The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Chocolate mint sauce

This is a super simple sauce that is excellent over ice cream

What you’ll need:

  • 10 York Peppermint Patties (the candy)
  • 3 – 5 Tbl cream (depending on how thick you want it)

Melt the candies in the top of a double boiler stirring occasionally. Blend in cream when candies are completely melted. Use immediately. Makes enough to cover 6 servings of ice cream (or 4 if you heap it on like I do!)

Cost:
candy – $1.50
cream – $1.12
Total – $1.72

January 7, 2010 Posted by | -chocolate, -ice cream, -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , | Leave a comment

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

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

Banana boats

I left this recipe in a comment on my friend Sherri’s cooking blog Everything in Moderation (that’s a terrific cooking blog by the way…if you don’t visit her you should!) and then decided this morning that I should share it with y’all too 🙂 You can bake these in the oven, cook them on the grill or even cook them over a campfire. The kids will love them!

What you’ll need:

1 whole banana, in the skin, per person

for each banana:

1 tsp butter
a small handful miniature marshmallows or large marshmallows cut into small pieces
a small handful chocolate chips
foil

I wash the outside of my bananas but I’m a germ freak and you don’t have to do this. You won’t be eating the skin. Slice each banana longways (like you do for a banana split), slicing through the skin but only on one side. Do not cut the banana completely in half. You want it open like a baked potato. Place open side up on a piece of foil large enough to completely wrap the banana. Fill the inside of the banana with butter, then marshmallow, then chocolate chips, pressing down to ‘mush’ the ingredients into the banana. Wrap it up tight and either place in a 350 degree oven or on the grill or fire. Let them cook about 10 minutes or until the insides are melted. Serve immediately but be careful because they’re HOT!

Cost:
bananas – $2.15
butter – $1.75/pound
marshmallows- $1.09
chocolate chips – $2.50
Total – $3.92 for 4 banana boats/ $0.98 each

March 25, 2009 Posted by | -chocolate, -fruit dishes, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , | 1 Comment

Easy doughnut holes

We made these last night. I would have pictures for you but they were scarfing them down as fast as I made them. These are definitely a kid’s favorite!

What you’ll need:

Canned biscuits (how many depends on how many you’d like to make. One can makes about 30 to 40 doughnut holes depending on how big or small you cut them)
Powdered sugar
Granulated sugar
Cinnamon
Cocoa

For doughnut holes:

Remove biscuits from can and roll each individual biscuit in your hand to make it a long oval shape (just like making snakes out of play dough =) don’t make them too skinny though). Slice each “snake” into 4 to 5 pieces and roll those in your hand to make the ball shape. Set on a plate, not touching each other, until all the biscuit balls are made. Drop carefully into hot oil (375 degrees) and flip if necessary (they usually flip on their own which is pretty neat but if they don’t then you need to flip them). Cook until browned, usually about 1 minute. Don’t overcrowd your pan. You just want about 5 doughnut holes cooking at a time. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Glaze or cover while they’re still warm.

For “toppings”:

Glaze:

Mix together about ¼ cup of powdered sugar and a small amount of water. Heat in the microwave 30 seconds. Mix again. It should be pretty thin; if it’s not, add a little more water. You want it thicker than water but thinner than frosting. Using a spoon, roll doughnut holes in glaze and place on a plate that is NOT lined with paper towels.

Chocolate:

Mix together 2 Tbl cocoa with ¼ cup powdered sugar. Stir well. Roll doughnut holes in mixture.

Cinnamon:

Mix together 3 Tbl cinnamon with ¼ c granulated sugar. Roll doughnut holes in mixture.

Cost:
canned biscuits – $1.09/4 pack
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
powdered sugar – $1.69
cocoa – $1.69
cinnamon – $1.85
Total – $1.06 using one can of biscuits

March 18, 2009 Posted by | -chocolate, -doughnuts, -kids favorites, -super snacks, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , | 1 Comment

White Chocolate and Strawberry Cookies

One of my favorite ladies here in blogland has begun her television cooking career! Ok, maybe it’s not a career yet but I’d be willing to bet my money that it will be before too long. Her name is Celeste (click here to visit her blog) and she is an incredible woman. Her debut was on MyArkLaMiss’ morning show and her recipe is White Chocolate and Strawberry Cookies…yum! Click here to watch her TV debut and click here for other great recipes that she has posted on her forum KARD Kookbook (she posts under the name LadyElaine. You will need to specifically select her forum to get to her recipes). I know, you want me to get to the recipe! 🙂

White Chocolate and Strawberry Cookies

What you’ll need:

1 1/2 cups strawberries, cleaned
1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°.

Clean, trim, and slice berries.

Puree/mash strawberries in a blender, or with a fork for less mess (berries should now be 3/4 cup), leaving some larger chunks if desired; set berries aside.

In a large bowl beat butter and sugars.

Beat in one egg at a time.

In a separate bowl whisk flour, salt and baking powder.

Add dry mixture to creamed mixture, about 1/2 a cup at a time.

When well mixed, slowly add berries, about 1/4 cup at a time, while mixing at the same time, ensuring berries are spread well throughout.

Drop batter in tablespoons about 1-inch apart on a greased baking sheet.

Bake at 350° for 11- 12 minutes for soft cookies, or up to a maximum of about 14-15 minutes for crunchier cookies, watching the edges to ensure they are lightly browned.

Let rest on cookie sheets for 2-3 minutes for cookies to set.

Cool on wire racks.

Cost:
strawberries – $3.50
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
chocolate chips – $2.50
Total – $6.93

March 3, 2009 Posted by | -chocolate, -cookies, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , | 3 Comments