Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Squares

I made these squares to celebrate my brother finishing piano! They are sooo good!
Make sure to set aside half the peanuts. I forgot to and the peanut butter mixture was very thick.


2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup margarine, melted
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 cups peanuts, chopped (reserve half, I forgot to do this)
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened slightly (divided in half)

To assemble:
Mix together graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar. Press into bottom of 9 x 13 baking dish. Place in freezer for at least 10 minutes to chill.

Blend together peanuts, light corn syrup, and peanut butter. Set aside.
Spoon vanilla ice cream evenly over graham cracker crust. Spread peanut butter mixture as the next layer. Then add the last of the ice cream.

Sprinkle reserved peanuts over the top. Freeze until firm. Remove from the freezer about 15 minutes before serving to soften.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Banana Chocolate Coffee Cake

This cake is a MUST try! My brother requested it for his last two birthdays and we have made it for several other occasions as well.


1 cup margarine
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups mashed bananas (five bananas)
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup sour milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups chocolate chips

Cream margarine and sugar
Add eggs. Beat.
Add vanilla and mashed bananas.
Sift together flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Add to banana mixture alternately with sour milk.
Grease and flour a 9 by 13 baking pan.
Pour half the batter into the baking pan.
Combine together brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and sprinkle half of it over the batter in the pan. Then sprinkle half the chocolate chips over the batter.
Pour the rest of the batter into the pan, and then top with the rest of the cinnamon/sugar mixture and the rest of the chocolate chips.
Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Thumbprint Cookies

Me and my sister were going to have a Christmas party, but it didn't work out. These cookies were going to be eaten at the party, but since we didn't have one me and my sister had to eat them all by ourselves. They are so good!

1 1/2 cups soft margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1 cup finely chopped nuts
jelly to fill thumbprints

Beat together margarine, brown sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla.

Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Add to the margarine mixture.

Roll the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in egg whites, and then in nuts.

Place the balls rolled in nuts on a greased baking sheet. Press your thumb deeply into the center of each cookie. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Fill each thumbprint with jelly (or you can fill the thumbprints before baking). Store in tightly covered container with waxed paper between layers.