Archive for February, 2012


No. Holds Bars

Like many other teenagers I like to sleep and when I can I sleep as late as possible. Today I didn’t get up until after 1130 and with almost 12 hours of sleep I’m still tired. Therefore it has been a VERY lazy day. I stayed in my favorite PJs all afternoon until I was forced to change so we could go get some dinner. And because I had nothing better to do tonight i decided to bake something but because I was lazy I used a box mix, which I rarely do. I have tons of boxes mixes from my aunt that are sitting in my pantry so keeping on with the theme of the day I decided I would be lazy and use one of the box mixes.

I decided the box of No. Holds Bars looked appealing (as the box states they are luscious layers of sugar cookie and fudge brownie, topped with a decadent toffee-nut crumble) so I pulled them out and the other few ingredients that you need to make them. They are super easy but require a little bit of work to put them together but in the end…well you can’t have just one bar which typically means going back to cut yourself just ONE more LITTLE slice over and over. And for Addie Theis….Yes in fact I DID just make BARS, because I live in Minnesota and we don’t have cake 😉

These bars start with a layer of sugar cookie dough.

Then comes a delicious layer of brownie batter.

This then gets sprinkled with a mixture of crunchy peanut butter (I did use creamy peanut butter once because I did not have any crunchy peanut butter on hand and it turned out just as delicious but I prefer the crunchy peanut butter) and powered sugar.I did have a slight issue with the powdered sugar tonight. It had a mind of its own and decided it wanted to explode all over my pants and the floor.

After sprinkling the peanut butter/powdered mixture a top the cookie dough and brownie batter you sprinkle it peanuts and toffee bits and then bake it at 350 for about 40 minutes.

Before baking:

And after baking:

I cut myself a slice of this straight from the oven and topped it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream…a very dangerous combination as I now want to cover the entire pan of bars in ice cream bring it to my room and eat it….all of it…by myself, but I do have some self restraint.

Vanilla Cupcakes

TO THE ZOO! German Day at the MN Zoo on Wednesday and so we are working on animals in German…again…like we did last year…and we have another project. So when the idea came up of bringing in cupcakes for part of my groups project I totally was like “I’m on it!” And so we became over achievers.

So my group decided to do our on animals from the Arctic…well sort of…penguins don’t actually live in the Arctic *coughkayleecough* So I’ve made pretty blue snowy arctic themed cupcakes for class tomorrow. I made a lot of them-over 50, with Kaylee’s help though of course!

And not only did we make cupcakes…we made pretty blue and white swirled cupcakes.

So we have some white batter

And we have some blue batter

And we swirled the batter together

And we baked them!

Frosted with a pretty blue buttercream and sprinkled with pretty snowflakes and pearl sprinkles.

Recipe:

Scale: 3

Cupcakes:

-1 Cup of Sugar

-1 3/4 Cups of Cake Flour

-1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

-1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-1/4 Cup of butter

-2 Eggs

-1/3 Cup sour cream

-1/4 Cup oil (vegetable or canola)

-1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

-2/3 Cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 F

2. In a bowl mix together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar.

3. Mix together the butter and the dry ingredient mixture in a mixer.

4. In another bowl mix together the eggs, sour cream, oil, and vanilla until combined.

5. Add the egg mixture into the mixer (with the dry ingredients and butter) and mix until combined.

6. Slowly add the milk, it will be a thin batter but thats ok.

7. Fill the cupcake liners 1/2 to 3/4 full and bake for 15 minutes.

8. Frost and Enjoy

Recipe adapted from: http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2011/09/ultimate-vanilla-cupcake-test-baked-by.html

Frosting:

-3/4 cup shortening

-2 1/2 Sticks of butter

-6 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

-3 tablespoons of milk

-2 teaspoons of vanilla

1. Mix together the butter and shortening

2. Slowly add in powdered sugar

3. Add milk and vanilla

4. Continue to mix until light and fluffly

Note: This is a fairly large batch of frosting and it can easily be halved.

Enjoy!

And Yay!! Finally have my very first blog post! Woohoo