I absolutely despise coffee. I don’t like the strong smell. I certainly don’t like the strong taste. I just don’t get the hype. Nope…I’m definitely more of a hot chocolate girl. Give me a cup of homemade hot chocolate, an episode of One Tree Hill, a cozy blanket and I’m a happy girl.
If you’ve never had homemade hot chocolate, you’re seriously missing out. Not only can you whip it up in under ten minutes, but the taste is out of this world. I’m not exaggerating. Homemade cocoa puts that powdered stuff to absolute shame. For a rich, tasty homemade hot chocolate, this is the recipe you’ll want to try. Top it as you please and enjoy with your binge-watching.
Buttery, soft, chewy, pockets of chocolate, sweet and warm. Chocolate chips cookies are just perfection. This wonderful byproduct of an accident by Chefs Ruth Graves and Sue Brides in 1938 has been a true blessing to us all. It gives us joy. It gives us comfort. When you scarf down many in one session, as I do, it gives you some extra lbs on the scale. But, who cares about that? It tastes too good to care about the repercussions.
There are many ways to make chocolate chip cookies. None are wrong per-say, but I certainly prefer my cookies a certain way. I like my cookies soft and chewy. They don’t have to be that way all the way around, but the majority and the middle of the cookie should definitely be easy to eat. If the outside is a tiny bit crispy, I won’t complain. I love chocolate. The cookies should be studded with chocolate. I’m talking chocolate chips and pockets of chocolate. I’m talking melted chocolate oozes out when you break one in half. That’s how I like it. There are some recipes that use molasses. That’s perfectly fine and that ingredient does produce a soft cookie, but molasses is expensive! What I love about my recipe is it hits all MY bullet-points. It produces soft and chewy, chocolatey cookies. The flavor is on point and is what a chocolate chip cookie should be. It’s tremendously easy to make, as well. However, if I’m being honest, most cookies are very easy to make, but I’ll talk about that some other time. Lastly, no molasses is necessary. So you can spend your well-earned money on the more important ingredient…chocolate. My cookies turn out great every time with this recipe. I’m sure it’ll become you’re go-to, once you give it a try.
In the bowl of your stand mixer, begin creaming the softened, unsalted butter and both the granulated and brown sugar for about five minutes until creamy and lighter in color.
Stop the mixer and scrape the bowl really well. Add in one egg and mix on medium-low speed until combined. When you see the first egg well-absorbed, add in the next egg and vanilla extract. Mix on medium-low speed for a couple of minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape the bowl well again.
With the mixer still off, sift together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Slowly add in the dry ingredients into the dough all at once. Pulse a few times on the lowest speed until a lot of the flour is absorbed. A lot of flour will still show though.
Take the bowl off of the machine and add all the chocolate chips and chunks in. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the flour and chocolate. I use a stabbing motion to mix it in. This allows me to not overmix.
Cover the bowl with saran wrap and refrigerate for at least 24 hours. You can also freeze it for a few hours, then thaw it out before baking. The cooling of the dough for 24 hours, at least, is vital. It helps with the flavor. It helps with how the cookies spread. It helps with rolling the dough. It even helps with the coloring. So, in general, cool the dough before baking!
Prepare the cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Spray with cooking spray. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Use an ice cream scoop to portion out the cookies. Place the dough into your palms and form balls. Place the balls on the prepared pan and use your fingers to press down slightly.
Place the cookies a few inches apart. The cookies tend to spread quite a bit so please take note of that.
Bake at 350°F and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are very lightly browned. Take the pan out of the oven and leave the cookies on the pan for a few minutes to continue baking. Move the cookies to a wire rack to cool slightly. Enjoy warm. Please note: the cookies below were only the freezer for about 20-30 minutes due to the constraints in shooting the video. The ones in the photos that follow were in the fridge overnight. You can see the color difference and the difference in spreading. So once again, be sure to refrigerate overnight!
See how I do it:
- 2 ½ sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
- 1 ¼ cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
- 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
- 1 ⅔ cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
- 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt
- 1 ¼ pounds bittersweet, semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips and chunks (Use a good brand)
- Pinch of sea salt
Sift all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and set aside.
Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until lighter in color and fluffier in texture, about 5 minutes. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape the bowl really well.
Stir in the vanilla and mix on medium-high speed for a minute or two. Stop the mixer and scrape the bowl.
Turn the mixer off. Add the dry ingredients all at once. Pulse until just combined, about 10-15 seconds.
Add in the chocolate all at once. Unhook the bowl from the mixer and use a rubber spatula to combine everything. Use a "stabbing motion" to incorporate the flour into the dough. Don't overmix. Just combine until enough. A bit of flour can still remain visible.
Cover the chocolate chip cookie dough with plastic wrap, making sure to press the wrap against the dough, refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
Remove the dough from the fridge and let the dough thaw until you can handle it, but it's not at room temp.
Preheat your oven to 350°F.
Prepare your cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Spray with cooking spray well.
Use a cookie scoop (ice cream scoop) to scoop out mounds of dough. Form the dough between the palms of your hands. Place the balls on the sheet and press the tops down lightly with your fingers. Give enough space between each dough ball, as the cookies will spread a bit. Sprinkle very lightly with sea salt on top of the cookies.
Bake for 10-14 minutes or until lightly golden brown around the edges. Rotate the pan halfway between at about the 6-7 minute mark. Remove the pan from the oven and leave the cookies on the sheet for about five more minutes to continue the baking. After the five minutes, use a spatula to move to a wire rack to cool until warm.
You can refrigerate the remaining dough for about a week or freeze the dough. It'll last for a couple months in the freezer. Wrap really well. I use Ghirardelli chocolate. It's great tasting and pretty reasonable. Use a good brand of chocolate, because you'll taste cheap chocolate.
Where does my love of chocolate trace back to? Maybe it was all those years of devouring many pounds of chocolate in the form of Halloween candy. Maybe it was my early indoctrination of watching the “Cooking with Randy and Mandy” segment on All That. Who knows? One can’t really trace back the roots of my love for chocolate. But, make no mistake about it. My obsession for the stuff only continues to grow. So, when I need my chocolate fix, this is one of my go-to recipes. It’s easy, quick and very chocolatey, which hits all the important marks on my checklist. Because the sooner I make it, obviously, the sooner I can enjoy it. If you’re obsessed with chocolate like me, then trust me, you’ll want to put this recipe in your repertoire.
Combine the room temperature unsalted butter into the bowl of your stand mixer with the brown and white sugar.
Mix with the paddle attachment for about five minutes until light and fluffy.
Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
Sift together the dry ingredients and dump into the bowl.
Add in the chocolate chips. Remove the bowl from the stand and begin folding in the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula. Mix until just combined. Don’t overmix!
Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate or freeze for 24 hours or you can freeze for two hours and refrigerate for an hour with the dough balls formed on the sheet tray to shorten the wait.
Once the dough is properly refrigerated or frozen, let it thaw and come back to room temperature. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
Use a mini or large ice cream scoop to scoop out dough balls. I used a mini scoop and scooped out three dough balls to form one portion. Scoop out and roll the dough between your palms to form one dough ball portion. Set onto a pre-greased cookie sheet. Place about 1″ apart. The cookies will spread a bit. I only baked off six, but it will yield you a few more. I just froze the rest.
Flatten with your palm slightly. Bake off at 350°F for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Leave the cookies on the sheet for a minute or two.
After a couple of minutes out of the oven, remove the cookies from the baking sheet and move to a wire rack.
Cool slightly. These cookies are phenomenal when eaten warm with some milk. The chocolate is melted and the cookies are super soft. But, they can be eaten at room temp as well.
See how I do it:
- 1 cup (145 grams) all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup (75 grams) Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 10 tablespoons (141 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup (150 grams) light or dark brown sugar
- 2/3 cup (133 grams) granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon light instant coffee granules
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups (305 grams) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate discs or chocolate chips
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until very light, about 5 minutes.
