Brownie S’mores Bite

With the 4th of July holiday coming to an end I thought I would share one more sweet bite, which is the ultimate summer dessert, S’mores!.

I love s’mores so when I saw the Mocha S’mores Brownie Cake on Coffee & Champagne I knew I had to try to replicate as a bite.

Brownie S’mores Bite – Makes 6 Brownie S’mores Cups

brownie S'mores bite

Ingredients – 

1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

1 1/2 tablespoons of melted butter

1 teaspoon of sugar

Brownie mix + ingredients listed on box (egg, water and canola oil)

2 Tablespoons of milk chocolate chips

1 Teaspoon of heavy cream

2 mini marshmallows

Recipe – 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar and mix throughly.
  3. Put graham cracker mixture into each mini muffin cup to form cups.
  4. Make brownie batter according to directions on box.
  5. Add tablespoon of brownie mixture to center of each graham cracker cup.
  6. Bake for 18 minutes or until brownie is cooked through.
  7. Make your  chocolate ganache – put heavy cream into small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or until close to boiling. Add milk chocolate chips and mix until smooth.
  8. Put spoonful of chocolate ganache into each graham cracker brownie cup.
  9. Roast mini marshmallows. I do this by taking the grate off the stove and roast marshmallows on skewer to desired doneness.
  10. Enjoy!

 

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4th of July Sweet Bites

I hope everybody is having a wonderful 4th of July weekend! Today i’m sharing two sweet bites, which are perfect additions to any fourth of July menu.

White Cake Cup With White Chocolate Ganache, Frosting and Berries, Makes 24 mini cups

Cake & Berries

Ingredients – 

1 Box White Cake Mix + ingredients listed on box

2 Tablespoons of white chocolate chips

1 Teaspoon of heavy cream

vanilla frosting

2 Strawberries, cut into bite sized pieces

Handful of blueberries

 

Recipe – 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Follow directions on cake mix to make cake batter.
  3. Fill mini cupcake cavities with cake batter, a little over 1/2 way full.
  4. Bake cake bites for 15 -18 minutes or until cooked through. You can test by inserting a toothpick into cupcake and if it comes out clean it’s baked enough.
  5. Make your white chocolate ganache – put heavy cream into small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or until close to boiling. Add white chocolate chips and mix until smooth.
  6. Put spoonful of white chocolate ganache into center of cake bite. Cover with vanilla frosting and top with strawberries and blueberries.
  7. Enjoy!

 

Brookie Cups With White Chocolate Ganache, Frosting and Berries – Makes 12 cups

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Ingredients – 

1 package of cookie dough, I used Trader Joe’s Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

1 box of brownie mix + ingredients listed on box (egg, canola oil, water)

1 Teaspoon of heavy cream

vanilla frosting

2 Strawberries, cut into bite sized pieces

Handful of blueberries

Recipe – 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Follow directions on brownie  mix to make brownie batter.
  3. Fit cookie dough into muffin tin cavities to form cup shape.
  4. Add brownie batter inside each cookie dough cup.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until brownie is cooked through.
  6. Make your white chocolate ganache – put heavy cream into small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or until close to boiling. Add white chocolate chips and mix until smooth.
  7. Put spoonful of white chocolate ganache into center of each brookie cup. Cover with vanilla frosting and top with strawberries and blueberries.
  8. Enjoy!

Caprese Bite

Caprese Mini Bites

Caprese Bite – 2 mini bites

Ingredients – 

2 slices of bread (I like using ezekiel bread)

1 cherry tomato, cut into bite sized pieces

Ciliegine, cut into bite sized pieces

1  basil leaf

1 teaspoon of balsamic glaze

Recipe

  1. Toast piece of bread.
  2. Put toasted bread into mini muffin tin cavities to form cup shape. I didn’t have to bake, but if bread is not forming into cup shape bake in mini muffin pan at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes.
  3. Add cherry tomato, mozzarella, basil leaf to bread cup.
  4. Drizzle balsamic glaze on top.
  5. Enjoy!

Copycat Cookie DŌ Salty & Sweet Mini Bite 


Ingredients – (Adapted from Tasting Table recipe)

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted melted butter

1/4 cup of granulated sugar

2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon of milk

1 tablespoon of milk chocolate chips

1/2 tablespoon of caramel sauce

Recipe

  1. Follow these directions.
  2. Put cookie dough into mini muffin pan.
  3. Put pan into freezer for 10-15 minutes or refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Use knife to gently take cookie dough cups out of pan.
  5. Top with caramel sauce and chocolate chips.
  6. Enjoy!

