When I first started making cookies, I always baked them one tray at a time in the center of the oven. It certainly drew the process out, but I had found that two trays baked at the same time never produced consistent results. Baking one sheet at a time was the only way to guarantee perfect treats. This all changed, however, when I got an oven with a convection setting — and it just happens to be ideal for baking these peanut butter whoopie pies. Read more
At first glance, this may just look like your average vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. But it’s so much more than that. I’ve enhanced the classic to make a snack cake worth talking about.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Chocolate and peanut butter is the world’s best combination. You can’t go wrong with this creamy, sweet, salty and indulgent duo. Of course, peanut butter blossoms are a crowd favorite right about now, but they shouldn’t be the only reason you pull out your jar of peanut butter this holiday season. Choose a new kind of chocolate-peanut butter treat to bring to your festive soiree this year.
Peanut butter cookie, brownie and macaroon … need we say more? The three-in-one dessert created in Food Network Kitchen is similar to fudge, so a little square goes a long way — something to consider before you double the recipe because of how ridiculously amazing it sounds.
I’m not sure Sylvester Graham would be happy with the addition of chocolate to his namesake cracker, but these chocolate graham crackers are wonderful nevertheless. Graham was a 19th-century Presbyterian minister who believed in vegetarianism, fresh air, fruits, vegetables and whole wheat for a healthy constitution. He was one of the early proponents of health food and invented graham bread. It was made with his special blend of whole-wheat flour and without the chemicals and bleaches that had become popular at the time.
My first encounter with Boston cream pie was in doughnut form when I was in middle school. My best friend Melissa’s family had a standing Saturday doughnut-breakfast policy. It was one of my favorite parts about sleeping over her place on Friday night. Her parents would go out early Saturday morning and bring the treats back for us. While they drank coffee, we ate doughnuts in our pajamas. I always chose Boston cream and I always wished I could eat more than one.
There is something so magical about the Boston cream combination: cool, creamy custard nestled in fluffy cake and topped with bittersweet chocolate. It’s the perfect dessert for the indecisive. Chocolate, vanilla, cake and custard all wrapped up in one. It’s a genius invention.
A pan of freshly baked brownies can do a lot of things. It can round out a bake sale, satiate a soccer team or finish off a dinner party just right. It can ease a breakup, make a movie night complete or work as the base for a crazy-good ice cream sundae. But, in the end, a good brownie doesn’t need anything to be the best dessert ever; it can shine without a glass of milk whether it’s cut from the corner or the gooey center of the pan. In the spirit of brownie obsession, run down the line of the top 10 ways you can make your next batch disappear from the pan.
1. Go for store-bought cake mix — and then go absolutely crazy.
Ree Drummond’s Knock-You-Naked Brownies (pictured above) may start with a box of German chocolate cake mix, but you DIY-or-bust folks would be silly to let that stop you. With evaporated milk and caramel candies, Ree makes a decadent caramel sauce to drizzle over her first layer of batter, which she also tops with chocolate chips.
Peanut butter and jelly are always linked, but really, chocolate is peanut butter’s best partner. Was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup the first example of this classic pairing? Maybe. This article says that a farmer named H.B. Reese, employed by Hershey’s, invented peanut butter cups, aka “penny cups” in 1928, so it’s possible we have H.B. to thank for this winning combination. Regardless of the history, whenever chocolate and peanut butter are together, you’ll have the best dessert ever. When a craving hits, you can take the easy route and sprinkle a spoonful of peanut butter with chocolate chips and pop it in your mouth, or you can make one of these treats.
Valentine’s Day means something different for nearly everyone. Some people send cards. Others plan lavish meals for their sweethearts. Still others give or receive gifts of chocolate or shiny baubles. And there are always a few who boycott the holiday (and often wear black in protest).
I like to acknowledge Valentine’s Day, but I have always preferred a more homemade approach. When I was in school, I always insisted that I make individual cards for my classmates instead of buying the preprinted ones from the drugstore (heart-shaped doilies were almost always involved in my craft projects).
Later on, I’d gather up friends for a home-cooked dinner designed to celebrate our collective community. The promised cheese fondue would always draw a big crowd, regardless of whether my friends were in relationships.
Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year — which means if you haven’t made a dinner reservation by now, you’re pretty much screwed. But fret not: A homemade candlelit meal is always more intimate than the prix-fixe menus and forced romance served at neighborhood restaurants. And since it’s a weekend day, you’ll have plenty of time to prep, whether it be for breakfast in bed, a lingering brunch or a multicourse dinner extravaganza.
Chocolate shares equal billing on Valentine’s Day with red roses, but most often rolled into truffles or tucked into assorted boxes of candy. But why wait till dessert (or, err, whatever time of day you happen to open your gifted sweets) to indulge in the heavenly ingredient? Incorporate chocolate into your celebratory meal — breakfast, lunch or dinner — to infuse your dishes with either sweetness or bitterness, complexity and subtle spice.
Kick-start your day with endorphin-boosting Chocolate Waffles (shown above). Mixing chocolate syrup into the waffle batter ensures consistent cocoa flavor without compromising the texture of the breakfast treats. Top them with additional chocolate syrup and red berries to give them that Valentine’s vibe. Read more
Whether you’ve got yourself a sweetie or you’re going for a more “all my single ladies” approach, these chocolatey sweets are just what St. Valentine called for. Instead of swinging by the drugstore for a sorry box of chocolates, give your valentine handmade chocolate treats that are a sure-fire way to melt hearts.
It may be the go-to move, but there is something to be said for biting into plump, juicy Chocolate-Covered Strawberries (pictured above). Not only are these fruity treats romantic through and through, they’re also completely effortless to make. Plus, rolling each melted chocolate-dipped strawberry in crushed pretzel sticks or almonds makes for a crunchy complement that proves that opposites attract.