cake, Chocolate, Desserts, ice cream, Uncategorized

Molten Lava Cakes

Wow! It has been WAY too long since my last post. Can I blame it on being back in school?

Well, last weekend was Valentine’s Day. I’ve never been a fan of the holiday UNTIL last year, when my TYLER, my best friend, proposed! The day after, that is. Getting engaged on Valentine’s Day is SO cliche 😉

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ANYWAYS…we kept Valentine’s Day low-key this year. It was Sunday, after all. Slept in, made pink heart pancakes, went to church, and made a fancy dinner afterwards. I was in charge of dessert, and I just HAD to go with these chocolate lava cakes from The Domestic Rebel, who has WAY better pics than I do . (I wasn’t planning on blogging this, but it was so delicious and split open so nicely, I just HAD to.)

They were SO good! Especially with the ice cream and homemade hot fudge 🙂 And super easy! These little individual cakes are sure to impress.

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You will need:

  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 Tbs flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch salt
  • OPT: Ice cream and fudge for garnish

Melt chocolate and butter for 1 min until butter is melted and chocolate can be whisked into a smooth substance.

Add powdered sugar, eggs, yolks, and vanilla, stirring to combine. Then add flour and salt.

Pour batter evenly into 4 liberally greased ramekins. Bake on 425 degrees for 13-15 mins, until edges are firm and center is soft. Let cake stand for a couple minutes before carefully tipping upside-down onto a plate. Top with ice cream and fudge if desired. Serve immediately!

Chocolate, Desserts, fudge, holidays, snack, Uncategorized

Homemade Fudge

To accompany my lovely sugar cookies on my goody plates, I made some nice, rich, homemade fudge.

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BTW, don’t my plates look pretty?!

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You will need:

  • 1 C evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 C sugar
  • 1 C butter
  • 10 1/2 oz mini marshmallows
  • 1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 pkg milk chocolate chips
  • opt: chopped nuts (walnuts are my favorite!)

In a very large pot, combine milk, vanilla, sugar, and butter over medium heat. Stir until mixture boils, then boil for 8 mins, stirring regularly.

Meanwhile, put your marshmallows and chocolate chips in a very large mixing bowl (and nuts, if desired). Set aside.

Once you sugar mixture has boiled long enough, pour over marshmallows and chocolate. Stir until marshmallows and chocolate have completely melted.

Pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Let cool in the fridge (this will take a couple hours. Cut up into small squares.

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caramel, Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts, Easy, rolo

Rolo Cookies

Woo, November was a crazy month! Mid-terms, the holidays, extra tutoring, Nanowrimo…But now it’s December and soon school will be out. Yayyyyy!

I made these cookies the other day when I needed a study break. I had some Rolos leftover from Halloween and remembered these fantastic cookies my grandma made the grandchildren from time to time. They are so gooey and delicious!

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You will need:

  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 C butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 C flour
  • 3/4 C cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Enough Rolos for 3 dozen cookies

Cream together butter and sugars, then mix in everything else but the Rolos. Form small ball of cookie dough around a Rolo and place on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 7-10 mins on 375 degrees.

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Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Cookies, Desserts

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

When I’m craving a cookie that is purely chocolate, these are always what comes to mind. They are delicious without being overly chocolatey, and seeing your cookies come out perfectly “crackled” is so satisfying!

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You will need:

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup melted milk chocolate chocolate chips
  • 1/6 cup milk
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • granulated sugar
  • powdered sugar

Cream together shortening and brown sugar until well combined. Then beat in the egg and vanilla.

Melt chocolate chips for 30 seconds. Stir. If not fully melted and smooth, microwave for another 15 seconds and stir again. Wait for chocolate chips to cool slightly (but not harden), then fold them into your cookie dough.

Beat in your milk.

Add salt, baking powder, and flour. Dough should be thick and and clumped together, though still slightly sticky. If it still resembles brownie batter, slowly add flour until you get the correct consistency.

Chill dough in freezer for 10 mins.

Roll cookie dough into one inch balls, then roll those balls first in granulated sugar, then in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet. 15 will fit on a pan.

Bake for 10 mins at 350 degrees. Makes 30 cookies.

My crackle cookie recipe was inspired by Rock Recipes.

Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts, no bake, peanut butter, Quick Desserts

No Bake Cookies

Been craving these for a couple weeks now, but I didn’t have peanut butter. Finally bought some and did not hesitate to mix some up. There is NO better combination than chocolate and peanut butter.

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You will need:

  • 2 C sugar
  • 2 Tbls cocoa
  • 2 Tbls margarine
  • 1/2 C milk
  • Dash of salt

Combine into medium sized pot and bring to boil on stove top over medium heat.Add:

  • 3/4 C peanut butter
  • 2 C quick oats

Remove from heat and spoon onto wax paper. Let cookies set for a half hour.

brownies, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Desserts

Good Ol’ Homemade Brownies

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You will need:

  • 1 C Butter
  • 2 1/4 C Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 1/4 C Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 C Flour
  • 2 C Flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in sugar and cook for 2 mins, stirring constantly. Do not allow to boil. Pour into large mixing bowl and beat in cocoa, eggs, salt, and baking powder. Stir in flour and chocolate chips. Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish and bake for 24-28 mins for thick brownies. For thinner brownies, pour into a greased standard size cookie sheet and bake for 15-18 mins.

The brownies pictured above have my green mint frosting.