Posts Tagged ‘oreo’
What is a holiday without some festive Funfetti recipes? A holiday lacking a whole lot of fun, that’s what. So I took it upon myself to make sure you got your dose of Funfetti this Valentine’s Day with a 7-layer bar. I really enjoying making these bars, because it’s an easy way to use up things in the pantry leftover from a previous baking expedition. Such as cherry baking chips. And typical for 7-layer bars, these will disappear as magically as they appeared.
While we are on the subject of disappearing acts, I’ve learned something about portion sizes and their relation to how quickly they will get eaten. Take these bars for example. When I first brought them into work I had them sliced into 24 bars, but my labmates cut them into fourths in an effort to feel less guilty about eating such a decadent treat. Of course they were neglecting to notice that instead of eating one or two fourths of a whole bar, they were eating 6ish = 1.5 bars. If they had just eaten the bar as I had cut it originally, they would have actually consumed less of it! Yet somehow the guilt factor is different. The moral of the story? Ignorance is bliss (and now I know how to deceive them O:-) ).
One year ago: Sausage Lasagna Heart Calzone
Christmas is creeping up fast, and I am sure you have more baked goods running through your kitchen than you know what to do with, other than the obvious – eat it all!! But sometimes you need to whip up something last minute and magic layer bars are a deceptively easy, one pan dessert that can be customized based upon the ingredients you have on hand.
In this recipe for example, I ran out of bread crumbs so I ground up some Biscoff cookies to add to the bottom layer. Definitely did not disappoint my taste buds with that small substitution. I also did not have holiday M&Ms called for in the original recipe, but I did have a box of holiday Oreos patiently waiting for their destiny to be revealed. The only thing you may not have in your pantry that is more difficult to substitute is a can of sweetened condensed milk, but these bars are worth a quick trip to the store.
Enjoy your holiday weekend!
One year ago: Christmas Recipe Roundup
Even since I got my hands on a package of Gingerbread Oreos I have been trying to come up with something mind-blowing to make with them. But in the end, I resorted to plain old Oreo truffles. I cannot help myself, they are just so yummy! And with a new flavor and shape, can you really blame me? Besides, I’ve been working 12 hour days in the lab for far too long. I’m allowed to make excuses. Oh and a quick side note: I sent in my dissertation outline to my committee yesterday – eeep! Here’s to hoping they don’t rake it over the coals, at least not just yet.
I brought these into work for the Pharmacy school potluck. Many people said these were too cute to eat and actually had to convince one labmate not to save it as decoration for her desk. I said things like “moldy green” and “smelly rotten milk products” to sway her. Besides, I thought they were too delicious NOT to eat! Although I’m not sure those prior descriptors are helping make your mouth water at the moment.
I was a little surprised to find out the Oreo cookies themselves weren’t gingerbread-y, just the filling. Despite this, the flavor was fantastic and exceptionally good mixed with the cream cheese. I originally thought of adding some spice to it but there was no need. Of course you can also make these with any flavor of Oreos you prefer.
One year ago: Jalapeno Cornbread
After a great win over Penn State this past Saturday, you wouldn’t think I could have asked for more from the weekend (other than not pulling a tendon in my foot). But Hurricane Sandy had other plans for me, in the name of an extended weekend in State College! I was scheduled to leave on a flight Sunday evening, but my first flight was delayed so much that I would’ve missed my connection in Atlanta. Thankfully Delta let me reschedule my flight for the next day. Upon waking up however, my Monday flight had already been cancelled. Now the plan is to leave this afternoon, with a connection in Detroit. Not that I mind the extended mini vacation, I am just worried about my cat, Brady. So hopefully while you read this I am on a flight back to Memphis.
Despite all my traveling dilemmas, I still have a treat for you today in preparation for Halloween tomorrow! I am sure you are familiar with Oreo truffles. The combination of cream cheese and crushed Oreos is nearly perfection. Nearly, only because I may have discovered an even better way to make these treats – substitute the cream cheese for canned pumpkin puree! The truffles ended up being softer than when made with cream cheese, but it did not bother my taste buds in the slightest. You could always reduce the puree to 3/4 cup if you would like them to be firmer. I also think these would’ve been phenomenal dipped into white chocolate. Yum!
You might be thinking, Does Erin know that St. Padd’y day has already passed? And yes I do. But now I get to share some of the things I ate on Saturday! I figured the best way to start is with the dessert.
These mini cheesecakes start out with a chocolate Irish cream base, which gets topped with a whiskey-caramel sauce that demands to be heard. And finally a nice little dollop of whipped cream which has just a little bit of Guinness in it. The proportions of this treat are definitely not in line with the real beverage (Guinness being the main ingredient), but all the components are present.
Although whipped cream was a little over-whipped, I ended up thinking it was perfect considering the name of these little cheesecakes. The reason being that if you do not drink a car bomb fast enough it will start to curdle. Not that I want you to think of curdled milk while staring at these cheesecakesq. Hm, maybe telling you that was a bad idea then.
IRISH CAR BOMB MINI CHEESECAKE BITES
8 whole Oreos, ground in a food processor
1-1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
4 tsp Irish cream liqueur
WHISKEY CARAMEL SAUCE
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp Irish whiskey
GUINNESS WHIPPED CREAM
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp Guinness beer
2 Tbsp sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine ground Oreos and melted butter into a bowl until well combined. Spoon into 12 mini cheesecake cups that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Press into the bottom of each cup so the crust is flat. Partially bake for 10 minutes then remove from oven.
- In a stand or electric mixer beat the cream cheese, sugar, cocoa, and flour until smooth. Beat in egg then stir in yogurt, and liqueur until combined.
- Pour the cream cheese mixture evenly into the 12 cups filling about 3/4 way full. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until cheesecake is cooked through. Let cool completely.
- Meanwhile, prepare the caramel topping. In a small pan over high heat, bring the sugar and water to a boil. Swirl around frequently but do not stir.
- Cook for approximately 15 minutes or until browned, but not burned. Remove from heat and whisk in heavy cream. Once smooth add the whiskey. Set aside and allow to cool.
- In a small bowl, whip the heavy cream until it starts to thicken. Add sugar and Guinness, then whip further until it forms stiff peaks – do not overbeat!
- Remove cheesecakes from pan and top each with a spoonful of whiskey caramel sauce. Top with Guinness whipped cream or refrigerate until ready to serve. (Whipped cream best when eaten the same day it’s made, so if you are preparing these ahead of time, make the whipped cream the day you plan to serve.)