Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

I love doing baking projects for our church.  One of them is making chocolate chip cookies for our First Time visitors.  It’s a project that was started up by someone else but our secretary, Maxine, gives me a call when they’re getting low on cookies.  I love it!  This is my favorite “go-to” recipe for basic chocolate chip cookies.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1/2 c butter flavored shortening
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 3.5oz pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 1 c chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cream together butter, shortening, sugar, brown sugar, and pudding mix.  Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.  Add salt, baking soda and flour.  Mix well again.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Drop by tablespoonfuls and bake for 8-10 minutes.  **If you’d like a variation to your cookie, use a different kind of pudding mix!  I’ve used butterscotch and chocolate with great results.  And be creative with your add-ins!**


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Oh Henry Bars

As I said yesterday….I love Tuesdays 😀  Mike and I usually tag team:  I get them ready for school and he takes them to school.  But we also like to take turns giving each other a day of the week to “sleep-in”.  This just means that only one of us has to get up and get the kids ready for school and take them to school.  I like my sleep-in days to be Tuesday.  Today Clarky and I slept till 9am.  Then we had some tickle time.  Then while still in bed, he watched some cartoons and I checked all my emails and blogs.  We moved on to some breakfast (he loves eggs in a basket…egg in the middle of bread) and then he got busy at playing hard and making a big mess of toys in the living room and I got busy getting some laundry done and making a big mess of folded laundry in the living room (while watching my fav show: McLeod’s Daughters).

Cader had soccer practice this evening, so tonight was a perfect night for Sloppy Joes.  I was also able to throw some Oh Henry Bars together before practice.  I still have never figured out why they are called Oh Henry Bars, but who cares?!  They are quick to make and yummy.  It just doesn’t get much better than oats and chocolate and peanut butter….mmmm. (and a cup of butter and lots of sugar isn’t bad either)

Oh Henry Bars

  • 1 c butter
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 4 c quick oats
  • 1 c chocolate chips
  • 1 c peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream together butter, brown sugars, sugar, and oats.  Spread in 10×15 jelly roll baking sheet.  Bake for exactly 12 minutes.

Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in microwave.  Remove bars from oven and let cool for about 5-10 minutes.  Spread melted chocolate mixture on top of warm bars.


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Chocolate Milk Syrup

How about a trip down memory lane?  Or maybe a daydream of someplace warm and sunny?  How about a big glass of icy cold frothy chocolate milk while you’re drifting away?  But wait!  You’re out of Hershey’s chocolate syrup?!  Oh no!!!!!

Not to fret!  Give this recipe a go!

Chocolate Milk Syrup

  • 1/2 c cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 c water
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

In a medium sauce pan, mix cocoa, sugar, water, and salt.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Boil for 1 minute.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Stir again.  Let cool and refrigerate.

Add desired amount to glass of milk and enjoy!

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No Bake Cookies

Oh, dear friends…I’ve been up to my eyeballs in laundry today.  To say that I was getting behind in this chore would be a gross understatement.  It’s been overflowing every. where.  So I made the decision to stay home and not go anywhere.  The only time I left the house was for after-school carpool.  My efforts have been fruitful!  I’ve knocked out no less than 7 loads today.  I don’t know if I should be proud or just plain embarrassed…hmmm…well….let’s just move on to the recipe!

No Bake Cookies

  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c cocoa
  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 3 c quick oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla

In a large sauce pan, mix butter, milk, sugar, and cocoa.  Bring this to a boil and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat, stir in peanut butter and vanilla.  Add oats, and mix well.  Spread into a 9×13 pan or drop by tablespoons on foil paper.  Let cool and eat!!

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Granola Bars

I’ve been hearing from you and from my husband about how you are enjoying my blog.  I’m humbled, really.  My intention was never to bring attention to myself, but only to share my love of cooking, particularly baking.  I’m glad that you are getting a small glimpse into our lives, my life.

