Coffee Cake in a Mug!

Due to popular demand… I made another mug cake! This time it’s… coffee cake! With a delicious topping ūüôā

Cake:
1 tbls butter
1 tbls sugar
1 egg
drop vanilla extract
1/4 cup flour
pinch baking powder
pinch salt

Topping:
1 tbls butter
2 tbls flour
1 tbls brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

1. Soften the butter in the mug and mix in the sugar using a fork. Beat in the egg. Add the vanilla, flour, baking powder and salt. Combine and set aside.

2. In a small bowl, using your fingers, pinch together the butter, flour, sugar and cinnamon to make a faux crumble.

3. Microwave for about 60-70 seconds. And enjoy!

 

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Bars

The title says it all. There are no words for how incredibly delicious these are. (not to mention how EASY they are to make!) Check it out!

1 sugar cookie mix (and whatever is needed to make it, eggs, butter, etc)

1 1/2 cup pecans

3/4 cups chocolate chips

1/2 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup heavy cream

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1. Line a 9×13 inch baking tray with tin foil for super easy clean up! Grease¬†with non stick spray or butter. Set aside.

2. Make a sugar cookie mix. You can buy them in the baking aisle that you just need to add butter and eggs too, or you can make your fave recipe from scratch! Whichever you have time for. Pour¬†in the tray and bake at 375¬ļ for 12 minutes until light golden brown.

3. When it comes out, add the pecans in an even layer and then the chocolate chips. (feel free to add up to 2 full cups of pecans and 1 cup of chocolate chips!)

4. In a small sauce pan, heat up the butter, brown sugar and heavy cream. Once all ingredients are completely melted and combined, whisk in the vanilla and sea salt. Then, pour over the pecans and chocolate! Be sure to do this slowly and get all over!

5. Finally, bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 350¬ļ. Tada! Let cool for 10 minutes, cut and serve.

It’s heaven in your mouth.

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Enjoy! And let me know how they come out when you try them. You may even make them right now, since it’s quite possible that you have all of the ingredients!! This would also be perfect as a Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert! ūüôā Happy baking!

Stephanie

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Snowballs!!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Not only because of the joyous holiday season, but ALSO because of all the delicious food you’ll be eating!! Here’s my first holiday video…

In college, my roommate would make these cookies and they were just to die for. ¬†I got the recipe from her years ago and started making them for Christmas parties! They’re so quick, simple and delicious that I had to share with all of you!

So you’ll need:

2 cups of flour (the recipe calls for cake flour, but I can never find that in my grocery, so I use regular flour…but by all means, if you find it, go for it!)

1 cup of chocolate chips

1/3 cup of sugar (plus extra for coating afterwards)

1 cup of walnuts or pecans… or both!

3/4 cup of butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon water

Set your oven to 300¬į.

Chop up your nuts with a food chopper. ¬†If you don’t have one, you can buy them already chopped up! ¬†But, if you do have one, it’ll take you 2 minutes to chop them up yourself and … you’ll save money. ¬†Don’t be lazy, just do it!

In a large mixing bowl, add your water, sugar, vanilla and butter. ¬†Make sure the butter is softened! ¬†It’ll make your life easier. Cream the ingredients together. ¬†Mix in the flour, one cup at a time.

The mixture will be crumbly, and you’re probably thinking, “Great now what do I do with this?!” ¬†Surprisingly enough, if you clump some together in your hands, it sticks and will form a ball. ¬†Make them nice and round. ¬†You may have to maneuver it for a minute to figure out the best way to do it. ¬†Next, gently press the chopped nuts into the cookie. ¬†(Do you have any idea how difficult it was for me to think of other words besides “balls” and “nuts”? ¬†I was trying to avoid any nasty comments from the crazies that like to leave rude comments on youtube videos!!)

Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Put the tray in the oven and cook for a half hour.

Take out, roll in sugar and place on a serving tray!  Voila!

Personally, I think they taste better cold.. or even the next day!  Roll them in different sugars to make your balls festive (see what I mean?!) or roll in plain white sugar to look like snowballs!

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With the size I made them, I got 24 cookies. You can easily double the recipe if you need more!!

I hope you try the recipe… you’ll LOVE them! ¬†It’s hard not to keep popping them in your mouth…

Have a FABULOUS week!

Keep it classy,

Chef Stef