The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

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

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

Carrot cake

I got this recipe off the back of a cake mix box and decided to try it one day. I was amazed at the taste. You’ll love it!

What you’ll need:

1 pkg spice cake mix and ingredients needed to make it
2 c (about 3 large) shredded carrots
1 (8oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 c chopped pecans, divided
2 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
2 c powdered sugar
1 tub whipped topping, thawed

Mix cake mix according to package directions. Stir in carrots, pineapple and ¾ c pecans. Pour into two 9” square pans. Bake 25 – 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cook in pans for 10 minutes then remove from pans and cool completely. When cakes are cooled, in a large bowl mix together cream cheese and sugar until well blended. Fold in whipped topping. Stack cake layers on a plate, frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Top with remaining nuts. Store refrigerated. Makes 18 servings.

Tip: If you can’t find spice cake mix just use yellow cake mix plus 2 tsp of cinnamon.

Cost:
boxed cake mix – $1.29
carrots – $0.89
crushed pineapple – $1.09
pecans – $3.00
cream cheese – $2.06
powdered sugar – $1.69
whipped topping – $0.99
Total – $9.48

January 5, 2009 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -kids favorites, -party ideas, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Root beer cake

A different kind of cake that your kids will love.

What you’ll need:

1 box yellow cake mix
1 (12 oz) can + 3 Tbl root beer soda
¼ c oil
3 large eggs
½ c powdered sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10 inch bundt pan. Combine cake mix, can of root beer, oil and eggs in a medium bowl. Mix well. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35 – 40 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cook cake for 15 minutes before removing from pan. Remove for pan and poke holes about every 2 inches around the top of the cake. In a small bowl, combine 3 Tbl root beer and powdered sugar and whisk to combine. Pour glaze over top of cake.

Cost:
boxed cake mix – $1.29
soda – $0.99
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
powdered sugar – $1.69
Total – $2.56

December 29, 2008 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , | Leave a comment

Adorable snowman cake

What you’ll need:

1 box cake mix (any flavor) and ingredients needed to prepare cake
1 container white frosting
1 c shredded coconut
1 large black gumdrop
1 large green gumdrop
3 pieces red shoestring licorice
4 individual semisweet chocolate chips
2 chocolate wafer cookies
Large tray or foil covered cardboard

Bake cake according to package directions, using one 8 inch round pan and one 9 inch round pan. Cool. Remove from pans and place on tray with the larger cake on the bottom and the smaller cake above it to make a snowman shape (see picture). Frost. Sprinkle coconut on cake and gently press down so it sticks. Carefully cut the black gumdrop in half lengthwise. Use one half as nose. Slice the remaining half in half and use as eyebrows. Cut the green gumdrop in half lengthwise and use as eyes. Use licorice for mouth and muffler and chocolate chips for buttons. Place cookie on each side of head for earmuffs and a piece of licorice across top of head as the headband part of the earmuffs.

Cost:
boxed cake mix – $1.29
frosting – $1.29
shredded coconut – $2.25/bag
decorations – $2.00
Total – $5.08

December 25, 2008 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -chocolate, -kids favorites, -party ideas, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Candy cane cake

A beautiful cake.

What you’ll need:

1 box white cake mix and ingredients needed to prepare it
½ tsp red food coloring
½ tsp peppermint extract
1 c powdered sugar
1 Tbl milk or water
½ tsp vanilla
Crushed peppermint candies, if desired

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Generously grease and flour a fluted tube cake (bundt) pan. Mix cake batter according to package directions. Pour about 2 cups batter into pan. Pour about ¾ c batter into a small bowl. Mix in food coloring and peppermint extract and carefully pour pink batter over white batter in pan. Carefully pour remaining white batter over the top of that. Bake as directed on box or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan. Cool completely, about 1 hour. In a small bowl, mix together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. If necessary, stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time until smooth and spreadable. Spread over top of cake. Immediately sprinkle crushed candy over the icing.

Cost:
boxed cake mix – $1.29
ingredients to make cake – $1.50
mint extract – $3.12
powdered sugar – $1.69
vanilla – $2.25
peppermint candies – $2.00/big bag
Total – $3.68

December 24, 2008 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment