Easy Bake Itty Bitty Fudgy Wudgy Brownies

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If your home is like ours, you will often find that the thrill of new Christmas or birthday toys can wear off in just a matter of days.  Most of the time it is because the kids have moved on to the latest electronic trend. But for toys that are physically interactive, they can lay idle simply be because they don’t have anyone to play with. The principle of interactive play (aka time with Mom or Dad) also applies to classic toys like the Easy Bake Oven.

You may remember that my daughter asked for the Easy Bake Oven for Christmas.  Unlike the other toys (which I can’t even remember at this point,) she asks regularly to bake with her Easy Bake Oven.  We keep it in a visible location to remind us both of the yummy treats we can bake together in just a few minutes time.  The only negative at this point to the toy (in my opinion,) is the high cost of the mixes. They are easy and only require the addition of water, but on a cost per ounce basis they are incredibly expensive!  I hate paying just for the convenience when I know I have everything in my pantry to make the same thing.  Therefore, I have been on a quest for Easy Bake Oven recipes! Ironically, good recipes THAT WORK are not ‘easy’ to find as the name of the toy implies.

If you have been in the blogosphere looking at Easy Bake Oven recipes, I urge you to use caution and keep reading. All recipes ARE NOT created equal.

As I searched for cookie and brownie recipes, I found the same 2 recipes on A LOT of sites.  The problem?  They didn’t work.  I believe some bloggers have simply copied recipes from other sites that haven’t been tested just because it is easy to do in order to provide content.  I’m sure it happens a lot, but the problem with EBO recipes is that a mishap can RUIN your oven.  You can’t really clean the inside, so a recipe that runs over can result in major household drama when the whole oven has to be tossed out.  It’s costly and certainly no fun.

Many of the recipes I have reviewed seem to be regular oven recipes with the ingredient quantities adjusted. My experience so far has been that you can’t simply adjust the proportion of a regular oven recipe and instantly have success.  The tiny height of the EB oven requires a very flat pan which isn’t necessarily proportional to a regular pan height. The amount your batter RISES is key.  Here at Clabber Girl, we are leavening experts, so we are here to help your miniature chef be successful too!

Check out our original chocolate chip cookie recipe and our new Itty Bitty Fudgy Wudgy Bites.

To simplify the baking process, mix the dry ingredients ahead of time and set aside in small baggies that can be opened and the liquid added.  Make several batches ahead so that your little baker can bake when the mood strikes!(Click here for a free download of label stickers and instructions.)

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Itty Bitty Fudgy Wudgy Bites

3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1 1/2 tsp. vegetable oil
3 tsp. water
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

In a very small bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and cocoa.  Pour in oil, water and vanilla extract. Mix with a fork until batter is smooth.  Roll into a ball and flatten between hands (should be fudgy and thick.)  Place batter into the EBO rectangular pan.  Spread batter evenly to edges with a knife.

For fudgy brownies bake in the EBO for 13 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes.
For cakey brownies bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.

Divide into 9 itty bitty brownies.

Bake Memories Together This Holiday Season

Perfectly Easy Mini Chocolate Chip CookiesIt’s easy to let the stress of creating a ‘Pinterest perfect’ holiday overshadow the simple pleasures and traditions that the holiday season can bring. We get so busy decorating, planning menus, attending parties and shopping, that many of us wake up on December 26th feeling glad that it is over. By working to impress and perfect, we miss opportunities to be ‘in-the-moment’ along the way.

Most of our special holiday memories aren’t wrapped in Martha Stewart perfection. They are normal moments spent with special people. I can still feel the child-like excitement of being with my mom in the kitchen. I would hover close by, offering to measure baking powder or crack an egg, but always hoping she would give me a spoon or beater to enjoy as payment for my ‘help.’

I was her little baking assistant until Santa brought me a gift that would move me from tag-along treat maker to head baker… the Easy Bake Oven. My first creations were miniature size cookies baked to perfection in a waffle size round baking pan. I don’t remember much about the cookies, but I remember the smiles and the praise from my family as we enjoyed the treats together. Many of today’s toys are fads that last only as long the popularity of a television show or animated character. There are just a few that stand the test of time. The Easy Bake Oven is one of those toys! Why does it continue to show up at the top of so many Christmas wish lists, you may ask? Because it brings generations together to create yummy goodies and a special memory.

