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Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Posted by Hallee on Oct 8, 2011 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Recipes

Recently, Gregg suggested a picnic for our date night. I posed the question on my personal Facebook wall and on Hallee the Homemaker’s Facebook as to what would be a good dessert for a night time picnic. A friend on my personal wall immediately came back with “Whoopie Pies.” It was intended to be a clever joke, but I thought it was brilliant. Only, whoopie pies are traditionally chocolate, and Gregg isn’t a huge chocolate fan. So, I thought, “I bet someone has made a red velvet whoopie pie.” A quick search took me to Liz at Hoosier Homemade – a long time resident of my blog roll and the site to which I often turn for cupcake ideas. This recipe was EASY. I adjusted it slightly. The cookies I made were big – this recipe gave me 6 whoopie pies. However, if I were going to make it again (and I will – maybe even today!) – I would cut the size in half to come up with 12 pies. I was working fast to get these in the oven so that they could cool in time to make for our date, so I did not take any pictures of the process.

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Decadent & Creamy Marshmallow Coconut Frosting

Posted by Hallee on Oct 8, 2011 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Recipes, sauces & spreads

I made this frosting to fill my Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, but it would be an amazing frosting for any kind of cupcake or cake.

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Fluffy Homemade Marshmallow Creme

Posted by Hallee on Oct 8, 2011 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Recipes, sauces & spreads

Every time I’ve made my own marshmallow creme for a recipe, be it for Homemade Fudge or the filling for Whoopie Pies, the flavor of the end result is so much better than if I’d used a jar of “marshmallow fluff.” It’s so easy to make that I haven’t bought the jar stuff in years. This recipe makes about 16 ounces, which is more than the equivalent of two jars.

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Delightful Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Posted by Hallee on Jul 29, 2011 in Breakfast, Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Recipes

One Sunday morning, getting ready for church, about 50 minutes before we had to leave, I realized suddenly that I had to bring breakfast to Sunday School. In a panic, I did a quick scan of my baking cupboard and spotted a can of pumpkin. My mind was whirling — what could I do? Muffins? No time to fill muffin cups. Cake! I could do a coffee cake. So…here it is. Pumpkin coffee cake. The first time I made it, I had it in the oven no less than seven minutes after deciding what to make. Thankfully, it turned out well and I made it, slower and with pictures, the next morning.

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Sweet Squash Squares

Posted by Hallee on Jul 14, 2011 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Recipes

These were SOOOO yummy. And, such a nice break from a zucchini bread kind of sweet with squash. Gregg said that it was too sweet, but I gave him a large piece. When I cut the piece sizes to about the size of fudge, they were the perfect size.

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Natalee’s Summertime Strawberry Cupcakes

Posted by Hallee on Jun 21, 2011 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Recipes

I wrote her a few weeks ago and asked her to make me a cupcake worthy of the first day of summer. I have to tell you — this is my new favorite cucpake recipe. I may forever and always do strawberries. YUM. And, the ladybugs just were the perfect touch to these amazing cakes.

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A Taste of Summertime Heaven

Posted by Hallee on Jun 12, 2011 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Recipes

I made dinner for a family from church the other night. I was packaging up the roast beef and trimmings I’d been cooking all day when it suddenly occurred to me — I hadn’t done anything for dessert. In panic mode, I ran through a quick inventory of what was immediately available and what I could come up with, when I spied my full cookie jar. The boys and I had made Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies the day before. I’d used slivered almonds as the nut and they were beyond wonderful.

I decided to use my Smooth & Creamy French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and make ice cream sandwiches.

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Smooth & Creamy French Vanilla Bean Honey Ice Cream

Posted by Hallee on Jun 9, 2011 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Recipes

My grandfather had an ice cream maker that sat in a wooden tub and churned out the most amazing tasting, sweet and creamy concoction ever known to man’s mouth. We would wait and wait for summer time, then beg him constantly to make some ice cream. I have been on a search for a recipe like his ever since I got my first ice cream maker. This one comes mighty close. Just a few ingredients – I used honey instead of sugar – and you’ll have “the” ice cream that your kids and grand kids will beg you to make.

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Lick-the-Bowl-Good Cream Cheese Frosting

Posted by Hallee on Mar 14, 2011 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Recipes

I’m a big fan of simple is better. Since Gregg’s favorite cake is red velvet cake, I’ve tried many cream cheese frosting recipes seeking the best one. This recipe, with its four simple ingredients, is the best I’ve ever found. It’s light, creamy, and beyond delicious.

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Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted by Hallee on Feb 25, 2011 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Recipes

I try to keep chocolate chip cookies in our cookie jar all the time. My kids love them. Sometimes I’ll spread them into a jelly roll pan and cut them into bar cookies, other times I make traditional cookies. I love them with pecans or walnuts. Molasses keeps them chewy and gives them a more brown sugar flavor than most recipes.

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