Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween Puppy Chow

Halloween is a fun time of year to try new treats. Our family loves the traditional puppy chow recipe, but I decided to try this one and mix things up. It was an instant hit and Olivia and her friends couldn't keep their hands out of the bowl!

White Puppy Chow
9 c Rice Chex cereal
1 c white chocolate chips
1//2 c peanut butter, creamy
1/4 c butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 c powdered sugar
1 bag candy corn candy

Chocolate Puppy Chow
9 c Chocolate Chex cereal
1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c peanut butter
1/4 c butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c powdered sugar
1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
1 bag Reese's Pieces

Line two large cookie sheets with either wax or parchment paper. To make the white puppy chow, place rice cereal in a large bowl. In a small microwave proof bowl, melt chocolate, butter and peanut butter. Heat in microwave until melted and you can stir it smooth. Stir in vanilla extract in and then pour over cereal. Stir to coat cereal. (I like to use the giant ziploc bags for this step, dump in the powdered sugar, melted chocolate mixture, candy, cereal and shake). Place coated cereal on cookie sheet to cool.

For chocolate puppy chow follow the above steps but add unsweetened cocoa powder in with the powdered sugar. Place on cookie sheet to cool. Once both are cooled pour into ziploc bags and shake to mix both chocolate and white puppy chow mix. Makes 18 cups


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Friday, October 12, 2012

Pumpkin Brownies

Fall is my favorite time of year, I just wish that Florida HAD a fall! So instead of bundling up in sweaters and breaking out the boots, we are still wearing flip flops and shorts. The one thing I can do is start cooking with pumpkin and that always helps me get into the spirit of my favorite season. I came up with this recipe this morning and couldn't wait to taste these yummy treats. They are the perfect blend of spicy pumpkin alongside sweet rich chocolate, a perfect combo!

1 pkg Betty Crocker Pumpkin Spice Cookie Mix,
prepared according to directions
1 box brownie mix (9x13 size),
prepared according to directions
1/2 c milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 9x13 pan with Pam. Mix up cookie dough and press into bottom of pan, sprinkle with chocolate chips. Next pour brownie batter over top of cookie dough. Bake for 25-30 minutes until set. Let cool, cut and enjoy!

Press cookie dough into pan
Sprinkle with chocolate chips
Pour brownie batter over top
Spread it out and bake


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Easy Chocolate Croissants

Olivia had a sleepover last night, no school today due to a Jewish holiday. Her and her girlfriends were headed to the beach but I wanted to make them something quick and tasty. I remembered I had a can of crescent rolls in the fridge and some chocolate chips in the pantry....done! The girls gobbled these up so quickly and then headed out the door to the beach.

1 can crescent rolls
1 c milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Unroll dough into triangles, place a small handful of chocolate chips at large end of triangle. Roll up and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Take remaining chocolate chips and place in small ziploc bag and melt in microwave for about a minute. Snip off one end of bag and drizzle melted chocolate over hot croissants!
Serves 8

Friday, September 14, 2012

Buffalo Chicken Dip

We had a huge group of college students to the house last weekend and they devoured this dip. I'm always wary of trying a new recipe for a party, but this one didn't disappoint. I could have quadrupled it and we still would have run out. The heat from the buffalo sauce was mellowed by the ranch dressing. Now that football season is in full swing, it's time for you to make this for your next party! 

3 cups cooked and shredded chicken ( I had leftover smoked chicken in the house) 
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup Ranch dressing
1 cup Buffalo wing sauce 
1 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
blue cheese crumbles

Heat chicken and Buffalo sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Make sure to break up the chicken so there are no big chunks. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix in shredded cheese. Pour into a 9x13 dish and sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles and place in a 350 degree oven until cheese is melted. (15 min) Serve with chips, and celery for dipping; sliced baguettes would also be good for dipping.