Advertisements
RSS Feed

Tag Archives: chocolate chips

Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake!!Creamy chocolate cheesecake topped with a layer of raspberry and sour cream. Unbelievably yummy!!!

If you follow my blog on a regular basis, you will remember this cheesecake from last fall.  It is my Aunt’s recipe and it is literally the best cheesecake I’ve ever eaten.  It is so creamy and smooth…oh my.

I decided to add a few twists to the recipe by making it chocolate and adding raspberries to the topping.  It worked beautifully and added so much flavor!  It is really quite easy to make.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!!!

Here’s the recipe (printable version):

INGREDIENTS:

Crust:
  • 1 1/4 cups Honeymaid graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar 
Filling: 
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 (8 oz.) Philadelphia cream cheese bars (must be the Philadelphia brand)~ softened to room temperature.
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Topping: 
  • 1 pint (2 cups) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup of canned raspberry pie filling

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, combine crust ingredients together until well combined.
  • Press into a 9″ spring form pan, pressing crumbs into bottom and about 1 1/2″ up sides of pan.    
  • For the filling, combine the sugar and softened cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and beat together until smooth.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition.
  • Add the vanilla, lemon juice and salt and beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Melt the one cup of chocolate until smooth, and add to cheesecake mixture, beating until completely incorporated.
  • Pour into crust.
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 35-45 minutes.
  • While cheesecake is baking, make topping by simply mixing together all of the topping ingredients.
  • After 35-45 minutes of baking, remove cheesecake from oven and turn oven down to 325F degrees.
  • Pour topping over hot cheesecake, gently spreading to edges.
  • Return cheesecake to oven and bake for an additional 12-15 minutes.
  • Remove cheesecake from oven and leave sides on pan while allowing cheesecake to cool to room temperature.  
  • Refrigerate several hours (or overnight)
  • Run a small knife around the edges of the pan and remove them before serving.
  • Serve with extra raspberry pie filling– YUM!
  • Enjoy!!!!

 

Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake!!
My thoughts:  You can see in my pictures that I added a cup of raspberry pie filling over the crust before I poured the cheesecake batter in.  It was really yummy, but made it hard to remove the bottom of the springform pan (which I always do before pictures).  If you don’t mind leaving the bottom on, this is a yummy addition to the recipe!  Just gently spread it out over your graham crust and pour the cheesecake over the top.
Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake!!

We love raspberries here at Easybaked!  Check out our other yummy raspberry recipes!

Raspberry Lemon Cream Cups!!!Raspberry Confetti KissesRaspberry Truffle TartRaspberry Lemon drop Cakes!!!

Advertisements

Cookie Dough Whoopie Pies

Posted on

Cookie Dough Whoopie Pies!

Rich cocoa whoopie pies filled with a creamy cookie dough frosting.  Yum.

One of the benefits of being a food blogger is that all of your friends see cool kitchen stuff and get it for you!  My sweet friend Danielle gave me a Whoopie Pie Pan for my birthday and I had to google what a whoopie pie was because I’d never had one.  Now, I am obsessed with this incredible dessert.  Oh. My. Word.

A few months ago I made a cupcake that is my FAVORITE recipe on this blog (yes, I have a favorite!)  It’s a cookie dough cupcake and I so wanted an excuse to make that frosting again, so I made it for these!  Perfect!  Everyone loves them….and I am eating the leftover frosting out of a bowl while I write this post…really– right out of the bowl {sigh of pure joy}

Whoopie Pies!!!

You know you want to try these….here’s how: (printer friendly recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 16-18 whoopie pies)  

Whoopie Pie:

  • 2 sticks (8 oz) salted butter (softened)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Cookie Dough Filling:

  • 2 sticks (8 oz.) unsalted butter(softened)
  • 2 sticks (8 oz.) salted butter(softened)
  • 2 cups powered sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 3 Tablespoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 12 oz bag of mini chocolate chips.

Directions:

Whoopie Pie:

This recipe can be made on a cookie sheet, but to get that perfectly shaped, every-one-is-the-same-size look you really should invest in a Whoopie Pie Pan.  They aren’t terribly expensive and these turn out SO much better if you use one!

