The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Cheaters cherry brownies

I had a major chocolate craving Saturday night. And a major cherry craving…I decided to combine the two and you wouldn’t believe how good it was! My made up recipe is super easy too (would I have it any other way?)

What you’ll need:

1 pkg brownie mix + egg, oil and water to make them
1/2 can cherry pie filling (I used the other half the can to top pancakes. Just make sure you refrigerate the leftovers after opening the can)

Oh, here’s the ingredients for my cherry brownies (I was a little lax in my picture taking because I was so consumed with the need to eat them!):

Mix brownies according to package directions. Spread in an 8 x 8 inch pan. Drop pie filling around the top of the brownies using a tablespoon. Take a butter knife and draw lines first across the pan one way and then across the other way to marble the cherries into the brownies. Bake @ 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes or until brownies are cooked through.

They’re delicious!!!

Cost:
brownie mix – $1.09
pie filling – $1.99
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
Total – $2.18

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March 30, 2009 Posted by | -brownies, -chocolate, -fruit dishes, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , | 2 Comments

Orange cream bars

These are just as pretty as they are delicious…I love pretty food.

What you’ll need:

1 roll refrigerated sugar cookies
2 tablespoons grated orange peel (from 2 large oranges)
2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange marmalade
1 teaspoon orange-flavored liqueur or 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
2 eggs
3 tablespoons whipping heavy cream
2 drops orange food color (or 2 drops yellow and 1 drop red food color)
1 1/2 teaspoons butter
1/2 cup white vanilla baking chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Press cookie dough evenly on bottom and 1 inch up sides of ungreased 13×9-inch glass baking dish. (If dough is sticky, use floured fingers.) Sprinkle evenly with orange peel. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, marmalade and liqueur or extract with electric mixer on medium-high speed about 1 minute or until well blended. Add eggs; beat about 2 minutes or until well blended and mixture is creamy. Spread evenly on crust. Bake 29 to 36 minutes or until crust is golden brown and center is set. Cool 1 hour. In small microwavable bowl, microwave whipping cream and food color uncovered on High about 30 seconds or just until boiling. Add butter and baking chips; stir until chips are melted. Spread mixture evenly over bars. Refrigerate about 1 1/2 hours or until chilled and firm. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers. Makes 20 – 24 bars.

Cost:
refrigerated cookie dough – $2.25
cream cheese – $2.06
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
marmalade – $2.12
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
whipping cream – $1.49
white chocolate – $2.50
Total – $8.26

March 26, 2009 Posted by | -brownies, -cookies, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Triple-Chocolate Cherry Bars

By now most of you know I’m a cookin’ fool 🙂 If it has to do with cooking I’m probably signed up. One of my favorite things is the Betty Crocker newsletter. I get great recipes sent right to my email. I got one of those newsletters yesterday and totally fell for the picture of Triple-Chocolate Cherry Bars. I’m going to have to make them now! Because I thought they looked so good and Valentine’s Day being right around the corner, I decided to share the recipe with you even though it’s one I haven’t tried yet. I will definitely let y’all know how they turn out!


What you’ll need:

1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® chocolate fudge cake mix
1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
2 eggs, beaten
½ bag (12-oz size) miniature semisweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
1 container Betty Crocker® Whipped chocolate frosting

1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease and flour 15x10x1-inch or 13×9-inch pan, or spray with baking spray with flour.

2. In large bowl, gently mix dry cake mix, pie filling, eggs and chocolate chips with rubber scraper; break up any undissolved cake mix by pressing with scraper. Carefully spread in pan.

3. Bake 15x10x1-inch pan 25 to 30 minutes, 13×9-inch pan 35 to 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

Frost with frosting. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 6 rows.

Special Touch
A dazzling drizzle of melted white chocolate makes these bars look even more special.

Variation
Make Triple-Chocolate Strawberry Bars by using strawberry pie filling instead of the cherry.

Did You Know…
Shiny metal pans are preferred for making bars because they reflect the heat away from the bars, preventing the crust from getting too brown. If using dark nonstick or glass baking pans, follow the manufacturer’s directions, usually reducing the oven temperature 25°F.

Cost:
boxed cake mix – $1.29
pie filling – $1.99
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
chocolate chips – $2.50
frosting – $1.29
Total – $6.00

February 11, 2009 Posted by | -brownies, -cakes/cupcakes, -chocolate, -fruit dishes, -party ideas, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Marbled brownies

One of my favorites. I just made them a couple days ago. I only made a half batch of this recipe because there are only two of us eating. It didn’t hurt the taste at all. They were delicious!

What you’ll need:

For base brownies:

1 c. softened butter
1 ½ c sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 ½ c flour
4 – 6 Tbl cocoa
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt

For marble:

5 Tbl softened butter
1/3 c sugar
2 eggs
2 Tbl flour
¾ tsp vanilla
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened

For brownie mixture cream butter with sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix together dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Stir until combined. Spread cocoa batter into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Cream together marble ingredients and drop by tablespoonfuls across the top of the cocoa mixture. Using a butter knife, “draw” lines up and down and across the brownies. This makes the marble pattern. Bake @ 350 degrees for 40 – 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into squares.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
vanilla – $2.25
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
cocoa – $1.69
baking powder – $2.38
cream cheese – $2.06
Total – $4.16

January 15, 2009 Posted by | -brownies, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Monster chocolate brownies

Thick and chocolatey yummy

What you’ll need:

¾ cup butter, melted
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup cocoa
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 8-inch square baking pan. Combine butter, sugar and vanilla in bowl. Add eggs; beat well with spoon. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to egg mixture, beating until well blended. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes about 16 brownies.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
vanilla – $2.25
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
cocoa – $1.69
baking powder – $2.38
Total – $2.46

January 12, 2009 Posted by | -brownies, -chocolate, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , | Leave a comment