Ultimate Veggie Sandwich & Mini Bite

Misto alla grigllia 2 ways

One of my favorite Trader Joe’s products is the Misto alla Griglia “mixed grill” eggplant and zucchini. As I shared in a previous blog post, I love to use Misto alla Griglia to make a veggie and balsamic glaze naan pizza. Today, i’m sharing my recipe for the ultimate veggie sandwich, which will become one of your  favorite weekday lunch or dinner go-to recipes. I also included a recipe for mini veggie bites.

Ultimate Veggie Sandwich – Makes 1

Ingredients – 

2 slices of bread (I like using ezekiel bread)

1/4 cup of Trader Joe’s Miso alla Griglia

2 Tablespoons of sautéed kale

1 tablespoon of shredded mozzarella cheese or sliced lite cheddar broken into bite sized pieces

Recipe – 

  1. Microwave Misto alla Griglia and sauteed kale for 45 seconds.
  2. Put cheese onto one slice of bread and veggie mixture onto other piece of bread and toast until cheese is melted.
  3. Put both slices of bread together and slice in half.
  4. Enjoy warm!

Tip: I like to serve with potato chips for lunch or sweet potato fries for dinner.

roasted veggie & balsamic glaze mini bites

Ultimate Veggie Bite – 2 Mini Bites

Ingredients – 

1 slice of bread (I like using ezekiel bread)

1 tablespoon of Trader Joe’s Miso alla Griglia, cut into bite sized pieces.

1 tablespoon shredded mozzarella

1 teaspoon of balsamic glaze

Recipe – 

  1. Toast piece of bread.
  2. Put toasted bread into mini muffin tin cavities to form cup shape. I didn’t have to bake, but if bread is not forming into cup shape bake in mini muffin pan at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes.
  3. Microwave Misto alla Griglia and sautéed kale for 15-25 seconds or until heated through.
  4. Add veggie mixture to bread cup and top with cheese.
  5. Toast cup in toaster oven or in oven at 350 degrees for 4-6 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  6. Garnish with balsamic glaze and enjoy warm!

 

Eggless Cookie Dough Bite

Edible cookie dough is very popular right now and  Cookie DŌ in NYC has been one of pioneers of this trend. I decided to hop on the bandwagon and recreate Cookie DŌ’s signature chocolate chip cookie dough in mini cup form.

Cookie DŌ Signature Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Mini Ice Cream Cup  – Makes 4 Mini Cups

 

Cookie dough original

Ingredients –  (Adapted from Tasting Table recipe)

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted melted butter

1/4 cup of granulated sugar

2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon of milk

3/4 cup of chocolate chips

1 tablespoon of vanilla ice cream

extra chocolate chips for garnish

Recipe – 

  1. Follow these directions.
  2. Put cookie dough into mini muffin pan.
  3. Put pan into freezer for 10-15 minutes or refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Use knife to gently take cookie dough cups out of pan.
  5. Add tablespoon of ice cream to each cookie dough cup.
  6. Top with chocolate chips.
  7. Enjoy!

Sesame Ginger Shredded Chicken Scallion Pancake Bite

Today I’m sharing another scallion pancake bite, but this time the filling is sesame ginger shredded chicken and spicy thai fried rice.

sesame ginger shredded chicken scallion pancake bite

Sesame Ginger Shredded Chicken Scallion Pancake Bite– Makes 2 mini bites

Ingredients

Trader Joe’s scallion pancake

1 cooked Lemon & Olive Oil Baked Chicken Tender

1 Teaspoon of Trader Joe’s Sesame Ginger Dressing

1 Tablespoon of cooked quinoa

1 Tablespoon of Trader Joe’s Fried Rice from Spicy Thai Shrimp Fried Rice Package

1 piece of frozen broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces

Recipe – 

  1. Put cooked Lemon & Olive Oil Baked Chicken Tender and sesame ginger dressing in ziplock bag and marinate overnight or for at least 15 minutes
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Cook scallion pancake on stove according to package directions.
  4. Use 1″ round cookie cutter to cut hot scallion pancake into a 1″ circle.
  5. Press 1″ scallion pancake circle into mini muffin tin cup.
  6. Bake scallion pancake cup for 6-8 minutes.
  7. Shred marinated chicken tender
  8. While scallion pancake cup is in the oven microwave fried rice, quinoa, broccoli and shredded chicken for 15 seconds or until heated through.
  9. Add 1/2 teaspoon more sesame ginger dressing
  10.  Add shredded chicken mixture to scallion pancake cup
  11. Enjoy warm!