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Microwave Pecan Brittle

Traditional peanut brittle gets an update and a time-saving twist in this simple recipe for Microwave Pecan Brittle! Yes… this buttery, crunchy candy is easy to make in 15 minutes, uses pecan halves instead of the customary Spanish or raw peanuts, and is made entirely IN THE MICROWAVE!Microwave Pecan Brittle / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Microwave Pecan Brittle is a time-saving twist on a classic candy! This delicious, crunchy holiday treat is easy to make in 15 minutes, using a microwave!
I grew up eating “traditionally made” peanut brittle every Christmas when my Mom would cook a large batch on our stovetop.  The process was a bit complicated, and involved using a candy thermometer, cooking the “syrup” portion to exactly the right temperature, and actually took a while to make.

When I saw this MICROWAVE time-saving recipe online from Chris Scheuer of The Café Sucré Farine a couple of months ago, I KNEW I wanted to try it (if you’ve never visited her blog, I highly recommend it)! We were starting a complete kitchen remodel the first week in November, and I knew I wanted to make some Christmas goodies ahead of time so we could have some goodies to enjoy over the holidays or for gift-giving, even though we wouldn’t have any appliances (or a kitchen, for that matter) during Thanksgiving OR Christmas.

Well, as I write this post, it’s almost Christmas, and we are in the final days of our remodel… looks like I will have a working kitchen the second week of January!  It’s been nice to pull this pecan brittle out of our freezer (yes, I froze it back in October) and thoroughly enjoy it! I am happy to report that this brittle recipe is wonderful… easy to prepare, and quite delicious! Here’s how to make it!

Cover a large cookie sheet with foil, making sure to leave an overhang of foil on all sides. Give the foil on the baking sheet a very generous spray of non-stick cooking spray. Place pan in a preheated 350 degree oven while you make the candy (this is done to make sure pan is really warm when you pour in the hot liquid mixture later on. Warm pan helps brittle to thin out and spread a bit easier.)

Microwave Pecan Brittle / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Spray a 2 qt. microwave-safe baking dish AND a heat-resistant spatula with non-stick cooking spray. Measure sugar and corn syrup into dish; stir until fully combined and thick. Put dish in microwave. Cook mixture using HIGH power for 3½ minutes. As you can see from the photos, the mixture will be very hot, bubbly and light in color when done. Remove from microwave carefully – it is HOT!

Microwave Pecan Brittle / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Stir in the pecan halves, then place dish back into microwave.  Cook mixture on HIGH power for an additional 3 minutes. Remove dish from microwave carefully (the color will be slighter darker).

Microwave Pecan Brittle / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Immediately add butter and the vanilla extract. Stir the candy very well to combine all ingredients. Put the dish back in the microwave (last time). Cook on HIGH power for 1 minute. Note: Since microwaves sometimes have different watt levels, keep an eye on the color of the candy during the third microwaving. You may need to cook it an additional minute or so to achieve a medium brown color.

Microwave Pecan Brittle / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Remove the dish from microwave very carefully. Sprinkle the baking soda over the top of the candy mixture. Stir only until the baking soda has been mixed in. The candy will get foamy, rise up a bit in the dish, and turn from a slightly amber color to a more caramel color.

Microwave Pecan Brittle / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Immediately (and very carefully- use those hot pads!) pour the hot liquid candy onto your warm foil-lined baking sheet, covering as much of the foil as you can. Use your sprayed, heat-resistant spatula to spread the candy out as much as possible on the sheet. When you spread it out, you might have some holes or uneven areas appear in the candy… don’t worry about that, cause you will bust it up into pieces later! You really cannot mess this up, no matter how hard you may try!

Once the brittle has cooled down completely, all you will need to do is lift the foil right off of the baking sheet using the overhanging pieces of foil, lift the candy right off the foil and break it up into small serving sized pieces! It’s EASY!

Microwave Pecan Brittle / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The pecan brittle is ready to serve once it is broken up into pieces. Store the leftovers in an airtight sealed container.  NOTE: I placed mine into a freezer storage bag and froze the candy for two months, due to our remodel. When I took it out of the freezer and let it thaw out, the candy tasted just as marvelous as the first day I made it! Yay!

Microwave Pecan Brittle / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Microwave Pecan Brittle is a time-saving twist on a classic candy! This delicious, crunchy holiday treat is easy to make in 15 minutes, using a microwave!

Microwave Pecan Brittle / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Microwave Pecan Brittle is a time-saving twist on a classic candy! This delicious, crunchy holiday treat is easy to make in 15 minutes, using a microwave!

I found this quick (and new to me) method for making brittle to be so easy, and the results taste fabulous! What a wonderful hostess gift this homemade pecan brittle would be, wrapped up in a cute decorated bag or container! Sure hope you will give this yummy Christmas treat a try. Your family and friends will LOVE it!

If you are looking for other holiday treats/recipes to try, here’s a few yummy ones to consider:

Candied Orange, Cinnamon & Clove Spiced Pecans
Chex Mix Munchies – Made in the Microwave
Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters
Cranberry Cashew Clusters
Holiday Spritz Cookies
Lemon Bars
Microwave Rocky Road Fudge
Mom’s Refrigerator Fruitcake (it’s not THAT kind of fruitcake!)

Have a blessed Christmas and Hannukah, friends! Hope you will cherish and appreciate every minute of time spent with those you love!

