Bubble Buns

Recipe from Vicki Wright.

These are probably the easiest and most impressive thing you can make for a crowd. Everyone is always impressed when we serve this and trust me, they disappear quickly! One of the Civil Air Patrol cadets (probably 12 years old) asked me for the recipe and later his family said that he had made them twice already. Needless to say… I managed to botch the recipe the last time, but whipped up a batch of pecan caramel sauce and they got eaten pretty quickly.

Ingredients:
24 frozen dinner rolls (Rhodes white)
1 cup brown sugar
1 package butterscotch pudding mix (not instant)
1/4 cup white sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions:
Place rolls in pan evenly.  Combine brown sugar and pudding, sprinkle over rolls. Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over brown sugar/pudding mix.  Sprinkle nuts over and then pour melted butter over everything. Leave out overnight. Do not cover.
Bake next morning for 30 minutes at 350 or until done.  Let set in pan for 10-15 minutes.

Cookies ‘N Cream Cupcakes

These are absolutely delicious and fairly easy. The combination of cake, cookie and cream cheese frosting is perfect, not to mention the easy way of making them look impressive. I use generic Oreos for inside the actual cupcake, but garnish with the name brand ones. Also makes adorable mini cupcakes (Ian thought that was funny because cupcakes are mini cakes, so mini cupcakes are mini, mini cakes…)

Ingredients:
24 Oreo halves with cream filling attached
2 white cake mixes
3 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 1/4 cups water
20 Oreo cookies , chopped in quarters
8 ounces cream cheese
6 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
Oreo cookie crumbs
24 whole Oreo cookies

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pans with paper liners. Drop half oreos (vertically halved) into pan, filling side up.
Mix cake mix according to directions.  Stir in Oreo quarters. Divide evenly between muffin cups. Bake for 18-25 minutes or until done. 
Blend cream cheese and frosting until smooth. Stir together heavy cream and vanilla. Alternate adding wet ingredients and powdered sugar to cream cheese mixture.
Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Garnish with Oreo crumbs and whole Oreos.

Tomato Salsa

This is a family favorite. It never lasts long in our house and can be eaten with just about everything, though chips is definitely the most popular. I’ve also served it with eggs and chicken, but fish would taste delicious too!



Ingredients:
28 ounces canned tomatoes (or more), drained
1 onion, finely chopped
3 jalapeno peppers, chopped
1 ounce white vinegar
1 ounce lime or lemon juice
1 Tablespoon garlic salt
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
cilantro, chopped
corn, to taste
1 can black beans

Directions:
Combine all ingredients.
Chill and serve.
Notes: Tastes better when chilled.