Laurie's Kitchen

A cooking blog of some of my favorites

Chocolate Caramel Cookies with Sea Salt October 16, 2011

Filed under: Caramel,Chocolate,Cookies,Dessert — laurms15 @ 10:42 am

Another fantastic Pintrest (love) recipe. Notice the theme? Pintrest is my new favorite pastime.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter
7 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (I used dark cocoa)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Soft caramel, rolled into little balls (I used KRAFT Caramels but I need to find something different as they were not soft enough.)
Sea salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF; line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Sift together flour, soda, and salt; set aside.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat; stir in cocoa powder and sugars (mixture will resemble coarse sand). Add yogurt and vanilla, stirring to combine. Add flour mixture, stirring until moist. Wrap the chocolate dough around the caramel balls. Place balls on cookie sheets and sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until almost set. Cool on pans 2 to 3 minutes or until firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.

These are amazing served with vanilla ice cream!

Original Recipe

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The Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie August 22, 2011

Filed under: Chocolate,Cookies,Dessert — laurms15 @ 7:53 am

These cookies are GREAT. I found them on Lauren’s Blog  and she found it on allrecipes.com so this is a well traveled cookie recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used one cup of large milk chocolate chips and one cup of the mini semisweet chips since thats really all I had)
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
  4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
 

Easy Buttercream Icinng August 21, 2011

Filed under: Cake,Chocolate,Dessert — laurms15 @ 9:35 pm

Ingredients

  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup butter (I use unsalted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I mix it in to taste)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream (or milk whatever I have on hand)

Directions

In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.

Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for spreading consistency.

TO MAKE CHOCOLATE:

Add unsweetened coco powder to taste. I usually make half the batch vanilla ice half the cupcakes and then add chocolate to the second half that way everyone can choose their icing flavor!

 

Mocha Chip Ice Cream July 25, 2011

Filed under: Chocolate,Dessert,Ice Cream,Summer — laurms15 @ 12:45 pm

1 cup whole milk, chilled
1 can of sweet condensed milk
2 tablespoons instant espresso (I used starbucks instant coffee because its all I could find)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2.5 cups heavy cream, chilled
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I added at least another 1/2 cup to that haha)

In a bowl, whisk together milk, condensed milk, espresso and cocoa until dissolved.  Stir in heavy cream and vanilla.

Pour mixture into ice cream maker bowl and mix until thick, about 25-30 minutes.  About 5 minutes before mixing is complete, add chocolate chips.

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the freezer until firm (about 2 hours).

As usual I alternated layers of ice cream and some chocolate syrup.

 

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream July 15, 2011

Filed under: Chocolate,Dessert,Ice Cream,Summer — laurms15 @ 2:09 pm

Ingredients

1-1/8 cups good quality peanut butter (not natural)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1-1/4 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup chopped chocolate peanut butter cup candies


Instructions

In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer or whisk to combine the peanut butter and sugar until smooth. Add the milk and mix on low speed until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla.
Turn the machine on; pour the mixture into freezer bowl, and let mix until thickened, about 25 to 35 minutes. Five minutes before mixing is completed, add the chopped candy through the top and let mix in completely. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.

**When I place in the container to freeze I layer the ice cream and chocolate sauce for extra chocolate.

*** This ice cream is probably one of the most popular that I make!

 

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes April 15, 2011

Filed under: Cake,Chocolate,Dessert,Spring — laurms15 @ 8:07 pm

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Prep Time: 40 minutes | Bake Time: 17 minutes

For the Cupcakes:
1 cup Guinness stout
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons baking soda
¾ teaspoons salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup sour cream

For the Whiskey Ganache Filling:
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
2-4 teaspoons Irish whiskey

For the Baileys Frosting:
2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
5 cups powdered sugar
8 GENEROUS tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream

1. To Make the Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 cupcake cups with liners. Bring the Guinness and butter to a simmer in a heavy, medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.

2. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl to combine. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sour cream on medium speed until combined. Add the Guinness-chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and beat just to combine. Reduce the speed to low, add the flour mixture and beat briefly. Using a rubber spatula, fold the batter until completely combined. Divide the batter among the cupcake liners. Bake until a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Cool the cupcakes on a rack.

3. To Make the Whiskey Ganache Filling: Finely chop the chocolate and transfer it to a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for one minute and then, using a rubber spatula, stir it from the center outward until smooth. Add the butter and whiskey and stir until combined. Let the ganache cool until thick but still soft enough to be piped.

4. To Fill the Cupcakes: Using a 1-inch round cookie cutter (or the bottom of a large decorating tip), cut the centers out of the cooled cupcakes, going about two-thirds of the way down. Transfer the ganache to a piping back with a wide tip and fill the holes in each cupcake to the top.

5. To Make the Baileys Frosting: Using the whisk attachment of a stand mixer, whip the butter on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Reduce the speed to medium-low and gradually add the powdered sugar until all of it is incorporated. Add the Baileys, increase the speed to medium-high and whip for another 2 to 3 minutes, until it is light and fluffy.

6. Using your favorite decorating tip, or an offset spatula, frost the cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Store the cupcakes in an airtight container.

(Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker who adapted it from Smitten Kitchen)

 

Caramel Brownies February 14, 2011

Filed under: Brownies,Caramel,Chocolate,Dessert — laurms15 @ 12:49 pm

Caramel Brownies (fondly known by family and friends as crack brownies)

1 pkg. 12 oz. chocolate chips
1 pkg. 14 oz. Kraft caramels
1 pkg. Chocolate cake mix
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13×9 inch pan. Melt caramels
with 1/3 cup of the evaporated milk. In large mixing bowl combine 1/3 cup evaporated milk, melted butter, and cake mix. Spread 1/2 cake mixture in pan and bake 6 minutes.

While cake is hot, sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Spread melted
caramel mixture over chocolate chips and crumble remaining cake
mixture over caramels. Bake for 20 minutes or until done.