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Food Blog: Chocolate Dessert Recipes

I have been known to have a killer sweet tooth, so I always have my go to recipes for when I am in the mood for something rich. I have been baking for a while now and have had some recipes passed down to me that have been a real hit with my friends and family. You can try these recipes for summer, special occasions, or make them if you get a special sweet craving. Usually everything I make has chocolate in it, so all of these recipes are easy chocolate desserts!

Here’s what the menu looks like:
Killer Brownies
Oatmeal Caramel Bars
Peanut Butter Chocolate Squares
Killer Brownies:

This isn’t my own recipe like the two below, but I have my own variation to it. I got this recipe from allrecipes.com (which is a great recipe finder if you are looking for a good place to get started). I made these brownies and everyone was obsessed with them, so I made my own variation of them.
½ cup butter plus 2 tablespoons
1 cup of butterscotch chips
2/3 cup of packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1-½ cups of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
2 ½ cups of mini marshmallows
2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup of dark chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a microwavable bowl melt the butterscotch chips, ½ cup of butter, and half of the semi sweet chocolate chips. Stir until smooth.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the b. sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix this mixture with the chocolate/ butterscotch mixture. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Then, add the marshmallows and the other half of the semi sweet chocolate chips. Spread the batter into a prepared baking pan (9×13).
  4. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until firm.
  5. In another microwavable bowl melt the dark chocolate chips (or whichever kind of chocolate you prefer) with 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter. When this is melted pour over the brownies and wait until cooled, then serve.

Makes about 15-20 brownies (depending on how big they are).
Oatmeal Chocolate and Carmel Goodies:

This recipe has been passed down from my grandma and they are always a huge hit at my house. I usually bring these to gatherings with friends, and a lot of times I get asked for the recipe, Try these and you won’t be disappointed. There are two parts, but they usually don’t take more than an hour to prepare.
Ingredients for Part 1:
1 c. flour
1 c. oatmeal, quick mixing
¾ c. brown sugar
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
¾ c. melted butter
Directions for Part 1:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl to form crumbs. 
  2. Press half of crumb mixture into a 9-x13 inch square pan. 
  3. Bake at 350 degrees farenheit for 10 minutes.

Ingredients for Part 2:
1 c. (6oz.) chocolate pieces (chocolate chips- usually semi- sweet)
½ c. nuts
¾ c. caramel ice cream topping
3 T. flour
Directions for Part 2:

  1. Sprinkle chocolate and nuts on first mixture right when it comes out of the oven. 
  2. Mix caramel topping and flour together and drizzle over chocolate and nuts. 
  3. Sprinkle other half of the first mixture on top. 
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.  Chill then serve!

This recipe makes about 20 bars (once again depending on how big you make them).
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Squares:  
These bars are the best because they are cold but also sweet. My mom used to always make these for me as an after school snack. They literally melt in your mouth. There are only 5 ingredients, which makes for a simple and elegant treat.
1 c. butter (2 sticks, divided)
2 c. creamy peanut butter
1 ½ c. Graham cracker crumbs
3 c. powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

  1. Melt ½ cup (1 stick) of the butter in medium saucepan over low heat. 
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter, powered sugar, and graham cracker crumbs.  This will form stiff dough. 
  3. Spread dough in a lightly greased 9×13 inch pan.  Press down evenly.
  4. Melt the remaining ½ cup of butter over low heat. Add chocolate chips to this, while keeping the heat very low.  When the chocolate mixture is soft, stir gently.  Continue heating until the lumps are completely melted.
  5. Stir and then spread over the peanut butter layer (I usually like to add caramel, sprinkles, or shaved chocolate to the top for decoration).
  6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.  Cut into squares. And serve!

*Make sure you store in refrigerator or the bars will melt. This recipe makes about 20 peanut butter squares.

Also check out this awesome banana bread recipe!
These three chocolate recipes will be a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and impress anyone! 

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