Chocolate Cookie Gelato Sandwich Recipe

Sunday, April 27, 2014

When it comes to Gelato and Ice cream sandwiches, I don't think it gets much better than this double chocolate dream cookie frozen. The chocolate is absolutely wonderful and the cookie is just  a perfect match! A little drizzle of a bittersweet chocolate over the top and there's the perfect dessert. Next time I will double the recipe, as these went in 60 seconds and no crumbs to be found! I wasn't sure if I would add the chocolate on top again, half loved it the other said it was over kill. You decide.

Even with the drizzled chocolate frozen they still were easy to eat and the perfect dessert I love more chocolate! Kids and Adults loved these, I just didn't make enough.

Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

1/2 cup flour
2 tablespoons shortening
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
 1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 pints of ice cream of choice
 (I made homemade Gelato,  Chocolate flavored)
Chocolate (a good grade like Lindt) melted to drizzle

In a large mixer bowl add the sugar, cocoa, butter and shortening, beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, beating one at time, flour, salt and vanilla.

Drop onto parchment paper or silpat mat using a 2 tablespoons ( ice cream scooper or meatball scoopers works great). If you don't have one use 2 tablespoon mounds of cookie dough. 

Bake in a preheated 350 degree hot oven making sure only six cookies per cookie sheet as they spread out.
Bake 15 minutes or until edges are brown, middles are still soft.

Cool completely. Loose on parchment then freeze on the cookie sheet until firm. Take frozen cookies out and place ice cream flavor of your choice ( I made homemade Gelato chocolate ice cream) that has been softened to fit each center. Top with another cookie, roll into sprinkles and freeze again. When firm you can drizzle melted chocolate over the top or leave plain. Serve immediately or re-wrap individually in wax paper.

Makes around 12 cookies that makes 6 sandwiches.  

+claudia lamascolo  Author

Chocolate Torte

Saturday, April 26, 2014
 Chocolate Torte  is a cake I made for my own birthday. Every year someone surprises me with a cake I love and this year I wanted to make my own from scratch just because I had time. I was off and on vacation and needed to bake, it's my therapy.

This chocolate torte was the most decadent chocolate filled cake with ganache I ever had!  I just love the chocolate fudge ganache and filling oozing all over this cake .When I made this torte for my birthday, I thought it would be way to rich for me. Instead it was a must make every year and slice of pure chocolate heaven! It was much lighter in texture than I thought it would be for a scratch cake.

 Chocolate Torte  cake with a fudge ganache on top a cherry delicious cream filled chocolate cake on a plate for a birthday party. The cake is light in texture and made from scratch


Las Vegas Trip Reviews

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Las Vegas Trip Reviews is all about sin city VIVIA Las Vegas, yes sin city, the rightful name in many ways.

Whatever you're looking for it's here.

Artwork, shops, gambling, food, drinks, escorts, sightseeing, recreations of places like New York, Rome Italy, France, Mexico, just to name a few.

The rest of the city has plenty to offer.

Don't miss out on strolling through Fremont Street Experiencing the light show.

The music is bright lights with famous bands above a covered rooftop and concerts throughout the night just by looking up at the ceiling.

I love a little history lesson at the Mob Museum or the Neon Museum, that was a fun stop and great tour.

Also amongst things to do is at Red Rock Canyon.

And if you have the time, plan a quick road trip to the Hoover Dam, which can also be accessed via helicopter tour or a bus tour which is definitely worth the time.

The Grand Canyon is quite further away than we thought as it's a little over 4-hour bus tour, however, if you're staying a while, not a bad idea to visit that historic area.

Las Vegas Trip Reviews


Easter Peep Cocktail Recipe

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Aren't Peeps fun! I just love how they look and they sure are the perfect decoration for any food.

I love using peeps for decorating my cupcakes, cakes, cookies, and even this cocktail.

Easter is so much fun and not just for kids when having this fun adult beverage. Scroll down for this fun recipe for celebrating Easter.

this is a cocktail made at Easter with Peeps and tequila


Easy Mock Cassata Easter Cake Recipe

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I know you're all wondering what in the world can this be? Well, it's cake mix using a fudge marble with a layer baked on top to make this a delicious Mock Italian Cassata found at Easter time. The original version has a crusty top and bottom, filled Ricotta cheese with cherries and chocolate sometimes dried fruits and nuts according to what Region of Italy is making it. This, however, is an imitation version of that really rich delightful dessert. If your a hurried cook, or someone that says I am not a baker, you will want to wow your guests with this delicious semi-homemade cake, look no more you just found it. Check out this simple recipe below and I have to say it's pretty darn fantastic even being a quick imitation of the best dessert on our table at Easter.


1 boxed marble cake mix

In a large mixer make the cake to you package instructions and pour into a greased 11x15 inch pan. Preheat oven to 350.


2 lbs whole milk Ricotta cheese

1/2 cup sugar

4 eggs

grated milk chocolate bar

3 tablespoon or more chopped maraschino cherries drained well

Optional Using any or all: 3 tablespoons or more each chopped dried fruits(citron or pineapple medleys and pistachio nuts

Garnish is Optional:

Whipped cream

Whole Strawberries

Mini chocolate chips

Option 2:

Powdered sugar

Topping Instructions:

In another large bowl mix together the cheese, sugar, eggs, cherries, and chocolate.

