Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Oyster Cracker Snack

This is GOOD stuff.  Hip Hop Dot gave me a Christmas card with a baggie full of this stuff and I loved it.  I went to the store and got the oyster crackers and the Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix packet.  Actually there was a house brand for it and it was 59¢ opposed to the brand which was twice that price.  I think the Professor is gonna love it.
2 lbs oyster crackers
1 cup vegetable oil
1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
3 Tablespoonfuls Parmesan Cheese
1 teaspoonful garlic powder
1 teaspoonful dill weed

Put oyster crackers in 1 gallon or larger zip lock bag and pour oil over crackers.  Close the bag and mix the oil thoroughly through the crackers.  In a paper bag place the remaining ingredients and pour the crackers in and shake, shake, shake.  Let them set overnight and then snack, snack, snack

Monday, December 19, 2011

Cherry Swirl Coffee Cake

I was looking for a Bisquick Coffee Cake recipe this morning and this one looked so yummy for a grey and rainy morning.  I used the Aldi's Baking Mix and I halved the recipe.  I didn't think about halving the 21 ounce can of cherries and it turned out like cobbler  but it is so good.  You could use any can of pie filling too!

Cherry Swirl Coffee Cake  

4  cups Original Bisquick® mix

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon almond extract

3 eggs

1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling


1 cup powdered sugar

1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and sides of 1 (15x10x1-inch) pan or 2 (9-inch) square pans with shortening or cooking spray. In large bowl, stir all coffee cake ingredients except pie filling; beat vigorously with spoon 30 seconds.

Spread two-thirds of the batter (about 2 1/2 cups) in 15x10-inch pan or one-third of the batter (about 1 1/4 cups) in each square pan. Spread pie filling over batter (filling may not cover batter completely). Drop remaining batter by tablespoonfuls onto pie filling. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until light brown.
Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir glaze ingredients until smooth and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle glaze over warm coffee cake. Serve warm or cool.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

No-Oven Peanut Butter Squares

These sweet treats are to die for.  They are easy to make and taste like peanut butter cups.  I waited until the chocolate was good and hard before I cut them into squares and the results were sloppy looking squares.  Next time I will try my electric knife to cut them.  I have also bought some of the foil lined cupcake and candy paper liners and am going to try to make them in those for individual portions to take to our Christmas celebration.  Try these, you won’t be disappointed.

1/2 cup butter or margarine

2 cups  powdered sugar

1-1/2 cups NABISCO Graham Cracker Crumbs

1 cup  peanut butter

1-1/2 pkg. (8 squares each) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate (12 squares), melted

LINE 13x9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. MELT butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 45 sec. Add next 3 ingredients; mix well. Spread into prepared pan; cover with chocolate. CUT partially through dessert to mark 48 squares. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Use foil handles to remove dessert from pan; cut into squares.

How to Make Thicker Squares

Reduce chocolate to 1 pkg. (8 squares). Prepare recipe as directed, using 9-inch square pan. Cut into 24 squares to serve. Makes 24 servings, 1 square each.

Easy Microwave Melting of BAKER'S Chocolate Squares

Microwave 1 unwrapped square of BAKER'S Chocolate in microwaveable bowl on HIGH (100%) for 1 min., stirring after 30 sec. or until chocolate is almost melted. (The square will retain its shape.) Stir 1 min. or until chocolate is completely melted. Add 10 sec. for each additional square of chocolate, stirring every 30 sec.