13.2.12

Red Velvet Mudslide

If you know me you know that bourbon makes me deliriously happy. I will find an excuse to put it in anything. However, I also have a totally affinity for mudslides and as of late I have been on a major kick, making any flavor combination possible. Now that Bailey's and Kahlua come in so many flavors, it's even easier. I must admit though...whipped cream vodka is key.


From my earlier post ooey gooey red velvet butter cookies, I had some Ben & Jerry's red velvet ice cream left over. I was contemplating what to do with it when the idea hit me: mudslide. I had all the ingredients, but was unsure of how it would taste. C'mon, how could it be bad? I was right, it was far from bad...it was downright good!


Ingredients
2 cups red velvet ice cream
1/4 cup whipped vodka
2 tbsp Kahlua
2 tbsp baileys
1/2 cup ice


Put all ingredients in blender and blend till desired consistency. You can add or subtract booze to make it as strong(or not) as you like.


You can also make this as a milkshake...I would recommend using sweet cream coffee creamer instead of milk, this would give it a creamier taste.


Enjoy...if you don't-what's wrong with you?!


*Origin*
Whoever the genius was to create mudslides...this is just my adaptation.

ooey gooey red velvet butter cookies/ice cream sandwich

There must be words to adequately describe these, I'm just not sure that my vernacular fully encompasses them. Last year at my cousins baby shower I tried what looked like a sugar cookie. I was wrong, wrong in the best way possible. My brain actually took a few seconds to absorb what my mouth was tasting. It was too good to even be called a cookie. Stacy, Brandy's bestie was in from St. Louis and had made these for the shower. Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies, a twist of the St. Louis cake.


I googled the recipe the next day and discovered a variety of them. I first made the chocolate ones and they came out ok, but not fantastic. I'm pretty sure I did something wrong. For the last year I would click on it and contemplate making it...or flying Stacy out and having her do it. Pretty sure the cost would be worth it, not to mention her company. Her, Brandy and I have had quite a few fun nites together. But why lie...my favorite thing about Stacy is that she introduced me to these cookies. haha 


Anyways, I have definitely been in a cooking craze lately, so with valentines coming up I decided to once again try my hand at these. You can use any cake mix, but V-Day is the perfect opportunity for Red Velvet. 


So here you go. This recipe was adapted from Paula Dean's Ooey Gooey Cookies

Ingredients


  • 1 (8-ounce) brick cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (18-ounce) box red velvet cake mix
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting




Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg. Then beat in the vanilla extract. Beat in the cake mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up so that you can roll the batter into balls. Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon sized balls and then roll them in confectioner's sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes. The cookies will remain soft and "gooey." Cool completely and sprinkle with more confectioners' sugar, if desired.
 This time they came out perfect, as good as I remeber. Only Red Velvety. I heart Red Velvet. I am a Southern girl. It's inherent in my nature.
I am not sure how many of you are familiar w/the Ben & Jerry's Red Velvet flavor, but if you're not, please get to the store and take your life from ordinary to extraordinary when you sandwich it between these cookies.
That's all.

*Origin* Obviously these cookies aren't mine, however I did get the sandwich part on my "ownsome;)" 

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Mini Peppermint Oreo Cheesecakes

As I have said previously, half the things I make are from some innocuous thought I have while wandering the aisles of grocery stores. One of my friends has said she would start paying me to shop for her b/c she can never go without her three kids and her trips aren't quite as fulfilling as mine. Haha  I, however, thoroughly enjoy my trips there and it is how I stumble upon new ideas all the time. This particular happenstance was at the Devils Den Walmart. I made the terrible mistake of going on a Saturday morning. I know. HELL ON EARTH. 


Anyways I was in the pudding baked goods area & low & behold if they didn't have candy cane pudding. Even the box was all cute(as cute a a pudding box can be expected to be), if you haven't ascertained this from previous posts, I'm completely taken in by adorable packaging. I am the definition of a marketers dream. If it has cute polka dots or something- forget it, it's mine. Plus, they were on clearance for  $ .20 a box. Hello, that would be almost nefarious of me to not purchase as many as possible, which was 4. That was all they had. Thank goodness, we'd have been eating candy cane pudding eggs before you know it;)


Anyhoo, pudding is always begging to be made into no bake cheesecakes. I already had cheesecake flavored cream cheese and mini oreos, All I needed was milk to make it. Except here's my trick, I cannot remember the last time I used milk to make pudding. How...boring.  Flavored creamers, people. They will change your life, I promise;) For this one the choice was pretty obvious: peppermint mocha. Yums.




