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Chocolate Totos

My great aunt used to make these and when she passed away, the recipe was lost. I found this on the internet about 10 years ago, and it was very close.  I haven't made them in a while since my guys have nut allergies, but my dad asked for them this year. After looking at similar recipes I figured out the missing ingredient is the black pepper.  It gives the cookies a little depth and heat.  I also recommend grating the other spices fresh, it makes a big difference.  Making these brings back lots of good memories for me!    Chocolate Totos Print With Image Without Image Ingredients For the dough: 3 cups all-purpose flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 black pepper 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 sticks butter -- softened 1/3 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup chopped walnuts For Chocolate Frosting: 2oz unsweetened chocolate 1 tablespoon butter -- softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups

Oatmeal Caramel Bars

Snowy here yesterday and a perfect day to bake. I'd accumulated 2 jars of caramel ice cream topping and did a quick search to see what I could find in MasterCook to use some up.   This recipe was perfect, it's from the Waiting for Gateau blog, which either is gone or not working at the moment.    They adapted the recipe from a book- Waiting for Gateau: No Nonsense Baking from Our Kitchen to Yours.    I made a few swaps-  I had quick oats instead of old fashioned.    I used dark chocolate chips instead of semi sweet.    No nuts in our household, so I crushed up Rice Krispies.    I also used salted butter because that's what was on hand.  Next time I'd use the entire jar of caramel too. I cut mine into about 28 squares.   They are rich and addictive and I'm sending home a dozen with the inlaws to get them out of here! Oatmeal Caramel Bars Print With Image Without Image Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal ingredients: for the c

Fruitcake Loaf

MIL called with a last minute request for me to make fruitcake for FIL.  There could not be any alcohol or nuts.     I got some great ideas from the TOHbb, but I had the ingredients on hand for this one I got from I was also make him a pumpkin pie  & Pink Elephant popcorn, so I wanted him to be able to reserve some of the goodies.   I baked this in my mini loaf pan rack, it made 5 mini loaves... Sort of.    I obviously overfilled them and it crawled all over the oven floor!  Had a little difficulty getting them out of the pan, but once I did they cooled and wrapped very nicely.  FIL kept one out and stuck the rest in the freezer, and said it's delicious.                        * Exported from MasterCook *                               Fruitcake Loaf   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method --------  ------------  --------------------------------   1                cup  all-purpose flour -- divided   2               cups  Drie

Pumpkin Pie Tartlets

Around Halloween, Jake started asking for pumpkin pie.   He's pretty picky in the food department, so when he asks for something, I try to accommodate him if at all possible.   Tim does not eat pumpkin pie, and I had my heart set on chocolate pie, so when Rosie posted this recipe I grabbed it up because it was so simple. I have to admit, I was a little nervous pouring the batter right into the cups, but it worked out fine.  Mine were not 100 calorie since I grabbed reg evaporated milk instead of the fat free kind.    There also had to have been a huge run on gingersnaps in my area, and I ended up with cinnamon graham crackers instead.   These are a nice take on pie if you are looking to save calories on the crust, but I missed it.    Jake ate the whipped cream/cookie mixture off the top, poked at the pie and tried one bite.   It had nice flavor, nice consistency and unmolded out of the cups in a flash.     :) Print With Image Without Image 100 Calorie

Baked Gnocchi with Bacon, Tomato & Mozzarella

  Getting cooler here in New England and I've started looking for heartier, comfort food-type recipes.    I had a few Roma tomatoes left from a trip to the farm, and some gnocchi in the freezer, so thought that I'd make this recipe up for dinner tonight.   I only used about 10 slices of bacon, the remainder of a package.   The canned tomatoes and fresh tomatoes I ran through the food processor, along with the paste and sugar.     Neither of my guys like chunks of tomato.   It looked a little skimpy, since I was doubling the gnocchi, so I added about 1/4c of tomato sauce.   Got distracted and forgot to add the cream/yogurt, we didn't miss it.  Next time I might stir in a little ricotta.  I baked this in a 13x9, for 10 mins at 400, then flipped the broiler on to brown up the cheese on top.   Thank you Alida, this recipe certainly is "Simply Delicious"! Print With Image Without Image Baked gnocchi with bacon, tomato and mozzarella Ingredients 18oz store-bought

