Sometimes you just need one warm, sweet, heavenly treat without the mess, time or calories involved in baking a whole batch of cookies or a pan of brownies. I stumbled across this recipe online at the News-Gazette.com on just such an occasion. Why not create a sweet Valentine's gift for someone special by packaging the dry ingredients in a cute mug, along with instructions for making it? (Or keep some mixes at the ready for when you've had one of those days that just needs a sweet ending.)
1 1/2 Tablespoons butter
5 Tablespoons flour
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
1-2 Tablespoons milk chocolate chips
3 Tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
12 oz. microwaveable mug
Place butter in mug and microwave until melted (about 30 seconds). Add remaining ingredients and stir until completely combined. Microwave on high for 60-90 seconds. Let cool and enjoy! (delicious with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream)
Gluten-Free Banana Oatmeal Cookies
These healthy cookies are low in fat and sugar, high in fiber and gluten-free! Best eaten warm, straight from the oven. They also make a healthy and delicious breakfast you can eat on the go.
4 ripe bananas, mashed
2 cups oats
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped dates (may substitute any dried fruit)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350. Combine first seven ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in the dates, walnuts and coconut. Drop spoonfuls of mixture onto a greased cookie sheet and flatten. Bake for 30 minutes, then flip over and bake another 10. OMG!
Mint Chocolate Cookies
4 Ingredients + 14 minutes = infinite pleasure in Chocolate Heaven. No one has to know how easy it was!
1 box Devil's Food cake mix
1/2 cup oil
1 package Andes mint candies
Combine the first 3 ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet sprayed with cooking oil and bake at 350 for 6-9 minutes. Take sheet out of the oven and immediately top each cookie with an unwrapped Andes mint. Allow to sit undisturbed for about 5 minutes. Then take the back of a spoon or an offset spatula and smear the melted chocolate over the top of the cookie like frosting.
Allow to set up before serving. Yum!
Wow your guests with this simply delicious and refreshing dessert that's as easy to make as it will be on your waistline. It can be made ahead of time and frozen. Allow time to thaw slightly before serving.
1 bag frozen pineapple (unsweetened)
2 6-oz containers fat free pina colada yogurt
Place the frozen pineapple in a food processor fitted with a chopping blade and process just until it begins to look grainy. Add both yogurts and continue to process until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides of the bowl.
Tip: Try substituting frozen mango and peach yogurt for another tasty alternative!