I could say that I ran or jumped, but honestly, after being out of town, I DOVE back into the kitchen to prepare some homemade goodies. What was the occasion, you ask?
It’s my turn for TREAT DAY again. As you might remember, every Tuesday is the rotating treat day at my office and twice a year it is my job to bring in snacks for the group. I love it because it gives me an excuse to try out new recipes and bring back some old favorites. You can find previous treat day recipes here and here.
This time, I kept things simple. Nothing too fancy since I just got back into town. I prepared some of my favorites; garlic hummus, edamame hummus, and a staff favorite the black bean dip. I also made a corn dip recipe that I got when I was living down south and haven’t made in a little while. It is addicttingly good and awful for you.
Best served with Fritos (but tortilla chips work too)!
Cream Cheese Corn Dip
1 8 oz block of cream cheese, softened
1 can golden corn, rinsed and drained
1 can white corn, rinsed and drained
1 can rotel (I use original)
worchestire sauce to taste
cumin to taste (maybe around 2 tsp)
-Place all ingredients in a sauce pan on medium-low heat. Stir often until cheese melts and ingredients combine.
-Sprinkle with cumin. Serve hot or cold!
On the sweet side of things, I made cookie dough balls, white chocolate puppy chow (which has instantly become a new staff favorite), and because I had some leftover Chex, chocolate puppy chow. I used to make puppy chow for every event in grad school. My first apartment had the tiniest kitchen. I had no bakeware and limited utensils, but I could still pull off this chocolate and peanut butter snack. My only problem was that I always ended up with powdered sugar EVERYWHERE. Some things never change. Explain to me how sugar landed on my camera case this time!
I also made Magic Cookie Bars. This is another old favorite (that I made in the first apartment). I remember storing them in the freezer to snack on when I needed something sweet. My motivation for making them had to do with the graham cracker crumbs I had in my pantry and all the left over chocolate chips and nuts I had from holiday baking. As it turns out, I forgot how amazing they taste, and since they made the BOY’s MAKE AGAIN LIST, I’m sure I’ll be making them again soon!
Magic Cookie Bars
1 package whole graham crackers finely chopped or 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Combine melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, and sugar, stirring with a spoon until combined.
-Press mixture across the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan.
-Layer across the top coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, walnuts, and milk. I don’t typically measure things out exactly. I just make sure there are lots of goodies to cover the bars which means extra chocolate and butterscotch chips. This time, I also added in some almonds and pecans because I had a few left in the house.
-Bake in a heated oven for 30 minutes or until sides begin to brown and top is bubbly and toasty.
-Cool completely before cutting.
***Note: I often cool and store in the freezer.
Last, but never least, I made oatmeal cookies. I had planned on making these in December and just ran out of time. I modified a Rachel Ray recipe to create these White Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies. They are soft, chewy, and large…everything an oatmeal cookie should be.
White Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
Follow THIS RECIPE EXACTLY. There is no need to change it.
EXCEPT…instead of raisins, substitute in 1 cup white chocolate chips and 1 cup dried cherries (or cranberries…mine were actually a combination of both!)
Together with a tablecloth a coworker found for me, my treats made an extensive and mouth watering spread. I think everyone was HAPPY to see that I was back in town : )
I also made two different kinds of muffins yesterday. However, there is already a lot to chew on in his post so more recipes to come. AND, If you’re enjoying my vacation pictures, get ready for the next stop…St. Lucia!