Tag Archives: party food

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies (base cookie recipe)

14 Jun

Adapted from Cooking on the Side

These aren’t necessarily my cookie of choice, but I ended up needing to make them this weekend and the recipe is one of the best I’ve tried for cookies.  It would be a great base recipe for add-ins like chocolate chip cookies, M&M cookies, or any other type of cookie.

** This version made about 3 dozen cookies for me, but I halved the recipe which originally makes about 5 dozen**

1 stick of butter, softened
very SCANT 3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg, at room temperature
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
add in-s like white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts, or chocolate chips, etc.

Preheat the oven to 350.

 Cream together the butter and the sugars with a beater, until fluffy.

Add the vanilla and the egg, beat together.

Blend in the flour 1/2 a cup at a time.

Beat in the baking soda and salt.

Stir in your add-ins, as much as you’d like.

Bake on parchment0lined baking sheets by the teaspoon-full for 10-12 minutes.

Let cool & devour.

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Banana Cake, Or, The Healthiest Cake There Ever Was?

14 Jun

This cake is extremely easy, quick, and … healthy?  As healthy as cake can be anyways, with no added fat and little added sugar, adapted from this recipe.  It is perfect for tea and doesn’t even really taste like banana…  so it would be a great base cake.  Just add nuts, berries, or serve topped with fruit salad to make it extra special.  Also, this would be a good recipe to make cubed cake pieces for dipping in chocolate fondue, if that’s the kind of thing you’re into ; )

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup banana, mashed (about 1 medium banana)
3 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup yogurt (I used vanilla-flavored organic yogurt)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder

Preheat the oven to 350.

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Whisk together the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Pour into a greased loaf pan.

Bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Spanakopita Bites

4 Jun

These are 100% awesome and very much worth the time to make!

16 oz. frozen spinach, thawed and strained of excess liquid
feta cheese (as much as you want, I use one package
1 egg
chopped garlic
3/4 of a large onion, minced
oregano, salt and pepper

In a pan heat up a little oil and sautee the minced onion and chopped garlic.

Add the translucent onion mix to a bowl.  Add in the spinach, cheese and spices and the egg.  Mix well.

Roll out a roll of phyllo dough, and place a damp paper towel over it to keep it from drying out.

Cut the layers of dough into 3 vertical strips.

Take one layer, brush with olive oil, and place a teaspoon of spinach filling on it like this:

Then fold like this:


Until you get something that looks like this:

I like to then lay these on a cutting board lined with parchment paper and then freeze them overnight.

After that I place them in a big bag and keep them frozen until I want to use them.

Then I’ll just pop a few out onto a baking sheet and bake at 300 for 30-or-so minutes, or until whenever they are browned.

They go great with tzatziki sauce!

 

Baked Mini Corn Dog Snacks

4 Jun

I have to admit something….

…I *love* corn dogs.  Hot dogs, you couldn’t pay me to eat one.  But CORN dogs… drive me wild ; )  However the fact that they are deep fried and usually huge doesn’t do well with trying to eat more healthy.  So that’s why I love this recipe for bite sized, baked mini versions of my favorite fair food!

Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

1/2 cup applesauce, the sweetened kind
1/2 cup sugar 
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

turkey hot dogs, or tofu hot dogs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Spray the cups of a mini muffin pan with non stick spray.

Combine the applesauce and sugar in a bowl.

Whisk in the eggs and buttermilk.

In a separate bowl add the baking soda, salt, cornmeal and flour.  Mix together.

Whisk in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

Pour some into the muffin cups to about 3/4 full, then add in a 1″ piece of hot dog and push down in the cup.

Bake for about 10 minutes.

*This recipe makes about 46 mini corn dogs*

Oven Pizza

23 May

No recipe here… just a reminder for me how to make pizza this way because it was SO GOOD.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees with a pizza stone in it.

Roll out pizza dough into the shape you want your pizza.

When the pizza stone is heated, pull it out and transfer the dough to the stone.  Brush with olive oil if you’d like.

Place the dough and stone back in the oven and wait for about 2-3 minutes.  Pop any bubbles that form with a fork.

Pull out when the dough is half-way cooked. Raise the oven temperature to 500 degrees, and leave the stone in the oven.

Add sauce, cheese and any toppings to the dough.

Place back in the oven on the stone and cook until the cheese has browned.

Mini Cheesecakes

24 Feb

From Real Mom Kitchen

2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese of Neufchatel cheese
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
oreos, or any other cookie to use as your base

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In the meantime, cream together the cheese and sugar using a mixer.

Next, add in the eggs and lemon juice and beat until smooth.

Line cupcake liners with the oreos (split in half and with the filling removed) or other cookies.

Fill 3/4 full with the cream cheese mixture.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove the cupcake liners and serve, refrigerate, or freeze for later.

** You can also add cocoa powder or match powder for different varieties, like I did!**


Lentil Burgers and Oven Fries

7 Dec

I made Black Bean Burgers, but with lentils instead.

Yum : )