Graveyard Brownie Bites

Graveyard Brownie Bites resting on crumbled cookie dirt scattered with sculls and bones.
Graveyard Brownie Bites
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    Servings Prep Time
    36 mini brownies 60-80 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    12 minutes 60 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    36 mini brownies 60-80 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    12 minutes 60 minutes
    Graveyard Brownie Bites resting on crumbled cookie dirt scattered with sculls and bones.
    Graveyard Brownie Bites
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      36 mini brownies 60-80 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      12 minutes 60 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      36 mini brownies 60-80 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      12 minutes 60 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: mini brownies
      Instructions
      1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
      2. Prep 36 non-stick mini muffin tin cups by either spraying generously with non-stick spray or greasing and flouring. See note.
      3. Chop the semi-sweet chocolate and measure out 4 ounces. In a large bowl combine the 4 ounces of chocolate with the butter and microwave at 30-second intervals until melted, stirring often.
      4. Whisk in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla until fully combined.
      5. Sift in the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt directly into the bowl. Whisk to combine just until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
      6. Scoop the batter into prepared mini muffin cups using a level 2 tbsp scoop.
      7. Bake on the centre rack for 12 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely in the pan.
      8. Meanwhile, prepare the tombstones but slicing each cookie wafer into thirds, tapering the bottom slightly inward toward the center piece to create a tombstone shape. Reserve the side pieces that have been cut off.
      9. Crush reserved cookie wafers that have been cut off the sides to a fine crumb that resembles dirt and set aside.
      10. Dust each tombstone piece with a small amount of powdered sugar by rubbing the sugar lightly onto the cookie wafer.
      11. Melt the remaining 3 ounces of chopped chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave using 30 second intervals and stirring often until melted.
      12. Remove brownie bites from the pan and spread the tops with a small teaspoon of melted chocolate. Immediately sprinkle with crumbled cookie wafers and press lightly to adhere.
      13. Push a tombstone wafer into each brownie bite, cutting a small slit in the brownie if needed to push in far enough to hold in place.
      14. Decorate with candy bones, spiders, or worms as desired. Drizzle with red decorating gel to mimic blood. Serve and enjoy!
      Recipe Notes

      - I have used both pan preparation methods with similar results.  The key is to allow the brownie bites to cool completely in the pan before trying to remove them.  Loosen the tops from the pan with a sharp knife if necessary. Twist the brownie lightly to loosen and the brownie should pop out.

      Parsnip Spice Cake

      Parsnip Spice Cake
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        Servings
        16-18
        Servings
        16-18
        Parsnip Spice Cake
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          Servings
          16-18
          Servings
          16-18
          Ingredients
          Cake
          Simple Syrup
          Cream Cheese Icing
          Servings:
          Instructions
          Cake
          1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare cake pans as per option 1 or option 2 below.
          2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, spices and salt.
          3. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, oil, milk and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Stir in parsnips.
          4. Option 1: Line the bottoms of 3 - 8" round cake pans with parchment and spray sides with non-stick spray. Divide batter evenly into each pan and spread out with a spatula (about 13 ounces per pan). Bake on centre rack for 17-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
          5. Remove cake from pans and peel off parchment. Brush each layer with the simple syrup. Arrange one layer on a serving plate and spread with approximately 1/4 of icing. Top with another layer and repeat with icing and top with the remaining cake layer. Ice the top, reserving a small amount of icing to fill in the layer sides. Run a bench scraper or long straight edge spatula around the outside of the cake to smear and flatten the icing into a "naked cake" look. Dust the top with cinnamon and cut into desired wedges.
          6. Option 2: Spray a 9"x13" pan with non-stick spray. Pour batter into the pan and spread out evenly with a spatula. Bake on centre rack for 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Brush with simple syrup and spread evenly with frosting. Cut into desired squares and serve.
          Simple Syrup
          1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil stirring until sugar is dissolved. Once at a boil, allow syrup to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in brandy. Allow to cool completely before brushing on the cake.
          Cream Cheese Icing
          1. Beat butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, spices and vanilla. Beat until just combined. Frost cake as desired.

