Monday, March 19, 2012

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups Cookies

I haven't done a bake along in a while, life has just been BUSY!!

But I knew I needed to make these when I saw them.

Love me some peanut butter cups!!

So, thanks to Danielle from Hugs & Cookies XOXO for sharing her recipe!!
If you don't follow simply must.  
She has some wonderfully sweet creations!!

When I posted the recipe I doubled her recipe on her site, because she said that it didn't make many.

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

2 Sticks butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 t. salt
2 t. vanilla
2/3 c unsweetened cocoa (I used Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa)
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 t. baking soda
1 bag (12 ounce) peanut butter chips
1 bag mini Reeses Cups, slightly chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a mixer, combine butter, sugar, salt and vanilla.  Slowly add cocoa, eggs, flour and soda, stirring to combine.  Fold in your peanut butter chips.

Scoop large scoops of dough onto cookie sheets.  

Bake for 12-14 minutes.

I cooled for just a couple minutes on the cookie sheet, then pressed chopped peanut butter cups into the top of each cookie.

Remove to rack and cool completely.

Pour yourself a big 'ol glass of milk and ENJOY one (or 3!!)

Made 3 dozen cookies.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Bailey's Irish Martini

Bailey's Irish Martini

Last Friday when I baked my Irish Cream Cheesecake, I decided to make Italian for dinner.

that sounded weird didn't it? 

"I made an Irish Cheesecake and made Italian for dinner."

Something about cheesecake in general makes me want pasta.... 
maybe because the calorie count is already out the window?


It's Friday during Lent, and that usually means fish in our house, but I was craving pasta.

I made a big Cesar's salad, and made some Parmesan Garlic fresh asparagus.

When I can't throw it on the grill, sauteing asparagus in a skillet with a little olive oil, butter and 
garlic always works great!
 I dusted it with a some fresh Parmesan before serving.

For the main dish we had Pasta Pomodoro.

When the hubby came home for dinner, I said, how about a martini?

I already had the Irish Cream on the counter, so we opted for Irish Martini's!!

A Blessing from St. Patrick

"May the road rise up to meet you, 
May the wind always be at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face, 
May the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And, Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand."

Bailey's Irish Martini
recipe from

3 1/2 Tablespoons of Bailey's Irish Cream
1 1/2 Tablespoon Whiskey
1 Tablespoon strong (cold) coffee

Put in a martini shaker with ice cubes and shake until chilled. 

Pour into martini glass.

Makes one martini.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Neapolitan Cupcakes

Neapolitan cupcakes

The twins love to cook and bake with me.  

We had thought of these cupcakes a while back and decided to save them for 
when they were on Spring Break.

good shot of all three flavors of cake

We didn't make the cake from scratch, but we did the frosting that way.


I will tell you, this makes A LOT of cupcakes.

It made 60 to be exact.

how pretty these would be for a wedding shower??

I will be bringing these to church tomorrow night for the weekly Lenten Fish Fry!!

who wants one??

Neapolitan Cupcakes

1 box strawberry cake mix, made according to box instructions
1 box chocolate cake mix, made according to box instructions
1 box white cake mix, mad according to box (egg white only) instructions + add 2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line cupcake pan with liners.

Spoon batter into liners randomly.
Basically you are using a 1/3 of each batter in each liner.

I alternated which colors ended up on top.

Bake for 17-18 minutes.

Cool before frosting.

To Frost: I made 3 different buttercream frostings.

For the white: 1 stick butter, 4 cups powdered sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, about 1/4 cup milk.

For the strawberry:  1 stick butter, 4 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 cup Hershey's strawberry ice cream syrup.

For the chocolate:  1 stick butter,  1/2 cup cocoa, 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, dash of salt, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/4 cup milk.

No secret to the buttercream, make it like any frosting.  Creaming  the butter first in the mixer.  Then adding sugar and wet ingredients alternately.

Frost and decorate with jimmies, pearls or sprinkles.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner in the Crock Pot

Corned Beef, Cabbage, Irish Potatoes and Rye Bread

My kids get super excited when I make this meal.  I think I make it once or twice a year.  
I don't know why? It's not like it's hard?

But when March rolls around, I see the Corned Beef front and center in the super market, 
and I know it's time!

There is no mistaking the scent of this cooking in your house!!

Best part...put it in the crock pot and walk away!!

Corned Beef and Cabbage in the Crock Pot

5.5-6 pounds of Corned Beef
1 1/2  cups water
1 head of green cabbage, quartered
3 cans of Irish Potatoes

Loaf of Rye Bread

Place corned beef, juices and all in crock pot, fat side up.
I always buy the corned beef that has the seasoning packets right in it, place those in the crockpot over meat.
Pour water over the top.

Cook on high for about 6 hours.
Reduce to low.
Pour potatoes in.
Place cabbage on top and recover.
Continue to cook for about 2 hours.

Serve with rye bread.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Irish Cream Cheesecake

Irish Cream Cheesecake

I have to tell you how excited I was to be invited to Joan from
first ever Blog Hop!

When Joan told me that she was having a St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop, I knew I had to join in!

So, I started looking at recipes and I settled on this recipe from

a little slice of Irish heaven

When I started to get the ingredients out to bake, my kids saw that bag of mini-chocolate chips and flocked to see what I was making! 

When they saw the crushed Graham crackers and cream cheese, their eyes lit up when I said 

Isn't it pretty adorned with that shamrock lei?

I told them that this wasn't just a chocolate chip cheese cake, but one with Irish Cream.
Of course, they are kids and don't really get the yumminess of Bailey's!!

I told them to just trust me!

if their mouths weren't watering yet, they sure did when the can of whipped cream came out!

Irish Cream Cheesecake


1 3/4 cups crushed chocolate Graham crackers (I couldn't find these, I used chocolate Teddy Grahams)
6 teaspoons of melted butter


3 - 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
1 cup of sugar
4 eggs
1/2 cup Irish Cream liquor
3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1 Tablespoon of flour

Preheat oven to 375 and grease a 9" spring form pan.

Beat cream cheese and sugar in a mixer until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating into mixture well.

Add Irish cream, stir in well. 

Combine 1/2 cup of chips with flour and gently stir into filing.

Pour into prepared pan, and sprinkle remaining chips on top.

Bake 45 minutes.  Edges will be set but middle will jiggle a bit.

Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove and cool in fridge for 3+ hours.

Top with whipped cream, and sprinkles if you like, before serving!

To see all of the other recipes in this blog hop:

Please go take a look at these wonderful recipes and food bloggers pages, you will be glad that you did!