Camping Dinners - 7 Foil Cooking Recipes

Somehow food tastes much better outdoors. Maybe it's the crisp and fresh air. Maybe my appetite is bigger. Maybe it's being able to eat without being interrupted by the phone!

The only drawback to camping cooking is preparing and cleaning up. I don't like cooking multi-step recipes or scrubbing smoke-stained dishes in less than adequate dishpans after the meal when I can be watching the sunset.

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That is why my favorite cooking 'pot' is aluminum foil.

Camping Dinners - 7 Foil Cooking Recipes

Foil cooking allows you to prepare delicous meals in the coals of your campfire and have nothing to wash when dinner is over! Below are 7 of my favorite foil wrap recipes. But first let's go over the basics of tin foil cooking:

  • Use heavy-duty foil so you don't burn the food and so the packet doesn't tear.
  • Use assembly-line technique, not one foil packet at a time. E
  • Put some butter in the packet so your food won't stick to the packet.
  • Sprinkle seasonings generously. It makes others think you are a pro at this.
  • Double-seal by folding twice to keep the moisture in.
  • When you fold leave air room for heat circulation inside.
  • Don't cook foil packets over roaring fire. A small fire or white hot coals is better.

Tip: For first night, prepare the foil packets at home. When you get to camp, just toss them on the coals.

Here are 7 foil packet recipes: Note: depending on how hot the coals are, it takes generally 20-30 minutes, less for fish or pre-cooked items. Turn every 5 minutes.

Recipe 1. Ham & Sweet Potato

- 1 slice of pre-cooked ham (this can be fresh or canned)

- 1 serving canned yams (about 3 pieces)

- 1 or 2 canned pineapple rings

- 1 to 2 tablespoons of brown sugar

- 1/2 tablespoon butter

Recipe 2. Chicken Potato Packets

- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

- 4 medium red potatoes, cut in 1/2-inch cubes

- 2 cups frozen green peas

- 1 jar (12 oz.) chicken gravy

- 1 teaspoon salt

- ½ teaspoon dried thyme

- 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Recipe 3. Baby back pork ribs

- 3 pounds baby back pork ribs

- 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

- 1 tablespoon paprika

- 2 teaspoons garlic powder

- 1 ½ teaspoons pepper

- ½ cup water

- 1 ½ cups barbecue sauce

Or just purchase a packet of ready-to-heat Lloyds Barbecue Ribs

Recipe 4. Tuscan Sword Fish

- 1 can (15 oz.) Great Northern or cannellini beans, rinsed, drained

- 1 medium tomato, chopped

- 2 tablespoons prepared pesto, divided

- 2 swordfish steaks (4 to 6 oz. each)

- 2 teaspoons lemon juice

- 1 teaspoon lemon pepper

- 2 lemon slices

Recipe 5. Shrimp Jambalaya Packets

- 1 pound peeled and de-veined medium uncooked shrimp

- 4 cups cooked rice

- ½ pound smoked sausage, sliced

- 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes with garlic and onions

- 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped

- 3 to 4 teaspoons dried Cajun seasoning

- 1 teaspoon hot sauce

Recipe 6 Mexican Pork Packets

- 4 boneless pork chops, about 1/2-inch thick

- 1 teaspoon chili powder

- 1 cup medium chunky salsa

- 1 can (15 1/4 oz.) whole kernel corn, drained OR 1 package (10 oz.) frozen whole kernel corn

- ½ cup chopped green bell pepper

Recipe 7 Cranberry Apple Sweet Potatoes

- 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices

- 2 Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples, cored, thinly sliced in rings

- ½ cup dried cranberries

- 3 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted

- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Have fun foil cooking. Open the foil carefully to avoid a burst of hot steam .

For foil dessert recipes, watch a video of how to assemble campfire banana boat and other foil-wrapped dessert recipes [].

Camping Dinners - 7 Foil Cooking Recipes

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Olf Fashion Apple Dessert Recipes - Mom's Apple Dumplings and Apple Cheddar Cheese Dessert

Calling all apple lovers. Here are a couple of old-fashion apple dessert recipes from my vintage recipe collection. Mom's Apple Dumplings are a delicious after dinner dessert or they are great for visiting with friends or co-workers over a cup of coffee. The Apple-Cheddar Cheese Dessert is so easy even a beginner can make it in no time. Both are also perfect for taking to "pitch-ins".


