Category Archives: Chocolate

Vanilla Rich Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate chip cookiesIt is funny what constitutes a tragedy in the life of a blogger, Okay tragedy is way to strong a word, but a let down definitely. You see my camera battery died again and we still haven’t found the recharger, I think it must be lost somewhere in that great big world of ours never to return. This means we need to head to the store and buy ourselves a new recharger. Until then, I am back to using my camera phone, I figured blurry photos and better than no photos at all. So I made these cookies and then brought them to Bridge class last night, where we all managed to polish off almost the whole recipe so apparently they were good!!

Recipe from Allrecipes

  •                     3 1/4 cups flour
  •                     1 teaspoon baking soda
  •                     3/4 teaspoon salt
  •                     1 1/3 cups butter, softened
  •                     1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  •                     1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  •                     2 eggs
  •                     4 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  •                     1 (12 ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  •                     1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1. Cream together the butter and both sugars, then blend in eggs and vanilla.

2. Add baking soda, salt and 2 1/4 cups of the flour. Beat until combined. Beat in remaining flour.

3. Add chocolate chips and walnuts, stir until combined.

4. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 375 for 9 minutes a batch. Cool.

5. Eat and enjoy!

 

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Cadbury Creme Egg Cupcake

Creme Egg CupcakeWhy is there a candle on my cupcake you ask? Is it a birthday  party? Anniversary? Well I guess you could say a little of both. It’s my Blogaversary! Actually it was last Thursday, however right when I was about to post my camera died, and all the pictures had not been transferred to my computer. Easy problem to solve you say, just recharge and load them up. Well easier said than done, you see, both my husband and I searched high and low for the recharger and it was not to be found. Last night Hubs borrowed a recharger from a friend just so I could do this post. Yup he’s a keeper. I have now blogged for more than a year. A fun little hobby.Keep your eye out for some changes coming to a blog near you. We are in the process of changing to a self hosted site where I can have a lot more control, and thanks to all of you who have read this little project of mine.

Cupcake Recipe found at Allrecipes

Creme Egg idea found at The Cupcake Activist

  •                    10 tablespoons butter
  •                     1 1/4 cups white sugarReady to Bake
  •                     4 eggs
  •                     1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  •                     1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •                     1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  •                     3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  •                     2 teaspoons baking powder
  •                     1/4 teaspoon salt
  •                     3/4 cup milk
  •                     16 Cadbury Creme Eggs-frozen

1. To make cupcake batter blend together the butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, add both extracts with last egg.

2. Blend in all your dry ingredients, then milk.

3. Divide batter into 16 muffin cups that have been lined with paper liners. Top each cupcake with frozen creme egg. (It will sink into the cupcake during cooking time.

4. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees, cool, then frost as desired.

5. Eat and enjoy!

Frosted Chocolate Pretzel Bars

Pretzel BarsYes you heard it, blondies that are filled with Chocolate Covered pretzels, topped with chocolate frosting, and a few more chopped chocolate covered pretzels on top, just for good measure. This was an excellent treat of the week. After a two-week hiatus our Bridge teacher was back and we had a fun night eating treats, and playing Bridge! It was fun. It was yummy.

Recipe found at Gingerbread Bagels. Thank you Lindsey!

Blondies:

  •  1 cup all-purpose flour
  •  1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  •  1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  •  1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1 cup packed light brown sugar
  •  1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  •  1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  •  1 large egg, at room temperature
  •  1/2 cup chopped chocolate covered pretzels

Chocolate Buttercream:

  •  1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  •  1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  •  1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  •  3 Tablespoons whole milk
  •  1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Grease a 8×8 baking pan and pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Beat together the melted butter, brown sugar and vanilla. Beat in the dry ingredients , then the egg. Fold in chocolate covered pretzels. Spread into prepared pan.

3. Bake for 20 minutes.

4. To make icing: Beat together all ingredients except milk , add milk 1 Tbsp at a time. Beat until desired consistency, about 2-3 minutes.

5. Frost blondies, top with additional chocolate covered pretzels if desired!