Red Velvet Tres Leche Trifle

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I’ve been crossing my fingers for the past couple of weeks, hoping, that we weren’t going to get this awful stomach flue that is going around. This last week has been a nonstop battle against it. Hand sanitizer. Antibacterial soap. Vitamins. You name it. But the last 5 days I’m afraid that we’re most likely coming down with it. We’re all grumpy and tired, and hungry in the way that nothing sounds good, and even if we do eat, nothing settles right. Maybe, knock on wood, this will be the worst of it. And if there are a few grammar errors, please forgive me. I feel like I’m writing through a fog. And then, since I’m venting anyways I might as well add that, I have my husband that’s deciding that he’s gonna do a juice diet. So even though he’s not sick, and never does get the bugs that pass around within our household, he’s not going to be eating either. Which frustrates me cause he’s like my all time favorite person to feed.

In my grumpy, not feeling good, nothing sounds good, my stomach hurts but I don’t want to eat, mood, I decided to throw this together. I’ve been having this problem where I think, “Oh this would be such a cool new recipe to create”. Then I make it and photograph it, and get on Pinterest just to find out someone else has just created and posted the same exact idea. It’s maddening. How my mind is working in sink with so many other people is beyond me. I’m trying to decide now whether just to embrace it and post the recipe anyways, or scrap it.

This at first was one of those recipes. I was originally going to just make Red Velvet Tres Leche, but then was on Pinterest and someone else has just done it. I figured I’d take it a step further so it would still be original and turn it into a trifle. On the upside, even though I’m being a total “Oscar the Grouch” right now, I’m super excited with how this turned out. Who was the genius that decided to take that glass of milk they were drinking and pour it over the cake? Ingenious! One of my favorite ways to eat Red Velvet!! Or cake for that matter 😉 Enjoy!!

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Red Velvet Tres Leche Trifle

1 (18 ounce) box Red Velvet Cake Mix, plus ingredients listed on box

1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

2 cups whole milk

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1 (8 ounce) container cool whip, softened

3/4 cup powdered sugar

2/3 cup butterscotch caramel topping

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Prepare cake mix as directed. Place cake batter in a 9×13 inch pan and bake according to directions. Let cool completely.

In a medium bowl whisk together evaporated milk, condensed milk, and whole milk. Set aside. Using a kebab skewer to poke multiple holes into the top of cake. Poor milk mixture over top of cake and let sit until cake has completely absorbed.

In a separate bowl combine cream cheese and mix on medium speed until smooth. Add cool whip and powdered sugar and mix well. Set aside.

Cut sheet cake into cubes, and using a spatula, scoop cake cubes out of pan and place into the bottom of trifle dish. Cake will be very moist and will fall apart easily, so handle with care.

Make 2 layers of cake cubes, and then spread half cool whip mixture over cake cubes. Top with half caramel and mini chocolate chips.

Repeat layers a second time.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Nutella Marshmallow Cereal Treats

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Nutella Marshmallow Cereal Treats

1 (10 ounce) package mini marshmallows

6 tablespoons butter

2 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup

1/2 cup Nutella, plus 1/4 cup to drizzle

7 cups Cocoa Pebbles Cereal

1/3 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts, optional

Spray a 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large sauce pan heat marshmallows, butter, and corn syrup over medium heat until marshmallows are almost completely melted but still some clumps remain. Add 1/2 cup Nutella and stir until completely smooth.

Take off heat. Add cereal and fold mixture until marshmallow mixture is consistent throughout. Scoop into the 9×13 inch pan. Spray fingures with cooking spray and press cereal mixture evenly into the pan. Set aside an let cool for 10 minutes until it comes to room temperature.

In a microwave safe bowl heat up 1/4 cup Nutella for about 30 seconds. Drizzle over cereal treats and top with toasted hazelnuts. Cut and serve.

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Flourless Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies

Printable Recipe I’ve been meaning to post all week, but after spending last weekend in Jerome and Sedona, I’ve been trying to catch up on all the house work that accumulates when your gone. It was seriously the most beautiful weekend with some much needed alone time with my hubby. I totally forgot my camera so I ended up resorting to using my phone, but we’ll definitely have to make another trip and this time be sure to bring my camera. Jerome is this super quaint little town in Northern Arizona. It sits on the side of a mountain overlooking these gorgeous canyons below. It and Sedona have tons of fun art galleries. But one of the must see stops in Jerome is by this cool old falling apart building, where this old hippy gives blown glass demonstrations every 10 minutes from “12ish to 5ish” (Something I’ve always wanted to learn how to do). But this week was back to business and work. I decided to make these gluten free cookies that ended up being a huge challenge. You know how when you bake all the time how you can get kind of cocky? Like instead of reading over the whole recipe you just start skimming over them and then get this feeling like “I got this”. As if you’re now a culinary genius and can make any recipe with the simplest of ease. Then you totally bomb a recipe 3 times to give you a good dose of humility again. This was that recipe for me. First I accidentally used white sugar instead of powdered sugar and my eggs whites went flatter then a pancake. The second time I learned the hard way that after you add the warm chocolate to the marshmallow/egg mixture not to try and scrape additional chocolate out of the bowl and start mixing it again. Don’t do this same thing or else your dough will break apart and your cookies will come out completely flat (if you can roll the goo into the powdered sugar at all).

The third time was finally successful. I ended up with these gooey, lava cake, pudding like cookies that literally melt in your mouth. They seriously have so much flavor. And did I happen to mention that they melt in your mouth? I’m gonna say it again. These cookies literally melt as soon as you put them in your mouth. It’s like eating melted chocolate disguises as a cookie. One of my all time favorite cooking recipes ever. You Gotta Try This One!!! Enjoy!!

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Flourless Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (about 9 ounces)
  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, divided (plus 1/2 cup for cookie coating)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 2 large baking sheets with nonstick spray. Set aside.
Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in glass bowl in microwave, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Set aside and let cool slightly.
Using electric mixer, beat whites in large bowl to soft peaks. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar. Continue beating until mixture resembles soft marshmallow cream.
Whisk 1 cup sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in medium bowl to blend.
Then, on a low speed, add the dry ingredients into the marshmallow cream mixture.
It should look something like this.
Next, add remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips to lukewarm chocolate mixture.
Add chocolate mixture to cream mixture and blend well.
Dough will become very stiff. After you have turn off the mixer DO NOT MIX ANYMORE!!
Place remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar in bowl. Roll 1 rounded tablespoon dough into ball; roll in sugar, coating thickly.
Place on prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing 2 inches apart.
Bake until puffed and tops crack, about 10 minutes. Cool on sheets on rack 10 minutes.
Transfer to rack, cool.
Recipe From www.picklee.com