Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips!

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to your (usually) bi-weekly dose of my tasty treats!

This particular dessert was quite a large project – definitely the biggest one I’ve done so far.

A few weeks ago, I was browsing Pinterest. I always seem to be doing this, haha, but that day, I was looking for something different; I was searching for summer-y recipes to try out and make throughout the summer, and what I’m sharing in this post is the first one that I fell in love with!

It’s such a unique idea, and the homemade chips that went with it are absolutely amazing, too!

Today, I am happy to introduce to you fruit salsa and cinnamon chips!

Fruit Salsa

This picture-worthy appetizer treat is made from a nice blend of different fresh fruits. It also has some fruit preserves thrown in to add a more salsa-like texture and appearance. It was definitely time-consuming with all the different fruits I had to chop up (thankfully, my brother volunteered to help out with some of that!), but the turnout was worth it.

Before I go on, I’d like to tell you guys that this is a great treat idea for a big party, but making the whole batch was a mistake. I ended up throwing most of it away, unfortunately. 😦 There was so much, and my family and I couldn’t eat it in time. So, while I probably won’t make it again (except maybe for a party), I am for sure making the cinnamon chips that went with it! I’ll talk about those in a minute. Alright, back to the fruit salsa.

First, you gather all your fruits together.

I used a dalia melon, two granny smith apples, and a lemon. Next up, we have:

Raspberry preserves (that’s what the original recipe creator used, so I did the same!), as well as strawberries and raspberries.

I cut up the apples, salvaged as much of the melon as I could (ahaha I was quite the amateur fruit slicer), grated the lemon, opted to use some lemon juice from the fridge instead of juicing the lemon I had just zested (I don’t like pulp), cut up the strawberries into very small pieces, then mixed everything (including the preserves) together in a huge bowl! Here are some pictures from that process.

while cutting these up, I stopped momentarily to take a picture because I thought they looked pretty cool.
behind-the-scenes footage of my baking adventures. I was thankful for his help. you can spot different picture props and things I didn’t include elsewhere in this shot aha
all the apples chopped up. there were so many!!
… and here’s everything mixed together!
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Cinnamon Chips

I never thought that I would make my own tortilla chips one day – much less cinnamon-sugar ones! However, I am so happy that I got to make these. They were extremely simple, quick to bake, and sooooo good!

All you need are some flour tortillas (any size will do), sugar, cinnamon, cooking spray, and a baking sheet and foil.

Spray both sides of the tortillas with cooking spray, then sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture on both sides. Once you’ve done this with as many as you’d like (I used four fajita-size tortillas), stack them together on the baking sheet and use whatever you’d like to cut them (I used a pizza cutter) into the desired triangular shape. (You can make them big or small; it’s just preference!)

Next, you arrange them in a single-layer on the baking sheet and bake for about ten minutes.

I loooove how these turned out!! The salsa was quite a commitment, so I know that most people wouldn’t be up for concocting that (haha), but guys. Please do give these cinnamon chips a chance. They’re super easy, and they make for a light treat!

Thanks for reading, guys!! How about you?

What’s YOUR favorite summer treat?

Are you interested in making the salsa or those chips yourself? Awesome! Click here for the original recipe.

Happy Thursday!

— Maggie

Vanilla Dump Cake!

Vanilla Dump Cake!

Helloooo everyone! Happy Thursday to all of you! And a hearty welcome back to your bi-weekly does of my tasty treats. ❤

Today, I have a dessert so simple to make that my mom came up to me one late afternoon, asked “Do you want to make a cake?” and she and I had it baked and frosted before dinner was on the table. (Alright, I take that back; she frosted it right after dinner. Details, details.) This vanilla dump cake is delicious, super quick, and such an easy treat to fix!

If you have the ingredients listed below, an electric mixer, measuring spoons and a few mixing bowls, then you’re good to go. ❤

I’m going to share the recipe for the cake and the frosting, since they’re both so short, then I’ll post a few pictures of my experience with making it! (Special thanks to my mom for her baking and photography help. ❤ )

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Vanilla Dump Cake

Ingredients:

1-3/4 (and an 1/8) cup flour

1-1/2 cups sugar

1 cup margarine

1 1/8 cup milk

2-1/4 tsp baking powder

1-1/2 tsp vanilla

3/4 tsp salt

1-1/2 eggs

Vanilla Icing

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

2-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 Tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla

Instructions {Cake}:

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 13 x 9 glass baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, beat all ingredients together with an electric mixer on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well blended.

3. Pour into the prepared glass baking dish.

4. Bake for about 40 or until golden brown and a knife inserted comes out clean.

(Time and done-ness varies depending on what pan/dish you use!)

Instructions {Frosting}:

1. Cream butter in medium mixing bowl, then add vanilla.

2. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time, beating on medium speed.

3. Add milk; beat on high until completely blended.

4. Spread evenly over warm cake!

the finished product!

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Thank you so much for reading, guys! There are few treats I like more than a basic vanilla cake – and this one is so easy to make. My mom has actually been baking this one for years, and I’ve always loved the thick frosting, the moist cake, and while I think it’s very good with strawberries on top, it is also fantastic on its own!

Happy Thursday!

— Maggie

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Hello everyone, and happy Thursday! Here’s a fun fact to start off today’s post: This is the first chocolate dessert I’ve ever written about on my blog! There’s only one reason for this, as I am absolutely in love with chocolate, haha: acne. Chocolate makes my skin so sad. Still, I cave in sometimes.

Since 2017 began, this is also the first chocolate dessert I’ve made! I used a chocolate chip cookie recipe my mom has been making for years and substituted the chocolate chips for some dark chocolate bars (chopped up into chunks) with 70% cacao – that’s very dark chocolate! And it was soooo good in these cookies. They didn’t end up looking as pretty as I would have liked; the chocolate melted quite a bit, but they still turned out great, and everyone really liked them.

I hope you enjoy! Make sure to let me know if you ever make these cookies yourself. 🙂

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients:

¾ cup sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 egg

2 ¼ cup flour

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 3.5 oz bar dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces

Instructions:

1- Heat oven to 375°F. Chop up chocolate into small chunks. Set aside.

2. Stir flour, baking soda and salt together in medium bowl.

2. Mix sugars and butter together in a large bowl, then add egg.

3. Mix together well.

4. Mix in chocolate chunks!

5. Drop dough in small rounds onto greased baking sheet a few inches from each other, roughly the same size.

6. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Ooooh, writing this post has made me crave these all over again! They were definitely a very simple cookie to make. 🙂 Let me know in the comments below:

What was the last thing YOU baked?

Happy Thursday, everyone!

— Maggie