Microwave Pecan Brittle / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: https://thecafesucrefarine.com/15-minute-microwave-pecan-brittle/

Microwave Pecan Brittle
 
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Microwave Pecan Brittle is a time-saving twist on a classic candy! This delicious, crunchy holiday treat is easy to make in 15 minutes, using a microwave!
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Recipe type: Candy
Serves: approx. 1 pound
Ingredients
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup corn syrup (light)
  • 1¼ cups pecan halves
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
Directions
  1. Cover a large cookie sheet with foil, making sure to leave an overhang on all sides. Give the foil a very generous spraying with non-stick spray. Place pan in a preheated 350 degree oven while you make the candy (this is done to make sure pan is really warm when you pour in the hot liquid candy mixture later on. Warm pan helps brittle to thin out and spread out a bit easier.)
  2. Spray a 2 qt. baking dish AND a heat-resistant spatula with non-stick cooking spray. Mix granulated sugar and corn syrup until fully combined and thick. Put dish in microwave. Cook mixture using HIGH power for 3½ minutes. The mixture will be very hot and light in color when done. Remove from microwave carefully - it is HOT!
  3. Stir in the pecan halves, then place dish back into microwave. Cook mixture on HIGH power for an additional 3 minutes. Remove dish from microwave carefully (the color will be a slighter darker).
  4. Immediately add butter and vanilla extract. Stir very well to combine all ingredients. Put the dish back in microwave (last time). Cook on HIGH power for 1 minute. NOTE: Since microwaves sometimes have different watt levels, keep an eye on the color of the candy during the third microwaving. You may need to cook it an additional minute or so to achieve a medium brown color.
  5. Remove dish from microwave. Sprinkle baking soda over the top of the candy mixture. Stir only until the baking soda has been mixed in. The candy will get foamy, rise up a bit in the dish, and turn from a slightly amber color to a caramel color.
  6. Immediately (and very carefully) pour the hot liquid onto your warm foil-lined baking sheet. Use your non-stick sprayed, heat-resistant spatula to spread the candy out as much as possible on the sheet. When you spread it out, you might see some holes or uneven areas... don't worry about that, cause you will bust it up later!
  7. Once the brittle has cooled down completely, all you need to do is lift the foil right out of the pan, then grab that candy, lifting it off the foil, and break it all up into small pieces!

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Microwave Pecan Brittle / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Microwave Pecan Brittle is a time-saving twist on a classic candy! This delicious, crunchy holiday treat is easy to make in 15 minutes, using a microwave!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz® Cookies are an annual Christmas family tradition for us, with the “recipe” handed down from my Aunt to my Mom, and then to me. These delectable treats are incredibly FAST and EASY to make, which is perfect for this busy time of year!Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Crunchy, creamy, peanut butter filled chocolate covered buttery cracker cookies are quick and easy holiday treats to make, using only a few ingredients!

Many years ago (at least 15), my Mom shared these cookies with me and told me that her sister, my Aunt Theda in Texas made them for her, and Mom raved about how good they were! I tried a couple, and sure enough, they tasted fantastic. When I asked my Mom how to make them she told me how incredibly easy it was.  I really loved my sweet Aunt… she passed away quite a few years ago, but I think of her whenever I make these goodies.

I’ve made these cookies so many times since then, but finally took pictures and decided to share the “recipe” on this blog.  I added a white glaze drizzled over the top, and some red and white sprinkles for the Christmas season, but really all you need to make these is 4 ingredients!  Here’s how to make a quick dozen of these yummy stacked goodies…

Place 12 Ritz® crackers onto a piece of parchment paper.  Spread a teaspoon of creamy peanut butter onto each one. When done, top with another cracker.

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Melt 1½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips with 1 HEAPING Tablespoon vegetable shortening in the microwave. Heat on High for 30 seconds. Remove bowl and stir chocolate. Place bowl back in microwave oven and heat an additional 30 seconds on High. Remove bowl and stir mixture until smooth.

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Dip cookies, one at a time into melted chocolate mixture. I use a fork to hold the cookie, and sometimes use a spoon to help coat entire cookie with chocolate. Let excess chocolate drip back into bowl, then set cookie back onto parchment paper. Do not move cookie once you set it down.  Repeat process with all cookies. Once chocolate has firmed up, they are ready to eat, unless you want to decorate them.

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

If you want to decorate the cookies, let the cookies sit, undisturbed, until chocolate has firmed up completely.  Place powdered sugar in a small bowl.  Add only a couple drops of water at a time to the sugar, stirring well, until the glaze has reached a drizzling consistency.  Too thin? Add additional powder sugar. Too thick?  Add a drop or two of water.  Use a fork to drizzle the icing over each cookie.  Garnish with colored sprinkles, if desired, while glaze is still wet.

