My Favorite Brownies

If I had to name my favorite chocolate dessert, the words that would come racing out of my mouth would be Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies. I usually make them only when I am giving them away, otherwise I am in big trouble! I Love Love Love Brownies!

My Favorite Brownies

Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies

1 cup butter, melted
3 cups sugar
1 Tbl vanilla
4 eggs
1½ cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13″x9″ baking pan with foil and spray foil with non-stick spray. In large bowl, stirring by hand, mix melted butter, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time. In another bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, dark cocoa, and salt. Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread in prepared pan. Bake 40-45 minutes (ovens vary but I alway bake them 45 min), until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely for easiest and cleanest cutting. Oh, and use these brownies for a brownie sundae…amazing!


Chocolate Turtle Bundt Cake

This cake makes a statement!

Chocolate Turtle Bundt Cake

Chocolate Cake:
1 pkg chocolate cake mix
1 small pkg instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbl caramel ice cream topping

Milk Chocolate Drizzle & Toppings:
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1 Tbl shortening
caramel ice cream topping
pecans, chopped
mini chocolate chips
toffee bits

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl with electric mixer, combine cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into a well sprayed bundt pan. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake in pan at least 15 minutes before inverting onto wire rack to cool completely. Transfer to serving plate.

In a bowl with electric mixer, whip cream cheese. Mix in powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add caramel and mix well. Spoon into pastry bag with large tip and pipe back and forth around (completely cooled) cake. In small bowl, microwave milk chocolate chips and shortening until just tempered, just melted enough to drizzle (hot or too warm on the cream cheese caramel frosting would melt frosting). Drizzle the caramel topping all around the cake. Sprinkle with pecans, mini chocolate chips and toffee bits. Inspired by chefintraining.

Macadamia Nut Pie

This post is thanks to my mother, Sue Ann. She brought this pie to our family dinner last night, it’s amazing! I enjoyed another piece this morning for breakfast! Thanks Mom XO!

Macadamia Nut Pie

1 pre-baked 9″ pie shell
3 cups milk
1 cup sugar
6 Tbl flour
2 Tbl cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
3 egg yolks, well beaten
3 Tbl butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla
1½ cups chopped macadamia nuts, divided
Whipped cream for topping

In a saucepan, heat milk to scalding. In another saucepan, stir together sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt. Very gradually in a slow steady stream, beat scalded milk into egg yolks. Now, slowly pour and whisk this mixture into the dry ingredients in the other saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Mixture will thicken. Remove from heat and mix in butter, vanilla, and 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts. Cool to warm and pour into pie shell. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and chill. When ready to serve, spread sweetened whipped cream over pie filling and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts.

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Apple Berry Crisp

Hot from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, heavenly!

Apple Berry Crisp

Apple Berry Crisp 2

Oatmeal Topping:
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, cold

Apple Berry Mixture:
2 Granny Smith apples
lemon juice
1 lb container strawberries, cut into small pieces
1/2 pint container blueberries
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbl cornstarch

Preheat oven to 375°. For Oatmeal Topping: Stir together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Cut in butter until it’s a coarse crumbly mixture. Set aside.

For the Apple Berry Mixture: Peel, core, and cut apples into thin bite sized pieces; place in large bowl. Squeeze a little lemon juice over apple pieces and stir. Add cut up strawberries and blueberries, stir all fruit together. Sprinkle sugar and cornstarch over fruit and gently stir. Pour fruit into a sprayed 9″x9″ square pan. Sprinkle oatmeal topping evenly over fruit mixture. Bake 50-60 minutes or until golden brown, hot and bubbly. Cool slightly. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

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For the Love of PUMPKIN!

For the love of PUMPKIN! Click on a picture to get the recipe. Which is your favorite?

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Pumpkin Coffee Cake    Chocolate Fudge Pumpkin Oat Bars    Pumpkin Oatmeal Surprise Cookies

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Quick & Easy Mousse

I first tasted this mousse when my friend Colleen made it for book club, chocolate mousse, so creamy and delicious. I decided to try it with different flavors for my daughter’s wedding reception in her colors. The original recipe I believe comes from Eagle Brand. Choose a pudding flavor and whip some up!

