Today is National Chocolate Chip Day–WooHoo! It sounds like a great excuse to enjoy lots of chocolate chip goodies, doesn’t it? Here’s a little roundup of some recipes you may want to try… These Chocolate Chip Muffins are great for breakfast or … Continue reading
Cookies for breakfast? That sounds like a great idea to me! I’ve been wanting to make some breakfast cookies, so I was happy to find a recipe for them in my review copy of Bob’s Red Mill Everyday Gluten-Free Cookbook by … Continue reading
With flowers starting to bloom and trees starting to bud, I’ve been enjoying all the spring color outside. And it put me in the mood to make something colorful! I saw some Trix Marshmallow Bars at BettyCrocker.com and just had to try them out! I … Continue reading
You’re probably wondering what’s up with this pumpkin recipe. I mean, it’s almost spring–a pumpkin recipe? But I still had a can of pumpkin I bought during the holidays that I hadn’t used and I wanted to make these Chocolate Chip Pumpkin … Continue reading
If you’re looking for something sweet to sink your teeth into, these blondies are exactly what you need! Some blondie recipes I’ve made before were more on the thinner side. But these are really thick and chewy. And they’re packed … Continue reading
Have you ever heard of a “Dessert Mash-Up”? If you haven’t, it’s simply a yummy creation of two different desserts combined into one! It’s also the name of a new cookbook that has recipes like Blueberry Muffin Waffles, Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast, Chocolate Cheesecake Sandwich … Continue reading
Yay for Friday! It has been such a busy week, I am ready for a slower-paced weekend! And speaking of weekends, I wanted to share a recipe I made last weekend–Zucchini-Banana Bars. These bars are so moist and yummy, just as you … Continue reading
This is a good, easy cookie bar recipe that I’ve had for quite awhile! I think I originally found it in a magazine ad and then I came across it later at Kraft Recipes. This recipe uses a cake mix as part of … Continue reading
This cookie is quite different from your average chocolate chip cookie! For one thing, it’s giant-size because it’s made in a 10″ cast iron skillet. I got the idea from The Nourished Life and thought it was great! There’s nothing like having a … Continue reading
“Crumble” is an understatement when describing these bars, because they are super–crumbly! These Raspberry Jam Oat Crumble Bars have LOTS of crumbly oat topping and, of course, a raspberry jam filling–if you look hard, you can see the filling! :). I was inspired by this recipe at Kraft and made a few simple changes. If you don’t have raspberry jam, use strawberry jam. Or whatever flavor jam you like best. You could even use spreadable fruit if you want to cut down on the sugar.
These are easy to make and really yummy! You can make them in an 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ square baking pan. If you use a 9 x 9″ pan, the crumble topping won’t be quite as thick, since the pan is a little bigger–so your bars will be slightly thinner, too. But they’ll still be plenty crumbly. And since these bars are so very crumbly, make sure you have a plate to catch those crumbs when you’re eating these!
RASPBERRY JAM OAT CRUMBLE BARS by NancyCreative, adapted from Kraft Recipes
Makes an 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ pan (I used an 8 x 8″ pan for this batch)
- 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1 cup well-packed light or dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, chilled
- 1 cup (or one 12-ounce jar) Red Raspberry Jam (I used seedless jam)
- 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line an 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ pan with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray; set aside.
Mix oats, flour, brown sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Press 3 1/2 cups of the oat mixture firmly onto the bottom of your square baking pan. Spread jam over crust. Mix pecans with remaining crumb mixture, then sprinkle over jam (it may look like you have too much crumb mixture for the top, but put it all on!)
Bake at 350˚F for 30 minutes or until topping is lightly browned. Cool completely on wire rack.
These bars would taste great warm with a scoop of ice cream, too. I love easy recipes like this! And I usually have all these ingredients on hand anyway, so that makes it even more convenient. Do you like jam bars, or do you have another favorite recipe using jam?
Here’s a roundup of 10 recipes that your Valentine–or Valentines–will love…some are healthy and some are not-so-healthy (but very yummy)!
