Wednesday, March 26, 2008

April Fool's Shamburger Recipe

I found this really neat recipe for Shamburgers that would be great to serve for April Fool's Day!
April is just around the corner! Wow, this year is already going fast.

The reason they are called Shamburgers, is because they look like regular hamburgers, but when you bite into them, you are in for a surprize! You can fool almost anyone with these! They are acutally cookies made to look like hamburgers, with seasame seeds and all! That is why they are called Shamburgers!

Okay, ready to pull the wool over someones eyes? Here is what you need to do:

First of all, gather the following ingredients together:

1 cup (2 sticks) margarine
1 cup sugar
3 eggs (1 is for the cookie glaze)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 cup shredded coconut
Green food coloring
Red and yellow icing
12 large (1.5 ounces) or 36 medium (.6 ounce) peppermint patties

The next step is to make the fake hamburger buns:
Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Using an electric mixer, cream the margarine and sugar until fluffy, or about 1 to 2 minutes. Then you 2 eggs and beat well. Stir in the vanilla extract.
With me so far? Great!

Stir up the flour, baking powder and salt into a seperate bowl, mixing well. Once you have done this, add this mixture to the creamy mix you made with the margarine, sugar and vanilla, making sure to blend it all in together well.

Now, you take this mixture using about a rounded tablespoon at a time, and drop it onto a lightly greased baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Next, take a rounded glass, flour the bottom of it lightly, and use it to press the dough into a circle.

Take the remaining egg, and beat it well, then use a pastry brush to lightly brush the top of each cookie. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top of each cookie. Bake them in the oven for around ten minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown.

Once these are done, cool them on a rack. While these are cooling, it's time to make the fake lettuce for your Shamburgers!

Place the shredded coconut in a plastic bag, add a couple of drops of the green food coloring to this, and shake it all up until it has turned a light green color.

Now, your cookies have cooled and you have it all set to go!

This is how you put it all together:

Assemble the burgers:
Choose two of the cookies that are about the same size and shape. Spread some icing ketchup or mustard on the bottom "bun" add a peppermint patty, sprinkle with some coconut lettuce. Then add a squirt or so of icing ketchup or mustard to hold the top bun together.

Now you are done! How does it look? Like Hamburgers, or shall we say, Shamburgers!

This recipe makes about 12 large hamburgers, or Shamburgers.

Have fun with it, and let me know what you think by adding a comment~

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Chocolate Easter Eggs Recipe

Chocolate Easter Eggs

Ingredients:
1 cup butter softened3 pounds powdered sugar
2/3 cup condensed milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound chocolate (semi-sweet) semi-sweet, chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

Icing:
2 pounds powdered sugar
1 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup milk
1 x food coloring (optional)

Directions:

To increase variety, divide dough into four portions and use extra flavors.
In a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy; gradually beat in icing sugar, milk, vanilla and salt.
On work surface, knead until smooth.
Shape into 32 eggs.
Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Irish Cream Chocolates recipe

Irish Cream Chocolates

12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur, such as Bailey's
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 cups pecan pieces

Heat chocolate, Irish cream and whipping cream in a double boiler over medium heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in pecans. Drop by teaspoonsful onto wax paper; cool for one hour.

Remove Irish cream chocolates from wax paper and store in airtight container.

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