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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Just reading these recipes made me feel better! (At least while I was reading them :-)

100 Grand Cupcakes? YEP!

I always wondered how Baked Alaska was made...

Four-ingredient (!) Nutella Brownies? Yes, please!!!

And I'd also like to give away a copy of one of the best YA novels I've read in ages, The DUFF by Kody Keplinger. (US mailing addys only)

For your chance to win, just tell me what your favorite dessert is (I know you're shocked by this one!) by midnight EST tomorrow, August 27th--and make sure you leave a way to contact you!

The one desert that sounds the most awesome to me wins, or if there is so much awesomeness that I can't decide, I'll use the random number generator.

58 Comments:

Blogger Haleyknitz said...

YAY first comment. well. let's see here. ironically, i'm wearing a t-shirt that says "chocolate is the answer. who cares what the question is." so basically, i love chocolate. chocolate icecream, chocolate brownies... chocolate cake is my favorite, though... but only when I make it. i know that sounds horrible, but here's what I do:

i used the chocolate-ist mix i can find and add one package of instant devil's food cake pudding for every box. it makes the cake very dense and tasty, but still light and fluffy. it usually takes about fifteen extra minutes to bake. then for frosting, i used whipped cream cheese, and a buttload of powdered sugar, and black dutch cocoa (both the sugar and the cocoa i add until it tastes amazingly fantastic) and then presto! super-chocolate cake with fantastic home-made chocolate frosting.

so yes. that is my favorite dessert the thing is, im the only one in my family who can make it... so if i want it, it has to be someone's birthday or christmas or something.

here's some pictures of my cakes... i decorate them, too :) http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?aid=185379&id=805041729

enjoy drooling ;) and if you're ever in cullowhee, i'll make you one.

August 26, 2010 10:13 AM  
Blogger Haleyknitz said...

an e-mail address would help.

haleymathiot@yahoo.com

August 26, 2010 10:14 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

My favorite dessert is....Cherry cordial icecream!!! so good, it has cherries with little chocolate pieces in it.

email:stacedog01@yahoo.com

August 26, 2010 10:46 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

My favorite dessert is probably Ben & Jerry's Half Baked Ice Cream. I know it's not super fancy or something that takes a lot of time to create, but it is my absolute weakness. So delicious. Ben & Jerry are gods in my book! :)

August 26, 2010 11:03 AM  
Blogger Sarah B. said...

Cake! Homemade from scratch CAKE! Especially if chocolate is involved. (No fruit in my dessert, please!)

And, oh, how I want to read The DUFF!
SarahBSaysHello{at}gmail.com

August 26, 2010 11:16 AM  
Blogger latishajean said...

Great giveaway thank you My favorite is and always will be chessecake love it yummy! Thank you so much for the chance :) now I need chessecake!!
tishajean@charter.net

August 26, 2010 12:54 PM  
Blogger Flippin' Fabulous- A Reader's Record said...

Black Bottom Cupcakes... It is the ONLY dessert I'll eat. I don't like sweets much.

It's coco cupcakes with a cream cheese and chocolate chip filling.

When I perfected the recipe I add applesauce to and it makes the cupcakes so light and fluffy!

areadersrecord(at)gmail.com

August 26, 2010 12:56 PM  
Blogger (Helen) Kiaya said...

My favorite desert is made by me and me only - chocolate chip cookies. I know other people out there in the world make chocolate chip cookies. But no one makes them like I do. And I don't even know how I do it. I just throw the random ingredients together, and BAM magic cookies.

helenkiayapemberton at gmail dot com

August 26, 2010 12:56 PM  
Blogger I Heart Monster said...

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August 26, 2010 12:56 PM  
Blogger I Heart Monster said...

I like Martha Stewart's Carrot Cake cookies too... they're a sandwich cookie with cream cheese frosted filling and cakey carroty goodness on the outside. yum!

iheartmonster at iheartmonster dot com

August 26, 2010 12:57 PM  
Blogger bookbunny68 said...

I love the mini-chocolate chip cheeseball with Teddy Grahams.

Yum!

August 26, 2010 12:59 PM  
Blogger Christi said...

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August 26, 2010 1:04 PM  
Blogger Christi said...

I have to pick ONE dessert? How unfair! Tiramisu, if it's done right, but it so often isn't.

