Sometimes I get an idea in my head, and there is a lot of trial and error before I finally can execute what I want to create. Sometimes, it just doesn't come together at all and I have to scratch it. Then I am left with the leftover pieces of my attempt and I hate to waste anything, so happily I can usually make something good happen with what I have left. This is exactly what happened to me this week.
I went to the store and I found these cute little jelly jars on sale for $3.99! That is a really good price, so I had to buy them. I was going to link you to a source online to purchase jars, but they are so much more expensive. You are better off keeping an eye on the prices in your grocery store.
You know of my desire not to turn on my oven during these hot summer months, so I thought that I would come up with a deliciously cute no-bake dessert to put in these little jars for my family, then later I could use them as gifts to give away blackberry-lemon marmalade. I also had more blackberries, which have been selling at a pretty good price all summer, and I love them. I thought how delicious would a blackberry cobbler be, but how would I make the ooey, gooey, crunchy crust? Wow! My little torch that I use on Creme Brulee should be just the thing! Failed! Here is a quick synopsis of my failure. Remember to click on the pics.
Well, after putting my family through that trauma, I still had half a bowl of cake mix left. So, I turned to Pinterest and found this pin. I thought, "Hmm, I think I can do something like that in my jars!" So, I did!
1st- I mixed 1 egg into the second half of the mix and enough water to give me a slightly thicker than cake batter consistency. If you make these with a box of cake mix without making the failed cobbler first, just make the recipe on the box, substitute butter for the oil and put a little less water than it calls for to make a little thicker batter.
2nd- Put 2 T. of the batter into the jar. No more, or it will overflow in your microwave.
3rd- Put a dollop of canned frosting in the center of your batter.
4th-I put them in the microwave 2 jars at a time for 1 minute each and they came out just right. But, every microwave varies, so watch them! Let them sit for just a minute.
5th- Add whipped cream and sprinkles and you have a simple dessert that the kids will love. I think this would be a fun activity for young girls to make together at a party or get together. Eat them right away because they are best served warm. Or zap them for a few seconds if you serve them later to warm them up.
I guess that this just goes to show that good things can come from our mistakes! "If at first you don't succeed...", and all of that! Wouldn't this be good with a chocolate cake? Maybe a larger jar!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!