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.

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.

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

Valentine’s Rice Krispie treats

I found this recipe on the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies website. I just had to share it with you. I love Rice Krispie treats and these are just darling for Valentine’s Day.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes • Total Time: 35 minutes • Servings: 12

What you’ll need:

* 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
* 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
* – OR –
* 4 cups miniature marshmallows
* 6 cups Rice Krispies®
* Canned frosting or decorating gel
* Assorted candies

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan lined with foil and coated with cooking spray. Cool.

4. Remove from pan. Remove foil. Decorate with frosting and/or candies. To serve cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 thru 4 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.


  • For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
  • 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
  • Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
  • Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container. To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

butter – $1.75/pound
marshmallows- $1.09
breakfast cereal – $2.50/box
frosting – $1.29
candy coated chocolates – $1.50
Total – $4.51

February 3, 2009 Posted by | -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , | 1 Comment

Cinnamon rolls

I made these for breakfast this morning. They’re so easy to make and so delicious to eat! I frost mine with cream cheese frosting (that recipe can be found with my coconut cupcake recipe) but you can use the glaze recipe below if you prefer them less sweet.

What you’ll need:

2 Tbl sugar
1 – 2 Tbl cinnamon

2 ½ c biscuit mix
2/3 c milk
2 Tbl sugar
2 Tbl butter, softened
¼ c raisins, optional (sometimes I use them, sometimes I don’t. I didn’t today.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease bottom of a 13 x 9 inch pan. In a small bowl mix together 2 Tbl sugar and cinnamon and set aside. In a medium bowl, stir biscuit mix, milk and 2 Tbl sugar until dough forms. If it’s too sticky, stir in additional biscuit mix (up to ¼ c) to make it easier to handle. Turn dough onto a biscuit mix covered flat surface. Roll dough in biscuit mix to coat.

Shape into ball and knead 10 times.

Roll into a 15 x 9 inch rectangle.

Spread with butter.

Sprinkle evenly with sugar mixture and raisins if desired.

Roll up tightly beginning with 15 inch side.

Seal well by pinching edge of dough into a roll.

Cut into 1 ¼ inch slices.

Place cut side down on greased pan.

Bake 23 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool 5 minutes and remove from pan. Frost while warm. Makes about 20 rolls.

For simple glaze:

What you’ll need:

1 1/3 c powdered sugar
2 Tbl milk

Mix until smooth.

Tip: Use already made canned vanilla or cream cheese frosting for a quick, no work frosting. If it’s cold, let it warm to room temperature while the rolls are baking.

biscuit mix – $3.00
milk – $3.99/gallon
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
cinnamon – $1.85
raisins – $1.12/box
Total – $2.18

January 1, 2009 Posted by | -breads, -breakfast items, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, MAIN DISHES, TIPS | , , , , , , | 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.

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

Easy frosted brownies

So easy!

What you’ll need:

½ c butter
1 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
6 Tbl cocoa
½ c flour

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer. Blend in cocoa and flour. Add eggs and mix well. Bake @ 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool. Frost brownies. Makes about 20 squares.

Easy chocolate frosting

What you’ll need:

½ c butter
½ c sugar
1 Tbl cocoa

Mix together well. Refrigerate any unused frosting.

Variations: Add ½ c nuts. Top with warmed caramel ice cream topping.

butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
vanilla – $2.25
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
cocoa – $1.69
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
Total – $3.15

December 16, 2008 Posted by | -brownies, -chocolate, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment