Carrot Honey Loaf Recipe

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Homemade carrot cake-How good can it get. This cake is, heavy, rich and moist with a delicious combination of spices. There is very little prep time involved, but it does take about an hour in the oven so allow yourself enough time.

Carrot Honey Loaf Recipe
 
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Serves: 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated carrots
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a large bowl mix together the eggs, oil, honey, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. In another bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients until well combined.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined and then mix in the grated carrots.
  5. Pour batter into a 9 x 5 loaf pan lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 1 hour or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Let cool for a bout 10 minutes, remove from pan, and cool on a wire rack before serving.

Adapted from Taste of Home magazine 

Triple Layer Peanut Butter Brownies

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These brownies were a big hit. They are rich, moist, and delicious – the trouble is it is hard to eat just one. This recipe uses a boxed brownie mix, but I am sure you could substitute your own brownie recipe in place of it.

It takes a little bit of time to put it all together but it is well worth the effort.

Triple Layer Peanut Butter Brownies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 depending on size
Ingredients
  • 1 package brownie mix (19 to 21 ounces)
  • 1 package vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups cool whip (frozen)
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts (roughly chopped)
Instructions
  1. Prepare and bake brownies in a 13x9 inch pan according to package directions; set aside to cool.
  2. While brownies are cooling using an electric mixer with whisk attachment mix the milk and pudding together for 2 minutes. Add the peanut butter and sugar, and mix until well combined.
  3. After brownies are completely cooled spread the pudding mixture over the top of the brownies.
  4. Place the chocolate and cool whip in a medium size microwavable bowl and microwave for 1 minute stirring every 30 seconds until chocolate is melted and mixture is thoroughly combined. Spread chocolate mixture over the top and sprinkle with nuts.
  5. Refrigerate and cool for at least one hour before serving.

Adapted from Kraft Recipes

 

Simple Baked Cake Donuts Recipe

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This cake donuts recipe is simple and quick to put together and they are delicious.

Donuts are one of my favorite treats. I was getting a little tired of Hostess and decided to get to work and make my own. The next time you are in the mood for donuts give this one a try. (This recipe does require a donut pan).

Simple Baked Cake Donuts Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F and lightly spray a donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the eggs, butter, vanilla and milk; by hand or using an electric mixer beat until well combined.
  3. Fill each donut cup about ¾’s full. Bake for 8-10 minutes until donuts spring back when touched. Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from pan.
  4. Simple glaze recipe
  5. Place confectioners’ sugar in a bowl. Mix in the hot water and almond extract until well combined. To make chocolate glaze melt ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and add it to the glaze mixture – dip donuts in glaze.

 

Adapted from allrecipes.com

 

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownies Recipe

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These Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownies are moist, rich, and delicious. It takes a little bit of effort to put it all together but it is well worth it.

This is a good size recipe so you will probably have some left to put in the freezer.

This would also be a great recipe for a party, or pot luck.

Give these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownies a try. I’ll be you can’t stop with eating just one.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownies Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 36 depending on size
Ingredients
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (chopped or shaved fine)
  • ⅓ cup Dutch cocoa powder
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs plus 2 large egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons butter (melted – I used unsalted)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup peanut butter chocolate chips (or ½ cup peanut butter chips and ½ cup milk chocolate chips)
  • ½ cup marshmallow cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a 13 x 9 baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the boiling water, unsweetened chocolate, and cocoa until chocolate is melted. Mix in the sugar, oil, eggs, egg yolks, butter, and vanilla until well combined.
  4. Gently mix in the flour and salt until just moist and then fold in the chocolate and peanut butter chips; pour mixture into baking pan.
  5. Dollop spoonful’s of marshmallow crème over the top and using the tip paring knife swirl it into the batter.
  6. Bake for 30 – to 35 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out with just a few crumbs left on it.
  7. Note: if you don’t care for marshmallow crème just leave it out.

Adapted from Cooks Country 

Sugar Free Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

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This Dulce de Leche Cheesecake recipe uses granulated sweetener like Splenda, and low-fat cream cheese.  To me reducing the sugar alone is a big plus. This is a simple recipe but it does have to set a long time before serving.

If you want to cut back on the sugar and fat a little bit give this one a try it’s really good.

Sugar Free Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 9 inch cake
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds low-fat cream cheese
  • 1 cup granular sugar substitute
  • 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅓ cup 2% milk
  • ½ cup dulce de leche
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs with the butter until thoroughly combined and press into the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan. Place the pan on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes; remove to cool. Reduce oven heat to 325F.
  3. Place the cream cheese in a large bowl; add the sugar substitute and flour. Using an electric mixer beat until smooth. Add the vanilla and mix until well blended and then beat in the eggs one egg at a time, and then add in the milk , mixing until well blended. Spoon mixture onto the crust in the spring form pan.
  4. Separate ½ cup of the cheese mixture into a small bowl, add the dulce de leche, and using a spoon mix until well blended. Place tablespoons of the mixture over the batter and gently swirl it in with the edge of a knife or spatula.
  5. Bake at 325 for 45 – 55 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from the oven and run a knife around the edge to help keep the cheese cake from cracking.
  6. Cool for 20 minutes, cover, and chill for at least 6 hours before serving.

 

Simple Spoon Donuts Recipe

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I was short on time and really wanted to make some donuts to go with my coffee in the morning. I did not have the time to make regular donuts so I decided to try this spoon donuts recipe.

This recipe requires just basic ingredients so there is a good chance you will have it all on hand. I had fresh donuts on the table in about 30 minutes.

I used a sugar cinnamon coating with this recipe but you could use plain sugar, confection sugar, or maybe even some chocolate.

If you’re in a hurry and want to put some sweet treats on the table give this Spoon Donuts Recipe a try; enjoy.

Simple Spoon Donuts Recipe
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • For sugar Cinnamon coating
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat deep fryer to 375F.
  2. Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and then mix in the vegetable oil, milk, and egg until mixture is smooth.
  3. In a shallow dish whisk together the sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Place a spoon full of batter at a time into the deep fryer. Cook for about 3 minutes or until golden brown on both sides. Place donuts on paper toweling to cool, and then roll the donuts in the sugar mixture.

 

Chocolate Fudge Cakes for Two

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Some time baking a whole cake for two people just doesn’t make a lot of sense. This Chocolate Fudge Cakes for Two recipe bakes in two ramekins making just the right for two people. This is a simple and quick recipe, just add ice cream and you will create a delicious dessert for two.

Chocolate Fudge Cakes for Two
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate ( 2 ounces chopped and 1 ounce broken into 2 pieces)
  • ¼ cup half and half or whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons egg (lightly beaten at room temperature)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix the chopped chocolate together with the milk. Heat the mixture in a microwave for 1 -3 minutes or until chocolate is melted stirring the mixture until smooth, stir in the sugar and mix until sugar is dissolved; let cool slightly. Mix in the oil, egg, and vanilla until well combined. Mix in the flour to form the batter until just moist.
  3. Lightly spray two ramekins with cooking spray and divide the batter between the two. Push one piece of the remaining chocolate into the center of the batter of each ramekin.
  4. Baked for 15 minutes or until tops are just firm and center is gooey; let cool for 3 – 5 minutes and serve warm with ice cream on top.

Adapted from Cooking for Two cookbook

Cranberry Pecan Muffins for Two

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I had some frozen cranberries on hand so I decided to give this Cranberry Pecan Muffins Recipe a try. In all honesty I didn’t think it was going to be that good, but what a surprise they are delicious!!

if you have fresh or frozen cranberries on hand give this one a try.

Cranberry Pecan Muffins for Two
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Streusel Topping
  • 2 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoon chopped pecans
  • Muffins
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup pecans (toasted and cooled)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg (room Temperature)
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter (melted)
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon confections sugar
Instructions
  1. Directions for topping
  2. In a small bowl mix together the flour, butter, brown sugar, salt, and granulated sugar until mixture resembles wet sand. (a fork works good for this or use your hands) Mix in the pecans and set aside.
  3. Muffins
  4. In a medium size bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt; set aside.
  5. Place the pecans and sugar in a food processor and process until mixture resembles coarse sand.; and place mixture in a large bowl.
  6. Mix in the egg, milk, and melted butter until thoroughly combined. Add the flour and mix until just moist; set aside 30 minutes until thickened.
  7. While batter is resting preheat oven to 375F and spray 4 muffin cups with cooking spray. Place cranberries, confections sugar, and a pinch of salt in the food processor and process until coarsely chopped.
  8. Mix the cranberry mixture into the muffin batter and divide the batter equally among the 4 cups. Top evenly with the Streusel topping and bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until golden brown and a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  9. Let cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, remove from tin, and cool for at least another 10 minutes before serving.

Adapted from Cooking for 2 Cookbook – Cooks Country

Quick and Simple Butter Cookie Recipe

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It’s amazing how good these butter cookies are because they require so few ingredients – chances are you will have every thing you need on hand.
When I first looked at this recipe I thought it should have had baking powder in the ingredients, but it did not. The cookies were prepared as written without baking powder. They were a little flat but they had good texture and are delicious – actually I could not stop eating them.

This is a really simple recipe, give it a try, and enjoy.

Quick and Simple Butter Cookie Recipe
 
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Serves: 24 depending on size
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large bowl cream the butter while gradually adding the sugar.
  3. Mix in the eggs, vanilla and then add the flour mixing until just moistened.
  4. Place the cookie dough 1 teaspoon at a time on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 8 minutes, let rest for 1 minute, and then remove to a wire rack to cool.

 

Fudge Brownies for Two

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This Fudge Brownie recipe is the perfect size for two people. The brownies are rich and moist, dont require a lot of prep time, and only require 20 minutes in the oven. If there are any left over they will store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

If you cooking for two give these Fudge Brownies a try; they’re delicious!!

Fudge Brownies for Two
 
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Serves: Serves 2
Ingredients
  • 3 ½ ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into 4 pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Line a 8 ½ x 4 ½ loaf pan with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray; preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place the chocolate chips, cocoa, and butter in a small bowl. Microwave mixture for 30 – 60 seconds until butter and chocolate is melted. Stir with a spoon until well combined and smooth; set aside.
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  5. In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, egg, and egg yolk, salt, and vanilla. Using a spoon mix in the flour until just combined.
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  8. Pour and spread batter evenly into the loaf pan and bake for 24 – 30 minutes until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
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  10. Cool on wire rack, remove, and cut into desired size bars; enjoy

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Adapted from Cooking for 2 Cookbook