  • Preheat oven to 400F degrees
  • Spray a whoopie pie pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Use a mixer to cream together butter and sugar.
  • Add milk, eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
  • Add dry ingredients (add flour last and gradually) and beat until smooth. (My mixer had a hard time with this, as it is a thick cookie-like mixture.  My mixer is 15 years old though and died the next day….so …?  I finished mixing by hand…)
  • Use a large Cookie Scoop (2-3 Tablespoons) to drop dough into each whoopie pie cavity.  Gently press dough into cavity.

Making whoopie pies

  • Bake for 8-10 minutes- don’t overbake- cake should be springy to the touch, not hard like a cookie.
  • Cool on a wire rack.

Filling:

  • Place all filling ingredients except mini chips into a large mixing bowl and beat with mixer on low until combined and then high until light and fluffy.
  • Add half of mini chips and blend in well.
  • Scoop about 2 Tablespoons of filling onto one half of a whoopie pie.  
  • Press the other half on top very gently until filling spreads to edges.
  • Pour remaining mini chips into a bowl and roll edges of filling in them to coat the sides.

Whoopie Pies!!

My thoughts:  These are just exactly right, in my book.  I love the deep cocoa flavor in the cake and that FROSTING….!

If you want to reduce the amount of filling you can certainly cut the recipe for it in half.  I was very generous with the filling and had just a little left at the end.  I hope you get a chance to try these– and if you want  a similar flavor in smaller bites hop over to the cookie dough cupcake recipe and give them a try.  Happy baking, friends!!!

Cookie Dough Whoopie Pie!

You might also like:

Cake balls filled with cream cheese frostingMango Smoothie PopsBubble Gum Cupcakes!Koolaid truffles!!

Turtle Brownie Bars

Posted on
Caramel Turtle Bars!!


Everyone loves a good bar dessert.  These are absolutely stuffed full of yummy goodness.  Caramel and three kinds of chocolate mixed with chocolate cake….these will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth!!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1/3c. oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1c. each of white chips, semi-sweet chips, milk chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. margarine or butter
  • 32 unwrapped Kraft caramels
  • 1 (14oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x13pan.  
  • Combine cake mix, oil and eggs.  Blend well and stir in all of the chips (mixture will be very thick).  
  • Press half of the mixture into bottom of pan (it will press into a very thin layer).  Bake for 10 minutes and then remove from oven.
  • While this is baking, in a medium saucepan, combine butter, caramels and condensed milk.
  •  Cook over low/medium heat until melted and smooth (stir constantly!)  
  • Spread caramel over partially baked cake mixture.  
  • Top with remaining cake/chip mixture (it will not completely cover, but you can press the mixture flat with your fingers and lay it in small sections over the caramel.)
  • Bake an additional 25 to 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool 20 minutes.  
  • Run knife around edges.  Cool completely before cutting. Makes about 20 bars.

Caramel Turtle Bars!!!

My thoughts:  I make this recipe with a variety of cake mix flavors every time I start accumulating odds and ends of chips in my pantry.  When you bake a lot, you end up with lots of almost-empty bags of baking chips in all sort of flavors.  I just use them all up in this recipe!  I’ve made this with yellow, chocolate and caramel cake mix.  I’ve used dark, milk, white, swirled, peanut butter, cinnamon and butterscotch chips.  Each time I make it there’s a whole new flavor and look.  I *love* recipes like that!  It’s like having so many recipes all in one.  I hope you have fun – both following this recipe  AND experimenting with it!  Enjoy!!  ~r

Caramel Turtle Bars!!We love chocolate and caramel here at Easybaked!!  Check out some of our other recipes that use this favorite combination.  Just click on an image to be taken to the recipe.

Turtle CheesecakeSalted Caramel Cookie Cup!!!Caramel Fudge Brownies!!Inside-out Caramel Apple!!

*****SPECIAL NOTE******  Ruthanne will be wandering the Amazon Jungle when this recipe posts.  If you don’t get replies to your comments or questions it is because I have no internet….I’ll be back soon though!!!!

Cookie Dough Frosted Cupcakes

Cookie Dough CupcakesChocolate cupcakes topped with rich chocolate chip cookie dough frosting….my new favorite thing!

