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Friday, February 24, 2017

Hershey's Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Hershey's Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
Every week I treat my family to a batch of freshly-made homemade cookies and I'm always trying out new cookie recipes and mixing in the classics that my family loves. While it's convenient to make cookies from a boxed mix...I just prefer to make my own from scratch. Besides, they taste better, I control the ingredients and there are no preservatives in them.

Just last week I made one of my family's favorite cookies which happens to be Hershey's Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies which we call the Hershey's Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies. The cookies are a peanut butter flavored cookie with a Hershey's Milk Chocolate Kiss on top. They're delicious, especially warm from the oven! Here's the recipe which will make approximately 40 cookies.

Hershey's Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies Recipe

48 Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolate
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup Reese's Creamy Peanut Butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 medium egg
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
additional granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Unwrap 48 Hershey's Milk Chocolate Kisses and place them in a small bowl; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl cream together the shortening and creamy peanut butter. Beat in the granulated sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Blend in the egg, milk and vanilla extract until all ingredients are combined.

In a large mixing bowl sift together the all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture into the creamed mixture, beating after each addition until all ingredients are combined together.

Form the cookie dough into 1" diameter balls. Roll each ball into a little bit of the additional granulated sugar. Place the balls onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 8-10 minutes or until done. Remove from oven and immediately place one unwrapped Hershey's Milk Chocolate Kiss on top. Let cookies sit on the sheet for an additional minute or two and then transfer to a wire rack for cooling. Once cool, store them in an airtight container.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Personal Three-Cheese Pepperoni Pizza Recipe

Personal Three-Cheese Pepperoni Pizza Recipe
Personal-Size, Three-Cheese Pepperoni Pizza. This pizza blends mozzarella, provolone and Parmigiano-Reggiano on a delicious crust. It’s also crafted into perfectly-sized individual portions your kids will love. Kontos Foods, maker of artisan flatbreads and other ethnic foods, suggests using Kontos Plain or Multi-Grain Pizza Parlor Crust –– to make this tasty pizza featuring prepared sauce and sliced pepperoni. It also comes together in a flash, so you can get back to enjoying the holiday. Serves 5.

Personal Three-Cheese Pepperoni Pizza Recipe

1 pkg. (14 oz.) Kontos® Plain or Multi-Grain Personal Pizza Parlor Crust (5 crusts)
1 1/4 cups prepared pizza sauce
5 oz. provolone cheese, sliced
5 oz. sliced pepperoni
1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (5 oz.)
Shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Arrange Pizza Crusts on two baking sheets. Spread 1/4 cup pizza sauce on each crust.
Top with provolone, pepperoni and mozzarella. Sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.
For a crispier crust, place pizzas directly on the oven rack.

“This Personal Three-Cheese Pepperoni Pizza is a fresh take on the standard classic,” said Steve Kontos, vice president and owner of Kontos Foods. “More people consume pizza on Halloween than practically any other day, and we wanted to come up with a fast and tasty alternative that people can make at home, but not spend all day in the kitchen, when they’d rather be having fun with their family.”

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Dark Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Glaze Recipe

Dark Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Glaze Recipe
Looking for the perfect decadent dessert to make? I think this gourmet cake recipe would make the perfect dessert to serve at dinner parties, holiday meals or if you're planning a romantic dinner for two. The recipe is courtesy of Epicurious Wine. The plummy-berry notes of red wine are highlighted when mixed with chocolate and butter into a glaze that drips over the edges of this decadent dark chocolate cake. Recipe makes 10 servings.

Dark Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Glaze Recipe


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan
1/3 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (at least 70% cacao), chopped
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
3/4 teaspoons kosher salt

Glaze and assembly:

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (at least 70% cacao), finely chopped
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup Epicurious Cabernet Sauvignon

Special equipment: A 9" springform pan

For cake:

Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly butter and flour pan. Heat chocolate, sugar, and 1 cup butter in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (bowl should not touch water), stirring, until chocolate is almost completely melted, about 3 minutes; remove from heat and continue to stir until chocolate is completely melted. Let cool completely.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, add eggs to chocolate mixture 1 at a time, beating to blend after each addition. Beat until mixture has a mousse-like consistency. Reduce speed to low and add salt and 1/3 cup flour; mix until smooth. Scrape batter into prepared pan; smooth top.

Bake cake until top is firm and edges are slightly darkened, 55–65 minutes (rely on visual cues; a tester inserted into cake's center will come out clean before cake is truly done). Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cake cool completely in pan before turning out.

For glaze and assembly:

Heat chocolate, butter, and salt in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (bowl should not touch water), stirring, until chocolate and butter are melted, about 5 minutes. Whisk in powdered sugar.

Meanwhile, bring wine just to a boil in a small saucepan.

Remove chocolate mixture from heat and whisk in wine; let cool until slightly thickened and a rubber spatula leaves a trail in mixture when stirring, 8–10 minutes.

Set cake on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. Pour glaze over cake and spread it across the top and over the edges with an offset spatula. Let cake stand at room temperature until glaze is set, 2–3 hours.

DO AHEAD: Cake can be made and glazed 2 days ahead. Chill. Bring to room temperature before serving.