Pour cheese topping over the cake batter and bake on 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Cool and serve plain or choose a garnish (if desired) with whipped cream, sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and top with a strawberry.


Rosemary Herb Smashed Potatoes

If your a potato lover like I am, you never have enough recipes or ways to make them. Here is a delicious boiled potato with herbs and spices that can be considered low fat if your not just watching carbs. Fresh rosemary is the key to this special gourmet flavored potato mash! I highly recommend using fresh herbs.

smashed potatoes in a bowl with rosemary

Anytime winter, spring, summer or fall, treat yourself to an easy side dish and it's always perfect with any meat. The freshness of the herbs enhance the potato flavor and

buttery soft taters to another level.

Golden potatoes or white potatoes boiled in salt water until soft around 35 minutes then drained (make the amounts for your family size)
2 or 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
salt, pepper and cayenne to taste

Boil potatoes  in salt water with skins on until soft when pierced with a fork. Drain. Place in a bowl. Mash with a fork. Add all the herbs, spices, butter and olive oil. Serve warm with any meat dish.

+claudia lamascolo  Author

Cream of Coconut Cake Recipe

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Here is a cake I have been making for years. This is the perfect cake to feel like you just went on vacation to a tropical island. Fresh, light, sweet and oh so decadent.

Cream of Coconut Cake
1 box coconut cake mix or yellow
3/4 cup water
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 can (8 ounce) crushed pineapple with liquid

In a bowl using an electric mixer add the cake mix, pineapple with juice, water, eggs and oil. Beat till light and fluffy around 4 minutes.

Pour into a greased 13x9 sheet cake pan that has been sprayed with cooking oil.

Bake at 350 until middle is set for around 35 minutes or when toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and poke holes in the cake evenly on top. Pour the mixture below while still hot.

1 can cream of coconut (12 ounce)
1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk (1/4 cup coconut rum optional for an adult version)

shredded coconut to sprinkle on top evenly around 1/2 cup or more
1- 8 ounce tub of whipped topping or real whipped cream

Mix the cream of coconut and condensed milk in a bowl and rum is using. Pour over hot poked cake.
Cool cake completely. Spread whipped cream topping over the cake and garnish with coconut. Refrigerate before serving.

+claudia lamascolo  Author

Fun Peep Easter Cake or Cookie Ideas

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A childhood favorite and through adulthood, I love my peeps.

They're such a festive Easter treat and I love using them to decorate with!

The Easter Holiday tables always bring a smile to everyone's face that sees my peep fest!

You can get as creative as you like.

Cakes, cookies, cupcakes with just a few fun ideas for the kids and young at heart.

I even make a pretty cool adult drink!

You will love these treats and it's easy for the kids to help and great family Easter project.

Get creative, I love coming up with new ideas every year!

these are peeps on cupcakes, cookies and cakes and fun ideas for Easter decorating


My Favorite Desserts

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Italian Shrimp, Spinach Saute Recipe

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Here is a quick throw together meal for all my seafood lovers! Shrimp, tomato, garlic and wine... with fresh spinach! A healthier version to start your way to healthier eating if your a seafood lover. I love the ease of this recipe and you can serve this many ways, the healthier version is to serve over brown rice or then the heartier way is to serve over pasta, potatoes and it's great on top of fresh crusty Italian bread!

2 pounds large shrimp cleaned and deveined tails on

1 pound fresh plum tomatoes cleaned and put through the food processor leaving chunks

3 cloves fresh minced garlic

olive oil

1/2 cup white wine

springs of fresh parsley

fresh basil

1 bag of fresh spinach around 13 to 16 ounces

Optional additions: sliced peppers, black sliced olives, sliced onions can be added with the tomatoes.

Optional ways to serve this: Cooked Pasta boiled in salt water to package directions. Top a baked potato or serve on a bed of boiled rice instead of pasta. I love this on top of Italian crusty bread as a sandwich.

In a large fry pan, add 1/4 cup olive oil, garlic and spinach. Saute until spinach has wilted. Add the white wine and tomatoes. Cook for around 15 minutes.

In the meantime boil your favorite pasta and set aside.

Add the shrimp to the pan and cook until the shrimp turns pink, around 4 to 5 minutes. Add the fresh herbs and stir.

To serve, place over a bed of brown rice or the other suggestions listed above. You can garnish with fresh cracked black pepper and long shreds of grating cheese if you like.

Glazed Marsala Mushroom Recipe

Friday, April 4, 2014


Tropical Grilled Fruit Kabobs with Rum Sauce

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
You really don't have to live in Florida to get a taste of the tropics. If you have ever been on a tropical vacation then this will be a treat for you. Spiced rum and toasted coconut over grilled fruits, a delicious mind vacation get away. This is just one of those recipes that makes you sing Spring and they will carry you through the entire summer with a smile!
Enjoy, relax and watch the video, you will love the rum sauce on these Tropical Grilled Fruit Kabobs.

This is grilled fruit kabob for a barbecue in the backyard. The fruits are pineapple, cherry, strawberry with a coconut rum sauce. This is an easy dessert for the grill and great idea for a quick and easy dessert for any backyard family picnic food