Posts tagged Chocolate
Posts tagged Chocolate
South American sandwich cookies filled with delectable dulce de leche.
Total Time: 1 hr 45 mins | Makes: 12 sandwich cookies
Alfajores are soft, delicate cookies from South America made, surprisingly, with cornstarch. The cornstarch gives the dough a smooth, satiny texture that makes it a dream to work with and produces a tender, crumbly cookie. Creamy Dulce de Leche holds the cookies together. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can take these to the next level by rolling the edges of the finished cookies in flaked coconut or covering them in chocolate.
Special equipment: A plain or fluted 2-inch round cutter is needed to portion out the dough.
Easy homemade chocolate peanut butter bars made with only 5 ingredients. Cut them as large or small as you want!
A special Thank You to Sally’s Baking Addiction for this recipe and delicious photos.
Here’s what you will need:
Peanut Butter Filling:
Let’s begin with the crust.
In a food processor (you can also do this by hand if needed), combine the flour, cocoa, sugar, and salt on low until blended. Add the butter and Crisco and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbles. Add the egg yolks and iced coffee and process with slow pulses until the dough forms a ball. Start with about 5 tablespoons of iced coffee and add more until the mixture comes together.
Press the dough into two flatten discs. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Then, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
On a floured surface, roll out your dough until it is about 1/8 inch thick. Then cut out the dough using a flour shaped cookie cutter. My cookie cutter is 3-inches in diameter petal tip to petal tip. Once your first set of flowers are cut, you can ball up the dough and roll it out again. Repeat until you have used as much of the dough as possible.
Gently press the flowers into an ungreased mini muffin pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 -15 minutes.
Allow the mini pie shells to cool completely in the pan before removing. This will ensure they keep their shape.
While they are cooling, mix up the peanut butter pie filling. Beat the peanut butter with the cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Then add the powdered sugar, beating again until smooth. Add in the Cool Whip and beat the mixture one final time until smooth.
Add this filling into a piping bag or large plastic bag. Pipe into your cooled chocolate pie shells.
For the drizzle, melt the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwavable bowl (or in a double broiler). Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then transfer to a plastic bag. Snip off a tiny portion of one corner of the bag and drizzle the chocolate onto the filled pie shells. Top with chopped peanut for a garnish.
***A very special Thank You to Inspired By Charm for this fun recipe and the delicious photos.
Super easy and so cute! Perfect for a bridal shower or Valentine’s day.
1. Place the butter and marshmallows in a large saucepan. Heat and stir on medium heat until melted and smooth. Add the pudding and stir for about 1 minute so the pudding can dissolve. Stir in the cereal.
2. Pour the cereal into a buttered 9x13 pan. Press gently and evenly. Let set about 15 minutes. Use a heart cookie cutter to cut out 15 hearts. Let cool completely.
3. Drizzle the krispie hearts with the melted CandiQuik. Press a Reese’s heart on top before the CandiQuik sets. Let set before serving.
You could also cut the Rice Krispie treats into squares and top with the melted chocolate and hearts.
* Special Thank you - Photos and Recipe Credits: Inside Bru Crew Life
Here’s an easy variation of Brownies. Simply add some instant coffee and frost them with a mint butter cream icing. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or bridal showers.
In a small mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add the butter and instant coffee crystals. Microwave for a minute or until butter melts. Mix butter and instant coffee until coffee crystals are dissolved and well blended. Add the sugar and mix well. Next add the eggs and mix well. Add vanilla and peppermint extract and blend. Finally add the flour mixture and stir until well blended.
Pour brownie batter into a greased 13×9 baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Remove brownies from oven and cool them completely before frosting.
In a deep bowl add the soft butter and powdered sugar. Mix on low speed with an electric mixer until butter is well blending into powdered sugar. Add the peppermint extract and the milk. Whip on high speed until frosting is fluffy and spreading consistency. Add another Tablespoon of milk to make icing a little thinner if desired. Add enough red food coloring to make a pink tinted frosting.