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2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk
5 cups chopped apples
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2/3 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup boiling water

Olf Fashion Apple Dessert Recipes - Mom's Apple Dumplings and Apple Cheddar Cheese Dessert

Make dough by cutting shortening into the flour until crumbly. Add milk and blend to make a dough. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin. Roll into a rectangle.

To make filling, In a mixing bowl, put apple, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir to mix well. Spread dough down the center of the dough. Roll up sides to make a roll. Cut into medium thick slices and place in a lightly greased baking pan.

To make syrup, bring water to a boil in saucepan. Add butter and sugar and return to a boil. Pour syrup over dumplings. Bake approximately 1 hour at 375 degrees.


6 pared, sliced apples
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup sugar, divided
1/2 cup flour
dash salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup margarine
2/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Place apples in greased baking dish; sprinkle with lemon juice and 1/2 cup of the sugar. Combine flour, salt, cinnamon and remaining sugar. Add margarine and mix until crumbly. Stir in cheese and spread over apples. Bake approximately 45 minutes at 350 degrees until lightly brown on top.


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Preparing the Perfect Fig Preserves Recipe

The history of the fig dates back to around 9000 BC, when remnants were found in Neolithic villages. The Fig is widely grown for its edible fruit throughout Iran and also in the rest of the Mediterranean region and other areas of the world.

Figs have become an important staple in many consumers diet due to the health benefits. Figs are a prime source of fiber, calcium, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, and Vitamin K. Additionally; they are high in antioxidants and maintain healthy digestion.

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Taking into consideration figs can be eaten dried, fresh or even in compotes, they are a fantastic ingredient for preserve recipes. The hearty sweet flavors combined with the delicate flesh are a well accompanied ingredient to any fig preserves recipe.

Preparing the Perfect Fig Preserves Recipe

The term Jam and Preserves is often interchangeable although the preparation of preserve recipes requires that the fruit be in larger chunks and for jams the fruit is typically chopped or mashed to produce a sort of hash or pulp. The preparation of fig preserves traditionally involves the use of pectin as a gelling agent, although sugar or honey may be used as well.

The proportion of sugar and fruit varies however; a good starting point is using equal amounts of figs to sugar.

Most cooks work by trial and error when it comes to the changing texture of the preserve however, if you plan on following a fig preserve recipe, when the temperature of the pulp reaches approximately 104 °C, the pectin and the acid in the fruit will react with the sugar resulting in the setting of the preserves.

Typically, when making a fig preserve recipe it is quite imperative to use the figs you purchased immediately. The shelf life is quite short so when planning to prepare a recipe, make sure you have an ample amount of time set aside to complete the entire process.

Although there are hundreds of recipes for preserves and jams, here is a basic preserve recipe to get you started:


o 8 cups fresh figs
o 4 cups white sugar
o 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
o 2 cups water
o 6 cups hot water (boiling)
o 1/2 lemon, sliced


1. In bowl place figs and dust with baking soda. Pour the hot water over the figs and soak for 1 hour.
2. Drain figs and rinse thoroughly with cold water. In a large Dutch oven combine the sugar and the 2
cups of water; bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.
3. Add the figs and lemon slices to the syrup in the Dutch oven and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
4. Spoon figs into hot, sterilized jars and spoon syrup over figs, leaving 1/2 inch of space. Place lids on top and screw tightly for a vacuum seal. Place in a hot water bath for up to 15 minutes.
Preparing preserves at home is a wonderfully crafty activity to partake with your family and friends. Give it as a delightful present for the holiday season.

Note: You can also enhance the flavors of a fig preserve recipe by adding other fruits such as raspberries or boysenberries.

Preparing preserves at home is a wonderfully crafty activity to partake with your family and friends. Give it as a delightful present for the holiday season.

Preparing the Perfect Fig Preserves Recipe

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Dukan Diet Menu - What Can I Eat on the Dukan Diet?

Have you heard of the new French diet? The latest import from France, the Dukan Diet is altering the way people think about dieting. Doctor Dukan created a method that offers more than flavorless cardboard fake food and it is not a heart-attack waiting to happen with fats and fatty steaks. During the Dukan Diet, you can enjoy delicious, nutritious foods during every stage of the diet.

In short, the Dukan Diet is a four-stage diet where you shed pounds quickly and avoiding gaining back the weight you lost.

