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Easy Chocolate White Chip Cookies

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Friday, December 19, 2014

Easy Chocolate White Chip Cookies

Easy Chocolate White Chip Cookies

Running out of time but still would like to bake cookies for Santa? Then head to the store and pick up a box of cake mix and a package of white chips, combine with a few pantry staples, and you’ll be on your way to batches of homemade cookies in no time.

By not having to roll and cut out dough or frost when cooled, it’s easy to get out of the kitchen quick. And Santa will surely be pleased to have a plate of fresh-baked cookies to welcome him. All that’s needed is milk and perhaps some food for the reindeer. Now this is one sugarplum of a shortcut that’s perfect on a long winter’s night.

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas.

EASY CHOCOLATE WHITE CHIP COOKIES

1 (16.5 ounce) package plain devil’s food cake mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
3 tablespoons water
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup white chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter, water, egg, and vanilla. Stir with a wooden spoon until mixed. Stir in white chips. Drop by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until centers are almost set, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Caramel Popcorn Balls

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WKTV News Harried Housewife Caramel Popcorn Ball Recipe

Caramel Popcorn Balls

Caramel Popcorn Balls

Have a ball this Halloween and scare up a smile from ghosts and goblins of all ages. An old-fashioned favorite, this spellbindingly easy recipe can be ready to serve like magic. Packaged caramel candies shorten time spent in the kitchen and a hint of chocolate lends a unique touch.

Perfect for all the hungry ghouls who will soon be gracing neighborhood doorsteps, these last minute treats will do the trick. From my family to yours, Happy Halloween!

Here are some more Easy Halloween Recipes. Enjoy!

CARAMEL POPCORN BALLS

2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon water
28 caramel candies
2 tablespoons butter
13 regular size marshmallows
12 cups popped popcorn
Nonstick cooking spray
Line a large baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, combine chocolate chips, water, and caramel candies. Cook until caramel candies are almost completely melted, 4 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in butter and marshmallows. Cook until mixture is melted and smooth, 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour over popcorn; toss to coat. Coat hands with nonstick cooking spray; shape popcorn mixture into 12 (2 1/2 to 3-inch diameter) balls. Place on prepared baking sheet; insert wooden sticks, if desired. Let stand until set, 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 12 popcorn balls.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Zucchini is a versatile veggie that finds its way into many dishes during the summer months. From appetizers to desserts, this prized squash is the star ingredient in countless dishes. And when it comes to baking bread, chocolate and zucchini is a delicious flavor pairing.

Moist and rich in taste, it’s a good idea to bake this bread in four miniature loaf pans so you can savor some now and stash the rest in the freezer to enjoy later. You also can add a cup of chopped walnuts along with the zucchini and chocolate chips, if desired.

However you prepare it, this recipe makes it easy to savor a slice of summer.

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI BREAD

3 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Confectioners’ sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottoms of four 5×3-inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, coffee granules, and baking powder. In a separate, large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, butter, oil, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in zucchini and chocolate chips. Divide batter among prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Makes 4 miniature loaves.

*Note: Bread may also be baked in two 8×4-inch loaf pans instead of four 5×3-inch loaf pans; increase bake time to 50 to 55 minutes.

Molten Chocolate Cakes

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Friday, February 7, 2014

Molten Chocolate Cakes

Molten Chocolate Cakes

A miniature chocolate cake for two that oozes with melted goodness is a luscious way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetie. And while it might seem like these lavish, restaurant-style cakes require a lot of time and effort to prepare, they actually can be made quickly and easily.

They also are an excellent choice to share with family and friends, and the batter can be made a day in advance. Just divide into prepared custard cups, cover with plastic wrap, and store in the fridge. When it’s time to bake the cakes, just remove the plastic wrap, place on a baking sheet, and bake as directed increasing the bake time by about 2 minutes.

A sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar and a dollop of whipped cream adds the final flourish. With an over-the-top dessert like this, it’s easy to create a memorable Valentine’s Day beginning in your own kitchen.

