Monday, December 23, 2013

Extraordinary Boxed Brownies!

Don't tell anyone but I'm using a boxed brownie mix! Yeah, I know.
"She goes to culinary school only to make boxed brownies".
Truth be told, when I make brownies scratch-made, I make them
for 30+ persons.  There are many brownie mixes out
there these days that aren't your every day boxed brownies.
What makes them extraordinary is
when "add-ins" are included altering the flavor profile...
Extraordinary Boxed Brownies!

For the brownies today, I used a boxed dark
chocolate flavored brownie mix.
The measurements you find on the box for the oil, water, and egg
remain the same.  What I added is 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
and 1/2 cup large-chopped macadamia nuts.

Extraordinary Dark Chocolate Brownies
Makes an 8x8 pan. Double recipe for a 9x13 pan.
1 (20 ounce) box dark chocolate brownie mix.
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup water
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line bottom and sides of an 8x8 baking pan with foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.  Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir with wooden until just combined.  Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean.  Cool completely before lifting the brownie from pan. Remove foil and cut into squares.

With all the hustle and bustle this holiday season,
why not use some tasty shortcuts?

I will be busy in the kitchen baking and prepping
for Wednesday's Christmas dinner so I will now
wish all of you a blessed Merry Christmas!


Friday, December 6, 2013

Red Hots Hot Cider Punch

I have been making this hot cider recipe for years.
It was made originally for me years ago by a sorority
sister for one of our winter sorority meetings.
It is deliciously sweet from the Red Hots candies
which equally add to its cinnamon taste.
The gorgeous red color they provide, with the help
of cranberry juice, make it the perfect hot
cider for the holidays.
Here is the recipe!

Red Hots Hot Cider Punch
Makes 1 Gallon+

1 gallon apple cider
1 quart cranberry juice cocktail

Tie in cheesecloth or place in tea ball:
     2 teaspoon whole cloves
     2 teaspoon whole allspice
     2-3 sticks cinnamon
     1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
     1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
     1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

8-12 ounces bag of Red Hots (to taste)

Heat cider, juice, spices, and red hots until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes and until candies dissolve. Take out spice ball or, if using ground spices, strain through cheesecloth prior to serving.

I hope this becomes one of your go-to hot cider
recipes like it is mine.  Its great not just for the holidays
but for anytime during our colder months.
This week I will be joining 

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