There is a deli near my house that makes the most amazing chocolate peanut butter bars. I have been trying to come up with a copycat version of them for some time & this recipe is pretty much it. I thought they would be a great dessert to make for the bake sale, as chocolate/peanut butter desserts are very popular & these are super simple & don't require any baking! To begin, grease a standard sized brownie pan with non-stick cooking spray & line the pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang {for easy removal}. 2 2/3 cups confectioners' sugar, a 1/2 cup of softened unsalted butter, & 1 3/4 cups of smooth peanut butter. Beat until smooth, then dump the mixture out into the pan, and press down into the bottom, making it as level as possible. 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, and 8 ounces of bittersweet chocolate {chopped} in a double boiler, or heat-proof bowl set over simmering water. Stir occasionally to combine.

Colorful Spiral Cookies Just try to be in a bad mood around one of these. Impossible! I was naturally drawn to these because of the bright, eye-catching swirl, not to mention the jumbo sprinkles-encrusted edges! Another thing I love about these is that they are SLICE and BAKE. I won't go much into preparation here, because that's all in the recipe, but here are some pictures to give you an idea of the process. I wanted to make my dough even on all sides, so I trimmed some away to make an even roll. I used Wilton's rose gel food coloring. You'll then encrust the dough with jumbo (or other) sprinkles. Speaking of ham... Some of you may wonder why there are so many pictures of my dog, Biscuit, included in my posts. I'll say "Biiiissscuit...no-no!" ...and all my disciplinary plans fly out the window. I think this version turned out cute too, although I really like the larger jumbo non-pariels better. EDIT: Laurie at Dalla Mia Cucina made them - check out her pretty version. Remove dough pieces from refrigerator. Love,

A Tasty Recipe: That’s the Best Frosting I’ve Ever Had – Tasty Kitchen Blog I’ve been intrigued with this frosting recipe for months, not just because of its alluring title, but also because if its ingredients. Five tablespoons of flour? In frosting? Let’s just say my interest was piqued. I finally got around to making it yesterday evening; Marlboro Man’s grandmother has some old friends staying at The Lodge and I wanted to take them a treat. You owe it to yourself to make this frosting sometime in your life. You’ll just have to trust me on this. Here’s how you make it: First things first: I made chocolate sheet cake cupcakes. Here’s the recipe: The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake (or Cupcakes!) Let your cupcakes (or cake) cool completely. Begin by pouring 5 tablespoons of flour into 1 cup of milk. After adding the flour, whisk it together until combined, then place the saucepan over medium heat. Cool the mixture completely. The mixture will be very, very thick. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla to the cooled flour/milk mixture. Stir it around to combine. I’m bossy.

Prince William's Groom's Cake It seems the whole world is obsessed with the impending royal nuptials scheduled for this Friday. Although I will not be watching, I am still interested in the cake! What does royalty serve on such an occasion? While the royal wedding cake recipe is yet under lock and key, the groom's cake has been revealed. I certainly wouldn't have expected this cake. Sure, the groom's cake is usually much less fancy than the wedding cake... but this? I decided to make this on a whim, and I wasn't sure I'd be able to locate the McVities Rich Tea Biscuits called for in the recipe. If you can't find McVities brand, any plain, crispy cookie would work. Enjoy! Chocolate Biscuit Cake 1/2 tsp. softened butter for greasing pan 8 oz. 1/2 stick (4 tbsp) unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup extra find granulated sugar 4 oz. 8 oz. chocolate for icing Cinnamon for dusting Lightly grease a 6" spring form pan. Melt 4 oz. chocolate in a double boiler. Spoon the chocolate coated biscuits into the cake pan.

Salted Chocolate We’re watching our friend’s cat right now, and it’s a lot of fun. Kramer and I want to get a pet so badly, but I just don’t think that I have the time, energy, or, frankly, money, to take care of an animal the way I would like to. For now, though, it’s just fun to pretend to have a pet for a week. His name is Eddie and he’s pretty funny. I’ve never had a cat before, but Kramer grew up with them so he’s more accustomed to their behavior than I am. My dog at home, Tessa, is always so interested in what you’re up to and even sleeps under the covers at the foot of the bed, which I love and miss so much! These bars really do taste like Twix, and I’m not even exaggerating. Your ingredients. Combine your flour, brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Cut your cold butter into cubes and add to the flour. Using your hands or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour until a course mixture forms. Mix in the water and the egg yolk until combined. Spread the caramel over the baked shortbread crust.

