Monday, January 4, 2010

THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM FOR DESSERT

On New Years Eve, I decided I wanted to bake. I have some really great cookbooks, and wanted to try some easy recipes. What was the reason for this sudden "urge" to bake? Well, let's just say that I was craving for certain things. And no, not a pregnant type craving. I made Hidden Kisses Cookies, Lemon Bars, and Pineapple Cake. I was also going to bake a Red Velvet cake, but my daughter made a huge panda cake as well, and frankly, that would have been way too much! I would have loved to share a picture of her panda, but she was not happy with it and was very adamant that I do not share a picture here or on Facebook. She wanted me to delete it altogether, but I want it for a memory of her first "animal" cake! She saw a Betty Crocker lady on YouTube make it, and she was inspired to do one herself. In my opinion, it came out cute, and I wish I could share it with you!

If you are interested in any of the recipes, they're at the end of the post.

YEARS ago, I bought Paula Deen's, "The Lady & Sons, Too"cookbook off of QVC, and I made one of my favorite cookies recipes called "Hidden Kisses." They are so yummy, and perfect for the holidays because it calls for almond extract in it. You basically roll cookie dough around the Hershey's Kiss, and when it bakes, the kiss doesn't melt. When it's cooled off, you roll it in powdered sugar. So addicting! I haven't made these for a long time, so my kids were stoked to eat them!
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I was also craving for lemon bars, and this is also from Paula's cookbook. They came out so good! The crust and filling came out perfect!
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I got the Pineapple Cake recipe from a cookbook my sister sent me years ago, called "50th Anniversary Best of Our Favorite Recipes 1946-1996." It has the EASIEST recipes from people who live in Hawaii. This is the cookbook that has the Red Velvet cake recipe in it too.
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Here's my little helpers hands (aka Veronica) pressing the lemon bar crust batter into the pan. I was going to take more pictures of her helping, but with me baking, and helping my other daughter, my hands were quite full!
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And here are the following recipes for the desserts above. Yes, I know the pages look worn, and have stains, but that's a good thing, right?

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35 comments:

blueviolet said...

Oh yummy, yummy, yummy! They look just delicious and I love the little hands!

Buckeroomama said...

Hidden Kisses? Om nom nom nom!!! Thanks for sharing the recipes --I will definitely have to try them out. J loves anything with pineapples.

I wanted to be "healthy" in 2010 and made a fruit salad with dragon fruit, melons, apples, pears, strawberries, blueberries, and nata de coco --but then, I added HEAPS of cream.

Susie said...

Yummo!! And your pictures are AWEESOM!!

Yaya said...

Mmmmm! I love to bake!

Lisa said...

MMMMMMM......but where's the "polly touw" I am sure I did not spell that right.

Kimberly said...

It's so great to be able to live vicariously through you. You have the best food! ;)

4 Lettre Words said...

YUMMMM! These all sound great, Alicia. I'm saving the recipes for future use. :o)

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Yum! You are not helping my diet first thing on Monday morning:) Those lemon bars look so good...I love lemon bars but I have only made them once! Yours sound really easy and SUPER yummy!

Darcie said...

Oh my word..I want a LEMON BAR, and it is only 8 in the morning. Dessert qualifies as breakfast right?

Robyn said...

Yummy Yummy that all looks so good, you have a lucky family!

Parsley said...

Oh, yes. There's ALWAYS room for dessert!

Carin said...

I'm with Darcie, how about dessert for breakfast! Mmm, I need to try those recipes. Looks like you have a great helper too!

Mostlygrocery said...

baking and sweets with kids, I really hope you made enough Alicia!

-Paul

www.mostlygrocery.com

Kristin said...

Looks delicious! It's looking hard already to stick with that "eat less sugar" resolution! lol

Laura said...

Yep, I will be making these lemon bars! Sounds delicious and I absolutely love lemon bars!!!! Grrrr, I'll make them, eat one piece and give them away. I love Paula Deen.. she's my favorite food network person.

Alicia, I love that your posting more recipes/food stuff/homemaking... not sure why, but I am enjoying it! I guess it makes our friendship more personal or something, lol. Does that sound weird!?

Lauren said...

I love Paula Deen's coookbooks!!! I got the first one as a Christmas gift our first year of marriage and I use it a lot! Her desserts are the BEST!!! :P

mama's smitten said...

You bet there is! Those lemon bars look sooooo yummy!

Kathy C. said...

ALL those goodies look fantastic! I love the sweet little helper hands...she is being so delicate! :)
I love pineapple ANYTHING, and can't wait until late summer to use my own pineapples...definitely gonna make this pineapple cake ~ YUM!

Lorrie said...

Ok after blogging...watching folks exercise...feeling really good about cutting back on food...and WHAT DO I SEE...MY FAV...lemon bars... I wonder if I eat them standing up they won't have any calories. Thanks for the recipie...I'll save it for the next potluck. Happy 2010...blessings!

Shelle said...

Yum, I love lemon cakes...when I got to Starbucks, I can never get past theirs. I'm not much of a baker of sweets but I'll have to bookmark this for my dd who loves to bake. I just post a receipt for lemon curd, we used to call it lemon butter, if you're interested on my recipes site www.sweetdimensions.blogspot.com.

Sawatzky family said...

I just took a lemon cake out of the oven!
Those look heavenly!
Thanks for sharing your recipes. I am always on the hunt for a new good recipe :)

Momisodes said...

Paula Deen has some amazing dessert recipes. She never skimps on the butter so it's almost guaranteed to be tasty!

Those lemon bars look amazing. I will have to try those!

amanda said...

those lemon bars look so so good!!

~*Michelle*~ said...

*smacking lips*

I am normally not a lemon kinda gal...but those bars look SCRUMPTIOUS!!!!!

jen@odbt said...

I'm totally craving lemon bars now. They look so good. So many choices...how did your family choose? I'll take one of each please.

Together We Save said...

These sound so yummy!! I love lemon bars!!

McCrakensx4 said...

Everything looks so yummy...'specially those kiss cookies! I love cookies with kisses in them...like peanut butter blossoms! I will havta try me some of those! Hope you all had a Merry Christmas! I have found my way back to bloggyland!

Stephanie said...

Such a cute pic with the hands!

The cookies sound really really yummy-I'm going to have to try those!

Veronica Lee said...

Yummy!! Lucky family! The lemon bars look really good.

Honey Mommy said...

Yum! Those desserts sound so good! I am in a baking mood myself... maybe tomorrow I'll make something yummy!

Helene said...

They all look fabulous! I'll have to try the hidden kisses sometime with my kids...they'd love those! I love that you had a little helper in the kitchen!

Muthering Heights said...

Thank you for sharing these...they sound DELICIOUS!!!

Kim said...

Yum! Sounds like you had a great New Years Eve! Thanks for sharing the recipes too.

Casey's trio said...

Lemon bars are one of my faves....your recipe looks very similar to mine!! I will have to try the hidden kiss cookies :) I LOVE to bake.

Aubrey said...

Sometimes there is NOTHING better than a homemade lemon bar. My mouth is watering!!