February 22, 2009

Shoofly Cake

A twist on the traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Shoofly pie, this can sometimes be an acquired taste - but for me, it's a wonderful comfort food.

1/2 c butter
1 c sugar
2 c flour
1/2 c molasses
1 c cold water
1/2 t baking soda

Cream the butter and add the sugar. Blend in the flour. Reserve 1/2 c of this mixture for the topping. In another bowl, combine molasses, water and baking soda. Slowly add the wet mixture to the dry, blending well.

Pour into a greased 8x8 pan and top with the reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 350 for 55 minutes.

Spinach Salad

Simple, quick, and tasty. What more could you ask for? Oh yes - it's healthy, too!


1 cup baby spinach, washed
1 handful each craisens, dried apples, pecans
light raspberry vinaigrette

Toss all ingredients in a bowl, and you are ready to go in three minutes!

February 14, 2009

Cake in a Cup

No, those are not root beer floats!

Currently, when I make cakes I don't worry about the recipe so much as the presentation. Here is a quick how-to on making these root beer float cakes.


Your favorite recipe for chocolate cake and yellow cake
Additional flavorings of your choice (I used Irish creme and butterscotch schnapps)
Chocolate pudding mix
Tall glasses
Circle shaped cookie cutters of varying sizes, not larger than the opening of the glass

Bake your flavored cakes and allow them to cool. Use the cookie cutters to slice enough circles to fill each glass 2/3s of the way with chocolate cake. Layer this with warm pudding mix. Top with circles of yellow cake and refrigerate until pudding firms. Serve with a straw and a long fork!

February 4, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn't like chocolate chip cookies? For me, the perfect cookie is soft and slightly chewy - none of that crunchy stuff! The pudding mix is the secret to this, in addition to adding flavor! I prefer to use butterscotch pudding, but any flavor works.


1c butter
1/4 c sugar
3/4 c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1 t baking soda
2 1/4 c flour
1 package pudding mix
chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugars together. Blend in eggs and vanilla. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining dry ingredients. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, blending thoroughly. Stir in chocolate chips and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.