If you’re wanting something sweet for your Valentine breakfast, try these Strawberry Yogurt Muffins–the strawberries on top look like hearts, so they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Or if you’re wanting something healthy, try this Cranberry-Pecan Oatmeal, made with dried cranberries and chopped pecans. You can substitute dried cherries for the cranberries if you want.
Or make this Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Bake if you’re feeding a larger group.
You can also use your dried cranberries (or cherries) in these Cranberry Almond Breakfast Scones for a mid-morning or afternoon Valentine snack!
Since you may be eating lots of sweets on Valentine’s Day, you’ll want to include a healthy salad in your lunch or dinner menu–this Apple Pear Pecan Salad has dried cranberries in it too, but dried cherries would be yummy as well!
Savory Strawberry Salsa makes a great appetizer with tortilla chips, and it’s also really good served over grilled chicken!
Now you need some dessert ideas…Strawberry Cupcakes are just the thing!
But lots of people prefer something chocolate, and you can’t go wrong with these Chocolate Cupcakes with Fudgy Frosting!
If you want a healthier dessert, you could always make this Healthy Chocolate Shake…
But, hey, it’s Valentine’s Day–if you want to splurge, make these Dark Chocolate-Covered Cherry Swirl Brownies!
Hope you get a chance to try out some of these treats! Do you have a favorite Valentine recipe?
I wasn’t quite sure what to call these when I got done making them. My goal was to make sugar cookies, but to make it easier and quicker, I decided to spread the batter in a 10 x 15″ pan and make sugar cookie bars. But after I cut some of them into squares and took a bite, it kind of tasted like a sugar cookie sheet cake. I put the rest in the refrigerator, and the next day I finished cutting them into squares. Guess what? After these were refrigerated, they tasted more like sugar cookies–very thick sugar cookies! They’re actually good both ways. I thought it would be safe to call these “sugar cookie squares” because that name fits either way–whether you think it’s a cake or a cookie!
And you probably noticed that “yogurt” is also part of the name of these squares. I used Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Yogurt in this recipe–in both the dough and the frosting. This yogurt is smooth, thick, and so creamy–if you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend it! I thought it gave these sugar cookie squares a great chewy texture and made the frosting extra creamy. Just add some sprinkles on top and you have a yummy treat to enjoy for the holidays!
FROSTED YOGURT SUGAR COOKIE SQUARES by NancyCreative
Makes a 10 x 15″ pan
- 1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt (I used Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Yogurt)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 cups unbleached flour
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 6 Tablespoons plain or vanilla yogurt
Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Line a 10 x 15″ baking pan with parchment paper; set aside.
In small bowl, mix plain yogurt and baking soda; set aside.
In large bowl, beat butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and mix well. Blend in cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and yogurt mixture from small bowl. Gradually add in flour, a cup at a time, beating well after each addition.
Spread cookie dough evenly into lined 10 x 15″ pan. Bake at 350˚F for 25 to 28 minutes, until just very lightly golden at edges and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cookies cool completely in pan.
Remove from pan by carefully lifting up with edges of parchment paper. Set on kitchen counter or table and spread frosting over uncut cookies, then add colorful sprinkles. Let frosting set, then cut into squares.
To make frosting: Put yogurt into a medium size bowl, then add powdered sugar a cup at a time, blending well. The mixture will be thick! If you want it thinner, just use less powdered sugar.
Do you use Goat Milk Yogurt or any other kind of yogurt in your baking or cooking?
I received some complimentary Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk products to use in my holiday baking, but the opinions expressed about the product are entirely my own.
Here’s a cute yummy little Christmas cookie–little rounds of chocolate sugar cookies with a Hershey’s Candy Cane Kiss tucked in the middle! As you can see above, you can also decorate these other ways, but I really love that peppermint-and-chocolate flavor combination for Christmas! These are easy to make, but you need to use these tips to get the best results:
- Unwrap the Candy Cane Kisses and keep them refrigerated until ready to use (these kisses get more melty faster than the regular chocolate kisses when you’re placing them on hot cookies (as you can see from the top photo–refrigerating them helps!)
