Thursday, October 8, 2009

Samoas Bars

These bars taste just like the Samoas Girl Scout Cookies. I love anything with chocolate, caramel or coconut - so to have all three in one dessert was awesome! I got this recipe from My Kitchen Cafe

Samoas Bars

Cookie Base:
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350.. Grease a 9x13 pan.
In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter until fluffy.
Beat in egg and vanilla extract.
At a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly.
Pour crumbly dough (it won't stick together.) into prepared pan and press into an even layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes until base is set and edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on a rack before topping.


3 cups shredded coconut
14 oz. bag caramels
1/4 tsp. salt
3 Tbs. milk
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Spread coconut on a baking sheet and toast for 20 minutes, stirring very 5 minutes until it is golden. (Or microwave it in batches, stirring every so often.) Cool and set aside.
Unwrap caramels and microwave with milk and salt at 50% power for 1-2 minutes, stirring a few times to help the caramel melt.
When smooth, stir in toasted coconut. Drop by spoonfuls onto the cookie base. Spread the topping into an even layer.
Let cool and then cut into bars.
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave and then drizzle over the cut bars.

Enjoy your sugar rush!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pumpkin Fudge

This treat is really yummy - tastes just like pumpkin pie! There is about 30 minutes of standing by the stove stirring - but if you have the ingredients measured and ready and follow the recipe exactly, it will turn out great for you! The fudge is creamy - but not gooey - and very sweet. A small piece definitely satisfies a sugar craving! (Recipe is from Allrecipes)

Here's to my favorite season of the year: Autumn!
Pumpkin Fudge

2 Tbs. Butter
2 1/2 cups white sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 cup white chocolate chips
7 oz. marshmallow cream
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Line a 9x9 pan with aluminum foil and set aside.
In a 3 qt. saucepan, heat milk and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
Mix in pumpkin and cinnamon; bring back to a boil.
Stir in marshmallow and butter. Bring to a rolling boil.
Cook, stirring occasionally, for 18 minutes.
Remove from heat and add white chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir quickly until chips are melted and mixture is creamy.
Pour into prepared pan.
Cool (about 2 hours) and cut into squares.
Store in a cool dry place.

Too Much Chocolate Cake

This is my absolute FAVORITE chocolate cake. It is very rich - it definitely lives up to it's name! I got the recipe from

Too Much Chocolate Cake

1 (18.25 oz.) box Devil's Food Cake mix
1 (5.9 oz.) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs, and water. stir in chocolate chips and pour batter into a well greased 12 cup bunt pan. (For other pans, follow the time on the cake mix box. You may need to cook a bit longer, start checking it at the time specified on the box. A clean toothpick means it's ready - just don't hit a melted chocolate chip!)

Bake for 50-55 minutes until top is springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake thoroughly in the pan for at least an hour and a half before inverting onto a plate.

Rainbow Cake & Dump Truck Cake

I love decorating cakes. I've got very limited artistic talent - I'm the first to admit it - but when you get to eat your an eraser any day!

Under the frosting of both cakes is "Too Much Chocolate Cake" - which will be my next post!

Gracie had a rainbow cake. The colors are Skittles and the clouds are marshmallows.

Shaylor had a 'Struction' Cake (Construction) - I found the dump truck, bulldozer, digger and cement truck candles at Zurchers for $3. I used Duncan Hines chocolate frosting(surprisingly yummy!), crushed oreos, and chocolate rocks (found at Gardner Village Sweet Shop).