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Recipes Tagged with “chocolate”

Turtle Pie

dessert caramel chocolate pecan pie

Ingredients

for the crust:

  • 2 cups ground pecans
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

for the filling:

  • 14 oz. Kraft caramels
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 pkg. (8 squares) Baker’s Bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/3 cup milk [it may need a lot more]
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preparation

Combine the crust ingredients and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Melt caramels in milk. Pour over crust, sprinkle with pecans. Heat chocolate, 1/3 cup milk, powdered sugar and vanilla, stirring, just until melted. Pour over pecans and refrigerate. Serves 10-12.


Scotch Shortbread

dessert caramel chocolate untested

Ingredients

  • 7/6 c. butter
  • 1/4 c. white sugar
  • 1 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. light corn syrup
  • 1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/4 c. dark chocolate chips

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix together sugar, flour, and 2/3 c. of the butter until evenly crumbly. Press into a 9" square baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes. In a saucepan, combine remaining 1/2 c. butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and condensed milk. Bring to a boil, and continue to boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon for about 3 minutes. Pour over crust (warm or cool). Cool until it begins to firm. Melt chocolate chips, pour over the top of the caramel, and spread. Chill and cut into squares.

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Tipsy Turtle Bark

dessert chocolate pecan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 cup (about 24) caramel candies, such as Kraft, unwrapped
  • 1 tablespoon rum, bourbon, or whisky
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound high-quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread pecans on large shallow baking sheet and toast until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer to plate and let cool. Line baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.

In small bowl, combine caramels, liquor, cream, and salt. Microwave uncovered at medium power for 2 minutes. Stir with fork. Microwave at medium power for 1 additional minute. Stir until smooth and set aside.

In medium bowl set over saucepan of simmering water, melt half chocolate, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, add remaining chocolate, and stir until smooth. Pour half melted chocolate into small bowl and reserve.

Stir 1 cup nuts into remaining chocolate. Transfer mixture to baking sheet, spreading to 1/4- to 1/2-inch thickness. Spoon caramel over and pat on remaining pecans. Drizzle with reserved chocolate. Let cool at room temperature until set, about 2 hours. Do not chill.

Epicurious


Samoa Donuts

breakfast caramel chocolate coconut donut untested

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 1 ¼ cups milk, heated to 110°F
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons (one package) active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out the dough
  • 2 quarts canola oil

For the topping:

  • 4 ½ cups shredded sweetened coconut
  • 22 ounces soft caramels
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the chocolate glaze:

  • 8 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Preparation

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm milk with yeast. Stir lightly and let sit until the mixture is foamy, about 5 minutes.

Attach mixer with a dough hook and beat eggs, butter, sugar, and salt into the yeast mixture. Add half of the flour and mix until combined. Gradually add the rest of the flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Grease a large bowl with a little oil. Transfer the dough to the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise at room temperature until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and roll it out until 1/2-inch thick. Using floured 3½" and 1½" cookie cutters, cut out 6 donuts and holes.

Put the donuts on a parchment-lined baking sheet with plenty of room between each one. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until puffy, about 45 minutes.

Pour oil in a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until it reaches 350°F on an oil thermometer.

Carefully add the donuts to the oil, a few at a time. Fry, flipping once until puffed and golden, about 4 minutes.

Transfer donuts to a wire rack to drain.

Make the topping while donuts cool. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spread coconut on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Melt caramels, milk, and salt in a double-boiler by placing a medium bowl over a smaller pot of simmering water.

Cook, stirring constantly, until the caramels are melted. Remove from heat.

Carefully spread 1 tablespoon of caramel on the top of each donut. Combine the remaining caramel with toasted coconut in a large bowl. Mix well. Spoon 1/4 cup of the coconut mixture on the top of each donut, covering the caramel layer.

Make the chocolate glaze by mixing chocolate, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a bowl. Bring cream and butter to a boil in a small saucepan. Pour cream over chocolate; let sit for 2 minutes without stirring. Whisk until smooth.

Dip the bottom half of each donut in the chocolate glaze and return to wire rack to let excess drip off. Use a fork to drizzle the tops with chocolate. Let donuts sit until the chocolate hardens, about 20 minutes.

