Saturday, December 20, 2014
3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup butter
- 2 tablespoons water
- 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- red and green M&M's or red and green gumdrops or melted white chocolate chips or other Christmas candies or candy sprinkles
- 1For Brownies: In a saucepan, bring the sugar, butter and water to a boil over medium heat; remove from the heat.
- 2Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips and vanilla; stir until smooth. Cool for 5 minutes.
- 3Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- 4Combine flour, salt and baking soda; stir into chocolate mixture. Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips.
- 5Pour into a greased 9-inch square baking pan. Bake at 325°F for 35 minutes or until set.
- 6Cool completely. Place in the freezer for 30-40 minutes (do not freeze completely). Cut into squares.
- 7For Coating: In a heavy saucepan or microwave, melt remaining chips with shortening; stir until smooth.
- 8Using a small plastic fork with two middle tines broken off, dip brownies to completely coat; shake off excess.
- 9Place brownies on waxed paper-lined baking sheets; immediately decorate with M&M's or other toppings as desired or drizzle with melted baking chips.
- 10Let stand until set. Store in a sealed container in a cool place.
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup evaporated milk
- 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup chopped nuts
- 1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherry, well drained
- 1 1/4 cups coconut or 1 1/4 cups chopped nuts
- 1Melt chocolate and milk over low heat.
- 2Remove from heat.
- 3Stir in powdered sugar, nuts and cherries, mix well.
- 4Chill until cool enough to handle.
- 5Shape into 1-inch balls and roll in nuts or coconut.
- 6Chill at least 4 hours.
- 7Keep chilled.
1 (12 ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chunky peanut butter
- 4 cups mini marshmallows
- 1Melt chocolate and peanut butter together in saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth.
- 2Fold in marshmallows.
- 3Pour into greased 9 inch square pan.
- 4Chill until firm.
- 5Cut into squares.
Friday, December 19, 2014
There have been several false starts by other directors, but this time, Director Rob Marshall is the right person to bring this musical to life on film. After all, Marshall was the director of the Best Picture Oscar winner Chicago, the last musical to bring home the Academy's top prize.
The musical follows the classic fairy tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk and Rapunzel all weaved together with an original tale of a baker and his wife who are trying to have a child and a witch who has placed a curse on them.
How does this all end? Will there be a happy ending for everyone involved? Well, in order to find out, you must venture Into The Woods!