Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips [RECIPE]

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Decadent, delicious, and easy to make, these cookies will satisfy your chocolate-peanut butter cravings. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Who doesn’t love pairing chocolate and peanut butter? Whether you’re a fan of Reese’s famous candies or not, you’d be hard pressed to find a cookie as decadent and delicious as this one. And if you want something extra special, dollop up a scoop of vanilla ice cream between two of these cookies and wrap in wax paper, then freeze for an hour to create homemade ice cream sandwiches that will set your heart aflutter. Read more of this post

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars [RECIPE]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

If you like Reese’s, you’re going to love our chewy, gooey chocolate peanut butter cookie bars. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

In our house, we love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Obviously we’re huge fans of Reese’s peanut butter cups, so this recipe takes that idea and runs with it. And why not? There’s just something so satisfying about the two ingredients blended together into one giant chewy, gooey cookie that we can’t resist serving these up all on their own, with a tall glass of milk, or even with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Read more of this post

Martina McBride’s Triple Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies [RECIPE]

Martina McBride's Triple Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Martina McBride’s Triple Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (Photo courtesy Jason Wallis)

As I’ve said before, I’m not a great baker. But every once in a while I get the urge to bake or make cookies with Ava. This is a holiday twist on the oatmeal cookie. Read more of this post

Simply Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream and Berries

Simply Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream and Berries

As the name indicates, our Simply Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream and Berries is easy enough even a novice in the kitchen can prepare it! Heather taught our youngest niece, Esperanza, 10, to prepare this tasty treat on a recent trip to down South.

Kids love to be included in family activities and taught how to do new things. Not only are they usually quick learners, but they oftentimes surprise us with their natural talent. On a recent trip down South to visit family, we taught our youngest niece, Esperanza, 10, how to make this yummy cake. She did a spectacular job, and we were so proud of her effort. In fact, she liked it so much that she promised to make it for us again when we come for another visit!

PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 35 to 40 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Simply Chocolate Cakes, baked in 2 8-inch round cake pans
  • 2 pints heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, washed, trimmed and thinly sliced

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bake cakes and cool completely.
  2. Whip the cream to soft peaks, then add the sugar and vanilla, and whip again until just stiffened. Do not over mix!
  3. Slice the top off 1 cake round to make a flat surface. Spread bottom cake round with a thick layer of whipped cream. Top with half the strawberries. Top with the other cake round and spread with another thick layer of whipped cream. Top with remaining strawberries.
  4. Slice and serve with any extra whipped cream and berries on the side.

YIELDS: 1 two-layer cake, about 8 servings

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Simply Chocolate Cake

Simply Chocolate Cake

With this simple chocolate cake recipe, you'll never have to buy a boxed cake mix again!

Why use boxed cake mixes when it is just as simple to make your own cake from scratch? Not only does our chocolate cake take only minutes to prepare, but it is also light, rich and oh-so-delicious. Top it with fruit, ice cream, your favorite icing, or double this recipe and dish up a layered cake with whipped cream and berries!

PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 35 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon butter

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Liberally butter an 8-inch round cake pan or an 8-inch square baking pan, set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda and kosher salt.
  2. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add vegetable oil, pure vanilla extract, white vinegar and cold water. Whisk until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

YIELDS: 8 servings

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