Sunday, February 23, 2014

Pineapple Angel Food Cake with Maraschino Cherry-Cream Cheese Frosting

1 box angel food cake mix
1 20-oz can crushed pineapple
2 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Combine angel food cake mix with can of crushed pineapple by hand. Chuck into a 13x9 inch pan and bake for 30 minutes. Then remove from oven, and cool on rack until it comes to room temperature.

Mix the cream cheese with the maraschino cherry juice, until the cream cheese isn't in giant chunks. Add confectioner's sugar until it your desire consistency.

Frost cake, then enjoy!

I am obsessed with maraschino cherries. It's kind of ridiculous just how much I love them. So my mother purchased a 9 lb 6 oz container of them for me. Annnnd I have downed half of them, mostly by myself. SOOOOO when I made some pineapple angel food cake, and realized I didn't have any coconut or canned frosting, I decided to be a big girl and make my own frosting- and that I was going to jazz it up with maraschino cherry juice! I am SO glad that I did!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sugar Cookie Bars

recipe from Six Sisters' Stuff

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temp
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Mix in vanilla.

In a separate bowl whisk together flour, salt and baking soda. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined. Spread on a greased, rimmed baking sheet (use a 13x18x1" pan/cookie sheet). The dough will be just like cookie dough- heavy and sticky- so it’s best to spray your hands with a little nonstick spray and use them to help mold the dough into the pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar

Combine all ingredients until well-blended. Spread on top of bars. Top with sprinkles if you want!

I love Sugar Cookies. My Mom made the most amazing sugar cookies when I was little, for Christmas, for Valentine's Day, and birthdays. So, I always find myself craving them during those holidays. Just FYI, birthdays are definitely holidays. But good sugar cookies are time consuming, they take forever and a day to make. SOOOO when I found these bars on pinterest, I knew I had to them! And I am SO glad that I did, because they are amazing. All the classic flavors of sugar cookies, but without all the hassle of chilling, rolling out, cutting, and chilling again of the dough before you even get to bake them! ANNNND it makes decorating THAT much easier.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Pop! Pop!

Are you a single lady that wants multiple men to ask you to marry them?

Make these… now!

1 can crescent rolls
cream cheese
bacon, cut and cooked
diced chili peppers*

*jalapeño or serrano

Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Roll out crescent roll dough.
Cut each triangle in half.
A small dollop of cream cheese.
Top with a piece of bacon, and chili pepper.
Fold corners of crescent dough, and pinch.
Bake on a cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes.
Remove from oven, let cool a minute, then Pop! Pop!

The first time I made these, I used jalapeños, and I kid you not, I received four offers of marriage from them. The second time I made them, it was super bowl weekend, and all the stores in my area were out of jalapeños, so I used serrano peppers. They were a little bit spicier, but I REALLY liked them.

If you're worried about calories, then you can totally make them with reduced fat cream cheese, and reduced fat crescent rolls. Kind of a win/win, right?