Decadent Brownie Trio

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Decadent Brownie Trio

Brownies are a quick and simple way to fulfill that craving for decadent chocolate goodness. They’re always a huge hit at social gatherings and we like to keep some in the freezer for unexpected company. Here is a trio of gooey richness sure to satisfy your brownie indulgence.

Caramel Brownies

Ingredients:

Caramel Brownies

1 (18.25 ounce) package German chocolate cake mix with pudding
3/4 cup melted butter
1/2 tsp. Watkins Original DS Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp. Watkins Butter Extract
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1 cup chopped pecans
13 ounces individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray one 9×13 inch pan with Watkins Baking Spray .

Combine the cake mix, butter, extracts and 1/3 cup evaporated milk. Mix well and pour 2/3 of the batter into pan.

Press pecans into batter and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the caramel and 1/3 cup evaporated milk. Stir until melted and smooth; pour over cooled cake mix.

Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of caramel and top with spoonfuls of remaining cake mix. Bake for additional l5 to l8 minutes; cool and cut.

Adapted From allrecipes.com

Cheesecake Brownies

Ingredients:

Cheesecake Brownies

1 (19.8 ounce) package brownie mix
1/2 tsp. Watkins Original DS Vanilla
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1/2 tsp. Watkins Almond Extract
1 egg
1/3 cup white sugar

Directions:

Prepare the brownie mix as directed by manufacturer. Stirring in vanilla extract. Preheat oven to temperature indicated on box. Grease a 9×13 inch pan.

Spread the brownie batter evenly into the prepared pan. Using an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, egg, almond extract and sugar until smooth. Dollop the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie batter. Swirl together using a knife or skewer.

Bake according to manufacturer’s instructions. Brownies will be done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in the pan, then cut into bars and serve.

Adapted from allrecipes.com

Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Ghirardelli® 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
1/2 cup unsalted butter
Watkins Baking SprayPeanut Butter Brownie Bites
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon Watkins Original DS Vanilla
Extract
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Butter Extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp Watkins Peanut Butter Extract
1 large egg
1/3 cup Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips, chopped

Bittersweet Chocolate Glaze:

1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Original DS Vanilla
Extract
1 cup Ghirardelli® 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, heat and stir the 3/4 cup Ghirardelli® 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips and the butter over very low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat; cool.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Coat foil with cooking spray; set aside.

Stir the 1 cup sugar into the cooled chocolate mixture in saucepan. Add the two eggs, one at a time, beating with a spatula or wooden spoon just until combined. Stir in extracts.

In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture, stirring just until combined. Spread batter evenly in the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, peanut butter extract, the 1 cup sugar, and one egg. Stir in the 1/3 cup chopped Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips. Spread mixture evenly over slightly baked brownies using a tablespoon. Bake for 35 minutes or until top is light brown and mixture appears evenly set. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.

Spread Bittersweet Chocolate Glaze over the top of the cooled brownies. Let stand until set. Use the foil to lift the uncut brownies out of the pan. Cut into 36 pieces.

Enjoy immediately, store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Bittersweet Chocolate Glaze: In a medium saucepan, bring whipping cream and vanilla just to a boil over medium high heat. Remove from heat. Add Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips; do not stir. Let stand for 5 minutes; stir until smooth.

Adapted from allrecipes.com

Leave a comment below letting us know what your favorite type of brownie your family enjoys most.

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The Paring Knife has very sharp blades and cut through a ripe kiwi without crushing it. Most of my paring knives are not as sharp so, I have to take precautions when cleaning it to avoid cutting my hands. It cuts through fruit and veggies very easily. Of course the famous handle grip is comfortable and reduces hand fatigue when there’s a lot of produce to prepare.

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Delicious Nutritious Nuts

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October 22nd is National Nut Day
In our home, we consume nuts in some form or fashion almost daily. Frequently, we toss a few almonds, walnuts or pecans in our morning smoothie or breakfast waffles, prepare trail mix with a variety of nuts for on-the-go energy, roll chicken strips with a mixture of nuts, coconut and corn flakes for a delicious, crunchy coating, entertain with Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts or serve Green Beans Almondine as a side dish for dinner. Many times, we will grab a few almonds or walnuts to ease hunger while waiting for dinner. Sometimes, we add a few chopped nuts with our coffee grounds to add a rich and nutty flavor. Taken in moderation, nuts are a healthful addition for anyone who doesn’t have nut allergies.
When I was a child, my mother worked in a little shop in downtown Dallas. There was a Plantar’s store across the street where they roasted their fresh nuts all day. We could smell the intense nutty aroma as each batch was nearing completion. One of my fondest memories was when I would purchase a bag of hot, freshly roasted peanuts or almonds. The sweet taste of the warm nut meat was and still is one of my favorite comfort foods.
I’m sure your family has a few favorite methods of preparing and consuming nuts. Here are a few tasty recipes we enjoy.