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

I've been making this recipe for over 5 years now.  My guys saw an advertisement from a pizza chain for a Mega Chocolate Chip Cookie and they asked if I could make one. Since I didn't have an ovenproof skillet or pizza pan at the time, I searched the web for one I could do in a cake pan.    I found this recipe on That's So Yummy and it was perfect since I only had 1 egg.     This is a great fix for a chocolate chip cookie craving without making a huge batch, scooping dough and then babysitting cookie sheets! Most often I make it with semisweet chocolate chips, but sometimes I switch it up and and use some of the specialty ones that I can't seem to resist buying, like Sea Salt Caramel. Though the directions say to cool it completely, we like ours warm, topped with a scoop of ice cream, sometimes a drizzle of hot fudge sauce.   Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Print With Image Without Image Yield: 8 Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal Ingredients U

Oatmeal Waffles and Pancakes

There are so many family favorite recipes that I've been making for 10 years or more!  This is my go-to one for waffles or pancakes.  It can be changed up in so many ways.  I do always add a  teaspoon of vanilla, sometimes also a teaspoon of butter extract.  It's great with fruit mixed in, or on top. It's a filling breakfast that isn't super heavy. My son's been bugging me to see how the waffle iron works, so this morning we made this recipe. It's a great starter recipe, and it would be awesome with some strawberries mixed in, or maybe some mashed banana. Definitely add a splash of vanilla! I topped mine with Blueberry Syrup, Jake had his with real Maple syrup we got during the season. Will definitely make this one again! Oatmeal Waffles or Pancakes Print With Image Without Image Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal ingredients: Ingredients 2 eggs, beaten 1t vanilla extract 1t butter extract (optional) 2 cups buttermilk 1 cup quic

Tortilla Pie

I made this one as listed the first time, now it's more improvised.   I use Mild taco seasoning with ground beef and omit the tomatoes.    I've also dropped down to 3 tortillas and build the pie in a springform pan.    This is one of my husband's favorite meals. Tortilla Pie 1 pound lean ground beef Taco seasoning (we like Mild) 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro or parsley, divided (use dried parsley) 3 burrito size flour tortillas 1/2c Mexican blend cheese Preheat oven to 400ยบ. Cook beef in a skillet over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking up with a spatula.   Drain.   Add taco seasoning and water recommended on the package.   Combine the ricotta, mozzarella cheese and parsley. Spray springform pan with nonstick spray.   Lay tortilla in the bottom of pan.   Add half of meat mixture.   Sprinkle with 1/4c mexican blend cheese.   Add another tortilla.   Top with ricott


Though this recipe is new to me, it’s not new to my family.    My mom makes over 500 of these every December, and until now, I’ve never made them, only eaten them.   Tim bought me my own iron for Christmas, and I’ve been looking forward to trying it out.      I originally doubled the recipe that came with it since Tim can eat a half dozen in a sitting, and then I realized that it was the same as my mom’s recipe EXCEPT that she significantly increased the vanilla.    I tried a few with the lower amount and was unhappy with the taste, so I added the difference.    The end result?  They were ok, but they were not Mom’s.    Part of the issue is the iron, it seems to produce a thicker pizzelle than what I want.     I like the bigger, thinner pizzelle with the lacy edges.   These were good with some maple honey caramel and I rolled a few to fill with some cream filling that I’d stashed in the freezer.  Pizzelles Print With Image Without Image Author: Jolene's Recipe Journ

Ground Beef & Pepperoni Stromboli

Tim and I are both big fans of calzones, stromboli, pepperoni pizza.    I found this recipe on the Taste of Home website and decided to give it a try today.    Instead of the frozen bread dough, I made the Soft Garlic Breadstick dough.   I'm low on all things flour, so I ended up using 1 1/2c all purpose and 1 1/2c white whole wheat.   It turned out ok, a little harder to work with, and I'll go back to the all bread flour next time  :)  Tim won't eat chunks of onion so when I browned the ground beef I added 2T of minced dried onion.  I used 90% lean beef, and since I had bought a package of the thick sliced pepperoni, I quartered the pieces.   I went all mozzarella for the cheese. Very happy with the final result!  I stashed the second one in the freezer unbaked to have another time.   Very easy to customize this with veggies or whatever you like. Pepperoni Stromboli Print With Image Without Image Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal Ingr