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Mickey Mouse Cookies

I brought out my Mickey Mouse themed cookie cutters today to make chocolate chip cookies … because these days Arham loves Mickey Mouse.

You can use a store bought cookie dough, or click here for my recipe for my chocolate chip cookies

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What’s for Dinner: Apple Walnut Strudel

So for a potluck family dinner yesterday night, I made this Apple Walnut Strudel.

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Here’s what I used:

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-­purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 small Granny Smith apples
  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

This is how I made it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for easy cleaning.
  2. Peel, core, and dice your apples. Add in the walnuts.
  3. Combine your brown sugar, flour, cinnamon. Mix with your apples and walnuts.
  4. Take your puff pastry sheet and roll it out slightly so it’s thinner (and wider).
  5. Down the middle of the puff pastry, add in your apple mixture (leaving room on both sides).
  6. Along the edges of the puff pastry sheet (on either side of the apple mixture), cut slits about one inch apart. Fold over one slit from each side as if to “braid” the strudel.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together one egg and tablespoon of water. Brush on top of your braided strudel.
  8. Bake in your preheated oven for 35 minutes (or until its golden brown).fullsizerender

Not only were the apple and cinnamon combination delicious, but the warm and soft walnuts added were a great touch.

Serve alongside ice cream/whipped cream… yum!

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What’s for Dinner: Another Seven Layer Bar

Today, I did a twist on my Seven Layer BarsClick here to see the original combination of ingredients.

These Seven Layer Bars [either version] are such a quick and easy dessert to put together. Not to mention they are a crowd pleaser!20140517-211116.jpg

I stuck with the graham cracker base that I used in the original version. Next, I added the following layers: white chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips, coconut flakes, chopped pecans, Reese’s peanut butter chips, and of course a 14 ounce can of condensed milk on top.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

Remember to let it cool before you cut them into bars/squares!

If you like this recipe or my original Seven Layer Bars recipe, check out my Chocolate Chip Squares recipe too.

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What’s for Dinner: [Individual] Donut Cakes

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For my brother Faraz’s birthday on Friday, I made individual cakes in the shape/form/appearance of a donut… because he loves donuts. I made his favorite kind: chocolate frosted with sprinkles. I left the sprinkles off of mine.

You will need, of course, a [non-stick] donut pan.

Use your favorite  vanilla, yellow, or chocolate cake recipe [store-bought or homemade].
I used a yellow cake with chocolate frosting.

Tip: I have a “cupcake pen” that helps you fill cupcake or muffin and it makes it so easy [without a big mess]. I basically just used it to swirl around each donut hold three times until each was filled two thirds of the way. They will rise!

I baked mine in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes each. As you can imagine, I had to do a number of batches since each donut pan makes six. I think my batter made 24 individual “donuts”.

Once the individual “donut” cakes were out of the oven, I let them cool before frosting. Once they were frosted, I added the sprinkles for the finishing touches.

The possibilities are endless with this technique: use your favorite combination! Such as:

  • chocolate cake with chocolate frosting
  • vanilla cake with vanilla frosting
  • red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting

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What’s for Dinner: Chocolate Chip Cookie a la Mode

For my parents’ 30th anniversary last night, for the dessert, I made this individual sized chocolate chip cookie [mini pie sort of things] that I served with french vanilla ice cream. A la mode means to be served with a scoop of ice cream.


Click here for my homemade chocolate chip cookie recipe. I baked them in a muffin pan, in a preheated 325 degree oven for about 15 minutes.

To garnish? Drizzle chocolate syrup or hot fudge on top followed by a sprinkle of walnuts.

Click here to see the recipe for the chicken and roasted potatoes if you missed it yesterday.

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What’s for Dinner: Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake

Cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies are pretty high on the list of “my favorite desserts”. Here are a few other variations I have done as well: my chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake and chocolate chip cheesecake.

What I did today, instead, was use cookie as the base of the cheesecake [crust], and put chocolate chips in the filling portion along with the little leftover cookie dough batter. Just mix it right in. 

It was pretty much a chocolate chip cookie cheesecake…yum!

