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Salted Monkey Balls – 1-18-19

Salted Monkey Balls – 1-18-19

Cook time: 24 Hr Prep time: 20 min Serves: 40 balls

Ingredients:

2 large bananas, mashed (can be frozen)

2 c peanut butter

2 c powdered sugar (Doc says add more if needed)

1/2 pkg chocolate almond bark (Doc says use milk chocolate instead!)

kosher salt

  1. In a stand mixer, blend bananas and peanut butter. Add powdered sugar. Mix well. It will still be kinda sticky.
  2. Using a small (1 oz) cookie scoop, scoop balls. Place 1 inch apart onto parchment lined cookie sheets that fit in your freezer. Balls will spread slightly.
  3. Freeze for 2-3 hours.
  4. reshape balls by rolling between your palms. Replace onto parchment/cookie sheets, return to freezer for 24 hrs. Balls must be completely frozen before dipping. If not, they’;ll melt in the chocolate and leave bits ruining the smooth finish of the chocolate.
  5. Melt chocolate in double boiler.
  6. Work quickly and in small batched. Leave most balls in the freezer until ready for them. Use a toothpick to gently pick one ball and dip into chocolate. Use a spoon to cover the top. Gently jiggle the ball to assist excess chocolate to drip off. (Too much and it will pool below the ball.) Place on another parchment/cookie sheet. Sprinkle a small amount of kosher salt. Leave the toothpick in while you dip/sprinkle the next ball.
  7. 7. back to the ball before, gently twist the toothpick out.
  8. With the clean end of a toothpick (or fresh one) take a small dab of melted chocolate and seal the hole. Sprinkle more salt if you like.
  9. Note: If you don’t seal it, the filling will “worm” its way out. repeat steps 6-8 until all balls are coated.
  10. Once the chocolate is set, transfer balls into a sealable container. Place in fridge for 2-3 hrs.

 

Baklava Thumbprint Cookies – 1-11-19

Prep: 30 min + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch Makes: 2 dozen Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter, softened 2 large eggs, room temperature 1 tsp. almond extract 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt TOPPING: 3 Tbsp. sugar 2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 cup honey…

Vanilla Cream Cheese Perfect Pound Cake – 1-4-19

Makes 1 10-inch cake Ingredients: Cake: 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 2 1/4 cups sugar 3 large eggs 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup whole milk 2 tablespoons vanilla extract Glaze: 1/ 4 cup cream cheese, softened 1 1/3 cups confectioner’s…

Butter Pecan Butterscotch Cookies – 12-21-18

Ingredients: 1 Box Butter Pecan cake mix 1/2 cup oil 2 eggs 1 pkg butterscotch chips (Dr. Ashton added white chocolate chips as well) Mix cake mix, oil and eggs until well blended. Stir in butterscotch chips. Drop tablespoonful of dough on parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until done. Cool on…

M & M Magic Bars – 12-7-18

Total time: 2 hr 5 min (includes cooling time) Yield: 24 bars Ingredients: 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for buttering the dish 14 chocolate graham crackers (or regular grahams with added cocoa powder) One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk One 10-ounce bag mint chocolate chips 1 cup cocktail peanuts, coarsely chopped…

Iced Sugar Cookies – 11-30-18

Iced Sugar Cookies – 11-30-18

SUGAR COOKIES: 1 Cup Oleo 1 Cup Oil 1 Cup Sugar 1 Cup Powdered Sugar 2 Eggs 1 Tsp. Cream of Tartar 1 Tsp. Soda 1 Tsp. Salt 1 Tsp. Vanilla 4 Cups Flour Mix together everything but the flower. After it is well mixed, add the flour and mix for a few minutes. Bake…

Halloween Candy Pie – 11-16-18

Halloween Candy Pie – 11-16-18

Ingredients: 1 pre-made pie crust 1 cup sugar 1 cup Karo syrup 1 Tblsp vanilla extract 2 Tblsp melted butter 2 eggs 2 egg yolks 2 cups broken up leftover candy pieces with nuts and chocolate Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large mixing bowl, mix together sugar, syrup, butter, eggs and vanilla. Blend well.…

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Pie – 11-9-18

Makes 2 (9-inch) deep-dish pie Crust: 2 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt Filling: 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 3/4 cup evaporated milk 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt…

Illini Football Defensive Coordinator Resigns

Illini Football Defensive Coordinator Resigns

From the FightingIllini.com website: CHAMPAIGN, IL – Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith announced today that defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson has resigned from the staff for personal reasons. “Hardy informed me yesterday that he felt it was in the program’s best interest to leave our staff,” Smith said. “I’ve known and coached with Hardy for many years, and know…

Amish Sawdust Pie – 10-26-18

Amish Sawdust Pie – 10-26-18

prep time: 20 mins  Cook time: 40 mins  Total time: 1 hour Serves: 1 pie Ingredients: 1 1/2 c shredded coconut 1 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs 1 1/2 c chopped pecans 1 1/2 c sugar 7 egg whites 1 pie crust, homemade or bought Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the coconut,…