Brickle A few weeks ago, I went to a barbeque. On the table there was plate of what looked to be a chocolate type dish that was crumbled up. I grabbed a piece, ate it, had eight more pieces, and then went on a mad hunt throughout the barbeque to see who brought the stuff and how much I would have to pay them for the recipe. After not too much work I tracked it down, and trust me. You want to make this. What’s fantastic about this stuff is many things. Directions 1) Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. 2) Then layer in crackers. 3) Melt the butter in a saucepan and then stir in the brown sugar. 4) Once it has simmered for a few minutes, pour it straight on the crackers. 5) Next, stick your baking sheet in the oven at 325 degrees for 5-10 minutes. 6) When you take it out of the oven, pour the chocolate chips on the tray right away. 7) Meanwhile, crumble up some heath bars. 8) After 5 minutes, use a spatula to spread out the chocolate and make the chips flat. 11) Then just bust the stuff up! Ok. Um.

Birthday Cake Popcorn. So here's what happened. Friday afternoon I was trying to recreate one of those fancy Disneyland cookies I'd told you about earlier in the week. And it started out beautiful and promising: chocolate chip cookie dough, white chocolate candy melts, gorgeous swirls of raspberry preserves, and chunks of rich dark chocolate... the sort of cookie dough that spoons were made for, if you know what I mean. Dreamy. Except it spread into one giant mess of gooey, melted, pink-streaked chocolate. It happened. So I sulked on the couch and decided baking wasn't for me anyways and I should probably just quit and turn in my apron, except I really loved that apron and what would I blog about? Then it hit me. I didn't want cookies. And I wanted it to taste like birthday cake. Fact: I want to eat this picture. I love white chocolate. I made the obviously healthier choice. I melted it. Colorful! It's sweet, addictive, festive and fun, with a subtle taste of birthday cake in every deliciously rich handful.

Easy Homemade Ice Cream without a Machine July is National Ice Cream month, and I’m so excited to show you how making your own homemade ice cream is easier than you may think! No ice cream maker? No problem. Out of rock salt? And let me just get one thing straight. Homemade Ice Cream without the machine couldn’t be easier! Basically, you start with 2 cups of heavy cream and 1 can of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk. Whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks… Add your flavors, toppings, and mix-ins to the sweetened condensed milk… Then fold in the whipped cream. That’s it! So what can you add to the cream & milk?? How about butter, cinnamon, and vanilla for… Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream! Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream Recipe Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream 2 cups heavy cream 1 (14 oz.) Whip heavy cream to stiff peaks in large bowl. Pour into a 2-quart container and cover. Print Recipe What about Nutella & Peanut Butter?? Nutella Peanut Butter Chip Ice Cream Recipe Nutella Peanut Butter Chip Ice Cream 2 cups heavy cream 1 (14 oz.) Krispy Kreme Ice Cream Recipe

Rainbow Cake in a Jar | The Family Kitchen I’ve always had a penchant for sunshine in a jar. Doesn’t the very phrase itself, “sunshine in a jar,” roll off your tongue and fill your mouth with magic? While I’ve never yet found myself a sunshine in a jar, I think we may have just concocted it in our kitchen tonight. In this simple recipe, a basic white cake is turned into a slew of bright colors, baked to perfection, then topped with a creamy white frosting. Cakes baked in jars can be topped with traditional metal canning lids and stored in the fridge for up to five days. Rainbow Cake in Jar 1 box white cake mix made according to package instructionsNeon food coloring in pink, yellow, green, turquoise, and purple3 one-pint canning jars1 can vanilla frostingRainbow sprinkles Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scoop about 1/2 cups of cake batter into five small bowls. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the purple batter into the bottom of each jar. For even more great desserts in a jar, check out our slideshow “Contain Yourself!

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