No-Bake Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

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This recipe yields approximately 4 dozen cookies

I recommend using wax paper or a silicone baking sheet (I love those!!!) for a non-stick easy removal and clean up surface.
INGREDIENTS:
2 cups white sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
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1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup milk
1 pinch salt
3 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
DIRECTIONS:
1. In a saucepan bring sugar, cocoa, margarine, milk, and salt to a rapid boil for 1 minute.
2. Add quick cooking oats, peanut butter, and vanilla; mix well.
3. Working quickly, drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper, and let cool.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Nutter Butter Bars

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Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

This recipe is fast and easy to make! If you don’t have Nutter Butter cookies in your local store, just grab the closest thing you can find to a peanut butter vanilla type cookie. The finished cookies have a nice subtle peanut butter taste, combined with rich chewy chocolate!! YUMMMM YUM! The semi-sweet chocolate balances the sweetness of the Nutter Butters, and chocolate and peanut butter are made for each other. The cookie chunks are a wonderful contrast to the otherwise smooth, dense dough, and give the bars a serious dose of texture.

YIELD: one 8×8 pan, 9 to 12 generous squares

PREP TIME: 10 minutes

COOK TIME: about 30 minutes

TOTAL TIME: about 1 hour, to allow for cooling

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1 large egg
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
10 Nabisco Nutter Butter Cookies, coarsely chopped into about 6 pieces each, divided (another type of peanut butter- or vanilla-sandwich cookie may substituted such as Golden Oreos or similar; if using other cookies, use about 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped cookies)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  3. Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don’t scramble it. Add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the peanut butter and stir until smooth.
  5. Add the flour and stir until just combined, don’t overmix.
  6. Stir in most of the chopped Nutter Butters, reserving about 1/4 cup to be sprinkled on top.
  7. Stir in most of the chocolate chips, reserving about 2 tablespoons to be sprinkled on top.
  8. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  9. Evenly sprinkle the reserved Nutter Butters and reserved chocolate chips over the top, lightly pressing them down with your finger or a spatula.
  10. Bake for about 28 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center (if you can find a bare patch to test) comes out mostly clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Allow bars to cool in pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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MD’s Chocolate Salted Almond Bark

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My Chocolate Salted Almond Bark is undoubtedly one of my most popular and most requested sweet recipes of all. It’s super simple to make, but looks incredibly fancy. The recipe does call for gourmet chocolate, so it can be a pricey finished product, but it’s well worth it! I recommend using the best dark and white chocolate that you can find and afford. At the minium, use the king size Hershey bars, they aren’t too pricey and will give you a delicious treat!

Ingredients:

16 oz. Dark Chocolate

16 oz. White Chocolate

1 cup Salted Almonds (you can also used smoked almonds)

1-2 Tablespoons Sea Salt (Camargue Fleur de Sel is my favorite and can be found in gourmet food stores like Sur La Table, or online from Amazon)

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees F.

2. Break the white and dark chocolate into little pieces and scatter evenly on a large rimmed baking sheet lined with non-stick parchment paper.

2. Bake the chocolate for 5-7 minutes until soft.

3. Remove the chocolate from the oven, and use a fork to swirl the pieces together, mix well until white and dark are well blended and smoothed out.

4. Sprinkle the salted almonds evenly over the smoothed out chocolate. Push the almonds deep into the chocolate with your palms. Make sure the almonds are covered in the chocolate.

5. Sprinkle the salt over the chocolate almond mixture. 1-2 tablespoons depending on how much salt you want to taste.

6. Cool for 3 hours, or over night if you can. Break apart the pieces and enjoy!

 

Toffee Chocolate Salted Brittle Squares

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These sweet and salty delights are incredibly yummy! Giving friends and family home-made treats really shows love, especially around the holidays. If you’ve got the time to spare, and have some creativity, home-made treats are the way to go! A little money, makes a lot of goodies!

Ingredients:

    • 13 graham crackers
    • 1 bag (8 ounces) toffee bits
    • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped toasted natural almonds
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
    • 3/4 cup (4 ounces) bittersweet chocolate, chopped, or chocolate chips
    • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a rimmed baking sheet with heavy duty foil. Place graham crackers in a single layer on sheet, edges touching. Sprinkle the toffee bits and almonds over the graham crackers.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and butter to a boil over medium-high. Reduce the heat and cook until you reach a rapid simmer, swirling the pan occasionally, until mixture is syrupy, about 2 minutes. Immediately pour over the graham cracker, toffee and almond mixture. Bake until sugar topping is bubbling, about 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle the chocolate and salt over the graham cracker mixture. With a very sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the block into 2-inch squares. Let cool completely on the foil sheet on a wire rack. (Store in an airtight container, up to 1 week.) You can serve them on a platter, or wrap up chunks to gift to friends and family.

Best Chocolate Coffee Cake

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The richest, chocolatiest, moistest, most irresistible chocolate cake ever! The recipe below is for the cake. You can use our own personal recipes for Chocolate Buttercream Frosting, or Chocolate Fudge, to fill and frost the cake, then add berries, jams, any any other fillings and toppings you wish to add your own personal touch to the cake.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar (brown sugar is okay too)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium or large eggs
  • 1 cup brewed black coffee
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, 175 degrees C (if you’re using dark non-stick pans, preheat oven to 325 degrees F).
  2. Grease and flour one 9×13 inch pan or a bunt cake pan if you have one.
  3. In large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix well.
  4. Add in the eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil and vanilla all together, then beat for 2 minutes with a mixer on medium speed.
  5. Pour into your pre-greased baking pans.
  6. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. After 3o minutes, check with toothpick inserted into center of the cake to see if it comes out clean.
  7. Cool the cake for 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
  8. Finish cooling on a wire rack.  When completely cooled, fill and frost as desired.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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This is as simple as gourmet chocolate covered strawberries can be made. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any other special occasion. They symbolize love and romance, so share them with someone special!

  • 16 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries with leaves attached

Directions

  1. Insert a toothpick into the top of each strawberry.
  2. In a double boiler (stainless steel or Pyrex bowl over a stock pot of boiling water) melt the chocolate and shortening together, stirring occasionally until smooth. Holding each strawberry by the toothpick, dip them one at a time into the chocolate mixture.
  3. Turn the strawberries upside down and insert the toothpick into styrofoam for the chocolate to cool.
  4. You can drizzle with melted white chocolate (after cooled) or any use sprinkles or other decorative sugars while they are still warm and will stick.

Peppermint Bark

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This can be customized in many ways. You can decorate with a variety of chocolate drizzles (white, dark, milk), use a variety of peppermint etc. It’s up to you how you want to make it your own!

Ingredients

  1. 8 ounces high-quality semisweet (dark) chocolate, broken into pieces – if you don’t care for dark chocolate you can use white or milk
  2. 2 teaspoons canola oil, (separate)
  3. 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, (separate)
  4. 8 ounces high-quality white chocolate, broken into pieces – you can also use white chocolate chip morsels
  5. 25 peppermint candies, crushed – any kind (canes, mints, etc.)

Directions

  1. Lightly grease (or spray) a 9×9 inch pan and line with waxed parchment paper.
  2. Place the semisweet chocolate and 1 teaspoon of the canola oil in the top of a double boiler over just barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching. When the chocolate is melted, stir in 1/4 teaspoon of the peppermint extract. Pour the melted chocolate into the prepared pan, and spread evenly over the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle half of the crushed peppermints over the chocolate layer. Refrigerate until completely hardened, about 1 hour.
  3. Place the white chocolate and the remaining 1 teaspoon canola oil in the top of a double boiler over just barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching. When the chocolate is melted, stir in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract. Pour the white chocolate directly over the semisweet chocolate layer; spread evenly. Sprinkle the remaining crushed candy over the top and gently press in. Drizzle with melted chocolate for decorative effect.
  4. Refrigerate until completely hardened. Remove from pan and break into small uneven pieces to serve.

Chocolate Pumpkin Shaped Cake

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This is a very easy recipe, but sure to impress any Halloween party guests!! The entire cake can be made with store bought ingredients, no baking from scratch necessary.

2 packages of chocolate cake mix (including the eggs and water, and anything else listed on the instructions on the package)

  • 1 1/4 cup(s) powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 4 teaspoons milk (any kind will do)
  • orange food coloring (or red and yellow to make it if orange is not available)
  • 1/3 cups store bought white or vanilla frosting
  • 1  wafer ice cream cone
  • 1 small tube green decorating icing
  • edible leaf or petal sugar decorations, for garnish (if you can find them, not crucial to the recipe)

  1. Grease two standard 12-cup Bundt cake pans with oil or cooking spray. Prepare cake mixes as package label directs for 2 Bundt cakes. Bake as directed. Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then invert cakes onto wire racks to cool completely. You can also prepare cakes one at a time using the same pan.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare glaze: In a small bowl, stir confectioners’ sugar, corn syrup and 4 tsp. milk together with a fork until smooth. Blend in remaining 1 tsp. milk, if necessary, for desired consistency. If you like, use food coloring to tint glaze orange, or just leave glaze white.
  3. Trim the flat side of each cake with a serrated knife so it’s even. Place one cake, rounded side down, on a serving plate. Spread chocolate frosting on top (not a thick layer, just enough to hold the two cakes together). Position second cake on top of the first, flat side down.
  4. Stir glaze again and drizzle over cake. Invert ice cream cone into hole in top of cake to make the pumpkin’s stem. If you like, use green icing to decorate the cone and arrange edible leaf decorations around it.

Chocolate Covered Easter Eggs

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/2 pounds confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (optional)
  • 1 cup flaked coconut (optional)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 2 tablespoons shortening or vegetable oil (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the butter, vanilla, and cream cheese. Stir in confectioners’ sugar to make a workable dough. For best results, use your hands for mixing.
  2. Divide the dough into four parts. Leave one of the parts plain. To the second part, mix in peanut butter. Mix coconut into the third part, and cocoa powder into the last part. Roll each type of dough into egg shapes, and place on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate until hard, at least an hour.
  3. Melt chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth. If the chocolate seems too thick for coating, stir in some of the shortening or oil until it thins. Dip the chilled candy eggs in chocolate, and return to the waxed paper lined sheet to set. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour to harden.

Fudge Frosting

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Preparation Time:  10 minutes
Cooking Time:  10 minutes

Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Melt chocolate and butter in small heavy saucepan over low heat; stir to blend.
  2. Beat in powdered sugar. Beat in egg white and vanilla, adding a little water, if necessary, to make smooth, slightly soft frosting. Spoon over cupcakes, cake, cookies or any other dessert!