Guests were coming for lunch on Saturday…what to make for dessert…
The Ghiradelli White Chocolate chips were calling my name. Normally one thinks of White Chocolate with Macadamia nuts but why not pecans. I baked these yummy cookies from the Ghiradelli recipe with delicious pecans. They are slightly addictive so the remaining cookies are in the freezer for a quick dessert another time.
WHITE CHOCOLATE PECAN COOKIES
Yield: 5 dozen cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups unsifted flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups (11 oz. bag) white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Cream the butter and sugars until fluffy.
Add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, and beat well.
Blend in the flour, baking soda and salt.
Stir in the white chips and nuts.
Drop by teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheets (or lined with parchment). Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Adapted from Ghirardelli Macadamia White Chip Cookies recipe on the back of the Ghirardelli Classic White Chips package
This past weekend my older daughter, Megan, and I hosted a baby shower for younger daughter, Sarah, due April 27. Megan did all of the planning and the food was to be ‘baby size’. One of the recipes that we chose was Mini Corn Dog Muffins. Served with mustard and ketchup they were a big hit for the little ones and grown-ups alike. Let me warn you…they are addictive!
MINI CORN DOG MUFFINS
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cornmeal (yellow)
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
8-10 all-beef hot dogs, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine butter and sugar in a bowl and whisk to combine. Add eggs and whisk to incorporate. Add buttermilk and whisk again.
In a separate bowl, combine baking soda, cornmeal, flour and salt. Stir to combine. Whisk into wet ingredients.
Spray mini muffin tins with non-stick spray. Spoon 1 tablespoon of batter into each mini muffin cup. Place one hot dog bite into the middle of each cup.
Bake for 8-12 minutes (oven temperatures may vary) or until cornbread is golden brown. Cool in mini muffin tin for 5 minutes before removing and serving. I found using a small bamboo skewer was the perfect way to loosen the edges of the muffins to remove from the muffin tin.
Serve with sides of mustard and ketchup.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator and re-heat for 20-30 seconds in the microwave before serving.
I will eat a Scotcheroos any time of year, but for some reason I associate these addictive treats with Easter. A pan of Scotcheroos regularly graced our family Easter dinner celebration along with the traditional baked hams, potatoes, etc.
They are an absolute favorite of mine and I’ve been known to eat them for breakfast, if left to my own devices. After all, they do have cereal and peanut butter in them! I find them so addictive, that I cannot make them often.
This year, Scotcheroos will again grace our Easter celebration, sprinkled with Easter colored sugars. Let’s hope the guests will eat several so I won’t have to! Scotcheroos…it’s tradition.
1 small package chocolate chips
1 small package butterscotch chips
1 cup light Karo syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter (crunchy is great)
6 cups Rice Krispies®
Melt chips in microwave.
In separate pan mix Karo and sugar. Stir in pan until slightly boiling. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter and beat until smooth.
Pour syrup over Rice Krispies in large bowl.
Put Rice Krispies mixture in buttered 9×13″ pan. Cover with melted chips. Let cool and set until firm. Cut into squares to serve.