Showing posts with label chocolate brownies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chocolate brownies. Show all posts

Friday, September 24, 2010

Dark Chocolate Cookie Bars

*I made this yesterday, but didn't get it up...

Another crazy day, another chocolate recipe. Thursday is short day at kindergarten and grocery shopping day for me. Plus we have friends coming over to watch a movie tonight (always fun) so I was getting extra household stuff done and baking something. It's also been rather weird since my daughters decided they wanted to listen to "A Very Veggie Christmas". Yup, the Veggie Tales have a Christmas album and I listened to it today (including the 8 Polish Foods of Christmas!)

Since time was short, I wanted to do something rather quick but easy to serve later. Thus, Cookie bars. As easy to serve as a regular cookie, but none of the time consuming dropping of dough onto the sheet and waiting for each batch to cook.

I also didn't want to do regular chocolate chip cookie bars. Instead, I wanted chocolate and a lot of it. As I rustled through my cupboards looking for the cocoa powder, I noticed the Hershey Dark Chocolate Pieces I had bought last week. Perfect! And thus, Dark Chocolate Cookie Bars.

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks butter (16 Tablespoons) softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups Hershey Dark Chocolate Pieces (approximately. It was a 10.5 oz bag)
Cooking spray or extra butter

Tools:

Medium mixing bowl
Large mixing bowl
Spoon
Mixer
13x9 inch baking pan

Turn the oven on to 350 degrees

Next, combine the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda in a small bowl.





Set this to the side. In the large bowl, combine the softened butter, sugar and vanilla.




Next, add the eggs and beat them well. Once you've added the eggs, grab your flour mixture and slowly add it to the sugar mixture. You may need to use a spoon to mix it completely. Next add in the Hershey Dark Chocolate pieces. It will look something like this:


Put the mix into the 13x9 pan. It was thick enough that I had to spread it with a spatula.


Put it in the oven and let it bake for about 22 minutes. It will look something like this:



After having a few last night, these remind me way more of brownies than cookies. The dark chocolate pieces basically had melted chocolate in a very thin coating, so you'd get a bit with amazing melted chocolate. They were incredibly moist too. If you need a chocolate fix, these are good. Also they look very "Halloween" with all the chocolate and the dark chocolate pieces being a dark orange and black.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownie Madness

It's Monday. I don't know about you, but most Mondays are crazy around here with all the stuff we have going on. It almost always seems like it's a day where I need chocolate. Chocolate is a true gift from Heaven, at least in my opinion!

So today's recipe combines chocolate with my other all-time favorite food. Peanut Butter. Specifically, chunky peanut butter. I'm really not sure if there is a better combination than peanut butter and chocolate.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownie Madness

Ingredients:
6 Tablespoons butter
2 oz unsweetened chocolate (you can substitute 6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil)
1/2 cup chocolate/peanut butter chips or 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter (creamy is fine if that's what you have on hand)
Cooking spray or extra butter, softened

Tools:
Small saucepan
Wooden spoon
Mixing bowl
Mixer
8x8 square pan
Aluminum Foil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees!

Combine the butter, unsweetened chocolate and the chocolate/peanut butter chips in the saucepan. Turn the heat on medium-low and melt them together. If you are using cocoa powder/vegetable oil, do not add them now! Just melt the butter and chocolate/peanut butter chips.

Once melted, remove from the heat and continue stirring for another minute to a minute and a half. If you are using the cocoa powder/vegetable, add it right after you remove the saucepan from the stove.

Pour the mixture into the mixing bowl. Using the mixer, beat in the sugar and eggs. Slowly add in the flour, mixing as you do. Finally, add the vanilla and peanut butter. Mix well. It should look very thick with little bits of peanut mixed in, like this:



Line the pan with the aluminum foil and either spray the cooking spray into it or rub the butter around the aluminum foil. Pour the brownie batter into the pan and spread it out using the wooden spoon.

Put the pan into the oven for 22 minutes or until cooked through.

Oh! New feature! Nutrition Info! Now, before you complain you don't want to know how bad these are for you, take a deep breath and remember that everything (including baked goods) are fine in moderation, so have 1 and share with everyone else, OK?

Number of servings: 12

Calories: 284
Total Fat: 16.8 grams
Saturated Fat: 8.2 grams
Cholesterol: 47 milligrams
Sodium: 112 milligrams
Total Carbohydrates: 31.5 grams
Dietary Fiber: 2 grams
Sugar: 22.2 grams
Protein: 5.3 grams