Just Desserts


Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

Posted in Chocolate by nora on December 29, 2009

These are the BEST pretzels ever! If you have had them you know what I’m talking about. I mean, the peanut butter filled pretzels are good, but this is pure genius! These are found at Trader Joe’s, but not with the other peanut butter pretzels. To keep the chocolate from melting they are in the freezer area with the cookies and microwave meals.I’ve found that these are perfect movie snacks, and they are much cheaper than the candy provided at the movies. I haven’t seen them, but I’ve heard that there are DARK chocolate ones as well.What could be better! Just make sure you don’t eat the whole bag, that’s what I almost did! 🙂

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Welcome to Just Desserts!

Posted in About by nora on December 23, 2009

If you are looking for non-desserts, I’m sorry, but you’ve ended up at the wrong website. Maybe you typed the address wrong. But if you are looking for desserts, you’ve come the RIGHT place! This website is dedicated to desserts, desserts, and only desserts! Happy desserting! 🙂

Meringue Snowmen

Posted in Holidays by nora on December 20, 2009

These little snowmen are so cute, I don’t think I will be able to eat mine! Got this from Martha Stewart, but made a few changes. Perfect for Christmas Eve parties, fill the bottoms with ice cream and even the pickiest  kids will eat them!

To make these, you will need:

  • 6 egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • red food coloring (or any color you wish)
  • marzipan
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

 

How to make them:

Heat your oven to 200 degrees F. In an electric mixer mix together the egg whites, salt, and then slowly add 1/4 granulated sugar. Mix until stiff. Gently fold  this mixture into the leftover granulated sugar and confectioner’s sugar, also add the almond extract.  Move the meringue to a pastry bag with a 3/4-inch round tip. On a pan lined with a silicone mat or wax paper pipe a 3-inch mound for the body. Then pipe a half-circle around the top of the mound for the arms. Pipe a 1 to 1/2-inch mound on the top, and you’ve finished your first snowman! Keep doing this until you have 9 snowmen.

Mix the leftover meringue with the food coloring, keep adding until the color is where you want it. Put the colored meringue into a sandwich bag with one of the corners slightly cut. Use this to make a cute little nose (I think the red coloring looks best, but that’s just me)

Bake the little guys for 30 minutes, or until the outside is hard, but the inside is soft. Let them cool, then scoop out the inside with a spoon. You won’t need this anymore, so you can go ahead and throw it away. Return the snowmen to the oven and bake for 1 to 1/2 hours, or until firm. Watch them so they stay white! If they begin to color, take them out, and let cool.

To make the hats, melt chocolate(semi-sweet or milk) and using the same technique as the S’mores, dip them in and make sure they are completely covered. Don’t take off the extra chocolate, instead swirl it around on wax paper to make the brim. Let set until firm.

Take 4 ounces of marzipan (or half a roll) and mix with food coloring, any color. Mix until you reach the color you want. Roll out and cut into 9  strips. Cut a triangle out of the ends. place these around the necks for the scarfs.

Almost done!

Pour the remaining chocolate into a sandwich bag with the corner slightly cut and make eyes and buttons. Later on, fill with mousse or ice cream in the middle. I promise you and your guests will enjoy them! 🙂

Kent’s Country Cookies; One Bite and You’re Countryfied!

Posted in Cookies by nora on December 20, 2009

While shopping at Whole Foods, I stumbled across Kent Hill. He was selling cookies, and man, were they good! For those who like cookies or are interested, here is his site:
http://www.corporllc.com/kentscookies/index.html

Smores on a Stick!

Posted in Chocolate,Marshmallows by nora on December 19, 2009

If you are like most people, you’re probably wondering; how else do you make a S’more? I got this idea from gimmesomeoven.com . This S’more is completely on the stick, graham cracker and all! Watch out for the sharp point!                                                                               

You will need:

  • 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate if you like)
  • 1 bag of large marshmallows
  • 1 package (not box!) of graham crackers, you can use crumbled candy canes for a more festive look
  • wood skewers (I used skewers because I couldn’t find popsicle sticks)

How to make them:

Melt the bag of chocolate chips, add shortening if it’s too thick for you. Put the grahMake sure the marshmallow dosen't fall of tha stick!am crackers in a plastic bag and crumble them till they are tiny bits with no giant chunks. Pour the graham crackers into a plate and place that next to the chocolate (this would be the time to crumble the candy canes if you are doing those). Skewer the marshmallows on the skewers and dip them into the chocolate, making sure to cover the top as well. Roll the marshmallows in the graham crackers covering the bottom as well. Do this until  you have finished the last marshmallow. Set these in the freezer or any where cold to let them set. Wait an hour or so, then enjoy!