Gourmet Banana Split Recipe

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The Banana Split is a classic All American dessert, but you don’t always have to make it in a standard way. Try adding your own additional toppings, such as fresh chopped fruit or nuts to make it unique.

Ingredients

  1. 3 tablespoons sugar
  2. 1 cup sliced almonds
  3. Salt
  4. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  6. 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  7. 1 cup heavy cream
  8. 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  9. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  10. 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  11. 2 pints each of vanilla and chocolate ice cream
  12. 8 small bananas, split
  13. Whipped cream, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium skillet, combine 1 tablespoon of the sugar with 1 tablespoon of water and cook just until the sugar is dissolved. Add the almonds and toss to coat. Spread the almonds on the prepared sheet and bake for 10 minutes, until tacky and just beginning to brown. Sprinkle with salt, stir and bake for about 10 minutes longer, stirring once or twice, until golden. Let cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar with the cocoa powder, brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Add the corn syrup and the cream and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil over high heat for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and whisk in the chocolate chips and butter until melted. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. Scoop vanilla and chocolate ice cream into banana boats and lay the halved bananas alongside. Top with hot fudge sauce, whipped cream and candied almonds and serve right away.
The fudge sauce and candied almonds can be up to 1 week in advance to save you time later. Just rewarm the sauce before serving. Enjoy!

Brownies with Peppermint Frosting

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Brownies with a decadent creamy peppermint frosting is the perfect homemade holiday treat to make and gift to family and friends! It’s a unique treat that will help you and your loved ones get in the holiday spirit! Here’s what you’ll need: (This makes about 54 servings, so about 5 gifting portions)

Brownies

1/2 cup butter or margarine

2 squares (1 ounce size) unsweetened chocolate

1 cup sugar 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 tablespoon butter or margarine

1 square (1-ounce size) unsweetened chocolate

Peppermint Frosting

1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened

2 cups sifted powdered sugar

2 tablespoons whipping cream

1 1/2 teaspoon peppermint flavoring

2 drops red food-coloring directions:

Instructions:

For Brownies: Melt 1/2 cup butter and 2 chocolate squares in a large saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat, and let cool 10 minutes. Add sugar and eggs, stirring well. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to chocolate mixture, stirring well. Stir in vanilla and pecans. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 13- x 9- x 2-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool brownies completely on a wire rack.

Spread with Peppermint Frosting. Melt 1 tablespoon butter and 1 chocolate square in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat, and let cool. Spoon chocolate mixture into a small heavy-duty, zip-top plastic bag or a decorating bag fitted with tip No.2; seal bag. Snip a tiny hole in one corner of zip-top bag, using scissors; pipe chocolate mixture in a decorative design over Peppermint Frosting. Cover and chill thoroughly. Cut into 2- x 1-inch bars. Store brownies in an airtight container in refrigerator. For Peppermint Frosting: Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add powdered sugar, beating well. Add whipping cream, flavoring, and food coloring; beat until frosting is spreading consistency.

Chocolate Brownies

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Preparation Time:  15 minutes
Cooking Time:  25 minutes

Ingredients

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×9 inch baking pan.
In a medium bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; gradually stir into the egg mixture until well blended. Stir in walnuts, if desired. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the brownie begins to pull away from edges of pan. Let cool on a wire rack before cutting into squares.

Cookies N’ Creme Fudge

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Preparation Time:  20 minutes
Cooking Time:  40 minutes

Servings: 24

Ingredients

  • 3 (6 ounce) packages white chocolate baking squares
  • 1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups coarsely crushed chocolate creme-filled sandwich cookies

Directions

  1. In heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt white chocolate squares, sweetened condensed milk and salt. Remove from heat; stir in crushed cookies.
  2. Spread evenly into wax-paper-lined 8-inch square pan. Chill 2 hours or until firm.
  3. Turn fudge onto cutting board; peel off paper and cut into squares. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

Marshmallow Brownies

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Preparation Time:  20 minutes
Cooking Time:  40 minutes

Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  2. Melt butterscotch morsels and margarine in a large bowl in microwave. Stir the mixture well and let it cool to lukewarm.
  3. While the liquid mixture is cooling, mix flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and eggs into the butterscotch mixture; mix well. Fold in marshmallows and chocolate morsels.
  4. Spread batter into a lightly greased 9×13 inch pan.
  5. Bake 25 minutes. Be careful not to overcook.

Peanut Butter Fudge Bars

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Preparation Time:  20 minutes
Cooking Time:  20 minutes

Servings: 30

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine cake mix, peanut butter, egg and oil. Press two-thirds of the mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, heat the milk, chocolate chips and butter over low heat; stir until blended. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Preparation Time:  15 minutes
Cooking Time:  45 minutes

Servings: 18

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (19.8 ounce) package brownie mix

Directions

  1. Bake brownies according to package directions. Allow them to cool in the pan. Do not cut.
  2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt peanut butter chips and butter together, stirring frequently until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the sweetened condensed milk. Spread evenly over the cooled brownies. Chill until set and cut into squares.