Category: Desserts

Holiday Spritz Cookies

It’s easy to make a LOT of small, buttery holiday spritz cookies for eating or gift giving, using an inexpensive cookie press to make festive shapes!It's easy to make a LOT of small, buttery holiday spritz cookies for eating or gift giving, using an inexpensive cookie press to make festive shapes!

Well… it’s THAT time of year once again… time to make some Holiday Spritz Cookies! Making spritz cookies every year during the Christmas season has become one of my baking traditions. Years ago my family gave me a spritz cookie press, and I’ve been using it ever since, to whip up batches of these little buttery Christmas cookies.

We eat quite a few of them, but what I enjoy most is giving most of them to friends and family! Plates are piled high with holiday spritz cookies and other homemade treats. It’s what I LOVE to do at Christmas time!

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Do I Need Special Equipment To Make Holiday Spritz Cookies?

Yes. You will need a spritz cookie press to make these holiday spritz cookies, but they are fairly inexpensive, and available in stores or online. This recipe makes oodles of these delicious holiday spritz cookies. You can see in the picture how many patterns there are available to design these yummy treats.

A cookie press is used to make holiday spritz cookies.
Here’s mine… been using it for years!

Typically a cookie press comes with several disc inserts which the cookie dough is pressed through to form different shapes. All you do is make the dough, color the dough with food coloring as desired, insert dough into cookie press, press, and voila! Holiday Spritz Cookies!

Out comes these perfectly shaped little holiday spritz cookies, which are then baked for a very short time. That’s it. See how easy it is to make holiday spritz cookies?

Different colors and shapes of holiday spritz cookies.

Happy holiday baking… sure hope you will give these holiday spritz cookies a try! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you will come back again soon.

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Holiday Spritz Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
21 mins
 
It's easy to make a LOT of small, buttery holiday spritz cookies for eating or gift giving, using an inexpensive cookie press to make festive shapes!
Category: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday spritz cookies
Servings: 6 dozen (approx. 72)
Calories Per Serving: 71 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups butter (3 cubes)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • food coloring (if desired, to create a variety of colors!)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, or stand mixer bowl, cream the butter and sugar thoroughly. Add the egg, milk, vanilla and almond extract. Beat these in very well.

  3. In a large bowl, stir the flour and baking powder together until well combined. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture a little at a time. Continue mixing until the dough becomes smooth and all flour has been incorporated. Do not chill the dough. NOTE: If you want to color the dough, add food coloring to various quantities of dough and mix thoroughly until color you desire has been achieved.

  4. Place dough into the cookie press canister, and press cookies out onto an ungreased cookie sheet. (This is easiest if you put the nozzle directly onto the cookie sheet). Change discs to make different shapes, as desired. It's even fun to place pieces of different colored dough into the canister and get multi-colored cookies!
  5. Bake cookies at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes... do not brown. Remove cookies from baking sheet and place on wire rack to cool. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Holiday Spritz Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 71 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 35mg2%
Potassium 15mg0%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 2g2%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Pecan Squares

If you like pecan pie, you will enjoy these easy Pecan Squares. They’re sweet, sticky bar cookies with all the traditional flavors of pecan pie!If you like pecan pie, you will enjoy these easy Pecan Squares. They're sweet, sticky bar cookies with all the traditional flavors of pecan pie!
Here’s a really easy recipe for Pecan Squares, or as a lot of people call them, Pecan Pie Bars. I love to bake these delicious treats during the Holidays.

If you like pecan pie, you will love these Pecan Squares. It’s just that simple! These bars are perfect for taking to a party (if you’re the “designated dessert-bringer”). These pecan squares are equally good  sitting out on the kitchen counter to snack on!

Another option for these sweet dessert bars is to be devoured by hordes of ravenously hungry houseguests, OR to give to friends on a platter of holiday goodies. My fun thing to do is give plates of Christmas goodies to our neighbors, with a few of these bars included!

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How Many Pecan Squares Will This Recipe Make?

This recipe makes 4 dozen of these sweet and chewy pecan squares; and as an added bonus, they freeze well, also. Just think, if you want, you can stick some in the freezer and grab them whenever you have the urge for pecan pie. How deliciously convenient… and dangerous… (trust me, these are GOOD…)

Sure hope you will consider making these pecan squares. They are sooo good,  and I hope you get better photos of them than I did. Ha Ha.

Pecan Squares / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Sure do hope you give these pecan squares a try. They are really delicious! Have a great day. Thank you for stopping by, and I sincerely hope you will come back again soon.

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Original Recipe Source: “Taste of Home” Magazine, author was Sylvia Ford (I cut out the recipe from my magazine years ago, but don’t know which issue…)

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Pecan Squares
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

If you like pecan pie, you will enjoy these easy Pecan Squares. They're sweet, sticky bar cookies with all the traditional flavors of pecan pie!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pecan squares
Servings: 48 squares
Calories Per Serving: 176 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For crust:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter , softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
For pecan filling:
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups light or dark corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons butter , melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped pecans
For chocolate drizzle (optional):
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips , melted (to drizzle on top of finished bars, if desired)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To make the crust:
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, butter and salt until the mixture turns into coarse crumbs. Press the crumbs firmly (and evenly) into a greased 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan. Bake crust at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven when done.

