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

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

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

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

Dirt cups

I got to thinking about Valentine’s Day and celebrations that we had when my kids were little. My kids have always liked the odder things lol I guess they’re just like me. Dirt cups were always one of their very favorite treats and they’re super easy to make. If you have any creepy crawlers fans these will be a big hit with them I promise!

What you’ll need:

1 pkg chocolate pudding mix (I use instant but you can use the cooked type just make sure you let the pudding cool completely before putting the cups together)
Milk to make the pudding
10 – 15 Oreo or other chocolate sandwich cookies
1 pkg gummy worms

Prepare pudding according to directions. Place cookies in a zipper close baggie and then in between two thick towels. Beat them with a hammer or a rolling pin until they are crushed. That’s fun =) Fill a plastic cup about ¾ of the way full with pudding. Top with dirt: crushed cookies. Stick a worm (or several worms if your kids are like mine) into the dirt. Makes 4 dirt cups.

These are also cute made in miniature plastic flower pots! Just make sure they’re cleaned first.

Cost:
pudding – $0.49/ box
milk – $3.99/gallon
chocolate sandwich cookies – $2.29
gummy worms – $1.99
Total – $4.37/$1.09 per cup

February 9, 2009 Posted by | -chocolate, -kids favorites, -pudding, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , | 10 Comments

Football Fondue


Who doesn’t love chocolate? I know I do!

What you’ll need:

1 c heavy cream
2 c chocolate chips

Bring cream to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Stir once and allow to sit for 3 minutes. Whisk together until smooth. Serve with cookies, squares of cake or fruit. Makes about 3 cups of fondue.

Suggestion: For a cute touch, cut chocolate cake into football shapes for dipping.

Cost:
cream – $1.99
chocolate chips – $2.50
Total – $4.49

January 30, 2009 Posted by | -chocolate, -party ideas, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | | 2 Comments