Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

If you love chocolate cake and hot fudge, then you can never go wrong with this molten chocolate lava cake. Surprise your family, a loved one, or just spend a night in with these scrumptious lava cakes. Makes 12 servings. Ingredients 1 cup butter 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 large eggs 2/3 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup rich dark cocoa, Ramstadt Breda or equal Directions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Generously butter a standard muffin tin. Dust with granulated sugar, and tap out excess. Set aside. In the bowl of your stand-type mixer and with …

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How to Make Cream Soup

It’s a cold winter here in Idaho with a balmy 32 degrees as the high for the warmest days, so I like to turn to a nice, hot soup to keep myself toasty against the cold. A cream soup does just the trick, and it’s so easy and quick. Here are the key steps to making any cream soup, and you’ll even find delicious recipes at the bottom. Five Steps to Making Cream Soup 1. Cook the starch*  Most cream soups have a flour base and often an onion for flavoring.  Sauté the onion in butter.  Add the flour and …

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Merri Ann’s Crockpot Potatoes

This crockpot mashed potato recipe is the recipe that Merri Ann used for holiday dinner mashed potatoes. It’s a combination of several recipes that she found online with her own simple seasoning.All you do is throw the ingredients into the crockpot and walk away. You’ll have creamy crockpot mashed potatoes with minimal effort. Crockpot Mashed Potatoes: A One-Pot Meal Most recipes called for Yukon Gold potatoes but we used russets. She used seven pounds of potatoes which maxed out a large crockpot. The recipe below is scaled back to five pounds of potatoes. We mashed them right in the crockpot. …

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Three Ways to Make a Meal Out of Your Leftover Mashed Potatoes

‘Tis the season for mashed potatoes. Thanksgiving and the holidays bring in the beloved mashed potatoes with all those family gatherings, but that also means lots of leftovers. So, what do you do with all your leftover mashed potatoes? Make a quick meal out of them. After all, most of the work is already done. Meal #1: Leftover Mashed Potato Salad and Grilled Cheese It doesn’t have to be a grilled cheese sandwich. Any sandwich will do. Mashed potato salads are super quick and easy, not much more than stirring in mayonnaise and condiments. So, a sandwich and a mashed …

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How to Make Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples

These chocolate caramel candy apples are easy, delicious, and make beautiful gifts. Dip your apples in caramel, chocolate, or even melted candy and top them with cinnamon, candies, or chopped nuts. Use your imagination and the options are endless. Choosing Your Apples for Candy Apples The key to these best candy apple is contrast. Chocolate and caramel are sweet on their own. While adding a crisp apple to crunch into will be nice for the texture, choosing a sweet apple could be a headache. For the best contrast against the sweet caramel and chocolate coating, you’ll want a nice, tart …

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How to Make Miniature German Pancakes in 14 Minutes

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Miniature German pancakes are one of the most fun desserts that you’ll ever make, and they’re so quick and easy. You’ll have a batch of individual desserts for everyone in less than 14 minutes. Mini German pancakes are more fun, more impressive, and better than strawberry shortcakes, and you can use whatever dessert toppings or fillings you want. Mini German Pancakes: Easier than Pie These mini dessert cups are easier than pie. You only have to melt some butter in a jumbo muffin pan, mix the batter, divide it into the muffin cups, and bake for only 9-10 minutes. From …

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Sweet Potato Pie

We often substitute sweet potato or yam puree for pureed pumpkin. In many recipes, we can’t tell the difference and neither can the guests. Make this sweet potato pie, and it might become the new holiday favorite. Sweet Potato Pie vs. Pumpkin Pie Pictured above is a slice of set potato pie and a slice of pumpkin pie. Can you tell the difference? Sweet potatoes tend to be lighter and less dense than pumpkin. The flavor differs slightly. This sweet potato pie has a beautiful tawny color—a little lighter than pumpkin. And frankly, it’s easier to stick a couple of …

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A Father’s Secrets to Great Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve learned from the stories of the past and traditions of my father to make the best chocolate chip cookies, and now I’m going to share those secrets and lessons with you. Here you will find: Four secrets from my father’s best chocolate chip cookies Five of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes Finding a Reason to Bake My parents are gone now, but I think of them every day.  They lived high on a ridge overlooking the Tanana Valley and the town of Fairbanks, Alaska. On a clear day, from their porch, you could see across the mountain ranges …

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Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

This pumpkin swirl cheesecake has a delightful swirl of chocolate, and as we all know, pumpkin and chocolate are a pair you just can’t resist. It’s easy, scrumptious, and perfect for the holidays or all year round. The chocolate requires an extra step but otherwise, this is as easy as most other cheesecakes. Ingredients 1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 6 tablespoons butter, melted 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup granulated sugar 1 16-ounce can pumpkin (about 1 3/4 cups) 4 large eggs 1/2 cup whipping cream 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon …

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Homemade Caramel Recipe

This homemade caramel recipe makes great caramel for coating candy or candy apples. It’s better than the caramel that you buy in the store and is way easier than unwrapping a million little caramel squares. It’s easy and leaves lots of room for variations. The Basic Homemade Caramel Recipe Ingredients 1 lb brown sugar 1 cup (two sticks) butter 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 1 cup light corn syrup 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon butterscotch flavor Directions Care needs to be taken to assure that there are no sugar crystals in your candy as you make it. A few …

