Friday, April 20, 2018

Cinnamon Chip Applesauce Coffee Cake

I have had this recipe in my to try file over many years. I made it for a Ladies Bible study and everyone liked it. I added the cream cheese frosting.

Cinnamon Chip Applesauce Coffee Cake

adapted from Tammy Vincent via Betsy Burtis, TNT Recipe group

1 c. unsalted butter, softened
1 c. granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 c. applesauce
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
10 oz cinnamon chips

1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ.

2. Beat together the butter, sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and applesauce.

3. Mix together the dry ingredients. Mix into the wet ingredients until well combined. Stir in the cinnamon chips.

4. Pour into greased 9x13 pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.   Cool completely.  Make the frosting and spread over the top

Cream Cheese Frosting

4 oz cream cheese
2-3 c powdered sugar
1 t vanilla
1 T butter
2-3 T milk

Beat all ingredients together until smooth and spreadable

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Buffalo Chicken Breasts

Jenna put this together for a quick dinner last week. We liked it!
Buffalo Chicken Breasts

1 # chicken breast, cubed
1/4 c Frank’s Red Hot sauce
1/2 stick butter

Cook chicken in a skillet on medium heat until done, adding salt and pepper to taste.  Melt butter and add hot sauce.  Cook until sauce has thickened and coats the chicken.  Enjoy!  Serve with Ranch dressing or Blue Cheese dressing.

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Hot Pepper/ Habanero Chicken and Wings

    I had some Mango Habanero wings while in the Detroit area last month. They were THE best wings I have ever had. I knew I would try to recreate them. I didn't do too bad, but THOUGHT I had habanero pepper jelly in my canning pantry. I didn't, so improvised. We did add about 1/4 of a jalapeno, diced fine.
    Hot Pepper/ Habanero Chicken and Wings

    Pepper Jelly or Habanero Jelly
    jalapeno pepper, optional
    1 mango
    1/2 c water
    Chicken breasts
    chicken wings
    Cayenne pepper or Garlic Sriracha seasoning

    Cube the mango and place in a saucepan with 1/2 c water.  Cook until mango is soft and then mash or puree.  Add about 1/2 c pepper jelly and heat until warmed.

    Prepare the chicken by boiling the wings for 8 minutes.  Drain and place on a baking rack.  Place chicken breasts in a baking pan, if using.  Sprinkle the boiled wings and breasts with cayenne or Garlic Sriracha seasoning.  

    Bake at 450 for 30 minutes.  Flip the wings and add pepper jelly sauce to wings and breasts.  Cook for 10 minutes more.  


    Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies

    I have had this recipe in my files to try since October. They are dense and delicious!

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies

    10 tablespoon (1 1/4 sticks) butter, melted and cooled
    3 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup packed light brown sugar
    1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 large eggs
    1/2 cup chocolate chips
    1 cup Reese's Pieces we used mini Reese's pieces
    15 miniature peanut butter cups, cut in half We used full sized, quartered

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter bottom and sides of a 9-inch cake pan Beth used a 9 x 9 square pan.

    In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.

    In a large bowl, beat butter, both sugars and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until combined. Scrape down sides of bowl and beat in vanilla and eggs until smooth. Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture, mixing just until a thick dough forms. Fold in chocolate chips, Reese's Pieces and peanut butter cups. Press dough into prepared pan.

    Bake until brown on top but still soft in center, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pan for 20 minutes. Run a sharp knife around edges of pan; transfer cake to a cooling rack. Let cool completely before cutting into wedges and serving.

    Monday, April 16, 2018

    Baked Cajun Chicken

    This was quick and easy to put together. We all liked it.
    Baked Cajun Chicken

    2 # chicken pieces We used boneless, skinless thighs and breasts
    olive oil to drizzle
    Cajun seasoning **
    Ranch and /or blue cheese dressing 

    Drizzle olive oil over the chicken and rub in.  Put chicken on a cookie sheet or baking pan.  Sprinkle Cajun seasoning over the top.  

    Bake at 400 for 30-40 minutes.  Serve with Ranch or Blue cheese for dipping.

    Cajun Seasoning Spice Mix
    2 tsp kosher salt
    1 T granulated
    2 tsp black pepper
    2 tsp onion powder
    1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
    2 tsp dried oregano
    1 tsp dried thyme

    Sunday, April 15, 2018

    Cajun Seasoning Spice Mix

    I found this recipe and adapted it to what we would like. It made enough for 2 meals for us, so half of it is in the cupboard.

    Cajun Seasoning Spice Mix
    2 tsp kosher salt
    1 T granulated
    2 tsp black pepper
    2 tsp onion powder
    1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
    2 tsp dried oregano
    1 tsp dried thyme
    Mix all ingredients together and sprinkle on chicken or other meat.  Bake or grill.

    Saturday, April 14, 2018

    Chewy Peanut Butter Crisps

    I had all the ingredients for this recipe, so changed it a bit and they turned out wonderful!

    Chewy Peanut Butter Crisps

    adapted from Taste of Home Cookie Cookbook

    2 cups peanut butter Beth used 1 c crunchy, 1 c creamy
    2 cups sugar
    1 cup evaporated milk
    8 teaspoons cornstarch
    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

    In a large bowl, cream peanut butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in milk and cornstarch until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips.

    Using a cookie scoop, place the cookies 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets.Beth greased the pans Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.   Let the cookies sit on the pans for 4-5 minutes.  Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.