One of my favorite desserts ever is actually from Walt Disney World, at 'Ohana at the Polynesian resort. It's a bread pudding with Bananas Fosters sauce, served with vanilla ice cream. It's so delicious, there aren't really words for it.

caldellizzi AT gmail DOT com

August 26, 2010 1:05 PM  
Blogger Em said...

My favorite dessert is called Crunchy Chocolate Truffle Pie. It is really easy to make AND is vegan and super decadent. I love it because it combines chocolate, peanut butter, and crunchy pretzels and graham cracker in one dish.

The recipe is online (http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/9651?section=) but to sum it up, you either buy or make a graham cracker crust (I make mine generally) and then you make the pie filling which is made out of silken tofu, peanut butter, melted chocolate chips, and maple syrup - it's sort of like a pb and chocolate pudding filling. This goes in the pie crust and in the fridge and the pudding filling solidifies a bit. And then you can either buy or make chocolate covered pretzels (again, I generally make them - hard to find these vegan at the store) which you cover the top of the pie with when you are ready to serve.

It's vegan which is good for me, and non-vegans love it too (what's not to love?). Email: LoveYALit@gmail.com

August 26, 2010 1:07 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Well, I have been trying to get my hands on The Duff so I'll give my most awesome recipe and hope to goodness that you think it's awesome also. I know they fly off the plate around here.

What you will need:

3 eggs
1 stick of butter
1 box of cake mix (butter or golden)
1 small box of powdered sugar
1 box 8 oz. cream cheese

Directions:

First: mix together 1 egg, 1 stick butter, and your box of cake mix, then spread it in your square pan. (make sure you use a non-stick spray first)

Next: mix together 2 eggs, 1 box powdered sugar, and your cream cheese, then spread this mix over your first layer.

Last: Put in your oven @ 350 and let bake for 20-30 minutes. You want the top to start turning a golden color and looking "cracked." Once done, take it out to cool and then slice into squares.

August 26, 2010 1:16 PM  
Blogger Karla Calalang said...

My favorite desert is brownie a la mode!

My email address is kcalalang36 at yahoo dot com

August 26, 2010 1:23 PM  
Blogger samantha.thomson said...

Fav desert has got to be plain old cheesecake. Not cherries or anything to cover the taste!

August 26, 2010 1:34 PM  
Blogger Mismikado said...

Duff is currently at the top of my "To READ" list :)

My favorite dessert to eat and make are my "Sticky Bun Bliss Balls".

All you need is a pack of cream cheese, 2 tubes of Pillsbury Biscuits (the 8 biscuit ones), syrup, sugar, cinnamon, cupcake liners, and a muffin pan.

Heat the oven as directed on the biscuit wrapper. Line the muffin pan with cupcake liners.

Mix the sugar & cinnamon in a shallow bowl. I use however much cinnamon results in a light tan color.

Divide the cream cheese block into 16 cubes.

Take a biscuit dough piece, flatten it and pour a drop of syrup in the center. Roll a cream cheese cube in the cinnamon sugar until coated and place on top of the syrup in the dough. Seal the dough around the cream cheese and smooth out any creases or seams. Dip bottom side in more cinnamon sugar and place sugar side up in the cupcake liner.

Repeat 15 times.

Bake according to the time on the biscuit wrapper.

Optional: top each ball with more syrup and crushed nuts.

Hope you enjoy! Warning: they get very sticky :)

sebrina.m.parker{at}gmail.com

August 26, 2010 1:34 PM  
Blogger samantha.thomson said...

oh and email is samantha.thomson@ggp.com :)

August 26, 2010 1:36 PM  
Blogger Jordyn said...

My favorite desert is probably most likely TRES LECHE CAKE. For anyone who doesn't know what this is, it's basically a sponge cake soaked in a mixture of evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and cream. It's wonderful.

email: tencentnotes@gmail.com

August 26, 2010 1:54 PM  
Blogger Robin Reul said...

My favorite dessert would have to be my iced soft pumpkin cookies. I could eat the entire batch and a pot of coffee and be quite content, really. Ginormous, but content. Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:
2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened
1 cup Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter together with a mixer in a larger bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool completely before glazing.

For Glaze:

Combine 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 3-4 tablespoons milk (should not be super thick consistency but not super runny so gauge yourself), 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cookies and let harden.

I make these constantly from Thanksgiving on and people constantly beg me for them. They rock!!

P.S. I'm dying to read this book. Perhaps you should make the cookies and eat them while deciding as I cannot be held responsible for how this may (hopefully) influence your decision. :)

August 26, 2010 2:01 PM  
Blogger Nia said...

I LOVE cupcakes made with yellow cake mix,cream cheese icing, and lots of sprinkles. Plain and simple, but so delicious.

elaniarg AT gmail DOT com

August 26, 2010 2:02 PM  
Blogger Robin Reul said...

Whoops! Forgot to leave my e-mail...it's robin (dot) reul (at) gmail (dot) com.

August 26, 2010 2:03 PM  
Blogger Yan said...

Strawberry ice cream. *loves ice cream to death*

August 26, 2010 2:05 PM  
Blogger Susan Uhlig said...

Black Midnight Cake with mousse filling and chocolate glaze.
The cake is a Betty Crocker recipe for 2 layer cake.
The mousse filling is Jello's chocolate mousse.
The glaze is made from melted semi-sweet chocolate chips, butter, corn syrup and milk.

Yumm!

sue@susanuhlig.com

August 26, 2010 2:08 PM  
Blogger yang janice said...

my favorite is my mish-mash cookie. i unfortunately don't have the recipe on me right now because i'm at work but the cookie evolved when i was making 7 layer bars and had ingredients left over. i basically took this (http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/specialty/nth-detail-occc.aspx) and this (http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/seven-layer-bars/Detail.aspx) and my mish mash cookie was formed! i make it for special occasions only and i've had boys at work literally on their knees and bowing to me. =) hopefully, you'll think it's awesome too!

my email: jaanice@gmail.com

August 26, 2010 2:17 PM  
Blogger Brittany said...

My absolute favorite dessert are these cookies my mom made for my brother and I for as long as I can remember. They're called peanut butter blossoms. They are HEAVEN. Here's a picture of them: http://i36.tinypic.com/1z300w6.jpg

Here are the ingredients:

+ 48 HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
+ 1/2 cup shortening
+ 3/4 cup REESE'S Creamy Peanut Butter
+ 1/3 cup granulated sugar
+ 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
+ 1 egg
+ 2 tablespoons milk
+ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
+ 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
+ 1 teaspoon baking soda
+ 1/2 teaspoon salt
+ Granulated sugar

Here are the directions:

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.

2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.

3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.


My email is brittany(dot)silva08(at)gmail(dot)com.

August 26, 2010 2:24 PM  
OpenID beedeecee said...

my favorite dessert is 7-Up cake. the perfect blend of citrus and sweet. it may be more of a southern thing, as my parents made it often when i was growing up, and they are both from the south. i'm always shocked, however, when people haven't heard of it at all.

colbertbills@gmail.com

August 26, 2010 2:48 PM  
Blogger lyan said...

I don't know how they are called in english but in spanish they are SENORITAS...

http://icuban.com/food/images/mys_paste.jpg

Email: Qbanchic@hotmail.com

August 26, 2010 3:12 PM  
Blogger papalbina said...

I don't think I can participate - I live in Switzerland, but I can tell you anyway what is my favourite dessert. Actually, I have two favourites ones:

One, my speciality (my friends love my birthday xD) - Whities (like Brownies but made with white chocolate and almonds instead of walnuts)

And two - Panna Cotta with blueberry coulis *¬*

August 26, 2010 3:27 PM  
Blogger Compulsive Reader said...

I've been wanting The DUFF since it seems so good! Well there was a dessert in Applebees that the name I don't remeber but it's a giant melty chocolate chip cookie with chocolate syrup poured all over it and mini hills of whipped cream on top of it and some huge scoops of vanilla ice cream too. I think there was also caramel too. It's so good.

Email: prttyprincessa07@aol.com

August 26, 2010 3:54 PM  
Blogger Tricia said...

My favorite dessert would have to be these really awesome chocolate mini waffle things from France! My sister is like, the luckiest person in the world and has a french boyfriend who lives in France, so she brings me back all kinds of food.
They're called Gaufres which is french for waffles. There's a couple different kinds, one of them is a Belgian waffle covered in chocolate on one side, and the other is a Belgian waffle with chocolate through out itself. It's kind of like a chocolate chip waffle but better!
I don't know if you can get them in the US anywhere or not, but it would be a blast to try and make them yourself! Here's a picture of both of them:

http://www.antoinedelor.com/local/cache-vignettes/L636xH480/illus_gaufre_chocolat_2_-2e379.jpg

http://media.telemarket.fr/imgnwprd/009/009383/00938349/00938349-t0.jpg

August 26, 2010 4:03 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Mmm...cheeseake. That's all I have to say. I could eat it everyday.

