Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Lime Freeze

In honor of the elusive summer weather, I am posting this most delectable of summer treats.  They make these at the local drug store/soda fountain in town.  AND, since none of you EVER come and visit me, you'll never know how good they are.  SO, I am sharing this recipe.  (you can feel guilty now) I have a friend who works there, so she has made them at her home for me!  Enjoy!

Vanilla ice cream--maybe half a picher full
3-4 Fresh squeezed lime juice, to taste
Sprite, quite a bit, enough to make it thin shake consistency
Sugar, to taste (if the limes are too tart)

Put all the stuff in the blender and blend away.  Just make it taste yummy.  You can put some green food coloring in it for effect, but I try to avoid adding food coloring to my stuff.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Caramel Pretzel Brownie Cups

I got this recipe from the blog In My Kitchen Today.  (adapted from These babies are delicious!  And pretty easy.  I made them in mini cupcake molds.  If you don't have these, just make them smaller in regular ones.  I think big ones would be too much.  These are really rich!  It made about 34 small ones.

1 German Chocolate Cake Mix
1 egg
1/2 C butter, softened

Pretzel Crumble
1/4 C butter, melted
2 T brown sugar
1 C crushed pretzels
Mix together.

In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, egg and butter until smooth.  (Use a mixer)  Scoop batter 2/3 full into a muffin tin sprayed with non stick spray.  Scoop 1 T pretzel crumble on top of brownie batter.  (little less for minis) Pat down.  Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes or until edges are set. (I did 7 minutes with the minis)

8 oz caramels, melted in microwave over medium heat-stirring frequently
1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

Immediately after taking the brownie cups out of the oven, pour caramel over the cups, and then sprinkle with choc. chips.  Place cups in the oven for 30 minutes more to allow the choc. chips to soften slightly. (I did 15 minutes with the minis) Place in the microwave for 15 seconds (7 sec for minis) before serving.

I needed more caramel than this.  I don't know if I got too much or if the mini just made more.  (can you have too much?) I used the whole bag.  ( Minus the few Chan and I snitched!)  Mine were a little hard when they cooled, but if you microwave them, then are soft and delish.  (be careful, the caramel will be molten) Please make sure and follow the directions.  I had a 3 year old helping me, so I put the pretzel stuff on in the wrong order because I was keeping him out of things instead of reading carefully!   But they were still so yummy!