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Snowy Chocolate Cupcakes

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Did you ever want to make just a few cupcakes for maybe you and your immediate family or some friends? Isn’t it annoying when recipes are written to serve like 24 cupcakes- does anyone reallyneed to eat 24 cupcakes? No. Aside from the fact that it’s not healthy, it’s just completely unnecessary if you’re not having a party or get-together. So, I decided to make these cupcakes in a small batch, therefore nothing goes to waste and no one is compelled to eat more (even though they’re so delicious you’re going to want to eat like 5 of them at one sitting :) ).

Scrumptious chocolate cupcakes topped with lucisious dark chocolate frosting and snow! And by snow I mean sweetened coconut flakes- yummy! They’re easy to make and even easier to eat! And the cake is unbelievably moist because I used homemade buttermilk of course! Oh, if you’re wondering what kind of cupcake liner I used, they’re Reynolds Wrap! I did not use mybabycakes machine with this recipe- I know surprise surprise! I was in the mood for a regular sized cupcake :) .

Snowy Chocolate Cupcakes:

1. PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12 cup cupcake sheet with PAM and place liners in each cup. Set aside.

2. Melt the chocolate squares in the microwave and set aside to cool a bit. Meanwhile in large bowl beat together softened butter, brown and white sugar until creamy. Add the egg and beat until combined well about 2 minutes. Using a spatula stir in the melted chocolate.

3. In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa. In a small bowl combine buttermilk and vanilla- set aside.

4. With the mixer on low, add in about 1/3 of the flour mixture and blend well. Then add about 1/3 of the buttermilk mixture and blend well. Continue adding the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture, alternating and mixing well between each addition. Scrape sides of bowl with the spatula. DO NOT OVER MIX.

5. Pour about 2 hefty tbsp of mixture into each cup. Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove and cool before frosting.

Makes 12 cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Frosting:

  • 4 tbsp Melted Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2  cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (I used Ghiradelli Brand)
  • 1 oz bittersweet chocolate melted (I used Ghiradelli 70% Cacao Bar)
  • 3 cups Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp Milk (I used skim plus)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1. In a large bowl combine melted butter and cocoa. Add the melted chocolate. Mix well until lumps are smooth. Using a hand mixer beat in confectioner’s sugar and 2-3 tbsp of milk. Beat until thick and creamy- I like my frosting really thick because it’s easier to pipe that way. However, you can add more or less milk depending on your desired consistency.

2. Place frosting into a piping bag with a medium round tip, or cut off a small corner of a big ziplock bag. Pipe into swirls on the cooled cupcakes. Top with a generous amount of sweetened coconut and serve!

Makes about 2 cups

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Peppermint Bark Lollipops

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Do you like peppermint bark? Do you like lollipops? Then you’re going to love these sweet treats- Peppermint Bark Lollipops. So easy to make. Cheap, cute and did I mention they’re a show stopper. Yes. SHOW stopper. I made about 60 lollipops for a Christmas Eve party and everyone was talking about them! It’s just the right amount of chocolate and peppermint and they’re great for big parties, to hold and walk around and still look pretty :) .

Going for an NYE party? Make these and bring them! Plus I’ll show you how to turn these lollipops into a chocolate bouquet- it’s super easy and cheap! And impressive, might I add. Let’s get started:

Peppermint Bark Lollipops:

Holiday Bouquet Prep:

  • 1 small basket (I bought mine from Michael’s)
  • 1 small styrofoam ball (I bought mine from Michael’s)
  • ribbon- assorted colors
  • pine tree leaves- optional

Tools: cookie sheets, parchment paper

1. Break up the dark and 1 bar of the semisweet chocolate and place into a glass bowl. Microwave for 35 seconds. Remove, stir with a spatula. Microwave for another 35 seconds. Remove and stir. Microwave for another 35 seconds if chocolate is not melted. When it’s just melted add the remaining semisweet chocolate bar and stir until everything is smooth and melted. Add 1-1 1/2 tbsp peppermint extract and stir. Melt the white chocolate in a separate bowl and stir in 1 tbsp peppermint extract.

2. On a cookie sheet (I used 3 of them) line with 1-2 sheets of parchment paper. Using a tbsp pour 1 tbsp of dark chocolate into a circle on the cookie sheet. Take the cookie stick and swirl into the bottom of the circle. Decorate with cranberries/pearls/sprinkles or a drop of white chocolate in the center and swirl with a toothpick. Repeat until chocolate is finished. I made a few white chocolate lollipops. Place in the fridge until hard and cool.