August 26, 2010 4:19 PM  
Blogger Jacqueline C. said...

One of my favorite desserts combines two of my food lover - chocolate and cheese! Snickers cheesecake to be precise. It's a classic, creamy cheescake baked with chunks of Snickers bars in it and its topped with fudge shavings, caramel and whipped cream!

August 26, 2010 4:27 PM  
Blogger The Lovely Reader said...

Hudsonville ice cream from Michigan. The best is Traverse Bay Cherry Fudge. It's what I get every year. Cherry ice cream with real bits of cherry and chocolate layered with chocolate powder. Yum!

barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

August 26, 2010 4:59 PM  
Blogger Tricia said...

Sorry! I forgot to add my e-mail. I always do that! My post was about the French Gaufres. My email is trishuhhhr@yahoo.com

August 26, 2010 6:17 PM  
Blogger Sommer said...

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August 26, 2010 7:10 PM  
Blogger Annie McElfresh said...

I heart Peanut Butter No-Bakes. Pretty simple, I know, but hey I love em'.

amcelfresh@hotmail.com

August 26, 2010 7:24 PM  
Blogger Cade Crowley said...

My favorite is, like Bianca, chocolate swirl ice cream! Nice and simple, but not too simple :D

My email is ArcadiaWearsPrada@yahoo.com

August 26, 2010 8:03 PM  
Blogger I am lying said...

Any cupcakes from Mr. Cupcakes (http://mrcupcakes.com/menuClifton.html) or from Crumbs (http://www.crumbs.com/) is excellent.

iamlyin@gmail.com

August 26, 2010 8:26 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Plain chocolate ice cream! :D

Sarah L
two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

August 26, 2010 8:27 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

I make some pretty yummy funfetti cupcakes with homemade lemon curd filling and homemade vanilla buttercream frosting.

Something not made by me..I love banana pudding with nilla wafers

August 26, 2010 8:36 PM  
Blogger baddict17 said...

Wow. I'm a chocoholic so I could name countless things but the BEST dessert I've ever had was made by step-grandmother(???). It was this amazing pretzel, ice cream cake. I don't remeber how she made it but I remember her melting chcolate and crushed pretzels as the bottom of the dessert, the middle was this special gelatto from a local store that I think had something delicious mixed in. And then there's the top. Not I'm not a huge caramel person, but the top was melted caramel and chocolate that as it melts starts sinking into the ice cream.........Omg, I'm hungry!!

Another worthy mention are cheesecake brownies. It's my greataunts recipe and is amzing! The bottome are these dense, flawless, chcolately browines and then a cream cheese mixture. Amzing! But the second-best part is the chcolate frosting- actually more like ganache. :-)

xnzkisha17 at yahoo dot ocm

August 26, 2010 9:01 PM  
Blogger Erica75 said...

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August 26, 2010 9:26 PM  
Blogger Erica75 said...

Raspberry Jello Salad - which isn't salad at all, but instead2,000 calories (eh, more or less, haha) of yumminess. Involves jello, raspberries, real heavy whipped cream, and sugared pretzels. And lots and lots of sugar (hence the guess at the caloric content). I'm always a big hit at potlucks (yes, I said I'm). Second only to Cherry Coke Devil's Food Cake with Cherry Topping. Also awesome, but probably more like 5,000 calories, so I only make it once in a while. Probably tomorrow, in fact.

(Forgot my email again. I hate it when I do that.)

ericao75(at)hotmail(dot)com

August 26, 2010 9:28 PM  
Blogger Rebecca Wells said...

Cheesecake. Specifically, the red velvet cheesecake from the cheesecake factory. !!

August 26, 2010 9:30 PM  
Blogger DeNiSe MaDnEsS said...

Oh I gave my friend the last copy of the library of Duff now I must wait

Oh theirs so much to choose from but I'm going to have to say that I like its simple Cheese cake with a strawberry on top YUM.... that and with a glass of cold milk and I am the happiest person in the world at the moment

Denise Madness\
denisemadness(at)yahoo(dot)com

August 26, 2010 9:35 PM  
Blogger californiameaghan said...

my favorite dessert is a perfectly made tiramisu. i love the coffee flavor and the lightness/richness at the same time. drool.

meaghan_koci (at) yahoo (dot) com

August 26, 2010 10:01 PM  
Blogger jpetroroy said...

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup ice cream!

jpetroroy at gmail dot com

August 26, 2010 10:43 PM  
Blogger Kara Mustafa said...