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Phase One: Attack You start in the first phase called the "attack" phase - lean proteins are your first stage of attack on your fat. You will only eat lean proteins, chicken, seafood, lean beef and lean ham as advised by Dr. Dukan. You can use lemon juice on fish or chicken. Stay away from fatty meats. You can enjoy shellfish like lobster and shrimp during this phase.

Dukan Diet Menu - What Can I Eat on the Dukan Diet?

Phase Two: Cruise In the cruise phase or second stage, a long list of approved vegetables is added and alternated with the all-protein days. Examples are lettuce, chard, spinach and broccoli. Avoid starchy vegetables.

Phase Three: Consolidation During the third or consolidation phase, you will begin to add in bread, low-fat butter, fruits, pasta and the other foods you enjoy. Not a free-for-all, Dr. Dukan gives instructions for what foods and how much to eat during this phase.

Phase Four: Stabilization In the final phase or stabilization, you can eat just about anything - six days a week. On the seventh day, you will go back to the all-protein diet from the first phase.

What's on the Dukan Diet Menu During the first phase, Dr. Dukan shares lots of terrific recipes to get you creatively thinking about recipes of your own. With tons of options like shellfish and chicken, lean ham and lean beef, you have good proteins to start with. Dukan suggests using spices liberally to make delicious dishes. Try grilled shrimp with herbs, sashimi, lemon garlic chicken on the grill, eggs scrambled with basil or chervil and more.

During the cruise phase, you can enjoy all of those good proteins along with tons of yummy veggies. Again, Dr. Dukan gives recipes to assist you during the diet including one for beef and vegetable kabobs and some other terrific and easy to execute recipes. What you can and cannot eat in each phase are clearly explained, so it is not hard to develop your own creative recipes within the guidelines.

During the third and fourth stages - you can enjoy bread, fruit, cheese and other foods. The guidelines are specific about how much you can eat of the newly added foods each day. How much weight you have lost during the first two stages will determine how long you will stay in the third phase. For anyone who has a sweet tooth, Dr. Dukan also offers some fantastic dessert recipes that you can enjoy while dieting. You can find these Dukan Diet dessert recipes and tons of other information on the new French diet on my site.

Dukan Diet Menu - What Can I Eat on the Dukan Diet?

For Dukan Diet Recipe ideas and tons of important info about what you can and cannot eat on the diet, the doctor's favorite weight loss secret ingredient and more, click ---> Dukan Diet Recipes

Easy Sugar Free Desserts For Everyone!

Are you looking for some easy desserts and sugar free cookie recipes for your special sugar free diet friends? Are you searching for some new sugar free cookie and dessert recipes for this coming Christmas party? How about creating some new and delicious sugar free recipes for everyone?

Mary is busy searching for sugar free desserts for her coming Christmas party. She is going to invite a numbers of sugar free diet friends .

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According to her, her friends were very pleased to be included in her Christmas party list. Because most of the host cannot provide sugar free food for them, therefore they will not be invited.

Easy Sugar Free Desserts For Everyone!

She found some amazing sugar free recipes here...

Special Pudding

1000 ml milk
280g flour
6 eggs
a. Mix the flour and milk together, and beat well.
b. Whip eggs to a froth and add the eggs to the milk mixture.
c. Boil it for 2 hours, and serve hot with rich cream.


Nutmeg and Muskmelons

Ripe muskmelons
Ice lump
Pepper and salt
a. Wash nutmegs and melons.
b. Whip dry and cut into two.
c. Shake out the seeds lightly and put a lump of ice in each half.
d. Eat with pepper and salt.


Milk Rice

750 ml hot milk
100g rice
1/2 teaspoon salt
Raisins (seeded)
a. Wash and drain the rice.
b. Soak the rice with water for 20 minutes.
c. Pour away the water, add the rice and salt into the milk and boil.
d. When done, press the rice into small cups and serve with cream and raisins.


Cream Puff Dough

500 ml water
4 level tablespoons butter
500g flour (sifted)
4 eggs
a. In a saucepan, combine the water and butter and mix thoroughly.
b. When the water is boiling and butter thoroughly melted, turn instantly the flour and stir rapidly over the heat. In a moment you will have a perfectly smooth and soft dough free from sticky-ness.
c. Remove from heat and stand it aside till partly cold.
d. Break the egg into a cup, then turn it into the batter.
e. Beat for a moment, then add another and another.
f. Beat thoroughly and add the fourth good egg from the cup.
g. Beat he batter for 5 minutes and stand it aside for 1-1.5 hours.
h. Drop by tablespoonfuls into greased shallow pans and bake in a 170°C oven for 35-40 minutes.
i. When the puffs are done, they will be hollow and light.
a. The batter must be dropped far enough apart to leave rooms for swelling.
b. You may fill the puff shell with a little cold mashed fresh banana pulp, chopped nuts and raisins.