Ingredients
1 package candy cane pudding(you could use vanilla, just add more peppermint extract)
1 package Mint Oreo Fudge Cremes
16 oz cream cheese room temp( I used cheesecake flavored, but feel free to use regular)
1 1/2 cups cold whipping cream
1/4 cup peppermint mocha creamer
1 cup crushed oreos
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
dab of red food coloring
12 cupcake liners
 Hard shell




To prepare 
in a large mixing bold combine cream cheese, 3/4 dry pudding mix, peppermint extract and creamer. Mix until you have a smooth, creamy consistency. Add the crushed oreos and peppermint extract along w/the food coloring till it's your desired color. Once the oreos are fully incorporated,  place an oreo fudge creme in the bottom of each cupcake liner, this serves as the "crust"  Then pour the cheesecake mixture over the oreos and fill 3/4 full. Place the pan into the fridge for an hour. After an hour, take the cheesecakes out and use the hard shell(find in ice cream aisle, or you can make your own ganache) drizzle over each cupcake and place them back in fridge until half an hour before ready to serve.


To make the peppermint whipped cream
Pour whipping cream and remaining dry pudding mix into bowl and mix until stiff peaks begin to form, add a dab of food coloring and mix for a few seconds more. place the whip cream into fridge and cool for around an hour,  take it out when you remove cheesecakes and pipe on top, I like to use sandwich baggies to pipe, but you can anything, even a spoon;)


I then topped mine off w/a peppermint mudslide heart I had frozen, it was remaining from the peppermint oreo mudslide I had made a few days before. You can obviously omit this step, it just gave mine that extra pizzaz I wanted. 


These came out pretty good. I think you could probably try chocolate cream cheese to see how that might taste(you'd probably have to forgo the red color, but...ummmm, really, who the heck cares as long as it's yummy) All I know is they didn't last very long around my house. This is normally a good sign, right;) on a side note, how annoying that the pudding wasn't as pink as they made it look on the box, lies...I hate that.(hence the food coloring) haha my gripe of the day. 




*Origin*
I am not really sure, I mean plenty of people make peppermint cheesecakes. This particular recipe was mine, but it's not like I had the first idea. I just wouldn't know who to give the props to...haha

9.2.12

Mini Chocolate Reeses Cheesecakes

Yeah. Basically a whole lotta goodness in a few simple bites. I was at Target one nite and stumbled upon the new chocolate cream cheese. Yes please! And I decided to get a few in case they were on a limited time basis. I figured I would worry about what to make w/it later. Later was in 2 hours when I was at Harris Teeter. Peanut Butter Oreos were on sale, buy one get one free and at Harris Teeter- this means you can get two for the price of one(yes, the whole "one free" concept) OR you can get one half price. I find I prefer this b/c most of the things I don't eat on a regular enough basis to get two. They were normally $4.50 so 1/2 off is $2.25 and before I forget the good part...I had a $.75 off coupon, H.T. always does double coupons, so another $1.50 off... These cost me a whopping...you got it, $.75. YAY. 



Ergo...Reese's cheesecakes it was. These are pretty simple and quite yummy.

Ingredients
8 oz chocolate cream cheese(room temp)
4 oz whipped cream cheese(room temp)
P.B. Oreo Fudge Cremes
1 cup Mini Reece's bites
hard shell
1 cup whipping cream
4 tbsp creamy peanut butter(melted)



In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheeses and 2 1/2 tbsp of peanut butter till thoroughly mixed. Add in the reese's bites(leave out 8-10 for topping)

Place cupcake liners in muffin pan and place oreo "crust" in bottom.
Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 full. I like to use a large zip lock bag to distribute the mixture more evenly, filling the bag and snipping off the corner. Place in freezer for about an hour to set up. Take hard chocolate shell(I would probably use the reese's one, but I had this on hand and didn't feel like buying another just for this) Pour it over the cheesecakes and place into the freezer for another 10 minutes. 


Take the whipping cream and beat until it begins to thicken and add remainder of melted peanut butter till it forms stiff peaks.(We used Natural P.B. so I added about a tbsp of splenda) Remove the 
muffin tray from the freezer and pipe whipping cream onto cheesecakes. Top each one w/a Reese's mini. Leave in the fridge until about half an hour before serving.


this yields about 8-10 medium sized "mini" cheesecakes.




I do not recommend you make these if lots of your friends are away or your hubs is evading carbs. Yes. He obviously doesn't care about my needs. I need a taste tester...other than my hips! I am pretty sure I ate seven  only one myself...Just to see how they taste, of course.


This also makes an amazing cheeseball. Just keep cheese mixture in freezer for an hour, take out and roll into ball and then roll into either reese's pieces or choc/pb chips. yumms


Happy eats people.