NOTE: You do not have to drizzle powdered sugar glaze on them. You can shorten the process even further by garnishing the fresh dipped chocolate cookies with candy colored sprinkles and leave off the white icing altogether if you want!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Let the icing completely firm up at room temperature.  Once chocolate and icing are totally firm, cookies can be transferred to serving plate for serving!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cookies can be decorated any way you wish. When I make these and it’s NOT Christmas time, I simply leave them plain, with only the chocolate covering them, and no powdered sugar drizzle. They taste good no matter how you fancy them up or not!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The flavor is wonderful in these treats, with the creamy peanut butter AND the chocolate coating going so well together.  They remain crunchy from the cracker “shell”, and are so good it will be hard to stay out of them so there’s at least ONE left for good ol’ Santa Claus!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I love to make these family favorites at Christmas time. They are made quickly without a lot of ingredients (a big plus), look good and taste even better! I hope you will consider making them a part of your holiday traditions, too!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: My Mom and Aunt Theda

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies
 
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Christmas cookies made EASY using store-bought crackers, peanut butter and coated with a simple chocolate topping!
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 1 dozen
Ingredients
For Cookies:
  • 24 buttery crackers (I used Ritz® crackers)
  • 12 teaspoons creamy peanut butter
For Chocolate Coating:
  • 1½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 HEAPING Tablespoon vegetable shortening
For White Drizzle:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Water ( a couple drops at a time)
Directions
  1. Place 12 crackers onto a piece of parchment paper. Carefully spread a teaspoon of creamy peanut butter onto each one . When done, top with another cracker.
  2. Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips and vegetable shortening in the microwave. Heat on High for 30 seconds. Remove bowl and stir chocolate. Place bowl back in microwave oven and heat an additional 30 seconds on High. Remove bowl and stir mixture until smooth.
  3. Dip cookies, one at a time into melted chocolate mixture. Use a fork to hold the cookie, and a spoon to help coat entire cookie with chocolate. Let excess chocolate drip back into bowl, then set cookie onto parchment paper. Do not move cookie once you set it down. Repeat process with all cookies. Let the cookies sit, undisturbed, until chocolate has firmed up completely.
  4. Place powdered sugar in a small bowl. Add only a couple drops of water at a time to the sugar, stirring well, until the glaze has reached a drizzling consistency. Use a fork to drizzle the icing over each cookie. Garnish with colored sprinkles, if desired, while glaze is still wet.
  5. Let the icing completely firm up at room temperature. Once chocolate and icing are firm, cookies can be transferred to serving plate. Enjoy!

Here’s one more to pin to your Pinterest boards!Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Crunchy, creamy, peanut butter filled chocolate covered buttery cracker cookies are quick and easy holiday treats to make, using only a few ingredients!

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

If you’re looking for a quick and easy last minute Christmas treat (a shortcut) to take to a holiday party or give to friends, how about Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies? They LOOK great, taste wonderful, and only take about 10 minutes to make!Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Buttery, chocolate-dipped shortbread Christmas treats are a cinch to make in 10 minutes, using store-bought cookies. A real-time-saver for the holidays!

These festive looking goodies are so easy because… wait for it… YOU USE STORE-BOUGHT SHORTBREAD COOKIES! That’s a major time-saver right there, folks! I don’t know about you, but the Christmas season seems to get quite busy, whether I want it to or not.  Why not take some of the holiday “stress” out of the day, and make these delicious decorated cookies in no time at all?

All you will need are some store-bought shortbread cookies (any shape or size), some milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips, a bit of vegetable shortening, and Christmas sprinkles to fancy the treats up a bit! I used an assortment of Walker’s Shortbread that my hubby bought in a huge tin at Costco (but Lorna Doone’s are wonderful, as well)! Easy Peasy!

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The good part about using store-bought shortbread is that you can “make” as many cookies you want! Here’s how:

Spread a sheet of parchment paper on work surface. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in heat-proof bowl in microwave. 30 Seconds on High. Remove. Stir. 30 seconds on High. Remove. Stir. The chocolate should have melted.  If not, place back in for 15 seconds, being careful not to burn it.  Dip one end of the cookie into the melted chocolate mixture, making sure to cover all sides. (I use a spoon to help coat it with chocolate).

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

As soon as the shortbread is covered to your liking, place it onto parchment paper. Once you set it down, don’t move it or the chocolate will smear.  Immediately garnish with colored sprinkles (sprinkle them on using your fingers) while chocolate is still wet. Do NOT dip the wet cookie into the sprinkles or it will be a BIG mess.

Repeat process until all cookies are decorated.  Let the cookies rest on the parchment paper without moving them until the chocolate has hardened.

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once chocolate is firm, transfer cookies to a serving plate.  See how cute they are?  I used an assortment of triangular, rectangular and circular shaped cookies!

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The cookies would be a perfect hostess gift for a special friend, or served on a pretty Christmas platter at a dessert buffet or Christmas party!  They look fancy, but no one needs to know how easy they were to make!  I mean, really… who wouldn’t like a sweet, buttery shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate, topped with “Christmasy” looking sprinkles?

Speaking of Christmas goodies, be sure and check out my recipes for Microwave Rocky Road Fudge (another time-saver!), Pecan Pie Truffles, Cranberry Orange Pinwheel Cookies, Holiday Spritz Cookies or Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies! You might even like my post featuring a Holiday Goodies Collection!

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Our home is in the middle of a total kitchen remodel this Christmas season, so we have nothing in the kitchen at the moment except walls, floor and ceiling.  I made the cookies pictured above in October before construction began and froze them, so I would still be able to give my neighbors plates of yummy goodies at Christmas, as is my tradition!

I may not have a kitchen, but I can still give gifts of food! (I might have even saved a few for my husband and I as well!). Yum!  Hope you’ll enjoy making and eating these Christmas cookies!