  2. While crust is baking, prepare the pecan filling: In a large bowl, combine the eggs, corn syrup, sugar, melted butter, and vanilla extract, until well combined. Stir in the chopped pecans. Spread the pecan filling evenly over the top of the baked (hot) crust.

  3. Bake bars at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until they are "set" in the middle. Remove pan from oven and cool on a wire rack. Drizzle cooled bars with melted chocolate, if desired. Once bars are completely cooled, cut into 4 dozen bars, and serve!

Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation was made without the (optional) semi-sweet chocolate chips used for drizzling over finished bars.

Nutrition Facts
Pecan Squares
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 38mg1%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 165IU3%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cranberry-Orange Pinwheels With Citrus Sauce

An easy to prepare twist on classic baklava… these yummy cranberry-orange pinwheels drizzled with a citrus sauce will delight one and all.An easy to prepare twist on classic baklava... these cranberry-orange pinwheels drizzled with a citrus sauce will delight one and all.

I found a recipe for Cranberry-Orange Baklava Pinwheels years ago. I decided to try them, but tweaked the recipe a bit and added a citrus sauce for additional flavor. I ended up with these delicious Cranberry-Orange Pinwheels With Citrus Sauce!

I’m sure glad I did try this recipe, because these ended up tasting pretty amazing (in my humble opinion). I love the flavor combination of cranberry and orange, and also love how these cute little pinwheels turned out!

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How Many Cranberry-Orange Pinwheels Will This Make?

The recipe makes 20 servings, so there are plenty to serve to holiday guests or a hungry family. The cranberry-orange pinwheels are perfect for a quick breakfast, or they can be served for dessert!

The recipe is a “tweaked version” of a classic Greek baklava. For this cranberry-orange pinwheels recipe you use pie crusts, rather than a traditional phyllo, to make the dough, which makes it much easier to prepare!

Cranberry-orange pinwheels with white chocolate drizzle, cooling on wire rack.
These delicious baklava style cranberry-orange pinwheels are bursting with the flavors of orange, cranberry, cinnamon, and pecans, and are absolutely scrumptious!

The citrus glaze and white chocolate drizzle on top add another layer of FLAVOR, and give little extra sweetness! Grab one, and dig in!

One of the cranberry-orange pinwheels with citrus sauce, on wire rack.

Sure hope you enjoy making AND eating these delicious cranberry-orange pinwheels! The recipe makes 20, so there are plenty to go around! They are delicious! Have a GREAT day!

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Recipe slightly adapted from: http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/cranberry-orange-baklava-pinwheels/a3e53b3f-493d-4048-be58-bc66d0f98717?p=1

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Cranberry-Orange Pinwheels With Citrus Sauce
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
37 mins
 
An easy to prepare twist on classic baklava... these cranberry-orange pinwheels drizzled with a citrus sauce will delight one and all.
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry orange pinwheels
Servings: 20 servings
Calories Per Serving: 245 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For pinwheels:
  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts (2 pie crusts), softened as directed on box
  • 2 Tablespoons butter , melted
  • cups sweetened dried cranberries (6 oz)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
For Citrus Sauce:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup orange juice (processed or fresh)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips , melted (for additional garnish, if desired)
Instructions
To make pinwheels:
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (you can also spray baking sheet with non-stick spray) Unroll the pie crusts; lightly press each piece of dough into a 10 1/2-inch square. Brush each of the squares with melted butter.

  2. Place cranberries, pecans, sugar, cinnamon and orange peel into a food processor (or a heavy duty blender). Cover; process only until mixture is finely chopped. Spread HALF of the ground up mixture on entire surface of pie crust square, dividing equally. Repeat with 2nd pie crust square. Roll each of the pie crusts into a log shape; pinch the edges of the dough tightly together to seal. Set aside.

  3. In a small bowl, beat egg and water until blended. Using a pastry brush, brush egg mixture over the surface of each log. Using a sharp,serrated knife, cut each log into 10 equal-sized slices. Place each slice, with cut side up, 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. If any filling falls out, just push it back inside the slice.

  4. Bake the pinwheels at 400° for 12 to 15 minutes (or until golden brown). While pinwheels are baking, make Citrus Sauce.

Make Citrus Sauce:
  1. In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar, salt and cornstarch. Gradually stir in orange juice, lemon juice, and water. Stir and cook over medium heat; bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in grated lemon and orange rind. Set aside.

  2. Once pinwheels are done baking, remove from oven. Move them off of baking sheet (but still on the parchment paper!) to a wire rack to cool. Spoon 1-2 teaspoons of the Citrus Sauce onto the top of each slice. Let cool. Once citrus sauce has cooled, drizzle each slice with melted white chocolate (if desired). Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The original recipe, as written, calls for 1/2 cup honey (1 teaspoon honey per slice) over the tops of the pinwheels (*instead of the citrus sauce and white chocolate drizzle I added). I wholeheartedly prefer the taste of the citrus sauce on these pinwheels, but wanted you to know this is another option.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry-Orange Pinwheels With Citrus Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 245 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 118mg5%
Potassium 87mg2%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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9 Easy Recipes For Thanksgiving Day!

Here’s a delicious collection of 9 easy recipes for Thanksgiving Day that you, your family and friends will enjoy!9 Easy Recipes For Thanksgiving Day
Today I am sharing a few of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving time. A lot of our holiday traditions center around the table, sharing good food and conversation with those we love.  I’ve put together this small collection of 9 Easy Recipes For Thanksgiving Day!

We all have family traditions that make our holiday celebrations special… here are some of our family recipes that will certainly make  the time spent around the table with those you love enjoyable and meaningful.

Some are our old family traditional dishes (served every year without fail), and some are new “traditions”. Either way, these dishes are delicious, and will certainly add to your Thanksgiving feast, whether it’s an appetizer, a side dish, bread, Thanksgiving breakfast, or that all important piece of pie you manage to eat, even after you are stuffed full to the brim. Hope you find one or two that will become a new “tradition” for your family…

Easy Recipes For Thanksgiving Day

Here’s a couple delicious ideas for your Thanksgiving Day breakfast:

Pumpkin Streusel CoffeecakePumpkin Streusel Coffeecake
(the recipe makes 2 delicious coffeecakes!)

Double-Glazed Pumpkin SconesDouble-Glazed Pumpkin Scones
(Starbucks copycat recipe)

I’ve included a couple of appetizers guaranteed to get your taste buds going and keep everyone satisfied until the main meal…

Mom’s Famous Cheese Ball
Mom's Famous Cheese Ball(cream cheese ball, with green onions, pecans, peppers). YUM!

Hummus

Hummus
Perfect, served with a veggie tray or pita chips!

For The Main Meal

Homemade Dinner Rolls

Homemade Dinner Rolls
(Is there anything better than freshly made dinner rolls?)

Rainbow Jello SaladRainbow Jello Salad
This is a wonderfully delicious and festive looking salad, which will practically feed a village!

Pecan Praline YamsPecan Praline Yams
Yams, brown sugar, coconut, butter, brown sugar… YES! Wonderful!

Rissole potatoes with fetaRissole Potatoes With Feta
A fantastic potato side dish, with bacon, feta, green onions…oh my – so delicious…

And last –  but DEFINITELY not least… When you’re ready for dessert –

Toll House PieToll House Pie
Our family tradition for years and years… chocolate chips, brown sugar, pecans…so delicious (and easy!)

Happy Thanksgiving, from our home to yours!

Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!
We have so much to thank God for, each and every day. We are blessed and GRATEFUL.
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good, and His love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
Psalm 100:4,5(a)

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Candied Citrus Peels

Candied citrus peels (orange and lemon), dipped in chocolate are a unique, sweet treat to make and give to friends and family during the holidays!Candied citrus peels (orange and lemon), dipped in chocolate are a unique, sweet treat to make and give to friends and family during the holidays!
Over the years, I’ve made chocolate drizzled, Candied Citrus Peels, made from oranges and lemons during the holidays, to add to the gift baskets of Christmas goodies I give to friends and family.  They are delicious and are a unique treat!

Candied citrus peels are easy to make and require only a few ingredients. I found these to be quite a unique gift idea, and they are delicious, too! I’ve made this recipe using both orange AND lemon peels. Both are wonderful, but my personal favorite is definitely the candied orange peels, because I might possibly have a genetic weakness for chocolate and orange… oh mercy!

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Making Candied Citrus Peels Is Fairly Simple But Has a Few Steps

These take a bit of prep work (nothing hard at all, though), and involves several hours of drying time, but the results are worth it, especially when you consider how inexpensive these are to make, when contrasted with how expensive they are to BUY!

The process is pretty simple. Basically you repeat the cooking process three times to rid the citrus peels of bitterness. then the peels are cooked in a simple sugar syrup. The peels are then fully dried, then decorated the next day with a chocolate coating or drizzle (to fancy them up)! That’s it! You can make as many, or as few as you like.

How Candied Citrus Peels Are Made

Boil citrus peel strips in water, then drain and boil again two more times. This process is done, because it softens the peels and removes some of the bitterness.

Boiling strips of orange peels in water in saucepan, for candied citrus peels.

After boiling the peels 3 times, cook the candied citrus peels in a sugar/water mixture for 15 minutes.

Citrus peels are cooked in a boiling sugar and water mixture for 15 minutes.

Dry Candied Citrus Peels Overnight

Dry the cooked candied citrus peels on wire racks overnight or until completely dry.

Cooked candied citrus peels dry on a wire rack overnight.

After drying completely overnight, the peels are now completely dried, and are not as shiny. The candied citrus peels can be eaten now, as is, or they can be decorated with white or dark chocolate.

Candied Citrus Peels have completely dried on a wire rack, and are ready to eat!

Decorating Citrus Peels With Chocolate Makes Them Look Fancy

Here are some  of the candied citrus peels (orange), dipped 3/4 of the way in melted semi-sweet chocolate. Chocolate and orange is a favorite flavor combination for me.

Candied Citrus Peels that have been dipped in melted chocolate.

Below are the candied citrus peels (lemon), dipped in white chocolate and drizzled with melted semi-sweet chocolate.

Candied Citrus Peels from lemons, dipped in white chocolate then drizzled with semi-sweet chocolate.

Here are more of the orange candied citrus peels, but these have been drizzled with semi-sweet chocolate.

Orange Candied Citrus Peels drizzled with semi-sweet melted chocolate.

And last but not least, here are some of the orange peel slices, dipped in white chocolate, then drizzled with semi-sweet chocolate. See how many ways you can decorate candied citrus peels?

Candied Citrus Peels (orange), with white and semi-sweet chocolate.

Hope you will give these candied citrus peels a try this holiday season (remember citrus is in season during this time of year), and enjoy! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you will come back soon for more delicious recipes.

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You can find ALL of my Christmas candies and goodies in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. A few favorites include:

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Candied Citrus Peels
Prep Time
1 hr 5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Inactive Drying time
4 hrs
Total Time
5 hrs 15 mins
 
Candied citrus peels (orange and lemon), dipped in chocolate are a unique, sweet treat to make and give to friends and family during the holidays!
Category: Candy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied citrus peels
Servings: 72 (Approximately 6 dozen pieces)
Calories Per Serving: 13 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • Oranges or lemons (Enough to make 2 cups of sliced peels. I used 6.)
  • Water
  • 1 cup sugar (for syrup)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (for rolling cooked peels in, (IF NOT DIPPING IN CHOCOLATE)
  • Semi-sweet chocolate
  • White chocolate
Instructions
  1. Score your orange or lemons with sharp knife. Cut peel into thin strips. Remove as much of the white "pith" as possible (it's really bitter).
  2. Put the peel strips into a medium saucepan. Cover the peel with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Once it begins boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes. Drain water.
  3. **Repeat the above process with the peels 2 more times.**
  4. Once you have boiled the peels 3 times, wash the pan and set peels aside.
  5. In medium saucepan, bring 1/2 cup water and 1 cup granulated sugar to a boil, stirring twice. Once water is boiling and sugar is dissolved, add the peels to the pan. Simmer peels in syrup on low heat for about 15 minutes (most of the syrup will be absorbed).
  6. Remove peels with tongs to wire rack. **IF YOU ARE NOT PLANNING TO DIP FINISHED SLICES IN CHOCOLATE, THEN ROLL THEM IN SUGAR AFTER THEY HAVE DRIED FOR ABOUT AN HOUR** Place sugar coated peels back on rack to dry at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight. IF YOU ARE DIPPING OR DRIZZLING THESE IN CHOCOLATE, THIS STEP IS NOT NECESSARY!
  7. To decorate, melt semi-sweet chocolate or white chocolate (or both in separate batches) in a double boiler or in the microwave, depending on how you choose to decorate the peels. Be careful not to burn the chocolate. If melting them in microwave, cook in 30 second intervals, stirring after each 30 seconds, until smooth. Dip or drizzle melted chocolate over peels and place back on wire rack to completely dry. Keep peels stored in a cool place to prevent chocolate from melting. Enjoy
Recipe Notes

The cook time indicated INCLUDES approximately 4 hours of drying time...don't freak out and think these take that long to actually prepare. The whole cooking process takes about an hour and a half to get them to the point of being ready to dry.

Caloric calculation does NOT include optional chocolate drizzle.

Nutrition Facts
Candied Citrus Peels
Amount Per Serving (1 piece (without choc. drizzle)
Calories 13
% Daily Value*
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 3g3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Flourless, 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy and DELICIOUS is how I would describe these flourless peanut butter cookies, with only 3 ingredients! I admit, I was a skeptic… until I tried them!
Easy and DELICIOUS is how I would describe these flourless peanut butter cookies, with only 3 ingredients! I admit, I was a skeptic... until I tried them!These peanut butter cookies were wonderful… (how did I not know this all these years????)  I saw this recipe pop up on my Pinterest feed, and thought there was no way these could be truly tasty, but I was completely WRONG.

The recipe makes between 15 and 18 flourless peanut butter cookies, and took only 20 minutes from start to finish! Not bad for a kitchen experiment! I’ve posted some photos of the whole process, but trust me… it all boils down to this: mix the ingredients, place by spoonfuls onto baking sheet, flatten with sugar-dipped fork, bake, and EAT!

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How To Make These Yummy Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Here you go… some quick pics of the “process”… so easy! Here are the three ingredients for flourless peanut butter cookies ready to mix: peanut butter, egg, and sugar. THAT’S IT!

Ingredients for cookies (peanut butter, eggs, and sugar), in white bowl

The dough for the peanut butter cookies is mixed up using a spoon… then is ready to drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet.

Peanut butter cookie dough is mixed in white bowl

The cookie dough balls are rounded off, then scored criss-cross with a sugar-dipped fork, and then are ready to put into the preheated oven…

The flourless cookies, on baking sheet, ready to put in oven

Who Wants Some Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies To Eat?

When the peanut butter cookies are golden brown and finished baking, they are transferred to a wire rack to cool, then they are ready to eat! YES!

Close up of baked peanut butter cookies

See? Even the bottoms of the peanut butter cookies look good. I’m not kidding… they are really quite tasty!

Bottom, browned side of flourless peanut butter cookie

That’s it! Trust me, these peanut butter cookies are ridiculously EASY and seriously GOOD. You won’t even miss the flour. Hope you’ll give these simple cookies a try. I’m confident you’ll be as surprised as I was at how good they are!

If you enjoy these flourless peanut butter cookies, be sure to also check out my recipe for flourless chocolate cake! It is really delicious, too!

Looking For More COOKIE Recipes?

If you enjoy these peanut butter cookies, you might also be interested in some of my other cookie recipes, including a Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza, Butterscotch Chip, Butter Pecan Crisps,Chocolate Crinkle, Cinnamon Chip, Date Roll, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n’ Nut Cookies, or Giant Sugar Cookies, to name a few. All of my cookie recipes can be found in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page.

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Flourless, 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
14 mins
Total Time
19 mins
 
Easy and DELICIOUS is how I would describe these flourless peanut butter cookies, with only 3 ingredients! I admit, I was a skeptic... until I tried them!
Category: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: flourless peanut butter cookies
Servings: 18 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 130 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy- I used crunchy)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (reserve 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. Mix the peanut butter, sugar and egg together in a large bowl. Combine thoroughly.
  3. Drop the dough by rounded teaspoons onto prepared baking sheet. Slightly round out the dough with your fingers, once on baking sheet.

  4. Lightly moisten a fork with water. Dip it into a tiny bit of sugar, and press the tines of the fork crosswise (two different directions) into top of each dough ball to flatten. Repeat for each cookie.

  5. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for about 14 minutes. Do not let cookies overbake or get too brown. When done, transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Flourless, 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 69mg3%
Potassium 96mg3%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mom’s Apple Cake

Mom’s Apple Cake is a classic family dessert OR coffeecake, with fresh baking apples, cinnamon and pecans (or walnuts). Easy to prepare, and tastes delicious!Mom's Apple Cake is a classic family dessert OR coffeecake, with fresh baking apples, cinnamon and pecans (or walnuts). Easy to prepare, and tastes delicious!
I’m gonna let you in on a little secret….shhh… don’t tell. My Mom’s Apple Cake is amazing! Seriously. It’s packed with fresh apples and cinnamon, and is so moist, you don’t need to “fancy it up” with any extra frosting. It’s absolutely perfect just the way it is, for dessert OR as a coffeecake!

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Our Family History With This Apple Cake

My mom used to make this cake for our family as I was growing up, and this simple recipe has been in my collection for over 35 years. I don’t know where she got the original recipe, but I DO KNOW that it is absolutely delicious, and is perfect anytime, but especially in the Fall!

The recipe is super simple to make, and you probably already have the ingredients in your home. My mom always makes this cake in a 13×9 inch cake pan (I’ve made it this way for decades). This time I tried making it in a spring form pan and 2 miniature spring form pans (just as an experiment). They turned out PERFECT!

Result…ALWAYS fantastic, no matter WHAT you bake it in. This is a great dessert cake, but is equally good in the morning with a cup of good coffee. Well, someone had to try it for breakfast…*cough, cough*…I don’t mind “taking one for the team”). Here’s a few pics taken while making this yummy apple cake.

Making Mom’s Apple Cake

Mix the eggs, oil and sugar together in a large bowl. A whisk works very well!

Eggs, sugar and oil are mixed together to make batter for apple cake.

Add the sifted dry ingredients to the liquid ingredients in the bowl. EASY!

Dry ingredients are sifted into the cake batter.

The apple cake dough is a very thick dough. You will want to mix it up well, by hand.

The batter for Mom's apple cake is very thick.

Add the vanilla, peeled and chopped apples and nuts, and mix them into the dough. Keep stirring that thick batter until all ingredients are fully incorporated.

Apples, nuts and vanilla are added to the thick cake batter.

Time To Bake Mom’s Apple Cake!

Spread the cake batter into your prepared pan(s), and then bake until done (approximately 55 minutes). I used a little of the cake batter to make two small individual cakes at the same time! NOTE: Mom’s apple cake can also be made in a standard sized 13×9 inch baking pan.

The cake batter is spread into prepared baking pans.

Look how cute the miniature cakes turned out! I’m giving these little apple cakes to some of our friends!

Made tiny versions of the apple cake to give to friends.

Time To Serve Mom’s Apple Cake!

Yum… all I need now is some coffee to go with a nice slice of Mom’s Apple Cake! Once the cake has cooled, lightly sift powdered sugar over the top. You can also garnish it with mint sprigs and dried apple slices, if desired.

A side view of Mom's apple cake.

Here is a nice slice of cake, ready to serve. Wow – this slice of Mom’s apple cake looks so good! See all the apple chunks? YUM!

A piece of Mom's apple cake, on a plate, ready to eat!

Sure hope you’ll try this apple cake. It is absolutely FANTASTIC, and I know you’re gonna LOVE it! Thanks, Mom, for another great childhood recipe!

If You Enjoy Mom’s Apple Cake, You Will Like These Cake Recipes, Too!

If you enjoy baking or simply EATING cake, be sure to check out my other cake recipes on this blog, including German Chocolate, Raspberry Lemon, Poppyseed, Lemon, Hummingbird, Gingerbread, Carrot and Mom’s Easy Chocolate Cake. You can find ALL my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page.

Collage of cakes with recipes on "The Grateful Girl Cooks!" blog.

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Mom's Apple Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
Mom's Apple Cake is a classic family dessert OR coffeecake, with fresh baking apples, cinnamon and pecans (or walnuts). Easy to prepare, and tastes delicious!
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mom's apple cake
Servings: 12 slices
Calories Per Serving: 354 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups chopped apple (approximately 4-5 I usually use Granny Smith, but any apples will do)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, oil and sugar together by hand until well blended. Add sifted dry ingredients. Stir until well blended. Dough will be stiff... just keep on stirring! Add vanilla, chopped apples and nuts. Stir well until thoroughly combined. Dough will be stiff.

  3. Grease and flour a Springform pan, plus two miniature springform pans (or use a greased and floured 13x9 inch baking pan). Spread batter evenly in baking pan.

  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes (for regular sized springform pan) *SEE NOTES SECTION FOR BAKING TIMES, IF USING OTHER TYPES OF BAKING PANS*
Recipe Notes

*BAKING TIMES:
1 regular-sized Springform pan = 55 minutes 
Miniature Springform pans = 40 minutes
13 x 9 inch cake pan = 1 hour

Nutrition Facts
Mom's Apple Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 (one 12th of total))
Calories 354 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 205mg9%
Potassium 119mg3%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Rich Chocolate Mini-Cakes

Made in mini-muffin pans, you will LOVE these fudgy, rich chocolate mini-cakes, drizzled with white chocolate icing. Recipe makes 24 decadent treats!Made in mini-muffin pans, you will LOVE these fudgy, rich chocolate mini-cakes, drizzled with white chocolate icing. Recipe makes 24 decadent treats!

Sweet, dense, fudgy, amazingly delicious! These are just a few of the words I would use to describe these Rich Chocolate Mini-Cakes! I found this recipe online at Hershey’s Kitchens several years ago, and am sure glad I did!

Recently I made these for a chocolate-themed dinner party with friends. I was responsible for bringing several chocolate-based treats, and this is one of the “small bite” desserts I made. I don’t have photos of them while I prepared them, but they are easy enough to make with the instructions below.

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Why We Love These Rich Chocolate Mini-Cakes

These miniature “chocolatey” cakes are rich and decadent. They are made in miniature muffin tins, so this recipe makes 24 mini-cakes. Each cake may be fairly small in size, but they make up for it in FLAVOR! They are unbelievably moist, dense, and completely, ridiculously, “chocolately”!

The rich chocolate mini-cakes were a cinch to make and were perfect, small bite treats to add to the dessert tray offerings. Everyone loved them, and I recommend them, without hesitation. Hope you will give them a try… you won’t be disappointed!

Looking For More CHOCOLATE Recipes?

You can find ALL my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have some wonderful chocolate desserts you’ll enjoy, including:

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Rich, Chocolate Mini-Cakes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 

Made in mini-muffin pans, you will LOVE these fudgy, rich chocolate mini-cakes, drizzled with white chocolate icing. Recipe makes 24 decadent treats!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate mini-cakes
Servings: 24 mini-cakes
Calories Per Serving: 98 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For mini-cakes:
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For Chocolate Glaze:
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For White Drizzle:
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable shortening (do NOT use butter, margarine or oil!)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or spray miniature muffin cups (1 3/4 inches in diameter). Set aside.
  2. To Make the Mini-Cakes:
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the water, oil and vanilla to the dry ingredients. Mix ingredients together until well blended. The batter will be fairly thin, so don't worry. Carefully spoon the batter into the greased muffin cups (these can be made in two batches if you only have one muffin pan). Fill each muffin cup 2/3 of the way full.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until the top springs back when you gently touch it in the middle. When done, remove the muffin pan to a wire rack to cool. Let them cool for 3-4 minutes, then remove cakes from the muffin pan. (If making in two batches, clean pan, re-grease it and repeat previous directions for rest of the batter).
  5. Make sure cakes cool completely before glazing.
  6. To Make the Chocolate Glaze:
  7. Melt the 2 Tablespoons of butter in a saucepan on low heat. Stir in the 2 Tablespoons water and 2 Tablespoons cocoa. Cook, stirring constantly until smooth, and slightly thickened, but do not let mixture come to a boil. Remove the pan from heat and let it cool slightly. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla in gradually. Whisk the sauce as you add the sugar until mixture is smooth and lumps are gone.
  8. Carefully spread the chocolate glaze over the tops of each cooled mini-cake. Place frosted cakes on a wax-paper or parchment lined baking sheet. Refrigerate cakes for 10-15 minutes to let the glaze "set" and firm up. While the cakes are refrigerating, prepare the white drizzle.
  9. To Make The White Drizzle:
  10. Place 1/2 cup white chocolate chips and 1 Tablespoon of shortening into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM (50%) power for 30 seconds. Remove and stir until smooth. If it is necessary, microwave the chips an additional 10-15 seconds, just until the chips can be stirred and become smooth. Let cool slightly. Drizzle this onto the mini-cakes.
  11. Let drizzle firm up a bit, then serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Rich, Chocolate Mini-Cakes
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 98 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 47mg2%
Potassium 29mg1%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 11g12%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons

You’ll enjoy chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons! Easy to make, with chocolate bottoms and drizzle, they’re a delicious chewy treat for eating and gift giving!You'll enjoy chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons! Easy to make, with chocolate bottoms and drizzle, they're a delicious chewy treat for eating and gift giving!