3. To make the bouquet: Cut small pieces of ribbon and tie around each stick. Using a scissor curl ends. Place lollipops in the freezer an hour or 2 before placing in the basket before your party. Place styrofoam ball in the basket and if using pine tree leaves, cover the foam with the leaves. Once the chocolate lollipops are hard and slightly frozen, stick them into the styrofoam until the whole thing is covered like a bouquet.

Makes 60 chocolate lollipops


Like Chocolate? Like Dessert? Check these out!

Mini Chocolate-Pumpkin Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Frosting

Snowy Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate-Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

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Pearly Peppermint Bark

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Want chocolate? Want dessert? Want something that doesn’t require baking or cooking? This is THE dessert for you! Well, you can categorize it as candy too, but I prefer calling it dessert. Just a tiny piece of this chocolatey and minty peppermint bark will satisfy your sweet tooth and after dinner dessert craving! It’s “pearly” because I decorate it with pastel green sugar pearls– festive and delicious!

Pearly Peppermint Bark:

  • 2 bars bittersweet chocolate (I use Ghiradelli 70% cacao)
  • 1 bar white chocolate (I use Ghiradelli)
  • 1-2 tbsp peppermint extract
  • green sugar pearls- for decorating

1. In a microwave-safe bowl break up dark chocolate bar and microwave for 35 seconds. Remove and stir with a spatula and microwave for another 35 seconds. By this time the chocolate should be melted, if there are unmelted chunks, just stir until everything is melted. Set aside for about 1-2 minutes until room temperature. Stir in 1- 2 tbsp of peppermint extract.

2. Repeat process for white chocolate and stir in extract. Set aside to cool until room temperature.

3. On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, pour dark chocolate and spread evenly, but don’t make it too thin. Pour white chocolate on top and using a toothpick or a wooden skewer, swirl into dark chocolate. Top with sugar pearls. Set aside to cool (uncovered or covered is fine).

4. Break the chocolate into chunks and eat!

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Peppermint Bark Lollipops

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Frosting

 
 

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St. Patrick’s Day and Chocolate Stout Cake

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Holidays (any holiday) are the perfect excuse to make festive treats and desserts. And I completely enjoy when friends and readers recommend recipes and dishes for me! So for this holiday, I took some recommendations and on top of the Irish cream bundt cake with Baileys glaze, I made a chocolate stout cake (the recipe can be found here) and some holiday themed dark chocolate cake truffles. The chocolate stout cake was especially fun to make because I’ve never worked with beer in a cake (although I have made beer bread), and I also got to use sour cream in a cake for the first time as well! The cake turned out very moist and a little more dense than normal cakes. I topped it off with someBaileys cream cheese frosting, a light dusting of cocoa powder, and it was ready to go!

And I can’t forget about the cake truffles. This recipe is so incredibly easy to make and alter if needed, plus it is perfect if you need to feed a lot of people. I brought a huge container to work for my colleagues with plenty to spare for my weekend with friends. They turned out to be great snacks for everyone, and it was just so much fun making these themed treats! I was able to enjoy them while hanging out in the Bay Area with some of the best ladies I know–what a great way to end the holiday. I hope everyone’s holiday weekend was filled with fun and great food as well!

 

Dark chocolate center with a milk chocolate coating

Source: http://lifetasteslikefood.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/st-patricks-day-and-chocolate-stout-cake/

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Baking, Chocolate, Sweets

 

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Brownie Pudding (lava poop) recipe

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Source: http://nummynumnum.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/brownie-pudding-lava-poop/

This recipe is incredible easy, sweet and tasty.   It should be served alongside some ice cream (perhaps Peppermint Ice Cream). It is adapted from Ina Garten’s with a couple tweaks.  I wonder how many Ina recipes I can actually post on this blog.  I am also surprised by all of the sweet recipes we have seeing as most of us are all about the savory.  –ts

2 sticks unsalted butter, plus extra for buttering the dish
4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup good cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
Pinch of salt
Ice cream, for serving

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly butter a 2-quart (9 by 12 by 2-inch) oval baking dish. Melt the 1/2 pound of butter and set aside to cool.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed for 5 to 10 minutes, until very thick and light yellow. Meanwhile, sift the cocoa powder, salt and flour together and set aside.
  3. When the egg and sugar mixture is ready, reduce the speed to low and add the vanilla and the dry sifted ingredients. Mix only until combined. With mixer still on low, slowly pour in the cooled butter and mix again just until combined.  Lightly mix in chocolate chips until combined.
  4. Pour the brownie mixture into the prepared dish and bake for about 30-40 minutes. Center will appear very under-baked, and the top will be toasted; this dessert is between a brownie and a pudding.
  5. Allow to cool and serve with ice cream

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Baking, Chocolate, Sweets

 

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Dark and White Chocolate Cherry Bars Recipe

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The count down is here! Only two more days until spring break. Boy, am I ready. As I count down the days, I become more and more anxious for the sun, it’s warmth and, most of all, at least a short break from school. There are a lot of really great things about school, but after the last month, which has been charging ahead like a bull chasing a bull fighter, my brain is feeling a bit fried… and while some things, like beignets, doughnuts, and french fries are better fried, my brain is not. This will be a much needed week of rejuvenation.

