Saturday, January 18, 2014

Annie's Chuy's® Creamy Jalapeño Dip

1 cup mayonaise
3 cups sour cream
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup tomatilla salsa
1 small handful cilantro
3 packets ranch dressing mix
1/2 cups pickled jalapeños

1. Combine all ingredients in a large blender or food processor.
2. Process until smooth.
3. Refrigerate for at least half an hour and serve with tortilla chips.

You can adjust the measurements to your taste. I put lots of cilantro and less ranch dressing mix. It also gets hotter the longer it is chilled. This dip can continue to be refrigerated, covered, for about a week. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sheena's Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
3. Beat in egg, pumpkin and vanilla (mixture will look slightly curdled).
4. Mix and sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg, and cinnamon.
5. Add to creamed mixture and mix well.
6. Add chocolate chipsand mix thoroughly.
7. Using a large ice cream scoop, scoop cookies onto ungreased baking sheet (do not crowd cookie dough, since it will spread).
8. Bake at 300 degrees around 22 to 24 minutes.
9. Remove from oven, let sit on cookie sheet for a minute or so, then place cookies on racks to cool.

Sheena's Buttermilk Banana Bread

Buttermilk Banana Bread:
3/4 C butter, softened
1-1/2 C sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
2 C sifted flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
1-1/2 C mashed ripe bananas
1/2 C buttermilk

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour pans (I never flour them and they fall right out of the pans).  Cream sugar and butter.  Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.  Add dry ingredients (If you are using a sifter for the flour, just throw the salt and soda on top of the flour before sifting into the mix) and banana; mix well.  Stir in buttermilk.  Pour batter into prepared pan(s) of choice until about 3/4 full.  Baking time depends on the pan you use.  If you use a big pan (ex. 9"x5") then it should bake anywhere between 1 to 1-1/4 hours.  Muffin pans (normal size) 30 - 40 min or so.  Mini muffin pans around 10 min.  Basically the cooking temp of the oven never changes, but the baking time varies.  Once they have a golden brown look about them, poke a skinny object in the center of the loaf (I use skewers) if it comes out almost completely clean, then the bread is done.  The pan size I used in the picture above was 5.75" x 3" x 2" and it took about 40 min to bake.  Towards the end of baking, it's very normal for the loaf to start browning too fast.  To prevent it from burning, simply place some foil around the top of the loaf for the last 10-20 min of baking.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Mindy's Chocolate Chip Kiss/Rollo/Reece's Cookies

The cookies I made are my chocolate chip cookie recipes without the chocolate chips in it and then you push hershey kisses, rollos, or miniature reeses cups into the dough as soon as you pull them out of the oven. My cookie recipe is:

Mindy's Chocolate chip cookies

2/3 cup shortening                                       

2 eggs
2/3 cup butter/margarine softened          

2 tsp vanilla
1 cup granulated sugar                                

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar (packed)                        

1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Heat oven to 375. Mix shortening, butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients. Drop dough by rounded teaspons 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until light brown (my oven cooks hot so I actually only cook them for 6 minutes, then pull them out and let them sit on the pan for 2 more minutes). As soon as you take them out of the oven you gently press your kiss, reeses cup or rollo on top.