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

This chocolate chip pumpkin cookie recipe is one of our favorite ways to use canned or freshly pureed pumpkin. The soft pumpkin cookie combined with the chocolate chips is just scrumptious. It’s sure to be a favorite for the pumpkin season. Ingredients: 1 15-ounce can prepared pumpkin 2 large eggs 3/4 cup vegetable oil 2 cups granulated sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ginger 4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 12-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup chopped walnuts Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. …

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Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

These pumpkin pancakes taste just like a slice of pumpkin pie in a pancake. The recipe calls to use a pancake mix or recipe for the base and adding the pumpkin pie ingredients to it. We used our Buttermilk Pancake mix, so we had pumpkin buttermilk pancakes. We’re sure that these would be great with our Country Wheat Pancakes also. The Pumpkin Pie Pancake Mix If you’re short on ingredients or time in the mornings, you can also use our delicious pumpkin pie pancake mix instead. They’ll be just as tasty but just a little bit easier and more convenient. …

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Four Unforgettable Things You Can Make with Cocoa

It’s amazing what good quality cocoa can do for your recipes. It will make them richer, tastier, and more chocolatey. It’s almost like the difference between good European chocolate and old holiday candy–you can easily taste the difference in quality. Get the Cocoa Recipes Click on any of the links below to jump to the recipe: Gourmet Hot Chocolate Chocolate Whipped Cream Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting Hot Fudge Sauce Made with Cocoa What Cocoa Butter Can Do for Cocoa Look for cocoa that is at least 14% to 16% cocoa butter. Most grocery store cocoa is 8% to 10%. The …

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How to Make a Baked Alaska in a Cup

Chocolate-drizzled baked Alaska in a cup to show how simple yet classy and delicious this dessert can be.

If you can whip an egg white, you can make these classy little desserts. This baked Alaska in a cup is quick and scrumptious with chocolate cookies or graham crackers topped with ice cream and a homemade meringue. Ingredients: graham crackers or chocolate cookies broken into chunks ice cream 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 egg large whites 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar Instructions: Cover the bottoms of four ovenproof cups, glasses, or ramekins with cookie chunks to a depth of about 3/4 inch. Fill each cup with the ice cream of your choice. Use an ice …

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast with Lemon Syrup

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

Make this scrumptious stuffed French toast with a sliced strawberry and cream cheese filling. Top it off with a lemon syrup, and your French toast will taste like a strawberry-lemon cheesecake. Not a Fan of Strawberry Stuffed French Toast? If you’re not a fan of strawberries, use raspberries or your favorite fruit instead. You can still use the cream cheese pastry filling, or you can use a different one like Bavarian cream pastry filling instead. We have plenty of options to choose from, so pick your favorite. Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast Recipe Ingredients Sliced Bread Strawberries Sugar Cream …

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Pumpkin Pie Squares: Better than Pumpkin Pie

I’m not lying when I say these pumpkin pie squares are better than pumpkin pie. This recipe is easier, has more emphasis on the pumpkin flavors and filling, and the crust is as simple as oats and brown sugar–no pie crust! Merri Ann and I hardly ever make pumpkin pie anymore when we can just make these. Why We Love These Pumpkin Pie Squares You don’t have to tinker with a pie crust You can make it in three sizes with the big one, big enough for a crowd It’s exciting, different than a pumpkin pie It’s easy The Story …

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Pumpkin Pie Aebleskiver with Cream Cheese Filling

This pumpkin pie aebleskiver uses our Harvest Pumpkin Aebleskiver mix, and they’re stuffed with a cream cheese pastry filling and topped with a cinnamon cream pancake syrup. If you ever wanted pumpkin pie for breakfast or a snack without the guilt of the pie, this would be it. They’re so easy and absolutely delicious. Ingredients Harvest Pumpkin Aebleskiver mix cream cheese pastry filling cinnamon cream pancake syrup for serving Directions Mix the aebleskiver mix according to package instructions. Heat your aebleskiver pan to medium-low. Place 1/4 teaspoon butter in each well. Heat until the butter bubbles. Place one tablespoon batter …

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Sweet Potato Pie with Pecan Streusel

This sweet potato pie is a happy alternative to pumpkin pie and still tastes just as good, if not better. When tasting it, before hearing the ingredients, some even called it a pumpkin pie on steroids. It uses sweet potatoes, cinnamon, ginger, and butter rum flavor instead of the typical pumpkin pie filling and a pecan streusel and is just fantastic. What You’ll Need for the Sweet Potato Pie: Three medium-large yams or sweet potatoes Fresh ginger Pecan pieces butter rum flavor Just-add-water pie crust mix A deep-dish, nine-inch pie pan A pie crust shield A pastry blender or knife …

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Pumpkin Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

We originally designed this recipe for a pumpkin sheet cake with a very good cream cheese frosting recipe, but we used this to make our whipped cream layer cake and it was perfect. You’ll find both frosting recipes here. We used a Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes Mix. It makes a cream cake, denser than store mixes but lighter than a pound cake. It is the perfect density for a pumpkin cake. You add spices, nuts, and canned pumpkin. Pumpkin Cake Recipe You may substitute one tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg listed in these instructions. …

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How to Make Cream Cheese Brownies with a Brownie Mix

You can add a cream cheese filling to any brownie mix to make cheesecake brownies.  There are two ways to do this: either swirling the cream cheese filling through the brownie batter or putting a cream cheese layer over the brownie batter to make a layered dessert.  We’ll describe both ways. Swirled Cheesecake Brownies Ingredients 1 brownie mix 2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 large egg yolks Directions Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Dust with flour or line with parchment paper. Mix …

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