Tea Biscuits

240g flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter (melted
a. Mix the dry ingredients and rub in butter with the tips of your fingers.
b. Add water to make a dough just stiff enough to roll out.
b. Roll 1 cm thick and cut with a round cutter and bake in a greased pan in a preheated 200°C oven for about 10 minutes.


Drop Biscuits

240g flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter (melted)
a. Mix he dry ingredients and rub in the butter.
b. Add milk to make a mixture that may be dropped from a spoon without spreading.
c. Drop on a buttered pan 1 cm apart and bake in a preheated 200°C oven for 8 to 10 minutes.


Banana Raisins Pie

100g seeded raisins (chopped)
250 ml water
2 tablespoons sifted cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon butter
1 large banana (in thin slices)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
1/2 lemon rind (grated)
1 egg (well beaten)
2 tablespoons seeded raisins (cut in pieces)
a. Cook 100g chopped raisins in water until plump.
b. Remove from fire. Add crumbs and mix with flour and butter.
c. Let it stand and covered until cold.
d. Add cinnamon, lemon juice, lemon rind, honey and the lemon extract to the slices of banana.
e. Combine mixture, add egg and pieces of raisins.
f. Bake between two crust.

Now she has enough easy desserts and sugar free recipes for her coming Christmas party!

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Jello Pie Recipe: Classic Jello Pie

Here is the classic Jello pie recipe that makes a lovely presentation for any occasion. You can use practically any flavor of gelatin and fruit to create a rainbow of fruity goodness.

2/3 cup boiling water

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1 package Jell-O brand gelatin (any flavor)

Jello Pie Recipe: Classic Jello Pie

1/2 cup cold water

1/2 cup ice cubes

2 containers Cool Whip

1 ready made pie crust


Pour gelatin mix into a large bowl. Bring water to a boil. Pour hot water over gelatin until completely dissolved. In a separate bowl, mix together the cold water and the ice cubes to make one cup. Combine cold water with the gelatin mixture and stir until all the ice melts.

Stir in one container of the whipped topping and beat with a wire whisk until mixture is nice and smooth. Refrigerate the gelatin for 15 to 20 minutes or until gelatin thickens. Spoon the gelatin mixture into the pie crust.

Refrigerate pie for 4 hours or overnight.

=> Jello Pie Recipe: Jello Strawberry Pie

When strawberry season hits, this is a wonderful way to display those red beauties and enjoy their sweet freshness surrounded by a beautiful red shimmer. Oh, and there's a tasty surprise on the bottom, which doubles your enjoyment.

1 package strawberry gelatin

1 pint strawberries

1/2 pint whipping cream

1 cup sugar

1 cup hot water

1 (9-inch) ready made pie shell


In a bowl, dissolve the gelatin in hot water. Wash and hull the strawberries; place strawberries in a separate large bowl and pour the sugar over them; toss lightly until well coated. After the gelatin has cooled (but not set), add gelatin mixture to strawberries. Let mixture chill in the refrigerator until it has congealed.

With a wire whisk, beat the whipped cream, adding 4 tablespoons of the gelatin mixture as you go. Spoon the cream mixture into the bottom of the pie crust.

Pull out the strawberries from the cooled gelatin mixture and lay them on top of the cream mixture. Pour the congealed gelatin into the pie crust. Refrigerate pie for 4 hours or until completely set.

=> Jello Pie Recipe: Cherry Jello Pie

Cherry fans everywhere will enjoy this quick-to-make dessert pie. This pie is literally bursting with cherry flavor.

2 1/2 cups canned red cherries, drained

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 package Cherry gelatin

2 1/4 cups warm cherry juice and water

1 (9-inch) ready made pie shell


In a large bowl, combine the cherries and the sugar. In a separate bowl, dissolve gelatin in the hot water. Add the cherries, cherry juice and the salt to the gelatin mixture. Refrigerate until gelatin thickens. Pour cooled gelatin mixture into the pie shell. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until gelatin is set. Serve with whipped topping

=> Jello Pudding Pie Recipe: Jello Chocolate Ice Cream Pudding Pie

How can something so delicious be so easy to make? This is a perfect dessert to serve on a hot summer night, or any time you are in the mood for ice cream. For a different flavor of pudding pie, just change the flavor of the pudding mix and the ice cream: i.e. Pistachio pudding and Pistachio ice cream.