The holidays are coming… the holidays are coming! Hope that fact doesn’t stress anyone out! This is the time of year I begin planning out the goodies I will make for my family and friends during the holiday season. Do you plan your Christmas goodies, too? My list this year will include these easy and delicious Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons!

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Do You Like Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons?

I really like the slightly crisp outside on these wonderful, sweet cookies. The inside is chewy coconut and tastes amazing. The taste of these chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons is complemented by dipping the bottoms of each treat in melted chocolate, then drizzling some on top. Yum!

If you like coconut and chocolate, you’re gonna love these chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons! They are very easy to make, and taste great any time of the year.

I tend to make these yummy treats each December for the holidays. They are easy to plate up, and are fun to give to friends and neighbors for Christmas. There’s a lot of love shown to those you care for, when you give them a homemade food gift!

Chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons, ready to eat, on a Christmas plate.

The chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons are full of flavor! Go ahead… grab one. There’s enough to share! The recipe makes 2 dozen, so I saved you one. Yum.

Chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons, on a Christmas plate, ready to eat!

These chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons are a great treat to add to your homemade food gift list to bless family or friends with over the holidays, or ANY TIME during the year.

The recipe makes approximately 2 dozen of these beautiful macaroons, and they are pretty simple to make. The coconut cookie mixture is mixed, formed into balls, then baked. Once done, the bottoms are coated with chocolate, then chocolate is drizzled over the tops. EASY!

I hope you will give them a try! They’re fun to make them during the holidays, but since when do we need a special holiday to eat a great cookie, right? I really hope you enjoy these delicious macaroons!

Looking For More Christmas Goodies To Make?

You can find all my desserts in the Recipe Index at the top of the page.  Some of our favorite holiday goodies to eat (and give to others) include:

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Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons
Prep Time
50 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
1 hr 3 mins
 
You'll enjoy chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons! Easy to make, with chocolate bottoms and drizzle, they're a delicious chewy treat for eating and gift giving!
Category: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: macaroons
Servings: 24
Calories Per Serving: 184 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For cookies
  • 5 cups shredded , sweetened coconut (20 oz.)
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
For chocolate base and drizzle
  • 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable shortening
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, place the egg whites, sugar, salt, vanilla and almond extract. Whisk these ingredients together until they are fully incorporated; mixture will be a bit foamy. Add the coconut to the egg mixture, and stir until well combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap; refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes. This mixture will thicken.

  2. While mixture is refrigerating, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Make sure your oven racks are set in the middle and lower positions. Place parchment paper on the bottoms of two large baking sheets. Spray the parchment paper with a non-stick spray or grease the paper.

  3. With wet (clean) hands, roll 1 Tablespoonful of the macaroon mixture into a round ball. (You can also use a cookie scoop if desired, but find it easier to use my hands). Place each of the "dough" balls onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 1 inch apart. You should have approximately 24 macaroons.
  4. Bake macaroons at 375 degrees for 13-15 minutes. Halfway through baking time, rotate baking sheets (from one rack to the other for even baking). When done, the macaroons should be light golden brown on top. Remove from oven. Keep macaroons on the baking sheets while they cool, for about an hour. They need to be completely cooled before removing from baking sheets or dipping in chocolate glaze. Once macaroons have completely cooled, lay a clean piece of parchment paper on counter, then make the chocolate glaze.

  5. To make glaze: Melt the semi-sweet chocolate and 1 Tablespoon shortening in a microwave. Cook on high for 45 seconds. Stir, then continue to cook in 30 second increments, stirring after each increment, until chocolate is smooth. Be careful not to overcook and burn the chocolate.
  6. Carefully (macaroons are delicate) dip the bottom of each macaroon into the melted chocolate (just enough to cover), then place macaroon on clean parchment paper to let chocolate harden. Repeat with remaining macaroons. Use remaining chocolate to decoratively drizzle over tops of macaroons.

  7. Let macaroons cool, at room temperature, until the chocolate is completely "set". This will take about 30-45 minutes. Keep macaroons stored in an air-tight container for best results! Hope you enjoy them!

Recipe Notes

Note: If you do not want to use vegetable shortening when you make the chocolate glaze, simply omit it, and proceed per instructions. I use it, because I it thins out the chocolate slightly, and makes the chocolate a bit shinier, but choose your own preference!

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons
Amount Per Serving (1 macaroon)
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Sodium 123mg5%
Potassium 132mg4%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Creme Brulee

Chocolate creme brulee is a delicious flavor variation on a classic dessert, complete with crispy sugar crust to crack into. Recipe makes 4 servings.Chocolate creme brulee is a delicious flavor variation on a classic dessert, complete with crispy sugar crust to crack into. Recipe makes 4 servings.
My husband LOVES Creme Brulee. He also LOVES chocolate. So when I found this recipe for Chocolate Creme Brulee, how could I go wrong? Chocolate AND Creme Brulee???… whoa. That’s a winning combo, in my book!

I found the original recipe on Pinterest a while ago, and finally decided to try a chocolate version of this classic dessert. My husband had just finished taking a few more continuing ed. classes to renew his Real Estate Appraisal License once again. I wanted to celebrate with one of his favorite desserts! He was pleasantly surprised… and enjoyed these very much!

If you like creme brulee, I highly recommend this delicious chocolate version. Perhaps you would like to make a non-chocolate version? Check out one of my recipe for Classic Creme Brulee! I think you will love it!

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Do I Need Special Equipment To Make Chocolate Creme Brulee?

This delicious treat is a nice and easy, yet impressive dessert to serve to those you love. I have a creme brulee set (a birthday present from years ago). I’ve given directions which include a way for you to make this without specialty pans. All you will need are four 6oz. ramekins and a cake pan (with sides).

To make the hardened sugar top, I use a chef’s kitchen blowtorch. That is not necessary, because you can also use your oven broiler to do this. The instructions are in the printable recipe.

Chocolate Creme Brulee Is Easy To Make

Making this treat is pretty easy! A chocolate custard-style base is cooked and then poured into ramekins and baked. Once baked, the desserts are refrigerated until very cold.

Here are 4 ramekins filled with chocolate creme brulee, straight out of the oven. They are now ready to refrigerate until they have fully chilled. Later we will sprinkle the top of each dish with granulated sugar and take a blow torch to them. THAT’S where the magic happens!

Four ramekins of brulee, out of the oven after baking.

The Crisp Sugar Top Is Fun To Crack Into On Creme Brulee

This dessert is so easy to prepare, and there’s nothing more fun than to crack into the hardened sugar “shell” on top. Granulated sugar is heated with a cook’s blowtorch and it forms a hard shell on top. Now to crack into it, and enjoy every bite!

The creme brulee has a hardened sugar topping.

See how the torched/broiled sugar topping cracks? Do you see all that delicious chocolate creme brulee underneath it? YUM.

Cracking through the sugar crust, to see the chocolate creme brulee underneath.

Sure hope you enjoy this delicious chocolate creme brulee dessert! Have a GREAT day, and stop by again soon!

Looking for More DESSERT Recipes?

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Chocolate Creme Brulee
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Chocolate creme brulee is a delicious flavor variation on a classic dessert, complete with crispy sugar crust to crack into. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate creme brulee
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 674 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 oz. bittersweet chocolate , finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar (For garnishing the top of the cooked creme brulee)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a full boil. While the water is boiling, prepare the recipe.

  2. Place the finely chopped chocolate pieces into a heatproof bowl.
  3. Add the whipping cream, 1/4 cup sugar, and the salt to a saucepan. Stir and cook over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes (until you can see the steam beginning to rise). Do not boil. Remove the hot cream mixture and pour it over the chocolate pieces. Let it stand for a couple minutes, then whisk it to combine. Mixture should be smooth.
  4. Beat the egg yolks and vanilla in a medium sized bowl until smooth. Slowly and in a very thin stream, pour (just a little at a time) the hot chocolate mixture into egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. You don't want the eggs to scramble, so do this slowly and stir continually. Once mixture is fully incorporated and smooth, pour the mixture into four 6 oz. ramekins.

  5. Using A Standard Creme Brulee Pan And Rack? Prepare the recipe. Place ramekins and rack in pan. Place the pan onto a middle baking rack. Now carefully pour the boiling water into the pan (but NOT into the ramekins!). Pour the boiling water in the pan until it reaches about half way up the sides of the ramekins. Loosely cover the entire pan with aluminum foil. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. The custard should just be "set" at this point.

  6. Preparing This Without A Creme Brulee Pan And Rack? Take a dish towel and get it damp. Lay it in the bottom of a baking pan (with sides). The damp towel is there so ramekins don't move around while baking. Place ramekins on towel in pan. Now carefully pour the boiling water into the pan (but NOT into the ramekins!). Place the pan onto a middle baking rack. Pour the boiling water in the pan until it reaches about half way up the sides of the ramekins. Loosely cover the entire pan with aluminum foil. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. The custard should just be "set" at this point.

  7. Remove baking pan from oven; and remove ramekins from pan. Chill ramekins for 4-6 hours (can even chill overnight!), to ensure they are fully "set" and cold. Right before serving, sprinkle 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar over the top of each ramekin. Use a kitchen torch to brown/crystallize the top OR place under the oven broiler to brown (about 2-3 minutes). If broiling, keep a close eye on the dessert, so it won't burn. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Creme Brulee
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 674 Calories from Fat 495
% Daily Value*
Fat 55g85%
Saturated Fat 33g206%
Cholesterol 310mg103%
Sodium 63mg3%
Potassium 224mg6%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1945IU39%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Chocolate creme brulee is a delicious flavor variation on a classic dessert, complete with crispy sugar crust to crack into. Recipe makes 4 servings.

 

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