Puff Pastry Spinach Cups

  • 1 Storebought Puff Pastry
  • 250 g Frozen Spinach
  • 1 tbsp. Sour Cream
  • 3 tbsp. Cream Cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 Cup Cheese, grated
  • salt and Black Pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp. oil

  1. First chop the garlic. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium low heat, sprinkle with some cooking oil. Add garlic and cook for few seconds, then add spinach and cook until all water vapourised. You can also add a little bit of grated fresh ginger, it will give an amazing aroma to the spinach. Leave cooked spinach on the side to cool down.
  2. Combine cooled spinach with sourcream, cream cheese and grated cheese, add some salt and black pepper to taste.
  3. Divide puff pastry into 8 pieces.Press each of the dough pieces into a muffin tin.Using a spoon, fill each cup with the spinach mixture.
  4. Heat the oven to 200°C, and bake the cups for about 20 minutes, until golden brown.
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Touchdown Brownies

  • 12 tablespoons (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2-1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups caramel bits, divided
  • 1 cup crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 1 (12-15 ounce) jar caramel sauce
  • 30-35 mini pretzels (football shaped if desired)

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper and lightly grease with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large microwavable bowl, melt the butter and 1 cup chocolate chips in 30 seconds intervals until completely melted, about 2 minutes. Stir in the sugar then the eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour and salt and stir until just combined. Stir in 1 cup caramel bits, crushed pretzels, 1 cup chocolate chips, and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Spread batter evenly into prepared baking dish. Bake for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack and spread caramel sauce evenly over hot brownies. Place mini pretzels evenly over caramel and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cups of chocolate chips, caramel bits and chopped pecans.
  3. Place brownies in the refrigerator for at least an hour and the caramel will set. Otherwise, serve warm or at room temperature for a gooey caramel topping. Lift brownies out of dish with parchment paper. Cut into squares.
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Salsa Chicken Casserole

  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels (thawed)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans
  • 1 (16 oz.) jar salsa
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ Tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 2 large (1.5 lbs.) chicken breasts
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 whole green onions, sliced

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Drain and briefly rinse the black beans. Add the dry rice, black beans, corn, salsa, chicken broth, chili powder, and oregano to an 8×8 inch casserole dish. Stir until everything is evenly combined.
  2. Cut the chicken breasts into three pieces each. Push the chicken pieces down into the rice salsa mixture in the casserole dish. Try to push them down as far into the liquid as they’ll go. Cover the casserole dish tightly with foil. Bake for one hour.
  3. Take the casserole dish out of the oven, test the rice with a fork to make sure it is tender. If it is not, recover the dish, return it to the oven, and bake for 10-15 minutes more. When the rice is tender, sprinkle the cheese over top and return the casserole to the oven for a few minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Add the sliced green onions on top after baking and serve hot.
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Salted Caramel Butter Bars

  • 1 lb. salted butter room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbs vanilla OR - I used Princess Cake Emulsion..
  • 4 cups AP flour
For the Filling:
  • 1 bag (14 oz.) caramel candies (about 50 individual caramels), unwrapped
  • ⅓ cup milk or cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • *1 T. coarse sea salt (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugars. Using mixer on medium speed, beat together until creamy. Add the vanilla and beat until combined. Sift the flour into the butter mixture and beat on low speed until a smooth soft dough forms.
  3. Spray a 9x13 inch baking pan lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Press one-third of the dough evenly into the pan to form a bottom crust. Wrap remaining dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator.
  4. Bake crust until firm and the edges are a pale golden brown approx 20 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool about 15 minutes.
  5. While the bottom crust is baking and the remaining dough is chilling, make the caramel filling. Place the unwrapped caramels in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the cream. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth. If caramels are not completely melted, microwave on high for 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until smooth.
  6. Once the caramel is melted add in your 1/2 tsp vanilla and stir until combined.
  7. Pour the caramel filling over the crust. If you are going to salt the caramel sprinkle it on caramel layer now.
  8. Remove the remaining chilled dough from the refrigerator and crumble it evenly over the caramel.
  9. Return the pan to the oven and bake until the filling is bubbly and the crumbled shortbread topping is firm and lightly golden, about 25 - 30 minutes.
  10. Let cool before cutting into squares.
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Sugar Cookie Lemon Tarts

For the crust:
  • 8 Tablespoons (115g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 and ½ cup (190g) all-purpose flour
  • scant ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
For the lemon filling:
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • juice from 1 large lemon
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • For topping
  • 4 Tablespoons powdered sugar, divided
  • ½ cup whipping cream

  1. To make the sugar cookie crust, in a standing mixer (or by hand) beat the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes oh high. Add the egg and mix on medium until fully incorporated. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt all at once and mix on medium just until no spots of flour remain, about 20 seconds (do not overmix). Wrap the dough in parchment paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a mini muffin tin with butter or cooking spray.
  3. While the oven is preheating, make the lemon filling by whisking together the eggs, egg yolks, whipping cream, lemon juice, and granulated sugar until smooth.
  4. Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Divide the dough into quarters and divide each quarter into six even balls of dough. Press each ball of dough it into a space in the muffin tin. Using your thumbs, press the dough into the tin so that it is evenly distributed along the sides and bottom. (Don’t worry if it is a bit thinner in some places than others.) Pour the lemon filling into the center of each sugar cookie cup, stopping just below the top of the crust.
  5. Bake until the filling is set and the crust begins to turn golden, 10-12 minutes. (Do not over bake – pull the tarts out just when you see any golden color on the crusts.) Allow these to cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. Before serving, dust the tops of the tarts with 2 Tablespoons of powdered sugar. Beat the whipping cream with the remaining 2 Tablespoons of sugar until stiff peaks form. Pipe or spoon the whipping cream on top of each tart. Serve chilled.
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