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 2 dozen store-bought shortbread cookies (any shape or size)
  • 2 cups milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 HEAPING Tablespoon vegetable shortening
  • Christmas colored sprinkles
Directions
  1. Cover work surface with a sheet of parchment paper.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, place chocolate chips and shortening. Heat on high in microwave for 30 seconds. Remove bowl from microwave. Stir well. Place bowl back in microwave and microwave on high for an additional 30 seconds. Remove bowl from microwave. Stir well, until mixture is smooth. If necessary, place back in microwave for 15 seconds, then stir.
  3. Dip the end or part of the cookie in melted chocolate, being sure to coat all sides. Let excess drip back into bowl, then place cookie onto parchment paper and do not move it. Garnish cookie immediately with colored sprinkles while chocolate is still wet.
  4. Repeat process with all cookies. If necessary, make another ½ batch of melted chocolate to finish cookies or coat additional cookies. Let cookies rest on parchment paper for at least an hour or until chocolate has hardened. Transfer to serving platter, and enjoy!

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Buttery, chocolate-dipped shortbread Christmas treats are a cinch to make in 10 minutes, using store-bought cookies. A real-time-saver for the holidays!

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge

You’re gonna love this delicious Microwave Rocky Road Fudge, with creamy chocolate, miniature marshmallows and crunchy pecans! Guess what? This Christmas “candy” only takes 5 minutes to prepare… in the microwave! Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks! You'll love this easy, creamy rocky road fudge, with marshmallows and pecans... and it only takes 5 minutes to make in a microwave!
I’ve been making my Mom’s Old-Fashioned Fudge each Christmas for almost 40 years now. It’s my all-time favorite recipe for homemade fudge.  But… I recently found a recipe for this sweet treat that is absolutely PERFECT to make when you don’t have a lot of time and want to whip up a QUICK, tasty Christmas surprise for family or friends.

The recipe for this fudge was in an old cookbook I had in my collection, and it caught my attention because it’s made IN THE MICROWAVE, and the entire batch is ready for the refrigerator in under 5 minutes! Whoa!  Talk about FAST!  So I decided to try it, and was really happy with the results!  Here’s how easy it is to make:

Line an 8×8 square pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on the sides (the overhang will be used to easily lift out the fudge from the pan later). Coat bottom and sides of pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place sifted powdered sugar, butter, milk, cocoa and salt in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave this mixture for 2 to 2½ minutes on HIGH power (100%) until butter has melted.

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Remove from microwave, and stir to combine.

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Immediately add chopped pecans, miniature marshmallows and vanilla extract. Stir mixture well, until all ingredients are blended together. Pour fudge mixture into the prepared 8×8 pan, and spread fudge to cover. Place fudge in refrigerator and chill for 1 hour, or until it firms up.

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once fudge has firmed up, lift it out of pan using the extended edges of foil. Cut fudge into 1 inch square pieces. (Note: The pan I used had rounded corners. If you want straight corners on the outside edge pieces, make sure to use a square edged dish).

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

And just as quick as that… you’ve made homemade fudge!  Even if you are experiencing the “busy-ness” of the season, you can probably still find a few minutes to make this yummy Christmas goodie! Speaking of Christmas goodies, you might want to try Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons, Mom’s Refrigerator Fruitcake (it’s not THAT kind of fruitcake), Sprinkle Bars or Gingerbread Muffins! All are wonderful for gift-giving during the most wonderful time of the year!

What a delicious gift a plate of homemade fudge is for your family or a friend during the holidays (shhh… they don’t have to know it only took you a couple minutes to make!). Make sure to keep fudge stored in a covered airtight container in refrigerator. Enjoy!

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I hope you enjoy this season of the year.  It’s my favorite time of the year, and I am thankful it has deep meaning for me personally, because it reminds me how deeply loved I am by the One whose birth we celebrate… Jesus, who has completely changed my life forever!

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: The cookbook “Quick Gifts of Good Taste”, Published 1994, Leisure Arts, Inc., page 45.

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge
 
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Make a batch of decadent rocky road fudge in no time at all in your microwave! Perfect for gift-giving!
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Recipe type: Christmas Goodies
Serves: Approx. 1½ pounds
Ingredients
  • 4½ cups sifted confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
  • ½ cup butter (or margarine)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • ½ cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Line an 8x8 square pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on the sides. Coat bottom and sides of pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Place sifted powdered sugar, butter, milk, cocoa and salt in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave this mixture for 2 to 2½ minutes on HIGH power (100%) until butter has melted. Remove from microwave, and stir to combine.
  3. Immediately add chopped pecans, miniature marshmallows and the vanilla extract. Stir mixture well, until all ingredients are blended together. Pour fudge mixture into the prepared 8x8 pan, and spread fudge to cover. Place fudge in refrigerator and chill for 1 hour, or until it firms up.
  4. Once fudge has firmed up, lift it out of pan using the extended edges of foil. Cut fudge into 1 inch square pieces. Store fudge in covered airtight container in refrigerator. Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving Blessings

I love Thanksgiving. The tradition we have of gathering as a family, enjoying a wonderful meal together, and celebrating the blessings we have, truly makes it one of my favorite holidays!Thanksgiving Blessings / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Let's give thanks... with grateful hearts!

It seems like Thanksgiving is one of the last truly non-commercialized holidays left on the books, which is why I love it so much.  The “things” that are most important in life are celebrated. This year my kitchen is completely torn apart (down to floor and wall studs) as we are in the middle of a complete remodel.  I usually host Thanksgiving dinner in our home, so this year we will go to a relative’s home, instead. We will celebrate this holiday sharing a meal, swapping stories, playing games, eating pie, laughing a lot, and saying THANK YOU to God for our blessings, big and small!