          Whole Wheat Peach Streusel Muffins

          Peach Streusel Muffins
          Whole Wheat Peach Streusel Muffins
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            Servings Prep Time
            12 muffins 30 minutes
            Cook Time
            18-22 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            12 muffins 30 minutes
            Cook Time
            18-22 minutes
            Peach Streusel Muffins
            Whole Wheat Peach Streusel Muffins
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              Servings Prep Time
              12 muffins 30 minutes
              Cook Time
              18-22 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              12 muffins 30 minutes
              Cook Time
              18-22 minutes
              Ingredients
              Streusel Topping
              Muffins
              Servings: muffins
              Instructions
              Streusel Topping
              1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined and crumbly. Set aside.
              Muffins
              1. Set oven rack to the centre and preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line a 12 cup muffin tin.
              2. Peel peaches and remove stone. Chop two of the peaches into 1/2" chunks and set aside. Puree the remaining two peaches using a blender or food processor until smooth. Set aside.
              3. In a small bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
              4. In a large bowl whisk together oil and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking after each until incorporated.
              5. Stir in sour cream, pureed peaches and vanilla. Whisk in dry ingredients until just combined (do not overmix). Fold in chopped peaches.
              6. Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle each muffin with a generous tbsp of streusel topping.
              7. Bake for 18-22 minutes or a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
              8. Allow to cool at least 5-10 minutes prior to removing from muffin tin. Remove to a cooling rack to cool completely or eat while warm.

              Mushroom Gruyere Tart

              A baked Mushroom Gruyere Tart from Compelled to Cook is cut into wedges on a cutting board that is draped with a striped towel and scattered with mushrooms.
              Mushroom Gruyere Tart
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                Servings Prep Time
                8 appetizer wedges 40 minutes
                Cook Time Passive Time
                25 minutes 2-3 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                8 appetizer wedges 40 minutes
                Cook Time Passive Time
                25 minutes 2-3 minutes
                A baked Mushroom Gruyere Tart from Compelled to Cook is cut into wedges on a cutting board that is draped with a striped towel and scattered with mushrooms.
                Mushroom Gruyere Tart
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  8 appetizer wedges 40 minutes
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  25 minutes 2-3 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  8 appetizer wedges 40 minutes
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  25 minutes 2-3 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: appetizer wedges
                  Instructions
                  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. If using bacon, add to skillet and cook until crisp and fat has rendered. Scoop out the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Remove all but a tablespoon of fat.
                  2. If not using bacon, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
                  3. Add shallot and garlic and sauté, stirring often until starting to soften about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue to cook until most of the moisture has cooked out about 8-10 minutes.
                  4. Add wine, thyme, salt and pepper and cook until wine has cooked out about 3 minutes.
                  5. Stir in cream cheese, 1/2 cup of gruyere and bacon (if using).
                  6. Preheat oven to 425℉ and lightly spray a 4 3/4"- 5 3/4" x 14" tart pan with removable bottom. Fit puff pastry into tart pan and trim the top so it is level with the pan. You will need to cut the puff pastry sheet in two pieces to make it fit.
                  7. Spread filling evenly into pastry shell and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of grated gruyere. Bake for about 25 minutes until golden and filling is bubbly.
                  8. Allow tart to rest for a couple of minutes prior to removing the outer pan. Cut into wedges, garnish with fresh thyme and serve immediately.
                  Recipe Notes

                  The tart can be assembled up to a day in advance and kept covered and chilled until ready to bake.

                  Meaty Baked Pasta

                  Meaty Baked Pasta is hot and cheesy from the oven in a blue casserole dish with handles. There is a serving spoon half tucked into the pasta. The dish rests on a cork pot holder that is draped with a white and navy towel. Fresh basil sits in the background.
                  Meaty Baked Pasta
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    8-10 people 40 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    40 minutes 5 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    8-10 people 40 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    40 minutes 5 minutes
                    Meaty Baked Pasta is hot and cheesy from the oven in a blue casserole dish with handles. There is a serving spoon half tucked into the pasta. The dish rests on a cork pot holder that is draped with a white and navy towel. Fresh basil sits in the background.
                    Meaty Baked Pasta
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                      Servings Prep Time
                      8-10 people 40 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      40 minutes 5 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      8-10 people 40 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      40 minutes 5 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Servings: people
                      Instructions
                      1. Heat olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes until starting to soften, stirring often.
                      2. Add ground beef and Italian sausage. Cook until browned and no longer pink, breaking apart any large chunks and stirring often. Dab out any excess fat with a paper towel.
                      3. To the meat add marinara sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and chili flakes.
                      4. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat, cover and cook, stirring occasionally for 20- 25 minutes to meld flavours.
                      5. While meat sauce is simmering, cook pasta according to package directions using well-salted water. (about 1 tbsp regular salt to 4 litres of water). Drain pasta and set aside.
                      6. Preheat oven to 350℉.
                      7. In a small bowl stir together ricotta, half of the mozzarella, half of the parmesan, dried basil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
                      8. Lightly spray a 9"x13" casserole dish with non stick spray. Add half the cooked pasta and half of the meat sauce to the casserole dish. Stir to combine. Spread with ricotta cheese mixture.
                      9. To the pot with the remaining pasta add remaining meat sauce. Stir to combine and pour over ricotta cheese layer. Top with remaining half of mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
                      10. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes until bubbly. Broil for 2-3 to blister the cheese. Remove and allow to rest 3-5 minutes prior to serving.