The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

White chip chocolate cookies

I think these cookies are pretty.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 2/3 c cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 2/3 c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt and set aside. Beat together butter, both sugars and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually mix in flour/cocoa mixture. The dough will be stiff. Stir in chips. Roll 1 Tbl dough into a ball and then flatten slightly. Place 1″ apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9 – 11 minutes. Makes 5 dozen cookies.

Cost:
all purpose flour – $1.25
cocoa – $2.84
baking soda – $0.50
salt (large) – $0.38
butter – $2.38
sugar – $2.42
brown sugar – $1.44
vanilla (2 oz) – $1.96
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
white morsels – $1.97
Total – $5.11/$1.02 per dozen

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February 16, 2010 Posted by | -cookies, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Favorite hot cocoa

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I got this recipe off the back of a can of cocoa and I have to tell you it really is my favorite hot cocoa!

What you’ll need:

1/2 c sugar
1/4 c cocoa
dash of salt
1/3 c hot water
4 c milk
3/4 tsp vanilla
marshmallows or whipped topping, if desired

Mix together sugar, cocoa and salt in a medium sized saucepan. Stir in water. Cook and stir over medium heat until it boils. Boil and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in milk. Cook and stir until heated through but don’t let it boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into cups and top with marshmallows or whipped topping if desired. Makes 6 cups.

Cost:
sugar – $2.42
cocoa – $2.84
milk – $1.78/gallon
vanilla (2 oz) – $1.96
Total – $2.79/$0.47 per serving

December 9, 2009 Posted by | DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS | , , | Leave a 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

Chocolate surprise truffles

As I’ve told you before, I get some of my favorite recipes off of the backs of boxes, bags, cans and jars. I first found this recipe on the back of a cocoa container and then I found it again on the Hershey’s website. I just love these truffles. They’re rich and delicious and have a surprise center! I think you’ll love them too!

What you’ll need:

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 ½ cups powdered sugar
½ cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
¼ cup whipping cream
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Centers: After-dinner mints, whole candied cherries, whole almonds, pecan or walnut halves
Coating: Powdered sugar, MOUNDS Sweetened Coconut Flakes or chopped nuts

Beat butter in large bowl until creamy. Stir together powdered sugar and cocoa; add to butter mixture alternately with whipping cream and vanilla, blending well. Refrigerate until firm. Shape small amount of mixture around desired center; roll into 1-inch balls. Drop into desired coating, turning until well covered. Refrigerate until firm. Makes about 3 dozen truffles.

Variation: Add ½ teaspoon rum extract, decrease vanilla to 1 teaspoon.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
powdered sugar – $1.69
cocoa – $1.69
whipping cream – $1.49
vanilla – $2.25
cherries – $1.12
Total – $3.89

January 19, 2009 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -chocolate, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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