I’m so grateful to have such good childhood memories of Thanksgiving.  My memories include getting up to watch the big parade on TV, Mom and Dad in the kitchen taste testing the Southern cornbread dressing until they got the seasoning “just right”, smelling the turkey roasting in the oven, nibbling on snacks, then sitting down to dinner in the afternoon with all the traditional “fixins’. It was really fun just being together with Dad, Mom, and my two younger sisters!

Thanksgiving Blessings / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

We knew that even though we didn’t have a lot of money or live in a fancy house… that we were BLESSED in so many other ways… good friends, clothes to wear, food to eat, our health, etc.  We grew up loving God and so it was very natural to give our thanks to HIM for our blessings, for truly they were just that. BLESSINGS.  We knew that others may not have homes to stay warm in, family to share the day with, or even food to eat… so that alone was a huge blessing to be thankful for.

Thanksgiving Blessings / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Every Thanksgiving I’m reminded of a story from the Bible, in the book written by Luke (the physician). In Chapter 17, he wrote about a time when Jesus was about to enter a village and was met by 10 men who had leprosy. They BEGGED Jesus to take pity on them and heal them. Jesus told them to go and show themselves to the village priests, so they could be considered “clean” again (since people with that disease were considered “outcasts”).  The men did what he said, “and as they went, they were healed”, BUT ONE and ONLY ONE of them upon seeing he was healed made a point to go back to Jesus and say THANK YOU. That gets me every time.  Ten men had their lives changed forever through the miraculous gift of healing, and yet ONLY ONE of them took time to offer their thanks to the gift-giver. Whoa.

Thanksgiving Blessings / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Let's give thanks... with grateful hearts!

I want to be like that one man… one who acknowledges the GIVER of all good things at all times.  I want to be the woman who is grateful for what I DO have, rather than someone who sits around grumbling about what I DON’T have. The holiday of Thanksgiving merely fine tunes our attention toward giving thanks in a simple way.  So, this year, when you sit down to your Thanksgiving table and meal, be it elaborate or simple… whether you consider your blessings many or few, be the one who remembers to say “thank you” to the gift-giver!

From our home in Oregon to yours… May your blessings be many, and your sorrows be few. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thanksgiving Blessings / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Let's give thanks... with grateful hearts!

Thanksgiving Blessings / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

 

Pecan Pie Truffles

Chocolate covered Pecan Pie Truffles are a yummy, sweet treat to make for family or gift-giving during the holidays! I find it hard to believe Christmas is right around the corner once again! Time to start making Christmas goodies for family, friends and neighbors!Pecan Pie Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Chocolate covered Pecan Pie Truffles are a yummy, sweet dessert treat for family or gift-giving during the holidays!

The recipe I’m sharing with you today is one I found on Pinterest. I immediately thought of making these for Christmas to put out on a goodie tray, but you know what? These would also be yummy as part of a dessert table at a Thanksgiving feast! They’re delicious, and look like they took a lot more time than they really do to make.  Here’s how to make them:

Chopped pecans are placed on a baking sheet (sprayed with a non-stick spray), then baked for 5 minutes (to lightly toast them).

Pecan Pie Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place toasted pecans (reserve 1/4 cup for garnish later!), graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add maple syrup, corn syrup and vanilla extract to bowl. Stir well to thoroughly combine ingredients. Refrigerate this mixture for 15 minutes.

Pecan Pie Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pecan Pie Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Remove pecan filling from refrigerator. Shape mixture into balls about 1″ wide, by rolling mixture between hands. Place each pecan ball onto a 9×13 parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place baking sheet in refrigerator and chill the pecan balls for 30 minutes.

Pecan Pie Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

*NOTE: If using melting chocolate, prepare according to package directions.  If using chocolate chips and shortening (which is what I did), melt chocolate and shortening in microwave by heating on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat for another 30 seconds on high. Stir until mixture becomes smooth. If necessary, heat for an additional 15 seconds, but be careful not to burn chocolate.

Pecan Pie Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Dip each pecan ball into the melted chocolate. I use a fork to hold the ball while I dip, and if necessary a spoon to gently pour additional chocolate over truffle.  When they are fully covered with chocolate, place each truffle onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Note:  After every 3-4 truffles are dipped, sprinkle tops with reserved pecan pieces (you want to sprinkle them with pecans BEFORE the chocolate hardens!). Repeat process until all are coated.

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Let chocolate harden by placing truffles in refrigerator.  Once the chocolate is firm, they are ready to serve!  Enjoy the pecan pie filling taste in these delicious truffles! If you’re feeling generous, make up a little plate of goodies for a friend or neighbor… and spread the joy of the season!

Pecan Pie Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Hope you will consider making these little treats. I am making them for giving as Christmas treats, but they would be perfect to take to a Thanksgiving meal, as well.  They are not hard at all to make, and I believe you will really enjoy them! Have a great day!

