Churro Cookies

One of my favorite desserts, especially living here in Southern California is a crunchy delicious churro. (A churro is a fried dough pastry covered in cinnamon and sugar.)

I’ve been wanting to attempt homemade churros for awhile now, since I and everyone in my family loves them.

But…they are a little too complicated for my level expertise, for now anyway. So I found this recipe for churro cookies which seemed much more do-able. And hopefully will help me work my way up to making authentic churros.

Here are the ingredients you will need:

1. Pie crust (2ct.)

2. 4oz Cream cheese

3. 3/4 cup Sugar (1/4 goes into the mixture & the rest for the coating)

4. 1 tsp. Vanilla extract

5. 2 tbsp. Cinnamon

6. 2 tbsp. Melted butter

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In a bowl combined the cream cheese, vanilla extract and 1/4 of the sugar. Set mixture aside once completely smooth.

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Unroll one of your pie crusts onto a cookie sheet and spread the cream cheese evenly over the pie crust. Make sure to get as close the edges as possible, so you can use up as much of the dough as possible.

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Next, lay the second pie crust over the top of the first. Once you’ve lined up the sides of the crusts as much as possible, use a cookie cutter (or glass like did) to cut out your circular cookies.

Now that you have your cookies cut out, place them on parchment paper and seal the edges by pressing a fork into the edges of the dough.

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Bake for approximately 12 min at 350 degrees or until golden brown.

Let them cool then brush the melted butter onto both sides of the cookies.

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And lastly, combined the remaining sugar and cinnamon in order to cover each cookie thoroughly with the mixture.

And now you have….

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Churro Cookies!!!

Hopefully I will be posting a recipe for actual homemade churros soon.

Enjoy!

-Brandie

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Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry

Chinese food is definitely a go to favorite take out meal for most people, including me! Its quick, cheap and despite the whole being hungry in two hours, its tasty.

However I have found that certain dishes tend to be a little over cooked especially beef and broccoli. The meat is sometimes overwhelmed by sauce and the broccoli is often mushy lacking any taste.

So I thought making it from scratch would be the perfect solution, plus homemade is probably quite a bit healthier for you compared to your local chinese restaurant.

Here are the ingredients you’re going to need:

4 cups of broccoli florets

1 small onion (cut into wedges)

1 1/2 pounds of chuck steak (cut into thin strips)

1/3 cup soy sauce + another 1/4 cup

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

3 tablespoons cornstarch divided

1/2 cup water + 2 more tablespoons

2 tablespoons vegetable oil divided

1/4 teaspoon of chili pepper flake (optional)

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In a medium bowl combine 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, 2 tablespoons of water and the garlic powder. Stir until mixture is smooth.

Now add your beef, coating all pieces evenly with the mixture.

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In a large skillet cook the beef with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil on medium heat until the meat is brown, this is also were I add my chili pepper flakes. But if your not into spicy feel free to leave them out. Once cooked remove the meat from the skillet and place to the side.

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Next add your onion and broccoli to the skillet in the remaining vegetable oil and 1/4 cup of soy sauce. Cook until vegetables reach desired texture. I like my broccoli a little crunchy so I only cooked my vegetables for about 5 minutes.

Return the beef back to the skillet.

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In a separate bowl combine the remaining soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, remaining corn starch and the 1/2 cup of water until smooth.

Add to skillet and stir for about two minutes.

And you’re done! A homemade delicious meal. I served mine over brown rice, see still trying to be healthy.

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-Brandie

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Zuppa Toscana

I know today is the first day of Summer and preparing a hot soup may not be what you had in mind for todays menu. But this soup is so easy to make and so delicious I could honestly eat it any day of the year despite the temperature outside.

This is a hardy Italian soup my Mom makes in huge batches for our entire family. She doesn’t have a recipe written down so I had to play with it a little bit to get the right quantities for a smaller serving, this recipe will serve about four people.

Ingredients:

 3 Spicy Sausage Links. (Pork)

1 Bundle of Kale.

Rustic Potatoes. (Medium Size)

2 Cans of Chicken Broth. (14oz.)

1/2 Cup of Heavy Cream.

1 tsp of Red Pepper Chili Flakes.

1/4 tsp of Salt.

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The only prep involved for this recipe is to chop both your potatoes (peel on) and kale into bite size pieces.

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Next brown your sausage in a medium skillet. Once browned, combined all ingredients minus the kale into a large pot.

Note: My family likes this soup pretty spicy so if this is not suitable to your taste feel free to lessen the amount of chili flakes.

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Cook combined ingredients on high until the potatoes are soft which will take about 3o minutes. Lastly, your going to stir in the kale and cook for another 5-7 minutes.

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Doesn’t that look yummy!

Once the kale has cooked down, let the soup cool for a good 15 minutes before serving. I know it looks delicious but control the urge to dig right in, the soup will be extremely hot!

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And here is the final product, I hope your family loves this recipe as much as mine. Bon appetit!

-Brandie

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