Monday, June 13, 2011

Stumbling across Nutella Lava Cookies

An absolute must of a website to sign up for that I am a total fan of thanks to Miss Kelly, is You select things of interest to you and then you select the STUMBLE button and it finds websites of things you may like that you may have never journeyed to while perusing on the world wide web. I’ve found so many great new recipes, blog, and baking sites that I haven’t looked at yet! It’s great! Check it out and add me as a stumbler (my screen name is UNCWkrissyg)

So let’s get to the cookies that my titled  blog post is all about today! If you love chocolate, there’s no doubt in my mind that you love chocolate lava cakes too. You know, the ooey gooey dessert you have to order at a restaurant when you order your dinner so they have enough time to prepare/bake it with the gooey lava chocolaty center? I found this great recipe online at Kirbie’s Cravings , using Stumbleupon, and decided to try them out on Sunday after a stressful weekend of handling Anthony’s car accident he was in. Cookies always make insurance calls, claims, and bumps and  bruises that much better J

These cookies are very easy to make, especially if you have a Kitchen Aid mixer handy. The dough will seem a bit tough when rolling into the ball shapes but believe me when I say they are the most richest and choclatey cookies you will ever taste! Next time I may add some peanut butter and/or Fluff  for the filling so I have a variety of my favorites!

§  1 cup butter
§  1¼ cup sugar
§  2 large eggs
§  ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
§  2¼ cups all-purpose flour
§  ¼ tsp. salt
§  1 tsp. baking powder
§  1 1/2 cups large semi-sweet chocolate chips
§  nutella for filling
1.       Preheat the oven to 350F.
2.       Line baking sheets with parchment paper ( or silicone baking mat). Cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Blend in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed. Mix in the cocoa powder at low speed until well blended.
3.       Add the flour, salt and baking powder to the bowl and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.
4.       Scoop up about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten the ball in the palm of your hand and put in about 1/2 tbsp of nutella in the middle of the dough. Then wrap the edges around to form a ball and to cover the nutella completely. Place on the prepared baking sheets, and repeat process, placing balls about 2 inches apart. Bake about 13-16 minutes, until cookies are cooked and slide easily off of parchment paper. Serve while warm.

Blog source: Kirbie's Cravings
Chocolate cookie recipe source: Annie's Eats 

...and guess who joined in the kitchen with the Basil Bee as sous chef/baker while baking these cookies? Miss Hailey Bee!!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Double Peanut Butter Paisley Brownies

Happy Summer my fellow Basil Bee bloggers! So circa this past Christmas, I received a chocolate lovers recipe book from my Director, Davina at work Hershey's Recipe Collection in 5-Ring Binder
I have been so busy with our wedding back in February and renovation of our home that I just haven’t had much time to bake, but the time came the week of Allison’s Bridal shower! We (the Bridesmaids) needed something a little extra to go with her bridal shower cake so I volunteered to make these brownie bars. When I went to reach up for the book off my new shelf in the kitchen I swear the book talked and signed ‘Ahhhhh finally!” …The recipe was really easy and if you have a Kitchen Aid mixer, even easier! The chocolate syrup added the gooeyness to it and they were a huge hit at the party! Add a glass of milk with this and you’re in for a real treat! Enjoy!
Skill Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
·         1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
·         1/4 cup REESE'S Creamy Peanut Butter
·         1 cup granulated sugar
·         1 cup packed light brown sugar
·         3 eggs
·         1 teaspoon vanilla extract
·         2 cups all-purpose flour
·         2 teaspoons baking powder
·         1/4 teaspoon salt
·         1-2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips
·         1/2 cup HERSHEY'S Syrup

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan. 
2.       Beat butter and peanut butter in large bowl. Add sugar and brown sugar; beat well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in vanilla. 
3.        Stir together flour, baking powder and salt; mix into peanut butter mixture, blending well. Stir in peanut butter chips. Spread half of batter into prepared pan; spoon syrup over top. Carefully top with remaining batter; swirl with metal spatula or knife for marbled effect. 
4.       Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into squares. About 36 brownies.