Recipe Source:  Julie, at http://glitterandgoulash.com/pecan-pie-truffles/

Pecan Pie Truffles
 
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Serves: approx. 30
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups toasted pecans, finely chopped (divided)
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 16 oz. melting chocolate OR 12 ounces semi-sweet choc. chips + 2 heaping Tbl. shortening
Directions
  1. Spread the chopped pecans on a baking sheet (sprayed with a non-stick spray), then bake for 5 minutes at 350° (to lightly toast them). When done, measure out ¼ cup; set aside and reserve for garnish.
  2. Place remaining pecans, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add maple syrup, corn syrup and vanilla extract. Stir well to fully mix ingredients.Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove pecan filling from refrigerator. Shape mixture into balls about 1" wide, by rolling mixture between hands. Place each pecan ball onto a 9x13 parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place baking sheet in refrigerator and chill the pecan balls for 30 minutes.
  4. Once pecan balls have chilled, prepare the dipping chocolate. *NOTE: If using melting chocolate, prepare according to package directions. If using chocolate chips and shortening, melt chocolate and shortening in microwave by heating on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat another 30 seconds on high. Stir until mixture becomes smooth. If necessary, heat for an additional 15 seconds, but be careful not to burn chocolate.
  5. Dip each pecan ball into the melted chocolate (I use a fork to hold the ball while I dip, and if necessary, a spoon to gently pour additional chocolate over truffle). When they are fully covered with chocolate, place truffle onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Note: After every 3-4 truffles are dipped, sprinkle tops with reserved pecan pieces (you want to sprinkle them with pecans BEFORE the chocolate hardens!). Repeat process until all are coated. Let chocolate harden by placing truffles in refrigerator. Once the chocolate is firm, they are ready to serve!

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Pecan Pie Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Chocolate covered Pecan Pie Truffles are a yummy, sweet dessert treat for family or gift-giving during the holidays!

Whole Berry Cranberry Orange Sauce

It’s almost Thanksgiving, and I am looking forward to making one of my favorite dishes… Whole Berry Cranberry Orange Sauce! It’s sooo good, and is incredibly easy to make with only a few ingredients!Whole Berry Cranberry Orange Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks! This sauce is so good, and is incredibly easy to make with a few ingredients!

As a kid, I didn’t like cranberry sauce. I thought of it as the big red wiggly blob of funny tasting stuff from a can that my Mom put out at Thanksgiving.  I, of course, (being the dutiful daughter that I am), followed her example for many years in my own home. Funny thing… I never really liked it, and the gelatinous texture made me cringe.

Years later my Mom began making a homemade cranberry-orange sauce, and I found I really enjoyed the fresh sweet and tartness and have that fantastic recipe here on the blog, too.  Her recipe is almost more like a fresh “relish”, requires no cooking and has orange, apple and fresh cranberries in it (finely ground using a food processor).  I tend to make that version often during the holidays; it’s so good I can eat it right out of the bowl with a spoon, and is very similar to the kind sold at Trader Joes!

Whole Berry Cranberry Orange Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I also enjoy a whole berry cranberry orange sauce, which is cooked… with most of the cranberries “popped”, but left whole in the sauce. I slightly adapted my Mom’s original recipe to make this version.  This recipe does not include apples, requires a very short cooking time to enable the cranberries to “pop”, and is full of cranberry orange flavor! It tastes AMAZING!

 

Whole Berry Cranberry Orange Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The recipe is so easy to make from scratch. Basically the ingredients are placed into a large saucepan, and mixture is cooked, stirring frequently until most of the cranberries have “popped”, which usually takes between 8-10 minutes.

Here’s an interesting side note – did you know when the cranberries are cooked at a high temperature and “pop” open, they release pectin? Yep, they do, and then the pectin turns around and slightly thickens the sauce naturally.  Who knew a sauce using these two main ingredients could be so delicious?

Whole Berry Cranberry Orange Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Anyways… I hope you will consider making your very own fresh cranberry orange sauce this Thanksgiving.  I think you will be amazed at how great it tastes!  The awesome thing is that it can be made a couple days before you serve it, so it can free up your precious time in the kitchen the day of the big feast (just keep it covered in the fridge!).

Now that you know how to make your own whole berry cranberry orange sauce, you can serve it proudly with all your other delicious traditional Thanksgiving side dishes! I love to serve Pecan Praline Yams and Brown Butter Green Beans with Toasted Almonds and Red Peppers with our Thanksgiving meal, along with Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Southern Cornbread Dressing.  YUM!

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From our family to yours… we wish you a memorable Thanksgiving with those family or friends dear to you. As our family gathers, we are mindful of the many blessings, large and small, that God has poured into our lives, and we acknowledge and thank Him for these gifts, with overflowing, grateful hearts!

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My hope is that you, as well, would know the joy of a heart filled with gratitude this season!

Whole Berry Cranberry Orange Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Adapted from my recipe for Homemade Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Whole Berry Cranberry Orange Sauce
 
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It's easy to make a phenomenal tasting whole berry cranberry orange sauce from scratch with only a few ingredients!
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Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: Approx. 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 bag fresh cranberries (12-16 ounces)
  • Zest from 1 large orange (reserve just a bit for garnish)
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • Extra orange zest for garnish
Directions
  1. In a medium saucepan, mix together orange zest, fresh squeezed orange juice, water and granulated sugar. Stir and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add fresh cranberries. Bring sauce to a boil. Once mixture is boiling, turn the heat down to a low simmer. Cook (uncovered), stirring often, for 7-8 minutes, until the cranberries have "popped" open and the sauce has thickened. Once this occurs, remove the cranberry sauce from heat, and set aside. Let cranberry sauce cool completely. When ready to serve, garnish with additional orange zest, if desired. Serve this delicious sauce at room temperature or refrigerated! May be made 2-3 days in advance. Store in refrigerator in covered container.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Whole Berry Cranberry Orange Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks! This sauce is so good, and is incredibly easy to make with a few ingredients!