I love cookie dough.  When I was a little girl we always got little nibbles of it when mom was baking.  Now, of course, we know that those raw eggs could kill us…but I think that cookie dough might be worth that risk!!  

The best part of this recipe is that the frosting truly tastes like cookie dough (a light creamy cookie dough) and there are NO eggs in it.  So you could just eat it straight out of the bowl and forget the cupcakes….not that I would do that….ever….well…maybe just a little….

I made my cupcakes into minis- simply because I wanted to put a “scoop” of frosting on top and a full-size scoop would be a HUGE amount of frosting…I don’t have a problem with that, but I think most people might 😉

Cookie Dough Cupcakes3

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed chocolate cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to box)

***OR use your favorite cupcake recipe.  This is really all about the frosting– so do your favorite thing with the cupcake recipe/ flavor***

  • 2 sticks (8 oz.) unsalted butter(softened)
  • 2 sticks (8 oz.) salted butter(softened)
  • 2 c. powered sugar
  • 1 c. brown sugar (packed)
  • 3 T. vanilla
  • 1/3c. flour
  • 1 12 oz bag of mini chocolate chips.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake mix (or your favorite cake recipe) and divide into mini cupcake liners in a mini cupcake tin. (makes about 48 mini cupcakes)
  • Bake according to box/recipe (mini cupcakes take less time, so adjust accordingly!)
  • Cool cupcakes completely.
  • Place all frosting ingredients except mini chips into a large mixing bowl and beat with mixer on low until combined and then high until light and fluffy.
  • Add mini chips (keep about 1/4 of a cup aside to sprinkle on top) and beat on low until fully combined.
  • Frost cupcakes.  You can use a knife to just spread it on or use a small or medium Cookie Scoop to make your cupcakes look like mine do.
  • Sprinkle remaining chips on top and gobble these cupcakes up!!!

Cookie Dough Cupcakes2My thoughts: These are dangerous cupcakes for me.  I had to get them out of my house FAST.  I seriously wanted to eat them all.  Ah….cookie dough….sigh.  Enjoy these so much!!!!  ~r

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes Front and Back6-13-14: Did you know that this yummy recipe is available on adorable blank notecards?  With a photo of the cupcakes on the front, the recipe on the back, and plenty of room to write a message inside, these are the PERFECT gift!  Why send just a card, when you can send the gift of a recipe as well?!?  Click here for more information and to order.

Chocolate chips are an important ingredient here at easybaked~  click on an image to be taken to the recipe:

Chocolate chip cookies!!!Mini chocolate chip cookie cheesecakesGooey filling in Seven layer cups!Mini Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Roll!

Posted on

Chocolate covered strawberry Cake roll!!This strawberry cake rolled with vanilla buttercream and dark chocolate ganache is not only a pretty Valentines Day treat, but such a yummy one!  Plus, it looks A LOT harder to make than it really is!

