Thursday, February 25, 2010

Butter Pecan Bars


These bars can be cut into small pieces as they are rich and buttery.

Butter Pecan Bars
2 C flour
2/3 C firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 C softened butter
1 C chopped pecans
8 oz pkg Cream cheese, softened
1/3 C firmly packed brown sugar
1 t vanilla
2 T flour
2 eggs
1 C butterscotch chips

1 oz square semi-sweet chocolate, melted

Heat over to 350.  Combine flour, sugar & butter & mix until crumbly.  Add chopped pecans.  Pat into 13" x 9" pan that has been lightly sprayed with vegetable oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.  

For filling, beat cream cheese, brown sugar, and vanilla.  Add flour & eggs.  Pour over baked crust & top with butterscotch chips.  Bake 15-20 minutes or until firm to the touch.

Melt chocolate in microwave and drizzle over cooled bars. 

Friday, February 12, 2010

Thinking Spring

While there is snow. snow, and more snow everywhere, I'm thinking spring.  My gorgeous  yellow dendrobium orchid is blooming beautifully keeping the memory of spring very much alive.  This afternoon, while enjoying the warm, winter sunshine bouncing off the lovely yellow petals, I'm sipping  a  cheerful, delicious cup of Chocolate Strawberry tea , a black tea with strawberry taste, strawberry pieces with leaves and chocolate bits.  It's just a little Valentine tea party treat to myself.  What  tea are you sipping today?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Double Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate dipped strawberries are a real treat anytime but especially on Valentine's Day!

What you will need:
12 medium strawberries
1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
Chocolate sprinkles

Wash strawberries and let dry on paper towel. Melt chocolate in microwave on high for 60 seconds, stir. You may have to increase the time depending on your microwave. But increase time only for a few seconds at a time. Hold strawberries by the leaves and dip in chocolate. Place berries on wax paper. Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles. Chill in fridge at least 10-15 minutes to set.