1 1/2 cups milk

1 cup chocolate ice cream

1 large package instant Jello chocolate pudding mix

1 ready made graham cracker crust pie shell


In a large bowl, mix milk and ice cream together; stirring until well blended. Add pudding mix and stir until mixture is creamy and smooth (note: DO NOT use electric mixer).

Pour chocolate mixture into pie shell. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

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Easy to make – fun to drink


Fatty Liver Diet Recipes - Will I Have To Give Up The Foods I Love If I Have Fatty Liver Disease?

Healthy fatty liver diet recipes do exist and the good news is you'll have plenty of variety to keep your taste buds from getting bored. The good thing about a diet plan for fatty liver is that it isn't much different from a highly nutritious, healthy diet for the average person.

In most cases, you won't have to completely give up the foods you love. You'll just have to be more conscious about how much you're eating, paying special attention to the amount of fat you're consuming. More fat in your diet leads to more fat congestion in your liver. What you want is a nutritious, vitamin-rich and balanced diet where nothing is eaten in excess.

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In her ebook, "The Fatty Liver Diet Guide", veteran liver nurse, Dorothy Spencer, offers up over 30 fatty liver friendly diet recipes. These range from simple appetizers like salmon spread to main courses such as Caribbean shrimp 'n peas. Even mouth-watering dessert recipes are included. Dorothy states, "The goal of this cookbook section is not to present you with gourmet dishes, but with healthful meals that fit within the dietary needs of a fatty liver patient."

Fatty Liver Diet Recipes - Will I Have To Give Up The Foods I Love If I Have Fatty Liver Disease?

So as you can see, there are plenty of fantastic foods you can enjoy while you work on reducing fat in your liver. However, as you create your daily meals, there are some important considerations you should keep in mind in regards to the foods you eat.

Your main goal will be to reduce excess fat consumption. Most medical professionals agree fat should make up no more than 30% of your overall daily caloric intake. This means if you're consuming 1500 calories per day, then no more than 450 of those calories should come from fat.

9 calories is equivalent to 1 gram of fat, so to put it in easier to measure terms, you shouldn't consume more than 50 grams of fat for a 1500 calorie diet. A 1200 to 1500 calorie diet will help you lose weight while reducing fat in the liver.

Here are some additional tips to keep in mind:

  • Go for brown rice and whole grains instead of white rice or white bread.
  • Opt for pasta instead of egg noodles.
  • If you don't want to give up sweets, then opt for pies over cakes. Try to avoid things like doughnuts, cookies, and other high-fat sweets.
  • Focus on foods high in complex carbohydrates and avoid foods rich in simple carbohydrates like candy.
  • Substitute 2% and whole milk with 1% or skim milk.
  • Go for saturated fats over unsaturated fats, but consume all fats sparingly.
  • Avoid high fat salad dressings and other condiments. Seek out low-fat and non-fat alternatives.
  • Choose lean white meats (chicken, turkey, fish) over dark meats (pork, beef). Cut all excess fat off meats before cooking or eating and try to avoid meats from high fat areas such as ribs and wings.
  • Include foods high in fiber and eat plenty of vegetables and fruits.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption and drink soda, high sugar fruit juices, and energy drinks sparingly.

Fatty Liver Diet Recipes - Will I Have To Give Up The Foods I Love If I Have Fatty Liver Disease?

Next, now is the time to formulate the best diet plan for reducing a fatty liver: Fatty Liver Diet Recipes

If you really want to improve your health and stop FLD from progressing to Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH), Cirrhosis, or worse, then learn how to reduce liver fat now by visiting: Fatty Liver Diet Plan

Quick And Easy Way To Home Package Cookies With These 8 Yummy Creative Ideas

You've spent the time and effort to bake your delicious homemade cookie gifts, now it's time to package them!

Don't spoil all your hard work with boring cookie boxes and packaging ideas.

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You want cookie gifts that say "Yummy!" - Perception is everything!

Quick And Easy Way To Home Package Cookies With These 8 Yummy Creative Ideas

First impressions are truly important. So it's unavoidable that you make a little effort to package your home-baked treats.

But where do you start? Here it is...


Think about what the theme is for your cookie gift packages. For example, it is a birthday gift or for Christmas holiday giving? Perhaps it's for your Valentine? Use the theme on your packaging.


What are the main flavors or the cookie ingredients you used? Apply this element to help enhance the aroma that you may want to portray on your cookie boxes or packages.


Are your cookies fragile? Or do they need to be air-tight and stored in the fridge? Consider using for example, zip seal bags, if necessary.


Always clean any used containers (or even store-bought new boxes) and dry before using.

When decorating your packages, be sure to use food safe items. Eg. Don't use glues where cookies may be in contact. Consider the point that your cookie gift recipient may not always be as careful as you when replacing cookies back into containers. Think from their viewpoint and see whether there is an alternative method for better hygiene.

With that said and done, here are your "8 Yummy Creative Package Ideas":


"The Coffee Cup"

You may have seen a similar idea before, using a mug or coffee cup, but this is really a brilliant idea as people associate coffee cups with aroma.

Whether it be coffee or tea, this idea spells: 'Good times with a friend over a cup of coffee/tea and some sweets!'

- Pre-pack about 2 - 4 cookies in cellophane or sealed bag and place inside cup.
- Embellish with a gift tag and fabric ribbon around cellophane. (You can also write a message or recipient name on the mug).


"Milk Carton"

This is perfect for butter cookies or packaging cookies for children. Either way, the milk carton makes a great packaging box.

- Wash and dry container before use. Carefully open the top without tearing the cardboard.

- Place cookies inside.

- Seal top with staples or strong sticky-tape. (Do not use glues as they are unhygienic and not re-openable.

- Decorate exterior with wrapping paper or fabric and ribbon.

If you are computer savvy, you could create a milk carton label with recipient name, theme graphics and colors to print and apply to your cookie carton!

Use one litre carton for giving to an entire family or a smaller carton for children or single recipients.

This is a great container for refrigerating your cookies also. Plus, the benefit is that the design of the carton semi-closes on its own with the folding techniques incorporated.


"Peanut Butter Bottle"

Great for peanut butter cookies! The theme, feeling and association is already there! And you don't even need to worry about pealing the bottle stickers off. Use it instead to create a quirky cookie packaging.

Use a square piece of fabric almost twice as large as the lid size and cover cookies before closing with the lid to create instant effective packaging.

Create a label digitally and print out for a dynamic gift. You don't have to cover the entire glass or bottle, leave a bit of room so they can take a peek at the yummy cookies you baked.


"Butter or Margarine Containers"

Unusual but very effective and fun. What's more, it has a lid and is lightweight for posting your cookies. Just keep in mind that most butter containers aren't air-tight.

You can decorate the exterior by creating your own labels, or sticking appropriate wrapping paper over. I recommend a food style, earthy tones and colors for this method.

Lastly, tie a ribbon around the package like you would a gift box. Large wide ribbons would give you a dazzling package.

Great for milk and butter cookies.


"Milo or Food Tins (with lid)"

Tins come in all different sizes and are great for air-tight cookie storing. And you won't have to pre-package your cookies in bags first.

Ideal for cookies that do not need to be refrigerated.

Also makes a great cookie gifting idea for boys or men.

You can even etch in writing or graphics onto the tin if you have the proper tools and use correct safety precautions.


"Candy or Chocolate Boxes"

Candies and cookies go hand in hand! These are little treats that the whole world love!

- Place your cookies lying flat into the box. You may need to take out the pre-made mould shapes used and use cardboard dividers to separate your cookies.
- Simply tie with ribbon and gift tag the package!


"Cocktail or Martini Glass"

Great for alcohol-based cookies like rum balls during Christmas season!

- Place one cookie or two in cellophane, seal and place inside glass.
- Seal glass with clear food wrapping. Add ribbon and gift tag on glass stalk.


"Tea Box"

Use small aroma infusion tea packaging boxes - usually ones that have only 10 tea-bags in each box. You can pack 2 to 3 cookies in each box and give more than one tea box for fun.

- Seal cookies with cellophane or food bag first and place inside decorated tea boxes.

Why not leave one tea bag in front of your cookies? It's a perfect invitation to a relaxing snack with a drink.

If you do not have any of these containers handy, you can easily buy them and transfer contents to other containers. Just make sure that it's well washed and that most of the original scents are gone (except in the case such as the peanut butter bottles).

Not only are these 8 Yummy Ideas creative and fun, they also bring out the aroma of your delicious homemade cookies.

Start using these mouth-watering cookie packaging ideas. It's a sure way that your cookies will be eaten instantly!

Quick And Easy Way To Home Package Cookies With These 8 Yummy Creative Ideas

Copyright 2006 Janlia Chong

~* Janlia Chong has held onto her title as Baking Sensation because of her near endless knowledge of baking and packaging treats. Her ability to impress is one of her biggest traits. What's her trick? Simple, she takes something that sounds difficult and makes it easy and fun. Follow Janlia's advice and you'll be busy baking treats for the entire family. Visit *~

Homemade Chocolate Frosting Recipe - Basic Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Homemade chocolate frosting tastes so much better than that ready made kind you buy in a can, although that is good when you don't have time, but really, it's pretty easy to whip up some frosting of your own with this recipe.

1/4 cup butter, melted

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1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Homemade Chocolate Frosting Recipe - Basic Chocolate Frosting Recipe

1/3 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 cups confectioners' sugar


In a large bowl, combine butter and cocoa; beat until well mixed. Add in the milk, vanilla and salt; beat until smooth. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar until frosting is smooth and creamy. Add more milk if you want a thinner consistency.

=> Chocolate Cake Frosting Recipe: Chocolate Fudge Frosting Recipe

Here's a good chocolate fudge icing recipe that goes great with chocolate cake.

3 squares baking chocolate

5 tablespoons butter

3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

7 tablespoons milk

Dash of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla


In a saucepan, combine the chocolate and the butter; cook on low heat until both are melted. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, add the sugar and stir in the milk, salt and vanilla. Slowly stir in the chocolate mixture and beat until frosting is smooth and easy to spread.

=> Easy Chocolate Frosting Recipe: Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Here's an easy frosting recipe that spreads creamy and smooth on your homemade cake.

2-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

6 tablespoons butter

5-6 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla


In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cocoa. In another small bowl, add 1/2 cup of cocoa mixture and the butter; beat well. Alternately add in the remaining cocoa mixture and the milk; beat until mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in the vanilla.

=> Easy Chocolate Frosting Recipe: Chocolate Chip Frosting

If you're a chocolate chip lover, this is quick way to make some homemade chocolate frosting.

1/4 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup milk

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1 teaspoon vanilla


In a saucepan, combine butter, sugar and milk; bring to a boil. Stir in chocolate chips and the vanilla. Remove from heat. Beat frosting until cool and is a spreading consistency.

=> Easy Chocolate Frosting Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe

The wonderful flavors of chocolate and peanut butter make a nice frosting to use on cupcakes.

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

2-2/3 cup confectioners' sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup cream or evaporated milk

In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter and cocoa; stir until well blended. Stir in the sugar, salt and vanilla. Add in the cream until the desired consistency is reached.

=> German Chocolate Frosting Recipe: German Chocolate Cake Frosting Recipe

Here's a great German chocolate frosting recipe that features coconut and pecans.

1 cup sugar

3 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup pecans, chopped

1 stick butter

1 can condensed milk

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 can coconut


In a saucepan, combine all ingredients and cook over low heat; stir constantly until frosting reaches a thick consistency (about 12 minutes). Stir in the pecans and coconut.

=> Chocolate Cream Frosting Recipe: Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

This makes a rich chocolate frosting that goes great on brownies and cupcakes.

4 squares unsweetened chocolate

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese (room temperature)

4 cups confectioners' sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons evaporated milk


In a saucepan or double boiler, melt chocolate over low heat.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until it has a fluffy consistency. Stir in the melted chocolate; with an electric mixer, mix on medium speed until well blended. Mix in the vanilla and salt. Slowly blend in the sugar.

Increase mixer speed to medium high. Gradually add in the milk and beat until the frosting is a smooth consistency.

Homemade Chocolate Frosting Recipe - Basic Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Brownies, Cheesecake, Fudge and more


Mexican Dessert Recipes - Coyotas

Grocery stores frequently have a section devoted to Hispanic food. Not just tortillas and frijoles, but a wall filled with hanging bags of herbs and spices. Things like dried tamarindos compete for space with ten or fifteen different sorts of chilies. Then there are the little things that look like a small thread cone, the sort that are used on commercial sewing machines. The label reads: Piloncillo, Panela, or Panocha. What it is, is sugar.