We are starting the celebrating early in this house hold with these little gems: Dark and White Chocolate Chip Cherry bars. Every cherry is like a little spot of sunshine! These pictures are of the few remaining bars left- anything with cherry, or chocolate, not to mention both, will have a very short life span in this house. (Self control? What’s that?)

I know this spring break is going to be a good one. How could it not be? I’ve got chocolate and cherries on my team (in a bar!!).

Happy Spring! (Can you believe it’s here already? Where is 2011 going?!)

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup rolled oats

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup dried cherries (cranberries also work and are easier to find- look for cranberries that have been dehydrated with cherry juice to maintain the cherry flavor)

 

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer.

Add in the vanilla.

Mix in the salt, flour, and oats. The dough will have a consistency similar to shortbread dough.

Mix in the chocolate and cherries. Press the dough into a 9 x 9.

Bake for 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool.

Cut into bars.

 

Source: http://lacasitainspirada.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/dark-and-white-chocolate-cherry-bars-key-to-a-happy-spring/

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Baking, Candy, Chocolate, Dessert, Fruit, Sweets

 

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Easy Mango Lime Sorbet Recipe

I can tell when I start to get spring fever because my meals start to lighten up.  The hearty soups and stews are pushed to the back of the recipe binder and the lighter fare is front and center.  I get about as excited to clean out and re-organize my recipes as I do to clean out and re-organize my closet each season.  In fact, I’m not sure which one would win.  At any rate, the new magazines started flowing in for the month and beneath the pile of mail was the new Vegetarian Times.  Oh how I love getting this inspiring, drool worthy magazine each month.  Let the page flipping begin……

As much as I love dark chocolate, usually after a normal, weeknight meal I want something cold and fruity.  I normally opt for some sort of popsicle, especially the Trader Joe’s Strawberry Fruit Floe’s.  Um, yum!  So ofcourse when I saw how simple this sorbet was to make I was off to the freezer.  Next time I would add a little more lime juice and maybe a bit of zest to punch up the lime flavor a bit.  But overall this recipe was so simple, light, and perfect for my weeknight treats.

(Printable Recipe)

Easy Mango Lime Sorbet

Ingredients

  • 4 cups frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup fresh lime juice

1.  Thaw mango chunks for 15 minutes.  Place in a blender or food processor and puree with agave nectar and lime juice (add more lime juice or water if needed to puree).

2.  Transfer to shallow glass or metal bowl or baking dish and place in freezer.  Freeze for 35-45 minutes, stirring puree every 15 minutes or until ready to serve.

 

Source: http://bakingwithbasil.com/2011/03/16/easy-mango-lime-sorbet/

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Fruit, Ice Cream

 

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Betty’s Chocolate Lover’s Mousse

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Chocolate Lover’s Mousse. This mousse has a rich chocolate flavor and looks gorgeous. It is quite simple to make and is very elegant, particularly during the holiday season.

Ingredients:

8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (You may use milk chocolate chips, if you want a milder flavor.)
1 tablespoon butter
2 ½ cups very cold whipping cream, divided
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
whipped topping for garnish
maraschino cherries with stems for garnish
fresh mint leaves, for garnish

Melt 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips along with 1 tablespoon butter in the top of a double boiler. Remove from heat. Whisk ½ cup whipping cream into the melted chocolate/butter mixture, forming a smooth, glossy dark chocolate cream. Let the chocolate cream sit for about 5 minutes to cool a little. After about 5 minutes, pour 1 pint (2 cups) very cold whipping cream into a large mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer to beat the cream until it is frothy. Add 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar, and continue to beat the cream until it forms soft peaks. Place ¼ of the sweetened whipped cream into the chocolate cream. Mix quickly until the whipped cream and chocolate cream are completely combined. Now transfer the mixture to the large bowl of sweetened whipped cream. Gently fold, until completely combined. Now, spoon chocolate mousse into about 8 dessert dishes. Cover each with plastic wrap and refrigerate anywhere from 2 hours up to 48 hours before serving. When ready to serve, Place a dollop of whipped topping on top of each dish of mousse. Put a stemmed maraschino cherry in the middle of the whipped topping. Place a sprig of fresh herb in the whipped topping to finish the garnishing. These are absolutely gorgeous when served! They are great for the holiday season, because you can make them ahead, and do very little work to prepare the garnish at serving time. This Chocolate Lover’s Mousse is timeless and elegant. I hope you like it! Happy Holiday Season! –Betty ♥♥♥♥♥

