Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’
My phone stinks. Not because it is a dumb phone (I actually don’t really feel the need for a smart phone), but due to the fact that I can text on it all day long without any trouble yet the second I try to talk on the phone, after 5 minutes it decides to go from 100% battery to 0% and shuts off without even a low battery warning beep. Many conversations have been abruptly cut off, likely with me cursing at my phone as it dies (hopefully it dies fast enough that no one hears). Of course it then sits off for a couple minutes and when it finally comes back it has full power again. WTF!? Therefore, the only way I can talk on my phone is if it is plugged into its charger. I think I need to hunt down a new battery, and hopefully that will fix the issue.
In baking-related weather news, Friday we had a break in the heat and humidity but the next day it went right back to almost normal for this time of year. It’s not quite as hot but it’s still muggy so that means you get another no bake recipe today! It’s puppy chow with a s’mores twist, made with graham cereal instead of chex and then chocolate and marshmallows are mixed in before dusting with powdered sugar. Plan to lose self control.
Two years ago: Banana Foster Cream Pie
S’MORES PUPPY CHOW
Makes about 8 cups
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup Nutella
1-1/2 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups Golden Grahams cereal
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
- Line a large baking sheet with wax paper, set aside.
- In a large saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and Nutella on low heat. Constantly stir to avoid the chocolate from burning. Once completely melted, add in 3/4 cup marshmallows. Stir them into the chocolate mixture until they begin to melt, then remove pan from heat.
- Stir in Golden Grahams Cereal and the other 3/4 cup marshmallows. Stir until each piece is covered then pour evenly onto prepared baking sheet. Sift the powdered sugar in small batches onto the cereal mixture and mix every time to incorporate and evenly coat. Break up larger pieces while mixing. Allow to cool then enjoy.
Happy Father’s Day! Today’s event is being hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. They teamed up with their blogger friends to help raise awareness and support for Cancer and Hospice today in memory of Kim’s dad. We encourage everyone to read the posts and share their own experiences with cancer. We also would like to encourage everyone to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society
Be sure to check out everyone else’s posts today:
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Home-made Strawberry Topping by Cravings of a Lunatic
Chili Verde by Juanita’s Cocina
S’Mores Brownies in Jars by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Dark Chocolate and Orange Muffins by The Dutch Baker’s Daughter
Boston Cream Pie by Pass The Sushi
My Fathers Day Recipe Round Up by Curry and Comfort
Tropical Smoothie by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
Mini Gugelhupf by Masala Herb
Sauteed Strawberry and Sugarsnap Salad by Cook The Story
Cranberry Cashew Breakfast Muffins by In Fine Balance
Arugula Salad with Sundried Tomatoes and Mushrooms by Crazy Foodie Stunts
Spicy Beef Sliders by Katie’s Cucina
Thai Red Curry Soup by Damn Delicious
Suman (Sweet Rice and Banana Leaves) by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Fresh Vegetable Salad by White Lights on Wednesday
Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Sundae by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Cinnamon Chip Cookie Butter Bars by The Messy Baker
Berry/Cherry Fro-Yo Ice Cream by Cookistry
Honey Beer Bread by Hungry Couple
Cinnamon-Chocolate Chip Pancakes by The Spiffy Cookie
Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars by Sweet Remedy
Cookies and Cream Brownies by Cooking in Stilettos
Blueberry Lemon Cake by Roxana’s Home Baking
Angel Cake by Ninja Baking
Knit (or crocheted) Grey Brain Cancer Mustache Pin by Knit, Purl, Damn!
As for me, I have been lucky enough to not have too many people in my family suffer from cancer, or myself (yet). Skin cancer seems to run in my family, but it is uncertain if it is a genetic predisposition or just lack of sunblock when they were younger. My father has had a few spots removed and so far nothing too serious has popped up. My uncle had prostate cancer but it was taken out. My step father was also diagnosed with prostate cancer not too long ago, and the treatment is going very well. However, I have lost a couple to cancer. My grandmother’s sister (my grand-aunt?) died of colon cancer and a couple years ago my step grandmother died from pancreatic cancer just shortly after being diagnosed. Many family members stayed with her and my step grandfather at their home throughout the battle and end, and today’s post is in honor of them and all my other family members who have either fought their own battle or helped someone else through theirs.
Since it is father’s day I am sending some extra love to my father, who is the pancake king in my life. Growing up it’s wasn’t just a question of whether we wanted pancakes, eggs, or waffles for breakfast, but what KIND? Pumpkin, applesauce, buttermilk, and oatmeal were the most popular but every now and then something new would appear on our plates. So today I am making pancakes for my dad. Well, digital pancakes since he is 6 hours away from me, but nonetheless I think he would enjoy these pancakes because of the fruit topping. And since it is also Single Serving Sunday these serve one, so whip up a batch for the dad in your life.
CINNAMON-CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES
Serves 1 (makes 3 pancakes)
1 Tbsp lowfat Greek yogurt (I used 2% plain Chobani)
1/4 tsp grated orange zest
1 tsp sugar
1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
3 Tbsp quick-cooking oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 tsp honey
1 Tbsp mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus more for topping
1/2 cup 2% milk
Vegetable cooking spray
1/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries
- Mix Greek yogurt, zest and sugar in a bowl until smooth; refrigerate.
- Combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the center of flour mixture. Place egg white, honey, chocolate chips and milk in well. Stir liquid with a wooden spoon until flour is just combined.
- Heat a griddle over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto griddle and cook until bubbles appear on surface and undersides are golden brown, about 1 minute. Flip and cook other side, about 1 minute more. Top with a spoonful of Greek yogurt mixture, berries and additional chocolate chips if desired.
Source: Adapted slightly from SELF.
It’s time for me to give you a dessert for Single Serving Sunday, because in all honestly leftover desserts are my downfall. Leftover entrees are dispersed throughout the week as lunches or dinner on subsequent days (even though I may get bored of it sometimes), but desserts either have to be passed out at work or frozen. There are so many more servings in a batch of cookies than a pizza! So single singer desserts are really what I should focus on more.
Jar desserts are pretty popular in the summer-time, especially for bringing to picnics because they are easy to transport and hand out as individual portions. However, most recipes make multiple single servings. But this s’mores jar cake recipe only requires one 16 oz jar. Granted you probably could say it serves 2, but do you really think you will want to share this with anyone? Let’s be honest with ourselves.
Jar cakes are also great when you want to ship a treat for someone’s birthday, which is exactly what I did. To make it prettier, I topped the jar lid with a cupcake liner – something I probably saw on Pinterest once. I thought it was really cute.
Two years ago: Skillet Chicken with Peppers and Peanuts
S’MORES JAR CAKE FOR ONE
Makes one 16 oz. jar cake
1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, melted
4-5 large marshmallows
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mason jar with non-stick spray.
- In a small bowl, combine butter, graham crumbs and salt. Mix until moistened. Press graham crust into jar. (I pressed the crumbs down firmly with the back of a cookie scoop.)
- Place flour, cocoa, sugar, salt, baking soda, egg, oil, vanilla and melted chocolate into a medium mixing bowl. Mix all ingredients until well combined.
- Pour batter into prepared jar, place in a small baking dish and add about enough water to cover the bottom inch and bake for 25-30 minutes or until baked through.
- Remove cake from the oven and press large marshmallows down on top. Heat the broiler and brown marshmallows for about 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown.
For May’s Secret Recipe Club I was assigned to Lynsey Lou’s and I found several recipes that I wanted to try such as Blueberry Grilled Cheese, Baked Burritos with Creamy Poblano Sauce, and Salad with Garlic-Lime Chicken and Goat Cheese. Ultimately I decided to try something new with her Flourless Black Bean Brownies. I have seen brownies made with beans or avocado, but have always been skeptical. and it was time to take the risk!
And the verdict? Not only were they easy to prepare (all in the food processor), they were surprisingly good! Knowing black beans were in the brownies I could kind of taste their presence, but no one else I shared them with knew. In fact it paired quite well with the chocolate and made for a very chewy brownie, which is my favorite kind of brownie. I definitely plan on making these again with walnuts mixed in, yum!
FLOURLESS BLACK BEAN BROWNIES
Makes 16 brownies
15 oz. can of black bean, drained and rinsed
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup agave
2 Tbsp sugar (I used Zulka Pure Cane Sugar)
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Sea salt for topping, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and spray non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
- Place black beans, cocoa powder, oats, salt, agave, sugar, oil, vanilla and baking powder in a food processor, blend until mixture is smooth. Once the ingredients are incorporated and the mixture is smooth add chocolate chips and stir to combine.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, sprinkle with sea salt (if desired) and bake 15-18 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 10 minutes on cooling rack before removing. Cool completely and cut into bars
Source: Lynsey Lou’s
Did you really think I would leave off for my birthday weekend with my post yesterday, lacking cake batter, peanut butter, and cookie dough? Yes it was a most splendid ice cream, but I refuse to spend my birthday without at least one of those 3 things! So I went ahead and made breakfast using all three…
Peanut butter pancakes.
Eggless chocolate chip cookie dough.
Put the three together and you get an overload of some of my most favorite things about the dessert world… but for breakfast! And since it’s my birthday it’s completely acceptable to eat this first thing in the morning.
And since today is also star wars day (may the fourth be with you), I had originally made these pancakes with star wars vehicle pancake molds, but they didn’t come out right so I ended up just making the rest regular. So you’ll have to just imagine these as cool Millenium Falcons and X wings and Tie Fighters.
One year ago: Funfettinutter Cupcakes for Two (or One Birthday Girl)
Two years ago: Peanut Butter Cup S’mores Ice Cream
BIRTHDAY OVERLOAD PANCAKES
Makes about 1.5 dozen
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups milk
1 Tbsp sugar
1/4 creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (I used 0% vanilla Chobani)
CAKE BATTER “SYRUP”
1/2 cup dry white cake mix
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp sprinkles, plus more for garnish
- To make the cookie dough, in a large bowl, beat butter and sugars with an electric mixer on medium until light and fluffy. Mix in milk and vanilla.
- Stir in flour and salt and mix on low until incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips. Set aside.
- To make pancakes, in a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In a medium bowl, combine the milk, egg, sugar, peanut butter, and Greek yogurt. Beat with an electric mixer on low until smooth. Add mixture to the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined.
- Heat a large griddle over medium heat. Ladle the batter onto the griddle and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side.
- Keep pancakes warm by placing on a oven-proof tray in an oven preheated to 200 degrees.
- To make the “syrup”, whisk together the cake mix and water until smooth. Fold in sprinkles.
- To serve, layer pancakes alternating with crumbled bits of cookie dough, topped with a drizzle of cake batter “syrup”. Add extra sprinkles if desired.
Source: Cookie Dough from The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook. Pancakes adapted from The Peanut Butter & Co. Cookbook. Cake Batter “Syrup” adapted slightly from Little Bitty Bakes.
After seeing Christina’s S’mores Cookie Dough Bites, I decided to make my own using the recipe for Raw Cookie Dough Bites. Visually they might not look as pretty or resemble traditional cookie dough, but they certainly taste like cookie dough and they are packed with good-for-you nuts. Just overlook the marshmallow bits, chocolate, and graham crackers haha.
Speaking of nuts, I’m going to tell you a little tale about innocent highschool-me. As part of my senior AP English class, we wrote different styled/themed poems and one particular assignment involved writing a customer complaint in the form of a poem (I cannot remember which style). These poems were then read in front of the class by either the writer or the teacher (I always let her read mine, I preferred the anonymity although one time I wrote one about my mom and everyone knew it was me but I digress). One student wrote a poem to a candy bar company complaining about the use of nuts in nearly all of their products. The poem went on and on about how much it ruined the ability to enjoy said candy bars and my uncensored reaction was “::GASP:: I love nuts!”, to which everyone turned to stare at me at laugh. Yea, I said that out loud and not in a low voice. And no, I did not realize what it sounded like until it was too late.
But you know what, I do love nuts dang it and I’m not ashamed to say it no matter what it sounds like! These cookie dough balls are proof of my profession, because they actually curb my real cookie cravings. In other words they are magic.
One year ago: Corned Beef with Blackberry Mustard Glaze
RAW S’MORES COOKIE DOUGH BITES
Makes about 2 dozen
2/3 cup raw almonds
2/3 cup raw walnuts
2/3 cup raw rolled oats
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup raw agave nectar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips
2 Tbsp mallow bits (or cut up miniature marshmallows)
2 Tbsp crushed graham crackers
- In a food processor, process the almonds, walnuts, oats, cinnamon and salt to a fine meal.
- Add the agave nectar and vanilla and process to combine.
- Fold in the chocolate chips, marshmallows, and graham cracker crumbs.
- Roll the cookie dough into balls (about 1 Tbsp each) and place them on a cookie pan lined with parchment paper.
- Place the pan in the freezer for about an hour to firm up. Store balls in a tightly covered container in the freezer.
Last night I went to Lindsay Landis & Taylor Hackbarth’s book signing for “Breakfast for Dinner” here in Memphis! It was amazing to meet them both and I already have bookmarks sticking out all over their newest cookbook. Which lead me to the resolution that I need to cook more from my cookbooks in general. When there are that many amazing recipes, it’s a crime not to make them. First I need to make some breakfast for dinner, and then something cookie dough for dessert .
But before I can dive into that we must celebrate National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day! And since I already gorged myself with Casablanca’s chocolate mousse, and a Muddy’s tomboy cupcake last night, let’s continue the gluttony today by celebrating with something obscene. If you thought the Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownies and Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Bricks were sinful, how about combining the two into one decadent pie? Oh I did it. And for the sake of my waistline and overall health, I need to never make this pie again. I work out every day for an hour or more and even that is not enough to prevent this from sticking to my belly. My ability to resist is also completely absent, so therefore I definitely cannot be in the same room as this pie without eating some. It’s. Just. Too. Good.
One year ago: Pizza Swirls
Two years ago: Caramelized Honey Dijon Chicken Wrap
PEANUT BUTTER CUP CRUNCH BROWNIE MOUSSE PIE
Favorite boxed brownie mix, plus indicated ingredients (could also make homemade)
3/4 cup salted peanuts
8 Reese’s peanut butter cups, chopped
1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
1/2 block (4 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Chocolate sprinkles, if desired
- Prepare the brownie layer according to packaged directions, and pour into a greased 10-inch springform pan. Bake the brownies for 5 minutes less than the recipe states.
- Remove brownies from the oven and sprinkle the top with the peanuts and chopped peanut butter cups. Return to the oven and bake for 5 additional minutes.
- While the brownies are finishing up in the oven, melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in the crispy rice cereal until evenly coated. Remove the brownies from the oven and pour the chocolate and peanut butter mixture over top. Spread to cover evenly. Allow time for the brownie to cool; in the meantime, prepare the peanut butter mousse layer.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a bowl with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and peanut butter until fluffy. Add the sugar, vanilla and salt and beat again.
- Put the peanut butter concoction into another bowl, clean out the first bowl and whip the cream to stiff peaks. Fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter and continue until completely combined.
- Using a rubber spatula, spread the peanut butter mousse on top of the cooled brownies. Place in refrigerator to set for at least three hours.
- When ready to serve, remove sides from springform pan, slice and serve. Top with chocolate sprinkles if desired. Store in the refrigerator.