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Archive for the month “September, 2014”

Homemade Snickers Bars

I am so goddamn proud of myself.

Legit.

Granted, that’s mostly the recipe. It’s kind of ridiculously easy as long as you follow it. You just have to build each layer on top of the other one.

Some of the layers have to harden and cool before you put on the next one. Popping them in the freezer for a few minutes can expedite this process, but don’t do it for too long, or you’ll be dealing with a solid brick on your hands. Especially after the final layer. Just put that in the fridge, or else you’ll be trying to cut through solid rock of chocolate things.

But. Make sure the layer you’re putting on top is also cool enough. Or you’ll start to melt the layer beneath it. I did it not only with the nougat layer, but also with the caramel layer because I didn’t learn my lesson.

Speaking of the nougat. I made freaking nougat. It tasted good. You have to boil it in a saucepan and I thought I was going to burn it at one point, but saved it just in time.

Also, this didn’t affect the taste, but I used chocolate chips from two different bags for the top and bottom chocolate layer, so the top and bottom are two different colors…oops. Haha.

But yeah, if you have the time. Do this. They’re awesome.

Recipe:

http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/01/homemade-snickers-bars/

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Slow Cooker Nutella Swirl Poundcake

I’m just going to tell you right off why it’s so misshapen: I put parchment paper in the crock pot so there would be less cleaning, and the poundcake formed to that and not the edges of the slow cooker haha

Anyway, I haven’t really had the chance to try anything in the crock pot yet, so I was excited to give this a try.

Everything was going according to plan (it’s a pretty simple recipe) and then I realized I was short two eggs. Thankfully, I have a CVS a block away from my apartment and no self-respect. So off I went in my pajama pants and slippers.

So, this is supposed to be in the crock pot for three hours. Thanks to my little trip, by the time it was in the cooker, it wasn’t going to be done until 1 AM. So I tried to watch some TV, but naturally I fell asleep. So when my alarm went off, I zombie walked into the kitchen, turned off the crock pot, and went back to bed.

That’s why I think it may look a little weird. Also, I don’t know what was up with my cooker, but the majority of it cooked great but one entire side of it was burned black. I don’t really know if that was my fault or the crock pot’s.

So, 8 hours later, I finally got to try it. I put it in the microwave to heat it up a little bit, and I liked it. It’s not the best poundcake I’ve ever had in my life, but it was pretty good with my morning coffee.

Maybe I’ll do it again but make it perfectly

Recipe:

http://www.thenaptimechef.com/2012/01/slow-cooker-week-nutella-swirl-chocolate-chip-pound-cake-to-go-naptime-on-the-road/

Sugar Cookies

These aren’t just any sugar cookies. These are *those* sugar cookies. You know what I mean. The super soft ones?

Needless to say, I was super excited to make these, because they are my favorite type. The thing is they’re not hard to make, it’s just very time consuming. Once you make the dough, it has to chill for at least an hour, then you have to let the cookies completely cool before you put frosting on or else it will run, then you have to wait for the frosting to set so you can stack them like that. But, patience paid off on this one.

Although, making the frosting for these guys was an adventure. I didn’t have enough powdered sugar, so I decided to reduce everything else, then I ran out of vanilla so there was less of that, added more butter…it was a process. It didn’t taste bad, I just wish there was more of the vanilla.

As for the pink color, I actually wanted red, but no matter how much red food coloring I put in, the frosting just became a darker and darker pink. So I gave up, hence the lovely shade of pink they are now.

Recipe:

http://smells-like-home.com/2012/03/lofthouse-style-soft-frosted-sugar-cookies/

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