Here’s another easy recipe for your Valentine: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKES

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
4 ounces high-quality unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, plus more for garnish (optional)
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 eggs
3 egg yolks
2 tablespoons coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua
Whipped cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Butter 6 (6-ounce) custard cups. Place on a baking sheet. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, unsweetened chocolate, and butter. Microwave on HIGH until butter has melted, about 2 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Stir until combined. Add eggs, egg yolks, and coffee liqueur; whisk until well blended. Divide batter among prepared custard cups. Bake until cakes are firm around the edges but are soft in the centers, 13 to 14 minutes. Let stand 1 minute. Run a thin knife around the edges; invert onto dessert plates. Top each cake with a sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar and/or a dollop of whipped cream, if desired. Makes 12 servings, 1/2 cake each.

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Hot Cocoa

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Hot Cocoa

Hot Cocoa

Plummeting temperatures and a nip in the air are constant reminders that winter is in full swing.

While many folks long for the hazy days of summer, why not make the most of what winter has to offer. Whether it’s sledding, skiing, or any frosty activity, now is the time to go outside and enjoy the season.

And when you come in from outdoors, treat yourself to a decadent drink that will warm you up from the inside out. Smooth and soothing, a steaming mug of old-fashioned hot cocoa is something to look forward to after spending time in the great outdoors.

So when chilly winds blow, curl up with a blanket and savor this seasonal sipper. After all, warmer months are sure to come.

HOT COCOA

1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
3 cups milk
1 cup half-and-half or fat-free half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla
Miniature marshmallows or whipped cream
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Add water; bring to a boil, stirring continuously. Add milk and half-and-half. Cook until mixture is thoroughly heated, stirring frequently (do not boil). Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour into mugs; top with miniature marshmallows or whipped cream. Makes 6 servings.

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Roll Up with Marshmallows

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Roll Up with Marshmallows

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Roll Up with Marshmallows

Minimal ingredients and a couple of minutes are all it takes to whip up a gooey treat just in time for the back to school season.

Ideal for kids of all ages, this easy to make roll up is both delicious and nutritious. Simply slather a flour tortilla with the new and yummy whipped peanut butter and chocolate flavored spread, top with banana slices, and sprinkle it with miniature marshmallows.

Roll it up, place on a microwave-safe plate like this one from Oneida, and microwave until heated. Terrific as an after school snack, this mouthwatering treat couldn’t be quicker or easier. Now this is a great way to savor the back to school season.

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA ROLL UP WITH MARSHMALLOWS

1 tablespoon whipped peanut butter and chocolate flavored spread
1 (8- to 10-inch) flour tortilla
1/2 ripe medium banana, sliced
2 tablespoons miniature marshmallows
Spread whipped peanut butter and chocolate flavored spread on tortilla, leaving 1/2-inch border. Arrange banana slices on spread; sprinkle with marshmallows. Roll up. Transfer to a microwave-safe plate, seam side down; microwave on HIGH until just heated, about 30 seconds. Let stand 1 minute before slicing. Cut into 2 or 4 pieces. Makes 1 serving.

Thanks to Oneida for providing dinnerware

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

If you would like to whip up a sweet treat for your Valentine but are short on time, then this quick to prepare recipe is for you.

By simply microwaving chocolate chips, stirring in a touch of shortening and then dipping strawberries into the melted goodness, a decadent dessert with a touch of elegance is ready to serve.

Make it extra special by pouring a couple glasses of champagne to share with your beloved. Classy flutes like these Oneida Compose Flutes are perfect for romantic occasions and make it easy to celebrate any time of the year.

So when it comes to wishing your sweetheart a Happy Valentine’s Day, it’s as simple as a glass of champagne and handmade chocolate covered strawberries. Cheers!

CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES

16 large strawberries
1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
1 teaspoon vegetable shortening
Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Rinse strawberries; pat dry. Place chocolate morsels in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup; microwave until melted. Stir in shortening. Dip strawberries in melted chocolate; place on prepared baking sheet. Let stand until set, 10 to 15 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

Thanks to Oneida for providing drinkware and serveware

Mini Brownie Trifles

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Mini Brownie Trifles

Mini Brownie Trifles

Looking for a decadent dessert that will impress family and friends at this year’s holiday get-together? Then get this cute Anchor Hocking Presence Mini Trifle Set, fill with layers of fudgy brownies and creamy pudding; top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings—and celebrate the Yuletide in good taste.

Using store-bought brownie mix is one sugarplum of a shortcut, and no one will guess how easy this recipe is to prepare. Get a jumpstart on preparation by making the trifles up to 24 hours in advance and store, covered, in the fridge. Just before serving, top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Garnish with fresh raspberries and mint leaves.

The mini trifle dishes are ideal for entertaining. When not in use, simply decorate with festive ribbons and fill with colorful candies. Whether you place them around the house or line them up on the holiday table, these miniature trifle dishes serve a multitude of purposes. So treat your loved ones to a decadent brownie dessert then make use of the dishes throughout the holidays. Now this is the sweetest way to help make the season bright.

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas.

Pick up a copy of The Harried Housewife’s Cookbook for more easy holiday recipes.

MINI BROWNIE TRIFLES

1 (19- to -22 ounce) package brownie mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons brewed coffee
2 tablespoons water
2 eggs
1 (4-serving size) package chocolate instant pudding and pie filling mix
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix (from a 4-serving size package)
1 3/4 cups whipping (or heavy) cream
Whipped cream (optional)
Chocolate shavings (optional)
Fresh raspberries (optional)
Mint leaves (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, combine brownie mix, vegetable oil, coffee, water, and eggs. Stir with a wooden spoon until mixed. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack; cut about 3/4 of the brownie into 1-inch pieces.

Meanwhile, prepare chocolate pudding mix as directed on package for pudding, using milk; cover and refrigerate. In a large bowl, combine vanilla pudding mix and whipping cream. Beat with an electric mixer until creamy; cover and refrigerate. In 6 miniature trifle dishes, arrange 7 of the brownies in the bottom and up the sides of the dishes; cover with chocolate pudding. Arrange 5 of the brownies in similar style; top with the whipped cream mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours; top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings before serving, if desired. Garnish with fresh raspberries and mint leaves, if desired. Makes 6 miniature trifles (12 servings).

Thanks to Anchor Hocking for providing photography and dishware

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Brownies

Recipe featured on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 October 11, 2013

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Brownies

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Brownies

Fudgy brownies are good enough on their own, but the addition of a slightly spiced pumpkin cheesecake mixture takes them over the top.

Swirled to tasty perfection, these decadent brownies are just right for fall get-togethers. While they look fancy, they actually are easy to prepare. And the nonstick coating on baking pans like this one from Oneida means you don’t have to use a lot of nonstick cooking spray to ensure the brownies are released from the pan with little effort.

For flawless squares and ease of cutting, refrigerate brownies for a least an hour. Cut them in half vertically down the center, then use a large spatula to remove each half to a large cutting board. Cut into squares.

With exceptional bakeware and delectable ingredients, scrumptious brownies with the pleasing taste of pumpkin cheesecake can be on your table in no time.

PUMPKIN SWIRL CHEESECAKE BROWNIES

Nonstick cooking spray
1 (19- to -22 ounce) package brownie mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons brewed coffee
2 tablespoons water
3 eggs
1 (8-ounce) package regular or reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup pure 100% pure pumpkin
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine brownie mix, vegetable oil, coffee, water, and 2 eggs. Stir with a wooden spoon until mixed. Spread 3/4 of the batter into prepared pan. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, pumpkin, confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and the remaining egg; beat with an electric mixture until smooth. Drop pumpkin mixture by heaping tablespoons randomly onto brownie batter. Drop the remaining brownie batter in the same manner. Using a butter knife, swirl through the batters to create a marbled effect. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 29 to 34 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before cutting. Makes 24 brownies.

Thanks to Oneida for providing photography and bakeware