Ice brownies. Chill slightly before cutting into squares.
** Original ecipe Credit: Tara Cooks
These chocolate pastry swirls are just right for coffee breaks or afternoon tea parties. They’ll make quite an impression, too, when drizzled with melted white chocolate.
What You’ll Need
How to Make It
This drink is delicious anytime: first thing in the morning, on a cold afternoon, or during a cozy evening by the fire. The cinnamon really adds a depth to the chocolate and the hint of chili gives it a very subtle kick.
Yields 4 servings
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups milk
Whipped cream, for garnishing (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Marshmallows, for garnishing (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the chocolate and cream over low heat. Stir occasionally until the chocolate is completely melted. Whisk in the milk, cinnamon and cayenne. Raise the heat to medium and continue cooking until very hot, but don’t let the mixture come to a boil.
Remove from the heat. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and the cocoa. Add about 1 cup of the hot milk mixture and whisk until a smooth paste is formed.
Whisk the cocoa paste back into the pot with the hot milk mixture and whisk until smooth. Pour into mugs and serve hot with whipped cream or marshmallows if desired.
* Recipe Credit: iVillage
This Black Forest Dome Cake is definitely on my recipes to try list.
You can find the recipe with step-by-step instructions on Sprinkle Bakes.
If you try this recipe, I would love to hear how it comes out.
HINTS: The tip for quick-cooking brownies is to cook them in silicone muffin pans! I love making brownies this way- they are cleaner, you don’t have to scrape and scrape a pan forever, and they are perfectly portioned for you. PLUS, they cook faster than in a big pan! SCORE!
You can use a regular muffin pan, but I’d grease it like there was no tomorrow if you do. Also maybe sprinkle a little flour to be sure. There is nothing worse than cleaning out muffin pans in my book, so I am trying to slowly add more silicon ones into my gear.
* Recipe Credit: SweetCDesigns
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
3. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture
until well blended.
4. Mix in the chocolate chips
5. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set.
7. Immediately top with three mini marshmallows when you remove the cookies from the oven.
8. If more gooey marshmallow is desired place marshmallow topped cookies back in the oven for 1 mintute.
9. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely
Guest Blog: The Gunny Sack
I made these little beauties for my party and they were delicious! And besides being adorable, they were easy to make! They consist of brownies, chocolate frosting, peanut butter cups and peanut butter frosting.
I purchased a 12 pack of 4 oz jelly jars and a brownie mix from Walmart. I made the brownie batter according to the directions on the package. Then, I greased the bottoms only of the glass jars and set them on a baking sheet. Next, I added brownie batter to each jar. I ended up with extra batter so the recipe could actually make more than 12 desserts.
I baked the brownies for about 20 minutes at 350°F . They were gooey when we ate them so if you like your brownies well done, you will want to bake them for longer.
Once the brownies were cool, I piped in store bought chocolate frosting.
I cut a bunch of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups into small chunks…sorry I didn’t count how many but I think you need a little more than 1 peanut butter cup per jar.
Just put the peanut butter cup chunks on top of the chocolate frosting.
To make the peanut butter frosting, I mixed together 1 container of store bought vanilla frosting and 1 cup of peanut butter. Then, I mixed in 1 cup of powdered sugar. After that I added, 3 tablespoons of half-n-half and beat it until it was creamy.
I piped the peanut butter frosting on top of the peanut butter cups.
The last thing I did was stick 1/4 of a peanut butter cup into the peanut butter frosting. I stored them in the fridge until I was ready to serve.
These were seriously delicious but very rich. They were almost too much to eat in one sitting…not because of the size of the jars but because of how sweet they were!
1 brownie mix
~ water, eggs and oil that are called for on the box
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix up the brownie batter according to the instructions on the box. Grease the bottoms only of 4 oz jelly jars (I used 12 but had extra batter). Put about 2 tbsp of brownie batter into each jar. I used my cookie dough scoop and just eyeballed it. Place the jars on a cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes for gooey brownies and longer for well done brownies.
1-16oz container of chocolate frosting
After the brownies have cooled, pipe chocolate frosting into each jar, over the brownies.
Peanut Butter Cup Layer:
About 18 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Cut the peanut butter cups into chunks and place them on top of the chocolate frosting in the jars.
Peanut Butter Frosting:
1-16 oz container of vanilla frosting
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp half-n-half
Mix together the vanilla frosting and peanut butter. Add the powdered sugar and mix well. Beat in 3 tbsp half-n-half until smooth and creamy. Pipe the peanut butter frosting over the peanut butter cups in the jars.
Top each frosting peak with 1/4 of a peanut butter cup and store in the fridge until ready to serve!
The best way to get a shiny super-smooth coating of chocolate ganache is to first give the cake an undercoat. Cool ganache; whip until spreadable. Cover cake, smoothing out bumps or imperfections; then pour warm ganache over cool layer. The excess that drips over the sides can be scraped up and used again.
Store-bought chocolate repackaged in a homemade wrapper — the underside of which reveals a handwritten love note — tastes doubly delicious.
Download the design, color-print, and cut out.
To embellish the motif, dot with glue and sprinkle with glitter.
Wrap around a foil-covered bar; affix with tape.
*Project source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2006
1. Coat a 9x5-inch loaf pan with baking spray. I used a canola spray.
2. Line the pan with a long piece of waxed paper. Make sure there is enough wax paper to hang over each end of the length of the pan. Press the paper to the sides of the pan allowing the oil to adhere the paper to the sides.
3. In a medium bowl, whip 1 ¼ cups of the heavy cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
4. Melt chocolate – you can do this in the microwave at 30 second intervals, or over a double boiler. I used the microwave.
5. Stir peanut butter into the hot melted chocolate until the peanut butter has melted and the mixture is consistent. Let mixture cool slightly.
6. Gently fold together chocolate mixture and whipped cream. Pour into prepared pan.
7. Whip remaining heavy cream, gradually adding the ¼ cup sugar and vanilla. Beat until stiff peaks form.
8. Top chocolate layer with sweetened whipped cream. Spread evenly with an off-set spatula. Cover whipped cream with peanuts; gently press them into the whipped cream with your fingertips. Pick up the loaf pan and drop it once on the counter to settle the layers.
9. Wrap tightly in plastic. Freeze for 3 hours.
10. To remove the chocolate loaf from pan, use a dish towel soaked in hot water to warm the sides and bottom of the pan. Lift chocolate loaf out by gently tugging on the wax paper. Slice about 1 1/2 inch thick with a large chef’s knife, wiping the knife clean between slices.
* Recipe Credit: Sprinkle Bakes: Dessert Recipes
A mug of hot chocolate is a great way to satisfy your after-dinner chocolate cravings. And cupping the warm mug between your hands on a cold day is simply heavenly. Nothing compares to the warm, thick creaminess that comes with each sip.
To make a perfect cup of hot chocolate, the chocolate must be chopped or shaved into small pieces. Otherwise, you’ll end up with chunks of unmelted chocolate in the bottom of your mug. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but not quite what we’re going for here.
PERFECT HOT CHOCOLATE
1. In a small saucepan, mix the chocolate, cocoa powder and 1/2 cup of the milk over low heat. Stir continuously until the chocolate is completely melted.
2. Add the rest of the milk and the salt. Stir, then allow to heat the rest of the way through.
3. Stir in sugar to taste. Pour into a mug and top with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired.
If you like dark chocolate, you probably don’t need to add any sugar, especially if you add whipped cream or marshmallows.
Use white chocolate (and no sugar) for a super-sweet and creamy treat.
Use a mix of chocolates: white and milk, milk and dark, the possibilities are endless!
Add some cinnamon, ginger and cayenne for a spicy kick.
Add some nutmeg for an extra punch of flavor.
* Recipe Credit: Food 52