February 1st.  How can the first month of this year be gone already?  I had already written a post for for this week when I looked at the calendar and thought, oh my- it’s time for a Valentine’s dessert!  I had an unexpected day off of work this week and decided to experiment with turning an ordinary cake mix into a cake roll.  I absolutely loved the results!  Cake rolls will always be a little fussier than plain old cakes, but look at how cute it is…!  If you’ve never made a cake roll, I will try to explain it as we go.  I have a few pictures, but if you want a few more click here for my pumpkin roll recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed strawberry cake mix (I used Pillsbury this time)
  • Water, oil and eggs (we will adjust the amounts from the box just a bit!)
  • 1/2c. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 c. dark chocolate chips
  • 2 sticks (8 oz) butter
  • 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 T. clear vanilla flavoring.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees
  • Make boxed cake mix, but add just a little less oil and water.  The Pillsbury mix called for 1 cup of water and 1/3 cup of oil.  I used 3/4 c. water and 1/4 c. oil instead.  I used the same # of eggs (3)
  • Cover the bottom of a standard jellyroll pan (mine is about 12″ by 17″, and about 1″ deep) with waxed paper- allowing the paper to extend just a bit over each end.
  • Lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Pour cake batter into pan and gently spread it out to cover the entire bottom in a thin, but even layer of cake.
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 15-20 minutes- checking often to make sure it isn’t browning too much.
  • Remove pan from oven, sprinkle a clean kitchen towel with powdered sugar, lay it powder side down on the top of the cake and holding the towel in place, flip the pan over onto a flat surface.  You will have your powdered towel, the cake on top and wax paper on top of the cake.
  • Peel the wax paper off and gently roll the cake up in the towel, rolling from one short end to the other- keep the towel on the bottom and wrap it up with the cake.
  • Refrigerate for one hour.
  • While this is in the fridge, make your ganache and butter cream.
  • For the ganache: heat 1/2 c. of whipping cream in a medium saucepan until it starts to bubble around the edges.  Turn off the heat. Add the dark chocolate chips and cover for 5-10 minutes.  Stir until smooth and creamy.
  • For the buttercream: Place (softened) butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat on high until very fluffy and creamy.
  • After chilling for one hour, remove cake roll from fridge and gently unroll on a flat surface.
  • Gently and evenly spread ganache over entire surface of the cake roll.
  • Gently and evenly spread the buttercream over the ganache.  This part was a little tricky- I wanted to make sure I didn’t mix the two layers, so I scooped the buttercream in little bits all over the top and then spread it a little at a time.

Spread chocolate over the cake roll...Add buttercream over chocolate!!  YUM!

  • Gently roll the cake back up, leaving the towel behind.  Carefully lift it on to a large plate and refrigerate it until the buttercream and ganache harden up.

The 1st time I made this it rolled beautifully and I just sprinkled it with powdered sugar….then when I made it for taking photos it cracked as I rolled.  This sometimes happens with cake rolls and there’s an easy fix: make another batch of ganache and pour it right over the top!  I think I actually liked it better this way!  You can’t even tell it cracked, see:

Cake roll cracked!!!!Chocolate covered Strawberry cake roll-- all fixed!!!

When it is chilled, slice it and serve it with whipped cream and maybe even some chocolate covered strawberries?  So yummy!!!!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Roll!!!My thoughts: I really had fun making this dessert.  There’s just something about the pink cake and all that gooey chocolate that makes me smile!  I hope this cake brings a smile to the faces of all the ones you love this Valentine’s Day!  Enjoy!!!   ~r

Want some other fun Valentines Day ideas?  Click on the picture to be taken to the recipe.

Dark Chocolate Ganache CupcakesPeppermint marshmallow crunch barsSweetheart browniesOld Fashioned Red Velvet Cake

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal CookiesEveryone will love this classic oatmeal cookie (with chocolate instead of those yucky raisins!). It’s crisp on the edges and chewy in the middle-YUM!!!  COOKIES!!!!!!!

My friend Laura kept telling me about a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe from when she was a little girl.  Her friend’s mom would make them and they are still one of Laura’s favorites.

DSCN0028Whenever a treat stays in someone’s mind from childhood you know it has to be a good one, so I asked for the recipe.

I texted Laura in the middle of the grocery store standing in front of the oatmeal (yes, I am one of those people…)  She immediately scanned in the recipe and sent it to me, and here you have it….truly amazing oatmeal and chocolate cookies (Thank you Laura!!)

INGREDIENTS:oatmeal recipe

  • 1 c. margarine
  • 1 c. brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups uncooked old-fashioned oatmeal (plain, and not instant!)
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips (I added all my leftover chips- some milk chocolate, some dark, some semisweet.  The original recipe calls for only a cup.  That is crazy.  I think I added 2 (maybe 3!) You need at least three chips for every cookie bite in my opinion!)
  • 1/2 c. nuts (If desired ~I didn’t add them)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  • Line cookie sheet(s) with parchment paper – you don’t have to do this, but my cookies stuck a little bit to the sheets, so I did my next batch with paper and they slid right off.
  • Beat margarine and sugars together in a large mixing bowl until creamy.
  • Blend in eggs and vanilla
  • Add flour, soda and salt to cream mixture and beat well
  • Stir in oats, lots of chocolate and nuts (if desired)
  • Mix until well combined. I just used my hands at this point as it was such a stiff dough and I wanted to fully incorporate the two million chocolate chips I added.
  • Drop by about one tablespoon of dough (I used a Medium Cookie Scoop and it was a lifesaver!) onto parchment lined cookie sheets and bake at 375F for 10-14 minutes.  Remove from cookie sheets while warm and cool completely on parchment paper or a wire rack.

