Baking

Food for the Gods, A Filipino Heavenly Treat

I remember the first time I saw this treat. It was at my aunt and uncle’s bakery. They were wrapped in red and green cellophane. I was told it’s because these treats are usually given out during Christmas time in the Philippines. My aunt gave me and my daughter, who was about 3 years old at the time, a piece to try. I remember how delicious it was.

Food for the Gods contains dates and walnuts. It is rich and decadent. It has the consistency of a brownie with a little bit of a crunch on the outside and chewy on the inside. It is buttery goodness and you can taste the butter in every bite. I’m not sure why it’s called Food for the Gods, but I’m assuming it has to do with the amount of dates and walnuts in it.

It’s very easy to make. It’s usually made during Christmas or closer to the holiday season to hand out as treats. I was given the recipe by my friend, Grace. She makes it every year and we all look forward to it. She recently made a batch. It tasted like heaven… maybe that’s why it’s called Food for the Gods 🙂

It’s almost time for the holidays, so now more than ever is the best time to share this recipe.

Food for the Gods Recipe:

2 eggs

1.125 cups of sugar

1 cup melted butter

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup chopped dates

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 13x9x2 rectangular pan. Set aside. In a bowl, beat eggs lightly. Add sugar, butter, walnuts and dates. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients and fold into batter. Spread on prepared pan. Bake for 50 minutes at 350 F in a water bath. Remove from water bath and continue to bake for 10 more minutes on rack. Cut into bars while warm.

Happy Baking!

Baking

Lovable Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping

Pumpkins. To me, that symbolizes Fall. Fall… pumpkins… they just go hand in hand. I have made and adapted this pumpkin bar recipe for the past 5 years and it is the most well received, most liked recipe of all time. It’s just lovable.

The first time I made it, I adapted it into pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting topped with toasted coconut. I entered it into a cupcake contest for Halloween and I won! (Award Winning Pumpkin Coconut Cupcakes)

I have made this recipe every year since every October or November (The most delicious pumpkin bars EVER!). Last year, I used this recipe again and made the pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut on top. Guess what? I won… AGAIN! (2nd time baking contest winner with these Pumpkin Coconut Cupcakes!)

This year I decided to adapt the recipe to make pumpkin muffins with streusel topping. I used the same recipe by Paula Deen (https://www.pauladeen.com/recipe/pumpkin-bars/) but instead of the cream cheese frosting, I made a streusel topping to place on top. The ingredients for the streusel topping are brown sugar, sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon and butter. Click here for the recipe and instructions on how to make it.

They turned out delicious! The streusel topping gives it that extra crunch and sweetness. If you like pumpkin, give this Paula Deen Pumpkin Bar recipe a try!

Happy Baking!

Baking

Easy Cake Batter Cookies with Unicorn Chips

Out of all the cookies that I can make by scratch, my daughter likes to ask for these cookies. They are cookies made using boxed cake mix. I call them cake batter cookies. They are delicious and so fast and easy to make. They are also very versatile. You can make them plain or add in whatever you like, such as chocolate chips or candy pieces.

All you need for this recipe is:

  • 1 box of cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • optional- about 1 cup of chocolate chips or candy pieces (i.e. M&M’s, crushed up candy bar like a Heath bar, Reese’s pieces, etc.)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together cake mix, eggs and oil until smooth. Then mix in your chocolate chips or candy pieces until incorporated. Scoop about 2 tablespoons worth of batter on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

For my cookies, I added in these really fun Tollhouse vanilla unicorn chips. I used vanilla flavor cake mix. Here’s how they turned out:

They are delicious and taste exactly like how you would imagine cake batter cookies to taste like. They have a rich flavor. As far as the texture, they turn out soft, not crunchy. They kind of melt in your mouth.

As for the unicorn chips, I found them at Target. They are made by Tollhouse and they have a vanilla flavor. They go together well with the vanilla cake mix.

Give these a try… Happy Baking!