What you need:

  • Your favorite cookie dough recipe or store-bought cookie dough.
  • 2 [8-ounce] packages of cream cheese, softened/room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • [about] 2/3 cup of milk chocolate chips

What I did was:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Spray your springform pan with non-stick cooking spray as an extra precaution.
  2. Make your cookie dough using your favorite recipe or use a pre-made dough/log [let it come to room temperature]. Press the chocolate chip cookie dough down into the base of your springform pan.
  3. To make the filling, in a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add a cup of milk chocolate chips [and any left over cookie dough batter you have] and mix. Tip: to keep your chocolate chips from sinking to the bottom, toss them with about a teaspoon of flour.
  5. Transfer your filling to the spring-form pan on top of the cookie dough base.
  6. Bake in your preheated oven for about an hour.
  7. Optional: for presentation purposes, if I was serving this to guests, I’d melted milk chocolate chips and drizzled that on top of the cheesecake before serving it.

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What’s for Dinner: Chocolate [Football] Cake

I wasn’t planning on making anything for the Super Bowl party my brother’s were having last night… but the night before I just couldn’t help myself and started brainstorming ideas.

Since my brother’s were ordering food, I narrowed it downto desserts and finally decided to make a cake. It had to be a football-related cake [it was the Super Bowl afterall] but I didn’t have a football-shaped baking pan.

So what I ended up doing yesterday afternoon was: making the football shape on my own using my round spring-form baking pan.

I used my homemade vanilla cake recipe and added 1/4th cup of cocoa powder to the batter to make it a chocolate cake. I baked it in a preheated 350 degree oven for about thirty minutes. There was just enough batter left to make five cupcakes that I baked for about 15 minutes.

Tip: After letting the cake cool, what I did to make the football shape out a circle cake was: cut a two inch strip of the cake out down the center of the cake [cut less if you are using a smaller pan]. Move the two semi-circles to whatever you will use to serve the cake on. When you connect the two semi-circles, it is now in the shape of a football!

I used store-bought milk chocolate frosting to frost my homemade cake. I have vowed to never make homemade frosting until I can get a Kitchen-Aid stand-mixer.

Tip: whenever I frost cakes, I line the bottom of the cake with small pieces of parchment paper [easier to remove than one large sheet] so the bottom and edges look clean at the end and avoid a big mess.

After frosting it, all that is left is to decorate the top of the cake with the details of a football.

Another tip: I took coconut flakes and dyed them green to make “grass” to put around the football cake.

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What’s for Dinner: Chocolate Cake [with Rolo]

This year, for Ayaz’s birthday I made a Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I then decorated the top with rolo candies and drizzled caramel on top.
Last year? I made the M&M and Kit-Kats cake.
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What’s for Dinner: Chocolate Chip Squares


One of my favorite desserts [and one of my go-to desserts] are my Seven Layer Bars. Today, I did a very simple version of that by just using chocolate chips– not nuts, coconut flakes or peanut butter [for my picky brother!]

What I used:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups [approximately] of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 [14 ounce] can of condensed milk
  • [about] 1/2 to 3/4 cup of mini [semi-sweet] chocolate chips
What I did was:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. I took the graham crackers and put them in a large ziploc bag and crushed them (you can also just get the crushed graham crackers). Once it is all crushed, mix the graham crackers with the melted butter well (I did it with my hands because it was the easiest way to mix it and keep it from clumping).
  3. I used a 9 by 13 dish to make this in (spray with non-stick spray). So in it, I put in the graham cracker mixture and pressed it in well covering the whole bottom of the dish in a thin even layer.
  4. I sprinkled mini chocolate chips all over the graham cracker layer.
  5. On top of the chocolate chips, I evenly poured a can of condensed milk all over.
  6. Bake in your preheated oven for about 20 minutes. Once it comes out of the oven, let it cool before cutting them into bars/squares.

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What’s for Dinner: Not Baked Nutella Cheesecake

Yesterday I made a [not baked] Nutella cheesecake [pie] type of thing.

It’s a super easy [as always] dessert to make and it was a crowd pleaser [young and old]. The best part? it takes mere minutes to put together!

What I used:

  • Oreo pie crust [store-bought or homemade]
  • 1 [8 ounce] package of cream cheese, softened
  • [about] 2/3 cup Nutella
  • 1 (8 ounce) contained of cool whip, softened [more if you want to decorate the top like I did]

What I did was:

  1. Mix your softened cream cheese and nutella together until they are well combined.
  2. Fold in the cool whip, making sure it is incorporated in well [and there are no white streaks visible].
  3. Transfer your mixture onto your Oreo pie crust.
  4. This part is optional, but if you want to garnish the top like I did: use whip cream to decorate and add chocolate shavings or grated chocolate on top. Adding chopped hazelnuts would be the icing on the cake!
  5. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.

By the way, you can see my [baked] version of my Nutella cheesecake by clicking here!

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