Monday, April 26, 2010

Chocolate Bar Brownies

I love chocolate.



For those of you who are new to my blog or just haven't realized...I am getting married in less than a month! Zack and I are super excited! The exact date is May 22nd, and I can't wait. Two weeks ago my lovely friends, Sarah, Leslie, and Catherine hosted a bridal shower for me. It beautiful and tons of fun; not to mention the food and drinks were incredible! I have amazing friends and consider myself very lucky. At the shower one of my friends gave me this incredible brownie pan. It is in the shape of a giant chocolate bar! Of course I could not wait to break it out. For my first recipe in the pan I used the recipe right on the package. I found the recipe to be a bit dry, but it may have been due to the baking time. Next time I am going to include chocolate chips in the recipe and decrease the baking time. I have included the recipe with my modifications below:

Chocolate Bar Brownies
recipe adapted from Williams-Sonoma

5 oz. bittersweet chocolate, broken into pieces
10 Tbs. (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease brownie pan.

Put the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and microwave in thirty second intervals, stirring between each interval until melted. Let the chocolate mixture cool slightly.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt until combined. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, and vanilla until well combined. Add the chocolate mixture and whisk until incorporated. Whisk in the flour mixture until combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Gently tap the pan on the counter to release any air bubbles. Bake until the top is shiny and a tooth pick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with a few crumbs attached, 30 - 35 minutes.

Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Creamsicle Sandwich Cookies

It has been too long!




I have been one busy girl. Between working, traveling, and planning a wedding it seems I have not made time to update my blog. I am going to make a better effort to keep posting more regularly. I am going to cut to the chase and go straight to the recipe this week since I have kept you waiting long enough. After I made the Creamsicle Cookies, I knew I wanted to make another cookie with the same flavor profile. I just love the orange and vanilla combination. I came up with the idea to make a sandwich cookie since they are always fun. I brought these to a friend's birthday party and they were a hit!

Creamsicle Sandwich Cookies
recipe from Baked Perfection

Cookies

1 (18.25) package white or yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons orange zest
4 TBS fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 - 1/2 cup all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Stir in eggs, oils, orange juice, vanilla, and orange zest until blended. If mixture is very we,t slowly add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of flour until the dough comes together.

Drop teaspoons of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 7-9 minutes in the preheated oven. The bottoms will be light brown. Move cookies to a cooling rack and using your spatula gently flatten your cookies.

Orange Buttercream Frosting

3 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
zest of one orange
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons orange juice

Cream sugar, butter, orange zest, and vanilla. Add 2 tablespoons of orange juice and beat until fluffy, adding more if needed.

Assembly:

Frost the flat side of the cookie with frosting. Lightly place the flat side of an unfrosted cookie on top. Press down until a bit of the frosting begins to poke out of the sides. If you want to decorate the edges, place your sprinkles/chips/etc. in a small bowl, and dip the sides of the cookie in it, rolling the cookie around to coat all sides