Enjoy your S’mores outdoors!
- 1 large marshmallow
- 1 graham cracker
- 1 (1.5 ounce) bar chocolate candy bar
(Pick your favorite and dare to change it up! I like Peanut Butter Cups!)
- Heat marshmallow over an open flame until it begins to brown and melt.
- Break graham cracker in half; sandwich chocolate between graham cracker and hot marshmallow.
- Allow marshmallow to cool a little before eating.
“National Chocolate Chip Day” Cookies
- 1 cup bread flour
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp coarse kosher salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup unsalted butter, 2 sticks
- *2 Tbsps water, room temperature
- *1 tsp espresso powder
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 5 oz dark chocolate, chopped
*You can substitute 2-3 Tbsps of decaf coffee for the water & espresso powder
- In a medium bowl, sift together the flours, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
- In a medium or large saucepan, add the butter and melt over medium heat. The larger the pan you use, the quicker the process will be!
- Bring the butter to a boil, stirring frequently. As the water begins to boil out of the butter, the milk solids in the butter will separate, sink to the bottom, and begin to toast and brown. As this begins to happen, make sure to stir constantly so the butter browns evenly. It may become quite foamy, splatter a bit, and be difficult to see, so keep a close eye on it, removing from heat and continuing to stir if it starts to foam over.
- Once the butter has turned a nice nutty brown, remove from the heat and pour into a large liquid measuring cup to stop the cooking. Allow it to cool down for a minute or two, give it a stir, and carefully add 2-3 Tbsps of water to the butter to bring it back up to 1 cup (240 ml) of liquid.
- Set aside to cool to room temperature. To help speed this process up, you can place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes. You want to make sure the butter is still liquid when you’re adding it to the dough later on, so make sure to remove after 15 minutes.
- In a large bowl, add the sugars, vanilla, espresso powder, and cooled brown butter. Cream together with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.
- Add the egg and yolk and beat until incorporated.
- Add the dry ingredients, about ⅓ of the mixture at a time, and beat between additions until just incorporated. It’s okay for there to be a bit of unmixed flour on the edge of bowl, this will be incorporated in the next step.
- Using a wooden spoon, fold the chocolate chips and chunks into the dough
- Scoop the cookies onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet in 3-Tbsp-sized mounds.
- For optimal flavor, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or, even better, overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
- Evenly space the dough 3 inches (8 cm) apart from one another on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 12-14 minutes.
- Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Linda’s Bunny Cake
- Two 9″ circle cakes baked
- White frosting
- Flake coconut
- Red food coloring
- Gum drops
- Start with two 9″ layers you’ve baked.
- Cut according to the diagram.
- Arrange bunny on a tray and top with fluffy-white frosting.
- Sprinkle lavishly with flake coconut.
- Tint a small amount of coconut pink for the ears by adding a few drops of red food coloring diluted in water.
- Decorate with gum drops for eyes, nose, and polka dots on tie. Licorice for mouth and whiskers.
Michelle’s Can’t-Miss Coconut Custard Pie
- Dough for single-crust deep-dish pie
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, chopped
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- 2-1/2 cups 2% milk
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Toasted sweetened shredded coconut, optional
- Preheat oven to 450°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. Trim and flute edge. Line unpricked crust with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake 10 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes longer. Sprinkle coconut over crust; set aside. Reduce oven setting to 350°.
- In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, sugar, flour, vanilla and salt. Pour over coconut; sprinkle with nutmeg.
- Bake, uncovered, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 45-50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. If desired, top with toasted coconut to serve. Refrigerate leftovers.
Michelle’s Easy Valentine Trifle Dessert
- 4 cups cheesecake flavor pudding (instant works fine, also vanilla flavor is okay) — color pink with food coloring or use strawberry flavor
- 3–4 cups whipped cream (fresh is best!)
- 2–3 cups of cake cubes (about a 9×13 size cake)
- 1 cup raspberries
- 2 cups strawberries (sliced)
- Optional: you can add more berries if you like–the more the better!
- Wash and pat the berries dry. Let them air dry while you prep the rest.
- Cut your cake into cubes, whip your cream, and make your pudding.
- Then start layering in a medium size bowl or trifle dish. Start with the pudding, then add cake cubes so they can soak in the pudding. Add the fruit and whip cream.
- To make it look pretty, stack the outer-edge row of the glass in a nice line, alternating with strawberries, cake, raspberries etc. Continue layering until all the ingredients are gone, finishing with whip cream on top.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Enjoy!
Michelle’s Favorite Buffalo Chicken Dip for the Big Game (1/2023)
- 2 cups chicken, diced, cooked
- 2/3 cup buffalo sauce
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup blue cheese dressing (or Ranch dressing)
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 2 green onions, diced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine blue cheese dressing, sour cream, and cream cheese.
- In a separate bowl, combine diced chicken, buffalo sauce, and garlic powder. Add half of the chicken mixture to cream cheese mixture along with celery, green onions, and half of the cheddar and mozzarella cheeses.
- Spread mixture into an 8×8 baking dish. Top with remaining buffalo chicken and remaining cheese. Bake for 25 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
Michelle’s Favorite Lace Cookies (12/2022)
- 1 cup butter salted
- 2 1⁄4 cups brown sugar packed
- 2 1⁄4 cups rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons flour all purpose
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, brown butter until it turns brown in color and nutty in aroma. Remove from heat. Allow to cool 5 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl or mixer, combine brown sugar, oats, egg and vanilla. Gradually add brown butter. Mix until combined.
- Stir in salt and flour.
- Using a cookie scoop, drop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet leaving ample room to spread. Bake 6 minutes or until golden brown. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about a minute before removing to a wire rack.
Tips to Make them Thin and Crispy
- Do not chill the dough. Mix and bake immediately.
- Do not use aluminum foil or grease your cookie sheet.
- Use a spatula to remove them from the sheet after they cool for 5 minutes and allow them to cool on a wire rack to continue to crisp.
- Room Temperature – Cool cookies before storing in a glass airtight container. Store with wax paper up to 2 weeks.
- Refrigerate – Cool cookies before storing in a glass airtight container. Store with wax paper up to 2 weeks. This method is great for keeping them crisp, especially in humid environments.