Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

This is one recipe that I have been making since I was in the fifth or sixth grade. I still have the original page that was torn out of an old Snoopy recipe organizer from Hallmark circa 1980 or so. I have seen a lot of similar recipes lately, which inspired me to dig this one out. The original gives a recipe for the cake part, but I am a cheater and just use a box mix. (Gasp!) It is the cheesecake-like filling that makes them special.

Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

1 chocolate cake mix, prepared using package instructions

Using an electric mixer, combine the following until fluffy:
      1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, room temperature
      1 egg
      1/3 cup white sugar
      1/4 tsp. salt

     1 cup (6 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line muffin tin with paper liners. Fill liners 2/3 full with cake batter. Drop a heaping teaspoonful of cream-cheese-chocolate chip mixture into each cupcake.

Bake according to package directions. Frost when cool with your favorite frosting.  I topped mine with chocolate chips, too. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Renee's Lemonade Pie

My mother-in-law, Renee started making this pie before Brandon and I were married, and quickly became one of my Dad's favorites. The tartness of the lemonade is offset by the ice cream and yummy whipped topping.  Refreshing after a HOT summer day!

Renee's Lemonade Pie
1 graham cracker crust (better with homemade, but pre-made is ok, too)
1 pint (2 cups) vanilla ice cream, softened
1 large can of frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 (8 oz) tub of whipped topping, thawed

Combine ice cream, lemonade, and about 3/4 of the tub of whipped topping.  Pour into graham cracker crust.  Cover and freeze until firm. When frozen, top with small dollop of leftover topping, if desired.