So last night I was craving a sweet treat but just boxed brownies wasn't going to cut it. I decided to make individual Peanut Butter Brownie Cheesecakes. This is the recipe for what I concocted but you can adjust to your taste.
This recipe makes enough for 4 ramekins and a little extra of the brownie cookie.
I started by taking a box of brownie mix (one that makes an 8x8 or 9x9 pan) I followed the directions EXCEPT i did not add water. This makes more of a cookie version that a thick brownie.
Add brownie mixture to the bottom of the ramekin (probably 1/4cup) no need to grease ramekins these are oily enough.
Combine 8oz softened cream cheese
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 Tbs of Honey
1/8 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Mix thoroughly and pour over unbaked brownie crust.
I baked these for 28 min @ 325*
You can probably try a water bath to make sure they don't crack.
Place in Fridge until completely chilled and set up.
To Remove run knife around side of ramekin and the cheesecake should slide out.
Only thing missing from the picture is some caramel sauce....... Mmmm Caramel..
I was super excited to get an invite from Mom's Crazy Cooking for her monthly Cooking Challenge. This month's theme was Mac and Cheese... Oh how I love cheese... The task was to visit someone else's blog and find a recipe that we could make and share.
Here is the recipe. If you have not tried gnocchi you are missing out!!
Gnocchi Mac and Cheese
1 pound purchased or homemade gnocchi
2 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons garlic, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1/4 cup shredded fontina cheese
1 tsp basil
Salt and white pepper to taste
1/3 cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano
Preheat oven to 375 F. Prepare gnocchi according to package directions. Drain and place gnocchi in a single-layer in a 1-1/2 quart shallow baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Whisk in flour until it thickens and bubbles, then whisk in milk and Dijon. Continue to whisk mixture and cook until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
Combine Gruyere and fontina, then add by the handful to milk mixture, stirring until melted before adding the next handful. Once all cheese is melted, add basil, salt and pepper.
Pour sauce over gnocchi and sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano over top. Bake gnocchi until they puff and cheese is golden and bubbly, about 25 minutes. Let gnocchi rest for 5 minutes before serving.
I didn't have a ton of time so I couldn't make my own gnocchi. I found this in the dry pasta section of the store. Once again gnocchi (NN YOKE EE)is the best pasta ever (find your nearest italian restaurant for fresh stuff if you don't have time to make it) It is a potato pasta dumpling.
MMMMMM.... Cheesey saucy mixture!
Super YUM!! The hubs loved it! TRY it! and vote for me at Mom's crazy cooking!!!
I finally had the energy to work on my brother's girlfriends birthday present last night and one other project.. (A Week Late..)This was quite the accomplishment considering my favorite activity the last few weeks was staring at a tv and only moving if I absolutely had to. Thankfully I'm feeling a ton better and actually got something done!
I thought It was adorable! So I decided to make my own version.
I started with a small shadow box from Michaels. I will say if you want a Big heart make sure your shadow box is deeper than the one I purchased.
This one allows for you to just pin your items into place. I cut a piece of scrapbooking paper to the size I wanted and wrote in the line "Every heart has a story" I changed it from the original.. I would love to claim it was because it was clever.... but it's just pregnancy brain...
I then took a newspaper ( you can use a book but i didn't have any I was willing to chop up) and folded it in half. I then cut out a half heart shape and then stacked and taped all of the pieces together.
I taped the heart in place and that finishes it. Make sure your pieces splay open so that you can see each one individually.