Imagine my delight when my five year old announced this year that the toy at the top of her list (with no pressure from Mom) is the Easy Bake Oven. I have a special feeling Santa will come through for her since she is on the ‘Nice List’ this year. I am already imagining the fun times spent together over warm cookies and a glass of milk. Our time in the kitchen won’t be a chore, but a fun experience with many little messes, but even more little smiles. We will savor the simple pleasures and share the true meaning of the season.

I hope that you take the time to create some fun for your family as well. Check out our Clabber Girl Perfectly Easy Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe, specially formulated for the Easy Bake oven or try our full size Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe for the regular oven. Get started baking memories!

Perfectly Easy Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 Tbsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
2 tsp. softened butte
2 tsp. water
4 tsp. mini chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven for 20 minutes. Grease pan.

Mix flour, sugars, butter and baking powder with a fork in a small bowl. Add water and chocolate morsels. Mix thoroughly with fork or fingers. Measure 1/2 tsp. of dough and roll into a small ball. Place ball of dough onto a greased pan. Place 6-8 dough balls on the pan. Press each down slightly with finger to ensure it is below the edge of the pan.

Bake for 9 minutes. Do not over bake. Cookies should not be brown on top.

Let cool for 5 minutes.

Repeat the process to use the remaining dough.

Yields approximately 15 mini cookies.

Creating moments that last a life time doesn’t have to mean perfection and exhaustion. We at Clabber Girl believe that it can be as simple as baking memories together. Baking brings joy to the young and young-at-heart. We were in the kitchen with you, your mother and your grandmother, and we are ready to help your sons and daughters begin baking family traditions as well.

Find more recipes for your holiday menu at www.clabbergirl.com and be sure to visit the Clabbergirl Museum and Bakeshop in Terre Haute, Indiana for a unique and memorable culinary experience.

Bit ‘o Irish – Irish Stew with Soda Bread plus amazing desserts!

Irish StewSt. Patrick’s Day comes just a few days before the beginning of spring, and is one of our last opportunities to cook up winter comfort foods.  Soups, stews, biscuits, scones and all baked goods will soon give way to the fruity delights of warmer seasons.

This hearty Irish Stew is chock full of goodness with potatoes, carrots, onions and of course your choice of meat; beef, pork or lamb. Flavored with garlic, thyme and Worcestershire sauce, you will find this recipe is a spectacular way to celebrate the Irish! Serve some Irish Soda Bread alongside.

Irish Pub Brownies Don’t forget dessert – How about some Irish Cream Bundt Cake with a touch of Irish Cream Liquor or Irish Pub Brownies, with a hint of Irish stout beer, such as Guinness® Beer.

2013 Recipe Countdown

Here are the top 10 best recipes from Clabber Girl for 2013.

 

White Chocolate Berry Muffins

#10 – White Chocolate Berry Muffins

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#9 – Belgian Waffles
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#8 – Mexican Chocolate Bundt Cake
Hummingbird Carrot Bundt Cake

#7 – Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

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#6 – Classic Corn Bread

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#5 – Pumpkin Cut-Out Cookies
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#4 – Pumpkin Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese
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#3 – Skillet Apple Cobbler
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#2 – Hot Chocolate Brownie Torte

#1 Recipe from 2013

Old Fashioned Biscuits

Back-of-can recipe from Clabber Girl Baking Powder

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Holiday Egg Nog Cinnamon Rolls – A Christmas Tradition

Egg Nog Orange Cinnamon RollsOrange Cinnamon Rolls with Eggnog Glaze by Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack

My kiddos are early birds and on Christmas morning they wake up even earlier. I’m pretty sure our household isn’t the only one — every child is excited to see what Santa delivered.

These citrus-flavored cinnamon rolls drizzled with a festive eggnog glaze were inspired by Christmas morning. They are the perfect warm treat to enjoy with a hot cup of coffee while watching your children’s eyes light up as they open all their gifts.

The holidays can be fun and festive, but they can also be stressful. Once I see the smiling faces and gleaming eyes on my kiddos Christmas morning all the stress melts away. This Christmas my goal is to relax and enjoy the moment, and now I will be able to with this recipe. This simple dough does not require a mixer and can be made the night before and refrigerated. In the morning all that will be needed to do is fill, roll, and bake.