Thrillist


Chocolate-Stout Brownies

dessert beer brownie chocolate

Ingredients

  • 1 cup stout (such as Guinness)
  • 16 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped, divided
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (2 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9x9x2" metal baking pan with foil, leaving a 2" overhang. Bring stout to a boil in a medium sauce- pan; cook until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 12 minutes. Let cool. Reserve 1/4 cup stout. Stir 12 oz. chocolate and 1 cup butter in a medium metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water until melted and smooth. Whisk sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in chocolate mixture, then 1/4 cup stout from pan. Fold in flour and 1 1/4 tsp. salt. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake brownies until surface begins to crack and a tester inserted into center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 35–40 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool for at least 20 minutes. Stir remaining 4 oz. chocolate in a medium metal bowl set over a sauce-pan of simmering water until melted and smooth. Add reserved 1/4 cup reduced stout, remaining 2 Tbsp. butter, and 1/4 tsp. salt; whisk until well blended. Pour warm glaze over brownies. Let stand at room temperature until glaze is set, about 40 minutes. DO AHEAD: Can be made 8 hours ahead. Cover and let stand at room temperature. Using foil overhang, lift brownie from pan; cut into squares.

Bon Appetit


Lavender-Honey-Cardamom-Lemon Dark Chocolate Tart

dessert chocolate pie untested

Ingredients

for pastry:

  • 260 gr flour
  • 1 heaping tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 Tbsp freshly ground Meyer lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 7 Tbsp butter, cold and cut into pieces
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp water, cold

for chocolate ganache filling:

  • 10 oz. heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup dried lavender buds
  • 12 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • coarse salt
  • dried lavender buds

Preparation

Using a food processor or pastry cutter, mix the flour, cardamom, lemon zest, and sugar until combined. Cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until the size of small peas. Add the egg yolk and gradually add the lemon juice and water just until a dough begins to form when you press it between two fingers. Do not overmix. Form the pastry into a ball and refrigerate for at least one hour. (or stick it in the freezer for a shorter amount of time.) Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Remove the pastry dough from the fridge and press the dough into the tart pan. Prick the bottom of the dough all over with a fork, cover with parchment paper, and weigh down using dry beans or pie weights. Return to freezer for a few minutes if the dough has softened. Bake for ~13-15 minutes until the edges just begin to turn golden. Remove the beans and parchment paper and continue to bake for 3-5 minutes more, until the crust has completely turned golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.

In a saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, heat the cream and lavender buds until just barely a simmer. Cover and remove from heat. Let steep for at least ten minutes. Place the chocolate and honey in a heat-proof bowl, place a fine mesh strainer on top, and set aside. Add the butter to the cream and lavender bud mixture and return to a simmer. Once the cream simmers, remove from heat and pour the hot cream through the sieve onto the prepared chocolate, making sure to press all of the liquid from the lavender buds. Discard the lavender buds. Let the chocolate sit for 2-3 minutes. Whisk until the chocolate is completely melted and evenly distributed. Immediately pour into the prepared tart crust. Using your fingers (or a mortar and pestle), rub together an equal but small amount of coarse salt and dried lavender buds. Sprinkle liberally over the top of the chocolate. Let the tart set at room temperature until completely cool, about 1-2 hours. Serve at room temperature.

Desserts for Breakfast


The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

dessert chocolate cookie untested

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 standard ice cube (about 2 tablespoons frozen water)
  • 10 ounces (about 2 cups)
  • all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons Diamond Crystal kosher salt or 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 5 ounces (about 3/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 ounces (about 1/2 tightly packed cup plus 2 tablespoons) dark brown sugar
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped with a knife into 1/2- to 1/4-inch chunks
  • Coarse sea salt for ganish

Preparation

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, gently swirling pan constantly, until particles begin to turn golden brown and butter smells nutty, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and continue swirling the pan until the butter is a rich brown, about 15 seconds longer. Transfer to a medium bowl, whisk in ice cube, transfer to refrigerator, and allow to cool completely, about 20 minutes, whisking occasionally. (Alternatively, whisk over an ice bath to hasten process).

Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Place granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on medium high speed until mixture is pale brownish-yellow and falls off the whisk in thick ribbons when lifted, about 5 minutes.

Fit paddle attachment onto mixer. When brown butter mixture has cooled (it should be just starting to turn opaque again and firm around the edges), Add brown sugar and cooled brown butter to egg mixture in stand mixer. Mix on medium speed to combine, about 15 seconds. Add flour mixture and mix on low speed until just barely combined but some dry flour still remains, about 15 seconds. Add chocolate and mix on low until dough comes together, about 15 seconds longer. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate dough at least overnight and up to three days.

When ready to bake, adjust oven racks to upper and lower middle positions and preheat oven to 325°F. Using a 1-ounce ice cream scoop or a spoon, place scoops of cookie dough onto a non-stick or parchment-lined baking sheet. Each ball should measure approximately 3 tablespoons in volume and you should be able to fit 6 to 8 balls on each sheet. Transfer to oven and bake until golden brown around edges but still soft, 13 to 16 minutes, rotating pans back to front and top and bottom half way through baking.

