Simple Ways to Spruce Up Classic Recipes

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Classic recipes are classic for a reason.  They’re delicious and are a crowd favorite time and time again.  These recipes have become the foundation for all other desserts.  These are the desserts that will bring you back to specific memories.  The recipes you will share with your family.  The memorable moments spent between you and your loved ones.  These classic desserts aren’t just scrumptious, they’re nostalgic as well.

My favorite dessert memory is making homemade cookies on Christmas Eve.  While the tradition may not be unique, the moments I cherish the most are within that tradition.  The memories of stirring all the ingredients together, licking the batter spoon while watching the cookies rise in the oven will stay with me my whole life.

It’s fun to look back fondly at memories, but it can be fun to make new ones, too!  Today on cakejournal.com, we will be adding flavor and fun to classic recipes!

So take a favorite recipe of yours and add a twist to it!

Additives in Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Adding some sweet, creamy peanut butter chips or some crunchy nuts to a classic cookie will add more flavor and more bang for your buck. Plus, chocolate and almost everything is NEVER a bad combination!

Here’s my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Feel free to add whatever sweet addition to the mix!

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup shortening

1/2 Cup butter

1/2 Cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cup flour

1 cup of semisweet chocolate morsels

1 cup of peanut butter morsels, crushed almonds, coconut flakes, raisins, etc…

Directions:

1.  Beat together the butter and shortening until light and fluffy.  Add in the sugar, brown sugar, and baking soda.  Beat well, scraping the sides.

2.  Beat together the eggs and vanilla and then add to the butter/sugar mixture.  Beat well, until combined.

3. Add the flour to the mixture a little at a time.  Add in the remaining flour and stir with a spoon to really form the dough.

4.  Add in the chocolate and extra additive.

5.  Preheat oven to 375F and bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.  Let the cookies cool on a wire rack.

6.  ENJOY!

Popular Candy or Snacks in Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Cupcakes are a gal’s best friend, right? So why not add an extra flavor to the dessert and really wow your friends and family. I love adding Oreos, Reese’s Cups, and M&M’s to simple chocolate cupcakes. I’ll push the treat into the cupcake batter before baking and I’ll also add the the treat on top of the cream cheese frosting!

Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 ounces of unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups or so of a candy or snack of your choice
For the frosting:
2 3-oz packages of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups + 2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350F degrees. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat well.
2. Add the eggs one at a time and combine well. Beat in the chocolate and vanilla.
3. Add the dry mixture and 1 1/4 cups water, alternating between the two, until all is well combined.
4. Pour batter into a paper-lined cupcake pan. Push desired snack or candy into each of the cupcake liners. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
5. While cake is baking, you can start on the frosting. Beat together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until well combined.
6. Gradually add the 2 cups sifted powdered sugar to the mixture. Continue to beat in additional powdered sugar, up to 2 cups more, until the correct consistency is reached.
7. Let cupcakes cool for ten minutes before removing from the pan. Wait until the cupcakes are fully cooled before icing.
8. Frost the cupcakes and add the “hidden surprise” on top of the cupcake for decoration. Enjoy!

Adding a Lemon Sauce or Orange Sauce to Delicious Desserts for a Citrus Punch

Sponge cake, angel food cake, and even donuts can sometimes be very plain on their own, so adding a fruity sauce on top could give these desserts the “kick” they need!

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon of finely shredded lemon or orange peel
1 tablespoon lemon or orange juice
2 teaspoons of butter

Directions:

1. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar, cornstarch, peel and juice. Cook and stir the ingredients until thickened and bubbling.
2. Cook and stir for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.
3. Stir in butter until melted.
4. Serve warm.

Serving Homemade Whipped Cream with Homemade Desserts

After making a delicious, but time consuming, dessert, it can be hard to decide how to serve it to your friends and family. However, if you know how to make your own whipped cream, it can be the perfect final touch to many of your favorite recipes!

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Ingredients:

1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

1. In a chilled bowl, combine the cream, sugar and vanilla. Beat with chilled beaters on an electric mixer on medium speed until “soft peaks” form.
2. Keep cool. Serve on top of your favorite cakes, pies, hot drinks, and even inside of cream puffs. Enjoy!

Your favorite, classic recipes don’t have to be boring! Add in fruit or nuts or other additives to simple recipes like cakes and cookies! Pour a delicious homemade sauce on shortbreads and shortcakes for a sweet and tangy surprise! Make your own whipped cream to wow your friends and family! The possibilities are endless if you step outside your comfort zone!

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