Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sweet on Trader Joe's : Hold the Cone (rewind)

Hi all! Well, Jack and I are recovering from wisdom teeth extraction. Yes, both of us. On the same day. Please pray for my husband.

Since we're not up to doing anything but lying in bed watching movies...and I'm not sure when we'll be eating solid food again, we bring you a Trader Joe's rewind. Enjoy!

Our Trader Joe's dessert review this week starts in the freezer section...with the Hold the Cone! Mini Ice Cream Cones (chocolate variety).

trader joe's mini ice cream cone review!
Trader Joe's describes these as "filled with rich chocolate ice cream and chocolate flavored coating."

trader joe's mini ice cream cone review!
Each package contains 8 mini ice cream cones and sells for $2.99.

trader joe's mini ice cream cone review!
My take: I was prepared to not like these. Frozen "treats" (with the exception of Blue Bell ice cream sandwiches) usually underwhelm me.  The mini cones?  Oh my goodness.  I loved them.  The chocolate ice cream is creamy and soft, and each cone is filled with just a bit of chocolate at the bottom...a happy little bonus.  This box was in our house for about 18 hours before we'd eaten them all.  Plus: "Hold the Cone!"  Bonus point for the cute name!
Overall rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kiddo's take: This is just like Dairy Queen, except smaller! The delicious chocolate shell yields easily, revealing a decadent chocolate ice cream. The waffle cone complements the ice cream well, adding a crunchy element to the mix.
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars
trader joe's mini ice cream cone review!
Trader Joe's Hold the Cone Mini Ice Cream Cones: stock your freezer!!!

trader joe's mini ice cream cone review! *original post from May 2014.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Easy Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

easy chocolate chip bundt cake ... with a pourable chocolate glaze, sprinkles optional
My favorite Bundt cake occasions are half birthdays. What? You don't celebrate half birthdays??? Read more about them here and here.

(This is Nordic Ware's Blossom Bundt Pan...isn't it pretty?)

easy chocolate chip bundt cake ... with a pourable chocolate glaze, sprinkles optional
This cake was no exception. Although there's not a picture of it, we did cut it in half and give to a friend on her half birthday. Yes, I'm sure that this family thinks we are crazy.
THAT'S OK. We are.

easy chocolate chip bundt cake ... with a pourable chocolate glaze, sprinkles optional
The recipe comes from the Sample House cookbook. If you're from the Dallas area, you are surely familiar with the gift shop, Sample House. Well way back when, the (now moved) location on Walnut Hill had a soup shop. It was cute and quaint and you always, always saved room for dessert.

grease and flour Bundt pan
[note: PLEASE be sure to grease and flour every nook and cranny of your Bundt pan. Please.]

easy chocolate chip bundt cake ... with a pourable chocolate glaze, sprinkles optional
With sour cream and pudding in the mix, the cake bakes up super moist. The combination of the vanilla/yellow cake and the chocolate pudding packet makes for a nice mix of flavors and the pockets of melty chocolate chips are a bonus.

easy chocolate chip bundt cake ... with a pourable chocolate glaze, sprinkles optional
The recipe is straight from the cookbook, with a few little changes to the method from me. I love having simple recipes in my arsenal...this one is quick and no-fuss. It also makes a great half-birthday cake.

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Easy Chocolate Chip Cake
{recipe from Sample House cookbook, method adapted}

1 box vanilla or yellow cake mix
3 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup water
1 (3-4 ounce) box instant chocolate pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
8 ounces sour cream
6 ounces chocolate chips

for the glaze:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup salted butter
1/2 cup milk
6 ounces chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla

Grease and flour a Bundt pan. Preheat oven to 325.

With an electric mixer, beat all of the cake ingredients except the chocolate chips on low until combined. Increase speed to medium, and continue beating until very few lumps remain. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour, or until the cake bounces back when lightly pressed. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, place a wire rack face-down on the exposed part of the cake. Flip the cake over onto the wire rack. Let sit for 1 minute, then remove the pan. Let the cake cool completely.

Make the glaze by combining the sugar, butter, milk, and chocolate chips in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until the chips are melted and smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Remove from heat.

Place the cake on the wire rack onto a parchment or foil lined cookie sheet. Once the glaze has cooled for 10-15 minutes, pour over the cake. The longer the glaze sits, the thicker it will be, but you want it to be warm for pouring.

Sprinkles are optional. :)
easy chocolate chip bundt cake ... with a pourable chocolate glaze, sprinkles optional


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Malted Milk Ball Cookies

malted milk ball cookies ... with chopped Whoppers and milk chocolate chips. Totally addicting!
These may not be the most glamorous cookies - no sprinkles, no frosting - but I promise that once you eat one, you'll come back for more...and more...and more...

*this post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar

malted milk ball cookies ... chopped Whoppers and milk chocolate chips in the batter!
The Malted Milk Ball Cookies are a twist on the classic chocolate chip. The chopped malt balls throughout add chewiness and crunch. Not only are there malt balls in the batter, there are creamy, milk chocolate chips as well.

malted milk ball cookies
Combine those two with a malty, brown-sugar-y, buttery dough with just the right note of salty and you have yourself a winner.

malted milk ball cookies ... with chopped Whoppers and milk chocolate chips. Totally addicting!
I dare you to eat just one.
Actually no, I want you to eat two. Maybe three.

I'm sharing this recipe over at Imperial Sugar today. Go there for the recipe!


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