Operation Baking GALS Roundup From Round 10!

July 30, 2009 at 12:52 am | Posted in Bars, bread, Brownies, Cakes, chocolate, Cinnamon, Cookies, Dessert, Fun, Operation Baking Gals | 3 Comments

I am finally getting around to doing a blog roundup from round 10 of Operation Baking GALS in which I was a team leader.  I ended up with I think 20 people who sent baked goods to my brother and his fellow troops!  I was beyond thankful and so excited to be a part of this group.  I plan on trying to do this every month now – maybe not team leader every month, but at least baking every month.

Round 11 is NOW open so if anyone would like to join a team and bake for our troops who are serving overseas, it’s very easy.  Bake a box of baked goods or any kind of goodies and ship it.  Viola!  You have put a smile on a soldier’s face for the day.  🙂  If you would like to join a team go here ——> Operation Baking GALS and sign up – what are you waiting for?! 

As I said, I had so many people join my team and it was awesome!  My brother was so excited to receive all of the baked goods.  He said that it was like Christmas which put a big smile on my face. 🙂 He said he took some boxes to their commons area and it was like “birds on a full feeder”.  HA  Knowing that I helped give them a little  piece of home makes me feel good.  They do so much for us so sending a box of cookies is the VERY least I can do every month.  Thank you to EVERYONE who joined my team!

As for the roundup, there are a lot of baked goods here so feel free to stop reading or continue reading if you want to see them all! 

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Chunky Cheesecake Brownies – JFacie baked goods exchange November!

November 27, 2007 at 1:10 am | Posted in Brownies, chocolate, Dessert | 2 Comments


It’s that time again! Time for me to bake for the great JFacie baked goods exchange! I love it : ) I have really been wanting to make cheesecake brownies and I know that my girl loves chocolate and she likes cheesecake so I thought I would go for it. I have honestly never made homemade brownies before at all so this was even more special for me. I wasn’t sure how they would turn out but OMG….best brownies ever….

Hope she likes them! : )

Ingredients

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch square baking pan. (I used a 9 inch round pan)
Combine cream cheese with 1/4 cup sugar and 1 egg in a mixing bowl; beat until smooth. Stir 1 cup chocolate chips into the cream cheese mixture. Set aside.

Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat off, and set a heatproof mixing bowl over the water. In the mixing bowl, combine butter with the remaining cup of chocolate chips; stir until just melted and blended together. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 2 eggs, then sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into chocolate until evenly blended.
Pour half of the batter into the prepared baking pan. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the chocolate layer. Top with remaining chocolate mixture (this doesn’t need to completely cover the cream cheese layer). Using a knife, swirl the top chocolate layer into the cream cheese to make a marble pattern.

Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes, or until top is crinkled and edges pull away from sides of the pan. Cool thoroughly. Cut into 12 to 16 squares. Store in the refrigerator or freeze.

Pig Rating: He thought these were awesome – that’s because they are. LOL

Mrs. Pig Rating: These are SOOO good. Really rich and just yummers all the way around. Definitely a good recipe to make if you want something rich and sweet and chocolately. I will definitely be making this again.

Recipe from http://www.allrecipes.com/, picture from my kitchen

Chocolate Trifle

November 10, 2007 at 7:49 pm | Posted in Brownies, chocolate, Dessert, Trifle | 1 Comment


My mom insisted that I needed a trifle bowl as one of my many wedding gifts from her, and at the time I wasn’t much into cooking so I was thinking…um, okay. However, now I am happy that I have it! I love how pretty desserts look in a trifle. We are having dinner with some friends and their kids tonight so I wanted something yummy and kid friendly. We have the kids this weekend so Sheridan actually did most of this on her own – I kind of instructed her and helped her with the presentation of it, but she was super proud of herself. : )

Ingredients

1 (19.8 ounce) package brownie mix
1 (3.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1/2 cup water
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free)
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed (I used light)
1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (1.5 ounce) bar chocolate candy

Directions

Prepare brownie mix according to package directions and cool completely. Cut into 1 inch squares.
In a large bowl, combine pudding mix, water and sweetened condensed milk. Mix until smooth, then fold in 8 ounces whipped topping until no streaks remain. (A tip that I read and used was to use heavy whipping cream instead of the cool whip to fold in. I used 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, whipped it for 10 minutes and folded that in with about 3 tbsp. of cool whip).

In a trifle bowl or glass serving dish, place half of the brownies, half of the pudding mixture and half of the 12 ounce container of whipped topping. Repeat layers. Shave chocolate onto top layer for garnish. Refrigerate 8 hours before serving.

I’ll update the ratings after we eat it tonight : )

Pig Rating: The pig liked it. I think it was pretty sweet though and he isn’t a huge sweets person.

Mrs Pig Rating: AWESOME. 🙂 If you like chocolate and sweet, rich desserts, than you HAVE to try this one. So good. It looks pretty, it’s easy to make, and it tastes good.

Little Pigs Rating: They both liked it. Sheridan was ready to eat it the next day again : )
Friends of the Pigs: Loved it!! They had seconds and their kids loved it as well. They couldn’t quit talking about how good it was. Success! : )

Recipe from allrecipes.com, picture from my kitchen

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