Remove baking sheets from oven. While cookies are still hot, sprinkle very lightly with coarse salt and gently press it down to embed. Let cool for 2 minutes, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 for remaining cookie dough. Allow cookies to cool completely before storing in an airtight container, plastic bag, or cookie jar at room temperature for up to 5 days.

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Serious Eats


Chocolate, Cashew, and Maple Pie

dessert cashew chocolate maple pie untested

Ingredients

For crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons ice water

For filling:

  • 1 1/4 cups pure maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 3 ounces bittersweet (at least 60% cacao) chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted roasted cashews

For serving:

  • 2 (8-ounce) containers crème fraîche

Preparation

Make crust: In food processor, pulse flour and salt until combined. Add butter and pulse just until mixture resembles coarse meal with some small (roughly pea-size) butter lumps. Drizzle 3 tablespoons ice water evenly over mixture and pulse or gently stir with fork until incorporated.

Squeeze small handful of dough: If it doesn’t hold together, add more ice water 1/2 tablespoon at a time, pulsing or stirring until incorporated. Do not overwork dough, or pastry will be tough.

Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface, gather into ball, and flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill until firm, about 1 hour. (Dough can be made ahead and frozen up to 1 week. Defrost in refrigerator before proceeding.)

On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 12-inch round, then transfer to pie pan. Trim edge, leaving 1/2-inch overhang, then fold overhang under and crimp edge decoratively. Prick bottom and side of shell all over with fork, then chill shell 30 minutes. (Shell can be assembled to this point ahead: Wrap entire pan well in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2 days, or freeze up to 1 week. Defrost in refrigerator before continuing.)

While shell chills, preheat oven to 425°F.

Line shell with foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans, then bake until pastry is set and pale golden on rim, about 15 minutes. Carefully remove foil and weights and bake shell until pale golden all over, 5 to 7 minutes more. Cool on rack.

Make filling and bake pie: In medium saucepan over moderately high heat, simmer maple syrup, uncovered, until reduced to 3/4 cup, about 10 minutes. Carefully whisk in butter (mixture may splatter), then sugar and salt. Remove from heat and let cool to warm room temperature.

In medium bowl, whisk together eggs and brandy. Whisk egg mixture into cooled maple syrup mixture.

Preheat oven to 325°F. Spread chopped chocolate in even layer over bottom of prepared crust. Sprinkle nuts in second even layer, then pour filling over nuts. Bake until filling is puffed and center is just set, 45 to 60 minutes. Cool in pan on rack. (Pie can be made up to 1 day ahead. Let cool, then cover loosely and store at room temperature.)

To serve: Using electric mixer, beat crème fraîche until it holds soft peaks. Serve with pie.

Epicurious, November 2007


Chocolate Dulce de Leche Bars

dessert caramel chocolate cookie

Ingredients

For shortbread crust:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

For chocolate dulce de leche:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup dulce de leche
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 5 ounces 60%-cacao bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (preferably in a food processor)

Preparation

Make shortbread crust: Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle. Butter a shallow 9- to 9 1/2-inch square baking pan (1 to 1 1/2 inches deep). Line bottom and 2 sides with parchment paper, leaving an overhang. Butter parchment.

Blend together butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a bowl with a fork. Sift in flour and blend with fork until a soft dough forms.

Spread dough evenly in baking pan using an offset spatula or back of a spoon, then prick all over with fork.

Bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes, then cool completely in pan on a rack, about 30 minutes.

Make chocolate dulce de leche: Bring cream and dulce de leche to a simmer in a small heavy saucepan, stirring with a wooden spoon until dulce de leche has dissolved.

Whisk together yolks in a bowl, then slowly whisk in hot cream mixture. Return to pan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until pan is visible in tracks of spoon and mixture registers 170°F on an instant-read thermometer. Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate until melted.

Make bars: Pour chocolate mixture over cooled shortbread and chill, uncovered, until cold and set, about 2 hours.

Run a small knife around edges to loosen, then transfer to a cutting board using parchment. Cut with a hot clean knife (dip in hot water and wipe clean between cuts) into 24 bars. Chill until ready to serve.

Gourmet, July 2008


Dark Chocolate Brownies

dessert brownie chocolate untested

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder and/or powdered sugar

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch square by 2-inch deep baking pan; set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine chocolate, butter, and the water; cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted. Transfer to a large bowl.

2. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar to chocolate mixture; beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed until combined. Add eggs and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add flour, salt, and cinnamon. Beat on low speed until combined. Spread batter in prepared pan.

3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Sprinkle with cocoa powder and/or powdered sugar. Makes 20 to 25 brownies.

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