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Category: Sweets & Desserts (Page 2 of 2)

No time for baking?

I made this dessert for our Superbowl party this year because I was short on time, but still wanted to serve dessert. I grew up eating Nutella, but if you’ve never tried it, it’s worth the calories! A sweet treat doesn’t get any easier than this!

Ingredients (for about 12 people)

1 lb loaf of frozen or fresh pound cake
1 jar of Nutella
1 basket of strawberries, sliced

Directions

Thaw the pound cake (if frozen) and cut into slices (about 16). Spread Nutella over each slice and top with the slices strawberries. Yum!

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No Recipe Required!

Warmer weather is just around the corner! The next time you put some meat and / or veggies on the grill, core a pineapple or use whole slices out of a can, sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and toss on the grill for a wonderful sweet treat. You can also try putting crystallized ginger on top of the pineapple for a fresh twist.

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Aloha Espresso Brownies

Ok, so I found this recipe on a canister of Rich Chocolate Ovaltine (I started buying Ovaltine instead of hot chocolate because Ovaltine does not contain partially hydrogenated oils), but I modified it a little, as I tend to do with most recipes I borrow =). I used real butter instead of margarine, added some extra chocolate chips, and 100% ground Kona coffee that we had brought back from our honeymoon. The result? I will let you know soon!

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Ingredients

1 cup of flour
1 stick of butter
2 eggs
½ cup Rich Chocolate Ovaltine
1/3 cup of crushed Macadamia nuts
2 tablespoons of sugar
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons ground coffee, pick your favorite, any kind will do

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine the butter, eggs, and Ovaltine and beat until they are smooth and well blended. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Add to the Ovaltine mixture and beat together. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread batter in a greased 8×8 pan, or into cupcake molds (I used festive Valentine’s heart-shaped molds!). Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees and cool for 45 minutes before eating. It’s time for your chocolate-coffee fix!

Super Versatile Cream Cheese Frosting

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If you don’t like your frosting to be too sweet, this is the perfect frosting recipe for you! The great thing about it is that you can easily change up the recipe with just a few ingredients.

Ingredients

1 8-ounce packet of Neufatel or regular cream cheese
1 cup of sugar
1/2 stick of unsalted butter
2 tablespoons of sour cream
2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

Directions

Add the Neufatel cheese and butter to a bowl and start mixing at medium speed. (For best results, do use an electric mixer). Once the cheese and butter are light and fluffy, add the sugar and make sure all ingredients are mixed together well. Finally, add the sour cream and vanilla extract and mix together. Make sure your cake is completely cooled before you add the frosting to it.

Variations
Mix in the zest of a lemon or orange to make a refreshing citrus frosting. Add a few extra tablespoons of sugar to balance the flavors. Add 1 cup of Ovaltine to make a delicious chocolate frosting or add 2 teaspoons of almond extract to give this a subtle almond flavor.

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