 

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Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins

Fall is in the air… time to decorate pumpkins! How about making some EASY, cute and tasty Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins in about 20 minutes?Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Make these yummy Fall or Halloween themed Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats in only 20 minutes!

I found a recipe on Pinterest for these cute little pumpkins and knew I had to make them! I thought they were the perfect Fall treat.  I love Rice Krispie treats, so a peanut butter flavored one that LOOKED like a cute little Halloween pumpkin… yes, please! They were incredibly EASY to make, taste delicious, and you really can’t mess them up! Here’s how to make them:

Place peanut butter and butter in a medium sized saucepan. Heat on medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally with wooden spoon (use wooden spoon because mixture won’t stick to it as much).

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add marshmallows and the food coloring. Stir until the marshmallows have completely melted and mixture is smooth and sticky.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Remove pan from heat; stir in the Rice Krispie cereal. Stir very well with wooden spoon (put some muscle into it!), until completely mixed together and mixture is orange in color.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Using wax paper (or powder free latex gloves), scoop out rice krispie mixture (just “guesstimate” – you need to get 12 pumpkins out of the mixture!). Roll each portion into a round little ball. Immediately push a tootsie roll midgee into the top of “pumpkin” to act as the stem. (*TIP: Having 12 tootsie rolls unwrapped before beginning makes it so much faster!)

Place pumpkin onto wax paper to cool. Later, once the tootsie roll has warmed a bit from the hot Rice Krispie mixture, you can bend it a little to make a more realistic looking “stem”. Repeat process until you have made 12 pumpkins.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once pumpkins have cooled completely, decorate them any way you wish with frosting, candy eyes, or leave them just the way they are! (I used a toothpick to apply the frosting).

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

These Fall-themed treats are a whimsical way to celebrate the season!  They are delicious, and what could be more fun than to decorate a peanut butter flavored rice krispie treat pumpkin?! All ages will love them (I took some to a friends house for her kids!). Sure hope you enjoy them!

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: https://www.savoryexperiments.com/peanut-butter-rice-krispie-treat-pumpkins/

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins
 
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Make these yummy Fall or Halloween themed Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats in only 20 minutes!
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (10 ounces) mini-marshmallows
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 13 drops red food coloring
  • 5 drops yellow food coloring
  • 12 Tootsie Roll Midgees
  • Optional- Prepared frosting for decorating (I used 1 cup powdered sugar, several drops of water and black food coloring-mixed them together to form a fairly thick frosting that wouldn't run)
Directions
  1. Place peanut butter and butter in a medium sized saucepan. Heat on medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally with wooden spoon (use wooden spoon because mixture won't stick as much).
  2. Add marshmallows and the food coloring. Stir until the marshmallows have completely melted and mixture is smooth and sticky.
  3. Remove pan from heat; stir in the Rice Krispies. Stir very well with wooden spoon (put some muscle into it!), until completely mixed together and mixture is orange in color.
  4. Using wax paper (or powder free latex gloves), scoop out rice krispie mixture (just guesstimate-you need to get 12 pumpkins out of the mixture!). Roll each portion into a round little ball. Immediately push a tootsie roll midgee into the top of "pumpkin" to act as the stem. Place pumpkin onto wax paper to cool. Later, once the tootsie roll has warmed a bit from the hot rice krispie mixture, you can bend it a little to make a more realistic looking "stem".
  5. Repeat process until you have made 12 pumpkins. Once pumpkins have cooled completely, decorate them any way you wish with frosting, or leave them just the way they are! (I used a toothpick to apply the frosting). Enjoy!

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Make these yummy Fall or Halloween themed Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats in only 20 minutes!

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day from our family to yours!  As someone who considers herself privileged to have  been raised in this great country, I am so grateful for the many freedoms I am fortunate enough to enjoy. As one writer puts it… we are the land of the free,  BECAUSE of the brave!

I’ve shared this quote from Erma Bombeck before, but want to post it again, as it kind of sums up this day, where people all across our country gather together for BBQ’s, fun, and fireworks to celebrate the United States of America, and our founding fathers who put it all on the line for FREEDOM..Happy Independence Day / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Have a fun, safe, and DELICIOUS celebration, friends.  We’ll be out of state on vacation, but we (or my hubby, the Grill Master) will be grilling something tasty, and enjoying this special day!

Happy Independence Day / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The Grill Master, busy at work (Should I tell him the lighter fluid goes on the briquets?)

Happy Independence Day / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Have a wonderful celebration with family and friends. May God continue to bless America.

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Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème

Decadent, rich, simple to prepare (in under 10 minutes!) and extremely delicious… those are the first words that come to mind when describing these Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème!Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I made this amazing dessert a couple weeks ago for a family get together… oh my goodness! Soooo good!   “Pots de Crème” is actually a French dessert “custard” that dates back to the 17th century. It’s name literally means “pots of cream”.  Let me tell you… it’s much thicker than pudding or mousse and is extremely rich (so rich I told my guests that  it would put hair on their chests!). It may be rich, but oh boy, it is DELICIOUS!

The preparation takes less than 10 minutes, which is an added benefit!  I’d been drooling over the recipe, originally posted on a favorite blogger’s website called “The Café Sucre Farine” (thecafesucrefarine.com), so I gave in and decided to make it!  If you’ve never checked out this website, I would encourage you to do so. Chris shares phenomenal recipes, and her husband Scott shares in the fun with his amazing photography work… it’s a wonderful, creative website for food lovers.

