Archive for June, 2010
Crumbly & Gooey Cookie Bars Are Ready In About 45 Minutes!
My friend Daisy recently came to stay with me for the weekend and I wanted to make a treat for us to snack on. In between laundry and vacuuming I quickly whipped up a batch of carmelitas! This dessert from Cooks.com is quick and easy using oatmeal for the crust and topping, and caramel syrup, nuts and chocolate for the gooey centre. This killer combination was to die for! It was such a hit and it didn’t take long for us to wolf them down. Everyone’s going to love these! Enjoy!
EASY CARMELITA BARS
2 c. flour
2 c. oatmeal
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. melted butter
1 (12 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
1 c. walnuts or pecans, chopped
1 (12 oz.) jar caramel ice cream topping
6 tbsp. flour
Combine crust/topping ingredients and press 1/2 of mixture in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts over baked mixture. Combine caramel topping with flour. Pour over chips and nuts. Top with remaining crumb mixture. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Chill for easy cutting.
Easy & Moist With No Eggs Or Milk!
Last week I wanted to treat my co-workers to a mid-week dessert that was easy and quick for me to bake on a Wednesday night. I recently heard about something called a “wacky cake” which is a cake made with no eggs or milk. Wikipedia.org says that this kind of dessert might have originated during World War II as a result of food rationing. So when I found a recipe at Allrecipes.com, I was curious to find out what this eggless, milkless cake would taste like. The required ingredients are things I already have in my baking cupboard, and for the icing I just used a can of ready-made frosting. Best of all you don’t need to dirty any bowls because all the ingredients are mixed in the baking dish! In less than 30 minutes my cake was done and the result was a thick, moist, not-too-sweet chocolate cake. I’m so impressed and happy to know that when I’m out of dairy products I can still put together a delicious dessert that’s easy and quick. You’ve got to try this recipe! Enjoy!
WACKY CHOCOLATE CAKE
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup water
1 can cake frosting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Sift flour, sugar, salt, soda, and cocoa together into an 8×8 inch (I used a 9×9 and the cake still turned out nice and thick) ungreased cake pan. Make three depressions. Pour oil into one well, vinegar into second, and vanilla into third well. Pour water over all, and stir well with fork.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 40 minutes (I needed less than 30 minutes in the 9×9 pan) or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Frost with your favorite icing.