Monday, April 24, 2017

Magic Cookie Bars: Retro Ad & Recipe

If you follow this blog, you know that I love Retro Ads, especially those with chocolate recipes. Here's a great recipe from Borden Eagle Brand (Elsie the Cow) for Magic Cookie Bars--"Munchible Magic in Minutes"  Be sure to scroll down for the recipe--and for variations. This is such a versatile recipe!


MAGIC COOKIE BARS

Ingredients 
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts

Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees for glass dish). Coat 13x9-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray.
Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of prepared pan.
Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture.
Layer evenly with chocolate chips, coconut and nuts.
Press down firmly with a fork.
Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cool.
Cut into bars or diamonds.
Store covered at room temperature.

Variations 

7-Layer Magic Cookie Bars:
Substitute 1 cup (6-ounces) butterscotch flavored chips* for 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and proceed as directed above. Peanut butter flavored chips or white chocolate chips may be substituted for butterscotch flavored chips.

Magic Peanut Cookie Bars:
Substitute 2 cups (about 3/4 pound) chocolate-covered peanuts for semi-sweet chocolate chips and chopped nuts.

Magic Rainbow Cookie Bars: 
Substitute 2 cups plain candy-coated chocolate candies for semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Cartoon of the Day: Chocolate Bunny


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Teddy Bears' Picnic Triple Chocolate Scones

Today is National Picnic Day. So in honor of the Day, I'm reposting a recipe I posted on National Teddy Bear Day. When I was little I always had teddy bear tea parties, and I always served them scones. My grandparents were married in London, and I got my love of tea with milk and sugar -- and tea with scones and clotted cream from them. So for today's Picnic Day, here's a recipe for Triple Chocolate Scones. Of course you might want to add some honey on your scones. Bears love honey!

Teddy Bears' Picnic Triple Chocolate Scones 

Ingredients 
1-3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Madagascar vanilla
6 Tbsp butter (cold)
7-8 Tbsp whole milk (cold)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
3 Tbsp chopped dark chocolate
Sugar Crystals

Directions 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Sift together dry ingredients in large bowl (not the chocolate chips or chocolate). Add chocolate chips and dark chocolate.
Cut butter into dry ingredients until size of peas.
Put vanilla into small bowl and add milk.
Pour most of milk mixture into dry mix and stir to moisten. Dough should be moist enough to form a soft ball, but not sticky.
If needed, additional milk can be added 1-2 teaspoons at time.
Turn dough onto lightly floured cutting board and press out with hand to approximately 1/2 inch thickness. (makes 10-12 scones or 8-12 wedges)
Do not over-knead dough. Use as little flour as possible to keep dough from sticking to board.
Cut into desired shapes and place on lightly greased baking sheet.
Lightly brush tops with milk (or not).
Sprinkle with sugar crystals (you can get this at King Arthur Flour or in the baking section of the market). (If using a biscuit cutter or glass, dip the cutting edge in flour first)
Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on size. Start checking at 9 minutes. Do not overbake!
Sprinkle again with large sugar crystals while scones are still hot for visual appeal.

Tip: Scones are like biscuits. To get a tender, flaky scone, dough should be handled as little as possible, and you should always use cold butter and cold milk.

Chocolate Lime Swirl Pie: Retro Ad & Recipe

I love all these Retro Ads & Recipes. Some are better than others. Visually they don't always match our 2017 sensibilities, but taste-wise they often do. As always, you can substitute higher quality ingredients to create the very best dessert. Jelly powder, by the way, is jello..you can actually use green jello in this recipe, and not add the food coloring. Here's a blast from the past from Carnation for Chocolate Lime Swirl. As the ad reads: No cooking, No baking. How easy is this? Don't want to make this? Just enjoy the Retro Ad!