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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Lemonade Cookies

I am so tired of the cold. It doesn't look like spring in coming anytime soon so I figured I might as well pull the Holiday cookbooks back out. This Holiday Homemaker was published by Wisconsin Power & Light. It doesn't have a date but I am guessing 1960's.
This looked like a light spring-ish recipe.
I only needed the lemonade. They only had one kind of frozen lemonade and it was a lower sugar 'healthy' kind.
A big, sticky mess! I'm not sure how this will turn out...
I was not certain how big these would spread. (Pre-cut parchment paper is great!)
Don't these look great?! Fluffy little clouds.
I completely forgot to take a picture of the finished cookies with the lemonade icing. Opps! They were pretty. Trust me.
These were easy to put together but boring. I don't know if it was because I had to use 'healthy' lemonade but the flavor was way too light, almost not there. I loved the texture but everything else was forgettable.

My Rating: Boring. Nothing to save.

Friends and Family Rating: "Not bad"

Monday, February 25, 2019

Wheaties Nougat Bars

A friend was telling me about a dessert he remembered from childhood. It was a type of no-bake cookie with flaked cereal. I don't think this was it but it was as close as I could get. 
Betty Crocker provided me with this snack recommended for after a midnight supper and promises it is "also delightful with ice cream."
I should have placed the bowl of wheat bran flakes towards the front to make it look healthier.
I used a make shift double boiler. It was not fun. I would recommend just using a regular pot and not bothering with trying to use a double boiler.
So thick! And so difficult to mix! I definitely got a nice arm workout.
There is so much stuff in this mix that I was concerned it would not stay together. I have my doubts about this one. I don't think there is enough marshmallows to make bars, a delicious crumble but not a bar.
Add a nice chocolate layer to hide the bran flakes.
It is really difficult to let it sit and cool. With cookies you can sneak a warm one and no one knows! Kinda hard to do that with a bar.
This little bars are dense! You will need a very sharp knife to cut them. I like the rough edges of the sides better than the cut centers.
This was suppose to make 32 bars. I did not make quite that many but it was close. These are so full of stuff that you will want to make them bite-sized.
All in all not bad. They are not my favorite but I was surprised on how good they were. I do not like whole wheat bran stuff (I am a fan of mushy white bread) but the cereal gave the bars a nice heartiness to them. The chocolate was amazing! Without the top layer these bars would be in the trash. Don't add too thick of a layer or it will overwhelm all the other parts but you must add a nice layer of good quality chocolate. I used dark. So good.

My Rating: Not bad but I probably won't make again.

Friends and Family Rating: "These are pretty good." "Do the Wheaties make them healthy?"

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Chewy Cocoa Brownies

If you need a last minute homemade Valentines gift, these brownies are easy and delicious!
For Christmas I received this wonderful old recipe tin and one of the recipes inside was a handwritten recipe complete with drawings. It was so cute, I had to make it.
This recipe calls for a ton of cocoa powder and sugar and not so much flour. Is this normal? I have not made brownies from scratch in a long time. It's one of the few things that I just grab a box mix for.
Premixed ingredients never look very appetizing...I probably should not take pictures of it but I feel like I am suppose to.
 Man! This batter is thick! And smells so good and chocolatey...(I may or may not have licked the beaters.)
There was no way to smooth out the brownies. The batter is way too thick. I am hoping that the heat will help settle the batter and make it look a little better.
Nope. The oven did not help me. These were so dense that I had to cut them into extra small bites.

It is no wonder this recipe was saved. These were wonderful! They are very rich and dense so I am glad I cut them into smaller pieces. This is not a recipe that lends itself to being modified. I would not try adding stuff like chocolate bits or candies. The fudgey-ness is all you need.

My Rating: Keeper! I will be making these again.

Friends and Family Rating: "Amazing" "Smells like fudge." "There is a chewy, grittiness to it. I like it." "It intrigues the palette." (I love my co-workers. They are crazy.)