Friday, February 10, 2012

Super Bowl Success

We had our first Super Bowl Party and I must say it was a success! About 12 people showed up. Dedee made his famous mac-n-cheese and I make my now famous red velvet cupcakes. My friend Jessica sent me these really creative bingo cards. Only the girls played (but I think they boys wanted to). She did a little research to find out what type of commercials were going to be aired. You had to watch and spot the items on your card. Some of the items included: an african animal, a vampire, clydesdales and a talking animal.

So here's the secret to my redvelvet cupcakes...
use a box cake mix, but add a box of dry chocolote jello to it.

The light and airy cream cheese icing is what makes these magical. I make it from scratch, but it's sooo easy!

  1. Beat a 8oz block of cream chese and a stick of butter with a mixer (I used my new red KitchenAid that I got for Christmas).
  2. Gradually beat in a 16oz box of powdered sugar.
  3. Finally whisk in a small container of Cool Whip.
I put it in a a ziplock baggie and then cut of the bottom corner to frost them, but you could just spread it on if you want.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

brownies + cookie dough = heaven

Last weekend we had game night at my BFF's house. Her hubby cooked delicioius ziti and we played the board game Loaded Questions. I had never played this one before but it was fun. Basically, a question is asked, everyone must write their answer down and then someone guesses which answer belongs to who.

I decied to use my bran-new baking stuff that my mom got me to make these cookie dough brownies. I love, love, love my stirling silver measuring spoons. :)

I found the recipe on my newest addiction...pinterest. It's from the recipe girl site. She made her browneis from scratch--mine came from a box and were still A-MAZING! I used Betty Crocker's Ultimate Fudge Brownies mix; the one with the pack of fudge inside. I didn't use the fudge...I saved it to squeeze on top of the cookie dough. Making the cookie dough (without any eggs) from cratch was easy. Simply:

  1. Use an electric mixer to combine 3/4 cups of butter, 3/4 cups of brown sugar and 3/4 cups white sugar.
  2. Mix in 3 Tbs milk and 1/2 tsp vanilla.
  3. Add in 1 1/2 cups flour until just combined.
  4. Then fold in some chocolate chips.

When finished, spread the cookie dough over cooled brownies and put in the freezer. When ready to serve, cut into squares and drizzle the fudge over the top. Word of advice- cut small servings; these are very rich and oh so yummy!