 


chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

My thoughts:  These were really good cookies. You’ll notice a few differences in my recipe and the original.  

I used margarine, not butter.  I generally prefer butter in baking, but cookies are one exception.  I nearly always use margarine as butter seems to make the cookies “spread” more, giving you flat, crunchy cookies instead of thick, chewy ones.

I never “sift” ingredients.  I know that makes some of you shudder in horror, but I just never do.  I put my flour in and sprinkle the other ingredients on top and hope for the best.  I blame my mom for this.  She never taught me to sift 😉  In this recipe if it makes you feel better to sift, by all means do it!!

I did not double this recipe.  It overflowed my biggest mixing bowl.  The handwritten notes on this recipe recommend making a double batch and freezing.  I can only assume she mixed the batch up in her bathtub, as it would be a tremendous amount of cookie dough.  I do NOT recommend doubling this.  I did freeze some and I thought they were ok- a little dry.  I’d stick with making them fresh, and in a reasonable amount.

I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as all of us here did!  Happy baking!!!  ~r

Oatmeal Cookie recipeWant to try more cookie recipes from Easybaked?  We have a lot of them!  Click on an image to be taken to the recipe:

Lemon Drop Cookies with CoconutNew Zealand Chocolate cookiesStrawberry Cookies with Sweet Tart FrostingChocolate chip cookies!!!Chocolate drop cookies!Gingerbread Cookies!Peppermint Chocolate CookiesGerman Chocolate Cookie

Dark Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

Dark chocolate cupcakes topped with ganache and vanilla buttercream– so rich and smooth because they are flour-less (lets hear it for my gluten-free friends!!)!!!  YUM!

Ingredients: (makes about 40 mini cupcakes)

Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups of dark chocolate chips
  • 1 stick (4 oz.) salted butter
  • 2 T. cocoa powder
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 6 egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 c. sugar

Ganache:

  • 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c. heavy whipping cream

Frosting:

  • 1 stick (4 oz.) salted butter (room temp)
  • 1 stick (4 oz.) unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 t. clear vanilla flavoring

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate with butter in 30 second increments, stirring between until smooth and creamy.
  • Whisk cocoa powder into melted chocolate.
  • Add egg YOLKS and whisk until smooth.  Set aside.
  • Add a pinch of salt to the egg whites and whisk until foamy.
  • Add sugar gradually to egg whites while beating on high until medium peaks form.
  • Add 1/3 of egg whites to chocolate and mix well- until completely combined and smooth.
  • Add remainder of egg whites and fold in gently until completely incorporated.
  • Spoon batter into mini-cupcake liners in tins and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely. (Cupcakes will rise high in oven and as they cool they will sink and even become a little concave— perfect spot for our yummy ganache to sit!!)
  • To make the ganache, heat chips and whipping cream in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until completely melted and smooth.
  • Gently spoon or pipe ganache into the concave top of each cupcake until all ganache is used up.
  • Allow ganache to cool and harden (place in fridge to speed this process up)
  • Make frosting by combining remaining room temperature butters with powdered sugar and vanilla and beating on high until light and fluffy.
  • Pipe frosting on tops of each cupcake, covering the ganache.
  • Decorate as desired.

My thoughts: Usually, I use a cake mix for my cupcakes and focus on the fillings and frostings for that “wow” factor.  The wow factor in these is definitely the cupcakes themselves….wow.  I tried cupcakes made with a flour-less recipe this past weekend in Chicago at Molly’s cupcakes.  (AMAZING!)  I just had to try making them for myself and the reason I made them mini is because they are SO rich and heavy.  A full-size cupcake would be too much.  These cupcakes are definitely worth the extra effort!  The tiny hearts on top I just made on wax paper using Wilton’s candy melts. Click here for some photos of how to pipe designs in chocolate.  Enjoy!!!  -r

%d bloggers like this: