Mocha Layer Cake

Today we made Mocha Layer Cake With Cocoa Cream Cheese Frosting!

2C chocolate chips, 1t salt, 3C flour, 1 1/2C brewed coffee, 1/4C skim milk, 4T cold butter, 1 1/2C sugar, 1/3C cocoa powder, 1 1/2T baking powder

Frosting: 5T skim milk, 1/2C cocoa, 5 to 5 1/2C powdered sugar, sifted, 4 oz cream cheese

Preheat oven to 350F. Melt 1 CUP chocolate chips with coffee. Stir until blended. Cool.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

In bowl, sift together dry ingredients including sugar. Blend in butter. Mixture should still be powdery. Stir in skim milk and coffee mixture.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Fold in remaining chocolate chips.

Mocha Layer Cake

Turn into 2 greased, round 8″ cake pans.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Bake 30-35 minutes or until center is set and cakes come away from sides of pans. Cool. Remove cakes from pans. Frost: Mix all frosting ingredients until spreadable.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Spread 1/3 of frosting on bottom cake layer.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Cover with top cake layer. Spread remaining frosting on top and sides. Chill until ready to serve.

Mocha Layer Cake

Frozen Blueberry Fudge Pie

Today we made Frozen Blueberry Fudge Pie!

1 pint fresh blueberries, slightly mashed; 14 oz sweetened, condensed milk; 1C chocolate chips, 1 graham cracker pie shell

Melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk over low heat. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat.

Blueb Fudge Pie

Blueb Fudge Pie

Blueb Fudge Pie

Add mashed blueberries. Blend well.

Blueb Fudge Pie

Blueb Fudge Pie

Blueb Fudge Pie

Blueb Fudge Pie

Turn into pie shell.

Blueb Fudge Pie

Blueb Fudge Pie

Blueb Fudge Pie

Blueb Fudge Pie

Cool. Freeze.

Blueb Fudge Pie

Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars

Today we made Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars!

Crust: 1/2C butter, 1/2C sugar, 1 egg, 1 1/4C flour

Filling: 1/2C butter, 2/3C brown sugar, 1/4C light corn syrup, 3/4C coarsely chopped, roasted, salted almonds; 3/4C coarsely chopped walnuts, 1C chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. For crust: Beat butter with sugar.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Work in egg and flour.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Press into greased, square pan. Bake 15 minutes. For filling: In saucepan, mix butter, brown sugar and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring frequently.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Boil 2 minutes without stirring.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Quickly stir in almonds and walnuts.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Spread over baked crust.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Bake 20 minutes or until brown and bubbling. Immediately spread on chocolate chips evenly. Gently press down. Loosen edges of bars with serrated knife. Cool.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Chill until of desired consistency. Cut into bars.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Raspberry Chocolate Sauce Cake

Today we made Raspberry Chocolate Sauce Cake!

2T butter, 1C chocolate chips, 1C raspberry preserves, 1T almond extract, 2/1 2C flour, 1/2C brown sugar, 2t baking powder, 1/2t baking soda, 1/2t salt, 1C chocolate chips, 1/2C unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4C brown sugar, 2 1/2C boiling water

Preheat oven to 350F. Melt butter and 1C chocolate chips.

Raspberry Choc Sauce Cake

Raspberry Choc Sauce Cake

Mix in preserves.

Raspberry Choc Sauce Cake

Add extract.

Raspberry Choc Sauce Cake

Raspberry Choc Sauce Cake

In bowl, sift together dry ingredients, except for brown sugar. Mix in 1/2C brown sugar. Add to butter mixture. Press into greased 9″ X 13″ rectangular pan.

Raspberry Choc Sauce Cake

Raspberry Choc Sauce Cake

In bowl, sift cocoa. Mix with 1/4C brown sugar. Stir in 1C chocolate chips. Pour boiling water over this. Stir until cocoa is dissolved. Pour on top of batter in pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until center is set. Serve warm. Just to overdo it, serve with chocolate syrup.

Raspberry Choc Sauce Cake

Almond Cracker Candy

Today we made Almond Cracker Candy!

1/2C brown sugar, 1/4C white sugar, 1/4C sweetened, condensed milk, 1T butter, 3/4C coarsely chopped almonds, 1T almond extract, 2T corn syrup, 1C chocolate chips, 8-10 rectangular crackers, such as “Wasa”– made with wheat flour (NOT rye flour)

Place crackers on foil-lined jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with elevated sides. Crackers need not fill up the whole sheet. Mix sugars, milk, butter and corn syrup in large, heavy saucepan.