When sugar was first being processed around 600 C.E., it was made into three forms: molasses, moscovado cones, and sugar loaves. Molasses is of course the liquid state of processed sugar cane. By cooking the molasses another step, it begins to crystallize. This is moscovado sugar. It is dark and molasses flavored. Sugar loaves are compressed cones of refined white sugar.

\"Dessert Recipes\"

Panela is moscovado sugar. It is usually sold two to a package, and keeps very well on the shelf, so long as it is packed in airtight containers.

Mexican Dessert Recipes - Coyotas

Coyotas are not a feral breed of canine. Coyotas are a dessert empanada. They take a little bit of work, but they are well worth the time.

Before you begin, you will need to crush the panela. The easiest way is to put it in a doubled plastic bag and hit it with a knife handle or the flat of a hammer (being careful with fingers and counter tops of course)


You will need:

  • 2 ½ cup crushed panela
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup cold water

How to do it:

Mix together the flour and salt. Cut in the shortening (you can use vegetable shortening, but the traditional recipe calls for leaf lard. Calm down. It is the same calorie content as shortening, and is actually lower in saturated fats than vegetable shortening. It also gives a flakier, more tender crust.) Once the fat is cut into pea sized bits, make a well in the center and add about ½ cup of water and begin to pull the flour in from the sides. Add more water as needed. Knead the dough with your hands as you mix.

Once you have a ball of dough, turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide it into 20 even pieces. Roll out each ball into a 5" circle.

Put a tablespoon of crushed panela onto half of the circle. Wet your finger with water and dampen the edge of the dough. Fold over in half and seal the dough with a fork.

Bake the Coyotas on a lightly greased baking sheet at 375° for about 15 minutes, until they begin to turn golden brown.

Serve while still warm.

The panela will turn into a caramelly, gooey center while they are warm. Once the coyotas cool, the filling begins to solidify again. Not bad, but not as good as warm.

Mexican Dessert Recipes - Coyotas

Mexican dessert recipes may seem a little different than what we are accustomed to. Like many Mexican recipes though, some of the food we eat every day is a variation of the Hispanic tradition. The Sweet Side of Mexican Food

The Other Side of Stressed is Desserts

If you read or spell backward the word STRESSED, it is actually DESSERTS! That's right, when we are stressed, try to eat dessert, you will feel better. Whether you experienced it or not, the next time you are stressed, eat a piece of cake, or drink a cup of cocktail juice, you will see wonders!

Try this: after a hard day work, take a chilled drink, sit down and have a sip, you will feel at ease, as if all the body cells are relaxing now! In Japan, the first thing after work is not eat dinner but drinking a glass of chilled beer. In every Chinese wedding dinner, the last dish is always dessert, being it hot or cold, just to make sure all the guests bring back the good memories.

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Top 10 Desserts in Asia that help to Stress Out are:

The Other Side of Stressed is Desserts

1. Tropical Fruits

Situated in tropical regions, Asia has various delicious tropical fruits that serve as daily desserts such

as papaya, banana, pineapple, guava. Seasonal fruits such as "Durian", "Rambutan" and jack fruit

are also popular.

2. Chinese Yam Paste

Peeled the yam, cut into small pieces, then steam it, after cooked, smashed it like mashed potato and cook it again with sugar until thicken; a very unique dessert in its own way.

3. Chinese "Longan" & "Lycee"

One of the favourite desserts of all time.

4. Thai "Thap Deem Cop"

A Thai dessert with coconut juice, water chest nut and jack fruit. Have it with ice.

5. Japanese Green Tea Ice Cream

My favourite of all ice cream. Make sure you taste the original green tea ice cream.

6. Indian Mango "Lassi" (yogurt drink)

"Lassi" is an Indian drink made from yogurt; though there are strawberry flavour, i like mango "lassi " the most.

7. Indonesian "Nagasari" Dumpling

A soft and fragrance dumpling made from coconut juice, fragrant leaves and special recipes.

8. Malaysian "Chendoi"

A famous dessert with red bean, spaghetti-strip made from fragrant leaves, immersed in coconut juice with ice.

9. Taiwanese Peanut Soup and "Wo Peng" (Wok Biscuit)

Peanut soup is hot, it is best savoured together with "Wo Peng ".

10. Home-made Cheese Cakes

Whether it is baked cheese cake, chilled cheese cake or mousse cheese cake, it is a must for any

happy occasions.

The Other Side of Stressed is Desserts

JB Yeoh