Add egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
Take the bowl off the stand mixer and add the dry ingredients.
Fold in the dry ingredients and the chocolate discs or chips and until just combined. Don't overmix!
Press plastic wrap against the dough and chill it for at least 24 hours and up to 36.
As a shortcut, you can also freeze for two hours or refrigerate portioned out for an hour.
Out of the fridge or freezer, let it thaw and come to room temperature.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking sheet and optionally, line with parchment or a silicone mat. Portion the dough out into balls slightly larger than golf balls, about 3 1/2 ounces each, and transfer six balls to the baking sheet. (They will spread significantly.) Flatten slightly with the palm of your hands.
Bake the cookies until set, being careful to remove cookies from the oven when still soft in the center, about 10 minutes. Leave the cookies to continue baking out of the oven on the sheet for about one or two minutes.
After a couple of minutes, move the cookies to a wire rack to cool slightly.
You can use semisweet or bittersweet chips or discs. Best served warm but still very good at room temp. You can freeze for a couple hours and refrigerate for an hour to shorten the chilling time required or if you're patient, you can refrigerate or freeze for 24 hours or up to 36 hours.
I like my buttercream, just sweet enough, light and fluffy. The flavor and texture has to be right. I’ve already shared an alternate buttercream recipe on the blog. It’s great as well! This one is just a little bit easier. I adapted the main recipe into this chocolate buttercream. I ended up using it for some chocolate salted caramel cupcakes. The benefits of this buttercream is that it’s really easy to make. You’re going to get consistent results. It’s delicious, light and fluffy. It pipes beautifully. Need I go on? Trust me, you won’t go back. Keep in mind though, it’s not overly sweet. You can adjust that to your liking. It’s also not a fudge icing. It’s not meant to look dark or taste very chocolatey. You should taste the chocolate, but it won’t be as prominent, as it would be in a fudge icing. Still, it’s delicious and I really suggest you give this a try.
Combine the salt, confectioner’s sugar, and espresso powder into the bowl of your stand mixer with a whip attachment.
Mix on lowest setting and begin to pour in the water slowly.
Add in the vanilla extract, cocoa powder, melted chocolate, and mix. Turn up the speed to a medium-high and begin to add the pieces of butter in chunks. Give it some time to mix before the next addition. Mix until combined and then add in the shortening in chunks. Whip for about ten minutes or until the buttercream is light and fluffy. Taste and adjust the sweetness or chocolate flavor if you need. You can do this by adding more cocoa powder, melted chocolate or confectioners sugar.
All finished! You can hold this in a covered container for about a week in the fridge. Rewhip before using.
See how I do it:
- 3 cups sifted confectioners sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons melted chocolate (I use a mix of milk, bittersweet and semisweet chocolate)
- 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup boiling water (depending on humidity)
- Pinch of light espresso powder
- 11 oz hi-ratio shortening, cut into chunks
- 3 oz unsalted butter, softened, cut into pieces
In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment, dump in the salt, confectioners sugar, espresso powder.
Mix and slowly pour in the boiling water and whip until smooth.
Add in the vanilla, melted chocolate, cocoa powder and mix until smooth.
Increase to a medium-high speed and add in the butter and shortening in chunks. Let it mix in between additions. Let it whip for about ten minutes or until light and fluffy.
Taste and adjust if you need. Adding more chocolate or sugar.
You can store in a covered container in the fridge for a week. Rewhip before using.
You can use a mix of semisweet, bittersweet or milk chocolate in whatever ratio you'd like. Use good quality cocoa powder. Bad ones will have an aftertaste. Don't use Crisco. Use hi-ratio shortening.
There are so many national food related holidays that some of them are just not believable. Some of them make sense, while others, I have no idea about. Well, while I was driving home today, I heard it was national “eat what you want” day. Hey, that’s my daily existence, but if others need a national holiday to partake, then so be it. I figure since there’s a holiday promoting the idea of free eating, there’s now an excuse to indulge.
When I was trying to decide what I wanted to indulge in, it was a pretty easy decision. I decided to make brownies, which by themselves may seem harmless. But, you’re mistaken. When I do things, I kind of go crazy with it. I decided to make these brownies…triple chocolate fudge brownies. Yes, that’s right. Triple chocolate fudge. These are immensely rich, but the government says it’s okay to indulge today, so we have no reason to fill guilty.
First, start by melting the butter and chopped chocolate.
Add in the cocoa powder and instant coffee and mix until combined.
Set aside and let the mixture cool. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, vanilla and eggs. Mix until thoroughly combined.
Add the cooled chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and mix until combined.
Dump in the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to fold until just combined.
Pour your batter into the prepared square pan and spread it into an even layer.
Bake at 350°F for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs.
You can optionally top with a ganache glaze. I make mine with half heavy cream, half chocolate, a pinch of salt, a pinch of instant coffee and some vanilla.
Scald the heavy cream and pour over the chocolate. Combine with the rest of the ingredients and let it sit for about five minutes. Stir until combined and pour over the top of the cooled brownies.
Cover and cool in the freezer overnight.
Use a chef’s knife and a tall container of hot water, along with a clean towel to cut the edges off, score the bars and cut them.
See how I do it:
- 5 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp instant coffee
- 7 oz heavy cream
- 7 oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
- 1/4 tsp instant coffee
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Prep your 8" square baking pan and line it with 2 pieces of foil and spray it vegetable spray.
Melt the chocolates and butter over a double boiler or in a microwave, in 30 second intervals. When melted, whisk in the cocoa powder and instant coffee and mix until smooth. Set it aside to let it cool.
In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt and mix until smooth and uniform in color.
Mix in the melted chocolate and mix until uniform in color.
Dump in the dry ingredients into the egg mixture and fold in with a wooden spoon until just combined. Don't overmix.
Transfer this batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer or toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
Allow the brownies to cool while you work on the glaze.
To make the glaze, pour the chocolates into a bowl. Scald the heavy cream in small saucepan over medium heat. Pour the hot mixture over the bowl full of chocolates and let it sit. Pour in the vanilla extract and add in the salt and instant coffee. After letting it sit for about five minutes, begin to stir until it thickens slightly. It will continue to thicken as it cools.
Once room temp, pour over the brownies and spread evenly. Cover and freeze overnight.
Cut the next day with the method shown in the video and enjoy! Let it come to room temperature before eating.
You can use all bittersweet, semisweet or a combination of both. The ganache glaze is all about the ratio and scalding the cream to a hot enough temperature for the ganache to eventually thicken. If you freeze overnight, let it come to room temp before enjoying.
When it comes to candy, I always seem to gravitate towards one flavor combination. Peanut butter and chocolate. Wheater it’s in the form of a candy bar or a small ridged cup….it’s my go-to. Well, whenever I want that famous peanut butter cup flavor, but don’t have any on hand, this is always a great option to get my fix in. This is so easy to make and really has the taste and texture of a peanut butter cup. I make these typically in bars, but you can use a round cutter to cut out some “cups.” You can’t go wrong either way. The kicker is that this is yet another no-bake recipe. Yay! I don’t know about you, but those are two words I love to hear.
To begin, melt your butter and combine it with the graham cracker crumbs. Mix until combined.
Next, add in the peanut butter and vanilla and mix until combined.
Add in the sifted confectioners sugar and stir until combined.
Pour this filling mixture into a 9×13″ pan that has been pre-greased. Spread evenly as best as possible and refrigerate for at least an hour. It will firm up slightly.
Prepare the chocolate topping, by combining peanut butter and chocolate in a heat proof bowl. You can either melt this over a double boiler, which will take longer, or you can use a microwave in 15 second bursts. Stir at every 15 second checkpoint until completely melted.
Pour the chocolate mixture over the peanut butter filling mixture and spread evenly.
Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours or up to overnight.