Anyways… the method to making these is to simply use a blender. Yep… that’s right! Ingredients are blended together, then poured into small dessert cups (the dessert is very rich, so small servings are the best!).  I also made a Bailey’s Irish Cream syrup which was drizzled onto the tops of the finished Pots de Creme, then they were garnished with whipped cream, a sprig of fresh mint (and dessert cookies!).  Easy and delicious… you’re gonna LOVE this dessert!  Here’s how to make it:

Before you begin, make sure you have your dessert dishes ready to go. Place them on a baking sheet. The dessert bowls I used (Libby Tasting Bowls) hold 4.25 ounces (just over 1/2 cup), so I ended up with 6 portions (I set out 8 cups but only needed 6).  The total amount of servings will depend on the size dish you use.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chocolate chips, sugar, Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur, an egg, and sea salt are placed into a blender.  The ingredients are pulsed several times, just to mix them up a bit (they will not be fully blended).

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Take out the center cap from the blender lid and place a funnel directly into the opening. Place lid back on blender (I took it off to take the photo).

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Into a large microwave safe bowl, pour the whipping cream.  Make sure to use a large bowl, because the cream will be microwaved, and will rise up as it heats.  I used a glass bowl so I could see to make sure the whipping cream didn’t bubble up and over the top of the bowl.  Heat the whipping cream in the microwave on high power for 2 to 2½ minutes, until the cream is really bubbling.  You can see from the photo below how high the cream rose in the bowl, and what the bubbling cream looked like when I took it out of microwave.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Turn blender on LOW and blend ingredients already in there for 15 seconds. SLOWLY pour the hot whipping cream through the funnel into the chocolate mixture while mixing on low.  Once you’ve added all the cream, put your hand over the top of the funnel (to cover), and turn the speed up to HIGH. Let the mixture blend on high for one minute.  When done, carefully pour the chocolate into the serving bowls. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The dessert is PERFECT to serve once chilled just as it is, BUT… if you want to kick it up a notch and make the Bailey’s Irish Cream Syrup to garnish the finished dessert, it can be made while the dessert is chilling.  It’s VERY SIMPLE to prepare, and added an extra pop of flavor to the finished dessert.  Irish Cream liqueur is poured into a little saucepan and brought to a boil on medium heat.  The liqueur is boiled and stirred for 2-3 minutes until it has reduced in volume and turned syrupy.  Remove from heat and let cool.  That’s it!  As the syrup cools down, it will thicken a little bit more. Let syrup cool to room temperature before serving.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I also decided to add some more calories fancy cookies to garnish the finished dessert, so I found these at our local grocery store… perfect!

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When ready to serve, garnish each serving with whipped cream and a sprig of fresh mint, then drizzle a tiny bit of the Bailey’s syrup over the top, and insert a couple fancy cookies into the chocolate!  You can see in the picture below the Bailey’s syrup on top of the chocolate.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That, my friends, is how you make this incredible dessert, with very little effort or time involved, but with amazing results!  I made the dessert in the morning, then simply added the garnishes when ready to serve later that evening! Easy!

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Sure hope you will consider making this wonderful, decadent chocolate dessert.  I will definitely be making this recipe again!  Have a wonderful day, and remember to show love, respect, and kindness to all you meet today. God Bless You.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source:  https://thecafesucrefarine.com/2015/03/five-minute-irish-chocolate-pots-de-creme

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
For Pots de Crème:
  • 10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (good quality)
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1 large egg
  • pinch of kosher or sea salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream (can substitute Half n' Half)
For Bailey's Irish Cream Syrup:
  • 6 Tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur
For Garnish:
  • Whipped Cream
  • Fresh mint sprigs
  • Cookies (optional)
  • Bailey's syrup
Directions
  1. Put small serving dishes onto a baking sheet before beginning.
  2. Put the chocolate chips, sugar, Bailey's Irish Cream, egg, and sea salt into a blender. Pulse the ingredients several times, just to mix them up a bit (they won't be fully blended). Take out the center cap from blender lid and place a funnel directly into the opening.
  3. Pour the whipping cream into a large microwave safe bowl. Use a large bowl, because the cream will be microwaved, and will rise up as it heats. (I used a glass bowl so I could see to make sure the whipping cream didn't bubble up and over the top of the bowl). Heat whipping cream in microwave on high power for 2 to 2½ minutes, until the cream is REALLY bubbling.
  4. Turn blender on LOW and blend ingredients for 15 seconds. SLOWLY pour the hot whipping cream through the funnel into the chocolate mixture while blending on LOW (the very hot cream will help cook the raw egg). Once you've added all the cream, put your hand over the top of the funnel (to cover), and turn speed up to HIGH. Let the mixture blend on high for one minute. When done, carefully pour the chocolate into the serving bowls. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
To Make The Bailey's syrup (optional):
  1. If you want Bailey's Irish Cream Syrup to garnish the finished dessert, it can be made while the desserts are chilling. Irish Cream liqueur is poured into a little saucepan, then brought up to a boil on medium heat. The liqueur is boiled for 2-3 minutes until it has reduced in volume and turned syrupy. Remove from heat and let cool. As the syrup cools, it will thicken a little bit more. Let syrup cool to room temperature before serving.
To serve:
  1. Garnish each of the chilled pots de crème with whipped cream, and a sprig of fresh mint, then drizzle a little bit of the Bailey's syrup over the top. Add a couple fancy cookies to the chocolate, if desired! Serve, and enjoy!

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