DH and staff bring in their own birthday treats on their day. Looking for new ideas. Can be cake, cookies, snacks, etc. Some stop and buy bagels. I think I can do better than that.
I just don't know what I'm in the mood to make.
Well, nance, do you have a cake mix, one egg and some confectioner's (powdered) sugar on hand and able to buy a tub of Cool Whip ~ the large size about 2 and a half cups or so?
If so, here's an idea from Joanne Fluke's fun series of novels:
Combine cake mix, Cool Whip and a beaten egg in large bowl. Drop by teaspoon into the powdered sugar and roll to coat.
Place on greased cookie sheet, 12 to a pan, and bake at 350* for 10 minutes or so. I used a lemon and a red velvet cake mix for my experiment ~ not rocket science but it sure was fun and EVERYONE loved them ~ something different and, have to say, pretty "pretty" as well!
ETA: Each box of cake mix makes about 20-30 cookies depending on size ~ try a lemon, red velvet and a chocolate cake mix ~ very inexpensive with a lot of flair and taste ~ sure beats buying bagels.... This message has been edited. Last edited by: Idaho Resident,
Blueberry or banana nut muffins.
Because so many eat boughten treats anything homemade is always a winner. A good one is "doughnut muffins" -- and if you make them minis there's more butter/sugar/cinnamon ratio to dough! That makes them even better!
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 to 1 1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg, to taste
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons melted butter
3 tablespoons Cinnamon-Sugar Plus
1) Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a standard muffin tin. Or line with 12 paper or silicone muffin cups, and grease the cups with non-stick vegetable oil spray; this will ensure that they peel off the muffins nicely.
2) In a medium-sized mixing bowl, cream together the butter, vegetable oil, and sugars till smooth.
3) Add the eggs, beating to combine.
4) Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla.
5) Stir the flour into the butter mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour and making sure everything is thoroughly combined.
6) Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan, filling the cups nearly full.
7) Bake the muffins for 15 to 17 minutes, or until they're a pale golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the middle of one of the center muffins comes out clean.
8) Remove them from the oven, and let them cool for a couple of minutes, or until you can handle them. While they're cooling, melt the butter for the topping (this is easily done in the microwave).
9) Use a pastry brush to paint the top of each muffin with the butter, then sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar. Or simply dip the tops of muffins into the melted butter, then roll in the cinnamon-sugar.
10) Serve warm, or cool on a rack and wrap airtight. Store for a day or so at room temperature.
Don't these sound yummy?
Or, how about a nice platter with sliced or cubed fresh fruit: pineapple, strawberries, melon, etc. And, a yogurt honey dip on the side?
YES! I vote for the donut muffins. I am going to try this - mark it on my list for this weekend.
Idaho resident: Yep, I have all of those ingredients. Sounds interesting.
Martha: will the donut muffins keep until tomorrow if I make them today?
Achi: I keep asking him about carrot cake and he doesn't respond. But I like the carrot cake cupcake idea. It's up to me since I'm the baker, so it really doesn't matter. I like the fruit platter idea, but we are snowed in. (got dumped on last night) so I can't get out for the fruit)
How do you make the yogurt dip? That sounds yummy.This message has been edited. Last edited by: nance425,
The last time I made them was for church treats. Made them on Sat night and they were fine Sunday morning. I do think that they are better baked, dipped, cooled and eaten but they were fine on Sunday and I didn't bring any home! (made 50 of them -- and 50 of the glazed doughnut muffins!)
Well, we just made a batch and sampled them. Not bad. We're going to make another batch and call it a day.
Thanks so much Lurah.
p.s. Noticed the carrot cupcakes required orange juice, so couldn't make those. (not an OJ fan, so none in the house)
IR: gonna try making your suggestion tonight, after the cool whip defrosts. Does the recipe have a name?
Did you mean Martha? I assume you made the doughnut muffins?
oh, yep, meant you Martha. Made the donut muffins. Here are the finished products. I also made breadmaker oatmeal bread for us, just because. This message has been edited. Last edited by: nance425,
SNOW you say!!!!! Geez, we've got our A/C on here with temps in the high 80's!
NANCE -- they look perfect!
nance, As I said, I found the recipe in one of Joanne Fluke's novels about Hannah, the bakery owner who often finds herself involved in a mystery in her small town located, in all places, Minnesota! Talk about a small world! And I saw where you got 13 inches of snow!!!
Anyway, the precise ingredients are: one cake mix (approximately 18 ounces), one large beaten egg, 2 cups Cool Whip and powdered sugar in a separate bowl. Mix cake mix, beaten egg and Cool Whip in a large bowl ~ I just do it by hand since it's easy ~ no need to have to clean up beaters.
Roll a tablespoon or so of dough in the powdered sugar ~ bake the cookies on a nonstick or greased cookie sheet at 350* for 10 minutes. And, yes, they are called "Whippersnappers." Enjoy!
Yep, we got lots! Anyone want some? Snow days always provide baking time. This message has been edited. Last edited by: nance425,
Maybe I'm late to the party, but how about those little cheesecakes that are made with the nilla wafers and topped with cherry pie filling?
Jo-CT: Oh, that would have been a great idea. Except I don't have the lil wafers and we were snowed in. Saving it for another time.
I've never made them, but see the recipe all the time. Our K wafers are on sale and on the list. Now I know what to make with them instead of just eating them. (I could eat the whole box.)
Thanks for posting and reminding me of those.
Super easy. Take a large container of Greek style yogurt, plain or vanilla, and add honey to it!! Garnish with mint. Alternate: sour cream with granulated light brown sugar...awesome with sliced strawberries.
Thanks, Aychi: About how much honey/brown sugar?
It's National Doughnut Day and I thought we need to review Martha's Doughnut Muffins!
I haven't made them yet...but I plan on it!
Gosh, had I known, I would have made them for breakfast -- as it was I made biscuits -- not the same, not the same!
I'm thinking about for breakfast in the morning myself!
I made the doughnut muffins today.
DELICIOUS! I ate one warm and after eating the cinnamon sugar off the top, dipped it in the dab of leftover butter and cinnamon sugar again. That's permissible when there aren't any little ones in the house to clean your bowls for you.
ETA: Son said they tasted like snicker doodles with nutmeg added.This message has been edited. Last edited by: KeepYouInStitches,
tell your son I thought the same thing...
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