Use a blowtorch or the heat of the stove top flame to slightly melt the bottom of the bars to loosen it. It will be much easier to cut this way. You can also leave it at room temperature for about an hour, but the other way is much faster. Cut into bars or use a round cutter to cut out “cups.” Enjoy!! I know I sure did.
See how I do it:
- 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 2 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- pinch of salt
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
Line a 9x13" rectangular baking pan. Grease with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
Stir together the graham crackers and melted butter until combined.
Add in the peanut butter and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
Add in sifted confectioner's sugar and mix until combined.
Press the peanut butter filling into a pan and spread evenly.
Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Microwave the chocolate and peanut butter in 15 second bursts and stir throughout until completely melted. You can also melt over a double boiler.
Pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter filling. Spread evenly and cover and refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight.
You can use semisweet, bittersweet, milk chocolate or any combination. You can use a double boiler or microwave to melt the chocolate. Run the pan over some heat from the bottom to help loosen it if you didn't use parchment paper.
So, I was sitting there on my lunchtime, at work and I noticed that this Wednesday was national sponge cake day. Yes, there is such a thing. In fact, there are many national food “holidays.” Who knew? Not wanting to be a Grinch, I decided to go with it. So to honor the holidays, I thought, I’d share a great chiffon recipe, I received from our C.M.P.C (Certified Master Pastry Chef) at school. Chiffon sponge cakes are known for being less sweet than the butter based cakes. They are also, of course, spongier and lighter. This is due to having a meringue incorporated into the batter. Fruit and whipped cream are the perfect complements for this light and fluffy cake and though it is a little bit of extra work, it’s well worth it. Taste it and you’ll agree.
We will be making a meringue, so it’s important to have room temperature eggs.
Start out with some hot water. Sift in some good cocoa powder. The cocoa is the only thing that will provide the chocolate flavor in this cake, so use good quality cocoa, because you will be able to taste it. Whisk in the cocoa until well combined.
Add in the egg yolks and oil and whisk well. Add in the vanilla and whisk well.
Sift together your dry ingredients, including the sugar. Dump it into the wet ingredients and fold in carefully.
Whisk for a smooth batter.
With your mixer and whip attachment, begin whipping the egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until tracks begin to form. Gradually add in the sugar and turn it up to high until stiff, moist peaks form.
Gently fold in the meringue all at once.
Wipe the cake pans with a very damp towel. You should see the water streaks on the pan clearly. Pour in the batter in the pans. Spin the pans to let the air out.
Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs.
Once out of the oven, flip the pans on a sheet pan and cool upside down until completely cooled.
If you’re making a whipped cream and fruit layer cake, prepare your whipped cream and fruit while the cakes are cooling. Unmold by running a sharp paring knife around the edges and tapping the pan on the counter hard.
Top with whipped cream and fruit or any way you’d like and enjoy!
See how I do it:
- 1/2 cup very hot water
- 10 oz cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup vegetable or salad oil
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 egg yolks
- 4 oz cake flour
- 6 oz granulated sugar
- 10.63 grams baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 3/4 cup egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 oz granulate sugar
Preheat your oven to 350°F.
In a large moon bowl, sieve the sifted cocoa into the very hot water.
Add the rest of the wet ingredients from the second set of ingredients.
Whisk until smooth.
Sift together the dry ingredients from the third set of ingredients and add them to the wet ingredients in the bowl. Fold in until mostly absorbed, then switch to whisk for a smooth batter.
Begin whipping the whites and cream of tartar in an 8 quart mixer, ideally, on medium speed. When you see tracks form and the whites are 3/4 whipped, add the granulated sugar gradually.
Finish whipping the whites on high speed until you get firm, moist peaks.
Fold the meringue all at once into the batter until a uniform color is achieved. Take your time and be gentle not to deflate the meringue.
Pour the batter equally into two 8" cake pans that have been wiped out with a very damp cloth. Wet streaks should be visible.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
Immediately out of the oven, turn the pans upside down on a sheet pan and let them cool completely that way.
Un-mold and enjoy!