I have so many fond memories of Christmas mornings as a child, and those memories were not about the gifts, but instead of the delicious aromas that lingered in the air. I have no doubt that my kiddos will also have special memories of these cinnamon rolls baking and filling the air with robust and sweet scents. These warm, soft, fluffy, and gooey orange cinnamon rolls drizzled with an eggnog glaze will surely be memorable making this dish ideal for Christmas. Get the Recipe!

Feliz Navidad!

Happy Holidays with Cherries and Cream (with chocolate)!

Cherries and Cream Quick BreadEveryone seems to be in the baking spirit when the holidays roll around.  Here at Clabber Girl we are busy looking into new recipes, working with bloggers to add new and exciting ways to bake AND teach you what we learn!

Bakers Royale blogger Naomi worked with our Cherries and Cream Quick Bread recipe to vamp it up and improve the flavor.  As usual she did not disappoint!  Mini chocolate chips and sliced almonds added to the batter gives that special touch that helps incorporate a chocolate covered cherry flavor to this recipe.  The beautiful vanilla-chocolate glaze is topped with whipped cream and maraschino cherries, making this a creation worthy of any banquet or buffet!  Get the updated Cherries and Cream Quickbread Recipe here.

Read Naomi’s blog post here

Get a Fresh Start to the Baking Season

Strawberry Muffin TopsCooking and baking at home from scratch can save you money compared to dining out, and it can also be much healthier than using pre-packaged foods, since you are in control of the ingredients you use. There are no added preservatives, and the foods taste better when home made. That being said, it is good to note that the preparation of the baking season can help ensure you get off to a good start with fresh ingredients, a well-stocked pantry and a quick check of basic ingredients.

Once you are stocked and ready to go, try some of our best biscuit recipes we have listed! Personal favorites are Strawberry Muffin Tops and Old Fashioned Biscuits. One sweet, one savory but both are quick and easy! For quick tips and pointers on how to make biscuits, see the photos and information on our blog: Biscuit Techniques

Skillet Apple Cobbler

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This easy apple  cobbler will be one of your favorite desserts after you try it! Fresh sliced apples, butter and cinnamon tucked under a crunchy crumb  crust is topped with a scoop of ice cream for a delicious fall dessert.

Friends and family will love the sweet-tart goodness of this old-fashioned  dessert, and the best part is that it’s a snap to make!

Equipment needed – two 5-inch or one 10-inch oven-safe skillet such as cast  iron or stainless steel.  This recipe can also be baked in an 8×8-inch square baking pan if skillets are not readily available.

Thanks to Jen Farley of savorysimple.net for conspiring with us to bring you this wonderful Fall treat!

Mother’s Day Treats

Chocolate WafflesOn mom’s special day show her how much you care and give her a day she won’t forget!

Thinking about Carnations, roses, chocolates? How about getting mom a new outfit or surprise her by cleaning house, or taking her out to a movie? There are so many ways to show mom how much you care. Why not give her a complete day of indulgence.

Start the day out with breakfast in bed, serving Chocolate Waffles topped with whipped cream and berries or Blueberry Pancakes. Continue to indulge and surprise her throughout the day, making sure she knows this is her day. Take her to a movie (comedy’s are best). TALK to her, and let her know that she is important in your life, that you value the conversation. She will appreciate the time you spend with her. All mothers can tell you that this is valued more than anything and is the best thing you can do for her.

End the perfect day with the perfect dessert, Strawberry Mousse Parfaits. Make sure you serve the parfaits with a nice fruit tea like berry, orange, cranberry or passion fruit.

The day isn’t over until mom is tucked back into bed along with her favorite book and herbal tea. From start to finish the whole day will be hers, and is sure to be one that will always be remembered.

Memorable Mother’s Day Recipes:

Strawberry Mousse Parfaits – Cubes of buttery pound cake topped with rich strawberry mousse, whipped cream and sweet strawberries.

Blueberry Pancakes – Blueberries are one of our favorite anti-oxidant foods and taste great in these sweet little pancakes. (freeze berries prior to adding to the batter to reduce streaking)

Chocolate Waffles – What a special treat! Her favorite flavor baked up in a delectable breakfast treat, topped with whipped cream and berries.