3 Homemade Chocolate Desserts

3 Homemade Chocolate Desserts

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In our household, my children are Sweet Mr. 8, Salty Miss 6, and Sour Miss 4.

Give them their choice of a brownie, chips, or fruit snacks, and Mr. 8 goes for the brownie while Miss 6 grabs the chips and Miss 4 takes the fruit snacks.

Though they will eat chocolate, my girls prefer fruit-based desserts like strawberry shortcake or a bowl of fruit. They both also like jello and vanilla or strawberry ice cream.

On the other hand, my son likes fruit but prefers to create his dessert with fruit on top of ice cream with a brownie. 😉

If you have a chocolate-lover in your household and need a bit of inspiration, then check out these 3 homemade chocolate desserts that look amazing:

3 Homemade Chocolate Desserts

The pan éclairs are one of our favorite desserts. Though I’ve never tried it, one can make homemade graham crackers. If you make your own graham crackers, please leave a comment to let us know the results.

To chocolate-lovers everywhere, enjoy these delicious, refreshing, and sweet desserts. Happy creating!

Question: What is your favorite chocolate dessert? 

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Recipe: Chocolate Chip CookiesI’ve been baking up a storm in our new oven. Having replaced our range during my daughter’s teacher’s last week of school, we had to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with her which had to include a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

As I have been asked more than once for our chocolate chip cookie recipe, I will document it and share it with you.

Now, this recipe was passed down from my grandmother to my mom, from my mom to me, and I will pass it along to my children as well.

I am not sure where my grandmother received the recipe, but it is delicious. In addition to making chocolate chip cookies, I use this recipe for our M&M cookies, butterscotch chip cookies, and the white chocolate chip cookies.

Using our KitchenAid mixer makes whipping up a double batch of these chocolate chip cookies a breeze. Once the batter is made, I form the cookies using a melon baller to keep the cookies uniform in shape. I then slightly press the round ball of dough into a cookie shape and bake. Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes approximately 4 ½ dozen cookies

Ingredients

½ c. shortening
1 tsp. vanilla
½ c. sugar
¼ c. brown sugar
1 well-beaten egg
1 ½ c. flour
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking soda
½ – 12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ c. chopped walnuts or pecans, optional

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. Thoroughly cream shortening, vanilla, sugar, and brown sugar.
3. Add the egg, beat thoroughly.
4. Add the dry ingredients.
5. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.
6. Drop from a teaspoon or melon baller onto greased cookie sheet.
7. Bake in 375° oven for 11-12 minutes.
8. Wait about 1 minute after baking before moving to a cooling rack.
9. Let cool and then store in an air-tight container or cookie jar.

This recipe has brought our family hours of bonding time and enjoyment. We make dozens of cookies throughout the year and find this recipe worthy of repeating year after year.

As my daughter’s teacher requested this recipe, I was thrilled to share it while breaking in our new range with multiple batches of chocolate chip cookies. If you are getting an urge to bake, then your family and friends will help you devour these amazing chocolate chip cookies. Happy baking!

Question: What recipe do you have passed down through your family’s generations? 

Recipe: Warm Mexican Dip

Warm Mexican Dip - ResultAs I write this post, I smell the sweet fragrance of pumpkin spice wafting from my lit candle. Though not a fan of the pumpkin taste, I love the smell of pumpkin and other fall scents.

If you dropped in for a visit at my house, you would smell my pumpkin candle unless I am cooking or baking in the kitchen. 🙂

Moving my summer recipes to the side, I welcome the comfort foods of fall. One of our family’s favorite fall recipes is a simple Warm Mexican Dip. The below recipe is not my own. One of our neighbors blended the ingredients, and I enjoy the non-spicy version of his concoction.

With only 5 ingredients, this Warm Mexican Dip is great for parties, heavy snacks, or a meal. Yum!

Warm Mexican Dip

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb. mild rolled sausage
  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 lb. Velveeta cheese
  • 1 jar mild salsa

Instructions:

1. Brown the sausage and hamburger in a skillet.

Warm Mexican Dip - brown meat

2. Add cream of mushroom soup and salsa.

Warm Mexican Dip - soup and salsa

3. Slice Velveeta and add to warm mixture.

Warm Mexican Dip - slice cheese

4. Stir over medium heat until cheese is melted and heated through.

Warm Mexican Dip - Result

5. Serve with tortilla chips.

If you enjoy a bit more spice to your Mexican dishes, then choose a spicy sausage and hot salsa to add more kick. When serving this hearty Warm Mexican Dip, I include corn bread and fresh vegetables.

This recipe fills my Dutch oven which our family does not eat in one meal. Therefore, I freeze the leftovers saving me money, energy, and time on a future busy day.

As you prepare your family’s favorite recipes, consider making extra to freeze. Then on busy nights, you only need to add a few extras to feed your family while using time wisely. Happy planning!

Question: What is one of your family’s favorite fall recipes?

Fantastic List of Volume Conversions

Fantastic List of Volume Conversions

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Every month our Sunday School class hosts a Breakfast Sunday. Each couple brings a breakfast dish, and we enjoy a time of fellowship while we eat.

My typical dish is a hearty breakfast casserole consisting of layers: bread, mixture of sausage with onions and peppers, whisked eggs and half and half, and topped with cheddar cheese. Yum!

Though I make this dish every month, I always check before adding the half and half to see if 8 fluid oz. is 1 cup or 2. Why I cannot remember this conversion is beyond me, but I go to my trusty glass measuring cup to check.

If, like me, your memory lapses regarding volume conversions, then posting this volume conversion chart by Chasing Delicious near our recipes will get the correct amounts in our dishes when our memory fails us:

Chasing Delicious' volume conversions

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In addition to the volume conversion, Chasing Delicious also lists mass and volume equivalents and temperature conversions.  I will add these lists to the fantastic list of ingredient substitutions and keep them close when I cook in the kitchen.

With this volume conversion chart nearby, I will just refer to it when making the hearty breakfast casserole. As you cook and bake to feed your family, I hope these conversion charts and lists assist you in using time wisely. Happy creating!

Question: What conversion do you easily forget and need to look up?

2012 Second Quick Tip Week: Delicious Fruit Dip Recipe

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Our Quick Tip Week is in full swing. Today, we land in the food category for a 2-ingredient fruit dip to save you energy and time.

Quick Tip #5: Delicious Fruit Dip Recipe

With all the vast assortment of fruits in season, my kids love dipping their fruit during our meal and snack times. In keeping up with my growing kids, this quick and delicious fruit dip saves the day.

Ingredients:

    • 8 oz. block of cream cheese
    • 7 oz. container of marshmallow crème

Directions:

1. In a microwave-safe bowl, place the unwrapped cream cheese block and soften in the microwave.

2. Add container of marshmallow crème.

3. Stir and refrigerate until cold.

This light and refreshing dip is a family favorite that is often served at parties with fruit platters. As our family continues to eat our fruits and vegetables, this delicious fruit dip encourages my children to eat more.

As you seek options for your family and event planning, try this delicious fruit dip recipe. Berries and melon are our favorites. Enjoy!

Question: How do you serve your fruit?