Monday, December 30, 2013

German Chocolate Brownies

I have no picture which is too bad.  These were one of those recipes I made that was gone before I had a chance to take a picture!  Also they were kind of messy, and messy isn't pretty.  Anyway, just imagine german chocolate cake except a brownie instead of cake.  Delicious!

German Chocolate Brownies (adapted from

  • 2 boxes of brownie mix
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of butterscotch chips
Coconut Pecan Frosting
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  1. Bake brownies according to package directions.  Allow to cool
  2. Melt chocolate chips in microwave for 1 minute and drizzle with a spoon over brownies.
  3. Melt butterscotch chips in microwave for 1 minute and drizzle over chocolate.
  4. Combine egg yolks, sugar, milk, butter and vanilla in a large saucepan.  Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened, about 12 minutes, stirring consistently for at least 10 of those minutes.  Add coconut and pecans.  Beat until thick enough to spread.  Pour over top of brownies.  Place in refrigerator to harden.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Black and White Potato Chip Cookies

I have finished my goal of making baked goodies for each coworker on their birthday!  Unfortunately, the person these cookies were for wasn't there the day I brought them in and they had disappeared by the next day.

What I liked:
Another coworker actually pointed this out but these cookies are like Ben & Jerry's Late Night Snack.  Sweet and Salty is super Yum!

What I would do differently:
I would like to try these cookies undipped.

from The Chew

1 cup butter softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
11/4 cups crushed potato chips
1teaspion vanilla
2c all purpose flour
Confectioner sugar
1c chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Reduce speed to low and add 3/4 c of potato chips and mix until incorporated.  Add vanilla and mix until thoroughly combined.  Add the flour and mix just until combined--don't overmix.
  3. Scoop 1-inch balls of dough into a lightly greased sheet pan, spacing them at least 2 inches apart.  Dust each cookie w/ confectioner sugar and press flat.
  4. Bake 10-15 minutes until golden brown and cool. Dip cookies in melted chocolate then into crushed potato chips.

Monday, December 16, 2013


Earlier this year I did another fun 'science experiment' with my daughter for preschool.  This time we made Oobleck.  As in Oobleck from Dr. Suess.  It's a simple 2 ingredient mixture that turns to solid in a bowl but back into liquid in your hands.  Even I, the supposed adult in the situation, had a lot of fun playing with the stuff!

from Spoonful

1 1/2 to 2 cups cornstarch
1 cup water

  1. Take 1 1/2 cups of cornstarch and add 1 cup of water.  Mix.  If the 'goo' isn't gooey enough, add a little more water.  Keep adding water until you have a consistency that is relatively easy to stir, but not runny.
  2. This may look like a messy project but it cleans up very quickly with extra water