As I mentioned in this video, one of my videos from bettyskitchen was selected to be in ifood.tv’s Thanksgiving eCookbook! This is a beautiful e-cookbook with color pictures and recipes for a bountiful Thanksgiving meal. I’m sure you will want to check it out. I will put a link on my channel page to the cookbook, and provide any information about the cookbook that I can. I am honored to have one of my recipes in such a gorgeous and useful e-cookbook.
Notes:
– The cookbook has 18 recipes and 4 useful Thanksgiving articles on how to carve a turkey, what to do with leftovers, and Thanksgiving cocktails
– These recipes came mostly from ifood.tv’s Featured Partners, who are a variety of cookbook authors, chefs, nutrition & health experts, etc.
– ifood.tv has a free Featured Partner Program that helps video producers promote and distribute their food videos.
– If anyone would like to join ifood.tv or join their Featured Partner program, contact biz@ifood.tv.

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Betty's Kitchen, Chocolate, Sweets

 

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Betty’s Coconut Bonbons Video Recipe

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Christmas Coconut Bonbons. These bonbons are made of butter, confectioner’s sugar, sweetened condensed milk, pecans, and coconut, and then dipped in chocolate for a fantastic Christmas treat!

Ingredients:

½ cup butter, softened
16 ounce box confectioner’s sugar
½ of a 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
3 ½ ounces flaked coconut
1 cup finely chopped pecans
12 ounce bag of semisweet chocolate chips
1 ounce paraffin (optional)

In a large mixing bowl, combine ½ cup butter and a 16 ounce box of confectioner’s sugar. Stir until well blended. Mix in ½ of a 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk, 3 ½ ounces of flaked coconut, and 1 cup of finely chopped pecans. Form mixture into 1-inch balls and place on a shallow baking pan that is lined with waxed paper. Chill balls for ½ to 1 hour in the refrigerator. In a double boiler, melt 12 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips and 1 ounce of paraffin (if desired). Use a toothpick to dip balls in melted chocolate mixture. Place on a large pan or platter that is covered with waxed paper. Chill, until ready to serve or store. When ready to serve, place the chilled bonbons on a nice serving plate, removing any excess chocolate that has stuck to the bottom. These can be made ahead and frozen. Just thaw them for a couple of hours before serving them. You may leave theses bonbons at room temperature or keep them refrigerated. They keep well when stored in a covered container. Enjoy!!! –Betty 

 

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Betty’s Chocolate-Filled Meringue Sandwich Cookies Recipe

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Chocolate-Filled Meringue Sandwich Cookies. These cookies have creamy milk chocolate spread between two small, slow-baked, crisp meringue cookies.

Ingredients:

4-oz. milk chocolate chips (You may use any type of chocolate.)
3 egg whites
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon (dash) salt
½ cup sugar

In a large mixing bowl, place 3 egg whites, ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar, 1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract, and a dash of salt. Beat on high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Gradually add sugar, continually beating until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Spoon the mixture into a zip-lock plastic bag. Snip one bottom corner of the bag to make a hole that is 1-inch across. Pipe mixture into 1 ¼-inch mounds onto a parchment paper-lined baking pan. Bake at 200 degrees (F) for 2 hours. Remove from oven and cool completely (about 30 minutes). When meringue mounds are cooled completely, place 4 ounces of milk chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler. Bring the water below to a boil and stir chocolate constantly until melted. Turn off heat. Spread a thin layer of melted milk chocolate onto half of the flat sides of the meringue mounds. Gently press flat sides of remaining half of meringue rounds onto chocolate-covered side of meringue mounds. Let stand until chocolate is set (about an hour). Place Chocolate-Filled Meringue Sandwich Cookies on a nice serving tray. These are a great treat for a party. With the Playoffs and Super Bowl games coming up, this is a sweet treat that you might like to serve. It is quick, easy, and impressive. It is wonderful for any get-together or just for a comfort snack at home. Enjoy!!! –Betty 

 

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