Posts Tagged ‘chocolate chips’

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S’mores Cookie Bars

May 23, 2019

What’s not to love about graham crackers, chocolate and gooey marshmallow? These are simply delicious cookie bars that come together quickly and disappear almost as fast.

You will need:

  • 1 c unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 c graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 7 oz container marshmallow fluff
  • 1 1/2 c semisweet chocolate chips

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil and lightly grease with nonstick cooking spray or vegetable oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth and integrated.
  3. Mix in the vanilla and eggs.
  4. Mix in the cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
  5. Mix in the graham cracker crumbs and flour.
  6. Spread a touch more than half of the dough in the prepared pan.
  7. Spoon drops of fluff on top of the dough; try to spread as much as possible given the stickiness.
  8. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the fluff.
  9. Spread the remaining dough on top.
  10. Bake 35-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the bars are set.
  11. Allow to cool in the pan.

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Salty Oat (Chip) Cookies

July 5, 2018

There is a tea house and cafe near my office that has “salty oat” cookies. I think they are the perfect treat: comforting and not too sweet. They are delicious with tea, coffee or cocoa. I set out recreate them, and this dough is awesome both with semisweet chocolate chip and without them. The last time I made them, I made half into cookie bars and used the other half of the dough to make frozen dough balls. Then I could pop a few cookies in the oven whenever we needed a quick treat!

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You will need:

  • 2 sticks salted butter, room temperature
  • 2 c brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 2 c flour
  • 2 c old-fashioned oats
  • Optional: 1/2 c bittersweet chocolate chips

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper if making cookies. Line a 9×9 baking pan with foil and lightly grease with nonstick spray if making cookie bars.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until well mixed and smooth.
  3. Mix in the eggs until light and fluffy.
  4. Mix in the baking powder, baking soda, and vanilla extract.
  5. Mix in the flour.
  6. Mix in the oats (and chips if using) until just combined.
  7. Drop spoonfuls of the dough for cookies or spread half of the batter in the baking pan for bars.
  8. Bake for 10-14 minutes for cookies, until turning golden and set around the edges.
  9. Bake for 30-40 minutes for bars, until golden and set in the middle.

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Mocha Chip Ice Cream

June 25, 2018

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I heart ice cream. I could eat it every day. D loves mocha drinks. He could drink them every day. This dessert combines those two delicious items into a creamy frozen treat. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can still make this in your freezer. Just put the mixture in your freezer, and then stir every hour for four to five hours until desired consistency.

You will need:

  • 1 c 2% milk
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 3 T instant espresso powder
  • 3 T high quality, unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 c whipping cream
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c mini semisweet chocolate chips

Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together everything but the mini chocolate chips.
  2. Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s directions. It will be a soft serve consistency at this point.
  3. Stir in the mini chocolate chips and transfer to a freezer-safe container.
  4. Freeze an additional hour or two until it reaches your desired consistency.

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Brown Butter Granola

June 27, 2016

D and I eat a fair amount of granola. I kept thinking, “why haven’t I tried to make my own?” Then I would forget about it until the next time I was picking up granola at the store. This is a basic recipe that can be tailored based on your tastes; use your favorite nuts and add in whatever dried fruits get you excited.

You will need:

  • 8 T (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 3 T pure maple syrup
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 c nuts (I recommend pecans or walnuts)
  • 2 c slow cooking old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 c coconut flakes
  • 1/2 c unsweetened chocolate chips or chunks
  • 3/4 c dried fruit, chopped (I used a mix of apricots and cherries)

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. I recommend one with sides.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Allow the butter to foam and then brown, stirring regularly, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Pour the browned butter into a small mixing bowl. Whisk in the brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and pinch of salt.
  4. Pulse the nuts in a food processor until coarse ground.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the nuts with the oats and coconut flakes.
  6. Stir in the browned butter mixture. Mix well.
  7. Spread the granola on the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake 45-60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven when golden brown.
  9. Allow to cool on the baking sheet.
  10. Break apart into a large mixing bowl.
  11. Mix in the chocolate and dried fruit.
  12. The granola will keep for about one week in an airtight container.

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Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

March 11, 2016

These are quick prep and a relatively short bake time. They are perfect warm with a little ice cream and caramel!

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You will need:

  • 8 T unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 T instant espresso powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 c flour
  • 1 c semisweet chocolate chips

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 baking dish with foil and lightly grease.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the butter with the egg, vanilla, espresso powder and salt until well mixed and airy.
  3. Mix in the brown sugar until well combined.
  4. Mix in the flour and the chocolate chips.
  5. Spread in the prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake 25-35 minutes or until golden and set in the middle.
  7. Allow to cool ten minutes in the pan. Remove and allow to cool on a wire rack.
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Cinnamon Chocolate Bundt Cake

June 30, 2015

Sometimes I just want to bake a cake. Sometimes it is a layer cake. Sometimes it is a Bundt cake. The other night called for a fresh baked Bundt cake.

You will need:

  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 c vegetable oil
  • 1/3 c unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 6 oz plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • 3 c flour
  • 1 c semisweet chocolate chunks, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 T cinnamon

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a Bundt pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until light and fluffy.
  3. Whisk in the oil, butter, vanilla, and yogurt.
  4. Mix in the brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
  5. Mix in the flour and chopped chocolate.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the sugar with the cinnamon.
  7. Spread half of the batter in the Bundt pan.
  8. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon sugar.
  9. Spread the remaining batter in the pan and top with the remaining sugar.
  10. Bake 50-60 minutes or until golden and a tester inserted comes out clean.
  11. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.
  12. Optional: top with a little powdered sugar glaze.

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Sour Cream Swirl Brownies

March 27, 2015

20150301 Sour Cream SwirlI made these the other weekend during an ice storm. Some of D’s friends were in town, so we decided to make something yummy to warm up our afternoon.

You will need:

  • 1/2 c unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 3/4 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 c chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 3 T honey
  • 1/2 t ground nutmeg

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 baking pan with tinfoil and lightly grease with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the better.
  3. Whisk in the cocoa powder, salt, cinnamon and baking powder until smooth. Remove from heat.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until light and fluffy.
  5. Whisk the vanilla into the eggs.
  6. Gradually whisk the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Be sure to do this slowly and whisk continuously to avoid scrambling the eggs.
  7. Mix in the flour until well combined.
  8. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  9. Spread in the prepared baking pan.
  10. In a small bowl, mix the sour cream together with the honey and nutmeg.
  11. Drop the sour cream mixture on top of the brownie batter. Use a knife to swirl the sour cream into the brownie batter.
  12. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until set in the middle.
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