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Cook, stirring constantly over medium heat until candy thermometer reaches 235F.

Almond Cracker Candy

Remove from heat and stir in extract. Mixture will sizzle.

Almond Cracker Candy

Spread onto crackers, coating evenly.

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Melt chocolate chips and spread on top.

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Sprinkle almonds on top.

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Press in almonds lightly with spoon.

Almond Cracker Candy

Cool. Freeze 2 or more hours. Break into pieces. Eat.

Almond Cracker Candy

Chocolate Banana Nut Cookies

Today we made Chocolate Banana Nut Cookies!

1C chocolate chips, 3T butter, 2 small bananas, mashed; 1/2C flour, 1t baking powder, 1/2C sugar, 1/3C cocoa, 1/4C each of coarsely chopped almonds, cashews and walnuts

Melt chocolate chips with butter, stirring constantly until smooth.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Remove from heat. Stir in sugar.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Cool 20 minutes. In bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Preheat oven to 350F.

Choc Ban Nut Cookies

Add eggs to chocolate mixture. Blend well.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Alternately add dry ingredients and mashed bananas, beginning and ending with dry, in thirds, just until blended.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Stir in nuts.

Choc Ban Nut Cks2

Drop by T, 1″ apart, onto foil-lined cookie sheets. Batter will be thin.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Bake 18-20 minutes or until cookie edges start to come away from foil.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Frozen Coconut Marshmallow Fudge Pie

Today we made Frozen Coconut Marshmallow Fudge Pie!

1C chocolate chips, 14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 2C mini marshmallows, 2C sweetened shredded coconut, 1/4C skim milk, 1 graham cracker pie shell

Melt chocolate with sweetened, condensed milk over low heat. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat.

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Stir in skim milk.

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Add coconut and marshmallows. Blend well.

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Turn into pie shell.

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Cool. Freeze.

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Cherry Brownies

Today we made Cherry Brownies!

1C chocolate chips, 4T butter, 1C brown sugar, 1/2C flour, 1/4t salt, 2C pitted halved fresh cherries, 2 eggs

Melt chocolate chips and butter, stirring until smooth.

Cherry Brownies

Cherry Brownies

Remove from heat and add brown sugar. Set aside 20 minutes to cool.

Cherry Brownies

Cherry Brownies

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cherry Brownies

Stir in slightly beaten eggs.

Cherry Brownies

Cherry Brownies

Cherry Brownies

Cherry Brownies

Add salt and flour.

Cherry Brownies

Cherry Brownies

Cherry Brownies

Mix in cherries.

Cherry Brownies

Cherry Brownies

Turn into greased, 8″ or 9″ rectangular or square cake pan.

Cherry Brownies

Cherry Brownies

Bake 25-30 minutes or until knife inserted in center emerges clean. Cool before cutting.

Cherry Brownies

PB Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today we made PB Chocolate Chip Cookies!

4 1/2C flour, 2T baking soda, 1t salt, 1 1/2C brown sugar, 1 1/2C sugar, 5 large eggs, 1T almond extract, 3C chocolate chips, 1C creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350F.

PB Choc Chip Cookies

Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, cream peanut butter and sugars until smooth.

PB Choc Chip Cookies

PB Choc Chip Cookies

Add eggs (5, total). Blend well.

PB Choc Chip Cookies

PB Choc Chip Cookies

Stir in almond extract.

PB Choc Chip Cookies

Stir in dry ingredients. Blend well.

PB Choc Chip Cookies

PB Choc Chip Cookies

Mix in chocolate chips.

PB Choc Chip Cookies

PB Choc Chip Cookies

Roll into balls and place on foil-lined cookie sheets.

PB Choc Chip Cookies
Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes 4 dozen.

PB Choc Chip Cookies

Frozen Banana Fudge Pie

Today we made Frozen Banana Fudge Pie!

1 graham cracker pie shell, 2 small bananas or 1 medium banana, 14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 1C chocolate chips, 1/2C skim milk

Slice banana into thin disks and place in pie shell in one layer.

Frozen Ban Fudge Pie

Melt chocolate with sweetened condensed milk, stirring constantly until smooth.

Frozen Ban Fudge Pie

Frozen Ban Fudge Pie

Remove from heat. Add skim milk. Stir until smooth.

Frozen Ban Fudge Pie

Pour over bananas.

Frozen Ban Fudge Pie

Frozen Ban Fudge Pie

Freeze until of desired consistency. Bananas will rise to the top.

Frozen Ban Fudge Pie