Monday, November 25, 2013
One of my favorite sundae toppings is hot fudge! You can't beat the smooth, rich flavor of this easy homemade sauce. It is quick to make and, if you hide it in the back of the fridge, it will store for 3 weeks or more. Just heat in the microwave a few seconds to soften it up before you use it as it will set up when it's cold.
Fabulous Hot Fudge Sauce
1 cube of butter
1 1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 large can evaporated milk
2 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Melt butter over low heat and add chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate is melted. Add milk and powdered sugar. Whisk together until smooth. Bring to boil and simmer a few minutes stirring constantly. Add vanilla. Cool slightly before using.
Enjoy over ice cream or on a spoon straight out of the jar in the fridge! Mmmm!
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Sometimes a nice, hot fudge sundae hits the spot perfectly! This Classic Cocoa Sauce is so easy to make and delicious on ice cream! Truth be told, once it's in the fridge in a jar, a spoonful here and there is pretty awesome too!
My sister-in-law Susy passed this recipe on to me. It uses ingredients that I always have on hand and takes minutes to make. It is our family favorite!
Classic Cocoa Sauce
6 T. cocoa powder
1 C. sugar
3/4 C. evaporated milk
1/4 C. butter
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Mix cocoa and sugar. Blend in milk. Add butter and salt and cook over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Cool slightly before serving. Sauce thickens as it cools.
Joy's Notes: I prefer to double this recipe mainly because it will use the full can of canned milk rather than leaving me with 3/4 C. of milk to figure out a way to use. This stores in the refrigerator in sealed container for a couple of weeks if you can keep people from eating it with a spoon when you're not looking.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Dave's Grandma Evelyn was an amazing baker. When Dave and I were first dating he took me by Grandma & Grandpa's to introduce me. The first thing he did after a quick "hello" was take me to the kitchen to show me Grandma's cookie jar. It wasn't a particularly fancy container, in fact, it was a large tin can that she had made a cover for with plastic canvas. The special thing about Grandma's cookie jar though, was that it ALWAYS held cookies! She was always ready for grandchildren to visit. Most of the time she'd have bags of chocolate chip cookies in the freezer so if company came unexpectedly she could thaw them quickly and fill her cookie jar. That first time we visited I was appalled to see my future husband take a large handful of cookies to eat as we left! I came to find Grandma expected him to enjoy her cookies like that. She made those cookies with love and they were eaten with love in return.
There was a plaque on Grandma's wall that read:
Some Grandma's ride in limousines,
Wear fine clothes and pretty rings,
But my Grandma's best by far,
Because she has a cookie jar!
Apologies to whomever gave her that plaque, but it now hangs on the wall in my home. :) Dave claims ownership due to the quantity of cookies he ate growing up.
I've wanted for years to be the cookie Gramma. Dave knew I'd been watching for the perfect Gramma Cookie Jar and he found one for me for Christmas this year! Today I filled it to the brim for the first time! (I've baked cookies other times, but as I still have 4 of my own children at home the cookies disappear faster than I can fill the jar!) Luckily I have 2 grandchildren visiting today so I can claim Cookie Gramma status.
Grandma McKinnon usually baked her special Chocolate Chip Cookies. I love her recipe and my daughter Audra has posted it on the blog HERE. However, today I used some frozen cookie dough pucks from Alison's Pantry. They are Cookie Tree brand and they are really good! They're large and stay so soft. I love being able to bake just as many as I need whether that's 12 for lunches tomorrow or 45 to fill the cookie jar.
When I was a little girl I remember my own Grandma Bolander having cookies in a drawer in her kitchen. Hers were always from the store. Usually Pecan Sandies or Wafer Cookies. I loved getting permission to get a cookie out of the drawer to take outside and eat. My Mom now has a cookie drawer and Wesley is forever getting cookies when he goes to visit.
Interesting how a jar of cookies helps me feel so connected to special grandmothers in my past. Ready to carry on the tradition! Gramma Joy - Cookie Gramma!
Thursday, February 14, 2013
My husband is awesome. Sometimes I forget that briefly and give him grief, but he really is awesome. Here is the plate sized sugar cookie I made for him today using the sugar cookie recipe HERE.
I made smaller cookies for the kids - just lunch plate sized.
I love how soft this recipe turns out. I used regular decorating icing recipe for these cookies but the rest I frosted with my favorite Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting because it tastes SO good!
Dave was thoughtful and cooked dinner. Pineapple Chicken Stir-fry with a wild rice blend. It was delicious! Definitely a "cook-it-again" recipe!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Friday, February 8, 2013
Pinwheel cookies always look festive! We usually make chocolate pinwheels at Christmas time, but I decided to try exchanging chocolate for red food coloring to celebrate Valentine's Day. My girls especially loved the pink swirls.
I used the Refrigerator Pinwheel recipe I posted a few years ago. Once the dough is all mixed. Split it in two, and instead of adding the cocoa powder as directed, add 1 tsp. of red food coloring. Mix it in well and then continue to follow the recipe directions.
Once the cookie rolls are ready to cut, pour your choice of sprinkles onto a cookie sheet and roll the dough until sides are coated. Cut into 1/4 inch slices and place on cookie sheet 1 inch apart. If you'd like heart shaped cookies rather than round, squeeze the circle into a triangle and then press a dent in one side with a wooden spoon handle or shape gently with your fingers.
Food is always a fun way to celebrate a holiday!