Sunday, February 24, 2013

Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookie

Super easy microwave chocolate chip cookie in a mug!? That's my kind of cookie!

-1 tbsp butter, melted
-1 tbsp white sugar
-1 tbsp brown sugar
-couple drops of vanilla
-pinch of salt
-1 egg yolk
-1/4 cup flour
-2 to 3 tbsp chocolate chips 

Mix everything together in a coffee mug. Microwave for about a minute. Wait until cool (it'll be tempting to eat it before, but it's SO hot) and then enjoy.

Red Velvet Brownies

-1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
-1 1/2 cups sugar
-1 1/2 tsp vanilla
-1/3 cup cocoa powder
-pinch of salt
-1 1/2 tbs red food colouring
-1 1/2 tsp vinegar
-3 eggs, lightly beaten
-1 heaping cup flour
-powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix everything together minus the eggs and flour. Beat the eggs into the mixture, and then fold the flour in. Pour batter into greased brownie pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. When cool, lightly dust the top with powdered sugar, then cut and serve.

(Pictures to come later.)

SUPER EASY Gluten-Free Peanut Butter & Nutella Cookies

I sure wish I had these when I was on my gluten-free diet last year; it certainly would've made things a lot easier! These are absolutely delicious, whether you're specifically looking for gluten free recipes or not, and SO SO SO easy!

-2/3 cups peanut butter (you can do creamy, but I prefer having a little bit of crunch in my cookie)
-1/3 cup Nutella (or off-brand, either works)
-1 cup sugar
-1 egg, lightly beaten
-1 tsp vanilla

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Mix all ingredients together, then drop in tablespoon-sized balls onto your cookie sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes. Makes about 15 cookies.
Note: They'll look unusually spread out because there's not flour, but don't worry - they're supposed to do that. Also, apologies for the bad pictures; I didn't bother to do anything with the bad lighting in the kitchen.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Mini Cupcakes for Two! (Or one, if you're like me.)

There are times when all I want is a cupcake, and I want it now. At the same time, though, there it no way I have the time, patience, or the room space to bake a whole batch. So what do I do? I make just two cupcakes! I didn't really feel like going through the whole process of baking something in the oven, though, so I used my AWESOME mini cupcake maker. I actually got it at a garage sale- I know, ew, right? BUT, I was able to find it completely unused and unopened for $20, so I went against my normal no-kitchenware-at-garage-sales rule and bought it, and boy, am I glad I did! With seven cupcakes in seven minutes, I'm pretty sure it's the steal of a lifetime.

Enough with that, and on to the cupcakes! Using my normal recipe for two cupcakes only, I just put the batter into my mini maker instead of the oven, and it evened out perfectly into four minis.

Recipe for a small batch of chocolate frosting:
Heaping tbs cocoa powder
1 tbs room temperature butter
3 tbs powdered sugar
1 tsp milk/cream
tiny pinch of salt
Whisk all together and slather on top of the cupcakes!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

5 Minute Microwave Fudge!

While not my regular fudge recipe (to be posted later!), this recipe is ridiculously easy. It literally takes you less than five minutes!
Sorry I don't have a picture of the finished product, by the way- it was eaten almost more quickly than it was  made.

Friday, November 16, 2012

(Healthy! For once!) Banana Pancakes

Now, I know I can't really say a whole lot, considering that this is only my third post, but I'm going to be honest here- my cooking is hardly in the style of "healthy." I like my comfort food and my sugar, and my blog is mainly a reflection of that.
However, here's a nice change! These banana pancakes are pretty healthy! (Until you load them with syrup, that is.)
I apologise for the less-than-quality pictures, but I was on a time restraint and didn't have time to get the lighting better.

These aren't quite your average pancakes (they're a little bit gooey), but they're pretty good if I may say so myself.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Lemon Bars

Okay, I'll be the first to admit: lemon bars are NOT my favorite. However, this recipe looked too good to be ignored, and after lemon bars were requested for an upcoming church event, I could put it off no longer. So here it is: My take on lemon bars!

(Slight variation on an original recipe by Ina Garten.)