- You need to work fast–after the cookies come out of the oven, press the Candy Cane Kisses into all of them quickly, then remove them from the pan onto a wire rack to cool. If the cookies stay on the hot pan over a minute, the kisses start to get too melty and you will have Cookie Fail! (see small photo)
Those are really the most important things you need to know–and even if you work fast, these Candy Cane Kisses will still get a little melty on you. But they taste so good on top of the little chocolate cookies, I’m okay with that! If these Candy Cane Kisses turn out to be a problem for you, you can use milk or dark chocolate kisses, or butterscotch, peanut butter, vanilla, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate chips (it’s a great way to use up those extra small amounts of baking chips you have left over from other recipes!).
CHOCOLATE CANDY CANE KISS SUGAR COOKIES by NancyCreative
Makes 36 to 38 cookies
- 4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 36 to 38 Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses (refrigerate them until ready to use) Or, use milk or dark chocolate kisses; or butterscotch, peanut butter, vanilla, milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips.
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In medium bowl, cream softened butter and sugar until well-blended. Beat in egg, vanilla, baking powder, and salt. Add flour and cocoa powder, and mix until a dough forms (this will be a thick, stiff dough).
Chill dough for 10 to 15 minutes to make it easier to form into balls. Then scoop out slightly rounded teaspoons of dough and roll into balls. Place balls on parchment-lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart.
Bake at 350˚F for 10 to 11 minutes, until edges are firm and cookies are dry to the touch.
Remove from oven; working quickly (because the candy cane kisses get soft and melty quickly), gently press a candy cane kiss into the center of each cookie (surface of cookies may crack slightly). As soon as you’re done, remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
Do you like making chocolate and peppermint-flavored treats for the holidays?
Linked to Christmas Cookie Swap at Katherine’s Corner.
I’m sure a lot of you are just as crazy about chocolate as I am! I especially like dark chocolate. And I love all kinds of chocolate treats. So when I heard about the new book Crazy About Chocolate by Krystina Castella, I was definitely interested in reviewing it! Not only did I get a review copy, Sterling Publishing is also providing a giveaway copy for one of you! See details on how to win at the end of this post.
This softcover book has more than 200 sweet and savory chocolate recipes, with lots of full-color photos. You’ll find recipes for cupcakes and many other desserts, candies, and holiday sweets, along with some unique savory items (like Hamburger Sliders with Chocolate Rolls!). It’s a great cookbook for any chocolate-lover, and would make a great holiday gift!
The first chapter of the book, Chocolate in the Know, has some helpful tips and information on cookware, measuring tools, important accessories, and other things that are essential for a well-equipped chocolate-lovers’ kitchen! This chapter also gives good how-to’s on techniques for melting, tempering, sweetening, storing, and decorating with chocolate. Other chapters include Everyday Chocolate, Chocolate for Special Occasions, Party Chocolate, Holiday Chocolate, and Crusts, Sauces, and Toppings.
Here’s a sampling of the variety of recipes you’ll find throughout these chapters…
- Chocolate Blueberry Toffee Muffins
- Chocolate Pound Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Topping
- Chocolate Rice Cereal Pops
- Chocolate Croissants
- Chocolate Raspberry Turnovers
- Brownie Waffle Sundae
- Chocolate Pear Raisin Bread Pudding
- Mocha Cappuccino Mousse
- Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies
- Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Dark Chocolate Soft Pretzels
- Raised Chocolate Donuts
- Almond Chocolate Chip Scones
- Chocolate Chip Corn Muffins
- Special occasion cakes
I decided to try the recipe for Triple Chocolate Biscotti, because I love dunking biscotti in coffee and hot cocoa in the chilly weather months. And biscotti makes a great homemade food gift. Besides that, I hadn’t ever made my own biscotti, and I decided it was definitely time!
This biscotti is very yummy and chocolatey–it has a chocolate dough with chocolate chips and, after baking, is topped with a drizzle of even more chocolate. I knew I would love it! It has a rich chocolate taste and is the perfect treat when you’re taking a little coffee break.
TRIPLE CHOCOLATE BISCOTTI from Crazy About Chocolate
Makes about 24 cookies
These low-fat chocolate biscotti contain no butter and are drizzled with chocolate.
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 6 ounces milk chocolate, chopped (I used a little more–about 9 ounces)
Preheat oven to 300˚F. Butter two cookie sheets.
Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl, and set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the chocolate chips. Add the flour mixture and mix until blended (the dough is very thick; I finished working in all the ingredients with my hands).
Divide the dough in half and shape into two logs that are 3/4 inch thick, 1 1/2 inches wide, and 6 inches long (mine were more like 3″ wide–but I recommend making your logs longer instead of wider if you have extra dough, because they’ll be easier to slice and you’ll get more cookies!). Place on the cookie sheets at least 2 inches apart.
Bake for 50 minutes, remove from oven, and let cool for 5 minutes (this biscotti gets pretty crispy, and was a little hard to slice because of that, so you may want to try just baking for 40 to 45 minutes). Using a serrated knife, slice into 1/2-inch-thick cookies. Lay the cookies flat on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
Flip cookies over and then bake for 10 more minutes. Transfer to a rack to cook completely.
Melt the milk chocolate in the top of a double boiler set over simmering water. Dip the bottom of each cookie into the chocolate. Set on a rack with the chocolate side facing up to dry. Once all the cookies are dry, place them with their tops facing up and drizzle melted chocolate on top.
Let the chocolate set before serving, then grab a cup of coffee and enjoy your biscotti!
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!
Now for the Giveaway…if you’d like to enter to win a copy of Crazy About Chocolate, leave a comment on this blog post between now and Monday, December 2, at 10 p.m. (CST)–the random drawing will be made from the comments on this post only! The winner will be chosen randomly via Random.org and announced on Tuesday, December 3. Winner will be notified via email (if winner does not respond in 3 days, I’ll do another drawing). Giveaway is limited to readers in the Continental U.S. and Canada.
First entry: Leave a comment on this post–it would be great to hear what your favorite chocolate treat is!
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I tried making pumpkin swirl brownies last fall, and just wasn’t happy with the results, even after tweaking a recipe several times. Now that it’s fall again, I thought I’d give them another try with my own version.
These brownies have a thick chocolate batter and a light creamy pumpkin swirl filling. I also added some mini semi-sweet chocolate chips to the chocolate batter for good measure. Yum! The brownies have a rich chocolate taste with a touch of pumpkin-spice flavor from the swirl filling. If you love the combination of pumpkin and chocolate, you’ll need to try these!
DOUBLE CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN SWIRL BROWNIES by NancyCreative
Makes an 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ pan
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unbleached flour
- 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Pumpkin Swirl Filling:
- 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or substitute 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/8 tsp. cloves, 1/4 tsp. ginger, and 1/8 tsp. nutmeg)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease or spray an 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ baking pan, or line with parchment paper.
For the Chocolate Batter: In medium bowl, beat eggs with vanilla; then add the melted butter, blending well. To this mixture, stir in the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt, blending everything well. Stir in the flour, half the amount at a time, and blend well (your batter may be a little lumpy–that’s okay!). Fold in the semi-sweet chocolate chips, stirring until they are incorporated evenly into the batter. Spoon and spread 2/3 of the batter into your prepared baking pan.
For the Pumpkin Swirl Filling: In medium bowl, blend softened cream cheese, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, sugar, and egg, mixing until smooth. Pour this pumpkin mixture evenly over the chocolate brownie batter in the pan. Then spoon remaining chocolate brownie batter in tablespoon-size dollops evenly over the pumpkin filling. Using a knife, cut through the batter slowly and swirl with the pumpkin filling for a marbled effect.
Bake at 350˚F for 33 to 43 minutes (my baking time was 42 minutes in an 8 x 8″ pan; if you make these in a 9 x 9″ pan, your time should be a little less, about 33 to 37 minutes, and your bars will be a little thinner than my bars pictured here). Cool completely, then cut into squares. Serve, or store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
These brownies are great for fall! Do you have a favorite fall brownie recipe?