Chocolate brownies with a cheesecake swirl. Does much more need to be said? This is one of the culinary combinations that just makes everything in the world alright. These things are so chocolatey and so rich. I mean Richie Rich type rich. These are most likely the easiest brownies you’ll ever make. I’m serious. I mean, no mixer to use and it’s basically a one pot recipe. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×9″ square pan with foil and grease with pan spray.
To start the recipe, you’ll want to begin by melting the butter over medium low heat. Once the butter is fully melted, pour in the chocolate pieces and begin to melt it with medium low speed. I used semi-sweet chocolate from a good quality company. This is important. Use high quality chocolate! They came in the pistole forms, so there was no need for me to chop them up. If you get your chocolate from in the bar form, you’ll want to chop them up into smaller pieces before you melt them. You can use semi-sweet, dark chocolate or bitter-sweet.
Once the chocolate is melted. Take the pot off the heat and whisk in the sugar and mix for about a minute, vigorously. Let the mixture cool for about 10-15 minutes. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time. Let the egg absorb into the batter, before adding the next one. Sift in the cocoa, salt and the flour. Add in the vanilla and chocolate chips and fold in until the flour is absorbed. Don’t overmix.
Mix all the cream cheese ingredients together until combined. Make sure the sugar is dissolved.
Pour in the brownie batter into the pan and even it out with an off-set or rubber spatula. Dollop a teaspoon at a time, the cream cheese mixture spreading it out, so it’s not too close together. Swirl lightly with a butter knife.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the center is set. Let it cool in the pan before lifting it out.
Some people have problems that they can’t really handle. Some may even call them addictions. I am not ashamed to say that I am a chocolate addict. I can’t say no to any recipe involving my kryptonite. I’ve tried and I just can’t. It is what it is.
Now that I’ve confessed my sins….
This recipe is so good. I promise you once you give this a try, you’ll never look back. Deliciously moist, chewy and super chocolatey. When I tear into these things, I can’t eat just one. They are that good. Especially, when they come out and they’re still sort of warm and the chocolate is semi-melted. Mmmm. I making myself hungry again.
This recipes isn’t only very tasty, but it’s very versatile. You can just as easily replace the chocolate chips with Reese’s Pieces, M & M’s and any other chocolaty candy you’d like. It is so easy and uses very few ingredients which is also a bonus for lazy people like myself.
Mise en place. Get your mess in place people! Gather all the ingredients and get everything measured out! This step can be tedious, but it’s essential in baking and makes everything so much easier. I combined the dry ingredients to save space. Also, I put both sugars together.
Some more prep steps include greasing a 8×8 or 9×9″ baking pan. Use some parchment paper and grease well with baking spray. After that, preheat your oven to 325°F.
Melt the butter and add in both sugars and stir well.
It should look like this after you give it a good stir.
Mix in the eggs and a cap full or teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Now we’re talking. We’re like half way done at this point. Probably more than half way. Now, let’s add the dry ingredients which include the baking soda, flour and salt to the butter-sugar mixture.
Fold it in until just incorporated. It’s important to fold it in gently, because we don’t want to stir it and overmix. It should still include some flour and might be slightly wet at this point.
Now my favorite part, chocolate time! Add in your chocolate chips or M & M’s or Reese’s now and fold them in. Once again, we don’t want to over mix because the flour.
After folding everything in, it should look like this beaut.
Okay now, we want to put the dough into the pan and spread it out.
Use your clean hands. Easiest way to spread it all the way to the edges. Press it down and work your way from the middle on out.
So now, we want to bake it for 20-25 minutes. It really depends on how hot your oven is, but I would check it at 20 minutes. That’s what works for me every time. It may look slightly undercooked, but it will continue to cook as it cools. I let it cool in the pan for two minutes or so and then remove it from the pan to cool completely.
This is the hardest part without a doubt. We have to wait a little while it cools. I like to let it cool for about 10-15 minutes while out of the pan and then I cut into them. That way, they cut easy, but they are still slightly warm. You can always re-heat them in the microwave too. No biggie.
Look at what we’ve created. Beautiful aren’t they? Enjoy!