I’m not gonna lie…It’s been a rough couple of days.  There are just some times that I can actually feel the fingers of depression choking me, holding me down until I don’t want to breathe.  It’s really scary, actually.  This week has been one of those weeks.  It always seems to get the better of me when the kids have been sick, and the weather is bad and I can’t get out of the house and then everything seems so overwhelming.  There’s more laundry, more dishes, more meals, and on and on.  Then I begin to think, “What’s the point?” It’s all too much….so I just go back and lay down with Clark while he watches cartoons.  Sleeping and watching t.v. helps me forget about the present.  I’ve got a great husband, though.  He told me just get some sleep this morning and got the kids ready and off to school.  Then he called me around lunch and said, “I want to take you to get a taco.  Let’s get you out of the house.”  It’s just what I needed. He’s always what I need…. Even though it’s cold and rainy and dreary outside, the fresh air and the walk around Target did me some good.  I already feel better.  Not so overwhelmed.  The fingers are loosening their grip.

This pizza came out so pretty, I had to share a picture of it!  I made something a little different for me and Mike: Chicken and Tomato; the kids still had pepperoni and cheese, as always.  Since tonight is Pizza Night and I’ve already posted my pizza dough here, I’m going to share this recipe tonight.  My kids love granola bars, especially for their snacks at school.

Granola Bars

  • 1/3 c butter, softened
  • 1/3 c peanut butter
  • 1/2 c corn syrup
  • 2/3 c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 c rice krispie cereal
  • 2 1/2 c quick oats
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 1/4 c wheat germ
  • 1 c mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9×13 pan.  In your mixing bowl, combine butter, peanut butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar and vanilla.  Next add cereal, oats, flour, wheat germ and chocolate chips – mixing well after each. Press dough firmly into your pan.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and carefully press down dough again (this makes sure that the bars are not crumbly).  Bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.  Cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting.

Soooo yummy!  I think they’re even better the next day!

And this lil’ guy whom we call Dooser, because he’s always “doing” something, was taking a break from shoveling snow 😀  He’s been sick for the last 3 days and so he told me he needed to work!

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Dark Chocolate Cake

Well, Friends…I’ve offically been recipe blogging for a month now and I love it.  This isn’t a long time  compared to most bloggers out there, but I’m pretty proud of myself!  I started out with blogger because of it’s simplicity but I’m ready to move to another site – for good.  So, starting tomorrow, Feb 1, I will be moving to another site.  I’ll let you know then……

Now on to the good stuff! I’ve been craving something chocolatey for the past several days.  I let Reagan pick and she decided she wanted chocolate cake.  mmmmmmm…this is heavenly!

Dark Chocolate Cake
2 c boiling water
1 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 c butter
2 1/4 c sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 3/4 c flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Heavily grease a 9 inch bundt pan.  In medium bowl, mix boiling water and cocoa powder.  Stir together very well and let cool.  Meanwhile, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder in another medium bowl.  Set aside.  In your mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar well – at least 2 minutes.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix well again.  Add half of the flour mixture and mix. Slowly poor in cocoa/water mixture and make sure everything is mixed well.  Add the last half of the flour mixture and combine well for the last time.  Make sure to mix all the way to the bottom.  Pour into bundt pan and bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool.  Frost with you favorite frosting.

In the words of my fantastic Uncle Ron:
“Well, that’ll just jerk the pounds right off ya!”

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Oh, how I love oatmeal cookies. The earthy cinnamon and oats, the chocolatey goodness of the slightly melted chocolate chips….mmmmm. This recipe is my collision of an old recipe that my maternal grandmother makes and another recipe I found on the internet. They’re soft, chewy, cinnamony, chocolatey, yummy. Which is why I HAD to make them this afternoon! 😀

Shara’s Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 c butter
1/2 c butter flavored shortenting
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c sugar
1 pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 c flour
3 c quick oats
1 c chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, butter flavored shortening, brown sugar, sugar, and pudding mix. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into the sugar mixture. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls on cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until light and golden. Do not overbake. Let them cool for 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheets to cool completely. Store in airtight container.

Make sure you eat a few right away, because they don’t last long!

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