Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Still Busy In The Kitchen

I have one thing to share with all of you before I start my kitchen adventures. I recieved this lovely parcel from Carrie at Under The Willows. It is her laundry detergent sample packaged just beautifully for me to try. It is going to get used this weekend. It smells so good that I can hardly wait to use it!

This chocolatey goodie is called Chocolate Brittle Surprise. Thought I would share the recipe with all of you.

Chocolate Brittle Surprise
35 unsalted soda crackers (this is the surprise) 2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup margarine or butter 1 cup chopped pecans (I use walnuts)
1 cup packed brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking oil spray. Place crackers on foil in 5 x 7 rows. Microwave butter on high for 2 minutes. Add brown sugar and stir. Microwave on high for 2 more minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Pour over crackers and bake for 15 to 17 minutes. It should bubble but not burn. Sprinkle chocolate chips over hot crackers and let soften. Spread the chocolate over top. Sprinkle with nuts. Chill 1 hour and break into pieces. This can be frozen.

This is my version of Peanut Butter Cups. I am too lazy to coat the small cups with chocolate and chill.

Peanut Butter Cups
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)
2/3 cup graham wafer crumbs
30 mini paper cups

Melt the margarine and peanut butter in a large saucepan, cooking over medium heat until completely melted. Stir in icing sugar and graham cracker crumbs. press about 1/2 tbsp into each paper cup.

Melt the chocolate chips with about 2 tbsp margarine. Spoon and smooth over the peanut butter filling

Cream Cheese Mints

4 oz package softened Cream Cheese
3 1/2 cups icing sugar (powdered sugar)
1/8 or more tsp peppermint flavouring
Dipping chocolate

Combine cream cheese, icing sugar, and peppermint flavouring in a large bowl. Stir until well mixed. Roll into small balls and press down with a fork.

Melt chocolate and dip the patties into the chocolate. Lay on waxed paper to harden.

This is the start of my cookie making. These are my favorites, Whipped Shortbread...the jar is getting empty, just may have to make some more.

Whipped Shortbread Cookies
1 cup butter softened
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup icing sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, butter and icing sugar. With an electric mixer beat until light and fluffy about 10 minutes. Form doug into balls and press down with a small glass. You can decorate them with sprinkles, or cut up pieces of red and green marachino cherries.

Bake for 12 tp 15 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies afe lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes. Store in an air tight container.
Off to visit all of you this evening.
Everyone have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


  1. Jackie I think I just gain a few pounds just by looking at all of these yummy treats. I'm going to add them to my ohter recipes that you posted. I bought some of Carrie's laundry soap, I LOVE IT~~~ My laundry room smell so good. I hope that you have a wonderful week.

  2. I am impressed. I never seem to be able to make more than one thing at a time. Today I made lemon cookies using Lemon cake mix. I saw the recipe at The Simple Woman.
    Tomorrow, I'm going to a cookie swap and then heading to Memphis for the weekend.
    Mama Bear

  3. Jackie, these all sound and look so good. The Brittle does have a surprise ingredient...I'm going to try this for sure. I love sweets and you have some great recipes...each time I visit I gain weight:). hugs, Linda

  4. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful recipes Jackie! The Cream Cheese Mints sound delicious & look so pretty with one corner dipped in white chocolate!

  5. You are a busy lady! Everything looks yummy. (I'll be by for coffee and cookies later ... I wish, LOL!)

  6. Any and all of my blogging friends are welcome at any time.

  7. Look at all that chocolate! Thanks for sharing the recipes. I can see the calories and fat grams attaching themselves to my thighs right now.

    Hope you have a wonderful 2010!