My favorite dessert is Baked Alaska :)

Email: kmust21@gmail.com

August 26, 2010 10:45 PM  
Blogger Alatariel said...

My favorite dessert is actually kind of no big deal, but it has a story behind it, which makes it my favorite. I make mini cupcakes out of funfetti cake mix and then frost with white frosting that has multi-colored white chocolate chips in it. The first time I made them, my brother called them Unicorns and then proceeded to label them as such with a toothpick and a little piece of paper. It said: "Unicorns. DO NOT EAT." It wasn't because they were made poorly, but mainly because he wanted to keep them all to himself. One of my other brothers wouldn't touch them because he didn't want to partake of the Unicorns and then become like Voldemort and lead a cursed life. It was quite hilarious at time, and I still make them every now and again. We never call them anything else but Unicorns (and trust me, we've gotten some VERY confused looks when I say, "I'm making Unicorns!") and they remain wonderfully delicious. :D

~Dawn

August 26, 2010 10:54 PM  
Blogger Hannah S. said...

Mmmmmmm, so good!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uwHjp0NPyQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQEHr30GTlU&feature=channel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8aT8kBVZWs&feature=channel

Thanks for the giveaway!

Love, Hannah
xoxosweeet at yahoo dot com

P.s. I only tried out the first recipe, and I can personally vouch for them! Delicious!

August 26, 2010 11:20 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

I looooove brownies. Some people like the really thick kind with tons of chocolate, but I adore the thin kind. I could [and have] eat ten of them at one time.


nothingrhymeswithjustice@gmail.com

August 27, 2010 11:08 AM  
Blogger CPlusha said...

My high school served peanut butter brownies with dark chocolate frosting that are so rich and smooth they just melt in your mouth. People used to wrap them up in napkins and sneak them out of the cafe under the evil eye of Ms. Wesley...trust me you got detention if you were caught, (we weren’t allowed to have food in school) But it was so worth it.

We used to beg the lunch ladies to give us the recipe, but they wouldn't give up the secret. We even offered to help clean the lunch tables and wash trays, but they just laughed us off.

On the last day of senior year —Go Class of 2009!!— they drew me and my three best friends aside and they gave each of us graduation cards with the recipe inside.
So here's the recipe...trust me you'll never eat another brownie

1 Cup butter
11/3 Cup peanut butter
6T (3oz) corn syrup
2 Cups sugar
2t salt
4 eggs
27/8 Cups flour

Preheat oven to 350. Beat butter and peanut butter together. Add corn syrup. Add sugar and salt then beat for 10 minutes. Add eggs and Flour than beat. Spread in sheet pan bake for 25-30 minutes.

Frosting
4oz German sweet chocolate (Bakers is the best!)
3T butter
11/2 cup powdered sugar
3T hot water

Melt German sweet chocolate with butter. Stir in powdered sugar than add the hot water and stir. Finally spread onto brownies!

cap76@drexel.edu

August 27, 2010 1:25 PM  
OpenID kathleenliz said...

I think my favorite is a cupcake recipe that I came up with a few years ago. It's basic yellow cake with five instead of four eggs (for fluffyness), a dry pack of butterscotch pudding added to the batter (to make them moist...er) and instead of vanilla, almond extract. And then I frost them with chocolate peanut butter buttercream frosting (also my own creation, but basically just half of your basic chocolate buttercream frosting mixed with a cup and a half of peanut butter) and then sprinkle the top with crushed up Heath bars. Sooooo yummy.

kathleenelizabeth@live.com

August 27, 2010 7:42 PM  
Blogger Angel said...

my favorite desert is triple chocolate cake theres four layers and each layer is filled with rich and creamy chocolate the outside is iced with a whole lot of chocolate the cake is chocolate (of course) and its all covered with chocolate shavings amaaaaaaazing!!

gigirox66@yahoo.com

August 27, 2010 7:50 PM  
Blogger book weirdo said...

My favorite dessert has to be a Tres leches cake. which is sponge cake soaked in some type of sweet milk topped with whip cream and fruit. I especially love it with a straberry filling.And sorry that this is a repeat but thats my favorite too.
weirdpanda3@gmail.com

August 28, 2010 1:26 AM  
Blogger Tess said...

My best friend's aunt's dirt cake is to DIE for. It is absolutely heavenly.

Tess--
lettcebeinsane@gmail.com

August 28, 2010 8:28 PM  

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