Chocolate Almond Smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 cup almond milk
1 tbsp. raw honey, warmed slightly
2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
1 medium banana (I use a ripe frozen banana)
1 1/2 tbsp. cocoa powder

Directions:

Place all the ingredients into a blender, pulse a few times and then process on high until smooth. If you don’t have a frozen banana, you might consider adding a few ice cubes to make it cold.
Occasionally, I will soak 1/4 cup of rolled oats in 1/4 cup of the almond milk overnight. In the morning, I will combine the other 1/4 cup of almond milk, the soaked oatmeal and the rest of the ingredients and then process as usual. If the smoothie is too thick, add a little more almond milk.

Basic Trail Mix

Ingredients:

1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup craisins
1/2 cup M&M’s

Directions:

This is the basic mix we usually start with and then we’ll add additional ingredients like coconut, dried blueberries, granola chunks, walnuts, pecans, pistachios or a variety of other nuts and dried fruit. This trail mix is very versatile and provides energy for busy days or exercising.

Coconutty Chicken Strips

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups coconut milk
2/3 cup sweetened coconut flakes
2/3 cup crushed cornflakes
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1 tsp. Watkins Poultry Seasoning
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, cut in 1-inch wide strips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Put coconut milk in a small bowl, and set aside. In a shallow pie plate, combine coconut, cornflakes, pecans and poultry seasoning.
Dip chicken strips in coconut milk to cover, then roll in coconut mixture. Place strips on wire rack sprayed with Watkins Cooking Spray. Place wire rack on a baking sheet. Spray top of chicken. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350, and bake 15 more minutes. Check that coating browns but does not burn. If desired, broil 2 minutes for an even crunchier top.
Note: We like a little kick to our strips so, we add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. Watkins Cayenne Powder and/or up to 1/2 tsp. Watkins Crushed Red Pepper Flakes to the coconut mixture.

Dipping Sauce:

1 (18 oz.) jar apricot preserves (such as SMUCKER’S® Apricot Preserves)
1 cup crushed pineapple
4 tsp. prepared horseradish
Mix apricot preserves and horseradish in a bowl; stir in pineapple. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Adapted from recipes found on Allrecipes.com
 

Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts

 

Ingredients:

1 cup raw walnut halves
1 cup raw pecan halves
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup unsalted, dry roasted cashews
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp JR Watkins Purest Black Pepper
1/4 tsp JR Watkins Ground Cumin
1/2 tsp JR Watkins Ground Cayenne Pepper
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350º F (175º C). Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper lightly coated with JR Watkins Cooking Spray.
Place walnuts, pecans, almonds and cashews in a large bowl, set aside. Combine salt, pepper, cumin and cayenne; add to nuts and toss to coat.
Heat sugar, water and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until the butter is melted. Cook for 1 minute and remove from heat. Slowly pour butter mixture over the bowl of nuts and stir to coat.
Transfer nuts to the prepared baking sheet and spread into a single layer.
Bake nuts in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Stir nuts until the warm syrup coats every nut. Spread into a single layer, return to oven and bake until nuts are sticky and roasted, about 6 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.
Adapted from a recipe found on Allrecipes.com
 

Green Beans Almondine

Ingredients:

1 lb. fresh or frozen green beans
2 tbsp Watkins Original Grapeseed Oil
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1-2 cloves garlic, grated or minced
1/4 cup minced onion
1/4 cup slivered almonds
Watkins Purest Ground Black Pepper
Watkins Course Sea Salt

Directions:

Remove any stem or strings from green beans; rinse and drain. Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet on med. heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent; add garlic and green beans. Toss until evenly coated. Reduce heat to low, cover and gently simmer until green beans are al dente, approx. 8-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with almonds and transfer to a serving dish.

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