THE SOUTHERN LADY COOKS: THE SWEETEST THINGS

 

CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES

Coating Ingredients:
1 cup chocolate chips (you can use any kind of chips you like)
1 tablespoon shortening (you cannot use butter)

Preparation:
Combine the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl, preferably glass and something not too tall or big.  Microwave for about 2 minutes on high. (You can do it on the stove top if you don’t want to use the microwave!) Remove chips and stir until they are smooth.
Dip strawberries in chocolate and place on plastic wrap. I just use my fingers when dipping, but you could insert a toothpick in the top of the strawberry and dip that way.  
Let chocolate harden on the berries. You can put in refrigerator or a cool place about 35 minutes.  If you want white stripes on the strawberries, melt white chocolate chips and drizzle over the chocolate.  You can use sprinkles, sea salt, do half white and half dark chocolate, sprinkle on nuts or whatever you like. 
One cup of chocolate chips does about 15 to 20 strawberries, depending on the size of your berries.

 

RED VELVET CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE ICING

Cake Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups canola oil
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cocoa
1 tsp. vinegar
1 oz. red food coloring

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1 box confectionery or powdered sugar (16 oz.)
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Cake Preparation:
Beat liquid ingredients together with mixer; add dry ingredients.  Beat 2 more minutes. Spray 2 round cake pans and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes until center is done. (This can be made in 4 layers or in 9 x 13 long pan.

Frosting Preparation: 
Whip all frosting ingredients together with mixer until smooth and of spreading consistency.

 

CHERRY CREAM CHEESE PIE OR CHEESECAKE

Ingredients:
1 graham cracker pie crust (can make your own or use a bought one)
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
1/3 cup lemon juice (fresh or bottled, not lemon extract)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling

Preparation:
Let cream cheese stand at room temperature until softened.  
In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Slowly add condensed milk, lemon juice and vanilla,  beating until smooth.  Pour into crust.  
Chill at least 3 hours  until firm and then top with cherry pie filling. Makes 1 pie. Enjoy!


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Posted on 2016-02-03 by The Southern Lady Cooks
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