chocolate

Making Molten Chocolate Cakes

Northwest Pearls: Molten Chocolate Cake My mom found this recipe for molten chocolate cakes and we decided to try and make it!

The first attempt at the food was good, but the cakes cooked too long (they were in there as long as the instructions had said to leave them in) so they weren't very molten. The second attempt we changed the cooking time but didn't leave them in long enough, so when the cake was flipped over, all the molten chocolate fell out the top. The third attempt, they had the same problem as the second. And the fourth attempt, I just ate it out of the dish.

 

Attempt #1:

Northwest Pearls: Molten Chocolate Cake

Attempt #2:

Northwest Pearls: Molten Chocolate Cake

Attempt #3: The picture didn't turn out

Attempt#4:

Northwest Pearls: Molten Chocolate Cake

And attempt #4 with homemade sauce on top:

Northwest Pearls: Molten Chocolate Cake

It was delicious. Maybe a little flour-y, but pretty good overall.

Have you had much success making molten chocolate cake?

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookie Recipe My mom has this old chocolate chip cookie recipe that my family and a lot of my friends have loved.

Not sure exactly how many cookies this makes, but it about fills a gallon plastic bag with cookie dough. At least 48 cookies. (We usually freeze half the batch so it's been a while since we've made the entire batch at once.)

Here it is:

  • 4 sticks of butter (the sticks are supposed to be 1/2 cup each, so in total, 2 cups of butter)
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 cups of flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 2-3 cups of chocolate chips depending on how chocolately you want it

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees, the rack should be in the middle of the oven. Take the butter, brown sugar, sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs and mix them together for four minutes in your mixer on a high setting.

Then add in the flour, salt, and baking soda and mix it all in. When that's done you add in the chocolate chips. (Or you could add in nuts, or whatever your heart desires. Just add it last.)

Then place chunks, say an inch to an inch and a half in diameter, of the cookie dough onto a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 9-12 minutes at 375 degrees. Take them out of the oven when they are slightly golden.

And eat! (Once they're cool.)

Let me know how they turn out!

Chocolate Strawberries

I wanted to get my best friends Edible Arrangements for their birthdays, but as cool as the arrangements are, they're also pretty expensive for someone just out of college. So I decided to make chocolate strawberries to give to them. It was easy enough, I just followed the directions on the chocolate packaging.

Chocolate Strawberries!

Chocolate Strawberries!

Chocolate Strawberries!

Chocolate Strawberries!

Then, when the chocolate was dry, I carefully placed the strawberries back into the boxes they came in and put them in the fridge until I would see my friends later in the day.

I wanted to arrange them artfully, but with transporting and heat, I went the simple route.

To see more gift ideas, check out my blog post here.