Quick & Easy Mousse

1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 cup cold water
1 (4-serving size) package chocolate instant pudding mix (or flavor of your choice)
1 cup whipping cream, whipped or 1 (8 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

In large bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and water. Add pudding mix; beat well. Chill 5 minutes. Fold in whipped cream (or whipped topping). Spoon into serving dishes; chill. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

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Pumpkin Pecan Dessert

I am not crazy about the name of this recipe.  Using the name dessert bothers me, it seems too generic, especially for something so incredibly delicious.  But, what do you name something that is part pie and part cake?  I guess, dessert.  There are many sites featuring this recipe and some call it Pumpkin Crunch Cake.  It is found at,,, and many other places around the web.  I first saw it on my internet friend’s wonderful website

I am upstairs and every once in awhile I think I hear a voice from the refrigerator calling me…it is that good!  If you want pumpkin pie and you are not in the mood to make and roll out pastry, this is a quick fix for you craving.  Here is my version…

1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1½ cups sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1 box white cake mix (can use yellow or spice)
1½ cups chopped pecans
1 cup butter, melted

Heat oven to 350°.  Spray bottom of 9″ x 13″ baking pan.  Mix pumpkin, milk, eggs, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and salt.  Pour mixture into prepared baking pan.  Sprinkle dry cake mix over pumpkin mixture and top with pecans.  Drizzle melted butter over pecans.  Bake 55-60 minutes.  Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if desired.  Keep refrigerated.

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Fresh Peach Raspberry Cobbler

I need to hurry and use three gorgeous big peaches and some beautiful raspberries before they are over ripe.  It’s easy to stir together a cobbler, I made this cobbler with an oat topping, it gives it a bit of a nutty texture.  An easy way to peel the peaches is to boil a saucepan of water, cut an X through the skin at the end of each peach.  Place the peach in the boiling water for 45 seconds, remove with slotted spoon.  Using the cut X, peel skin right off the peach, so quick and easy.  Fresh peaches and raspberries, heavenly!


1½ cups oats
1/2 cup flour
1/2 brown sugar
6 Tbl butter, melted

Stir together oats, flour, and brown sugar.  Pour melted butter over and mix until evenly coated and set aside.

3 cups sliced peaches
2 cups raspberries
1 Tbl lemon juice
1/4 cup flour
1/2-3/4 sugar

Preheat oven to 350°.  Gently mix peaches, raspberries, and lemon juice.  Stir together flour and sugar and sprinkle over fruit and gently mix.  Spoon filling into well sprayed 9″×13″ baking dish.  Sprinkle topping over fruit and bake about 30 minutes or until bubbly.  Let stand for 10-15 minute and serve.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups

Perfect to hold ice cream, pudding, frozen yogurt, or chocolate mousse…you choose.  It looks cute & tastes good too!


1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1¼ cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar.  Add egg and vanilla.  Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt.  Stir in mini chocolate chips.  Divide dough into 12 pieces.  Roll each piece into a 3½” diameter disc.  Stack with wax paper in between.  Freeze until hard.  Preheat oven to 375°.  Place a dough disc on the back of Demarle muffin tray cups (you can try sprayed regular muffin tin, don’t know if it will work.  Demarle is totally non-stick silicone, no spray needed, come off clean).  As they bake the dough slowly bends down over the muffin cups.  Bake for 9 minutes.  Let cool and remove cookie cups from muffin tray.  There may be some little holes, but I served them in little bowls to catch any leaks.  Enjoy!

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Blueberry Buckle

Buckle?  What a funny name.  From Gourmet on Cobblers, Crisps, Crumbles, Bettys, Buckles, and Pandowdies, “Meet the cobbler family: These desserts all rearrange fruit and dough in various and delightful ways.  Although they are simple and old-fashioned, they’re also irresistible, making excellent use of fruits at the height of their season”.

I don’t think I care which name you use, I will eat it and love it!  I think this is great for breakfast, brunch, or with ice cream it’s a great dessert.  This is an old time recipe that I have added to and changed a few things.

3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp lemon juice
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups fresh blueberries (sprinkle 2 Tbl flour over and toss to coat)

1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
dash nutmeg
1/4 cup butter, softened

Preheat oven to 375°.  Spray 8×8 inch pan or 8-inch springform pan.  Cream butter and sugar, mix in egg, vanilla, and lemon juice.  In separate bowl mix together flour, baking powder, and salt.  Stir dry ingredients into creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk.  Fold in blueberries.  Pour into pan.  In small bowl, stir together topping ingredients, cutting butter into sugar, flour, and cinnamon.  Sprinkle over cake batter.  Bake 40-45 minutes.

Note:  Can use frozen blueberries, coat with 1/4 cup flour.  Use straight from the freezer, do not thaw.

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