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Minty Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats

Since I started writing a lot, I haven't had a lot of time to cook, and so I've started defaulting to making all sorts of rice crispy treats because they only take 15-20 minutes to complete.  This is my new favorite recipe for rice crispy treats.

Stacey's Minty Chocolate Rice Crispy Treat Ingredients: 1/3c peppermint candies, crushed (I used candy canes) 2 tbs butter, organic 2c marshmallows, plain 1-2c chocolate mint marshmallows (if you can't find these, just substitute regular marshmallows)  4c cereal (I use a mix of rice crispies and corn flakes from TJ's) 1/2c-1c chocolate chips (I used a mix of milk and semisweet, but you can use whatever you like) 5-6 drops peppermint oil
4-qt. pot 11 cup pyrex baking dish, or an 8x8" baking dish, oiled
I even took process pictures for you - I haven't taken these in a long time.  So, I found these marshmallows and I felt like using them in something where they became melted and unrecognizable wouldn't do them jus…

Bailey's Brownies

My friend asked me to make something St. Patrick's Dayish for today even though St. Patrick's Day was Saturday.

Stacey's Bailey's Brownies Ingredients:
1 stick unsalted butter, organic
2 oz unsweetened 99% chocolate, Scharffen-Berger
1c sugar, organic
1/3c brown sugar, organic
2 eggs
1/4c Bailey's Irish Creme Liqueur

2/3c unbleached white flour, organic
1 tbs whole wheat flour, organic (you can use regular flour)
1/4c cocoa powder, organic, Dagoba
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3c semisweet chocolate chips, Guittard

Stacey's Bailey's Ganache Ingredients:
3/4c mix of 64% dark / 38% milk Guittard couverture chocolate
Organic Heavy Cream (enough to cover the chocolate in a measuring cup - probably 1/3c?)
1/4c Bailey's Irish Creme Liqueur

9x9" baking pan or cake pan, lined with foil and buttered

Preheat oven to 350F.  Melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate together.  Then add the sugars, eggs and 1/4c liqueur.  Mix the dry ingredients together …

Wassail and Fresh Snow Soap

I finally had some time to make more cold-process soap.  Hooray! I intended on making 4 lbs at once, but then since I'm so smart, I didn't realize until I measured all the oils / fats that it wouldn't all fit in my soaping pot.  I ended up having to remeasure out half of it once it was all melted and make two separate batches.  So, instead of having to figure out that all this stuff doesn't fit in a 4-qt stockpot like I did, here is the halved recipe for 2 lbs.

Here are the soap qualities.

Soap Bar QualitySuggested RangeYour RecipeHardness29 - 5444Cleansing12 - 2216Conditioning44 - 6953Bubbly14 - 4630Creamy16 - 4843Iodine41 - 7057INS136 - 165147
I always aim to make sure conditioning is fairly high up.  I won't go through all the process steps again since it's the same as the Mango Soap Recipe. Please be sure and follow all safety precautions especially for making your lye solution.

Stacey's Wassail & Fresh Snow Soap Ingredients:
Solid Oils
8 oz beef tal…

Cow-free Brownies

So, one of my boyfriend's co-workers "can't eat anything that comes from a cow," meaning no milk products.  I'd think that would mean no dairy, but he can eat eggs.  Anyway, he likes brownies and I thought I'd try and come up with a brownie recipe.

Stacey's Cow-Free Brownie Ingredients:
1/4c coconut oil, organic
3/4c cooking oil
3 eggs, organic
1 oz 99% unsweetened chocolate (Scharffen-Berger)
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
2c sugar, organic

1c unbleached white flour, organic
2/3c unsweetened cocoa powder, organic (Dagoba)
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder

1c semi-sweet chocolate chips (make sure there are no milk products in here)

Preheat the oven to 350F. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave with the unsweetened chocolate.  Add the cooking oil and mix.  Add the eggs and vanilla bean paste and whisk with a fork. Then mix in the sugar. I wish I mixed all the rest of the dry ingredients separately and then put it in, but I didn't - I threw everything on top…

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

I wanted to make some cupcakes for my grandfather's 96th birthday this weekend so I made these. I was more interested in the frosting so I just made the Yellow Cupcake recipe from The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book. I did a half batch and used lowfat milk instead.

Stacey's Altered Yellow Cupcake Ingredients:
1 1/3c unbleached white flour, organic
2 tbs cornstarch
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick softened butter, unsalted, organic
3/4 + 2 tbs sugar, organic
2 eggs, organic
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
3/4c lowfat (2% milk), organic

15 cupcake liners
cupcake pan

Preheat the oven to 350F. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer until fluffy.  Beat in the eggs, then the vanilla. Beat in 1/3 of the flour mixture, then 1/2 of the milk. Beat in 1/2 of the remaining flour, then the rest of the milk.  Beat in the last portion of the flour mixture.  Using a cupcake scooper or spoons, fill the cupcake liners in the pan about 2/3 full.  Bake cupcakes for 15-20 minutes, rotati…